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On 4/10/2020 at 4:14 AM, Psychotic Ninja said:

Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

 

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Far Cry 5.

First Ubisoft game I played since FC3, moderately disappointed that Uplay is still required.

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Far Cry 5

First impressions so far:

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Thematically and aesthetically the game is really fucked up, it has this weird saccharine atmosphere of mid-century Christian Americana. It's idyllic and yet still feels extremely off. Obviously the reason why isn't a subtle one, the game's villain group is a far-right Christian terrorist cult that reveres the big bad as a prophet. They're kidnappers, murderers, thieves, and they persecute those who refuse to join their cult, and unfortunately, leaving the county is an effort in futility as the cult has control of the roads, local police, and telecommunications. In spite of all of this there's still this facade of Christian Americana that, when compared against the group's actions and intentions, makes for a really eerie atmosphere. These themes can feel uniquely political if you're familiar with the far right, especially those of the far right that exalt Christian faith. It's easy to see why there was a lot of negative press from the actual far right before the game launched. I think it's worth mentioning though that FC5 specifically wrote its villains as the leaders of a death cult and the people who help you out are often cut from the same cloth; Christians, family men, farmers, and even conspiracy nuts with bunkers and arsenals.


All of that said, I live for games with a narrative and atmosphere as well constructed as FC5's, and it's something completely unique that I don't think I've ever seen before.

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I'd honestly like to see more done with this kind of creepy, saccharine, religious aesthetic. It hits especially close to home coming from Texas, it's familiar and nostalgic and yet completely untrustworthy. It's also pretty unique, in that I haven't really ever seen it used as the thematic foundation of a game, maybe a TV show or movie that I'm forgetting about but that's it. Closest thing that comes to mind is the Honest Hearts DLC of Fallout New Vegas, though while HH adopts a similarly religious narrative, its environment isn't really reflective in similar terms.

 

As far as graphics go, this is probably one of the most beautiful games I've played AND it's actually quite well optimized so it runs nicely on cheap hardware, even on ultra settings. There is the odd prop that has PS1 tier LOD because you're not REALLY expected to look at it that much, but they're not super common and I can deal low poly apple boxes when the rest of the game looks like this

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The LOD is (usually) very smooth and easy on the eyes, textures are high res and show off lots of fine details, and the lighting really does a great job of bringing it all together. There are some visual effects I think the game could do without (i.e. your eyes adjusting to the light level when you exit a building) as they don't really contribute much to the immersion of playing and are more annoying than anything else, but that's actually a relatively minor complaint.

 

Finally, the gunplay is great. There's kind of a lack of feedback which feels a lot worse when you're trying to hit targets at longer ranges. Bullet drop was introduced in FC5 so it is nice to know when your shots are hitting their target. That said, all the weapons still feel really impactful and fun to use, and the run-and-gun outpost liberation missions that put you in close to medium quarters combat for a few minutes at a time are really where the gunplay shines. Those moments where you do a 180 and land a revolver shot square in the eye of a baddie who was just behind you wouldn't feel quite as satisfying if you had a hitmarker and a hitsound added to the mix. The visual and sound of the bullet impact does plenty to make those kills feel great.

 

Overall, I think everything is great so far and I'm looking forward to playing more of it.

 

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Discord: Annie#6365

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Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (PC). Story wise, I'm about to unlock the ability to ahem acquire parts for the Skate Ranch. However, screw that noise. I'm here to try and break open the speedrun route. I figured if I can glitch my way into Casino, that should, in theory, allow me to skip about 90% of the story (in theory). So far, I've glitched into Downtown and East L.A. Getting into the little area right before the tunnel leading to Casino is proving to be next to impossible. However, if I can actually get to that little area, then glitching into the tunnel leading to Casino will be a cakewalk.

 

On a side note, I've found a way to glitch my way into Santa Montica (well, kinda, seeing as the final door is closed, but I can get to the tunnel). So, outside of Casino, that just leaves glitching into Vans Park (possibility at 10% right now) and Oil Rig (impossible without Set Restart/Go To Restart in story mode).

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Playing Battletech (HBS), a bit of Mechwarrior online and waiting on support at GoG to see if I can bring Underrail there to buy their expansion and continue my RPG Marathon. 

