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How I became a video game sniper

If you have been reading my blog to any extent, you know I have loved & played video games since possibly the womb.  Video game play has gotten a bad rap, but I definitely attribute my stellar hand-eye coordination to my countless hours playing, & in particular shooting.  Three years or so ago, I had an epiphany while playing MAG on my PS3: I am a video game sniper.  So, how did I get here?

In the beginning  …

On my ATARI, I remember shooting up a storm on Space Invaders, but it all really began with my Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  When we got the NES, we also got the Zapper light gun controller & Duck Hunt.

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Duck Hunt

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Firstly, who didn’t technically cheat by holding the gun right up to the screen & still somehow miss?!  Secondly, who didn’t hate that condescending dog after playing for more than 20 minutes?

Screen shot of NES's Duck Hunt.

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So, that is my first memory of using guns.  My dad taught me how to shoot an air pellet gun in real life, but I never really went beyond that for me … except in video games that is!  I remember playing Contra & loving it.  There was also the Mega Man series: the android with a heart of gold & a gun for an arm!  And of course, Metroid!  For the NES, that is all I can remember as far as shooters.

Next gen shooting

On my Sega Genesis, there wasn’t any shooting going on, unless you count Earthworm Jim.  We then got the Nintendo 64 & while it wasn’t a gun that I was shooting, I was shooting the hell out of my bow & slingshot in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  Then, Goldeneye was released.

Screenshot of gameplay from N64's Goldeneye.

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Goldeneye multiplayer was everything at the time.  First, ground rules for multiplayer: no one can pick Oddjob nor the Golden Gun. Second, don’t look at my screen!  I spent countless hours playing multiplayer matches of Goldeneye with my friends.  Definitely a COD precursor.  Playing this game, I first heard of the complaint of “camping”.

Shooting up a storm in the arcade

I won’t delve too deeply into this medium, because I already discussed it in previous posts, but Time Crisis II & Silent Scope were big favorites of mine whenever I saw either machine in an arcade.  Certain portions of Sega’s masterful Star Wars Trilogy, also had blaster action that was performed using the joystick.

Games come on discs?! (Next next gen)

The first time I played Metal Gear Solid, it was on the PS1. Two words: Sniper Wolf.  Enough said.

Sniper Wolf (Julie Monroe) from Metal Gear Solid 2 on the Playstation

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While Halo: Combat Evolved has a lot of shooting on the Xbox, I don’t really remember getting much sniping done while playing it.  On to the PS2, I returned to the Metal Gear Solid series with MGS 3: Snake Eater.  Talk about sneaking & waiting for the perfect shot.

Next next next gen

I never did buy a Xbox 360, so I can’t comment on the rest of the Halo series.  I did, however,  have a PS3 & Wii.  I played a lot of first person shooters (FPS) on the PS3 including the three Uncharted games, & Valkyria Chronicles (which is a beautiful combo turn-based shooter that you should check out if haven’t already), but the three games that really solidified my sniper leanings were: Starhawk, Fallout 3, & MAG.

Starhawk (PS3)
images gathered via google.com

images gathered via google.com

This game had everything I enjoy: the ability to snipe, teamwork, strategizing, building/deconstructing, & capture the flag!  Sniping from within a bunker was always fun & frustrating (the good kind).  I hope that a version of this fun online game makes its way to the PS4.  I am sure this is the reason I enjoy Destiny on my PS4 so much.

Fallout 3 (PS3)
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via google images

This game had a really disappointing regular sniper rifle that, at first, truly frustrated me.  But, then, I came across the Drifter & everything changed.  Basically, my primarily thought while playing Fallout 3 was, “I hope you aren’t important for the storyline, because I really want your gun.”  A post-Apocolyptic world will do that to your thinking.  The Drifter did not need to live & so I acquired the Reservist’s Rifle, which by far is the most durable sniper rifle in the game.  Durable is as important as impact/damage in this game, since you are constantly scavenging to find parts in order to repair, mod, etc.

MAG (PS3)
MAG (PS3) Sniper and Marksman

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This game was insanely fun.  It was so large in its scope, with 256 simultaneous online players in Domination, & a wide array of customization and skill set building that it stayed fresh over countless replays. I had different sniper load outs, depending on what role I was going to play in my platoon & what game mode I was playing.  I also enjoyed the ability to change your load out before you respawned in order to adapt to changing conditions of attack/defend.  While sniping didn’t lead to astronomical kills, it did lead to amazing kill-to-death ratios! I cannot say enough about this game.

