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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by deathofcows » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:25 pm

Lotus wrote:Tomb Raider Anniversary - 5/10

+ Looks pretty good.
+ Varied locations.
+ Some good puzzles.
+ Some good level design.

- Forgettable and laughable plot.
- Some bad level design.
- Some tedious, way-too-drawn.out puzzles
- Shitty, unresponsive controls.
- Lara frequently refuses to do what she should (i.e. refusing to grab a ledge) which can lead to falls, deaths, and redoing sections/puzzles.
- Dodgy hit detection, whereby enemies won't be affected by bullets unless they're in the 'correct' phase of an animation.
- While the checkpoint system is useful, you still have to end up re-doing things if you die.
- The game demands pin-point accuracy and exact angles for jumps and timing, but doesn’t give you the controls or camera angle to let you do this.

I liked some of the puzzles in this and the environmental navigation, but the terrible controls really let it down, leading to failing things time and time again through no fault of your own. If you're a fan of being let down by the camera and controls, being frustrated by repetitive and tedious puzzles, and having to re-do sections over and over and over and over again when you inevitably fail, this is the game for you.


Horses for courses!

TR: A is one of my favourite games ever. I personally like it for its lighting, atmosphere, environments, sense of isolation and also - yes - the weighty, rhythmic platforming.

But I think that's because I don't play it on a controller but on PC using mouselook. The slight detach of 3rd-person camera and movement is removed and you can just glide through the levels in sync with your gaze like with an FPS.

It's transformative.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by IAmTheSaladMan » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:18 pm

Lords of the Fallen on PS4. This is my second time through this and while I enjoyed it for the most part it’s not without it’s flaws. The biggest issue is that even for this type of game it’s rarely obvious a) where you should be going or b) what you should be doing... also the end boss is a massive cheeky banana split.

7/10... I think I’ll hold off on the third playthrough for now

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by Death's Head » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:33 am

IAmTheSaladMan wrote:Lords of the Fallen on PS4. This is my second time through this and while I enjoyed it for the most part it’s not without it’s flaws. The biggest issue is that even for this type of game it’s rarely obvious a) where you should be going or b) what you should be doing... also the end boss is a massive cheeky banana split.

7/10... I think I’ll hold off on the third playthrough for now
Doesn't sound like I will be able to complete this.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:48 pm

Lords of the Fallen (PS4). Was always interested in playing this so great news when it turned up as a freebie on PSN+

For anyone who likes Demon/Dark Souls and wants something similar, or anyone who liked them but found them difficult, this is a game you should try. Overall it is not as difficult as the games it is inspired by, but it is difficult in places, particularly the 3rd boss, the humans near the end and the last boss.

Like Dark souls when you die, your "ghost" remains giving you a chance to return to it and reclaim your experience. The weapons and your stats are all upgradeable, but not to the extent of the Dark Soul games that can feel more like working in an XL spreadsheet than playing a game. One thing which I think this game does better is the experience multiplier, the longer you live (without "saving"), the more the multiplier increases, maximising the risk/reward scenarios.

The game is not without its flaws - screen tearing is noticeable (not sure if there is less during later parts of the game and I had just got used to it), the game is piss poor at letting you know where to go next for a fair part of the game and I don't know if I was just unlucky, but the game crashed at least 3 times for me. Bastardly, once after I'd defeated a boss earlier in the game (so had to do the strawberry floater again, which wasn't too bad as it was one of the easier bosses) and on the last boss when I had him down to about a quarter. Special mention must be said for the last boss because it takes banana splitish bosses to a new level, demoting the boss in the graveyard down to just "bitch".

Had the game been a bit better at directing where to go next (probably 3 hours lost through this) and the last boss not been so hard (I think I spent 3 hours trying different weapons tonight before settling with a sword and then having a long drawn out battle) I would have scored it higher.

So yeah, 6. Who is the bitch now Lords of the Fallen?

