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post #9951 of 11188
I have beat all four Souls games and Bloodborne; I enjoy them quite a bit. But they do have frustrating elements. I actually think Nioh is the best version of the formula, as it has tighter combat and no real backtracking. It is more accessible, without the combat being any easier.
post #9952 of 11188
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Originally Posted by COULD432 View Post

I have beat all four Souls games and Bloodborne; I enjoy them quite a bit. But they do have frustrating elements. I actually think Nioh is the best version of the formula, as it has tighter combat and no real backtracking. It is more accessible, without the combat being any easier.

Yeah, Nioh is a great take on the formula; its its own thing as well, with enough variations in gameplay mechanics to be and feel different.

Its actually a pretty great intro to the genre; I'd say go Nioh, Bloodborne, then any Souls game.

 

Also, any word on The Surge? It looks like a lesser copy of Souls with a techpunk look, but i havent heard much about its quality.

post #9953 of 11188
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.....  its never a qeustion of equipment or even level, but pure skill, learning from your mistake and developing a feel/style in-game.*

 

 

Ah yes ... "pure skill."  Because there is nothing in gaming that says "pure skill" like having to clear trash mobs repeatedly to farm for consumables and re-reach a boss because there are no save points anywhere close to the boss's spawn.  

 

"Pure skill" in that situation sounds like a synonym for "capacity for tedious repetition and tons of spare time."   And don't tell me about shortcuts opening up near the boss; you still have to farm for blood vials and go buy them in an area that you have to pass through three loading screens to access (I gave bloodborne another try and was shocked to discover that the only "merchant" in the whole fucking game is the one hidden behind multiple load screens in Hunter's Dream).  

post #9954 of 11188
Multiple load screens?

They way you describe it makes it sound like you see more than the two that are there. You load into the Hunter's Dream, then you buy the stuff and load back into the main world. Though I agree that their blood vial system is perhaps the part of the game that needs the most improvement. They should have implemented something like the Estus Flasks from Dark Souls here, where every time you save your healing items recharge a preset amount of uses.
post #9955 of 11188
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Originally Posted by Tim K View Post

Multiple load screens?

They way you describe it makes it sound like you see more than the two that are there. You load into the Hunter's Dream, then you buy the stuff and load back into the main world. Though I agree that their blood vial system is perhaps the part of the game that needs the most improvement. They should have implemented something like the Estus Flasks from Dark Souls here, where every time you save your healing items recharge a preset amount of uses.

 

1.)You die to boss, you sit through a reload of the entire world.

2.)You reload, then you go to hunter's dream.  Which requires a load.

3.)You buy your new blood vials, then you go back to the regular world.  This requires a reload of the entire world.

 

The gameplay, graphics, and general mood/setting are EXACTLY what I am looking for.  But the first area appears designed to make you quit the game.  

post #9956 of 11188
The nerd in me wants to quibble by pointing out the fact that dying to a boss makes you lose all of your blood echoes (souls) and therefore you'd be wasting your time heading back to the hunter's dream to go to the merchant since you'll have no currency to buy anything.

However I can fully understand that the repetitive nature of the game isn't your thing. For some reason it doesn't bother me at all. I think it's because I love puzzle games and I love third person action adventure games and for me the From Software Souls series of games somehow scratches both those itches. I think it's because for me there is something akin to puzzling solving in the method I approach these games. I spend a lot of time looking for all the ambushes and traps, figuring out what strategy works best on each enemy type, and then using all of this information to map the best route through each of the game's areas.
post #9957 of 11188
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Normally, I'd say I'm too old to spend time memorizing levels and enemy spawns, but the Megaman games are all relatively short. I'm going to make it a life goal to at least beat Megaman 2.

I was never good at the Megaman games, but at PAX one of the concert performances was a band playing the game's music while a guy did a speedrun of MM2. It was like 20-25 minutes I think.
post #9958 of 11188

Scanning through my library of PS4 games and was surprised to see GTA: Vice City. I'd completely forgotten that I impulse purchased a GTA bundle months and months ago on sale (GTA 3, Vice City, & San Andreas). I remembered that a.) I loved Vice City back in the day, and b.) pretty sure Vice City was the only GTA I ever got to near 100% completion on.

