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tiesto

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37860 on: November 18, 2021, 10:10:41 AM »
More Lunar: The Silver Star:

Even though it's been remade so many times, the original Sega CD version still holds up pretty well (though the PS1 version is the one to play). One thing that impressed me was the level of NPC detail - they'll react based on the plot happenings, it's like Trails yeaaaaars before Trails. Some parts in the early game were fairly punishing (where you just had Alex and a lot of monsters that are only weak to magic, a limited resource) but now that I have a full party I've been flying through the game. I'm getting ready to meet the Red Dragon in the Volcano now.
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37861 on: November 18, 2021, 08:40:42 PM »
Halo infinite feels like old Halo(2,3) with a light Sprint. Looks like it, too. Will probably hit a million concurrent on Steam.

Between Forza Horizon 5, Age of Empires IV and HALO Infinite (so far) Microsoft is knocking it out of the park this year. I've heard good things about Psychonauts 2 as well.
Not to mention the stellar BC, GamePass and continued support for the Xbox One X and increased support for PC.

If they keep this up with all their first party output  :whew


Except for constant bullshit rumors, SMTV and Metroid Nintendo has been almost invisible this year.

Yeah, i only cancelled gamepass because it was a pain in the ass to get my Steam Controller to work. If they decouple it from their locked folder bullshit, I'll re-sub.

The Sceneman

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37862 on: November 21, 2021, 01:42:41 AM »
So my partner and I downloaded Zuma because we needed a chill casual game to play because we got all the achievements in Peggle 2. Great game but holy shit the difficulty is insane? I understand this was a launch game for XBLA back in 05, did anyone manage to beat this shit? lol

Also playing Forza Horizon 5 which I also suck at. Can't win races and I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing wrong. I might need to adjust the assist stuff - and apparently you can upgrade the cars though which is something I missed. The GaaS is overwhelming and theres just so much shit on the map. I am enjoying the tourism side of things, just driving around and enjoying the sweet Series X graphics.

Beat The Ascent. Had some highs but man the gameplay loop was repetitive. Some of the weapons and abilities were clearly much better than the others so in the end you couldn't really make too many choices in playstyle. Spiderbots were OP. Just a couple cheevs to knock out for the 1k

I've downloaded Halo Infinite so I will jump online and get my ass kicked in that soon as well
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Nintex

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37863 on: November 21, 2021, 04:17:45 AM »
In Forza you need to master drifting.
A quick tap on the brakes and then slide through the corners.
Upgrading cars can also work but be mindful that you don't upgrade it to the next tier, which opponents will match.
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HardcoreRetro

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37864 on: November 21, 2021, 06:27:08 AM »
Just turn on the brake lines. Half the time you don't even have to brake. Just let go of the gas before a corner. Then punch it again when you leave the corner.

naff

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37865 on: November 21, 2021, 11:07:39 PM »
i dont drift unless it's asked for or accidentally and haven't been having problems on "above average", i drive manual and ride hard on engine braking at the last minute and taking corners pretty sketchy. i have lines on for braking because it indicates when there's a corner coming up more than anything when the tracks arent super well defined.

p sure driving manual/paddle shift (not manual with clutch) generally gets you ~5% faster in straights and can go hard in improving your cornering allowing entry and exit a little faster. game is made for manual racing imo, auto just doesnt feel right in forza. also rec driving from within the car to hit dem lines right, but maybe that's just me. my times are significantly worse in third person.
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naff

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37866 on: November 21, 2021, 11:25:32 PM »
pretty funny how you can exploit how the "AI" works on unbeatable (big time cheev tip at the beginning of the vid i'll try when i get home :p @sceneman)

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Bebpo

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37867 on: November 22, 2021, 06:49:49 PM »
Played some Guardians of the Galaxy last night. Game seems pretty cool. I hated Avengers and found very little fun in it, but this seems up my alley.


I have a soft spot for videogames where characters never stop talkiing. Like I know that annoys some people, but I love it and feel it adds flavor to these repetitive videogames. Really enjoying the dialogue/VA. Combat reminds me of PS2 action games, which isn't a bad thing.

