Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Putting together a jigsaw puzzle

The story in Castle of Shikigami 3 is very much like a jigsaw puzzle. For ever character you play as you will understand the story and the various characters a little bit better.

All the characters have their own unique stories that feel like nothing other then a surreal mess that doesnt make any sense at all looked at individually. As you play as the different characters you will be able to piece the story together and somewhat figure out whats going on.

The problem is that a lot of the pieces are missing and 90% of the conversations in the game are just plain weird and doesnt make sense, they even contradict the story presented while playing as other characters. Add to this that some of the characters seem to be aware that they are in a video game and constantly comment on it.

I read a review that compared the story to that in European existentialist literature. Either way its weird on so many levels that its perfect for giving the game a surreal atmosphere that matches the psychedelic visuals of the game and the almost trance like state you have to be in to handle the more complex bullet patterns.