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vladgd

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10 games for 2018
« on: August 22, 2018, 10:40:54 PM »
Not too entirely sure this is thread worthy, but maybe it'll start a small conversation or two?

Think I made a comment or two about wanting to beat 10 games I never beat before in 2018. Started a list back in November of 2017, and a few months into 2018 realized while having not been following said list, been doing progress enough into new games and some backlog games as well. Figured I'd use this is a place to keep track. I normally beat like 1-3 new games in a year, IF that, and it was hitting me I was getting a lot done, so I'm just going to truck along and finish this arbitrary goal.

List is in order of completion this year.

1- earthbound
2- monster hunter world
3- smt nocturne
4- smt 4
5- south park fractured but whole
6- xcom terror from the deep
7- persona 5
8- deus ex mankind divided

Thing is I work 50 hours now, so I have less time to use for entertainment, but im so close, and there's plenty of time left in the year. I pre ordered Dragon Quest XI, and that's a long fucker, so I want to finish something hopefully fun, short, and something I already own.

Was thinking Halo 2, or since I finished mankind divided recently(good game, but kind of mediocre Deus Ex game not really worth making a post about), Deus Ex Invisible War....then at work I remembered Halo Wars existed, and I bought it on steam around last Christmas. 15 mission pc port of a console RTS, I think I can do that in two weeks before dragon quest comes out.

Not sure I'll do another thing like this next year, but it's been fun. I usually go months between games, but it's been bam bam bam this year, and I've been enjoying it a lot. After I finish this personal quest, I might get back into multiplayer things like fightans/rts again. Till then, let's see how this Halo Wars is.

*edit*

Uninstalled Halo Wars soooooooooo fucking fast.

Mission 4 can suck my big fat dickkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Hey let's put a defend for x minutes mission early in the game, and it's harder than anything in starcraft/2 or warcraft 3 put together!

NOPE!
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Re: 10 games for 2018
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 07:22:08 AM »
Yikes, if that mission in Halo Wars is that bad on PC I'd hate to see how it would play on console. Might want to just stick with Halo 2. Great game (except for Legendary—getting one shotted from full shields by snipers isn't my cup of tea).

Anyway, topic. I'm trying to honestly think of new games (for me, anyway) that I've beaten this year. Angels with Scaly Wings is a notable one, and that was over far too quickly. I finally did a full 300% run of Doom and Doom 2 this year (completing the entire game with 100% kills, items, and secrets on every level). Finally beat Doom 2016, and I started a fresh game on ultra-violence. That's honestly all I can think of at this time.

Ones that I'm thinking of playing/replaying include:
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Doom 2016 UV (already mentioned that, but what the hey)
  • Final Fantasy XV (really need to get back to that)
  • Kinda thinking of replaying OneShot. I like that game.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. I beat Legend Mode already (for the second time, if you count the time I spent on the original game) but I still a lot of maps and challenges to get through.
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn. I picked up the complete edition when I bought my PS4 Pro but haven't touched it yet (mostly thanks to HW:DE and, now, MH:W). I plan to get to it this year, though.
And here's a few that are on the horizon, either because they haven't been released or because I haven't established a firm timeline to get to them:
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (I have a Humble Monthly key for it, so I might as well check it out)
  • Dad of Boy
  • beatmania IIDX 25 CANNON BALLERS (really need to haul my ass to Round 1…I mean, Cleveland isn't too far from me)
  • Dark Souls III. I bought it at release, sank a bunch of time into it, and…stopped. :|
  • Doom. Fucking. Eternal. Is it bad that I'm just as psyched for the soundtrack as the game itself? Doom 2016 has an absolutely killer soundtrack and Mick Gordon is scoring Eternal as well!
Also, one of these days I might get Battle for Azeroth. This is the only expansion I haven't purchased on launch and I'm really not in a huge hurry to play it. I've lost my love for WoW in a huge way, I guess. :< It might have something to do with having to play Warchief Roulette every fucking time they release a new xpac.
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Re: 10 games for 2018
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 12:25:20 AM »
I think the issue with halo wars, is I expected it to bend over backwards for me because...console rts on pc. But nah, it bested my drunk on olde english 800 ass. I'll probably try it another day, seemed competent enough. 


-For Deus Ex, I'd recommend starting with human revolution personally. I liked that game better, and the game takes place before mankind divided. I mean I'd recommend the first game over anything, but if you had to choose, human revolution is a great game.

-You tell me Cleveland has some beatmania, and they somehow pump out more? Why don't they just release a console product anyway. Downloadable game, make it have a "seasonal" dlc model, as that's what the game is with it's "styles" anyway. Get an external company to handle the controller (like any number of companies making fightsticks with arcade hardware) and PROFIT! I may have to make a drive down there for some IIDX purposes some day...'

-Dark Souls 3 is on my list too, except mine is literally still in shrinkwrap...never bothered with ds2, but I really liked the first game.

Getting used to my long hours, seeing the fruits of my labor in paycheck form tomorrow. I guess that'll dictate whether it's worth it or not. Less time for games, but I somehow managed to add another to the list...the day before dragon quest XI arrives...and I hear you've played some metroid in your time...

