Posts Tagged ‘Survival Horror’

So before I Just jump into this I want to give some links to some past stuff I have written about this series.

TWO PARTS ABOUT MY LOVE FOR RESIDENT EVIL < Click for part one!

PART TWO! <Click for part two!

So YES..ON WITH THIS!

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So clearly I have a love for this series. HOWEVER I have no love for buying games that I already own with little to no difference between the original on sale item. Which means I really didn’t see the point in buying this version of the game short because I already owned it on the “Gamecube” with most of the rest of the series “0 – 4”.

So why did I buy it? Well truth be told it kept coming up in conversation. The conversations would go pretty close to this…

Someone: So hey did you play the resident evil HD remake?

ME:I played the game on Gamecube and don’t see the point in buying it again now.

Someone: Well you know they are releasing 0 next year in HD also.

ME: yea…I have seen the previous…

Someone: I heard if the sales of both those games do well they will work on a HD Remake of 2!

ME:…DAMN IT…

So over all this conversation was repeated enough times that I figured WHY THE HELL NOT. I know it’s a great game and really I keep hearing it’s a good HD version port of the game so …why …not?

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Well alright.. I Downloaded the game from the psn which to my surprise it cost me less then 20$. Which helped it’s sale on me also because for that price I can understand spending the money for updated graphics and perhaps a revival of a experience I already knew I was getting myself into.  Now keep in mind my love for this particular game was pretty high. It was my first Gamecube game I owned and I played every mood it had to offer in the original GC version. This time I would come to understand that the settings of the game would come as a surprise. This version would have 3 settings as opposed to the original 2 settings of difficulty. Naturally I played the 3rd most difficult setting.

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Me being a natural to this series my first play through it I picked Jill between the two characters “Jill and Chris”.  I came to find that the videos in the game I can assume nothing could be done to fix them so they still remain the same as the previous GC version. However the moment you enter the mansion EVERYTHING is Crystal clear and this is really what you are paying for. Better sound quality, and a better visual experience. Now I say better with a lose tongue because one of the things I enjoyed about the Original was the mystery that came with the game.

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While it maintains the same story and everything that comes with the original experience something that I think was over looked was the fact that what you interact with  “items, ammo and so on” was supposed to be something you went looking for. Cause it’s remake nature and clarity built into the backgrounds most of the stuff that you are looking for is BRIGHT and CLEAR TO FIND. It takes away the question of what am I supposed to be looking for because everything you are looking for IS BRIGHT AND STICKS OUT ON SCREEN..

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If the room was meant to hide a item you can see it clearly because chances are it’s brightly light and clearer then the background hiding it. Not really a big deal but if this was my first time playing the game I would lose that experience of …what am I supposed to be searching for? OH well the BRIGHTLY LIGHT AMMO BOX ON THE FLOOR COULD HELP! That sort of disappointed me but was really the only thing that brought the experience a bit down.

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Short of that I found myself constantly say ..HEY I NEVER NOTICED THAT! This I think was the result of the HD experience. From paintings on the wall to the writing on some of the items it was all a real treat to see how high the details have become. It was clear from start to finish that Capcom put a great deal of love into making it a experience that old fans “like myself” would enjoy and want to relive.

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So am I a fan of this version of the game? YES.. Do I think it was worth the 20$  price? For what I managed to get from it YES! Honestly coming from a fan of the series and someone who really enjoyed this particular game I can’t see any reason why anyone who loved the one for Gamecube wouldn’t want to relive this game and enjoy another run past it.

It does come with some extra treats in terms of content also so …why not help and support! WITH THE HELP AND SUPPORT MAYBE CAPCOM WILL FINALLY MAKE A RESIDENT EVIL 2 REMAKE HD!!

Jumped into another MMO “Said I wouldn’t …but”… This was worth it!

