Monday, October 17, 2022

Video Game Thoughts - Xbox One Love

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. Last time I was in confession was in 2014 when I confessed I like mobile games. I always thought I was a Sony fanboy at heart, not that it's a good thing or anything. Just a self-observation. I still played the occasional mobile game whenever I get the urge to. Two of my favorite mobile games have been Arknights and Genshin Impact, a better version of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Yeah, I said it.
Zelda games don't come with adrenaline rushes caused by gambling

Sorry, Father, I got on a tangent there. Out of half impulse and half intrigue, I bought an Xbox One. Not even the most recent one - the Xbox Series X - because it's even scarcer than the PlayStation 5, which is surprising. I bought an Xbox One secondhand, because why would I spend "new console" money on something that I have a better version of?

It was originally supposed to be just a machine for Game Pass, this subscription service that's like Netflix but for games. My friend suggested that I get Game Pass for my laptop because I have a capable one now. Then got impulsive and bought a new console instead. The first game I actually played through the service was Life Is Strange: True Colors, part of my favorite series, which made the whole thing worth it. Honestly, for one subscription fee, I could download hundreds of full games (storage space willing) and basically play them until my subscription ended. The first month was a dollar as it was Microsoft saying "hey, the first one's (kinda) free!" I hear that's how cocaine addicts start their journey; their journey to cocaine but a journey nonetheless.

I stopped subscribing to Game Pass because I realized that I only have so much storage space on the system. The Xbox One I bought has 500 gigabytes of storage but 150 of that is used for the system operating system so I'm stuck with 350 gigabytes, which may seem like a lot but consider that some games go up to 100 gigabytes alone so 2 and a half big games would basically eat up my system.

The next dilemma I had was buying games I wanted for the system. Having a PlayStation 4 years ahead of getting an Xbox One put me in a crisis on what to get. Do I rebuild my collection of games for the PS4, basically starting over again but now the cases are green?

What I realized when buying used Xbox One games, they can get cheaper because it seems that people have given up on physical games for the system in exchange for Game Pass. Because think about it, 18 dollars gets you access to hundreds of games while that same 18 dollars would get you one used game on average. With the rise in the usage of Game Pass and the Xbox One system having a digital-only version, I assume people have just gotten rid of their physical games. Why bother putting all these green boxes in shelves when you can just download them with no shelving commitment?

I somehow thought it would be a nice Assassins Creed machine so I started collecting various games of the series. I never really rekindled my love for the games since The Ezio Collection, which is basically me saying that I prefer Dynasty Warriors 4 because I started with it. So I eventually started building up my collection of games for the system.

Unlike my PS4 collection, this is basically all I have (FOR NOW)
Buying games I've already played on the PS4 just gave me a reason to play them again. Gotta get all those achievements for my gamer score. I got lucky finding a copy of Deadpool, which is apparently so hard to find nowadays and realizing years later that I shouldn't have sold my copy of it in 2015. 

A game I never really played in my life was Halo. I never owned an Xbox system ever nor have I played it on PC. So I finally got around to playing Halo: Master Chief Collection, which I felt like I missed out on all my life. I love playing campaigns of first person shooters. I love Call of Duty games because of the campaigns so the Master Chief Collection just gave me a ton of games to play through. I played Halo: ODST first because it's the first game on the timeline and after so many deaths and wasted ammo due to piss poor accuracy, it was a good experience. I'm currently halfway through the first Halo game and even after all these years, it's fun for a first timer like me.

Overall, I loved my impulse buy. It's been a great experience because I haven't had a new console in a while and building a collection is definitely a fun hobby.

Moral of the story here is that you should listen to your impulses because they're always good.

What's that, Father? Sorry, I forgot I was still in the confession booth. Penance is one rosary? Thank you, Father.