Hey! Listen. You know that popular Christmas song called the 12 Days of Christmas? Athena over at AmbiGaming came up with a cool holiday themed community collaboration idea to gamify that kinda-as-annoying-as-Navi song (that we all love or hate). Basically, it’s a countdown list each day that ends up with 364 items, times however many bloggers do this, at the end of the event (something like that… my maths is bad). Be warned that my singing voice is terrible, but here we go, eh!
🎶 On the 8th day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me: What are five games you’ve played more than once? 🎶
1) The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
I’ve easily played this game 20+ times… and it never gets old. I remember my childhood BFF watching me play through the game on several occasions (maybe I should do a Let’s Play sometime!!). I loved this game so much that writing a guide for it was a fun side project for young me. I don’t think I ever wrote farther than the Fire Temple. Hm. Maybe I’ll pick up that project again one day!
2) Dragon Age II
I went into this game knowing absolutely nothing about it or the Dragon Age series, so thankfully, I had NO IDEA I was supposed to hate it. Oops!
As the story goes, I was in college and visiting my folks for a long weekend. I forgot to bring gaming things so I grabbed the PC version of Dragon Age II at Walmart to play on their computer, solely because the dragon on the cover looked pretty badass. That was my very first BioWare experience and I loved it!! The copy-paste environments didn’t bug me at all since the characters felt so alive. I’ve completed 4 playthroughs in an attempt to see everything (yes, I even betrayed someone to their master just to see what happens… I felt so awful I immediately reloaded a previous save)
3) Metal Gear Solid 2
I’ve always wanted to get into the Metal Gear Solid series! It had fallen off my radar and into the depths of my video game backlog pit (along with many other game IPs, sadly). I’ve heard great things about MGS2 and gave it a spin for the first time during New Year’s Eve 2017, while playing alongside an expert friend. There are just so many cool things about this game! I loved the many secrets to discover while watching Raiden/Snake do their badass stealth thing.
The lure of the Platinum trophy called out to me, which required me to complete 5 playthroughs on various difficulties (Very Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard, Extreme), while collecting ALL the Dog Tags from guards. I can’t believe I accomplished all that! At the time of this post, I’m still a long way from Platinum (the 500+ VR missions are tough, man), but I’ll always be proud of myself for managing to beat all the bosses on Extreme mode.
4) Diddy Kong Racing
Ah, the memories. Childhood me enjoyed the heck out of this kooky kart racer. The Adventure mode was amazing, and although the story was really weird, little LightningEllen loved it. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve conquered Wizpig (both on the island – spoilers for a 21-year-old racing game incoming – and in his super secret space lair).
5) Mass Effect Andromeda
I’ve done two playthroughs of the “worst “Mass Effect game ever for one important reason: Platinum trophy. 😈 Ahem. There were a few trophies I missed on my first time around so a new trek through the Andromeda galaxy on Insanity difficulty was required. That was a fun time! Using the NG+ option and spec’ing as a Master Engineer (so I could hide while my minions destroyed everything) worked well for me. I also avoided most of the side content and decided to get male Ryder’s perspective on playthrough #2.
I wish I had more time to replay games. If I did, the original Mass Effect and Final Fantasy XIII trilogies would be getting a thorough revisit, for sure. Maybe I need to fix my Platinum trophy addiction problem first…
Oh and to continue the Blogmas song:
Be sure to check out the host Goddess of Wisdom’s version of the song thus far (including links to other participants, eh).
⚡Thanks for reading!⚡
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