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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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) link

diablo 3 on pc! oh nooo

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

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

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

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

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

im obsessed

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

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

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

what IS advanced mode

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

i havent even begun boarding as a tactic yet

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

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

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

infinity wars + starbound

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

you livin' the life, Adam, respect

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

kotor + bg2

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

getting myself psyched + ready for pillars of eternity i guess

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

all that and he's beat by a girder

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

i love the energy meter for 'wall'.

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

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

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

i'm still playing bg2.

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

eu4 always with the eu4. genovese colonial empire.

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

Will do! Because I know I already tried the Ashtray Maze a hundred times and got nowhere, figured I was doing something wrong and then googled just enough to learn that no, it was not me, I just needed to finish more of the game first.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 September 2022 15:18 (two weeks ago) link

Ashtray Maze was so fun that I don't see how the game can top that. But I did get faked out by the post Polaris endgame (which had its own surprise soundtrack).

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 September 2022 19:03 (two weeks ago) link

Bought the new monkey island. Cute so far.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 08:44 (two weeks ago) link

Finished the main game of "Control." I really enjoyed its weirdness and quirks, though all that stuff kneecaps whatever story or emotion they were going for (and being able to hurl objects from a distance made most combat pretty easy). Related, there is absolutely no way I'm going to read the seemingly hundreds of documents I've collected. But I will do all the extra stuff.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 13:18 (two weeks ago) link

I didn't follow the plot for AWE at all, but it has some of the scariest stuff in the game!

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Tuesday, 20 September 2022 18:48 (two weeks ago) link

I think I played most of that already, pretty creepy stuff in the dark.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 19:53 (two weeks ago) link

I thought about buying Return to MI on day 1 but I think I'll wait until my next credit card billing month. I already bought the Steam Deck this month and it arrived on MI's release day. (It's great so far despite an initial networking hiccup.)

formerly abanana (dat), Tuesday, 20 September 2022 20:09 (two weeks ago) link

I just got my Deck too, haven't had the chance to even plug it in yet though.

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Tuesday, 20 September 2022 20:12 (two weeks ago) link

Steam Deck day 1 impressions:
Networking issues: It got online, but then it wouldn't let me login to my Steam account. Seems to be a common issue judging by the google results I got. I fixed it by powercycling it.
I was surprised by how easy it is to go to the Linux desktop.
Extra SD card slot is right on the side, no secret compartment like with my phone.
The games I played ran without issues except for the one time that a game required keyboard input. What a pain it is to pull up the onscreen keyboard. Clearly Valve wants everything to have controller support.
I could feel an area on the back of the controller get warm. No fan sounds yet.

formerly abanana (dat), Tuesday, 20 September 2022 20:30 (two weeks ago) link

perhaps spurred by JiC's Control posts, i bit the bullet last night.

i like the conversation moments where Jessie is thinking something to herself. it's always a close-up of her eyes as she thinks things to herself in the middle of a conversation. sometimes 10-20 seconds will pass on a close-up of her face as the other person waits for an answer and she's thinking about her past.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 02:15 (two weeks ago) link

hey dude how's it going?

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Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 02:16 (two weeks ago) link

on the abilities side i have leaned heavily into the "launch" category, the one where you can pick up objects and throw them. very satisfying!

i have to say, Control _really_ has some performance issues on ps4. i say that as someone playing control on an early model ps4, knowing that it won't be the best. in general i don't really care about frame rate issues or slowdown. i played a shitload of gradius III and lifeforce and i am 99.99% perfectly fine with massive slowdown. but yeah, there's a lot of that here, on an old school ps4. it's testing my resolve and dedication to lo-fi 2010s generation console gaming

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 02:19 (two weeks ago) link

xpost lol, I found that stuff hilarious.

I specifically waited until I had a PS5 to start this, because I had heard consoles struggled.

I finished the AWE DLC. Final boss was actually kind of tricky. I've never played Alan Wake but I guess I should, since there's a sequel coming out.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 02:20 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, playing Control on a heaving, creaking old PS4 ranks as one of the least enjoyable gaming experiences of my life. Which is a shame as the game itself is pretty cool - also Remedy are so so good at tyopgraphic stuff in their games.

bain4z, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 11:28 (two weeks ago) link

I was pretty fine with it on my base PS4 (well, the slim one) with the exception of some of the hairier encounters and boss fights. That said very glad I will get go back to it on a PS5, and also bitter that my save game doesn't transfer over to the Ultimate edition so I will be playing the PS4 version on that PS5.

