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gobbledygooker - 2-3-2011 at 07:55 PM

Since I've currently got too many games on my plate and wanted to post some thoughts about them without starting a new thread for each (even though I kinda already have) I figured this could be a place everyone could come and talk about what game(s) they're currently playing, whether it/they are great, whether it/they suck(s), etc. As most of you know, I've got a PS3 by the way.

For starters, there's the 800-lb. gorilla in my gaming life - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which I've been playing for about a month and am still only a little over 50% done with (though that 50% counts for if I've accomoplished every single feat in the game; not just finishing the story mode). I'm such an OCD gamer with games like this, I have to finish every single sidequest and try to get everything perfect so that I get full credit, that I may not ever finish it. Also, I haven't even delved into the game's online mode yet, which I hear is pretty darn good.

I'm also still playing a lot of online Madden. I'm sure my Madden interest will experience the usual decline after the Super Bowl is wrapped up though. Still, if I'm sitting at home late at night after one too many cold ones, that is still my go-to game. Though it is losing some of it's "late-night drunk playing" status to...

Marvel Pinball. My thoughts have been well-documented in the Marvel Pinball thread. Most addictive game I've played in years.

I've also got Pac-Man Championship DX Edition, which I've barely touched due to my Marvel Pinball addiction. I figure I've got it on the shelf for a rainy day.

Now we get to where my gaming has really gone overboard because, in addition to that roster of games, I went out and bought NBA 2K11 and Dead Space 2 last week.

I've started delving into NBA 2K11 some but I know I need to finish AC: Brotherhood before I even think about jumping into Dead Space 2, which means Dead Space 3 might be coming out by the time I manage to do that.

So many games, so little time. And yes, I do have a life. Which is getting less and less attention due to my crippling addiction. They are just making games too good nowadays.


williamssl - 2-3-2011 at 08:34 PM

I've got two modes of gameplay: Co-op/split screen with my 11 year old, and then solo campaign.

For co-op/split screen it's all about Borderlands right now and has been for the past few months. We finished playthrough 1 a few weeks back and are now cycling through the dlc. Knocked off Zombie Island this past weekend and started Secret Armory. Will do Claptrap's Revolution once we finish that. From there who knows....playthrough 2? Finish Gears 1 and then replay Gears 2 to get ready for 3?

For solo campaign I'm doing Bioshock 1. Yes out of order. But having fun nonetheless. I had started Alan Wake and still need to knock that one off but Bioshock had to come first.


Shao Khan - 2-3-2011 at 10:20 PM

I'm re-doing Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV and just finished Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Just kinda biding my time until Fight Night Champion comes out. I'm also debating on NBA 2K11 and DC Universe Online.

Of course I play at least a game or two of Madden a day.


TownOfDalem - 2-3-2011 at 10:58 PM

Good thread idea.

Just beat Spiderman Shattered Dimensions last weekend. Fun game with a lot of great ideas, but it did get repetitive. If they make solid improvements than a sequel could be pretty epic.

I briefly toyed with getting into Fable 2 but after playing for an hour I started playing Oblivion again. Hadn't pick up this game in 2 years, but I remember why it so dominated my life. I started playing it a stop gap before Dragon Age II, but I'm completely hooked again.

Also just started Donkey Kong Country Returns last week and will be playing that for a while.

edit: Shao, what did you think of Spiderman?

[Edited on 2-3-2011 by TownOfDalem]


Bonestein - 2-3-2011 at 11:30 PM

I went on a binge of older games at Christmas, the ones that I realized I always wanted to play and didn't get around to. Metal Gear Solid 4, Rainbow 6 Vegas 2, Fight Night 4 and Assassin's Creed 2 (which I still haven't gotten around to putting in, but finished MGS4 and R6V2). Also can't go more than a week without getting into FIFA ('10 though, I don't feel the need to upgrade that game yearly) and Madden again. Last week I played out Heavy Rain, which was a lot of fun. And I still put in EA MMA occasionally. There's not really much upcoming that I'm crazy about, so I will try and not buy any new games for a few months (I have an addiction, I have probably 40-50 PS3 games, many of which I've never even put into my system, so I'll try and run through what I have before getting new ones). I also want to get back into NHL '10 (another game I have no desire to upgrade annually). But then I see a thread about NBA 2K11 and it makes me want it. I also bought a Wii at Christmas, not sure why because in over a month I've probably logged 20 minutes on it, and don't really ever want to play it again.

Sometimes I think I just hate money. I've decided that no matter how much I make, I'm going to spend it all, whether I need to or not, which probably isn't the best personality for someone who advises people what to do with their money. I just hope I die before I'm 60 so I don't have to feel bad for not having a retirement fund.

[Edited on 2-3-2011 by Bonestein]


CreativeInternetAliass - 2-4-2011 at 01:13 AM

I have been playing DC Universe Online almost non stop sense I got it for my birthday. It is without a doubt the most action filled MMO game I have ever played, blows guild wars out of the water. Other than that, i've been playing Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock, but only the drum parts, i'm not even sure what I did with the guitar. Also i've been revisiting Dragon Age Origins, to hype myself up for DA2.


the goon - 2-4-2011 at 01:59 AM

My list of games I'm currently playing is always kind of wacky (especially compared with the generally heavy PS3/360 set here), as I'm usually always playing something old on the Wii's Virtual Console and like my brother, will wait for games to go down in price instead of picking them up brand new in most cases. So with that said, what I'm currently playing:

Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii): I actually just got done with this recently, but thought I'd include it since it's been less than a week or so. Absolutely awesome game, but I gave up trying to go back and find every KONG letter and puzzle piece by about the third world (since some of those levels can be damn hard). I could definitely see myself dusting this game off and trying again somewhere down the road though.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii): This is the remake of the original Silent Hill that came out on the Wii and PS2 a little ways back. I'd had my eye on it for a while and was lucky enough to find one copy left on clearance at Best Buy for $15.99. I've never played much of the original, so I don't know how much was changed with the remake, but I've really been enjoying it so far. Lots of great eerie atmosphere and the flashlight controls are pretty much tailor-made for the Wii. And this is about as opposite of DKCR as you can get.

Ys Book I and II (Wii Virtual Console): This is my current old school game, as I'd never played any of the Ys games before (this happens to be the TurboGrafx CD version, which makes for some absolutely awesome music and even some voice acting here and there). This has been a multi-month endeavor for me and has required lots of trips to Gamefaqs, as like a lot of old school adventure RPGs, it's sometimes not exactly clear what you're supposed to do next. Sadly, I'm getting kind of tempted to quit the game for now, as I'm at a part towards the end where you have to do a lot of aimless wandering around this huge dungeon-type area, just kind of hoping to stumble across the right place you need to go next (which gets frustrating with no map or anything).

Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock (PS3): My girlfriend and I recently moved out of our longtime apartment and into a house, so I said dammit, we're getting Guitar Hero since we can be as loud as we want now. I probably would have gotten Rock Band, but there was something about the Guitar Hero drums (complete with cymbals) that intrigued me. We've been having a lot of fun with it, with her always playing guitar and me alternating between drums and vocals.

Marvel Pinball (PS3): This game has it's own thread here, but it's just as much fun and addictive as everyone says. My current late-night drunk game. I'm slowly but surely getting better at it, but still have a ways to go before I challenge my brother the gooker's top scores.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3): Haven't actually started a game in this yet, but just picked this up used for $12.99 at GameStop. Hope to start this one in the near future.


gobbledygooker - 2-4-2011 at 03:40 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Bonestein
I also bought a Wii at Christmas, not sure why because in over a month I've probably logged 20 minutes on it, and don't really ever want to play it again.


I think Drift and Goon just simultaneously mentally hurled their Wii-motes directly at your head.


Chris Is Good517 - 2-4-2011 at 04:26 AM

Right now I'm still playing an unholy amount of CoD Black Ops and Pacman CE DX, with a sprinkling of Dragon Age, Marvel Pinball, Smackdown 2011, and Rock Band 3 mixed in.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hits on the 15th and that will cut into my CoD time pretty severely for awhile. Trying to talk myself out of Bulletstorm, but the demo was really fun so I might pick that up, too


gobbledygooker - 2-4-2011 at 01:22 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
Pacman CE DX, Marvel Pinball,


We really are brothers from another system.

I played a buddy of mine online last night who just got Madden '11. His favorite team is the Eagles so he picked them and, to give him a chance, I picked my favorite team (and worst team in the league) the Panthers. I've played 70+ games, he had played 0. He beat me 15-7. That game is very accurate. Also, the reason he had 15 is because he got a safety on me as I was trying to run the Panthers' woefully inept offense.


murgen - 2-4-2011 at 04:56 PM

I just bought Costume Quest and Hoard on PSN, so I've been playing those recently. Costume Quest is really fun, but it is a little to open and hard to find objectives for as "simple" as it looks. Hoard is a blast. I haven't played it online yet, but the single player is really fun, burning towns and capturing princesses. I just finished AC:Brotherhood, and I have Little Big Planet 2 on deck. I think I'm going to have to stop buying retail games for a while, so I can catch up on my backlog.
I also want to recommend Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. It's just another Burnout game, and just as fun. Unlocking cars is easy, and the online works well.


punkerhardcore - 2-4-2011 at 05:06 PM

quote:
Originally posted by murgen
I also want to recommend Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. It's just another Burnout game, and just as fun. Unlocking cars is easy, and the online works well.


This is one I was gonna list, too. I finally leveled my Racer up to 20, so I've been trying to go back and do the Cop missions as well... I'm up to level 16 for that. Great game, it's very addicting.

Like Bones, I have quite a few games that have been sitting on my shelf for a few years unplayed. Just over the weekend I popped in Silent Hill Homecoming, and it was pretty fun so I'll keep playing that on and off along with my third playthrough of Dragon Age.


Shao Khan - 2-5-2011 at 01:59 AM

quote:
Originally posted by TownOfDalem
Shao, what did you think of Spiderman?



Personally, I thought the Noir "episodes" could've been a lot less linear but had some really brutal looking & sounding takedowns. I wasn't really too impressed with the 2099 episodes for some reason. The only stage that really drove me insane was Deadpool's (go figure) in the Ultimate universe - right now I'm just playing through again to complete the web of destiny.

I liked that they used Spider-Man voices all the way from the "Amazing Friends" era until now - kind of a cool little bit of nostalgia. It DOES get repetitive fairly easily and like I said the linear nature of a lot of the levels does make it a bit boring in stretches. I DO like the W.O.D. challenges, but having to go through some of them gets a little harrowing at times - especially in 2099 where you have to freefall through the pillars without getting touched. That one's a little difficult because the freefall controls can be a little wonky at times. Other than that, I was pretty impressed with it. Of course ANY game that features the Juggernaut automatically gets points in my book. I agree with you though; a few more improvements (especially with controls) and a sequel would be well worth the money.


ETA: Goon, prepare for some frustrating moments with NGS - there are some badass fights in there, but one particular boss (can't remember his name, but he wears a hat, glasses & trench coat - one of the main characters) is just a straight pain to beat.

[Edited on 2-5-2011 by Shao Khan]


Chris Is Good517 - 2-5-2011 at 04:30 AM

quote:
Originally posted by murgen
I just bought Costume Quest... Costume Quest is really fun, but it is a little to open and hard to find objectives for as "simple" as it looks.



Costume Quest was really a terrific little gem of a game, and anybody who overlooked it should pick it up sometime- preferably if you can catch it marked down a bit. I agree with what murgen said here- not a perfect game at all, but definitely one that will be in rotation every Halloween and I really hope it gets a sequel or some more DLC or something. A trick or treating RPG is something that I would have happily bought on disc, so if they want to expand it somehow I'm on board with that.


the goon - 2-5-2011 at 04:37 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Shao Khan
ETA: Goon, prepare for some frustrating moments with NGS - there are some badass fights in there, but one particular boss (can't remember his name, but he wears a hat, glasses & trench coat - one of the main characters) is just a straight pain to beat.


Yeah, I've definitely heard about the difficulty level (going back to when the game was on Xbox), so I'm mentally prepared for it. I think.


DriftThroughTime - 2-5-2011 at 05:34 AM

I finally bested Fallout 3 this week, including Point Lookout and Broken Steel, and have gotten three hours into New Vegas. I'm balancing that with CoD: Blops multiplayer, Epic Mickey and Pokemon Black (Japanese version). I just made my move back to Boston from LA so I haven't really had a ton of time the last few weeks to game (or post, for that matter) so I'll be diving further into New Vegas, restarting Epic Mickey, finishing Pokemon Black and posting thoughts 'bout them all here later on.


rakdaddy99 - 2-5-2011 at 04:12 PM

Has anyone on here played dead space 2? Out of principle, I can't rationalize buying games for $60 when they come out, but I assume will be on sale soon. The previews look great, but wanted to see if anyone had played and the game lived up to the hype.

Lost about 2 weeks of my life playing AC Brotherhood, and like Drift, about to open Fallout New Vegas. Have to try Deadrising 2 again; played that before AC Brotherhood, and just couldn't get that into it, but probably worth another try.


Shao Khan - 2-5-2011 at 05:28 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker

I played a buddy of mine online last night who just got Madden '11. His favorite team is the Eagles so he picked them and, to give him a chance, I picked my favorite team (and worst team in the league) the Panthers. I've played 70+ games, he had played 0. He beat me 15-7. That game is very accurate. Also, the reason he had 15 is because he got a safety on me as I was trying to run the Panthers' woefully inept offense.


I'm tellin' ya bro - switch to "Multiple D" defensive playbook - and a money defensive formation ESPECIALLY for Michael Vick & The Eagles is the Dollar formation DE Contain. If you have time, manually press cover the receivers but make sure you user press the RB with your ROLB. The MLB will spy the QB and after the DE's run their contain on the line, if it's a pass (more than likely the person you're playing will scramble out of the pocket w/Vick) they shoot straight for the QB. My advice is manually use the NT on the D line to run a "capture" on the QB; this way you have Vick covered - pressing the receivers will give you a good chance for a pick.

Also - if I were you, I'd mess around with the "Run n' Gun" offensive playbook. Reason being that a shitload of people use a lot of OLB blitzes while crashing the D line to the middle to bring extra pressure on your QB. Using RNG I form, there's a RB angle route where the back can't be pressed and if you time the throw on that angle D'Angelo Williams can turn it into a huge gain. I swear, I've run that play from the 1 and scored on it several times. Get at me if you wanna practice sometime and we can do some unranked games.


GordusMaximus - 2-6-2011 at 05:56 PM

Boarderlands for me... its been pretty fun!


JB KING - 2-7-2011 at 07:11 PM

Guess who just gold starred all 83 songs in RB3~

Fuck you Good Vibrations!
If you want proof, look up my ranking on vocals and harmonies, and prepare to shit your pants.
Now that I'm done stroking my e-dick, onto Blackops DLC fun, we should get some parties going. Also, if any of you bitches think you can take my Abel in SSF4 down, bring it!


Shao Khan - 2-7-2011 at 09:31 PM

Too bad you're a 360'er - I'd work your Abel to death with Rufus.


JB KING - 2-7-2011 at 10:10 PM

Pfffft, please. How hard is it to HK into SOS? Besides Rufus would just be tossed like beanbag with Abel.


TownOfDalem - 2-7-2011 at 10:58 PM

quote:
Originally posted by JB KING
Pfffft, please. How hard is it to HK into SOS? Besides Rufus would just be tossed like beanbag with Abel.


I don't know what half of the words in those sentences are, but I assume it's about Street Fighter. Therefore, I have nothing to contribute except the greatest movie line of all time: "You came here to fight a madman, and instead you found a god!"


Shao Khan - 2-8-2011 at 12:58 AM

quote:
Originally posted by TownOfDalem

"You came here to fight a madman, and instead you found a god!"


This.


JB KING - 2-8-2011 at 06:08 AM

quote:
Originally posted by TownOfDalem
"You came here to fight a madman, and instead you found a god!"



GatorBait - 2-8-2011 at 06:24 PM

Gran Turismo 5 has been owning my soul since Thanksgiving. Probably about 90-10 split of the time between that and Tetris currently. Slowly running out of things to do, so I'm sure that ratio will quickly swing in favor of the other.

I've got $15 on PSN points just sitting out there, and I am seriously considering using some on Marvel Pinball after the rave reviews here. But Costume Quest has now piqued my interest. Trick-or-treating RPG? Can one of you please expand further on this?

I was really looking forward to Marvel vs. Capcom 3 until the roster was almost entirely overhauled. My 3 go-to characters and backup (Mega Man, Cable, Venom, & Ken) are nowhere to be found, and I'm not gonna drop full price on it when I'm going to have to entirely learn new characters. Will hold off on that until it goes down in price and bide my time with MvC2 when I get the itch. Might be ready to finally grab Super Street Fighter IV after putting it off for a year, as well.


Chris Is Good517 - 2-8-2011 at 07:58 PM

quote:
Originally posted by GatorBait
But Costume Quest has now piqued my interest. Trick-or-treating RPG? Can one of you please expand further on this?



Basically, the story is that you go out trick or treating with your sibling on Halloween. Some monsters have invaded your town to steal all the candy, and your sibling is dressed as a big piece of candy corn and gets taken by the monsters. You obviously can't go home without your sib but you also want candy, because it's Halloween. So you're going through your town doing quests for people and also hitting up houses for candy. Some people give you candy, and sometimes monsters open the door and you fight them in a turn-based JRPG style. You get different costumes throughout the game, and each costume has different powers and abilities. It's really a fun little way to kill time, and it's made by the same guy who did Psychonauts.


Shao Khan - 2-8-2011 at 08:59 PM

quote:
Originally posted by GatorBait


I was really looking forward to Marvel vs. Capcom 3 until the roster was almost entirely overhauled. My 3 go-to characters and backup (Mega Man, Cable, Venom, & Ken) are nowhere to be found, and I'm not gonna drop full price on it when I'm going to have to entirely learn new characters. Will hold off on that until it goes down in price and bide my time with MvC2 when I get the itch. Might be ready to finally grab Super Street Fighter IV after putting it off for a year, as well.


They dropped Ken, Cable & Venom? What THE fuck?

ETA: Although, after looking at the roster I can see how Deadpool would serve as a viable replacement for Cable. Akuma & Ryu are just as easy as Ken to use, but let's face it - Ken's the man. I'm hoping for Juggernaut in DLC sometime, but I'll be anxious to try Thor out.

[Edited on 2-8-2011 by Shao Khan]


GatorBait - 2-9-2011 at 01:59 PM

Yeah, I had (and still have when I play on the PSN... it's a fantastic pick up for I think under $10, now) a far different strategy with how I played than the "experts" with their launch-and-25-hit-combo techniques. Could never quite get the launch timing right.

So I'd put Mega Man out first. Hold down H-punch to have him charge his red fireball and basically only counter-attack with Cable's uppercut assist and Venom's venom fang assist. A bit of cheese, sure, but far less cheesy than Sentinel's & Magneto's endless juggle/combos. So yeah, pretty much if anybody got too close, I'd hit 'em with one of those 3 moves. When Mega Man was taken out, I was pretty good with Cable, too. But Venom is the character I really shined with.

Aaaaaaanyway, it looks like they've simplified the controls this time around (and added an even simpler "Simple Mode"), which is a nice change. Will probably pick it up when I can find it for $30 or $40.



And another game I go back to often on the PSN is "Pixel Junk Monsters". It's a tower defense game (first one I ever really played) that seems quite simple at first, but you'll soon be drawn into it and the strategy really ramps up. Can't recommend it enough, and also for under $10.


williamssl - 2-21-2011 at 05:38 AM

Happy to have finished Bioshock this weekend, thus now completing 1, 2, and 2: Minerva's Den. Sad though that there's nothing I can immediately go to until the new one comes out.

What a great series.

While I would have enjoyed the plot and story in 2 more had I played 1 first....I wouldn't have enjoyed 2 as much as I did.

This was pretty much a "whichever one I played first got the load splatter". With me...it was 2.


JB KING - 2-21-2011 at 01:30 PM

Finished HAWX2, meh... letdown. I dont think there will ever be another dog fighter online like Crimson Skies, although i heard Snoopy's flying game is a nice alternative.

MVC3 is cool. Still trying to relearn combos from 2. And I seriously beleive the Okami dog is OP.

Fallout Vegas is all over the place. Once you actually hit Vegas the side quests explode and its overwheling and disjointed. Also, apperently you can be the game in less than 3 hours on hardcore. Really?

Between that ill be on BlackOps and just wait for Dead Space 2. Or hopefully get some decent RB3 DLC soon.


punkerhardcore - 2-21-2011 at 06:31 PM

I've been bored as hell with games lately, so basically I'm just spinning my wheels until Dragon Age II comes out in two weeks. I own quite a few games that I've never even played (or barely played), and I can't even muster up the enthusiasm to try them out.

Even though I found the demo somewhat underwhelming, I was hoping to get Bulletstorm from Gamefly, but looking at that game's availability at the moment, that doesn't look like it's gonna happen. Hopefully they at least send me something good.


gobbledygooker - 2-22-2011 at 07:41 PM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl
Happy to have finished Bioshock this weekend, thus now completing 1, 2, and 2: Minerva's Den. Sad though that there's nothing I can immediately go to until the new one comes out.

What a great series.

While I would have enjoyed the plot and story in 2 more had I played 1 first....I wouldn't have enjoyed 2 as much as I did.

This was pretty much a "whichever one I played first got the load splatter". With me...it was 2.


I'm with you. That said, didn't you enjoy the final sequence and boss battle of part one more? Just the fact that there isn't even really a "boss battle" at the end of two kinda left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Though I haven't played Minerva's Den, which I need to do.


punkerhardcore - 2-22-2011 at 08:13 PM

Well I was wrong, Gamefly shipped me Bulletstorm... and funny enough, Bioshock. I should get both by tomorrow, so I'll have stuff I want to play for the time being.


theflammablemanimal - 2-22-2011 at 08:32 PM

Just saw the new bulletstorm commercial. Looks amazing.


drmuerto - 2-24-2011 at 11:41 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I'm just spinning my wheels until Dragon Age II comes out in two weeks.


This. FYI, the demo came out earlier this week.

I just played through it and it looks like this is going to be a fun ride again. The've made some changes that at first I was dubious of, but they seem to be working ok. The game plays a bit more like and action game now, it's a bit faster paced. But it seems to still have some solid RPG stuff in it. The graphics are much shinier and brighter this time around, too. The cut-scenes look especially nice. However, for some reason I didn't quite like some of the design choices they made on the characters and environment-- they look nice, but somehow not quite Dragonagey. Some old friends show up in the demo, too, which was fun.


punkerhardcore - 2-28-2011 at 05:34 PM

Bulletstorm ended up being pretty fun. You can tell it was an Epic game... had a slight Gears feel to it, but much brighter and filled with humor. The Skillshots added a cool dynamic, since you'll want to switch guns around and try to murder the enemies in different, unique ways. The campaign wasn't very long... even on the hardest difficulty, it can be beaten in two or three days. There were a few frustrating parts, but it wasn't anywhere near as hard as say, Call of Duty 4 on Veteran. The Echos and Anarchy modes are a lot of fun too, and have kept me playing after finishing the campaign. I don't think I would have dropped $60 on the game, but if it goes on sale, it's worth picking up. And it's definitely worth a rental.

[Edited on 2-28-2011 by punkerhardcore]


punkerhardcore - 3-3-2011 at 05:53 PM

So I'm not really finding myself as enamored with Bioshock as the rest of you seem to be. I mean, it's ok so far, and I'll admit that I'm not really far into the game yet at all, but I dunno what it is. Something just seems off is all. But I'll keep playing and see how I feel when I'm about halfway through.

And I agree with Tex-- the hacking is fucking stupid. Which is weird, since I always liked the game Pipe Dream and its million clones.


williamssl - 3-3-2011 at 06:15 PM

Where are you at in the game so far?


I personally enjoyed 2 more than 1. That may be because I played 2 first and it had the novelty component to it.

But I also think it had more action to it as well. Being able to dual-wield weapons and plasmids. The little sister protection fights when they got the ADAM.

And it fixed a lot of things I later found myself not liking in 1. Like hacking. And not having to have three separate tonic groupings. And dual wielding. And getting rid of the stupid napalm weapon thingie.

That being said, 1 had one of the greatest/funniest moments in gaming history...at least for me....in the initial encounters with Sander Cohen...but I won't spoil that for you if you're not yet there.


And fuck Bordlerlands glitches. I can't tell you how many things I"ve had to re-do because some enemy didn't spawn or spawned somewhere that's unshootable.....

I screwed up General Knoxx by taking advantage of a glitch that let me get into the Armory without the countdown...but then triggered a glitch that doesn't let me complete Super Marcus Sweep thereby ending my playthrough and preventing me from getting the achievement for completing all the missions (and there were only a couple left after that...)


punkerhardcore - 3-3-2011 at 06:26 PM

I'm not far at all-- I just barely got the Telekinesis plasmid, and am going through the dental area. So I'll reserve any actual criticisms until I'm much further. Except for the aforementioned hacking. And the aiming-- guns suck compared to other FPS games.


williamssl - 3-3-2011 at 06:30 PM

Only suggestion I"ll make is...not sure if you're just playing "shortest path to next step" or full exploration possibly accompanied by an online guide/walkthrough.

Walkthrough's are helpful re: finding all the tape recorders which provide a lot of the story/context. You won't find them if you just plow thorugh and you prob won't find all of them even if you're exploring on your own.

Also...don't kill Sander Cohen when you have the first opp to do so. Trust me.


punkerhardcore - 3-3-2011 at 06:41 PM

Yeah, I'm using a guide for the recordings... I saw there were guides for other collectibles, but I'm not gonna bother. If I find them, then I find them... if not, I'm not gonna worry about it. And thanks for the heads up-- I won't kill that guy when I meet him, whoever he is.


theflammablemanimal - 3-4-2011 at 01:50 AM

Walkthroughs are for pussies. Most of the recordings are pretty easy to find with a little exploration.

I have no memory of Cohen though. I wonder if I just forgot it if if I killed his ass.


punkerhardcore - 3-4-2011 at 02:30 AM

I only ever use a guide for collectibles, nothing else. Fuck those things anyway... and not just in Bioshock, in every game. It's even worse in games, (like Bioshock, actually) where you have no idea how many there are because there's no in-game tracker. I picked one up... ok, so how many do I have left? 3? 50? Who the hell knows.


williamssl - 3-4-2011 at 02:36 AM

That's EXACTLY why you use them in Bioshock. You have no fucking clue how many there are supposed to be so there's nothing to say "yep got 'em all" or "where's that last one"

And with Bioshock....there's enough history/backstory in there that you want to hear it all.

If there was a counter telling me I had 16 out of 17 on that level....that's fine. But there's not. And I wanted that fucking achievement for getting them all, too.


gobbledygooker - 3-4-2011 at 03:20 AM

On the whole Walkthrough's subject, I don't use them during my first run through a game but, yes, I'll use them when I'm collecting shit, i.e. the flags in Assassin's Creed, etc.

And Punker, if Bioshock doesn't eventually pull you in, you're just not a fan of awesome things.

EDIT - Oh, and also, I just started playing Tiger Woods '11 which prompted me to do my first EA Gameface, which is where my current avatar came from. It is one of the coolest fucking things I've ever done in a video game, for the unitiated. You just take a picture of your face (it can either be an existing one, one you take from the PS3 camera, or one you take from your laptop camera), load it to the EA website, and load it into the game from there. The likeness in the video game version is absolutely insane. I am currently literally playing as myself in Tiger Woods and just keep getting mindfucked everytime I play it.

[Edited on 3-4-2011 by gobbledygooker]


punkerhardcore - 3-4-2011 at 03:26 AM

I wonder how many people are playing golf as their penises for their character's face. I'm disappointed that you aren't, actually.


gobbledygooker - 3-4-2011 at 03:52 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I wonder how many people are playing golf as their penises for their character's face. I'm disappointed that you aren't, actually.


I believe you can make up to 8 different personalized golfers. Keep the ideas coming.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-4-2011 at 05:02 AM

Tex's comment about getting the collectible achievement makes me curious- who else here is a whore for achievements/trophies? I just spent almost a week grinding through Marvel Super Hero Squad (and it's highly overpriced DLC) for the complete 1375 pt. boost to my Gamerscore, and I just finally went 200/200 on Plants Vs. Zombies (and let me tell you that making it through 40 waves on endless survival is a fucking cunt of a task)


gobbledygooker - 3-4-2011 at 01:22 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
Tex's comment about getting the collectible achievement makes me curious- who else here is a whore for achievements/trophies? I just spent almost a week grinding through Marvel Super Hero Squad (and it's highly overpriced DLC) for the complete 1375 pt. boost to my Gamerscore, and I just finally went 200/200 on Plants Vs. Zombies (and let me tell you that making it through 40 waves on endless survival is a fucking cunt of a task)


Count me in on this. I would currently be scouring Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (which I just beat) for every possible achievement if I hadn't started playing Dead Space 2, which has ended up taking all of my time. Along with the aforementioned Tiger Woods.


GordusMaximus - 3-4-2011 at 04:24 PM

I've been an achievement whore too... I played through lots of crap games just because the 1000 was easy to get. King Kong, TMNT, etc


williamssl - 3-4-2011 at 04:42 PM

In general I'm not. If it's a game I really am enjoying I will for the ones I feel are achievable and/or are worth the time. I played Bioshock on medium, and I'm not replaying the whole game on the hardest difficultly just to pick up the 40 pointer that you get for completing the game on that.

Borderlands I've tried to pick up most of the single player / co-op ones.

But in general no.


Columbo - 3-4-2011 at 04:56 PM

I'm looking for a new game(video) to play anyone have any good suggestions?

p.s. FPS's give me headaches and RPG's aren't my thing. Thanks in advance.


punkerhardcore - 3-4-2011 at 04:56 PM

I'm not nearly as bad as I used to be... I would rent any crap game and slog through it just for the easy gamerscore. For about a year though, I try to only play games I actually want to play. But I'll still use guides for collectibles and stuff like I said.


williamssl - 3-4-2011 at 05:01 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Columbo
I'm looking for a new game(video) to play anyone have any good suggestions?

p.s. FPS's give me headaches and RPG's aren't my thing. Thanks in advance.


Maybe share what you are into....stuff you've played....liked/disliked....


That almost reads like one of our spam friend's posts:

"Hi
I am to liking video games. They are make entertainment for hours and hours! For to purchase video games I shop insert some shitty link here

What games are you to liking? Recommend for me!"

[Edited on 3-4-2011 by williamssl]


punkerhardcore - 3-4-2011 at 05:37 PM

I ran into my first Big Daddy and promptly got my ass handed to me. Holy hell that dude is tough. Any advice for killing these things? Certain ammo I should be using to make it easier?


Columbo - 3-4-2011 at 05:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl


Maybe share what you are into....stuff you've played....liked/disliked....


That almost reads like one of our spam friend's posts:

"Hi
I am to liking video games. They are make entertainment for hours and hours! For to purchase video games I shop insert some shitty link here

What games are you to liking? Recommend for me!"

[Edited on 3-4-2011 by williamssl]




I am spambot. Penisenhancement free trial BIGG DONG!!! willisdickgrowbiggger?.com


Also I like many games I'm just having a motivation problem today and was looking for some suggestions.


gobbledygooker - 3-4-2011 at 06:04 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I ran into my first Big Daddy and promptly got my ass handed to me. Holy hell that dude is tough. Any advice for killing these things? Certain ammo I should be using to make it easier?


Definitely get whatever heavier ammo is available to you at the moment. My usual technique for killing Big Daddys(ies?) was to use an ample amount of electricity since that would momentarily freeze them in place, then, while they're stunned, let them have it with whatever the fuck else you can throw at them.

Columbo - The Assassin's Creed games are fucking stellar. Marvel Pinball is awesome. Aren't you in my PS3 Friend network? My screenname is BDT2008. Get Madden or Tiger Woods so we can play each other. That applies to Marvel Pinball too.


Columbo - 3-4-2011 at 06:54 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker


Columbo - The Assassin's Creed games are fucking stellar. Marvel Pinball is awesome. Aren't you in my PS3 Friend network? My screenname is BDT2008. Get Madden or Tiger Woods so we can play each other. That applies to Marvel Pinball too.


Yeah you're on my friend list I'm columbo527. The new Assassin's Creed looks pretty cool, but I didn't much care for the older one I played. I'm waiting until March 29th to get me the new Tiger can't wait I've been looking for a golf game with Augusta my whole life. I should get a Madden game, but seeing I haven't played in a couple years I can only imagine how bad I'd be. Maybe I'll download pinball how bad could I possibly suck at that?


gobbledygooker - 3-4-2011 at 07:35 PM

Originally posted by Columbo

quote:
[Maybe I'll download pinball how bad could I possibly suck at that?


It'll be the best $9.99 you've spent in a long time. I'm just now overcoming my addiction to the game and that's just because I've currently got three other games I'm trying to squeeze into my rotation.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-4-2011 at 07:41 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I ran into my first Big Daddy and promptly got my ass handed to me. Holy hell that dude is tough. Any advice for killing these things? Certain ammo I should be using to make it easier?


Yeah, the first Big Daddy is a bitch. The good news is that if he kills you, when you respawn his health will be at whatever you chipped it down to when you died. The bad news is, if you run out of ammo you're fucked. It's been awhile since I played, so I don't remember what your loadout might look like when uou get to him, but use your electicity plasmid as frequently as you can- I think it stuns him for a second or two, which is good for tactical reloads/switching weapons/getting some space between you and him.


williamssl - 3-4-2011 at 07:58 PM

Yeah what Chris said. Vita-Chambers are your friend and don't worry about respawning. It's not like Borderlands where it costs you a shitload of something each time you do it. The first few Big Daddies were exercises in perserverance given limited weaponry. Attack. Die. Respawn. Repeat until Big Daddy dead.

There was one in the wharf area that took a lot of iterations of that for me.

It gets a lot easier. You'll later have a grenade launcher with heat seekers and shit like that. Take one of those f'ers down in a few shots w/o them doing a lick of damage to you.


gobbledygooker - 3-4-2011 at 08:50 PM

Oh yeah, sure, the XBox kids just ignore the PS3 kid's Bioshock advice. I see how it is.

I'm a master at taking down Mr. Bubbles.


williamssl - 3-4-2011 at 08:53 PM

Deer punkerz:

Hear iz my advise 4 u to kill Big Daddeez. U shld shoot them ded.

From,
PS3 playerz


theflammablemanimal - 3-4-2011 at 08:55 PM

People like video game golf? It sounds about as exciting as riding around assassins creed for hours while looking back and forth between the map and the magazine on my lap until I find 1000 flags, for which I get nothing.

I only try for achievements that can be easily done in game. Like, if there's a special.achievement for killing people with a different gun, I'll switch. But searching for stuff is boring as hell. The only time I actually cared was in brutal legends when I wanted to see all the legends and landmarks.

I'm not sure because of the lack of a counter, but I think I found most if the bioshock recordings with just some minor in game exploration.


gobbledygooker - 3-4-2011 at 09:08 PM

I think video game golf takes a certain type of player to enjoy it. I've actually loved golf games from waaaaaay back when. I remember playing a golf game on my friends SNES and enjoying it. I was into the Tiger Woods games in the early 00's, then I got out of them until buying '11 last weekend (at a reduced price, of course). It's a lot of fun if it's something you enjoy. Part of the fun for me is just seeing how fucking amazing the graphics are. And the sound in this one is top notch, with birds chirping, waves crashing at Pebble Beach, etc.


punkerhardcore - 3-4-2011 at 10:34 PM

Well that ended up being lucky glitch... after dying twice, I finally killed him, because the first time I shot him, he floated slight above the ground and danced around. I stood right by him and shot him for a while until he died... he never even touched me.


And don't judge the other Assassin's Creed games if you've only played the first one-- the other two are vastly improved. If you didn't like the first one much, you should still give II and Brotherhood a shot.


Shao Khan - 3-4-2011 at 11:00 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
you should still give II and Brotherhood a shot.


I'm still debating on these two; I mean, they seem like something that I'd get into for the action & story but. . .I just don't know yet. A lot of people (including all my fine friends here in OOland) have been saying that the 2nd and Brotherhood are both markedly improved from the original incarnation. For some reason though I just haven't been able to fully convince myself to buy them.


I just started Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and I gotta tell ya, it's fucking awesome! I was worried with the omission of Ken, Cable & Venom (as previously discussed) that I was going to have a hard time picking a new team to roll with, but Morrigan / Storm, Thor, and Akuma work pretty well together so far. Most of the fun for me so far has just been tweaking my teams. Using Thor's ranged attacks with Akuma up close & personal works really well for me.

I also picked up Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and am really digging that so far - I'm only having trouble with the Coral Bay Reventon Reveal (Arriving on scene on time to stop the getaway car) track / mission so far; the car is ridiculously fast and no matter what I've tried so far with the shortcuts & drifting the curves properly, I STILL can't get past that one! Any tips would be appreciated on that end.

Also, I just picked up Superhero Squad (don't judge me), and it's a cute little diversion. I personally get a kick out of the cartoon so I thought it was cool.

I'm really just trying to get some work in on NFS - I haven't played a racing game since Burnout: Revenge, so anything anyone can suggest would be great.


punkerhardcore - 3-4-2011 at 11:15 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Shao Khan
I also picked up Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and am really digging that so far - I'm only having trouble with the Coral Bay Reventon Reveal (Arriving on scene on time to stop the getaway car) track / mission so far; the car is ridiculously fast and no matter what I've tried so far with the shortcuts & drifting the curves properly, I STILL can't get past that one! Any tips would be appreciated on that end.



Which race is it? I just popped my game in to check my stats for it, and I'm not seeing anything like that in the Coral Bay area.


Shao Khan - 3-4-2011 at 11:44 PM

It's a cop race in Coral Bay. I just started the game, so I don't know how expanded your map is.



punkerhardcore - 3-4-2011 at 11:57 PM

Ah, no wonder, I was looking in the Racer section for Coral Bay. Apparently my best time was 1:14:76.

Just some general tips--

-If you're hitting every shortcut and still coming in over the par time, try it out without using any of the shortcuts. You'll be surprised at how many of them will actually slow you down.

-Learn to drift flawlessly (which it sounds like you have), because so much as clipping a wall around a corner will slow you down like crazy. This is especially important in the cop missions, since the reveals and rapid responses will also add two seconds to your time anytime you hit a wall... though those missions are pretty forgiving as far as coming in under the par time.

-Use the nitrous on straightaways and uphill only... you'll get the most benefit out of it that way.

Other than that, just play around with different routes and cars. Almost every race will take multiple plays in order to get gold/distinction.


Shao Khan - 3-5-2011 at 01:02 AM

My best time before coming to work was like 1:52 - worst being like beyond 2:30. Although I gotta say, I dig the game, especially the cop missions - go figure.


Bonestein - 3-5-2011 at 01:47 AM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
I think video game golf takes a certain type of player to enjoy it. I've actually loved golf games from waaaaaay back when. I remember playing a golf game on my friends SNES and enjoying it. I was into the Tiger Woods games in the early 00's, then I got out of them until buying '11 last weekend (at a reduced price, of course). It's a lot of fun if it's something you enjoy. Part of the fun for me is just seeing how fucking amazing the graphics are. And the sound in this one is top notch, with birds chirping, waves crashing at Pebble Beach, etc.


I've got you on my list, I'm AuditMonkey. Tiger Woods golf is fantastic. I play on Tour Pro though, makes it always a bit of a challenge, let me know if you want to play a round. I'm also still occasionally playing Madden.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-5-2011 at 04:35 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Shao Khan
I just started Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and I gotta tell ya, it's fucking awesome! I was worried with the omission of Ken, Cable & Venom (as previously discussed) that I was going to have a hard time picking a new team to roll with, but Morrigan / Storm, Thor, and Akuma work pretty well together so far. Most of the fun for me so far has just been tweaking my teams. Using Thor's ranged attacks with Akuma up close & personal works really well for me.



Super Skrull is a fucking beast and Phoenix is pretty good if you can work around her shitty vitality, and the wolf from Okami is surprisingly fun, but a team that I've been kicking ass with is Captain America, Iron Man, and Crimson Viper. I know everyone hates Viper for some reason but gameplay wise I think she's the shit.

quote:

Also, I just picked up Superhero Squad (don't judge me), and it's a cute little diversion. I personally get a kick out of the cartoon so I thought it was cool.



My little girl is a superhero fanatic and SHS gets a fair amount of run in our house, but truth be told I thought the game was just a notch above "fucking miserable". It wants to be a LEGO game so bad, and it just isn't. Also, it's pretty stupid-difficult for a game that's supposed to be for children. I slogged through it but it isn't anything I'd ever want to do again.


theflammablemanimal - 3-6-2011 at 09:37 PM

Just started bioshock two and i'm pretty disappointed so far. The end of the first big sister encounter was cool and it has the same great atmosphere as before, but I guess it just doesn't seem as fresh. Plus they've gone a little overboard with the recordings. I find one evry minute or so. Seems like they should be spread.out more.

Plus, it doesn't feel like you're a superpowerful big daddy. Seems like I should be able to take way more damage and I should be sending people flying with one melee swipe, not bopping them over the head with a rivet gun 3 or 4 times.


gobbledygooker - 3-7-2011 at 04:19 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Just started bioshock two and i'm pretty disappointed so far. The end of the first big sister encounter was cool and it has the same great atmosphere as before, but I guess it just doesn't seem as fresh. Plus they've gone a little overboard with the recordings. I find one evry minute or so. Seems like they should be spread.out more.

Plus, it doesn't feel like you're a superpowerful big daddy. Seems like I should be able to take way more damage and I should be sending people flying with one melee swipe, not bopping them over the head with a rivet gun 3 or 4 times.


Yeah, I think your comments are pretty valid, especially about it not feeling as fresh. Though I guess that couldn't really be helped. And it looks like the next one will be completely fresh. Not sure if you've made it to the Rapture Museum yet, complete with animatronic Andrew Ryan and golf club, but that whole sequence is freakin' awesome.

I'm getting towards the end of Dead Space 2 and my one complaint about it would be that it seems too short. Other than that, it is a fucking amazing game and if I do finish it this week, I'm ready to start a new game with all my power-ups in tact.


punkerhardcore - 3-7-2011 at 04:27 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Other than that, it is a fucking amazing game and if I do finish it this week, I'm ready to start a new game with all my power-ups in tact.



salmonjunkie - 3-7-2011 at 06:15 PM

Beat Donkey Kong Country Returns last night. That was FUN! Now off to get all the KONG letters and open up the Golden Temple.


gobbledygooker - 3-7-2011 at 08:46 PM

I was walking through Best Buy the other day and they had DKC Returns playing as a demo and I heard the music playing on the menu screen and was instantly transported back to 1994.

If only I had a Wii.


punkerhardcore - 3-8-2011 at 04:41 PM

Even though I should be getting Dragon Age II from Amazon today, I'm kinda digging Bioshock now (you guys were right), and I think I'm gonna finish that first. Only because I know once I put in DAII, nothing will be able to take my attention away from it for weeks.

I just finished up the Sander Cohen part, where I had to take all the photos for him. And no, I didn't kill him. Thanks for the tip, Tex.


GatorBait - 3-15-2011 at 05:58 PM

So I just sold my copy of Gran Turismo 5 and picked up Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at lunch. How much am I gonna love it?

And any "surprise favorites" you guys have found?


theflammablemanimal - 3-16-2011 at 02:18 AM

Gonna see my nephews this weekend. Can't wait to knock them out of the way and play the Donkey Kong Country I bought them.

Bioshock 2 is getting better now that I have the Drill Rush. Badass. Between that and the auto-turrets, I'm getting a little more unstoppable.

[Edited on 3-16-2011 by theflammablemanimal]

[Edited on 3-16-2011 by theflammablemanimal]


gobbledygooker - 3-16-2011 at 01:06 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Bioshock 2 is getting better now that I have the Drill Rush. Badass. Between that and the auto-turrets, I'm getting a little more unstoppable.


Do you have the "Hypnotize a Big Daddy" power yet? I believe that was my go-to for maximum ass-whupping. Never hurts to have a Big Daddy backing you up in battle.


GatorBait - 3-16-2011 at 01:10 PM

Damn straight:


gobbledygooker - 3-16-2011 at 01:30 PM

GB's always gotta bring the awesome.


GatorBait - 3-16-2011 at 01:42 PM

So I got to play MvC3 for a bit yesterday. The only character I'm currently dead-set on is Zero. He's kind of a hybrid of Mega Man & Cable who were my #1 and #2 slots last time around.

Tried Viewtiful Joe, and he's just too slow for my style of play. Really like Amaterasu, but her assists don't fit in well with my style, so I may make her my lead-off character. Really like how Dr. Doom is a LOT faster and easier to use now, but something still feels a little "off" when I'm using him. My other top candidates for my "main team" are Akuma and Arthur. Akuma is just very familiar and seems to "flow" a lot better than Ryu, and Arthur is pretty fun and suits my style well, so far.

Also tried Deadpool. Not bad (love the moonwalk when he's backing up), but not totally thrilled either. Can anybody clarify his Level 3 Hyper for me? All I get is him walking forward with love hearts all over.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-16-2011 at 02:34 PM

Amaterasu is an amazing character. Very OP; has some completely unblockable combos. Using her online against other people is almost a dick move, but against the CPU? You'll probably dominate most of the time.

I didn't like Dr. Doom at first but after using him more and figuring him out, I'm digging him.

X-23, Felicia, and C. Viper are all very quick and good for close range fighting if you need somebody to fill that role. Zero is a good choice since he seems pretty versatile, and Hsien-Ko is actually completely awesome.

Phoenix is powerful but also has the lowest vitality in the game. Seriously, two good combos will take her down. If you get your combo gauge maxed out at level 5, let her die: she'll turn into Dark Phoenix and everything she does will do 2x damage (but her vitality will still be critically low). She's not for everybody, but if you can master two other characters to work well around her and do the heavy lifting, she's an asset.

I haven't really used Deadpool enough yet to comment on him, but he seems to be the Marvel side's answer to Dante, who is actually pretty powerful in addition to being really flashy.

I will say that Super Skrull is a borderline OP beast, and the only characters that I think just suck are Chris Redfield, Dormammu, and Modok.


GatorBait - 3-16-2011 at 02:39 PM

OP?


Chris Is Good517 - 3-16-2011 at 02:53 PM

Overpowered.


gobbledygooker - 3-16-2011 at 03:28 PM

Nerds.


GatorBait - 3-16-2011 at 03:57 PM

And if anybody does have ideas on how to use Viewtiful Joe well, please let me know. I still like the idea of a "short guys" team with him, Zero, and Arthur.

In honor of Pun, of course.


theflammablemanimal - 3-16-2011 at 04:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Nerds.


Ahem.



(I wish that was an emoticon)


GatorBait - 3-17-2011 at 11:55 AM

So I've still only gotten to try out about 10 characters in MvC3. I'll say I'm really enjoying my team of Akuma, Zero, and Dormammu, though. Dormammu fits in VERY well with my play (a bit defensive in my 3rd slot... tremendous black hole assist... just like how I used Venom's expansion assist in MvC2).

Tried out Wesker (aka "Blonde Neo") and I see some potential, but not much for me. Chris Redfield was OK, but I couldn't get his quirks ironed out. Looking forward to trying out Super Skrull next.

Also, any tips on how to take out Galactus in Arcade Mode? I can beat the first portion (2 guys) fine, but Galactus still destroyed me on "Easy" difficulty. I can beat him on "Very Easy", but the matches at that level are a joke.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-17-2011 at 12:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by GatorBait
Also, any tips on how to take out Galactus in Arcade Mode?



Play defensively. Block, a LOT. Use your X-Factor when you need to.

Really, dude, it's a boss fight in a Capcom fighting game. It's mostly a battle of having the will to finish.


GatorBait - 3-18-2011 at 12:18 PM

Duh. Been forgetting to block. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually faced a fighting game boss.


JB KING - 3-19-2011 at 12:23 AM

Step one: pick iron man an spam unibeam.
Step two: pick Dante, use x factor, go apeshit.
Step three: finger rain
Step four: profit


gobbledygooker - 3-21-2011 at 12:42 PM

quote:
Originally posted by JB KING
Step three: finger rain


This sounds like a porn name, either for a movie or for a performer.

I think it works as either/or.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-21-2011 at 01:23 PM

I picked up Bulletstorm, and if anybody is wondering about it, my initial impression is that it's pretty awesome and I wished I'd picked it up sooner. The gameplay is really similar to Gears of War in first person rather than third, but it's much more tongue-in-cheek and over the top than Gears. Definitely worth picking up whenever your budget allows.


JB KING - 3-21-2011 at 04:06 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker

This sounds like a porn name, either for a movie or for a performer.

I think it works as either/or.


Think Percy Watson



PS. Finger rain sounds better than spirit fingers


theflammablemanimal - 3-21-2011 at 04:24 PM

It actually sounds more like something you would do to a pornstar...named Rain.


punkerhardcore - 3-21-2011 at 04:48 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
I picked up Bulletstorm, and if anybody is wondering about it,



They can read the paragraph I wrote about it on page two!


JB KING - 3-21-2011 at 05:59 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
It actually sounds more like something you would do to a pornstar...named Rain.


I think Prince had a similar move where he had purple drank then pissed on bitches...but that was purple rain. And I dont even want to mention what "Little Red Corvette" consists of. And Raspberry berret is a horrible position as well. Good Lord.

Back on topic, Prince would make a great addition to RockBand 3 DLC


punkerhardcore - 3-21-2011 at 06:20 PM

I could've sworn that I read once that Harmonix tried, but Prince refused to allow his songs to be in any game like that.


I haven't played it since finally starting Dragon Age II, but Create is a fun little hidden gem. Basically each level gives you a different task--such as, "get this object from point A to point B." You're given a list of materials to work with, and have to build a Rube Goldberg machine to meet your goal. It turned out to be much more fun than I'd expected, and it's well worth a rental.


gobbledygooker - 3-22-2011 at 05:33 PM

Just saw that Heavy Rain and Uncharted 2 are each down to $29.99 (new) at my local Gamestop. I think I know what my next purchase (or two) will be.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-22-2011 at 08:01 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
They can read the paragraph I wrote about it on page two!


Totally forgot about that. Sorry man.

Also:

quote:
I could've sworn that I read once that Harmonix tried, but Prince refused to allow his songs to be in any game like that.



But he'll let Glee cover him? What a dick.

I don't like Prince or his music, so I don't care, but come on man.


punkerhardcore - 3-22-2011 at 08:37 PM

I'm just messing around anyway... how are you liking it so far?

And I could be totally wrong about the Prince thing.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-26-2011 at 10:28 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I'm just messing around anyway... how are you liking it so far?



I really dig it a lot. I can't really play it when the kids are around so after a week I've just made it to act 4, but I really enjoy the sophomoric humor of the whole thing. Maybe I'll get around to beating it in the next week and I plan on taking a crack at Homefront next (I'm told it's only 4-5 hours long).

And I don't want to turn this into another page of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but just to let Gator and anyone else playing it know, I ponied up the $10 to download Shuma Gorath and Jill Valentine, and Jill is awesome. By far my new favorite character on the game. Incredibly fast, but they didn't skimp on giving her power behind her punches, either. Her hyper combos aren't the best but her basic moveset is enough to get you through most fights. I haven't messed with Shuma yet, but Jill is totally worth it.


Shao Khan - 3-27-2011 at 07:05 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
I ponied up the $10 to download Shuma Gorath and Jill Valentine


Sucker. (Of course I paid the extra $10 to get the collector's edition to get my free code, so we're even)

I totally forgot to D/L those two. I'd assume Shuma Gorath would play a lot like he used to in MVC. I'll check him out still though.


drmuerto - 4-1-2011 at 11:10 PM

I finished Dragon Age II last night.

And instead of picking something out of my backlog to play I went and got a bunch of DJ Hero stuff from Gamestop today. I'm really digging some of the mixes on it and I can't complain, and it doesn't hurt that I got both games and two turntable for a grand total of $40. Has anybody else played this?


punkerhardcore - 4-1-2011 at 11:35 PM

I have both DJ Hero games... I like them pretty well. I was shocked I liked the first one as much as I did, since I'm not usually into that type of music, but I played it quite a bit for a little while. The second one I got this past Christmas and haven't played it all that much, but like all those types of games it's pretty similar to the first.


Chris Is Good517 - 4-1-2011 at 11:56 PM

Gamestop is currently running a decent sale. I know you can get a brand new GOTY edition of Borderlands for $20, so if you're looking for something new to play this is a good weekend to hit them up


williamssl - 4-1-2011 at 11:59 PM

If you own a console and down own Borderlands.....GET THE HELL TO GAMESTOP. That is a frickin sweet deal - the DLC alone is worth it.


punkerhardcore - 4-2-2011 at 04:36 PM

I already own Borderlands and I'm tempted to pick that up. I've still never played any of the DLCs for it, and I don't have much hard drive space left, so that'd be pretty perfect.

But yeah, if you haven't played it before, you need to snap up that deal. It's a fantastic game.


drmuerto - 4-2-2011 at 04:48 PM

I was really tempted to pick up Borderlands yesterday, too. But I feel like I already have a bunch of shooters and even some post-apocalyptic shooters to play. What exactly makes Borderlands so awesome? I'd gotten the feeling that much of the appeal was just in finding new weapons and constantly being rewarded with points and new stuff. Is there more to it than shooting at hordes of stuff? What exactly makes it so awesome?


theflammablemanimal - 4-3-2011 at 01:17 AM

Bioshock 2 has been getting better as it moves along. Have I mentioned that speargun headshots are one of the most satisfying kills of all time?


williamssl - 4-3-2011 at 01:22 AM

re: borderlands
There's a kajillion missions. You're always looking for and finding new loot especially weapons and trying them out re: what works and floats your boat.

You can play up to 4 player multi (or do split screen co-op which is what I do with my kiddo) and the joint play is really rewarding and almost necessary as you level up.

For $20 for this...you can't go wrong at all.


mark markham - 4-3-2011 at 10:26 AM

I like Top Spin 4. It's a lot of fun to play throgh the career. It is the first game in the series that I've played if that makes a difference.


punkerhardcore - 4-3-2011 at 04:21 PM

I loved Top Spin 2, but hated 3... they changed way too much about the controls and I just couldn't get into it. I'll have to rent 4 and give it a try. Hopefully it's nothing like 3.


Joeldacat - 4-3-2011 at 10:24 PM

iPhone accidental double post. Sorry.

[Edited on 4-3-2011 by Joeldacat]


Joeldacat - 4-3-2011 at 10:32 PM

Damn you CiG. I now own Borderlands.

Gamestop also tempted me with $30 for DJ Hero 2, with turntable. Anyone actually played that one? Its tempting; and I bet it'll be hard to find that piece of hardware soon.


drmuerto - 4-6-2011 at 02:05 AM

Joel, if you're into dance music and hip hop, DJ Hero is worth it. I got it Friday and had a blast with it over the weekend.


Chris Is Good517 - 4-6-2011 at 02:43 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Joeldacat
Damn you CiG. I now own Borderlands.



You're welcome

quote:

Gamestop also tempted me with $30 for DJ Hero 2, with turntable. Anyone actually played that one?


Nope. It has odd-numbered achievements. I refuse to touch it.

Yes, I'm that guy.

[Edited on 4-6-2011 by Chris Is Good517]


Joeldacat - 4-6-2011 at 01:35 PM

Oh man. Stupid Puzzle Fighter drove me crazy by sticking me a weird digit ending I couldn't get rid of, and it took You Don't Know Jack to fix it. Once I beat all 73 episodes of the game, though, I'm going to have a weird number ending again. I completely, shamefully, understand.

DJ Hero still tempts me. Green Day Rock Band Plus for $20 at bestbuy.com tempts me; mostly for the export code for all those songs in regular Rock Band 3. I'm trying to lead a productive life and pay my expenses. Damn you sales!

... and while I appreciate supporting the industry, especially since I have friends in it, I can't get over the feeling that people who pay full price for games are suckers. Everything I've wanted for the Xbox has dropped in price a LOT just by waiting a few months. Final Fantasy 13, Mass Effect 2, hell, I'm pretty sure I saw Fallout: New Vegas for $30 recently.


punkerhardcore - 4-6-2011 at 03:24 PM

I'll only buy a game on day one if it's some blockbuster that I HAVE to play... but yeah, you're totally right. Usually within the first couple months, some store will have a $20-$30 off sale. Homefront just came out a few weeks ago, and it's already down to $40.

And New Vegas is on sale this week for $20... the collector's edition is $30.


GatorBait - 4-6-2011 at 03:38 PM

If it's something that's been out awhile that you don't mind waiting an unspecified amount of time for, I can't recommend Half.com highly enough. The prices people are re-selling for are fantastic for the most part.

But the even better kicker is the "Pre-Sale" option. Just set the max price you're willing to pay (as well as minimum condition, seller's ratings, etc.) and sit back and wait for somebody willing to sell their copy at your price. My copy (brand new, mind you) of Super Street Fighter IV should be arriving this week, and I only paid $10 plus shipping.


williamssl - 4-6-2011 at 05:14 PM

I'm not a PC Gamer, but Steam's upcoming Dino D-Day looks awesome.


punkerhardcore - 4-6-2011 at 05:17 PM

This is the first I've ever heard of or seen of that game, and I already want to play it based off that one screenshot.


GatorBait - 4-6-2011 at 06:13 PM

Holy shit... is that the elusive Naziceratops?!?


williamssl - 4-13-2011 at 10:38 PM

Just finished playthrough 2 of Borderlands. Was far less challenging than the first time around despite the leveling up of bad guys. Knowing what to do was part of it...but having a mod that replenishes your ammo was awesome...and critical. No more running out of sniper or shotgun bullets in long fights and having to run around trying to find loot chests to replenish.

Levelled up rather significantly during this playthrough...the DLC while fun didn't really provide a lot of XP (in playthrough one). I think we moved up a combined 2 levels across the 3 DLC we played.

Is there a playthrough 2.5? What's that like? How far into the game does it go? And how much harder are things this time around vs. playthrough 2? Trying to figure out if we hit 2.5 (assuming there is one) or do playthrough 2 of the DLC next.


EDIT: Sigh. 2.5 only refers to a leveling up of bad guys that occurs once trigger Destroyer (or find Steele) in playthrough 2. Quests don't reboot. All you do is run around killing much higher leveled bad guys. Bosses respawn ...but if XP is what I'm after...I'm off to the DLC because at least with them there are playthrough 2 quests...

[Edited on 4-14-2011 by williamssl]


DriftThroughTime - 4-14-2011 at 05:34 PM

Alright, ALRIGHT, FINE. I'll get Borderlands already.


Joeldacat - 4-14-2011 at 05:44 PM

I still blame ChrisIsGood for all this. (Borderlands).

I had a great weekend playing so far. I'm at level 14 playing as a Hunter/Sniper, and headshots that light enemies on fire fill me with joy.

Now I've got DriftThroughTime trying to get me started playing Pokemon for the first time ever. This seems dangerous and inadvisable, and also a bit imposing for someone who's never played anything similar. There are hundreds of weird looking things which Nintendo wants me to put in my balls. Hm.


DriftThroughTime - 4-14-2011 at 05:54 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Joeldacat
Now I've got DriftThroughTime trying to get me started playing Pokemon for the first time ever. This seems dangerous and inadvisable, and also a bit imposing for someone who's never played anything similar. There are hundreds of weird looking things which Nintendo wants me to put in my balls. Hm.


For anyone who hasn't played, I'm always tempted to have them try the original Red/Blue, but I think it's too outdated for most people to care, since half the appeal of the franchise is being able to trade and compete with friends. Unless you're a dork like me, who has two Game Boy Pockets with colors corresponding with the Pokemon version plugged in *cough* . I will say though that the originals have this unreplicated charm because of how much imbalance and the number of glitches in the game. Worth checking out.For now, go get Silver/Gold or White/Black.

So yes, my Whaley friend, lemme know if you want me to ship you that DS.


Chris Is Good517 - 4-14-2011 at 06:03 PM

Step 1. Tex, Ben, Chaz, and me. Borderlands. (Someone pick a time and date)

Step 2. ???

Step 3. Profit!


DriftThroughTime - 4-14-2011 at 06:09 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
Step 1. Tex, Ben, Chaz, and me. Borderlands. (Someone pick a time and date)

Step 2. Ben quits his job. Gets Chaz fired too, but doesn't fuck with CiG's or Tex's game-related jobs.

Step 3. Profit! (Except for Ben and Chaz, who figuratively profit with the collective, but not literally so).


Fixed.


I'd say maybe some weeknights next week? Monday I'm tied up, cause Thai's crashing at my place. Literally tied up, probably (got to the homoerotic joke before anyone else could). I'm on gchat all day at work and have it integrated with my AIM, so shoot me an IM at DriftThroughTime any time.

[Edited on 4-14-2011 by DriftThroughTime]


OOMike - 4-14-2011 at 07:21 PM

Well I finally got my own 360 this week. So games I am playing are the only ones I have. CoD MW2 on line mostly, Madden 09, Fallout 3, and my wife got Beautiful Katamari.

So that is it... If you guys need some kills in MW2 send me an invite if I am on and I can die with the best of them.

Xbox live: athosgid


williamssl - 4-14-2011 at 08:20 PM

All my Borderlands play has been split-screen co-op with my son. I'm currently a level 56 Berserker.

How does it work online...

Do we bring our current characters in...

Does it matter if we have multiple of the same character. (e.g. if Chris' main character is Berserker too)..or does it have to be up to one each of the 4 main types?

What about leveling....if I'm 56 but someone else is 14...can you rig it so enemies are at the ~14 level..or are they all at the highest level such that anyone lower is fucked?


punkerhardcore - 4-17-2011 at 09:48 PM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl
What about leveling....if I'm 56 but someone else is 14...can you rig it so enemies are at the ~14 level..or are they all at the highest level such that anyone lower is fucked?


I played for a little while earlier with Joeldacat, and it seems that the enemies are scaled for the person at the lowest level. He's a level 16 Hunter, and I'm a level 38 Siren... I was mowing down almost all enemies with one hit, no problem. Even the boss took all of three seconds to kill. He probably had a horrible time playing with me, since I was completely ruining his gaming experience.


Joeldacat - 4-18-2011 at 03:09 AM

Well, when he joined me, a message came up that said the enemies got stronger. When he left, it said they got weaker.

I had already been playing at that point for a few hours, so I was totally fine with having a ringer for what could've been a super hard section of the game.

It does seem to help to be playing a few characters around the same level though. I'm trying to do that right now with DriftThroughTime, I started a new character with that intention.

My main is currently around level 20, if that helps.

Sorry if this is boring to non-Borderlanders. (You should totally get it, though, whoever you are).


GatorBait - 4-25-2011 at 07:43 PM

Figured this would be as good a spot as any to pimp that we'll be having a Video Game draft/showdown "elsewhere":

http://natecorbitt.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=videogame&action=display&thread=7515


JB KING - 4-25-2011 at 10:47 PM

Im starting to wish i didnt erase my Borderlands character . I would have gone into DLC with a level 50 soilder with those "guns that shouldnt be mentioned" that were dropped and handed out by guys that had modded level 70 guns. Meh, not worth the perma ban tho.

Onto Fight Night Champion, while the "story" mode was actually a strong suite of the game...Legacy mode is the most inconsistant broken piece of shit on the planet. Even if you move the fight sliders in your favor its still broken compared to the earlier games. Last years was much better.

I just got WWE AllStars and Shift 2 if anyone wants to play this week (ie please help me get those stupid online achievements). If not, maybe i'll just look around for a gears 3 beta code.


Chris Is Good517 - 4-26-2011 at 04:33 AM

King, let's get on a night this week and trade those All Stars achievements (please!)


gobbledygooker - 4-26-2011 at 03:03 PM

All of this Borderlands talk is reminding me of what it was like back when PS3 had network of it's own..

"Sigh"


DriftThroughTime - 4-26-2011 at 03:27 PM

Chaz (Joeldacat) and I are hovering around level 11 in Borderlands right now and just hopped the jump and opened the gate. Not sure if that's descriptive enough (I can't remember what mission we were on - it was like, 3:30 a.m.) but if anyone's in that general ballpark and wants to sync up with us, let us know!


CreativeInternetAliass - 4-26-2011 at 04:05 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
All of this Borderlands talk is reminding me of what it was like back when PS3 had network of it's own..

"Sigh"


No kidding I picked up Mortal Kombat, and boom the network goes down. Now how am I supposed to feel stupid for getting schooled by seven year olds. At least the story mode is fun, even if the tag team battles are totally kicking my ass.


williamssl - 4-26-2011 at 06:22 PM

quote:
Originally posted by DriftThroughTime
Chaz (Joeldacat) and I are hovering around level 11 in Borderlands right now and just hopped the jump and opened the gate. Not sure if that's descriptive enough (I can't remember what mission we were on - it was like, 3:30 a.m.) but if anyone's in that general ballpark and wants to sync up with us, let us know!


If you need a level 62 Berserker to just destroy shit, let me know.


nOOb - 4-26-2011 at 06:39 PM

After reading this, I actually considered bringing my Borderlands back out of retirement (and thus my PS3), but I read about the network stuff, which defeats any purpose of me doing that. Also sucking right now: pretty sure my X-Box (or its HDD) are on death's door at the moment and I kinda just want to let them rest so I can get one of the new models, transfer everything over, and just kinda have a spare X-Box laying around the house.


gobbledygooker - 4-26-2011 at 07:11 PM

Yeah, this shit's just getting out of control -

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6310372.html?tag=latestheadlines%3Btitle%3B2

quote:

PlayStation Network outage enters seventh day
By Tor Thorsen

Sony's online service continues to be down following last week's "external intrusion"; no updates on current status.

It's been a long week for PlayStation Network users. Starting last Wednesday evening, Sony took down the service with little explanation, leading some to believe that the hacker collective known as Anonymous had resumed its attacks on the network. However, two days later, the leaderless body announced it was not behind the outage--the day before Sony finally admitted an "external intrusion" was to blame.

The PlayStation Network has now been down for nearly a week.

Yesterday, Sony offered a brief comment on the PSN outage, saying rebuilding the PSN infrastructure was "time intensive" and that it didn't have any time frame for a possible fix. Today, the company had not offered an update on the situation and requests for comment had not elicited a response as of press time.

Meanwhile, the lack of information has caused a stir amongst PSN users. Yesterday, a Sony spokesperson said that the company had "not yet determined" if credit card information stored on the network had been compromised. The day also brought an unconfirmed rumor that the real reason for the outage was that a version of custom PlayStation 3 firmware was allowing users to download PlayStation Store content for free by imitating a debug unit.

GameSpot will have more information on the ongoing PSN outage as it becomes available.


Luckily for me, my games of choice at the moment have been Red Dead Redemption (story mode) and Tiger Woods '11 (single-player mode), so this hasn't affected me too much. But I'm sure there are some hardcore PSN users out there who are going through convulsions as we speak.


nOOb - 4-26-2011 at 07:19 PM

I'm a bit glad I didn't go for DC Universe Online a few weeks back now: not sure how this affects them (and since it's getting most of its business via the PS3, I would imagine "not well"). But at the same time, what do PS3 players expect? It's free. That's not to say there's zero security, but at the same time, if any external source could bring it down, the security is lacking at least a little bit.

They don't have to completely take the X-Box Live approach of Gold and Silver memberships, but getting at least a little for the PSN network might not hurt. Unless they took it down themselves and are using this to charge for PSN. In which case it would totally hurt.


DriftThroughTime - 4-26-2011 at 09:31 PM

Penny Arcade with the win!


nOOb - 4-27-2011 at 03:16 PM

Get ready to sue the shit out of Sony

quote:

Updated Story: Patrick Seybold offered clarification on why Sony took as long as it did to notify PSN customers. His full statement sent to IGN is below:

There's a difference in timing between when we identified there was an intrusion and when we learned of consumers' data being compromised. We learned there was an intrusion April 19th and subsequently shut the services down. We then brought in outside experts to help us learn how the intrusion occurred and to conduct an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident.

It was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis, and it took our experts until yesterday to understand the scope of the breach. We then shared that information with our consumers and announced it publicly this afternoon.

Original Story: Sony said today it believes personal identification information from registered PlayStation Network users has been compromised as a result of an illegal intrusion that has shut down the service for the past week.

Sony also believes PSN logins and password information may have been illegally obtained. Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA said the company has hired a "recognized security firm" to fully investigate the matter and has strengthened the network's security in the meantime for further protection.

Sony says it believes an unauthorized person has obtained the following personal information that you provided:

- Name
- Address (city, state, zip)
- Country
- Email Address
- Birthdate
- PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID

Seybold also says that "profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers" may have been obtained. Sub-account information may have also been compromised.

There is also "no evidence" that credit card information has been obtained, but Sony is not ruling out the possibility. "If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained," Seybold said.

"We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information.

"Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any additional questions."

When the PSN originally went down, users who attempted to login were met with the 80710a06 error code. Now, a message reads "PlayStation Network is currently undergoing maintenance" if a PSN login is attempted.


Outstanding. A system I barely used other than to buy a movie or two and to serve as a glorified Blu-Ray player and now there's a chance my identity got stolen. This kinda explains the e-mails. Now I have to keep an eye on my bank statements and make sure all my purchases are legit...


DriftThroughTime - 4-27-2011 at 03:39 PM

What's really neat is that it took them several days to spit out that credit card security potentially compromised bit because "it was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis, and it took our experts until yesterday to understand the scope of the breach," according to SCEE's Head of Communications. But their response wasn't really concrete:

quote:
"If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."


So...you took several days to give us a maybe. You couldn't just give us the maybe from the get-go?


gobbledygooker - 4-28-2011 at 12:28 PM

Yeah, REALLY not impressed with Sony's response on this one. I'm talking FEMA-during-Katrina level of ineptitude.

[Edited on 4-28-2011 by gobbledygooker]


GatorBait - 4-28-2011 at 12:48 PM

Glad to see I'm not the only one more peeved for THIS reason:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20058039-1.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20



quote:
Every night it's the same forlorn ritual. I watch my TV, read my books, chase the cat into the bathroom and back--all in a vain effort to fill the gaping emptiness inside. Invariably at some point my hands reach for the beloved black controller, where I try--even though I know it won't work, but still you never know--to log on to the online network of my Sony PS3 game console.

It's been 7 days now (or is it 7,000?) since the Sony PlayStation Network went down. We've since learned the company is taking the extreme step of rebuilding its network after a massive hacking attack. E-mail addresses, passwords, purchase history--and almost certainly credit card numbers--all sucked up by persons unknown.

I wish I could get riled up over this latest security breach, but honestly it's the third time in three years I've received notification that my credit information may have been compromised. At this point in the Digital Age, I've become reconciled to the fact that lots of strangers are rummaging through the underwear drawer of my credit history.

What's truly disheartening about Sony's security fumble is how much I miss posting my best scores on the Sony network. And more insidiously, the addictive nature of video games.

My name is SunnyD11 and I am a PixelJunk Monsters addict.

For those of you who don't know, PixelJunk Monsters is probably the best game ever created in the history of the universe. It incorporates all the great themes of mankind's history--players build fortresses with their gold and kill monsters before they kill our babies.

Of course, like everything else in life, the devil is in the details. You only start out with a limited amount of gold. And there are different kinds of monsters that require different kinds of fortresses. A typical game goes like this: Buy two archer towers @100 gold each to kill the first wave of spiders; collect the gold that appears when the spiders die and buy one more cannon tower @120 gold to kill the giants; collect the gold (and blue gems to upgrade your fortresses) to buy beehive tower @450 gold to ward off mosquitoes, birds and bees; buy an electrical tower to electrocute the shielded monsters; etc.

If through error on your part, you fail to block the advancing waves of monsters, then one or more slip past your final defenses and start stomping around on the heads of your babies (or maybe they're villagers, but I think of them as my babies) until all 20 are dead. You lose. Or you win but with casualties.

Like most video games, if you're truly invested, then your heart is pounding, your neck muscles and shoulders are clenched, and the flow of blood is constricted to your hand. You come out of your trance when the pins and needles start pricking in your hand, or your muscles cramp or bladder swells.

It has occurred to me that my physical/mental experience on PixelJunk Monsters is quite similar to my job as home page editor at CBSNews.com. When breaking news happens, I tweet this, ticker that, send a breaking news e-mail, rank a story on the front door, receive instant messages from producers and graphic artists, etc.

True confession: I think years of working in the news business have hardwired my brain to require this energy rush/adrenaline surge of multitasking. And when I get home my poor junkie brain turns to video games for another adrenaline fix.

It's not good.

After you've beaten all the levels, the next phase for those who are truly addicted is to start comparing your numbers to the gaming world at large. Which is where the Sony PlayStation Network comes in. We who are truly consumed eke out new satisfaction after we've beaten all the levels. We compare ourselves to Jonahbar, Blueskysarah, Fatima100, mandingo, and the others who labor alone.

You're probably wondering why I can't continue playing the game, even if I can't log on to the network.

SunnyD11 refuses to play PixelJunk Monsters while the network is down because he knows that he will achieve a stellar, once-in-a-lifetime result and there will be no way to record it for posterity.

Helpful tips
One of my co-workers notes that if you're wondering which credit card you might have registered on the Sony network, you can look through your old purchase e-mails from this sender: DoNotReply@ac.playstation.net, which will reference the credit card you used with Sony network.

If like me, you're suffering a double whammy because you stream Netflix through your PS3, it's possible to connect a laptop to the TV and stream from your computer. I recently bought a laptop that had an HDMI port, and I simply disconnected the accursed PS3 and connected my laptop and streamed with quite good results to my TV.


You can still get Netflix to work if you cancel through the login 3 or 4 times, though.


DriftThroughTime - 4-28-2011 at 08:18 PM

The BBC's reporting we may not have to cancel our cards.


quote:
Originally posted by BBC News

Sony has revealed that credit card details held on its PlayStation Network were stored in securely encrypted files. The news offers some hope to users worried about their personal data after the online system was hacked.

Sony had previously warned that card numbers and expiry dates may have been among the stolen data. However, other information, including dates of birth and home addresses, did not have the same level of protection. The full extent of the security breach was revealed on Monday, following a week-long investigation by Sony. The company said that up to 77 million PlayStation Network members may have had their personal information taken during an "external intrusion".

The FBI confirmed to BBC News that it was now involved and had been in contact with Sony in the United States. One of the main concerns for users has been the issue of card security.

In a question and answer blog, posted on the PlayStation website, the company said: "The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. "The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack." The company has not revealed the type or strength of protection given to credit card information, and Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos warned that "encryption" could mean almost anything.

"Some are as weak as tissue paper, and others can take millions of years to crack," he told BBC News. "For instance, you could have an encryption that made every 'A' a 'D', every 'B' an 'E' etc, but that would be trivial to crack."

Sony suggested that users should keep a close eye on their financial statements and alert their card issuer about any unusual transactions.
That advice was echoed by Visa Europe, the company behind the Visa payment system. It explained that if card data was found to have been stolen and used to make unauthorised payments, users would not have to pick up the bill.

"Cardholders who are innocent victims of fraud will get their money back, subject to the terms and conditions of their bank," it said in a statement.
PlayStation Network members were urged not to cancel their cards at this stage.

