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wtf are you playing...
I ain't even mad, I kind of like Abby. Her melee skills are fun. I'm like "fuck yeah!" everytime she fatalities a mushroom head.
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I've been giving Days Gone a go lately. Which was a game I avoided like a plague for a while because of the negative reception.  It was a free ps plus title so I said what the hey. The gameplay is better than I expected. I found myself taking multiple routes to take out the enemies and there is some variety here. Hell running down zombies on your bike is a funny way to go by it but effective. The story/cut scenes seem to be missing the polish you would get out of say a naughty dog game. But yeah this game is worth a try if you are into these type of games.
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Days Gone was surprisingly decent. I played through it when it was available on PS NOW. Did almost everything except clear out the last few nests and hordes. The gameplay loop gets quite satisfying about halfway through.
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Days Gone was most interesting when they first showed it and zombies didn't disappear when you killed them. In that first demo they showed off you could use the bodies of dead and downed zombies to block the other zombies in chokepoints to get away easier; looked like the whole game was designed around that idea: thinking about where you needed to go so you could stop giant hordes of zombies with minimal ammo. But then it disappeared for like a year or something and when they showed it off again that aspect was gone.

Been playing Horizon Zero Dawn some. It kind of sucks but it's also kind of engaging. Its only a few years old and it's actually kind of weird to see how badly it's already aged visual, the character models all look like a bunch of goobers in this game. It is kind of interesting playing it after Death Stranding, since it uses the same engine, and you can kind of feel it at times...although Death Stranding both feels and looks far better.
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Resident Evil Village was an enormous amount of fun. First time in a while I’ve immediately started up a New Game + as soon as I finished (being a ten hour game helps with that, of course). But it was totally everything I wanted it to be.
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Just beat Last of Us 2. Whooo! What a rollercoaster.

I was really conflicted at the end because I just wanted Abby to be left alone. ABBY no SMASH no more. Sad
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(06-04-2021, 06:40 PM)cd underbelly Wrote: Just beat Last of Us 2. Whooo! What a rollercoaster.

I was really conflicted at the end because I just wanted Abby to be left alone.  ABBY no SMASH no more. Sad

Love it or hate it, the breadth and ambition of the game is pretty startling.

Other than my Quest 2 and some retro gaming, I'm finding my desire to game these days is severely impacted by the inability to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X at retail.  I'm starting to think I should give in to the scalpers, but I've waited this long ... ugh.  There's quite a few games I want to play but I have no desire to play them on a last gen system (Miles Morales, Ghost of Gesundheit, Demon's Souls Remastered, to name three).

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Now is not really the time to need a new PS or Xbox. Most of the really good stuff isn't coming out until next year anyway, and some of the good stuff that is coming out this year will be made available to play on the current gen consoles.

Besides, personally, I'm subscribed to both Game Pass and PS Now, and have like four dozen games between them queued up to play. And they keep adding stuff every week and every month. I'm good for now.
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I'll start feeling the Series X urge this fall when I load up Forza Horizon 5 on my One X in Dynamic Peasant Resolution...oof. Halo Infinite will probably look fine, though.

PS5 can wait 2-3 years, all I care about on that one is Returnal and Demon's Souls. God of War 2 will be on PS4 if I want to play it in 576p.
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Problem is that so much of the stuff is coming out on next gen. I can totally see them announcing a version of Ratchet and Clank for Ps4.
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Just started A Plague Tale: Innocence on Game Pass. Uuunnnggghhh, playable misery porn. Hope you like rats.
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Days Gone has issues but I got to say with the right sound setup it can be a enthralling experience, the sound design is fantastic. I keep finding myself going back to it to explore the world and get into some thrilling encounters. And there is plenty to do. I haven't played a game this much since either Horizon Zero Dawn or Red Dead 2.
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Getting started on Valdheim
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On PS Now I've been tearing through Borderlands 3 and Adventure Time Pirates.

On GWG I played through Conker Live and Reloaded for the first time since I never had an original Xbox. They made some things easier while some things were a lot more tedious than I remember. Or probably cuz I'm a lot older now and less patient. Fuck that Saving Private Ryan level.

The increased censorship compared to the original is just silly though. They ruined the felatio joke.
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That Xbox version of Conker is really hard to wrap your head around. How the Xbox version ended up tamer than the N64 version that was a Nintendo game I've got no fucking clue. They also completely replaced the multiplayer of the 64 version with something that wasn't even half as good. Multiplayer was a big deal on the N64 because it had those four controller ports, but it was an even bigger deal on the Xbox, so to so completely drop the ball on that when the original version had something better was just strange to see. Used to play that multiplayer over at my friend's house a lot, actually a little more than I wanted to at time.

The censorship was especially weird because, apart from not being published by the family friend Nintendo anymore, the game is still rated M, and the original pitch to players when first talking the project up was that it'd be an Uncut version of the game.
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Been tearing through Borderlands 3 and its DLCs on PS4. Also doing Force Unleashed 2 on PS NOW.

Been tearing through Lost Planet 3 on GWG. Also doing Last Stop on Game Pass.
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Axiom Verge 2 is getting released today out of nowhere. It'll be on Switch, PS4, and EGS on PC at first, $20.

Previews looked really cool, there is a Metroid Prime 2-esque thing going on with dual worlds. Main world is more organic with earthier color tones, then there's an overlapping paralell world.
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Kinda curious to get an Arcade1Up cabinet. Anyone here know if they're any good?

The real ending to Big...
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No, but looking up what you mean and now I'm interested.

And...they don't ship outside US & Canada. Pfft.
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Any good zombie games to recommend for Xbox?
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Single player or multiplayer? Back 4 Blood is just about out.

