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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2800 on: July 07, 2018, 06:18:38 PM »
Hollow Knight for Switch (finally) came out around E3, so I've been playing that about 1h a night, sometimes with my kid watching. It's a pretty well designed game that takes some of the lessons of Metroid and the Souls series and stirs them together with a dallop of Tim Burton. It's also supposedly pretty long (20-40h?) so I'm happy about that.
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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2801 on: July 08, 2018, 07:20:07 AM »
Hollow Knight for Switch (finally) came out around E3, so I've been playing that about 1h a night, sometimes with my kid watching. It's a pretty well designed game that takes some of the lessons of Metroid and the Souls series and stirs them together with a dallop of Tim Burton. It's also supposedly pretty long (20-40h?) so I'm happy about that.

Good game, I've played it for only a few hours but it felt like a lot more considering all that's going on and that you can do in a short period of time (before I checked I thought I'd played it for like 20 hours). I think I stopped because I missed a portal somewhere and I can only tread the same ground on a giant map so long looking for that exit I missed or whatever. I should get back into it.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2802 on: July 08, 2018, 07:04:53 PM »
Got bored with DS3, so now I'm venturing into Persona 5 territory!

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2803 on: July 08, 2018, 08:18:51 PM »
Got bored with DS3, so now I'm venturing into Persona 5 territory!

I beat that not too long ago. If you want a classic ass-kicking, tear-drinking Atlus experience, play on hard mode, 'cause normal was way too easy for me.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2804 on: July 09, 2018, 08:30:50 PM »
Got bored with DS3

To expand on our PM convo, I'll admit I've lost a lot of respect for DS3 since getting into Bloodborne, it's basically a watered down version of BB they regressed into a Souls game, and it may be boring by comparison, but it's not bad. It's pretty damn exciting coming off DS2! And maybe all you "bored" guys just can't get to the good stuff because I'm noticing it's usually pretty early in the game people drop it. If it's so boringly easy just rush it (Puss =)! Anyway, I acknowledge it's basically a greatest hits remix compilation of Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne for better or worse, so not exactly fresh like any of those transcendent classics are, but a loving sendoff/tribute if that's all she wrote for the franchise (I don't think it was meant to reinvent the wheel like Bloodborne or Sekiro, more like give DS fans without a PS4 a nice treat). I was actually replaying it just before I started Bloodborne but haven't played it since, so it will be interesting to go back and see just how different it feels (I kind of want to start over again with a Bloodborne build since BB is basically just forcing you to play DS the "right way" =). I hadn't finished Dark Souls: Remastered yet and trying to go back to that the other day was like playing at 15 fps and putting a 2 second delay on the attack button. I looked like a PS1 game too. Waste of time (still put in 65+ hours so far =). They should have remade it in the DS3 engine or not bothered. I'm just going to free Gwyn from it and be done.


In addition to my never ending Souls quest, I also fired up Cuphead and Sonic Mania this weekend. Cuphead is obviously gorgeous, and hard, but the tradeoff is it's more like a boss rush mode with a few "run n' gun" levels in it than a fully fledged side-scroller (it's hard because if it wasn't it wouldn't last long at all). Still, it's literally like playing a classic hand drawn cartoon. Very Cool.

Sonic Mania brought back a lot of fond memories and adds some new wrinkles to classic stages and ideas, along with new ones (much like DS3, it's basically a mashup of Sonic 1-3 and CD), but it might actually be more frustrating than Cuphead! How is that possible? The save system will only save the zone you're at, not the act, and the game's pretty stingy with 1 ups so you can't build up a reserve starting again from a zone. So, say you have a couple a cheap deaths on traps at the end of later levels. You could spend 20-30 minutes playing some long ass remixed Sonic levels and die twice and have to start over. It's not THAT bad, but it's not fun. Maybe I'm taking Sonic too lightly after these other games, but it's not like the game is stimulating in its challenge either. =)

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2805 on: July 10, 2018, 06:11:15 PM »
I finished Phantasy Star II yesterday morning. It was very impressive for being an RPG from 1989, although the battle mechanics weren't my favorite. The story was decent for the time, and I enjoyed the "twist" at the end. I'm looking forward to playing the rest of the series at some point.

Now, it's time to play The Revenge of Shinobi!

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2806 on: July 12, 2018, 02:15:45 AM »
I finished Phantasy Star II yesterday morning. It was very impressive for being an RPG from 1989, although the battle mechanics weren't my favorite. The story was decent for the time, and I enjoyed the "twist" at the end. I'm looking forward to playing the rest of the series at some point.

