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Title: What are you playing? NOW STREAMING 2019!
Post by: Solid Blake on January 01, 2019, 06:16:35 AM
Happy New Year gang! 2018 was one helluva year for games. In the effort to recap the past 12 months, I attempted to narrow down my list to 10 titlesócouldnít do it. Then I tried 20Ėnope. 25? STILL TOO RESTRICTIVE. So, this year Iím going to be posting my 31 Favorite Games of 2018 once a day throughout the month of January. Iíll probably miss a day or two, but Iím gonna try this gosh-dernit. Ok, to the list!

31:  Sea of Thieves, developed by Rare, played on the Xbox One X for approximately 20 hours. This game is probably a disappointment for a lot of people, but I think that has a lot to do with expectations. This is a gorgeously crafted open world multiplayer loot-grabbing game, with about the amount of content/things to do youíd expect from games of the same ilk (Destiny). Yes, it can be repetitive. However, Iíve met so many nice people in this game (very little griefing percentage) and the organic player-made experiences were very fun/memorable. Also, that realistic water meets cartoon aesthetic is a treat for thine eyes. I got this via Game Pass, which was a great way to dip your toes into this gameóthough Rare should have went free-to-play and charged for cosmetics, but thatís just business Blake talking. In conclusion, it was a great pirate playground to fool around with, and manning a galleon with a coordinated pirate crew is a gaming memory that will stick with me for quite some time. YAAR!!
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 01, 2019, 11:18:27 AM
A new year of gaming!

I didn't play a lot of 2018 games, still have a ton to catch up with, but I'll probably make a list of my favorites soon.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 01, 2019, 09:43:53 PM
I should probably also post this little list now, before I forget.

Top 10 Most Anticipated 2019 Games:

1. Death Stranding
2. Spelunky 2
3. In the Valley of the Gods
4. Days Gone
5. Metro: Exodus
6. Biomutant
7. Tom Clancyís The Division 2
8. Resident Evil 2
9. Control
10. The Outer Worlds

... Iím also pretty sure this is the third time Iíve included Days Gone on one of these.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 02, 2019, 03:26:49 PM
30: Donut County, developed by Ben Esposito, played on the iPhone XS Max for approximately 2 hours. This is the perfect drop things down holes game to play while dropping things down holes [/toilethumor]. The ďgameplay,Ē and Iím using the term lightly, is overtly simplistic:  you drop things into a hole and the hole gets bigger. The way this puzzle mechanic evolves is never really mind-blowing, but the charm, humor and quirky aesthetic helps carry your intention throughout the game. Itís never really challenging nor is it captivating, but it made me smile, and in 2018ĖI needed that. *quack quack* Have a garbage day!
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Post by: smirnoff on January 02, 2019, 11:43:59 PM
31:  Sea of Thieves, developed by Rare, played on the Xbox One X for approximately 20 hours. This game is probably a disappointment for a lot of people, but I think that has a lot to do with expectations. This is a gorgeously crafted open world multiplayer loot-grabbing game, with about the amount of content/things to do youíd expect from games of the same ilk (Destiny). Yes, it can be repetitive. However, Iíve met so many nice people in this game (very little griefing percentage) and the organic player-made experiences were very fun/memorable. Also, that realistic water meets cartoon aesthetic is a treat for thine eyes. I got this via Game Pass, which was a great way to dip your toes into this gameóthough Rare should have went free-to-play and charged for cosmetics, but thatís just business Blake talking. In conclusion, it was a great pirate playground to fool around with, and manning a galleon with a coordinated pirate crew is a gaming memory that will stick with me for quite some time. YAAR!!

Responsible for one of the greatest moments in gaming history (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UjWwMtrETk#no). swearing warning, screaming warning...

I will never not enjoy watching this clip. :))
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Post by: 1SO on January 03, 2019, 12:45:53 AM
That was great. I love when people freak out over make-believe things.
Title: Re: What are you playing? NOW STREAMING 2019!
Post by: Solid Blake on January 03, 2019, 10:08:37 AM
The transition from calm tranquility to ďCAPTAIN!Ē gets me every time.  ;D
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 03, 2019, 03:49:17 PM
29: Below, developed by Capybara Games, played on the Xbox One X for approximately 7 hours. Below is cruel. Itís flipping CRUEL. I was hoping for a Zelda-rogue-like, instead it was a Dark-Souls-rogue-like. That should have pissed me off, and, initially, it did. I hated dying from hunger for the first time, I hated dying from a difficulty spike, or a literal spike-trap, etc.. Nevertheless, I kept pushing through and delving deeper into the cavernous abyss because of the stellar soundtrack and art design. The moment to momentóhigh stakes combat helped me to overlook the survival mechanics that I normally dislike. The interesting atmosphere and cleverly hidden secrets keep me wanting to craft more lanterns and chow down on bat morsels, so I can keep on going. On paper, I should dislike this game... but I donít. I keep coming back to it, and I can see myself chipping away at it throughout the next few months. Oh, and PSA: itís on Game Pass, so give it a poke. (I'm going to praising Game Pass a lot in this list, so GET USED TO IT.)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 03, 2019, 07:33:37 PM
Good to know it made it to Game Pass, I will check that out and hope it's not too much like Don't Starve.

Also, you really think Death Stranding hits this year?

Also, also, that avatar has got to go.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 03, 2019, 07:54:38 PM
Good to know it made it to Game Pass, I will check that out and hope it's not too much like Don't Starve.

Also, you really think Death Stranding hits this year?

Also, also, that avatar has got to go.

Yes, yes, NO!
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 04, 2019, 10:17:21 AM
Oh cool, I made it onto that Kotaku Highlight Reel thingy:

https://youtu.be/hWEHNltoo7o

My clip is around the 2:50 mark.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 04, 2019, 05:04:51 PM
28: The Gardens Between, developed by The Voxel Agents, played on the Xbox One X for approximately 2 hours. This is yet another Game Pass discovery, with the twee art style grabbing my attention when I was in need of a palette cleanser between gritty shooters/monster slayers. The gameplay is overtly simple: you manipulate time (forward/reverse) as two childhood friends explore these memory vignettes in the shape of islands. It gets more and more complicated as you progress, but never really challenging. Itís just the perfect wind down after work game. This probably could have been a phone game (is it?), but it sure does look pretty on my 65Ē OLED as well. If you have an afternoon to burn and want an inoffensive puzzler to breeze through, this oneís for you.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 04, 2019, 06:36:01 PM
Oh cool, I made it onto that Kotaku Highlight Reel thingy:



My clip is around the 2:50 mark.
Nice!
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 05, 2019, 08:38:12 AM
27: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, developed by Treyarch, played on the Xbox One X for 73 hours. BLACKOUT! *loud music blaring* I have only played one third of this game. Zombies/hoard modes do not appeal to me, and the multiplayer suite is impenetrable at this point, but Blackout, CoDís first attempt at Battle Royale, is a lot of fun. Though not as intricate/simulation-based as PUBG, and not as cartoony as Fortnite, Blackout was able to still form itís own identity in the BR realm. The whole Blackout lore being intertwined in the map/collectibles does absolutely nothing for me, but I could see that being rad for those invested in this franchise. I had a hell of a time with this game, but it still sits lower on my end of the year list because the remaining 2/3rds of the game are very unappealing. Hopefully, they will break away from the $60 all-in-one package and sell each mode piecemeal, but that would be way too customer-friendly. Regardless, Iím somewhat interested in the next Call of Duty game, so thatís saying something.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 06, 2019, 11:44:02 AM
26: Florence, developed by Mountains, played on the iPhone XS Max for approximately 45 minutes. Stupid little dumb iPhone game that may or may not have made me reflect on broken relationships and accumulate some tears in my eyeball regions. Whatever.
Title: Re: What are you playing? NOW STREAMING 2019!
Post by: Solid Blake on January 07, 2019, 08:46:46 AM
25: Shadow of the Tomb Raider, developed by Eidos Montrťal, played on the Xbox One X for 21 hours. The first few hours of this game promised an equally evolved/entertaining sequel that Rise of the Tomb Raider was for the 2013 reboot. Unfortunately, the abysmal story and lack-luster-latter half of the game really detracted from these great early impressions. That said, I still had fun with She-Rambo just straight up murdering fools in the jungle. The attempt at bringing "character" to Lara, and even her wet noodle of a friend, Jonah, was a botched one; however, I still enjoyed the basic Arkham Asylum-esque exploration and the challenge tombs enough to keep me pushing through the slog. This game sat on my most disappointing list for a while, but I think I got so much out of the first 10 hours and the subsequent tombs to overcome said disappointment.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 07, 2019, 10:04:26 AM
Started playing Marvel's Spider-Man recently. What a quality video game. Swinging through NYC feels good and takes me back to those Spider-Man 2 days without some of the jank and obviously a much prettier looking city. It's one of those rare games where simply going around the world is so fun I find myself doing a lot of side-activities between missions.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 07, 2019, 10:58:41 AM
(https://gifimage.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/j-jonah-jameson-gif-1-1.gif)

HE'S A MENACE!!! It's a fun game. Pro-tip: If you plan on doing a lot of the side activities, definitely do them while you're going through the main story campaign (juxtaposed to mainlining the story and saving them for last). I platinum'd that bad boy, but going through all the side stuff right at the end can be pretty repetitive.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 08, 2019, 05:21:57 AM
24: Celeste, developed by Matt Thorson and Noel Berry, played on the Xbox One X for 10 hours. I didn't like Super Meat Boy. I don't like challenging platformers. But I like Celeste. A lot of that has to do with the atmosphere, from the nostalgic chip-tuney soundtrack, to the simplistic-yet-pleasing art style. It can be frustrating at times, especially when I'm trying for those pesky elusive strawberries, but I could always put the game down and usually achieve success after coming back to it with a new attitude/fresh perspective. I never really related/was moved by the story; however, I'm glad it's there and that people are getting a lot from a 2D platformer. BONUS! It's free on Xbox Games with Gold right now, so definitely give that ish a download.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 08, 2019, 06:39:11 PM
It'd be much higher on my list. In fact, it landed on my favorites of all time. I super related to the story as it mirrors a lot of my own mental health history.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 09, 2019, 07:34:36 AM
I came very close to ordering this pre-build last night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYaiw-ReE6k

But, honestly--I can't come up with any legitimate reason to dive back into PC gaming. HDR10 support is spotty right now amongst most games/monitors and the Xbox One X is able to achieve native 4K for most games, and I'm not a frames-per-second fiend (30FPS doesn't bother me, though 60FPS is nice). The majority of the best games I've played in the last decade have been console exclusives, and most indie PC games do make their way over to the consoles eventually. Unless I'm missing any crucial points, but why would anyone invest so much into PC gaming nowadays--when it seems to be the least supported portion of the medium? The idea of totally designing a PC desk/LED lighting setup sounds great, but having to figure out which monitor to go with (ultra wide, G-sync?) and sinking too much money into annual upgrades versus only paying $400-500$ every 5 years or so on a new console iteration really speaks to my wallet. I'm dumb though, and I like the shiniest, newest, latest, best things... so someone, please convince me that it's not worth it. Or is it?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 09, 2019, 10:10:22 AM
I'm not convincing you of anything. That being said, here are a few of my favorite things about PC gaming:

1-Diversity of games. There are some serious gems that never make it to consoles and some heady strategy titles that just wouldn't work. Sure, you get the likes of Hollow Knight and Celeste, but what about more experimental games like A Mortician's Tale or Passage that don't fit into the console gamespace.

2-Backwards compatibility. I can play just about every generation of gaming on my PC with just a bit of effort. GOG makes a lot of it painless for modern systems but even those that require some tweaking are not too bad. As much as I love my PS4, the fact it has extremely limited backwards compatibility is a huge bummer. And don't even get me started on Nintendo making people buy the same game for each new console. Maybe their online service will change that but I love having my PC collection being there basically as long as I can keep everything backed up. I've got gigs of old and new games on my external drive ensuring if the internet ever dies I'll have my own mini-library of games to play.

3-I already need a PC. I already use my PC for browsing the web, writing, image editing, etc., why not also just spend a bit more money to make it a gaming system? Every PC I've build is cheaper than the cheapest Macbook on the market and can do far more than those laptops can. If you can buy a Macbook every 4-5 years, you can easily build a budget gaming PC. You won't be playing with everything on high with the latest releases a few years down the line, but it'll still give you the biggest library gaming has to offer.

4-Games are cheap. Too cheap, some argue. I have bought so many games for a buck or two and still haven't gotten around to playing them. Bundles, frequent sales, insane price drops and more make for easily the most aggressive gaming market. Lots of digital vendors competing has made it easy to stretch your dollars. I once calculated how much money I spent on average per game and it was $5.88. That's absurd. It's one of many reasons why I feel like I've gotten my value out of PC gaming as my primary gaming platform.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 09, 2019, 11:02:55 AM
OK! You convinced me.  ;)

23: Onrush, developed by Codemasters Evo, played on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X for approximately 20 hours. Sometimes, after a long day at work, you just want to come home to a dumb, mindless arcadey game where pretty things go boom. Onrush is that game for me. I picked this up on sale for PS4, and later got it for the Xbox when it came to Game Pass *Game Pass RuLeS* and I loved the whole racing-but-not-really-racing-game approach. The game modes basically encourage take downs, ŗ la Burnout, over skillfull driving and the playfully lame/carefree ďfeelĒ of the game feels like it was taken straight out of the late 90ís. It was a slight bummer that the game lacked any variation/ranked modes or incentives to play more seriously at launch; however, Iíve heard that support is continuing to improve. Itís just a shame that we will probably never see another one of these in the future (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.eurogamer.net/amp/2018-07-23-layoffs-onrush-developer-evolution-driveclub-director-rushy-let-go), but Iím happy to have this big dumb wreck-fest to come home to every night.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 09, 2019, 09:01:13 PM
The only plus of console gaming for me is that it's couch gaming. And that's a big plus. :)
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 10, 2019, 07:15:30 AM
22: Monster Hunter: World, developed by Capcom, played on the PlayStation 4 Pro for approximately 30 hours. I never thought I would get into a Monster Hunter game, but this one made most things accessible and opened the door to hunting them monsters. After figuring out the super convoluted cooperative multiplayer system, I did have some fun memories taking down the next big bad dinosaur/bat/dragon/etc.; however, I got burnt out on this one pretty quick compared to my PSN friends that still hop on for end-game challenges (probably because I was climbing all over remake Colossi at the same time). Once the "grind" became apparent, it really turned me off, but I still had so much fun shooting those poor creatures with my bow & arrow, that this game still leaves fond memories in my mouth. I'm not sure I'll ever jump into another one of these, but I am glad I was able to penetrate the franchise and see what all the fuss is about.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 10, 2019, 09:46:22 AM
Yea, the grind still looks like it would be a big turnoff to me but I'm glad some people seemed to connect with this one. I'm just pretty sure Monster Hunter is not for me.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 10, 2019, 08:21:30 PM
There's only one place you can play Obra Dinn. I want a gaming PC, have for a while, but still not in the cards for a high end prebuilt like this one, and don't have anywhere close to the confidence to build my own.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 11, 2019, 05:14:21 AM
21: Burnout Paradise Remastered, developed by Criterion Games, played on the Xbox One X for approximately 10 hours. I love this game because of the reasons why I loved Onrush so much (http://forum.filmspotting.net/index.php?topic=14920.msg896316#msg896316), but the actual racing/driving is done a lot better. Paradise is the high point for arcade racing games and this remaster made me very nostalgic for when I played this back in 2008. It's a bummer that they took out the crash-cam reactions, where the console camera would capture the reaction of the player you took out. Sure, it was about 50% penises, but it was a quirky feature that helped humanize a silly wreck-orgy of sparks and metal. I'm pretty positive that this baby is available via the EA vault in their EA Access program, so definitely check this one out--especially if you missed it when it first came out. It also has pretty much every DLC item packaged in and, oh, and the music/radio DJ is so stupidly positive/nostalgic... I love it.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 11, 2019, 08:51:33 AM
Take me down to Paradise city
Where the grass is green
And the girls are pretty

Quality pick.
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Post by: MartinTeller on January 11, 2019, 09:51:22 AM
I almost never play games a second time, but I get tempted every time I see Burnout Paradise in the PS Store.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 11, 2019, 07:46:30 PM
I almost never play games a second time, but I get tempted every time I see Burnout Paradise in the PS Store.

Tbh that game seems like it goes on sale digitally for about $3 so many times that I think you should just get it to have if you want/somehow do find the free time to just squeeze in a few races after work or on a snowy/rainy Sunday. Obvi there's always family stuff to do, and I'm sure having a child makes any free time previous, but it's such a solid package and fun one to have that when it hits such a deep discount it's worth getting. Some places you can't even get a cup of tea for less than $3, and Burnout probably won't burn your tongue : /
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 12, 2019, 10:38:38 AM
20: Super Mario Party, developed by NDcube, played on the Nintendo Switch for approximately 4 hours. Alcohol. You need alcohol to play this game. That's a strong caveat, especially for those who don't drink. It's a nonsensical game where players get screwed over and the mini-games are gimmicky at the very best. That said, when you're drinking with friends/family and talking smack as you pass them for their prized stars--nothing beats a (Super) Mario Party. I also grew up playing these games. My sister still throws on her Nintendo 64 when she has us over to her lake cabin, so this series is tinged with nostalgia. I can say, out of all the games on the list, itís probably the worst ďvideo game,Ē but it is a digitized board game that is unapologetically cruel and hilarious. My major complaint is that it only supports Joycons, not my Pro controller nor even my NES joycons donít work with the damn thing. That said, this game is a blast amongst friends and foes alike.
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Post by: Bondo on January 12, 2019, 03:55:38 PM
That's my most recent acquisition as I stock up on a couple online games to try to justify my membership. It is...a Mario Party game. I'll be ready to play it with my nephews when I move back closer to family and I imagine that will be fun.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 12, 2019, 04:44:55 PM
The only joy I get out of Mario Party is watching the Giant Bomb people play them and just have the most miserably awful time.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 12, 2019, 08:54:39 PM
I need to catch up on the latest one!

