April Game Challenge: Week One (Exploring A New/Old Frontier)

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In looking to the near future of gaming (namely, the behemoth that is May’s gaming lineup), I am headed back to the past. In this case, I will be booting up the PS3 for the first time in a while to take on two heavy hitters: Half-Life 2, and the Doom 3 BFG Edition.

I have a bit of a gaming confession to make: I’ve never played a Doom game, and I’ve never played a Half-Life. I’ve seen the first Half-Life played all the way through (thank you Super Replay!), but I’ve always been super curious about the second one.

I am more and more excited for Doom next month and, to prepare, I thought I’d try out the BFG Edition, as I already own it for PS3. I’d like to have my Doom legs underneath me so I don’t go in completely unprepared.

I’m a bit behind for my games completed overall for the year (for anyone who doesn’t know, I’m aiming to complete 52 games this year, the equivalent of one per week). I’m only behind by one, as I’m sitting at 11 games completed so far in 2016. With all the smaller indie titles on my list for the month, I feel pretty good that I can get caught up.

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Some of the games on that list are as follows:

Kholat (I will admit, this is at the top of my list)
Bedlam
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Tales From the Borderlands
Layers of Fear
Knock Knock
Far Cry Primal
Doki Doki Universe
Unravel

There are so many more, but those are the first batch that come to mind.

I currently find myself in an odd position of trying out various new things, and I’m hoping I can extend that to the games I play as well. I always love it when I try out a game I’m not sure I’m going to like, and then I end up loving it. I love when I can surprise myself.

Last month’s game challenge wrapped up nicely, albeit one game behind. I finished Saturday Morning RPG last week, and while it certainly made me smile here and there, it suffered a bit from repetition and lengthy amounts of backtracking. I did love all my options in battle being relics of the ’80s, though. I couldn’t not be amused by sending out brightly colored ponies from my fruit stripe gum, and of course I gained extra defense while putting on my karate headband. I just wish it had queued up “You’re the Best.”

Hey, you can’t have everything.

I’m also always grateful to get some use out of my PS Vita and the Cross Buy feature on the PS4.

Do you have a game challenge planned for April? If so, what’s on your radar? Are there any new releases this month that you are especially excited for? Or are you saving all your gaming dollars up for the onslaught of games coming in May?

Without any spoilers, do you have memories of playing Doom 3 or Half-Life 2? Any tips or pointers for me going in? I’d love to be as ready as I can.

Cheers, friends!

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  1. Half-Life 2 is one of the best FPS games I’ve ever played. It’ll make you feel like a genius, surprise you, intrigue you, and even scare you a little. Masterpiece.

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  2. I want it to be May so bad. I haven’t played Half-Life or Doom 3 but I’m really looking forward to Doom after the beta.I still need to finish Fallout 4 Automatron,Fire Emblem Birthright,Uncharted 3,Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon and Yo-Kai Watch,so yeah lots of games.

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  3. I’ve also never played any Half Life, but have seen the entire first game the same way. Yay! I believe I actually beat the first episode of the original Doom, and spent a LOT of time with Doom II but that was mostly checking out the infinite possible fan-created levels. Haven’t played a Doom game since.

    I did pick up The Orange Box so I could get the “mandatory” Portal experience behind me. Still haven’t played anything else on the disc. I look forward to your thoughts on Half Life 2. Apparently it’s, like, popular or something…?

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  4. I played the second Half Life what feels like a year ago and it didn’t impress me. I’m sure that if I had played it when it was new, I would have loved it, but playing it recently I just didn’t get that “oh my god, this is amazing” that everyone else gets. Also might be because I hate vehicle levels in FPS games.

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