Archive for Bioshock 2

Relations

Posted in Random Rolls with tags , , , on April 22, 2010 by Cassie

Today, after a long night of getting things done, I got up early to run some errands.  When I got home, I walked in the door to find my Dad heading out.  I was unexpectedly invited to a lunch with some of my extended relatives at a local pizza place.

I hate pizza, but like my family.  I went.

This place had a pizza buffet, which surprised me, but the crowd loved it.  I ordered fettucini alfredo with chicken.  It was seriously the best I’ve ever had!  It wasn’t just something ordered frozen and tossed in the microwave, I think they actually cooked it!  Amazing!

I chatted with my aunts and uncles about various things, some usual, some usual for my family.  We talked about school, the weather, building houses, and surgeries where they cut your skin and flip it open to work inside and then staple everything back together.  Fun stuff.

My young cousin, only two years old, is just putting hilariously cute sentences together and was having fun with that.  He got a lot of attention, which is par for the course when you’re two.

I had fun.  I just got a new teacup and saucer, so my grandmother and I talked about that for a few minutes.  Sometimes I think I’m 80.

I spent the rest of my day playing Bioshock 2.  I saw some hookers (in-game, duh!) and killed some guys.  It was fun.  After that I played some Halo: ODST.  Good times all around.

Seeing family and playing video games all in one day is a usual thing for me, but the two never meet.  I don’t think most of my extended family even knows I play games.  It’s not that I hide it, but it’s not like there’s a reason to bring it up.  They’re not interested, and though they would show interest and ask questions and get into discussions if I brought it up, I don’t really go there.  But why not?

I think it’s because I like living that sort of double life.  I like being able to shift from tea chat to shotguns all in one day.  The more I think about it, the less I think it’s something to question.  I think it’s something to cherish, it means I’m at least a little bit interesting.  At least interesting enough for me.  I also wonder how many of these separate lives I lead…these lifestyle shifts are probably common, me thinks….

Rise, Rapture, Rise

Posted in Random Rolls with tags , , , on April 19, 2010 by Cassie

So I finally got a few minutes, make that hours, to start Bioshock 2.

I always like to make sure to have some time when starting a new game, I want to be sure that I really give it what it’s worth and don’t interrupt the process.  It takes time getting into a new game, getting the feel for the game play, the mechanics, and overall the story…and boy is this one a doozy.

I want to start by saying that I play this on XBox.  I may upset some fanboys by saying this, but I wish I could have played it on PC.  This game, its complexity in play and controls, was meant for PC, and unfortunately I don’t have the right computer for it.  I tried the first on PC and it was just a mess, so I’ve switched to the console.  One of the benefits of having both I guess.  The adaptation to XBox is pretty good though, and I’ll adjust.

That said, I’m enjoying my experience so far, but it’s been a bit of a trip getting there.

I’ve been very good about not comparing the second with the first, but the quirky controls and jumpy storytelling in the introduction made me wonder who wrote it.  The melee button and the fire buttons are in like completely different spaces, and I found healing inconvenient…which may have been a huge issue for me if it cost anything to respawn.  In the beginning, the story was bland, and even felt unoriginal, the main character was unrelatable and felt forced…  

 But as I continued playing and got more of a feel for the controls (which are still a little annoying) I really got into the story…and I’m getting there.  I even feel for the main character.  I feel like this is going to be a great story.

It takes off from the first game and plays simultaneously as a prologue and epilogue to the original story.  I won’t go into details incase anyone wants to play and hasn’t, so no worries about reading ahead. 

This will sound strange to anyone who has played the game, but it felt good to be back in Rapture.  Yes, it’s still leaking (as a city built on the ocean floor it’s a surprise that its people were surprised when THAT started), and the locals are crazier than ever, but it’s an atmosphere that I relate to.  I love that art deco, 40s feel, and I love record players and propaganda and I love that the men wear suits and the women wear pearls.  I love that you can see fish swimming by every window.  Rapture’s is a story that just thrills and intrigues me.

I’m almost finished my second (yeah, that’s right) playthrough of the first, so I’ll be gushing about that later I’m sure…but for now, I’m heading to the train to see more of Rapture.