So I got out of work early so I could pick up my copy of Resident Evil 6 but when I got home and started the game up, I was sent through this crazy action pack tutorial which shown me a brief example on how the controls worked. it also left some random portion of the story on a cliffhanger which is fine I guess since I have no earthly clue whats going on. I already knew that the plot of the story was intertwine with each of the main characters so I decided to start off with Leon's campaign. Now mind you; I have yet to try the other campaigns so I don't know what they are like and this opinion is completely based on Leon's campaign. Usually with Resident Evil, you get some kind of introduction about whats going on however this time, your not. You start off right after you shoot the president in the middle of a black out. You know that Leon knows something weird is going on and you know Helena knows maybe more about it but you have no idea what has happened except of some weird fog that rushes into the city which you find out by some random no-name NPC that dies within five minutes into the game. The game works off of a plot-filler type of story-telling which after so much time in the game, it tells you more of the back story.
Now the game play; I was the exact opposite of a fan toward Operation Raccoon City with it's cover system in which most of the time, it absorbed most of the bullets except for the one that gets you right in the brain and the gun play was also less accurate than it should be with you constantly running out of ammo from firing a full clip just to kill one enemy that wasn't a zombie half of the time. I would say that the exact same game play has transferred over to Resident Evil 6 since within the first hour; I spend myself literally stumbling in the dark as zombie catches me to my disadvantage and increasing the brightness controls does not help it as the game was design to be almost completely dark all the time. the flashlights are nice to have when Leon decides to use them and even then, they are not powerful enough to pierce the darkness before the next zombie kills you.
When your out of ammo, which happened frequently, you can use your kick skills and survival knife to slash at zombies which is pretty much useless as the zombies still get their hits in and eventually Leon wears down to the point where you have to wait so much time to recover before you can physically hit a zombie. In fact, by the time you completely rested up, Helena would have eliminated all the threats with her random sorts of gun types. But its not all bad since Helena is a excellent AI partner compared to Shiva from Resident Evil 5 and She is determine to keep you alive to the very end. Most of the time when I'm in the clutches of a zombie and the reality button combos are not working for me, she is able to pull the trigger just in time. Its also impressive in this game to see that the AI was smart enough to move out of the way in the darkness when I stumbled into incoming train. When you go down, Helena will heal you to the point where if get hurt one more time, then you will be dead. however if you die so many times, the game will actually reset your stats with a full life bar and fatigue bar.
I'll be honest; I died in the subway by a hoard of zombie because I was out of ammo and was literally too tired to fight. I almost debated throwing this game out into the yard due to frustration but I'm going to try it again but this time with Infinite ammo mode on to see if it helps any, At this point; I don't care if it prohibits me from getting any achievements because I want to see how it all ends.
So its almost been a year since the last time I have ever written anything after suffering from a massive writer's block so I thought should start off with a reflection of the Resident Evil series since the next game in the series will be coming out next week.
First time I ever heard about Resident Evil was from a fellow class mate in high school who was describing the claws of the tyrant from the first game which lead me to buying my first Playstation but unfortunately I didn't start playing Resident Evil from the first game and instead started playing Resident Evil 2 all the way through. Resident Evil 2 was very scary to me since there wasn't a lot of games back then that advanced on the jump factor of the horror genre at the time. Resident Evil 2 made you feel like something was about jump out and kill you at every corner with scarce ammo to defend yourself with and very little health to start with. My favorite character was Claire, who searched the city of the dead for her lost brother Chris, which I sort of related to from being a big brother and other things but I didn't care much for Leon outside of being the only surviving law enforcement in that game. I still wonder who that mystery girl was at the end of the senario B was because I'm not entirely sure it was the person everyone thinks it was.
I came across the original Resident Evil out of a bargain bin back when EB Games were called Electronic Boutique. I didn't pay attention to the bad dialog and I seemed to like both of the main characters equally but that game did not need jump factor as the lack of background music in parts of the manor plus the howling and other crazy noises that you heard was enough to scare the pants off me until finally stop being such a wuss and played the game through. The story was not terribly in depth but if it wasn't for playing Resident Evil 2 first then I would have given back Resident Evil but everybody loves a good back story so I kept it.
