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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:17:24 PM »
I finished Sonic 3 & Knuckles over the weekend. I'm so glad I decided to play the original Sonic games. I had a great time with every one, but I think Sonic 3 & Knuckles was my favorite. The graphics were amazing for their time, the boss fights were enjoyable and there was a lot of extra stuff to do.

Glad to hear it, great games, and once again... what happened, Sega?

I just beat Mega Man. I didn't use the pause trick on Yellow Devil, either. :badbone: Much like Castlevania, I'm so glad I gave this series another try. I had such a great time playing this game. I can't wait to play the second and third one, which I've heard are the best of the NES games.

Damn, beat it before I could even warn you! Did you use save states though or play it on something other than a regulation NES machine, Billy Mitchell!? In any case, that's impressive because the original Yellow Devil is a pain in the ass, as is the rest of MM1. MM2 and 3 are the class of the series, but they may seem a little easy to you after that one.


I finished Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare the other night and was bit sad it was over. Weird DLC, basically a new game, and while I wasn't in love with the concept or the mechanics of clearing towns and graveyards it did give a second life to an already enjoyable game. Plus, despite technically being a non-canon alternate timeline deal it was strangely relevant, self-aware and cathartic to the main game's story and themes to the point it actually adds to and deepins the overall experience despite itself. One can't help but consider it as a spiritual continuation commenting on the preceding story, a figurative and perhaps literal afterlife. Also, I loved the payoff at the end, it was kind of what I was hoping for to start the game but they way they did it was even better. Anyway, great game(s)!

Oh, and since I'm still on that Rockstar kick I fired up GTAV again and am making some incremental progress... but it's a little bit more of a chore than some transportive experience.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:06:24 PM »
Voted for Metal Gear because I like all of them except for 4, but I sort of like that 4 exists because it's insane. MGS 1-3 are my favorite games I think. Also voted for Mega Man, played most of them and they range from alright to great, the only one that was total shit was X7. I loved the Zero series when I was in high school.



I enjoy Mario but only played up to the 16 bit ones.

Hey, those are pretty good though! And not even Mario 64? You should get on your own list of missed classics like Rhombaad.

Almost voted for Souls but the truth is, even though Demon's and Dark 1 are two of my favorite games, I felt the others were just okayish.
Votes for Souls, though I did not find 3 enjoyable at all - 1 and 2 were just that good, though.

Interesting takes on Souls, which continues to dominate despite it being like the same game made over and over again. YMMV.

I like that you put Sims in there, I might have voted for that one if not Souls.

Well, you still can, you get 5 votes.

Does that mean it qualifies to be in the poll?   :carcus:

Nope... well, maybe. =)

I'd definitely get any new game in the series, so I for sure hope you're right. I think your idea would be the best for me as well (something in the same vein as Mega Man 9 and 10, right?)

Yep! As I've said, I loved that, and I feel like we reached an interesting plateau with gaming where, while graphics are still improving all the time, the advances were becoming more subtle and refined to the point I could play Red Dead now and it doesn't feel too far removed from GTAV, plus indie titles being more creative than technically impressive with their graphical choices. Basically graphics reached a place where, when not going for as photo-realistic as technically possible, one could make them stylized in semi-timeless fashion without breaking the bank. Plus, even going back to 8-bit and Mega-Man as a prime example, good graphics can simply come down to art design, no matter technical limitations you're working with. We just more readily recognize and acknowledge that now.

Final Fantasy 6 is still probably my favorite game. I can't escape it. I thought it was just nostalgia, but I replayed it around the time my son was born (5 years ago), and reaffirmed my opinion of it. It's got almost everything I want in a game. As for least favorite? I don't have many positive things to say about the games after 6, but 10 was the one I had the LEAST amount of fun with.

I'd probably feel the same if I replayed VI, though I doubt I'd feel the same way about FFVII. Talk about soiled ground.

With Souls it's pretty simple: I think Dark Souls did everything I needed that franchise to do for me, and the experiences I've had with the other games fell short. As for DS3 specifically, I did play about 20h of it, but started getting diminishing returns the further I got, and I just didn't want to ruin it by going further than my gut wanted me to. I played Dark Souls 1 for more than 500 hours. It was a huge, amazing experience. But I've kind of had my fill, and From Soft's apparent lack of desire to innovate on that front has just left me feeling even worse about the franchise.

Ouch, but I can't really blame you because it sounds like your particular experience with the first Dark Souls is impossible to replicate; you already got more than your fill as you said, and combined with the letdown of DS2 I can see how you're pretty much over it and III is even more derivative of the original Dark Souls than DS2. I was fortunate that by the time I got into Dark Souls in earnest there was already so much material available I *only* put 200 hours into the original and was still hungry for the rest (plus I started banging my head against the wall with 2, so it only kept getting better after that =). You and your gut, though, "Well, I've played this game to 90% completion... but I think they've lost me. *Jerry Seinfeld voice* I choose not to play!" :guts:

This is funny because I'm pretty sure we had this same conversation when I was convincing you to play the game the first time, 13 years ago  :badbone: I mean, the game kind of talks for itself. It's an incredible experience that feels like a storybook coming to life. The feeling of seeing the winged guy soar towards you, and then you hop on his wing and the music kicks in? No game captures quite that experience. It's one of those moments that's "bigger than games" for me.

