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  1. #901
    Member
    Registered: May 2003
    Location: Normally I'm in the batcave.
    Continuing in what I'm sure will be a string of ridiculously un-timely reviews, I present unto you my review of Dr. K's "A Night in Rocksbourg 3: Ink and Dust". Bask in its glory.

    A Night in Rocksbourg 3: Ink and Dust

    Again I find myself reviewing an FM that pretty much everyone has already unanimously agreed is fantastic and almost everyone has probably already downloaded. That's okay though, with the fact that it's really good out of the way it gives me room to talk about other stuff in my review...like..uh...did anyone see Star Trek yet? What was up with Spock and Uhura?! There's some sorta thing goin' on there. You know when Kirk gets the Vulcan death grip- that's exactly what should happen to anyone who doesn't download this FM (GOD that was an awesome segue).

    "A Night in Rocksbourg 3" is of course the sequel to "A Night in Rocksbourg 2" which was itself a sequel to "A Night in Rocksbourg 1" (I know, my head is spinning too). The campaign starts out with Garrett taking a much needed vacation to Rocksbourg only to have his plans ruined by a zombie invasion because like all videogame characters he is the single most unlucky bastard in the universe and God hates him with every fiber of His being. By this point in the series, Garrett is in the sewers running from zombies and haunts and really big icky rats when he's taken in by a dude who comes out of a giant white doorway and talks like Darth Vader's big scary uncle. It turns out he's from a mysterious faction simply called "The Order".

    Let me stop right now and say this is one of the things I really loved about this FM, this new faction is stupidly awesome (that's a good thing). Now I love the factions in the Thief series as much as anyone (if they sold keeper or hammerite plushie dolls I would be on that like some sort of analogy about something being on another thing. Bobble heads? I would say I'd be on that even faster but frankly I think my head would explode from all the awesome) but frankly, it's time for some new faces. Dr. K brings us a brand new faction here that's equal parts creepy and intriguing. An easy way of describing them is that they're basically keepers if they all became groupies for a death metal band and you dipped them in a giant vat of dirt- but EVEN THAT isn't doing them justice! But you want to know what does do them justice?...

    ...The voice acting (man, TWO amazing segues- there aren't enough high fives in the world for how great I am). The voice overs in this FM are without a doubt the best I've ever heard in a fan project. Much credit has to go to Quincy Jones Wannabe (dude, we all want to be Quincy Jones, but chasing this dream will only bring disappointment and a restraining order, trust me) who turns in such a fantastic performance that it's a shame more people won't hear it- this is just a fan mission with a limited audience. This guy needs to get into professional voice acting. In fact I'm going to be his agent. THIS KID IS GOING STRAIGHT TO THE TOP I TELLS YA. Also I get 30% of everything...

    You know what though? WAY more than 30% of everything in this mission looks absolutely amazing (...I'll stop now...)! The level design is beyond fantastic. The first room you enter in "The Order" compound is legitimately breathtaking, and while it isn't ever quite that grand in scale again, it doesn't get any less impressive from that point. All new textures are used and for the most part, new objects are used as well. What this all means unfortunately is that you need a decent computer to run this FM properly. On my last machine, a pentium 3 with 512 megs of RAM, my computer saw the first room and I started to smell something burning. Any modern machine will handle it fine, but be warned that if you're running thief on a dinosaur system, this FM will go all hungry lion on the unassuming grazing gazelle that is your computer.

    And now we come to it, the one thing that everyone has to talk about when they mention "A Night in Rocksbourg 3: Ink and Dust" (I'm getting tired of typing that, I think I'm just going to call this mission "Bob" from now on). The Dark Zone. This small bit of the mission has to be the single most crazy scary section of any FM I've ever played. Mind you the mission up to this point is unsettling in a "I feel like I have to take a shower after playing this" kinda way, but nothing can prepare you for the full out mind ravashing you're in for once you take the elevator down into what is essentially hell near the end of the mission. There's a scare near the beginning that worked so well I didn't just jump, I jumped and made some sort of girlish held back shrieking noise. I also may or may not have actually physically yelled "GET ME THE F*** OUT OF HERE" through a fit of tears near the end of this segment when you hear a siren going off and getting louder and are trapped in a pitch black maze. I'm pretty sure that if I went to a doctor immediately after playing through this I would have been clinically diagnosed with the "heebie-jeebies".

    So is "Bob" worth downloading? Oh, you better believe it is sir. It's not quite perfect- the excessively dirty looking textures make it a little too difficult to find certain hidden switches necessary to proceed and it gets a little maze heavy in its second half, but these problems don't really matter much in the end. Like all truly great FMs this is not only a great gameplay experience, but also an excellent piece of fan fiction. You know what else is an excellent piece of fan fiction? My "The Seven Sisters" review on the previous page of this thread which you should totally read (SWOOSH, and I score again).




    I'm not sure what I'll end up reviewing next. I'm thinking Deceptive Perceptions 2, assuming Yandros still allows me to play that one.

