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you know the drill. post what you are currently playing. add whatever else you goddamn please ;-)

bnw, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

bioshock inf 2nd dlc - a bit of a let down, elizabeth's story is so muddled and confusing.
orcs must die - this game is pretty fun!

bnw, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 16:50 (seven years ago) link

I (and, ostensibly, my girlfriend, who mostly only plays the pinball stuff I bought for her) just bought a PS3 a couple of months ago, which I'm completely new to aside from crashing helicopters into gas stations in GTA IV at my brother's. So I've been excitedly hoarding games, since this seems to be the sweet spot between when previous-gen system come way down in price and when they go out of print and skyrocket. But I'm trying to be restrictive in my playing so that I don't play eight million things at once and fail to fully appreciate the varied experiences.

Althought I was completely put-off by it at first (complicated tutorials maybe shouldn't take place in the middle of combat under cover of darkness), probably 75% of my game playing time of late has been devoted to Just Cause 2. So much addictive fun, and great for brief, post-work mayhem sessions. Strangely haven't read or heard a whole lot about it outside of ILG threads, so thanks for that, y'all. Prior to that, I was mostly sucked into Skyrim, which initially impressed and then subsequently overwhelmed me with its breadth. I mean, I'm level 25-ish and realized recently that I'd completed somewhere pretty far south of 10% of the core game, so it feels like a thing that could just go on forever. I'll return to it someday when I'm ready to really dig in.

Other stuff in my current rotation:
Fez (not hugely into platformers but I'm really digging it; music and design and use of color are aces)
Minecraft (kinda don't know exactly what to do with it yet, but it's cool to mess around with)
Arkham Asylum (not crazy about the combat, but maybe I'm just not used to it yet; the beginning of the Scarecrow encounter was amazing)
Where Is My Heart? (cute, cool concept, good for short bursts)
Portal (just started this...the rest of the Orange Box is backburnered for the time being)
Deadly Premonition (not terribly far into it; definitely bizarre as hell but I'm undecided just yet as to whether it's my kind of bizarre)
Prototype (love it to bits; I think I'm near the end so I've been sitting on it for a little while to prolong the love...although I do already have the sequel)
Resident Evil 3 (revisiting after 15 years; controls are for shit but I'm building up anticipation to RE4)
Walking Dead (only played the first episode thus far but it was great and I'm looking forward to more)

I also have a ton of stuff that I've played <15 minutes of (The Saboteur, Tomb Raider reboot, Marvel Ultimate Alliance) that I'm looking forward to jumping into more fully soon.

Kinda want to make a (sadly & ridiculously long) list of the stuff I've acquired and get recommendations of what to tackle next.

Surprise, It's My Butt (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 17:29 (seven years ago) link

MPQ and GTA5, exclusively, for ages now. Very very reluctant to start a new game atm

polyphonic, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 18:54 (seven years ago) link

rotation of dark souls 2 on ps3 and might & magic X and magic online on the laptop. nearly done with mmx and think i am going to finally play monaco. nearly done with ds2 but just going to keep playing it anyway.

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 19:38 (seven years ago) link

diablo 3 on pc! oh nooo

have a nice blood/orange bitters cocktail (mh), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 19:42 (seven years ago) link

I thought of something else I played recently: WSOP Full House Pro poker on xbla.

I am in a bad place. ;-)

polyphonic, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 21:23 (seven years ago) link

GTA5 in the evenings, still searching for those hidden items
Or Lego City Undercover on occasions.

Any other time I struggle to find time or energy to play anything else right now, I'm trying to design and develop my own games and I find that a struggle in itself.

Games that I *should* be playing anyway...

Pinball FX, really really should fire this up more often
Rayman, not even installed this yet
Red Dead Redemption (still not bothered to attempt the final mission)
Fallout3, embarrassingly never finished this either
Fuel, after having to purchase new PS3 I'll have to start all over again.
Just Cause 2, dropped off the radar a bit, dip into every now and again to get that 100% status
Minecraft/FTB, my only reason for not playing this more often is its just too daunting. In terms of time wasting goes this is the mother of all. FTB packs have basically kicked this game into mind blowing status imo.

