Friday Favorites: New Games

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Since starting this blog, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t play as many games as I thought I did. I mean, I’ve been gaming since I was old enough to pick up a controller, but my gaming tends to be limited in my favorite franchises. The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon, with the occasional Mario, games dominate most of these posts.
In recent years, video games and everything that’s associated with them (story, art, characters, software, etc.) became more important to me, and I’ve been trying to find different games to try. Below are some of my favorite “newer” finds.

4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Alright, so this series isn’t exactly new, but it’s definitely a gem. We had found it on the Wii’s Virtual Console and, having never heard of the series, had decided to give it a go. Gaming wasn’t exactly a serious pursuit at that point, but it was a key game in opening up my mind to everything gaming could be — the writing, the characters, the stories themselves are amazing, and were an inspiration to keep following this art form.

That, and this series was played not only with Rachel but also with our elder sister Lisa. Lisa’s not a big gamer at all, but to be able to share this series with both my sisters will always make it special to me.

3. Assassin’s Creed

I haven’t played this game yet, but it is there on my to-do list. This game series always seemed interesting to me and it was bought on a whim when Rachel and I were looking for more games for our PlayStation 3. Hopefully it’ll be a great game and open some more doors for us, genre-wise!

2. Batman: Arkham series

I was supposed to play the first game of this series a couple of months ago, back when Rachel and I were challenging each other to play a game that the other hadn’t played before. Because our XBox 360 died, I still haven’t been able to give this game a shot. However, Rachel has played it, and it was definitely not the kind of game I would ever think of my sister playing. Seeing her try out the combat-heavy, dark-themed Batman game was awesome — like the Phoenix Wright series, the Arkham franchise opened our eyes to new games and styles of play.

1. Minecraft

 

Rachel touched upon this game already on this blog, and this probably won’t be the last time you hear about it from us, haha! When Minecraft first came out, I honestly thought it seemed a bit silly and didn’t see much of a point to it. Sure, there are some people who can create some fantastic pixel art with the block style of the game, but it wasn’t until Rachel and I watched some streams of the game from our favorite YouTubers that we got interested enough to try it.

Of course, our first go-round with the game, the XBox 360 version, wasn’t that great, but after getting our desktop and then a gaming laptop, Minecraft was always one of the first games we wanted to try out. The game has been great so far, even if it is just Rachel and I trying to survive (and failing at times) in the world!

What are some of your favorite newer games?

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Game Galore

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A couple weeks ago Kris and I talked about Impulse Buys.

Well, now that GameStop has the Pokemon code to add a new legendary Pokemon to your latest, we’ve been going into the store more so than usual.

I love GameStop, but I don’t go there too often because I know that I’ll end up buying new stuff. Stuff that I don’t necessarily need at the moment.

It’s May and this month for Pokemon 20, they’re giving away Darkai codes for your AlphaSapphire, OmegaRuby, X, and Y games. Most people go to GameStop, get the code, and put it in their game. They then trade the legendary from game to game to fill up their Pokedex.

Nope. Not me.

There are four games, I need four codes. I like to have every single Pokemon in every single game, not just a symbol on the Pokedex.

So Kris and I went to two GameStops last weekend. But of course, we always feel bad going there to grab a free code and then leaving. So we bought two new games, one at each stop.

We bought Assassin’s Creed: The America’s Collection. Neither one of us has ever played an Assassin’s Creed’s game. Kris wanted to give it a try and we didn’t know where to start so we just grabbed a random one. Sounds logical, right?

We also bought Batman: Arkham Origins. We have the first two games. I beat the first one and got halfway through the second one. Now I have to start playing it again so I can play the third game.

We’re going to new other GameStop locations this weekend to get the other two codes. Maybe we’ll end up buying more games… I wonder what we’ll get?