September’s Question of the Month: Your Ultimate Video Game!

Happy Sunday Players! Today I am posting my entry into September’s Question of the Month hosted by Kim at Later Levels! There’s still time to participate and if you want to get involved in asking a question, reach out to Kim! Click here for official rules and prompts.

Game Guide:

You’ve been tasked with making the Ultimate Video Game, but there’s a catch – you can only piece it together from parts of other releases. You can choose separate titles for visual design, sound design, storytelling, and gameplay. What four games would you use to make the Ultimate Video Game?

 

Fable is a cornerstone game in my life and I think what makes Fable so interesting to me is the world building, storytelling and choices that the player makes is brilliant. Fable will be the Storytelling Design in my video game (also because I love Royalty and Period Pieces which Fable does well). fable II

 

Kingdom Hearts 2 is my selection for the Sound Design and music for the game.

While I’ve never played any Kingdom Hearts games, I’ve heard a few of the songs and I love that come from the Kingdom Hearts Franchise and from watching streams on speed runs of KH, I can safely say that I would love to take music from the game and incorporate it into my Ultimate Game.

Horizon Zero Dawn

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is my choice for the visuals of the game. The breathtaking scenery and color schemes would fit in seamlessly with the storytelling of Fable. In HZD, Aloy is able to hunt and journey through a great looking world. The colors used in this game would be welcomed and adapted to fit into my Ultimate Video Game.

I have to pay homage to my shooter games so Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption gets my final spot in gameplay.   Red_Dead_Redemption_Pic In RDR you play as John Marshton and journey across a semi open world similar to the Grand Theft Auto franchise. What makes the gameplay so amazing to me with Red Dead is that you can do so much in the game. You can scavenge, seek out legendary animals, play online with a band of friends or even just play mini games like shootouts to see who has the fastest trigger in the west. Instead of placing money into fancy cars, you’re trying to find or buy the fastest horse whose stamina can’t be matched. Red Dead provided variety and that variety kept me playing the game for longer than expected.

My ultimate video game will have the same variety, allowing the players to choose different tasks and work towards common goals.

 

So how do 4 completely different video games add up to an ultimate video game?

That’s easy, the game will be an RPG game with variety in goals, tasks and side quests that can keep gamers intrigued for the long haul. I want a game set in the Medieval Period where the Player can choose to play as a Royal, A Servant, A Merchant or A Peasant. I want to make the game truly choice driven like it is in Fable. Each role will have several pathways that they can choose like a peasant can follow a path to become a soldier or knight  and a merchant can follow a path to ship goods for the royals. Each choice will affect the way the character is portrayed to the public and their appearance.

With a story with  many different routes, there has to be a main plot-line. In my game, everything is leading up to the Annual Festival taking place in the Kingdom. Each storyline will have something to do with the festival. The knights will need to protect the royals, the royals will need to secure an alliance, the merchants can secure the royal contracts, etc. Playing from different angles will increase the play time and replay ability of the game.

The music will be dynamic and intriguing with each event that happens. I imagine an orchestra of sounds from melodic strings to thumping drums all the way back to the prestigious trumpets. I want discovery missions to seem whimsical and when appropriate tense to make the players heart race.

Lastly the visuals taken from HZD would fit in perfectly. The Kingdom can be in the mountains so the liberal use of brilliant color schemes in the form or green, blue, white and gray would be recommended and encourage. Scenic views of the countryside when a player is traveling to another town or kingdom for a mission would be detailed.

 

This is the ultimate video game that takes from games that follow similar patterns. Which video games would you use to create an Ultimate Video Game? Let’s talk video games!

 

-Luna 🙂

 

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Video Game Challenge: Day 4 – Toughest Bosses!

Happy Monday Players! It’s Day #4 of the GamersUnitedGG 30 Day Video Game Challenge! Yesterday we talked about our favorite sidekicks and Tails took home the crown!  Click here to read the nominees!  You can join us and read the official rules by clicking here! Power up Players for Day 2 of the 30 Day Video Game challenge!

Today’s Question:

Day 4: What was the toughest boss that you had to face?

There have been plenty of tough bosses in the realm of video games. My first experience with the Dark Souls franchise quickly showed me that the world is a horrible and dark place for gamers lol.

