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  1. #1093342017-02-26 12:58:26Kirn said:

    http://megagames.com/sites/default/files/game-images/GoT-Telltale.jpg

    After going through Telltale Batman, I decided to try another game. Which was a bit of a dilemma for me. You see, on one hand, quite a few people recommended the story of this game. On the other hand - it's fucking Game of Thrones. And I still haven't red any of the books or watched any of the TV series episodes. And not going to. So, I decided to try it while being a completely clueless about the whole setting except for the motherfucking Winter is Coming meme.

    http://gearnuke.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/wall.jpg

    Now, I have no idea how canon is this story, however, this is how it goes: after the fall of previous king (Stark?), northen spheres of influence are brutally divided. And after the ambush at Red Wedding, one minor but noble house - house Forester - loses its lord. Their old enemies Whitehills are favored by the current crown, and they are aiming to take their ironwood trees. And kill them all, actually. So now it's up to the surviving house members to... well, survive this situation.

    http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/5a4c434fda9be446a1c605f93af6040e.jpg

    First of all, here's the usual thing: this is, once again, a telltale game. Meaning, one way or the other, even if you fuck up completely, you will be dragged through the game, kicking and screaming, to the ending. Difference is, you really are kicking and screaming. And also, this time you play as more than one character. Story of the game follows Forester family members (and Gared who is a squire) as they all try to contributy to the survival of the home, in their own ways.

    http://guides.gamepressure.com/gameofthronestelltale/gfx/word/443541543.jpg

    Now, I will take this moment to say, that I really liked the graphic style of that one. They made the game looked just the right amount of... not exactly blurry, but... At times, the imagery feels like it was painted with oil, which is pretty nice to look at. Also, I mostly didn't notice the game music, but the song at the end of a second episode - fucking amazing.
    Additionally, Telltale does work towards making more and more mature stories, I feel, and in this one... Well, it is fucking Game of Thrones. To say it is brutal would be the same as to say that I am a mildly grumpy but well-meaning person. There are fucking guts flying around in this fucking game for fuck's sake! For anyone who enjoys some blood - you will love this.

    http://www.slantmagazine.com/assets/games/25311/gameofthrones2015.jpg

    Now, the story is, as always, the most important part. And let me tell you, I never knew anything about GoT setting, but I am pretty sure they got it right. Because in this game, you feel like you are being punished for all your sins at almost every step of the story. Bad choice? Game fucks you up immediately. Hell, you can die at some points, but mostly, after you witness something really horrifying, you realize that the game just keeps going. Towards next wicked event.
    That actually makes you feel for the characters quite a bit. You feel sorry for them, you worry for their fates, and you are being genuinely happy when they succeed (or at least do not die immediately). And at the same time, some of the choices, and I will not spoil anything, but some of the choices are completely inhumane. Plus, in addition to main guys, game has really nice cast of supporting characters, including both characters from the series - voices by original actors - and new range of people to interact with.

    http://static5.gamespot.com/uploads/original/1197/11970954/2906483-stare-1920x1080.jpg

    All in all? This is the usual Telltale game. But the story is one of the most brutal and unforgettable ones I have ever encountered in a game. It is very much justified that they did 6 episodes for the season, instead of the usual 5. And, naturally, they do give a cliffhanger for the possible continuation.

    I purposefully haven't spoken about any particular story event, to avoid spoilers in case you would want to play it yourself. Though, I can tell you right now, often, knowing what would happen doesn't save you from the brutality of experience.
    And, as always, if you want to just watch someone play it here's the playlist for my attempt full of fail.

  2. #1094102017-03-01 21:35:09Insomnia said:

    Overwatch but now i'm possibly being forced to get For Honor. It's fun but i don't know if i really want to drop that dank cash on it.

  3. #1094182017-03-02 06:28:17Inia said:

    Funny, I was just looking at that game myself. I'm not big on fps games, especially in pvp, but I'd actually try a hack & slash game. I'd wait to see if March Madness brings up some good discounts.

  4. #1094172017-03-02 06:22:36 *Cloud-VK said:

    I'm feeling some serious love for Horizon Zero Dawn, it's officially my new favorite new gen game. The story is awesome, the graphics are amazing, the gameplay is fantastic, and there are way more creatures in it than I ever thought there'd be. Plenty of things to hunt~

  5. #1094192017-03-02 06:30:45Inia said:

    I got sucked into Terraria. Never really looked into it when it came out, but I got into it with a few friends. Felt like exploring it on my own to learn the mechanics better. I'm not sure how I feel about Terraria 2's design. There's a simplicity in the current game that I admire.