Yeah, that game gave a sense of genuine awe throughout, not just moments, the whole world. Though the flyers are still special even among the rest, jumping and hanging on that bird is probably one of the grandest moments one can experience in any media, and the flying sand worn is similar when you realize you gotta ride up to and jump on it from your horse! Did I take that much convincing though? I can't remember, but it was pretty damn prominent at the time. I think you had to talk me more into MGS3.

Naaaah, even the worst of the Zelda games (cd-i doesn't count!) are better and more ambitious than trash like FFII-III. The only difference is that without BotW, with Skyward Sword being the "freshest" big Zelda experience, I might have to consider whether it fits on my list or not, instead of immediately conclude.  :guts:

Well, that's what I mean, it can be pretty fluid, and before BotW all we did was bitch about the latest Zelda(s) being too derivative, repetitive, and easy while still sort of acknowledging they're among the best games out there, "But I expected more!" :ganishka:

Anyway, Infinite Space is filled with little problems like that (the slow/meandering pacing in the beginning, melee feeling a bit like shitty paper-rock-scissors, the tutorial being buried, most planets involve just 2 locations: a bar and a spaceport). And none of those things matter a damn in consideration of the full package it provides. Truly, it's the story and the characters that utterly floored me in that game. It's been about 8 years since I first played it, and I still think about it all the time. It does things with a game story that I've never seen others pull off (even if done similarly, not as well), including things I've always WANTED games to do. Layer all of that on top of a decent sci-fi story that never really slows down once it gets started, it's a classic.

I'm proud and somewhat amazed I was about to get into and through Infinite Space on your and Aaz's recommendation because it is so incredibly long, involved and intricate when you get into the nitty gritty (being on DS helped since I could play in bed at night). I even convinced my dad to play it through. Great game on many levels.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:19:19 PM »
Haha, then it's more like genres, which makes it much murkier indeed. :ganishka:

Yes and no, more than series but less than genres, and yes ever murkier. :guts:

BUT, if you properly follow proper protocols everything will be fine! :magni:

Oh, a wise guy, eh? :carcus:

That's me, a wise guy, not a wise man. :griffnotevil:

Though I guess if you were going to put a gun to my head, then I would indeed say Souls is my favorite, if only because From Software is the only company that I still respect and hasn't done anything to sour my opinion of them.

They'd best just quit now while they're ahead then. :ganishka:

I may have skipped Dark Souls 3, but that was more out of principle than anything. At the time, I was fearing the series would become a yearly thing, and didn't care for where the story was going with DkS2, but by all accounts, it still looks like a solid game

It's actually way better than that and arguably the best of the subgenre, and I think you took it wrong with the incomplete information you had (with it looking like a yearly Souls assembly line). So far it's actually lived up to and plays like what it was billed as, a swan song for the series and Miyazaki (who wasn't really part of the admittedly subpar DSII, but there's the distinction that make's DSIII special; the auteur has crafted one last one). When you consider it like his final love letter to the whole thing going back to Demon's Souls it's much more appealing than when it was just the latest hyped up Souls game. It's crazy to me how many I know here, who purportedly love Souls so much, missed this because Dark Souls II sucked or something. It's like all the people that punished, and deprived themselves, MGS3 for MGS2's crimes! Tragic.

Grand Theft Auto would probably be a distant second, if only because there's a tiny chance Rockstar will see the light, throw everything related to GTA Online in the trash (or at least distance it from the main product), and make something awesome out of Grand Theft Auto VI. I doubt it, of course, but that's a hell of a lot more than Bethesda, Sonic Team, Square-Enix, and especially Konami have going for them.

You remind me of a line Chuck Klosterman had about Metallica fans simply enjoying feeling betrayed. =) Anyway, yeah, I think there's zero chance that Rockstar will change their model given all the money it makes off it. I feel like Rockstar has crossed over like Madden or Call of Duty territory where casual and even non-gamers will play their games and spend cash doing it. I mean, if you were trying to make money, would you rather court all those people, or us?

Love me some Zelda, Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country.

What do you think of the DKC Returns games? I could never totally get with them because of how they flow differently, and counter-intuitively, than the originals.

Yeah this is tough for me to do. Because my favorite games of all time either aren't in series (Infinite Space, Shadow of the Colossus), or are parts of series that are so mired in other shit that it's hard for me to vote for the whole group of them (Final Fantasy, Front Mission).

Constrained like that, I guess I'd go with Zelda and Mario mostly due to their overall quality over time.

Well, if my back forth with Aaz reveals anything, it's that you're only as constrained as you feel here (maaaaan =), and you just described some of you're preferred titles and the series they inhabit, even if it's not so cleanly divided. Which Final Fantasy's are your favorite? Which turn you off so much you feel you have to exclude it (I'm in the same boat)? You could also say you like the Team Ico, or Fumito Ueda's, games, even if Colossus towers above the rest, or a disclaimer why you don't actually feel that way about the rest, etc.

