The Englishman's general video game ramblings
This isn't a particularly important blog, just doing some rambling and insights about video games after not being able to post anything because of uni work. I'll offer some slightly more interesting blog updates when I can think of a decent topic.
Just some video game things since I've spent the last few months writing about nothing but French history and Creative Writing. It's something of a palette cleanser.
I beat the original Legend of Zelda!
Yep, whilst the cool kids are out playing and complaining about Mass Effect 3, I downloaded a 25 year old game on my 3DS and beat it. I have to admit though, I enjoyed a fair amount of help from the internet. The game only sporadically offers advice over where to go and what to do. It's like when you hear older gamers saying about how they purchased Nintendo Power to find out what to do in the game. I feel like I've experienced something similar. The game is still pretty entertaining, though I'm not gonna suggest it's aged brilliantly. Still, I feel like it's a reasonable achievement.
Fez is... ok
So I've been pretty excited for Fez for a fair while now, so much so that I actually downloaded it on the day of its release. The whole 'plane-swapping' concept excited me. However, I've only really played it three or four times, and left it since. I've enjoyed it so far, but I just don't find it easily accesible. It just feels like there's a few elements, like the alternate language scribbled everywhere, that just aren't explained too well. There are puzzles which give a fair amount of hints about what result should be achieved, but not enough information about how to complete the puzzle. I need to play the game more before I give a final judgement on it, but I'm just a little concerned that this could be another title everyone loves that I just can't get into.
Resident Evil Revelations is the perfect return to horror
With my increased free time I decided to grab a copy of Resident Evil Revelations. I'm only on Chapter 5 but so far I'm seriously impressed. People have complained that RE has become to action focused in recent years, but this game blends the refinements made to the series since 4 with the general horror atmosphere of the early ones. The enemies are genuinely creepy, looking a little similar to the Necromorphs from Dead Space. The bosses use human dialogue, which adds to the genuinely unnerving nature of the game. It is a fairly scary game, using more than just 'boo!' tactics. Sure the story is a little conviluted and some of the dialogue almost reaches RE1 standards but overall, this is a real atmospheric experience.
I'm still playing Skyrim
I've recently clocked 50 hours in Skyrim since Christmas last year. Honestly, I'm still struck by the scale of the adventure and just how much is availble in the game. I've completed a few of the side quest 'arcs' like the Companions and Dark Brotherhood stuff, but I've still got a ton more I can do. It's ironic that I've paid full price for games with only around 8 hours in their lifespan, yet received Skyrim for free as a present and still find stuff to do with it. I only placed the game fourth on my list of top games of the year, but it's quality.
Avoiding spoilers in video games is getting more difficult
Obviously I haven't had much time to play games recently, so stuff like Mass Effect 3 are still awaiting purchase. However, it's been difficult not to hear the various complaints people have had about Mass Effect 3 and it's ending. Luckily, I don't know the specifics apart from it being disappointing (no spoilers please!) but dodging info is surprisingly difficult on the internet. I'm also trying to do the same for Assassin's Creed III, since I haven't played Brotherhood or Revelations yet. Spoilers are annoyingly numerous, it's just a case of keeping an eye out.
The Bioshock Infinite delay sucks... but might be a good idea
Aside from ruining my Games for 2012 list, there are other reasons to be annoyed at the delay of Bioshock Infinite. For one thing, anticipation has been building since its original announcement in 2010. I've been incredibly excited for this game, so the fact it's been moved from an October release to February next year is disappointing. However, it should also be considered how hectic the release period will be at this time. GTA, Resident Evil 6, Assassin's Creed, Black Ops II and more will be releasing around this time. It sucks to wait, but a February release could yield more attention for the game, and that isn't a bad thing. Still, I don't know if I can have the same game at the top of a Games for 2013 list...
That's it for now. I'll try and return to more structured blogs soon, but tell me what you think. Did you like this rambling? Want me to do more? Tell me in the comments.
I can't find time to play games anymore...I have the new Deus Ex, Disgaea 3, 3D Dot Heroes, Eternal Sonata, and Xenoblade Chronicles just sitting on my shelf it sucks....
I'm still playing a bunch of games I got over Christmas of last year...I'm making progress...but it's slow... Also, spoilers have been given to me now and then over the Internet...gaahhhhh.
