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I recommend Janne Da Arc - Wild Fang from X8. It opens with the nod from classic Megaman 2 selection menu and the song is really great and very fitting for the series
@tearju-engi I disagree on regards to the gameplay, on relation to the combat, it didn't click immediately, but when it did I found the combat to be extremely engaging and entertaining, and on the hardest difficulty it posed a decent challenge.
Ignoring P5R this is my goty for sure so far, and aside from that it is very high up there in my personal list of games, like top 10 of all time.
for me personally it was uninteresting and I didn't change the difficulity because that would mean more grinding (which I will eventually do to plat it). Only time I thought it was challenging was final mission because you get so overwhelmed by enemies in that(think I was at around 17% and healed the terminal once).
I don't hate it but it didn't elevate the game for me any way whatsoever.
PS. Currently playing P5R. Had a break from it late Spring but intend to finish it within a week since I'm on vacation and then jump to Yakuza 7 :)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
The gameplay itself isn't anything worth writing about but the writing is amazing. In a way it could have just been solely a visual novel but that isn't Vanillaware way I think. Art is also very nice to look at. Anyway, story starts up slowly and don't let prologue judge how the game will eventually play out because it picks up and have so many twists and nods to pop culture that you would think you are watching 10 seasons of a tv series.
It would have been an easy 10 were it for the gameplay part that I wasn't really into(the tactical battle thingy) but it's not such a big issue since you can change the settings for it whether you want challenge or just plow through and just focus on a story.
It's a GOTY contender for sure and everyone should play it. It's worth your time and the game needs all the support it can get. Also our VN specialist recommends it too.[9/10]
My thoughts on games part 2:
The beginning is slow but once you get past that point the game picks up and never lets you go. The story, characters, side stuffs and the combination of crazyness makes it a hell of a ride. I got invested so much with it that I was in for the rest of the series no matter what. That's how goot the game is. So many emotions.
I don't know if it's the D-pad but many times I had trouble doing the down attack. The game was otherwise fine. Nothing major but it is a well made game with a nice soundtrack.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Favorite Uncharted game and also a game from Naughty Dog for me. It has quite a bit of slow paces but it elevated the characters even more. Love globetrotting and enemies not spamming out of all over the place like older games. This was an excellent ending that I wish Indiana Jones had. That one short moment which I won't mention is probably the best moment I have had with their games.
I died a lot in the beginning. The game just throws you in the middle of the combat and you have so much you can do that it was overwhelming. Side missions were a bit repetitive. Combat and story were great and who could not forget how amazing web slinging is. DLC were OK and got better each time. Major gripe. Something happens and it's through DLC and that is not the worst part but I won't spoil it.
A great RPG with a great OST. Still early on Royal but hope to get back to see what many changes it did. I love the characters and designs of them.
The world and how paths are connected to each other is top tier. This game would be one of the greats if only Blight town wasn't such an awful place to go through in the original and half of the bosses straight out sucks. Artorias is still my favorite fight in Souls games. My cousin watching while I dodge constant upward slash was so anime. Those nasty mimes though. Damn them.
God of War
Fighting certain enemies in rage mode was frustrating and was the only time I had issues with combat. Besides that this game was amazing from start to finish. I never got into older games but really like Kratos throughout this game. Hats of for Sony Santa Monica for a great game.
The Last of Us
After the impact in the beginning, this game was a 6 at best throughout most of the game. It was boring and uninteresting and I was almost checked out on the game. Then just before the last quarter or so it picked up the pace and the ending was bold and I was surprised I wasn't spoiled by it by internet. And since I only liked 20-30% of the game, I can't say it's higher than a 7 for me personally. Shout out to Nolan North because I didn't realise it was him and doing a banger job.
I felt the dread. Co-op was a bit hard to do again like other games excluding Demon's and Dark Souls 2. I had a break again and didn't know insight had a big role in it. Also picked the cane which totally didn't fit my style in the end. Took some time but overall enjoyed my time with it even if I'm not too into horror unless there is more action.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
I guess people like changes in the formula. Played 3 hours of it, got the kite, deemed it wasn't for me or worth my time and I was done. I did let my nephews play it.