Actually, my biggest question is has Souls fallen off so much for you it's not even among your favorite individual titles anymore (play DS3 :iva:), or does it simply go without saying? I actually feel that way with SotC these days. I loved it like everyone else, played it on (your) PS2 and more on my PC in HD, but without compelling reason or opportunity to go back to it my feelings for it haven't endured and yet it's still so popularly revered, "games as art!" that it's almost like I look at it with suspicion now, if that makes sense? Like my response to your listing it was like, "really?," except I shouldn't be surprised as it's been one of my favorite games too (I also expect you to have played way more than me). I guess I just need to replay it in order to know again for myself.

On this note, I think that's what hurts Final Fantasy: Everyone has at least one that meant A LOT to them at one time, but probably not anymore, and if one listed it as one of their favorite games it's probably more because of how much they know it meant to them than it does now. BTW, where would Zelda be in this thread without BotW? Probably closer to that Final Fantasy zone.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 12, 2018, 03:43:36 PM »
Yeah, maybe... Although I think I'm just more focused on individual titles in general.
It's not really a series, but the spirit of the Infinity Engine lives on! Pillars of Eternity, Tyranny, Torment: Tides of Numenera...

I think this raises a good point that I sort of alluded to with my reference to Nioh but I'm totally considering clones and games "in-the-style-of" as well. I know that could make things murkier, but of course I'm considering Shovel Knight as part of my love for Mega-Man, naturally.

In terms of other series that I like, Iím not sure if two-game series count, but one of my favorite series is Chrono Trigger. Even though itís unlikely that a new game will ever come out, such a game would be an instant buy for me. I think I own at least three different copies of Chrono Trigger, one of which is my original copy of Final Fantasy Chronicles, which I bought even though Iíve never owned a PS.

Yeah, from one of SNES' rare treasures to a game that if you don't own multiple bad ports of... congrats! Chrono Trigger is kind of a sneaky series given it technically has 3 games to its name counting Radical Dreamers (and the original has been ported so much it just FEELS like it's bigger =). Speaking of which, I also think it's unlikely we WON'T ever get another one given how much the game's reputation and name has endured. They'll go back to that well sooner or later, for better or worse. I don't know if it'll be a AAA modern treatment like FFXV, or my preference... get the old band back together and make a smaller direct sequel, Chrono Trigger 2, in the style of the original, as if it came out in 1999 or something. :guts:

Only flawless series for me are Streets of Rage and Shenmue.

Shenmue gave me my first job. I still remember communicating to and from work to drive my forklift every day. *nostalgia* :judo:

Now that's my real life (minus the forklift)! Though, I can't reconcile the memories of reading phone numbers and manually dialing them in first person with sequences that are just straight beat 'em up in a bar and the surrounding streets. Man that game was awkwardly ahead of it's time in so many ways. Speaking of which, you haven't found any games since to have borrowed or revamped some of its innovations  effectively, if not moreso?


Anyway, some interesting trends: Souls is well in the lead, even a few votes over Zelda and freakin' Mario, which just goes to show it's better to be good (and hot) than innovative. =) On the other hand, it's interesting that until today GTA had no votes and currently sits at only 1. This for the franchise that's latest release was reputedly the most profitable single piece of media ever sold! So everyone still likes GTA, but maybe not everybody loves it anymore.

Anyway, the current top 4:

1. Souls (!)
2. Zelda
3. Mario
4. Metal Gear


I'm a bit surprised by Souls and Metal Gear being a high as they are given all the competition, though there's a glut for 5th right below MGS.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 11, 2018, 05:54:05 AM »
Haha, I don't know if I'd really rate them like that though, would have to think about it. I mean I gave examples, but I've also played practically all Resident Evil games too, all GTA games and so on. And I think I'd very deliberately not include the Souls series in my list, as I feel it doesn't/didn't renew itself enough for that.

Well, that kind of highlights these little wrinkles everyone has. I'd agree that Souls has done almost as little as possible to innovate (perhaps intentionally), with maybe the exception of Bloodborne, but I've enjoyed and put so many hours into the games (including dozens more into Nioh) it just doesn't matter to me. On the other hand, if another comes out and I'm totally bored with it that could be that.

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Ah well, what the hell, I've added some votes for these and thrown one in for RE to round it up. (BTW Revelations 2 is pretty good aside from the ending)

Now that's the spirit, and I'll have to to give RER2 another shot (I started it but just didn't have the time then and later moved on), though that ending dig wasn't enticing.

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Still, Zelda and Mario are the only two series that are truly must-buys for me I think. I'd never really thought about it before I guess, but nothing really compares.

See, my hellish threads make you discover parts of you that you didn't even realize were there! Or, they're just confounding. But there has to be something or someone else you'd follow that way. Perhaps doing it by series is what's making it strange to you, as opposed to a creator or developer. I know you've praised Rockstar highly in the past when they were nailing every project, and Capcom usually does good work. Come to think of it, Mario and Zelda are basically synonymous with "Nintendo" for that matter. Maybe if you came at it from the developer on down your preferences would be more apparent.

