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I've been playing PUBG this week and loving it. I haven't been pulled back into a game like this in a long time. I've also been able to play this with my brother. The last time we consistently played coop together was the first Gears of War. It's good to have the team back together.

Part of the draw for me, as a player that's never been greatly skilled at gunplay, is that you can make it to the end by playing smart and avoiding conflict. Or you can drop into one of the hot zones and get into skirmishes from the start. You can choose what type of match you want to play. I've made it down to the last remaining 5 a few times solo but have yet to be the last remaining.

I like that sound is a big part of the game as well. The only way to know someone is around you is by hearing them. You can hear when someone is in the same house as you or if they are approaching you in the grass. You can also hear gunfire from a great distance. It's really cool to hear skirmishes happening in the distance.

If there's any interest I can try to stream some matches here.

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I'm currently playing Stardew Valley for when I'm alone. I'm already into my second year in Fall. I haven't been this hooked on a game this much since I played Ace Attorney SoJ last year. Since I started on Dec 4 I've racked up 85 hours of playing the game. Now that I'm an adult with a job and a wife, I don't have nearly as much time to game so sinking in 80 hours in a half-month feels like a super amount to me. I do sleep much less than the average person so there's that, but I never play when my wife is around. Only once she has gone to sleep do I play. When not playing Stardew I'm playing Dead Rising 4 still with my wife but we're just about done. Not sure where to go from there but I kinda want to have her finish OoT. She played it 3 years ago or so and we stopped shortly after finishing the Water Temple. I think we were just burned out at the time.

The last time we consistently played coop together was the first Gears of War

Jesus, over a decade ago? Damn!

Also I'm assuming you do better if you have headphones due to understanding direction of noises too, right? This game sounds a lot like Fortnite.

Posted December 21st, 2017 by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

Headphones definitely help. A lot of times I have to tell my brother a vehicle is approaching because he won't hear it in time.

Fortnite is also a battle royale game so they are similar, though I've never played Fortnite. I've heard the gunplay is better in PUBG. At the moment, with PUBG being in preview mode, I would imagine that Fortnite performs better with less bugs.

Posted December 21st, 2017 by Vandy
Vandy

Ive poured 12 hours into Nier automata. Good game so far. Didnt know it was was made by platinum games.

At times it plays like bayonetta + PN03. I liked both so thats good.

The story has been pretty weird so far. But Im enjoying it. Reeally wish you could customize your characters appearance.

I did notice one thing about my self. I can no longer sit down for hours on end playing a game. My eyes get strained easily. Oh well.

Posted December 21st, 2017 by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

I did notice one thing about my self. I can no longer sit down for hours on end playing a game. My eyes get strained easily. Oh well.

I start to get antsy and either have to get up for a few minutes to do something or I start feeling really guilty like I should have a better use of my time. It's miraculous if I can play solidly. I feel there's always interruptions.


Posted December 21st, 2017 by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

Better use of my time

Oh god I hate this. Right now Im in that weird position where I dont have work or school and a part of me feels like getting another part time job but I know that in the end I will only be there for a month and then leave because of school D:

Posted December 21st, 2017 by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Reeally wish you could customize your characters appearance.
yeah, you can get a couple accessories from sidequests and such, but for the most part IIRC customization stuff is tied to the DLC. Nier-themed (as in, the previous game) costumes and a whole bunch of alternate hair colors, mainly. You unlock the stuff by winning the DLC arena missions (which I thought were an entertaining challenge). It's a single package of stuff bought all together - I think it was like $14 or so, but I was happy to support the series (and really needed the Kainé outfit).

it'd be nice if you could customize your looks as much as you can your character build, but oh well

Posted December 21st, 2017 by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

I’m playing Tokyo Xanadu eX and I’m 7 hrs in, close to the 8 hr mark. The voices are in Japanese but the subtitles are in English. Having a little difficulty following along with the pop ups in the corner as you fight. It’s a similar vibe to Trails of Cold Steel Series.

Posted December 21st, 2017 by Castrael
Castrael

Currently a good chunk of the way through Breath of the Wild, although I've only freed one Divine Beast so far. The world is honestly so distracting, in the best possible way. Just reached Eventide on my last session, a remote island where your entire inventory is taken from you and scavenging to survive is a must. Great quest.

Posted December 21st, 2017 by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

rpgmaker xp. anyone want with rpgmaker xp or ace want to play my rpg i made?

Posted December 22nd, 2017 by Brandy
Brandy

As a fairly average player at online shooters these days, I was proud of this shot:
https://streamable.com/w1gkb

Posted December 22nd, 2017 by Vandy
Vandy

From that distance you must have taken the Coriolis Effect into account. Nice.

Posted December 22nd, 2017 by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

I didn't know the term for that - good to know!

Certain guns are better for longer distances obviously. This is a sniping weapon so the scope is accurate up to 100m. This shot was 207m so I did have to lead a bit and aim high.

Posted December 22nd, 2017 by Vandy
Vandy

Picked up Pokémon Gold on the eShop.

Posted December 22nd, 2017 by Castrael
Castrael

It's an impressive shot. Especially with the scope (rather lack of) that you are using. Seems like a fun game!

I've poured more hours into neir. I've cleared most if not all the side quest. I have to finish the factory based side mission and I hate that specific portion of the game.

It's been a long time since I've poured this many hours into a game. The last time being GTAV iirc.



Posted December 28th, 2017 by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

you can see what percentage of missions and log entries and stuff you have somewhere in the pause menu, if you didn't notice. I remember some pretty steep requirements toward the end (hnnnnn that guy who wants to see your enemy machine data logs...).

have you been getting optional bad endings at all?

