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Accordion Man
Nov 7, 2012



Det_no posted:

I'm almost sure that I actually did see Kiwami 2 as confirmed for coming out on PC too, announced together with 0 and Kiwaki 1 back during E3, but that must have been swept under the rug to prevent any sort of franchise overload.
Kiwami 2 is just PS4 for now.

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Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007

I feel the pressure,
under more scrutiny
And what I do,
act more stupidly


Club manager spinoff game please

kirbysuperstar
Nov 11, 2012





Synthbuttrange posted:

Club manager spinoff game please

I think Diner Dash is already on Steam

Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007

I feel the pressure,
under more scrutiny
And what I do,
act more stupidly


No dressup and makeovers.

punk rebel ecks
Dec 11, 2010

I will become THE PIRATE KING!!!

How the gently caress did Monster Hunter get so popular?

First it was niche as poo poo.

Then it became a bit big on Nintendo handhelds with one million + sold in North America and Europe with Monster Hunter 4.

And now it's like Metal Gear Solid/Resident Evil big in the West.

Dr. Video Games 0031
Jul 16, 2004



punk rebel ecks posted:

How the gently caress did Monster Hunter get so popular?

First it was niche as poo poo.

Then it became a bit big on Nintendo handhelds with one million + sold in North America and Europe with Monster Hunter 4.

And now it's like Metal Gear Solid/Resident Evil big in the West.

It left the PSP.

edit: Seriously, it was massively popular in Japan from the start. The game has a winning formula with international appeal, but they didn't bother localizing the games at first, and when they finally did, it was on the freaking PSP. Of course it would do a lot better in the west once it reached platforms that we actually play games on. We also tend to not like playing action games on handhelds, so MH truly took off once it finally reached consoles. This is combined with more accessible game design changes. MHW is on the most accessible consoles to date and has the most accessible game design of any MH to date, thus mass success in the west.

Dr. Video Games 0031 fucked around with this message at Aug 17, 2018 around 03:28

exquisite tea
Apr 21, 2007

Carly shook her glass, willing the ice to melt. "You still haven't told me what the mission is."

She leaned forward. "We are going to assassinate the bad men of Hollywood."

punk rebel ecks posted:

How the gently caress did Monster Hunter get so popular?

First it was niche as poo poo.

Then it became a bit big on Nintendo handhelds with one million + sold in North America and Europe with Monster Hunter 4.

And now it's like Metal Gear Solid/Resident Evil big in the West.

Capcom decided to spend more than $20 developing it.

Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007

I feel the pressure,
under more scrutiny
And what I do,
act more stupidly


i blame the pornography

J
Jun 10, 2001



It just kept growing as it got released on more platforms and they continually made each iteration better, and the only other games like it are basically just budget or outright bad versions of monster hunter. Nobody else has really nailed the formula.

Dr. Video Games 0031
Jul 16, 2004



J posted:

It just kept growing as it got released on more platforms and they continually made each iteration better, and the only other games like it are basically just budget or outright bad versions of monster hunter. Nobody else has really nailed the formula.

Yeah. It's kind of amazing how badly MHW kicks the poo poo out of Gods Eater Burst or whatever. I expect to see a lot more attempts at cloning the MH formula in the next few years.

punk rebel ecks
Dec 11, 2010

I will become THE PIRATE KING!!!

J posted:

It just kept growing as it got released on more platforms and they continually made each iteration better, and the only other games like it are basically just budget or outright bad versions of monster hunter. Nobody else has really nailed the formula.

The thing is it went from 4 selling 1 million copies in North America and Europe alone to being the third best selling game of this year on all platforms in North America.

Det_no
Oct 24, 2003


punk rebel ecks posted:

How the gently caress did Monster Hunter get so popular?

First it was niche as poo poo.

Then it became a bit big on Nintendo handhelds with one million + sold in North America and Europe with Monster Hunter 4.

And now it's like Metal Gear Solid/Resident Evil big in the West.

Probably just fans always talking about how awesome it was but the series always been trapped in lovely portables. At some point everyone feels "Oh man I wish I could play that" and then it happens.

exquisite tea
Apr 21, 2007

Carly shook her glass, willing the ice to melt. "You still haven't told me what the mission is."

She leaned forward. "We are going to assassinate the bad men of Hollywood."

punk rebel ecks posted:

The thing is it went from 4 selling 1 million copies in North America and Europe alone to being the third best selling game of this year on all platforms in North America.

