Endure This! Run! Part 13

Posted by DocHaus (1352 posts) -

Endure This! Run! Part 13: Indiana Sykes, Raider of the Lost Temple of Doom

Rush got swindled by a mage, then made up the difference by helping Baron Nielsen reclaim his escaped fiance. Unfortunately, the game gave me a not-so-subtle reminder to get back to the story when I tried to follow-up with the runaway bride, so back to Elysion we go!

Waaaaaait a minute...that Mage-Like Girl looks familiar again.

Rush claims to have refused, but later found 1500G missing and some bombs, a disposable cell phone and a map labelled "Embassy Row" with several X's on it shoved in his backpack instead. He totally had no idea how those things got there. David is starting to regret letting him hold the Official Backpack of Athlum.

So to recap: After the whole kerfuffle over the Ark, David heard that Rush's dad might be located in the Temple, so to the Temple we go!

After careful negotiating, Rush and co. gain entry.

TO THE CATACOMBS! Another dungeon/battlefield level right in the heart of Elysion that you can visit whenever you feel like...or have to for a sidequest...or if there's an item you missed...look, just get in there.

Despite the doorman letting us in with little pause, the residents of these catacombs seem to have missed the memo.

These catacombs are apparently home to a bunch of "Albic Qsiti" that decided the evil Albino from the DaVinci Code was a good role model. These guys aren't that hard to handle, but they are annoying and they will stab you with their knives. What they lack in size, they make up for in devotion, confidence, and the Bindbreath technique.

An area-of-effect attack that can also "Black Out" members of your team, interrupting their attack or defense if they are still in the fight. Though annoying, it isn't really that bad compared to other status effects (unless your turn is still happening, in which case, FUCK THOSE GUYS).

Emma: I swear to the Based Remnant God, Rush, that your father better have the Holy Grail when we find him.

Rush: What was that? I think a bug is gnawing on my leg!

Emma: Oh for the love of--

Hey, an empty hallway!

Okay, so the Qsiti can spring traps now. That's thinking a step ahead.

Too bad we still wreck the shit out of them.

Mr. Diggs has been gettin busy lately, getting himself all these perks so he can get me my minerals. And I wants my minerals.

OHGODWHATISTHATTHING

KILLITKILLITKILLITKILLITKIIIILLLLLLLLLIIIITTTTTTT!

Fuck these giant-ass butterflies and their palette-swapped cousins with their giant slap maneuver that somehow functions as an AoE attack just fuck them all with their pollen-spreading wings FUCK THEM.

Look, I'm not going to ask why you need the meat from a butterfly, but please don't snort that dust. You don't know where it's been, man!

Wow, Solid Snake was a goddamn pussy. Who needs gas masks or gas-dispelling magic? Just march on through that shit!

Also if I ever write "Solid Snake was a goddamn pussy" unironically, you (the reader) have the permission to slap the taste out of my mouth until I repent

Anyways...after slaughtering yet more albic qsiti and other annoying wildlife that has slithered into these catacombs, we finally reach the door to the research lab.

What might that bright light be?

Mr. Sykes is watching the latest episode of Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai in his dark room.

He quickly switches it to a family picture upon hearing people approach.

John Sykes: Holy crap! Uh, Rush? What are you doing here?

Rush: Me? How did you get in here without having to fight all those midget albino frog-people and giant bugs? I mean, seriously?

John: [ignoring him] You, you're the Marquis of Athlum!

David: I heard you have something for us?

John: Oh yeah, just got this thing, let me open up the box...

John: This...is what Irina's kidnappers are after. It has the power to pull Remnants into...a deep slumber. Your mom developed it.

Rush: Mom? Where is she?

John: Trying to lure away that white mage with the false promise of an open mic and free booze.

Rush: Are you serious?

John: Trust me, with this thing on our side, as long as it doesn't conveniently fall into enemy hands through some contrived plot device, we'll be able to get Irina back easily.

Torgal: Look, let's get back to the embassy now. We can talk about the context of this situation later.

