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20-12-2013, 09:33 PM #41
Crysis series - 1 is a great mostly non-linear FPS where you have tons of options as to not only how you go about reaching your objective, but also how you complete it once you're there. I go against the tide and enjoy the second half of the game, which is a little more focused in terms of being a bit more linear. Warhead is still open, but again quite linear. Abilities are a little more stream-lined. Whilst 2 is a heavily linear 'military' FPS, I still found it highly enjoyable, if not with a highly forgettable plot. All three were highly enjoyable as they boasted solid shooting and general minute-to-minute action. 1 and Warhead are strongly recommended, whilst 2 is recommended but not as strongly.
Total War series - If Medieval 2 is where things start to get really detailed, Shogun 2 is where it gets really quite deep, but boasts a lot more 'stuff' going on than its mod friendly predecessor. Both enjoyable in their own right though and preference should probably go to the setting. Considering how wealthy the series is in terms of options, you probably already know if you want to get in to it or not by now though.
Final Fantasy 7 - Sigh. I mean, it has an engrossing story and the magic/'materia' system is quite good, but I'm not sure if it totally holds up now. That said, there's some good challenge in optional bosses, a story that at the very least will keep you interested and some fun characters to engage with. If you were to get either of the FFs on Steam, I'd go for this one.
Hard Reset - Basing this solo on the demo, whilst the shooting is very fun, movement doesn't feel very satisfying and seems more like a hindrance. In comparison to Serious Sam where you always feel like you're in control of your character in precise steps, I felt like the movement lagged behind where you wanted to be going.
21-12-2013, 12:31 AM #42
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21-12-2013, 02:10 AM #43
Ooooh. Blade Symphony for 3 bucks. Got a real ChaosUT/JK2 on Wuss Mode vibe from that, and 3 bucks is definitely worth giving it a shot.
21-12-2013, 02:28 AM #44
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21-12-2013, 03:00 AM #45
21-12-2013, 10:13 AM #46
For anyone looking at Papers, Please on the current Steam flash sale at 4.49 euro, it may be cheaper over on the Humble store at $4.99 depending on currency issues. Humble's current deal lasts about another eight hours.
I highly recommend the game. It's an unsettling take on the life of a border guard in a Soviet-style People's Democratic Republic. Funny and bleak at the same time.
21-12-2013, 10:36 AM #47
I still haven't bought anything... None of 21 games in my wishlist has reached the 75 % mark... Disappointing but also a relief for my wallet :P
21-12-2013, 11:37 AM #48
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21-12-2013, 03:25 PM #49
Recommendation - Bulletstorm: I'm a sucker for things being overtly stupid and dumb, so long as the intelligence behind it makes it enjoyable dumb rather than "Oh, wow yeah, this is just straight up stupid and a waste", so I'll say that the zealous swearing is brilliant and the characters humorous. I think the aesthetics are great and it is a lovely game to see in motion and that on top of that, the gun-play is largely very satisfying.
My problem with Bulletstorm that I feel is not insignificant is two-fold. In an attempt to buck the trend of modern linear FPS, its linearity is just as bad and despite the fact it lampshades it and covers it up with witty characters and bombastic action, it falls foul of the same traps it lampoons. Secondly, the arcade style points system ends up becoming something more akin to a chore. It hampers creativity in many respects because whilst you get more points for doing more creative things, they're either very hard to pull off for whatever reason or the knowledge of what you need to do is made so unclear that you could try any number of things and still get rewarded the same base points as another action you know of. For me, I ended up doing the same pattern of moves because they worked and it was clear that it worked.
I feel that Bulletstorm is a good purchase if you've actively been wanting it, but if you're just looking at it now and going "Well, it is greatly reduced," I don't think I could heavily endorse it. Overall it was enjoyable but okay. If you want FPS that have superior gun-play or more openness, there are other titles I would recommend first.
21-12-2013, 03:31 PM #50If you want FPS that have superior gun-play or more openness, there are other titles I would recommend first.
21-12-2013, 03:52 PM #51
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And if that bothered you, then avoid Brigmore altogether. Let it end with Knife.
Brigmore is the first introduction to magical enemies in this world. And its an annoying introduction. They warp all over the screen during fights, constantly throw projectiles and seem really, really adept at spotting you and FORCING confrontation. Which makes the last level even more annoying, as its not really built for Stealth to begin, and the overwhelming number of annoying magical enemies makes what would already have been a challenge into an absurdity.
