So, Dino Crisis 2 might be the best action game on the PSX. I just finished this for the first time and it felt closer to Shinji Mikami’s later action works (P.N.03, Resident Evil 4, Vanquish) than the classic Resident Evil formula it’s superficially modeled after. That’s my not-so-impressive completion score above.
There’s the tank controls (the best kind, with a quick turn button), atmospheric pre-rendered backgrounds, and quiet moments of nonsensical puzzles (all short, quick and there to break up the action). And then there’s the shooting of thousands upon thousands of dinos, pretty much all the ones you were afraid of as a kid, with each successive kill adding to a combo meter that leads to EXTINCTION POINTS that the player then uses to buy bigger, badder weapons to shoot more dinos with. Everything you need is purchased from a store panel that shows up like Resident Evil typewriters/merchants.
There’s a better encounter variety than you might expect at first glance, with flying enemies and turret sequences that are closer to light gun games than anything modern. The underwater sequence is actually a highlight of this game.
The story involves dinos and time travel and an unresolved cliffhanger. It’s beautiful.
Dino Crisis 2 was directed by Shu Takumi, creator of the Phoenix Wright series. As good as Phoenix Wright is, I’d like to see him go back to the action genre, if only for one more game. Imagine what he could do at Platinum.
The Judex has landed
The Coral Cave’s website is now online!
Discover new screenshots and meet the team at thecoralcave.com.
We hope you’ll like the site!
English and French versions available now.
Japanese version coming very soon.
The Coral Cave is a watercolor adventure game set in Okinawa.
I’m helping out with the English translation! Coral Cave will be one of the sweetest and most beautiful games you ever play.
Spera: Ascension of the Starless (Archaia/BOOM!) is now available for pre-order at your local comic store!
Find it on Page 300 of the latest Previews catalogue, along with Kyla Vanderklugt’s issue of The Storyteller: Witches.
Here’s a look at what my wife is about to pop into the oven
"It took me, like, 3 hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It’s probably the best drawing I’ve ever done."
But really, more practice. This one took a while. I don’t know if whoever is looking at my art thinks this is silly but it’s fun to actually spend some time rendering stuff after years and years of just doodling and hurrying things up.
This is in no way perfect I know. Instead of comfort zoning myself I had to figure out how to approach most of the stuff here.
Ramón Sierra aka Don Cocor
Spera’s first three digital volumes are on sale at comiXology! This is a good opportunity to catch up before the release of Ascension. Sale ends 7/21.
I just noticed this Tumblr has hit 2000 followers! Crazy! Thanks to all who are following, whether it’s for Spera updates or cat pictures. Lots of big comic announcements to come!