Alundra
February 13, 2009

Already I like it. It's old school, but in all the right ways.

Except... did anyone else who played the game notice the graphics are somewhat... not crisp? Do you know what I mean? It all seems a little blurry. Not badly, just... the colors blur a bit and when you walk around, sometimes subtle lines cross the screen.

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overdrive overdrive - February 13, 2009 (09:27 PM)
I'd chalk some of that up to it just being a fairly early PSX game. I notice little weird graphical things like that often with them. Especially how they seem to be a bit blurry compared to more modern games.

Glad you're playing the game, though. It's one of my all-time favorites. Zelda style, but more difficult (especially a few of the boss fights) and with some really good puzzles. And with a surprisingly mature and depressive storyline. There were a couple of times where something happened and I was basically like, "......whoa....that was....unexpected.....I only want to lay down and ponder my life now..."
darketernal darketernal - February 14, 2009 (02:46 AM)
A fantastic, if not a bit too hard, game. Certainly, a gem for the PSX.
EmP EmP - February 14, 2009 (06:49 AM)
The blurriness could be a couple of things, which, being a bit of a tech-nerd, I will explain:

If you are playing it through a PC moniter, than a lot of PSX titles (especially the early ones)tend to blur. That's because PSX-to-2 doesn't actually support VGA and things tend to look a lot like the colours are running into each other. Likewise, sometimes HD does a lot more harm to early titles than good, giving things a washed-out look.

But, God, do I ever adore Alundra. It's what Zelda would be if it catered for grown-ups instead of preteen girls with pigtails.

Avoid Alundra 2, though.
zippdementia zippdementia - February 14, 2009 (09:05 AM)
Playing it on PS3. And the lines have evened out. I think my contrast was set too high on my TV.

And, yeah, it's a great game. It reminds me of the Soul Blazer trilogy, one of my old favourites. It's also very epic, in a sort've Secret of Mana way. I think games without world maps are more epic. You just don't get everything spelled out for you. You have to explore, and god knows where that path goes.
Halon Halon - February 14, 2009 (09:14 AM)
I just looked the game up (since I never heard of it) and found out it's a PSX game. That explains the graphics; PSX games are painful to look at today.
honestgamer honestgamer - February 15, 2009 (09:26 PM)
Nothing wrong with a bit of old school gaming! I picked up a mint copy of Alundra some time ago for a fair price but haven't played it much. One of these days when I have more time, I'll probably try again.
zippdementia zippdementia - February 16, 2009 (10:46 AM)
I highly recommend it. It captures that same sense of epic adventure that the original Zelda did. It was made in an era when less focus was on graphics and unique gameplay, and more focus was on setting and design.

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