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Grrrr... (plus Soul Caliber III geeking)

What I hate is when you get all tied up in knots doing an art project -- the kind where you really are trying hard to make it look exactly the way you want it to look, but the more you work on it, the more frustrating it is, and then you get to a point where maybe it's okay, but you can't TELL any more, because probably no matter what, it all looks wrong. Even though somebody outside your own head will probably say it's *fine*. But you don't want it to be "fine". You want it to be *perfect*.

This happens with writing too, of course. So even if you don't draw, I'm sure a lot of you will know what I mean. Grrrrr....

In other news: "Soul Caliber III" rocks hard. I went over to telepresence's place on Friday and after dinner we played a lot of it. Now, see, in SCII, I have been modestly famous amongst my group of friends for two things -- playing Cervantes (the hulking undead pirate) 99% of the time; and what I am told is a wildly entertaining "style" of play involving frantic random button-mashing and a lot of really blistering cursing (at myself, at the controller, at the characters on the screen -- "hit him, HIT HIM YOU MOTHERFUCKER, die die die", etc.). Occasionally, for a change-up, I play Raphael, but not as often as I played Cervantes. And very very occasionally, I would play Voldo (even though he icked me out), for the entertainment value, or Ivy. But basically, I was in a rut.

So imagine my surprise when SCIII turned out to have a *whole bunch* of characters I like to play.

The new version of Cervantes is cool -- yeah, I had to check out My Man first. His costume 1/color 2 combo is good. (Seriously, the costume choices can sometimes make or break characters; in the last game, Ivy -- who is Cervantes' daughter, in some odd way, btw -- had an acceptable costume choice that was basically "Napoleonic officer drag or something". In the new game, she doesn't -- all her costumes are slut-wear, which I avoid like the plague -- and this is a great, great loss.) But, but... there are OTHERS that are cool, too!

Revenant is a new character, as far as I can tell, but the ultra-cool thing is -- he's a SKELETON undead pirate! You can now have the Undead Pirate Show-Down! ROCK ON! (Cervantes' main costume is very Blackbeard, which is why I like it -- I don't like his #2 at all -- but Revenant's is like a cross between a Musketeer and an Elizabethan. Very nice.)

I'm actually annoyed by the new Raphael -- even more than by the old Raphael, who let's face it, was a pompous twit and the only reason to play him is that he's a fencer -- because I am told he's a VAMPIRE now or something, and he's done something egregious with his hair. I cannot STAND vampires, mostly, and what I *seriously* cannot stand are froufy, self-important, pompous Anne Rice-like vampires. Bleah. But he still fights beautifully, I have to admit.

However, both costume choices for the new Yoshimitsu? (Who is, I think, some kind of ghost-samurai, whose real face you never see.) AWESOME. One is a mask that is essentially a big SQUID HAT. Or maybe it's an octopus. With tentacles and everything. It rocks in both color choices, and his #1 mask is kind of cool too.

And Voldo? Okay, Voldo is still the freak we know and love, but somehow, he's just not as *scary* freaky in this verison, if you pick his #2 costume, with is FREAKIN' GORGEOUS. Because he's wearing a Sun mask and a sort of RenFaire doublet and all in gold, in the front; but the back half of the costume is all midnight blue, and on the BACK of his head he's wearing a Moon mask. This is tres cool, because Voldo has a fighting style where sometimes, for kicks, he really does just do a lot of his fighting backwards. Only now he's got a face on both sides! It's extremely pretty, rather than just FREAKY like Voldo's costumes in SCII. And it also has the smallest codpiece of any of his costumes, which believe me is a VERY good thing.

Then there is Zasalamel. It only took them until the third version, but SC finally gives us a black character -- and he *rocks*. In both costumes. (He's.... sort of Egyptian or something, and he fights with a big scythe, and he has a good voice.) I liked playing him a lot. (I have this thing, obviously, for playing the big hulking male characters whose fighting style consists of a lot of pounding.)

And even though I didn't play him -- Rock's mastodon mask is tres cool, too. SCIII has done a fairly great job with accessories this time around. (Except for Ivy's net-fringed hat. What the HELL is that?)

