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Title: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on October 07, 2014, 05:28:00 AM
I thought it would be cool to have a thread where you can say what games you're playing now. This way, we can maybe discover new games, reminisce about classics, and learn more about the tastes of our Shenmue brethren.


Currently, I'm playing Hyrule Warriors and loving it. And once I've finished it, I want to finish my playthrough of Zelda: Wind Waker HD before starting a Shenmue stream.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on October 07, 2014, 06:36:52 AM
I got around to playing some demos I'd downloaded from PSN yesterday.

I had no idea what kind of game From Dust was, but it seemed to be held in high regard so I thought I'd try it out. I wasn't expecting a sort of Civilizations/Black & White affair. When my hapless tribe were wiped out by a tsunami because their comrade carrying the wisdom to deflect it didn't want to get his feet wet on his way back to the village, I wasn't compelled to continue. I can understand the appeal, but it's not my bag.

The other demo I dusted off was Trine 2. Again I wasn't quite sure what to expect, though I'd narrowed it down to an RPG or a scrolling action game. It turned out to be the latter, in which you transmogrify at will between your party of three distinct characters: a knight with a sword and shield, a wizard who can levitate obstacles and produce a handy crate from thin air, and a nimble thief with a grappling hook and bow. I was rather enjoying this set-up, until I reached a section that seemed completely impassable. Everything I tried, with all three characters, failed to unlock the conundrum, and rather than resort to YouTube walkthroughs I hit the uninstall button. Life's too short.

One might wonder how I ever had the patience for the Ghost Hall Building, but when a game has drawn you into its world then no challenge is too frustrating, no puzzle too obtuse. These games failed to make that first impression on me, but for players who breached that barrier I'm sure they went on to provide hours of enjoyment.

When I have longer periods of time to devote I'll return to the full-length game that I've got on the go (literally, since it's a 3DS title), that being Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Probably my favorite currently active series.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on October 09, 2014, 09:15:07 AM
Just finished playing Bejeweled 3 (for about 1.7 hours straight). Such an awesomely crafted game (for its own genre). Also addictive. Even has a Zen mode! With binaural beats, ambient sounds, subliminal positive messages and a "Breath In"/"Breath Out" indicator. And by the time of writing this, its free on Origin (for a limited time).

That said, maybe it's only useful for stress periods and when you want to relax. Even though I don't really support this idea of using games. But, they are tools (besides from being mediums), too, therefore they can be used in many ways.

I tend to invest my time on games that sharpen your thinking in some way or another and/or make you be engaged in interesting unique experiences (recent example of that was the game "Papers, Please", and a little bit "The Stanley Parable", but the latter in the way of how a game can direct and manipulate the player). I like to play games that you can take from and thus be taught by them, of something useful that can be applied in real life (recent examples were "John Socrates: Pro Philosopher" and then the first trilogy of "Ace Attorney").
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on October 09, 2014, 09:44:05 PM
Bejeweled 3 also has great music. Lately, i've been just playing random Steam games. Been thinking of playing Starbound again, but there's still no story.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Son ALA on October 10, 2014, 12:17:47 AM
So I started playing Hitman Absolution again last weekend. I had completed it when it was free on PS plus and I triggered the download when it was free on the 360 too.

Yesterday the game froze while I was entering a new area while the game was saving. Everything corrupted. I already got all the achievements but i was running through the game a 2nd time completing all the extra challenges just for the hell of it. I was up to the death factory level too.(more than halfway through)

Yeah...when i restarted my console i was like "why is it asking me to adjustt my screen size?" Then it forced me to watch the intro movie. :(

Crazy thing is that this happened to others on the same exact spot with the scientist testing pigs on the mine fields.

It sucks since that was my last 360 game too. I was just doing everything I could until nov 3rd and i finally get my 1tb XB1. I think I have 2 ps3 games I haven't played yet. I know for sure 1 is the dmc trilogy but I cant remember what the other one is.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on October 30, 2014, 06:37:22 PM
I'm playing the Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th anniversary remake, and it's just as awesome as the original game. Plus points for HD, hand-drawn art, and minus for the lack of Tim Curry, Mark Hamill and Michael Dorn. It evens itself out.


I'm also looking forward to Super Smash Bros for Wii U. I've preordered a Link Amiibo figure especially for it.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Son ALA on October 30, 2014, 08:52:40 PM
Been playing world of tanks on the 360 again...almost done again. This is like the 4th update with new stuff.

