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Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 00:57
by Ashan
Love these stupid random hidden blocks for star coins in this game :^)))))


Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 07:11
by Griflion
That should be illegal :monstrosity:

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 16:07
by Cyril
Continuing my KH series playthrough with birth by sleep, the first one I'd never played before

The combat is a bit sluggish compared to KH2 and the difficulty curve feels a bit all over the place but it's also got new worlds and I'm enjoying it

Through one story, halfway through a second one currently

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 12 Jun 2019, 06:16
by metasomnia?
I finished World of Light in Smash Ultimate today, finally.

I still have like six games nearing the end or about halfway through and i really should finish them :slow:

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 02:37
by Ashan
Several years ago I decided to re-purchase a Game Boy Advance from a local used site because I still had a handful of games but had sold my original GBA at some point. When I bought it the seller included a copy of Golden Sun with an extremely tattered and worn-off label. I never really knew anything about the game so it just kind of sat around, but I've heard it's a good game so today I decided to dig that out and give it a shot.

I'm about 2 and a quarter hours in right now. So far... I think the gameplay is neat, but my god the cutscenes/dialogue are WAY too long, it's absolutely unbearable. Typically, 10% into the cutscene I feel like I've already gathered all the necessary information the story needs to continue on, but characters just keep going back and forth, repeating the same things to each other over and over again. And I wouldn't even mind if it was a bit better written but it's not really that great of writing. There also seems to be a running theme where one of these cutscenes has characters repeatedly stating that time is of the essence, and they need to get moving quickly, but then they just keep talking and going back and forth endlessly.

Like at the beginning of the game where Isaac and Garet collected the last gemstone and the temple starts crumbling, everyone is freaking out that they need to get out of there as soon as possible, but they're concerned that Isaac and Garet are too far away and won't be able to escape. Aaaaand they just keep repeating this over and over again for 10 minutes, when the two characters could have slowly made their way back and it would be no issue.

The game also frequently asks you questions that you need to give a yes/no answer to, and they're always completely useless so I don't know why they bother. Like at the beginning of the game, they're trying to do some world building and Garet goes "the four elements make up all matter, isn't that right Isaac?" And I figure it's world building so they have no reason to lie about something like that, and for the hell of it I said "no" and then Kraden corrects me, "no, actually Garet is right." Yeah no shit, why did you ask me that?

I'd like to get more invested in this game but it just does not seem to respect your time. I'm gonna continue with it, hopefully I'm through the worst of the cutscenes with it being the beginning of the game and them having to do all the story setup.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 05:15
by thatguyif
...Anyone else doing the Four Job Fiesta that starts Sunday?

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 08:38
by metasomnia?
Ashan wrote: I'd like to get more invested in this game but it just does not seem to respect your time. I'm gonna continue with it, hopefully I'm through the worst of the cutscenes with it being the beginning of the game and them having to do all the story setup.

hahahahahahahahahaha


Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 12:32
by KobaBeach
lufia 2 more like mafia ii

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Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 16:34
by Ashan
metasomnia? wrote:
Ashan wrote: I'd like to get more invested in this game but it just does not seem to respect your time. I'm gonna continue with it, hopefully I'm through the worst of the cutscenes with it being the beginning of the game and them having to do all the story setup.

hahahahahahahahahaha

Well I'm glad to see this isn't just me
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Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 00:22
by Bean
Yeah, it's the series' biggest detriment. I think by the time Dark Dawn came along and basically did the same thing, people had moved on. It was definitely good when it came out, but personally, I was kind of done when The Lost Age just kept doing that.

Anyhoo, Mega Man 11 on the PS4. Halfway through the troph-chievements in less than a few hours of playing because why not? Stat padding time, but more importantly, it lets me get a run recorded for the internet while I stall with playing Mario yet again.

Re: What did are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 02:17
by Awoo
Bean wrote: Yeah, it's the series' biggest detriment. I think by the time Dark Dawn came along and basically did the same thing, people had moved on. It was definitely good when it came out, but personally, I was kind of done when The Lost Age just kept doing that.
Hoo boy, Dark Dawn... That game has problems.