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by Trelliz » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:30 am

Ford Racing 3 - PC

Its a sad indictment of the racing game genre when a forgettable and forgotton arcade racer from the mid 2000s has more event variety and a better career mode than Forza Motorsport 5 - proper championships which means every race matters and events where following the visible racing line builds a boost meter or you have to race a series of laps against 1, 2 and 3 opponents like a reverse elimination mode as well as cone gates and time trials. The offroad cars have actual offroad tracks to race on too.

The car list is small but varied and includes some old prototypes as well as cars going back to the 1920s. My only complaint is that the car lists for each event are pretty wide and could have had some more focus or been more specialised and the main game could have been bigger as a result.

7/10 - worth a go when its under a pound in steam sales.

Bound - PS4

I thought this would be another wanky 2-hour indie game and it was, but it tells a very personal story through incredible abstract design and beautiful movement through levels which gave me vertigo on a normal tv so god knows what its like in vr. Its a freebie on ps+ at the moment so is worth a go of an evening.

8/10

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by Chestnut Snowleaves » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:27 pm

No Time To Explain.

I would normally post my review here, but, y'know...

8/10.

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by lex-man » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:38 pm

Zombi

Didn't manage to complete the post game part, but don't think i'll bother to play though the whole game again to give it another try. It's not actually that bad a game but the graphics are terrible, even for being a port of a Wii U game.

6/10

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by Christmas CrackErrkal » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:15 pm

Lego City Undercover - aweomse fun, silly sense of humour and stuff, although clunky at times and can be a pain in the arse swapping out disguises to open doors and things. 7/10

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by Trelliz » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:31 pm

The Magic Circle - PC

You play as someone going into a game stuck in development hell for years, doing typically walking sim stuff of overhearing conversations between the developers and the Molyneux-esque director but also reprogramming enemies and the environment to get through combat and puzzles. It touches on the responsibility of creativity, the horrendous nature of fandom and does some genuinely surprising and fascinating things to do with game design and being on the other end of the process. One particular scene near the end where the director goes on a rant at 'E4' after you hijack the on-stage demo, talking about the futility of the industry and the replaceable nature of games was particularly prescient given everything from WB and EA that's happened this year.

Its not too long and doesn't outstay its welcome, but takes the time to make its point even if some of the overall framing is a bit odd.

8/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Squinty » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:25 am

Gears 4 - 6/10

Well, that felt underwhelming in terms of a campaign. Just sort of ends as well.

I really don't like the direction they took the story in. I hated the visuals at the start of the game. It's weird how the game nails the gameplay, and yet it feels a bit tired. I'm going to put it down to the enemy encounters. They were pretty formuliac, and some of them just weren't that fun. I hated fighting the things that stand on cover.

Was good seeing the old characters near the end though. Fenix JR is just bland, they didn't give me enough reason to care about the other two.

Ditch the robots and shiny environments, get back to the old characters, get more enemy types/interesting scenarios.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Chestnut Snowleaves » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:19 am

The Turing Test

Total Portal rip-off. Luckily Portal is ace and we haven't had one of those in ages, so this was completely welcome. A collection of brilliantly designed headscratchy puzzles with a rather nice story to boot. Reaching the door for each room was always a great 'I am really clever' moment, followed almost immediately by 'I am stupid, why can't I do this?'. Fumbles the ending a little bit, but this still comes highly recommended from me.

8/10

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by Trelliz » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:24 pm

ICEY - PC

A clever mix of 2d character action and meta-narrative trickery in the style of The Stanley Parable, however I think the latter is better at it and i'm not an afficionado of games like dmc or bayonetta, which i tend to play through once on easy and call it a day than get into the nuance of the combat systems. I don't feel intrigued to explore all the permutations and weird goings-on with ICEY like with TSP, so i'll call time on this too and think of it fondly in hindsight. Also I think i've played a lot of these meta games this year like Pony Island and The Magic Circle so maybe i'm ready to go back to games which have stories unironically now.