Posted December 28th, 2017 by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

It's an impressive shot. Especially with the scope (rather lack of) that you are using. Seems like a fun game!


A big part of the game is finding equipment. When you drop onto the map you don't have any armor or weapons so you have to scavenge for it. There are attachments for different types of weapons including muzzles, scopes, and grips that impact your spread and recoil. So for this I had a scope with very little magnification but you can find scopes that could zoom into the target's eyeball.

Posted December 28th, 2017 by Vandy
Vandy

Working on a 100% of Wind Waker. All heart pieces, complete sea chart, finding and using all treasure charts, all photobox figurines, all side quests, etc. Taking a while, but I don't mind cuz I love this game.

Posted December 28th, 2017 by Jahoy Hoy
Jahoy Hoy

have you been getting optional bad endings at all?


Oh yeah Ive gotten two. I accidentally sold my OS chip and killed my self early on in the game lol.

Second bad ending was one of those texts of dialogue in the 3rd campaign portion of the game. Instead of clearing out the anti air unit machines I was trying to go back into the forest area to max out a weapon. Got a transmission saying that I went awol lol

Also this game just ascended from a "good game" to a "great game" in the 3rd campaign. Holy shit thats some good stuff.

I am going to try and take a break from it tomorrow as I got things to do and Ive already poured 30-35 hours into it.

Hell of a game.

Posted December 29th, 2017 by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

A big part of the game is finding equipment. When you drop onto the map you don't have any armor or weapons so you have to scavenge for it. There are attachments for different types of weapons including muzzles, scopes, and grips that impact your spread and recoil. So for this I had a scope with very little magnification but you can find scopes that could zoom into the target's eyeball.


now thats pretty neat. Havent been a multiplayer guy for years but Id be willing to play this one day.



Edited December 29th, 2017 by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Just before Xmas I started playing Cuphead with my brother-in-law. We got as far as the 3rd set of bosses but now I'm waiting until we can play it together again.

Got Odyssey for Christmas so I've been playing that. Am only up to the desert level but I'm one of those people who doesn't move forward until I've done everything in a certain area. I got like all but 5 stars on the first map. Dunno where the last 5 are. Have given my Mario the poncho and sombrero set because I like how it looks on him and his retro sprite.

Posted December 29th, 2017 by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

yeah, I stuck around way longer than needed everywhere I went in Odyssey (pretty much a "look around the whole map and do whatever I find" approach). Finishing the main game unlocks a ton of new stuff to do, and it was definitely the kind of game that made me want to go back around the world and do it all.


I accidentally sold my OS chip and killed my self early on in the game lol.
lmao, didn't even realize you could try selling it. I just removed mine at some point as an act of protest (when a game warns you not to do something, that totally means "save your game and then do it").

Got a transmission saying that I went awol lol
heh, I remember a few like that. Some were pretty funny.

Also this game just ascended from a "good game" to a "great game" in the 3rd campaign. Holy shit thats some good stuff.
yea it gets pretty nuts

Posted December 29th, 2017 by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

I was playing Riptide GP: Renegade on the Switch last weekend through Christmas. Really fun arcade racer that is somewhat similar to wave race, but a lot more frantic in level design as well as tricks. It's a shame there's only 9 tracks.

Posted December 29th, 2017 by ShadowFox08
ShadowFox08

Ah yes, definitely plan on finishing odyssey as well. Only have like 400 moons, so plenty of game left.

Posted December 30th, 2017 by Jahoy Hoy
Jahoy Hoy

I finished Nier Automata. I got Ending C and watched some of the other endings as I wont be picking up the game for a while if ever.


Over all good/great game. To be honest I feel a little bit sad now that its over. Its a very special game. Its not the system seller that I wanted but a must have if you own a decent PC/PS4.

Beautiful game, tight gameplay, intriguing story, tragic characters. Theres also a few times here when the game transcends from being a good game to being a great game. (the beginning of the third act and the final "boss" battle)

theres a couple of areas where it does fall short. But they are mostly personal preferences though such as wardrobe customization, and lack of variety with enemy types. (I did encounter some neat ones later on though) I also wish that the rogue Yorha units you encountered used their pod items against you. That would have been really neat.

Overall this is the first game of the new generation that actually feels like a next generation title. Solid 9 out of 10. The biggest fault I encountered is that it ended too soon. (40 hours total I think) I wanted more of the world and wanted to see more environments as well. Im not entirely sure what the DLC touches upon but I would love to see dlc that follows other Yorha Units around. Or other resistance members. Shoot I would pay good money for a 2-3 hour campaign featuring a certain squads suicide mission.

The only other game that has engrossed me like this is MGSV. A solid game as well shame what Konami did to it.

Dare I ask. Any other games for the ps4 that will engross me this much?

theres a few titles here and there that look interesting but nothing that practically screams "YOU MUST PURCHASE ME!"

also holy shit I just realized





Edited January 2nd by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

I tweaked some settings on an old monitor I had lying around. My gc games no longer look like poop playing on it!

I popped in x men legends 2 and after an hour of playing it.......its okay. I thought I would enjoy it more since I loved the first game and waited a little more than a decade to play it.

Theres something about it that just seems off for me.

