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« Reply #2925 on: November 03, 2018, 02:57:36 AM »
My imported copy of Okami HD for Switch came in today (along with volume 40). I could have just downloaded it but I have a strong preference for physical games.

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« Reply #2926 on: November 03, 2018, 05:45:46 AM »
Got off my lazy ass to get back on my lazy ass to start playing Nioh for the past week. I've been enjoying it so far. Had to unlearn everything Bloodborne taught me, though, 'cause that was tripping me up a lot. Like the fact that blocking is NOT for chumps, that I DON'T need a shield to block, attacking will NOT heal me, and that in many cases, sprinting is MUCH more preferable to dodging, especially since you can "strafe-sprint." Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, and that I now have to use the face buttons for everything, rather than the shoulder buttons.

Don't really care for the way equipment works, though. The game throws gear at you like it's on clearance, sifting through the dozens upon dozens of items you collect to to see what's better for you is tedious as hell and ends up slowing things down a lot when you want to get back to hunting Youkai, and frankly, the effects are so marginal on your performance that I really don't notice them. Doubt I'll replay this game as religiously as I did for the Soulsborne games (and Salt and Sanctuary), though I hope Team Ninja will fix this in the sequel.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2927 on: November 03, 2018, 02:40:11 PM »
Doubt I'll replay this game as religiously as I did for the Soulsborne games (and Salt and Sanctuary)

It's interesting to see you liked Salt and Sanctuary more than Nioh. The art style is original and the combat is smooth but the level design feels inadequate to me. It attempts the Dark Souls interconnected world which so many people praise, but because it's a 2D game, it's fundamentally linear and this combination becomes confusing. If I took a break from it and came back after a couple of days I'd have no idea where I am and where I'm supposed to go. Maybe that's just my faulty orientation, but that never happened to me in any souls game, because once I had gone through an area I knew exactly where it was, what was around it and the general direction of things in a 3 dimensional space. In Salt and Sanctuary your field of vision is limited, and because of the 2D side scrolling camera I couldn't get a grasp of the world's dimension and location. I found myself spending more time back tracking and fixing my in game compass than actually progressing. Maybe that's how it was intended and you're supposed to go through the game many times in order to become familiar with the world, which is true in the case of the Souls games as well, but not nearly to this extent. To me it was just confusing and frustrating. I should go back and at least finish it, because it's not a bad game, and I enjoyed the combat aspects, but I don't see myself replaying it religiously.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2928 on: November 03, 2018, 06:44:00 PM »
I played Nioh for 49 hours over the summer. I enjoyed it for a while despite its flaws, but I ended up dropping it at some point because it had just gotten boring. I feel like it's a very "grindy" type of game and that it doesn't have much substance behind the veneer of Japanese lore.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2929 on: November 03, 2018, 07:06:45 PM »
My imported copy of Okami HD for Switch came in today (along with volume 40). I could have just downloaded it but I have a strong preference for physical games.

I could NOT get into this game. It's been like a decade of false starts, including a faulty Blockbuster video rental disc, and when I finally got it for my PC the annoying talking sounds in a dialogue heavy game was just too much. Maybe I'll go back someday, but I think Okami might always be one that got away for me.

Got off my lazy ass to get back on my lazy ass to start playing Nioh for the past week. I've been enjoying it so far. Had to unlearn everything Bloodborne taught me, though, 'cause that was tripping me up a lot. Like the fact that blocking is NOT for chumps, that I DON'T need a shield to block, attacking will NOT heal me, and that in many cases, sprinting is MUCH more preferable to dodging, especially since you can "strafe-sprint." Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, and that I now have to use the face buttons for everything, rather than the shoulder buttons.

You don't HAVE to use the face buttons. :carcus: I basically went out of my way to make Nioh play like Dark Souls, and then Bloodborne, at the expense of what the game was trying to do and it paid major dividends for my instincts and overall enjoyment. Sure, switching stances is a little unintuitive when one is a directional arrow and another is a shoulder button, and the only item you have is healing assigned to the top button, and you have to press a face button to go up in a menu and the confirm and back buttons are reversed, but... worth it! :guts:

Don't really care for the way equipment works, though. The game throws gear at you like it's on clearance, sifting through the dozens upon dozens of items you collect to to see what's better for you is tedious as hell and ends up slowing things down a lot when you want to get back to hunting Youkai, and frankly, the effects are so marginal on your performance that I really don't notice them. Doubt I'll replay this game as religiously as I did for the Soulsborne games (and Salt and Sanctuary), though I hope Team Ninja will fix this in the sequel.

