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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: January 18, 2019, 05:03:59 AM »
Bladeforce, Crowrun, meet...

Nightjack! :badbone:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:40:13 PM »
AC2 was my favorite, easily. Ezio is a great character with an interesting arc.

Yeah, I didn't stop playing because it wasn't good or anything, I think it just got lost in the shuffle. Maybe I'll revisit it.

Historically, Ubisoft has spat out mainline AC games once per year. But they took 2 years to make Origins, which was a step in the right direction from everything that I've heard, providing a much-needed refresh for the same old tired mechanics. Odyssey came out just 1 year later, and seems to suffer from a quantity:quality problem.

I didn't even know a lot of the sub-titled ones over the past few years were still mainline games until Origins because they started coming out so fast and furious after IV that I initially thought they were DLC or spinoffs. So, there's an argument for the number system! They certainly can't just call one "Assassin's Creed" any time soon, until they kill this goose and revive years later.

About Odyssey, it seems to be a mere copy of Origins, I probably won't buy it and wait to see what the next one will be about.

You and Walter have me refocused on Origins now as a potential reentry point. I'll wait until it's a bargain though because I have plenty to play already.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:04:52 PM »
Spider-Man: Far From Home, with two teaser trailers, one "international," with different enough footage to both be worth watching:

I liked the first movie alright enough, but I still think Spidey's best turn in the MCU, and maybe ever in live action, was Civil War.

Live action Spider-Rankings:

Spider-Man 2
Civil War
The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man 3
The Amazing Spider-Man 2

BTW, I consider Venom like the third movie or spinoff of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, not the current iteration; the Toms, Holland and Hardy, should never meet! It would be funny if Sony embraced this and had Garfield, and even Maguire, show back up to setup live-action Spider-Verse to retroactively validate their mess and potentially keep them from directly tainting the MCU, if not that particular Spider-Man, "He's from a different (cinematic) universe." =)

Looks like someone already, uhh, executed this idea:


Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 15, 2019, 03:56:45 PM »
There are better ways to denote a good starting point, spinoff, or subseries that newcomers can hop in from. Like using a subtitle, similar to what Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time or (looks at previous post) Divinity: Original Sin did, both of which were effectively reboots of their respective franchises. Recycling the franchise name as the sole title to me just comes across as a tad pretentious, likely to sow confusion, and pointless overall, since people are just going to designate different labels on them to avoid the second point, so what are they hoping to accomplish? Not to mention, where do you go with the titling from there? What's the inevitable sequel to God of Four going to be called? God of War 2? It's bad enough Hitman is doing that shit.

Concerning Assassin's Creed, I'd say you're not really missing much. I played the second one around the time of its release, and wasn't impressed then. And since it's one of the most widely-praised in the series, that doesn't bode well for the rest.
It doesn't make any sense for, say, a database, or an archivist's shelf. But it makes perfect sense from a business perspective. It's a marketing decision that definitively signals players can jump on without all the cumulative sequel baggage that Griff just described.

Yep, and while I agree subtitles are better than numbered sequels, they can still leave things muddled in the long run, especially for the uninitiated. My point precisely is I don't want to be awash in a slew of sequels, spinoffs, and side quests while having no idea which is which, and which is important or preeminent, versus something only a hardcore fan could love. When you drop all that shit and bestow it the series title period, pretension fully intended, you're telling me you've got the goods and, "THIS IS THE FLAGSHIP, BABY!" :badbone:

Look at DOOM (2016 :iva:) for a recent example. Would that have been better off as DooM 4? Or Doom Eternal? But yeah, it used to bug me from that historian's perspective Walter alluded to, but for immediate practical purposes I've come to appreciate it.

As for the Assassin's Creed debate, I tried 2 and 4 but didn't get far in either. I heard a lot of good buzz around Origins, and especially Odyssey, which is probably what I would try if I gave it another chance... until the next one, since they seemingly come out more regularly than the latest yearly sports games. =) That's a problem, it just seems like an assembly line franchise at this point. I'm looking for "special" here and by definition these are not (counting handheld/mobile and all that shit it's been 21 AC games in 12 years, almost 2 games per year... yeesh).

