March Game Challenge: Week Four And A Half

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Well shoot, folks. Here we are, two days left in the month, and I am headed straight for screwed city.

A little backtracking, first.

Last week I completed the story of Far Cry 4, and I love the game. I will absolutely dive right back into it to complete everything after I “finish” this challenge (one way or another), and I can’t wait. Sure, I prefer Far Cry 3, but this was equally engaging.

Now then. As per my initial outline, I started into GTA V straightaway. I was a bit unprepared for just how awful I would be at it.

I made it through anything other than driving okay, but any driving segments were brutal. I mean, I kept messing up so badly that the game finally offered me an option to simply skip a particular mission.

It bears repeating: it offered to allow me to skip that story mission because I was so bad at it.

Even the game could not handle my lame attempts any further.

At one point I went to interact with a door (I just snerked out loud thinking about it) and instead of opening it, I half jumped half burst through it, and I thought my partner was going to collapse into hysterical giggles. It was so funny that I took my second ever video clip on the PS4. Somehow, someday, I will do my best to figure out how to edit it down to just that moment.

I tried to get as far as I could, but I was pretty discouraged. I’m truly awful at driving games. When a friend asked how it was going, and I told him the sad truth, he said, “It isn’t a driving game.”

My response? “Um, I hate to break it to you but there is a sh*t ton of driving and the word ‘auto’ is in the title.”

His response? “Well it’s not all driving.”

My response: “It’s too much driving.”

Maybe I will get better at it. Maybe I won’t. I tried until I got so frustrated that I had to put it down. I went back to it the next day, and you know what? I did a teensy bit better. I’m still not good at it, but I’m not as horrid as I was. I’m certain I can make it through the game, but I don’t think I will make it before the end of the month.

Friends, I do believe I will fail my challenge.

This is disappointing, but it has also been interesting. I am learning to challenge myself in different ways, and I like that. So pass or fail, I feel like this challenge was successful. And that’s a good feeling.

I’m already gearing up for my April challenge (more on that next week), and I’m super excited about it. When I was brainstorming monthly challenge ideas, I came up with over a dozen, so I’m fully stocked on spiffy challenges for the duration of the year.

Has anyone else out there been working on a game challenge? If so, how is it coming along?

And now: back to GTA. It will be a miracle when I complete this game. I’m sorry to all the digital pedestrians I’ve unintentionally run over and the digital drivers I’ve crashed into. Believe me, I tried to avoid every collision as much as I could.

I will try to do better.

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  1. This actually reminds me of the first time I got to control the vehicles in Borderlands. They control so differently from any other vehicle I’ve operated in a video game. So many hilarious disasters…


    • oh man, those vehicles. for some reason, i never had much of an issue with them, but i’ve seen some people have CRAZY funny difficulty with them. a lot of hilarious moments. and i do love the crunch sound they make when smushed into something.

      hilarious disasters. exceptionally well put. :)


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