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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Flabyo » June 9th, 2018, 9:33 pm

ratsoalbion wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 9:18 pm
One of the core tenets of CaR is that *every* game is divisive, but also that sharing why we like or don’t like them is fun, and can be enlightening.
Indeed, what I’m saying though is that I don’t get the ‘i didn’t like this thing that other people did so there must be something wrong with me’ attitude.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Simonsloth » June 9th, 2018, 9:43 pm

Flabyo wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 9:33 pm
ratsoalbion wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 9:18 pm
One of the core tenets of CaR is that *every* game is divisive, but also that sharing why we like or don’t like them is fun, and can be enlightening.
Indeed, what I’m saying though is that I don’t get the ‘i didn’t like this thing that other people did so there must be something wrong with me’ attitude.
It’s more that I’m worried that sometimes I’ve missed the point.

Hearing others describe why they love something can offer an alternative perspective which in turn can make me appreciate something more. This happens quite a lot when I’ve gone back to try something again. It’s one of the reasons I love the podcast.

Bayonetta is a critical darling and revered in the medium so that’s why it’s more significant to me at least.

It’s less I’m beating myself up and more that I was hoping (like Alex did) that someone else would have the same reaction. :)

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by ratsoalbion » June 9th, 2018, 11:09 pm

Flabyo wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 9:33 pm
ratsoalbion wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 9:18 pm
One of the core tenets of CaR is that *every* game is divisive, but also that sharing why we like or don’t like them is fun, and can be enlightening.
Indeed, what I’m saying though is that I don’t get the ‘i didn’t like this thing that other people did so there must be something wrong with me’ attitude.
Totally agree.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by ratsoalbion » June 9th, 2018, 11:11 pm

And Simon, you are right about Bayonetta, but I also know plenty of people who get little to nothing from it.

I know that feeling of wanting to understand and not wanting to miss out. Especially as I sit here 40 hours into Final Fantasy IV...

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Flabyo » June 9th, 2018, 11:30 pm

ratsoalbion wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 11:11 pm
And Sumon, you are right about Bayonetta, but I also know plenty of people who get little to nothing from it.
Raises hand. Sold it on the same weekend I bought it.

And yet I played all the way through Lollipop Chainsaw.

I am not a hugely consistent man.

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Post by ratsoalbion » June 9th, 2018, 11:36 pm

Yeah, I mean, I also played through Lollipop Chainsaw and safe to say I prefer Bayonetta just ever so slightly.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Simonsloth » June 9th, 2018, 11:43 pm

ratsoalbion wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 11:11 pm
And Simon, you are right about Bayonetta, but I also know plenty of people who get little to nothing from it.

I know that feeling of wanting to understand and not wanting to miss out. Especially as I sit here 40 hours into Final Fantasy IV...
Ouch.

You’ve all set yourself a mammoth task with the final fantasy series this year!

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by ratsoalbion » June 10th, 2018, 1:07 am

06 Jan: Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PAL PS1 on PS3)
09 Feb: Final Fantasy II (GBA)
16 Feb: Resident Evil 2 (NTSC PS1 on PS3)
26 Feb: Yoshi's Woolly World (WU)
09 Mar: BioShock Infinite (PC)
10 Mar: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode One (PC)
12 Mar: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two (PC)
18 Mar: Shadow Complex Remastered (PC)
19 Mar: Splatoon (WU)
29 Mar: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (NTSC PS1 on PS3)
06 Apr: Actual Sunlight (Vita)
08 Apr: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)
27 Apr: God of War (PS4)
07 May: Resident Evil - CODE: Veronica X HD (PS3)
20 May: Pikmin (Wii on WU)
28 May: Zone of the Enders HD Edition (PS3)
10 Jun: Final Fantasy IV (PSP on Vita)

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Alex79uk » June 10th, 2018, 2:28 am

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May 5th, 2018, 8:56 am
JAN - Lumino City (Android)
MAR - Dark Souls 3 (PS4)
MAR - What Remains Of Edith Finch (PS4)
MAR - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS4) MAR - Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
APR - Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
MAY - Shadow Of The Colossus (PS4)
MAY - Uncharted: Lost Legacy (PS4)
JUN - God Of War (PS4)

Thoughts in the game thread, but fantastic from start to finish.

