Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Nostalgia is not what is used to be

Double catch up post!

Resident Evil 2 Remake

I don't remember if I finished Resident Evil the first time around. It was a long, long time ago. I know for a fact that I did not play it through a second time with the other character. Even then, as a young man, I had a distaste for repetition.

If you are looking for a modern take on RE2 that includes more than a few of the unique intentional limitations of the first game then you are in luck. This is RE2 re-imagined. A modern looking game with the old inventory system. Yes, you are running back and forth to item boxes, but the flow of the game, at least the first time around, seems better. I was very rarely out of space, and if I was there was a box not too far away.

This game has less in common with the original than the first remake. REMake on the GameCube is a better game, if you ask me, as it is still the first Resident Evil, right down to the static camera angles, with a few new things added on. Resident Evil 2 Remake is the opposite: it is a new game with a few modern ideas taken away to make it feel old.

Regardless, I finished Leon's campaign in about seven hours and was quite willing to start up Claire's second quest. The second quest is not the same as choosing the character first: it fills in the blanks of the other story and is much less directed. When I played as Leon it was always pretty obvious where I had to go next. Oh look, I just found a new key, what can I open. This prevents wandering, wasting of ammo and bumbling into monsters that you should not fight yet.

The second quest has none of that. When I got to the police station as Claire it was almost all open, I had no idea where to go, I opened a door and was immediately destroyed by a licker and then lost fifteen minutes of progress because the save points were further apart.

No sale, uninstall, it was fun while it lasted.

Ace Combat 7

'Hmm, I have never played an Ace Combat game, let's see how this goes.'

'Arcadey controls, which is fine. Lots of planes. Surprisingly easy to die. Long winded cut scenes that don't seem to have anything to do with what I am actually playing...'

'Aha! Timed fifteen minutes mission with no checkpoints! Fuck you.'

I can see the allure. I think. It is just not fort me.

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