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|Gotta love old school game logic|
At the beginning of Gothic 3's campaign, my first order of business was to locate a super secret hidden rebel base that no one could find, not even the orcs that conquered all of the cities in the land.
I found the base in a huge, conspicuous hole in the ground, surrounded by laborers noisily pounding hammers and sawing wood.
But none of the orcish patrols could ever find the place. Such a brilliant hidey-hole...
I'm back at it. It's been a while since I've been able to ramble about what I'm playing, or what I've played, mainly because I've tightened my focus to a single game at a time. Granted, I do occasionally stray from my key title, but I mostly try to stick to one huge project before moving on.
There are plenty of titles I won't be talking about right now, but a lot that I'd like to discuss. Obviously, Cattails, Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon Age: Inquisition were some of my most recent playthroughs, as evidenced by my latest reviews. However, I also played:
Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters
|...but I don't want to be a bully about it.|
I'll just have to suck it up, and I really don't want to skewer this game quite before it has a chance to enjoy it, but the fact is that I got it for a 90% discount, and that's not good news for this game. So, I'll write around the specifics while talking about the conundrum a bit.
So that's how you spell that. Thanks, Chrome! 9_9
Anyway, is there anything worse than reviewing a game that has the most sincere of intentions but lackluster execution? If I were to grade this project, I'd say it earned a solid A+ in High School Computer Science. Isn't it amazing what kids can do these days?
|...is very British.|
I suppose I should have seen it coming, and I won't dive too deep now, but it's good. So far. Consistent animation, variable voice acting - how many productions have top notch VA? This is coming from Square/Enix, there shouldn't be an excuse for this. It's a beautiful game, almost lush; the world is written with deep lore and a satirical sense of humour that just doesn't seem possible in North America.
Of course I'm wondering just how predictable it is. I see some of the setups already; a questionable motivation, a naive protagonist... been there done that. That's okay, too, if it's well done - and so far, it is. So here's hoping the rest of the ride is of the same quality.
|This story doesn't have a happy ending...|
First off, thank you to Marc, Jason and Rob for your kind words. I wanted to comment on my previous blog, but I figured I'd do it here.
I successfully got my cat, Mona, to keep down sixteen feedings. That was more than she had taken prior. I thought she was due to bounce back. But there was always a lingering doubt. She exhibited signs of another illness that perhaps sparked her loss of appetite, and led to her hepatic lipidosis.
|...pre-written, it's easy!|
The frog's enthusiastic, the beetle, not so much. So the frog is me, first thing in the morning whereas the beetle is me the rest of the time. Okay, so yeah, maybe it's chintzy of me to post a link to another site. You don't have to leave HG, just pin the tab and come back the instant you're done.
Oh yeah. Right. The reason I'm posting this. So whilst writing a novel I decided to start posting short stories on Medium.com once a week as an experiment. It's okay. Not the explosion I hoped for, but I'm still pretty newbish to this whole marketing thing. Self promotion. Blah.
I'd rather be writing.
Aaaanyway... I started posting those stories in the middle of October. It was a way of coping with Halloween and my birthday, which happens around the same time.
|I feel like it's time to update you all on what all I'm doing with my time, both on and off the site.|
For the last month or so, I have been without regular work. This is a condition that was unexpected, but necessary, and I hope it will persist. That is, I hope it will persist on my terms.
For a year almost to the day, I was working as a cashier at Walmart. That job may have helped pay the rent, but it was detrimental to my health in ways I didn't even realize until finally the stress became too much and I had to quit one morning instead of starting my shift. Within days, several physical symptoms that I had been fighting cleared up or severely diminished, so that now I am feeling much healthier in general (though not without facing some lingering effects related to the stress).
|...writing a novel isn't as easy as it looks. You mean you can't tell?|
You know how Fred Austure made every other dancer look like they were trying to dance with their shoes on backward? He practiced nonstop and was unrelenting in his precision. Whether he was dedicated or a jerk is up for debate, but making something look effortless does require a certain level of commitment.
My lead in thought was that writing a novel doesn't show the perfectionism that went into the text, since you're only seeing the end result. However, that perspective is not only narrow, it's wholly mistaken. Writing is a matter of mental discipline - speaking as one who is evidence of that fact. Polish comes with repeated attempts and hard work.
Always hard work.
I'm going to be taking a short break from reviewing. By short, I don't mean any more than a month or so. You see, about two months ago, one of my cats ran away from home. My older son left his window open. She used to leap up there to look outside, but must not have realized there was no pane there to stop her. My guess is she fell out and panicked, then became a resident of my neighbor's crowded property. As far as I could tell, she was living under things in his backyard for a while, and she wouldn't come back to us. He kept her well fed for a while, anyway. She was a strictly indoor cat, so her ability to survive outside was probably not terribly up to scratch (no pun intended), and eventually she stopped finding food...
