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02 April 2014 @ 02:23 pm
April Question Meme: Day Two  
Asked by noybusiness:

TV shows, movies, books and videogames you know about, especially in the scifi-fantasy genre, that you want to get around to watching/reading/playing at some point but haven't yet, and why they sound interesting.

I really want to play Skyrim, so so badly. I've watched the various walkthroughs, listened to the soundtrack, and the fact that you get to create your own character and advance and level up from there and go on various quests, it just looks so beautiful and has great world-building. I've never been much of a gamer, much less ventured into the RPG aspect of gaming, but Skyrim is one of the games I've been interested in for a while now because of how awesome it looks and how I really would like to build my own character and go off doing quests and whatnot. The only issue is whether I should get the PC or Xbox version. Going along the same lines, I've also been intrigued by The Last Of Us, Amnesia and Assassin's Creed due to their storylines, and how one of the three will no doubt make me cry.

For books, I have the first Sword of Truth book that I still haven't gotten around to reading yet. I got it around the time when Legend of the Seeker was still airing, but was really bitter after its cancellation so I just held off on reading it, even though I know that the show took a different direction from the books. Also, the first book is really thick and I'm kind of in the middle of reading ASOIAF at the moment. I'll get to reading it at some point, I'm sure.

As far as television and movies go, I can't think of anything of the scifi/fantasy genre at the moment (I'm sure it will come to me later.) There are plenty of things on my television queue that I've been meaning to watch and check out but haven't yet. The main one that I really want to watch from the beginning is Shameless (US) because I've heard so many good things about it and how so many people are pissed that the show hardly gets recognized and how it's criminal that Emmy Rossum hasn't gotten an Emmy for her performance yet, and from the clips I've seen I'm already kind of emotionally invested with the characters as it is, and that says something.
 
 
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Riathriath on April 2nd, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
If you want the Last of Us, you'll need a ps3 if haven't got one already. Assassin's Creed games are also reasonably priced for the ps3. I just bought the Last of Us and the guy in Game told me he watched the intro 4 times and said it emotionally packs a punch. At which point his mate popped up from stacking shelves and pointed out that he cried all 4 times. Guy was pretty spot on about the intro. You will cry over that intro.

Skyrim is amazing. Although there do tend to be bugs here and there, but nothing that's too irritating or game stalling. I used to have it for Xbox, and it worked just fine on that. I have it on ps3 now that I've sold the Xbox.

Sword of Truth series, I would be wary of those. the first couple of books are actually not that bad, they're entertaining enough. But the later books tend to be repetitive and highly preachy, which really got on my nerves. Richard would make these grand speeches that went on for pages and pages and man did it ever get boring. Not too mention I found Goodkind a tad bit obsessed with graphic rape, very off-putting.
Renée: LotS. Kahlan/Cara.rogueslayer452 on April 3rd, 2014 09:38 am (UTC)
That's something of a roadblock in my case, since I want to play these games but I only have an Xbox 360, and some of the require different gaming systems.

And yeah, I've definitely heard about what happens in the Sword of Truth books esp later on, and it makes me super glad the show took a life of its own and never went that route. It was more cheese in a fun, entertaining and lighthearted manner, and more empowering ladies than anything else. I couldn't imagine them heading into the rape territory with how they were doing things, and I most certainly wouldn't want them to, honestly.
orangerful: mario oh yeah! // orangerfulorangerful on April 2nd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Tim loves Skyrim, he has it on Xbox but actually got the PC version for Christmas as part of a boxed set. But I'm guessing you can probably pick up the Xbox game for super-cheap used where as the PC game will be full price. But if I see STEAM having a sale, I'll let you know! The game is too big for me LOL, I tried to play but there were SO MANY choices I just couldn't figure out what direction to go in and sorta freaked out.

