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I think Beyond: Two Souls is the only David Cage game I truly enjoyed. It has less horrid voice acting, fewer lines of awful dialogue, a more interesting setting/premise and smoother mechanics.

The others are good for laughs

I thought Heavy Rain was really enjoyable. But I like story-games, Life Is Strange, The Wolf Among Us, Firewatch, Edith Finch, etc. I can't seem to get much of anything out of B:TS. And one of my biggest issues is that when there is gameplay, it is the worst. Just seems like the game is not designed well to me. Mechanics seem to change or come out of nowhere. I missed something really cool that effects the story the other night because I could not figure out what mechanic would allow me to interact with what I'd found. I made several attempts and then it disappeared and the moment passed. It was typical of my experience with the game.
Ellen Paige is really good though. Not totally sure what they needed Willem Dafoe for.


Sun May 20, 2018 12:37 pm
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I have only ever played David Cage games Mystery Science Theater style, semi-collaboratively, with a group of friends in the room, and I think that's the only way to play them. They're such a perfect mix of ridiculous and compelling (and purely visceral), that group reactions really enhance the experience.

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Sun May 20, 2018 1:57 pm
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I have only ever played David Cage games Mystery Science Theater style, semi-collaboratively, with a group of friends in the room, and I think that's the only way to play them. They're such a perfect mix of ridiculous and compelling (and purely visceral), that group reactions really enhance the experience.

Oddly enough that's how a lot of people recommend Until Dawn should be played. They say it's a great Party Game.

And Wooley I wouldn't recommend Tropical Freeze to people unless they liked platformers. And also that game is hard. Both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Tropical Freeze are some of the hardest games I ever played. But dammit if I didn't enjoy every minute of them. Just for the shadow levels alone. Actually that's silhouette I guess haha.


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Until Dawn is just a good game in general. One of the few horror games in recent memory that actually manages to be... you know, scary. Sometimes. At the very least, it does a good job of creating tension.

Just don't go into it expecting anything more than QTEs and multiple story paths and endings, and you'll enjoy it.

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I have only ever played David Cage games Mystery Science Theater style, semi-collaboratively, with a group of friends in the room, and I think that's the only way to play them. They're such a perfect mix of ridiculous and compelling (and purely visceral), that group reactions really enhance the experience.

That's a cool idea, I've got some friends I could maybe do that with. And then I wouldn't have to do the silly mechanical things as much. And somebody would maybe remember what my son was wearing before he was kidnapped, cause I sure didn't notice.


Mon May 21, 2018 12:33 pm
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Oddly enough that's how a lot of people recommend Until Dawn should be played. They say it's a great Party Game.

And Wooley I wouldn't recommend Tropical Freeze to people unless they liked platformers. And also that game is hard. Both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Tropical Freeze are some of the hardest games I ever played. But dammit if I didn't enjoy every minute of them. Just for the shadow levels alone. Actually that's silhouette I guess haha.

Hmmm... Until Dawn as a party game. That could be cool. I guess the only problem would be that everyone would have to have at least some facility with a controller because in that game if you fail the QTEs, somebody dies and there's no going back.

Yeah, I am not a platformer at all. Original DOOM (when I played it back in '94) was like everything in the world (of video games) had suddenly become right. And I've never looked back. When I played original God Of War (which I think was a platformer or something very like it), I knew I was never going back to that format.


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Until Dawn is just a good game in general. One of the few horror games in recent memory that actually manages to be... you know, scary. Sometimes. At the very least, it does a good job of creating tension.

Just don't go into it expecting anything more than QTEs and multiple story paths and endings, and you'll enjoy it.

Yeah, the first time I realized that one of the characters died specifically because of the way I had treated someone when I was playing as that character hours before, I knew I had found something special.


