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Re: What are you playing?

by Ack Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:04 pm

Since I beat KOTOR, I decided to go in a radically different direction. I'm now playing Betrayer, a first person stealth horror game set in an early Virginia colony sometime around 1600.

Something terrible has happened at this colony: feral Spanish soldiers guard the former English forts while firey spirits of Native tribes stalk the woods. I can also enter a shadow realm to speak with the spirits of dead English colonists, and most of them are murderers, rapists, suicides, and so forth. One woman sent another woman to burn as a heretic because her husband had cheated. In another case, a man buried his wife far from town after she killed herself so he wouldn't have the town priest badmouth her.

Meanwhile, the world is black, white, and red. The spirit realm is eternal night. The undead things that haunt it will suddenly burst forth from the ground, but you must go there to try and cleanse the corruption.

I'm enjoying it so far.
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Re: What are you playing?

by isiolia Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:36 pm

I've had that game on Steam for years, but have yet to play it...which I guess is the case for many of the games I have on Steam.
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Re: What are you playing?

by Ack Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:13 pm

It's gorgeous, and if you enjoy stealth and horror games, it's one to check out. Once you understand its rules, sneaking around and hunting your enemies gets a lot easier. There are also a few difficulty spikes, but they're generally not too bad. You should give it a try sometime.
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Re: What are you playing?

by PartridgeSenpai Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:54 pm

I'm really liking how FFV does its storytelling. The myriad of optional, silly bits of story you can run into, either conversations between the party or just Bartz being a goofball, really humanize the characters in a way I enjoy. When FFVI does that, it tends to always be in the context of the greater narrative, but FFV tends to do it in the interest of just fleshing out the characters as people more. While I certainly think at least part of that is due to the limitations of a job system affecting how you can portray a character (like I've mentioned on here before), FFV's story is so far feeling like a different kind of good, where FFIV felt like a more vapid version of FFVI.

To me, FFV is a good companion piece, different very good game, when set aside FFVI, which is a nice change after FFIV felt like "FFVI but worse." I can definitely see why people like it so much and I'm really glad I went back and gave it this second shot~
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Re: What are you playing?

by pierrot Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:03 pm

For me, the selling point of FFV isn't the story. The part I most enjoy is definitely the job system. That said, I think the story is still one of the more solid in the mainline series, aside from the end, maybe. It's engaging, and it tends to maintain a tone that doesn't make the humor/silliness feel quite as forced, or out of place. It has some memorable moments, but I feel like overall it's a really good utility story for the gameplay.
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Re: What are you playing?

by PartridgeSenpai Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:22 am

pierrot wrote:For me, the selling point of FFV isn't the story. The part I most enjoy is definitely the job system. That said, I think the story is still one of the more solid in the mainline series, aside from the end, maybe. It's engaging, and it tends to maintain a tone that doesn't make the humor/silliness feel quite as forced, or out of place. It has some memorable moments, but I feel like overall it's a really good utility story for the gameplay.


I definitely agree that the story does a very good job of making the story fit a very consistant tone that isn't ever really jarring or breaking out of the experience. And yeah, the story and the gameplay very much sit side-by-side with each other rather than have much to do with one another (at least apart from crystal shards granting you new jobs to get). It's not a groundbreaking story that'll make you rethink your life or anything, but it's a nice story that isn't insulting my intelligence and isn't actively boring or tiresome.
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Re: What are you playing?

by Melek-Ric Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:51 am

FFV is my favorite FF. Love the Job system and everything else about the game. Shame we didn't get it in the West on the SNES in '93.

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Re: What are you playing?

by pook99 Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:35 am

Playing rad rogers on steam, pretty fun 16/32 bit style 2d platformer with some exploration elements and a nice twin stick shooter aiming style.

Also playing darksiders 3, and will probably either start some new indies today or try out some new rom hacks, I'm thinking either a Super Mario World hack or Super Castlevania 4 other castle.

Tried playing kingdom hearts 3 yesterday, played for nearly 40 minues, almost all of it tutorials and cutscenes, got bored, turned it off, will take another crack at it soon ish.

I have a best buy gift card I plan on using for ultimate alliance 3 but wont get out to best buy until tomorrow and wont start it until Sunday
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Re: What are you playing?

by pierrot Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:06 am

pook99 wrote:Tried playing kingdom hearts 3 yesterday, played for nearly 40 minues, almost all of it tutorials and cutscenes, got bored, turned it off, will take another crack at it soon ish.

Have you played any Kingdom Hearts games before, pook, or is this your first foray into the series? I was getting kind of excited about KH3 when they were showing the pre-release promotional materials, but I still don't have a PS4. I go back and forth on whether or not I can actually tolerate the franchise or not. Maybe it's just that I haven't played any of the games since Birth By Sleep on the PSP, and I actually kind of liked it at the time. (Granted, I liked the first and second games at the times they were released, and I hated the first game when I replayed it as the Final Mix version on the PS2 a number of years ago.)
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Re: What are you playing?

by pook99 Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:04 am

@pierot: yes, I did play and beat kingdom hearts 1 and 2 and loved both of them, having said that kingdom hearts 2 came out in 2005 which was a lifetime ago. That was a time before the rise of indies and the return of 2d games and, although I played retro stuff back then, my focus was on modern games. Nowadays, I play so much retro stuff(retro games, retro indies, and rom hacks) I get really impatient with long stories unless they really hook me, this is also one of those games that has an opening credit sequence that you don't want to skip because you are afraid you'll miss something but realize it is all just a bunch of random cut scenes and you wasted several minutes of your life on absolutely nothing.

Of course its way too early to dismiss the game, and video game stories can hook me, I absolutely loved spiderman on PS4 and although it took me a while to get into, adored the new god of war, but my gaming tastes have changed a lot in the last 14 years. I will give it another shot and see how it goes, as of right now I'm not into it, but I think that is more of a product of my gaming tastes reverting and less of a condemnation of the game itself.
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