Currently Playing in 2018....

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by Cal » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:48 pm

Onrush & Gravel (PS4 Pro version)

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Every so often - and it's a strange thing - a bunch of games loosely following the same trends release around the same time. Right on cue, here comes Onrush from Codemasters and Gravel from Milestone. Both are off-road racers, both aspire to outrageous arcade lunacy, with wildly exaggerated physics, screen-filling particle systems, and GUI clutter and art treatments best described as vivid (if often unintentionally comical) and both are being marketed as principally online MP racers.

Interestingly, both are an absolute hoot to play. Gravel is perhaps more down-to-earth (quite literally) than Onrush, with its cars feeling more tied to their tracks and governed by a semblance of actual racing physics. It's tracks, cars and modes are varied and you'll find plenty to do online or off. Onrush is as unapologetically mad as a bag of kittens and its racing is just as often vertical as horizontal, with incredible death-defying jumps and simply nutty collisions resulting in spectacular crashes, tumbles and multi-car mayhem. Its levels are gorgeous (especially the first coastal track which is stunning to look at - just a shame they went for a coniferous Pacific North West look rather than a lush, tropical palm-fringed look, IMO) and overall, like Gravel, the game contains plenty of vehicles, modes, and tracks to keep you busy on or offline.

I've had tremendous fun with both games. It's difficult to choose a favorite - I think these two compete fairly equally for plaudits in every department. If you're up for no-holds-barred roughhousing in some very attractive off-road environments either game will serve you well. Onrush perhaps edges ahead for sheer mayhem, but Gravel does an equally admirable job of conveying the chaos and sudden panic of hi-speed offroading in a slightly more formal racing setting.

Both games, despite their unhelpful marketing, feature a ton of content and modes for SP. Don't be fooled that these are primarily online games. Both games feature SP campaign modes in which you can steadily unlock content, upgrades and earn in-game currency or XP, etc.

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by jawafour » Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:40 pm

Cal wrote:Onrush & Gravel...

Nice write-up, Cal! I've had an eye on both of those titles and I'd love to get 'em, but my gaming cash went on The Crew 2 instead. I will keep an eye out for both of those titles in future PSN sales.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:44 pm

Still going with Human Revolution. It still plays great but I couldn't stop thinking about that character brer brought up. Through that lens, most of the racial minority characters are done really, really badly. All the gangbangers are teeeerrible clichés of Wire characters, and all the Latinos feel the need to interject 'cabrone' or 'pendejo' as many times as possible into each sentence. It's... really badly done.

Game is still great though.

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by Brerlappin » Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:56 pm

Tafdolphin wrote:Still going with Human Revolution. It still plays great but I couldn't stop thinking about that character brer brought up. Through that lens, most of the racial minority characters are done really, really badly. All the gangbangers are teeeerrible clichés of Wire characters, and all the Latinos feel the need to interject 'cabrone' or 'pendejo' as many times as possible into each sentence. It's... really badly done.

Game is still great though.


Sorry :lol:

But yeah, once i saw that i was done with the game. I honestly couldnt get over it. I dont know how anyone could have seen that and thought "Yeah, this is fine. Its not like a strawberry floating videogame Al Jolson or anything". I tried Mankind Divided too but i honestly just think the entire deus ex universe is stupid. Its a bad, hamfisted analogy of racism with augs and augs just make no real sense when you think about it anyway. Like did everyone just choose to have their limbs and eyes replaced with robotics knowing that augs are discriminated against? Or was there an outbreak of people having circular saw accidents or something in the near future? i dont know, i just dont think Deus ex is for me.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:18 pm

Like I mentioned, MD was disappointing. It's all classic cyberpunk tropes though, which I love, so I'm down with the universe. Neither do it quite so well as the original though.

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by OrangeRakoon » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:34 pm

I don't think you should play Human Revolution or Mankind Divided for the characters, story or social commentary, you should play them because cyberpunk is cool and free-form stealth games that also let you do murder runs are fun.

The side mission mini-stories are the ones that stuck with me most, much more than the overall story.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:36 pm

Holy moly, one of the 'agressive' responses to a Chinese character was "You all look the same to me."

Wowhee.

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by OrangeRakoon » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:02 pm

Maybe people don't just mean the art direction when they talk about the game's yellow filter

It's a bad joke and I feel bad

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by Jezo » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:20 pm

I'm currently replaying OoT 3D, and finally got round to starting Xenoblade 2. Oh, and every so often I dip into some Tomb Raider III. That game is scary as strawberry float yo

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by Hime » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:59 pm

Tafdolphin wrote:Holy moly, one of the 'agressive' responses to a Chinese character was "You all look the same to me."

Wowhee.

strawberry float off :lol:

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by Lagamorph » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:04 pm

Just finished a New Game+ of Infinite Space.

