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Ulio
Feb 17, 2011


Zam Wesell posted:

New years resolution:

Don't buy any games in 2018, play through your backlog instead - it contains games of all genres!!!

Let's see how well it'll go.............

Lol ya this is really hard to do. I normally don't buy new games because I rarely end up playing them right away but I really want the new DBZ game this month.

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Mzbundifund
Nov 5, 2011

I'm afraid so.


Zam Wesell posted:

New years resolution:

Don't buy any games in 2018, play through your backlog instead - it contains games of all genres!!!

Let's see how well it'll go.............

You can absolutely succeed at this kind of resolution if you just take steps to avoid advertisements. Install an adblocker, don't go to the steam store page, unfavorite the steam thread or wherever you go that talks about recent releases. Folks spend a lot of money on advertising because it absolutely works, and if you're serious about cutting off your spending, the #1 way to go is to not pretend you're immune to advertising.

Glare Seethe
May 15, 2004

Tenochtitlan, looking east.


Zam Wesell posted:

New years resolution:

Don't buy any games in 2018, play through your backlog instead - it contains games of all genres!!!

Let's see how well it'll go.............

I did this in 2016 and by spring 2017 I had no more backlog. It is totally doable. Once you get comfortable passing on great deals and bundles you can even turn it into a pride/ego thing, where no matter what insane deal you're presented with you just move past it like it's nothing.

There will always be more deals, and those games are not going anywhere. Your backlog's packed with superb games already.

al-azad
May 28, 2009



My new years resolution is to learn how to draw digitally but also finish a bunch of old childhood games.

al-azad fucked around with this message at Jan 4, 2018 around 20:48

Zam Wesell
Mar 22, 2009

[Zam is suddenly shot in the neck by a toxic dart; Anakin and Obi-Wan see a "rocket-man" take off and fly away, and Zam dies]

Hey so... I bought a Japanese SNES with four games.

That lasted long.

strategery
Apr 21, 2004
I come to you baring a gift. Its in my diper and its not a toaster.

Zam Wesell posted:

Hey so... I bought a Japanese SNES with four games.

That lasted long.

You lasted less than a week. Maybe put a monetary limit on games for the year? Then you cam still succeed!

SolidSnakesBandana
Jul 1, 2007

Infinite ammo


Which four games?

Zam Wesell
Mar 22, 2009

[Zam is suddenly shot in the neck by a toxic dart; Anakin and Obi-Wan see a "rocket-man" take off and fly away, and Zam dies]

SolidSnakesBandana posted:

Which four games?

Panel De Pon, boxed
Mario's Picross, boxed
Kirby's Dream Course, boxed
Ganbare Goemon 2, not boxed

And the SNES + RGB-cable.

I don't already have a SNES, so I'm real excited!

Fart of Presto
Feb 9, 2001


Pillbug

Inspired by discussion in the Terrible Steam Games thread, I checked out the games I owned by developer Tero Lunkka/Valkeala Software

Nulled: Finnish Roller
Supposedly a puzzle game like The Ball, but every level I entered, the ball was in the start (or end?) position of the level, and I was at the opposite side and couldn't move the ball or myself.

Nulled: Inferno Puzzle
A simple Match-3 game, with the exact same layout for all levels and no indication why you suddenly ended the level.

Nulled: Nash Racing
Not a big fan of sim-racers, but while this one tries to be a sim-racer, with garage/tuning, it really just is a shining example of Valve letting anything onto Steam these days - even demo games with random artwork made in the late 90's.

POLICE CAR AUCTION
Dec 1, 2003

I'm not a princess


We can talk about non-steam stuff in here too right?

Beat: Yakuza 0

This was my first Yakuza game and I loved it. Went from a very serious 15 minute story cutscene to a side mission that involved breaking up a used schoolgirl undergarment sales ring. It's weird, charming and often funny as hell.

I also lost a ton of hours to Cabaret Club Czar, holy poo poo it's fun.