EDIT: Has anyone tried the DoA 6 beta? I've been mulling over the past couple of weeks which system to get it on.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 13, 2019, 09:35:00 AM
19: holedown, developed by grapefrukt games, played on the iPhone XS Max for approximately 9 hours. This another great toilet game, but unlike Donut County--this one has some depth/skills to develop that feels super rewarding when you master them. Basically, you shoot balls and they bounce off rock formations, which have numbers on them, and you have to wear those numbers down and make sure none of the rocks hit the top of the screen as you progress down into the depths. There's also upgrades available that you unlock via collectible crystals and these help you bank more balls, or allows more shots per life, etc.. Unfortunately, I hit a big skill gap between the planetoid and planet levels, which required me to do some grinding for crystals to continue. I never had any problems after that. Regardless, bouncing these balls, making that perfect bank shot, and watching those numbers go down is just some weirdly satisfying stuff and it was also a perfect podcast game (I couldn't tell you what the music sounds like). I think it's like 3 bucks too, so if you like these Peggle-esque games, I highly recommend checking out holedown.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 14, 2019, 07:11:55 AM
18: Moss, developed by Polyarc, played on the PlayStation VR for approximately 5 hours. I was skeptical of virtual reality. I've never been to a pink-eye ridden kiosk where you can try it out, so when I jumped on those Black Friday PSVR deals I was able to really see that this is not a gimmick and the PSVR is a nice budget-level proof of concept for this future of gaming. Moss isn't the best puzzle/action-adventure game. If I played it on my 2D OLED, I'd probably just brush it off as yet another inoffensive/uninventive platformer/puzzler. But the virtual reality representation of each level, which feels like a tiny diorama and makes you feel like this giant spectator (which you are supposed to be), breathes new life into this genre. You are this big spirit, helping the adorable protagonist (Quill), whom you control, through these levels filled with puzzles, hidden scrolls, and enemies. Unfortunately, the combat doesn't feel great; conversely, the exploration, somewhat challenging puzzles and petting Quill for the millionth time will help you forget those downfalls. This is also a great family-friendly VR game to share with the young ones, which went over well with my niece and nephew.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 14, 2019, 11:14:36 AM
Heard lots of great things about Moss, but PSVR is just too rich for my blood. I've experienced VR a few times and really dug it. I'd love to play something like Obduction in VR.
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Post by: Bondo on January 14, 2019, 03:57:09 PM
I was contemplating getting Oculus Go. Not sure if that one has good stuff or not.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 14, 2019, 04:13:08 PM
I was contemplating getting Oculus Go. Not sure if that one has good stuff or not.

From my understanding, the games are very ďphone qualityĒ and limited experiences on the Go due to limited computing power and the single hand controller. The GO has good optic quality for VR video, though. I suggest waiting for the Oculus Quest and see how that fares before pulling the trigger on any headset.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 14, 2019, 08:00:49 PM
Dan Trachtenberg wanted to make an Uncharted movie back in the Totally Rad days (https://mobile.twitter.com/nshady/status/1084922502474752001), and now heís being tapped to direct the forthcoming Sony picture. Thatís totally.... radical.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 16, 2019, 04:34:22 PM
Whoops! I missed a day.  :-[

17: Valkyria Chronicles 4, developed by SEGA, played on the PlayStation 4 Pro for approximately 10 hours. I still havenít finished this game. Considering that the original 2008 Valkyria Chronicles was one of my all-time favorites, thatís a problem. I should have binged this game until I rolled credits. It still has the same amazing tactical strategy that I love. It still has the great artistic aesthetic that I love (though it does feel too close to a homage than an evolution of the style). I think itís because the characters and their sophomoric behavior feels way too anime/in contrast to the attempt at a darker/heavier story-telling. I just donít like this squad as much as I loved Welkin and company. I might get back to this, as the tactical turn-based gameplay is still the heart and soul to the game and I might just tune out the mediocre storytelling/lackluster score and throw on some podcasts.

16: State of Decay 2, developed by Undead Labs, played on the Xbox One X for 28 hours. I love management sims, and this is one of thoseówith some satisfying 3rd person zombie combat thrown in. The best time I had with this game was going out on scavenging runs and having my group of survivors just making itóday by day. As I played more, the game became less challenging and less fun; however, I still enjoyed min/maxíing my base and getting my crewís morale meter through the roof. It would have been nice to see a ďhardcoreĒ mode, though. Regardless, there was some great emergent storytelling moments and a lovely single player experience. The co-op was a bit busted at launch, and wasnít really what I wanted from this game. Iím excited to see what Undead Labs does next, especially now that theyíre officially owned/backed by Microsoft.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 16, 2019, 07:45:11 PM
Made it to Chapter 5 for RDR 2, guess things are starting to wind down.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 17, 2019, 08:32:17 AM
VC4 was one I fully planned on getting when it came out but seeing as I still haven't finished the first game I decided to pass on it for now.

State of Decay 2 sounds like it's halfway to being a game I'd love but I watched the gameplay of it and I just felt like something was missing for me.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 20, 2019, 08:09:15 AM
15: Firewall: Zero Hour, developed by First Contact Entertainment Inc., played on the PlayStation VR for approximately 15 hours. "Dude, it's Rainbow Six Siege BUT IN VR!" Sold! Though it does lack the skills/abilities of the RB6 operators, the "contractors" have to either hack or defend a computer from an opposing team. The real selling point is the PSVR Aim Controller and how amazing it feels to hold a gun in your hand and having it appear in the game world in a 1-to-1 fashion. Being able to physically lean around corners, or hold out your weapon and blind fire is such a visceral feeling--if this is the future of competitive FPS games, count me in. It still has some proof-of-concept problems, such as the camera not tracking perfectly all the time and the game suffers from sever hosting problems (there's no host migration and I've probably spent more time searching/queuing for games than actually playing it); regardless, playing with a good team and flanking successfully as you aim down sights is a "high" that I don't get much anymore when playing competitive first person shooter games. Oh, and everyone is a PSVR is super friendly... it's weird.

14: Far Cry 5, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto, played on the PlayStation 4 Pro for approximately 30 hours. Yes, it's another Far Cry game that feels just like 4, which feels just like 3. Yes, the story isn't great and pulls any significant punches that could have made a compelling narrative. That said, I made this game fun (for me) by turning off all the HUD elements, cranking up the difficulty, and making the game an extremely challenging stealth combat experience. I was forced to stealth, otherwise I would get destroyed by reinforcements or aerial attacks. Boomer was my buddy character, but I only had him around so I could pet him. I really had a blast exploring John's region, and felt super immersed in this cult-ridden county. The creepy inspirational evangelical songs really helped with that immersion, and the sound design was definitely a high point for me. Unfortunately, the game starts to feel repetitive after awhile, as Faith and Jacob's region had the same cadence/story delivery and the cracks of the game design became all too apparent. Messing around with my friends in cooperative mode helped overcome those lulls, though I wish the game could have lived up to the enjoyment I got out of John's region. I never finished Far Cry 4, so at least this game carried me all the way through--though I would love to see this franchise go back to the direction Far Cry 2 was taking them to.

13. Hitman 2, developed by IO Interactive, played on the Xbox One X for 13 hours. "It's more Hitman." It is. And, initially, I thought that's all I wanted. Turns out I PLAYED A LOT OF HITMAN, because I burned out on this one pretty fast. I still haven't completed the last map, and I'm not super pressed to do so. That said, these maps are some of the best Hitman maps I've ever played, and I had a blast playing through these situations on the hardest difficulty and the UI/HUD elements all turned off. It's nice just stumbling on inventive Hitman kill scenarios, juxtaposed to checking off a series of checklists and having autopilot turned on. It might be an unfair criticism to this game, but it's basically just the same game as the 2016 game, and this just feels like a "season 2" DLC pack. I put in so many hours into that game, that I felt like the fatigue set in pretty fast. There's really nothing incredibly new to separate this from its predecessor (the mirror visibility thing is cool) and purchasing this game on the Xbox storefront was the weirdest thing (you have to download each map piecemeal, even though they only sell one packaged game and you can't buy them individually). It makes NO SENSE! I feel like I'm being super negative--I'm not. I loved Hitman (2016) and that extends to this title, but it is unfortunately more of the same, even if that same is pretty friggen' great.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 20, 2019, 09:39:13 AM
It did take me a bit to get into Hitman 2 after I bought it, but once I did, boy those maps are great. Yes, it's more of the same, but Hitman 2016 is one of my all-time favorites so getting more of that is a delight to me.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 21, 2019, 04:26:48 PM
12. Detroit: Become Human, developed by Quantic Dream, played on the PlayStation 4 Pro for approximately 15 hours. People bashed this game for being "not woke" (i.e. a poorly delivered metaphor for racism/slavery) and it can be guilty of that. However, if you check your pride ("woke" level) at the door, it's still a relatively positive message and one that is delivered through Quantic Dream's fascinating multi-tier storytelling framework. The tech behind this game is staggering, with characters breaking beyond the uncanny valley and delivering some very believable performances (Connor being my favorite of the bunch). The story has some highs (Connor/Kara) and lows (Markus), but I loved the detective scenarios and some of the action sequences felt viscerally suspenseful. It was also nice seeing my three protagonists come together. Look, this might not age well, much akin to Heavy Rain, but I was enthralled and immersed at almost every moment and I also love that ďmy storyĒ was just that, my story. #StayWoke
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 22, 2019, 08:29:28 AM
Put me in the "not woke" camp because so much of this game's messaging is completely muddled and sometimes downright offensive. I'm all for games tackling big topics like racism but the way this game does it is filled with plenty of deaf-tone moments. To me it has nothing to do with pride level but just with how many times the messaging of the game took me out of the experience because it was done so awkwardly and it's clear David Cage doesn't really understand the history or context of American slavery. I'm a fan of Heavy Rain and even Indigo Prophecy to a certain extent, but Cage completely lost me here.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 22, 2019, 08:38:11 AM
11. Forza Horizon 4, developed by Playground Games, played on the Xbox One X for 53 hours. First and foremost, big shout out to Game Pass. But seriously, I probably would have passed on this game if it weren't for this blessed online subscription service (not an ad). I played Horizon 3 and wasn't blown away by it (not sure I even finished the first festival series). Thankfully, this game came out when I needed to chill out in life. I was dealing with work/life stress, so to come home and be able to drive a big dumb Ghostbusters themed Ford Country Squire through stone walls at 100+MPH--twas truly a treat. The driving strikes that arcadey-yet-vaguely-sim-like feeling that I enjoy from some racers, and I always have Gran Turismo if I want ridiculously studied/emulated sim driving. The changing seasons, initially, seemed like a gimmick, but I found that they were good excuses to pop back in and take care of a Seasonal Championship Series, or find another hidden barn find. This is also a fun online game, with the "adventure" series (randomized events from all across the map) being the standout. Oh, and did I mention that it's FLIPPIN' GORGEOUS? I'm really excited to see what Playground Games does next (Fable).
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 23, 2019, 08:16:48 AM
Top 10 BABY!

10. Tetris Effect, developed by Monstars Inc. and Resonair, played on the PlayStation VR for approximately 20 hours. One could argue that Tetris the best game of all time (it's not), but it is perfect in design and easy to learn/difficult to master. There have been dozens of Tetris games, but when I heard that Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Lumines, Rez) was designing a Tetris game and that it would be in VR--I was already sold. Lumines is one of my favorite drop-block puzzle games, so I was excited to see how he would change up the Tetris formula. Weirdly, it's not all that different. It's very Tetris in terms of the puzzle mechanics. However, the style and presentation of this game is really the pivotal turning point in making this a truly unique Tetris experience. VR or not, the visual effects are all gorgeous and stunning, and the sound design of each block playing in syncopation with the score feels very Lumines-esque. This is a great game to come home to, smoke some indica and zone out. It's also a great game to have friends over and watch their stunned faces as interstellar whales dive around them in virtual reality. The "Journey" mode is really cool, but the difficulty spikes at the end can probably rub most casual Tetris players the wrong way. It's my only nitpick in a game that is a love-letter to it's source material and a positive message/vibe in a year where we really need said messages/vibes. Also, this song rules.

https://youtu.be/uGgiC-ELNN4
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 23, 2019, 08:52:21 AM
I want to play this badly, but the idea of spending $40 on a version of Tetris just makes me balk. Maybe when a sale comes...
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 24, 2019, 07:33:19 AM
9. Battlefield V, developed by EA DICE, played on the Xbox One X for 100 hours. I love Battlefield games. I've played pretty much every iteration since Battlefield 1942. When I heard that they were finally going back to WWII, I was excited--then I found out it would only feature the British/German forces, and focus on lesser-known/covered historical battles. Part of me really wanted to be shooting a M1 Garand, but I got over that pretty quick when I realized that these are the best Battlefield maps that DICE has ever crafted, and the squad-system really refreshes the series in new and exciting ways. Being able to revive your squad-mates, really emphasizes on playing close to your squad and discourages lone wolves. They also, controversially, nerf'd tanks/planes quite a bit and allows a more even playing field--I can typically take out a Tiger with two well placed Panzerfaust shots. The shooting feels great, per usual, and the sound design when pulling off head shots is just so oddly satisfying. Above all, I get a visceral adrenaline surge when playing this game that I almost never get out of any other first person shooter. Rushing a point with your team, as medics pop smoke grenades and the sounds of bullets whizzing over-head, only to be drowned out by an approaching Stuka--all of these things can't be replicated even in the most highly produced single player experiences (oh, they have a somewhat mediocre single player campaign if that's your thing). DICE has done a great job supporting this game post-launch and they have a lot of things coming down the pipeline (new maps, modes, weapons, a Battle Royale mode, etc.), and I'm really glad they went the non-Premium pass route. The microtransactions feel buried in the menus and out of sight, it's almost as if EA PR actually learned a lesson from the Star Wars: Battlefront II debacle. It's just a shame that everyone hates this publisher and that this game has had an uphill battle since its announcement, but I think the final product speaks for itself (P.S. the launch went surprisingly well and I've had no system crash/server errors that I get from a lot of games today). Oh, did I mention that the Frostbite engine is stunningly gorgeous?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur1JVAUpsNk
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 24, 2019, 07:24:34 PM
Tetris has been sitting in my PS4 for a month waiting for me to hook up that VR again, and also because I'm finishing up your number one.

Also, new LiS episode!
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 25, 2019, 05:12:56 AM
Also, new LiS episode!

Yup! I've got that, Resident Evil 2 and the Anthem beta waiting for me at home. Too bad I won't have much time to spend on them this weekend, but I'm off all week next week--so lots of gaming in store!!
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 25, 2019, 11:40:22 AM
8. Dead Cells, developed by Motion Twin, played on the Xbox One X for approximately 40 hours. I will try my hardest to not use the terms "rogue-like" or "metroidvania" OH WAIT I JUST DID DANG IT ALL TO HECK. I thought I was over 2D platformers. They just don't do much for me anymore. I've been playing them since the original Super Mario Bros. and I'm pretty sure it's just fatigue at this point. Thankfully, a couple of games came out this year and reinvigorated my love for the 2D genre, with Dead Cells being one of them. This game hinges on one thing and one thing only: the feel. This game just feels so damn good. The graphics, sound design, and score aren't really noteworthy. Neither is the concept or story. On paper, this is just another Rogue-Legacy-like-like that I would have overlooked, it weren't for how good the game feels to play. Whether you're jumping over enemies to lay down traps, or rolling away from viscous enemy attacks--Dead Cells feels like butter in your hands. Actually, that sounds gross. It feels better than that. I still haven't even beaten the damn game and I don't really care, as I feel like I'm always making some progress towards unlocking an item or passive ability. This is also the perfect podcast game. It also was my go-to when I was killed early in a Battle Royale game and would have to wait 30+ minutes for my buddies to win/die. Oh, and I know you care, so my perfect load out is: Blood Sword, Infantry Bow, Wolf Trap and Sinew Slicer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvGaSPTcTxc
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 26, 2019, 12:42:46 AM
Also, new LiS episode!

Yup! I've got that, Resident Evil 2 and the Anthem beta waiting for me at home. Too bad I won't have much time to spend on them this weekend, but I'm off all week next week--so lots of gaming in store!!

Just in time to wield the keyblade.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 26, 2019, 07:27:09 AM
Do what now with the what what?  ;)

I doubt I'll ever get into a Kingdom Hearts game--I never had a strong love for most Disney properties, and the whole anime-ass story looks to be completely not my thing. I hope it's good though, as it sounds like a lot of people have been waiting a long time for this game.

In more depressing news, the HDR10 implementation in Resident Evil 2 is completely broken. The darkest settings still has the black levels in a washed-out gray-scale uniformity, even on my inky-black OLED screen. It was so distracting, I had to turn off the HDR10 settings on my Xbox One X and it seems like the SDR version delivers those deeper black levels (something I want when playing a dark survivor horror game). I don't remember this being a problem with the HDR implementation of Resident Evil VII, so I'm hoping it's something they can fix sooner than later, though I only saw a few articles calling it out (https://segmentnext.com/2019/01/24/resident-evil-2-remake-hdr/) and even one ARSTechnica article oddly calling it "bonkers good (https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/resident-evil-2-remake-review-itll-thrill-you-itll-annoy-you/)."

HDR is a fickle beast, it seems. Some people said it wasn't implemented well in Red Dead Redemption II, but it looks drastically better in HDR on my set after comparing the two modes in several different game locations/times of day. It's just a pain in the ass to have to turn off HDR10 at the system level to play a select game or two, versus having it be an in-game visual option. Hopefully HDR10 will just become the new standard and all these hiccups will be a thing of the past?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 26, 2019, 08:46:35 AM
Debating if I want to get Resident Evil 2 now when I'm not really sure I'll get to it for a while or wait until a price drop later in the year.