By the time Resident Evil 3 came out, I was used to the traditional Resident Evil game play however I notice it got less scary and more gun toting. I also saw Jill had a little bit more personality than the ditsy and scared little soldier girl trying to survivor a manor full of monsters which was a good thing. the monsters were the same as the last three games with the exception of the Nemesis which wasn't all frightening but rather an annoying pest that just wouldn't stay dead. It was so frustrating that by the end of the game, Jill was trying to kill the Nemesis out of shear aggravation rather than just trying to survive. The UBC were a night plot hole filler but they had no personality except for Carlos which was another character that I didn't care for and hope to never see again. I have no words for Nicholai which I thought was a shotty excuse for a human antagonist and glad to see what came to him.
Moving on from there, I didn't get to play Code Veronica until it came to the Playstation 2 with its own brigade of Resident Evil side stories that didn't make a single foot note in the main story line. If your not going to be any where involved in the main plot line, then it should not even share the same name and no; Resident Evil: Outbreak should not even existed in the first place. Back to Code Veronica; I'm glad to see they put the eerie-ness and uneasy feeling back into Resident evil when that game came out. it was even more difficult than the second game with ammo scarcity all over the place. The story and the characters were interesting and I admit that I felt regret when they put Claire in the situation of killing somebody that could have been a potential love Interest. I was also shocked to see Wesker to be alive and a super powered, Neo wannabe that Chris had little chance to defeat. You can say at this point that Chris, as a character, grew on me and it was cool to see the Redfield siblings reuniting to fight off the last bit of horrors that Umbrella had kept on ice; so to speak.
Sometime after this game was made, Capcom to decide to remake the original and later on make a prequel to the remade original which I admit that I was too cheap to buy a gamecube just for those reasons alone plus at that point in my life, I despised prequels and I wasn't going to buy the same game that I already had no matter how much they revamped the story and the game. I heard from several friends that the game was definitely scary and worth playing which I'm sure it is but I'll never play it for some reason after another.
Resident Evil 4 was eventually re-released for the Playstation 2 and it was the characters and monsters that killed it for me. I didn't like the idea of Leon surviving the zombie horror of Raccoon City only to become a bad ass body guard for the President's daughter and the daughter was so annoying that I wish I drown her in the lake. they made yet another character just like Nicholai from Resident Evil 3 in the form of a soldier name Krauser. Most of the time in the game, he was just a unwanted nuisance hiding between powerful antgonists and side characters that meant to give us a shock to the system. By the time i beat the game, I liked Leon even less but happy to see a sort of happy ending outside ominous question mark ending.
When Resident evil 5 came out, I enjoyed playing as Chris again and even though Jill wasn't his partner anymore, it was pretty shocking to see her role in the game and Sheva was an ok character that wasn't terribly interesting. At that point, Resident Evil stopped being scary for me and started to be more of an action series which I accepted because everyone has to run out ideas of being scary eventually. I mean the horror genre of movies and some game series are essentially dead at this point. this game gave closure for me with a lot of old characters and old enemies and when it got to the end, despite the crazy gun kung fu along the way, I could see Capcom pulling the plug on the Resident Evil series and even accepted this but instead they release a massive list of side stories that involved main plot characters with game play less entertaining than whats in the original series.
now the sixth entry will be coming out soon and i've seen previews of what is in stored for our heroes and to me, it looks like one giant plot hole from Hell but I think the what is less frightening about it are the zombies. But If I can get use to Splinter Cell becoming a Jason Borne video game rip off then I'm sure I can get used to the action within Resident Evil 6 but honestly, I though I saw someone in that game use a infected, fully intact, zombie as a bullet shield. Would you honestly use a zombie as a bullet shield while knowing that they can infect with a single bite? Oh well; I guess I will see for myself
Christmas is that one time of the year where the world forgets about its troubles and thinks of others. Giving gifts and helping others has been a time honored tradition that has survived over a hundred years on this one specific day. Santa could truly be called a gamer from the countless children who received video games as gifts. I'm happy to say that me and my brother were two those children who asked their parents for a new Super Nintendo or just another video game for their collection.