I can't believe I'm actually doing this again. I probably won't be able to get all the way through it, because my free time loves to fluctuate. One year, I managed to write two reviews per day, between here and Realm of Gaming (totaling 62 reviews, three quarters of which were game revs, and the other quarter consisting of movie reviews). Maybe next year I can pull of a review for each day, plus Underbelly blog posts. So far, I've completed:
Slender: The Eight Pages (PC)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)
The Lost Souls (PC)
Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper (1980)
|But sometimes I feel like it.|
I've been bothered by the idea of leaving HG out in the cold where my writing routine is concerned. The accomplishments have not been earthshattering, but it has been good for my capacity as a writer. So, I'm going to tool out some Switch reviews of the games I've enjoyed in the last six months.
Now, that's not going to be a lot, since paring back how much I play comes into effect, but... ah well, that's okay. I guess I'll just start where I start and finish where I finish.
Nice to see the front page changes finally came into effect. Heh.
|Attack of the Slack-Jawed Biker Demon|
The Underbelly #2
Director: George Pavlau
Premise: A big, man-eating monster that looks nothing like his source material runs amok in a small Irish community. Bad visual effects ensue...
If you see a mysterious stone monument on your property, likely left there by druids, DON'T TOUCH IT.
If you want to adapt a short horror story by a prominent author, and decide to make changes to key elements of said story, DON'T BOTHER SHOOTING IT.
|It's October. Let's talk about (mostly bad) horror movies.|
The Underbelly #1
Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds
Director: Junji Kurata
Premise: Bizarre climate conditions resurrect a petrified Plesiosaurus and a Rhamphorhynchus, who then munch Lake Sai's and Mt. Fuji's visitors. Meanwhile, a boring hero seeks to... What? Clear his disgraced father? Strike it rich with a monumental scientific breakthrough? See a prehistoric creature with his own eyes? Pick a motivation, dude.
SPOILERS ABOUND: I know this is an old flick, but at there's always that one reader who gripes about giveaways for obsolete flicks.
From appteizer to dessert, one town becomes a monster meal.
My dad was out of rehab, following his surgery two weeks ago, and was enjoying the leisurely life back home. But something--possibly doing dishes as recommended for therapy, though that is uncertain at this point--has caused his fusion to slip, which requires another serious surgery which may happen tonight or tomorrow depending on surgeon availability. I am traveling once more to be with my mom and dad at this time, and will again be mostly unresponsive and unproductive on the site for another little while (actual length of time to be determined). Thank you for your understanding!
|Sorry if Iím not responsive for a few days.|
I am typing this post on my phone, in a hospital waiting room halfway across the state from my apartment. So I will keep it brief...
While fighting Oregon wildfires on farmland where he works (or adjacent to it), my dad was driving a Caterpillar vehicle. It got caught on an embankment of some sort and rolled over. My dad was in the cab and avoided being crushed but was still seriously injured. He is scheduled for surgery tonight on his spinal column, but that may be pushed back some and maybe even until tomorrow.
|Booooo! Not cool!|
What is Lust for Darkness?
An erotic horror walking simulator where you rescue your wife from a deranged cult who engage in orgies.
Opinion 1: It doesn't wimp out or skimp on the sexual content. If you're here to answer "that question," the answer is yes.
Opinion 2: Its story is incredibly dull.
Opinion 3: It isn't scary in the least.
Opinion 4: You're better off playing a different horror walking simulator, because the erotic elements don't bolster the game beyond basic level horror adventure fare.
Review coming soon.
|Even if I like the game in question|
I once put over a dozen hours into Assassin's Creed II. I loved what I played, dug the missions especially and even enjoyed completing all of the side nonsense. I don't remember how far into the game I got, but a message popped up on my TV screen as the game autosaved. Something about corrupt data. I thought nothing of it because I figured there would be other autosaves. None of them took, though.
When I booted up the game later on, it didn't load my data. In fact, all of my data was gone. All of those hours were gone. Everything I worked for was gone.
I haven't restarted AC2 since that incident, and I probably never will.
|A lot of indie stuff|
Whew, where do I begin? Wild Arms 5, Suikoden V and Wild Arms XF are now in my grasp, with the first two being physical copies and the last being a PSN acquisition. I also picked up almost the entire Tomb Raider series on Steam for a buck apiece. Since I already had the original, the reboot and Rise of..., I only spent about $8. Sadly, the Lara Croft top-down games weren't on sale. I know some people have been critical of those games, but I'm willing to check them out.
The only game I'm looking at picking up soon is Xenosaga Episode III, but it might be a few weeks before I work up the needed dough. It's a pretty pricey game, as even disc-only copies are listed at close to $80.
|Mostly Sly 3 and Omensight|
Aside from some random Steam indie games, I've been picking up the last few entries of the Tales series I missed. I recently nabbed Tales of Berseria on a Steam sale, plus secured Tales of Xillia (and its sequel) and Tales of Hearts R. The only US released Tales game I'm not bothering with is Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, as I've heard it's pretty underwhelming. The GBA release of Tales of Phantasia is all the underwhelming I can stand from that franchise ("Kangaroo" my ass).
|RPGs, a walking simulator, roguelite cowboy nonsense, a pedestrian killer and a mascot platformer.|
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2)
Having revisited the first two titles, I decided it was finally time to unwrap the over-decade-old copy of Sly 3 I own and put it to use. And so far I'm on the fence...