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Aazealh

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Played through the remake of Link's Awakening on Switch. I played in Hard (double damage + no heart drops) to give myself a modicum of challenge. The game is as great as ever, although I would honestly rank this version as inferior to the original one. As charming as the 3D is, it just doesn't beat the original pixel art. There are some small additions here and there but nothing too remarkable, except for the dungeon creation mode. It's limited but pretty fun, and makes it obvious that Nintendo will eventually release a "Zelda Dungeon Maker" game similar to Super Mario Maker. That would be a top seller.

I also bought Gato Roboto on Switch because it was on sale. It's a cute game that's very clearly inspired by Metroid. I had fun with it but finishing the game at 100% requires about 3h30, so it's not worth more than what I paid for it (3.99€).

I have tons of games I need to finish but right now I'm waiting for Asgard's Wrath, a VR game that's releasing this week.
 

Victor

"Don't forget your poison arrows"
I have tons of games I need to finish but right now I'm waiting for Asgard's Wrath, a VR game that's releasing this week.
It seems like both the games and the technology supporting VR are indeed steadily improving. Still not there yet, but progress is being made nonetheless, which is very good. A big reason why is because Facebook got involved, and as much as I dislike their practices as a company I have to commend the initiative.

I got more interested in VR when Luckey was still the main visionary behind it, around the time Oculus CV1 was announced and this technology started creeping into the mainstream. I didn't have the means to go full enthusiast and buy any of the headsets at the time of release though, and I was a little bit disappointed by the fact that it all looked like a sort of advanced gimmick more than a revolutionary technology, even though I was aware this is how most revolutionary technologies must've felt at the very beginning of their lifespans. I didn't agree with the opinion that it would eventually die down like similar previous attempts and then the cycle would repeat in another 10 years or so, but since then I've stopped keeping up with the news so rigorously and kinda feel out of the loop; but now with the release of the new Oculus models and all the new stuff on the horizon, it might be a good time to get back in.
 

Aazealh

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It seems like both the games and the technology supporting VR are indeed steadily improving. Still not there yet, but progress is being made nonetheless, which is very good. A big reason why is because Facebook got involved, and as much as I dislike their practices as a company I have to commend the initiative.
Depends on what "being there" means to you. For all intents and purposes I'd say VR is worth getting into right now. The technology will certainly keep getting better but it will take a while (5 years) before the next great leap forward.

And yeah, Facebook is at the forefront of VR innovation. They see it as a way to diversify their business model and as their chance to own the next computing platform (after the smartphone). Sony has also been investing seriously into the tech and ecosystem.

I've stopped keeping up with the news so rigorously and kinda feel out of the loop; but now with the release of the new Oculus models and all the new stuff on the horizon, it might be a good time to get back in.
The Oculus Quest is a great device. It's standalone but will also soon support PC apps and games just by connecting it to a computer via a USB 3 cable. Starts at $399.
 

Victor

"Don't forget your poison arrows"
Depends on what "being there" means to you. For all intents and purposes I'd say VR is worth getting into right now. The technology will certainly keep getting better but it will take a while (5 years) before the next great leap forward.
What I mean by that, as far as gaming is concerned, is how things are still looking markedly experimental. Most original VR titles so far have either been in the branch of mini-games or some kind of short and focused experience with limited mechanics. Only recently have we got to see more "fully fledged" adventure type games, with realistic graphics and larger scopes, one of them being the upcoming Asgard's Wrath. This is a clear sign that developers are getting more and more comfortable with the technology and with investing more time and money to make complex games for it, but they still can't quite keep up with what we have on other systems. This is understandable considering current VR tech is still less than a decade old, but that means there are hardly any system sellers for the average consumer as of yet.

The Oculus Quest is a great device. It's standalone but will also soon support PC apps and games just by connecting it to a computer via a USB 3 cable. Starts at $399.
Yep, the Oculus Quest seems like the most compelling option for someone who would like to get into VR now. Aside from having a more acceptable price, it's also the most ambitious when it comes to VR innovation by ditching the wires and dependency on PC hardware.
 

