Elegy for a Dead World --- Review

Posted by Makayla Yokley on April 29, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

So for this post I'm reviewing the game "Elegy for a Dead World" which you can purchase on Steam (and, as far as I know, ONLY on steam). The premise of the game is a simple one: You are a space traveller going to three different worlds, completely destroyed and devoid of any other life, and once you're there you're given writing prompts on certain areas of the worlds and you're supposed to fill in the blanks with how YOU think its finished. 

Oh wow, sounds like SUCH a boring game, right? Who would EVER enjoy a game like this? 

How about, I don't know, WRITERS? 

This game is absolutely perfect for writers. It's an incredible way to exercise your creative muscles because you have to find new ways to work around the prompts which may not have fit in with what you already wrote, which takes the whole thing to a new level. Personally, I wrote one about a sculptor whose lover got killed and she sculpts an entirely new world filled with people and nature and everything, then after her first world is destroyed she watches like a coward until everyone is dead. Then she spends decades trying to earn money to buy her planet back from an intergalactic tycoon who wants to turn it into a resort planet, then ANOTHER decade re-learning to sculpt after a head injury. After ages upon ages she sculpts herself to death and her spirit goes on to live forever in her final sculpt. 

(Okay that's the worst summary of what I did. If there are any other writers out there in the audiance please stand up if you hate summaries!)

Then I learned there are several "direction prompts" (as I call them) which dictates what kind of story you're going to write once you're actually in the world. For example, the world with the sculptor, I could've chosen to write a letter about how this planet is my new home and why. 

So far the only negative thing I can think of about the game is some of the sounds get annoying after a while if you don't move past the prompt fast enough. On that same coin, though, this game has incredible composition and even the annoying sounds are awesome. It sets the scene beautifully and really creates an amazing sense of atmosphere. 

To be honest I really don't have anything negative to say about "Elegy for a Dead World." Not a single thing. It's an incredible game and if you're a writer I definitely think you should tip-toe over to Steam and buy yourself a copy because it'll easily be the best money you ever spent. 

Unless of course you recently bought a monkey in a tuxedo.

In which case, I'm going to go sit down now. 

Go enjoy the game, it's awesome. The people who worked on it did an amazing job and should be acknowledged! 

Rune Factory 4

Posted by Makayla Yokley on March 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

When I was a kid I used to love playing the Harvest Moon games. This farming simulation game has always been one of my favorite games even as I got older, but all it had to offer was somewhat repetitive farming activities while trying to get one of the bachelors (and, if you're playing as a boy, bachelorettes) to fall in love with you and marry you. Don't get me wrong, it's fun. It really brings the idea across that you're living in an idellic and rustic community. But this post isn't for Harvest Moon, no matter how much I reccomend playing them. Esspecially if you're a fan of farmville but want something with a little more to do. This post is about Rune Factory 4.

Danny introduced the game series to me, and though I'd heard about it before, he was the one that made it sound fun. I trust his input on games since he's played a wider variety of them than I have and is going to school to learn how to design them. In fact, the day before I went and bought this game I had him sit with me while we went through the Gamestop website in an attempt to find some new games for my 3DS. Until last Friday, I only had two games for it (Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokemon X ) and figured that the system cost too much to just have two games for it. I ended up getting three games for it, two fantasy games and one Fatal Frame series game, which I will talk about in future posts. One of the two fantasy games I got was Rune Factory 4.

and WOW.

Why hadn't I been playing this before? It was like a blind man being introduced to water on a less dramatic scale.

The whole story is focused on your character, who lost their memory after an airship fight. That right there should sell you the game. AIRSHIPS. Who doesn't love airships? Everyone loves airships! If that's not enough for you, it's an adorable game with anime-style characters that even have their own fully animated introductions. There's a farming element to it, just like Harvest Moon, but there's also a plot that keeps the game from getting stale. You can fight monsters out in the forest while wooing one of the eligible bachelors/bachelorettes in town. The game doesn't focus on any one part of the experiance, making you feel as though that's the whole reason you're there. The way people feel about you goes up even if you just talk to them and it's easy to make friends with the characters you're not trying to marry, while at the same time not making it too easy to make the person you WANT to marry fall quickly in love with you.

Actually, that last part irks me a bit. I want to get Dylas to love me, dammit!

At the same time, though I'm glad it doesn't. Or else that's what you'd spend all your time doing instead of moving the plot forward.

I was able to play this game for nearly four days straight without ever getting bored, so it's definitely wortht he price. If you're a fan of the Harvest Moon series, I definitely reccomend Rune Factory 4 and any of the other Rune Factory games. Especially if you're a lover of fantasy, which only makes this game that much more fun! 

I give this game: :D:D:D:D