Thread for games you managed to finish and your thoughts on it.
So I finished Amnesia Dark Descent yesterday. Horror is a favorite genre of mine in any media and this is a game I wanted to play for a long, long time now but several reasons, from depression to not giving a shit about games anymore, kept getting in the way. This is a spoiler free review of it.
It's the mid 1800s and you play as Daniel, a guy who went on an expedition in Africa and found something in a forgotten, ancient catacomb. The object is 'cursed' though, which prompts him to write letters to geologists, historians and anyone in Europe for help. A baron named Alexander writes back saying he can help and Daniel should go to his castle in Germany at once. You spend the entire game exploring the castle, its secrets, finding notes and letters that reveal more about the curse, the object, yourself and everything else. That's the premise of the whole thing.
As far as the story goes, it has a few nice ideas here and there but overall it's nothing too new or exciting. Here's where the magic of this game happens however. Everything this game does, it does it in an very brief, nice length measure, both with its story as well as with its gameplay. The story is fairly simple and straight forward, though you have to reach the end to realize that. It's entertaining because they didn't bloat it with any unnecessary fluff nor stretch it to pretend there's more than it actually is.
The gameplay is pretty much exploration/stealth on one side and puzzles on the other. Now, it's been a year since I played a game and I kinda had forgotten already how much video game logic there is in video games. Amnesia is particularly chock-full with video game logic. For example, during the entire game you need to keep close to light sources to keep your sanity up, but you can't just grab one of the thousands of candles or torches you find along the way, you need to use a lamp that burns oil extremely fast or keep lighting the candles with tinderboxes. Moving torches or candles is IMPOSSIBLE. Sometimes you'll need an object to solve puzzles, like using a hammer for example, but you can't use one of the several hammers you find lying around, or a rock for that matter, you need that one specific hammer you find in some other part of the map. You can't just use any iron bar, it has to be the 'right' iron bar. You can't just use any of the several jars or glasses on the floor, you need to find the right jar, and so on. It doesn't really bother me really, but it's funny how often this happens in this game.
Then you have the puzzles. I'm not sure most even qualify as puzzles, since most of them is just putting a gear in place. There's only two actual puzzles in this game imo, the other ones is more like busy work, but again, the magic of this game is doing everything in right quantities. It doesn't get dull because there's not enough of that to bother you. You can finish this in one sitting btw, it takes about 10 hours or so.
The last thing I want to comment on is the horror element, which is the biggest reason I even played this in the first place. Is it scary? Kinda, it manages to keep tension sometimes. It has all the nice elements. The music and voice acting is decent enough, the environment and story is nice but I guess I'm just too jaded to be scared of a game, but I like it really tries. For exemple, there's only ONE jump scare in this entire game, which shows the guys behind this project weren't going for the cheap sits here.
All in all, I enjoyed it. It's entertaining, doesn't overstay its welcome in any of its elements and there's a couple of things in that plot that I really enjoyed it. I really wanted to play a very scary game though and this one is not it unfortunately. I wonder if there even is a very scary game out there.
Is this anime review guy?
HIGHLY suggest playing Alien: Isolation btw. Rather similar in nature to Amnesia, but also has a lot of unique tricks and Alien series specific gadgets. I rather enjoyed the game when I played it.
Nope, I do write anime reviews but I don't post them here.
Thanks for the suggestion btw, that is a 30 hours long game though, I'm afraid I don't have the attention span for it.
this is an insanely underrated game. have the platinum trophy for it on ps4>>53828
hit it up. a lot of people criticized the length of this game (arguing that a game this long would lose its sense of tension over such a long time), but i think they are approaching it wrong. the nuance of your role in this game's world changes. the more you play the farther up the food chain you move, and fear/horror begins to transition into thrill and adrenaline. its a real delight. the game is like a combo of alien and aliens; horror transitioning to action.
if you are a fan of the movie, then this is the game to play. it captures the ethos and ambiance of the original alien movies so fucking well.>>53822
i've had amnesia in my steam library for like a decade, but never got around to playing more than an hour. the "run and hide" gameplay always seemed underwhelming to me. i've never played any of the amnisia games, however I am a huge fan of SOMA. It's lovely and immersive setting, its creative story, and most of all, its unconventional psychological horror which challenged my morality (and that was far more unsettling than jump scares). soma's only weak point was its game-play, which i think is a failing indicative of the survival horror genre.
>>53830>if you are a fan of the movie, then this is the game to play. it captures the ethos and ambiance of the original alien movies so fucking well.
Honestly it really does, especially the first movie. It was strange for me just how good this game was, I totally did not expect such a fantastic game when I first saw and downloaded it. The way the alien moves, how you hide from it, the tools given to protect yourself, and its ai were a magical combination. Even better is how they didn't over indulge in those segments, keeping them as special moments for you to remember and fear.
Glad to see other people here liked it as I did, I know some didn't like its gameplay transitions but I thought the whole thing was a masterpiece of gaming atmosphere.
i read a comment saying they tried too hard with tdd, ok guys now the wind goes wooosh and slams the door then daniel starts crawling and…
there is a folktale in the old country similar to amfp so its far more terrifying to me than tdd minus the survival mechanics of course (there are some)
I'm going to treat the six main sub-games in Kirby Super Star as individual games.
