When I was really young, around the tender age of four, I got introduced to Pokémon. It used to air on Dutch television in the mornings, and every morning, me and my brother would be ready to see the adventures of Ash and Pikachu. I was so into it, that I had a fake Pokémon bed spread, all of the Pokémon games for the Gameboy Color and the Gameboy Advance, and I would daydream about having my own Pokémon (preferably a Mew or a Chikorita).
It’s like we have a Cologne obsession! Two weeks ago we went on a holiday there and amongst other things visited the zoo, and this week we hopped on the train again for Gamescom 2014! Gamescom, held in the Koelnmesse, is one of the biggest gaming conventions of Europe, and attracts thousands of people every year (340,000 people went to the one last year). There are giant stands and demos and giveaways and competitions and dozens of other fun things to do.
So, a few weeks ago my laptop died. It was sad, but I was prepared that it could happen, so it wasn’t too bad. What was bad though, is the fact that in the meantime I’ve had three new laptops, none of which I was content about. One had a wrong resolution screen. I exchanged that one for one with a better screen, but it made a ticking noise. Then I exchanged that one for a new one, and GUESS WHAT, it made the same ticking noise. Now I’ve ordered a Dell, and that one is taking over two weeks to get here. Ugh.
But instead of dwelling on the bad, I’m going to look forward to the good! There are a lot of computer games I’m really excited about. They’re not necessarily new, because I actually don’t buy new games that often.
1. Bioshock Infinite
I’ve already played this game on my boyfriend’s PC for an hour or two, and this game is just GORGEOUS. The graphics and general aesthetic is amazing, and quite unlike the normal doom and gloom of video games.
It’s set in a floating city in the early 1910’s, and the main character has to rescue a girl named Elizabeth. She’s held captive in a giant statue. The whole setting is rather bizarre which makes the game even more awesome. I’m terribly bad at first person shooters, but the easy setting on Bioshock Infinite is just perfect.
2. Alice: Madness Returns
Okay, so I kind of really love Alice in Wonderland. If you think the movie adaptations are crazy, read the book. I can definitely see why people suspect Carroll to be on drugs.
Alice: Madness Returns is kind of a part two. the first Alice by American McGee was released in 2000, and I’ve really enjoyed that game as well. I did have a couple of issues with the first Alice though; the puzzles were sometimes too hard, the landscape was often rather bleak, the gameplay wasn’t very smooth. Madness Returns solves all those problems, and adds an extra dash of weirdness and some amazing graphics. The gameplay itself isn’t very unique, but the atmosphere makes up for that in spades.
I actually like this game so much that I dressed up as Alice during Halloween a few years ago. You can’t really see it, but I’m even holding a bloody dagger (Vorpal Blade) in my left hand.
3. The F.E.A.R. Games
I own the first three F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) games on Steam. The first one had some issues, so I’ve only been able to get really far in the third.
What the games all have in common is that they’re damn scary. It’s definitely not a game you want to play alone in a dark house. I have no idea why it’s appealing to scare yourself, but it kind of is. The story-lines are pretty good and quite engaging, so you just keep playing to find out what happened.
These are the three games (or franchises) I’m most excited about – though LEGO Lord of the Rings and Skyrim get an honourable mention as well. It’s too bad I can’t play them right now, because the summer holidays are perfect for binge-gaming.
Have you played any of these games before? Do you have a recommendation that I should add to this list?