Christmas was much more that just a holiday to me since I was born on Christmas Eve so not only did my parents gave me a christmas present but also a birthday cake and a birthday present and usually my birthday present was the one that cost the most. My grandparents and my parents always knew that video games would be part of our lives so one Christmas; my grandfather and mother chipped in to get me a Nintendo 64 for my birthday present and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time as my Christmas present. My brother was too young at the time to get video games as presents but as he grew, he followed his big brothers steps and he started to get video games as presents as well. It was the best Christmas I ever had with my family.
Fifteen years later; I'm still celebrating Christmas with my wife and brother but think less of my birthday each year even though my wife will never let me forget about my birthday while I celebrate my Christmas. Both of my grandparents and our mother have past away but their memory will never be forgotten and my brother will always have his father, his aunt, and his big brother to carry on the tradition which my family has honored long before I was born.
This is my brother with my dog, Shadow; he is nineteen now and his aunt got him a Playstation three so I got him this for Christmas.
For many years; I have always bought games from local video game stores because of a few bad experiences I had online but that was seven years ago and online shopping as evolved since then. I used to buy DVDs and games on amazon all the time but after receiving a few bad DVDs and paying overpriced shipping costs, I decided to retire my amazon account. Over the years; I just stuck with buying games and DVDs at stores because they were closer and usually well stocked.
The problem with buying in local stores is the prices on merchandise will always remain the same unless the inventory becomes crowded with unsold copies of games and movies then the price will drop. There will also be times that the copies you so desire will no longer be in stock and will not be refilled based on general interest of the customer's need to purchase said merchandise. There will also be the possibility, such as certain animes, tv shows, and video games, that the local stores may not carry what you want and never will. At that point; you can suck it up and hope the next local store will have you want and your only option is to start purchasing from online stores. Video game stores, such as Gamestop, will sell you new games and old games at a reduced price, offer special deals for being their customers, and offer to purchase your old games for in-store credit. Its the same issue though; because of stock availability and the fact that Gamestop stores no longer provides reasonable offers for trading in old games and systems like they used to so using in-store credit is no longer the option.
Its not all bad because buying from stores avoids shipping cost and you have the ability to inspect your merchandise before you attempt to purchase it; most of the time. You also get trained employees to ask about your product or if you have a problem with and if its a issue cannot resolve by them, then they will happy to work out some type of arrangement.
As we reach the future; online purchasing is growing in popularity especially with downloadable content and direct download of pc games and video games but online stores also have their downsides. When ordering from online stores, you can purchase merchandise that may or may not be available in local stores at reduce prices which they always win over local stores however; based on where you go to order your product, customer support can be rare because either they are run by an automated system or they just do not have the amount of communication that they business needs to satisfy their customers. You may also purchase the wrong product that is listed as the right product and pay overpriced shipping costs and handling for something you never wanted in the first place. There is also possibility of time delays and the product might have been damaged by unforeseen events. Handling of your money can also be a problem because the slightest mistake on their end could cost you quite a deal of money.
On my personal opinion, I'm giving online stores, such as Amazon, another chance of redemption but i'm avoiding any online stores that are not well heard of or their website looks like it was designed by a nine year old kid. I'm doing this because there are somethings that my local Gamestop and Wal-mart wont have and if they do, then I'm not paying their prices if I can find it cheaper with the roughly the same quality. I can be patient so waiting for something to arrive in the mail is no problem but if the shipping cost is more than what its worth then I will be buying what I want from one of the local stores.
Anyways Christmas shoppers and gamers of the world; I ask you to watch what you purchase and a good night.
On December 24th, 1981; I was born in a hospital during one of the worst blizzards that Tennessee ever saw. I would have been an orphan if my father didn't take both charges for a crime that he and my mother did so I owe my father a lot and while growing up, video games were one my very few outlets in life and I was very happy when my grandfather got me my first Nintendo. From that point, video games have been part of my and will probably be part of my future children's life.