EDIT: Plot twist, I'm far from finished with this game! I've decided to go and mop up all the side quests before seeing the 'ending'...

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by James » June 10th, 2018, 3:54 pm

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3rd Jan - Hidden Folks (Android)
13th Jan - Bleed 2 (PC)
13th Jan - Bleed (Xbox One)
14th Jan - The Sexy Brutale (Xbox One)
16th Jan - Scanner Sombre (PC)
17th Jan - Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PS4)
21st Jan - Dear Esther: Landmark Edition (Xbox One)
24th Feb - Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (RetroPie - PSX)
13th Mar - BioShock Infinite (Remastered) (Xbox One) [1999 Mode]
13th Mar - BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea - Part 1 (Remastered) (Xbox One)
15th Mar - Actual Sunlight (Android)
18th Mar - BioShock (Remastered) (Xbox One)
19th Mar - BioShock (Remastered) (Xbox One) [Survivor Mode]
21st Mar - BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea - Part 2 (Remastered) (Xbox One)
23rd Mar - BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea - Part 2 (Remastered) (Xbox One) [1998 Mode]
26th Mar - BioShock 2 (Remastered) (Xbox One)
10th Apr - Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign (Xbox One)
11th Apr - Blackwood Crossing (Xbox One)
24th Apr - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands (Xbox One)
27th Apr - Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Xbox One)
3rd Jun - Dark Souls: Remastered (Xbox One)
9th Jun - Cuphead (Xbox One)

A few to catch up on. All tremendous experiences. Can't believe I waited so long to get around to Hellblade, glad I waited for DS Remastered, and completely unsurprised that it took me so long to finally finish Cuphead (I'm really, really bad at that game, folks!)

Oh, I rolled straight from completing DSR into NG+, and then NG++, and now have another completed achievement list for a Souls game (my third for Dark Souls alone).

I can't wait to see what Ninja Theory work on next. The atmosphere alone in Hellblade completely sucked me in, but the story and main character were also quite excellently done, I thought.

For anyone asking if I'll be trying Cuphead's Expert difficulty... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
No.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by ColinAlonso » June 10th, 2018, 6:03 pm

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Jan 7 - Bleed (PC)
Jan 19 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
Feb 11 - Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Feb 28 - Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (PC)
Mar 8- Final Fantasy III (PSVita - PSP version)
Mar 21 - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) Three stars on all 150cc cups.
Mar 24 - Golf Story (Switch)
Apr 2 - Nier: Automata (PS4)
Apr 23 - Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)
May 3 - Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies - Turnabout Reclaimed DLC (3DS)
May 5 - Final Fantasy IV (PSVita - PSP version)
Jun 4 - Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (3DS - DS cart)
Jun 9 - Ratchet and Clank (PS4)

A disappointment compared to Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time for the PS3. That it is a remake of the PS2 original seems to have saddled it with smaller level design without capitalising on the PS4 itself.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Chopper » June 11th, 2018, 4:43 pm

Dark Souls Remastered

Thank heavens for that. I was stuck on Gwyn for a while there at the end, now I can move onto something else.

Given that we are all sick to the back teeth of Dark Souls after the last seven years, I will say no more, except that it's still good. :)

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Scrustle » June 12th, 2018, 4:54 pm

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04/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Normal)
05/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Jetstream Sam DLC (Normal)
06/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Blade Wolf DLC (Normal)
10/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Hard)
14/01 - Killer Is Dead (Hard)
18/01 - Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut
20/02 - Okamiden
23/02 - Bayonetta 2 (Normal)
27/02 - Shadow of the Colossus
02/03 - Monster Hunter World
06/03 - Snake Pass
08/03 - Deus Ex: The Fall
10/03 - Bayonetta 2 (Hard)
22/03 - Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
28/04 - Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth
03/05 - Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
05/05 - Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Nero/Dante - Devil Hunter)
08/05 - Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Vergil - Devil Hunter)
12/05 - Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
13/05 - Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Lady/Trish - Devil Hunter)
21/05 - Omensight
26/05 - Mafia II
27/05 - God of War
31/05 - God of War: Ascension
12/06 - Unravel Two

