I played through Proteus yesterday, which took about 45 minutes. At first, I didn’t understand really want to do. After I “got it” thanks to a friend, I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure that there is any replayability here, but the music was beautiful and I liked the concept.
I finished Dear Esther today, and it was beautiful. One of the only games that made me actually gasp at the sight of the scenery. The caves were breathtaking. The story was a bit obtuse for me, but all in all I’m glad I played for the 80 minutes it took from start to finish.
I forgot to mention that I also finished Thirty Flights of Loving. It takes roughly 12 minutes from start to finish, so there isn’t much of an excuse for not playing this game if you own it. It’s short, sweet, intriguing, astounding, and really well done. At the end, I wasn’t exactly sure what I just experienced. And that’s genuinely my favorite kind of media. I loved everything about the game, and you will too.
Finished Act 1 of Kentucky Route Zero today, the only act that is released and available. I’ve basically decided that 2013 is the year where I play as many point-and-click adventure games as possible, so alas, I’m starting off on a good note. I really enjoyed it. It has a mystery and sense of intrigue that left me starving for Act 2. I did struggle a bit on one part (hint: the pause screen has a “notes” section that keeps track of some important details) but all in all it was simple, had great writing, and a gorgeous aesthetic that I want more of.
I had the pleasure of playing Frog Fractions this week. It’s a ~30 minute Flash edutainment game in which a friend explained as a game where he “started out as a frog catching flies, and ended up running a porn business”. How could I resist?
There is no way that I could have finished this game had I not had his help. (Hint: thinking about vertical space during the fly-catching moments is helpful for progression). I’m not great at text adventures and needed quite a bit of hints, but it’s definitely worth powering through. I laughed so hard in parts because everything is so damn perfect. Who doesn’t enjoy froggy porn?
Though Dishonored was one of my favorite games of 2012, I actually ended the year one chapter short of beating it. Earlier this week I finally finished it and was completely disappointed and underwhelmed by my ending.
I played as High Chaos (which actually means that I did in fact TRY to be stealthy but lacked the patience required to restart over and over again when I fucked up) and at the very end I was trying to be sneaky and climb up on top of the greenhouse. I got up there, shot the guy, and the game just ENDED. Like, no buildup, no dialogue, no nothing. I felt like I cheated the system for sneaking up on top of a building, a mechanic that the game rewards you for doing throughout. I have no idea what happened. I just ended it all. It felt broken, bugged, unfinished, and just awful. I just don’t know what more to say.
All in all, the game was still awesome. But the last 10 minutes could have gone far better.