Some thoughts about games I'm playing recently…
Dead Rising (Capcom :: Survival Horror :: Xbox 360)
Waited months and months for it. Purchased an Xbox 360 specifically for this game. Bought it on release day, played it for 15 minutes, and haven't touched it since. Why? The now infamous "SDTV owners can't read crap when it comes to in-game text" issue. Capcom is aware of the problem (they only QCed the game on HDTVs… wonderful), but so far, no promise of any sort of real fix.
Rule of Rose (Atlus USA :: Survival Horror :: PlayStation 2)
One of the nice things about my job is that I not only get to play some games early, but also for free. Even better, sometimes those games are ones I actually want to play, such is the case with Rule of Rose (as well as the next game.) I love/hate this game. Love it because the storyline and characters are just so awesome – it reminds me a lot of the original Silent Hill. When I first played SH, there was just something so magical about it, and how everything was presented. Silent Hill felt like a real city somewhere, and I couldn't help but love each and every one of its inhabitants. It was a game where, the actual "game" portion wasn't the best ever, but the actual experience was. I'm getting that exact same feeling from Rule of Rose.
If you aren't familiar with it, the storyline concerns Jennifer, a 19 year old girl who is sent to an orphanage after her parents die in a freak accident. There she meets the Red Crayon Aristocracy, a group of foul little girls who proceed to put Jennifer through one terrible trial after another. What's so interesting about the game is, it isn't scary kids for the sake of being scary kids. It plays all along the "society" of children – how they deal with each other, the class systems that arise in groups of kids, what kids are afraid of, etc. Some of the horror, so far, has come from what kids are afraid of, such as being punished by adults. Of course, the other side is from how cruel kids can be to one another. It's children at their worst, allowed to run amok and do as they please after the adult element in their lives is taken out of the picture.
Cooking Mama (Majesco :: Cooking :: NintendoDS)
I was shocked when I heard that Cooking Mama was going to come to the US (Rule of Rose too), and I got my hands of a copy of it today. I've only made one dish so far, which was simply rice, and I failed the first time I tried. *laughs* I'm wondering how much actual gameplay is going to be present here, but the game will only be $20 when it comes out, so hey, that's not bad.
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