I put it down and popped in Resident Evil 4. Oh boy I forgot how intense and nail biting this game can be. I think I will play through that instead. The only down side is that anything 10-15 away from me looks like a blurry mess gameplay wise D:

Posted January 6th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Was so excited to finally finish Dark Souls III that I've gone back to replay Dark Souls I to play through the series again. I love a *ton* of games, but few leave me feeling as satisfied as Dark Souls. I love that my replay serves as hard proof of my improvement (though I'm still not good at it). Really, I just want to revisit the games to see how much I think I've improved, and to get a better sense of what each game added. (It's actually kind of annoying not being able to warp in Dark Souls I after playing two other games that let you warp to any bonfire. Backtracking is fine, but man, it gets tedious. Discovered I hate Anor Londo just as much as before, though. Maybe a li'l more. Meanwhile, Blighttown was hardly the annoyance it used to be, save the frame rate issues.)

I'm mostly done with my replay of the first game, so it went way quickly compared to my first time. Realized I've never done the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, so I'm currently stuck on the Black Dragon Kalameet. I feel like I'm soooo close to getting it! Probably will give it a few more days of trying before calling it quits on that and moving forward. The three bosses I've faced here are definitely among the most difficult in the whole game. The only other bosses that killed me more than three times this run have been Capra Demon (because of fucking course) and Ornstein & Smough (because of fucking course - I'm awful at two-on-one fights).

The fight with Artorias has so far been my favorite fight in the entire game.




Other than diving deeper into that obsession, I've been playing a fair amount of Rocket League again and, weirdly, NBA Jam. Kinda enjoying those random "pick-it-up-when-I-have-10-minutes-before-work" games right now. Not a big commitment. Tons of fun.

Posted January 6th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Freed all four Divine Beasts in Breath of the Wild, and will tackle Hyrule Castle soon. Admittedly liking the game less and less the longer I play it.

Posted January 6th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

Also started on Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice the other day, which I'm looking forward to playing more of.

Posted January 6th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

Admittedly liking the game less and less the longer I play it.


For the typical open world fatigue reasons, or just other game-specific ones?

Posted January 6th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Both. Early on it was the playground I had always wanted in an open world game. It makes the player feel unshackled as it pushes you to plot your course of action by looking into the distance, as opposed to relying on a minimap full of markers. Charting a new area via towers only reveals the topography and names of general locations, not objectives or collectibles. It's simple but such a wise design choice that urges you to find out for yourself what could be hidden on top of that mountain, inside that forest, or on that beach.

Buuuut it's just not very rewarding. You'll be lucky if, after all that effort spent getting to what seems like a place of interest, you'll find only a korok seed (currency used to expand your weapon/shield/bow inventory). Occasionally it'll be a chest with rupees, or a weapon you already have. On top of all that, BotW's world just isn't very interesting. For a place that's supposed to have so much history behind it, there's very little sense of world-building in its design. I'm not after Elder Scrolls level of detail, but some semblance of lore that informed more of its world would have gone a long way.

I like the means of exploration in BotW, I just don't enjoy what I'm exploring. Knowing that I likely won't find anything interesting or rewarding has actively discouraged me from wanting to go off the beaten path; the same pitfall I find with the majority of open world games.

It's littered with shrines, which act as the replacement to temples. They outstay their welcome pretty quickly, with many of them being Tests of Strength (fighting a small Guardian) or simply involving no challenge at all (just walking up and grabbing the orb). I think there's supposed to be 120 shrines total. I've found maybe half of that, and have no desire to set foot inside another one. The Divine Beasts are short temples of sorts as well, however there's not much to distinguish them, and the bosses are a joke. There's side quests, but I honestly haven't found any of them memorable apart from Eventide Island and the one where you help build a town.

I tend to avoid combat now because I don't enjoy it. Weapon breakage is constantly a nuisance, even after you've expanded your inventory. Someone thought it would be a great idea to drain the Master Sword of its power if it's used too often, as well. Couldn't believe my eyes when the game told me it "ran out of energy".

The story has been disappointing too. Even for the Zelda series, it's just... bland. The voiceover being fucking unbearable is the cherry on top. I had to change it to Japanese early on, but even that's kind of unpleasant. I've turned it back to English a couple times since to see what other voices sound like, but it's just downright awful.

With all that said, I still think it's a good game and one of the better releases of 2017. It's just not what I thought it was at first glance. BotW has a cool little twist on the open world formula, but not a lot else, in my opinion.

Edited January 6th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

Gotcha. I'm definitely still interested in playing it, but those sound like concerns I had going in. (Granted, I'm years away from having the kind of disposable income for a new console now, so, odds are I can't play it for a while anyway.) It does look gorgeous, but have to admit that it looks kind of boring at the same time. Not to suggest I think the game overall looks boring. Just that most open world games - even ones I really liked like Horizon Zero Dawn or Far Cry 4 - all have diverse environments that still ultimately get a little boring at some point.

Posted January 6th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Well, now I'm stuck on Manus. This fight definitely feels doable, but I've been encountering a few issues that make me less into this challenging fight than the previous three DLC bosses I've taken down. First, it's too dark. I get that this is the aesthetic, but I basically had to stop trying because it's the afternoon, and even a little bit of sunlight creates enough glare that I just can't fucking see half the screen (which is problematic in Dark Souls). Second, I've had to contend with some frame rate issues. This was a bit of a problem from time to time in the main game, most notably with Sif. Difference, though, is that Manus is a lot more aggressive. It definitely feels like more of a hindrance here. And third, I was in human forum and didn't get the Sif summon symbol for some reason, even though I saved him. Whatever I've loved up has indicated I did everything to merit the summon, but the symbol doesn't show up. I guess I can farm some more humanity and try again, but it didn't seem to work for me. Not that I'm relying on the summon. Just wanted to try it once to have Sif at my side, so a bit disappointed that it randomly didn't turn up for me.

I tried a whole bunch to take out Kalameet last night, only to defeat him upon my first try this morning. We'll see if a similar thing happens with Manus. Definitely liking this DLC, though.