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:00 (seven years ago) link

(With the exceptions of Pinball and Rayman you might notice a distinct pattern in the games I like)

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:02 (seven years ago) link

picked up gta 5 again just to round off the epsilon missions. i was convinced there would be a big heist at the end of all of it, because ripping off the scientologists seemed to make sense and how else would i ever get the cash to buy the golf course etc. so the only one getting ripped off was me :( officially done with this game.

also just finished xcom enemy unknown which i loved to bits. besides it was just long enough to keep my interest through the whole thing.

not really sure what to go with next. ps+ gave me lots of options. i'll probably get going on tomb raider, as soon as i stop struggling to like pes2014.

sonderangerbot, Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:35 (seven years ago) link

dayZ and nothing but dayZ. the slow small little updates that come out every couple of weeks just make it that little bit more appealing every day. i try not to think that's there's no real goal or 'end' to it.

NI, Thursday, 10 April 2014 17:28 (seven years ago) link

Dude, FRACT OSC is out. It's fun, but giving me a lot of flashbacks to Myst, due to heavy puzzles with occasional symbolic language hints. You're exploring this long abandoned machine world and you restoring operation to a giant synthesizer that you wander around in.

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Thursday, 24 April 2014 06:32 (seven years ago) link

SMT4, the soundtrack for this game is so good, running around a post-apocalyptic Tokyo to synthy krautrock <3 http://youtu.be/SG_gB4kb2oA

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:23 (seven years ago) link

Oh, FRACT sounds great, might have to grab that.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:32 (seven years ago) link

The only thing I'm playing at the moment is Letter Quest on my ipod. It's quite good but nothing mindblowing.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:32 (seven years ago) link

portal 2 (3rd time), ni no kuni, assassins creed 4, dork souls

am0n, Thursday, 24 April 2014 17:39 (seven years ago) link

FTL and could be on this for a while now that I feel like I finally understand how to play it

anonanon, Thursday, 24 April 2014 17:42 (seven years ago) link

im obsessed

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:41 (seven years ago) link

so many ships still to unlock and haven't even touched advanced mode...

anonanon, Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:45 (seven years ago) link

I've been playing Kingdom Of Amalur, a game that apparently lost the taxpayers of Rhode Island $75m, recently. I kind of hate myself as it's another massive Skyrim-style time sink, but it's quite good fun.

Yuri Bashment (ShariVari), Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:45 (seven years ago) link

what IS advanced mode

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:51 (seven years ago) link

i havent even begun boarding as a tactic yet

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:53 (seven years ago) link

sorry "advanced edition"

As a reminder, FTL: Advanced Edition is a free content expansion for FTL. All current (and future) customers will receive this update regardless of where they purchased it. Prior to release, we will post detailed instructions on how to get the update from whatever digital vendor you originally purchased FTL.

http://www.ftlgame.com/?page_id=106

New systems (clone bay??), new race, new ships, just lots more stuff, and it was released as a free sort of patch. It's a toggle option when you start a game, you can choose standard or advanced.

anonanon, Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:01 (seven years ago) link

I've been playing Kingdom Of Amalur, a game that apparently lost the taxpayers of Rhode Island $75m
― Yuri Bashment (ShariVari), Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:45 PM

ah yes the curt schilling rpg

am0n, Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:03 (seven years ago) link

oh yeah i'm playing dragon's dogma. i've given up on it twice before so i'm determined to finish it this time. the controls are lacking but it has some of the best gfx i've seen in an rpg. makes dark souls 2 look like shit by comparison anyway.

