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.
So I’ve previously discussed what I look for in a book on the blog, but how about what I look for in a video game? These various factors can have a huge effect on whether I buy the game or not – and I’d love to know what your video game criteria are!
- An open world: Sure, sometimes a linear story is good, but most of the time I absolutely love being able to do what I want, when I want in a video game. Sometimes all I want to do is just run around the video game world, not actually playing anything but just exploring. Games like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are perfect for this.
- A detailed character creator: I want my character to be personalised! If I can’t make a character, or I have to choose from a couple of pre-sets then I immediately feel more detached from my character. Some games have insane systems where you can customise absolutely EVERYTHING – which I simultaneously love and dread. It means I can make the perfect character – but that I’ll probably also spend 12 hours doing so.
- A fantasy or science fiction setting: Yep, just like my fiction. Although I play games with other settings, I can’t resist a sci-fi or fantasy game set in an open world. All of those places to explore!
- Decent 3D graphics: I know, I know. There are loads of awesome 2D retro games out there. But I just don’t seem to concentrate quite as well on 2D games, I find 3D to be much more immersive.
- The ability to play as a female character: Not 100% essential, sometimes the character is completely unchangeable, but I always like to have the option to play as a female character.
- Some element of co-op: Always a bonus – being able to play an awesome game with friends.