[Official] What are you playing?

  • Bought Paper Mario today. Was desiring some more Nintendo and went for it. A couple of hours in I have to say the writing is surprisingly good and funny, the art direction is superb and overall seems to be overflowing with that creativity that only Nintendo is able to deliver. On the negative side I have to say, I dislike the initial fase of almost every game but this really pushes over exposition to mechanics to the absurd. Yes, Is get it is a game for all ages but (1) don't treat kids as youknowwhat and (2) give players the option to pick a "fully functional human" mode. Holy Shi... Nintendo! Combat looks potentially interesting but for what I've heard online it doesn't quite develop upon its basic premise. But oh boy this game is charming!

  • I got my friend's PS4 a few weeks back along with most of the "important" games. First one I started up was God of War. So far so good. Absolutely beautiful, incredible story, etc.

    Got Yakuza 0 on sale and started that up today. This game rocks my vibe so hardcore. Honestly like it more than GoW at this point. Completely different and an unfair comparison, but this game is so freaking rad. We'll see how both finish up for me, though.

  • I'm 10 hours into FF7, the og version, playing it for the first time.

    First of all, I'm enjoying the game, enough that I'm looking forward to keep playing, but I can't hide the fact that I have to remind myself plenty of times that it is a game from 23 years ago and that it was something revolutionary in some ways at the time.

    This game outside of the nostalgia factor, just doesn't have what it takes, and doesn't hold up to be considered a great game now a days, not strategy wise, not in design or presentation and from what I've seen so far certainly not in story (the fact that I'm playing it along with what is shaping up to be one of the best stories in games in 13 Sentinels). I do think I enjoy the game well enough so far that there's hope for me to end up liking it more by the end, but seen it with my 2020 eyes this is outdone by many RPGs since then, and in my opinion even before then, FFVI is a much superior game so far for me, and would say the same from Earthbound or Chrono Trigger which I didn't love either.

    I'm not saying this to thrash on it, I've just thought a lot about my impressions of the game since I wanted to finally have my own opinion of it.

    Ohh but Red XIII is dope!

  • Currently reinstalling and trying out R6 Siege and Apex Legends again to find out whether they're still broken/buggy on my PS4, cause I'm feeling the ol' shooter itch again and Rogue Company got boring real fast.

    Aside from that, I've been grinding slowly on Genshin Impact. I recently got to rank 26, and after unlocking quite a few characters, the combat really starts to get fun. I think it's safe to say now that the exploration could be better, with the somewhat janky controls and unsatisfying movement speed, but the combat is more than enough now to make up for it. Chaining elemental combos with my friends on coop mode is very satisfying, ngl.

    Also, I got some really good survival matches on GoT Legends and I got a lot of higher level gear pretty quick. It's so fun, can't wait to try out the Nightmare challenges.

  • Playing Genshin Impact regularly now. I love it, from the main and small story quests or the recent character quests, there is a lot of world building going on. Today I found out why there is this magically sealed door in Mondstadt. Hmm, I remember after the first 2 or 3 hour I thought I already got more narrative out of it than with BotW.

  • Currently playing Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.

  • @tenebrisnight see you in 2024

  • I've been going through the Amnesia games in preparation for the latest one. Finished up the first and second, and started on Soma even though it's not exactly a part of the franchise.

    I really love the story and the ideas, but man is this game bad at choreographing where or what they want you to do next sometimes. It can be a really simple thing, but I'll take ten to twenty minutes before looking up a walk through feeling like an idiot. A couple extra voice lines to cue you in would have definitely been helpful, but I've gotten lost and frustrated more than what I feel is fair, and it's definitely ruined the immersion for me when it happens.

  • I just picked up my girlfriend the Fairy Tail game on PS4, and it's made her giddy just playing the into. I've seen next to none of the anime, but according to her enthusiasm, if you've seen the show and have a deep love for it, it will be a really awesome time. It will be really fun to watch her play through it!

    So far from my perspective the turn based battles are fun and simple with enough strategic complexity to mix things up, and it follows the story of the anime (in the middle) if you're familiar with it and want to play through a place you know to be comfortable. Seems jolly as hell so far, I'm excited to watch my girlfriend be stoked to go through familiar story beats.