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:09:00 AM »
"Finished" the RE2 30min demo. Good stuff! I got as far as the lickers, then time ran out. Seems pretty promising, and it makes me feel positive about Capcom. I mean, if they're going to return to the well, at least I can't really complain about it being this particular well of nostalgia.  :daiba:

Yep, I've had reservations that this might be tired or coming a bit late, yet I knew exactly what to expect, it was exactly that, and I wasn't at all disappointed! The flashlight sequences and quiet moments of dread were especially effective. Also a bit of a dream game for me since RE4, and it looks like they've realized it with gusto. Looking forward to my next 30 minute demo on PC where I'll be trying my best to skip through. I don't really get the point of the 30 minute limit though; I wasn't going to get tired of it or get my fill just replaying the demo forever, and I'd be more likely to get amped up for the game if I could replay the demo again, especially after the game's available (trying to funnel me to a purchase page when I know I can't play it anyway = ineffective). I guess I get the psychology of what they're going for, don't give us a chance to lose interest, but I don't think it's necessary to make us desperate or, like, trick us into an impulse purchase.

Oh, and I got my Left Behind refund after a bit of trouble initiating the whole thing (basically had to call or chat with an agent; can't make it TOO easy =), but they didn't give me any trouble.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:41:50 PM »
The PS4 version (Last Of Us Remastered) includes the DLC you just bought  :sad: You might want to try a refund while you can.

Oh shit, thanks for the head's up, hope I can even do that. That's so confusing because they sold both separately on the PS Store. :shrug:

Whoa, look at that little guy up there! :guts:

:ganishka: man this is going to be a long road... I haven't touched the game since beating that boss either.

C'mon duder, git gud again. :daiba:

I'd bet 2 would still hold up pretty well. But it's true that open-world games have progressed significantly since 2009.

It's just hard for it to have the same impact it did and not feel like some lesser version of an imitation I've already played, especially in such an oft-imitated genre that keeps evolving like that. I'm not even sure I'll dig Uncharted because I already played the Tomb Raider knockoffs. It really has to be something so unique to last beyond initial exposure.

The problem with RDR2 is that it turned into a mindless shooting galley and just to get a cut scene of dutch saying "I got a plan" or "we are nearly there" and who can forget "we just need a little more money" also not having fast travelling for most of the game because stupid me did not know you can buy a map with fast travelling,made me do one mission a day as I can only stomach  tapping x for so long. And No R* I do not want to play a game that makes me take regular baths I mean just give me an option to skip it.

While I agree the core story gameplay isn't substantially different from "ride your horse and shoot at guys," which RDR1 did just as well, I don't think the plot is as reductive as the "I have a plan" memes suggest. Or at least that part of it's not really the point, but what that incites. Also, I never took a bath until 100+ hours in, purely on a lark, so not necessary at all, just like in reality. =)

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:24:18 PM »
Speaking of Carpenter ... not sure if you approve/ disapprove, Griffith?


Spider-Verse was the best superhero movie I've seen since ... Spider-Man 2? Super solid, fun, and funny.

It was better than The Incredibles and/or The Avengers then (plus the Dark Knight comic real book ritty movie dark etc etc =)? I really want to see this one but the wife's ear temporally stopped hearing on date night and we logically decided on skipping the movies! :mozgus:

I'm going to throw her under the bus though and point out she wasn't even for it anyway, preferring Vice or even, gulp, Venom, which I assured her was not the Spider-movie we were looking for.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 14, 2019, 06:50:54 AM »
Looks like between the cutting edge AAA production values and gameplay potential that God of War is the pick, though I did grab the standalone Last of Us followup for a few bucks just now assuming I'll play and like the main game (but since Wally's last Bloodborne update was that he got to the earliest boss his recommendations can sit =). I already started it, but didn't get far because I wanted to try the RE2 demo before bed (I was kind of taking my time, semi-hoping it would run out :magni:). I'm going to get a second crack at it when I see how it plays on my PC anyway. It ran out right after I got the shotgun!

As for GTA 5, just consider it in the same vein as RDR2: a great game that suffers from pacing issues because Rockstar is trying to make it a movie.

I thought the problem was, at least in the case of RDR2, they were trying to make it some kind of reality (or a novel). What I played of GTAV definitely felt like a movie though.

...oh, wait, you're talking about the 2018 game.

I really hate this fad of naming the latest iteration of a series after the series itself.

