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« Reply #1500 on: 05 December, 2019, 01:27:16 pm »

Well at least it suits the equally comedically evil Empire theme.
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« Reply #1501 on: 06 December, 2019, 12:57:31 am »

Taking a break from FF14 to avoid burnout. I bought Star Wars on a whim the other day, and Iíve made some significant progress with it. Overall, itís not bad. It plays like a much clumsier version of Sekiro with its parry mechanic and level design. The Souls influences are obvious, but it also takes inspiration from Uncharted with general character movement and platforming.

I have to emphasize the word clumsy though. Itís definitely not the smoothest game. I feel like Iíve fallen off cliffs far too many times than I can count, and thatís just because the gameís mechanics arenít tight. Jumping while climbing is awful, and sometimes Cal just does some strange things during these platforming segments.  Unfortunately the gameís controls just arenít as tight as they need to be. It takes too many cues from Uncharted in basic movement, which I donít think works well for a game like this.

The level design is good, but itís slightly marred with an awful 3D map. I rarely use it, but in moments when I need to, itís more of a hindrance than it is a helpful tool. That said, it is satisfying to unlock shortcuts.

Iím also worried that this game lacks variety. Iím not sure how far I am into it, but I would venture a guess and say Iím at around the halfway mark. I think thereís just one more planet to actually explore, and that doesnít really bode well for me. Of the three planets that Iíve been to, I donít think I could tell you the difference between two of them. Everything just looks the same, and thatís a bit disappointing. The enemy variety has been fine though. I mean, most of them are Stormtroopers, but itís not so bad.

The boss encounters have been subpar as well. Like, theyíre okay, but they always end up being relegated to normal enemies afterwards. I know Souls does this too, but it literally happens right after I fight them in this game. Like, Iíll fight the Security Drone ďboss,Ē but then the game throws another one at me and gives it a normal enemy health bar, but with the same amount of health. Also, Iíd like to fight less drone robots and more Sith Lords and inquisitors. I get so excited when I encounter the Second Sister, but the game frequently interrupts that fight for story reasons. Itís the one boss that actually feels ďepicĒ to me, for lack of a better word, and I really want to finish it up.

The story has been pretty decent so far. I encountered a major plot development that took me by slight surprise, though in retrospect, Iím not shocked given the nature of this franchiseís story. Cal is a very boring character though, and his character model looks really derpy to me. Itís not the actor thatís based off of him, but the actual character model. Sometimes he looks cross-eyed, or heíll just be staring at the distance. Nothing serious, but it is kind of amusing. The Second Sister seems like a great character, and I hope they can maintain her arc at a good pace.

Overall, itís a fine game. Iím actually more impressed with it than anything else, despite my innumerable critiques. I donít expect Star Wars games to be good these days, so it actually exceeded my expectations. Itís not the best, but it gets the job done.
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« Reply #1502 on: 18 December, 2019, 11:15:05 pm »

NES game, of course. >_>

Edit: Not just Castlevania!

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Silent Hill
Spyro the Dragon
Super Castlevania IV
Silent Hill 3
Silent Hill 2
Bioshock
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Mass Effect
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Fallout 3
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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Portal
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Mass Effect 3
Batman: Arkham City
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Fallout: New Vegas
Demon's Souls
Dark Souls
Bioshock Infinite
The Last of Us
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Xenoblade Chronicles
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Dark Souls 3
Chrono Trigger
To the Moon
Undertale
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma
Chrono Cross
Nier: Automata
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Sonic Mania
Persona 5
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Inside
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God of War (PS4)
Detention
Hollow Knight
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Red Dead Redemption 2
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Final Fantasy X
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
Kingdom Hearts 3
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses
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Dead Cells
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The Messenger

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Shadow Hearts
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent
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« Reply #1503 on: 19 December, 2019, 03:43:06 am »

whoops

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« Reply #1504 on: 19 December, 2019, 11:33:22 am »

Man, **** The Messenger. I saw the trailer for the thing in the Nintendo Indie Direct being lead to believe it'd be a nice little linear Ninja Gaiden game only for it to pull the "metroidvania" card later and blend in with every other damn stereotypical indie game on the market.
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« Reply #1505 on: 19 December, 2019, 11:16:56 pm »

lmao not sure how that happened but hey, now you guys know I'm still regularly updating the first post of this topic
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« Reply #1506 on: 22 December, 2019, 11:11:24 am »

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« Reply #1507 on: 29 December, 2019, 12:44:10 am »

endgame shadowbringers spoilers

Shadowbringers was so much better than Stormblood, except for that garbage at the end with Zenos. I actually cared about Emet-Selch.
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« Reply #1508 on: 29 December, 2019, 02:58:23 pm »

that's a big jump. so how was stormblood youef

i liked zenos quite a bit but he's not big bad material and the game is slotting him into that spot. i think that's my biggest misgiving with shadowbringers so far
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« Reply #1509 on: 29 December, 2019, 03:17:18 pm »

lol, I had this whole thing written up after I beat 3.0 but got lazy. I'll paste it here with some general updates after finishing most of the MSQ.

Stormblood was okay. The writing really suffered in splitting the story between two continents. To be honest, I think I wouldíve enjoyed spending more time in Doma and the rest of the East than Ala Mhigo. The conclusion for the Doma arc was rushed. We beat the final boss, and then weíre suddenly going back to Ala Mhigo, which itself had a rushed conclusion as well. I mean, I guess we achieved our goal in Doma, but there it still felt that that plotline was disconnected from whatever happened in Ala Mhigo. It made for some very jarring pacing.

