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Shin Megami Tensei IV

originalbShin Megami Tensei figured out something back in the SNES era which the Final Fantasy franchise seems to be struggling with for almost ten years, how to number sequels. As a rule of thumb, numbered SMT games are those which are set in post apocalypse Tokyo and the nameless hero is a blank slate who goes forth to battle it out between the warring factions struggling to determine the fate of Tokyo, humanity, and eventually all of existence.

The game which was subtitled Strange Journey was originally intended to be Shin Megami Tensei IV, but since it was set in the Antarctic there was no roman numeral for it. It’s actually a pretty good system where most of the franchise consist of “spinoffs” which have the freedom be their own thing while the core of the series remains consistent but can benefit from lessons learned in spinoffs.

Your adventure begins with a sense that the weight of destiny is on you and become familiar with your home country the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado. First question that pops up is what the kingdom is to the east of, but a lot of obvious questions about the society seems to be pushed to the side. Mikado is a nation comprised of two classes, and a mishmash of West and East which seems to be an elaborate prank pulled on the people.

Our blank slate protagonist is summoned to the capitol for a certain rite and is among several of his peers who are chosen to be Samurai, warriors who enter a secret cavern to do battle with demons (catchall term for any supernatural being, even beings like angels and unicorns are demons in the SMT universe) and use a piece of out of place technology to even recruit them to the cause.

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Among your peers are Jonathan the dapper and polite Law Hero, Walter the brash and direct Chaos Hero, and Isabeau the indecisive and manga loving Neutral Heroine. Previous titles had characters who would represent the different lines of thinking, but unlike earlier games we get to spend more time with these heroes. This is a significant improvement from previous games as we get to see how their thinking evolves as the plot unfolds, at least for the Chaos Hero.

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Alignments have been a core feature of the SMT series, specifically with the core series, with varying degrees of importance. Law represents the aspiration of a utopian society where the citizens want for nothing and diligently serve their god and fellow man, or die. Chaos uses the sales pitch of freedom and striving to excel on one’s own strength, but this generally manifests as a return to the state of nature where the biggest brute has the most slaves.

Neutrals vary from indifferent, indecisive, and humanists who want to push for a balance of order and freedom. Some are inclined to see Neutral as the optimal path, but it still requires a lot of killing. As of late I’ve been having apprehensions about moral choice systems where one choice is arbitrarily labeled one thing or another, but SMT deserves leeway because they have been doing this in the Super Nintendo era and many many years before mainstream games ran the concept into the ground.

Most games with moral choice systems often do so in order to make the player go through a game twice to see the inconsequential differences for a rather samey experience. What makes Shin Megami Tensei different is that they aim to have each side represented fairly and allow them to make reasonable points, and then leave the player to make up their own minds about the best way to proceed.

For a significant chunk of the game you have a uniform experience, but after a certain point the plot will take on distinct paths based on the player’s affinity between the three lines of thought. This can be frustrating at time when characters who seem to be really important show up then vanish to be never seen again, but it makes some sense that if you are taking distinct paths that there are insights that will be specific to each path. I’m reminded of what many of the good visual novels do in making the choices matter.

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Fortunately there are no bonuses associated with how deep you are into an alignment, so you don’t have to game the system to make one path or another especially worthwhile. However, it does create moments where you can be on one path but have made decisions which sabotage the people you are aligned with.

In my own case I ended up on the Law path but did a very unlawful thing with Walter and even when I was “locked in” the Law path I was still able to due sidequests which meant me thumbing my nose at the individuals I had thrown in with. Still this is preferable to games which sell hard the “choice” element and constantly shape the universe to bend to your whim (but not really).

Combat first and foremost takes it cues from Nocturne with the Press Turn system. By striking weaknesses or critical hits a party can perform extra actions, but loses actions by using an attack that misses or which the target is immune to and loses their turn entirely with the target absorbs or deflects the attack.

This requires strategic thinking that is far more complex than your typical RPG but is easy enough to grasp that it’s not an obtuse mess like many JRPGs which pass off their crappy design as “hardcore.” Adding on to the exploitation of elements is the Smirk, which occurs periodically when a character strikes a weakness or renders an attack on themself useless.

The Smirk has two effects: First, it will negate weaknesses and physical attacks often wiff against the smirking character. Second, an attack from a smirking character will deal extra damage and melee attacks are almost always critical hits.

