The Elder Blog: Meet Me At Go!

I was just browsing the Windows 10 app store looking for free games to play, because I’m bored and Stranger Things 2 doesn’t come out for another two days, when I came across Meet Me At Go!, caught my interest.

While usually these posts I do are praising good games, this game was so bad I had to do a post about it. First of all, the music is incredible, but I’ll get to that.

It starts off with seemingly words flashing across the screen. Then a nice-sounding song begins to play and you see two cars driving through an ’80s-style futuristic computer city. Like the opening of Tron: Legacy, except it doesn’t look nearly as good. Finally you get control of the second car…..

……kind of. I pressed everything and the car never moved. Predictably, after several seconds I hit too many obstacles and the game ended. I noticed a Tutorial on the menu and found out that the only controls was moving the controller back and forth. Only this isn’t entirely true, because I found out that you have to click the left mouse button, then move the mouse. Even then, the motions weren’t very wide, and you couldn’t go all the way to the edge of the road. I still hit a lot of obstacles and hardly collected any of the collectibles.

Once the song ended, I was taken back to the main menu. I thought maybe there was a mistake or it was going to let me move on to level two or something. But then I actually read the description of the game in the Store (which I usually don’t do. I stupidly go by screenshots and videos).

Microsoft worked with electro-pop artist M83 to reimagine a song from his latest album, Junk. The result of the collaboration is an 8-bit remix of “Go!”, inspired by frontman Anthony Gonzalez’s love of retro video games. Microsoft worked with a team of indie game designers to bring the remixed “Go!” to life. The resulting music experience takes fans on an unexpected journey through the song as they race through a retro-futuristic cityscape, dodging obstacles and collecting objects in pursuit of their love. The experience draws inspiration from the aesthetic of classic arcade games, along with themes of longing, searching, and racing from the song.

So the game, it turns out, is essentially an advertisement for this album. Which explains why it’s free, and why it’s so short. Also why the music was so good. I’m wasn’t a “fan” of M83, but I have loved this song for years. After finding out they were the ones behind the game, I listened to more of their music on Spotify, and I guess now I am a fan. They have some great music.

This game had one goal, and I guess it accomplished it. Seeing it for what it is, in retrospect I can’t really be too hard on it. It’s not meant to be the next Skyrim, but more of an artistic experiment with gaming and music. I guess from that aspect, the game isn’t that bad.

But still, just listen to the song instead.

The Elder Blog: Life is Strange: Before the Review

I seriously wish I’d have been posting in this series when I played Life is Strange. Maybe someday I’ll go back and do an episode-by-episode review. But I could never capture the emotions that I felt the first time playing it. Most people I’ve asked have played at least the first episode, which is free on every device it’s available on, and they say that that one episode was really good. But they saved the best for the paid content, episodes two through five. I’ll save that for another time, though.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a prequel, following a story that was merely implied at in the original game. This is their chance to flesh out the characters and add even more emotion to the original game in retrospect. They succeeded. Part of me wants to talk in-depth about the story, but at the same time I feel this post should advert the series as a whole and not spoil anything. I am planning on writing the episode-by-episode review of Before the Storm, and soon. There’s planned to be three episodes, two already out and a third yet to be released.

I highly recommend checking both games out.

The Elder Blog: Hue

I’ve been playing Metal Gear Solid V, like I said in my last post, but there hasn’t really been anything of note to write about. Except maybe this, this, and this. But otherwise, it feels like a pretty standard playthrough, at least based on everything I’ve heard of the game before playing it.

But this month, there is a really interesting indie game available for free through PS+ called Hue. I usually don’t care for indie games, not because I don’t think indie games should exist, it’s just that they’re all the same thing. You’ll rarely find a truly original indie game. They tend to go for that retro look and feel and will either be generic side-scroller or top-down.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t automatically dismiss a game because it’s an indie title. I’ll normally give them a chance when they’re available on PS+, but usually my reaction is, “That was neat and maybe a fun time killer, but this offers nothing new” and stop playing after a few hours. I’ll sometimes pick one of them back up when I’m really bored, just to kill some time.

