It feels like there is a metric tonne of demos for games coming out that are hitting multiple systems right now. The Final Fantasy VII Remake demo just made its way to the general public a couple of weeks ago, the demo for Resident Evil 3‘s remake just dropped, and another remake, Trials of Mana, is also just making its demo debut. It’s going to be a great season for folks looking for updates of classic games, though Trials only got an official localization last year in the Collection of Mana.
Much as I hate to say it, though, Trials of Mana is the title I’m most looking forward to that probably doesn’t stand much of a chance against the other two heavy hitters coming out around the same time. That’s not going to stop me from grabbing it as soon as I can, though, and it certainly didn’t stop me from jumping into the demo once I had the chance.
Overall, the impression left by the demo has me wanting to play the entire game right now. It clocks in at about two hours or so, depending on how much you explore, and allows you to choose any of the main characters and party members you want. It’s available on the Switch, Playstation 4, and Steam for folks who want to check it out on their own, but if you’d like some more in-depth impressions, I’m more than happy to provide some food for thought on some positive (and maybe more critical) points from what I played.
Genre: Action Horror
Zombie games are everywhere. Like the creeping undead they promote, they seem to have vastly grown in number and even when you don’t think they have made their way in, games suddenly have a new mode that has you facing off against the hellish creatures. As someone who swears by Zombie Ate My Neighbors being one of my favorite games of all time, even I have to admit that there’s a lot to look through and not much to be done to make the zombie pseudo-genre feel fresh.
Looking back a bit, though, it didn’t feel like the wave of zombie-centric gaming started to swell until popular games like Resident Evil 4 and Dead Rising hit the scene, bringing a more action-oriented approach to slaying the already slain than many of their predecessors of the era. Plenty of ground had been struck within the Resident Evil series and other one-off titles here and there to give credit where it’s due. At the time of its release, though, Dead Rising felt like a revival of a sort. It was shiny and new while calling back to similar works from film and gaming.
There’s also been about thirteen years of efforts to replicate those shiny and new feelings in a number of ways since. Some have been successful while others have paled in comparison. It only feels right to look back into Capcom’s Dead Rising series, one of the original members of the new wave, and see how it stands up now that so many other games have come around. Plenty of games make a splash and get lost in an ocean of titles and efforts to be the best.
After all of this time, does Dead Rising still hold its own in the arena?
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Genre: Horror Adventure
Everyone finds a different way to tackle their backlog, and it is hardly ever the same as the next person. I’ve worked on finding creative ways to approach my backlog, but it always seems to grow faster than I can get it to shrink. In a recent Twitter post, someone mentioned looking into your Steam library purchases to see what the first game you ever bought on the platform was. My curiosity got the better of me given my pile of games on there is probably the largest of all of my gaming methods, so I took the plunge to find out what my flagship Steam purchase was.
December 11th, 2010. A few days before my birthday so I must have been treating myself. No surprise that it was a horror game but a bit surprising that it was a game I hadn’t played to completion: Amnesia: The Dark Descent. As a bit of a Lovecraft fan and an entrenched horror gaming fan, it struck me as odd that I hadn’t taken the plunge to complete the game but had made a few unsuccessful attempts.
As someone who was very excited to check out Amnesia when it first released, knowing nearly ten years after it came out that I hadn’t finished it became the gasoline in my tank to push into it with the express purpose of seeing the end credits. Not that I didn’t have an inherent interest. After years of hype, though, and seeing it recommended by a ton of fellow horror fans, I had to wonder what kind of impact it would leave on me in the present day. Continue reading
Genre: Horror Action Adventure
Growing up with a lot of horror in my life has not left me incredibly discerning in some aspects. I love slasher movies, which are probably the most repetitious types of horror you can reference, but when it comes to horror video games, I tend to savor each of them, whether they are quality pieces of entertainment or not. Much like with slasher movies, I feel like if you are enjoying yourself and getting a little creeped out? Horror games are doing their job.
Coming across ObsCure, a title I had no reference for when I saw it coming in new for twenty bucks, was an interesting bit of kismet and has led to some fun times. As is the case with games that strike your fancy but seem to come out of nowhere, I was a little hesitant to spend the money at first, even if it was cheaper than the usual new releases, but I have fond memories of playing this game with my friends. With it having released on Steam for the PC somewhat recently, I’ve had the chance to check it out again to see if it lived up to those fond memories of yesteryear.
Genre: Side Scrolling Beat ’em Up
Dear readers, I will tell you something that I tell few people I meet offline: one of my other hobbies is LARP. I write this because, this weekend, I’m going to the current game I’ve been playing. At this game, I play a demonologist and monster hunter from a steampunk “definitely not victorian england” land. In search of inspiration, I’ve been playing a few games recently, many more popular than others (I’m looking at you, Dishonored). I decided to go a little off the beaten path, to check out a game that’s had mixed reviews from the internet, an odd title that brings demon hunting… to the stage. I present to you, Foul Play. Continue reading