StaceyPowers reacted to Juneberry in Has a new game in a series ever made a previous entry obsolete for you?
I think for me, Rune Factory 2 really cut my interest in the original Rune Factory because it moved at a faster pace and made me realize how slow and tiresome I found the original, which I didn't notice until after I'd played the sequel. None of the other sequels have made 2 obsolete to me, and I'd like to try a full play through of the original again someday, but that day is a long day's away because I just couldn't handle how slow it was back then, and I'm not sure I can now either. That's just because I have a very small attention span, though.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Speedruns
Something that can be fun as far as speedruns go would be if you had 2 full setups side by side, and you and a friend were racing each other to get to a certain point. Like if you were both playing Zelda OoT and starting from the beginning of the game when Navi was initially sent to Link, and then race each other to the point where Link pulls out the Master Sword. No game guides, no cheat codes (if any exist), and no rules regarding side stops like skulltulas or catching all the chickens in Kakariko village to get the bottle. That would actually be fun.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed...Again.
The only good thing I can see from the delay is right in what he said.
"The good news is, we're nearly done with development of The Last Of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs."
Every game, despite honest efforts of honest developers has bugs when it hits the shelves that they didn't catch before it was released. So this delay can give them time to weed out bugs that they missed and give the initial release a better game. I'm not trying to shit on anyone. No one is perfect. But, in my eyes, more time to develop equals better results on the finished product.
StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Has a new game in a series ever made a previous entry obsolete for you?
@The Blackangel asked in another thread if those of us who play Skyrim will stop once ES VI comes out.
This made me curious how common this behaviour is. Has anyone here abandoned all previous entries in a series upon getting the newest game in that series? Like never played Fallout 3 or NV anymore after getting Fallout 4, or never playing Oblivion or Morrowind again upon getting Skyrim?
I wouldn’t expect this to apply to linear games, but I figure with open world games, maybe some people do have this play style.
For me, new entries in series don’t make old entries obsolete unless those entries were already very weak to begin with. They just add on to the existing world and give me more content to explore.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Best ways to get gamers to connect emotionally with characters?
I’ve never been welcome in any crowd. Always rejected, before I even say my name. So I get attached to the group on FF8. It starts with a loner who isn’t interested in playing around and is all about getting the job done. Then slowly, after working with the other 5 characters they all end up becoming as close as blood. They end up remembering childhood things that they had all forgotten that brings them even closer still. Since I never had an actual family, and literally never once had a friend, I get attached to them. I feel like I’m part of the group when I play the game.
StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in Bad games with good aesthetics
Genji: Days of Blade comes to mind
I was SO excited for this PS3 launch title one as I loved the original Genji on the PS2. Things started off promisingly as this game was gorgeous for it's time, and would probably still hold up quite well today. Unfortunately it appears that all that effort focused on the games graphics are aesthetic design should have been better split on actual game. The story was boring and didn't lead of its predecessor very well and the combat felt slow and disjointed compared to the previous effort. Then there was the camera, oh GOD the camera! It would pan away putting enemies off-screen, it followed the player's character way to close and just the player had no input on it at all. It was just not intuitive at all and made the game almost unplayable. What a disappointment, but it was the perfect game summarize the PS3's early days. Prettier than the PS2, but worse.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Bad games with good aesthetics
AOE3 and Twilight Princess make the list for me. AOE had a very eye pleasing look, but the game was just horrible. It was tedious, boring, and just a pain in the ass. And WTF was up with the cheats? A monster truck and a bouncing bust of George Washington?
Twilight Princess was absolutely stunning graphically. But the gameplay was so boring. Hyrule had little to offer, the dungeons were cheaply made, it was overblown, and being turned into a damn wolf was the straw that broke the camels back. Not to mention being forced to get whatever move the game wanted you to learn and not letting you progress in the game until you do get it. I know some are optional, but that’s just bullshit. Link is a swordsman, not a fucking ninja.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in In what video game location would you most like to eat a picnic?