Picked this up as soon as they announced it was available at the EA show at E3. Was expecting I might finish it before E3 was over, and that's exactly what happened. Just half an hour before the final conference starts. It might have been a surprise for some people, but the developer has actually mentioned that this game was coming for quite a long time. I was intrigued to play more, since I loved the first so much. But at the same time I was kind of apprehensive. The first was such a great little self-contained thing that got its message across wonderfully and then wrapped things up perfectly. There was no need for a sequel. Turns out I was right.

Aside from the the actual content of the game, the thing that made the first game so special was what an emotional impact it had on me personally. Playing through it, it was charming and pleasant, but it wasn't actually until I got right to the end, during the closing moment and then reflecting on the game as the credits rolled, that it really hit me hard. A massive wave of emotions that came over me as I was mulling over what the game was trying to get across, and my own experiences with that kind of message. That's something you can only do once, regardless of the quality of the game. So no matter what this sequel was, it was always going to be a less impactful experience because of that.

But in terms of what the game actually is, it kind of feels like just more of the same. In some ways you could say it's better, but in other ways worse. The controls are tighter, and they add in a few new mechanics with platforming to capitalise on that. So I suppose it's better in that regard. But personally, not being much of a fan of platformers, I found some of the trickier sections somewhat frustrating. The new second co-op character makes for some new possibilities in terms of puzzles, but it doesn't really change the way the game feels in any large regard. Since it's designed so that it can be played totally solo, the co-op feels more like an addition for its own sake, rather than something that is a necessary component that explores a whole new realm of possibilities. I think perhaps it lead to some unnecessary confusion with puzzles too. To facilitate the co-op, some puzzles come across as being more complex than they really are, which can lead to red herrings for solutions appearing. I tend to really dislike stuff like that in games, and here was no exception. The game also tends to have the camera very far zoomed out for the whole run time. In the first game, it zoomed in and out as necessary. But here, it's almost always really far off, making it very hard to see where you are or what you're doing in certain situations.

The story of the game too feels kind of underwhelming. It's not exactly a "story" per se, as all the events that one could consider that are relegated to occasional ghostly figures in the background, which have little to do with what you're doing in the foreground. The same was somewhat true in the first game as well, but there it felt like what you were doing had some kind of metaphorical significance. The story that was hinted at mirrored the tasks and sequences that you played through as Yarny. All the levels had a different feeling to them as well, which helped the pacing and gave peaks and valleys to the experience. In this sequel, the trials of your woolen characters don't feel like they really matter much, and most of the levels have a pretty similar tone to them, and none even try to aim for the high points of the first, aside from perhaps at the very end. So it all feels a bit samey, and it didn't resonate with me like the first.

In a similar vein, the soundtrack is quite a bit of a downgrade. This was probably my favourite aspect of the first game. Had many truly amazing and moving tracks. Despite the music here being from the same artists and in the same style, it fails to even come close to the same level of impact. Most of it is pretty understated too. Barely breaking out in to full instrumentation, except in a few select spots.

So overall, kind of underwhelming. I was mostly expecting that, but I think it even managed to be just slightly less enjoyable than I was anticipating. It wasn't a terrible time, but it was incredibly unnecessary as an artistic statement, and felt like it didn't have anywhere near the same level of inspiration or energy behind it.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Simonsloth » June 13th, 2018, 5:05 pm

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January 2018:
Bleed
Crackdown
Rez Infinite
Resident evil directors cut
Bioshock
Resident evil 2
Bioshock 2
Resident evil 3:Nemesis

Feb 2018:
Bioshock infinite
Def Jam: fight for Ny
Zone of The Enders
Resident Evil:code Veronica
Resident evil zero
Hyper light drifter
Braid
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Resident evil 4

March:
resident evil 5
resident evil 6
Lostwinds
lost winds 2
Ico 3D
Dead space
Dead space 2
Heavenly Sword