The Smirk effect can take place even when they benefit from a Tetrakarn or Makarakarn they did not cast themselves. This can be especially useful for getting the whole combat party to Smirk, which results in the party completely recovering and this can turn the tables or ensure the player’s dominance.

One way which SMT IV mixes up the formula is by removing the Vitality stat so there’s no real way to pad your defenses other than raising HP through leveling and better armor. This means that if you are not careful demons of much lower levels can completely mess you up, but it also means that you can totally dominate a boss with a much higher level if you can exploit weaknesses and protect yourself against whatever they dish out.

Further, the player can now save anywhere so when dealing with bosses you can just save beforehand and use the first attempt to poke and prod enemy elemental alignments then take another go at it fresh. Also, there’s now the option to bribe Charon for a resurrection with either in-game Macca or through Play Coins on your 3DS. Battle is a high risk affair, but the system is such that it doesn’t completely punish the player.

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That said, the very beginning of the game can be the most strenuous part of the game as the player has the most paltry of supplies, no allies, no skills, and no apps. Save scrubbing and running back to the barracks to heal is the only way to grind sufficiently to get demons to your side and learn their skills. This makes a nice segway to the contact system, and the most basic skill you learn in dealing with demons is Scout.

Through a combination of bribes and mind games, the player is able to convince just about any monster they encounter on the field to join their cause. At first this will prove tricky as demons are jerks, but as you listen to how they talk you will begin to recognize patterns in the personalities of various demons and will be able to apply lessons from previous negotiations to successfully get a demon to join your side.

One of the main perks of recruiting demons is that it gives the enemy something else to smack around. The other big appeal of enlisting the aid of demons is that when they level up you might be able to learn some or all of their skills and if you already have a matching skill it can be augmented. As long as you don’t give up in the early part of the game it won’t be long before you have a decent array of skills and become a powerhouse in your own right.

When your character levels up they get refilled health and magic points as well as something called App Points. The first time I saw Apps were in Strange Journey and they consisted mostly of programs you would use to navigate the hellish black hole of Yergunadie and a mixed bag of secondary programs which varied between sorta useful, highly situational, and never use. In SMT IV the Apps you can use vary from awesome to nice if you have the points to spare.

Among the unlockable Apps are additional demon conversation skills which let you negotiate a ceasefire, trade for an item, or even convince them to heal you. All of these are nice, but most of these perks you can enjoy if you attempt to recruit a demon species which you already have in your stock (Very useful in the beginning when you are trying hard to simply not die). However, you can upgrade the Scout skill to include perks like recruited demons trying to get other demons to join the party, give you money or items, or my personal favorites where they get bonus points to their stats and learn an extra skill.

One aspect in which SMT seems to have taken cues from modern gaming is the formalizing of sidequests and organizing the main plot into a series of quests. I had first seen this in Strange Journey, though Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abbadon also had a formal structure for sidequests. SMT IV appears to be borrowing from MMOs as you most reliably get money and experience points as rewards for the completion of quests and you get a lot of sidequests thrown at you over the course of the game.

Some are very MMO in nature such as “Kill X creatures” or “Kill certain creatures until you get Y items,” but you do get a few which flesh out details in the main plot, offer a subplot for you to indulge in, or get a cameo from a well known mythological figure who may or may not have been important in previous SMT stories. Overall it’s not a bad system for organizing quests in contrast to just stumbling onto some side thing out of the blue, but it can be a little jarring at times, “You just discovered a horrifying secret! Congratulations! You have just finished the quest!”

I won’t lie; I’ve been pining for a direct sequel to Nocturne. Specifically, I really wanted to follow up on the True Demon ending where the main character leads an army of demons for war against the heavens. Shin Megami Tensei IV is still a worthy successor to the franchise and a nice addition to the core series.

Still not too jazzed about it being on the 3DS, especially since the 3D doesn’t do jack to enhance the game, but it’s a way of keeping the production costs down. That kind of restraint is welcome in an industry which likes to explode production and marketing budgets while praying for impossible sales in order to break even. Definitely a must play for someone who wants a legitimately challenging JRPG which isn’t user hostile.

