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WooleyI gotta say, almost at the end of Bioshock 2, I think it's an excellent game.
I think getting over "it's not Bioshock" was hard for me the first time (I didn't even finish it), but I remember thinking the second time that, "wow, there's some gold here", now playing it like 6 or 7 years later, the game stands on its own with something bordering on excellence. The villain's backstory, which I thought was a weak-point the first time around and I don't remember what I thought the second time around, is actually cleverly conceived and pretty well executed, giving the game an enemy that may not be as leeringly menacing as Ryan and Fontaine, but might stir even more thought in the player than either of them did.
Some really great levels and set-pieces just to savor, one leading into the next, it really is just a well put-together game with great atmosphere and a lot of overall fun to mine.
It takes a level to get itself going, but really, by about halfway through the second level, it starts to become inspired.

I really need to dive back in to that one. I stopped after the Pauper's Drop level, so I'm not so far in that I've forgotten the story so far. I do remember Lamb being an interesting character, although I can't remember if that impression is from the game or from the book, or both.

Speaking of which, this book basically details the rise and fall of Rapture. The author used most, if not all of the snippets of history you pick up from the audio diaries in the game and fleshed out a damn good story from them.
Apr 21, 2017 11:37 AM
I posted over at Kateland, too. Seems like things are headed tits up again. Is there another place for the RT Goonies, or is Kateland it?
Apr 17, 2017 7:04 PM
El MoscaI still think that The Witcher 3 is one of the best games I've ever played. The attention to detail, the main story and both dlcs where great, I loved Gerald and his interaction with each of the other characters, the artistic design, the evolution of the main character all?was great for me. I'm still?playing it just to finish Blood and Wine and I've completed all of the side?quests, contracts and treasure hunts. Even GWYNT (the game inside the game) was great and very addictive.?Also CD Project Red is admirable for their attention and love for their products.

The only thing that interrupted me playing it was Dying Light which is also great but with a very different pace?than the Witcher, but I strongly recommend the bundle with all games and expansions available now.

I will definitely give CD Projekt Red props for their level of commitment to their product. I remember unsealing my copy of Witcher 3 and having codes for free DLC, stickers, and a freakin' soundtrack CD fall out. I was definitely impressed.

I don't think Witcher is a horrible game by any stretch, I just think the main and DLC stories could have used some slimming down.
Apr 17, 2017 5:16 PM
My second viewing of Rogue One made me realize just how extraneous that Vader scene is at the end. I mean, at this point the movie is over. It's ended on a powerful, dramatic note. But then we get the fanboy wet dream of Vader slaughtering rebels. It's tonally inconsistent and quite jarring. That and the football follies handoff of the Plans just didn't need to be there.

The plans were beamed, everyone dies. The end.
Apr 17, 2017 1:21 PM
Excellent conversation happening here regarding RPG's and the length of games in general. Glad to see it.

I agree with Wooley that I love a good RPG, especially one with a world that I can explore and get lost in. After I finished up with Skyrim on the PS3, all I wanted was another game just like that but there wasn't one to be found. I was one happy camper when Skyrim got released on the PS4, especially now that load times aren't a factor anymore. Now all's I need is a remaster of New Vegas.

It's funny to me that Dragon Age: Inquisition gets so much hate in the gaming world, as it's the game I've played the most in recent years. I played halfway through the PS3 version, got a PS4 so I did a playthrough as a Qunari Mage on the PS4. Then I did an Elven Rogue Archer Assassin a few months later. I just grabbed all of the DLC recently for cheap so I restarted another playthrough as a Human, but keeping the Rogue Archer Assassin. I just really love this game. Of course, I don't participate in a lot of the collectible hunting or extraneous bullshit. I just stick to the main quests, side stuff, and exploring. I've never had to go out of my way to gain Power to progress the story, so I've never gotten the complaints over grinding.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a great game but I haven't finished it. The gameplay loop is wearing on me. The constant gathering of resources for health, arrows, etc., only to fight more robots, only to gather more resources to replenish what you just expended during your last fight, only to fight more robots, etc. It's gotten tiresome. I really want to see how the story plays out, but I'm just taking it in fits and starts.

This thread is one of the first that I've seen people really laying into Witcher 3. It's kind of refreshing to see since over on NeoGAF it's basically treated as the game of all time. Here's the thing: I enjoy the game -- to a point. I enjoyed the DLC stories -- to a point. The main game and both DLC packs all overstay their welcome, and I'm not talking about side quest stuff. I mean the actual stories drag on with so many diversions that you lose sight of the plot. Did I need to help write a freakin' play in the main game? 'Blood and Wine' took a great story about Vampires and then threw me into some sort of fantasy fairy tale land right when I thought the story was wrapping up. Turns out that I was still a good bit away from the true ending, so I shut it off. I'd had enough. The same thing happened in Fallout 4. At some point I just wanted the story to be done. I'll still hang out in the world afterwards, but the story has to wrap itself up. And don't get me started on Uncharted 4, the neverending game.
Apr 17, 2017 1:03 PM
WooleyI'm on Bioshock 2 now.
First Bioshock remains my favorite game of all time (despite the final battle) after replay.
Bioshock 2 is unquestionably a step down, and it's really all in the design. However, I remember well from playing it years ago that the game gets better and better as it goes along and one gets used to the design differences. I'm looking forward to getting to that point but regardless, it's fun to be in Rapture again, even if it doesn't quite feel like Rapture.

