I haven’t had internet at home for far too long; but surprisingly instead of committing seppuku I have drawn something positive from the experience (at least, I consider it positive because I’m still alive despite everything). Playing offline games has given me the chance to be nostalgic and remember some of my favourite shooting games from yesteryear (I’m too poor to buy any new ones) and I’m going to share some of them with you here.
I say “shooting games” and not “First Person Shooters” because although all these games have guns in them and violence is one of their primary focuses, sometimes there is more of a plot line involved than in your basic shoot-em-up. Now that I’ve cleared that up, let’s begin:
1. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
My mommy is kind and loves me very much so she bought this game for me during the Steam Summer Sale. When I played this game for the first time, my experience mostly revolved around causing random havoc and gunning everyone down. I’m 28 and I’ve matured now, so I don’t do that anymore. Now I just gun people down as part of the missions. It’s not my fault that a lot of the missions are based in the incitement of gang wars.
Carl Johnson is my homeslice.
Grove Street forever!
Find GTA San Andreas on Kalahari.net.
2. Mass Effect
This game just recently broke my Xbox 360 (which had been out of commission for 4 months prior, but no matter) by demanding that certain updates be installed and then not installing them properly, but it still retains a special place in my heart. This was the first game with an actual story line that I played on my console and it provided me with an excellent excuse to procrastinate and take 9 years to finish a 4 year degree.
This is why it seemed like a good idea to spend the last of my food money from last month buying the trilogy. I know that the ending is silly and that my Xbox is now broken, but I feel like it’s an investment.
Find Mass Effect on Kalahari.net.
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
To be honest, I don’t even care about any derogatory statements one may have to make about Call of Duty players/lack of skill/blah blah blah. I finished this game in 4 six-hour sessions (please keep in mind that I am terrible) and I felt like I was the best person in the whole world. I even cried a bit when that dude in the helicopter was trying to save that lady and got burnt up by the nuclear bomb (my memory for names is clearly quite sketchy).
Find Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Kalahari.net.
4. Unreal Tournament 3
An oldie but a goodie, this was the second FPS I ever played. Apparently there is a storyline:
“The Necris invasion has begun, and your clan was one of the first to be slaughtered. Head to the front lines and join this Epic battle to defend humanity while taking your revenge.”
I didn’t notice all that, but this game represented my first proper schooling in insta-gib killing.
I liked it.
Find Unreal Tournament 3 on Kalahari.net.
5. Left for Dead 2
What would this list be without a zombie game?
Left for Dead 2 is one of my absolute favourites. A fondest memory includes the time I killed a witch two seconds after my brother told me they were essentially unkillable. Yay me!
These are my favourite shooty-type games.
What are yours?
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