Ulio
Feb 17, 2011


Ya I am pretty sure people have posted non steam games from Origins/Blizzard and even console exclusives.

Ah I only hear good things about Yakuza 0 hopefully it comes to PC one day. I just hooked up my ps3 I might replay the original ps2 yakuza 1.

Rookersh
Aug 19, 2010

Midgets be packing some Space-Age shit!



I'm not going to make any broad claims about what I'm going to do this year.

I just know one thing. This is going to be the year I play and beat games again. No more just picking at them for a few hours then going back to doing nothing. No more browsing forums endlessly, I want to play games again.

It's been 5 years since I last beat a game. I have a backlog of nearly 3000 games. Enough is enough.

My core goal right now is to beat at least the following list of games. If I can at least beat these games by the end of the year, I'll be happy. Anything else is a bonus.

- A Dark Souls game. I almost beat 1 way back when, maybe 2 or 3?

- Divinity Original Sin 2

- Doom '16

- TES Morrowind

- A Far Cry game, either 4, Primal, or 5

- Nier Automata

- Night in the Woods

- At least one faction in Total War Warhammer, ideally all 9

- The Witcher 3

- The Witness or Talos Principle

I'm putting this here so y'all can shame me if December 31st comes around and it's been another year without a single game beaten.

DOUBLE CLICK HERE
Feb 5, 2005
WA3

Doom and NitW might be the shortest on the list, I haven't beat a WHTW campaign. I don't know if there's any real benefit to beating a FarCry game, maybe one of the recent Wolfenstein games instead. Maybe FC5 won't have such aggressively awful writing this time.

DOUBLE CLICK HERE fucked around with this message at Jan 9, 2018 around 05:12

Zam Wesell
Mar 22, 2009

[Zam is suddenly shot in the neck by a toxic dart; Anakin and Obi-Wan see a "rocket-man" take off and fly away, and Zam dies]

I would start with DOOM as it's a game you don't have to think too much about, just run through it, shoot demons and have fun! Before you know it you'll have beaten your first game (and it'll be a good one).

Mr. Flunchy
Mar 26, 2005




Rookersh posted:

I'm not going to make any broad claims about what I'm going to do this year.

I just know one thing. This is going to be the year I play and beat games again. No more just picking at them for a few hours then going back to doing nothing. No more browsing forums endlessly, I want to play games again.

It's been 5 years since I last beat a game. I have a backlog of nearly 3000 games. Enough is enough.

My core goal right now is to beat at least the following list of games. If I can at least beat these games by the end of the year, I'll be happy. Anything else is a bonus.

- A Dark Souls game. I almost beat 1 way back when, maybe 2 or 3?

- Divinity Original Sin 2

- Doom '16

- TES Morrowind

- A Far Cry game, either 4, Primal, or 5

- Nier Automata

- Night in the Woods

- At least one faction in Total War Warhammer, ideally all 9

- The Witcher 3

- The Witness or Talos Principle

I'm putting this here so y'all can shame me if December 31st comes around and it's been another year without a single game beaten.

I'd still make the original Dark Souls a goal, but build up to it after a couple of games - but it's worth it - I've never felt as good as I did when I finally got through it and if you beat that you can beat anything. The rest of the Soulsborne games are significantly easier once you know the mindset of DS1.

Also, look up your library on How Long To Beat and pick off some low hanging fruit.

Mr. Flunchy fucked around with this message at Jan 9, 2018 around 08:48

InevitableCheese
Jul 10, 2015

quite a pickle you've got there


Mr. Flunchy posted:

NULLED: Sim City 2000


My Dad used to play this back in the day, but it was a bit dry for me then. It still is now, though I can appreciate why it's still so highly regarded.