Spring Breeze - I rate this one highly because it provides a way to turn your brain off and feel like you have beaten a video game in half an hour. It would be a great way to allow young children the satisfaction of beating their first game. Supports co-op "little brother mode" for this exact purpose.
Dynablade - just a slightly more challenging Spring Breeze.
Great Cave Offensive - Music is grating and does not change the entire time you play. The core mechanic of treasure hunting is optional making the whole experience feel pointless. The real objective is to navigate a maze and defeat the boss at the end (he is a pushover). Doesn't feel significantly harder than Spring Breeze just more drawn out and tedious. The video game references and uncensored blackface bump this one up a notch.
Gourmet Race - presents a non-trivial level of challenge but is extremely short.
Revenge of Meta Knight - timed to create the illusion of urgency but completely beatable at a leisurely walking pace. Meta Knight is a joke compared to his appearance in Kirby's Adventure.
Milky Way Wishes - I haven't completed this yet.
Overall - Co-op and the ability to summon helpers is great. Enemy animations are funny. There's nothing better than getting the suplex ability and watching as Kirby slowly and brutally stomps on the panicked face of an enemy. Some games fall flat like the Great Cave Offensive. Level of challenge is disappointingly less than that of Kirby's Adventure. Dedede and Meta Knight are actual threats in the NES game.
Making your inner twelve-year-old proud really is the most important thing in life. Don't lose sight of those childhood dreams.
makes me think of how i felt when i got all the stars in mario 64 as an adult and finally got to use the cannon to shoot myself on top of the castle. one of my childhood dreams.
I had Mario World for the Gameboy Advance as a kid but it took until last year for me to beat it. I had too many games and too much homework as a kid, I guess.
Finished Tekken 7 with Chloe; does the cute cat-eared idol is actually a bitch ala Lucky Star.
Beat Yakuza 5.
I didn't finish all side missions because I was missing one of the succubus' missions and at the last chapter they didn't let me go back to finish it, so no Amons either, I was using once save file so no going back unless I start the game over.
The game's good, but it kinda drags for too long, maybe if I didn't spend so long hunting bears, driving a cab and dancing.
The dancing game was a nice chance of pace, and that was probably my favorite part of the game, although a bit easy.
The whole game is pretty easy, especially with Saejima, I couldn't stop laughing at his final boss, I just spammed the same combo over and over and poor Majima couldn't do shit. Same with Shinada, I had a golf club that was so ridiculously overpowered bosses couldn't touch me, the game only felt somewhat challenging for Akiyama and Kiryu, but that's probably because I just didn't figure out how to break it.
Of course this is on hard difficulty, not on legendary since you need to beat the game to unlock it, but what's the point, I already sunk a 100 hours into it, maybe next time I'll get a save file with Legendary unlocked already.
The music is great as always, so is the visual style, the plot is, eh, alright, although there are waay too many coincidences, there's even a character that points this out at some point, "Small world, eh?", yeah no kidding.
It's the second to last of the Kiryu games, I am not going to start 6 right away but I'm gonna miss this guy when it's all over.
On a side note, the game makes you punish your controller like no other, the stupid amount of "Mash A" QTEs gets old pretty soon, that coupled with the "Real Yakuza use Gamepad" promp at the begining makes me think there's some kind of conspiracy to sell more controllers. The final boss takes forever (fucked has 9 health bars and heals) and has at least 5 mandatory "Mash button" QTEs, and everytime you get knocked down or grabbed it's "Mash A". My poor A button got softened after beating this game.
>>54027>I was missing one of the succubus' missions and at the last chapter they didn't let me go back to finish it
What is this, none of the games I have played have had missable side quests. Has the game not told you that you were going to pass a point of no return?
>>54028>Has the game not told you that you were going to pass a point of no return
Maybe it did and I missed it. In the last chapter they let you switch characters to finish the side quests, with the exception of Haruka, I got to the last chapter thinking I would be able to do them before the finale, but I was wrong.
I do tend to skip past a lot of dialogue sometimes (and this game has a lot of dialogue, so I probably just didn't see it)
I'm currently playing it but I had to take a break after Haruka's segment because I was getting burned out and I still have two whole characters to go through.
Granted its partly my own fault because my autism compels me to complete every single side activity and quest before advancing with the plot.
You can switch to Haruka if you start premium adventure I think. When you beat the game it should've prompted you to create clear data. If you load that clear data it'll then prompt you on whether to start new game+ or premium adventure. Premium adventure lets you continue playing with no main story objectives but you can switch characters and still access substories and all the other side stuff.
Oh alright, gonna try it out to see if I can beat those sunglasses-wearing pieces of shit
Finished up Echo (2017) today. GL finding a torrent for this game, I couldn't, so I bought it, but wasn't disappointment that I did.
