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Normally when I talk about video games, I mention RPGs.  Nothing wrong with them, they really get into the feel of a character and make me feel like I'm a part of the story.  In a way, they feel much more real than many movies to me.

Today, however, I'm gonna talk about a game that's not an RPG.  It's a flight sim, that originally came out on the PS2.

And it's one of those games that really, REALLY affected me in a positive way.

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Let's start with the intro.  It's understated.  Fairly subtle actually.  Doesn't seem like something that would really affect you.

Yeah, kinda crazy how good that was with just 3 planes and some seagulls, eh?  And that's really why this game is so good.  It makes you feel like you are part of a much bigger story, even when you only see small parts.

The plot is a future SF story, where technology is only slightly ahead of where we are now.  Essentially, WW2 is happening again, after a asteroid impact holocaust, and there are a few superweapons involved.

It's a straightforward military fantasy flight sim, but what really sets it apart is the storyline.  Don't get me wrong, the flying and fighting sequences are really fun, especially the replays where you get to watch some of your piloting in a replay, but the gameplay pales in comparison to the story.

You don't actually see the storyline of your character.  You see the story of your greatest enemy in the game, told from the point of view of a young war orphan who lives with your enemies flight squadron.

As the game progresses you see references to yourself, but in an oblique way that makes you think about what else is going on in the story.  You see only how you affect the world through your missions, not directly how it affects one character.

And it's incredibly powerful.  The elements of resistance, collaboration, and even mixed loyalties are addressed powerfully and subtly.  There is no one sledgehammer moment, but the entire game thematically addresses the real costs of war and the very human reactions that we have to it.

And then there was the music.  Oh my god, the music in this game is incredible.  I'm only going to give you one track, but check youtube for the rest.  It's really THAT good.  It's powerful, moving and really gets you into the feel of the "ace pilot saves the world" plot.

It really was one of the closest things to literature I've ever experienced in a game.   I hope someday to experience the like again.

Originally posted to detroitmechworks on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos Gamers.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:10:09 PM PDT

  •  I used to *love* the Ace Combat games. (2+ / 0-)
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    detroitmechworks, HoundDog

    I have Ace Combats 3 and 4 somewhere in my room back home. It took my love of flying and added blowing shit up to it. Nothing like a good dose of violence to wind down a kid's day. The stories were good, too.

    If you say "gullible" real slow, it sounds like "green beans."

    by weatherdude on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:20:03 PM PDT

  •  Civilization 5 is my favorite computer game. It's (1+ / 0-)
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    more of what's called a strategy game, I think. A single game of 7,000 year of leading a civilization from the cave man days, to the future can take several days, and I'm always ready to play another.

    It's been calling my  name for months, but I've been resisting to help us elect more and better Democrats.

    But, now that Team Romney is imploding and so many  here are finally rising to the challenge I may disappear into simulation land for a spiritual recharge.

    Thanks  for reminding us of the appeal of  alternative realities that are often more fun and rewarding than this one.  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:32:22 PM PDT

    •  Actually did a diary on that one... (1+ / 0-)
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      But it had to do more with the "Liberal Bias" of the game.   ;)

      Yeah, it was a little snarky.

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:33:28 PM PDT

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      •  So the truth comes out -- I've been duped. I'll (0+ / 0-)

        have to look up your post.  But, it will not change anything for me.  

        I"m pretty sure that came will be may favorite forever.  You know with the ability to adapt and customize different versions you can change the rules, the AI logic and aggressiveness of opponents.

        You could probably  build one to fit your more conservative beliefs.  


        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:43:49 PM PDT

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  •  I've taken the liberty... (3+ / 0-)
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    detroitmechworks, MKSinSA, SC Lib republish this to the fairly quiet Daily Kos Gamers group. The tabletop people seem to be getting rather the better of us, at least so far as interest is concerned....

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:38:24 PM PDT

  •  Galaxian waaay back in the day (1+ / 0-)
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    came pretty damn close to REALLY changing my life, I'll say. I got addicted somehow and slid into a few formations a tad on the late side ... NEVER good!

    Remember even waking up from a dead sleep, sliding out of the barracks to sneak to the bowling alley to get a game in before closing.

    Man, I hope I never get that hooked on anything again.

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