And finally, Lizardman. I didn't really watch much game-play back in the Soul Edge days, so I didn't remember Lizardman, who was apparently Stephen's favorite. But the new Lizardman is awesome. He's *adorable*. He's got a feathery ruff and feathers on his tail and one of his special jumps is this wonderful lizardy kicking-gutting move, if you can get it to go right.

The other big thing about SCIII, though, is the "create a character" feature. This is fairly nifty. The only thing that would make it better would be if you got the full range of choices to start with, instead of having to go through and earn/buy them -- but I can understand the logic behind that play-design. First, Len and I created a male character named Barry, who was a bit of a hodge-podge, and also, we didn't know what we were doing. When you're creating a character, you first pick "type", only as far as I could see they don't really tell you or show you what some of the types mean ("barbarian" I got, though they should have just said "swordsman"; "ninja" I got -- but what's a "saint"? what's a "dancer"? etc.). So we picked dancer. Well... okay, the only thing I can really say is... WOW. Apparently the programming for dancer-fighters was seriously geared towards the "girls", and when you pick a guy for that, and you dress him as badly as we dressed him... let's just say I couldn't even SEE part of the fight because I was laughing so hard.

But then I created a cool girl fighter called Philomena, who was a "saint" (because we were curious), which turns out to mean "fights with a staff", which is okay. She wasn't bad. So, the Character Creation feature -- addictive, crack-like. Very smart move on the game-makers' parts.

Maybe I will try to hunt down some screen-caps, for illustrative purposes.

Swear to god, I'm closer to getting a PS2 than I have ever been...



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Nov. 15th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
I'm trying to get a better bead on when the PS3 is actually coming out. Because in the leadup to that, PS2 prices will likely drop. And of course, if I get one and it's backwards compatible, then you can have my PS2.

I deeply wish Setsuka had a 2P costume I liked, because I like her style a lot. Maybe I'll do a color edit on her 2P and at least get rid of the blonde hair.
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)
I don't recall seeing Setsuka's 2P costume yet. It's *blond*? Huh.

You can also do a color edit on whatsherface, Cassandra's 2P, and get rid of the pink hair.

I finally saw a screenshot or something of what I think is Taki's 2nd costume, and it's *SO* much better than the one-piece leotard with extra-bouncy boobs.

Finding comprehensive screenshots is really hard, though. Why is there not a site that has already taken care of this for me in an encyclopedic way?
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
See, I like the one piece leotard, it feels more anime-ninja-y to me than the 2P. The jiggly boobs are ridiculous, I agree.
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
maxineofarc may know some sites that have them.
Nov. 15th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
Yes, SCIII is quite cool. However, it does get kind of boring playing by yourself. Sigh...

And yes, I agree with you about Raphael. What's with that little mask he wears?
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
What, you can't entice Kelly into mashing buttons against you?

Dude, I do NOT know what is with Raphael's 2nd costume and the froufy little mask, except when I see it, I think, "masked ball in a decadent New Orleans", and THAT, again, makes me think "Anne Rice", and I just about throw up. I haven't even tried to play him in that costume yet, and I likely never will.
Nov. 15th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
I do have to admit that Raphael was the character I played the most in SCII, but was pretty dissapointed in the turn of his story for this edition. So, I've been playing my second fav character, Ivy (and try to find a none slutty costume for her.) Also, I do like the character creation, but am slightly annoyed that you have to purchase items and options to equip the character.
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:30 am (UTC)
OMG, gonna have to get this for octantis. I suck at fighting games, suck suck suck, but I enjoy watching him play them. (The only one I'll really play is Super Smash Brothers, and I always play Pikachu for the cheese factor. :D )

I'll usually sit on the couch and work on art while he plays. Sometimes I'll make him play certain characters just to entertain me. Or I'll force him to rotate the camera to look at fish going by in the water during a fight. :D
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
Do not let my descriptions fool you -- I truly suck at the game, too. Seriously, I mash buttons, that's it. And I engage in the time-honored strategy of trying to direct the movement of the character on-screen by waving the controller around in the air in the right direction. But it's kind of fun and mindless.

Most video games, I would rather watch someone else who knows what they're doing play it, than play it myself. But with the SC games, they're so relatively simple that I don't mind joining in, even if somebody who knows what he's doing can TOTALLY kick my ass no matter who I'm playing.
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