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Title: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 01, 2018, 06:20:11 AM
2017 was a great year for games... not so much for most other things. I'm hoping 2018 is an improvement for you all.

That said, here's my Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2018:


1. Red Dead Redemption 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F63h3v9QV7w


2. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (for PS4)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODWCbu_cuqk


3. Marvel's Spider-Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq02p3z3X2k


4. Days Gone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n95IaELdWDU


5. Monster Hunter World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrz3zysD7cU


6. Valkyria Chronicles 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_otGpDTvbM


7. Metro Exodus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEuEOugOXcc


8. God of War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOE2BVRCUkM


9. Dreams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odfYSiTpXpo


10. Detroit: Become Human

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD1pbWCJcKQ


Most Likely 2019 Games Honorable Mentions: The Last of Us: Part II, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima


... I'm a little worried that I'm not excited for any Nintendo games in 2018, though there is hope there are surprises like Mario + Rabbids. Okay, so... what are you playing?
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 01, 2018, 09:43:35 AM
Most Anticipated Games of 2018:

1.Rising Sun

(https://i.imgur.com/fIi3LSM.png)

Folklore Samurai area control game with a heavy emphasis on diplomacy? Yes, please! It's like someone tapped into my brain and asked what my idea "minis on a map" game would be.

2. 7th Continent

(https://i.imgur.com/OcEI19Y.jpg)

This looks like a roguelike distilled into a board game and I want to see how it works. I know a lot of people complained that the actual writing of the story wasn't great, but I hope it's able to capture the experience of swapping stories with people about the unique situation you encountered and how you dealt with it.

3. Altiplano

(https://i.imgur.com/mUTOV6s.jpg)

If you want to play something different, I'd tell you to play Orelans, a game where you build your resources but draw them blindly from a bag. It's a super fun system, but with enough depth that you've almost always got two or three interesting choices to make. Altiplano is the followup to Orelans, but instead of boring trade in medieval France you're breeding alpacas in the Andes! Now that sounds like a fun theme.

4. Gloomhaven (Retail Release)

(https://i.imgur.com/gizholO.jpg)

As legacy games become more of a thing, I think the initial sheen is going to wear off and we're going to have to deal with whether or not the systems are good. Gloomhaven looks like the core dungeon crawl combat campain I wanted out of Star Wars: Imperial Assault. The fact it's also an evolving legacy game is just the cherry on top. The only problem is going to be selling people on committing to a campaign of this.

5. Hunt for the Ring

(https://i.imgur.com/ccWh2HT.jpg)

I love War of the Ring, but it only plays two and is a beast of a game as it can easily reach 4 hours of playtime. This looks to add in more players and distill the hidden movement mechanic of War of the Ring into something I could play with my family. Unless this one ends up being a dud, I feel like this might be the hidden movement game for my collection.

6. Batman: Gotham City Chronicles

(https://i.imgur.com/hDJP9Ms.jpg)

Conan looked like an interesting combat campaign system but the theme is so off-putting that I have no interest in playing it. The idea of wrapping those mechanics into a Batman game--meaning it's also something I could probably convince family and hardcore tabletop gamers to play--makes it a perfect way for me to finally experience a game I'd love to play but with a theme/aesthetic that won't make me squirm.



Going forward, I'm definitely diverting more money to board games and less to video games. I've got a hefty collection of video games I still haven't played and I think once we get past the holidays and settle into routine, video gaming will naturally happen less for me. I subscribed to Humble Monthly Bundle and figure I'll just settle for what's in there and PS+ for new games and then get whatever big releases I feel like playing physically and sell them back as soon as I finish them. I still expect to pick up an odd indie game here and there but I'm really going to cut back spending in that area.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 01, 2018, 12:50:03 PM
I'll just settle for ... PS+ for new games...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a January PS+ game... (https://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/12/27/playstation-plus-free-games-for-january-2018/) definitely check that out if you haven't already.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 01, 2018, 04:34:40 PM
That game is good.

I bought Bury Me, My Love yesterday after hearing Abby mention it on the Beastcast and a few times on the GotY podcasts I've gotten through thus far, so have only been playing for a day, but really like the way the game is presented and keeping it on the default time progression settings.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 01, 2018, 06:27:53 PM
I'll just settle for ... PS+ for new games...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a January PS+ game... (https://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/12/27/playstation-plus-free-games-for-january-2018/) definitely check that out if you haven't already.
I never asked for this.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 01, 2018, 06:30:44 PM
I'll just settle for ... PS+ for new games...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a January PS+ game... (https://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/12/27/playstation-plus-free-games-for-january-2018/) definitely check that out if you haven't already.
I never asked for this.

Batman TT Season 1 too, not as good as the second, but well worth playing.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 02, 2018, 04:29:52 PM
TellTale games are bad.

Moving on, I solved that Zelda: BoTW game tape and it was... anticlimactic. I've never really been "invested" in the cyclical nature of Link fights Ganon, Link saves Zelda, rinse and repeat... but this one felt like it had no stakes at all. The voice acting performances of Zelda and the Guardians were TERRIBLE, which doesn't help. I felt somewhat accomplished but more relieved, than anything, to have finish my 90 hour game. I might go back and find some more tombs, but it doesn't really entice you to go back into Hyrule after you defeat the big baddy. I feel like I'm being overtly negative. I'm not. I think it's a great game. Just not the greatest of all time, as many people seem to believe.

In the interim, I'm playing SteamWorld Dig 2 and Tiny Metal on my Switch when I have downtime at work, and have been cycling through Battlefront 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite Battle Royale and Gran Turismo when I'm sat in front of that beautiful OLED screen. Looking forward to Monster Hunter World, as I think that might be the first "big" 2018 release to come along.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 02, 2018, 05:43:40 PM
I quite like Zelda's approach to story and how bare bones it is. I get why some people want more, but I love it being rather minimal and found for the first time I actually found Zelda a rather interesting character. I do agree the Gannon stuff is rather bad.

I've been battling a sore throat and it's been below freezing outside so I've been strictly indoors the last 3 days. The Switch is ideal for situations like this because when I get tired of sitting and want to just lie down, I can take the console and play an hour or two in bed. I've been digging into the Zelda DLC and boy is it more challenging than I expected it to be. I love how they redo the boss fights to make these tense, close experiences that are probably more like what the bosses would have been like in a more traditional Zelda where they gated what you would have for each boss. The shrines also up their game with some challenges that took a while to puzzle out. The fact that I'm still not tired with this game I think speaks to how good it is. I recognize the flaws, but I just get so much joy exploring this world, switching up weapons and item combos for different situations, and navigating the space between tasks.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 07, 2018, 06:29:40 AM
I donít watch streamers. Why watch people play videogames when you can be playing them yourself? I didnít get it, until I stumbled upon Dr. Disrespect when looking for PUBG gameplay videos...

https://youtu.be/u5Nho8R5wb8

I enjoyed his ďcharacter,Ē and decided to look up more. Now I find that heís taking a hiatus from streaming because heís been unfaithful to his wife (multiple times, apparently)... and this is why we canít have nice things.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 07, 2018, 09:38:40 AM
Speaking of not asking for things... I forgot this dumb game is coming out soon...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kmWy2W6olQ

My only hope is that this game fails BIG TIME, and Konami switches over to a Free-To-Play strategy and they make a Battle Royale mode, but built with the MGSV mechanics... I'd probably play that.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 09, 2018, 10:14:29 PM
Hitting up PAX South this weekend. I'll report back on the video games. Assuming it'll be 90% smaller indie stuff, which is fine with me.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 10, 2018, 07:11:48 AM
Nice man, keep us posted.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 10, 2018, 10:36:14 PM
WTF is up with Yakuza 6 coming out so CINECAST!ing late?

Should I buy DBZ or Monster Hunter (didn't like 3 or 4), or just get nothing and play more Neir?
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 10, 2018, 11:15:01 PM
I might try Monster Hunter but honestly this is such a slow time for games may as well just play what you've got. I didn't love Nier but I'm glad it exists. It's an ambitious title and we need more games that try something like it.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 11, 2018, 08:22:07 AM
Nintendo announced a new roster of released games coming to the Switch (https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180111005388/en/).

Dark Souls Remastered and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze are definitely making it into my collection.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: smirnoff on January 11, 2018, 06:10:41 PM
I played Dark Souls for like 20 hours and I still have no idea how the stupid campires work or what those ghosts you see do. I wouldn't mind the game being stupid hard so much if the "checkpoints" weren't so few and far between. I die and spend 10 minutes getting back to the part I died at, which itself is at least another 20 minutes from my next opportunity to save. Also, I've always disliked reappearing enemies. Kill everything in a room, leave for 2 seconds, come back it's full again. Also there is little satisfaction in the levelling system. You have like 12 traits that go from like 0 to 100 and you add 3 pts to something. wow. It never makes a noticable difference. And pursuing any one trait doesn't turn you into a specialist, it just makes you vulnerable everywhere else. Hated the levelling screen and system.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 11, 2018, 09:37:22 PM
Yeah, Dark Souls just ainít my cup of tea either. Mario Tennis and Kirby look good though.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 12, 2018, 12:41:11 PM
Since January is such a dryspell for games, Iíve decided to dust off some older games. First off, Tom Clancyís The Division was a game, I believe, was one of my most disappointing games of 2016 and a lot of that had to do with my Destiny backlash and wanting a more tactical shooter, juxtaposed to a loot-based RPG with bullet sponge enemies. Well, apparently Iím over that now and Iím really enjoying starting this game over with a few buddies. The subsequent PS4 Pro patches with 4K support and improved anti-aliasing makes this game one of the best looking to date. Iím enjoying the slick UI and since weíre playing every mission on Hard, it really does encourage coordination. I know Ubisoft put in a lot of work into this title post-release, akin to most of their games as of late, so Iím looking forward to playing more of it and the DLC updates until Monster Hunter World rolls out.

I also popped on Human Fall Flat because it was on sale for 5 bucks and itís a hoot. Iím sad that there isnít any online multiplayer, but they did patch it in to the PC version in October, so thereís still hope. Lastly, I also decided to pick up the Remastered version of Valkyria Chronicles, because... well... itís one of the best games of all time, of course.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 13, 2018, 09:22:04 PM
Just played a 6 hour marathon session of The Division SURVIVAL and it might have been my favorite online experience Iíve ever had. It was challenging, confusing, scary, exciting, and thoughtful. I canít stop thinking about it and canít wait to play more.

Update: The longest Iíve lasted is about an hour and a half, with my crew usually getting killed in the Dark Zone by the disease, cold, or by a hunter. This game is HARD. This game is fun.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 14, 2018, 05:23:49 PM
I was going to write up a long diatribe about why Iím loving The Division: Survival so much, and how itís the most interesting ďBattle RoyaleĒ game to date... but this video sums up my feelings quite well:

https://youtu.be/CDnBkUhSkWk
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Junior on January 14, 2018, 11:04:16 PM
Playing a bunch of AssCreed Origins. That game is beautiful in the 4k HDR on my XOX. It's also maybe the best AssCreed game. The Egyptian setting is really fun to run around in and look at, while the gameplay has gotten better and the combat has moved beyond the button-mash-y stuff to a more Bloodborne/Dark Sous inspired lock-on and dodge mechanic. The Bird Friend is a cool tool that means I look at maps less and stay immersed in the world a little more than usual.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 15, 2018, 02:41:51 PM
I hope you like it! Unfortunately, I fell off that game when the loot mechanics really took me out of the world (literally, by continually forcing me into menu screens) and when my bow and arrow shot to a human head never guaranteed a kill, I was quickly turned off. Shame, because I really liked that world and the protagonist (and his feisty wife too)!

In other news, I'm getting pretty excited about the changes coming to Fortnite Battle Royale (https://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/the-evolution-of-the-worlds-largest-battle-royale-game-w515421).

(https://img.wennermedia.com/620-width/2-705944a5-110f-4415-87a6-6440b8dcc2fa.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 15, 2018, 08:54:44 PM
Any early word on The Red Strings Club? I really liked Gods Will Be Watching, but I never got far because I was bad at it.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 16, 2018, 03:15:26 AM
Fortnite looks incredibly unappealing to me.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 16, 2018, 08:43:58 AM
Fortnite looks incredibly unappealing to me.

If 100vAll combat isn't your thing. Fortnite won't change that. I'm not even a huge fan of the building mechanic. But it is a fun/polished Battle Royale game with character/fun art style and I'm really diggin' it.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 18, 2018, 06:31:54 AM
Stayed up way too late playing Human Fall Flat with a PSN buddy via SharePlay couch co-op. That game is so more fun/hilarious when figuring out puzzles with a friend while simultaneously trolling them at every available opportunity. Whether it be stacking boulders in front of a door so they canít escape or launching them in catapults off cliffs, or putting them in a dumpster (and pushing it off a cliff)... I donít think Iíve laughed so hard while playing a game.

We had so much fun, I went ahead and bought Gang Beasts in my 3AM stupor. Will report back on that soon.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 19, 2018, 08:37:21 AM
Fortnite looks incredibly unappealing to me.

If 100vAll combat isn't your thing. Fortnite won't change that. I'm not even a huge fan of the building mechanic. But it is a fun/polished Battle Royale game with character/fun art style and I'm really diggin' it.

I like battle royale but everything about the game looks crap to me. The design to the mechanics.

I bought Battlefield 1 recently. Do i have it right that if i want to play multiplayer and increase from rank 7 onward i need to pay a monthly subscription?
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 19, 2018, 09:24:50 AM
I bought Battlefield 1 recently. Do i have it right that if i want to play multiplayer and increase from rank 7 onward i need to pay a monthly subscription?

Never heard of this. Are you referring to Xbox Live or PSN? If so, you do have to pay an annual fee to play most multiplayer games. As for Battlefield 1, the only other "pay wall" you should be facing is getting access to the DLC maps.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Junior on January 19, 2018, 11:24:38 AM
Human Fall Flat is so much fun, especially with a friend. My friend and I spent an hour messing around with the tanker boat and the docks and cargo boxes on that one level. It's so goofy that even the frustrating parts are still entertaining. I know we didn't solve the last puzzle of that level even remotely correctly but it was still fun to mess around with and we got to the end eventually.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 19, 2018, 04:31:19 PM
I bought Battlefield 1 recently. Do i have it right that if i want to play multiplayer and increase from rank 7 onward i need to pay a monthly subscription?

Never heard of this. Are you referring to Xbox Live or PSN? If so, you do have to pay an annual fee to play most multiplayer games. As for Battlefield 1, the only other "pay wall" you should be facing is getting access to the DLC maps.

PC. Our xp was locked from being promoted from level 7. "Get premium pass to rank up". "Earned from playing Premium Pass maps with friends". I'm a little confused. Perhaps we've been playing DLC maps but they lock the xp until we pay?
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 19, 2018, 06:42:23 PM
Hmm, sounds like it? Sounds like they chose not to segment their audience with the DLC maps being available, but you just canít rank up during those matches? Not a terrible thing, actually.

Oh and I know Iíve posted this before, but The Order: 1886 is on Flash Sale for 5 bucks right now. Thatís a steal.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 20, 2018, 06:18:10 AM
Gang Beasts is fun, but not Human Fall Flat level... the game works in the ďGangĒ mode (i.e. team deathmatch), but brawl and soccer modes were too chaotic/silly. I can imagine this being a great party game with 4 controllers, however.

The Metal Gear: Survive beta isnít very good. Not a suprise, but the cash-in feels all to blatant when the first building you discover is a direct asset of the buildings from MGSVís Afghanistan. The menus are overtly convoluted and the combat wasnít engaging. Iím going to pass on this on. Youíre welcome, Kojima.

Iím looking for good couch co-op games to play over SharePlay with my bud. So far, I downloaded Dead Nation, Rayman Legends, Towerfall, and Diablo III. Any other recommendations for good co-op games to SharePlay together?
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 21, 2018, 08:35:58 AM
The new Fortnite map changes are really good. The locations definitely draw a lot of attention, but the geography/topographical flourishes and changes really make the game feel new. The building mechanic is still confusing and the jumping-shotgun-close-encounters are still infuriating... but it's a good game, especially for the entry fee of 0 dollars.

In the Battle Royale side of things, I'm still obsessed with The Division: Survival. I've had so many immersive moments that could never be scripted. For example, I was looting a ground level apartment building when a squad of three (real people) came into the building via a hallway. I hid behind a door to a room and one player jogged by me, unnoticed. As he was about to turn and see me, another PVP player was seen outside. They began firing at each other, while I escaped unnoticed. As I was poorly equipped to fight (I only had the starter pistol with basic armor), I was able to back off a few blocks until the distant gunfire tapered off. After an alert stated "11 Survivors Left," I was able to circle back and pick up on some goods. It appeared that they all were killed by a Gold-level NPC as they were fighting each other. I lived for another hour or so and inevitably died within the dark zone, but it's little things like this that happen almost every game that makes me come back for more. What a great game.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 22, 2018, 06:31:26 PM
Liking this Iconoclasts Quick Look. May pick that up, will wait to hear on Red Strings too though...and decide on DBZ and Monster Hunter, but I'll likely pass on those.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 23, 2018, 07:01:49 PM
Hmm...big day today. Forgot that OK KO game came out today as well. Never watched the show, but I know it's a Capy joint and I remember a lot of talk about it over the summer and a little leading up to it as well.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 24, 2018, 08:12:25 PM
Just played through the latest episode of Batman, and man, TT is doing something really wonderful with this season. The sequence in the rundown carnival and even the entire finale is just super strong. They continue to subvert the Batman tropes in interesting ways without straying away from what makes him such a compelling hero. The work they've done with John Doe/Joker is something else.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 25, 2018, 07:03:04 AM
I finally survived The Division: Survival. I probably have played the game 20+ times with each attempt lasting an average of an hour. I knew I was in good shape when I entered the Dark Zone with an hour left on my estimated time of survival and a strong purple AUG in my possession. Low and behold, I was able to hold my own against a hunter and was actually helped by 3 other players (I was playing PVE mode) in getting onto that helicopter. It was quite honestly the most rewarding feeling I've had playing a video game. I think this is like what people feel about Dark Souls, maybe?

Monster Hunter World comes out tomorrow, which I'm pretty stoked for. Also, with the inclusion of all Microsoft exclusive titles being included in their Games Pass program--should I finally get an Xbox One X? I kind of want to play PUBG this weekend.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 25, 2018, 06:30:09 PM
I don't think PUBG is included in that program. But I haven't looked in to it. I think it's going to be all first party titles come day and date, idk if they retroactively even added in like Forza 6 and stuff yet.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 28, 2018, 06:28:04 PM
Monster Hunter: World might have the most satisfying/addicting game loop of hunt monsters so you can wear their bodies to hunt other monsters so you can wear their bodies to hunt other monsters so you can wear their bodies to hunt other....
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 29, 2018, 08:47:09 AM
Iím going to wait on getting an Xbox One X until there is a compelling enough exclusive to tip me over (which considering PUBG is eventually coming to PS4, and Sea of Thieves, Crackdown, etc. arenít doing it for me), Iíve decided to splurge a little on a PSN sale.

I picked up Overcooked, Observer, and Cities: Skyline on the cheap, and with the additional 10% coupon code, I was able to save 60% off on these bad boys. Iím excited to check them out.
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Post by: MartinTeller on January 29, 2018, 09:39:02 AM
My wife is hopelessly addicted to Overcooked. We've played through the whole game (plus DLC) twice together, and she's done it at least three times on her own.

Long story short, we took in a 17-year-old girl who needed a home. We've been doing a lot of gaming with her. Overcooked (of course), Ultimate Chicken Horse (or is it Ultimate Horse Chicken?), a ton of Jackbox games, Human Fall Flat (fun, but nausea-inducing), Manual Samuel (not a fan, but she is). We played through Little Nightmares where we took turns controlling it, and last night we started doing the same with Until Dawn. I might be forgetting one or two.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 30, 2018, 06:02:24 AM
Thatís great that the couch gaming experience is still bringing people together. Between Human Fall Flat, Towerfall: Ascension, Overcooked!, Gang Beasts, etc... I still have a strong fondness for anti-internet cooperative experiences.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 01, 2018, 10:40:56 AM
October 26th (https://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/60346/Red-Dead-Redemption-2-is-Coming-October-26th-2018?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=rdr2-02012018&utm_content=newswire).
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on February 02, 2018, 01:31:51 PM
Monster Hunter: World is loads of fun with friends--not so much when playing alone. I've decided to main the bow and arrow weapon tree and I've gotten pretty good at dodging bird chick T-Rex monster attacks and shooting arrows down their T-Rex chicken throats. I can't get enough of the game when my PSN buds are down for the hunt, however, the game really suffers when you're not communicating/setting traps/jumping onto monster backs together.

Cities: Skylines has an incredibly difficult learning curve, but my first city "Port Solidus" is doing pretty well. We're proud of our clean energy and newly developed office park. We had a sewage problem a few months back, but we're not talking about that. This game is HIGHLY addicting and really makes the hours go by way too fast.

Observer runs like garbage on my PS4 Pro and the voice acting is genuinely terrible. Rutger Hauer isn't even attempting to phone it in and his delivery literally sounds like he only read one word per take and the developers just placed them together to form awkward sentences. Also--this game isn't very good? Pretty sure I've heard good things about this game at some point... I'd like to find some of those "good things." I suppose that Se7en inspired title sequence was okay?

Oh and Shadow of the Colossus comes out Tuesday which is pretty cool I guess... but Red Dead Redemption II comes out in October. How much does it cost to have a medically induced coma?
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 02, 2018, 07:29:59 PM
Think that Abby and Vinny were big on Observer? Not sure though, and I assume both played it on PC. I do want to give it a shot, feels a little like Soma in the sense that I couldn't get in to it.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 03, 2018, 02:42:58 PM
Yeah, well they're wrong. Out of all the "walking simulators" I've played, this one definitely ranks at the bottom of the list.

Oh, and the more I watch people playing the alpha build of Hunt: Showdown, the more I'm intrigued/pushed to build another PC. Damn you PC MASTER RACE!!!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 03, 2018, 07:13:09 PM
Someone gave me a Stick Of Truth PS4 code about a month ago, and I finally fired it up since I never played it before because I was past buying last gen titles at the time it released. Did a lot of exploring, got through the first day/night, and have been enjoying it a good amount. I fell off of South Park a long time ago, but interacting with the characters and moving around the town does tap in to my nostalgia (and, again, I'm not a participant in the building South Park backlash of the past couple of years) for that N64 FPS that I really liked because you could also just run around the town.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 04, 2018, 08:10:56 AM
Stick of Truth is a pretty great game and a funny one at that. Fractured But Whole is a better game, mechanically, but it feels a little too much like its predecessor. I still recommend checking it out, in spite of that caveat, especially to mess around with the strategy combat elements.

I started a new city in Cities: Skylines last night without budget restrictions and it was quasi-therapeutic. Being able to design the perfect beach side city without arbitrary game restrictions really appeals to my A-type personality. Solidus Beach has the happiest citizens, the best leisure activities and an all solar/wind powered infrastructure. Our international airport and seaside industrial district is BOOMING. We're definitely a contender for Amazon's second headquarter location. This would be the PERFECT Switch game. Is this gonna be a Switch game? I want this to be a Switch game.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 04, 2018, 01:55:15 PM
Got the dreaded PAX flu at PAX South. This might be the last time I go because the convention is terrible and I did my best to not get contaminated and it didn't work out.

So that being said, I'm hoping today to jump into SteamWorld Dig 2 on my Switch today.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 07, 2018, 08:27:54 AM
Shadow of Colossus looks great. I don't want to rush through this one. I might make it an effort to locate every fruit tree and white tailed lizard before slaying the last Colossi.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 08, 2018, 01:43:06 PM
I've fallen down the dark hole of watching streamers on Twitch while I'm at work. I've had a lot more monotonous computer-based work, so I've been multi-tasking and watching streamers like Shroud, Dr. Disrespect, Ninja, and VSNZ. The more I watch of PUBG, Hunt: Showdown, and Islands of Nyne...the more I want to build a PC and mess around with these non-AAA experimental games that you can (mostly) only find on PC. But right now is probably the worst time to do so, considering the mark up on graphics cards (thanks a lot, Bitcoin) and I'd probably have to invest in a new computer desk/chair/setup on top of the PC build/monitor/keyboard/mouse expenses. Thoughts? Should I invest?
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 09, 2018, 03:34:49 PM
I bought an Xbox One X instead.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 09, 2018, 11:24:21 PM
I just played PUBG for 9 hours straight.  :o
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 10, 2018, 08:58:09 AM
I bought an Xbox One X instead.

Gamer ID: Solid Blake
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 10, 2018, 12:54:27 PM
I just played PUBG for 9 hours straight.  :o

Is it running better? I haven't tried it since getting my X.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 10, 2018, 02:30:00 PM
I just played PUBG for 9 hours straight.  :o

Is it running better? I haven't tried it since getting my X.

