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Johnstantine

Skibbidy Boo Bop
Kind of hard to explain, but playing it on the higher difficulty just pulled me into the world a bit more. Naughty Dog's games really shine on harder difficulties (Uncharted series especially). I think I've played the game all the way through three or four times in the past year.

As for what I'm playing now, I started Symphony of the Night after never having played a Castlevania game. Apparently I glitched the game accidentally at the beginning once I get control of Alucard (sliding in and out of the area where you first see Death before the cut scene does this--something I didn't even know was a thing). I've progressed far enough where I don't want to restart, but, despite having all of his beginning armor and weapons I'm still enjoying it. Makes me want to go back and actually finish Hollow Knight.
 

Griffith

My posts are better.
Kind of hard to explain, but playing it on the higher difficulty just pulled me into the world a bit more. Naughty Dog's games really shine on harder difficulties (Uncharted series especially). I think I've played the game all the way through three or four times in the past year.
Well, I'm bored enough with Uncharted 4, which I still feel I've barely started yet has had 4 starts already by my count, that I put The Last of US in the PS4 and installed/updated it (but did so with GTAV as well =). I'm so impatient, no wonder I gravitated towards the Souls games once I got the hang of them, "You're in a dungeon full of monsters and have a sword: GO!" Thank you! Sometimes I think cinematic storytelling, even in dumb action games, is the worst thing to happen to the medium. Like I don't need hours of FMV to present a bog standard melodrama as a pretext for why I'm jumping around punching guys. Give it a rest.

As for what I'm playing now, I started Symphony of the Night after never having played a Castlevania game. Apparently I glitched the game accidentally at the beginning once I get control of Alucard (sliding in and out of the area where you first see Death before the cut scene does this--something I didn't even know was a thing). I've progressed far enough where I don't want to restart, but, despite having all of his beginning armor and weapons I'm still enjoying it. Makes me want to go back and actually finish Hollow Knight.
I still recommend starting over, though I bet you've progressed because your dude is basically a twinked out terminator with that setup. It's like starting Souls with an NG+ character; you ain't getting the same experience. I was actually trying that particular glitch the other day but don't know if it works with the version of the game I'm using (no matter how quickly or how many times I went in and out of the room, Death was waiting =).

ANYWAY, playing Symphony of the Night again it dawned on me I should just play it's spiritual sequel instead, so I fired up Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in earnest and after a few hours am officially INTO it. It was a little bit of the slow start, I'm not particularly into the goofy characters or lore and am impatient as I said, but once I started getting some cooler equipment and abilities, and seeing how I could use them together, I was hooked. It really is like SotN reborn with some enhancements from its sequels and a few new twists. I saw some reviews critical of it for it being too much like SotN without more modern innovations, but that's basically the point, and I think the different weapons and movesets add plenty of variety to compete with today's fare. I found a greatsword that's "steam-powered," and while I don't use it for bosses where I want to be striking as often as possible, it's fun as hell for regular enemies/exploration while I simultaneously upgrade Bloodbringer, which is both a familiar summon and equippable weapon, though not simultaneously. Like I said, fun!
 
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Walter

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Sometimes I think cinematic storytelling, even in dumb action games, is the worst thing to happen to the medium. Like I don't need hours of FMV to present a bog standard melodrama as a pretext for why I'm jumping around punching guys. Give it a rest.
My basic review of Last of Us is: Sure, I liked The Road, who didn't? But this absolutely did NOT need to be a video game though. It's sort of Kojima-like in that way. Just go make a movie, guys.
 
Well, I'm bored enough with Uncharted 4, which I still feel I've barely started yet has had 4 starts already by my count, that I put The Last of US in the PS4 and installed/updated it (but did so with GTAV as well =). I'm so impatient, no wonder I gravitated towards the Souls games once I got the hang of them, "You're in a dungeon full of monsters and have a sword: GO!" Thank you! Sometimes I think cinematic storytelling, even in dumb action games, is the worst thing to happen to the medium. Like I don't need hours of FMV to present a bog standard melodrama as a pretext for why I'm jumping around punching guys. Give it a rest.
Honestly Griffith, if you want the best of Naughty Dog when it comes to cinematic storytelling just play Uncharted 2; I admittedly found the others to be forgettable.
 

