[Official] What are you playing?

  • Started Celeste. Already in 3 levels in and 1 B side done, and it's pretty great so far. I haven't played much platformers recently, so the difficulty took me by surprise for a bit (especially that B side, holy shit). I definitely won't be doing any more of the B sides. I don't want to throw my Switch in a fit of rage, lol.

  • @bam541 said in [Official] What are you playing?:

    I definitely won't be doing any more of the B sides.

    Try going through the B-sides after finishing the game. You'll definitely have mastered it a lot better!

  • RN just Switch stuff - Hollow Knight, the Binding of Isaac, and FF8.

    I've taken reprieve from playing games online with friends on Steam as I cannot find anything engaging to play with other people atm.

    That said, I am looking forward to Doom and especially to RE3.

  • Still playing Blasphemous. I'm in the middle of moving back to my home country, with everything shipped back, so the in the little time I have free I've been playing it ok my Switch. Some weird design decisions make it less than it could be. Still its iconography alone makes it worth playing.

  • Bought Black Desert when it was on sale awhile back, finally started playing it and gotta be honest something about it in the 4-5 hours I've put into it is hooking me so far.

    Also ordered Gran Blue Fantasy Versus from Japan because I didn't feel like waiting a month and it was going to cost about the same regardless.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Another game from the time when Nintendo felt compelled to shoehorn their control gimmick into their core franchises. And just like all the others (Galaxy 1 & 2, Skyward Sword, Prime 3), this one is worse off for it but still a really good game. I'm only a few hours in but the plan here seems to have been to dumb down the challenge in order to compensate for the dumb controls. I'm cool with it. All things considered, I think they balanced it well.

  • Starting this year's new releases right with Journey to the Savage Planet. 2 hours in and I'm having quite a blast. The humorous tone is surprisingly great. The world is really fun to explore, with varied biomes, lots of hidden stuff to find and memorable local life to interact with (and by that I mostly mean to kill). This seems to be a relatively short game too, which is awesome.

  • Doom 3 BFG Edition
    I played for about 4 hours and I'm not really feeling it.
    Definitely a big divergence from the first two games. Certainly don't like the "horror" aspect to it, though.
    I'm sure it changes it later on but the whole game has been on the same looking boring UAC Mars base which gets redundant after an hour or so.

  • I can't tell if I love or hate DOOM II.

    When things click, it's a beautiful, gory dance. When they don't I'm turning a corner and having three chaingunners or an arch-vile ruin all the hard work I did in the last five minutes with an insta-kill or having to spend an hour on the world's lamest final boss because I couldn't get the aiming down. Also whoever decided the Pain Elemental was a good idea can go straight to hell.

  • Way of the Samurai 2

    I think I got this game for a Christmas like 15 years ago, for many years never quite understood it, despite i had finished it (a couple of endings at least), cause it was not dubbed or subbed in my language. Besides that me and my friends have always thought the game was super cool: it's a free roaming action game with a solid combat system, where you can fight every NPC, and live like a Samurai.

    Recently i came back to it to see how well it aged: the presentation still stands out, it wasn't like the most impressive looking PS2 game but it had a pretty consistent style and the music are good. Voice acting is hilariously bad, perhaps even worse than Tenchu (same studio).

    The story is really weird, i realized it wasn't just me not understanding the language at the time, the story is a bit over the top and doesn't take itself too seriously but it's also going for weird angles: for example at the very beginning you save little girl called Sayo who doesn't speak, you want to teach her how to read and write but it turns out that she works as a messenger for a geisha, helping with her shady business in town, so you have to pay the geisha to spend some time with the little girl.

    There's also the fact that you have to choose which faction you want to stand for and arguargbly there isn't a one "good" option: the magistrates are way too oppressive and essentially beat anyone who breaks the rules, the Aoto gang are the Yakuza, the bad guys, so you should technically root for the townspeople except just like that Geisha they all insult you since Samurai don't have a good reputation in town.

    Overall it's one of those games where you laugh at the bad parts and enjoy the good ones, even though i totally get why it reviewed poorly at the time.

  • Thanks to Yakuza HD collection, finally starting on the only mainline numbered Yakuza game I did not play Y5. I really fell in love with the series with Yakuza 4, when it became available as a free monthly game on the PS3 with PS+

    Yakuza 5 came out in the West (only digitally) in 2015. By that time, I no longer had a PS3, just a PS2 slim, a PC, and a Ps4. So... I played the series 4, 1, 2, 3, 0, 6, Kiwami, Kiwami 2, and had to wait for Yakuza 5.

    The wait is over!

  • Speaking of Yakuza
    Just realized I think I have enough copies to make my phone number

  • Where's your Japanese copy of 7 tho show off? lol
    Haha I missed it. it's right in the middle, you got me.

  • @dmcmaster please share that photo to Ben and Huber so they can weep at the sight of that holy grail, lol.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is in a real no-man's-land where it's not focused on the score attack style that I want out of these games but is also completely lacking the cohesive structure of the Underground titles. I'm not getting much of anything out of it other than a feeling that my time could be spent better elsewhere.

  • @bam541
    Don't have Twitter, but feel free to point this in thier direction.

  • I finally jumped back into Sekiro, though I'm still conflicted on whether that was a good idea or not.

    I started again and to my surprise actually did a lot better this time around only due to me growing out of my soulsborne habits and getting to grips with the way this game wants you to play. That said, I still have a number of issues with the game and it really seems to want to fight against you at every point. Unlike just about every other game I've played, this one constantly has me questioning if I'm actually getting any better at the game in general.

    I'm at the Ape right now and while I'm sure I'll eventually eventually fell him, he's yet another boss where I feel I need to completely rethink my approach. I'd prefer to see it progressingly test what I've learned thus far but this game seems to insist on making every single boss its own learning curve where you're highly unlikely to win first time.

  • Picked up a somewhat wonky PS2 slim for super cheap (did I ever mention that the PS2 slim is my favorite console design?), and I played 007 Quantum of Solace for a bit. This also feels somewhat wonky. It's certainly controls like an outdated third person shooters, but as someone who can't get enough of cover shooters, I'm still really enjoying this game. It took me only 15+ minutes before getting used to the controls, so it's not too bad.

    I have been feeling somewhat overwhelmed recently, hoping this retro distraction will refresh me up a bit. I have other games to play on the PS2 after this, of course.

  • @bam541 alright, but which PS2 slim design? The first is also my favorite. My first two consoles were the PSone and the PS2 slim, so the following gen was a shock for pre-teen me.

  • @irongrey I think I like the first Slim model a bit more.