From what I hear, yes. That saidóit still has frame rate and rubber banding issues galore.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 12, 2018, 09:27:22 AM
So... what Xbox-eXclusive-X games should I look into (besides PUBG)? I'm thinking of checking out Subnautica, but I'm curious if there were any other hidden Xbox gems that I might be overlooking.
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Post by: Junior on February 12, 2018, 12:56:06 PM
Ori and the Blind Forest is a great medtroidvania game. Forza Horizon 3 for open world racing, and Celeste for platforming difficulty.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 12, 2018, 08:26:16 PM
Obvi get Cuphead, and I haven't played it but I'm still interested in trying Tacoma if I catch it on a sale.
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Post by: Junior on February 12, 2018, 08:47:48 PM
Yeah Cuphead is fun. I've hit a wall, but I'll get back to it sometime.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on February 13, 2018, 06:08:28 AM
I'm a little burnt out on 2D platformers right now. I bought Ori back when I had the OG Xbox One and couldn't really get into it, in spite of the gorgeous art design. I'm afraid I'll feel the same way about Cuphead, though the notorious challenging gameplay is enticing. I'm hoping these things come to Games Pass eventually, so I might just hold off and solely use the Xbox One for Games Pass stuff (although I might buy Red Dead on it if that version runs the best). We shall see.

I popped on PUBG last night and had two hilarious "oh shit" moments. I feel like this happens frequently with this game, but anyways... the first involved me lying prone next to a tree, monitoring a set of buildings I saw a guy run into with my M16 with 4X ACOG scope. Next thing I know is I hear footsteps running at me from behind. The guy literally sprints one foot away from my body and down the hill, lining up for the perfect shots to the back. How he didn't see me was beyond me. I had a good laugh. The second involved an end game with 15 players and the ever decreasing circle landing on an open field with little to no coverage. Thankfully, I had a UAZ and was just driving in circles, taking the random shots--but no damage. I ran over a few unlucky souls running into the circle and it was down to about 6 players. I attempted a sharp turn, only to find my truck had flipped onto its side. I didn't want to jump out and get killed instantly, as I was the only one in a car at the end. I kept switching seats, but one sniper round landed in my face as I switched to the passenger side. I died, I laughed, I jumped right into another game. This game is something special, in spite of how unpolished/non-optimized it may be.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 16, 2018, 07:28:27 AM
It's hard to aim in PUBG on consoles. Most modern games have aim assists and RNG algorithms that help with aiming. The inaccuracy of dual analog sticks could be seen as a negative. I like it. It helps even the odds when taking fire. It gives you enough time to retaliate, juxtaposed to looting for 20 minutes only to be head-shot from 200 meters away with a sniper rifle. Gun fights are dirty/confusing/loud on the Xbox One and I like it for that. I can't pull myself away from this game.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 21, 2018, 07:50:48 AM
I bought the Xbox One X on Friday, February 9th. That's 12 days ago. I have thus far logged 95 hours into PUBG. That's an average of 7.9 hours a day. That's 55.3 hours a week. I have put more time into this game than my job. I don't think I've ever been hooked so hard by any other game in history. This game has essentially replaced my social life/sleep and I don't care. It's barely functioning and somewhat broken in a lot of regards, but the game play hook and moments/memories that keep me coming back for more. Has anyone else caught the PUBG bug?
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: MartinTeller on February 21, 2018, 09:16:58 AM
Not my kind of game, at all.
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Post by: Junior on February 23, 2018, 06:32:08 PM
I bought an Xbox One X instead.

Gamer ID: Solid Blake

whsguy

I did also just beat Celeste. That is a very good, sometimes very frustrating game. The last part of the climb was intense and I quit once. Don't do that, you have to repeat the whole final section if you stop in the middle. The score is great as well.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on February 24, 2018, 04:09:11 PM
Apparently, PUBG now runs worse on Xbox One X versus the S and OG counterparts.

Link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/windowsreport.com/pubg-xbox-one-x-issues/amp/

At first, I thought everyone had the same frame dips in cities/close proximity combat, but playing with friends on the downgraded consoles only confirms that Iím at a disadvantage playing on the X. Iím going to stop playing this until it gets fixed in a patch that the developers say is coming ďin a few weeks.Ē Iíve heard the rants against Bluehole, and it all now makes perfect sense.
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Post by: smirnoff on February 26, 2018, 02:34:20 AM
I bought the Xbox One X on Friday, February 9th. That's 12 days ago. I have thus far logged 95 hours into PUBG. That's an average of 7.9 hours a day. That's 55.3 hours a week. I have put more time into this game than my job. I don't think I've ever been hooked so hard by any other game in history. This game has essentially replaced my social life/sleep and I don't care. It's barely functioning and somewhat broken in a lot of regards, but the game play hook and moments/memories that keep me coming back for more. Has anyone else caught the PUBG bug?

That's impressive. It's been kind of like that with me since i got my new computer. I sit down for a quick game of Team Fortress.... 6 hours later I'm still playing. I'm hella rusty
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 27, 2018, 09:38:59 PM
SteamWorld Dig 2 was great fun. It offers a lot of risk-rewards mechanics and I like how the cog economy forces you to make interesting choices about how your want to play the game. This is a special one that I'd highly recommend to fans of exploring and Metroidvanias. Still think I would give Hollow Knight a slight edge with the two 2017 Metroidvania juggernauts.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 02, 2018, 11:51:04 AM
I popped on State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition for the first time yesterday and fell in love with this zombie sim almost immediately. The countless variables derived from character perma-death, home base/outpost locations, and personality dynamics really open up what can go down in your post-apocalyptic story. For example, I lost my first major character. His name is Ed, heís kind of dumb, so of course he would accept a fetch quest mission for a girl he has a crush on (at least in my mind), and his blind ambition led to his intestines being torn from his body, at the very dock/location the game starts at. It was almost poetic. What made it worse, after he diedóit cuts back to another playable character talking to the girl he was on the quest for, and she snidely remarked how she ďdidnít really know Ed that well.Ē Woof. This game is harsh, and so is a zombie infested apocalyptic scenario. I really want to play more, but I might hold out for State of Decay 2, so Iím not too burnt out on the formula.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 07, 2018, 09:24:17 AM
PUBG has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me, patch 9 appeared to drastically improve my laggy frames per second issues that most X users have been having; however, it has now reverted back to pre-patch performance. Itís a shame the developers are aiming at delivering native 4k resolution as a selling point, because Iíd much rather play this at 1080p with a locked 30fps any day.

I popped on Rise of the Tomb Raider due to it being known as a Xbox One X showcase and it does indeed look gorgeous. Native 4k is fine and all, but the HDR really adds a lot when compared to when I played through this on the OG Xbox One. Iíve also purchased GTAV for the third time, because GTA... the X doesnít really improve any visuals, but I am loving the feel of the Elite Controller in my hands as I explore Los Santosí seedier side.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on March 07, 2018, 04:43:12 PM
Working my way through Axiom Verge and this game is something else. The asthetic is Metroid on acid and the tools the game gives you lead to some fascinating area traversal and moments that feel like you're breaking the game. It's a delightfully odd game and I'm looking forward to spending more time with it.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 13, 2018, 06:41:05 AM
I tried Axiom Verge when it launched and I liked what I experienced, but like I've said before--I'm so burnt out on the 2D "Metroid-Vannia" formula, that it definitely detracts from an otherwise cleverly designed game. I've been messing around a bit with EA Access and Game Pass games on the X lately. Super Lucky's Tale is a delightful, albeit simple, platformer that is a nice palette cleanser from games like PUBG, though I'm only able to play one level before wanting something else. Burnout Paradise Remastered feels dated, but it's fun. Rise of the Tomb Raider looks gorgeous, but the story isn't enough to keep me hooked--I don't remember much from my first play-through, which is pretty telling. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst is pretty, but shallow "AF," as the kids say. Oxenfree is interesting and I enjoy the conversation mechanics, though I'm hard pressed to play more than 10 minutes as the story/mystery of the island hasn't really hooked me. The teenage dialogue is well written, though. Skate 3 has Jason Lee in it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 25, 2018, 11:49:57 AM
Should I get Far Cry 5 for Xbox One X or PS4 regular? (Neither is probably not an option)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 26, 2018, 07:15:05 PM
Went with Xbox One even though I wanted to get it on PS4. I don't have a Pro though, and feel like I should at least try and do more games on the One X. I did get Burnout on there, which has been fun.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 29, 2018, 11:26:57 AM
Iím taking a break from PUBG until Blue Hole can fix the terrible frames per second performance and abysmal hit detection. I was playing a lot of FPP, but the aforementioned issues combined with system hard crashes (that happen during crucial end game moments) is keeping me away from this otherwise brilliant game. Thatís all fine, because a lot of games have come out recently.

Iíve played Sea of Thieves and have enjoyed my time with it (especially with a full galleon crew), however, the lack of content and repetition is very apparent. Itís nothing more aggregious than most games like it (i.e. Destiny), and the core gameplay loop is satisfying enough to keep me coming back.

I also bought A Way Out and my buddy played with me for the first hour or so, and we both werenít very impressed. The game feels like a smaller scale David Cage game with co-op. Hopefully it will get better in time, but I wasnít impressed/engaged with my first experience with it. My friend gets to play the whole game with me for free, so thatís pretty cool (especially coming from EA).

Far Cry 5 has a really strong story opening, followed by a weaker open world opening; however, once the game opens up more (and you turn off all of the HUD/UI/Music elements and crank up the difficulty), the game becomes an immersive/challenging open world that feels organic in how you stumble upon missions. It really feels less ďgameyĒ than 3, 4, and Primal. Itís definitely my favorite entry since 2, but you do have to work for it. Iíve heard the co-op is great too, so Iím excited to dig into that when my buddy eventually picks up a copy. Ubi really nailed the feel of Montana (I biked through Montana about 8 years back and the environment feels so real) and this has the best use of HDR since Horizon: Zero Dawn. Iím sure Iíll have more stories/thoughts to share with this game in the future, but I am pleasantly surprised with this one.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 02, 2018, 03:57:05 PM
Was at a friends for dinner and their kids were playing Fortnite. I played a couple rounds and was horrible, but it was fun so I went home and downloaded it on my PS4 and played it for like 8 hours that day and another 5 or 6 hours the next night. I'm still not very good. Players shooters with a gamepad is not my strong suit, but it's a lot of fun. I'm just amazed how fluid some players are with their ability to build quickly and manoeuvre and cycle weapons. I'm coming into the mix a bit late I think. If I ever win a round of Battle Royale it'll be very satisfying.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 13, 2018, 05:32:38 AM
It sounds like God of War is getting rave reviews across the board (http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/god-of-war/critic-reviews) and thatís cool. Iím still not excited for it. I almost actively hated the first three games, as I thought they were way too ďgameyĒ and the character-action-button-masher genre just isnít for me. Hearing that this game veers away from that stuff, and that they have an ďImmersion ModeĒ that removes all HUD elementsóIím somewhat hopeful that this game could surprise me. I doubt Iíll ever like Kratos, though. Kratos sucks.
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Post by: Junior on April 13, 2018, 07:06:45 AM
Watched a few reviews of that yesterday and pre-ordered it based on the raves. I thought 3 was ok and that the biggest problem was the sorry and the tone, so this looked to have fixed that.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 15, 2018, 02:17:15 PM
Re-started RDR on the X1X this morning just to get a taste. It looks really, really good.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 15, 2018, 04:14:33 PM
Re-started RDR on the X1X this morning just to get a taste. It looks really, really good.

Donít make me buy that game for the fourth time.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 18, 2018, 07:42:07 AM
Re-started RDR on the X1X this morning just to get a taste. It looks really, really good.

Donít make me buy that game for the fourth time.

Ok, phew. I figured out a way to tie my Solid Blake and Venom Blake accounts together, so now I can play RDR in 4K, and man... itís a beauty. Itís amazing what higher resolution and anti-aliasing can do for a game that already had impressive art direction/lighting. This could almost pass as a current-gen game. YEEHAW.

I finished Far Cry 5 last night. That game started strong and I loved every moment in John Seedís region. However, Faithís story beats and the repetition becomes more apparent as I struggled through this and the subsequent Jacob region. The story sucked and the abduction sequences were frustrating and pace-breaking. I still enjoyed the tone of the ending, but getting there was a slog. I never finished Far Cry 4 or Primal, so there was something there to keep me going (probably the beautifully broken, silly open world), but the aforementioned story hindrances and game-breaking bugs (stuck day/night cycles being the most annoying) really kept this one from being a great game. Bliss sucks.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 18, 2018, 06:15:58 PM
I went Jacob then John and finished with Faith. I liked her area the most. Jacob's was the most boring. I really liked FC5, and want to go back to do more, but I'll probably sell it since I just got Yakuza 6 Collector's Edition and won't even touch that until I finish God of War (and also toy with the idea of actually finishing 0 and starting/finishing Kiwami).
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 20, 2018, 05:30:49 PM
It sounds like God of War is getting rave reviews across the board (http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/god-of-war/critic-reviews) and thatís cool. Iím still not excited for it. I almost actively hated the first three games, as I thought they were way too ďgameyĒ and the character-action-button-masher genre just isnít for me. Hearing that this game veers away from that stuff, and that they have an ďImmersion ModeĒ that removes all HUD elementsóIím somewhat hopeful that this game could surprise me. I doubt Iíll ever like Kratos, though. Kratos sucks.

Yeah, I was wrong to be skeptical. This game is incredible.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 22, 2018, 09:14:42 PM
https://youtu.be/FR7IX5RTPPA

... bless this man.  :'(
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 23, 2018, 07:24:55 AM
God of War continues to blow my mind. The combat, which I was the most worried about, veers far away from the Quick-Time-centric/button-mashy action hero combat from the first three games. Instead, we're given a Dark Souls-lite tighter 3rd person combat, but as you progress--you can still pull off some dazzling acts of violence that made the franchise stand out in the first place.

Exploration feels very Tomb Raider/Arkham City, but with a varied/changing "open world" that never feels repetitive or dull. I'm surprised how large this game is... it's big. It doesn't feel like a modern open world with a day/night cycle, but the pre-baked lighting allows for some beautiful scenery catered to each location.

The story is really good. Like, I'm not going to say anything about it. You should just experience it.

I bought an Xbox One X earlier this year, but if Sony keeps putting games like this (and Spider-Man) out.. I doubt I'll be turning that system on very much... Especially considering that State of Decay 2 is the only "exclusive" that I care about. We shall see.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 01, 2018, 05:45:06 AM
Red Dead Redemption II trailer dropping tomorrow, get hyped! Iím hoping they release a series of informative/historical trailers like they did leading up to the first Redemption, but anything will suffice. My hunger for this game is real.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 02, 2018, 11:07:53 AM
Oh baby...

https://youtu.be/6VVhPqGMDAg
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Post by: Junior on May 02, 2018, 11:18:39 AM
Looks awesome.
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Post by: 1SO on May 02, 2018, 12:56:50 PM
Is that Josh Brolin? That dude is everywhere.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 02, 2018, 04:11:25 PM
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America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.

After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

Iím enjoying the cult-like gang emphasis, with Dutch seen as their ďfatherĒ figure. Westerns have dealt with this before, but itíll be interesting to see this group of outlaws fall apart and struggle over ideals/loyalty. My prediction is that Arthur Morgan is killed by John Marston for betraying Dutch, making John all-the-more-tragic.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 02, 2018, 09:27:18 PM
Just finished GoW, now thinking about cleaning up some of the collectibles (but not the ravens, I'm not crazy), but I'm wondering if the Nif armor set is the best. Like, it's base 7, so it has to be, right? I feel like I'm stuck at level 5 and I'm unsure how to get higher.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 03, 2018, 08:59:37 AM
Just finished GoW, now thinking about cleaning up some of the collectibles (but not the ravens, I'm not crazy), but I'm wondering if the Nif armor set is the best. Like, it's base 7, so it has to be, right? I feel like I'm stuck at level 5 and I'm unsure how to get higher.

Good game, eh? I did a lot of sidequests and other-realm adventures during my playthrough, which I feel is a good decisionóbecause I feel like my adventure through Midgard is over. I might start another story playthrough soon, though. I really want to experience those amazing moments again.

Speaking of repeat playthroughs, Iím about 5 hours into Red Dead Redemption and, in spite of the 4k treatment, this game has aged like a fine wine. Truly one of the greatest games of all time.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 03, 2018, 09:31:43 AM
It sounds like Rockstar is delving into survival simulation with RDRII: http://m.ign.com/articles/2018/05/03/worlds-first-look-at-red-dead-redemption-2

This is ticking every box for me.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 04, 2018, 06:31:42 AM
Horse perma-death. GOD DANG HORSE PERMA DEATH.

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Post by: Beavermoose on May 04, 2018, 08:27:57 AM
I've been playing Final Fantasy XV, not sure how this took 10 years to make... The story is both deceptively simple and anime level convoluted, the open world straight from the beginning makes the pacing of the game really weird. Whatever happened to the good old days of this franchise when the stories made some sense.
The game is beautiful though, even though the fighting can get a little too hectic at times.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 04, 2018, 09:58:10 AM
I've been playing Final Fantasy XV, not sure how this took 10 years to make... The story is both deceptively simple and anime level convoluted, the open world straight from the beginning makes the pacing of the game really weird. Whatever happened to the good old days of this franchise when the stories made some sense.
The game is beautiful though, even though the fighting can get a little too hectic at times.

From my understanding, this game took so long to develop because it went through totally different story/console generations/gameplay elements and is a bit of a Frankensteinís monster. I enjoyed it, in spite of these flaws, because it felt like a wonderful accident.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 07, 2018, 07:16:08 PM
So pumped for Thanos in Fortnite  :-\
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Post by: Bondo on May 07, 2018, 09:07:07 PM
I'm 85 hours into Zelda:BOTW. Been a good while since I got up to the Ganon battle in the main story so I've been putting it off with shrines and side quests.

Super Mario Odyssey dominated between the two out of the gate, racking up about 40 hours but once I got properly into Zelda it very much turned the other way. Maybe in a few more weeks I'll have to start playing Mario Kart, though I feel like I'll be hard pressed to throw much time into it. It's mostly a thing to have on hand for multiplayer type of game.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 12, 2018, 06:12:05 AM
Got some funny money from work to spend on PSN and Xbox gift cards. I already pre-ordered Detroit: Become Human and Spiderman, but Iím open to further suggestions. Iím basically waiting for David Cageís robot soap opera and State of Decay 2 to drop and then the summer looks pretty light. Oh and I am still playing through Red Dead in delicious 4K in anticipation for RDRII.

Lastly, Game Informer has a pretty good deep dive on Days Gone (http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2018/05/11/new-gameplay-today-days-gone.aspx), which sounds like a challenging open world survival experience (notwithstanding the overbearing HUD/UI designówhich Iím hoping you can turn off). Iím pretty sure Iíll like this game, though open worlds might never be the same after October 26th.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 15, 2018, 06:51:57 PM
RAGE 2 looks like big dumb fun.

https://youtu.be/0rQMytyBFeA
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 15, 2018, 07:21:53 PM
Buying all the tables for Pinball Arcade.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 16, 2018, 07:18:33 PM
Might put up a month of Game Pass to try out SoD2
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 17, 2018, 05:40:33 AM
Might put up a month of Game Pass to try out SoD2

Sounds like it's getting mixed reviews much akin to the first game. I'll probably like it.

Speaking of them zombies... the hordes in Days Gone look pretty rad: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2018/05/16/days-gones-horde-vs-game-informer.aspx
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 17, 2018, 03:02:17 PM
Cod Blops IIII (sic) looks like something I wonít buy.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 19, 2018, 04:44:26 PM
I bought Conan Exiles a week ago, but still haven't booted it up. My friends wanted me to get it, so I did. It has a dong size slider, so I guess it's worth 50 bucks?
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 21, 2018, 04:07:48 PM
State of Decay 2 is a fantastic single player game with emergent moments much akin to its predecessor, however, itís a shame the shoe-horned cooperative elements are so half baked and a technical mess. I donít mind as much, as Iíll mostly be playing this as a single player experienceóbut DAMN. Microsoft/Undead Labs needs better QA.

Oh, and Iím playing the game early because I set my Microsoft Store account to New Zealand time zone. Iím a sly fox.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 23, 2018, 08:05:10 AM
Survival Update - Day 11: We found a new place to live. The stuffy suburban house was getting too cramped and supplies were running low in the nearby strip mallóso we decided to search for a better place to call ďhome.Ē We first stumbled upon an abandoned fort built on a railroad bridge. It provided good protection, but did not have the lot size for all of our operations. We finally settled on the ďchurch on the hill,Ē which gave us enough space to have a large farm, generator, workshop, and (most importantly) 6 beds. Weíve also occupied 4 outposts, which bring in medical, fuel, and contstruction supplies. We claimed the nearby water treatment plant to allow for base-wide water. We also found a new survivor, who excels in mechanical workóbut, unfortunately, made us exile our female cook, whose skills were no longer needed. Now, I just need to train or find someone proficient in computers so I can upgrade to a 5th outpost and claim the electrical plant across the valley. Morale is at an all time high for my camp, but weíll see how long that lasts as we continue to strip the nearby town of resources and destroy those pesky infestations/plague hearts that pop up sporadically.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 23, 2018, 03:25:09 PM
This Battlefield V "reveal" is a boring stinker. Just show us a damn trailer ALREADY.

No premium pass is cool though.
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Post by: Junior on May 23, 2018, 03:57:52 PM
I've been playing God of War in much of my free time and it's so damn good. I'm near the end of the game at the point where you're told to do what you want to get done before the very end so I just went and tried the Muspelheim trials. I got through the first two rounds (beat the Valkyrie, basically) and then went back to try the super difficult ones but saw that the first one was another "kill 20 enemies without getting hit" trial and just turned my PS4 off. The first version of that trial got on my last nerve, I can't imagine how dumb that new version will be.

But the rest is fun!
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 25, 2018, 01:25:25 PM
Iím glad to report that Detroit: Become Human is a lot more Heavy Rain and a lot less Beyond: Two Souls. The acting (specifically the three main roles) is above what youíd expect from a Quantic Dream production. Nevertheless, thereís still some pretty hokey stuff in this, as David Cage still insists that heís a ďwriter.Ē Get this engine/art team with a proficient story teller and youíre almost guaranteed a winner.

Lastly, I wish they didnít show you the choice-branch-structure-flowchart thingy at the end of each chapter, it kind of cheapens the whole experience.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 27, 2018, 10:33:33 PM
Going to start that tomorrow night, probably. Played a little SoD2 when I got home from the beach tonight, that game seems pretty cool, I'm just not very good at it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 30, 2018, 08:18:59 PM
Crushed Detroit, though also I had an easier route because I was too committed to weaving my own story and missed out on a third of the game. I think I directed things where I wanted them to go at the end, but will probably start over with another story line that I'd like to play out to see how the game shifts to it. Real big fan of this though, not on board with the criticism it has generated. But what I got was really cool because it set up an almost Death Note or The Departed story line that I imagine the third character would have changed in a few ways.

My copy came with Heavy Rain as well, I guess, so I might replay that on the PS4 at some point.

Also, Conner is definitely the coolest.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 31, 2018, 07:01:29 AM
Damn, that was fast! I just completed my first playthrough last night as well. I probably got the ďhappyĒ ending for all of my three protagonists and all secondary characters (save for one sacrificial lamb) are alive and well. The game definitely starts strong and ends a bit disjointedówhere the clock work choice mechanic seems are a little too obvious. My main issue is that I played this like a game. I wanted a ďperfect run,Ē even though it didnít allow for an interesting/challenging narrative. Iím good at games and I wanted to be good at this game. I really should have played this game like a director, probing what decisions and mistakes will make for a better overall story. Not all happy endings are good endings. Iíll probably start a new game with this in mind.

And yes, Conner rules.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 31, 2018, 10:54:09 PM
I figure that's the route I'll aim for next. I'm actually pretty happy playing director and with how my story played out, that game is being harshly criticized, I feel.

Need to get in touch with PS first though. I got charged $30 and the purchase went through when I bought another set of Pinball Arcade tables after finishing Detroit but they won't show up in my Owned tables, and when I try to download from the PS Store it just says "this purchase can't be made right now" or something similar. Need this squared away in the next 29 days before the tables get taken down.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 02, 2018, 06:58:30 AM
PUBG has improved greatly over the past few patches on the Xbox. Frames appear to be holding a steady 30 FPS at all times and stability is pretty good overall. I'm still waiting for them to map the left stick to actual analog movement, versus the WASD mapped setup... but this game is sucking me back in. The Mirimar map is pretty good too--I don't understand the hate for this one.

State of Decay 2 keeps me coming back for that supply run loop, however, I think I'm at a point where I've become self-sufficient and these looting runs are becoming less necessary. I haven't yet lost a survivor, either. Even when I tried when sending my most-hated character on a long loot/exploration run through the night and without transportation. Unfortunately, he survived and came back a hero. He still starts fights back home, in spite of my high morale rating. I only have one or two plague hearts to destroy and I need to find a survivor with computer skills to build up to 6 outposts. The game got a huge 20GB patch last night, so I'm excited to dive back in and see what they fixed.

Conan Exiles sucks. It's Minecraft, but way more grindy and broken. I really haven't enjoyed my time with this one.