Posted January 6th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Yeah. I had similar gripes with Horizon, in that it's such a large map of superficial design. The environments are beautiful and I'd like to spend more time in them, but it feels cobbled together without much sense of purpose. Assets are reused to pad out the map, but don't really hold any narrative or lore significance. That's not to say everything has to be important - creating wilderness and space in between points of interest definitely enhances the journey - but ultimately it just feels lifeless when there's nothing really to discover.

The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption, Elder Scrolls, most of the Assassin's Creed games, they do it best.

Posted January 6th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

Currently playing through Bloodborne for the first time with a friend. Interesting change of pace from Dark Souls. I like how it rewards aggressive playstyles by letting you 'earn' some health back.

Killed the discount Ring Wraiths / Shadows of Yharnam last night. Haven't really had a boss fight yet that I struggled with but I think I'm still fairly early in the game.

I like the means of exploration in BotW, I just don't enjoy what I'm exploring. Knowing that I likely won't find anything interesting or rewarding has actively discouraged me from wanting to go off the beaten path;

I tend to avoid combat now because I don't enjoy it. Weapon breakage is constantly a nuisance, even after you've expanded your inventory. Someone thought it would be a great idea to drain the Master Sword of its power if it's used too often, as well. Couldn't believe my eyes when the game told me it "ran out of energy".

Easily my two biggest issues with BoTW. Probably why I just turned it off one day and never went back.



Posted January 6th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

2 hours into resident evil 4 for the GC. Man I forgot how good this game is. Still the GOAT. It still holds up on the GameCube. I wonder how the PS2 version looks in comparison .

This will be my first playthrough using the punisher as my pistol. (Probably like my 3rd dozen playthrough though)

Can't wait for this thing to be eventually ported to the switch. I would be completely satisfied if it was just a GC VC title.

Posted January 6th by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

Welp. Took out Manus. This DLC was really good! Never played it before now.

All that's left is to maybe try the red dragon, and then it's on to Lord Gwyn. I know when all is said and done, it'll be about 60 hours on this playthrough, but I will have beaten it in half the time of my first playthrough. And that's with the DLC, and facing a few of the optional bosses I never did before.

Posted January 6th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

This will be my first playthrough using the punisher as my pistol.


I always like when games make pistols important weapons and not just useless sidearms that you maybe pull out if you run out of ammo with a different gun. Once I started using the Red9 I could never use anything else. It felt so powerful.

Also I think RE4 has the best reload animations. The flick of the Red9. Leon's hair flipping about when he reloads the bolt-action sniper.

Edited January 7th by Vandy
Vandy

I believe the red 9 is the most powerful handgun when it's fully upgraded.

I personally prefer the blacktail and I love messing around with the Matilda when you unlock it.

I think after this playthrough I may do one more using the regular hand gun, TMP and riot gun while using the RPD uniform.

I also love how this game only gives you enough items and ammo to barely survive a conflict. I did th shoot out in house with Luis with only the sniper rifle and hand gun only as I know I'm gonna need all my shotgun shells for the Bella sisters route (twin chainsaw ladies) great game.

It boggles my mind that I'm playing it again on the original console 12 years later.

Edited January 7th by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

Easily my two biggest issues with BoTW. Probably why I just turned it off one day and never went back.


Pretty close to it too, tbh. Currently upgrading armour before starting on the castle. I really like that the Ancient Shield I went out of my way to buy at the tech lab broke after only a handful of encounters with Guardians, the thing they're supposed to be effective against. What's the point of saving for these expensive weapons if their durability is so low?

Also, for the Switch owners: has anyone else had problems with input lag on the Joycons at all (I usually play with them separated)? It only happens once in a while, but it's still frequent enough that I'd consider it an issue.

Haven't really had a boss fight yet that I struggled with but I think I'm still fairly early in the game.


To be fair, co-op isn't going to be as challenging. You might not hit a wall until The Old Hunters DLC, or a couple of the Chalice Dungeon bosses. Maybe Ebrietas.

Posted January 7th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

I also love how this game only gives you enough items and ammo to barely survive a conflict

actually if u run out of ammo during a boss fight ammo shows up randomly and the ganados begin to drop ammo at higher rates if ur low. so u can never run out of ammo on this game. also the shoot out with luis, you dont have to shoot anyone luis can kill them all by himself. with the exception of the opening scene in the town and bosses, you dont have to kill anything. i beat the game with only 40 kills total.

Edited January 7th by Brandy
Brandy

can u deeeeeeeeeeee

Posted January 7th by Brandy
Brandy

actually am wrong i just trest to see u can run out of ammo on boss fights

Posted January 7th by Brandy
Brandy

I've never once heard or seen that enemies drop ammo at a higher rate if you're low. From experience it's the same if you are low or high.

I've never bothered going through the game and killing the fewest enenies as possible. It would make things frustrating when it comes to dealing with Ashley .

Not that I can't do it. I just don't have the time or energy or interest for a play through like that lol.

Posted January 7th by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

That because it's not true I can't edit 404 error . But u should try that minecart part with the switches and keep them all alive and at the end it's funny seeing all them fly off

Posted January 7th by Brandy
Brandy

Ive reached the castle and have lost asheley. (thank god) Escorting and protecting her is an extremely annoying task. Its been challenging to keep track of where she is at any given time. Ive had several guys sneak up on us when shes hiding behind me. Theyve either attacked or have tried to carry her away.

I am realizing I am pretty rusty at this game.


