2017 · Games: It's-a me Mario

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 10

Day 10 – Best gameplay.

First, let’s define gameplay because I feel like a lot of things could go into this. Is it about controller response, or UI or taking advantage of the system by breaking it? Because if it’s the last one, I gotta give all my props to Metal Gear Solid for sheer innovation. (I’m more interested in creativity than perfect controls anyway). 

I’m sure you all know about the Psycho Mantis fight in MGS1, a game I own in three different versions and have yet to actually play, but my favourie piece of Kojima fucking with gameplay has to be in MGS3: Snake Eater.  The boss fights are laid out in a way that allows you to solve them in a couple of different ways, for the most part, but the boss fight that really goes out there is against The End, an elderly master sniper. You can shoot him, of course, or tranquilise him or leave the game running for two weeks until he dies of old age. Yep. This is a thing. I haven’t tried it but I still love it, out of sheer respect for Kojima’s dedication to being an asshole.

Honorable mention to the boss fight against the Sorrow, who can only be solved in one way – don’t kill any more than absolutely necessary in the entire game leading up to the fight. The fight against the Sorrow doesn’t involve a single bullet being fired, but rather Naked Snake trudging up a river littered with the ghosts of every single person you’ve killed in the game up to that point, trying to pull you under. If you can avoid unnecessary bloodshed it’s dead easy to finish the battle. If not… well. Actions have consequences.

Day 1 – Very first video game.
Day 2 – Your favourite character.
Day 3 – A game that is underrated.
Day 4 – Your guilty pleasure game.
Day 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).
Day 6 – Most annoying character.
Day 7 – Favorite game couple.
Day 8 – Best soundtrack.
Day 9 – Saddest game scene.
Day 10 – Best gameplay.
Day 11 – Gaming system of choice.
Day 12 – A game everyone should play.
Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
Day 15 – Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.
Day 16 – Game with the best cut scenes.
Day 17 – Favorite antagonist.
Day 18 – Favorite protagonist.
Day 19 – Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.
Day 20 – Favorite genre.
Day 21 – Game with the best story.
Day 22 – A game sequel which disappointed you.
Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style.
Day 24 – Favorite classic game.
Day 25 – A game you plan on playing.
Day 26 – Best voice acting.
Day 27 – Most epic scene ever.
Day 28 – Favorite game developer.
Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Day 30 – Your favorite game of all time


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