Now that it's officially out, I got Slay the Spire and this is a fantastic roguelike so far. I'm a big fan of the board game genre deckbuilding this video game is built off of and it taps into a lot of those great feelings of building your own little combo machine and then going off in super satisfying ways. Someone called it a near perfect game alongside such titles as Into the Breach and Spelunky and while I'm only a few hours in, I could see myself feeling that way about it although we'll see if it sucks away 100+ hours like those other games did.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 26, 2019, 08:58:06 AM
7. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, developed by The Bearded Ladies, played on the Xbox One X for approximately 16 hours. This game came out of nowhere late in the year and, yes, it came to Game Pass. I heard it was like "XCOM meets Metal Gear Solid" and I love both of those games... So guess what? I love this game. This game is brutally difficult. I played it on hard, and the enemies can kill your whole team with one bad turn. Thankfully, I got really good at equipping my team with stealth weapons, with fully upgraded stealth perks and upgraded weaponry/throwables. I could typically plan out a sneak attack on a lone scout; however, the shit can hit the fan and surviving these scenarios can leave one's heart pumping--which is incredible considering the slower turn-based nature of the game. I also loved exploring the post-apocalyptic Swedish setting, searching for relics and other upgrade items scattered around. The writing is pretty good and Dux, Bormin, and Farrow are full of personality and flesh out the world to make it feel more believable. The Blade Runner-esque score and overall presentation really clicked and made this something truly special. I also enjoyed going back to the Ark (a hub-like homebase) to listen to the elder ramble on about nothing and upgrade/purchase items. My only complaint is that the game is pretty short and left me wanting more--so hopefully we'll see more Mutant Year Zero games in the future (it is based off a relatively popular pen/paper role-playing board game.) If XCOM, Mario & Rabbids, Wasteland 2, etc. are your types of game, I highly recommend checking out this relatively lesser known gem.

https://youtu.be/iRKM1W0HIIo
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 26, 2019, 09:10:57 AM
This is one I know I need to get to. Both the setting and gameplay are pure me. 
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Post by: Junior on January 26, 2019, 12:39:03 PM
Got a new 4k HDR TV for my b-day. I'm excited to check out some games.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 26, 2019, 01:00:59 PM
Got a new 4k HDR TV for my b-day. I'm excited to check out some games.

Nice. If you're looking for HDR showcases, I'd recommend the following:

-Marvel's Spider Man
-Horizon: Zero Dawn
-Forza Horizon 4
-Assassin's Creed Origins/Odyssey
-Gran Turismo Sport
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Post by: Junior on January 26, 2019, 02:35:17 PM
Oh yeah, Forza is very pretty so far. Trying Ass Creed now.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 28, 2019, 06:48:05 AM
6. Beat Saber, developed by Beat Games, played on the PlayStation VR for approximately 20 hours. It's been awhile since I've had Rock Band been a focal point at a friends/family get-together. The plastic instruments have all been donated to Salvation Army and gaming hasn't been a huge communal part of my life. Beat Saber has changed that. Instead of a group activity, only one person can actually play the game. However, it's so much fun watching a loved one flail about wildly, everyone is engaged when Beat Saber is going down. The idea is simple: you have two colored light sabers, and you have to hit boxes according to color/direction--all set to music. The feeling of the PS Move controllers vibrating upon each block swipe is continually satisfying and the game just feels so damn natural in VR. Having a sense of depth works and this just wouldn't convert well to a 2D screen. I often find myself doing blind movements based on physical memory and, most importantly, you FEEL SO BAD ASS while doing so. Mind you, you do look like an idiot in real life, but no one cares. This game is so much fun. It's also an exercise! After a challenging run, I often have to shower/sanitize my headset from the overt amount of sweat it would generate from my body. Health benefits aside, it's also incredibly challenging. I'm still trying to master 'Angel Voices' on Expert...

https://youtu.be/bXyXRM1LQio
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 28, 2019, 07:15:49 AM
5. Marvel's Spider-Man, developed by Insomniac Games, played on the PlayStation 4 Pro for approximately 50 hours. Let's get it over with: The web-slinging/traversal feels GREAT. Ok, now with that behind us, we can talk about the most important factor to this game's success: the story. First and foremost, this is a story about Peter Parker. I felt invested in Pete, especially in regards to his relationship with MJ, Aunt May, and his, err, "employer." Watching this character balance his own personal life with the responsibilities of a city in chaos, really helped me become even more invested in what could have been just another generic super hero story arc. I enjoyed most bits of this game, yes even the MJ/Miles sequences, and the combat feels less button-mashy and less counter-attack-reliant as the Arkham games felt. There were a few side activities that weren't great (swinging through smog clouds), but I enjoyed being in this virtual New York City so much, that I platinum'd this game. I was actually moved/excited/surprised with certain story elements and this soon became my favorite Spider-Man story in all mediums (Spider-Verse eventually exceeded it, but I digress). This is how you treat a beloved property/franchise. They absolutely nailed the attitude I expect from a Spider-Man game, right down to the first time I clicked the "punch" button on the streets and Spidey gave the finger guns to a waving bystander. I also loved unlocking all of the outfits, with the Stark suit probably being my favorite of the bunch. They handled all the villains very well, and set up a sequel perfectly--I still have the DLC to play through as well, and I'm sure I'll get back to it when the new games stop coming out. I'm excited to see how this motivates other developers/publishers to feel the urge to put the same amount of effort into licensed properties and the slog of mediocre games of the past will be a distant, not-so-fond memory. Oh, and this game probably has the best opening sequence of the year...

https://youtu.be/x5GRszgrass
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 28, 2019, 11:47:43 AM
Yup, it's a quality title and the story is the best part. I tinkered with the idea of platinuming it, but I've not got that kind of time right now given the other hobbies and life activities I'm trying to deal with right now. 
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 28, 2019, 03:22:45 PM
That's pretty much the only game that's made me bummed i have a Xbox and not a PS4.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 28, 2019, 03:31:16 PM
Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War, Uncharted 4, Shadow of the Colossus, Bloodborne, Gran Turismo Sport, Until Dawn, Ratchet & Clank, etc. are all reasons to own a PS4 as well. I love my Xbox One X, but I canít name one single Microsoft exclusive Iíd hold up over those games.

Oh, and I just got to Mr. X in Resident Evil 2 and Iím officially too STRESSED OUT RIGHT NOW. This game is scary, my dudes.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 28, 2019, 04:13:45 PM
Yea, once I heard about how that works in RE2, I was sold. Might go pick it up tonight or tomorrow.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 29, 2019, 07:17:06 AM
4. ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission, developed by SIE Japan Studio, played on the PlayStation VR for approximately 18 hours. "This feels like a Nintendo game." That quote is being thrown around with this game, and it's warranted. 3D platformers need to elevate themselves to a certain level, otherwise they'll just be another Yooka-Laylee or a Super Lucky's Tale. ASTRO BOT just oozes with charm and inventive platforming, it feels like the titular robot could have been replaced by one mustached plumber and released alongside a new piece of Nintendo tech. The premise is simple, you move a little robot man through a level and try to collect all your missing friends. The genius comes in the virtual reality implementation and the use of the DualShock. Every level seems to introduce a new way to play, either making the player physically head-butt objects, or spray water from your controller to grow plants/fight monsters, or use a flash light to ward off spooky ghosts. Every level is a new surprise and a treat. This trend continues with the boss levels--where I'm constantly surprised with how inventive and fun they can be. On top of that, the allies, enemies, music, atmosphere and world just OOZE with style and character. I smiled more playing this game than I have with most games and when friends/family try it out--the smiles keep'a'comin'. It's just a feel good platformer and, quite honestly, this should be a system seller for Sony. I really hope we see more from this team and this franchise, because, for me, it's on the level of a Super Mario Galaxy or Odyssey even. Just thinking about it, makes me want to go replay the campaign and make sure I collect all my little robo-buddies.

https://youtu.be/gOqWdznjzy0

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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 29, 2019, 08:37:54 PM
I need to hook up my PSVR again at some point. And finish the last couple hours of Spider-Man. Hated those stealth sequences though, so I just stopped in the third act.

Finished RDR2 last night. It is, in fact, a great game. Would still be messing around with it now if I didn't need to update this new disc so I can step through swinging that big old keyblade around.

Want to get RE2 as well since I have only played 1, 3, and 4, but will probably wait for a sale.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 30, 2019, 07:21:00 AM
3. God of War, developed by Santa Monica Studio, played on the PlayStation 4 Pro for approximately 50 hours. I've always actively disliked God of War games. I've been vocally against them on this very forum (http://forum.filmspotting.net/index.php?topic=4950.msg429280#msg429280). So, suffice it to say, I was cautiously excited for a total reboot. Thankfully, this (albeit soft) reboot completely changes up the gameplay and narrative styles that I disliked, and adds a level of humanity to one of the most inhumane characters in video game history (Kratos). One could argue that The Last of Us has had a strong influence on this game (and you'd be right) and the story isn't wholly unique. However, it is polished, paced well, and filled with interesting characters and motivations. I felt like I had a lot of agency in the gameplay, versus just mashing a giant triangle button prompt on screen, and going HUD-less really helped with the immersion into this Norse-mythological-setting. The feeling of throwing and retrieving the Leviathan Axe never stops feeling satisfying. I'm not even invested in the previous entries/history of this franchise, but retrieving the Blades of Chaos was somehow still a really cool moment and made me feel super empowered as a player. The hub-like open world, the sense of scale, the variety of enemies, the "one-shot" presentation really helped to elevate this game to be something special. It even has the Arkham-Asylum-esque exploration that I love. I even liked Atreus for most of the game and his growth was fascinating to watch. This game really surprised me. I cared about every line of dialogue. I became emotionally invested in this story. My turn around on this franchise really speaks to the quality and passion that went into this game. Games have grown up, and I'm happy to see even the biggest previously-dumb blockbuster franchises are now embracing this growth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0u_kAWLJOA
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 30, 2019, 01:30:39 PM
I felt like this was the biggest surprise of last year and as much as I wanted to get to it, I'm sorta putting it on the backburner for now until I see it on sale. I don't doubt it is good, just not the kind of game I tend to enjoy that much.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 30, 2019, 09:31:33 PM
It will go on sale at some point, feel like this was stupid cheap around Black Friday.

Finally got to swing that keyblade around, even if my damn preorder code isn't CINECAST!ing working, and it has been fun. Though the very first world is the Hercules one, and it's not just coliseum/battle tower, so I'm afraid it's inevitably all downhill from here.
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 31, 2019, 07:18:21 AM
2. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, developed by Bluehole and PUBG Corporation, played on the Xbox One X for 614 hours. Out of all the games on my list, I struggled with the placement of this one the most. At times, this could have been my game of the year. At other times, it could have fit on my most disappointing list. I actually bought an Xbox One X just for this game. For the majority of the year, it was under the "Early Access" banner and it felt very early access. I struggled with frame rate issues, server disconnects, and just a multitude of hilarious albeit obnoxious in-game glitches. I had such a strong love/hate relationship with this game, but I can look back on my time with this game and say that the former definitely outweighed the latter. Fortunately, this game allows for some incredible moments--whether it being your first solo chicken dinner, or saving your squad-mate(s) from seemingly inevitable death. There were times where I legitimately "hooted" and "holler'd" when my team survived some sketchy scenario or won an intense final circle. The gameplay hits this perfect balance between hardcore simulation (Arma) and easier to understand mechanics borrowed from modern AAA shooters. With a controller, it's incredibly difficult to land your shots--especially firing at long ranges and the bullet physics are completely satisfying when you actually do land your shots. It took me awhile to become adequate at this game, but I made some new friends and started to get more "chicken dinners" (86 wins to date). I eventually graduated from third person perspective, to the more immersive first person perspective. Like any good multiplayer game, there are some high-highs in this game, coupled with some low-lows as well. The game is struggling right now (#FIXPUBG). The Vikendi patch has essentially broken the game for most people and rendering issues are still popping up (months after the official "launch" of the game). I'm a little burned out and probably won't play this game all that much in the future, but when I look back on it--PUBG delivered some of the funniest, most intense, exciting, and fun times I've with a game in quite some time. Mileage may vary, unfortunately, because a lot of that had to do with the people I played with and the scenarios I found myself in. Also, this game got me to quit playing Fortnite earlier in the year--so thanks PUBG!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiSWfkx3SPc
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 31, 2019, 07:56:49 AM
I was wondering what your #2 would be. For us PC folks, this was a 2017 release so I kinda forgot about it. I've had lots of fun watching people play this game but I don't think it's for me. Glad other people love it so much, though.

So, anyone want to guess what Solid Blake's #1 game of 2018 is? I have no idea...  ;D
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Post by: Solid Blake on January 31, 2019, 08:46:20 AM
So, anyone want to guess what Solid Blake's #1 game of 2018 is? I have no idea...  ;D

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
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Post by: MartinTeller on January 31, 2019, 10:02:28 AM
614 hours? Yowza. I think the only game I ever put that much time into was EverQuest (which probably was over 1000 hours), and maybe the first Diablo.
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Post by: 1SO on January 31, 2019, 09:55:51 PM
I got into Fortnite this year. What makes PUBG the better option?
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Post by: smirnoff on January 31, 2019, 10:26:38 PM
I've got 212 hrs on Stellaris, and I only downloaded it at the beginning of December! I've definitely never racked up that many hours on a game that quickly. By comparison, I've played Team Fortress 2 on and off since it came out like what 10 years ago? I've played that for what I thought was a long time, and I'm only at 283hrs.

My downloading Stellaris just happened to coincide with my wrapping up a project, so I've had an abundance of time. That said, it does kind of remind me of Civ 4 back when I used to play that, and you would constantly say to yourself "just one more turn". :)) Stellaris doesn't have turns, but it's the same kind of feeling. "I'll just keep playing until the Cruiser tech is done researching". Hours later you're still playing.

The game has a loooong learning curve... there are so many little nuances and quirks that you only really find out the hard way. My complaint about the game is that the pop-up tips and info when you mouse over stuff can be sorely lacking in the type of clear data you're looking for. And unlike Civ, I find that the online wiki's and forums searches often produce out of date information or none at all. I remember the CivFanatics forum what a damn goldmine, with spreadsheets and everything. Stellaris, from what I've found, simply lacks a good tutorial... but then for a tutorial to be "good" it would be like 8 hours long to tell you what you need to know. So really you just have to start playing and expect that the first several games you will just abandon because you'll see how you've messed up and want to start over. Even now I haven't ever "finished" a game... I just get tired of that particular empire (and I can see how the rest of the game is likely to play out) and I start a new one.

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Post by: Solid Blake on February 01, 2019, 06:11:25 AM
I got into Fortnite this year. What makes PUBG the better option?

Different strokes, really. I didnít like the building mechanics of Fortnite, so the simplicity/less arcade-like pace of PUBG appealed to me. The ballistic models/physics are more realistic in PUBG, with Fortnite depending on ďbloomĒ or RNG at longer ranges, and the people Iíve met in random squads have mostly been mature/friendly (where as in Fortnite, well... you probably already know). Fortnite is technically a better polished and supported game, backed by a major AAA developer with a mastery of their Unreal engine. PUBG is a scrappy game with mediocre support, but I liked this underdog a little bit more.

Oh and Smirnoff: Iíve heard good things about Stellaris. Itís coming to the Xbox soon, should I check it out or would it be hard to handle with just a controller? Is it more like CIV, Sim City, or Command and Conquer?
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 01, 2019, 07:50:41 AM
1. Red Dead Redemption II, developed by Rockstar Games, played on the Xbox One X for 284 hours. When I first played 2010's Red Dead Redemption, I found myself avoiding main story beats and side quests and simply camping out in the wilderness and hunting animals. Nothing in the game required me to do so, and there were no incentives in the game to encourage players to "role play" in the world of New Austin/Mexico. Fast forward 8 years later, and Rockstar (a highly profitable AAA developer) decides to make their next game aimed towards weirdos like me. They made a cowboy simulation game. They did it. They didn't have to--they could have just made another Grand Theft Auto-esque game with cowboys--but they did it. This game is not for everyone, and that's what is truly amazing about this game. It's one of the most expensive/risky indie titles to date. Thankfully, this is the game I've always wanted. I love immersion and world building, and this game has moved the bar so high, I can't see myself being this invested in a single player experience for quite some time. Look, I'm going to write a lot about this game. It's going to sound hyperbolic. That's because this game means a lot to me. I love exploration and discovery. I once rode my bike across the country by myself (http://blakeon2wheels.blogspot.com/) and love to hike in my spare time. I also work in a clean-room lab environment for 12-14 hour shifts, so being able to come home to this whole world of exploration/excitement... it's been a treat.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/rwt6ah.jpg)

Oh, and there's a story too. It's the best character study I've seen in the medium. They took a popular protagonist (John Marston) and pushed him to the side and thrusted this Arthur Morgan character onto you. Arthur Morgan seems a little simplistic at first. He's the muscle of the Van der Lind gang. Then you start to realize that he's got a poetic mind, the more you start to read his journal, listen in on his conversations at camp, and deal with the pressures of the law coming down on his 'family.' His melancholic/idealistic nostalgia for the west and true belief in his leader, Dutch, allow for an interesting conflict of faith. Arthur goes through a lot in the six chapters presented in this game. And that's just in the main story. There are side quest/stranger missions that rival the best writing in most other games, as well. There's also the relationships he has at camp, people I've come to know and love dearly: Abigail, John, Jack, Sadie, Karen, Charles, Pearson, Molly, Hosea, Sean, Lenny, Kieran, Grimshaw, Uncle, Tilly, Javier, Trelawny, Bill, etc.. You spend a lot of time with these characters, through missions, parties at camp, drinking coffee by the fire in the morning, passing by them while doing errands/camp labor, etc.--and these interactions reveal more and more about Arthur. The believability and amount of writing that went into this game only allows for more immersion--as I'm still hearing new lines of dialogue and character nuances as I'm creeping toward my 300th hour of play.

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The immersion factor really hinges on those things mentioned above, but the real meat and potatoes is the world design. This has to be the most believable "open world" I have ever seen in video games. There's seemingly no repeating textures, every house, fence, tree, bush, rock... they all look wholly unique. I have no idea how they did it, and I actually stopped wondering after a few hours and just gave myself over to this place. They somehow managed to compress the biomes of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, the Southern Bayou, the Appalachian mountains, and the southwest desert climates all into one, without it feeling artificial. They created a turn of the century stand in for New Orleans, called Saint Denis, and it's complex, dirty, busy, fascinating, and so big--this could be the main map for any other game. The game sprawls 5 different states: New Austin, New Hanover, Lemoyne, Ambarino, and West Elizabeth. Each place feels wholly unique and real. The dirty wind and humidity around Rhodes, Lemoyne just makes my undergarments feel sticky. The cold air and clear nights in Ambarino remind me of my times visiting in Colorado, and hiking through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The best thing about this game: there's stretches in this vast world where's there's just nothing. It's not like a Ubisoft game, where there's enemy patrols/wild predators attacking you every 2 minutes. There's time to breathe and soak in this environment. And I love riding my horse (Buell) through these vast open landscapes.