I actually like it because that's kind of how the medium works anyway where you're often playing the latest iteration or interpretation rather than it being a long serialized story. That's great when it is plotted like that, but otherwise I don't want to feel like I have to play a bunch of dated, decade old games I won't enjoy in order to try the latest, and theoretically most modernly relevant, in the series (apologies to Rhombaad =). I'll probably never play Assassin's Creed because there's approximately 10,000 of them and I wouldn't know where to start (I have 2, which I hear is great and in Italy, but probably not so impressive now). Speaking of which, I picked up Uncharted 4 on sale too rather than the trilogy for the same price. Like I said, impress me with the new one because I'm not time traveling to play a bunch of dated games in a series I may not even like; again I heard 2 was the best, but unless it's a transcendent all time great game I'm not too keen on using my PS4 to play a bunch of remastered PS3 games.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 14, 2019, 01:24:37 AM »
Finished all the DLC in Spider-Man and am probably done with it because 100 percenting all the side shit for a few suits I'll wear for approximately 120 seconds isn't worth it (I know, I did it for the Spider-Verse suit and immediaitely stopped caring once I got it =). But, which PS4 game to start next...

The Last of Us Remastered
God of War

I'm leaning toward God of War since it's the latest and very well-received, but Wally made a strong case for The Last of Us...

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: January 13, 2019, 01:28:10 AM »
This contemporary conversation expressing concern over the possible release of Half-Life 3 is reminding me of the dead football players from Beetlejuice, "Coach, I'm beginning to think we didn't survive the crash..."

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 02, 2019, 12:41:46 AM »
Spider-Man: As advertised, it's basically the Arkham treatment for Spider-Man and company, which means it's awesome. As derivative as that is, it also has a few evolutionary wrinkles besides the inherent Spidey specifics.

The open world is huge and fully, though superficially, populated. It's also cool that it's a fictionalized version, featuring Oscorp and the Avengers building, of an otherwise real city.

So far the plot is fine but most importantly swinging around the city as Spider-Man is fun as hell. You don't feel as real and "weighted" as in Arkham, but that's in part because you're Spidey.

I enjoy the combat more too, there's a lot of fun stuff to do and it feels more fair where you don't just automatically win button mashing unless you get ganked yet can also take on groups effectively if you don't screw around. Basically, you're not so overpowered you can't lose, but it's not cheap either.

The visuals are appropriate for Spidey, not as gothic or atmospheric as Bats, or realistic coming off RDR2, but somewhere between a cartoon and reality (sometimes the random npcs and buildings arent too detailed, but for the most part it doesn't matter and you won't notice).

I like Peter, who is supposed to be aged somewhere between 20 and 35 I think, and Spidey is right on, but the rest are hit or miss. Mary Jane is an annoying Lois Lane knockoff now (she basically almost lets the world get wiped out because she's mad at Peter and then blames him for patronizing her, real girlfriend move =) and looks kind of like Gwen Stacy from those Amazing movies, so that's not good. Aunt May is ok but I don't like the red hair because it makes it seem like Pete has an Oedipus complex, but Otto and the baddies are good interpretations for the most part (again, pretty much on par with the Arkham games). I don't really get the point of the MJ and Miles sequences other than to make me really appreciate being Spider-Man 90% of the time. =)

Like I said, plot is good so far and escalating appropriately, it has some big action set pieces strung together by quicktime events, and I don't mind the side stuff to upgrade and get new suits, but we'll see how it comes together in the end. Anyway, it's basically the fifth Arkham game but with Spider-Man. If you liked those and a have PS4, go get it, Tiger.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:54:21 PM »
Yeah I really don't know at this point, and the $60 pricetag is keeping me away at the moment. I've also got a lot else on my PS4 plate (Horizon, God of War, Last Guardian). But yeah RDR2 is one of the big reasons I got the system, so I will definitely get it one day.

Yeah, having sampled the RDR goods on PS3 it was a MUST HAVE for me and I figured it wouldn't go on any meaningful sale for a while anyway if GTA4 was any indication. It's also the game, because my wife actually payed attention to it, that got me busted on my secret PS4 and caused some genuine marital strife...

RDR2, cite it on the divorce papers! :ganishka:

Oh my god, that terrible feeling when I'm not sure if it's a xXx or Berserk reference  :ganishka:

Berserk, translated by Dwayne Johnson Vin Diesel.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:44:05 PM »
GTA4 is basically free today if you have Amazon Prime. You gotta sign up for a free trial of Twitch Prime through your Amazon account, link it, and then buy GTA4 from Amazon (specifically Amazon, not other vendors on there) and you'll get a $15 credit on your $14.99 purchase. Just ordered one for PS4, so I guess I'll finally be playing it.

