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Robin Taylor
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Posted: 02 November 2018 at 11:03am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

 Matt Reed wrote:
More than halfway through myself and I quite disagree with your assessment. She's always being hunted.  Hell, 90% of the time Trinity agents are talking among each other about how they have to kill her.  She's on the defensive and her only way out is working her way through a mess of bodies.  No different from the other games in the series and I really don't get how covering her with mud makes her a "murdering sociopath".

Hey Matt

I am sure you are past the bit about Jonah by now but she emerges as fire silhouetted angel of shotguns at one point.  I played most the encounters using the stealth predator skills so I was hatchet killing a dozen men one at a time until the ground was littered with corpses. Lara never addresses that over trilogy she has gone from a desperate overwhelmed teenager to a cold-blooded killer, and I would like to have seen that explored. I am very curious what you think of the ending!

Spider-man is on deck for me this weekend (hopefully, if I get my school assignments done). My step-kid has been playing odyssey for 100 hours thus far with no end in sight.  A friend of mine is a voice actor in the game so I will be collecting clips of all the times I kill his characters for him LOL

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Thomas Woods
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Posted: 02 November 2018 at 11:14am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I continue in my tradition from the first RED DEAD
REDEMPTION of pushing the wrong button when trying to
talk to someone and ending up shooting them instead.
All that money wasted on paying off bounties. Good
times!

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I was punching my horse in the ribs for a bit at the
start.

Even nearing half way through I still get a little off
on the controls.

Best line in the game so far "I take shits with more
spine than you!"
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 02 November 2018 at 11:44pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Robin, I will say that my least favorite part of SHADOW is when Laura has to race from one point to another as things crumble around her.  They happen at key changes in the story (essentially one local to another) but they are frustrating in their utter lack of direction, gleaned only by replaying the path several times over.  Can't count the number of times I asked (yelled) "WHERE THE FUCK DO I GO?" after being impaled by a spear or made into Swiss cheese by gunfire.  
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Richard White
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Posted: 03 November 2018 at 3:02am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Have you started Kiwami 2 yet Matt? Went to bed too late last night but I'm blaming my partner as she kept insisting on just a bit more story.


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Matt Reed
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Posted: 03 November 2018 at 11:35am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I haven't, no.  Still working my way through SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER. So many great games out right now that it's hard to choose what's next!
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Richard White
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Posted: 03 November 2018 at 6:38pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Games are insanely long now, it's just mad trying to get through all you want play. Definitely a good thing!
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Bob Simko
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Completed Spider-Man last night. A lot of fun, and clearly set up for future
opportunities. There ARE some things that Spider-man fans won't be happy
with...but I think it overall holds true to the character (even stuff I didn't like
was very much in character). Similar to Arkham games in that it isn't button-
mashing, and there's some coordination to battles. Amazingly slick look to the
game, and ridiculously fluid movements.
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Posted: 04 November 2018 at 10:26pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Started Red Redemption 2... What a beauty of a game. I
wish I could already be in a free mode to just wander
around in those beautiful scenery.Also, if they were
doing an Indiana Jones with that quality, I would buy it
in a heart bit !...

And that's my post 5050 !

Edited by Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle on 04 November 2018 at 10:27pm
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Robin Taylor
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 Matt Reed wrote:
Robin, I will say that my least favorite part of SHADOW is when Laura has to race from one point to another as things crumble around her.  

Yup, I was not a fan of those either and it seems like Tomb Raider and Uncharted are merging mechanically. The "run from things" thing goes all the way back to Crash Bandicoot and has never been fun.

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Matt Reed
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Finished SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER.  Fun game.  Wish it was more open world than it actually ended up being, but all in all a worthy addition to the franchise.  There could have been more tombs to puzzle out and solve as those are highlights to me, however this installment has the most of the trilogy so I'm satisfied.  

Started SPIDER-MAN.  Amazing opening!  Gonna take me a minute to learn the mechanics and I'll definitely need to tap into my Arkham muscle memory for the fights.  That said, I've spent all of ten minutes swinging around NYC and it's stunning.  Looking forward to having this week off work so I can really take a deep dive.  
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 17 November 2018 at 12:50pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I need to get back to SPIDER-MAN to play the Black Cat DLC, but RDR2 has been taking up all my video game time with hunting and robbing people. 
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Matt Reed
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Can't wait to play RDR2.  Everything I've read, everything I've seen, leads me to believe that this is the game of the year and quite possibly the game of the last several years.  
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Bob Simko
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I've hardly at all progressed the story in RDR2 and I'm having a blast...great
stuff.
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Thomas Woods
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Posted: 18 November 2018 at 10:51am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I finished RDR2 ... great stuff and the game to beat now
when it comes to quality animation and realistic models.
Would love to see a "making of" video to see how they
pulled of the voice acting matching the characters so
well.