I did the first bottlecap minigame challenge. I cleared the first row of bottle cops but christ almighty it is a pixelated mess when aiming at some of the targets. I had to switch over to rapid fire on the last one to clear it. Guess Ill be using rapid fire weapons to clear the rest. (always used sniping)

I dont care for the bottlecaps, but the Dinar reward is much needed and appreciated to upgrade guns.

Posted January 7th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Trails in the Sky and Fallout 4 mostly.

Posted January 7th by tnu
tnu

What's the point of saving for these expensive weapons if their durability is so low?
yeah, I never bought any of that stuff for that reason...seems like kind of an emergency shortcut for having stuff to kill them easily. I just kept 1-2 ancient weapons/shields in my inventory at all times (that I pick up from killing them) so I could switch them in for guardian fights. After using electricity and regular weapons at first it was pretty much guardian recycling from then on.

Also, for the Switch owners: has anyone else had problems with input lag on the Joycons at all (I usually play with them separated)? It only happens once in a while, but it's still frequent enough that I'd consider it an issue.
not that I can recall; I mostly played BotW in portable mode with detached joycons.

Posted January 7th by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

Just beat Dark Souls, having actually killed the Undead Dragon, the Hellkite Dragon, doing the DLC, and discovering Dark Sun Gwyndolin. (Evidently, I never knew this was a boss, or that Anor Londo was all just an illusion.) By no means a completionist run (obviously), I'm pretty satisfied having now officially beaten every boss in the game.

Onto Dark Souls II!

But first, I think I'm going to finally get to Braid.

Posted January 8th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Im on disc two of resident evil 4. The island section is my least favorite section of the game. But I will march on!

Posted January 8th by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

I picked up Divinity 2 while it was on sale. What a fun mess it is to play with friends. I'd compare it to a visual (and easily accessible) campaign of DnD. ..more or less.

I'm torn between picking Bloodborne back up (Martyr Logarius gave my Arcane build hell >>ragequit) or finding a new multiplayer game.

Posted January 9th by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

@Jet you have been playing Dark Souls for like 7 years. I hope I can get into the series as much as you have one day. I just never feel like I have any sense of direction or what to do when I try to play it.

Posted January 9th by Vandy
Vandy

"I just never feel like I have any sense of direction or what to do when I try to play it. "

You are not the only one. I have tried several times to get into the series, I even started with Demon Souls on PS3 and just couldn't get into like alot of people have.

Posted January 9th by Q
Q
 

Only been playing for about two years! I just want to re-visit the previous games. I beat the first game in about half the time, 3/5ths the level, and with substantially less help (regarding summons) on my replay, which I find gratifying as it is sort of definitive proof of my improvement as a player. I also admittedly wanted to revisit all the bosses and do a ranking.

I'd be lying if I said I figured it out on my own. I did what I could, but whenever I got stuck, I looked up the general direction I wanted to head. I enjoy the gameplay enough that I don't mind referring to walkthroughs when I'm stuck.

It's definitely not for everyone. I have moments where I'm not sure how anyone on earth figured something out without a guide (like seriously, how did people figure out where to fight Dark Sun Gwyndolin without aid??)

The games are also pretty linear. I didn't have too much of a problem figuring out where I wanted to go for large stretches because there's only a few paths to really choose from, and they basically just go straight for a while. You figure out pretty quickly if the game thinks you should be there at that point because you'll get slaughtered by common enemies, but otherwise, I don't think the games are necessarily as open as others sometimes suggest. Of course, there's very little direction given by the game itself. The first game just has one dude who's like, "Go up to ring one bell. Go down to ring the other!" And it's a li'l more complicated than that.



Unrelated: I'm starting to think I'm too dumb for Braid. I'm really liking it, and I really like Jonathan Blow, but it's definitely making me feel a little stupid...


Posted January 9th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I couldn't get into Demon's Souls, oddly enough. Think maybe I found it just a tad too clunky, and actually a bit too linear. Dark Souls does a decent job mixing linearity with more openness, but Demon's Souls feels pretty much you warp to a level, and it's kinda just straight through.

Posted January 9th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I loved demon souls. I would definitely revisit a remaster it remake of the game.

Of all the soul like games if you are a new comer to the series I would recommend the vanilla version of dark souls 2.

Posted January 9th by S.o.h
S.o.h
 

I will say, I've been watching VaatiVidya to get more into the lore of Dark Souls, but I got into it because I found the combat immensely satisfying. I never really dove deep into anything else until just recently.


It's not a video game, but I've been playing a lot of DropMix, which is a Harmonix table top/card/music game. Basically, each card has one part of a song (so like the horns from Cake's "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," or drums from A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario"). They're color coded, so you can only play blue cards on a blue slot on the electronic board. They each have a level ranking (1 through 3). You play a card on the board and it adds it to the new mix, which gets played through an app on your smartphone or tablet. If you can't play a card, you can hit the DropMix button on the board, which spins a wheel and randomly demands certain cards be removed (so like all your opponent's cards of a level 2 ranking - the app and board do the legwork though, as it highlights which cards need to be taken off). You score points by placing your cards on the board.

Apart from how the game just functions like magic to me (I know it has to be that there's some sort of code on the back of each card, but it just feels soooo mysterious that music plays because you put a normal-feeling playing card on a board), it's actually a pretty fun game to play. It's also fun to just mess around with the cards as well and try to make your own mixes. I've ended up with some rad mixes, which you can save and store on your phone.

I know some have complained that there's also a sort of collectible card element to it - the game comes with 60 cards, but there are various additional packages you can buy. I maybe agree there should be more cards to start with, but I don't inherently have a problem with expansion packs for tabletop games. I have several expansions for Dominion, and I've used maybe half of the cards. To me, it's just part of being a table top/card game fan.