The pictures should speak for themselves about just how cool the aesthetics are in this game. Its even better when you are there yourself looking at it all in-game, really I do mean that. If you love labyrinth megastructures, this is the game for you. Truly a great world they made, the infinite expanses of the palace seem to go on forever.
Don't think its a walking sim, this is actually a 3rd person stealth game funnily enough. There are a bunch of different unique mechanics for this game, the biggest being that the enemies are actually clones of yourself that copy what you do. This is tied in with a light/dark cycle where your actions are recorded while the lights are on, and once the dark cycle is completed the enemies will learn from your recordings. EG: you open doors during the light cycle, and the clones will start being able to open doors after the dark cycle is finished. It actually works pretty well, you will learn how to use the cycles more effectively as you play. There are "loud" options if you want to shoot a bit (just watch out because of the before mentioned mechanic), however this is still very much a stealth based game.
Overall the game should be about 5+ hours to finish I think, I afked a bit with it open so its hard to tell, but that seems about right. There are a lot of collectibles to find, and an "ultra hard" mode, so probably 10~ hours if you do all that. I don't play enough stealth games to know how it really compares, but I do that gameplay wasn't bad at all. Really though you should play this just to marvel at the levels.
I finished Ori and the Blind Forest. It's a competent platformer and that's it. I spent five bucks for it and feel that it is not really worth more, the story and characters left me indifferent so I skipped what I could skip and ignored the dialogue. They tried too hard to go for that fairy tale style but it just did not do it for me, I don't know, and the art looks… garish to me, sort of.
Overrated game imo and made me think twice about ever touching the sequel even when it inevitably hits bargain bin prices.
Speaking of garish art style, it made me want to look up Trine, and they still make those apparently. They're up to the fourth game.
What an abomination. Does anyone find this remotely appealing? Anyway sorry for being off topic.
It was popular enough to warrant three sequels. Does that answer your question?
I bought a switch for SMTV and Metroid so I've been catching up on a lot of games I've missed from the past few years
>Rune Factory 4 Special Edition
Revisited after playing the original 3DS version like 7 years ago and never beating it. I thought I wouldn't like it as much as I did back then but it was actually really fun, the bosses actually felt like decent challenges although that was probably because I went through them pretty quickly and didn't spend much time grinding or upgrading weapons and armor until lategame. Also they fixed the shitty RNG for triggering the last arc which is nice. Might revisit sometime in the future to finish up the Sharance maze and get married but I've had enough of it for now after beating Arc 3.
>Breath of the Wild
Enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. The only 3D Zelda games I've played before this are OoT and Wind Waker and that was years ago, so I wasn't sure if I'd like this. But it was pretty fun all the way through, although I'd say I enjoyed it most during the first 10 hours or so when I knew very little about the game. Stuff like the first divine beast and seeing the divine dragons in the distance was really cool. But towards the end of the game when there are no "surprises" left it loses some of its charm. Still a fun game though, and even after beating the final boss I still boot it up sometimes just to walk around and explore.
>No More Heroes Remastered
This was a little rough in terms of gameplay but I enjoyed it. The MC is an entertaining douchebag and it's got a lot of cheesy dialogue which I like. Combat outside of boss battles is alright, lots of blood and it's satisfying in a way, but the boss battles kind of suck because most of them have constant superarmor which prevents damage and it only goes down when they do specific attacks, so you're forced to play defensively constantly. The last 3 or so boss battles were especially obnoxious. But the optional true ending boss battle was pretty fun and had some great music, so it didn't leave me with too much of a bad taste in my mouth. I don't know if I'll check out the sequels, though, as I've heard a lot of people say they kind of suck and lack the charm of this one.
>Fire Emblem Three Houses
This is the only Fire Emblem game I've played besides Awakening way back when it released (which I never ended up beating) and I really liked it. Playing on classic hard mode and not letting anyone die, some of the first few battles a little rough but it got pretty easy towards the end - by the timeskip I had given my MC so many stat-boosting items that he could go in and solo large groups of enemies without getting hit once. I did the Verdant Winds route and the story was alright. My one major gripe is the monastery stuff and free battles become kind of tedious after the timeskip. I think it would've been better if they dropped the structure of 1 story battle at the end of every month which is used in the 1st half of the game and just clustered lots of story battle together. Paralogues were at least kind of interesting and a decent challenge but I only got 3 or so the rest of the time was just grinding stats in the monastery and doing the mind-numbingly easy free battles. Besides that though I had a lot of fun, I'll probably revisit it in a few months to do another route on NG+ and do the DLC side story. Not sure if I'll play on maddening or not, as the exp halving seems like it'd make things pretty tedious.
The GBA Fire Emblem are really good, addictive, quick, and to the point. The stories suck but I like that I can ignore them and not miss out on anything.
I finished buddy simulator 1984, it was nice, about 7 hours long, I liked the theme and all but it could have been a lot better. Your “buddy” is completely scripted so it doesn’t really interpret any complex text, only preindexed words and phrases, but I guess it’s not supposed to be a real AI, but it could have at least done something basic. Realizing that it wasn’t using any kind of AI I just went in not really bothering to input anything but yes and no answers. I thought it was kind of a messy game, it tries to be spooky or whatever but I’m way too old to feel scared of a video game. I liked the text from my “buddy” because it made me feel special that’s about it. Kinda mediocre I guess, easy puzzles and riddles, the battle system is kinda shitty but doesn’t really matter, I hardly ever hit the right buttons and I didn’t die a single time. So yeah, coulda been better, I guess.
