The final week of December has arrived and the end of 2014 is nigh. I tend to get a little reflective right before New Year’s. I like to think about where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and what I can do moving forward into the new year. I like what a new year represents––a fresh start and a chance for something new to come into your life. The sense of hope that comes with that idea is very reassuring to me. I want to use this time to reflect on my blog in the past year and what my plans are for it in 2015.
The best kind of RPGs are the ones that have the right balance of good storytelling and gameplay. Personally, if the story is really good and the gameplay is mediocre at best, I can actually forgive the less than stellar game system. If the story isn’t so great, but the combat system is amazing, then it’s a lot harder for me to be engaged with what’s going on. This best describes my experience with playing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
You may recall how I’ve declared to attack my backlog of games by challenging myself to pick one game and sticking with it for the whole month. Depending on the game length, boss difficulty I encounter, and free time I have during the week and weekends, the effort is made with the intention of completing a game to the best of my ability. This may mean I may only complete the main story missions of a game, but not all or any of the side missions. As much as I want to get 100% completion for a game, let’s face it, I don’t have that much time to devote all my availability to doing that. With this month nearly over, I’m here to report my results as I promised.
In case you haven’t read my post from a few weeks back, I have declared to attack my somewhat massive video games backlog by selecting one game to finish within a month. It’s possible I may take more than a month to finish the game of my choice, depending on a number of factors, like lacking time on the weekends, being stuck on a boss fight, etc. The challenge is made with the best intentions and one I plan on sticking with for the whole year.
There is no question that RPGs are an immersive gaming experience and are particularly great for exploring the detailed worlds created by the game developers who carefully crafted them in the first place. The best kind of RPGs are the ones where you have a ton of exploration and you have a choice between diving straight into the main story or doing the side quests scattered throughout the game.