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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Rock » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:10 am

I don't have a problem with the change in pacing necessarily. I just don't find Xen as an environment as rich in detail as Black Mesa. One is atmospheric, but the other feels both atmospheric and lived in. I also think platforming is a pain in the ass from a 3D first person perspective, and the emphasis on that element gets a lot heavier in the Xen levels (while the kind of puzzles that were common and organic to the Black Mesa setting are in shorter supply).
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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:26 am

Rock wrote:
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I don't have a problem with the change in pacing necessarily. I just don't find Xen as an environment as rich in detail as Black Mesa. One is atmospheric, but the other feels both atmospheric and lived in. I also think platforming is a pain in the ass from a 3D first person perspective, and the emphasis on that element gets a lot heavier in the Xen levels (while the kind of puzzles that were common and organic to the Black Mesa setting are in shorter supply).
Hmm, I actually find that the Xen stages offer their fair share of effective detailed moments.
For instance, Interloper did a good job at showing how the Xen creatures were ignoble to a certain degree in the way of how they were enslaving the Vortigaunts and made them work at a factory where they were required to produce the Alien Grunts found throughout the game. I found this to be an effective moment of tragic irony, because while Questionable Ethics showed how the Black Mesa scientists had their flaws, so did the Xen creatures. I also liked how in Gonarch's Lair, it almost felt tragic to have to kill the headcrab's mother as this drove home the point of you being an intruder.
I completely get the criticism of platforming becoming more abundant. Personally, I've never had an issue with it, but I get why other people do.
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Re: The Video Game Thread

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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Wooley » Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:37 pm

Stu wrote:
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The Video Game Industry Can't Go On Like This
Environmental questions aside, I simply do not want to play multiplayer games.
I work a lot and I work unpredictable hours and I cannot reliably get on a multiplayer where anyone can expect I will actually be there. I also like to take frequent breaks from gaming. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, I like a real narrative in my games, even action games. Meanwhile, like everyone else, I hate microtransactions, loot-boxes, and season passes.
I wonder if there will be a place for me in gaming in the near future?
I am absolutely willing to pay more for games than they cost now, and I think they are worth more than what I pay, to be honest, but I suspect most people are spoiled by these prices and aren't as willing to pay so the industry will not go that way.
I mean, honestly, at $69.99, I got 85 hours out of Horizon: Zero Dawn on the first play-through alone and I played it a second time, and will probably eventually play it again. So I actually have paid $0.41/hour, FORTY-ONE CENTS AN HOUR for this game and after I eventually play it a third time, I will have paid on $0.27/h for that game. If the price went to $100/game, I would still only have paid THIRTY-NINE CENTS AN HOUR for a game like that if I eventually played it 3 times or still only $0.59/h if I just played it twice in the whole time I owned it. How can ANYONE complain about that? When I was a kid and there were the big standing consoles for a single game, you might plunk $4-6 worth of quarters into one in an hour, and that's not adjusted for inflation.
So, I'd really just like to see them make more and more great single-player titles and charge $100 for them.
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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:58 am

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Since I've played a few horror games with the run and hide mechanic recently, I thought I'd post my reviews of them here.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)
Forget what I said for this one. I replayed it recently, and I now think it's outstanding!
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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Torgo » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:47 pm

Wooley wrote:
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Blood Dragon is one of my favorite games ever.
Got to admit though, I quit on the last Wolfenstein game. Just couldn't keep me engaged and I've never loved their gameplay/mechanics.
Very late reply, but regarding Wolfenstein, I like, but don't love Wolfenstein '09 and The New Order. I haven't started playing The New Colossus, mostly because I recently completed Doom '16 and The New Order and I'd rather play an FPS made by a company other than Bethesda.
With that said, and to go along with your reply to Stu, are any other companies making decent FPS's with single-player campaigns? I tried Shadow Warrior '13, but I got bored pretty quickly.
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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Wooley » Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:10 am

Torgo wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:47 pm
Very late reply, but regarding Wolfenstein, I like, but don't love Wolfenstein '09 and The New Order. I haven't started playing The New Colossus, mostly because I recently completed Doom '16 and The New Order and I'd rather play an FPS made by a company other than Bethesda.
With that said, and to go along with your reply to Stu, are any other companies making decent FPS's with single-player campaigns? I tried Shadow Warrior '13, but I got bored pretty quickly.
Well, honestly, all of the Farcry games are among the best FPSs there are.
I personally loved Prey as a single-player, campaign, RPG, fantasy FPS. Really creative and interesting game I'm really surprised wasn't a bigger hit.
I'm sure you played DOOM, that's the most balls-to-the-wall FPS I know of.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was ok. Worth playing. Not great, but worth playing.
Man, now that you mention it, is it this hard to find good FPSs that aren't all online multiplayer anymore?
I'm gonna jump onto Rage 2 soon (I thought the first one was a lot better than its popularity), I'll let you know how that goes.
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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Beau » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:33 pm

I have so many games on my Steam backlog, but I always end up playing on my Switch.

I dumped an unreasonable amount of hours on Into the Breach. It scratched an itch I didn't know I needed scratched, and single-handedly boosted my interest in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which of course I just bought and is a completely different kind of tile-based strategy game, and in many ways is the exact opposite of Into the Breach's minimalist approach to storytelling and mechanics, but is brilliant and weird and wildly ambitious regardless. The only problem I have with Three Houses, to be honest, is that Breath of the Wild spoiled me a bit in terms of over-world exploration, and now I expect all NPCs to wake up in the morning, have schedules and varying dialogue options depending on weather conditions and the time of day, and then go to sleep at night after telling me they're walking back home and now is not a good time to chat, which of course only Breath of the Wild and a handful of other games (Majora's Mask, Ultima VII) actually bother to do, with even behemoths like The Witcher 3 defaulting to NPCs who either just stand around and do nothing or walk around in endless circles.
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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Macrology » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:07 pm

I've been thinking about Three Houses, but god, I have so little time for video games (especially games like Fire Emblem, that require some real time investment). I also have a modest Steam backlog (5-10 games) that I've been neglecting.

All I play regularly right now is the occasional bout of Overwatch with my friends. I tried Dark Souls on the Switch, but it feels like more of a chore than I have time to bother with right now.
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Re: The Video Game Thread

Post by Beau » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:45 pm

Macrology wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:07 pm
I've been thinking about Three Houses, but god, I have so little time for video games (especially games like Fire Emblem, that require some real time investment). I also have a modest Steam backlog (5-10 games) that I've been neglecting.

All I play regularly right now is the occasional bout of Overwatch with my friends. I tried Dark Souls on the Switch, but it feels like more of a chore than I have time to bother with right now.
I hear you. Three House feels remarkably lean despite all the stuff it asks you to do. I think it's because every activity, even silly things like the fishing mini-game and the tea parties, all lead back into the basic pillars of the game: mechanically, how you slowly nurture your army and character stats; narratively, how you slowly get to know the protagonists and come to feel protective of them. It's kind of like Breath of the Wild in that sense: a massive game that's so single-minded that everything feels purposeful.

However, yes, the time commitment is real. Around 50 to 60 hours to beat it once, and you're supposed to beat it several times if you want to experience the full story. I've basically blocked off several months to just tackle this game and little else.
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