Anyhow, I created Dazzaville and begin to grow it into a burgeoning metropolis. Things were looking so good by the 1950s that I expanded across the river that cut through the town, thus creating wealthy Old Dazzaville and the sadly slum-filled bumtown New Dazzaville, where my heavy industry was located. All was well until I cut the cord on my brand new airport. A month later a jet liner crashed right into the middle of Old Dazzaville, starting a fire. In a serious breach of my mayoral duties I forgot you had to manually send out the firefighters and by the time I realised it was too late - the fire could not be stopped. In desperation I dynamited all the cross-river links between Old and New Dazzaville in an attempt to at least save half the city.

It worked, but at a heavy cost: Old Dazzaville. After burning for two years it became an ominous wasteland of burnt corpses and twisted metal. We don't talk about Old Dazzaville.

Stories like this is why I always loved this game.

Ulio
Feb 17, 2011


Mr. Flunchy posted:

I'd still make the original Dark Souls a goal, but build up to it after a couple of games - but it's worth it - I've never felt as good as I did when I finally got through it and if you beat that you can beat anything. The rest of the Soulsborne games are significantly easier once you know the mindset of DS1.

Also, look up your library on How Long To Beat and pick off some low hanging fruit.

Totally agree with this. Dark souls probably the hardest to get into but IF you can get into it you will love and beating it really will level up your skill. The patience and strategy you learn in Dark Souls carries over into other games.

One tip I want to give to anyone in this thread is that you should limit playing multiplayer games. I use to complete a lot of games until I became hooked to moba games. After that I barely finished or played any singleplayer games. Multiplayer games are really fun but they are incredibly time consuming.

I have been having so much fun playing singleplayer games again. I still play League of Legends but only 1-2 days per week instead of only playing that.

Dropped: Drakengard
Horrible game avoid this at all costs. This the series that made Yoko Taro famous and one of it's ending spawned the Nier series. But this game is horrendous at every aspect other than story and music. It plays like a complete garbage Dynasty Warrior games. Drakengard makes Dynasty Warrior feel like an action game masterpiece on the lines of Bayonetta or Devil May Cry.

There is aerial combat which was apparently inspired by Ace Combat? Which is almost insulting to Ace Combat that it spawned something like this. You thought Dynasty Warrior was repetitive? Well tighten your seat belt because Drakengard doesn't know the meaning enough. Some levels will have you literally kill 2000 enemies with time limits. Don't forget that is with the clunky rear end, 0 depth combat.

The only reason I can think why the gameplay is so repetitive is for story telling reasons. Yoko Taro said in many interviews he hates how in videogames the main character/player can only resolve problems with combat primarily killing others. The game keeps reminding you how horrible you are for doing so and being as bad as the enemy.

Just youtube the story of this game its atleast worth that.

Dropped: Far Cry 3
I had some discussion about this on the steam thread a few weeks ago. Really pretty and fun open world. But the story keeps trying to rush you through it instead of letting you have fun. Story is really insulting, white savior bs. Basically island is dominated by Pirates and you the white tourist who gets stranded there is the only one who can save them. Also the head of the bad guy is a white guy. The black people weren't even smart enough to be bad guys. For how much Ubisoft preach diversity and being multicultural you sure as heck don't get that by playing any of their games. Not gonna go more into that.

The island is beautiful but gameplay loop is boring. You are very limited in inventory so you have to just hunt and upgrade stuff nonstuff which stops you from doing fun stuff like fist fighting sharks or gliding around the island. Inventory is really bad in this game because how limited it is and how abundant loot is. There is a limit for everything you can hold which is realistic but ultra unfun. If they went full survival game the realistic inventory system would make sense but you can literally save anywhere and have very generous check points. Couldn't be bothered after 5 hours or so.

Ulio fucked around with this message at Jan 9, 2018 around 18:22

EightDeer
Dec 2, 2011



COMPLETED: Commander III: The Great War. A turn-based wargame with hexes, the next step up in complexity from Panzer General and Panzer Corps. It's easy to learn how to play, good interface, and it doesn't go maximum military equipment sperg the way a lot of wargames do. Its' gameplay does have the tendency to get bogged down, in that you can spend several turns attacking with nothing to show for it but a massive pile of your soldier's corpses. This is perfectly accurate for a First World War game, but it does get annoying sometimes.

