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User Info: Gall

Gall
4 weeks ago#161
I'm up to chapter 11 in Dead Space 2. I got the improvements I wanted in the shooting department: the guns and movement feel less clunky, stomping is more effective, and boy are there some crazy enemy types. Not a big fan of the extended hallucination scenes though. It's not very scary to just stand there and wait while Nicole screams at you. The return to the Ishimura actually was pretty tense because you can move at your own pace and it takes a while before something happens.
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Gall
4 weeks ago#162
And finished it. They're certainly not good horror games, but as horror-themed shooters I enjoyed them enough. I like that the devs wanted to try weird stuff, though their execution was uneven and often goofy. There's no other game in which you can telekinetically throw exploding babies.
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User Info: Evillordexdeath

Evillordexdeath
4 weeks ago#163
Apologies about the unscheduled hiatus. I had some other big things taking up my free time for the last few days.

ctesjbuvf posted...
I ended up getting Arkham Asylum, began on that yesterday beating the first area, so it should be no trouble beating it before you reach City, in fact I'll probably have plenty of time as it doesn't appear to be very long.

Yeah, you've got loads of time. There's a big old Terraria between me and Arkham City, and that one will take a while.

ctesjbuvf posted...
I loved the first two, didn't care as much for the third. Haven't tried any since.

Ah, the very first two Rayman games on the old Playstation consoles? I haven't finished any Rayman games, but from what I can tell Origins and Legends are quite different from the original, in particular being much faster-paced, but they're really great games both in terms of gameplay and presentation, so I'm looking forward to reaching Legends quite a bit.

LinkMarioSamus posted...
Seeing Gall rank New Vegas and ME2 as bad saddens me even if it's fairly understandable. I have lots of attachment to both games just off of watching LPs of them!

Speaking of 2010 games, there's a rant I wanted to go on regarding Metroid: Other M. Although I don't bother defending the game anymore after watching ProtonJon stream through the whole thing last year - the story's an even bigger mess than I remembered! Suffice to say I do NOT think I would like the game if I revisited it.

Haha, yeah, Gall you have a harsh rating system man. I don't know how many other people would say they're excited to play a game a second time through, but the game is bad.

I forgot Other M existed when I did my snubs list for 2010, to tell you the truth. I guess I could've included it as a dishonorable mention if I wanted to do those. Yeah, I think the story's really bad and is told in a way that doesn't make good use of the series' strengths. Super Metroid is an exciting game for me in part because it makes good use of the form of purely visual storytelling that games allow. I actually think the final battle with Mother Brain is quite emotionally charged in that form, so I have a bit of a bone to pick with both Fusion and Other M for using such an overly verbal style with their stories.
Gall posted...
Finished Dead Space 1.

Rumors of this game's slow pace are greatly exaggerated.

Yes, I was wondering if I might feel the same. It seems like we had similar feelings on DS2 for the most part. I agree that the Ishimura was the most atmospheric part and that the games work better as shooters than as horror games. The hallucinations were the least scary part for me too, because they signal that you're safe from monster attacks so I always just relaxed when they were happening. I guess that's another example of a case where game designers don't make the best use of the medium.

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Portal 2
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Playing on: PC
Previous Experience with Portal 2: Played a bit, watched some videos
Expectations for Portal 2: Best game yet

The dreaded AAA Western game. Actually I've been really looking forward to this one. I re-played Portal earlier in this project and loved every second of it. I know the second one is a similar, but more elaborate experience. You can probably make an argument for either game being better. Portal 2 has more puzzles, develops the setting more, and has memorable new characters, but it lacks some of the immediate elegance that the first game has. Sometimes it indulges more ordinary AAA instincts like showing off its physics engine in cutscenes.

I've only ever played Portal 2 on a single day, at my dad's house shortly after the game came out. It was the first time my siblings and I had seen him in over a year. We visited for most of that day and I played maybe a couple hours of Portal 2 in the afternoon. I remember having a lot of fun with it, but I never got around to buying it for myself. Maybe I just didn't want to break the seal on that very specific memory of the game.

I've never played the back half of this game, but it might be the most emotionally invested and knowledgeable I am about any game I've never finished. One of the only video game shirts I have is an aged Portal 2 one that's just the title and "man emerging from portal" icon, which is no longer visible. I know about what happens with GLaDOS and Wheatley, I know about Caroline and Cave Johnson, and I know about the spheres (my favorite Fact Sphere fact is "The plural of Surgeon General is Surgeons General. The past tense of Surgeons General is Surgeonsed General.") I know about the final puzzle, Cara Mia Oddio, and the ending. I love all of that stuff. I think both Portal games are top-tier when it comes to video game writing, but what I forgot until I played the first Portal again is that they're also just great puzzle games with inherently fun mechanics. I'm confident I'll enjoy this one a lot.

I'm playing every game from GotD 2020! Games Completed: 16/129
Currently Playing: Portal 2

User Info: LinkMarioSamus

LinkMarioSamus
4 weeks ago#164
The rant I wanted to make is that based on the way people speak of MOM, you'd think the story was bad because it makes Samus look weak. Yes the story is bad and gets insultingly sexist at times, but the way the outrage at the game is directed you'd think just making the heroine look weak is bad storytelling. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the mentality people get into when they write characters like Rey and live-action Mulan - afraid to have their heroines show any weakness to avoid potential outrage, only to just deem any outrage that does happen as misogyny (which a good chunk of it is, but come on!). I'm not saying Other M itself is to blame for this, but more the hate those kinds of "passive/disempowered woman" stories got in the early 2010s, with Twilight probably being the most well-known example. Honestly, at this point I might even say your average real-life woman is more like Other M Samus than Rey.