 

Started it up and it was 2002/2003 all over again. Sooo much fun.

 

 

 

And then I remembered that since then, I moved in with my girlfriend, got married, and had two kids. And then I got up to mix myself a stiff drink and kept playing.


Edited by neil spurn - 5/5/17 at 7:09am
post #9959 of 11188
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Prey - Imagine if Irrational had gotten around to making a BioShock in space...says some random dumbass at Best Buy last night in describing this game. Console ports are okay but just so rough around the edges and I didn't see any extra love for PS4 Pro users. PC is where it's at with this game. No crashes, no glitches, and everything just works. Can't really say much without spoiling the experience but this is an amazing game after having spent the past 5 hours with it.

Telltale's Guardian's of the Galaxy - What the hell are they doing with this game? Is it based on the movies because it looks like it's based on the movies, but written as if it comes from the comic series. Nolan North nails Rocket. Whoever they got to do Drax did well. Gamora is so so. Groot became annoying after a couple of times. Starlord is lacking in charm and humor, what the hell. Very action (qte-centric) packed vs other Telltale stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if Telltale used this format for a Nu-Trek series. Curious to see where they go with this, it's not bad. Not sure what the fuck Klepek is smoking because this mechanically was not as fucked up when compared to My Face is Tired Effect: Andromeda.

Max Curse of the Brotherhood - This is how fucked up my backlog is. Took me how many years to get around to an Xbox One launch title? I'm digging this so far and I'm kind of impressed with what they pulled off visually using the Unity engine. None of the performance problems you'd see with current platformers.

Overwatch/Mario Kart are also heavy in my rotation this past week.
post #9960 of 11188
I've never played any of the Dark Souls games. I picked up Bloodborne and never finished it because I didn't have the time to invest. I made it a bit past the Werewolf boss, but after that the game. Ever really drew me back in.

As a kid I never really had too much trouble with the Mega Man games. I found the first Castlevania game to be the biggest challenge, especially fighting the Grim Reaper.

The hardest Castlevania, by faris the Castlevania: The Adventure, for Gameboy. The controls in that game are the WORST.

But my greatest hard game achievements to this day are still Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 3.
post #9961 of 11188
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The hardest Castlevania, by faris the Castlevania: The Adventure, for Gameboy. The controls in that game are the WORST.
 

 

I remember that game.  A seriously anticlimactic final fight and traps that were so brutally unforgiving that you often did not have a pixel to spare.  There are jump traps where your character has to have walked past the edge and one pixel of your back foot is still on the ledge or you'll come up short. 

post #9962 of 11188
Just renewed my PS Plus since Injustice 2 is around the corner. Got Abzu as the months free game.

Just started Gravity Rush 2 since there is a Golden Week sale going for Japanese games, and I grabbed it on PSPlus discount for $35. So far so far good. Its giving me a slight Okami vibe, in that it has an aloof, serene feeling. The combat is not too hard but is enjoyable, just like Okami. Its an open world-ish, rpg-ish action game, just like Okami. It has an attractive and not overly busy designed, kinda not really cel shaded art style, just like Okami. Everyone speaks in a Japanesey gibberish, just like Okami.

Man I miss Okami. Stoopid Capcom.
post #9963 of 11188
Prey looks kinda interesting. To those who have played it, does it lean more towards action or is it basically a survival horror?
post #9964 of 11188
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Originally Posted by Disciple_72 View Post

Prey looks kinda interesting. To those who have played it, does it lean more towards action or is it basically a survival horror?

Probably a bit more towarda Survival Horror, but with a decent amount of action.
post #9965 of 11188
Thread Starter 
I wouldn't even call it horror. Survival Action in a sci-fi space. Or maybe I'm dead inside and video game scares mean nothing to me. I don't know, I'm not a little bitch. (I'm probably dead inside.)