  • I started Metro 2033 Redux. Even though it's a remastered of the first game it still shows it's age with animations mostly.

  • Championship Manager 2020. I remember when I was a kid in the 90s, me and my group of friends enjoying football Managers quite a lot. Picking up a regional club and going up the leagues was immensely satisfying. Also local PVP matches were epic battles with lots of shit talk, screaming and celebrations.

    But above all these kind of games were accessible while offering in-depth control. Fast forward to 2020 and... WTF is this? I really can't find any joy in this game such is the amount of micro management required. Wish this had a 90s dumb kid mode.

  • I'm on the final dungeon on FFIV DS and I legitimately have no idea how I beat this game when I was younger. My god, this is a grind.

  • Started the Prey Mooncrash DLC. I'm like two hours in, and from what the game have shown and told me so far, I'm pretty overwhelmed by the concept of this DLC. You're playing as some dude that is being contracted by a shady group, and your objective is to complete the simulation data from a moonbase filled with aliens in order to find out what really happened. You need to play as 5 different characters in the simulation and complete their stories, and to complete a simulation run you need to escape the moonbase with all the characters, which means that one death will render your run incomplete, and you need to reset everything. There's also a meter that tracks the level of data corruption in the simulation, and the longer a run is, the corruption level will increase, which makes more tougher enemies show up. The whole simulation will crash when the level is at maximum. This DLC basically introduces multiple layers of chaotic complexity to an already intense game, and it's awesome. I'm not sure if I will ever finish this (I'm so intimidated by this), but I'm glad that I actually bought it, I love supporting cool shit.

  • @bam541 I've heard really good things about it.

  • I'm playing Crusader Kings III because it's on Game Pass. I don't think I'd ever spend $79.99 on this type of game unless I could give it a free chance.

    I am so profoundly confused by it but I'm going through the tutorial and watching some videos online. It's quite literally a game that takes place exclusively in menu's. There are menu's inside of menu's inside of menu's and glossaries inside of glossaries inside of glossaries. It's actually insane how much information and just things to click and interact with are on-screen at once.

    It kinda reminds me of the concept of "doom scrolling" on social media where you just keep scrolling and clicking different links and next thing you know 30 mins went by. I've made it 60 minutes so far and so much of my time involved just reading text definitions of terms.

    I'm going to stick with it though. Everybody in the YouTube comments say the same thing: once this game clicks, it's the best experience. One thing that really amused me and I have no idea how much this type of thing can actually be expanded upon, but the wife I selected in the tutorial has an infatuation with "war camels" and I like the idea of my wife's political ideologies and policies being profoundly consumed by "war camels"...

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

    I'm playing Crusader Kings III because it's on Game Pass. I don't think I'd ever spend $79.99 on this type of game unless I could give it a free chance.

    It's quite literally a game that takes place exclusively in menu's. There are menu's inside of menu's inside of menu's and glossaries inside of glossaries inside of glossaries. It's actually insane how much information and just things to click and interact with are on-screen at once.

    This fantastic review of Crusader Kings 2 describes it perfectly, as basically a huge spreadsheet you're playing around in

    Youtube Video

    3 does take it up a notch in presentation though, the one I've played most by far is Victoria 2 and that is basically looking at a more realistic version of a Risk map.

  • @bard91

    See like one minute into that review and I’m laughing so hard. I love the idea of “turning your family tree into a family circle.” I bet you can do so much stuff in CKIII that’ll crack me up, I just have to figure it out.

    Good god that video was hilarious. Player ruler wakes up gay one morning, decides to seduce the closet homosexual Pope, has a secret marriage with the Pope which gives him rule over the Holy Empire in exchange for secret sex. This is like ragdoll physics of RNG-goodness. You never know how the dice is gonna roll.

  • Dirt 5, or as it should be called Motorstorm 4

    Definitely hits this sweet spot between sim and arcade (bit more on arcade side) in style, presentation and handling.....Still no music when racing though but that's something the series in general suffers from.

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

    or as it should be called Motorstorm 4

    My interest has been piqued. The game looks really fun.

  • @bam541
    Same I initially wasn't too interested but after hearing it's actually made by Evolution, well I made a pretty last minute order for it