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30th-Jan-2014 07:13 pm
we'll be the darkness
A few days ago, I glanced out of the window and saw a man on the roof of the building opposite and for an instant was genuinely terrified because I thought he was a sniper.

It's possible I've been playing too much Uncharted.

Rewatching Tangled in the middle of an Uncharted replay is a slightly bizarre experience, because Flynn Rider is basically Nathan Drake (although Flynn has the somewhat contradictory qualities of being slightly less moral and slightly less murderous).

Flynn's relationship with Rapunzel is even cuter than I remembered it. That's another thing he has in common with Nate, come to think of it: they're each one half of a pairing I 'ship, even though those pairings contradict my usual tastes by being both canon and surprisingly functional.

Works of fanfiction I almost certainly shouldn't write: Nathan Drake is the one to escort Rapunzel from her tower. Possibly the reason I shouldn't write this is 'it'd just be Tangled'.

Having finished my replay of the Uncharted series, I began replaying The Last of Us and immediately discovered that going straight from one to the other is a terrible idea. In Uncharted, the 'stealth kill' button and the 'punch' button are the same button; Nate will go for stealth if the enemy hasn't noticed him yet. In The Last of Us, you have to grab someone with a different button before you can perform a stealth kill. This, as you can probably imagine, has resulted more than once in Joel very very carefully sneaking up on someone and then PUNCHING HIM LOUDLY IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD.

(The other problem with going straight from Uncharted to The Last of Us: I'm very aware of my moral obligation to write fanfiction in which forty-year-old Sully and fifteen-year-old Nate team up with Joel and Ellie, but I'm not sure I'd be able to do the concept justice.)

I played The Last of Us on Easy on my first run-through, but this time I thought I'd be daring and edge it up to Normal. It's interesting that Normal forces you to play in a completely different way, particularly around Clickers. On Easy, you can push Clickers off you if you have a shiv, so being spotted by one isn't the end of the world; if there's only one Clicker around, you can usually get away with brute-forcing your way through. On Normal, getting grabbed by a Clicker is an instant kill (unless you take a million drugs), so stealth becomes really important.

(Bill's footsteps when you're sneaking through the graveyard full of Clickers are the most hilarious thing, incidentally. You're sneaking through as quietly as possible because you're dead if your clothes so much as rustle, and Bill's running around you in circles going THUD THUD THUD THUD THUD.)

I also didn't use the bow at all on my first playthrough. THE BOW IS INCREDIBLE. IT'S THE BEST WEAPON BY FAR.

The thing that has not changed on this playthrough is how wonderful Ellie is. She brings so much charm to the bleak world of the game. 'Left Behind', the prequel DLC in which I believe you get to play as her, is coming out in about a fortnight. I'm simultaneously excited and terrified.
31st-Jan-2014 10:38 am (UTC)
Darn it, I have no interest in zombies, and yet you make me want to play all the zombie games.

I can sympathise with switching to a similar game and getting messed up on the controls. I have both Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess on the Gamecube, and trying to get the items menu up on either game has ended in the save menu popping up while I sit there confused, or Link standing perfectly still, looking slightly worried while a Stalfos leaps at his face. I've been told the changes of controls in the Mass Effect series get interesting as well, but I'll have to finish the first game to verify that. XD
31st-Jan-2014 10:57 am (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of zombies either, but The Last of Us isn't really a story about zombies; it's about human nature and learning to love again in a world that, er, happens to be full of zombies. It's violent and frequently distressing, but very, very good, and I strongly recommend it if you have a PS3. Or it looks like there's a full playthrough with no commentary over here, if you don't have a PS3 but decide at some point that you want to check it out regardless.

(The first fifteen minutes are the prologue, and I'd definitely recommend at least watching that; it's so, so well-done. I watched my housemate play through it when she first brought The Last of Us home, and I was horribly tense throughout that entire sequence.)

Link standing perfectly still, looking slightly worried while a Stalfos leaps at his face.

Ha! It's good to know I'm not the only one.
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