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 41 
 on: March 22, 2017, 04:17:56 AM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by Gratch
2 hours in, and completely blown away so far.  I mean, just...wow.  Story and characters completely hooked me from the get-go.  I love Aloy as a main character, and am really interested to see what they do with the world.  My only minor gripe is sometimes not being able to tell when a monster is lurking around.  Especially when it spots me from what seems to be about 500 yards away.

I'm a little worried it's going to get way too difficult for me (I'm seriously SO bad at aiming on consoles, even with the slow-down skill), but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

It's probably listed already upthread, but what are the "must-have" skills?

 42 
 on: March 21, 2017, 10:56:07 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by forgeforsaken

Quote from: rittchard on March 21, 2017, 08:08:04 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 20, 2017, 10:04:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 20, 2017, 05:33:16 PM

Still curious about the negativity - if this wasn't a Mass Effect sequel, would people be more interested?  I guess I'm just lucky that I don't feel excess expectations or whatever from the previous games?  There just aren't a lot of sci-fi games with this kind of depth and storytelling combining RPG and action elements.  Most of the games in this venue are slanted toward the action side, so I'm enjoying a game that appears to be more interested in telling a big story with me in the thick of it.

I mean Horizon Zero Dawn just came out and it has probably one of the best Sci-Fi stories to be in a game.

Maybe, that's what I've read... but these are very different styles of games in my mind.  I guess I'll be the one contrarian on Horizon and just say while I was very impressed with my first couple hours playing it, it certainly didn't come across as some sort of masterpiece in sci-fi writing, and honestly I haven't felt compelled to jump back into it.  It still felt a lot like an action/stealth game and I felt like I was going to have to do a lot of sneaking around and creeping around to get the drop on things, which just isn't my preferred style of gameplay.  I'd like to come back to the game again when I have more time, as I have universally heard the story was excellent.


I'd say you haven't gotten far enough into the story then. Overall plot is excellent and it takes some major turns, it also somehow completely justifies its premise of primitive man v. robot dinosaurs/animals. One of the few game stories that would work as a novel.

 43 
 on: March 21, 2017, 10:34:48 PM 
Started by EngineNo9 - Last post by forgeforsaken
Until Dawn apparently as it's on sale for 10 bucks.

 44 
 on: March 21, 2017, 09:23:26 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by Jimmy the Fish
Well if this game doesn't impress you I don't know what will.

Aside from the awesome combat mechanics, the game has so many amazing little details. Stuff I've noticed:

The natural motion of grass and trees moving in wind
Fog and mist at night with the glow of the moon
Rotating weather effects
A ridiculous number of kill animations by the main character
Natural animal instincts displayed by the robo-creatures
Really impressive realistic explosion and fire effects
Well written sci-fi plot
A main female character that doesn't resort to fanboy sexy looks

To me this last point is really refreshing. Aloy is a girl but you she is not sexualized in any way. The creators of the game said she was inspired by Studio Ghibli characters like Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke, along with Ripley from the Alien movies. She did remind me a lot of Nausicaa, if you are familiar with that movie.

So I don't sound like a complete drooling fanboy there are some clunky things about the game. The inventory system is a pain in the ass to manage. The facial animations don't always look good (not as bad as Mass Effect Andromeda) and some of the dialog is stiff and cheesy. The human enemies are a bit on the braindead side as well. And while the environments you run around in are truly breathtaking, there isn't a whole lot of interactive elements with the world.

I'm truly surprised that a developer like Guerrilla Games came up with such an unforgettable game. The Killzone games were good, if not particularly memorable fps games, but the world building they've done with such staggering detail is really quite amazing.

 45 
 on: March 21, 2017, 08:43:40 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by Gratch
I'm going to play it eventually, but don't have any strong pull to do so right away.  It'll go at the top of the ever-expanding "rainy day" list.

 46 
 on: March 21, 2017, 08:42:21 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by Gratch

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 21, 2017, 06:56:52 PM

<puts money on even Gratch liking it>

Hey!  I like games!  Sometimes...   paranoid

 47 
 on: March 21, 2017, 08:25:03 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by Crusis
I had concerns about ME:A after all of the negative buzz. I played for 3 hours last night and I was very pleased. I honestly found the game to be very engaging. The combat is fast paced. I also like the character customization. The facial animations don't bother me. I think the funniest thing was my daughter was watching me play. We joked, very early on, that a character in zero-gee still had perfect hair.