20 hours later I finished it. Still digesting it and how it all wrapped up. There's a lot of stuff to explore in the game. A few times where I patted myself on the back for being so smrt and sneaking through doorways or hopping fences. The action stuff wasn't entirely great or satisfying. And fuck the last act of the game for dumping infinite respawning enemies on you sucking up all your resources, with no way of directly taking out the spawners.

I dug the puzzles and mission design. No direct hand holding or coddling. It has some great moments where you make these crazy decisions or opting into side missions that pop up.

Very well made and interesting exploring the space station, but it didn't blow me away narratively like Dishonored 2. I doubt I would immediately go back for a second playthrough compared to Dishonored 2's dual protagonist approach like I did last year.

My take: redbox this shit and no life it for a weekend.
post #9966 of 11188
Yeah, i would definitely say rent it. The combat isn't really good enough for the amount there is in the game (even if it has much less than your typical blockbuster game).
post #9967 of 11188

The Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels expansion is out, seems good so far. It doesn't have the graphical wow factor of new weather like Blizzard Mountain, but it has plenty of gameplay stuff going on, and a decent amount of new landmass.

post #9968 of 11188
I've been dusting off Injustice in anticipation of Injustice 2 Tuesday. Even preordered it.

Who's playing on PS4? My PSN ID is Loki-Goat.
post #9969 of 11188
I've got Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition on pre-order and ready to play at 9pm next Monday. My hype levels are through the roof. Although ,it was hard explaining to my wife why it cost $100.

Loved the first one and with the new gear system in this one looks even better.

Xbox gamer tag: adamclane99
post #9970 of 11188

Apparently TRANSISTOR is the best goddamn game of the 2010s and nobody told me. 

 

My mind is blown.

post #9971 of 11188
I'll be PS4ing Injustice for sure.
post #9972 of 11188
Finished up Mass Effect Andromeda, honestly it was the first in the series that I did not feel the need to complete every side quest. A good game for sure, but something wasn't there for me. Having found out that the series is now on hold is a huge letdown as I do want to see where Bioware would go in the sequel.
Onto Sniper Elite 4, my first time playing any of the series. So far I'm really enjoying it. Shutting off the X-ray cam was a must. The little things like winging a Nazi, and having his fellow soldiers try to carry him to cover just make it that much more fun.
post #9973 of 11188
But, seeing a nazi's testicles explode from the inside ala Mortal Kombat is one of the sweet joys in life.
post #9974 of 11188
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But, seeing a nazi's testicles explode from the inside ala Mortal Kombat is one of the sweet joys in life.

That is true....
post #9975 of 11188
I'm enjoying Little Nightmares, but so far I liked INSIDE better.

I played the Hot Wheels expansion and it's ridiculously fun.
post #9976 of 11188
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That is true....

So will you re-enable Xray cam? Why did you disable it anyway? Too gross?
post #9977 of 11188

Anyone play Shovel Knight? I should really get into my backlog, but it looks interesting for the Switch, to play on slow days at work. Is the Treasure Trove edition worth the $24 or whatever on the Nintendo Shop?

post #9978 of 11188
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I like the base game but found the dlc repetitive and lazy. Wish I didn't buy the gigantor edition on the Switch.

Forza Horizon Hot Wheels - Pretty god damned awesome. Actually no lifed it and finished it all this weekend. I wish there were more hot wheels themed cars in the stable to play with. Great fun stuff.

Bayonetta - Think I'm halfway through the campaign; fingers crossed they'll port over the sequel now that they've announced Vanquish is getting some love.

Telltale's Walking Dead S1-S2 - Seeing as my save file from the 360 playthroughs is fucking useless for the New Frontier on xbone I restarted last week. Catty Clementine is the best Clementine. So fucking ruthless; Kenny seemed alright with how I fucked up his girl. I still couldn't do it though when it came to that Ep5 choice to pull the trigger. On to New Frontier now.
post #9979 of 11188
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Originally Posted by D.T. View Post

Anyone play Shovel Knight? I should really get into my backlog, but it looks interesting for the Switch, to play on slow days at work. Is the Treasure Trove edition worth the $24 or whatever on the Nintendo Shop?

