Yeah, in some ways, the oppressively bleak post-apocalypse vibe is why I somewhat enjoyed the original Fallout. There's a very depressingly unique atmosphere to that game. One of death, dying, destruction & decay, which I found to be further reflected in the story itself (super mutants about to wipe everything out, towns getting genocided, you get banished from your vault at the end, etc.)
. Fallout 2, by contrast, just felt a lot more cheerier & goofier in its tone and, as a result, it just wasn't the same for me. You can make the argument that it fits since it's decades later and the world is starting to bounce back as a result, but I still didn't really care for it either way. There was also lots of meta-humor & otherwise questionably weird shit, which, at least to me anyway, just came off as awkward & somewhat annoying (death claw laying eggs, blowing literal shit everywhere after fooling around in the well in that one small town, hyper intelligent molerat with ghoul minions, etc.). And I'm sure, from what I've heard in general, that what I've just mentioned is only the mild stuff.
Another quibble I had with it was with the combat. Maybe it was just my poor luck, but I couldn't find a decent fucking weapon to save my life. Was getting my ass ground to mulch by pretty much everything as a result. Mind you, I played on the highest difficulty, but I did the same in Fallout 1 and never had the same degree of an issue there as I did with Fallout 2. The story was also pretty slow and fairly uninteresting to me and I didn't play long enough for it to ever grab me in any way. I only made it as far as the reactor adjacent to Vault City where Harold is, before the whole thing just lost my interest. I actually tried going back to it a little while back, but, like in Fallout 1, the quest log is so awful that I had no idea what I was doing and so just ended up dropping it again. At this point, I'd probably need to start a new game, which makes going back to it even tougher to consider doing.
>And you're right, the whole 50s thing going on is a big part of its charm
Charm for some, a big eyesore for me. Outside of hard boiled detective related stuff, I largely just can't stand 40s/50s shit. Something about the look and general feel of that era just makes me unwell for whatever reason. Almost like if you took an old person and suddenly forced them to listen to dubstep. It's weird though since I quite liked L.A. Noire, among other random stuff that is set in & around the era like the Twilight Zone. I think, to be more exact, it's the 50s Americana 'Leave it to Beaver', 'golly gee wilikers, mister', sort of shit that I really can't stand, combined with the retro futuristic outlook of the 50s, which is something I've also never really liked. Visually speaking, I'm also really not a fan of 50s art deco (ala Batman The Animated series), so there's that as well which rubs me wrong about Fallout. Speaking for me, more post-apocalypse, less 50s shit. That itself is probably why I like Fallout 1 & New Vegas the best, since I feel they both tilt stronger towards the former, instead of the latter. >>47763
Yeah, I can try to explain it to some extent, as I just have, but it largely just comes back to this, frankly.
Anyway, just thought I'd mention some more games I dropped a while ago, almost all of which I intend to go back to at some point.
Sekiro: Dropped it after defeating the flaming bull and getting to that castle filled with a bunch of samurai dudes. The bull itself was frustrating as shit to beat. Firecrackers literally wouldn't even work half the time and it took me like 15-20 attempts to beat that fucker. The proceeding area just wore me down in little ways, until I simply decided to drop it. Not really sure why, since I was actually enjoying it for the most part, but it just kinda happened all the same. Definitely a game I'd like to return to at some point. Come to think of it, I've had the exact same experience with some of the Souls games as well. Dark Souls I dropped for like 6 months before it went back to it and Dark Souls 2 I dropped for little over a year before I went returned to it as well. Didn't happen for Demon's Souls funnily enough, but that's the only official Souls game I've played/finished besides DkS 1 & 2, so there's that too. Usually there's a moment that comes in those games where I'm just worn the hell out for whatever reason, despite still enjoying them on some level.