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Haha, I would say I'm a pretty big Mass Effect fan but somehow it's also not really a series I'd list here.

There's nothing to look forward to anymore, sadly. Same with MGS; who would have thought Kojima wouldn't be the one to finally run it into the ground after promising for years.

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Geez, I never should have gotten involved in this hellish thread. :ganishka:

Whenever I make a topic, 2nd most on SK.net BTW (though maybe not if we counted some specialized admin accounts =), this is my inspiration:

https://youtu.be/gEyFH-a-XoQ

Welcome to my nightmare!

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 10, 2018, 05:47:55 PM »
I've played a lot of games from most of these series, but I somehow have a hard time naming 5 "favorites" among your list. First choice is easy enough: Zelda. Second would be Mario. But after that? Ehhhh hard to say. The Castlevania and Metroid series could have been in third place but they're not listed, and Castlevania is objectively a dead series now while Metroid hasn't been on a hot streak recently.

As for the rest, there's many I have enjoyed, like Assassin's Creed or the Souls series

So...

Zelda
Mario
Castlevania
Metroid

Assassin's Creed
Dark Souls


See, you had the answers all along! :guts: Also, the 5 votes was just an arbitrary number to give you some choices but not too much that you didn't need to make any or would dilute the poll. I just happened to include five at the top myself but like I said Resident Evil could rightfully be there for me since I just don't seem to skip them. =)

Also, I added Castlevania and Metroid to the poll and will do the same for other worthy suggestions (you can also change your votes any time). Conversely, I may dump some of the loser franchises along the way if they never get votes (but I'm curious to see if there's any surprise fans of some of these =).

but I guess not enough or not long enough to earn a spot on such a list. It would be different if we were talking individual games, but we're not and that's the point, right?

Yeah, but YMMV, it's up to you basically, I just went with how I "felt" more than anything and didn't include series where one or two games were among my favorites, but I don't necessarily expect that level again or even want more (if they did Mass Effect 4 with Shepard though it'd be there =). But hell, I could see a scenario where even a single title's sequel would do that for somebody. It's mostly about what theoretically would be a "must play" for you, and that's different for everybody, even among their "favorites." So, it can admittedly be kind of a vague and awkward question, or as simple as just naming your favorite franchises.

Uh, doesn't look like I can answer this poll because I've already demonstrated that I wouldn't buy the latest iteration of any of these series, even if I do (or did) like them.

Just what ARE you going to play then!? I'm assuming titles NOT listed here unless you're retiring? :griffnotevil:

I already skipped out on Dark Souls 3. I didn't get Metal Gear Solid V because MGS should have ended with IV (better yet, II should have been excised from the canon so IV wouldn't need to clean up its mess). I'm officially done with Bethesda, so Fallout and Elder Scrolls are out. Rockstar has been pissing me off with their obsession with GTA Online and all its microtransactions, so I have no hope for GTA VI if and when it comes out. Final Fantasy just stopped exciting me around the time of XII's release, so I haven't bothered with them for over a decade. And with Mania being the exception and not the rule to Sonic's quality, that's a franchise that's mostly buried for me.

Dark Souls
Metal Gear
Fallout
Elder Scrolls
GTA
Final Fantasy
Sonic


Got it! :ganishka:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:43:48 PM »
I'm fairly certain that you could do this.

Me too, but after moving I can't find my USBs save the one in the Wii U that has BotW on it... eh, I may just use your auto-save only method, aka DON'T SAVE STUPID!

I finished Red Dead Redemption and was both slightly underwhelmed and very impressed. The slightly underwhelming part is that the progression is basically just the GTA model ad infinitum plus some side quests, which almost feels like stalling the plot, but it does the job of keeping things open, loose and fun while giving you a straightforward path if you want. So, that aspect of it didn't impress, and similarly the controls, while fine and perfectly serviceable, are a bit clunky or constricted compared to today's cutting edge, but are still relatively versatile and impressive when you consider this game is 8 years old now (and I actually lost respect for MGS5 because it's basically just RDR with jeeps =)! Speaking of which, it's still very impressive graphically, and while the models do show their age up close, the art design is still top notch and holds up today so I never felt like I was playing an "old game." Just gorgeous.

Lastly, the most enduring part of the game has to be the atmosphere, themes, and story elements. This game still has the misanthropic cynicism of the GTA series, but without the flippant attitude or overabundance of crude humor, and that serves the game well and allows it to feel a lot deeper than most games, particularly the back and forth dialogue while you ride that touches on everything from the role of government, humanity, family, religion, etc without ever feeling forced or preachy. The simple plot, particularly the ending and epilogue, are also worthy of the classic Westerns and make the game feel like a true edition to the great Western canon. Pretty damn impressive!