Nhex, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 12:12 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking of which, now that I know which stuff is the DLC stuff, for whatever reason some of the DLC stuff looks pretty iffy to me, at least compared to the base game. Textures, Jesse's face. No idea why. This is on the PS5 upgraded Ultimate edition, almost like the DLC didn't get a graphics boost. Doesn't affect gameplay, just looks out of place.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:15 (two weeks ago) link

Since graphics are the first thing finished in a video game, and CONTROL won multiple awards for excellence in graphics, here is footage from the beginning of development :)

Full video here: https://t.co/l2g7oPhtk7
🔻 pic.twitter.com/cGnmJZXF5E

— Paul Ehreth 🔻 (@bacon_sanwich) September 20, 2022

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

For context, some idiot on Twitter (redundant, I know) said that graphics are the first thing that gets finalized in the games development cycle and so the GTA6 leaks are what the finished product is going to look like.

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 16:01 (two weeks ago) link

Did anyone actually take that statement seriously?

Nhex, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

There's more here: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/gta-6-leak-graphics-are-not-finished-first/

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 19:48 (two weeks ago) link

xpost I think it just pissed off enough devs

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 19:48 (two weeks ago) link

i think it's because there's very little "news" in game news, even though there are multiple competing 24/7 game news websites.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 19:50 (two weeks ago) link

if they weren't running an article about how one guy said something really uninformed on twitter and no one believed him, they would have to run that one article about the guy who recorded a video of this one really funny bug that happened in Destiny 2 where you float through a wall

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

I finished most of Control and the DLC. Is there any reason to complete all the busywork side quests? Mold? Shining lights on plants?

The DLC, btw, played fine, but at least for me it still seemed far less finished/polished than the main game. Jesse looked weird, and there were multiple times it glitched out and trapped me in a room or didn't spawn something that was supposed to spawn, forcing me to reboot the game. I'm not sure I've ever had a game I had to reboot before, let alone multiple times.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:49 (one week ago) link

I don't remember any of the DLC being weirdly glitchy, but it's been quite a while since I played it.

As for finishing the sidequests, that's for getting more ability points and/or hunting for trophies.

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 16:13 (one week ago) link

But no good battles or anything?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 16:21 (one week ago) link

Some of them are just fetch quests, some are to unlock some cat ears, others have tough boss fights. "Swift Platform" is probably a highlight if you haven't already played it, if for no other reason than its great synthwave song (when I played it when it first came out, it was hard af, but they patched it to make it a lot easier).

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 16:35 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I did that one, it was fun! (At least once I figured out I was supposed to move out of the way of the barriers and not just take them on face-first, lol.)

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 16:43 (one week ago) link

Return to Monkey Island: another good one from Ron Gilbert. I prefer Thimbleweed Park (the variety of action verb choices led to better puzzles) but it's great that they managed to make another good MI game, after that last two stinky ones. They put extra effort in to make sure that mouse and gamepad were both solid input choices.

formerly abanana (dat), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 17:53 (one week ago) link

I'm about 5 hours in to Yakuza 0, my first-ever Yakuza. This game is hilarious. I had to buy a bunch of homeless guys booze in exchange for information about a shady real estate company that's been pushing folks out of the neighborhood. Each of them wanted something different, so I had to hoof it all over town to various stores.

Somehow, along the way, I run into a TV crew who rope me into impersonating their erstwhile producer. They even give me a pretentious TV big-shot outfit to wear (lavender slacks, white sneakers, a yellow sweater draped & tied over my shoulders). We shoot some scenes for a food show and I have to pretend I know what I'm doing.

Then, the *actual* producer shows up, wearing the identical outfit I'm dressed in, and I have to beat the tar out of him and his cronies, because this is Yakuza. After that, the crew thanks me and they have a heartfelt dialogue with the director about their passion for making TV.

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:49 (one week ago) link

yakuza 0 is a masterpiece

ciderpress, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 16:06 (one week ago) link

Moonscars -- copies too much of the dark souls formula for me. I didn't feel like grinding for souls -- I think souls can't be banked in this game, so die twice and they're all gone -- so I put it down. at least it's not a roguelike.

formerly abanana (dat), Thursday, 29 September 2022 08:04 (one week ago) link

tonite i been listening to king crimson & rosalìa

now playing: “sailor’s tale” by crimso

black ark oakensaw (doo rag), Thursday, 29 September 2022 10:55 (one week ago) link

i also am listening to king crimson! while playing slime rancher 2

adam, Thursday, 29 September 2022 11:34 (one week ago) link

Are there any games with heavy prog soundtracks? Lots of metal and, well, traditional video game music beats, but there need to be more game soundtracks with Mellotron and long weird instrumental freakouts parts.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:10 (one week ago) link

lots of old japanese game soundtracks are clearly influenced by prog and jazz fusion. can't think of any with mellotron though

