Post by lovablechevy on Jan 14, 2015 8:31:45 GMT -6
i'm currently playing and loving darksiders ii on 360. it was a free game to gold users with the games with gold feature microsoft has. i hadn't paid any attention to it prior. so i had also never played the first game.
i find the story to be pretty original for a video game. pretty sure there haven't been many games focused on the horsemen of the apocalypse! this game, you play as death.
it's an action rpg. i've read some people say it's a mash up of a zelda style game and a god of war game. i've not played god of war, so i can't fully comment on that. but i do see the zelda reference. it's like a much darker, more "grown up" zelda "clone" if you will. and i love it.
i love it so much that i went out and bought the dlc for it, and purchased the first game, so i can get the complete story. i wish the darksiders brand would be picked up by someone (now that thq is bust) and continue on with the other horsemen.
Lately I've been playing Super Mario 3D World since I got it for Christmas. The gameplay is almost identical to that of Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS, with action taking place in 3 dimensions (should be a given). This shouldn't be confused with the New Super Mario Bros. series, which are all 2D side-scrolling platformers.
New in 3D World is the cat power-up, which lets you climb up walls and claw at enemies. Because Princess Peach is a playable character in this game (along with Luigi, Toad, and -naturally- Mario), rescuing her is not the main objective of the game. Instead, it is to rescue a number of small fairies which Bowser has imprisoned for whatever reason. Seriously, I haven't figured out why.
Secondary objectives include collecting 3 hidden green stars in each stage as well as a hidden "stamp". Stamps are essentially rubber stamps which can be used to post simple images from the game to the Miiverse, Nintendo's take on the social network format.
I've also been playing Bravely Default for the 3DS. This is the successor to Final Fantasy: Four Heroes of Light, so the two games definitely look and feel similar.
Bravely Default gets its name from its unique battle mechanic. Your actions in the turn-based battles are determined by each characters' BP, or battle points. Each character can use Brave to use up to 4 BP and thus 4 actions that turn. They can also Default, which means not taking any action that turn in order to store up BP.
Otherwise the game plays a lot like a classic Final Fantasy title. It has really good 3D visuals and great music. One thing I found interesting is that you can adjust the difficulty in Bravely Default, not a terribly common feature in turn-based RPGs. You can also adjust the frequency of random battles, from twice as many encounters to none at all.
Currently playing... this will be fun for me haha!
I'm playing X1:
Madden 25. Currently taking my custom QB 'Mosside' through his second season with the Green Bay Packers (auto draft,) after we won the Super Bowl last season. (See, the Packs can get there somewhere at least!)
Forza Horizon 2. Up to 'day 3' of the Horizon Event, mainly play this very casually, with some online japes.
Assassins Creed Black Flag: I am LOVING this game, of all my X1 games, this is the one I play the most. I haven't played an AC game since AC Brotherhood and it was starting to get stale as a series. I skipped all games between there and BF. I am LOVING LOVING the variety, the open world sand box style and most of all being A NINJA PIRATE. Both the on land and at sea mechanics work beautifully. Even though the snap to object detection STILL doesn't work quite right and the sea battles can get pretty boring once you level up enough. Highly recommend this game. It still has the traditional AC multiplayer format, which is fun. Can't help but feel they missed out by not doing some thing with the ship engine for MP though....
Skyrim. I have been playing Elderscroll games since Morrowind. I still occasionally boot both that AND Oblivion up. I cannot leave Skyrim alone. Even though as a hard core Bethesda RPG fan I feel they have really watered down the leveling and skills there's something about the Hearthfire DLC that just keeps me coming back. I don't think i'll ever get bored of playing TES games. I have close to 2000 racked up on TES:IV Oblivion as it is, and I still go back and play even now. I love them, even if they are buggy as all hell!
Dead Island 1: Been casually slugging through this with two really good friends from back in the UK and lovablechevy. good old fashioned, straight forward zombie smashing fun. If you can get a four player co-op team together I highly recommend playing this. However, single player can be come really dull, really fast. The game was certainly built to be played cooperatively.