Assassin's Creed, on the other hand, is awesome. I just finished ACII and I might start AC4 after I'm doing reading through LJ today. I didn't finish the first Assassin's Creed, just didn't pull me in as much and from what I've heard, the second one is probably the best of them all. Another one you can get for under $20 used and it's totally worth it. :)

I have Wizard's First Rule that I bought when we were all trying to Save LotS from cancellation...and then I never read it, mostly because I found out the author is a bit of a nut and felt I probably liked the tv series world more than I would like the novel.
Renée: Kahlan. Swept by the wind.rogueslayer452 on April 3rd, 2014 10:35 am (UTC)
The game is too big for me LOL, I tried to play but there were SO MANY choices I just couldn't figure out what direction to go in and sorta freaked out.

I think that's what attracts me to the game, really. The massive world in which the possibilities are endless, there are little limitations to what you can achieve. But I can understand being completely overwhelmed by that at the same time, or the fear of being too sucked in where you can spend nearly so much time in that world.

I have Wizard's First Rule that I bought when we were all trying to Save LotS from cancellation...and then I never read it, mostly because I found out the author is a bit of a nut and felt I probably liked the tv series world more than I would like the novel.

I feel like that will be the case with me, as well.

I got introduced to the show first and absolutely loved it, and of course I was curious about the book series it was based on, hence why I bought the first one. Although hearing about how the books generally are, I'm very wary now. I'm still going to attempt to read the first book (at some point) just to see how it is, but overall I will still prefer Legend of the Seeker as a show over the books, without a doubt.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on April 2nd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've also been meaning to watch Shameless.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 3rd, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
I have already downloaded the third season and its current season, but I'm waiting until I find a way of getting S1 and S2 so I can binge watch. :D

Edited at 2014-04-03 10:58 am (UTC)
Kimsaturnsdaughter on April 2nd, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
Assassin's Creed is easily one of my favorite game series, I highly recommend them. Some of them aren't as great as others, but they're all worth playing through at least once.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
Sounds awesome, I can't wait to get to try it out. :)
thekaiserchiefthekaiserchief on April 2nd, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about Shameless too.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 3rd, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
From the little that I've seen of it, it's funny, but intense, and you'll end up getting emotionally attached and possibly crying at various points.
Sylvia: Dragon Age cheeserheasilvia on April 2nd, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Me too! I've heard so many excellent things about Skyrim, and it looks gorgeous, too.

Unfortunately, when I tried playing it on the PC I could not make the controls work for me; I could not get out of the 1st person pov, which did not work for me at all. I keep wanting to try again someday, though... maybe it would have been better on the Xbox. (Except that I don't have one of those. *g*)

Have you played Dragon Age? Those two are actually the only two games I've played all the way through so far, and I love them to bits. :-)
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 3rd, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Skyrim is one of those games where you really appreciate how much time and effort went into creating it. The fact that it's so big of a game where there's very little limitations on what you can choose to do, it's pretty damn impressive.

Yeah, I've heard a wide variety of opinions on which platform people prefer (Xbox or PC), and I'm conflicted myself on which one I should try without wasting my money, obvs.

I haven't played Dragon Age, but I heard a lot about it. Basically, I haven't really ventured that much into the gaming world and I really kinda want to because all these games that are out there I want to get into.
giallarhorn: Olivia Specs!giallarhorn on April 3rd, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
SKYRIM LET ME SING MY LOVE FOR YOU. Or for all of the ES games up from Morrowind, because the whole series is pretty excellent even if the graphics are very dated for Morrowind/Oblivion. The huge draw of Skyrim/the ES games is that you don't actually have to do any quests. You don't have to do anything you don't really want to. You want to go run off after the start to go live in the woods? Want to build a house and make a living as a baker? Want to murder everyone in the town? Want to partake in a civil war? Want to name your character Aegon Targaryen and ride a dragon into battle? You can literally do anything you want in the game, though the depths of some of the pursuits is rather limited, but the strength is how much you can do and how much you can pick from. Doing every single quests (including the DLC) takes something upwards of 800 hours, so yeah.