Bioshock 2 was a decent time, I'm actually halfway through a second playthrough myself -- I need to jump back in. My only gripe was that I had to turn it down to Easy in order to properly feel like a Big Daddy. Some random splicer's gunshot takes a quarter of my health away? Come on, 2K...
Apr 14, 2017 3:52 PM
Also, glad to see this thread bumped.

I've recently played (but not finished) Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is a gorgeous fucking game. I'd love to complete it, but I'm getting a little tired of the gameplay loop so I put it down for a bit.

Booted up Mass Effect: Andromeda, but I'm just not feeling it at the moment. Spring is a bad time for me to start new epic games. It's time to go outside whenever possible.
Apr 14, 2017 11:14 AM
Ned FlandersI haven't posted in a bit but here's what I've played since

Resident Evil 7
really really loved this game. The puzzles weren't too tough but they were a decent challenge, the first person perspective doesn't ruin the feeling of a resident evil game and the new antagonists were really creepy. My only complaints were that it was really easy? I'm not really all that good at video games but I played this one on normal and I think I only died like twice maybe?

I"m still playing Overwatch, and still having fun with it.

I decided I would try and complete the Mass Effect trilogy recently too. I finished Mass Effect 1 a year or two ago and I didn't really like it so that kinda put me off of playing the second for a while. I've been playing the second one a bit now and I think it suffers from a lot of the same issues as ME1. The dialogue, plot, characters, etc are all top notch as far as video games go but the gameplay connecting them is some of the most dry repetitive third person cover shooting I've ever seen. I'm 4 or 5 hours in and practically all the missions have been "go here, kill x amount of enemies, new character joins your team". One of my friends is a huge ME fan and he says the game is roughly 30 hours to complete and I honestly don't know if I wanna play 25 more hours of this. does it pick up or are these game just not for me?

I dunno, Ned. ME2 is basically considered the highpoint of the series by a lot of people (except the hardcore RPG purists who bemoaned the tighter focus on combat). I'd say the series as a whole is characters first, story second. It's all about your squad and their stories and through their loyalty missions is where you get the good stuff. If the gameplay is letting you down, I'd try to stay focused on the large picture overall of you and your squad against impossible odds.

Also, try to mix combat up as best as you can. What class are you playing as?
Apr 14, 2017 11:11 AM
Janson JinnistanI don't give a shit what anyone says. ?The J. Geils Band were a solid rock band long before their pop breakout. ?And not that I don't even like that aspect of their career ("Love Stinks" is a goddamn classic"), but anyone familiar should know that their live LP, Full House, is a boogie standard. ?It's not the night that Lester Bangs sat in on typewriter, but it very well as may have been.

Love Stinks is one of the most bizarre videos ever produced, I love it. It's got the most random, hilarious, nonsensical shit in it. Playing drums with fish? Sure. Jumping on a pogo stick while playing trumpet? Why not? Odd close-ups of the band? No problem. Peter Wolf in a ladies swimsuit? O....K...?

This video is also a refreshing callback to the days when you could be ugly and a rockstar. Not a looker in the bunch.
Apr 12, 2017 1:07 PM
A buddy of mine reminded me that this was a college favorite of ours. A poor, poor man's Animal House, for sure.
Apr 4, 2017 7:07 PM
Re-read this last summer, so I'll definitely keep an eye on this thread. One thing I definitely noticed was just how much King has evolved and matured as a writer over the years. 'IT' may be him at his absolute worst in terms of verbosity. I remember the Stan Uris present-day chapter going on for freaking ever, with his wife basically detailing every single moment of their courtship, marriage, sex life, house buying, business dealings, etc. Nowadays, he gives the same level of detail in a more concise style.
Apr 4, 2017 5:59 PM
No mention of Pacino in 'Glengarry Glen Ross'? Or 'Scent of a Woman'? Or just 90's Pacino in general?
Mar 30, 2017 12:52 PM
Wow, that was pretty much the entire movie in trailer form. Chris Plante at The Verge basically pieced the plot together from the trailer.

[font=arial, sans-serif]Peter Parker wants to be a superhero, but he's still just a kid in school.

Parker causes some public hijinks, going so far as to climb the Washington Monument. A perturbed Tony Stark informs him the big-name villains are handled by the big-name superheroes --leave it to the professionals, basically.

