|So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.|
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
- Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Unemployment at a staggering 12.6%.
A lawless American government.
American domestic spying approaching the same level as the old USSR.
Foreign enemies with nukes on the move.
And more. Lots more.
Can you see why I might be in such a pessimistic mood?
My mood, of course, feeds my gaming. And being in such a cynical state of mind, I just haven't had the disposition to pick up Titanfall, the game whose beta so made me gush just a few weeks ago. The idea of playing a game that takes place in a clean, high tech type of future - if war torn - just isn't doing it for me. I desire something more reflective of my dispirited temper.
So, what does one play when he is downright dour? Well, I suppose that depends on the player. For me, though, it always comes down to two games: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, or Fallout 3. I am going to discuss the former today.