I bought gta san andreas 360 for 3.74 a few days ago too.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on November 02, 2014, 03:20:55 AM
I've just discovered Xybots on the Midway Arcade Origins compilation for PS3, and it's ridiculously ahead of its time. It's like a 3rd person Wolfenstein/Doom, but released in 1987. Assuming it's not a clone of something else of its era, it's very impressive.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on November 03, 2014, 12:43:51 AM
Man, Xybots, that takes me back.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Samo Kim (Hwa Sung) on November 03, 2014, 04:15:32 AM
Tales of Symphonia (PS3 HD version).
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on November 05, 2014, 05:34:37 AM
I have finally resumed my Wind Waker HD playthrough.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Son ALA on November 06, 2014, 11:24:12 AM
Holy crap,  san andreas is so freaking fun. Such a different experience going from San andreas to gta 4.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on November 15, 2014, 06:44:56 AM
I've just played the first hour or so of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and I sorta love it. The personality and interactions of the characters are delightful and the environments are charming. The control scheme (left stick to move one brother, right stick to move the other) can be a little jarring but never so much that it spoils the fun. It's novel, and while the teamwork-based puzzles are rarely taxing (at this stage in the game at least) they are often inventive, and the whole package works well to make you invest in the bond between these two siblings. A factor that I'm vaguely aware will come into its own towards the end of the game...
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Son ALA on November 15, 2014, 07:15:55 PM
I didn't like that game too much. It annoyed me for the first half but i really liked the 2nd half of it. It made me mad cuz it ended just when i was starting to really dig it.

Have you played ibb and ob? It was another free ps+ title where you use both sticks but it was more ofna puzzle game. I think thats why I didnt like brothers at first since i was expecting more puzzles to solve.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on November 15, 2014, 08:03:58 PM
Never heard of that one, I'll look it up. :)
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on November 15, 2014, 09:05:57 PM
Ibb and Obb can be played local co op style, too. Haven't played too much of it, but it's kinda neat. Haven't tried Brothers yet, but it is on the list. I keep hearing how good it is.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on November 21, 2014, 05:58:26 AM
So I've just finished Brothers...

Hidden
...and now I don't know how I feel about the game. I've fallen head over heels in love with it the more I've played - it's been sublime at every turn, right up until the end. But I do not like the ending.

I'm not going to say they made a mistake or they got it wrong, because it's their artistic vision and that's the story they wanted to tell from the outset. But they really lost me with it.

The fact that I'm still, however, not giving away details of what I'm actually grumbling about, even in a spoiler box, must mean it hasn't stopped me wanting others to play it. So it can't have ruined the experience for me altogether.

Indeed, I think there's still a lot to enjoy in this highly imaginative game and who knows, maybe the ending will "click" with you and it'll be the cherry on a delicious cake that I've otherwise enjoyed wholeheartedly.

So if you haven't played it, I suggest you do so. My dismay at the game's conclusion may pass - I was thoroughly unimpressed with the ending to one of my favorite films on first viewing, and now it makes the movie for me. So disregard my raw reaction to 5% of the game and go enjoy the other 95% at the very least.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on November 22, 2014, 12:57:30 AM
I'll play the game and let you know what i think.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on November 28, 2014, 07:16:34 AM
I've been playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Catchy title. Fun game. I just wish it had a story mode like Brawl did.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on November 29, 2014, 11:19:30 PM
What's the movie whose ending you like now, James?
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on November 30, 2014, 04:00:01 AM
I caved and bought a PS4. Right now, I'm kind of regretting it for various reasons, but when Uncharted 4 is released, I'll be happy. Also, kinda stoked that I get Injustice: Gods Among Us for free with PS+ next month. YAY!
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on November 30, 2014, 06:21:00 AM
What's the movie whose ending you like now, James?

The Wrestler.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on November 30, 2014, 07:50:51 AM
But of course.

Seriously though, good film.

