Prose & Pixels

Prose & Pixels #12: Currently Playing (January 2016)

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Prose & Pixels is a feature that combines two of my loves: books and video games. Here I’ll discuss all sorts of things to do with the two, whether it’s recommendations, influences or just a good old chat.

Today I wanted to share the games I am currently playing!

Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V was a game I was quite hesitant about for a while. I never really got on with the previous game in the series, but I’d seen so many Let’s Plays of GTA V that made it look so, so fun. I’m glad I took a risk and bought it when it went on sale (still not that cheap though), because it’s exactly the kind of game I was looking for. Open world, in a modern setting, and it lets me drive around an absolutely HUGE map to my heart’s content. There’s one bit of the story that I really haven’t liked, but the rest has been pretty fun so far.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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I bought Deus Ex: Human Revolution a couple of years ago in a Steam sale, and it’s sat unplayed until now. I started playing it during Sci-Fi Month, as part of my challenge to consume as much science fiction as possible during the month of November. It’s a solid game, and I enjoy trying to sneak around, although I’m not very good at it… I have mostly gotten around places by using the air vents, but I love being able to explore and work out different routes. It’s a dark game, but it raises some really interesting questions about cybernetics and bio-augmentation – and how far humankind will go to preserve themselves.

Life is Strange

Life is Strange

I may have finished this by the time this post goes live, because I can’t stop playing. Life is Strange is an episodic game, told in five parts, about a young photography student who moves back to her old hometown to study. She reconnects with her best friend, who she hasn’t seen for five years – and discovers she can go back in time. It’s gorgeous, haunting and has a wonderful soundtrack. So atmospheric.

Do you enjoy playing video games? What are you currently playing?

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12 thoughts on “Prose & Pixels #12: Currently Playing (January 2016)”

  1. I really want to try Life Is Strange! I’m currently in the middle of Until Dawn (not really… more like the beginning because it keeps scaring me) and Fallout 4. Fallout is my favourite series EVER and 4 is the most flawless thing I have ever played. I don’t want to play it too much and rush through the story, but at the same time I want to find and do ALL THE THINGS.

    1. I think you’d really enjoy it actually, it’s so so beautiful ❤ And one of my colleagues told me about Until Dawn, it sounds terrifying. I watched a little bit of a Let's Play on Youtube, not sure if I could manage the game myself…

      Haha I know that feeling. I need to buy it, but I'm waiting for the price to go down a bit first.

    1. To be honest I think Life is Strange is a pretty perfect game for someone who doesn’t play many games. It’s very much more like an interactive story, there’s no fighting or anything like that. It’s like a beautiful, beautiful novel. ❤

  2. My husband plated GTA V and was obsessed with it. Upon watching though, I’m pretty sure it’s not the kind of game for me. I’m especially terrible at races haha. Life is strange sounds particularly cool though. I will have to check it out!

    1. I really like it, but there was one mission so far that made me feel really horrible and I just… did not want to do it. It made me feel bad, but there was no way of skipping it that I could see. Luckily it wasn’t very long.

      Definitely check out Life is Strange!

  3. Ahhh I love episodic video games! I’m a huge fan of the TellTale games… I think that’s what it’s called. They make the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead ones, if you’ve heard of them. I’ll have to check out Life is Strange!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. I don’t play that many video games, but Life is Strange sounds intriguing! I like puzzle games more than ones that involve aiming because I’m horrible at precision stuff.

    1. Yes! Like I said to Tammy, it’s perfect for people who don’t really play video games, because it’s a bit more like an interactive novel. The story and the choices the player makes are the most important things.

  5. I love the Deus Ex series! I always enjoy stealth games, so that was how I played Human Revolution. It worked great until I ran into an unavoidable boss battle or two. Those were a pain. I’ve enjoyed previous GTA games and recently picked up a copy of GTA V, but haven’t started it yet. Same with Life is Strange. They had a sale on it for Xbox so I grabbed a copy. I look forward to it.

    After a little over 2 months I finally let myself finish the main quest on Fallout 4. I might go back to search for more side quests, but for now I’ve gotten back to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. I must have been a pirate in a previous life because I’m really enjoying this one. The ship battles, attacking the forts, diving to sunken wrecks in search of treasure…I’m just having a great time with it. Maybe I was a pirate in a previous life. Who knows?

    1. Now I have a revolver with explosive rounds, it’s ridiculously easy, haha! I love hacking too, so even if I have a password I hack everything just because I can (plus rewards :D). Let me know what you think of the other two games when you get to them!

      I will buy Fallout 4, but I’m waiting for the price to go down/a sale of some kind. I need to get back to AC IV, although those games always take me a little while. I always have difficulty controlling the character at first, and he just jumps off random ledges, pushes guards by accident, etc…

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