You think you're hardcore? Well, these guys do. They're going through Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess. In two days. On their site they have a live webcam up, and they're have a java chat up for now.
So I finally finished BioShock today, and while I was somewhat dreading the end due to the negative things I had heard about it, it wasn't that bad. It wasn't an amazing end, but it wasn't supposed to be. I got the feeling that the story was more along the lines of a book, with the rising action of uncovering the conflict between Atlas and Ryan, the climax of finding out... the major plot point, and then the denouement of coming to a conclusion thereafter.
The plot was written very well, and delivered even better, letting the player discover piece by piece what had happened and fit it all together for themselves, with well-placed (and extremely well-acted) revealing moments. All in all, I loved this game, and will be playing it through again as soon as I get everything of mine packed and moved.
So, I just finished Hephaestus (after a Red Ring of Death scare!), and I am in awe of how they wove together those two twists. One I somewhat saw coming, the other took me completely by surprise. Looking back, I can see the clues they left. It's like reading a mystery novel and seeing it all come together at the end. And I still have a good amount of game left. I can only imagine what they have in store for me...
So, these past two days, I've done nothing but play work, eat, sleep, and play BioShock (OK, and maybe hit up a bar or two). This game is the most immersive I've played in recent memory. I had to set an alarm so I wouldn't be late for work tonight. And with the immersion comes fright. I have been scared and yelled at least twice, and I can't remember anytime anything has made me do that since I was little and watched my dad play Wolfenstein 3D.
The best part is, while I was at work today, I sneaked a peek at the strategy guide just to see how far I was. I figured since I had all the weapons and a fair amount of the plasmids and tonics unlocked that I was near the end, say 3/4 of the way through. Nope. Try half. Goddamn, this game is amazing.
So, BioShock is definitely living up to the hype for me. I just finished playing 6 hours, which I only realized upon looking at the clock after stopping. So many weapons and plasmids! The first Big Daddy battle was epically awesome, and the story and atmosphere are enthralling. The characters and story are woven beautifully, and I can't wait to unravel more...
Just got back from taking a final (ugh) and more importantly, picking up my copy of BioShock (hells yeah)! Right now I'm just admiring my Big Daddy figurine and reading the manual while I'm waiting for my friends, who are going to watch me play, to get here.
I was hoping to get a broken Big Daddy figure so I could send it to 2K and get an art book, but to no avail-- my store didn't have any broken ones. Oh well, no worries-- I have some BioShock to rock.