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:15 (one week ago) link

it still lives on in JRPG battle themes of course

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1weNnjzaXbY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GB-xej4GFc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0zBU_U1IHQ

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:25 (one week ago) link

First thing "prog soundtrack" made me think of was Chrono Trigger. And the SNES sample-based sound chip is sorta like a crunchy digital mellotron

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:02 (one week ago) link

xpost That stuff is more fuzak and Dream Theatre type cheese, though. I'm talking heavy dramatic stuff like Crimson.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:13 (one week ago) link

I got my Steam Deck last week and have been mainly polishing off the latter half of Yakuza Kiwami so far. I have definitely fondly longed for the days of Yakuza 0 several times. Why is it always so hard to get Kiryu to face the general direction of the people who are hitting him with katanas -_-

Also grabbed the tactical RPGs Symphony of War and Songs of Conquest off last weekend's steam sale, have only tried the first one so far as it's verified on Deck , it definitely scratches a vaguely Vandal Hearts/Suikoden-y itch

Also tried:
Roadwarden - lo-fi low-fantasy moody gamebook style thing with Disco Elysium-style attention to conversational and narrative details, I liked the 90 mins I've put in so far but, in time-honoured Fighting Fantasy fashion, feel like I'm stacking up a trolley-dash worth of negative in-game consequences without realising it yet
Hellish Quart - realistic swordfighting mischief, lots of short fights that result in jarringly well-animated disfigurations, a bit (early access) bare bones but grimly compelling with impressive physics
Street Figher V Champion Edition - runs perfectly, none of my cloud saves worked so have just been redoing the trials with the more recently added characters, not sure the deck's d-pad or sticks will allow much more involved play but maybe I'll get used to it
Wind Waker HD - damn this machine is a miracle lol

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:20 (one week ago) link

xp please don't compare my precious Falcom Sound Team jdk to dream theatre

diamonddave85 (diamonddave85), Friday, 30 September 2022 01:23 (six days ago) link

I've never played the Uncharted games, so I figure ... why not? Gonna just cruise through them all in order. First one is dumb fun so far, not bad for a game that's 15 years old (albeit snazzed up for the PS4, and performing even better on the PS5).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 October 2022 22:18 (four days ago) link

imagine how good it will be on a PS6

ciderpress, Sunday, 2 October 2022 22:49 (four days ago) link

I am playing co-op Children of Morta and it’s so much more fun

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 October 2022 23:06 (four days ago) link

this is kind of the general games thread?

most of this acquisition is game-related

https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/fandom-buys-tv-guide-metacritic-gamespot-1235391144/

Fandom is rolling up a suite of entertainment and gaming content properties — including TV Guide and Metacritic — in a deal with digital-marketing company Red Ventures worth about $50 million.

San Francisco-based Fandom acquired GameSpot, Metacritic, TV Guide, GameFAQs, Giant Bomb, Cord Cutters News and Comic Vine under the deal. The sites collectively attract 46 million monthly active users, according to Fandom.

i think gamespot was last good at least 20 years ago, gamefaqs once ruled but isn't as uniquely useful these days, giant bomb is probably better than gamespot. metacritic is still useful but scanning the lists of the supposedly most critically lauded games of the year often turns into a depressing experience, and i have no idea why. maybe someone else feels that way too. i read every single tv guide when i was a kid. there wasn't much reading material in our house.

Karl Malone, Monday, 3 October 2022 20:41 (three days ago) link

GameFAQs is still pretty good for niche approaches to games, TrueAchievement has most of what I used to go to GameFAQs for and also pictures.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 3 October 2022 23:47 (three days ago) link

gamefaqs is still a valuable archive that will hopefully not get bulldozed, all the rest are whatever who cares

ciderpress, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 02:51 (two days ago) link

cnet sat on so many good web 1.0 sites. no idea how they stayed in business for so long.

metacritic for games makes it obvious that reviews of major franchises/labels are made positive to satisfy expectant fans, instead of being based on anything in the actual game.

formerly abanana (dat), Tuesday, 4 October 2022 21:24 (two days ago) link

yup. at this point most ppl reviewing games have figured out that sincerity and integrity over video games is not worth being harassed on twitter for a month by people who think 7 out of 10 is the gravest insult

ciderpress, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 22:16 (two days ago) link

yeah, i get why so some review sites gave up on scoring metrics altogether

Nhex, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 01:49 (yesterday) link


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