COMPLETED (again): Doom I (with E1M10: Sewers). Re-played on Ultra-Violence difficulty. Still a classic.

COMPLETED: Doom II (with MAP33: Betray). The new monsters are kind of annoying and bullet-spongey, but apart from that it's more Doom. Go play it. I will say that the abandonment of Doom I's episodes in favour of a single massive campaign irritates me for reasons I can't describe.

COMPLETED: No Rest for the Living. A 9-level official expansion for Doom II. It's a really good demonstration of how far Doom mapping has come since the mid-90s, and the levels are loads of fun to play too.

COMPLETED: Master Levels for Doom II. An id-approved map pack. The quality is very hit-and-miss, and there are a few gimmick maps that really aren't fun. I'd say to skip this one.

COMPLETED: I Can't Believe It's Not Gambling. A lootbox parody game, it's much better than it sounds. The developers actually put a fair bit of effort in, and it's a little unnerving just how much time you can waste opening lootboxes that don't actually give you anything. It's only a dollar, so check it out.

COMPLETED: Sonic the Hedgehog I. The game that spawned both a major franchise, a thousand edgelord Original Character Do Not Steal, and a million furries. The game itself is... it's actually good, but it has some teething problems. For a character whose memetic catchphrase is "Gotta go fast!" this really plays like a traditional platformer most of the time, with only the Green Hill and Star Light Zones really showcasing speedy gameplay.

COMPLETED: Sonic the Hedgehog II. Far better than its predecessor. They really nailed the gameplay with this, and if you like platformers even a little... well, you've probably played this already. It is called a classic for a very good reason.

COMPLETED: Sonic the Hedgehog III & Knuckles. Some of the bosses are irritating gimmick fights, but apart from that, it's still one of the best 2D platformers you will ever play.

PLAYED: Final Doom. With a couple of exceptions, I just didn't find the levels fun to play. I gave up on it after 2 hours.

COMPLETED: Demon Hunter I: Chronicles from Beyond. A generic Artifex Mundi Hidden Object game. If you've ever played any of AM's other games, you know exactly what you're in for,



Next up: My current game of Crusader Kings II is going to be the one I actually finish. I even got up-to-date on DLC for EUIV in anticipation of converting this game over.

ManxomeBromide
Jan 29, 2009

old school


BEATEN: Metroid: Samus Returns. This isn't worth it. The setpiece fights are all incredibly frustrating and often also incredibly tedious, and exploration doesn't work nearly as well as I'm used to it feeling in these sorts of games, and I am galled beyond words that the Metroid Queen not only basically requires taking an action that makes your most effective move fail in literally every other boss fight, said Metroid Queen isn't the final boss anymore. Pretty much the entire last quarter of the game was hateplaying. AM2R threaded this needle better, I fear.

This has decreased my appetite for videogaming, too; I may be taking a break from both buying and playing for a while.

Ulio
Feb 17, 2011


EightDeer posted:

COMPLETED: Sonic the Hedgehog I. The game that spawned both a major franchise, a thousand edgelord Original Character Do Not Steal, and a million furries. The game itself is... it's actually good, but it has some teething problems. For a character whose memetic catchphrase is "Gotta go fast!" this really plays like a traditional platformer most of the time, with only the Green Hill and Star Light Zones really showcasing speedy gameplay.

Just wondering what you played this on? I want to try it out.

Also does anyone know if there is anyway to play Castlevania Symphony of the Night without emulating if I don't have any consoles except ps3.


ManxomeBromide posted:

BEATEN: Metroid: Samus Returns. This isn't worth it. The setpiece fights are all incredibly frustrating and often also incredibly tedious, and exploration doesn't work nearly as well as I'm used to it feeling in these sorts of games, and I am galled beyond words that the Metroid Queen not only basically requires taking an action that makes your most effective move fail in literally every other boss fight, said Metroid Queen isn't the final boss anymore. Pretty much the entire last quarter of the game was hateplaying. AM2R threaded this needle better, I fear.