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Within those environments, you'll still find life. Whether it be a lone rider passing by, or a fox eating away at the carcass of a recent kill. Everything feels interactive. I could say hello to that rider, or antagonize him, or rob him, or follow him and see how he reacts to being followed. I could track that fox to more deer, looking for better pelts. I could watch it chase down a rabbit, and watch an eagle swoop in and carry the kill away. There's endless amounts of systems at play in this game, but they're all so cleverly intertwined, I'm not really thinking about them. It feels organic, natural. Smaller birds will team up and fly after larger birds of prey, fish will jump out and eat at bugs in the early morning hours, domesticated cats will crouch down and chase after mice in the barn. There's an abundance of life. This also carries over to the people. Your gang members all have lives, interests, etc. Uncle just wants to drink all day. Javier likes fishing. Kieran likes watching over the horses. You'll sometimes find Bill getting in trouble at a local saloon. NPCs aren't robotic focal points of interactivity. Everything doesn't seem centered around the player, it's a world that lives on in spite of the player.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2zp88xv.jpg)

I'm a simple man. I also like pretty graphics. Rockstar did some black-magic-f*ckery and made a game that looks next-gen. On my Xbox One X, in HDR and in native 4K, this game is a stunner. I've shown this game to friends/family and they just want to watch in awe as I ride through the country side. On a technical level, this game is above all peers. Everything looks real. I'm sure a lot of blood and sweat went into this aspect, which has been well documented, so I won't get into it. However, it's almost as if the designers, in a brilliant stroke of genius, decided to make Arthur amble along so slowly, that the player is forced to live and breathe in this world around him/her. WE WORKED REAL HARD ON THIS AND YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK AT IT, DAMNIT. Yes, horse balls shrink and expand. Yes, Arthur's facial/head hair grows over time. Yes, you can gain/lose weight. There are little details sprinkled all over the place. The amount of environmental story-telling is baffling. For example, you can stumble along a woman whose horse had died. As you give her a ride back to Emerald Ranch, she'll fill you in on the rumors/comings and goings of the place. These interactions give context to the woman you can often see staring outside a second story window. Or the bullet holes in the closed down bar. You'll later find a piece of mail that explains more, if you want to read it. There's countless amounts of stuff like this. It's amazing. Oh wait, I was talking about graphics. Yeah, they're pretty good.

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Then there's the sound design and musical score. This game sounds like a folly artist's nightmare. What's that? You want me to record the sounds of horse pooping? Wait, you need it to land on grass, mud, rocks, snow, sand? The sound design in this game is insane, especially if you're listening for it. The sound of the wood creaking in the wind, or distant roar of waterfalls--all combine and are complimented with the best musical score to ever grace my ears. It's almost as if they took a lot from the simplistic score of Breath of the Wild, and improved upon on the idea. There are intense set pieces all set to music you'll hear only once throughout each playthrough. There's also little musical flourishes to exploration/actions. These can differ--depending on your honor level. I'm a little disappointed that Dolby Atmos or 7.1 wasn't supported in this mix. But it still sounds pretty outstanding through 5.1 channels or with headphones. Oh, and the voice acting is unparalleled as well. I'm sure there's some excel spreadsheet showing the lines of dialogue from this game compared to others, but it's the quality that matters to me. Thankfully, the talent Rockstar tapped for this game is full of varied/wonderful voices. I can listen to Arthur "YAW!" and console his horse forever, and Dutch's raspy speeches help emphasize how tired/stretched he has become through the ordeals that has inflicted the gang. Sadie's voice sounds like she swallowed a few rattlesnakes wrapped in cactus and I love it. If you thought John Marston's voice was good, just hang out in the camp and you'll see the nuanced performances throughout the entire cast helps to elevate this game above all previous Rockstar games.

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I could go on and on and on about this game. It's something special. It's my favorite game of all time, by a large margin. That said, it's still not for everyone. It requires a lot from you--time being the most important factor. I took a whole damn week off from work when this initially launched in October, where I played almost 10 hours a day (and drank too much whisky). You need at least an hour or two or three to feel like you're accomplishing something in this game. It requires large swaths of time to get involved in. Not everyone can do that. And I get that. When I see this game showing up on people's most disappointing list, I'm not offended. I think that this being a divisive game, really reinforces my belief that this is a masterpiece. It's not an all-appealing piece of entertainment. It's a slow, methodical, and introspective work. It's by the guys who make the big dumb GTA games, and that's ridiculous. I love this game and that it exists. I'm excited to see how it informs/changes other games and their design techniques. I'm excited to play more. Oh, and I guess there's a whole online game with its own campaign/content--it's not for me, but it's there if you want it. I think everyone should experience this game, even though I'm fully aware that some won't even like their experiences. For the lack of a better metaphor, this is the 2001: A Space Odyssey equivalent of video games. It may not be the most fun I've had with a video game, but it is the most gut-punch/mind-f*ck of a time I've had with a work of fiction, regardless of the medium. Was that hyperbolic enough?

(http://i68.tinypic.com/11jw86r.jpg)

*All of these photos I took from the game barely do it any justice. You need to see the combination of movement, environmental sounds, the score, the context of the journey... oh and NO HUD! (Seriously, HUDs should just go away forever. It's time.)

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

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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 01, 2019, 09:05:13 AM
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I've got 212 hrs on Stellaris, and I only downloaded it at the beginning of December! I've definitely never racked up that many hours on a game that quickly. By comparison, I've played Team Fortress 2 on and off since it came out like what 10 years ago? I've played that for what I thought was a long time, and I'm only at 283hrs.
I played this for a bit over the Thanksgiving break and enjoyed what I played of it. One I need to circle back around to and invest more time into. I constantly have this problem of moving on too quickly to the next game instead of savoring my time with each title. For some reason I just want to experience as much as what gaming has to offer so for something like Stellaris I might clock in 20 hours and then move onto something else.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 01, 2019, 01:25:31 PM
The rest of my lists...

2018ís Best Old Games:
1. Tom Clancyís Rainbow Six: Siege
2. Red Dead Redemption
3. theHunter: Call of the Wild
4. Resident Evil 7
5. SUPER HOT VR

Bottom 5 Disappointing Games:
1. Metal Gear Survive
2. A Way Out
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
4. Vampyr
5. Assassinís Creed Odyssey

Top 5 Games That Are Probably Good, But I Havenít Played Yet:
1. Into The Breach
2. Soulcalibur VI
3. Octopath Traveler
4. GRIS
5. Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Gaming Trends of 2018:
-Jason Schreierís Reporting
-HDR
-Cross platform play
-Game Pass, PlayStation Now downloads
-Inventive use of Virtual Reality
-Licensed properties treated with reverence (i.e. Marvelís Spider-Man)

Worst Gaming Trends of 2018:
-Filip Miucinís Plagiarism
-Console exclusivity content deals for multi-platform games
-Entitled fanbases/communities taking it way too far (i.e. Blizzard/Bethesda backlash)
-Nintendoís lack of enticing 1st party content
-Licensed properties treated disrespectfully (i.e. Metal Gear Survive)

Top 5 Game Narratives:
1. Red Dead Redemption II
2. God of War
3. Marvelís Spider-Man
4. Florence
5. The Gardens Between

Top 5 Game Characters:
1. Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption II)
2. Connor (Detroit: Become Human)
3. Sadie Adler (Red Dead Redemption II)
4. Florence Yeoh (Florence)
5. Charles Smith (Red Dead Redemption II)

Top 5 Graphical Presentations:
1. Red Dead Redemption II
2. Battlefield V
3. Forza Horizon 4
4. Detroit: Become Human
5. God of War

Top 5 Audio/Musical Presentations:
1. Red Dead Redemption II
2. Battlefield V
3. Tetris Effect
4. Celeste
5. FarCry 5

Top 5 Gaming Moments in 2018:
1. TIE: Arthurís Meeting with Sister CalderůnóAdmittance to fear of death / Arthur saying thank you (goodbye) to Buell (Horse) in Red Dead Redemption II
2. Kratosí first encounter with ďThe StrangerĒ (Baldur) in God of War
3. Experiencing ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission (aka Virtual Reality) for the first timeóMario 64 Vibes
4. Seanís welcome back party at Horseshoe Overlook in Red Dead Redemption II
5. Dr. Octaviusí final showdown in Marvelís Spider-Man
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 01, 2019, 10:33:34 PM
Not sure if it's my number 1, but it's up there. I really don't get why it ended up being so divisive, to me it felt like a Rockstar game. It took a bit at first, but I think that's more just the game starting slowly, KH3 is doing the same thing. Looking forward to eventually just exploring now that I'm all through the epilogue, and Arthur is obviously up there with Rockstar's best characters, likely their best. I've heard the indie game thing bandied about in regards to RDR 2, but I also don't really agree with that, especially not after Zelda last year, which I also wouldn't call an indie game, they both just take concepts of other smaller scale genres and expand them out. But, like with film and music, the term indie is so diluted as this point, I guess. Either way, it's really good. Biggest regret is, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get to beard level 10 before Arthur finds his redemption.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 04, 2019, 12:28:15 PM
Iím actually getting pretty stoked for Apex Legends.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 04, 2019, 08:37:22 PM
Iím actually getting pretty stoked for Apex Legends.

... and itís actually pretty awesome.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 04, 2019, 09:33:43 PM
I'm downloading it now for Xbox One, I don't like battle royale or class based shooters, but I love Respawn and their lineage, so I'll definitely play it. Probably going to buy Wargroove on Switch as well ofc
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 05, 2019, 09:58:12 AM
So I've been playing Claire on Resident Evil 2 every now and again when I have the time and the energy to play the game and boy am I really enjoying this. Playing on Hardcore and I feel like this is even less forgiving with the old games, especially with the game being so stingy with the ink ribbons.

Also continuing to play a round or so of Slay the Spire here or there. It's a solid roguelike and I could easily see this making its way to consoles by the end of the year given it already has controller support. It's my go-to podcast game right now.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 07, 2019, 06:46:00 AM
Resident Evil 2

It's great. I've done Leon's 1st and Claire's 2nd run and moving on to do Claire's 1st run on Hardcore now. What a game.

Sam, if you dig this--I highly recommend The Evil Within 2. It's almost like that is a spiritual successor/sequel remake to Silent Hill 2. I'm probably going to go home and re-buy that on the Xbox One X, as I played the hell out of it on the PS4 when it initially dropped.

I've also been playing a lot of Apex Legends. The contextual "ping" feature is brilliant and looting is so streamlined, I'm going to struggle going back to games like PUBG after this. Mirage is my main, as I love his decoy feature and ultimate ability. This game is great, and if I'm Treyarch, I'd be taking notes/sweating a lot at this point.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 07, 2019, 10:11:37 AM
I was intrigued by The Evil Within games but heard mixed things about both titles that made me put them in my maybe I'll buy on sale list.

I can't imagine Treyarch being that nervous. The CoD name is still one of the most recognized in gaming, especially among the more casual gamers who only play CoD and the latest sports titles each year. I think EA made a big mistake by not calling the game Titanfall Legends or something like that to give it some brand recognition given that Titanfall has made a name for itself.

I still haven't dipped my toes into the battle royale genre. For whatever reason, it just doesn't look appealing to me. I find it fun to watch but I'd rather spend my multiplayer time with something more tightly designed like Rainbow Six: Siege.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 07, 2019, 01:41:46 PM
The first TEW was an okay corridor shooter with some half decent jump scares/sense of foreboding. TEW 2 is a phenomenal/underappreciated gem.

If you take a dip into the BR realm, definitely go with PUBG. As a R6Siege-head myself, PUBG clicks all those boxes for me.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 07, 2019, 09:22:44 PM
Apex is fun, but I'm pretty bad at it. Unsure if I'll buy the two extra characters.

DIT: Wargroove is fun too, from the little I've played so far.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 08, 2019, 05:25:38 AM
They hit 10 million players in under 72 hours, sounds like Apex is doing okay.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 11, 2019, 11:44:57 AM
I've been replaying The Evil Within 2 and the Resident Evil roots are all the more apparent with having recently finished the RE2 remake. The sound design of item pickups really evoke RE vibes; however, this game feels like a true successor to Silent Hill. The town of Union is filled with horrifying nightmares/things to loot around almost every corner, and each part of the town feels truly unique. I'm amazed this game came and went without any critical fanfare. It's utterly underrated and overlooked. I think launching in October 2017, alongside the likes of Forza Motorsport 7, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Gran Turismo Sport, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Assassin's Creed Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus--this game was bound to be buried. I really liked this game when it dropped, but I think I'm appreciating it even more now. Also, it looks superb on the Xbox One X.

I'm also pretty good at Apex Legends. I'm loving the sniping in this game (https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/69180143). The looting and pinging systems in place are brilliant and I want to see this in every BR game moving forward. The pinging system almost completely removes the necessity for microphones in a BR squad game, as all the pertinent information can be relayed through tagging items, locations, enemies, etc.. I'm also really loving the pacing of this game, as it feels like a nice mix between the slower PUBG and the often frantic Blackout. Speaking of the former, I've actually gone back to PUBG this past weekend and have had a blast with friends/random squads alike. I won this game with just one other guy on my team (who only spoke Portuguese) (https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/69180199), but we were still able to communicate (with my loose understanding of Spanish) and pull through.

I'm also pretty stoked for this Friday (mostly for Metro, and morbidly curious about Crackdown). VIDEO GAMES BABY!
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Post by: tinyholidays on February 11, 2019, 12:19:01 PM
I'm playing Kingdom Hearts 3, but I might hate it. I like to see Donald's butt shake around. I don't know what anything to do with Final Fantasy means. There's a lot of spiky hair.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 11, 2019, 01:37:13 PM
I'm playing Kingdom Hearts 3, but I might hate it. I like to see Donald's butt shake around. I don't know what anything to do with Final Fantasy means. There's a lot of spiky hair.

https://youtu.be/LMph2hAGj7k
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Post by: tinyholidays on February 11, 2019, 02:44:31 PM
It is shocking to hear the Donald, Goofy, and Mickey voice actors try to get through their exposition dialogue.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 11, 2019, 02:55:40 PM
Played a bit more Resident Evil 2 this weekend. Got to Tyrant and man did I expect it to be tense but oh my goodness is this game now relentlessly hard. It's so exhausting playing this game, almost like I'm enduring something. Still loving it, but boy was I not ready for this.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 11, 2019, 09:29:04 PM
It is shocking to hear the Donald, Goofy, and Mickey voice actors try to get through their exposition dialogue.

Haha, I love these parts. Still too early for me to form much of an opinion on the game since I have only done the first world and, realistically, how can anything be better than Hercules?

Also, why put Phil in there if you aren't going to have him talk? I'm sure there's a Danny DeVito voice impersonator they could have gotten.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on February 12, 2019, 07:37:53 AM
Played a bit more Resident Evil 2 this weekend. Got to Tyrant and man did I expect it to be tense but oh my goodness is this game now relentlessly hard. It's so exhausting playing this game, almost like I'm enduring something. Still loving it, but boy was I not ready for this.

I'd really like to give this a go but i don't really want to pay $80 for a remaster.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 12, 2019, 11:59:54 AM
I have the Best Buy Gamer Club membership which gives me 20% off plus I traded in Hitman 2 to pay for another $20 so I got it for a lot cheaper than I would have otherwise. I never buy AAA games at full price.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 12, 2019, 01:00:43 PM
Also, I think the word ďRemasterĒ is misleading. Remastered, to me, is just upping the resolution/cleaning up textures, whereas RE2 feels more like a ďReimagining?Ē Itís a completely different game based off an older story/framework.
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Post by: smirnoff on February 12, 2019, 02:32:59 PM
Also, I think the word ďRemasterĒ is misleading. Remastered, to me, is just upping the resolution/cleaning up textures, whereas RE2 feels more like a ďReimagining?Ē Itís a completely different game based off an older story/framework.

I would agree. The fact that it's now properly over-the-shoulder, and not the traditional (awful!) way RE used to be, with a fixed camera at dumb angles which made the game hard not because it was actually hard, but because controlling your character was clumsy at best.
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Post by: Bondo on February 12, 2019, 02:41:49 PM
Does it also let you save as much as you want and not absurdly limit ammo/items/etc. or is it still a game with terrible game mechanics?
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 12, 2019, 03:31:27 PM
Does it also let you save as much as you want and not absurdly limit ammo/items/etc. or is it still a game with terrible game mechanics?

You can save whenever you want via typewriters (you're not limited to ink ribbons unless you're playing the Hardcore difficulty) and there's auto-save checkpoints before pivotal moments (boss fights, etc.), and ammunition was somewhat scarce--but never extremely limited in my "normal" play-through.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 12, 2019, 04:43:29 PM
Slay the Spire continues to be a daily play for me. Such a smart little game, one in which I feel myself doing pretty consistently well at given how much I've played card games like this before. It's weird to have a game this good come out in January because it's going to be the bar from which I judge the rest of gaming this year.

I was finding Tyrant so hard to deal with in RE2 until I finally realized you could headshot him a few times and he gets stunned. Before I was just grenade launching him to slow him down and then running away. What a brilliant, terrifying character he remains.

I'm itching to play Sunless Skies but until I beat RE2 I'm holding off for now. I was thinking about playing Wargroove, but everyone I trust seems to say the balance of the game is iffy and it sounds like the devs are making a lot of post-game changes so I'm going to hold off and see if it evolves into a better game later in the year.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 12, 2019, 09:07:11 PM
I have the Best Buy Gamer Club membership which gives me 20% off plus I traded in Hitman 2 to pay for another $20 so I got it for a lot cheaper than I would have otherwise. I never buy AAA games at full price.