Instead you should be asking yourself how Capcom sat on a "kill big monsters for loot" game for over a decade with rear end-backwards mechanics on portables until finally concluding that if they spent some money making it look like a non-horrible piece of crap and updated the controls to something semi-modern, it would sell a lot of copies.

Crabtree
Oct 17, 2012


exquisite tea posted:

Instead you should be asking yourself how Capcom sat on a "kill big monsters for loot" game for over a decade with rear end-backwards mechanics on portables until finally concluding that if they spent some money making it look like a non-horrible piece of crap and updated the controls to something semi-modern, it would sell a lot of copies.

This is the company that let Devil May Cry 2 happen.

Scalding Coffee
Jun 26, 2006

You're already dead.


J posted:

It just kept growing as it got released on more platforms and they continually made each iteration better, and the only other games like it are basically just budget or outright bad versions of monster hunter. Nobody else has really nailed the formula.
Since Earth Defense Force is halfway there, maybe we can see a joint production in the future.

aas Bandit
Sep 28, 2001
Oompa Loompa

Nap Ghost

StrixNebulosa posted:

The main story in Dying Light really threw me off, but I'll second this recommendation anyways because the sidequests are so much fun and the actual gameplay - running away from zombies, and hiding from them - is some of the best parkour I've ever felt in a video game, with an insanely good sense of motion and place.

Yeah, there are a few story beats that are kinda , but the parkour is for sure the best I've experienced.

On another note Evergarden was released today, by the same small indy team that created Race The Sun, and it's a very cool little puzzle game with a super chill atmosphere, secrets to discover, and fun to be had.

Full disclosure: I'm somewhat biased because I know these guys IRL, and I was already kinda hyped for them because of that, but I played it for a couple of hours tonight and am seriously enjoying it. There's no explanations or explicit rules to learn; everything's completely learn-as-you-go and it's very friendly and intuitive and had some nice "a-ha!" moments. I'm looking forward to seeing what additional game mechanics get unlocked as I progress. Check it out if you like puzzle games!

Too Shy Guy
Jun 14, 2003


I have destroyed more of your kind than I can count.


I'm going to commit a massive faux pas and review a non-Steam game here in the Steam thread... but honestly, you couldn't expect me to just leave the Crysis series unfinished like that!

FPSummer

1. Bunker Punks
2. Far Cry
3. E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy
4. Immortal Redneck
5. Rise of the Triad
6. BioShock Remastered
7. Crysis
8. Hard Reset Redux
9. Far Cry 2
10. Sanctum
11. Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death
12. Crysis Warhead
13. BioShock 2 Remastered
14. Receiver
15. Blood and Bacon
16. Far Cry 3
17. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
18. BioShock Infinite
19. Prey
20. Call of Juarez Gunslinger
21. Crysis 2
22. Burial At Sea - Episode One (DLC)
23. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
24. Sanctum 2
25. Day One: Garry's Incident
26. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds
27. Shadow Warrior
28. Burial At Sea - Episode Two (DLC)
29. Medal of Honor
30. Overload
31. This Strange Realm Of Mine

32. Crysis 3 (Non-Steam)



Where do you go with the Crysis series after 2? The original game merged open-world shooting with military tactics and superpowers, its spin-off Warhead narrowed the scope for improved action, and 2 pretty much jettisoned the open-world aspects entirely. You would think the trajectory of the franchise would put 3 in full milshooter mode, but youíd be wrong. Despite being built almost entirely out of the Crysis 2 framework, Crysis 3 reintroduces open maps and varied tactics, and expands those features in striking ways. Paired with ridiculous direction of the story and some punched-up combat, it forms a remarkable capstone to the series that has quickly become my favorite of them all.

Weíre going to dip into serious spoilers for 2 and the early parts of 3, because I really want to emphasize how bonkers they went with the story here. After wiping out the Ceph invasion of New York, Alcatraz (now taking the monniker Prophet from his predecessor) set out to locate the Alpha Ceph, the supposed leader of the hive-minded aliens. Somewhere in that quest he was captured and put on ice by evil PMC CELL, who then spent the next twenty-three years taking over the world by way of an energy monopoly based out of NYC. Series favorite and hero of Crysis Warhead Michael ďPsychoĒ Sykes manages to break Prophet out and sneak him into the Liberty Dome, a CELL preserve that has turned Manhattan into a reforested post-apocalyptic cityscape that holds the key to their power. Psycho and the resistance want CELL toppled, Prophet wants the Alpha Ceph found and destroyed, and both of those aims are set to collide in the streets of post-historic New York.

