Cinnamon man's Valentine's gift for me this year was the game
Alice: Madness returns and it has made this week from flu hell,
and missing out on our Valentine's date, bearable.
(I gave him the sequel to the bestseller novel The Passage by Justin Cronin
- The Twelve, a book I'm also looking forward to reading myself.)
First off; This is not a proper game review. I don't have enough experience.
I never used to play, I thought most games were boring and/ or violent.
I have sat through maybe six or seven games in my life time,
but I've never done the actual playing (I'm the backseat driver, the map reader).
And the main reason to why there's been a lot of gaming and ice cream
(and not much else) this last week is that I have been bed ridden, battling the flu.
I have the vantage point of a 35 year old feminist
so I immediately discard most games because of their blatant sexism
and objectification of women, or because of the violence between humans.
Also, too much of anything bores me, whether it's shooting or clue searching.
Being a horror film buff, I want a game to be ominous and thrilling
both visually and story wise. Pleasing graphics and dark undertones
are at least as important to me as game play and pacing.
And I want closure, I want there to be a big reward at the end.
Alice had all of this, and except for a slump around the second chapter
when the graphics briefly took a turn for the more boring,
and it felt like all we were doing was shooting things that wouldn't die,
we both thoroughly enjoyed this game.
When Alice was finished we started in on Amnesia: Dark descent.
We haven't gotten very far yet so I can't really offer much insight,
except to say that despite it being different from Alice in game-play
(there's no shooting, and almost no interaction with characters
or cut-scenes) it's still a psychological horror game
that is both moody and scary enough to keep my interest.
And while I'm at it, I might as well also recommend
another game in the horror genre; Fatal Frame.
This game takes more shooting skills and, as Cinnamon man
pointed out, it was hard to really care about the protagonist.
But the game was definitely both moody and scary.
Today I've been feeling well enough to do some light cleaning,
and I'm even thinking about taking a drive to get some burgers
or maybe even some wine and pizza, so I must be feeling better :)