May:
Horizon Zero Dawn plus Frozen Wilds
Enslaved
Dmc
Steinsgate 0
Hellblade
Shadow of the Colossus Remake
Resident Evil 7

June:
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Bastion
Detroit
Vanquish
13/06 Battlefield 3 singleplayer campaign

I wish I’d listened to the podcast before playing this. It felt like left the actual campaign on the cutting room floor and left the set pieces in. So sub-par in so many ways. Thank goodness it was so short.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by AndrewBrown » June 13th, 2018, 7:21 pm

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02/01: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [SNES Classic]
04/01: Oxenfree [Switch]
13/01: Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition [Switch]
14/01: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Switch]
15/01: Super Mario World [SNES Classic]
20/01: BioShock Infinite [360]
23/01: The Fall [PSN]
26/01: Celeste [Switch]
31/01: Super One More Jump [Switch]
05/02: Night in the Woods [Switch]
08/02: Dandara [Switch]
14/02: Dragon Quest Builders [Switch]
20/02: Bayonetta [Switch]
21/02: Puzzle Puppers [Switch]
23/02: Fe [Switch]
24/02: Old Man's Journey [Switch]
26/02: Portal Knights [Switch]
28/02: Bayonetta 2 [Switch]
07/03: Subsurface Circular [Switch]
14/03: Coffin Dodgers [Switch]
15/03: OPUS: The Day We Found Earth [Switch]
18/03: Tesla vs. Lovecraft [Switch]
22/03: Fear Effect Sedna [Switch]
23/03: Destiny 2 [PS4]
31/03: Devious Dungeon [Switch]
31/03: Warp Shift [Switch]
01/04: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap [Switch]
02/04: Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated [Switch]
09/04: Attack on Titan 2 [Switch]
11/04: The Bunker [Switch]
14/04: Streets of Red: Devil's Dare Deluxe [Switch]
16/04: Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut [Switch]
18/04: L.A. Noire [Switch]
23/04: Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition [Switch]
01/05: Saturday Morning RPG [Switch]
05/05: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Switch]
06/05: God of War (2018) [PS4]
13/05: Secret of Mana (2018) [PS4]
15/05: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [Switch]
19/05: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition [Switch]
22/05: Shadow of the Colossus (2018) [PS4]
25/05: Runner3 [Switch]
30/05: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Gold Edition [PS4]
06/06: PixelJunk Monsters 2 [Switch]
09/06: Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn [Switch]

Sometimes irony gets in its own way. Was there really sincere demand for an update of a 90s fighting game starring Shaquille O'Neal whose mediocrity is only surpassed by its inexplicability? Questions of sincerity aside, the videogame that once had a website devoted to tracking down and destroying copies of it was successfully Kickstarted into a pseudo-sequel with Shaq himself on board.

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn looks good and plays competently, eschewing the Mortal Kombat-in-Egypt trappings of its origins to be literally reborn as an arcade beat 'em up. Shaq, discovered floating down a river in China as a baby, is raised to be an ultimate warrior to combat a demon invasion. It immediately stumbles: Shaq's Chinese peers are buck-toothed caricatures, and his mentor, Ye-Ye, is a tiny man who speaks broken English and struggles to conceal his attraction to Shaq, which is treated with disgust. When Shaq's idyllic village is destroyed by demons, he learns his destiny: That he must stop a demonic invasion which is trying to conquer the world by flooding it with vapid celebrities. Bosses include parodies of Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, and the current President of the United States. Jokes aren't always current, likely a result of development lead time--when was the last time Justin Bieber was relevant? The whole adventure is narrated by Shaq's memetically monotone voice, or you can just listen to its title theme which summarizes the entire plot in rap form. It's a premise and a package that has promise; its heart is in the right place and it's fully aware of how absurd a sequel/reboot to a 90s Shaquille O'Neal fighting game is, but is undermined by its juvenile sense of humor and its xenophobic and homophobic social sensibilities.

