Im a simple person. Blast a Zombie here, solve a puzzle there, you know, the usual. Ive been told Im smart, but I disagree to that. What I do know is I love a challenge, and I love a puzzle. So of course I love RE. Ive been playing Resident Evil for years, and Ive played every game made so far. I play many Zombie related games (L4D, RE, HotD, etc), but thats not all. I also enjoy anime, some manga (not too often), books, movies, and social interaction ("GASP! He goes outside!"). I spend a lot of times with friends, so If it takes me awhile between post thats most likely why.
Im big into the Horror Genre, so I'll most likely post about that at some point in time. Ive been reading this site for awhile, but finally made an account the other day, and now Ive come up with some things to say (Ha, that rhymes. Day/Say). Im full of ideas to post. Thats all for now =D.
I know, lots of post about this already, but I have to say something.
Shadow of the Colossus is one of my all time favorite games. It stands the test of time well. In fact, I just beat it again today. It still, after 4 years, looks beautiful, and is an epic experience. And one of the things that make it so epic is the mystery. It doesn't give too much information on back story. The sequel (ICO, which came out first, for anyone who is unfamiliar with the series) is also very mysterious. That being said, here is what my major problem with the movie would be:
It might add new plot that doesn't match up... Don't get me wrong. I am all for a movie with a similar basis of a game, but with a different plot. Just not for SotC. The Resident Evil movies were ok. The DMC anime was fine. Those are two adaptions that did well. But I just don't see a SotC movie ending well.
1st off: The original game was a cinematic masterpiece. As many have said, it was beautiful, and emotionally provoking. It was one of the two games I've ever played that invoked a deep emotion other than hatred, boredom, or happiness. With that to compare too, the movie just cannot live up. Sure, I'd like to see a CGI fight in HD between a Colossi and Wander, but it probably won't meet the expectations that are set by the gaming community.
2nd: It most likely will need new plot for the movie. And that can go either way. On one hand, it could be faithful to the game, mostly canon story, and make most of us happy. But the more obvious thing that will probably happen, is that the plot will be way off. Hardly canon. And ruin the game for some of us because of it. Remember folks, you can never un-see something, no matter how hard you try.
Now, some people may not care about it being canon-like, and that wouldn't normally bother me. Hell, a movie is pretty much guaranteed not to follow the canon of a game, for a games canon is too complex or simple. But this is Shadow of the Colossus, not just any other game. The plot, if too far off, will feel like a mockery of SotC, which too me, is art. And why mock art?
3rd: As I said, HD CGI colossi = amazing beyond words. And I will go to see the movie just to see that. But that can't be the only thing. Sure, everyone loves action flicks, but with the above plot complications added in, that will majorly cut down of fight scene times. So with the cut down fight scenes, how will they fit 16 colossi in? The short answer is that they probably won't. And if they do, it'll be at least part montage. Or, the third possibility is that they make a trilogy, or at least one sequel.
4th:The movie could range in time from 1.5 to 3 hours. During that, if they gave each colossi 10 minutes, the movie would become incredibly repetitive for most. Thats 160 minutes for the fight scenes. If the max time would be about 180 minutes, that leaves 20 minutes for the emotionally touching story. I don't see that happening. So (to me) that definitely means one of the three above choices out of point 3, will be used.
Don't get me wrong. I'll watch the film. I'll most likely shell out the cash from my wallet to get popcorn too. Flaws or not, its SotC. And if the film does well, it may motivate the geniuses behind the games to work a little faster on the 3rd in the series. But one can only hope, and you cannot rush good work.
