OT's New Video Game Thread (Now with HP)

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My youngest brother is a 'flipper' of products on secondary, and he sold his first Switch for well over $500 shortly after it released. Secondary market is pretty big for the Switch. I regret not committing to that pre-order while I had the chance.

Your youngest brother is a butthole who is keeping me from playing Breath of the Wild. I bet he's also buying concert tickets out from under me, the butthole.
Mar 27, 2017 4:11 AM
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Picked up Resident Evil: Biohazard, played it in VR mode, lasted about 20 minutes before nausea kicked in. In this case I'm pretty sure the problem is exacerbated by the turning mechanic, whereby the right stick jerks you suddenly to the left or right instead of rotating you smoothly. Might have to minimize turning or maybe try closing my eyes when I need to adjust my direction. I'm sure that won't increase my stress level when I get to a scary part, if I ever get to a scary part.
Mar 28, 2017 2:27 PM
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Oh, also, bought a 3D blu-ray nature documentary. Very cool. Was able to watch that one for over a half-hour before I felt like I needed a break.

But hey, where is the 3D porn? Get cracking, marketplace.
Mar 28, 2017 2:33 PM
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That Wii-U emulator that I was talking about before? Around April they're going to release a version that makes BOTW playable on a high-end computer.
Mar 28, 2017 9:46 PM
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Not like it matters though, Persona 5 is going to eat up most of my gaming free time.


...I bet meow hates me for the past two posts.
Mar 28, 2017 9:46 PM
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DetrimentalNot like it matters though, Persona 5 is going to eat up most of my gaming free time.


...I bet meow hates me for the past two posts.


What the fuck, bro? You should be doing nothing but providing Last of Us updates.
Mar 29, 2017 3:49 AM
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I haven't played that game in a while, i'm up to what looks like a hard part and am too lazy to push on through.

It's still? been a good game so far though, it's just been sparse on the story lately.
Mar 29, 2017 4:02 AM
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DetrimentalI haven't played that game in a while, i'm up to what looks like a hard part and am too lazy to push on through.

It's still? been a good game so far though, it's just been sparse on the story lately.

I think you might be doing the game a disservice by not completing it a little sooner. It's one of those games that has more of an impact when you play it all in a relatively small time-frame. I'm not saying that you should beat it in one sitting, but I'm saying that playing it all in a week or two is best.

The only reason I say this is because this game hits you with some pretty jarring emotional tonal changes that works best when you have experienced everything before it relatively close to these changes. It emulates a sort of journey between Joel, Ellie, and you the player. It's done really well, but spreading out your playtime over months is definitely going to hurt this particular game's narrative in the long run. It's not going to leave much of an impact. It's hard to explain most of this without going in spoiler territory, but there's some pretty emotional stuff that happens throughout Joel and Ellie's journey that culminates into one of the most intense and emotional (of course this is just my opinion) endings in gaming history, but I don't think it will have that same lasting effect if you take too long to get there.

If it was a game like DOOM, then sure I'd understand picking it up and putting it down for a bit (I mean I don't understand that, as that game's combat is supreme and should suck you in from the get-go), but The Last Of Us is a game where the narrative and the journey of these two protagonists matter over the gameplay (not to say it's got bad gameplay).

Now, I'd get it if you don't particularly like the game and want to stop playing it you would take your time to beat it, but if you genuinely like it I would stress that the window to completion should be a little tighter on this particular title.
Mar 29, 2017 5:49 PM
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Paradox needs to stop with the overpriced DLCs with too little content to justify the cost. Every time I stop playing their games for awhile, I come back and find that if I want the full experience with DLCs I'll basically have to spend the equivalent of a whole new game.
Mar 30, 2017 3:19 AM
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Just did a tally. If I wanted to play Europa Universalis IV today with all the expansion packs I've missed since I bought the base game (Rights of Man, Common Sense, The Cossacks and Mare Nostrum), excluding fluff DLC like music and flags and unit sprites and so forth, I would be paying $54.97. Not including Mandate of Heaven, which will be out April 6th and probably cost another $15.

Yeah, eat me. I'll stick with Crusader Kings 2 and wait for a steam sale if I really, really feel like I want to play EUIV with all the new content.
Mar 30, 2017 4:10 AM
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Aren't you like rich though?
Mar 30, 2017 12:11 PM
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DetrimentalAren't you like rich though?

My fabulous wealth has fallen on hard times.

