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Gaming F.A.C.T. – SH2 – Mary’s Letter

Yet another series of articles – these will present various random facts from the games I’ve played [mostly], since they are quite easy to work on and these days I got so much to study I literally can’t write more elaborated articles.

We are talking about one of my favorite games – Silent Hill 2 – a survival horror that takes you into a nightmare without escape. The Silent Hill games are like poems – you just have to see the beauty in all that is depicted.

F.A.C.T. – Mary’s Letter

Mary’s Letter is an important item received in Silent Hill 2. The letter was written by Mary Shepherd-Sunderland while she was terminally ill and was meant to be given to James Sunderland; however, it is the mystery of the letter that brings James to Silent Hill. It is already in James’s inventory at the start of the game.

Depending on which ending the player receives, Mary may give it to James in the Leave and In Water endings, or Maria may give it to James in the Maria ending.

In the beginning, the letter ends at the line “Waiting for you…”, leading James to believe that Mary is indeed alive and waiting for him, whereas the final letter reveals that it was actually written shortly before her death.

“In my restless dreams,
I see that town.

 

Silent Hill.

 

You promised me you’d take me
there again someday.
But you never did.

Well, I’m alone there now…
In our ‘special place’…
Waiting for you…

Waiting for you to
come to see me.

 

But you never do.

 

And so I wait, wrapped in my
cocoon of pain and loneliness.

I know I’ve done a terrible
thing to you. Something you’ll
never forgive me for.

I wish I could change
that, but I can’t.

I feel so pathetic and ugly
laying here, waiting for you…

 

Every day I stare up at the cracks
in the ceiling and all I can think
about is how unfair it all is…

 

The doctor came today.
He told me I could go
home for a short stay.

It’s not that I’m getting better.
It’s just that this may be
my last chance…

I think you know what I mean…

Even so, I’m glad to be coming
home. I’ve missed you terribly.

 

But I’m afraid, James.
I’m afraid you don’t really
want me to come home.

Whenever you come see me,
I can tell how hard it is on you…

I don’t know if you
hate me or pity me…
Or maybe I just disgust you…

I’m sorry about that.

When I first learned that
I was going to die, I just
didn’t want to accept it.

I was so angry all the time and I
struck out at everyone I loved most.
Especially you, James.

That’s why I understand
if you do hate me.

But I want you to
know this, James.

I’ll always love you.

Even though our life together had
to end like this, I still wouldn’t
trade it for the world. We had
some wonderful years together.

 

Well, this letter has gone on
too long, so I’ll say goodbye.

I told the nurse to give
this to you after I’m gone.

That means that as you read
this, I’m already dead.

I can’t tell you to remember me,
but I can’t bear for you to
forget me.

 

These last few years since I
became ill… I’m so sorry for
what I did to you, did to us…

You’ve given me so much and
I haven’t been able to return
a single thing.

 

That’s why I want you to live
for yourself now.
Do what’s best for you, James.

James…

 

You made me happy.

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So regarding my YouTube channel.. I just came up with this idea.. Since I have lots to do.. to study.. and I ain’t got the time I’d want to spend on gaming [insert sadness function here] and since there are tons of walkthroughs on each game released.. I will use my channel mainly to post short videos of ambient atmospheres, dialogues, puzzles, music videos and gameplays of indie games and also parts of gameplays from various games I am playing at a certain time.

Recently I posted a full walk-through of a short horror indie game called Which. I would like to post more videos but practically with my schedule now it is kinda impossible. But I’ll try to find time for that. At least two/three videos per week. Sounds reasonable for now.

You can check out my videos here – Darkstep Gaming.

Below is my latest video uploaded. Enjoy.

 

Bridge Constructor Portal – Trailer

Enter the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and experience Bridge Constructor Portal the unique merging of the classic Portal and Bridge Constructor games. As a new employee in the Aperture Science test lab, it’s your job to build bridges, ramps, slides, and other constructions in 60 test chambers and get the Bendies safely across the finish line in their vehicles. Make use of the many Portal gadgets, like portals, propulsion gel, repulsion gel, aerial faith plates, cubes, and more to bypass.

Sacred – Gameplay/Review/Guide – Bellevue

Sacred is an fantasy role-playing game similar to Diablo – which takes you into the world of Ancaria – a world filled with dangers and also opportunities.

Being what some might call a Diablo-clone – the game is set into an imagined medieval era – you have knights and soldiers guarding the roads, farmers and fishermen in the villages, blacksmiths, nobles, monks and all sorts of NPCs.

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At the beginning you can choose from 8 different types of characters to begin your journey with: Vampiress (which I chose), Gladiator, Seraphim, Wood Elf, Battle-Mage, Dark Elf, Daemon and Dwarf. Each of the characters has a starting quest different from the rest – also some of the quests can only be completed by playing certain types of characters (from what I’ve read).

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Next you have some of the quests you can complete in the first area – Bellevue – and which I have completed so far.