To start this blog out, I wish to state my recent absence, noticed or unnoticed, was caused by the fact that I had to take apart my laptop, take everything out, and put it in a new case. This didn't take too long, but the computer didn't work when I was done (because I fail), and I had to call it quits that day. A day or two later I called up my older sister, who is better with computers, she drove here, opened it back up, fixed the problem, and now FINALLY my laptop is functional. Oh happy day! Thank god for a computer friendly family. Now, on to the subject at hand:
THE THINGS I WISH WOULD HAPPEN SOON:
1: A remake of Parasite Eve for PS3 I think now is the time for PE1 and PE2 to make a comeback. With the "3rd Birthday" (a sequel to PE2) coming out for PSP later this year, remakes of PE1 and PE2 would help get people excited for that. Also, Im tired of the graphics on the PS1 version, seeing as I switched from RE5 to PE today.
2: Another CGI Resident Evil Movie Degeneration was a hit, it seems that everyone could agree to that (or at least everyone I've spoken to about it). So a sequel in the same style wouldn't be out of the question. It would make a good bit of cash for Capcom, and it would probably make a lot of fans happy. Now, I don't expect this within maybe 2 years, because, after all, we do want QUALITY. They need time to construct a story (Hopefully involving Berry, Rebeca, and/or Sherry), and animate. But I do hope they decide to do this soon.
3: More Books to be made into Games Im not saying every book is game worthy, but while making this short list I remembered that PE is based off of a book of the same name. If they could make a hit like that once, Im sure that the gaming industry could do it again. There are plenty of great books that have potential to be great games.
4: TV Adaptions of Games Come on, how often do you see those? Live action or Anime, it wouldn't matter to me, I just like to see a series over a movie sometimes. The last Anime adaption I saw was Devil May Cry, and ones such as the DMC Anime are few and far between.
I know this is a short list, but I would call that a good thing for myself. It means, for me, that most of the things I want have already happened, or are happening.
THE FOLLOWING BLOG CONTAINS IMAGES OF PYRAMID HEAD, SOME OF WHICH ARE KIND OF CREEPY, AND CONTAIN GORE, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Pyramid Head, in his manly man form
Why? Pyramid head is a rapist, serial killer, crazy monster dude, who has no feminine qualities about him. So why? This thought was brought to me when I was searching for an image, and I saw a picture of Pyramid Head. But this was no ordinary Pyramid head, mind you, this was a woman version. She wore a long red dress, and had breast. I thought "Huh, I gotta blog about this", but sadly, I could not find the picture again. Instead, however, I have a couple of similar pictures that we can be horrified by all the same! Hurray!
As you can see, she strikes a proud pose as she holds her blade behind her back. It looks as if it was meant to be sexy, but like the nurses in Silent Hill, it is not sexy....not sexy at all. What it does do is freak me out. I would run even faster from this then the man Pyramid Head. And thats saying something.
A cleaner, less scary Pyramid Head, yet still disturbing. No blood in this one, but somehow, it still maintains the freaky murder feeling. You have to respect that.
This one crosses with Naruto.... Sakura = Pyramid head? DUN DUN DUN (by 92-Pink-Ravens)
This is just scary. I mean...my god....I just can't come up with something witty or smart to say...But I do kinda wanna play Silent Hill now...but...just...Im afraid of getting attacked by THIS *shivers*.
And last but not least:
A Sailor Moon cross over. Found this one on Google, didn't have an artist page.
This is a true example of what my nightmares are made of. In the world of creepy transgender rapist monsters from Silent Hill, I think this one takes first place, though for what competition I haven't the slightest clue..
Well, In the end, I am thuroughly disturbed, and I still have no idea why people imagine Pyramid Head as a woman. My best guess is that we don't know what lies under that mask, and to them, it might be a woman. But who knows?
No, not loosing as in the opposite of winning. No, loosing as In I cannot find the game/disk/box. But its not just any old game, its only ones I actually like. And its not just only ones I like, its only SURVIVAL HORROR games that I like. This, in fact, scares me more then any game could. And if the game isn't lost, it suddenly stops working.
