Mini-Review/Backlog Destruction Thread

lowdru2k

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Vigor has a free play weekend on XBox Live. I’ve always been curious in this game so downloaded it.

It is pretty cool so far. First solo Encounter I found a bunch of loot and killed a guy trying to get to an exit looted his body then escaped. Second solo Encounter I got the supply drop and a guy chased me to the exit. We ended up killing each other at the same time and I got nothing. You can also play two players with a friend or with a random. All the loot you collect you upgrade your base and craft items and weapons to use in Encounters.
 

OneBadMutha

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Ended up beating Shadow of the Tomb Raider (on Game Pass) and Uncharted 4 back to back. SofTR surprised me. I didn’t even like Rise a ton. AI is still dumb as hell. Combat isn’t weighty enough. Story wasn’t good. All said, I think the re-balancing in favor of exploration and puzzles worked out better for me. The atmosphere, the towns...it really pulled me in. If not for the terrible enemy AI and story...(which gets dumber and dumber as you progress), this could’ve been a favorite game of mine this gen. In the end it was still a solid 8.5.

Uncharted 4 is my first ever Uncharted. Blown away by Naughty Dogs ability to bring film cinematics to videogames. Their animations and attention to detail are something else. The scale is incredible...but everything else is just ok. Ok combat. Ok stealth. Ok platforming. I thought it was way too slow at times. I’d give it an 8. 10 for characters, voice acting and overall production values. 7 for gameplay and fun factor.

All considered I enjoyed Tomb Raider more. I think the encouragement of exploration and collecting stuff that you can later use makes looking around more meaningful. The platforming puzzles are the best part of the game and unlike Uncharted, it doesn’t do all the platforming for you.
 

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I have been semi dedicated to chopping down the backlog lately. Last mentioned dungeon siege, finished that, along with binary domain and a jank old bastard called project eden.

Binary domain was fun though quite simple in gameplay, had some very pretty scenery (and a lot of industrial gray but not enough discount the good entirely). Not much to say. Simple game, 3rd person cover shooter from the era rife with them. Interesting themes with robots and humanity. Standard "where do we drawn the line" fare but a little more serious than I would have expected from a pulpy action game, and it certainly deserves to be eyed as such with the other ridiculous and hammy developments. Still, pretty and fun enough.

Project eden was ass and I still played it through the whole way. It's an old game (2001 "old") and so very chunky clunky and gross looking. The whole game is based in a giant metropolis, but the players job is to descend into the bowels, seeing the layers and layers the upper tiers are built upon. It's all low rez rust textures and gross mutating creatures and psychos.

It was cool. It played like ass (your squad of 4 is slow to control and dummies with their pathfinding) and the puzzles sometimes became utterly nonsensical, but had an interesting surrounding narrative, even if the dialogue and such itself wasn't all that engaging. A very love/hate feeling with this game.

Your ending cutscene is you executing a time frozen 6 year old girl who's actually a mutant god as her father watches, and then rips her brain out or something and puts it in a robot. Then he gives the robot mutant girl a teddy bear and they walk away with no further explanation, end credits. In the end, and it would probably never come about but, I'd still play a project eden 2.

Finally, I'm now onto a purported classic; "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines"
got 11 hours already across 2 sessions. So far it's my kind of genre; the "immersive sim," or the adventure RPG, deus ex styled game. I've never been into vampires much but it's been cool, they got their society and stuff, "The Masquerade." Turns out all I needed to be interested in vampires was lots and lots of rules.

games are such busywork
 

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Ended up beating Shadow of the Tomb Raider (on Game Pass) and Uncharted 4 back to back. SofTR surprised me. I didn’t even like Rise a ton. AI is still dumb as hell. Combat isn’t weighty enough. Story wasn’t good. All said, I think the re-balancing in favor of exploration and puzzles worked out better for me. The atmosphere, the towns...it really pulled me in. If not for the terrible enemy AI and story...(which gets dumber and dumber as you progress), this could’ve been a favorite game of mine this gen. In the end it was still a solid 8.5.

Uncharted 4 is my first ever Uncharted. Blown away by Naughty Dogs ability to bring film cinematics to videogames. Their animations and attention to detail are something else. The scale is incredible...but everything else is just ok. Ok combat. Ok stealth. Ok platforming. I thought it was way too slow at times. I’d give it an 8. 10 for characters, voice acting and overall production values. 7 for gameplay and fun factor.