Beat LttP today. Luckily, I decided to refill my bombs at the elephant guy's house or I might not have known about the BBW fairy and the silver arrows. Really felt like a big, epic adventure even if the overworld is kind of small.
I can see the DNA of Zelda in Doom and its various clones. I believe Romero has cited Zelda as an inspiration but I can't provide a source.
LttP is great. Too bad games like that don't really exist anymore.
i played that not too long ago myself, I got a 2ds and I felt like it was made for the 3ds or something, because the depth perception is awful, I thought it was more like a tech demo for the 3ds than a real game
>>54207>because the depth perception is awful
Yeah I thought it may have been my monitor but there's people online complaining about that in actual hardware, it's just bad game design
I finished Half-Life 1 recently for the first time, I played it before but I had never finished it because I felt like the quality kept decreasing as the game went on. Over all it was alright, as I said I felt the quality just kept going down over time. I also came to know that back in 2013 valve screwed up the sound in all goldsrc games so it doesn't really handle positional audio as well as it did before, this resulted in having a hard time knowing exactly where things are by their audio cues which was a mild annoyance.
The quality in the reactor with the teleports was just a massive trial-and-error puzzle, you just go through the portals and keep saving and reloading to find out what they all do because some of them lead to instant death traps. But I felt like the quality really took a massive nose-dive once I got to Xen, the maps just felt awfully made, really boring, unfinished. In one map there are friendly vortagaunts but you have no real way to know they are friends, they look exactly the same as the enemies. In another one of the maps on Xen I could just walk off the side of it and walk around the invisible floor that should have had an instant kill trigger on it which solidified my opinion that the whole chapter was rushed/unfinished.
The final boss was pretty awful, I spent a lot of time not really knowing what I was supposed to be doing, and the boss room just added some mechanics that had never been in the game previously, like having a thin layer of water on the floor so you don't take fall damage and destructible map objects that weren't crates or explosive barrels. it's a really dumb boss, just destroy 3 crystals and then empty a bunch of ammo onto it, there's no real indication that it can be harmed by your guns so you just kinda notice that there's nothing else to do and just start shooting at it, after that its head bursts open and you spend some more time shooting at it, but then you realize you need to jump to the highest platform and kinda try to shoot inside it's head, I don't even know, it was just really unintuitive.
After that I finished the game, you have some superficial choice to make where you can either choose to die or enter some random portal, doesn't really make a difference other than entering the portal is faster. With a sour taste left in my mouth by the last chapter it was pretty anti-climactic, honestly I don't see why it is held in such high regard. Sure, if you just play the game for a couple hours you'll think it's awesome, but if you make it to the end you just start to see the cracks. I'd give it like a 7/10, I'm probably gonna play though the spin-offs now, just because I have nothing better to do. Hopefully they're a bit more consistent.
Yeah Xen sucks, but some people like it, weirdly enough. Personally this is where I completely lost interest and it always soured my impression of the game as a whole sadly.
I somewhat enjoyed Opposing Force, although I have almost no recollection of anything in the game, and I played it fairly recently… the only thing I remember are these cheap bullet sponge ninjas. Just like HL1 I got to the end but never felt like finishing it.
Thanks to Half-Life 1, I know that mazes comprised of long, empty corridors with floors that electrocute you are bad level design, especially mazes that cross level boundaries.
I finished both of these expansion now, and I think they are worse than the base game, one more-so than the other.
Blueshift is really short, it's not really too bad, it just doesn't go anywhere, nothing new is added, you go through some fights and get to xen early on, had a lot of nice puzzles I think. Overall not great but not too good either.
Now, Opposing Force, I was a bit disappointed. So it's starts off pretty good like the base Half-life does. There are lots of new enemies and stuff added which are sorta cool but kinda annoying to deal with. It's the end portion once again that it all really falls apart, this time not really in a boring way but just a complete breakdown of the gameplay.
So near the end you get tons
of new alien weapons, it's confusing, they are gimmicky or useless, they come at you so fast and you never find a use for them. After you grab all these stupid useless alien guns you're briefly introduced to a janky grappling mechanic that is used a few times, you almost forget it is there and I often found myself running around not knowing what to do before I noticed there was a grappling node somewhere.
The final chapter is just a complete slog, wave after wave of enemies, it's annoying, it's painful to play through, I wanted a break from the enemies but they just kept coming. There's plenty of health and ammo pickups though, you'll need them. It stopped feeling like a Half-Life game and just some horrible shooter, there was little direction and I felt like I maybe broke the game a few times but it was just the maze-like maps and weird new mechanics making me feel lost. It feels like the developers forgot what they were doing and just threw some poorly planned-out garbage together.
