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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by ExedExes Wed May 20, 2015 5:15 pm

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Of the FPS's mentioned above, STALKER is a great game, but it's pretty deep and involved, kind of an FPS/RPG/survival horror hybrid. Red Faction I is a very fun game (the PC version at least). But Red Faction II is a turd. Since you have GOG and a PC, I recommend Allied Assault. It's very well put together and stays entertaining.

MOHAA is fantastic. I have the special Medal of Honor 10th anniversary edition, which has that and its 2 expansions (completed all those), Pacific Assault (completed that), and Airborne (that's near the top of my to be played list).

I know the GC got passed up on a lot of good FPS, case in point, your example right here in Black. That environmental damage.

Whatever I play next, you'll see it in the FPS thread. Now that I have so many watching what I play, it's an Exed FPS Fanbase! :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Exhuminator Wed May 20, 2015 10:48 pm

ExedExes wrote:Now that I have so many watching what I play, it's an Exed FPS Fanbase! :lol:

Depending on what you play will gauge my interest for sure.

Right now I'm looking forward to seeing how Ack reacts to System Shock 2 once he gets a few hours in.

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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Fragems Thu May 21, 2015 12:06 am

1. Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition(PS4)
2. Infamous First Light(PS4)
3. Drakengard 3(PS3) *Endings 1-4. Ending 5 I watched online due to BS boss.
4. Infamous Second Son(PS4)
5. Thomas Was Alone(PS4)
6. Uncharted Drake's Fortune(PS3) *
7. Uncharted 2 Among Thieves(PS3) *
8. Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception(PS3) *
9. Deadpool(PS3)
10. Red Dead Redemption(360)
11. Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare(360)
12. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct(360)
13. Fuse(360)
14. The Bureau Xcom Declassified(360)
15. Asura's Wrath(360)
16. Beneath a Steel Sky(PC)
17. Soul Gambler(PC)
19. Harvester(PC)
20. Coma: Mortuary(PC)
21. Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure(PC)
22. Freedom Planet(PC)
23. Tropico 3 Steam Special Edition(PC)
24. Far Cry 4(PS3)
25. Shellshock 2 Blood Trails(360)
26. Grand Theft Auto V(PC)
27. Shadow of Mordor(PS4)

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how addicting this game was. Everything appears to be very well polished and it runs great on the PS4 although I did have to install an 8gb patch :lol: . If I were to describe the gameplay I would have to say it's like a very well polished Assassin's Creed set in the Middle Earth with a bunch of really awesome magical powers tossed in.

The map was very well laid out and felt huge, but not so much that being on foot 99% of the game felt like a hassle. There were always orc patrols, camps, wildlife, etc. close by at all times and very few bland open spaces.

The Nemesis system is also an awesome idea that for the most part is very well executed. Most of the 20 or so mini bosses in each of the two regions can be randomly encountered going about their business on the map and there are constantly mission style events(hunts, executions, etc) that the bosses are involved in and which you can interrupt. It was always entertaining to randomly bump into a mini boss roaming the map or be gaining the upper hand in a fight only to be suddenly swarmed by a group of nemesis captains randomly popping in. It was also great to see them level over time which gave you a strong reason to either kill them or move through the story promptly. It also made you more weary of dieing since time progresses a few days with each death during which Orcs can level up, get promoted, and sometimes kill each other. Only downsides I saw was I killed quite a few captains and after a while started to notice them being recycled albeit they may have had different traits, but same names, weapons, and fighting style.

Another well polished part of the game is the leveling system which is very well laid out and is stocked with some pretty cool abilities. I especially enjoyed the Brand skill even if it did ruin the difficulty for the last third of the game by basically giving you the ability to turn every enemy you encountered into an ally. In one larger battle I actually managed to turn 17 Orcs which made things a cake walk.