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by Buffalo » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:27 pm

Dead Space 2. I think I only ever played this once, so it was interesting to play again several years later, and fairly soon after the first. It’s a fantastic game but some of the enemy encounters end up being needlessly infuriating, especially the amount of times they can appear behind you. If it had mobility mechanics and environment space like, say, Vanquish, it wouldn’t be as annoying, but everything is so dark, tight and claustrophobic. The last 15 minutes or so is just no fun at all, easily knocks a couple of marks off the score alone. No real, decent antagonist either, coupled with the awful ‘am I going mad?’ thing it keeps shoehorning in.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by OrangeReindeer » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:09 pm

Brerlappin wrote:Star Wars: The Force Unleashed


Now play the wii/ps2/psp version

(Also wikipedia tells me there was an N-gage port of the mobile version, that must be something)

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by Hime » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:38 pm

Brerlappin wrote:Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Head 6/10, Heart 8/10

Yeah so this game is glitchy, repetitive, and the most barebones PC port imaginable. The physics are semi-broken too when you unlock the framerate to 60, objects you pick up will just float upwards and other weird gooseberry fool. It also has the worst moment ever committed to the medium in the form of the "use the force to pull down the star destroyer" section (a section that is completely broken thanks to on screen prompts that dont represent what you should actually be doing), but god dammit i still love this game. Flinging enemies around, zapping them with lightning, throwing a saber at a gripped enemy, and a really enjoyable, genuinely good story, plus some of the best SW art design outside the original trilogy movies really elevates what would otherwise be a pretty meh experience. Im still pissed that the erasure of the EU stuff now makes this game non-canon as it was a great origin story of the rebellion.

Titanfall 2

9/10

God damn, thats how you do a SP campaign in a AAA shootbanger. The people making the turgid campaigns in recent CoD games need to pay attention to Respawn and how they do it. A snappy 8-10 hours of gameplay with a change in pace and gameplay almost every level that keeps it always feeling fresh. Not just the standard linear whack a mole gameplay of CoD that hopes that scripted explosions are enough to keep you entertained. TF2 isnt jsut "good for a campaign bolted on to a multiplayer game", its a genuinely great SP game all by itself. Only complaints are the story is fairly paper thin and there arent any really great characters aside from BT


You should play the campaign in Infinite Warfare, I enjoyed it as much as Titanfall 2.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Hime » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:22 pm

Brerlappin wrote:
Hime wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Head 6/10, Heart 8/10

Yeah so this game is glitchy, repetitive, and the most barebones PC port imaginable. The physics are semi-broken too when you unlock the framerate to 60, objects you pick up will just float upwards and other weird gooseberry fool. It also has the worst moment ever committed to the medium in the form of the "use the force to pull down the star destroyer" section (a section that is completely broken thanks to on screen prompts that dont represent what you should actually be doing), but god dammit i still love this game. Flinging enemies around, zapping them with lightning, throwing a saber at a gripped enemy, and a really enjoyable, genuinely good story, plus some of the best SW art design outside the original trilogy movies really elevates what would otherwise be a pretty meh experience. Im still pissed that the erasure of the EU stuff now makes this game non-canon as it was a great origin story of the rebellion.

Titanfall 2

9/10

God damn, thats how you do a SP campaign in a AAA shootbanger. The people making the turgid campaigns in recent CoD games need to pay attention to Respawn and how they do it. A snappy 8-10 hours of gameplay with a change in pace and gameplay almost every level that keeps it always feeling fresh. Not just the standard linear whack a mole gameplay of CoD that hopes that scripted explosions are enough to keep you entertained. TF2 isnt jsut "good for a campaign bolted on to a multiplayer game", its a genuinely great SP game all by itself. Only complaints are the story is fairly paper thin and there arent any really great characters aside from BT


You should play the campaign in Infinite Warfare, I enjoyed it as much as Titanfall 2.