Speaking of which, could you spare me a few dollars? I will be honest. I will be spending it on hard liquor and grand strategy DLC.
Mar 30, 2017 1:16 PM
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So I played a little of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my computer. So far I like it a lot. It really plays like Ocarina of Time mixed with Dark Souls. I never liked Oot too much, mostly because it took too long to get going. This game is fun right out of the bat. Also the atmosphere and music is pretty good. I'll play more after I play my other games more.
Apr 2, 2017 9:26 PM
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I beat Last of Us a couple of days ago and really liked the ending. It follows up on a main theme that the game hits you with again and again, that sometimes the ends don't justify the means. Seriously one of the greatest games? ever and will probably end up in my top 5. I didn't expect liking the gameplay as much as I did. I usually hate the gameplay in survival horror games and usually avoid them like the plague. But this one is different, mainly because of how they switch things ups. You could play stealthy or like a complete rambo in almost every situation.

Anyways onto the multitude of games I have yet to beat I guess. I'll probably start with Horizon: Zero Dawn next.
May 19, 2017 7:10 PM
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DetrimentalI beat Last of Us a couple of days ago and really liked the ending. It follows up on a main theme that the game hits you with again and again, that sometimes the ends don't justify the means.

I took a completely different message. Namely, that the entire game had been driving home that Joel was not a good person and, in the end, only truly values the people he personally loves. Goes all the way back to the start, where Joel leaves another family to fend for themselves on the side of the road when they're trying to flag him down for help.

Note that when Marlene tells him the plan, he doesn't say "this is wrong" or anything else to suggest he finds it morally abhorrent as an idea, but rather "find someone else."
May 20, 2017 2:02 AM
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DetrimentalI beat Last of Us a couple of days ago and really liked the ending. It follows up on a main theme that the game hits you with again and again, that sometimes the ends don't justify the means.

I took a completely different message. Namely, that the entire game had been driving home that Joel was not a good person and, in the end, only truly values the people he personally loves. Goes all the way back to the start, where Joel leaves another family to fend for themselves on the side of the road when they're trying to flag him down for help.

Note that when Marlene tells him the plan, he doesn't say "this is wrong" or anything else to suggest he finds it morally abhorrent as an idea, but rather "find someone else."

You're probably right, I didn't put too much thought into my analysis. I wonder what the hell they're going to do for the sequel though. It seems to? me like they've told all they wanted to say.
May 20, 2017 2:23 AM
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DetrimentalI beat Last of Us a couple of days ago and really liked the ending. It follows up on a main theme that the game hits you with again and again, that sometimes the ends don't justify the means.

I took a completely different message. Namely, that the entire game had been driving home that Joel was not a good person and, in the end, only truly values the people he personally loves. Goes all the way back to the start, where Joel leaves another family to fend for themselves on the side of the road when they're trying to flag him down for help.

Note that when Marlene tells him the plan, he doesn't say "this is wrong" or anything else to suggest he finds it morally abhorrent as an idea, but rather "find someone else."

You're probably right, I didn't put too much thought into my analysis. I wonder what the hell they're going to do for the sequel though. It seems to? me like they've told all they wanted to say.

The word is that, if theme of the first game was 'love', as in the growing love between Joel and Ellie, then the theme of the sequel is 'hate.' Make of that what you will.

EDIT: If you haven't seen the trailer for the sequel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Wnvvj33Wo
May 20, 2017 2:38 AM
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Are the Uncharted games even close to as good as The Last of Us? They always seemed? kind of generic to me and The Last of Us was anything but that. I played a little of the demo of the first game and the gameplay seemed solid, but I couldn't get much of an impression of the story.
May 20, 2017 2:52 AM
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DetrimentalAre the Uncharted games even close to as good as The Last of Us? They always seemed? kind of generic to me and The Last of Us was anything but that. I played a little of the demo of the first game and the gameplay seemed solid, but I couldn't get much of an impression of the story.


No, but at least 2 and 4 are great games, with 4 actually plumbing some surprising emotional depths. But they are great because they are just massive, kick-ass, relentless action movies. The rebooted Tomb Raider games, similarly.

One thing (among a million) that makes The Last of Us so great is that it creates a marriage of narrative and gameplay that is often done poorly, in a way well illustrated by Uncharted. You play a sort of goofy, wise-cracking rogue that, in the course of the games, lays waste to thousands of people. He is a mass murderer. That kind of disconnect is common in games, but in The Last of Us, the killing takes a toll, and is used to comment on how both Joel and Ellie see the world.

First, if you haven't already, you should play the Last of Us DLC, Left Behind. Not only is it fun, but it adds even more depth. It really makes even clearer how much of a betrayal Joel's lie was following her making clear what it is she cares about.
May 20, 2017 5:07 AM
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Anybody pick up Vanquish for PC? It's a really fun third person shooter. It was originally for the Xbox 360 and PS3 but still looks fantastic despite it's age. It's by Shinji Mikami the guy behind Resident Evil. I cannot recommend this game enough
Jun 6, 2017 10:56 PM
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