I recently had the pleasure of doing a collaboration with Simpleek. She’s also an avid gamer with a knack for writing as she creates very compelling content for her readers. I highly encourage you to check her out.
What’s your favorite game of all time?
TBG: Without a doubt, The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II are my favorite games of all time. I can’t include one without the other because they’re both masterpieces in my opinion. The narratives are beyond compelling and emotional throughout their runtime. The character development is phenomenal; I really got attached to each and every character. I hope to see a third game in the future because I believe the story here isn’t finished.
Simpleek: I would have to say Dragon Age: Origins. I loved the characters, story, and the open-world setting that really allowed me to explore Thedas and save the world as a Grey Warden from the Darkspawn. It was also the first time I was introduced to the concept of choice-based gameplay that will influence the type of ending you get. Since then I’ve been on the hunt for games that are similar to Dragon Age: Origins, but it will never knock it off the top spot as the game I hold near and dear to my heart.
What game got you into gaming?
TBG: I started gaming in the early stages of my childhood (I’m 25 now). The first game I ever tried out was Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. My older sister actually introduced me to the game as it was her favorite game at the time. Due to it’s asthetics and characters, I was immediately drawn to it as a child. I feel that the humor in that game helped mold my personality and sense of humor. Now, I own a plethora of consoles, to include retro and handhelds. I owe all of it to Jak and Daxter. I wouldn’t be who I am today without having experienced it.
Simpleek: I got into gaming kind of late in life. As a kid I never really played video games, but I had plenty of friends and family who were long-time gamers. During college I was intrigued by the Wii and the idea of video games being a form of exercise with the sensor controls of the Wiimote and having games like Wii Sports and Wii Fit to get you off the couch. It wasn’t until post-college that I finally got my very first console, which was the Wii. This eventually led me to getting a Nintendo DS as well because of games like the Ace Attorney series and The World Ends With You.
I thought I would be content with just these two systems from Nintendo and that would be the extent of my gaming experience. It wasn’t until I was over a friend’s house one day, to watch her play Dragon Age: Origins, that it really changed everything for me. That day really opened my eyes to the other kind of games I could be playing. Almost immediately after, I bought myself an Xbox 360 and Dragon Age: Origins to play it on my own.
Basically, this is my longwinded way of saying that I credit Dragon Age: Origins for fully getting me into gaming!
What video game made you cry?
TBG: I’m not ashamed to say that there have been many games that have brought tears to my eyes. Most notable are The Walking Dead, Days Gone, The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, to name a few. I get fully immersed into the experience and overly attached to the characters. I’d consider each of the aforementioned games to be masterpieces in their own right.
Simpleek: The most recent game that made me cry was GRIS. By the time I got to the ending of that game I was shedding more than one tear. The journey the character goes on was extremely moving. Once you realize what she goes through to get there in the end it really does hit you hard. I’d say they’re tears of joy more than anything!
What’s a memorable boss fight you had?
TBG: I’d have to say the most recent and memorable boss fight was the mission “Heaven’s Hellfire” in Infamous Second Son. You’re spontaneously transported to what seems to be the pits of hell with floating platforms surrounded by nothing but lava and there’s a massive demon angel shooting lazer beams at you. I was blown away with the level design and detail that went into this segment.
Simpleek: Kai Leng from Mass Effect 3. Maybe it was more annoying than memorable? It was one of the hardest boss fights I ever had to do with his shields and electric slash making him damn near invincible! But I was determined to wipe that smug look off his face. By the time I was able to beat Kai Leng, it was one of the most satisfying cutscenes to witness in a game. I still get a thrill out of remembering my Shepard standing victorious over this Cerberus assassin.
What’s one underrated game you wish more people played?
TBG: Man, there’s so many. Beyond: Two Souls, Days Gone, Sleeping Dogs. However, for this I want to talk about Spec Ops: The Line. It is criminally underrated; it had a poor reception at launch due to it’s generic premise but I assure you, it’s anything but generic. I love it because it touches on the subject of mental health. Specifically, the effects of war on a soldiers mind. I was actually surprised how impactful it was. Such a great game.
Simpleek: The World Ends With You followed by Spec Ops: The Line. These two games were surprisingly not as popular as some of your big name games, but they were really well done both in story and characters. There were some awkward game mechanics at play, but once you overlook those, these two stand out as well worth your time to experience at least once.
Thanks again to Simpleek for allowing me the privilege of collaborating with you. And thank you all, for reading our collaboration.
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Thanks and have a great day. 🙏