Finally, i have a console of my own!
Let's put Kyle's last group stream here. It's honestly has some of the funniest things EZA ever done (that Terminator mentality moment annihilated my sides), and that ending did made me cry a bit. Wonderful stuff.
There some more Kyle moments I have in mind, instead of making a new post I'll just edit this one and add it below. The links below are timestamped, if there's anything wrong with any of them please let me know! Thanks
Yoooo. I'm not surprised it's "only" number 5, I don't think this is the most popular Uncharted game any means, which doesn't say that much about the game tbh. Anyway, it's the first Uncharted game I ever played, and I won't deny that I have some biased feelings towards it, but also this is just a good-ass game, full stop.
To start things off, I want to talk about how prominent Sully is in the game. After playing the other Uncharteds, I'm quite disappointed that Sully never had this big of a role in the other games. He's one of my favorite characters of the series, and it's so good to see so much of him, his interactions with Drake and the relationship he had with him.
Another thing that I want to say is that this game had some of the best set pieces/sections of the series. The whole boat section just made me smile for the whole duration, it's the best filler section there is. The plane set piece is overmarketed and pretty short, but damn it's still the most bombastic set piece in the whole franchise. Not to mention, there's a convoy section that Uncharted 2 already did, but this game did better.
I feel like this game's whole angle with hallucinations made it so unique in the context of the whole franchise. It's obviously a prominent weapon of the villains, and it also created some pretty sick moments. The desert section is loosely hallucinogenic, and it's one of my favorite part of the game. The whole supernatural section that occurs right after the "eclipse" made me question whether I'm actually going insane irl.
The biggest problem I can think of is that this game has some of the most annoying combat encounters of the whole franchise. There's something about the enemy numbers and placement that just made it a bit harder than it should. I personally don't mind it that much, but I think it affects a lot of people. A lot of people didn't like that Chloe and Cutter only showed up for the early parts of the game, but I don't mind it that much since I just want to be with Sully, lol.
Overall, this is the second best entry in the franchise IMO. It's definitely the game that defined my current taste in games. Writing this whole thing just makes me want to replay it again...
Game Informer's exclusive coverage of this game. I recommend at least watching the 131 rapid fire questions, it's very entertaining.
There's allies on Reddit, Resetera, Discord (the unofficial group). Although i love how "small" this forum feels (so cozy), new active members are definitely a good thing. We need forum shoutouts on the streams and shows or something like that.
This is one of the most entertaining and painful HoG session for me.
Kyle's presentation is both kinda convincing and super funny. Ben always showed great passion everytime he brings a game here but it's never been clearer than today. Damiani's presentation opening is a stroke of genius that got me hyped for a game I don't even like that much (I loved Kyle's rants too). Huber using his Huber Syndrome format for the presentation panders right to me, as a fan of his unrelentingly sincere positivity.
On the other hand, Ian's negative presentation is just... ugh. I hope the allies ban negative presentations like this in the future. It's not cool to just present games in a bad way just to get them banned. I hate this so much, and I haven't even played FF7. I hate it when Skyrim got similar treatment (although the presentation was genuinely good), and I hate this one even more. I get it, you don't like it as much as others do. Just pick another game. If you want to be quirky, look at Kyle, he did a great presentation. I know HoG is not like a super serious thing, this just set me off really bad.
I kinda miss the confessional style picks but also enjoy the new method of revealing the winner more. That three way tie though, wow. I hope you patrons dont stress over that poll too much. I wish I'm a patron right now.
Holy shit KS got in! Clutch @Exist-2-Inspire with that full 5 points.
To put it simply, It's a visual novel dating sim game set in a school for disabled people. There's 5 characters to date, which basically means the game can go in 5 different main routes (and 1 extra one if you're a dumdum). Each route are handled so differently in tone, moral, and writing style. One of the routes is quite depressing and surreal, while one of the other ones goes for a cliche romantic movie feel (and it's my favorite one). There's not one that I disliked. I think I shed at least a tear during each of them.
The biggest strength of this game for me is that those 5 characters are actually well written and memorable. They all have their own virtues, struggles, secrets. It's hard not to get invested in learning more about them in their respective routes, and care for them more as it goes. There's some cool supporting characters too, like your comic relief paranoid neighbor, or the shy but wise librarian. It's a fantastic cast overall.
I also like to give a shoutout to the music. Lots of great tunes here. The main menu theme (Wiosna) still makes me cry a bit to this day. The song itself is beautiful, but that's not really the reason it impacted me. It's just that after ending each route, you'll go back to the main menu, and that subconsciously makes me associate the emotional feels of the endings with that song, and boy it can feel a bit too much for me at times when I'm listening to it. Anyway, here's one of my favorites:
Considering how this game is made and came out to be, it still surprises me that I got so much out of it. Who knew that a free game that I downloaded because of pure curiosity would open my eyes to so many things in life? It did a lot to my 14 year old brain.
Hey, my GOTY is here!
When I first finished this game, I really loved it. As I played the game even more, it grew on me exponentially, and as I realized how much this game appreciates the fans of the series, I just can't help but love it even more.
