General Boards => Maps In Progress => Topic started by: mephea on September 29, 2006, 09:41:17 am

Title: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on September 29, 2006, 09:41:17 am
Well, I plan on mapping at this now that you guys have blessed me with a working psx emulator and whatnot.  This is the game that made me go to sony and whatnot.  Expect strategies and tips.  This and TMNT II, along with some SotN are the only things im going to be doing for a while.  I have a lot of other games to finish, but this is my parasite eve thread anyhow.  

Havent started, but I plan to today.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 04, 2006, 11:05:14 am
well, the maps are beautiful, they lay out nicely on a large palette and i made nifty little arrows to specify how the rooms are connected.

I am also putting the usual guide in as well.  Also, I am throwing in a few captures from the actual cinematics to give it a more artistic feel, and like because i think the cinemas are beautiful.

The arrows overlay the maps so you wont be seeing each prerendered section completely.  also, I use little item boxes to label where items are.  They kind of lame though, i really need to find something that will let me type neat words with pretty outlines around each letter so it wont be a lameass square.  

Also, i am editing these all in BMP atm so the colors shouldnt be screwed up like a lot of my maps were (can we say kid icarus maps? *cough*).  Pretty big image file too, 45 megs. heh.  I also have to move the sections around.  The way things are i have the second floor coming before the first floor.  could be confusing.

blah blah, i think you guys may like.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: JonLeung on October 04, 2006, 11:12:31 am
This was one of my favourite games (if only because I really wanted to finish it) for the PlayStation.  I had to play it four times (in a certain sense).

When I borrowed a PlayStation, I played Parasite Eve.  Then I played EX mode, but couldn't make it all the way through the Chrysler Building.  (For those of you who don't know, the Chrysler Building in this game has 77 floors, with most of those floors being randomized.  You can only save after beating a boss on each 10th floor and getting an Elevator Key to be able to leave the building.)  As it takes an hour to go through each ten floors, you can imagine my frustration when I couldn't repeatedly got defeated by the cockroaches on floor 50 or 60 or whatever.

When we got bleem! (the first commercial PSX emulator, and also the first we got running on our computer), I gave it another shot, but of course had to play through Parasite Eve another two times (well, one and four/fifths) to be able to access the Chrysler Building again, since I didn't know anyone with a DexDrive to be able to transfer my PSX saves to the PC.

I didn't realize that after Level 35 or 36 or somewhere around there, the EXP required for the next Level drops so significantly, it's easy to get to Level 99 from there.  So with a maxed-out Aya and the AK-47 I could finally take down the cockroaches and the remaining bosses.

I must say I was a little bit disappointed at the FMV-less "better" ending, mostly because of all the trouble it takes to get through the Chrysler Building.  But I do like the game, and it's probably the first horror game I really wanted to play.

Despite that, I haven't gotten far in Parasite Eve II, which is on the short list of games I ought to finish but haven't.

I look forward to these maps of the original game, if only for the memories.

mephea, are you going to map the non-randomized floors of the Chrysler Building?  (I think those are the 1st, 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and 70th-77th.)
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 04, 2006, 08:46:03 pm
I didn't know there were permanent sections to the Chrysler building.  Heh.  If there are, yeah, I will most likely do that.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 05, 2006, 05:40:19 am

to pass the time whilst we wait for teh first map ever!
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: JonLeung on October 05, 2006, 06:42:32 am
I wonder why that mutated rat looks freakier than I remember - like I said, I played through most of the game four times.  o_0

Makes me wonder what I'll think when I see those people melting later on in the game.  That was way more bizarre than them lighting up in flames at the beginning.

They showed that people-in-flames scene on TV on some entertainment show back when they wanted to make a movie with Madonna starring as Eve.  I wonder what that would've been like.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 05, 2006, 08:37:27 am
That parasite eve movie was gona be so cool *sigh* I just finished capturing all of the appropriate images for day 1, now I am going to add in the bulky/intrusive arrows, the tips and tricks, the item locations and blah blah.  Maybe i will finish before class.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: wileee on October 05, 2006, 08:45:51 am
I look forward to seeing these maps as well. Many fond memories of playing through PE, and PE2.

I was also pretty excited when I found out that after level 36 the EXP needed to advance was MUCH less. I think that happens because you can only have 9,999,999 EXP total and LV35 to LV36 takes about 1,400,000. if it kept rising each level, your EXP go way higher than the cap.

