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« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2014, 10:43:54 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on October 14, 2014, 08:34:31 PM

There's quite the variation in review scores for this. It looks like I game I could potentially enjoy (in small doses. I don't handle adrenaline well), but Jim Sterling's review worries me. He's a very smart guy, and he points out that the game routinely tells you to make decisions without giving you any information with which to base those decisions on, and that's front and center among things that constitute bad game design. Games like XCOM show us that making hard choices can be extremely rewarding, but such games also give us enough information to make an educated choice where we aren't surprised by the consequences (and if we are, it's our own fault). It sounds like The Evil Within tells you to make choices blind and then punishes you heavily for making the wrong one. That's not rewarding. That's just frustrating.

Some of it depends on how long the reload time is and what your tolerance is for being negatively rewarded with a grisly death.  There is some entertainment to be had in making the wrong choice and seeing something over-the-top ridiculous then reloading quickly to make a different choice.

However, that does screw up the narrative flow a lot (and cheapens the threat level, of course).  And if all of the gameplay is based on those types of actions, that won't be very fun.

I haven't played very long so far (maybe forty five minutes), and I've died numerous times.  Sometimes doing the exact same, stupid thing until I figured out what I was meant to do.  Each of those became far less frustrating in retrospect.  The other deaths were hilarious.  I mean terrifying.
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« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2014, 05:20:26 AM »

One example of a choice (I'm not talking about Bioware-style "choices" here, with neon signs and warnings everywhere around you) with heavy consequences I believe he mentioned was getting locked into a boss battle checkpoint/save with only a sliver of health remaining, leaving him unable to sprint and making the boss battle next to impossible to complete. In the game's logic, he was making a choice by entering the boss battle without enough resources, but he had no way of knowing that he was about to do so, and no way to fix the situation (the game saved at the checkpoint) once he had ended up in it.
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« Reply #42 on: October 15, 2014, 04:47:43 PM »

I played through the first chapter this morning. What I like about it so far is the quality of the level design, as they are interesting and there's a lot of detail in the environments, and the cinematic feel. I'm not sure about gameplay and mechanics though, I died almost a dozen times in the first hour. It sort of reminds me of Outlast where rather than engaging in combat you're sneaking around and hiding in lockers, under beds, and so on. Outlast does it better, though.

Also, how long does the game stay in widescreen mode?

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« Reply #43 on: October 15, 2014, 05:06:03 PM »

The whole game. Rumor is it was done to help with framerate. They say things are supposed to show up in there but I haven't seen anything. Maybe subtitles, but I'm not playing with subtitles.

In chapter 5 and the game is getting creepier and creepier. Definitely a lot of trial and error here, but I'm just rolling with it. Kind of funny after you figure out an encounter you'll get a loading screen message that would have been very helpful before that encounter. Also have come up against some bugginess at checkpoints, one that basically got me past one tough situation by accident.

And holy crap (chapter 4 enemy spoiler)
Spoiler for Hiden:
enemies with invisibility powers!
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« Reply #44 on: October 15, 2014, 05:29:17 PM »

Ugh, that's so ghetto (the widescreen thing).

I'm glad you seem to be enjoying it, Teggy. I'll continue pressing onward.
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« Reply #45 on: October 15, 2014, 05:37:51 PM »

Quote from: Ridah on October 15, 2014, 05:29:17 PM

Ugh, that's so ghetto (the widescreen thing).

I'm glad you seem to be enjoying it, Teggy. I'll continue pressing onward.

I could totally see people not being into it, especially the trial and error stuff and some of the jankiness. However, it's what I was expecting and the type of game I was in the mood for.
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« Reply #46 on: October 16, 2014, 11:53:12 AM »

It's definitely grew on me. So much that I went and bought it after initially renting from Redbox.

The first couple of chapters really aren't that great and Chapter 3 can be annoying with a lack of save points. Once you hit the fourth Chapter it becomes a lot better paced and more reminiscent of RE4 despite it being a lot tougher due to ammo scarcity.

No doubt about it, the game is tough and relies heavily on trial and error at times. It's a polarizing experience and has far too much jank for a supposed AAA game. The story is garbage and the voice acting downright amateur. However, I love these type of games and hope it sells well enough for a sequel.
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« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2014, 10:40:13 AM »

Quote from: siege on October 16, 2014, 11:53:12 AM

The story is garbage and the voice acting downright amateur.

how bad is it, on a scale of "Resident Evil" to "The House of the Dead"?
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« Reply #48 on: October 18, 2014, 10:51:46 AM »

Quote from: hitbyambulance on October 18, 2014, 10:40:13 AM

Quote from: siege on October 16, 2014, 11:53:12 AM

The story is garbage and the voice acting downright amateur.

how bad is it, on a scale of "Resident Evil" to "The House of the Dead"?

So far, it's on the level of later Resident Evil 6, which isn't a good thing by the way. slywink
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« Reply #49 on: October 27, 2014, 02:57:26 AM »

Has anyone finished this yet? I keep dipping my toes in the pool but can't seem to fully dive in. I already bought the game, but I question whether the time should be spent elsewhere.
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« Reply #50 on: October 27, 2014, 03:08:03 AM »

No, I am on chapter 8 I think?  My nerves were getting a little rattled so I took a little break. Hope to get back to it this week.
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« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2014, 11:02:27 PM »

Well I finally finished this up. I have to admit I became less and less enamored with it as I went along. A little trial and error stuff is ok, but when there is so much of it it starts to wear on you. I can't remember the exact number of deaths it showed me I had but it was well over 200. Plus the camera is just really awful and is a big detriment to the game.

Story was kind of interesting but left more questions than answers. Also seems to be somewhat of an homage to Resident Evil.
Spoiler for Hiden:
There is some sort of shadowy multinational group/corporation pulling the strings

Can't say I can really recommend it unless you are really into this genre. Have to decide if I will hold on to it for the story DLC that's coming. They do give you some fun weapons for new game+ much like RE.
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