Did you ever watch any Ultimate Muscle /Kinnikuman, James?
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on November 30, 2014, 06:06:13 PM
I'd never heard of it until a quick search just now, but with character names like Vance McMadd and Dik Dik Van Dik it can't be anything but awesome.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on December 03, 2014, 01:26:44 AM
From what I've seen of it, it is indeed awesome. It was my personal favorite, and the most genuinely funny of the anime shows brought over to western kids channels a decade ago or so.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Son ALA on December 04, 2014, 12:49:59 PM
Lol, i remember when ultimate muscle was on the kids line up. I already stopped watching cartoons at the time but I saw like 2 episodes and i remembered getting these small capsule toys of them when i was a kid.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on December 04, 2014, 09:40:26 PM
Yeah I had those little mini figure things too. Never knew they were from Kinnikuman until I saw Ultimate Muscle.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on December 05, 2014, 09:08:42 PM
In the eighties the toys were called M.U.S.C.L.E and i used to melt them in my microwave way too much, hahahaa. I can't even describe properly just how much fun i had melting those fuckers, hahhaaa. The show looks cool, though, i'll definitely check it out.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on December 06, 2014, 01:46:19 AM
I thought they looked like M.U.S.C.L.E. toys, so that makes sense now.

I was a Monster in My Pocket kid. Had the crappy plastic mountain display stand, the playing cards, and the action board game. They had me sucked right in and I loved it.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on December 06, 2014, 08:37:31 PM
I played the NES game a bit back in the day, pretty neat. You can't go wrong with monsters, haha.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on December 07, 2014, 11:30:28 PM
haha, is there any kid that wasn't a Monster in My Pocket kid? I inherited a sizable collection from my older brother, mixed up amongst which were those muscle figures. Seems it those muscle figures still have a dedicated community:
http://www.musclefigures.com/
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on December 08, 2014, 12:11:29 AM
The spherical heads thing doesn't really do it for me, but I applaud the community for keeping it alive. I like the fact that the figures seem to have retained a consistent style, as I felt they kinda ruined Monster in My Pocket when they started making them bigger and painting them.

Anyway, on topic, I figure now's as good a time as any to go back to Yakuza 3 after the false start I had over a year ago. The subtitles weren't designed to be read on a CRT portable television, but now that I have a lovely HD screen to play it on I should be able to follow the plot.

Yakuza 4 and Dead Souls are queued up behind it...
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on December 09, 2014, 02:27:29 AM
I've been playing Trials Fusion and PvZ: Garden Warfare on PS4. I'me gearing up for streaming a playthrough of The Last of Us Remastered.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on December 09, 2014, 09:01:12 AM
Just got Alien Isolation on Steam for 25 bucks. Gotta test out this new vid card. So far i dig it.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on December 09, 2014, 09:17:14 AM
Not playing it yet, but I might join you on the Yakuza vibe, James. Though it'd be 4 for me. Actually what I'd really like to do would be play Shenmue and do a kind of diary thread here documenting my thoughts as I play through it for the second time/ first time all the way to the end. But I'd need to get on it soon, or else I'll be saying "next winter I'll do it" again. The only thing is I need to buy it, I'll have to start scouring ebay this week.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on December 10, 2014, 11:49:20 PM
Can't wait for Yak 5.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on December 12, 2014, 01:05:29 AM
What are you, Team Yakuza? Get off this forum. / very heavy sarcasm

Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on December 12, 2014, 02:02:21 AM
It was going to be either Team "I Trust Yu Suzuki" or Team "We Want A Third Shenmue," but we weren't sure about the acronyms.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: xiuying hong is brill on December 12, 2014, 11:24:25 AM
More like Team YUkuza! Ya bunch of fraudsters!
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on December 12, 2014, 10:56:44 PM
Team Yukuza has a nice ring to it, Mue, hahaha. We should work it in somewheres.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on January 26, 2015, 04:22:28 AM
Pleased to report that I absolutely loved Yakuza 3. As usual some of the gameplay isn't perfect, but everything I enjoyed about the first two games remains strong and the storytelling is exceptional. The way the writers make you feel attached to each of the kids at the orphanage raises it above a vast majority of games, and when they inevitably come under threat the scene is all the more intense due to the bond you have with each and every character.

As an Ace Attorney fan I was also pleasantly surprised to find a substory that sees you investigating a murder case, speaking to witnesses and presenting evidence to try and prove someone's innocence and nail the real killer. No objections from me. In fact according to my PS3 trophies I'm a "Substory Addict," having completed eighty of them, but there are still more besides.