It also has an advantage of really beautiful environments. I'm not kidding that just walking to another town is a rewarding experience, especially if you're on PC and hit the upper limits of the graphics. The actual lore and world building is really subtle in Skyrim, and most of it tends to be tucked away in books which I suppose does mirror real life. Skyrim is very obviously Nordic in influence, though you have a lot of the ES universe weirdness present as well (ie strictly carnivorous wood elves, genocidal high elves) and it takes some digging if you want to actually get at how deeply the world has been built.

Platform wise, PC for Skyrim, hands down. Specifically, Skyrim for PC from Steam since we're due for a Spring sale soon and you can get the full version of Skyrim for 50-75% off. Other than that, there's not very much argument for PS3 vs XBox vs PC, unless you don't like the native keyboard/mouse controls on PC, but even then, you can just an XBox controller. And you can hook your computer up to a TV and use Big Picture mode and viola, you're close enough to a console for gameplay purposes. Even more importantly, since Bethesda has effectively discontinued work on Skyrim (officially they say they have people working on bug fixes but they said that close to two years ago and no official patches yet) you have access to unofficial patches in the form of mods which make the game a hell of a lot smoother to actually play. Plus, mods are pretty great in of themselves because who wouldn't want a hobbit hole-styled house in Skyrim? Or run into battle with Glamdring? There's practically a mod for anything you could think of at this point. Mods>console is a popular argument, but it holds even more truth now that there's no official patches coming out.

I also may or may not have racked up north of a thousand hours on Skyrim which may or may not bias me

Amnesia (I'm assuming that you're talking about Amnesia: Dark Descent/A Factory for Pigs) is creepy as hell. It's even creepy to just watch someone else play it, partially because you know you can't do anything and you never see what's chasing you.

The Last of Us is pretty excellent in regards to the storyline, which I'd argue is the greatest strength of the game.

My problem with the Assassin's Creed series of games is that for the most part, the story is very similar across games. Rinse, dress up in a slightly different era and setting, edit this for that, and viola, it feels still like the last game.

Terry Goodkind...well. The first few books are fine, but the later books around book four or five, well. I'm not exactly how to describe it without giving too much away, but it is very apparent through that he's a fan of Ayn Rand/Objectivism. And women in leather. And standard fantasy tropes.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 3rd, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
Can I just say how much I love this comment? Being informative while fangirling, I love it. :D

You can literally do anything you want in the game, though the depths of some of the pursuits is rather limited, but the strength is how much you can do and how much you can pick from.

This is what fascinates me about the game. The possibilities of how you can operate the game with your character are endless. There's much to see, do, and how you can evolve and level up your character. I like looking at other people's playthroughs and seeing how they've progressed, what they're doing with their character. Like, Felicia Day gave us a look at what she accomplished where she was at the time, from her different homes to what her character looked like, who she encountered, etc. I just think it's amazing what you can do in the game, which is why I want to play it.

Platform wise, PC for Skyrim, hands down. Specifically, Skyrim for PC from Steam since we're due for a Spring sale soon and you can get the full version of Skyrim for 50-75% off.

I've been hearing varying opinions on which platform to use, since it's all personal preference. Some prefer PC, others prefer Xbox, and it's kind of difficult to really decipher unless you try it yourself. I've been using my Xbox for other things mostly, I don't think I've used PC for video games in years. But I'm willing to try PC, especially with that sale coming up, which is kinda awesome.

unless you don't like the native keyboard/mouse controls on PC, but even then, you can just an XBox controller. And you can hook your computer up to a TV and use Big Picture mode and viola, you're close enough to a console for gameplay purposes

Really? That's awesome, I never knew that. That's something to consider, as well. :D

Amnesia (I'm assuming that you're talking about Amnesia: Dark Descent/A Factory for Pigs) is creepy as hell. It's even creepy to just watch someone else play it, partially because you know you can't do anything and you never see what's chasing you.

OMG I KNOW. The atmosphere of the game is so appropriately creepy, and I swear that even though I want to start playing, I'll end up dead way more than actually finishing the game because I'll be freaking out far too much. However, watching all the videos of other people freaking out is worth all the while. ;p

The Last of Us is pretty excellent in regards to the storyline, which I'd argue is the greatest strength of the game.

