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My God of War Report

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January 11th 2015 is the day I finally finished God of War: Ghost of Sparta on my PlayStation Portable! This…is…big! Well it is to me because I don’t finish games. I buy them, play for a while and eventually put them down due to other priorities in life. Family, friends, work…you get the idea. Who has time to play and beat a six hour and twenty-five minute game? Yes, that’s right. According to How Long To Beat it should take the average player almost six and half hours to complete the main story in this installment of God of War. Nine hours if you have a more leisurely play style. Six to nine hours is not a long time. Not when it comes to video games. There are games out there that can take thirty to forty hours to complete. I have yet to complete one of those games, but when I do, oh what a blog post that will be. Until that day however we’ll just have to settle for this review about this game.

So how long did it take me to finish this game exactly? Well it’s hard to say because I’ve been nursing GOWGOS for a very long time. A couple of years at the very least. It’s no lie when I tell you that I just don’t finish most of the games I play. As I write this I’m starting to ask myself why. Truth is I have no freaking idea. Why am I buying all of these video games and not completing them? It’s like buying a bunch of must have Blu-ray movies and not watching any of them to the end. Imagine owning Avengers (which happens to be my favourite comic book movie of all time…well that and Captain America: Winter Soldier) and not watching it to the end. Better yet, imagine not seeing how Breaking Bad ended. Even Sir Anthony Hopkins felt compelled to binge watch the tall tales of Walter White. It just wouldn’t happen. We need to see the epic cinematic conclusion and video games are no different. There are multiple characters and a main story to immerse myself in each and every time. Gone are the days of video game procrastination so please allow me to repeat myself. January 11th 2015 is the day I finally finished God of War: Ghost of Sparta!

This game was awesome. Even better than the previous game, God of War: Chains of Olympus. I played both on the PSP and what I liked about both games was that I forgot that I was actually playing them on the PSP. That’s how good the experience was. The PlayStation Portable only has a four and a half inch screen, but my blood thirsty carnage in no way felt like it was small in scale. Should you fell compelled to delve deep into this story of Kratos, a very angry demigod, you should know that both games have also been bundled and ported to the PS3 bringing you God of War Origins the HD Collection. I can’t speak first hand about GOWO, but I imagine it plays just the same, if not better, than the PSP original. Be warned however, these games are button mashers. So be prepared to have sore thumbs and fingers after mini and main boss battles. Nevertheless, my time playing God of War was positive and both are true testaments of how incredible the series is. Rest assured that I will be exploring the world of Kratos even further when I play God of War 3 and God of War: Ascension on the PS3. Both games are near the top of my backlog. So once I get a rhythm going and start knocking off other games I can return to this series and start posting some blood splattering footage for you. Titans and gods beware!

P.S. The game that I’m playing now from my PSP backlog is Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker! It’s taken me a while to get used to the gameplay here because with Metal Gear you need to be more stealthy. It’s no button masher like GOW, but I’m having a great time with it. I can see why it got such great reviews and it has totally made me excited for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain! In any case MGSPW will be the last game I play (for the purpose of this blog) on the PSP. I made a promise to myself that after I finish this, and GOW, I would upgrade to a PS Vita! I’ve been itching to get my hands on one ever since a friend at work let me borrow his for one night. So don’t worry because I still plan on posting more of these reviews about my small screen gameplay. It will just be on better hardware. Stay tuned!

The Gaming Worker Begins

It’s Saturday evening. 7:21 pm to be exact. My iPhone 6 Plus makes a noise! I look down at it and see that it’s a notification telling me that Fryinhard just went live on Twitch! Distraction number one. My wife just got home from her friend’s lingerie themed wedding shower. I definitely have to hear about how that went! Distraction number two. My slow cooker, which contains a two and a half pound chuck roast, went off about an hour ago. I’m considering making additional gravy to go with it! Distraction number three. Are you starting to see a pattern? These are the top distractions of the hour. Three hours prior to this the top distraction was the boys over at Kinda Funny Games, formerly Game Over Greggy. Godspeed fellas! Team Fat for life! This is how my “gaming work” day has been shaping up so far. I should have been done writing this little blurb hours ago. I’m off to a slow start, but that’s ok. The video above should speak for itself. If you listen closely you’ll hear it say “That wizard came from the moon!” over and over again! Ok, not true. That was just a little Peter Dinklage humour for all of the Destiny fans out there. I can’t wait to see what it’s like blasting my way through the planets as a level 32 guardian! It must be nice. I’m only level 19 so I have some catching up to do. And catch up I will, but back to the video.

This is my first official video post which I captured about a month ago. There have been lots of Facebook and Twitter shares via the share button on my DualShock 4 controller, but those don’t really count. It’s all about the blog. And what does one say to his potential audience for his very first blog post? My video already has live commentary. What more is there to say? I’m not a writer. I’m not even that good at playing video games. I’m probably the last person that you want to watch a let’s play video from because I’m the guy who has to decrease the difficulty mode once in a while to defeat the boss. It doesn’t bother me though because here I am and all I want to do is play! This, less than perfect, video depicts that. Yes, you heard correct. My first gaming video is less than perfect. There are bugs and other software errors that plague video games and you know what? Sometimes the software used for recording has bugs as well. Applications freeze and crash all the time. As a production artist I see it every day at work. Why would it be any different with this? If you could have only seen the temper tantrum I had after finding out that the audio for my live commentary seized after twenty-three minutes of gameplay. WTF?! It’s difficult keeping an eye on your audio level indicators, on a secondary HP monitor, while vapourizing waves of the Vex on the lush planet of Venus. Software should just work and it should do so all of the time! Well that’s not the case here. Unfortunately the video above is the product of software not performing at it’s best. But you know what? I posted it anyway. At first I didn’t want to, but after much deliberation I opted to do so because one, it’s still a pretty good introductory video. Two, I’m not perfect. I really want to stress this. I’m not perfect and I like that I’m not perfect. So as a result the videos that I produce are not going to be perfect. My writing definitely won’t be perfect therefore this blog won’t be perfect. I have committed to providing an online venue of not-so-perfectness. Please don’t hate. Instead just sit back and enjoy my less than perfect debut. The game is Destiny and my mission is to eradicate all evil.

It has begun.

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