Other than those games, I'll probably be hopping between Red Dead, God of War, and Detroit. What's the next big game coming out? Vampyr? Jurassic World?
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Post by: Junior on June 02, 2018, 07:54:29 AM
Spyro remastered is the next big game.
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Post by: 1SO on June 02, 2018, 11:09:07 AM
I miss Spyro. I used to spend more time playing that than watching movies.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 02, 2018, 12:14:31 PM
I think I was ďtoo oldĒ for Spyro, unfortunately. I remember buying a PlayStation solely to play Metal Gear Solid, and platformers were basically a Nintendo 64 staple for me (Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Conkerís Bad Fur Day, etc.). I only got hip to the PlayStation platformers when I recently picked up the remastered Ratchet & Clank (which was phenomenal). I missed the boat with those games and stuff like Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter as well.  :-[
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 03, 2018, 01:15:54 AM
Crash always sucked. I remember the Spyro games being good at the time (not surprising, it was Insominac who continue to make good games whilst Crash is ND who have made like one and a half good games), but I'm not going to pay full price to figure out if they hold up, I'll wait for a sale.

I am getting Vampyr on Tuesday.
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Post by: Teproc on June 03, 2018, 10:05:50 AM
Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Jak&Dexter is basically all I played on my sister's PS1 (+ Tomb Raider II and Medievil).
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 04, 2018, 05:02:42 PM
Went ahead and pre-ordered both Battlefield V and Red Dead Redemption II on the Xbox One X, because GRAPHICS!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 04, 2018, 06:53:17 PM
Not touching BFV probs, but still pulling myself between PS4 standard and XB1X for RDR.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 05, 2018, 10:35:38 AM
OnRush looks pretty fun. Watched some footage of Vampyr and the combat does not look like my cupíoítea.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 07, 2018, 03:36:01 PM
Ermygod, more Hitmans: https://www.gameinformer.com/2018/06/07/hitman-2-revealed-coming-november
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 08, 2018, 11:19:45 AM
More Twin Peaksy stuff from Dontnod: https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/06/08/introducing-twin-mirror-from-the-creators-of-life-is-strange/

Iím in.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 08, 2018, 05:48:48 PM
Liking the early hours of Vampyr, so I'll likely get that too.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 08, 2018, 09:19:54 PM
E3 is almost upon us... only a few hours until video game information overload, so hereís my wishlist:

EA Presser: More women in Battlefield and more sexist idiots losing their shit over it. More Star Wars would be cool. Oh, and Anthem. #Skate4

Microsoft Presser: Get rid of Xbox Live and double down on support for Game Pass. Also, have some exclusive games for cryiní out loud.

Bethesda Presser: Fallout 76 goes full hardcore survival, Prey gets a legit sequel (not just an expansion), and they announce Skyrim for my FitBit watch.

Square/Enix Presser: Kingdom Hearts is cancelled. Final Fantasy 7 Remake gets a 2045 release date. Oh, and they do a Avengers game that doesnít look like booty.

Ubisoft Presser: SPLINTER CELL. (Open world optional). The Division 2 goes more realistic/less lootíníshoot, and Rabbids everywhere.

Sony Presser: Kojima confuses everyone again, Ghost of Tsushima steals the show, The Last of Us Part II has a ďNOWĒ and ďTHENĒ title card transitioning between the Godfather Part II timelines, and Rockstar shows more Red Dead footage.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 08, 2018, 11:51:19 PM
Good call, I'll do my E3 wishlist as well.

EA - New Burnout, Sim5 with a simultaneous console launch, FIFA takes a year off to honor the World Cup, and also they decide to cancel the World Cup, and #Skate4 turns out to be a much deeper thing and is actually just Bully 2.

Microsoft - Fez 2, more Super Meatboy?, Below (More like Belol), Keyboard and mouse support/my Xbox One X is just a PC even if it's limited to the Microsoft store, fakeout trailer for Halo but it turns out it's actually a high school in the future because this is Bully 2.

Bethesda - Cancel the new Fallout and get Obsidian to make a game, Brink 3, definitive confirmation that they aren't going to make another single player Elder Scrolls game, Rage 2 gets pushed back because they actually bought the rights to Bully and all the Rockstar talent decided to come over and just make Bully 2.

SquareEnix - Final Fantasy VII remake canceled, Square acknowledges that FFVIII is the best and obvi IX is also way better than VII, Tomb Raider trailer has Lara shooting Nathan Drake dead, Kingdom Hearts 3 only features High School Musical/Camp Rock/Teen Beach Movie/Hannah Montana/Hercules/Bambi/Wizards of Waverly Place worlds, it turns out the WoWP world is actually the whole game but instead of Sora, Donald, and Goofy you are really just playing Bully 2.

Ubisoft - Fisher in a cardboard box where he says "I see you have been kept waiting, haven't you?" and then he has octocamo, new Assassins's Creed is fully in 4K HDR whatever on the Xbox One X but it's also just a remake of the Wishbone game where he's in The Odyssey, Watch_Dogs 3 goes in a pretty new direction in the sense that you're just a teen in a small town mining crypto but then you realize that outside of having a cell phone you're really just getting around by bike/skateboard/foot bcause this is Bully 2.

Sony - Last of Us cancelled and Naughty Dog stops making games, Death Stranding is digital only and released when the press conference ends/entire score and soundtrack done by Kanye, whoever you play as in RDR 2 walks in to a door and when he does he's a teenager in a modern New England setting because Rockstar has actually just been making Bully 2 with no online mode.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 09, 2018, 04:06:49 AM
New Splinter Cell would be the best. Any rumours about that or just wishful thinking?
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 09, 2018, 04:32:30 AM
New Splinter Cell would be the best. Any rumours about that or just wishful thinking?

I believe it was mentioned in that big Walmart Canada leak. They also did some Sam Fisher DLC for Ghost Recon Wildlandsóso thatís definitely them testing the waters a bit. Now that Metal Gear is no more, thereís a gaping void of stealth-action, and olí Sam could fillíeríup!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 09, 2018, 05:28:51 PM
Best thing out of E3 so far is hearing that Brad has once again picked up Clash Royale. It truly is the greatest game ever made.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 09, 2018, 08:10:34 PM
I was hiking all morning/afternoon so Iím just now getting caught up on this EA Show. What is happening? They showed like 5 seconds of Battlefield V, but theyíve wasted 5 minutes on this ďYoung KivĒ Madden player guy, now theyíre shout casting a mobile game? And itís Command & Conquer... the iPhone game. Everything sucks.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 10, 2018, 12:52:42 PM
It's not on iPhone yet  :'(
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2018, 03:25:00 PM
February 22nd, 2019 will bankrupt me.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2018, 03:49:13 PM
From aquiring Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Playground games, etc., and keeping a steady pace of game reveals/footage... Microsoft is killing it this year.

Edit: GAME PASS BABY. This is the real reason people should be buying an Xbox... it just makes sense.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2018, 04:07:17 PM
#Skate4 ... I mean Session.?
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2018, 04:16:55 PM
Tunic looks so f*cking rad.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2018, 04:42:07 PM
That CyberPunk 2077 trailer reveal was some incredible showmanship.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 10, 2018, 04:44:36 PM
I'll play that game for sure, hopefully it ends up being a launch game for the next gen machines.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2018, 08:38:50 PM
Andrew W.K.ís RAGE looks amazing.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 11, 2018, 01:19:32 PM
That Square Enix showing was bad, almost EA-levels of bad.  :-\

Definitely stoked for that Octopath release date though!
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 11, 2018, 04:39:37 PM
Goddamnit! I keep telling myself to stop getting excited over Assassin Creed games. They've only let me down since ACII. But... but... Odyssey... :o
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 11, 2018, 08:23:11 PM
The Last of Us: Part II just stole the show... wow.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 11, 2018, 10:36:17 PM
That trailer reminded me of everything that was wrong with ND games. During the Giant Bomb stream they were talking about it in relation to the new Tomb Raider, which I haven't seen much of/haven't watched the SE thing yet, but that doesn't bode well for TR.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 12, 2018, 04:07:32 AM
Yeah, I hate how ND make some of the best games of all time.  ::) I canít stand most of the Giant Bomb crew. Their snarky approach and general negativity (mostly from Jeff and Alex) really rubs me the wrong way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btmN-bWwv0A

TLoU:II looked outstanding, that saidóTsushima and Death Stranding had some really strong showings. I felt like the Spider-Man trailer was too revealing (Hobgoblin is going to obviously be the big bad) and CONTROL looked like some Remedy-ass fun. Oh, and Nioh 2 is a thing. Iíll definitely be picking up RE2 come January.

The press conference was awkward and paced poorly. I heard they had 4 different locations per each ďdeep diveĒ but gave up on the last two locations due to the logistics of moving the live crowd around? The content was great, though.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 12, 2018, 04:32:12 PM
Smash does nothing for me, so the only take-away from Nintendo's E3 presentation was Super Mario Party. That will be a fun thing to bring out to small get-together's and come up with some drinking games for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pu9t5AL1Ss
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 12, 2018, 04:44:12 PM
Biggest thing coming out of this year's E3 for me is Dying Light 2's world-altering choices system. If they can deliver on that, the game will definitely be up my alley.

Obviously, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is high up on my list of anticipated games as well. The added sense of mobility and range looks like it could bring a frentic pace to From Software's Soulsborne games.

Also, Nintendo's showing was just sad. I get that after Zelda and Mario you're not going to have much to show the next year, but they could have tried better to get some third party showings. At least more indie titles.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 12, 2018, 06:33:28 PM
Smash will be better than Zelda and Mario.

I'm watching the thing now.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 12, 2018, 08:07:28 PM
Top 20 E3 Games I Cannot Wait to Play:

1. The Last of Us: Part II
2. Death Stranding
3. Cyberpunk 2077
4. Ghost of Tsushima
5. Tunic
6. Marvelís Spider-Man
7. Below
8. CONTROL
9. Dying Light 2
10. Octopath Traveler
11. Hitman 2
12. SESSION.
13. Metro: Exodus
14. Battlefield V
15. Wolfenstein: Young Blood
16. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
17. RAGE 2
18. Assassinís Creed Odyssey
19. Resident Evil 2
20. Super Mario Party

E3 Press Conferences, Ranked:

1. Microsoft
-Quantity over quality, but the best pacing/production of the bunch. Game Pass is a bigger deal than anyone realizes.

2. Sony
-Awkward showing, but the games looked amazing. Sony should just do a ďDirectĒ next time.

3. Ubisoft
-Fun, fun, fun. I actually joyfully smiled several times watching this.

4. Devolver Digital
-Fun, fun, fun. I actually devilishly grinned several times watching this.

5. Bethesda
-Andrew W.K. and Todd Howard were the highlights, but the crowd was a wet noodle.

6. Nintendo
-I was hoping theyíd give me a reason to turn on my Switch at least once this year, but Octopath is the only reason thus far. Where was Yoshi?!

7. Square-Enix
-So lame. Kingdom Hearts 3 looks like silly dated anime nonsense, and itís also not for me (my Disney is Simba and Aladdin).

8. EA
-Terrible showing, abysmal host, and too little actual footage of games I care about. Who the CINECAST! is ďYoung Kiv?Ē
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 12, 2018, 08:47:55 PM
Was a big fan of how EA had NickAtNyte, though they should have let him talk more.
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Post by: MartinTeller on June 12, 2018, 11:13:59 PM
How have none of you mentioned Overcooked 2? That's what we're gonna be playing!
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 13, 2018, 08:57:19 AM
Oh yea, that one does look good. Still haven't picked up the first one but I have played it before.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 13, 2018, 11:21:23 AM
How have none of you mentioned Overcooked 2? That's what we're gonna be playing!

Will it have online multiplayer? Outside of the rare couch coop session, the first game never really hooked me. Itís a brilliant idea, but the lack of online play really detracted from my experience with the original.
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Post by: Junior on June 13, 2018, 11:38:37 AM
I believe it does have online multiplayer.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 14, 2018, 05:26:29 PM
I forgot that Sega was showing off Valkyria Chronicles 4 at E3... that bad larry would have definitely snuck into my top 10 list.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 14, 2018, 10:07:46 PM
So is fallout 76 PVP or PVE? My impression from the presentation was it's regular Fallout but with the option of 3+ player co-op. Co-op Fallout is something I can get behind.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 15, 2018, 06:34:39 AM
So is fallout 76 PVP or PVE? My impression from the presentation was it's regular Fallout but with the option of 3+ player co-op. Co-op Fallout is something I can get behind.

Sounds like both. People can be friendly or aggressive, and any of your buds can drop in/out whenever. Sounds like death isnít a huge punishment in the game, you donít lose items/gear and you just respawn. Your base can be destroyed, but it sounds like itís not a big deal as there is a repair feature. Basically, itís as it soundsóFallout 4 with multiplayer, no V.A.T.S. and the meta-game is gathering launch codes to drop nukes, which spawn irradiated zones that act as high-level zones (a la raid locations). Itís Bethesdaís bite at the whole Destiny-Division-Anthem pie.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 15, 2018, 06:43:07 AM
Oh, and Iím about 4 hours into Vampyr. I like it, but I feel like Dontnod should have marketed this game at a $50 or $40 price point. It definitely feels sub-AAA, and the combat feels a bit wonky, but the voice acting, score, and story (thus far) is working for me... especially that score.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 15, 2018, 07:46:13 AM
I'm similar in time, but taking my time with it, don't really have the price complaint (though also with Amazon I only paid $50 for it anyway, I guess) especially when there seems to be a lot of content in there. The thing I'm liking, as I still get used to the combat and leveling and crafting, is how many characters there are, like NPCs with actual things to say. And yes, it sometimes just has me running back and forth which is a bummer, but it does give a sense of life (or not, in this case lol) to the world in a way that something like Bully does (though not to the same extent, the fact that every character in there is a named individual makes that world feel more lively).

It's a B game, which is fine, I'm way in to some of the shots it takes.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 16, 2018, 01:31:39 AM
-Quantity over quality, but the best pacing/production of the bunch. Game Pass is a bigger deal than anyone realizes.

I'm definitely into Game Pass. There's nothing on there at the moment i want to play but I'm looking forward to subbing and unsubbing depending on what's there. Especially since the first month is only $1.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 16, 2018, 02:13:46 AM
I had a pretty poor experience at the beginning of my first 14 days, but once I got it up and running it was cool to play State of Decay 2. Will definitely pop it again when Forza drops.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 17, 2018, 12:56:35 PM
Has anyone played/heard anything about Jurassic World Evolution for consoles? I'm unsure if it's worth the $60, especially with it being digital only right now, but it reminds me of Zoo Tycoon which I am all about.

Also got AC:O for like $10 yesterday, really enjoying it so far. First AC I've messed with since III.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 17, 2018, 02:36:04 PM
Has anyone played/heard anything about Jurassic World Evolution for consoles? I'm unsure if it's worth the $60, especially with it being digital only right now, but it reminds me of Zoo Tycoon which I am all about.

Also got AC:O for like $10 yesterday, really enjoying it so far. First AC I've messed with since III.

I gifted it to my brother as a birthday gift for he and his son to play (my nephew is OBSESSED with Jurassic Park), but I have yet to hear back on how it is. I heard itís actually made by the same studio who did Zoo Tycoon, so that makes sense.

I really dug AC:O at first, but man the unecessary loot trope and RPG enemy levels really took out any stealth advantage I expected out of a AC game. I never finished it, but I had a good 20 hours with it. Iíll probably wait for AC:Odyssey to be cheap and go in with those RPG mechanics in mind, and might have a better time with it?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 17, 2018, 02:45:34 PM
It's former RCT and current Planet Coaster people, I think I'm just going to buy it.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 17, 2018, 07:17:15 PM
Been playing a lot of Cultist Simulator. It's a weird card management game with heavy narrative elements. Lots of cosmic horror beats and somehow the minimal mechanics and aesthetic make the game even more unsettling than I expected it to be.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 18, 2018, 06:21:25 PM
Have to look in to that, it's a PC thing I would imagine?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 18, 2018, 09:00:46 PM
Very much so.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 19, 2018, 04:47:20 PM
After listening to about 16 hours worth of podcasts about E3 it's got me back in the mood for my xbox . So i started playing Rise Of The Tomb Raider again. I only ever played a few hours of it when i bought it. I am enjoying it more now than back then but i find the game a bit rough. Especially combat. Not being able to take cover or crouch is annoying.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 20, 2018, 07:54:24 PM
Iím trying to force myself into enjoying Vampyr, but I just canít. This  Game Informer review (https://www.gameinformer.com/vampyr-review-game-informer) really sums up all the shortcomings that detract from the things I do enjoy (the score, the voice acting, and the era/tone). I like Dontnod, but it feels like they attempted something out of their wheel-house and definitely over-extended themselves. Oh well, thereís always Life is Strange 2 and Twin Mirror to look forward to.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 24, 2018, 03:15:39 PM
Been getting in to Vampyr more, and I like a lot of what it's doing. I played a bunch yesterday when I got back from Philly and it all started to click for me in a way it hadn't up to that point. Finally watched the Quick Look after and it seemed like Vinny was wrestling with the same things I had been (which makes sense, since the QL took place right at the point where I was, and when it started to fall in to place for me), but the way the systems interact with each other is rewarding even if I'm not sure the 'choices' seem to be doing all that much.

EDIT: Never mind, the choices do matter. There was one option where I thought I was playing it like other games and picked a dialogue option that I thought would be the path of least resistance, but apparently I locked myself out of a branch of medicine and CINECAST!ed up a district. Which sucks, I should have taken time to consider it, and I partially blame it on the rise of the dialogue wheel rather than actual dialogue lines, but it was my fault. And since the game is autosave only I don't think there's a way to undo that, which sucks, but that's sort of the point, so mission accomplished.

EDIT 2: I might actually just start over now that I have a better grasp on the way it plays and how to allocate experience as well.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 25, 2018, 11:32:02 AM
Dialogue wheels ruined the RPG genre so much.


Been playing No Man's Sky the past few days. I hadn't played it before and never bought into the hype machine. What is is right now I think is pretty good. I really like learning the alien languages and the cryptic story so far. The actual harvesting and crafting isn't as compelling to me, but it's not bad. At some point I want to find a planet to make a base and see if that side of it speaks to me at all.

It's also a fantastic podcast game and just generally a soothing experience.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 25, 2018, 06:01:09 PM
I do kind of want to go back and poke around at it, the podcast/music game thing is appealing to me, though that becomes even more appealing on something like the Switch where I can just put on Netflix or something on the TV. Though I could do that with my laptop if I'm playing on PS4, I guess.

Speaking of podcasts, didn't realize that Jeff G and Dave Lang have an irregular podcast about hip-hop called Ima Fix Wolves. It's not on iTunes or most other places as far as I could tell, I just had to download episode 5 directly from the website. Did anyone else know about this/was it ever talked about anywhere? Maybe an E3 segment I'm still working through, though looks like it started some time last year. It's not a premium thing on the website either. It was a really strange find.
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Post by: philip918 on June 27, 2018, 08:33:51 PM
Dialogue wheels ruined the RPG genre so much.


Been playing No Man's Sky the past few days. I hadn't played it before and never bought into the hype machine. What is is right now I think is pretty good. I really like learning the alien languages and the cryptic story so far. The actual harvesting and crafting isn't as compelling to me, but it's not bad. At some point I want to find a planet to make a base and see if that side of it speaks to me at all.

It's also a fantastic podcast game and just generally a soothing experience.

Haven't played the game, but I love the score. Great writing music. Also, the concept is pretty thrilling (and scary). We've reached a point where people could legitimately get lost in a game that is nearly limitless.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 28, 2018, 10:03:04 AM
(https://i.redd.it/z2vd3886ko611.jpg)
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 28, 2018, 01:15:00 PM
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit was my kind of Dontnod jam. They do their Quantic Dream/Telltale thing better than anyone and Iím very excited for Life is Strange 2.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 28, 2018, 09:20:39 PM
I feel like I messed it up, in the sense that I didn't do everything but kind of thought I did, and now I'm unsure if I should replay it or just live with how things turned out assuming it will tie in to LIS 2 (which I'm sure it will). Definitely enjoyed it, so I'm going to end up preordering the next season, though I was going to anyway, same with the new TWDTTG.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 30, 2018, 08:38:04 AM
Mutant Year Zero looks like some dope-Svenske-ass-shit:

https://youtu.be/CJxHEI8MSJU

I want it.
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Post by: Solid Blake on July 01, 2018, 05:13:25 PM
Fired up my Switch (after having to dig out the USB-C charger for the Pro Controller) for the first time in a long time to buy/download Mario Tennis Aces. Iíve played a few tutorial ďlevels,Ē but mostly bought this to bring out for smaller get-togethers (or roof parties). Seems pretty cool.

I also jumped on that Octopath Traveler 3 hour demo and chose the thief to begin my campaign. I still love the 16/32-bit tilt-shift aesthetic and itís definitely scratching that JRPG itch right now, though Iím still on the fence if Iím going to buy the full game in a week or so...
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 01, 2018, 05:37:18 PM
I want to play Octopath, but if I'm being real with myself I won't play it very much.
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Post by: Solid Blake on July 01, 2018, 07:08:21 PM
I want to play Octopath, but if I'm being real with myself I won't play it very much.

Give it at least three hours, man.
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Post by: Solid Blake on July 04, 2018, 07:27:29 AM
What a masterpiece...

https://youtu.be/w-E7kz9I0wk
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Post by: Solid Blake on July 08, 2018, 11:51:14 AM
I popped on OnRush due to it being on sale for some PSN Summer Steal thing. Itís fun. It really feels like a game from a different era, as this would feel at home on the PS2. Iím digging it, thoughóin spite of some of the damage/hit physics not making the most sense.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 08, 2018, 12:09:57 PM
Was playing the Resident Evil Remake for a while and while I'm throughly enjoying it, I just got the bite to go back and replay Bloodborne with the DLC. Damn this game is so good. The tempo of combat is so furious and deliberate that pulling off a flurry of moves always feels great. I hope the rumors of a sequel are true because I could definitely play more of this style of game.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 08, 2018, 12:22:04 PM
Has anyone played Broken Sword 5? I know I played the first two a ton when I was younger, think I may have finished 3 (unless this was released on the original Xbox, in which case I didn't) and don't think I ever played 4, but 5 is on sale on PSN for like $8 (wish it was $5 or less, considering the game is old at this point, but whatever) and I'm considering picking it up.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 08, 2018, 05:34:30 PM
I completed Rise Of The Tomb Raider 100% over the weekend. When i first bought it i only put a couple hours into it and found it hard to get really into the game. This time it was quite easy and i ended up really enjoying it. The story is completely forgettable. As is the combat. Where the game shines is in the challenge tombs and the traversal through the location set pieces. I'm looking forward to the next one! I also quite enjoyed how easy they made it to get 100%. On the map they show you where the items are and where the items you've already collected are. Makes it a breeze.

After Tomb Raider i started AC: Origins. I'm only an hour in but I'm not sure what to think yet. I like the loot elements except there's too much insignificant loot in nondescript vases and stuff. Hard to see without the animus feature. It feels like a big departure to me from the other AC games so I'm not sure what i think about that yet.
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Post by: Solid Blake on July 10, 2018, 05:46:33 AM
The new Tomb Raider games feel very B-level, in spite of its AAA presentation. The forgettable story/characters and elements blatantly taken from other games (ŗ la Arkham, Uncharted, etc.) really detract from an otherwise well polished and designed series. I still have hopes for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, so much so that I have it pre-ordered. Which isnít saying too much, actually... because I have every big game pre-ordered for the rest of the year (Red Dead, Spideyboy, Battlefields, Hitmans, etc.). Iím a pre-order zombiehead, bruh.
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Post by: MartinTeller on July 10, 2018, 08:22:22 AM
I wish they'd do another one in the vein of Guardian of Light/Temple of Osiris. Those are great co-op games.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 13, 2018, 09:57:28 PM
Got rid of Mario Tennis and bought Octopath.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 15, 2018, 02:14:03 PM
Got a Nintendo eShop card so I got Celeste. You know you're in for a good platformer when your hands start sweating after a 45 minute session. Feels like the first platformer since Super Meat Boy to really scratch that one more try at this level platforming itch.

Also been distracted watching Austin Walker play XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. I kinda want to give it a shot even thought I have a lot of issues with XCOM. I'm also tempted to play The Long War mod for XCOM just because I've heard great things and never got around to it. For some reason I'm craving tactical turn based gaming right now.

In any case, I'm trying to remind myself to stick with Resident Evil Remake and Bloodborne for now before I move onto other games.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 15, 2018, 03:15:23 PM
I need to get Celeste next time it goes on sale, I love SMB.
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Post by: Solid Blake on July 18, 2018, 11:29:55 AM
I downloaded TheHunter: Call of the Wild because itís on Game Pass and it looked interesting. Itís pretty great. Iím playing with all assists/HUD turned off (surprise) and really enjoying the sound design. Itís also stunning to look at. I believe this is using the CryTek engine? Itís probably the best looking next gen game Iíve played since Horizon: Zero Dawn. Whatever, Iím having a nice relaxing time tracking deer poop and watching geese fly over my head. This is a good wind-down-after-a-stressful-day-at-work kind of game.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 19, 2018, 06:10:51 AM
I have that on Steam. It's a good game. It's great to play at night with the lights off.
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Post by: smirnoff on July 22, 2018, 03:50:57 PM
I played Overcooked, that couch-coop game. Lotta fun. Haven't played something that frenzied since Bomberman.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 22, 2018, 06:42:23 PM
Finished Resident Evil Remake. Such a good game. Still think I prefer Resident Evil 2 by just a tad. Looking forward to the remake of that one. Also really want to go back and play Resident Evil 3 now.