Anyway, it's a bit pricey given what it is, but I'm actually suuuper into it. I think it's probably the coolest thing Harmonix has done since Rock Band.

Posted January 9th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I love vaati stopped watching him when I had my dark souls fill.

Posted January 9th by S.o h.
S.o h.
 

one youtube channel I follow did a video on DropMix a little while back and it seemed really cool. Dunno if I'd ever actually buy it, but I could absolutely see myself sitting around and playing with it for a while.

Posted January 10th by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

I haven't actually played the game itself against another opponent (I did that thing where I played against myself, in a manner, to just see the basic mechanics in practice), but I have definitely not gotten sick of "freestyle mode," which just lets you mess around and make your own mixes. Assume at some point it will wear off, but hasn't started to wane yet.

Posted January 10th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Jet, how far are you into Braid?

Posted January 10th by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

I'm up to about 400 moons in Odyssey on Sunday. Won the battle against Bowser. Gotta say that was an amazing sequence. I'm off to collect the remaining moons but I'm trying my best to not buy a ton of hints. I actually bought the skeleton costume and it's funny to see only bones Mario running around. I thought it'd be him in a suit but instead he's an ACTUAL skeleton, lmao.

Posted January 10th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

seeing Mario with an actual skull head was actually a lot more horrifying than I expected

Posted January 10th by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

I'm not very far into Braid. Been playing for two or three days (maybe an hour each day, a little less?) and I just completed World 2. This happened to me with The Swapper, too, where I love puzzles and puzzle games, but I often get stuck and just feel dumb. Unlike the more action-oriented games, or something like Dark Souls where I don't really know how I was supposed to figure out how to do stuff like access the DLC on my own thus I don't mind looking it up, I don't really want to do that with a straight up puzzle game.

Posted January 12th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Aw man, keep giving it a shot! There are some tough levels in Braid, but the biggest challenge is getting used to the time mechanics. Sometimes, dying is essential to complete a puzzle. Takes some thinking outside of the box, but if you ever get to the end of the game, you will be thoroughly surprised by the ending.

Posted January 12th by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

Braid reminds me of another game that I played that I've never heard anyone ever talk about. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. It's a puzzle game but not like an adventure game. It also deals with time kinda like braid but also you can clone/record yourself or your actions to solve the puzzles.

Braid's still pretty good but I've yet to do the 40 minute speedrun.

Posted January 12th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

Finished resident evil 4. Don't think I'll be playing it again for a long time.

I'll he starting mgs 3 on the vita in a few days. First time playing it!¡

Posted January 12th by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

Aside from playing fire emblem heroes as a side thing like I've been doing since release, I've recently picked up mario and luigi superstar saga + bowser's minions because nostalgia trip, and I could notice some changes I didn't really like but I've also noticed quite a few changes I liked so it evens out I guess. I'm not half way through it yet but I also like the Bowser's minions sidestory. As goofy and pointless as it may seem most of the time I like how it expands upon the lore somewhat and the story of a dumb Goomba with a good heart overcoming overwhelming odds. I also have to end up thinking about formations and such, I can't just cheese my way through it.

It's not the sort of thing I usually go for now days, but this is nice.

Posted January 12th by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

Yeah, I mean, I'm gonna try my best.

Unrelated, I am obsessed with DropMix. I haven't actually played the game part of it, but I have spent hours just messing around with card combinations to try and make good mixes. Really makes me want to get into doing mixes for real.

Posted January 12th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Oh ya I forgot to say this time and last time that I've been playing some Civilization V with mods because default civilizations are boring. It was intimidating at first because it's a type of seemingly micromanaging strategy game that I haven't bothered with before but I got the hang of it to be able to play kind of efficiently on normal difficulty after a while.

Posted January 13th by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

Ah, I do miss the initial appeal of Fire Emblem Heroes. That mobile game took up more of my time than any other I can remember.

Posted January 15th by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

Well, I got through Braid, with minimal aid from the internet (although definitely had to use it).

I'm admittedly a tad confused.




Anyway, onto Dark Souls II. Knocked out three bosses, all easy (although I got cocky against the Dragonslayer and got killed - otherwise, I'm *definitely* seeing improvement). I made it a point replaying the trilogy to stick with learning parrying and riposting. Died a whoooole bunch in the first game, and the mechanics are a little different in II, but Holy Cow, I cannot believe just how much easier the game is when you start to get the hang of it.

Posted January 18th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

You are correct, except for the last part.

Posted January 19th by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

Just finished up with Cuphead. Beat it on Expert. Got an A on all levels. Got P on all run and gun levels. I consider that done. Forget getting all "S" ranks. The bird level was the last one I needed to do. The Devil on expert was a cake walk compared to doing the bird on expert. King Dice was also decently easy.

Posted January 19th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

Finished Pokémon Red. Going to try and play some Bravely Default. I didn’t get far last time - only Chapter 5. Hoping to finish it this year. Lol

Posted January 20th by Castrael
Castrael

chapter 5 is probably a good 2/3 of the way through the game, depending on how much optional stuff you want to do

Posted January 20th by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

I popped in Resident Evil 4 mercenaries.... Did not care to continue playing after a few minutes. Thats the case with my Vita library as well.

Oh well.

Posted January 20th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Mercenaries seemed like an interesting minigame, but it felt like I needed to actually learn the level layout and item locations to do well. I think I ended up playing enough to unlock the other playable characters, but never tried to get a really amazing score or anything.

Posted January 21st by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

chapter 5 is probably a good 2/3 of the way through the game, depending on how much optional stuff you want to do


The only thing I have trouble with is mastering the skills, which comes with a lot of grinding. I don't have a lot of patience when it comes to that. v.v

I have a lot of vita games to play. fml and they're mostly visual novels.