The main story was also very interesting and I really enjoyed the last few missions which actually allowed you to use the Orc army that you began to acquire towards the end of the game in some pretty fast but awesome skirmishes. The only downside were the 3 kind of main storyline bosses. The first one is done very well you actually get to battle him and he is a decent foe at the lower levels. The other two kind of main bosses however suck major nuts . The second from last one involved searching an area full of clones with a 7 minute time limit during which you had to drain the enemy of his power. It literally took me 30 seconds only had to stealth drain two clones then go back to the main room watch a cut scene and that was it :P . They managed to top that with the final boss though who is pathetically a QTE :roll: . The ending itself isn't bad though in fact I found it to be rather freaking awesome and it left me wondering where they are going next with this series.

Overall all it is a great game very well worth the $20 I paid for it.

Now onwards to CoD Advanced Warfare :lol: .

Seriously though I love the ending

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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BogusMeatFactory Thu May 21, 2015 1:20 am

1. Jazzpunk (PC)
2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)
3. Grandia (PS1)
4. Hotline Miami (PC)
5. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
6. Off-Peak (PC)
7. realMYST: Masterpiece Edition (PC)
8. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DS)
9. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
10. Space Pirates (PC)
11. NiGHTS Into Dreams (PC)
12. Inherit the Earth (PC)
13. Saints Row IV (PC)
14. Grand Theft Auto V (PC)
15. The You Testament (PC)
16. Dark Forces (PC)


There is a very long update here, so bare with me as I include everything in spoiler tags, because I have been busy!

Saints Row IV –
I first want to state that I completed this game entirely in co-op mode with Racketboy’s very own Cronozilla! I cannot express how fun a game is when playing it with another person. The game itself is another ridiculous entry in the Saint’s Row series, taking the ludicrous approach that Saint’s Row the Third had and amping it up with super powers. These powers make running around and navigating the city streets a blast, making things streamlined and fun to soar through. These powers place the game even farther away on the spectrum from games like Grand Theft Auto by making travel fast and easy. Hijacking cars and combat have faster and more frenetic feel to them and it really benefits the mission setup.

The included super powers are where it is at though and they do come at a cost. Having the ability to fly around and jump incredibly high, as well as run with super speed making using vehicles absolutely superfluous. There is no need to jump in a car if you can fly at 5 times the speed!

I also feel what makes Saints Row such an enjoyable series is the sheer amount of insanity that is brought to you in the world. You play as the leader of the Saints, who also happens to be the President of the United States of America and are at war with an alien species that has enslaved humanity and put everyone into a virtual world. In this world you hack the system and fight the power, breaking free and overthrowing your alien overlords. You visit numerous different virtual realities that range from an atomic family era town to an 8-bit beat-em-up world and so much more! This unique array of styles is what makes the charm so in your face and entertaining. I cannot tell you how many times Crono and I just sat there and laughed at the situations we were thrown into, let alone the ridiculous dialog.

The game isn’t without fault, however. Collectibles are everywhere and are very very visible. Shining data clusters dot the city in an egregious amount. By collecting them, you can unlock new powers to use. There are far too many to count and the skyline is dotted with hundreds and hundreds of these things. Crono and I spent far too much time collecting them all so that we could have access to even more powerful abilities, but at times it could be considered a chore. Add to it audio diaries, text-based adventure game chapters and giant statues to destroy, there just seemed like there was a lot to get with little reward.

With that being said, the game was still a lot of fun to play. The characters are all very enjoyable and the self aware humor and satire of other videogames made it a treat to play and experience with friends. I absolutely loved it!



Grand Theft Auto V –
It is so very interesting to see this game in comparison to Saints Row IV. GTA V is a polar opposite in every way. Here you play as three main protagonists, each with a unique personality, special ability and various traits that make them stand out as you move through the streets of Los Santos and the neighboring areas. In this city, there is a bevy of strange and absurd characters and missions that point out the ludicrous nature of society and our obsession with image, cultural pressures to succeed and the passionate love of material things.