Don't waste time on the items, just set the item display to highest level or most recent and equip whichever gives you the best stats and movement. Eventually it's useless anyway once you reach the item level cap (I liked it for the Diablo-esque novelty). Anyway, played it for at least 100 hours and there's still more to do with all the high level end game boss rush shit, but I doubt I'll be going back. It was basically a game I was playing because I couldn't play Bloodborne, and I hadn't even really considered the sequel but I'll probably play it for the same reason once I'm done with Sekiro. I'll give it this though, it's got something going for it beyond being a Souls clone, because I couldn't get with Lords of the Fallen or The Surge like I could this game.

I played Nioh for 49 hours over the summer. I enjoyed it for a while despite its flaws, but I ended up dropping it at some point because it had just gotten boring. I feel like it's a very "grindy" type of game and that it doesn't have much substance behind the veneer of Japanese lore.

The authentic Japanese monster lore is the best fucking part, by far, but it's somewhat tempered by the bizarro world history and bog standard, but ridiculous, plot. And yeah, it's pretty grindy both in the leveling and repetition required for certain bosses. Despite all the extra stances and other features the fighting isn't as loose, free-wheeling or improvisational as Dark Souls. There's a "right way" through many boss encounters to the exclusion of most other possibilities... until later when you respec to spam spells and ninja moves. =)

It's interesting to see you liked Salt and Sanctuary more than Nioh. The art style is original and the combat is smooth but the level design feels inadequate to me. It attempts the Dark Souls interconnected world which so many people praise, but because it's a 2D game, it's fundamentally linear and this combination becomes confusing. If I took a break from it and came back after a couple of days I'd have no idea where I am and where I'm supposed to go. Maybe that's just my faulty orientation, but that never happened to me in any souls game, because once I had gone through an area I knew exactly where it was, what was around it and the general direction of things in a 3 dimensional space. In Salt and Sanctuary your field of vision is limited, and because of the 2D side scrolling camera I couldn't get a grasp of the world's dimension and location. I found myself spending more time back tracking and fixing my in game compass than actually progressing. Maybe that's how it was intended and you're supposed to go through the game many times in order to become familiar with the world, which is true in the case of the Souls games as well, but not nearly to this extent. To me it was just confusing and frustrating. I should go back and at least finish it, because it's not a bad game, and I enjoyed the combat aspects, but I don't see myself replaying it religiously.

I couldn't get into Salt & Sanctuary either, 2D Souls isn't Souls and I wasn't a fan of the art style or getting around either. Speaking of which though...


In Red Dead Redemption II I've gone completely native and turned off all HUD and onscreen displays. I'm in it now! :ganishka:

It's great for inhabiting the world because you really learn the lay of the land instead of just following the tiny GPS or directions (and it turns off all on screen directions too). I have to know where I'm going or check my map, which can make the simplest errands an adventure, but that's kind of the point of this game so I'm embracing it. I mean, when you just follow that GPS it's like you're playing that and you don't even know the town you're riding through for the half dozenth time, so this is better (or I've gone crazy alone out on the plains =). The only drawback is sometimes you can't tell where a chance encounter is coming from (someone yelling for help, etc) or when you're about to walk into a bushwhacking horde of enemies. It's a pretty small price to pay though for the added immersion and beauty.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2930 on: November 03, 2018, 09:46:35 PM »
It's interesting to see you liked Salt and Sanctuary more than Nioh. The art style is original and the combat is smooth but the level design feels inadequate to me. It attempts the Dark Souls interconnected world which so many people praise, but because it's a 2D game, it's fundamentally linear and this combination becomes confusing. If I took a break from it and came back after a couple of days I'd have no idea where I am and where I'm supposed to go. Maybe that's just my faulty orientation, but that never happened to me in any souls game, because once I had gone through an area I knew exactly where it was, what was around it and the general direction of things in a 3 dimensional space. In Salt and Sanctuary your field of vision is limited, and because of the 2D side scrolling camera I couldn't get a grasp of the world's dimension and location. I found myself spending more time back tracking and fixing my in game compass than actually progressing. Maybe that's how it was intended and you're supposed to go through the game many times in order to become familiar with the world, which is true in the case of the Souls games as well, but not nearly to this extent. To me it was just confusing and frustrating. I should go back and at least finish it, because it's not a bad game, and I enjoyed the combat aspects, but I don't see myself replaying it religiously.