I've left it there however, and moved onto Yakuza: Dead Souls. I haven't been looking forward to this one, but as a fan of the franchise I wanted to get whatever I could from the experience. As you probably know, in a genre swerve that nobody asked for, Dead Souls diverts the Yakuza series into third-person shooter territory, where the city is overrun by a zombie outbreak. Why Sega felt this was the best use of the studio's resources, I will never know. Furthermore, if it's true that poor sales of Dead Souls was used as the reason to stop localizing the mainline Yakuza games for the West (until Sony stepped in), then the company's decision makers are even further removed from reality than Phantasy Star and Shenmue fans already imagine.

For those who've played the game, I've only made it as far as the weapons truck, on my way to finding a doctor. I want to persevere and enjoy the elements that are familiar to me as a Yakuza fan, but enduring the core zombie shooter gameplay (at which I am going to suck once the challenge increases) is going to really test my patience. The fact that there are people out there who were put off the whole series by their first and only exposure to it being this ill-conceived spin-off makes it an all the more bitter experience.

Luckily I'll still have Yakuza 4 with which to wash it down.

EDIT: Just discovered I had my chronology mixed up, and Yakuza 4 was released before Dead Souls. Looks like the zombies can wait a while! :)
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on January 27, 2015, 07:22:36 AM
YEah you'll definititely want to play through four first. That'll keep ya occupied for a while. Then just breeze through Dead Souls till Yak 5 comes out. Dead Souls isn't as bad as it might seem at first, and certainly worth playing for fans, so be sure to finish it when you're done with 4.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on February 01, 2015, 03:32:12 AM
So I've started number 4, and simply strolling into parts of Kamurocho that were previously inaccessible is blowing my mind right now. ;D "Oh, you want to go down these steps do you? Well go right ahead! Be our guest!" :o
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on March 16, 2015, 07:50:11 AM
I finally got around to playing the demo of The Unfinished Swan.

I get the impression it's been unfairly written off by many as an "artsy" game that's too "high concept" to be enjoyable. It seems we all want indie games to be adventurous and experimental, to break from the mold that is feverishly protected by AAA publishers. But as soon as something does come along that dares to try something unfamiliar, it's politely dismissed as a noble effort that nobody would truly want to play.

With the caveat that the backstory is utter guff so far, I enjoyed playing the demo and would have bought the full game on the spot if the link to the PlayStation Store had worked. As my impulse buy was thwarted I'll now have to get around to it when I'm actively in a shopping mood, but it's on my to-do list.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on April 09, 2015, 06:57:33 PM
I decided to start playing inFAMOUS First Light, since I got it free with PS+.

Then I realised I maybe should play Second Son, so I don't miss any of the story, so I bought that.

Then I realised I probably should play inFAMOUS 2, which I also got free with PS+.

Then I realised that I hadn't yet finished inFAMOUS, which I got free as an apology for that hacking that happened a few years ago.


So I've played through inFAMOUS, inFAMOUS 2, and Second Son. Once I have the platnum for the latter (which I should get today), I'm gonna start First Light.

And that's that.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on April 10, 2015, 12:05:21 AM
Been playing a lot of Tabletop Simulator on Steam lately. It's literally every board, card, and rpg game ever. I'm gonna be playing this shit for years.Decades maybe.

Jaywalker. We should get your Shenmue Monopoly going again and play it via Tabletop Sim.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on April 10, 2015, 04:18:13 AM
I think he's gonna be busy playing inFAMOUS for a while.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on April 10, 2015, 05:00:52 AM
Hahhaa, yeah.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on April 12, 2015, 04:40:48 PM
I'd love to finish my Shenmuenopoly board, but I couldn't get nullDC working on my PC and my requests for location screenshots seemed to fall on deaf ears. :(

But yeah, it'd be awesome to finish. I have all the materials required to print out and make a solid board too. And a digital online version would be even more awesome!
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on April 12, 2015, 09:15:59 PM
Pm me and let's discuss this farther.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on April 18, 2015, 03:40:36 AM
Completed the First Light story, and dunno if I can be bothered getting the platinum. Now I'm unsure of what to play next. I could either attempt Pier Solar, a complete Metal Gear Solid 1-5 playthrough (only ever played 1 & 2), or I could tackle some of my many unplayed PC titles.


Hmmm...
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on April 19, 2015, 08:33:48 PM
You could always get gta 5 on pc and come join our crew. Otherwise playing through the mg series sounds like a great idea if you haven't already.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on April 19, 2015, 09:36:20 PM
A friend wanted to try GTA Online for the first time last weekend, having only played the early Franklyn missions of the main story. While I waited for him to complete the online intro sections with Lamar, which really ought to be skippable, I secured a helicopter so that the world of Los Santos and Blaine County would be our oyster once he was ready to venture out into the sandbox and take in all that GTA Online had to offer.