Damn, when/for how long did you reup? Mine expired like two weeks before they cut it off, and I still regret not adding on a few years. Didn't realize any memberships were still active.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 13, 2019, 08:27:07 AM
I bought two years April 2017, so I only have a couple of months left. Probably Sekiro will be the last game I get at the discount.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 14, 2019, 07:26:55 AM
Sounds like Metro is good, Crackdown and Far Cry 5.5 is mediocre, and that Jump Force anime game is bad?

I'll be playing Metro all weekend, most likely.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 14, 2019, 07:57:49 PM
What about Tetris Royale? I came in 8th last night, and I'm awful at Tetris!

Metro I'll def pick up, but once it hits sale, I still have barely touched KH. Crackdown I guess I'll mess around with? Hated the first game, never played the second, but it's on GamePass. Far Cry I'll definitely get on sale too, I really liked 5, and pretty much all the modern games in the series.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 18, 2019, 01:52:07 PM
I spent most of my weekend playing Apex Legends. I got into a good trio squad, where we were averaging about 20 squad kills per game and I was averaging about 6-8 kills and we walked away with at least a dozen wins over the course of two days. I've moved away from Mirage as my "main," and have been getting used to Lifeline-whose abilities definitely benefit the team better than that trickster-boy. I'm really loving this game. I threw $100 bucks at them for their digital currency, not that I actually care what I get from it, but I'd like to see games like these succeed. I'm sure I'll use that money for "Battle Passes" or legendary skins that go on sale.

In the interim, I'm having a slow start with Metro: Exodus. I started playing on the hardest difficulty, called "Hardcore Ranger," and this game doesn't mess around. Unfortunately, the shooting doesn't feel great and the English voice acting is TERRIBLE. Thankfully, I discovered that you can download the Russian voice tracks and use subtitles, but my subtitles were glitched and stuck on one line. I'm hoping that goes away, otherwise I might have to start over again. The first hour isn't great, either. I'm just getting into the "open world" type stuff and I'm digging it, but the lackluster shooter controls and other aforementioned issues are getting in the way.

Oh, and Crackdown 3 sucks.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 18, 2019, 02:32:52 PM
I'm continuing my trek through Resident Evil 2 and boy does this game take a nosedive in quality. I'm at the final area of the game and this last area just feels completely uninspired in terms of layout and design. I went from being really interested in replaying this to looking forward to moving onto the next thing.
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Post by: smirnoff on February 18, 2019, 06:08:09 PM
I spent most of my weekend playing Apex Legends. I got into a good trio squad, where we were averaging about 20 squad kills per game and I was averaging about 6-8 kills and we walked away with at least a dozen wins over the course of two days. I've moved away from Mirage as my "main," and have been getting used to Lifeline-whose abilities definitely benefit the team better than that trickster-boy. I'm really loving this game. I threw $100 bucks at them for their digital currency, not that I actually care what I get from it, but I'd like to see games like these succeed. I'm sure I'll use that money for "Battle Passes" or legendary skins that go on sale.

I just started playing this on PS4 yesterday. It's crazy how quickly my FPS skills go away when I don't play one for a while. Ugh, I don't feel sharp at all. My situational awareness is just not there. Also, learning a new game and all the nuances of it (and the map, and common threat areas). I'm starting to get the hang of it, but I'm still losing most encounters. I'm still a little clumsy with the controls (it's not all second nature yet). Also, with the amount of different guns, and how you can go a dozen rounds without picking up the same weapon... you really need to be broadly adaptable. I just need to put the hours in to learn the abilities and ranges of each weapon I guess, get a feel for everything. I hate to fire off rounds needlessly to get a sense of how a gun behaves, since it's so hurtful to the squad, so I just figure it out on the fly. And then learning each character. I haven't really focused on one, since my squad would switch every game and there was no guarantees of who you'd get (except Gibralter... nobody seems to pick him). I always let my squad know they're going to be carrying me though.

It's a damn fun game though. As I improve from horrible to below average I'm sure I'll enjoy it more... and maybe eventually win round. ;) It's a nice alternative to Fortnight which derives all it's variety from the match type. I think this is more my style... TF2 style, picking classes. That's the kind of variety of gameplay I enjoy.

If you're on PS4 look me up, John_A_Macdonald . You can carry my ass too. :))
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 19, 2019, 04:40:19 AM
Would love to! Unfortunately, I'm mostly playing on the Xbox One X for now, but if my PS buddies provoke me to play, I'll send you the invite.

As for guns, I'd recommend the following:

Spitfire LMG (Heavy Ammo)
R-99 SMG (Light Ammo)
G7 Scout (Light Ammo)
Hemlock AR (Heavy Ammo)

... you pretty much can't go wrong with those. Energy ammo weapons have the hardest learning curve, IMO, with the Devotion having MASSIVE recoil without weapon attachments and the Triple Take is an odd sniper that's pretty much useless without the precision choke hop up.

I had a hectic battle last night, with around 6 squads converging on one side of the circle. This clip captures the last moments of the battle (https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/69650169), but it was pretty much at 11 the whole time.
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Post by: smirnoff on February 20, 2019, 10:06:38 PM
I had my best round with the R-99 (4 kills), 2nd place finish, using Lifeline. :) It's like shooting a laser... so little recoil.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 21, 2019, 08:47:57 PM
Is anyone else getting DoA6? If so, PS4 or Xbox One? I'm trying to decide where to get mine and I don't know where the scene is going to end up with this one. Historically, I've played on Xbox, but I feel like the sheer numbers are with Sony.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 22, 2019, 07:47:23 AM
I am not. I don't like fighting games anymore.  :-\

I do still like driving simulation games, however, so I will be getting Dirt Rally 2.0 on Tuesday, and I'm hoping it will be a fulfilling experience. After cancelling my pre-order of Anthem, soberly realizing that I don't like these sci-fi-loot-shooter games (i.e. Destiny), combined with my disappointing first impressions/technical issues with Metro: Exodus--I'm in need of some fulfillment.

Oh, my squad won three games in a row in Apex Legends last night. WE ROCK.

(https://i.ibb.co/8sbyzxw/IMG-0338.jpg)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 24, 2019, 12:30:49 PM
Decided to lock in the pre-order for Xbox One X.
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Post by: Solid Blake on February 27, 2019, 06:22:43 AM
Dirt Rally 2.0 isn't messing around. Simulation driving games have pretty much fallen by the wayside, save Gran Turismo's weird online offshoot that somehow worked (and Forza Motorsport is too arcade-like for me). The driving/damage physics in this game are unforgiving. I attempted my first Rally championship, only to realize that you're given 10 shakedown runs, and 5 restarts per championship. One mistake in a later stage can really set you back, having to sacrifice your total time for repairs. I'm loving the challenges this game throws at you. It's un-apologetically difficult and the learning curve is staggering. That said, nailing the perfect turns as you traverse over different types of driving surfaces feels so good when you nail it. By the end of the 5 stages, I won my first rally championship and now I want to buy another racing wheel.. oh no.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 27, 2019, 05:54:57 PM
Went ahead and traded in Resident Evil 2 as I just found the idea of finishing it dreadful and would rather get decent credit for it while I still can.

I learned you can't get gift cards at Best Buy with other gift cards, which makes some sense, but I went ahead and bought Nintendo Online. Boy do I suck at Tetris 99. Granted, I probably haven't played a Tetris game in over a decade, but I was consistently getting knocked out in the 80s.

Also enjoyed playing some Super Mario Bros. 3, which I didn't get a chance to play as a child. It's quite delightful so far, probably will end up being my favorite of the first three games.

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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 27, 2019, 10:07:44 PM
Oh, wow, Mario 3 is great, but I did play a ton of it as a kid. SMW is the one that I never really played until later, and still have trouble getting in to that. Need to give it a shot again.

Haven't played Tetris 99 since a few days past launch, but I did get in the Top 10 once! I found just playing it slow like it's a solo game works to get at least top 50, then target KOs. I'm terrible at Tetris though.

Getting back to KH3, and enjoying it still. But at this point it's all about waiting for that DoA on Friday! Unsure who I'll use yet, but probably hop back and forth between Jann Lee and Bass as usual.

EDIT: Bayman too, can't forget about the boy.
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Post by: smirnoff on February 28, 2019, 10:16:51 PM
Oh, my squad won three games in a row in Apex Legends last night. WE ROCK.

That's impressive. I win one every now and then, but I wouldn't say I've ever been the biggest contributor on the team when it happens. I'm getting better though. I can't imagine playing this game without headphones.

It's funny I played a round with a guy who also went by SolidBlake, but with a 1 instead of an i.



Dirt Rally 2.0 sounds pretty satisfying.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on March 01, 2019, 05:49:26 AM
Apex has become my brother and i's main game now. It's amazingly polished for a free to play game with a surprise sudden release. That doesn't happen a lot anymore. I haven't won one yet but I've had a few top 2's and 3's. I'm still trying to figure out the guns and characters.

I main as Bloodhound and was pretty happy to open a legendary skin in one of those free apex packs.

(https://i.imgur.com/JJx7rv2.jpg)
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 01, 2019, 10:33:06 AM
It's funny I played a round with a guy who also went by SolidBlake, but with a 1 instead of an i.

He or she will be hearing from my lawyers.  >:(
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 05, 2019, 04:58:31 AM
I bought Trials Rising because I was looking for a dumb arcade/action game with funny rag-doll physics. I'm glad to report that this is most certainly that game (https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/70561722).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 05, 2019, 07:13:08 PM
Played through the story mode for DOA 6. It has English voice actors!

The game is great, I actually really like the new characters a good deal. NiCO seems cool, but precise, though I had the most pick up and play fun with Marie Rose. Super in to Honoka as well, it's pretty fantastic how she just has a bunch of different characters's moves because I'm able to have a sense of familiarity even without taking her in to training. Apparently a lot of these characters were actually released in various other incarnations of DoA 5, but I only messed around with the F2P version a little, which just had limited characters, and haven't actually played much of it since it came out. My garbage internet makes fighting online a pain, plus seems like they are having some trouble with it in general, but I still need practice and to work through the mission mode. Normally, given the perception some people have of the game, I try to just play with the guy characters (also, they tend to be more fun, in my opinion, with the exception of like Ryu, and a little slower, which plays in to my more defensive play style), but I may end up picking up one or two of the girls this time.

Though I guess I did end up getting pretty okay with Kasumi, Lei Fang, Helena, and Tina in 3 and 2 Ultimate. Still hate Brad Wong and The Butterfly as well.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 06, 2019, 03:32:39 PM
Sounds like Devil May Cry 5 is getting some rave reviews (https://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/devil-may-cry-5), and thatís cool, also I forgot that was coming out this week, and that I bought it already? Thatís also pretty cool.

Problem. Iíve never played a maybe crying devil game before. Should I seek out a story recap video?
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Post by: smirnoff on March 06, 2019, 04:34:20 PM
Problem. Iíve never played a maybe crying devil game before. Should I seek out a story recap video?

Bad guy needs killing. Shoot guns at him. #skipallcutscenes
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 06, 2019, 07:30:45 PM
I'm thinking about getting it as well, but might just wait for a sale when I run out of things to play, the reviews are strong though. I never liked the originals, but really liked DmC. Who knows.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on March 07, 2019, 08:51:26 AM
Since it came out on switch, I finally got Anodyne. It's a surreal Zelda inspired game with a lot of self-aware elements. I'm digging it a lot as there's something magical about its tone that feels fresh and unique.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 08, 2019, 08:11:53 AM
Devil May Cry 5 is corny as hell (https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/70772223), and I kinda love it.

Edit: This guy gets it.

https://youtu.be/z1IoIOjMqxQ
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Post by: smirnoff on March 09, 2019, 06:16:18 PM
Found that I had $65 still kicking around in an old Full Tilt Poker account. It's probably been over 5 years since I logged in, so it was a pleasant surprise. :)
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 10, 2019, 06:08:56 PM
Iíve gotten back into PUBG as of late, itís still pretty satisfying. (https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/70905341)
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on March 11, 2019, 06:42:11 AM
The more i play Apex the more i feel like playing PUBG again but i think the slowness compared to Apex will stop me in my tracks.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 13, 2019, 08:11:37 AM
The skill curve is incredibly high for PUBG and the low's are incredibly low when compared to most online shooters; that said, when you master your aim and perform that perfect flanking maneuver while coordinating with a well-oiled squad, this game has given more adrenaline rushes and satisfying victories that have not been rivaled before/since.

I'm also pretty sure I've hit a hard 180 turn with Devil May Cry 5. After the initial thrill of the first 5 or 6 levels, the constant button-mashing and bland environments have really worn on me. I'm not sure I'm going to finish this one, especially considering how nonsensical and silly the story/characters are, especially considering that The Division 2 drops on Friday--my main rotation might be PUBG, Apex, The Division 2, with some Dirt Rally 2.0 sprinkled in.

 
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Post by: smirnoff on March 13, 2019, 05:37:12 PM
The more i play Apex the more i feel like playing PUBG again but i think the slowness compared to Apex will stop me in my tracks.

Yeah, Fortnite and Apex are both pushing it for me in terms of inaction. It's right on the edge of what I'm willing to tolerate.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 14, 2019, 08:28:11 AM
Is it March 25th yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-JB-O8A-TA
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 21, 2019, 01:28:54 PM
Hit level 30 in Tom Clancyís The Division 2 yesterday, and, man, this game sucked me in hard. I got burnt out on the original (though I did bounce back in for the stellar survival dlc), but this gameís improvements on the original, the phenomenal world design, and comparing loot with a solid clan Iíve been playing with (aka Noisy Boyz), all have culminated in a rad gaming experience. The shooting feels great, and the production design is top tier (looks great on the Xbox One X). Weíll see how long the end game and treks into the dark zones will sustain me, but Iíve had more than my moneyís worth thus far.

Oh and I pre-ordered Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (TOMORROW!)

Oh and Iím pumped for Battlefield V: Firestorm (MONDAY!)
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on March 21, 2019, 03:52:17 PM
I entered one of my funks where I'm just not in the mood to play video games right now. Couldn't have come at a worst time as Sekiro was the big game I was looking forward to playing this year. I'll probably pick it up sometime down the line but right now I find myself enjoying other hobbies more.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 22, 2019, 10:23:48 AM
I already hate Sekiro. Itís on me that I just donít like the slow, deliberate combat in a Souls-borne game. I was hoping the emphasis was more on stealth, but the stealth mechanics here feel incredibly dated/previous-gen. I keep thinking that Iíll one day get into these games, because I love difficulty in my video gamesóbut I donít think itís ever going to happen.  :(
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 22, 2019, 08:30:11 PM
I uninstalled it. The game actually began punishing me for dying, which happened a lot because Iíd be one-hit killed by something obscured by the abysmal camera and/or from an enemy who was completely off-screen. It began taking away all experience points and items earned upon each death and with a menu screen explained it all in a mean-spirited manner. This isnít why I play games. What a terrible experience, I donít recall Bloodborne ever being this bad?

Just give me another Tenchu, and cut it out with the sadomasochistic game design!!
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 23, 2019, 12:12:17 PM
I was still pretty upset about my wasted $60 on Sekiro: Shadows Die A Hundred Times Against the First Sub-Boss, so I went back to some gaming comfort food via Game Pass.

First up, Just Cause 4 didnít help matters. The game ran terribly on my Xbox One X and the shooting/traversal mechanics felt wonky at best.

I then decided to finish the second episode of Life is Strange 2 and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I love the new art style and the brotherly relationship, that saidóI still miss the sense of comfort I got from exploring Arcadia Bay, and intimately knowing one location and its inhabitants.

So, naturally, I downloaded and hopped onto Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The different voice actor and butt-grunge show at the mill made a poor first impression, but the second I stepped back into Chloeís home and played some D&D on the front lawn of Blackwell Academy, I felt right at home. Iím ďhella stokedĒ to explore more of this prequel.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 23, 2019, 12:17:12 PM
I liked the first episode of LiS:BtS, but never finished it.

Have been playing LiS2, the first two episodes anyway, but I updated the game, went in the other night on my PS4, and all of my save data for the first two episodes seems to be gone. So, at this point, idk what I'm going to do.

In other MoAdGa news, the last episode of The Walking Dead comes out next week, I guess, so I'll play that.

Been slowly chipping away at KH3 as well, still enjoying it, still not making a lot of progress. About to go to Frozen world  after I finish Monsters Inc. world.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 26, 2019, 06:53:47 AM
Played some BFV Firestorm last night and had a blast. I had three squad victories in total and messed around a little with a solo match before bed and got this one lucky shot with a Kar98 (https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/solid-blake/video/71918671). I'm excited to get back home and jump back in.
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Post by: Solid Blake on March 29, 2019, 09:00:02 AM
Dusted off my Nintendo Switch to download Yoshiís Crafted World, with the hopes of sharing it with my nephew (who LOVES Yoshi after playing with his SNES Classic). I probably wonít mess with it much outside these bonding scenarios, but hey... I turned my Switch on for the first time in 2019, so thatís something?

In the erstwhile, I was killing it in BFV Firestorm. My current K:D ratio in Squads is 6.1 and Iíve won 8 games out of the 30 Iíve played. That ainít half bad for a Battle Royale!  8)

This new craze of Battle Royale is interesting, and I hope it just becomes an expected multiplayer experience in online competitive shooters, though Iíve heard rumors that the next CoD will exclude the mode. Itís just fun. Iíve enjoyed almost every BR experience thus far, and would probably rank said experiences as such:

1. PlayerUnknownís Battlegrounds
2. BFV: Firestorm
3. Apex Legends
4. CoD BO4: Blackout
5. The Division: Survival
6. Fortnite
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Post by: smirnoff on March 29, 2019, 09:32:28 PM
I like that they're free (the ones I've played) and that they're like one of the best things I've ever played. I never expected that. :))
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 03, 2019, 07:10:07 AM
My Xbox One Elite controller started to fall apart, with the grips coming off in the back--so, naturally, I was going to order a new one. Instead, I opted for the "Sport White Special Edition" and I'm pleasantly surprised with how good/high quality this controller feels. It feels like a middle point between the Elite and the OG controller. I like it.