  2. #902
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    Registered: Jul 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by The Mike View Post
    (SWOOSH, and I score again).
    You know where you really scored again? In writing another sterling review! *Ha, there's a segue for ya.* If you keep this up I'm never gonna stop laughing!
    Visit shalebridgecradle.co.uk for all your testing needs.

  3. #903
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2006
    Location: Great. Now I can't get back in
    Another wonderfully entertaining review, The Mike Please keep 'em coming!

  4. #904
    L'architecte de Rocksbourg
    Registered: Nov 2005
    Location: Narbonne, France
    Dear god

    Thanks for reviewing Bob.
    Somehow I feel honored... I think...

  5. #905
    Member
    Registered: May 2003
    Location: Normally I'm in the batcave.
    Thank you everyone who read it, you guys...you just...*sniff*...YOU JUST MAKE IT ALL WORTHWHILE.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrK View Post
    Thanks for reviewing Bob.
    Np DrK, thank you for making Bob.

  6. #906
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2009
    Location: Situation's changed, Tom.
    It's a weird experience reading these posts when your name actually IS Bob.

  7. #907
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Fields of bluegrass

  8. #908
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Wales
    Quote Originally Posted by The Mike View Post
    I'm not sure what I'll end up reviewing next. I'm thinking Deceptive Perceptions 2, assuming Yandros still allows me to play that one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Yandros View Post
    That's no answer!

    Another extremely interesting review - thank you very much and keep them coming.

  9. #909
    Member
    Registered: May 2008
    Another great contribution The Mike - very entertaining!

    Thanks again, and I look forward to your next one

  10. #910
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Fields of bluegrass
    Nickie, I actually missed that at the end... I was laughing at PotatoGuy's comment.

    TheMike, you have my permission.

  11. #911
    Member
    Registered: May 2003
    Location: Normally I'm in the batcave.
    Quote Originally Posted by PotatoGuy View Post
    It's a weird experience reading these posts when your name actually IS Bob.
    You should change your name to A Night in Rocksbourg 3 to help the rest of us avoid confusion.

  12. #912
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Fields of bluegrass

  13. #913
    Now what has me wondering is if Quincy Jones Wannabe has done any voicework for other FMs? . . if not, then HE SHOULD!

  14. #914
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2009
    Location: Situation's changed, Tom.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Mike View Post
    You should change your name to A Night in Rocksbourg 3 to help the rest of us avoid confusion.
    That would make a nice thread: 'If you could change your name into a fan mission, which FM would it be?'

  15. #915
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Wales
    Quote Originally Posted by Yandros View Post
    Nickie, I actually missed that at the end... I was laughing at PotatoGuy's comment.

    TheMike, you have my permission.
    I know.

    But I wanted to draw your attention somehow. I was concerned that, without official permission, we may not have the delights of a 'The Mike' review of Deceptive Perceptions 2.

  16. #916
    L'architecte de Rocksbourg
    Registered: Nov 2005
    Location: Narbonne, France
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Taffer View Post
    Now what has me wondering is if Quincy Jones Wannabe has done any voicework for other FMs? . . if not, then HE SHOULD!
    I know he did a conversation in Mission X from CoSaS project, the captain at the bar iirc, but I don't know if he worked on another fm since then.
    Anyway, I hope he's still around, I'll need him for Rocksbourg 4

  17. #917
    Member
    Registered: May 2003
    Location: Normally I'm in the batcave.
    For your consideration, I present onto you my Deceptive Perception 2 review. Let the literary genius rain down upon you.


    Deceptive Perception 2: Phantasmagoria

    The original "Deceptive Perception" is the FM that has the distinct honor by many of us as being the single scariest FM ever created. To me personally it has the distinct honor of being the reason I scream every time I see a crate AND the reason why I never turn around after reading a note left for me by someone (if I don't notice the zombie hoard that probably just appeared behind me, they won't eat me...though I have to wonder why I would think a letter reading "GET YOUR DAMN STUFF OFF THE COUNTER" would trigger a swarm of hungry zombies, but better safe than sorry). Enter "Deceptive Perception 2: Phantasmagooglia" (spelling of actual subtitle may vary), created by The Man Himself, Yandros, which comes before me claiming it is the "spiritual successor" to "Deceptive Perception", and that it will both scare me as much as the original and is much larger and more involving and will make me lose 10 pounds in 3 days. Does it accomplish all this? Well, you better read on, because I'm not giving it away in the first paragraph this time (It does. GODDAMMIT!).

    The story has you playing as Garrett as he recalls a mission he took on a night ago. Some guy was all "There's a big expensive relic in this Warehouse but it's crazy haunted and anyone who goes in there is dead and sucks at being a thief" and Garrett was all "NUH-UH!!". Long story short his face was gnawed off by zombies. THE END. Well okay, there's a bit more too it than that but Garrett in a haunted warehouse is the basic premise that the FM runs with...for about 1/4 of its playtime....so I guess it runs with it and then right near the end zone passes it to some kid with A.D.D. who catches the premise and drives away with it to Vegas before ultimately ending up in Mexico. What I'm saying is it's all over the place- but in a good way! Like if chocolate were to get all over the place on your face, except in your eyes because that would sting. Maybe I should just stay away from analogies because I think I'm horrible at them.