Now the final boss was a bit better than Half-Life, it wasn't confusing but it wasn't really hard at all, a little disappointing but not too bad. Then the game ends, G-Man teleports you back into a helicopter and says something about how he doesn't want witnesses and then you get teleported to a black void, you can stay in this black void forever, I waited for something to happen but didn't seem like anything would, I assume this was just to show you where you character was going to spend his time, some sort of purgatory.
It didn't really age well story-wise, tons of people escaped Black Mesa and G-Man didn't send them to alien prison, doesn't really make sense now. Overall kinda worse than Half-Life, final chapter is awful, tons of stupid useless guns, the whole final segment should have been cut shorter. I'll say it's mediocre.
tbh I think that’s a good thing, I don’t even know what they would do, if they followed how the series seemed to be going, as in each game is sort of a new “story” with Gordon passing through time and space, then I couldn’t imagine what’s next, they kinda drove themselves into a corner and to be honest I felt hl1 and hl2 both copied heavily from quake 2 and quake 4 respectively, each story is incredibly similar, the physics puzzles and stuff were cool and all but a new game would need to be different, definitely, no combine, no black mesa, just something else, maybe even a new protagonist, a new conflict, but just the same gman and strange alien things happening
I am going to be playing (or replaying, played it 10 years ago) half life 2 today, I'll review it as well
I just finished a normal difficulty level playthrough of Kingdom Come Deliverance. I think I can safely say that this is one of my all time favorite games. I finished all the quests besides the romance one and luckily I got the completionist achievement anyway. I'm pretty bummed out that they set up a sequel though. Don't get me wrong, I loved the game and I want more, but I didn't want the sequel to actually be sequential. There's a bunch of history they could have picked and put you in a brand new story to let you repeat the experience of being a nobody who slowly gains power and prestige. I wish they had just neatly wrapped up the story in one game which they easily could have done by just giving Henry his damn sword back.
I think Opfor is tons better than the original, but true enough, the latter part is complete garbage too.
Tunnel railway in HL is enough to give a finger to the whole game.
And what story, really? HL2 have something little going on, but even there the story doesn't really carry the game forward at all.
But… They Hunger -trilogy beats everything! And so does the early outerspace SP-mod, name of which now escapes me.
Finished Half-Life 2 now, and my god, it was just absolutely awful.
Compared to Half-Life 1 the story is just utterly uninteresting, it's bland, there's tons of annoying janky vehicle sections, the combine are boring as a concept, you get the same old weapons except the pistol is now almost useless, the gravity gun is gimmicky and only useful when it gets upgraded in the last chapter, and there is hardly any challenge at all because there's ammo and health everywhere
. I don't understand why this game is praised by anyone, it's just a massive snore fest. I hardly even knew what was going on. Like the world just changed from a cool science lab with an interesting story and believable world, to some boring "resistance" storyline in eastern Europe against some generic oppressive police/aliens.
There is no wonderment in this game at all, I'm pretty sure the "administrator" from the previous game was implied to be the G-man(you see him talking with scientists in the beginning of the game), but now it's some random guy? Retcon? You see the G-man in a few spots in the game and it just doesn't make any sense, I don't see how he fits in the story anymore, who is he? We already know he works for some aliens…. And? I don't understand his motives at all other than just being some entity that adds plot armor to Freeman.
I don't really know what else to say, the game is not even mediocre, it's just completely awful, maybe a 4/10. I could definitely see myself going back to play Half-Life 1 again, but the sequel, 2, is just complete garbage. I really don't think there was a single point in this game where I felt like I was having fun, or where I felt immersed in the world and story, it was a slog through-and-through.
If you never played Half-Life 2, then I would just say don't even bother, pick up the original Half-Life and play that, forget the sequel even exists. It is no wonder Valve couldn't come up with Half-Life 3, the story is just so bad and a dead end, they couldn't possibly expand on it any further.
might as well play the episodes at this point?
Honestly I don't even want to bother after experiencing the absolute mess of a game I just went through, that's how awful it was. I can't see the episodes being any better, likely just more uninteresting "story" to drag my feet through.
Very perplexing that you would feel like that. I thought of it as one of the few objectively great games. Do you actually enjoy any games? Which?
I really liked the gravity gun, especially before it turns into an autokill cannon. Just fun to lob objects at enemies.
I reviewed the other half life games ITT, the old ones are way way waaaaay better than hl2, even with some bad parts, hl2 was just extremely boring and uninteresting, the vehicle sections are probably the worst gameplay experience I ever had, almost forgot to mention as well, hl2 has… invisible walls… yeah, a good indicator of poor map design when you need to put an invisible wall up to make sure the player stays on a linear path or make sure they didn’t use any clever ways to bypass any mechanics>>54331
It’s fun briefly, honestly the gravity gun and the physics “puzzles” feel like some tech demo tier crap, too much showcasing of their tech and too little thought put in to the story
Yeah the puzzles are crap and shouldn't be in the game.
Episode 2 at least has a good reputation, I played it until after the part where you have to repel waves of enemies and thought it was decent. At least it does not take forever to get started like HL2.