Scorpion Robotnik-

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I remember playing Sonic Spinball as a kid and getting to the Scorpion Robotnik boss. I was sooo angry because I could never beat him. I’d either  die from the poison he would spray or fall all the way back down to the beginning of the level. As a kid this really made me mad because I couldn’t beat it so I did the only thing I could think of.. I called my older brother to beat the level for me lol. Sure enough Kenny made it easy by jumping inside of the Scorpion Robotnik and hitting him in the core. Pretty soon the boss’s tail broke off and it was a matter of time before I was propelled to the next section.

 

Elite Four Pokemon Fire Red –

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The Elite Four were hard for me to beat in my youth. I would try and beat them without using any revives or portions which didn’t work out too well in the beginning.

 

Jack of Blades-

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Jack of Blades in Fable was a boss that took me a while to beat. WithFable, you can’t move as fast as you would want so when you are in the midst of a combination move, the only thing to do is try to dodge if you miss your target. I would miss and get chopped up by Jack forcing me to rethink my strategies.

 

The boss I’m selecting for the hardest in my gaming career has to be Shao Khan from Mortal Kombat 2.

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Fighting games are super fun but I have to admit that I am not good at them. When you are facing the final boss in Mortal Kombat 2, I choked and could never beat him. As with previous mentions, I simply passed the controller to my brother who finished off the villain for me. I think my problem is that as a kid I used to just press buttons to find out how to do moves. I would remember the pattern of buttons that I would press and those would be my default moves. I never took the time to go to practice or exercise modes which show you the moves list. As I got older, I started going through the tedious task and became better at fighting games. If I can take on Shao Kahn now, I’m sure I would be the victor!

Tomorrow’s Question:

Day 5: If you can have a video game weapon, which would you choose?

 

What was the toughest boss that you had to face? Have you ever beaten them? Am I the only one passing the controller to my brother lol? Let’s talk video game bosses!

-Luna 🙂

Video Game 30 Day Challenge: Day 2 – Gaming Worlds!

Happy Saturday Players! Welcome to Day #2 of the GamersUnitedGG 30 Day Video Game Challenge! Yesterday we started the challenge by blogging about our Favorite Video Game Childhood Hero and it made me really think about who I looked up to as a child. Want to know who influenced me? Click here to find out!  You can join us and read the official rules by clicking here! Power up Players for Day 2 of the 30 Day Video Game challenge!

 

Day 2: Which Video Game World Would You Live In & Why?

 

Runner-Up

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Immediately the Mushroom Kingdom popped into my mind, specifically the Kingdom featured in Super Mario 64! I’ve already gushed on again and again about how revolutionary Mario 64 was for video games but talking more about the aesthetics, Peach’s castle and the different realms that you can travel to using a picture was AMAZINGGGG! I just realized that Mario also started using less and fewer warp pipes in this installment of the franchise, which is fine. I prefer the slides, the jumping through paintings and finding secret rooms in the castle method. Not only were the colors absolutely stunning in Mario 64, but there was so much to do and so much fun to have to visit Chomp, Thwomp or Penguin racing!

Honorable Mention:

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The world of Pokemon, specifically Kanto and Johto Regions. I know I’m not the only one that wished I lived in the world of Pokemon. Imagin being able to catch and train Pokemon, participate in Gym Battles, Festivals and other competitions to show off your friends. I imagine having Pokemon will do wonders for self-esteem and people who often feel lonely as your Pokemon will never leave you. If I could live in the Pokemon world, I would want to be a Pokemon Coordinator like Dawn was. I’d want to showcase the Pokemon and their best attributes in a contest rather than have them battle it out in an arena.

Winner:

Albion

I’m a big Fable fan and the world of Albion is where I would like to live. Albion takes into account all of the current fads that I’m into royalty, magic and a simple life. In Albion, I could be a Royal Princess with 2 magic gauntlets that fuses my abilities. I could go into the City of Bowerstone buy merchandise, make pies and kick chickens! I could be a blacksmith, make potions or just run around helping people in need. A life in the world of Fable has been intriguing to me which is why I’ve played each game in the franchise and spent countless hours making choices to help save or destroy the world. Breathtaking views, a sense of duty and a place where Heroes are made, I would choose to live in the world of Fable and Albion any day!