This url has all the links if you're not sure about the process (as I wasn't):

It's still kinda tricky because even if you sign up through Amazon it'll funnel you to a Twitch login but you still need to do a separate Twitch sign up, etc.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 19, 2018, 05:25:58 PM »
The 3h I put into Bloodborne so far felt like homework. I'm going to give it an honest shot because you like it so much, but my initial impression just confirmed what I felt in DS3: Souls fatigue.

The prognosis already wasn't good after your initial takeaway was the bad framerate, "he'll probably start playing another damn indie instead! :mozgus:" =)

But hey man, I understand, if you're not feeling it right now, you're not feeling it. My only advice if you're not out on it already would be to get to Father Gascoigne if you haven't yet and see if he gets the juices flowing. If not, the game just might not be for you.

On this point, I'd be so curious to see your RDR2 take; like, if you'd fall in love with its crazy minutiae or just be out immediately. :ganishka:

"No Walter it sucks, why are you playing this phone trash?!"

Geez, I think I'll stay away from rhetorical questions in the future.

"You should have known... you, of all people." :griffnotevil:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 19, 2018, 04:04:23 AM »
I've played about 7h of Below since last week or so. It's what's kept me from Bloodborne for the moment.

Looks cool, doesn't it?

Not really... :carcus:

Speaking of not cool, in RDR2 I'm now exploiting glitches to travel to unreachable parts of the map and hunting LEGENDARY animals (very prestigious use of time while ignoring your family). I might need to start playing Bloodborne again just to wean myself off, "just hook it to my veins!"

Video Games / Re: Fallout games
« on: December 12, 2018, 07:55:14 PM »
I voted Fallout 2 because, while 1 is the more concise and finished classic, 2 is the big crazy ambitious mess of a follow up that you could lose yourself in for a year, and I did (shades of RDR2). Forget just doing post-apocalyptic Fallout stuff; I worked for the mob, became a porn star, and eventually POTUS (well, I had his ID badge, anyway =). Fallout 2 isn't just the best Fallout game I've ever played, I could make a case it's the best game I've ever played, period. Having said that, unfortunately for those that really didn't get into it or Fallout 1 at the time, I don't know how accessible it is anymore. Like I certainly am not going to replay it today, and I just threw it into the GOAT (G.E.C.K.? =) conversation.

As for the Bethesdas, I don't really count those among the first two Fallout games. They're something else, like a remake or spinoff, even New Vegas though it's a nice compromise and basically the the closest thing we could get to fulfilling the original vision of Fallout 3 by the Black Isle team (I'll always be grateful to Bethesda for letting this game happen). So, I'm not bashing them either, because playing Fallout 2 I dreamed of doing it in first person and at least got somewhere close between 3 and NV. Fallout 3 is a pretty good semi-early example of an effective big budget soft reboot/requel too (before it became the norm in film as well as games). It basically recycles and reworks the major plot points and story beats of Fallout 1 and 2 into a more visually immersive and streamlined package. But it was more smoke and mirrors than the meticulously handcrafted, interactive worlds of the originals. NV brought that craftsmanship back the best it could, but was still limited within Bethesda's framework, then Fallout 4 doubled down on the cinematic experience and combat, which was fun, but that much more dumbed down when it came to immersion through consequential interactivity. At least relative to the originals, I mean I don't hold every or maybe ANY other game to these standards ("You mean I have to follow the story progression? That's like a baby's toy!"), but if it's called Fallout I do because that's what made those original games special.

1. Fallout 2
2. Fallout

3. Fallout: New Vegas
4. Fallout 3
5. Fallout 4
0. The rest

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:08:34 PM »
I haven't gone full renegade yet, but I am definitely treating John more differently than I did Arthur. I know how John turns out eventually, so it's not like it matters.

I did the same thing at first, and I'm still more trigger happy in the end/post game. I feel justified because John's not a bad guy but he will blow you away if you start shit with him. =)

Arthur is the better character. He changed naturally, whereas John had to try to change

I agree with this, or at least agreed with it immediately following the game; I think I need more time and perspective and to maybe replay Red Dead 1 to know for sure. It's pretty biasing when you just spent 60 hours with a character, but I did fall in love with Arthur.It helps John's case that I'm doing a lot of missions with him now and getting re-acquainted with his specific charms, but I do think Arthur has more depth, nuance, and humanity while John's more iconic.