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I was having a big craving for some good horror. Honestly so many games today titled “horror” are mostly jump scares and crappy stories. I wanted to find something that would catch my interest. I had seen “The Secret World” about for awhile.. just didn’t know what to think of it and honestly I HATE MMO’S at this point..but this game.. WOW Did it catch my interest…

So you start the game out with the same old same old. Pc download of the game which cost about 30 bucks. The good thing is that NO SUBSCRIPTION. You pay for the game 30 bucks and that’s pretty much all you need after that. The game does have some episodes after the main game but honestly paying the 30 bucks will cause you to play more then 200 hours of game play. It’s an MMO so really figuring out what missions to go on is really up to you and the worlds are MASSIVE..”hence MMO”..

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The start of the game has you choose between one of three Factions “Illuminati (From New York), Templar (From London), and the Dragon (From Korea). Each Faction has a back-story and in that back-story you will develop your characters back-story. You create an agent and work your way in and out of Modern day Myths, Legends, and stories. This part is what really drives the game. You set out on your missions to go after Zombies, Vampires, Ghost, Monsters, and all sorts of different horror elements.

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Alexander “Kainless”Gonzalez…hehe that’s me!

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Now while the game plays out like most MMOs having to click and point and set number buttons for actions. It has a very diverse game-play element to it.  Action, Puzzle, Mystery, Searching Horror elements, and character building is just part of what builds the game. I honestly haven’t played a game that makes so many elements mix and mix well not left field at all. To explain it best it’s like watching the X-files mixed with World of Warcraft elements. It all takes place in real time so most of the people you meet are real people. With that the community is very NICE.. and well monitored unlike most MMOs. It becomes a group of support and fun!

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I can go on about this game but really I think I will wait and make this more of an episode write about.. So much has happened already and I only just started..

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So here we are again with another Resident Evil…and MY FIRST 3DS Game… honestly so many good things to say about this game..but yea..let’s get started

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To begin with it’s a 3ds Version of a third person shooter.. Which due to technical reasons ” No second Control Stick” some of the game play had to be altered slightly. Alter yes…and GOOD… for the most part.. Normally when you play a third person shooter your given the option to hold the gun with one button held and aim it with the second control stick.. this time when you hold the gun it goes into a first person shooter sort of view and your then moving the gun around kinda like DOOM 3…  and of course you use another button to fire.. Really this works very well for the 3DS .. but really for me it did feel kinda slow at some points..but none the less was never really an issue for the game play..

Another thing I should add about game play is that this game does EVERYTHING correct with your Resident Evil style of game play.. your given quick touch screen controls to switch between weapons, you press one button to heal yourself.. “No Mixing of different Herbs this time around Green is all you get and no first aid sprays.. one green and your set to full health”.. Which I should also add.. you will not have to worry about your health going from one green wavy line color to yellow then red… NO NO no.. This time around when your hurt the top bottom and left and right side of the screen gets bloody… the worse you get.. the more bloody it gets.. I believe you have up to four different frames..of this… WHICH ..by the time your on your last wave…. You can barely see the screen..cause its so covered in blood… which can be a good thing or a bad thing…depending on the situation…

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Another thing I should add is that the game does add another Element which is actually done pretty well for this game…SWIMMING.. yeap.. you heard that right… you actually have to swim in some parts of the game..  which will have you tap a button to swim faster..and another to surface… no I should note I say this was done well..because I never died in the water.. “no pun intended”.. any of the parts that had you swim rarely had enemies involved in it and if it did have enemies..they had been placed in spots that had been easy enough for me not to deal with them..  So yea.. swimming isn’t the issue..  Your also given a map which pretty much tells you exactly where to go “RE4,RE5 AND RE 6..” Only because it’s a 3ds you can pretty much look at the map the entire time..and have no trouble finding your way..