They have a couple fun challenges for the episodes. On episode 1, you can get an achievement for only using one bullet in the whole run (you have to shoot a lock at some point early on) and episode 2 has you carry around a garden gnome to a rocket ship in the final area. Those could just make the game more tedious for some, though.
I found the achievment stressful in the the default game, the lamda caches were annoying, not they they were hard to get to but it just felt as tedious as wall humping in doom, and most of the time you don't even need the caches because the game throws enough resources at you anyway
>>54314>outerspace SP-mod, name of which now escapes me
I think its uss darkstar? I'll play through that, it seems interesting
Pretty unique game although the gameplay and at times seemingly nonsensical story might put people off. I spent the first hour or so kind of hating it due to the non-intuitive control scheme - movement is on-rails with a fixed camera and you choose which direction to go when you come to a junction, essentially it's an on-rails shooter with some exploration and puzzles. But after a while I got used to it, it's not too bad unless trying to deal with enemies coming from multiple directions, which only happens a few times throughout the whole game. The gameplay isn't spectacular but it's still pretty satisfying, I think the sound design helps a lot since the guns and enemy death noises are very loud.
Story-wise it was hard to understand at parts and admittedly there were quite a few points I didn't really understand until I looked up discussions of the game explaining things. Even so it was still entertaining to watch it unfold, as the characters are all cool and it manages to be pretty fucked up at times without feeling gratuitous or completely random. The last few chapters were surprisingly depressing.
>No More Heroes 2 Remastered
Went into this not expecting it to be as good as the first game, but even then it was pretty disappointing. I heard the gameplay was the 1 thing other than the music which is arguably better than the 1st but I don't really see it. Levels are far shorter and the game loves to spam respawning enemies to pad out the time, so you'll be fighting for several minutes without moving forward at all at certain points. The worst is 1 level where you fight for 15+ minutes against respawning enemies in a parking lot, it just feels tedious and while the first game had a few sections with respawns it was never as bad as this.
The bosses were slightly improved by removing the stupid superarmor mechanic from the first game, but they made it almost worse IMO because the majority of them spend the whole fight just running away and attacking you from a distance. If the arenas you fight in were smaller this wouldn't be so bad but they're pretty large and so over half the time each battle you're just running trying to approach the boss to get a few hits in before they run away again.
Also they added knockdown for most enemy and boss attacks which I don't recall being in the first game (except for maybe a few special boss attacks), this would be fine except there are basically no i-frames or quick ways of recovery into a dodge, so if an enemy attacks multiple times you're stunlocked. This isn't too big an issue in most battles but there a few boss fights where it's noticeable and it's extremely annoying. The final boss is the most obnoxious case of this, as there's one sequence of attacks he can do which are not only unblockable and hard to dodge due to him teleporting, but it also knocks you down and basically guarantees you've lost over half your health, because you can't recover at all and are stunlocked until he stops attacking.
There are a few other things that are annoying in terms of gameplay(no repeatable assassination missions, finishers feel extremely gimped and very rarely kill multiple enemies like in the first game, part time jobs are the only decent sources of money rather than just being one and done diversions to unlock assination gigs like in the first game) but those are the main ones. In terms of story it was just alright, lacked the charm of the first one and they decided to add some stupid overly long and pointless exposition scenes but besides that it wasn't terrible, Travis was still pretty entertaining. The final sequence was lame though and really sucked compared to the final boss and true final boss of the 1st game.
Despite all my complaints it's not a terrible game overall, just mediocre and it's hard to avoid comparing it to the 1st one.
One thing that made killer 7 less enjoyable to me when I played it was how lacking the sensitivity DS2 anolog sticks are compared to later generations. I played it on my PS3 and was used to the finer precision typical of the generation but ps2 titles just don't code for more sensitive inputs. Which is a problem for a game that puts such a high importance on quick ultra accurate aiming using the sticks.
Have you played the third game? it largely fleshes out an important character introduced in SC (Kevin) as well as other characters like Alan, Scherzad, Tita and her parents, Weissman etc, mostly through vignettes, flashbacks and the likes. The dungeon crawling and battles are also more enjoyable imo, and it gets pretty dark at times. It's more of the same essentially if you will, but in a good way, it would be a shame to skip it, though I understand that you don't feel like burning yourself out right now.
And yeah it is very anime, I mean it is definitely well executed I agree, but without even trying I don't think I could stomach something like the Cold Steel series, although I will probably give the Crossbell duology a try when it gets an official release.
No, I was considering whether to play it or skip to cold steel but if it's as good as you say then I guess I'll play it first.
I was captivated by your post specially because I have a similar experience with FF and DQ games and because endearing and interesting NPCs is a main reason for me liking a game, so when you talked about this series putting so much care into peripheral characters it really made me think this series is for me… until I watched the first 20 minutes of it on youtube.
It's yet another European fantasy land jrpg. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing your post. Thanks for talking about this series btw, I didn't know about it and you really sold it to me, it was a nice read. But man, yet again with the same type environment and mood. Will they ever get tired of it? It seems every time I find out about a potentially nice jrpg it's the European fantasy land or failing that, it's a highschool drama or set in a hightech boring future.