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Bioshock Infinite

Originally posted by Boogie Knight:

The crop of sequels to AAA franchises has been pretty lackluster lately. Assassin’s Creed III was okay, but was more interested in things that did not involve stealth killing. Dead Space 3 was fine, but the Awakened expansion pack hints at what the main game could have been if EA wasn’t motherfucking EA. Resident Evil 6 so alienated the fanbase, Capcom decided to not go through the motions with another game or two as (a surprise since that’s what I thought they would do) and decided to go straight to a reboot. To be perfectly blunt, Bioshock Infinite was the one game from a major developer which I had any excitement for. Naturally, there was much anticipation and anxiety as I popped in the disc and started playing.

In many respects, Bioshock Infinite borrows heavily from the template that was created in the first Bioshock. This is not an inherently bad thing, and in the early parts of the game I imagine quite a few players will be enthralled by the splendor of the floating city Columbia in much the same way they were dazzled by the undersea metropolis of Rapture. Many of the gameplay elements should feel familiar, and without hesitation most players will get into the familiar pattern of exploring every nook and cranny for scraps, loose change, and recorded messages in which characters spill their guts out (though the removal of the map I think was a flaw, since I missed one side objective because I thought it was past a point of no return rather than demand backtracking). While some players may be less than enthused, conjuring up memories of the first game is deliberate and fits into the big ideas which drive the game.

Our protagonist, one Booker DeWitt, is a man on a mission to retrieve a young woman locked away in order to clear a hefty debt he accrued dealing with some shady characters. He’s also voiced by the same guy who voiced Kanji Tatsumi, which you can really hear when he’s yelling, and this makes me chuckle from time to time depending on the scene. The choice of a talking character was a good move, as a silent protagonist who was also a blank slate would not work for the kind of story that the game was trying to tell. A silent protagonist might have also resulted in the character Elizabeth coming across as one of those “perfect” girlfriends for the blank slate hero through which the player lives vicariously. Thank goodness they didn’t.

Elizabeth is a pretty solid character with an interesting arc (reminds me of Farah from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), good chemistry with Booker, and not bad to have around. Her talent for opening tears in the fabric of reality to summon allies, cover, equipment, etc. often helps shift the battle to your favor.  Escort missions can easily ruin a good game, but fortunately the game throws away all the rules which ruin the flow and result in the player throwing down their controller in frustration. Elizabeth doesn’t have a life bar to manage, you don’t have to worry about an enemy carrying her off resulting in game over, and she throws guns to you.

One boring feature which Bioshock Infinite lifted from mainstream games is the two guns rule, though the player can carry ammo for every gun in the game. However, the health packs and salt restoring items are consumed like foods, so you don’t get to store them for use as needed in battle. Elizabeth also comes to the rescue with those restorative items, which brings up a bad habit of the game. It seems like the Square button is used to do damn near everything: searching, opening doors, reloading, grabbing stuff, selecting tears, catching items Elizabeth has for you, starting a folk band with Elizabeth (not entirely kidding).

The health bar which needs items to restore is still in play, but like in Darkwatch the player also acquires a shield which regenerates when not getting shot. Yet, combat is more focused on being speedy and quick thinking rather than hugging cover and waiting for enemies to pop up. This emphasis on speed is built on with the inclusion of the Skyhook tool and the rails which the player can use to zip around to both dodge fire and shoot back at the enemies. Vigors work like plasmids did, but each one has a trap function when charged up. There are even combinations of vigor attacks for bonus damage, though for most of the game you can get by with a maxed out Possession like you’re the protagonist from Code Geass.

As for the story itself, early info seemed to emphasis the conflict between the Founders and the Vox Populi, the two major factions with disparate visions of Columbia, but this seems to be more of a B story which is used to move along the main story and might even be an outgrowth of the main story as details come up. While the game itself has lots of story to tell, it seems like it would be hard to appreciate the nuances without rabidly hunting for Voxophones for the recorded thoughts and confessions of the characters. It’s admirable that the developers realized that the story involving Elizabeth and the implications of quantum mechanics would overshadow the political elements of Columbia and doubled down on the more interesting stuff.

That said, I think the plot twists are only shocking if the concepts are new to the player. Pretty early on, one can easily guess a couple of the big reveals, though getting to those big reveals is rewarding. Over the course of the game, the player is given a handful of “moral choices,” but fortunately without an arbitrary karma meter, and no choice is a repetition. Not repeating a moral choice is a good idea, because I recall more than a few people decided to mix things up by murdering an innocent child the fifth or sixth time they were asked and got stuck with the evil end in the first Bioshock. However, it all leads up to a single ending, and this is probably for the best. Events of the story dictate one logical end and the choices Booker makes really about the player asserting their ego as is the standard for Western gaming. About the ending, I’m gonna paraphrase the late Roger Ebert’s comments in reviewing “The Crying Game” for Bioshock Infinite: Play this game. Then shut up about it.