A spokesman for Barclaycard said that such action was unnecessary until it was known if card numbers had fallen into the wrong hands. If that proved to be the case, Sony would need to hand over the information to the UK Payments Administration - the umbrella body that oversees financial transactions including bank transfers and card payments. The card numbers would then be identified and passed to relevant banks who could block them from use or elevate the level of monitoring for unusual activity.


salmonjunkie - 5-1-2011 at 06:11 AM

I just bought Bioshock and Assassin's Creed at a pawn shop for $5 each.

Let's see if I can find the time to even start playing either of these games.


Chris Is Good517 - 5-1-2011 at 06:39 PM

BioShock 2 is down to $9.99 brand new at Gamestop, so there's no good reason to be holding out anymore


GatorBait - 5-2-2011 at 12:42 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
BioShock 2 is down to $9.99 brand new at Gamestop, so there's no good reason to be holding out anymore


Sure there is... if you don't like those sorts of games.


DriftThroughTime - 5-2-2011 at 03:48 PM

quote:
Originally posted by GatorBait


Sure there is... if you don't like those sorts of games.


Not...like...Bioshock? I don't get it.


In all seriousness though, Bioshock is a masterpiece. It's such a legitimate argument for video games as art, and it's an amazing experience to be intellectually stimulated by an action-packed game. It's one of those games where all the people I know who didn't want to try it finally did and said, "god damn, why didn't I try this earlier?"


GatorBait - 5-2-2011 at 05:46 PM

Yeah, I heard that about Assassin's Creed too, though. Played it for an hour then took it back.


DriftThroughTime - 5-2-2011 at 09:24 PM

quote:
Originally posted by GatorBait
Yeah, I heard that about Assassin's Creed too, though. Played it for an hour then took it back.


Bioshock > Assassin's Creed.


But yeah, I get it. It took me almost two years to get into Borderlands, most of which was spent saying "eehhhhh." Once I got it, I was like, "Why did no one tell me?!" Sometimes we just don't like certain games. But at least OO can't say I didn't try.


williamssl - 5-5-2011 at 02:50 PM

If you don't like Borderlands or Bioshock you need to go start a new thread called "Wimpy Games I Like to Play" or something and post about Bejeweled and crap in there.


GatorBait - 5-5-2011 at 02:53 PM

Borderlands is on my "Pre-Order" list on Half.com. Waiting for somebody to be offering it for $8.


williamssl - 5-5-2011 at 04:08 PM

Because the GOTY edition at Gamestop a couple weeks ago for $20 wasn't cheap enough?[/solly] Or because you werent' over the fence at that point on the game?


I cant' even get through playthrough 2 of General Knoxx.... I'm level 68...and everything leveled up to like 70. It's great for taking out Drifters via my vehicle and getting 10k xp per kill. It sucks in round 3 or 4 of Circle of Duty and dealing with 5 level 70 badass rocketeers all hitting me at once....or the General Knoxx boss fight .... Haven't even gone to Cramerax yet...


OOMike - 5-5-2011 at 04:47 PM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl
I cant' even get through playthrough 2 of General Knoxx.... I'm level 68...and everything leveled up to like 70. It's great for taking out Drifters via my vehicle and getting 10k xp per kill. It sucks in round 3 or 4 of Circle of Duty and dealing with 5 level 70 badass rocketeers all hitting me at once....or the General Knoxx boss fight .... Haven't even gone to Cramerax yet...



For those of us who have not played the game....this sounds like a foreign language.


GatorBait - 5-5-2011 at 04:51 PM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl
Because the GOTY edition at Gamestop a couple weeks ago for $20 wasn't cheap enough?[/solly] Or because you werent' over the fence at that point on the game?



Combination of both. Still not convinced it's a game I'll like, but that's the price point I feel at which I'll give it a shot. The (degree'd) economist in me loves Half.com for that reason.

I've messaged a few of you directly, but I figured I'd open it up to anybody here, come join the Video Game Draft/Showdown! Looking to officially ramp things up for it beginning on Monday: http://natecorbitt.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=videogame&action=display&thread=7515


Joeldacat - 5-5-2011 at 05:48 PM

I looked at that draft thing, and was thoroughly confused by it. Is it a tournament to vote for the best game ever, or are certain games "yours" and you're trying to win a competition?


GatorBait - 5-5-2011 at 06:08 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Joeldacat
I looked at that draft thing, and was thoroughly confused by it. Is it a tournament to vote for the best game ever, or are certain games "yours" and you're trying to win a competition?


The latter. Think of it as you're in a draft against X-number of other "game service companies". The goal is to come up with the best service out of them all with your 20 selections. Voting to commence post-draft.


williamssl - 5-12-2011 at 12:56 AM

Gearbox has discounted add-ons for XBOX right now via Marketplace...

Bioshock 2 Minverva's Den
Borderlands Claptrap Revolution
Borderlands Secret Armory

Half price, so $5

If you have the games but not the add-ons, get 'em.

I enjoyed the Minerva's Den story more than I did Bioshock 2, which is saying a lot.

And of the Borderlands add-ons, Secret Armory is the bestest.


williamssl - 5-13-2011 at 08:04 PM

Putting this here vs. it's own thread. Whatever.

My kiddo and I love doing co-op stuff together - split/same screen.

We're near done w/ Borderlands. Max'ed out on levels at 69. Almost through all the achievements. Stupid Crawmerax.... Probably the best (split-screen) co-op game we've ever played.

We've done all the Gears and Halo's and enjoyed them.

Looking for reco's on other games we should give a try.

No sports stuff.
And we have all the Lego ones and have done them so none of that.

I've got Army of Two and Resident Evil 5 on the way - read online that they were good campaign co-op plays and they're cheap so worht it.

Any recommendations?


punkerhardcore - 5-13-2011 at 09:34 PM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl
I've got Army of Two and Resident Evil 5 on the way - read online that they were good campaign co-op plays and they're cheap so worht it.



Both great choices... I've played through both those games on co-op and had a great time. The Army of Two sequel was also fun, but I liked the first one a little bit better.

Get both Left 4 Dead games... they're excellent for co-op, and can probably be gotten cheap these days.

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 was also a very good game, that might be worth checking out if you guys are into spec-ops shooters.

If anyone tells you Kane & Lynch were worth checking out, they're lying. Though to be fair, I never played the first one... but the second one sucked a boring cock.


williamssl - 5-13-2011 at 09:39 PM

Thanks!

Left 4 Dead got high praises but holding off on that for a little - my kiddo sometimes gets freaked by things (no rhyme or reason to it - he's fine with a lot of stuff but Crackdown 2 freaked him out, as an example), so we decided to try other things before going there).

Kane and Lynch got mixed reviews and I had looked into it but the negatives were far stronger in emotion than the positives, so punted on that one. Will keep it punted.

Rainbow I will look into.


Chris Is Good517 - 5-13-2011 at 10:44 PM

Since you work for MS I don't know if you get any kind of free reign over arcade downloads or anything, but there are some really good co-op experiences hiding out there. Scott Pilgrim: The Game and Castle Crashers are two that jump immediately to mind that you and the little guy can enjoy together. There are also ports of the old TMNT and X-Men arcade games that are fun to play through once or twice (but they definitely lose some of their luster when nothing is at stake- part of what made the experience awesome as a kid was knowing that your mom only gave you a dollar in quarters so you had to play smart and make it last).

A lot of people hate them but I really dig Dynasty Warriors and it doesn't require a whole lot of thought or strategy so if you guys just want to turn off your brains and mash buttons together, you'll get at least a few fun hours out before you get bored.

Going through the career mode together with my wife on Rock Band 3 was some of the most fun we've had together since we had kids, so that's an option as well.


gobbledygooker - 5-18-2011 at 01:15 PM

Anybody ever play any of the Yakuza games? They've got Yakuza 3 at Best Buy for $19.99 right now and I'm really tempted to buy it, given my love for all things Japan-related. And it basically sounds like a Japanese Grand Theft Auto, which, by default, equals AWESOME.


GatorBait - 5-18-2011 at 07:31 PM

So I've got Little Big Planet GOTY Edition coming my way. How much am I going to enjoy it?


CreativeInternetAliass - 5-18-2011 at 08:16 PM

Not at all, as most of it's fun comes from peoples downloaded original content, and the fucking PSN is still not working.


Columbo - 5-18-2011 at 11:28 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CreativeInternetAliass
Not at all, as most of it's fun comes from peoples downloaded original content, and the fucking PSN is still not working.



I've been back up since Saturday, also I thought the Little Big Planet games were pretty fun reminded me of my younger days playing Nintendo.


theflammablemanimal - 5-19-2011 at 02:33 AM

Just beat bioshock 2 and got the evil ending. Too lazy to go back for the good one, so on to Portal. Just euthanized my first companion cube.


Chris Is Good517 - 5-19-2011 at 02:53 AM

I've gotten really good at juggling. Right now I'm mixing up L.A. Noire, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Dynasty Warriors 7, Mortal Kombat, and I'm still doing a little Black Ops here and there. And just in case that isn't enough I decided to pick up NCAA 11 and keep working on my dynasty again. And I'm doing this with like 10ish hours a week to play. It's kind of sad.

Fortunately nothing's coming out I really give a shit about until the new Alice game.


CreativeInternetAliass - 5-19-2011 at 11:33 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Columbo
quote:

I've been back up since Saturday, also I thought the Little Big Planet games were pretty fun reminded me of my younger days playing Nintendo.


I keep getting the system unable to connect message, do I need to do an update or a reset or something to get it to work, or am I just in a bad area?


GatorBait - 5-19-2011 at 11:50 AM

Over the weekend (I believe) there was a system update 6.31 (I also believe). It will then require you to change your password. The only thing that isn't currently up and running (I also also believe) is the PSN Store.

Also, Doug, what's your name on there? Can't remember if I have you on my list or not. I'm "GatorAdam".


gobbledygooker - 5-19-2011 at 12:52 PM

Yep, what GB said. Also, if you had your settings on "Automatic Sign-In" you still have to manually sign-in that first time to get it all back up and running.

Damn, CiG, I'm envious that you have the ability to do that much juggling. I was just trying to do Red Dead Redemption, Tiger Woods '11, and NBA 2K11 in the last couple of months and each of them has been dropping off my radar one by one, except for Red Dead, just because it's so fucking awesome. I think I'm getting close to the end. And I'll then need to decide what game to get next. And I know L.A. Noire is awesome but I don't like paying full price for games. I think my next purchase will fall to either -

Uncharted 2
Heavy Rain
Yakuza 3

Or hell, I could probably get all three for close to how much one new game would cost.


GatorBait - 5-19-2011 at 01:26 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Or hell, I could probably get all three for close to how much one new game would cost.


Half.com

Seriously.


CreativeInternetAliass - 5-19-2011 at 02:18 PM

Thanks for the heads up, I will have to try it out when I get home from work. I just kept seeing the failure to log in bit, and thought it was still down. Also I am on PSN as CIA Doug, so it should be easy to find me. I mainly play Super Street Fighter IV, DCU Online, and am hoping to start playing Mortal Kombat online. I really don't play any first person shooters, so if that is your thing, you probally won't see me too much.


GatorBait - 5-19-2011 at 02:21 PM

I'm not into FPS, either, and I just got SSFIV a couple weeks back, so we'll have to mash 'em up now that the PSN is back up. "GatorAdam" on there.


punkerhardcore - 5-19-2011 at 02:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
And I know L.A. Noire is awesome but I don't like paying full price for games.


K-Mart has a deal running right now-- buy L.A. Noire by Saturday, and you get a free game that's priced $20 or below, and $20 credit for a future video game purchase. If anyone is on the fence about it, this is a pretty good deal.


drmuerto - 5-20-2011 at 03:51 AM

I'm onto LA Noire now, but before that I was playing Just Cause 2, which is about the funnest dumb sandbox game you can find. It's got a huge varied map, an all around solid engine for going nuts on people, and it rewards you for wanton destruction. The story is lame, the acting is pretty weak, but the game world is just a really fun place to go and blow shit up. Check it out if sandbox games float your boat.


gobbledygooker - 5-24-2011 at 04:59 PM

Just beat Red Dead Redemption (that ending sucked and by "sucked" I mean...it almost made me cry).

So I needed a new game to play and took a lunchtime run to Best Buy and, in keeping with "Gooker's Completely Random Game Purchases That Are Usually A Year Old Or Older" I got the aforementioned Yakuza 3 and, in a swerve, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, which was on clearance for $8.99. I just couldn't say no to that. Even if I haven't played a Ninja Gaiden game since the NES.


CreativeInternetAliass - 5-24-2011 at 05:12 PM

I have heard that the new ninja gaiden games are ridiculously hard, so I am curious to hear how it plays for you.


gobbledygooker - 5-24-2011 at 05:17 PM

Yeah, Goon's currently playing the first Sigma right now and, from what he's told me, I am a bit concerned.

I figure I'll start with that one and then, when I'm pissed and ready to throw my controller through the TV after attempt #37 to beat some sort of horribly difficult boss, I'll abandon it and switch to Yakuza 3.


williamssl - 5-24-2011 at 05:52 PM

Started playing Army of Two over the weekend with the kiddo. Fun game so far.


theflammablemanimal - 5-24-2011 at 07:53 PM

Ninja Gaiden 2 is awesome. Hard, but awesome and not too frustrating.

Phone autocorrected ninja gaiden to ninja garden. Now that would be interesting.


Shao Khan - 5-25-2011 at 12:36 AM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Yeah, Goon's currently playing the first Sigma right now and, from what he's told me, I am a bit concerned.


Yeah, I think they should've switched the order of the games, as the Sigma 2 is nowhere near as difficult as the first one. You'll enjoy it though.


the goon - 5-25-2011 at 05:49 PM

On the subject of Ninja Gaiden Sigma (and seeing as how I haven't posted in this thread in like three months), I've gotten back into the game after putting it down for a couple of months. I think getting killed a bunch by Alma, who I had already heard was one of the more notorious bosses in the game, made me take a break from it. But after getting a renewed desire to beat the game, I looked up some strategies for Alma on Gamefaqs and actually didn't have too much trouble beating her after that (it was more a matter of having enough health items when fighting her). So now I'm on Chapter 12 of the game and it's been pretty smooth-sailing since, though I did find the part where you have to fight the two tanks pretty damn hard.

But yeah, that game will definitely kick your ass in parts, but I've been committed to beating it on the normal level and not switching down to the easier difficulty when it asks if I want to. I can't imagine what it's like on an even harder difficulty level.

As for other games I'm playing:

-Just wrapped up Silent Hill: Shattered Memories on Wii a couple of months ago. Very cool game and quite different from most that I've ever played. I've only played a tiny bit of the original on PS1, so I don't know how it compares (since this one is basically a remake/re-imagining), but I found it to be really good. Maybe not as "shit your pants" scary as I was hoping, but the eerie atmosphere is really good, seeing as how you're just wandering around alone for 75% of the game.

-I started playing Sin & Punishment: Star Successor on the Wii. Having downloaded the original on the Wii Virtual Console, I'd say the sequel is similar to it, but just jacked up on steroids. Lots of great, arcade-style shooting that basically never lets up or gives you a chance to breath. Very good game and I think the Wii controls work really with it.

-And to continue my current Wii renaissance, I also have Metroid: Other M and Red Steel 2 (the latter of which I was able to pick up for $6.99 at Toys R Us, which was a fucking steal), but haven't started a game yet in either.

-Like the gooker, I picked up Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 for $8.99 at Best Buy yesterday. Just too good of a deal to pass up, even if I haven't beaten the first one yet. I figure once I have, the sequel will be right there waiting for me.


gobbledygooker - 6-6-2011 at 05:13 PM

Since nobody's touched on the PSN for a while, it is back up and running and (after some minor difficulty) I downloaded my free games over the weekend. I chose Infamous and Dead Nation. I played some of Dead Nation and it seems like it is going to be a fun, "Smash TV"-style shoot-'em-up. And I know I need to complete Yakuza 3 before I have the time to devote to Infamous.


GatorBait - 6-6-2011 at 06:30 PM

I grabbed inFamous and WipeOut.

inFamous is decent, but it's still not my kinda game, so for all I know it may be amazing. Had to bump it down to "Easy" difficulty since I suck.

WipeOut is very reminiscent of F-Zero, but less "refined" as far as the look and ability to see what's coming up next on the track. Gonna be fun, though.

And make sure you do the free 30-days of PSN+. Sonic 2 and OddWorld are free as well as a couple Minis.


gobbledygooker - 6-6-2011 at 06:42 PM

Sweet! I joined PSN+ but haven't delved too far into it. I'll be all about some Sonic 2 once I get that loaded.


GatorBait - 6-6-2011 at 06:47 PM

Even though it's free and only 17Mb, don't waste your time on that block one.


DriftThroughTime - 6-7-2011 at 02:53 PM

Guh. I downloaded WipeOut HD, but somehow, the expansion and full game license downloaded, but not the "demo" (the base of the game). Now I can't download it again.

I know I could call Sony support, but I can't wait to hear how convoluted the process to fix this would be/how it's not possible.

*Goes back to his 360*


GatorBait - 6-7-2011 at 03:58 PM

It doesn't let you DL the demo from its regular place? It should still be out there on the PSN.

And inFamous is growing on me. As is WipeOut. I'm particularly enjoying the "Zone" races where your vehicle is on auto-accelerate, continuously getting faster with time. Your object is to keep your energy/shield for as long as possible. Nice twist on the genre.


CreativeInternetAliass - 6-7-2011 at 04:46 PM

My sister forced me to take Little Big Planet so I can help her achieve the two player trophy's. I also took infamous, but have not actually fired it up yet. Is it an FPS type game, or more of an over the shoulder type where you actually see the person you are controlling?


gobbledygooker - 6-7-2011 at 05:03 PM

I think it's over-the-shoulder, CIA, but I haven't started playing it either.

And Drift, I definitely got a couple of "error" messages as well when I was first trying to download the games. After thinking "Oh, here we go again" I gave it an hour or two before trying again and they downloaded fine.

Sounds like what happened with yours is a bit shittier though.


DriftThroughTime - 6-7-2011 at 05:38 PM

quote:
Originally posted by GatorBait
It doesn't let you DL the demo from its regular place? It should still be out there on the PSN.


It's basically operating like I used the "Free Game Coupon 1" for just the license and the expansion pack, so it's acting as if I never selected the "demo" to be downloaded. Oiy.


GatorBait - 6-7-2011 at 06:37 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CreativeInternetAliass
My sister forced me to take Little Big Planet so I can help her achieve the two player trophy's. I also took infamous, but have not actually fired it up yet. Is it an FPS type game, or more of an over the shoulder type where you actually see the person you are controlling?


Over-the-shoulder... so maybe third-person shooter?



And Drift: try downloading the WipeOut demo normally. There's zero reason that should be locked out. The demo is essentially the "locked full version" and the other things you downloaded were the keys to unlock the full game.


CreativeInternetAliass - 6-8-2011 at 12:38 AM

I played Infamous a little. Haven't tried any missions, but running around shooting lightning was fun, and this may be the first time I've played a game where when I died for jumping in the water, I could not really get pissed. After all electricity and water really don't mix, so it kinda made sense.


GatorBait - 6-8-2011 at 12:36 PM

Yeah, I hadn't thought about that until I was doing one of the missions yesterday and fried myself in the sewer.

I'll say the game is definitely growing on me and I'm starting to get the "1 more mission" itch. Still getting used to the controls, but they're finally starting to click. I'm also liking the XP to upgrade abilities options. Lets you tailor your character to an extent more your style of play.


theflammablemanimal - 6-13-2011 at 01:44 AM

Just started Borderlands. Do I ever get to make my own guns or just pick up dozens of variations on the same guns?

I just had my ass handed to me 7 times in Sledge's safehouse. Time to back out and level up elsewhere.


williamssl - 6-13-2011 at 02:25 AM

You don't get to make your own guns.

If you're playing solo (not online MP / not split screen coop)...you should.

(happy to join ya with my max'd out Berserker )

[Edited on 6-13-2011 by williamssl]


theflammablemanimal - 7-4-2011 at 01:22 AM

I don't play online

I'm up to level 22 and this game is huuuuuge. And all these guns are cool, but come on. When I was a kid, all we had was a pistol, a shotgun, a machine gun, a rocket launcher, a sniper rifle, a chainsaw and maybe an alien thingy and that was the way we liked it dagnabit!


Flash - 7-4-2011 at 03:26 AM

I just finished beating the new Castlevania game, and while not anything spectacular it was pretty solid... the after credit ending is pretty cool and when cash is a little more plentiful I might pick up the two DLC expansion packs they are offering.

I just dusted off my copies of Rainbow 6: Vegas 1 & 2, and have been enjoying them... Game keeps pissing me off as one shot'll kill you sometimes and my team keeps getting in my way so I often just send them to some corner to cover my back. But otherwise solid.

I just picked up the Rockstar pass for LA Noire and want to play that with all the new stuff added in, but I think I'll give it a bit. Red Dead has been calling to me to replay it ever since I beat LA Noire, but I thinking I might give Fallout 3 a shot first as I own it, and have barely played it despite my buddies assurances that its pretty awesome.

I usually keep a season of NHL 11 on the go, but with the season over its not appealing to me as much.

Otherwise the only other game I want to take another stab at is Alan Wake.


punkerhardcore - 7-4-2011 at 04:09 AM

Alan Wake was odd. I didn't exactly hate it, but I found it very disappointing... it wasn't anything that I thought out would be, and it was pretty tedious.

I'm playing the new Alice game right now. It's ok. Nothing special, but nothing terrible... just a pretty simple platformer.


Flash - 7-4-2011 at 04:05 PM

Yeah, Alan Wake was definitely different... I get that they were trying to structure it like a novel, but it wound up having the effect that each chapter was a little tricky to immerse yourself in as the beats were more novel structured than game structured... So on the whole pretty good, but playing it was kinda of different.

I borrowed my buddies copy so I didn't get the bonus chapters DLC, so maybe that affected the pace a bit?


CreativeInternetAliass - 7-5-2011 at 01:33 AM

Picked up Dungeon Siege III over the weekend. Solid old school hack and slasher. Not a crapload of replay for single play, but alot of fun if you have a buddy over for drinks, and just want to kill some time with some mindless action/rpg fun. Real throwback to games like Champions of Norath or Gauntlet Legacies. Nice option of being able to play co-op and online at the same time is also fun, as you can have player two hit start and jump in even in the middle of an online game.

It is kind of short, maybe 10-15 hours playtime total, but other than that, it's pretty fun, and really intiuitive controls.


punkerhardcore - 7-5-2011 at 04:21 PM

I've been wanting to play that one, too, and was just waiting for it to drop in price a bit. I enjoy a good hack and slash game, and used to love that Gauntlet game for the Gamecube years ago.


gobbledygooker - 7-5-2011 at 05:39 PM

I saw Brutal Legend at Best Buy just now on sale for $4.99. That's pretty insane. Best Buy has really been bringing it with the random awesome sale prices on older games.

I couldn't quite bring myself to buy it considering I'm currently trying to juggle Yakuza 3, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (which I haven't even started yet), Infamous (haven't started that either), Dead Nation, and Tiger Woods '12.


CreativeInternetAliass - 7-5-2011 at 08:35 PM

Dead Nation is short, like really really short. If you play it two player, you can probally burn through the entire game in like 6 hours. Single player might not take much longer either.


theflammablemanimal - 7-6-2011 at 05:25 PM

Brutal Legend is absolutely worth $4.99.

(Meaning you should buy and play it)

[Edited on 7-6-2011 by theflammablemanimal]


Flash - 7-6-2011 at 08:39 PM

^^^ Agreed. I thought it rushed a bit on the back end storywise, but a very entertaining game. Even Jack Black was pretty tolerable in this one. For $5 bucks you really can't go wrong.


gobbledygooker - 7-6-2011 at 08:48 PM

Yeah, I remember playing the demo and really enjoying it. Plus I'm a complete metalhead so that game is right up my alley. I may end up grabbing it, assuming they still have any in-stock.


DBMacJericho - 7-7-2011 at 03:50 AM

I've been playing LA Noire for a couple of weeks now and I think I'm about a third of the way through the story. I had a lot of fun with it until the last couple of times I played it. Really it's pretty damn repetitive and in a way in which I'm finding myself not particularly looking forward to ever playing it again. But we'll see. Maybe if I take a few days away from it I'll find it fun once more.

The game I've been getting back into recently is NHL 11. I played this game a bit when it first came out but didn't find it different enough from NHL 10, which I own, to really want to spend 60 bucks on it. So it went back to Gamefly and that was that...until my birthday last week. Lo and behold, my mother at the suggestion of my wife, purchased NHL 11 and it suddenly seems fresh to me after all this time. I've been having a lot of fun with Ultimate Hockey Team as that's one aspect of the game I didn't have access to the first go around.

And a game that I just got today thanks to a great deal on Amazon (18 bucks!) is the one, the only, Epic Mickey for the Wii. I have to say that it's really great to have something fun on my rarely used Wii. I've only just gotten into it and I think it's pretty neat so far. Although the lack of voice acting is really ridiculous. You have one of the most iconic characters in the history of entertainment and you can't be bothered to record any voices? I know it's the Wii, but come on now. Regardless, using the paint and thinner is a lot of fun so far and I look forward to getting more into the game as it goes along.


gobbledygooker - 7-12-2011 at 01:24 PM

Finally beat Yakuza 3 the other night and fired up a game of Infamous (courtesy of Sony) last night. Man, I can already tell this is going to be an awesome game. The controls, the storyline, the abilty to let your actions dictate whether you are good or evil, the whole "comic book" feel. I did my first "evil" act last night and I think for my first playthrough of the game, I may just go straight-up bad guy style.


GatorBait - 7-12-2011 at 02:52 PM

The controls for InFamous are a bit wonky at first (once extra powers keep getting added in), but they come around. A lot more stealth required than I'm used to, but it's growing on me.


the goon - 7-16-2011 at 08:25 PM

I FINALLY beat Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3) after playing the damn thing off and on for about six months. Overall it was a really good game, but it sure will kick your ass in parts. The funny part is that I entered the last level with no health items and once you've saved at that point, there's absolutely no way you can go back and buy items. So after toughing it out the whole game on the normal difficulty, I thought I'd completely screwed myself at the very end, but I just kept plugging away at it and was finally able to beat the last boss (who really isn't nearly as hard as a lot of the other bosses fights in the game).

I've currently got Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 sitting on the shelf (picked up for $8.99 at Best Buy), so I'm trying to decide if I want to jump right into that or take a little break from Ryu Hyabusa.


theflammablemanimal - 8-1-2011 at 11:53 PM

Just beat Borderlands. If I don't play online, is there any reason to keep going and level up my character?

Started Red Dead Redemption and it might be the worst beginning to any game that I can remember. I mean, I get doing a slow burn and doing a tutorial, but it took damn near 30 minutes of cutscenes and walking around before I got to do anything and that was just shooting rabbits. It was almost an hour before the story started developing and I got any kind of real goals. If the game didn't have such critical acclaim, I might have put it down already.

(I did get a good laugh though when I went hunting and accidentally shot my own horse)


williamssl - 8-2-2011 at 12:01 AM

The DLC in Borderlands is a lot of fun. New adventures and missions. Start w/ Zombie Island since it's the closest level-wise to where you probably ended the main game at playthrough 1.


JB KING - 8-21-2011 at 10:38 AM

Avoid Call of Juarez: Cartel at all costs. Its like deep frying your dick in AIDS infected oil with a nutty-poop batter. Also known as a "Lucky Lopez".


punkerhardcore - 8-21-2011 at 04:48 PM

Not surprising to hear, since I thought the last Call of Juarez game was pretty damn boring.

I highly recommend Homefront as a rental... the campaign was on the short side, so it's probably not worth purchasing (unless the multiplayer is awesome, I didn't try it), but I really liked it.


Chris Is Good517 - 8-22-2011 at 12:41 AM

I'm still addicted as hell to Marvel Pinball (I hit something like 72 million on Spider-Man, which I'm pretty proud of), but I haven't been playing much outside of NCAA '12 lately. I tried out Alice: Madness Returns, which was OK enough for a rental but not really anything worth $60. Same with Captain America; not bad at all for a movie game but nothing anybody needs to own until it inevitably drops to $20.

I played through Dungeon Siege III. It's fun for a playthrough but I don't really have any urge to play through it again with the other three characters. But if you're one of those people who LOVE Diablo/Baldur's Gate type games, you'll probably enjoy it.

Dead Island hits on Sept. 6. I don't know how much of this is hyperbole, but I keep hearing "Borderlands meets Dead Rising" so I'm kind of looking forward to it.


punkerhardcore - 8-22-2011 at 03:51 PM

Alice would have been fun if it was half as long. It seemed like the levels just dragged on fucking forever... which is a shame, since the environments were pretty cool, and I liked how each level had a different theme to it, but it was almost a chore just to slog through each one. I still haven't even finished the game.

I'm also playing Duke Nukem Forever which isn't nearly as bad as the reviews would make you think, but it feels really dated. Like, the exact same game would have been really awesome ten years ago, but now it's just kinda there.

[Edited on 8-22-2011 by punkerhardcore]


gobbledygooker - 8-22-2011 at 07:48 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
I'm still addicted as hell to Marvel Pinball (I hit something like 72 million on Spider-Man, which I'm pretty proud of)


Have you gotten either of the new boards, CiG? I've really been slacking off of Marvel Pinball lately but the Fantastic Four and Captain America additions may be just the thing to draw me back in.

The reason I've been slacking off of Marvel Pinball lately is because I have been addicted to Infamous which is fucking awesome. Much more massive than I thought it would be, a helluva lot of fun to control and play, interesting story. It really almost is like "Grand Theft Auto with superpowers." Depending on whether you're a GTA fan, that could be a good or bad thing. Either way, I am loving it and Infamous 2 will now be a must-buy for me.


gobbledygooker - 10-24-2011 at 08:30 PM

Just read Uncharted 3's review on ign.com wehre it got straight 10's. And I still need to play Uncharted 2. Which I say as I've just started a game on Batman: Arkham City.

Dammit, my PS3 is going to make me go broke. And possibly break-up my marriage.


punkerhardcore - 10-26-2011 at 09:01 PM

I finally downloaded that Pinball FX2 game the other night and bought one of the inexpensive tables to try it out... I liked it well enough (even though I suck at it), that I think I'll get the Marvel tables that everyone is raving about.

Also, just a heads up about this game-- free for one week only starting today, until it goes to full price, is a Paranormal themed table.


theflammablemanimal - 10-26-2011 at 10:16 PM

As mentioned on the Raw thread, playing Gears 2 right now. Is it just me, or is it way easier than the original Gears?


Chris Is Good517 - 10-27-2011 at 03:23 AM

About to finish up the main campaign on Arkham City. I'm going to hang on to it for the DLC. I didn't like the Battlefield beta, so I'm going to skip it and pick up Disney Universe (don't judge me, it's been getting good reviews and looks very LEGO meets Little Big Planet-ish) to kill some time until MW3 hits. I'm also picking up the Super Mario Land 3D, WWE 12, and Mario Kart 3D when they come out.

I meant to play Costume Quest again to commemorate Halloween. Anyone who still hasn't tried that out, seriously, download it, especially if you like RPGs. Plants vs. Zombies is also a super addictive game that can help you get into the Halloween spirit.

On the topic of upcoming games, there's one slated for early '12 that I'm more excited for than anything else (with the possible exception of Borderlands 2):


Columbo - 11-30-2011 at 05:22 PM

I picked up Rayman Origins last week, and after playing Batman and Uncharted for the last month and a half(both were awesome), Rayman is a super fun change of pace. This games got the right combination of feeling old school, looking beautiful, and being sneakily hard without making me want to punch something. Definitely worth playing.


punkerhardcore - 11-30-2011 at 05:41 PM

I've been wanting to pick that one up, I'm a fan of the Rayman series. I played the demo, and it seemed quite a bit like the original, which is awesome. A 2D platformer that's a nod to mid-90s gaming is a cool change of pace.


gobbledygooker - 12-17-2011 at 09:24 PM

A new Marvel Pinball pack came out the other day with Thor, X-Men, Ghostrider, and Moon Knight tables. I just downloaded and am getting ready to get my comic/pinball geek ON.


JB KING - 12-18-2011 at 09:37 PM

Two conclusions playing Rayman Origins. One, this is probably the best soundtrack in a video game this year, very charming and fun. Second, this game is so damn cute if you play it for more than 4 hours a session you will contract diabetes.


theflammablemanimal - 12-23-2011 at 08:03 PM

Just took advantage of the GameSpot 2for1 on used games to buy:

Bulletstorm
Dead Space 2
Dead Rising 2
Mass Effect 2
Halo Reach
Just Cause
Spiderman: Shattered Dreams

And Rayman Raving Rabbits and Super Mario Strikers for my nephews. Don't know what to play first.

[Edited on 12/23/2011 by theflammablemanimal]


punkerhardcore - 12-23-2011 at 08:16 PM

Bulletstorm would take up the least time out of all those you've listed. Great game, and a lot of fun, but it was fairly short and straightforward.


theflammablemanimal - 12-23-2011 at 09:15 PM

Yeah, I think I'll alternate between straightforward fast games, like bulletstorm and spiderman, and long open world games like Mass Effect and Dead Rising.


gobbledygooker - 12-28-2011 at 07:45 PM

Jesus Flam. You made my recent three-game juggling act look like nothing.

After beating Arkham City, I've now beaten Uncharted 2 (fucking amazing game and easy top-5 I've ever played). Now I'm torn between Uncharted 2 multi-player mode (which I've heard is quite good) and attempting single-player on a harder difficulty or starting a game on Assassin's Creed: Revelations. I think Assassin's Creed will win out.


theflammablemanimal - 12-30-2011 at 03:27 PM

Shattered Dimensions was really fun. Combines spiderman with god of war mechanics, and the spider sense is kind of like the detective vision in arkham asylum, especially in the Noir levels. 2099 levels had their own cool quirks and there was a lot of cool setpieces throughout. Dumb story but good action and great level design. Loved the Juggernaut and Carnage levels (even though I hate Ultimate Carnage because there's no Kasady). Did they create Noir or is that an actual comic?

Moved on to Dead Space 2 and holy shit, what a beginning. Loved the "previously in Dead.Space" video and the opening 10 minutes or so are terrifying. Really excited to dive into this one.


gobbledygooker - 12-30-2011 at 10:52 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Moved on to Dead Space 2 and holy shit, what a beginning. Loved the "previously in Dead.Space" video and the opening 10 minutes or so are terrifying. Really excited to dive into this one.


Yep. Running around a psych ward in a strait jacket as necromorphs are massacring everyone around you...I knew I was back in Dead Space land. Great game.


JB KING - 12-31-2011 at 12:45 AM

Dead space 2 is absolutey fantastic. To get an idea on how graphic it is, I've become the most jaded person when it comes to gaming gore. But for one brief moment I was grinding my teeth and had a slow churring scream during the "cross my heart" operation. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably did the same.


mooseheadjack - 1-6-2012 at 07:47 PM

I went to Gamestop and asked for a mindless shooter and the guy recommended Eat Lead. Meh. The concept of the game is great, and it looks good and all, but it is repetitive as hell, and at the end of level three got suddenly REALLY hard. I am already bored with it. I think I am going to take that, Fallout 3 and the Beatles Rock Band (I didn't know you had to have the specific guitar to play it) and trade them in and try something else.

At this point I wish I could just get my hands on a used XBox and the Serious Sam games for a reasonable price. Those were a lot of fun.


punkerhardcore - 1-6-2012 at 09:25 PM

I'm telling you, dude... Bulletstorm and/or Homefront. Both campaigns are on the shortish side, and both are the type of really fun, mindless shooters that you're looking for. And they both could probably be gotten used these days for about $20 total.


mooseheadjack - 1-6-2012 at 09:49 PM

I will look for those, I meant to the last time I was at Gamestop and I totally flaked and could not remember the games you recommended


JB KING - 1-8-2012 at 02:24 AM

You don't need a specific guitar to play Beatles. I use a GH guitar just fine, what are you using?


mooseheadjack - 1-8-2012 at 03:07 AM

I got the guitar that came with GH Warriors of Rock, it won't work with my beatles game on PS3


punkerhardcore - 1-8-2012 at 07:40 PM

That's really weird... it should work fine, just as King said. I even double checked the compatibility chart here, and it says it works. Does the guitar work ok with any other games?


Cherokee Jack - 1-8-2012 at 08:05 PM

Dunno if PS3/360 makes any difference, but my guitar came with GH:World Tour, and it works fine with Beatles RB (and other RB games for that matter).


JB KING - 1-8-2012 at 09:55 PM

You may just have a defective guitar. Just get a gh3 lespaul guitar like 99% of the rest of the world. No reason to turn in Beatles since it's less than 20 bucks at most stores unless you seriously need that 7$


mooseheadjack - 1-8-2012 at 10:14 PM

well the guitar works just fine on every other game I play, but on the beatles game it won't play some of the notes. If I can find one of those guitars I would pick it up, if not, its not a great loss


punkerhardcore - 1-8-2012 at 10:22 PM

Funny enough, I had that same problem when I first got Beatles Rock Band. I was using the Guitar Hero World Tour guitar, and it turned out that one of the connections inside was a bit loose, so I had to take it apart and solder it back together.


williamssl - 1-8-2012 at 10:24 PM

Borderlands 2.


June 30.


JB KING - 1-8-2012 at 10:28 PM

Fuck that noise williamssl... (still getting it) MASS EFFECT 3 IN MARCH!!!


Shao Khan - 1-9-2012 at 05:00 PM

I just started MK again. I gotta say the fun's still there and the fatalities still never cease to give me a moment of "Wow. . .THAT was sick as fuck!"

I've started from scratch so that means unlocking all the Krypt stuff all over again too - the little zombie dude that pops up out of nowhere every so often still gives me a bit of a jolt!


gobbledygooker - 1-9-2012 at 09:33 PM

If anyone's still interested in the Assassin's Creed games, I started a game on Revelations last week.

I'm a little mixed on it so far. It is just as solid as they all have been since Assassin's Creed II which is good and bad. Good because the play mechanics, graphics, etc. are strong as ever, bad because, at many times, it is like you are playing the EXACT SAME GAME as Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, etc. It's got a few new moves (the zipline feature is pretty fun) but it is very derivative. I also don't like the setting of Constantinople as much as I liked the Italian settings of the past couple of games.

My other complaint, which I've seen elsewhere, is that there isn't as much of a personal touch to the story. Ezio is basically just trying to grind it out and finish what he started (which, strangely enough, is how I feel at times playing the game). I liked the touches from the last few games of his family being attacked, his love interests, etc., which have been nowhere to be found thus far in Revelations. I guess the storyline called for it but now he's basically just a stranger in a strange land trying to solve the mystery that has built up over the last few games and it just kinda has an impersonal feel to it.

At this point, I almost feel like I'm playing it out of obligation because I want to see how this fucking story ends.

[Edited on 1-9-2012 by gobbledygooker]


punkerhardcore - 1-9-2012 at 09:49 PM

I liked the tower defense mini games, which added a new little element to things. And as the story progresses, it does get a bit more personal for Ezio, so don't write it off just yet. I also thought the Desmond missions were neat, and revealed quite a bit of his backstory that we didn't know before.

The one thing that bugged me about the game was the very beginning. I spent two games deciphering those cryptic Subject 16 puzzles, and right at the start he shows up, and basically just says, "here I am!"

And if you're only playing through it to see how the story ends, then-- SPOILER ALERT-- it doesn't.


salmonjunkie - 1-10-2012 at 12:21 AM

Started Little Big Planet 2 last night. Gorgeous game. Nice fun platformer.


gobbledygooker - 1-10-2012 at 01:36 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I liked the tower defense mini games, which added a new little element to things. And as the story progresses, it does get a bit more personal for Ezio, so don't write it off just yet. I also thought the Desmond missions were neat, and revealed quite a bit of his backstory that we didn't know before.

The one thing that bugged me about the game was the very beginning. I spent two games deciphering those cryptic Subject 16 puzzles, and right at the start he shows up, and basically just says, "here I am!"

And if you're only playing through it to see how the story ends, then-- SPOILER ALERT-- it doesn't.


Yeah, I heard that. Wonderful. As I've gotten more into it, I've been enjoying it more. And I agree, the tower defense mini games are a nice addition and add some nice strategy. Actually, they really improved the whole "Assassin Army" facet of the game very nicely.

I agree about the Desmond memory missions as well. They have a really cool, ambient feel to them. And actually, another part of the game that has stayed really strong is the soundtrack. Fuck, these games have some beautiful music.

The other thing that threw me off though? The new fucking facial designs! Desmond doesn't look like Desmond! Ezio doesn't look like Ezio (though he's obviously much older from the last time we saw him so I can let that one slide a bit more). I guess it was a necessity given whatever improvements in graphics they've made but man, that really threw me for a loop.


rakdaddy99 - 1-10-2012 at 05:57 PM

I particularly thought it was odd in Revelations that they couldn't even get the same voice to portray Altair. Made it a little off to me. I also didn't really go for Constantinople, maybe just my interest in history is more focused on Europe, but I didn't get as much interest in buying landmarks there versus Rome.

I'm surprised you all were that into the Desmond missions. I liked the details we learned about his life, but some of those missions were just tedious. To each their own.

Also, am I missing any sort of point with the assassin's retaking (and then defending) other cities? I got bored of trying to recruit and staff enough assassin's in other cities to take back all of them, do you actually win something for doing so?

Don't get me wrong though, I really liked the game, in part due to the familiarity that others may get bored with, but the graphics with the pre-recorded if you will visuals (especially on the escape the ship mission), the sound and the thought provoking in some of the quests made it a lot of fun to me. Really only was disappointed in the lack of clarity with the Lucy storyline from the last game.


Chris Is Good517 - 1-10-2012 at 06:03 PM

Still mixing in a lot of NBA 2K12, WWE 12, and MW3 multiplayer. Finally picked up Uncharted for the glorified Blu-Ray player that I can apparently play games on and it's really good.

Oh, and the second wave of Marvel Pinball tables are great. The Ghost Rider table kind of sucks and the X-Men table is cool but frustrating, but Thor and Moon Knight are both amazingly well constructed tables.


gobbledygooker - 1-10-2012 at 08:03 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
Oh, and the second wave of Marvel Pinball tables are great. The Ghost Rider table kind of sucks and the X-Men table is cool but frustrating, but Thor and Moon Knight are both amazingly well constructed tables.


Hey Marvel Pinball buddy!

I agree and think Moon Knight is my favorite out of the newest wave. Funny how the "B Character" has the best table, at least in my opinion.

And is it just me or have they upped the difficulty, mainly on the Thor and X-Men tables? I swear, there are a couple of ramps on those that you're supposed to shoot for during some of the boss fights and I can't even figure out how to get the ball anywhere close.

And I agree on Ghost Rider, it is really different. Definitely the most enclosed, "claustrophobic" table they've released so far. And the "Beautiful People" knock-off that plays on it almost drives me to shove pencils in my ears.


salmonjunkie - 1-10-2012 at 10:08 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
The Ghost Rider table kind of sucks


When's the last time ANYTHING involving Ghost Rider hasn't at least kind of sucked?


ThePunisher - 1-12-2012 at 03:21 PM

My brother bought the kids a Kinect for Christmas. My 6 year old daughter loves the Kinectimals demo and my 4 year old son likes the Kinect Sports Season 2 demo. Aside from those, most of the games seem pretty gimmicky to me. Do any of you have any suggestions for other Kinect games I should be trying (for both me and the kids)?


salmonjunkie - 1-12-2012 at 04:34 PM

Dance Central is FUN


Chris Is Good517 - 1-12-2012 at 06:07 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
When's the last time ANYTHING involving Ghost Rider hasn't at least kind of sucked?


Very true, sir. I do have medium-sized hopes for the Circle of Four storyline they're running in the Venom comic book this spring, though. Ghost Rider, Red Hulk, X-23, and the Flash Thompson version of Venom as a new sort-of Fantastic Four. Could be good, could be crap.


theflammablemanimal - 1-17-2012 at 12:30 PM

Dead Space 2 is awesome! The antigravity mechanic is way better and I kind of want to let everything kill me just to see what happens. The stalker kills are nasty and o just got killed by a tormentor (I think) on my way up to the solar panels and it was probably the most brutal kill scene I've ever seen.


gobbledygooker - 1-17-2012 at 01:45 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Dead Space 2 is awesome! The antigravity mechanic is way better and I kind of want to let everything kill me just to see what happens. The stalker kills are nasty and o just got killed by a tormentor (I think) on my way up to the solar panels and it was probably the most brutal kill scene I've ever seen.


You ain't seen nothing yet. It's got one of, if not THE most gruesome scene I've ever had to play right towards the end.


rakdaddy99 - 1-17-2012 at 07:50 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Dead Space 2 is awesome! The antigravity mechanic is way better and I kind of want to let everything kill me just to see what happens. The stalker kills are nasty and o just got killed by a tormentor (I think) on my way up to the solar panels and it was probably the most brutal kill scene I've ever seen.


Agree with Gooker, one of the scenes towards the end is so gruesome I think it made like 2nd or 3rd on some poll of CNN for scariest/most gore in a video game moments of all time. If you've saved, I definitely recommend letting that part kill you, I thought it was pretty cool.


theflammablemanimal - 2-6-2012 at 08:11 PM

Just finished it. I let the needle kill me and that was nasty. That thing in the final level also ripped me a new one, and dying right before the final boss fight was gnarly. But letting the marker absorb you is the best of them all.


salmonjunkie - 2-6-2012 at 08:22 PM

In the last two months, I beat Metal Gear Solid 4 and Arkham Asylum. Yay!

They were both awesome games! I want to play something else before jumping into Arkham City. Perhaps God of War III will be next.


theflammablemanimal - 2-6-2012 at 08:37 PM

Thinking of finishing up my current stack (which will take months) then trading in the 360 for a ps3. Other than Gears and Halo, it looks like ps3 is killing it in the exclusives with GoW, Uncharted, Infamous and, yeah, Ratchet and Clank.


gobbledygooker - 2-11-2012 at 01:45 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
In the last two months, I beat Metal Gear Solid 4 and Arkham Asylum. Yay!

They were both awesome games! I want to play something else before jumping into Arkham City. Perhaps God of War III will be next.


Originally posted by Flam
quote:
Thinking of finishing up my current stack (which will take months) then trading in the 360 for a ps3. Other than Gears and Halo, it looks like ps3 is killing it in the exclusives with GoW, Uncharted, Infamous and, yeah, Ratchet and Clank.


As a PS3 single-player game addict, I can say first-hand that all-of-the-above are awesome (with the exception of Ratchet and Clank, since I haven't played it). Probably my biggest surprise was Infamous because I got it for $19.99 and it was fucking amazing. Thai - God Of War III is great.

I keep wanting to play games online but then I get so sucked into storyline modes that it never happens. I'm almost done with Assassin's Creed: Revelations and then am pondering starting on the reduced-price L.A. Noire.


mooseheadjack - 2-11-2012 at 01:51 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Bulletstorm would take up the least time out of all those you've listed. Great game, and a lot of fun, but it was fairly short and straightforward.


Good call on Bulletstorm, picked it up for like $15 and I am enjoying the hell out of it. I never get tired of killing zombies


Bonestein - 2-11-2012 at 03:37 AM

Co-sign Infamous being awesome. I got that free after the PSN gong show and it was a pretty great game.


Shao Khan - 2-11-2012 at 09:25 AM

I kinda lost interest in infamous. After awhile, it just seemed a little repetitive to me. That said, the concept is awesome.

I finally got the Uncharted dual pack as well as picking up SoulCalibur 5 and Saints Row the Third. I'm psyched as hell to play the first two Uncharted games and SC, but I'm having a blast with SR3. I think I've spent at least an hour just running around kicking people in the junk. It just never stops being funny! I've downloaded the mollusk cannon, which shoots squids onto enemies and makes them do your bidding, as well as the cat mascot suit. The off-story activities are just as fun, and they've really stepped the character design up. It's not GTA, but you can tell that they're comfortable in their differences to make it an enjoyable game nonetheless.


Columbo - 2-11-2012 at 01:56 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Thinking of finishing up my current stack (which will take months) then trading in the 360 for a ps3. Other than Gears and Halo, it looks like ps3 is killing it in the exclusives with GoW, Uncharted, Infamous and, yeah, Ratchet and Clank.


Its funny you mention Ratchet and Clank I just beat Tools of Destruction two weeks ago, and had so much fun that I ended up picking up a used copy of A Crack in Time yesterday. I'm looking forward to checking it out this weekend. I hope it fills the void in my soul known as football off-season.


theflammablemanimal - 2-12-2012 at 06:13 AM

Just started playing Just Cause. Cool looking concept (ride a car, jump on the hood and deploy your parachute) good reviews...so far it's the drizzling shits. Worst driving controls I've ever seen in an open world game, actually all controls are horrible so far, and apparently I'm invincible. I just run around shooting wherever (because the controls suck) and then everyone dies and I win.

It better get better once I get my grappling gun so I can connect bad guys to exploding things and helicopters.


Shao Khan - 2-12-2012 at 06:36 PM

I thought the whole "zombies are teh awesomes" craze in video games went by the wayside. I was thoroughly enjoying Saints Row: The Third; happily running around kicking people in the nuts, blowing up aircraft carriers, and freefalling from cargo planes in a tank whilst shooting at cops.

The bad guys (cops?) land on canisters of nuclear crap and now I've got zombies. Why can't they just leave a great game alone? Fuck. Now I gotta power through to finish the game.


ETA: Ok, I'll take killing a few hordes of zombies in exchange for having BURT FUCKING REYNOLDS as an ally that helps keep the cops off my back!

[Edited on 2-12-2012 by Shao Khan]


theflammablemanimal - 2-12-2012 at 09:24 PM

Ok, forget it. Just Cause just blows.

On to Dead Rising 2. Hurray zombies!


mooseheadjack - 2-12-2012 at 09:34 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Columbo
Its funny you mention Ratchet and Clank I just beat Tools of Destruction two weeks ago, and had so much fun that I ended up picking up a used copy of A Crack in Time yesterday. I'm looking forward to checking it out this weekend. I hope it fills the void in my soul known as football off-season.


I started Crack in Time and I dunno, I loved all the other R&C games, this one just felt a little off. There are puzzles you have to solve as Clank that are REALLY annoying. I will get back to it one day, but it was frustrating.


salmonjunkie - 2-13-2012 at 08:14 PM

Just got this in the mail today. Finally! A second controller! And two more games to add to my stack of games I have not started yet.

Uncharted Dual Pack and Dualshock 3 for $59.99


Shao Khan - 2-15-2012 at 02:57 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Just got this in the mail today. Finally! A second controller! And two more games to add to my stack of games I have not started yet.

Uncharted Dual Pack and Dualshock 3 for $59.99


Uncharted is a little ridiculous at times; have fun riding a jet ski up river! That's all I'll say. I haven't gotte to the 2nd one, but I'm enjoying the first, wonky jet ski controls notwithstanding.


theflammablemanimal - 2-15-2012 at 07:21 PM

Enjoying Dead Rising 2: but I thought they were supposed to have fixed the deadline issues. There's no time to just wander around and explore because everything is on a timer. I've already had to restart once because I saved a game without knowing I hadn't left enough time to finish a main mission.

Still, the combo weapons are great and I'm glad the survivors aren't total morons anymore (except for the drunk showgirls...but what you gonna do?)


salmonjunkie - 2-21-2012 at 10:35 PM

And I started Uncharted. NICE!


Shao Khan - 2-25-2012 at 03:18 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
And I started Uncharted. NICE!


Have fun, man! I just finished the first one, and wow. Even on normal difficulty it was a beast!

You can see how much they've improved on the 3rd one just from playing the earliest game. The controls are much tighter and movement is more fluid. I'm not complaining, but some parts in the first (*coughjetskiinguptherivercough*) are entirely frustrating due to the controls being kinda spastic, but as usual, you get too sucked into the story to care. Sometimes you feel completely overrun by enemies, but there are times when that kinda works for you (especially when the enemies & creatures - I'll leave it at that until you get there - are too busy killing each other to care about Nate).

As usual, the ending made me feel like I'd been on this adventure with them all. This I'd say is a testament to the brilliant storytelling throughout the game and incredible illustration they put in the mix.

Aside from the creature portion, (they creep me out) I'd play through again if I didn't have the 2nd one to go through. I'm even going to play the 3rd again, just to complete the story. DEFINITELY $40 well spent!


Chris Is Good517 - 2-25-2012 at 03:40 AM

Asura's Wrath is fun, but DO NOT buy it. It's about 5-6 hours long and no replayability. Good for a weekend rental, fun story, but that's it.


salmonjunkie - 2-25-2012 at 09:44 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Shao Khan
DEFINITELY $40 well spent!


Considering I bought 1&2 with a controller for $55, I'd say it was... well, shit, a second controller goes for no lower than $40 if you're lucky... Now that I've started the series, I can say $40 on this game without a controller is easily worth it.

Speaking of which, you can get Uncharted 1&2 for $30 at TigerDirect.com

I just made it to the jetski part last night. Now, it's time to tackle this bitch!


Shao Khan - 2-25-2012 at 11:46 PM

I just started the 2nd one, and I'll just say "watch that 1st step" at the very beginning. I'm sucked in already.


salmonjunkie - 2-27-2012 at 09:05 AM

Just finished the upstream jetski area (chapter 12?). Got a little bit of motion sickness on that one. Hope there's not more. (of course there's more isn't there?)


Columbo - 2-27-2012 at 05:50 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Shao Khan
I just started the 2nd one, and I'll just say "watch that 1st step" at the very beginning. I'm sucked in already.


The first time I played Uncharted 2 I thought it was awesome, but still thought I enjoyed the original more. Last month I re-played it and now I'm pretty sure it's my favorite video game ever.

Currently I've decided to try Arkham Asylum again. I tried it a couple of years ago but couldn't get into it, but after playing Arkham City I thought I'd give it another chance so far I'm enjoying it a lot more than the first time.


punkerhardcore - 2-27-2012 at 06:02 PM

I picked up Rayman Origins and Dungeon Siege III last night for $30 total. I'll probably start Rayman first... finally looking forward to playing that one.


Chris Is Good517 - 2-27-2012 at 08:13 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I picked up Rayman Origins and Dungeon Siege III last night for $30 total. I'll probably start Rayman first... finally looking forward to playing that one.


That's a steal. They're both really fun.


theflammablemanimal - 2-28-2012 at 12:34 AM

Really enjoyed Dead Rising 2 except the way that it treats bosses. I've gotten too used to dying and starting right back at the boss, but Dead Rising takes you back to your last save

Doesn't seem too annoying, maybe even a nice throwback to when games weren't so easy, until you factor in the loading. Dead Rising 2 has the longest load times of any games I've played recently and lots of them. I'm at the Final Boss, which is pretty tough, and the closest save point is 3 loading screens away (and one of those loads is between 2 cut scenes, wtf?). So every death against this guy means sitting through 3 minutes of loading time. It's infuriating.


Shao Khan - 2-28-2012 at 03:47 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Just finished the upstream jetski area (chapter 12?). Got a little bit of motion sickness on that one. Hope there's not more. (of course there's more isn't there?)


Thankfully, no. There's some creepy shit with creatures, but without giving too much away, it's pretty much non-stop action from there.

I went through 18 chapters of Uncharted 2 yesterday, and man...that fucking ice cave is seriously creepy...especially when your guide doesn't speak any english, but tries to haul ass through the cave leaving you unless you're adept at the platforming. If you play through the 1st, you shouldn't have too much trouble keeping up though.


salmonjunkie - 3-7-2012 at 05:21 AM

Beat Uncharted. AWESOME! It's probably my favorite game I've played on PS3 so far.

The next game to tackle. Hmm... What next? These are the games in my cabinet that I have not started yet:

Uncharted 2
Arkham City
Rayman Origins
God of War III
Resistance
Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty World At War
Ratchet & Clank - A Crack In Time

and I still have a good portion of Little Big Planet 2 to play.


Shao Khan - 3-7-2012 at 04:13 PM

I'd go with God of War III, Uncharted 2, Arkham City then the rest...just sayin'


Columbo - 3-7-2012 at 09:33 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Shao Khan
I'd go with God of War III, Uncharted 2, Arkham City then the rest...just sayin'


I wouldn't lump Rayman in with "the rest" it was probably the most fun I had playing a game this year.


salmonjunkie - 3-8-2012 at 12:06 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Columbo

I wouldn't lump Rayman in with "the rest" it was probably the most fun I had playing a game this year.


Should I play it with a friend or is it just as good playing solo?


mark markham - 3-9-2012 at 09:20 AM

I'm playing and enjoying Kingdom of Alamar (or however it's spelled) right now. I was playing Rage and I think it's under rated not bad at all and I might finish it someday once I've played out KOA. I'm still popping in WWE 12 from time to time when I want mindless entertainment in spite of all the problems with the game.


Columbo - 3-9-2012 at 05:10 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie


Should I play it with a friend or is it just as good playing solo?


I played through solo*, but that's only because I get distracted pretty easily when a bunch of characters are playing at once.


*that and I have no friends.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-10-2012 at 05:09 AM

quote:
Originally posted by mark markham
I'm playing and enjoying Kingdom of Alamar (or however it's spelled) right now.



Me too, and it's fucking glorious. I know this is gamer blasphemy, but I like it way better than Skyrim.


punkerhardcore - 3-10-2012 at 05:45 AM

The demo was fantastic. I wanted to get it, but didn't want to jump from Skyrim right into that... I need a break between 200 hour long RPGs.

I'm currently trying to finish up Rayman Origins before my Mass Effect binge, and yeah, Thai, you can play it just fine by yourself... it's a lot of fun. Though a few of the levels where you have to chase down the treasure chest will definitely piss you off.


Anybody who has the new SSX wanna give a yay or nay on it? I liked the demo well enough, but wasn't sure how the full game was.


salmonjunkie - 3-10-2012 at 08:02 AM

Uncharted Dual Pack (1 & 2 together) for $20.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1347390&CatId=3148


Chris Is Good517 - 3-10-2012 at 03:15 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Anybody who has the new SSX wanna give a yay or nay on it? I liked the demo well enough, but wasn't sure how the full game was.


Rent it first. I was very disappointed.


the goon - 3-10-2012 at 10:38 PM

I feel a little out of place posting about a 3DS game in this thread, but Resident Evil: Revelations is really fucking good. Just picked it up a couple of weeks ago and have been enjoying the hell out of it. Visually, it's the most impressive thing I've seen yet on the 3DS and probably looks better than anything on the Wii (outside of maybe the Mario Galaxy games), even though I know that might not be saying much given the Wii's power and age. Gamepay-wise it's basically the same as Resident Evil 4 and 5, but the cruise ship locale used for much of the game definitely harkens back to the earlier games in the series, due to the claustrophobic feeling. So it's kind of a nice mixture of old school and modern day Resident Evil.

Also, I think horror games like Dead Space have been a big influence on Revelations, as the scary/creepiness aspect is definitely ramped up compared to Resident Evil 5.


theflammablemanimal - 3-18-2012 at 07:49 PM

About to start Bulletstorm and the opening screen has me psyched. This music is epic.


gobbledygooker - 3-21-2012 at 05:07 PM

After finishing Assassin's Creed: Revelations a week or two ago, I decided to try online multiplayer and damned if I'm not having a blast. And I say that as someone whose usual MO is "Buy new game. Play single-player mode. Beat single-player mode. Buy new game. Play single-player mode. Beat single-player mode. Repeat." It's just a blast blending into your surroundings, stalking your target (and hoping you're not getting stalked yourself), etc. I highly recommend it for any Assassin's Creed fan.


williamssl - 3-21-2012 at 05:58 PM

BioShock Infinite recently got a release date: Oct 16.

Between that..and Borderlands 2 coming out Sep 18...therein lies my Q4 and beyond gaming, anticipating the DLC associated with both.

Bummed that they're coming out so close to one another - the only 2 games I'm really jazzed about ....coming out within a month of one another.


Kiddo and I are finishing up Army of Two: 40th Day co-op and then moving to Gears 3.


CreativeInternetAliass - 3-21-2012 at 09:18 PM

Just pre ordered my copy of Diablo 3 today. I'm curious if anyone else is planning on picking it up. I remember having a blast with 2 back in the early 2000's, so I'm hoping this update will be worth it.


Shao Khan - 3-23-2012 at 11:50 PM

Where to start? I left off with Uncharted 2 after beating the "gears" puzzle to get into the main den in the Himalayan cave and haven't been back to it yet because I've picked up Lego Pirates of The Carribean (Fun as hell - don't judge me) and the Prince of Persia Trilogy along with Street Fighter X Tekken.

This after picking up Soul Calibur 5 and said Uncharted Dual Pack mere weeks before. I think it's been a case of too many games, not enough time, but I've made time to go through Lego Pirates because even with all the awesomeness I've recently purchased in video games, a good Lego title is tough to beat. Anyone who has played it will tell you it's completely better than Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman or the Harry Potter ones. The environments look amazing, you actually have characters that can swim & walk underwater (with equal attention to detail on the undersea look). The stories mirror the movies quite well, and some parts are just mindless fun. I dig this one and even as a Batman fan, this Lego game is hard to beat (that is until the Lego Batman / DC Universe sequel comes out). Basically I've been doing that and nothing else from the plethora of titles I've recently picked up.

[Edited on 3-23-2012 by Shao Khan]


Stu - 3-23-2012 at 11:57 PM

Was playing Borderlands recently, before I picked up LA Noire for cheap, and finding that really engrossing. If nothing else, I got to interrogate and arrest Matt Parkman from Heroes.

[Edited on 23-3-12 by Stu]


theflammablemanimal - 3-26-2012 at 12:52 AM

Bulletstorm was awesome. General Serrano was hilarious and there was a surprisingly decent story behind the mindless mayhem. Plus, the game looked gorgeous. Unfortunately, it is a little buggy as I'd just get stuck in the scenery from time to time.

Either going to play through again to get all the skillpoints (damned if I can manage to sniper the balls off a running enemy though) or just go onto Halo Reach or Mass effect 2.


Shao Khan - 3-31-2012 at 07:59 AM

I got back into Uncharted 2, and for the life of me I can't beat the main villain. (without spoiling it for anyone who's been playing recently)

I think I get about halfway when he starts lobbing grenades, am I right? How much more does it take?


gobbledygooker - 3-31-2012 at 09:08 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Shao Khan
I think I get about halfway when he starts lobbing grenades, am I right? How much more does it take?


Given my short-term memory (since I just finished that game myself a month or two back) I'm trying to remember. I do think I found it pretty abrupt when I finally beat him so if you feel like you're close, he's probably just about to bite it.

Bought "Rage" for $19.99 and started a game on it today. Absolutely stunning graphics, really fun gameplay so far...I think I'm going to like this game.


Flash - 4-2-2012 at 04:31 AM

I just picked up Just Cause 2 on the cheap... I haven't really been doing too much of the plot, instead just driving, boating, or flying around blowing shit up and out running the bad guys... Not that there seems to be too much plot as the above seems to pretty much be the point of the game.

either way, good time waster.


Shao Khan - 4-2-2012 at 07:44 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Flash
I just picked up Just Cause 2 on the cheap... I haven't really been doing too much of the plot, instead just driving, boating, or flying around blowing shit up and out running the bad guys... Not that there seems to be too much plot as the above seems to pretty much be the point of the game.

either way, good time waster.

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Ok, forget it. Just Cause just blows.


This.

I still haven't finished Uncharted 2 yet, but I'll probably finish it on my next 2 days off. Beyond that, I've been getting into Street Fighter X Tekken and my Prince of Persia Trilogy. I've always been into PoP, and I look forward to investing more time into the two of them I haven't played. Also, it'll be nice to go back through the one that I have beaten for trophy clean up duty.

[Edited on 4-2-2012 by Shao Khan]


Shao Khan - 4-7-2012 at 09:58 PM

Apparently the 2 Prince of Persia games I have are not part of the trilogy. that's good, as I've never played any of these 3 so, new adventures await.

BTW: If you ever play these, make sure you have A SHITLOAD of patience during your first REAL boss fight in Sands of Time (you'll know it when you get there). It takes like 30 minutes of "1 hit jump, 1 hit jump". I'm not bullshitting, I damn near gave the game up out of sheer boredom until I finally killed him.


Stu - 4-8-2012 at 10:40 PM

Just completed Mirror's Edge. Bought it for a fiver in a clearance sale, and it was worth playing. The game actually reminds me a bit of Portal 2, being about you playing a largely solitary character and the main point of the levels being figuring out how to get from point a to point b, though the difference is there's not the same humour and while Portal is happy to leave you alone and let that be the main challenge, ME is putting you into a lot more situations where there's enemies coming at you, and it's hard not get involved in combat, which is pretty poorly implemented. It's also a bit short, and there's a LOT of trial and error involved in getting to the end, so it could have been a lot better, but the freerunning mechanic is really good and I saw worth experiencing if you can find it cheap.


gobbledygooker - 4-13-2012 at 02:52 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Stu
Just completed Mirror's Edge. Bought it for a fiver in a clearance sale, and it was worth playing.


I was going to ask where in the hell you found Mirror's Edge for $5.00 but then remembered that you are a few thousand miles from me. I remember enjoying the demo and would easily buy it for $5 (or however that translates from you crazy Scots' monetary system).

Still enjoying Rage. There is a ton to do and the on-foot gameplay is kinda starting to remind me of Bioshock (just without the Plasmids). The driving segments are really fun too and customizing your vehicle in addition to customizing your character adds a different element. And there's nothing quite as satisfying as beheading a mutant with a well-thrown wing-stick.

This may be weird in a retro way but playing this has really made me start wishing that Id would do some sort of Doom update. That would be sweeeeet.


punkerhardcore - 4-13-2012 at 04:19 PM

I loved Mirror's Edge. Yeah, it's a bit on the short side, but doing all the time trials really extends the life of the game. I'm still hoping for a sequel. As far as price, I'd be shocked if it was more than $10 or $15 brand new anywhere.

And Gooker, if you like Rage that much, go pick up Borderlands. It's somewhat similar, except that it's infinitely superior in every single way.


gobbledygooker - 4-13-2012 at 06:35 PM

You know, speaking of $20 games, and after hearing all the good things I have about Borderlands (mainly in this thread) I need to bite the bullet and get it. I do also still have an unopened copy of Ninja Gaiden 2 sitting at home that keeps getting usurped by new games that I buy.


bigfatgoalie - 4-16-2012 at 09:34 PM

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

I very likely will never buy another 3DS game, and will very likely NOT regret my purchase.


Chris Is Good517 - 4-17-2012 at 01:58 PM

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

I very likely will never buy another 3DS game, and will very likely NOT regret my purchase.


Both great games, but I'm waiting for Paper Mario on the 3DS. Mildly intrigued by Kingdom Hearts 3D, too


OOMike - 4-17-2012 at 04:21 PM

I just picked up the game Sniper for the 360 for 8.88, I have not played it yet but the box looked interesting (especially since I prefer that style when playing CoD) has anyone heard/played it to let me know if I wasted my money?


mark markham - 4-28-2012 at 09:21 AM

I went through the graveyard yesterday and picked up 'Williams Pinball Classics', I think it's called Hall of Fame or something like that in the States. It's a lot of fun and brought me a lot of nostalgia. I had pinball FX from XBLA in the states, but for whatever reason I lost all my XBLA data when I came to the UAE and haven't been able to get it back yet. This game is more of the same but with the classic boards, and you get 12 of them, with one extra to open. Lots of fun if you like pinball and I got it for less than $10 USD. I also picked up 'Stoked' for around $10. It's a snowboarding game and I dig it so far. The only reason for me to have taken a chance on either game is because my wife was giving me the evil eye when I was trying to buy the new SSX. Games out here are around $70 USD so I can't blame her.


Stu - 5-2-2012 at 11:46 PM

Went back to Skyrim to play through the Thieves Guild quest lines. Wish I'd done it sooner, cos they're pretty cool stories.


gobbledygooker - 9-10-2012 at 02:35 PM

Picked up "Uncharted 3" and "Infamous 2" for $20-a-piece at Target yesterday. Between those two, I should be set heading into the new year. This is assuming I ever finish "Dead Island." Fuck, that game is long!


theflammablemanimal - 9-10-2012 at 04:55 PM

Started Mass Effect 2 but can't get into it. I think I might be done with rpgs.

Switched to Arkham City and it is glorious. Only bummer is that I've never hooked my x-box online so I can't get Catwoman. Kind of ridiculous.


punkerhardcore - 9-10-2012 at 05:04 PM

Sleeping Dogs was pretty fun as far as GTA-clones go. It was kinda short, so you may want to rent it... it's more than worth the rental.

For now I went back to Skyrim to do a few things I never finished... but really I'm just killing time until Borderlands 2 next week.


gobbledygooker - 9-10-2012 at 05:34 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Sleeping Dogs was pretty fun as far as GTA-clones go. It was kinda short, so you may want to rent it... it's more than worth the rental.


I'm intrigued with Sleeping Dogs. It looks really fun and got some good reviews from what I saw. But you know me; I'll get it this time next year.

I may need to break my "Buy old games for $20" rule for Assassin's Creed III though.


punkerhardcore - 9-10-2012 at 06:04 PM

Yeah I think $25-$30 would be a good price point to pick up Sleeping Dogs. There actually is quite a bit to do even after you're finished with the main story, but I didn't bother with stuff like doing all the car races, drug busts, etc.

And I'm with you on Assassin's Creed III... I've rented every other game in the series, but I'm just gonna buy this one as soon as it comes out.


gobbledygooker - 9-10-2012 at 07:15 PM

The new ads for AC III just make it look better and better. And I'm really interested to see what's going on with the story since it seems like the assassin is of Native American descent; not sure how this will transition from Desmond/Ezio, etc.


mark markham - 9-11-2012 at 08:20 PM

I picked up Sleeping Dogs and I'm really enjoying it so far. The fighting hand to hand stuff is pretty fun compared with GTA's. I don't have the time to play straight through so with any luck it will last me a month or two.


bigfatgoalie - 9-13-2012 at 01:53 AM

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

I very likely will never buy another 3DS game, and will very likely NOT regret my purchase.


^This douchebag didn't do his research and or was not smart enough to realize a New Super Mario Bros. game was a given.

45,000+ coins and one victory over Bowser later, and I'm pretty sure I'll buy a Wii U for more Mario side scrolling action.

Also, Coin Rush is an amazing concept, and will likely lead to me hitting the 1,000,000 coin mark.


the goon - 9-26-2012 at 04:23 AM

Speaking of 3DS games, I picked up Theatrhythm Final Fantasy about a month ago and holy shit is that game addictive. For those not familiar with it, it's a music/rhythm game that uses tunes from all 13 Final Fantasy games (and features cartoony versions of characters, environments, etc from each game) that also has RPG elements, in that you make a party of four characters and can level them up, as well as equip items and spells.

So far, I've put in about 20 hours and imagine I'll put in 20 more before I am finished.


gobbledygooker - 10-3-2012 at 02:15 PM

New Marvel Pinball pack is out! All of them Avengers-oriented -

The Avengers: The Movie

World War Hulk

The Infinity Gauntlet

Fear Itself

I haven't gotten to spend a ton of time on them yet but it's easily another victory for Marvel Pinball. I never fail to be amazed by how awesome the boards/mechanics are while also keeping completely true to the stories for hardcore fans.


Shao Khan - 10-26-2012 at 06:48 PM

I'm still messing about with Mafia II - having a bit of a difficult time with killing off Derek & Steve (Towards the end, I'm assuming of the original story).


mark markham - 10-28-2012 at 11:38 AM

For the first time in years I picked up a Madden game. Not bad at all really. I don't get too much NFL out here, so that alone makes it worth playing for me.


punkerhardcore - 10-28-2012 at 03:34 PM

I finished Dishonored yesterday. It looked like it would be awesome, but it was kinda boring. At least it was short.


drmuerto - 10-28-2012 at 04:53 PM

I finished Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning yesterday. I'd picked it up super cheap ($10) based in part on some of the recommendations you all had given it when it came out, and while I didn't think it was the greatest experience ever, I ended up pouring like 99 hours into it over the course of several months.

I'm bummed to hear that Dishonored isn't that great. Based on what I've seen it looks like an incredible game world, but Punker's complaint isn't the only I've heard about. I'm thinking that this will be one of those games that I eventually pick up once the price is way down.

[Edited on 10-28-2012 by drmuerto]


williamssl - 1-5-2013 at 08:10 PM

Got the Assassin's Creed trilogy for Christmas - 1 and 2 used via Gamestop and 3 for $30 via Amazon (they had a 1 day sale). Haven't had a chance to get started yet - not sure how far I'll get before Bioshock comes out which is a "drop everything and play now...lots" game.


gobbledygooker - 1-5-2013 at 09:20 PM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl
Got the Assassin's Creed trilogy for Christmas - 1 and 2 used via Gamestop and 3 for $30 via Amazon (they had a 1 day sale). Haven't had a chance to get started yet - not sure how far I'll get before Bioshock comes out which is a "drop everything and play now...lots" game.


As I've said on here ad nauseam, take the first game with a grain of salt. Just play through that bitch and move on. Assassin's Creed II is when shit starts getting REALLY good.

quote:
For the first time in years I picked up a Madden game. Not bad at all really. I don't get too much NFL out here, so that alone makes it worth playing for me


If you plan on playing online, I hope you're better than me. My current record - 4-20. Actually, what system do you have it on? If it's PS3, my tag is BDT2008.


Cherokee Jack - 1-5-2013 at 09:43 PM

I just got a PS3 a few weeks ago, my tag is KuhnNOLA. Got Madden 13 and NBA 2K13, like to think that I'm decent-but-not-great at both.


gobbledygooker - 1-5-2013 at 10:34 PM

Cool, maybe I can get a much-needed win against you!


Chris Is Good517 - 1-6-2013 at 02:45 AM

I'm finally very nearly finished with Assassin's Creed III. When that's done I'll probably pick Borderlands 2 back up, and I need to give Black Ops 2 some more time. I think of all of the CoD games, this is the one I've spent the least amount of time on. Also still digging WWE 13 and NCAA 13 a lot. NBA 2K13 is great, but has been sadly neglected because of all the other stuff. Bought LEGO Lord of the Rings, but haven't even taken it out of the wrapper yet.

Paper Mario on the 3DS is pretty interesting, but I've kinda got stuck and gave up on it.


punkerhardcore - 1-6-2013 at 11:19 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
I need to give Black Ops 2 some more time. I think of all of the CoD games, this is the one I've spent the least amount of time on.



I was the total opposite. I never could get into the multiplayer in CoD games before, but I played the shit out of Black Ops 2 for like a month.

Like you, I still need to finish Assassin's Creed III. And Halo 4. And Black Ops 2's single player campaign. And then go back and finally finish up Skyrim. Jesus.

I'm also in the middle of X-Com which is hard as fuck but really, really awesome. Plus, I got the new Hitman for Christmas which I'll start immediately after I'm done with that. Double Jesus.


gobbledygooker - 1-10-2013 at 03:26 PM

We are such nerds.


gobbledygooker - 2-8-2013 at 06:19 PM

Just finished up Max Payne 3 (though still playing online multi-player which is fun as hell, as well as playing back through levels on Arcade mode to get points) and started a game yesterday on Uncharted 3. Simply amazing so far. Games are really getting more and more like actual movies.


drmuerto - 2-9-2013 at 05:17 PM

Has anyone else played Spec Ops: The Line?