For those of you who played Final Fantasy 2/4: you remember the times where your party would fight their way to a magic crystal only to inevitably clear the path for the bad guy to snatch it away from them while they just stood there slack-jawed and watched? Well, just keep watching...

John Sykes spontaneously catches on fire, yet seems strangely non-chalant about it after the first few seconds.

Wagram: Your wife lied to me John! Not only was there no open mic, but they charged 10G for a tall glass. 10. Gees. Now you will be paying that back, one way or another.

Rush: You just lit my dad on fire! What the hell?

Wagram: Well, if he didn't want to be a test subject for my next routine, maybe he shouldn't have tricked me!

Rush: How is spontaneously bursting into flames supposed to be funny?

Wagram: It isn't?

Rush: No!

Emma: No Rush, he may be an awful comedian, but don't throw that at him! We all risked our lives to get that tablet!

Rush: Wait, what?

Rush has little time to contemplate it before the Flaming Dad smacks it out of Rush's hand.

Wagram: Aha! Proof of my first official heckling! I'll be sure to use this tablet as a stepping stone on my path to stardom!

Rush: Wait, we actually need that!

Wagram: No backsies.

Well, so much for all that work. Rush's dad is unconscious and we lost the one thing he was working on that could have helped us save Irina and/or the world. All we have to show for it are a slew of dead albino midgets and giant bugs. GG, Rush.

One convenient teleport to the Athlumian Embassy later...

Rush: So how's my dad?

Pagus: Well, he's not dead. Apparently fire doesn't actually kill people anymore, but he's in a bit of shock from listening to Wagram's bad jokes.

David: Much as I hate to say it, we'll need to find Wagram if we want to find Irina and that tablet...but what did he mean about Ms. Sykes distracting him?

Emma: I might have an idea about where Rush's mother is.

Torgal: You're telling us this now.

Emma: Yes. I would like to travel there alone with Rush.

David: Why?

Emma: [...]

David: Well, it's clear I have no say in the matter. Be safe.

Torgal: But...you're the Marqui--

David: *AHEM* OH GEE IT'S A SHAME I CAN'T DO ANYTHING HERE! Have fun, you two.

Next Time on Endure This! Run!

  • Mining for Mommy

Cutscenes!

#1 Posted by DocHaus (1352 posts) -

Endure This! Run! Part 13: Indiana Sykes, Raider of the Lost Temple of Doom

Rush got swindled by a mage, then made up the difference by helping Baron Nielsen reclaim his escaped fiance. Unfortunately, the game gave me a not-so-subtle reminder to get back to the story when I tried to follow-up with the runaway bride, so back to Elysion we go!

Waaaaaait a minute...that Mage-Like Girl looks familiar again.

Rush claims to have refused, but later found 1500G missing and some bombs, a disposable cell phone and a map labelled "Embassy Row" with several X's on it shoved in his backpack instead. He totally had no idea how those things got there. David is starting to regret letting him hold the Official Backpack of Athlum.

So to recap: After the whole kerfuffle over the Ark, David heard that Rush's dad might be located in the Temple, so to the Temple we go!

After careful negotiating, Rush and co. gain entry.

TO THE CATACOMBS! Another dungeon/battlefield level right in the heart of Elysion that you can visit whenever you feel like...or have to for a sidequest...or if there's an item you missed...look, just get in there.

Despite the doorman letting us in with little pause, the residents of these catacombs seem to have missed the memo.

These catacombs are apparently home to a bunch of "Albic Qsiti" that decided the evil Albino from the DaVinci Code was a good role model. These guys aren't that hard to handle, but they are annoying and they will stab you with their knives. What they lack in size, they make up for in devotion, confidence, and the Bindbreath technique.

An area-of-effect attack that can also "Black Out" members of your team, interrupting their attack or defense if they are still in the fight. Though annoying, it isn't really that bad compared to other status effects (unless your turn is still happening, in which case, FUCK THOSE GUYS).