So that's what I'm playing ATM. I'm about to add Resident Evil 1 REmake for xbox 1 to this list. There are a great many other games that I play casually on top of these four, but if I listed EVERYTHING I'm playing right now? We'd be here all day.... lol
Post by lovablechevy on Jan 21, 2015 23:27:32 GMT -6
ok, so i finally finished darksiders ii, after much yelling and nearly throwing of controllers. the game gets glitchier and glitchier the further in you go. i ended up having to get rid of about 3/4 of my inventory, just for the final battle to load.
glitches aside, it was a brilliant game. i loved the story. tho, the final battle is a huge letdown. took me about 2 mins to do. kept thinking "ok, now his real form will come... *waits* *waits* *watches as all 4 final achievements ding* oh... ok..."
anyway, so now i'm on to some new games.
ds - final fantasy iii
i thought it was about time i actually go back and finish this game. i love the ff series. iii is the only one i've not played from i-ix. only problem is, i started playing it years ago, and got 40+ hours in my save. but i had zero clue where i was. i didn't just want to start a new save, as i had the onion knight job in my old save... so i decided to start a new game, and play till i met up where i was in the other story wise. turns out, tha twas only about 4 hours in... yeah... talk about over leveling. >.> ANYway...
ffiii is an excellent edition in the run of ff games. it def looks to be lining up as the best of the original famicom games (yes, i know i'm playing the ds version). i'm really enjoying the job classes. if you've played ffv, then you'd be familiar with how the classes work. it is more simplistic in iii, but it is nice not being locked to only one class. the game even forces you to swap classes from time to time to advance in the game. if you like jrpgs, then def give this a go. it is available on ds, psp, android, and iphone these days.
360 - witcher 2: assassins of kings
i'm also gettin ready to start this up as my main console game. i played about an hour the other day, and i can tell i'm going to enjoy it. but, i need to get the battle system down first. it's totally opposite of what darksiders ii was, so i kept pressing all the wrong buttons. lol! but the story already drew me in.
i've read it's similar game play wise to dragon age: origins (tho i've not played that yet). it's not a true sandbox game.
xbox one - max: the curse of brotherhood, geometry wars 3: dimensions, & super time force
all 3 just fun arcade games. we currently own a lot more arcade games on the xbone then anything else (thanks to the Games with Gold free games).
Post by turkishdelightisnasty on Feb 7, 2015 11:50:51 GMT -6
Ok, I'm currently suffering from attention deficit so I'm bouncing between games, predominately X1 and 360 since my PC has actually outlived Methuselah.
Forza Horizon 2
Really good fun albeit in short bursts, played the first one to death and loved it but I'm finding this one struggles to hold my attention the same. The cars are pretty, the driving is fun but I still can't play for too long. Also, whoever decided events featuring "Extreme Track Toys" needed to feature sections of gravel tracks needs to be strapped to the bonnet of one of the cars and involved in a demolition derby!
Shadows of Mordor
This image pretty much sums up the game. You're a Gondorian Ranger stationed at the Black Gate with your family, it's attacked, things don't end well. You awake to find yourself bonded to an Elven Wraith. You then basically become an insurgent waging a guerilla campaign against the inhabitants of Mordor.
This essentially boils down to beating the crap out of an insane number of Uruks! You track and beat Captains to gain intel on warchiefs who you need to lure out and kill to then gain access to one of Saurons lieutenants, who you then dole out the same treatment to. Sometimes though, the captains don't die and they return for more. One came back for a third beating only this time so messed up he'd covered his face with a hessian sack! I felt kinda guilty for a second and then killed him. He is an Uruk after all!
Dragon Age Inquisition
Got this when I was suffering from some ridiculous illness affecting my balance. This turned out to be serendipitous as during my enforced absence from work I racked up over 200 hours!
I loved Origins, I even enjoyed 2 despite it's budget shortcomings (cave exploring deja vu!) but this, this is sublime! The storytelling is fantastic, the characters interplay is spot on, the characters themselves are perfect, although if you have any idea what the hell Sera is on about you're doing better than I. I also got the Seeker naked so must have done something right!
