Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Monsters Someways Altimes

I finished off Always Sometimes Monsters last night. I didn't get the good ending, which I was a bit miffed at, but I had fun with it. It's an RPG Maker game, so has quite a basic feel to the controls and graphics, but the writing is excellent. It pulls you through the story and keeps you interested until the end. Essentially, it begins with you losing the love of your life (a year ago) and your job falling through, then you get a wedding invitation to your ex's wedding and have to work (literally) your way through a number of different cities earning enough money to reach the wedding in time to... well, it's your choice what you do when you get there. The game sells itself a lot on choice, giving you the feeling that the decisions you make throughout the game will affect the final outcome. I'm not sure if it's true, but a walkthrough I looked at after I'd finished said that the majority of the ending was actually decided by one conversation late in the game, which I answered differently to the way they recommended. If that's true then that would be a bit rubbish, but there we go. Anyway, I did enjoy the game - there were parts where it lost its way and veered too much into gameyness rather than telling the story, but in general it stayed true to itself and built up a convincing world for you to explore and work within. I'd be interested to know how much actual choice there was throughout the game, but I'm not going to play it through again to find out. As I say, it gave a good illusion of choice, but it might have been one of those cases where whatever you chose would have taken you to the same point anyway. It was probably a little too long for what it was, but I'd recommend it as a different experience to the majority of games you can find out there.

Next up on the randometer is...Big Game Fishing! Looks like a fishing game from the early '90s. Ah well, I'll give it a go, I guess.

In other news, I also played through Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix over the weekend. I didn't complete it with all of the characters by any means, but I got my boy Ryu's ending movie and a bad case of Street Fighter's Thumb, so that's enough for me! I also discovered T. Hawk is my nemesis. I always thought that guy was rubbish, but he wiped the floor with me on far too many occasions. Had to temporarily switch to Guile to beat him, then back to Ryu for the rest. Darn him. I've also made a start on Fallout New Vegas, but not made a great deal of headway yet. Just enjoying having a bit of a Fallout break, but I'm sure I'll be back into it soon.

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