I did, and really enjoyed it, but its been the only decent CoD campaign since BO1. TF2 was better than IW imo too, IW had a better story and spectacle but TF2 had better mechanics, design, and was overall just more fun to play.

I agree with most of that (can't comment on the other CoD's as I've only played Ghosts between BO1 and IW).

For me it was mostly to do with expectation, the press and consensus among gamers seemed to be that IW was dog gooseberry fool and TF2 was Half Life 2 tier good. I found the reality was that there wasn't that much difference between them in terms of quality. I'm going to go through TF2 again on the X1X to try it outside of the hype.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Jordan UK » Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:37 pm

Hime wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:
Hime wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Head 6/10, Heart 8/10

Yeah so this game is glitchy, repetitive, and the most barebones PC port imaginable. The physics are semi-broken too when you unlock the framerate to 60, objects you pick up will just float upwards and other weird gooseberry fool. It also has the worst moment ever committed to the medium in the form of the "use the force to pull down the star destroyer" section (a section that is completely broken thanks to on screen prompts that dont represent what you should actually be doing), but god dammit i still love this game. Flinging enemies around, zapping them with lightning, throwing a saber at a gripped enemy, and a really enjoyable, genuinely good story, plus some of the best SW art design outside the original trilogy movies really elevates what would otherwise be a pretty meh experience. Im still pissed that the erasure of the EU stuff now makes this game non-canon as it was a great origin story of the rebellion.

Titanfall 2

9/10

God damn, thats how you do a SP campaign in a AAA shootbanger. The people making the turgid campaigns in recent CoD games need to pay attention to Respawn and how they do it. A snappy 8-10 hours of gameplay with a change in pace and gameplay almost every level that keeps it always feeling fresh. Not just the standard linear whack a mole gameplay of CoD that hopes that scripted explosions are enough to keep you entertained. TF2 isnt jsut "good for a campaign bolted on to a multiplayer game", its a genuinely great SP game all by itself. Only complaints are the story is fairly paper thin and there arent any really great characters aside from BT


You should play the campaign in Infinite Warfare, I enjoyed it as much as Titanfall 2.


I did, and really enjoyed it, but its been the only decent CoD campaign since BO1. TF2 was better than IW imo too, IW had a better story and spectacle but TF2 had better mechanics, design, and was overall just more fun to play.

I agree with most of that (can't comment on the other CoD's as I've only played Ghosts between BO1 and IW).

For me it was mostly to do with expectation, the press and consensus among gamers seemed to be that IW was dog gooseberry fool and TF2 was Half Life 2 tier good. I found the reality was that there wasn't that much difference between them in terms of quality. I'm going to go through TF2 again on the X1X to try it outside of the hype.


IW is the best CoD since BO1. Unfarily maligned in my opinion. Looks lush on PS4 Pro, too.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:36 pm

Ratchet & Clank (PS4) - really good and enjoyable. I found the
disguise
bit and the last rail pretty frustrating, but other than that pretty much non stop fun. 8

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by Chestnut Snowleaves » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:16 pm

Telltale Guardians Of The Galaxy

I was really looking forward to this after the hugely enjoyable Tales From The Borderlands and (to a slightly lesser effect) Minecraft Story Mode. I remarked in those reviews that Telltale seemed much more confident in a comedy setting rather than the more dour 'serious' efforts that they're more famous for.

Sadly, despite a few high points (not least the soundtrack, which is extraordinary throughout) this is pretty disappointing. Story is really weak, the laughs are really hit and miss, and the usual Telltale failings of tired game mechanics rear their ugly heads one too many times. Getting stuck in an unstoppable dialogue loop AGAIN is particularly galling. Shame.

5/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by IAmTheSaladMan » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:46 am

Need For Speed: Most Wanted on PS3. I’m not usually one for racing games but I fancied giving this a go for a change of pace. It was fun overall but pretty frustrating in places, particularly the later “boss” cars.

8/10

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