Griffith

My posts are better.
My basic review of Last of Us is: Sure, I liked The Road, who didn't? But this absolutely did NOT need to be a video game though. It's sort of Kojima-like in that way. Just go make a movie, guys.
Well, I can't speak to Last of Us, but in Kojima's case, aside from his style just being too... unencumbered for the movies (and even games apparently), you can't have the contents of your memory card affect your viewing experience in that medium, unfortunately. =)

I just need to set aside time to start these games with the proper atmosphere, like alone in the dark at night with no time constraints... hard not to hear the clock ticking, though. Even in Bloodstained I've reached that nadir in every Metroidvania where I've seemingly exhausted every accessible area and logical application of my abilities, the next step is unclear, and am now retreading the same ground trying every illogical application to open a new area. *sigh*

Honestly Griffith, if you want the best of Naughty Dog when it comes to cinematic storytelling just play Uncharted 2; I admittedly found the others to be forgettable.
Yeah, I willfully ignored that one's reputation as the best and most worth playing, and might have errored. On the other hand, my point is I might NOT want the best when it comes to cinematic storytelling in games! I much preferred the recent Tomb Raider where the plot was just good enough pretext and window dressing to do a bunch of cool game shit.
 
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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). Everything from the gameplay to the art to the music to the physics and game mechanics themselves is sublime. If you haven’t experienced this masterpiece yet, pick up an SNES Classic as soon as you can. It alone is worth the price of admission.

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. I’m trying to get 102%, and I’m at 75% or so at the moment.
 
That Baby Mario crying though... :stop:
It didn’t bother me, but my wife sure got sick of it.

:ganishka:

I should’ve ended that paragraph with the troll.

Edit: I finished DKC2 the other day. Man, those last few levels were tough. Oddly enough, the final, final boss fight was easier than the final boss fight and the last two or three levels. I had a great time playing it and am looking forward to the third and final entry on the SNES.

Right now I'm working my way through Marathon 2: Durandal. I love this series. I was apprehensive about playing it, based on some screenshots I'd seen, but I'm so glad I gave it a shot. Even better: it's totally free through the Aleph One engine. Fans of FPSs should check these games out for sure.

Edit: I finished Marathon 2 and started playing Suikoden. It took me a while to get into it, but I'm really enjoying myself now. I hear the sequel is the best of the series, so I'm looking forward to playing that one day.
 
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nomad

"Bring the light of day"
Well... After like whatever years later, I won a Switch and bought Breath of the Wild. I can’t put this thing down. Haven’t enjoyed Zelda since Ocarina of Time. It definitely deserves the compliments given. I barely scratched the surface and I’ve spent a good 10+ hours just exploring. The story I find it interesting as well. Very glad for the purchase.
 
I just got Resident Evil 2 Remake. I kept waiting for a big sale and it hasn't happened but I got it for 40 on psn. I remembered Walter recommending hardcore so I fired it up as Leon and died three times in the gas station lol. Anyway I've gotten a handle on the difficulty and am enjoying it. Pretty blown away by the fidelity and atmosphere. Been playing Dead Cells non-stop all summer so it's great to slip into AAA graphics with gameplay that doesn't disappoint.
 
Borderlands The Pre-Sequel. Pretty good game I must admit, a lot of weapons and it's fun to play, however story and humor is better in Tales from the Borderlands. After this I'm going to play Borderlands 2.
 
Recently beat Dark Souls 1 and the DLC for the millionth time. Now playing Dark Souls 2 again for the second time.

Since I have this game down from the first time, it's pissing me off infinitely less and I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit. I do really love all the different levels and atmosphere, even if the designs themselves aren't the best in comparison to something like DS1. This is the only game in the series where I felt like I had to change up my play style completely, which is cool and lame at the same time. But it's making the lackluster gank squads that are a dime a dozen in this game a lot easier to deal with.

It is a pretty cool addition to the series though.
 
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