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Offline jameswalker85

What are you playing?
« 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.

Offline James

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #1 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.

Offline Giorgio

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #2 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").
« Last Edit: October 09, 2014, 09:22:21 AM by Giorgio »

Offline Shenmue Stare

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #3 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.

Offline Son ALA

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #4 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.

Offline jameswalker85

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #5 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.

Offline Son ALA

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #6 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.

Offline James

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #7 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.

Offline Shenmue Stare

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2014, 12:43:51 AM »
Man, Xybots, that takes me back.

Offline Samo Kim (Hwa Sung)

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2014, 04:15:32 AM »
Tales of Symphonia (PS3 HD version).

Offline jameswalker85

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2014, 05:34:37 AM »
I have finally resumed my Wind Waker HD playthrough.

Offline Son ALA

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #11 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.

Offline James

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #12 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...

Offline Son ALA

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #13 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.

Offline James

Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2014, 08:03:58 PM »
Never heard of that one, I'll look it up. :)