By Ezakael 0 Comments
Hello Everyone. You may not know me and if you do it's probably not for my aggressive forum presence. I enjoy this site immensely and consider it a second home on the internet as cheesy as it sounds. I'm not a big poster here nor do I partake in many online games like Dota or any of the other popular games people here like to play together. In an effort to become more involved in the community I thought I would start up my own blog series. This will also test my writing abilities as I have not really written anything lengthy for pure enjoyment. So welcome to the first of what will hopefully become a series of posts about some of my favourite games of all time. It won't be a simple top ten list. I plan on going in depth into the backstory I have with each game. Some may not be very interesting but I'll try my best. The ones without much back story will likely turn into mini reviews.
This is my first time doing this so any constructive criticism is welcome. I want to improve my writing and the best way to do that is to get feedback from you guys. I won't go all internet tough guy on you, I'm actually quite nice!
So lets get this started shall we?
My top 10 list Part 1: Gothic
When I was little I was never a big game player. I mostly enjoyed just watching other people play games and when I did play them it was usually at friends houses. When I got a bit older I started playing the N64 a bit but never got into PC gaming until MUCH later. It started when my family was relocated to Ontario because of my dads work. I didn't have many friends and was stuck doing nothing all summer while waiting for school to start. So what could I do to pass the time and keep myself from going crazy from boredom? Why play games of course.
I remembered a game that my dad and grandfather used to play all the time called Gothic. It's a German made RPG set in a prison Colony surrounded by a massive barrier. We had a PC set up and I had nothing better to do so I installed it hoping to kill off a month. One thing led to another and it ended up being the game that got me into gaming as a main hobby of mine and something that I continue to be passionate about today (Otherwise I wouldn't be on these forums).
Maybe it's just because it's one of the first games I ever played to completion but I truly think almost everything about this game is perfect. The graphics, the music, the voice acting (Considered horrible by many), the story and lore. So lets break some of these aspects down.
The first thing people will usually judge when first laying eyes on a game. The graphics of Gothic are by no means impressive by today's standards, it is an old game after all. I'm only 19 so most people would expect me to be a graphics whore because of the era I grew up in. I wasn't there in the heyday of Nes or even Snes. I grew up when 3D graphics were already starting to become the norm. Regardless of all this I love the graphics of Gothic. Bad? of course they are, the game was released in 2001, but I think they hold a certain charm (at least they do for me). The art style and dark medieval landscapes are stunning to look at. The game has a great atmosphere that I feel can't be adequately explained without playing the game for yourself.
There isn't a whole lot that I can say about the music. It is simply haunting, it really amplifies the dark atmosphere of the game perfectly. Have a listen for yourself and make your own judgements.
You're a nameless prisoner forced into the penal Colony of Khorinis for an untold reason. Your first goal early on being to deliver a message to the fire magicians stationed in the Old Camps Castle, but first you must earn the trust of the camp before being allowed to enter. The game is semi open world so there are many side quests to complete throughout the game but the main goal after joining one of the three factions is to find a way out of the colony. It may seem kind of boring reading a simple synopsis here but once you get into the game and start exploring you quickly become interested in the events of the game. This isn't your typical fantasy land filled with elves and dwarves. It's more along the lines of the Witcher in tone. This is a dark world you are entering.
The games intro scene, and what is that I hear? Cheesy Voice acting!!??
So that's part 1, if you managed to get this far (Without skipping ahead) I hope you enjoyed it. Like I said before any constructive criticism is welcome. This won't be a consistent series. It may take days, weeks or even months for me to write the next one but I do plan on continuing this some time down the road.
The games really aren't in any order from best to worst. I just write about the game I feel like writing about at the time. Anyway, Thanks for reading!
Who doesn't love a glitch or two when playing games!?