Dead Space 3 x Resident Evil 6 Double Review

Originally posted by Boogie Knight:

The horror genre has suffered for want of games, but for some time a fan could get by on action games which made nods to horror. Dead Space and Resident Evil games from RE4 onward fit the bill as pretty good action with a little horror for flavor. However, there is concern that to appeal to “broader” audiences the suits are trying to extricate the niche nature of horror games and use brand recognition to sell generic shooters. I think it’s more than fitting to have a review which compares and contrasts the most recent installments, Dead Space 3 and Resident Evil 6, as well as assess how well founded those concerns are.

Dead Space 3 continues the story of one man who survives encounter after encounter with alien artifacts and the deranged humans who worship the unholy things. In the first couple games, Isaac unwittingly ended up in dangerous places which started going to hell, but this time Isaac gets conscripted into saving his girlfriend (the new one who apparently he had a relationship with which fell apart between DS2 and DS3). To pander to the conventions of the genre, co-op was added and rather than using an established character we get a new guy named Carver who just reminds me of the sucky brother from Dragon Age II. We also get Simon Templeman voicing the human main antagonist, which in and of itself would be awesome, but it gets a tad silly how often the heroes live to fight another day because the badguy would rather talk them to death instead of shoot them.

As the game progresses, we get to learn more about the history of the Markers, the slow dying gasps of the human race, and even get to learn about an alien civilization. The characters have always had only the faintest characterization, so it’s easy to forgive how paper thin the personalities of the cast is. Yet, the mythology itself if pretty engaging and fun to learn about. Though as more facts are learned about the Markers it can get confusing and perhaps contradictory, but this is evil alien voodoo we’re talking about that turns people insane and/or twisted monstrosities which mock the victims with the semblance of humanity that remains.

Resident Evil Giraffe Felatio I mean 6, is about Capcom making crap up as it goes along to get around the big finale which Resident Evil 5 was billed as. The universe allows for plenty of intrigue and plotting with nasty viruses at the center, but this installment goes about it in the clumsiest way possible. To be fair, Ada’s entire story flashes with big neon letters that while Umbrella got all the attention there was another group discretely making plays behind the scenes, but what we get is underwhelming.

And how come I never heard about anyone crying racism over killing all the Chinese mutants? I know I haven’t been paying attention, but the cast of player characters is the most lily white for no good reason. Leon could sorta be justified because he’s tied to Ada and ever since RE4 they’ve been stuck together. Chris’ arc was boring and frankly I thought he could have been another character and he would have made the same impact. Seriously, I spent the first chapter of his story wondering who the hell Finn was and if he was an established character before RE6, and why couldn’t he be teamed up with Claire instead for a little sibling banter between sessions of monster slaying (maybe one scene where they exchange apologies for mean stuff they did to each other as kids when everything looks bleak). It brings up a fundamental issue of the creators introducing red shirts and apparently expects the audience to give a damn when they meet the inevitable doom the protagonists could have seen a mile away.

Then there’s Jake, trying to have one player character who wasn’t a goody goody might have been a step in the right direction, but then there are scenes where apparently he is supposed to be a character instead of pure id and he isn’t as engaging. However, the saving grace is the introduction of a grown up Sherry from Resident Evil 2, which gives me hope that one day Capcom will totally steal my idea of a CG buddy flick teaming up Sherry with Ashley as they survive a skyscraper full of zombies in the spirit of House of the Dead: Overkill (Heck, Claire and Sherry would have made a good team as well with their history, and perhaps a master-pupil dynamic). Apparently, Jake is supposed to come off as a jerk for demanding 50 million dollars for “the cure,” and while he is a jerk considering how much the US federal government squanders on pork barrel projects his offer is fairly reasonable.

