Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hardly titan

It is very rare for a game to be worthless all the way through, but Clash of the Titans was approaching it. The one thing it had going for it was a rather in depth secondary weapon upgrade system, but when I realized that I had either missed most of the necessary pick ups or they were absurdly rare I gave up on it and went right on to mashing the X button. One or two bosses did require their use, including one terrible gimmick boss who should have been easy to take out with a bow, only the auto targeting barely worked and the manual aiming was even worse. This flying corpse dragon thing had be a few minutes from turning the whole thing off, but a quick trip to GameFaqs cleared up what I was not engaged enough to learn on my own. I am actually glad that I made it, because much like Darkest of Days it manages one short moment of pseudo excellence before dropping off into the deep end with single button quick time events that pass for a climax.

Anyone who remembers the original Clash of the Titans (and probably the remake which I have not seen) knows that the first two thirds of the movie is just a lead in to Persues' confrontation with Medusa. This is also not the first time that gorgons have been used as enemies, most recently being God of War, but the individual snake women there were no more than throw away grunts and while I am quite sure he fights Medusa herself the actual encounter escapes me. This time around Medusa takes a whole party to bring down, with each and every one save Perseus dying before the battle is over. As the party dwindles both your tactics and how Medusa fights you grow more desperate, with her flailing her entire length from one end of the room to the other taking out anyone who forgets that the dodge roll is video games one true escape. When it is down to the last two, Draco and Perseus, Draco of course gets to make the grandest exit of all, knocking a stalactite down and severing most of Medusa's tale, but what he says before he dies is a little gem of writing that was out of place in its quality:

'Perseus, tell them men did this.'

This was not screamed in violent rage, simply said in a moment of pride in what they as mortals had overcome. Then Draco is turned to stone and Perseus, one of the many bastard sons of Zeus, has to finish things of, thereby nullifying the idea that man did it alone, but you get where they were going with things.

Come on, these are video game writers, you cannot expect them to think ahead beyond what Chinese place they are getting dinner from.


Gran Turismo 5 apparently just shipped via GameFly. I don't believe it. They could say that a miniature hippo was just dropped off on my porch and I would probably give that better odds of being true.

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