Pretty much any cemetery. I find more peace and serenity in cemeteries than I do anywhere else. When I was younger, If I wasn't able to sleep, I would go to a nearby cemetery with a blanket and a pillow. Sometimes in a mausoleum, other times just out in the open. I have always waited until late at night to walk in a cemetery. The stillness of the night, and the quiet is so relaxing. There was a forgotten cemetery in the woods near the house I grew up in that I spent a large amount of time at. The most recent headstone had a death date in 1927. The rest were from the mid to late 1800's. A lot of them were veterans from the Civil War. I spent time pulling up weeds, and trying to re-erect stones that had fallen over. Some were broken, so there wasn't too much I could do for them. I even took some black paint and repainted in the names and dates and everything on the old ones. They were limestone headstones, so they were worn down like crazy. That's the weird thing. The one that had the 1927 date on it was marble. All the rest were limestone. That always perplexed me. If I wasn't stuck in a damn wheelchair, I would go back to it. I really miss being able to visit that cemetery. I think I'm the only one that even knows about it anymore.
StaceyPowers reacted to skyfire in In what video game location would you most like to eat a picnic?
Some places in No Man's Sky has some of the good places where you can spend time for the picnic.
StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in In what video game location would you most like to eat a picnic?
Due to security reasons on any Animal Crossing Game xD and really far way from any Dark Souls location.
StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in The Last of Us HBO Show
So you're a full on homophobe then. I don't understand people like you. I don't see how the fact two people who love, respect and trust each other hurts you just because they're the same gender. But whatever, you be the horrid, prejudiced, disgusting you that you want to be, but no opinion you have on the subject will be taken seriously by me.
I'll give you one piece of advice though, if you hate gay people and that "SJW crap" that much, stay away from TLOU and especially it's Left Behind DLC and you'll almost certainly want to avoid THOU part 2 as well. All games that feature female leads and/or gay characters and/or female characters that are not just obedient dish washers or made purely for the spank bank. So also avoid the Mass Effect series, the Dragon Age series, the Life is Strange games, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Metal Gear Solid Games Control, Metrioid, Tomb Raider, pick the "right" COD's and Assassin Creed games, Skyrim, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher games, Final Fantasy, Tales of Berseria, Detriot: Become Human, Until Dawn, Beyond: Two Souls... actually just Play Duke Nukem Forever quite literally forever because nobody is making games for you any more.
StaceyPowers reacted to Crazycrab in Elder Scrolls or Fallout: which do you like the most?
I love both but I'm definitely more an Elder Scrolls Guy. I'm still playing so much of Skyrim (albeit with mods) to this very day. I might get into more detail when I have more time (right now I'm posting from my phone) but overall I just escape and get immersed in the word of The Elder Scrolls a bit more.
Not to mention each Fallout game I've played has at least one aspect that pissed me of greatly. With Fallout 3 it was the main quest that end's with obvious and massive plotholes nor has any proper closure unless you buy the DLC, I hated the crafting and busy work in Fallout 4 and New Vegas is the game that on both PC and Console has never worked properly for me. On PS3 I had a ton of issues with VATS and on PC it crashes, every 10 minutes, guaranteed, even after installing a bunch of fixes.
StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in Elder Scrolls or Fallout: which do you like the most?
It's a close one, but I prefer The Elder Scolls. Better stories and the magic, dragons, sword slinging fantasy theme just appeals to me more than Fallout's post apocalyptic theme. I agree with your points in favour of Fallout, especially the humour part, but when it comes down to it The Elder Scrolls is just more my thing.
StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Elder Scrolls or Fallout: which do you like the most?
So, this could be seen as an apples to oranges question, but to me, Elder Scrolls and Fallout are similar franchises with games that play almost identically in many respects. For those who enjoy both, do you have a preference overall for one series or the other, and if so, which and why?