Buy it! I have Shovel Knight for 3DS. It's a great platformer. All the boss fights are super fun.
post #9980 of 11188
The never ending story of me playing ARK continues.
 
Well, it took almost a couple of weeks of grinding and beating the EOG bosses a couple of times to learn the engrams so I could build this. Never mind getting the resources. Nevertheless, here is my underwater tech base. 
 

 

 

 

post #9981 of 11188
Playing Injustice 2. The gameplay is great, but I'm really tired of Superman being such a dick in every non-comics media he appears in. It's the antithesis of a novel approach at this point, and I miss the good guy.
post #9982 of 11188

Pop cultural superhero zeitgeist lags behind the comics by a fair margin, so I guess movies and video games are in their Batman beats Superman porn phase. I'm as sick of Saint Batman as I am Evil Superman at this point.

post #9983 of 11188
Enjoying the hell out Injustice 2. Between the wealth of modes and playing dress up with my DC characters, I'm having an absolute blast.

Even if you don't care for the story you can always hop into the ever changing Multiverse mode.
post #9984 of 11188
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Originally Posted by CD Underbelly View Post

So will you re-enable Xray cam? Why did you disable it anyway? Too gross?

No I doubt I will..I disabled it, along with the bullet cam only because I felt it was taking too long.... I'm an inpatient stealth gamer I guess.
All said though I am having a blast with the game.
Anyone have an opinion about the most recent, and seemingly last Hitman? I may check it out next
post #9985 of 11188

Superman's douchiness is a minor quibble when put in contrast with the stellar graphics and excellent gameplay. I binged on the story, so it was foremost on my mind when I posted.

post #9986 of 11188
Whether it's learning new characters through the combo system or giving them some sweet new gear, this game is damn addicting.

I'm playing characters I normally couldn't give two shits about just because learning their combos and giving them new gears/colors is so rewarding. I'm looking at you Black Canary and Gorilla Grodd.
post #9987 of 11188
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Originally Posted by WasteofTape View Post

Anyone have an opinion about the most recent, and seemingly last Hitman? I may check it out next

I haven't played Hitman yet mainly because a game series that's all about plotting murder and doesn't even try to hide the fact doesn't really appeal to me. However with that said pretty much all the reviewers I tend to go to when choosing games have said it is hands down the best Hitman game in the entire franchise, so I don't think you'll regret the purchase.
Edited by Tim K - 5/16/17 at 10:51am
post #9988 of 11188
Injustice 2 Superman is the tyrannical Earth 2 Superman. Earth 1 boy scout Superman still exists. I've only just started the story, so I don't know if good Supes or any other Earth 1 characters show up.

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Anyone have an opinion about the most recent, and seemingly last Hitman? I may check it out next

I was all set to get the latest Hitman ala carte last year during Black Friday, but then I learned about it being a single player game that requires a constant online connection for pretty much everything. Saving progress, earning unlocks, etc. I'm sure its a fine playing game, but fuck that noise.

If your isp or the game's server drops out, you get booted to the menu, and have to wait to reconnect to load your save back up. Ahahahahahaha no.
Edited by CD Underbelly - 5/16/17 at 7:48pm
post #9989 of 11188
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Originally Posted by CD Underbelly View Post

Injustice 2 Superman is the tyrannical Earth 2 Superman. Earth 1 boy scout Superman still exists. I've only just started the story, so I don't know if good Supes or any other Earth 1 characters show up.
I was all set to get the latest Hitman ala carte last year during Black Friday, but then I learned about it being a single player game that requires a constant online connection for pretty much everything. Saving progress, earning unlocks, etc. I'm sure its a fine playing game, but fuck that noise.

If your isp or the game's server drops out, you get booted to the menu, and have to wait to reconnect to load your save back up. Ahahahahahaha no.

I understand he's not "the" Superman. I'll refrain from further comment for fear of spoiling anything.
post #9990 of 11188
Has anyone here played the Surge yet?

