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    Post by Shine on Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:41 pm

    First essay for Composition 1, and I need a little help.

    Descriptive Essay, topic is my favorite video game, but I can't decide. Help?

    A few candidates...

    Final Fantasy VIII
    Pros
    -Amazing story
    -Great battle system
    -Fantastic graphics (for its time)
    -Original
    -Fantastic music
    Cons
    -Limited character development
    -Very short for being four discs
    -Very easy
    -Not too much replay value
    -Camera angles can sometimes be a little annoying

    Final Fantasy X
    Pros
    -Awesome story
    -Good character development
    -Awesome, enthralling minigame
    -Original battle system
    -Good music
    -Lush, rich, vibrant graphics
    -Memorable characters the player can sympathize with
    -Good voice acting and dialogue; impressive to go the whole game without ever using the main character's name
    Cons
    -Very easy
    -Very time consuming
    -All the characters eventually lose their individual usefulness when played as intended

    Breath of Fire III
    Pros
    -Enthralling story
    -Likable characters
    -Memorable moments
    -Unique graphics and style
    -Well-balanced difficulty
    -Interesting and plentiful minigames
    Cons
    -Very low replay value
    -Very little reason to use certain characters or skills which become wasted

    Silent Hill
    Pros
    -Genuinely frightening/unnerving
    -Epic soundtrack
    -Memorable characters
    -Deep storyline with lots of potential for open-analysis
    -Great fog and darkness effects
    -Great techniques used to frighten or unnerve the player (camera angles, etc)
    -Fun unlockables increase replay value
    -Selectable difficulty
    -Multiple endings increase replay value
    Cons
    -Boss fights are really easy
    -Some puzzles are very difficult to solve
    -Easy to get lost
    -Storyline can be difficult to follow on the first playthrough
    -Laughable voice acting


    Metal Gear Solid 3
    Pros
    -Excellent gameplay
    -Huge, lush environment with great graphics
    -Very deep and enthralling storyline and storytelling
    -Fantastic boss battles
    -Entertaining gear and references
    -Memorable characters the player can feel emotion towards
    -Lots of unlockables
    -Great replay value
    -Special edition includes bonus material, including videos, minigames, etc
    -Selectable, well-balanced difficulty
    Cons
    -Essentially an interactive movie; cutscenes can be very long and somewhat hard to sit through
    -Easy to get lost
    -"The End" boss battle can be skipped entirely
    -Many pieces of equipment are easy to forget and never use

    Parasite Eve
    Pros
    -Great gameplay
    -Great, almost believable storyline
    -Nifty cutscenes
    -Good dialogue
    -Memorable characters
    -EX Game
    -Likable soundtrack
    Cons
    -Sorta lame, choppy in-game animations
    -Easy to get lost
    -A little on the difficult side

    Chrono Cross
    Pros
    -Great soundtrack
    -Good gameplay
    -Huge number of available characters
    -Multiple endings, EX Game, and Fast-Foreword/Slow-Down function greatly increases replay value
    -Enthralling storyline
    -Good graphics, smooth animation
    -Cool cutscenes
    -Unique, overall
    Cons
    -Somewhat jumpy difficulty
    -A little short for being two discs
    -Lots of running around
    -SLIGHTLY confusing to those who haven't played Chrono Trigger

    The chosen game probably gets a quick run-through for a refresher as I write up the essay. It's a DESCRIPTIVE essay, 500-1500 words (easy to reach), and I figure these games will give me just enough, if not more than enough information to describe why I enjoy them so much.

    I'll note that the rough draft is due five days from now (January 30th), and the fastest games to run through very quickly would be Final Fantasy VIII and Silent Hill, should I decide to make a run.

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    Post by Ninja on Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:08 pm

    I would say either Final Fantasy since I'm more familiar to that series than any of the other games, but I've heard good things about Silent Hill and Chrono Cross....

    Not going to officially vote since I haven't played all of the games....but since you can run through a couple those might be better choices if you want to get specific details.


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    Post by Zenith on Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:56 pm

    Final Fantasy X, Chrono Cross, or Parasite Eve.

    I disapprove of Final Fantasy VIII being on that list.


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    Re: Essay Help

    Post by Sasami on Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:51 am

    Breath of Fire III <3. I thought I was the only one who liked it, haha.

    However, I also like Final Fantasy VIII.

    Also, why do you get to write an essay on video games and I have to write about healthcare? ;_;


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    Re: Essay Help

    Post by Shine on Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:12 am

    Sasami wrote:Breath of Fire III <3. I thought I was the only one who liked it, haha.

    However, I also like Final Fantasy VIII.

    Also, why do you get to write an essay on video games and I have to write about healthcare? ;_;
    I'm not entirely sure. Every essay after this, she'll be giving us topics, but we get to pick the topic for this first one.
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    Post by Shiki on Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:50 am

    Essay about vidya gaemz, I like your college already. My English class quite literally was nothing but essays on dystopian novels and books like Fast Food Nation, I read that shit in high school and they made me read it again for Honors English, wtf @ public education.

    But I digress. Parasite Eve is an amazing, totally underrated game, and you are a bad person if you do not choose it. In fact, I am going to go find my copy of Parasite Eve and play it for nostalgia's sake now.
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    Post by Ninja on Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:09 pm

    How's that essay comin' along?


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    Re: Essay Help

    Post by Akubarix on Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:01 pm

    I'd go with Parasite Eve. If you have to write an essay, the closer to reality it is, the more your teacher/prof/whoever is reading it will appreciate it.
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    Post by Shine on Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:32 pm

    Akubarix wrote:I'd go with Parasite Eve. If you have to write an essay, the closer to reality it is, the more your teacher/prof/whoever is reading it will appreciate it.
    Check the date- this is old. XD
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    Re: Essay Help

    Post by Akubarix on Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:36 pm

    Shine wrote:
    Akubarix wrote:I'd go with Parasite Eve. If you have to write an essay, the closer to reality it is, the more your teacher/prof/whoever is reading it will appreciate it.
    Check the date- this is old. XD
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