Anyway, yeah, the Chrysler Building is a pile of random frustration. Until I leveled up and added the Cyanide "ability" to my main gun. I was actually doing 999 damage per hit to some of the enemies.

One last thing, as I'm cruizing down memory lane regarding upgrading weapons. I found out that Damage is actually divided among all the bullets in your clip. So if your damage is 100, for example, and you have a 3 shot clip, you'll do 33 damage per bullet. If you upgrade a weapon's clip size to 10, you don't get 33 damage per bullet anymore you get 10 damage per bullet.

I thought it would be awesome to be doing 999 damage per shot with a 10 round clip but it turned out not to be worth it. So, anyone playing this, don't mess with the clip size.

Oh, and Jon, Go finish PE2 before it gets too dated.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: JonLeung on October 05, 2006, 10:12:20 am
I don't have a problem with playing dated games, I think I was stuck somewhere in that desert town area at night.  I think I saved when my health was too low and the mitochondrial power (I forget what it's called) could only regenerate during battle, couldn't it?  Maybe I should've saved on multiple slots if that was what the problem was.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 05, 2006, 10:38:36 am
I deleted the 35 meg bmp file.  The PNG was 5 megs,   any ideas on compressing the png?

anyhow, this is a crappy jpeg.  I will link the png from my site in a moment.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 05, 2006, 10:51:35 am,%20Resonance,%20Carnegie%20Hall.png

ok, heres the PNG.   its about 5 megs im guessing.  anyhow, give me opinions!
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 05, 2006, 11:04:09 am
and wilee, yeah, the damage is distributed between each shot (i think its very stupid) but the purpose of multiple shots was not meant for focusing your attacks on one target.  I think the games general mechanics are for you to have a method to attack multiple enemies at once.  The damage is divided into however many shots you get, but you still do more damage technically.  im not arguing with you though, i think to improve clip size you gotta actually use slots for weapons or something (memory is quite foggy about how all of this works). i would rather do something else to make my one or two shots more powerful, like with fire or something.  i think....
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: Revned on October 05, 2006, 11:15:21 am
I got it down to 3.9 MB with OptiPNG. Maybe you can convince Jon to brute force compress it. It would take forever, though. It took 2 or 3 minutes just to compress it regularly.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 05, 2006, 11:43:57 am
ill just leave it as is i think, im submitting it to be hosted on vgmaps, so if john wants to compress it in any manner, he can.  i decided to just keep the uncompressed version for my site. o-0
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: JonLeung on October 05, 2006, 12:00:52 pm
I had forgotten how cool (and disturbing in parts) this game was.  Ah, the memories.

What I do remember most is the music.  I lost the soundtrack when my hard drive got wiped out last year, I should probably look into getting that again.  Square games usually have good music, though, so it's no surprise, though horror games aren't exactly their cup of tea, so in that way I really like that they did it well.

Can't wait for you to finish every area, mephea!  Though I'll also take each of them as you finish if you want, when you're sure you're done with each one.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on October 09, 2006, 05:54:25 am
i think im going to break each area into a separate map.  the first day is just such a large image file and it is kind of a task to look at.  I dunno though, i will find out soon if this is the best way to go.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: JonLeung on November 26, 2006, 10:22:50 am
How's this coming along, mephea?  I'm suddenly curious.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: mephea on November 27, 2006, 07:03:37 am
it's coming, life is starting to get hectic for me and we're about to move again, to a place without broadband (again) anyhow, im halfway through day 2, but i did stop for ff12.  now im done with that and i will go back to this and tmnt.  

the reason im so slow on parasite eve is because the ps emulator makes my pc ack retarded.  O_O  ill be done one day.
Title: RE: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Post by: TerraEsperZ on December 04, 2006, 10:18:29 am
Sorry for taking so long to comment on that first map. I think it looks good. I've never played the game but it really helps that the areas are linked logically and connecting arrows aren't going all over the map. My only criticism is that it's not completely obvious at first glance what is a room and what is a cinematic, but I have no idea how to differenciate them (differently colored border maybe?) but that's just me. I'm eager to see more :)


"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." [...] The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged. - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

B*tch, meet reality. Reality, meet b*tch. - Me