All considered I enjoyed Tomb Raider more. I think the encouragement of exploration and collecting stuff that you can later use makes looking around more meaningful. The platforming puzzles are the best part of the game and unlike Uncharted, it doesn’t do all the platforming for you.
Thought shadow was the weakest of the bunch tbh. Finished it and had fun though.
Uncharted 4.... prettiest game on PS4 but the car lvl with the hinch thing was terrible, made it about 3/4 in and stopped, sold my ps4 after that.
 

wshowers

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Ended up beating Shadow of the Tomb Raider (on Game Pass) and Uncharted 4 back to back. SofTR surprised me. I didn’t even like Rise a ton. AI is still dumb as hell. Combat isn’t weighty enough. Story wasn’t good. All said, I think the re-balancing in favor of exploration and puzzles worked out better for me. The atmosphere, the towns...it really pulled me in. If not for the terrible enemy AI and story...(which gets dumber and dumber as you progress), this could’ve been a favorite game of mine this gen. In the end it was still a solid 8.5.

Uncharted 4 is my first ever Uncharted. Blown away by Naughty Dogs ability to bring film cinematics to videogames. Their animations and attention to detail are something else. The scale is incredible...but everything else is just ok. Ok combat. Ok stealth. Ok platforming. I thought it was way too slow at times. I’d give it an 8. 10 for characters, voice acting and overall production values. 7 for gameplay and fun factor.

All considered I enjoyed Tomb Raider more. I think the encouragement of exploration and collecting stuff that you can later use makes looking around more meaningful. The platforming puzzles are the best part of the game and unlike Uncharted, it doesn’t do all the platforming for you.
I've always felt that Uncharted 4 was the weakest game in the series. Still better than most other studio outputs but kinda felt like ND was going through the motions. Lost Legacy was great though.

I have been semi dedicated to chopping down the backlog lately. Last mentioned dungeon siege, finished that, along with binary domain and a jank old bastard called project eden.

Binary domain was fun though quite simple in gameplay, had some very pretty scenery (and a lot of industrial gray but not enough discount the good entirely). Not much to say. Simple game, 3rd person cover shooter from the era rife with them. Interesting themes with robots and humanity. Standard "where do we drawn the line" fare but a little more serious than I would have expected from a pulpy action game, and it certainly deserves to be eyed as such with the other ridiculous and hammy developments. Still, pretty and fun enough.

Project eden was ass and I still played it through the whole way. It's an old game (2001 "old") and so very chunky clunky and gross looking. The whole game is based in a giant metropolis, but the players job is to descend into the bowels, seeing the layers and layers the upper tiers are built upon. It's all low rez rust textures and gross mutating creatures and psychos.

It was cool. It played like ass (your squad of 4 is slow to control and dummies with their pathfinding) and the puzzles sometimes became utterly nonsensical, but had an interesting surrounding narrative, even if the dialogue and such itself wasn't all that engaging. A very love/hate feeling with this game.

Your ending cutscene is you executing a time frozen 6 year old girl who's actually a mutant god as her father watches, and then rips her brain out or something and puts it in a robot. Then he gives the robot mutant girl a teddy bear and they walk away with no further explanation, end credits. In the end, and it would probably never come about but, I'd still play a project eden 2.

Finally, I'm now onto a purported classic; "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines"
got 11 hours already across 2 sessions. So far it's my kind of genre; the "immersive sim," or the adventure RPG, deus ex styled game. I've never been into vampires much but it's been cool, they got their society and stuff, "The Masquerade." Turns out all I needed to be interested in vampires was lots and lots of rules.

games are such busywork
Loved Binary Domain. Its better than what I thought it would be. Good luck with Vampire: The Masquerade. There's a pretty good game in there, with a good story buried under odd gameplay choices and TONS of bugs. But it was memorable enough for me to anticipate Bloodlines 2 next year.
 

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Yea Binary Domain was good. Not sure if difference between PC and console or just not aging well, but I tried it on PC a few years after I beat it on PS3 and yikes.

Currently playing through Dragon Age Inquisition. I've only played the first DA and never beat it, getting burned out. I have a feeling the same may happen with this game. I'm playing it through Origin Premier though so no biggie if I don't finish it.
 

wshowers

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Yea Binary Domain was good. Not sure if difference between PC and console or just not aging well, but I tried it on PC a few years after I beat it on PS3 and yikes.

Currently playing through Dragon Age Inquisition. I've only played the first DA and never beat it, getting burned out. I have a feeling the same may happen with this game. I'm playing it through Origin Premier though so no biggie if I don't finish it.
The way Inquistion is set up, there's a chance you will get burned out especially if you're playing it after having played The Witcher 3.