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Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:00 am
by noiseredux
pook99 wrote:This quote is probably the most relatable thing I have read on the internet in a long time. As a teen - early 20's I was a street fighter 'god. I was legit and could beat players who were high level tournament players. Nowadays I could barely react to a jump in. Makes me sad.


yeah, man. It seems like Street Fighter - and youth - is wasted on the young! :lol:


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I originally played Modern Warfare on Xbox 360, and loved it. My fandom for COD is casual for the most part. I don't play every release, but rather tend to cherry pick the ones that standout as being especially interesting to me. And for a long time I overlooked Modern Warfare because I thought it looked like one of the more generic ones. But COD4 was always popping up on best-of lists and eventually I gave it a try and it turned out to be one of the more riveting experiences I've had with the series.

What I liked most about the console version was the story - as surprising as that might sound. Basically, the campaign was a series of vignettes with multiple protagonists. And it was intense. The action sections felt like a rollercoaster ride, and the more somber moments were horrifying. I loved it.

When I heard there was a DS port, I absolutely had to pick it up. Unfortunately, it turns out that this is not a straight up port of the console game. Instead, it's a bit of a remix - using similar environments and throwbacks - but acting as a kind of gaiden campaign. You might think of this as more of a companion to the original game that lets you experience even more of the story from even more viewpoints.

Once my initial let-down wore off and I got into the game (and I came to grips with playing a FPS via stylus) I started to realize that, hey - this game is actually pretty fantastic. I'm actually super impressed with how well this game controls and how good this game looks considering it was developed for the original DS.

It's funny, too because sometimes I think I forget just how phenomenal the New 2DS XL hardware is. This game is a good reminder. Thinking back to when I had an original 'phat' DS and now playing something like this on this gigantic and sleek new screen is just amazing.

Anyway, I'm not too far into the campaign yet. Maybe an hour at most. My understanding is that this is a pretty short game, though - probably about half the time of its console big brother. But I must say I'm really into it. I kind of can't wait to get back to it and continue on.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:46 pm
by pook99
prfsnl_gmr wrote:Yay! Pool’s back! How’ve you been?


Busy, just started a job as a high school principal so it is a ton of work, definitely enjoying it, but it has seriously hampered my game time.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:04 pm
by Ack
I decided to take a break from Might & Magic 2 for a couple of days and check out Miasmata, an adventure game from 2012 in which you are a plague-infected scientist exiled to an island that must explore and examine the plant life to find a cure.

Unfortunately, there is one other resident of this island, and it's a big demon cat that is more interested in hunting and eating you rather than helping find a cure. But hey, life can't be perfect.

It's an indie title, so it's rough around the edges. Some of this is made manageable through a community patch that has had a couple of updates over the years. However, the core idea is quite good. I have just about wrapped up my first run, though I'm now clearing up the map and seeking out some of the various things hidden around the island.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:12 am
by noiseredux
When I was a kid I remember Contra being a pretty big deal. Y'know all the usual Contra memories - the Konami Code being passed along on the playground and so on. But oddly, I can't really remember playing the sequel which was stupidly called "Super C" instead of "Contra 2." I definitely played the heck out of Operation C (another stupid title) on Game Boy. But Super C? I'm not so sure.

So I went ahead and added this one to my Virtual Console library on Wii U. As much fun as collecting old carts can be, I must say that Wii U is my preferred place to play these old games. You can organize the games into neat little folders arranged by console; you can play them on TV or the gamepad; you can remap the buttons (something that the Switch's Online NES and SNES games still don't let you do!); and of course, save states.

The Contra games aren't exactly "horror," but their homage (read: ripping off of) the Alien and Predator series definitely feels like it brushes up against horror. So it felt kind of fitting for October.

I'll be honest, though... run and gun games really don't seem to scratch the same itch that they used to for me. So I put in the ten-lives code, and figured it'd be fun for a night of mindless shooting. And it was. Mostly. The running and gunning still play about as smoothly as I recalled. Deaths definitely felt like they were MY fault and not due to unfair game design.

But is it fun for me? Eh, just kinda. I just don't get the same thrill out of these games as I did when I was younger. It feels like I just don't really care enough to get good at this. So instead I die a lot. Because I AM NOT GOOD at this. So instead I'm stuck in this loop of (A) get power-up, (B) die, (C) lose power-up and have to play further under-powered. It feels kind of like Gradius in that regard. It would probably be really rewarding if I wanted to like, memorize the level layout and keep at it... but I don't.

I think I made it to the sixth stage with my three continues. Not impressive. Oh, but I did enjoy those overhead levels like in Operation C. Those were pretty fun. Anyway, chalk this one up to another old NES game that I respect and can have some fun with for a sitting, but it's not something I'm really into and would want to spend a whole lot of time with actually improving or progressing. Oh well.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:53 pm
by BoneSnapDeez
So, I got Haunted Castle on the Switch. As in, the arcade entry of the Castlevania series.

BIG spoilers:
It sucks ass.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:24 pm
by Ack
BoneSnapDeez wrote:So, I got Haunted Castle on the Switch. As in, the arcade entry of the Castlevania series.

BIG spoilers:
It sucks ass.

Nice.







Nice.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:33 am
by PresidentLeever
Just discovered the double jump sequence break in Spyro 2. F you Mr Moneybags, don't need that wall lowered!

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:09 pm
by pook99
@noiseredux: Super C is awesome and its a shame that most people missed out on it because of its idiotic name choice. It is difficult, many say that its harder than the original, I'm not sure if its because it is lesser known, because there is only a 10 life code vs a 30 life code, or if it is just legit harder than the original. I'm kind of blind to the difficulty since I have played through it so many times.

If you want some good run n guns that are slightly more forgiving but still difficult check out blazing chrome or valfaris, both tough games but have the luxuries of modern conveniences such as unlimited continues and frequent checkpoints.

@Bonesnap: hilarious, I played haunted castle on MAME one time for about 3 minutes and that was enough to make me never want to play it again. The fact that it is associated with castlevania just makes me sad.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:07 pm
by Ack
After wrapping up Miasmata, I installed Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. It reminds me of what I enjoyed about the first CoJ when I played it a decade ago. I wish we had a few more Westerns as FPS. Games like 3/4 of the CoJ series, Outlaws, and stuff like A Fistful of Frags just aren't enough to scratch the itch!

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:42 pm
by Ack
And with Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood done, I decided to dabble in the game Heat Signature, as it was described to me as a more in depth version of Hotline Miami in space. I have only played a little bit, but what I did experience was fun, particularly when I used a pistol to shoot out a window and suck an assassination target out into space.