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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.
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.
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。
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。
Recent years have seen the release of a number of so called ‘interactive film’ games, in which gamer’s decisions affect the outcome of the gameplay.
My first game in this genre was ‘Heavy Rain’ back in 2015. It was quite a novel experience to me, but somehow it lacked the excitement of a conventional video game (allow me to label it this way for the lack of better term).
The second game, ‘Beyond: Two Souls’, produced by the same company Sony Entertainment, offered noticeable improvements in pretty much all aspects, especially the story-telling, though I would say it is still not a must-try.
My third game ‘Life is Strange’ by Square Enix takes the genre to a whole new level. I just completed it last night and my oh my… It is fantastic! The story is so well scripted, cinematics perfectly executed (by the gaming standard), and controlling well calibrated that I actually don’t mind to give it a second play through. I was able to enjoy it a lot more than the aforementioned 2 games because LiS somehow gave me the feeling that I was free to make decision, any decision, without needing to worry about potentially messing up the ‘true ending’. This level of freedom, in my hindsight, could only be the result of the pursuit of quality in every aspects of game design and production.
The only complaint, the conversation near the end of the game can be necessarily tedious. For this reason, I rate it 4.5 out of 5.
2015年玩生化危机启示录一代时我就告诫自己，东西确实是好东西，可就是小心脏受不了这么大的折腾，直到一两年后的今天我还能感受到 “Mayday Mayday” 的恐怖感。可当上个月遇到 PS Plus 会免一代重制时，我又犯贱下载了。
Chris 一周目过关后的感想，一是打算过段时间再用 Jill 过二周目（剧情还有所不同），二是有机会一定要补齐其他几代。