Now I'm trying Undead Nightmare, which is definitely a departure for better or worse. :guts:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:20:15 PM »
Wow, great news considering how likely a break seemed. I'm delighted I'll get to see the next episode sooner rather than later, but I was actually just thinking on the way to work how a break was good timing for me with the baby coming. The next Skullcast should be my first as a father and maybe the last before I'm divorced for podcasting instead of taking care of my infant. :ganishka:

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Video Games / Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:28:05 PM »
The spirit of this question is a little more abstract than the practical phrasing, almost like which idea of an individual game, as represented by multiple iterations, are your favorites? Or, to put it another way, which of these are you always going to buy the latest edition of? It doesn't have to be on this poll, Metroid and/or Castlevania would be excellent selections for example (and I considered dumping some of the ones I consider shit games for them, but I figured there should be some objective criteria and representation in the poll =), and whether or however you vote I encourage you to list and discuss your personal choices in a reply. Here are mine:

Zelda - #1 in my heart and mind.
Dark Souls - It's basically 3D Zelda but hard. =)
Mario - Arguably everyone's collective #1. I went away from them for a while but came back strong, so even if I don't play them all and the flame wanes it will burn eternal.
Diablo - This selection is more an admission: My name is Griffith and I'm a Diabloholic.
Mega Man - The Blue Bomber is back, baby! We'll see if the new style of 11 captures the magic better than MM7 and MM8.

Close:

Resident Evil - This one sort of surprised me but I'm pretty up on the main series save for like Revelations 2. I'm not that passionate about it though (or so I think =), but as far as playing them all as they come this could easily be up there.
Metal Gear - Definitely fits the bill, but more or less defunct now, right?
Fallout - My interest waned a bit with Fallout 4, it's now more "would play" than "must play."
Mario Kart - I played them all, loved 7, but again, interest waning a bit after 8.

Honorable mentions:

Doom - The only FPS brand I care about, but very few and far between.
Final Fantasy - Love the classics (IV-VII, Tactics), might give XV a try under the right circumstances, but my interest certainly hasn't held up to the test of time as I haven't played one since IX.
Grand Theft Auto - Revived by my recent love of Red Dead, since, besides a quickly aborted attempt at V, I hadn't played one since San Andreas.
Donkey Kong Country - Played and love 1 & 2 like few others, but everything since has disappointed.
Mass Effect - If Andromeda hadn't been a bomb this could have jumped to the main list.
Sonic Again, love the early entries, not so much what came or is coming next.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 06, 2018, 03:07:05 PM »
My advice is to skip the DLC (Champions Quest or whatever it's called). It's not great, and it's a real chore to do. I think the best part of this game occurs before you become overpowered and your map has been filled out. Maintaining the elements of danger and exploration was key to the fun that I had, and the further you get in the game, the more those diminish. If you have the DLC though, and you plan to start again, you could always do the Master Quest stuff, which I haven't touched.

I don't have it, I was waiting to see if I got a Switch, so I'll probably just skip it altogether (but adding NEW CONTENT to the replay is kind of enticing and sensible, hmmmm... this is why I haven't done it already =).

Good question. I very nearly lost my completed game save before checking this possibility. So this is really an oversight by Nintendo, but there aren't profiles for saves.

That's insane, why bother with profiles at all then? I made a profile for my wife for Wii Fit and Nintendo makes me choose which one I want to use every time I start the damn thing and it won't even distinguish saves between them!? Conversely, on my PS3 I played Demon's Souls on my brother-in-law's profile before making my own, but now I can't log onto PSN under his profile because his account is saved on there, and the Demon's Souls saves won't copy to my profile where I can register a PSN account! PROFILES URRRRGH!! :mozgus:

You get one manual save, and a series of autosaves.So the way I did it is, I manually saved my old game, and I'll only auto-save for my new game. If you manually saved in the new game and then moved on (like I did at first), the autosaves would eventually wipe out your old game.  :magni:

That'd work, but it's awfully risky though considering one bleary eyed late night save could cost literally over 100 hours of progress in your main game. Feel's inevitable to me really. Maybe I'll see if I can save my current game to a USB and then pop it in a drawer before starting over so I don't have to worry about it.

Yep! I've been deleting the ones I've already played, but I'd be happy to post the full list once I'm finished with it. I still work on it now and again in my free time (usually on the bus or on my breaks at work).

Once you're finished? Oh, I see, TOP SECRET, huh? :carcus:

(I guess I could just check the lists you cited and do the math on the sequels =)

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:51:30 AM »
I compiled the list of games I want to play by looking at IGN's Top 100 Games of All Time list from a few years ago, Wikipedia's list of the "greatest video games of all time" and Metacritic's top video games list.

So you actually have "the list" written out already? Well now you gotta publish that with the completed titles crossed out. :guts:

I started re-playing through Breath of the Wild (with my son watching this time and giving me directions), and it's still really fucking good.
I remember being pretty bored with the game after beating it and having explored everything, but starting fresh, everything feels pretty new again.

