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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1590 on: April 16, 2017, 08:48:56 PM »
I didn't know that. Probably explains why Jak 2 has the highest highs and lowest lows of all their PS1/2 games (IMO of course).

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1591 on: April 16, 2017, 08:56:54 PM »
Yeah, that's part of why the tone shift is so sharp in Jak II from the original but the level design and execution still feels like Naughty Dog games do. Even though I like 3, it has a real different feel outside of a handful of really good levels. After that game, I just don't really care for Naughty Dog's games. IMO, the games ND made after the Jak series have no character of their own. It partly explains why their idea of a fourth Jak game was so stupid. The people there now just have no idea why people liked the series in the first place.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1592 on: April 16, 2017, 10:13:48 PM »
I actually grew up playing the first three Crash Badicoot games on the PS1, and look forward to revisiting them with the upcoming remasters. Jak and Daxter is on my radar as well.

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1593 on: April 17, 2017, 04:50:37 PM »
After a good 90 hours of gameplay and completing all the shrines and dungeons in the game, I finally beat Zelda BotW.  It's safe to say this is my favorite Zelda game now.  There's so much to do, and unlike other open-world games I've played, I never felt overwhelmed or exhausted while playing it.  If this is the standard for 3D Zelda moving forward, I will be completely satisfied. 

I also started playing Blaster Master Zero.  I've only gotten through the first area, but it's pretty fun so far.  I'm not very familiar with the Blaster Master series overall, but this game is definitely leaving a good impression.  I decided to pick up Shovel Knight Treasure Trove for my Switch as well, so I'll probably start on that once I finish with this game.

I haven't been able to make much progress in Nier Automata lately, but I plan to shift focus to it once my college semester is over in a few weeks.

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1594 on: April 17, 2017, 09:07:43 PM »
So, FYI, if any of you guys are going to play Nioh at any point in time, don't quit the game when the end credits start rolling. Not just because there is a ton of after-game content (like, an insane amount of content), but because the main story actually has one more mission after the credits. I found Yamato no Orochi to be a really cool looking final boss (it's basically the Japanese version of Hydra), but surprisingly easy relative to a lot of other bosses in the game. However, the real final boss of the game, Hundred Eyes, was quite challenging. I took me about seven or eight tries to beat him, which isn't out of the ordinary for a Team Ninja game, but to be honest I bitched out and spammed my Guardian Spirit (basically this game's version of Devil Trigger) in his final phase to kill him, which I don't exactly feel great about, but I'll eventually redo that fight once I get better at the game. All of his attacks are incredibly deadly, and he becomes insanely aggressive on the third phase of that fight, so you really can't approach him without being ready to dodge away at a moment's notice.

Anyways, now that I've beaten the main story, I can say with certainty that this game made my PS4 purchase worth it. That said, it doesn't hurt to have a shit-ton of other great games on the console as well. :joy:

I'll be giving Nioh it's own thread soon enough, but suffice it to say that with all of the people I've seen praising both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nier: Automata as modern masterpieces, I absolutely feel that Nioh deserves to be right there among them with that level of praise (and to be fair, it hasn't exactly done poorly with reviews or sales in any regard), and I'm saying that as someone who went into this game with a lot of skepticism given Team Ninja's dubious track record since Itagaki's departure nearly a decade ago.

While this game definitely takes a massive amount of Influence from Dark Souls, it really is to that game what Ninja Gaiden is to Devil May Cry, in that it's a brilliant, different take from a very different developer on the same general concept and formula of the Souls games. The general backbone is clearly that of Demons Souls or Dark Souls or Bloodborne, but the full product is an amalgamation of lots of other games as well, including the truly great stuff from Team Ninja's own roots. I highly recommend this title to anyone who finds any interest or appeal in its subject matter or gameplay style. It's not as good as it looks. It's quite frankly better.

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1595 on: April 18, 2017, 08:47:32 PM »
Question: If I were ever to get into the massive beast that is the Persona franchise, where would be best for me to start? You'd think that would be pretty self-explanatory, but interestingly enough, hardly anyone I know ever mentions the original, and two of my friends from college said that they first started the series with Persona 2 and absolutely loved it.

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1596 on: April 18, 2017, 09:02:36 PM »
The Persona 2 duology (Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment) is the crown jewel of the series as far as I'm concerned. Best story, best characters, best dungeons (until 5), great music, good battle system, cool artwork. Persona 1 has aged worse than most PS1 games to the point where I'd go so far as to call the original version unplayable. The PSP remake plays better but it's still an average dungeon crawler and they ditched the PS1 original's amazing soundtrack for some reason. Persona 3 is extremely engaging and unique but I guarantee you will hate the battle system. It's total shit unless you play the PSP port, which is unfortunately gimped in quite a few other ways, making it only really worthwhile if you'd rather play as the female protagonist. Persona 4, Q, and Arena I couldn't get into. The writing and characters just didn't resonate with me at all. Persona 5 has just about everything I love to see in a video game (funky soundtrack, beautiful artwork, cool and stylish combat, elements of other genres sprinkled in), but I'm also having trouble getting into it for some reason.

My advice: play the Persona 2 games, then, if you like them, pick up either Persona 5 or something from one of the other SMT franchises, like Digital Devil Saga or Nocturne. If you like Persona 5, you may want to check out Persona 3 and 4, but check YouTube first to make sure you'd be into them. Oh, and play Catherine as well. It might actually be my favorite game from the Persona Team! That said, if you're looking to get into a long-running JRPG franchise, I hear a certain prequel about Japanese gangsters is pretty sweet... ;)

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1597 on: April 19, 2017, 12:31:44 AM »
What's the difference in the battle system between 3 FES and the PSP one?