Nintex

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37868 on: November 22, 2021, 07:08:31 PM »
pretty funny how you can exploit how the "AI" works on unbeatable (big time cheev tip at the beginning of the vid i'll try when i get home :p @sceneman)


Yeah that's how the Forza Horizon AI works. That's also why the game actually becomes easier the longer you play.
Most people don't play all the events so the earlier races get harder as time goes by.
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chronovore

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37869 on: November 22, 2021, 10:01:18 PM »
So my partner and I downloaded Zuma because we needed a chill casual game to play because we got all the achievements in Peggle 2. Great game but holy shit the difficulty is insane? I understand this was a launch game for XBLA back in 05, did anyone manage to beat this shit? lol

Also playing Forza Horizon 5 which I also suck at. Can't win races and I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing wrong. I might need to adjust the assist stuff - and apparently you can upgrade the cars though which is something I missed. The GaaS is overwhelming and theres just so much shit on the map. I am enjoying the tourism side of things, just driving around and enjoying the sweet Series X graphics.

Beat The Ascent. Had some highs but man the gameplay loop was repetitive. Some of the weapons and abilities were clearly much better than the others so in the end you couldn't really make too many choices in playstyle. Spiderbots were OP. Just a couple cheevs to knock out for the 1k

I've downloaded Halo Infinite so I will jump online and get my ass kicked in that soon as well

TrueAchievements lists several 2% completion 'cheevos and one 1% in there.
Remember, this was an early Arcade title, so its 200GS is harder to achieve than most 1000GS from full retail titles.

Svejk

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37870 on: November 22, 2021, 11:15:35 PM »
More Lunar: The Silver Star:

Even though it's been remade so many times, the original Sega CD version still holds up pretty well (though the PS1 version is the one to play). One thing that impressed me was the level of NPC detail - they'll react based on the plot happenings, it's like Trails yeaaaaars before Trails. Some parts in the early game were fairly punishing (where you just had Alex and a lot of monsters that are only weak to magic, a limited resource) but now that I have a full party I've been flying through the game. I'm getting ready to meet the Red Dragon in the Volcano now.
Although still good, I vastly prefer the Sega CD's OST over both the Remakes' OST.  Vane's music still gives me chill bumps.


 :preach
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Nintex

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37871 on: November 23, 2021, 06:13:24 PM »


Waiting for the cartels to blow up my Weeb car with a rocket launcher :trumps
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Don Rumata

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37872 on: November 23, 2021, 10:32:02 PM »
Finished the Mafia remake, finally.
All in all, it was a really good effort, the city looks amazing, hard to believe this is the same engine that ran Mafia 3; the driving grew on me and by the end i actually enjoyed it quite a bit.
The shooting is still the weak link, too arcadey and dated (ironically), and just all around not fun nor interesting.

I honestly played the original too many years ago to remember any specific story change they may have made (i know they did) but what is here works well enough, even though i still find the casting choice for Paulie extremely puzzling.

Unfortunately, it didn't really scratch that nostalgia itch as i was hoping, for some reason, but it was an enjoyable experience and there's a mod that adds a bunch of stuff to the free roam mode, that looks kind of interesting to play around with.

The main theme still gets me in the feels tho:


Especially in the opening city fly-over.

Playing this reminded me how much worse Mafia 2 and 3 were.  :doge

Bebpo

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37873 on: November 24, 2021, 12:06:12 AM »
In Trails of the Black/Kuro no Kiseki started the 2nd to last chapter (assuming final chapter is probably just the final dungeon). At 95 hours in now, probably another 30-40 hours left.

This game has been the most boring game I've played in my entire life. In 95 hours nothing at all has happened. It's slower than Trails in the Sky FC and triple the length. I've actually fallen asleep at least a dozen, if not two dozen nights while playing over the last two months.


But, finally in this chapter something happened and now suddenly seeing all the NPCs you've followed for 95 hours and locations and cultural worldbuilding react to there actually being story is...pretty good and the game is fairly compelling now.

It still does not excuse wasting the players time for 90+ hours of nothing. Falcom really fucking sucks at this, but it does hit the right notes when things come together because of their method of madness.

Kinda looking forward to this chapter and the final chapter. Feels actually compelling for the first time since the intro.

Bebpo

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37874 on: November 24, 2021, 03:27:09 AM »
Also the problem with these games being 2-game stories that are 100+ hours each is stuff like characters actually starting to introduce their issues that would normally happen mid-story doesn't even start until 100 hours into game #1 which feels so late. The structure of Trails games even since Cold Steel has just been a mess.

HardcoreRetro

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37875 on: November 24, 2021, 03:48:55 AM »
Why the fuck are you still playing them if they put you to sleep... What's wrong with you?