My thoughts on games part 1:
It was a fun game for awhile and some stuff you could do were cool. Just lost interest among my friends so pretty much I'm out too.
Life Is Strange
Surprised it made the list. I enjoyed Huber and Elyse's play on it and was interested how it would unravel. Enjoyed it.
I liked it and it was a nice little journey. Just didn't feel the impact people are making out of it.
Monster Hunter World
I consider this to be a GOTD even if I personally like other stuff a bit more. The game is just amazing from monsters to community and small stuffs that may get unnoticed. So much warmth and jolly vibes from NPCs with food that looks salivating. I for sure am not a good hunter and get my ass kicked from every monster that has come out this year with Iceborne expansion but you can't help but just feel good hunting with friends and strangers. It's not perfect but rest of the stuff makes up for it.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
I didn't like this game. Even if I never finished Dark Souls 3 it never made me hate playing it. It is a hard game and me forcing to play through it was a mistake on my part when I played other From Software games with a long break before returning to them. Changes I liked were the game looks amazing with some characters I liked more than their other games.
I don't understand the praise for Mikiri-counter, it was so easy to pull off with genrerous time window and didn't feel as tight. Even Onimusha 1 had better counters since you didn't need to parry if you timed it perfectly. Also combat was monotonous after few hours and tools only help a short while for it. Didn't like that game gets easier the more bosses you beat. Bloodborne difficulity raised the more insight you had so getting better made it harder which is a way better difficulity scaling.
This game is empty and boring. It has MGSV controls which I consider to be one of the best for TPS but doesn't have that many stuff to do as MGSV yet I love being in this world. The online and being connected to other porters and coming together to build roads and other stuff was an experience that stays with me. Taking my trike and drive around, crossing rivers and obstacles while taking care of BB which should be as annoying as hell but connected with instead. I saw someone describe iit perfectly: A wonderful, boring game
Final Fantasy XV
I put 110 hours on it. Finished it. And the only good thing that I got from it was cruising in my car with my buddies while listening to older FF games soundtrack. The most disappointing game I have ever played. Graphics aside the whole game was a mess. Story was pure trash, combat was broken and not good and it really felt it needed way more time in the oven. Of course this was before they made numerous changes and DLCs for it but don't think it would change my mind about the game any way even with that Digimon Frontier nod I saw.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Top tier controls in the genre, fun gadgets and stuff and some interesting twists. Sadly the open worldness and mission structure killed it. MGS is known for lots of deep dives in discussion, the narrativeness that talked about lots of stuff and crazy moments with good voice acting and characters. I found some story bits interesting but some really needed more fleshed out.
Combat was a bit too simple though I have seen people done some cooler stuff than I did. Story was great but maybe a bit too long with so many endings. Soundtrack was grand and at times more so that it didn't fit the world or the setting. 2B's outfit is a 10. Stylish, beautiful, just perfect.
Resident Evil 2
Outside of 2nd run not well thought out and Leon's and Claire's lack of interaction with each other, this remake is amazing. It's a good and a fun game that was easily replayable and definitely one of the best when I think back to this decade. I slightly prefer original because of the reasons above.
In no particular order:
I wasn't into 3D games. They looked ugly compared to sprites, controls weren't tight and loading took long in comparison.
Enter RE2. Background were impressive, controls took time to used to but the game was engaging. I didn't care much about horror either but I was into story about an evil corporation and the location. I love main PS1 games along with their remakes. Have deep respect for 4 but hate latter half and just killing the payoff of post-Veronica. 5 and 6 were fun on their own and both have their own issues. Never touching 7 or 8 because 1st person but I know people (will) love them.
They are fun and challenging games that have good characters.
REmake1, RE2, RE3, REmake 2 are my favorites but others are also worth to play.
Megaman 2 is legendary but 3 was the one I soloed. It has slowdowns but they were just amazing for a pre-teen kid. Taught me not to give up. X series is the ones I love a bit more because of dash and wall kick. Got good with X3 that I spent so much time with it.
Also love other spin-offs.
X1-4, Battle Network series, Legends, MM2-4, Zero series. All are good.
