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Other Games & Random Stuff 2020 (Off-Topic)

by INSANEdrive, ಥ_ಥ | f(ಠ‿↼)z | ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ| \[T]/, Thursday, December 31, 2020, 18:50 (62 days ago)
edited by INSANEdrive, Thursday, December 31, 2020, 18:53

As 2020 screams away in the rear view, I'd like to present this off topic thread-O-stuff. What is it about? It's about whatever you make of it. Every now and again I've enjoyed coming onto this forum and asking y'alls thoughts toward an assortment of things. Space, Music... probably some other stuff I don't recall. So what could we talk about?

Random Stuff!

... Or this one, which makes me think about the last four years! ...

I don't know either, but man do I feel that on some sort of emotional level.

Then again, I do have all these clips of games I've played this year such as...


...and alot of...

But of course, the most clips I have involve Destiny. Unfortunately, my external hard drive went kaput and long story short now I have this huge backlog of clips for not just Destiny, but "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" & "Red Dead Redemption 2". But...ah. Here is one clip I was able to salvage!

What other games have y'all played this year? Anything good?

Or... we could chat on dreams. A contest of wild descriptions and endless stories.

Or! Or! We can just accept that we are on the internet, and discuss where all wholesome roads lead on the internet!

Or! I'm sitting here. Babbling to myself. Drawing on the walls again. Oh well. But... I don't think that's the case. With the increased down time this year, we may have found that with more time at home our minds are more distracted. More... able to wonder, for better or for worse.

Or... We could keep this simple and ask how is everyone? How have you been this year?

Ah well... might as well end this as I started it.

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Other Games & Random Stuff 2020

by cheapLEY @, Friday, January 01, 2021, 14:08 (61 days ago) @ INSANEdrive

What other games have y'all played this year? Anything good?

I was going to make a “Games I played this year” thread, but I don’t actually think I played new games that I liked well enough to talk
about. There are a few though.

I’ve talked about it before, but Hades is incredible. It’s the one game this year that I can recommend with no caveats whatsoever. If you like video games at all, this game is worth at least checking out. I really think it showcases the strengths of the medium. That’s not to say it like pushes the medium forward in crazy ways, but it’s got a neat story with great characters, fantastic art and music and presentation, great combat and gameplay with cool upgrades and long term progression rewards. It’s just a very good video game ass video game. I legitimately think it’s probably the best video game to come out this year in terms of quality and quantity of content and being a complete package. I love it.

Risk of Rain 2, however, has stolen my heart a little bit. Whereas Hades is a video game that happens to be a rogue like I can recommend to just about every one, Risk of Rain 2 is a rogue like that I would be careful about recommending, but it is a damn good game. It has a great diversity of gameplay styles and builds, with some much randomness in each run based upon the item drops you get. I love the style, the music is incredible, and there seem to be plenty of secrets to find. It doesn’t have the narrative drive of Hades, but it’s a bit more compelling to me on a individual run basis, as there is just so much variety. I really love this game.

I made a thread about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. I really like it, tons of fun, although I’m now 35 hours in and not even halfway through the available zones on the map, so I’m not sure I’ll end up finishing it.

We’ve talked a bunch about Cyberpunk already. I like it, I’m also about 35 hours in on that game. I said it multiple times and then just kept playing, but I think I’m really going to wait for patches at this point—I still keep hitting all sorts of annoying bugs, even if they aren’t game breaking.

It’s not a new game, but I’ve started playing Remnant: From the Ashes again. It’s a really fantastic third person shooter dungeon crawler. it has some similarities to Dark Souls in the general gameplay loop, but I think that’s way overstated in the way the game is typically talked about. It’s a really fun co op game. It’s also on Game Pass!

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Other Games & Random Stuff 2020

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 00:13 (61 days ago) @ cheapLEY

You’re right man, year is a blur. I had to think back on what 2020 releases were my fav. Top 5:

Kentucky Route Zero
Bayonetta / Vanquish remasters
FF7 Remake
Telling Lies
Streets of Rage 4

2020 Disappointments include:

Last of Us Part 2
Tell me Why
Cyberpunk 2077
Wet Dreams Dry Twice
Little Hope

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So Death Stranding ...

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 07:59 (60 days ago) @ Cody Miller

was neither a disappointment or a fave?

You’re right man, year is a blur. I had to think back on what 2020 releases were my fav. Top 5:

Kentucky Route Zero
Bayonetta / Vanquish remasters
FF7 Remake
Telling Lies
Streets of Rage 4

2020 Disappointments include:

Last of Us Part 2
Tell me Why
Cyberpunk 2077
Wet Dreams Dry Twice
Little Hope

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So Death Stranding ...

by cheapLEY @, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 08:02 (60 days ago) @ Kermit

That was 2019. It came out on PC this year.

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So Death Stranding ...

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 09:43 (60 days ago) @ Kermit

was neither a disappointment or a fave?

Death Stranding was 2019, and it was a bona fide masterpiece.

