FPS, you crazy worldwide sensation of a game genre you. Everybody loves you, everybody wants to be with you, spend time with you and generally party with you and their friends. All the while i’m sat here looking at you from afar, slightly jealous but too proud to admit it resulting in a dislike growing into hatred.
It’s probably the most widely played genre in gaming right now and has been for quite some time. I’ve written previously about how I don’t get on with FPS games particularly well and that i wanted to start playing them. I have since then had positive experiences with first person gaming such as both Portal and Portal 2, neither of which can really be described as hardcore FPS games. I play on an XBOX 360 so decided to play the platform defining Halo, specifically the anniversary edition of the very first Halo game. I also wanted to play Bioshock due to both it’s own reputation and a desire to at some point play Bioshock Infinite so this is where I started.
Bioshock has an awesome reputation for both it’s practical shooter elements and the story. Unfortunately I couldn’t get on with either. That Irish bloke that’s filling in bits of story and guiding you through the world! I had no idea what he was saying or read the transcript of it either. It wasn’t his accent so much as the fact that a lot is going on all the time whether it’s spooky background music or crazy shouty voices. As a result i felt very disjointed from the story and not immersed at all. Add to this the fact that my FPS skills are dreadful and it made for a very frustrating experience and I doubt I got more than an hour in. I was disappointed with myself to a certain extent and I truly want to believe that there is something for me in FPS games. There just has to be, right!? For now I will keep on trying.