Didn't get into it until Huber's high praise along with Ben's. Started from Zero and jumped into 6 when it came out. Beat all 7 of them
this year. Love the story as a whole. Sadly 3 really needed Kiwami treatment because that game is super rough to go through gameplay wise. and 5 didn't have a focus thus making 6 a single protagonist was a right decision.
Zero is top tier followed by 6. 4 is also good and Kiwami 1 and 2 after that. 5 has some good stuff and so do 3. It's still worth going through all of them.
1st 3 are amazing and pretty much a complete arc. Sadly spin-off of Miles Edgeworth never had its sequel translated which i also worth going through and different enough from main series. Love the characters and how the story is well tied together.
Metal Gear Solid
MGS1 is a masterpiece (Twin Snakes can F*** off). The plot twists and crazy stuff it had just pulls you in and grabs you until the end and "The Best Is Yet To Come" kicks in. MGS2 is my favorite for it being more futuristic and being bonkers on its own. It was ahead of its time. Enemies working as a team and not being totally idiots was what also elevated the stakes.
All of them have their strenght. 1&2 are a must. So is 3 though the laughter really ruined part of it and possibly one of the best moments in videogaming. 4 was a bit weird and sadly still PS3 exclusive? 5 has amazing gameplay, possibly the best in 3rd person but the "open world" ruined what MGS were known for. Solid storytelling that was taking a backseat. Still a fun game.
Peace Walker is also worth playing through.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic 1-3 and Mania are amazing and a proof they are a great rival for Mario franchise while also having their own strenght.
Sadly series is a rollercoaster otherwise. But rarely a franchise that has a long history is all killers no fillers.
Love the story in 1st one, enjoyed co-op in 2nd and how it handled sidestories, I have 3rd one (need to mod my PSP) and love 4th's evolution in gameplay even if it has some cringe moments. The gameplay is a star of its own. Bonds.
Love dialogues and quips. Characters are enjoyable though only interesting villain was Rafe which is why UC4 is my favorite along with the settings. People might not like it having many slow moments but as a whole I just loved it. The Lost Legacy is also great. 3 was my least liked one but it wasn't bad. 1-3 had a mechanic or a thing that just annoyed me and wish they weren't there. Big fan of Indiana Jones movies so this was closest we have for them.
A franchise that has become bigger than itself. So many games but SMB3, SMW and SMK are enough to make it into a list. A Mario game is almost always solid whether I care to play them or not. Personally Sonic and Mario are equal to me.
SFII was my childhood,enjoyed so much of it (end credits is fire). Got hooked to it early and thanks to X-men vs SF at the arcades I got more into Alpha/Zero series, other vs. games and spin-offs..
Chun-Li, Ryu and Ken(especially being different starting from Alpha series) became my favorite characters thanks to other media (SFII animated movie is the best vg movie IMHO)bringing them more into life.
Shoutout to franchises that I loved but didn't make it to my top 10:
Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Suikoden, Breath of Fire, Shenmue, Onimusha, The Legend of Heroes, Dark Souls, Gran Turismo and Gravity Rush
Ghost of Tsushima
I'm not really into open world games and ones that lack in variations in their mission structure.
The game evens out by having a lot of tools and skills you learn that it's enough to make encounters more enjoyable. Combat is great (though sometimes unresponsive) and some fights were really challenging and evolves the more you progress. The side stuff to earn more stuff are nice not to mention tales that are highlight of the game alongside the view and atmosphere. If you look closely it doesn't have the details that TLoU2 has or is technically impressive, A.I. is pretty bad most of the time and there have been lots of bugs during my time with it.
But my goodness is it beautiful. The scenery, the variation of the map of the areas and what time or weather you have are almost all photo opportunities.
It has the vibe that makes it stand out from generic looking areas seen in other games that are either boring ass desert or forest that you can't tell what game those are from.
It's amazing how fast you load back in after dying. Sometimes too fast that you aren't ready in some cases. Also this game has amazing cinematic moments that just makes my jaw drop. This game made me feel good most of the time that I just got lost in the moment. Just relaxing and enjoying the moment where ever I went.
Like it has its issues but none excluding forcing you to change to effective stance was bothering me enough to enjoy it. Not even mediocre stealth that I didn't use much unless necessary.
Final Score: 9/10
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