Griffith

My posts are better.
The debate over which Super Mario Bros. platformer is better, Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World, is over. The winner is Yoshi’s Island!

Yoshi’s Island is the best platform game I’ve ever played (and I’ve played a few).
After getting 100% in Yoshi’s Island last week, I’ve been playing Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. While it’s nowhere near Yoshi’s Island in terms of perfection, it’s a challenging little platformer with gorgeous visuals. I’m liking it a lot better than the original, both in terms of gameplay and graphics.
*crawls out of the jungle*

Funny you mention these two games since Miyamoto purportedly cited DKC as an influence on Yoshi's Island, but as a left-handed comment about how gamers will put up with mediocre gameplay if the graphics are good. That's unfair though because DKC and, especially, DKC2 had some great gameplay. I totally maxed out DKC2 and became a true gaming hero (I can't believe they had Yoshi over Link!?). Speaking of Yoshi's Island; among other things you mentioned, best final Bowser EVER!

I finished DKC2 the other day.
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I had a great time playing it and am looking forward to the third and final entry on the SNES.
Like Aaz, I have bad news...

Haha, I've heard that Tomb Raider 2 is good, 3 is not quite as good, and it's pretty much downhill from there until the various reboots. I'm only playing the ones that have received good reviews, so hopefully I'll avoid most of the bad ones.
I never got into OG Tomb Raider, played some of the first one but found it clunky and uncompelling, and probably had some misplaced feelings of Mario loyalty over some racy lookin' sexpot, daggummit! I really dig the reboot trilogy, though. Got the first one for $4 on steam and it ended being one of my favorite games from that year and I'm playing the third one now. Repetitive, but still fun, and it at least addresses the elephant in the room that you're supposedly some archeologist that basically genocides armies.:shrug:

I've beat Batman Arkham Knight. Never played any Batman before, too much batmobil, too much fighting against enemy tanks, poor made ending. On the other hand, flying is pretty good, combat itself has some good combos and atmosphere is pretty good.
I would still play the original or, if that one's a bit dated now, Arkham City. The plots are much better as it has Batman writer Paul Dini involved and it doesn't yet contain all the tanky Batmobile gameplay, and City retains the awesome open-world Batmam action and a crazy plot involving more villains than you can keep track of, so that might be the perfect one for you. I love Joker's arc and Mark Hamill's performance in Arkham Knight though. I like all the Arkham games though, even black sheep Origins, which still did some interesting things with Batman and Joker.
 
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*crawls out of the jungle*

Funny you mention these two games since Miyamoto purportedly cited DKC as an influence on Yoshi's Island, but as a left-handed comment about how gamers will put up with mediocre gameplay if the graphics are good. That's unfair though because DKC and, especially, DKC2 had some great gameplay. I totally maxed out DKC2 and became a true gaming hero (I can't believe they had Yoshi over Link!?). Speaking of Yoshi's Island; among other things you mentioned, best final Bowser EVER!
I agree. I don't understand the hate the DKC games sometimes get. I've had fun playing every one of them so far.

Yes! The best final Bowser EVER! God damn, I miss that game...

Like Aaz, I have bad news...
That's too bad. Oh, well. I'll give it a shot and see what I think. I've heard DKC2 is the best of the three, though.

I never got into OG Tomb Raider, played some of the first one but found it clunky and uncompelling, and probably had some misplaced feelings of Mario loyalty over some racy lookin' sexpot, daggummit! I really dig the reboot trilogy, though. Got the first one for $4 on steam and it ended being one of my favorite games from that year and I'm playing the third one now. Repetitive, but still fun, and it at least addresses the elephant in the room that you're supposedly some archeologist that basically genocides armies.:shrug:
Oh, it's clunky for sure, but I had a great time with it. It was fun to see how such an early 3D game played, especially compared to the contemporaneous Super Mario 64, which nailed it right out the gate. Plus, after playing all those 2D games the last few years, it's 3D man!
 

XionHorsey

Hi! Hi!
Been playing Borderlands 3 since it first came out! I started with Amara, but Moze was the emergent favorite in terms of gameplay, and Zane was the emergent overall favorite.
 
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