Sounds like a personal issue, because orienting myself was never a problem for me in the 2D format. Hilariously, this is more of an issue I suffer from in Nioh. The levels tend to get pretty maze-like in design, and they encourage you to explore them in detail in order to get the "collectibles" that are strewn about, like the Kodama or the Hiragumo Fragments in the Spider Nest Castle level. Which is fine, but when you're running around these places looking for those needles in the haystack after you've unlocked every shortcut and discovered every shrine, it's easy to get lost in and find your way back the way you came (and heaven forbid you die after you've collected a huge surplus of Amrita :magni:). And because of that, I don't ever have the guts to use the shrines because then I'll have trouble finding my way back to the one right next to the boss :femto:!

It doesn't help that a lot of the levels feel very samey; the second half of "The Spirit Stone Slumbers" in particular was a major offender of this. Whoever thought it was a good idea to set a mission inside an underground tomb consisting entirely of rectangular rooms connected by square hallways filled to the brim with the same Sentry statues everywhere, and where everything is drab grey-green in color needs to be shot. The lack of landmarks in this sea of monotony means it's nigh impossible to tell if you're covering new ground or accidentally backtracking, and it's just boring as hell to look at.

I played Nioh for 49 hours over the summer. I enjoyed it for a while despite its flaws, but I ended up dropping it at some point because it had just gotten boring. I feel like it's a very "grindy" type of game and that it doesn't have much substance behind the veneer of Japanese lore.

The Japanese lore feels awfully wasted to me. I was completely onboard with the premise. I mean, a historical fantasy story set in 17th Century Japan, where you kick spiritual ass and take names as one of the first European samurai? Sounds awesome! Except...everything feels so disconnected. There's no discernible reason for why anything is happening in the plot, characters just kind of come and go, and William has no real character or motivation that I can see. I think he's trying to rescue that guardian spirit of his who was kidnapped at the beginning, but I can't be sure...most of the time, he just seems to be looking indifferent to everything around him. He honestly could have just been your typical mute, blank slate RPG protagonist and it wouldn't have made a difference. Team Ninja were excited about making Dark Souls in a Shinto-colored package, I'll give them that; but it doesn't seem like they gave any real thought to it outside the aesthetics.

You don't HAVE to use the face buttons. :carcus: I basically went out of my way to make Nioh play like Dark Souls, and then Bloodborne, at the expense of what the game was trying to do and it paid major dividends for my instincts and overall enjoyment. Sure, switching stances is a little unintuitive when one is a directional arrow and another is a shoulder button, and the only item you have is healing assigned to the top button, and you have to press a face button to go up in a menu and the confirm and back buttons are reversed, but... worth it! :guts:

Thanks for the suggestion, but my muscle memory's adjusted, so I think I'll get by with the default control scheme. Now I just need to worry when I get back to Soulsborne, and start wondering why I'm munching grass, chugging Estus, or jamming a syringe into my leg when I should be chopping the enemy. :ganishka:

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2931 on: November 04, 2018, 01:54:57 AM »
In Red Dead Redemption II I've gone completely native and turned off all HUD and onscreen displays. I'm in it now! :ganishka:

It's great for inhabiting the world because you really learn the lay of the land instead of just following the tiny GPS or directions (and it turns off all on screen directions too). I have to know where I'm going or check my map, which can make the simplest errands an adventure, but that's kind of the point of this game so I'm embracing it. I mean, when you just follow that GPS it's like you're playing that and you don't even know the town you're riding through for the half dozenth time, so this is better (or I've gone crazy alone out on the plains =). The only drawback is sometimes you can't tell where a chance encounter is coming from (someone yelling for help, etc) or when you're about to walk into a bushwhacking horde of enemies. It's a pretty small price to pay though for the added immersion and beauty.

I used the same approach while playing the Witcher 3 and I definitely understand what you're saying. Paying more attention to the game world for a change, especially in cases where it's full of details and realism such as in RDR2 is a viable and exciting way to go about it. You start to notice all the clues and clever hints that were put in there for you to see but which can be easily overlooked due to the presence of HUD elements.