am0n, Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:10 (seven years ago) link

http://cdn.destructoid.com//ul/266639-curt-shilling.jpg

am0n, Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:14 (seven years ago) link

dragon's dogma was good fun, at its best early before everything becomes too easy, so i encourage you to not progress the story at all until you have been everywhere. one of the best and most unique things it has are the giant wandering monsters that really felt like epic fights, at least until my gang quickly got OP'd. helps if you resist the temptation of the broken pawns that are available early.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:29 (seven years ago) link

infinity wars + starbound

Mordy , Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:04 (seven years ago) link

helps if you resist the temptation of the broken pawns that are available early.
― Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:29 PM

what are the broken pawns. i've just been using the free low level ones and trading them in every so often. groups of bandits on the roads are still kicking my butt

am0n, Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:42 (seven years ago) link

i got one real early with an ordinary woman's name, Karen i am fairly sure, and her owner had limited her level but she had maxed-out, late game rare gear and was a total powerhouse

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 25 April 2014 00:01 (seven years ago) link

whatever the fighter class is. i got another midway thru with a more forgettable fantasyish name, also a female fighter.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 25 April 2014 00:02 (seven years ago) link

Dammit, Fract really _is_ like myst. I can't find the symbolic to detangle the tune I'm supposed to play to solve the final puzzle in one of the areas.

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Friday, 25 April 2014 02:11 (seven years ago) link

Final Fantasy - NES
Assassin's Creed IV - PC
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX - PC
Castlevania: Rond of Blood - T16
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - PSX
Metal Gear Solid - PSX
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance - PC
Metal Gear Solid 2 - PC

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 26 April 2014 03:58 (seven years ago) link

you livin' the life, Adam, respect

Nhex, Saturday, 26 April 2014 04:08 (seven years ago) link

finished saints row 4
tried diablo 3 again - meh so spammy
maybe back to metro 2033

bnw, Monday, 5 May 2014 18:25 (seven years ago) link

"Finished" Portal and Fez, loved both. Seems like there's still aftergame stuff for me to do, which is cool.

I'm a good way into the first God of War, and I can't be sure but I think I might kinda hate it. The brutal waves of super tough enemies are awesome, and some of the puzzles are pretty good, but creating Indiana Jones-esque deathtraps with a shitty camera and sketchy controls was the fucking worst idea ever. I've wasted so much of my playtime on failing to kill everything onscreen within a set time before falling to my death or being crushed or sliced up by shit that I can barely see in front of me that it's kinda become a chore for me to continue. I might just be hating the PS2-ness of it, though.

I've been surprisingly digging a lot of arcade-y stuff that I've gotten cheap from PSN recently. Super Stardust and Wipeout took me a little while to get used to but they're amazing once I'm in the zone. Just got Retro/Grade, which I haven't played much but which has an awesome conceit (basically a rhythm game disguised as a shooter that runs in reverse). The Space Invaders update also seems like good value.

This weekend, I hit 50% completion and the 100 hour mark near-simultaneously on Just Cause 2. Clearing a few areas in the game has become such a reliably perfect way to decompress at the end of the day.

Surprise, It's My Butt (Old Lunch), Monday, 5 May 2014 19:02 (seven years ago) link

kotor + bg2

Mordy, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:31 (seven years ago) link

getting myself psyched + ready for pillars of eternity i guess

Mordy, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:31 (seven years ago) link

xps I played GoW 1 for the first time... a year ago? Maybe two? Felt some of the same frustrations as you, but I'm still planning to truck on through to the others at some point. I can see how it all would've been far more impressive back in 2006, but some of those levels and dungeons are awfully designed.

What build you going for in KOTOR, Mordy?

Nhex, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:39 (seven years ago) link

i guess soldier guardian. tbh i'm kinda more interested in my bg2 half-elf cleric/ranger build (so OP apparently it's ppl's fave for soloing the game). (thought about playing a wild mage too.)

Mordy, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:40 (seven years ago) link

Streets of Rage 3
Bare Knuckle III

So BKIII is the Japanese version of SOR3 and it is WAY easier. This does not mean it is easy though, it only means it is possible to get through stage 1 without using a continue. American version of Streets of Rage 3 is one of the more difficult games I've ever played.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 16:32 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWsJPJ19DA

That level with the bulldozer is all-time unfair.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 16:36 (seven years ago) link

all that and he's beat by a girder

Nhex, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 19:30 (seven years ago) link

i love the energy meter for 'wall'.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 20:00 (seven years ago) link

i guess i only played Streets of Rage 1 & 2.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 20:01 (seven years ago) link

man why doesn't axel just jump over the damn walls

sor3 is weird. it seems like it admits to tactics then it doesn't really.