If you enjoy RPG's then I highly recommend checking this out. Really ought to get around to trying out the multi-player aspect at some point.
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare
A series a lot of people dislike and to be honest it's not exactly my first choice. Purchased purely to add variety to the games I can play with a particular friend. It's pretty, frame rate is smooth and it is kinda fun but it adds very little, except for them playing Titanfall and thinking "boost jumps that's what we need!" Kevin Spacey is very, very killeable in it. I started it on Veteran and to be honest, didn't find it that hard although I haven't played normal difficulty so can't really compare. It's a good laugh, you blow stuff up and it has some enjoyable set pieces, just don't expect anything special. MP hasn't really changed, some new modes which can be fun but still the same people. Some games you hold your own and then others you run up against people clearly neglecting some other aspect of their life to play this! Seriously, somewhere there are significant others, bosses and family members wondering what the hell happened to these people and why have they disappeared! You move, on your screen they're looking at someone else, you fire, they suddenly develop ninja like reflexes, dodge, turn and cap you with one shot without actually aiming! Other times, you spawn, you die, you spawn again, take a step, guess what mother****er, you're dead again! I'm no pro at fps games but I by no means suck either and this gets frustrating real fast. I mute everyone with a mike though so at least I don't have to listen to them!
Halo: Masterchief Collection
Not played much of this. The 40 gig install followed by the 20 gig of patches rather limited the time I got to spend on it! Played a little of 1 by myself and joined two friends for their playthrough of 3 and we started 4. They're good fun, playing co-op is enjoyable, especially since friendly fire is an option! The actual process of joining your friends though is not so much fun! No matter what we tried there was no way it was letting me join a session in progress. They had to finish what they were doing, come back to the main menu and we all had to start together, clunky and extremely irritating. Haven't tried competitive mp yet but one of the patches is supposed to fix matchmaking issues so i imagine that's no better. Still...it is Halo!
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Think COD with a sense of humour and fun!
That's pretty much it. Defend gardens as plants, attack gardens as Zombies, all the while blowing the crap out of each other and saving your cash to buy stickers which in turn unlock new characters, parts, or weapons. Linking up parties can be a tedious process but it's a good laugh to play with friends.
Started this up yesterday for the first time in 18 months to find out I'm level 58 and have no idea what I'm doing. I've loved TES since playing Daggerfall on my friends computer after school and I love this game. DT has already gone over it though so there's not much to add.
Being centered around a tourist resort you're constantly looting peoples luggage for goodies. At no point during this does it occur to the character featured above, that maybe, just maybe, it'd be worth her while finding a pair of shoes that don't have bloody heels on! Zombie apocalypse is all well and good but she's gotta rock those legs! The game is one of the roughest I've ever played on the 360 to make it to release but play it with friends and it's really good fun. Glitchy as hell and often randomly kicks party members but still a good laugh.
Age of Wonders
Logged into my Gog account for the first time in ages to see this. Installed it out of curiosity and had a quick go. Seems like fun. A turn based, strategy rts/rpg in the vein of Heroes of Might and Magic. Can't really comment fully though as only played the tutorial. Probably play for longer tomorrow.
I can't stop playing Rogue Legacy. It's a "metroidvania" (stupid name) where you fight your way through a randomized castle to fight monsters, collect coins and treasures, and die a lot. You start off really weak, with no chance at all really, but every time you die you can use the coins for upgrades to strength and class. Failing is permadeath, so you never get the exact same character twice and instead choose from a lineage of three successors from different classes, each with a set of basic own strengths, weakness and an array randomized ailments. Sometimes everything is in black and white, sometimes sepia toned because your character is nostalgic, or blurry because of near- or far-sightedness. Other ailments are just there even though they have no effect on the player at all, such as all the art goes Tron, or you fart a lot for no reason. As you get stronger the game does as well, and along with the randomized nature or essentially everything in the game the replay-ability is extremely high.