I guess it would make sense to start at the beginning. I've been a gamer for more than 23 years so, awesome, now I feel old. Cliche as it may seem, I actually did start off with the Super Mario Bros./Duckhunt combo. From there it went in a few different directions, in no particular order with, Legend of Zelda, Ghosts N Goblins, Excitebike, Sky Shark, Rygar, and a game called Excaliber. It seems that it was so long ago now that I first felt the edges of that cheap plastic controller in my hands. My favorite game to play, at the time, was mindlessly blasting fighter jets out of the sky and collecting points ala Sky Shark. Anyway, let's talk about my first love. No not the kind of love you get from a valentines day card and a kiss on the cheek by the jungle gym. I'm talking about the kind of love that delivered 16 bit adventures in fantastical worlds where it seemed only I mattered and the fate of those worlds were in my hands. The Sega Genesis, oh how you changed me forever. It was my best friend and the only console I had for years. Anyone remember Pirates Gold? Loved that game. Slaughterhouse, Kid Chameleon, Mortal Kombat, the Sonic Games and a slew of weird shit that would probably just go over some peoples heads. Again, old ass right here. That is if you consider 28 and old fart. At times I would find myself at friend's houses so I could play the Super Nintendo and later the 64.Though, for a while there, Doom, Shadow Warrior and Duke Nukem 3-D took up a lot of my time. So, the next console I got was the hallowed PSX. It's embarrassing but, I cried. I couldn't help it, I was so (overly) happy about it. This is truly when I found a new love with RPG's and to this day I'm dedicated to the Playstation in all it's forms. It just gave me a whole new respect for gaming in general. I've gotten every single system Sony has put out and put ungodly hours into each one. I do consider myself a little biased but it's not to say I wouldn't play a game just because it's on another system. I've never done that and frankly it's just pointless to live that way. But, yes, I do play favorites. I'm playing anything that's worth a damn and in some cases worth nothing at all. Military FPS' I'm not a big fan of(Though I will play them), fighters I'm pretty picky with (I don't even play Street Fighter), and RTS' I find don't make their way into my disc trays, it's just not my style I guess. It's hard to really name everything I do like but I will iterate my absolute adoration for Survival Horrors. Ever since I got my hands on the first Clock Tower, I was "hooked". I've played all the good ones and a lot of the bad ones...and boy are there some bad (but awesome!) ones. Even then, I just can't help but appreciate it for what it's' worth. This has gotten pretty lengthy so, I'll cut it here. I'm in Fort Worth, TX, love craft beer, like meeting new people and need more gamer friends so feel free to hit me up.
And behold! It was good. So, today we saw 12 minutes of the upcoming and in my case, highly anticipated "The Evil Within". The game is Captained by the or one of the fathers of Survival Horror, Shinji Mikami. We all know what he's famous for and we all know why we love him. If you're new to hearing his name, you might be familiar with Resident Evil or one of my favorites, Dino Crisis. Either way this footage has only taken my anticipation to the next level.
Any gameplay trailer that starts off with you hanging upside down from a rope in what seems to be a room for fabricating meat and harvesting organs is off to a good start. At least, when you're talking about a game geared towards creating fear, it's a great start. So, skip a head a few beats, past the parts where you're being chased by a chainsaw wielding maniac through what seems to be a facility straight out of well, a horror movie and we find ourselves in a new environment with *gasp* a new enemy to kill, or run from. Zombies you say? Well, sort of. The shambling fiends out for blood will probably be the bulk of where you get your headshot's from, as they seem to be the lowest common denominator of enemy types. But, in the midst of exploring an old abandoned house being attacked by hordes of flesh-eaters, a few details come to light.
It does look as if there are make-shift mines and healing items to pick up or dare I say it, possibly craft. No news as to this being close to any truth but I foresee gathering components for new items to slay the benevolent scourge with. Bow before the power of my flaming stick! Speaking of which, there did seem to be a torch at ready via a quick select slot on the bottom left of the screen. Definitely used as a light source, possibly used to set your grandmother's undershorts ablaze. Just saying...
Overall, with everything being revealed, including the nightmarish environments enhanced with great lighting and soundtrack, grotesque creatures with a phenomenal art style, the intensity formulated to create suspense, The well-written AI that gives life to situations and circumstances, and the possibility of a crafting system, I'm just giddy with excitement. Is it a great game to be remembered for years to come? That's left to be decided but I'm certainly not going to rule this one out. Thank you readers for your time today and giving my very first blog post a shot. Now it's time for beer, good day.