Now another good thing about the game which I honestly thought was pretty Ingenious was that because it’s a handheld game..and god knows when you will pick it up and play it.. Right before playing the game and at the start of each chapter “Yes the game is broken down into different Chapters” you are given a small video review of each event that took place before you left the game… kinda makes it sound like a TV Show or something “Last time on Resident Evil Revelations..(and yes it says that)” so really your given a brief review of what has happened last time you played..  which for me i forget so many things…if i don’t play game all the way thru or am playing more then game at a time..like I was…that this seemed pretty cool and helpful actually..

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So story wise… Well you guys know me I don’t do spoilers.. and I am not a fan of giving anything away.. BUT.. I will say this game focuses on the events BETWEEN RE 4 AND RE 5.. You play as RETURNING Character Jill…amongst others.. which I will not Name… It has some New line up characters in the mix also..Some are done well… SOME ARE ANNOYING AS FU@# ALL.. and really the story to this game is a big confusing actually…. but nothing that doesn’t make sense by the end of the game… HOWEVER..IT DOES GET REALLY REALLY confusing and less interesting at some points… it does seem to drag….. a bit… but yea.. To my Surprise this game really did hold a VERY VERY REAL Resident EVIL 1 Feel to it.. lots of Isolation, dread, and places to search..

To be quite honest… the game is probably one of the better Resident Evil games I have played in a long …long …long time… It sort of felt like a good combination of Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil 4 actually..  You will not be fighting Zombies this time around thou…but you will fight creatures that look similar to one’s from Silent Hill rather then anything from RE… which is actually pretty cool if you ask me..

It does hold a very good Survival Horror Feel to it…and this is actually the First Resident Evil game I have played since 2 that has done a good job of this… If the series goes in this direction I think It honestly can be saved without a REBOOT… the atmosphere and the game play worked perfect… and I had no real Issue with this game…

I SHOULD ALSO NOTE NOT TO BE FOOLED BY THE SMALL 3DS cartridge .. You are getting a FULL 3 TO 4 HOURS worth of game play with this game… So don’t expect it to be a short game… the damned thing is probably about as long as Resident Evil 2 playing both Scenarios..  So yea.. expect to be at it for at least a good 6 hours your first go.. and if you want to find everything probably lengthen that time..

Over all.. I AM VERY Pleased with this game.. and if I had to put it in an order of how I loved this series..it would probably be my 3rd favorite in the series.. 1 on the gamecube being my 2nd and 2 for the N64.BEING MY NUMBER 1…

So while I know it’s being ported to the ps3 and xbox 360.. Honestly I think I will pass.. Everything I got from the game I think I got on my 3ds… and really I can’t imagine them changing much for those ports of the game.. maybe the graphics will be better..and they will probably make it a third person shooter without the First person aiming thing… I would imagine the menu will probably change because of no second screen..and they will probably remove the small touch screen puzzles “like the wall pannels and so on…” but really.. in terms of Resident Evil games… I will say IF YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON IT..PLAY IT.. NO MATTER WHAT PORT you play it on… I can’t think of how they can fu@# this up on a console port..so it should be good regardless… but yea.. not much more I can think of for them to add to it..

Either way great game!

 

So here I was as explained before in 1996 being my young 13 year old self.  Still a big Nintendo fan and looking forward to seeing the new NINTENDO 64. This year Mario 64 would be released and everyone would be talking about how great a game it was. Honestly it never really caught my interested and Killer Instinct Gold would be the first game my brother would purchase for the N64.  I would be going to school and doing my best to stress over its importance like more 13  year old’s. Life would pretty much be the same for me and little did I know else where something would be released this year that wouldn’t even catch my attention for another 3 years down the line. Resident Evil 1 was released for the PlayStation 1 on March 22, 1996 and me showing zero interest in the PlayStation would miss out.