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So Death Stranding ...

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 09:45 (60 days ago) @ Cody Miller

was neither a disappointment or a fave?


Death Stranding was 2019, and it was a bona fide masterpiece.

Time has become meaningless, obviously. :)

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So Death Stranding ...

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 12:21 (60 days ago) @ Kermit

was neither a disappointment or a fave?


Death Stranding was 2019, and it was a bona fide masterpiece.


Time has become meaningless, obviously. :)

Uh, time is very important actually. Stand out in timefall, and your equipment ages away into dust just like that :-p

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So Death Stranding ...

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 12:56 (60 days ago) @ Cody Miller

was neither a disappointment or a fave?


Death Stranding was 2019, and it was a bona fide masterpiece.


Time has become meaningless, obviously. :)


Uh, time is very important actually. Stand out in timefall, and your equipment ages away into dust just like that :-p

I thought I was giving you an opening. :)

I will return to TLoU2 and DS (and Spider-Man and God of War) sometime, probably after I get a PS5. I'm waiting for a bundle that isn't white. Aesthetically, my favorite Xbox consoles have been white, but they weren't while whales.

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So Death Stranding ...

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 12:59 (60 days ago) @ Kermit

was neither a disappointment or a fave?


Death Stranding was 2019, and it was a bona fide masterpiece.


Time has become meaningless, obviously. :)


Uh, time is very important actually. Stand out in timefall, and your equipment ages away into dust just like that :-p


I thought I was giving you an opening. :)

I will return to TLoU2 and DS (and Spider-Man and God of War) sometime, probably after I get a PS5. I'm waiting for a bundle that isn't white. Aesthetically, my favorite Xbox consoles have been white, but they weren't while whales.

Don't body shame the console man. We all know people prefer the slim version of the playstation, but you can't say it out loud dude.

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So Death Stranding ...

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 13:01 (60 days ago) @ Cody Miller

was neither a disappointment or a fave?


Death Stranding was 2019, and it was a bona fide masterpiece.


Time has become meaningless, obviously. :)


Uh, time is very important actually. Stand out in timefall, and your equipment ages away into dust just like that :-p


I thought I was giving you an opening. :)

I will return to TLoU2 and DS (and Spider-Man and God of War) sometime, probably after I get a PS5. I'm waiting for a bundle that isn't white. Aesthetically, my favorite Xbox consoles have been white, but they weren't while whales.


Don't body shame the console man. We all know people prefer the slim version of the playstation, but you can't say it out loud dude.

I prefer the slim version of me, and until that version comes back, I avoid wearing white.

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So Death Stranding ...

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 13:06 (60 days ago) @ Kermit

was neither a disappointment or a fave?


Death Stranding was 2019, and it was a bona fide masterpiece.


Time has become meaningless, obviously. :)


Uh, time is very important actually. Stand out in timefall, and your equipment ages away into dust just like that :-p


I thought I was giving you an opening. :)

I will return to TLoU2 and DS (and Spider-Man and God of War) sometime, probably after I get a PS5. I'm waiting for a bundle that isn't white. Aesthetically, my favorite Xbox consoles have been white, but they weren't while whales.


Don't body shame the console man. We all know people prefer the slim version of the playstation, but you can't say it out loud dude.


I prefer the slim version of me, and until that version comes back, I avoid wearing white.

Well horizontal stripes slim, so just lay the console down instead of standing it vertically.

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So Death Stranding ...

by cheapLEY @, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 14:08 (60 days ago) @ Cody Miller

Just get the one without the disc drive. (: That one doesn’t look pregnant.

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Other Games & Random Stuff 2020

by stabbim @, Des Moines, IA, USA, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 09:32 (60 days ago) @ cheapLEY

I've said it before on here and I'll keep saying it, Deep Rock Galactic is the best co-op shooter I've played in years. I think it's up there with things like Left 4 Dead, Iron Brigade, and ME3's multiplayer. And probably the best use of procedurally generated levels I know of.

I don't own Hades but I did get the chance to make half a failed run and one complete run through it, and I get it. The game is very good, definitely recommend.

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Other Games & Random Stuff 2020

by cheapLEY @, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 09:36 (60 days ago) @ stabbim

Yeah, I forgot about that one. Deep Rock is very good.

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Other Games & Random Stuff 2020

by INSANEdrive, ಥ_ಥ | f(ಠ‿↼)z | ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ| \[T]/, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 10:53 (60 days ago) @ cheapLEY

What other games have y'all played this year? Anything good?


I was going to make a “Games I played this year” thread, but I don’t actually think I played new games that I liked well enough to talk about. There are a few though.

Well I guess I'm test'n that theory aren't I? ;D

I’ve talked about it before, but Hades is incredible. It’s the one game this year that I can recommend with no caveats whatsoever. If you like video games at all, this game is worth at least checking out. I really think it showcases the strengths of the medium. That’s not to say it like pushes the medium forward in crazy ways, but it’s got a neat story with great characters, fantastic art and music and presentation, great combat and gameplay with cool upgrades and long term progression rewards. It’s just a very good video game ass video game. I legitimately think it’s probably the best video game to come out this year in terms of quality and quantity of content and being a complete package. I love it.