The end doesn't even sound like it's worth it. Straight up stockholm syndrome the videogame.

Bebpo

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37876 on: November 24, 2021, 12:14:04 PM »
yes

naff

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37877 on: November 24, 2021, 05:12:40 PM »
 :tocry

i find it hard to put more than 50hrs into an rpg even when i really like it. the amount of time games try to demand is fucking insane
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Potato

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37878 on: November 24, 2021, 06:09:42 PM »
I find it hard to put more than 5 hours into any game these days. Unless it's something I can put down and then pick up again two months later and still know what I'm doing, I just won't be able to play it.
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chronovore

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37879 on: November 24, 2021, 06:16:33 PM »
I find it hard to put more than 5 hours into any game these days. Unless it's something I can put down and then pick up again two months later and still know what I'm doing, I just won't be able to play it.
I would like it if most games had a start menu option to “replay tutorial“ without having to risk starting a new game and wiping out your old save.

Nintex

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37880 on: November 24, 2021, 06:49:34 PM »
I was surprised to see that in my Xbox Museum one of my top 5 most played games was Tales of Arise.

My most played game was Assassins Creed Odyssey which isn't strange considering it's a massive timesink.
Same for Banjo Nuts & Bolts which came in second. But I played some other games quite a bit that I doubt at the time the play time was recorded for.
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chronovore

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37881 on: November 24, 2021, 08:56:25 PM »
Nuts and Bolts is the best Lego game ever.

Bebpo

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37882 on: November 24, 2021, 11:02:37 PM »
Why the fuck are you still playing them if they put you to sleep... What's wrong with you?

The end doesn't even sound like it's worth it. Straight up stockholm syndrome the videogame.

Anyhow, the real talk is that Trails is essentially an epic fantasy book series in the game medium. I'm already 700 hours+, 10 games in committed to the on-going story so for a while I will put up with mediocre time waster entries until I finally bail or the story finishes.

If this was a book series, it'd be around book #11 now and it's been kind of bloated and shit since ~book #7 and only the diehard fans still stick around reading the bloated things while most people have already bailed from the series.

Only difference is that instead of likelihood of the author dying before it's finished, there is a likelihood of the game developer going out of business before it's finished.

Potato

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37883 on: November 24, 2021, 11:52:54 PM »
So, it's The Wheel of Time and the original creator is about due to die soon and be replaced by Brandon Sanderson?

Edit: Posted my reply without reading your last paragraph. Lol.
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tiesto

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37884 on: November 25, 2021, 10:40:11 AM »
Heh, speaking about Trails, I've been playing Tokyo Xanadu. Which is definitely a "b-tier" game, it's rather low budget but it has its charms. I like how it's basically modern day Trails, and it's nice that all the plot threads/character arks are gonna get wrapped up in this one game. I just finished the 4th chapter. Favorite npc is a Polish weeb chick :uguu

I also beat Land of Illusion for Master System which is one of the best Mickey Mouse games ever. The level design 'borrows' quite a bit from Mario World, Mega Man 2, etc but there are lots of places where the game really becomes its own thing and has some interesting level design/puzzles. Easily a top 5 SMS game.

And beat Magic of Scheherazade (that final boss was obnoxious!), and up to the final battle(s) in Lunar: Silver Star.
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Nintex

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« Reply #37885 on: November 28, 2021, 02:04:38 PM »
Played some Red Alert Remastered, specifically the Allied campaign

The soundtrack :lawd

The mission design  :delicious

Tanya :uguu
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Nintex

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37886 on: November 28, 2021, 05:01:16 PM »
NFSU3  8)

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tiesto

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37887 on: November 29, 2021, 03:33:32 PM »
I beat Magic of Scheherazade and Lunar: The Silver Star, and then spent most of the vacation playing Tokyo Xanadu. Just made it to chapter 7.

Scheharazade - as I said before, has a ton of interesting ideas for its early (1987!) Japanese release date. A unique theme, some time travel, randomized solar eclipses that affect the # of items you can get, a mix between action RPG and command based battles, large full-screen boss encounters, a host of 11 recruitable characters you can use in battle. But damn, the final boss was BULLSHIT with an insta-kill attack. The weakest point of this game are the BS boss fights, where they just move around randomly with no rhyme or reason and you just have to keep firing your wand aimlessly and hope for the best. There are some places where it's not super clear what you're supposed to do so it's recommended to use a guide (I leaned on FlyingOmelette's quite heavily) but I highly recommend it to fans of NES gaming who have already played through Crystalis, Faxanadu, and the Zelda games.