My god man, I can't believe you are braving through something like PS2 in this day and age, and NOT for nostalgia reasons. This little trip you're on has become pretty profound. Honestly, you should write up your overall experiences of this trip back in time through one of gaming's glory days, not specifically each game, but the overall feel of these games. What have we lost that these games have, or conversely, what have we gained that these games lacked? I think that'd be a pretty good read.  :daiba:
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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2807 on: July 12, 2018, 02:21:53 PM »
My god man, I can't believe you are braving through something like PS2 in this day and age, and NOT for nostalgia reasons. This little trip you're on has become pretty profound. Honestly, you should write up your overall experiences of this trip back in time through one of gaming's glory days, not specifically each game, but the overall feel of these games. What have we lost that these games have, or conversely, what have we gained that these games lacked? I think that'd be a pretty good read.  :daiba:

Yeah, when I initially started doing this, I was just going back and playing the games I'd heard of when I was a kid and never got to play (or play all the way through). It eventually evolved into me hunting down most of the best-reviewed games of all time and creating a list of them to play that is currently hundreds of titles long. (When I told one of my best friends about this, he said "You will die unfulfilled.") :ganishka:

The main reason I played through PS1 and PS2 (and will play through PS3) is to get to PS4, which is considered one of the best 16-bit RPGs ever made (at least by critics).

I think once I make it past all the 8- and 16-bit titles on my list, I'll write a piece like you suggested. I've been really enjoying this process and it's given me renewed appreciation for the art and design of these older games.

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2808 on: July 12, 2018, 02:48:12 PM »
What have we lost that these games have, or conversely, what have we gained that these games lacked?

The ability to break the game and fuck yourself, for one. I just talked to a co-worker the other day how I almost prematurely ended my Bloodborne run, and DID in Demon's Souls, and he relayed a story of wiping out an enemy village in the middle of Ultima III that he ultima-tely needed to broker peace with to finish the game! He even called Origin to ask if there was anything he could do and they basically told him the same, "You're fucked." :ganishka:


What you're doing is pretty remarkable, Rhombaad, particularly playing earlier iterations in series just to have the proper foundation for "the good one!" :isidro: I can't even get into modern classics like The Witcher 3, let alone it's forebears from just a few years ago. There's been a few times I've gone back and played a transcendent classic I missed for the experience, but for the most part I've just come to accept that I missed the boat because I'm probably not going to get into it at this point. Play 'em all for me, Rhommy! :ubik:

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2809 on: July 12, 2018, 04:27:54 PM »
The ability to break the game and fuck yourself, for one. I just talked to a co-worker the other day how I almost prematurely ended my Bloodborne run, and DID in Demon's Souls, and he relayed a story of wiping out an enemy village in the middle of Ultima III that he ultima-tely needed to broker peace with to finish the game! He even called Origin to ask if there was anything he could do and they basically told him the same, "You're fucked." :ganishka:

That kind of thing happened to me once, but in the strangest way. I was playing Final Fantasy VII for the umpteenth time in college. I saved right before fighting Diamond Weapon, but when I exited the menu it started the fight immediately (I must've entered the menu while still moving slightly towards the enemy character). During the fight, the game froze (I was playing it on a PS2), so I restarted the system and loaded my save file, only to discover that Diamond Weapon was no longer on the screen. In other words, there was no way to progress in the game, so I had to start over. I called Sony about it and the support person I spoke to said he'd never heard of this happening before. We laughed about it a bit, then I started from the beginning.

What you're doing is pretty remarkable, Rhombaad, particularly playing earlier iterations in series just to have the proper foundation for "the good one!" :isidro:

Thank you, Griff! It's just how my brain works. It'd feel "wrong" to just play the "good" ones (I've had fun playing the previous iterations, so far). :serpico:

Play 'em all for me, Rhommy! :ubik:

Will do! Though if I'm not enjoying playing one, I'm pretty quick to move on to the next game on the list. After all, I have a lot left to play. :void:

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Re: What Are You Playing?
« Reply #2810 on: July 14, 2018, 02:58:00 AM »
I finished Phantasy Star II yesterday morning. It was very impressive for being an RPG from 1989, although the battle mechanics weren't my favorite. The story was decent for the time, and I enjoyed the "twist" at the end. I'm looking forward to playing the rest of the series at some point.

Now, it's time to play The Revenge of Shinobi!

Have you played Wizardry: Forsaken Lands on the PS2?