Such an underrated gem.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:05 pm

Hime wrote:
Tafdolphin wrote:Holy moly, one of the 'agressive' responses to a Chinese character was "You all look the same to me."

Wowhee.

strawberry float off :lol:


Seriously. I wish I'd screenshotted it.

NPC: "Go see Bobby at the bar"
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by Hime » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:30 pm

Tafdolphin wrote:
Hime wrote:
Tafdolphin wrote:Holy moly, one of the 'agressive' responses to a Chinese character was "You all look the same to me."

Wowhee.

strawberry float off :lol:


Seriously. I wish I'd screenshotted it.

NPC: "Go see Bobby at the bar"
Adam Jensen: "Bobby?
NPC: "The bartender"

Thank: Thanks.
Confront: You all look the same to me.

Mad.

I guess that must show some sort of progress in the industry, I can't imagine anyone getting away with that now.

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by Tragic Magic » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:47 pm

I've been playing Resident Evil Revelations 2 today and I'm up to episode 4 (which I believe is the last one, if you don't count the DLC) and it's really decent. Not a top tier Resi title but certainly better than 6 and a lot of their other low tier games. I'd probably say Revelations 1 is better though but then I did put a lot of hours into it. This is actually my second play through of the game, if you ignore the fact I never quite bothered to finish it the first time around (lord knows why) and I've noticed a few differences in the game which have made me enjoy it even more.

For example, as I already have a bunch of upgraded guns, I managed to kill the first proper boss in Claire's story, which I didn't do the first time I played it. So then later on, as Barry, I got to a section of the game where I remembered that same boss coming back for another battle. Except this time, the boss never turned up because Claire had fully killed it earlier in the story. The first time I played it I didn't realise you could affect the alternating scenarios in such a way so it was a nice, little find.

Also, looking at Claire in this, they've clearly used this itiration of her for her RE2 Remake reference. When I saw her in the RE2 trailer I thought she looked too far from her original model but she's actually pretty close to RER2 Claire.

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by Kriken » Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:36 pm

Finished Persona 4, finally. Fun game. Prefer it over Persona 3 in a lot of ways (mainly in terms of mechanics) despite some issues with the way a few characters are portrayed. Traded some darkness in its tone from previous games for more lightheartedness/comedy and that generally turned out better than I thought it would. Now to Persona 5...eventually. I'll be dipping into a few different games in the meantime.

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by Death's Head » Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:17 pm

Completed all of the bandit camps, corrupted zones and tallnecks on HZD. Think I'll just finish the main story next and then call it done.

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by Seven » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:13 pm

The Letter (PC)

Fantastic visual novel, though maybe not better than Steins;Gate but still on same level as that. It's horror visual novel that also focuses on character relationships which influences the story and I really liked it. I'm trying to get good chuck of last chapter done via different story branches before going for True End, although it'll take me while considering I've put in 40+ hours and only 62% of the story has been covered, when rest of chapters is 92-96% (and two 100%ed).

Well worth £10 I spent on it!

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by Tragic Magic » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:49 am

Wow, the first DLC episode of RE Revelations 2 can go jump off a cliff. It throws so many enemies at you and you really have to ration your bullets and health as much as possible. And by the end it's throwing mini-boss enemies at you in abundance. The problem is, for some unknown reason, you only have a limited amount of lives and if you run out, it's game over. Like, fully game over. All your progress is lost and you have to go all the way back to the start. I've literally just lost two hours worth of progress because the game decided to throw two, one hit kill enemies and three super fast, tough enemies at me all at once.

You can get more continues by shooting and collecting rabbits but you can only ever have 5 continues max and you can only actually hunt the rabbits between levels.

Maybe I'll go back to it one day and finish it on easy but that has really pissed me off. There's not even any justifiable reason to force a permanent game over on the player. It's bs.

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by Brerlappin » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:51 am

Just picked up Ruiner in the steam sale. God damn, this is literally the best representation of Cyberpunk ive ever seen in a game. The music is incredible, graphics and art design are absolutely amazing, and again I have to stress, the Cyberpunk aesthetic in this game is literally second to none. Gameplay is like a twin stick shooter/hotline Miami kinda deal, so don't expect Deus Ex RPG Cyberpunk or anything, but jeez its a good looking game.

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by Ironhide » Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:55 pm

Bridge Constructor: Portal.

This is great fun, the bridge building isn't as complex as that in something like Polybridge (also great) but the addition of portals (and Weighted Companion Cubes <3) makes for some mind bending puzzles with equally 'out there' solutions.

GlaDoS is hilarious as well, the introduction of new game mechanics is always done in a brilliantly sarcastic, derisive manner that usually involves a not so subtle dig at the players intelligence.

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