001. “PAY BOOK” given by GUARD AZORTT, BELLEVUE

002. “WHERE IS THE BLACKSMITH ?” given by ANURFF, BELLEVUE

003. “BURNING HATRED” given by MELISSA ADGREMA, BELLEVUE

004. “MESSENGER” given by SANDRA LINTARI, BELLEVUE

005. “WOLF’S EYES” given by VICTOR HOMA, BELLEVUE

006. “SHEEPLESS IN BELLEVUE” given by FARMER HANK, BELLEVUE

007. “TANGLEWEED” given by SISTER FALADAL, BELLEVUE ABBEY

008. “ABDUCTED” given by NOVICE IMUE, BELLEVUE ABBEY

009. “RESCUE KIDNAPPED SERAPHIM”

010. “WAR BEAR” given by IGOR BALTSCHIK, BELLEVUE

011. “THE ABSENT-MINDED SISTER” given by TYRADE FINGEL, BELLEVUE

012. “MISSING SON” given by JONAS, a small boy, BELLEVUE

013. “ANGLING WITHOUT BAIT” given by WALKER GODFAITH, BELLEVUE

014. “AROGARN THE FOREST RANGER” given by AGITATED FARMER, BELLEVUE

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For more details related to these quests you can access these links – Sacred Gold – Quests Checklist and Sacred Gold – Walkthrough.

Also I’ve uploaded (for now) two videos of my Sacred game-play – from which one can be found below. The article with continue with some other parts in which I will state the next quests I’ve managed to complete.

#Gaming – Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs – Review

What could possibly go wrong when machines created by humans could start thinking for themselves, act independently and turn against their creator?

Some of the answers can be described with the game-play of Frictional Games’ Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs.

Set in an imagined Victorian epoch – in a shade of existence – where science mingles with misunderstanding – the games takes you on a trip where darkness squeals, takes electrifying turns in torturing humans and lets rotten smells fill the air.

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Oswald Mandus – the protagonist – wakes up feeling amnesic – just like the main character of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. He soon finds out that the machine beneath the city – which is 1899’s London – has been sabotaged – and that he has to save his children who are trapped in the dark hallways underground. Piece by piece – you discover truths about yourself and about the doings of the machine.

You start by exploring a mansion, hearing whispers, screams, strange noises and seeing shadows and ghastly apparitions. You only have one goal in mind – and that is saving the children. Through written notes, journal entries, gramophone recordings and phone calls – you hear detailed parts of this story.

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After a certain spell – parts of you became crucial parts of the Machine.

The Machine is the malevolent antagonist of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. It was created by Oswald Mandus in 1899, and gained sentience after part of his soul was inserted into it. It’s sentience is referred to as The Engineer.

The Machine was created to harvest people and automate human sacrifice on an industrial scale in the hope that it might prevent the horrific events of the 20th century. It was envisioned by Mandus after the disastrous trip to the sacrificial steps of an Aztec temple in Mexico when he came into contact with the Orb.

The physical part of the Machine is enormous, stretching far and wide beneath London. The Machine is powered by Compound X, which in turn provides steam for the various machinery. It also produces large amounts of waste that needs to be discharged by a vast system of pumps.

Although designed with offices, catwalks, operation consoles, and panels, The Machine seems to be able to run mostly on its own, requiring manpigs for manual labor or small repairs. It also communicates with Mandus via a set of telephones and loudspeakers all throughout the system, further driving the realization of its intelligence and cleverness.

Interestingly, The Machine seems to be integrated with the hearts of Mandus’ sons. When Oswald’s soul is fragmented into two as well (seemingly by the fractured Orb when it ‘sucked out the fever’ that he had contracted in Mexico), The Machine gains sentience as another form of Oswald himself (aka, The Engineer). Thus, the true antagonist is Oswald’s own conscience, operating The Machine. It also refers to itself as the jaguar-faced man and a feathered serpent, attributes of the Aztec God, Quetzalcoatl, who in Aztec myth fled across the Atlantic after his removal from the sun throne, causing an apocalypse.

Man-pigs lurk in the shadows – pigs developed as humans – which learned how to live and work underground. The decaying of everything around tells nothing but a sad story of despair. Everything seems deserted, forgotten, hiding terrible secrets.

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When you finally encounter people is when you see that the city is gone mad, manpigs kill the living humans outside and turn them into fuel for the machine. You go deeper and deeper into the heart of the darkness – only to learn that once darkness conquers something – it is hard to oppose it and fight it back.

The survival horror genre has seen many titles – but the best games out there – in my opinion – are the ones with the first person perspective. They let you enter the atmosphere and live the story. In Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs you explore and fight the dark forces in order to re-establish some peace in the protagonist’s path.

The story is well written, the dialogues are deep, the voice-acting is great. Great soundtrack too.

This is not the first time I played the game – definitely not the last. Recommended for its plot and scare-jumps.

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Amnesia Collection – Release Trailer

It is close to 3 A.M. I just finished re-playing Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs.