Still working through Bloodborne some more and playing more of the optional content I missed the first time.

I picked up Sonic Mania Plus with a Best Buy coupon so I tried a tad of that and I cannot figure out the timing of Ray quite yet. Still, it was worth getting again in order to have the awesome Genesis alternate cover for the Switch version.

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Post by: Sandy on July 22, 2018, 08:15:53 PM
I played Overcooked, that couch-coop game. Lotta fun. Haven't played something that frenzied since Bomberman.

Now thatís a co-op game I think I could get behind! :)
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Post by: MartinTeller on July 22, 2018, 11:22:52 PM
Carrie and I had a blast playing Overcooked together, and she's since played it by herself three times. Looking forward to the sequel.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 27, 2018, 05:23:14 PM
Been enjoying some No Man's Sky since the update. I haven't quite figured out all the conversions for materials yet so sometimes I get stuck not knowing what I need to mine for something. Still, it looks a lot better and I'm hoping to play multiplayer with a friend sometime this weekend.
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Post by: Junior on July 27, 2018, 05:55:17 PM
I've been doing the same. I played with a friend but I'm not sure it was super great. There wasn't anything to keep us together or pursuing some goal together. But maybe we were just at a bad point in the game for it to work. If we followed the story or built a base together it might work better. But I've got a fleet of ships now and that's fun.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 27, 2018, 06:32:10 PM
Got the patch downloading now, might get to it tonight. I'll see you all out in the space, I think, we're all buds on PSN. Been mostly just playing Octopath before bed, which is a fun game. I am still gathering the core cast, and I get the complaints about the lack of interaction between the characters and stories because that is a pretty big negative in a game that is so otherwise engaging, but also I don't know if there's more fun to be had with a video game in 2018 than using the warrior to challenge all the level one NPCs and just lay them out. This one old man was not about the hedge knight just throwing down with him, and clearing out Ophelia's church was also a blast. It's just ridiculous some of the people they let you fight as him.
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 08, 2018, 09:41:41 AM
Can someone explain to me how No Manís Sky is considered to be having a comeback? I just redownloaded it to see what the hype was about, started a new game and was instantly killed by high radiation levels. So I started a new game, this time only to be instantly killed by high toxicity levels. I have subsequently deleted the game.  >:( 10/10 GOTY
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 08, 2018, 10:00:45 AM
In much happier news: Red Dead 2 gameplay footage coming tomorrow! http://m.ign.com/articles/2018/08/08/red-dead-redemption-2-gameplay-trailer-coming-tomorrow
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 08, 2018, 09:17:03 PM
I'm still not all about it because those crafting things just aren't for me, but it does take a couple of hours to get going. I've been enjoying it more this time through, and idk if they overhauled the visuals or what but the worlds just feel like they have so many more rich colors. That said, it would be better if I regularly smoked weed, I think, and I could just vibe with that while I listen to music or have netflix on my laptop. There's just a simple joy to the exploration, I've found.

Also, bought Dead Cells (went with Switch for the portability factor, even if I know it'll overtake Octopath) and am loving it through my first 4 runs. Never played a Castlevania game fully/enough to have fond feelings when I like the Metroid of the Metroidvanias so much, but the run based gameplay, the visuals, the charm, the varied weapons. It's been a blast, and way better than something like Rouge Legacy which I bounced off of super hard. Unsure if it'll be like Spelunky, and the way weapons work is so different I'm not sure it can match the simplicity and depth balance that game has, or even TBoI, but it could get up there.
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 09, 2018, 09:44:54 AM
I think I donít like 2D platformers anymore. Iíve invested in so many of these metroidvannia-type games, but Iíve yet to play more than 25% of most of them. I canít remember beating any since, probably, Shovel Knight on the WiiU. I think Iíve just played too many in my life, and the thrill is gone. Dead Cells seems cool, but Iím not even buying Guacamelee 2. The 25 dollar price point isnít doing it any favors, either.

I went ahead and pre-ordered Valkyria Chronicles 4 after playing the demo. Itís very much akin to the PS3 original title... almost to a fault. The english VO is still terrible, the storybook format is dated... but itís still got that VC gameplay, and thatís what Iím here for. Itíll probably be lost in the shuffle when it drops in late September, but Iíll still drop in to play a few missions when I want some fun color-pencil tactical combat.

Oh, and Red Dead trailer in 15 minutes!!!!!!!
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 09, 2018, 10:02:47 AM
https://youtu.be/Dw_oH5oiUSE
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 19, 2018, 09:26:46 AM
Ok, I still like 2D platformers. Dead Cells is pretty Fín rad, guys. It definitely reminds me of Rogue Legacy, where my ďrunsĒ donít always feel in vain, as Iím always building up passive abilities and unlocking weapons from found blue prints. The combat feels fun/smooth. Also, you donít take damage from touching enemies who arenít in a combat animation, which I appreciate GREATLY.

Also, I got a personal record of 8 ďchicken dinnersĒ in one day playing PUBG. Man, that game... it has delivered some of the highest highs Iíve ever experienced in gaming, it also has some pretty low lows. Iím sure Iíll write more about this later.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 22, 2018, 08:58:20 PM
Who needs RDR when the man is getting ready to drop the fire?

https://youtu.be/u7fqQK0bl_U
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 27, 2018, 03:03:29 PM
https://youtu.be/vjF9GgrY9c0
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Post by: MartinTeller on August 27, 2018, 03:11:19 PM
Overcooked 2 was over way too fast. Hopefully they'll do some DLC again. I really like the new throw mechanic.

I couldn't resist buying Uncharted 4 for $20, though I can't imagine ever having the time to play it :/
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 28, 2018, 01:12:46 PM
Cyberpunk 2077 looks tight but of course I'm bummed by the simplistic dialogue system. Guessing we'll probably never get another AAA RPG with good dialogue again.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 28, 2018, 06:28:36 PM
Who needs dialogue when you can have simplistic choices and vague almosts?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 28, 2018, 07:55:55 PM
I'd laugh if it didn't hit so close to home.  :'(


In other news, since Into the Breach dropped on Switch today out of nowhere, I thought it would be fun to get some turn-based goodness on the Switch. One island in and I have a feeling this could be something special for me. Such a fun game.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 28, 2018, 08:41:06 PM
Have you not played it before? Switch should be great for that (I'm still on Dead Cells), but that was one of the rare games I bought PC at launch and dumped a ton of time in.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 29, 2018, 09:44:43 AM
Nope. It still isn't out on Linux. I'm digging it on Switch and it controls a lot better than I expected.
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 30, 2018, 11:02:41 AM
Looks like EA was the first to blink and delayed Battlefield V to November. October is already a mess, and this frees up some time for me to play through Valkyria Chronicles 4.

Thus far, my chronological playlist looks like this:

(September)
-Marvelís Spiderman
-Shadow of the Tomb Raider
-Valkyria Chronicles 4
-Life is Strange 2

(October)
-Forza Horizon 4
-Read Dead Redemption 2

(November)
-Hitman 2
-Battlefield V
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 30, 2018, 11:26:50 AM
Rest of the year for me looks something like this:

September
-Spiderman
-Valkyria Chronicles 4

October


November
-Hitman 2

December
-Just Cause 2
-Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


???
Frozen Synapse 2
WarGroove
BattleTech (Linux release)
Moonlighter (Switch release


And then there are some games I gotta double back on and play:
Minit
God of War
Vampyr
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Celeste
Star Traders: Frontiers
Overcooked 2



In Into the Breach news, I finally beat two islands. This is such a delight of a game. The way you always want to have the ability to do just one more thing or find that sweet move that suddenly allows enemies to do your dirty work for you makes the whole game such a clever affair. This is truly a magical game and probably my front-runner for GOTY with nothing else looking like it'll come close.



Speaking of GOTY, looks like 2019's GOTY is going to be tight:

https://youtu.be/Z6JVT2Sp8aQ
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 30, 2018, 09:44:55 PM
Not soon enough.

I'm getting Spider-Man as well, and I guess I have Destiny 2 now with PS+, not sure I'll play it though. Obviously I'm going to get RDR2 and Hitman 2. Smash is the game I look most forward to because it's the one I know I'll be the best at, and very pumped for LiS2.

Need to go back and restart Vampyr at some point, unsure when I will though. Passing on the new Dragon Quest for now, though I'm very interested. Just can't get jazzed for Valkyria Chronicles, I should love that PS3 game, but I just never clicked with it.

Ended up pre-ordering a few games before the Amazon change. Hitman, Fire Emblem, Smash, and Cyberpunk.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 01, 2018, 05:53:20 PM
I bought DayZ for some early access jank on the Xbox... Iím not disappointed. What a mess. That said, Iíve already had some really hilarious immersive moments/interactions that almost warrant the purchase price. I met one friendly guy who was looking ill, I gave him a can of spaghetti and as he was opening the can, he keeled over. It was both silly and sad. Iím sure Iíll have some more stories to tell in the future.

I also went ahead and cancelled my pre-order of Red Dead Redemption II because I subsequently bought the ďultimate editionĒ for a hundred bucks, because I want these ambitious games to succeed, and the annualized garbage (i.e. Assassinís Creed, Call of Duty, etc.) to fail.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 01, 2018, 08:18:00 PM
Ummm, it's Rockstar. It'll sell fine.



Beat Into the Breach for the first time last night. First of many, I'm expecting. Such a smart game.

Also, my PS+ is about to end and I probably won't renew it until I get some income. Being unemployed I'm scrimping so much on what I buy these days. Shame that without Plus I can't play a lot of the games I got in a time when I don't have the money for Plus.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 02, 2018, 12:07:02 AM
I'm trying to decide where I'll get RDR. I like my PS4 more, obviously, but also I don't have a Pro and do have an X.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 02, 2018, 08:22:14 PM
Iím getting it on the X. The PS3 version of RDR was notoriously downgraded from the 360 version in terms of resolution. Even though Sony has the advertising rights behind the RDR2 campaign and all footage has been taken from a PS4 Pro, I highly doubt Rockstar wouldnít take advantage of the X hardware. That, and my X is much quieter than the loud-ass-Pro.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 02, 2018, 08:47:14 PM
I just feel like PS4 is typically the lead/smoother running experience, but I suppose the power of the X is closer to a decent PC than a launch PS4. Hopefully I don't miss out on additional content.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 04, 2018, 09:07:51 AM
I just feel like PS4 is typically the lead/smoother running experience, but I suppose the power of the X is closer to a decent PC than a launch PS4. Hopefully I don't miss out on additional content.

I don't think Sony has any exclusivity deal with Rockstar in terms of content, just certain advertising privileges. I'm sure Digital Foundry will do some digging, but you can rest assured that the Xbox One X version will be the most optimized/best looking version of RDRII (until a PC version comes along).

Oh, Spider-Man sounds good: https://www.gameinformer.com/review/spider-man/spinning-an-amazing-web

Oh, and Battlefield V open beta dropped today for pre-order folks.

Oh, and PUBG just went 1.0 for Xbox One, dropping the Sanhok map and other stuff with it.

Looks like I'll have my hands full in the next few days.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 04, 2018, 09:10:29 PM
Wrote this review quite a while back but I've been so lazy about posting lately.

Life is Strange (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=15952)

Dontnodís Life is Strange is a rare delight in video games: one built around a cast of relatable characters that come across as human and strong as the best stories in any medium. While the medium lacks the realism and nuance of a human performance, itís a reminder of how far games have strived when a video game story can be as bold, moving and gripping as primetime TV or award-winning movies.

The player experiences the story thought Max (Hannah Telle), a student at the prestigious Blackwell Academy who discovers she has the ability to rewind time on the same day she reconnects with her childhood friend Chloe Price (Ashly Burch). Something is going wrong with both the town and the school and Max and Chloe team up to find the answers.

A coming of age story mixed with sci-fi tales, Life is Strange is most striking for how few punches it pulls. Issues of sex, drugs, violence, abuse, and more come up as the story unfolds and Max begins to get glimpses into the lives of the people at Blackwell Academy and the surrounding town of Arcadia Bay.

What makes Life is Strange such a compelling work of fiction is that Max responds to these insights by gaining sympathy and compassion for people who she otherwise might have mistreated or accused earlier in the game. In the moment, certain choices can be undone by rewinding time, but itís often an episode later before Max sees that the person she thought she understood has a whole other layer to him or her that makes her realize that her assumptions about people arenít always true.

This is what the best works of fiction often do: allow us to connect and empathize with people who are not us. Maxís journey throughout the game forces her to consider how the people around her are often victims of circumstances she did not consider before. Sometimes, she finds the choices she makes causes someone else to become a victim.

Where the game occasionally falls apart is its lack of tonal consistency and proper urgency. Max is often left with life-altering choices hanging in the balance when the actual substance of the game is talking to people. Stopping in the middle of something to have a ten minute conversation often feels out of touch with the action of a scene.

But even then, itís hard to critique the game too much for keeping its writing at the forefront instead of action gameplay sequences. It does have a couple of brief stealth sections but the gameís strongest feature is its writing and most of the best moments in the game are spent in conversation.

All that being said, Life is Strangeís boldest moments are when it decides to be quiet. There are a number of moments when the game does not move until the player does. Max lays in her bed gazing at the ceiling or sits in a chair taking in the view. Most games donít leave players the mechanical space to simply linger and take in the world, to reflect on how crazy everything has gone. Max will often narrate these gaps, encouraging the player to slow down and process instead of simply move onto the next twist in the story.

Thatís the kind of maturity of writing and presentation that goes against the instinct of a society where every last moment is meant to be gripping and enticing. Taking time to simply soak in a moment or reflect is rare in popular stories. Life is Strange has its twists, but they work so well because the story gives itself time to reflect and absorb them. In a relentless world of TV binge-watching and movies with teasers for the next installment, itís a refreshing change of pace.

Life is Strange strives for the best of artistic inclinations in a medium often bogged down with some of the worst tendencies to marginalize and vilify antagonists as mindless creatures to be slaughtered. Here, people are complex, human and tragic. Itís easy for any story to find the monstrous in humanity, it takes a lot to make bad people human and relatable.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 07, 2018, 09:15:40 AM
Spider-Man is a heckiní good time.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 07, 2018, 11:05:03 PM
Fun so far, trying to figure out when the point is where I should just stop and do side stuff. Just caught Shocker for the first time, or what I assume is the first time, so hopefully it's coming up soon.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 08, 2018, 04:03:37 AM
Fun so far, trying to figure out when the point is where I should just stop and do side stuff. Just caught Shocker for the first time, or what I assume is the first time, so hopefully it's coming up soon.

Iím picking them off as I go, but only if theyíre on my way to a main quest or side mission. The research stations are the more varied/fun of the bunch, but Iím still having so much fun web-slinginí that I could just chase pigeons all day and never complain.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 08, 2018, 09:53:02 AM
The research stuff I've done in the lab, especially the match the lines ones, I have really liked. The upgrade arm one thus far has felt dated, but I still like it enough. I think I just got my first side mission (involving a mask and a food bank), so I think I'm starting to get to the part where the game is opening up.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 08, 2018, 03:26:45 PM
Damn it. Iíve sworn off Call of Duty several times. Iíve felt duped at the promise of a new and exciting CoD experience year after year, and Iím always let down by the antiquated gameplay/engine. I was so against buying Blops IIII, especially after hearing that theyíre scrapping the single player campaign. But, after listening to the guys absolutely gush over their experience with Blackout on the latest Game Informer podcast... I just pre-ordered it just to check out the beta next Friday. It sounds analogous to PUBG, but a little faster in pace, and the map sounds like itís more 4X4, and less 8X8. The trailer looks great too. Am I falling for it again?!?!  :-\

https://youtu.be/BjiaMBk6rHk

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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 10, 2018, 06:29:48 PM
Finally got to the point where I can unlock challenge tokens.

Also, forgot to mention this before, but it's cool how direct they surface the sound options at the start of Spider-Man. I'm not sure if other games have as many options, I just have TV speakers and headphones on the rare occasion I want to use them, though I'm constantly looking for a good sound bar, but it's cool to see so many different types of sound.

However, the control options, especially in a game with so many accessibility options in that many, are shockingly limited. Really unsure why you can only invert a single axis. Each third person game is so different to me I usually like messing around with combos, but I'm still struggling with moving the camera sometimes since I can't flip left and right.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 11, 2018, 09:27:33 AM
Watching footage of the Call of Duty: Blackout, Iím somewhat more confident in my initial excitement. This looks like the first major change in a Call of Duty game since Modern Warfare. Iím a little disappointed that theyíre still leaning in on the futuristic weaponry and gimmicky items from zombies, as Iíd prefer more grounded weaponry. But all the battle royale tropes are here and they look super polished. Iím excited to dive in on Friday and see how it feels. After playing the unoptimized PUBG for the last 6 months, Iím just antsy to play a AAA BR game that isnít Fortnite.

Speaking of Friday, Shadow of the Tomb Raider drops and itís getting super mixed reviews. Iím not too excited about it, as I think both of the ďof the Tomb RaiderĒ are fine games, but lack the story/polish that Iíve become accustomed to thanks to Naughty Dog. I do like the smaller hub-like world and the Metroidvannia elements. Iím going in with lowered expectations, though I am super interested in seeing how Eidos Montreal does with the reigns.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 13, 2018, 07:42:52 PM
Iím not on speaking terms with PUBG right now. 1.0 just released and Iím constantly getting crash errors and sub-30 FPS on the X. What a joke.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 14, 2018, 06:55:09 PM
CoD: Blackout Beta is not downloading for most Xbox users. Cancelled my preorder, as today was most likely my only chance to check out the game. Oh well, saves me 60 bucks/time, I guess.

Oh and Tomb Raider seems decent?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 14, 2018, 10:04:15 PM
I'm now on Act 3 of Spider-Man.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 15, 2018, 06:32:58 AM
I'm now on Act 3 of Spider-Man.

I beat that ish the other night, and Iím about 3 districts away from 100%íing the game. This might be my fourth platinum trophy in my repertoire, but weíll see. Tis a great game.

In spite of my pre-order cancellation, the Blackout private beta started downloading around 9pm last night. I stayed up till 2AM playing it. Itís loads of fun. Iím pretty sure it hasnít been optimized for the X, because itís super blurry/low res at times/otherwise it ran smooth. I might actually have to shell out money for another CoD this year *angrily shakes old man cane*. 
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 15, 2018, 04:04:10 PM
Are you going to get it on the One X over the PS4? I skipped WWII last year because that old shit bores me, but even though there's NO wall running  ::) I'm pretty open to giving this sucker a try. Not nearly as big on Battle Royale as you are, but I do typically really like the CoD stuff and figure, with no announcements and that Star Wars thing likely taking Battlefront III's slot next year, that we won't see another Titanfall for a while, so might be looking in to picking it up. Trying to get a feel for where everyone is playing though, I think most of my local friends who might get it are on PS4.

Also not sure I'd call Spider-Man a great game, especially in comparison to the other superhero game from which it takes heavy inspiration, but up until the transition point from Act II to III I probably wouldn't have called it all that great of a story either, which certainly has changed at this point. I'm considering going after the platinum, still not a huge fan of the combat, but I'm pretty positive on the game as a whole even if the response (and despite being a relatively large Insomniac fan) has been a lot heavier than I'd give to even some other 2018 games
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 15, 2018, 05:23:06 PM
Probably getting it on the X. Even though PS4 may be getting the DLC ďexclusivityĒ side of the deal, Iím mostly sticking with the more powerful console for any multiplatform games. I am getting Valkyria Chronicles 4 on PS4 because it feels wrong playing it anywhere else.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 16, 2018, 10:20:14 AM
I wish I had that dedication. That's what I want/try to do with my X, I don't even really care about achievements or trophies, I just like the feel of the PS4 controller and how intuitive the dashboard is on the Sony side. There are certain games like LiS and the TT ones that I have to keep getting on PS4 as well because that's where I have saves. Maybe I will get CoD on the One X, I never buy the DLC anyway.-
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 16, 2018, 10:51:50 AM
I have a Scuf Impact on the PS4 that I like, but nothing beats the hand feel of the Xbox Elite controller. The Nacon Revolution felt close, but I feel like the controller/power/quietness of the X makes it my preferred console for now (in spite of PS4 having the better exclusies). Thereís proís and conís to the UI of each console, which in the end feels like a wash.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 16, 2018, 11:39:45 AM
Ah, I just have standard controllers for each system.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 16, 2018, 07:43:33 PM
You cute kids and your console controllers for FPSs. Keyboard and mouse is where it's at.
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Post by: MartinTeller on September 16, 2018, 10:17:25 PM
You cute kids and your bang bang shoot-em-up games.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 17, 2018, 09:57:22 AM
You old fogies with your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and your click click clicky games.  ;)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 17, 2018, 07:44:43 PM
I don't like playing with a mouse and keyboard. Also, would need a PC that could handle these things, right now I don't even plug a mouse in to my laptop.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 17, 2018, 08:04:02 PM
Into the Breach remains pretty great. It's been a long time since a roguelike/roguelite has pulled me in this much, probably since Spelunky. I know there are other 2018 games I should get to, but I feel like I could take my time and play lots of Into the Breach before moving onto the next 2018 video game.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 19, 2018, 08:08:13 AM
Quick thoughts:

The Blackout beta may have ruined PUBG for me, itís hard going back to this unoptomized mess after playing such a polished AAA battle royale experience (that isnít Fortnite).

The James Bond car tie-in with Forza Horizon 4 is brand synergy at its finest.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is super unpolished and inconsistent, but the tombs/crypts/gorgeous scenery keeps me coming back for more.

Iím probably buying that PlayStation mini... though not having Metal Gear Solid on that thing is a travesty.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 19, 2018, 07:19:03 PM
I will not be buying that PS Mini...probably. The controllers not having the sticks, and thus not having Ape Escape, is silly. Also, CINECAST! FFVII.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 19, 2018, 07:28:31 PM
No sticks? What a joke. Also, I've bought PS1 games on PSN that I should be able to play on PS4 and there's no good reason they haven't made them available so I've no qualms emulating them on a PC at this point.

Also, neither of you mentioned the Nintendo Online full lineup finally getting revealed, probably because it's pretty terrible. I've no real anxiety about losing saves and no Switch game that looks to be using multiplayer seems enticing to me at least until Smash comes around, so I've no problem giving it a hard pass for now.

I feel bad for old games on consoles. I've got so many PC games I can easily play in about 5 minutes of download/install time that work very smoothly on PC, the same cannot be said for most console classics. Or, if you can, you have to buy them again for each new platform release which is just greedy.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 19, 2018, 07:39:38 PM
I am going to sign up for it, definitely for Smash, but probably before. Have to buy those dumb joycon without the sticks, you know? Only reason I'm not signing up tonight is because I forgot my wallet in my car.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 20, 2018, 08:38:58 PM
Celeste has ended up being quite a delight. Starts out as a knuckle-gripping platformer but evolves into actually having a great story and some delightful mechanics as it progresses. Highly recommend. Easily going to make my best of the year list.
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Post by: Junior on September 20, 2018, 09:00:43 PM
Yup, that's a great game. I'm not good enough at it to do the post-game content, but the campaign is very good.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 20, 2018, 09:10:24 PM
Is it on sale anywhere? I definitely want to pick that and The Messenger up. I'm finishing up Yoku's now, the main story anyway, which I've pretty much loved thus far.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 20, 2018, 09:14:05 PM
Yup, that's a great game. I'm not good enough at it to do the post-game content, but the campaign is very good.
Yea, I got to that and I honestly only saw two of the four things you need to unlock it and couldn't figure out how to get either of them.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 21, 2018, 05:52:49 AM
All this gushing preview coverage from numerous oulets regarding Red Dead Redemption II, Iím reassured that R* is reimagining the open world formula. I think the gimmicky PR name of ďLiving World,Ē albeit corny, is hopefully the case... I canít wait to get lost into this world that takes 8 years and millions of development costs to make. It sounds impressively immersive, even for Rockstar/Bethesda/CD Projekt Red standards. Iím excited for this game at the level that I was with Metal Gear Solid V, and I was still blown away by that game. Fingers crossed that RDRII blows my mind as well.

This David Vonderhaar interview with Game Informer had me even more stoked for Blackout and their plans for supporting that mode:
https://youtu.be/FpWBmq1fHGI

Lastly, Iím souring on Tomb Raider the more I play it. I made the wise decision to turn off ďinstinct mode,Ē to make puzzles/combat more challening, but Jonah sucks, Lara kinda sucks, ancient Incan civilizations speaking perfect English definitely sucks, and the antogonist/story are sucks-worthy as well. Itís still a good game, itís just far from being a great one.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 21, 2018, 10:35:26 PM
RIP TellTale  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

I know I'm the only fan of them around here at this point, but what they did with those two seasons of the Batman games was super impressive and such a refreshing take on that world. The Walking Dead games were also consistently good...and now that this final season, which was only supposed to be four episodes, is very likely to end after just two has me both super bummed and also kind of pissed that I bought in on that season pass. I think the only games I haven't finished were the Minecraft ones, though I guess good for me in the sense that it's the lone franchise that will survive before they are put down entirely. Going to be a heck of a night Tuesday when that second episode of The Walking Dead drops knowing that it will likely be the last and that the story will never wrap up.