I just finished that yesterday, and holy shit it is fucking incredible. Mechanically it's a cover-based squad shooter and not unlike things you've played before; but in terms of story and its whole feel it is way beyond anything I've ever played before. It's loosely based on Heart of Darkness, and it has you as the leader of a Delta squad going in to investigate what went wrong in the evacuation of Dubai after a big sand storm. Without spoiling anything, things go tits up in short order and you end up going through one hell of a journey right up until the end. I'd say more, but I don't want spoil it for you. Just go pick it up if you haven't already.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-10-2013 at 02:00 PM

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

I very likely will never buy another 3DS game, and will very likely NOT regret my purchase.


Two excellent games...but are you implying that they suck? Try RE:Revelations. That was a tie for my GOTY. Very comparable to RE4, and actually creepy. My only beef? You cant kick in the doors!

i just 5-star'd my NSMB U file, beat Nano Assault Neo, played through Banjo Kazooie for the umpteenth time, beat Halo 4 on Heroic co-op, KO'D Tyson in punch-out, got a 259K score on Balloon Fight....its been a pretty good month!

Next up? Borderlands 2 and ICO!


Shao Khan - 2-12-2013 at 04:26 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
started a game yesterday on Uncharted 3. Simply amazing so far. Games are really getting more and more like actual movies.


You are in for one HELLUVA fun time (that is unless you've already played through it). Uncharted 3 is one of my new all time favorite games. After beating it, I "retro-played" the other two and while it's not necessary story line wise as 3 kinda gives you some back info on Nate & Sully, you don't quite understand all the inside jokes from them.

Touche' my friend; you've made me want to go back through and play THIS ONE again.

ETA: Just for shits & giggles, I've just finished Arkham City again. Definitely a fun game and the Robin DLC add-on while not quite as satisfying ending-wise, adds a nice touch. I'll say FUCK going for all the Riddler trophies and AR training as I just don't have the time to complete them all (or I just get pissed and give up on all the "low-glide" shit I have to try to get a particular trophy).

[Edited on 2-12-2013 by Shao Khan]


salmonjunkie - 2-12-2013 at 07:27 PM

I'm on the 2nd to last chapter of Uncharted 2 - finally! This has been one hell of a game, I gotta say. It's fun, the story's great, and the settings are just breathtaking.


gobbledygooker - 2-13-2013 at 04:14 PM

I'm not too far into Uncharted 3 but I've gotta say, given the pressure they were probably feeling coming off the excellence of Uncharted 2, I can already tell they're delivering in spades. The chase scene over the rooftops in one of the flashback scenes toward the beginning is breathtaking.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-17-2013 at 06:48 PM

Just completed the Walking Dead game series by Telltale Studios.

Incredible, incredible story. One of the most unique games I have ever played. If you are a big fan of the adventure-style games like Monkey Island, this shatters the mold when it comes to how greatly written these games can be.

Gameplay is, at times, a tad clunky, but it's nothing worth bitching about. It adds to how tense the game can be at times, and I genuinely found myself CARING about the characters and what happens to them.

The last confrontation with the primary antagonist could have been better (I liked the psychotic reasoning behind all of it, but the overall talk they have could have been a little more intense), but the ending more than made up for it. Seriously, I woke up this morning and all I could think about was the ending, where it's gonna go from here, and how much i'll miss a certain someone.

Game definitely gets a huge thumbs-up from me, and is very worthy of it's GOTY awards/mentions.

It took my least favorite genre and made it beat-it-all-in-one-day addicting.

Highest honors from me.


salmonjunkie - 2-18-2013 at 04:42 AM

I agree in every way. That was truly a wonderful game.


punkerhardcore - 2-22-2013 at 07:19 PM

quote:
Originally posted by drmuerto
Has anyone else played Spec Ops: The Line?

I just finished that yesterday, and holy shit it is fucking incredible. Mechanically it's a cover-based squad shooter and not unlike things you've played before; but in terms of story and its whole feel it is way beyond anything I've ever played before. It's loosely based on Heart of Darkness, and it has you as the leader of a Delta squad going in to investigate what went wrong in the evacuation of Dubai after a big sand storm. Without spoiling anything, things go tits up in short order and you end up going through one hell of a journey right up until the end. I'd say more, but I don't want spoil it for you. Just go pick it up if you haven't already.


I just ordered this used for $7, so I hope you weren't lying.


mark markham - 3-6-2013 at 10:23 AM

If anybody has a Kinect.....you should play 'Fable the Journey' as long as the Kinect is working for you it's a lot of fun for an on the rails kind of game. Also, check out Child of Eden which is super cheap.


drmuerto - 3-6-2013 at 03:43 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore

I just ordered this used for $7, so I hope you weren't lying.


I was not. Be sure you play it all the way through. It really picks up after the midway point. You'll know that spot when you hit it.


williamssl - 3-7-2013 at 09:16 PM

Finally pre-ordered Bioshock: Infinite.

March 26.....


CamstunPWG187 - 3-7-2013 at 10:45 PM

Runner2

Just get it. It's incredibly addicting.


mark markham - 3-16-2013 at 12:50 PM

I enjoyed the heck out of Fable the Journey...but that journey was incredibly short. On the other hand I just started Dragon's Dogma...it's awesome and out here in UAE it only cost me like $13.00! The type of RPGs they want out here are more of the 'rocket propelled grenade' variety, but their loss is my gain. Very fun for RPG fans and for fans of Capcom games in general because at least to me it feels very Capcom...check it out.

BTW, I read that there is a relaunch/expansion/Game of they year style pack coming out in the States toward the end of April that for some reason will be cheaper than the core game by itself. There is a small controversy going on with this because it won't be available as DLC when essentially that's all that it is. So, if you do decide to try it out, you might want to wait until the end of April to do so.


drmuerto - 3-19-2013 at 03:02 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I finished Dishonored yesterday. It looked like it would be awesome, but it was kinda boring. At least it was short.


I finally got around to playing Dishonored, and I thought it was very good. It has some flaws for sureó namely, that the voice acting ranges between passable and badó that keep it from being excellent, but it's designed really beautifully to make think through how to approach the missions. It's not just that you have the option to focus on stealth or combat, but that in fact every level is open to multiple ways of being stealthy or combative. The relatively short campaign, I think actually turned out to be a bit of a blessing, because it made it more enticing to go back and replay the whole thing by taking a completely different approach than I had the first time. That's something I always sort of want to with open world games like Fallout or Skyrim, but I never do because of how big those games are. With Dishonored going back didn't seem like a major time sink, so I went ahead and saw the campaign through a second time just for the sake of experimenting with the game mechanics.

There's also some really neat world-building. Early in the game you get a device that's mainly there to point you to power upgrades, but it also whispers "secrets" about the world and the people in it. If you point it at your enemies it will even tell you a bit of backstory about. For example, for one guy, it told me that he would feed a stray dog every night; for another it told me about how his love for his wife who is just as ugly as him. With that little bit of flavor those guard weren't just obstacles that needed to be surmounted or puppets that needed killing, but something like actual characters whose lives would be affected by my actions.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-23-2013 at 02:14 AM

Not a thread here or anything for Tomb Raider? Game is fucking outstanding, easily the best console release so far this year (although we'll see how that stands on Tuesday with the release of BioShock). It reminds me of one of those really tense TV shows where you realize that you've been holding your breath for the last five minutes. Great gameplay, decent story and voice acting, and they made Lara attractive without oversexualizing her, and badass enough to be fun to play as. Can't say enough nice things about this game.


I also picked up Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS and holy shit, is it amazing. Worth the trouble it took to hunt it down, probably the best tactical RPG ever put to handheld.


JB KING - 3-23-2013 at 11:05 PM

Gears of War Judgement is worth the look/rental alone for Overrun. Campaign is about 6-7 hours as expected but nicely done outside the ho-hum final boss. And Aftermath campaign should have been thrown in Gears 3 DLC, but whatever. I have yet to try it, but "Seriously Judgmental" is going to be a total nightmare to complete. I'd say play the demo thats free, if you dig it, rent it before flocking to Bioshock.


punkerhardcore - 3-23-2013 at 11:27 PM

I flip-flopped on picking up Gears, but ultimately decided to hold off, since it'll probably be found for $30-$40 in a matter of weeks. Plus Gears is Gears. Not that I don't think it'll be good, but it didn't look like anything special or groundbreaking.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-25-2013 at 03:16 PM

I just beat the 1-player mode on the original 'Splosion Man.

Incredibly zany, fast-paced platforming action game.

I have beaten the game on co-op, as well, and have even beaten Ms. Splosion Man (both modes).

If you haven't played any of these games, I highly recommend you do. They are incredible fun.

About to turn on Dead Rising 2: Off The Record.

I got real hooked on this game last year, and then a slew of even more amazing games found their way into my house, and I stopped playing,

[Edited on 3-25-2013 by CamstunPWG187]


williamssl - 3-25-2013 at 03:55 PM

I still have Gears 3 waiting to be played.....



Gearbox just announced this weekend some new news including level cap increased from 50 to 61, a new class of weapons to be found, a new bounty hunter that looks sweeeeeeet (free w/ season pass, $ if not), and said the next dlc comes out in June.




Aaaaand Bioshock release is tomorrow. All of my time that is not spent in co-op Borderlands 2 will be going there.


dRob78 - 3-26-2013 at 12:03 AM

quote:
Originally posted by williamssl

Gearbox just announced this weekend some new news including level cap increased from 50 to 61, a new class of weapons to be found, a new bounty hunter that looks sweeeeeeet (free w/ season pass, $ if not).


The new Vault Hunter is $10, just like the Mechromancer was. The level cap increase and pearlescent weapons update is free to Season Pass holders, $5 otherwise.

First post!


williamssl - 3-26-2013 at 01:08 AM

Anyone who's first post is about Borderlands is my new frontrunner for Breakthrough Poster of the Year.


gobbledygooker - 5-31-2013 at 04:32 AM

Bumped.

I've bought Twisted Metal and Heavy Rain (PS3 Greatest Hits edition) for $20-a-piece at Walmart over the past few weeks and am super-stoked to fire up both. I've been wanting to play Heavy Rain since playing the demo a few years ago but never got around to buying it and then, all of a sudden, it was gone from stores (and I didn't really care enough to track it down on Ebay or something).

Anyway, if I could just wrap up the never-ending awesomeness that is Assassin's Creed III, I'll be in business.


Columbo - 5-31-2013 at 09:22 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
Not a thread here or anything for Tomb Raider? Game is fucking outstanding.


This.


mark markham - 6-1-2013 at 03:43 AM

With the new Star Trek movie and whatnot, I've been on a Trek (and Babylon 5) kick lately, so I picked up the Star Trek game in spite of the horrendous review. It's actually not that bad. If you wait until it's in the bargain bin it will actually be pretty good, if a little repetitive.


gobbledygooker - 6-2-2013 at 03:09 AM

I don't believe you. Every movie port to game is HORRIBLE. Except for Goldeneye.


mark markham - 6-3-2013 at 05:29 PM

...wait until it's in the bargain bin or rent it. With expectations so low, I'll bet you will be pleasantly surprised. It's not grade 'A' but it's far from the 'F-' that most critics are giving it.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-6-2013 at 10:45 PM

ilomilo


punkerhardcore - 6-7-2013 at 03:43 PM

Good choice, that's a great game. Reminds me that I should go back and finish it sometime.


theflammablemanimal - 6-7-2013 at 03:50 PM

Gears of War 3, but not feeling it.


gobbledygooker - 6-10-2013 at 03:29 AM

Holy fuck Heavy Rain is amazing. It's worth the fact that I had to delete every downloaded game I have except one to clear out enough memory.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-30-2013 at 05:57 PM

Sonic Generations - Great game, loving it so far.


Chris Is Good517 - 7-1-2013 at 12:49 PM

Anyone else pick up Deadpool? It's a perfectly acceptable melee brawler that does a good job of capturing the raunchy, crass nature of the character. Not worth $60, but definitely a good one to pick up from the Redbox on a day off


OOMike - 7-1-2013 at 05:09 PM

My son picked up a PS3 a couple of months ago, and recently bought Last of Us, and I have to say as someone who converted to Xbox I am really digging this game.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-7-2013 at 06:42 PM

Just beat The Walking Dead 400 Days. It'll take you like 2-3 hours tops, but dammit, it's a damn good 2-3 hours. It's just a bridge between Seasons 1 and Season 2, anyway, and it's only 5 bucks.

Now, I get that the other ones were 5 bucks each, as well as being overall longer on average, but this episode is a different flavor, being able to play from the perspective of 6 different people en route to the end. Fans of the original will dig it. Plus, I think you have to buy it anyways in order to start Season 2, so you might as well get on that!


Shao Khan - 7-10-2013 at 10:03 PM

I'm replaying Uncharted 3. That game is just total badass and STILL makes me fall in love all over again with it.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-11-2013 at 04:45 AM

Level 24 on the new Buried Zombies map in Black Ops 2. WHAT!!

About to play through the BLOPS 2 campaign. Been a while since I got my COD on.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-12-2013 at 05:17 PM

Totally tore through Super Meat Boy last night. Had been a while since I beat it, so me and my friends just played the night away. Amazing how addictingly good that game is. And it has one of the best soundtracks ever.


kiez - 7-18-2013 at 07:20 PM

I've been mostly playing DayZ. It's good for a mod of Arma2. Zombies all over and around 50 people to a server makes for a fun game. The original map, chernarus, is huge and takes ages to cross on foot as its around 225km in game.

The stand alone version will be out soon, so that will be fun.

Can't wait for GTA V though. It will just be an amazing game. Amazing!


salmonjunkie - 7-23-2013 at 03:43 PM

Just beat God of War III. That was fun, even though I hate much of Kratos' voice acting. Very cool boss scenes.

Next on my shelf: Arkham City or Ico? Also, gotta get the new Tomb Raider and The Last of Us once they go down in price in a few months. Also, gotta get Uncharted 3 now that it is lower in price. I'm such a cheap-ass when it comes to gaming.

[Edited on 7-23-2013 by salmonjunkie]


Cherokee Jack - 7-23-2013 at 06:15 PM

You still haven't played Arkham City?

Begin. Now.


OOMike - 7-23-2013 at 06:25 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Just beat God of War III. That was fun, even though I hate much of Kratos' voice acting. Very cool boss scenes.

Next on my shelf: Arkham City or Ico? Also, gotta get the new Tomb Raider and The Last of Us once they go down in price in a few months. Also, gotta get Uncharted 3 now that it is lower in price. I'm such a cheap-ass when it comes to gaming.

[Edited on 7-23-2013 by salmonjunkie]


Definitely get Last of Us, the story is excellent so far and I like the fact that what you do can have an impact on the story, at least a little bit, plus some of the fights are a big challenge at least for me. And my son loves the multiplayer.

My only complaint is I don't care for third party shooters....but I can over look that for a great story, which this is.


Bonestein - 7-23-2013 at 07:36 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Just beat God of War III. That was fun, even though I hate much of Kratos' voice acting. Very cool boss scenes.

Next on my shelf: Arkham City or Ico? Also, gotta get the new Tomb Raider and The Last of Us once they go down in price in a few months. Also, gotta get Uncharted 3 now that it is lower in price. I'm such a cheap-ass when it comes to gaming.

[Edited on 7-23-2013 by salmonjunkie]



There is nothing wrong with being a cheap-ass gamer at this point in this generation's consoles... so many games worth playing in the $20-$30 range. I rarely insist on picking up a game on release because I don't care about online play (so if it's a 2 year old game and the online community has slowed down it doesn't matter) and I always have 4 or 5 games on my shelf I haven't played yet anyway. Sports games are pretty much all I will insist on buying ASAP and that's just because I will jump online with them.

I believe you have a PS3, correct? Do you have Playstation Plus yet? That's the tits for grabbing a good game or two every month for "free". I wish I had the list of all the games I've nabbed from that, it's at least 10 so far, pretty good investment.


punkerhardcore - 7-23-2013 at 09:23 PM

And I'm pretty certain Uncharted 3 is one of the free games on there right now.


salmonjunkie - 7-23-2013 at 10:25 PM

I'm not a Plus subscriber. I don't know if I play enough games to make it worth it.


Bonestein - 7-24-2013 at 04:54 PM

You do. If you get 2 games a year it's worth it. And they really don't just give bottom of the barrel games, every month there's at least one good or great one. $50 a year, you honestly can't miss.


gobbledygooker - 7-30-2013 at 02:42 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I'm such a cheap-ass when it comes to gaming.


Brother!

I beat Heavy Rain the other night. Easily one of the most amazing games I've ever played. Awesome graphics, awesome story (with a genuine "holy shit" moment when you learn who the Origami Killer is). I've already started a new game to make different choices and see how it alters the story.

I sold a bunch of games at Gamestop last week and now have $102 in store credit that is earmarked for GTA V.


salmonjunkie - 8-1-2013 at 06:54 PM

Ok! I started Arkham City this week. It's rad!

Also! If you're on PS3, they have a bundle for two critically acclaimed indie games. Journey and The Unfinished Swan together for $15. They're normally $15 each.


theflammablemanimal - 9-11-2013 at 12:22 AM

Almost done with Gears 3. Feels like a pointless, but extremely easy grind. I'm guessing this was really only meant to be played as multiplayer.


punkerhardcore - 9-11-2013 at 09:08 AM

Yeah man... Gears is Gears. Although, I recently played Judgment and REALLY liked it. Way more than I thought I would. If you aren't too burned out on the franchise, I suggest you give that one at least a shot.


nOOb - 9-12-2013 at 03:12 AM

I've been flipping Final Fantasy XIV Collectors Editions over the past week, wound up with one left, so I decided to give it a shot. It feels more like a Final Fantasy than 13 did (probably because I just started and already I'm able to move in multiple directions vs a straight line), but what made it slightly more entertaining than a typical MMO was that it is actually fairly populated. It's good, not good enough to get its own topic, but good enough to keep me busy until Tuesday.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-14-2013 at 02:43 PM

Pikmin 3

Holy shit is this game amazing.

Also played through Wario Ware 1 for GBA, and am on my second playthrough of Links Awakening DX (currently on Eagles Tower), which just amazes me at how great it was. Until the GBA was released, there was not a finer handheld game on the market l. I say that as a man who beat the Oracle games, as well as beong a generation-to-generation Pokemon Master.


theflammablemanimal - 9-15-2013 at 03:33 AM

Nah, think its time to sell the X-box for a PS3 so I can play Infamous, Uncharted, and GoW, maybe even some Ratchet and Clank before moving onto the next generation.

Far as I know, the only Xbox exclusives that matter are Gears and Halo and I'm done with those.


punkerhardcore - 9-15-2013 at 06:50 AM

Infamous 2 was a lot better than the first... just FYI. I've still only ever played the first Uncharted, but it was great.

But it doesn't matter which system you have come Tuesday... GTA V!


salmonjunkie - 9-15-2013 at 06:35 PM

quote:
Originally posted by theflammablemanimal
Nah, think its time to sell the X-box for a PS3 so I can play Infamous, Uncharted, and GoW, maybe even some Ratchet and Clank before moving onto the next generation.

Far as I know, the only Xbox exclusives that matter are Gears and Halo and I'm done with those.


God of War 3 was a lot of fun, but the fighting gets repetitive after a while. The boss battles, however, are absolute visual awesomeness.

I've played through Uncharted 1 & 2. They are some of the best games I've played on the modern era. Great story, gorgeous visuals, superb voice acting, and fun game play.

You'll also be able to play Metal Gear Solid 4 and The Last of Us.


Shao Khan - 9-17-2013 at 06:57 PM

Just finished Saints Row 4, and in typical SR fashion, it's pure over the top awesomeness! I can't tell you how fun it is super sprinting through town while "You've Got The Touch" is playing lol. Between that, the Transformers: The Movie references thrown in there, and the super powers it's fun and well balanced. The "Leave it to Beaver" levels are downright hilarious, and the weapons (particularly the Dubstep gun) are amazing! I'm surprised no one's playing this one as they've really set themselves apart from the "GTA clone" they were first thought of.


salmonjunkie - 9-28-2013 at 09:33 PM

Just finished Story Mode for Arkham City. Great game! Afterwards, I finished the Nora Fries side mission.

I still have the Azreal, Riddler, Political Prisoners, and Deadshot side missions to do, as well as Catwoman's "get the loot" mission and all of the goddamn Riddler Trophies and his riddles. I don't know if I'm going to bother with all that, since I kind of want to play a new game now. What do you guys think? Worth it?


Possible next game to play - Ico, Journey, Reyman Legends, or Rachet & Clank All-4-One. I also have Resistance and one of the older Call of Duty games, but they're low on my list of want-to-plays right now.


theflammablemanimal - 9-29-2013 at 03:09 AM

I never collect all those trophies in any game because it's too much of a grind, but I think it's necessary to unlock all those challenge levels.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-29-2013 at 03:12 PM

Getting at least 400 trophies is a very rewarding time sink. Those riddler puzzles get downright amazing every time you face him. Then again, I thought that game was easily one of the best video games ever, so I got very addicted to it during a very rainy 2 weeks in October (I did landscaping during that time, so rain essentially means you don't work).

One of the very few games I ever put up to 80 hours into during that short of a time frame.


salmonjunkie - 9-29-2013 at 07:09 PM

I do very much enjoy the Riddler puzzles where you have to save someone.

I don't want to have to search every crevice to find every trophy and riddle, though. There's just so many.


nOOb - 11-25-2013 at 01:01 AM

Considered reviving the old topic for the game, but it was so long ago that it wasn't worth it. Last year I spent one of my MS Point cards from Black Friday on getting all the DLC for all the Mass Effect games, but never got around to playing them until about two weeks ago. 1 & 2 were still the same experiences, but I will say this: Mass Effect 3 was a hell of a lot more enjoyable of a run this time around with all the DLC.

The first pack, Omega, is a bit of a throwaway pack, takes maybe an hour, and really doesn't add anything to the overall story. The second pack, Leviathan, actually adds an interesting amount of backstory to the Reapers and gives a few extra dialogue options for the formerly-disappointing ending.

But it's the last two DLC's that actually make it a better experience. The free DLC pack that extends the endings seems like it should have just been included with the game, because the endings are a hell of a lot better, providing actual closure to the story (except the one they added: that ending was absolute shit). Yet, for as good as that pack was, Citadel did the best job of wrapping things up. It starts out as a fun little mini-story, with your crew (and a former crewmate) forced to take shore leave. It's a pretty "meta" experience, but a lot of fun. After the story ends, the crew actually decides to take their shore leave by forcing Shepard to have a party in his new apartment that includes every other surviving crew member from the previous two games. There's no real action outside of the addictive combat simulator they add (which lets you use every crew member), but the story told is fun, and it actually makes the entire crew feel like they're connected with one another. Very simple story, but it's also really well done.


salmonjunkie - 11-25-2013 at 05:34 AM

I played Journey last night. That was a very cool game. Unique, fun experience. While it was very short (I beat it in 2 hours) it was very nice for what it was.

I don't know if it's worth $15 (I bought it with Unfinished Swan for $15) since I imagine it's replayability is low (although since it only takes 2 hours, maybe the replayability is high), but it is very good.


mark markham - 11-25-2013 at 02:49 PM

I picked up Lollipop Chainsaw for around $20.00 USD, and at that price it's worth a look. The boss fights are cool and very difficult for me anyway. I felt a sense of accomplishment by defeating them. Also, that Star Trek game is getting really cheap now. I liked it when I paid full price, but now it's a steal at $20.00


gobbledygooker - 11-25-2013 at 02:51 PM

I've been seeing Lollipop Chainsaw for very cheap in these parts as well and am thinking about picking it up. Sounds like you could do much worse for $15-$20.


gobbledygooker - 1-20-2014 at 09:17 PM

In classic Gooker "I'm late to the party" fashion, I started a game on Sleeping Dogs last week. Quite awesome so far, especially if you're a fan of all things Asian like me. The ambiance is quite amazing and it really makes you feel like you're in Hong Kong. The fight system is quite fun as well and the storyline/missions have been great so far.


nOOb - 1-20-2014 at 09:57 PM

You know what? I've been trying to figure out what Sleeping Dogs reminds me of this whole week, and it just occured to me. The not-quite-GTA-but-close soundtrack, the fact that they still use name actors for voice work, the more seriously toned commercials, the fact that there are random pockets of unarmed gangsters in a sea of civilians, the complete lack of taxis when you need them...this is True Crime: Hong Kong. That's why the game seems like a welcome break from GTA, yet feels like there could be more offered, and why you want to do all the available sidequests before doing main stuff.

Also, I recommend giving the three DLC story packs a shot. Year of the Snake (the last one I have left) gives you a lot more cop stuff, Nightmare is a short but fun B-Horror short, and Zodiac Tournament struck me as "Enter the Dragon: The Game".


gobbledygooker - 1-21-2014 at 12:21 AM

I plan on checking those out.

Yeah, the other obvious comparison is that it's a much more massive version of the Yakuza games, the second of which I played not too long ago.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-22-2014 at 04:54 AM

ICO

It is sublime

That is all


gobbledygooker - 1-23-2014 at 07:10 PM

Tomb Raider is freakin' $15 at Target right now. I went by there at lunch just to see what they had and wasn't even planning on buying anything but there was no way in hell I was turning that down.

So, my gaming queue is currently Sleeping Dogs (currently playing), Dead Space 3 (next in line), and Tomb Raider (after Dead Space 3). I'm going to need to carve out some gaming time.


salmonjunkie - 1-23-2014 at 08:00 PM

I got about half way through ICO and got stuck - I don't want to use a FAQ to beat the area, but I wanted to go a different direction for a bit and started Borderlands 2. Haven't got back to ICO yet, but playing quite a bit of Borderlands 2, with a sprinkling of Rocksmith 2014. I got Tomb Raider, and I've played it once and loved it so far. I put it to the side for now, but will get back on it soon.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-24-2014 at 12:42 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I got about half way through ICO and got stuck - I don't want to use a FAQ to beat the area, but I wanted to go a different direction for a bit and started Borderlands 2. Haven't got back to ICO yet, but playing quite a bit of Borderlands 2, with a sprinkling of Rocksmith 2014. I got Tomb Raider, and I've played it once and loved it so far. I put it to the side for now, but will get back on it soon.


Have you shined the light from the East Wing yet? That, for me, was the half-way point. I got about an hour further into it from that point the other night, but i'v been busy lately, and haven't been able to play it. That's what Spring Festival will be for (That is China's equivalent to Christmas, except they celebrate it for 10 days).

Let me know what the puzzle is, and I can give you a hint, if you'd like.

[Edited on 1-24-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


salmonjunkie - 1-24-2014 at 12:57 AM

Yes, I have. I am stuck in the area after that with a waterfall. There's a bridge, a couple of levels up and down... I dont' completely remember. I've only tried it twice and haven't given it a true honest shot yet because I decided I wanted something a little more mindless and began Borderlands 2.

It's been a few months now, so it might take a little reminder to get my bearings back when I sit down with it again.

[Edited on 1-24-2014 by salmonjunkie]


CamstunPWG187 - 1-24-2014 at 03:53 AM

I know exactly where you are. Let me know if you want some help.

I want to help, because everyone should see this game through. It's a masterpiece.

[Edited on 1-24-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


CamstunPWG187 - 1-24-2014 at 03:55 AM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Tomb Raider is freakin' $15 at Target right now.


Is this for a limited time?

I need to know if I need to send my buddy to America with more money



Man, I was surfing through my library of Xbox 360 games last night, and holy fuck, I have so many games I bought impulsively when they were on-sale that I haven't even TOUCHED..

-Bastion
-Toy Soldiers (My friend showed me this game, and I was amazed by it's simplicity and badass presentation of toys being destructive.)
-Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

I need to beat those games. They were so cheap, it'd be a crime not to.



[Edited on 1-24-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


gobbledygooker - 1-24-2014 at 02:35 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Tomb Raider is freakin' $15 at Target right now.


Is this for a limited time?

I need to know if I need to send my buddy to America with more money



Man, I was surfing through my library of Xbox 360 games last night, and holy fuck, I have so many games I bought impulsively when they were on-sale that I haven't even TOUCHED..

-Bastion
-Toy Soldiers (My friend showed me this game, and I was amazed by it's simplicity and badass presentation of toys being destructive.)
-Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

I need to beat those games. They were so cheap, it'd be a crime not to.



[Edited on 1-24-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


I think it was for a limited time. Probably REAL limited, given that price!

Speaking of unplayed games, I've had one of the PS3 Ninja Gaiden games (I can't even remember which one at this point) for at least the past three years and I've never even taken it out of the wrapper. Anytime I think I'll finally play it, an Assassin's Creed or Bioshock or GTA comes out. It's basically become a running joke at this point to see how long I can go and NOT play it.


Chris Is Good517 - 1-24-2014 at 10:25 PM

I finally started Assassin's Creed IV, and I love it. So much better than III. Still playing a lot of WWE 2K14 (I've put an embarrassing amount of time and effort into the universe mode this year, down to separate WCW and ECW rosters, shows, and PPVs) as well. But I'm having a difficult time getting a lot of gameplay time in because my kids are playing the shit out of Disney Infinity (and frankly, I like it a lot, too).


punkerhardcore - 1-24-2014 at 10:30 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
I finally started Assassin's Creed IV, and I love it. So much better than III.



I nearly bought it today, because it's down to $30 at Target and Amazon... but I was wondering if it was more a rental, or if it's worth getting. I may have to just pick it up.

I've been playing Saints Row IV. As Shao said before, it's really set itself apart from the GTA series, and it's totally over the top, and fucking fun.

[Edited on 1-24-2014 by punkerhardcore]


gobbledygooker - 1-27-2014 at 03:30 PM

Saint's Row IV is another one that has been dropping in price that I'll probably pick up. I've never played any of the other Saint's Row games but I've got a feeling that's not a requirement.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-30-2014 at 10:11 PM

I just beat Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on HERO MODE

I wish it had been available from the start....but oh well, this is the first game since BioShock Infinite that I have played through immediately upon beating it. It really is an amazing game.


williamssl - 1-31-2014 at 05:33 PM

I still have gears 3, whatever the latest halo was, and the assassins creed before pirates all sitting in shrink wrap on a shelf somewhere. Dusting one off this weekend. Which should i ?


gobbledygooker - 1-31-2014 at 06:30 PM

Assuming the "Assassin's Creed before pirates" is part three, I had a really good time with it. Though it sounds like it's been eclipsed in quality by the pirate version.


williamssl - 2-2-2014 at 06:35 PM

Started Halo 4 with my son in coop campaign mode. I have no clue what is going on re story but it is fun and the graphics are spectacular.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-3-2014 at 04:57 AM

I finally beat the Dragonslayer mission in SKYRIM, after doing everything else in the game (besides doing anything with the Thieve's Guild), being level 53, and accumulating 133 hours. I can finally not feel like i'll be haunted by that game when i'm older.

I just scored 155 Million points on the Street Fighter 2 Pinball table in Pinball FX2, making me 196 in the world for that table. I am a beast at Pinball FX2, and my global rank amongst all tables combined is like 2,000.

Just scored an insanely high number on Pacifism in Geometry Wars 2 (229,000,000), yet still didn't beat my friends score of 279 Million. God damn, the one time I get a perfect game going and it STILL isn't good enough! I played Pacifism for over 3 hours straight yesterday.

Add me on Xbox Live, guys - camstun187 - http://gamercards.exophase.com/xbl/user/Camstun187/

Last night, before bed, I started playing through Banjo Tooie again. Got halfway through the Glitter Gultch Mine and then beat the coal boss, and I plan on going through it again now. Great fucking game, and man, I forgot how important/convenient warping in this game is!

[Edited on 2-3-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


Shao Khan - 2-3-2014 at 08:45 PM

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Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Saint's Row IV is another one that has been dropping in price that I'll probably pick up. I've never played any of the other Saint's Row games but I've got a feeling that's not a requirement.


Not a requirement at all, but I'd recommend playing SR The Third as well, just because i's so much fucking fun. Also, if you're going to get it, I'd suggest getting the GOTY version as it has everything lumped in (DLC-wise) and at $25 it's a steal. I'm replaying SR3 now and it's just as fun if not moreso than 4. My FEW complaints about 4 are that having superpowers really takes the fun and purpose out of stealing cars to build up your garage, and it gets tiresome playing the whole game at night (there's an option to change that, but it's only after you've beaten the main story) as well as the freezing glitches (which granted are minimal and should've been fixed in the series by now), but overall for sheer perverse hilarity (thinking of a certain gun that spews fish guts all over your enemies. I won't ruin the end result, lol or the "fart in a jar"), 3 & 4 are amazingly fun guilty pleasures.


punkerhardcore - 2-3-2014 at 08:55 PM

Yeah... there's some storyline continuations (especially from III to IV), but it's nothing where you'll be totally lost.

And I won't spoil it, but Saints Row IV has a mission that's a fucking awesome moment for us wrestling fans.


Shao Khan - 2-4-2014 at 12:36 PM

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Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Yeah... there's some storyline continuations (especially from III to IV), but it's nothing where you'll be totally lost.

And I won't spoil it, but Saints Row IV has a mission that's a fucking awesome moment for us wrestling fans.


I think you're thinking III for the wrestling, yeah? Granted I played IV only once so far (that whole night time story mode really does bother me more than I thought), but I don't recall anything wrestling themed in IV


punkerhardcore - 2-4-2014 at 05:22 PM

Saints Row III had the whole thing with Killbane and the Luchador gang, but are you really forgetting this mission in IV-- http://bit.ly/1gJEMBL


That link is a super spoiler for the game... I wouldn't click it if you're planning on playing it.


murgen - 2-4-2014 at 05:37 PM

The wrestling moment in SR IV was fantastic! And, the new homie you get out of it is even better.

I just started Super Mario 3D Land yesterday. That game is great. I completely understand the GotY hype it was getting. It is a fun, challenging platformer with 3D that doesn't feel shoehorned in.

And, I've been playing Spelunky on the Vita. I am not good at that game, but it is a lot of fun. I have been able to get to the 4th world a few times, but not much further. If you like precise, hardcore platformers, Spelunky is worth a try. It's not as fast as Super Meat Boy, but it is as satisfying to beat a level.


Shao Khan - 2-4-2014 at 06:54 PM

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Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Saints Row III had the whole thing with Killbane and the Luchador gang, but are you really forgetting this mission in IV-- http://bit.ly/1gJEMBL


That link is a super spoiler for the game... I wouldn't click it if you're planning on playing it.


Oh!!! Duh! Yeah, I TOTALLY forgot about that one, lol! I'm going to replay it after finishing SR3 now! Although I confess to being torn between "him" as a homie and "The Mayor" as a homie in SR3.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-5-2014 at 06:52 AM

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Originally posted by murgen
The wrestling moment in SR IV was fantastic! And, the new homie you get out of it is even better.

I just started Super Mario 3D Land yesterday. That game is great. I completely understand the GotY hype it was getting. It is a fun, challenging platformer with 3D that doesn't feel shoehorned in.

And, I've been playing Spelunky on the Vita. I am not good at that game, but it is a lot of fun. I have been able to get to the 4th world a few times, but not much further. If you like precise, hardcore platformers, Spelunky is worth a try. It's not as fast as Super Meat Boy, but it is as satisfying to beat a level.


Mario 3D Land or WORLD? Land was for the 3DS, World is for the Wii U

If it IS World, yes, that game is awesome.

The music is fucking incredible!

Also, to those who haven't played Saints Row The Third....That game is fucking incredible and needs to be played by anyone who likes action games. It's the PWG of GTA-style games.

[Edited on 2-5-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


murgen - 2-5-2014 at 06:02 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Mario 3D Land or WORLD? Land was for the 3DS, World is for the Wii U

If it IS World, yes, that game is awesome.

The music is fucking incredible!

Also, to those who haven't played Saints Row The Third....That game is fucking incredible and needs to be played by anyone who likes action games. It's the PWG of GTA-style games.

[Edited on 2-5-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


Yeah...I meant World. The music just adds to the greatness of that game.

And SR3 is definitely amazing. I was bummed out by the lack of Gat in the game, but the craziness made up for it.


salmonjunkie - 2-14-2014 at 05:59 PM

Hey Camstun - I sat down two nights ago to tackle Ico again, and finished the game last night! That was fun. I beat the game in 5:38 playing time, but it felt like a lot longer - probably because I died a fair amount.

That last sequence was very cool. Funny thing, I was up late playing, and shortly after the bridge seperates and I fell down (keeping it vague to avoid spoilers) I told myself that I'd go to sleep once I found a save point. 40 minutes later, no save points at all, but I beat the game! I quite enjoyed it. The story really is well done. It's a rather simple story, but it does a great job making you care about the characters, and I really like how it lets you, the player, figure out what's been going on without having to use very many words. Very nice experience.

I've read online that people on speed runs have been able to finish it in 2 hours.

I guess I'll hav to tackle the other game on this disk that I've never played. Shadow of the Colossus! But first, a little bit more time with Borderlands 2.


punkerhardcore - 2-14-2014 at 06:26 PM

You really should think about dropping the money down on Playstation Plus. All three games you just mentioned were part of the free downloads in the past few months, along with quite a few other great ones.


Chris Is Good517 - 2-14-2014 at 09:45 PM

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Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I just scored 155 Million points on the Street Fighter 2 Pinball table in Pinball FX2, making me 196 in the world for that table. I am a beast at Pinball FX2, and my global rank amongst all tables combined is like 2,000.



That SFII table is brutal. That score is pretty legit. I have some decent scores across the tables but the only one I can really brag about is 200 million on World War Hulk.

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Just scored an insanely high number on Pacifism in Geometry Wars 2 (229,000,000), yet still didn't beat my friends score of 279 Million. God damn, the one time I get a perfect game going and it STILL isn't good enough! I played Pacifism for over 3 hours straight yesterday.



That's also pretty fucking beast. Without checking I want to say my best on Pacifism is around 125 million, and that was after weeks and weeks of playing for hours every goddamned day. If your friend got 279 mil, he may be unhealthy.

I'm still playing a little AC IV here and there. I picked up Bravely Default and I really want to tear into it, but I want to finish AC IV first because I am shitty at multitasking.


punkerhardcore - 2-14-2014 at 10:01 PM

I actually wasn't expecting much from Assassin's Creed IV, since a) I wasn't a huge fan of the sailing stuff in part III and b) there was only a year between the two games, so I thought it might feel like a rushed job. But goddamn if this game isn't really, really good. The sailing is MUCH improved from the last game, and there's just a shit ton of stuff to do in this game.


salmonjunkie - 2-14-2014 at 10:12 PM

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Originally posted by punkerhardcore
You really should think about dropping the money down on Playstation Plus. All three games you just mentioned were part of the free downloads in the past few months, along with quite a few other great ones.


I started Ico and Borderlands 2 before they were on Plus. I take forever to finish games (except Journey which I did in one night). Ico/Colossus cost me $15 almost a year ago, and I think I got Borderlands 2 for $15 also.

Don't get me wrong, I think Plus is a great deal. I just don't think I play enough games to make it worth the money. I also have Bioshock Infinite, Uncharted 3, Rayman Origins, Tomb Raider, Ratchet & Clank 4, and Little Big Planet 2 sitting around waiting for me to play them. And at some point, I'm going to get around to buying The Last Of Us, but I figure I'd wait until I play some of these others first. It'll probably hit $20 or so by then.

I actually have a code for Plus for 3 months (or 6 months, I forget) for free, I just haven't put it in my system yet.

[Edited on 2-14-2014 by salmonjunkie]


CamstunPWG187 - 2-15-2014 at 01:07 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I just scored 155 Million points on the Street Fighter 2 Pinball table in Pinball FX2, making me 196 in the world for that table. I am a beast at Pinball FX2, and my global rank amongst all tables combined is like 2,000.



That SFII table is brutal. That score is pretty legit. I have some decent scores across the tables but the only one I can really brag about is 200 million on World War Hulk.

quote:

Just scored an insanely high number on Pacifism in Geometry Wars 2 (229,000,000), yet still didn't beat my friends score of 279 Million. God damn, the one time I get a perfect game going and it STILL isn't good enough! I played Pacifism for over 3 hours straight yesterday.



That's also pretty fucking beast. Without checking I want to say my best on Pacifism is around 125 million, and that was after weeks and weeks of playing for hours every goddamned day. If your friend got 279 mil, he may be unhealthy.



Ok, add me on XBL then - camstun187, let's compare scores. I have every table except for the latest star wars pack and the dr. strange table.

As for Pacifism...I was a total nerd two nights ago, and played for 4 and a half hours with my custom music on, and got up to 266 million. 4 and a half fucking hours, man. I wouldn't trade that time for anything, though. It was just too fun.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Hey Camstun - I sat down two nights ago to tackle Ico again, and finished the game last night!

I guess I'll hav to tackle the other game on this disk that I've never played. Shadow of the Colossus! But first, a little bit more time with Borderlands 2.


That's awesome. I haven't beaten it yet, not since I finally got my XB360 connected to Live and got back up on Pinball FX2 and Geometry Wars 2.

Shadow of the Colossus is the better game in every way, shape, and form, my friend. That will be a great playthrough when you finally get around it.

Hit up Rayman Origins, man, that game is one of the greatest platformers I have ever played, man.

[Edited on 2-15-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


salmonjunkie - 2-15-2014 at 08:45 AM

How far are you in Ico? It's only about and hour or two til the end from the Water Tower.


punkerhardcore - 2-15-2014 at 06:11 PM

Man, I totally forgot about Geometry Wars. I haven't touched that game since around the time the second one came out in 2008. You guys have way more patience with it than I ever did.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-16-2014 at 12:21 AM

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Originally posted by salmonjunkie
How far are you in Ico? It's only about and hour or two til the end from the Water Tower.


Yeah, i'm right at the end of the Water Tower, so I suppose I should play through it tonight when I get home.

But MAAAANNNN, Parks and Recreation is really diverting my attention right now.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-20-2014 at 02:34 PM

Finally unplugged my 360 and turned on the PS3 to finish ICO.

Amazing game, in and out. Shadow of the Colossus is a much better game, be it that it's more polished, with an even more immersive narrative and world, but ICO was a fantastic building block towards that, and it deserves as much credit as SOTC does in terms of reinventing the wheel in terms of these type of games.

ICO's final music score during the credits (and if you wait at the title screen, you can see a cut scene that plays it, as well) is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.

10 out of 10, for it's time in the gaming world, and the experience it provides. This was a groundbreaking game, and it has only ever been out-classed by one other game similar to it.


salmonjunkie - 2-20-2014 at 06:38 PM

That last sequence starting from when you fall off the bridge is pretty awesome, isn't it?


CamstunPWG187 - 2-21-2014 at 04:05 AM

Yes. It was really well-done, and I loved the underground cavern area. The final boss was actually surprisingly good, and I liked the strategy involved in killing her.

The scene when you are on the beach is really, really beautiful. I thought it was a nice, happy ending, and it ended exactly when it should have.

Bravo, ICO, Bravo.


gobbledygooker - 2-24-2014 at 02:39 PM

Started a game on Deadspace 3 yesterday. It opens with a murder / suicide. Yep, it's a Deadspace game.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-25-2014 at 08:13 AM

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Beat that, bitches.


salmonjunkie - 2-25-2014 at 04:58 PM

Just started Rayman Origins yesterday.

Yes, Origins - not Legends.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-25-2014 at 05:00 PM

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Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Just started Rayman Origins yesterday.

Yes, Origins - not Legends.


Amazing.

Be prepared for an equal experience to what I am going through right now.


salmonjunkie - 2-25-2014 at 06:49 PM

You'll have to let us know how Tropical Freeze stacks up against Returns on Wii, because that was a spectacular game.


the goon - 2-25-2014 at 10:22 PM

Yeah, Donkey Kong Country Returns was awesome. I really need to get Tropical Freeze and will probably pick it up at some point this week. It's been getting fantastic reviews and Retro Studios can pretty much do no wrong. They're the equivalent of what Rare was back in the N64 days.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-26-2014 at 10:02 AM

Longer levels, better music (Dave Wise did the soundtrack to this game, who also did the soundtrack for DKC 1, 2, and 3), and some seriously tricky bosses.

It rivals, and in a lot of ways exceeds the standard set by the original DCKR.

DK has a bit more weight to him this time around, and all the characters that you can double-up with are hugely advantageous. Getting stuck with just Donkey Dick can really add some sweat to the constantly intense shit the game throws at you.

Also, when i say longer levels...I mean like 15-20 minutes. There is six worlds, which is down from the 8 worlds in DKCR, but that game didn't have levels that lasted nearly as long as just about every level in this game, so in my opinion, it evens out.

The underwater levels are fascinatingly beautiful, as are most of the other levels, but they truly stand out. Just beautiful.

The soundtrack is, as any DKC fan would expect, quite beautifully done. The compositions are long, complex, and breathe so much life into the game.

The graphics....holy shit, the graphics are fucking awesome. This game is BEAUTIFUL. Wait until you see this shit on your HD TV, boys. It's a visual treat.

Back to teaching.


the goon - 3-11-2014 at 04:49 AM

Finally got around to picking up Tropical Freeze on Friday and after a few days with the game, it definitely lives up to the hype. Pretty much agree with everything Camstun said, everything about the game from the graphics to the level design to the music is pretty fucking superb. I've only just gotten to the third world at this point, but I'd say the game is sitting at about 9 out of 10 territory with me right now.


nOOb - 3-12-2014 at 12:59 AM

Any other board this game would get its own topic, but since one hasn't been started for it, I'm assuming I'm the only person who has played it. I started playing Titanfall this afternoon (came out today), and I cannot, for the life of me, see why the internet loves this game so much. It is basically nothing but 6 vs. 6 FPS that incorporates robots and parkour. That's it. Graphically, it's beautiful. But considering that, thus far, there is really no customization until much later, and it is ONLY 6 vs. 6 with a few modes, I just don't see why it is popular.


punkerhardcore - 3-12-2014 at 04:12 PM

I enjoy a good multiplayer session, but sometimes they can be pretty hit-or-miss with me... so the thought of a multiplayer only game isn't too appealing. But, I'd like to at least it out, since it's gotten so much hype. Although I don't have a fancy One yet, so I'll have to rent it for the 360 like a peasant.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-12-2014 at 04:13 PM

played Titanfall tonight, and yeah, it's gorgeous, but it's just another online shooter, which means I have little interest nor do I have the time to invest like I would with, say, HALO 2 when I was 17.

On the other hand, my friend and I played Dark Souls 2, as well. It is as awesome as it has been hyped to be. I really like it.

However, we didn't care, since we just downloaded the Lego Movie while playing and watched it after it was finished downloading. Holy shit was that movie amazing.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-13-2014 at 06:05 PM

I am on the final boss in DKC Tropical Freeze, and got stuck, so I started the Wonderful 101....

.....Holy shit

I suppose I should elaborate.

The game is charming, has amazingly vibrant graphics, and is almost a mockery on children's superhero shows.

The controls, like some reviews have stated, are very complicated. They require serious dexterity, as if you were playing a fighting game without any sort of manual or move-list. It is a learn-as-you-go experience, and it is quite rewarding. There are a billion different ways you can tackle each encounter. I find that being able to deflect attacks (by turning into a jello-esque mold) can actually hamper your ability to get inside for brutal attacks, and have actually found that juggling enemies is the way to go in the early rounds.

Oy, fuck this, I just had a terrible class, i'm not feeling like typin' rights nows.

Later

[Edited on 3-14-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


DriftThroughTime - 3-14-2014 at 02:38 PM

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Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Longer levels, better music (Dave Wise did the soundtrack to this game, who also did the soundtrack for DKC 1, 2, and 3), and some seriously tricky bosses.


Whoa. Did NOT know that. David Wise is my favorite video game music composer.

I'll be picking this up when I finish DKC Returns 3D. I was waiting a while to play through with another person but I'm just tearing through it solo, so hopefully I can beat it tonight and move onto Tropical Freeze.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-14-2014 at 03:56 PM

Good luck on that final boss, because it's a reaaal cunt


the goon - 3-15-2014 at 03:42 AM

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Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Good luck on that final boss, because it's a reaaal cunt


Given that the first three boss fights in Tropical Freeze have all been pretty intense and the final boss in Donkey Kong Country Returns was quite the challenge, I dread to see what's waiting at the end of this game.

And one thing I kind of realized that makes the boss fights in the Donkey Kong Country Returns games so challenging is that they really give you no discernible weak points on the boss characters. For instance, in say a Zelda game, the bosses usually have fairly obvious weak points that you need to attack. But in the DKCR games, you just kind of have to feel your way through the boss fights and survive long enough to see when and how to attack. It's not like the baboon boss of World 3 had a glowing red ass that makes you think "oh, that's his weak point!"


CamstunPWG187 - 3-15-2014 at 02:51 PM

Oh wow, the 4th world boss in Tropical Freeze is really standout, just you wait. I died a shit-ton on that boss, and I feel he is probably the games best boss, along with the boss in the 5th world. I have not beaten the final boss in Tropical Freeze. He sucks ass, too.


the goon - 3-17-2014 at 01:05 AM

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Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Oh wow, the 4th world boss in Tropical Freeze is really standout, just you wait.


Just got to that boss earlier this evening and yeah, holy shit...definitely a challenge. Took me about seven or eight tries to beat him and even then I did it by the skin of my teeth (had only one heart left before getting the final hit on him).

And you know, after having the game for over a week now, I can say that Tropical Freeze is legit hard. I think you can tell that the team at Retro Studios took some glee in making parts of this game pretty brutal. While it never feels impossibly difficult (well, unless you're trying to collect all the KONG letters and puzzle pieces) and the levels can be beaten through sheer determination and perseverance, it should be put up there with other new releases like Dark Souls 2 in the "you're going to die a shitload of times in this game" category.

Oh yeah, and the graphics on some of those water levels are fucking amazing.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-17-2014 at 01:19 AM

I finally put Assassin's Creed 4 to bed with a completion of 92%, and that's as good as it's gonna get for now. I still have the four legendary ships to sink, some chests to find, and the Jackdaw isn't fully upgraded, but after sinking 40 hours into the game I just needed to move on. I started playing Diablo III with the demon hunter, but I'm not quite hooked enough to give a shit whether I finish it or not.

South Park: Stick of Truth and Batman: Arkham Origins are on my shortlist of stuff to play next. And Deadpool has been sitting on my shelf for months, so I need to get to that at some point.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-17-2014 at 01:21 AM

Yes, I agree 100%.

I like it, though. Too many games that get hyped up for me often end up on the easy side, overall, so when a hyped game I really want comes along and knocks my on my ass, I try to savor it...which naturally means I have not bought 1 item from that shop!

:smile:

You are about to enter my favorite world in the game, btw. Shit is really fun.


punkerhardcore - 3-17-2014 at 07:17 AM

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Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
I finally put Assassin's Creed 4 to bed with a completion of 92%, and that's as good as it's gonna get for now. I still have the four legendary ships to sink, some chests to find, and the Jackdaw isn't fully upgraded, but after sinking 40 hours into the game I just needed to move on. I started playing Diablo III with the demon hunter, but I'm not quite hooked enough to give a shit whether I finish it or not.

South Park: Stick of Truth and Batman: Arkham Origins are on my shortlist of stuff to play next. And Deadpool has been sitting on my shelf for months, so I need to get to that at some point.



Damn... how did you get to 92% without upgrading the Jackdaw or sinking any legendary ships? Upgrading that ship completely was a fucking pain... I really wish you could've just purchased wood/metal without having to plunder it. I always had plenty of money, but grinding out those supplies was a pain.

I was partway through Act II on Diablo III, before finally sending it back. I have absolutely no fucking clue how people can sink over 1,000 hours into that game. I mean, the entire game is mashing the same button endlessly.

If you want something shorter after sinking in 40 hours into Assassin's Creed IV, I'd say go with South Park. It was really goddamn fun, and on the fairly short side-- an entire playthrough is like 10-12 hours of game time. Also I'm biased, since I thought Arkham Origins was kinda disappointing.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-19-2014 at 02:20 PM

So I have decided to place my Wonderful 101 gameplay logs from CCharger's topics into this one, so here you guys go:

*Note, a lot of this is written as ham-handedly and Maddox-esque as possible, but in reality, 99% of the shit I am DESCRIBING is 100% legit*

I was totally ready to back out of this topic without nary a word being said nor read (just wanted to know you were back to doing what you do best), but then I saw you mention my name and decided to read your insightful analysis of how I am Scandenavian or whatever and lack a grasp of basic Russian language.

I and am now gonna continue on with my impressions of The Wonderful 101 for Nintendo's fledgling console, the Wii U.

So yeah, i'm about 2 hours into this game right now and it's just non-stop action. Holy shit, it's like every single one of Nintendo's mascots had a drunken party, ate an ounce of mushrooms (each), and then had a dream about anime superheroes.

I have come across the first two real bosses, and they are as epic and badass as you can ever really get in a game like this. The first was a giant robot colossus who I had to construct a bridge from one hand to the other in order to take him apart with the Wonderful Red's fist/grip power, and then he ran off like a total pussy and apparently I only accumulated 30% damage on him. Holy shit, i'm looking forward to finishing that asshole off.

Then I came across a robot pirate boss with a bigger sword than my penis (and my penis isn't even big, but still, it was HUGE!), and I fought him on a baseball diamond as he brough along a giant cannon monster with him to help him win the game. Unfortunately, there was no actual game of baseball being played, so once I stomped some more asshole, the pussy got a phone call from headquarters and bailed, leaving me to fuck with his cannon monster. All of a sudden, a gigantic baseball bat not unlike the size my penis (when i'm dreaming) appeared. So I picked it up, and started acting like the machine's body was a girl's face, but it wasn't doing anything. I had to back up (and if there is one thing I hate doing, it's realizing I have to RESIST physical activity with another piece of matter, and I was always taught by Dennis that you should never let RESISTANCE get in-between you and what you want), and start swinging at his giant balls he was shooting at me, which I knocked right back into his face, all for a big ole victory.

If you have played this game, you will know that I am not making this shit up.

Also, the third Superhero you come across is a fat French man who gives you the power of turning your whole army into a giant fucking gun, that can also suck up other bombs and shoot them right back at enemies.

Holy shit, this game is totally boss and/or tits.

I sure hope this boner I have from writing about it goes down. Oh well, time to put on that Brazzers scene with Madison Ivy as a nurse. She takes a real nice plowing in that one.

Word.

Part 2:

Pouring Molten Lava into my pee hole actually sounds more appealing. You know how people stick a bunch of grapes into their mouth to see how many can fit? I would play a game of sticking 3 inch pieces of barbed wire into my asshole if I had to choose between that or watching this show in a life-or-death situation. Obviously, you must be smarter than me.

Anyways, back to the Wonderful 101

I started again, and this time the chapter was comprised of a near 20-minute boss fight against a 3-eyed Robot Dragon creature, manned by the same douchebag Robot Pirate guy I mentioned previously.

The fight went on like a game of Panzer Dragoon, and just as crazy. I was dodging flaming hot turds/fire breath as well as weird blobs with red nuclei (nucleus's) in the middle. I died here, a lot. Then I finally got into a mixture of real-time cutscenes mixed with actual fighting of said Robot Dragon Master Robot, and it culminated with me taking down the giant Robot Dragon as we fell down what must have been a 1,000,000 story building, culminating in me using my Unite Sword to cut the motherfucking Pirate Robot Master in half.

Then I fought some dude who spoke some Eurotrash accent and possessed the ability to do the same exact shit my team and I can do, like making Unite Weapons and such. We had a lengthy discussion about the story and it seemed like my team was wearing thin with this bullshit and wanted more action, and naturally, like any good pussy, he bailed after I brought his HP down to zero. Fag.

Moving on to the next chapter, I came across a new Wonderful One (superhero) who is a girl who totally gets gangbanged at parties, after parties, and the the after after parties, and she naturally possessed the whip ability, because she probably takes it hard. Anyways, once I got this ability, the fucking Robot Colossus finally appeared again and chased me through a building. Then he picked the building up as I was in it and continued to rotate it as I had to jump across windows on each side of the building as they were falling down. Real talk.

Then I hijacked an enemy aircraft, and proceeded to use the Wii U gamepad screen to move my characters over corresponding arrows to navigate myself on the television, blowing shit up and then finally arriving on top of a nearby building for safety. I fought a tank who's only weakness is my whip ability as he rained down on me with mine testicles that are only weak against either my gun (which sucks up mines and shoots them back) or the whip (which I can use to grab and throw back at the enemy, cause whips rock). After this, I collected some nearby platinum coins, went down a water slide, and saved my game.

Because kids in school need to learn English.

That's how I spent my free time today




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the goon - 3-21-2014 at 04:03 AM

I'm tempted to pick up The Wonderful 101 and I think they have it down at the local Best Buy for like $24.99. Might be my next game purchase after I'm finished with Tropical Freeze.

Speaking of Tropical Freeze, I was able to beat it tonight. That final boss is definitely a big challenge, but surprisingly it probably took me less than ten tries to beat him. And some of those World 6 levels...holy shit. I felt like they were starting to border on NES-era Ninja Gaiden levels of difficulty.

Now I'm playing back through the levels and trying to get the puzzle pieces and KONG letters that I missed. Which is probably nearly impossible to get them all, but I figure that I'll put in at least another week or two with the game replaying the levels.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-21-2014 at 08:23 AM

Yes, picking this up for $25 is a steal, my friend.

Last night I played for 5 hours straight, moving my game time from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 7 hours and 49 minutes.

This game is outstanding, my friend. Pick it up NOW, before it becomes rare.


salmonjunkie - 3-21-2014 at 04:06 PM

Two nights ago, I decided to let Rayman Origins and Borderlands 2 rest this week so I could start a game I've been wanting to start for a while. SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS!

This game is awesome! I've beat 3 of the Colossi so far and it's a good load of fun and quite the challenge to beat each one. I love the idea that this game is basically only boss fights. And the bosses are huge. It does play a bit like a puzzle game in how you have to figure out how to beat each Colossus, but it's quite rewarding when you do.



[Edited on 3-21-2014 by salmonjunkie]


CamstunPWG187 - 3-21-2014 at 06:40 PM

The whole entire mood and atmosphere in that game is untouchable. That game will make you weep at it's simple splendor. It is my favorite Playstation 2 game, and that says more than anyone could ever know coming from me.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-29-2014 at 07:03 PM

I am on the final boss in The Wonderful 101. I will beat it/him/whatever it is when I wake up tomorrow. It is gigantic and according to some internet peeps, it takes more than an hour to bring it down.

Also, I downloaded Rayman Legends for 26 bucks on the Wii U!! Ubisoft had a sale between the 24th and 31st and I took full advantage!!

I played a few levels last night, and the game is absolutely gorgeous. It may be the single greatest visual feast I have ever seen for a 2D platformer. Also, just like in Origins, the gameplay is super-tight. I cannot fucking wait to play more of this.

But the Wonderful 101 must be beaten, and I still wanna go back through on my current save and replay a lot of missions so I can accumulate more achievements. I am just now starting to become a step above "pretty good" with the combat system (just got my first Platinum ranking for an overall Operation!!! YAY ME!)

Also, I finally beat that last boss in DKC Tropical Freeze the other day. Guy was a bitch, and my students were watching me beat it on my break, which made my hands extra sweaty because of the pressure of trying to look "cool". I am going back and unlocking all of the hidden levels. Some of these hidden levels are an absolute blast to play through.

Tropical Freeze gets a 10/10

EDIT: Just beat The Wonderful 101 an hour ago. Holy balls, that game was intense as shit!!! The last boss took upwards of an hour to beat. Haven't spent that long on a boss since Smithy in Super Mario RPG.

I will play through as much as I can (again, on Hard mode) before I let my friend borrow it on Thursday, but man, that was some of the best action gaming I have played since God of War 2. Just non-stop, pure, badass action.

Amazing soundtrack, as well. I loved this game's music. Some of the most overly epic-sounding orchestrated pieces you could ever hear. Platinum Games really outdid themselves on the music. The voice acting was up to snuff, too.

I give the Wonderful 101 a 9.75 out of 10. Only hiccup in the game was that sometimes the game doesn't register the shapes you draw out, but really, that was only because I was doing so in haste. However, it IS a small flaw.

One of the best games I have ever played. I enjoyed it more than just about any Wii U game I have played through, besides maybe Pikmin 3.

I dunno, I wanna play through it again ASAP.

Time for Rayman Legends.

[Edited on 3-30-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


Chris Is Good517 - 3-30-2014 at 06:46 PM

Finally getting around to The Last of Us on PS3, and wow. Gameplay-wise it's solid but nothing you haven't seen before, but the atmosphere and story are just incredible. I don't think it's the perfect 10 that some people seem to, just because there's really nothing at all inventive or unique about the gameplay, but it's a solid 9 for sure and everyone with a PS3 should play it.


punkerhardcore - 3-30-2014 at 09:35 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
Finally getting around to The Last of Us on PS3, and wow. Gameplay-wise it's solid but nothing you haven't seen before, but the atmosphere and story are just incredible. I don't think it's the perfect 10 that some people seem to, just because there's really nothing at all inventive or unique about the gameplay, but it's a solid 9 for sure and everyone with a PS3 should play it.



I actually picked this up again last week, after having gotten about 1/3 of the way through back in August, and then putting it down and not going back to it for one reason or another. It's pretty damn great-- like you said, game-wise it isn't anything revolutionary, but the story is stellar.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-31-2014 at 03:56 AM

I beat the Last of Us back in January when my friend let me borrow his PS3, and I thought it was one of the best games I ever played. The stealth mechanics were really dope, and I loved the story and how real it felt.

I beat it in like 2-3 days. It was the first PS3 game I ever beat.

The ending was really fucking awesome. Just a very real, very gritty ending.


Chris Is Good517 - 3-31-2014 at 09:30 PM

Yeah, I finished it this morning and loved the ending. And it's one that people seemed to interpret differently. We'll wait til Punker finishes it and then talk in depth about it, 'cause I wanna.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-1-2014 at 06:56 PM

After sinking about an hour and a half into Rayman Legends, I will say that it is absolutely fantastic. It reminds me of why I loved Origins so much, but this time, it's better.

Prettier, too. Oh my lawd, these graphics are off the fucking cheesy for sheezy. It is THE prettiest 2D game I have ever seen in my life. The lighting, and the way the moss/grass textures look...It's just unreal how good 2D games can look these days.

Level design is up to snuff right from the get-go, which is natural because you have all of the abilities from Origins (that you had to earn from world-to-world) at the start. This lets the game throw in some interesting stuff immediately, like the Murphy levels.

My friend complained about these a lot when he got it for the Vita back in September, and not because they were bad, but because there were too many of them, he felt. I will see how often the game churns them out, but for right now, i am perfectly happy with them. Sure, I would like there to be more platforming levels, but this throws in a nice monkey wrench of fresh air that changes the game, and makes the traditional levels even more of a joy to play, since they are not as frequent.

I have also played the speed run music level from the first world, and just like I read in all the reviews, it was a fucking blast, and I can't wait to play the harder ones. It's a shame that I feel like there will only be about 6-7 of these, based on the fact that there seems to only be one in each of the game's 6 original worlds (you can unlock a shit ton of Origins levels). However, I will wait to see how meaty this game is. It didn't get a fuck-ton of rave reviews for no reason.

I dug my first boss battle with the dragon. It was old-school tough, just like any good 2D platformer is.

I'm tired. Night guys.


salmonjunkie - 4-1-2014 at 09:52 PM

what is a Murphy level?


CamstunPWG187 - 4-2-2014 at 04:24 AM

Every version has it. It's a touch screen controlled level where you take control of the little fairy creature with a shit-eating grin, Murphy. You guide Globox (Lemmings-style) through the level by moving platforms, cutting ropes, tickling enemies to leave them open for attack, and picking up and dragging items to him that would otherwise be out of reach. They are expertly designed, and with the Wii U version, it's a definitive co-op experience (it's great for solo play, as the computer-controlled Globox is no slouch). Very fun.

I hear it's slightly clunky on the 360 and PS3 versions, which is why this game was originally a Wii U title (to take advantage of the lovely Gamepad), but if you get the Wii U or Vita versions, it's definitely good stuff.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-2-2014 at 05:12 PM

Salmon, how has your experience with SOTC been?


salmonjunkie - 4-3-2014 at 05:27 PM

it's been great. I beat the 3rd colossus, (the one with metal disk in the middle of the arena). That was fun. It probably took about a half hour from the point I started him to the point I beat him.

I haven't started the 4th colossus yet.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-3-2014 at 06:04 PM

What is your thought on these Colossi? They seem to just be stranded in this desolate world. A world that was obviously inhabited by man

Some seem to be in positions where there is no escape (almost trapped, you could say), while others seem to be only reacting on instinct to you, and seems like they would only attack you because they are being threatened.

I don't know about you, but that game made me think of shit like that. I was totally immersed in it's world.


salmonjunkie - 4-3-2014 at 06:30 PM

you know, I haven't given much thought to that. although when I think about it, I'm only fighting these guys to bring this girl back to life. But it's not like these coloosi are evil or are threatening anything. They're just minding their own business.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-3-2014 at 06:48 PM

4th one will take you longer. That shit is a puzzle man.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-10-2014 at 08:50 AM

I just beat Metroid Fusion for the 3rd or 4th time last night on the Wii U Virtual Console service.

Fucking incredible game. Last time i played it was in 2010, and JEEZ, I forgot how hard those boss fights were in the second half of the game. I died a lot, and I don't remember dying that often when I played it before. I guess it may have had something to do with the fact that I went through the game acting as if I was going to blow through it with ease.

Zero Missions was slightly better, but Fusion is easily in the top 5 GBA games ever made (games that were not ports of SNES titles).


CamstunPWG187 - 4-11-2014 at 04:19 PM

I am currently sinking all my time into Tearaway for the PS Vita and Rayman Legends for Wii U

I will have impressions of Tearaway when I wake up tomorrow, but damn, this game is fantastically interesting. Really innovative plat forming.


punkerhardcore - 4-11-2014 at 04:32 PM

I was playing Uncharted 2 a bunch last night... I just bought the PS3 less than two years ago, so it's fun to go through all the older games I never had access to on the 360.

For the Xbox, I was playing the new Thief, but it's sorta ehhhhh. Not bad, really, just kinda boring. I'm still not that far into it, so I might give it a little longer before totally giving up on it. Although I'm really tempted to start up on Fable Anniversary instead.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-16-2014 at 07:46 AM

I beat the main set of levels in Rayman Legends today. I was shocked that it took around 15 minutes to finish the credits.

However, I am not shocked at how utterly amazing the game is. I have about 490/700 Teensies, and am hooked to finish the game to 100% completion.

It was platforming heaven, just like Origins before it. Some of the finest 2D platforming I have ever experienced, ranking right up there with the latest DKC as one of the best platformers ever made.

In fact, the Murphy touch-screen levels were an absolute blast to play, and I don't understand my friends criticism that there were "too many". I was floored with how smooth and fun they were. I actually started to get excited for more as the game went on. I won't lie, though, in the beginning 2 worlds, they throw a shit-ton at you, and then start to ease up on them in world 3.

If you have played Origins, you will know just how adept the developers are in designing levels with speed-run in mind, as the levels just flow with grace and the smooth-as-butter controls make the experience very comfortable. This comes full circle with the levels that actually have music playing as you advance through them. These remixed tunes are infectiously adorable, and you don't want to stop until you master them.

In fact, in the very last set of levels, they remix these in an 8-Bit style, and throw all sorts of camera tricks/effects into the mix to make them even more challenging. Oh, and hearing "Eye of the Tiger" in 8-Bit is quite awesome, if I do say so myself.

I have not sunk myself back into th Origins levels, which I will need to do to get the required 700 Teensies which no doubt open up the real Final Boss. That will start tomorrow morning, and I even after playing a couple of them already, I must say I ALMOST forgot just how ingeniously designed Origins' levels were, as well.

Graphically, the game may be the greatest-looking 2D game of our lifetime. I don't want to go into details about graphics, but this is the new standard of 2D graphics, and next generation better hold up to it.

Musically, the game is composed with all sorts of memorable tunes that stick with you long after the levels are completed.

I may sound redundant in my review scores, but if I could go above a 10, I would.


Columbo - 4-16-2014 at 01:44 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187

In fact, in the very last set of levels, they remix these in an 8-Bit style, and throw all sorts of camera tricks/effects into the mix to make them even more challenging. Oh, and hearing "Eye of the Tiger" in 8-Bit is quite awesome, if I do say so myself.




Holy Fuck some of those levels are hard. I didn't even finish the last couple, because after about 50 tries I thought I might break my tv out of frustration. My only complaint with the game is that when I started a new game to play with my little nephew it erased my old game and I was at like 650-some teensies.


salmonjunkie - 4-18-2014 at 05:41 PM

I started Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow on the DS over the weekend. It's pretty fun so far.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-19-2014 at 12:41 AM

You have made a smart decision with your life....

I will only say this....Once you get to the upper-right portion of the map, prepare for one of the hardest boss fights ever.


the goon - 4-19-2014 at 03:56 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I just beat Metroid Fusion for the 3rd or 4th time last night on the Wii U Virtual Console service.


Coincidentally, I've had Fusion downloaded on my 3DS for ages (got it as part of the "3DS Ambassadors Program" thing Nintendo did when they initially cut the price on the 3DS) and while on vacation this week, I finally started a game on it. Great game so far and while I haven't found the overall challenge bad as of yet (though keep in mind I'm maybe 1/4 of the way into the game), a few times I've gotten hopelessly stuck trying to figure out what I need to do next to progress, only to eventually find my way. Right now I'm stuck in Sector 3, where you're supposed to gain access to the green doors, and feel like I've checked every room ten times over but can't figure out what I'm missing. Definitely gonna take another crack at it tomorrow though.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I started Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow on the DS over the weekend. It's pretty fun so far.


I love, love, LOVE the 3DS Castlevania games. If you enjoy Dawn of Sorrow, I highly recommend picking up the other two games at some point.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-19-2014 at 11:54 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I just beat Metroid Fusion for the 3rd or 4th time last night on the Wii U Virtual Console service.


Coincidentally, I've had Fusion downloaded on my 3DS for ages (got it as part of the "3DS Ambassadors Program" thing Nintendo did when they initially cut the price on the 3DS) and while on vacation this week, I finally started a game on it. Great game so far and while I haven't found the overall challenge bad as of yet (though keep in mind I'm maybe 1/4 of the way into the game), a few times I've gotten hopelessly stuck trying to figure out what I need to do next to progress, only to eventually find my way. Right now I'm stuck in Sector 3, where you're supposed to gain access to the green doors, and feel like I've checked every room ten times over but can't figure out what I'm missing. Definitely gonna take another crack at it tomorrow though.



It has something to do with an ability you just received.

Better think FAST!


gobbledygooker - 4-21-2014 at 07:41 PM

Started Tomb Raider over the weekend. Extremely stellar so far. Even if it does kinda have an "Uncharted" vibe, just with a hot chick in the place of Nathan Drake, even down to the "Hero starts off the game in dire circumstances" scenario, i.e. Uncharted 2. Still, there are far worse games it could be influenced by.


salmonjunkie - 4-21-2014 at 10:36 PM

Fusion was a fun game, but I agree, Zero Mission was better.

I think the last Castlevania game I played was one of the GBA ones I think. It's been a while.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-22-2014 at 04:04 AM

Ok, so I bought another 50 bucks of Wii U points, and downloaded the following last night:

-Mario 3 (1 dollar, since i payed for it on the original Wii)
-Star Wars: Balance Of The Force Pinball Pack (Return of the Jedi, Starfighter Assault, and Darth Vader tables)
-Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
-Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
-Wario Ware, inc.

And I stil have 18 bucks left over.

Even better? for the first time, I signed into my Deluxe Digital Promotion account, and JUSt found out that I have over 30 dollars of in-store credit on the VC, bringing my total amount back up to 48 bucks. Holy shit.

The Star Wars table are FAN-TASTIC. I cannot believe how good these tables are, especially the Return of the Jedi and Darth Vader tables.

On Return of the Jedi, my friend had the XBOX version and got a score of 126,000,000, and was ranked 76 in the world (as of 2 weeks ago)....The Wii U community on the game is about 1/20th of that, and last night I just edged out his score and got 128,000,000...I am not connected to the internet at my home, so I am almost scared to see how high I am ranked once I sign in.

Darth Vader is another table I smashed, with a score of 216,000,000 on my third game.

Just outstanding scenery on both of those tables.

The Starfighter Assault table I tried once, and I think it's my least favorite table of the three, but hey, it's still pretty badass. I like the design and I am going to go for a good score tonight.

Pinball, man, I fucking love it!


CamstunPWG187 - 4-25-2014 at 03:36 AM

Well, my mom finally sent me a huge package of clothes which arrived yesterday, and it just so happens that she bought me a 3DS XL, which is really fucking amazing.

Oh, and Grand Theft Auto V was in there, and I played it for 7 hours, and it is fucking incredible.

I will be downloading Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island tonight on my Wii U, and it's the GBA version, which, other than the graphical downgrade for the effect in the "Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy" level, is the superior version.

I am loaded, people.

Loaded.

Anyone remember Loaded? Great fucking PS1 game.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-27-2014 at 05:07 AM

Alright, so let me say this - After 11 hours of GTA V, I am moved.

This game is everything 4 wasn't, and I know that may sound crazy to some people, but holy shit, 4 was boring. I played that game for 2 hours and stopped, because I was so disappointed in how much it took away from San Andreas, feature-wise. It was like that first slew of Madden/NBA/Other sports games that came out when they 360 launched - Good graphics, but lacking key features from the last generations' final games. A standout moment for me was when I first jumped into the water with Michael, and the coral reef underneath the water just blew me away. It was stunning.

The graphics are amazing, and while they aren't the smoothest, the density of activity and attention to detail in the landscape is outstanding. The locales all have a distinct look, and I have simply just stood there in certain areas, admiring the scenery. Cars look great, the cutscenes are fantastic, and the ragdoll physics are fun. Sure, I wish heads exploded when shot, and there are other nitpicky things I could bitch about, but why? That's what asshole game reviewers are for.

Speaking of the cutscenes, these are the best cut scenes I have ever seen in any video game. Ever. The quality of voice acting, the subtle comedy constantly thrown in (especially in the radio stations), and the wealth of strong dialogue is constantly keeping your attention. Also, the selection of music is top-notch, although Radio Los Santos' rap selection blows. I stick with the West Coast Classics, which contains a great hardcore selection, including the MC Eight classic "Streiht Up Menace".

All 3 characters just ooze with personality, and I find myself liking Franklin the most. I love all 3, but CJ was always my favorite GTA character ever, and Franklin possesses similar personality traits. The dialogue of someone from the ghetto, urban lifestyle is alway more interesting to me than a cuss-heavy, crank-smoking redneck or a middle-aged, upper class white gangster. However, I still love Trevor and Michael, and they are both a million times more interesting than Niko or Tommy Vercetti. I always wished Huang Lee was given voice acting from Chinatown Wars, but he was pretty awesome.

Overall, it's a GTA game, and you either love them or you don't. However, I loved them all except 4. I am thinking of going back and playing through 4 after 5, just to see if I can find the spark that so many people seemed to have for it. My brother called it the greatest game he ever played, and he likes good video games, so I want to give it a second chance.

I am currently planning a heist on a Freight ship containing all sorts of illegal drugs, and have just stolen the yellow submarine. My progress is at 22%.

I look forward to the rest.


the goon - 4-28-2014 at 03:33 AM

For anyone who owns a Wii U (all three of you), Toys 'R Us has some killer clearance deals right now. Over the last few weeks I've picked up Mass Effect 3 and The Wonderful 101 for $11.99 each and Assassin's Creed III for $7.99. There was also stuff like Ninja Gaiden III and Tekken Tag Tournament for super cheap as well, but unfortunately they were sold out of those titles. On the 3DS front, I got Dream Trigger and Brain Age: Concentration Training for $2.99 each.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-28-2014 at 09:03 AM

Sounds like you made out like a fat rat behind Denny's on Christmas Eve.

