When FEZ originally released on XBOX Live Arcade, I stayed up the night before waiting for it to appear on my my dash. My girlfriend at the time stayed up on the phone with me and talked with me until it came out. Once it showed up I attempted to buy it but sadly failed when I realized there were no Microsoft Points on my profile. I shot over to the Albertsons down the street and bought one of the two cards left.
I redeemed my points, I downloaded FEZ and began playing.
FEZ marked the beginning of a very crucial point in my life. Shortly after the release of this game I would see the vacancy of my childhood home. I would see countless arguments breakout between friends, family and even in my own relationship. I would see myself become homeless, my dog develop a terrible rash and then finally I would see myself reach my own physical breaking point. FEZ is one of my top 5 favorite games of all time. To this day it makes me feel warm inside and so much more.
Since FEZ released on Xbox Live, the girl and I no longer speak. The only place I have ever called home is now occupied by complete strangers and my dog still has that rash.
I never saw video games as anything more than entertainment and at one point during my homeless-ness I saw it as a complete waste of time. Now I see them as landmarks in a weird way. Checkpoints. I am no longer reviewing FEZ for the Playstation Vita because of everything that game means to me. I know I would not be able to give it a fair score.
2. Max Payne 3
3. Infamous 2
4.Kane and Lynch 2
5. Gears of War 3
All of these games represent that time period to me. Max Payne I was able to set aside from all of that weirdness but the rest are very much tied to that point in time.
If I did score FEZ, it would receive a 5 out of 5.
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