Is there even a single recent jrpg series outside those settings? I remember looking for it a while ago and the only stuff I came up with were fairly old games like Saiyuki, Far East of Eden and a few other outliers.
Metal Max series
Finished replaying Fallout New Vegas. I hadn't played it in about 8 years and never did any of the DLC back then, so playing it with that plus a bunch of mods (from the Viva New Vegas guide) felt like a pretty fresh experience. Early game was a little rough because of the damage formula and loot tweaks the mods mad and because I built a high Int/Charisma character whose only combat skill was guns, but after getting through Primm it wasn't too hard. Side quests were enjoyable, I liked that there usually multiple options on how to handle them. I just wish the distribution of them across factions/areas was better, feels like NCR and their camps have tons of quests compared to everyone else. Main quests were good but kind of fell off after the Tops Casino and confronting Benny IMO. I thought about siding with House or NCR but I just ended up choosing Yes Man again. Besides that I really liked exploring the Vaults and learning the histories of what happened there, like the one with its inhabitants forced to elect someone to sacrifice because a computer told them to or the one with plant people.
The DLCs ranged from good to just okay. Dead Money was the best IMO since it changed things by with forcing you to get new gear and the collar mechanic, even though it was a little grating during the final stretch, and the Villa had a great atmosphere. Honest Hearts was pretty mediocre, Joshua was a cool character but everyone else felt kind of bland and most of it is spent doing fetch quests. Although the terminals with journal entries left in the caves from people who survived the bombs were pretty neat. Old World Blues just felt tedious most of the time, the labs you explore feel pretty samey and the story isn't too interesting until the final conversation with the antagonist. But exploring Higgs Village was pretty neat, that whole area felt really eerie and I was on edge the whole time. Lonesome Road was decent, not quite as tedious as Old World Blues but it's pretty linear and you're mostly just killing a bunch of enemies while occasionally finding a small side-area with some shit to loot or an audio tape. Ulysses didn't annoy me that much but it felt kind of odd to force a pre-established backstory on the player after so much time playing. I liked ED-E's conversations though, they were cute.
Overall really enjoyed my revisit of this game, felt like there was a ton of stuff I missed on my initial playthrough years ago. Might give the original Fallout 1 and 2 a try, I remember not being able to get into the first one many years ago but I've since played a decent amount of crpgs (including Underrail which is supposedly a little similar in gameplay) so maybe I'd have an easier time now.
this. only redeeming part of the game to me was the weapons/combat, which pales in comparison to stuff like deus ex.
I have finished Fire Red (Omega)
really pleasant experience, the sleep moves are really overpowered though, I do not know if that is also true of the regular game but this is incredibly frustrating when trainers summon a plant type and you just know they are going to spam that spore crap that puts your pokemon to sleep for god knows how long. I know there are counters but still there has to be something wrong with their accuracy there.
the lack of the infamous physical/special split is unfortunate, and I'm not sure I want to play another game or hack in the series that doesn't feature that mechanic. I found out very late into my playthrough how it worked there and it's pretty mind boggling. I mean, I can understand for example every fight move and every psychic move being exclusively physical and special respectively, but that shouldn't be the case of fire/water/ice/electric/dark etc moves. Pokebro if you're reading this, what's the general opinion regarding that mechanic among the fanbase? I cannot imagine it not being overwhelmingly positively received.
Pretty enjoyable, played with the FalloutFixt mod to fix some bugs and add some basic QOL stuff like being able to highlight items and containers. I had to restart a few times before getting a character who could actually make it past the radscorpion cave, and even then there was a lot of reloading involved. The combat is a little slow and honestly not that fun outside of the cool gore animations you get with critical hits, and towards the end of the game especially, when you have power armor and are facing supermutants and deathclaws, it's pretty much just a slugfest while waiting for someone to score a critical hit to end the battle.
Outside of the combat being tedious everything else was very good. I thought the time limit would annoy me but it's actually pretty generous and gives plenty of time to do sidequests and make a few detours. And it was pretty refreshing to play an RPG that isn't 50+ hours, I don't know my exact playtime but it was probably in the range of 10-15 hours.
Pretty good stealth game, I love the original Deus Ex and this game reminded me a little of that with all the cool alternate pathways through levels. The game kind of peaked for me during the first assassination mission though, that level felt like it had tons of options and then the ones after just felt smaller and more restrictive in comparison. Maybe it was just the novelty wearing off. I also went nonlethal and there's not many cool options there after getting the first few powers so that was also a bit of a letdown. Still enjoyed the rest of the game regardless, just not as much as that first level. Might check out the DLC in the future.
i was recommended this. subpar story + inaccurate guns spoiled it for me after like 5 hours or so.
I don't know, I think types being one kind of damage across the board is interesting, too, but at the same time a lot of pokemon sucked using their own types before gen 4, or had to stack inaccurate moves like fire blast or hydro pump to remotely be able to take advantage of their type bonus. Personally I can do with or without the change. One thing I really wish they kept in was speed affecting crit rate. Pokemon like persian and scyther and electrode could be a lot of fun because of it.