Posted January 23rd by Castrael
Castrael

Mercenaries seemed like an interesting minigame, but it felt like I needed to actually learn the level layout and item locations to do well. I think I ended up playing enough to unlock the other playable characters, but never tried to get a really amazing score or anything.


Ive gotten extremely high scores in my younger days. Its a fun mini game. I went out of my way to buy the mercenaries game for the 3ds. Genuinely impressed as to how good it looked on that platform.

Posted January 27th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

So I have to laugh every time I log in to play Dark Souls II. It shows me the save file of my first playthrough, which ended at soul level 212, after putting in 162 hours.

My current playthrough, I'm soul level 104 in 36 hours. (And have also only been killed by a boss four times so far. I re-played the series in part so I could rank them, and also to because I watched the hbomberguy's video defending DSII and I wanted to see if he had a point. So far, eeeehhh... I don't know that I think DSI's bosses are ultimately actually *that* amazing, but DSII's are definitely weaker.)


I'm also finally getting back into Xenosaga Episode III. And for shits and giggles, I started playing Beyond Good & Evil because it's been on my XBox360 for a while and it's about time I knock it out.

Posted February 4th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

The only thing I have trouble with is mastering the skills, which comes with a lot of grinding. I don't have a lot of patience when it comes to that. v.v
well, there are a lot more jobs/skills than you actually need. You can go far with things like the Pirate's offense and debuffs, the Ninja's defensive skills (it's like I'm making a username joke but I'm genuinely serious), and some good healing/protection. You just have plenty of options for how you want to handle things.





Posted February 4th by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

mostly Trails in the SKy and Fallout 4

Posted February 5th by tnu
tnu

starting playing sims 4 again...inb4 some says thats not a real game idc what you think

Posted February 5th by Brandy
Brandy

So, feeling a bit nostalgic for some games that are fun and aren't riddled with DLC and microtransactions I decided to hook up the old Original XBOX that I got in 2003 and started playing some Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2x. It's such a great game with so much replay value. I also have THPS 3 and 4 that I may play through once I have had my fill of this one.





I almost have Tony Hawk maxed out on his stats with the exception of Switch which I rarely use. I have bought all of his boards and am working on buying all of his additional. I have unlocked most of the main tracks and am working on unlocking the extra tracks that were made exclusively for the 2x version and and then to the original THPS levels.

I also forgot how challenging this game is. It is definitely one of those games that is easy to pick up but tough to master. I wish THPS 5 was on this level.

Posted February 5th by Q
Q
 

Monster Hunter World. Good Stuff.

Posted February 6th by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

Nier Automata right now. Dynasty Warriors 9 in a couple weeks

Posted February 6th by -Riku-
-Riku-
 

@Castrael if you've played Trails of COld Steel I highlyr ecocmend backtrackign to the Liberl arc in Trails it he Sky. It takes place in the small kingdom that borders Erebonia to the SOuth.

Edited February 6th by tnu
tnu

Played around with a Nintendo Switch at a Target Gaming Kiosk. Had a good time playing some MK8. My only complaint is that the joycons feel somewhat cheap, delicate and easy to break. Hope Im wrong. Took every ounce of my will not to buy one today.

Posted February 10th by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

I know I said I generally had no interest in mobile gaming, and mocked Nintendo for their "big news" that the Switch will be getting Dark Souls (although to be fair, I do think it's funny when the news is a console will get a game that's 5-7 years old). But the more I think about it, the more I think I probably will get a Switch at some point so I can play Dark Souls on the go.

Not any time soon, of course. I popped a tire so I will be dropping $600-700 tomorrow on new ones. And then I have to buy a new furnace. But some day.

Posted February 10th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

“ I popped a tire so I will be dropping $600-700 tomorrow on new ones. ”

Same thing happened to me last month. Got a set of 4 Uniroyal Tigerpaws for little less than $500 with installation and balancing.

Edited February 11th by Q
Q
 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is on sale along with Rocket league collectors edition for the switch.... I went ahead and bought both As deals such as those are difficult to pass up.

Posted February 11th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

just over 20 hours in to Trails in the Sky and I am already completely addicted so much detail and subtle brilliance in damn near every facet of this series already.

Posted February 12th by tnu
tnu

Still playing Mario Odyssey. To about 700 Stars. Went to the Darker side of the moon to do the last level. I can get imo decently far (furthest was up to the flicky bird part. Feels easier than the crazy bullet bill level in dark side of the moon. Dunno how I'm gonna do those moons that well. Will keep on trying.

Posted February 12th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

ah yeah, that bird section felt like the most intimidating part imo. And that hard mode bullet chase was probably the hardest moon in the game for me. Good luck on those c:

Posted February 12th by Pirate_Ninja
Pirate_Ninja

I just beat that bullet bill level with the longjump skill. Took me like 2 dozen times (but mostly I messed up the first jump like half those times).

I still have the 100 jump, 100 volleyball, and the disappearing road moons to do. I got to 70 on the jumps and like 40 on the volleyball. I'm not sure how to do the disappearing road moon that's up the collapsing floors.

Posted February 19th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

@Fox Forever Curious of your Halo 5 first impressions?

Posted February 22nd by Vandy
Vandy

Going through the DLC sections of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. Realized I never did that the first time. It's...noticeably harder than the main game, which is pretty much what I expect given the DLC from the first game also got pretty comparatively difficult.