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

I think after you get past the stage where you are fighting kangaroos and evil dominatrix clowns they just figured they could get away w that.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 21:07 (seven years ago) link

Played 2-player Hyperstone Heist for the Genesis last night. Got to Super Shredder and then we died and we were out of continues! The music in that game is incredible. Orchestrated speed metal.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 May 2014 17:21 (seven years ago) link

i'm still playing bg2.

Mordy, Thursday, 15 May 2014 18:08 (seven years ago) link

eu4 always with the eu4. genovese colonial empire.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 15 May 2014 18:21 (seven years ago) link

I have only tried 2 weapons. I am favoring the dual swords bc the game plan is easy to understand. (Hit monster with swords)

Canon in Deez (silby), Sunday, 11 April 2021 23:02 (three months ago) link

I am planning on finishing the single player part first before tackling multiplayer, but it would be fun to monster hunt with you all sometime

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 23:23 (three months ago) link

Yeah let’s hun some mons

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 12 April 2021 00:34 (three months ago) link

I love when two giant monsters start to tango and it’s possible to ride them both

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 12 April 2021 01:06 (three months ago) link

what monkey playing now
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsCul1sp4hQ

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 12 April 2021 18:38 (three months ago) link

I don't think it's the answer I'd give if asked, but given the number of times I've cycled back around to it and the obscene number of hours I've poured into it, it's possible that Disgaea is my favorite game. I could play ten quick rounds leveling up a weapon in the Item World literally anytime, apparently without ever getting sick of it. It's like this platonic ideal hybrid of a SRPG and a procedurally-generated board game that I never knew that I wanted.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Monday, 12 April 2021 18:52 (three months ago) link

flonne has maybe the worst voice acting of any character in any video game. the plot and story stuff was bad and the character design made me want to bleach my eyes and put nails through my ps4 memory card.

i put 100+ hours into disgaea on the ps2 and never played any of the sequels. the strategy guide published by double jump books was also marvelous.

adam, Monday, 12 April 2021 19:20 (three months ago) link

I've been thinking about trying Disgaea, are they all pretty much good or is one of them worth starting with?

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Monday, 12 April 2021 19:27 (three months ago) link

have heard positive things about 5 if you want one on current platforms. i see it on sale fairly often

ciderpress, Monday, 12 April 2021 20:05 (three months ago) link

It's 2021 and I'm playing Dark Souls 3

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 April 2021 20:09 (three months ago) link

that's nothing, it's 2021 and I've been playing Magic The Gathering Arena!
it's always been there in the background as a "nerd thing" that I knew nothing about, so I played through the free tutorial stuff to see how it works
can see why people get obsessed with it, it's not really for me though

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 12 April 2021 20:16 (three months ago) link

(still getting better! Although I've also developed a lot of bad habits by playing at lower levels and getting used to people reacting the way newer players react, and so I'm less prepared when I run into an actually good player)

(also a la Fezzik, I'm so used to fighting groups that I'm also worse at fighting just one person)

xp

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 April 2021 20:32 (three months ago) link

Ooh I've been meaning to finally try MTG Arena. My partner & I still play with cards, I miss the deck-building aspect though.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 April 2021 20:33 (three months ago) link

i've been playing mtg arena a lot too rather than making progress on my rpg backlog. though i'm a veteran mtg player i guess

ciderpress, Monday, 12 April 2021 20:35 (three months ago) link

ciderpress you need to make progress on the rpg backlog so that you can work on your comprehensive monograph about JRPGs

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 12 April 2021 20:39 (three months ago) link

if i can count monster hunter as a jrpg then we're good

ciderpress, Monday, 12 April 2021 20:43 (three months ago) link

What DO you classify a monster hunter game as? What is the Pokémon/horizon/monster hunter genre?

