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Writing SkillsIn the continued interest of expanding my repertoire, I’m going to work on my writing skills a little. I’m sure everyone that follows me knows, though alcohol is usually a factor, the translations of my thoughts to typed words is something only a little better than a monkey mashing a keyboard. This isn’t really going to be an exercise in proper structure, grammar, or anything else associated with “proper English” more of an exercise in effective written thoughts, or something…

Anyway, I like video games and critical thinking so… You can see where this is going. I’m not going to ‘review’ games per say, but rather I’m going to write about them in a critical manner with a humorous tone. This will be more less written like a script of verbal dialogue. They will all be spoiler free and will not include any arbitrary score. So here goes.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

I’m sure at this point in time everyone has played at least one Resident Evil game, or at least knows the basics about Resident Evil since there are about 3 thousand of them. As the title of the game obtusely indicates, the game takes place back in Raccoon City, no originality points there. But they couldn’t just recycle everything from the old games; so this one is a 3rd person, class, squad and cover based, 4 person co-op enabled, survival/tactical shooter. Drop a kitchen sink in there and this game would have everything. The best I can tell, this description translates to, “I have so many friends and I could use a game to get rid of a few”. This is by in larger due to Raccoon City being a city. The inevitability of the city back drop is you will have a fair share of narrow corridors you have to shoot your way through to advance… and did I mention the friendly fire? As a with most 3rd person shooters, the normal field of view shows you a fair amount of your surroundings. When you aim down sights the zoom is quite substantial, thus cutting down the field of view. At this point our “I need less friends” aspect comes into play. You and three of your soon to be ex-friends, engage a group of enemies in a small room or hallway. You aim down sight and start blasting away at all things that are moving, that you want to stop moving, then out of the right side of the screen you seen soon to be ex-friend #1 strafe into view. As they are attempting to gain a better strategic position on the enemy, you are desperately trying to get your brain to tell you finger to stop shooting. This point however does make the new mechanic, where any of the players can become infected by the virus, much more satisfying. So, a few minutes after soon to be ex-friend #2 gives you a new air hole in the back of the head, they could get infected by one of the zombies that had bad tuna for dinner. Thus giving you your golden opportunity to disembowel them with your, now effective, knife. The game offers the player six different classes to choose from and just to keep all the infighting going, only one person can be a given class. In reality this isn’t as bad as it may seem, the only difference between the classes are the “special” abilities. All the classes can use the same primary and secondary weapons, so the only thing you will be fighting over is who gets to be the guy that can go invisible and who you force to be the medic. But moving on… This game is dark, not the American History X dark, but the I can’t see a fuckn thing dark. You will need to pump up the gama or the brightness on your TV so high that the next thing you play might end up giving you free lasik eye surgery. Once you get your sight back the environments are very typical of the modern shooter. I don’t know when, but somewhere along the line almost all the shooters just decided to go with the grey and brown color pallet and put debris and dust everywhere. This doesn’t set the mood of horror, nor could I really say a game like this can even be called horror, but fear not, I did find some survival horror in the game. Strangely enough it is in the multi-player. The game gives you the option of a 4v4 team death match, kill the leader, collect the vials, or survival. The first three are the usual MP cesspool just jammed into one game after another but Survival, to my gleeful surprise, is actually adding some degree of innovation to the game. The game mode starts off as a 4v4 kill each other game with zombies walking around. This is where you say, “Well that is very standard, what’s so interesting about that?” To which I tell you, “shut up, I’m getting to it!” Nearing the end of the game you hear a helicopter enter the map and it hovers over a given extraction point for 2 minutes before landing to take the survivors to “safety”. Well that is all very Left 4 Dead, so instead of extracting all the survivors, and considering that there are respawns, how do you make this interesting? You only let 4 people survive and not just the team that got there first. Anyone can get on, thus turning the last hectic minutes into a free for all of get me the hell out of here. This is executed very well for two reasons; once someone is in the helicopter they can no longer shoot and thus they can’t aid their friends or team, and on the other hand, only one person can get into the helicopter at a time and there is a “charge time” to enter it making it likely that unless you checked the surrounding area before you ran blindly for extraction, there is a good chance you will have your ass handed to you half way into the helicopter........
3 years ago  |  Comments (5)  |  + 8 Cool
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PouringRayn Sponsor
Nicely done!
#1  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 1 Cool
Thanks, I forgot to get rid of "ex-friend" 3 and I didn't really explain the how the MP brings out the survival horror... But not bad for a first try

Post edited 3/23/12 4:00PM
#1  Posted 3 years ago
So I might go get the game. Yess or Noo it was a review so I am not sure if you like it
#2  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 1 Funny
Well no, it was critique not a review...

But if you want my opinion on if to get it or not, then my answers is yes, but only if you have other people to play it with
#1  Posted 3 years ago
Mike Site Admin
Next time I would recommend paragraphs.
#3  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 1 Ditto
I've been looking to start a website that has stuff like this as a part of the content. If you're interested in contributing, I'd love to have you on board.
#4  Posted 3 years ago
Nice dude! Ditto on the paragraphs though, but a solid effort nonetheless.
#5  Posted 3 years ago
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