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LtSarge

@ralphdibny Gotcha, those are good things to know for the future! I might start up a Splinter Cell game during the summer, but I'll have to see if I'm in the mood for it or not.


Just finished Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4. I think this might just be the best Tomb Raider game I've played so far. I've played the 2013 game, Rise and now this one and while I really liked 2013, I feel like Shadow did an amazing job at introducing an open world with lots of things to do in it. From side missions to challenge tombs and even the DLC tombs, there were so many different things to do and I think it's implemented well into the game. While the story wasn't on par with 2013's, I just like the fact that Shadow felt more like its own game rather than an Uncharted clone with chase scenes and so on. I haven't played much of the early Tomb Raider games, but supposedly this is how TR was back in day, i.e. levels to explore with minimal story. So I guess this is a return to form compared to 2013 and I think Rise as well, which is nice. There were however some very cool moments in the story, such as when Lara snaps and turns into a complete scary badass for a moment. The final boss fight was really cool as well. So all in all, this was an excellent game and I can't wait to see what the next Tomb Raider game is going to be like.

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ralphdibny

@LtSarge Uncharted and Tomb Raider are like a snake eating its own tail! It's so weird how Uncharted is heavily influenced by early Tomb Raider amongst other things but Tomb Raider had to nick a load of stuff from it to become properly relevant again. It's good that experience has led them to go in their own direction a bit more though.

Despite my gripes with the story and characterisation, I think Shadow is my favourite of the trilogy. From a gameplay perspective at least. I definitely agree with what you've said here and in the Yakuza thread about the open world, the sidequests, the tombs, the DLC etc. I think completing Shadow 100% really made me want to go back and 100% the first two games but I am yet to do that. Maybe I'll give them another go in a few years time!

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LtSarge

@ralphdibny I too feel like going back and checking out the previous Tomb Raider games, although not the ones from the modern trilogy. I actually still haven't played through the 360/PS3 trilogy of Legend, Anniversary and Underworld, but I have all three games on 360. I might just give them a shot next since the PS1 games are just awful lol.

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KilloWertz

@ralphdibny Even though I can only really be a part of half of this conversation, I'll still join in. I'll always like Rise the best of the three as that was one of my favorite games of the last generation. I didn't care that it was a lot like Uncharted as I had an absolute blast regardless. It probably doesn't hurt that Uncharted 2 is one of my favorite games of all time, but still, Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of the rare games I gladly played a second time (once on Xbox One and once on PS4).

I can understand people liking Shadow better, as it technically was more of the classic Tomb Raider than the previous 2. It also didn't help that I started to rush through the latter portion of the game in order to get to the next game I really wanted to play (Assassin's Creed Origins I believe). I would really like to be able to take the time to replay it again though to see if my opinion of it improves, and likely in typical fashion where I play it on PlayStation the second time since I have it installed and waiting.

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ralphdibny

@KilloWertz I think that's fair enough and I don't disagree! The Uncharted influence is a key part of the Tomb Raider reboot series and it's a good thing.

It's been some years since I've played Rise so the events of it slip my mind a bit. I mainly remember Russian snow bases and some Baba Yaga DLC. Same with the first game, but I feel like it's fresher because I've seen the movie adaptation. Though I can't remember what bits were in the game and what bits were in the movie 😅

I think it's just where I was in my life that affected my perception too. I played shadow right at the end of a long pandemic year of blitzing through over a hundred games so I was more inclined to 100% it as I had more time to actually play it which meant I got a lot more involved with it. Also being more familiar with games in general made it easier for me to know how to approach certain things in that game specifically, if that makes sense.

Whereas when I played Rise and to a lesser extent TR, it was much more of a blue moon thing. I was playing very few games back then because I had less time due to work. My general gaming skills were rusty and I was less inclined to 100% anything but a select few games.

I do still kind of have a loose and unwritten tier system for how far I will go in a game. Whether it's 100%, story and then some, just the story or give up early. Normally I know by the end of the main story which category the game falls into.

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LtSarge

Just finished BioShock on PS4. This game has been in my backlog forever and it's taken me 14 years since it came out before I finally played through it. Not to mention that I've started it multiple times but never finished it. Well now that I have finished it, I can say this was an absolutely phenomenal game. I can definitely see why people were blown away by it when it came out in 2007. It was unlike anything people had seen back then. I mean, having a city underwater with a story that takes place in the 1950s and investigating why everything went wrong with this "experiment" is actually pretty mind-blowing for a 2007 game.

What grasped me the most was the gameplay loop though. Although I have to say at first, I thought the game would be more like a horror experience. It felt like that for the first couple of hours but after that it just became a standard first-person shooter. Which is totally fine because I absolutely loved switching between so many different weapons and fighting all the different enemy types. It did feel a bit repetitive once you got to the later levels but fortunately it didn't overstay its welcome. The ending was also really cool, I just love the amount of creativity that went into this game!

So overall, while the game was just a normal fun experience for me, I can still acknowledge how cool it was for the time. Definitely one of the most influential games of the PS3/360/Wii generation. I'm so glad that I've finally experienced it!

Thought to tag you here @ralphdibny since I remember you asking me what I thought about the game when we were playing through it on Push Square Game Club last year (it's actually been almost a year since then, time sure does fly!).

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ralphdibny

@LtSarge ahh nice one and well done on beating it! Very interesting to read your thoughts there. Sounds like a long break did the world of wonders for your experience with it! Unfortunately I burned out pretty quickly and while I did see it through to the end, I can't say I enjoyed it too much. Now I've started the series though, I've got to finish it 😭. I'll get around to Bioshock 2 at some point in the next year, I'm sure!