To reiterate, your adventure will take you from the towering catwalks of the domeís walls to the open fields of a metropolis reclaimed by nature. Youíll slip between the husks of crumbling skyscrapers, sneak through the underbrush invading shops and train stations, and then break into intensely cyberpunk complexes of autoturrets and smart mines. Itís a setting unlike any other Iíve experienced, this juxtaposition of overgrown jungle terrain, urban ruin, and dystopian tech, and itís one Iím eager to see more of if anything. The story has also been punched up from 2, calling into question Prophetís nature after decades in the now-godlike nanosuit and delving into Psychoís traumas during the rise of CELL. Itís not Oscar-worthy by any stretch but I greatly appreciate it after the boring military objectives and bloviating characters of 2.

Itís not just the setting thatís been upgraded, either. Crysis 3 is very clearly built on the same engine as 2 but loads of noticeably improvements have been made to the combat and complimentary systems. Enemies seem to have been toned back from their extreme density in 2, partly because of the introduction of the bow. Itís an absurd addition to a game where you can rip mounted guns from their bearings but it allows you to strike while cloaked, instantly killing most enemies and offering an assortment of explosive and electric arrows that interact with the environment. Huge swathes of the game can be conquered Predator-style by stealthing past patrols, executing troops in melee range, and perforating any targets beyond your deadly reach. This full-stealth approach to combat feels desperately needed in retrospect, given how gratifying it is to annihilate a patrol without any of the members ever catching so much of a glimpse of you.

The revamped upgrade system reinforces this freedom in a big way, giving you a grid of powerful perks to assemble a deck of four from. You can choose from a full range of combat, defense, stealth, and tactical enhancements, each providing significant boosts to different abilities and even unlocking some new ones like running on water and ground pounding. Each perk also has a condition for upgrading it to a more potent version, which gives another set of side objectives to pursue. Unlocking perks requires you to find cases of nano material, easily spotted using the new visor which tags enemies, devices, and items for you to track during combat.

There are actual secondary objectives now, returned from the original Crysis, along with significantly more open maps for them to populate. Iím still not calling it open-world; these arenít the vast jungles and coastlines of the first game, just hugely-expanded levels like if you multiplied the maps from 2. They still provide important opportunities for exploration and also varied approaches to enemy encampments, and they fit nicely with the open motif of reforested New York. Your main objectives remain on a linear track though, just as they have through the entire series but at least now thereís very little securing LZs and defending high ground.

Most importantly, Crysis 3 looks as good as ever. The overgrown city and technological strongholds are stuffed with details, from gently-wafting foliage to shimmering pipes and panels. The characters are more impressive than the sometimes-underwhelming cast of 2, and the weapons are just as weighty and gratifying as youíd hope. Really the only part of the game that gave me any pause was a melee alien that had seriously weird AI patterns, every single other sequence in the game was a joy to blast through. Itís funny that it took Crysis four iterations to land on an ideal balance, but Iíd be lying if I said this one wasnít my favorite now. With total freedom to choose your approach in a remarkable world of reclaimed cityscapes, Crysis 3 takes the series to its pinnacle for the finale.

punk rebel ecks
Dec 11, 2010

I will become THE PIRATE KING!!!

Crysis 2 was so bad it scared me away from Crysis 3.

Waffle!
Aug 6, 2004

I Feel Pretty!



I wish EA would make a new Army of Two game.

Ambaire
Sep 3, 2009



Oven Wrangler

So, goons think the Steam release of MHW is a good game? Hmm. I went on the Steam page and saw it has 43% positive reviews of ~22,000 total... and then I start reading the most helpful negative reviews and see stuff like..

quote:

HOWEVER, THE GAME CAN CRASH/FREEZE AFTER DEFEATING THE FINAL BOSS, WHICH CORRUPTS YOUR SAVE FILE PERMANENTLY.

This issue has been brought to light online, yet I did not know it before heading into the quest. Now my 60 hours of progress has gone down the drain.

quote:

Error 50382-MW1

Get used to seeing this because that's all you'll get when trying to connect online.