Good stuff. really hope you enjoy Wonderful 101, man!!


gobbledygooker - 4-28-2014 at 08:55 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Overall, it's a GTA game, and you either love them or you don't. However, I loved them all except 4. I am thinking of going back and playing through 4 after 5, just to see if I can find the spark that so many people seemed to have for it. My brother called it the greatest game he ever played, and he likes good video games, so I want to give it a second chance.


I think I've mentioned on here before how GTA IV was the first game I played on PS3 after taking an extended post-Gamecube break from video games. For that reason, I think my opinion of it is skewed (as it just slaughtered any idea of what I thought a video game could be) but I freakin' loved it. I thought Niko was a great protagonist and so many of the characters in it are hilarious and/or memorable. I also liked the NY backdrop just as much as LA.


the goon - 4-29-2014 at 04:20 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
really hope you enjoy Wonderful 101, man!!


Yeah, with all of my recent purchases, The Wonderful 101 is the one I'm planning on tackling first. Will probably be starting up a game in it here in the next day or two.


mark markham - 4-29-2014 at 01:51 PM

For me GTA 5 is a lot better than IV but...I played through IV, The Lost and the Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony, and I have yet to play 5 all the way through. I think I've just had enough of the genre. Maybe I'll get in the mood and pick it up again later.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-2-2014 at 03:22 PM

So, I am more than halfway through Yoshi's Island, and yeah, it's still the best 2D Mario game ever. No doubt. It's just an incredibly tight, enjoyable experience.

It makes me realize now, that if I were a wrestler, I would want to come out to the Castle theme from this game. It would just ooze creepiness, in a fun way.

Just imagine a titantron video package to that song.


punkerhardcore - 5-2-2014 at 03:27 PM

Tokyo Jungle is sorta fun, but the setup is pretty fucking stupid. It was worth the dollar I paid for it.

Mostly I've been playing Fable Anniversary lately. I never got to play it when it originally came out ten years ago, so this HD remake is all new to me, and it's really fun.


nOOb - 5-4-2014 at 07:45 PM

I suppose playing an HD remake of the original Fable as your first Fable experience would be to your benefit since you didn't have to endure the constant year-long delays, the numerous promise features that were taken out over time, and the overhyping of most of the features that did stick.

Unrelated, and not pertaining to a game I'm playing, but rather my future playing of games, but right now I'm in a bit of a gaming limbo. I've got a number of games on reserve that don't come out until the fall, and at the same time I've got some Best Buy credit coming my way that I'm able to use for a game. Typically I'd just but that money towards reserving another game, but I've been reading up on this Dark Souls 2. From what I've gathered, a good amount of the internet seemed to love the original simply because it was insanely difficult and beating supposedly made you feel like you accomplished something. While that wasn't enough for me to try the original (because the scores weren't that impressive), this sequel has three things that have my interest piqued:

1) It's an RPG, which is a guaranteed time killer.
2) It's getting Game of the Year hype from everyone.
3) It's a sequel that doesn't require you to have played the original to "get it"

I'm a bit hesitant to pick it up because it is a 360 game and I feel like I should be playing my X-Box One more (I use that every day, but mostly for Netflix), and also because it is $60, but the hype offsets the hesitance. Has anyone here played it and, if so, is it as good as they say it is? This is actually one of the few times anyone has the opportunity to influence me into spending money on something, so this is a big deal.

[Edited on 5-4-2014 by nOOb]


punkerhardcore - 5-4-2014 at 08:17 PM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
1) It's an RPG, which is a guaranteed time killer.
2) It's getting Game of the Year hype from everyone.
3) It's a sequel that doesn't require you to have played the original to "get it"




The third point there is intriguing, because one of the reasons I wasn't going to bother with it is because I didn't really play the first. I rented it, and played it for about half an hour, then gave up and mailed it back to Gamefly. Not because it was bad, but at the time I didn't feel like playing something that required a ton of attention.


salmonjunkie - 5-7-2014 at 11:23 PM

Over the weekend they had a PSN Flash Sale and I picked up Gucamelee for $5. This game is FUN! I love the look to the game with its stylized mexican feel and the music is great as well. It's pretty much a Metroidvania style game but with combos! Great controls, a very familiar style of playing. Nothing you haven't done before, but the presentation is wonderful, and it's got a nice sense of humor and charm to it.


dRob78 - 5-8-2014 at 04:55 AM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
Unrelated, and not pertaining to a game I'm playing, but rather my future playing of games, but right now I'm in a bit of a gaming limbo. I've got a number of games on reserve that don't come out until the fall, and at the same time I've got some Best Buy credit coming my way that I'm able to use for a game. Typically I'd just but that money towards reserving another game, but I've been reading up on this Dark Souls 2. From what I've gathered, a good amount of the internet seemed to love the original simply because it was insanely difficult and beating supposedly made you feel like you accomplished something. While that wasn't enough for me to try the original (because the scores weren't that impressive), this sequel has three things that have my interest piqued:

1) It's an RPG, which is a guaranteed time killer.
2) It's getting Game of the Year hype from everyone.
3) It's a sequel that doesn't require you to have played the original to "get it"

I'm a bit hesitant to pick it up because it is a 360 game and I feel like I should be playing my X-Box One more (I use that every day, but mostly for Netflix), and also because it is $60, but the hype offsets the hesitance. Has anyone here played it and, if so, is it as good as they say it is? This is actually one of the few times anyone has the opportunity to influence me into spending money on something, so this is a big deal.

[Edited on 5-4-2014 by nOOb]


Dark Souls 2 will chew you up and spit you out. It will slap your mother and laugh in your face. Kick your dog, slash your tires. And you'll love every second of it. It's easily the most challenging, frustrating, rage inducing, and fun game I've ever played. You HAVE TO pay attention every second you're playing. Enemies will ambush you when you think you're safe. You will throw your controller in frustration, then pick it back up and give that "impossible" boss one more try, because Fuck it All, you almost had it that time. You will clear an area of enemies and rest at a bonfire (the only "safe" place in the game), only to be killed by an invader player while you're not paying attention. This game is awesome, it's taken up the last few weeks of my gameplaying time. I suck at it, hard. It will confuse you, you'll break your game by killing the wrong NPC, you'll screw up and up the difficulty when you didn't mean to. I can't recommend it enough!


nOOb - 5-15-2014 at 08:38 PM

Well, that was one of the worst endorsements I've ever heard for a game, but it is also exactly the same endorsement I've heard from people I know that have played the game and the guys at Gamestop that encouraged me to buy the game. So I did. I'm only about a half hour in, and I have an idea of what you mean. Right off the bat, I decided to attack the little rat looking guys running around the graveyard at the beginning and was immediately swarmed and killed. So I ran back to my body, singled one out, and killed it before the others swarmed and killed me. But I was so ecstatic to get one that I went back and decided to kill another...and utilized rolling. That time I killed two before the other two swarmed and killed me. But when I came back, I wiped the last two out and felt like I accomplished something.

If killing the first enemy I came across is that satisfying, I think me and this game will get along fine. Also, since I am a glutton for punishment and, like Punker, am a bit of an achievement whore, I decided to go through my first run as a Deprived. I feel like if I purposely cause myself a lot of grief and anger, the grief and anger the game causes me will not be as much.


dRob78 - 5-15-2014 at 09:14 PM

There's a lot of shit you can do to fuck up your game, and that's part of the fun. I will give you one piece of advice: if a person will talk to you, do not attack them. Chances are, that person will give you some help at some point, and if you make them hostile, they stay hostile.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-16-2014 at 01:17 AM

Decided to take a break from GTA (I took a long break from San Andreas, too), and recently beat Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island and unlocked all the hidden stages. Game is perfect, and I won't say anything more.

I decided to use my Wii Digital Deluxe Promotional points to purchase Kirby's Triple Deluxe, and just started really getting into it last night.

It's great fun. I love the vibrant graphics, use of 3D, the new transformations, and the 2 boss battles I have encountered were really, really good. I forgot that Kirby games can have fun, challenging boss battles.

Is it easy? Yeah, it is, but it's super fun, and you CAN still die if you are careless. I always remember that the last few worlds in Kirby games get to be pretty difficult, and the series has always been known for having great final boss battles (Return to Dreamland for the Wii had an AMAZING final battle).

Music is fantastic, and that says a lot since Kirby games generally have great music from top-to-bottom.

I just got to the 3rd world, and am looking forward to digging in more. I called off work today because I just plum don't feel like going in for one kindergarten class, and my left foot is feeling pretty shitty after going on a 6 hour walk yesterday. Time to play


gobbledygooker - 5-16-2014 at 03:37 PM

In reading the reviews of Mario Kart 8 I've found myself wishing I had a Wii U for the first time.


nOOb - 5-18-2014 at 08:10 PM

quote:
Originally posted by dRob78
There's a lot of shit you can do to fuck up your game, and that's part of the fun. I will give you one piece of advice: if a person will talk to you, do not attack them. Chances are, that person will give you some help at some point, and if you make them hostile, they stay hostile.


Yeah, I accidentally attacked a vendor on my first shot, so I restarted my game (gotta love no saves). In my total time of playing between when I first restarted and to the first boss, I have maybe died 20 times, and only 5 of those times have been because of an enemy (I did kill the first boss without dying, which I'm pretty proud of). It seems like a majority of my deaths are because of the game, where I'll either get hit by an archer while I'm against a wall which will stun me into said wall, allowing for me to get killed, or I'll be in a corridor against two enemies, be on the verge of killing one before my sword hits a wall that the enemy's sword behind me doesn't hit, or because I'll be making a jump I've made a thousand times and somehow hit an invisible wall in the air.

I think the five times I've died because of me, one of them involved trying to jump down the giant hole in town (a jump I survived the second time when I stacked up on potions for each jump, health in leveling up, and the reduce fall damage ring), one of them was right at the start of the game when I tried my luck against the rat demons looking guys (again, apparently I didn't learn in my first run that they swarm), and the rest were against the giant rats waiting at the bottom of the hole in town (though now that I know I can kill them, I've been testing myself against them nonstop).

The game is fun, but doesn't seem nearly as hard as the internet has made it out to be, and probably won't hold my interest after Wolfenstein arrives Tuesday.

[Edited on 5-18-2014 by nOOb]


nOOb - 5-24-2014 at 12:45 AM

Speaking of Wolfenstein (me speaking of Wolfenstein, that is), got it Wednesday. First and foremost, I have to say there seems to be something fundamentally wrong with the fact I've died more in an hour to Wolfenstein than I did the week long span I had Dark Souls 2. That being said, this is a pretty fun holdover until Watch Dogs (which apparently is the big game of the first half of the year) comes out next week. No multiplayer, but the story is phenomenal. It's a really gritty look at what would happen if the Nazis won WW2, and it isn't sugarcoated at all (they still win with Hitler in charge, meaning they're still going all out with the "master race" bit, which does lead to a natural Resistance movement). Graphics are really good, and getting perk unlocks seems to be a very large part of why I die so often (though it's worth every death).

Most fun I've had killing Nazi's in a while. Also fun: original Wolfenstein is in the game, which is a bit trippy since your guy maintains his graphical look while everything else does not.


williamssl - 5-27-2014 at 06:07 PM

Finally finished Halo 4 over the weekend with my son - short but great co-op campaign storyline.

And finally opened up and began playing Gears 3 campaign. Love it.


punkerhardcore - 5-29-2014 at 04:17 PM

I was playing Peggle 2 last week... what a fucking disappointment compared to the first one.

Started Watch Dogs on Tuesday. It's not bad so far... a few unique little modern aspects here and there. I'm not real far on it yet. I like that there's a shitload of side missions for you to do-- but I hate that while you're out in the open world doing them, you have to stop what you're doing, because random players have invaded your game that need to be taken care of.


Chris Is Good517 - 5-29-2014 at 09:21 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I was playing Peggle 2 last week... what a fucking disappointment compared to the first one.



Fully agree. Really felt half-assed and rushed. Maybe I'm cynical but I'm betting they're putting the real meat of the game in the DLC, and based on how disappointed I am with the game I'm not incredibly inclined to buy any DLC for it.

Definitely picking up Mario Kart over the weekend.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-30-2014 at 05:30 AM

I liked Peggle 2 (My friend here actually bought an XBOX One for it), but man, we finished it in 3 hours.

I was like "What? how the fuck are there so few levels?!". Cool power-ups, yes, but man, that was disappointingly short.


punkerhardcore - 5-30-2014 at 05:22 PM

That's what I mean. The game itself is fun, but there's no excuse for a sequel to only have half the levels and characters as its predecessor. Plus, I actually thought most of the new characters' powers were shitty.


nOOb - 6-7-2014 at 11:07 PM

Glad I got the invasion warning for Watch Dogs. Turned that off before I started. I don't think I've ever been as irritated with a game before I actually played it as I have with Watch Dogs. The game shipped three days late, the preorder code they sent was faulty and didn't work, mainly because Ubisoft had server issues, and Ubisoft themselves told me to just "wait it out" for the code to work (thankfully Best Buy just sent a new one and that resolved it...and I made sure to let Ubisoft know they were wrong).

Also, I'm only in Act I, but I've completed most of the collectible quests.


punkerhardcore - 6-8-2014 at 07:23 PM

Yeah, and it's bullshit that if you go to turn it off, you lose all your notoriety points/perks that you've already gained, or else I would have turned it off too.

Thankfully, it's only happened to me two or three times (I'm playing on the 360, makes me wonder if it's a lot worse on the One), but I really fucking hate this integrated multiplayer thing. I like multiplayer just fine, but I want it separate from single player-- and that's one of the big reasons I have no desire to play Dark Souls II anymore. I did want to play it, but once I read about how people can invade your game, I said forget it.


nOOb - 6-8-2014 at 07:49 PM

Dark Souls 2 invasions seem to be limited to one particular zone and to characters who kill "good" NPC's. Or maybe they were all-inclusive, but people just stopped playing so I never saw any. Regardless, it seems to be better now.

I'm not sure how they are on the One, but I'd expect that, this being the first big multi-platform game for the next-gen systems, that they're probably as bad as the 360. I about lost it when they gave me a sample of what they would be like if I had them on all the time, until I figured out it was an offline mission and not an actual invasion. Thought it was really dumb and would get annoyed if it happened even once. Though I'll probably turn it on once I get these side missions done.


dRob78 - 6-8-2014 at 09:05 PM

i've been invaded 3 times in the 50 or so hours i've played DS2 so far. the invasions are based on your Soul Memory (total souls picked up), and you have a reusable item in your inventory that banishes invaders if you don't want to fight them. i'm only about halfway through my first playthrough, and maybe invasions are more prevalent later on, but so far it's not an issue.


gobbledygooker - 7-3-2014 at 06:05 PM

Any Far Cry fans here?

I got the combo pack with Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and some other random Far Cry (not the first one) on it and have been playing Far Cry 2 the last couple of weeks. I'm not usually a fan of that straight-up of a FPS (I'm usually more into the GTA, Tomb Raider, etc. mold) but it's been fun. One challenge is that I've gotten so used to the presence of waypoints, enemies marked on your map, etc., a la, say, GTA, which Far Cry 2 has none of. Definitely adds to the challenge when you don't have a bunch of red dots on your map indicating where the people you need to shoot are!


CamstunPWG187 - 7-4-2014 at 12:48 PM

I beat Kirby, and I must say it's probably my favorite Kirby game since Super Star. Very fun, incredible levels, and the best bosses in the history of the series.

I just got Shovel Knight, and the more you don't know about this game, the sadder I will be. It's incredible, and the music is so fucking awesome you would swear the guy from Mega Man 2 and 3 was making it. Oh wait, he did. I am having way too much fun with it.

A game I am having a frustratingly good time with is 1001 Spikes. The 1,001 represents how many lives you have at the start of the game. Holy shit, talk about punishment the likes of which the original Contra never even touched....Man, I have died on level 5-3 over 203 times (the game keeps track). Beating this game is similar to the 12th episode of Season 4 of Breaking Bad - You have almost gotten to the end, but FUCK, the villain (the game) is just too clever to let you get the best of him. Just when you think you have gotten past a really difficult part, the game spits in your face (sometimes literally, since dying via darts is way too fucking common.

I am playing a lot of Online Kart (both 7 and 8) and sometimes I don't know which game has the best tracks. I really do think 7 and 8 are equals in many ways, and they are just too fun and have too many different, yet awesome tracks to decide.

Come at me, bro.


the goon - 7-4-2014 at 05:47 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I just got Shovel Knight, and the more you don't know about this game, the sadder I will be. It's incredible, and the music is so fucking awesome you would swear the guy from Mega Man 2 and 3 was making it. Oh wait, he did. I am having way too much fun with it.

A game I am having a frustratingly good time with is 1001 Spikes.


I've been hearing great things about Shovel Knight and also am interested in 1001 Spikes as well. Another game I really want to download for pure nostalgia purposes is the recently released Another World 20th Anniversary Edition (aka Out of This World, as it was known on the SNES). That game kicked ass back in the day, though I do recall parts of it being really hard as well.

And Cam, out of curiosity, how many online points do you have in Mario Kart 8? I just hit 2800 last night, but it definitely gets harder to bump up your score the higher you get. The people that are in the 4000 to 5000 range boggle my mind.


punkerhardcore - 7-4-2014 at 06:14 PM

These indie developers are thinking way too much of themselves these days. $15 each for Shovel Knight and 1,001 Spikes? Pass.


dRob78 - 7-4-2014 at 08:42 PM

Shovel Knight is worth twice that, at the least. I haven't gotten 1001 Spikes yet, i have too many other games in my backlog.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-4-2014 at 11:45 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
These indie developers are thinking way too much of themselves these days. $15 each for Shovel Knight and 1,001 Spikes? Pass.


....I can't tell if you are serious or joking.

Most high-end indy games are 15 bucks.

And 1001 spikes is only $10.01 on Wii U


punkerhardcore - 7-5-2014 at 06:54 PM

Yeah, upon further pondering, I guess you're right. I was thinking about on the Xbox marketplace, where the categories are divided up into arcade games-- made my legit developers, and indie games-- made by anyone. The former are usually $10-$20, the latter are like a buck or two. I guess if Shovel Knight and 1,001 Spikes were offered on Xbox Live, they'd be more like arcade titles.


Of course I still think $15 and $20 for arcade titles is a bit much. When the 360 first came out, almost all the arcade games were $5, which seems like a better price for what you get.


CVD39 - 7-5-2014 at 08:42 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Any Far Cry fans here?

I got the combo pack with Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and some other random Far Cry (not the first one) on it and have been playing Far Cry 2 the last couple of weeks. I'm not usually a fan of that straight-up of a FPS (I'm usually more into the GTA, Tomb Raider, etc. mold) but it's been fun. One challenge is that I've gotten so used to the presence of waypoints, enemies marked on your map, etc., a la, say, GTA, which Far Cry 2 has none of. Definitely adds to the challenge when you don't have a bunch of red dots on your map indicating where the people you need to shoot are!


I haven't played anything but Far Cry 3 and I liked it a lot. A little monotonous at times but I really dug it enough to maybe go back and play it again. I need to get 2 and I wouldn't mind picking up that three pack but I'm not sure what the other game is and when I saw the cover art I kind of scoffed. Of course I did the same thing for Bioshock and when I finally picked it up for cheap it turned into one of my favorite games.

The game I've been mostly (alright, exclusively) playing is GTA5 although I haven't touched the single player mode since I beat it after a few weeks. I've been hooked on the content creator and either making races or death matches and mainly playing with a buddy of mine for a few hours a lot of nights. Just bullshitting and racing/killing each other and having a great time.

We bought my mother in law a Wii U the other day because she's been wanting one for our nephew and for the Wii Fit and workout games and we played around with it a little bit. It's kind of neat but I have a feeling it's too high tech for her and she'll probably just give it to us in the form of "borrowing and forgetting". Apparently Nintendo has a deal through July that consists of buying Mario Kart 8 and if you register it online you get a free digital download of Mario U, some Pikman game or one of 2 other games that escape me right now. So we'll be picking that up.

[Edited on 7-5-2014 by CVD39]


gobbledygooker - 7-9-2014 at 01:42 PM

Originally posted by CVD39

quote:

I haven't played anything but Far Cry 3 and I liked it a lot. A little monotonous at times but I really dug it enough to maybe go back and play it again. I need to get 2 and I wouldn't mind picking up that three pack but I'm not sure what the other game is and when I saw the cover art I kind of scoffed. Of course I did the same thing for Bioshock and when I finally picked it up for cheap it turned into one of my favorite games.


From what I can tell, the third game in the pack is some kind of Far Cry spoof of 80's action movies, hence the awful cover art. I'm quite interested in checking it out. And yes, it sounds like they made a leap from Far Cry 2 to Far Cry 3 in terms of quality similar to the jump from the original Assassin's Creed to Assassin's Creed II so I'm stoked to check out part 3.


punkerhardcore - 7-9-2014 at 03:54 PM

I also only played Far Cry 3, and liked it. The consensus seems to be that the difference between 2 & 3 is pretty significant... so if you think 2 is only ehhhh, don't let that sour you on 3.

And that one with the bad 80s cover art is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, a little spinoff that was released as a DLC/arcade game. I've never played it, but it got really good reviews when it came out.

[Edited on 7-9-2014 by punkerhardcore]


CamstunPWG187 - 7-10-2014 at 04:01 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CVD39
quote:
Originally posted by gobbledygooker
Any Far Cry fans here?

I got the combo pack with Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and some other random Far Cry (not the first one) on it and have been playing Far Cry 2 the last couple of weeks. I'm not usually a fan of that straight-up of a FPS (I'm usually more into the GTA, Tomb Raider, etc. mold) but it's been fun. One challenge is that I've gotten so used to the presence of waypoints, enemies marked on your map, etc., a la, say, GTA, which Far Cry 2 has none of. Definitely adds to the challenge when you don't have a bunch of red dots on your map indicating where the people you need to shoot are!


I haven't played anything but Far Cry 3 and I liked it a lot. A little monotonous at times but I really dug it enough to maybe go back and play it again. I need to get 2 and I wouldn't mind picking up that three pack but I'm not sure what the other game is and when I saw the cover art I kind of scoffed. Of course I did the same thing for Bioshock and when I finally picked it up for cheap it turned into one of my favorite games.

The game I've been mostly (alright, exclusively) playing is GTA5 although I haven't touched the single player mode since I beat it after a few weeks. I've been hooked on the content creator and either making races or death matches and mainly playing with a buddy of mine for a few hours a lot of nights. Just bullshitting and racing/killing each other and having a great time.

We bought my mother in law a Wii U the other day because she's been wanting one for our nephew and for the Wii Fit and workout games and we played around with it a little bit. It's kind of neat but I have a feeling it's too high tech for her and she'll probably just give it to us in the form of "borrowing and forgetting". Apparently Nintendo has a deal through July that consists of buying Mario Kart 8 and if you register it online you get a free digital download of Mario U, some Pikman game or one of 2 other games that escape me right now. So we'll be picking that up.

[Edited on 7-5-2014 by CVD39]


Pikmin 3 is the best choice. Just amazing..... but shit, if you're a Zelda fan than the WW Remake is fucking amazing.


punkerhardcore - 7-10-2014 at 05:19 PM

These summer months are always the worst for gaming... everything good isn't coming out until October.

Started Bravely Default the other day. I'm only like two hours into it, so I feel like I should keep playing a while more to give it a chance (especially since all the reviews say it's amazing)... but ehhhhh I dunno. JRPGs aren't usually my cup of tea anyway. And it doesn't help that I'm already at a part where the enemies are totally overpowered and kicking my ass over and over.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-18-2014 at 07:35 AM

Ok, so I just acquired some new games

Just beat Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition for the Wii U, and it was a great little game. Metroid/SOTN-style layout (although it doesn't ever feel very organic in how it's all connected), some serious platforming in the later half of the game, really cool combat, and some of the best inside jokes//references/atmosphere I have ever experienced in a game like this before. The dialogue is really good here. Also, those references on all of the posters you see is just really, really cool.

The music is re-used a bit much, but it is still really good, with a futuristic Mexican vibe that fits most areas perfectly.

I also picked up Armillo for the Wii U, and have played it a bit. It's good, but it hasn't really hooked me yet. Imagine playing Super Monkey Ball in a Mario Galaxy level, and your Monkey can jump and speed boost similar to a Morph Ball from Metroid Prime. Sound cool? It is. Yet, sometimes the graphics, while good, dip erratically in the framerate department. It's odd, since this game has been in development for over 3 years. I beat the first world, and it's cool, but I will wait until starting the second world to decide if the game is worth the $5.99 price tag.

In other news, Nintendo released their Club NIntendo rewards for PLatinum players 2 nights ago, and boy, were people pissed. Nothing unique or physical this time. Just downloadable games. NES/GBC games for Gold, and several Wii U/full-retail 3DS games for Platinum members.

I went with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, since I always wanted it given it was my GOTY for 2010, plus 8 extra levels that weren't in the Wii U version. Overall, it's still as amazing as ever, except it runs in 30FPS as opposed to 60FPS, and with some minor graphical downgrades. Oh, and play it in 3D, because some of the effects are INCREDIBLE.

However, many fans were pissed off about no original content/rewards other than digital games they can get at any other time.

Oh well, given that I am in China, I am not too upset about it, considering Nintendo will not ship to me here.


salmonjunkie - 7-18-2014 at 04:21 PM

Guacamelee is a FUN little game, and I loved the wink-nod references to other games and internet memes. The last parts of the game have some pretty hardcore platforming with the dimension switching.


punkerhardcore - 7-18-2014 at 04:45 PM

Goddamn gamers are the worst. The most entitled, whiny group of fucking babies. Anytime a company offers free things (like those Nintendo downloads), all I read are people complaining that they weren't offered more.

Which is just like, one of a thousand things they bitch about.

[Edited on 7-18-2014 by punkerhardcore]


the goon - 7-19-2014 at 02:13 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Started Bravely Default the other day. I'm only like two hours into it, so I feel like I should keep playing a while more to give it a chance (especially since all the reviews say it's amazing)... but ehhhhh I dunno. JRPGs aren't usually my cup of tea anyway. And it doesn't help that I'm already at a part where the enemies are totally overpowered and kicking my ass over and over.


I downloaded the Bravely Default demo a few months ago, and like you, I wasn't super blown away by it despite the glowing reviews it got. However, the general consensus seems to be "the demo doesn't do the game justice and you have to get a few hours into it before it starts to get really good," so I think you'd be right to give it a few more hours of playtime (though if JRPGs aren't your normal thing, your mileage may vary).

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I went with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D


It was really hard for me to pass that up since I think that game still goes for $30 or $40 at retail, but I currently have a few games in my 3DS backlog (not to mention I've already played DKC Returns on the Wii, minus the new levels), so I went with NES Remix instead.

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Goddamn gamers are the worst. The most entitled, whiny group of fucking babies. Anytime a company offers free things (like those Nintendo downloads), all I read are people complaining that they weren't offered more.

Which is just like, one of a thousand things they bitch about.


Well, in minor defense of the people pissed off about the Club Nintendo thing, I think it's more that there have been physical rewards every year since it started, coupled with the fact that the games they're offering have probably been purchased by a lot Wii U/3DS owners already. I can't say I wasn't a little disappointed by no physical rewards this year, but on the flipside, it's hard to complain about getting a game I was going to spend $15 on anyway for free.

So yeah, I get while people are upset, but I pretty much got over it 10 minutes later when I was playing NES Remix.

EDIT: I should add that the Club Nintendo rewards aren't technically "free," as you get points based on how many games/systems you buy and register in a year period on the Club Nintendo website. So while they're very nice perks, you do have to spend X amount of dollars on Nintendo stuff to get them.

[Edited on 7-19-2014 by the goon]


punkerhardcore - 7-19-2014 at 04:34 AM

Well, I can say that Bravely Default is worth checking out. In the eight days since I wrote that, I've put like 25 hours into the game.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-19-2014 at 03:16 PM

Punker, personally, even I am a little disappointed in Nintendo of America's lazy ass rewards this year.

This isn't like every month when they offer you to use your Club points to get games for 200-250 coins...This is their once-a-year reward for us buying their shit, taking the time to register every product, and for spending all that time filling out the surveys to get those damn coins. As a man who currently has 1,050 coins, I can say that filling out those surveys gets a little old, but at the same time, I have gotten some cool gifts every year

2009.) Exclusive Punch-Out!!! boss download (I also had the choice of getting a badass, authentic Mario hat)
2010.) Didn't get platinum, but I got a cool calendar. If i had gotten platinum, I could have gotten a really cool statue.
2011.) A really cool pin set.
2012.) Downloaded Majora's Mask as a gift, but I only got Gold!
2013.) Majora's Mask OST

And then this year, it's just nothing but downloadable games you can get at any other time. Sorry, but it wasn't very interesting compared to what I got all the other years. It just seemed half-assed, especially when Japan and Europe seem to get some really cool shit this year.

In my opinion, gamers have a right to bitch about a "Club" that is supposed to reward Nintendo players with exclusivity once a year, and instead, there was nothing about the rewards that felt exclusive at all.


Shao Khan - 7-26-2014 at 08:09 PM

Found AC: Brotherhood for $20 so I figured I'd give it a try. I never got into any of the others, but Ubi Soft has a great track record with these games so I'll see. Any observations / tips?


punkerhardcore - 7-27-2014 at 05:06 PM

Hmm... been quite a while since I played Brotherhood, so I don't really remember too many tips. But it is a damn fun game-- probably my favorite of the Ezio trilogy. If you enjoy it, I recommend checking the other ones out.


CVD39 - 7-28-2014 at 12:00 AM

I bought that three pack months ago (with AC 2, 2.5 and Revelations or whatever) and I just couldn't get into them (or I guess 2 as that's the only one I played). I've been meaning to go back and continue on but, well, I just haven't yet. And it just looks like Far Cry: Italy but I just haven't been that enamored so far. Should I grab the American Revolution one or is that going to be the same but just a AmRev setting? The Pirate one any different?

[Edited on 7-28-2014 by CVD39]


gobbledygooker - 7-28-2014 at 08:40 PM

I haven't played the pirate one but it sounds like that one was pretty amazing from the reviews. I've enjoyed all of them so I'm probably not one to talk negatively about the series though.


Shao Khan - 8-7-2014 at 05:49 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CVD39
I bought that three pack months ago (with AC 2, 2.5 and Revelations or whatever) and I just couldn't get into them (or I guess 2 as that's the only one I played). I've been meaning to go back and continue on but, well, I just haven't yet. And it just looks like Far Cry: Italy but I just haven't been that enamored so far. [Edited on 7-28-2014 by CVD39]


Agreed. I just can't seem to get into it either. I think it's because the pacing seems slower than what I was anticipating. Of course that could just be my "instantly wanty destroy, shoot and / or blow shit up" video game mentality, but it does seem to be dragging for me. I don't even remember where I left off, and I haven't picked it up since the weekend I brought it. It just feels almost too linear in it's story / gameplay progression.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-7-2014 at 06:46 AM

Currently in the process of 100%'ing DKC Returns 3D.

Also, in "Came outta nowhere-ville", a fun game called Siesta Fiesta for the 3DS has been getting some playtime. Very fun, especially for a pong/breakout-style game.

In bigger news, I have started Zelda: Twilight Princess again recently, and am currently finished the 5th Temple (Snowpeak Ruins), with 18 hours clocked in. Makin' good time.

I believe the Twilight Temple is next. Fug'yeah.


Chris Is Good517 - 8-8-2014 at 02:24 AM

Finally picked up an Xbox One and holy balls Titanfall is a lot of fucking fun. Also used my Gold account to snag a free copy of Crimson Dragon and for the low price of free, it's pretty good. Not sure I'd pay $20 for it, but free is very worthwhile.

On the Wii U I'm still playing a lot of Mario Kart 8 and doing Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga on the VC.

PS3, I'm making another run through Kingdom Hearts via the HD remaster, a game which I fucking LOVED in 2002 but thanks to the janky camera and dated combat system, I'm finding a bit of a chore in 2013.

And when I fire up the Xbox 360, I'm mostly rotating between Ultra Super Street Fighter IV Arcade or whatever we're supposed to call this latest update, and still racking up some achievements on NCAA 14 and WWE 2K14.


gobbledygooker - 8-11-2014 at 05:44 PM

After a LONG sabbatical from all things Marvel pinball-related, I finally bit the bullet over the weekend and downloaded a Star Wars pinball pack. However, I think I missed some boards as the one I got has Han Solo, young Luke, droids, and good vs. evil (half the board is Emperor, the other half is Yoda) as the boards. I know there's a Boba Fett board floating around out there and some others so maybe the ones I got are the most recent releases?

Regardless, a whole lot of fun so far and I'd expect nothing less from Zen.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-28-2014 at 12:35 PM

I finished Twilight Princess weeks ago with a time of around 32 hours...Approximately half the time it took me to finish it the first go. Then again, I got everything in the game on the first time, and i finished this playthrough with 17 hearts. Amazing game, and it stands the test of time. I hope this gets an HD Remastering one day. I would gladly play through it again. This, and Majora's Mask.

I am silently awaiting 4 new tables being released on the Wii U for Zen Pinball - The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, and Dr. Strange. As of this writing, they should be up in 3 hours and 48 minutes. I have been starving for some new tables recently, and it doesn't seem like Wii U owners are getting that 3rd Star Wars Pinball Table Pack any time soon (it released on everything except Wii U back in April).

I hear the Walking Dead and GotG tables are too fucking good for words, with Deadpool said to be on the level of the Civil War table as being incredibly difficult to rack up points on, and I heard Strange's table is really good, too. Super excited.

Just downloaded the Mario Kart 8 DLC this morning. Mercedez karts are awesome, and everyone online is using them. They are the fastest karts, so go figure.

Anyone heard the news on the 16 new tracks Nintendo is developing for Mario Kart 8 DLC? 8 new tracks and 3 new characters will be released in November, and 8 more tracks and 3 other new characters will be released in May. Pretty much a whole new game worth of tracks. Unfortunately, it looks like we are going to get 8 NEW tracks, and 8 Retro tracks, which is fine by me. 8 classic tracks I can think of that I want in Mario Kart 8 are:

-Ribbon Raceway (Mario Kart Super Circuit)
-Sunset Wilds (Mario Kart Super Circuit)
-Maka Wuhu (Mario Kart 7)
-Luigi Circuit (Mario Kart Super Circuit)
-Rosalina's Ice World (Mario Kart 7)
-Mario Raceway (N64)
-Waluigi Pinball (Mario kart DS)
-Airship Fortress (Mario Kart DS)

Nintendo needs to dig into Super Circuit's library. Those are my favorite course designs in the series' history.

Other games I am still chipping away at..

Armillo - Still not amazing, or even great, but it's good fun and I am starting to appreciate it. It's still not hooking me yet, and I don't think it ever will. I will beat it, and remember it for being fun and cheap.

Siesta Fiesta - This is more like it. Game is getting frustratingly difficult in the later worlds, and I am really hating that there is no online leaderboards. Really makes doing good on my scores seem pointless, as there is no one to compare with.

Alas, I have finally found a friend here in Harbin who is getting me back into fighting games. Particularly Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter X Tekken. MK is outstandingly deep, and I remember being good, but not this good at it back when it first came out. I have learned how to use the team of Scorpion and Katana quite effectively, and I am taking my training in the game seriously.

SFxTekken is also great fun, and I appreciate how simple-yet-deep it is. I still prefer SF4 and SF3 for my hardcore Street Fighting, but fuck it, that's all these Dominicans and Africans like to play.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-4-2014 at 02:49 AM

Been playing The Walking Dead: Season Two.

If you were a fan of Season One, then you need to play this, now.

Here is some good music from the credits:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCEsufynALk


punkerhardcore - 9-4-2014 at 07:04 AM

Funny enough, I just played all five episodes of season two this past weekend. I kept meaning to start it but never did, and since the last episode was out, I just played them all in one block. And yeah, I loved it too.

I made Clem into a bit of a no-nonsense bitch this time around... especially towards people who deserved it.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-4-2014 at 03:46 PM

same here, no fucking around with my responses this time.


*SPOILERS*

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I shot Kenny, and still told ajane to fuck herself at the end. i was so mad about that.

Edit: yeah, sorry about that

[Edited on 9-6-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


punkerhardcore - 9-5-2014 at 06:21 PM

Damn son, you should pop a spoiler alert on there for people who haven't finished it... it just came out last week.


On another note, a lot of times I'll think about how (relatively) easy video games seem these days... what with all the checkpoints, infinite lives, etc. Fondly remembering the old days of having to start all over if you died a couple times, and playing the same levels over and over and over.

I started playing Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon the other day. And I realized-- you know why they don't make games like that anymore? Because it fucking sucks. Dying isn't super common in the game-- so that's good-- but last night, I was playing a level for about half an hour before I died, and then it took me back to the beginning of the mission. No fucking way was I doing all that shit over again, so I just turned it off for the night.

Although that's really my only complaint about the game, since it's pretty fun overall.


salmonjunkie - 9-15-2014 at 09:20 PM

I just finished The Walking Dead Season 2. Man that is a depressing game. Very very good, though. I'm loving this series. I read that they are going to make a season 3. Does the player play as Clementine again? If so, I wonder how that will work with the multiple endings of Season 2.


punkerhardcore - 9-15-2014 at 09:39 PM

I was wondering that as well. I could see them going one of two ways: either they could either make a new story with totally different characters... or jump ahead a few years and make Clem 16-17 and in a totally different area that she could have ended up in no matter which ending is chosen.

I'd vote for the latter, since Clem is awesome.


salmonjunkie - 9-16-2014 at 12:06 AM

Clem is awesome. I feel super fucking bad for her in this world. Do you ever find when an adult asks her "what do I do?" or "can you do this/talk to this person for me, Clem?" you shout at the TV, "Sure, even though I'm a TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL"


nOOb - 9-16-2014 at 12:25 AM

Anyone playing Destiny? It seems like another one of those games that might have deserved its own thread based on the hype it had, but now that it's out, it seems right this is about the only place it gets mentioned. It's not bad by any means, but it just doesn't feel special. It's pretty much just like Titanfall: overhyped by gaming nerds because they got to play the game for free during the beta, but now that it costs money, all the support it was getting just died down.


punkerhardcore - 9-16-2014 at 06:59 PM

Destiny is OK, but every mission is like, the same shit-- you fight some enemies before you make it to a point, you deploy the Ghost to scan something, then have to fight off waves of enemies until it's done scanning.

It's kinda weird too because it seems like it can't decide what kind of game it's trying to be. Basically it's just a Halo/Borderlands hybrid... but it's got those MMO elements that kinda-but-not-really come into play. I've been playing missions and run across other players on the map, but it isn't like they have any real effect on the gameplay, so it's pointless most of the time.

And really it makes things irritating, because since the game world is always alive and running, you can't even pause the damn thing.


nOOb - 9-26-2014 at 04:37 PM

It's not a game I'm currently playing, but I did preorder it, it has gotten good early reviews (not just internet buzz like Titanfall or Destiny), but it isn't quite big enough for its own topic, but Shadows of Mordor hits Tuesday and has looked like a pretty solid game. So far there's two reviews for it and both gave it high marks (an 80 out of 100 and a 9.3 out of 10). That sounds a lot more promising than Destiny and Titanfall's "Oh, it's the greatest game ever!" hype by beta testers.


Shao Khan - 9-29-2014 at 02:57 AM

I finally downloaded Tomb Raider, and I must say while it's "not the TR I remember playing" (yes, that's my "craggy old man" voice), I was completely enthralled from start to finish. I love the way the camera was focused sharply on you the whole time as it gave me the constant feeling that something / someone was sneaking up from behind me. I think that added to those already tense moments along with the stellar music. I'll play through again now that I know where everything is, but I loved the upgrade system which forced you to choose upgrades for each situation you found yourself in. I was very impressed with the story as well as the cast of characters. If you haven't played it, I'd give it a go.

*Possible Spoiler Alert* (for anyone other than me who's JUST playing it)

My only (non) complaint and this is due to my own play style (I do this with the Arkham games as well) is that once I've finished the story, there was little to no motivation to find EVERYTHING. The tombs are great puzzles, but I've already seen the story & characters play out / meet their demise to not really care too much about finding documents about their motivation for whatever brought them to the ship in the first place, so maybe I'll try to collect everything during the story to see if that makes a difference in being more invested in each character.

Overall, I was quite impressed with this iteration and it does give a great view of what made Lara the badass we all know her to be. I would easily play a second adventure in this same style with her.


CVD39 - 9-29-2014 at 09:21 AM

I agree with everything you said about Tomb Raider. As for a sequel, I think it's going to be XBox-1 only, although that coulda changed. Bummer.


punkerhardcore - 9-30-2014 at 07:30 PM

I'll also agree about Tomb Raider. Fun game, but not enough to do besides the story. Games like that could really do with some side missions to give you more reason to play.


I still can't decide if I like Destiny, or if it's boring. Probably a little of both. I don't think I'm really good for games like this, because after you beat the story-- which isn't really that long-- the only thing left to do is either grind multiplayer forever to earn enough for better gear/weapons, or play some strikes. You can't even play the raids unless you do the aforementioned grinding. Seems like by the time I would even get to that point, I would be so bored as fuck with the game, I'd never want to look at it again.

Which is why I don't think I'm good at games like this. It's why I gave up on Diablo III VERY quickly (right after Act 1). I don't understand the people who could play that game for hundreds and hundreds of hours, because it's the same shit repeated over and over. It seems like it comes down to, "Sweet, I finally got this bad ass weapon on my 12th playthrough... now I'm totally gonna kick ass on my 13th playthrough."


nOOb - 9-30-2014 at 07:52 PM

The one benefit to the grindy games is that you can make money off of them by lucking into that one weapon that some nerd has been slaving away for a year trying to get to drop. Unfortunately, Destiny doesn't have anything like that. I think it would be better if Destiny actually knew what it was. Are you an MMO? Okay, then make it so that if some guy decides to quit one boss into a strike that the two remaining of us aren't totally fucked, like add a party finder or something. Or just any sort of party finder so that when you advertise that a mission is 1-3 players, it isn't basically 1 player with two or three guys randomly outside doing their own thing.

Speaking of, I did ask one random level 25 guy what the point was of him being in the same area as me if we weren't a team, and his answer was that he was still trying to figure out what the hell "grimoire cards" were.


nOOb - 9-30-2014 at 09:34 PM

Off the Destiny topic and back to Shadow of Mordor, I've played the game a bit and am sold on it. I can't, for the life of me, figure out how Watch Dogs, Titanfall, and Destiny all got more hype than this, because this is the better game. It's basically a mash-up of Assassin's Creed and the Arkham games, while also adding in a few RPG-esque elements like side quests and getting more power as you kill more stuff.

Also, dying is pretty much expected, and mostly its used to chip away at enemy forces (along with stealth and mind-raping orcs and Uruks into killing guys for you). It's definitely worth the look.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-5-2014 at 01:53 AM

I have been tearing it up in Smash Bros. for 3DS, specifically online (for glory Mode)

Outstanding accomplishment for this series to be replicated so amazingly on the 3DS hardware, while still bringing us a complete Smash Bros. experience.

50 characters in total, with my favorite new character being Little Mac

Pros:

1.) Online is solid, and because I live in China, I mostly play Japanese players, who tend to be pretty sick at this game. I was getting my ass kicked on the first day, but now i'm coming back, and my online record is like 61-63.

2.) Graphics are fucking awesome for the fighters on-screen. Just really, really smooth stuff here. Obviously they have limitations, given that the pokeball/assist trophies run in 30 FPS.

3.) The character selection has never been deeper.

4.) Plentiful amount of mini-games and modes for single-player.

5.) Trophies!!!

6.) Good amount of stages to select from. The Earthbound sky and Pac-Man stages are the big standouts.

7.) Music is OUTSTANDING

8.) Creating the Mii Character is fun, and the Mii's are surprisingly badass.

Cons:

1.) Speaking of stages, they just don't have very much going on in them, graphically. Only about 4-5 of them truly standout in terms of pushing the hardware. They brought back a good amount of classic stages....maybe too many. Why bring back Mushroomy Kingdom from Brawl? That's considered by most fans as the worst Smash Bros. stage ever. Nintendogs Living Room is also boring and lifeless.

I will address this situation later.

2.) Several little things just make the game feel like "Smash Bros. Lite". Everything I list is something that has been fully realized in previous games....For instance, why can't I see where the trophies come from, in terms specific games in a series? Why only one target smashing game, and not a unique set of targets for each character?

3.) Smash Run got a lot of hype from Sakurai, and all it ended up being was a 5 minute mini-game to overpower your character for a regular match later on. It's interesting for about 15 minutes, but then you don't want to really play it again. It's just not a fully-realized one-player mode like Adventure Mode in Melee was. I don't want another subspace emissary, but I also don't want a 5 minute single player mode that is supposed to be the key mode of play for single player.



Overall, the positives far outweigh the negatives. I also feel like a lot of things weren't done just because, well, the Wii U version of this game is going to have to outshine it.

A lot of stages were re-used for this 3DS version, most of the levels don't have an incredible amount of stuff going on, and it's because the biggest and the best are going to be saved for Wii U.

They have kept a tight lip on the Wii U version for a reason - to maximize sales of this 3DS version. Now that the 3DS version is out and has proven to be a success, it's time for Nintendo to start hyping up what's going on in the Wii U version, where I am sure the levels will be all sorts of crazy, all modes will be fully realized, and the overall experience will feel complete.

Smash on 3DS gets a 9/10


gobbledygooker - 10-14-2014 at 03:39 PM

Finally started a game on Assassin's Creed IV the other day. I must say, I'm loving it (though I've loved all of them) but I don't really get what all the reviews were saying that set this one so far apart from the others. It seems like Assassin's Creed III kinda got slagged on but I'm not seeing a ton of difference between the two thus far. Granted, the boat controls are vastly improved and there is a TON of shit to see and do outside of the main quest but I don't know...I just don't get why everyone was like "HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE BEST ASSASSIN'S CREED EVAR!!!" I'm not saying it isn't. Just that it's not as radically different as I was expecting.


williamssl - 10-14-2014 at 03:46 PM

Anybody after today who isn't playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a stupid poopy head. Those are the worst kinds of poopy heads. Don't be one of those.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-14-2014 at 04:17 PM

Sorry, us "poopieheads" are waiting for this other action game...You may have heard about it if you have been on NeoGAF, Metacritic, or Gamerankings.

It's called Bayonetta 2, and it's being regarded as one of the single greatest action games ever made


punkerhardcore - 10-14-2014 at 04:22 PM

I thought the first Bayonetta was pretty meh... so I'll be sticking with Borderlands.

Plus I don't have a Wii U anyway.


I was in the middle of Alien Isolation this weekend... it's pretty tough (of course, I'm also playing on hard). This game definitely doesn't hold your hand. Beyond giving you a basic objective, you've pretty much gotta figure out what to do and where to go.

Besides Borderlands, Gamefly also shipped me The Evil Within. I'm cautiously optimistic about that one. It looks like it could be good, but survival horror games are always hit or miss.

[Edited on 10-14-2014 by punkerhardcore]


williamssl - 10-14-2014 at 04:26 PM

CAMSTUN'S A STUPID POOPYHEAD
DOO-DAH, DOO-DAH
HE'S GOT POOP ON HIS STUPID HEAD
OH, DE DOO-DAH DAY


nOOb - 10-14-2014 at 04:29 PM

Borderlands should hurry up and be next-gen. Contrary to popular belief, Destiny is not Borderlands.


gobbledygooker - 10-14-2014 at 04:37 PM

I've never played a single Borderlands.

I will now wait for Tex to ship a large envelope of poop directly to my home.


williamssl - 10-14-2014 at 04:44 PM

Ebola-laced poop.
Straight from my butt.

To your head.


gobbledygooker - 10-14-2014 at 05:02 PM

Yum.

Yeah, I really don't even have an excuse considering you can probably get the first Borderlands game for approx. $0.50 at various outlets. I'm always just caught up playing something else whenever the urge comes over me.


gobbledygooker - 10-23-2014 at 06:31 PM

Okay, as with pretty much every Assassin's Creed game, part IV took me a little while to get into but holy fuck is it awesome. I've figured out what's so great about it (and the other great Assassin's Creed games) - Their creative team just knows how to make a FUN game. That's all there is to it. The side quests, finding treasures, finding messages in bottles, hunting whales, it is all so user-friendly and just adds up to a fun experience. Not to mention the graphics being beautiful, the controls being some of the best yet, and the enemy AI some of the best yet as well. Especially coming off of playing Far Cry 2 and 3 (which, strangely enough, are also made by Ubisoft) which could both feel like quite a grind at times, AC IV almost never feels like that.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-24-2014 at 04:36 AM

Yesterday I downloaded all 3 Castlevania GBA games,and within 90 minutes got 50% completion on Circle of the Moon (the best of the 3)

Then I used my surplus of Club Nintendo points to purchase Kirby's Dream Course (Never played it before, but will give some impressions sooner or later)

And currently, I am fighting with Nintendo's terrible servers (in the sense that they do not know how to handle high volumes of traffic for new game releases) in an effort to finally download Bayonetta 2. Hopefully this game gets the sales it deserves.

Strange, though, that Mario Kart sold amazingly well, and I downloaded it with relative ease on the midnight launch.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-25-2014 at 09:58 AM

Made a topic in this topic, sorry.

[Edited on 10-25-2014 by CamstunPWG187]


CamstunPWG187 - 11-13-2014 at 06:16 PM

Been a bit of a huge past 30 days for me, gaming-wise.

Shall we?

Let me tell you a little bit about a game called Bayonetta 2.

It's outstanding. One of the best pure action games ever released into the gaming world, and easily the best action game this year.

This game twists your titties and begs you to do the same right back to the protagonist. It's a challenging, sexy ass action romp that will make you want to live in a world as crazy and horrifying as Bayonetta's, just so you can kick as much ass as she does.

It's absolutely astonishing that a game this short and sweet (9-10 hours on normal difficulty) can have so much replay value. I immediately played through again on Hard mode, got even better, and then played through on Infinite Climax and got even BETTER because of that. Getting platinum and pure platinum trophies for whole entire chapters helps me sleep at night. It's an addiction that I hadn't felt with a single-player game since Bioshock Infinite, Arkham City, Skyward Sword, and Skyrim.

The weapons are crazy fun to experiment with, given that you have two weapon sets that you can easily switch between using the RB button. At a certain point, I had 2 blazing-fast swords set to my arms and an actual chain chomp from Mario Bros. hanging from my legs. I was fucking shit up and showing the angels and demons who the fuck their stripper pole-dancing, spread-eagle witch bitch master is.

Dodging in combat is very rewarding, and the game is designed around the idea of you mastering the Witch Time activation. Either learn to be good or get a shitty mark. Take your pick.

This game is so over-the-top and insane, it has to set the world record for being the craziest mix of in-your-face sexuality and pure action the world has ever seen. One of the biggest additions to the game is actually being able to dress Bayonetta up in all sorts of expensive costumes, each one being sexier than the last, with the coolest ones being a set of Nintendo-themed costumes, dressing her up as Fox, Samus, Link, Princess Peach, or Daisy. Each one actually changes the gameplay, and most of the time it's extremely helpful.

Fox has an amazingly fast laser gun that is really useful for keeping combo's going. Samus has the charge beam from Super Metroid which damages AND pushes enemies back with a nice bit of force (Also, instead of traveling as a panther for speed, she warps into a morph ball and drops bombs as she jumps). Link dresses her up in a green tunic and puts a badass Master Shield on her arm, allowing you to time it just right and knock back enemies by pressing the analog in the direction of their attacks. Peach and Daisy round it out by bringing out Bowser's fist during Woven Witch Hair attacks, doing more damage. These 5 costumes were a highly welcome addition to the package and send the message that Platinum games really showed their thanks to NIntendo for giving them the oppurtunity to develop this game for their platform.

Any complaints? Yes and No, and it's about how difficult the game is on Normal mode compared to Wonderful 101's normal mode. It's definitely more forgiving, and is noticeably easier. However, all of that goes out the window on Hard mode and Infinite Climax.

10 out of fucking 10

It's the Wii U's killer app single player game, as far as I am concerned.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-13-2014 at 06:27 PM

I know this is a double-post, but I feel the need to break the two up because of how different they are. The post above is almost a review, whereas this next post will concentrate on a variety of games.

Well, finally put Smash 3DS down in anticipation for Smash Wii U. I will be getting the version that comes with the gamecube controller adapter, as well as a shiny new gamecube controller. If I can score an Amiibo of Marth and Little Mac, I will be a happy guy.

I replayed through Castlevania: Circle of the Moon and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow on the Wii U Virtual Console a few weeks back. I still think COTM is the best GBA 'Vania title, because of how old-school it is. However, I forgot how amazing Aria was (and still is). I actually played through Aria twice in one day, once on normal and then immediately after on Hard. It was a delightful way to spend my day off. I downloaded Harmony of Dissonance, as well, but didn't get around to it since Bayonetta came out the next day.

I purchased an Xbox ONE yesterday, and holy shit, was it worth it. I bought COD: AW, Diablo 3, and Sunset Overdrive, as well as linking my 360 account so that I have my gamerscore and whatnot. In an awesome move by ZEN Studios, all of the tables I downloaded before are completely free to download on the ONE, with the exception of high-score transfers, which is REALLY a bummer. I was ranked as one of the best pinball players in the world on 360 (and still am), and I want to show that off on the ONE.

Online works quite flawlessly as far as I know, with games of DIABLO 3 and COD working smoothly on the Chinese servers.

Oh, and the Mario Kart 8 DLC will be downloaded in less than one minute as I look at my Wii U.

I am next-gen'ing like a motherfucker right now, and it feels good. Saving my money pays off when it comes to splurge purchases.

To top it all off, I bought a 40 inch television last month during a humongous sales day in China. It's beautiful.

Peace


Shao Khan - 11-13-2014 at 11:39 PM

Just for grins & giggles, I started playing GTA: SA again. It's amazing how well it still holds up even after 2 more iterations as far as being innovative for it's time as well as just plain damned fun. I *STILL* have difficulties completing flight school for Mike Toreno as well as had a bitch of a time finishing driving school with all gold medals and those annoying Zero missions. Same frustrations, but oh so satisfied when they were completed again. In another post someone asked if you could go back in time when playing games, with GTA: SA I can certainly say yes. It takes me back to the first time I played it and I've enjoyed it ever since (I'll save the why's & how's for that particular topic thread).

POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW

On the more modern scene, I just downloaded Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham from the PSN (easier than traveling 80 miles for one game). So far I'm digging it, however in the tradition of the newer Lego games, I'm a bit annoyed that you have to wait until about a third (not sure, but I believe there are 15 story levels) of the way in to start doing free play. The upside is that a lot of the characters they've added are awesome from a nostalgic standpoint as similarly taking Stan Lee in Lego Marvel, they've added Adam West in as the "Character in Peril" that you had to free in the main stories as well as the open world hubs, complete with Mr. West providing his voice (as well as apparently a 1966 Batman themed level post main story). Also a nice little touch is that not only do they still have John Williams' original Superman score in the game as Supes is flying around, they have, in what I can only describe as a "No. The. Fuck. They. Didn't!" moment, (complete with me laughing my ass off) have added the Wonder Woman theme from the Lynda Carter T.V. show for WW flying as well. I mean they went WAY back with that one!

I can only describe Conan O'Brien's inclusion as a NPC / "Helpful Hint Character" as good initially because hey, he's Conan O'Brien. Yet it quickly turns into a "Hopefully he'll shut the fuck up sometime. . .nope. . .fuck" kinda thing. He's just. . .there. From a gameplay standpoint, it's your basic Lego game - destroy, build & solve puzzles, etc., but one thing they've seemed to resolve / reintegrate which was a COMPLETE blunder in the last one is that even if you switch characters, you get to keep your special suits when you switch back to your original character. I don't know why they decided not to do that in the second one, as it made getting 100% VERY tedious, but I'm very happy they decided to bring it back.

It's a great game so far and I'm anxious to see the DLC (I got the season pass - if you're into these games, that's the way to go for an extra $14), so hopefully this one will keep me replaying for a while.


CamstunPWG187 - 12-30-2014 at 07:18 PM

Games I have beaten this year, or games that have no real endings and I have simply bought and played the shit out of (from memory, from January to today)

Starting us off with a bang:

-Super Mario 3D World
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds on (hero mode)
-The Last of Us
-SKYRIM
-ICO
-Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
-Tearaway
-The Wonderful 101
-Rayman Legends
-Metroid Fusion
-Hotline Miami
-Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
-Mario Kart 8 (all difficulty settings)
-Kirby Triple Deluxe
-Shovel Knight
-Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
-The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
-Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
-Final Fantasy Theatrythm: Curtain Call
-Super Smash Bros. 3DS
-Castlevania: Aria Of Sorrow (twice, once on normal and once on hard)
-Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
-Bayonetta 2
-Geometry Wars 3
-Pikmin 3
-Super Mario 64
-Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
-Grand Theft Auto V
-Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Games I have and still need to sink more time into:
-Diablo 3
-Sunset Overdrive
-Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
-Shantae: The Pirates Curse
-Chariot
-Scram Kitty And His Buddy On-Rails!
-Armillo

Overall, the best game of the year was Bayonetta 2..The best game I PLAYED this year was the Wonderful 101...Both of these are made by Platinum Games, which says wonders about that company.


punkerhardcore - 12-30-2014 at 07:35 PM

My girlfriend ordered me an Xbox One for Christmas, and it just arrived this morning. It's the Assassin's Creed bundle... but goddamn, the one game is a 50 gig download! I'll let keep it on and let it download, so hopefully I'll get to play it sometime after New Year's.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-27-2015 at 04:12 AM

Gaming this past month has been rife with excellence!

Let's start with the first game I beat this year - Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

It was a great little game with Metroidvania-style gameplay, a good, humorous script, and cool power-ups. I really enjoyed the music, and the game makes me want to go back and play through the first 2 games, which I haven't done before. The graphics were cool, as well. Everything about this game had serious charm, and WayForward's use of boobs for every female character was pretty awesome, as well. Even the last boss was awesome.

My only problem? Sometimes figuring out what to do is confusing, since not many good hints are given as to where you are supposed to go. It's a very non-hand-holding experience.

Moving on....During this month, my Smash Bros. skills have evolved to a new level, using the likes of Zero Suit Samus, Diddy Kong, Rosalina, Marth, and Captain Falcon. I have been crushing it online against the Japanese players, and while I am no Mew2King on the Twitch streams, my neutral game is getting more refined and I have done away with a lot of old habits that held my game back (too much dodge rolling, not respecting the "jab", not utilizing tilt smashes for their quickness against dodge-rollers)...Also, my edge-guarding has gotten immensely better. I no longer fear going for Meteor Smashes, which always held back my edge-gaurding. I have always been satisfied with my progress since 2001, but in the past 2 months my game has stepped up more than it ever has.

Playing through Sunset Overdrive was a very harmonious experience. It's the single-best XBOX One exclusive and is my current forerunner for "Best game I have played this year".

It's Ratchet and Clank mixed with Tony Hawk. Throw in some very nice self-aware humor and hardcore nerd references, and you got yourself a STEW going!".

The reliance on grinding and bouncing while attacking enemies takes about an hour or 2 to really get down, but once you get into that groove, the game is hypnotic and very Zen. Destroying hoards of OD is so satisfying. The neon-orange blood splattering everywhere is so cartoonishly awesome, you don't want to stop seeing it. All the while, you are doing this while leveling up your weapons to be even more powerful.

Having a full arsenal of ass-kicking weaponry is no stranger to Insomniac games. From Teddy Bear TNT bombs, shotguns shaped like a dick, and full-on LASER BEAMS, the weapons range from strangely effective to just downright amazing. Each one has it's own ranking against the 4 common enemy types, as well, so if, say, a big respawner shows up, put away the shotgun and just bust out the Dirty Hairy magnum, and run that fucker down in 5-6 shots, because that's exactly what it's there for.

You have a lot of customization, as well. Overdrive badges and weapon Apps apply to both your maneuvering skills and your weapons, so experimenting with them is encouraged and quite useful. You actually gain badges just by doing things like grinding, bouncing, swinging, and wall-running, as well as the various way you take on enemies, as well as which TYPES of enemies you are destroying. Every single thing you do in the game is rewarded in some way, so there is no wasted motion. I actually only used the games' fast-travel a handful of times, because jumping across the city was so fun and actually is rewarded. Plus, finding collectibles leads to more Apps. Every corner of the map is littered with side-challenges, collectibles, and memorable scenery.

Being able to traverse so freely, whether high or low, make Sunset City such a memorable setting. It's a beautiful game, with an incredible skyline, amazing architecture, and a 45 FPS framerate that never, ever dips, despite the incredible amount of action being thrown in your face. It's one of those games where every single area had an incredible amount of detail put into it, so that it's so incredible distinguished from the other surrounding areas. It makes the city so easily navigated, and you know where everything is after about 5-8 hours. The boss battles (the few that exist), especially the last, are all incredible visual splendors.

The game's punk soundtrack is also good, although i'd only ever listen to it in the game.

That's that. Buy Sunset Overdrive if you like action games. It's fantastic.

Then, Resident Evil HD Remaster reared it's ugly head, and I played through it in 2 days. It was just as amazing as it was on the Gamecube,but now the graphics are better. Did you like that game? Then by fucking gum, go purchase it. It's 20 bucks and still the best remake of any game ever made.


punkerhardcore - 1-27-2015 at 09:38 AM

I beat Sunset Overdrive last week... totally agree on it. The gameplay reminded me a bit of Saints Row IV. Flying around everywhere, all the over-the-top enemies/weapons, etc. Can't wait to see what they do with a sequel in a couple years.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-29-2015 at 05:44 PM

Picked up, and beat, Trials Fusion today for the Xbox ONE

Fucking hard, hard game.

Also very good.


punkerhardcore - 2-1-2015 at 07:00 PM

I was kinda meh about Assassin's Creed: Unity, at first, but once I got a bit further into it, it's pretty fun.

Also, I rented the HD remake of the first Kingdom Hearts for the PS3, and just started that last night. I mentioned in the other thread here that I pretty much didn't game at all from 2000-2004, and this is one of those series I've always wanted to finally try.


nOOb - 2-2-2015 at 10:59 PM

Just finished Far Cry 4. It was a fun experience, and plenty of endings to mix things. There's not a whole lot of differences between it and Far Cry 3 other than 4 looks better and is in the Himalayas. That's right down to the first trip you'll make into the water, expecting not to have to worry about sharks, only to get attacked by a giant demon barracuda (or, like 3, worrylessly wandering on the side of a lake or river only to get attacked by a crocodile).

And Pagan Min is awesome. Complete sociopath, sure, but one of those villains you can't find yourself hating all that much.


salmonjunkie - 2-2-2015 at 11:54 PM

I finished South Park: The Stick of Truth last week. That game was fucking hilarious. I haven't played a turn-based RPG in a while, and while the mechanics could've been a little better (don't care for the radial menus), the experience of the whole game was amazing. It really felt like I was playing the cartoon.


CVD39 - 2-3-2015 at 11:57 PM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
Just finished Far Cry 4. It was a fun experience, and plenty of endings to mix things. There's not a whole lot of differences between it and Far Cry 3 other than 4 looks better and is in the Himalayas. That's right down to the first trip you'll make into the water, expecting not to have to worry about sharks, only to get attacked by a giant demon barracuda (or, like 3, worrylessly wandering on the side of a lake or river only to get attacked by a crocodile).

And Pagan Min is awesome. Complete sociopath, sure, but one of those villains you can't find yourself hating all that much.


Yeah, I agree with all of this. My only problem with the game was certain parts were a little anticlimactic and either I wasn't paying the closest of attention or some of the main bad guys were just mentioned right before I had to confront them. The first main bad guy (De Pleur) especially comes to mind.




SPOILER:


And although I took care of Youknowwho at the end, I figured that was it, but it wasn't, but I don't think I care anymore. And then the Lakashmi person just got dropped because I apparently didn't let Youknowwho explain things. Some parts to me were just kind of a mess. But I had a lot of fun along the way so it's all good.

I also didn't particularly care for the Shangra La stuff. Or Yogi and Reggie.



[Edited on 2-4-2015 by CVD39]


CamstunPWG187 - 2-5-2015 at 05:56 PM

Been playing a lot of Pinball FX2, and my superscore ranks me all-around at being number 201 in the world, amongst all the tables. Pretty proud of that, actually.

Also, I am ranked VERY high in the world amongst key modes in Geometry Wars 3, which is always good, competitive fun, in terms of high scores.

I am back to playing through the Wonderful 101 again. I wanted to take it on after the greatness that was Bayonetta 2, to see if it still retained that excellence that made me love it so much last year.

Like my first playthrough a year ago, the controls definitely take some getting used to, but within 20 minutes I was perfectly comfortable, since the muscle-memory and dexterity came back to me in a flash.

Holy shit, it's so much harder than Bayonetta. Much, much harder, and much less forgiving. I pointed this out in my review of Bayonetta, and it's even more pronounced. I love every bit of this game's difficulty.

I got about 1/3 of the way through it today, and I repeatedly am besting my old scores and updating my scores/rankings from Bronze to Gold, and in some cases, Conselation Prize to Silver/Gold. I was always pissed getting the conselation prize back then, and want to fill-out the rankings with more golds and platinums (platinums are no joke, and don't get me started on PURE Platinums).

Go ahead, I highly recommend picking this game up from Club Nintendo right now. It's 600 points, and I think that's a steal.

From Club Nintendo, I redeemed a code for New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS.

Quick history lesson on this game - back in 2010-2011 Nintendo put a team of new employees, fresh out of school, into a Mario Maker class. They pretty much were tutored by Miyamoto and famous Mario game developers on how to make a good 2D Mario level. After they graduated, Miyamoto gave them their first project, which was to make a 2D New Super Mario Bros. game for the 3DS.

The final product is definitely good. Very good. I have only made it through the first 2 worlds, but the level design is as sharp as ever, and I feel like Mario couldn't possibly feel better in a 2D environment.

But alas, it's the 4th title I have played in the New Super Mario Bros. series, and it's also the one that feels the most water-treading. There is absolutely nothing new to this game, in terms of overall feel and atmosphere. The first world is still a grassy plains world, the second world is still the desert world, and the third world is still the water world

New Super Mario Bros. U was an excellent compliment to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, as it was backed by the graphical upgrade and a cool overworld design. The Wii U version threw in the challenge mode and naturally, the 4-player mode rocked.

This game feels exactly like New Super Mario Bros. for the original DS. The camera is up close. The environments don't feel as big as the Wii/Wii U versions, and the levels aren't as big. It just feels too similar to the DS version.

There is some cool stuff, though. The emphasis on coin collecting is big. There are a lot of coins in this game, and the game throws many opportunities for you to OBTAIN a lot of coins, all the time. But even then, you feel like there could be more coins. I am waiting for the game to just SHOWER me with coins for doing crazy shit, but I will be patient.

Overall, it's a great, solid platformer, but it's too familiar. I will finish it and get back with my final review.


bigfatgoalie - 2-6-2015 at 05:44 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I finished South Park: The Stick of Truth last week. That game was fucking hilarious. I haven't played a turn-based RPG in a while, and while the mechanics could've been a little better (don't care for the radial menus), the experience of the whole game was amazing. It really felt like I was playing the cartoon.


I picked the game up in December as it had reached Greatest Hits pricing and was amazed at a) how good it was, and b) that I beat the game.

I can't remember the last time a single player experience was enough to get me to defeat a game. Outside of fighting games (which I consider playing solo to be practice for when friends come over) the only games I beat on the 360, Wii, or PS3 were co-op experiences.

But playing a multi episode arch of South Park the show was great. Still need to go back and complete the Mr. Hankey side mission, but considering the last game I went through and got did 100% of everything was DKC 2, I'm rather happy even if I never do finish the game.


williamssl - 2-9-2015 at 07:09 PM

The South Park game was all kinds of awesome (Linky to brief thread dedicated to the game for some additional comments on it)


This is the only game where my family would actually sit and watch me play.....because for them it was like watching an episode of South Park instead of watching some dude play a game.

[Edited on 2-9-2015 by williamssl]


nOOb - 2-15-2015 at 10:58 PM

Speaking of good games already having topics, I'm loving the GTA 5 remaster. They add just enough stuff that it makes a second go worth it (or a first-and-a-half if you sold the game out of anger at the funky online corrupting your single player save). I haven't given the first person mode too much of a look, though first person driving did not feel right (it would if you've played driving games, I suppose). Also, they at least doubled the amount of songs on the radio. This is worth noting because during my skipping through the pop station, I found this gem that I totally would have expected to be in a Ghostbusters game before GTA 5, but was glad to hear randomly:


CamstunPWG187 - 2-16-2015 at 01:47 AM

^Hahaha, that's such a great song. PLayed through this version for the One and I finally heard it while I was outside of my flight school in the desert, and it fit the mood so perfectly. I was like "wait a minute, this song is...HOLY SHIT!"

I was actually super stoked about this song being in the game:

Ice Cube and the Westside Connection - Bow Down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDcgeZEe7P4


nOOb - 2-19-2015 at 11:30 PM

It doesn't officially come out until tomorrow. I have it on preorder arriving from Best Buy and, as much as I though WWE 2K15 would get the dubious honor, this will be the first preorder I ever return without giving it a shot. One of the Walmarts I work near broke street date yesterday night (that's what you get for an underhyped Friday release) and another worker picked it up. Apparently, he made it halfway through the game in the four hours he power-played overnight. And, even with that, he told me there was not a single redeeming quality he could find about the game. Checking the reviews, it seems like every other reviewer agrees.

Why do I post this? Because I found the genius piece on the internet:



[Edited on 2-19-2015 by nOOb]


CVD39 - 2-20-2015 at 11:43 AM

Thanks for the heads up. Upon seeing the commercials and being a history fan, I thought about grabbing this at some point. Now, I'll wait till it's $20, if I get it at all.


Awesome gif, btw.

[Edited on 2-20-2015 by CVD39]


nOOb - 2-26-2015 at 10:54 PM

Before this topic, I used to create topics for "Hidden Gems", so to speak, since the 360 and PS3 had a lot of games coming out that lead to some getting missed. So far, the X-Box One and PS4 is off to a typical new-gen start, where there might be four games in a month to come out (though the next few months will add a lot of games to the library).

But, after playing a few minutes of it and not seeing any major sites reviewing it, I gotta add Dragonball Xenoverse to the list of "Hidden Gems". It tries to be like an RPG, but it's Dragon Ball: it's mostly about the fighting. And the fighting did feel pretty good. But what got me from the parts I only got to see someone else do was creating a guy. The creation system seemed pretty in-depth, lets you create one of five races, and gives you the ability to give them some gear in the process to make them stand out.

It is one of the few games that I've bought based on seeing it elsewhere first and not just overall hype (or even small hype) and I feel like my copy needs to hurry up and show up. It's worth a look for sure.

[Edited on 2-26-2015 by nOOb]


CamstunPWG187 - 3-12-2015 at 07:36 PM

How about The Order?

More like "The Bore-der", because that was exactly what it was. Fuck that game, and fuck the fact that it's gonna sell more than a game like Bayonetta 2, and the people who choke that shit down and tell themselves that it's somehow a good game.

That isn't a game. It's a pile of shit that once came out of a bunch of asses, all in one big pile. Then, ancient sorcery was used to turn all of that shit into a computer program, which in turn was able to be copied onto millions of discs, and is now being sold to PS4 users.

Garbage. I feel bad for my friend, because he spent 60 bucks on it. I also don't feel bad for him, because he spent 60 bucks on it.

Anyways, here is what's been going on with my gaming in the past month

Played through the Walking Dead Season One again, this time for the XBOX One. I borrowed seasons 1 and 2 from my friend here and want to have all of my storylines match up for Season 3 next year. I had played the original Season 1 on the 360, and season 2 for the iPad, so my story decisions were never connected. Now, I can have one save file of decisions going through every season. Plus, I love the story in this game. I just finished chapter 1 of season 2, as well. Such a dark, fucked up game.

While on Chinese New Year vacation. I roared through Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition for the Xbox ONE. Holy shit, 38 hours in 7 days. It was quite the time sink, but it was SOOO worth it. I loved it. I was playing in a hotel in Qiqihaer, where my girlfriend's parents live. I couldn't believe this hotel had such a good net connection. I was playing co-op with so many different people, all of whom were following MY story, so I never had to worry about going through at different points. My difficulty setting was built up to Torture 1, which was no joke for a guy who has never run through a Diablo game before. I kept increasing my difficulty for each chapter, and I definitely loved the option to do so.

What can I say? It's Diablo, and it's an amazing dungeon crawler. I had a fantastic time blowing through the game and it was just an overall excellent experience. Loved every second of it.

Gunman Clive 2 was just recently beaten, and it was really cool, and probably the best 3 dollar game I have ever played. Short and sweet and old-school action can't be beat, sometimes. Especially when you're on a train.

When I came back, my New 3DS had arrived, along with Zelda; Majora's Mask 3D, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

Majora's Mask is still the best Zelda game. not my favorite, but the best. Playing through it on the New 3DS was a true treat, and it even has free camera control. I have said a lot about Majora's Mask before, and what else is there to be said? It has an insane amount of fun sidequests, great puzzles, awesome bosses (that have actually been redone and have a few new layers of depth to each!!), fantastic music,and an incredible finale. Play it, guys, because the 3DS remake is the definitive version.

Ori and the Blind Forest is next, and i have spent 3 hours with this masterpiece. One of the best 2D adventure platformers I have ever played. I tire of the term "Metroidvania", so this is the last time I will ever use it. It's so pretty, sometimes even moreso than Rayman Legends. The prologue is so emotional, and so sad, and really prepares you for what kind of experience you are going to have with it. For 20 bucks, this may be the best Indy game ever made.

I will post more impressions after I beat it.
Other games I am playing:

-Dust: An Elysian Tale
-Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light


the goon - 3-14-2015 at 02:59 AM

This probably belongs more in the retro games thread, but I just finished a playthrough of Final Fantasy III (SNES version), which I have downloaded on my Wii. I have of course played through that game multiple times over the years, but the last time I did was roughly eight years ago when it was rereleased on the Gameboy Advance, so it had been a while. Anyhow, I had kind of forgotten what a beast that game is...even playing it today, I'm super impressed by just how much Square was able to cram into it and they really must have milked every last ounce of the SNES' power. And just being able to customize your characters, giving them the best possible combination of weapons/relics/magic...tons of fun. To this day, I'd say that Final Fantasy III (aka VI) is probably the pinnacle of the series.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-14-2015 at 11:37 AM

well, the other thread's purpose is more for sharing your LOVE of old Retro games.

Either way, yeah, no shit, FF3 is the best game in the series. Everything, from Kefka poisonous Doma Castle's water, to Celes' emotional music performance in the Oprah House, always stays near and dear to my heart. Easily my favorite video game villain, as well.

Just don't call it FF3 in front of a bunch of nerds, less you want a group of single men and women telling you how it is REALLY FF6, thinking you will actually care.


salmonjunkie - 3-14-2015 at 07:46 PM

that's why I usually say FF3/FF6

It's hands down my favorite JRPG of all time.


the goon - 3-15-2015 at 09:40 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
It's hands down my favorite JRPG of all time.