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LtSarge

@ralphdibny Yeah really, I remember before I took a break from it that the game felt too easy since I was always full on ammo. One year later I had forgotten everything about the game so it was like resetting the difficulty. I was getting absolutely destroyed, lol. But yeah, I can definitely see why you got burned out, it gets kinda repetitive towards the end.

I'm mostly excited for BioShock Infinite myself. BioShock 2 was apparently not as good as the first one according to a lot of people, but Infinite looks very interesting due to a change in setting and also more interesting protagonists. Not to mention Infinite's DLC which is about what Rapture was like before disaster struck.

I'll still play the second game first but I'm so glad that I'm one step closer to Infinite now.

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ralphdibny

@LtSarge I think infinite looks good too, more traditional steampunk vibes than the first couple. I think I would have appreciated them more if I had played them when they came out tbh. It can be harder to appreciate without the zeitgeist surrounding it. Maybe they just didn't gel with the games I'm sort of digging at the moment/the way I'm playing them. Plus the first game is quite long for what it is, I think around 12 hours. I think Infinite is much longer so hopefully it does more to fill the time!

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LtSarge

Just finished Observer on PS4. Full disclosure: I loved this game! I just think the first couple of hours should not have been included simply because of how slow the game is during this part. I genuinely thought that I wasn't playing a horror game for a long time. Walking from door to door, asking the tenants if they've seen anything suspicious, it was truly agonising. You do that so much that I actually thought I was halfway through the story, which is why I eventually took a break from it because I didn't think there was much of the game left. When I resumed it yesterday, I realised that I was only 1/4 of the way through the game and that after this part, it's pretty much a roller coaster of crazy, "Bloober Team"-esque, sections. This is when the game gets truly amazing. Just like with Layers of Fear, I absolutely love the surreal psychological aspect. Visually, it's like a sensory bombardment during these parts and it's great. The devs are honestly so creative and I can't imagine how much work they must've put into making these sections.

As a horror game though, I find it to be weaker than Layers of Fear, mostly because of the boring initial few hours but also because the game focuses too much on its cyberpunk setting and creating cool levels rather than focusing on the horror aspect. I rarely got spooked throughout my playthrough. As a whole though, the game was a phenomenal experience and I'd honestly say this is the second best game Bloober Team has made.

I'm glad that I completed this game today because tomorrow The Medium arrives on Cloud Gaming and I'm so excited to give that a shot. Don't know if I'll play through it from beginning to end since I haven't done that with a game on the cloud yet. But if it works out great then I might just do that.

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LtSarge

Just finished Devil May Cry 5 on PS4. While this game had some issues, I still think it's the best DMC game I've played. I didn't really like the older DMC games because they haven't aged that well and aren't that good in general, particularly DMC 1 and 2. 3 was good and 4 was very good but these games have all felt rather difficult to play (except for maybe DMC 2). So I've been playing them on the easiest difficulty, while with DMC 5 I decided to play on Normal difficulty and I managed to get through it with not that much hardship. Only the final boss fight gave me a lot of trouble so I had to use up like 7-8 gold orbs, lol. But that boss fight was easily one of the coolest ones I've experienced in video games. It almost felt like a Dragon Ball Z fight with all the teleporting going on lol.

So the issues I had with the game were first and foremost V as a playable character. I wish the developer would've just focused on Nero and Dante instead of letting us play as a third character that has the slowest and most unsatisfying fighting style of all three characters. Second, I thought the level design was rather shallow and uninspiring. The first couple of levels were great but then you're just going through tunnels, sewers, hell-like levels over and over again and it became stale. Finally, the game repeats one particular boss fight WAY too often. They should've probably toned it down a bit.

Another thing I have to mention is just how god tier the soundtrack in this game is. Nero's theme and Silver Bullet alone are just phenomenal tracks that I will never stop listening to in my free time.

All in all, I highly enjoyed this game and it was an absolute blast to play as Nero and Dante. Hopefully we'll get Devil May Cry 6 in the near future and won't have to wait a decade for the next game like with DMC5.

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LtSarge

Just finished Steins;Gate on PS Vita after roughly 40 hours of playtime and reaching all endings. I also managed to get my Platinum trophy #36.

This is one of the best games I've ever played. It's been a very long time since a new franchise has managed to resonate so much with me. The franchises that I hold near and dear to me are exclusively Persona, Trails of Cold Steel and Danganronpa, but now Steins;Gate is also up there among those series.

The first thing that I loved about this game is all the unique and memorable characters. At first I could barely remember their names because they were in Japanese but after 40 hours I pretty much remember all of them. This is the primary reason for why this game resonated with me because I simply adore getting to know high school anime characters over the period of the game. You can probably see why based on the pattern of my favourite games as mentioned above. Persona, Trails of Cold Steel and Danganronpa all fit this bill.

The second thing that I loved is the unique story and the excellent character writing. All the characters have such memorable personalities and this is reflected in their dialogues. Like how the protagonist is the "mad scientist" with a made-up name, laughs maniacally and so on. Or how his childhood friend always enters a room by saying "Tutturu", calls the protagonist by a nickname and always wants her bananas or chicken. It all just feels so natural, like I've always been a part of their lives. The level of immersion is just incredible and the fact that I've been playing this game for 40 hours for the past two weeks without it feeling like that much time has passed just goes to show how invested I've been in this game.

Overall, I simply adored this game and I genuinely cannot wait to play the other two titles on the Switch. This is now my new favourite franchise and it feels great to feel excited about another franchise once again. In the meantime, I'm just going to sit down and enjoy listening to the game's absolutely stellar soundtrack.

What a great experience this was!

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