The Joy of Open World Games

4 Mar

-For the Uncensored

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Before March 2020, when the world experienced a pandemic of epic scale, video games became a best seller during the last year. You couldn’t find an XBOX Series or PS5 to save your life, but today, all this time at home has let me appreciate open world games. Days Gone was a great example of how to take an open world game and blend Last of Us with Grand Theft Auto, as you rode on your motorcycle through the North West, trying to find your lost love two years after a zombie plague was unleashed on the world. If you are looking for a happier ending, Days Gone definitely had that, and packed a huge emotional punch along the way. It death with the unpleasantness of a plague, while understanding the emotional core of Ethan, who has to survive and is dealing with survivors guilt. He visits a grave where he thinks his wife died in a camp, talking to it, like he would anyone who visits a grave. 

            The first ten hours were really hard to play, but after that, it catches on like a lightning bolt. I think, like a novel, and how the first fifty pages are the buildup to a long complicated plot, is how Days Gone was for me. I think it works on the first play through, but even I played that and Last of Us 2, because I have written my own zombie story, and had to check in with it to see what both stories had to say.

            Ultimately, open world games do provide a calming relief. When I beat Final Fantasy 15 for the first time last year, it wasn’t so bad. I loved the way Noctis and his friends became monster hunters, worked for there meals, did favors for recipes, and how I avoided some monster fights in order to camp for the night. It was like playing a new game. I think if you are working full time you can’t play open world video games. But also, I think I had the time for the motonous nonsense of doing missions, because I wanted to give it a try, too.  

            But I do think open world video games can last you for an entire lifetime, and through the journey, can help you see things you haven’t before. Like how Noctis running away on an island ruined his world and how he didn’t face his fears head on. And Open World games are the best at providing challenges you haven’t seen before. And Open World games are the best at providing challenges you haven’t seen before. Like scaling mountains or traveling the high seas.

Don’t overlook the power of an open world game. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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