I also screwed up my Scuf Impact when introducing a Clorox wipe to the sticky surface of the controller. I wasn't a huge fan of that controller, and the battery life was abysmal. I was tempted to try out the Scuf Vantage, but the price tag was ridiculous. Instead, I went and order the Version 2 of the Nacon Revolution (with the desire of having offset thumbsticks). It feels very similar to Version 1, with the USB-C connector being the only noticeable change. This isn't a big deal, as I only turn on my PS4 Pro for the odd exclusive (Days Gone will probably be my next game to play), so having a controller that requires being plugged in isn't a deal-breaker. Though, now that I think about it, I hope that thing works for PSVR? I'll have to experiment with that later.

I haven't been playing games much, though, in case you were wondering.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 03, 2019, 06:24:51 PM
For anyone looking for a great low-spec, single player, RTS, I highly recommend C&C Generals: Zero Hour

It's great for an older machine if you're wanting some satisfying RTS action that is challenging without having to resort to finding a human opponent. The game has good balance and good variety of generals you can play as (9 to choose from). Perhaps the thing I liked best on first playing it was that it's intuitive. Tanks are called tanks, bombers are called bombers, nuclear reactors are called nuclear reactors. It's a pet peeve of mine when RTS's are populated by units and building which don't look or sound like what they are. Takes too long to learn. Zero Hour you can jump right into and within 30 minutes you'll have a pretty good understanding of the mechanics. The "Challenges" are the real highlight of the game. You pick one general, and then you go through 8 rounds, going head to head against all the other generals, one at a time. Then there's one final round in which the opponent is every General in one (with access to every unit type). All of the challenges are difficult because the AI is starting with an established base while you start with nothing. Each round is just a continuous stream of attacks, which you have to fend off while somehow also expanding your base to the point that you have the capacity to actually mount an attack of your own. On HARD difficult it can be pretty damn hard. Fortunately you do have the ability to save, so you can go back to moments that you felt you had things stabilized and go from there, rather than having to start the round over. There's a real satisfying puzzle-solving quality to getting past each round, and each General will require a totally unique approach.

I come back to this game every couple of years to try and get through the challenges with a different general. I just recently finished completing the challenges with the Chinese Infantry General.

Multiplayer can be super fun, we used to have 4 player games back when I was working in an office space. Games would last an hour or two at most, which was a good length. Unfortunately the multiplayer games would desync from time to time and there was no recovering them. Bleh. The voice acting, particularly from the Chinese and GLA (Middle Eastern) generals were a source of a great many laughs around the office, and quoted constantly. They were so over the top stereoypical you couldn't help but laugh at the crudeness of it.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 04, 2019, 08:16:52 AM
I enjoyed that one back in the day quite a bit. I was a big RTS player in my childhood days.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 13, 2019, 08:20:55 AM
Video games kinda suck lately. Sekiro sucked. Metro sucked. DMC5 is a sucky chore to get through now. Before the Storm chapter 2 sucks. PUBG sucks now because the latest update broke the game. The Division 2 end game grind sucks. Hell, even Apexís season pass sucks.

Iíve mostly been playing Red Dead, going for 100% completion and that game definitely does not suck. I also downloaded Jurassic World Evolution because it was on sale. Iím also hoping Days Gone doesnít suck. 2019 has a lot of work to do, because this first quarter has been WEAK stuff.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 13, 2019, 09:22:40 PM
Phew, okay. I can calm down. Jurassic World Evolution is such a chill/superbly done park simulator. I faced some issues with overcrowding my triceratops and they kept breaking my fences, but now I have them secluded in their openly vast pin and everyoneís happy. My island is almost at a five star rating and Iím just enjoying maximizing my profits and keeping my visitors safe from any clever girls.

Oh, and this got me pretty excited as well:

https://youtu.be/0GLbwkfhYZk

Iím hoping for some fast/Jedi power fantasy stuff.

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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 14, 2019, 03:57:43 PM
Partially agree, I bought JP:E digital at full price when it came out because it seemed to very much be up my alley and a thing I was looking for, but that chill feeling really starts to go away pretty quickly when you progress through the islands, and there's not a ton to do but slowly build toward goals. I like a number of the systems, but it really let me down.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 19, 2019, 09:18:31 PM
Since, apparently, I'm a CINECAST!ing sucker, I bought the early access thing for Dreams even though I guess I'll probably never fully make anything. And, because I love throwing money away, I'll likely buy MK11.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 20, 2019, 05:54:30 AM
Since, apparently, I'm a CINECAST!ing sucker, I bought the early access thing for Dreams even though I guess I'll probably never fully make anything. And, because I love throwing money away, I'll likely buy MK11.

Bought Dreams as well, I kinda want to just mess around and create assets for folks to use. Ultimate goal is to make a MGS-type stealth game, but I doubt Iíd find the time.

Definitely passing on MK11, but I will watch a YouTube montage of the fatalities whenever it pops up.

Lastly, Iím on the second to last Island in Jurassic World Evolution and Iím not getting the frustrations you got, Fly. I kinda dig the slow drawing out of dinosaur DNA and building upgrades. Getting 5 stars on an island is very rewarding and these contract missions help me step out of my comfort zone and try things Iíd never try otherwise. Itís crazy addicting and a time suck, I sat down to ďplay a littleĒ yesterday morning and ending up clocking in 8 hours.  ???
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 20, 2019, 12:05:47 PM
Maybe it was the third island where I burned out? I'd have to load it up and check, but I know I hit a wall hard. The loop kept me going for a while, and the contracts helped break things up, but some started to repeat and others just felt like completing them would ruin the park I was building.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 25, 2019, 02:15:02 PM
Looks like Days Gone is getting mixed reviews, but in the same manner of Detroit: Become Human, Iím hoping Iím on the more positive end of that spectrum. I do like me some Sony 3rd person action/adventure games and Iíve heard that itís very heavy on stealth, so thatís already speaking my language.
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Post by: Solid Blake on April 26, 2019, 07:37:26 AM
First impressions of Days Gone is: itís good.

EDIT: This might have just ebbed into great territory, Iíll write
more later.


Iím playing on hard and itís already pretty challenging; however, I canít turn off the HUD. Itís 2019, people. LET US TURN OFF ALL THE HUDS.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 04, 2019, 01:05:23 AM
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider - Solid game but itís basically Rise 2.0. It adds nothing new. Itís still weird to see Lara Croft as a murdering mercenary basically.

Also, why donít we have a new Splinter Cell yet? Half of the mechanics are right here. The world is ready for Sam Fisher again.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 04, 2019, 06:26:21 AM
Itís funny that you ask: https://www.pcgamesn.com/new-tom-clancy-game
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 04, 2019, 08:37:48 AM
God i hope that's true! Splinter Cell is my favourite franchise and I'm dying for another one.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 05, 2019, 10:04:04 AM
Days Gone is superb. Itís flawed, bloated, and trying too hard to be The Just Like The Last of Us; however, like the superbly flawed game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, this game resembles that mess of a masterpiece in so many ways...

Iím about 60 hours into the game, and I feel like the main story is wrapping up soonóI think. This gameís major fault is in itís story pacing, which feels like it ramps up at times, only to slow down and introduce a brand new mechanic to the game. This has happened every 4 hours, for the last 60 hours. I donít mind the new stuff (it makes the game more interesting, adding new methods, tools, challenges, enemies, etc.), but the early game suffers from keeping these away from the player. Characterís motives/actions are portrayed well, but written poorly. I have other complaints, such as Deacon St. Johnís voice acting is a little too much, the game struggles at times with frame rate issues and infrequent glitches, and the side activities suffer from repetitionówe can thank RDRII for spoiling us in that regard.

Complaints aside, I love this game. I love how challenging it can be. I love the looting. I love the stealth (itís Metal Gear yaíll). I love the bike traversal and upgrading/customizing said bike. I love the open world. I love the dynamic weather system. I love the different types of enemy A.I. and how they interact with each other. I love Rikki Patel. I love that you can hunt, I love that freakers can also hunt. I love the upgrade systems and the puzzle elements of Nero checkpoints. I love the hundreds of immersive moments that never were designed as a mission, with A.I. triggering. I loved the first time I stumbled upon a horde of 100+ freakers and how horrifying it was. I loved the first time I lured a horde into a militia camp and let them do all the dirty work for me. I love the time I was in town, and didnít pay attention to the time, and night set and all the freakers came out of their nests and I had to sneak rooftop to rooftop just to get out alive. I love the lighting and shadow effects, and how flashlights never looked this good. I love the sound design, and hearing a horde from hundreds of yards away and how chilling it is. I love the weapons (Iím mostly a crossbow and shotgun guy) and the ways to upgrade/craft new weapons, traps, lures, etc. I love the voice acting (for the most part). I love that I put 60 hours into this game, and will probably start a new ďsurvival modeĒ (no HUD, limited crafting materials, harder enemies) when it drops in June. I love this game. I know itís not the best game, but what it doesóallowing these A.I. mechanics interact in the world and thus creating unscripted scenarios unfold in ridiculous and meticulous fashionóit does so well. I hope this game does well for Bend. I would love to see what they can do in a sequel, because this is one damn fine proof of concept.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 08, 2019, 05:49:19 PM
Just achieved the Platinum in Days Gone and Iíll probably start up a new game when the Survival Mode comes out. Killer game.

Now what? I reinstalled Tom Clancyís Splinter Cell: Conviction because I heard the Xbox One X Enhancements are superb, but that game never excited me in the first place. I also have chapter 3 of Life is Strange 2 dropping tomorrow, so Iíll probably peck away at that. Also Rage 2 comes out soon, I think? I suppose thatíll be a meaty game to sink my teeth into.

Iím also contemplating buying the remake of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age because Iíve never played it before and I love the Vagrant Story art style. It does look like a capital J-rpg. Has anyone else played this?
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 09, 2019, 03:36:02 PM
God i hope that's true! Splinter Cell is my favourite franchise and I'm dying for another one.

Womp womp, itís a new Ghost Recon game that I will now and forever refer to as ďPoint Break.Ē

https://kotaku.com/ubisoft-announces-ghost-recon-breakpoint-a-sequel-to-1834647973
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 09, 2019, 09:36:21 PM
Why did you give me hope Blake?!?

In saying that, my brother and I were already planning to get back into Wildlands tonight. Itís the only stealth co-op fix we can get. That trailer did look pretty good though. I dig the end reveal too.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 10, 2019, 01:56:23 PM
Whoopsie.  :-[ Yeah, it looks good though... but, man, I need me some hiding in the shadow single-player stealth-action in my life (Days Gone helpfully scratched that itch temporarily).

I ended up getting FFVII, and initial impressions is: Damn, they must have really been influenced by the Star Wars prequels. The art style and battle systems seem
to be very appealing, though. Iíll try to dig into this one more over the rainy weekend.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 10, 2019, 09:31:13 PM
FFVII is a bad game. If they are going to waste time and resources remaking a game, it should be a VIII or IX.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 10, 2019, 09:41:40 PM
Good to know that Iím going to like it.  ;)

Episode 03 - Wasteland was a killer addition to Life is Strange 2. This was the first and only episode that Iíve played through in one sitting, and thatís saying something. I really enjoy where this story is going and how mature themes/issues are brought up in a somewhat respectable manner. This was definitely the best stand alone episode in the LiS universe, for sure.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 10, 2019, 09:54:21 PM
Excited to play that this weekend, still very afraid that the PS4 somehow destroyed my saves.
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Post by: Beavermoose on May 11, 2019, 04:34:43 AM
Whoopsie.  :-[ Yeah, it looks good though... but, man, I need me some hiding in the shadow single-player stealth-action in my life (Days Gone helpfully scratched that itch temporarily).

I ended up getting FFVII, and initial impressions is: Damn, they must have really been influenced by the Star Wars prequels. The art style and battle systems seem
to be very appealing, though. Iíll try to dig into this one more over the rainy weekend.

Do you mean FF12 or 7? Because 7 came out before the Star Wars prequels.  :P
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 11, 2019, 06:18:31 AM
Yep, definitely mistyped the roman numeral.  :-[

Iím also contemplating buying the remake of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age because Iíve never played it before and I love the Vagrant Story art style. It does look like a capital J-rpg. Has anyone else played this?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 11, 2019, 09:40:09 AM
FFXII is a good game.

VII still sucks.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 11, 2019, 07:43:10 PM
I sold my Nintendo Switch to my brother, as he and his kids will get more use out of it than me (I rarely power that thing on) and thereís no video games in the foreseeable future that warrants me holding onto the thing. Maybe by 2020, when they release the inevitable Switch Plus model, there might be some games that will convince me to dive back into their ecosystem, but as of right nowóthat console is a complete let down.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 11, 2019, 08:16:27 PM
Whoopsie.  :-[ Yeah, it looks good though... but, man, I need me some hiding in the shadow single-player stealth-action in my life (Days Gone helpfully scratched that itch temporarily).

I just completed Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and I've started Hitman 2016 which is satisfying my itch a little bit but it's not the same.

Game Pass were having a deal for 3 months for $1 and that was too hard to pass up.

My initial thoughts on Hitman is the main menu is an absolute mess. The front page is like a community hub then you have two tabs for destinations and career which may as well be the same thing. If you didn't know they released the missions over time as episodes you would easily get confused. Plus there is no continue button. If i want to load a save i have to start a map then load it from the in game menu. This morning i tried to do that but i couldn't connect to the Hitman servers and apparently auto save slots are done in online mode so you can't use them in offline mode. What the hell?

Apart from those problems the game is good. It's everything you want Hitman to be. The levels they've created and the million different ways to do things are incredible.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 11, 2019, 09:16:29 PM
I sold my Nintendo Switch to my brother, as he and his kids will get more use out of it than me (I rarely power that thing on) and thereís no video games in the foreseeable future that warrants me holding onto the thing. Maybe by 2020, when they release the inevitable Switch Plus model, there might be some games that will convince me to dive back into their ecosystem, but as of right nowóthat console is a complete let down.

What about Pokemon? Still, I'm sure your brother and the kids will get a lot of use out of it, that system does have a lot for families.

I use mine for Smash, and do love the indie selection. I feel like if I lived in a city I may use it more, but as someone who doesn't have a PC that can do shit, it's helped me play a lot of cool things, especially since I've mostly migrated to Xbox as my main console.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 12, 2019, 06:02:52 AM
Glad to see weíre not alone in this: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-05-12-ubisoft-its-really-past-time-to-bring-back-splinter-cell
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 12, 2019, 06:30:37 PM
I'm close to giving up on "hardcore gaming," whatever that term even means at this point. I've not turned on my PS4 in months unless I'm going to watch a movie in my room, I play the Switch some but I messed up the left thumbstick and need to send it in for repair. I play some Magic Arena from time to time, mostly because I'm too tired/cheap to go play physical Magic with people.

I'm seriously thinking about selling my PS4 and buying a Roku or something similar for streaming. Might keep the Switch for the odd indie game/traveling. Obvi, will still have PC if I ever get the siren call to come back. Maybe when Dwarf Fortress gets that paid version I'll come back for that.

Until then, it's time to pursue other hobbies.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 13, 2019, 07:27:57 AM
Later skater.  8)

Honestly, I don't think you'll be missing out on much. 2019 has been lackluster in regards to gaming, with my current top 10 favorite games probably not even close to breaking through the top 10 of 2018. Days Gone is my favorite game thus far, but it would have been buried any other year. Resident Evil 2 was a close contender, but the disappointing third act keeps it from shining. All forthcoming games aren't very exciting, either. I'm going to play Rage 2, but I doubt I'll get sucked into another punk-apocalyptic setting. I'm somewhat excited for Jedi: Fallen Order, but I'm not foaming at the mouth over it, like I would at a new Naughty Dog game. Unless Ghost of Tsushima or The Last of Us: Part II somehow sneak into the calendar year, 2019 is looking mediocre, at best, for gaming.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 14, 2019, 05:33:53 PM
Rage 2 looks like doo doo butter. Iím playing on the Xbox One X, and it appears they focused on a locked 60FPS to maintain the Doom feel at the expense of everything else; if you told me this was a previous gen gameóIíd believe you. In fact, when not in motion, the original 2010 game looks better than this. The blurry resolution, muddy textures, and terrible shading... itís not a good look. I doubt most of this will matter when Iím running around and making neon explosions, but the second I slow down to absorb my surroundings, the limitations of this engine is already REALLY distracting.

Also, the tone/humor of this game is bad. Not off to a great start.  ???

EDIT: 2 hard crashes from just looking through the menu screen... uh-oh.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 21, 2019, 01:24:20 PM
I bought an Oculus Quest because Iím dumb. Iíll hopefully have time to mess around with it tonight and share some initial impressions.  8)
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 22, 2019, 05:23:40 AM
I bought an Oculus Quest because Iím dumb. Iíll hopefully have time to mess around with it tonight and share some initial impressions.  8)

Ok, maybe I'm not that dumb. This thing is pretty cool. The Rift-wands are really the stand outs, especially when compared to the PSVR Move controllers. The whole grip/pressure sensitive buttons/sticks really feel intuitive and awesome. Within seconds, I was picking up items and juggling them/tossing them at NPCs.

As for games, I downloaded Beat Saber (of course) and Vader Immortal. The processing power on this thing doesn't feel as powerful as the PSVR paired with a PS4 Pro; however, the pixel per eye increase really makes up for all of that. Beat Saber looks crisp and the 1-to-1 tracking is a step up over the spotty PS Camera tracking. Vader looked impressively real and intimidating, though I'm not sure how the "game" part is quite yet. I messed around with some Youtube VR stuff and it looked pretty damn crisp. Overall, I'm somewhat impressed with this thing. I don't think it's as comfortable as the PSVR, but it definitely feels better than the Oculus Go.

I'm probably going to double-dip with Super Hot VR, Moss, and some other stuff as well, as this will probably be my go-to-VR platform for the foreseeable future (until Iron Man comes out on PSVR).
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Post by: smirnoff on May 26, 2019, 12:38:47 AM
God i hope that's true! Splinter Cell is my favourite franchise and I'm dying for another one.

*after a couple hours sneaking around and dying* "CINECAST! it.... LEEEEROOOOOOOOY JEEEEEEEENKINS!!!!"

Every single time.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 27, 2019, 02:35:36 PM
Rage 2 sucks. I deleted it. I just don't think I have or will like any games made by Avalanche Studios. 2019 is a big let down for a lot of triple A titles, this being yet another one.

