Post by christmastrenzalore on May 18, 2019 16:11:54 GMT
Devil May Cry V. Such a blast. The environments were a bit bland and generic compared to previous entries, but the gameplay is fantastic. The sheer variety of moves you can perform is almost overwhelming. The story is simple, but allows for lots of awesome character interplay and spectacular set pieces. While more is always welcome, if they never make another of these, this is a very satisfying ending point for the series.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Gave it a replay since the new instalment is a way off. I don't know if they tweaked the translation at all, but I found the story a lot more comprehensible this time. Could be I was just paying closer attention, instead of tapping my foot waiting for the characters to get to the Digital World.
Unravel. Bought on last Christmas sale. A very charming and quaint puzzle platformer game, about a sentient yarn doll.
Undertale. Another I bought a while ago, but took a while to get round to it. Almost wish I hadn't put it off for so long, cuz it was an utter delight. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes story based RPGs.
Post by christmastrenzalore on Jun 4, 2019 19:02:40 GMT
Decided to finally try the 'Genocide Run' on Undertale. Took come psyching up, but eventually I just wanted to play the game some more. Now I'm at the last boss, and boy am I sure gradually chipping away at it... kinda...
I picked up Citizens of Earth, and it's a silly modern day RPG where you play the Vice-President of the World. It reminds me of Earthbound/Mother more than a little. A big part of the game is collecting citizens of various professions. I recently added an exterminator to my team after I helped her with an insect infestation. She frequently yells, "Exterminate!" and one of her powers is "Pest Control". Thought that was a cute, understated Doctor Who nod.
SOCOM II (PS2) - Yes, I'm hopelessly out of date, but I ain't paying $80 for a new video game when I've got literally hundreds already, many of which I've never finished. Anyway, this is a good improvement on the tactical shootin' SOCOM 1 offered. Squad AI is a little less dumb than before, but they're still not all that bright.
I picked up The Last of Us again just to polish off the trophies for both the main game and the Left Behind DLC (I don't have a PSN account and I'm not sure I'm going to get one just to get some multiplayer trophies; having said that, I do love me some trophies...). I absolutely love this game. It's so versatile! If you want a fun shooter, play it on the easier difficulties. If you want a strong stealth-based game, crank it up to Grounded mode - you can't see you health meter, the amount of ammo left in your gun, and can't use the 'hearing' mechanic to find out where the enemies are. You've basically got to try and sneak around without getting caught and pray that you can find enough materials/ammo on the way, otherwise you'll never finish the final level (which is practically impossible if you haven't saved about 25% of the game's total ammo). A really challenging game, but there's a very rewarding sense of accomplishment when you finally make it
I'm tempted to go back and play it on easy, just for fun
(Oh, and for anyone who hasn't played this and is considering it, I'll warn you now that it doesn't matter how many times you play it, I'm of the firm belief that the opening section of the Winter chapter is designed to have a 99% failure rate! I can't tell you how much time I spent on that bit... Urgh...)
Beyond Good & Evil (Xbox) - Just beginning a replay of this one. Has a certain special feeling to it like nothing else. And I'm certain the upcoming prequel will in no way manage to capture it. It's been 16 years. The moment has passed.
Final Fantasy XI (PC) - Protip: Don't spend 5 months away from an MMO or you'll have not the slightest clue what you're doing and make everyone else mad at you.
I'm playing the revived City of Heroes. I played it nearly every day from a week after launch until they shut down the servers.
Almost from the moment they shut it down, there were rumors of an underground server. And I dismissed those as wishful thinking, but more than that, I didn't think I'd want a revival, because the community wouldn't be the same, and they were such an integral part of what made the game what it was.
A little backstory: There was an underground server. It had been running for more than five years. Very hush-hush, invite only. One of the players leaked the existence of the server and provided proof of its existence. Part of the reason that the NCSoft could have shut them down at any time simply by asserting their rights.
That's exactly what happened, and the operators of the server shut it down and wiped it after receiving a notice from NCSoft, but not before releasing the source code out into the wild.
However, PLOT TWIST, the letter was not from NCSoft. It was just a mean-spirited prank. And CoH servers have popped up all over the place.
It's just as good, if not better than it was its heyday. I think the game ended at exactly the right time. It was on the cusp of power creep and plans were underway to continue along that path, but they never came to fruition. The only changes and additions QoL improvements, gameplay tweaks and some low and mid-level missions.
The community, if anything, is better than before, because it's a self-selected mix of old-timers who never thought we'd get to play again and people who were interested enough to seek it out. Folks around there are just nice, and that goes a long way.
It's not perfect. The graphics, in particular, are more than fifteen years old and sometimes look like hot garbage. But the sound and the feel. It's like coming home.
Right now I am playing Eastshade. I bought it because it was advertised as relaxing exploration game.
I have to say I am captivated.
There is no violence, not even a single weapon in the game, and you play as a traveling painter, exploring a fantasy island, helping people and painting pictures. I love all the little stories and cute little character NPCs.
The island you explore is beautiful and there are lots of interesting places to discover.
This is basically the perfect holiday destination packaged up in a game, complete with beaches, mountains and even a hot spring to sit in. Wonderful uplifting and relaxing after a hard day at work. It is food for the soul.
And a nice change of pace for me after having finished Far Cry 3 recently. Which, incidentally, also has a beautiful island to explore. But 1000% more explosions.