  6. #1094682017-03-07 05:32:54Kirn said:

    http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/371660/header.jpg?t=1460460176

    This game came out some time ago, but I only recently got around to playing it. This is the 5th installment of Far Cry series, but those games are not really connected to each other, and this one is the most disconnected at all - happening at 10000 years B.C. And this time, instead of a bunch of guns, you are going to fight your way through scores of enemies with nothing but a stone spear.

    https://ubistatic9-a.akamaihd.net/ubicomstatic/en-US/global/media/Sabertooth_Hunt_GOLD_1080p_221528.jpg

    This is a Ubisoft game, and I feel Ubisoft is getting a bit too fat and lazy for their own good, a bit like EA. They are not really trying anymore. That is why, I have very conflicting feeling about this game. Then again, I might just start with good things. And the best thing about the game is the fact that the guy you play is the Beast Master. He made friends with spirits of animals, and can now get their help in fight. Pretty much, you got owl for scouting, and you can tame all sorts of wild creatures - from honey badger to a huge bear. Having your sabertooth tiger kill enemy and then watch it eat the corpse is very satisfying.

    http://static4.gamespot.com/uploads/original/1365/13658182/3007166-fcp_08_village_complete_screenshots_preview_pr_160126_6pm_cet_1453716689.jpg

    In addition to that, you get a decent range of weapons. You get clubs (and later - 2-handed clubs), which are good for dealing with many enemies at once, you get bow for long-range killing, you got spear for single-target poking, which does the best damage in the game, when thrown. Plus, you get a bunch of bombs, like fire bomb or even bee bomb. And you can set any of your normal weapons on fire. Have you ever wanted to smack someone on the head with a giant burning bone club? You can do it.

    https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/02/farcraprimal.jpg

    Story is simple enough. Main hero - Takkar - searches for the prosperous land of Oros. And finds it, right at the start of the game. But people of his tribe are hunted by other two tribes there. So he mounts the defense against enemies with long-term goal of getting the whole land for his people, while getting help from a bunch of some very weird characters along the way. And their cutscenes, where they give you quests, are as crazy as you can expect from Farcry game.

    http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Far_Cry_Primal_pre-GPS_caveman_map.jpg?x20462

    Now, while all this is well and good, game has some bad qualities. For example, this is open world game, so it makes you do a whole bunch of crafting and resource gathering, and repetitive side-quests and pretty much all you can expect from open world game, trying to extend the gameplay. Story scenes are pretty cool, and well-animated, but most of the game might bore you. Especially, since you can't talk to anyone while you walk around. Remember Farcry 4 and Pagan Min trolling you on the radio? Well, radio will be invented in about 12000 years in this game, so you are alone.

    http://static2.gamespot.com/uploads/original/1365/13658182/3007167-fcp_09_udam_attack_screenshots_preview_pr_160126_6pm_cet_1453716692.jpg

    Speaking of. This game has no cool villain. Yeah, you heard it. You got 2 leaders of enemy tribes, but there's almost no interaction with them. You meet them, and then you kill them towards the end of the game. And that's it. The game does concentrate on your allies, and they are some very crazy people, but without cool villain this doesn't feel like Far Cry title. Also, with crafting they also make you kill a lot of animals. Which is what bothered me a little bit, cause I dislike killing many animals in games. And the game, as I said, may feel very repetitive, especially with limited weapon options.

    https://ubistatic9-a.akamaihd.net/ubicomstatic/en-US/global/media/Izila_Slaves_GOLD_1080p_221516.jpg

    All in all, interesting game, but at times it felt tedious as all fuck. Still, at times it was quite fun, so it all evens out. Ubisoft is getting lazy, though, cause they sure could have given better villains and overall better story.

    And, as always, for those who doesn't want to do all the exploring and crafting themselves - here's me doing it for you

  7. #1095102017-03-12 09:36:21 *Kirn said:

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    This one is long. And it took me months to finish it. Because I was not playing it alone, I played it with @Lieutenant. We did not have much time for the game, but damn, that was good time. This is a classical RPG, the kind that is long and full of quests you would never even understand, and entirely too much reading. It also has pretty damn good co-op. You can play it with friends over direct connection, and you get to control one of the 2 main characters each.

    http://www.divinityoriginalsin.com/screens/DOS_0046.jpg

    The story starts simple. You two are members of the source-hunters order. Source is something like the magic power, but corrupted and twisted, and it is up to you to battle magic users who go mad with that power. Pretty much, you are a fantasy inquisition. And your mission is to go to some remote island, besieged by orcs at the time, to investigate the murder of the local high official. There's a suspicion of foul play, which in this came means he might have been killed by a source magic.
    From there... well, let's just say that the story expands beyond all possible expectations.