Gameplay is the easiest way to examine whether or not a survival horror franchise has totally lost its mind. Dead Space 3’s gameplay is fairly consistent with previous installments, but there are a few notable changes. The ability to roll out of danger by double tapping the run button is very welcome since killing enemies charging directly at me seems to be that one thing I could never get right and thus lose chunks of health or outright die. Making custom weapons with various combinations and attributes from scraps and spare parts is more fitting than the shop system of the older games, though once you make the combination pulse rifle-force gun with stasis coating a great deal of difficulty evaporates. Yes, there is a cover system now, but human enemies whom you use it to fight are a relatively small part of the game and are around almost entirely for plot reasons.

As for the new co-op feature, one could argue that DS3 simultaneously got it completely right and got it completely wrong. Co-op is entirely optional, and the story accommodates for not lugging around the new guy so you don’t have to worry about a retarded AI partner. Yet, there are a few optional objectives which can further characterize the new guy, get logs and collectibles for trophy hunters, but these are only available in co-op. It’s good that you can beat the game without co-op, but the co-op is online only so antisocial players or those with poor internet connections are locked out of a good deal of the content.

The microtransactions for resources have raised the ire of fans, but you can get by abusing the scavenger bots to farm resources… which includes ration seals which you can turn around and use to get resource packs for free which otherwise you might pay for. Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer had ingame currency to buy packs, but the time it took to farm could be taxing and the gear in the packs was essential to creating a decent build so it was understandable for a player wanting the coveted 5K EMS to break down in frustration and buy one or two packs with real money to speed the process along. In Dead Space 3 there is no reason to spend real money other than being a complete doofus who give in to peer pressure easily.

Let me first state that I loved the first Resident Evil, it was the reason I got an original Playstation in the first place. I found the second RE to be like a religious experience, but for some reason afterward my passion for the series waned. Probably because of a number of installments that were for other consoles so keeping up was hard. I hadn’t played RE4 until it got ported to the PS2, and was about 20 bucks, but I enjoyed the game very much and in spite of everything I didn’t hate RE5. Out of morbid curiosity I tried Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and what a piece of crap. I heard bad things about it, but I wanted to be open minded. It was a poor experience, and a franchise is allowed to have ups and downs, but the worst part about ORC was that I felt like it was a taste of things to come with Resident Evil 6.

Okay, seriously, one would think that after ORC bombed more sensible people at Capcom would have argued for taking another look at RE6 to see what bad ideas the two games had in common which could be remedied. To be perfectly blunt, turning Resident Evil 6 into a stupid shooter with monsters could have been tolerated if at the very least it played well! While playing the different campaigns and the multiple personality disorder approach I couldn’t help thinking of other games I could be playing which could do what Capcom was trying and do it better. Leon’s campaign seemed to be making nods to the classic survival horror roots, and yet with the swarms of enemies and shitty lighting as well as constant explosions I don’t know what the hell they were going for.

Parts reminded me of Left 4 Dead, and there were parts in which the player was ganged up on by zombies in damn near total darkness… Dead Space had similar moments, but the monsters had red glowing eyes to be really scary as well as give the player an idea of where to shoot. Oh, and Dead Space had stasis to freeze enemies and the force gun for crowd control. Instead of fixing this, Capcom just accepted it was crap and gave the player the quickshot in which the player would spin around and shoot wild at the nearest foe. Strategic dismemberment and aiming? “Screw that!” seems to be Capcom’s reply.

That is probably one of the big problems of the game, figuring out what the hell you’re shooting at is way too frickin’ hard with the masses of enemies and crappy visuals. I’ve never seen a game look so expensive yet sloppy at the same time, finding a game with a worse pallet would require picking out something from the early 90s. It would have been so much better if the game was bright enough to see everything… or really bright and colorful… and instead of using ineffectual guns got a really sweet melee weapon… like a chainsaw. Wait, I just described Lollipop Chainsaw.

The prologue really sets the tone for the entire game, elaborate but boring scenes where stuff spontaneously combusts as bland music and bad acting assault the senses. For all the slings and arrows it took, Resident Evil 5 at least understood it should wait a few minutes with building tension before throwing swarms of zombies at the players. RE6 just throws us into crisis mode on the assumption that being loud and flashy will be enough to induce a sense of urgency. Oh and somehow, Capcom managed to make the inventory system even more unintuitive and sucky for real time access.