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn was given away free to people who bought NBA Playgrounds at launch back in 2017 as a sort-of apology for the state of that game at release, which was extremely cool of the publisher to do. But playing it for free is the only way I can recommend playing this game. Don't give money to it. Don't encourage its existence. It's not a bad game by any degree, but it is a misguided and an unintentionally offensive one. You can't tear down a celebrity-obsessed culture with a game starring Shaquille O'Neal as the legendary warrior chosen to do it, and you also can't do it while reinforcing walls of racist and homophobic caricature behind you at the same time.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by AndrewBrown » June 13th, 2018, 8:17 pm

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02/01: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [SNES Classic]
04/01: Oxenfree [Switch]
13/01: Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition [Switch]
14/01: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Switch]
15/01: Super Mario World [SNES Classic]
20/01: BioShock Infinite [360]
23/01: The Fall [PSN]
26/01: Celeste [Switch]
31/01: Super One More Jump [Switch]
05/02: Night in the Woods [Switch]
08/02: Dandara [Switch]
14/02: Dragon Quest Builders [Switch]
20/02: Bayonetta [Switch]
21/02: Puzzle Puppers [Switch]
23/02: Fe [Switch]
24/02: Old Man's Journey [Switch]
26/02: Portal Knights [Switch]
28/02: Bayonetta 2 [Switch]
07/03: Subsurface Circular [Switch]
14/03: Coffin Dodgers [Switch]
15/03: OPUS: The Day We Found Earth [Switch]
18/03: Tesla vs. Lovecraft [Switch]
22/03: Fear Effect Sedna [Switch]
23/03: Destiny 2 [PS4]
31/03: Devious Dungeon [Switch]
31/03: Warp Shift [Switch]
01/04: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap [Switch]
02/04: Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated [Switch]
09/04: Attack on Titan 2 [Switch]
11/04: The Bunker [Switch]
14/04: Streets of Red: Devil's Dare Deluxe [Switch]
16/04: Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut [Switch]
18/04: L.A. Noire [Switch]
23/04: Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition [Switch]
01/05: Saturday Morning RPG [Switch]
05/05: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Switch]
06/05: God of War (2018) [PS4]
13/05: Secret of Mana (2018) [PS4]
15/05: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [Switch]
19/05: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition [Switch]
22/05: Shadow of the Colossus (2018) [PS4]
25/05: Runner3 [Switch]
30/05: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Gold Edition [PS4]
06/06: PixelJunk Monsters 2 [Switch]
09/06: Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn [Switch]
13/06: The Banner Saga [Switch]

I don't get on well with RPGs that make me allocate stat points myself because I always do it "wrong." The function and usefulness of individual stats are frequently opaque and while many RPGs are forgiving enough that I can muddle through even with a poorly-built character, some will punish me severely for not understanding that the way I chose to build my character wasn't really viable for the combat systems I'm required to participate in. Such was my experience with The Banner Saga, where on my first attempt I so thoroughly botched my stat allocation I had to start over from scratch as battles quickly became insurmountable, even on Easy difficulty. I'd run into a similar situation in Mario + Rabbids, but luckily that game lets you reassign stat points at any time; no such luck with The Banner Saga. My only choice was to start the whole videogame over again from the beginning. But I'd heard good things about The Banner Saga and my fellow Switch Focus podcasters love the series, so I was determined to give it a second chance. In attempt #2, I made it further but started to run into the same problems late in the plot. I was informed by a person watching my livestream that I had, once again, developed my characters poorly.

All of this is unhelped by how numbingly boring the combat in The Banner Saga is. It's a strategy RPG typified by completely barren and flat level design; I can recall exactly one map that had meaningful terrain obstacles. Characters have both an Armor and a Strength rating; Strength functions as HP and is more difficult to lower until Armor is also lowered, but also determines physical strength. A character near-death is functionally useless and may as well be actually dead, and there is no way to heal them in combat. The systems that govern these two stats are byzantine and arcane; sometimes my characters would deal a lot of strength damage to a unit with full armor, and other enemies require their armor to be taken down before their strength could be damaged. Combat is slow, the interface is often muddled and difficult to read, it's not particularly interesting to look at, and has little variety in skills to mix up strategy. The later parts of the game are dragged down by frequent skirmishes with bandits that only add padding to the already plodding plot, and by the final two chapters I was deliberately avoiding combat whenever possible because I just couldn't take it anymore.