This has decreased my appetite for videogaming, too; I may be taking a break from both buying and playing for a while.

Eh kinda surprised because this game has really good reviews, haven't played it myself though.

bengy81
May 8, 2010


Ulio posted:

Just wondering what you played this on? I want to try it out.

Also does anyone know if there is anyway to play Castlevania Symphony of the Night without emulating if I don't have any consoles except ps3.


Eh kinda surprised because this game has really good reviews, haven't played it myself though.

You can get SotN on the PS3 from the PS store as a PSone classic.

Ulio
Feb 17, 2011


bengy81 posted:

You can get SotN on the PS3 from the PS store as a PSone classic.

Ok I didn't know it was on the store. I haven't connected online on my ps3 in forever.

EightDeer
Dec 2, 2011



Ulio posted:

Just wondering what you played this on? I want to try it out.

I bought it on Steam during the Christmas sale.

drguildo
Apr 27, 2013

LISTEN TO THE CROWD ROAR IN ADMIRATION!


Beaten: Metal Slug X
See my comments on Metal Slug, only not quite as good. The slow down seemed a lot worse in this game, too.

Beaten: Broforce
I guess I'm in the mood for shooters that have lots of things blowing up around you? Has a very nasty bug where it will delete the progress of the save file you use to join a co-op game. That pissed me off even more than the final boss fight.

Nulled: SteamWorld Heist
Although I could tell it was a Good Game™, it looks like I should add "turn-based strategy shooter" to the list of genres I generally don't like, along with platformers.

Mr. Flunchy
Mar 26, 2005




BEATEN: Quantum Break


Lives up to its mediocre reputation. Quantum Break isn't quite a bad game - the action sequences are competent and it looks nice enough. But instead of actually making a fun video game, Remedy chose to carve out some weird multimedia project that goes nowhere. I'm particularly bitter that I sat through the godawful 'TV show' in which you watch embarrassed looking actors working through dreadful dialogue - and even more annoyingly you can completely ignore this it never properly ties into the main plot.

It's just a bit crap that with apparently endless monetary reserves at their disposal, Remedy ended up producing a game that has a script and story on par with a straight to VOD clunker. Jack Ryder is the epitome of generic white-guy video game hero, the villain's motivations don't really make sense (or why we should be trying to stop him) and the plot ends on a eye rolling cliffhanger.

The whole affair just suffers from a lack of focus and (even though it was released in 2016) feels really out-dated.

BEATEN: Life is Strange: Before the Storm


Despite being a huge fan of Life is Strange, I was super sceptical about this spin-off prequel. Explaining mysteries is never particularly satisfying, not to mention that it wasn't being made by the original devs and had a different voice cast. It felt like the whole reason for the game was that Square Enix wanted another LiS asap and didn't want to wait for Don't Nod to finish Vampyr, and a story being continued purely for financial reasons is never geat. Plus the Hot Topic pop-punk branding of really rubbed me up the wrong way. But a friend who I'd gotten into LiS insisted that I play it, and she was absolutely right to.

This is brilliant and many respects better than the original. It's a beautifully heartfelt game full of interesting and three-dimensional characters who're all written beautifully. I fuckin' adore the stoned, pastel, melancholy vibe of the game, and it took me about 10 minutes to get sucked in. From then I played one episode a day til I finished it and got pretty drat emotionally wrapped up in the plot. It's kind of ironic that a game about arty teenagers trying to hide who they really are is so completely sincere and unironic - and the slightly better dialogue in this prequel makes them feel a lot more naturally adolescent. Knowing that LiS spoiler Chloe and Rachel both end up dead also makes everything that much sadder - especially when they're fantasising about their future lives outside of Arcadia Bay.