 

Tomorrow’s Question:

Who is Your Favorite Video Game Sidekick?

 

Which video game world would you live in? would you choose any of the worlds that I have listed?  Let’s talk video game worlds!

-Luna 🙂

Throwback Tuesday: Fable Series (Video Game)

Hiya Gamers and Friends! Today’s Throwback Tuesday post will feature one of my favorite gaming franchises; Fable! Fable is a Role Playing game series exclusive to Xbox that allows players to choose their own actions and missions as the game progresses. This game was pretty revolutionary as it allowed for a player to make decisions that would adjust the characters look, Notoriety with the townspeople and personality traits. Let’s get into some of my favorite moments and features of the Fable franchise.

Fable- The first release of Fable was in 2004 on the original Xbox.  This story centered on a young hero (whom you could name) who grows up and attempts to save your sister in the fictional land of Albion.  In this original version of Fable I loved that you were able to perform actions such as pick pocketing or stealing that was only noticed if you are caught by a store owner. Funny story, I was introduced to Fable by my brother who never got around to playing. I lovedddd this game and played it all of the time on his Xbox (until I bought my own J ). This was my first experience with a game in where the player’s choices influenced the look of the character. The better choices you made the nicer and more “Angelic” your character looked. The not so great choices you made had your character inheriting scars, a rough demeanor and eventually horns (I never went that far lol)    bad deed.png .  The game also allowed the character to mix combat skills, weapon skills and the integration of magic into your battle style. I loved fighting bandits with my sword and then quickly turning to shock an attacker with the lightning ability.

Fable 2 – Fable 2 is my personal favorite of all of the Fable Series Games and was released on the Xbox 360 Console in October of 2008. Fable 2 starts off similar to the original allowing you to create a hero and journey throughout the land of Albion. The character development of this game surpassed that of the original Fable. What impressed me about Fable 2 the most was that you were now able to create a male or female hero.  This story takes place about 500 years after the events of the 1st game. This title takes the great elements of its predecessor and creates an even more interactive experience for the players. You are able to acquire gold by getting jobs in town such as being a blacksmith or making pies. Fable II Jobs  You are also able to now trade items and play co-op missions with your friends via Xbox Live in Fable 2. I remember my friends and I meeting in the courtyard of “Old Albion” and trading money to each other. You are able to explore the themes of Marriage, Home Owner Ship and the life of a merchant.  The combat skills were updated in this game as well, allowing you to obtain different magical abilities from the ones introduced in Fable.

Fable III- Fable 3 is the last title I will feature in today’s post as it was the last Fable title that I have played.  Fable III starts 50 years after the events of Fable II and in this game the hero will become royalty. You are tasked with taking down the horrible King (Your Older Brother) that subject his people to very severe punishments.  Fable III was released in October 2010. One thing that I loved about Fable III was that you were able to combine magic spells with your Spell Gauntlets. This means that you can mix the ice spell with fire to create a whole new element.  fable3_0942 What made this game different than the other 2 was that you realize the decisions made as a ruler will have a negative effect either immediately with having to execute a prisoner or over time when a dark evil approaches. Your choices are to spare 1 life or potentially save hundreds.  Basically you are choosing the best option which may not be a great choice at all. This game really makes the gamer make decisions that are not necessarily good versus evil; your decisions are which is a lesser evil. I think because this game puts you in a predicament where you hate either choice, I wasn’t able to finish the game.  Eventually I will go back and complete it but even now thinking about some of the things I did makes me cringe.

I haven’t played the newest version of Fable, however, I have purchased Fable II again to play through. I really enjoyed this series and I definitely recommend it to any gamer who enjoys the action RPG type games (it tells a great story and forces you to make decisions). I definitely recommend this game to gamers who enjoy the Sims as well. Although the customization features are not as vast as in the Sims, you are able to dye and buy additional clothing, start a family or business, oh and terrorize the villagers in Albion! Thank you for reading this week’s throwback Tuesday post! Have you played any of the Fable games? What’s your favorite RPG? Let’s talk gaming!

Have a great week!

-Luna 🙂

 

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