Hi, I'm Luke. I have an addiction...My addiction is achievements.
MY HISTORY WITH GAMES
I have had the honor of playing almost every game system and I've been a huge supporter of almost every major gaming company.
Way back when the original Nintendo came out is when I first started gaming, and I had always heard about games like The Legend of Zelda from my cousin Zach, whom I have played many games with ever since they've existed. He is a huge Zelda enthusiast and always has been. So I started out with the original Mortal Kombat on NES and with Donkey Kong Country on the Game Boy when it came out. Once the DKC series was done on the GB though, I never touched a handheld again until the PSP later on. I fell in love with the MK series (not just as a fighting game but with the story and each and every character). I grew to know pretty much everything about the history behind each character and MK tournament. Somewhere in there when I first started gaming I was also on a computer playing series like Lemmings, Flight Simulator, Doom, Duke Nukem, WarCraft, and SimCity. I realized though that I was more of a console guy.
I got the Super Nintendo when it came out to play Mortal Kombat II but once I played the hell out of it I was old school and wanted to get back to playing MK1, so I traded my SNES to my cousins Brian and Ashley since they wanted to upgrade to the new MK. After MK3 and UMK3 came out, I got those as well. So really Mortal Kombat is the first series that got me to want to play games. I am by no means a fighting game freak but I loved MK for some reason, as well as Killer Instinct and SoulCalibur. I never really got into many other fighting games.
Mortal Kombat was what ended up making me switch consoles from Nintendo to Sony, but before that I bought the Nintendo 64 to play Mortal Kombat Trilogy. This is when my gaming spectrum really opened up and the first time I fell in absolute love with a console itself. There are so many big franchises I fell in love with starting with GoldenEye and then Perfect Dark after GoldenEye came out. These two games are what started me out in shooters. They are some of the best games I've ever played and I played PD a lot with Jeff and my other best-of-friends Thomas. I miss those days, but I still play the PD on XBLA when I can. Also I loved Resident Evil but never got to beat the entire series because of my obsession with other games. San Francisco Rush came out and Jeff and I played the hell out of Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA and a little of San Francisco Rush 2049. I also loved Earthworm Jim, and Killer Instinct Gold (I would have preferred KI2 but it was only on Arcade) and Super Mario 64, and I enjoyed Donkey Kong 64 and StarFox 64. Also two of my favorite games of all time were The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (one of the best games ever made) and Majora's Mask. There are probably many other games but I could go on for days so let's move along...
At the same time of the original PlayStation, I also enjoyed playing certain games on that platform (since a few of my friends had the PSX) rather than the N64 versions. The graphics seemed better as well as the playability. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was on the PSX; also Tomb Raider instantly became one of my new favorite series as well as Final Fantasy. This is when I fell in love with Gran Turismo and had finally found a racing game to suit my needs (normally I like racing sims more than arcade), so I played GT and GT2; I got a little into Burnout 3: Takedown as well as I loved the destruction! Also the PSX had Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, so I naturally had to get one. :P This was the end of me playing certain series though sadly, such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong (both weren't doing all that well tbh) and Zelda. This is also when I had heard about Metal Gear Solid and fell in love with it. I didn't get to play MGS1 really until the Twin Snakes remake but I played the hell out of MGS2 on the PS2...
I didn't really switch over from liking Sony more than Nintendo and switching completely to Sony until the PlayStation 2 came out. I thought the GameCube was a complete disaster and the only reason I'd ever want to play a DreamCast was for Mortal Kombat Gold. So I switched to PS2 and continued Tomb Raiding and FF'ing to my heart's content. Now way back when I loved Nintendo so much, MK, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, RE, and Super Mario 64 were my thing... but with the PS2 came my new favorite game (previously being GoldenEye) - It was GRAND THEFT AUTO III. Now this was the first one I had played in the series but I was introduced to it by my best friend Jeff (Falcon x360a on this site), and I could not take my eyes off this game. It instantly became my new favorite game and I put more of my time into this series than any game I had before. I had many, many fun times on GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas. SA was a step up with the huge map and the introduction of fighter jets and car mods. Jeff and I definitely enjoyed that! I also played Gran Turismo 3: A-spec, GT4, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies; and the NBA Live games all the time with my cousin-in-law Kijuan.