Sans Diablo II, I don't think I've played any "Roguelikes" styled games. Even then, I have heard much praise about this game. What about it makes it so cream of the crop?

Risk of Rain 2, however, has stolen my heart a little bit. Whereas Hades is a video game that happens to be a rogue like I can recommend to just about every one, Risk of Rain 2 is a rogue like that I would be careful about recommending, but it is a damn good game. It has a great diversity of gameplay styles and builds, with some much randomness in each run based upon the item drops you get. I love the style, the music is incredible, and there seem to be plenty of secrets to find. It doesn’t have the narrative drive of Hades, but it’s a bit more compelling to me on a individual run basis, as there is just so much variety. I really love this game.

I'll give this a look.

I made a thread about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. I really like it, tons of fun, although I’m now 35 hours in and not even halfway through the available zones on the map, so I’m not sure I’ll end up finishing it.

So how "This is a modern UBISOFT game" is it?

We’ve talked a bunch about Cyberpunk already. I like it, I’m also about 35 hours in on that game. I said it multiple times and then just kept playing, but I think I’m really going to wait for patches at this point—I still keep hitting all sorts of annoying bugs, even if they aren’t game breaking.

It’s not a new game, but I’ve started playing Remnant: From the Ashes again. It’s a really fantastic third person shooter dungeon crawler. it has some similarities to Dark Souls in the general gameplay loop, but I think that’s way overstated in the way the game is typically talked about. It’s a really fun co op game. It’s also on Game Pass!

Man... you've really been all about that dungeon crawler life in 2020. Two Roguelikes and a third person dungeon crawler? Seems kind of freudian. :P

Is "Remnant: From the Ashes" as hard as Dark Souls, but in a shooter setting?

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by cheapLEY @, Saturday, January 02, 2021, 12:43 (60 days ago) @ INSANEdrive

Sans Diablo II, I don't think I've played any "Roguelikes" styled games. Even then, I have heard much praise about this game. What about it makes it so cream of the crop?

Literally everything. Starting with the combat: it’s just a good feeling game to play. There are six weapons. Sword, bow, shield, spear, fists, and a gun. Each feels very different, so it’s six distinct styles of play with their own strengths and weaknesses. There is a great dash ability and movement feels good in general. As you play each run, you can find boons from the gods, which serve as modifiers for certain aspects. Dashing leaves damaging areas in your wake or cause explosions or allow you to reflect damage. Hits cause chain lightning or slow or poison, etc. Some change abilities almost completely. So based on the weapon you pick to start a run and the modifiers that drop, each run feels very different. But it’s not just completely random. Each room you finish has multiple doors to leave, and those doors always have symbols, which show the reward you’ll get for beating the next room. It’s not specific, but it lets you know which god you will get a boon from, and as you learn what they drop, you can focus each run around trying to create a build.

Then there’s the story. It’s good, the characters are all incredible. And this is where the game really works, because it’s a rogue like where the story is central to the game. Failure doesn’t mean you’re going to just start another run, it just means you get to go back home and talk to all the characters and get more bits of the story. It’s just brilliant. And the game has so much writing. The characters around you comment on how far you made it, recognizing early failure or reaching milestones, and I’ve never heard a repeated line.

Then the art style is just great. It’s gorgeous while still being well considered and readable for gameplay. The sounds and music and voice acting are all top notch. It really is a complete package.

So how "This is a modern UBISOFT game" is it?

It’s very much that. I think it’s smarter than a lot of the previous ones, though. The game has multiple zones on the map, and each of them has a main story quest line associated with it. They are all mostly interesting, and they work as self contained little stories that take like two hours to complete. So it’s easy to do one of those and feel like you did something satisfying. As far as these sorts of games go, this is a really good one of those, I think. It’s still much too large, but it also feels more focused than the last two games did.

Man... you've really been all about that dungeon crawler life in 2020. Two Roguelikes and a third person dungeon crawler? Seems kind of freudian. :P

They’re just sort of inherently satisfying to me. I like games where I can consider character builds and focus on getting gear to enhance those builds or try new ones.

Is "Remnant: From the Ashes" as hard as Dark Souls, but in a shooter setting?

Yes and no. It’s the comparison everyone reaches for, and I understand why. There are similarities, down to the way healing works with bonfire like checkpoints that respawn enemies. It doesn’t feel as punishing as Dark Souls, but it also is challenging in the same way. Low level monsters can absolutely kill you quickly if you aren’t careful.

It’s also not as considered as Dark Souls. Dark Souks is completely crafted, Remnant has more randomization. You can straight up reroll the world to get a different configuration with different layouts and different bosses. I haven’t done it enough to know how random it really is, though. Is it procedurally generated in any sense, or is it just a specific number of hand crafted zones that it just picks from? I don’t know.

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