There are very few developments, if any at all, that I would compare to the innovation showcased by Portal series. This looks to be comparable:
“Q: When will the game be released?
A: At least a year from now! When is now? Whenever you’re reading this, obviously!”
One night. You’ll find yourself awake. And you’ll realize that people in Lithuania check this page more often than some of the other regulatory moderators of the student group blog… And this will want to make you write bad things that will very much displease them…
But you don’t do it because of how effectively Halo 3 incorporated the expanded lore seamlessly into a singular conclusive experience that you mistook to be your first-
that’s far enough for today.
Every aspect of Ico is bold, different, and striking. This game is what I would consider to be the most atomistic version of a serious game.
It brings back the first feelings I had when I thought about heroes; it’s beyond the stereotype that we have internalized through redundant narratives. The heart, strength, and bravery of it is sincere.
The world you inhabit is vastly beyond the main character’s ability to navigate (you are but a young boy in an unknown land) there is little variation in the environment to direct your feelings of progress (you constantly feel like you are trapped in the same place), and there is very little in terms of explicit narrative. I have chosen this as the soundtrack for the week to show how all of these elements are brought to a complete understanding through the music.
I hope that it will be able to speak for itself:
04. Castle in the Mist
16. You Were There
If you are inclined to borrow a copy- I have one available in VGAD.
Greetings and Salutations Wastelanders (Hello whoever is out there… I guess…)! With a soundtrack as upbeat and illusively optimistic as this, you can’t help but feel that everything else but you, by comparison, exists in a perpetual post-apocalyptic state (A… friendly reminder that we continue to exist in a wartime era…)! A more apt reflection of student optimism could not have arrived at a better time (I had a midterm this morning… and 2 more this week… and then countless more throughout the span of my life…)!
Here’s to a well compiled soundtrack that will continuously reflect how one can feel when they coexist, but are at odds, with the world they inhabit. Stay alive everybody!