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When Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus released in 2005 it was immediately hit with critical acclaim and cited as one of the best games of all time. I never understood why and with an interest in The Last Guardian, it was a no-brainer to try it out. My only knowledge coming into the game was about the horse and the colossi being the only enemies.
Starting the game off I was taken aback by just the visual beauty and the soundtrack then, I accidentally skipped the first cutscene so, whoops. Apparently there's a lady on that pedestal in front of me, I guess she's dead or sleeping and killing the colossi just so happens to be the only way to wake her up? I dunno.
As it may be evident with other games in the "First Times" series, I have a mission to go out of my way to play specific games that people talk about for years. But Dishonored was a different story.
See, I woke up hearing the fantastic news that Skate 3 finally joined the list of backwards compatible games on the Xbox One and with that still ringing through my ears I purchased it and watched as it began to download. Growing impatient I booted up Dishonored: Definitive Edition with the intention of playing until Skate 3 finished.
It's been awhile since I started another "First Times" and this one, was in the works for quite some time. You might remember my first entry being on Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 1 which I enjoyed quite a bit or maybe you jumped in when I played through the main entries in the Metal Gear Solid series leading up to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
I know the Mass Effect series is a beloved one by many, including a few writers here at APG, but I never really understood why. I figured out rather quickly why people were crazy for Kojima's series and while The Walking Dead didn't grant me some level of understanding, I at least knocked a game off my immeasurable backlog. So with me tackling on this series, I can rightfully knock off three games.
Not counting Persona 4: Golden, it has been eight years since a numbered title in Atlus' Persona series was released and since then we've had a bevy of spinoffs to sate our hunger for Persona 5. But with a number of delays some, myself included, were starting to lose hope and sight. Persona 5 has finally been released in Japan and while the Western release is still a few months away, I unabashedly could not contain my excitement for the game any longer and imported a copy. It was worth it.
Quantum Break is the newest game by developer Remedy, best known for Max Payne and Alan Wake. Quantum Break makes an attempt at blending a video game with a live-action television show. The thought of it is silly and should not translate well, but somehow, Remedy figured it out.
Quantum Break puts players in control of Jack Joyce, a normal guy who gets mixed up in some wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff. After many years Jack returns home to see his friend Paul Serene and, by extension, his brother William. What Jack discovers is that his brother and Paul have constructed a working machine but in typical fashion, a malfunction occurs that ends up exposing Jack and Paul to chronon radiation giving them time manipulating powers and effectively starting an event called "The End of Time."
With 2015 officially over I think it's time to look back on the games that were released throughout the year and single out five of them that I happily enjoyed.
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