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Three Game Series I Plan To Give A Chance

Being a broke college student, it can be hard for me to get my hands on the latest and greatest titles.  The hype behind new games (and even some that have come out more than a year ago) makes me feel as though I’m missing out on a large chunk of the gaming culture.  This is why I’ve resolved to, at some point in the near future, try out a few series’ games to see what I’m missing.

The Mass Effect Series

There are so many people that have played this set of games that it makes me feel ignorant when they start referencing pieces of the storyline or characters in everyday conversation.  I have never even watched gameplay footage of any of the Mass Effect games, not because I don’t want to, but because I’m not familiar with the games or playstyle.  Several people are of the mindset that if they haven’t actually played anything from a certain series, its a risky investment to spend $60 on a game.  They might play for three hours just to find that they don’t think it’s fun.  This is where my concern lies.

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However, rave reviews of the game and its sequels have me scratching my head on what to do.  The first game has come down in price significantly, since it’s nearly six years old.  This leaves me with this issue that if I get into this game and get enthralled, I’ll want to buy the second and the third as well.  Prospects of a summer job keep the possibility open, but not right now, at least.

I am looking forward to being a part of the Mass Effect community that so passionately discusses this game, just as I’m happy to be a part of the Walking Dead community that surrounds not only the Telltale title, but also the AMC TV show.  I am ready to dive in and understand what people find so great about the game.

The Assassin’s Creed Series

This one is a bit less straightforward.  I’ve played the first Assassin’s Creed title, and after about three or four hours of playing, I had gotten immensely bored.  To me the game felt like “go to this city, climb this tower, jump into this hay bale, climb this building, kill this guy, and repeat”.  It was fun the first couple times, but the missions didn’t change up enough for it to stay interesting.

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Though, if there’s one thing fans of the Assassin’s Creed series agree on, it’s that the first one is the worst in the series.  That is the only thing that is heartening to me.  I found the game fun, but boring after the first four or five missions.  If they found a way to keep it fresh, I would likely enjoy the game very much.

I am especially excited to try Assassin’s Creed III (and IV when it’s released), because they steer away from the Jerusalem area to more familiar regions and terrain.  I don’t know if the storyline requires that I know some background into the past dealings, though, so I’m torn whether or not to skip ACII.

The BioShock Series

Another one that has me both confused and in awe.  I played the demo for the first BioShock.  The impression it left on me was one of a dark, dank dungeon crawler with mild horror aspects and confusing linear progression that did not rope me into buying the game.  That said, it’s my only impression I’ve had of any of the BioShock titles.

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After the recent launch of BioShock Infinite, my friends have been raving about this one more than Mass Effect.  I kept wondering whether it was being over hyped, and waited for the typical glamour to wear off the new game, but any person I’ve talked to has said that it was an excellent game.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand that games can improve with new releases, but the bad taste that the first outing of some games leave in my mouth steer me away from them.

Conclusion

To put it plainly, if I had hundreds of dollars in disposable income, I’d snap these series’ up in a heartbeat.  The problem lies with the fact that it’s just not there right now.  Other games are high on my list as individual continuations of series’ I enjoy, like Halo 4, as well as some indie titles in development that I’m saving to get my hands on when they’re ready, like Star Citizen, Pathfinder, and StarForge.

Which of the listed series’ is your favorite, and which one do you think I should try first?  Leave a message in the comments section below.



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