What makes this game stand out in comparison to its previous installments is that there is a large attention to detail. This game is far slower paced in comparison Saints Row IV, with more realistic car physics, cover based shooting mechanics and a fleshed out world ripe with a lot of personal touches that seem littered in every nook and cranny of the world.

With these details comes first person mode, which came out with the updated version for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The first person mode was where I was drawn, spending the entirety of my time in, looking at every detail, every poster, advertisement and random scrap of paper fluttering through the streets. It is with the first person mode that I noticed the citizens and saw them as far more interesting than any other citizen in the series. They weren’t just cannon fodder for a crime spree, but they were dog lovers, twins enjoying a walk in the park or hippies worshipping UFOs. They seemed just as alive as the city itself and first person mode brought about a greater sense of atmosphere.
For me, I stink at driving in first person in most driving games and it took a lot of time acclimate myself to GTA V’s driving in first person, but I was able to get it down very well and in no time at all, welcomed it and rightfully so. Each car has a unique inside. Was the driver that I just threw out of the vehicle drinking coffee before I barged in? Yep! What were they listening to? Oh, that mean looking gangster was listening to some pop music? Fascinating! The game provided a multitude of moments that were personal experiences for me.

For instance, one of the first things I did was drive like a crazy person, exploring the city. Things very quickly took a turn for the worst as I ran a red light on a busy intersection, got hit by a crossing vehicle and it sent my car careening through the air, landing into a fountain at a nearby park. When I got out, the bystanders scattered, except for one, who was holding his phone out and recording the scene. At that moment, my character was infuriated, at least in my mind and rushed him, smashing my fist against his face and sending him sprawling on to the ground. How dare he invade my privacy!? I was involved a very serious accident and was vulnerable at that moment!
That is what makes this game special. Sure, you can find enjoyment from the various activities like golf, or tennis or the numerous heists that you can plan and pull off to make loads of cash, but for me, it was all about immersing myself into the world and playing as these characters. There were stories to be told that were not made by Rockstar Games and instead happened naturally while I explored and that is something special.



The You Testament –
The What What What? Never heard of this game? I don’t blame you. This is a strange and absurd game that plops you into the world of the New Testament, as seen by a strange, psychologically skewed man by the name of M. Dickie. In it, you play as an Israelite who stumbles upon Jesus and quickly becomes his disciple. As his disciple, you learn the secret to Jesus’ power and are able to recreate them through the power of meditation and accessing your chakras. You get such classic powers as creating items like bread, rocks and lead pipes and propelling them like rockets at people. There is also the awesome power to see the, “real,” world, which is an untextured wireframe of the3D environment and characters.

What makes this game really interesting and profound are the things that happen as you explore the world. This game includes a combat system from a previous M. Dickie game, which happens to be a wrestling game, so there is punching, kicking and grappling people, which makes things hilarious and odd as random strangers come up to you and twist their arms around you in some abstract act of hugging. You will see people fighting non-stop throughout the game and, over time the destruction seems to get out of hand as the damage starts to become monumental. Before you even reach the crucifixion of Christ, you will start to see people limping with only one leg, or a man with no feet crawling. It is not uncommon to hear screams of pain and anguish as everyone in the city is an amputee of some sorts, their eyes gouged out and bleeding as they wander around blind. This is all unintentional mind you, as the AI of the game is poorly made and the NPCs behave strangely, coming up to you to hug you, demanding that you give them back their precious brick, or offering to give you a sword and then immediately accusing you of stealing said sword and leading to your arrest and eventual crucifixion through a trial process.