A true masterpiece – combining survival horror with storytelling and exploration – the game was developed by Frictional Games. I have an article – well – a few articles regarding their games – and later today – after I get some sleeeeeeep – I will post a review of the game.

For now I just wanted to share that: “The cult classic Amnesia horror series is finally available for Playstation 4. This collection contains all three games: The Dark Descent, Justine and A Machine For Pigs”.

 

Android Games: Valkyrie Connect

Soooo… It is Christmas ❤

And what’s better than sitting down drinking hot chocolate, being warm and playing some games.. I always try new games on the Christmas days.. I am not the adept of going out and caroling and stuff.. I prefer my moments of peace and quiet. I prefer talking with my parents, my brother, my girlfriend ❤ and of course playing…

And today I found this anime style – role playing game – easy to play and to understand.

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[GAME FEATURES]

★Strategic Party Creation & Quick Battles!
Create strategic party combinations and run quick, easy-to-control battles perfect for mobile devices!

★Intense Co-Op Connect Battles!
Battle alongside other players in real time to take down massive bosses in Connect Battles!

★Amazing Graphics & Limit Burst Attacks!
Activate Limit Burst attacks and watch your enemies turn to ash with epic screen-filling attack animations!

★Power Up Your Characters & Customize Them with Gear!
After powering up your tank, will you give him the gear he needs to become an unstoppable wall? Or maybe you’d prefer to boost his speed and attack to make him a well-rounded warrior. Make your party uniquely yours!

★Collect Unique Characters — Each with Their Own Story!
Unlock a huge cast of characters, each with strengths and weaknesses, and power up the ones that suit your play-style! Immerse yourself in the fantasy world of Valkyrie Connect by getting to know each character through their individual stories!

As an online RPG – you can collect various heroes that you can level up, promote, use gear and orbs for different status points. For example Weapons/Armor can add points to your Attack, Defense, Evasion, HP and so on. You can obtain most of the gear through summoning. There are different summoning tickets that you can use, diamonds and mana summoning. I mostly use the 10 times(s) Mana Summoning – costing 100.000 mana orbs. Every-once in a while you get a free summon which can get you new gear or new heroes.

In the mission section you can collect diamonds after completing various tasks like clearing quest, winning battles, gaining a certain amount of EXP, collecting and upgrading heroes, reaching a certain levels. I currently have 2420 diamonds – after like 2 hours of playing.

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I currently have 12 heroes – I don’t know if there is a limited amount of how many you can collect. Since my character is level 8 – I could evolve each of them to this level. In battles you will only use 5 of them plus a mercenary that you can hire – for now.

My heroes are:

Trickster God Loki – Power Score 2.161

Gear: Berserk Helm (ATK 129, DEF 134) / Warrior Ring (ATK 51, MATK 21, ACC 20).

Witch Gullveig – Power Score 1.968

Gear: Grim Staff (MATK 88), Beast Ring (ATK 23, MATK 23, SPD 45).

Hero Sigurd – Power Score 2.420

Gear: Vinland Sword (ATK 88), Token Rune Ring (DEF 156, MDEF 156, EVA 66), Class A Crossbow (ATK 55, MATK 36), Token Rune Ring (DEF 83, MDEF 83, EVA 33).

Sellsword Kolzak – Power Score 1.833

Gear: Reforge Rune Knife (ATK 156, EVA 66).

Valkyrie Skuld – Power Score 1.554

Gear: Wezen Axe (HP 356, ATK 55), Wild Earrings (SPD 43, EVA 33, ACC 12).

Fencer Soara – Power Score 1.331

Gear: Reforge Rune Knife (ATK 156, EVA 66), Skill Rune Ring (DEF 83, SPD 33).

Hel Hound Garm – Power Score 1.330

Gear: Blessed Helm (DEF 88), Mystic Earrings (MATK 33, MDEF 57).

Necromancer Nadia – Power Score 1.337

Gear: Mage’s Bolero (MDEF 50, EVA 28), Mystic Earrings (MATK 33, MDEF 57).

Sage Alviss – Power Score 1.352

Gear: Reforge Rune Knife (ATK 80, EVA 33).

Archer Lucio – Power Score 1.332

Gear: Reforge Rune Knife (ATK 80, EVA 33).

Hunter Bertha – Power Score 1.567

Gear: Reforge Rune Knife (ATK 80, EVA 33), Wind Earrings (SPD 43, EVA 33, ACC 12).

Traveling Trader Corona – Power Score 1.995

Gear: Fusion Box (ATK 280, MATK 280, ACC 42).

After developing the characters you want to use – you can enter arena challenges, complete the quests, try special challenges and so on.

Below are some useful links related to the game and also a gallery of screenshots I saved during playing the game. I will post an update of the game later when I have more heroes and I reach a much higher level in the game.

Valkyrie Connect – Google Play

Official Facebook Page

Valkyrie Connect Wiki

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