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by ashman86
November 12th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 988
Views: 185869

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

The Quest for Glory series of classic Sierra adventure games is one of my all-time favorites despite the fact that the first game launched when I was just three years old. Lori and Corey Cole, the married couple who led development on the series, combined the adventure game formula Sierra establishe...
by ashman86
August 9th, 2018, 11:14 pm
Forum: Podcast Game Discussion
Topic: Our next podcast recording (15.12.18) - 350: Final Fantasy VII
Replies: 31
Views: 2055

Re: 350: Final Fantasy VII

I felt the impact of Final Fantasy VII's existence long before I ever actually got to play it. As a kid, my dad and I would sometimes while away the time by browsing the Media Play (a now-defunct chain of retail stores here in the states) down the street. We typically didn't plan to buy anything, bu...
by ashman86
March 23rd, 2018, 8:12 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Biohazard 3: Last Escape)
Replies: 15
Views: 1259

Re: 313: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Biohazard 3: Last Escape)

I was a pre-teen when Resident Evils 1 and 2 launched and shamefully afraid of the series. I can remember a classmate in the sixth grade wearing a shirt emblazoned with the infamous face of the series' very first zombie, and when she asked if I'd played the game, I recall vainly attempting to hide m...
by ashman86
March 1st, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Zone of the Enders
Replies: 9
Views: 944

Re: 322: Zone of the Enders

In June 2001, I was working my first-ever job as a games attendant at a local amusement park. I was 15 years old, finally earning some disposable income of my own, and still reeling from the untimely demise of the Sega Dreamcast. Until this point in time, I had only ever owned PC and SEGA gaming har...
by ashman86
November 22nd, 2017, 10:27 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Witcher III
Replies: 37
Views: 6261

Re: The Witcher III: Hearts of Stone / The Witcher III: Blood and Wine

Hearts of Stone begins with a seemingly rote witcher contract in which the player is tasked with slaying an amphibian monster dwelling in the sewers below Oxenfurt. As you work your way into the beast's lair--joined by none other than Shani from the first Witcher (and the book series)--you come acro...
by ashman86
August 29th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Sonic Mania
Replies: 10
Views: 1129

Re: Sonic Mania

One of the joys I've had with Sonic Mania is really introducing my wife to the series. Like Stanshall was saying with their own Sonic history, she had this idea that Sonic was all about holding the joystick/d-pad down to the right and allowing Sonic to just speed towards the finish line. She'd even ...
by ashman86
August 22nd, 2017, 10:04 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Final Fantasy (I)
Replies: 7
Views: 1859

Re: Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II

Somewhere between the release of Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XIII, I set out on a personal quest to collect and play all of the mainline Final Fantasy games minus the sole MMORPG entry at the time, FFXI. I had already finished and adored Final Fantasies 7-12 (again, with the exception of 11)...
by ashman86
August 15th, 2017, 11:17 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Mortal Kombat
Replies: 6
Views: 1700

Re: Mortal Kombat / II / 3 / UMK3 / Trilogy

I was eight years old the first time I played Mortal Kombat. I was spending the night at a friend's house, and he and his brother were big fans of the series. Until that night, I had only ever seen the game in arcades, and only ever out of the corner of my eye. I was not a sheltered child, but I was...
by ashman86
July 28th, 2017, 9:04 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 988
Views: 185869

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

_eO_pqzP4EI Lands of Lore 3 is not a good game. It's a disappointing conclusion to a classic series and a game that was showing its age well before it ever hit store shelves. The story is unsatisfying, the RPG mechanics are often broken, and its characters don't even move their darn lips when they ...
by ashman86
June 20th, 2017, 6:58 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Witcher III
Replies: 37
Views: 6261

Re: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Near the end of Act Two of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, you arrive upon the Isle of Mists where at last the search for Geralt's surrogate daughter, a plot arc that has dominated the game's main story up until this point, will come to its conclusion. After a run-in with seven dwarves--themselves caric...
by ashman86
May 22nd, 2017, 10:46 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Destiny / Destiny 2
Replies: 27
Views: 4958

Re: Destiny / The Taken King / Rise of Iron

seansthomas wrote:
May 21st, 2017, 10:00 am
That was a great read!
Thanks! That's high praise coming from a Cane and Rinse forum vet :D
by ashman86
May 17th, 2017, 8:40 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Destiny / Destiny 2
Replies: 27
Views: 4958

Re: Destiny / The Taken King / Rise of Iron

Never before have I had such a love-hate relationship with a game as I do with Destiny. It's the type of game that you turn on casually at 10 PM on a weeknight only to find yourself finally crawling into bed at 2:00 AM, your eyes bloodshot and your alarm set for just a few hours later. It's addictiv...
by ashman86
May 9th, 2017, 1:12 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Replies: 9
Views: 2372

Re: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

Kain is deified. The clans tell tales of him, few know the truth I can still hear the harsh horns echo in the recesses of my mind along with Raziel's narration of Soul Reaver's opening cinematic, which is burned into my memory virtually word for word. Before ever having actually played the game, I ...
by ashman86
May 3rd, 2017, 10:01 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 988
Views: 185869

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

For my 11th birthday, my parents gifted me a copy of Lords of Magic, a hybrid strategy game that combined a turn-based (almost) 4x strategy game with real-time-with-pause combat. The idea behind the game was to combine Lords of the Realm with Heroes of Might and Magic, and while the result was a uni...
by ashman86
March 28th, 2017, 9:14 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

One of the short stories in 'The Sword of Destiny' goes into why Geralt isn't keen on dragon slaying. You're right! And the dragon in that story has a really rewarding connection to Saskia in The Witcher 2, also. I think you get enough of an explanation in-game as for why Geralt doesn't normally ki...
by ashman86
March 28th, 2017, 12:01 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

As I mentioned in my brief review of the first Witcher game, seeing The Witcher 2 for the first time was my catalyst for finally sitting down to play the series. Presumably riding on the surprising success of the first game, CD Projekt RED ditched BioWare's long-since antiquated aurora engine in fav...
by ashman86
March 7th, 2017, 1:19 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Witcher
Replies: 3
Views: 1217

Re: The Witcher

In the 2000s, BioWare were the undisputed kings and queens of the Western RPG. They were a company I had grown to love back in the Baldur's Gate days, and I regularly visited their official site and forums to keep myself apprised on the latest rumors and tidbits about the next big adventure I could ...