Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you have a good time! =D
I've not got too much planned other than studying for a class test  in uni this week. I've selected a couple atmospheric and potentially 'scary' games that I might play through briefly this evening. I don't have many actual survival horror type games unfortunately (even though I've had the urge recently to play some old Resident Evil and Silent Hill games) but I'll make do with the stuff I've got through to university with me.

Demon's Souls (PS3) ~ Tower of Latria (World 3)
This place scared the crap out of me when I first played through. It doesn't quite have the same effect on me when I play through it on my NG+ and nuke everything in one hit, but I'll either play some of this or start a new game so the monsters are more of a threat. The sound and dark atmosphere in this place is perfect. Really creepy and unnerving. =D

Dark Souls is out now as well, I might try and get a bit further in that. I love the sense of not knowing what is round the next corner.

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (Wii) 
I haven't actually played this game yet even though I was ridiculously hyped up for it before launch. Really dissapointed I still haven't played it, so I might do so tonight =p From what I've heard, it has a really interesting feel to it. It is set in a bleak, lonely post-apocalyptic future which seems to have a really haunting beauty. I think for the atmosphere to be created, I'll have to put in a couple hours to this game, but I'm definitely looking forward to playing this one =D

Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call (PS2)
I picked this one up recently even though I have a huge backlog of SMT games, as it has ridiculously good reviews. One thing I always liked about the Shin Megami Tensei games was the dark, mature and kind of unsettling feeling you can get in the story. Devil Survivor actually pulled it off pretty well, when Demons basically start munching on the helpless civilians. Even though the main character's reactions aren't the best or most convincing, some people do get kind of creeped out by the games. This one is closer to Digital Devil Saga(which I've played most of the first one) but still haven't played Lucifer's Call (or Nocturne as its known in  other parts of the world.) 

I'm definitely looking forward to fusing and negotiating with some really fucked up demons from myth and folklore heheh!

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3)
Even though I have all of the Castlevania games since the first Game Boy Advance game, I quite liked the atmosphere the shiny HD graphics creates in this game. It felt less like a Castlevania and more like a God of War clone, which...I wasn't too keen on, but I loved the grandeur of the vampire's castle about halfway through the game. I might put in some time to my save on this one, and see how amazing looking things are.
Or I might play some more on the GBA ones, they were always awesome for music and gorgeously gothic backdrops to the levels.

If I had a more varied selection of games (ie less RPGs), I'd probably play some real horrific games. Too bad (probably a good thing) I can't run Amnesia or don't have things like the Silent Hill games. I think I really suck at proper scary games XD

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Extra Life 2011!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAaaages since I last posted...I feel really bad that I've been neglecting this blog for so long now, but it won't disappear completely!

So I'm posting this because very soon I will be participating in Extra Life 2011, a charity that raises money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. It is an American charity, but it is open to people all across the world, and I was able to donate to my local hospital (very near my house in Edinburgh.) So I decided since this was near my birthday and I'd always wanted to take part in it, to make a team from friends and people I know at uni and play video games for 24 hours on the 15th of October.

Our team name is Dr. Octagonapus and this is our team page.

What we will be doing is playing Monster Hunter games for 24 hours on a sponsorship basis to raise $500. There are 5 of us involved and we are all looking for donations, as are the children who go to the Royal Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh, which I can definitely vouch for as a hospital!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you can donate, however little!