So with this vast sea of opportunity for carnage and mayhem stretching out before him, what was the first thing he wanted to do? Play tennis.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on April 20, 2015, 01:15:15 AM
I'm not a GTA fan, so that one is doubtful.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on April 22, 2015, 07:14:50 PM
Aww c'mon how could you not appreciate even just a little bit a game that enables one to make vids such as this?





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tF8NBtXigs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tF8NBtXigs)





You should definitely check out Tabletop Simulator for ideas on Shenmue themed games.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on April 25, 2015, 04:06:54 PM
I have a rule that I apply to pretty much all forms of entertainment.

If I wouldn't let me kids play/see/hear it, then I shouldn't.

Games like GTA and Saint's Row, despite me really enjoying them pre-fatherhood, fall on the wrong side of my line. It's also the reason I stopped playing Skyrim, Borderlands, etc...

Anyhoo, right now I'm playing AdVenture Capitalist. I'm kinda addicted.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on April 26, 2015, 07:36:48 AM
I finally played Journey today.

I was worried that I was too late to the party to enjoy the famed multiplayer/companion aspect of the game, but I quickly encountered another player and we stuck together like glue.

And it really is quite unlike any other multiplayer experience. Having no direct interaction apart from an all-purpose gesture button that could mean anything from "Come this way" to "That was a close one" to "I have no idea what I'm meant to do here," it's easy to imagine gamers who emerged from the womb wearing a headset asking what the point of it is. But I've never felt closer to another player.

Their eye for exploration and their evident learning curve suggested this was their first playthrough too, and at times they were eager to follow my lead while at others I had to rely on them getting the hang of things before me. But beyond this interpretation, I knew nothing about the human being controlling this other character identical to my own. I didn't know their name, their gender, or what language they spoke. I didn't know their age, and I didn't know for sure that they weren't cursing me out for being a n00b. But within the limited scope of expression the game affords, I felt a precious bond, whose transient nature was the crux of the game's drama.

I laughed out loud when my partner kept getting blown down the stairs by gusts of wind, and chose to interpret their rapid pressing of the speech button as a profuse and embarrassed apology for making me wait rather than a torrent of expletives worthy of such censorship. But moments later when I feared that same wind had blown my companion to their death I immediately felt a huge loss, and made the decision to risk sacrificing my own progress by following them off the cliff rather than continue alone, even though confident I wouldn't require their help to proceed. (Fortunately we merely landed on an alternative route.)

When later we appeared to be separated by design, I was distraught. This anonymous stranger had been a part of my life for the past forty-five minutes, and now the game had decided I would never see them again. We didn't even get to say goodbye. I hoped they were okay, and that they would make it to the mountaintop, where I was now headed in what had become once again a single-player story.

Except it wasn't. The relief and jubilation at finding each other again was apparent on both sides from the excited tapping of the generic speech button, as these two expressionless monks ran giddily towards and around each other. Highly trained actors are paid millions to portray feel-good reunions on screen less rewarding than this one. And then to accidentally lose sight of one another after this? How cruel! But only temporary - phew!

When we finally reached the final doorway, we could sense it was the end. I say "we" because I feel I can speak on behalf of my co-player, judging by the way we both slowed our pace and issued sporadic speech gestures on the long walk into the light, as if not wanting it to end but acknowledging we had done what we'd come all this way to do, and had enjoyed each other's company along the way. And that, in more ways than one, was the conclusion of our journey.

After the game it tells you the PSN username of any players you met. Reassuringly, there was only one name listed. A little cyber sleuthing suggests my companion was a Japanese dude nine years my senior, who appears to be a fan of After Burner. What sorcery is this, Journey?
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on April 26, 2015, 03:02:41 PM
That story was... beautiful, dude.

