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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1725 on: October 10, 2017, 05:25:29 PM »
I haven't been all that into Ys stories after the first three games when the original creators left (to form Quintet, natch) for the reason that they became pretty generic, especially after IV. The first few games have a lot of mystique and mystery to the world and lore, and later games just kind of dump it all on to you in order to save the world against something that comes out of nowhere. And it always involves the land's ancient god or whatever instead of keeping it related to the story you've been involved in since the beginning of the game.

I'm glad the game is otherwise great. The combat and exploration is always top notch in Ys, and that's really what I come for. I just wish we could have a story as engaging as the early games were again.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1726 on: October 10, 2017, 05:41:05 PM »
Story was never the most important thing in Ys, but it was jarring in this game to just see it go the usual JRPG route and have you kill a god to save the world. Not even a region, this time, but the entire planet. On this tiny deserted island in the middle of the sea (I assume it's the same Mediterranean Sea stand-in that the Canaan Islands are in).

The other subplots are really fun. Murder mysteries, ghost ships, finding the missing castaways, the dinosaur stuff (localization keeps calling them Ancient Species; it's stupid), exploring Dana's past and trying to find out how her ancient civilization died out, it's all great. It's why I wish the ending had stuck with that deserted mysterious island theme.

Speaking of the localization, it seems NIS got a lot of complaints and is going to update it.


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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1727 on: October 15, 2017, 11:38:12 AM »
Got The Evil Within 2. It's a lot better than I expected but almost completely different from the first one. There are many superficial similarities but despite being basically the same on paper its mechanics function much differently from the original. At first this threw me off as well as frustrated and disappointed me but the more I play it the more I love it. Like the first game, this one doesn't really put its best foot forward (in fact it seriously doubles down on the early cinematic walking simulator stuff) but it gets super good once you hit chapter 3. The "open world" is more like a bunch of small but dense hubs and they're a lot of fun to explore. Certain gameplay elements are locked behind the upgrade system early on which sucks, and I wish they hadn't got rid of matches or toned down the trap placement, but this is way more of an actual survival horror game now. While TEW was basically Resident Evil 4 Part 2, this one carves out its own little niche and feels like something entirely new and unique. It's also hard as hell on the recommended difficulty setting (Nightmare). Recommended!

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1728 on: October 15, 2017, 01:16:51 PM »
I still need to play the first TEW before I can get to this one, but I really do want to get to it. I had planned to play through the RE Origins Collection thus month but it doesn't look like that will be happening after all. The final Nioh DLC took me longer to complete than expected, and I still have both Metro games to play through in addition to getting back into Bloodborne.

By the time I get done with those it'll probably be next year. My gaming progress is pretty slow these days due to my divided attention with work, life in general, and other forms of entertainment. But I do still really want to play TEW and the sequel.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1729 on: October 15, 2017, 08:01:43 PM »
Finally played Cuphead and beat the first world. Excellent game and well worth the acclaim. Just wish I didn't have to play it with a crap d-pad.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1730 on: October 15, 2017, 10:16:30 PM »
Xbox 360?
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1731 on: October 15, 2017, 11:36:42 PM »
My friend had a steam controller. It made me jump randomly when I'd push up. Lot of frustrating deaths.

But the game was still worth it.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1732 on: October 21, 2017, 02:49:00 PM »
Since my last post I haven't played anything. Working extra hours and just haven't been in the mood to play anything. Games is usually my go-to for stress relief or to take my mind off of things (with all this crazy ish going on in sports and life period), but I just haven't been in the mood at all.

I'm also working on getting off of wireless internet as well, so hopefully in about a month or two (maybe even weeks to come) I'll be able to jump into online rank/lounges again.

