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What’cha Playin’? 9/13/16 Folklore — September 13, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/13/16 Folklore

After powering through the first three Silent Hills, 1 on PS3 as a PS Classic, and 2 and 3 on PC, I’m taking a short break to play Folklore, an old (well, 2007) PlayStation 3 game. It’s a really neat action RPG that’s part Pokemon, part Alice in Wonderland, and part murder mystery. There is a mysterious murder in the small island town of Doolin that two characters are called to, and you can choose to play as either. You can play as Ellen, the girl with the missing past that supposedly lies in Doolin, or Keats, the skeptical writer of a paranormal magazine. The game is broken into chapters, and you can either play through all of the chapters as one character or alternating between characters like I am. You go into different worlds and fight different fairy tale-esque creatures, called Folks, eventually capturing their “Ids” and using them to fight for you. For example you may capture a folk with a combo attack and another with a ranged attack so you can mix up which to use when, as you can map Folks to the four face buttons. Some Folks are weak to others, and exploiting some weaknesses may be the only way to capture or damage some Folks. The world is beautiful and the game is really cool, so you can expect a bigger review of it once I do finish it. The only thing that stinks is that this game was released before Trophy support was mainstream on Sony consoles. That’s just me though, I like getting trophies.

The Bioshock Collection comes out today. Unfortunately, Amazon didn’t want me to have it on release day, so I’ll be getting it tomorrow. That said, I’m looking forward to playing through 1 again and trying 2 once I get through that.

Finally, if you haven’t tried the new mode in Rocket League, you absolutely have to. In Rumble mode, they give you all sorts of powerups and abilities and it makes for some crazy play, with grappling hooks and punching gloves and tornadoes… It’s hectic but insanely fun. Try it for yourself! As always, Rocket League updates are free!

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Silent Hill 3 Review (PS2) — September 12, 2016

Silent Hill 3 Review (PS2)

My Silent Hill 3 review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Fantastic, tense, and terrifying atmosphere.
  • Great and believable characters.
  • Wonderfully told story.
  • Great puzzles.
  • Unlockable costumes.

Cons

  • A sometimes unfair and frustrating challenge.
  • The removal of a robust ending system.
  • Trains.

Final Score: 9.5/10

It really is so close to being a best game ever. If it weren’t for those minor frustrations, I really think it would be on that list. And for the record, the List is fluid. Maybe in a future playthrough, SH3 will land on that list.

What’cha Playin’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3 — September 9, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3

My second playthrough through the Silent Hill series is going swimmingly, so far. In Silent Hill, I got the Good+ ending this time, as opposed to the Bad ending on my first playthrough. In Silent Hill 2, I was aiming for a different ending, as on my first playthrough I got the In Water ending, which is a beautifully depressing ending to a beautifully depressing game, it’s my favorite ending thus far. At any rate, I got the Leave ending this time. Silent Hill 3 reworked its ending system, so I already know the ending I’ll be getting.

But man, Silent Hill 3 is probably the creepiest, tense, and most difficult title thus far. Enemies are pretty quick and powerful, and take quite a bit to kill, meaning that running past them is often your best bet, if you can. Not only that, but the enemies are far more numerous as well. Speaking of enemies, they have the strangest designs in the series. Those really big guys with the twitchy faces are terrifying. At any rate, I’m hoping to beat 3 this weekend and possibly move on to the Room, another pretty unsettling title in the series.

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Silent Hill 2 (BGE) — September 8, 2016

Silent Hill 2 (BGE)

My Silent Hill 2 review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Silent Hill 2:

If Silent Hill was a home-run, Silent Hill 2 is a grand slam. Silent Hill 2 had big shoes to fill after the work of art the first Silent Hill was, and oh man, did it ever fit the bill. Silent Hill 2  is widely regarded as one of if not the best survival horror game, let alone one of the best games of all time.

What’cha Playin’? 9/7/16 – Silent Hill 2 — September 7, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/7/16 – Silent Hill 2

Over the weekend I had the urge to start playing the Silent Hill series again. A few years back, I played 1, 2, 3, 4: The Room, and Origins, then stopped during Homecoming. Well, with the spookiest time of year approaching, I felt as though it was time to revisit this fantastic series, and I’m very glad I am. I added the first Silent Hill to the list of Best Games Ever, and once I finish 2 again (although this time on PC), I’ll be doing a write up on it as well.

What are your experiences with the Silent Hill series? Let me know in the comments!

Silent Hill (BGE) — September 6, 2016

Silent Hill (BGE)

My Silent Hill review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Silent Hill:

Silent Hill is one of the greatest video game franchises of all time. In fact, you’ll notice that at least one other Silent Hill has made the best game ever list, and the others that haven’t I still rank pretty highly. A few years ago, before I started up Cyberphile, I played through Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Silent Hill Origins. I still need to play the newer ones, and the little bit of Silent Hill: Homecoming that I played I enjoyed. That aside, I decided I need to play through the especially good ones (1-4, sorry Origins) again, and it made me decide to put the original Silent Hill on the list.

What’cha Watchin’? – 8/29/16 – Stranger Things — August 29, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? – 8/29/16 – Stranger Things

This weekend between working up at school at my job, I managed to watch all 8 episodes of Stranger Things. It’s pretty great. It’s all about a roughly 12 year old boy who mysteriously disappears one night and the people who attempt to find him, including his three 12 year old friends, his mother and teenage brother, the chief of police, one of his friend’s sister and her boyfriend, and a strange little girl that turns up one day.

Each character is very well fleshed out and believable, and each story arc ends pretty satisfyingly, even though there are a number of loose ends that need to be tied up, setting everything up really well for a second season. Stranger Things reminded me a LOT of Silent Hill, especially the first one, which is a very good thing. You have this mysterious town with weird and disturbing things going on with a number of great characters, just like Silent Hill. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t yet seen it, so I’ll just leave it at this. Just watch it for yourself. It’s great.