Read Play Blog #2 – Favourite Gaming Genre

August 16, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Features, Gaming, Read Play Blog

Read Play Blog 2

Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.

Read Play Blog is back for another month of gaming! This month’s question is:

What is your favourite gaming genre? 


Broken Sword II Remastered: The Sleeping Dragon

The thing I love about games is the escapism that it offers, so my favourite gaming genres are ones that offers an immersive story with a great world and character development.

My favourite gaming genre are point and click adventure games which includes the likes of Broken Sword, The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us. I find them really relaxing, just interacting with people and the environments, watching cinematic cut scenes, and solving puzzles (unless the puzzles are really frustrating). A lot of the time, adventure games are also based on some sort of mythology or history which makes it really interesting as well.

Because you never really have only one favourite genre, I also really enjoy roleplaying games (RPGs) such as Skyrim, Final Fantasy X and Fallout 3, along with JRPGs which I used to be immersed in. RPGs are what I used to play in my childhood, and I just loved getting immersed in these powerful story-driven worlds with amazing companion characters. AIt’s not often I pick up an RPG these days because of how long they take to play. They require a lot of dedication to level up, build up your character, collect weapons and interact with these massive worlds.

Something that both genres have in common are exploration and character dialogues – you’ll get to explore different towns and places on the world map and talk to different characters along the way. Sometimes you even get to choose your dialogue options and where you go, which makes it even more exciting for the player!

My Recommendation: Final Fantasy X HD

Seeing as my last recommendation was an adventure game, I’ll be recommending a RPG today. It is also one of my favourite games of all time, so I thoroughly recommend it!


Often coined as the best final fantasy of all time, this game is an immersive adventure in a sci-fi fantasy world. I really got attached to all of the characters in this one, including the happy go lucky Tidus, the summoner Yuna, the perky Rikku and host of wonderful warriors, mages, and blitzball players. If you want a really strong, character-driven story with a cast of characters that will warm your heart, FFX is it. There’s also a beautiful romance between Tidus and Yuna, and the story will make you smile, laugh and cry as you guide the summoner through her pilgrimage and figure out how to defeat Sin.

I think FFX will be a great introduction to RPG games for newer players as well, as it guides you through the game play and it’s pretty easy to pick up and play. There are also awesome cinematic cut scenes which show you the wondrous world of Spira and its variety of races.

Originally released for the PS2, FFX and it’s sequel FFX2 have been remastered in HD for the PS3.

Currently Playing

I finally started playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to pick up and play, because it’s actually quite similar to Fallout 3, which I loved, but with dragons and deeper lore.

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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37 responses to “Read Play Blog #2 – Favourite Gaming Genre

  1. I really enjoy playing Kingdom Hearts games so I've definitely considered Final Fantasy games as well. I guess I just don't know where to start because there are so many of them. My sister has actually watched the cut scenes for most of the games since we didn't buy them lol. We don't have a PS3 though, just PS2 and XBOX360.
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  2. Ahh, reading this post just reminds me of the good ol' days when I used to game like a maniac. xD I was a very tech-mastered child! DS and Wii were my favourites and Mario was the best boyfriend I could've had. *giggles* Today, I love my PC and PS3 is pretty good! I really need to start playing FFX, Jeann! *face palm* You've got to give me some pointers! 😉

  3. I am a sucker for RPG games, although I have never tried playing FF, but from reading your post, I am enticed to try it. I have played the Elder Scrolls series, loved Skyrim btw. I have yet to try my hand on the point and click adventure games. Since I have a Steam account for DoTA2, might as well play The Walking Dead. I hope I will enjoy it as much as I enjoy watching it. Thank you for a nice post Jeann.
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    • Ohh if you like RPG, definitely give it a go, I know many people who love it. Skyrim is going to take me ages to play, I hope you enjoy The Walking Dead! I talked a few people who love the show into playing it, and they weren't disappointed.

  4. I have a PS3 that I use exclusively as a blu-ray player at the moment (since it takes up less space than an actual blu-ray player *lol*) I have a bunch of games and I'll play one of them every now and then, but I am truly terrible at it 😛 I've been curious about Final Fantasy forever though, so I might take that recommendtion and run with it!
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  5. Ah yes, I have never really gotten into MMOs because of the sheer volume and size of them, I felt overwhelmed when I just began! I played Diablo 1 & 3 though and enjoyed them. I can't wait for The Sims 4 to come out! You should join in next month Charlotte, I'd love to see what you write on it 🙂

  6. Oh yes, Deponia is a point and click game 🙂 it sounds frustrating, although I've had to refer to a walkthrough my fair share of times! I haven't played FF13, my bf played it and said it wasn't as good so I never did. Although I really should, because I love the genre so much 🙂 Yuna is awesome, and the music is epic.

  7. FFX is … EPIC. I mean EPIC. My husband always loves to brag and tell people about how he beat it without that master sword at the end. I own FFXIII but never beat it. My friend is playing 14 and swears it is the greatest.. though it ticks me off that I would have to pay for both PSN AND FF servers to play 14 so I haven't bought it. I am going to look up Broken Sword since I really love TellTale games. Just played Walking Dead season 2 chpt. 4 last night. I am curious… are you going to be playing Destiny? I can't wait for that game. Preordered the ps4 for it!
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    • That is awesome, hilarious how he brags about it hehe. Yeah, I haven't really played any after FFX-2 because they just aren't the same anymore, especially how they moved to online play. Glad to hear you love Telltale Games, I love them too! I haven't played Destiny yet but the bf played the beta and is raving about it. You should participate in this meme too!

