I stare at the home in front of me, and I’m underwhelmed by the sheer amount of ordinary that stares back. Lincoln doesn’t live in some medieval torture castle, or a cement prison with no windows. It’s just an average house. He walks to the front door, unlocks it, and turns expectantly towards me. Having no other choice, I head into Lincoln’s home.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was my first encounter with open world roleplaying games, and I fell in love. Not only does the game encompass all that is magical and intriguing about a rich, fantasy world, the gameplay is so vastly different for every play-through that you will never get the same experience twice. This is a game worth owning solely for the purpose of essentially having a thousand games in one.
I take a step backward as the towering man steps forward from the shadows of the house. He is a man of dark complexion, maybe Middle Eastern? His brow furrows as he takes surprisingly light and swift steps to arrive at my side. I take another step backwards, but not before he grabs me by the upper arm.
One of my favorite things about Portal 2 is that it’s two-player, and the single player and two-player story lines are completely different. The game makes you think in two different ways. While many sequels end up feeling tiresome and repetitive, Portal 2 brings in new mechanics and new types of puzzles, particularly when adding the second player.
“Portia!” I cry, tripping over myself as I run towards the burning building. Did she make it out? Is she still alive? The last time she saw me was looking up at me in fear and disgust from the ground of the parking lot this morning. I have to find her.
Portal was my introduction to gaming. I am a puzzle girl through and through, so this was the perfect gateway to my drug of choice- console games. And for those of you itching for some action, the developers found unique ways to make you dodge some bullets too.