Monday, 13 August 2012

Gabriel Burned

I had the week off last week, which actually meant much less time for gaming rather than more. I did, however, just squeeze in enough to finish off Gabriel Knight 3. The gameplay continued as you'd expect, with only a couple of obligatory - hey, now we're in 3D, why don't we have some 'cool' arcade sequences - bits at the end. Those bits took a few retries, but it was helped by a generous checkpoint system that meant you never had to go too far back when you fluffed. The story took a bit of a turn for the weird, though. As if it wasn't enough to have the freemasons and the priory duking it out, they also threw in vampires, immortals, another secret order who I was never to sure about, the Scottish claim to the throne of Europe, and Jesus himself. It should be noted that the vampires were actually involved from the beginning, but they were mentioned in a comic that came with the game and detailed the backstory, but GOG don't have the comic in their download package, so the beginning of the game essentially makes no sense. Thanks, GOG. Anyway, I thought the conclusion was all a bit rushed and crazy, and they probably would have been better off just focusing on one or two secret societies rather than trying to tie them all in together. Still, it's done, and it was an enjoyable end to an enjoyable series. I thought the adventure aspect worked in 3D, and I liked some of the puzzles - the SIDNEY computer was particularly fun.

Next in the series list is Independence War - a space game that I think is more Wing Commander-style arcade action than Homeworld-style strategy. I don't know a lot about it though, other than I remember gawping at screenshots of it in PC mags back in the day. They look like a fun couple of games. First up, though, I'm going to turn my attention to Septerra Core on the singles list - looking forward to a nice RPG.

Also, although I had last week off and didn't play much, this week Kate and the kids are away because we're having our bathroom done, so the evenings are mine, all mine! I'm going to try and focus on the poor old PlayStation, as it hasn't seen any love in a while, and in particular the PS2 games, as I'm pretty sure the old PS3 is going to blow up one day and I'll have to get a new model replacement with no backwards compatibility. So, with all that in mind, I returned last night to Gregory Horror Show. I got about two thirds of the way through it back in the PS2 days, but haven't touched it since the PS3 arrived. It's a weird little game, with a beautiful art style and sense of humour. You're stuck in a strange hotel and have to capture the souls of the other guests by spying on them and noting their habits to work out their weakpoints. I only spent a little time with it last night getting a feel for it again before I wasted the rest of the evening watching the rubbish old olympic closing ceremony...there's four hours of my life I won't be getting back again. Anyway, I reckon I should be able to finish it off tonight with a bit of luck, and then I'll see what other treats I can find in the pile.

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