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Yeah I think I left off where Mike got to the asylum. That girl died because even though i chose to go the risky route I fell a few times. :(


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Yeah I think I left off where Mike got to the asylum. That girl died because even though i chose to go the risky route I fell a few times. :(

Exactly.
The first time I played the game that girl made it almost to the end. The second time I wondered what would happen if I didn't chase so hard, would I find her somewhere later, would that change the game? And then her head dropped at my feet. And my favorite character, who survived the first playthrough, got slaughtered late in the game when I made a different choice than I had the first time that I didn't really remember what I had done.


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God I need to get a Switch. This looks gorgeous and wonderful and good.

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Mario Tennis, a Jurassic Park builder, and more games to play in June

Wait, they're actually making a sequel to Shaq Fu? L-O-fucking-L.

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Penumbra: Requiem, the final game in the Penumbra trilogy, is one of the strangest puzzle games I've ever played. Like Painkiller, it's a series of levels - each one at a separate location - and they're all strung together by a loose narrative. Unfortunately, the narrative is so obtuse - so much so that it borders on parody of obtuse video game stories - that it seems completely unnecessary. The game came out around when Portal was popular, so I can only assume that the developers were trying to ride its coattails. With that said, the puzzles are all very good, but their difficulty progression could have been better (I spent seemingly forever on the 3rd puzzle, but I breezed through the final two puzzles). In short, it's the video game equivalent of an appendix or a collection of demos, rarities and B-sides.

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Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:52 am
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I gave up on Beyond: Two Souls.
Long time since I quit a game. Worst game I've played in a couple years.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:53 pm
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I still think it's a much better game than Heavy Rain. But David Cage in general isn't for everyone, to say the least.

Detroit might be the only game he's ever done that's hard to dislike, and that has more to do with the concept and choices than the game play. I do like that you can actually control the character during a lot of the QTE action sequences in that - that's a major advancement for him.

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I still think it's a much better game than Heavy Rain. But David Cage in general isn't for everyone, to say the least.

Detroit might be the only game he's ever done that's hard to dislike, and that has more to do with the concept and choices than the game play. I do like that you can actually control the character during a lot of the QTE action sequences in that - that's a major advancement for him.

I really liked Heavy Rain. I don't get how Beyond: Two Souls is any good compared to it but more importantly to almost any major-release out there. I don't remember playing a major-release game so deeply flawed in so many different ways as this one. As so many have mentioned, the combat is atrocious (every review mentions this as a major flaw right out of the gate), but a lot of times you don't even realize you're in combat or that you're supposed to be responding to something until it's already happened. Physical interaction with the environment is the most on-rails experience I've seen in a long time, where you often simply cannot move in a direction you're not supposed to go to reach your objective and initiating combat is not always even an option. And in combat, no matter what happens to you, you always end up in the same place eventually. I replayed a chapter because I had done SO badly in what I didn't even realize was sort of a combat action scene until I was halfway though it and I had already botched it royally and gotten apprehended, then did well on the second go-through but a few minutes later was in the same outcome. The game is like that throughout where you get to make choices, but no matter what choices you make the outcomes end up being the same. Additionally, the central conceit, the bond of Jodie and Aidan, is handled so inconsistently that it's really just ridiculous. In one chapter Aidan will be able to go through ceilings and floors to travel multiple levels or rooms away from Jodie, in others, he can't leave the room you're in (and of course, at other times you mysteriously have no access to Aidan at all). Generally, when you use Aidan there is only one thing he can do (strangle that guy, knock over a lamp, change the station on the radio. And most of the game you have no choice as to what he will do, there will either be only one option available, so there's no imagination to the game. In many cases where there were choices, I missed them and yet the story moved right along anyway. One reviewer described it as "the most passive gaming experience" she'd ever had and said, since the game promises to be all about choice but you have so few choices and none of them actually effect outcomes, it would have been more interesting to just watch a movie of the story and save 8 1/2 hours. I concur.
Anyway, I obviously kinda hated it, I felt it wasted too much of my time. I considered quitting it much earlier but then there was the chapter with the Navajo and the demon and that was at least a little pearl in this big sack of oyster shells.


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Of course, not all of this looks like actual gameplay, but still... give. Naow.