In more positive news, I bought American Fugitive based off of Dan Ryckert's recommendation on the latest Beastcast (side note: I've stopped listening to the Bombcast, because Jeff and Ben were really getting to me--it was a smart move, because MAN is the Beastcast so much better). And guess what: I actually like this game. Yes, it's old-school GTA meets The Dukes of Hazzard, and that's quite alright in my book. The shooting reminds me more of isometric games like Dead Nation, and the home burglary mechanics are quite fun. I've only played a few hours thus far, but I'm pretty stoked to check out more.

In the interim, I'm also still enjoying the Oculus Quest--I think this might be the item that could blow open so many doors for VR, given it keeps gaining in popularity. I've had it mentioned to me by many non-gamer friends and family members. Here's hoping it becomes the next Wii and gets more developers interested in diving deeper into VR.
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 28, 2019, 07:31:07 PM
Blood & Truth for PSVR is a blast. Itís truly just some dumb pop-corn action; however, it also features some of the best use of VR/Move Controllers Iíve yet to see. I just DJíd on a turntable/mixer set in the middle of a firefight, only to then chug a beer with one hand and throw a grenade with another. I just finished a walk through of a modern art museum that made me audibly gasp at how inventive the level design is in this game. Oh and the voice acting/motion capture is top-tier as well.

The real star here are the Move Controllers and their implementation. Actively reloading feels so intuitive and I instinctively held an SMG with two hands without any instructions required. Using your tool kit to pick locks and unscrew panels feels so natural, itís amazing how theyíre getting such great use out of old controllers never intended for use with VR. Thereís so much variety thus far, with new things to do almost every 5 minutes or so. The only thing that rivals how good this feels might be the Oculus controls in Super Hot VR. Regardless, Iím impressed and want to play more but VR wears on me. I donít get motion sick, but the headsets (Quest more-so than PSVR) really start to feel uncomfortable/sweaty after prolonged play sessions. But Iím always left wanting moreóso thatís probably a good sign.

Is 2019 the beginning of the VR Renaissance?
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2jffx1v.jpg)
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 29, 2019, 11:02:28 AM
Death Stranding coming out on November 8th of this year? YES PLEASE.  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piIgkJWDuQg
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Post by: Solid Blake on May 30, 2019, 01:10:18 PM
Iím cautiously optimistic about the Call of Duty Modern Warfare reboot announced today. Theyíre saying all the right things: Theyíre using a brand new engine. Theyíre focusing on realism. Itís not going to be a Michael Bay film, but more of a Zero Dark Thirty/Hurt Locker approach toward story telling.

All that being said, I have been let down by almost every iteration of this franchise since MW2... Who am I kidding? Iíll probably buy it.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 30, 2019, 01:48:42 PM
Guess I'm keeping my PS4 for Death Stranding. Dammit, Kojima.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 30, 2019, 08:11:25 PM
Think I missed the boat on the Collector's Edition. Weak.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 02, 2019, 09:57:14 PM
Got the two Beastcast Recommends GamePass games. Haven't tried Outer Wilds, but enjoyed what I've played of Void Bastards thus far, which is through the first two mainline objectives.
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Post by: MartinTeller on June 02, 2019, 11:05:16 PM
Anyone got an opinion on Unruly Heroes? It's pretty cheap right now in the Playstation Store, and the wife and I were big fans of Rayman Legends so I'm thinking of taking the plunge.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 08, 2019, 07:49:06 PM
Outer Wilds is a legit CINECAST!ing game.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 09, 2019, 04:46:13 PM
Interesting that with all the GamePass logos (which I've been loving recently, and am excited to finally try Hollow Knight and get back to Shenmue II at some point), that it seemed to be absent from the Halo Infinite trailer.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2019, 04:07:02 AM
I forgot E3 started this weekend. Sounds like I didn't miss much?  ???
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 10, 2019, 08:44:35 AM
Keanu Reeves is the highlight so far.

Also, the new From Soft game, obvi. Other than that, *shrugs*
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 10, 2019, 05:30:51 PM
Keanu Reeves Bam Bam, The Dog is the highlight so far.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 11, 2019, 10:20:50 AM
Watch Dogs: Legion sees the return of Clint Hocking who I've been eagerly awaiting to see what he would do next. Needless to say, the procgen missions plus a world where you build your own roster of characters to play with permadeath sounds like a dream game for me. I hope they can pull it off.

Gods & Monsters was the other highlights of the Ubi press conference. I'm curious to see what an action adventure game looks like in a post BotW world.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 11, 2019, 10:06:36 PM
It is cowardly not putting Conker in Smash.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 15, 2019, 06:32:23 PM
Outer Wilds is a legit CINECAST!ing game.

Still true.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 16, 2019, 11:09:36 AM
I'm almost done with it. Quite the game.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 25, 2019, 05:32:47 PM
Outer Wilds sucked me back into games and then I decided to try some Watch Dogs 2. Got bored of that so tried Dad Simulator 2018 (God of War). This game is way better than I expected and that's even after hearing all the praise for it. Probably will be in my top 5 PS4 exclusives by the time that console reaches the end of its lifespan.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 27, 2019, 08:37:28 PM
The first hour and a half or so of the new Fire Emblem is...very strange. I think there's still an FE game in there somewhere, but no idea when or how I'll get to it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 02, 2019, 07:46:49 PM
The first hour and a half or so of the new Fire Emblem is...very strange. I think there's still an FE game in there somewhere, but no idea when or how I'll get to it.

15 hours deep and I am all about this game.
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 26, 2019, 02:20:56 PM
Bought an All-Digital Xbox One S to keep at my girlfriend's place, as we're really getting into party games like Overcooked and all 5 Jackbox Party Packs. Does anyone have any good recommendations for other party-friendly games to check out?

Oh and Control comes out on Friday and it's getting decent reviews. Has gaming season come back already?
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Post by: smirnoff on August 26, 2019, 02:24:02 PM
There was a humblebundle of all the jackbox party packs for like $30... I really should have gotten it when I had the chance.

I did get Drawful on it's own though and had a lot of fun with it... even with 3 players it was still pretty good.



Speaking of party games though... i don't know what people enjoy about Mario Party. You spend 90% of the time sitting there watching people roll a dice and characters hop around a board. And then the games themselves are way too brief. Like 20 seconds and it's over.  ???

Horrible party game imo. Just play Smash.
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Post by: MartinTeller on August 26, 2019, 02:37:59 PM
Bought an All-Digital Xbox One S to keep at my girlfriend's place, as we're really getting into party games like Overcooked and all 5 Jackbox Party Packs. Does anyone have any good recommendations for other party-friendly games to check out?

Dunno what's on the Xbox, but for PS4, It's Quiz Time is a fairly decent trivia game. Stay away from Knowledge Is Power, the questions are way too easy and it's paced terribly. Ultimate Chicken Horse is pretty fun.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 26, 2019, 07:47:02 PM
So, I think I'm like 15-20 hours away from the end of Fire Emblem, but releases are hitting hard this week and I've got the itch to buy a full game (I will be getting the new Until Dawn game on Friday, but will be away for LDW, so will play it next week), and am unsure what to get:

Astral Chain
Control
(how is this not on GamePass???????)
Judgement
Yakuza Collection

Wait for the Zelda remake
Ancestors

This Ancestors thing, to me, seems fascinating, but it seems like a super risky play. I'll also CINECAST! around with Gears 5, probably, since it's on GamePass, but have little interest. They put Stelaris: Console Edition on there too, which I downloaded, but haven't cracked in to yet.

Open to other recs as well. Need to figure out if my PS4 really did delete my first two ep LiS2 progress. If so I may switch over to Xbox for that.

EDIT: Turns out Control isn't an Xbox exclusive. Interesting.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 26, 2019, 09:16:38 PM
I'm mostly just still playing Slay the Spire. I think it will be my GOTY. I do really enjoy Streets of Rogue as well.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 26, 2019, 09:39:52 PM
Oh yeah, got Spire on GamePass too, but haven't started it yet.
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 29, 2019, 06:21:31 PM
Control is killer stuff. The perfect amalgamation of horror (Alan Wake) with science fiction (Quantum Break). It even has traces of Max Payne (voice acting, narration). Iím really enjoying the world building, the atmosphere and engaging combat. Was hoping this would be good, but Iím pretty sure itís great?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 29, 2019, 07:12:48 PM
Does it play better than their other games? I want to get it, but will probably wait for a sale. Still deep in FE, plus this Until Dawn thing this weekend.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 30, 2019, 07:55:44 AM
I heard the GiantBomb people say it ran horribly on PS4 but the PS4 Pro smoothed out a lot of the issues.
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 30, 2019, 08:23:39 AM
Having no problems with the Xbox One X thus far, there is a slight stutter when I go into the Xbox menu to take screen grabs, however.

The game feels good though, a much more refined Quantum Break feel to combat, and the shooting feels tight as one would expect from Remedy.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 30, 2019, 08:54:24 PM
Definitely plan to get it when it's on sale or around Black Friday. Installing that Until Dawn thing now, and still heavy in to FE, plus LDW so I won't really be playing much of anything. Def going Control on X1X though, since I don't have a Pro, and I heard the GB warnings as well, like Sam said. They all seem to be liking it, and I think Jeff also cosigned that from assignment, so I'm excited despite really not liking what little other Remedy stuff I played.

Downloaded Blair Witch on GamePass as well, but unsure if I'll actually play it. Haven't watched any of the films, and those types of games spook me.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 08, 2019, 07:45:42 AM
My girlfriend is ADDICTED to Slay The Spire. Sheís an avid Dominion player, so this game is right up her alley. We stayed up too late last night strategizing our hands and deck building to defeat the second major boss. This game has a massive learning curve/difficulty spike once you hit the 2nd and 3rd level enemies, but the RNJ and variety of enemies really encourage us to play ďjust one more run.Ē

Her favorite character is the witch doctor lady, but Iím pretty sure the 3rd character is the most OP. Any sick strats that we should be aware of?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 08, 2019, 01:15:05 PM
Rampage for Ironclad in a small deck can do massive work. The biggest thing I learned was to add cards more conservatively so you get more consistent draws. An above average deck of 20 will outperform a deck of 40 with 10 great cards.



With the SNES games on Switch now, I'm finding myself diving into some titles I never owned and finished as a child. Went through Super Mario World in a couple of days. It's okay, I guess... I feel like I like the NES Mario games better. They felt better and I'm bummed with how unimportant Yoshi felt to the game design. I wanted to see stages built around more items and mechanics more. This one felt like more of a grab bag of ideas that never really ramped up into something challenging like the NES games.

I think Super Metroid will probably be next. Then I'll probably play Yoshi's Island and maybe revisit Link to the Past since I played that on the GBA back in the day.
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Post by: Beavermoose on September 12, 2019, 11:48:57 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_qjybyni28

I want it!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 13, 2019, 08:03:13 PM
They should put this effort in to remaking VIII instead. I need to pick that up on Switch, but I'm about to finish FE and guess I'll get Zeldo on Friday.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 15, 2019, 12:14:26 PM
They have Creature In The Well on GamePass, it starts a little slow/doesn't really guide you much, but getting pretty fun after the first dungeon.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 16, 2019, 10:45:50 AM
I still need to play more Control. I've heard they released a patch improving performance across all platforms, but WHERE IS THAT HDR AT THO?!? I have it downloaded now on both my Xbox consoles, but I doubt I'll get to play it anytime soon because my girlfriend keeps hogging it to play Slay the Spire (she's finally gotten to the third major boss).

I also heard that a new Gears of War game dropped and I have it already on my Xbox One X, though I'm questioning if I'll ever get to it. This franchise's popularity is beyond me. These games have always felt so clunky/cumbersome and the stories are just so bland. I might look to see how it looks on the X, but I'll be honestly surprised if it's a game that hooks me to play more (still haven't completed a Gears game since the 2nd one).

Oh, and that Call of Duty beta is happening this week. Maybe I'll check that out?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 20, 2019, 11:41:49 AM
Untitled Goose Game launch day!

https://youtu.be/9LL2AtHo1gk

*honk* *honk*
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Post by: Beavermoose on September 20, 2019, 06:20:16 PM
After Goat simulator comes: Goose simulator!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 20, 2019, 08:14:12 PM
Will be interested to hear more about it, and if it's a similar value prop to something like Donut County. I definitely am interested.

Also, I bought Zelda like a dummy, but hopefully Nintendo sees and does what they have to do in order to re-release Minish Cap for Switch.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 23, 2019, 12:34:04 PM
I was able to play a little (not enough) of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta over the weekend and man, I am all the EXCITES for this game. I was so burnt out on this franchise, with last year's Blackout mode (battle royale) being the only uniquely "new" thing added to the franchise in over a decade. This 2019 re-imagining of Modern Warfare feels like the first true sequel in quite some time, with a brand new engine, new sound design and a more grounded approach that is tickling my Battlefield leanings, while maintaining the progression drip-feed that put CoD on the map. I really loved my time playing the multiplayer suite of domination, HQ, team deathmatch, etc.. The new 64 player "Ground War" is basically "Conquest" from the Battlefield series, but it's chaotic fun and the map design is superb all around.

If the single player component lives up to these aforementioned multiplayer sessions, this game has a chance of being my favorite of the year (I've had more fun with this beta than most of the games in my ever-changing top 10 list). Has anyone else checked the beta out?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 23, 2019, 01:33:18 PM
Finished Super Metroid over lunch today. What a game! An absolute masterpiece. I absolutely loved it from beginning to end.

In my SNES catchup I'll probably play SMW2: Yoshi's Island next. Also, Arkham Knight was free on Epic Game Store so I might play that soon. And I need to finish Untitled Goose Game. Maybe halfway through.
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Post by: smirnoff on September 23, 2019, 02:14:31 PM
Is there a battle royale mode?
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 23, 2019, 05:54:51 PM
Is there a battle royale mode?

Not that Iím aware of, which is fineókeep it simple, stupid(s). Besides, the market is so over-saturated right now with BRís, so a more traditional multiplayer suite is welcome (to me, at least).
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Post by: smirnoff on September 23, 2019, 06:33:34 PM
Goose-based BR's are underrepresented. Imagine attacking in a sweet ass V formation. 8)
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 24, 2019, 12:00:16 AM
That would finally get me to play a BR game.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on September 24, 2019, 01:41:12 AM
I was able to play a little (not enough) of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta over the weekend and man, I am all the EXCITES for this game. I was so burnt out on this franchise, with last year's Blackout mode (battle royale) being the only uniquely "new" thing added to the franchise in over a decade. This 2019 re-imagining of Modern Warfare feels like the first true sequel in quite some time, with a brand new engine, new sound design and a more grounded approach that is tickling my Battlefield leanings, while maintaining the progression drip-feed that put CoD on the map. I really loved my time playing the multiplayer suite of domination, HQ, team deathmatch, etc.. The new 64 player "Ground War" is basically "Conquest" from the Battlefield series, but it's chaotic fun and the map design is superb all around.

If the single player component lives up to these aforementioned multiplayer sessions, this game has a chance of being my favorite of the year (I've had more fun with this beta than most of the games in my ever-changing top 10 list). Has anyone else checked the beta out?

Is this a remake of the 2007 one? Or are they just using the name to try and get people back?

How are the maps? I haven't played CoD for a while now because the game became too focused on small maps and aggressive in your face gameplay. I like my shooters to be a bit slower.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 24, 2019, 02:59:04 PM
Itís a completely new game, just think of it as a Modern Modern Warfare.  8) And the maps are good... itís getting flack for being a little slower paces by the hardcore fanbase, so it might be up your alleyways.

https://youtu.be/9STHqt_vsCc

Any idea if this duck Metal Gear game is coming to any other consoles?

Oh and State of Play SOON!
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 24, 2019, 03:24:55 PM
https://youtu.be/II5UsqP2JAk

#OldJoel
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Post by: Beavermoose on September 24, 2019, 07:10:47 PM
Haha, I was actually thinking how much this is like Metal Gear while playing the goose game.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 27, 2019, 05:46:55 AM
The more I read, the more I remember how much I've loved the first game/can't hardly wait for the second installment: https://kotaku.com/three-hours-with-the-last-of-us-part-ii-1838458838
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 27, 2019, 06:37:39 AM
I finished Zelda last night. Still a good game, though I remembered a lot more about it than I thought. Kind of easy, but the 2D Zeldas are my favorites, so I liked it. Probably not worth $60, especially with the frame rate, but these are the games we play.

Goose Game is very hard for me, and I'm not sure why.
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Post by: Solid Blake on September 27, 2019, 07:49:21 AM
https://youtu.be/RcRBOb0m1FY
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Post by: Bondo on September 27, 2019, 01:34:50 PM
Bought the Goose thing. Wandered aimlessly for 30 minutes. Friend clarified for me there is a task list, which the game itself didnít make clear.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 27, 2019, 07:51:43 PM
Bought the Goose thing. Wandered aimlessly for 30 minutes. Friend clarified for me there is a task list, which the game itself didnít make clear.

They tell you about it, but it's just a quick pop up tip at the beginning, pretty easy to miss because the game throws you right in to it and doesn't really stop or slow down when it's giving you the quick button tutorial, I nearly disregarded it myself because I was trying to figure everything else out when starting.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 03, 2019, 02:11:25 PM
I really need to play more games. Iíve been playing with my partner in co-op games like Overcooked 2, Unravel 2, and helping her through Slay the Spire (she has one ascension thus far); however, Iím hardly ever home so my Xbox One X/PS4 Pro and 65Ē OLED is being CRIMINALLY underused. I think I might sneak in some Control this weekend (maybe some Bloodstained as well), but I am still getting stoked for some fall games like...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Concrete Genie
The Outer Worlds
Death Stranding
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Shenmue III
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 03, 2019, 10:38:06 PM
It's crazy to me that Shenmue 3 is coming out this year, almost in a way that it's unbelievable, but I think it's actually going to happen.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 03, 2019, 10:50:39 PM
It's crazy to me anyone wants a Shenmu 3 in 2019.
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Post by: Bondo on October 03, 2019, 11:48:53 PM
True, Shenmue 1 was ridiculously overrated.
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Post by: MartinTeller on October 04, 2019, 09:57:36 AM
I love Shenmue. Maybe I just have a thing for convenience stores.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 17, 2019, 01:22:28 PM
I love Shenmue. Maybe I just have a thing for convenience stores.

