What have you been playing lately?
Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:45 PM
I've been playing a lot of Majora's Mask lately. Although I played it when it first came out, I had very little idea of what I was doing and never made it very far, so this is basically the first time I've 'really' played it. It's certainly a lot less frustrating and obtuse now.
I'm in the middle of the Zora Egg part and quite enjoying it. It's a very interesting and creative game, and I find myself constantly wowed by it, especially in comparison to Ocarina of Time (which I find to be fairly lacklustre from an aesthetic standpoint). In particular is Termina Field, which is probably about a thousand times better than Hyrule Field.
It's well on its way to becoming my favourite 3D Zelda and I can even see it challenging Link to the Past for favourite Zelda, full stop. We'll see.
I've also been replaying the Ace Attorney games (well, skipping some of the lesser cases, like 1-3, 2-3 and 3-3... it's a case 3 thing, isn't it?) in preparation for Investigations (which I expect to get for Christmas). I forgot how much I loved the series! Just makes me more excited for Investigations.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 12:01 AM
1-3 introduced us to the Steel Samurai. How can you pass it up? :'(
If you haven't yet, try not to YouTube the music from AAI; the some of the character theme titles are technically spoilers (i.e. who's the Damon Gant/Manfred Von Karma/Matt EnGuarde of the game, etc). :x
On topic, I've mostly been playing Diablo II: Lord of Destruction again for some bizarre reason. Single-player mostly, so found items actually mean something again. I'd almost forgotten how much fun it was just lazily killing with the Necromancer. Also, Michael McConnohie.
Other than that though, not much else really. Once my finals are over with I'll be borrowing my cousin's Wii by the weekend so I can finally play Other M and form a "valid" opinion about it. With any luck, it'll be less irritating than LoS. Hopefully. >_>
The game's bad, by the way."
Posted 13 December 2011 - 12:06 AM
But then I've also been replaying Shadow of the Colossus on the PS3 collection with Ico. This time with a steady framerate and surround sound. Only finished one colossus so far but UGH SO GOOD WANT TO PLAY MOOOOORE
Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:37 AM
It's not a bad case, it just doesn't stand out nor have anything terribly important happen in it. I figured it could safely be passed over, especially since I've already played these games like 3, 4 times...
Definitely. 4 gives it a run for its money, though.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 06:01 AM
I haven't played anything other than Demon's and Dark Souls in a while, and I haven't even been playing Dark Souls as much recently because of upcoming finals (and a final project). I'm going to have to start something up again when classes are through. I'd definitely love to play Majora's Mask again after so long (for the third time)!
I'm pretty sure I've never gotten all the heart pieces...
Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:18 AM
The game's writing is sort of all over the map, though. The best bits are generally found in the numerous Social Links - theoretically optional content, not that anyone is going to wholly ignore them during the course of a playthrough. The point is that it emphasizes the jarring disconnect in quality between the writing in the main and side questlines. There is just an enormous amount of seemingly endless, droning dialogue devoted to the gang coming up with theories in regards to the serial killing incidents, proving or disproving them, and repeating the same points ad nauseum in the main story. It doesn't help matters there are certain predetermined events littered about the schoolyear -- campouts, class trips, festivals, etc. -- that dish out plot in staggering amounts, and usually in the form of unnecessary and badly executed comic relief hijinxes. I am on board for the story in concept -- a murder mystery in a small town -- but it devolves into unbearable territory far too often.
Thankfully, once you manage to escape the relentless exposition and tasteless jokes of the main narrative, there is a lot to love about the seemingly inconsequential characters inhabiting the countryside of Inaba. Several story arcs have people coping with someone's death, usually those of loved ones and family members, and it's during these instances when the writing displays maturity and subtlety beyond expectations. Lord knows it can be anything but (still not sure what its deal with homosexuality exactly is, but knowing Japan I assume the worst), but helping a classmate overcome the societal difficulties and prejudices pushed upon him on the event of his sister's death, and having him come to terms with that loss? It's just really well done across the board. Same goes for the protagonist's uncle and seven-year-old cousin, both among the best, most realistically portrayed characters of their sort I've encountered just about anywhere. Child characters are dubious to do effectively, at best, and here it just feels effortless in how good it is.