I know it's around that time again where my brother-in-law and I would run some sets in whatever Street Fighter game, it'll probably be 3rd Strike or USF4, so maybe I'll jump back into training mode on those in a couple of days. Other than that, it's mainly tournament watching and letting the backlog continue to grow (damn, MGS5 and Ni-oh are games I want to get back into).
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1733 on: October 22, 2017, 12:54:10 AM »
A day or two ago I got to Double Dragon mode on Neon. Yeah, it's easier than whatever Hard mode is called because I Maxed out Training Wheels. lol. Hard mode was tearing me apart at first.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1734 on: October 27, 2017, 07:32:31 PM »
As someone who is not a fan of either Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine, I have to say that Super Mario Odyssey is an incredible game.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1735 on: October 30, 2017, 05:09:06 AM »
A Hat in Time is supposedly getting a console release and I for one could not be more excited. Hopefully soon!

I don't have any kind of PC built for gaming (never really attempted anything with my laptop, but I only use that for work and would prefer to keep it as such), so console releases are a must for me.

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1736 on: October 30, 2017, 12:51:08 PM »
As someone who is not a fan of either Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine, I have to say that Super Mario Odyssey is an incredible game.
It's my most-wanted game right now! Too bad I don't have a Switch. Soon...

I'm playing Wolfenstein 2 right now and it's great fun. The new powers, weapon upgrades, and movement speed make it really nice to play. Feels like a perfect halfway point between New Order and Doom 4. The soundtrack is absolutely amazing too. Really disturbing story, though - it goes a lot farther than pretty much anything else I've played, especially in the AAA space. MachineGames definitely busted out their storytelling chops from The Darkness on this one.

I beat The Evil Within 2 last week and I liked it quite a bit overall. The last third or so becomes fairly tedious and poorly-written but Chapter 14 is exceptional and the final boss/ending sequence are fantastic. It wasn't as good as the first game or Resident Evil 7 but I would still wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of PS2-era horror titles.

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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1737 on: October 30, 2017, 02:15:38 PM »
As someone who is not a fan of either Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine, I have to say that Super Mario Odyssey is an incredible game.

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It's my most-wanted game right now! Too bad I don't have a Switch. Soon...

I've been wondering what the senses were with Mario Odyssey.

Same boat as the boat of you. We all know I can't stand Mario, but that game looks hella good. I almost bought a Switch immediately because of it, but the way my bank account is set up, we'll get into that another time. As someone whose looking to bond with his nephew I just might get it, especially after hearing that Shin Megami Tensei 5 will be a Switch exclusive.

Finally got back into playing games again. Preparation for DBFZ, went back to playing Xenoverse 2. Sort of regretting that decision, but having a bit a fun as well.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1738 on: October 30, 2017, 04:46:57 PM »
As someone who is not a fan of either Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine, I have to say that Super Mario Odyssey is an incredible game.

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It's my most-wanted game right now! Too bad I don't have a Switch. Soon...

I've been wondering what the senses were with Mario Odyssey.

Same boat as the boat of you. We all know I can't stand Mario, but that game looks hella good. I almost bought a Switch immediately because of it, but the way my bank account is set up, we'll get into that another time. As someone whose looking to bond with his nephew I just might get it, especially after hearing that Shin Megami Tensei 5 will be a Switch exclusive.
Odyssey is what I imagined 64 would be when I first played it back in the day. It has tight levels like Galaxy/3D World, wide open spaces like 64 (and bigger games like Banjo 1 and 2 and the first Jak & Daxter), a strong art-style like Sunshine, and a lot of the tricks from Breath of the Wild's open world. Basically, it has all the strengths of the old 3D Mario games without any of the weaknesses.

I'm not sure if I like it more than the Galaxy games (as they are still my bread and butter 3D platformers) but this one easily stacks up and is a monumental improvement on the collectathon platformer that 64 started and no one has been able to improve on since the original Jak & Daxter. It's really that good.

If this becomes the base for a new wave of collectathon platformers we should all feel grateful. It's overdue.
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Re: What Are You Currently Playing? 6.65: Neighbor of the Beast
« Reply #1739 on: November 01, 2017, 12:14:52 AM »
I forgot/didn't know The Darkness staff did Wolfenstein II!
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