Mr. Keith

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Finished Dark Souls III. Great stuff. Best boss battles in any Souls game I've played. Abyss Watchers, Nameless King, Dancer, all classics in my eyes. Locations are a bit repetitive, but when it opens up (Irithyll, Archdragon Peak, the last area) it's jawdropping. Combat and general gameplay feels so slick now, minus the usual framerate issues. I still prefer Bloodborne for the visceral combat (regain is the greatest innovation), aesthetic and lore, but overall this might be the best. Gonna try to finish the DLC, but Ariandel's final boss kicks my ass so hard.

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Starbound - it's like Stardew Valley, Terreria, FTL and Gradius all merged nicely into one. Really good to play with a bunch of mates! 

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Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle.

Seriously, if you're a Jason fan you need to give this a try. It's a free download on Steam, Android and iOS.

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So I've recently been playing the Metro games on console, and I'm actually pretty impressed. Overall, I'm definitely enjoying Last Light more than I enjoyed 2033, but they're both very solid games. 

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So I've finished God of War yesterday, and I've got a few thoughts on it. From a pure story standpoint, it's a very good soft reboot of Kratos and the God of War (no pun intended) mythos. The voice acting was good, the action and combat were excellent, and overall, I had fun playing it and experiencing it. 

Now, as for the elephant in the room: Does this game manage to redeem Kratos, and is he worth redeeming? Now, let me start this off by saying that my only experience with the franchise previous to this game was watching a let's play years and years ago. Basically, I was coming to this game with only the loosest ideas of who Kratos was as a person. That said, I think that this game absolutely makes Kratos into, if nothing else, someone who is believable. Personally, I found him to be very sympathetic, and someone who was realistically flawed, and realistically scarred from the experiences and horrors that plagued his life. 

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Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 Collection - Bought this a few months ago when the release date of KH3 was revealed. This was my favorite series growing up, but I've only played the first three games released once, and I haven't played any of the others. The original Kingdom Hearts surprised me with how deep the combat grew to become. I expected it to be simple X mashing, and it kinda was, but swapping abilities really made a difference.

Skipped Chain of Memories, because that was fun for a GBA game, but I don't feel the need to revisit it, even remade.

385/2 Days was an interesting look at Roxas, Axel, and Xion. I imagine it'd be more engrossing to play, but the bonds between the characters felt real to me.

Kingdom Hearts 2 was also a surprise at the early stages. I always thought of it as my favorite Kingdom Hearts game, but playing it as an adult and falling in love with KH1's combat made for a jarring experience. The camera doesn't work for such a fast-paced game, and the pacing felt off to me. But then I fought a thousand Heartless in a single battle.

Still making my way through KH2, but the series definitely has me in its clutches still.

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Spider-Man (PS4) - This is the game I've wanted and needed starring Spidey. God. It might not reinvent the open-world superhero genre (it even has the towers unlocking the map trope, which I didn't expect) but so far, it's doing everything so damn well. The stories of almost all the previous games (and I've played close to all of them) were an excuse to get Spidey punching villain to villain, this feels like an earnest attempt at a character-driven narrative. This might be the best the cast has been portrayed in forever.

The combat, while a huge shift for someone so versed in Spidey games, is much deeper than I thought it'd be. When you get on a nice combo, it looks really cool.

Also, with this being the first Spider-Man game I've played since moving to New York, I recognize a lot more of the locations (and where they compressed many parts of the city), so that's fun.

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I've been playing Hollow Knight. I love Metroidvanias and this might be one of the best I've played in recent years. Mind you, I've also done my usual problem of accidentally walking into every single place on the map before I do anything of consequence.

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I enjoyed Hollow Knight for the most part but kept getting stuck wandering around looking for my next objective. 

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I bought a PS4 specifically to play Spider-Man, and it's my return into the gaming world in ten years. I am this game's bitch.

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I've been playing a lot lately.

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - My first AC game since my Revelations save was corrupted halfway through. My favorite so far. It's a light and breezy game (even if the music overdoes it) with great banter, which is exactly what I wanted from it. Evie and Jacob are my favorite protagonists of the series so far. I dug the portrayals of class and imperialism, there were even quests about fighting fake news, essentially. But where conceptually it's ahead of its time I feel, the gameplay feels so dated. Combat and traversal haven't changed at all since AC2, even if the animation is mildly smoother and detailed. The line launcher is a welcome addition, but not substantial enough in my opinion. The pace of combat is weird, it seems to reward thoughtful fighting, but encourages button mashing with how fast it is. While I do love the game, I think it's telling that this was the last of its era. But it's a good place to end.

Dark Souls Remastered - Good for its time, but made immediately dated by its follow-ups. Also, the second half is not very good.

The Last of Us - First time. Deserves all the praise it gets.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Mixed bag but overall positive. When it's at its best, it's the most enjoyable of the series for me. It feels very classic TR with the exploration and puzzles. It has one of the most endearing sequences with Lara. It's taken a great step with interrogating Lara's white savior role. But there are a little too many quiet moments, Lara's characterization is ramped up to the point of unlikability, and the deconstruction doesn't really pay off in a meaningful way. Still, I don't regret getting this game, especially in the Croft Edition, since it promises more tombs, which are the best part of the game.

7 hours ago, Donomark said:

I bought a PS4 specifically to play Spider-Man, and it's my return into the gaming world in ten years. I am this game's bitch.

Great time to come back. Pick up any of the other PS4 exclusives, you won't go wrong with any of them.

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I still think Brotherhood is the best game. I'm not a fan of ship combat and the fact that they keep shoehorning it into games is making me lose interest in the series. 

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 Not too interested in ship combat either, and a whole game revolving around it doesn't hook me. Though from what I hear from my friends, its story is one of the best of the series.

Not sure if I should play Origins first, or jump directly to Odyssey. I'm sure the former's a compelling game, but who doesn't want to play Kassandra?

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I would play Origins first. There is very little ship combat and it introduces the new combat pretty well. I also love the story. Odyssey is built around ship combat since you have to sail everywhere. Odyssey also abandons the assassins part of the Assassin's Creed story since it takes place before they existed. If you are following that lore, this isn't for you. Both games almost abandon the outside the animus stuff. They are both fun. 

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Do people really follow the modern day stuff? It's been how many games and there hasn't been any meaningful payoff, from what I've seen. I don't know if it does anything except subvert expectations in your first AC game, and provide the UI.

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I think most people see it as an interruption to the game they paid to play, and that's why they have almost given up on it. Killing off Desmond pretty much ruined it in most fan's eyes. 

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