Uh, Dead by Daylight.
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As someone who loved playing Faxanadu and Legacy of the Wizard on NES as a kid, I've been seriously enjoying the hell out of Astalon: Tears of the Earth. Really fun little 8-bit style metroidvania with some clever twists and mechanics. Some may consider it heresy, but I dare say I enjoy it a hell of a lot more than the current metroidvania king Hollow Knight.

Also, sometime later today, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous finally releases after what seems like forever! Pathfinder: Kingmaker is one of my favorite isometric RPGs ever, so I've been super stoked about this one for a while. I expect I'll be spending the weekend trying different character builds, which is actually a lot more fun than it sounds on paper.
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Has anyone played Obsidian’s “Outer Worlds”? The reviews say it scratches the Fallout New Vegas itch. It’s on sale on PS4 and I’m considering it.
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The combat is decent, and the dialogue options are pretty good. It's a fun dystopian RPG with a mean streak of a sense of humor. I have severe video game ADD, so I pick it back up from time to time. I enjoy myself every time.
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Nice, thank you!
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(09-02-2021, 11:38 AM)mcirish Wrote: Has anyone played Obsidian’s “Outer Worlds”? The reviews say it scratches the Fallout New Vegas itch. It’s on sale on PS4 and I’m considering it.

Indeed, and its two expansions also. Pretty good, buy it.

If you don't start with it, you should at least do a second playthrough with Low Intelligence. It's especially good bumbling your way through the murder mystery in the second DLC.
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What's the general CHUD multiverse opinion on Miles Morales?

--The "Phone App" side missions, I think, are a big improvement over the way those were handled in Spider-Man, but other than the incredible graphics overhaul I feel like everything else has taken a step back (of course, I need to finish the game, so my opinion may change ... it feels like I'm well past the halfway mark, though).

--I want to simply turn off all the map bloat™ godawful shit cause I don't want to do any of that random fetch crap and it's a constant distraction, and Morales's story feels like it's taking way too long to come together.

--Given that I'm not only Spider-man, but I'm also Electro AND Susan Storm, it feels like I'm kind of losing the spirit of Spidey as a character. IMHO they went real overboard with the non-Spider-man-traditional abilities.

--It's not good that by far the most impressive action sequence of the game 10 or so hours in is the opening Rhino battle.
The lack of a real romantic subplot with Phin (which seems like it should have been such an obvious story angle) is kind of strange. Maybe they'll cram it into the final story beats?

--I still consider it a good game, don't get me wrong, but after the tour de force of Spider-Man 4 the lackluster DLc offerings and the somewhat-disappointing-but-reserving-final-opinion-till-completion Miles Morales I'm feeling a little let down.

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PSA to retro fans: Castlevania Advanced Collection just dropped on Steam, Xbox and PS digital stores. The absolute best Castlevania games have been locked away on handhelds post PS1 era, so this is the first time a lot of people will have a chance to get their hands on some truly amazing hidden gems.

In particular, Aria of Sorrow is, as far as I'm concerned, the perfect metroidvania and my personal favorite game of all time. I'm stoked it's finally ported.

Of course, this is Konami... so I'm sure it's a bare-bones port. Still, the three GBA titles included (plus a port of the SNES Dracula X) make it well worth the $20 asking price.
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It feels good so far on Switch. The input lag is much lower than in Nintendo's SNES app.

It has instant rewind, quick save slots, bestiary index, and a card tracker pop up for CotM.
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Apparently there's additional content for Aria in the New Game+ mode. I'm playing through the initial game now ASAP so I can check it out first-hand.

The PC port has some jank to it, like needing to ALT-ENTER to get full screen. I'm also not a fan of the hit damage now being displayed on tiles that pop up on the right side of the screen and thus obscuring one's view of enemies that might be occupying that space. But they're minor annoyances for me thus far. I did find the controls a little off initially, missing a lot of candle hits that I shouldn't be missing. Changing the Screen Mode to Pixel Perfect cleared that up, though.

Overall, it appears to be operating on some emulation layer/core rather than being a full on port ... but it's an entirely functional one and more than anyone expected from modern day Konami and their obsession with pachinko and slot machines. Now if they can follow this collection up with the NDS titles too... they'll really start earning back some of that lost good will!
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(09-25-2021, 12:11 AM)Anjin Wrote: I'm also not a fan of the hit damage now being displayed on tiles that pop up on the right side of the screen and thus obscuring one's view of enemies that might be occupying that space.

The pop-ups are called "gadgets" in the option menu and you can turn those off.
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I give a big recommend to The Artful Escape. A nice blend of 2.5 platforming, psychadelic imagery, folk music, Star Wars, rock n' roll, Simon Says, and Carl Weathers. My favorite parts are when you just jam on your glowing neon holographic guitar while strolling through the stages and lighting up the scenery.
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DEATHLOOP is another winner from Arkane. Took me a little while to warm up to it but once I found the groove it just really really works. Some of my early issues were probably because it took me longer than it should have to get an optimal Steam Controller config because for some reason unlike Dishonored 2 it doesn't support simultaneous controller and mouse input.

Invasions can be a lot of fun. I've seen a lot of complaints online about random Julianna's just camping the antenna (which has been my experience when I've been invaded), or letting NPCs do most of the work, so I decided to play Julianna differently and ignoring the antenna and stick to defending the Visionary (if they hack the antenna and bug out of the map then I view it as a moral victory), and the results have been mixed. I had one excellent round on one map that went from a long range sniper battle to a close range gun fight on a bridge back to a cat and mouse fight that I eventually lost, but it was pretty fun.
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