Suffering From Secondhand Psychosis

Caution – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on October 2, 2017. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings!

Hellblade First Impressions 1

Tis the season for spooky things so why not try out this creepy looking game everyone’s talking about, eh? Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice has been on my radar for a while now. It’s cheap and I’ve heard great things… I’ll likely be playing Dragon Age Origins until the end of time, but I decided what the Hel, and started this much shorter game anyway.

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Super Mario… Meh

Caution – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Super Mario Odyssey. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on October 31, 2017, shortly after the game’s launch. Enjoy my cranky-ass past self’s unedited ramblings!

Super Mario Odyssey Boxart

All aboard the freaking hype train, I mean… Bowser Controlled Airship Thingy! Like almost everyone else lucky enough to own a Switch, I picked up a shiny new copy of Super Mario Odyssey on Friday. Unlike everyone else, I played it for about an hour and had to stop because I was… I was… well, I was bored out of my damn mind. There, I said it!  What the hell is wrong with me? I have no idea… but I’ve been in a persistent bad mood lately, and Mario failed to pull me into his latest Bowser-bashing adventure. Do I hate it? No, not at all. It just didn’t click with me right away, and it sucks being the outcast, let me tell you. Anyway, I like it. I guess I just don’t like-like it. Maybe this first impression post will help me figure out why!

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Lining Up Pictures of Strange Pokemon

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on May 22, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings! I also suspect the game has changed a bit since then…

Pokemon Shuffle Mobile First Impressions 1

I’m currently away from home for the long weekend (thank you Queen Victoria for the extra day off!), and far away from my gamer cave. I decided to download the Pokemon Shuffle Mobile game on my phone. It’s been a while since I’ve played a puzzle game, and my inner child couldn’t resist the familiar Pokemon faces. Adult me cringed at the freemium gameplay model however.

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Mass Effect Minutes (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of my Mass Effect babblethrough series! You can check out Part 1 here, if you want, but the TL;DR version is after exploring the Citadel for first time, I just legally gained control of the Normandy at the expense of poor Captain Anderson (galactic politics at its finest). The game gives you lots of freedom on what order to do things in, so my next mission is Priority: Liara T’Soni. Even before I knew anything about Liara, I had a strong feeling she was going to be my favourite Mass Effect companion… Ali Hillis voiced characters for the win!!

Obligatory: !!!MAJOR FREAKING SPOILER!!! warning. DO NOT keep reading if you have not played Mass Effect and plan to.

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Mass Effect Minutes (Part 1)

Welcome to my first new babblethrough series on Livid Lightning! On my old blog, I really enjoyed writing posts like this babbling about my adventures through Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age II, Horizon Zero Dawn, and what little I had done in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (at the time of this post, I do intend to re-post/finish my older ones at some point, by the way). I guess these are kinda like a Let’s Play in written form using the tons of screenshots I take in games. I don’t have the verbal skillz to do the traditional video Let’s Plays, but I sure enjoy rambling about stuff in written form! These are also a great way for me to look back on a gaming adventure when I’ve long forgotten about it.

During my blogger breakdown, I focused heavily on playing through Shepard’s Mass Effect trilogy (for the very first time) to help me forget about this planet’s problems. I loved every precious second I spent with my Commander Ellen Shepard, so I’m very excited to start babbling about the entire trilogy journey I had, starting here with the first game. Not sure when/if I’ll get around to finishing it, but I’m cool if this remains an in-progress labour of gaming love. Oh and I was dumb and pressed the wrong screenshot button on my keyboard at first, thus missing many screenshots for the Prologue. Alas!

Obligatory: !!!MAJOR FREAKING SPOILER!!! warning. DO NOT keep reading if you have not played Mass Effect and plan to.

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Operation! NES Edition

This was probably the first non video game review, or Amiibo, related post on my old website. Basically, I had lots of fun taking apart an old NES system and replacing its faulty 72 pin connector, thus deciding to babble about the procedure in a blog post. This is also perfect timing because I recently scored a NES Classic during the restock a couple weeks back. My original NES can now happily retire to its cozy original box.

For whatever reason, this post also attracted the most (and weirdest) spam-bot comments for my old site. The internet spam-bot swarm hasn’t found my new website yet, so I’m hoping this lures them back! Alas, they make me feel better about my view stats and are always good for the lulz. I miss them.

Anyway, here’s past me playing Video Game Console Surgeon!

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Oh the Andromeda Drama

Caution – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Mass Effect Andromeda. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!

Mass Effect Andromeda 1

Yeah. I think we’ve all seen the negative reception this game got on launch day. All the goofy facial animations were the subject of many a meme on the interwebz, that’s for sure. During my blogging and social media, um, hiatus, I was able to clear Shepard’s Mass Effect trilogy, and damn, that was one of my greatest gaming experiences ever. I think Andromeda had A LOT to live up to by carrying the Mass Effect title, thus crushing a lot of fan hearts when it didn’t have the same, uh, standard of excellence. Now despite their flaws, I love Dragon Age II and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy – games that are perceived to be awful by the “majority” of the internet. I’ve had many people tell me to stay away from Andromeda, and some others tell me they had fun with it. I decided to ignore all the internet drama and give the game a try for myself. As my gaming track record has proven, I usually love games people hate and vice versa.

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