At least there's LiS2 next week.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 22, 2018, 09:20:19 AM
I enjoyed early TellTale. Sam & Max seasons were all fantastic. I need to play more of their later stuff. It was cool to see them make episodic gaming work while so many people couldn't figure it out.

I played through Minit yesterday. Clever little game. Obvious riff on Zelda. I might go back and 100% it because I am curious about what's in that temple. I dig how that one minute timer makes for some really clever little encounters. I'd say if you have any affection for the 2D Zelda games this is an obvious must play.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 24, 2018, 01:57:42 PM
Telltaleís studio closure is not a surprise, unfortunately. I was skeptical of their work when playing the abysmal Jurassic Park and Back to the Future games. But I was pleasantly suprised with The Walking Dead season 1, which in turn was the catalyst for a calvacade of games based on pricey franchises. This over-expansion of multiple licensed projects based on pop culture properties, combined with a dated game engine, and considering other studios releasing quality stuff (i.e. Life is Strange, Detroit: Become Human), it only makes sense that TtGames would hit a rough patch. Just sucks that people had to lose their jobs (without notice, or a severance package) and fans wonít get closure for their current projects.

In other disappointing news, Iím in the end game for Shadow of the Tomb Raider and itís getting really frustrating/bad in both combat and climbing sequences. Itís giving me flashbacks to how Prey really blew it with the last portion of that game. Iím starting to understand the lower review scores/negative opinions more and more. I was hoping for more with this trilogy, but Iím thinking that Tomb Raider (2013) was the best game in this rebooted trilogy, with diminishing results following it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 24, 2018, 07:48:43 PM
People always talked about the engine, and GotG was sort of rough, but I thought the latest season of Batman and pretty much all post Walking Dead Season 2 Walking Dead games were smooth. Batman especially. Their work on those Batman seasons, especially the second, is likely the best work TellTale has done in their modern era.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 25, 2018, 08:50:24 AM
I liked the first season of Batman, but the whole choose-your-own-story gimmick grows old, and thereís only so much you can do to change the meta-story, and QTEís in those games can be frustrating.

I got the Spider-Man platinum trophy this morning. From memory, the only platinums I have are from Uncharted 2, InFamous: Second Son, and Horizon: Zero Dawn... all easily achievable... but mostly because I wanted an excuse to keep playing those games.

Iím digging more into the Red Dead Redemption II coverage and Iím encouraged from what Iím hearing. To me, it sounds like theyíre taking aspects from all Rockstar games (such as the great shooting mechanics taken from Max Payne 3, the NPC interactions from L.A. Noire, the day-to-day activities from Bully, and the detailed world building from Grand Theft Auto V.) I have Valkyria Chronicles 4, and Forza Horizon 4/CoD: Blackout arriving soon... but all I can think about is October 26th. Iím beyond stoked.
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Post by: Junior on September 25, 2018, 06:45:49 PM
Wrote about that Spider-Man game in an academic paper today. Talked about the interesting interplay between realism and unrealism that happens when you put on the Vintage Comic Book suit. That's a first for me and it was really fun, gonna have to do that again sometime.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 26, 2018, 07:21:41 PM
Did LiS2 come out today?

EDIT: Seems like yes.

EDIT 2: Those episodes from S1 usually took like 2.5-3 hours, so unless they scaled back on length between seasons like TellTale did (not a bad thing, it just happened, though the first episode of The Final Final Season was pretty meaty) I don't think I'll have time for it tonight. Will try to play tomorrow and just skip stupid TNF.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 27, 2018, 07:31:17 AM
Might pencil in some time to play some Life is Strange 2 tomorrow. After their utterly disappointing Vampyr, I'm hoping this is the Dontnod game for me.

Played a few more missions of Valkyria Chronicles 4 last night and it's definitely getting more interesting. I forgot how tutorial/easy the first missions can be, so I'm excited to see how this game evolves. The most memorable parts of the first game definitely came from the latter missions, so I'm assuming it will be the same case for this one. The characters are somewhat annoying. I decided to go with the English VO, which I'm regretting somewhat, but it does allow me to multitask (i.e. look at my phone) during those long story sequences.

I played some of the Forza Horizon 4 demo and it looked/ran great. I'm pumped to get it through Game Pass on Tuesday. Also, is it weird that I'm excited about the 105GB file size for Red Dead Redemption 2? Actually, don't answer that. It is weird.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 27, 2018, 07:15:00 PM
Couldn't help myself and I did the prologue for LiS2 last night. It's definitely LiS, but still waiting to get to 'the hook' like how time was in the first one. Or how mouthing off was in the Chloe thing. Either way, regretting it because I'm getting sick and need to still try to hit the gym again tomorrow night so who knows when I'll get to it.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 28, 2018, 07:45:37 PM
Life is Strange 2 is starting out pretty strong. Outside of some awkward/stiff character animations, Iím really digging episode one.

The story in Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a slog to get through. I donít care much for these characters and their sophomoric anime humor and creepy upskirt/underwear jokes. Just get me into the tactical combat, please.

Iím close to beating Dead Cells, I think. Iím on a really good run, with all gold weapons/traps and I just uncovered the last ability rune, I think. I really like this game.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 28, 2018, 10:55:53 PM
I've only finished Dead Cells once, so I got the two things you unlock for getting through it, took me well under 100 tries, but something happened with the Switch and it still shows I have zero clears. So who knows.

Just finished LiS2-E1 and I liked it, just a slower start, but really so was S1E1 as well in the sense that Max doesn't get her powers until part of the way through. They hold whatever it will be back way longer here though. Going to spoiler tag a few observations I had:

They need to let your brother change that bloody flannel.

The dog is cool, but a bad idea for these guys to get involved with.

Glad I didn't take that beer.

I made all the little wolf decisions throughout...except for what ended up being the big one, and I did instantly regret it. Lyla was your best friend, and I know Brody said it was a bad idea, but I should have called her. Sure, I know it's easy to get a burner, like he said, but I super regret not calling her back, especially because I justified it as trying to protect her while wishing Sean (bad spelling of that name) would just talk to Daniel about what happened. I guess it's situational in a sense, though it was the only big wolf choice I made, because she's still innocent and keeping her at a distance while she's being questioned is best for her in the long run, while 'trying to protect' Daniel or whatever Sean was doing is only going to be worse for him, but I should have called her. Apparently, as of just finishing it, 65% of people did make that call, and thinking that it's just a game, what's the worst that could happen? Maybe the cops track you quicker, but they're going to get there anyway because they kind of have to at some point. So there was more to be gained than to be lost. I CINECAST!ed that one up...bad. I'm so sorry, Lyla, you are the greatest of the great. I might replay the episode just to change that. And get whatever collectibles I missed. Though that goes against the way I play these games, never once save scumming or retroactively changing decisions. Well, except for...

...in the first game, because the rewinding time mechanic is what revolutionized the genre. You are always, naturally, going to wonder how the other thing would play out, and now you could see it and really choose your own adventure in the moment while still not knowing what exact ripples there would be in the later episodes. Not having that here is really a bummer, even if I get why you can't just reuse that gimmick. It's just tough to go back. Maybe that's why I never finished Before the Storm (it's not, there were other reasons and I will go back to that, but still).

Really want to see how they use the powers. Obviously the story they are telling is way different, but when you think about how deeply connected the rewinding was not only to the way choice changed in the genre, but also how it wove in to the mechanics and gameplay/puzzle solving, I'm still not sold on how whatever it is Daniel can do will be used since it's hard to think of it being anything more than a framing device and gameplay thing rather than something that does interact with how the narrative is experienced in the way the hook blended everything together in the first game. But I guess we'll see, and I'm going to definitely keep playing because I still liked a lot about this episode, these characters (especially Lyla and Brodie), so hopefully they prove me wrong.

Also, I made sure to not steal anything and pay for everything in the store, even though I thought it wouldn't be enough food. But we needed the sleeping bag, probably. So when Sean got so defensive about the shoplifting thing and trying to get out of there, it didn't seem to be in his character, even if I get the larger point that was being made with it.

In the worldwide stats screen at the end, 92% of players promised Daniel that they'd never lie to him again, so I'm committed to keeping that promise already, just going to be super interesting to see how Dontnod puts that to the test in the forthcoming episodes.

Way shocked there wasn't a bear. It seemed so telegraphed that I figured it had to happen. But maybe he got distracted by the car at the front of the park because I left the candy bar. Guess that, too, we'll see in that regard. Either way, I won't forget that I shouldn't run or play dead and just need to throw stuff as his head.


Well over three hours of playtime in the first episode as well, which was great to see, even if that's kind of what I expected.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on October 01, 2018, 08:09:26 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb-tlY6ytk8
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on October 02, 2018, 07:21:58 PM
Playground Games is going to make one fine Fable game. Iím plowing through Forza Horizon 4 and damn is it fun. They do the carrot on the stick game design better than any other and Iím always chasing that one next race/sign to smash/event. This game is a showcase for the Xbox One X and HDR. Iím in the Winter season now, but all of the four seasons looks great and change the feel of the road/dirt/water/ice. Itís a great time, but I just wish there were police pursuits in this game. Iíll overlook it, just because the whole outlandish Horizon festival event thing is helpful in creating outlandish race designs... just wish they found a way to hook in some Hot Pursuit(s). Oh, and I turned off all HUD assists, race lines, rewind features, turned damage from cosmetic to realistic and also upped the AI to above averageóthis helps each race feel more challenging/rewarding and less trivial.

Lastly, I checked out the Block Man stage of Mega Man 11 and I really dug the feel of it. Itís pretty challenging/remiscent of the OG franchise. Not sure how I feel about the visuals, but I do like the blocky level design and look of the titular Man. Iíll try to feel this one out more in the next day or so, but itís got some positive nostalgia vibes going for it.

Oh, and Iím beyond excited for Red Dead Redemption II. I took the week off from work following the release date. Itís gonna be gaaaaame chaaaanger, maaaaaaaan.

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Post by: Junior on October 02, 2018, 07:25:23 PM
Yeah, FH4 is a pretty fun game. Looks gorgeous and I love the season changes so far. Definitely a good post-school chill out game.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 02, 2018, 07:34:52 PM
Will probably re-up Game Pass at some point to play some FH4.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on October 02, 2018, 10:44:01 PM
Pro Tip: Turn off the radio DJs in the options menu.
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Post by: Junior on October 03, 2018, 06:13:40 AM
But the immersion!
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on October 03, 2018, 05:50:41 PM
I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

... I wonít get fooled again! *guitar solo*

But seriously, the idea of playing a silly Greek family soap opera set in a HDR glorified open world sounds nice. But factor in that the super meaty RDRII is just a few weeks away and that game will likely define open worlds for the next decade, combined with the fact that Iíve yet to finish an AC game since ACII, I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 03, 2018, 07:31:42 PM
Been playing a lot of Magic: The Gathering Arena now that the open beta added the Guilds of Ravnica set. As digital card games go, this one has the benefit of being built on a card game system that has been around for decades and is tried and true. It plays so smoothly and quickly that it's easy to crank out a handful of games in an hour.

Compared to the titan Hearthstone, this one just has so much more nuance to me. Hearthstone's lack of phases and the fact you're only playing stuff on your turn just limited the whole experience.

Duelyst is probably my favorite of the popular digital card games because of the tactical board element, but I could see Magic: Arena surpassing it with enough playtime just because of how dang fast and elegant it plays without losing any of the gameplay nuance of the card games.

I could never connect with the fiddly nature of Gwent, although I heard they recently streamlined that game so maybe I'd enjoy it more now. At this point, I feel like that ship has sailed.

For a while I was curious about Valve's Artifact, but unless it ends up being some piece of brilliant design, I think it's going to be hard-pressed to compete with Magic: Arena for me. I don't particularly like the idea of stretching game resources over three boards. Same reason I felt like Gwent stunk because sometimes you just want to lose encounters while in Magic you're always trying to balance, bluff and feign a lot of different things.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on October 04, 2018, 06:16:08 PM
I had some funny money from work that I was able to convert to Microsoft Store funds. Thereís nothing really interesting coming out for the rest of the calendar year outside of what I have pre-ordered (i.e. RDRII, CodBlops4, BFV), so I went ahead and pre-ordered the Resident Evil 2 remake. Iíve got some more moneys left and Iím thinking of purchasing one of the following:

-Metro: Exodus
-The Division 2
-Devil May Cry 4

... any suggestions on which one to get?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 04, 2018, 09:24:56 PM
Whichever comes out first. Personally my order of interest is the one you already have them in, though.

I haven't finished Spider-Man yet, which is likely for the best, because I've loved Ancient Greece stuff since I was a kid and I need to play this AC game...but I can justify holding off for a sale now, especially with RDR on the horizon.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 07, 2018, 03:40:17 PM
I went with Metro.

I'm actually getting pretty excited for Cod Blops 4. Sure, Forza Horizon 4 is a relaxing gem/beauty for thine eyes--but it's pretty shallow, and Valkyria Chronicles 4 isn't hooking me like I hoped it would. Here's hoping that out of all those 4's, Blops will be the one to make me more invigorated about video games and potentially fill the empty Red Dead Redemption II-shaped void that is in my soul right now.

On a related topic, the community of friends who were hardcore PUBG players have all but fallen off that game entirely, mostly in anticipation for Blackout. It'll be interesting to see how PUBG survives with the oncoming onslaught of AAA-designed battle royales.
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Post by: smirnoff on October 07, 2018, 03:47:55 PM
Is there any racing game for ps4 on the level of Forza?
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 07, 2018, 03:57:22 PM
Is there any racing game for ps4 on the level of Forza?

Not really? OnRush is a pretty fun arcade "racing" game, but features fake vehicles/locations and isn't open world. Gran Turismo Sport is very simulation-based and is regimented by race tracks (mostly real life locations). Outside of the remake of Burnout Paradise, nothing really comes close to what Forza Horizon is doing, unfortunately.

EDIT: I suppose the more recent Need For Speed games can scratch that itch, but they're poor comparisons... especially the latest one.
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Post by: smirnoff on October 07, 2018, 04:02:50 PM
Thanks Blake. I'll take a look at OnRush and Burnout, as those sound like the better bet for me (Gran Turismo has always leaned too much into the technical side of things for my tastss). I played the original burnout on GameCube and enjoyed it as a bit of a novelty game, but yea. I'd love a driving game I could really sink my teeth into.

It sounds like Forza has found the perfect balance.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 07, 2018, 04:06:32 PM
Thanks Blake. I'll take a look at OnRush and Burnout, as those sound like the better bet for me (Gran Turismo has always leaned too much into the technical side of things for my tastss). I played the original burnout on GameCube and enjoyed it as a bit of a novelty game, but yea. I'd love a driving game I could really sink my teeth into.

It sounds like Forza has found the perfect balance.

No problem. I just remembered--The Crew 2 came out recently that appears to be going for the same thing, but it gained a more tepid reception. However, if the idea of driving/boating/flying across a gross approximation of the US sounds cool to you, that might be something worth checking out (it has licensed vehicles as well).
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Post by: smirnoff on October 07, 2018, 04:09:31 PM
Real vehicles definitely appeals to me more. :)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 07, 2018, 04:35:09 PM
Crew 2 or maybe the Burnout Paradise remaster if you never played it on the PS3/360.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 07, 2018, 04:59:04 PM
Started playing Alien: Isolation again since it is the horror season. Great so far. Just the general aesthetic and worldbuilding feels so right for the IP and I love that this is a horror game through and through instead of a shooter. I prefer Alien to Aliens so I think this game is capturing more of the experience I want in game form from the franchise.
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Post by: smirnoff on October 07, 2018, 07:05:06 PM
Crew 2 or maybe the Burnout Paradise remaster if you never played it on the PS3/360.

Cool thanks for the suggestions!
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 08, 2018, 05:11:37 PM
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Croatian magazine Gameplay confirmed in its recent Red Dead Redemption 2 preview that NPCs dialogue will change if the player is playing without the mini-map. With the map off, NPCs will give players directions, routes and various other information regarding the surrounding areas.

Itís stuff like this that reassures me that there are other anti-HUD people out there, and I would love to see more of this stuff. For example, Forza Horizon 4 is completely playable with the HUD off, with the GPS voice talking you through every turn; however, Assassinís Creed Origins was very difficult to play with the HUD turned off (as that gameís UI design is a cluttered mess, but necessary to convey information to the player). If you have the option to disable the HUD, you should have the game designed to be playable (and not bewildering to the player), so Iím happy to see Rockstar supplementing HUD info with contextual dialogue, and more and more this game is feeling like it was designed for weirdos like me.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 08, 2018, 06:58:38 PM
Interesting to see how well that will work given that so many open world games are designed with the idea being people will have the minimap on. I tried to play both Dishonored games without the waypoint markers, but at some point, if I couldn't find the in-world maps, I'd sometime have to turn them on just so I didn't spend an hour roaming a part of the map where no objectives resided. I know neither of those are open worlds, just saying even in tightly designed maps I found myself hopelessly lost more often than not.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 11, 2018, 10:35:43 PM
Should I get The Missing on PS4, Xbox One, or Switch?
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 12, 2018, 07:35:42 PM
That looks like a Switch game.

Also, I got my third Victory today in Call of Duty: Blackout. This is one damn fine battle royale game. I really donít see myself ever going back to PUBG, especially with BFV Firestorm coming out in November. Oh, and Red Dead Redemption II comes out in 14 days... Not that Iím counting (I am).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 12, 2018, 08:13:05 PM
I want to get Black Ops IV, but I might just wait for a B2G1 that Target or Best Buy usually runs around the beginning of November. Hit up that, Creed, and something else. Obviously I'm buying RDR2 at launch.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 15, 2018, 06:02:54 AM
I want to get Black Ops IV, but I might just wait for a B2G1 that Target or Best Buy usually runs around the beginning of November. Hit up that, Creed, and something else. Obviously I'm buying RDR2 at launch.

I would suggest going with the PS4 version for Blops4, as the Xbox version is having server issues with the Quads (Squads) mode in Blackout. Solos and duos run great, but Quads is annoyingly jittery almost every gameóthis will be fixed soon, hopefully.

In RDR2 news, I highly recommend reading this article: http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/the-making-of-rockstar-games-red-dead-redemption-2.html

... itís amazing how much time and effort can be put into one piece of entertainment.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 15, 2018, 08:28:12 AM
I don't think we've talked about the big issue that's been running around the gaming journalism sites this year which is poor labor conditions for game developers. Rockstar is the latest developer (https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-10-15-rockstar-has-been-working-100-hour-weeks-on-red-dead-redemption-2) in the limelight.

Of course, there was that story years ago about Rockstar wives writing angry letters and there are so many companies that practice this that I think even with more awareness the hope for change is probably minimal. I know a lot of indie devs have quit big studios because of the unhealthy work week grinds.

I love games, I love the idea of big, ambitious titles that try to push things forward, but I hate the idea that so many people have to work 100 hour work weeks for something as trivial as a game. It's just a shame that entertainment has to come at the cost of some people being able to spend time with their families/live well-balanced lives.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 15, 2018, 09:05:38 AM
I don't think we've talked about the big issue that's been running around the gaming journalism sites this year which is poor labor conditions for game developers. Rockstar is the latest developer (https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-10-15-rockstar-has-been-working-100-hour-weeks-on-red-dead-redemption-2) in the limelight.

Of course, there was that story years ago about Rockstar wives writing angry letters and there are so many companies that practice this that I think even with more awareness the hope for change is probably minimal. I know a lot of indie devs have quit big studios because of the unhealthy work week grinds.

I love games, I love the idea of big, ambitious titles that try to push things forward, but I hate the idea that so many people have to work 100 hour work weeks for something as trivial as a game. It's just a shame that entertainment has to come at the cost of some people being able to spend time with their families/live well-balanced lives.

As someone who works 90+ hour work weeks almost at least once a month (I work in biotech), I can certainly relate. I'm not advocating this should be the norm; however, there are passionate people in all fields of professional sciences/arts/etc. and these kinds of practices are going to happen, unless a union comes into play (which has more con's than pro's--in my opinion). Those "crunch" weeks certainly appear painful to an outsider (they don't sound like fun), they can in fact be wonderful times of productivity/creativity and most companies have reward programs in place to recognize that dedication. From the Vulture article, it sounded like those 100 hour work weeks were rare in the course of the 7-year development. Like most projects, it comes down to deadlines and the back end is considerably more challenging/demanding than the early stages. Work/life balances are important, but I think those people working those hours aren't forced at gunpoint. They want to see their visions delivered and it's a nature of the beast (in almost every industry), and I'm thankful for those people dedicated enough to put in more than what the bare minimum of their salary demands from them.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 15, 2018, 02:04:20 PM
Update: Here's Howser's statement regarding the Vulture article...

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There seems to be some confusion arising from my interview with Harold Goldberg. The point I was trying to make in the article was related to how the narrative and dialogue in the game was crafted, which was mostly what we talked about, not about the different processes of the wider team. After working on the game for seven years, the senior writing team, which consists of four people, Mike Unsworth, Rupert Humphries, Lazlow and myself, had, as we always do, three weeks of intense work when we wrapped everything up. Three weeks, not years. We have all worked together for at least 12 years now, and feel we need this to get everything finished. After so many years of getting things organized and ready on this project, we needed this to check and finalize everything.

More importantly, we obviously donít expect anyone else to work this way. Across the whole company, we have some senior people who work very hard purely because theyíre passionate about a project, or their particular work, and we believe that passion shows in the games we release. But that additional effort is a choice, and we donít ask or expect anyone to work anything like this. Lots of other senior people work in an entirely different way and are just as productive Ė Iím just not one of them! No one, senior or junior, is ever forced to work hard. I believe we go to great lengths to run a business that cares about its people, and to make the company a great place for them to work.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 15, 2018, 04:07:15 PM
This tweet (https://twitter.com/austin_walker/status/1051889246582136832) pretty much sums up my feelings. Management that doesn't try to protect employees from overworking or crunch seasons are both things that need to be addressed in the gaming industry and this response really doesn't address either. Rockstar also has a reputation for overworking staff and this sounds like more lame excuses that don't address that it's a real problem.

Look, I'm not saying you're a bad person if you get RDR2. The Witcher 3 had a lot of crunch work done on it and I bought and liked that game. I just think it's worth examining once again if there's a better way. Saying that no one at the company is making people behave this way when offering no incentive for people to work 100+ hours a week certainly doesn't sound right.

I don't know people who want to work 100 hours when they could work 40 hours and get paid the same. I know people who work 100 hours because it gets them bigger payouts or overtime or they're more likely to climb up the chain, all of which are ways your corporation is basically making people do it by incentivizing working longer hours.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 15, 2018, 08:11:21 PM
That's the thing, they can say they aren't mandating it all they want, because I'm sure they aren't, but that doesn't mean it's not an expectation. Like if they want to get rid of someone, there are plenty of things that can be used as a reason when in reality the reason is that they opted to not put in the time, though that's a fault of labor laws and the expectation of work in general. Obviously there will be people who want to put that time in, or are fine with it/happy to do so because they just want to make the best game they can make, and with deadlines/it being such a huge project the whole thing ends up being slightly different than just an artist dedicating their whole being to their work.

Regardless, I'm buying RDR2, so what do I know.

I probably won't play a lot of (s)Quads in BOIV, so idk if that matter too much for me.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 19, 2018, 11:20:09 AM
I love Blackout.

https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/62248719
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 19, 2018, 01:13:00 PM
Local game shops won't get Red Dead Redemption 2 until November (https://kotaku.com/independent-game-shops-told-they-wont-get-red-dead-rede-1829845669).

I've never had the pleasure of a great locally owned video game shop (or at least one that dealt in new releases), but it's a shame that they're cutting out the smaller stores. It sucks for both the local patrons of those stores and the owners of those shops. I really hope this doesn't become a trend and it's lame Take-Two/Rockstar is using its weight to set a horrible example for the industry right now.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 19, 2018, 01:32:37 PM
Physical media is bad for the environment. Get hip, go digital.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 21, 2018, 01:01:34 PM
Hearing Ryan Davis at the beginning of this podcast almost brought me to tears:

https://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/were-sorry-ten-years-of-the-giant-bombcast/1600-2495/
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 23, 2018, 06:49:32 PM
The new Spider-Man DLC is pretty good, but all I care about is Friday. Iíve already taken off the following week and have an assortment of whiskey lined up. Yeehaw, itís almost time!!
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on October 24, 2018, 01:35:12 AM
I do wonder if Red Dead is going to be a disappointment based on expectations. I don't remember the last time a game had such high level expectations.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 25, 2018, 06:20:29 AM
Sounds like its living up to the hype. (https://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/red-dead-redemption-2/critic-reviews)
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 25, 2018, 09:00:26 AM
Only 14 hours to go! I have been watching Westerns all week and will continue to do so until the clock strikes midnight. Hereís the list of films I have/will be watching:

3:10 To Yuma (2007)
True Grit (2010)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Open Range (2003)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Any other suggestions?
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Post by: MartinTeller on October 25, 2018, 09:16:15 AM
I wish I had the time to play it, I really liked the first one. Thereís just no way. Maybe in like 10 years or something when this kidís away at summer camp.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 25, 2018, 11:53:36 AM
I've been messing about with the chill, relaxed Stardew Valley. It's like a better Animal Crossing. I think I'm getting too ambitious with my farming as I tend to start out with a moderately sized farm and then by the end of the season I can barely water the dang thing. Focusing more time on fishing and mining has helped me curtail this problem some. I'm about a third of the way through summer and the crops are just now about to bear first harvest.