STALKER Clear Sky: Began playing this after finishing Shadow of Chernobyl for the first time, but stopped after getting a little ways into it. Not a fan of the constant faction bullshit and I can see why it's regarded as the weakest in the series. In contrast to CS, I enjoyed SoC for the most part. I don't think it's as great as people claim it is, but, overall, it was okay. Having said that, I feel compelled as if I should finish Clear Sky before moving on to try out CoP, mostly due to my own asinine adherence to OCD related bullshit and needing to complete each game in the order of their release. At this point, I haven't played Clear Sky for a while and I'm debating with myself whether I should bother going back to it, or just ditch it for good and move on to CoP. Forcing myself to finish CS would probably turn out to be nothing more than an unfun chore, but that's my OCD for you. It sucks because then it just leaves what is probably a much better game like CoP lost in limbo as a result.
Silent Hill 1: Not all that scary to be honest, but I couldn't figure out the answer to the door puzzle with the jumbled up letters that is basically like right at the end of the game, so I ended up inadvertently dropping it as a result. I actually ended up looking up the answer and felt stupid as hell for not coming to conclusion on my own, so to go back would just make me cringe at how retarded I am. Having said that, I'll probably go back to it sometime soon, since I want to play Silent Hill 3 & 4 at some point, but, like with Clear Sky, I feel like I can't until I finish SH1. SH2 I've already finished many times before, so, in this case, it doesn't count.
Corpse Party: Probably one of the most grueling games I've played in a while, bordering almost on torture porn. Both from a narrative standpoint & a gameplay standpoint. Narratively because of all of the exceedingly fucked-up shit that happens (I swear the god damn screams these VAs make alone was enough to make me unwell)
, and gameplay-wise because of all the boring ass walking around you're forced to do in the exact same god damn areas over & over to the point of pure obnoxiousness. It's been a few weeks since I last played it and I'm midway through the final episode. Like with Silent Hill to some extent, it's just a matter of trying to motivate myself to power through to the end.
Gothic: Spent a bunch of time quicksaving & reloading trying to lockpick all those simon says-esque chests in that first encampment you come across. Also had some annoying guy following me around until I whacked him away with a stick. From there I did a bit of exploring out in the world, but dropped it not long afterwards. Been a number of months since I last played it and, again, it's the sort of thing I'd ideally like to return to at some point. The combat was a little stiff, but the story seemed pretty interesting and everything else seemed worth getting into. Again, it's just one of those random games that fell to the wayside, probably due to its somewhat slow start in this case.
Nier Automata: Dropped it after I had beaten naked, evolving android man, since, once more, as with CS, I felt compelled to go back and finish the first Nier before I went on any further with Automata. It's extra ridiculous in this case, since I've actually finished Nier once before already, albeit right around the time it came out. Would you believe I even got the platinum for it, yet remember almost nothing about it? I could've, and still could, just watch a story recap on YouTube, but instead I chose to play it myself because I'm a fucking idiot. Even went to the trouble of setting up a PS3 emulator on my PC to facilitate doing this. I can emulate Nier just fine fortunately, but it's such an unnecessary waste of time to replay it at all. What's more, not only did I drop Automata, but I dropped my replay of Nier as well, so now both are in fucking limbo. I really am one silly bitch. At least there's some value in my replay of Nier since I'm playing the replicant version with english patch this time, instead of gestalt, which is the one I played originally on PS3.
Legends of Grimrock 2: Dropped this a long
time ago. Out of all the games I've mentioned thus far, this one is my oldest dropped game. I last played it like a couple years ago now and dropped it only because my computer was a potato at the time and I wanted to wait until I could upgrade before I proceeded any further. Well, I've upgraded my computer quite substantially since then, but, even so, I just haven't managed to go back to LoG 2, merely because it seems so far in the rear view mirror at this point. I really should force myself to pick it up again though, since both it, and the original (which I even got all the steam achievement for), are fantastic RPGs that I enjoyed playing quite a bit.
Oddworld New N' Tasty: Not much to be said about this one honestly. I never played the original, so I have no frame of reference as to how the remake compares to it, but, either way, it just didn't really grab me. Wondering if it'd be better to just emulate the original at this point, since I've heard people criticize the remake for being too bright & colorful and being less atmospheric overall.