Lunar: The Silver Star - Those final few dungeons definitely dragged ass, the Grindery in particular felt like a Phantasy Star 2 dungeon in terms of complexity and length. With a high encounter rate and battles that you can't run from, I felt super overpowered by the end of the game, so the final battles were a cakewalk (I remember Ghaleon being MUCH more difficult in the PS1 game). The economy is also weird, for the first 3/5 of the game you feel like weapons and armor are way too expensive, so you either hope you find good loot in the dungeon or save up for a few pieces of good armor... but then about 3/5 of the way through the game you're introduced to a shop with the best armor that you can outright purchase, so once you buy that there's literally nothing else to buy for the final 2/5 of the game, where dungeons are at their longest, encounter rate is at its steepest, and enemies drop the most gold. The best healing items will be given to you for free right before you go to the final sequence of dungeons.
Tokyo Xanadu has filled a bit of gap for me this year, as I've exhausted most of Falcom's US-released library (okay, still need to do the original TG-CD Dragon Slayer, and Zwei 1... I'll skip Brandish SNES and the PSP Gagharv's though :P ) and am eagerly awaiting the 4 upcoming Trails releases. The way it uses a similar UI and font and even some systems makes it feel like a modern day take on CS, even right down to having Towa. I love all the little cameos and references to past Falcom games - seeing a reference to "First Steps Toward Wars", the iconic Ys 1 song, on the back of Yuuki's hoodie made me smile.

Of course, it feels like Persona, Cold Steel, and Zwei 2 had a baby - the dungeons, although repetitive, are kinda neat on how they're bite-sized and have performance grades so you're encouraged to speed run. The combat feels clunkier than Ys but at the same time, much less mashy (definitely more Zwei 2 than Ys). Enemies hit HARD although they have obvious patterns and telegraphs to their moves, so you're encouraged to dodge and play a bit defensively. Some of the boss fights were pretty epic, though the witch boss fight at the end of chapter 5 was terribly-designed... unfortunately the camera just doesn't work when you're in a tight space with multiple large enemies around. Each character feels familiar enough to use but has their own subtle unique style, so I like using most instead of sticking with one or two I like best, which is typical of me for the genre. I also like how there are limited movesets instead of having bloated movelists most you don't even bother with (i.e. modern Ys), the orbment system for Trails feels kinda bolted on in this one however, but the limited # of orbment slots and challenging gameplay makes it a bit more important to think about what orbments you might need.

The story is, ehh... it feels very low stakes even at chapter 7 and definitely has that anime series feel where everything is a small contained story. And even many of the story beats feel like a warmed over rehash of Persona 4 (fog engulfing the town, missing villagers, pop idol with issues). Each chapter has the same formulaic progression, which does get tiring but even with playing practically nonstop last week I don't really feel all too burnt out yet. I do like some of the NPCs (especially cool to see someone from Poland in the game) and it definitely has the Trails thing going on where you talk to them every day and they say something new. However, I can't really get into those typical high school student NPC substories of like someone on the track team unable to get past their plateau. The intermission at the hot spring seriously DRAGGED ASS as well.

But oh man, the music kicks a lot of ass. Feels very CSish (and a few songs even remind me of Blue Destination). I especially love this particular dungeon theme, some LTJ Bukem vibes with this one:
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Bebpo

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37888 on: November 29, 2021, 05:25:16 PM »
I miss good music like that in Trails games...

Kuro has some good tracks, but that style of music has been lost by Falcom's Trails composers at this point. These are probably the best you're gonna get out of Kuro besides some nice soft sad piano tracks that are good.







Tokyo Xanadu comes together pretty well story-wise in the true ending. Found it very satisfying and made me want a TX2 but the game didn't sell well enough to do it :(  TX1 definitely sets up the world lore in a way to have bigger and more interesting sequels.
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Bebpo

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37889 on: November 29, 2021, 05:29:20 PM »
I'm in the final chapter in Kuro right now ~130 hours in. Lotta NPC talky left and then final dungeon stuff. Guessing it'll be around 150 hours, or about 30 hours longer than CS4 was. Hajimari was like 90-100 and shorter than CS3/4.

Nintex

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #37890 on: November 29, 2021, 06:54:04 PM »


This classic Lamborghini  :whew
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