Lyse was a bad character, and she was more entertaining when she was disguised as Yda in ARR. She was goofy, and her dynamic with Paplymo was endearing. But she lost that charm in Stormblood, and I didnít take much subsequent interest in her character because of that. A lot of wasted potential here.

Zenos was dumb in Stormblood. Yotsuyu and Fordola were more compelling villains. I hope we get some more interesting Empire characters in the future, but the writers are determined to keep Zenos relevant. However, I think Natsuko Ishikawa has proven herself with Shadowbringers, the DRK job quests, and Azim Steppe, so I hope she can do something good with Zenos if she is given authority over his character arc.

This game also revives characters too often. Gaius, Zenos, Gosetsu, Yotsuyu. I really liked Gosetsu and Yotsuyu's relationship in the post-Stormblood patches, but I think it should have been weaved into 3.0's plot rather than have the story kill them off and bring them back later. That said, I actually really like Gaius, and I enjoyed his brief adventures with Estinien in Shadowbringers. He's the only character I'm glad was brought back. Also he's voiced by Roose Bolton, so that's cool.

Other than the mediocre story, I still really enjoyed the dungeons, bosses, and music in Stormblood. Aside from whatever issues I had with the story, the expansion was otherwise solid. However, overall I believe that Heavensward and especially Shadowbringers were easily superior.

ShB however was pretty fantastic. The hype greatly heightened my expectations, and they were actually met. I'll post more detailed thoughts later.
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« Reply #1510 on: 29 December, 2019, 03:29:15 pm »

i hated the living shit out of yotsuyu and everything they did with her after 4.0. i came out of 4.0 thinking "well, that was kinda okay, but really disappointing after heavensward" and then ended 4.55 just seething about how much I hated stormblood off the momentum of how much I hated 4.2 and 4.3 (also eureka, which you probably haven't touched but was the big thing they hyped up through stormblood that was aggressively unfun to play). otherwise, I agree with the gist of that. how they split it into two different stories that are only tangentially related to each other really did 4.0 in. the lyse focus was also really bad, she more or less had nothing to contribute. it really kinda says something bad about stormblood that what is universally considered to be the most compelling part of it, the azim steppe arc, has nothing to do with anything else lol
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« Reply #1511 on: 29 December, 2019, 03:56:46 pm »

oh right, it's 4.0, not 3.0. I sometimes forget 1.0 existed.

Yeah, Azim Steppe was fun. I don't usually see Mongolian culture in games, so it was unique. It was like a little bubble of fresh air in what I could only describe as a swamp water.

Also, I did not care about Kugane. The MSQ rarely brought us back there, unlike Ishgard. More wasted potential.
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« Reply #1512 on: 30 December, 2019, 02:28:48 am »

also star wars jedi fallen order's story is actually getting pretty good now. It's like William Shakespeare compared to Rise of Skywalker.
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« Reply #1513 on: 30 December, 2019, 01:25:07 pm »

my name is protagonist

protagonist fallen order
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« Reply #1514 on: 02 January, 2020, 06:09:31 pm »

lol end me

So I'm done with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It is certainly not the best game I played in 2019, but it surpassed my expectations.

Iíll first comment on the story. I believed it started off quite slow in the first half of the game, but it picks up pretty quickly. The Second Sisterís backstory was compelling enough to keep me interested, as was Calís (thankfully). This game overall tackles the theme of failure more elegantly than the recent sequel trilogy. The characters felt more nuanced than those in the movies, and I was actually immersed in their arcs. It isnít without its flaws, but I think this is one of the better Star Wars stories Iíve encountered. The characterís performances deserve praise, and I really enjoyed hearing some funny dialogue among Stormtroopers before they were alerted to my presence. Of note, one character is vastly underutilized, and I hope their role is expanded upon in the future should they make a sequel.

The gameplay is fun, albeit flawed. I really donít want to compare this game to Sekiro, because I feel that although the Souls influences are strong, it is somewhat independent enough to stand as its own game. However, I couldnít help but recount my experiences with Sekiro as I played this game. The game also draws inspiration from Uncharted. This is especially made clear in the climbing mechanics, rope swinging, and even just plain moving. The movement itself isnít a problem in and of itself. It works for something like Uncharted, but it falls apart in a game like this where parry timing is essential. Cal is just so unbearably slow at everything, and the game felt so sluggish. It takes Cal a hot second to guard and parry, to the point that it felt like I had to react to certain enemy maneuvers before they even telegraph their attacks. I eventually got used to it, but playing Sekiro before made it difficult to adjust. And it still never felt as clean or satisfying despite getting used to the slower mechanics.

The last area throws out a ton of enemies at you at once, which I just think is lazy game design. I played on the second hardest difficulty, and although I was able to get it on my second try, it was stressful in the worst possible way.

The game is also buggy, and the presentation itself is subpar. Calís awkward movement, Cereís bug eyes, and the myriad of glitches withdrew me from some immersion. I didnít really look into whatever engine was used, but I donít think the game is well optimized.

The boss fights were overall fine, but I was still left wanting more. Malicos and the Inquisitors had great fights, but the rest were largely forgettable.

Nonetheless, the exploration and progression elements were well done. Itís linear, but I enjoyed unlocking shortcuts, and the game does a good job of placing its bonfires meditation circles in the right areas. It replicated the urgency I felt in keeping my character in Dark Souls alive until I could find a bonfire, even though I never actually lost my souls experience points in this game.

Overall, a pretty good game. Itís interesting how our expectations shape what we think of media. If I was hyped for this game, I would have been left disappointed. But I expected mediocrity and got something that was actually quite good, which left a positive impression on me overall.
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