I've been thinking about doing this awhile to take advantage of the Switch's Wii U's adaptability; it's hard to get quality alone time with the TV or my PC these days, but with the Wii U I can hide in plain sight while the boob tube provides me cover. =) Problem is the only game I have for it that's worthwhile compared to my other options is BotW and I too played it to death when it came out. I also can't decide whether to get the DLC and jump back into the endgame, fearing I'll find it stale and uninviting, or just start over, fearing I'll never get back to this point or ever play the endgame DLC (not to mention the shrines). I'm glad to hear restarting indeed refreshes the experience since that's the way I was leaning, though now I realize I also got a lot of exclusive stuff, like Epona and classic tunics, borrowing amiibos from people. I won't get those back (not that they're worth anything now =). Is it possible to start over without losing my old saves, like via another user account so I can just casually replay it without worrying about regaining my place? I recall some horror story on here of that very thing wiping someone's progress midway through.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:23:50 PM »
Hehe, I plan on it. It's on...the list. :badbone:

The List! :magni:

What games AREN'T on the list, like because you played them growing up or you're just not interested? :guts:

The witcher 3 has a ton of cutscenes and as much gameplay.  Enjoy.  definitely not a game to rush. A lot of the sidequests are a good hour. 

Eee, that's what I was afraid of, actually. I think another factor that made the Souls style so appealing in the last generation, at least to me, isn't just the improved difficulty and lack of hand-holding, but also the lack of passive storytelling, i.e. hours of semi-mandatory cutscenes and/or voice acting. I've navigated enough dialogue trees to last a lifetime, so if I have to talk to NPCs I'm almost out right there. BUT, perhaps this is the exception where its done so well its truly rewarding. After all, there was a time I was drawn to that before the genre became over-saturated.

A joy I've rediscovered in the GTA/Red Dead model is the bite-sized nature of the missions. I can just knock one out in a few minutes if I don't have more time, or I can do half a dozen or more in an hour if I do. I wonder if GTA is really so popular because budding dads actually have time to sneak off and complete a mission or two here and there (it's also all relatively easy). Nothing worse than being stuck on an hour long sidequest when duty calls, "Just a minute!... I hope." :ganishka:

i've been playing back through sonic adventure 2
I'm working towards getting an all S stat chao
and of course all A rank
This game still looks like crap and the cutscenes are awful but somehow i still love it

When we were discussing Sonic 3 above it actually made me consider if Sonic Adventure should be counted among the "good" Sonics or not. I remember playing the hell out of and enjoying it, like it was the equivalent of Sonic's Mario 64, but I don't know if it was really good or if that was out of devotion and I was essentially a frog in a boiling pot of bad Sonic and didn't realize it. I know I sure didn't have the same devotion by the time Sonic Adventure 2 came around and I hardly played it at all (but I didn't play Mario Sunshine much either =).

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 30, 2018, 08:58:06 PM »
Started Witcher 3, and I don't know if it was late and I was tired, but they sure do talk A LOT. Gameplay looks promising, but aside from the tutorial and fighting some ghouls I spent most of the hour playing it as a passive participant. I hope that's not going to continue once I dig in further.

I beat Donkey Kong Country earlier this week. I enjoyed it a lot, but it was shorter than I expected.

If you liked DKC, and want to try something more substantial and challenging then after Sonic 3 give Donkey Kong Country 2 a try. It's the best of the... bunch. :badbone:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:28:06 PM »
Whoa! I wonder if we should dare to dream about a larger print size and improved quality. Hopefully, it at least won't be the opposite.

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Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:25:40 PM »
While I think a "violent" reaction, particularly something "involuntary" or like a panicked freak-out, is certainly within the realm of possibility, I don't think an otherwise sane Casca is going to try to straight up murder people she just properly introduced herself to. More likely that Guts would bear the brunt of an outburst of any kind, and frankly I'd like to see him just take it, because he can. Hell, she could respond negatively and hate him and he might still be crying happy just to hear her say so. :judo:

Or, he could just let her stab him to calm her down; it's worked before. :carcus:

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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:33:59 PM »
long story short, when an episode ends with just 次回に つづく (continues next time) + no date DOES generally mean it's a hiatus.

Here's the wording for every episode going back to 330, 6 years ago:

https://pastebin.com/jGgZHgJ6

I also went even further back to verify this trend, and 318 had the same wording before a break, as did 297, 279 etc.

https://youtu.be/ewenlya6vLU :guts:

"Continues next time." It might as well say the next episode is coming when the next episode is released, or "when Miura's done drawing it." At least our experts here have a handle on what this nomenclature actually means. Here's hoping Miura is just keeping Hakusensha guessing or that the wait is short... Not to get hopes up, but maybe he just needs an extra month to make sure the next episode is the best one ever? :judo:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 29, 2018, 04:50:48 AM »
That's Sony's fault  :femto:

Yeah... and I have no idea why Sony isn't squeezing value out of that property. There must be some licensing crap because it makes no sense that an already localized version isn't available on PSN like in Japan. It'd capitalize on the craze with zero overhead yet they're just not doing it. You'd think they'd be doing something with it by now. Hell, slap a new coat of paint on it and it wouldn't even feel that different from getting a new Souls game to most; the difference between Demon's Souls and even DS3 isn't so great.

