[Official] What are you playing?

  • Finally playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. It's solid, I do enjoy it a lot, and I think it has a better soundtrack than 3 even. But I dunno I guess it's just one of those things where it's hard to go back after playing the sequel so much. The fact that it's got that patented PS1 low framerate isn't helping but I've mostly adjusted to it at this point.

  • I finally bought a Switch. I love the system, it's a really stylish piece of tech. And I'm actually enjoying playing some of the time in handheld, even thought I bought it primarily to be a home console. I'm playing Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8.

    When it was released I heard a lot of commentary about Odyssey being too easy, but being really precise with the controls is an issue, so I wouldn't like for the game to be any harder. The boss battles are all lacking inspiration too. That being said, I'm still loving my time with the game. It has strong Mario 64 vibes, and I'm enjoying the creativity and vibrancy of the game. This is my first Nintendo system since the DS, and this is the type of experience you don't really get on other consoles. Great game.

    Mario Kart 8 is super. My OCD means that I have to get 3* on all the tournaments in order starting with the 50cc grand prix. I'm nearing the end of the 100cc grand prix, and it's not been to challenging yet. Because I'm always leading in the races the only weapon types I've really seen are bananas and green shells, so hopefully 150cc and 200cc will prove more challenging.

  • Just played the Yoshi's Crafted World demo. I can confirm that it is both jolly and fun.

  • @bard91 Thanks for reminding me that I bought Zero and Ao, and still need to play them for the Crossbell context.

  • Played a bit of the Daemon x Machina demo last night, will play some more tomorrow. Got my Asuka color scheme down pretty well though.

  • Fire Emblem Warriors and Onimusha: Remaster.

  • Ghost Survivors, baby! Not quite what I had been anticipating, but free dlc is free dlc, still had fun with it.

  • Prey

    Man I wish I could say I'm liking it more than I really am, because it is pretty interesting, but it just not great in some pretty important aspects in the 5 hours I've put into it.

  • I was watching reviews of old Game Boy games about a week ago (no real reason, sometimes I just put on things like that as white noise) and there was this pretty cool looking game called Penguin Wars. Doubted I'd ever bother playing it but then a day or two later I was looking up recent releases and saw this game for the Switch called... Penguin Wars. Life's funny like that. Ordered it online and been playing off and on the last few days.

    Has a hideous load time when you start the game up but after that it's smooth sailing so I mean I dunno, if it's good enough for Naughty Dog it's good enough for whoever made this game I guess? Beyond that though it's a pretty fun game. I'd recommend giving it a look if you're into arcadey stuff like this.

  • RE2 hc mode. I can beat Birkin 2 and have 30 min left to finish it but not sure if I should restart or not. I have shaved 5 minutes off on previous run but died because of bad RNG on the pool. So was wondering if I should have saved before collecting chess pieces since I'm screwing up in that area a lot. I have been saving just before Birkin 2 but that has been 1h 50 min into the game and it is cutting close and save before Birkin 3 on 2nd time. Not really going my way since I lost my infinite knife on adult G.

  • Playing a bit of The Division again, getting the last Shields that I am still missing. Also Dead Cells, but I am still pretty new to the game.

  • I've gone back to MGSV as it's one I regret not finishing. It does still have a lot of problems, but I mist say I'm getting into it a lot better this time around. I am avoiding a lot of stealth this time though, due to the size of the game it just takes too long and I actually prefer shootouts a lot of the time.

  • Time to bust some criminals and steal some limelight from the Bracer Guild in Zero no Kiseki. Stop right there! This is the Crossbell State Police, Special Support Section!

  • I'm losing interest in PC games in general and finding it hard to get into a game. A lot of them are competitive and just attract the worst the online community has to offer.

    To rekindle my passion for gaming I'm playing a solo experience, FF IX! I'm not one for RPGs but the pacing of the story keeps it fresh and driving forward. The graphics and imagination behind each level is inspiring and feels akin to a Hayao Mikyazaki film, with the blend of steam punk and magic combination which just blends together so naturally like ice cream and waffles.

    One of my fav's.

  • I had the previous week off to help my girlfriend move in with me (I traveled about 3,000 miles in 3 days, whew) so I didn't get a lot of time to play anything but I did get a chance to try out...

    Hitman (2016)

    Although I've only messed around with the tutorial level on the boat, I spent a solid hour trying different approaches, new weapons, new outfits, etc. I feel like this is a game I'm initially pretty terrible at but I'm learning with each mistake and propelling myself forward. This is the first Hitman game proper that I've played on my own and it's great so far, I can only imagine how it will feel when the levels and objectives become more complex.

  • I can't tell if the fact that I spent almost two and a half hours straight trying to get 1st on the last competition in THPS2 (after already spending at least another 2 hours just trying to do it at all the other day and only getting 2nd) is a sign of my sheer lack of skill at the game or my sheer stubbornness but either way holy hell when I finally pulled it off I was so relieved I felt like I'd just saved the world or something. I gotta learn to play safer, I always fly too close to the sun on manuals/rails and end up crashing (which hurts your competition score so badly it's almost not worth continuing after more than one of 'em.)

  • Haven't played any console games in the last few days, so busy. Downloaded the new mobile Tony Hawk game, can't even remember the name. It sucks. Must Skip.

  • Sonic Mania is so fun! I've been very slowly going through it since the first time i booted it up (weeks ago, I think). It's not all great (except for the soundtrack, every track is at least 8/10 so far), but i'm very impressed by the highlights of this game. I think I'm quite close to the end so I'll talk about it again soon. Thank god for small sized games like this.

    Also played Tekken 7 again just for a bit. I wish i have the time to learn this game.

  • @bam541

    I have also been slowly making my way through Sonic Mania. I bought it a few months ago, but dropped it for a while and then got into Resident Evil 2. I agree that the music is awesome. Do you have a favorite music track from the game?

    One issue I was having with Sonic Mania was regarding the level design. I don't remember the older Sonic games too well, but Sonic Mania seems particularly non-linear in design. When playing through a level, I would often feel frustrated by not having a solid layout in my head for the level I was exploring (Flying Battery Zone was especially hard for me). Did anybody else here feel that way?

  • @holographics Studiopolis Act 1, Stardust Speedway Act 1, Press Garden Act 2, Mirage Saloon Act 2, and Lava Reef Act 1 are my favorites so far, honestly can't decide which one's the best, It's a mood thing. Right now I'll say that it's probably Studiopolis. Haven't got through Lava Reef Act 2 yet.

    I love the non-linear level design, some of the levels blew me away by how big and complex they can be. It makes dying less of a bad thing since you can try out different pathways and keep the gameplay feeling fresh. It does make the worst levels less enjoyable for me, for a similar reason you mentioned with Flying Battery zone. Some of the mechanics in each zones can be quite frustrating (the water zone can go to straight to hell).