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Robin Taylor
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 Matt Reed wrote:
Started SPIDER-MAN.  Amazing opening! 

I am about halfway through and this is an outstanding game. The only quibble I have is that leveling up gear and getting new suits requires grinding out side quests that are off varying quality. I never fast travel because the swinging mechanics are so great.

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Michael Roberts
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I found that the side quests in SPIDER-MAN were relatively easy to grind out, especially compared to the ARKHAM games. The one exception is the set of Taskmaster Challenges, especially the drone chase and bomb ones. 
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Bob Simko
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I found that the side quests in SPIDER-MAN were relatively easy to grind out,
especially compared to the ARKHAM games. The one exception is the set of
Taskmaster Challenges, especially the drone chase and bomb ones.
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The swinging mechanics can so quickly go akimbo, the drone challenges drove
me mad...managed to work the bomb challenges a bit easier, although again a
few times I frustratingly overshot my mark.
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Matt Reed
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I know RDRII is all the rage, but I think SPIDER-MAN is lost in the hype.  What a great game!  One of the, if not the, best superhero games I've ever played...and I've played a metric TON over 40+ years.  The story is fun, the mechanics of being Spider-Man are challenging yet fun.  Webswinging is everything you'd ever think it would be.  Wow.  Just a triumph from Insomniac.  People may get hung up on the "ultimates" version of the character and world, but this is, at its core, Peter Parker/Spider-Man.  Everything else is just window dressing.  

My quibbles, which are few, are the repetitive nature of the street crimes/Sable crimes in the various districts.  Sad that they couldn't switch them up even just a few times, but sadly no.  There are literally five crimes and they replay themselves in each of the various districts.  I get their attempt at actual bases being different, which they all were and are appreciated, but the little crimes were so similar as to be boring after a very short while.  In the end, they act as nothing more than grinding to get enough tokens to upgrade gear.  This game is better than that.

All in all, however, I'd give this a 9 out of 10 stars.  Fantastic start to finish and easily among the top ten games I've played over the last couple of years.  
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Thomas Woods
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Posted: 17 December 2018 at 10:01pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Some of you may find this informative. It's almost like
Scott McCloud did something on game art.

https://www.youtube.com/wa
tch?time_continue=1&v=RqRoXLLwJ8g
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Richard White
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Posted: 04 January 2019 at 2:51am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

I mentioned in the Black Mirror thread that I'm currently playing Polybius on the PS4.

It's a one man game by Jeff Minter, who crops up in Bandersnatch as the author of the book of the same title.

It's a psychedelic take on classic style arcade games, sort of mixing Tempest with racing and it even allows for VR play.
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Matt Reed
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I told Simko the other night that I will be playing RDR2 this same time next year.  SO MUCH to do, see and explore.  Simply amazing.  My only quibble, as I mentioned a page or two back, is Dead Eye.  Still fucking confusing to me and really hard to get a handle on.  Very similar to the original game and just as frustrating.  Other than that?  Outstanding.
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My only quibble, as I mentioned a page or two back, is Dead Eye.

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It doesn't help that Dead Eye behaves differently as you level it, and you end up using it differently. (And no matter how well you get used to it during the rest of the game, it never works the way you expect it to during a gun duel.)
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Robin Taylor
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 Matt Reed wrote:
I told Simko the other night that I will be playing RDR2 this same time next year.

I bounced off of RDR2 HARD. I am hoping to get it from the library again in the next couple months but if it goes on sale for $40 I might pick it up. With work school and family I don't have the time available for a game as deliberate in it's pacing as RDR2. It took me weeks to get into chapter 2. 

I did finish Just Cause 3 in preparation for Just Cause 4 though because blowing stuff up and wingsuiting is cool.

RT


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Matt Reed
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JUST CAUSE 3 was free to PS+ members a year or so ago.  Played the franchise for the first time and loved it.  Looking forward to 4 when there's a price drop.
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