/\ This. I just loved that there was a lavishly detailed environment that felt real/lived in. It's the thing that draws me into most modern open world games, and the OG Shenmue was a mind-boggling achievement in its time. I'm ready for another trip down memory lane, with new 4K-rendered sailors to look for.

I've been playing a lot more iOS games due to the release of Apple Arcade. The standout, by far, is What The Golf?

In spite of being a 30-something beige-boy, I hate golf; but yet I love this game. Mainly because it's far removed from the actual sport of golf, but also because it features some of the most inventive and varied level designs that I've seen from a phone game. It's funny, and it's challenging and it's fun. Should've went with Par Cry tho.

Other notable games that I've checked out briefly and want to get into more are: Sayonara: Wild Hearts, Assemble, Grindstone, Card of Darkness, Neocab, and Overland. I JUST NEED MORE FREE TIME!!!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 23, 2019, 11:24:55 PM
Going to give The Outer Worlds a spin on GamePass next week.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 25, 2019, 05:57:45 AM
First impressions of Modern Warfareís campaign: it good.

Iíll try to test out some The Outer Worlds later, hope it good too.

It all good.
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Post by: Junior on October 25, 2019, 08:23:24 AM
I'm pretty excited about Outer Worlds. I like the idea of a Fallout style game but I just can't get into the post-apocalyptic BROWN of those games. This seems like a more colorful take on the systems so I'm excited to see if it grabs me.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 25, 2019, 11:38:58 AM
Played the opening hours of The Outer Worlds. Easily the best this style of game has played. Guess I shouldn't be too surprised since New Vegas was much more playable as a shooter than Fallout 3.

The humor here is funny but hasn't made me laugh out loud yet. I like the more colorful setting and while Unreal 4 isn't perfect, it seems to be working pretty well. I get some framerate drops in certain areas or if I move too fast but otherwise it runs quite well on my 5+ year old machine.

The idea that this is about 40 hours also appeals to me. That's around the time I tend to tire of these style of games.

Also, got this through the Xbox Game Pass on PC which has a handful of games I've wanted to play for a while now. First month only costed a dollar and will be $5 as long as it's in beta.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on October 25, 2019, 06:55:56 PM
Outer Worlds is on PC Pass? I might have to check it out.
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 30, 2019, 11:32:46 AM
I finished the campaign of Modern Warfare on the "Realism" difficulty level and it wasn't as frustrating as I thought it would be. It was challenging, but I feel like it's one of the easier CoD campaigns in quite some time. It's also one of the best. Not every level is a winner. But, the high moments are the best this franchise has ever been (basically any mission with Price by your side). The situations throughout the campaign are all very derivative from films like Zero Dark Thirty, Sicario, 13 Hours, etc.; however, they're all very well done and cinematic/gorgeous in their delivery. The claustrophobic missions that feature SWAT-like tactics are the highlight for me. Clearing every corner of a darkly lit London row house and/or an insurgent cave system is the most tense I've ever felt playing a first person shooter, especially contrasted against the nauseatingly bombastic/Michael Bay nature of previous Call of Duty campaigns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRO7TFyOukw

I was pleasantly surprised with how varied and engaging this campaign was. The attempt at looking into the moral quandaries/ethical grey-areas of "modern warfare" wasn't a home run, but it did ask some interesting questions and did make me reflect on the 5 hours I spent murdering a bunch of people. Regardless, on a strictly technical rating--this is, by far, the best Call of Duty has been in quite some time. I've been so burnt out by this franchise and was close to never buying one again (looking at you Black Ops III, ya big jerk), but I'm actually genuinely excited to see what Infinity Ward does next.

Oh, and the multiplayer is addicting/fun "AF" as the kids would say.
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Post by: smirnoff on October 31, 2019, 10:58:31 PM
Oh, and the multiplayer is addicting/fun "AF" as the kids would say.

My biggest complaint about the last COD game I played (I think it was Black Ops), was that there was WAAAAAY to much time spent in the lobby waiting for a game to kick off. I swear it was like 5 to 10% of the time you were playing you were actually just waiting for a match to begin. Horrible system. Also the matches were far too short. 10 minutes or something? Then back to the lobby with a bunch of annoying children screeching into their mics for 2 minutes. I enjoyed the gameplay and hated the game.

Fortnite and Apex Legends are far better that way. Insta-launch. Fewer people to mute if they're being annoying. Gameplay, just as good.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 01, 2019, 05:59:55 AM
Loading/lobby wait times arenít that bad compared to most games Iíve been playing (PUBG probably paints any game in a better light in this regard); however, the ďquick playĒ playlist goes really fast and the game modes are all randomized, so itís my preferred mode of play at the moment. Also, I always turn the voice chat sound off in the options screen for every game like this. Unless itís a real life/trusted online buddy talking to me through party chat, Iím muting everyone else!

In other news, Death Stranding is getting decisively polarized reviews/opinionsósomething Iíd expect from a Kojima joint. Iím stoked to see what the fuss is all about come Friday.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 01, 2019, 07:22:21 PM
Might wait on Death Stranding because I still have a lot of Outer Worlds, and want to play that new game on GamePass from the Oxenfree people, plus Pokemon soon. Also, I'm really scared by the talk about the endurance systems, it sounds like all the things I hated about BotW, but I do like Kojima's stuff more than Zelda mostly. Will wait for Bombcast talk on Tuesday, the Beastcast chatter today was also super split, though I think I'm most in line with Alex, who seemed to like it the most, maybe Vinny did, idk.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 02, 2019, 02:44:25 AM
Death Stranding looks like delivery and fetch quest the game with a lot of recycled content. While some are describing it as a true walking simulator in the strict sense of the two words, I'm not sure the tedium of the game sounds like the kind of challenge I'd enjoy. It seems like the game is about mitigating a lot of that as you go on instead of truely mastering systems like you do in most difficult games. In other words, sounds like it's of the grind school of design, which sucks.

Oh, and everyone at GiantBomb seems to be ragging on how dumb the story is which is honestly not surprising given how dumb MGSV was but this sounds possibly dumber.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 02, 2019, 08:00:58 AM
Oh, and everyone at GiantBomb seems to be ragging on how dumb the story is which is honestly not surprising given how dumb MGSV was but this sounds possibly dumber.

It seems like you and I come to Kojima games for different reasons... the dumb factor is what I love about his games. Iím all about the dumb names, the awkward product placements and the overall campiness factor in his storytelling. I mean, arguably the most ďseriousĒ Kojima game had a grown man pee himself and a protagonist walking around in cardboard boxes. Dumb = awesome.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 04, 2019, 02:17:04 PM
I finally had an afternoon this weekend where I could sink my teeth into the multiplayer suite of Modern Warfare and, boy, am I impressed. Without much surprise to anyone, the Realism and NVG modes that limit your HUD and have "hardcore" damage ballistics are by far my favorite modes to play. The removal of the HUD and pure focus on your surroundings, really help me feel immersed and it's nice to not be reminded that I was killed by "FortniteBoy69" for the third time in five minutes. The annoying shotgun runners are mitigated by the (equally annoying) claymore mines and the whole flow of the game is a little more methodical, a little slower, and a lot less traditional Call of Duty. I stankin' love it.

On top of all this, the weapon/character progression is a streamlined and slick as ever. I actually care about the MP5 that I'm building up and what each additional perk or attachment does. The presentation with this "gun porn" might not be aimed for people like me, but it's appreciated by this fellow stat-head.

I also checked out Ground War, which is their take on the 64 player "Conquest" modes of the Battlefield games. It was... fine. But it's not what I came here for. Give me hardcore domination, team death-match, and/or search and destroy and I'll be a happy boy.
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Post by: Bondo on November 04, 2019, 02:54:02 PM
I started Ring Fit Adventure and it definitely is a legit workout. I did the first three levels which was about 15 minutes of work and was basically dead at the end. I ride my Peloton 3-4 times a week so my cardio fitness is pretty solid, but RFA gets into more body weight "lifting" exercises. Should get better as I open up additional exercises. The World 1 boss fight was long enough that I had to repeat exercises, and that calls in a big fatigue factor on the more difficult ones.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 04, 2019, 06:06:20 PM
Finished The Outer Worlds this afternoon. I played through as a dumb character and it was fun to have the dumb dialogue options and the game even has a couple of cool dumb endings, one of which I love for being just the right level of dumb. If nothing else, I'm glad this game exists for letting me play a dumb character again. I can only remember it being in the first two Fallout games and Arcanum.

As far as the rest of the game goes, it's decent, I guess. The combat plays great with a lot of mobility and a good variety of weapons, but the actual role-playing doesn't feel as satisfying here for some reason. I'm still trying to tease out in my brain why that's the case. On paper, this has multiple routes and ways to tackle quests and you at least sort of have to build your character in a direction.

I will say character design doesn't feel as robust as the Fallout games where the perks really helped hone in your character to a particular playstyle. Here they're a bit too generic and none of them feel as awesome or as character-defining as they do in Fallout. Getting more damage on headshots or moving faster or having companions have more health feel like very mathy considerations instead of role-playing ones. In fact, by the end of the game I had a hard time picking perks that even felt useful.

There is some great world reactivity here. I made a choice early on that doubled back onto me later in the game and basically forced me into a situation I was hoping to avoid. In the moment I hated feeling restricted, but it was a great gotcha moment that made me realize the decisions I made weren't as isolated from each other as they initially appeared to be.

All in all, I'd say if you're itching for a RPG in the vein of Bethesda's work with much better combat, this will scratch some of that itch. I liked it more than Oblivion and Fallout 3 but the titans of Morrowind and New Vegas still stand as the great experiences for me when it comes to this kind of game. Honestly, I would have probably been better off replaying New Vegas and getting to the two DLCs I never got the chance to play.



From here I'm planning on playing Prey since it's on Xbox Game Pass and I've also been playing some original Fallout as a dumb character after getting a taste of the fun in The Outer Worlds.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 04, 2019, 07:26:27 PM
I started Ring Fit Adventure and it definitely is a legit workout. I did the first three levels which was about 15 minutes of work and was basically dead at the end. I ride my Peloton 3-4 times a week so my cardio fitness is pretty solid, but RFA gets into more body weight "lifting" exercises. Should get better as I open up additional exercises. The World 1 boss fight was long enough that I had to repeat exercises, and that calls in a big fatigue factor on the more difficult ones.

I've been wondering about this, as most people I've heard who use it either don't do a lot of exercise or what they do is more cardio than anything. Definitely really want to pick it up for off days (though feel like if it's a cartridge I'll be bummed having to switch it out with Pokemon, which I'm probably getting physical) so I can get quick ones in, but cardio is by far what I don't do a lot of, so I'm not sure I'll get as much out of it if it's just slight resistance based body weight exercises when I've been pretty focused on progressive overload for the past year.

Been really liking Outer Worlds as well, but I'm just getting to the point where it pretty much blocks me from doing anything else until I go see this guy holed up somewhere on Monarch, so maybe I haven't gotten to the point where choices come back to me, hopefully they hit. The two things I've found with the game, and I think this does kind of go along with the generic aspects you're talking about, Sam, are that factions don't really seem to rub up against each other, at least not early, aside from missions where you literally have to kill other things if your stats aren't high enough to hack or whatever (though hopefully/maybe this changes, whereas in New Vegas it felt like those tensions surfaced earlier and were a bit higher), and then there's the fact that I put SO MANY hours in to those PS3/360 era Fallout games I kind of feel like, even though it's all new and I'm loving the writing/playing/characters (Team Felix), it does feel like going through the motions.

But I like the motions, and want to play a dumb character. Tbh I maxed my intelligence to see what that end of the scale was, and it seems useless. Next run I'm doing a corporate shill who is as dumb as a rock but has Perception maxed out because that seems to be the real dialogue player's option. At least it's where I'm hitting the most walls.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 06, 2019, 11:36:12 AM
Traded in my PS4 for credit as there are no future games on the system that feel like must haves for me. I got $150 and bought $100 of Nintendo eShop credit and $50 of Steam credit. Will probably wait for Black Friday sales before getting anything. In the meantime I'll be working through Prey.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 07, 2019, 09:36:56 AM
Traded in my PS4 for credit as there are no future games on the system that feel like must haves for me.

The Last of Us Part II, Ghost Of Tsushima and Dreams BEG TO DIFFER.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 07, 2019, 01:46:45 PM
Last of Us was one of the most restrictive game experiences I've ever had. Didn't even bother to finish it.

Ghost looks cool but I'm betting it gets a rerelease for PS5.

Dreams could be great but I'm not holding out for just one game.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 07, 2019, 07:23:48 PM
I won't trade mine in, but I don't much blame you, Sam, especially with a PC to play things. Unsure how backwards compatibility will work on the new systems, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't play these games on a PS5. I'm not getting rid of mine, though tbh I've mostly moved over to Xbox One X full on at this point, would turn my PS5 on, but with Pokemon so close not sure I'm even getting Death Stranding. Still have a decent bit of Outer Worlds, I think.

I need to buy a new laptop, because I want to play Disco Elysium before the end of the year.

Also, TLoU is bad.
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Post by: smirnoff on November 07, 2019, 07:50:46 PM
Last of Us was one of the most restrictive game experiences I've ever had.

It's open world compared to a Resident Evil game. :P
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 07, 2019, 10:22:22 PM
But at least those games are about navigating an interconnected space and figuring out the best routes to get to new areas. Or at least the good games in the series are about that.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 08, 2019, 08:49:01 AM
/\ This guy never made it to Billís Town.  ::)

Anywho, speaking of open worldóholy crap Death Stranding is OPEN. Iíve been more engaged/entertained with the first few hours of this game than any in recent memory. This is what I was hoping foróKojima UNCHAINED.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 08, 2019, 03:08:23 PM
Prey is magnificent. I know a lot of people said this but the demo of the game turned me off. Once you get past that first hour and the maps start to open up more it's a fantastic game that constantly rewards you for exploration and experimentation. The way the narrative naturally unfolds through little side stories as you gradually realize more and more of what is going on in each section of the map results in some of the most satisfying bits of exploration. I'm playing on hard with the optional difficulties all turned on and I'm loving it. I think this might be Arkane Studio's masterpiece and I say that as someone who loves both Dishonored games.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 09, 2019, 05:51:44 AM
Prey is magnificent.

I liked it, but the last hours of that game jumps the space shark and really screwed me, as I was heavily focused on playing as a stealthy tech-hacker.

I played about 10 hours of Death Stranding thus far, and I canít think about anything else but it and I wonít get to play it for a week or so and Iím dying inside with DOOMS.
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 13, 2019, 06:55:51 AM
I got to play some more Death Stranding last night. I made the decision to play offline from here on out, as I'm really enjoying the harsh journeys I'm subjecting my Norman Reedus and his magic fetus to, and I appreciate the rustic emptiness of the world (juxtaposed to the strand roads/signs/etc. junking up the world). That is more of a reflection on myself, I think, and is probably an interesting insight into my hermit-like tendencies and misanthropy. I mean, like this digital world, the real world might be better off with less human influence? Dammit Kojima, stop making me think!

Also, STAR WARS on Friday!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 13, 2019, 08:20:54 PM
Is Star Wars supposed to be good? Love Respawn, though early previews had me iffy. I'm getting Pocket Monsters.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on November 13, 2019, 09:57:20 PM
The E3 gameplay put me off. Looked like a 10 year old game.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 13, 2019, 11:08:45 PM
People who have played Jedi: Fallen Order say it has a lot more exploration than the demo shows and that the combat feels really good. I'm curious but it'll not be a day one buy for me. Embargo lifts tomorrow, I believe, so we should get a better sense tomorrow.

Finished Yoku's Island Express and it's been a while since a game has been this charming and delightful. Reminds me a good deal of Sonic Spinball all where failure is usually just losing progress in the level. Any pinball fan owes it to themself to play this game.

Played the opening hours of Divinity: Original Sin II and this already has the making of an all time great CRPG. Top tier writing, fascinating characters, maybe the best combat in RPGs improved and it's also gorgeous to look at. I hear the game is a good 70-90 hours and I'm looking forward to it. Gonna try to savor the experience and if it goes on sale on Switch I'll be making liberal use of the cross save play.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 14, 2019, 09:25:06 PM
Yoku's is very good. That Creature In The Well is too, but I haven't finished it, I did complete Yoku's.

Guess I'll keep an eye out on Star Wars for Black Friday or something, I reckon.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 15, 2019, 05:56:11 PM
Cooled my heels some on Divinity: Original Sin II as I'm doing some side work on my computer while I play games lately and need a game I can easily hop in and out of at a moments notice.

Played a few runs of Dead Cells and while the core mechanics feel good, the upgrades and numbers on weapons don't really do anything for me. I generally dislike this type of design where enemies have unspecified health bars and your weapons do a certain DPS and you swing and dodge as you watch a bar go down. Also, upgrade systems like this make me feel like I'm wasting the opening hours just grinding to the weapons that make a feasible run possible instead of relying more on a game based on skill.

Circled back to an RPG I dropped years ago called Legend of Grimrock. It's a typical dungeon crawl with straightforward systems and so far is combat and puzzle driven. There's something charming about the purity of it all and it's easy to play for a level or so, descend a floor, and then drop again without feeling too lost when you pick it back up later.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 16, 2019, 09:02:47 PM
Finished The Outer Worlds. My suggestion is don't put things in Intelligence early, would like to do a stupid playthrough but mine was maxed INT, and max out Perception. Also hack, lockpick, and the speech things. It's a good game. On to Pocket Monsters Shield!
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Post by: Solid Blake on November 19, 2019, 03:58:39 PM
Just got to Kashyyyk in Jedi: Fallen Order and Iím absolutely loving the game. Itís an approachable Dark Souls (not super punishing), with hints of Arkham exploration/puzzle solving, all complimented with a Naughty Dog-lite presentation. Itís good.

It also runs poorly on my Xbox One X, which is disappointing; conversely, I will be doing some traveling soon and have to leave it for at least a weekóIím really hopeful that Respawn addresses these frame rate / stuttering issues with a patch or two.

Between this and The Mandalorian, STAR WARS IS BACK BB!