Games I've lost so far: -Siren
-Fatal Frame 3
Games that have suddenly stopped working: -Resident Evil Outbreak
Yea, I know, 3 games, big deal. But to me it is a big deal. I enjoy these games, and I'm suddenly loosing them, one after another. With my luck I'll loose more. But its not just games, I've also lost a couple of DVDs all of the sudden. I would say something like "maybe a thief?", but I doubt someone would steal my crap, especially one of my friends with access to my home. I guess, seeing as all 3 are old, I could buy new (or rather used) copies, but what if I loose those?
I personally think its a government conspiracy. They have created some way to steal my Horror games from my house. Makes perfect sense. (<--- Do not take this past sentence seriously, as I am not that paranoid/insane)
Also, I haven't had reason to use italics in a blog yet (that I remember at least), so hey, at least Im doing some exciting new things.
Well, Im off to try and play a broken copy of RE:O, and if that doesn't work, RE5.
Well, you may be thinking "Whaaa!? A PS1 game review? But now we have teh PS3s!!".
I had a thought: Destructoid isn't that old (Three years), so there are no reviews for old games, so why not? And this thought came to me while I was completing this list, which contains many older games (such as the game im reviewing, RE:Survivor). So without further delay:
Title: Resident Evil: Survivor
Genre: Survival Horror
Release Date: August 30, 2000
Now, first up, there is a big problem before you can even pop open the old plastic case. There is no, I repeat, NO light gun compatibility (Im reviewing as if thats not old news, but bare with me here). The reason for this was a school shooting in America, causing people to blame Video Games, making Capcom scared to release the gun with the disk. This leaves players to use the old PS1 controller's D-Pad to move the character, which is uncomfortable, because I'm used to a Analog stick. Oh well, might as well get comfy with the old controller.
I never missed it all that much, probably never will.
Now, the game, being from 2000, has the old, blocky, crap, graphics. This was standard back then, but even so, compared to some PS1 games I own, they aren't great. The cut scenes and voice acting are those of the original RE style (OMFG JILL SAMMICH JOKE TIME! LOLOL), but again, thats to be expected of the old games. But the environments seem a bit sub par for my memory. RE1, RE2, and RE3, have some semi-nice backgrounds. For PS1 games, they aren't bad. But RE Survivor seems too jagged, and in a different style, making it unappealing.
Ah old friend, so we meet again.
Also, there is no save function. Thats right, no type writers, no "Ugh, its getting late, I have work tomorrow, I think Im going to save and shut this down for awhile". You must finish the entire game in one sitting. This would be a horrible feature, that is, if the game wasn't so damn short. It took me about 1 hour and 20 minutes to beat, playing from memory (Haven't played the game in years, used to be able to run through on normal mode in 55 minutes, give or take). But just because you beat it all at once, doesn't mean the lack of a save feature is ok. I had to leave right before I beat the game, and my console had to be powered down, so when I finally came back later that evening, I had to replay the entire thing. This pissed me off, but It was only an hour, so I got over it.
The story is less then entertaining. Guy has amnesia, can't remember, so he walks around and kills zombies until he does. I expect more from my RE classics, but again, this game was meant to be a quickie, so the story wasn't developed as much as other titles in the series.
THEN: Game play: 3/5
Overall: 9/15 or (OMG MATH FOR THIS SO HARD!) 3/5
NOW: Game play: 3/5
Overall: 7/15 or 2/5
Yea, I know, not too much of a drop, but It wasn't great to begin with.
Yea, yea, I know. "But the latest game just game out 3 days ago! You're already planning for RE6?". And my answer is yes. Yes I am. The second the credits began to roll on the morning of the 15th, I was ready for RE6. Of course, we won't be seeing RE6 for years. I think at most maybe 5 years, but the date doesn't matter at the moment, what does matter is that its almost guaranteed that we will get it. It doesn't matter when. As long as it happens before my inevitable demise, then I can wait.
