It hasn’t been a good gaming year for me, but things are thankfully starting to look up! I’m recovering from what I can best describe as depression block on gaming that was rooted in place by a complex sad interpersonal feelz situation, to say the least. Never in a million years would I have guessed the thought of playing video games would one day turn my stomach. My silly brain, lemme tell ya.
Reconnecting with cool gamer communities online and slowly easing myself back into my favourite form of escapism with small doses of good gaming experiences is working out really well for me. So far this year I’ve enjoyed unique experiences courtesy of The Longing (still in progress), The Test, and as of yesterday, Abzû. Hopefully it won’t be long before I’m back up on my feet and pursuing Platinum Trophies again. Ah, the good ol’ days.
Diving back to Abzû, I chose to complete this game yesterday as a spoof of a great community video game backlog event hosted by the awesome Later Levels called #MaybeInMarch. Basically, the event encouraged video game bloggers to rescue the game that’s been in the grips of their backlog monster for the longest amount of time in March. That obviously didn’t happen for me, but there’s #AlwaysApril, amiright?
Steam sales will always be my backlog monster’s greatest ally. That’s just how it is. This oceanic themed masterpiece must have been on sale a few years ago. I honestly don’t remember buying it, but I do remember hearing lots of good things about it. I love the ocean so damn much so I’m not sorry past me impulse-bought this game.
Oceans are such peaceful settings and I’m grateful to always be within driving distance of a real one in my province of Canada, eh. I’ve spent many hours sitting on a quiet beach, gazing out into the inspiring blue abyss as the rhythmic sounds of waves crashing echo around me. It helps a lot with that depression thing I mentioned.
Abzû captured that wonderful feeling of inner tranquility I get from the real ocean, and gave it to me in the form of a breathtaking cel-shaded underwater video game land.
Underwater is like another world when you think about it. The physics are different and the creatures are almost alien-like. Exploring the ocean in Abzû felt just like discovering a strange new world. The game’s narrative unfolds without any spoken words so it’s up to you to interpret the scenes your little diver encounters. This added a whole other layer of magical feelings triggered by my overactive imagination.
Abzû is simply a relaxing mysterious underwater journey. There are no health bars to worry about, the puzzles are all simple, and the full orchestra music touches your soul along with the environments. This was the perfect game to let me detach from sad reality and reconnect with the power of video games as an escape mechanism.
Very little brainpower was needed on my end and my feelings got their desperately needed release. Perfect! I’m glad I finally got around to playing Abzû during these dark coronapoclaypse days.
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