The problem with the PS3's exclusives (or PS3 games that didn't go to PC) is that a lot of them have since been ported to the PS4 and PC.

Just not the ones, or the ONE, Wally and I want! :ganishka:

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Well, you still do for Catherine, but that's getting an enhanced PS4 remaster later this year.

Of course it is. =)

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The only games I can think of that are still exclusive to PS3 are inFamous 1 and 2. I liked them just fine too, but in an industry that's absolutely flooded with open world games, I don't know if they'd really stand out anymore.

Yeah, it's actually been a turnoff for me for a while, thus why I haven't played purportedly transcendent examples like GTAV and Witcher 3.

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Can't argue with that! :iva:

Too bad MGSV got so messed up in the end, it sort of got things back on track before being derailed for good.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:54:04 AM »
A podcast with all those old farts would be interesting.  :badbone:

 :ubik: :daiba:

Had to come back when I heard the news. I sort of stopped following for a while because I couldn't stand the pace of the manga anymore. It just seemed like so little progress was being made each year. I remember first being exposed to the series in 97, or 98 when I was still in highschool. I found bootlegs on some old website I used to grab DBZ episodes off of back in the old dial-up days. Funimation sued the site, so they took down their DBZ stuff and put up 5 different anime series. Berserk was one of them. It was shortly after that I found BSOM. I ended up buying the laserdiscs for the series, and I quickly got caught up on the manga (as best as I could without knowing Japanese).

This brings back fond memories of hearing about the series on the blacktop in high scool, I still remember how I imagined the series to be from the description (so hardcore and much more salacious =), and borrowing the VCDs to find out for myself. Which of course led me to BSOM and my first exposure to the pure stuff, the manga, at SK.net itself.

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Does anyone have that alleged future timeline thing that Olivier got off of a Japanese BBS. I think everything that was outlined has now comes to pass, except for the portions that deal with Gaiseric and the creation of God Hand.

I'm more bullish on that theory than Wally obviously, and probably double for Aaz. It's not so much that it's been proven right as it's not yet been completely invalidated and was at least insightful, or vague enough, that the major strokes are still plausible and some parts have even become more credible to me. The most impressive thing is what we, or at least Olivier, found most far-fetched about the frontiers between worlds being unsettled, since we did see something like that happen in reverse. Still, a lot of the specific details sound suspect as Wally, and Olivier initially, said. But even if most of it turns out to be BS, bravo, I'm all for big, ambitious BS theories. =)

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As always I am not liking the artstyle being changed (I had just gotten used to the old one that I didn't like), but maybe Miura intentionally used it to set a sort of fairy-tail-ish tone.

"I just got used to not liking the last style!" :ganishka:

You still like the Conviction Arc style best? I feel like there's some potential movement in that direction. I was wondering how Miura was going to get more detailed after drawing like every piece of the Kushan military's armor. I'd love to see him go more minimalist and interpretative, precisely because that's clearly not his way. I think he'd feel guilty trying.

Especially read the part about his turning 30 years old and still never having had a girlfriend. Or the fact that he had to cancel his cell phone service because no one ever called him in over 2 years. That's some soul crushing stuff there   :sad:

In the next SK.net letter to Miura we should really aim to become his actual friend or something. =)

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 28, 2018, 11:47:53 PM »
While I've  really had a blast with BOtW and Horizon: Zero Dawn, after the witcher 3 Iíve felt empty in comparison.  Enjoy the game and enjoy that baby.  Life will change forever.

Well geez, I hope Witcher 3 isn't so good even fatherhood pales by comparison. :ganishka:

Hey, it's on the PS3, ain't it? :ganishka:

Right, it begs the question: what was PS3's killer exclusive? Was it Demon's Souls, a game even most Dark Souls fans didn't play? :guts:

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Congratulations on the kid, Griff!

Thank you!

I can't exactly say how good a job it does for people coming in fresh, but being as TW3 outsold the first two games by a considerable margin, I'm going guess it did fairly well on that front. *Shrugs*

It certainly isn't the wall of impenetrable fog that something like Metal Gear Solid 4 was.

And that's just how MGS4 felt to series veterans! :troll: Well, it sounds like Witcher 3 is THE ONE, so I'll just dive in and see what happens.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:16:09 PM »
Glad to see old sk members that are still around. Cheers.

In addition to Cronus, Saiya, Rane et al I also saw iconically named "Werealmad" lurking as well, but alas my private urging to post went unanswered. Now I think we just need Skully, Olivier, and CnC to complete classic BSOM bingo. I mean,  what do we need to make that happen, Guts' death or some shit!? Ok, being pushy probably doesn't help. :griffnotevil:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 28, 2018, 04:00:35 AM »
I highly recommend the version of Sonic CD available on the Playstation Store. I finished it this weekend and it was a blast.

