[Official] What are you playing?

  • 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).

  • Playing Tony Hawk's Underground now, up to Chapter 7. I'm not really feeling it. It's not a bad game but the thing I really liked about THPS2 and 3 was that you only had two minutes and you had to make them count. In a more open world adventure type of story where I'm just going around doing chores for random skaters around town that's seemingly completely gone. I'll do 60,000 point combos while just waltzing around and it won't matter in the slightest. Almost feels like I should just get off the skateboard and walk to the next dude with a red star over his head instead. That and whenever I'm supposed to do driving missions or climbing around buildings instead of grinding their rails it just sucks, I wanna skateboard not do this stuff. I hope it picks up, think the next thing to do in the story is a competition so maybe that'll be a return to form.

  • @hanabi

    THUG 2 and American Wasteland have classic modes. The online for THUG was exactly the same style of classic gameplay in THPS but against multiple people. Score Attack was the best where you'd take your created character online and the good players could combo 2-5 minutes AFTER the 2 minute clock.

    Nowadays, you're missing half the game with the servers down. It had a very thriving community at the time but the GameSpy online infrastructure had problems which shortened its lifespan.

    THPS4 follows the open world structure of THUG but has more classic style missions. Then when you beat the game, there are even more difficult missions like a NG+. It's pretty amazing and hold up.

  • Picked up GTA Chinatown Wars on Vita, such a good game. Probably the most unique GTA game, built perfectly for portable gameplay. I didn't finish it when I had it on PSP, definitely will finish it this time.

    Also got Civilization Revolution 2 Plus and Mortal Kombat for the Vita.

  • Still playing Azur Lane on my pc and tablet. It's the first mobile game that had me hooked more than 6 month (since its global launch last year). The current main event is Winters Crown which brought a new story, maps, ships, skins, gear and more. So the grind never stops and is fun as ever to experiment with new fleet compositions. Also, these skins are irresistable.

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  • Watching the Allies play Anthem together made me crave looter shooter (shlooters?) again, so I'm gonna out The Division that PS+ gave me (thanks, Sony). I'll talk about it later.

    Wanna try out Destiny 2 but it kept failing to launch on my PS4 so I uninstalled it, no time to deal with such nonsense. Also, still waiting for my... My Hero One's Justice copy to arrive.

  • I started playing Divinity: Original Sin (1) on PS4 and I like it quite a bit. I actually enjoy this a lot more than the snooze-fest that was Pillar's of Eternity.

    Also the first game in years and years that has a bit of an Ultima 6 and 7 vibe. Reminds me of those old RPGs and (of course) the old Infinity Engine games.

  • Played a bit of The Division (big download size, took way longer than expected). It's good but not nearly enough to keep in my currently crowded gaming landscape (too many games to play, holy shit). I enjoyed it though, the gunplay feels pretty good and it still looks beautiful too.

  • @toxe Divinity Original Sin is a great game, and is surprisingly funny at times.

  • @inustar The main critique that I always read about D:OS is that people don't like the humor but honestly so far I don't see why. I think it's fine.

  • Hey @SabotageTheTruth , My Hero One's Justice is pretty awesome!

    Played it for a couple of hours and my first impressions is that it's more fun than it should be. The arena combat gameplay is quite simple, but in a good way. The controls seem a bit weird at first, but after getting used to it (which happens quickly), I'm already pulling some sick moves and combos. It's not a huge budget game (the levels are pretty small, and some parts of the levels doesn't look good), but they got the cool moves right. The game looks pretty good, especially the character models and effects. I haven't tried all the characters yet, but the ones I have tried are great (Deku, Iida, Shoto, and Gran Turino). I played as Deku a lot (almost too much), he's so awesome to play, dashing around as him and pulling that hand trigger blast feels so damn good.

    There's seems to be more than enough content here to play with. The story mode starts from the middle of season 2 of the anime, and the story is mostly told through short, narration-based comic panels, with a couple of cool in-game cutscenes. It's obviously not the best way to experience the story, but hey it's more than enough for me. Also, the story mode structure lends itself quite well for portable gaming, so I think it's great for the Switch if you're thinking of getting it there.

    There's also a separate Missions mode, Arcade mode, and Online mode. I have played a couple of online matches, and it's so fun. There's some very good players out there, got struck by many awesome combos already. Another new multiplayer game for my daily pleasure. Gonna go full MLG training on this, lol.

    So, yeah. I'm glad that i bought this game, more MHA is always a good thing but I didn't expect to be so entertained by this.

  • @bam541 Sweet, it's starting to look more and more like I'm gonna purchase it when I'm not so strapped for cash.

  • If you had a spare $80 and wanted to play some PC games, what would you buy?

    I was thinking some classics I've never touched before. Deus Ex or Vampire The Masquerade? Are mods essential for playing these in 2019? Any other recommendations new or old?

  • @dipset I streamed Deus Ex last year with the Revision mod and still had a great time with it. Would definitely recommend checking it out.

    I do like those types of games though and always wanted to check out the original.

  • @dipset Got Euro Truck Simulator 2 the other day and it's so relaxing to play. I absolutely recommend it. I also would try out Eurojank stuff like Gothic II (the only one i tried, really enjoyed it), and delve into the STALKER games.

  • Thanks guys!

    Just looked into the Revision mod for Deus Ex and Gothic II. I think I might get both of these games. There is also an unofficial patch for Vampire as well as a 1440p mod, so I might even dive into all three. I need to christen my new mouse and soon to be keyboard.

    I've never heard the term "Eurojank" but it sounds endearing.


    Just found this dudes essay on Gothic 1. He seems to be in-line with my issues of open world games today and sings the praises of Gothic and Gothic II. I'd disagree that all of the hand holding elements in today's open world games are all for worse though. Divinity II could have used arrows on the map and tracked your quest progress. I finish a day of work and I don't want to have to check my handwritten notes about what I was doing in a video game a few nights ago.

    Regardless, seems like Gothic series is a gem I missed because of my age, but I love Morrowind and other games he lists so I should try this out!

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  • Been procrastinating on starting Metro Exodus. Been sick the past few days, and have been playing a lot of mobile games from my bed.