So I just beat megaman ZX Advent, it is basically the final game in the "Z" series of megaman games, and I gotta say, it was pretty lackluster.
First off, it's an open world metroidvania? but not really, idk. There are only three moments in the entire game where you need to walk somewhere and kind of explore to figure out what to do. These Z games always tried to be like an open world but the execution was just poor every single time.
Now I guess general gameplay, it's pretty mediocre, you got a buster by default and you can morph into any of the bosses(biometals) you've defeated. Occasionally you will need to use a different biometal for some area to make it through easier, some early places just force you to use a certain biometal to justify it's existence. Basically you use the water biometal in the water, the air biometal when you need to jump around, the fire biometal when you needa kill a boss that has no i-frames, and then the ZX biometal for everything else. Default "A" biometal you start with kinda sucks so you mostly wont be using it.
Finalboss/boss rush, awful, you face the 8 easy bosses again, then you go to the big bad guys room, he has two forms, first form you just put on your fire biometal and spam your two busters at it until it dies, don't bother even dodging anything it takes like 30 seconds to die. Second form, gimmicky, you need to use your default biometal's special attack to destroy the shields(this special attack has been pretty useless the entire game), attacks are over-telegraphed so basically you wont get hit if you are paying the littlest attention. Once the shields are down you put on the ZX biometal once again and just shred the last boss in less than 10 seconds.
side not here, not too important but the voice acting for Vent (the previous games MC) is awful, it totally ruins the mood, every other voice actor sounds fine, but then the guy who is supposed to be super powerful sounds like a 16 year old with a mild speech impediment… ugh
Anyway, really really underwhelming, I know this game is supposed to be for older kids/early teens but it is way too easy and the story just felt really disconnected from the megaman series. I'm gonna give it like a 6/10.
Deltarune looks fun and the deer is super cute but man I just can’t get invested after undertale.
Just did my Hardcore playthrough of REVillage, its a pretty alright game, i certainly like it more than 7 but im thinking on trying to go back to that game and do the rest of the difficulties, i fucking hated mother miranda's boss tho, her spider form is annoying as shit.
Time for VOS and mercenaries
I've played and talked about Circle of the Moon here in late 2018, I found the game ok but not great, it's just that I prefer the old style over the Metroidvania structure of the games since Symphony. To its credit though it is definitely more challenging than the other GBA entries and SOTN.
The regular mode is not very generous with its card drop rate is it? I played it normally, without farming or anything and in the end I only got like three or four of the damn things.
why is it so short?
Haven't posted here in a while but I finished a bunch of games so here's nothing
I thought it was pretty good, they managed to keep the mechanics of the original games but with an amazing level of detail, the game is as easy as you make it, if you want it to hold your hand and not do any of thinking you can do it, if I wanna point something negative I'd say it's pretty short, and autosaves make some missions trivial.
>Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
It's great, of course not as polished as the reboot but really ambitious for its time. It does show its age though, the artificial intelligence is awful, and it has a few QOL details that you miss if you played latter games, being able to sneak faster than a crippled slug, for example.
I can't believe it, a new fucking 2d metroid, well not really 2d but you know what I mean. I thought it was really good too, nice level design, creative bosses, fun puzzles. What I don't like is the 'parry' mechanic, it's just glorified QTEs, some bosses have it and missing them can easily kill you, really wished they wouldn't have done that. If I had to compare it with previous games I'd put it on the same level as Fusion, below ZM and Super, byt definitely a solid game, I hope they keep making these
>Resident Evil: Revelations 2
It was good, came out at the worst Resident Evil era (between 5 and 6) and it's easily better than those 2. The companions are not as annoying as those games, gunplay is fine, the weapon upgrade system is decent but I felt like it could've been better, of course it's not survival horror, but it's a decent third person shooter. The pc port is god awful, thought, terrible framerates, bugs, missing stuff. It's ridiculous but I played it on the same computer I played RE8 and it works much worse.
It's not shorter than other 2d metroid games
Forgot one>Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
It's pretty mediocre,gameplay is fine but too simple, level design is repetitive as fuck, duplicate rooms everywhere and just not very interesting, music ranges from great to completely forgettable, platforming sucks ass, it's probably the worst 3d platforming I've ever played. Graphics are fine for a ps2 game and the art style is good, it's the same as SotN.
All in all pretty forgettable, maybe that's why I didn't include it in my first post.
>>55187>It's great, of course not as polished as the reboot but really ambitious for its time.
Haven't really played the reboot, but not as polished? How is that even possible, because Silent Assasin is extremely polished, with perfect, smooth controls and no bugs to speakof, especially compared to the original and Contracts.
>>55190>Silent Assasin is extremely polished, with perfect, smooth controls and no bugs to speakof
I encountered several bugs, like characters T-posing not doing anything, disappearing items, guards that don't detect you even if you're not wearing a disguise, objective kills counting for the dead count, characters stuck in walls, characters seeing you through walls.
did you like sotn?
Yeah I like both the classic and metroid style castlevanias.
please respond. banana mania got positive reviews, is it that bad?