I'm off work being all sick (boo) and so can't play my loverly xbox (communal room = can't hog the couch), so I decided to break out the ol' lappy, and replay Bloodlines again, to cheer myself up. I forget how much I enjoy this game - bugs and all! The story kicks ass, and its just fun to play. Plus, bits of it still creep me out mightily. Not to mention the replay value in the Malkavian and Nosferatu clans....
Damn the gods that let Troika crash, or else we might have a bit more awesomeness by now. Anyway, I got to wondering a couple of things: firstly, anyone else notice all the crazy that happens in game. Think I missed it on other play throughs, but now I'm seeing a wolf running about the hills at the Santa Monica Pier, and then later in Downtown LA, I swear a Bruhja vamp ran past with acceleration when I was walking along a street (masquerade violation, much?) but when I tried to follow him down the ally he ran down, he was gone but I heard screaming. I wan't even on a quest at the time. Weird times, man. I'm thinking it must be more than a game bug, cos its just too darn random. lol
Secondly, wouldn't it kick a little bit of butt if a TV show or movie happened? The mythology is so rich and the characters are just plain cool. ('Kindred' doesn't count because it was just pathetically awful and missed the point and is now dead). So my other though is ..... casting? Any thoughts?
(here's to secretly praying someone magically resserects the francise one day....)
Achievements are a nice wee extra, but I'd never kill myself to get them. I'm a bit of a completionist in terms of sub quests and story anyway, so I do tend to get a lot, but I'm not gonna be like 'OMG I need to kill 200000000 zombies to get 15 points', or something. If I get them, I get them. If not, meh. I do like them.
Occasionally, there are achievements which are innovative and fun to go after tho, and those I would tend to seek out. Fable 2 has some great ones, for example. I hate lazy achievements tho. Like Oblivion for the 360 was a big disappointment for such a huge game with such massive potential. Easy to get 1000 in, tho.....
The controls are up on RE4 for the gamecube, imo. Should be good. (I'm gonna miss the easy zombie hacking fun of the wii controls - knife for the win! n00b that I am....)
I get why the controls annoy people tho. I played RE4 having not played one in about 5 years, and remember just being pissed off that I couldn't run and shoot at the same time. I did get frustrated. That being said, I agree with the reasoning behind the control system. I think RE5 will be a good addition to the francise, but then not every francise is for everyone, so if you don't wanna play, don't. :)
I'd actually love it if they released the game so I could play it on my ps3 or xbox, but kept it as it was - all old school. For me, one of the reasons I go back to it even now is the old school nostalgia charm. If it was 'remade' fully, as in all new graphics, gameplay, etc, I'm not sure I'd be as excited: I've seen that story and I'd only be endlessly comparing it to my experience of the origional. It just sucks having to have my psone, ps2, ps3 and xbox 360 all at hand if I want to play my games. I usually don't, and so I need to plan to decide to want to replay psone games about a month in advacne so I can go to Scotland and get the bloody thing! I'm loving all the potential of making full back catelogues downloadable for 360 and ps3. :)
Actually, I wouldn't mind if the cut scenes were redone a bit - I know Advent Children was basically pretty fanservicec animation, but some more of that mixed in would maybe be quite cool.
Also, I don't mind turn based combat, but if you don't like it, don't play it. Simple as that. Don't bitch about it.
Wait - by 'normal' you mean a filling which is commerically available atm? Am I right in thinking that in America, it's considered weird to have pie with a meat filling? (where as in Scotland, you say 'pie', I think 'mince' or 'pork'.)
Chicken and Mushroom. Not good, man. (Also rhubarb, but that's more cos I'm allergic than anything else. I like the taste of rhubarb...)
The Oscar nominations are always cause for contention, but I agree - Wall -E should have gotten a nomination. It was the only movie I watched last year that lived up to and even exceeded my expectations, and which I wanted to watch again.
I'm not saying any of the films on the list don't deserve to be there - to be honest, I'm not sure which one you would 'throw out' - but none of them (of the three I've seen, anyway) left me thinking 'hot-damn! That's a good movie.' the way Wall-E did.
People here keep going on about 'it was preaching to me'. I never felt that. I think the 'message' and the story went hand in hand, as opposed to a moral message being forced in. And in any case, it's not as if Best Picture noms of yesteryear have been devoid of 'moral' films. I disagree that this is what Wall-E is anyway, but each to their own.
I've never been sure what to make of the 'Best Animated Film' category. On the one hand, as animation is often not considered as being in the same league as 'live action' film it is great that there is space for excellent animated films to be recognised. On the other hand, however, having this seperate category in some ways reinforces the idea that animation is a secondary form of storytelling. I can'r help but feel that had this category not existed, then people may have been more inclined to give Wall-E a best pic nomination, since it wouldn't be represented anywhere else. Look at what it's nominated with: Kung Fu Panda? Is that really in the same league? Don't get me worng, it's an enjoyable enough movie, but it's very generic and frothy. I haven't seen Bolt, but I'm sure it's the same - goodf but not great (the story is recylced from a Disney Movie sequal, for pete's sake!). Wall-E is only being lumped in with these because it's animated, and that's a shame.
I take part in an online survay once a week about TV and Film viewing. They ask how many horror/romance/comedy programmes I watch, and things like that. Anyway, one of the recurring questions is 'how many hours of animated television do you watch a week (eg, The Simpsons, South Park, Spoungebob Squarepants, etc)?', with another being 'how many animated films do you watch a week (eg, Shrek, Toy Story, Persopolis, etc)?' Are you kidding me? You think the audience for Shrek is the same as the one for Persopolis? Seriously? Or rather, the people who made it think that just because two things are animated, they are the same type of programme? My god. How much doubling up of the Spoungebob and South Park audiences do they expect? (stoner students aside) It does my head in!
But I digress. Animation is a technique which is just as valid as live action - in fact when used right it is easily the most beautiful and captivating form of moviemaking imo: there is no limit to what can be illustrated except where the imagination of the writers and animators takes them. People just hear 'animation', and think 'for kids only', which is a damnned shame because they are missing out!
Also - I get that most people here get that. I'm just venting at the academy. :) lol