However, open worlds are a totally different breed from the style of world building that goes into Souls games and Salt and Sanctuary respectively. There are no maps so the world needs to be more reliably structured, so that you can remember where things are in accordance to one another and have landmarks, places that you know how to get to which lead to other places you're not fully accustomed to yet. I don't know if Salt and Sanctuary failed to do that or if it's just the 2D restriction that makes it seem so, but I don't think a Souls-like world design fits that game either way.

Sounds like a personal issue, because orienting myself was never a problem for me in the 2D format.

I'm sure a big part of the problem is my natural inclination towards 3D for orientation but I believe the game is also to blame to some extent (basically what I said to Griffith above)

It doesn't help that a lot of the levels feel very samey; the second half of "The Spirit Stone Slumbers" in particular was a major offender of this. Whoever thought it was a good idea to set a mission inside an underground tomb consisting entirely of rectangular rooms connected by square hallways filled to the brim with the same Sentry statues everywhere, and where everything is drab grey-green in color needs to be shot. The lack of landmarks in this sea of monotony means it's nigh impossible to tell if you're covering new ground or accidentally backtracking, and it's just boring as hell to look at.

I can actually think of a couple similar locations in Souls games such as the sewer portion of the Depths, the underground well in the Painted World and the Tomb of Giants in DkS 1, The Gutter (fuck that place man) and Shaded Woods in DkS 2 and the lower part of the Smouldering Lake in DkS 3. All of the aforementioned have more or less labyrinth like designs and I think the expectation is that the average player will die and go back and try a different path until they have it all figured out. If it's annoying and a hindrance that's how you know it serves its purpose I guess.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2932 on: November 05, 2018, 04:36:01 PM »
I finished Final Fantasy IV this morning. I'm glad I played it again; I'd forgotten a lot. While no where near as advanced as Final Fantasy VI, it was still fun to play with a compelling story.

Next up: Sonic the Hedgehog for Game Gear, via the 3DS Virtual Console.

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« Reply #2933 on: November 11, 2018, 03:24:15 AM »
I finished Bully this morning. It was an overall fun game with a few hiccups.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2934 on: November 13, 2018, 04:43:35 AM »
I finished Bully this morning. It was an overall fun game with a few hiccups.

Itís great to see you enjoyed Bully! I absolutely love that game.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2935 on: November 14, 2018, 12:45:24 PM »
I beat Sonic and Mega Man 4. I think Iím turning into a Mega Man fanboy. Iíd heard Mega Man 4 wasnít as good as the first three because of the addition of the Mega Buster, but I loved it. I continue to be amazed at what companies were able to do on an 8-bit system.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2936 on: November 18, 2018, 03:01:15 PM »
I put about 25 hours into Moonlighter on Switch over the last week. A rogue-like /dungeon crawler, with a look and design similar to LoZ: Minish Cap. The hook is you are a merchant pillaging a dungeon to sell its wares. The shopkeeper aspect, pricing the items and driving the market demand, is the other half of the game and the loop.

It also has some incredible attention to detail, both in animation and sound design. For example, for the town theme, when you walk over to individual shops (5 in the game), it seamlessly shifts to a variation of the theme played with instruments that suit the personís shop. Percussion/clanging for the blacksmith; harpsichord/fancy shit for the uppity guy who only sells expensive shit.

Speaking of music, I also got a sound bar with a sub-woofer, and this game surprisingly shows it off quite well. The music is really phenomenal, probably its most noteworthy aspect aside from the animations. Take a listen to the 2nd dungeon music:
 https://davidfennmusic.bandcamp.com/track/macadamia-mayhem

Having just finished it, I'm sad to say that it was ultimately a little disappointing. The overall gameplay loop is fun (kill, loot, sort items, strategically port back, price and sell loot, buy/upgrade weapons, repeat), but the game fails to up the ante as you continue to get more proficient. Loot becomes more valuable, but so do the items you need. Enemies get more health and do more damage. Predictable shit, but no creative variations after the first dungeon. There are unique enemies per dungeon, but most are variations on the ones you've already encountered. The skill ceiling is too low, so that once you've mastered a few of the basics, exploring and battling becomes a matter of time investment rather than skill. This is all a travesty because the game is gorgeous and sounds amazing.

As a result, it's yet another indie game which has so many components of greatness, but something in the way itís stitched together falls short. Good vision, good ideas, but its assembly and execution just doesn't match the standards youíd expect. Still a blast though, and I'd definitely recommend it for $10-15.

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In bigger news I suppose, I just plunked down cash for a PS4 (non pro, don't hassle me!), and I plan to finally play Last Guardian, Bloodborne, Last of Us, and of course Red Dead 2 sometime this Christmas.