For me, it is a pretty tough call, as I really like both. But I think that Fallout appeals to me most by a narrow margin, despite the fact that Elder Scrolls is arguably a prettier world (I mean, it has trees, come on).
If I were to try and figure out why Fallout seems to have more of a pull on me, I can come up with a few factors:
-Sense of humor. Skyrim and Oblivion seem to lack a sense of humor in many respects (I can’t speak for Morrowind, haven’t played it). Not entirely, but the black humour that is all over Fallout is appealing to me.
-Better “dungeons.” One cave in Skyrim is much the same as another for the most part. But the Vaults in Fallout tell stories about their histories that you can follow as you explore, which really adds to the experience to me (despite them being built like mazes). I love how each feels like a mystery you are “solving” as you go.
-Better companions (in NV at least). The companions in NV all have stories and quests and feel more individual to me.
-Art design elements. This is totally subjective, but I love retro design, and Fallout is filled with it.
-More varied quests. I think that the overall variety of quests in Fallout is a bit more broad-ranging than those in the ES games I have played.
-Cool DLCs. Skyrim has awesome DLCs too, but I just like the way that Fallout’s function as experimental mini-games in some respects.
-Fallout NV is my overall favorite of these Bethesda-published games. That does tend to sway my overall outlook on Fallout in a positive way.
What about you? Do you prefer Fallout or Elder Scrolls, or do they rank the same for you?
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Best games to play to soothe anxiety?
I’ve been sticking to some of the games I’ve mastered for the most part. Zelda games and different indie games on the NES. But one that I find relaxing isn’t a typical game. It’s a mobile game. Word Cookies. It gives you a bunch of letters and you have to find the words to fill the level. The words are prechosen, and you figure them out. There’s no time limit or anything like that. I recommend it anyway.
StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in TLOU: Is there any chance Riley and Marlene could be related?
I can confirm that it's cannon, Riley and Marlene aren't related. I believe it is the American Dreams comic that confirms this, but I'd have to check it out again to point out exactly where and how.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in A systematic approach to solving puzzles?
If I think it’s something that will leave me a couple brain cells afterward, I go slowly at it. I make tiny adjustments in the most seemingly insignificant things and see what the results are. When I get a reaction in the game to what I did I make a mental note of it if it doesn’t lead to exactly what I’m after. I continue that way until I get what I’m after. Sometimes it can take hours or even days to figure it all out, but I’m tenacious and methodical with things of this nature.
StaceyPowers reacted to Crazycrab in Games with gender-neutral characters?
I'm not sure if it's a portrayal of a "gender-neutral" character as such but It's still quite interesting. In Resident Evil: Code Veronica X, two of the villans you meet are Alfred Ashford and his Twin sister Alexia, the grandchildren of the Umbrella co-founder Edward Ashford. But it turns out later on in the game that Alexia was missing (presumed dead) and that in her absence Alfred because pretty much lost his mind and started imitating his sister, wearing dresses, changing his voice and it actually took me by surprise. Until it was revealed I genuinely thought they were two different people.
One character who has been the subject of much debate around the issue is Birdo from Mario 2, who might be the earliest example of a trans character in a game. It all comes form the original English manual, but references to this have been removed in later releases like Super Smash Brothers:
Well like it or not creatures that are "genderless" or "androgynous" is a thing that legitimitly exists in nature so take it up with Gaia. I can think of a few example's in fantasy and science fiction as well.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Games with gender-neutral characters?
I was getting ready to mention Mario 2. The one that I was gonna mention was Toad. I know most perceived Toad as male, but there was never any actual confirmation in any way. And if you look at the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom, they all look and dress identically. So Toad is one that I would call either genderless or androgynous.
It kinda reminds me of what Gimli said in Lord Of The Rings:
It’s true you don’t see many Dwarf women. In fact, they’re so alike in voice and appearance, that they’re often mistaken for Dwarf men.