The single player game is good, fun even, but the lack of any proper online connectivity, something the series has always had, is pathetic.

quote:

Gameplay is good, but may bugged and connection failed look like you pay 60$ for version 40$.
And DRM Denuvo can hurt your PC, blackscreen, connection response key can't finsh by fake key they send to you.
If you wanna play this game buy a good CPU for DRM need not game. that all.

quote:

While I have almost no complaints toward the game itself, I have a lot more about the PC port:

- No way to remove mouse acceleration. (Feels more like a simulated joystick than mouse acceleration and is really sluggish)
- UI and game controls don't really work well with mouse and keyboard. (Simulated controller again...)
- No options to turn of DoF, bloom and motion blur.
- Needs better camera options
- A lot of textures are really low resolution.
- Archaic multiplayer system and menus.
- There is some disconnection errors.
- Needs more optimization

And this snippet from this long review, guy says he has 1000+ hours on the PS4 version

quote:

Quick summary:
Not a super terrible port, but has significant issues. If you're getting this to play online right now, don't. The online is extremely unstable. Edit: That said, I should be clear that I'm still playing it because I like the combat, and 60fps, fast loading and modding potential are very nice.

Major issues:
- Frame rate issues mostly resolved by not using the latest Nvidia drivers, but the game still stutters randomly and has huge frame drops in certain situations (eg. particularly Teo's blast explosions).
- Eats around 80-97% CPU all the time (seen lots of complaints about this, so maybe this is regardless of hardware?) which makes me wonder how much of that is Denuvo-related, and if the CPU load is the cause of some stuttering.
- Constant disconnections, even in solo. Friends in other countries also having the same problem. Edit: There is a temporary workaround (boot Steam.exe with TCP or UDP instead of WebSocket) but it doesn't seem to work for everybody.

quote:

First of all - controls are messed up. If you were going to buy this game and play on mouse+keyboard, i cannot recommend you to do so. let me explain why:
The game in its essense emulates a gamepad.
In case of mouse it emulates right stick. The word 'emulate' is not an exaggeration. Your mouse has acceleration always on and has capped max speed. You cannot turn fast no matter how fast you move your mouse, you cannot target something precisely because inertia in emulated stick movement. it feels HORRIBLE.
The game has lock-on system and you switch targets with a mouse. Oookay, but do as much as lightly touch it and your screen goes all over the place, switching all the targets possible 3+ times each. Apparently developers never heard of 'dead zone'.
Radial menus. You think one would press Q, mouse over something and use it. Wrong! You have to use WASD to navigate radial menus, which is ... bad. At the very least it's practically impossible to drink a potion while moving. You can use F1-F4 and then 1-9 instead, but it's not very convenient (mostly due to pressing F1-F4 buttons beforehand, try pressing F1 then 7 very fast).

Do any of these people have a leg to stand on or are they blowing hot air?

Refried Hero
Jan 22, 2006

King of the grill



Grimey Drawer

Ambaire posted:

Do any of these people have a leg to stand on or are they blowing hot air?

Like basically all PC releases hardware can make a difference in how things go. Most of the people who aren't having any problems aren't posting about it, they're playing. That said, there are indeed problems with the port. The highest settings on textures are completely broken, a few armor pieces show the lowest settings and everything else is the mid-level settings. Connections to other players are spotty, likely due to the new steam friends UI.

On the other hand, the complaints about mouse and keyboard controls seem completely subjective to me as I have had zero issue at all with them. Many of the complaints about camera settings and lock-on are coming from people who want the game to be something that it isn't.

Lastly, you should probably take my opinion with a grain of salt since I am a series veteran who has been playing the games since they were on the PSP.

TL;DR - The port isn't great, but some of the complaints about controls are purely subjective.

EDIT - Also, I haven't personally had any of the performance problems people are talking about - running it perfectly fine at 1080/60 with a pretty beefy cpu and a 970.

Det_no
Oct 24, 2003


Ambaire posted:

Do any of these people have a leg to stand on or are they blowing hot air?

Yup. Anything about Denuvo is horseshit as always but the game does have issues:

-Server issues have been pretty constant since launch, not so much for matchmaking with randoms but really bad for trying to group up with friends. Didn't play today but there was some sort of maintenance this morning, maybe it was fixed?
-Performance is all sorts of hosed up, game is absurdly demanding for how it looks. Might be related to buggy rendering that tries to draw the whole map all the time instead of just what you should be seeing but we are not sure. The guy that fixed Nier's shitastic port also mentioned the programmers at Capcom overload the CPU with too many instructions but I haven't checked how much FPS you can squeeze out of his fix.
-Some graphic settings are busted, notably textures being stuck on low settings and water reflections not doing anything as corroborated by Digital Foundry. Lighting weapons also drop people's framerate pretty harshly.
-The final boss thing is kind of a weird situation. It seems to exist but it's rare and not really apparent why it happens. Steam cloud does keep a backup save though so it's not a total loss.
-Mouse acceleration is weird and being fixed.
-The games does have a lot of camera options so that's kind of BS.