I really take my time with RPGs since I'm trying to do complete playthroughs without having to replay in the future as I bought a bunch over the years but they end up gathering dust in my Libraries (Only finished Pillars of eternity 4/5 years after buying it on release). 

Also, after rediscovering my love for the mech/mecha genre I feel a bit frustrated on how few mech games (at least high profile ones) are avaible in the market, Armored Core and Battletech being the only ones I can think of in recent years (a stretch with AC given how silent it is since 2013 I know). 

I did played Daemon X Machina when it came out too...scratches the nostalgia a bit but still disappointing for lack of content. 

Mechwarrior 5 is a no go to me until they release Mod support on Microsoft Store.

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7 hours ago, Hunchback4P said:

 Armored Core and Battletech being the only ones I can think of in recent years

It's sad that most of the good IPs ended up in the hands of companies that make such poor decisions with them. Kinda like the Earthsiege/Cyberstorm/Tribes IP being exclusive to Hi-Rez Studios, but they've never touched on the Earthsiege or Cyberstorm side of it. (and kinda messed up the Tribes side too)

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7 hours ago, BTGBullseye said:

It's sad that most of the good IPs ended up in the hands of companies that make such poor decisions with them. Kinda like the Earthsiege/Cyberstorm/Tribes IP being exclusive to Hi-Rez Studios, but they've never touched on the Earthsiege or Cyberstorm side of it. (and kinda messed up the Tribes side too)

Considering the legal issues HBS and Piranha games had with Harmony Gold it's not surprising to me they didn't touched those IPs, don't know much about these titles tbh but from the images that I've seen, Earthsige alone would be easily sued by them if they ever tried to bring those mechs back. 

In positive news, there is a game called M.A.S.S. Builder which is pretty fun to play as well, it's not a Armored Core or Battletech by any means (more gundam then anything really) but it's really well made and the developers are VERY professional with their work giving consistent updates and even responding to most questions in their Discord Server, totally recommend even in it's Early Access state, if it's not known I'll post in the other thread (Games you bought recently) with a little bit more detail.

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On 5/23/2020 at 9:49 AM, Hunchback4P said:

Considering the legal issues HBS and Piranha games had with Harmony Gold it's not surprising to me they didn't touched those IPs, don't know much about these titles tbh but from the images that I've seen, Earthsige alone would be easily sued by them if they ever tried to bring those mechs back. 

I don't see how Earthsiege could be sued over anything, as they had entirely unique HERC designs so that they couldn't be sued back when the original Mechwarrior game was their only competition...

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On 5/25/2020 at 2:36 PM, BTGBullseye said:

I don't see how Earthsiege could be sued over anything, as they had entirely unique HERC designs so that they couldn't be sued back when the original Mechwarrior game was their only competition...

Yeah you're right..I guess I looked too much into certain details rather then overall design of certain mechs and also compared from battletech instead of Robotechs,big mistake on my part.

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7 hours ago, Hunchback4P said:

Yeah you're right..I guess I looked too much into certain details rather then overall design of certain mechs and also compared from battletech instead of Robotechs,big mistake on my part.

Battletech designs are coming up in searches for Robotech stuff, so that can be a problem when deciding to do this sort of stuff. That said, Robotech has a lot to offer for mech-sim enthusiasts, and strategy gamers, if it was ever decided to make something. If you're interested I actually have an idea for a game set between the events of Earthsiege 2 and Cyberstorm that blends genres of all the Robotech universe game somewhat. (it would be difficult to do, but I think UE5 might be able to handle it if it can handle procedural generation of terrain, and destructible terrain)

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Full Throttle Remastered.

 

Cool story and characters, I liked it. Only problem is that it kind of suffers from same problem Ross mentioned in his Eternam review, about sessions in a point-and-click adventure game where it requires arcade-like reflexes (in this case, the fights on the road against the other bikers). I did find them pretty easy (once I understand what to do) to be honest, but then again, arcade-like reflexes, so it may not be for everyone.

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Silent Hill 2, finished a few days ago. And Silent Hill 3, a week before that. I've wanted to for a long, long time, but I finally took the initiative because of the Silent Hill DLC announcement for Dead by Daylight.

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Fallout 4 with 249 mods installed. Unfortunately, all my savegames were corrupted.

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The Last of Us Part II.

I review games, so I was able to play it early. It might easily be the best game of this generation. I expected disaster but was pleasantly surprised.

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