Current gen

As of right now, I only own a PS4.  The games I currently play the most are Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (COD:AW) & Destiny.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4)

I remember playing through COD: Ghost Recon on my PS3, but not really enjoying the online multiplayer aspect of it, especially not in comparison to MAG & Starhawk.  I’m still getting the hang of it, trying out different sensitivity settings, & figuring out which weapons work best for my style, etc.  I”ve been looking at Youtube videos to help orient me on how to successfully snipe in COD:AW & found this sniper class video from Anonymous Player:Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sniper class

I’ve recent joined up with a clan, The Purgers, & I can definitely state that playing COD:AW with friends is what makes the experience for me.  We participated in the latest Clan Wars & won 1st place! If you are interested in joining our clan, send us a tweet!Purgers-collage

Destiny (PS4)

Destiny is online only & reminds me of what I enjoyed from Starhawk.  From the moment I began playing, I have met countless fellow guardians that have been helpful & welcoming.  I have been lucky enough to create an unofficial crew/clan with a few fellow Guardians with whom I play whenever any of us is online.  They are very welcoming and helpful.  Team chat is the great on Destiny because you don’t have to hear anyone else while playing the game, unless you are on the same fire team or Crucible team & elect to turn on the audio.

As with COD:AW, I have recently joined an official clan on Destiny for the PS4, Dames of Destiny.  I look forward to meeting fellow gamers in this clan!Destiny-collage

The first exotic weapon that I purchased from Xur was Ice Breaker, the sniper rifle.  Thanks t the handy-dandy Destiny app on my iPhone ,I can swap this little baby between both of my Guardians with ease.   It holds 6 bullets that regenerate, has great range, plus one of the perks is highlighted in my tweet shown below: victims spontaneously combust, dealing damage to others nearby.  How can I not love this weapon?  I’ve used to with great success in the Vault of Glass & Crota.

 

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So, do you play first-person shooters?  What kind of video game gun &/or style do you prefer?

Geek Out: E3 2014 Coverage (Part 1)

So, one of my favorite times of the year is here: E3!  I love watching the live stream of the presentations & finding out what is coming out in the next year & beyond.  It is a lot of information to take in, especially during such a short amount of time, but I will do my best to discuss the highlights of what has already been released that have me geeking out.  Here is Part 1 of my E3 2014 Geek Out!

  1. Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
    So, as you probably already know, I love Zelda games.  Nintendo has had me buying new systems since I was a child (granted, it was my mom buying the console systems & games back then – Thanks, Mom!), sometimes for the sole purpose of playing the new Legend of Zelda game.  Seriously.  I’m not ashamed of it because they are so splendid & great.  The latest game, slated to come out in 2015, brings Link into an open-world concept that is slightly mind-boggling.  If you are a die-hard Zelda fan, you know this is thrilling!    Damn you, Nintendo, for convincing my little gamer heart to fork over rupees for the Wii U!  You evil geniuses!  Check out this trailer with some actual game play!
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, Xbox One, & PC)
    These games are ALWAYS gorgeous, plus I love sneak assassinations.  The fact that co-op is now part of the regular storyline is also very exciting.  I can hardly explain how excited I am about this upcoming game.
  3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
    I have enjoyed this series since its inception.  Well, I wasn’t a fan of the zombies at the end of the first game nor was I thrilled with the final enemies in the second one being hopped-up humans … well, the case is I am usually annoyed with the final enemies, but it is still such an enjoyable gaming experience.  I love the puzzles, the climbing, the sneaking, the fighting, the gorgeous graphics, & the voice acting.  This is possibly the last in the series — the game’s title & Sully saying, “Alright, one last time,” in the trailer could still be a psych out with a prequel or something down the line <fingers crossed> (think Metal Gear Solid, see below!) — so I will definitely be playing this one when it comes out in 2015!
  4. Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)
    Legend of Zelda + Dynasty Warriors = Hyrule Warriors!!!!!!  Okay, so this is the melding of two of my favorite franchises. My love for all things Legend of Zelda has already been discussed in this post, but I also love the hack & slash beauty of Dynasty Warriors; it is my guilty pleasure.  When I saw this game was announced & that the playable demo on the E3 floor had Zelda being a bad ass herself as one of the playable characters, well my heart was set.  As if a new open-concept Legend of Zelda wasn’t enough, you had to seal the deal, Nintendo!
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain (PS4 & Xbox One)
    This looks as serious & weird as I have become accustomed to when it comes to Metal Gear Solid, especially the cinematic trailers.  There is so much blood in the trailer, & the robotic arm?!  What?!  Poor Snake just can’t seem to catch much of a break, which makes it fitting that Jack Bauh … I mean Keifer Sutherland will be voicing him this time around.  So, yeah, I will definitely be checking this game out when it is released on the PS4 in 2015.

I don’t currently own any of the current next-gen consoles, mostly because I didn’t feel there was anything terribly exciting on them to warrant the upgrade price tag.  I already knew that the 4th quarter of 2014 was going to be huge in terms of new games hitting the market & I had already set aside money to buy a PS4.  But between the two Zelda games, I am now seriously saving in order to purchase a Wii U.  Of course, I am sure there are other games that will make the purchase even sweeter, but Nintendo likes to parcel out big news throughout E3 & is not confined to one big tell-all presentation.

Of course there is still more to my E3 Geek Out, so make sure to check out Parts 2 & 3!