I dunno about other controller issues because I'm not a crazy person and have a gamepad for action games.

Det_no fucked around with this message at Aug 17, 2018 around 06:40

Triarii
Jun 14, 2003



Ambaire posted:

Do any of these people have a leg to stand on or are they blowing hot air?

I'm pretty sure everyone is having connectivity problems.

The performance problems are weirdly random, like some people with better hardware are seeing worse issues than people with weaker hardware. It's pretty bad for me - I turned some settings way down so my steady framerates aren't bad (~75 in quiet moments, usually no less than 50-55 during heavy action) but the game sometimes hitches repeatedly like it's loading something, sometimes stuttering so badly that it gets really difficult to play. Even when the framerates were dipping down to like 20 on PS4, it never had this stuttering problem.

I guess the mouse control is subjective but I found it really terrible. It definitely doesn't work like a typical shooter camera. As far as I can tell, when you move the mouse, you're moving an invisible "target" aim point, and the actual camera is rotating at a constant speed towards that target. This means that moving the mouse faster doesn't actually move the camera faster, and if you move it a whole ton at once and then stop, the camera can spend several seconds spinning constantly to catch up to the "target" rotation which has now been spun way around. I pretty quickly found it unplayable and switched to a controller.

Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007

I feel the pressure,
under more scrutiny
And what I do,
act more stupidly


https://twitter.com/arthur_affect/s...238992539643905

UHM

Grapplejack
Nov 27, 2007



quote:

The moment I realized this upset you I edited it out. I did not realize you considered your first name a secret. Where I come from, we switched between handle and first name to signal the difference between online/real world because ďreal worldĒ stuff is much more serious.

And I do genuinely apologize. I didnít realize this was an issue and will be take care not to repeat the mistake.

Lol gently caress off

e:

quote:

I think at this stage, the balance of harm has been more than offset, Elestan.

I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt that you came here and posted in a moment of anger.

Your first name being mentioned in front of what? 4 people on a semi-private room for less than a minute in a conversation in which you stated youíd be perfectly fine if everyone at Stardock lost their jobs due to a preliminary injunction if Paul and Fred were in the legal right (this was in the context of whether the parties could actually be more aggressive than they are currently) and AFTER I had already apologized to you does not justify you running over here to demonize me.

Because you know what, Elestan, other people get angry too.

smugness oozes from this post.

Grapplejack fucked around with this message at Aug 17, 2018 around 07:56

Inspector Gesicht
Oct 26, 2012

500 Zeus a body.

What is it about Space Sims that attract so much legal drama?

Andrast
Apr 21, 2010


Anecdotally I have been hunting monsters with friends every day and havenít had a single disconnect

Spermanent Record
Mar 28, 2007
I interviewed a NK escapee who came to my school and made a thread. Then life got in the way and the translation had to be postponed. I did finish it in the end, but nobody is going to pay 10 bux to update my.avatar

Inspector Gesicht posted:

What is it about Space Sims that attract so much legal drama?

They're a honeypot for the most hosed up psyches outside of anime games.

Cream-of-Plenty
Apr 21, 2010


Inspector Gesicht posted:

What is it about Space Sims that attract so much legal drama?

You have to take the cloistered aloofness of radio/sim enthusiasts and combine it with the pedantic authoritarianism of 4X/tabletop nerds, plus a dash of intolerably deep sci-fi dweebery. They are where the Venn diagrams of the seven circles of Dorkest Hell all intersect.

Orv
May 4, 2011

"To. Ya' know. Stuff."
(Nazi Rank <3)



As with any time Brad dares to open his mouth for two seconds I mostly just feel bad for the people working for him. What a shitter.

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Light Gun Man
Oct 17, 2009

toEjaM iS oN
vaCatioN


Lipstick Apathy

King Vidiot posted:

Yakuza is similar enough to Shenmue that while I'm definitely gonna buy the 1+2 HD remaster when it comes out, I'm going to be so underwhelmed and disappointed by how not-crazy Shenmue is, comparatively.

I remember getting into some little argument in these forums with someone who claimed Yakuza "wasn't anything like Shenmue", but now that I've actually played both, well, Yakuza is actually quite a bit like Shenmue. It's Insane Shenmue For Perverts.

Also dudes, you spoiled the cock for me

Don't worry, the funniest part about Nugget has yet to be posted.

(I actually posted only that one screenshot because I thought everything else would ruin the joke but others posted more, oops.)

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