Stuff happened at least in Phantasmagoria 2. To me it is like a cheesy SciFi horror movie. It is mediocre at the best time by movie or game standards, but it least it is entertaining.
I find Phantasmagoria 1 too boring to play, and after reading in the HG101 review that there is a whole chapter dedicated to buying drainage cleaner, I'm not sure how many tedious stuff one has to endure before getting to the more interesting parts of the game.
Just my opinion, some day I'll try to play Phantasmagoria 1 further for sure.
I hear ya, you should give it a try again someday though. There is more to the game the initial impression. There are a lot of little things that happen throughout the chapters that build a tone. Paintings slowly change, Don's use of Absinthe adds to his insanity. You can even miss a few good bits of gore if you don't seek it out. Even if the tone is pretty campy and sometimes downright corny, it was at least there. I think the actress playing Adriana is quite good and I feel more attached to her than I did playing as Curtis in part 2.
Curtis's story was just so bizarre. I definitely like part 2 for different reasons... like the same reasons I watch "Troll 2" or "The Room". He has a pet rat that he is strangely in love with (imo). He puts pepper on his ice cream, he gets his belly button pierced, There is one puzzle in the game and it crashe my system upon completing it and I had to watch the ending on youtube heh. But I'm glad I played it, it was great to see Harriet in a small role in the asylum. She is the only returning character.
I don't mean to rant on about this. I respect your opinions, I just wanted to know why you would prefer part 2. Spoony also does a great LP of both games. By the way, I'm playing "The Cat Woman' now and it's damn good!
If by "great LP," you mean "Spoony rants and rails like an idiot over the most interesting bits, completely ruining the experience," then by all means, I agree. I enjoy Spoony for the most part, but Phantasmagoria 2 seems to be worth experiencing on its own, without endlessly annoying quips running full steam ahead over the plot.
That said, I have seen footage on Youtube of a supposed "DVD quality" HD version of GK2, but I've been so far unsuccessful in finding out just how on earth the uploader managed to achieve that level of quality with the FMVs. Honestly, they look incredible. There is, of course, the unfortunate side effect of highlighting with pixel-perfect detail just how bad the green-screen work actually is, but there's no denying the massive benefit of watching the actors do their thing without all the blockiness or interlacing.
GK2 is a brilliant game, and proper high-definition FMV would only make it that much better.