I totally see the appeal of this game and while I don't see myself playing this long-term, I could see coming back to it from time to time as a sort of relaxing game experience which we honestly need more of these days.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 28, 2018, 11:40:59 AM
Iíve already logged 36 hours into Red Dead Redemption II, and I have so many things to share, but Iíd much rather get back to the game right now, and I honestly canít think of any higher praise.

(https://i.redd.it/hti9khqacyu11.jpg)
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 28, 2018, 05:29:30 PM
I wondered how may days it would take before you came up for air.  :D
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 28, 2018, 07:36:40 PM
Finally got a chance to start today. Got it on Xbox One X, and it looks good, but hasn't blown me away yet. Though I'm still only like 2 hours deep and very much still in the tutorial/The Hateful 8 section.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 02, 2018, 02:56:07 PM
Iím about 90 hours in, and only 40% complete with the story. Iím completely immersed in this world, and my Arthur is a mostly chaotic/good cowboy who likes whisky, hunting, fishing, and performing chores around camp. I canít stop playing this game, and when Iím not, Iím always thinking about it. Iím consistently surprised by how this game surprises me at every turn, and I wonít spoil any of themóbut my expectations from open world/narrative driven games has been totally up-ended. I want to write more, but my thoughts are drifting back to New Hanover...

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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 02, 2018, 03:29:35 PM
I've gotten into Rimworld over the past week. It's a great survival base management game with systems upon systems. You've got to make freezers or meat rots, grow crops in the right kind of soil, make sure the right skilled person does the right job or things will get botched. And then there are the AI storytellers who decide to through challenges at you based on his/her personality and what difficulty you put him/her on. 

There are several starting scenarios and I picked the one where you crash land on a planet. Started with three survivors and I took in one refugee and recruited one of the raiders who attacked me after incapacitating them. It's got a lot of sci-fi/western elements and plenty of Dwarf Fortress in its DNA. I'm going to see out this first base as long as I can, but I'm already plotting how my next time I'll build more efficiently or cut corners to make things more elegant. It's been a while since I've dived into such a systems heavy game and I'm loving it.
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Post by: Bondo on November 02, 2018, 03:53:11 PM
I'm playing a lot of Gran Turismo 5 lately. It is so old the online support ended, but there is a race series that requires a car you can only get through the online store. That was poorly thought out on their part. Maybe I should stop living a decade in the past.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 02, 2018, 10:38:24 PM
Didn't see it yet, just reading a few reactions after getting home now. Apparently Blizzard got CINECAST!ing HOUSED at BlizzCon today. Straight up booed on stage.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 03, 2018, 02:27:41 AM
What did they expect? They teased some new Diablo news to rabid PC fans craving anything new to play, and they reveal a stinkiní mobile game?  :o
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 03, 2018, 02:56:21 PM
The best game to be released in years is a mobile game #ClashLyf

I bought the THQ Nordic PS4 Humble Bundle thing, not sure when I'll play it with RDR. Really want to pick up CoD, but probably passing on the B2G1 at Target and waiting for Black Friday. They look like they'll have it for $45 and AC:O (the other game I'd get for the Buy 2 Get 1) for $35. Hopefully Best Buy or Gamestop go cheaper.

Didn't realize there was a Gold Edition of Hitman, not that I have a ton of time to play right now anyway, even with RDR2 I'm like 5 hours deep, but probably would have ordered that for the $100 and the 20% off from Prime when I placed my Hitman 2 pre-order for the early access and because that's one of the few games I'll definitely keep and buy a season pass for, but oh well.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 06, 2018, 10:29:45 AM
Making my top 50 video games of all time. Here's 41-50 (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=15966).

41. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Video games have a tendency to want to replicate our world too much. With the potential for anything you could imagine, why not dream of something strange and bizarre? Morrowind does just this, presenting one of the most distinct and rich game worlds seeping with its own mythologies, ideologies, and politics that keep the main quest fascinating all the way up to the end.

42. Resident Evil (2002)

Thereís a school of game design that is so tight, so precise, that each piece of the design is essential to keeping the structural integrity of the game. This remake of the original Resident Evil is such a game. The deliberately slow controls, the enemy designs, and the maze-like mansion make for a true house of horrors where you are scraping by each encounter in a survival horror masterwork.

43. Team Fortress 2

A bit of a nostalgia pick for me, in part because Iím specifically talking about the game as it existed for a brief moment in time and in part because of the experiences I had with the game. Those early years presented a purity of team-based shooting Iíll never forget with just enough classes to give everyone the experience they wanted without overloading you with choices. But my love for it is in large part because it's where I made many friends I still talk to on a weekly basis and thatís one of the most powerful things a good multiplayer game can do: foster real  community.

44. Frog Fractions

Who thought an educational game about fractions would end up making the list? Of course, anyone who has played the game knows the hidden depths of this game as it quickly evolves into one of the most hilarious and delightful gaming experiences you can have. I think it was the history of boxing section that cemeted this as one of my all-time favorite games.

45. Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri

Itís rare that a game sucks away all my free time for a couple of weeks, but Alpha Centauri is one such game. I dumped about 80 hours into it before I cut myself off. Itís too good. The factions that actually behave according to their ideologies, the ability to customize units, the constant philosophical musings and the general sense that thereís never going to be another resources to coexist peacefully make this such a great game that Iíll dive deep down the rabbit hole if left to my own devices.

46. The Last Express

The Last Express is constantly surprising. Youíre confined to a train in which everyone moves about on their own schedules with their own actions and conversations, meaning that anytime you chose to do anything, youíre also missing out on something, which might be the one thing that matters. Itís a rare game in which the characters exist on their own terms instead of waiting around for player character input. It can be heavy on the trial and error side, but thereís nothing quite like it.

47. Hexcells

Thereís a deep purity to Hexcells, an elegance of design that creates for this brilliant experience. Unlike Minesweeper, there is no guessing that has to be done. At any point, given the information you have there is always a process of elimination to whittle down the grid to those correct tiles. Itís all about patience and methodical thinking. Itís the video game equivalent to Sudoku and an absolute titan of the puzzle genre.

48. Portal

Often most noted for its writing and humor, Portal is also a masterclass of design and pacing. The slow reveal of the narrative, the incremental building of the puzzles, and the way the final act becomes this moment of breaking the rules made Portal one of the most memorable afternoons in gaming youíre likely to have.

49. Braid

I have never experienced anything quite like Braid. The melancholic atmosphere mixed with devilishly hard puzzles all underpinned by a surprisingly dark story resulted in a formative game experience. It felt like a game with a soulfulness to it I hadnít felt before, like hearing a folk song for the first time. Many games since have clearly been inspired by Braid, but none have quite captured that lightning in a bottle feeling that Braid has.

50. No Manís Sky

Iím delighted this game exists. Itís one mired in controversy, marketing scandals, and unrealistic expectations, but the end product speaks to my soul. A space game that feels closer to 2001: A Space Odyssey than Star Wars: slow, contemplative and mysterious. Itís not a space action romp, but a meditative exploration of the final frontier, something I didnít know I wanted so much out of a space game.

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Post by: Beavermoose on November 06, 2018, 05:06:37 PM
Good games here, and some I haven't heard of that seems awesome. Will add 'em to the list.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 07, 2018, 11:21:28 AM
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100+ hours in and I can confidently say that this the best game Iíve ever played, quite frankly, by a significant margin. Iím continously moved and amazed by this world, the characters and the slow burn of a story. What a friggení masterpiece.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 07, 2018, 11:29:27 AM
As we near the end of the year, I'm still left with a lot of 2018 games I'd like to play. No way I'll get to all of these. I've ranked these in the order I'll probably prioritize playing them, which isn't to say which ones I think are better than others but more about how much time I'll probably invest in each one and how eager I am to play it.

Rimworld
Hitman 2
BattleTech
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
EXAPUNKS
God of War
Vampyr
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Marvel's Spider-Man
Just Cause 4
Frozen Synapse 2
Star Traders: Frontiers
Red Dead Redemption 2
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 07, 2018, 07:24:16 PM
Play with me in SSBU! Need to work on my Dorf.

Have to get back to Vampyr at some point too.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 08, 2018, 07:15:30 AM
I really wish I liked Vampyr. The atmosphere/characters seemed interesting, but the messy combat really made it a chore to play (I think I just don't like deliberate animations/Dark Souls-esque combat in general). Life is Strange 2 is pretty rad, though.

I almost forgot that Battlefield V early access is this weekend and Hitman 2 drops on Tuesday. I'll probably sit down and play them for a bit, but it's REALLY hard to tear me away from Red Dead. All my PUBG and Blackout buddies are pissed at me.  :-[
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 08, 2018, 08:28:18 AM
I really wish I liked Vampyr. The atmosphere/characters seemed interesting, but the messy combat really made it a chore to play (I think I just don't like deliberate animations/Dark Souls-esque combat in general). Life is Strange 2 is pretty rad, though.
Yea, I think I plan on playing Vampyr on the story mode difficulty as everyone seems to agree the combat is crap. Life is Strange 2 is one I'll probably play in 2019 when it's finished and also on Linux.

Play with me in SSBU! Need to work on my Dorf.
For sure! I missed out on Brawl's network play as I never owned a Wii U so I'm looking forward to finally playing Smash with online friends.




Continuing my top 50 game countdown, here's 31-40 (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=15974):

31. Shadow of the Colossus

Thereís something about the first time you encounter each colossus, the simultaneous majestic  awe mingled with looming dread that youíre going to have to find a way to bring it down. Itís a game constantly at tension with itself, beautiful and baren, awe-inspiring and haunting. Thereís a hallowed feeling to this game, like youíve stepped on sacred ground when you entered this world and no other game Iíve played evokes that feeling so perfectly.

32. Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura

Old-school CRPG design is bonkers and perhaps no more bonkers than this game. Thereís a power where you can talk to the spirit of any corpse, including anyone you kill, and you can kill everyone in this game. If you decide to play a half-orc in this game everyone hates you because everyone is super racist. Or you can play a dumb character which changes the dialogue everyone in the entire game has with you because youíre too dumb to communicate with words. How many people would want to play the game that way? Probably more than you think, but the hours and resources dedicated to that level of reactivity is what makes this game such a gem.

33. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Who would have thought that a Zelda game would be one of the most refreshing and bold pieces of design in the latest generation? After a couple of generations of playing it safe, Nintendo took a chance with systemic design built around leaving the player to his/her own devices. The result makes for one of the most vibrant and reactive game worlds ever conceived. 

34. Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas improved just about everything from Fallout 3. A more cohesive world and story, better combat, richer dialogue, and more intricate quest design. It took cues from old-school RPGs, letting you talk your way out of combat encounters and relying more on letting you express your character instead of forcing how you tackle each encounter. People have played through the game without killing anything and thatís a testament to the flexibility this game allows its players.

35. Into the Breach

Turn-based tactical roguelike strategy mech game is a string of words I didnít know I needed in my life. Most strategy games introduce elements of chance to simulate the real chaos of battle, but here every last piece of information you could want is communicated to you. This makes for a strategy game that feels closer to playing chess than anything else. There are optimal moves and clear plays that are simply better than others. Also like chess, itís a game I feel like I could play endlessly and still feel like there are more layers to peel back.

36. Sins of a Solar Empire

When it comes to real-time strategy games, I have a love-hate relationship. I love the tactics and expansion, but the actual battles are often messy and rely more on twitch reflexes than tactical thinking. Sins of a Solar Empire slows down the real-time elements to such a glacial pace that youíve got all the time to reposition squads, make maneuvers, and enjoy the spectacle of a battle. Itís an RTS you can play with a cup of tea instead of a can of Redbull.

37. Hollow Knight

Iím not sure I like Metroidvanias but I do know I love this game. The simultaneously cute and creepy aesthetic made for this fascinating underground world of bug creatures. Itís the closest a game has come from capturing the lessons of Dark Souls without ripping off mechanics for mechanics sake. Thereís heart and soul here and a deliberate design that makes it more than just another challenging game.

38. Celeste

From the Super Meat Boy school of design, this masochistic platformer physically hurt me to play sometimes. Iíd be gripping so hard to my controller trying to get the timing down on a jump Iíd been stuck on for at least 100 tries. Itís a game that demands a lot from its players, which makes the story all the more relevant as it follows Madeline, a young woman obsessed with climbing the titular mountain while also working through her own personal past. You come for the tight platforming and stay for one of the best stories in gaming.

39. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

Any of the first three games in this series could have made this list. Dark Forces is a great shooter with crazy level design and Jedi Outcast is the closest gaming has gotten to making you feel like a lightsaber-wielder. But itís the second game that felt like the full package: the great shooting and levels from the first game while also providing the force powers and lightsaber combat that would make the rest of the series memorable. 

40. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Is it weird that most of my favorite moments of this game are the sailing bits? Running across some random island or encountering the wreckage of a ship are great moments of discovery in a wasteland of blue. Itís also a tight, fun Zelda action adventure with a charming cast of characters and a great aesthetic.
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Post by: Bondo on November 08, 2018, 11:24:09 AM
Feeling accomplished for having played 5/20 on your list so far. Iím a RE hater though. Celeste is the most recent game Iíve played. About to get Switch Pokťmon and Mario Rabbids.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 08, 2018, 01:55:08 PM
I'm 14/20!  ;D Glad to see that you're doing this--really enjoy these kinds of lists. I think I put together a list on this forum a long ways back covering my top 20 games of all time. This list would have changed drastically by now... Let me find it.

Ok, I did a quick search in my Gmail inbox and I found this list from 2011:

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1. Metal Gear Solid (PSone)
2. Secret of Mana (SNES)
3. Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
4. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
5. (Cheat) Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection (PS3)
6. Counter-Strike: Source (PC)
7. Silent Hill 2 (PS2)
8. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
9. Bioshock (Xbox 360)
10. Perfect Dark (N64)
11. Shenmue (Dreamcast)
12. Battlefield 1942 (PC)
13. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox)
14. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (PSone)
15. Street Fighter II: Turbo (SNES)
16. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSone)
17. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2)
18. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
19. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
20. Earthbound (SNES)

... yeah. I'd definitely have to change some up.  ???
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 08, 2018, 03:41:15 PM
You should make a new version!



Here's 21-30 (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=15978):

21. Invisible, Inc.

Turn-based tactical stealth strategy roguelike doesnít sound like something that should work but it does. Klei found a way to take the plodding deliberation of strategy gaming and mix it with the tense sneaking of a great stealth game. It still captures that feeling of slyly moving past guards and getting past traps but from an unique perspective. Add in the procedurally generated levels and an endless mode and itís a game that can be played for hours on end.

22. Bloodborne

It would have been easy to keep recycling the formula of Dark Souls but From Software decided to make a game that rewarded calculated aggression over carefully prodding your enemies to death. Itís one of the most satisfying combat systems in gaming. Mix in an evolving horror story rich Gothic and Lovecraftian elements and Bloodborne leaves a strong mark.

23. ARMA 2

A realistic military simulator where you spend a good hour setting up a firefight only to have the fight end in a minute sounds like it should be a bore, but thereís something captivating about the meticulous nature of the game. It involves coordinating with friends and adapting to evolving situations in a way that feels more team-building than any game Iíve played. Or you can always just push the boundaries of the simulation and do something hilarious instead with friends.

24. Resident Evil 2

Itís rare that a game makes me frustrated for missing a shot or I feel like Iíve failed an encounter because it took a clip to down an enemy. Most games give you a surplus of goods, but here each gain is met with more zombies, more targets and more choices about when to run and when to kill. Here, a gun is just a false security blanket. You think itíll make you safe but it only tricks you into fighting instead of running.

25. Darklands

This is as close as Iíve come to feeling like an RPG captured that sense of role-playing to me. At various twist and turns youíre given menu based screens that give you branching choices to try to solve problems. Combat is so often the default of the RPG but here you could use your athletic ability, or brew up a solution, or maybe pray to the saints to intervene on your behalf. Combat is  one of an arsenal of tools you have at your disposal.

26. Doom (1993)

What can you say about Doom at this point? Doom is playing the cover of a heavy metal album. Doom is ballet dancing with guns and demons. Doom has possibly the best gamefeel of any video game ever crafted. Doom isnít a game, itís a state of being. Live, laugh, Doom. Itís a great video game, thatís what Iím saying.

27. The Talos Principle

The puzzling in The Talos Principle owes a lot to Portal, but itís the story that makes the game so good. The superb story is drenched in philosophical ideas and told mainly through computer console dialogue conversations and a disembodied voice called Elohim. Itís a game thatíll have you thinking on multiple levels.

28. Psychonauts

You could write a book about all the great things Psychonauts does. Itís a compelling 3D platformer with consistently clever level design. The initially funny story gives way to tales about a cast of characters all dealing emotional and mental trauma. Itís a game that deals with mental health without ever feeling exploitative or sensationalized. Itís somehow simultaneously one of the most colorful and zany games youíll ever play but also extremely dark and disturbing. You know what, maybe Iíll write this book.

29. Chrono Trigger

One gigantic gaping hole in my gaming knowledge is JRPGs. I know just about nothing about the genre. Chrono Trigger is the only one Iíve finished and I love it. The combat in JRPGs always looks like the most mind-numbingly dull thing I could imagine, but here each encounter is a puzzle to work out and it makes the gameplay shine. Add in a great story with memorable characters and an epic soundtrack and this game won me over in a big way.

30. Dishonored 2

The best title of the recent string of immersive sim video game revival, Dishonored 2 leans deep into its Thief roots with a bigger focus on stealth and more powers that emphasize unique problem-solving. Itís the level and world design that still stands as the core strength of this series as thereís nothing quite like sneaking through its elaborate levels as you inhabit a world so unlike our own.

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Post by: Solid Blake on November 11, 2018, 07:38:43 PM
Oh, the places youíll go...

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Post by: Solid Blake on November 12, 2018, 07:40:38 AM
Quick takes!

I played virtually all of my 10 hours of early access of Battlefield V and I want to play more. The maps are probably the best I've played in the franchise since the OG 1942. It's also encouraging squad play more than any other title before it. It's really good.

After 130 hours, I finally completed the story of Red Dead Redemption II and you should try your best to avoid spoilers. A lot of stuff happens and it's probably best to go in without any knowledge of where the story goes. What a G-D game!

I'm going into Hitman 2 virtually blind (avoiding all gameplay footage thus far) and I'm excited to see how it goes. I'm also going in with all the HUD elements and game-play assists turned off. It's the ONLY way to play.  8)

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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 12, 2018, 02:05:56 PM
I think I saw the reveal trailer for Hitman 2, otherwise I'm also going in blind. Gonna pick it up after work tomorrow because I didn't order it until this weekend. That should hold me over until the release of BattleTech and I'm also probably going to dip my toes into Artifact since I've been on a card game kick this year.
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Post by: Junior on November 12, 2018, 02:30:58 PM
Y'all aren't excited enough about the gaming event of the season. That rad purple dragon is back!
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 12, 2018, 07:00:24 PM
Y'all aren't excited enough about the gaming event of the season. That rad purple dragon is back!

Who dat? Does he have a red hat and Italian accent? Because thatís virtually the only 3D platformer that pulls any nostalgia-strings for me.

Iím considering getting Tetris Effect, but Iím also considering holding out and picking up a PlayStation VR bundle on Black Friday with that robot game everyone is talking about. Those games, alongside Beat Saber and Firewall Zero, might make me take the dive. But the cords, and that ugly camera!?! What shall I do?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 12, 2018, 07:53:02 PM
I have to get that robot game and Tetris Effect. Hitman 2 should be here tomorrow, which is cool, I've also not seen or read anything about it, but not sure if I'll get to much of it though between what little Red Dead I have time to play.

Spyro I kind of want to get because I did like those games a good deal when I was younger, and I am more confident they are actually good whereas I knew that Crash was always bad. But I'll wait for a price drop.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 12, 2018, 08:06:16 PM
BTW the PSVR Bundle with Superhot is going to be down to $250 at Gamestop (and maybe/probably other places, looks to be a universal Sony sale, like the Spiderman Slim) on Sunday. The robot game is also going to be $20, so I'll end up buying that for sure.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 13, 2018, 03:23:42 PM
Top 50 video games continues with 11-20 (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=15983):

11. Planescape: Torment

What can change the nature of a man? Itís the question that drives forward this classic RPG in what many consider to be the best story told in all of gaming. And this is a game youíll want to play for the story. The combat isnít terrible, but itís the wisdom/charisma builds that unlock all the fascinating conversations that keep Planescape: Torment the high bar by which many still judge any video game story.

12. Fez

The joy of discovery and exploration taps into some primal part of me that simply loves enjoying beauty and nature for its own sake. Fez bottles up that feeling into game form. A world in which you discover the 2D plain you live on is actually layered with 3D spaces could have become some sort of platforming challenge, but the game focuses on keeping most of the game inclined to simple area traversal and some devilish puzzle-solving. It also boasts what Iíd call the best soundtrack in the medium.

13. Metal Gear Solid

Back in the days when most video game stories were bad, Metal Gear Solid is a mix of genius and stupid. Playing into real-world ideas of nuclear warfare, private military, expansion of military battle, the futility of war, and other socio-political thoughts, itís also filled with hammy dialogue and over-the-top voice performances. But thereís one thing that canít be denied: the gameplay and level design is top notch here and results in one of the best realized video game spaces of all time: Shadow Moses.

14. Sonic & Knuckles

Much of my youth was spent playing the old Sonic the Hedgehog games on Sega Genesis. As an adult, Sonic & Knuckles feels like it has the most consistent series of stages. The game is filled interesting mechanics and it allows you to play Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 with Knuckles, which I can assure you blew my mind as a kid. It seemed like magic and to this day, sometimes playing these games still feels the same way.

15. Obduction

Myst was such a formative part of my childhood but it has not aged well. Cyanís spiritual success to the series, Obduction, evokes many of those feelings and experiences but with a much more cohesive set of worlds and far more logical puzzles. Plus, itís one of the few games that has made my jaw drop from the shere awe and scale of certain moments. Beautiful, thoughtful and otherworldly, Cyan captures lightning in a bottle once again.

16. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords

Itís rare that a video game makes you rethink your view of morality, but The Sith Lords did just that as it challenged my rather simplistic teenager outlook of a world with easily categorized good and evil people. A heavy critique of a lot of Star Wars fiction as well as just a damn good story in its own right, The Sith Lords delves into the murky world of the ethics of a world in which our actions can be judged not simply by their own merit, but by the impact they have on other people.

17. Far Cry 2

This game depicts an indifferent, harsh world that you have to endure instead of subdue. Weapons constantly degrade, enemy patrols drop on you at the worst times, and youíre plagued with malaria. Lots of moments in Far Cry 2 are not traditionally fun, but they are tense and nerve-wracking, resulting in all kinds of improvisational moments where a situation goes from bad to worse. Few firefights in gaming have felt as high-stakes or as thrilling as the ones Iíve had in Far Cry 2.

18. Thief 2

Thereís something immensely satisfying about sneaking through spaces and taking everything that isnít nailed to the floor. Thief 2 is the game that got it the best with a strong emphasis on verticality, a scaling difficulty system that forced you to explore more of the map to steal even more things, and some of the best map design of the era.

19. Thirty Flights of Loving

Ever since playing Gravity Bone, I knew Blendo Games was something special. There was something about the way the game conveyed so much wordlessly that entranced me. Thirty Flights of Loving refined this even further into the tale of a heist gone wrong told with the kind of skill and precision that found a way to play with time in such a way to condense and linger on just the right moments.

20. Hitman

Hitman is the realization of such a specific fantasy: the idea of being an untraceable assassin. As the series has progressed, the simulations and interactions have gotten better and better to the point that this version is filled full of creative and absurd ways to kill your targets. Itís a game where failure is getting into an all-out gunfight and success is a quick and silent murder surrounded by a lengthy setup and a sly exit.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 13, 2018, 07:32:27 PM
Fez is most def the Top 3 of last console generation.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 13, 2018, 08:47:26 PM
13. Metal Gear Solid

wHy So LoW?!1?

Hitman 2 is confusing me. I thought this was a standalone game, but you have to download individual maps/episodes like the first game? I suppose that would make sense for an episodic game, but this convulated download system blows. The pre-load of the game only included the prologue, which was fun... but BAM, I tried to move on to Miami to be redirected to the Microsoft Store. So weird. Then, thereís trying to get the 2016 missions into this game...  :o
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 15, 2018, 09:13:58 AM
Okay, it's here. My top 10 video games (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=15988):

1. Spelunky

Spelunky is the game I play when Iím feeling down. Spelunky is the game I think about when I think about great game design.  Spelunky is the game I want to see ported to the Switch the most. It checks so many boxes for me: endlessly playable, difficulty but fair, a game I can play to decompress, it lets me rescue dogs to gain health, and a game that continues to surprise me even after 100+ hours of play. Few things in this world exist mean as much to me as this game does. Itís the greatest.