It's between Final Fantasy III/VI and Chrono Trigger for me, but when you get down to it, I'd probably have to go with Final Fantasy III/VI as well. I think the one knock I have against Chrono Trigger is that since you can only use three characters at a time, every time I've played it over the years I inevitably focus on three core members of my party and then the other four or five playable characters just fall by the wayside. Whereas in Final Fantasy III/VI, you have a ton of characters but I think the game does a good job of making use of them (though there are characters in that game, like Gau and Relm, who I don't really tend to use). Especially the parts of the game where you have to divide your characters up into separate parties or the final battle, where you have to sequence the characters in the order you want them to be used...there's some definite strategy you have to use there and I like that aspect of the game a lot.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-16-2015 at 07:06 PM

So I beat Ori and the Blind Forest, and my lord, what a fantastic game. 20 dollars as it may be, I would gladly have paid more.

It was the best 20 dollars I have spent since I can remember. Have an Xbox ONE or Steam? Get it! One of the most beautiful non-linear 2D adventure platformers in history. It seriously is in Super Metroid territory in terms of quality.

I am pushing myself to beat a game I have had for 3 years, it's name is Kid Icarus: Uprising. I bought it back when it first came out in 2012, and I couldn't get past the uncomfortable controls during the on-foot segments in each level.

If you don't know, the game's missions start off like Starfox-style on-rail shooters, and then in the second half you land on your feet and finish the level entirely on-foot. Problem is, the control scheme during these on-foot segments is fucked .... you move the character with the analog, and aim AND move the camera with the stylus while shooting with the left shoulder button. It's fucking ridiculous, and it is extremely uncomfortable after an hour or so.

However, the shooter segments, production values and everything else are so fantastic that I WANT to beat it. Seriously,. I can't believe this is a NIntendo game sometimes, with such amazing voice acting and graphics for a 3DS game. It's so impressive. I am forcing myself through right now and can't help but wonder how Sakurai could force this control scheme on us, and even packed the game with a weird stand device to make it more comfortable, which make you wonder why the fuck they would design the on-foot segments with such shitty controls if they KNEW gamers were gonna need something to make it LESS uncomfortable.

It's an interesting conundrum, this game is. Hope to beat it soon. Halfway through.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-1-2015 at 06:52 PM

Hotline Miami 2 is the last Hotline Miami game. The game makes sure to hammer that home at the end, after you have spent 11-13 hours repeatedly playing the games 25 levels over and over again. Hotline Miami was hard. Hotline Miami 2 is harder. Much harder. Whereas Hotline Miami required insane skill and reflexes, Hotline Miami 2 requires an insane memorization of enemy locations (some unfairly placed out of the limited view the camera provides you) on top of all of that.

It is safe to say, I think everyone who goes through this game will all beat it in the exact same way. You will tackle each room in the same pattern over and OVER, getting an inch further each time. On top of that, nearly half of the enemies in the game have random movement patterns, making it even harder to go through the levels that you are trying to memorize to perfection. Some levels are shorter than others. These are the games' best. Just one or two simple floors and then they're over in 10-15 minutes.

..And then there are the levels that will take you an hour, the ones that will make you scream at whatever controller you are holding. These are the ones that will take up most of your time, pummeling you repeatedly, unafraid to tell you "just stop, kid, you're not gonna beat this game. "These levels, while insanely difficult and frustrating, reward you with a sense of self-worth as a gamer that you will never feel playing the Zelda's and Last of Us's. You feel that you just did something 99% of other gamers out there will never do, nor will have the patience and skill to do. It's not for everyone. Some people just will not have the patience to deal with Hotline Miami 2's demanding difficulty.

This difficulty.....it's the games biggest detriment, and puts it a notch below Hotline Miami 1 in terms of replayability. After beating Hotline Miami 2, I have no intention to play through it again. It was too punishing. It pushed me to my limits. Hotline Miami 1 is a game I have played through twice, and no lie, after beating 2 just 2 hours ago, I started playing through 1 immediately afterwards.

The journey through 2 definitely has it's perks, though. The soundtrack, in particular, will pump you up with it's synthesized, 80's-inspired beats and riffs. This is some of the best soundtrack work I have ever heard on a game. A true masterpiece for the action genre. 25 heart-pumping songs to send you smashing, shooting, and chokeslamming dogs and gangsters. Just sublime music here, folks.

Old-school, difficult, and demanding of your memory, Hotline Miami 2 isn't for everyone. This is the Super Meat Boy/X-COM/Super Ghouls N Ghost of 2D top-down action games. However, just like those games in their respective genre's, this is a game that is worth your money, worth playing through to the end (especially for the insanely trippy, dark story and it's terribly rough ending), and worth feeling satisfaction for beating.

8.5/10


CamstunPWG187 - 4-1-2015 at 07:41 PM

Max Payne 3

As a man who has never played the original Max Payne 1 or 2, I felt the need to play this after seeing it on sale for only 5 bucks last month. Max Payne 3 turned into the best 5 dollars I have ever spent on a video game.

With just the right difficulty (I played through on Hard), Max Payne 3 is a definitive, in-your-face action title. Max is an insanely depressing character, but not without being a smug smartass who doesn't stand by the typical protagonist cliche's He has been through so much, and he has no idea why he really does it anymore. But he sure is good at being who he is, which is a raging alcoholic who isn't afraid to put a bullet through someones skull at the drop of a hat.

The gunplay is top notch, and when everything gets slowed down so you can see the extra bloody, extra chunky blood and guts splattering out and around the enemies' bodies, you won't want to stop until every single one of these guys has seen their end. They keep taking from Max. They take his reason to believe in himself. They take his friends. They take his family. They do it in the most horrific way possible, and he hates them even more for it. They deserve this, and what happens is all THEIR fault. Have a drink, Max, you earned it.

Graphically, Rockstar hit it out of the park last gen. This is the best looking 360 game I have ever played. It's truly outstanding how much detail has been put into this game. If this is any indication of how amazing Max Payne 4 will look on the ONE or PS4, count me in as being extremely hyped. I don't gush about graphics often, but for a game that came out in 2012, this impresses me more than most games that are out now.

Maybe some areas put you in some insanely difficult and unfair situations, but hey, Max Payne was never known for being an easy game.

Either way, Max Payne 3 needs to be played. For 5 bucks, it was an insanely good deal. Chances are, it's price is lowered now and there isn't any reason you shouldn't pick it up for 30-40. Just an amazing action title.

9.5/10


Tomb Raider

February was a huge month of gaming for me, and Tomb Raider finished it off with one of the single-greatest adventure games I have ever played.

From start to finish, Tomb Raider is set-piece after set-piece of heart-pounding excitement, interrupted ever-so pleasantly by brief moments of exploration and, if you look hard enough, tombs to raid and collect treasure from.

Customizable weapons and skills are fun to mess with, and can totally change your playing style. I quite liked knowing just how much more badass I could make Lara Croft. She is certainly the toughest heroine I have ever watched mow down hordes of ancient Chinese warriors and brainwashed islanders.

I never knew Square-Enix could make an action game that was more exciting than the Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, and even God Of War, but they did. This game doesn't stop bringing the heat, and if you aren't careful, Lara will suffer an insanely gruesome death, and watching her get hurt is quite unappealing, with one particular death coming from a straight-up impaling through her skull. This is certainly Tomb Raider at it's most uncensored and gruesome.

However, one thing holding the game back is it's story. The acting, while solid, isn't memorable (aside from Lara, who's actress will certainly be welcomed back for this year's sequel in the Fall), and the game's ending is an incredible build-up to a very sub-par end boss confrontation. Seriously, after getting to the end, you are expecting something truly epic to take place, and it even appears that way...until the credits roll, and you tell yourself "man, that could have been so much more", especially considering the story has flashes of brilliance sprinkled about, in terms of being interesting.

Also, the limited number of tombs, while short, consist of some extremely clever puzzles. Really fun, and not too difficult.

Fan of games like Uncharted, Last of Us, and God of War? Welcome yourself to the world of Lara Croft. She doesn't fuck around.

9/10

[Edited on 4-1-2015 by CamstunPWG187]


punkerhardcore - 4-3-2015 at 07:18 PM

Neverwinter came out this week on Xbox One. It's a free Dungeons & Dragons MMO. My friend who is a HUGE D&D nerd told me to download it so we could play. It's... ok. Just a typical dungeon crawler type game, with all kinds of complicated grinding involved. I'll probably do with it like I did with Diablo III-- play it for a couple days, before I get super bored and never touch it again.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-6-2015 at 07:16 PM

Bayonetta 2 was my first foray into the Bayonetta world, and I found that game to be the best game of 2014.

Bayonetta 1 is 10 dollars on the Nintendo eShop if you purchase Bayonetta 2, and for a game that is 5 years old, it stands the test of time and just barely loses out to it's bigger and more stylish sequel as being the superior game.

The games action sequences never stop, with set-piece upon set-piece of insane, gravity-defying angel/demon slaying being served at a blistering rate. I found myself fighting on walls, ceilings, on top of speeding tanks, gunning down demonspawns while on top of an F-ZERO-speed motorcycle, inside of tornadoes, running up towers while in panther-form whilst dodging broken elevators, fighting in space, and even finding myself at a better advantage when I activated the slow-motion-accessible Witch Time so I could actually stand on water in order to battle dragons. It's always crazy and always fun.

Boss battles are everywhere, and sometimes entire chapters are devoted to one particular battle. Huge, awesome creatures come at you with precision and intensity, and are almost too pretty to pummel.

However, you won't be pummeling ANYTHING if you don't grasp the game's extremely difficult learning curve.

Bayonetta 1 is a much harder game than it's sequel. That's not to say Bayonetta 2 wasn't hard. It was, but it was also much more accessible and a lot more forgiving than it's older brother. Bayonetta 1's default difficulty is akin to Bayonetta 2's hard mode, but with just an added dash of pepper on top. The enemies are quick, relentless, and do not stop. They are the opposite of the standard dumb-ninja mindset so many cartoons and action games fall under in terms of giant group battles. If you are up against 5 enemies, then be prepared to dodge numerous attacks in the span of 1 second, or else you're fucked. Health is also not as easy to come by, which adds even more to the difficulty.

The characters and voice acting are largely entertaining, and I still stand by my saying that Bayonetta is probably the best action heroine ever. I love listening to her dialogue, and she always stands as a confident, strong woman, not to be fucked with, and she throws that fact in the fact of her enemies without ever showing signs of the standard cliche' personality traits sooo many video game heroines follow.

If there is one thing holding Bayonetta 1 back, it's that I played it after I played 2, which, to me, is a perfect game. It's art style is a little more drab than I'd like it to be. The game, while extremely difficult, doesn't send you back too far when you die. All that really is affected is your pretty score at the end of each chapter, and one death usually brings that down to a stone rating, which is definitely a blow to my ego, considering I got mostly golds/platinums on Bayo 2's highest difficulty settings.

"Don't fuck with a witch"

Indeed

9.75


CamstunPWG187 - 4-12-2015 at 05:11 PM

Playing through Super Mario 64 for the billionth time, I must say, I wouldn't mind one bit if Nintendo excluded "Wet Dry World" from a remake.

I guess I should clarify....I dunno, it's just such an annoying course to go through, and that's coming from a guy who can clear these courses in 6-10 minutes.

I hate the structure of it. The design is clever, yet incredibly annoying. Getting a good flow going in this course is impossible.

I hate going downtown. It's entirely designed to punish you for not mastering wall kicks.

I hate the god damned wind-up toy shovel-launch enemies, and getting up to the top of the level having to use them, since it's basically luck that determines if the one above you will have stalled out before you get up there (and every time you get launched, and land, you have 2 seconds before you recover, giving the fuckers plenty of time to sneak up on you). Even worse, you get two points of health drained from you if they don't launch you up to the next level. This didn't even happen to me on this playthrough. I simply got lucky and didn't get caught but more than once.

I hate raising the water levels. It's annoying, even if you know their locations by heart.

It's a cramped, puzzle-laden level that used to piss me off to no end when I first got a 64, and it still pisses me off now, and I can beat it in like 10 minutes, but still, fuck this level.

[Edited on 4-12-2015 by CamstunPWG187]


CamstunPWG187 - 4-13-2015 at 06:13 PM

*Note: I am reviewing this game after receiving it for free from Nintendo, and only spending 15 dollars on the added DLC content, which includes 6 full 18-hole courses, and 4 new characters*

Mario Golf for the 3DS is the first Mario Golf game since Toadstool Tour that is done in 3D, and like TT, it's a simple-to-learn, hard-to-master formula that will make anyone respect the intricacies of the sport. Even more important, it's a fantastic entry to golf for people who are unfamiliar with it, and don't want to buy the latest Tiger Woods game, as it's familiar, candy-coated graphics and courses are very welcoming to new players, both young and old.

There is your standard club mode, which forces you to go through Peach's castle with your Mii character and play through the game's 3 main courses: A standard country club course, a special course focused around water and heavy winds, and a mountainous course with high emphasis on ball control. They range from easy to hard, respectively. Finally, when you beat enough challenges, you unlock the final course, which is definitely the course to play through if you want to get better. When you finally win the Triple Crown (beating the original 3 courses in the Club Mode Championship Rounds), the game will really make you feel like you have improved your game. It's no BS - You really do improve your game and feel rewarded for it. After 10 hours, I saw my stroke count significantly go down compared to my first play on all courses.

Respecting the intricacies of golf is something most people cannot seem to fathom. The landscaping that goes into making a challenging, fun course is quite impressive (both digitally and in real life), and Nintendo seems to have an incredible knack for designing beautiful, fun courses to play through.

Things get a little crazier with the added gimmick courses (they are only 9 holes each, and have a theme around either Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, etc..). I found these courses a little shallow, however. Had they been full-on 18-hole courses, I would have been extremely impressed. These courses have little gimmicks, such as big hearts that boost your ball further. However, they end too soon. There are 6 in total, but I wish Nintendo had gone all out and made them all full-on courses.

Challenge Mode is a fun diversion, and actually throws you some head-scratching scenarios for each course. You will actually spend a lot of time here, as it's required to unlock the final course and to unlock several characters' star versions.

Where the game really becomes a value for me, however, is with the DLC. I absolutely was floored to learn that for 15 bucks, I could get 6 full 18-hole courses, all of which are excellent, beautiful, and in no way feel tacked-on. These are real-deal courses, and several are amongst the hardest in the game (looking at the Rock Candy and Mario Galaxy courses, especially), and are also the most fun. Considering I was given this game as a reward for my loyalty in the Club Nintendo program, 15 bucks for this extra content feels like an excellent value, considering it's nearly as many holes of golf that the standalone game has.

Online play is perfect for a golf game. It's simple, straight-forward, and tournaments are still going on. Enjoy it, as it's one of the few times Nintendo perfectly knocks it out of the park in terms of online play. Then again, why do I have to say that in 2015? And why do I ONLY say it in reference to Nintendo?

Overall, Mario Golf has been on my 3DS screen for 2 weeks, and it hasn't stopped grabbing my attention. I love it, and consider it a definitive addition to any gamer's 3DS collection.

9.0/10


CamstunPWG187 - 4-20-2015 at 03:45 PM

This just in - Mortal Kombat X is an outstanding fighting game. It's too good. If youza fighta' and have friends who competitively play, then get this game.

I haven't, nor do I want to, touch the story mode. Me and my friend have just been laying beatdowns on eachother for the past week, and it's been a blast. My juggles and punish percents are ridiculous with Kitana's Royal Crown and Assassin variations.

I'll have a full review done soon.


CCharger - 4-20-2015 at 03:51 PM

I think Mortal Kombat X is overrated.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-20-2015 at 05:44 PM

....CCharger, ladies and gentlemen.

[Edited on 4-20-2015 by CamstunPWG187]


CCharger - 4-20-2015 at 07:05 PM



[Edited on 4-20-2015 by CCharger]


CamstunPWG187 - 4-21-2015 at 03:42 AM

No, it wasn't. It was a prod. Who would honestly think it wasn't, if they were in my position? You came to a part of the board that, to my knowledge, you never frequently use, just to say something to me. Was there a playful sign of jest? Nope. It was a straight-up comment to mock me, and I am sure most people would think that too.

But alas, you're forum game is strong. You have mastered the art of saving face. If you were to actually get some kind of lighthearted response from me, you would just respond with "haha, glad you knew it was a joke", and if I were to be negative, you had that Star Trek joke gif waiting to be used. You're like that asshole in real life who always says shit to piss people off, and when they take offense, you immediately go to the tried and true "calm DOWN! It's just a joke"

I'm not giving you the benefit of the doubt on this one. You ended the last debate as self-servingly possible, and your first communication with me since then was to come into a board you never post in and then faux imitate me. And somehow, I'm supposed to just assume you're joking? Where was the playful smiley, such as - , , or ?? You know, something to let me know you're not being a dick.

But nah, I'm supposed to just assume you're not being a prodding dickhead, which you will use to make me look "uncalm", and that I should once again "calm the fuck down, bro".

Take your fake ass "calm down" bullshit and shove it up your ass.

Oh and I am only mentioning this calm down stuff because that's what he said to me in a PM after I called him out on what he said.


[Edited on 4-21-2015 by CamstunPWG187]


punkerhardcore - 4-21-2015 at 07:30 AM

In his defense, I wouldn't be surprised if it really was overrated as hell.

Of course, I say that having not played it.


CVD39 - 4-21-2015 at 09:44 AM

A dude at my work won't shut the fuck up about it and he's quite possibly the biggest wanker I've ever met. Straight up goof of a turd.


But, like punker, I haven't played it and the last one I played was 10 years ago and was pretty fun so I dont know. Maybe it's the bees knees afterall.

[Edited on 4-21-2015 by CVD39]


CamstunPWG187 - 4-22-2015 at 06:38 AM

Nah, it's really good. Ever since Deadly Alliance, MK has become more and more of a GOOD fighting game. However, the last one in 2011 really brought it to a new height, and this one expands on it. The fighting engine is deep, not too complex, and is just fun.

The micro transactions in the game are quite lame, though. You only need a few whales to make a lot of money. Damn developers.


punkerhardcore - 4-22-2015 at 05:08 PM

I wish I could still play fighting games. They used to be my shit back in the day... I think the last one I was pretty good at was one of the MKs for the Gamecube. I'm just no good at them anymore.

I've played the Mortal Kombat that came out for the 360 whenever that was. 2008, 2009? And then MK vs. DC, but I dunno. All the combos and moves are just too complicated anymore. Or maybe I just suck at them in general now.

I watched a video last night of all the fatalities in the game. Some were kinda bland, a couple were cool, most were standard fare... but Cassie's selfie one was easily my favorite, just for how different it was.




She exploded his balls, too.


salmonjunkie - 4-22-2015 at 06:28 PM

I'm the same way with fighting games. The last Mortal Kombat I played was 3, and I was pretty good at that. 9 looked awesome, but I decided I didn't want to learn it. X looks awesome too, but I'm hesitant on that too. Maybe I'll go get 9 now that it's cheaper and learn that.

I have Super SSF4, Arcade Edition, but I haven't touched it in 2 years. I remember thinking "I used to be good at 2 and Alpha, I know the moves and combos, maybe I'll go play it online" and then get destroyed. Bleh.

[Edited on 4-22-2015 by salmonjunkie]


nOOb - 4-22-2015 at 08:46 PM

I played through MKX last week. It was fun. I can appreciate that, between the achievements and the presence of the Krypt, that they give me a reason to replay even after I've finished the story. It does get a little less fun when you don't have people over to play it, which kept me playing the three PS2/X-Box era MK's for months, but it's worth a play or two...just not an extended play time if you're going solo (I know you can play online but I hate playing against people who live and breathe a game and know every trick in the book without the option of throwing my controller at their head).


janerd75 - 4-26-2015 at 08:00 AM

Relevant:


nOOb - 4-30-2015 at 09:25 PM

State of Decay re-released for X-Box One today with some pretty noticeable graphic improvements, as well as some well-needed bug fixes. It seems like some stores have a disc copy available, but if you've already purchased it for the 360, X-Box Live gives you 33% off, as well as an additional character (it also gives you both DLC packs, which is kinda neat). If you never got a shot at this, and have an X-Box One, now is the time to give it a shot.


punkerhardcore - 4-30-2015 at 09:35 PM

I may have to check that out. A buddy of mine loved that game when it came out, and kept trying to get me to buy it. I did end up trying the demo, and thought it was pretty good.

Speaking of downloadable games for the One... I took the bait and bought Goat Simulator when it came out a week or two ago, whenever it was. I don't regret buying it, per se, because it was silly fun for a couple hours. But probably wasn't worth $10.

I hooked up the ol' 360 again to play Tropico 5. I friggin' love this series. This one seems a little harder than the previous few, but still a lot of fun.


CVD39 - 5-1-2015 at 01:29 AM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
State of Decay re-released for X-Box One today with some pretty noticeable graphic improvements, as well as some well-needed bug fixes. It seems like some stores have a disc copy available, but if you've already purchased it for the 360, X-Box Live gives you 33% off, as well as an additional character (it also gives you both DLC packs, which is kinda neat). If you never got a shot at this, and have an X-Box One, now is the time to give it a shot.


Heard this was really good and I'd like to play it. Unfortunately I'm not an XBox guy. The Zombie game I did get a year or so ago was the TellTale Walking Dead game that I've seen a lot of people gush over and I didn't care for it. I like a good rpg as much as the next guy so I'm used to talking to everybody but that just got to be too much of a drag.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-2-2015 at 05:28 PM

I have been playing MKX and now, Splatoon.

The net code in Splatoon is outstanding. One of the more fun experiences I have ever had online. Lack of voice chat hurts the experience, but still, it's pretty fucking boss. Nintendo knocks it out of the park once again with a new IP.

And just because, I started up another game in Ocarina of Time


punkerhardcore - 6-3-2015 at 04:29 PM

I'm not currently playing this, obviously, but HOLY FUCKING SHIT will I ever be when it comes out:


the goon - 6-5-2015 at 03:23 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I have been playing MKX and now, Splatoon.

The net code in Splatoon is outstanding. One of the more fun experiences I have ever had online. Lack of voice chat hurts the experience, but still, it's pretty fucking boss. Nintendo knocks it out of the park once again with a new IP.


I really want to play Splatoon, but these days I can't justify putting down $60 on a game unless it's something I really want (i.e. Mario Kart or the next Zelda). But the reviews have been quite good thus far and I will definitely pick it up if/when the price comes down.

And while this isn't really on topic with the thread, has anyone been aware of Yooka-Laylee? It's being billed as spiritual sequel to Banjo-Kazooie (one of my all-time favorite games) and is being made by a lot of the same team that worked on the original Banjo game. It looks to be the closest thing we'll get to a legit new Banjo-Kazooie game and while these are some early screenshots, they'll tug at your 1998 Nintendo 64 platformer-era heartstrings:




CamstunPWG187 - 6-5-2015 at 03:13 PM

Don't get me started on Yooka-Laylee, bro. I have played through Kazooie and Tooie more times than law should allow, and I am hyped as fuck about it.

Just give me more 3D platforming collect-a-thons!!!!

As for Splatoon getting a price drop....HA!! It's a first party NIntendo game, man. New Super Mario Bros. for the DS is still 30 bucks.

It's awesome, man. Get it! We can play online and splat our mess all over the place!

No gay.


the goon - 6-6-2015 at 05:44 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
As for Splatoon getting a price drop....HA!! It's a first party NIntendo game, man. New Super Mario Bros. for the DS is still 30 bucks.



Which is why I prefaced it with "if/when it goes down in price" and not "when it goes down in price." Though I will say that I have seen some Nintendo stuff go down in price before (I recall Smash Bros Brawl going down to 29.99 at my local Best Buy), but yeah, you're right...it is a bit of a rarity.

And just to get back on topic with this thread: my PS3 recently bit the dust, so a friend of mine was nice enough to give me his old PS3 and some games because he never plays them anymore. Among the games he gave me were God of War 3 and the God of War HD Collection. Having only played the first God of War game way back when, I decided I would play through the first three games in order. So I played through and beat the first one in a few weeks and am now currently about 75% through the second one. The first two are absolutely great games in my opinion and I'm psyched to tackle the third one since I never played it when it was originally released. Also, some of the graphics (namely on the backgrounds/buildings) look surprisingly good with the shiny HD remaster, especially considering the first two games are ten and eight years old.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-7-2015 at 08:29 AM

God of War 2 is incredible but also has an incredibly frustrating final part. Once you get to a section where you respawn (I say this because you will die at this part, a lot) at a coliseum while a ginormous obese god talks shit to you, that is where the game gets incredibly frustrating.

10/10 game up and down, but holy shit, the gauntlet of enemies during that part is incredibly difficult.


CVD39 - 6-7-2015 at 07:54 PM

quote:
It's a first party NIntendo game, man. New Super Mario Bros. for the DS is still 30 bucks.



It's funny, I put off buying Wii Super Mario for years because I didn't want to be the last sucker to spend $30 before it went to $20. It wasn't about the money, but the principle. Just couldn't bring myself to do it. Finally did when I saw that most places I went to didn't have it anymore. Played about an hour into it and it's been collecting dust for months now.


If I've already shared this than yeah, I just wasted your time. Sorry.


the goon - 6-7-2015 at 08:19 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
God of War 2 is incredible but also has an incredibly frustrating final part. Once you get to a section where you respawn (I say this because you will die at this part, a lot) at a coliseum while a ginormous obese god talks shit to you, that is where the game gets incredibly frustrating.


Okay, not looking forward to that part then. And would you rank it as less frustrating or more frustrating than having to climb the rotating towers with the blades on them during the underworld portion of the first God of War (the only part of that game that I truly, truly do not like)?


CamstunPWG187 - 6-8-2015 at 12:58 AM

I have on played through 1 and 2, and that was the most difficult part I remember amongst all of them.


the goon - 7-4-2015 at 06:42 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
God of War 2 is incredible but also has an incredibly frustrating final part. Once you get to a section where you respawn (I say this because you will die at this part, a lot) at a coliseum while a ginormous obese god talks shit to you, that is where the game gets incredibly frustrating.


At long last, I finally got to this part tonight. And you know...I really didn't find it that bad and beat it on my second try. Was it unnecessarily long and crammed full of too many enemies? Yes. But I found the key was isolating your enemies using the magic gates that disappear/reappear and choosing when to use the Rage of the Gods ability. But other than the part with the Medusas (which is where I died the first time and their ability to turn you into stone and then instant kill you always makes me a little jumpy), I didn't find this part of the game overly difficult.

And of course, I'm not saying it was easy by any stretch, but I'd take this part any day of the week over the revolving blade towers of the first God of War game.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-10-2015 at 03:19 AM

Yep, that's how it is, sometimes. I remember my friend had so much trouble against Alma from Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox (2004), and then I beat her on first try, maybe second, but jesus, it definitely didn't take me any more than two turns. Girl had a pretty simply pattern to figure out.

I guess I should just state, with authority, that I am playing the ever-loving shit out of Batman: Arkham Knight, and I am so caught up in the side missions and whatnot that I still haven't completed the main story. I have probably put 25-30 hours in the game, so far. I LOVE IT. Will give it the full review when it's complete.


nOOb - 9-4-2015 at 12:14 AM

If you need more a Max fix after watching Fury Road, and have a next gen console, Mad Max is a good place to look. It's only kind of a tie-in with Fury Road, but apparently not a part of the film universe. There's War Boys, Buzzards (spiky cars), Gas Town, mentions of the Bullet Farm, and the main villain is Inmortan Joe's third son (Joe was the main villain in Fury Road).

The car portions seem like you need to get used to it only a little (it's typical driving controls), while the ground combat is a bit like Arkham and Shadows of Mordor (though since Max is no Batman, it's not quite as fluid).

It's a fun ride nonetheless, and worth a look (it's getting generally good reviews, too).


williamssl - 9-4-2015 at 02:02 AM

On the list. Must have now, or wait a few months for price drop?


nOOb - 9-4-2015 at 10:55 AM

This is definitely one of those titles that will drop in price within a month (maybe only $10, but it'll still drop). If you're a huge Max fan or are like me and buy games when you have Reward Zone certificates available to knock down the price, I'd say now is good because you can get the preorder bonuses still (car upgrades). Otherwise, it isn't a "can't miss" type of game, but rather a good time killer that happens to supplement the DVD release of one of the best movies of the year, so waiting for a price drop is a solid option.


gobbledygooker - 9-4-2015 at 06:56 PM

Thanks to a recent raise, I bought a PS4 today. Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. Also got Madden. To say I'm stoked would be an understatement.


punkerhardcore - 9-4-2015 at 07:35 PM

Which Madden? Madden 13?


gobbledygooker - 9-10-2015 at 02:02 AM

Welcome to the new Gooker!!! Madden '16 beyatch! Already been in touch with Shao Kahn about setting up some games.


nOOb - 9-28-2015 at 08:29 PM

Finally got Mad Max finished up today (good, still say worth a buy, but only at a discount), and probably just in time, too, since we're getting into that time of the year where everything comes out rapid pace. Looking ahead at the schedule:

Next week: Rock Band 4 (next-gen Rock Band). Apparently this is still a fad. Also, for PS4 owners, the Uncharted collection is remastered in anticipation of Uncharted 4 next year. That's one I have ticketed for Thanksgiving/Black Friday. And for Transformer fans, they got a game with graphics based off the original cartoon.

10/13: This one has two possibly "hidden gem" type games. One of the two I have preordered: Wasteland 2. With the original's ties to the Fallout series, and the generally good reviews for the PC version, I figured this one as worth a look. The other is a PS4 exclusive, and is a mix of Dragon Quest and Dynasty Warriors. The preorder bonuses aren't extremely enticing, but if it gets good enough reviews, it's worth a Thanksgiving/Black Friday look.

Week of 10/23: Because Rock Band's back, Guitar Hero has to come back, too. Cool? That's Tuesday. Friday, the 23rd, this year's Assassin's Creed comes out. Weird that it releases on a Friday, but understandable because...

10/27: Pretty much the biggest overall release day of the year. First and foremost, you got Halo 5, which is a pretty big deal because, you know, Halo 5. If that's not your cup of tea, WWE 2K16 also comes out, with one of the biggest, yet Diva-related-aggrevating rosters ever. And for people looking for more "hidden gems", you have the console release of the well-review Divinity: Original Sin, and the newest Darksiders game.

11/3: New Call of Duty. This one is Black Ops 2...or 3, don't care to check. There'll be a new one next year. Besides, this is your week to catch up because....

11/10: Fallout 4 bitches! Anything that comes out after this is irrelevant, because this will eat your life away for the next four months.


punkerhardcore - 9-28-2015 at 09:46 PM

Rock Band 4 comes out next week? Shit... I knew it was coming out sometime, but had no idea it was so soon. I'll have to check it out sometime.

Shit's gonna be nuts the next few months-- and it's Black Ops III coming out, which I know because Black Ops II was the only Call of Duty game that I played a fuck ton of, so I'm actually excited for it.

I'm still a sucker for the Assassin's Creed series, but that one will likely take a backburner for me until Jan/Feb. Same with Halo 5, unfortunately, since I also loves me some Halo.

But goddamn... Fallout fucking 4. Like you said, that will just take up all my time until probably Christmas morning. Most likely beyond.

---------------


Currently I'm playing another long ass action RPG-- Witcher 3. Awesome, awesome game. Like Fallout, the world is massive, there's tons of cool shit do to, all kinds of side quests, great humor peppered throughout, etc. If you're into that sort of game, it's a must have.


And while I'm here (and since you mentioned hidden gems) I'd like to throw one out there-- Life is Strange.

Look, I love Telltale. The Walking Dead was just awesome, and Tales from the Borderlands fits so perfectly into the environment and humor you'd expect from a Borderlands game, while introducing some brand new and really likable characters.

But what Dontnod has done with Life is Strange, is taken the "choose your own adventure, chapter based" game idea from Telltale, leapfrogged them, and run about ten miles in the distance. It is an incredible game. I think a lot of people will look at the initial setting and story and be turned off by it (you play as a high school chick with a supernatural power)... I promise you that it is worth playing. The story ends up being very engaging, and the choices in this game mean something. Like, really mean something. Everything you do needs to be thought over carefully, because a totally innocuous decision you make in Episode 1 could have catastrophic results in Episode 4. Honestly, if it wasn't for juggernauts like Fallout, this game would be a legit GOTY contender.


Flash - 10-3-2015 at 07:30 AM

Xbox gold has the One definitive version of Tomb Raider as part of their free games with gold... just a gorgeous high def Lara in an awesome game. Getting stoked for the sequel.


Chris Is Good517 - 10-4-2015 at 07:41 PM

Picked up Valiant Hearts since MS is giving it away for free to Gold members, and it is actually really good.

I'm also still gradually meandering through Arkham Knight, but overall it's kind of a disappointment and not something that's been able to really hold my attention.

Picking up Rock Band 4 next week, and hopefully that will keep me content until WWE 2K16 and Black Ops III


gobbledygooker - 10-6-2015 at 03:07 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Is Good517
I'm also still gradually meandering through Arkham Knight, but overall it's kind of a disappointment and not something that's been able to really hold my attention.



What are your complaints? I'm playing it now as well and have really been enjoying it but yeah, I could see some minor room for improvement i.e. more focused side mission additions as opposed to "Now you need to save fire fighters" or "now you need to dope up Man-Bat" when you can't even necessarily do that mission at the time they offer it.

Otherwise, I'm loving the story and as a casual dabbler in all things Batman, I'm loving the inclusion of Azrael (who I remember from the Knightfall comics), Nightwing, etc. They definitely never slack on the Rogues Gallery in these games.

And Gotham is just spectacular. I know a game isn't all about the graphics but they certainly show what the PS4 is capable of via size of the city and the beauty of it.

I'd easily give it a 9/10 currently.


Flash - 10-6-2015 at 04:39 AM

With how big they went with Gotham in Arkham Knight, and the possible potential to go even bigger... I would LOVE to see Rocksteady try and make an honest to goodness Superman game.

As for AK... I liked it, but didn't love it... honestly though I couldn't point to a fault other than look/feel it's the 4th game into the series and so much of what was special feels a bit too familiar. I will give them a lot of credit though, the introduction of the Batmobile was definitely their attempt to add a massive new element to the game and they mostly succeed... I know Batman is more of a "night" hero, but maybe a change in the background lighting would give different elements a different fresh feel... I mean gliding overhead it's gorgeous, but at ground level a lot of it feels claustrophobic and much the same. I think in general as well... and without getting too spoilery but they do get it to make sense and justify it as a story.... but I'm getting a bit sick of the Joker in all things.... Yeah he's awesome, but he's far too overused... even in the comics since the new 52 happened the Batman title has had Joker in like 3 of the 5 arcs to date (death of the family, half of zero year, endgame... missing from the Owls stuff, and the Gordon stuff).... Batman has maybe the first or second greatest rogues gallery; time to give them more of a chance to shine.


nOOb - 10-14-2015 at 05:11 PM

Got my copy of Wasteland 2 yesterday and was told to expect a great game and to put a lot of time in, but with the Cubs yesterday, I didn't get the chance to give it a go. One game I did get to put some time into and actually proved to be a fun time waster was Elder Scrolls Online on my Xbox. It gives you a bit of excitement of what Fallout 4 (and down the road next-gen Elder Scrolls VI) will look like, and is a fun time waster. The MMO aspect makes a few missions easier (only because the people are in process of killing something I need to kill...no clue how the social aspect is), and it has enough of the Elder Scrolls magic to make a game with spotty outside story resources work. And the story structure makes it easy to just play a quest chain or two in a sitting before moving on to something else.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-15-2015 at 06:18 AM

I just beat Radiant Silvergun for the first time.

Radiant Silvergun is a masterpiece of shoot-em-up game design. It's not quite Ikaruga, but Ikaruga came out 3 years later and totally perfected the genre. On it's own, RS is a fantastic game that only a few people will ever beat.

The music is great. The graphics, for 1998, are exceptional. I don't really know how much detail I can go into on a game like this. It's 2D, old-school as it gets, and requires insane reflexes to beat. Am I tooting my own horn here? Yeah, you're damn right I am. Beating this game on the normal difficulty setting made me feel like a badass, and I was extremely proud of myself for doing it.

Pussies need not apply here. This game is hard. To quote Maddox - " When I say this game is hard, I mean hard like nipples-on-a-blind-lesbian-in-a-fish-market hard. "

It's not the perfect game that Ikaruga is, but it doesn't know any better.

The end.

9.0/10


nOOb - 10-17-2015 at 04:31 PM

I was a bit excited about seeing how Wasteland 2 would be because the descriptions I got of it from some people were "old school computer RPG, only with modern technology making it bigger". I'm a bit of a sucker for those games (specifically Fallout 2), and I was also a bit curious to see how they'd translate onto a console, especially since combat is a weird mix of live and turn based.

Turns out, it does translate pretty well. It feels exactly like a mid-90's computer RPG, right down to the intro, which I really appreciated because it was the first FMV I've seen in a game since the original Playstation (and it turns out that the cameras they use for FMV now are HD, so they look better than some Asylum films and other B-Movies you'd see on Netflix). The combat is a bit addictive, because there's a bit of strategy involved (such as luring enemies away from NPCs so they don't explode/catch a stray bullet), and the customization seems simple enough to learn, but has enough complexities to make it something to take time to do. Plus, the ability to make your own guys at the beginning and manually type their biography is something that still makes me feel like my guys have a life of their own (even though it just seems a bit sad when you type ten paragraphs of backstory for them, only to have them killed by a mutated fly an hour in).

If you're a CRPG fan, this is a fun game to pick up, and cheap, too, as it's only $40.


Chris Is Good517 - 11-9-2015 at 02:01 AM

So I went by my local Hastings on Friday to buy Black Ops III, but they were sold out. I went to find something to rent instead, and lo, I was able to snag the last rental copy of Black Ops III. Got it home and uh... if I wanted to play Halo, I'd pick up fucking Halo. I hope the MLG fuckboys are happy, because Black Ops III is tailored for them. I realize that Modern Warfare was 8 years ago and the series has evolved and my tastes have changed, but this just isn't the Call of Duty experience I used to love anymore and I'm 100% done with it unless they go back to the simplicity that made it so much fun in the late 00s. I'll still blast through the campaign before I take it back on Friday, though. And hey, instead of paying $60 to own disappointment I paid $8 to be disappointed for a week.

I went back yesterday and bought Assassin's Creed Syndicate to make myself feel better and I have to say I'm really enjoying it immensely so far. Unity was a mess and Syndicate feels like a big apology.


CVD39 - 11-9-2015 at 03:29 AM

Heard great things (especially around here by my Uncle Tex) about that South Park Stick of Truth game but figured I'd wait for a price drop. Never really looked for it until the other day when I downloaded it for $10 on the PSN.

So I have that to look forward to before I finally pull the upgrade trigger and get Fallout 4.


And I've never played a Call of Duty game, even though I own a copy of Black Ops 2 or one of the Modern Warfares or whatever came with the headset I needed for a different game.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-11-2015 at 02:24 PM

It took me 3 months to beat God of War 3. Not that it was more or less difficult than the others by any stretch, but I certainly took my time with it.

It always took me a few days to finish the other ones. I don't know what that says about the game. Maybe I was just savoring it, like a fine glass of Lagavulin. Or maybe I am getting old, and my being busy with work and other hobbies keeps me from doing this....But wait, I just beat HALO 5 within 4-5 days on heroic, and that's not a short task, and I am currently blazing through COD BLOPS 3's campaign on Veteran (more than halfway, at the moment), with plans to beat it tonight. I think in the end, I was savoring God of War 3, because it's chapters and moments all begin and end like good short stories.

God of War 3: Remastered for the PS4 is my first time playing and even SEEING it in action. I totally missed out on owning a PS3, and I never watched anyone play it. I remember all of it's setpiece moments. Some of the things I saw in God of War 3 are just unforgettable, and truly astonishing. Brutally mesmerizing, if I may.

The game opens up in spectacular fashion, and I must say, it is easily the best opening to any action game I have ever seen. A battle with Poseidon that involves fighting around the body of Gaia, the titan goddess of nature, while she climbs Mount Olympus. It's insanely intense, over-the-top, and a perfect way to open the game up. Trust me, you won't find a more satisfying opening to a pure action game any time soon, and this game came out 5 years ago.

Then you will come across so many fun moments - Chasing down Hermes, fighting Hades, the battle with the titan, Cronos, and my favorite, an excellent battle with Hercules that is easily among the series' best boss fights.

Combat is simple, with no need to learn but a few combos and slightly advanced techniques (since certain enemies require these techniques to even be able to administer damage). Combat is so brutal and satisfying, though, that you would be doing a disservice to yourself to only want to perform the basics. I was doing things like tossing a foe into the air, dealing out damage to several harpies on my way up, and then coming down with him in a brutal backbreaker that would make Roderick Strong weep. Things like this keep the combat fresh and fun during the 8 hour story. However, I would like to say that combat feels way to similar to the PS2 games, and it definitely needs to be spruced up when the inevitable sequel comes out.

Graphically, the game is impressive to look at. I can't believe this game was in 30 FPS back on the PS3. I would refuse to play it if I had to play that version. What we have here is 60 FPS of Olympus glory. Kratos is especially handsome, with an insane amount of detail being put into his character that's truly amazing. Other characters don't get the same visual treatment, which feels a little lazy.

The sound design is outstanding. Bones crunch, blood splatters, swords clash...it's all very intense. My girlfriend was making breakfast while I was playing and just said "that sounds so violent", and if that's what the sound director's goal was, than bravo, good sir. A job well done. The music is amazingly epic, which has always been the norm for God of War. The soundtrack is up there with IKARUGA's in terms of fitting the action going on on-screen.

Story-wise, well....It's like watching "Greek Mythologies Greatest Hits: Kratos Remix". Zeus hates you, and so do most other people in Olympus. It's all very over-the-top, and sometimes even hard to keep track of. It doesn't matter though, because all of the storyline set pieces are so beautiful and fun to watch play out that I really wasn't concerned about the plotholes or nonsensical parts that so many other reviewers focused on.

Overall, nothing about God of War 3 BOTHERED me. I actually wish it had been longer by another 3-4 hours, and the ending is kind of a downer, but none of these things are huge problems (Like HALO's lack of local co-op). I am reviewing the game as if it had just come out. I don't like to review games with a mindset of "this game is new by today's standards". The only other nitpick I have with is is that God of War 4 needs to definitely step it up in terms of combat. It's a little too simple for this day and age and needs to be updated.

God of War 3 is a fantastic action game that treads a little too close to PS2-era levels in terms of it's basic combat. It's graphics, amazing boss fights, and amazing, amazing locales keep it high up on my list of amazing action games. I highly enjoyed it and I was sad when it was finally over.

9/10


CamstunPWG187 - 11-11-2015 at 02:26 PM

I love my Xbox One. It's got some amazing games. However, the only exclusives I have for it are Sunset Overdrive and Rare Replay, and let's be fair, those two games target very niche audiences and aren't for everyone. Fair enough. Finally, I have a reason to say the Xbox One is 100% worth owning for one game. A game for everyone who likes action, adventure, multiplayer, and even those who aren't ultra-competitive.

HALO 5 does everything right. It's running at 60 FPS, giving you the immediate feel of Call of Duty, yet within 5 minutes you won't even notice, because it still feels like HALO. The Covenant are back. The Prometheans are still extremely annoying. But everything feels right. It's HALO at it's most refined.

It's HALO at it's best.

Campaign mode is beefy, includes 15 missions, and took me around 8-10 hours to complete by myself on Heroic. I was saddened when I realized I couldn't play local co-op (online only), and would have gladly taken the downgrade from 60 FPS to 30-45 FPS. It's the games only fault, and where I grew up, HALO co-op on Legendary is a thing. My friends and I played it all the time, and it's an incredible teamwork experience.

Moving past that, I must say I loved the campaign. Even by myself, it was fun, had memorable setpiece moments, and had me really wondering what was going to happen at the end. I have always liked HALO's story, and I respect the addition of the Expanded Universe. The new campaign throws so many fun weapons to tinker around with, and so many awesome battlefields to go to war on, that I really can't wait to go through it with a friend. It's fucking awesome.

Multiplayer is excellent, and I have only played the new WARZONE mode, which is a 24-player mixture of Capture the Flag, Arena, and COD's SPEC Ops all rolled into one. Bosses appear, AI enemies are all over the place, and all types of bases need to be held down. If you have control of all 3 bases, you can go and destroy the enemies base core the end it for good, but it's not so easy, as the enemy team even has their own AI marines to help fight alongside them, and they aren't exactly pushovers when accompanied by human players. Did I mention the size of these arenas? Enormous, detailed, and fun to navigate.

With an awesome assortment of weapons, an insanely good campaign mode, and awesome multiplayer options, this is the best thing the Xbox One has going for it in terms of exclusives...and it all runs at 60 FRAMES PER SECOND. It's a beast.

Overall, HALO 5 is an excellent game and one of the best games of the year. That is all.

9.5/10


nOOb - 11-12-2015 at 09:41 PM

The X-Box One got backwards compatibility (to an extent) today. The first thing I noticed: "Wow, I forgot I bought Monkey Island before I sold my 360". The big one is Fallout 3 (free with Fallout 4), but the thing that should be mentioned on that is that the DLC is available if you bought it. I guess this is true for all games for the time being and may be resolved in the future.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-5-2016 at 05:53 AM

Up until Fallout 4 sucked the soul from my helpless body, ROTR was my game of the year. I can't really explain how good this game is. I felt like Lara Croft the entire time. The open worlds are outstanding, detailed, and full of danger. Combat is a blast, and by the end you feel like you are a one-woman army, perfectly capable of taking down all of Trinity and their terrible regime. Set-piece moments are outstanding, and gave me a rush I haven't felt since playing the previous entry. It takes everything it's predecessor does and expands on it. While it IS a safe sequel (it doesn't do too much different), it perfects the formula of the first one, and makes it bigger and more interesting.

I don't want to get wrapped up in another long review here. I spent 35 hours with the game and I got pretty much every achievement possible without playing around in the non-campaign activities. With 710 points in achievements, I almost 100%'d the main game and would gladly do it again. I loved the encounters with dangerous animals such as bears, mountain lions, and wolves. I loved the upgrade system, as it made approaching enemy encounters new and interesting as I delved deeper into the story. The graphics are excellent, and the sound design is superb. Exploring the tombs is probably the highlight of the game. Excellent puzzles litter these hidden gems, and beating them is always satisfying. The story is great, and the last boss battle is actually really cool, with a great cliffhanger to end things on.

Faults? Sure. A encountered a glitch or two here and there that prevented me from acquiring some special pelts from animals, and combat becomes very easy by the middle of the game. A little too easy. I felt like I was getting shot up with a barrage of bullets and that I would be put down any minute...But nope, I would recover so fast and easily that it made enemy encounters feel less threatening than they should.

I can't put into words how much I like Rise of the Tomb Raider.

9.5/10


nOOb - 2-6-2016 at 10:13 PM

I was a bit unsure of what to play next since I just finished Wasteland 2 yesterday. You're not the first person I've heard swear by RoTR, but I didn't move on to that after Fallout 4 the same reason I haven't started Metal Gear Solid 5: there's a first installment I need to finish (one day I'll beat Ground Zeroes so I can start Phantom Pain...just not yet). So I started Tomb Raider this morning (it's been sitting on my "To Do" shelf for a little over a year now. The X-Box game hub says I'm 25% through it, so I'll at least get to RoTR by next week at the latest, but judging from how Tomb Raider has played thus far and the fact RoTR is supposed to improve upon it, I'm excited.


salmonjunkie - 2-7-2016 at 01:55 AM

How did you like Wasteland 2? I kicked in for the Kickstarter for it and I have it, but I still haven't started it yet.


nOOb - 2-7-2016 at 10:42 PM

I had to wait for the first patch to be able to properly play it (because your followers you dismissed would disappear forever), but once that got resolved it was loads of fun and a real flashback to 90's PC RPGs. It was also one of the harder games to find ways to finish quests online; for whatever reason there's just very few outlets for info outside of random forums. But it feels like that is how it should have been.

Though I will say on playthrough two I had figured out Intelligence was a huge stat as far as getting skills upgraded, so after my guys hit level 10, they never really had problems killing anything.


nOOb - 2-24-2016 at 01:17 PM

Started Far Cry Primal yesterday night. The best description I have for it is "Far Cry without guns or a Vaas or Pagan Min type of character." In fact, I haven't really figured out any of the story other than I'm reaching cavemen that look like my guy from cavemen that don't and also becoming the Beastmaster in the process. It doesn't sound like the most fun but something about only having a club, a bow, and a spear to hunt stuff and fight unarmored opponents is refreshing. It also has the requisite collectible stuff littered around the map so it will at least hold my attention until the Division.


Quentil - 3-5-2016 at 08:52 PM

I've been playing This War of Mine: The Little Ones over the past couple weeks, alongside of some Minecraft and a bit of another game called Starpoint Gemini 2. Starpoint Gemini 2 is passable as a space game in the vein of the old Privateer series, but a bit of a letdown. Minecraft is well, Minecraft, and This War of Mine is shockingly good. Difficult as hell. But it's good, so long as you don't mind the SNES-style throwback graphics.

It's a sandbox survival game set in a war-torn city being fought over by the government and some rebels, inspired by the Siege of Sarajevo from the mid 90's. It's probably the most difficult game I have played in ages in actually making it to the end. Still, if you are into those sort of games and haven't seen this one yet, I highly recommend it. You spend hours and hours without even realizing it trying to survive a few more days.

[Edited on 3-5-2016 by Quentil]


CM Crunk - 3-14-2016 at 11:06 PM

So I finished up Fallout a few months ago, and have been sporadically playing WWE 2K16 (I'll probably get around to posting some of my OCD/Quentil Settlement inspired creations in the proper thread for that) but unfortunately since commission requests have dried up for the time being my gaming budget is pretty much going to be restricted to freebie XBL/PS+ monthly titles, 24 hour binges courtesy of the odd Redbox free game promo, and free-to-play garbage like Four Kings Casino on PS4...

I did however recently purchase The Jackbox Party Pack 1 on PS4 (because goddamnit I love You Don't Know Jack) but a lot of the games in it require at least two players and they don't appear to have a matchmaking service in place. Anybody else have it? If so and you want to play, I'm MatteoLFeo on PSN.


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CamstunPWG187 - 5-30-2016 at 05:02 PM

well, It's been a nice year, to say the least

had a 2-week vacation back in February and crushed Mega Man X for the umpteenth, and sunk time into the Uncharted HD collection for PS4. never played an uncharted game before and it felt good going in at 2 and then finishing 3 by vacation's end. Don't feel like playing 1.

Constantly have been playing Smash 4 throughout the year. Wish someone here played it.

In March i dabbled in this and that, obtaining a lot of Amiibos and Zelda: Twilight Princess HD in the process. I started on Hero Mode and just recently finished it this week. Hero mode is insanely difficult and I really appreciated the challenge.

In late march I obtained Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball 3 and it was the most relaxing, perverted game I have ever played. It was excellent, relaxing fun and I loved playing as Honoko. Even wrote an erotic short story using her as the inspiration.

in April, I finished 6180: The Moon for the Wii. Best $2 game I have ever played next to Gunman Clive.

Ratchet and Clank for the PS4 is my PS4 game of the year and the best PS4 exclusive you can get. Just outstanding in every way. Play it.

I finally beat Mega Man X3 legit, as well. I had never owned it and thus only beat it using emulators and codes to get to the end...well, this time I actually ran through it and beat it. Got everything, too. Ending wasn't nearly as hard as everyone said it was, and considering I beat it the first time in 2002 with a keyboard, I was really worried (because THAT was a bitch). Alas, I crushed Sigma pretty easily.

Beat all of the Mega Man Legacy Collection. Love those games.

Star Fox Zero was outstanding fun, and I can't wait to run through it again during the summer. The controls were dope, and I had a blast with it's arcade design. Really great game from Nintendo and Platinum.

Currently playing Uncharted 4, and it's really great, but maybe I'm just a little Uncharted out, right now, since I beat 2 and 3 in like 2 weeks back in February. Haven't been plowing away at it like I thought I would.

Doom, on the other hand, is fantastic and I can't wait until I beat UC4 and really sink inot it.


the goon - 5-30-2016 at 11:31 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
In March i dabbled in this and that, obtaining a lot of Amiibos


Just curious, do you open your Amiibos or leave them in the package? I have accumulated quite a few myself and go back and forth on opening them; on the one hand I like how they look in the package and of course they're more valuable that way if I ever try to resell them on ebay or anything. On the other hand, I kind of don't want to be "that guy," who buys something collectible and then just leaves it sitting untouched in the packaging.

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Star Fox Zero was outstanding fun, and I can't wait to run through it again during the summer. The controls were dope, and I had a blast with it's arcade design. Really great game from Nintendo and Platinum.


I will probably be picking Star Fox Zero up at some point. It's been about ten years since I've played a Star Fox game (Assault for Gamecube was the last one I played), so I'm looking forward to getting back into the series after roughly a decade.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-31-2016 at 03:51 AM

No, I open them and showcase them. I have a good collection right now.

-Meta Knight
-Shulk-
-Toon Link
-Luihi
-Bowser
-Falco
-Sonic
-Sheik
-Boy Inkling
-Robin
-Samus
-Wolf Link
-Ganondorf
-Little Mac
-Captain Olimar
-Rosalina
-Zero Suit Samus
-Yarn Yoshi
-Shovel Knight
-Old-School 8-bit Mario
-Zelda
-Ike
-Marth

Yeah man, I'm very confused about the reception Star Fox got from a lot of publications. I loved the controls and using the GamePad was good stuff. Co-Op with a friend was even better.


punkerhardcore - 5-31-2016 at 06:38 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187

Currently playing Uncharted 4, and it's really great, but maybe I'm just a little Uncharted out, right now, since I beat 2 and 3 in like 2 weeks back in February. Haven't been plowing away at it like I thought I would.


That's what I've been playing as well. Picked up a PS4 last week-- the Uncharted 4 bundle. I loved the previous three games, so figured it was good a time as any to pick it up.

On my Xbox One side, Episode 3 of Hitman comes out today... Episode 1 was pretty good, but Episode 2 was fucking stellar, so I'm excited for it.

Next week, Mirror's Edge comes out, which I'm pretty jazzed about.


nOOb - 5-31-2016 at 10:49 PM

I picked up Uncharted 4 and the HD series remake but I have a huge backlog I'm working through (that a Star Ocean game comes out in June and the Arkham Series HD remakes are coming out in the next two months, plus a Final Fantasy that actually looks good and the new Deus Ex don't help). I will say this: after suffering through Assassins Creed Unity to get to Syndicate was well worth it. I love Syndicate, especially that levels don't actually make things impossible (I conquered London second because reasons).


the goon - 6-1-2016 at 12:57 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
No, I open them and showcase them. I have a good collection right now.


Yeah, I'm leaning more and more towards opening them I think. I figure that eventually the Amiibo craze will begin to subside (if it's not already) and five years from now my in-package Marth or Dark Pit aren't going to be highly sought after collector's items.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-1-2016 at 04:44 PM

If you don't have a nice stand or trophy case, get one. I plan on getting a nice one during the summer. It's nice having things like that around my room. Most foreigners here are pretty nerdy and get a kick out of seeing things like that whenever they come over.

Opening that first one feels great. Got a lot of Japanese versions, too, with different names on the boxes. Look at some of the names for people like Rosalina and Robin. Pretty neat.

[Edited on 6-1-2016 by CamstunPWG187]


CamstunPWG187 - 6-4-2016 at 04:39 PM

Just beat Uncharted 4.

Awesome game, the most beautiful of this generation, and certainly a fitting end to the series, if Naughty Dog is serious about it being the final entry. The acting in this game is so superb, it's just astonishing how real all 4 main characters feel.

My gripes are how much climbing there is, and how there is a rope tied around every single spot where you need to use your rope swing technique. Oh no, I'm falling down this river towards a waterfall!! Oh wow, there's a tree branch with a copious amount of rope tied around the end! Surely someone else from hundreds of years ago has found themselves in this same exact predicament!

Other than that, I also liked the finale boss fight, and the epilogue was a peaceful end.

Too much climbing aside, I want to give this game a 9.5/10


salmonjunkie - 6-4-2016 at 11:51 PM

and to echo that...

Just beat The Last of Us

Awesome game, the most beautiful of the last generation, and certainly a fitting end to the PS3's life. Naughty Dog was serious about it being a swan song for the console. The acting in this game is so superb, it's just astonishing how real the main characters feel.

I actually have no gripes about this game. I loved Ellie's boss fight against David, and the ending of the game was a bit of a moral mindfuck. I loved it.

I give this game a 10/10. One of the most gorgeous and well made games I've ever played.


Thanks for the template, Camstun.

[Edited on 6-4-2016 by salmonjunkie]


CamstunPWG187 - 6-5-2016 at 02:53 AM

Agreed entirely. That was an outstanding game and when I have free time I'm going to play through the remastered version. So many scenes in that game are stuck in my head 2 and a half years later.

Can't wait to see it in glorious 60 FPS


salmonjunkie - 6-8-2016 at 01:03 AM

Trying to figure out the next game I should tackle from my backlog. Perhaps you can help with a suggestion between these four:

Tomb Raider (PS3)
Uncharted 3 (PS3)
Zelda - Skyward Sword (Wii)
Okami (Wii)


nOOb - 6-8-2016 at 09:14 PM

I've only played Tomb Raider out of those four (Uncharted 3 is in my backlog as part of the HD Collection I picked up a while back). I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure how much of my experience involved DLC (the X-Box One and PS4 versions are both GOTY, so they're all included). Depending on how long ago you played (or if you have played) the last two Uncharted's, I'd say Tomb Raider if it's been a while or not at all, or Uncharted if you played the second within three months.

Sidenote: E3 may lead to a bigger backlog down the road. I already have the Final Fantasy X/X2 HD collection to replay, but that may get passed over by the Final Fantasy XII HD Remake that just got announced.

Of course, THAT is going to be passed by by the other remake coming possibly this year: Skyrim.


salmonjunkie - 6-8-2016 at 10:34 PM

I think I last played and beat Uncharted 2 about 2-3 years ago.


punkerhardcore - 6-8-2016 at 10:44 PM

Goddamn... what's with all the HD remakes of games that were already released in HD? Skyrim isn't even five years old. And it's massive as fuck... no way would I have time to replay that game with all the new stuff coming out.

That said-- I would love a Mass Effect trilogy with all the DLC included. Get on it, Bioware.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-9-2016 at 04:39 AM

Skyward Sword


the goon - 6-9-2016 at 07:12 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Skyward Sword


I would personally love to see it re-released in HD, because otherwise it feels kind of incomplete to have HD versions of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, but not Skyward Sword (not to mention those graphics would probably look damn pretty in HD). I'm kind of afraid it's not in the cards though, since the Wii U is in it's final year and all the focus next week at E3 is going to be on the new Zelda game.

And while we're on the subject, I picked up Twilight Princess HD a few days ago (was on sale for $40 on Amazon, which included the Amiibo pack-in) and hadn't played it since the Wii launch, so it's been fun getting sucked back into that game.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-9-2016 at 09:28 AM

Play on Hero mode!! It's so difficult, and when can you ever say a Zelda game is difficult?


salmonjunkie - 6-9-2016 at 04:38 PM

I actually have both Twilight Princess and Wind Waker (Gamecube!) sitting around as well - I played through half of Twilight Princess about 8 years ago and never returned to it (not because I didn't like it, I did - I just got busy and forgot to) and I got all near to the end of Wind Waker probably 10 years ago but stopped during the mindnumbing fetching mission that you had to go all around the world to do to open up the last dungeon.



[Edited on 6-9-2016 by salmonjunkie]


CamstunPWG187 - 6-9-2016 at 05:10 PM

That mind-numbing fetch questing leads to the best finale in Zelda history.

Man, I just sunk into DOOM for about 6 hours just now, and I'm playing on Ultra-Violence, which is "hard mode" for those who don't play. It's fucking incredible, always has my hangs sweating, and doesn't let up for a second. Smashing enemies with their own legs, curb stomps, shotguns completely blowing away 3-4 enemies...this game's campaign is so fucking nuts that it should come with a label that reads "PREPARE TO BE ROCKED", with a free voucher for a hospital visit in case you're too much of a pussy and end up having a heart attack while playing because your rage-a-hol intake was too high.



[Edited on 6-9-2016 by CamstunPWG187]


punkerhardcore - 6-9-2016 at 05:21 PM

News today is that Telltale is going to announce/show off Walking Dead Season 3 in the next couple days...


the goon - 6-9-2016 at 05:34 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
and I got all near to the end of Wind Waker probably 10 years ago but stopped during the mindnumbing fetching mission that you had to go all around the world to do to open up the last dungeon.


They did kinda fix this with the HD re-release, by adding an item called the Swift Sail that you can win at the auction house. It makes your boat go way faster, so the fetch quest at the end doesn't suck as bad as it did in the original Gamecube version.


salmonjunkie - 6-9-2016 at 11:12 PM

I may start it again and just use a walkthrough to go through that fetch quest. Skyward Sword first though.


nOOb - 6-12-2016 at 01:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Goddamn... what's with all the HD remakes of games that were already released in HD? Skyrim isn't even five years old. And it's massive as fuck... no way would I have time to replay that game with all the new stuff coming out.

That said-- I would love a Mass Effect trilogy with all the DLC included. Get on it, Bioware.


Mass Effect would probably make the most sense, especially with part one of the next series coming either next year or early 2018. I can appreciate a few of these HD remakes (Final Fantasy X looks pretty good with its visual upgrades), and I guess it makes a bit more sense for some of the early PS3 and 360 games, since visuals did go up as the system grew. Plus, a few of these also came out for PC, so essentially they're taking the upgraded PC visuals and throwing them on the consoles.

I know the one that I'm looking forward to the most is the Return to Arkham collection. Besides the fact both of those games were great, I never got around to any of the Arkham Knight DLC and also never really got the chance to replay Arkham City or any of its DLC, so it'll be a fun binge to play the first two before jumping back into a bigger Arkham Knight.

I guess the other plus to these HD remakes is that, since porting an upgraded GOTY PC port to console isn't as hard as rebuilding completely, it makes for a few new things to do during the summer downtime, what with this usually being the gaming dead zone it is.


williamssl - 6-12-2016 at 07:06 PM

Just got and started Battleborn after it recently went to $40 (not sure if promotional price point or permanent drop as it hasn't made its way to all retailers). I had done the closed beta last year and the more recent pre-release open beta and enjoyed the multiplayer aspect of it, and now enjoying coop campaign with my son. Game is from gearbox/2k, who also made Borderlands.


At $40 I recommend it.


nOOb - 6-13-2016 at 10:23 PM

Yes. Yes it is.


williamssl - 6-13-2016 at 10:43 PM

I've been super psyched on this one. Now, even moreso. And it has a date!!!!! December is an eternity away, but it has a date!!!


nOOb - 7-8-2016 at 05:35 PM

You know what game I hate right now? Pokemon Go. Nintendo has finally realized that they can mix Pokemon with freemium gaming and have another cash cow that will allow them to not innovate for another hundred years.


Count Zero - 7-9-2016 at 04:50 PM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
You know what game I hate right now? Pokemon Go. Nintendo has finally realized that they can mix Pokemon with freemium gaming and have another cash cow that will allow them to not innovate for another hundred years.
How about CSI: Pokemon?

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/07/gamer-stumbles-onto-dead-body-while-testing-pokemon-gos-gps-fueled-features/


the goon - 7-10-2016 at 05:45 PM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
You know what game I hate right now? Pokemon Go. Nintendo has finally realized that they can mix Pokemon with freemium gaming and have another cash cow that will allow them to not innovate for another hundred years.


I had never even heard of Pokemon Go a few weeks ago and now it seems like it's everywhere. Though Pokemon is one of the few Nintendo franchises I never got into, so I really don't have much interest in downloading it on my phone.

And out of curiosity, in what way do you think Nintendo doesn't innovate? They definitely tend to stay a step behind the times in terms of things that are commonplace with Sony/Microsoft, and that can be annoying, but I think Nintendo has innovated a ton over the last couple of decades with their consoles and games. Granted, it's not always successful (Virtual Boy, anyone?) but I feel like they're the one company who is always wanting to try something new, for better or worse.


First 9 - 7-10-2016 at 10:21 PM

I think the upcoming backlash will do more than enough to force them to be innovative for Pokemon Go. It's the iconic monster battling game and they leave the out the battling except for shitty AI fights. What the fuck? Imagine if they did Mario Go, and it's only about finding stars in your area with no fights with goombas or Bowser.

People are already bitching about it and unistalling it. It'll generate a ton of money of course but no way they can keep their enormous userbase unless they do some major overhauls going forward.


gobbledygooker - 7-21-2016 at 02:26 PM

Anybody else playing Doom? I started a game about a week ago. Campaign mode is pretty stellar with some nice bits of humor thrown in here and there. I will say as a fan of the Dead Space games, it is a bit similar in tone and I'm hoping for a few more throwbacks to the original Doom games but all-in-all, a great FPS with some fun weapons and demons to kill.


Quentil - 8-19-2016 at 06:42 PM

Just killed the Ender Dragon on Minecraft. Probably gonna start WWE 2k16 next. Still need to get around to a lot of games, tbh.


the goon - 8-20-2016 at 06:04 AM

It's been awhile since I've actually posted what I'm currently playing in this thread, so here goes:

Star Fox Zero (Wii U): Got this on sale from Amazon and started up a game last weekend. I am really liking it a lot and it is very reminiscent of Star Fox 64, which is a good thing. I totally get the criticisms about the controls, as they are kind of unnecessarily complex, but you get used to them eventually (though I still sometimes forget "oh yeah, I aim by moving the controller around" in the heat of battle). And having not played a Star Fox game in about ten years, it feels nice to jump back into the series.

Alien: Isolation (PS3): I'm a huge fan of the original Alien movie and had heard good things about this game, so I picked it up on a whim a couple of months ago when it was on sale (once again) on Amazon. And yeah, as an Alien fan, it's fucking great. One of my favorite parts is how they kept the whole "late 70's version of the future" aesthetic alive in this game instead of trying to make everything all super advanced looking; you feel like you're both in the future and the year 1979, which is awesome. As for the alien itself, I've only come across it a few times thus far, but I can see it scaring the shit out of me at various points throughout the game (the first time I encountered it in full I tried to run, and that, um, didn't go so well).

Neo Contra (PS3): So I bought this game way back in the dying days of the PS2, when it was like $10 at GameStop. Fast forward years later and it was on sale on the PSN for $5, so I downloaded it on my PS3. After originally firing it up just for a bit of nostalgia, I found myself getting sucked back into it even though I was rusty as hell. But after some long play sessions to get myself re-acclimated with things, my Contra skills are razor sharp and now I'm somewhat obsessed with getting an S rank on every level, which is super hard, but not impossible.


punkerhardcore - 8-20-2016 at 04:01 PM

I haven't turned my Xbox/PS4 on in what seems like forever. With the baby taking up all kinds of time these days (ugh) + catching up on shit around the house and our ever-filling DVR, I barely have the time.

However, I have busted out the 2DS and lately have been playing Bravely Second. I loved Bravely Default two years back-- so much that I did everything there was to do in that game-- so it seemed like a no brainer to play the sequel. No idea how far I am into it (I'm on chapter 3 I think?), but I'm loving it thus far.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-22-2016 at 02:27 AM

Ok, so since I conquered DOOM on Hard mode, I've put it firmly up there as my GOTY. Top notch stuff and the campaign left me sad, yet sickeningly satisfied. What a fucking masterpiece.

After that, I learned about INSIDE, which is the spiritual successor to LIMBO, and fell in love with THAT game, as well. Perfectly paced, brooding and mysterious puzzle platformer with amazing ambience and some twisted storytelling.

AXIOM VERGE was next, and man, that really scratched the Metroid/Castlevania: SOTN itch. Awesome SNES-style graphics, great music, and for once, the feeling of being lost in a giant labyrinth of an alien planet. It was a perfect game for it's price and I can't recommend it enough. Really cool weapons accompany the great boss fights, too.



Beat RE4 HD Ultra Remaster Deluxe Ultimate Edition for the PS4, which makes it my 4th time beating RE4. It's the best way to play the game, and what a game it's always been. Still one of the best games ever made. Unfortunately, some cutscenes are a bit grainy, which seems to show the product was rushed. Even though I say this is the best way to play the game, CAPCOM had the chance to put one final stamp of perfection on this game, and they slightly phoned it in when it came to the small things (why does the game become 30 FPS when you reload weapons, for example?).

Then I finished BIOSHOCK INFINITE's Burial At Sea DLC. I bought the season pass for Infinite a long time ago when the game first came out, and finally I got around to playing it. Awesome fucking DLC, and it sends you back to rapture, which is wonderful. My co-GOTY for 2013 (shared with Pikmin 3) actually had good, and INTERESTING DLC.

Currently plucking away at Kirby: Planet Robobo and Mark of the NInja for the XBOX 360.

Kirby is a good little platformer, as all Kirby games tend to be. It's polished, fun, has interesting powers, and Kirby is always cute in his Mech suit. It certainly hasn't captured me the way other entries have, though. Still, a good game, and if you're a Kirby fan like me, it's great fun.

Mark of the Ninja is class. That is all.

[Edited on 9-22-2016 by CamstunPWG187]


punkerhardcore - 10-5-2016 at 03:47 PM

There's a little game coming out soon that you may have heard of -- Gears of War 4.

Amazon actually has a sweet deal going on right now for Prime members. Preorder it, or buy it within two weeks of release, get 20% off. I got the Ultimate Edition since it comes with the season pass and a few extra goodies... figured may as well because of that sale.

Better than that though, is that the Ultimate Edition comes out four days early... so between this and baseball playoffs, I'll be dead to the outside world throughout the whole holiday weekend.


gobbledygooker - 10-7-2016 at 08:03 PM

I've finally been playing Uncharted 4 and holy fuck is it as good as everyone says it is. You are literally playing a movie. And I came to the realization the other day that the graphics/facial expressions, etc. are better and more realistic than the movie "Polar Express."


nOOb - 10-8-2016 at 08:33 PM

I may have dodged a bullet by not picking my preorder for Mafia 3 up. 2K did that thing they've done in the past where they send the review code to reviewers a day too late so that they can't get reviews up before the game's release where it just so happens that the game doesn't live up to the demo hype. From the people I've spoken to, plus the people who are "sharing their thoughts" on the game online, this one may be a high profile flop. Too bad, since it actually looked interesting (it didn't help matters any that the PC port for the game was released at a "steady" 30 FPS, which threw the already demanding PC gaming community into a huge uproar, which skewed a lot of the initial user reviews to ridiculously negative).

Though it may work out for the best, because I've been giving the new Deus Ex a shot and it's proven to be a fun timewaster (until next week, at which point I assume WWE 2K17 takes over that slot). The only complaint I have, which isn't really a complaint, is there's no cross-game save transfering, but they left the ending to the last one ambiguous enough here that it doesn't really matter.


AscendantSean - 10-8-2016 at 09:34 PM

I was concerned about the lack of reviews for Mafia 3 as well, but heard some positive early buzz and picked it up today. I'm a few hours in, and the opening is about as strong as I can remember in a story-based game. Probably Mass Effect 2 trumps it, but that's all that comes to mind.

The game itself is essentially a functional GTA-clone, but the setting and characters do a LOT to shine it up. Mild recommendation, as I haven't settled into the grind yet and the non-story stuff could just be dull filler.

Plus, you can apparently feed Klansmen to alligators. If I can confirm, instant 5 stars.


williamssl - 10-28-2016 at 12:07 AM

If you've ever wanted to play Borderlands 1 and/or 2 but never got it....
....or have it for 360 and want to play the remastered + extras version on One...


...it's free at the moment from the Microsoft store for download.

[Edited on 10-28-2016 by williamssl]


Chris Is Good517 - 10-29-2016 at 06:08 PM

The Halloween event has had me playing Overwatch pretty much non-stop all week, just trying to rack up loot boxes. I still really enjoy it, but I'm really beginning to wish there was a straight up team deathmatch mode. On the plus side, I've really started to get the hang of Symmetra and I think she's going to end up replacing Mei as my main.

Also, I still play WWE SuperCard on my phone to the point of madness. I'm halfway to completely maxing out my deck and I'm ready for S3 to drop just for a change of pace.


the goon - 11-13-2016 at 01:32 AM

Was hoping to score a NES Classic yesterday, but apparently it's going to be the "hard as fuck to find" item of the 2016 holiday season. I was down at my mother-in-law's house the last couple of days and she lives two minutes from a GameStop, so yesterday afternoon (after realizing it was the release day for the NES Classic), I headed over there to see if they had any in stock. And I'm immediately told by the guy behind the counter "nope, we sold out five minutes after we opened this morning and I've probably had 100 phones calls about it this week."

So yeah...at this point I might have a Switch before a NES Classic.


nOOb - 11-13-2016 at 02:53 AM

Most of the stores I covered Friday all said the same thing: they got anywhere between 3-5 of the new NES's and they sold out within an hour. I have to imagine this is what Nintendo wanted: the buzz has been created and now when they ship out double what they sent out last time, they'll see those go fast, too. They can milk this until mid-December and make crazy money.

Unrelated to this, but very related to the overall topic, if anyone wanted to know how well the Skyrim remaster translates to this-gen consoles after five years, the answer is "very well". It is crazy to think the game has been out for five years now, and while graphically it won't come close to what Fallout 4 is doing (to be expected), it does look a hell of a lot nicer than the 360 version did, and the load times are exceptional.

I would also say hold off on buying it until Thanksgiving/Black Friday, because it's going to drop in price $20 (in fact, if it released before today, there's a 95% chance it's going down $20 or more, which is why there's no 2016 Black Friday topic from me this year: after looking, everyone pretty much has the same deals and will price match if they don't).


punkerhardcore - 11-13-2016 at 04:12 AM

I don't really get all the hype over the NES Classic. These classic game collections have been around for a long ass time. Genesis, Atari, etc. have had them forever. I guess because it's the NES, it's way more popular?

Plus, thirty games? I'm sorry, but that is chintzy as fuck. There were like, over 800 NES games. I know there are likely licensing issues and whatnot keeping them from adding certain ones. But with today's hard drives the way they are, they should be able to do way damn better than that.


Quentil - 11-13-2016 at 04:25 AM

It's cashing in on nostalgia, mostly. Plus, it's set up for HD tvs, which makes life a bit easier. It's also legal, removing another hurdle.

Most of the people that I know that are buying these are people that grew up with the system, and have been mostly casual players since then. They are excited because it lets them show their kids what they played, and because it's a reminder of their own fading childhood.

That said? Looking at the list of games, Nintendo did put in essentially the best games of the console. A lot of the plug and play stuff i've seen (and owned) tended to have a couple of the good games, and a lot of the garbage ones.

Fifty bucks is still a bit high, though, considering the whole package. But a million middle-aged people with $50 will buy it, I'm sure. And honestly, I piss away $50 sometimes on far less than what this is offering. So who knows?

[Edited on 11-13-2016 by Quentil]


punkerhardcore - 11-13-2016 at 04:43 AM

I mean, yeah I get all that. I grew up an NES junkie as well, and am a sucker for nostalgia. I just expected a bit more, I suppose. Plus all these games have been readily available via download on the Wii, or for Game Boy/DS. I guess I'm just surprised to hear that it sold out in seconds, as if it were the first opportunity in 20 years anybody had to play them. The appeal must be entirely in the classic look console and controller.

