At 6/18/13 07:15 AM, Dean wrote:
I'm already familiar with Deadly Premonition (and most of the games I listed, actually) and I have to say, I do love the quirkiness of it. We were briefly discussing Deadly Premonition in the gamerscore leaderboard thread too. Brilliant game, maybe let down slightly by awkward controls but at the same time they do kind of add to that sort of B movie charm it has.
Oh, I thought you were heading into it blind, my bad. The game is definitely worth $15-20 but I'd never pay full price.
Graphically it's terrible in some areas, but it serves the purposes of what the devs were trying to accomplish. Could have used a lot more spit shine and polish, some texture were downright abominable. Not necessarily cringe worthy, but not the highlight of what the game offers either. Character models were actually pretty okay in my opinion.
The plot/setting is what this game is all about. it's survival horror/mystery focused and a very creative hybrid at that. The premise isn't entirely unique however the execution is entertaining. Just don't expect a deeply emotional, moving experience and you won't walk away disappointed. The Protagonist is hilarious and his unusually bizarre antics are amusing to observe.
The setting goes to great lengths to give kind of a small town feeling, from the first time you visit the Local Milk Barn (supermarket) to your first trip to the police station. Everything feels quaint, isolated and simpler than city life. The peculiar cast are pretty stereotypical at first glance, but over time you quickly come to realize they're more lively and interesting than you could have imagined. They help flesh out what is otherwise a pretty bland environment and interact with York in a way that further immerses you into the world.
What makes the game truly shine to my eyes is the duality presented by the game's normal elements and the combat sequences. At certain points York will enter what seems like an alternate dimension. The very environment you were just exploring safe and sound will warp, leaving him trapped in a maze like twisted vision and beleaguered by strange, supernatural foes. During these sequences the survival horror is superb; you feel completely alone, surrounded by demented creatures in a once peaceful area. This is the best part of this game.
At one moment you may be walking around an innocent hospital, speaking with a whimsical attendant and watch an amusing sequence where York solves a series of riddles and shows off his forensic prowess. Then in the next scene everything changes and you're forced to escape that very area you waltzed into relaxed. This really emphasis's the strengths of the game.
The combat on the surface is looks, feels and plays out exactly like Resident Evil 4, which isn't a bad thing per say. The main difference is Deadly premonition lacks melee moves and has stealth aspects. You can hold your breath and sneak by enemies, which places you in a better strategic position to launch an attack.
The upgrade system and item inventory isn't as deep as RE4 in retrospect. Everything you do from saving occasionally, shaving, sending your clothes off to the cleaners all offer you a cash bonus. You can then turn around and spend on everything from the weaponry to food at the grocery store. There are a great deal of items to obtain, but it still falls short to the system in place in RE4 which offered more customization. Plus the pistol you start with has unlimited ammo, but I suppose it is weak enough to not really degrade the overall experience by much.
Sound wise this game features music as it should: to amplify the atmosphere established in a particular scene. the voice acting is far from perfect, but there is a certain charm to each character and it gets the job done. Just don't express AAA quality and for them to give off eerily strong performances and give you a roller-coaster of emotions.
There are plenty of side quests and exploration to be found as well. Greenvale offers card collecting and doing tasks for the citizens for rewards.
Controls are again similar to RE4, at least on foot, but are hampered by a lack of sensitivity options. I'm also entirely unsure why they mapped the controls the way they did. Didn't enjoy the fact you couldn't shoot and run, however I suppose that heightens the horror elements. Overall the controls don't impede your ability to enjoy the game and once you become accustom to the rather counter intuitive way the designers implemented them you'll progress without much problems.
Overall I really, really enjoyed the game and I feel the people who scored this extremely low either missed the point or went into it with high expectations. I think I clocked in around 20-25 hours in this sucker and I don't consider it wasted time.
I have loads of video games sitting around, know a fair bit about most of them but there's a good few that I've yet to actually play through. Games from previous generations are great because they're usually so cheap to pick up now, so I end up buying quite a lot and then a year later I'll realised I've still not actually played many of them. Those games I listed were just the tip of the iceberg.
What are some other games you own or are thinking of buying and trying out? I may have already played them and be able to offer my opinion, if you care to hear it.
Still making progress in Vagrant Story, I'm really pleased with how different this game is in comparison to traditional rpgs of the day. Just made it out of the wine cellars/catacombs and into Lea Monde where shit really starts to get story heavy, also starting to craft my own weapons so I can really specialize my affinities for certain enemy types.
Starting up Breath of Fire III for PSP as well, seeing as I purchased it online last week and it just arrived yesterday. Going to make some serious progress on these two this weekend. Right now I'm just after getting my ass handed to me by Balio and Sunder you cheeky motherfuckers. I remember being a kid and wanting a green Mohawk because of these dudes.
THE FISHING MINI-GAME IS SO GOD DAMN BOSS.
I know I said previously that Triple Triad in FFVIII was the best side mini-game, but I've heavily considering altering my opinion here.
I enjoy being able to acquire weapons/armors early by collecting rare fish and selling to the merchant Gobi.
Either next week or the week after I was thinking of picking up The Last of Us, although I'm still not entirely sold. May wait until it hits $30-40 as I'm not in a particular hurry or rush.