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I know what everyone was thinking when E3 wrapped up: "But what were Janice's favorites?!?!" Well the wait is over, my friends!! Here were the announcements/updates that most interested me:

1) The Last of Us: Part II. VIOLENCE! LESBIANS! Deal with it, motherfuckers, 'cause this is now officially my most anticipated game of all time! Where the original was a sort of allegory for the challenges of fatherhood, this one is a sort of coming-of-age story about the original protagonist's daughter and functions as an allegory for those sorts of challenges. Obviously I can relate to the latter a lot more.

I'm someone who happens to be from a small, rural community in the U.S. and really appreciated that that was the sort of feel that this year's trailer had; the Appalachian sort of vibe. It was captured in a lot of ways, not least of which the intoxicating music! The writing is better than that in most movies and the dance scene...well it just made me feel validated and happy in a way that other AAA games just really haven't. That was special to me. I know it's going to keep on being controversial. These things always are. There will be a boycott campaign organized on Reddit and/or 4chan because lesbians, scary, I know, and the developers and publisher will likely take a commercial hit for taking this narrative risk as a result. I'm sorry that that's the case, but you know, the post-apocalyptic survival quest type of feel that The Last of Us has as a franchise really does actually kind of capture how my teenage years felt spiritually. Most of small town America is lapsing into poverty in a way that feels post-apocalyptic and being oriented toward other females, particularly in that sort of social context, didn't help matters for me.

The game play sequence was INTENSE! And I don't mean in a way that felt superficial, like the game is just throwing waves of enemies at you or something like that. I mean it felt like a more earnest struggle for survival. The guerilla style of combat, the lighting and coloring and subtlety of the music all added to that sense of believable drama and (unlike in say a more cartoony type of title like Shadow of the Tomb Raider) the setting and nature of the allegory, the quality thereof, add to the legitimacy of it. It feels like it could be real.

2) Concrete Genie. I haven't been following this one, but when I saw the walkthrough  of the game play, I was completely taken in! In a way, it reminded me of Okami, which is one of my favorite games. You paint things into existence and restore a sense of life to the world using motion controls. And there doesn't seem to be a more appropriate set-up than one that's rooted in real social issues like bullying and environmental ruination. The methodology looks perfect: easy to learn, yet hard to master. The scenes and characters one can paint look absolutely beautiful in a way that convinces me they could bring a broken world back to life.

3) A Plague Tale: Innocence. Honestly, this is just me. I like The Handmaid's Tale. I liked the fifth season of Samurai Jack from last year. I'm a guilt-ridden, unhappy and somewhat paranoid person who likes to sulk and indulge my general fear of life. It's cleansing. This game looks like it will help satisfy that masochistic need that I have. The haunting rendition of Ring Around the Rosie at the end of the trailer was a definite selling point for me. I also just really like the sheer originality of setting a game amidst the Black Plague with the aim of surviving it.

4) Indivisible. On a lighter note, this one just simply looked like a metric ton of fun to me! I love the lively artwork and animation style, the character designs, and the combination of two long-time favorite genres of mine into one. Sometimes I need a cute, happier game too that brings me back to the last time that I was really happy in general, and that's when I was a kid, when 2D platforming games and turn-based RPGs were common and Indivisible looks like a really sweet-natured game that can do that for me in a way that manages to feel unique.

5) Death Stranding. The first trailer for this game didn't much interest me, to be honest. It didn't at first seem to me that this game had any real directionality to it. But the new trailer shown at this year's E3 really had me interested in where Kojima might be going with this! The sense of isolation really drew me in and I sensed that there's something of real meaning to this ghost mystery surrounding our protagonist's apparently-deceased wife that I just really want to know about! Okay yeah, the fetus thing is still weirding me out a little bit. That kind of took me out of the moment when it came into play again. But I'm starting to sense that maybe that's not just random weirdness either; that maybe there is a real point to it being an element of this game. Anyway, I'm just especially curious about this one and where it's headed now.

So there you have it.



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JC? Jaicee? Janice? Now I'm confused

The Last of Us 2 was one of my favourites too. My only issue with it is that there isn't any date (or even a general idea of a date) yet. Hard to get too hyped for something when I've no idea when it will actually release.

I've no interest in 2-4 and #5... well if it was more than just a walking simulator then maybe I'd be interested but that was honestly one of the worst trailers I've ever seen a game, like I came away from it thinking the game looks horribly boring and I'm now less likely to buy it. Now if they'd just skipped like the first 3/4s of it and only shown the bit with the ghosts and creepy baby then it wouldn't have been half as bad.



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Well now I can sleep at least.



1) The Last of Us: Part II. VIOLENCE! LESBIANS! Deal with it, motherfuckers, 'cause this is now officially my most anticipated game of all time! Where the original was a sort of allegory for the challenges of fatherhood, this one is a sort of coming-of-age story about the original protagonist's daughter and functions as an allegory for those sorts of challenges. Obviously I can relate to the latter a lot more.