There is crime in the game and hunger, all implemented strangely and lead to hysterical affect. Assault a guard? Go on trial for insurrection. During trial a crowd is asked if either you or another criminal should be spared. The first time I went into trial, I was going in for insurrection while a women was there for sorcery. The crowd was vying for her release, because, and I quote, “Her crimes show that she isn’t harming society.”
Let me also take a moment to talk to you about Jesus in this game. Jesus is a complete jerk in this game. She will berate you, call you names, talk down to you and constantly play tricks on you. Near the end of the game, Jesus wants to talk to you and asks you to go to the desert. She promises she won’t play any tricks on you, like the last time when she made the water levels rise, flooding Israel. You go there and she is nowhere to be found and you say to yourself, “Where is Jesus? Why would she lie to me?” only to have her appear out of thin air and scream, “YOU FOOL! I was only testing you!”

Notice how I say Jesus is a she? That is because Jesus is a randomly generated character which could be either male or female and of numerous ethnicities. She gets into fights with people, yells at you for getting close to her because you are, “draining her power.” And gives you mind control powers to meet your needs, because sometimes, “people need a helping hand to meet your needs.” Also, Jesus quotes Star Wars, saying that the Force is strong in me.

The game itself ends when you play as Judas by going to a random guy who wants to talk to Jesus and you find out he wants to learn the secrets of his powers and when Jesus refuses, he has her killed. Afterwards, you have to stop a giant power struggle amongst the Disciples and then work on get your own followers and be the new Jesus. This is why it is called the You Testament, because it is all about you. The game is weird, poorly programmed and an absurd interpretation of the Bible and it is absolutely fascinating.



Dark Forces –
I have owned Dark Forces since I was a kid and have absolutely adored the series. Having beaten it way back in 1995 as a kid, I felt it necessary to revisit it and see if it still stacks up. Reading Ack’s impressions on it and seeing an irresistible steam sale for it and other great Star Wars games, I decided to pick it up again and give it a shot. In the game you play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary for hire by the Rebel Alliance to investigate a new Dark Trooper that the Empire has built.

The game is a standard first-person shooter for the time, with a mostly stationary camera akin to Doom or Castle Wolfenstein. What makes the game fun and interesting is how they interpreted the Star Wars universe into an FPS. The missions in the game are simple, usually involving you finding a character, planting bombs or other interesting missions like escaping capture from Jabba the Hutt and rescuing your friend, all the while punching Krayt Dragons! The environments to the games are varied, even though the enemies are not. You mostly fight imperial Storm troopers and officers, with mercenaries from time to time as well as the infamous Dark Troopers. Even though you face off with a lot of the same characters, there is a sense of physicality to their movement and behavior. When shooting an enemy, you really feel like you are hitting them as the reel in pain from the shot. I feel like a lot of modern games don’t really give you that sense of impact that is necessary in FPS and Dark Forces provides that and it is enjoyable.
The level design on the other hand is pretty flawed. There are lots of nooks and crannies that are essential to explore to continue through the map and you can easily miss them, requiring you to use your map obsessively to see what unexplored area was missed. I can’t blame them entirely though, as this was the mid 90’s and level design for FPS games wasn’t quite at its finest.

The reality is, the game is a lot of fun still to this day. Sure sometimes it can be a hassle navigating the labyrinthine passageways, but the environments are cool, the missions are varied and it really was interesting to see how the game progressed. It was well worth playing over again and revisiting!
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by CFFJR Thu May 21, 2015 2:48 am

BogusMeatFactory wrote: I can’t blame them entirely though, as this was the mid 90’s and level design for FPS games wasn’t quite at its finest.


I dunno, if you ask me it never got any better than Doom. :wink:
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by noiseredux Thu May 21, 2015 8:17 am

CFFJR wrote:
BogusMeatFactory wrote: I can’t blame them entirely though, as this was the mid 90’s and level design for FPS games wasn’t quite at its finest.


I dunno, if you ask me it never got any better than Doom. :wink:


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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Ack Thu May 21, 2015 9:17 am

BogusMeatFactory wrote:Dark Forces –
I have owned Dark Forces since I was a kid and have absolutely adored the series. Having beaten it way back in 1995 as a kid, I felt it necessary to revisit it and see if it still stacks up. Reading Ack’s impressions on it and seeing an irresistible steam sale for it and other great Star Wars games, I decided to pick it up again and give it a shot. In the game you play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary for hire by the Rebel Alliance to investigate a new Dark Trooper that the Empire has built.

