Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 20 - R

In a slight deviation from my ever-shifting standards, this post will focus mainly on ONE subject...


Game
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Resident Evil (Capcom) - Zombie, survival horror!!  One of the widest known franchises, with over twenty video games, seven movies (two are CGI), novels, comics, toys... I think they're actually marketing the T-virus so we can play Resident Evil in real life!
This game may not have invented the survival horror genre of video games, but it brought the genre alive... Or at least undead.

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Pre-RE4
The first game had very little music, the worst voice acting you've ever heard, a maze of a mansion to explore with no map, hardly any ammo for your gun (compounded by the fact that zombies take multiple shots to kill), and awkward camera angles.  And yet it was the coolest game I'd ever played.  Never before had a game startled me, freaked me out and made me feel trapped and helpless.  It was perfect.
The games got better.  They ventured out of the mansion, got more playable characters, got bigger and better enemies and tweaked those horrendous controls.

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The pinnacle of the franchise, and one of my favorite games ever is Resident Evil 4.
Your enemies aren't exactly zombies, but close enough.  They still gang up and mindlessly stumble through your stream of bullets to eat your face.
The atmosphere is dark and gloomy.  The muffled mumbling of the "zombies" carries through the misty graveyards or down the dimly lit corridors and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The game has become 3rd person shooter, not awkward angled camera shots and I guess it's debatable whether this is truly an improvement for survival horror.  It's an improvement if these were straight action games...
Eventually you're joined by the president's daughter, who's been kidnapped and you're trying to save.  As far as a partner, she's baggage.  She only serves to get herself into danger and heighten the tension.

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Post-RE4
Capcom tasted the mighty dollar... It heard the nerdly whisperings of zit pinchers and their precious Call of Doodie... It listened to the straining grind of the Gears of War... It felt the haunting chorus of chanting Halo monks...
And Resident Evil is survival horror no more.
It has become action / first-person shooter / multiplayer.  Everything I originally loved about the series, they shat all over to chase fickle trends.  I bought Resident Evil 5.  It was fun.  I played Resident Evil 6.  One third of it was really good.  But they aren't what they were.
Play Resident Evil 4.

Music

Special Mentions: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rancid, Rage Against the Machine, Rush, Radiohead


21 comments:

  1. I've played a couple of the series, but I lean more toward the fantasy RPGs.

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    1. Dude! fantasy RPGs are my favorite!

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    2. Hey! I just forwarded the CassaStorm Goodreads giveaway winners to my publishers and your name was one of the five. Congratulations.

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    3. I got the notification!! Can't wait!

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  2. Great Rs, I think I may listened to Red Hot Chili Peppers while playing Resident Evil, lol.

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  3. Okay computer, give me something from David List. Preferably something about a mysterious island.

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    1. lol, I currently have no shortage of mysterious islands... And you (inadvertently?) mentioned my favorite Radiohead album.
      Well played

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  4. I haven't played RE6. I've been avoiding it like the plague based on all those negative reviews. But I enjoyed 5, and I agree that 4 is the best in the series. And yes, the voice acting in the first game was spectacularly awful, even for a game that was ripping off so many B-movies/cheap horror flicks. LOL.

    P.S: I adore the Red Hot Chili Peppers. :D

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    1. Good choice Michael.
      "Spectacularly awful" Hahahaha I couldn't have said it better myself. Oddly, I've grown to love and expect it from the RE series! I did like 5. But you're not missing anything by dodging 6. They went south with it.

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  5. I haven't played the games but I've seen all the movies.

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    1. Good action movies. They've kind of begun to retread ground if you ask me but still action packed.

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  6. I like the Resident Evil series, but I haven't played that much. The movies are fun, and would go well with your music choices. :)

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    1. Thanks! I could definitely imagine Rage Against the Machine playing while zombies get torn apart in a hail of bullets!

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  7. I've got the RE movies but haven't played any such game.:)

    Great bands you mentioned! Other fun R bands are Ratcat, Redd Kross, Regurgitator, Ride, Rob Dickinson, Roxy Music and the Runaways.

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    1. Good grief... Of that list, I've only heard of the Runaways. Cherrybomb!

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  8. I never got into Resident Evil games UNTIL RE4. It's now one of my all-time favorites! :)

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    1. The problem with starting with the pinnacle of the series is that you have only one way to go if you pick up a different RE...

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  9. I've played a few Star Trek RPGs myself. Its great fun getting embroiled in the thick of things.

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    1. I think the only Star Trek game I played was on the original NES!

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