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« Reply #2937 on: November 18, 2018, 04:13:58 PM »
Finally played Last of Us. I've never been so bored with gameplay while simultaneously in love with the characters.

Definitely the most boring game from Naughty Dog, but it was still really enjoyable.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2938 on: November 19, 2018, 10:39:06 AM »
Been playing FOTNS: City of Paradise. I'm not sure how I feel about fusing Yakuza game mechanics with the brutal world of Fist of the North Star, Kenshiro never seemed the type of person to be constrained by societal norms, especially since Houkuto Shinken makes him godlike.

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« Reply #2939 on: November 20, 2018, 01:07:39 PM »
A ton of Dark Souls 3. I beat it and the expansions twice in a row. I absolutely fucking loved this game and look forward to a more lore-heavy playthrough for my next game after the holidays.

Finished Beyond Two Souls. I liked a lot about this game. At times it was tedious and a couple parts of the game I could have done without. But that aside, I found a lot to love. Probably replay it someday.

Playing Fatal Frame 3 again as well. Lovely unrelenting dread, how I missed it. This is one of my favorite horror games. It hits a lot of the right notes for me.

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« Reply #2940 on: November 25, 2018, 04:05:44 PM »
I wasn't able to complete Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade! because of the same slow-down issues as before, so I watched half of it on YouTube to see the story. After that, I beat Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, but I wasn't able to beat the last mission of the first expansion, Special Operations 1, so I watched the ending on YouTube, as well. However, I was able to beat Special Operations 2 pretty easily this morning after beating Kirby's Dream Land in about 25 minutes yesterday evening. It's been a video game-heavy Thanksgiving vacation, that's for damn sure.

I really enjoyed Wing Commander II. It was a pretty big step up from the first game, with a lot more focus on the story. The missions were a lot of fun to play, though, and I especially enjoyed the ones with torpedo runs.

Kirby's Dream Land was fun, too, but it was way too easy and way too short.

Next up is Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness!

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2941 on: November 25, 2018, 04:22:43 PM »
Wow tearing through games one after the other, you're a monster  :zodd:

What's beeen your biggest disappointment so far, in terms of how much you expected to enjoy a game, versus how it had aged?

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« Reply #2942 on: November 26, 2018, 04:34:49 PM »
Wow tearing through games one after the other, you're a monster  :zodd:

Hehe, well, it helps that I had most of last week off from work. But yeah, I think it's going well so far. :badbone:

What's beeen your biggest disappointment so far, in terms of how much you expected to enjoy a game, versus how it had aged?

Hmmm, probably Secret of Mana. However, I think a lot of that had to do with playing it on my phone. I've since purchased the SNES Classic, so I'm going to play it again on that and see if being able to control the characters a little better helps with the experience, since I've heard the game is one of the best ever.

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« Reply #2943 on: November 26, 2018, 04:54:08 PM »
Hehe, well, it helps that I had most of last week off from work.

Same, though I only got a few hours of games in.

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Hmmm, probably Secret of Mana. However, I think a lot of that had to do with playing it on my phone. I've since purchased the SNES Classic, so I'm going to play it again on that and see if being able to control the characters a little better helps with the experience, since I've heard the game is one of the best ever.

I'd put it on my personal Top 10, and the sequel is also good (Seiken Densetsu 3) with a translation patch. I actually loaded up SD3 on my SNES classic as well. Playing that game in English on a TV has been pretty much a lifelong dream of mine.

With all the sales, I picked up for PS4: God of War, Spider-man (Came with my system), Last of Us, Horizon, Last Guardian, Uncharted 1-3 + Lost Legacy (no 4 yet). Still would like to get Shadow of the Colossus and Bloodborne in short order, but no sales and no time even to play the aforementioned games so far  :badbone:

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2944 on: November 26, 2018, 08:38:10 PM »
I'd put it on my personal Top 10

Can you give us the ten? I mostly want to see how many are actually in your top 10 since there's probably dozens of games I'd consider "top 10." I think you're more practical though. =)

With all the sales, I picked up for PS4: God of War, Spider-man (Came with my system), Last of Us, Horizon, Last Guardian, Uncharted 1-3 + Lost Legacy (no 4 yet). Still would like to get Shadow of the Colossus and Bloodborne in short order, but no sales and no time even to play the aforementioned games so far  :badbone:

You got the $200 Spidey bundle, NICE! I still need to get Spidey and God of War, but didn't think to check on sales for them (I'm kind of still living that RDR2 life and even considering a PS Plus subscription for RD Online). SotC was a nice trip down memory lane, and I will of course vouch heavily for Last Guardian and especially Bloodborne (the legitimate heir to Dark Souls if the pretenders haven't turned you off forever). Horizon was very cool, like a more grown up, generic BotW, but didn't leave much of a lasting impact once I was finished with it (also kind of like BotW).