I don't think much of turning 30 except for a few more grey hairs and a few more hopes to the future. Going 20 to to 30 was a blast because it was the decade that I met my wife; watch my brother graduate, and move out of Knoxville and even though I'm studying different methods of drawing, I'm also practicing to be a writer and hope to get a job reviewing video games for a living once I've got my grammar correct in all the right places.
Maybe In the next ten years, the video game industry will expand into virtual reality and be successful this time around. Capcom will most likely have rebooted the Resident Evil Series like they are doing with Devil May Cry. I hope to see SquareEnix return to its roots back when a Final Fantasy game was more than just a movie with a couple of battle segments in it. I can't wait to see the next Tomb Raider and Fall of Cybertron and Prey 2 since I had a lot of fun with the original Prey even though it was rather long for a shooter.
Thats enough from me; gamers of the future.
This is TikiGhost wishing you a merry Christmas or happy holiday or whatever.
This game was fun..... what? Oh right; I think I need to write more than that. First of all; this is my personal opinion about this game so if you like it then let me know and if it not, oh well. I have never played any of the other Saints Row games because I thought they would all be just GTA rip offs like the ones that came before however I have been pleasantly surprise about Saints Row The Third but If there was any reason for me to play the other two games would be just for back story at this point.
Lets just get straight to the point; If your going to play Saints Row the Third for the story then I would have to tell you not to take it seriously. You are the boss of the Steelwater 3rd Street Saints and you find out fairly quickly that the Saints are celebrities in the own city however due to unfortunate events, the Saints land themselves in a new city with no money, no weapons, or anything. The object of the game is to take over the city of Steelport and eliminate the rival gangs that rule over it. Most of the time, you will notice that the Saints will run into awkward moments that won't really make you laugh but will at least put a smile on your face as I admit that I enjoyed the humor when a certain character made his entrance. All the characters have their own personal quirks and personality but I would say my favorite one would be Kinzie with her shut-in personality and her crazed intelligence gathering.
This is where you can see that the developer really put their heart and soul into this game as you can fully customize your character from each curve to the last. At first I thought all the clothing options were availible since I spent a great deal of time playing with the initiation station download. Pretty much everything can customize from weapons to vehicles. Vehicles are everywhere and different from each other with their own weaknesses and strengths as well as the air and sea vehicles which I highly recommend the VTOL fighter when you get it and its crazy jet and hover mode. As you increase your finances, you will notice that there will be special upgrades that you can do to yourself and your gang; even as going as becoming invincible to bullets among other things.
Outside the goofy weapons; Saints Row the Third has the same run in the mill combat system like any other sandbox game except for a few different techniques involving hand to hand combat and crotch shots. When your fighting against ten people all by yourself, you will notice how quickly your health will drain and unless you do the quick car theft maneuver, then you will notice that trying to escape a gun fight in a vehicle can be extremely annoying because your character will not always do what its told. The same can be said for the much larger vehicles such as tanks and jets but with much more difficulty. Calling for your personal vehicle can be handy most of the time unless your on a really complicated street and yes; your npc gang members will get lost.
I'm not much of a sound guy but I can say sound effects are definitely quality stuff and I spent the majority of the time listening to Adult Swim's radio station which was hosted by Delocated's John and other radio stations seem to have a number of popular songs ranging from old to new.
I have no complaints about the graphics of the game since there was very few glitches except for the awkward ones such as the humping dump truck or landing your vehicle on it side and unable to do anything about it unless you hit it with another vehicle. The endings to the game were very satisfying to me and there is enough side missions to keep you playing for a long while, pending how many hours you put into a video game in a single day.
I'm going to wrap this up fairly quickly since its getting late and now my words are starting to merge together so I hope you all enjoy the game and I can't wait to see the DLC the comes out for it even thought it will take a entire year to release all the content.
That is all I have to say gamers of the universe
Tikighost Signing off...