Whether a game will implement regenerating health or not is a big choice that determines how a game should be played. Resident Evil 6 decides to play it both ways by segmented health, but when a zombie grapples ya it seems like the whole damn health bar disappears like a platter of ribs at a refugee camp. Then you either use up a spray can to recover your health bar and risk losing it all again or recover one segment at a time gobbling tic tacs. A shooter with segmented health that you can restore with health items can work, it did for the original Resistance… but The Darkness II really shone as segments were restored by tearing out the hearts of enemies who were slain, or be performing vicious and satisfying executions of enemies you had at your mercy. What were we talking about again?

And then there are bugs and glitches… which come with the territory for games which are heavily scripted. On more than a few occasions I would see enemies milling about not doing anything even as I walked up to them. One amusing moment involved my AI sidekicks and enemies hanging around like they were having a casual chat, almost like a scene from Wreck-It-Ralph, then they notice me and go through the motions in the futile attempt at being exciting. That the game is heavily scripted with its sound and fury signifying nothing is bad enough, the scripted events are retarded as bosses just flat out refuse to die.

Many shooters have the option of firing blind, and while there is the quickshot it requires one more button and consumes stamina. Given that cover based shooting is a major component of Resident Evil 6, it would make sense to let a player fire blind from cover, or at least do so while running around, or let a player get behind cover by just pushing a single button rather than having to hold a button and press another button. And in Chris’ campaign, the player could be forced into situations where neither option will have positive consequences and slip further into a spiral of violence, stupidity, and death. Dammit, I’m now thinking of Spec Ops: The Line.

Okay, now Dead Space 3 is far from perfect. The sparse characterization in the single player experience makes some motives unclear. To be honest, a lot of the problems stem from the choice of changing Isaac from a silent protagonist to a talking one. For plot reasons, it made some sense for Isaac to interact verbally with other characters, but once he started being his own character rather than our avatar in this mixed up world; it became increasingly harder to relate to him. In Dead Space 3 he comes off as petulant and childish when he gets informed of the situation, and takes one hell of a carrot to get him off his ass.

As mentioned before, characterization has been a weakness for Dead Space, but one thing which strikes me about the perfunctory love interest is the squandered potential in connecting it to one of the core ideas of the series. In spite of losing his mind, though his madness often comes out through him insisting he is crazy like whiny teens so, Isaac still seeks out connection to other people, affection from another human being. The main temptation of the Marker is its offer of connection to everyone in their species; the Marker takes a human need and extrapolates it to a perverse extreme.

Yet, the deficiencies in Dead Space 3 are nowhere as glaring as spending time in Leon’s campaign saving people who were already dead and killing people who might have had a chance. How can a plot be so convoluted, yet can telegraph that the player is doing something stupid and not give a chance to advance the plot without being a dummy? On the other hand, introducing something like a choice system would result in a diminished game, as players would only choose the approaches that were not the retarded choices.

In conclusion, Dead Space 3 is more of the same, a perfectly serviceable game which doesn’t offend but doesn’t really offer more than a new plot to excuse shredding up monsters (though I did like one part near the end where one monster was using other little monsters as hand grenades, if there was more interspecies cooperation that might have been pretty scary, like Doom in reverse). Resident Evil 6 is a game I don’t hate, but it’s more like the simmering loathing of a couple that have been together for a long time. Then one morning one of them wakes up early and looks at the other, all the while thinking, “Look at this sorry motherfucker, breathing and shit.”

Some fans throw around the idea of Resident Evil “getting back to its roots” in the same way that unimaginative executives talk about “thinking outside the box,” but there’s no going back for a series where the end of the world might as well be called Tuesday. The only practical options for Resident Evil would be to either embrace the reality that the universe is just damn goofy and play it up for laughs, or do a soulless reboot to try to “go back” and recapture recalcitrant fans. Somehow, I imagine we’re gonna get a few more sucky games before we get the inevitable reboot.

Pertaining to the future of the horror genre itself, there are smaller developers and titles working hard to bring decent games to market. Heck, even the modest Slender game is getting a bigger and hopefully better sequel, and from what I read a spiritual remake of the very first Clock Tower game might be release for the WiiU… which leaved me wondering why Capcom is just sitting on the Clock Tower property along with Haunting Ground. The worst Clock Tower game was when Human tried to ape Capcom’s surprise success by shoe horning in zombies and viruses, as long as the game is playable there is damn near no way that anything Capcom makes will ever sink that low. Screw it, I’m gonna wrap up that Corpse Party sequel and hope that if I’m a good boy, Santa will get XSeed to localize more of that franchise for Christmas.