It's a distopian sci-fi Dark Souls clone from the developers of Lords of the Fallen. I've been seeing people on the video game sites I visit praising it and criticizing it in equal measure which has me debating about paying full price or waiting until I can find it in a used bin for $20.
post #9991 of 11188

I loved the first Injustice, but 100.00 for the full game of Injustice 2 sets off my price-gouge alarm bells.

post #9992 of 11188
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Originally Posted by Overlord View Post

I loved the first Injustice, but 100.00 for the full game of Injustice 2 sets off my price-gouge alarm bells.


 



Huh, its $60. You mean the $40 season pass? Meh, just do what I'm doing, wait until all the extra characters are revealed first and see if you even want to get any of them before committing to all of them, then just get the ones you want and ignore the rest. I could give a shit about Sub-Zero and Raiden, unless the rumor is true that those shadows are placeholder and the Raiden one is a troll.
post #9993 of 11188

I got Gears 4 for 24 bucks this week and man, it's a ton of fun.  

 

Downloaded Phantom Dust because I never played it, and it's free.  I'll jump on it after Gears.

post #9994 of 11188

Had a good time with Guild Of Dungeoneering today (which is currently free to try and heavily discounted on Steam - but only for the next 24 hours!). For those that haven't played it, it's largely a card game where you use random map cards to build a dungeon (laying down the rooms, treasure and monsters) and watch as a computer-controlled dungeoneer makes his way through the rooms (usually to complete a set objective such as defeating a boss or killing x number of monsters). During combat you get a hand of attack cards based on your equipment and have to simply outplay the opponent's card choices. 

 

It's pretty simple and obviously relies a lot on RNG but it has a wonderful soundtrack where some dude sings about your achievements (and failures) as the game progresses, and has really addicting "oh, just one more go...." gameplay. Definitely worth trying out whilst it's free if you haven't already.

 

Nice 'hand drawn' art style too.

 

post #9995 of 11188
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

Had a good time with Guild Of Dungeoneering today (which is currently free to try and heavily discounted on Steam - but only for the next 24 hours!). For those that haven't played it, it's largely a card game where you use random map cards to build a dungeon (laying down the rooms, treasure and monsters) and watch as a computer-controlled dungeoneer makes his way through the rooms (usually to complete a set objective such as defeating a boss or killing x number of monsters). During combat you get a hand of attack cards based on your equipment and have to simply outplay the opponent's card choices. 

 

It's pretty simple and obviously relies a lot on RNG but it has a wonderful soundtrack where some dude sings about your achievements (and failures) as the game progresses, and has really addicting "oh, just one more go...." gameplay. Definitely worth trying out whilst it's free if you haven't already.

 

Nice 'hand drawn' art style too.

 

So that's why I didn't see you on ESO today.  I feel cheated on!

 

 

 

Full disclosure: I was only on for like 10 minutes before family stuff came up.

post #9996 of 11188
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Originally Posted by Overlord View Post

I loved the first Injustice, but 100.00 for the full game of Injustice 2 sets off my price-gouge alarm bells.

I bought the not special edition for fifty (through Amazon Prime). It is easily as content stacked as any fighting game I've ever seen. All I got was Darkseid for my preorder, and I expect I'll be unlocking shit in this game literally for years. Don't worry about the super edition.

Darkseid might be worth getting though. He's pretty fun.
post #9997 of 11188
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Originally Posted by Dalyn View Post
 

So that's why I didn't see you on ESO today.  I feel cheated on!

 

Full disclosure: I was only on for like 10 minutes before family stuff came up.

 

Sorry, I hope to be on tomorrow at some point! 

post #9998 of 11188
Aw man. No need to apologise. Like I said i was o for like 10 minutes today.
post #9999 of 11188

Still playing NieR: Automata and Persona 5. You and your Horizon Dawns and Mass Effects can run along now since you'll never be this good.

post #10000 of 11188
The gear system pretty much breaks the game while playing against other people in Injustice 2, unless both players agree to turn it off. Or if you play nothing but Ranked where it's the only mode where gear is off by default. Some of the moves and attributes you can equip are just straight bullshit. Its exactly what I feared would happen.
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