A new Neptunia release is upon us, and for better or worse, I'm a bit of a fan now. The better, it's fun. The worse, it oversexualizes young characters. As much as this style of game doesn't appeal to me, I really didn't hate the games I played, which were the last few releases. I just take it as Japan having a different culture than ours, and I really don't like content edited. What I love is the over the top craziness of it all. It's kind of like the mirror image to an over the top macho shooter with splosions everywhere, except replaced with anime robot girls and cartoony worlds. It's just too much at times, but gosh darnit I find the games just dumb fun. I said I would keep an eye out for future neptunia releases, and enjoyed the odd spinoffs on PSVITA. Just as with the Atelier games, which I also surprisingly enjoyed, I now keep an eye out for new releases of what were once fringe games in my gaming landscape.
I read something online recently about how shit the resident evil series has became. The fanboy in me immediately went into defensive mode even though I kind of agreed with what was said. It's the usual argument. Mainly that RE 0,1,2,3,CV are great, and 4,5,6, rev just suck. I like all of them, but prefer replaying the classic series myself. The thing that bothered me was that there was no mention in the anti-capcom rant of RE0Remake or RE2Remake (which is supposed to be due this year).
Why does this so-called RE fan who loves the same games I do, not know about the remakes to get excited about? The HD re-issues have been a success and gives us old school fans a nice appetizer between big releases. Capcom needs to do a better job of advertising I guess, cause that new MP shooter seems to be making a lot of people mad, although I've read that it's actually really fun? I might try it out, I don't know.
Well Helldivers is the free PSN game this month so I'll finally be able to check that out. I can't believe it realeased almost a year ago. I was interested in playing it, but then complaints about toxic multiplayer made me skip it. There are plenty of joystick shooters out there that are fun solo, but now that this is free I'll give it a go. I'll blog about it in the future. It can't be that bad if its made from the creators of MAGICKA?
My January gaming selections were mostly ports of older games, but I am not complaining.
RESIDENT EVIL ZERO REMAKE Resident Evil 0 was released this month, and I opted for the PS4 digital version which was the wiser choice as the PS4 suspends the game when it goes into rest mode allowing me to pick up where I left off without having to reload or waste a save. I own the game on gamecube, and I usually prefer an organic experience with classic games, but in a horrible turn of events, my gamecube took a fall off a high shelf and exploded on impact, and I just can’t afford to buy a used one right now. Besides, Capcom is doing a great job with these REMAKES and supporting them encourages them to make more, thus we are getting RE2 REMAKE this year as well. Will RE3 or Code Veronica follow? I doubt that replaying gamecube games will help any of this. So Adios to the Gamecube!
If you haven’t played the game before or haven’t played the game in a while, this new version adds a Wesker mode, in which main character Billy is replaced by a Wesker model, but still keeps Billy audio in cutscenes. The opening train sequences is still one of my favorite set pieces in any videogame, and it just looks glorious in HD. The remaining parts of the game, the training facility, basement, etc, still feels too similar to RE1, which is still the superior game for me, but I still enjoy Zero for remixing the old formula with tag-teaming puzzles and those dreaded slug zombies. I really love the original series, so any throwback, tank controls included, is a welcoming experience.
I worked my way through the first Remake in December, then played through Directors cut (PSOne) to compare. I finished the zero campaign and need to play Wesker mode, but for the moment I’m playing through RE2 on PSN, then on to Code Veronica.
I started the year playing a number of older games, and with the release of RE0 soon and all the other remakes this year, it seems like the remake trend is becoming more normalized? I don’t have that much of an issue with this, because older games look terrible blown out on my HD TV, and so any little help to clean up good old games is appreciated.