And I am sooo close to finishing Xenosaga III. Just on the last boss now, which means I need to figure out when I'll have three fucking hours to play it. (I like the first two Xenosaga's, despite their obvious flaws, but Xenosaga III has really outstayed its welcome.)



Posted February 22nd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Gunplay feels fluid. So does movement. Elites are definitely harder to kill and they look a little less intimidating. Not bad so far. But will always be a little let down that it doesn't have local co-op possible.

Edit: Dunno why phone autocorrected to "another".

Edited February 23rd by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

Going through the DLC sections of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. Realized I never did that the first time. It's...noticeably harder than the main game, which is pretty much what I expect given the DLC from the first game also got pretty comparatively difficult.


I've only played Crown of the Sunken King, but I liked that the challenge seemed to stem more so from the environment than the mobs. Would love to go back and play SotFS along with the other two DLCs that I missed out on.

But then, I also really want to replay DSIII... tough choice!

Posted February 23rd by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

I'm starting with the Crown of the Old Iron King, and it isn't so much that the environment is tough (although there is a number of stuff that can make it tricky - it's very vertical) as much as it is the enemies are tough and the environment kind of forces you to confront enemies you might otherwise try to avoid. A bit disappointing that the first boss was just literally a copy of the Smelter Demon, but I've definitely started doing that thing I did my first playthrough of trying to clear the path from the bonfire to the boss of enemies before trying.

Posted February 23rd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Been going back to Halo 5 matchmaking lately, after taking a break to play PUBG instead. Chaotic moments like this are one of the reasons I keep coming back to it.
https://streamable.com/lojy6

Posted February 24th by Vandy
Vandy

Some bozo tried to sneak up on me with a frag grenade:
https://streamable.com/nxz1b

Posted March 2nd by Vandy
Vandy

I now got no handheld to play after I finished Layton and the Unwound Future. I also went back on my old games and beat the rest of Crazy Taxi underneath an hour. Funny because it was in my digital library untouched for 5 years and I finish the darn thing on a whim.

Since it's raining this weekend I'll probably stay inside and play Odyssey.

Edit: Oh and I've started playing Ryse: Son of Rome which is just alright. I thought it would be cool but to be honest the combat is just repetitive (similar to Assassin's Creed). I just wish that I could map buttons because the Batman Arkham series has me stuck on using the Y button as counter. I'm halfway through the game and still pressing Y to counter.

Edited March 2nd by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

Been playing Breath of the Wild mostly. Been playing SM Odyssey a little bit also.

Posted March 2nd by Q
Q
 

Been playing a little Dragon Quest Builders here and there on the Switch. I’m just busy with school and work.

Edited March 8th by Castrael
Castrael

So Far Cry 5 is shaping up to be a real disappointment, judging from all the previews I've seen. The franchise peaked at FC3 and Ubisoft refuse to shake up the formula again, so it's going to be the same recycled gameplay loop for the foreseeable future. Think I'll be striking FC5 from my hit list, which bums me out as a long-time fan.

Assassin's Creed Origins and DragonBall FighterZ are still on my radar, however I'm waiting for a price drop there. For now, I'm revisiting Yharnam and the glorious nightmare of Bloodborne for the 5th time. Tonight, Gerhman joins the hunt.

Posted March 15th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

Yeah, I haven't played a Far Cry game but it hasn't interested me with how over saturated the industry is with open-world games.

I did however start playing Red Dead Redemption again after starting it last August and losing interest. I'm a bit more hooked this time. I still think the horse controls are a bit clunky, especially when having to target multiple enemies while riding fast. I love that this part of the game takes place in Mexico.

Posted March 15th by Vandy
Vandy

So Far Cry 5 is shaping up to be a real disappointment, judging from all the previews I've seen. The franchise peaked at FC3 and Ubisoft refuse to shake up the formula again, so it's going to be the same recycled gameplay loop for the foreseeable future. Think I'll be striking FC5 from my hit list, which bums me out as a long-time fan.

I played 3 and Blood Dragon. Owned 4 and Primal and was gonna start them soon. I remember seeing a Jimquisition recently where he says that games give you large maps with nothing to do (his talk about the Yakuza series) and mentioned climbing a radio tower just to unlock more missions. As much as I used to like things like that (and Assassin's Creed eagle visions) lately it just feels like a distraction of giving you something to do that's a chore and not an actual piece of fun gameplay.

I did however start playing Red Dead Redemption again after starting it last August and losing interest.

Yee boi. At the time I remember horse controls seemed great. Now they're still okay but the horse's turning feels a little awkward. So is controlling a carriage but that's kinda supposed to be clunky.

Posted March 15th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

I dislike how so many of the achievements involve games like poker and horse shoes. I don't like playing those games.

Posted March 16th by Vandy
Vandy

I did like them, but to be fair I did them when the game was highly active and there were a lot of people unfamiliar with games like Liar's Dice. Plus they are easier than say Assassin's Creed 3's minigames which are difficult to understand or Caravan in Fallout New Vegas (also difficult).

Posted March 16th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

I personally don’t like achievements that are tied to online play unless it is an online only game due to the fact that once the online community dies or the game’s servers are taken offline you won’t be able to get them.

Posted March 16th by Q
Q
 

^True. I do dislike online achievements. Some I'm not able to finish because the company screwed them up (or the ability to get them) and they don't bother to go back and fix it. I'm someone who goes hard to get all that I can in the games that I play.

Posted March 16th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

My Switch came in today! Really happy with it. I wont be able to really sink hours into any games right now because of school but I am hoping to utilize a day of my spring break for it! :D



Posted March 20th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Which one did you get? The Neon controller or the gray? Also, you may have already said this but what games did you get with it?

Posted March 21st by Q
Q
 
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