When the Xbox was released, I wasn't actually convinced about it until half-way through it's life. I had bought a PlayStation Portable to try to keep a piece of PS with me but I just couldn't stand going back to portables again. I did enjoy the MGS, GTA, Burnout, and Ace Combat games on the PSP though, but I ended up selling it after a few months. Now back to the XB, I had missed Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 but watched my cousin Zach playing them from time to time, since he had an Xbox. I decided I would get an Xbox because I wanted GTA: San Andreas on it and they were remastering the PS2's III and Vice City. So I bought the Double Pack and had San Andreas as well as playing the new Mortal Kombat games (Deadly Alliance, Deception and Armageddon) on the XB. I didn't really get into the XB much but something drew me in about the graphics and the way things looked on the XB in contrast to the PS2. So I ended up getting the 'better' versions of games on this console. I have had OCD about this sort of thing all my life lol. I also added a new game series to my favorites with Splinter Cell. Like Tomb Raider, I started at the beginning and played the hell out of each one. Chaos Theory was absolutely amazing, especially the co-op. I would sadly miss Gran Turismo - thankfully Xbox had Forza Motorsport, which became my new favorite racing game. GT and FM I can always debate which is better but mainly there is one thing that separates each one - GT has much more cars, which I loved..and FM has car customization, which I couldn't live without. I also played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and KotOR II ENDLESSLY and fell in love with BioWare as a company.
Now I didn't even know anything about Xbox Live until the Xbox 360 came out. Once I got a 360 though, I fell in love with a console yet again and Xbox Live as well as achievements were the game changers for me. I mainly played NBA Live at first. I got that as a launch title as well as Burnout: Revenge, which I was hoping was going to be as good as Burnout 3: Takedown on the PS2, but it wasn't as good due to the lack of destruction. :( There are so many game series that were added to my favorites with the 360, such as The Elder Scrolls and Rainbow Six. I bought Tomb Raider: Legend when it came out and my cousin Zach tried to get me to try and play "this new Elder Scrolls thing". Of course it wasn't new lol, it was just the first we had heard of the series. We had both somehow missed TES III: Morrowind on the XB but he had heard about TES IV: Oblivion on the 360. He showed it to me and I thought it was dumb at first (because I wasn't really into anything that had to do with dragons and knights and nerdy stuff like this you see?) - well I was wrong. It became literally my new favorite game ever once I actually held the controller and started playing it. Also Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas 2 came out and those were new favorites as well and started that series for me. I can't believe I was missing out on the RS series.. Now I never really got on the whole Call of Duty or Halo bandwagons. Halo 3 was fun online and it was the first Halo game for me. I played it with Kijuan online a lot but I always thought Halo was sort of (hard to explain) unrealistic or childish? Now don't hate on me but I never got into accepting the enemies as being anything but laughable until Halo: Reach and Halo Wars came out. I loved Halo but I started respecting the series a little more by then. Call of Duty I've always loved but mostly for the campaign, although I admit that Infinity Ward's multiplayer was and is always fun. I don't really play CoD online as much anymore. I prefer online shooters such as Rainbow Six and Battlefield. The first BF game I had played was BF2: Modern Combat, which I didn't really like all that much. Then Bad Company and BC2 came out and I loved the destruction! I didn't get into the online until BF3 though. That is when it became my new favorite multiplayer game to play, even over Rainbow Six maybe. Well I guess BF is my favorite adversarial game and RS and SC are my favorite co-op games. I also started out the Fable series with Fable II and Fable III but sadly did no more than watch the original being played by my cousin Zach. I am excited that an HD remake is on the way though so I can finally play it! Also this is the time I switched fully from Sony to Microsoft and pretty much have always disliked the PlayStation 4. Although this normally would have been a time where I would have been playing Grand Theft Auto IV (since the fact that open world games like that and TES are some of my favorites because they allow you to go anywhere and do anything), I actually was disappointed by it greatly. When the Mass Effect series was introduced and I had heard that BioWare had this game coming, I was all-in because I couldn't pry myself from the KotOR series back when that came out. I also loved Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Chaos Theory and will most likely love Blacklist.