Undeterred, Parker continues to fight crime, only to attract the Vulture, putting hundreds of lives at stake. Vulture's fancy laser gun splits the Staten Island ferry in half, and Tony Stark as Iron Man arrives just in time to save everybody.[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Tony Stark punishes Parker by taking his suit. So, Parker makes his own suit.

Parker gets in a fight with Vulture on the beach of Coney Island that causes gobs of damage. Vulture carries the teenage superhero onto a humongous military plane .

The plane nearly crashes into the Manhattan skyline, but Parker uses his powers to save the day-- only for the method to send the plane into a tailspin.[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Spidey nearly gets sucked into the jet engine, and...[/font]
Mar 29, 2017 1:24 PM
God, the 70's were a messed up time. Was everyone on coke? Were my parents much cooler than I thought they were?
Mar 22, 2017 1:04 PM
WooleyAfter playing several less-than-inspiring games, I decided to replay original Bioshock remastered for PS4.

Yep, still the best game I ever played.

It's a good one. I think they did a great job with the port, too. Although some of the freakier game-freaks on NeoGAF went nuts at certain water effects looking different.

Wooley, have you played the Metro Redux games?

I have not, haven't even heard of them, what's that about?

First-Person Shooter based on a series of Russian novels, set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow. I grabbed both games off PSN for $14.99 in a sale. Only got through the first game, but it was a good time. Will jump into the sequel when my backlog gets whittled down.
Mar 21, 2017 11:15 AM
WooleyAfter playing several less-than-inspiring games, I decided to replay original Bioshock remastered for PS4.

Yep, still the best game I ever played.

It's a good one. I think they did a great job with the port, too. Although some of the freakier game-freaks on NeoGAF went nuts at certain water effects looking different.

Wooley, have you played the Metro Redux games?
Mar 20, 2017 7:17 PM
[font=arial, sans-serif]Sure, there's a Supreme Court Justice hearing and an FBI hearing, but this shit is important.[/font]

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[font=arial, sans-serif]'Mass Effect: Andromeda' reviews are in: Bad game is bad[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]The Verge (Andrew Webster)[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]Andromeda is a massive game with so much to do, remarkably little of which is fun. It's often a bland and tedious game to play, mercifully punctuated by endearing narrative moments. Your enjoyment will depend on how much you like chatting with blue aliens. [/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Digital Trends (Phil Hornshaw)[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]Almost immediately, Andromeda starts bombarding players with worn space opera cliches. A massive space anomaly crushes your shuttle as you head to explore the planet, which you quickly discover to be full of hostile green aliens, floating rocks, ancient alien monoliths. It looks like Halo. Or James Cameron's movie, Avatar. Or any of a dozen or so TV, film, and game properties including Mass Effect. Within a few steps, the range of endless possibilities fans hoped for narrows down to the sci-fi equivalent of business as usual.[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Eurogamer (Edwin Evans-Thirlwell)
You're left with a zesty but unsurprising third-person shooter, struggling through a soup of mundane chores - a game of mesmerising, gargantuan landscapes sabotaged by uneven writing and (at the time of review) an astonishing quantity of bugs. Perhaps above all, there's a shortage of drama or real consequence to Andromeda, apparently brought on by the shift to an open world template, that is sadly new to Mass Effect - a series celebrated not merely for its freedom of choice, but for making those choices matter.

Destructoid (Brett Makedonski)
Gone is the classic Paragon and Renegade dialogue options to firmly establish your character as a good guy or bad guy. Replacing it is a more nuanced system of answering either logically, emotionally, casually, or professionally. Rarely does it feel as if it'll make a difference. Often, all the answers seem functionally the same. It's so hard (maybe impossible) to make Ryder into an asshole. It's more about how sappy or dopey you want them to be.

GameSpot (Scott Butterworth)
The vast majority of Andromeda's characters are just dull, and conversations rarely delve deeper than arduous "get to know you" small talk. No one yells or cries or expresses any measurable emotion at any point, even when they explicitly talk about their feelings, and there's no Tyrion Lannister or Francis Underwood to keep things interesting. There was plenty of room for Game of Thrones-style power struggles on the Nexus, yet all political disagreements are merely mentioned without being explored.[/font]
Mar 20, 2017 5:24 PM
Death Proof
Lady MaryGood Christ that picture. I mean, my mother taught me how to sit like a lady when I was child. Feet down, ankles crossed. WTF?

...and if a woman in Obama's cabinet was photographed doing the same thing the Republicans and Right Wingnuts would be screaming for blood.

God, yes. Remember how everyone freaked when Obama eliminated the jacket/tie unofficial dress code for Oval Office business? Imagine if Michelle had her feet on the furniture.
Feb 28, 2017 6:09 PM
Apex Predator
Here's hoping Emmett Otter's unaltered Jugband Christmas with Kermit becomes available in 2017 as well.

This really should be a top priority.
Feb 24, 2017 12:49 PM