2017.10.14 Zone of the Enders HD Collections

The autumn smog of Chengdu has been visibly bad recently so I had plenty of time to clear my game collection. It was Luigi’s Mansion 2 last week, and this week I finally beat Zone of the Enders 1 and 2.

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I am a big fan of Kojima, but I have to say 1 was a bit disappointing. Though the concept is unquestionably original at its time, the weak storyline and repetitive stages made it unattractive shortly after the game started. ZoE 2 (Second Runner) improved significantly on both aspects. With gameplay and controling matching its definition of “High Speed Robot Action Game”, 2 almost met my full mark standard if not for its level of difficulty. It is tough, too tough.

I don’t recall any boss fight throughout the entire ZoE 2 gameplay that I managed to beat at first attempt, and 5 to 6 retries for stages near the end were very common. Online walkthroughs were essentially useless because they basically just tell you to beat it. A fair amount of challenge is welcome, but too much would ruin the experience. Probably the only 2 games I remember that were “worse” were Biohazard: Revelation and MGS: Revengeance (seems it’s a habit for Kojima to torture his fans).

2 advices for the gamers. 1), if you have a history of throwing your controller or bashing your head to the wall, you probably should not try it. 2), no matter how frustrated you are, SAVE THE Game before hitting the “EXIT” button, the game does not have an auto save function, I learnt it the hard way, twice.

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2017.10.05 Luigi’s Mansion 2 Dark Moon

绿鸡鬼屋2这个游戏是去年从柏林撤退时提前屯的游戏,今年游戏井喷,拖到国庆黄金周才排出时间玩。

4天内19个小时就穿了,好玩的根本停不下来。关卡设计巧妙,Toad小蘑菇和某些鬼设计的又可爱。说是捉鬼游戏,其实一点恐怖感都没有,反倒是时不时的把我逗笑。任天堂第一方出品的音乐素质也一如既往的完美。要说唯一的缺点,估计就是节奏稍微有点慢,不过也可以看作这个系列的风格。

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任天堂的伟大之处在绿鸡上显露无疑。

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2017.09.25 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

某前同事是这样评论这款游戏游戏的, “You can tell it’s not as perfect as the games developed by Nintendo. But still, it is a must-play for 3DS.” 也只有在自己亲身体验后,才体会到他指得不完美是什么意思。没有对比就没有伤害,任天堂第一方也忒强大了。

要说明的是这款游戏绝对值得入手,因为脑洞大开的设计和近乎完美的执行,30多个小时一定就不觉得冗长。因为游戏的提示不足(这就是唯一不完美的地方),找到解决谜题的方法时兴奋感十足。如果非要再多加一个问题的话,就是反派太可爱,舍不得踩啊。

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2017.09.21 Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes Pesto Sauce

Extremely simple and quick pasta dish with strong flavour, and very healthy.

Step 1: Cook pasta in slightly salted boiling water.

Step 2: Ingredients, all straightly go into the blender:

  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly grind black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Step 3: Blend!

Step 4: Mix the cooked noodle with the sauce.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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2017.09.20 Farmer Giles of Ham

话说《魔戒》作者托尔金某次和家人野餐时忽遇大雨,借一个桥洞躲雨,闲来无事就编了这个故事给儿子听。我只一个字,“服”!

这是一个和《霍比特人》一样老少咸宜的故事(不要被电影误导了,原著没那么血腥),讲的是一个非常幸运的农夫变国王的励志故事。薄薄一本书能同时兼顾轻松诙谐,文字优美,还能处处引经据典,托尔金作为语言学家的功力可见一斑。

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2017.09.18 the Apple Experience

海底捞的服务被捧上了神坛,有点极端到献媚客户的感觉。在我看来服务的业界标杆是苹果。

今年算是进入苹果生态圈的第10个年头,从2007年第一个 iPod Video 到现在我自己都数不清买过多少个苹果的产品了。首先不得不提的是苹果的质量,记忆中除了服役6年后坏掉的 MacBook Air 外,其他产品都还奋战在一线。更让人安心的是不管有没有过保,客服热线和苹果天才们都会尽心竭力的解决问题。

苹果服务的整体感觉是“既然你花了钱买了我的东西,我就会把你照顾好”。而且这种服务哲学是建立在员工与客户平等上的。天才们以产品专家的姿态谦逊的解决问题,不会故意放下身段来迎合客户。这样不仅让团队显得更加专业,而且没有了海底捞那种客户花钱买服务的感觉。相信苹果在每个天才的培训上都花了很多精力。

苹果在保修期内出毛病是真正做到 No Question Asked。而且就算过了保,诊断也是免费的,有偿维修进行前一定征得用户同意,没有一不小心就被迫花钱维修的顾虑,实属业界良心。

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2017.09.12 DQ IX Sentinels of the Starry Skies

老游戏可以随时翻出来玩,不那么老的老游戏反而有点尴尬。

DQ IX 最为 Square Enix 2009年在任天堂 DS 上发布的掌机独占游戏,当时引入的 Local Multiplayer 功能现在根本找不到小伙伴们来一起感受,内置的 WEP Wi-Fi 模式也少有路由器能支持。不过这也不全是坏事,至少给了我一个充分合理的理由不去刷刷刷了。

去年半年间一口气过了天空三部曲,今年这一部光是主线就用了我60多个小时。画面(以掌机效果来说)真心精致,剧情延续 DQ 一贯的简单的风格,时不时的还会被小感动到。值得推荐。

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