But most of The Banner Saga is spent watching your party's caravan creep across a stunningly drawn landscape, interrupted periodically by story sequences portrayed by terse, laconic narration and dialog. Of the two parties I followed, I liked Rook's the most as they had a lot of personality and I was easily swept up in their journey as they were forced to flee their home when an invading army of Dredge suddenly appear from the north. The other party The Banner Saga follows consist of a race called the Varls; I had far less attachment to them as I struggled to tell most of them apart and their presence in the story evaporates after chapter 3. This caravan mechanic feels like The Oregon Trail meets Dungeons and Dragons, balancing resource management with some light multiple-choice narrative mechanics. Like the combat it is slow, but more gently paced, and though some of the twists and betrayals feel artificial and easy to see what the other possibility would be had you made a different choice earlier in the plot, it kept me engaged much more than the combat ever did. We've seen some story-heavy RPGs recently which excise the combat to keep the player in the story, and I'd be far more enamored with The Banner Saga were this option present.

The Banner Saga clearly tells just the first act of a three part story, and I tempered my bitter disappointment with its first installment by setting an ultimatum: "If I reach the end of this game and I decide I don't care what happens next, I'm not going to play part two or three."

Last night, after dropping the difficulty down to Easy so I could slog through the last two chapters, I finished the first entry in The Banner Saga.

I won't be playing parts two or three.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by duskvstweak » June 14th, 2018, 5:20 am

Finished Metro 2033 Redux. What a strange game. I'm wondering if the books are as weird as the game's story? Interested to find out. The whole game was much different than I was expecting. Very thoughtful, with a lot more world building and atmosphere than I assumed. I'll definitely check out the sequel.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Todinho » June 14th, 2018, 2:50 pm

AndrewBrown wrote:
June 13th, 2018, 8:17 pm

Last night, after dropping the difficulty down to Easy so I could slog through the last two chapters, I finished the first entry in The Banner Saga.

I won't be playing parts two or three.
I dont feel alone Andrew I also cant stand Banner Sage, funny because it is the sort of game I should love but like you I found the combat to be both incredibly dull and a slog and the story to be initially interesting but I also quickly lost interest. I dont know if this will make you change your mind but I did hear they overhauled the gameplay for the next 2 entries.
duskvstweak wrote:
June 14th, 2018, 5:20 am
Finished Metro 2033 Redux. What a strange game. I'm wondering if the books are as weird as the game's story? Interested to find out. The whole game was much different than I was expecting. Very thoughtful, with a lot more world building and atmosphere than I assumed. I'll definitely check out the sequel.
Well yes and no, the books are certainly weird in fact even abit weirder but the story in the game is only a very superficial look at what the story of the book I would compare it almost to a theme park, Metro 2034 on the other hand does a better job capturing the spirit of what made the story in the first one good and I think it has alot to do with the author of the books being involved, it has a few issues and its abit more "hollywoodian" then I'd like but its solid overall. But yeah the one aspect both games nail is the atmosphere an the world in that regard I think they are pretty much impeccable.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by AndrewBrown » June 14th, 2018, 8:33 pm

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June 14th, 2018, 2:50 pm
I dont feel alone Andrew I also cant stand Banner Sage, funny because it is the sort of game I should love but like you I found the combat to be both incredibly dull and a slog and the story to be initially interesting but I also quickly lost interest. I dont know if this will make you change your mind but I did hear they overhauled the gameplay for the next 2 entries.
I hadn't heard that the battles were that dramatically overhauled before, but I'll keep it in mind. I'm going to give my podcast cohosts an opportunity to talk me into playing the sequels this weekend, but it's gonna be a tough sell.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Chopper » June 15th, 2018, 7:22 am

Battles were changed up a little in Banner Saga 2 but I wouldn't say it's a dramatic overhaul. Terrain becomes a minor factor and there's more variety in unit types but it's the same gameplay, more or less.

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