Seriously, none of the reviews I've read have made me feel the need to play it. Now I'm looking forward to payday!
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on April 26, 2015, 04:05:20 PM
Thanks, hope you enjoy the game. :)

I got it as part of Journey Collector's Edition, a disc that also includes Flow, Flower, and three mini-games, all from the same developer. So it's worth pricing that up before choosing whether to download Journey on its own.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on April 26, 2015, 08:59:59 PM
Great story, James. I've only played through Journey once. I had met half a dozen people or so. It was a neat one off. Though it kinda reminded me of playing Resident Evil Outbreak back in the day. Hell, kind of reminded me of online co-op console gaming from the early ps2 era in general. Lots of games didn't even bother with online voice chat, you only had gestures to communicate. If you don't have the other games on the collector's edition, Jaywalker, i would get that, as the other games are probably better in my opinion. I think Flown would have been a nice alternative title to Journey. They could just call the set the flow trilogy then.

My PS3 isn't working. I need to get it fixed soon for Yak 5. The game is really the only thing i need my ps3 for anymore at this point. How's Adventure Capitalist? Also, i promise to have those screenshots for you soon.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on April 27, 2015, 01:22:44 AM
I might do. I have space on my shelf in my PS3 section for one more game, so I could do. I was waiting to hear about the PS4 version, though.


AdVenture Capitalist is fun. But it's just a massive sinkhole of time, you know? Like Cookie Clicker.

And no rush on those screenshots. I'm gonna have more free time in the coming months, so I'm not bothered right now. But you should have posted that as a little update on the thread. Then I could reply and have enough yen to buy James a drink. :P
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on May 02, 2015, 06:56:26 AM
Not to derail the thread with "Here's what I would be playing if I had the time," but...

Having bought it mainly for one or two games, knowing full well that it had no future in terms of new releases, I've come to really appreciate the PlayStation Vita and feel it deserved more support.

Here's what I've got loaded up for my summer holiday this year:

Power Stone Collection
Spelunky
Ape Quest
GTA: Liberty City Stories
Hotline Miami
Danganronpa 1 & 2
Crash Bandicoot
Retro City Rampage
Guacamelee!
The Walking Dead (Season 1)
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee & Abe's Exoddus
TxK
Frobisher Says!
WipEout 2048
The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character
LittleBigPlanet
MotorStorm RC
Lemmings
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark
Thomas Was Alone

All of them acclaimed by critics or me, or both, and almost all downloaded dirt cheap.

I might possibly find a spare moment to see the sun, if it's out, but that depends on how quickly I finish Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies for 3DS...
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on May 02, 2015, 05:11:49 PM
Frobisher Says is awesome. I love the Wario Ware series, and FS is a fun little alternative. I'm always considering buying the DLC.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on May 16, 2015, 11:17:57 PM
If you like games with empathy context, then head to: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/papoandyo_storefront and check "Papo & Yo". - It's on special offer for the next 24 hours or so. [Thanks James for sending me a heads up about it.]
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on May 17, 2015, 04:54:07 AM
Oooh, I have that on PS+. I just need to reactivate my sub.

I'm playing "Fatherhood". I've been playing for a little over 6 years now and thought I had mastered it... but I recently learned that some DLC is heading our way this December.


Yup. #Subtle
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on May 17, 2015, 07:37:14 AM
What is it with those Christmas release schedules, eh? It's like publishers set a date in the heat of the moment when the project's barely conceived, and then spend the next few months panicking their way toward a messy deadline. I mean, when was the last time we saw a stable launch? Jesus.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on May 17, 2015, 06:41:59 PM
Haha. It's certainly crunch time.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on August 20, 2015, 07:15:21 PM
I've been playing Mass Effect. I've heard about it's storytelling with choices & consequences, how them affect the fate of an entire space. However, here comes the part I don't like. And I don't like it at all. The game design of "carrot and stick" is so inhuman, that I can barely ...stick with it. Indeed, it makes you to have the ...appetite to come back to it. However! At the same time, you think about the cost of that, because the stick pains... Therefore, it's like grinding to get to the point you most want. And that is the interactive storytelling. You have to spend energy and time to deal with nonsense action battles, moving in a geometric space while targeting and shooting, to beat some objects. What is the immediate reward of that? Nothing; unless you like to get your hands dirty, just for the sake of it. It's a barrier. It would be good to have some exciting moments. However! When it becomes not just that, but a barrier you have to bear, grind, and exhaust yourself mentally, psychologically and physically, then no. That's why the interactive entertainment design concept "Fully, Leisurely, Gently" is so human and appropriate.

And after that ...I played Hatoful Boyfriend! It looks like it's a visual novel for the jokes. However, no jokes have come to amuse, as of yet. Reviewers keep saying that at the end it gets serious (and some even cried), so that remains to be seen. But the story so far is not very engaging, so as to want to come back to it.