I'm someone who happens to be from a small, rural community in the U.S. and really appreciated that that was the sort of feel that this year's trailer had; the Appalachian sort of vibe. It was captured in a lot of ways, not least of which the intoxicating music! The writing is better than that in most movies and the dance scene...well it just made me feel validated and happy in a way that other AAA games just really haven't. That was special to me. I know it's going to keep on being controversial. These things always are. There will be a boycott campaign organized on Reddit and/or 4chan because lesbians, scary, I know, and the developers and publisher will likely take a commercial hit for taking this narrative risk as a result. I'm sorry that that's the case, but you know, the post-apocalyptic survival quest type of feel that The Last of Us has as a franchise really does actually kind of capture how my teenage years felt spiritually. Most of small town America is lapsing into poverty in a way that feels post-apocalyptic and being oriented toward other females, particularly in that sort of social context, didn't help matters for me.

 

Wait, really?  Wow, people are dumb.  Since the Left Behind DLC it was known that Ellie was a lesbian.



"this one is a sort of coming-of-age story about the original protagonist's daughter"
Ellie is not Joel's daughter, did you play The Last of Us?
I hope you are not just boasting it now because you discovered Ellie likes women, she already did in her first appareance and she had already kissed a girl back there as well, and The Last of Us is a masterpiece you should have gotten it for reasons way past sexual orientations.
The gameplay on the original was already very solid, though this one is looking like it could have the most natural AI, animations blend and weight of action I've ever seem, so yeah, it looks real.
Then the fact you didn't mention Ghost ot Tsushima, Seriko: Shadows die Twice or Nioh 2 (although we saw just a tiny cinematic, Nioh gameplay is as good as action rpgs or non rpgs had ever been) is concerning to me to validate your opinion on anything else.
Either you go samurai or you go home. Enough said.



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Ellie isn't Joel daughter, unless you mean that she basically became his surrogate daughter, which does feel like it honestly. Still, we've known ellie was attracted to girls, but for all we know, she could be bi. It's fairly bold for the developer to re-reveal or remind us of it when all eyes are on it but I welcome it. Glad to see you showing some love to some of the smaller titles, there's a plethora of fantastic indie/AA games on the horizon that get overshadowed with our petty fights about exclusives.



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Death Stranding really makes you wonder if Kojimas name wasn't attached is there anyone who would honestly be interested in this?



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Ka-pi96 said:
JC? Jaicee? Janice? Now I'm confused

Janice is my real first name, of which JC is an abbreviation. Jaicee is a stylized version of JC. (It's "Janice" minus the N and plus an extra E to sound like "JC".)

KLXVER said:
Well now I can sleep at least.

Glad I could help!

BraLoD said:
"this one is a sort of coming-of-age story about the original protagonist's daughter"
Ellie is not Joel's daughter, did you play The Last of Us?
I hope you are not just boasting it now because you discovered Ellie likes women, she already did in her first appareance and she had already kissed a girl back there as well, and The Last of Us is a masterpiece you should have gotten it for reasons way past sexual orientations.
The gameplay on the original was already very solid, though this one is looking like it could have the most natural AI, animations blend and weight of action I've ever seem, so yeah, it looks real.
Then the fact you didn't mention Ghost ot Tsushima, Seriko: Shadows die Twice or Nioh 2 (although we saw just a tiny cinematic, Nioh gameplay is as good as action rpgs or non rpgs had ever been) is concerning to me to validate your opinion on anything else.
Either you go samurai or you go home. Enough said.

 

Areym said:
Ellie isn't Joel daughter, unless you mean that she basically became his surrogate daughter, which does feel like it honestly. Still, we've known ellie was attracted to girls, but for all we know, she could be bi. It's fairly bold for the developer to re-reveal or remind us of it when all eyes are on it but I welcome it. Glad to see you showing some love to some of the smaller titles, there's a plethora of fantastic indie/AA games on the horizon that get overshadowed with our petty fights about exclusives.

To both: Oh you know what I mean, people: surrogate daughter. Nitpicky, nitpicky. Yes, I have played through The Last of Us and enjoyed it! I'm just saying that I'm even MORE excited about TLOU2! That's all.

To BraLoD: I don't feel that I owe you an apology for the fact that Ellie's orientation is one of the things about TLOU2 that I find appealing. Yes, I have the Left Behind DLC and knew that she was a lesbian character. But that was a DLC package and I was just a little bit worried that they would shy away from that aspect of her life in a proper sequel.

To Areym: Absolutely! In fact, most of the games I tend to really get into anymore are smaller, independently-developed games. They often feel more sincere to me.

Last edited by Jaicee - on 19 June 2018

AngryLittleAlchemist said:
I proclaim you: Objectively, wrong.

Mwahahahahaha

Mwahahahahaahaha!

I...have nothing to say in response to that wisdom.

Last edited by Jaicee - on 19 June 2018