I'd say just start with 5. If you like it then work back.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1598 on: April 20, 2017, 02:33:59 PM »
Persona 5 is my 1st game in the series and while I've been thinking about going back to play the older games I don't think I will. I like how the dungeons are in Persona 5, but they just go on for far too long, and I don't feel like going through that anymore, especially if the older games dungeons are bland. That aside, I'm currently on my 5th palace. I have Ann maxed and I think everyone else have either 6-8 stars. I'm in the month of September with all my stats at 3. If I were to try to describe the story, I'd say think Death Note with a blend of Scooby Doo (probably a bad comparison). As for the characters, I like everyone except Ryuji. As the story progress my hate for him gets stronger. I just can't stand that boy at all. I also had a hatred for Morgana, but he/she's growing onto me. Had to take a break because the palaces do cause fatigue. There was also a long stretch of doing nothing. I don't know if I liked how long that went on either. It's a great game, but I think it's overrated as well, but it's flashiness is what I think is winning people over.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1599 on: April 20, 2017, 04:26:03 PM »
Persona 5 has, by far, the longest dungeons in the series. Too long. The ones in Persona 2 are much more manageable while still being well-designed, and the ones in P3 and 4 feel like afterthoughts, but at least they don't go on forever.

If I were to try to describe the story, I'd say think Death Note with a blend of Scooby Doo (probably a bad comparison).
That's almost the exact plot of Persona 4 to be honest. :il_hahaha:

What's the difference in the battle system between 3 FES and the PSP one?
In Persona 3 Portable you can control your party members during battle. In the original version/FES you... can't. Meaning you have to rely on the brain-dead AI (along with some vague party strategies) to do the right thing every turn, which they frequently won't. Oh, and did I mention that the game has enemies with instant death spells (including full party wipes), a mechanic where if the main character dies it's Game Over, and an hour-long final boss? It's exactly as fun as it sounds. I adore the game's style, music, and characters but I don't think I can ever replay it because of this.

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1600 on: April 20, 2017, 07:30:54 PM »
Currently enjoying Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Its a WayForward game, and its tremendous so far. I'm only halfway into the mermaid stage, but egad is every background and stage music fantastic! I can't wait to finish this and Yakuza 0 so I can try out Neir: Auromata. Like I've said elseware, 2017 is killing it in the video games department so far!

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1601 on: April 21, 2017, 01:09:50 AM »
Some more free stuff will be added to Super Bomberman R in a future update:





Good stuff. Now throw in Higgins Bomber, Bonk Bomber, and Goemon Bomber.

Also, the update that just went out increased the framerate from locked 30fps to locked 60fps, gave single player a camera control option, and added four new battle maps.

Really gotta hand to the Bomberman team here. They've been making all the right moves.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1602 on: April 21, 2017, 06:03:54 PM »
Also, I just beat the Dragon's Trap (or Curse, depending on your system of choice) remake. Still a classic. I enjoyed the new graphics and sound effects, but the new music didn't do anything for me. Glad I had the choice to keep the old soundtrack.

If you've never played the game before, it's a pretty good way to give the Wonder Boy in Monster World series a shot.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1603 on: April 21, 2017, 08:06:13 PM »
Stumbled upon my 1st roadblock in Persona 5. Currently in the 6th palace and I haven't seen a single game over screen until now. Keep running into some demon that keeps striking the MC with Fear and then proceeds to cast Ghastly/Ghostly Encounter (I think that's the name) wiping me out completely. Very frustrating, especially since I'm trying to get through this one part without having to use my items. I don't think I even have an item to cure that fear status. Even more messed up, my party line-up, I don't think anyone else have the ability to cure that status effect. Gotta go back to the real world and prepare and here I thought I was doing so good up until this point. Even had a couple characters at level 50 and now I gotta do the shit again.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1604 on: April 21, 2017, 08:27:04 PM »
Just beat the main campaign in The Last of Us. I had so much ammo stocked up that I just mowed down all of the enemies in the final area of the game rather than trying to stealth my way through it like you're clearly meant to do. It's funny trying to fight them that way since this AI clearly wasn't designed that well for actual Gears of War style shoot-outs, so they mostly just stayed around one cover spot which allowed me to snipe them with the hunting rifle from a relatively safe distance. I could have used stealth to get through that section of course, but I just wanted to kind of finish up the game at that point, since by now I was really feeling the repetition of it all.

Overall, yeah, production values aside (which are going to feel dated in another few years, anyways) this game was over-hyped beyond belief. It's a mechanically shallow game with a boring and lifeless soundtrack that tells a predictable and done to death story. On its own the game is alright with some interesting concepts that it tries to tackle with its gameplay, but the end result feels pretty hollow, IMO.

Am I being too harsh on this game? Maybe, but I'm only really judging it by the same standards that I judge any other game by. I never really found myself that invested in the story-line that people seem to praise so much, and the gameplay is an amalgamation of different elements that have each been done better in other titles. To be clear, I don't think of this as a bad game by any means. Just an average to slightly above average stealth/shooter hybrid with some light puzzle solving and adventure elements. As I said, I enjoy this more than the Uncharted games, at least, since over here there is at least a good bit of player choice and open environments to allow you the freedom to tackle the encounters in a multitude of ways that you choose. I just find that the actual mechanics of the game feel pretty bland once you realize that you've already discovered most if not all of its nuance long before you even reach the halfway point in the story.

I'll still play the DLC just because I have it, but I don't expect to be jumping on board for The Last of Us 2 unless it somehow makes some drastic improvements to the enemy AI and decides to give you an option to skip the walking sections, which considering how up their own asses Naughty Dog are these days, I don't think is likely to happen.