@CaptainSamsquanch well they are reviewers who have a lot of fun with their reviews, but they still give quite an insight in the games they review (1 out of 5 times :P)...
Re on 3ds I beat I like it as it was slower paced than 4 and 5, which worked out for the better even though not as stingy as the old titles,but I still need to beat raid mode on abyss myself
i watched that review and thought it was awesome haha. saw some of the others and they wernt quite as funny as fez but still worth looking into. not quite sure if they are being sarcastic sometimes haha
I put 315 hours in Skyrim and still have a few places I haven' t cleared yet and the end of Mass Effect 3 they all just eat a bunch of multi-colored cupcakes.
Fez is fun while it lasted, but after i finished it i didnt really feel like what i got was worth it ( i should have got trails evolution instead!). this might not turn out well but im going to compare fez to another indie game, super meat boy. i think fez focused way to much on trying to be artistic and not enough time trying to be fun, super meat boy was the opposite of that, and it worked. i could rant about fez all day so ill just stop now. as for the "Avoiding spoilers in video games is getting more difficult" part, you dont have to tell me twice. in the past 3 weeks ive had the ending to, earthbound, mother 3, chronotrigger, and bastion all spoiled by random youtube comments that i never really saw coming. such a sad world we live in :(
Nice blog. Bioshock getting delayed probably will help a lot in sales considering how packed the end of the year gets but seems like it got delayed more for them to quickly add in multiplayer than sales concerns.
With that in mind, I need to play the new RE
It should be a lot easier to avoid the ME3 spoilers now that things have started to die down. At least that'll be the case until Bioware announces when it'll come out and/or gives details about it.
I like the blog, I just completed Link to the Past for the first time and I know exactly what you mean about the games needing a walkthrough! It's fun to read what people have been playing recently, I prefer the blog due to all the games NOT being new releases
I completely agree with what you said about Revelations, its like a near perfect blend of the old and new style RE games, a genuinely creep atmosphere and some rather scary enemy designs, freakin Rachael always makes me jump. One of the best 3DS games.
Also I felt the story was one of the series best, yes its a bit convoluted but, it kept me interested to the end. Its a great place for newcomers to jump into the series.
The bosses I've encountered actually did make me jump a little, though that may have been something to do with the fact I was playing at 2am in the dark. You say that you haven't had a point where you feel low on supplies, but what about chapter 2 when all your weapons are taken from you? Maybe 'perfect return to horror' was an overstatement, but I still think it carries a fairly scary atmosphere, more nervy than RE5 in my opinion. Even so, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's a good game.
"Resident Evil Revelations is the perfect return to horror"
I strongly disagree with this statement. I'm not one of those Resident Evil fans who constantly complains about the 'action-ish' Resident Evil games (in fact I prefer them) and I'm not going to say the first 3 RE titles were survival horror at its finest, but nothing in Revelations has really scared me. At no point have I gained the fear that I was running low on supplies, the enemy designs aren't all that threatening, and the majority of the time it does feel like it uses jump out scares.
Revelations is a good game (so far at least), I was practically convinced I'd buy it the minute I played its demo and it does try to blend the more unnerving parts of the older RE titles with the new formula, it just doesn't really make anything scary with it IMO.
Nice blog though.
Having not played the original Zelda before, I did consider going in with no guide but it quickly became apparent I wasn't gonna get too far without one.
i like the rantings. and i didnt even know about RE: revelations. i think ill give it a shot. Fez is meh, congrats on beating Zelda
I guess so, but there are so many games(especially in the NES era) that almost required you to get nintendo power or a guide "powered" by it to finish a game that I'm blown away no one called them out on it yet. Just think about it, I can list off a lot of these games right now: Castlevania 2, Final Fantasy, Zelda 2, and those are just some of the games that were almost impossible to figure out how to advance if you didn't know their arcane ways, imagine the countless hard game that required some tips on how to make your life easier while beating the game.
And even though I give a hard time to these games, I give some major respect to the person who finished these games without any kind of guide or with minimal use of it...
I think it's more that the old Zelda didn't really have much to compare to, so it had mistakes. The first of any series has flaws.
Fez is really unimpressive, I never could put what was so bland about this game, until this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Ifue2xGFY
great on you for beating Zelda, I think that these sorts of games were a kind of scam to make you buy Nintendo Power. "Nintendo Power games" I call them, but maybe that's just me...