2. Dwarf Fortress

This game is not much of a looker. Itís ASCII art unless you download some fan patches. But under the hood the game is running an absurd amount of calculations about a bunch of dwarves running a fortress. Itís the ultimate survival management simulation where losing is fun and each fortress is a new learning opportunity. Itís a game I could play endlessly--and actually have at certain points in my life.

3. Dark Souls

Simultaneously drawing me back into gaming while also ruining gaming for me, Dark Souls asked more from its players while presenting less information to them. Something about that design philosophy resonated with a lot of people and Iím one of them. Heck, I took this already notoriously hard game and played it again without leveling up because somehow the idea of making the game even harder to beat was appealing to me.

4. Fallout

Old RPGs can be hard to love. Clunky combat systems, rough user interfaces, and overlong campaigns. But Fallout has none of that. Itís just the right scale, just the right length, and has one of the best combat systems in gaming. And the ending finds a way to incorporate all kinds of player decisions and actions making it one of the most reactive RPGs ever made.

5. X-COM: UFO Defense

Thereís nothing quite like the feeling of encountering your first Chryssalid, or stumbling across a squad of Ethereals. Itís the sense of mystery and horror of slowly unearthing the fog of war of the map and just hoping that you donít stumble into something your fragile humans canít handle. Itís a brutal, horrifying game and one where turning the tides of battle has never felt as good.

6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

I already wrote a lot about why I think this game is such a great game because of how it positions itself as a sequel to the original Metal Gear Solid. Iím not sure I have much more to add to what Iíve already said beyond saying that itís one of the few games I have no problem calling a masterpiece.

7. Deus Ex

Wonky and archaic by todayís standards, Deus Ex still stands as a game I find endlessly fascinating to play. The intricate map design, the ability to approach the game from so many different playstyles, and the augmented abilities results in a game where you can constantly find creative and unintended solutions to problems. Itís the first game I played where I found myself pushing back against the game and finding instead of hitting walls the game adapted to the way I wanted to play it.

8. Beyond Good and Evil

I love the idea of a game where your most effective weapon is your camera. Sure, lots of the game is spent fighting with more traditional weapons, but itís your camera that documents the conspiracy and exposes the truth to the world. Add in the great cast of characters, magnificent world design, and consistently evolving gameplay makes it a magnificent game.

9. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

Thereís such a mysterious nature to Shadow of Chernobyl, a feeling that anything might be possible in this world but that most of it will probably end up being a nightmare. A mix of survival, shooter, horror, and RPG, Shadow of Chernobyl is a grab bag of mechanics and ideals that somehow all meld together into this magnificent and haunting experience.

10. Riven

Look, Obduction is great, it might even be better than Riven, but Riven holds a special place in my heart. The Myst series is my first real gaming obsession where I joined forums and read up on all the lore, including the novels. I would throw away my extensive notes for the game so I could play it all over again and write down new notes. Riven is the most consistent of the series and one of my most formative gaming experiences.



This was a lot of fun to make and I'm somewhat surprised how it shook out in the end, especially my top 5. I'd be interested in seeing other people's lists if they are so inclined. Also, I already realized a game that would probably have made the list if I hadn't forgot about it: Cave Story.
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Post by: Bondo on November 15, 2018, 01:37:48 PM
I was thinking of putting something together. Problem is it mostly will be old games and I have poor record keeping.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 15, 2018, 04:21:06 PM
Old games are rad! I say do it.
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Post by: smirnoff on November 15, 2018, 06:37:22 PM
That was a great list Sam. Really enjoyed it, and there are a few I'd love to try for myself. Generally I think our gaming tastes are a little different, but even so. :)

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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 15, 2018, 10:57:00 PM
13. Metal Gear Solid

wHy So LoW?!1?

Hitman 2 is confusing me. I thought this was a standalone game, but you have to download individual maps/episodes like the first game? I suppose that would make sense for an episodic game, but this convulated download system blows. The pre-load of the game only included the prologue, which was fun... but BAM, I tried to move on to Miami to be redirected to the Microsoft Store. So weird. Then, thereís trying to get the 2016 missions into this game...  :o

Will report back if the same happens on PS4. I'm running a disc version, just finished the opening thing, unsure if I'll do the prologue again since I think it's just the same as Hitman 1, and headed to bed before starting Miami. Do wish I bought it on One X since it's the stronger system and I'm still on a launch PS4 (and will continue to be until PS5, I guess, since there's no BF deals on a Pro), but I didn't want to spend another $20 on the legacy content when I already had the digital everything on PS4. TBH I would have went digital on this one if the Amazon 20% wasn't still going at the time. Oh well. Jealous of not having it on the One X. I'll buy the season pass for this too, but will wait until the first release, probably.

Spelunky is right up there, and maybe in there, with my Top 3 of last generation (RDR, Fez, and SMB in some order), but I'm likely played it more than all of those. It's definitely one of my favorites as well, so that's a great choice. Clash Royale, of course, will be very high on my list since it's the greatest game ever made.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 16, 2018, 07:39:38 AM
The prologue is definitely something new to Hitman 2, don't miss it. It's the beach house level. I'm hoping the Blu-ray version doesn't have you download everything piecemeal like the digital download version, but who knows? It's a strange thing.

The game is good, though. I bought the Xbox One X version and dropped $20 for the legacy content, because I too had the previous game on the PS4 Pro, but wanted the best running version. It's nice to have all those maps in one game, and really showcases how much they have evolved in level design from the first season. That being said, I do miss the Square-Enix backed production value of the first game, as the static cut scenes just wreak of a lower budget feel. The story is literally told via concept art and that's a bummer.

I'm playing through on 'Master' difficulty with all assists/story elements/HUD & UI turned off. It only allows one manual save per level and really ups the stakes on making sure you take out your targets in the right manner. I've completed all missions with 4/5 stars, mostly dinged for how long it's taking me to scope out and eliminate my targets. I'm on the last map now and I've enjoyed every one (with the Vermont suburbs being one of my favorite Hitman maps of all time). Actually, Mumbai might be the weakest of them all, but I'm digging it.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 16, 2018, 08:56:47 AM
Yea, I'm definitely looking to crank it up to Master and turn off the UI after playing the prologue. Hoping I get some time this weekend as I just don't have the energy to play it after getting off work.

Depending on how long it takes me to get through Hitman 2, I'm wondering if I should pick up anything for the Thanksgiving break. I'm hoping to do more stuff with family, but it's also quality gaming time. I'm tempted to just play more Rimworld as that game is really rocking my socks off right now.

Week after Thanksgiving I've got BattleTech and Artifact in the same week. I'm honestly wondering if I should hold off on BattleTech until a sale as that might not be one I get to until Christmas break. And then the week after that is Smash. Boy is this a good little pocket of gaming.

And man am I probably not going to catch up with many of the 2018 games I missed out on before the year ends. So it goes.

That was a great list Sam. Really enjoyed it, and there are a few I'd love to try for myself. Generally I think our gaming tastes are a little different, but even so. :)
Thanks! I do think we generally have different tastes in games but I'm sure some on my list you'd enjoy. I could see a world in which you would love Dwarf Fortress but the more user friendly Rimworld might be a better pick for you.

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Post by: MartinTeller on November 16, 2018, 09:35:22 AM
The few I've played from your list:

Braid - as I recall, I got stuck somewhere and never bothered to finish it. I like the style, though.

Portal - Oh yes. Played through all of this and the sequel in a few days with my wife. Superb co-op play. Would love another one, but it sounds like that's not gonna happen.

Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri - I didn't play this one very much but I went through a huge Civilization phase.

Resident Evil (2002) - well, I didn't play the remake, but I enjoyed the original

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - yep, great stuff (although this might be another one I never finished?)

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II - actually I think I just played the first one, which was okay

Shadow of the Colossus - a fantastic experience. What are your (or anyone's) thoughts on The Last Guardian? I want to check it out but I haven't heard any significant buzz about it.

Chrono Trigger - barely remember it, to be honest

Psychonauts - yeah this was fun. If I were to do a top ## list of games, a lot of them would be Tim Schafer productions

Doom - meh... hugely influential of course but very much not my genre. I think the only FPS I've ever truly enjoyed was Duke Nukem

Resident Evil 2 - classic

Metal Gear Solid - another classic

Fez - I found it mildly enjoyable for a bit but I got bored with it. Or maybe I got stuck. I don't recall

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - I have very little memory of it, but certain bits have stuck with me. I'm pretty sure I liked it.

Fallout - I started this but just couldn't get into it. I think it felt slow to me, is that possible? I just have vague memories of not being very engaged, but I know I didn't play it very long



That's it. I keep meaning to pick up Spelunky because I hear it's a great co-op game.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 16, 2018, 09:50:23 AM
Shadow of the Colossus - a fantastic experience. What are your (or anyone's) thoughts on The Last Guardian? I want to check it out but I haven't heard any significant buzz about it.
I got about halfway through The Last Guardian before I quit. I found the AI really wonky and frustrating and it wasn't always clear which way you needed to go to progress so I'd spend 15 minutes in a room before I found out the way I had tried to go the first time finally ended up working for no reason whatsoever.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 16, 2018, 11:32:59 AM
The Last Guardian is better than ICO, which is better than Shadow of the Colossus. YEAH, I SAID IT.
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Post by: Bondo on November 16, 2018, 04:47:11 PM
Just quickly jotting down some titles in no particular order and forgetting plenty, these are the ones that stand out in my memory the most:

Beyond Good & Evil (Xbox): The core competency here is just a really good play structure. It's a game with heavy stealth elements that I don't hate. But there's something a bit extra about BG&E putting you in the midst of a fascist world, feeling that paranoia as you fight using the power of the press/speech to fight that authoritarianism. Handy training for our current situation.

DDRMax (PS2): Probably the pinnacle game in the series that got fat nerds (myself included) moving, and much more energetically than Pokemon Go.

Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64): I do love to complete a list and this was one of the best collection-quest games to satisfy that craving.

Elite Beat Agents (Nintendo DS): I am a sucker for music games, and was the best designed of the tap along style game.

Guitar Hero World Tour (Wii): Another music game...while Rock Band introduced the other instruments, I felt like Guitar Hero used them better when they copied it here.

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Mac): There were a lot of enjoyable click quests for the computer in the 90s (King's Quest, Space Quest, Quest for Glory) but I think this one was the most satisfying. Plus Atlantis just holds a cool factor.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64): Yeah, I stick with the cliche one. Aside from providing the base for so many great games to follow, it is the incorporation of music that really makes it stick with me.

Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64): Since Goldeneye has aged terribly, this is what stands up for me as the exemplar of in-person multiplayer fun. And the battle mode has never been better than it was here.

Metal of Honor: Allied Assault (Mac/PC): I could put other titles for online FPS, namely Counterstrike or Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but for your wide-open FPS shooter this is the one I sunk the most hours into.

Ogre Battle 64 (N64): Aside from just being a great tactical RPG that would spur my interest into so many more franchises, this is memorable because I got it for Christmas and proceeded to play it 20 hours in the first 24 and beat it at 65 hours within 4-5 days. Ah youth.

Project Gotham Racing 2 (XBOX):  This is for me the prime online console gaming experience I've had. Where Xbox Live justified its cost for the voice chat and the ease of use. Plus just a really good racing game.

Rainbow Six (Mac): This game could make it for either single-player or multi-player. The no-respawns approach, the strategy, it was different. The story, being based on a novel, was compelling. Also, the one game I joined a clan to play competitively.

Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast): I believe this is an uncool Sonic game to like. I'd have to play it again I suppose, but the 2D Sonic games haven't aged as well for me in their subsequent iterations.

Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast): As classical RPGs go, this is distinctly the one that kept me along for the journey. I think my joy of flying around in these airships did for me what sailing did for Sam in Wind Waker. It gave a real scale and sense of adventure.

Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube):  Yep, this is my favorite Mario game. I really liked the creativity of the water jetpack, and especially the stripped down puzzles where you'd lose your jetpack.

Super Monkey Ball (Gamecube): Devilish puzzles, lots of tension especially if you are going for a perfect run. The minigames here were pretty solid too.

Wing Commander 4 (Mac): The most cinematic game I've played, what with the extensive cutscenes with the likes of Mark Hamill. Solid story, but the gameplay was exceptional. Stuff like Starlancer came close as well for doing space dogfighting. Not enough games like that (though I believe there was a kickstarted one along these lines in recent memory).

World Driver Championship (N64): This was an early sim-type racer that really stood out for me as being more compelling than Gran Turismo as a single-player venture. Who knows how it would play now though.
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Post by: MartinTeller on November 16, 2018, 04:52:26 PM
Elite Beat Agents was awesome. I love rhythm games, but I never really took to the special controller ones (Guitar Hero/Rock Band).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 17, 2018, 01:42:51 AM
No, I definitely did the Beach House in Hitman 2, but after that it asked me to play the prologue or go right to the first full map. I figured why not even though I know how to play, but it was just the opening cut scene and then the fake boat from the first game.

Spelunky, from everything I can tell, would not be a good co-op game, despite the focus they seem to be placing on that aspect leading up to the sequel. It's too precise to balance with two people or more, and then someone just has to play as a ghost. Granted, I've not played co-op, just really don't see how it can work for a good experience given the type of game it is.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 17, 2018, 08:17:35 AM
Slow day at work, so I figured I would come up with a stream-of-consciousness Top 100 Favorite Games of All Time List, which I'm sure is full of memory lapses and interchangeable orders. I've typed out the list and have done some minor re-ordering, but most of this is in order of games that jump out at me as the most memorable.

1. Red Dead Redemption II (2018)
2. The Last of Us (2013)
3. Metal Gear Solid (1998)
4. Secret of Mana (1993)
5. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
6. Silent Hill 2 (2001)
7. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (2001)
8. Bioshock (2007)
9. Battlefield 1942 (2002)
10. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
11. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
12. Perfect Dark (2000)
13. Rainbow Six: Siege (2015)
14. Tetris (1984)
15. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
16. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
17. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
18. Super Mario 64 (1996)
19. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
20. Half Life 2 (2004)
21. SimCity 2000 (1993)
22. Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)
23. Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)
24. Spelunky (2008)
25. Earthbound (1994)
26. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) 
27. Journey (2012)
28. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
29. Portal (2007)
30. Final Fantasy VI (1994)
31. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2018)
32. Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo (1994)
33. Alan Wake (2010)
34. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011)
35. Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX (2010)
36. Mega Man X (1993)
37. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017)
38. Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998)
39. Hitman (2016)
40. Lemmings (1991)
41. Mafia (2002)
42. Team Fortress 2 (2007)
43. Super Mario World (1991)
44. Jet Grind Radio (2000)
45. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)
46. Command & Conquer (1995)
47. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003)
48. Valkyria Chronicles (2008)
49. Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 (1997)
50. God of War (2018)
51. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (1991)
52. Civilization IV (2005)
53. The Last Guardian (2016)
54. Donkey Kong Country (1994)
55. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
56. Rock Band 2 (2008)
57. Shenmue (2000)
58. Left 4 Dead (2008)
59. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000)
60. Mario Kart 64 (1996)
61. Shovel Knight (2014)
62. XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)
63. Vagrant Story (2000)
64. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (2005)
65. The Oregon Trail (1985)
66. Resident Evil 2 (1998)
67. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
68. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)
69. GoldenEye 007 (1997)
70. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
71. The Witness (2016)
72. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)
73. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010)
74. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
75. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
76. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
77. Counter-Strike: Source (2004)
78. L.A. Noire (2011)
79. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
80. Bioshock Infinite (2013)
81. The Sims (2000)
82. Dead Rising (2006)
83. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (1996)
84. Ratchet & Clank (2016)
85. NBA Jam (1994)
86. Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
87. Heavy Rain (2010)
88. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)
89. Front Mission 3 (2000)
90. Dishonored (2012)
91. Dead Space 2 (2011)
92. Excitebike (1984)
93. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2002)
94. Far Cry 2 (2008)
95. Bully (2006)
96. Neverwinter Nights (2002)
97. Overwatch (2016)
98. The Evil Within 2 (2017)
99. 1080į Snowboarding (1998)
100. Twisted Metal 2 (1996)

Some fun facts. 2000 was my favorite year for games, with a total of 7 favorite games being released in that calendar year. 2016, 2010, 2008, and 2002 were all strong years, with 1998 and 1994 receiving honorable mentions. I didn't start playing games until 1986-ish, so it's fun to look back at this. Thanks James for stoking the fire to make me do this list, and maybe one day--I'll have the wherewithal to write more in depth on these games and why they mean so much to me.

2018 - 3 Games
2017 - 4 Games
2016 - 6 Games
2015 - 2 Games
2014 - 1 Games
2013 - 3 Games
2012 - 3 Games
2011 - 4 Games
2010 - 6 Games
2009 - 2 Games
2008 - 6 Games
2007 - 4 Games
2006 - 2 Games
2005 - 2 Games
2004 - 2 Games
2003 - 2 Games
2002 - 6 Games
2001 - 3 Games
2000 - 7 Games
1999 - 1 Game
1998 - 5 Games
1997 - 3 Games
1996 - 4 Games
1995 - 2 Games
1994 - 5 Games
1993 - 4 Games
1992 - 0 Games
1991 - 4 Games
1990 - 1 Game
1989 - 0 Games
1988 - 0 Games
1987 - 0 Games
1986 - 0 Games

1985 - 1 Game
1984 - 2 Games
1983 - I Was Born.
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Post by: Bondo on November 17, 2018, 09:35:41 AM

8. Bioshock (2007)
10. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
15. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
16. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
59. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000)
65. The Oregon Trail (1985)

I think Vice City and THPS1, aside from being fun games, secure a more legendary status from their soundtracks. I'm affirming all of these through quote. I need to remember to continue the Bioshock series. I liked the first one a lot. I probably won't play another part of Mass Effect after I only successfully romanced one character and then she was brutally killed in the endgame.  Too much trauma!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 18, 2018, 03:12:45 PM
Hitman keeps crashing on me in the Miami mission.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 19, 2018, 11:16:59 AM
I've spent probably two hours wandering around the Miami map just trying to get the layout. I did once take out both targets but they caught me killing the second target. I'm really digging the density of the game and how intricate the maps are. I still honestly don't have a good angle on how I'm going to take out the second target.
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Post by: MartinTeller on November 19, 2018, 11:24:41 AM
Boy, I didn't think I could come up with 50, but I ended up having to whittle down my list (see: Honorable Mentions). I haven't really thought about how much videogames have been a part of my life, but they really have. And they still are, although in much smaller doses these days. In alphabetical order, because ranking is too much hassle:

Adventure - Did you know this contains the first ever Easter Egg? Of course you did.

Assassin's Creed II - I love the mechanics of this series, and wish I had time to play the newer ones (although all the stuff with the boats sounds dumb). The games tend to blur together in my memory, but I believe II introduces the thing with collecting artwork, which I thought was a great addition.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - I don't really give a shit about superheroes, especially not Batman, but this one had a very pleasant open-worldy collectathon-ish to it. Lots to do.

Brutal Legend - Yeah, you're gonna see a lot of Double Fine/Tim Schafer on my list.

Bully - The Rockstar formula in a boarding school? Yep, works like a charm.

Burnout 3: Takedown - Call this a vote for the whole series, but I feel like Takedown was the most satisfying.

Bust-a-Groove - One of the few game soundtracks in my music library. Insanely catchy tunes, fun characters, solid rhythm play.

Candy Crush Saga - Yeah, that's right. I can't call this a great game... but it sure is addictive. And generally pretty fun, as long you don't fall into the trap of buying extras. I've pledged not to do that, although maybe once a year I'll throw down a buck or two when it means I can pass a level I've been stuck on for weeks. I'm quite certain I've put more hours into this than any other game. By a large margin. Currently on level 3942.

Civilization II - I loved the first one, but the second is when I really got hooked. I was never great at it (I remember being SHOCKED at how quickly my opponent grew his civ in my first online game) but it's the ultimate "one more turn..." game.

Costume Quest - Oh look, it's Double Fine again. This game and its sequel are both delightful.

Crazy Taxi - You have to be willing to let The Offspring and Bad Religion into your ears, but besides that, what a load of fun.

Curse of Monkey Island - I know the first two games are more revered, but this is the one that's stuck with me.

Diablo - This game ruined the first real relationship I ever had. It was a doomed relationship anyway, but my Diablo addiction was definitely a factor in hastening its demise. Loved the second game too... I'd love to play III, but I just haven't had the time.

EverQuest - Oh dear oh dear. Diablo was bad, but EQ utterly consumed my life. I lived and breathed EverQuest for about an entire year. That world is as vivid in my mind as the neighborhood I grew up in. I'd stay up all night playing and call in sick to work the next day. And when I did go to work, I'd spend most of my day on EQ websites. Really, the ugliness of my EQ addiction was responsible for me realizing I needed to make some big changes in my life, leading me to quit my job in data entry and pursue a career as a programmer. And I made well over $1000 selling my EQ character and possessions on eBay.

Fable - To be honest, I don't remember a lot about this except that I really enjoyed it.

Final Fantasy IX - Sure, VII was great, as were the ones before that, but IX is the one that really sucked me in. I recall that the ending choked me up.

Flower - Can I count this as a vote for Journey too? Both are sublime experiences... Journey perhaps more poetic but Flower a bit more "fun" to me.

Grim Fandango - I long considered this my favorite game of all time. I played the remastered version and it still holds up. Not sure I would call it my favorite (a bit too much repetitive running around) but the characters, music, design, writing and puzzles are all of superb quality.

GTA: San Andreas - I never did get to play V (and let's face it, probably never will) and I have some reservations now about the excessive violence and misogyny, but Rockstar knows how to do an open world game. As evidenced by the preponderance of Rockstar open world games on this list.

Heroes of Might and Magic II - I also loved I and III, but I believe II was the one I played the most. I really miss this series, and I should probably seek out some newer turn-based strategy games.

Hot Shots Golf - Y'all can take your hyper-realistic golf games and cram 'em. This cartoony version is addictive in its simplicity.

Impossible Mission - "Stay a while... stay forever!!!!" is permanently etched in my brain. Devilishly frustrating (and hard to understand without a manual) but always a fun challenge.

Inside - Creepy, haunting and just the right level of challenging. One of most insane crescendos to any game I can think of.

Jade Empire - I do love me an action RPG, and this one includes respectful, tasteful use of Chinese mythology to build an engaging world.

Jet Set (Grind) Radio - SO MUCH FUN. I would play this again in a heartbeat. What a unique premise, and loaded with style. Can we have another?

Jumpman - Just a lot of fond memories playing this with my buddy, which led to the strangest in-joke we have: "The Bruce Boxleitner Screen" (don't ask how or why that happened, because I don't remember)

Katamari Damacy - Pure nuttiness, and an amazingly catchy soundtrack.

L.A. Noire - Open-world game with a film noir theme? Was Rockstar reading my diary?

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light/Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris - Yeah, I'm bundling these together because who cares. They're basically the same game. Great co-op gameplay made these a fun time for the wife and me. Can we have another?

The Longest Journey - Stunning adventure game with a rich story and well-developed central character. The sequel (Dreamfall) was enjoyable too, but not quite as good.

Monster Rancher 1-4 - The perfect games for someone with a huge CD collection. What would the modern equivalent be? Generate a monster based on a Spotify playlist? Whatever form it would take, I would love for this series to come back.

Okami - Beautiful artwork but also engaging gameplay.

Overcooked - Playing this game with a loved one will likely test your relationship. We have had fights over this game (and its sequel) but in the end it always leads to better communication. Sometimes very frustrating but always satisfying to beat a tough level.

PaRappa the Rapper - Kick, punch, it's all in the mind! Cute and charming. I miss this simple style of rhythm gaming, but what really set PaRappa (and its sequels) apart was the incredibly unique style and delightful sense of humor.

Portal/Portal 2 - Another wonderful co-op experience. Outstanding puzzles, wry sense of humor, intriguing world.

Rayman Legends - Once again, it's the co-op play that lands this on my list. And once again... can we have more, please?

Red Dead Redemption - While I think it's a little premature to be calling the sequel THE BEST GAME OF ALL TIME, I understand getting swept up in the moment and the hype. And I'll admit it, I'm jealous. Because the first game was truly a sublime experience, incredibly immersive with so much to do.

Resident Evil 4 - The best of an excellent series.

Saints Row - GTA with a sense of absurdity. The games get progressively more insane and to be honest I couldn't tell you which is my favorite. They're all a lot of ridiculous fun.

Shadow of the Colossus - Gorgeous and quietly melancholy.

Shenmue - Who knew driving a forklift and using vending machines could be so much fun? The sequel was excellent as well. Will somehow have to find time to play III.

Silent Hill 2 - I'm a fan of the whole series (and will defend the movie, though not the second one), but yeah I guess this is the best of them. So much atmosphere, and legitimately terrifying at times.

Space Channel 5 - I tell ya, I'm just a sucker for the old school rhythm games. One of those titles that made Dreamcast such a special console.