Anyway, on to the topic at hand, my hopes for the series:
-Return of the slow and stupid Zombies:
You can't say you don't miss them. Play through an older RE game and you'll become nostalgic for them. Now, Im NOT saying get rid of the Las Plagas. No, that would be a waste of a good plot point. I think it would be amazing if they combined the T-Virus, or the G-Virus, with Las Plagas. Think about it. Las Plagas allows for controllable "Zombies", and T makes the dead walk. So you could have the best of both worlds. Shuffling, parasite filled zombies. Imagine playing through RE1, shooting a zombie in the head, and a giant worm like creature springing out (Im not suggesting a remake of RE1 like this, that would be a bad idea. Its just an example). This probably won't happen anytime soon, if at all, but I can dream.
No, not RE6 as a FPS, and not another Rail Shooter (Don't get me wrong on that either, I love the Umbrella Chronicles, and I can't wait for Darkside to come out), I mean something along the lines of Dead Aim, or Survivor. I know, that in general, people didn't like these games all that much, but I LOVED them (And this is MY HOPES after all). I think It would be amazing to see the main characters of these games in a follow up. A sequel to them would be a welcome addition to my collection.
-A sequel to a RE game with an original main character that has only been in that game
Like a sequel to RE:Survivor, or maybe a game starring HUNK, or a game staring the guy from Dead Aim. The sequels to Dead Aim/Survivor don't even have to be FPS like mentioned above, I just wanna see them in a follow up.
-Outbreak File 3
I want this to happen so bad. I know that it may or may not (probably not) happen, but if it did, I would be over joyed.
-A sequel to Outbreak staring one of the playable characters from Files 1 and 2.
Think of it. After escaping a city full of zombies, wouldn't YOU want revenge on Umbrella? So why not? It would make sense. They Join one of the Anti-Umbrella groups, train hard, eventually become good enough to hold their own. Hell, Kevin is already a cop right? So he can already handle himself. It would be a great game, especially if it was classic RE style.
(Im not purposely using PAL boxart, just kind of happened)
-ANY Original Character RE game
Yea, I know, last 3 or 4 have been similar to this, but I cannot stress enough how much I like Cannon side stories.
-A game where you play as Ada:
-Remakes of 2 and 3 with great graphics like the REmake on Gamecube had.
-A new game with Claire that uses either the RE4-5 style, or reverts to the RE0-CV style:
-Sheva to be a recurring character in future
-Something involving Barry.
What the hell happened to him anyway? He was the pilot of the escape copter in RE3, but thats the last you hear of him. I want a full 3D game starring Barry.
-Something Involving Rebeca Chambers:
Why does everyone disappear?
-On that note, what ever happened to Carlos? So something involving Carlos.
He lived through RE3, so where the hell did he go?
-A sequel with blonde Jill
This is a given. Blonde Jill is kinda hot, therefor fanboys will go rabid, buy it, and fund another RE game. Extra points if she wears her RE3 skirt.
(This next one might be considered a spoiler of RE5, so be warned)
-More explanation of what the hell Spencer meant when he said Wesker was the only surviving Wesker child or whatever he said.
A game offering further explanation on that would be great. Hell, it could mean that Wesker is a clone, and then we might have to kill another one of the bastards.
-A game where you get to play the scenario in the Spencer mansion, leading up to the epic fight with Wesker at the end.
Because Flashbacks just don't cut it
-A prequel to RE0
Because 0 isn't low enough, I want -1. You hear me Capcom!? -1!
-A game I can't put down easily
I have to admit, though the last several RE games have been good (RE4, UC, 5), after I beat them I just set them down and walked away. I want a game SO good, that I don't wanna stop right after I win.
-Never to see Jill with a baseball cap on again
It just bothered me. I have NO idea why, but it did. Gives me the creeps..
And last but not least:
-Something that will scare me so much that I almost unwillingly urinate.
RE5 wasn't very scary...like not scary at all
Ridiculous things that will never happen you say? Maybe. Maybe not. Lets see. I mean, some of these are so general that they could easily happen.