Emma: I swear to the Based Remnant God, Rush, that your father better have the Holy Grail when we find him.

Rush: What was that? I think a bug is gnawing on my leg!

Emma: Oh for the love of--

Hey, an empty hallway!

Okay, so the Qsiti can spring traps now. That's thinking a step ahead.

Too bad we still wreck the shit out of them.

Mr. Diggs has been gettin busy lately, getting himself all these perks so he can get me my minerals. And I wants my minerals.

OHGODWHATISTHATTHING

KILLITKILLITKILLITKILLITKIIIILLLLLLLLLIIIITTTTTTT!

Fuck these giant-ass butterflies and their palette-swapped cousins with their giant slap maneuver that somehow functions as an AoE attack just fuck them all with their pollen-spreading wings FUCK THEM.

Look, I'm not going to ask why you need the meat from a butterfly, but please don't snort that dust. You don't know where it's been, man!

Wow, Solid Snake was a goddamn pussy. Who needs gas masks or gas-dispelling magic? Just march on through that shit!

Also if I ever write "Solid Snake was a goddamn pussy" unironically, you (the reader) have the permission to slap the taste out of my mouth until I repent

Anyways...after slaughtering yet more albic qsiti and other annoying wildlife that has slithered into these catacombs, we finally reach the door to the research lab.

What might that bright light be?

Mr. Sykes is watching the latest episode of Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai in his dark room.

He quickly switches it to a family picture upon hearing people approach.

John Sykes: Holy crap! Uh, Rush? What are you doing here?

Rush: Me? How did you get in here without having to fight all those midget albino frog-people and giant bugs? I mean, seriously?

John: [ignoring him] You, you're the Marquis of Athlum!

David: I heard you have something for us?

John: Oh yeah, just got this thing, let me open up the box...

John: This...is what Irina's kidnappers are after. It has the power to pull Remnants into...a deep slumber. Your mom developed it.

Rush: Mom? Where is she?

John: Trying to lure away that white mage with the false promise of an open mic and free booze.

Rush: Are you serious?

John: Trust me, with this thing on our side, as long as it doesn't conveniently fall into enemy hands through some contrived plot device, we'll be able to get Irina back easily.

Torgal: Look, let's get back to the embassy now. We can talk about the context of this situation later.

For those of you who played Final Fantasy 2/4: you remember the times where your party would fight their way to a magic crystal only to inevitably clear the path for the bad guy to snatch it away from them while they just stood there slack-jawed and watched? Well, just keep watching...

John Sykes spontaneously catches on fire, yet seems strangely non-chalant about it after the first few seconds.

Wagram: Your wife lied to me John! Not only was there no open mic, but they charged 10G for a tall glass. 10. Gees. Now you will be paying that back, one way or another.

Rush: You just lit my dad on fire! What the hell?

Wagram: Well, if he didn't want to be a test subject for my next routine, maybe he shouldn't have tricked me!

Rush: How is spontaneously bursting into flames supposed to be funny?

Wagram: It isn't?

Rush: No!

Emma: No Rush, he may be an awful comedian, but don't throw that at him! We all risked our lives to get that tablet!

Rush: Wait, what?

Rush has little time to contemplate it before the Flaming Dad smacks it out of Rush's hand.

Wagram: Aha! Proof of my first official heckling! I'll be sure to use this tablet as a stepping stone on my path to stardom!

Rush: Wait, we actually need that!

Wagram: No backsies.

Well, so much for all that work. Rush's dad is unconscious and we lost the one thing he was working on that could have helped us save Irina and/or the world. All we have to show for it are a slew of dead albino midgets and giant bugs. GG, Rush.

One convenient teleport to the Athlumian Embassy later...

Rush: So how's my dad?

Pagus: Well, he's not dead. Apparently fire doesn't actually kill people anymore, but he's in a bit of shock from listening to Wagram's bad jokes.

David: Much as I hate to say it, we'll need to find Wagram if we want to find Irina and that tablet...but what did he mean about Ms. Sykes distracting him?

