5. Essential Gaming Before Spring

My previous post was on books, so it’s only right for today’s to be about video games

Essential Gaming Before Spring:

ONE: Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)


A friend from church lent me this game (yes… I got Resident Evil from C-H-U-R-C-H).

The story centers around Leon, a sinister investigator on a mission to recover the president’s daughter. The plot seems cliché, but if it has compelling characters and suspense, then I’m all game.

The only negative is the controls. But this factor only affects me because I’m used to Call of Duty and Mass Effect. Switching from those controls to Resident Evil’s box controls is quite a transition.

TWO: Mass Effect 2 and 3 (Xbox 360)


I bought the whole trilogy last year, but have only managed to finish the first game. The original Mass Effect didn’t impress me, and I feared the second game would bring the same result.

However, when I started Mass Effect 2, I was instantly hooked. Everything about the game (story/ characters/controls) exceeded its predecessor, and redeemed the series.

If it had not been for school, I would have finished both Mass Effect 2 and 3 by now. SO I’M EXCITED TO GET BACK INTO IT!

THREE: Borderlands (Xbox 360)


A cool part about this game is the art style… I describe it as: papery-cartoonish. According to Keven VanOrd, author of an article concerning the art, “The Borderlands games are cel-shaded” (whatever the heck that means)

Honestly since I haven’t played it, there’s not much I can say regarding its story and characters. But I’m looking forward to discovering what this game is about, and maybe even writing about it in the future.

FOUR: Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)


If you know me, you have probably heard me rant about Tomb Raider. It is by far my favorite game, and before the sequel comes out, I’m determined to play this once more!

Laura Croft (pronounced L-A-R-A), the protagonist, starts off as a super attractive explorer who’s searching for the lost city of Yamatai. Suddenly, a mysterious tempest wrecks the ship, and strands her and her team on a mysterious island. In attempts to escape the island, Laura unlocks secrets about both the island and the dangers that lurk within the hearts of her companions. (no spoilers)

The best part about Tomb Raider is Laura Croft. At first she’s cute, insecure, and everything a dude wants for a girlfriend. As the game progresses, however, Laura develops survival instincts, and inflicts damage with heavy-duty melee weapons. Yeah… She’s awesome. I mean… JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE!

Laura Croft

Tomb Raider is nothing short of AMAZING.

FIVE: The Last of Us (PS4)


According to the Game Critics at EA, this game was the best of the year. Their endorsement proved correct when the game sold over 3.4 million copies the first three weeks of the release.

Like Tomb Raider, The Last of Us is my kind of game. I prefer combinations of action, stealth, and a whole lot of suspense. I’ve only played about three hours of this game, but I can’t wait to continue.


Until my next post, what are some good games you guys are playing? Are there any games that I should play?

2 thoughts on “5. Essential Gaming Before Spring

  1. I love Resident Evil 4. The story and dialogue are cheesy to the point of parody, but the gameplay and atmosphere are excellent.

    If you like retro-styled games, Shovel Knight is insanely good. I also recommend Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for the GameCube; it’s a brilliantly fun RPG, and charming as all heck.


  2. Adam, I though the most cliche aspect of RE4 was the whole “kidnapping the president’s daughter” thing.. Definitely not probable.
    I’m enjoying it, though, and I hope I can get used to those controls… Francisco, who has beaten it twice, is helping me.


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