Why you (probably) should play … Mass Effect: Andromeda

A space odyssey that deserves all of its praise and criticism

So, this is it. Long have I missed out on BioWare games, particularly on the Mass Effect series despite having a very brief encounter with the second in the original trilogy. I even ignored the Dragon Age series, despite the fact that I had lived with a friend who owned the original game. Now, this alarming oversight has been rectified, and hoo-boy did I choose a doozy to start out on.  Continue reading “Why you (probably) should play … Mass Effect: Andromeda”

Why Storytelling is Important in Gaming

A game is only good if a narrative keeps your attention…

When it comes to story, some of the best ones have come from the gaming industry. Now I’m not saying that we should expect the next Hemingway or Dickens to come from a gaming background, but what I am saying is that storytelling and narrative have improved dramatically over the years. From the 8-bit arcade heroes all the way to the modern triple A game, I believe that story has played its part in keeping the gamer hooked onto a game, even when the gameplay or the flaws of a game are beyond forgiveness.  Continue reading “Why Storytelling is Important in Gaming”

Why you should play… Nioh

A game that is ready to both reward and punish you for your skill…

To start off, I have a confession to make. I’ve never played Dark Souls. I have made an attempt at playing Bloodborne but I never really got into it. I don’t know what it is, but I guess I just wasn’t as enthralled to it as much as I thought I would be, especially when I went in knowing that it was going to be a long, hard and thankless slog all the way through. I had wrote it off, in my mind as, ‘not my kind of game’. In reality, I suspect that it never really appealed to me as a gamer; my background is mostly in JRPGs like Star Ocean and Final Fantasy, with a few Action-Adventures on the side, so the masocore (masochistic hardcore for the uninformed) never really entered my gaming stratosphere until Bloodborne, which I didn’t enjoy… and then Nioh came along.  Continue reading “Why you should play… Nioh”

The Games I Never Played, and the Year of the Reinvention

The past that I missed out on has paved the way for a future I’ll take part in

To be truthful, its probably easier to tell you the games that I have played than the ones I have not. The reasons why I haven’t played the games that everyone seems to have though are more of a complicated web when I think about it.  Continue reading “The Games I Never Played, and the Year of the Reinvention”

Why you should play … NieR:Automata

A beautitful, haunting and melancholy game that you really must play!

Just a heads up guys; when I first got this, not only did I have to delete a few games (luckily I wasn’t playing them anymore and my brother, who has space on the PS4, generously allowed me to delete FIFA 16’s application), there was an error getting it to load onto my system. I had to reinsert the disc. Be warned that this might happen if you get the game; it isn’t broken, the update required to fix some really bad bugs in the game just interrupts the loading.

Okay, so NieR. This is actually the first I’ve heard of the series so I was intrigued when an email from my Playstation account appeared in my inbox several months ago about a demo of the game. In one of the most tense but adrenaline-fuelled hour and a half of my life, I was thoroughly persuaded to buy the full version when it came out March 10 of this year in the UK. I then started to read about it while it was finishing up in the development stages, finding myself wondering just what sort of game I would be letting myself in for from a developer that, to me, seemed to have a few loose screws in his head. In the end, the date of delivery came, and after pre-mentioned slight issue, I just allowed myself to go along with the flow of the game. And boy, what a game it is. Continue reading “Why you should play … NieR:Automata”

First Post: An Introduction

My name is Gal Gamer, and as the tag suggests, I’m a gamer, and female.

Why hello there~!!

I feel like I should probably use this very first post to introduce myself, not just as the blogger but also as the gamer given how we’ve only just met each other today, but I’ll try to keep it as brief as I can. Anyway,  my name is Gal Gamer, and as the tag suggests, I’m a gamer, and female.

I wouldn’t say I was a casual or a hardcore gamer. I’m more of a gamer that sits in the middle: I will obsess over a game for any amount of time between days or weeks before either finishing it or forgetting about it entirely. I swear I have more games I haven’t completed than I have games that I have, and I certainly know that there are a lot of games that I haven’t even had time, funds or in some cases the cajones to play, or indeed interest -very unlikely that you’ll see many Modern Warfares or general sporting titles up here, though I may flirt with the idea of playing other shoot-’em-ups. It’s kind of surprising how much Sniper Elite 4 appealed to me after years of resisting the lures of Call of Duty, Tom Clancy games and the aforementioned Modern Warfare series.

I’m more of an RPGer, particularly JRPGs, since that was the genre that got me into gaming hook, line and sinker. Actually, if I’m frank and honest, while Pokemon Blue version had been my very first game, with my very first handheld console -a teal Gameboy Color- it had been a borrowed version of Final Fantasy IV for the Gameboy Advance that had got me into gaming proper. I would nick my brother’s GBA for hours at a time when he was otherwise occupied just to play it. Subsequently I got my own GBA and, nine finished Final Fantasy games, five main consoles from across three generations, five handheld consoles and round about fifteen years later, here we are. Me, talking to you, having this conversation. How time flies when you’re having fun, huh?

Now to the more nitty gritty. I am a Playstation girl. I have nothing against the Xbox, I just preferred the Playstation’s exclusives. That’s it. Everyone is welcome here since I won’t just cover the exclusives; the cross platform games get to hang out here too. The only thing I will say is that the games I cover are the ones that I love and enjoy so that will mean not just the new releases; older games get their time in the spotlight too, and boy will we have a lot to talk about in the 3DS section.

This month though, this most incredible and most exciting of months were so many good games are getting released, I can’t help but feel that its serendipitous that I felt compelled to write about the hobby that I love the most. So cheers to what’s already shaping up to be one of the finest years in gaming history; let’s make it a good one together.

Lovely chatting with you all~ See you Friday~!