With Halloween coming up I decided it would be a potentially fun idea to try out some Resident Evil titles. I never had the chance to back in the days of the PS1 and interactions with sunlight, and the closest I ever got to playing was over at a friends house when I was a kid. I played some of the remastered original and had a bit of fun, though I found the save mechanic to be annoying. I feel like I’m playing a memory game, like Old Maid… minus the cards and plus the zombies that want to eat me. What kept me going was the puzzle aspect and multiple areas to explore. Multiple possibilities seem to keep me well invested in a game, especially with all of the “What if’s” and “Did I forget to check the bathtub for dead people” questions that I ask myself regularly. I also tried a bit of Resident Evil 0 which seems to have a similar mechanic to RE1, but didn’t get too far as of yet.
I’ve found that RE0 and 1 so far work far better with a controller, playing them with a keyboard and mouse is 50 shades of awkward when you don’t use the mouse for anything other than the two buttons. I’m sure if I played around a bit I could bind all the buttons to the keyboard, but a that point you might as well say screw it and fall back in your chair with a controller. I will say that both games did put my Steam Controller’s rumble emulation to a good test.
Then I got sucked into Resident Evil 5 which takes some of it’s ideas from the original game, but has a different feel to it. That one I have no issue playing with a keyboard and mouse, and I’m fairly sure I could get it to work with the Steam Controller too. My only gripe is the turning in that game, it nearly induces vomiting… though that might just be the mulled wine I bathed in this evening.
For the hell of it I decided to lookup the original version. God… I forgot how horrible the voice acting was! I also noticed there is a PC version of the original… And some other research shows that some of the other games were released for PC as well. I guess if I ever feel the itch to play them I’ll have the option. Though depending on how the games function it might be easier to run the games through an emulator instead.
I want one of these. Think of what I could do with watermelons. O_o
So far I have really been enjoying the sequel to the 2013 Shadow Warrior. That has been my primary distraction for yesterday/tonight, and much like the other Flying Wild Hog games it’s been quite a treat. The changes they’ve made since their last release seem to remind me of Skyrim/Fallout/Borderlands in terms of crafting and weapon capabilities. You can also “enchant” your weapons, and replace them at anytime with better ones. There’s lots of weapons that can be purchased and found in drops. Not quite like Borderlands or Fallout but close enough to keep me entertained.
The visuals don’t disappoint. Aside from the satisfying First Person Slash and Shooting aspect there is a lot of detail to drink in, there’s even diaries and notes you can pick up from either exploring the levels or from random drops. I’ve been enjoying a good read whenever I either get stuck at a certain point or if I just don’t feel like doing much else.
And despite sneaking in NVidia gameworks I haven’t had much of an issue with optimization. I’m running the game fullscreen on highest settings, and I seem to stay above 60FPS. My framerate seems to average in the 80’s, which I think could be better tbh since Hard Reset Redux and the 2013 Shadow Warrior had a higher framerate with the same visual quality, but that’s plenty enough for if I want to record. Although I have noticed some lag when I hack and slash a bunch of debris on the screen. And believe me, there have been points where I have lots of body parts flying across the screen. There was even a point tonight where I had been slashing on a dead demon for a good minute before realizing it had been dead for awhile… I seem to have taken quite a liking to games that let you cut things to tiny pieces. I guess I’ll have to place this on my laptop for those hectic days where I want to vent.
For the first day of my vacation I mostly stayed in out of the cold weather playing mostly Hard Reset Redux and Shadow Warrior 2. I guess it was a Flying Wild Hog day. 😛 I did notice with the new patch to SW2 I had to place all of my accumulated skill points. And of course at the end of the night I had to turn to my go to game for absolute relaxation:
The new and improved Skyrim is slated to release in just a few days. I’m thinking I’ll download it, but I won’t invest much time into it until I know most or all of my mods will work in it. Speaking of mods has anyone seen this for the console versions? Mod limits of 1 GB for PS4 and 5 GB for XBone? Of course with the PS4 version the mods are limited to vanilla assets only. Wow, Microsoft actually did something appealing for a change?
Of course on PC we won’t have this problem. After reading the article though I did have to take a look at my Skyrim install, it’s a nice 49 GB in size. The joys of not being held back by a console ecosystem. 😛
It’s official. For the next two weeks I’ll be enjoying some time off, not having to worry about having split days off constantly until I return. Of course I’ve already started it off the right way:
The Ultimate Staring Contest
I’ve also got a couple of large bottles of Merlot for mulling when a cold evening strikes. I’ve also napped to get back on my old vampiric hours. I’ve had to be a morning person to retain my job, but at heart I think I’ll always be a night owl. 😛
Today’s weather granted me the perfect excuse to sit around in my PJ’s, eat pizza, drink tea, and do some Skyrim since I’ve been putting that off a bit. My character has become a werewolf. O_o I’ve been having fun feeding on bandits and Stormcloaks that are unlucky enough to cross my path. I’ve also been playing around in the dev console a bit for added fun. I turned Arivanya into a horse, then I traveled to Whiterun and turned Heimskr into a High Elf. I also had lots of guards turning into sweet rolls. Good times.
I also checked out the new Shadow Warrior game yesterday. Didn’t realize it would be an NVidia Gumworks title, but it still runs quite nice on my Fury! There were some dips certain areas but most of the game so far has been butter smooth and the weapons have been extreme fun, and of course the game itself retains it’s humor. I was kind of bummed though to find that you can’t save whenever you want. It’s all checkpoint based, but having played games like Borderlands it’s not that difficult to get used to. Heck when you die you have to pay, also similar to Borderlands. I think much like it’s last game I’ll take it slow. I want to savor this game a bit. It also has a multiplayer feature, now I just need to find friends to play with… let alone find time to play multiplayer games with friends. 😛
After a nice bit of rest I feel much better, only took a total of 17 hours. Probably would have been longer if it hadn’t been for the sun shining on my face. I came home yesterday feeling pretty exhausted. Played some Skyrim for a bit until it crashed, then I did too not long after. Woke up to some frosty cold weather. No wonder I hibernated for so long…
It’s been a lovely day to ingest warm beverages. I found an interesting blend of Earl Grey a few days ago that I’ve been meaning to try. It has calendula petals in it and an extra touch of what makes a good Earl Grey, the beragmot oil. It tasted pretty good, the flowers added an interesting spin on a classic tea favorite of mine.
The brand is called Pinky Up. They appear to be new in the tea business, and I’d have to say they’re off to a great start! I’ve tried their Tiramisu tea which has actual white chocolate and coffee in it, that was pretty damn excellent. I bought all the other teas they had available (new selection I found at work, one of the few times I’ll impulse buy. 😛 )
Too tired to write anything. Will try tomorrow.
For some strange reason I tried to record my gameplay of PacMan at lunch today, and OBS decided to be die. I’ll have to investigate that. My fault for not testing that particular game beforehand… That is one nice thing about OBS Studio, easy monitor capture without having to hook into program windows. Other than that my lunch was great. I enjoyed some Pan Bagnat, a sandwich I haven’t made in years. It originates from Nice France, which kind of surprised me… I always thought by the ingredients alone it was Italian.
Meh, I’ll try recording again either tomorrow or Tuesday.
Didn’t record anything during lunch today, which was just as well… I played Mario World 2 as Mario, and confirmed to myself that I was really really out of practice. 😛
But instead I edited my video footage from yesterday’s stream to give you guys an abridged version so you don’t have to sit through almost two hours of Lara finding Scion swag, and lots of dying…