Assuming the Role: Part I

Sorry to all of you who are expecting something philosophical or slightly humorous – I am afraid that this particular series of blogs cannot help you.
If however, you are looking for ultimate geekiness to the nth degree… read on.

Two of my good friends, Mariona and Jodi, are complete gaming nerds (when I say nerds, I mean legends) and they have a certain love for Role Playing Games (RPGs).

Now, RPGs are not really my cup of tea, and I’ll explain why.
I have a VERY short span of attention when it comes to games. I am used to playing First Person Shooters (FPS), and these usually take between 5 and 9 hours to complete, and as the name might suggest, centre largely around lots of action!

RPGs however, take at least about 20 hours to GET IN TO, and can take 50 to a 100 hours to complete – because of the sheer vastness of the environments. You are basically free to roam as you wish, completing many many side missions on the way to your actual mission.

In the past, I would always start an RPG with much enthusiasm. The story lines are wonderful, and the graphics, especially in some of the newer games, are breath taking. But after a week of playing, I would get bored and move onto something with more constant action.

Recently, talking to both Mariona and Jodi has made me realise that I have missed out on some of the most widely considered “best games” of all time through my neglect of the RPG genre.
Once dead set against RPGs, I find myself drawn toward them… however, the problem still exists – I know I will get bored and therefore not enjoy the games.

I suddenly realised that something needed to be done that would let me a) play the games, and b) CONTINUE playing the games.
And so, the idea of this blog series came to mind.

With the help of Mariona and Jodi, we have compiled a list of the 11 best RPGs of ALL time. That’s right… 11 – Spinal Tap style! Who needs 10?

I will work my way through each game, blogging my progress – initial thoughts, gameplay, story, continued gameplay, screenshots, etc…
The rules are simple – I must spend a minimum of 20 hours on EACH game – regardless of how bored or annoyed I get.

In theory, after playing this list, if I cannot find at LEAST ONE RPG that appeals to me, then I can officially turn my nose at the genre and walk away.

So, the list, in no particular order (with platform I will be playing on) is below:

1. Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (PC)

2. Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC)

3. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC)

4. Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

5. Knights of the Old Republic (PC)

6. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)

7. Mass Effect (Xbox 360)

8. Chrono Trigger (Nintendo DS)

9. Final Fantasy VII (PS1)

10. Persona 4 (PS2)

11. Dragon Age: Origins (PC)

First game I’m going to start with… Mass Effect on the Xbox 360… wish me luck!

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