Replayed through the first two Golden Sun games fairly recently. Man, that's a lot of dialogue. I also remember the game being a lot harder than it was

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 04:09
by metasomnia?

I haven't played Dark Dawn yet so I can't give an opinion on that, but I personally feel the entire open-ended middle section in the Lost Age where the game doesn't tell you where to go, or what to do (beyond an NPC mentioning a thing about Neptune blocking the way to Lemuria and another mentioning needing a specific item to damage him) and having a billion places to go where progression is hidden by out of the way psynergy items in areas other than the ones they're actually needed at, making you have to backtrack and figure what needs to be used where, is much worse than meandering cutscenes and dialogue, and that's not even talking about the other problems with the Lost Age in general. The first game, despite being quite chatty, at least has decent pacing and no major difficulty spikes or nasty surprises for the most part



Non-spoiler tldr: the golden sun series in general is chatty but there are worse things than excessive dialogue

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 06:32
by YelseyKing
Heh... I haven't posted here in a while (I usually just ramble about games I'm playing on Discord these days), but I see that the discussion has moved in a "Golden Sun" direction, coincidentally right as I started playing Dark Dawn. And it's funny. My first impression of the game was "...these people *still* talk too much." Like, it doesn't ruin the games for me, but it's very noticeable.

I've heard Dark Dawn is not as well-regarded as the first two games, and has a lot of arbitrary "Points of No Return", and since I hate missing stuffs permanently, I've just been using a guide to make sure I *don't*. That said, it's pretty solid so far, like the other two games. I was looking for a solid, straightforward JRPG that didn't try to re-invent the wheel, and hopefully this one satisfies that urge.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 11:04
by KobaBeach
i like arc the lad

Re: What games are you playing? Not that >.>

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 13:30
by Awoo
YelseyKing wrote: Heh... I haven't posted here in a while (I usually just ramble about games I'm playing on Discord these days), but I see that the discussion has moved in a "Golden Sun" direction, coincidentally right as I started playing Dark Dawn. And it's funny. My first impression of the game was "...these people *still* talk too much." Like, it doesn't ruin the games for me, but it's very noticeable.

I've heard Dark Dawn is not as well-regarded as the first two games, and has a lot of arbitrary "Points of No Return", and since I hate missing stuffs permanently, I've just been using a guide to make sure I *don't*. That said, it's pretty solid so far, like the other two games. I was looking for a solid, straightforward JRPG that didn't try to re-invent the wheel, and hopefully this one satisfies that urge.
Hope you like games

that have no real ending. Nothing in the story of Dark Dawn gets wrapped up, like, at all.



I love how Kraden doesn't recognize ArcanusAlex, despite him travelling with him for what, like the entire first game? It makes sense that the new characters you play as don't recognize him, but, seriously, Kraden?

Ho boy, don't get me started. I really wanna like Dark Dawn, but, gah, problems!
metasomnia? wrote:

I haven't played Dark Dawn yet so I can't give an opinion on that, but I personally feel the entire open-ended middle section in the Lost Age where the game doesn't tell you where to go, or what to do (beyond an NPC mentioning a thing about Neptune blocking the way to Lemuria and another mentioning needing a specific item to damage him) and having a billion places to go where progression is hidden by out of the way psynergy items in areas other than the ones they're actually needed at, making you have to backtrack and figure what needs to be used where, is much worse than meandering cutscenes and dialogue, and that's not even talking about the other problems with the Lost Age in general. The first game, despite being quite chatty, at least has decent pacing and no major difficulty spikes or nasty surprises for the most part



Non-spoiler tldr: the golden sun series in general is chatty but there are worse things than excessive dialogue
I loved that section, tbh fam.

It made the game feel really open, like the whole world was at your fingertips and you just had to go and explore it!


When that finally happens in Dark Dawn, it's so restricted, even without the "points of no return" if you glitch yourself back to an earlier area. Besides, there's only a few extra bosses when that really happens for the most part, anyway.