So yeah at times I want to strangle this game but mostly it's just hugs and kisses. I didn't even mention the wonderful music or always-amazing combat and demon fusion that comes with the Megaten territory.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:11 PM
I've also been playing MGS4.
I recently beat Fire Emblem 6 again.
I started playing the super version of Dracula X for the first time.
I play HoDe here and there.
Monopoly for Snes.
Finally Dark Souls. In fact I really need to finish it. I've been putting it off for too long now.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 03:39 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:50 PM
In the meantime I've finished BloodRayne: Betrayal on PS3. And you know what? It's the best Castlevania I've played this whole year... oh, wait! But that's true - the game is very inspired by oldschool Castlevania games. WayForward as always created one hell of rewarding platformer. It's short, true, but have nice atmosphere, fun mechanics which encourage to replay and achieve better ranks, great animation and wonderful music - Jake Kaufman did a hell of a job, that's for sure (and it's available for free, with voluntary donation, here - http://virt.bandcamp...cial-soundtrack). Konami should learn how to do 2D games on modern consoles, seriously.
I personally enjoyed Investigations, but it took a while to get used to. It's just completely different type of humour and gags. Of course without spoilers - finish is a little emotional masterpiece, like always in this series. One of those that make you forget about some less fun cases and make you remember the game as better overall.
I bought Wii from my friend this holidays and already finished all Metroid Prime Trilogy, then jumped into Other M. My opinion? Just like with LoS - it's not better or worse. It's just completely different. (but must admit - I've got really mixed feelings after finishing Other M).
First of all, forget about exploration and look at the game as at the interactive Metroid film, otherwise you'll be disappointed all the way from here to Zebes. Plot is interesting enough, with some great twists at the end, but game is pushing you trough one corridor, making sure you won't lost anywhere. There are some forced "looking around in FPP" sections, which I hated after first one, which took me a few minutes before guessing what devs want me to find. :/ The way Samus unlocks new abilities is also quite... stupid? That depends. There are situations when you'll facepalm hard because of it.
After finishing any oldschool Metroid and any Metroid Prime game you'll definitely feel mechanics are a little "defective". You move in 2.5D, but Samus aim for herself. When you look in FPP, you can't move around. But they really achieved something this way - it's much easier to start playing if you're new Metroid player - just one Wiimote and you are set. The game also looks and sounds fantastic (especially fights) - it's first Metroid with so film-like soundtrack. Prerendered films are also jaw-dropping.
The game is short, but really intensive (even to much - there is so much going on all the time, I stopped to enjoy boss fights as much as I did in other Metroid games - there was to many of them in short time and sometimes you can't even tell the difference between boss and lesser enemy).
Overall, it's the great game, but if you want to enjoy it as a Metroid fan, remember the story is the most important here this time, not the gameplay.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:48 PM
Last time I played Majora's Mask was about half a year ago...I played it first when it came out but didn't finish it, along with OoT. I was too scared of that Shadow Temple O.o
Also, I have recently played a very enjoyable Fire Emblem 7 Hack. It's called Fire Emblem Mage Knight 404.
By the way, any interesting CV fangames and/or hacks? Can't find any :I
Posted 16 December 2011 - 03:19 AM
By the way, any interesting CV fangames and/or hacks? Can't find any :I
Almost freakishly coincidentally, my Sloggy associate and I were working on a Fire Emblem hack about Castlevania.
It's not going anywhere because hacks are horrible and we'd rather spend time on something worthwhile, not to mention we thought no one would play it. I'd be great if we could find someone who's used to hacking FE games so we wouldn't have to be reinventing the wheel, but it's probably just as well...
There is a topic about CV hacks in the Fanworks section by the way!
Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:04 PM
I've never hacked any FE games, but I'm pretty sure you can find FE hackers in the Sanctuary of Strategy and Serenes Forest forums. That is, if you feel motivated about your project, of course.
Thanks, I'll check it out