  8. YESS a lot of people are recommending Professor Layton and I can't believe I forgot to include it in my post! That and Phoenix Wright were my favourite DS games ever. I just love those puzzles, I used to play with my BF and got him to solve all the math related ones that were too hard for me hehe. YES adventure games are awesome, but sometimes you just want to relax and be immersed into a story.

    I'm glad you enjoyed writing your Read Play Blog post, we are so glad to have you join us! RPG games do actually take a lot of time to build up your character so that you're not weak, so I could understand how that would be frustrating at the start. Thanks Megan!

  9. Haha Kelly that is totally adorable! little men jumping over things = platform games, playing instruments = music games. I am so excited that you'll be playing The Walking Dead, it is freaking BRILLIANT. Add me on Steam, jeannius88!

  10. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. I actually put around 80 hours into completing Fallout 3 100% because I just needed to DO ALL THE QUESTS lol.

    YAY, It would be awesome seeing what you think of the remastered version, I haven't played it yet but I'm not sure if I could sink around 100 hours into FFX because you know I would! YES I love Professor Layton games, they are awesome! Can't believe I forgot to include it in my post.

  11. So I wrote in my first ever Read Play Blog post and had so much fun! Don't know if you're getting tired of me saying this, but I really do love this feature a lot. I haven't played any of the games you mentioned here, but based on your description of point and click adventure games, I think I'm a fan of that genre, too. It's definitely a lot more relaxing than shooting games (which I adore), and yes, the amazing character development just adds to the enjoyment so much more. Have you played Professor Layton before? It's a point and click adventure game as well and so SO good. The animation is beautiful and the puzzles are gold… even if I can't solve quite a number of them. xP

    For some reason, I never really got into RPG games. I mean, I tried DoTA once and the experience I had was horrible. Because I was still new to the controls and had a very low level, the people I played with were being such assholes about how weak I was and let's just say that I spent pretty much the entire duration of the battle standing around in a safe area doing nothing. I would have expected veterans to be understanding, but noooo. *rolls eyes* But I've heard loads about both Skyrim and Final Fantasy (never knew they were RPGs though, lol, #noobalert), so I might check them out someday!

    Thanks for the rec, Jeann. 🙂
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  12. The hubster loved Skyrim. I'll be honest, I have no idea where games fit into their genres. I tend to refer to them as shooting, story games, little men jumping over things, playing an instruments. I'm totally technical like that. I've actually just created my own Steam account to play The Walking Dead. Previously I've just used hubby's, so now I'm ready to get my game on.
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  13. I don't know where you put Super Mario, but I'm in that genre. Or I was, many years ago. (MANY, MANY). But I must say that Final Fantasy sounds really appealing to me, as I love everything Fantasy related. I really hope you're enjoying these games. Great post, Jeann 🙂
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  14. I am more of an RPG gamer, specifically MMORPG, because of the more enhanced gameplay and the opportunity to meet a lot of people is simply boundless. But before MMORPG, I got addicted with Diablo first then moved on to Counterstrike, which didn't really hook me. So I transferred to real time strategy games like Red Alert and Battle Realms which were really addicting. After my stint with those, I tried MMORPG which was a game changer for me. It changed my life in various ways.

    In between playing MMORPG, I also got hooked with simulation games like The Sims 1, 2 and 3. The Sims is my all time favorite offline game particularly that I love playing god and building different houses.

    Anyway, I've never tried playing Final Fantasy but I love the graphics. This is such a lovely feature, Jeann. I might join one day!
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  15. I haven't played that mnay point and click adventure games so far, although I liked what I've seen of the genre so far! I recently played Deponia, I think that would fall under that genre and the puzzles are so frustrating at times. I once had to collect letters and I missed one because I left to door to the toilet open XD. I eventually had to use a walkthrough to solve that one, I felt so stupid when I figured out I had been doing everything right except for missing that one letter.

    Just like you I love RPG"s and I love the final fantasy games, although I never finished FFX and FFX-2, the first FF game I ever played to the end was FF13, one of my favourite FF games. I just love Lightning and the story is realy good in 13. FFX is a close second though, with a great story and great characters. I always was a big fan of Yuna. I also love the music in the Final Fantasy games!
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  16. I HAVE FAITH IN YOU THAT YOU WILL FINISH SKYRIM! Just kidding. Don't feel pressured. I haven't even finished the main storyline because of ALL THE THINGS. Also, I couldn't play fallout because it scared me way too much. I have it though :/

    My next video game buys will most likely be Final Fantasy X and X-2 remastered for PS3, and then FFXIII-2, since the first one was pretty nice. I love J-RPGs, but I've only truly played a couple of them. OH, if you like point and click, have you tried Professor Layton? I'm not sure what consoles you have, but if you have a NDS, then definitely check it out!