Also, apparently no one has had the same experience with this game. My friends are telling me all this stuff they've had to do with characters that don't even exist in mine. I randomly came across a serial killer and a vampire, as well as a mad scientist, but they haven't on two playthroughs. Just overall kind of crazy how this game has evolved.

Yep, I've seen or heard of all that stuff, and there's all sorts of other weird things out there to find, and even having read about a lot of it I still haven't come across them...

Another comment about this game and how much it stretches the form is that it's still very much a traditional 3rd person action/shooter, it's not reinventing the wheel with its controls or interface at all, the core gameplay (ride and shoot) isn't that much different from RDR1 or any number of games like it, but they just added a shit-ton of extra options and features on top of that very traditional game framework, with an emphasis on "realistic" movement/motion in regards to momentum. It's weird because it has all this hyperrealistic stuff, but it's more cinematic in its presentation, next to like pushing R1 to switch your gun with one on the ground. Or, your hat comes off and you have to go get it and it'll be on the ground later, but you can also just re-select it in your horse's inventory (same with your horse itself if you become separated; it won't just respawn to your whistle, you gotta go back or be in range... unless you go to a stable, THEN it's magically there). It's a weird mix of realism for the sake of presentation, like it's only pretending to be a life simulator, next to pragmatic game mechanics for convenience and play-ability that it circumvents half the time for the sake of a more cumbersome sort of reality. Again, it's a great, weird, game.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 10, 2018, 05:13:53 PM »
I keep getting sucked back in. The more I play, the more I discover just how little I actually did in the game.

Same here, I was going to say I've found like a second wind but it's more like a third or fourth. Counting online I have like three different saves I'm currently playing and I haven't even restarted with a full-renegade Arthur yet; which is supposed to be significantly different in many ways big and small, yet implemented subtly. Goddamn this game, I keep finding and figuring out these weird details and mechanics while my wife deadpans, "Is that really necessary?" Yesterdays where when I accidentally hit a signpost full on with my horse and disintegrated it, the signs, the post, the rock it set was in, everything; if you just clip one, you may only knock off one sign or an appropriately sized corresponding piece. =) The other was that Arthur and John have different handwriting in their journals and Arthur is a significantly better artist when you've cataloged the same things despite John claiming he's become "something of a draftsman" himself, I compared =). Yet they basically have the same dialogue during Stranger missions, which makes sense because you're fulfilling the same role! It's so weird how the very un-gamey parts of this game make the normal game stuff seem somehow unsophisticated despite being completely reasonable. But yeah, for a game I was kind of tired of a week ago I spent way too much time this weekend just riding around hunting legendary animals, doing stranger quests, and just experiencing the world, maaaaan. It's like I'm finally living the life Arthur wanted to. :carcus:

That sums it up perfectly. I've read a lot about Mega Man, and that seems to be the general consensus for the main series. Mega Man X took things in a better direction (can't wait to play it), and then they did some fun, innovative things with the Legends games (can't wait to play those, either). I enjoyed Mega Man 5, just not as much as the others, and you could tell their hearts just weren't in it anymore.

Oh, just wait until Mega Man VI, even Dr. Wily is phoning it in at that point. =) The X series eventually goes through the same thing too, and then offshoots to the Zero series, etc.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:24:39 PM »
I can relate to zombie nausea at this point in media, but Last of Us is not held back by the faux-zombie setting. They "infected" are mostly used as a vehicle for the plot, and in terms of the dramatic tension and danger element in the game, it's certainly humans, not the infected.

Well, like I said I'll grab it because I'm always looking for those transcendent experiences (in games, not IRL =). It's funny, I thought for a sec I might actually have it for PS3 from the games I got from my brother-in-law, but unfortunately he only played the demo. I do have GTA5, IV, LA Noire, Spec Ops among others to play though... BTW, Wally, I'd highly recommend you try Red Dead 1 on PS Now. You can get a free week long trial subscription and if you have the time or plan accordingly that's plenty of time to complete the game (about 20-25 hours focusing on story missions). You can also get the Japanese version of Demon's Souls on there... but I don't know if the PS Now version of these games is worth the effort of playing it in Japanese, but I know you've done it before.

I finished Mega Man 5 on Friday. It was a lot less difficult than the previous MM games, but I still enjoyed it. It was more MM, after all. :guts:

Next up: Final Fantasy V!

