This month in Q5, we find out which games make Annie Kitain, senior writer on Horizon Forbidden West at Guerrilla Games, tick.

What’s the first game that you remember playing?
I watched my brother and cousins play games when I was really little, but the first game I remember playing by myself was Oregon Trail 3rd Edition. I made a long cheat sheet of which plants were edible and how to treat different diseases that I tucked into the CD case. I was so sure that if I ever got lost in the Oregon wilds (I lived nowhere near Oregon) I would know exactly how to not die by dysentery!

What was the last game that you finished?
I finally got a chance to finish playing Ghost of Tsushima. I really enjoyed the focused story, gorgeous environments, and all the side activities, especially all the Shinto shrines! Navigating through them was so much fun. And the ending was so epic and emotional. I’m looking forward to jumping into the Iki Island expansion next.

What’s your favourite video game/series of all time?
The Mass Effect trilogy will always have a special place in my heart. BioWare games were what got me interested in game writing, starting with Dragon Age: Origins, but playing as FemShep and developing relationships with the Normandy crew while dealing with this huge galactic threat was an amazing experience. I’ve replayed the trilogy a bunch of times, and I still end up picking the same options every time, just to relive it all.

Mass Effect

What do you think is the most underrated video game of all time?
I don’t know that this is most underrated game of all time, but I really loved Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy. I was one of those kids who was fascinated by Ancient Egypt, so this game with its Egyptian mythology and fun puzzles was a joy to play. It ended on a cliffhanger too! I was so sad it never got a sequel.

What’s the game that you most wish you’d worked on?
Mass Effect 3. From a storytelling perspective, I loved how so many elements of the first two games came together in the third installment. Finally facing the Reaper invasion, and seeing the culmination of all the alliances, friendships, and animosities that were built up from the previous games. It must’ve been a blast to work on.