So I promised a post about games, and I shall deliver. It's rather unfortunate that the cause of my lack of game-talk (and a spike in Jessica gifs and other random crap) is simply because it's getting unnatural for me to talk about them. Remember how I used to blog frequently and regurgitate anything and everything related to games I just bought or played? Yeh. Although don't get me wrong - I'm still happily-ish gaming and lusting after recently released titles - but I'm just trying to get back into the groove of blogging again in general. Getting right into the meat of things is, I suppose, the way to go for now.
Some months back, I was in the mood for replaying games I've already beaten and loved. I even made a blog post on what games I wanted to replay, which was probably my last decent post in general. So thanks to the Steam sale, I managed to buy a bunch of them games at really good prices. The first one I tackled was Alice: Madness Returns, which was beaten fairly fast and I thoroughly enjoyed because it is the greatest love of all. The absolute greatest. I really wanted to get it for my 360, but I was glad I got it on PC because of the stupidly-easy-to-get-past-unlockable-content, which frickin' gave me MORE dresses. I have never felt more girly.
What Gaga meat dress?
The only thing that killed the experience was the bad port over to PC. Apparently it has shoddy keyboard controls (which I didn't bother to find out but stuck my controller in instead), but what I can complain about is the horrible frame rate stutters. It was beyond annoying when you're trying to jump and navigate around hazards. But I really couldn't stay mad for long when the game is just amazingly beautiful and made me go back to being all zen-like. Until the next frame rate stutter of course. I was still appropriately in awe of the levels that were meant for you to stop and pan the camera around, and I still go "ugh stop it" at the dollhouse level with creepy, bloody, sewn-up kids.
So was the replay worth it in the end?
After Alice, I was quick to install Prince of Persia 2008 because I was really into this "REPLAYING GAMES ARE FUN!" high. I'm aware though that this game wasn't listed in my replay list, but only because I honestly forgot to add it. I thoroughly enjoyed the game the first time around. Again, I wanted the game for my 360 but thanks Steam sale, you can have all my love-hate feels.
Right before PoP 2008, I was trying to play through Sands of Time HD for the first time. I like it really, but it made me use like, 10% of my brain or something. I don't want that because I was, at that point, living the bum life. I told my friend once that to genuinely live the ultimate bum life, you don't think, you don't worry, you just exist. So wanting to play a Prince of Persia game but wanting to abide by the bum life code of law somewhat, the 2008 version of the game is the way to go.
Ugh stop being so pretty
Opinions from a lot of Prince of Persia series fans and non-fans alike regarding this game range from ugh to meh. Game is too easy! You can't die! All combat instances are one-on-one! Platforming too basic! But I'm sure there are people out there who loves this game, and I in turn love you back. (I'm also the type of gamer who at times want to just godmode through a game so you can understand why I really like this PoP.)
Anyway, seeing that replaying Alice was a huge success, I expected nothing less from PoP 2008. Well that's when my bum life "4 lyfe yo" code was broken. I started thinking and worrying. The game is still so, so pretty but I wasn't feeling it anymore. All the controls work, the banter between the Prince and Elika are still entertaining, but the whole magic is gone. When I was replaying it, I wasn't experiencing the game anymore but simply going through the motions. I eventually stopped going out of my way to collect the life seeds, I don't play around with combos in combat, I just did the bare minimum to progress. I simply wanted it to end before the memory of absolutely loving this game got tarnished.
But ugh. I still love it, you know?
I was slowly getting off my high, but I still have. one. more. game. to. replay. And, why Steam, thank you for discounting Fable III. The DLCs as well? Ok. I went into this with a positive mindset. It helps that I was also excited to replay it anyway so bah, what disappointing PoP 2008 experience?
The first time I played Fable III, I played the absolute good guy through and through. Well I always do that whenever I play a game that has a morality meter anyway. This time around, I wanted to be a BA biatch. Or as BA as I can be because this game is so vanilla, but I still liked it a lot. Oh yeehhhh, this time I was kicking chickens ALL OVER and insulting that pink-haired hairstylist weirdo.
Your next Queen, ladies and gentlemen...
So I was having an absolute blast right?
And suddenly I'm not. I'm suddenly finding every single thing in the game to be a stupid bore. Stupid chicken. Stupid dog. Stupid bandits. Stupid eco folks. Stupid mentor dude guy with moustache. Stupid brother. Stupid road to rule.
Plus the port to PC is atrocious. My computer runs games reasonably well, but this game chugs at even the lowest performance and graphical setting.
Do I even have to ask the question?
And right there, I crashed down from my high. It honestly was fun while it lasted, but I'll wait for another few months before I attempt this again. Still, I already have a list of games I'm definitely replaying when I feel up to it:
- Final Fantasy IX
- Legend of Dragoon
- Odin Sphere
- Mirror's Edge
- Child of Eden
I'll most likely won't be making another elaborate post on the same topic though. I however maybe have a plan on an elaborate post on the topic of games I'm giving a second chance on. The games?
- Assassin's Creed
- Ninety-Nine Nights
- Shadow of the Colossus
Don't judge. AssCreed couldn't keep my attention, N3 I rage-quit on but I really want to play it again, and SotC was another rage-quit moment because ughstoppppfallingofffff. I already have the games on my shelf. BUT I won't be playing them anytime soon because right now, I'm trying to beat the games I've already started. And since I'm already making lists, have a third one.
- Final Fantasy XIII (when will this be done?)
- Resident Evil 6 (playing ONLY on local co-op is hard to coordinate)
- Dynasty Warriors 7 (Wei storyline done, but the monotony!)
- PoP: Sands of Time (oh yeh... no more bum life)
- Shadows of the Damned (having fun, but I'm creeped out)
- Guild Wars 2 (wow... wow ok... forgotten love)
- Okami HD (no comment cos I have no excuse)
- HP & the Deathly Hallows pt 1 (friend's)
- Skyrim (planning to sell off the 360 version for PC instead... wait, so essentially replaying?)
Don't you love lists?
And is this a good enough gaming post after my dismal, random hiatus and subsequent posting funk I got into (which I never intended, ugh life is so hard stop it)? I really have a lot to talk about, but like I said in the beginning, I'm trying to find the long-lost bliss I always had whenever I blog. I don't even talk about weighty issues ever or jump into current topics that sheeps of the gaming world like to harp on about. Look at this post. I don't even attempt to make it into some glorified feature on replaying games because there is some obscure lesson to learn or mull about with some scientific fact or data that may or may not interest the general gaming crowd, because hey look at me I'm an intelligent and philosophical gamer! I don't talk about the hard stuff because it's never my style - I just lay out what's what, shallowly wade through it, and slap on some pretty pictures - but it's ironic how it's hard to talk about the little things now.
(I actually really like my Jessica spazz posts though.)
And since I'm being honest at the moment, this post wasn't as hard to type as I initially thought. I've been wanting to type it up for ages but you know... funk... And the little bit of supremely basic Photoshop work helped a whole lot. I once mentioned a bazillion posts back that opening up Photoshop for something as simple as re-sizing an image calms me. I love typing up a frickin' novel but adding a little bit of image is always fun.
So here's to hoping for more regular posts that I'll enjoy typing, and my dwindling readers enjoy reading. Banzai! Well not exactly "banzai" in the sense of a last desperate rush. I doubt I'll ever really leave this blog. And I'm not desperate for a revival. Somewhat. BANZAI!