The game is a standard first-person shooter for the time, with a mostly stationary camera akin to Doom or Castle Wolfenstein. What makes the game fun and interesting is how they interpreted the Star Wars universe into an FPS. The missions in the game are simple, usually involving you finding a character, planting bombs or other interesting missions like escaping capture from Jabba the Hutt and rescuing your friend, all the while punching Krayt Dragons! The environments to the games are varied, even though the enemies are not. You mostly fight imperial Storm troopers and officers, with mercenaries from time to time as well as the infamous Dark Troopers. Even though you face off with a lot of the same characters, there is a sense of physicality to their movement and behavior. When shooting an enemy, you really feel like you are hitting them as the reel in pain from the shot. I feel like a lot of modern games don’t really give you that sense of impact that is necessary in FPS and Dark Forces provides that and it is enjoyable.
The level design on the other hand is pretty flawed. There are lots of nooks and crannies that are essential to explore to continue through the map and you can easily miss them, requiring you to use your map obsessively to see what unexplored area was missed. I can’t blame them entirely though, as this was the mid 90’s and level design for FPS games wasn’t quite at its finest.

The reality is, the game is a lot of fun still to this day. Sure sometimes it can be a hassle navigating the labyrinthine passageways, but the environments are cool, the missions are varied and it really was interesting to see how the game progressed. It was well worth playing over again and revisiting!


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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Exhuminator Thu May 21, 2015 9:25 am

The oldest optical disc based game I own is my copy of Dark Forces that I bought from a Walmart in 1995. I distinctly remember installing it from the disc, but then running the game from the harddrive without the disc based OST. Instead I was listening to The Downward Spiral while I played the game through my 486's caddy based CD drive. Halcyon days? I dunno 'bout that. Simpler times indeed though.

Anyway I'm glad to read you guys say the game holds up.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by CFFJR Thu May 21, 2015 8:53 pm

noiseredux wrote:
CFFJR wrote:
BogusMeatFactory wrote: I can’t blame them entirely though, as this was the mid 90’s and level design for FPS games wasn’t quite at its finest.


I dunno, if you ask me it never got any better than Doom. :wink:


Did you play Quake?


I did. Back when it first came out in fact. Its excellent, and I've been meaning to replay it.

Still prefer Doom though. I was teasing Bogus, but its also true that no shooter has ever dethroned Doom in my mind. Call me biased I suppose.

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This Dark Forces talk is making me want to try it. There's a tempting bundle on Steam...
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BogusMeatFactory Thu May 21, 2015 9:25 pm

CFFJR wrote:
I did. Back when it first came out in fact. Its excellent, and I've been meaning to replay it.

Still prefer Doom though. I was teasing Bogus, but its also true that no shooter has ever dethroned Doom in my mind. Call me biased I suppose.

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This Dark Forces talk is making me want to try it. There's a tempting bundle on Steam...


Oh I am not offended at all! There is a big difference between Doom and Dark Forces in terms of level design. With Doom, you don't spend time scouring for nooks and crannies to get to your goals. The sewer level in Dark Forces is a great example of disorienting level design, numerous switches that change water levels and pitch black corridors. With Doom, you need to sometimes find key cards and reach the destination. Here, keycards are dropped by enemies and the problem is that there are tons of enemies and you can easily miss them. Also the numerous goals can cause some issues. It is that weird puberty of FPS games moving from that pure adrenaline arcade style and the story oriented goal-based levels. The game is still a blast to play and a lot of fun, don't get me wrong, but you can clearly see the flaws.

It is still very very interesting to experience. You should try it, because the sequel is great and games like Republic Commando are in that bundle and they are a great gem that people always overlook!
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