[Official] What are you playing?



  • Saints Row

    Other titles for this reboot could be Safe Row or Saints Row Lite. This may sound like blatant disparagement of this fresh kickin Saints Row reboot, but I can't find any way to favorably position it alongside its forebears. I do like what this new Saints Row has to offer. The missions are high-octane and rather enjoyable, even though the pacing is overdriven. I like a few of the ways these bombastic missions play out with cool songs accompanying climactic dramatic crescendos. I am also willing to applaud the game's distinctive flavor, as it really does feel like a different Saints Row, despite having gone through a bilateral orchiectomy. Just a shame Saints Row feels like a pencil sketch of Saints Row without the ink or color.

    I knew well before playing that this Saints Row had had its balls removed. The characters are bland and lack pronounced personality, much of what made Saints Row good to begin with has been retained, but hasn't been improved upon, it's visually an ugly duckling, the vehicle handling is atrocious, there's no 80s radio station; generally the feeling is this Saints Row probably watched what the Saints from the previous games did, and decided to be inspired enough to form their own crappier version of The Saints gang.

    I agree my thoughts seem to gently clean and pamper the chest before I drive a huge stake through its heart, but seriously it's an ok game and it's entertaining enough.



  • Started TLOU Part I. About 1.5-2 hours in and I'm very impressed. This pretty much shows what it would be like if Part II was a native PS5 game. I think the improved facial animations are the highlight so far. The opening is even more heart wrenching because of it, and it also adds so much personality to the enemies, seeing the way they struggle as Joel chokes them.



  • @bam541 Do you think it's worth buying The Last of Us Part I considering it's the third release of TLOU in 9 years? I was keen to get it, but when I saw the reviews, I concluded that it's likely going to be the same experience but more polished. Also do you feel Part I justified its full price tag?



  • @jdincinerator If you think graphics are very important, also love TLOU as much as I do, AND you're in the mood for a TLOU replay then it's definitely worth the price tag. For folks who never played it before I think it's worth it also. In all other circumstances I would just tell you to wait, there's no rush to play it anyways because it's so faithful. Just know that whenever you decide to pick it up it's gonna be a good time. It's a very well made remake that not only makes the original material shine brighter but also makes me appreciate the sequel more.



  • @bam541 Ok thanks for your insights. Also are you going to put a 'New Games of September' post?



  • @jdincinerator oh yeah I forgot lol thx for reminding me



  • I'm playing Ni No Kuni, and I'm comfortable to say that this is the first JRPG I'm going to finish in many years.

    Still there's some design choices in the genre I don't get like being more than 2h into the game and still feeling like I'm in the tutorials, the over explaining of everything and how it deals with combat... Seriously, what joy is there in having a fight every 30 seconds that in the end makes you go through the same animations and progression screen, it literally drives me insane. Such a buzz kill how these issues drain games of any flow. Now at 7h the pace is slightly better and the world and characters make me tolerate all the bs inherent to the genre.

    But don't get me wrong I'm really liking it.

    Hoping that later in the year when P5 comes to GP I manage to enjoy it too


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  • I just finished my first ever RE4 run on Professional. While I beat all of the mercenaries, 5 stars for each character on the Gamecube I for some reason never did a Pro run, in fact it's the only RE game where I haven't other than the god awful RE6.

    I've now moved on to playing Blue Reflection: Second Light on the Switch.



  • So... I did my best but I had to drop Ni No Kuni. I think I'm done with the genre for good. At around 25 hours my enjoyment had been diminishing to the point that I can say other than its charm I pretty much hate everything about it.

    I'm now playing Deathloop.



  • @phbz I don't blame you, the grind of the gameplay counters the excellent story and characters it's quite a shame.



  • @jdincinerator Do you play JRPGs? I really try my best but I can't finish them. This one I was hoping to get to the end but it became impossible. I've only finished FF7 and Lost Odyssey but I've tried several through my life, I think my personality just isn't compatible with the genre.

    Reflecting about it I think it's because they have several characteristics that are contrary to what I love about games. I can not get immersed because it's constantly reminding me I'm operating a videogame and the genre lacks elasticity too.



  • @phbz I have played JRPGs but I can't recall finishing any of them. It's a genre with repetitious tropes and I think it's easier to zone out of them than the genres we're used to.

    However, I think if you tried Persona 5 I think that has plenty going for it that it's entertaining enough to finish. Have you ever played Persona 5 or any Persona game?



  • @jdincinerator Never played Persona, I guess once 5 comes to GamePass I'll give it a go.

    Funny you say it's easier to zone out because I fell asleep several times while playing it.



  • Been playing vanilla Crusader Kings III with my buddy. We're working together slowly while he helps me learn the ropes. We're maybe 4 hours into this Campaign which stacks up onto the 9-ish hours I played back in 2020 and I think I'm pretty comfortable with the game now on a surface level. It's an easy game to sink a lot of time into without realizing it, while still being bite sized enough where hanging it up after 45 mins of progress can be satisfying too.

    If I continue to get into it, I'll consider buying it on Steam with the full DLC bundle. Right now I'm playing vanilla from Game Pass which is fine for my level of play.

    I was recommended this dude's video series for learning about the core of the game and it is definitely useful for newcomers but I recommend just playing the tutorial first then watching these three videos:

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  • Final chapter of Yakuza 6! Definitely not my favourite of the series but it has gradually been getting better than it's considerably slow start. Story, gameplay and content wise this is definitely a step back from Kiwami 2, Zero and even Yakuza 5 in my opinion, something I find quite odd really.



  • @Sheria I'm actually on the final chapter of Yakuza: Like A Dragon myself. I have been a ravenous Yakuza fan since Y3 (which many consider to be the worst but will always be my favorite as it was a) my first Yakuza game and b) I lived in Okinawa for two years and Kaz spends a fair bit of time there in 3). Something about Like a Dragon just made it more of a slog for me. The obvious suggestion would be the new protagonist but I really dont think thats it, as I was ready for Kaz to head off into the sunset he deserved and Kasuga is quite good. Maybe its the RPG systems? Anyway, 6 was also not one of my favorites but it ends strong enough. Let us know what you think.



  • I'm playing Deathloop. Not my favourite Arkane game and it took me some time to start enjoying it. But right now I'm at a point with the game that when I'm not playing I'm wishing I was. Even if not their best work, their design philosophy is just wonderful.



  • @sheria

    It was the first Dragon Engine Yakuza game and it came out before Kiwami 2 so that might explain there being less to do. Also explains the small annoyances like the phone app harassing you and the excessive battles that got smoothed out next year in Kiwami 2.

    But I have to say, you do A LOT in Yakuza 6. It's my 2nd favourite in the series because of the small town vibe and really rounding out the series in a low and slow way.

    It's just a matter of personal taste with no right or wrong opinion but I'll take the heartful and soulful sub-stories of Y6 such as the baseball mini-game plot >>> all of the side activities in YK2 but god I love both games.



  • @phbz I have false-started this game three times. I dont know what it is but usually 3-4 hours in I just lose interest in playing any further. At what point did it click for you? I know I should probably muscle through since the game got plenty of GOTYs and praise, but I am just not seeing (yet) what is so special about it.