Indie Games and Procrastination

I have this awful habit of procrastination. When I have something super important, like exams, I tend to do anything but prepare for said exams. This entire post is a literal example, I have a history exam on Tuesday and have yet to study. (As I’m writing this, it’s Saturday).

I am also a big lover of video games and they’re usually the root of my procrastination problems. Study week is a tough few days, when you have Skyrim begging to be played. Regardless of my poor attention span in terms of college work, I thought I would take the time to talk about Indie games. I have spoken about video games before and they will definitely feature in future posts. However, I thought I would post about the ironically under-appreciated Indie genre. I’ve fallen in love with indie video games. They may not have flashy Fall Out 4 level graphics and don’t have as much gameplay time as you would get out of something like Skyrim or Dark Souls, but they’re still amazing games in their own right.

About two years ago, I stumbled across a couple of RPG maker video games. These freeware horror games are probably some of my favourite games to play. (Next to Ocarina of Time; nothing will ever take its place as number 1.) Some of these titles included Misao, Ao Oni and Ib. One would think that with graphics similar to early Legend of Zelda titles, they wouldn’t be scary. Oh boy was I wrong.

Misao, created by Sen.

Misao is probably my favourite RPG Maker based game. It’s creepy and tragic all in one. The background music is unnerving and the character you play as is honestly a bit frightening at times.

The basic story, without giving too much away, is that a young girl named Misao went missing three months ago and is presumed dead by her classmates. Bullied a lot and unhappy, she curses the school and fills it with evil spirits. Now Aki (or whatever you choose to rename the character, who can be either a girl or a boy) must find Misao and rescue the school and its students.

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It’s a very unexpectedly dark game. It terrifies me in all the right ways. It has little jump scares, because jump scares do not make a game scary. It just makes the creator a bit of an uncreative poop, for lack of a better term. Sorry, not sorry. I think there are better ways to scare your target audience than just throwing in some jump scares. It’s not original or anyway entertaining, which is what a video game is supposed to be.

It’s free to download and can be found here: http://vgperson.com/games/misao.htm The creator does ask not to make a profit from gameplay videos or redistribute the music used. However, do enjoy playing it!

Ib, created by Kouri

Ib is another RPG Maker based game. This one is based on puzzle solving and is designed for all to play. However, it is rather creepy. Thankfully, there aren’t really any jump scares. Just creepy music and a butt load of different endings. (Which means we get more play time, because you want to try and get all the different endings to the story.)

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The story is basically about a little girl named Ib who visits an art gallery with her parents and suddenly finds herself alone. Then all things strange begin to happen in the art gallery and she is surrounded by dangerous paintings and strange puzzles that need solving.

It’s a fun game, though the music used is once again rather eerie and ominous. It’s an entertaining game however and once again is free. It can be found here: http://vgperson.com/games/ib.htm

Amnesia, created by Frictional Games

This video game is not free sadly. It’s also not an RPG maker based video game. Finally, it isn’t quite so much the indie game it used to be, as it is quite popular now. However, it can still be classified as an indie game, and shows up in that section of the Good Old Games website. There are two video games in this series so far; The Dark Descent and Machine for Pigs. They’re survival based horror games that do a fantastic job of scaring the pants off me. It sometimes contains jump scares, particularly with custom stories like Obscurity. (A fantastic custom story by the way, despite nasty jump scares.) You can’t fight the monsters, only run away and hope they don’t see you, or you die!

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Custom stories can be downloaded and added to the game for free, for when you’ve either finished the main story or grown bored. (Or got stuck like I did several times). There are hundreds of them out there. Hours of frightening fun at your fingertips! The story for The Dark Descent begins with you waking up in a castle with amnesia. You can only remember that your name is Daniel and that there is something after you. The castle is quickly falling apart and you must work quickly to remember where you are, why you’re there and what you must do to stop the monster coming after you. It’s a fantastic game and costs about €20.00 on Steam. (Though Steam regularly have sales, so keep an eye out and you may get it cheaper).

That’s all for today folks! Keep an eye out for more video game related posts and be sure to check the rest of my blog out!

 

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My Top 5 Video Games!

I’m a huge video game nerd and I know there are many out there like me. Today’s post is just an insight into some of my favourite games that I think fellow gamers will also enjoy. These are in no particular order of preference.

1. Skyrim

If you haven’t heard of or played Skyrim by now, get your hands on a copy of the game right now. It’s one of the biggest successes in the gaming world- selling over 20 million copies since it’s original release in November 2011. Set in a fictional, Nordic world, you play a customized character who has abilities beyond your average character in the land of Skyrim. The main story line goes that ancient dragons, once thought to be dead have begun to make a return and you, the player, must help eliminate these dragons. There are endless amounts of quests in this game, with endless amounts of fun to be had.

2. The Legend of Zelda series.

Basically any game from this series. Seriously. This is a long running game series made by Nintendo that is recognised as one of the best series ever and is a personal favorite of mine. You play as Link, the legendary hero who must (usually) save Hyrule from the perils of evil. It’s a fantastic game series, with many of the older games being remade and re-released, such as Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask and A Link to the Past. I’d highly recommend this series to any budding gamer as it’s a series that never gets old.

3. Baldur’s Gate I and Baldur’s Gate II

These two are oldies, but they’re still as enjoyable as when they first came out. These two orginally came out in 2000. Set in a fantasy world full of elves,orcs and mysterious spell casters, these two games have both fantastic strategic game play and a great running story. It’s a classic that can be enjoyed over and over again.

4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

This is a highly under appreciated game. This game is another oldie, but still very enjoyable. This game came out on Nintendo’s Gamecube but was one of the better games released for the console. After the mysterious and violent death of her grandfather,
Alexandria Roivas begins to investigate the old mansion looking for clues that may explain why he died, or who was responsible. When she discovers the Tome of Eternal Darkness, she learns that there are darker forces responsible for her grandfather’s death. We get to play through each chapter of the tome, learning of all character’s faiths. This game is highly enjoyable and very creepy! Seeing the effects of insanity on the characters does a great job of scaring me silly! One of the greatest games I’ve played, for definite.

5. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

This is the first of the Amnesia horror trilogy. This game was originally released in 2010 by Frictional Games. It lives up to its horror label- it is terrifying!
You play as Daniel who wakes up with Amnesia in castle. All he can remember is that there is something coming for him and he must stop it. Unable to fight the monsters, all you can do is hide from them, while solving puzzles throughout the game. It’s one of the greatest horror games I’ve ever played, it’s very scary! Enjoyed worldwide by many gamers, including the famous Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known as Pewdiepie.