By BR4DL3I9H 6 Comments
I have really gotten back into play games recently. For a long time i didn't play many, well, i say long time but what i mean is a long time for me, AKA a few months. During that time away i would still read about games, watch videos about games and generally be involved in a lot of aspects of gaming. All except for the physical act of putting a controller in my hands and mashing some buttons. That has all changed though.
I picked up Dead Island and Resistance 3 a week or so ago and i have to say that i really am enjoying both games. Resistance 3 has an epic story and the scale just feels huge. I often find myself turning off all the lights, getting a hot drink and some snacks and putting on my headphones, which by the way are nothing fancy it's just that i live in an apartment with extremely thin walls and if i don't wear headphones then it kind of takes me out of it. There is nothing quite like a dramatic build up in a scene only to hear a few people chuckling next door to what must be some of the funniest shit that they have ever seen. Ever. The story is engrossing and i was hooked. I don't get hooked that easily either.
Dead island on the other hand is a different kind of experience for me. The noises that those ungodly things make give me the chills but it sort of feels like they are running around with radios that are connected to their health bars than sounds that they are making naturally. Let me explain. When i first played this game i would feel a chill everytime i heard those noises. I would put my back to corner and then scan the horizon for those foul demons, gaze my eyes upon them and then let them see my limited-edition, signed baseball bat customed fitted with a battery. And it felt good. Actually, even now it still feels satisfying to kill those suckers. The feel of the weapons are great and they handle like i think they would, i mean what i assume they would feel like if i were to attack someone with say, a boat oar. Also, this game is best played with the analogue setting on. I am a little surprised that they made the digital option the default and it is a shame that people who don't read gaming websites will never know the other option is there. Anyway, i am moving away from my point. The sounds they make is so canned. If they are nearby they make a noise, if they are not nearby they don't make a noise. Simple, righ?. Except the sound has basically become a warning sign for me more than a way of instilling fear. If i take out a group of 5 zombies and they are all on the floor i walk away smug in the knowledge that i just took out a bunch of zombies with brassknuckles. Yeah, i'm bad. Then i get 2 steps and hear that groan. oh, one's left. Scour the floor, ah, health bar. L2. Brain crush, No sound. Walk away. Job done. The fear isn't there anymore, even with the lights out. Maybe it is also because there are so many of them that i hear the sound too much so it has lost it's impact. I always imagined zombie groans to have a similar effect to when the military play loud music to detainees or to drive people in hiding to the break point, meaning creating the sense of fear and disorientation would make me always twitchy. That isn't the case sadly. If this game is anything like what a real zombie outbreak would be like then i am sure that i would have no problem being in a house with those things singing outside. Also, i would totally be that idiot who is like the 3rd person in the world to get bitten because i was helping up that poor person by placing my neck on their mouth for support. Don't get me wrong though, i am still enjoying the hell out this game. It has a big expansive world, a wonderfully enriching crafting system, even if i somehow need to get a schematic or blueprint to figure out that a baseball with nails is a good idea, and a combat system with a nice amount of feedback. It is well deserving of those 4 stars that i see it earning from people.
I am looking forward to the other gems that are coming out this winter season. I don't have the time or money for all of them but i have my eye on a few. For now i still have a world to save and an island to escape from.