That said though, Other M's story is bad. Really bad. It's not even a case like The Last Jedi where people are overthinking the story's supposed plot holes. Here they and the terrible implications are visible in plain sight. You can rationalize some stuff but that amounts to doing the director's homework for him. And now I just sit back and find the whole thing hilarious since I've thought about Metroid less and less over the past few years (also maybe watching a lot of movies has helped me realize standards for good storytelling). Could also help that we know the series isn't completely dead, even with Prime 4 stuck in limbo. I could go on but I'm not even sure how to collect all my thoughts.
Why do people act like the left is the party of social justice crusaders?

User Info: ctesjbuvf

ctesjbuvf
4 weeks ago#165
Evillordexdeath posted...
Ah, the very first two Rayman games on the old Playstation consoles? I haven't finished any Rayman games, but from what I can tell Origins and Legends are quite different from the original, in particular being much faster-paced, but they're really great games both in terms of gameplay and presentation, so I'm looking forward to reaching Legends quite a bit.

Yeah, although I actually had the second one on my Dreamcast and I believe that version is better too! I loved it back them, but it's been forever.

Excited for Portal 2!
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User Info: Gall

Gall
3 weeks ago#166
My ratings are only as harsh as they are fair! Seriously though, while I was disappointed in most aspects of New Vegas, I do recognize that it offers a freedom of choice that most games don’t, such as allowing you to just punch all the friendly NPCs to death. The problem is, it’s hard to appreciate that freedom when you do only one playthrough and make pretty standard, non-punching choices. So I want to do another playthrough in which I see just how much chaos is possible, and hey, maybe I’ll enjoy it enough to bump it up from Bad.

Anyway, now that I’m caught up and have some time before Skyrim, I’ve started playing Dragon Age Origins, just to get some background for Inquisition. The introduction’s pretty long: there’s an opening cinematic that explains the Grey Wardens (a faction of adventurers/do-gooders), an extended prologue that shows what your character’s life was like before they joined the Wardens, and right now I’ve been recruited but still have to go through an initiation ritual. It does feel a bit like a pen-and-paper roleplaying session, which is nice.
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User Info: Evillordexdeath

Evillordexdeath
3 weeks ago#167
Okay, I started Portal 2 yesterday, and played about 2 hours.

It seems like the game is set a large but indeterminate number of years after Portal 1 (and Half-Life 2,) with Chell having been held in suspended animation for all the time between. There are insinuations that a full-scale apocalypse has happened outside but all the player knows for sure is that Aperture Science has been rotting away for a long time. A robot named Wheatley, voiced by one of Ricky Gervais' buddies, wakes her up and asks for her help escaping the facility. They solve a few one-portal puzzles for a while until they come across the remains of GLaDOS (in a scene that reminded me a little bit of the very beginning of Super Metroid, where you find the final boss area from the first game,) and accidentally re-activate her, whereupon she forces Chell back into the testing area of the enrichment center while being super-humanly passive-aggressive toward her.

I'm having fun with it so far. The writing is as sharp as ever and it does a good job adding interesting new mechanics (like the light bridge and catapult) and then mixing them with the old mechanics to make well-designed new puzzles. There are a couple of early chambers which make really good use of the turrets, which normally aren't very threatening but become a lot harder to deal with when placed precisely. I like how there's a use of visual storytelling with the murals you find which depict the events of the previous game, the derelict Aperture slowly putting itself back together once GLaDOS comes online and lots of little moments where if you're looking in the right place you can see Wheatley trying to get back to you before being shut out. For the most part this is still a game that makes really good use of the medium. I especially like how fast-paced it is. Most of the dialog and story movement happens as you're still walking around and solving the puzzles, although it does lose a tiny bit of that in comparison to the first game, because the opening and the scene where GLaDOS first awakens are both essentially traditional cutscenes.
I'm playing every game from GotD 2020! Games Completed: 16/129
Currently Playing: Portal 2

User Info: LinkMarioSamus

LinkMarioSamus
3 weeks ago#168
Portal 2 is a darned good game. Enjoy!
Why do people act like the left is the party of social justice crusaders?

User Info: ctesjbuvf

ctesjbuvf
3 weeks ago#169
Finished Arkham Asylum getting everything. Good game overall, had its glaring flaws, but the template is really good, so looking forward to City.
Guinness Book of World Records is the name of the diary that belongs to azuarc, the winner of the Game of the Decade II guru contest.

User Info: Evillordexdeath

Evillordexdeath
2 weeks ago#170
Played a little over the past few days but couldn't find time to post. Chell keeps running through the tests until Wheatley busts her out and they run through the back alleys of Aperture to disable GLaDOS' turret production and neurotoxin and then take her out and put Wheatley in her place, giving him control of the entire building. GLaDOS taunts Wheatley by revealing that he's an intelligence-dampening sphere designed to weaken her and he goes mad with power, turning GLaDOS into a potato and dropping them both down a garbage chute, where the potato gets carried off by a bird, and Chell makes her way into an abandoned testing area where she hears old recordings by a man named Cave Johnson.

The one complaint I have so far is that the game design becomes a little less satisfying once you break out of the test chambers. I liked that part of the first game so much in part because it has a rebellious nature to it, but in this one it's mostly just following directions from Wheatley, and then once Chapter 6 starts there are a few sections where you aren't solving puzzles so much as you are squinting at wide open areas to try and find the one very specific patch of portal-worthy surface you need to use to progress.
I'm playing every game from GotD 2020! Games Completed: 16/129
Currently Playing: Portal 2
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