By the way, I've bought many games on Steam, that I know I'll never really play, but bought them for the Steam cards. Those cards make you money when you sell them. But in order to acquire them, you need to play the games. Therefore, some way must be followed to get the cards, but not play the games.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on August 22, 2015, 12:15:01 AM
I started Fallout: New Vegas last night, after about 4 hours of trying to get it to work on Windows 10. But... after about 3 hours of playtime, I exited the game only to face an error message. It helpfully informed me that my game hadn't saved.


Ugh.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on August 22, 2015, 09:56:18 PM
I've just reached the end of Life is Strange: Episode 3 ("Chaos Theory") and can't help imagining what it would be like if the game had been Shenmued at that moment. One hell of a hard hitting cliffhanger.

Fortunately I can move straight onto the next chapter this time.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on August 23, 2015, 01:04:53 AM
I've just reached the end of Life is Strange: Episode 3 ("Chaos Theory") and can't help imagining what it would be like if the game had been Shenmued at that moment. One hell of a hard hitting cliffhanger.

Fortunately I can move straight onto the next chapter this time.


I really want to play that. Might have to look at getting it...
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on August 29, 2015, 05:03:23 AM
Really P.O.ed about Fallout New Vegas not working on my PC (I keep getting the error "No storage device selected"); it's the only game I actually want to play right now. I've been looking at my shelf for games I haven't started yet (or have already cleared on another format), but they don't hold any appeal right now.


So, I'm playing Solitaire Live on Facebook. Go me.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on August 29, 2015, 05:57:54 AM
Yes, life is strange like that, isn't it?
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on August 29, 2015, 06:06:01 AM
Yes, life is strange like that, isn't it?


Subtle. And I totally would, but I'm broke. Hence why I can only look at my shelf. :/
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on August 29, 2015, 06:07:38 AM
I've been playing Scribblenauts Remix (on my Android phone). It's the next well crafted game I've played in 2015, next to Bejeweled 3. I spent time just by creating random objects (like, in a sandbox field) to interact with each other, and the results a lot of times were surprisingly amusing. The puzzles weren't that hard, and at first I was even motivated to complete them until to get that "crown" symbol. In the end, though, I lost the motivation to do that (probably because of the repetitiveness of the core challenge) and I focused on beating the levels just one time. To get a new "world" (and thus more levels), you have to pay (micro-transactions); therefore, so long.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on September 27, 2015, 01:15:59 AM
Earlier in the thread I listed all the PS Vita games I was looking forward to playing on vacation. So now that I'm on my way home, which of them got the most play time?

The answer: none of them. Instead, I got hooked on a game I'd recently downloaded on a whim because, on first impressions, it looked like a new take on the cruelly forgotten Marko's Magic Football, a unique Mega Drive platformer.

But Tennis in the Face is far more of a puzzle game, as your character is rooted to the spot and must carefully aim and ricochet up to three tennis balls to wipe out all the enemies in their own fixed positions around the single-screen 2D levels.

The first few sections are, as you would expect, relatively easy to pass, and the challenge came from replaying them to rack up the bonuses for clearing each stage with the minimum possible number of shots (usually one). But towards the end it becomes taxing enough to just get by, bonuses be damned.

Like all good puzzle games, the "one more go" factor is strong, and although you don't have to complete every stage before advancing to the next section, the satisfaction of doing so was too much for me to pass up.

It does have a bug that occasionally causes your next shot to be fired without your say-so, which can be a frustrating waste of a ball, but it's rare enough not to spoil an otherwise excellent game.

As well as the Vita it's also available for PS3, PS4, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and the mighty Ouya. Give it a shot.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on October 05, 2015, 09:10:34 PM
Soon, I shall be playing Super Mario Maker. I just won the game + amiibo + artbook set. :D
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on October 05, 2015, 10:35:55 PM
You jammy sod. :P
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: jameswalker85 on October 08, 2015, 04:07:34 PM
I know. Gameseek are awesome. I just bought Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection from them as a way of saying thank you. :D
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on December 23, 2015, 02:37:14 AM
Been playing Omikron: The Nomad Soul. I've 13 hours of play, so far. I'm playing it for the first time, and it's already one of the best games I've ever played. Minus, of course, some nuisances. First of all, the shooting events. They are atrocious. Even though I'm getting used to them, they are fairly unpleasant. Secondly, the jumping controls; especially the fact that the devs are punish you so hard for not implementing the way they have intended the jumping in platforms with gaps. Thirdly, the saving; at least, at the very first hours of playing, because later it's easier to save (you need currency and it's limited).