It's like when Smithers was fighting to get the new Malibu Stacy. "But she's got a new hat!"

And I still say that only putting 30 games on it is weak. Although I assume it has the ability to download more, if you want.

[Edited on 11-13-2016 by punkerhardcore]


dRob78 - 11-13-2016 at 05:01 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
And I still say that only putting 30 games on it is weak. Although I assume it has the ability to download more, if you want.

[Edited on 11-13-2016 by punkerhardcore]


You would assume wrongly, then. 30 games that come with it. That's it.


the goon - 11-13-2016 at 07:37 AM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
I have to imagine this is what Nintendo wanted: the buzz has been created and now when they ship out double what they sent out last time, they'll see those go fast, too. They can milk this until mid-December and make crazy money.


For as much as I love Nintendo, it does drive me crazy that they never have enough supply to meet the demand. Whether it's the Wii or Amiibos or the NES Classic, it seems like 95% of the brand new shit that Nintendo puts out is always impossible to find. Granted, I get that new consoles are generally going to be tough to find during the first few months (especially if they're released during the holiday season), but you would think that something like the NES Classic would be readily available.

quote:
Originally posted by Quentil
It's cashing in on nostalgia, mostly. Plus, it's set up for HD tvs, which makes life a bit easier. It's also legal, removing another hurdle.


I think this is all correct. Yes, we're probably suckers for buying these games yet again, but when Nintendo wraps it all up in one slick, officially licensed, HD-ready package? Well, it's hard to resist.

I do agree that only doing 30 games is questionable but it breaks down to $2 per game, which I think is pretty reasonable (especially considering that 30 NES games on the Wii or Wii U would cost $150, which is pretty ridiculous).


Quentil - 11-20-2016 at 03:27 AM

I've been playing a fair bit of Ark: Survival Evolved of late. In my solo game, I'm in the process of building a house in the sky. Mostly because the ground is often too dangerous to stay in one spot for too long. At least I've had some terrible luck with T-Rexes and Titanboas and a Giga. Gigas no good, yo. The building has been difficult, because any mistake is really hard to remove, and falling sucks, even with a parachute...but it's starting to come into shape a bit. Here's a couple pics of the current status just because I'm proud of how it's starting to turn out. I want to link the levels together better, and maybe wrap it around the pillar top a bit more. We'll see.






williamssl - 12-10-2016 at 03:38 AM

I KNOW A GAME YOU SHOULD BE PLAYING - THE bOOardies! .




Click here for an overview and here to for the nomination threads themselves.



salmonjunkie - 12-17-2016 at 10:56 PM

Ok, I started Skyward Sword and it's great so far. I really like the dungeons, the puzzles, and the boss fights have been fun. I do have some issues though. The motion controls are at times really good and at times really aggravating. The flying is annoying at times, I just want to use the control stick on the nunchuck. The depth that was attempted with the sword fighting seems to fail in execution at times. I hate that the bombs are a motion control. The fight against the big fiery boulder with legs was fun but so many times I would want to just push a button or a button combination instead of remembering to overhand or underhand throw the bombs with the motion control. It's annoying when you know what you want to but what you actually end up doing during a tense boss fight is not what you intended.

I'm probably about 1/4-1/3 of the way through, I know I've got another 20-30 hours left. I want to finish this. I hope the motion controls don't make me want to stop and move on to another game.


the goon - 12-23-2016 at 04:02 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Ok, I started Skyward Sword and it's great so far.


Welcome to the year 2011.

And I didn't really have a problem with the controls when playing Skyward Sword, but then I fall into the category of gamer who liked the Wii motion controls for the most part. If anything, I don't think the Wii MotionPlus controls added much to the gameplay compared to what some of the reviews were touting at the time and I didn't find a major difference in the controls when compared to Twilight Princess on the Wii (which didn't have MotionPlus). Great game either way though.

Also, I can't believe it's been almost six years since Nintendo released a proper Zelda game.


Flash - 12-25-2016 at 04:08 PM

They put out a few on the DS system that were pretty decent... not as epic as some of the core system titles, but as a Zelda fix they more than scratched the itch... a Link between worlds was cutesy in Windwaker kind of way, but fun... I downloaded a few of the others DS ones to my Wii-U and need to tackle them soon, but I think one of them was a direct sequel to Windwaker.


the goon - 12-25-2016 at 09:59 PM

A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS was amazing (and was a direct sequel to A Link To The Past to boot). I remember at the time fearing that the "Link can turn 2D" thing was going to be an unnecessary gimmick, but it was actually really cool and added a lot to the gameplay. I can't recommend that game enough.

As for the DS games, I only played Phantom Hourglass (which was a direct sequel to Windwaker). I liked that game as well, but my only qualm was that there was no option to use traditional controls; they made you use the stylus, which wasn't bad, but also didn't make it feel like a "true" Zelda game to me. I never did play the sequel, Spirit Tracks, but I recall it getting good reviews at the time and it seemed to not stray too much from it's predecessor.


coxito - 1-9-2017 at 12:52 AM

Is there anyone here that plays Gears of War 4?


Chris Is Good517 - 1-23-2017 at 10:57 PM

Currently rotating between Uncharted 3 (if the kids are awake) and Until Dawn (when the kids are in bed), and playing through Lego Avengers with the 7 year-old as time allows.

Really want to be done with all of them in time for Horizon Zero Dawn, because I have a hunch that's going to take up most of my March and April.


salmonjunkie - 1-24-2017 at 05:55 AM

FUUUUUUUCK! My Wii's DVD Drive bit the dust. I can't play Skyward Sword anymore. I'm about 60% done (25+ hours)... A used Wii console runs about $30-$50. I don't know if I want to pay that amount to play Skyward Sword for another month, since it's probably the last Wii game I'm going to play. So goddamn annoying.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-24-2017 at 09:53 AM

Reposting from Facebook:

Here is a list of all of the games I played AND beat in the year 2016, and my review scores on a .5-based scale of 1-10

Fallout 4 - 10

My game of the year for 2015. It's one of the best video games ever made and I loved every second of it. Almost done with the last DLC, as well.

Mega Man X (repeat) - 10 - The best Mega Man game ever, and I'll never stop playing it.

Yoshi's Wooly World (Got every collectible) - 9.5

Best 2D platforming game I have played in years. Really charming aesthetic and great level design. One of the few games I have gotten everything in. I am sure I will pick up the 3DS version sometime this year, as well.

Uncharted 2 (Remastered version) - 9.5
Uncharted 3 (Remastered version) - 9.5

First time playing through both of these games, or any Uncharted game, for that matter. 2 had a lot of great scenery and a very memorable opening, and I loved the excursion through the icy Himalayas where the beast is stalking you. The ending was crazy. I didn't feel the combat was so smooth, but it more than made up for it in story alone.

Uncharted 3 is a better game and my favorite of the games on the HD collection. It has better combat, a great story with Drake's relationship with Sully being expanded on, and a helluva trek through some of the coolest set pieces in a video game. I was particularly fond of the tribute to The Living Daylights with the airplane scene. Fantastic stuff all around.

Glad I played these before Uncharted 4

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Remaster - 9.0

Hero mode is insanely difficult and I really appreciated the challenge.

The graphics aren't as timeless as Wind Waker's, so the "HD"-ification didn't really do much besides clear up the textures and make the game easier on the eyes.

It's one of the best games ever, but I didn't feel the HD version really capitalized on the game in the way it should have. I'd happily play the Gamecube version again, which is not something that I should be saying after playing the HD Remake of a 10 year old game. Generally, the HD Remake should be the definitive version of the game and make you not want to ever go back and play the older version unless you have no other choice.

Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball 3 - 7.5

Very relaxing, very sexy, and very pleasing to the eyes. I liked chilling on Zack's Island with Honoko and watching the girls get tanlines and all that stuff. It's a very charming game and it's also quite perverted. I give it a thumbs up!

6180: The Moon - 8.0 -

The best $2 game I have ever played next to Gunman Clive 2. Really fun platforming and a super charming narrative. Highly recommended for the budget gamer.

Mega Man X3 - 9.0

First time I have beaten X3 100% legit. No passwords from a Blockbuster pack-in manual or emulators.

One of the best soundtracks ever carries a fantastic, challenging Mega Man game with some of the coolest bosses the series has ever seen. This game is hard.

It will kick your ass.

The Mega Man Legacy Collection (Every game) - 8.0

If this had been a definitive collection of the original Mega Man titles, this would have been an easy 10.

It's 30 dollars and doesn't have 7, 8, Mega Man & Bass, 9, or 10...

Mega Man Anniversary Collection in 2004 had 7 and 8, at least, as well as new techno remixes to most of the songs.

However, there are some nice additions, including the ability to challenge any boss from the menus, as well as a boatload of great artwork and all sorts of other fan service.

Still, wish it had been cheaper. Funnily enough, I own it for the PS4, XBox One, and 3DS because I love Mega Man so much.

Star Fox Zero - 8.5

Outstanding fun. The controls were dope, and I had a blast with it's arcade design. Really great game from Nintendo and Platinum.

I like to think my dexterity is pretty on-point, so I didn't have trouble swapping views from the screen to the gamepad, but I can understand how some people could be annoyed with it.

2-Player co-op was great, as well. Me and my friend had a good time with it.

Ratchet and Clank (PS4) - 9.5

my PS4 game of the year and the best PS4 exclusive you can get. Just outstanding in every way. Play it.

Blow shit up.

Uncharted 4 - 9.0

Awesome game, the most beautiful of this generation, and certainly a fitting end to the series, if Naughty Dog is serious about it being the final entry. The acting in this game is so superb, it's just astonishing how real all 4 main characters feel.

My gripes are how much climbing there is, and how there is a rope tied around every single spot where you need to use your rope swing technique. Oh no, I'm falling down this river towards a waterfall!! Oh wow, there's a tree branch with a copious amount of rope tied around the end! Surely someone else from hundreds of years ago has found themselves in this same exact predicament!

Other than that, I also liked the finale boss fight, and the epilogue was a peaceful end.

DOOM - 10

Tied for my Game of the Year for 2016

Top notch stuff and the campaign left me sad, yet sickeningly satisfied. What a fucking masterpiece. Greatest shooter campaign I have ever played.

The Mad Max Fury Road of video games.

INSIDE - 9.5

Perfectly paced, brooding and mysterious puzzle platformer with amazing ambience and some twisted storytelling.

If you liked LIMBO, play INSIDE.

AXIOM Verge - 9.0

Scratched my Metroid itch.

Awesome SNES-style graphics, great music, and for once, the feeling of being lost in a giant labyrinth of an alien planet. It was a perfect game for it's price and I can't recommend it enough. Really cool weapons accompany the great boss fights, too.

Games like this make me so hyped for Bloodstained.

Resident Evil 4 HD Remaster - 8.5

My 4th time beating RE4. It's the best way to play the game, and what a game it's always been. Still one of the best games ever made. Unfortunately, some cutscenes are a bit grainy, which seems to show the product was rushed. Even though I say this is the best way to play the game, CAPCOM had the chance to put one final stamp of perfection on this game, and they slightly phoned it in when it came to the small things (why does the game become 30 FPS when you reload weapons, for example?).

Hell, where are the documentaries and other fan service

Burial at Sea Episodes 1&2 (Bioshock Infinite DLC) - 8.5

I bought the season pass for Infinite a long time ago when the game first came out, and finally I got around to playing it. Awesome fucking DLC, and it sends you back to rapture, which is wonderful. My co-GOTY for 2013 (shared with Pikmin 3) actually had good, and INTERESTING DLC.

Kirby: Planet Robobo - 8.5

Really charming Kirby game. I don't think any 2D kirby game can ever be anything below "great".

Mech Kirby is adorable, the levels have great music, and the power-ups via the mech suit are awesome to look at.

Last boss, as usual, keeps the Kirby series up there with some of the most epic settings for final boss battles in video games.

Mark of the Ninja - 10

An absolutely perfect action platformer with amazing production values, great customization, and a fantastic story with great acting.

The best Ninja experience ever made for anyone in any medium. Or maybe Ninja Scroll gets that honor. I don't know anymore.

Play this game no matter what.

Super Mario Sunshine (repeat) - 10

I love Mario Sunshine. It's a charming 3D platformer and was the Gamecube's finest. Perfect controls and enough hidden blue coins to keep you busy for a year if you don't use a guide to find them all. Great music, perfectly captured setting, and the best overworld in all of mario games.

Still hate that god damn Pachinko mini-game, though.

Paper Mario Color Splash - 8.5

The best adventure game I've ever played. I learned really quickly that this wasn't an RPG. That didn't bug me at all. I thought the script was fucking hilarious and the characters were just....so humorous and modern.

Nintendo of America must have had a blast translating this game, since the script is the best I have ever seen since M&L 3 and Paper Mario 2.

I didn't like that the battle system, when not in boss battles, came across as being more useless than anything else. I love battling, but not when it doesn't do anything to really level up my character.

Boss battles, on the other hand, were fun and filled with strategy. The last boss in the game was also the highlight, as it was easily the most challenging RPG-style boss battle I have ever endured since I can't even remember. Just a fantastically challenging finale.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remaster - 9.0

Really awesome remake of Modern Warfare. The graphics were really looking sharp and I've always dug the original campaign.

Multiplayer maps are fantastic, as usual. If you played MW for hundreds of hours back in the day, you know what you're getting here.

Thing is, this HD Remake is absolutely gorgeous and worth buying the Deluxe Edition of Infinite Warfare for. They put a lot of love into this Remake.

Pokemon Moon - 9.0

The best Pokemon game I have played in 7 years.Outstandingly different, with 3D movement, to boot.

The Pokemon looked fantastic, the new pokemon creature designs were really fun, and the story was actually pretty interesting.

Loved the finale, as well. Highly recommended if you're an RPG fan.444

That's it for games I played and beat in the year 2017, but as a BONUS, here's a game I started in 2016 and gets my tie for Game of the Year with DOOM:

The Last Guardian - 10

I've waited 10 years for this game. 10 long, patient years.

The wait paid off in spades, and I haven't been this emotionally attached to a set of characters in a video game in years.

Trico is an amazing creature, and you feel he is real. He never stops impressing you with his curious and sacrificial nature. He is a loving animal that truly is your guardian. Seeing him bust through the gates to lay waste to knight demons makes you cheer aloud, and when he saves you from falling when you least suspect it, you actually hold your breath and let out a sigh of relief.

The environmental puzzles are fantastic and I loved figuring them out, feeling accomplished and satisfied. Never once did I feel I was solving a puzzle that didn't make sense or was overly frustrating.

Music is soft, and emotional. Sound design is fantastic.

The story, oh the story....I can't say anything. It's truly a fantastic bond between man and beast.


nOOb - 1-29-2017 at 07:21 PM

After beating Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil 7 is my new focus. You know what? I didn't miss freaking out about backtracking to get stuff and trying to figure out where something might jump out from...and I mean that in the best possible way. It's as if I was playing the original again, only with modern graphics (and the first person bit makes things a lot worse...good worse...since you're playing a Joe Everyman and not a trained police officer/army officer/genetically engineered badass).

A definite recommend if your heart can handle it.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-5-2017 at 08:25 AM

Just beat RE7

Holy shit that was the scariest game I've ever played and I fucking loved it. You're totally lame if you can't play it in the dark by yourself/10


Chris Is Good517 - 2-8-2017 at 10:30 PM

Having just finished Uncharted 3, I think I preferred 2 just a hair more, but they're both absolute masterpieces.


salmonjunkie - 2-8-2017 at 10:56 PM

Good to hear! I loved Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 (or Tomb Raider) will be my next game after I beat Skyward Sword, which I believe I'm almost done with. BTW, I am LOVING Skyward Sword.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-10-2017 at 02:56 PM

I'm playing an Indy title called "SEVERED" for the wWii u/iOS/Vita that absolutely needs to be played by anyone who likes one or more of the following:

-Metroid/Symphony of the Night-style games
-Punch-out1
-Dia De Los Muertos
-Guacamelee (same devs)
-Awesome combat
-Swords


Bonestein - 2-14-2017 at 04:04 PM

Currently Battlefied 1, so good, Ark: Survival Evolved, so good, and Rocket League, oh my god Rocket League you horrendous bitch that has stolen 2 years from me now.


salmonjunkie - 2-14-2017 at 04:42 PM

Ok, I finished Skyward Sword. That was a lot of fun, although the final boss wasn't very difficult (either that or I got good at quickly figuring out how to beat him). Overall, I'd say I liked it more than Twilight Princess (which I never finished). I want to say I like it as much as or more than Wind Waker - that's hard to say, because I loved Wind Waker up to the Triforce fetch quest - and never finished it.

Anyhow, I already started my next game. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap on GBA. I had a GBA for a long time and then a girl I was dating borrowed it and lost it (which sucks because I wanted another run through of Metroid Zero Mission). The Minish Cap was going to be the next game I was going to buy for it back then. Found an iOS GBA emulator the other day, so I'm playing it on my iPad rather than a GBA proper. It'll have to do. That said, I'm already about 5 or 6 hours in and I'm really enjoying this one.

I'm also playing Limbo on my iPhone and iPad. It's a pretty cool game. I really like the art style of this game.



[Edited on 2-14-2017 by salmonjunkie]


punkerhardcore - 2-14-2017 at 05:13 PM

Funny enough, I got Minish Cap as a Valentine's gift way back in 2005. Good game.

Yeah man, Limbo was a lot of fun... I think the devs actually recently released another game, but I can't recall the name.

I've been playing the Black Ops III campaign recently. Not bad, although the Call of Duty games are getting a little weird/complicated with all their futuristic stuff. I'd really like to play Battlefield 1 soon, as I've heard nothing but good things.

Has anybody here tried out Stardew Valley? After watching a trailer and reading a bit about it, I'm very tempted to purchase that one.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-14-2017 at 05:48 PM

Minish Cap is just as amazing as Link's Awakening. The music, scenery, and shrinking mechanics are great. I almost got everything, but it's so hard to find all the Kinstone pieces. I got like 98% of them. The last boss is also really good. Just top notch stuff all around, and definitely in the top 5 GBA games of all time (which, for me, is REAAALLLLLY saying something).

LIMBO is a masterpiece. Play INSIDE as soon as you are done with it. Both games are compliment each other in style and INSIDE was even better.

Beat SEVERED and it was fucking awesome. Last boss was a real challenge and I highly recommend it. Playing through Skyward Sword, at the moment. Getting myself prepared.

17 days.


nOOb - 2-14-2017 at 05:48 PM

I'm waiting for Stardew to go on sale before I buy it, mainly so I can stall having to get it. The people I've talked to that have played it all say the same thing about it being good and a life-sucker. I've still got too many games on my docket before I can get sucked into something like that


Count Zero - 2-14-2017 at 10:26 PM

if you want "stardew on sale", check out the latest Humble Bundle jobbie.

it has like 20+ games, stardew valley is one of them, and some e-books/audiobooks for $30.


Bonestein - 2-14-2017 at 10:53 PM

That new Humble Bundle is insane, I am seriously thinking of getting it for The Witness and Stardew Valley. Stardew Valley was on sale on PSN (I think, might have been the Xbox store) a couple of weeks ago, the way games go on sale now I can't imagine it will be much longer til it goes on sale again.


salmonjunkie - 2-21-2017 at 05:32 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Minish Cap is just as amazing as Link's Awakening as well as the two Oracle games for GBC. The music, scenery, and shrinking mechanics are great. I almost got everything, but it's so hard to find all the Kinstone pieces. I got like 98% of them. The last boss is also really good. Just top notch stuff all around, and definitely in the top 5 GBA games of all time (which, for me, is REAAALLLLLY saying something).

LIMBO is a masterpiece. Play INSIDE as soon as you are done with it. Both games are compliment each other in style and INSIDE was even better.

Beat SEVERED and it was fucking awesome. Last boss was a real challenge and I highly recommend it. Playing through Skyward Sword, at the moment. Getting myself prepared.

17 days.


I just finished Minish Cap and that was a lot of fun. You're right, it is just as good as Link's Awakening. I really enjoyed the shrinking as well and how it added to the gameplay both in exploration and puzzle solving. The dungeons were a lot of fun. As much as I enjoyed the large and epic 3D experience of Skyward Sword, it felt really nice to go back to the 2D experience - and one that wasn't a replay for me. I actually think that in the grand scheme of things, I almost prefer old 2D Zeldas over the grand 3D ones. Almost.

By the time I beat it, I got all but about 15 kinstone pieces and the last two heart containers (or last 8 pieces of heart?) I think I'll be ok with not looking for those. It was definitely in my top 5 GBA games (with the other probably being Metroid Zero Mission, Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigio Superstar Saga and Advance Wars) - if you're only counting originals - because then Link to the Past, the Super Mario Advances, and Tony Hawk 2 would be up there too)

I downloaded Severed on iOS when it was $1. I haven't played it yet, but I loved Guacamelee, so I have high hopes for it.

Breath of the Wild looks like it will be amazing! You're going to have to tell us how you like it, because it'll probably be about a year or two before I get a Switch.


[Edited on 2-21-2017 by salmonjunkie]


the goon - 2-21-2017 at 11:37 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Breath of the Wild looks like it will be amazing! You're going to have to tell us how you like it, because it'll probably be about a year or two before I get a Switch.



On that subject, while I really want to play the new Zelda, I don't think I'm gonna go out of my way to track down a Switch when it's released (and I say this as OO's resident Nintendo fanboy). Like, if I were to walk into Best Buy at 6:00 PM on launch day and they still had some in stock? Cool, I'd buy one. But otherwise, I have no real desire to show up somewhere early and/or drive all over town on March 3rd trying to get one.

Hell, I thought about just getting Breath Of The Wild on the Wii U and waiting until later in the year to pick up a Switch, but I really would prefer to play it on the Switch.

Back on topic: I started playing Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U over the weekend and can already tell I'm going to get way into it. It took me a minute to figure out the battle system since I just dove right in, but now that I have a basic understanding of how the game works, I'm really liking it a lot (plus, it's graphically one of the most impressive Wii U games I've played). Having not played a legit RPG since The Last Story on the Wii, I'm looking forward to investing 20 to 30 hours of my life into this game.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-24-2017 at 06:52 AM

I'm getting it on the Wii U. Coming across a Switch here in china that won't be $Greedy.99 is going to take a while. A LOOOONG time, actually.

I'll happily play the Wii U version.


punkerhardcore - 3-1-2017 at 09:43 PM

On a whim, I decided to get Horizon Zero Dawn. All the reviews and hype got to me. I don't regret it one bit-- it's really, really fucking fun.

It just came out yesterday, so I've only scratched the surface... but this game is like a mixture of Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed and Skyrim. I can't wait to get further into it and see how all the story unfolds, too. I definitely recommend it.


gobbledygooker - 3-29-2017 at 08:31 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
On a whim, I decided to get Horizon Zero Dawn. All the reviews and hype got to me. I don't regret it one bit-- it's really, really fucking fun.

It just came out yesterday, so I've only scratched the surface... but this game is like a mixture of Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed and Skyrim. I can't wait to get further into it and see how all the story unfolds, too. I definitely recommend it.


My girlfriend/baby mama's daughter has said she wants this and I'm all for games that she and I can both enjoy (vs. her just hogging my PS4 with something I have no interest in). May need to look at picking this one up!


CamstunPWG187 - 4-24-2017 at 05:29 PM

So after BOTW, I have been on a nice little tear.

First, I beat mega man 10 FINALLY. Now I have beaten all the mainline series of MM games (1-10). It was hard as you can imagine. Shame we probably won't see another one like this ever again. 9/10

Then I beat Skate 3 the other day. Awesome skating game and I had never played a Skate game before it, so it was extra special for me. My beefs with the game are as follows:

-the complexity to do moves like 360 flips or 360 hardflips on command. Doing something like a body flip requires insane dexterity and I applaud anyone who can play like that on a competitive level.

-soundtrack was totally meh, and I ended up using my entire music library (1,200 songs) on my 360 hard drive to listen to music. Which begs the question: why the fuck can we not listen and play on modern systems? Horrible.

Either way, I look forward to Tony Hawk dropping Activision and finally getting everyone together for Skate 4, and end the era of Skateboarding video games on an extremely high note. 8.5/10

Currently playing El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. Really crazy game so far, to say the least. Very daring, stylish, and forgiving. Will review when I'm finished.

April's been a great month!


the goon - 5-1-2017 at 02:10 AM

Just got Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the mail from Amazon today. I think it's pretty damn lame that Nintendo released the game for $60, but I sold my Wii U copy for $25 on eBay and bought the game for $47.99 on Amazon (was on sale for Prime members), so I really only paid $23 for it.

Since it's been three years since the original came out on the Wii U, I'm looking forward to diving back into it and and wasting hours of my life playing online. Though I am still playing Breath of the Wild, so Mario Kart will probably be on the back burner for a bit until I'm done with it.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-1-2017 at 05:49 AM

Mario Kart 8 is the best MK game ever, and thus, is timeless. Let it sit on the back burner until BOTW is finished.

I don't think it was lame to release the game for 60 bucks. I really think the 12 dollars worth of DLC and the completely revambed Battle Mode (which is said to be class) is more than worth the price of admission. It's a supreme package and should be treated as such.


the goon - 5-2-2017 at 04:10 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I don't think it was lame to release the game for 60 bucks. I really think the 12 dollars worth of DLC and the completely revambed Battle Mode (which is said to be class) is more than worth the price of admission. It's a supreme package and should be treated as such.


We'll just have to agree to disagree there. Mario Kart 8 is a three year-old game, so I just can't see the justification for the full-price $60 tag on Deluxe, even if it does have the new battle mode and a few new characters. Not to mention that for people like me who have already spent $72 on the Wii U version (for the game and then the downloadable content), shelling out $60 for essentially the same game on the Switch with a few new extras is kind of a hard pill to swallow. Had I not sold sold my Wii U version and gotten Deluxe on sale on Amazon, I don't think I could have brought myself to buy the game at full price (despite how much I do love Mario Kart 8).


CamstunPWG187 - 5-3-2017 at 01:53 PM

Let's debate some more. Mario kart 8 may be 3 years old, but barely anyone played it.

It was released for Nintendo's biggest failure next to the Virtual Boy. A failure that might have put a lesser company under (like Sega), but given how much bank nintendo made from the DS/Wii era, it barely cut into their treasure chest of money. Regardless, it was still a huge failure, and despite the temporary boost in sales MK8 provided in 2014, the Wii U was, for al intents and purposes, a system barely anyone played.

It now has the chance to be widely recognized, given the Switch is a bit of a hit at the moment. I think Nintendo deserves the chance to charge full price for it again. A lot of people who are gonna buy it will have never bought it before. You gotta take advantage of that from a business standpoint.

Really, if we are gonna bitch about ANY prices, why aren't we bitching about how expensive NES/SNES/N64 games still are on the eshop?

THAT'S the real crime here!


salmonjunkie - 5-3-2017 at 07:37 PM

I finally got a PS4 last week. Target had a really good deal that along with a special for using their Redcard (15% off instead of 5% off) that got me the Uncharted 4 bundle for $230 before tax. YAY!

Uncharted 4 is badass. Holy shit this game is beautiful. And a shit ton of fun!

That's the only game I have right now, outside of some PSN crossbuy games that carried over from PS3. One of which is Shovel Knight which I still haven't played yet.

After Uncharted, what would you all suggest? I like playing games when they're a few months old because I'm a cheap fuck, but that Horizon Zero Dawn game looks really cool.

Also, if you want to add me as PSN friend, my tag is thaipod


Edited to add questions about Wii U.

I've been contemplating on picking up a used Wii U just so I can play Breath of the Wild (and perhaps Wind Waker HD, Mario 3D World, and a few others). There's a reputable pawn shop (yes, there's such a thing!) around here that has a console for $150, and they've been listing on Craigslist for about $200 usually with a game or Pro Controller.

Question: Do any of you know if Nintendo plans on pulling the plug on Wii U's eShop or other online services in the near future?

[Edited on 5-3-2017 by salmonjunkie]


the goon - 5-4-2017 at 02:16 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Let's debate some more. Mario kart 8 may be 3 years old, but barely anyone played it.

It was released for Nintendo's biggest failure next to the Virtual Boy. A failure that might have put a lesser company under (like Sega), but given how much bank nintendo made from the DS/Wii era, it barely cut into their treasure chest of money. Regardless, it was still a huge failure, and despite the temporary boost in sales MK8 provided in 2014, the Wii U was, for al intents and purposes, a system barely anyone played.

It now has the chance to be widely recognized, given the Switch is a bit of a hit at the moment. I think Nintendo deserves the chance to charge full price for it again. A lot of people who are gonna buy it will have never bought it before. You gotta take advantage of that from a business standpoint.


I dunno, according to Wikipedia, Mario Kart 8 sold 8.26 million copies worldwide and was the Wii U's best-selling game (and sold more copies than games like Twilight Princess and Super Mario Galaxy 2 did on the Wii). So while the Wii U was a flop, it's not like Mario Kart 8 was some low-profile release that flew under the radar.

But for me it just goes back to the fact that I spent $60 on Mario Kart 8 in 2014 (and then $12 more on downloadable content). So to have to spend $60 again three years later for essentially the same game with some extra bells and whistles is just lame in my opinion. Now, I will agree with you that if you're buying Mario Kart 8 for the first time on the Switch, then it is a good value in the sense that you're getting the game, all the downloadable content, and the new battle mode. But even then, you're still paying full price for a three year-old game that I'm sure didn't take a ton of work for Nintendo to port over to the Switch. I think they should have gone the Wind Waker HD/Twilight Princess HD route and released it for like $40 or $50.

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Really, if we are gonna bitch about ANY prices, why aren't we bitching about how expensive NES/SNES/N64 games still are on the eshop?

THAT'S the real crime here!


Well now here we're in total agreement. As big of a Nintendo fanboy as I am, I think Sony kills Nintendo in the online pricing department. It's pretty ridiculous that Nintendo sells original NES games on the eShop for the same price that Sony sells PS1 games for on the PSN.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I've been contemplating on picking up a used Wii U just so I can play Breath of the Wild (and perhaps Wind Waker HD, Mario 3D World, and a few others). There's a reputable pawn shop (yes, there's such a thing!) around here that has a console for $150, and they've been listing on Craigslist for about $200 usually with a game or Pro Controller.

Question: Do any of you know if Nintendo plans on pulling the plug on Wii U's eShop or other online services in the near future?


Since the original Wii's online store is still open for business over 10 years later, I think the Wii U's eShop will be pretty safe for the time being (granted, the Wii U did sell a fraction of what the Wii did). As for other online services, it's hard to say, but I can tell you that I'm still able to play Madden 13 online on the Wii U, which is pretty amazing considering that there's probably about 100 people left in America still playing that game online.

And I'd say that $150 is a pretty damn good price for picking up a Wii U, especially since it might become something of a collector's item down the road due to it not being a huge seller.


gobbledygooker - 6-19-2017 at 06:32 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I like playing games when they're a few months old because I'm a cheap fuck,


Sorry, I just now saw this but you're speaking my language. If you're still looking for recommendations, as a fellow cheap fuck, here are some recent/current ones I've been playing -

-The Witcher III. Bought it on a flash sale on a whim (never played Witcher I or II) and it became one of my favorite games I've ever played. So there's that.

- Journey. I had heard good things about this game and it completely lived up to them. Just a beautiful experience.

- The Walking Dead. I bought this the other day on a PSN deal for $7.49 and it's a fucking blast so far. It really keeps the feel of the show despite being a completely different experience.

- Double Dragon IV. Bought this for nostalgia's sake and damned if they didn't score. On the downside, I got really fucking far in the game the other day and ended up running out of lives and credits so will have to start over at the beginning when/if I play again. Games in the 80's were hard.


the goon - 7-16-2017 at 08:51 PM

Finally beat Breath of the Wild last week, but could see myself still playing it a little while longer...there's only about a million more things to do and I feel like it's one of those games that you never truly 100% complete (unless you're insane). I've also fully jumped back into Mario Kart 8 on the Switch after having already put about a zillion hours into it on the Wii U. Online play is just too damn fun and addictive.

And then there's the retro stuff that I always have in my gaming rotation via the Wii Virtual Console and/or PSN:

-I got back into Wave Race 64 as I tend to do once every year or so. Just beat it on expert mode for the second time in my life today, which I always consider to be a fairly big gaming accomplishment given how sensitive the controls can be and how unforgiving the game can be.

-Was inspired to start playing Kid Icarus again after hearing it discussed on a Nintendo podcast that I listen to. The first three levels (and boss of the first dungeon) are still a bitch, but once you get through those the game does get easier. Currently am on stage 3-2 and very well may beat it today while I drink beer and wait for the season premiere of Game Of Thrones.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-5-2017 at 05:57 PM

So after going to Japan, I never picked up El Shaddai again. I will, eventually.

Either way, I've been mighty busy, but not busy enough to play some great games since my last update (SKATE 3 was the last game I said I beat)...

-Super Castlevania IV beaten for the umpteenth time. Probably 20-25th time, honestly.

-Turtles Arcade Game beaten for the umpteenth time. Really love the music in the game. I put the soundtrack on my phone, actually!

-Castlevania 3 beaten for the 3rd or 4th time. Even got past that Mountain Range level, which is something I had never done before. I always took the alternate path around that stage. Fucking horrid, it is.

Then, my friend from Russia who lives in Shanghai came up to Harbin for a visit, hadn't seen him in 3 years, and he loves retro games, so since i had been in a retro game mood during June, we demolished the following:

-The Simpsons Arcade game (actually beat it using 3 players, since his friend came along)

-Battletoads Arcade....This is a game off the Rare Collection for XBOX One, and man, this game is fucking insane. Really cool and badass, but the last few bosses are the most bullet-spongey of all bullet sponges in games. It's quite ridiculous and we even sat there while pounding on the last boss thinking "man, this has gone on for probably 20-25 minutes". It got a little old, but the first half of the game is class and I loved how gruesome it was. I feel bad for how many quarters a single person had to drain to actually beat this game back in the day.

-Ocarina of Time beaten for the umpteenth time. Probably 30th-40th. I've lost count of how many times I've beaten that game.

-ARMS Gran Prix on level 3 beaten. Arms is really cool, but I don't see myself playing it so much anymore. It's not my type of fighter. However, it has great music and is really polished. I was surprised at how good the controls were, despite the odd way in which you must hold the JoyCons while fighting. It's a good multiplayer game and I enjoyed my time with it as I played my friend online (which was great and easy to connect to)

-Shantae: Half-Genie Hero beaten. Really great platforming adventure game, although not on the level of fantastic/wonderful that the previous entry was. The graphics were given a major overhaul from the previous game, but it still fits perfectly and the script is as good as ever. The octopus boss returning AGAIN was a fantastic moment in the game and if you're a fan of the series you will get what I mean. Really great game and highly recommended.

-Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance beaten. I bought this two days ago and finally beat it about 30 minutes ago. I spent 3-4 hours of off and on playing and died 37 times trying to beat the final boss, which is an achievement that's up there with beating Super Ghouls N Ghost on hard mode and F-Zero GX's story mode as one of those things you can list off to someone and say "yeah? Well I did THIS" as a big dick swinging contest when talking about video game accomplishments. One hell of a fucking badass game from Platinum and easily my favorite metal gear game ever. I loved the story, the graphics, the music, and most importantly, the wonderful, big-time bosses that platinum is known for. Just a fantastic action game. It's not the masterpiece that Bayonetta 1/2 or Wonderful 101 is, but it might have both of those games beaten in terms of having a truly diabolical last boss. One of the hardest last bosses I can ever remember going up against. Fuck you, Senator.

Also been playing Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, especially MK8. My wife is super into it now and plays by herself to get better on 150cc

Splatoon 2 has a fantastic single-player so far and MK8 Deluxe is probably my favorite racing game of all time now, even moreso than F-Zero GX.


G. Jonah Jameson - 8-5-2017 at 08:02 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
-Castlevania 3 beaten for the 3rd or 4th time. Even got past that Mountain Range level, which is something I had never done before. I always took the alternate path around that stage. Fucking horrid, it is.



Is that the one where the blocks are continually falling from above, and you have to dodge them until they build a tower tall enough that you can climb up? That may have inspired more screaming, kicking and inanimate-object-punching from 9-year-old me than any other level in any other game.


Quentil - 8-5-2017 at 08:09 PM

I've been playing a game called Aven Colony for my Xbox One. It's a pretty straightforward Simcity-style game with a sci-fi layer stapled on top of it. A fun play through, but nothing that's too hard or ground-breaking. Still, it's been awhile since I beat up on one of these sorts of games, and it's not a bad entry into the genre.


[Edited on 8-5-2017 by Quentil]


CamstunPWG187 - 8-6-2017 at 09:50 AM

quote:
Originally posted by G. Jonah Jameson
quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
-Castlevania 3 beaten for the 3rd or 4th time. Even got past that Mountain Range level, which is something I had never done before. I always took the alternate path around that stage. Fucking horrid, it is.



Is that the one where the blocks are continually falling from above, and you have to dodge them until they build a tower tall enough that you can climb up? That may have inspired more screaming, kicking and inanimate-object-punching from 9-year-old me than any other level in any other game.


You are correct. The level's theme, "anxiety", will probably bring back memories of your anger.

To make it worse, there are three, count em, THREE bosses you must face at the end of the level.

[Edited on 8-6-2017 by CamstunPWG187]


G. Jonah Jameson - 8-7-2017 at 12:51 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
You are correct. The level's theme, "anxiety", will probably bring back memories of your anger.

To make it worse, there are three, count em, THREE bosses you must face at the end of the level.

[Edited on 8-6-2017 by CamstunPWG187]


I looked up a playthrough of that level on YouTube to remind myself, and I remember so little of it beyond the falling-blocks climb. But I remember never really being all that bothered by the bosses, because they're the bosses of another stage that I'd beaten 100 times. The best thing about the playthrough I watched is that, on his first try, the player did exactly what I figured I would have done -- switched to Alucard, turned into a bat and just flown straight up -- and got killed by falling blocks in like four seconds.

Man, even for an NES game, that was one of the most frustrating games I ever remember playing. That and the NES Batman game.


the goon - 8-7-2017 at 04:47 AM

The NES Castlevania games are all so damn difficult. I remember a level in Castlevania III near the end of the game that had a running water/sewer setting that I couldn't beat without using Alucard and his bat transformation.

And I went on a Castlevania odyssey a few years back where I played through every game in succession via the Wii VC and I remember Super Castlevania IV controlling like a dream after going through the first three NES games.


bigfatgoalie - 8-7-2017 at 07:40 PM

Just got 120 black coins in Super Mario Run. Now I need 50,000 Toads and I'll have unlocked everything.

If anybody else has played the full version...how crazy is the Black secret level? Like holy fuck that's insane.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-11-2017 at 05:17 PM

Just beat Splatoon 2's single player and got to level 10 in the multiplayer.

Single-player campaign was on-par with the original, with more emphasis on using ALL of the weapon types the game has to offer. Last boss wasn't as good as the first Splatoon, but not many ever will be. Still, I definitely recommend playing through it, and the game gets a major recommendation in general for being so god damn good.

I'm currently playing a game called Slime-San, which is a 2D homage to Super Meat Boy.

Anyone got a Switch?


punkerhardcore - 8-11-2017 at 07:33 PM

If I ever saw a Switch for sale, I'd pick one up. Five months later, and they're still never in stock anywhere. I've never gone hunting for one or anything like that... but any time I'm at Target, Best Buy, etc. I'll take a peek to see if they've got one.

Fucking Nintendo, man. Every single time they come out with a new system, it's the same old shit.


salmonjunkie - 8-11-2017 at 08:20 PM

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
Just got 120 black coins in Super Mario Run. Now I need 50,000 Toads and I'll have unlocked everything.

If anybody else has played the full version...how crazy is the Black secret level? Like holy fuck that's insane.


I never beat the Black secret level. I had unlocked everything until they added more items. I stopped playing it a while ago.


salmonjunkie - 8-11-2017 at 08:24 PM

I've been playing Rocket League, Shovel Knight, and Walking Dead The New Frontier

Rocket League is pretty fucking awesome. I won the league championship on the Pro level season. Haven't started All-Star yet. I do ok, online. Running through the season definitely helped me get a lot better online.

I am loving Shovel Knight. I beat the Propeller Knight's stage last night. The second half of that stage is a BITCH. Fuck that stage. It was fun as hell to finally finish, but man that was hard. I think I've got two or three levels left to finish the game. I have the Treasure Trove collection, how are the two expansion games (Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment) compared to the original?

I'm really enjoying TWD. The production value is a step up from the previous editions, and I'm enjoying the story. One problem: Some of the choices they give you to say don't translate to what the Javier actually says, and that gets annoying. Like, you pick a sentence expecting him to say one thing, and what he actually says is so different, even sometimes not saying the words of the sentence you picked at all. Other than that, it's fun.

Also: I recently finished my first run through of Until Dawn. That was a lot of fun. I'll have to try it again while trying to keep all of the characters alive.

[Edited on 8-11-2017 by salmonjunkie]


CamstunPWG187 - 8-12-2017 at 03:45 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
If I ever saw a Switch for sale, I'd pick one up. Five months later, and they're still never in stock anywhere. I've never gone hunting for one or anything like that... but any time I'm at Target, Best Buy, etc. I'll take a peek to see if they've got one.

Fucking Nintendo, man. Every single time they come out with a new system, it's the same old shit.


Haha, Wii U and Gamecube were not like that at all, bro.

It was easy getting those consoles. DS was pretty tricky to come by if you didn't pre-order it (I remember going to my friends house to watch Armageddon 2004 and his mom was explaining that it was damn near impossible to find the one that she finally got for his little brother), but 3DS was an easy find, as well.

I think the Amiibo thing started something with NIntendo where they never wanna over-supply every again. Constantly keeping their products in demand is the way to go for them, even if it means them not being able to make as much money as they COULD.


the goon - 8-13-2017 at 04:22 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
If I ever saw a Switch for sale, I'd pick one up. Five months later, and they're still never in stock anywhere. I've never gone hunting for one or anything like that... but any time I'm at Target, Best Buy, etc. I'll take a peek to see if they've got one.

Fucking Nintendo, man. Every single time they come out with a new system, it's the same old shit.


Haha, Wii U and Gamecube were not like that at all, bro.

It was easy getting those consoles. DS was pretty tricky to come by if you didn't pre-order it (I remember going to my friends house to watch Armageddon 2004 and his mom was explaining that it was damn near impossible to find the one that she finally got for his little brother), but 3DS was an easy find, as well.

I think the Amiibo thing started something with NIntendo where they never wanna over-supply every again. Constantly keeping their products in demand is the way to go for them, even if it means them not being able to make as much money as they COULD.


As a Nintendo fan, I do find the current state of "everything we make is impossible to find" kind of maddening. I'm not even going to bother with the SNES Classic, since the NES Classic (which is something I would have loved to own, but never even saw on a single store shelf) was such a debacle. I did happen to pick up a Switch through sheer luck by walking into Best Buy on the right day at the right time, but otherwise I doubt I'd own one currently.

And I won't pretend to know the inner workings of Nintendo, or any other major corporation, but when you have millions of people wanting to buy something like the NES Classic and you stop manufacturing it...I don't get it.


punkerhardcore - 8-13-2017 at 08:35 AM

Gamecube was definitely like that. I remember trying to find one of those back in 2003, and going to all sorts of places to find one, and it took fucking forever because it was always sold out everywhere.

I'll believe Wii U was widely available pretty immediately, though. Because let's face it-- nobody gave a fuck about the Wii U.

And like Goon just said, why would anyone even be excited about the SNES Classic? Nintendo's press conference for that should have just ended with the tag line, "100% guaranteed unobtainable."


dRob78 - 8-13-2017 at 03:27 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie

I am loving Shovel Knight. I beat the Propeller Knight's stage last night. The second half of that stage is a BITCH. Fuck that stage. It was fun as hell to finally finish, but man that was hard. I think I've got two or three levels left to finish the game. I have the Treasure Trove collection, how are the two expansion games (Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment) compared to the original?
[Edited on 8-11-2017 by salmonjunkie]


The 2 expansions play like entirely different games. New mechanics, new areas, etc. They're really, really fun. And really, really hard!


punkerhardcore - 8-14-2017 at 06:54 AM

I guess I reverse-jinxed myself.

Went to Target tonight to pick up a few things, and on a whim decided to check the electronics department. They had one lonely little Switch left in stock. I felt bad for it, so I made sure to give it a good home.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-17-2017 at 04:41 PM

My review for Sonic Mania for the Nintendo Switch/PS4/Xbox One/PC after completion of the Mania Mode with Sonic:

Sonic Mania is what we, Sonic fans, have wanted for nearly 20 years. Sure, many good-to-great 2D iterations have come and gone, but none have had the exact feel of the Mega Drive/Genesis versions. They have stood on their own, but SEGA just never managed to capture what made Sonic 1, 2, 3, Knuckles, and CD such classic games.

A lifelong fan of the series, Christian "Taxman" Whitehead, spearheaded this project as the lead developer, and SEGA jumped on board with him to give us a true masterclass in Sonic design. Sonic Mania transcends the original titles to create an experience we haven't felt since 1995. It's the best Sonic game ever made.

To quote Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights: I'M GOING FAST AGAIN!!!!

Sonic Mania starts off with a cartoon opening that is artistically similar to the opening in Sonic CD. After that, it's right into the action. Choose between Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, with Tails and Knuckles having their own exclusive levels that suit their play-styles. I chose Sonic without Tails.

Gameplay-wise, not much has changed from the originals. The dash is back from Sonic 2, but the auto-shield from 3 is missing, which is no skin off my back since I didn't particularly find it to be a game-changer. New to the game is the drop dash, which lets you come down from most jumps with an immediate dash by holding any jump button as you are mid-air. It's not something I found to be super important throughout my playthrough, but by the end of the game I was using it whenever I could.

Everything feels very familiar, from the music of the opening stage (and boy, did it feel tingly to hear that taste of Angel Island Zone's old music for a few seconds) to the perfectly pixelated graphics, your trip through the re-imagined Green Hill Zone will grip you. The developers do a very good, almost Force Awakens-style job of letting you know from the onset that this will be what you remembered. They want you to know you are in safe hands, and rightfully so. Most music for these levels is exactly the same as you remember, but are cleaner and have more zest to them than originally. If you remembered the themes for levels like Hydrocity and Flying Battery, they're hear and you'll be able to hum along to them without missing a beat

After the first 2 zones, I was looking for that first big standout level, and I got it. Studiopolis Zone absolutely dazzles you with it's zany loops, bouncing chained balloons, and late-night Hollywood aesthetic. It's a dazzling level, and it's one of the games standout zones among the 12 that you will eventually zip and crash through.

What comes next are a mix of old and new, with the new levels being some of the series' absolute best, even though the 6th zone, Stardust Speedway (from Sonic CD) matches them in creativity and fun, as well. Even the last two zones, difficult as they are, are simply a blast to play. I loved every second of my experience going through the story. The music for the new levels keeps up with the style of the old ones and is just fantastic. I quite enjoyed the new library of tunes that SEGA has composed, and they fit in with the 90's synthesized Mega Drive-style music of yesteryear.

Bonus levels to acquire coins and Chaos Emeralds are a treat, as well. Coins are used to unlock new modes in the game and are earned in a myriad of Blue Sphere levels from Sonic 3 (30 in total!!), and Chaos Emeralds unlock the real ending of the game and are hidden in new bonus stages that have sonic chasing a UFO on a course that is quite similar to something you'd find in F-ZERO for the SNES. These new levels are fun to play and challenging, in the best way possible.

Boss battles are also a big part of the game, with about 24 in total, not counting the final, true ending boss I have yet to encounter. Some of these are like a greatest hits of some of the best 2D Sonic games from the GBA/DS era, with added twists and swerves to serve quite a decent challenge, especially in later levels. There are even some unexpected surprises thrown in, which longtime fans of the Sonic franchise going back to the Mega Drive off-shoot games will love.

Overall, Sonic Mania does everything right. It finally gives Sonic fans a game that is 100% worthy of being called a true successor to the original titles, while also throwing in some of the best level design the series has ever seen. It's a true love letter to fans of the series and new fans will no doubt love it just as much as we loved the originals, and will most likely open them up to the idea of going back and playing the ones we loved, as well. Throw in a multiplayer racing mode, and numerous unlockable ways to play (strangely, you can only play these modes in "no save" mode, which means you have to play the game like we did back in the 90's, which means all in one playthrough), and I just can't recommend this game highly enough.

It's the best Sonic game ever made.

9.75/10


Chris Is Good517 - 8-17-2017 at 08:42 PM

Good to hear about Sonic Mania. I've been on the fence.

Right now I'm cycling through Injustice 2, Uncharted 4, Lego Batman 3, and the Crash Bandicoot remaster, but I'm pretty sure I just rage quit Crash forever.


salmonjunkie - 8-17-2017 at 11:35 PM

Just finished Shovel Knight this week! I'm going to give the expansion games a shot soon, maybe after I finish Walking Dead New Frontier which should be this weekend.

Here's my backlog right now. Help me decide what I should play next!

PS4:
The Shovel Knight expansion campaigns
Infamous: Second Son
Bloodbourne
Tomb Raider
Rez Infinite
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Never Alone
Just Cause 3*
Assasins Creed Freedom Cry*
Life is Strange*
Killing Floor 2*

*PS Plus games

PS3:
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions
Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock
Red Dead Redemption
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Max Payne 3
Bayonetta
Okami HD
Shadow of the Colossus (I got half way through and got stuck not being able to find a boss, I'll have to start over at this point)
Mega Man 9 (I've beaten two bosses so far. This game is a BITCH and I had to put it down)
Mega Man 10


Wii:
Super Paper Mario (I recently finished World 2 and put it down to play Shovel Knight, Walking Dead New Frontier, and Rocket League)
MadWorld

Holy fuck, I didn't realize how many backlog games I have on the PS3. I've unfortunately barely played it since buying the PS4. Man, I've spent too much money on those PSN Flash Sales


the goon - 8-18-2017 at 12:23 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
I guess I reverse-jinxed myself.

Went to Target tonight to pick up a few things, and on a whim decided to check the electronics department. They had one lonely little Switch left in stock. I felt bad for it, so I made sure to give it a good home.


I'm assuming you picked up Zelda as well? If so, feel free to post your thoughts here and/or the Zelda thread!

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
It's the best Sonic game ever made.

9.75/10


I've seen great reviews for Sonic Mania thus far, so I'm heavily tempted to give it a download on the Switch once I finish the current crop of games I'm playing through. Glad to see Sonic is back with a legit great game.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Here's my backlog right now. Help me decide what I should play next!

PS4:
The Shovel Knight expansion campaigns
Infamous: Second Son
Bloodbourne
Tomb Raider
Rez Infinite
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Never Alone
Just Cause 3*
Assasins Creed Freedom Cry*
Life is Strange*
Killing Floor 2*

*PS Plus games

PS3:
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions
Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock
Red Dead Redemption
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Max Payne 3
Bayonetta
Okami HD
Shadow of the Colossus (I got half way through and got stuck not being able to find a boss, I'll have to start over at this point)
Mega Man 9 (I've beaten two bosses so far. This game is a BITCH and I had to put it down)
Mega Man 10


Wii:
Super Paper Mario (I recently finished World 2 and put it down to play Shovel Knight, Walking Dead New Frontier, and Rocket League)
MadWorld


Holy shit, that's a crazy backlog of games! I've only played a small handful of the ones you've listed, but the original BioShock is pretty amazing, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is a kickass time (though can be quite difficult...I'm still kind of amazed that I was able to beat it on the normal difficulty setting, which isn't even the hardest setting in the game if I recall correctly), and MadWorld was super underrated on the Wii.

Back on topic: after playing through the original Metroid recently, I started a game in Super Metroid for the first time in years. Still an absolutely fantastic game, though it can be easy to get stuck in parts (even with the blessing of having an in-game map, which the original game didn't have).


punkerhardcore - 8-18-2017 at 03:40 AM

They were sold out of Zelda when I got the system, but I got it yesterday. Barely started it late last night, so i haven't even really had a chance to do much of note, yet.

Thai, if you've still got an itch for an episodic game after you finish up Walking Dead, go for Life Is Strange. Awesome, awesome game. And don't let the emo-girly feel in the beginning turn you off, either. It was a legit GOTY candidate for me back when it came out.

Well, at least episodes 1-4. Then it took a total fucking nosedive in episode 5. But still, it's worth playing.


Flash - 8-18-2017 at 04:31 AM

Just finished RYSE: Son of Rome- I can't remember if I grabbed it as a dirt cheap download, or one of those free games with gold thing that Xbox does, but I rather enjoyed it... The game is absolutely gorgeous, and definitely scratches the need to inflict video game violence on others itch. I dug the story and the various levels, but the hack and slash does get a bit... I don't want to say boring because it's not that long of a game, and they do throw in some range combat and boss fights, but I'd be hesitant to play it again because it's not going to offer you anything new.

Still; a fun diversion and I dug it.

I've got both Witcher III and Wolfenstein new order queued up and am eager to play both, but I'm thinking New Order will be a bit shorter and more "fun" so I might tackle that one first.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-18-2017 at 05:54 AM

Salmon, my highest recommendation would be Bayonetta. That game is fan-fuckin-tastic.

Also, Goon, and Punker, add me on Switch: SW-6360-3815-1714


punkerhardcore - 8-18-2017 at 06:45 AM

Ok, friend request sent. Hopefully I did that right.

Aside from Zelda, I'm in the middle of Watch Dogs 2. It's not bad, but so far I dig the first one more. Maybe the further I get into it, it'll become better.


CVD39 - 8-18-2017 at 10:02 AM

I haven't played most of those games, Sal, but if I got to go back and play any of those for the first time it would probably be Boshock. Red Dead Redemption and Tomb Raider are also really, really fun.

I'm waaaay behind on games. Playing through Assassins Creed Black Flag (I'm probably half way through and it's starting to bore me.....that's why I never played hardly any of the first three of the series that I own but this one has pirate ships and interesting history {for me}). Also finally bought the Star Wars Battlefront game and play with a buddy some nights. It's fun and I'll probably grab the new one when it's released.

I download the free PS4 Network games every month and never play them. Guess I should play Until Dawn (my SW:B buddy enjoyed it) and Life is Strange. Is that the one where you start off in an empty town and it's black & white (I think?)? Couldn't figure out what to do but I was hammered and voice chatting with some buddies so I probably didn't give it the right amount of attention.

[Edited on 8-18-2017 by CVD39]


CamstunPWG187 - 8-21-2017 at 07:07 AM

I'm playing a heck of a game at the moment called Slime-San

It's a VEERRRRY indie game inspired by Super Meat Boy, but it's got a lot of great content and does a lot of interesting things that Meat Boy doesn't. Unfortunately, being an indie game of it's budget comes some hassles, such as slowdown in big, big levels (Have only come across HORRENDOUS slowdown once, to be fair, and that was late in the 4th world).

It doesn't have the polish of other indie games such as SMB, Outland, or Joe Danger, but it's incredibly charming, weird, and has great controls. Music is quite good, too!

I recommend it.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-22-2017 at 06:25 PM

Annnnd I just beat it. Really great 8-bit indy platforming game.

If you love Super Meat Boy, you will probably love Slime-San

Be wary, it's difficult. It's white-knuckle platforming.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-29-2017 at 05:54 PM

Just got through Year Walk for the Wii U

I think it was 4-5 bucks when i bought it 2 years ago, and I finally got around to it.

It's a very atmospheric game and I loved the art-style. It's creepy and really short, maybe 2-3 hours for the full ending.

Highly recommended for adventure/labyrinth/puzzle game fans.


Flash - 8-30-2017 at 04:42 AM

Just finished Wolfenstein the new order and I really dug it... so much that I immediately jumped right back into it to play the alternate timeline (for those that haven't played it you make a choice at the beginning that splits the game... it's pretty much the same aside from 2 different characters in each timeline, and some different perks).

Really well done game and I can't wait for the New Colossus sequel... something about killing scores of Nazi's (even moon Nazis!) in an alternate timeline is fantastic... the whole alternate history bit is well done; made me want to go out and finally get around to watching The Man in the High Castle (very similar storyline).

For those that have played other Wolfenstein games is there something up with BJ? Like is he some kind of super soldier or something... I mean he gets gutted early in the story, and he's going to be there for the sequel despite the whole nuke going off thing (I mean I didn't see a refrigerator he could conveniently hide in or anything)... just seems like he's some sort of superhuman tough guy or something.


Flash - 8-30-2017 at 04:44 AM

Also, and unrelated to the above; me and a buddy recently beat Lovers in a dangerous space time... just a fun game... not sure how it would work with just one player, as there were some spots that even two people had a hard time with (thankfully we had another buddy with a PS paddle).


CamstunPWG187 - 8-31-2017 at 06:57 PM

I caved after not having much to play and bought Rabbids+Mario.

If you like X-COM, get it. It's cutesy exterior hides a deceptively difficult, fun, and rewarding strategy game. This isn't X-COM or Fire Emblem Lite you would expect whenever playing a Mario game that's going outside of it's element. This is actually a deep game with all sorts of customization and team members that all possess unique traits. I was as surprised as anyone whose a fan of the other games I mentioned would be.

I usually don't like these types of games, but this one is fun as shit. Maybe it's the Mario aesthetic that I'm so tried and true to gravitate towards, but after having gotten to 2-5, it's been great so far.


the goon - 9-18-2017 at 01:28 AM

I downloaded the Project Octopath Traveler demo on the Switch a couple of nights ago and it's really good. For those not familiar, it's an upcoming RPG by Square Enix that's very much a throwback to the 16-bit era of RPGs, right down to the visual appearance (I think it looks a lot like the SNES' Final Fantasy III, but with a 2.5D graphical facelift). I got sucked right into the demo, which gives you about two to three hours of gameplay, and can't wait to play the full game. The bad news though is that it apparently doesn't come out until 2018, so I'm not quite sure why they released the demo this far in advance, but hey, whatever.


Flash - 9-19-2017 at 02:06 AM

Got a good deal on Star Wars Battlefront which I've played at a friends and it was a good time even if I found the controls a bit clunky at times... maybe with some more play time put into it... for $6 though I figure if I get even a few hours out of it I'm not doing too badly.

Before jumping into Star Wars though I'm playing Mortal Kombat XL- same as X, just with all of the DLC from what I can gather... It's fun enough, but I'm probably a bit too spoiled from the WWE games where you have like 100+ wrestlers... MK tops out at like 33, and I think you probably really have to have played the 2011 reboot first to make sense of where all the characters are at, as the last MK game I played was 2 I think way back in the 90's. Still, it's fun- the set up is just like I remember it... nice side scrolling fighting game where you can do well with drop kicks and upper cuts, but otherwise it's a lot of button mashing to get to a fatality (for me anyway).

The story is cool and well done, but it's like watching a movie with the occasional fight thrown in... I mean clearly with like 10 games in the franchise they know what works, but in a perfect game I think some RPG/Missions elements would be a great way to tell the same story, then cut to Klassic fights for bosses or something.

I don't know why I keep putting off Witcher III... maybe because I've heard so many good things about it that it almost can't help but disappoint even a little bit.... need to get to it soon though... then again, NHL 18 comes out tomorrow.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-19-2017 at 04:01 AM

I finished Mario and Rabbids just moments before my pre-download of Metroid: Samus Returns became legally playable.

It's been a long time since I have beaten a strategy game in the mold of an X-COM/Fire Emblem/Advance Wars-style RPG, and I definitely got about 35 hours out of it.

The first thing I loved was that playing the game was relaxing. I could play it as I fucked around on my phone, and spent many-a battle playing it as I listened to music, browsed Facebook, or whatever. I forgot what it's like to play a turn-based strategy RPG.

Second, the movement system in the game is top-notch. You are able to slide into enemies and cause damage while moving from one part of the map to the other, and even have the ability to jump off your allies to reach further areas, and Mario can even stomp enemies off of these to go even further! It felt really nice being able to zip in and out of pipes while still doing damage before I even began to fire.

Speaking of combat, it's entirely free-form in terms of when and how you attack. You have free reign to move first before attacking, attack before moving, use your special abilities in between, after, or before, and it leads to a lot of interesting combo attacks if you're clever enough to chain something together using your 3 characters.

The game is actually very challenging, something I am not used to saying about most Nintendo games. It's actually quite a challenge to the point where I will say that it rivals the top-tier strategy RPG's in terms of difficulty in certain battles.

Each world is littered with puzzles in-between battles, and it makes each world feel like an actual, real area instead of a succession of challenges.

One thing that's even more awesome is the ability to completely reset your characters stats so that you can mold them for the next battle. It encourages progression and I really appreciated the stats not being permanent. More games need to do stuff like this.

The music is great, as well. Just a pleasant soundtrack all around.

What is actually my only fault with the game is how compressed the game is, and how lousy some of the video quality is during the games cutscenes. Really, some of these look worse than most gamecube cutscenes in terms of graininess. I don't know how compressed Ubisoft needed to make it to fit it in digital form, but the FMV's are not pleasant to watch, despite the charming story being told.

Overall, it's a kickass game that I highly recommend to any strategy game fan.

9/10


[Edited on 9-19-2017 by CamstunPWG187]


CVD39 - 9-19-2017 at 09:56 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Flash
Got a good deal on Star Wars Battlefront which I've played at a friends and it was a good time even if I found the controls a bit clunky at times... maybe with some more play time put into it... for $6 though I figure if I get even a few hours out of it I'm not doing too badly.

Before jumping into Star Wars though I'm playing Mortal Kombat XL- same as X, just with all of the DLC from what I can gather... It's fun enough, but I'm probably a bit too spoiled from the WWE games where you have like 100+ wrestlers... MK tops out at like 33, and I think you probably really have to have played the 2011 reboot first to make sense of where all the characters are at, as the last MK game I played was 2 I think way back in the 90's. Still, it's fun- the set up is just like I remember it... nice side scrolling fighting game where you can do well with drop kicks and upper cuts, but otherwise it's a lot of button mashing to get to a fatality (for me anyway).

The story is cool and well done, but it's like watching a movie with the occasional fight thrown in... I mean clearly with like 10 games in the franchise they know what works, but in a perfect game I think some RPG/Missions elements would be a great way to tell the same story, then cut to Klassic fights for bosses or something.

I don't know why I keep putting off Witcher III... maybe because I've heard so many good things about it that it almost can't help but disappoint even a little bit.... need to get to it soon though... then again, NHL 18 comes out tomorrow.


I think that the Season Pass for Battle Front Star Wars is currently free on the PlayStation Store. What I heard anyway. If you're on the PS4, check it out.


Flash - 9-19-2017 at 04:04 PM

I got an XBO, and saw the pass for free on there too- but thanks for the heads up none the less.


Flash - 9-20-2017 at 03:30 AM

Picked up NHL 18 today- some years the NHL series gets a big overhaul, other years it's merely a tweak here or there... this year seems to be more about the tweaks as the only new "big" feature they added was 3 on 3 games....

No big deal, I'm more of a franchise player anyway, and it looks like they've made a couple of small tweaks there that have improved it somewhat:

*Expansion draft... not only can you draft the fake Knights; you can add a 32nd team and play with the division alignments... I just did a quick create a team to run through it and it looks pretty decent.

*Contract extensions... you can now sign players with expiring contracts through the whole of their last season without messing up your cap... so Nylander is expiring this year for example so I can sign him to an extension of say $6m and for this year his salary will still be $900k... nice addition; brings a bit more realism to the salary cap world that his hockey now.

*A little more realistic player ratings... Crosby seems to be the highest ranked from a quick glance at 94, with McDavid at 93... I'm wondering if McDavid will continue to improve in rankings given his age... otherwise in the game it looks like a high 70's to low 80's would be your 3-4 line guys or 4-6 D-men depending on the team- more elite guys seem to be around the mid 80's with franchise guys in the high 80's to low 90's.

*Pretty much all of the team president stuff is the same as last year... I haven't played enough to see if the building maintenance budgets and stuff are still a bit of a pain to manage, or if morale is still a bit wonk or not.

*Salary's seem to be okay thus far- all of my resignings that I did a test sim through and extensions all seemed reasonable, although it's usually been around year 3 when the salary system kinda falls apart as the rookies start getting the bigger money.

*The creation sweet seems to be a bit bigger in terms of city names available to use... I'm not sure if they are still using the same tired 20 custom logos they've been using since they first launched the create a team or not.

I'm only a few hours into playing around with it, but thus far I'd say my impression is that this is more of a NHL 17.5... in saying that, it's like I said the series only seems to do a big revamp every few years with small tweaks and band aid fixes in between.


What I'd still like to see is what 2K did like a decade ago where you had complete control over the franchise- hiring coaches, assistant coaches, trainers... etc


CamstunPWG187 - 9-28-2017 at 03:40 PM

My review for Steamworld Dig 2 for the Switch

Steamworld Dig 2 is a fantastic, easy-to-play sequel. It takes what made Steamworld Dig so great and gives it focus, with outstanding 2D graphics, a soundtrack from the composer of Hotline Miami, and a wealth of customizable options for all of your digging needs. As great and unique as the original was,
Dig 2 burrows right through the original to deliver the premier eShop experience of the fall (soon to be on PS4 and Steam)

When I first arrived in China, the first games I found myself beating here within my first week were Hotline Miami, which I borrowed, and Steamworld Dig, which I bought based on my friends recommendation. I fell in love with Dig, beat it fairly quickly, but never touched it again. Later on, I found out the levels were randomized, but it was one of those "one and done" games, but one that I would recommend to ANYONE who owned a 3DS or Wii U if they hadn't yet picked it up. It was simple, fun, had great atmopshere, innovative design (the intrigue of going down a little bit more and coming back up was surprisingly addicting), and fit the 3DS perfectly. Needless to say, Steamworld Dig holds a lot of nostalgia for me, given it's now been 4 years since I moved to Harbin, and those first 1-2 weeks of living in a foreign country provide you with a feeling that is pretty unequaled, so for it to have been a part of that experience definitely holds it close to my heart.

Moving on from my textual heartstringing, Dig 2 comes out bigger, better, and neater than most sequels only wish they can do. Enemy waves are tough, Dorothy's options for customization are suprisingly deep, and just when you think you're at the end, you go back to an area and surprise yourself with just how deep it really goes.

Dig 2's concept is fairly simple. Dig, using a pickax and jackhammer, through the games vertical world.While digging, you will collect a myriad of gems, and when you can't carry anymore, carry them up to the safe zone, trade them in for cash, by upgrades, and go back down. Rinse, and repeat. It sounds simple, almost painfully so, but it's a concept that works brilliantly and becomes addicting, leading you to think "just one more dig" before you call it a night. While doing this, you will come across caves (think Shrines from BOTW) which present puzzle/platforming challenges for you to collect Cogs (for upgrading your equipment) and trinkets.

The map isn't randomized anymore per playthrough, so the experience I have is the same one you will have, for the most part. The map world is large and diverse, with caves, toxic jungles, temples, and outdoor areas that go deep.

Enemies are tough in groups, so the deeper you go, prepare to plan your escape, because you may just quickly become overwhelmed by the vast collection of enemies that bombard you. Even more cumbersome are the traps that are set while digging in claustrophobic areas. You might successfully escape an smattering of enemy encounters, searching desperately for the next tube that will take you back to freedom, until some cacti explodes in your face, or a rock bust through the dirt too quickle and smashes you into obliviakree (Shane Douglas FTW), causing you to lose your precious gems which are used to upgrade your character.

That brings us to the games one glaring problem. These enemies provide you with great challenge when in numbers, but unfortunately, this doesn't happen enough. For the most part, SD2 is a fairly easy game. It's one of the reasons I put Metroid down for a week and couldn't stop playing, because the game allows for you to progress with little problem. I died a a few times, but mainly because of my own incompetence while rushing through hazardous areas, getting too greedy and refusing to move on from an area, or not paying attention to falling rocks early in the game. The punishment for dying is losing some valuable gems, but the game quickly gives you a portal which you can use to warp back to the safe zone, lessening the suspense of getting back up to the surface alive. I took every hard mode option the game gave me, but even then, the game still didn't challenge me enough. Mix that with a lackluster set of bosses (with the only memorable one being the final boss), and I just wish the game challenged me more.

Graphically, the game stands out, running at a very solid 60FPS, and filled with beautiful, varied scenery. Seeing it portably on the handheld mode is a treat. Games just look absolutely stunning in handheld mode on the Switch, and this is no different.

Sound-wise, the soundtrack is good, but not great, with my favorite track being the main hub area. Sound design is great, too. Lotta neat effects to hear while collecting gems and smashing through gravel and such. I was disappointed that the soundtrack wasn't as great as some of the composer's earlier work, but that's a small nit to pick.

My hands are cramped. Fucking carpal tunnel.

9/10

[Edited on 9-29-2017 by CamstunPWG187]


TownOfDalem - 9-29-2017 at 08:28 PM

I fell years behind on my gaming outside of WWE and Rock Band, but over the past 10 or so months I've gotten back into it. Played the first 4 Uncharted games and I'm currently working my way through Last of Us. As someone who has officially become a casual gamer these types of games are perfect for me. I can get into it for a week or two and have a complete experience.

Any other similar suggestions for me? I'm considering Dishonored 2 and a friend recommended Horizon: Zero Dawn.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-5-2017 at 06:44 PM

Just beat Metroid 2, and immediately bought Cuphead.

Will post a review of both when I'm finished Cuphead, which should be by tomorrow or Saturday evening.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-6-2017 at 07:33 AM

My review for Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid is back in 2D and it's all the better for it. Despite some slight issues with recurring aesthetics later in the game, this is a beautiful, surprising, and gigantic treat of a remake for 3DS owners and Metroid fans, alike. This is 2D Metroid at it's finest.

Samus Returns takes place between the first Metroid and the Prime trilogy, presenting a story where Samus goes into the belly of the Metroid homeworld to eradicate their species once and for all. Given this is a remake, however, there are some unique surprises lying in wait. The way the story unfolds is through various cutscenes in which Samus is back to her usual silent, bounty hunting ways. It was slightly disappointing to be unable to hear an inner monologue, but given the harsh fan backlash from Other M's presentation of our esteemed heroine, I can't argue Nintendo's reluctance to try it again.

A humongous map (biggest in the 2D series, no doubt) of the entire planet of SR388 is daunting, goes deep, and is riddled with collectible power-ups to help make sure Samus is always an ever-evolving war machine against the Metroid threat. The atmosphere is darker than in most Metroid games, and stays true to the feel of the original game. Sometimes I felt the environments were a little too similar at certain points, with the same purple caves popping up several times throughout my adventure. With over 9 separate areas to explore, you will spend a good chunk of time exploring new and old areas throughout your mission.

The difficulty is reminiscent of Metroid 2 for the original Game Boy, so be prepared, this is a real challenge. Within my first 2-3 hours with the game, I found myself on the fatal end of many battles with mere secondary enemies infesting the caverns of SR388. If not for a reserve tank I got from one of my Smash Bros. Amiibos, the death toll would have been much higher. The high difficulty doesn't
just stay true to the beginning of the game, though. Much later on you will encounter enemies who go through multiple phases, evolve their attack patterns, and really put your reflexes with the new melee counter to the test. After the rather easy difficulty in Metroid: Zero Mission (a game I beat on the day I bought it), Samus Returns' difficulty is very welcoming.

Almost every power-up you're familiar with is back, along with a slew of new Aeion abilities to help give you an edge in battle. One of the abilities is basically an Easy Mode (it reveals parts of the map you can't see) for less experienced fans of the genre, but you are free to not use it, which is something I chose to do. One of the most famous power-ups introduced in Super Metroid the Speed Boost, does not make it's return, which I find a little odd, but can't say I miss too much. The Speed Boost is completely absent, and in being so, eliminates a lot of convoluted, tedious Dash/Shinespark puzzles that required multiple stops and dozens of retries to perfect in order to obtain mere missile packs. Because of this absence, the puzzle designs are lended out to new power-ups, such as the grappling hook, the spider/spring ball, and even the power to slow down time.

Sound design is top-notch. Creatures shriek in a manner most fearsome, and the sounds of your blast cannon ripping through enemies is always satisfying. Musically the game is a mix of old and new, with most of the older compositions being beautifully redone (my favorite being the Brinstar Underground theme), and there are even some soundbites from Metroid Prime thrown in there for good measure.

Graphically, the game is rendered in 3D and and runs in 30 FPS. The original's claustrophobic, darker tone is beautifully recreated using the new engine, and several areas truly pop, particularly the fifth area and the final. The final area is truly a graphical highlight of the 3DS's capabilities in terms of how to create an amazingly atmospheric setting, and I'll remember it forever. Just truly great work by the team on this one.

Overall, Metroid: Samus Returns is a fantastic return to form for the series. Enemy encounters of all types are challenging, fun, and make you think. Level design is ever-evolving and contains new, fun puzzles in place of old, tedious Shinespark puzzles of old. Exploration is ever-rewarding, but never makes Samus too over-powered for her own good. Graphics and music shine through brightly, and give the series a whole new look in a 2D setting. If not for the repetitive, purple cave areas in several different areas of the game, I wouldn't have a single complaint.

Metroid: Samus Returns is a must-have experience, and one of the best 3DS games you can buy.

9.5/10


CamstunPWG187 - 10-6-2017 at 08:14 AM

My review for Cuphead for the Xbox One


If you're familiar with the industry, you've heard rumblings of Cuphead. You've heard how wonderful it's 1930's-style graphics are, how it's music is fabulous and reminds you of watching old-style cartoons such as Gulliver's Travels and Popeye, and how it's so difficult you want to pull your hair out. For the first two points, they are entirely correct. For the last, well....It depends on what type of games you grew up playing.

Let me start out by saying that I've obtained some high-skilled notches of true grit on my gaming belt: Completion F-Zero GX's story mode. Completing Super Ghouls N Ghosts on the second playthrough. Beatdowns of Dracula in Castlevania 1, 2, 3, 4, Rondo Of Blood, Bloodlines, and all of the SOTN-style ones. Wily and Sigma's demises in Mega Man 1 through X5 (Zero 1 and 2, included). Alien annihilation in Contra 1, 2, 3, Hard Corps, and Shattered Soldier.

Suffice to say, I've been through gaming hell in my years, so I was a little intimidated to hear such a response to a game in regards to it's difficulty. I didn't plan on purchasing Cuphead because of it. I didn't want to buy a game strictly to experience difficulty. That's not why I play games. Sure, I like a challenge, but so many of those games I previously listed had other aspects I was attracted to, whether it was their soundtracks, game design, or stories. Cuphead being a non-stop boss gauntlet challenge just didn't strike me as being worth 20 bucks.

Then my trusted friend told me I need to play it. It's safe to say when he tells me I'll like a game, there's a great chance that I will. This changed my thinking of Cuphead. I took a gander at a video or two. I sought guidance from my video game group chat on WeChat.

Then I decided, I was going to purchase Cuphead and tackle it's challenge head-on.

Cuphead is exactly what it's advertised as - a gauntlet of boss battles which are beautifully animated and each accompanied by a unique track of music, with optional "run and gun" stages that serve as the only way of obtaining coins to buy power-ups for the road ahead. Other than 3 rather easy bonus levels littered throughout the overworld, that's basically all there is to it.