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 12 April 2021 20:57 (three months ago) link

those are 3 different types of game imo

ciderpress, Monday, 12 April 2021 21:04 (three months ago) link

they're all Zeldas

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 12 April 2021 21:12 (three months ago) link

well no actually

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 12 April 2021 21:12 (three months ago) link

Monster Hunter is a Mario

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 12 April 2021 21:12 (three months ago) link

monster hunter is simply an action rpg. i haven't seen an acceptable more specific term for it and stuff like it

ciderpress, Monday, 12 April 2021 21:16 (three months ago) link

it's a roguelike

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 12 April 2021 21:34 (three months ago) link

it's a boss rush in slow motion

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 12 April 2021 21:40 (three months ago) link

Oh right, MTG Arena crashes when I try to install it on my ancient PC, is blocked on my work computer, and all tablets in the house are too old to be supported. :(

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 April 2021 22:29 (three months ago) link

it's a roguelike

permadeath monster hunter would be excruciatingly intense

now that's what the doctor ordered

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 12 April 2021 23:29 (three months ago) link

i think it would cause irl suicides

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 12 April 2021 23:29 (three months ago) link

havent really been gaming of late except for hearthstone and mtg: arena on my phone.

my friend gave me a loan of his stadia controller and chromecast. started playing PUBG. i am fucking terrible, hoping it's just a steep learning curve.

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 12 April 2021 23:32 (three months ago) link

I finally got around to Space Channel 5: Part 2 and it is INCREDIBLE except that the lag is so bad that it makes the game unnecessarily difficult to play, prob a combination of LCD TV + Bluetooth controller, but sheesh

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 18:56 (three months ago) link

i remember the lag being pretty terrible even on the original Dreamcast. you're playing the PC port i assume?

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 19:37 (three months ago) link

i fuckin love space channel 5, dunno if i ever played the sequel

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:24 (three months ago) link

playing majora's mask 3ds. i'm about as far as i've ever gotten in MM -- just past the opening section.

wasdnuos (abanana), Thursday, 15 April 2021 21:47 (three months ago) link

... maybe MTG Arena is for me after all lol

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 16 April 2021 01:07 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Cloudpunk DLC was released this week, even tho I know these are only short and not really substance heavy I really enjoyed the base game so I'm looking forward to starting it this weekend.

Then the devs drop this on us
Nivalis!

Diggin Holes (Ste), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 18:56 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

guilty gear strive seems good, the ways in which they've simplified the series's mechanics are really smart. just gotta hope they fix the broken-ass lobby system

ciderpress, Monday, 14 June 2021 14:55 (one month ago) link

Just got hold of Legend Bowl, I hear good things and it looks really nice, trying tonight.

Diggin Holes (Ste), Monday, 14 June 2021 15:12 (one month ago) link

I bought La-Mulana 2 on sale and decided to go back and finish the first game -- I had gotten to the midgame before, then quit after looking up the solution to the 'birth' puzzle. I'll be using hints even more liberally this time.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 14 June 2021 15:46 (one month ago) link

Downloaded Chivalry 2 last night and it is FUN.

circa1916, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 15:18 (one month ago) link

Picked up River City Girls a few weeks ago for some dumb beat 'em up fun, and it is exactly as advertised, with the added bonus of genuinely funny dialogue. The main theme song is awesome, too.

BABA BUOY (Leee), Saturday, 26 June 2021 23:36 (one month ago) link

Case in point:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2vCuLGJtEc

BABA BUOY (Leee), Thursday, 1 July 2021 18:32 (four weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

Played Frostpunk last night -- of ever you wanted to play a Civ-like but with more environmental catastrophe, it's very good!

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Saturday, 24 July 2021 18:04 (five days ago) link

60 hours into La-Mulana 2, the 2018 sequel to the 2005 game (and its improved 2012 remake). I love the brutally hard puzzles, but I don't like the brutally hard late-game enemies and stages. There's a stage called Ancient Chaos which delights in throwing you into lava and hitting you with lasers. I'm currently stuck in the Underworld, trying to figure out these gates of hell.

