I figured recently one of the reasons i'm not feeling too grand is that I don't feel as "goth" as I wish I was. I figured this out after a weird dream where I missed the showing of "Ruby Gloom The Movie" while all my goth friends in the past walked there happily. I'm not making this up (like i'm not making up last night's dream where i was covered in hundreds of hissing spiders). So with this in mind, I figured i'd best quit my crap lifestyle and get to work on embracing the dark side.
The first major decision I made was to adjust my encounter of media to the darker genres. This meant creating a list of books to read, music to listen to, and games to play. The Music was easy - I put The Cure, Cradle of Filth, Marilyn Manson, and HIM on my main iPhone playlist. Books involved all the works of Lovecraft and Poe, along with some other random pieces (notably NOT the Twilight series).
Finally, came the games to be played. As a rule, i'm avoiding shock-horror games, movie licences, and PC games. After going through my collection, I made a list of five to be played in no particular order...
Eternal Darkness (Gamecube)
The 7th game I bought for my Gamecube as well as one of the best. Graphics are a bit low-end and gameplay is linear, but it makes up for it with excellent storytelling (inspired by the Cthulhu mythos of HP Lovecraft) and the amusing hallucinations. Already completed it years ago, but worth a play through again.
Devil May Cry 4 (Xbox 360)
One of the most awesome action games ever, with two half-demon heroes battling hordes of monsters with guns and huge swords, along with an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack. I found the backtracking with Dante not an issue myself as I enjoyed battling through the monsters and bosses. The first game I got for my Xbox 360 and one of the most enjoyable.
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne (Playstation 2)
I haven't played this one yet, so I can't speak much of it. What I do know is that the series is utterly fantastic, and its definitely worth a go.
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 (Gamecube)
If I had to choose a vampire-related game, I opted for this one. It absolutely killed the series, but its just so funny-bad its impossible not to enjoy it, especially with the poor storyline (find Sarafan lord and kill him), regional accents (notably the australian in the first level) and more stuff which makes it the Plan 9 of Vampire games. Play as Kain killing random baddies then sucking their blood from 2 metres away.
Silent Hill 2 (Playstation 2)
This is one of the creepiest, most disturbing games ever made. Unfortunately i've only played a little of it before I traded it in (to get my original DS), so I need to pick it up again next time i'm out.
So there you have it. Any additions to the list will be most helpful.
7 years, 6 months ago
05 Sep 2011 14:56 CEST