An Unusual Murder Part 2 and an Arrested Evil Trance – 13.04.13

So we’ll kick off the update with part 2 of my short story An Unusual Murder, if you missed part 1 check it out here.

An Unusual Murder

     The following is filed as classified evidence for the Simon Falmouth case.

Official Statement

Charlie

     Mary was walking me down to Tesco. I really wanted spaghetti Bolognese for tea so she needed to get some ingredients. Spaghetti Bolognese is one of my favourite meals, if I could I would have it three times a week. We got to Tesco and I noticed there was a security guard standing just by the doors, he was a black man and he watched me as I was coming in and it made me feel quite anxious. I tried to ignore him but he kept staring so I stared back until he stopped. Then me and Mary went down the aisle where the cans of tomatoes are.

I remember feeling agitated because Mary couldn’t find the tomatoes and now I know I have a bruise on my arm and sometimes that happens because Mary holds my arm so tight and she said it was because I was being a pain because of the security guard and because she can’t find the right tomatoes. I remember one of the cans falling on the floor and spilling underneath the shelves, it looked like blood, and a woman on the other side started screaming. Screaming makes me sad. It reminds me of being scared when I got lost in the woods once and Mary couldn’t find me and I couldn’t find Mary and I saw strangers around and strangers always scare me and I panicked that time but that was years ago and I’m not supposed to feel scared anymore because I’m a grown man and people won’t try to kidnap me. But sometimes I still do get scared of strangers being around.

The police asked me to write this statement so they could get a clearer idea of some ‘very horrific events’ that happened but I’m really struggling to remember anything that happened. Mary says that I can’t remember things sometimes because I’m a different person and that’s why she looks after me so that I don’t do anything dangerous but I would never do anything dangerous so that makes me sad that she thinks I could. I just don’t really understand. I hope this helps the police get a clearer picture and I hope that I don’t have to go back into that interrogation room again. It was scary and I felt like the policemen didn’t understand what I was saying to them.

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Part 3 will be up next week, let me know what you think in the comments box below.

So to this week has been media filled would be an understatement, I’ve been catching up on a large number of games, TV Shows and so on. The ones I chosen to review though are Danny Boyle’s latest film Trance, the latest instalment in the Resident Evil franchise, Resi 6 and finally soon-to-be-revived sitcom Arrested Development. Any comments or feedback on any of my review is greatly appreciated too.

Finally I’ll leave you with another trailer for the movie I’m planning to watch this week, who knows what to expect of it but check back here later on in the week for my opinion, here’s Spring Breakers:

Resident Evil 6

Resident_evil_6_premium_edition_c8szoBeing a long-term fan of the Resident Evil series but having been disappointed by its fifth instalment I was quite anxious leading up to the release of number six. After playing the demo though and reading the reviews any buzz I may have originally had for the game was swiftly smothered. In the end I waited for a while and after not hearing anything much good about it I decided to rent it rather part with a larger chunk of cash. I’m so glad I made that decision.

In case you don’t know about the game it takes a rather a more holistic approach than any of its predecessors, offering you with four different campaigns all from the point-of-view of different characters the majority of which have been the leads in previous games. All four stories coincide with each other to paint a bigger picture of the games dense storyline. The first three story-lines all offer co-op play throughout, whereas the last one that only becomes available after finishing the other three is only single player. The campaigns have all been given a different feel in an attempt to keep all types of gamers happy.

The first story is led by Leon (previously the main character from Resi 2 and 4, 4 being my personal favourite of the whole series) and his partner Helena, this campaign is probably the most like the original Resi games at various points taking you into sewers and graveyards. It is the only story where you actually fight zombies, the J’Avo which you fight in all the other campaigns can barely be described as such. Leon’s campaign is easily the best on the game it being the only one that actually feels like a Resident Evil game, albeit a fairly poor one. By the end of chapter two I was beginning to get into it quite a lot and thought that perhaps it won’t be as bad as everyone says it is but then once you get on to the campaigns later chapters and are bombarded with constant button-mashing and cut-scenes and are barely given a chance to do anything it fast loses its charm. Chapters four and five are a relentless pounding of action none of which is enjoyable and you are ultimately glad for it to finish when it does.

Moving onto Chris (the protagonist from the very first Resi as well as Code: Veronica, The Umbrella Chronicles and Resi 5) and Piers’ campaign and things take a turn even further into shitness. This campaign had my wanting to my hear out pretty much from start to finish. Where Resi 5 failed by trying to make the game attract the Call of Duty market they make the same mistake with this campaign. It’s far too much like a war game and the J’Avo who are the main types of enemy are simply just soldiers with masks. There of particularly infuriating moments which have stuck in my mind, one in which you have to shoot down a helicopter from a boat, I was playing on Veteran difficulty and it seemed whatever I did I would just got shot down immediately to face the ‘You Are Dead’ screen. And the other being a despicably awful QTE in which you have to escape from a strange corridor that is under attack from a disgusting sea monster by sprinting to a door shooting the things hand, sprinting to the next door shooting the things hand then alterantly pressing L1 and R1 but a really awkward pace otherwise the game won’t register it. It’s QTE scene’s such as that which really are the games biggest downfall, not a single boss fight is left to you to do and is instead decided by these fast-tapping moments which are stupidly easy half the time and ridiculously hard the other half with no consistency at all.

The next story is led by Jake (in his first ever appearance) and Sherry (who previously appeared in Resi 2). I found this story to really be just a filler. In one of its chapters it tries to be a stealth game stealing ideas from Hitman or Splinter Cell as you have to sneak you’re way through a cave and avoid being caught by a giant ogre. The story really is just a strange hybrid mash of a load of different video game cliches. There’s the stealth section in which you even have to hide a dumpster and peer out waiting for enemies to pass a shameless rip-off of Hitman. There’s a part where you have to guide a snow mobile away from an avalanche with an incredibly clunky control system that reminded me of one of the more terrible missions in 007 Nightfire. Then there’s another mission where you wake up in a hospital and have to escape with no weapons, but for some reason the hospital is such a bright white that it makes all objects apart from your player invisible for no reason whatsoever.

The final story is Ada Wong’s (previously from Resi 4 and selection of spin-off titles) and her plot coincides with all the other four meaning there are only a couple of parts of her campaign which you haven’t played before. Those bits are actually some of the best in the game, she has a couple of puzzles to solve which were previously one of my favourite things about the series and a boss where you actually get to fight whole thing without control being ripped from you in order for you to mash a couple of buttons really fast. It’s a shame then that hers is the shortest of all the stories and the majority of her missions are just stuck together out of bits that you’ve already got really pissed off with in the other campaigns.

Overall, by then end I really did hate this game. It seems that they’re are trying to cater for too many different markets and in the process have lost what it was that made the series original in the first place. It’s not survival horror game any more and is barely even a horror. It’s basically just a poor action adventure that seems more intent on telling you an over-exuberant storyline than letting you play a game. It’s a massive shame that a series that used be one of my favourites of all time has produced two big misfires for this console generation. Let’s hope that this dip in form will come to an end with PS4 and new XBox but I’m not holding my breath.