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#1 Edited by BoG (5192 posts) -

First, I think many of us saw this coming. I wasn't certain (none of us were) but I had a feeling.

My initial reaction? Anger. This is an action game. I WANT A JRPG. Final Fantasy games are JRPGs. This looks like it fits somewhere between Kingdom Hearts and Devil May Cry.

But, then I opened my heart. The artwork really helps. I can't put my finger on it, but it just looks more like Final Fantasy than XIII. It takes me back to Nomura's best days, designing VII, VIII, and X. In particular, this game reminds me of VIII, which is probably my favorite game in the series. When it looks the part, how can I complain.

I can't wait to play this. Nothing will stop me from finishing it, the same way that boredom couldn't stop me from finishing XIII.

What evil spell have you cast on me Square?

Anyways, how are you all feeling?

#2 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

I wouldn't say that Mirror's Edge was in my top 10 for this generation, but it was fun and interesting enough that I have always planned on buying the sequel. I'm glad it's happening.

#3 Edited by BoG (5192 posts) -

What the fuck. What motivates this sort of action? When I saw the video, I almost cried. These events are incomprehensible. To make it all worse, 42 people were killed in bombings in Iraq today (in an unrelated tragedy). Why are innocent people targeted?

The Boston Marathon has always been a goal of mine, and it still is. I've been five minutes off of qualification for the past 5 years and 10 marathons I've run. had I qualified, I doubt I would have been there today, but it really helps me understand what the setting is, how it must feel. It's awful. The Boston Marathon doesn't represent anything but the physical achievements of people. Everyone, first or last, is a winner. The run is an event of togetherness. Did you see the flags of all the nations at the finish line? It doesn't matter where you're from when you run, you've done it. And somebody had to spoil that today. What a tragedy.

#4 Edited by BoG (5192 posts) -

I am a student at the University of Utah. I have three majors, Political Science, International Studies, and Spanish. I graduate in a year. I have no idea what I will do after that.

#5 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

@ares42 said:

My big quandry is how we went from a game that clearly had things to say and the developers saying they didn't want to make a sequel unless they had something new to say, and people are content with the idea that their new thing is "Time Travel, BITCHES!".

I have to agree. As much as I enjoyd the story, an exploration of American Exceptionalism would be unique in the world of video games. Time travel is old news.

#6 Edited by BoG (5192 posts) -

@the_laughing_man: Well... my bad. I didn't notice them. I hate this game now.

@nodima: I found something like that, but I didn't notice the color. I just remember Booker saying he had never heard the song, and Elizabeth saying "I don't think anyone has heard that song." I recognized the song, but I don't remember what it was. I've heard that these moments are nothing more than easter eggs, but who knows.

Some old pop songs were actually changed and done in an early 1900's style. I heard a reimagining of "Tainted Love"at some point.

#7 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

The beauty of this game is in the small details. A lot of people have already mentioned the guitar scene, which none of us will be forgetting any time soon. I'm just curious what other little details you have all noticed? I noticed something neat about the game's currency:

Did any of you notice Columbia's currency? Your coins are Silver Eagles. Sometimes, you even find bars of silver. I thought that this was a neat detail, considering the politics of the early 1900's. It was William McKinley who built Columbia, and it was from McKinley's (or Roosevelt's) United States that Columbia seceded. One issue at the time was that of the gold standard. In the 1896 presidential election, McKinley supported gold, and his opponent silver. In 1900, Gold became the standard for American currency. It looks like Columbia went the other way, adopting the philosophy of "free silver."

So, what have y'all noticed?

#8 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

The beauty of this game is in the small details. A lot of people have already mentioned the guitar scene, which none of us will be forgetting any time soon. I'm just curious what other little details you have all noticed? I noticed something neat about the game's currency:

Did any of you notice Columbia's currency? Your coins are Silver Eagles. Sometimes, you even find bars of silver. I thought that this was a neat detail, considering the politics of the early 1900's. It was William McKinley who built Columbia, and it was from McKinley's (or Roosevelt's) United States that Columbia seceded. One issue at the time was that of the gold standard. In the 1896 presidential election, McKinley supported gold, and his opponent silver. In 1900, Gold became the standard for American currency. It looks like Columbia went the other way, adopting the philosophy of "free silver."

So, what have y'all noticed?

#9 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

@snail: I explained this in another topic, but I don't mind doing it again. I expected something more like the original game. The first game was about Rapture: the philosophy, the people, the golden age, and the downfall. Columbia is as richly developed a location as Rapture. I would say that the first hour or so set up my own expectations for the story. When you first arrive in Columbia, you are in what is essentially a church dedicated to a religion that worships America. When you leave, you see three of America's founding fathers, who are essentially canonized saints in this church. You hear about an angel appearing to George Washington, about The United States having lost its way, becoming "the Sodom below." Columbia is American Exceptionalism gone too far. I wanted the game to explore the idea of American Exceptionalism. Just as Rapture is a worst case scenario of Ayn Rand's Objectivism, I wanted Columbia to be a worst case scenario on American Exceptionalism. It's a relevant topic. Today, you hear people talking about a "Christian Nation." I wanted Columbia to be a deep exploration of this concept if it were to take over and drive the people. The mere fact that Columbia exists andis a well developed location is an exploration of this idea already... I just want more!

#10 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

@snail: You're right. I'm in a tough situation. The story wasn't what I expected, and I had good reason to expect what I expected. However, what I got was still fantastic. Once I accept the story for what it is, I'll be fine.

Perhaps, though, the beauty of the game is that Irrational didn't make it a one trick pony. They certainly could have told the same multi-dimensional story with gritty soldiers in some near-future world like everyone else, but they chose to set the story in an American Exceptionalist dream world with a proletarian uprising. They don't shove those ideas in your face, but they are present, and we can still consider them.