Not to mention, Brigmore's writing seem...stretched. As if they struggled to fill it with enough actual content to get a "full" DLC out of it. Where Knife featured a well written, well paced short story, Brigmore features whole maps/missions that are straight up padding, like:
At one point, you need a ship to leave the city. Of course, the person who owns the ship is no longer in control of it. Which fact you learn only after a mission to go see that person. Meaning you go see someone else. Who could give you a lift, but of course, needs an engine part. Meaning a whole other mission and map, jut to get an engine part. And its not even a GOOD map. These are the rather inane missions that comprise the bulk of Brigmore.
tl;dr: If you don't mind gimicky fights against annoying, projectile throwing, warping enemies (in groups, no less) and their near invincible pet dogs, then Brigmore is...okay. At best. But if forced combat and narrative "padding" get on your nerves, avoid it and let the well written and well paced Knife of Dunwall tell the tale. You will likely be glad you did so.
21-12-2013, 04:13 PM #52
21-12-2013, 04:47 PM #53
I guess they'd be my go-to recommendations, but then you have games like Borderlands and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series too.
21-12-2013, 05:20 PM #54
I have called Bulletstorm the best shooter since FEAR (and The Darkness 2 is the best shooter since Bulletstorm). It's definitely worth it.
Though what really bothers me this sale is the constant price fuck ups. When Bulletstorm was being voted it was 4.99€ and after that it was 9.99€. What gives?
21-12-2013, 05:27 PM #55
21-12-2013, 05:30 PM #56
I had real problems with Bulletstorm - not even slightly as funny or as clever as it thought it was, and I agree with The JG Man that the scoring system was more of a hindrance than it should have been ("You're not scoring enough! Do something else! No, not that! DO SOMETHING ELSE! ANYTHING!"). But at that price I'd still say go for it. Brilliant art direction and world design, worth experiencing the game for those alone, and it is basically a decent shooter with a reasonable central gimmick. Not a great shooter, but decent. If you've got a backlog that's threatening to tip over and crush you then by all means give it a miss, IMO, but if you think you might have space for it or money to burn then seriously, give it a shot.
21-12-2013, 05:37 PM #57
21-12-2013, 06:00 PM #58
I do want to re-iterate that I don't think Bulletstorm is a bad game and that if you have been eyeing it up, do go for it, I just think that there are better titles out there. I mostly enjoyed my time with it, but I also enjoyed my time with other games noticeably more.
EDIT: Blargh, and now the new dailies are up. Okay, recommendations!
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (just the original) - enjoyable BioWare RPG fare with fun characters and a good plot. Should keep you gripped to the end. Not entirely well balanced, what with Jedis being a bit crazily over-powered, but being able to change the colour of your lightsaber is neat. Bonus points for having the X button pull out your lightsabers and twirling them for no reason. Awesome. Moral choice/Light side and Dark side choices have some impact on gameplay too, as having one focus opens up/locks out certain moves. Strongly recommended.
Darksiders series - Man. Darksiders 1 is just a great action/adventure title that steadily ramps up story up to a completely engrossing finale. More like Zelda-lite in terms of overall design, it has minimal fluff and combat that can get quite deep if you choose it to. Great art style and fun to play from start to finish. Darksiders 1 is the epitome of "greater than the sum of its parts."
On the other hand, DS2 is sort of worse than the sum of its parts. Its minute-to-minute gameplay is definitely a step-up over its predecessor and the game worlds are visually amazing and supported by a great soundtrack, but this game lives and dies by "the rule of 3" to an almost excessive degree. The sense of being sent on an errand's task when you are the bloody horseman of Death can set in and the second half of the game is thoroughly lack lustre, apart from the final dungeon and penultimate boss fight. The final boss fight then comes out of nowhere and is very easy. The fact its story plays alongside the first game means it lacks any real punch. Still recommended, especially if you like DS1, but I'd say not as good. Don't bother with the DLC either, I'd say.
Binding of Isaac - OH GOD GIVE ME BACK MY TIME. Absolutely fantastic rogue-like with tons of content and a stupid amount of replayability. The expansion pack is worth having, integrating into the main-game, but could be a bit daunting if used on first play.
Deus Ex: Human Circles - I find it hard to get into stealth-action games and whilst the universe is very well constructed, I found very little to fully engage with. The levels are generally fun, but it all screams of going through the motions. At least with say, Alpha Protocol, there were interesting characters and dialogue to navigate, especially necessary when in comparison DEHR has much better standard gameplay, but by the end I was just happy it was over, happy to not need to play it any more. That said, I'm sure I'll be one of the lone dissenting voices.
21-12-2013, 06:05 PM #59
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Ugh. $25 for Darksiders II? That's a terrible discount.
21-12-2013, 06:07 PM #60
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