    http://guides.gamepressure.com/divinityoriginalsin/gfx/word/84036662.jpg

    Game system is pretty complicated. As the start you asked to make a character, picking a class... but that doesn't really mean anything. You can be anything you want to be, if you have stats and skills for it. And I can honestly say, that every warrior will need to know at least some magic, just like any mage would need to stick someone in the face with a sword at some point. Though, mages are more versatile. In addition, there's a boatload of items and scrolls to use, and also traits to give some additional bonuses to your character. During the game you will get to 20-21 level, which will turn you from inexperienced adventurer to a death incarnate.

    http://cdn.gamer-network.net/2014/usgamer/Divinity_Original_Sin_Eurogamer_Preview_4.jpg.jpg

    Game is long. It is, as I said, a classical RPG, which makes for one HUGE grand quest, and a whole load of side-quests. Most of them are pretty elaborate and, at times, very funny. How would you like to help a male cat fuck a mayor's cute female cat by means of finding his fancy collar to woo the lady? Yep, that's how we do... Some of it is very serious, some is very silly, most is both. At times games is goddamn frustrating, though, I can tell you that, and if you missed too much stuff in it... you will get punished at the end by requirement to backtrack. Also, puzzles are pretty hard, and abundant - you really have to read all the things you find to fully realize how everything is working and solved.

    All in all? Damn good game, good for any true RPG fan.

  8. #1095782017-03-18 07:32:58Kirn said:

    https://envul.com/ius/game/4/5/giga-wrecker.png

    I suddenly felt I don't have enough platformers in my life, so I got me this game. It is anime-style puzzle platformer, concentrating more on physics based puzzles than on combat. It is made my Japanese game company, so, you know, it's not even anime styled, it is proper anime game, made by proper Japanese people.

    http://michibiku.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/giga-wrecker-2.jpg

    Story of the game starts simple. In near future, humanity is suddenly attacked by very advanced robots, that, in 3 years, almost wipe out humanity. People are made to live like rats in hiding or become slaves to new robotic overlords. In that world young girl gets severely hurt, but is taken in by a mad scientist and turned into cyborg with the power to fight the machines. After that she sets out to avenge her world and to discover a mystery of a girl she saw just once when she was captured.

    https://jovemnerd.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/giga_wrecker_1.jpg

    Now, stepping back from the story, let's look at the game play. The whole mechanic of the game is the wrecking ball - a mass of debris covered with nano machines that you can attract and control. It extends your attack, and most enemies require your debris ball to be big enough to smash their shields. Plus, as you go along, you get the ability to turn the wreckage you carry into a sword, cube, javelin of drill - all used to specifically solve the puzzles of the game.
    And there are plenty of puzzles! The game is actually really amazing, because you can smash a lot of platforms and enemies, and the pieces they will turn into would be calculated on individual basis for the purposes of physical interaction. What it means is that you can make any level very messy very quickly. And I managed to cheat my way through a few puzzles just by having random pieces of robots just lying around.
    Mostly, though, puzzles have very clear solutions to them - if you follow the required pattern, things will just get into place. The hard part is to figure out what needs to be done, and use the correct instruments for it.

    http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/454410/ss_25a1dc8fbb4dccda7d8df5f5b305e68e6f47f342.600x338.jpg?t=1471536057

    In addition to puzzles, there is combat, obviously. Some enemies are being part of the puzzle - you kill them in order, to increase the debris you carry, to be able to kill stronger enemies in the room, some are just there to hinder your progress. And, of course, there are bosses. Technically, there game has only 5 boss battles, 3 of which are repeated through the story, making it 8 boss fights total. The core of each battle is to slowly smash what is provided, turning enemy weapons into your ammo, until you finally can break through the boss shield.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/IqFM7LpatYQ/maxresdefault.jpg

    Since this is anime game, all bosses look like young girls. Actually, I will go and put a major spoiler out there - the only guy character in the game is the mad scientist. All the rest of the cast are female, even if they are in robotic form. Enjoy! But the character design is actually good - bosses look diverse, and each got their own mechanics, which you learn, or you die very quickly. Though, during the game you get experience that you use to get some more health and passive regeneration, and that really helps with survival.