I have fond memories of MM5, lots of silly fun ideas, and it nerfs the Mega Buster so you can't keep it charged through damage, which I think is for the best, but it also marks when they basically ran out of gas on the main series. After that they're pretty mediocre for a while, and even the SNES version, when X really took the mantle. It wasn't until MM9 that the main series got interesting to me again.

Yeah, sadly I'm taking a break from it. I went to all nine graves and it took me the better part of two hours. The remaining trophies I have are all either online, story-based to where I have replay, or completing challenges.

Back to finish Uncharted 3, I suppose.

Well, it sounds like you actually finished it, unless you got caught up visiting the sites instead of finishing the epilogue? But maybe you're talking about something else. I've done the game to death and am still finding out things I had no idea about.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 08, 2018, 08:24:19 AM »
Aw, I should have mentioned Griff, Last of Us Remastered was just $5 in one of the recent PS store sales.

Doh! Well, I'll see if it goes on sale again for Christmas and if not just spring for it anyway. I mean, I paid over twice that for Red Dead Revolver the other day and it's still very much a PS2 game.

Welp, congrats on surviving that zombie apocalypse in any case. May the Good Blood guide you when you tackle the werewolf apocalypse.

Ugh, zombie apocalypse, THAT was why I avoided it! I love Romero's zombie classics, and Resident Evil, and personally zombies scared me more than anything when I was young, but man do I despise that over-saturated genre today to the point it's usually an automatic no. I'll still play The Last of Us on Wally's recommendation that it's transcendent, and I was pleasantly surprised by RDR: Undead Nightmare.

Just finished Nioh. It was pretty good, and nice to see someone else take a stab at a Soulsborne-like game, put it in a new kind of setting, and even experiment with things From Software hasn't done before, even if a lot of those things didn't quite work out. I liked the different stances you could adopt, and I liked how you could learn different special attacks and even make your own custom loadout for them, but both ended up being so situational that they might as well have not even been there at all. I really could have done without the gear system and the way the inventory worked though. It's just not worth sorting through all that crap to see what's really better for your build, but even getting rid of it at the blacksmith is a boring and tedious affair that takes too much damn time. There is no way in hell I'm going to go the Diablo route of trying to grind for better gear in the post-game, I'm not feeling any urge to get the DLC, and even replaying Nioh seems like it could be a daunting task. I really hope Team Ninja addresses this in the sequel (hell, I'd prefer they just copy what From Software did), because if they don't, I might very well skip it.

I mostly ignored all the annoying shit in Nioh, gearing etc, just put on the most recent/highest level/most powerful shit and forget it and played it like Dark Souls and that maximized my enjoyment. Speaking of the custom loadouts, there's some spells and ninja skills that can really make the enemies, even bosses, a joke, like where you can knock them down at will. The DLC really is super annoying though, and I'm still a couple bosses short of completing it, but I think I'm going to pull a Wally on this one and leave it incomplete. I want to take that concept to the extreme and lose interest in a game during the final boss fight with like one hit left to win:


On a personal note, I finally finished RDR2. The narrative is awesome, but my god the pacing is atrocious. Going to do the trophy grind for it most likely

It's a weird thing with this game where you love it, it frustrates you, and when it finally gives you satisfaction you end up lingering on the parts that originally frustrated you. =)

In other gaming news: Wow Bloodborne kind of runs like ass on PS4. Particularly after playing the buttery smooth Spider-Man and Last of Us, this is ... whew, like being on an underpowered PC.
Well I'm only in Central Yharnum, haven't tested other areas. But after doing a search, it seems to be a pretty widespread problem. Game is capped at 30, and there are frame pacing issues that drop it below that. It's noticeably chuggy for me, which is a shame, because I want to admire the world they made.

Damn, that's a fuckin' tragedy duder! I don't recall having issues to that extreme and I have the old ass launch model (is it possible they somehow cheaped out on components with later generation slims?). I don't recall it being a distraction, but maybe I just didn't notice because it was the first PS4 game I played and I literally tried no other until it was done, or I could also just be more inclined not to mind it because I've played quite a few games with lower settings on underpowered PCs and laptops. I played ME1 and 2 on like a $400 Toshiba laptop, and I'm pretty sure they and Diablo III killed it prematurely. :guts:

Anyway, I hope there's some way to mitigate it, but by the way, how is Spider-Man in your opinion? Another one I was interested in but haven't pulled the trigger on yet.