I still don't think it's a game that needed to be made, but I'm super glad that it was. Also, sthis really shows up TellTale's lack of ambition. Can't wait for the bonus episode in March.

BEATEN: Chroma Squad


Got this gifted to me by Xander77. I was never into Power Rangers as a kid, so a game that's largely made in tribute to them initially didn't seem like my thing. But it's weirdo premise of simultaneously battling evil both real and fake AND producing a hit TV show at the same time is so original that I couldn't help but dig it. Basically you buy cameras, make costumes and improve your sets and then head out to shoot an episode. The action is like a dumbed down XCOM, though eventually gets a bit more complicated with all the powers you learn as you level up. There's a couple of rough edges but it's an easy game to like and has some seriously toe-tapping music.

BEATEN: Memories of a Vagabond


'Yer basic RPGmaker game that my Steam randomiser commanded me to play through. At least it's short.

The game was made a bit more surreal when I decided to name my hero 'Chester', but ended up pressing the wrong button, leaving him confusingly called 'Chest'. The rest is a super generic JRPG with some downright dreadful dialogue that sounded like it was written by teenagers trying to be edgy. Pretty early on I realised that in all likelihood this is some kids' first RPG project so I cut it a bit of slack. If I had made this when I was like, 13 or 14 I'd be pretty pleased with myself.

BEATEN: X-Men vs Street Fighter


As fun as all the other Vs games are. It's pretty toned down in comparison with later entries, but it's still fun launching around the screen and executing ridiculous combos. The only flaws are that the character endings are perfunctory (though sometimes pretty funny) and that the opponent choice in Arcade mode is a bit broken. Over the course of one Arcade mode I shouldn't have to fight Rogue three times in various matches. Also, despite finishing the game with most of the characters, I only ever fought Wolverine once. Feels like the RNG is busted or something. Beyond all that it's a mechanically solid as gently caress game that still looks great.

NULLED: Kingdom Rush


Tower defence really isn't my thing, but this is one of the best I've played. There's a whole bunch of personality throughout the game, with great animation, character design and pop-culture reference heavy quotes. It's also pretty goddamn difficult until you get upgraded a little and, past the opening levels, I really had to think about tower placement and type. I finished the 'main' campaign and beat the evil wizard baddie, but it looks like the difficulty ramps up in the bonus levels for the Steam release so I called it a day there.

FanaticalMilk
Mar 11, 2011



Mr. Flunchy posted:

BEATEN: X-Men vs Street Fighter


As fun as all the other Vs games are. It's pretty toned down in comparison with later entries, but it's still fun launching around the screen and executing ridiculous combos. The only flaws are that the character endings are perfunctory (though sometimes pretty funny) and that the opponent choice in Arcade mode is a bit broken. Over the course of one Arcade mode I shouldn't have to fight Rogue three times in various matches. Also, despite finishing the game with most of the characters, I only ever fought Wolverine once. Feels like the RNG is busted or something. Beyond all that it's a mechanically solid as gently caress game that still looks great.

Someone else can correct me but I believe the fact that you ran into multiple sets of Rogues and only one Wolverine indicates that the character you play against is actually a true random pick. If the game distributed the characters you played against more evenly it would be inherently unrandom.

Mr. Flunchy
Mar 26, 2005




FanaticalMilk posted:

Someone else can correct me but I believe the fact that you ran into multiple sets of Rogues and only one Wolverine indicates that the character you play against is actually a true random pick. If the game distributed the characters you played against more evenly it would be inherently unrandom.

Good point. In that case, it should artificially limit the amount of times you face off against each character in Arcade mode.

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FanaticalMilk
Mar 11, 2011



Mr. Flunchy posted:

Good point. In that case, it should artificially limit the amount of times you face off against each character in Arcade mode.

I agree, usually true randomness results in a mediocre experience especially if you're trying to hunt down a particular item/result like the fishing minigame in Okami.

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