[Official] What are you playing?

  • I feel pretty underwhelmed by both Halo Infinite MP and BF 2042 MP (10 hour trial).

    Both games run and look like shit on a GTX 1080, but even so, they are clearly unfinished games. A lot of jank and just overall lack of polish. In Halo you can't even pick a game mode queue and there are menu glitches. I get kills confirmed a solid half second after they are already dead. Grenades don't throw where they should. My sprint input is delayed. My grapple hook cancels for no good reason and my character throws a grenade instead. In BF 2042, I try to equip gear and the game just won't allow it. Or I spawned in Portal mode as one Class with equipment from two completely different classes. My gun ADS keeps going away for no apparent reason. Sprint just cancels for no reason. Both are just unfinished and under-polished games.

    Halo Infinite is kinda... meh. My friends and I gave it an honest hour and a bit and we just migrated back to Halo 3. Over 50% of the 10 available maps are symmetrical which is really boring. We played a lot of CTF and it was painfully slow paced. We were up 2 caps and just farmed kills for the fun of it, but even some good ol toxic gaming wasn't very fun when you have to spend a minute sprinting across map to rejoin the action. I got a few Slayer rounds in and, again, just not feeling it. The vehicles don't really have that fun physics where they react to grenades or bumps in the same way as older games. The Gravity Hammer has NO impact whatsoever and nobody goes flying anywhere. The game overall just lacks punch and the maps are really boring.

    They also commit a few cardinal sins:

    • No teamkilling is bullshit. I wanna be able to betray my teammates.
    • When a player quits, it doesn't go to 4v3, it autofills with a new player.

    To the first point—it's fucking Halo! Team killing is a part of the game. If some 117 scrub is gonna take my Sniper, I'm gonna Betray him. Cannot believe they got rid of Betrayals.

    Second point—Again, it's fucking Halo! You need to look your opponent in the eye before and after the match. Pre-lobby shit talk to post-game GG's or amplified shit talk. When you allow new people to join, the intensity is ruined. Plus I keep getting AFK's replaced with more AFK's so it isn't working.

    TBH, my first hour of Splitgate was more fun.

  • I've been a bit silly since I got my PS5 as I have started on 3 new games: Demons Souls, Deathloop and Tormented Souls. In addition to that I actually upgraded my Death Stranding to the PS5 version and started that again as well -.-"
    Loving all of them mind, I just wish I'd stuck to one at a time. I think I'll knuckle down and complete Tormented Souls first.

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  • Watched Huber's playthrough of The Order 1886 back at GT and it made me want to replay it. You know what, I think appreciate this game more now. The gunplay is more fun than I remember, especially with the more special weapons like the Arc Gun, although the encounter designs are pretty basic. The unique setting is still as cool as ever, and the graphical fidelity holds up quite well. The characters are quite likeable too, found myself smiling everytime Lafayette is on screen. I'm still bummed about the Lycan encounters being so unengaging, but it is what it is, no chance for a sequel that can improve on it now. I think I'm gonna try getting the plat for this, just because.

  • @sheria Don't skip out on Astro's Playroom.

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

    @sheria Don't skip out on Astro's Playroom.

    I tested it briefly but isn't it just a little tech demo?
    I've got the VR game which I really enjoyed.

  • @sheria It's a not a big game and you could see it as a tech demo for the DualSense but the fanservice towards the Playstation legacy is really amazing, even if you are not a big a Playstation fan.

    Plus it's a fun game.

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

    @sheria It's a not a big game and you could see it as a tech demo for the DualSense but the fanservice towards the Playstation legacy is really amazing, even if you are not a big a Playstation fan.

    Plus it's a fun game.

    I'll give it another go then ^. ^

  • @sheria It's honestly so much more than a tech demo. Extremely polished, tight, and beautiful platformer. Very few games come close to the pure joy that I got from playing Astro, smiling from ear to ear through it all. Mario vibes.

  • Jumped in Battlefield 2042, played for 5 straight hours on PS5 and I'm really loving it! It's not as buggy as I expected after reading reviews and watching Huber's gameplay, so that's good. Had no trouble matchmaking and haven't got kicked/crashed out of a server. There's definitely a lot that can/need to be improved with patches, so I hope DICE can get to it, because the game itself is superb. Runs like a dream on the PS5, aside from relatively minor visual glitches. If it keeps this momentum up then it will definitely be the best time I had in a BF game since BF3.

  • Still playing FH5, such a joy.

    Tried to play San Andreas for a while but I'll wait for a future update.

    Played 10 hours or so of Skyrim and uninstalled it because I don't want to spend endless hours replaying it. It's a trap!

