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Re: What video games are you playing at the moment?
« Reply #555 on: October 28, 2018, 09:26:51 AM »
Oh man, Red Dead Redemption 2 is just killing it.

Like, everything you do matters. Little decisions you make on one side of the map during a random side mission creep up again during another random side mission. Characters remember you for the little things you say or do. It's crazy.

Even the people milling about your camp. They'll go into some line as you walk by, that at first you think is just going to be some sound bite that you're going to be real tired of come the end of the game, but instead it turns into a whole conversation about something you or another character just did. It's crazy detailed this game. Really feels like a living world, and not just a video game world dressed up like one.

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Re: What video games are you playing at the moment?
« Reply #556 on: October 30, 2018, 05:32:33 PM »
My roommates and I are playing through most of Kingdom Hearts in preparation for the release of KH3 this January.

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Re: What video games are you playing at the moment?
« Reply #557 on: November 01, 2018, 09:11:43 PM »
Beat Shadow Of The Tomb Raider after on and off play.

You know, the game was pretty fun. I have my issues with the story and how Lara felt unconnectable as a character in this game as she turns into Rambo and becomes a stealthy murdering machine, but I can't deny how enjoyable it felt. It looks amazing, the environments are excellent and the story keeps you going. It has some puzzles and some of the tomb sections where quite remarkably especially late game. There are all the optional tombs and little side quests that I kind of ignored, so I only finished the game with about 50% completion! It's amazing how great the game looks, but it plays a little wacky at times. The close quarters combat is awful and I wish there was better melee in the game. The focus is on stealth but any of the combat in small spaces was a little annoying. The final boss fight was messy and kind of...poorly done.

There are good moments in the combat, and though some of the platforming can be wack, it feels good when you get going. Though the game can be too easy at times on normal difficultly, it really leads you along at times, even going as far as to help you ahead a bit if you die. Seeing as I've never played a Tomb Raider game before the 2013 one I can't compare to anything but I find these games to be fun action adventure titles with some great set pieces and fun. This is a good $20-30 game, one to get used for cheap rather than full price. It gives you a cool world to play in but there was a few problems I had with the characterization and combat. I feel Lara's character in the game has a strong disconnect from her killing machine actions. Still worth the play, just should've waited to pay less that's really all.
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Re: What video games are you playing at the moment?
« Reply #558 on: November 04, 2018, 05:28:25 PM »
So I started playing Tomb Raider Underworld and thought I would be making a great post about the game after presumably beating it today. I figured it was a really great game and though buggy at times it proved to be a great challenge with legitmently great and clever level design and super hard but rewarding to figure out puzzles and platforming. 

Than came the Southern Mexico level. At first it was fine, the rainy mood was great and set a fantastic atmosphere. The bike was tough and the gate was a little annoying but it all went good. Then came the four stones. Very hard but with a walkthrough, which I didn't want to use too much, it proved to be challenging but cool. I thought alright this is very hard but do-able. Then came the blue water part. Hard but if you use a walkthrough you can do everything.

THEN came the final swing.

Now I haven't played a lot of hard video games since the PS1 era. Sure enough I just kind of stopped playing games that where too hard, and even ones like Halo Reach and Halo 4 that I solo'ed legendary I just used videos to help speed run, and Halo CE Anniversary solo legendary I got through with the infinite ammo skull for endless grenade spam. After Driver 2, the hardest game I've ever beaten, I never really moved on to something even more challenging. But this final swing is the most ridiculous and fundamentally broken thing I have come across in forever. It's insane, it's meant to make you fail. It's basically impossible unless you do every single movement correct. It's beyond explaining how it made it to the final game, it's so fricking hard I was ready to smash my controller in half everytime I died.

I don't know if I'll ever get past it but I'll keep trying. It's just crazy how the game went from so good on the Costal Thailand level to a complete and utter BS festival. I was really enjoying the game until the blue water part and this last swing is just stupid. I ordered the first 3 games, which I feel might have been a mistake. I kind of forgot there was no analog sticks at the time so the movement will be next to impossible. But I wanted to play the old games after beating the new one. and Underworld was doing great for me until this part. I hope I can pass it because I have been really liking the game otherwise.
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Re: What video games are you playing at the moment?
« Reply #559 on: November 04, 2018, 10:23:20 PM »
I jumped into Love Ribbon for that sweet yuri wincest, not expecting for the characters to be hit with real-world consequences once everyone found out that they were more than just sisters. I quite enjoy VN's like that.

I played Wolf Tails after that. I was promised wolf girl action. I got wolf girl action. No complaints there.

fault: milestones 1 & 2 were some great feels-trips. Kinda slow-paced but the payoff was always worth it. The main heroine underwent some sort of dynastic ritual where the knowledge of all of the previous lords of her kingdom is zapped into her brain (for lack of a better way to put it). One of those lords was a particularly infamous queen in her kingdom's history, known for being both ruthless and heartless, but ultimately empowering her nation because of it. The consciousness of that particular queen takes over the main heroine for a while and the result is entertaining as hell.

Red Dead Redemption 2. It's pretty fun. Not a fan of some of the design choices. Having to wait for your horse in real-time is a bore. I appreciate the detail of the skinning animations, but when the animation glitched out once, Arthur just went ahead and yanked the skin right off a deer. It just kinda made me wish the animations were actually like that, quick and easy. Watching him skin a bear realistically is cool, but I don't appreciate having to wait for a lengthy animation to wrap up what the game can clearly do in two seconds. Kinda wish Arthur didn't just automatically put his guns away during long trips too. Re-arming every time is kinda tedious. It does give you a wonderful sense of panic when you're ambushed by a few thugs and realize you don't have your repeater because your horse darted off at the first sound of gunfire though.

It's hard to wear whatever you want when you want because there's apparently a "too hot/too cold" mechanic. Again, great attention to detail. Just tedious and annoying when you want to play Red Dead Fashion 2. Overall, fantastic game. Graphics are insanely good too. The lighting, weather effects, and texture work in particular are gorgeous. Bethesda usually advertises the hell out of their super special GOD RAYS (IT JUST WORKS!), but the volumetric lighting in RDR2 is some of the best I've seen in an open world game. Sunshafts piercing through trees will have this thick, flowy veil of fog sometimes. During the night, it looks especially spooky when you're walking through a forest.

Playing Red Wars in Mount and Blade Warband. I initially ended up joining the Swazi Reich to fight against the filthy communist menace, but my commander got all of us either killed or imprisoned. So I said balls to him and went full Big Boss, taking over a fortress on the island to the northeast of the Not-United-States faction. We've only got a few hundred men right now, but we're starting to take the fight to the socialist/communist factions. Then I'll get revenge on the Swazi Reich.