As most of you know, playing video games is one of the things I do with my little amounts of free time when I'm not writing. Every now and again there's a game that comes along that really leaves an impression on me. "Skyrim" left an impression on me because it was such a fun game with so much you could do. "Don't Starve" left an impression on me because it was so unique and addictive and I love anything that alludes to Lovecraftian monsters.
And now, there's "Blood of the Werewolf." I got this game (among many others) during a Halloween sale on Steam. I enjoy platformers and consider myself to be decent at them, and this one sounded perfect for me.
Let me start by saying one of the things that really irritates me about video games is how women are portrayed in them. I'm not what you would call a "feminist," but I don't understand how in video games a woman is either portrayed as a complete "batch" or a damsel in distress that needs to be rescued. (Don't get me started on "Metroid Other M...") Anyway, I always thought it would be compelling to have a story about a woman facing overwhelming odds to rescue her kidnapped child. One thing that people tend to forget is how powerful motherhood is and that it is one thing that makes a woman very strong.
Well, I got my wish. "Blood of the Werewolf" is about a woman whose husband was murdered and her child was kidnapped and now she's facing impossible odds to get him back. (And, she and her family happened to be werewolves, but you get the idea...) Anyway, I was ecstatic. Hooray for a powerful female character protecting her child!
This is the most difficult game I've ever played. This is the kind of game that makes hard core gamers want to throw their controller through their screens. I found myself close to the end of the second level shouting obscenities and fighting the urge to bite my controller in half. The game was more difficult than original "Castlevania," but the deathtraps were more like "Meatboy." But, dare I say it, worse? The point is, this game was too damn difficult. I like a challenge, but I no longer have time to memorize every way to jump or spend thirty minutes trying to figure out one puzzle. (I actually tried for about twenty minutes or longer before I gave up. I can be pretty stubborn...)
So, long story short, what is frustrating and filling me with werewolf-like rage is the fact that I will never be able to beat this game, so now I won't get to see the ending. GRRRR! I suppose I could cheat and look it up at some point, but I hate doing that. Well, I can have a little grim satisfaction thinking that probably since the child is a werewolf, his mother will get to the end only to see he's wolfed out and killed a his kidnapper anyway.
If you're a hard core gamer, pick this game up. I must admit, when you get through one of the rough traps it is very satisfying and does make you want to go on even if you wished you had put the game down thirty minutes ago, if not, good luck. If you're protonjon, please play this game with some friends and put it on youtube. And, if you're a gamer and like to watch people play and comment on obscure, old, and indie video games you can check out "http://www.youtube.com/crono141" and you can listen to me, my husband, and our friends playing and commentating on various games.
In the meantime, I'm going to go crinos and release some of this rage for awhile...