Re: What games are you playing? Not that >.>

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 13:35
by KobaBeach
Awoo wrote: Hope you like games

that have no real ending.

KobaBeach wrote: i like arc the lad

Re: What games are you playing? Not that <.<

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 13:45
by Awoo
KobaBeach wrote:
Awoo wrote: Hope you like games

that have no real ending.

KobaBeach wrote: i like arc the lad
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Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 14:09
by KobaBeach
the original arc the lad post was just a pointless shitpost about rpgs but the meaning i ascribed to it after your post is that

due to a lack of time, arc the lad 1 literally ends as the story starts to crescendo.

you literally are given the power to stop the dark one by the guardians after they test you with a pointless mirror match and then you get captured by andel who opens the ark, unsealing the dark one. the shrine that is essentially the seal against the dark one shows up amidst an earthquake, allowing the heroes to escape.

arc (the protagonist, please do not confuse with arK) tells the heroine, kukuru, who alongside him got the power to stop the big bad, to stay behind in the shrine to strengthen the seal. and the rest of the heroes fly away in the game's airship, the silver noah. kukuru watches from a nearby cliff and the game ends.

the game was released a scant few months after the ps1's launch in japan (3 december, 1994 to 30 june, 1995). apparently the devs got too ambitious and had way too much stuff they wanted to put in the game but they had to release the game sometime after the launch window, so they rushed out arc 1 as a sort of "prologue". the game is like 6 hours long.

arc 1 ended up selling by the fuckload in japan and the lack of content kind of left a bad taste in people's mouths, resulting in arc the lad 2 (which came out in 1 november 1996) being extremely goddamn fucking massive and full of content, and also had a sort of "pseudo lock-on mechanic" where you could transfer your arc 1 stats for the arc 1 crew and items for the party in general in arc 2, all as a way to make up for arc 1's brevity.



also i just like arc the lad unironically, pretty nice srpg series and piece of ps1 history

also if you're wondering the dark one is named "the ruler of darkness" in japanese and is also literally just zero before zero
he's also called the lord of the black abyss in the fourth game

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 14:43
by warpio
Ashan wrote: Love these stupid random hidden blocks for star coins in this game :^)))))

To be fair it is KINDA hinted at with the background having a specific box-shaped hole in that one spot. Once you know that this is a game where hidden blocks are a thing, I think it's fair game to hide invisible stuff like that as long as it's hinted at in some way.
The Yoshi games are like that too with their invisible clouds. Eventually you just get a feel for the types of subtle level design hints that point to where an invisible item is, and you make a habit of specifically looking out for and checking all of those suspicious spots.

I'm trying to play through Crypt of the Necrodancer before moving onto its Zelda-themed sequel Cadence of Hyrule, holy hell this game is brutal. Whenever I get into a situation where there's a miniboss and a bunch of other enemies closing in on me, I always panic and can't figure out the right strategy under the pressure of the rhythm timing. You can actually turn off the rhythm timing feature and just play it like a normal roguelike where the enemies only move whenever you move, but that's clearly a cheat mode and it replaces your avatar character with a boring looking bald guy to let you know that you're not playing the real game.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 16:52
by Ashan
Yeah but there's a bunch of weird shapes cut out in that background so that one barely stands out.
But even if you're fine with that one, take a look at this trash:

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 17:43
by warpio
oof, yeah that one is indefensible, as far as I can tell there are NO hints for that one spot you can ground pound through. that's just some awful level design.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 17 Jun 2019, 10:26
by Griflion
I liked Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I blame it on never having played the first games and so I had no big expectations.
Though

Kraden not recognizing Alex and 2 of the Characters cast coming so late that you can't really develop them character-wise

sucks.
Also the game is too easy. The combat system has some great strategic decisions (class changing in combat is actually such a cool thing) you can take, but it's never really needed.