I do recommend the game to anyone who likes hard puzzles. Most puzzles get a vague clue, then you get to the room where you see the puzzle, then somewhere later there are more explicit clues. A lot of the puzzles have more than one way you could figure them out, which is a definite improvement over the first game, which was at times impossibly cryptic (like finding the big brother's shop, which requires you to buy items from the little brother's shop -- huh?).

Some noteworthy puzzles:
- The Brahma's Trials puzzle. This is a game-spanning, associative, Riven-like puzzle. Love it!
- the "colossal dragon" puzzle, which I had to look at hints to solve, but is very clever. From looking at the steam forums, everyone gets stuck on this one, although I believe it is fairly clued.
- Something that seems like a useless extra turns out to be required. It's regrettable that the clues to this are so obvious. Could have been a real stumper, like the sleep puzzle in the original.
- the "footprints" puzzle was a bit of a let-down. Seemed like it'd be really complicated, but then I found the main room and it became obvious.

Not exactly a puzzle, but a nice troll: after beating an early boss you find 3 tablets that each describe an item from the original game. Two of the items can be found soon afterwards. The other item is one of the last items you get in the game. It had me going, "am I missing something???" until I looked at the wiki and saw that I was a lengthy fetch quest away from getting it.

wasdnuos (abanana), Saturday, 24 July 2021 18:52 (five days ago) link

Finally got around to playing early '00s-set AOL Instant Messenger simulator Emily is Away (released 2015). The nostalgia is deep. The character dynamics and writing are... a little concerning. Played through a second time to see how things would change and it still felt a little weird. Emily Short's take was pretty much how I felt. (Spoilers, obviously)

Nhex, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:43 (two days ago) link

I have tried to get into the La Malana games but something puts me off, maybe the annoying flying enemies that constantly kill me.

Something similar, Sydney Hunter Curse of the Mayan, a bit slower paced but a very well made adventure platformer imo.

Diggin Holes (Ste), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 19:58 (two days ago) link

would love a metroid type game with inscrutable puzzles like la mulana but without the difficult enemies. i'm sure there's a bunch out there but almost every 'metroidvania' that gets press these days is 10% metroid and 90% vania

ciderpress, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 20:19 (two days ago) link

my problem with metroidvanias is if I put them down for a week or two there's no way I can remember where in the hell anything is

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 20:29 (two days ago) link

Microsoft Flight Simulator is out on Series X/S Game Pass. I found the controller setup for PC a little half-baked, but it seems like they ironed it out for the console release. I played through the first two sets of tutorials and am ready to start really getting into it.

Yakuza Like a Dragon: I'm up to Chapter 5 and loving this game so far.

I spent a little bit of time with Monster Sanctuary and Crosscode, which both made a good first impression.

Pretty deep into Outriders, which is my group's co-op game this summer. It's basically a Borderlands-like, including the bad writing.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 19:47 (yesterday) link

i am in the caves of qud. actually not really, i'm still not able to get very far, but i have heard of the caves of qud to the north and hope to get there someday

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 19:53 (yesterday) link

they're good caves

ciderpress, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 20:07 (yesterday) link

Ste: La-Mulana 1 has an item that makes you immune to bats and you can get it around halfway through the game, after you get bombs. Of course that was the one item I didn't find until I finished the game and looked everything up. I actually thought the enemies in LM1 were pretty easy aside from the bosses.

I finished La-Mulana 2. The hell gates turned out to be the final big puzzle that I needed to finish. Interestingly, the game flat-out tells you how to get infinite subweapon ammo late in the game, making the final bosses easy to cheese, and I did indeed cheese them. I enjoyed the game, but the late-game platforming difficulty makes me rate it below the original.

Sydney Hunter I own but I couldn't get my controller to work with it. I'll try again. Montezuma's Revenge was the first mazy platformer I played and I have fond memories of it. I also need to try out The Maze of Galious, the game that directly inspired La-Mulana.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 22:43 (yesterday) link


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