  • Today I tried JETT: The Far Shore out. I wasn't very interested when I saw the original trailer because the game didn't appeal to me and I wasn't really sure what it was all about. Now I've given it a couple of hours of my time it's not that bad, it's got some verdant landscapes and seascapes. The mysteriousness of the characters and the foreign tongue they speak gives JETT a way to stand out from other games released this year. I know @bam541 is a big fan so I'm glad I've tried out a game that comes highly recommended by a community member. If anyone else recommends a hidden gem for me to play I'm content to try them out.

  • Played some games on the T-16 Mini. Ninja Gaiden is still annoying despite being slightly easier than its NES counterpart. I stopped after the 6th stage, because I found it too aggravating. Then I continued where I left off from Bomberman 94 and completed the 2rd world. Will do the 3rd world later. I tried Super Star Soldier, and I do not like this SHMUP's checkpoint structure. Dying takes you back to the start of the stage, unless you're fighting a boss. That is just dumb. So I quit.

    I tried Seirei Senshi Spriggan next. Another SHMUP in the console's library of roms and I love it. It plays similar to Soldier Blade, except you control a mech called the Spriggan. You can collect power-ups and mix match different weapons in threes a la Soldier Blade. What's cool is that there is a mechanic where you can take your shooting power-up and use it as a bomb clear. Though you permanently lose the weapon or portions of the weapon, unless pick up another orb. Which there are plenty of that spawn at bosses or from killing certain enemies. I wish I could tell you the plot without looking up a wiki, but everything is in Japanese, and there are no subtitles. It's nothing too complicated, but it boils down to a guy and girl controlling the Spriggan, and fighting an evil empire that is cross between machine and mutated monsters. The third stage end boss is giant frog that is the video game equivalent of the Black Knight. Every time you blow up a piece of its body, the fucker just keeps jumping after you. It's to the point where its final form is just a heart attached to some intestines.

    There are seven acts total, with Act 7 being a boss only level. Now that is a fun shoot'em up. It's also got some nice little bonuses. It's not much, but for 1991, that's not bad. There's a score attack mode and a time attack mode. Like I said before , there is story, but you're not going to know exactly what is going on, unless you know Japanese or look up a translation guide. The visuals give you enough ideas, thankfully. Also, the cut scenes pretty good too. There's a lot of nice details in them. Makes me feel like I'm playing in a 90s Mecha OVA. It creates this warm feeling inside.

  • Started playing Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2. It's a free to play multiplayer game that has been in my radar for a while, and I have to say that I should have started this sooner because it's pretty sick. The controls feel weighty, and the combat can be very satisfying. The DualSense adaptive triggers usage are pretty great as well. I've been wanting to get into Gundam stuff for a while, and this does a decent job of that. Now I'm thinking about getting Code Fairy, a standalone story-focused expansion that's based on this game's core gameplay.

  • So I finally managed to get ahold of a "PS2" (kinda), and now I can play Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, which I have been wanting to play for years now. It's definitely a much simpler game than AC5 and AC7, but honestly that's not a bad thing at all here. The missions are snappy and engaging, the controls holds up, and the music is pretty great. Also, I really like the aesthetics of the UI and such. I think I can finish this pretty quickly... as long as I don't die too much.

  • Final fantasy 7 remake. its really good. combat is fun, story is pretty good, graphics are amazing.
    although too many cutscene but still very fun game.

  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 for Gameboy Advance on Wii U. I stumbled across a video on this game last week and it turns out it had a bunch of levels that were only available through e-reader cards. Some of these were region and/or retailer limited so getting a full set was pretty much impossible. There were 38 total but a system could only store 32 at a time. The Wii U version comes with all 38 e-reader levels included so I bought it to play those and they are really good so far. If you like Mario 3 and have a Wii U, you should get this.

  • Nier Replicant v1.22.....

    So... on my last day of vacation over the holidays, I played about 10.5h of Nier for the first time. I would say about 95% of the time was spend doing a shameful amount of fetch quests. This game might have the most fetchy side quests of all time. I actually feel ashamed of myself for even doing them.

    I'll be in a town like Seaside, clean up the missions. Then I'll return to my Village and get a new quest that'll say "A merchant in Seaside needs...." and I'll say to myself "BUT I WAS JUST THERE!".

    I have no fucking clue why I did all of that bullshit. Maybe 1 of the 22 quests I did had any worthwhile story threads. It was all fetchy bullshit. Still, here I am. I like the vibe of Nier despite everything. It definitely feels like a prototype for Automata though. Even the themes of isolation and lack of empathy and humanity are better served in a post-apocalypse inhabited by androids and robots as opposed to a weird generic JRPG pseudo-medieval fantasy backdrop.

    It's still cool to see the Blueprint and I'm so early on that I haven't hit any of the bonkers stuff.

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits

    I have played it a little bit more than an hour and despite looking gorgeous it's bland? Hope that will change in the next hours or so but I don't likte the combat which was my main concern. Also why parrying is so hard in this game?