    https://valuepress.jp/uploads/pressrelease/220/SS_BossBeam_00.png

    From the technical point of view - game got all you need. It's relatively hard, puzzles are clever, enemies are varied enough, and it's not overly long. But to add to all that, there is actually a very big storyline there too. During the game you will learn the origin of robots, and will be involved in quite a few existential conversations. I have to say, game is Japanese, and they really did not do well on English translation. I mean, you can understand the phrases, but the wording is often far from good.
    Still, if you manage to look past that, game takes on some heavy themes. There's the questions of identity, the questions of morals, suicide, greater good and/or bad. There's also time travel. Yep. Which, as it often is with time travel, makes the story somewhat illogical at times, but since it's anime style, you kinda let it slide.
    And finally, game at times offers some very disturbing visuals, but hides it well. After you defeat the boss (looking like some girl, let me remind you), you get a picture of her beaten and leaking nano-machines from the holes in her body. Well, imagine if instead of robot you would get a human girl image like that? And the stuff leaking out of her body would have been red? That would have been some heavy imagery, but developers cleverly hid that behind a self-censoring of sorts. Still, you also get some bloody stuff with actual humans, so... for anime game, this one gets pretty dark at times.

    https://static.invenglobal.com/upload/image/2017/03/07/i1488942258637333.png

    All in all? This is familiar concept, but very well performed. Puzzles are good, story is good if you won't get discouraged by sloppy English. Difficulty is just right to frustrate you at times, but not enough to make you give up and quit. Good game in my book.

    As always - my own gameplay of it for those who prefer watching over playing.

  9. #1095862017-03-18 22:09:24awkwardangels said:

    I have a PS4 now so I've been playing a few games. (Sorry I can't link any images, my laptop broke so I'm on my tablet.)

    I've been playing God Eater Rage Burst, it's like a more fast paced Monster Hunter. It's pretty fun, the combat takes to getting used to because it's so fast paced. The craft system is fun too, there's a lot of weapons to choose from. And honestly the character customization is fun too, I spent too long on my character ahahaha.

    I've also been playing Tales of Zesteria. It's my first Tales of game so I can't comment too much on how it improves stuff from previous games, but it's really fun. I like it a lot, the characters are fun and the plot is pretty good too. Gameplay is typical action JRPG, but it's fun to switch between characters.

  10. #1096432017-03-21 18:02:45Kirn said:

    http://cdn.edgecast.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/430410/header.jpg?t=1485362774

    This is a quest. Quest based on, or rather inspired by Haruki Murakami’s surreal short stories. Which I have never red, so I have no idea how good this is to the source material, or how good this is even as a tribute. However, one thing is undeniable - this is one of the most weird stories I have ever played through.

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    In this game you play as Miss Mizuki - girl in her twenties, who is divorced, on a break from work, and tends to occasionally forget her own name, which retaining pretty damn good memory for trivia facts. She wants to cure herself of this condition. Also, recently she hasn't been able to sleep for something like 17 days, all because every time she tries to sleep, she sees a horrible old midget sailor captain (who is also half-naked and smoking), who never lets her sleep. You are welcome to let your imagination run wild with that description. So, with those 2 minor life problems, she sets out on a day destined to fix at least something.

    http://cdn3.dualshockers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/memoranda-4.png

    Now, let's take a break from this weird image, and talk gameplay. This game is pretty much your 2D drawn quest and it plays how you would expect it to play - nothing out of ordinary. You visit locations, you get items, you combine items, you solve occasional puzzle. Gameplay is simple, it holds well, you don't expect anything new to this formula. And it's good - simplicity ensures stability. Though, I will be honest with you - I did find one game-breaking bug. Thankfully, game allows you to make a lot of saves, so you won't be lost.

    http://www.yoyogames.com/uploads/new_showcase/192_feature.jpg?1438696867

    Saying all that, behind simplicity there's also some complexity. First of all, game is almost without logic in the way you use your items. It's plainly evil - the craziest things work and the logical things don't. That's the kind of world we live in there. Additionally, as you unlock new locations while progressing the story, at time progressing the story also changes the old locations, making new people and things and people-things appear. So you will surely revisit old places quite a bit. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it gives decent complexity to the game.

    https://luxatarnia.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/memoranda.png

    Main thing of this game remains the... You know, I want to say 'story', but the story is so bizarre, I cannot even describe it properly. I would say that this game shows you absolutely strange world, where weird science and magic exist in what, at first glance, looks like a world not unlike ours. And that what makes it really cool - you hang out in places that make sense, and then something absolutely crazy happens. And it just never stops, there is no single point without some weirdness in it. And, again, I have no idea how true it is to the works that inspired the game, but goddamnit, this was weird and I loved it.

    My own playlist with the playthrough. Game is quite short, actually, which is a bit of a shame. Took me just 7 videos to finish.