    The emphasis in "DP2: Phantasmalicious" is of course on scares, like the original you're meant to move slowly through each room taking in the jump moments and scripted events which normally involve ghosts throwing stuff at you or singing creepy nursery rhymes (since all ghosts are either in a perpetual state of arrested development or big stupid jerks). There are also some points where ghosts will actually chase you down and try to kill you while you have no way of defending yourself, at which point you get to live out all of your action hero fantasies of seeing something scary and running away screaming. All of the scares work in either making you jump or in looking just plain awesome. There are probably more on the "just plain awesome" than "jump" side, of course it's also possible that I just have nerves of steel and am all that is man. I DO go cliff jumping and shave with a giant hunting knife, so that is very possible.

    If this mission has one major flaw it's probably that it just can't choose what it wants to be about. It's at its best when it just has you nervously walking through a haunted warehouse getting the bejeebus scared out of you, but this part amounts to little more than an introduction. I don't mind all the changes of location, but at one point it tricks you into thinking it's going to become a legitimate sneaking mission by introducing guards you have to creep by and an interesting alternate world gameplay mechanic...and then it goes back to a linear corridor crawling spook house. The thing is I love the whole spook house thing, but this sudden transition to actual gameplay which only disappears moments later just comes off as odd, even though the gameplay itself is very good. It's like someone giving you an apple pie only for you to bite into it and realize it's actually a steak sandwich...or something that makes much more sense than that but is also jarring (CURSE YOU ANALOGIES, why must your art escape me?).

    Actually the mission has one more problem, it's a bit buggy. This is to be expected from a mission with so many complex scripted events and none of them are game breaking. One I found had me refusing to stop walking forward after being magically transported to a new area unless I started walking backward and jumping around, which made me look like a TOTAL dork around all the ghosts (they'll never allow me to sit at their lunch table now...). Another had my sword still being held out in front of me after a cinematic where I was suppose to have it taken away...only I couldn't put it away or swing it, which not only made me look like a dork but pretty much solidified that the poltergeist who calls herself the "White Lady" would totally never go out with me (she had hurled some skulls at me before, but I know that was just her style of playful flirting- the tease). Overall none of this was much of a problem, but if I don't pick these nits who will? YOU!? PFFT, I'd like to see that...(YOU STAY AWAY FROM MY NITS)

    So, if I were a tree, would I download "DP 2: Phatasmastablishmentarianism"? I would go as far as to say that I would download it even if I wasn't a tree. In fact I did. And I loved it. And you will love it too. I haven't even mentioned the fantastic level design (no really, I haven't. I'm actually THAT bad at reviewing) or the great voice acting. Both are just more icing on the cake! Hey...that was an analogy that actually made sense! Maybe I'm getting good at this? Let me just finish then by saying, playing this FM is better than flying through a galaxy sized Krispy Kreme in a spaceship made out of pancakes.




    I'm thinking about tackling "Broken Triad" next, though I'm open to suggestions (I just like it when people talk to me ). Also I wonder how many more times I can successfully end a review with the word "pancakes"?

  18. #918
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2006
    Location: On the tip of your tongue.
    Mmmm... krispy kreme...

    Great review once again! Lol at the hunting knife.

  19. #919
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2006
    Location: Great. Now I can't get back in
    Quote Originally Posted by The Mike View Post
    ...which not only made me look like a dork but pretty much solidified that the poltergeist who calls herself the "White Lady" would totally never go out with me (she had hurled some skulls at me before, but I know that was just her style of playful flirting- the tease).
    Must admit, I'd never thought of it like that....

    Another great one, The Mike, don't stop now! Although I shudder to think what you'll do to Broken Triad

    Pancakes, hmmm...

  20. #920
    Stunning
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: The Netherlands
    That's it, I'm making pancakes for lunch now. How can I not at this point.

  21. #921
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2009
    Location: Situation's changed, Tom.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sticky Fingers View Post
    Another great one, The Mike, don't stop now! Although I shudder to think what you'll do to Broken Triad
    Must be something like: So I walk around that corridor, then I see a giant hammer! Should not have eaten those weird pancakes...

    Another great review, The Mike!

  22. #922
    Member
    Registered: May 2003
    Location: Normally I'm in the batcave.
    Thanks for all the continued encouragement everyone! I'm glad that, if nothing else, my reviews have inspired a mad rush for pancakes (unfortunately they haven't inspired anyone to get me some Krispy Kreme, which was the effect I was actually going for).

  23. #923
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2009
    Location: Situation's changed, Tom.
    I would get some for you, but I'm afraid I ate too many pancakes, can't move an inch...

  24. #924
    Moderator
    Registered: Jul 2008
    I'm gonna eat a Krispy Kreme while I read your next review. Another nice job.

  25. #925
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Fields of bluegrass
    I laughed. I cried. I hurled.

    OK, I would have hurled if I had just eaten a bunch of Krispy Kremes.


    Man, I'm hungry now...
    Mmmmm, doughnuts...



    Thanks, The Mike, that was really spectacular.

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