Games, walkthroughs, and the friends you (don’t) meet
So I beat Parasite Eve on Thursday, in less than a week, as planned, with a very respectable 7:45 of play time. I would like to extend my thanks to Phan Nguyen Khanh Dan, aka “Mysticcat”, for his wonderful walkthrough. The game walkthrough set is another one of the internet communities which I hold with the highest regard. People spend hours and hours making these incredible support mechanisms for what may be otherwise tedious and arduous adventures for those of us with less time and dedication to ferreting out every hidden power up. GameFaqs is, as I said, an indispensable nexus of worldwide game enthusiasts working together to create indie, public domain material that rivals and I’m sure often surpasses even the greatest of Prima guides. These people know the games better than the folks that made them (like me). But walkthroughs aren’t just dry JFK analyses of the known facts, they’re often written by incredibly witty and humorous individuals that spread their unique personality all through the ASCII maps and plot summaries. Tony pretty much hits the nail on the head here.
“I love walkthroughs, especially with big games. You feel like you’ve made a new friend for the duration of play time.”
So very, very true. Even though PE was completed in less than eight hours, it seems to me that Mysticcat is one of the great Dave Barrys of the Asian gaming circuit.
“Then head to the bottom left. This room exhibits the samples showing the history of humans and creatures. How beautiful it is. But you must continue your adventure anyway…”
It’s apparent from the walkthrough that Mysticcat is not a native English speaker, but nonetheless quite accomplished, and he writes in such a warm, friendly tone, that I can’t help but feel like I want to take him out for a drink.
“Ben is calming Sheeva but all of those are just useless. The dog is
affected by Mitochondria cells and it is going to transform. Douglas
Baker tries to protect the child while Sheeva is transforming. What a
terrible scene ! But Aya has come :”
CONGRATULATION ! YOU HAVE BEATEN UP THIS GREAT GAME !!!
No Phan, not “you”, “we”. 🙂
So, after cleaning out the second Square PlayStation RPG in as many weeks, I thought it was prudent to get some balance and play the Cube. I OD’d a little on Donkey Konga last night– in addition to unlocking half a dozen new sound effect sets, I got a good crick in my neck. So, I have left tambourine covers of “Ashita ga Aru Sa” [“There’s Always Tomorrow”] and induldged my ulterior motive by beginning Parasite Eve 2.
I’ve never completed PE2, partly because I kept running out of ammo in the mine, and partly because my grad school housemate Johnny Lee told me the game kept freezing on him right before the last boss. I’m willing to put both of those strikes against the game (and the lame character control scheme) to rest, and give it another shot. This time with the aid of the great comic Efrem Orizzonte from Italy.
“This guy is too stupid to be real. You may fight it normally, but why take unnecessary risks at this point in the game? Turn around and have a table between you and the monster, then just target it and shoot it down. You can use Pyrokinesis to make things even easier. You’ll end the fight unscathed.”
I think Efrem and I are going to have a great adventure together. But for now, I have to go make like a normal urban professional and have drinks at a bar, leaving all my toys and pixelated fantasies in the AV rack. With that, I’ll leave you with Efrem’s wonderful take on the characters of PE2.
KYLE MADIGAN, Age: 29
Mysterious man claiming to be a private detective.
I don’t like this guy. He comes out of nowhere, does nothing most of the time, and sometimes produces a handgun more powerful than Han Solo’s blaster. And he’s stupid, too… he finds a blacked out Aya and doesn’t take advantage of the situation the way any other man would :). You see… stupid.
PIERCE D. CARRADINE, Age: 31
Aahh, this is a good one. He’s got brains and doesn’t talk too much. Plus, he finds info about everything, and he’s very friendly to Aya. I’d just like to see him in combat.
RUPERT BRODERICK, Age: 37, NMC Hunter
What would a story like this be without a guy like this? He lost his family in the Manhattan accident back in 1997 and now everything he wants to do is to destroy NMCs. Too bad he gets his arm injured very soon (but not before he saves Aya’s life at least once). He’s been in the FBI for quite a while, but he doesn’t recognize a detonator when he sees one. Hmmm…
ERIC “HAL” BALDWIN, Age: 50, MIST director and Aya’s supervisor
Another good one. He gives you orders and papers and _sometimes_, answers the phone when you call. He spends the rest of his time with women (well, what else could he do?). I wonder if there’s someone in MIST doing his own job but Aya and Pierce…
GARY DOUGLAS, Age: 56, Vietnam veteran. He lost a leg in the war and was decorated.
This guy is awesome. He’s got two legs, a caravan packed full of firearms, an incredibly intelligent dog named Flint, and he treats women very kindly. Just awesome. You’ll like it.