Monday, 26 February 2018

My Gaming Recommendations


I've been a fan of gaming for as long as I can remember, having grown up playing classics like Croc, Rayman and Spyro and slowly but surely expanding my horizons to more complicated games as the years went on. Now I'm no expert by any means, I'm still quite a newbie in some ways which frustrates my boyfriend to no end as no matter how much he tries to teach me, I always revert back to my old ways, hehe. But gaming has and always will be an important part of my life as it's a way for me to disconnect from real life and indulge in a foreign world; just like when you read a book, though you have challenges to overcome and you control the way the story goes. It's also a very fun and supportive community when you play online as you can connect with other people like yourself who have similar interests and it's totally acceptable to geek out with them, hurray! :)

With that in mind, I wanted to share my recommendations from over the years - whether you're a newbie gamer and want something simple or you're a skilled gamer and want to try something you haven't heard of, check these out, they don't disappoint!

Single Player
Stardew Valley is one of the most relaxing games I've ever played. You literally just build up your own farm, grow crops, breed animals and do little favours for your neighbours that gain you rewards, etc. It's one of those games that's perfect for when you're hungover as there's not much thinking needed, it's just pure easy going fun that feels strangely satisfying. 

Hotseat Co-op
Dane only introduced me to Heroes of Might and Magic 3 a year or so after we got together but since then it's been our go to 'let's chill out and play something together' game. It's very old school, the graphics aren't amazing and it's pretty straight forward but it's lots of fun and if you're willing to indulge in a nostalgic game where you build up your hometown, recruit troops of your chosen genre and adventure the map, taking down enemies and ultimately aiming to become the strongest hero in the game, then it can provide hours and hours of entertainment.

Local Co-op
Oh gosh there's so much I can say about this game. I actually cried of laughter when competitively playing against Dane on this. You're meant to work together as a team but we always ended up sabotaging one another and ruining each other's orders to see who wins the rounds and it's been some of the funniest nights of my life, I swear. It's a simple team game where you have to complete food orders, serve them up and wash the dishes within a time limit whilst aiming to get 3 stars to move onto the next level. Sounds easy peasy right? 
Try it ;)

Online Co-op/LAN
This is one of those games that you literally cannot leave your screen for a minute or you'll end up with hounds attacking you out of nowhere or the shadows creeping up and tormenting you until you go mad and die :P It's a sandbox survival game with a dark fantasy style like no other and is great to test your wilderness survival skills with your friends and create your own little base with weird but wonderful contraptions. It may not be to everybody's taste but it's good fun if you give it a chance.

MMO Roleplayer
Probably my favourite MMO of all time, Final Fantasy 14 is the bees knees. Whether you're an old school fan of FF or a newbie to the franchise, it welcomes everyone and has an array of classes that are not only aesthetically amazing but insanely fun to play through. Me and Dane were shamelessly addicted to this before our son was born but unfortunately we don't get the time to indulge anymore, though we'll definitely be back when we get the opportunity! If you're a fan of roleplaying games, you must must must check it out. The storyline is amazing, the graphics are incredible and the dungeons are hella fun, if not frustrating at times. Plus, it helps that the game is full to the brim with adorable moogles and minions that appeal to my inner kawaii lover ^_^

Single Player
Being the die hard Alice in Wonderland fan that I am, when I heard there was a gothic action adventure horror game heavily inspired by it, I was certain I was gonna love it - and that I do. It's very dark, very disturbing in some parts and very challenging but an amazing experience if you're into all that dark psychological stuff like I am. They've obviously massively changed the characters and their storylines to more sinister and violent ones but it's still based in a place called Wonderland and has a lot of the beloved creatures from the original, just with a twist. The graphics are also ridiculously pretty and Alice's dresses that you collect throughout the game are stunning as well as lethal.

Single Player
Kingdom Hearts holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first games I really got into on my own and it helped keep me distracted during some of the hardest times throughout my teenage years. It's a series of crossover action roleplaying games that are swarming with Disney, Pixar and Final Fantasy characters that you go on a journey with whilst ultimately defeating the big bad. There are so many versions across so many platforms but the original will always be my favourite, it's just such a classic. Simple, light hearted fun with your favourite Disney characters and a killer soundtrack, what's not to love? 

These are only a few of my top games that I can think of at the moment, I'll most likely do a Part Two of this post later on in the year but for now, if you like the sound of any of these games, I highly recommend you go for it, they're all great fun! 


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  1. I grew up playing ps1, and ps2 games too- Spyro was everything haha! Have you heard that they're remastering it? Overcooked sounds like so much fun, it definitely seems like a good game xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Ooh really? It's about time! Spyro was so much fun, I'd definitely play it remastered :)
      Haha oh it really is, I highly recommend it x

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  2. I'll be honest, I've never been a gamer, unless Lego Harry Potter counts?! My husband loves it though, I'm going to show him your recommendations! Stardew Valley sounds lovely!
    Hels xx
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  3. I’m not really a gamer but this post brought back lots of happy memories playing Lemmings, Hocus Pocus, Rachet & Clank, and Skyroads. I remember playing Spyro at a friends house too! 💖 Great post, thank you for sharing your favourites 😘 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  4. Ohhh emmm geee! I love you even more! I’m such a die hard gamer at heart. I spent most of my childhood playing video games and getting hook on the lastest game consoles lol. I would love to try Alice and heroes sounds like fun. Omg you have a pretty fun list! I’d really like to get back into it...it was such a quiet place for me. Thanks for sharing this Jess 💕💕

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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