It's difficult, but not unfairly so. Boss and enemy patterns are quickly recognized in 2-3 tries (more as you get deeper and bosses evolve 4-5 times throughout a single fight) , and then it's a matter of having the skills to maneuver around the onslaught while finding the right sweet spot to stand in while you blast the bosses into oblivion. Some of my favorite bosses of all time can be found within Cuphead. It's in these battles that 2D action gaming is at it's finest, with the Robot, Train, and final two battles being the true standouts. I was only stuck on one boss, the honey bee queen, for more than 30 minutes, and after taking a break to workout and shower, I came back and conquered her, flicking off the screen with a delightful glee from seeing her demise. For me, the game is simply just a blast during these moments, and I soaked in everything as it hooked me in. I coudn't stop playing. Unfortunately, I beat it in less than a day, which was a disappointment. Apparently there will be DLC released in the future, and it can't come soon enough.

The games one true glaring negative are it's run and gun levels. They are 1/5th of the experience of the regular battles, and it was in these levels that I had the least amount of fun in the game. Some of them feel straight-up amateur, and the very last one was the only part of the game where I really wanted to pull my hair out. As stated above, though, without these levels, you will not be able to acquire some seriously useful power-ups to help make sure you are fairly equipped for the later bosses in the game.

Graphically, this is just a visual feast of 1930's animation splendor. Never before have I been so enamored with cartoon-style graphics in a game before. My wife would glance over in amazement simply because of how interesting the animation and graphics are (all in 60 FPS, to boot). You must experience Cuphead's graphics. They will bring you back to your parents' old VHS cartoon collection from your childhood.

The soundtrack is topnotch. This is 3 hours of beautiful Jazz music that you would swear was recorded in the 1920's. I can't believe the developers put so much love into this soundtrack. As soon as it's available, I am downloading all of it to my iPhone. Seek it out on YouTube in the meantime.

Cuphead will be astoundingly difficult for the younger gaming audience, I imagine. However, older players who grew up playing Castlevania, Contra, and Sh'mups like IKARUGA and GRADIUS will be perfectly at home with this one. Despite the crappy run and gun levels and short difficulty, this is a game worth all of it's 20 dollar price tag.

Cuphead is a reason to turn on your Xbox One again.

8.5/10

Also, I perished 125 times in total

[Edited on 10-6-2017 by CamstunPWG187]


CamstunPWG187 - 10-12-2017 at 03:03 AM

My review for ilomilo for the Xbox 360

ilomilo is an aesthetically pleasing, comfy puzzle game. Despite it's lack of excitement, it's charm, cuteness, and writing more than make up for it.

The game requires you to control two characters and find your way back to one another in courses that can be traversed sideways, upside down, and at just about any angle you can think of. Courses consist of small blocks making up the pathways, so you are able to walk along all sides of every block pathway, if the level requires it. Think of FEZ, but in a 3D world, if that makes sense. Moving blocks that act as elevators and bridges is key to solve the games 48+ levels, though you only need to complete half of them to finish the game.

Some of the levels are very intelligently designed, but the layout of the courses can be quite cumbersome for some if you decide to get a little too wild on your exploration. Frustration can lead to being stuck on some courses for 30 minutes or more, and it can be quite annoying figuring out where you even went wrong. Even worse, some of the courses can eventually be ruined by a wrong move, causing you to have to go back to the very beginning. I wouldn't call it bad design, but it was certainly frustrating.

The graphics are adorable. Characters have a loving warmth to them. It's the cutest game I have ever played before, and I doubt many games could be as cute as ilomilo.

The music is cute as a button, too. Not really much to say here, but the games sound design is as cute and effective as it's graphics design.

One thing I must point about that I love about ilomilo is the load time fun facts. I was discussing this with a friend the other day, about how games have useless bits of text and dialogue that are so worthless, yet written with love to give the game that extra bit of personality and care. Unfortunately, one dissapointing aspect of the game is the limited amount of fun facts the game has during these load times. There are a handful of them, but they repeat themselves far more often than they should.

ilomilo is a fun, if unexciting game. It took me quite a long time to finally finish it, but it was a nice filler game while waiting for Mario Odyssey.

8/10

Next up....Stardew Valley


the goon - 10-15-2017 at 08:20 AM

Not a game I'm currently playing, but I managed to snag a SNES Classic last night. Long story short, I saw online that a Target about 15 minutes from me showed it in stock, so I called them about an hour before closing to confirm they had them. I was told they only had one left and no, they couldn't hold it for me, so I flew over there in record time and was lucky enough to get their very last one.

I'm having a blast with it so far and Contra III is the game I'm currently addicted to (I also put in some solid time with Street Fighter II Turbo last night). And as a 36 year-old, it's kind of surreal yet awesome to be using the good old SNES controller again in the year 2017. Here's hoping Nintendo keeps going with these retro systems, as a N64 Classic and Gamecube Classic would be amazing.


Flash - 10-16-2017 at 06:14 AM

Xbox had a few games on sale the other week so I decided to pick them up:

*Layers of Fear... I "think" (it's really hard to tell) I'm two chapters in, and while it seems like more of a just go where the game leads you and you can't die game... it gets points for being pretty damned creepy with a good amount of jumps. Hard to say what the game is about as I can't quite tell yet, but you seem to be a painter working on your masterpiece in a creepy Victorian mansion... every time you go through a door the entire house re-arranges creating a very unsettling vibe. Thus far you can only really search the different rooms, finding the odd key or puzzle to move onto the next, so it's not a shoot'em up kill stuff type game.

*Alien Isolation... man this game freaks the shit out of me... it's very "hide" don't try and kill... but don't hide for too long as the alien will find you, and those seconds where you think you are safe hiding in a locker only for it to snap back and kill your really play havoc with your mind... and heart rate. The game uses a very throwback retro style akin to the first movie as you play as Ripley's daughter on a derelict space station... I'm only an couple hours in and it's pretty awesome... frustrating at times though.

*Haven't played it yet, but hear good things about the campaign... but I downloaded Titan fall 2.


CVD39 - 10-19-2017 at 03:42 AM

I really didn't play much SNES (my brother had one but he was pretty much a dick at the time) but I'd play the shit out of the NES Classic when they re-release it assuming I can get a copy this time. I'd play the N64 if it included Goldeneye and Perfect Dark (doubtful because of the Rare/XBox thing but they did release Goldeneye on the Wii.....I only got through one level and didn't want to learn yet another controller setup) and any of the WCW or WWE N64 era games (doubtful as well). I have Ocrina and maybe one other on the Wii but I can't think of anything else that I played except Beetlebug Adventure Racing.


Flash - 10-20-2017 at 05:25 AM

Just played Titan fall 2 and while short (I think I beat it in 2 sittings of a an hour or two each) I really liked it... definite ongoing potential with an immersive world, but simple story. I'm not a big online multiplayer guy so I can't comment on the multiplayer... which seems to be the majority of this game, but the campaign was fun.


nOOb - 10-29-2017 at 05:19 PM

Stardew Valley is an absolute gem. Simple yet addictive and I love the most that when I asked a few people whoíve played this if I was doing alright with my farm/battle split, I was told there is no ďright wayĒ, you can ďwinĒ regardless of your focus. And itís the perfect in-between game since you can stop playing for a week/month and easily pick right back up where you left off.

And AC Origins is good fun, especially since they changed up the formula for a game that exists before any guns were even thought of and chariots were pretty much the ultimate war weapon. I hope I can drag this out until the One X comes out next week: this game is gorgeous with just 1080p and HDR. 4K will put it over the top.


Flash - 11-26-2017 at 06:31 AM

Snagged a bunch of Black Friday deals through X-box live;

*Wolfenstein II: New Colossus
*NBA Live 2018
*Just Cause 3
*Fractured But Whole
*Tell Tale Batman
*Tell Tale Borderlands (that one was free)
*Rayman Origins

I also picked up some of the DLC content for some of the games I already had... all said and done not too bad for about $100 Canadian considering Wolfenstein and South Park both are regularly priced at $79 apiece plus tax.

I'll probably dive into Wolfenstein first... feel like shooting some Nazi's, but man I loved Stick of Truth, so I can't wait to jump into the sequel.


CVD39 - 11-26-2017 at 08:46 AM

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Originally posted by Flash
Snagged a bunch of Black Friday deals through X-box live;

*Wolfenstein II: New Colossus
*NBA Live 2018
*Just Cause 3
*Fractured But Whole
*Tell Tale Batman
*Tell Tale Borderlands (that one was free)
*Rayman Origins

I also picked up some of the DLC content for some of the games I already had... all said and done not too bad for about $100 Canadian considering Wolfenstein and South Park both are regularly priced at $79 apiece plus tax.

I'll probably dive into Wolfenstein first... feel like shooting some Nazi's, but man I loved Stick of Truth, so I can't wait to jump into the sequel.


Picked up Just Cause 3 a few months ago free via the PlayStation Network. Really fun game but super monotonous. No idea how people can play these type of games that just take forever doing the same type of stuff. Dig it, though.

Only game I got was Uncharted:The Lost Legacy game at Target for $15. I really wanted to pick up Skyrim for $15 because my PS3 version freezes (or it's just the PS3) but I'm kinda glad I didn't. I'd end up playing that again for another 500 hours. I know I'll get it at some point and I'll just have the look Jeff Daniels had in Speed when he realizes he's about to die.

[Edited on 11-26-2017 by CVD39]


CamstunPWG187 - 11-26-2017 at 06:40 PM

Been a while, but I have certainly been busy!

Stardew Valley ate up a good 65+ hours on the Switch, and I only have 3 items left to fill the community center up with. However, Mario odyssey kinda stopped me from getting around to that, but it's a Grade-A game. Truly love the Valley.

Odyssey is completed and I am waiting to write a review for it, but all I can say is it's in second place behind Zelda for GOTY.

However, what I've really been enjoying lately is South Park: Fractured But Whole. I am 22 hours into the game and just got to the Many Ass Cats. It's a long game, but I have been loving it every step of the way, even if it did take about 3-4 hours to really pick up.

I will finish Stardew Valley (community center completed, and a wife) as soon as I am done South Park, and then, depending on how December goes, i will beat Wolfenstein 2: New Colossus (snagged for 30 dollars on PSN) and try to brush up against 700+ Moons in Odyssey.

Gonna leave some new games to be beaten for next year.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-27-2017 at 07:42 PM

Just beat South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Despite being a tad bloated, it was great. I finished it in 25-26 hours, but felt some fast passes could have been more liberally strewn about the map, as I donít feel most of them are in convenient spots.

Itís almost like a movie, where shaving off a few hours would have made the experience much tighter.

Iíll give it an 8.5/10


CamstunPWG187 - 12-1-2017 at 11:20 AM

I just completed Stardew Valley, for the most part. I got married, had a child, and completed the community center. I don't know what the fourth candle on Grandpa's shrine is for, but one day I might just find out. I put 85 hours into that game, and it was worth every minute.

Starting up Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.[ About 3 hours in, and wickedly fast-paced and fun, just like Doom. Unlike Doom, where running and melee attacking everything in front of you was highly encouraged, being smart and tactical in battle is the way to play. It's ridiculously in-your-face, with an amazingly well-told story, to boot.


TownOfDalem - 12-4-2017 at 06:15 PM

Started playing Horizon: Zero Dawn. I love it so much. It's really scratching that Skyrim itch, while being more story driven and feeling slightly less open world. I find myself getting sucked into every side quest and wanting to take down every group of robot dinosaurs I stumble across. I've never enjoyed upgrading pouches and inventory more then I do in this game.


gobbledygooker - 12-5-2017 at 06:52 PM

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Originally posted by TownOfDalem
Started playing Horizon: Zero Dawn. I love it so much. It's really scratching that Skyrim itch, while being more story driven and feeling slightly less open world. I find myself getting sucked into every side quest and wanting to take down every group of robot dinosaurs I stumble across. I've never enjoyed upgrading pouches and inventory more then I do in this game.


I bought this for my girlfriend's daughter for her birthday and have been wanting to give it a shot (bonus of having a child with someone who has a 16-year-old daughter that plays video games). She's kinda lost interest in it but she's definitely not as into the whole "side quest" thing. I need to give it a shot however....I bought Wolfenstein: New Order and Wolfenstein II for a couple of sweet Black Friday online deals so those will be taking my time currently. I'm still on New Order and that game is awesome enough as it is.


CamstunPWG187 - 12-8-2017 at 04:27 PM

Fuck, Wolfensteinís story is so good. Best story in a video game since FF6.

It ainít the gameplay of Doom, but man, the story is fucking IN-CREDIBLE.


gobbledygooker - 12-12-2017 at 09:38 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Fuck, Wolfensteinís story is so good. Best story in a video game since FF6.

It ainít the gameplay of Doom, but man, the story is fucking IN-CREDIBLE.


Still playing through New Order right now (which is fucking amazing in its own right; I have no freakin' clue how they'll top it in New Colossus but it sounds like they will). But, regarding the gameplay, I kinda like how it's not quite as insane weaponry-wise, etc. as Doom. You got your slew of guns to choose from, your knife, your grenade, and that's about it. I don't always need plasma cannons and laser chainsaws and whatnot to keep me engaged!


CamstunPWG187 - 12-15-2017 at 04:12 PM

Just finished The new Colossus last night, and my review is going to focus more on how well-told the story is more than anything else (no spoilers).

Wolfenstein is an awesome, tight FPS experience in it's own right. It's not as disgustingly brutal as Doom, and it's not as difficult, but it will satiate anyone's appetite who doesn't like to go through COD every year to get their FPS fix. Shortening the weapon pool and giving us the option to upgrade these weapons in 3 different ways also encourages us to use them all. The graphics are great and the sound design and soundtrack are fantastic, as well, with an aquarium's glass reflection and innards being the real highlight for me, in terms of graphics. Shotguns and assault rifles sound powerful and righteous, and the game's use of language is fantastic.

However, onto the story. I came into this game expecting a good story, but not on this caliber. This is the single-greatest story for a game I have played in 5 years. Not since The Walking Dead Season 1 have I felt so gripped by storytelling in a video game. Some of the scenes with Engel and Grace are so above and beyond whatever any other developer attempts to capture that it's almost questionable that some studios attempt to make such a story unfold in their games without the proper voice actors and writers to do it. WOlfenstein: The New Colossus doesn't catch the emotional high of TWD's ending in terms of pure raw emotion, but what it doesn't do in bringing a tear to your eye, it more than makes up for by making every action you make feel that much more righteous, and that much more deserved. Killing Nazi's has never been so satisfying. Not ever. Truly splendid storytelling here.

I'm done here. The game was shorter than I'd like, but I'm being greedy there.

9/10

Play this game

Now onto Yooka-Layley, which I have currently pumped 8 hours into with 40 Pagies.

It's good.

[Edited on 12-15-2017 by CamstunPWG187]


the goon - 12-25-2017 at 04:52 AM

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Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Now onto Yooka-Layley, which I have currently pumped 8 hours into with 40 Pagies.

It's good.


I'm a huge Banjo-Kazooie fan, so how would you say Yooka-Layley compares to it? I plan on buying it eventually, but didn't want to jump right into another platformer after playing Mario Odyssey for over a month.

And I'm finishing up my 2017 with Doom on the Switch. I haven't played a FPS in forever, so I've been having a lot of fun with it.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-12-2018 at 04:27 PM

Yooka is a 7.5/10 game and if you like Banjo, give it a go. Aside from one shitty world, the game has its upside and you will really enjoy it. Just beat a few weeks ago, too.

Beat DKC 1 again. Love it.

Recently, as in 5 hours ago, I beat A Hat In Time and What Remains Of Edith Finch.

Edith Finch is excellent and highly recommended. Amazing experience in storytelling. 9/10.

Hat In Time is a good platforming game with good nods to a Banjo and mario Sunshine. Not so polished, though. 7.5/10.

Onto a Enter The Gungeon and Steamworld ageist


the goon - 1-14-2018 at 12:36 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Yooka is a 7.5/10 game and if you like Banjo, give it a go. Aside from one shitty world, the game has its upside and you will really enjoy it. Just beat a few weeks ago, too.


Cool, I'll definitely be checking it out at some point then. Though I may wait until it goes on sale or something, since I find the $40 price tag a little much.


Columbo - 1-14-2018 at 02:57 PM

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Originally posted by the goon


Cool, I'll definitely be checking it out at some point then. Though I may wait until it goes on sale or something, since I find the $40 price tag a little much.


Don't know if you have a ps4, but I think its on sale for like 13 bucks this week.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-14-2018 at 05:50 PM

13 bucks is absolutely perfect for Yooka.

Jump on that shit, Goon.

Also, just beat DKC2 again. Dave Wise is an amazing person.


the goon - 1-14-2018 at 10:00 PM

I don't have a PS4 unfortunately, so am just gonna have to wait until it hopefully goes on sale on the Switch at some point (I appreciate the head's up though!).

Though I am still playing through Doom and have Rocket League to play after that, so I'm good with waiting a while before playing Yooka-Layley.


the goon - 1-22-2018 at 12:20 AM

I downloaded Double Dragon on the Switch over the weekend. As a kid, my brother and I were HUGE fans of the game in the arcade and I hadn't played it in probably 25+ years. It doesn't really hold up quite as well as I'd hoped, but for $7.99 it was a fun stroll down memory lane. And you can definitely tell it was a 1980's coin-op game designed to eat your quarters, because I probably died about 20 times playing through it.


the goon - 3-5-2018 at 12:02 AM

A couple of games I've been playing on the Switch lately:

Rocket League: I'd heard a lot about this game, so I finally broke down and downloaded it a month or so ago when it was on sale. After putting in some serious play time, I can see why it's so popular, as the gameplay is damn addictive. It's pretty much the epitome of "okay, I'm just going to play one more match" and next thing you know another 30 minutes have passed. I think my one knock against it is that there's not a whole lot to it outside of the online play, but when the game is this fun, it doesn't really matter that much.

Axiom Verge: Just like Rocket League, this is one of those games I'd heard a lot about and snagged it on sale a few weeks ago. It's a total retro-style sidescroller that you can tell is VERY influenced by Metriod and Super Metroid (not that that's a bad thing, of course), with a storyline that's reminiscent of Out Of This World. The game gives you some really clever weapons and items to use, and the soundtrack kicks ass too. I don't know if I'd say it's quite worth the $19.99 price tag, but I got it for $13.99 which was definitely worth it.

I've also been playing the free Balloon World DLC on Mario Odyssey. It's a pretty fun diversion and is a nice way to rack up some coins in the game.


niles81 - 3-9-2018 at 08:24 PM

Axiom Verge is awesome. I got that on my Steam account a year or so back and played the fuck out of it.

Another game you might want to check out goes by the name of Dead Cells. It's like Castlevania SOTN meets Diablo 2. It's early access on Steam so it's not finished yet. Despite that, the game is extremely well polished and playable. I have 60 hours on it so far and I expect it will shoot up as the most played game in my Steam library eventually (alongside FTL).


Flash - 3-17-2018 at 10:54 AM

Just downloaded the Friday the 13th game and it's been fun enough as I've been exploring it... I've just stuck to offline stuff for now- where basically you play as Jason on one of a half dozen movie inspired maps and hunt down camp counsellors trying to keep them in innovative ways within a 20 minute time limit. I haven't ventured into the multiplayer yet, but it sounds like it is basically the same if you are Jason, or if you are one of the counsellors you basically have to survive, escape, or in some rare cases kill Jason.

Some pro's and cons...

*The game has clearly been made with a lot of love... lots of little references to the franchise throughout the game, with lots of little effects (like a VHS style scrambling at times), classic 80's style music cues, and I do believe I read even some input from Tom Savini and Harry Manfredini who were respectively responsible for a lot of the movies special effects/make-up and famous music.

*Kane Hodder!

*Some cool powers for Jason... not so much powers; but abilities that are inspired by how Jason just seems to know where people are, pop up out of nowhere, or can kind of rage out... basically there's like a heat/sound cue you can follow, you can teleport to different spots on the map, stalk up silently to victims, or kind of chase/catch up to them in a way that's a lot like the "evil" camera shots in the evil dead movies... Each power has a cool down period so you have to use them selectively.... It probably plays cooler than I'm describing it.

*Different kills... I've only unlocked one signature kill, but it looks like there's lots of different kill options, and some environmental kills as well (I've done a few, like stabbing through beds to kill hiding counsellors).

*Weird DLC... like it sounds like they are constantly adding free stuff, like new maps and new Jasons (A Jason X is supposed to come soon), but then they want you to pay for stuff like 3 new kills for $2.99, or different clothing packs for a few bucks as well... like they should just bundle it all for $10 or something as currently it strikes me as not enough content for just above the threshold of yeah I'd throw a buck at that (IE... the novelty of a Halloween costume just doesn't seem to justify a few bucks, neither does 3 new kills... but together it would all be worth it).

*Server issues for the multiplayer were a big concern when the game launched, but all of the new reviews I read before buying the game said this has largely been fixed.

*A virtual cabin serves as kind of a Jason museum full of fun facts, and various prop recreations... I guess it's been repurposed from their beta testing... fun to explore and it looks like they keep adding to it... Con; there seems to be some kind of puzzle hidden in there, but the font on some of the clues is way tiny.

*It's being done by an indy company (I think... it was largely funded via kickstarter) so while the graphics are good; they aren't as polished as what you'd see from a major game developer.

*Probably not a lot of replay value once the fun of the novelty of it wears off... I mean outside of maybe Splatter house (?) aping Jason, or the old NES F13 game (which probably still seems cool in my mind because I didn't get very far in it, so the potential of it being cool likely far, far outweighs the actual game) I don't recall too many publishers taking a run at the horror franchises so it's really cool to see it well done... and they are supposedly adding other game modes so who knows... but it strikes me as a bit of a limited experience game.

I got it for $40... it's been out for a year now and doesn't seem to be going down for a while as they are still adding content and refining it (the hard disc just dropped in November I think?) and I'd been itching to try it for a long time now being a fan of the movies... I probably overpaid, but on balance to wait like another six months to save $10 bucks it seemed like it was worth taking a chance on.


Flash - 3-17-2018 at 11:01 AM

Unrelated to the above...

I heard/read that Nintendo is discontinuing the Wii-U store or whatever you want to call it in January 2019; so I've been picking up a few classics while I can.

*Final Fight for the SNES... I have more memories of this as an arcade game than I do playing it at someone's house (I didn't have an SNES, as I went from the NES to Genesis)... Funny how some games back then that found their origins in arcades have probably spawned two completely different sets of kids that grew up with some gaming memories being arcade whereas others it would be consoles.

*Super Castlevania (which is I think IV?)... man how did I used to be any good at these games... were it not for the Wii-U's restore point features I don't know that I'd be able to beat any of these older games, lol.

*Bunch of the Donkey Kong games... never played these much as a kid, but man are they fun... Maybe not as memorable as Mario, but in some ways they seem a bit more advanced.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-23-2018 at 11:33 AM

Well well, if it isnít this thread again... itís been a while, boys.

-Beat Zelda: A link Between Worlds again.

-Iconoclasts for the PS4 was really good. The story I could give a damn about, but as a really wonderfully designed, Metroid-inspired game, it fits the bill nicely. Imagine Gunstar Heroes but less linear, with an overly-complex story. 8.5/10

-Celeste for the Switch. This might be my current GOTYC, as not since Super Meat Boy have I had such a fun experience with a 2D platformer in this style (1-2 screen levels with twitch-based platforming). The soundtrack and overall mood of the game is quite ethereal, and I really enjoyed the narrative. Top-notch stuff! 9.5/10

Next, I went on a trip to America, where the Switch and 3DS proved invaluable on the airplane:

-after almost 5 years, I finally completed Luigiís Mansion: Dark moon. I had been forever stuck on one single part of the game, and for the first time in nearly 16 years, I used a walkthrough right before I got on the plane to show me which way to go in section 5-2 of the game. Man, it still got difficult after that, and the puzzles were pretty ingenious, as was the final boss. I love Luigiís Mansion!! 9/10

-Beat mega man X for the umpteenth time.

-I landed and actually got to try a SNES classic. I beat Super Punch-Out!!!

-Getting back on the plane, I best the following:

-Donkey Kong on the original Game Boy

-Mega Man 2 off the Mega Man Collection

-Sonic Mania (Tailís Story), thus completing every story in the game.

-getting back to China, I sat down and beat the PS4 remaster of SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS. A top 5 game of all time for me. Iíve always loved the game and this version is supreme.

-just yesterday, I finally finished Owl Boy....Owl Boy was a pleasant experience that unfortunately didnít hook me the way I thought it would. Aesthetically, itís very nice, and the music is very serene and beautiful. The controls are responsive, but the button layout is questionable and I wish it had been better. I always felt that it took me an unnecessarily long amount of time to get used to the controls whenever Iíd start the game back up after going away for a bit. On the plus side, the action is nice, and the bosses are a real standout. The level design is also really nice, and doesnít bore you with overdone dungeon design. The story is interesting and has humorous dialogue all throughout. I donít know what it is, but it just didnít hook me. Maybe it was because I was fresh off beating 7 games in the span of 2 weeks by the time I got around to it and I was gamed our. Still though, extremely well-made game, and I recommend it to anyone who likes 2D action games. 8.5/10

-Just beat Bayonetta 2 again in less than a day for the Switch. Phenomenal.

Onto Bayonetta 1...again


salmonjunkie - 3-23-2018 at 05:54 PM

please don't take this the wrong way when I ask this, Cam - where do you find time to train for wrestling with all this gaming you do?


CamstunPWG187 - 3-23-2018 at 11:13 PM

A tolerant wife, having a conflicting schedule with hers where your days off are on her work days, and not having to be in work on the weekdays until 4:30, usually.


nOOb - 3-24-2018 at 12:00 AM

I've got a weird one to suggest: Kingdom Come Deliverance. I decided to give it a whirl because the concept of a historical version of Skyrim with no magic seemed interesting to me. And, well, it is. Your character goes through the same "survive an attack on their town" story as a number of RPG protagonists do (except the hometown in question was a real place), but unlike those other characters, your character is essentially still a civilian with no real powers. He's illiterate, so you have to go out of your way to learn how to read, he sucks at fighting, so you have to actually train with soldiers to get better at it, and he's a peasant, so he's not able to just walk right up to the local leaders and talk to them. And while that sounds a bit boring, there's a lot of satisfaction in turning your son of a blacksmith character into a badass super thief/super fighter/genius. And the combat is good enough that there's a lot of satisfaction in just beating one guy, let alone clearing out a bandit camp.

I'd definitely recommend giving this a look when it inevitably goes on sale in the next few weeks (distribution for this game was not great).


punkerhardcore - 3-24-2018 at 02:56 AM

I've begun to dabble in PC gaming for the first time. Downloaded Steam, which I'd never tried out before. The first (and so far only) game I've really tried out is a little indie RTS called Into the Breach. If you are into strategy games, I would say it's definitely worth the $15. It's one of those "easy to get into, but hard to master" type games. Pretty damn fun so far, though.

Really I'm just killing time until Far Cry comes out next week. That game looks like it's gonna be the tits.


CamstunPWG187 - 3-29-2018 at 02:19 AM

Man, Bayonetta 1 is so difficult compared to 2 that itís ridiculous. One of the most unforgiving Games of that generation, surely.

I mean, you canít even use your in-game currency on much else besides green lollipops and recovery shots. I have bought the witch hearts until they were sold out, but man, forget buying new techniques or new accessories until New Game+.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-13-2018 at 06:28 PM

Bayonetta 1 finished a week or so ago, and Iíve been plugging away at a brilliant little rhythm game called ďThumperĒ.

Itís F-Zero meets frequency and itís intense as hell. My hands havenít sweat this much in a game since Smash Bros. 4 online.

Definitely recommend it. Iím on world 9-17, BTW, which means Iím about to beat it.


the goon - 4-14-2018 at 07:46 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Bayonetta 1 finished a week or so ago, and Iíve been plugging away at a brilliant little rhythm game called ďThumperĒ.

Itís F-Zero meets frequency and itís intense as hell. My hands havenít sweat this much in a game since Smash Bros. 4 online.

Definitely recommend it. Iím on world 9-17, BTW, which means Iím about to beat it.


I've never heard of this one but may have to check it out, as it sounds right up my alley (though apparently it doesn't release on the Switch until next month, at least here in the States).


CamstunPWG187 - 4-14-2018 at 10:51 AM

Impossible, because Iím playing it on the Switch and it launched for it last year.

I also have my account set up to the US eshop.

Get on that, Boi!!!


the goon - 4-14-2018 at 04:44 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Impossible, because Iím playing it on the Switch and it launched for it last year.


Yeah, I'm an idiot. I looked up the game online last night and saw it's release date as May 18th, 2017 and for some reason was thinking that was May of this year.

I will definitely check this one out in the near future, once my Rocket League addiction wears off.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-14-2018 at 05:41 PM

And Iíll play through Super Metroid until I pass out.

Good times.


salmonjunkie - 4-14-2018 at 09:39 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Impossible, because Iím playing it on the Switch and it launched for it last year.


Yeah, I'm an idiot. I looked up the game online last night and saw it's release date as May 18th, 2017 and for some reason was thinking that was May of this year.

I will definitely check this one out in the near future, once my Rocket League addiction wears off.


What system do you play Rocket League on? I love it, it's been a while since I've fired it up.


the goon - 4-15-2018 at 04:36 AM

I play it on the Switch, so if you have it on anything other than PS4, I'm pretty sure we can link up.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-15-2018 at 06:18 AM

I donít believe you and I have linked up on the Switch, Goon. Send me your friendliest code, please.


the goon - 4-15-2018 at 06:10 PM

My friend code is SW-0508-1715-8891. Feel free to add me!


CamstunPWG187 - 4-17-2018 at 08:12 AM

Been busy, bro. Iíll sign on tonight and add you.


salmonjunkie - 4-17-2018 at 02:43 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
I play it on the Switch, so if you have it on anything other than PS4, I'm pretty sure we can link up.


Nope, just the PS4. It'll definitely be a game I get when I finally get a Switch.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-19-2018 at 06:32 AM

Just finished Super Metroid, and going through Streets of Rage 2 for my first time.


CamstunPWG187 - 4-20-2018 at 05:25 PM

I added you the other night, Goon.

Streets of Rage 2 is a great beat em up and Iíd gladly play it again. Rush attack move is OP and is the secret to finishing the game in one sitting.

Still on 9-17 in Thumper, but unfortunately GOW just came out, and my goodness, this is quite the departure for the series, and I couldnít be more pleased. Iím about 3 hours in.

[Edited on 4-20-2018 by CamstunPWG187]


the goon - 4-21-2018 at 03:58 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I added you the other night, Goon.


Friend request accepted! Sorry it took a couple of days, I haven't had much time for the Switch this week.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
quote:
Originally posted by the goon
I play it on the Switch, so if you have it on anything other than PS4, I'm pretty sure we can link up.


Nope, just the PS4. It'll definitely be a game I get when I finally get a Switch.


Yeah, definitely let us all know if/when you get a Switch. Not sure why Sony decided to not be involved in the cross-console play with Rocket League.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-4-2018 at 04:29 AM

God of War is the greatest PS4 game of all time. Im a little more than halfway finished


CamstunPWG187 - 5-13-2018 at 07:03 PM

God of War is many things, and not being anywhere close or at the top of anyone's Game Of The Year lists is not one of them. God of War takes AAA games to a place we all thought would be the norm back in 2006/7, but somehow never received due to the plague of microtransactions and DLC that floods the market. It doesn't remind you of your bank account. It doesn't hold your hand and give you Pay To Win options. God of War revels in the simplicity of a pre-DLC/Microtransaction world, changes the core gameplay in a manner most comparable to Resident Evil 4, and comes away as the single-greatest reason to own a PS4.

With a gripping, almost Logan-esque story, the prettiest graphics you have ever seen on a console, completely refined combat, and a hauntingly epic score, God of War hits all of the right notes and always leaves you coming back for more. More Valkries to pummel, more treasure to loot, more just-getting-into-a-fight-because-combat-simply-feels-THAT-great, and surprisingly, more gripping narrative. God of War doesn't stop.

I really can't be bothered to write much more beyond what I already have. It's 3:01 AM here in China and I really wanted to get it out there:

Buy God Of War

It's one of the greatest video games ever made.

10/10

Are there faults? Sure. Fast-traveling is cumbersome, and turning around is terribly mapped to the D-Pad's down button, to the point where it's completely useless once you get the hang of the combat, and even before that, it wasn't needed.


the goon - 5-14-2018 at 02:16 AM

As a well-known Nintendo fanboy around here, let me say that I absolutely love the God of War series (well, at least the original trilogy, as I never played any of the games in the series after that). I don't own a PS4, but the new God of War would probably be my very first purchase if/when I buy one, as it sounds freaking amazing.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-17-2018 at 02:29 AM

Itís...stirring

Donkey Kong tropical Freeze om Funky Mode. Wanted to play as the new kong and i havenít been disappointed. I love Tropical Freeze as is, and anyone who missed it (all 99.99% of active players out there) should give it a go on Switch.


the goon - 5-19-2018 at 01:28 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Donkey Kong tropical Freeze om Funky Mode. Wanted to play as the new kong and i havenít been disappointed. I love Tropical Freeze as is, and anyone who missed it (all 99.99% of active players out there) should give it a go on Switch.


I fucking loved Tropical Freeze on the Wii U, but just can't bring myself to double-dip on the Switch for $60 (seriously, what is up with Nintendo releasing years-old ports on the Switch at full price?). Definitely worth playing though for anyone who owns a Switch and missed Tropical Freeze the first time around back in 2014 though.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-20-2018 at 07:22 PM

Just got done beating it again, and as magnificent of a platformer as it is, it has some repetitive design, especially in the bonus rooms. By the end of the game I outright chose to skip these rooms because of how ďbeen there, done thatĒ they had become.

I really love it, though, and iíll settle on a nice 9/10. I hope Retro is working on something else, to be frank.

Also, i finally beat Thumper. Jesus H Christ, that game was ridiculous and itís up there with Ikaruga, F-ZERO GXís story mode, super ghouls and ghost on hard mode, and games of that ilk as being one of the most difficulty yet satisfying experiences I have had the pleasure of beating.

8/10


the goon - 5-20-2018 at 10:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Also, i finally beat Thumper. Jesus H Christ, that game was ridiculous and itís up there with Ikaruga, F-ZERO GXís story mode, super ghouls and ghost on hard mode, and games of that ilk as being one of the most difficulty yet satisfying experiences I have had the pleasure of beating.

8/10


I still really want to play Thumper, but with the Mega Man Legacy Collection coming out in two days, and then the Street Fighter II 30th Anniversary Collection right after that, I'm afraid I'm going to be going full retro here for the foreseeable future. I'll get to it one day though.

Also, funny you mentioned Ikaruga, because that's coming out in just over a week on the Switch. I loved that game on the Gamecube, so that's probably gonna be a day one purchase for me.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-21-2018 at 02:05 PM

The tattoo on my left leg has the logo from that game's cover. I brought the Gamecube copy with me to China since it's one of my cherished gaming possessions and I had my artists trace it exactly as it is on the cover, IKARUGA and all. Love it!!

Unfortunately, the Switch Tax is gonna make it 20 bucks, when it was 10 dollars on Xbox Live Arcade back in 2008 when it launched on that service.

Granted, it was originally 40 dollars on the GameCube, but maaaaan......Give it to us for 15 at least!


CamstunPWG187 - 5-26-2018 at 05:04 PM

Back on Breath of the Wild, this time on Switch (with Japanese voice acting!!), and all the DLC that came out.

Man, I still can't believe this game is so fucking deep and packed-to-the-brim with shit to do EVERYWHERE.

I stand by my original review 100%. I have already lost 12 hours of my life playing it over the past 3 days.

I also picked up the sweet little gem known as Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Did you like Castlevania for the NES? If so, this game is your cup of tea, as it's a spiritual predecessor to all of those games since Konami doesn't do dick anymore besides deal in pachinko machines. Bah! For ten dollars, I can't think of a better deal this year for an original, 8-bit action game in the same vein as the original Castlevania series.

Get it!


the goon - 5-27-2018 at 07:48 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Back on Breath of the Wild, this time on Switch (with Japanese voice acting!!), and all the DLC that came out.

Man, I still can't believe this game is so fucking deep and packed-to-the-brim with shit to do EVERYWHERE.

I stand by my original review 100%. I have already lost 12 hours of my life playing it over the past 3 days.


I've been having the itch to dive back into BOTW after not playing it for the past year or so (plus I never played any of the DLC stuff). I need to get on that at some point.


quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I also picked up the sweet little gem known as Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Did you like Castlevania for the NES? If so, this game is your cup of tea, as it's a spiritual predecessor to all of those games since Konami doesn't do dick anymore besides deal in pachinko machines. Bah! For ten dollars, I can't think of a better deal this year for an original, 8-bit action game in the same vein as the original Castlevania series.

Get it!


I'm definitely gonna be downloading this game soon, it looks awesome.

And holy shit, after not playing really having much to play this last month or two, there's suddenly a bunch of games out (or coming out soon) I want to play. I just got Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2 last week and the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection comes out in four days. Then there's Ikaruga on the Switch right after that, plus I really want to play Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon too.


gobbledygooker - 5-29-2018 at 08:50 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
God of War is many things, and not being anywhere close or at the top of anyone's Game Of The Year lists is not one of them. God of War takes AAA games to a place we all thought would be the norm back in 2006/7, but somehow never received due to the plague of microtransactions and DLC that floods the market. It doesn't remind you of your bank account. It doesn't hold your hand and give you Pay To Win options. God of War revels in the simplicity of a pre-DLC/Microtransaction world, changes the core gameplay in a manner most comparable to Resident Evil 4, and comes away as the single-greatest reason to own a PS4.

With a gripping, almost Logan-esque story, the prettiest graphics you have ever seen on a console, completely refined combat, and a hauntingly epic score, God of War hits all of the right notes and always leaves you coming back for more. More Valkries to pummel, more treasure to loot, more just-getting-into-a-fight-because-combat-simply-feels-THAT-great, and surprisingly, more gripping narrative. God of War doesn't stop.

I really can't be bothered to write much more beyond what I already have. It's 3:01 AM here in China and I really wanted to get it out there:

Buy God Of War

It's one of the greatest video games ever made.

10/10

Are there faults? Sure. Fast-traveling is cumbersome, and turning around is terribly mapped to the D-Pad's down button, to the point where it's completely useless once you get the hang of the combat, and even before that, it wasn't needed.


Just to break up the Camstun/Goon Nintendo lovefest, in my usual characteristic "I'm too cheap to buy new games at full price" technique, I'm attempting to wait it out until I find this on some sort of flash sale, but that's getting more and more difficult the more I hear how awesome it is (as well as wanting to avoid spoilers before I play it). All that said, I'm STILL working on beating Wolfenstein II and have Assassin's Creed: Origins and the last TellTale Walking Dead game starting me in the face whenever that is done.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-30-2018 at 09:03 PM

ďIím playing a Nintendo gameĒ = Nintendo lovefest

Non-Nintendo players love poking at Switch/Wii owners, even if they donít realize it.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-1-2018 at 09:33 AM

Just beat Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

If you like oldschool Castlevania action from the NES time period, this is THE GAME. Itís an excellent 2D action platformer with great music and deserves to be bought by anyone who loves their Shovel Knights, Ducktales, and Mega Mans.

9.5/10, and might go higher as time goes on.


the goon - 6-17-2018 at 08:38 PM

I've been playing through the Mega Man games via the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2 on Switch. I've beaten 1, 2, and 3 and am currently about halfway through 4. The rewind feature is a nifty addition, as it lets you redo/undo any untimely deaths or mistakes you may make (not, um, that I've really been using it ). I heavily doubt I'm going to play through all ten Mega Man games, but it's been fun revisiting them and Capcom did a really nice job with the Legacy Collection by including lots of bonus content, including all new challenges to play through that are separate from the main games.

And I'm probably gonna download Donkey Kong today, as it's the first time that Nintendo has ever made the original arcade version available on one of their home consoles.


CamstunPWG187 - 6-18-2018 at 04:21 PM

speak of the devil.....I am REALLY good at Donkey Kong, and 3 days ago, I purchased it as well.

All that time spent playing on DK64 really paid off. I always knew I was good at Donkey Kong, but 12th in the world in Hi Score mode is no joke (now I am 52, just checked). I can run through that game like a boss.


the goon - 6-21-2018 at 02:55 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
speak of the devil.....I am REALLY good at Donkey Kong, and 3 days ago, I purchased it as well.

All that time spent playing on DK64 really paid off. I always knew I was good at Donkey Kong, but 12th in the world in Hi Score mode is no joke (now I am 52, just checked). I can run through that game like a boss.


Damn, I haven't gotten around to getting Donkey Kong yet, but need to get on the ball here so that I can see if I can compete with you (though probably not likely)!


CamstunPWG187 - 6-23-2018 at 05:38 PM

I am the Kenny Omega of MKW!!!

Just finished my first Online Tournament in Mario Tennis Aces.

Number 1,800 in the world. I'm only getting better.

Buy this game.


the goon - 7-1-2018 at 06:58 PM

Finally downloaded Thumper on the Switch (on sale right now 50% off for 9.99!). I've played through the first two levels and am really liking it so far. My wife, who is not into video games at all, stood there and watched me play it for about five minutes today just because she got sucked in by the trippy visuals and music.

I definitely give it a recommendation if you're into games that test your reflexes while also making you feel like you're on LSD.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-1-2018 at 07:54 PM

Haha, I was just about to come in here and mention that I've seen you play it the last few days!

-As you can see, I have been playing Hollow Knight, and it's quite the adventure. I absolutely cringe upon saying it and I will cringe now....It's the *sigh* Dark Souls of the 2D *sigh* Metroidvania formula. It's really vague, filled with lore, encourages exploration, has tight combat, and is chill enough to Podcast it up while playing it. I have put about 7-8 hours of playtime in so far and I can't recommend it enough for people who love challenging, 2D action platform adventure games. I hear the average playtime for people is like 25-30 hours, so I am in it for the long haul.

-I recently beat Yoku's Island Express, and lord have mercy, Pinball and 2D action platformers need to mingle a bit more. This was almost a full circle moment for me, given that I had always had an amazing idea for a pinball adventure game dating back to the moment I heard Mario Pinball was going to come out for the GBA in 2004. That game was terrible and was limited by the hardware. Also, Sonic Spinball was an absolutely atrocious disaster of a game when I finally got a chance to play it in 2002 (seriously, how the hell did they not just take the Casino Night Zone pinball sections and turn that into a full-fledged Sonic Pinball game, physics and all?!) and I felt the genre was still untapped.

I had all these awesome ideas for how a pinball adventure game should be, and Metroid Pinball for the DS scratched that itch. It was great, but it wasn't a full-on adventure. Yoku's Island Express finally goes full-on pinball/metroidvania and it pays off big time. I loved this little gem of a game and I would gladly buy a sequel. Kirby would do very well with this type of formula, and I hope it's copied one day. It's hard for me to really get into the details about why this game is so charming and fun. It's pinball, it's not filled with excruciatingly painful shots (some shots are kinda/sorta automatic when you hit the sweet spot, which actually works out just great!), and the graphics and sound design are whimsical and fun. This isn't perfect, and their is still plenty of room to perfect the formula, but for 10 hours of your time, it's highly recommended.

8/10

-Mario Tennis has snuck into my top 5 games released this year, and it's simply because it's online mode is such a blast. I am into simple tennis. No mess, no fuss. Just give me 3 different types of shots, lobs, drops, charge cancels and dives, and I am a happy man. It's a brilliant engine and I can see myself really busting it out at parties and get-togethers in the future.

What I was not expecting is how ridiculously good I am at the game of Mario Tennis. The 64 version was excellent and I fell in love with it, but it was Mario Power Tennis for the GC that really improved my skills. My brother is excellent at sports games (and a regular top 5 player in NCAA football), so playing against him in any sort of competitive game is going to improve your game. I didn't realize it'd be so amazing all these years later. I have won 4 online tournaments with barely 10 hours of playtime since the game launched last week, and I usually always make it to the semi-finals. Waluigi is still GOAT since Mario Tennis on the 64 and he's still just as badass as he has always been.

If you are into Virtua Tennis, mario Tennis, or Top Spin, get this game. It's incredible.

9/10, because fuck the story mode which requires you to use the wacky shots. Don't care to play through it.

-Beat BOTW again, which I might have mentioned already but don't care to check.

-Beat Mega Man 9 again the other day. Right behind 2 as the greatest mainline OG Mega Man Title ever made.


the goon - 7-3-2018 at 01:23 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Haha, I was just about to come in here and mention that I've seen you play it the last few days!


Ha, yeah I've been playing it quite a bit the last few of days. I beat Level 3 last night and parts of that kicked my ass, so I can't imagine how much the difficulty ramps up later in the game considering I have six more levels to play through.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-3-2018 at 07:28 AM

My recommendation would be to not obsess about your rank. If you do that, the game will crush your soul. Later parts just punish you for trying to be L337.

From chapters 6 and on, I mostly just did the bare minimum to pass a level.

Good luck, man.


the goon - 7-5-2018 at 01:41 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
From chapters 6 and on, I mostly just did the bare minimum to pass a level.



I've been doing that since Level 4.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-5-2018 at 04:11 AM

Keep it up like a man who has 12 hours alone with Alexis Fawx, Diamond jackson, August Taylor, Lily Jordon, Cathy Heaven, and Rebecca More.

KEEP IT UP!!


the goon - 7-15-2018 at 08:11 PM

I beat Thumper last night. Holy shit, what an experience that was. Sometimes it felt less like a game and more like some kind of alien experiment on the limits of the human mind and body.

And it's weird, because I would say that overall Thumper can be an extremely difficult game, but yet I didn't really have that hard of a time with it. Granted, it is insanely hard if you're trying to get anything better than a C ranking in the later stages, but as far as just beating the game goes, there were only a handful of parts that I had to play over and over before finally beating them (namely some of the main bosses, especially the Level 9 one).

Overall, I'd say it's about an 8.5/10. My only main complaint is that sometimes the game overdoes the crazy lighting effects, which sometimes were too distracting and made it hard to focus on what was going on (though who knows, maybe that was intentional). But if you want to play a game that makes you feel like you went down some weird LSD/Cthulu mythos/80's sci-fi rabbit hole that will push your reflexes to the limit, I give it a high recommendation.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-20-2018 at 05:30 PM

I spent the last month playing through Hollow Knight.

I finally finished the game about 40 minutes ago with 83% and a total time of 33 hours and 56 minutes. It's an insanely amazing experience and I really recommend anyone with 2D grit in their hearts to give it a try.

Along with Ori, it's the modern day Super Metroid and it will stand the test of time well into the next millennium. It's going to be fondly remembered and spoken of in the same light as games like Mario 3/World, Yoshi's Island, Super Metroid, Gunstar Heroes, and Symphony of the Night as the pinnacle of 2D game design.

It's difficulty is steep, but rewarding for those who are patient.

It's art design oozes charm, despite how grim and dark it's underworld is. Creature designs are menacing, scary, yet are animated as such that you can't help but find a morbid cuteness behind all of it.

The music is hauntingly beautiful. The halls of Hollownest are serenaded with beautiful tunes, giving the game an ambience that few other experiences can match.

I give Hollow Knight my highest recommendations.

10/10


the goon - 7-22-2018 at 06:41 PM

I've heard good things about Hollow Knight, so may need to give that one a look at some point.

And I finally picked up a NES Classic last night at Target. They definitely must be way easier to find now than during the first run Nintendo did, because they had like three or four sitting on the shelf. Ninja Gaiden was the first game I dove into and I haven't lost my touch; made it all the way to the last level in one sitting before calling it quits for the night. Will probably try to beat it at some point today, even though the final portion of that game is definitely the hardest part.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-24-2018 at 08:41 AM

Thatís dope. Ninja Gaiden is hard as nails. Those damn birdsbare the worst.


the goon - 7-26-2018 at 02:42 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Thatís dope. Ninja Gaiden is hard as nails. Those damn birdsbare the worst.


Yeah, I've gotten pretty damn good at Ninja Gaiden over the years (beat it twice on the Wii way back when) and was glad to see my skills hadn't deteriorated, since it'd been a while since I last played it. Like I said in my previous post, the final stretch of the game is the only part that can still give me trouble, but otherwise I was able to make it to the last level in one sitting. And yeah, fuck the birds in that game.

And strangely enough, Ninja Gaiden III is the only one of the NES trilogy that I was never able to beat. It's not harder than the first game in a basic sense, but apparently the American version was oddly made more difficult than the Japanese version by having the enemies deal higher damage and giving you a limited number of continues. I've made it all the way to the last boss, but never could beat him.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-26-2018 at 04:16 PM

Just downloaded Vol. 1 of he Mega Man x collection, and promptly beat X4, as I had not beaten it in about 13-14 years. Great game, but itís definitely hampered by being too MUCH of an action game. X4 is where the series really devolved into straight up action, and I miss the platform/action mix of X1-X3.

Onto the others, which are way better, with X being in my top 10 games of all time.


CamstunPWG187 - 7-31-2018 at 08:12 PM

Summer Vacation has been treating me swell

-Beat Mega Man X - It's classic.

-Beat Mega Man X2 - The last time I went through this game, I wasn't so kind to it. That was quite a long time ago, but this time? I can safely say it's right up there with X1, yet it's a little too difficult to be as replayable or even pick-up-and-play. Really dig the soundtrack for this game, too.

-Beat Sonic Mania's DLC Encore Mode - I like the new characters but will state that the flying squirrel just isn't as useful as the armadillo, which is basically impervious to spikes and spiked enemies. Has a really cool stomp move, too.

-Beat Yoshi's Island - It's classic

-Beat Freedom Planet - finally, after 3 years, I fiinially finished this game. It's like Sonic, but with voice acting and really long cutscenes. It's better than most Sonic games released between 2002-2018, too, so I highly recommend it. Also, the graphics are dope and the first level has some of the best music I have ever heard.

6 Games in the span of 9 days. Not bad.


Paddlefoot - 8-6-2018 at 12:38 AM

Apparently the crowd at the Tekken convention at Mandalay Bay erupted today when they announced that Negan from Walking Dead will be added as a character in the new edition coming out soon. wOOt?


CamstunPWG187 - 8-17-2018 at 02:26 AM

Beat Super Mario 64 last week. Itís quite shocking how fast i can beat that game in a single playthrough.

Now I am working on dead Cells, a roguelite Castlevania-inspired action game which got me interested after some fire reviews trickled out (one of which was a 9.7 from IGN, which led to some hilarity in the game industry last week). Itís truly my favorite roguelite since Binding of Isaac, and is easily better than that game. I highly recommend it.


the goon - 8-19-2018 at 09:47 PM

I've heard great things about Dead Cells, yet another game I need to download at some point.

And some of my latest NES Classic exploits:

-Beat Ninja Gaiden a couple of weeks ago. The final stretch of that game is still pretty damn tough, as are the last two boss fights (though the save states made possible by the NES Classic make things easier ), but I was able to get through it without smashing my controller in frustration. This is now the third time I've played all the way through Ninja Gaiden, which is probably one of my better gaming accomplishments.

-I played Super Mario Bros on a whim one night and ended up beating it without dying once. Granted, I used the warp zones, but I can't remember the last time I played that game without dying at least once. Over 30 years later, my skills are still intact!

-Started playing Tecmo Bowl last weekend. As simple as that game is by today's standards, the gameplay is still as fun as ever.

-Just beat Castlevania today...why did I pick Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania as two of my first playthroughs? I dunno, I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. And I still think the Grim Reaper fight is just as hard, if not harder, than anything in Ninja Gaiden. It's pretty much just a trial in error, where you hope to not get completely fucked over, especially since you have to go through a gauntlet of enemies just to get to him. Once again, the save state feature made this part far less annoying than in the past though.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-20-2018 at 03:45 PM

Level 5 of Castlevania is harder than most things anyone will ever play. Grim Reaper is the worst. Just gotta play your cards right and wind up with a double or triple stoned ax, and even then, that's the easiest he'll ever be, since you'll most likely get fucked over and die because of how random the scythes are.

Then, it's level 6, and my my my, you thought level 5 was hard? Be prepared to take a path down the bridge of hell, and then fight an extremely aggressive Dracula/Final Form.

Only beaten it twice. Once on the NES and the other on the GBA NES Classics.


the goon - 8-23-2018 at 01:05 AM

Yeah, those last two levels in Castlevania are fucking hard. I was able to make it to the Grim Reaper with having only lost four bars of health, so I just created a save point right before the fight with him begins and just restarted things there each time I died (which I know isn't playing the game the "real" way, but I just didn't have it in me to go through that part over and over).

And shit, that last fight against Dracula was harder than I remembered it being too.


salmonjunkie - 8-23-2018 at 03:39 PM

I've beaten a lot of the more difficult NES games back in the day, including Ninja Gaiden, TMNT, Mike Tyson's Punch Out and such.

I never did beat Dracula's second form in the first Castlevania. Just couldn't do it. It was hard enough to get to, and then to beat the fucker? Maybe I should give it a go on an emulator sometime - but my Castlevania fix is always scratched by Super Castlevania IV.

Another one I never beat - Deadly Towers. But fuck that stupid game anyway.


niles81 - 8-24-2018 at 01:26 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Now I am working on dead Cells, a roguelite Castlevania-inspired action game which got me interested after some fire reviews trickled out (one of which was a 9.7 from IGN, which led to some hilarity in the game industry last week). Itís truly my favorite roguelite since Binding of Isaac, and is easily better than that game. I highly recommend it.


I've been playing Dead Cells since December when it was still a Steam early access game. As of tonight - it became the 3rd most played game on my Steam profile (and I could see it hitting #1 eventually but from there - it would probably trade places for the #1 spot back and forth with FTL which is another fantastic roguelike but of a completely different sort).

I HIGHLY recommend Dead Cells as it's just such a polished game with a lot of variation. Just be warned that you will die A LOT and some of those deaths will make you want to punch the screen. Which is ok - just put it down for the day and pick it up again a day or so later.


the goon - 8-24-2018 at 01:39 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I've beaten a lot of the more difficult NES games back in the day, including Ninja Gaiden, TMNT, Mike Tyson's Punch Out and such.

I never did beat Dracula's second form in the first Castlevania. Just couldn't do it. It was hard enough to get to, and then to beat the fucker? Maybe I should give it a go on an emulator sometime - but my Castlevania fix is always scratched by Super Castlevania IV.


Having holy water is pretty much a must for Dracula's second form, as it freezes him in place each time you use it. With that said, it is a pretty daunting task to have to beat Dracula's first form (which is no cakewalk) and then have to take on his second form right after that.

Also, since we're talking Castlevania, here's a pretty crazy speed run of a guy beating the game in 11 minutes (including defeating the Grim Reaper in about five seconds flat): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YHjHzHJKkU


G. Jonah Jameson - 8-24-2018 at 01:39 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I've beaten a lot of the more difficult NES games back in the day, including Ninja Gaiden, TMNT, Mike Tyson's Punch Out and such.

I never did beat Dracula's second form in the first Castlevania. Just couldn't do it. It was hard enough to get to, and then to beat the fucker? Maybe I should give it a go on an emulator sometime - but my Castlevania fix is always scratched by Super Castlevania IV.

Another one I never beat - Deadly Towers. But fuck that stupid game anyway.


I could never get through Deadly Towers either, though I never owned it, just borrowed it from a friend. Makes me question what kind of friend would lend out that game without a warning, but. I think the only NES game I ever owned that I couldn't get through was goddamn Dick Tracy, though I definitely had my share of trouble slogging my way through Ninja Gaiden, Batman and Castlevania III.

I'm glad to see there are some folks on here working their way through older games through the umpteenth time, because that's very much the boat I'm in. I probably haven't picked up a new game in a solid three years, maybe three and a half, roughly coinciding with my son's birth, but I've been plugging away at some older ones. I just polished off my second playthrough of Phantasy Star IV a couple weeks ago, and I just started my first playthrough of Kingdom Hearts in at least a decade.


the goon - 8-26-2018 at 07:24 PM

quote:
Originally posted by G. Jonah Jameson
I'm glad to see there are some folks on here working their way through older games through the umpteenth time, because that's very much the boat I'm in. I probably haven't picked up a new game in a solid three years, maybe three and a half, roughly coinciding with my son's birth, but I've been plugging away at some older ones. I just polished off my second playthrough of Phantasy Star IV a couple weeks ago, and I just started my first playthrough of Kingdom Hearts in at least a decade.


Yeah, I'd wager that I play more old school games than new games these days. It's pretty rare that I buy a $60 new game, unless it's a must-have title like Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey. Otherwise, I tend to be playing at least one or two retro titles at any given time.

And while we're on the subject, I've been playing through Resident Evil 2 on the PS3 the last few weeks. Man, I forgot just how much I love that game and it's probably second only to Resident Evil 4 as my all-time favorite in the series. The remake coming out for the PS4 looks amazing as well, so if I ever break down and actually buy a PS4, that's probably the first game I'm buying.


salmonjunkie - 8-27-2018 at 02:15 PM

I recently bought a 3DS from FB Market just so I could play Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Beat it last week - that was a very very fun game. Hit the nostalgia feels of my favorite Zelda game, Link To The Past with the familiar world map and the music (Dark World/Lorule music FTW), but with some really cool game mechanics and dungeons.

Now I'm playing Super Mario 3D Land. After that, I have New SMB 2. I got Fire Emblem Awakening with this 3DS, but I think I'm going to sell it on eBay. I know it gets rave reviews, but I don't know if I have the time to play a game that deep.

Any other must haves/must plays on 3DS? Samus Returns will definitely be on my list. It's not the New 3DS, so I can't download the SNES classics.

[Edited on 8-27-2018 by salmonjunkie]


CamstunPWG187 - 8-28-2018 at 05:37 PM

3DS, eh?

Besides what you have already mentioned..lots to go with here...

Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon is fan-fuckin-tastic.

Mario Kart 7 is a worthy edition.

Pokemon Sun/Moon were great, fully 3D-movement updates to the franchise. Highly enjoyed all of them.

If you can get past the cumbersome control setup, Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of the best shooters of all time.

Resident Evil: Revelations (But now it's been ported to everything)

Gunman Clive 2 is an awesome, super-cheap run and gun action game.

Siesta Fiesta is a fun pong-style game from the eShop.

Ocarina Of Time/Majora's Mask remakes are legend. Can NOT go wrong with those, especially Majora's Mask, which adds some much-needed revisions.

Kirby Triple Deluxe and Robobot are great Kirby platformers.

Steamworld Dig is really cheap on the eShop.

There's a really outstanding port of Donkey Kong Country Returns that came out in 2013.

Star Fox 3DS is an amazing remaster of the 64 version.

The Final Fantasy Theaterhythm game is dope.

Mario Golf: World Tour sucked up about 2 weeks of my time.


salmonjunkie - 8-28-2018 at 06:56 PM

Majoraís Mask is definitely on my list, since I never beat it back in the day.


Flash - 9-20-2018 at 07:29 PM

I picked up NHL 19 on Friday and while it's pretty much just the incrementally better that we get every year to reflect new rosters and slight game play tweaks they have made a couple of improvements that while not leaps forward, are welcome additions:

*CHEL... I generally don't get into the online stuff as the GM/franchise modes usually appear to me more but I gave this a whirl the other day as three way free for all online game on a frozen pond and it was actually kind of fun... Looking forward to playing around with it's various features a bit more.

*Scouting in the franchise mode got a massive overhaul which impacts trades and so forth... Basically they introduced a fog of war mechanism where your trades are heavily tinged with a complete lack of information about the players you're trading for except for a bit of info unless you send your scouts out to scout that specific player or team or line combinations... There's a few different scouting options at the NHL and AHL levels and it means you have to put in the work.

You can hire and fire your scouting staff of upwards of 20 (you have a budget) and they each have regional strengths and different skill strengths... Scouts stats can improve over time so it seems that it might be a good investment to hire some bad scouts on long term deals and groom them like you would a player. They have contracts like players that have to be negotiated. Some of the scouting reports are kinda cool... you get projections, a glimpse a rookies burgeoning skills and for drafts you also get player and character comparisons.

It adds a nice authentic element to the game that's welcome.

In saying that, I'm curious as to why they didn't go further with this and expand your hiring and firing to a full coaching staff... I mean 2K did this more than a decade ago when they had their one or two forays into an NHL game so I'm baffled that it's taken EA this long to get around to it (more so when you consider they do it already in their NFL game lines)... Maybe they wanted to save something for next year?

Trades are a bit harder and weird out of control contracts by a year or so in seems to be better, although I noticed after simming through year one that the number of big name UFA's and RFA's still sitting out there because most of the teams hit the cap was quite high... So you aren't getting one or two guys eating up massive amounts of cap space but the game still seems to have a bit of a long term decision making problem where it should be able to look and think that signing a 35 year old guy to a 7 year contract for medium money is a bad idea as your younger stars get let out to sit as unsigned RFA's... That's been a problem for the last few years now.

I've mostly just been simming and playing around with the game for now in the franchise mode... Generally speaking EA doesn't really fine tune the final rosters until mid October so I didn't want to jump into a real franchise mode until then.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-29-2018 at 05:09 PM

Alright, while it's still fresh on my mind, I want to say this: Super Mario Sunshine, if given a remake a remastering and a few slight tweaks, would be better than Mario 64.

Recently, I have been playing more games than law should allow. A child being 5 months away is certainly getting me into hyper mode with replaying old games, so I decided to just blaze through Sunshine again. Did it two years ago, but this time, it's different. I'm seeing things about the game that just feel better than they do in 64. The controls are tighter, the music is more interesting, and Isle Delfino itself is just more connected.

The lack of variety in aesthetic used to be something I saw as a negative, but looking at it now, I really appreciate the focus and immersive feel of everything. Being able to see most levels while in another level gives you a feeling of immersion that 64 simply does not. 64 might have a lot more variety in it's art direction, but Sunshine takes one idea and perfects it. The water, 16 years later, is still drop-dead gorgeous. In many ways, it's still the most beautiful surface water ever created in a video game. Gelato Beach's offshore water is a sight to behold. Not many things can compare to it's emerald beauty.

Every single level is just one beautiful, unique vacation spot that combine to create an overall Island. Noki Bay, for example rests around the posterior of the island and truly feels like a cove blocked off from everything else, as it's the only level in the game where you cannot see other areas, and vice versa. Pianta village rests in the valleys of Isle Delfino's Northern mountains, and you can just barely make out a location or two when you hang out on the leaves of it's humongous palm trees. Delfino Plaza is widely thought of amongst Mario fans as being the superior overworld/hub, and a good bit of that has to do with the fact that it truly feels like the sort of place you would first arrive at when going to a tropical island. Overall, 64 has wonderfully unique areas, but Sunshine takes one theme and absolutely nails it.

In terms of play control, Sunshine is the most experimental of all the 3D Mario titles, and trumps 64. Wall jumps still require skill, yet are made more accessible. Whereas bounce-back from walls in Mario 64 is awkward, disorienting, and causes you to lose control of Mario completely, Sunshine conveniently gives you the option to save yourself from dropping further down with the hover nozzle. As to not abuse the feature, the tank-like controls of the hover nozzle are rigid, but reward those who are able to work with them. The squirt nozzle gives you the ability to shoot water in front of you and use it to slide forward at unbelievable speeds, going from one end of most levels to the other in the drop of a hat. Because of the dearth of traversal options, sequence-breaking can occur for veteran players and is rewarding. Don't feel like going through that mess behind the ferris wheel in Pinna Park? Use your somersault/wall-jumping skills with the hover nozzle to hitch a ride on the Ferris Wheel carts. Mario 64's moveset contains helpful moves such as the leap, but the with the hover nozzle, that's easily replaced. A good chunk of 64's moves don't need to be used. Backflips are inferior to somersaults, punches need to be used on bullies, and who really uses the swipe kick? What sounds more fun, taking Sunshine Mario through 64's levels, or 64 Mario going through Sunshines (and hey, let's just say he has FLUDD, as well). Yoshi even adds something to the game, offering a unique platforming control to whichever Shine requires him. It just doesn't seem to me that Mario 64 has Sunshine beaten here.

Musically, both games are gems. Sunshine uses a much more interesting set of instruments and sounds than 64, but also remixes the same theme for it's first 3 major levels. Noki Bay's dreamlike composition is the standout track, and the Sea & Sky compostion from Delfino Plaza's bonus levels is right up there with it. I absolutely adore it's soundtrack, and some of it's remixes of classic Mario tunes are beautiful, well-realized, and even unnerving. 64 rocks it with many classic tunes, as well, particularly Peach's Castle and the light, healing File Select theme.

When it comes to design, the whole process of going through a level in Sunshine feels like an actual series of events culminating in a final reward, whereas Mario 64's levels barely change as you go from Star to Star. For example, in Bob-omb Battlefield (64's first level), the only thing that changes throughout the level are the Bob-ombs and cannon hanging out at the start of the level, whereas in Sunshine, a level like Gelato Beach sees you freeing a Shine tower from the clutches of a giant centipede, beating it up in the next step, then riding the Sand Bird, and finally basking in the peace of the Watermelon Festival. Each level is it's own story, with the final Shine usually being the level at it's most complete and peaceful.

64, on the other hand, has Sunshine beaten in terms of it's overall polish. A lot of Sunshine's smaller areas could have been handled better, and sometimes the camera, controls, or a frustrating mixture of both outright refuse to cooperate. For instance, right behind the Ferris Wheel in Pinna Park is a crushingly frustrating series of rotating platforms (set in place with water squirts from your FLUDD) and climbable fence pathways that takes way too many times than it should to complete because of how god awful the camera is. In terms of the controls being difficult to deal with, the Pachinko section is especially nasty, with Mario flat out not being able to float backwards unless you find a way to do it that almost feels like glitching the game when it shouldn't. Mario 64 doesn't have these moments of the game seeming to have your number because of forces beyond your control, and that's one of the reasons it's so revered to this day. It's a masterclass in polish that can be presented in a museum as a prime example of why Nintendo's games are known for their consistency in containing extra-special polish and a golden touch that most games in the industry don't. 64 takes the cake here.

With that being said, it's hard to argue against 64. It revolutionized 3D games, holds up to this day, and has the variety in level design to back it up. Sunshine, though, just feels better to play. You truly become immersed in Sunshine's island setting, much moreso than in 64, to the point that when you finish playing it, you almost feel as if you're coming back from vacation, and going back makes it feel like you never left. It's truly the summer vacation retreat of the video game world, and something I believe any Mario fan came come back to and find something to have fun with.

Sunshine has it's problems, to be sure. It's mission structure is a bit enclosed, sequence breaking isn't as possible as it is in 64, it's unpolished and rushed in many areas, and being forced out of levels can be annoying. I still don't put it above 64. It's problems can be quite annoying, whereas 64 lacks these problems, replacing them with just a lack of excitement if you finish the game multiple times.

I am enjoying this little limbo I am in over which one is superior, and in the end, I'm sure I'll look back and firmly stand behind 64. I do know one thing, though: I've had a terrific time with both in the past two months.

Overall, it may take me a few more dives, but Sunshine is starting to become a game I prefer to play over 64, and it might be because 64 has been replayed by me nearly 30 times, whereas I have only played through Sunshine 3-4 times. Yet, Nintendo doesn't seem to keen on making it as accessible as 64 is on any of their online services.

What a pity.



[Edited on 9-29-2018 by CamstunPWG187]


CCharger - 10-1-2018 at 08:36 PM

I've recently started play H1Z1 on PS4, so far it fucking rules. I never played it on PC, so I can't comment on that aspect, but the game is a lot of fun. It is more similar to PUBG than Fortnite. The game play starts out slow, but picks up quick and I like that you have to think and hide and prepare for a bit before the shit actually hits the fan. Anyways, 10/10 would recommend.


nOOb - 10-3-2018 at 08:49 PM

Assassin's Creed Odyssey came out yesterday (for the season pass version). Might be one of the best ones yet (which is saying a lot considering how well they did Origins). It's almost full-RPG now, though the stealth is still there (just assume you're not stealth killing anyone if they're too high a level than you). It's odd how much more fun these games get the further away from technology they get in the time frame, but having large boulders and arrows be the biggest weapon threat you face makes it a bit easier to formulate plans but a lot more necessary to stick to them seeing as how they also know they don't have guns so breaking stealth usually means ten guys (rather people, because this game is actually including women as regular enemies) on you in an instant.

I've also spent the majority of my time raiding ships, sinking them, and watching the sharks swarm the ruins, and also yelling "THIS IS SPARTA~!" (complete with the "~"...it's weird) while 300 Kicking people off things (which is a thing you can do to anyone).

I'd also recommend the Deluxe version if for no other reason than the season pass includes (later down the road) 4K remasters of Assassin's Creed 3 and Liberation.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-5-2018 at 05:57 PM

I never ended up finishing Dead Cells after realizing that, despite getting to the last boss and getting him more than halfway down, it falls into that roguelite problem of being very luck-based. You can have a great run getting by on your skill alone, but if you get cornered by a randomly packed room of the wrong mix of enemies, shit can go south fast and before you know it, your great run gets ended. Still, it's an OUTSTANDING game at it's core and I really think everyone should play it.

So, I moved onto a few new ones and some golden oldies and had a productive 2 months...

Beat Super Mario World using the long route, still as tight as ever. Sometimes, I think it's more playable than Mario 3, but still not as fun or as interesting as Yoshi's Island.

Then I moved onto Zelda: A Link to the Past on the 3DS, because lordy is that picture perfect pixel display FOR REAL on the 3DS. Still love the dungeon designs after all these years, particularly the Ice Palace.

Then I spent a good 2 weeks with Spider-Man. Top 5 GOTY right now for me, and I finished it with about 89% completion on the trophies. Absolutely adored this game. Play it.

Then I went around and finally beat Bioshock. Incredible game, but not as awesome as Infinite. Don't think I'll ever play 2. Don't care. Great ending, too. Harvested them all.

Sunshine...read above.

Beat Pikmin 2. Amazing final boss. Possibly the best final boss ever. Titan Dweevil, boi!

Then I played through Metroid Prime in 10 hours. FANTASTIC. Hadn't played it in 16 years.


Flash - 10-20-2018 at 07:04 AM

I picked up Star Wars Battlefront II for really cheap last week and while I have little interest in the multiplayer aspects of the game which were Dice's big selling point, the campaign mode very much made the game worth the $13 I got it for. It pretty much bridges the movies from episode 6-8 and while some fan favourites make the odd level appearance most of the game features original characters... Which makes it a bit cooler IMO. Campaigns not long... maybe 10 hours tops (I think about 15 levels in total) but they nailed all the cool stuff about Star Wars that isn't force related and features a nice mix of third/first person shooter stuff and space battles across a whole bunch of old and new worlds.

Oh, EA and Dice definitely deserved the shit they got over the whole loot crate sales stuff as I beat the game and all the arcade modes and only got about $11k credits to buy any alternate skins or upgrades... most stuff starts at $40k so you'd really have to grind it out for days to get anything just to play on an even level or even enjoy any bonuses to play the game.


TownOfDalem - 10-26-2018 at 06:40 PM

Acquired Witcher 3 last weekend cause I saw it was down to $15. I'm not very far in yet, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far. It has the addictiveness I look for in an RPG with a interesting world. Thus far I'm surprisingly bad at the action game play elements of the game, but I'm still having fun. I also find myself using my horse more then I do in most RPGs, so that is cool.


the goon - 11-9-2018 at 03:19 AM

Haven't posted in this thread in a while, so here's a few things I'm currently playing:

Outlast: This was previously available on the PS4 (and I think PC), but I picked it up on the Switch last week while it was on sale. For anyone not familiar with it, it's a horror game where you're a reporter sent to investigate the shady happenings at an insane asylum and needless to say, shit goes south very quickly. The hook of the game is that you have no means to attack or defend yourself against your crazed pursuers, so you're only way of surviving is to quite literally run and/or find somewhere to hide. I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far, as it definitely delivers on having a creepy atmosphere and some nice jump scares.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection: I've spent a good chunk of my time with this game playing Street Fighter III online, but otherwise have had a good time jumping around all of the old Street Fighter games. And having never played the original Street Fighter, let me just say that the leap from that to Street Fighter II is one of the greatest quality leaps in video game history, as the original game sucks and shows no sign of the greatness that was to come in the sequel.

Rocket League: Yep, I'm still playing this one, as the online mode is just so damn fun and addictive. I'm sure I'll tire of it eventually, but considering there's no major Switch game on the horizon that is a must-buy for me (like Mario Odyssey was at this time last year), it may be a while yet.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-30-2018 at 04:58 PM

More games i have ran my ding-glding through. Iíll elaborate on the ones I havenít played before:

10-12-2018 10:30 PM Super Mario Party ďbeatenĒ - basically did everything. Great mario party game since 4. Recommended to anyone who likes multiplayer party games.

10-13-2018 12:38 AM UNDERTALE beaten level 5 434:43 - charming, fun game with great music. Fucked up my pacifist run, so gotta do that again someday.

10-17-2018 2:51 AM Wario Ware Inc. Mega Microgames beaten

10-31-1:56 AM THE legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons beaten - fucking outstanding. Not quite as great as Linkís Awakening, but it has some GREAT bosses.

11-16-2018 3:38 AM Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Beaten

11-16-2018 8:49AM STARFOX 64 beaten

11-16-2018 10:00AM Mario Tennis 64 beaten

11-17-2018 1:51 AM Castlevania Portrait of Ruin beaten

11-23-2018 9:44 PM Castlevania Order of Ecclesia beaten

11-27-2018 12:01 PM zelda Winder Waker HD BEATEN - finally beat this version. Itís the best version of the game. Took me 5 years to finish it because I was so wary of how long the triforce quest would be. Turns out it only took me 2 hours. Brilliant. Bring it to the switch.

11-30-2018 2:34 AM Super Mario Galaxy braten


CamstunPWG187 - 11-30-2018 at 05:00 PM

More games i have ran my ding-glding through. Iíll elaborate on the ones I havenít played before:

10-12-2018 10:30 PM Super Mario Party ďbeatenĒ - basically did everything. Great mario party game since 4. Recommended to anyone who likes multiplayer party games.

10-13-2018 12:38 AM UNDERTALE beaten level 5 434:43 - charming, fun game with great music. Fucked up my pacifist run, so gotta do that again someday.

10-17-2018 2:51 AM Wario Ware Inc. Mega Microgames beaten

10-31-1:56 AM THE legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons beaten - fucking outstanding. Not quite as great as Linkís Awakening, but it has some GREAT bosses.

11-16-2018 3:38 AM Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Beaten

11-16-2018 8:49AM STARFOX 64 beaten

11-16-2018 10:00AM Mario Tennis 64 beaten

11-17-2018 1:51 AM Castlevania Portrait of Ruin beaten

11-23-2018 9:44 PM Castlevania Order of Ecclesia beaten

11-27-2018 12:01 PM zelda Winder Waker HD BEATEN - finally beat this version. Itís the best version of the game. Took me 5 years to finish it because I was so wary of how long the triforce quest would be. Turns out it only took me 2 hours. Brilliant. Bring it to the switch.

11-30-2018 2:34 AM Super Mario Galaxy braten


anglefan85 - 11-30-2018 at 07:30 PM

Red Dead Redemption 2
Overwatch
Castlevania: Requiem
Hollow Knight


gobbledygooker - 12-4-2018 at 06:53 PM

Having an almost-two-year-old has made game time VERY scarce but I've been playing God of War (just as amazing as advertised) and Friday the 13th.