Red Dead Online - Now I have a scope on my carbine for some light sniping and a pump-action shotgun for close range... try to grief me at your own peril because I'm dangerous. :badbone:

Also just grabbed Into the Breach and Crypt of the NecroDancer on sale! Considering the new Tomb Raider at half price too, but I'm still a bit burned having paid almost full price for the last one and then not playing it until it was on sale for $5 anyway.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 06, 2018, 08:38:49 PM »
See, I do finish games from time to time! So long as they can hold my interest.


It's the near finishes that fascinate me because I usually feel obligated to complete those games and bad when I don't, especially if I'm so close to the end. But you're right that it's up to the game to make that worth your while and one shouldn't feel bad or force themselves to play because it didn't do that. Sometimes I find myself playing things out of opportunity or obligation and thinking, "Why am I doing this? I don't even feel like playing this right now!"

As far as I'm concerned, Last of Us is a modern classic. Any nitpicking I'm about to do simply can't drown out its overall greatness.

Ok, well I guess I'll have to add it to my Christmas List. I've heard a lot about it of course but wasn't naturally drawn to it (and like you couldn't play it anyway when it was new), I think in part because the way it was touted made it seem like it's main appeal was as a melodrama, which isn't necessarily even a bad thing, but it sounds like there's a lot more depth to it than that.

Anyway, I need something to wean me off RDR2 because I've reached that end game malaise where I still want to play the game but there's not really a lot left for me to do that I care for but wander the map looking for random shit. Always better to leave wanting more than that slow death. I think when I'm done with the story parts of Read Dead Online I'll be done for a while, though it has been fun avenging my own death from the other players that interfere with me (my favorite being a guy I saw coming a mile away to mow me down so I quickly stepped behind a boulder and when he flew around blasted him full of lead with my pistol =). Once you turn off the mics it becomes not unlike Dark Souls style multiplayer except you don't know who's out to get you or not, plus there can be so many people on the map it's like the usual random NPCs riding around get replaced with wild card humans.

I totally buy this data driven observation, and I'm not even completely opposed to it, save for sucker bets like this Bebop adaptation, because it's not like it was all pure artistic endeavor previously. The big problem being the worst of human nature and error still tainting the execution, first on the executive level as always, and because while everything has a polished "prestige tv" veneer now, and this gives tremendous opportunity to heretofore underrepresented actors, creators and audiences, there's only so many people with the combination of talent, training and experience out there right now to actually produce a really good show. So, until some of these new creatives and crew people get the reps, there's going to continue to be a dilution of quality (they're going to have to start recruiting career waiters to be actors =) and a lot of otherwise mediocre shit passing through, but at least there's potentially a light at the end of the tunnel (that may or may not be a train).

Yeah, it's a no win catch 22 scenario, the elements that would need to change to make it work in a live action format are the very ones that make it distinct and iconic as an animation. The best case scenario is basically that they film the scripts, it's well done, but stylistically it's unrecognizable from the cartoon. That's still not going to satisfy fans, and what's the point of that anyway? Otherwise, trying to make it look like the cartoon, or some compromise in-between, is rife for disaster. See every example ever (e.g. Dragon Ball, The Last Airbender) outside of Marvel, which is unfortunately why everything is now considered obtainable even though only they can seemingly pull it off convincingly, which is why I give them a lot of credit despite how formula it can feel.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 28, 2018, 06:20:43 PM »
Oh, sweet. Thanks for the tips! I've gone into the game blind, but in my advanced age of 33 I feel like I need some help.

Yeah, the game has so many little wrinkles like that they don't emphasize or even address, and I don't really blame them because there's so much other core gameplay to cover the whole thing could get really bogged down if they tried to show off every detail. The police one is especially nasty because it goes against all your GTA instincts to actually cooperate. :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 28, 2018, 05:38:25 PM »
Chapter 2. I just rescued Micah. Every time I get going in the game I start to get bored because of travel.

Also, my bounty is like $700 in one area so it's a pain in the ass sometimes.

Some tips: You can unlock fast travel from camp by upgrading Dutch's and then your tent for a few hundred dollars, and if you can't afford your bounty in an area... turn yourself in and serve time in jail! It lowers or wipes it out! Then you can utilize stage coaches to cut down on travel outside of camp (this really becomes important as you open up the world to the point that Valentine to Strawberry is nothing =). Similarly, if you commit a small crime or say accidentally run someone down with your horse but are otherwise without bounties, wait for the police and cooperate and they'll probably let you off with a warning and tell you to get lost. This game is so awkwardly nuanced sometimes. :ganishka:

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