As I ran last night, the wind gave me power and freedom. The stars made me feel alone and that nothing I do matters.
In the past few weeks I have completed 3 games, I knocked out Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (including one day of over 10 hours straight on a day off). I thought this game was an eerie, yet beautiful story of exploration. I liked the environments with an exception of some of the later areas. I liked the stories linked to the item found throughout the game, especially the stories from the Video Game Cartridge, and the Colored Bells. I liked the characters in both design and in their personalities.
With the somber tones of death, loss, and loneliness, mixed with friendship, love and survival Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is in my view, a survival horror minus the horror, overflowing with Japanese culture and ascetics. If you can get past the colorful anime characters and are looking for a slower paced game, light on combat and heavy on the melancholy I recommend you try this game out.
The next game that I played and beat is Red Steel 2. All I have to say about it that it mostly looks good, somewhat like Borderlands with more American Western and Traditional Japanese stylings. The controls are mostly good, but not the 1 to 1 motion as promised although that would have made the game worse in my opinion. The fore mentioned details kept me playing the game until the end, but the writing and story concept were boring and the enemies lacked much diversity, I would have loved warding off murders of crows, sneaking behind sentry guns, and using my earth shaking Bear attack to stop a charging boar. Unfortunatly, while their is some intrest in Red Steel 2; not many people are picking it up. Any hopes for a even better Red Steel 3 are pretty much crushed.
I beat Cave Story on the Wii before work yesterday. It is one of my absolute favorite games now. Everything about the game is amazing. The artwork is perfect, great music, lovable characters, lush environments, and a story of a silent hero named Quote that is wrapped in the mythology of an island that is just as much a character and the island in Lost.
Rather than put more words on internet paper about how much I like Cave Story I will just post a video because mere pictures cannot attempt to do this game justice.
After getting back from PAX East in the city of Boston I spent this past week learning how to do my job again, watching Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, played a little Red Steel 2, had a few drinks, went the Pageant, met a cute girl I’ll never see again, tried God of War, didn’t like it and instead played some Shadow of the Colossus.
I have great new games like Red Steel 2, Cave Story, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Warioware DIY, and Pokemons; but I am not feeling compelled to play any of them. I did power though Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon last week. Fragile was just over flowing with atmosphere and could not stop playing it until I was done.
Last night I went to the Pageant to see Tegan and Sara with Amanda, but we ended up leaving after the opening band because Amanda wasn’t felling good. I was a bit bummed because I was flirting with this girl, and overall having a good time. I need to go out more because I like being around people. After I got back I hung out with Chris and sort of watched Evil Dead 3 and Out Cold.
This morning I stayed in bed far to long, and then tried to play God of War. I played 15 minutes of it and was done. I do not like God of War, but since I had my PS2 hooked up I played a little of Shadow of the Collosus. Now that is a great game, my favorite PS2 game. On a side note, many Playstation 2 games have not aged well.
I just read on the Nadia wikipedia page that Hayao Miyazaki came up with the concept which must be why I like the premise, it’s too bad the show suffers badly with early 90’s anime syndrome. Gainax should completely redo that after the are done with the Eva Rebuild.
I’m going to go draw for a bit, should post something new soon.