It wasn’t that the game had bad press or that the game just wasn’t interesting to me. It was that I had my head so far into SNES and was planning on the N64 being so great…that I had to take my time with it all. School was always stress on me and Computer games were starting to show some interest that really everything was starting to boost up in my life that I simply didn’t know nor care much for what would be a GENRE I would fall in love with.. Survival Horror…

Resident Evil 2 would be the first game I would see or play from the series. I recall hanging out with an old friend of mine and going with him to visit a friend of his. It was perfect timing on my part because here I was sitting in this kids living room and here he was about to play his PlayStation which at the time I knew NOTHING about. I think at the time I thought it only played movies and what not. I remember seeing it in Blockbuster and playing Jumping Flash on it..but other then that.. it wasn’t on my radar.

From what I remember of the first time I saw the game was the impact it would have on me. Here was one kid stuck on this lamp puzzle in the Raccon City Police Department. He finally figures out the puzzle and gets the peace he needs..leaves the room only to be stopped in the hall by a 8 foot fall trench coat wearing MRX…

It was one of those moments for me that I just simply fell in love. The impact of the scene and the way it made everyone just jump out of there seats unexpectedly was just over the time and mind blowing. I knew at this point I had found something that would grab my interest.  As always I went home..online…and had to find out more about this series new to me titled..RESIDENT EVIL

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It was during this time that I would meet my best friend Melvin also. Melvin I must have met at I believe during my last year of JR High school. I still know him to this day and we do are best to keep in contact with each other. However at this time I spent almost every day with him and his amazing family. His apartment became my home away from home… his brothers would become my brothers and his family would become my family and via versa. I spent so many nights at his house playing video games and dragging my backpack over to his house with my N64 I couldn’t count the number of games we finished and just enjoyed together.

However one thing that made a interest impact on this friend we had was that he had something I had very little knowledge about. It was a game Console called the Sega Saturn. Honestly I wasn’t much of a fan of the system because the controllers were kinda odd to me. However the games he had on it were great and we must have all spent Hundreds of hours playing them. Games like Mortal Kombat 3, Enemy zero, mist, and a few others I can’t seem to remember right now.

It would later happen that Melvin and his family would own a PlayStation. It was at this time that him and I got are hands on Resident Evil 3.  Melvin must have played the hell out of that game having gotten everything possible. He was great at it.. all the puzzles, items, Customes, and hidden steps he and his brother Carlos figured it all out. Carlos was really into the horror scene having introduced me to most of the horror movies I know and love today. I wasn’t sheltered to the stuff I just didn’t know much about it and being 13-15 my mind was wandering so naturally whatever they had known about for years.. I wanted to know more about. So we spent so many nights playing video games, watching horror films, drinking, eating TONS OF CANDY, going out and doing what boys from  Brooklyn do.

Resident Evil 3 from my recall also was released around the time of another game that would match its style called DINO CRISIS. Dino Crisis didn’t catch my interest as much however it was one of those very dark, very creepy games that would eventually lead us to back track and play Resident evil 2 and 1. I recall it was also around this time that my Cousin Chris would own a PlayStation and yes Chris got into the Resident evil series as well. So having two sources now to go to and learn about the series was great. The Company was amazing with Chris and Melvin and while time has moved on and we have all gone are own ways those memories of nights in the dark with these creepy freaking horror games just keep me happy in life.

Resident evil 2 would eventually be ported to the N64 and I would once again drag my Nintendo over to Melvins apartment to help me figure out the game. Several details to the game would change and it would be a slightly better port then the original PlayStation Version. The Videos were a little choppy but the game play was almost exact. The controls to me seemed far easier to play but most likely that was because I was used to using the N64 controller.

So much time would go by and things would eventually change. The game would remain a big memory in my mind.. and lots of other horror games would come from the series that I would love to play and enjoy.  Silent hill and Resident evil Code Veronica I would get to play with my Brother in law Charles. He also had and still has a interest in the horror scene and again without him I wouldn’t be so into it like I am today. Resident evil would become more interesting to me as I learned the story and horror movies in general even today still peak my interest. The Cheesier the better..

but again…another game would come about during the Gamecube days that would change the world of gaming for everyone it would seem…and that would be….