I made the mistake of trying Friday the 13th online the very first time I played it and played as a counselor and promptly got massacred by Jason in approx. 15 seconds. What I've learned is playing as Jason in the offline challenges is really where the fun is! It really lets you get a feel for the game and the different challenges (Use the pitchfork to kill Susie in the barn; Kill Blake and Michael by bashing their heads together) are really fun in figuring out how to achieve. It definitely has some control issues here and there, as I had read, but I've really been enjoying it and they really do a great job at catching the feel of the movies.


the goon - 12-10-2018 at 04:43 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
11-17-2018 1:51 AM Castlevania Portrait of Ruin beaten

11-23-2018 9:44 PM Castlevania Order of Ecclesia beaten


I fucking loved the Castlevania games on DS, but sadly my copies all went missing at some point (I moved three times in the span of a year circa 2013 and I think they just got lost in the shuffle). Would love to reacquire them at some point, though I do at least have the Gameboy Advance Castlevania games downloaded on my Wii U.

Back on topic, I beat Slain: Back From Hell last night on the Switch. It's a retro-style side scroller kind of in the vein (coincidentally) of the Castlevania series, with a bit of a tongue in cheek heavy metal/medieval fantasy slant. I picked it up on sale for $5 a few weeks ago and it was definitely worth it for that price. It can be pretty damn difficult in parts, as there were times where I thought "fuck, this is impossible," but I kept plugging away at it and it was never so bad that I felt like completely giving up (though I did come close a time or two). Overall, I'd probably rank it a 7/10, as the difficulty made it less than fun at times, but overall it's a well done game. Plus, the soundtrack is pretty kick ass.


G. Jonah Jameson - 12-20-2018 at 03:32 PM

I just finished off, after about six months, my first playthrough of the original Kingdom Hearts since 2004. I didn't know Kingdom Hearts 3 was coming out this winter at the time I started, and I don't intend to buy it as Kingdom Hearts 2 got really tiresome after a while, but still, it's a fun coincidence.

Playing the original again after 14 years was a lesson in muscle memory. I beat Sephiroth on the first try, without once getting hit by Descend Heartless Angel, when it took me months and months to fumble my way to victory in 2002/2003. On the other hand, one or two of the Hundred Acre Wood mini-games were as teeth-grindingly hard as ever, and I've still never had the patience to run the Hades Cup in time trial mode.

I've just started Sword of Vermilion for the Sega Genesis (well, for the Sega Genesis Collection on PS2; I still have the original cartridge, but the Collection has save states, which are hugely helpful as I might get pulled away from the console at any moment). Did anybody here ever play this one? I believe it started out as an attempt on Sega's part to show that Phantasy Star wasn't its only means of competing with SNES RPGs, but obviously that didn't happen. It was the first RPG I ever enjoyed, though, and it's been holding up pretty well so far, not least because I still remember basically every secret some 20 years after I last played it.


salmonjunkie - 12-21-2018 at 07:40 AM

I had Sword of Vermillion. I remember enjoying it, but I don't remember much about it, to be honest. Is this the one with the side-scrolling giant monsters?


G. Jonah Jameson - 12-21-2018 at 04:53 PM

That's the one. The gigantic, well-rendered boss enemies were apparently a huge part of the marketing, but they end up being like 1% of the game.

Thus far, what's impressed me more than anything else is the quality of the dialogue. I just did a run through Phantasy Star IV a year or so back, and as much as that game is considered more or less the gold standard of Genesis RPGs, a lot of the dialogue is translated really awkwardly. Sword of Vermilion, on the other hand, has immaculate translation, with only one or two moments thus far coming across as a little confusing. I'd have never noticed that as a kid, back in the days of Konami trying to claim the abysmal translation in Castlevania II was deliberate, but it stands out to me as an adult.


the goon - 12-22-2018 at 06:13 AM

I picked up Super Smash Bros Ultimate last week and if any game is going to break my Rocket League and Street Fighter Anniversary Collection online addiction, this has been it. I wouldn't consider myself a huge fan of the Smash Bros franchise (though I have owned every game in the series, minus the 3DS one), but I've been enjoying the hell out of Ultimate and playing it a ton. Between the characters, stages, music, different game modes, etc, it's just insane how much content Nintendo has managed to cram into this one. What was once a celebration of all things Nintendo has now turned into a celebration of all things video games, since there are so many third party characters in the game now (hell, Dracula serves as the final boss of the game if you play through classic mode as Simon or Richter Belmont). When you have something as obscure as the Fatal Frame series appearing as an assist trophy in Smash Bros, you know that Nintendo isn't fucking around.

Now if only they could work out some kind of deal with Microsoft to get Banjo-Kazooie in the game...


CamstunPWG187 - 1-2-2019 at 04:04 AM

Goon, you are ďMattĒ on my friend list, correct?

We should play sometime.

Also, hereís my wrap-up for the year. I beat all of the following games:

1-12-2018 4:10 PM A Hat In Time beaten

1-12-2018 6:55 PM What Remains Of Edith Finch beaten, then beaten again immediately after

1-15-2018 12:48AM DKC2 beaten

1-20-2018 8:38PM ZELDA LINK BETWEEN WORLDS BEATEN AGAIN

1-31-2018 2:06AM ICONOCLASTS beaten!!

2-2-2018 2:53AM Celeste beaten!! 86 Strawberries and 1,248 deaths, in 7 hours and 49 minutes

2-8-2018 7:19 PM Luigiís Mansion: Dark Moon beaten! 18 hours and 48 minutes

2-8-2018 9:10 PM Mega Man X Beaten!

2-16-18 5:46 PM Super Punch Out Beaten

2-20-18 2:39 PM Donkey Kong (GB) beaten

2-20-18 3:50 PM Mega Man 2 beaten

2-21-18 12:50 AM Sonic Mania Beaten (Tails)

2-24-2018 12:42 AM Shadow Of The Colossus for PS4 Beaten

3-22-2018 11:00 PM OWL Boy Beaten

3-23-2018 6:30 PM Bayonetta 2 Beaten

4-1-2018 10:07 PM BAyonetta Beaten

4-19-2018 2:42 AM Super Metroid Beaten for the umpteenth time

4-20-2018 2:21 AM Streets Of Rage 2 Beaten

5-11-2018 9:08 PM GOD of War (2018) beaten

5-18-2018 12:45 AM Thumper Beaten

5-21-2018 3:08 AM Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze beaten

6-1-2018 5:28 PM Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon beaten

6-6-2018 10:59 PM Donkey Kong Country 3 Beaten

6-9-2018 11:09 PM Mega Man 9 beaten

6-15-2018 2:53 PM Donkey Kong beaten

6-19-2018 3:45 AM Yokuís Island Express beaten

6-22-2018 9:24 PM Zelda Breath Of The Wild beaten

6-24-2018 1:32 AM Mario Tennis Aces Online tournament beaten

7-21-2018 12:43AM Hollow Knight beaten 83% 33h 56m 17s

7-26-2018 7:07 PM Mega Man X4 beaten

7-27-2018 3:53 AM Mega Man X Beaten

7-27-2018 10:40 PM Sonic Mania Encore Mode beaten

7-30-2018 3:46 PM Mega Man X 2 Beaten

8-1-2018 1:01 AM Yoshiís Island beaten

8-1-2018 3:25 AM Freedom Planet beaten

8-8-2018 1:48 AM SUPER Mario 64 Beaten

8-9-2018 8:09 PM Super Mario World Beaten

9-7-2018 7:30 PM Zelda Link To The Past beaten

9-22-2018 11:30 PM Spider Man Beaten

9-27-2018 8:02 AM Bioshock beaten

9-28-2018 5:41 PM Super Mario Sunshine beaten

9-28-2018 12:48 AM Pikmin 2 beaten

10-5-2018 9:59 PM Metroid Prime beaten

10-12-2018 10:30 PM Super Mario Party ďbeatenĒ

10-13-2018 12:38 AM UNDERTALE beaten level 5 434:43

10-17-2018 2:51 AM Wario Ware Inc. Mega Microgames beaten

10-31-1:56 AM THE legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons beaten

11-16-2018 3:38 AM Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Beaten

11-16-2018 8:49AM STARFOX 64 beaten

11-16-2018 10:00AM Mario Tennis 64 beaten

11-17-2018 1:51 AM Castlevania Portrait of Ruin beaten

11-23-2018 9:44 PM Castlevania Order of Ecclesia beaten

11-27-2018 12:01 PM zelda Winder Waker HD BEATEN

11-30-2018 2:34 AM Super Mario Galaxy beaten

12-6-2018 9:52 PM The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time beaten (DS log says I have put over 200 hours into my 3DS copy. Good)

12-11-2018 12:24 PM Super Mario Galaxy 2 beaten 8 hours 38 minutes - so much better than Galaxy 1 itís not even funny. Very happy i decided to wait 8 years before playing it again.

12-25-218 9:56 AM SUPER SMASH BROS. ultimate World of Light beaten - Game of the year? Perhaps.

Nah, God of War is my Game of the Year, yet, if I were to make a top 10 list today, Smash Ultimate would easily be swapped in Wii U/3DS versionís place.

So, Iíll just throw it up and give the 2018 GOTY award to BOTH God of War for the Playstation 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.

They both get my ďBuy these right now if you do not own them.Ē Award. It isnít fancy.

[Edited on 1-2-2019 by CamstunPWG187]


the goon - 1-5-2019 at 04:50 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Goon, you are ďMattĒ on my friend list, correct?

We should play sometime.


No, I should show up as Chris on your friend list. Though I will say that I'm not quite as into online play with Smash as I am with some other games on the Switch (like Street Fighter, Mario Kart, etc), just because I've never been the greatest at it. But hey, if our schedules ever line up, I would definitely be down to give it a go.

And since you mentioned your game(s) of the year picks, it got me thinking that I really have no idea what my game of the year for 2018 would be. Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey were easy 1 and 1A picks for me in 2017, but I just didn't really play a ton of new releases this year (and not owning a PS4 or Xbox One means I miss out on a lot of stuff). I guess I would have to go with Super Smash Bros Ultimate just by default, since I've put in a ton of time with that game even though it came out in the last month of 2018.

Also, since there's really nowhere else appropriate to post about this here, I sold my amiibo collection of 46 loose (aka not in box) figures for $475 on eBay yesterday. It made me a little sad to box them up and ship them off this afternoon, since I'd spent a couple of years accumulating them, but I had gotten to the point where I was just kind of tired of them taking up room and I hardly even use them on any games anymore (even in the new Smash Bros, I feel like their use is kind of limited). I've also been selling some of my in-box amiibo figures as well, so in the last couple of months I've made over $600 selling amiibos, which is kind of mind-boggling to me.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-5-2019 at 09:58 AM

It makes me happy to know that I will be able to sell my collection of 100+ amiibos one day for some decent money.

I just picked up the Ridley, Inkling, and Wolf ones. I donít even know why. Itís become conpulsory at this point to own them.


the goon - 1-5-2019 at 06:54 PM

Yeah, I saw the Ridley amiibo at Target a couple of weeks ago and had to restrain myself from buying it (also, it looks like they jacked the price up on the current batch of amiibos for some reason, from $12.99 to $15.99).

And Cam, is your collection still in the box or no? I've made some good money selling in-box amiibos on eBay (I made $41 on the gold Mario amiibo and $43 on the Toon Link/Zelda two-pack, for instance), so if you have over 100 figures still in their boxes, you're in for a really good payday.


OOMike - 1-9-2019 at 12:11 PM

Last night, I won my first game of Fortnite, playing solo.

It made me strangely happier than a 40ish year old man should be from a video game.


CamstunPWG187 - 1-18-2019 at 05:01 PM

My collection is entirely out of the box.

Also, I havenmt been playing anything besides Smash. Itís easily my comfy game right now, as I am becoming very lonely with my wife being in Russia to hve our child in March.

Times iz tuff. Being without your favorite person blows.


the goon - 2-16-2019 at 06:09 AM

So I downloaded Tetris 99 on the Switch two nights ago and it's pretty awesome (for those unaware, it was a surprise release by Nintendo on Wednesday and is free for anyone who has a Nintendo online subscription). The basic gist is that you play against 98 other people, hence the "Tetris 99" title, until only one remains. Simple concept, but it's really addictive and the first time that Tetris has been done on a big multiplayer scale like this.

And I gotta say, as a Tetris veteran who's been playing since the Gameboy days, I've been kicking ass in the game so far. In the five matches I've played, I've finished 10th twice, 4th, 2nd, and 1st. Hell, beating 98 other people in Tetris just might be my biggest online accomplishment in video gaming ever.

On a non-Tetris note, I've still been playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate a good bit. I kind of slowed down with the game once I'd unlocked all of the characters, but the World of Light mode is still keeping me engaged and is actually way longer than I originally thought it would be. And as I've mentioned before, the amount of content and fan service Nintendo has managed to pack into this game is insane and it makes me wonder where the hell they go with the next installment in the franchise, even though that's probably still a good five years off.


CVD39 - 2-17-2019 at 07:55 PM

quote:
Originally posted by OOMike
Last night, I won my first game of Fortnite, playing solo.

It made me strangely happier than a 40ish year old man should be from a video game.


Best I ever got (only played probably 20 or so matches back in the summer) was second place. Because Iíd hide and let others kill each other. Made this 40ish year old guy pretty proud, too, because these younginsí donít mess around.


OOMike - 2-19-2019 at 02:51 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CVD39
quote:
Originally posted by OOMike
Last night, I won my first game of Fortnite, playing solo.

It made me strangely happier than a 40ish year old man should be from a video game.


Best I ever got (only played probably 20 or so matches back in the summer) was second place. Because Iíd hide and let others kill each other. Made this 40ish year old guy pretty proud, too, because these younginsí donít mess around.


That is my normal game plan... and for my win, I came in when the other 2 of the last 3 were fighting and killed them after they had hurt each other.


CamstunPWG187 - 2-24-2019 at 02:27 AM

Just met Mr. X for the first time in 20 years.

What a prick.


the goon - 3-4-2019 at 02:25 AM

So I'm almost 20 years late to the party, but I started playing Earthbound for the first time on the SNES Classic. The thing that surprised me the most is that I had no idea it had such a quirky/weird (and very Japanese) sense of humor; I always assumed it was a straightforward RPG, ala Final Fantasy or something, but this is definitely a game that doesn't take itself seriously.

And I'm really enjoying it so far, though I'm only a couple of hours in at this point. The soundtrack is great as well, with some of the tracks having a very nostalgic/melancholy feel that really transports me back to the SNES days.


DriftThroughTime - 4-19-2019 at 05:39 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
So I'm almost 20 years late to the party, but I started playing Earthbound for the first time on the SNES Classic.


+1 to this.

I started it back when it hit the Wii U VC, which I think was 2015. My first thoughts were that I wish I had played it as a kid. The story is quintessential young'uns in the suburbs going on their biggest adventure, and I feel like I would have absolutely devoured that as a nine-year-old in 1995.

Totally still enjoyable if you're approaching it for the first time as an adult, but I definitely regret not playing it as a kid. I even remember when Best Buy had them on fire sale in 1996 for something like $10 a pop...dozens just sitting in clearance buckets.

[Edited on 4-19-2019 by DriftThroughTime]


the goon - 4-20-2019 at 04:16 AM

quote:
Originally posted by DriftThroughTime
Totally still enjoyable if you're approaching it for the first time as an adult, but I definitely regret not playing it as a kid. I even remember when Best Buy had them on fire sale in 1996 for something like $10 a pop...dozens just sitting in clearance buckets.


Ha, yeah you'd be sitting on an eBay goldmine if you had scooped all those up.

And I'm not quite sure why I missed out on Earthbound back when it was originally released...that was over a year before the N64 came out, so I definitely would have still been fully entrenched in the SNES at that point. I guess it just wasn't on my radar for whatever reason.

And yeah, there's definitely an aspect of the game that pulls on those childhood heartstrings, which is part of what I'm really enjoying about it. Plus the humor in the game is so bizarre and hilarious, that I'm actually bit surprised something like that made it stateside, and in 1995 no less.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-20-2019 at 07:11 AM

So, upon buying the Castlevania Collection, I immediately started playing the game I haven't played in over 15-18 years, Bloodlines, as I had fond memories of it in my younger years.

Castlevania Bloodlines is unfortunately inferior to Super Castlevania IV in nearly every way imaginable. From the graphics, gameplay, sound design, and replayability, I don't see how anyone can play this game and not just want to switch over to Super Castlevania 4, a game which masters the 2D traditional Castlevania formula. Having said that, it IS a good game, and it's certainly one of the better 2D action games you could ever play and is one of the Genesis's elite action affairs.

Let's start off with the most noticeable dip in quality, and that's the sound. My, oh my, does this game sound terrible. The compositions that do stand out are certainly among the series' bests (Iron Blue Intention, Reincarnated Soul, and SInking Old Sanctuary are very, very classic for the series, with the latter basically being the theme for COTM on the GBA), but everything else is very forgettable. One of the biggest problems with these compositions is the Genesis sound chip, which Konami certainly seemed to have a problem working around. I don't know if it was lack of inspiration or just not being able to put some real thunderous, haunting tones into the music, but the OST definitely suffers here. On top of that, the sound effects are such a noticeable step down from 4 that it's akin to going back to an NES game. Standard bleeps and bloop effects litter every action your character makes. Nothing has a real OOMPH to it. There are no bone-crunching, hard-hitting sound effects to be had here. Every time you hit something, it feels light, and oddly arcade-like. The reason it worked in arcades is because the hardware was surrounded by other loud machines, so it drowned it out and felt unique. Here, on a home console? Not so much. Poor form, all around.

Graphically, the game is quite the looker. It's colorful, pops out, and some of the effects are quite nifty, with the second level's statue heads being the standouts. Also, the animations are much faster-paced, giving the game that classic, fast-paced Genesis feel that SEGA's "blast processing" marketing would have been all over. Sometimes, backgrounds look a bit too barren and flat, but graphically, the Mega Drive couldn't pull off the sheer variety in color palette that the SNES could, which worked against it, especially when ports were compared with one another. As graphically sound as the game is, however, the enemy designs for certain bosses are a little odd, and their animations have them looking all sorts of awkward in certain moments. All around, Bloodlines is definitely a good looking game, and one of the best-looking games on the Genesis.

Gameplay-wise, Bloodlines seems lost in a weird time warp. It doesn't feel as free as Super Castlevania 4, and feels faster, yet sloppier than Rondo. A lot of questionable decisions were made in terms of character control, and it leads to a lot of frustration for those who love Rondo and 4's controls. Sometimes I feel incredibly frustrated with the way John MOrris (the games Belmont-heir). He can whip diagonally in midair, yet when standing, this has been taken away from him. Ok, I can't complain too much there, especially considering how overpowered the whip was in 4. That is, until you realize that the jumping has gone back to the NES days of not being controllable in mid-jump. Yes, when you jump, you must commit to the trajectory. There is no stopping or hitting the breaks here, and your midair attacks turn into nightmarish gambles against random enemy flight patterns. This makes the gameplay feel extremely regressed, given that it came out 3 years after 4, a game whose small development team (who would go on to form Treasure) mastered the art of 2D Castlevania controls. The controls here could have been handled so much better, and instead simply feel designed to make the game more difficult, instead of working around the perfection of 4's control scheme and making the game feel more progressively difficult (Super Mario Galaxy 2 being a perfect example of this).

Level design is another big thing. These are long, long levels, and they are difficult, sometimes brutally so. Enemy placements really work against the jumping controls, and there will be times where you will thank the developers for allowing save states in this collection. Most of my deaths involved jumping from one platform to the next, not being able to control myself, and getting hit off the edge. In tight quarters, this oftentimes proves to be insane, harking back to the days of Castlevania 1 for the NES. Health and 1-ups are nearly non-existent (In fact, on this playthrough, I did not come across a single 1-up), and I am a man who whips any wall I come across in a Castlevania game. Speaking of 1-ups, the game dishes out a completely limited amount of lives and continues, and once you die, thats it, back to the beginning for you. When you take into consideration that the game is loaded with more sub-bosses than any in the series' history, this can become very frustrating (there are a total of 6-7 bosses in a row before hitting Dracula and his 3 forms). It's an extremely harsh design choice that is meant to make the game last longer, but in todays age, it feels dated and cruel.

Overall, limited hardware and regressive character control choices lead to a game that will forever and always stand in the shadow of Super Castlevania IV and Rondo of Blood, which is unfortunate, because on it's own, Bloodlines is a good action game. Sprinkles of "very good" are there, especially in the very first level, but it never quite wants to stay in that tier, and sits on the half of the big 4 from this collection (1, 3, 4, and Bloodlines). I recommend Bloodlines, but only as a diehard Castlevania fan who loves most of the series. If you're just a casual fan looking for the best of the best in terms of Castlevania action, you will definitely find greener pastures in other titles.

7/10


the goon - 5-20-2019 at 07:55 AM

I've never played Bloodlines, but since I own Castlevania I-IV in various incarnations over three systems, I just can't pull the trigger on buying the Castlevania Collection for $20. I appreciate your usual in-depth write up though Cam and if it ever goes on sell, I'll get it on Switch.


salmonjunkie - 5-20-2019 at 09:00 AM

I have tried Bloodlines way back when it came out, and what you said is exactly how I felt. This feels like a good game, but I'd just rather play another run through of IV. Super Castlevania IV is one of the greatest 2D side scrollers of all time.

If Bloodlines had come out before IV, I probably would've finished it. But I never did.


the goon - 5-21-2019 at 04:54 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Super Castlevania IV is one of the greatest 2D side scrollers of all time.


Every year or two, I get sucked into playing Super Castlevania IV all the way through. Such a classic game and the soundtrack is fucking amazing (though you can pretty much say that about all of the Castlevania games).

And I really hope that Konami releases a second Castlevania compilation that has Symphony of the Night, Castlevania 64, and some the GBA or DS games. I would buy that in a heartbeat.


CamstunPWG187 - 5-21-2019 at 06:26 AM

No problem, mates.

Four's entire soundtrack is incredible, yes. It's the best in the series, I think.

Just to really hit it home for Bloodlines, I had a think and want to say the following blurbs:

-Bloodlines' peak level design is a water-lowering sequence in level 2.
-Most levels lazily throw a rising tower/platform challenge at you.
-Konami was obviously burnt out with ideas when developing it.
--Hey, lets just make the game longer and harder by recycling bosses in the endgame. In fact, lets throw 3-4 of the games previous bosses into a gauntlet involving death and Medusa before arriving at Vlad.
-The final level has a neat bit of level design with this funky mirror room, and while it isn't, it ends up FEELING glitchy and selective as to what counts and doesn't count in terms of where your character lands and what enemies it hits. It's like one of the devs fucked up the coding and the director looked at it and said "No no, I like this, lets roll with it"


punkerhardcore - 7-13-2019 at 07:53 AM

Been playing Smash Bros. a ton on the Switch. Finally finished World of Light Adventure mode... 100% completion, true ending reached. I am ready to move on to something new.

Thinking about either finally finishing Hitman 2, or buying Tropico 6 on Steam. Still can't decide which... but I feel like Tropico could last a good while until the Sept/Oct bombardment of Borderlands/Zelda/Gears.


the goon - 7-15-2019 at 12:57 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Been playing Smash Bros. a ton on the Switch. Finally finished World of Light Adventure mode... 100% completion, true ending reached. I am ready to move on to something new.


I played the hell out of World of Light in Smash Bros Ultimate and was shocked by just how much content it had. I thought it was going to be a fun little diversion from the main game, but holy shit it just kept going on and on. Great stuff.

And just to add some of my own currently/recently played games:

-I beat Mother Russia Bleeds on Switch the other night. For those not familiar, it's an old school-inspired ultra violent beat 'em up that takes place in 1980s Russia, where you're a street fighter who gets kidnapped by the government, experimented on with some crazy drugs, and then escapes. It's kind of like a mix of Final Fight and a Roger Corman movie, with a John Carpenter-inspired soundtrack. Definitely worth a look for those who are into that kind of thing and I'd probably give it a 7.5/10. Not the deepest game ever, but still a lot of fun for mindless violence and button mashing.

-I'm still playing Yooka-Laylee and just reached the casino world today. The gameplay lacks a certain polish that keeps me from putting it in the "great" category, but I'm still enjoying it and it does a nice job of channeling that Banjo-Kazooie vibe. I assume I'll probably be done with it in a couple of weeks.

-I downloaded Hollow Knight a few weeks ago when it was on sale after E3 and am looking forward to starting a game in it, as I've heard awesome things. I'm gonna wait until I'm done with Yooka-Laylee though so that I can devote all my time to it.

And because I know I'm friends with a few of you here on the Switch, if anyone saw that I was playing an ungodly amount of Fortnite recently, that was the work of my 13 year-old nephew who was staying with my wife and I for a week and playing under my profile. Needless to say, the day he left I deleted it immediately from my Switch.

[Edited on 7-15-2019 by the goon]


CamstunPWG187 - 7-15-2019 at 04:51 AM

Casino World is really a low point for the game, but truck on. Fifth World is good stuff and the endgame is nice.

It definitely felt like a banjo game, but like you said, rough around the edges.


salmonjunkie - 7-16-2019 at 01:03 AM

I just started playing Metroid: Samus Returns, the 3DS remake of the old Game Boy title Metroid II: Return of Samus.

I'm probably 1/4 of the way through it right now. I like that they redid Metroid II with today's styles. I always wanted to play through the fan made AM2R game that was basically Metroid II using Super Metroid's graphics, but I never got it to work right on my computer. I'm glad that Nintendo completely redid the maps - with the bigger screens to work with, the environments definitely benefit. The melee attack definitely means it's harder to just run and shoot your way through a level.

I like it so far. We'll see what I think when I finish it.


the goon - 7-16-2019 at 05:38 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Casino World is really a low point for the game, but truck on. Fifth World is good stuff and the endgame is nice.

It definitely felt like a banjo game, but like you said, rough around the edges.


Yeah, I so badly wanted Yooka-Laylee to be great but it's just not. They definitely did a solid job of nailing the music and atmosphere of the old Banjo games, but the gameplay just leaves something to be desired. Still, not a bad game though and I've been having a good time with it over the last month or so.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I just started playing Metroid: Samus Returns, the 3DS remake of the old Game Boy title Metroid II: Return of Samus.

I'm probably 1/4 of the way through it right now. I like that they redid Metroid II with today's styles. I always wanted to play through the fan made AM2R game that was basically Metroid II using Super Metroid's graphics, but I never got it to work right on my computer. I'm glad that Nintendo completely redid the maps - with the bigger screens to work with, the environments definitely benefit. The melee attack definitely means it's harder to just run and shoot your way through a level.

I like it so far. We'll see what I think when I finish it.


As a Nintendo fanboy, I feel a little guilty that I never picked up Samus Returns on the 3DS, since it's normally the type of thing I would be all over. I hardly ever play my 3DS these days, but probably should rectify that problem at some point.

And since we're on the subject, I downloaded the original Metroid II on the 3DS a few years ago (since I never played it originally back in the day) and man, I had a hard time getting into it. Between the old school black and white graphics and the lack of a map, I eventually ended up getting lost and just didn't have the desire to try and play through the whole game.


salmonjunkie - 7-16-2019 at 06:08 AM

I went through Metroid II two or three times - back when it came out on GB and then when I had the Super Gameboy adapter for the SNES. I donít think I could play now, though. The play field is so small, and while it was a technical marvel on a GB, it feels really dated and slow compared to any 2D Metroid that came out after.


the goon - 7-23-2019 at 05:25 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I went through Metroid II two or three times - back when it came out on GB and then when I had the Super Gameboy adapter for the SNES. I donít think I could play now, though. The play field is so small, and while it was a technical marvel on a GB, it feels really dated and slow compared to any 2D Metroid that came out after.


Yeah, the original Metroid II is definitely a product of it's time. The graphics still look pretty nice (especially for an old Gameboy game) but playing a black and white game on a small screen, with no map to help guide you along it's large overworld, sadly just doesn't work today. Now, if I had played this game as a kid in the early 90's with a copy of Nintendo Power to help get me through, I probably would have felt differently.

And speaking of old school Nintendo handheld games, I started a game in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for the first time ever about a week ago. I've had it downloaded for years on my 3DS, but for some reason just never got around to playing it. I've only beaten the first dungeon so far, but am really enjoying it and the shrinking mechanic is really well done.


salmonjunkie - 7-24-2019 at 06:35 PM

Nice! I played Minish Cap on an emulator about 3 or 4 years ago and really enjoyed it. I thought they did a great job with the shrinking mechanic as well.


the goon - 7-25-2019 at 09:40 PM

Yeah, the shrinking stuff is definitely cool and The Minish Cap almost reminds me of Link's Awakening in a way, in that it feels a smidge different than most other Zelda games (I know it was developed by Capcom, so that probably has something to do with it). Stuff like Link's hat being a living creature, being able to shrink, the Picori people, etc, are things that I don't think have ever resurfaced in a Zelda game.


the goon - 8-11-2019 at 08:32 PM

So I think I'm finally going to have to tap out on Yooka-Laylee. I was already getting a little bored with it and just discovered last night that you need to collect 100 pages to reach the end portion of the game and I'm currently only sitting at like 66. I usually hate to quit on a game before beating it, but I just don't think I have it in me to collect 34 more pages.

Plus I've been wanting to start a game in Hollow Knight, which I've heard great things about, so am probably going to take an extended break from Yooka-Laylee and play that instead.


salmonjunkie - 8-14-2019 at 06:17 AM

I finished Samus Returns a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. If you loved Super Metroid, Metroid Zero Mission, or Metroid Fusion, you will enjoy this as well. The graphics are gorgeous and the 3-D effect is really well done. It gives a lot of depth for this 2-D side scroller. However, when youíre fighting bosses, itís distracting. So I played about 60% of the game with the 3D off.


CamstunPWG187 - 8-14-2019 at 02:56 PM

From what iíve read...

-Ah, itís a shame youíll never finish Yooka, Goon. I ended up quite liking it in the end. A lot of those pagies really were fun to get once you backtrack (which i think you need to do and may not realize an extra 15-25 more have opened up on each stage.

-Samus Returns was incredible. Loved the ending, loved how different it felt, and the fucking Diggernaut or whatever that machine boss was...thatís the highlight if the game.

-Been playing a lot of Mega Man Collection and Mario maker 2. Maker 2 is just lovely. Canít stop.

-also watching my girl play through Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom battle and itís REALLY making me wish Nintendo would make one more.

[Edited on 8-14-2019 by CamstunPWG187]


salmonjunkie - 8-14-2019 at 03:39 PM

Yeah, that giant machine was a fun battle, as was the Queen Metroid. Really interesting way to make you use the different powers and abilities you gain through the game.


the goon - 8-18-2019 at 07:22 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
-Ah, itís a shame youíll never finish Yooka, Goon. I ended up quite liking it in the end. A lot of those pagies really were fun to get once you backtrack (which i think you need to do and may not realize an extra 15-25 more have opened up on each stage.



Well, I won't say that I'll never finish it, but just kind of feel like I need a little break. I was already getting kind of burnt out on the game and once I realized that I hadn't even collected 75% of enough pagies to get to the end, it just felt like it was time to put the game down for now.

And I have done backtracking through the levels to get more, but I think one of my issues with the game is that the levels are so big that a lot of the time I tend to just wander around aimlessly hoping to come across pagies. There have been times where I've put in 20 to 30 minutes of playtime and only gotten one or two pagies, so the thought of having to collect 34 more just seems like it's gonna take me forever.


salmonjunkie - 8-19-2019 at 12:13 AM

I started playing Horizon Zero Dawn two weeks ago. This game is DOPE.


Flash - 8-28-2019 at 08:56 AM

Big binge on video games over the last couple of weeks...

Wound up house sitting for a friend who has a PS4 (I have an Xbox and a Switch) so I was finally able to finish the Spider-man game I picked up months ago... The story is pretty damned good, maybe a little bit too slow in the middle and repetitive, but the last couple hours of play and story were great.

I wrapped that up early into the house sitting so I broke out my buddy's God of War 3... only a couple hours in but am digging it.

On the home front I finally finished Red Dead 2... I'd gotten as far as a few missions before jumping into the epilogues... not sure why I ever put it down. Anyway finally finished it, epilogues and all, and really enjoyed it.

In between I've been playing some Tetris 99 on the Switch... after weeks of top five finishes but never finishing first I've now done it a few times... Crazy tough game; not just keeping up yourself, but fending off being attacked by other players makes or breaks your game. I've also been digging into Super Mario Bros 3... Forgot how much I loved this game as a kid.

Last but not least just started Shadow of the Tomb Raider yesterday. It's good thus far, but thus far it feels like the second game where they set the bar really high with the first in this reboot series, and then kinda played it safe after that... Just more of the same. Shadow feels like that as well... we'll see though.

One side effect of playing so many games in a short span is that I find I instinctively start a button combination that does not go with the game I'm playing... mostly hitting up on the D-pad to try and heal myself a la Spidey game... to no effect, or in Tomb Raider trying to slow time via deadeye by pressing down on the RS.


the goon - 9-1-2019 at 02:50 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Flash
In between I've been playing some Tetris 99 on the Switch... after weeks of top five finishes but never finishing first I've now done it a few times... Crazy tough game; not just keeping up yourself, but fending off being attacked by other players makes or breaks your game.


I love Tetris 99 and it's one of the few games where I can toot my own horn and say that I'm in the upper echelon of players, as I'm currently sitting at 60 first place wins and tend to finish in at least the top ten most times that I play. Kudos to Nintendo for coming up with such a wacky concept, not to mention that it's free for online subscribers.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-7-2019 at 02:41 AM

SNES classics are up

For free, and with quick rewind and save sttes!


the goon - 9-7-2019 at 05:56 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
SNES classics are up

For free, and with quick rewind and save sttes!


Yep, I played the shit out of Pilotwings last night (I never seem to get tired of that game, despite it being almost 30 years old). And I'm glad Nintendo decided to include some more random games in the SNES lineup, such as Stunt Race FX, Demon's Crest, Breath of Fire, etc.

And this has been an awesome week for the Switch, with the release of the SNES games, a great update for Tetris 99 (I was able to finish 4th in Tetris Invictus, my new crowning achievement) and the release of Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros.


punkerhardcore - 9-7-2019 at 07:21 PM

Yeah I saw that update had come out, so I downloaded it... agreed on some of the more random/unexpected games. The inclusion of Joe & Mac, especially.

But beyond downloading it, I'm afraid the ol' Switch will be nothing but a dust-gatherer for a while. Gears 5 is out now (and despite server issues, the single player so far is awesome), Borderlands is out next week. And as if those two weren't enough to take up tons and tons of time, The Outer Worlds is out next month.


the goon - 9-8-2019 at 08:38 PM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
But beyond downloading it, I'm afraid the ol' Switch will be nothing but a dust-gatherer for a while. Gears 5 is out now (and despite server issues, the single player so far is awesome), Borderlands is out next week. And as if those two weren't enough to take up tons and tons of time, The Outer Worlds is out next month.


Kind of on that subject, I was talking to my brother last weekend about how I've thought about getting a PS4 (the Switch is the only current-gen system I own), but I have a hard enough time playing everything I want on the Switch as it is. There's the 20 SNES games that just got released and the new stuff in Tetris 99, plus I'm still playing Yooka-Laylee (after taking a little break) and have Hollow Knight on the backburner, and then there's stuff like Link's Awakening and Luigi's Mansion 3 coming out. There's just too much shit to play, not that that's a bad thing.


punkerhardcore - 9-8-2019 at 09:49 PM

I don't know how I totally blanked on Link's Awakening, since I very much want that game as well.


the goon - 9-9-2019 at 01:34 AM

Link's Awakening was going to be a day one purchase for me (because Zelda), but man, I just have so much other shit to play at the moment. I may have to push that one back a few months, though I will definitely play it at some point (because, again, Zelda).


Columbo - 9-10-2019 at 08:20 PM

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Originally posted by the goon
quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
But beyond downloading it, I'm afraid the ol' Switch will be nothing but a dust-gatherer for a while. Gears 5 is out now (and despite server issues, the single player so far is awesome), Borderlands is out next week. And as if those two weren't enough to take up tons and tons of time, The Outer Worlds is out next month.


Kind of on that subject, I was talking to my brother last weekend about how I've thought about getting a PS4 (the Switch is the only current-gen system I own), but I have a hard enough time playing everything I want on the Switch as it is. There's the 20 SNES games that just got released and the new stuff in Tetris 99, plus I'm still playing Yooka-Laylee (after taking a little break) and have Hollow Knight on the backburner, and then there's stuff like Link's Awakening and Luigi's Mansion 3 coming out. There's just too much shit to play, not that that's a bad thing.




You really should get around to playing Hollow Knight*, its fuckin awesome.

* I say this as a dude who never finished it because I got frustrated as shit trying to beat one of the bosses. Still had a ton of fun.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-11-2019 at 01:23 AM

Which boss???


CamstunPWG187 - 9-14-2019 at 04:56 AM

Just pasting this here since I had a delete scare yesterday:

1-23-2019 3:01 AM Sonic Mania beaten (Ray)

1-24-2919 1:31 AM Specter Knight DLC beaten

1-24-2019 5:42 PM hotline Miami beaten

2-14-2019 2:41 AM Celeste Besten

5-2-2019 9:43 PM Yoshiís Crafted World

5-20-2019 3:02 AM Castlevania Bloodlines beaten

5-22-2019 11:31 PM SUPER CASTLEVANIA 4 besten

5-24-2019 7:50 PM super Castlevania 4 beaten AGAIN

5-30-2019 10:54 PM Castlevania 3 beaten

6-2-2019 12:42 AM Castlevania 1 beaten

6-7-2019 9:52 PM Steamworld 1 beaten

6-14-2019 12:58 PM Contra 3 beaten

6-20-2019 3:13 AM KATANA ZERO besten

6-24-2019 12:27 AM Mega Man 2 beaten

6-26-2019 3:13 PM Gunstar Heroes beaten

7-4-2019 12:18AM CASTLEVANIA CIRCLE OF THE MOON BEATEN

7-5-2019 11:50 PM Super Mario Maker 2 story mode beaten

7-11-2019 10:30 PM IKARUGA beaten

8-1-2019 12:28 AM MEGA MAN 9 beaten

8-17-2019 11:41 PM Mega Man 3 beaten

8-18-2019 1:18 AM Mega Man X Beaten

8-19-2019 11:39AM Mega Man 4 beaten

8-20-2019 1:44 AM Mega Man 6 beaten

8-20-2019 11:48 PM Mega Man beaten

8-22-2019 5:37 PM Mega Man 5 beaten

8-23-2019 11:30 PM MEGA MAN 7 beaten

9-3-2019 7:06 PM SUPER MARIO BROS 2

9-12-2019 2:49 PM Yoshiís Island beaten

9-12-2019 5:38 PM Super Ghouls and Ghosts beaten

9-13-2019 2:18 PM Super Mario World beaten

9-13-2019 7:36 PM Hotline Miami beaten

Sorry I havenít been so active in here, but hey, thats life. Iím playing noticeably less games this year and have gone quite retro with my choices.

-Katana ZERO is a verrrrry good action game. Super stylish and a good story. I loved every second of it.

-Yoshiís Craft World is your typical Yoshi game, meaning itís good, but it isnít as excellent as Yoshiís Island and is a hair behind Wooly World. I recommend it, particularly for how creative the art is. It was my travel-n-play game all spring.

-Specter Knight DLC for Shovel Knight is good and has new music! Get on it if youíre a lover of all things Shovelian.

-Super Mario Maker 2 is a ridiculous romp of a Creat-A-Whatever game and this tike levels feel better. Just an outstandingly fun time. Nintendo delivered big time on this sequel.

-Mega Man is never not awesome.

-SNES streaming is great!

-Yes, I beat Hotline Miami twice. Thatís how good it is.

[Edited on 9-14-2019 by CamstunPWG187]


the goon - 9-15-2019 at 08:05 PM

Cam, your list of gaming accomplishments never ceases to impress me.

And you'll probably be happy to know that I toughed it out with Yooka-Laylee and finally beat it today. That last boss fight against Capital B was kind of a bitch (well, at least the final part where he starts shooting the missiles at you) and took me about ten tries, but I was finally able to beat him. I'm probably gonna dive into Hollow Knight now, though I have been enjoying all of the SNES stuff as well.

EDIT: I beat Pilotwings for the first time ever today too (thanks heavily to the rewind feature enabled on the NES/SNES games on the Switch) and it's way deeper than I ever imagined. I had no idea there was a whole second set of challenges after completing the first portion of the game, plus I didn't know there was the bonus games like flying in a chicken suit and being a penguin jumping off of a diving board. There's even a little bit of a cinema scene to close out the game and I seriously never knew any of this stuff existed despite playing the game multiple times over the past 35 years.

Also, the two helicopter missions have to be among the most frustrating shit ever put in a video game and I don't think I would ever beat either one without using the rewind feature (which explains why I'd never beaten Pilotwings up till now).

[Edited on 9-16-2019 by the goon]


CamstunPWG187 - 9-19-2019 at 02:43 AM

Iím very proud of your patience to beat Yooka. I am very happy you went back and endured the struggle. Us collect-a-thon fans are fewer and further between than ever before.

Hollow Knight or Hotline Miami are definitely where itís at, and if you havenít gotten Hotline yet, well, it just dropped on Switch.

I played Pilotwings for the first time the other day, and yeah, like you, I was very surprised by it. Itís a surprisingly fun and great-looking game, with nice variety. I like the plane missions the best, and wish there were more. Iíll probably beat it after going through the SNES classics. As you can see, I have put about 15-20 hours into the collection so far (Puyo Puyo 2, in particular).

I see myself having a big ole pile of stuff to play this fall starting with Linkís Awakening HD. Then Gooigiís Mansion, Ori, and you know what, I donít feel like thinking about all the money Iím gonna spend right now.

Fun Fact: I havenít beaten a game on PS4/Xbox this year with the exception of Hotline Miami in January (and I had already beaten that game 6-7 times prior to THAT playthrough.)

Switch is just too accessible, and my girlfriend prefers to play it above everything else, which helps.

Speaking of my girlfriend, she just beat her first major AAA release, Mario and Rabbids. Easy mode, which is understandable for someone whose only past ventures have been INSIDE, Edith Finch, Limbo, and Yokuís Island express.


the goon - 9-19-2019 at 04:10 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Iím very proud of your patience to beat Yooka. I am very happy you went back and endured the struggle. Us collect-a-thon fans are fewer and further between than ever before.


Yeah, I took about a week off from Yooka-Laylee, but it just didn't sit well with me to leave it unfinished, so I dove back in and toughed it out (full disclosure: I did look up a few paigie locations online to speed up the process, but otherwise I'd say that I found close to 95/100 of them on my own). Overall, I'd probably give the game about a 7/10 and while some of it frustrated the hell out of me and felt like a chore at times, I enjoyed it overall as a pseudo Banjo successor.

And I put in about a half hour with Hollow Knight earlier this evening and am loving it so far. Super atmospheric and the soundtrack is awesome, not to mention it has that super-tight 2D gameplay that I love. Though I am headed off to the beach tomorrow for five days, so it probably won't be until next week that I can really put some serious time into the game.

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
I played Pilotwings for the first time the other day, and yeah, like you, I was very surprised by it. Itís a surprisingly fun and great-looking game, with nice variety. I like the plane missions the best, and wish there were more. Iíll probably beat it after going through the SNES classics. As you can see, I have put about 15-20 hours into the collection so far (Puyo Puyo 2, in particular).


Yeah, Pilotwings holds up amazingly well for such an old game, especially considering it's just fake Mode-7 3D graphics. It's just one of those games that I can pick up and play anytime, and never really get tired of. And it's funny that you like the plane missions, because those are probably my least favorite (just because I've never been super great at landing the plane). I'll be curious to hear what you think about the helicopter missions, because believe me, that's some tough shit.

Also, given that you're probably an even bigger game than me, I can't believe you'd never played Pilotwings before.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-20-2019 at 04:59 PM

Just never thought it sounded appealing. Wasnít impressed with the 64 version when I saw it, either.

Linkís Awakening remake is very classy. Really awesome stuff. Framerate performance is a bit disappointing, though.


the goon - 9-23-2019 at 10:29 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CamstunPWG187
Just never thought it sounded appealing. Wasnít impressed with the 64 version when I saw it, either.


Yeah, Pilotwings 64 is kind of a strange one. I enjoyed it way back when, but it was definitely a fairly big departure from the original SNES game and really had nothing in common with it (outside of the fact that you were flying around in planes, hang gliders, etc). Plus it's kind of weird that Nintendo has never re-released it in any form on the Wii, Wii U, Switch, etc.


CamstunPWG187 - 9-24-2019 at 02:44 AM

Well, when itís only other partner in crime at the time was Mario 64, itís understandable that both consumers and Nintendo outright pretend it doesnít exist.


salmonjunkie - 10-2-2019 at 09:01 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I started playing Horizon Zero Dawn two weeks ago. This game is DOPE.


I'm still playing Horizon Zero Dawn, and it's still DOPE. I think I'm close to done, but considering I've put in 75 hours in to the game already, I hope I am. I've played it about 6-12 hours each week for the last 8 weeks, It's been a while since I've played a game for this long of a time.

After this, it's back to quick and easy 3DS games, or maybe one of the dozens of PS+ games that I've downloaded and haven't touched.

Also, I tried starting New Super Mario Bros 2 on 3DS a little while back, made it through about 1 and half worlds, and put it down. This is the first time that I can remember not really being that in to a Mario game. I can't put my finger on why.


salmonjunkie - 10-2-2019 at 09:04 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
I beat Pilotwings for the first time ever today too (thanks heavily to the rewind feature enabled on the NES/SNES games on the Switch) and it's way deeper than I ever imagined. I had no idea there was a whole second set of challenges after completing the first portion of the game, plus I didn't know there was the bonus games like flying in a chicken suit and being a penguin jumping off of a diving board. There's even a little bit of a cinema scene to close out the game and I seriously never knew any of this stuff existed despite playing the game multiple times over the past 35 years.

Also, the two helicopter missions have to be among the most frustrating shit ever put in a video game and I don't think I would ever beat either one without using the rewind feature (which explains why I'd never beaten Pilotwings up till now).

[Edited on 9-16-2019 by the goon]


My friend had Pilotwings when it came out on SNES back in the day. It was fun, but he was way more in to it than I was. Partially because I was still knee deep in my Sega Genesis.


the goon - 10-5-2019 at 05:30 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Also, I tried starting New Super Mario Bros 2 on 3DS a little while back, made it through about 1 and half worlds, and put it down. This is the first time that I can remember not really being that in to a Mario game. I can't put my finger on why.


As OO's premiere Nintendo fanboy, let me say this: after the original New Super Mario Bros on the DS (which was great), I had a hard time getting super into the other games in the "New" series. And like you say, it's kind of hard to put my finger on why...they're well made and pretty to look at, but for some reason they just lack that certain charm and fun that the old school 2D Mario games had.


the goon - 10-6-2019 at 07:16 PM

I've been playing Hollow Knight and am thoroughly enjoying it but man, my one issue with Metroidvania-style games (which I do love) is that I always end up getting hopelessly lost at some point. Like right now in Hollow Knight, I've been wandering around aimlessly for the last couple of days trying to find where I'm supposed to go (and it doesn't help when you reach a new area and don't have a map for it).

Besides that, it's a fantastic game and has lived up to all the good things I've heard about it, but I really hope I find where I'm supposed to go next to advance the game soon before I start to get bored and/or annoyed with it.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-17-2019 at 08:06 PM

Astral Chain, baby.

This game is the GOOD SHIT


nOOb - 10-26-2019 at 06:30 PM

Since we're pretty much at the point where only the best and most anticipated games get their only thread, I feel a little bad for hyping Outer World here, but I'm not sure where we're at with this one. Anyways, the hype was that it is the "spiritual successor" to New Vegas, and so far it feels like it. Managed to jump right in without any real learning curve, and the fact that the controls line up pretty well with Borderlands 3 (which I assume at this point is GOTY due to a distinct lack of actual good games this year) makes a pretty easy transition from that to this and back to Borderlands when I need to. They did also temper expectations of open world-iness, which is pretty evident in the first ten minutes of playing, but if you look at it from a Knights of the Old Republic (or, yeah, even Borderlands) view and assume the map layout is most of the accessible areas, with a few hidden ones here and there, it really doesn't hurt.

I've had fun a few hours in and expect this to take up the week (at which point I will be back to Borderlands until their only real competition for GOTY, Pokemon Sword and Shield (which I preordered to essentially justify owning a Switch) comes out). Giving it a definite recommendation, especially since you can play it for free if you have the XBox Game Pass.


punkerhardcore - 10-26-2019 at 06:48 PM

Agreed. I've barely made a dent in Outer Worlds so far, but it already has a fantastic "New Vegas" vibe to it. Definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Fallout/Elder Scrolls/etc. genre.

Luigi's Mansion is out next week... that one should be fun as hell, I loved the previous ones.

And don't forget about Death Stranding in like two weeks. The hype for that one is reaching nuclear levels.


nOOb - 10-26-2019 at 07:00 PM

Death Stranding is either going to be one of the five greatest games of this decade or it will be a very average game with a a lot of familiar actors and directors showing up in it. This is what convinced me of that:


CamstunPWG187 - 10-27-2019 at 07:26 AM

Wonít lie, the more actors I see associated with it, the less I care about it.

Iím sure itíll be the best game in the same vein as The Last of Us in a loooong time, and my wife wants it...but I donít really care

[Edited on 10-27-2019 by CamstunPWG187]


the goon - 10-27-2019 at 07:58 PM

quote:
Originally posted by nOOb
Death Stranding is either going to be one of the five greatest games of this decade or it will be a very average game with a a lot of familiar actors and directors showing up in it. This is what convinced me of that:




I thoroughly enjoy Conan and think he's a funny guy, but him being in a game like that is just kind of...odd.

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
Luigi's Mansion is out next week... that one should be fun as hell, I loved the previous ones.



Man, I've got so much Gamecube nostalgic love for Luigi's Mansion (I never did play Dark Moon on the 3DS though). In fact, it's the very first Gamecube game I ever saw in person, as I remember a local game store having an import Gamecube unit and Luigi's Mansion hooked up way back when, before it had been released in North America. I probably won't be picking it up on launch day, but will definitely get it at some point. Plus the game coming out on Halloween is just too perfect.


punkerhardcore - 10-28-2019 at 08:30 PM

Yeah, Luigi's Mansion will likely be on the "Christmas wish list to the Mrs.", for me.

I've still barely made a dent in Outer Worlds, but this one will take a bit of time, I'm sure. I have yet to finish Gears and Borderlands. Plus, I have the new Modern Warfare sitting on the shelf waiting to get loaded up.

I'm still on the fence about Death Stranding. It could be amazing or ehhhh as you guys have said. I want to believe Kojima isn't gonna come out with a junky ass game... that said, even if the game is awesome, I was never really into the Metal Gear Solid series They just weren't my cup of tea... so who knows?


salmonjunkie - 10-28-2019 at 08:50 PM

I've never played Luigi's Mansion.


the goon - 10-28-2019 at 11:12 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I've never played Luigi's Mansion.


Nintendo re-released it on the 3DS a year or so ago, so that would probably be the most accessible way to play it these days (unless you happen to have an old Gamecube sitting around).

And the early reviews for Luigi's Mansion 3 are in and they're quite good...9/10 from Nintendo Life, 8.5/10 from Game Informer, 8.3/10 from IGN, and 8/10 from GameSpot.


CamstunPWG187 - 10-29-2019 at 02:43 AM

Itís sitting with a nice 86 on the meta....it sounds delicious. I pre-order downloaded it a month ago.

Canít fucking wait


CamstunPWG187 - 11-2-2019 at 05:29 AM

Itís fucking good. Itís all i can think about at the office.

I spent 4 hours straight plying the shit out of it last night.


nOOb - 11-2-2019 at 03:13 PM

On the Death Stranding front, the reviews are all either one of two types:

1) This is the greatest piece of modern art in video game form in over a decade with a very good look on how we treat social media and the like and should be played simply for the experience it provides.

2) It's a very good looking game that is boring as hell.

And, honestly, I think both of those are exactly what we assumed this game would be. So it is probably safe to say that, if you're a person who plays video games for the sake of saying you played a video game and everyone else should play it once in their life, Death Stranding is the game you deserve. If you play video games to have fun, Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3, Luigi's Mansion 3 (which just got added to my Black Friday "list o' games"), and the new Pokemon game all exist and will do a much better job than this will.

[Edited on 11-2-2019 by nOOb]


salmonjunkie - 11-2-2019 at 07:04 PM

I FINALLY beat Horizon Zero Dawn. That was quite the fun experience. I very much enjoyed nearly everything about the game. That said, the next game I jump to is going to have to be way less of a time commitment. 😆


gobbledygooker - 11-7-2019 at 09:21 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I FINALLY beat Horizon Zero Dawn. That was quite the fun experience. I very much enjoyed nearly everything about the game. That said, the next game I jump to is going to have to be way less of a time commitment. 😆


Then don't play Spider Man

I've started a game on that after FINALLY beating Red Dead Redemption 2 and it is fucking AMAZING. The guy that sold it to me at Walmart said there is heavy opinion that it is the best Spider Man of any of the non-comic-book mediums it's been released for and I can easily see that, even in the relatively early stage of the game where I am. So much fun just getting around the city (which, in and of itself, has an insane amount of detail; you are literally IN NYC), more side quests than you can shoot a web at, and an awesome story thus far as well. Games are just too good these days!!


salmonjunkie - 11-8-2019 at 08:15 PM

Ooh, Spider-Man is what I'd really like to play next.

But I should stick with what I've already purchased or what I have via Playstation Plus.


nOOb - 11-8-2019 at 10:40 PM

Yeah Spiderman will be an investment, time-wise, but in a few weeks we have Black Friday, at which point it won't be much of an investment, money-wise, for the entire experience (game and DLC). Since I was able to pick it up last Black Friday for around $30 for just the game, I would imagine game and DLC will be that much or less on PSN come the end of November.

But whatever price it will be is worth it because, as Gooker mentioned, it is fantastic.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-9-2019 at 05:26 PM

Nah man, I went deep on spider-man and got about 90% of the achievements withing 25-30 hours.

If you blaze through the story, itíll take you 12-15 hours, tops.

Seriously, donít sleep on it. Spider-Man is uo there with The Last Guardian as the best PS4 exclusive.

I say thay as someone who hasnít nor will ever play Bloodborne.


punkerhardcore - 11-9-2019 at 10:08 PM

It was a really fun game, and the main story was great. But like a lot of sandbox games like that-- the Assassin's Creed games, for example-- the side missions became the same repetitive slog.

Some people don't mind that kinda thing I guess... but I never bothered finishing Harry's tech labs, the demon crime dens, Fisk's hideouts, etc.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-10-2019 at 12:22 AM

Iíd say the rewards for the side missions in Spider-Man are more than worth it. A lot of fun endgames for those. Wonít spoil them, but maybe youtube them to see.

Also, stuck in floor 8 of Luigiís mansion. Not askikg for help, but itís definitely a great puzzle game.


the goon - 11-15-2019 at 01:42 AM

It took about two months but I finally beat Hollow Knight, and what a masterpiece that game is. I put 30 hours into it and still only had a 71% completion percentage, so I'll probably keep messing around with it over the weekend to try to discover some stuff that I missed before moving on to something new.

I think my only complaint about the game is that it can be a little too unforgiving at times, but otherwise I'm giving it a 9/10. And for anyone who's into 2D Metroidvania style games, I can't recommend it enough.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-16-2019 at 05:24 AM

I just checked my file...i got 83% with 33 hours clocked in on the final in-game clock.

I definitely scoured the Earth in that game.

Also, donít go back unless you want to be punished greatly. Some of the new bosses are INSANE.

What was your pick for most difficult boss? Dream master? The Larvae nest?


the goon - 11-16-2019 at 07:44 AM

There are definitely some boss fights that I missed, but the ones that gave me the most trouble were the Watcher Knights and the second fight against Hornet.

Though that's one of my complaints about the game, that the world map is just so big and sprawling, with so many secret areas, it's kind of impossible to experience everything unless you look up a walkthrough online. And I know that might sound like a lame complaint, but after putting 30+ hours into the game, I just don't have it in me to go around re-exploring every single nook and cranny to try and 100% it.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-16-2019 at 06:01 PM

Itís a brutal fucking game, mate. Iím not TERRIBLY excited about the sequel coming. Itís gonna be even harder, I imagined.

Almost done with Luigiís Mansion 3

Might just be my GOTY. Boss fights are very clever, mansion floors are diverse, and the animations are beautiful.

Most of the puzzles are fun to solve, and the hidden gems are definitely fun to uncover.

End floors are feeling a bit rushed, though (starting with 12). Im on floor 14 right now (or, attempting to get the button for the elevator for it thatís being hidden by a cat ghost). Hope it finishes strong.

[Edited on 11-16-2019 by CamstunPWG187]


nOOb - 11-16-2019 at 07:06 PM

You know what game is pretty friggin' addicting still? Pokemon. Been playing Shield almost nonstop since yesterday afternoon (the first time in a long while I've given a lot of time to one game). The combat is still pretty much how I remember it, but between them not spoiling what class a Pokemon you haven't caught is (which is probably nothing for these damned kids, but someone like me who stopped after the first 250, it makes it a bit more challenging). And they've got raids, because every RPG has to have raids now. Chances are I've got it beat by middle next week (I swear if I gave Outer Worlds the attention I gave this one I'd have beaten that twice by now) but I'll have enjoyed most of it.

Also, the $10 preorder certificate from Best Buy, plus the extra points I had from it and Outer Worlds, covered a year of the Nintendo Online service, so this game may have prevented the Switch from more dust buildup.


gobbledygooker - 11-17-2019 at 01:06 AM

quote:
Originally posted by punkerhardcore
It was a really fun game, and the main story was great. But like a lot of sandbox games like that-- the Assassin's Creed games, for example-- the side missions became the same repetitive slog.

Some people don't mind that kinda thing I guess... but I never bothered finishing Harry's tech labs, the demon crime dens, Fisk's hideouts, etc.


I think what keeps me going (and I say this as someone who's not even 25% finished with the game) is the promise of new suits, tech, etc. that you get from completing the side missions. I've gotten my ass beat repeatedly at Fisk's hideouts but I like that you can go upgrade shit, get more XP, etc. and go back to defeat it. And I love collecting the backpacks with all of the nods to Spiderman's history.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-22-2019 at 05:35 PM

I beat Luigiís Mansion 3

Itís a meaty adventure, clocking in at around 17-19 hours. Tons of variety on each floor. It even stays away from most Mario tropes. There wasnít even an ice or fire-themed section!

I think the gameís bosses are a highlight, and they were casually implemented throughout the game instead of them being some grand spectacle (which is saved for the final boss). Most of the bosses are like the special ghosts in the original Luigiís Mansion, but are given more of a spotlight. Just to paint a picture for you, imagine the special mid-level ghosts from Luigiís Mansion 1 are the a colossi from Shadow of the Colossus who donít really fuck with you unless provoked (where finding their reaction point was the key), and the ghosts in THIS game are the Colossi who are on the attack, for the most part.

Also, the final boss is easily one of the best final bosses Iíve played in recent memory. Itís really great.

Difficulty-wise, its up to you how difficult you wanna make it. Thereís an option to buy a golden dog bone that acts as the fairies in Zelda games once you die. I bought a single bone, and used the rest of my funds for gem/Boo locations (which I have yet to go back and find all of).

Gooigi is very well-implemented and should be around for the sequel. Itís amazing how so many stumped moments are solved by ďoh yeah, I have Gooigi!Ē

Graphically, itís hard to find any fault in the game unless youíre a techie who needs their 60 FPS. It runs at 45 FPS and the level of detail in the small things is unreal.

Music and sound design are good. Was humming the music quite a bit for the majority of this month.

Iíve also played some of the scarescraper with my girl, and we both seem to like it quite a bit. Hoping to go online with it tonight. Good multiplayer madness.

Here are my faults:

- I felt the final few floors (with the exception of the last one) were a bit short. No joke, youíll blaze through them VERY quickly. In a world where padding is used to extend the endgames in video games, this almost seemed to spit in the face of that mentality. Floors 13 and 14, specifically, can both be completed in under an hour, when most other floors take at least an hour or so, depending on your desire to explore.

- The Polterkitty sidequests are a bit repetitive. The moment you find out his weakness, it never changes. Luckily this side quest only pops up 2 times in the game.

- I was expecting a few more poltergust upgrades. There are only about 3 in the entire game, including Gooigi.

Overall, itís the best Luigiís Mansion and I hope it sells well. We need more Luigiís Mansion in our lives and I think there are a lot of ideas left in the tank for Next Level to really hammer in for a fourth installment.

My Game of the Year so far.

BONUS REVIEW

Also, I quickly beat Bastion. I bought it 8 years ago on Xbox 360 and it never really clicked. This time, it did, and I reaaaaally enjoyed it. Itís a bit simple and I enjoyed the gameís desire to always throw you new weapons, though several of them arenít very good unless you really level the fuck out of them. I found myself going through the majority of the game with the Repeater and Hammer.

Itís a good game, and I recommend anyone pick it up for the atmosphere and storytelling. Plus, itís got some nifty action, and New game +.

[Edited on 11-22-2019 by CamstunPWG187]


the goon - 11-24-2019 at 11:36 PM

Great review as usual Cam, I'll definitely be picking up Luigi's Mansion 3 at some point (might be a post-Christmas purchase for me).

And I'm playing through Super Mario World for the millionth time on the Switch right now. That game just always gets me in the holiday mood, since my brother and I got it (along with the Super NES) way back in 1991 on Christmas day.

Also, something I never really thought about as a kid playing the game...it's kind of weird that they moved out of the Mushroom Kingdom locale, yet it still has traditional enemies like Koopas, Goombas, Piranha Plants, etc.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-26-2019 at 04:19 PM

Hey man, i love writing them. As lomg as you keep reading them, Iíll be happy.


CamstunPWG187 - 11-28-2019 at 04:21 PM

So Iíve been playing a lot, recently. A bad cold will keep you in that gaming zone.

-Did a run of Contra and Super C on the classics collection. Always good fun.

-I also finished Mega man 11. I took a year hiatus on it because A.) itís fucking hard, and B.) I always take a break from Mega man games once I get to Wilyís Castle.

The first level of Wilyís Castle is fucking hard. The second level is fun. Then you do the Robot Master run and get to the man himself, whoís a bit easier than other past games. Mega Man 11 is worth the money. Please buy it. Good music, too.

Maybe I mentioned it in the past, but Torch Manís stage is probably the best 2D action stage I have ever played. Itís genius, and whoever directed itís layout deserves mad props.

-Did a Zero run if Mega Man X4....that was fucking fun, and a real challenge. Final boss is hard as nails. Good luck on Sigmaís final form.

-Finally, I got around to beating Kirbyís Dream Land 3...gonna write a review for this one...

Iíve always had a fascination with Kirbyís Dream Land 3. I never knew of itís existence until Super Smash Bros. Melee, and I was surprised at how heavily featured the game is in Meleeís trophy section. It seemed to have been a popular entry in Japan, and for many years, it was never made available on any future platforms. Then the Wii best-of Kirby Compilation of Kirby dropped, and I never picked it up because I didnít think it was worth paying 40 dollArs for a SNES game.

Finally, it was released on Wii Uís Virtual Console and....I was not to elated with it. It seemed slow, had a washed out look, and felt inferior to Super Star. I put it down and never picked it back up.

Now, with the SNES streaming service on the Switch, I decided to play it just to see why this is the least-discussed of all mainline Kirby games. Would there be any flashes of greatness? Some marvelous set piece moments that took advantage of the Yoshiís Island-inspired art style? To put it lightly - not really, no. Kirbyís Dream Land 3 putters along to a very ordinary, methodical, polished finish, and while it charms you with itís warm, cheery art style and fine musical score, it never etches any sort of noteworthy gameplay for the series.

Kirbyís Dream Land 3 came out a year after Kirbyís Super Star, yet you would think itís a SNES launch title upon playing it for the first time. Kirby is slow. Very slow. At times it feels the developers intentionally design it this way to pad out the levelsí repetitive structures. Kirby has very basic moves, retaining very little of what he had in Super Star. Gone are slides, throws, and quick maneuvering. Nope, Kirby is given the bare minimum from his game boy days, and at times, it really drags.

Kirby has his animal pals from DL2, but they rarely offer a faster mode of transportation. They all have a unique attack if Kirby is carrying an enemyís ability with him, but most of these attacks halt Kirby at every chance they can. It seems that if you need to use any sort of attack, Kirby comes to a complete stop, then must wait for the item to come back around before having to stop again as the weapon snaps back into your possession (the green bird buddy is the worst for this). In fact, you canít go through a door unless these attacks come back to Kirby, which makes the best move combo in the game (Green bird/cutter) annoying to use, since it boomerangs around Kirby most of the time. It just never seems the game wants you to build any sort of momentum throughout the game.

Kirbyís Super Star gave you a move set that allowed you to skillfully slaughter your way through corridors, and I compare DL3 to it so much because it came out a year before it on the same console. It seems deliberate and it makes the game feel incredibly cumbersome after being accustomed to what we played the previous year.

Even worse, the gameís level design for the first four worlds (of five) is so incredibly basic. Levels generally fall into a pattern:

-long corridor of enemies
-tight corridors filled with slow swimming.
-tight corridors where wind blows you where you need to go, and flying feels painfully slow here, as well.
-slow autoscrolling corridor of enemies.
-painfully easy miniboss fight.
-repetitive back-and-forth corridors going down or up.
-slow autoscrolling vertical section.

Levels follow a mix of these types of sections all the time, and rarely go beyond this mold until World 5, and even then, World 5 mostly follows it with a few fun sections thrown in, like an avalanche or series of disappearing ice blocks, yet none of them are particularly thrilling or groundbreaking for the series in general.

Needless to say, gameplay is slow, deliberate, and too methodical for my tastes. Itís much slower than even the game boy games, and thatís somewhat fascinating considering the hardware Nintendo had to work with.

Graphically, the game immediately evokes feelings of Yoshiís Island with itís hand-drawn environments, yet feels washed out. Every color in the first few levels feels drably colorful, which gives it an eye-catching, yet boring aesthetic. Itís not until the icy World 5 that the game really starts taking advantage of the hardware and at times it even looks stunning, particularly level 2, which is a glistening, icy wonderland that proves to be an ocular feast for the 16-bit era. Mix in some good particle effects from time to time and some fun animations from daddy long-leg spiders, and Kirbyís Dream Land 3 proves to be very visually appealing, most of the time.

Sound is a mixed bag. Back are some of your favorite tunes from past Kirby games, but none of them have the oomph and orchestral feel of Kirbyís Super Star. It feels very beep-and-boop compared to a lot of stuff the SNES could pump out during this time.

Overall, Kirbyís Dream Land 3 is a disappointingly slow entry that I can only recommend to the most hardcore Kirby fans. Being a huge fan of the series and itís many spinoffs, I wanted to like Dream Land 3, even love it, but to quote Mick Foley, ď...it never loves you backĒ.


the goon - 11-30-2019 at 06:51 PM

As a huge Nintendo fan, I've just never really gotten into the Kirby games for some reason. I've dabbled here and there over the years, but the series has just never clicked with me.

And did anyone pick up any games over Black Friday? I bought Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Friday the 13th for $19.99 apiece on Switch, and also downloaded Batman: The Telltale Series for $3.74 and The Castlevania Collection for $9.99 (also both on the Switch). And I still have about six dollars left on an eShop giftcard that I need to use up before all these games go off sale, but there's just so damn much discounted right now that I'm having a hard time choosing what else to buy.


CamstunPWG187 - 12-1-2019 at 07:28 AM

Itís never a series I would push on someone. I can understand anyone being turned off by it, whether it be the pace, overly cutesy narrative-aesthetic...Kirby isnít for everyone.

Yet...go to Japan. Youíll be amazed at how fucking popular the series is. They litter the collectible shops with Kirby merch. Itís everywhere. There were times where some shops had more Kirby stuff than Mario/Pokemon in terms of Nintendo brands.


CamstunPWG187 - 12-2-2019 at 07:46 PM

Man, that SNES channel is chocked with games that stand the test of time.

Case in point - Mario Kart. Fuck me, this game is still awesome. Thereís a reason we loved it so much back in the day. Mario Kart 64 is trash compared to this greatness. I best 100cc in an hour and fucking loved every second of it. I gotta go back and beat 150cc one day. I never could get gold on Special Cup

Then i beat a game I havenít beaten since Mid-2010, Cave Story. I picked it up when i first bought the switch and have waited 2 years before even putting it through itís paces.

My

Fucking

My

This game is harder than I remember, and I am shockec I was stuck on several of the bosses as long as i was. I remember it being a great, challenging game, but boy howdy, this game definitely ainít easy, and a 4-tier final boss fight is surely gonna get your knuckles sweating. I think this playthrough might have been more enjoyable than the first. I wanna do it again someday soon.


Cherokee Jack - 12-2-2019 at 09:14 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
As a huge Nintendo fan, I've just never really gotten into the Kirby games for some reason. I've dabbled here and there over the years, but the series has just never clicked with me.

And did anyone pick up any games over Black Friday? I bought Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Friday the 13th for $19.99 apiece on Switch, and also downloaded Batman: The Telltale Series for $3.74 and The Castlevania Collection for $9.99 (also both on the Switch). And I still have about six dollars left on an eShop giftcard that I need to use up before all these games go off sale, but there's just so damn much discounted right now that I'm having a hard time choosing what else to buy.
Batman Telltale was a fun reimagining of Batmanís story (unless it takes inspiration from a comic arc that Iím not familiar with). Played both seasons and was disappointed that Telltaleís demise means they wonít get to finish the planned trilogy.

I picked up two games on Black Friday, also both for Switch. One was Ghostbusters Remastered. I played it back in its original release on the 360 and it made for a pretty fun ďthird movie.Ē Popped it in first, played through the Sedgwick Hotel level, then put it aside to try out my second purchase...

Breath of the Wild. Wow. Been playing this one for hours and feel like Iíve barely scratched the surface. I havenít put significant time into a Zelda game since Wind Waker (tried Skyward Sword for a weekend but couldnít really get into it), but this one has me hooked. The open world style is really cool ( and maybe the first time theyíve done this in a LoZ game?) and the scenery and environments are so beautiful that I donít care if Iím spending 15-20 minutes just walking/climbing/swimming to get to the next tower or shrine or whatever. Just a blast so far with this one, think Iíll be spending a lot of time with it.

Finally, not a Black Friday purchase but one I put a solid amount of time into the last few months following its release: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. If you played and enjoyed the old MUA/X-Men Legends games of the last couple console generations, itís basically more of the same. I loved those games and bought this day one and wasnít disappointed. A good roster of heroes to choose from (including the X-Men! The X-Men are back in video games!), fast paced action (a bit repetitive at times perhaps, but again if you played the older ones you know what youíre getting), and the addition of some fun solo challenge modes outside of the main game. They couldíve put a bit more effort into the storyline (gotta keep Thanos from gathering all of the Infinity Stones...where have we seen this before), but the gameplay make it worth checking out if you enjoyed the previous entries, or even if you havenít played them.


the goon - 12-4-2019 at 11:45 PM

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Originally posted by Cherokee Jack
Breath of the Wild. Wow. Been playing this one for hours and feel like Iíve barely scratched the surface. I havenít put significant time into a Zelda game since Wind Waker (tried Skyward Sword for a weekend but couldnít really get into it), but this one has me hooked. The open world style is really cool ( and maybe the first time theyíve done this in a LoZ game?) and the scenery and environments are so beautiful that I donít care if Iím spending 15-20 minutes just walking/climbing/swimming to get to the next tower or shrine or whatever. Just a blast so far with this one, think Iíll be spending a lot of time with it.


Enjoy it man, playing playing Breath of the Wild for the first time is definitely a pretty special gaming experience. I put about four months into it when I first got my Switch and like you mentioned, had just as much fun wandering around and exploring as I did playing the actual main game.

And I'm not sure how many people here play or have played Tetris 99, but I was finally able to get a first place victory in Tetris Invictus mode last night. That was some tough shit to pull off (and took me probably over 30 games), since you're basically playing against the best of the best online players.


salmonjunkie - 12-5-2019 at 05:25 PM

I'm kinda kicking myself for not pulling the trigger on buying Spider-Man Game of the Year edition for $15 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

But I found it really hard to justify spending money on video games last week, especially when my gaming backlog is so fucking deep right now.


punkerhardcore - 12-5-2019 at 06:34 PM

My backlog is dumb as well... I still haven't finished Gears, Borderlands or Outer Worlds.

I did finish the new Modern Warfare. Pretty standard Call of Duty campaign... enjoyable from a storyline perspective, if you are familiar with all the previous Modern Warfare games.

I tried out Need For Speed Heat. Wasn't really my cup of tea... but if you really like racing games, it might be.

I have Death Stranding and Fallen Order sitting on the shelf right now. I'll most likely boot up one or the other tonight. Probably the Jedi one, just because it seems to be fun from what I've heard.


nOOb - 12-5-2019 at 07:31 PM

You can probably assume that the GOTY edition of Spider-Man will drop that low again before January. Especially because some retailers werenít exactly thrilled with game or movie sales this year (which, to be fair, most of the good movies this year come out this month and two of the biggest games of the year came out two weeks before, so having them on sale was a bit hard).

Also, I did manage to beat both Outer Worlds and Pokemon Shield on the same day. Outer Worlds was great despite the small playtime (really, if I had any real gaming time, I could have beaten it on a higher difficulty in a shorter time, but it stretched out because of frequent pauses).

Shield...I dunno. I enjoyed it a lot the first half of the week, mainly because I was competing with a second shift I worked with on ďwho had the most catchesĒ and which of us was going to be the champ on what day. But I think by day four, when I pointed out I only had to fight to catch four Pokťmon total, and the rest were pretty easily caught with a strategy of ďthrow ball when battle starts and if they get out, throw another the next turn,Ē and we were all pretty solidly in the 250 range of unique catches, we realized this game itís pretty easy. And once the postgame content of ďchase these new bad guys by fighting a giant Pokťmon at most of the gymsĒ was done, there really isnít anything left, especially with no achievements to hunt and Nintendoís minimal (but by necessity) online community. And since thereís only about 400 Pokťmon in the game, it really isnít hard to get all of them in a short span.

But weíre not the demographic Nintendo is aiming for with these games, so accepting I beat the game completely and thereís no useful DLC for it coming ever means I can just dump it off and get max trade value.


CamstunPWG187 - 12-6-2019 at 04:11 PM

What i would give to have Will smith neurolize me so that I could play Breath Of The Wild for the first time again.

I am jealous of anyone who gets to play that shit for the first time.

Cherokee Jack, godspeed

Also, am currently halfway through Contra: Hard Corps. Never beat this game considering KONAMI never tried releasing it on VC or other eshops.

Itís pretty wacky. Super difficult, too. Contra 3 is easy in comparison, but Hard Corps might be a bit TOO hard. Contra 3 is so fun because itís quite difficult but fair. Hard Corps is laugh-in-your-face hard, which is good and bad.

Also, fuck Sigma Stage 3 in mega Man X2. Bollocks.

[Edited on 12-6-2019 by CamstunPWG187]


CamstunPWG187 - 12-8-2019 at 05:38 PM

Hard Corps is ridiculous. Beat it just now. Save states for the win.

Canít believe anyone ever beat that when they were younger. Itís 18 steps above 3 in difficulty and extra lives are literally nowhere to be found.

Crazy