There are a few exceptions, like Thomas Was Alone and FEZ, but truly unique games are few and far between. Hue is one of them.

As I said in a video I made shortly after I started playing, I watched the trailer on the game page in the PlayStation Store, and I immediately wanted to play it. The other titles available for free I added to my library, but Hue was the only one I downloaded. I can’t get enough of this game. When it comes to problem solving, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a game with such unique ways to solve them.

It starts off really easy, with only one colour, but soon it gets, well, stressful. But in a good way. This game is just the right level of challenging. It’s not childishly easy, and not rage-quit-controller-throwing hard. There’s levels that get me annoyed because I can’t solve, but it’s designed in a way that if you just keep trying you’ll eventually figure it out.

If you have PlayStation Plus, I highly recommend grabbing this game this month while it’s free, which it will be until 7 November 2017. But even if you don’t have PlayStation Plus, or you read this after that date, it’s only $15. You’d be playing a great game and supporting a great indie developer.

The Elder Blog: General Update

When I started this series, I fully intended to use it to essentially document my gaming adventures. But I quickly forgot all about it. I’ve been wanting to write more than Casabloga movie reviews in this blog, and it just occurred to me that I could revive this series and use it for it’s intended purpose.

PSN Profile

For starters, I’ve recently earned my first Platinum trophy on PSN. It was for Horizon Zero Dawn. When I started playing that game I immediately fell in love with it. It’s such a perfect game! It has it’s flaws, to be sure, but it’s about as perfect as you can get. I loved the controls, the world, the story, and the characters. All of the elements of the game were great. Not only that, but unlike most open world games, such as Skyrim, the side quests weren’t pointless. In Skyrim and Fallout and other games, you’ll complete countless side quests that really add nothing to the main story (thus SIDE quest). But in Horizon, every side quest, while optional, effect the main story and the world in general. Everyone you help can come and help you during the final battle at the end, and each character has their own part to play. There are no filler characters.

I’ve also just finished inFamous: Second Son. Twice. I did the good path to 100%, then the evil path to 100%. Both were satisfying, though maybe a little less so than the first two entries in the series. But still a great game nonetheless.

InFamous Second Son

That’s just recently. Since June I’ve also played No Man’s Sky, Type:Rider, Driveclub, Prey, Battlefield 1, Final Fantasy XV, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, The Unfinished Swan, Knack, Broforce, Gone Home, Until Dawn, Fallout 4, Just Cause 3, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Titanfall 2, Rainbow Six: Siege, Destiny 2, and as of today Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Most of the above listed games I really would have liked to have written about, had I remembered this series at the time. Maybe someday I’ll do separate posts on them.

While I’ve been talking about PlayStation 4, I actually prefer Xbox. I have an Xbox One, but it’s in storage (long story) and have been using my roommate’s PS4. However, I still get to use my Xbox account because I’ve been playing a few games on Windows 10. Pretty much just Fallout Shelter and Minecraft.

Anyway, now that I remember this series, I fully intend to use it to post about my gaming adventures from now on. If anyone wants to add me, my PSN username is Baikeru24, and my Xbox gamertag is Baikeru.

Casabloga: The Lion King

How I haven’t gotten to this one already is beyond me. However, there are several other films that I could probably also say that about, so I don’t feel so bad. The Lion King was recently re-released on Blu-Ray as part of the Signature Collection, and I bought it.

While I’ve seen this movie a thousand times, as I’m sure every ’90s kid has, it was my first time seeing it on Blu-Ray. The movie is as amazing as ever, but seeing it in HD you really get a sense of the amount of effort put into the film. The characters almost look 3D now.

But this isn’t a review of the Blu-Ray. However, I honestly don’t know what I could say about The Lion King that hasn’t already been said, I just really wanted to add it to my Casabloga list.

I’m excited about the upcoming live-action remake. Disney showed the new Circle of Life opening at D23 this year, but has not released the video online yet, even though at least once a week I look for it. I scoured the Blu-Ray hoping they’d release it on there, but they did not.