@robthehermit Sounds like you need a handheld! |
I've een playing Counter Strike and La Mulana recently. Can't decide if I like the latter. It's an odd one. It's a very 'open' game and you're thrown into the deep end straight away. You're entirely on your own with this one.
It sounds great, but the execution doesn't compare to the likes of Super Metroid. With that game, whilst it's not as open as La Mulana, it teaches you how to play the game. How to think. And motivates you. It makes you want to explore every nook and cranny. It makes you want to find those extra health tanks and upgrades. It's easier to remember those areas you've yet to explore, or those rooms that were previously inaccessible. That's what makes Super Metroid so rewarding to play.
There's absolutely none of that to be found here. You pretty much have access to the whole game from the word go. Or at least it feels that way. You're given one important piece of advice, which is that you'll need to collect and use weights to activate switches, and then you're pretty much on your own. For a while, it's quite enjoyable exploring, finding clues and solving puzzles, but you don't really feel as if you're making any substantial progress. You receive emails from time to time, which i've been using to track my progress, but they seeming come through in the most random order (They're all numbered).
My biggest problem is that I feel i'm exploring too far into the underground. It just keeps on going. I do enjoy solving the puzzles, but perhaps I just don't have the patience to cover such a big area in one go. I'd like the idea that other areas are locked off until you solve the area your in.