Now we come to a time when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are going to be released and we have to make a decision which one we want (if any). I do know that with all the talk of how achievements are being messed with and how used games may be screwed, I'm not sure which one if any I will get. Maybe I will go to PC from now on, but I usually like to have a controller in my hand and to play on an HDTV rather than feel so complex with so many keys to choose from. Anyway I know that the main games I will be focusing on will probably help me to decide which console I will want to buy. I'm not sure I could live without many of these: Battlefield 4, Grand Theft Auto V (hoping they will redeem themselves from the mistakes they made in IV), Mass Effect 0 or 4, Forza Motorsport 5, Splinter Cell 7 (if they make one), Assassin's Creed IV, NBA Live 14, Fable 4 (if they continue), and Mortal Kombat 9 (yes I mean an XBO/PS4 MK game, not Mortal Kombat 2011 - MK vs. DCU was not MK8 because it was a mashup side-game :P). Those are just some of the games I am thinking about when it comes to choosing a new console, as well a possible Resident Evil 7 and the future of the Tomb Raider series which I'm sure they will continue! EDIT: Just a quick edit, after all the E3 announcements regarding Sony's PS4 policies, I was swiftly changing my choice from Xbox One to the PS4 since they announced that the PS4 will be $100 cheaper, be allowed to play offline and allow you to lend used games. Those things actually don't bother me as much but they also used false advertising to make us think that they weren't really going with Microsoft's very same DRM policies, then announced directly the day after that they were, just like Microsoft, allowing 3rd party game developers all the decision in DRM for their games. So all in all, the deal breaker between the two consoles for me (DRM) is in fact going to be on both. In this case I will likely keep focus on my 360 well into the first year of the next-gen consoles then possibly add in the lesser of two evils if you will. I absolutely hate the idea of DRM but because of the exclusives Microsoft has over Sony, and the media support, I might end up choosing the Xbox One. I say this reluctantly and may or may not go for the Day One edition. I have never bought a console on day one and would like that experience. Also the $100 more will kill me but $500 is the most I was planning on spending on a console anyway. Now I know where I will probably be going with next-gen and hope to hear from the game prices soon to be 100% sure but I am not all that excited about next-gen just yet. For now I will be enjoying my 360 and listening to which new games are coming to next-gen. Also if MGSV and or FFXV were exclusive to PS4 that might have helped sway me to the PS4 more but I just think the exclusives in XBO are much better, so far being FM5, KI and DR3. In any event, if PS4 has no DRM, then I will be going with the PS4 - if so then I will go ahead and buy an Xbox One. EDIT: After Microsoft's reveal that their DRM policy will be disbanded, I will most likely be getting an XBO. Now all that is left is to see what next-gen game pricing is like.
THE TYPE OF GAMER I AM
I enjoy shooters, open-world games (/sandbox), sports (tennis and basketball the most), and racing games the most.
I started loving achievements with the Xbox 360 of course and I had noticed that there were mostly 5 types of different takes on achievements. Firstly, there are the types that just don't care about them and only play a few games online with their friends, etc. Secondly, there are people who like achievements but do not ever boost or break any rules to obtain them. If they cannot get them 100% legit, they will seek no attempt in bending the rules a little. Thirdly, there is the completionist like me that has OCD and often ends up unable to move on to all these great games waiting to be played because we he/she simply wants to get that 100% achievement stat in that game before moving on. Fourth, there is the gamerscore whore, which will stop at nothing to play any game possible (even the absolute crappy/easy ones) and often end up sacrificing 100% in games because they want to have the largest overall gamerscore possible. Lastly, there is the all-out cheaters or modders that love nothing better than to waste their lives hastling boosters or even legit players by hacking their console or using game exploits to get people to rage quit in multiplayer, allthewhile either claiming to have gotten 100% gamerscore in certain games that are impossible to do so or claiming that they are the best multiplayer competitor out there simply because legit players can't find a way around their mods.
MY FAVORITE GAME SERIES
I have listed most of them throughout this biography, but other than that there are simply too many to list! I've always loved games and always will. :)