Still playing Red Dead II... lots of thoughts, crazy huge game in more ways than one, pretty slow in the middle if you're plot driven (it actively wants to funnel you to "the side stuff," but then you feel like you're sinking time... but now that I'm done with the plot I'm just sinking even more time =). I think RDR1 is a simpler, more finished creation, like a modern classic Western film in video game form, but RDR2 is insanely ambitious, like it's trying to be the Great American Novel in game form. It's hard for me to penalize it for its inherent faults in that regard when the game really does get into your system, at least mine (I do think it's funny to see reviews rationalize the slowness itself as a good thing, like we can't acknowledge parts of it drag and still love the game =). I think it's pretty brilliant that despite switching to a wholly new heretofore unknown main character, which helps solve a lot of inherent prequel problems, by the end I think I actually liked Arthur better than John Marston. He's not as distinctive or iconic, but he's a more fleshed out character and a better, and more real, person (well, depending how you play him I suppose =). Also, the way they handled the "epilogue" and end game stuff was kind of great and a little awkward as well (there's a lot to say about it, but I'll save the spoilerific stuff for later). I'm really curious where they'll go with the DLC, but there's at least two ideas I'd like to see (one being a follow up to Undead Nightmare). In the meantime I'm kind of making my own DLC by taking advantage of a glitch that lets you explore a huge part of the map and content you wouldn't normally have access to until the epilogue or end-game. It's really kind of an ideal scenario if you're familiar with the particulars.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2945 on: November 26, 2018, 09:19:30 PM »
Working my way through Persona5 and RDR2 right now. Hoping to see some good deals on a Playstation VR here soon - have a lot of VR games I want to try!

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2946 on: November 26, 2018, 10:16:10 PM »
Nabbed Hollow Knight on PSN for $7. I'm about 20 hours in and have been enjoying it so far, but sometimes I feel like I need my hand held because I have no clue where/what to do to progress the story.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2947 on: November 27, 2018, 02:46:06 AM »
Nabbed Hollow Knight on PSN for $7. I'm about 20 hours in and have been enjoying it so far, but sometimes I feel like I need my hand held because I have no clue where/what to do to progress the story.

There's not a lot of motivation to finish, either. I got to the room before the last boss and just lost interest. The game is so lovingly made, and yet has horrendous pacing problems.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2948 on: November 27, 2018, 04:38:36 PM »
There's not a lot of motivation to finish, either. I got to the room before the last boss and just lost interest. The game is so lovingly made, and yet has horrendous pacing problems.

Unfortunately it keeps pulling me in, but I think I might shelve it for a bit so I can finish Red Dead 2.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2949 on: November 27, 2018, 06:15:47 PM »
There's not a lot of motivation to finish, either. I got to the room before the last boss and just lost interest. The game is so lovingly made, and yet has horrendous pacing problems.

Dumping a game right before the final boss is a Wally pacing problem that never ceases to amaze me. =)

You are not a man to fall victim to the sunk cost fallacy. Meanwhile, I'm still playing Dark Souls II.

Unfortunately it keeps pulling me in

Oh geez, it's pulling you in because it's a good game; you guys are talking about it like an affliction, as if every one of these Super Metroid clones, including their granddaddy, don't suffer from this mid-game confusion/drag unless they hold your hand (sometimes it can last decades I hear; talk about a slow pace =). Speaking of which, try talking to the old man in town, he usually has some helpful hints on where you could go next.

I think I might shelve it for a bit so I can finish Red Dead 2.

And speaking of pacing issues... uhhh, Hollow Knight is bewildering ON PURPOSE to create an authentic, truly lived experience as a bone bug in bugland! You'll feel like you're a real cowboy bug knight watching extended animations by pushing random buttons just like in the old west... er, Hollownest. :carcus:

Where you at in RDR2, Johnstantine? If you're concerned about spoilers you can just tell me which chapter.