 48 
 on: March 21, 2017, 08:08:04 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by rittchard

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 20, 2017, 10:04:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 20, 2017, 05:33:16 PM

Still curious about the negativity - if this wasn't a Mass Effect sequel, would people be more interested?  I guess I'm just lucky that I don't feel excess expectations or whatever from the previous games?  There just aren't a lot of sci-fi games with this kind of depth and storytelling combining RPG and action elements.  Most of the games in this venue are slanted toward the action side, so I'm enjoying a game that appears to be more interested in telling a big story with me in the thick of it.

I mean Horizon Zero Dawn just came out and it has probably one of the best Sci-Fi stories to be in a game.

Maybe, that's what I've read... but these are very different styles of games in my mind.  I guess I'll be the one contrarian on Horizon and just say while I was very impressed with my first couple hours playing it, it certainly didn't come across as some sort of masterpiece in sci-fi writing, and honestly I haven't felt compelled to jump back into it.  It still felt a lot like an action/stealth game and I felt like I was going to have to do a lot of sneaking around and creeping around to get the drop on things, which just isn't my preferred style of gameplay.  I'd like to come back to the game again when I have more time, as I have universally heard the story was excellent.

But back to ME:A, I played another couple hours last night and enjoyed it even more.  It's unfolding as kind of a grand "space opera" storyline with politics and interpersonal conflicts and a ton for the protagonist to do, which I really like.  Reminds me of how I felt at around the same point in time playing Dragon Age Inquisition.  They've also seeded some other interesting (to me) sci-fi subplot elements, for instance concerning the development of AI, which I hope will bear fruit down the line.  The distinction between it and, say Horizon since it was brought up, is that it is much more of a traditional (Bioware) RPG in the sense that you can interact with a lot more other characters and it feels like there's a ton to uncover if you so choose.  While some of the characters are a little stale early on, there are a few that are already becoming interesting, and the main character's backstory seems like it will unfold as well.  I'm hoping that like in DA I'll start to become more and more invested in some of the side characters.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got to the point where you get your own ship and maybe it was nostalgia or something else, but it just felt fantastic.  Kind of like a mix between Star Trek and Firefly.  Hopefully it doesn't disappoint as it goes further.

We'll see how it unfolds, but right now I'm feeling really good about the game - as a big fan of past Bioware RPGs, I feel like there's a ton of potential.

 49 
 on: March 21, 2017, 07:58:51 PM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by JCC
I also finished Iron Fist. I liked it and put it generally on par with the other Marvel series.

I would rank them as:

Jessica Jones - (by far the best for me)
Luke Cage - (this was neck and neck with JJ for me until the stinking turd of a final episode.)
Daredevil/Iron Fist - I rank these pretty much on par with each other as I think these shows are very similar - in fact a bit too similar. When Iron Fist was at the docks I was wondering when he would bump into Daredevil as it felt like I was watching a rerun of Daredevil. Daredevil probably has greater highs (Hello Fisk!.. more intense, violent fighting) but also lower lows (I think the guy playing Daredevil is by far the worst lead actor on any of the series - mainly during the day as the lawyer where he looks like he's reading lines off a screen on his glasses.) Iron Fist's biggest flaw was that it felt too much like Daredevil except more kung fu with a less interesting hero. But still very similar. I may be in the minority but I enjoyed the character played by Faramir - he was probably the most interesting character on the show. If you like the fighting a lot on Daredevil I understand the feeling that Iron Fist on average seems like a pale imitation. Having said that, I thought IF had some really fun fights particularly in the last few episodes. Another character I enjoyed on IF was Ward - the guy playing him was terrific. A much more interesting character than Oggy and True Blood chick from DD - both of whom had subplots that I had no interest in.

Keep in mind, I am not a comic guy at all. Even when I was a kid I was a casual comic book kid, mainly only reading Spiderman. I was by no means a collector.

In any event, I have enjoyed all the Marvel series so far and am pretty excited to see the Defenders! I would say none of the Netflix series have ever been as bad or annoyed me as much as Iron Man 2 did! smile

 50 
 on: March 21, 2017, 06:56:52 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by MonkeyFinger
<puts money on even Gratch liking it>

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