Emma: I might have an idea about where Rush's mother is.

Torgal: You're telling us this now.

Emma: Yes. I would like to travel there alone with Rush.

David: Why?

Emma: [...]

David: Well, it's clear I have no say in the matter. Be safe.

Torgal: But...you're the Marqui--

David: *AHEM* OH GEE IT'S A SHAME I CAN'T DO ANYTHING HERE! Have fun, you two.

Next Time on Endure This! Run!

  • Mining for Mommy

Cutscenes!

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Wait, what's with that A button for the open door thing? Does the PC version have gamepad support? I'd imagine that'd be a selling point if my computer could even run this thing.

#3 Posted by DocHaus (1352 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Thought I mentioned that before, but yes. The PC version can be played with a wired 360 pad. Makes it a lot easier to deal with the controls.

Also, the game was originally a 360 exclusive, later given an update with the PC version. There was supposed to be a PS3 version but it never materialized.

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@DocHaus said:

@Video_Game_King: Thought I mentioned that before

You may have; I have a shitty memory, so there's no way I could tell.

#5 Posted by Rattle618 (1463 posts) -

I´ve had this game for a while, I installed it a long time ago and my video card died (not because of the game, just around that time), I took that opportunity to do a clean windows install and never got around to installing the game again. I come to you with 3 questions:

- Is the story any good?

- Is the combat any good?

@Video_Game_King said:

Does the PC version have gamepad support?

(I didnt have a 360 controller back then).

#6 Posted by DocHaus (1352 posts) -

@Rattle618 said:

I´ve had this game for a while, I installed it a long time ago and my video card died (not because of the game, just around that time), I took that opportunity to do a clean windows install and never got around to installing the game again. I come to you with 3 questions:

- Is the story any good?

- Is the combat any good?

@Video_Game_King said:

Does the PC version have gamepad support?

(I didnt have a 360 controller back then).

-Yes...as long as you ignore the parts with Rush and focus on the parts with Emma and David. I know it's hard but try to do it.

-Do you like strategic, turn-based combat where the AI decides most of the strategy part ahead of time for you and leaves you with quick-time events? Because then you will love it.

-Yes, there is gamepad support if you have one handy.

Also check out the earlier installments of this series if you have not done so yet.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@DocHaus said:

Also check out the earlier installments of this series of blogs if you have not done so yet.

That's the only way this can make sense.

#8 Posted by DocHaus (1352 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@DocHaus said:

Also check out the earlier installments of this series of blogs if you have not done so yet.

That's the only way this can make sense.

Ah! Good catch, my bad.

#9 Posted by ZenaxPure (2569 posts) -
@Rattle618 said:


- Is the story any good?

- Is the combat any good?


Story: It's alright, nothing special - neither bad nor amazing - simply good. I barely remember much about it a year after getting all the achievements. It's more of an open world game anyway, very sidequest and mini-story focused.
 
Combat: Some flaws but IMO anyway probably the best take on the "standard" JRPG turn based combat this entire gen. Even better on PC because you can make use of all your squads iirc which was not possible in the console release due to a cap on characters you could use. I guess the real question is how do you feel about traditional JRPG turn based combat similar to FF1, Persona 3/4, and games of that type? Because Last Remnant is basically that with a bunch of stuff layered on top of it such as a group of fighters being "deadlocked" with an enemy group and at that point another one of your teams can flank the deadlocked enemy group for bonus damage. 
 
Can't speak for the PC version but some of the fights on 360, especially with larger foes such as dragons are some of the most intense/complex fights I've experienced in a long time as someone who absolutely sick of the traditional turn based JRPG combat, it was a pleasant surprise.
#10 Posted by Rattle618 (1463 posts) -

@DocHaus:@Zenaxzd: This blog and your comments make this game sound interesting to me again. I haven´t played a ton of JRPGs (3 or 4 maybe) but I enjoy the mechanics of the genre, so I will probably give this one another shot now. Thanks!

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