Ah yes, the iconic PS3 title synonymous with the system: Sonic CD! I guess that says it all about the PS3. :guts:

Alas, I've played Sonic CD before and it wasn't one of my favorites because I find it too uneven and jarring overall; it just doesn't flow like, say, Sonic 2. Sonic 3 I have fond memories of though, even moreso than when you locked it on to Sonic & Knuckles (which ruined Knuckles music). Loved the save system (back when that was a big feature =) and pretty much all the levels are excellently crafted for speed and exploration, though it's relatively short, just six zones without the & Knuckles expansion, but it was quality over quantity and Sonic's last hurrah.

Anyway, some other PS3 games I have that I haven't played, feel free to encourage:

L.A. Noire
Spec Ops: The Line
Armored Core 4
Splatterhouse
Assassin's Creed 3
A bunch of FPS and racing games I don't want to play

Man, I wish in the past I had bought my brother in law PS3 games I wanted to play instead of ones I already have like Mass Effect 2! I should have been thinking about MY future!  :mozgus:

Also, a question for fans of The Witcher franchise: The Witcher 3 is supposed to be one of the best games ever, but do I need or should I complete 1 & 2 first to appreciate it? Time is of the essence as I only have a few weeks tops before my kid is born and I probably can't play Red Dead plus all The Witcher games before then!

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Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: March 27, 2018, 04:31:44 PM »
That's pretty cool and ridiculously huge, the base is very impressive, especially the beast though it looks a little rodent-like, but it's odd having two Pucks on there so close together (maybe if the deformed one were sitting on the beast =). The weakest part is the head/face unfortunately, too tall/thin and looks more like someone playing Guts in a movie than like Guts himself, though the angled shot of the neutral face is pretty close.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 27, 2018, 02:59:51 PM »
Well, I can't help but see a difference. For comparison:

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/love_ookami/0354-0191_zpsjannb44c.jpg http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/love_ookami/ff5ddd4c00bc63f6bef5052d2a2a0544edca14dd_hq1_zpsmghr2m46.jpg http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/love_ookami/0355-0011_zpsdfpk9aft.jpg http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/love_ookami/d38728619972e5b3d7acba47f99bd2bb1_zpsmzlpbgwp.jpg

(Sorry if the images are huge, they were tiny on my pc but still became this way here.)

Anyway, I'm not saying she looks bad, not at all. I just personally liked her look a tad more in the previous arcs, that's all.

Right, and I was just pointing out I don't think depiction of age is a factor, just that the styles are obviously as different from each other as they are to the Golden Age and YMMV on how old/young you think that makes the characters look. As much as I like MF's attempts at a more photorealistic style (the first examples that come to mind are from Griffith's incarnation, actually) I'm also digging the throwback vibe on awake Casca. Really, I thought by midway through the episode we were seeing a pretty good mix of styles and techniques to convey something different in each panel, and I really dug the closeup on her profile as she's considering those old memories of the Falcons.

The "there's someone I want to see" line came from Elaine a few episodes ago, so it would make sense that Casca is sensing an echo of Elaine's wish.

We've gone back and forth across that time about whether it's Guts or her child that she wants to see. I think Casca, who hasn't yet grappled with being a mother, may think that it's Guts, but I'm still guessing it's the child given Elaine's connection with him.

It's cool to think that Elaine's driving force as it existed separate from Casca was an instinctual search for her child, since she was the one that gave birth depending on how distinctly we want to consider them (in retrospect it's like she had her own little arc/journey... that was cut short, should we be sad for "Elaine?" =). I wonder if that feeling will translate seamlessly to Casca once she remembers or if it's something she's going to have to come to grips with from a more intellectual place, like she's learning she has a kid out there for the first time (not a situation a woman usually has the opportunity to experience =).

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 27, 2018, 05:28:20 AM »
Wow. A phenomenal episode and moment in this story.
Any ideas on who/what the 'faint voice' could be that she references?

Whoa! A phenomenal occasion indeed, I'm loving all the major cameos and callbacks in this thread (it is like S3 =). I must take the opportunity to converse with you about Berserk...

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Any ideas on who/what the 'faint voice' could be that she references?

My guess is it's simply what remained of her, holding on so she could possibly see Guts again and/or her child.

Or, as some of hypothesized, take another run at Griff now that he's shown some mutual interest! :troll:

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I made the same connection given that S3 is fresh in my mind, but this...is glorious.

Again, I gotta credit Eluvei for the idea. BTW, there's also some obvious Elaine/Dougie parallels in hindsight. Lynch would be so impressed with Miura for making us wait 22 goddamned years; I just hope Casca isn't in some fucked up semi-catatonic state for the next 16 episodes! :ganishka:

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Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: March 27, 2018, 02:58:00 AM »
When you all where discussing future interactions between Isidro and Casca I was thinking about Casca possibly unveiling to Isidro that Guts was the raiders captain of the Falcons.
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Casca coming back throws in a whole new dynamic to the existing group.

Good point, she's been back one episode and she's already more sharing; Guts is such a bloody secretive guy it'd be fun to see him having to respond if and when Casca spills the beans on some of their past exploits. Of course, that's whenever she's in the mood after this...

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