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Of course, not all of this looks like actual gameplay, but still... give. Naow.

Most of it did to me, and, damn, can't wait.


Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:40 pm
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These video games are awfully violent. :(


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Does anybody know how to fix screen flickering? I recently bought Half-Life 2 from Steam, but the constant flickering is really annoying me. I also looked up a couple tutorials, but none of them worked.

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Edit: wrong thread.


Uh, Zarya is pretty.


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Does anybody know how to fix screen flickering? I recently bought Half-Life 2 from Steam, but the constant flickering is really annoying me. I also looked up a couple tutorials, but none of them worked.

Oh. Half-Life 3. So amazing.


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Oh. Half-Life 3. So amazing.

All kidding aside, do you actually know how to fix it, because it's really stressing me out.

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Flickering?


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Flickering?

Sorry if I'm not being specific enough. It's just that I can't find a specific term to call this by. I'll try to elaborate more on what I'm talking about. Basically, when I move my mouse, white bars flash on the screen (mainly near the top of it). I discovered that if I record the screen as I play, it removes the white bars, but I'd still like to find a way to remove them altogether. If you or anyone else has experienced something similar to what I'm describing, I'd like to know of a solution to this bug.

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All kidding aside, do you actually know how to fix it, because it's really stressing me out.

Sorry, I wish I did 'cause that game is so fucking awesome. I hope you can sort it out. When you say "flickering", what do you mean? Like lag? Or like light and dark?


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Hey, by the way, I got The Nathan Drake Collection and I tried to play the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but it's just a little too out-of-date for me. Can anyone recommend which of the other two I should play, Among Thieves or Drake's Deception?
I suspect if AT is good I will go on and play DD, but not necessarily the other way around.


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Power through Drake's Fortune. The story is kinda set ups Among Thieves relationships. But if you must skip play Among Thieves and Drake's Deception. Among Thieves has some of the best set pieces in any games.


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Sorry, I wish I did 'cause that game is so fucking awesome. I hope you can sort it out. When you say "flickering", what do you mean? Like lag? Or like light and dark?

It doesn't lag. What happens is that white bars seem to flash across different textures on the screen (mainly near the top of it). Fortunately, I discovered that as long as you record your screen as you play, it removes them, so I started playing a bit of it yesterday, but I would like to know of a permanent solution to it if there is one.

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It doesn't lag. What happens is that white bars seem to flash across different textures on the screen (mainly near the top of it). Fortunately, I discovered that as long as you record your screen as you play, it removes them, so I started playing a bit of it yesterday, but I would like to know of a permanent solution to it if there is one.

Hmmm... don't think I've ever seen that. Is your computer fully powered to run it? Have you tried uninstalling/reinstalling?


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Hmmm... don't think I've ever seen that. Is your computer fully powered to run it? Have you tried uninstalling/reinstalling?

Yes, it should be able to run it just fine. I reinstalled it once shortly after I got it, but it didn't work.

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Wooley wrote:
Hey, by the way, I got The Nathan Drake Collection and I tried to play the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but it's just a little too out-of-date for me. Can anyone recommend which of the other two I should play, Among Thieves or Drake's Deception?
I suspect if AT is good I will go on and play DD, but not necessarily the other way around.
I'll go against the grain here and recommend Deception over Thieves, as the latter's actually always been my least favorite Uncharted (despite all the praise it gets), as I've always found the gameplay in it to be kind of clunky, while I remember Drake's Deception being a lot of fun... though not as fun as A Thief's End, which is my favorite entry in the overall series.

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Don't listen to Smalley.
The Ranking goes as Follows
Unchrated: THe Lost Legacy
Uncharted A thief's End
Uncharted 2: Among THieves
Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception
Uncharted : Drake's Fortune

1's story is minor tie in to 2. Mainly the characters. But 1's story makes a comeback into 3. And 4's stories ties everything nicely. And Uncharted Lost Legacy is a minor sequel to 4.


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Begun, this Steam Sale has...

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