Today I blow up a bridge. There were two ways to do it. One was to mind/soul control a guard. Another was to climb and get in the enemy territory and shoot down all moving robots. I chose the second way, because I didn't want to potentially lose the character I was currently controlling.

Another game I've been playing is Jade Empire. I had different expectations for it, but it ended up being a Bethesda-esque game. It's good, but not one to label as favourite. It has a lot of filler game-play that, it will hook you for hours playing, but at the end it leaves an empty and bland taste.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: James on December 23, 2015, 03:11:55 AM
Loving that you're loving Omikron, Giorgio, even with the expected reservations. The action's far from perfect but it's one of my all-time favorite games as well.

I'm currently playing Yakuza 5 and hating Saejima's section so far, but I enjoyed the previous section with Kazuma and have high hopes for the rest of the game. Except perhaps for one section that I anticipate being rather kareoke-focused...
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on December 23, 2015, 03:56:46 AM
Loving that you're loving Omikron, Giorgio, even with the expected reservations. The action's far from perfect but it's one of my all-time favorite games as well.
Thank you, James, for the recommendation. By the way, it is currently -75% (2,49€) on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/243000/
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on December 23, 2015, 04:21:18 AM
I'm on Seajima's section, too, and it does kind of crawl, but i do enjoy the whole story time thing they have going with Kimura. Reminds me of being locked up as a kid. We would do shit like that. Still gotta play Omikron.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on December 25, 2015, 12:31:18 AM
Still gotta play Omikron.
No brudda should be left aint played Omikron: Da Nomad Soul.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Shenmue Stare on December 25, 2015, 04:41:39 AM
Oh, i know it. The backlog is long, haha.
Title: Re: What are you playing?
Post by: Giorgio on January 02, 2016, 05:02:04 AM
I've been playing Lifeline on my Android phone. I downloaded it for free (while it was) from the Amazon Underground app. It's a choose-your-own-adventure ...game. [I don't believe you can call it a game. It has interactivity, but can't say it's a game like you can call e.g. Chess a game.] It's a unique experience. (Not in the virtual sense, though. You don't live in a world.) The story is about an astronaut that the ship he was on got crashed in an unknown moon. That imaginative person is a very self-imposed timid and passive one. He tries to communicate with someone out there, in a desperate hope to call for help. A specific help, just tell him what to do. He will rarely disobey you. [It's interesting how in other games you don't feel that about the avatar. I can't call it your avatar in this context, because it tries to talk with you, rather than you to it).

This is all a make-believe situation (our subconscious is very capable on performing this task). However. It was the first time I interact with an avatar and the story that way, that is from a different perspective. Sometimes, he is very chattery. His talking style screams some very hippie and nerdy stereotypes and a subtle humour of puns. The experience of interacting with it (again, I do not talk about the genre of interactive experience when it comes to entertainment) is like visiting social media. You open your (web) app to check what is new and sometimes reply to those messages. It gave me a sense of understanding about the nature of social media (or how I've experienced them in the past). Only this time, you direct a person in actions to happen in their world. Also, his future depends upon your directions. Indeed, it has the usual good-ending/bad-ending scheme as found in other interactive stories.

Furthermore, the events of the story are very time-based, literally. Most of the times, when you give him a direction/suggestion, he will get to the action and an indicator will tell you that he is, in fact, busy. Then, you let the app run on the background, that is in a silent mode. After a period of time (it could be e.g. from 10 seconds to 2+ hours), you see a notification on your phone that, he's at it again, informing you what has happened after he acted upon your suggestion. And, thus, the story is revealed gradually, in a sense naturally, that way. Again, it is very reminiscent to the nature of the social media (you have a notification, that something new happened). As the days go on (it took me 3 days of non-continuous interaction to finish a path/branch of the story), you become to feel familiar with the avatar, like you have a new person to talk with (only that most of the share of thoughts is done by him). After you finish the story, you have a sense that you helped a stranger save his life or meet his doomed fate, and that you will never talk with that person again (an eternal goodbye).

By the way, 150 rads will do you no harm...