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Suspension of Disbelief: Video Games!

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen.

3 new video games that are awesome and everyone should skip school to play…actually don’t do that at all. If you’re as easily addicted to video games like my fiancé, avoid these games like the plague. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!!

  1. Skyrim

What is it?

Skyrim is a single player roleplaying game set in a high-fantasy world. You get to be a no-name prisoner who fights or sneaks his/her way to saving the world from a big nasty time-traveling dragon.

Why is it awesome?

You get to be any kind of person you want. You can be an 8-foot tall orc wielding a sword the size of a small tree.  Like sneaking up behind random people on the street and stealing their wallet? You can do that too. You can even cook a hearty meal if you’re boring and lame.

The world is really, really, REALLY big, and filled with an almost endless amount of things to do thanks to its quest-generating mechanism. You can literally play it for 200 hours and still have dungeons left to plunder or bandits to cut down.

What’s bad about it?

Fighting kind of gets boring after a while. All you do is click your mouse button to swing your sword or cast your spell, and there aren’t any wicked Bruce Lee-style combo moves. You can breathe fire though, which is pretty cool.

The never-endingness of the game also gets a little boring. After playing it for 50 hours, you realize that the quests you get are basically repeats of earlier quests. Nevertheless, something compels you to keep slaying dragons.

You need a pretty good computer to run it. My 3-months old $900 laptop can only run it with vastly reduced resolution and all settings set to low.

  1. Batman: Arkham City

What is it?

A sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, you control Batman in a city full of supervillains in the batman universe. Single player.

Why is it awesome?

You’re Batman. What else can you want?

You get all sorts of awesome gadgets and ways to beat up those annoying henchmen. You can swing from ledge to ledge with the bat-grappling gun, glide with your bat-cape; zap people with your bat-taser, vanish in a puff of bat-smoke like a bat-ninja, and more!

The narration and cinematics do a great job of immersing you in the story. There is an entire city filled with dozens of side quests and challenges to explore. You really do feel like Batman playing this game.

You also get to solve puzzles, look for riddler trophies and ALL the bad guys are in it! It is super fun to have everyone involved in the story.

What’s bad about it?

It’s much easier to play with a controller, so PC gamers might want to pick up an xbox controller. Aside from that…you get to be Batman!

  1. Battlefield 3

What is it?

It’s a multiplayer first-person shooter that pits you and your team of up to 32 players against another team, fighting over the control of objectives on the map.

Why is it awesome?

The gameplay is amazingly smooth and strategic. Cooperating with your friends to take over objectives is super rewarding. There are 4 classes to pick, each with their own distinct roles, weapons and tools. As you play more, you earn points to unlock more equipment and weapons, which is almost as addictive as shooting other people. The number of maps and modes means that it takes a very long time to get boring. Plus you get to drive tanks, fly helicopters and even have dogfights in jets.

What’s bad about it?

The single player mode isn’t great, but hey it’s supposed to be a multiplayer game. The system requirements are also pretty steep. Again, I had to turn all my video settings to low to play it, which sucks because the graphics are really nice.

Picture from: Game Informer

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Katie is a graduate student from Canada studying the environment and systems theory. She also loves dinosaurs and baking cupcakes. Follow her on twitter @katiekish

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