I didn't really care about the ending since from what i known from the first golden suns (my brother played them), it's something I expected.
BUT the

Roc Feather

just being a big McGuffin with no use (yet) and a big lack of exposition regarding

Tuapureng, which are basically the BIG BADS,

(yet) just makes the game feel uncompleted. Especially since we can't really expect the sequel.
All of this just leaves a bitter aftertaste. I'm still hoping for a sequel, maybe for the 20th anniversary of the franchise. But for now it looks like we can only expect more mario sport games. :ehh:

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 17 Jun 2019, 12:20
by computerfan0
I know its basically dead, but I'm playing Clash of Clans at the moment on my phone.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 17 Jun 2019, 15:28
by KobaBeach
playing Image tekken

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 17 Jun 2019, 22:29
by BobisOnlyBob
BobisOnlyBob wrote: So I'm still playing Warframe and I'm still playing Baba is You (more on that another time)
I now have three games I'm regularly playing: Warframe, Baba is You, and Dance Dance Revolution A. I'm a very lucky man who has a refurbished bowling alley in his home town, and they got one of those lovely silver arcade machines. It's become a near-daily thing for me. And I think I might be losing weight from it, so that's a thing! I definitely have more energy, if nothing else.

Anyway. Onto other videos game:

Camera Obscura! I played this for less than an hour. Looks to be an acceptable platformer with a slightly wobbly gimmick based around taking a picture of the platforms and shifting them for as long as the exposure lasts, and an emphasis on speedrunning/minimal gimmick use, but it literally has no sound as it depends on Windows Media Player, which no longer exists in Windows 10. Not very impressed. Oh well.

Pharaoh Rebirth+! A solid, albeit short (9h) little mini-Metroidvania, made of several discrete maps instead of one massive one. Made by the same people who did SMT: Synchronicity Prologue. Good movement tools, good bosses. Amusing dialogue, although a bit lowbrow on the humour. Only really spoiled by one atrociously bad "minecart" level. Would recommend for raocow to play for an LP.

Kero Blaster! I watched DC play this a while back. I've played Pink Hour too, so no real surprises here, but it's a solid little rompy shooter by Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, of Cave Story fame. Fun for a few hours.

Door Kickers! So let's be clear: I love tactical strategy, and especially Frozen Synapse. This totally left me cold in very little time. No story mode - campaigns have to be unlocked by doing stand-alone missions. Hyper macho pro-militaristic vibe. Planning UI is really, really bad and the behaviour of your dudes is extremely limited. I've heard great things about this but I totally bounced off it. May come back to years from now.

Yoku's Island Express! Or more sardonically, What if Sonic Spinball was good? I take that back, I love Sonic Spinball, and had a great time with this more recent Pinball-Metroidvania hybrid. One large, sprawling map with a clever fast-travel system. Very charming, great table design, good atmosphere. Not too challenging - no lives, just a little loss of your plentiful currency every time you fall through thorns. Reminiscent of modern Kirby, in a way. The only real downer is the final boss - couldn't take it seriously at all, and it wasn't very challenging, just repetitive. Otherwise a fantastic little gem. Also available on Switch.

Baba is You! Recently had a breakthrough playing this and now I'm deep into the weirder side of the game. I've clocked over 50 hours and I'm still stumped by some early-midgame puzzles, while I'm hacking my way through what I can only assume is lategame insanity. If you like Sokoban (box-pushing games like the exemplary Stephen's Sausage Roll), logic and observation puzzles like The Witness or The Talos Principle, or any Zachtronics-style programming game, you absolutely must try Baba Is You - and even if none of those sound like your thing, watch this trailer and see if it resonates with you.

Sekiro! Subtitled by Activision. Haven't got too far into this just yet - only having defeated one Major Boss, but I have a slew of minor boss executions under my blade already. Just opened up way too many routes, I went from having only two possible next areas to having like, five. Having a great time, struggling with parries but getting there. Expect to hear more from me on this game in the next few weeks to a month!

I also had a birthday recently, and so have obtained Touhou Lunar Nights, Dandara, Dead Cells, Hand of Fate 2, Supraland, darkSector, Dragonball Fighter Z, and Devil May Cry 5. Spoiled, ain't I? Sekiro means I probably won't get to those for a while yet though...