1- earthbound
2- monster hunter world
3- smt nocturne
4- smt 4
5- south park fractured but whole
6- xcom terror from the deep
7- persona 5
8- deus ex mankind divided
9- metroid: samus returns



Bought it on impulse after getting frustrated with halo, beat it 100% in about 12.5 hours. It was good, haven't beat a metroid since...zero mission, making it my fourth metroid.

metroid
super metriod
zero mission
samus returns

Yet to beat prime (I'd get to the end before the final boss and get too frustrated and quit), but I'm thinking of maybe digging up some old metroid games I've yet to complete to add on the to do list. I own fusion on gba, so maybe I'll find time for that in the future.

As for the game, I didn't really like it to start. The melee counter just made things slow, enemies are bullet sponges, and playing a metroid to stand, wait, counter, shoot....ehh. Then you get screw attack and wave beam, BOOM no more sissy countering required, just blast through everything. I haven't played all of the games, but I feel like this one has the most "invincible to normal attacks" enemies that I've experienced. You end up running away more than anything before you get the tools to deal with it, not entirely a fan of that design aspect.

There's also this "aion abilities" system, using its own meter which drops from enemies. Not to spoil all the upgrades or anything, but in later areas, you run into a lot of enemies that are immune to missiles and standard shot, and require spending this aion resource to down. It's not a deal breaker, but I wanna say this is the game where standard shot may be the least useful? I never use it on bosses sans "cough" the last boss when im out of ammo "cough" but maybe I was missing something. I didn't use ice beam much, and maybe that would have done work.

Visually the game looks great, gravity suit in this game is probably one of my favorite suit designs that i've seen in a metroid game.



On the same token while it looks great, and there ARE "varied" environments, it must be the tiles they use or something, but the entire game nearly looks the same. Areas are just...areas. No brinstar or phendrena, but area 5, or area 3...I get it's a remake of metroid 2, but they could have spiced that up or something. You see snow, and water, but, it's not like the past games where you feel like you're in a snow area, or a water area, it's more background noise.

And on the topic of noise, there are a few great tracks, but most of it wasn't too memorable. Which is a damn travisty, because I rank metroid probably number 1 for videogame music, period. Super metroid is a goty all years ost, metroid prime ALSO A GOTY ALL YEARS OST.

Still you do see remixes of a few old favorites from prior games.



I may have to give the ost a listen outside the game, because it's not too audible playing on a 3ds. Tracks like the one above are the exception not the norm sadly.

And yeah, your hands will hurt a lot playing this even on a new 3ds xl. I had to take multi hour breaks just to let my hands rest, and my hands ache even now typing this tldr of a post coming fresh off the game.

Been thinking of getting the game since it was announced, and im glad I got around to it. Getting a thumbs up from me m'boy!...just expect a slow ish start before it picks up.

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Re: 10 games for 2018
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018, 10:03:18 AM »
Yeah, I've played through Human Revolution. Fantastic game! Definitely a worthy successor to the original. As for my feelings on Invisible War, JC Denton said it best: "What a shame."

Cleveland has a Round 1, so they're on Konami's e-AMUSEMENT network. One of the perks of that is that the latest versions of the supported Bemani games are pushed to the machine.

Konami did release a home version of IIDX a couple of years ago called INFINITAS, but it's a bit…underwhelming. First and foremost, you have to jump through hoops to play it if you aren't in Japan. Second, the initial song list was based on SIRIUS. You know, that thing that came after EMPRESS. In 2009. Sigh. It's gotten better with DLC, but I don't even think it even offers the same value as the old PS2 releases, to be honest.

If you ever do swing down here, let me know! I'm only about an hour and a half away. If you're willing to go a bit further (Columbus) there's an arcade down there with all day free play, and they have n-1 (i.e. the previous major release) for most Bemani titles. If you wanted to go there we could always meet somewhere (the Akron/Canton area would be ideal) and car pool the rest of the way.

Ye gods, I forgot about Samus Returns. I still have that shrink wrapped. I've also been working on my Zero Mission speed game here and there (on GBA. I have a GameBoy Player but the input is just plain funky on that thing. I couldn't even get early Varia on it!).

The countering system was one of those things that worried me, honestly. While I haven't experienced it myself yet, it just seems very contrary to the way the games are traditionally played. While changing up the formula isn't necessarily a bad thing, Other M left such a bad taste in my mouth (seriously, that game is fucking awful, even if you try not to think of it as a Metroid game) that embracing any of its core feature set just makes me a little leery.

The Aion system makes me even more leery. It almost feels like they're trying to force combat on a series that generally didn't require it for standard map traversal. I'm going to reserve judgment until I actually play the thing (naturally) but I don't see that as a good sign.

The hand cramp thing is a bit troubling, seeing as much of the reason I couldn't enjoy Monster Hunter on mobile is because of the cramped controls, haha. That being said, I have played plenty of Zero Mission (and Fusion, but Zero Mission was muh gaem) on my GBA SP without any issues, so…ehh, we'll see.
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