I'm hearing they're making a movie out of it. I wonder how that'll go.

I'm not exactly how to describe it without giving too much away, but it is very apparent through that he's a fan of Ayn Rand/Objectivism. And women in leather. And standard fantasy tropes.

Yeah. Reading up on why the books kinda sucked later on, it makes me really appreciate the show even more now and glad that I got introduced to that first, tbh. I like that they managed to go in a different direction and make it their own, which fits better for the atmosphere they were presenting on the screen and the story they were telling. It's just a fun, lighthearted fantasy show with fantastic ladies and a hero who is neither egotistical nor a woobie, and who needed protecting but also was on equal ground with the women surrounding him. I just really, really loved that show so much, and even though I'm willing to give the first book a try (just out of curiosity), I will hold LOTS on much higher praise, for sure.
giallarhorngiallarhorn on April 6th, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
Haha, good to know that I managed to be informative! It also helps that I play a decent amount of games.

That's seriously the biggest strength of TES games like Skyrim- you're literally allowed to do anything that you want, in whatever time fashion that you want. One of the flagships of any good RPG game is freedom in the game world, and Skyrim takes that very literally. It does have weaknesses in some areas, particularly in the story aspect of it as having to rely on quests to play out some of the storylines in the game limits it. And the fact that there's no limiting factor or drive to have you progress through a questline other than personal motivation does create breaks in how you would expect a better story to function. It works a lot better if you're willing to create your own identity for your character as you go/have a backstory in mind, and then attempt to progress through based on that as opposed to letting the game shape your idea of the character. The leveling/perk system isn't as good as it was in previous installments but that's neither here nor there, really.

Honestly, the reason why I'm in favor of PC as a platform for Skyrim is that if you compare PC to Xbox side by side, there's not too many differences between them that you can't compensate/have on the PC, whereas the PC offers features you can't get on the Xbox. Primarily the controller+TV for the console setup, but the boundaries for that have been blurred since Xbox controllers are compatible+the release of a play mode designed specifically for the TV in Steam. I suppose there could be concerns about the CPU power, but honestly if I can run Skyrim fine on a laptop that I got for undergrad then it'll probably run on most other computers. I'm not sure how low it'll go this time around, since Bethesda did a super special during the Steam winter sale where they dropped the basic version to 7.50 and the full version to a little under 20.

Yeah, since the Xbox architecture is very similar (and also manufactured by Microsoft) to that of the PC version of Windows in most cases, you're able to use Xbox controllers on PCs.

However, watching all the videos of other people freaking out is worth all the while. ;p

Unless you are both sitting in a room with the lights turned off playing on the TV. In which case it just becomes creepy for everyone watching.

I'm hearing they're making a movie out of it. I wonder how that'll go

The last I heard is that the movie is till in the go, since Naughty Dog (the studio) is on board with it, and they're just using the game's story for a literal adaptation of the game. It's definitely one of those games that's greatest and most notable feature is the story, since from a game mechanics perspective it isn't all that great, but the narrative more than makes up for it. Which works for some people, but it's always a question if you're looking for more story driven games or gameplay based ones.

From what I've seen of LotS, it deviated a lot from the actual plot of the book and made itself to be more of a tropey, high fantasy show where Richard took off his shirt a lot. Which isn't fine, but it's a pretty different beast than the books (or what the books turn out to be, rather).
~** The Queen of Peace **~: The night is darkmeri_sielu on April 3rd, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't even gotten round to playing Skyrim but it's a game I would really like to play. :)
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
It just looks so awesome, and based on the countless praises I've been hearing and seeing multiple playthroughs, I know it will be worth my while. :)
ramasiramasi on April 4th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
Skyrim sounds like so much fun! I played Morrowing for a bit, but while I enjoyed some of it, it was often frustrating, and Skyrim always sounded like it has a lot more payoff? I'm terrible at any sort of real-time combat, so I'm not sure...

How far into ASOIAF are you?