I thought all the missions were interesting and unique in comparison to each other, with a few classic Ace Combat mission scenarios (like flying through a narrow pathway in a stealth mission). Even the worst one here (mission 10 I think? The one where you have to escort a certain officer) was still so much fun, backed up by good banters and a wonderful dark-foggy atmosphere. It's really hard to pick favorites since I have like 5 missions in my mind right now.
The story, while can be hard to follow since there are multiple characters to follow in the cutscenes (not to mention trying to follow the dialogues during the missions), is still quite memorable and has that classic epic and cheesy feel that other Ace Combat game has. Most of the characters aren't actually well developed, but rather they're easily identify-able through their super standout quirks, like the one guy that keep saying he'll "tell this story to my kids", or the one officer that keeps threatening everyone to go into solitary. This is what made it so entertaining for me, even with the epic level stuff happening in the main plot, there's still a lot comedic moments to be had.
The gameplay itself is superb, with it accurately representing the stats of the plane you are using in how it controls and moves in the sky (which makes upgrading and buying new planes much more meaningful). Not to mention, the new progression system they have here is pretty great. It doesn't let you get the best stuff outright, and it makes you think about what kind of advanced planes you want to get first since you can't get all the best stuff in one go. I haven't even unlocked all of the planes, I'm still investing on multiplayer upgrades which have their own upgrade tree.
Speaking of the multiplayer, it's very barebones but also quite a fun time. You can set limits on how good the planes people can have in a match, which makes it more fair to everyone. I rarely have been good enough to actually win matches, but most of the time I'm still having a blast.
What cemented this game as my GOTY is when I played the campaign for the second time in harder difficulty. Now I have the knowledge of each mission and what to do in them, and boy oh boy it was so satisfying to completely wipe the heck out of these missions. No joke, I was like completely on zen mode or something during my second playthrough, I keep getting S Ranks and it was so unbelievable to me. I never felt this kind of satisfaction in a game before, it's just so liberating to conquer past obstacles so easily. This is not exactly unique to this game, but I never felt this effect so profoundly. I don't even care usually for harder difficulty playthroughs. It's like the enemies' fear and my comrades' awe of the main character is actually warranted, it's so cool to finally feel like you deserve all of that.
I can gush about this game for hours, but I got some stuff to do, so I'll just condense all the smaller details that I love in the following bullet list.
I have no problem proclaiming that this is my favorite game of this year, and easily one of the best games of this console generation. I hope more games are to come from the AC series, and also I hope for the return of the flight combat genre's glory days. If this game is the start of it, it's one heck of a running start. Writing this whole thing just makes me want to play it again, which I will do right now.
Shoutout to @Bigdude1 , @Lotias , @Tearju-Engi , and @Gurrzilla for also giving this game points! Also, shoutout to Huber, Damiani, Blood and Ben for giving the game some love during the 2019 deliberations.
The latest Gorillaz single is pretty hype, like the two before it. I'm really excited for whatever they have in store next, the songs has been really good so far. I like that all of them sound distinct enough from one another, but also feel similar in terms of vibes (a bit "darker" and more patient than their previous outputs).
July 17's the big day, with Ghost of Tsushima and Paper Mario The Origami King releasing at the same day.
I'll probably have time for only 1 game this month (definitely won't miss out on Tsushima), but I really, really want to try out Skater XL. It's a skateboarding game that's closer to a simulation than an arcade game. The control system is very interesting, it's using each analog stick for each leg. It comes out July 28.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 releases in July 10. It's the spinoff series from Bloodstained that plays and looks a lot more like the classic Castlevania games. I got CotM 1 on my Switch already, gotta try it out soon.
Also, don't sleep on Deadly Premonitions 2: A Blessing in Disguise, coming July 10. I've been watching Ian and Don's playthrough of the first game and it's so delightful. Judging from that, and the trailers for this game, it's gonna be another wild ride. Honestly I just want to buy it since it has a skateboarding mechanic, lol.
Just finished Persona 5... man oh man what a ride this turned out to be. I'm completely floored by how marvelous this game is. The bold art style, the menacingly creative palaces, the adventurous bass-heavy music, and everything in between is executed to freakishly absurd degree of quality. I can't believe a game can keep me engaged through 86 hours, but this game just did, effortlessly. I did really enjoy Persona 3 (haven't played 4 yet) but i find anything Tartarus related in that game to be quite a frustrating monotony, and that was a considerable part of the game. There's nothing in Persona 5 that made me bored, or mad because it's lack of quality. I can't say anything bad about this game.
The Phantom Thieves' changed my heart, for the better. (10/10)
I'm REALLY excited for Ghosts of Tsushima in particular, i have been a big fan of Sucker Punch and i can't believe that they're making a game like that. Hoping for a deep dive similiar to Horizon Zero Dawn in past E3s.
I'm also interested to see how Sony sets up their conference this time. Last year's E3 got some heat because of how it separates the PSVR section from the rest, making it clearly boring for viewers. Maybe this time they mixed it up and show games accordingly to their genre, for example: showing a shooter VR game after the obligatory COD presentation.
I'm not sure who will get to show From Software's game; Sony or Microsoft? There's also a rumor that Devil May Cry 5 will be shown at Sony's conference, that would be awesome.