I'm breaking my absolute, this-is-my-style-every-time review format for this movie. But then, I think I may have just broken a lot of habits.
I'm a gamer. An AVID gamer. So much so that, with my creative nature, I was soon driven to create my own games, and at 18, I'm now a decent, self-marketed computer game designer and programmer. I have a deep love of all things game-related, even indulging in a free-to-play MMO, Mabinogi.
I know what keeps me gaming in my case: I'm competitive. Highly so, which is why any game that's played with other players drives me to constantly play & improve. Yet... You hit the nail on the head, just along the same lines of thought I've been traveling for a while.
Are games bad? Nope. Gamers? Game programmers? No and no. But... When we let them get too out-of-balance, when the games themselves start claiming our lives... What's it worth? You're absolutely right, the games themselves have NO RELEVANCE WHATSOEVER to our real lives.
I've been leaning this way for a while, slowly making some changes. Am I going to stop playing and making games? Heck no. But I'm not going to let meaningless play take over my life any more.
Thanks for the boot in the rear; I needed that. You, sir, are a great leader of the people.
The Good, The Bad, and The Verdict
-Wonderful, well-thought out storyline
-Great choice of music
-... Um... ?
I just can't find a fault with this. It's a fantastic, brilliantly conducted work of art. Your use of ordinary, monochrome vector art blended with the occasional special effect, your music choices, the plot... Every last detail is fantastic, right up to the ending. This is undoubtedly one of my favorite Newgrounds submissions.
Oh, and bonus points for using the Shinra Corporation theme tune. BIG bonus points. ;D
-Great art style
-Positively flawless animation
-Enormous variety & imagination
-Excellent character representations
-... Um... Nope, I got nothing. :D
Well, congratulations: you have officially created the first NG animation I have ever seen, that I can find NO FAULTS WITH WHATSOEVER. I've never said this before... But it's perfect!!!
Your character stylizing was perfect, making everyone instantly recognizable. The number of cameos you worked in was also highly impressive. Your animation was brilliantly, flawlessly executed, and the song choice was perfect too. I'm serious dude...
Go ahead, translate! Binary -> English
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-Very well-done fear triggers
When I saw the 17+ rating on this piece, I was dubious; I've seen a lot of sickening, needlessly ultra-violent crap around here, and I was half-expecting this to be the same. However, I was WONDERFULLY, MAGNIFICENTLY surprised to find that the actual "gore" in here was simply a collection of bloody walls.
This is a good thing; gore only generates shock value & an "ick" response. Your game, however, uses suspense, surprise, and apprehension to produce FEAR, in all its true glory. I'm not afraid to admit that I got an electric jolt when I read... THAT wall. Then, when that... THING... Materialized to my left, I sat paralyzed for a few seconds, wondering, "what now? Is it going to do something? Should I touch it?" I stood spellbound at the window, waiting, just WAITING for something to happen. After the first, perfectly timed surprise, I was waiting again and again for something to happen, kept on the edge of my seat, just WAITING for something to kill me.
Your game brilliantly tricked my imagination, almost bleeding over into my real life. When I needed to write something down, I started looking around for a pen, but my eyes kept flicking back to the screen, half-expecting something to try and kill me the second my back was turned.
Speaking of writing, the puzzles in this game were excellent. Not ridiculously simple, but not hair-pullingly difficult, and totally logical, each one making perfect sense. Everything worked perfectly, the controls were intuitive, and the game was tightly programmed, with not a single bug to be seen.
In closing, this 5/5, 9-star submission is easily the greatest horror suspense game I've ever played on Newgrounds, and I've certainly played a few. I think your game can best be summed up as follows:
THIS IS MYST... AS WRITTEN BY STEVEN KING.
Thank you so much, you can't believe how encouraging this is to me :)
Myst is a huge inspiration, as were my dreams.
I may be making a sequel, so watch out >:D
-Music - such as it was - was really repetetive.
-A little "sticky" in places
Nice, challenging game, with absolutely adorable baby birds. ^_^ On the other hand, the paddle had a tendency to "stick," that is, move jerkily, when quickly moved a large distance. Also, as I said, the music was just WAY too repetetive. Let me put it this way: it's a fun game, and worth trying out, but not something I'd come back to play again.
I'm getting down to this, all right!
This is good. It's really, really good. It's a 9/10. Unfortunately, it falls just short of being FREAKING AWESOME because of two points.
No, I'm not about to start complaining about the drums; personally I think they're just right, and very well-mastered for this. The first, and major point, is that after the absolutely hardcore guitar jamming in the second part of the main loop (around 0:34 and 1:15), because of the amazing force of the guitar, I expected you to really PUNCH IT with an "orchestra hit" or something similar, to give that real "DUN-DUN!!" effect. Unfortunately, absolutely nothing happened except a tiny little "doo-doo" from the synth pad. Complete letdown, with no impact at all.
The other, more minor complaint, is that the ending is... Well, just not sufficient. It needs SOMETHING else, even if just a sustained note, or a fadeout on a third loop. As it is, the song just ENDS point-blank.
This is a 9 of 10 because it's just that damn good. But if you ever remix it and fix the anticlimaxes, 10 will be nowhere near good enough for it. ;D
Dear god in heaven!!!
This is MAGIC. PURE MAGIC.
I don't have the faintest idea how it could bear such a low rating as less then 4... This is an indescribably beautiful piece! Most people, myself included, would think of capturing the energy and the motion of the Space Harrier theme, but you found something totally different hidden within its notes. This... This is remarkable, this is A Whole New World, this is Beauty and the Beast, this is... I can't even describe it. The worth, emotion, joy and outright LOVE of every beautiful piece of classical music I've ever heard is in this (and not just those from Disney, haha).
You have taken this music beyond its game of origin, beyond its time of birth and beyond an and all of my possible expectations. Hats off to you; you've brought a tear to my eye and sent a shiver down my spine. This song IS pure magic.
I take it you liked it, then?
Thanks for the response; I tend to get a lot of 0s for some reason, so these ratings are usually a little lower than they should be. My Afterburner remix is quite similar, so you should probably check out that one too.
Beautiful and stirring; powerfully emotional!
Beautiful; just beautiful. I'm actually not familiar with the original song, but I have to say that I can't imagine it being done any way other than this. This one made joy and emotion pour throughout me, always a sign of quality and power.
That said, I refrained from giving it a 10 on account of a couple of (very) minor complaints. During the end chorus, I have to say that some of the vocals sounded *slightly* off-key in a spot or two. Out of curiosity, did you record the entire piece live, or was it arranged in layers with a program like FL Studio?
As for the clicks/scratches, I didn't take points off there because there's only so much you can do when your equipment decides to screw you over, believe me I know. I do, however, have a suggestion in this case: Audacity, the freeware open-source audio editor. In Audacity, you can actually edit individual SAMPLES in an audio file; I myself used it to remove some click/pop from a recent sound clip I was working on.
Overall, this is an excellent rendition that truly strikes the right note. With the aforementioned SLIGHT tuning, it'd be perfect; keep the spirit!
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