Hi everyone! My name is Caleb. I'm living in Muncie, IN and currently studying graphic design at Ball State University. I am a lifelong Nintendo fan.
What I value most in a video game is a well developed atmosphere. I really enjoy being fully engrossed in another world. Some of my favorite all time series are The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid<, and Metroid. I also love games with big fun factors. I'm a huge fan of the Super Mario Bros series.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (BRAWL CODE: 2320-7930-6170)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening
Donkey Kong '94 (aka Game Boy Donkey Kong aka Donkey Kong aka NOT Donkey Kong Land or Country)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Super Mario World
Super Smash Bros. 64-Brawl
Star Fox 64
I don't typically get into to FPS games. A friend of mine had me borrow this and told me to at least try it out. I did, and I was pleasantly surprised. Bioshock is a lot of fun. It's got a great atmosphere, challenging gameplay, and a lot of talented voice-work and other stuff. Glad I played it, and I'll probably end up getting Bioshock 2.
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
This my be the best title I played all year. I'd always heard a lot about it, so I decided to play through it. I was completely engrossed. It's probably the first serious RPG I've played, and it most certainly delivered. If you haven't played this, you should definitely check it out.
The Conduit (Wii)
Meh, not so great. I bought mostly because I wanted to support High Voltage, but the Conduit is pretty mediocre. Play control is nicely polished, but everything else seems kind of bare. Hopefully The Grinder will be better.
The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker (GCN)
One of the most aesthetically beautiful games I have ever played. Truly a work of art. Every aspect of this game, from the story to the music, is polished to perfection. Anyone still turning their nose up at this game is depriving themselves of a great experience.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Controls are pretty complicated, but once I learned them, the game was awesome. Third act was kind of pointless, but Act 4 more than makes up for it. While the story wasn't as captivating as MGS3, the game-play was much improved, so it felt like an even trade off.
Metroid Prime (GCN)
Found this for $7 in GameStop and thought I should give it a go. Glad I did. Metroid Prime is like one giant Zelda dungeon, except you have power-suit that you can upgrade to ridiculous levels, and there are a number of different environments. I'm glad that I finally picked this one up and experienced it for myself.
Played But Not Finished:
Viewtiful Joe (GCN)
Fun game, but I keep dying on the first level boss, and have to start the level ALL over, so I just quit.
F-Zero GX (GCN)
Finished all the grand prix, but story mode is f***ing brutal.
Assassin's Creed (PS3)
Fun, but kinda repetitive...
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
Almost finished. I like it.
This game is interesting. Might do a write up on it later.
Mega Man X (SNES)
Almost finished. I like this game a lot.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Gah, I need to just buckle down and finish this game. Still only at the first or second dungeon.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
Fun game, almost done.
Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
I got really tired of the random battles on the world map. Chrono Trigger was much better.
How does something like this even happen? My theory is that someone else ordered it, swapped discs, and returned it to Amazon who promptly re-wrapped it and shipped it to my buddy. Thankfully, Amazon is letting him exchange it.
Also, I've heard horror stories about people purchasing game consoles at Wal-Mart only to unbox a brick. Not a bricked console--a literal ceramic brick.
See that photograph? Those are 6 games that I haven't even touched yet. They sit on my bookshelf and gather dust, because I simply can't give these games the time they deserve.
To me, video games can be a huge commitment. I enjoy losing myself in another world for a few hours at a time. I hate to begin a game, and then stop playing it for an extended period of time. It takes away from the experience, somewhat.
With my time being eaten up by school, class, and some semblance of a social life, there are some games that I just haven't been able to pick up, for fear that I won't have time for them later. So right now, my gaming is limited to quick pick-up-and-play titles like Smash Bros, Mario Party, etc.
Of the six titles pictured, the ones that I really think deserve an extended commitment are Okami and RE4. But until things lighten up, it looks like they'll be sitting on my shelf for some time to come.
What do you guys think? Do you find yourself putting off playing a game that you feel deserves quality time? Or do you just play any game whenever it's convenient?
So last week I purchased my first game console that was not made by Nintendo. I've wanted a PS3 for a while, and I was finally able to find one for a decent price on eBay. I was fortunate enough to find a CECHE01 model, which supports PS2 games as well as PS1.
Anyway, here's why I chose a PS3 as my first non-Nintendo console:
More Reliable Hardware
Nearly everyone I know who owns a 360 has experienced the dreaded Red Ring of Death. That's not something I want to deal with. I don't care how good Microsoft's customer service is. I don't want to settle back for a nice evening of gaming, only to have my experience ruined by the 360's shoddy hardware. Besides, I'm the kind of gamer who likes to hang on to his old consoles. What's going to happen 10 years from now when Microsoft has dropped support of the 360? I don't want to be left with a dead console.
More Games That I Want to Play
I can't think of a single 360 exclusive that highly interests me. That's a fact. Pretty much everything on the 360 that interests me is also on the PS3. The PS3 also has exclusives such as MGS4 and LBP. It turns out that even the "ZOMG 360 EXCLUSIVE" MGS Rising is going to be multi platform, which is awesome.
Also. I specifically chose a CECHE01 model because I want to play PS2 games on my PS3. I still do not understand why the hell all PS3s are not fully backwards compatible from the get-go. Seriously, what the hell? It would add value to the PS3, and I would likely have bought one sooner. I think the Wii is the only current-gen console that got backwards compatibility right.
Anyway, I'm pretty happy with my purchase. Right now I'm playing MGS4, LBP, and Bioshock. I'm really enjoying those. What other games do you think I should try out?