Stacking - Double Fine strikes again. What a weird and unique idea for a game, and the puzzles are terrific.

Telengard - This is an obscure, cheapo dungeon crawler for the Commodore 64. There's nothing special about it. It's on here because it was the first and only time I ever "hacked" a game. After reading a lot of Compute!s Gazette I realized I could just edit the source code and easily figured out how to give my character maxed-out stats. Which, of course, instantly made the game completely boring. But it was a proud moment.

Tomb Raider - I guess the first one, for nostalgic reasons, but I enjoy the series as a whole. Except when it's more about shooting enemies than exploring and solving puzzles. Still need to play the latest.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater - This was especially meaningful to me because a lot of my friends at the time had been into skateboarding. We spent many hours mastering perfect runs. Dead Kennedys on the soundtrack was very cool as well.

Uncharted - The whole series (although 4 is still sitting on my PS4, waiting to be played). Great characters, absorbing gameplay. I mainly play for the single-player campaign, but this is one of the few games where I'll do some online deathmatching.

Worms Armageddon - So many satisfying ways to stick it to your opponent.

You Don't Know Jack/Jackbox Party Packs - Cheating big time on this last one, but all these are great. Yes, there are a few duds in the Party Packs, but for the most part these are always a hit when friends are over. YDKJ stands head and shoulders above other trivia games thanks to its humor and sideways approach to questions.

Honorable mentions: Darkstone, Fatal Frame series, Crash Team Racing, Archon, Marble Madness, Racing Destruction Set, Viewtiful Joe, Pitfall, Elite Beat Agents, Warioware, James Pond 2: Robocod, Joust, Realms of Impossibility, Karateka, Broken Age, Psychonauts, Dangerous Golf, Combat, Bard's Tale, Ultima IV, Burgertime, Hydro Thunder, Power Stone, Brave Fencer Musashi, Samba de Amigo, Lemmings, Temple of Apshai/Gateway to Apshai, Ghettoblaster
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 19, 2018, 11:50:19 AM
Glad to see some Stacking love! That game is great. Also Worms! I have a lot of fond memories playing Worms, mostly laughing at how poorly I lost because I stink at those games.
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Post by: Bondo on November 19, 2018, 12:12:24 PM
Iíd go further back from Worms to Scorched Earth for that style of game I was hooked on. Probably preferred Burnout 1 for its side mode where you get one effort to cause maximal damage. That was never quite the same in future entries, even as they brushed up the core play.

Rayman 2 definitely should have been on my list.

I really dug Assassinís Creed, 2 and then the Rome expansion. But the Istanbul expansion that was in the bundle with AC2 started the over complicating that seems to have continued. I just loved exploring the worlds of the game and the famous architecture.
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Post by: MartinTeller on November 19, 2018, 04:39:44 PM
Iíd go further back from Worms to Scorched Earth for that style of game I was hooked on.

Not familiar with that one.

Probably preferred Burnout 1 for its side mode where you get one effort to cause maximal damage. That was never quite the same in future entries, even as they brushed up the core play.

Have you tried Dangerous Golf? It's basically just that, except in contained environments. It's very cathartic.

Rayman 2 definitely should have been on my list.

All the Rayman games are pretty good (tho I never played the Rabbids ones)

I really dug Assassinís Creed, 2 and then the Rome expansion. But the Istanbul expansion that was in the bundle with AC2 started the over complicating that seems to have continued. I just loved exploring the worlds of the game and the famous architecture.

All the AC games kind of blur together in my memory. I can't even remember what the last one I was played was (I just checked, it was "Revelations")
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Post by: Bondo on November 19, 2018, 06:23:24 PM
In addition to Pokťmon Letís Go Eevee, I just got the Mario-Rabbids game. It is turn based strategy dumbed down a fair bit. Iíve been playing Pokťmon extensively though. Just an embellished remake of Blue/Red/Yellow, which is the last main series game I played.

And yeah, Revelations is the AC game Iím in the middle of. Probably should finish up these two God of War PSP ports as well. That I have so many hours of 10 year old games to play is why I donít buy new systems generally.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 19, 2018, 07:35:30 PM
Should I buy this Pokemon thing? It looks fun, and I haven't been using the Switch much, even if SSB is coming up.

Right now eyeing Spyro, CoD, DBZ, Monster Hunter, and AC:Odd for Black Friday, but probably won't get all of them. I did buy that Robot game, really wish there was a way to upgrade my PSVR that was cost effective, pissed I still have to deal with the 1.0 model, but I guess you're always punished for being an early adopter. The HDR would be cool, though I don't have a Pro, but the breakout box is more appealing since you can just leave it in, word around town is that the 1.0 model with recent updates needs to have all wires plugged in always.

I've spent probably two hours wandering around the Miami map just trying to get the layout. I did once take out both targets but they caught me killing the second target. I'm really digging the density of the game and how intricate the maps are. I still honestly don't have a good angle on how I'm going to take out the second target.

Same here, also doing it on Mastery with no map or anything, but have only gotten to places where I could kill the targets, but they were rather exposed, and one of those was only at the expense of killing another non-target. Have to put more time in to it, though I have a few plans.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 19, 2018, 09:56:37 PM
I pulled the trigger and bought the PSVR bundle w/ Creed and Super Hot VR. I also bought the Aim Controller, Firewall: Zero Hour, Tetris Effect, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, and will probably get Beat Saber when it drops tomorrow. Am I missing anything?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 19, 2018, 10:01:19 PM
Moss is supposed to be good.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 20, 2018, 08:51:53 AM
I find myself playing Rimworld most evenings now when I could be playing Hitman 2. I'm sure I'll get some Hitman 2 in over this Thanksgiving break, but Rimworld just speaks to my soul.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 20, 2018, 08:04:26 PM
Should I get Bendy and the Ink Machine for $20, or is it more streamer bait i.e. FNAF and Hello, Neighbor (both of which I like, HN especially, but the controls are just so god awful.)?
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 21, 2018, 06:31:34 AM
Should I get Bendy and the Ink Machine for $20, or is it more streamer bait i.e. FNAF and Hello, Neighbor (both of which I like, HN especially, but the controls are just so god awful.)?

Never heard of it, but yes. I say: BUY EVERYTHING.

I just bought almost every notable PSVR game last night and stayed up way too late messing around with it. I have to run into the lab soon, so Iíll write more later... but, I can say that Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is really something special. I had a stupid smile on my stupid VR-masked face the whole time. Definitely gave me the same joy that Super Mario 64 gave me back in the day. I canít wait to play more!
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Post by: goodguy on November 21, 2018, 07:24:19 AM
Curse of Monkey Island - I know the first two games are more revered, but this is the one that's stuck with me.
...
Grim Fandango - I long considered this my favorite game of all time. I played the remastered version and it still holds up. Not sure I would call it my favorite (a bit too much repetitive running around) but the characters, music, design, writing and puzzles are all of superb quality.

Grim Fandango was the last computer game I remember playing. Liked it very much back then, also the first three or four of the Monkey Islands. Never got into much of anything else. Some early incarnation of Sims(?) maybe.

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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 22, 2018, 12:37:35 PM
Does anyone know much about sound bars? I don't have the space for a full surround sound set up, but have been looking for a 5.1 soundbar setup to supplement a little. Trying to keep it around $500 on the high end. Seems like Vizio has an Atmos 5.1.2 that just came out which is $350 and seems good, but not sure the Atmos is better than just the 5.1 Vizio I found for like $180-220. Anyone have experience/suggestions?

I'm also wondering/assuming I have to buy stands for the additional speakers separately, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 23, 2018, 11:55:55 PM
By the time I committed to spending the $350 on a sound bar, it was out of stock. Except at Sam's Club, but I can't use PayPal with them. I figured I'd get the Vizio 5.1.2 with Atmos, but looks like I'll have to wait. I heard Abby talk about her 5.1 Vizio with is still in stock and like $170, much more in line with what I want to pay, but at this point I feel like even if Atmos content isn't 'there yet' I should just wait because it's better to have it than to not if the price isn't significantly more. Again, if anyone can shed light on just about anything regarding sound bars, let me know.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 26, 2018, 08:18:49 PM
Never would have seen the steep Hitman 2 price cut so soon, even if it's temporary. At least two different places had it for $30 today, almost bought an Xbox copy just to have.
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Post by: Bondo on November 26, 2018, 08:26:47 PM
Should I buy this Pokemon thing? It looks fun, and I haven't been using the Switch much, even if SSB is coming up.

I've put 40 hours in but now I'm largely done. Things I'm missing from Pokedex are exclusive to the other version (though I'll eventually get to transfer them from Pokemon Go if I find them again), things that require trades to evolve (again, Pokemon Go is an option), MewTwo (because they stupidly give you only one shot at him, though again I could transfer from Pokemon Go), and Mew (because I didn't buy the accessory). There is online battling if I sign up for the Nintendo Online thing, but I'm not convinced that will excite me. The only other gameplay thing is, once you beat the game, there is a trainer specialized in each Pokemon where you do a one-on-one battle between the same Pokemon, and theirs is high level. This would require a lot of grinding to get every Pokemon (and there are different trainers for each level of evolution) to a high level.

Anyway, I think I'm probably done with it. Thinking I'll throw my copy of Eevee in alongside the Pikachu w/ Pokeball as gifts to my nephews.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 27, 2018, 05:36:50 AM
By the time I committed to spending the $350 on a sound bar, it was out of stock. Except at Sam's Club, but I can't use PayPal with them. I figured I'd get the Vizio 5.1.2 with Atmos, but looks like I'll have to wait. I heard Abby talk about her 5.1 Vizio with is still in stock and like $170, much more in line with what I want to pay, but at this point I feel like even if Atmos content isn't 'there yet' I should just wait because it's better to have it than to not if the price isn't significantly more. Again, if anyone can shed light on just about anything regarding sound bars, let me know.

I can't speak to soundbars that much, but I doubt Atmos has any noticeable effect to most non-audiophiles, even with a powered-by-receiver 7.1 channel system. Just go with the basic 5.1 and you'll be fine (and just read up on reviews via forums).
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 30, 2018, 01:13:40 PM
I messed around with Red Dead Online and I don't think it's for me. I understand the appeal, I just can't get into coop PvE stuff (i.e. Destiny) and my time in this fictional western is far more enjoyable (for me) as being a member of the Dutch van der Linde Gang. I also don't have to worry about my hunting being interrupted by some gang of teenagers spouting off racial slurs/homophobic diatribes. I also play with free aim, so I'm at a disadvantage when it comes to the online snap-to-aim stuff. That mode is going to make R* A LOT of dough re mi.

I've also been playing a lot of PlayStation VR stuff. As I noted before, ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission is a revelation and probably the best 3D platformer I've played in years. I also messed around with Tetris Effect, Resident Evil 7, Firewall Zero Hour, Beat Saber, SUPER HOT VR, Moss, and WipEout Omega Collection. VR is a hoot, though I do get some fatigue from playing for more than an hour or so--mostly eye strain and have to take the headset off quicker than I'd like to. I don't suffer from any motion sickness, though--even with fluid movements turned on in games like Firewall or RE7. Virtual Reality is no joke, and I'm excited to see what further potential it has in the medium.

I've also been mixing in some time with Battlefield V, which I'm enjoying quite a bit. It's more battlefield and that's all I want. The maps are great. I'll probably finish the last mission of Hitman 2 at some point, though I don't feel the strong pull like I did with the original... in fact, I think I might have missed the window for the first Sean Bean elusive target? I'm no too stressed about it, oddly. I also need to play more of the two DLC chapters for Marvel's Spider-Man, but again--even with 200 hours under my belt, I'm still loving every moment I can get with Red Dead Redemption 2 (I'm only one perfect cougar pelt away from fully upgrading my camp!).
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Post by: smirnoff on November 30, 2018, 08:51:09 PM
I started playing Stellaris. It's a pretty laid back space empire building game. Something you can play and still drink your drink. I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Bondo on November 30, 2018, 09:59:30 PM
Something you can play and still drink your drink.

Truly the most important aspect. This is why I play a lot of racing games.  :o

In reality, after a 40 hour detour into Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee, I picked back up the Mario and the Rabbids turn-based strategy game. It is sufficiently amusing.
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Post by: Sandy on December 04, 2018, 04:28:19 PM
A friend of mine, who's teaching me about song structure, said that his favorite video he made is on the history of video game music. Thought you guys might like it. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3SrRp-1tPY

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Post by: Solid Blake on December 04, 2018, 08:56:55 PM
Very cool. Tetris, Journey, all the good stuff. Videogame soundtracks are woefully underappreciated, and the more you dig into them, the more you realize how talented these composers/instrumentalists are.

Oh, and just a quick trio of pleasant surprises:

1. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden dropped today.
2. The game was available via the Game Pass program.
3. Itís awesome. Think XCOM meets Metal Gear Solid. Iím loving it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 04, 2018, 09:04:21 PM
Might check that out. Also need to find my Vita charger to get Papers, Please on that sucker from PS+

Finally finished the first two maps on Hitman 2, not super clean, and there was more that I wanted to do, but I got some fun kills in, plus did both on Master with everything off, so the maps are taking me longer to get through. Interested in starting the next one. One has to figure, with the 50% price cut, as short as it was, weeks after launch that it may be the last Hitman we see for a while, assuming they still do season pass content. Noticed on PS4 that I was ranked about 1,400th or something out of like 2,600 people on the second map. I guess looking at the rank of those who finished the first map would give a better idea of how much it has sold, but those numbers seem super small. Not sure if it splits you based on the difficulty you pick, but I don't think it does, and obviously not everyone will finish the maps that bought the game, but still, doesn't seem like a lot of people jumped in on this one.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 05, 2018, 10:13:16 AM
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden looks up my alley.

Lately I've hardly been doing any gaming. No progress in Hitman 2, no Rimworld, I played a bit of Artifact, which probably won't be replacing Magic Arena anytime soon for me. Smash comes Friday, so I'll probably be playing that over the holidays but honestly, I might be taking a break from getting new games and just enjoying what I have for a while.
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Post by: Solid Blake on December 07, 2018, 07:49:25 AM
I think The Game Awards happened last night. I don't know, I fell asleep several times. Here's a few fuzzy takeaways:

1. The show is still in this weird limbo between being prestigious gala event and having giant anthropomorphized Gillette shavers on stage, well this time it was Crash Bandicoot and some throwaway Muppet. Grow up, video games!

2. Red Dead Redemption II deserved every award it received, and the ones it didn't.

3. The Devil May Cry "performance" made me use that word "cringe" that I hate so much.

4. Geoff Keighley's child-like excitement at times during the show is still adorable.

5. Not enough Zimmer.

6. That Far Cry game looks another bad Far Cry Primal-esque cash in (it's also ripping off Rage 2's aesthetic BIG TIME).

7. The Outer Worlds is probably the only game announced that I'm excited about. That Hello Games thing looks cute too.

8. I wish I could get excited for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but my brain just glazes over whenever the actual game-play is on screen. Also, announcing DLC before the game drops is sooooo 2014, Nintendo.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 07, 2018, 09:08:35 AM
I worked last night, so I didn't watch them. Reading up, nothing super excites me. I guess the new Obsidian game could be good. Also the new game from SuperGiant Games.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 07, 2018, 11:08:33 PM
I bought Pyre when it came out, still haven't launched it, need to get on that.

But........

Joker is coming to Smash! Which, more importantly than another potentially broken third party character (CINECAST! you still, Bayonetta), means there's going to be a Persona Amiibo!!!!!!!!!!

Also, fired up SSB around 8:30 and just finished up a pretty long session in story. I'm reticent to call it much of one, despite the wonderful intro, but it's been fun. Slow starting because you don't get characters quickly, and depending on the paths you take I guess you could stockpile ones you don't like. I still haven't gotten any ones that I love the play, but Captain Falcon is close enough to Dorf that I've had a ton of success with him.

Signed up for the online service immediately, but haven't taken it online yet. Going to dip in to Katamari a bit before bed.

EDIT: Speaking of Amiibo, just got an alert from Best Buy that the Shovel Knight 3 pack I preordered from them in like August of 2017 are now expected out 12/31/2019 (so sometime mid next year, I imagine). Crazy to have an order for something open potentially for two years when they are just little figurines. I'm hoping I get the ones that came out today in a couple of weeks, I picked slow shipping when I ordered them.
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Post by: Solid Blake on December 08, 2018, 05:44:27 PM
Below is finally coming out next Friday. Iím stoked to finally get my thumbs on this lilí puppy.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 09, 2018, 02:25:31 PM
I'll believe it when I see it. But will definitely play it.

Also, is Celeste a 'Switch' game? I want to play it before GotY, and am deciding which platform to play.
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Post by: Junior on December 09, 2018, 04:10:00 PM
Yeah, as long as you don't throw it when you get frustrated.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 09, 2018, 05:49:45 PM
I'd say if you have a pro controller, which you should.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 09, 2018, 08:53:48 PM
I don't have a Pro controller, haven't really seen the need for one. I figured it might just be better for handheld mode. If I'm better off just using a controller I'd likely just buy it on PS4.
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Post by: Solid Blake on December 10, 2018, 07:56:46 AM
I don't have a Pro controller, haven't really seen the need for one. I figured it might just be better for handheld mode. If I'm better off just using a controller I'd likely just buy it on PS4.

It's a good controller. Sony should use their batteries for the PS5 DualShock. I haven't turned my Switch on for months and I'm pretty sure that thing is still at full charge.

I downloaded Ashen and though it's pretty cool looking, the Dark Souls-esque gameplay isn't connecting with me. What's up with all these stealth releases as of late (i.e. Mutant Year Zero, Ashen, Below, etc.)?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 10, 2018, 01:16:16 PM
Yea, seems like a lot of surprises have dropped here at the end of the year.

Playing Smash right now just to unlock lots of the characters and boy does the whole spirit system make no sense to me. I've mostly just resorted to playing the classic mode with different characters as the end of each one seems to unlock a new character. Brother comes in Wednesday night, so hopefully we'll sit down and play some then.

For some crazy reason I decided to buy Stellaris. It's one of those grand 4x strategy games you could spend a whole day playing. I'm not sure my plan of playing my first game as mushroom species religious space hippies was a great idea as my two neighbors are quite aggressive and closing in on either side of me fast. I also feel like I've reached a resource bottleneck and I'm not sure how to expand that resource. Might look up some guides at some point, but right now I'm just grasping my head around the main mechanics.

Still haven't made any headway in Hitman 2, still have Rimworld on the backburner. I'll get a three week break for the holidays starting Thursday, but honestly not sure how much gaming I'll get in between all the other stuff I plan to do over the break. Probably more than I think.
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Post by: smirnoff on December 10, 2018, 02:25:09 PM
For some crazy reason I decided to buy Stellaris. It's one of those grand 4x strategy games you could spend a whole day playing. I'm not sure my plan of playing my first game as mushroom species religious space hippies was a great idea as my two neighbors are quite aggressive and closing in on either side of me fast. I also feel like I've reached a resource bottleneck and I'm not sure how to expand that resource. Might look up some guides at some point, but right now I'm just grasping my head around the main mechanics.

You're not kidding!

This is a brutal game to be a newcomer to. It's hard to find guides and tutorials suited to a beginner level that are UP TO DATE. Mostly when you google stuff you get old high level forum discussions written with too many acronyms and slang and are about eeking out .21% more science. I'm just like "how do alloys work?" >_<

The game and mechanics keep getting updated. This most recent update was really big. You can basically throw out a lot of the things you thought you'd learned, because now it's totally different, lol.

That said, it's hard to sit down and NOT play for 8 hours at a time (or kill an hour creating a custom species, haha). I played from about 5pm to 2am last night with a couple of buddies. I feel like I'm learning most by just bungling my way through it. It helps that one friend is experienced and I can just ask him how shit works. :)

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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 10, 2018, 02:39:31 PM
I was watching a YouTube playthrough made just earlier this year and figured they couldn't have changed that much. I was wrong. New resources, different planet management system and the whole corporation expansion which I do not understand any of at all so far. I have the tutorial on, but it's honestly not explaining that much.

Took me a while to figure out that I needed to expand my housing to get my unemployment down as I guess homeless people have a hard time getting jobs, which makes sense, but when the game designates them as unemployed instead of homeless, I didn't really understand what I needed to do to fix the problem, especially after building new mining and power plant facilities.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 12, 2018, 08:08:28 PM
Brawl Stars is out! (Doesn't seem as good as Clash Royale, but it was always going to be hard to be as good as the best game ever made)
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Post by: Solid Blake on December 15, 2018, 07:07:04 AM
Below is out and it is as enigmatic and gorgeous as I'd hope it would be.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 15, 2018, 05:31:34 PM
Oh yeah, I have to pick that sucker up, thanks for the reminder!
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on December 17, 2018, 09:14:31 PM
Iím digginí it, but man is it punishing. It took me a little to realize that this was a rogue-like and features the whole find-your-dead-body mechanic and camp fire checkpoints a la Dark Souls. Also, the music is FANTASTIC. Iíll probably dig into it more now that Iíve finished Mutant Year Zero and, man, I wish that game was longer. I really loved the stealth/punishing combat balance, and I fully leveled up my Bormin, Dux, and Farrow. What a great game, just wish it had stuck the landing (at least I know theyíre setting themselves up for a sequel).

I also had a little VR session today. Creed: Rise to Glory was fun, but messy. Iím getting better at Beat Saber and it makes me sweat a lot. I cleaned off my headset, and settled down with Moss, which Iím enjoying the puzzle platforming, but the combat is somewhat frustrating. I also purchased and downloaded Batman: Arkham VR and Farpoint because they were on sale. I messed around with the former for a bit and Iím really loving the Batman detective simulator, while Iím saving the latter for when I break out the AIM controller next. Oh, should I buy Borderlands 2 VR? I never really played any of those game before, but the art style looks like it would fit VR very well.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 17, 2018, 11:01:13 PM
Only Borderlands worth anything is the TellTale one.

I'm on the fence about Below, because I get the vibe it's like a Don't Starve thing. I do like rouge-likes depending on the spin they put on things, but I was not about the crafting and stuff in Don't Starve.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on December 21, 2018, 04:45:40 PM
I signed up for the Switch Online service just so I could order the NES Joycons. Also, play NES games. Doubt Iíll ever use the online functionality, but I had some gold coins saved up, so it only cost me 8 bucks for a year membership.

Also, I downloaded Super Smash Bros. Ultimate mainly for the music. And I will probably want to play this with my family around the holidays, though the last one never really caught on with us. Maybe this one will be different?  ::)
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 21, 2018, 10:19:31 PM
It is definitely great. Catch FLY soon on the pro circuit destroying people with Dorf. They made him even better!
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on December 25, 2018, 09:27:02 AM
I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

I am not buying an Assassinís Creed game this year.

... I wonít get fooled again! *guitar solo*

I bought an Assassinís Creed game this year. Itís not very good.  :(

Iíll never learn.

Iím about to set up the Switch at my folkís home and will report back on how Smash, Kart, Tennis, etc. fares. The fam really loves all the Marioís. Merry Christmas yaíll!
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 25, 2018, 02:50:14 PM
I got Tetris. Bought AstroBot the lead up week to Black Friday. Perhaps I'll finally set my VR up again.

Smash, ofc, is great.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Solid Blake on December 26, 2018, 04:13:31 PM
Holiday family gaming update:

-Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the go-to-game amongst my siblings and niece & nephew. The game is fun and accessible at so many skill levels. Playing with the Switch Joycon is cramp-city, however. The kids like the motion controls more than the nub, but kids are pretty stupid. The chaos and rubber banding elements (i.e. blue shells), really made it a blast for everyone.

-I kept trying to talk up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, mainly because I just dropped $60 on it just to play with my family, and I kept talking about how there were so many characters to pick from. But APPARENTLY, you only have 8 characters unlocked at the offset?!?! What. The. F*ck. Confused, I took to Google and found that you have to unlock all the characters via single player fights/online skirmishes. F*ck that. We played two matches and turned to the next game.

-The kids went to bed and the beers were opened. It was Super Mario Party time. I had two Joycons and a pro controller, so it was perfect for me to play with my brother and sister. But, again, APPARENTLY, this game doesnít support the pro controller, you know... the most expensive flagship controller for the system. And, again, f*ck that. Frustrated, I let my siblings play and I watched/drowned my sorrows in alcohol. They looked like they had fun, though.

We never touched Mario Tennis Aces.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: Bondo on December 26, 2018, 06:02:07 PM
My third party pro controller crashes the system if I try to connect it. Seems like an antitrust violation to me to nerf competing controllers.
Title: Re: What are you playing? 2018 SPECIAL EDITION (4 Seasonal DLC Packs Included)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 26, 2018, 06:52:55 PM
Thought that word about the MP control scheme and SSBU character thing was prevalent enough to have reached out pretty far. You do always have to unlock characters in those games, but typically they start with plenty more than just the few in this one.

Regardless, I was glad SSBU makes you unlock the characters, I don't know if I'd have put the 20+ hours I did in to World Of Light were it not the case, since that's (new characters aside) pretty much the biggest difference from Smash 4, which I put more hours than I can count playing. Excited to take this sucker online, especially since they made Dorf even better!