Today I had a friend come over that used to play video games a lot but hasn’t as much in recent years. That doesn’t bother me, I won’t avoid a friendship just because they don’t play games all that much. But when he came over today we had decided to play some games, for old times sake on the one hand (like Smash Bros) and for new times as well (like Destiny and Sonic the Hedgehog). It was fun to show him all of the latest and greatest from the gaming world, but I had to start it all in the past with Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection on the Xbox 360. He never had a Genesis growing up so it made sense to me to show him some of the gems from the past that he may have missed. I went with Gain Ground first, which he really enjoyed and picked up quickly. Add to that some Dr. Robotnick’s Mean Bean Machine as well as a little bit of Ristar. The leader of the Genesis games was easily Streets of Rage.
This game is one I also didn’t play growing up but having discovered it here I can’t look back, it’s such a great game. He ended up being a major fan of the game as well, so that was cool to get another believer in the Streets of Rage camp. From there we played the Wii U for a bit, mostly featuring Super Smash Bros. That was fun though we didn’t get to play co-op. From there it was on to the PS4! There were a few games that we explored, such as Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2, which we both enjoyed quite a lot. He never really got to play Sonic growing up, so this was his biggest experience with the series. It may not be the best Sonic game but it is a solid one for the most part so I think he came away from it with a good opinion. The main game we spent time on on the PS4 was Destiny. He had played a lot of Halo 2 he said, so he wanted to see what Destiny was all about.
I gave him my character and let him roam Earth specifically. I forgot to show him that you can go to other places for some reason so he just stuck there, but he did a great job on getting used to the game and getting some good kills. He was impressed with the fact that other people could join you and play with you on your main game, which is something I really enjoy as well. I think the real strength of Destiny is just that: playing with other people, whether on patrol or strikes. That is where it has the most to offer, even with (essentially) no story, this game shines when you play in this manner. I was going to show him some Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, but I didn’t get around to playing that until later with my wife and one of her friends. We made it to night 4 so that went pretty well! But overall it was all about getting a friend into the gaming world again, and I have to say it went really well! Do you have a friend like that, who used to play games but doesn’t as much anymore? If so then try to get them over and play a few just for fun! You never know how much fun you’ll have!