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Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

This game


was made by these people


18 years ago. And I'm going to play it for you, Internet.

Intro


Mission 1 - Uranium Mine







Mission 2 - The Pentigrad




Mission 3 - Land Train






Mission 4 - Containment






Mission 5 - Refinery




Mission 6 - Vostograd







Jamesman fucked around with this message at 00:24 on Mar 23, 2019

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berryjon
May 30, 2011

I have an invasion to go to.

So, he's totally not James Bond, right?

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

berryjon posted:

So, he's totally not James Bond, right?

Thank you for the Pity Reply.

Aside from being a British MI-6 agent, I'm so far not getting too much of a Bond vibe from him, though I'm sure there is at least some minor influence. He's not smarmy or drunk enough, and we haven't done any womanizing.

berryjon
May 30, 2011

I have an invasion to go to.

Yeah, it's just so nice to see a secret agent who isn't Bond or Bourne.

Ignatius M. Meen
May 26, 2011

Hello yes I heard there was a lovely trainwreck here and...

They're tank controls not 'cause you are a tank but 'cause your character controls like a tank instead of like a person.

At first I figured with a title like this it was going to be very tryhard edgy but knowing that the people behind this did Broken Sword is kind of surprising. I'm still a little skeptical since the stealth action looks kinda clunky so far but if they can stick to mostly adventure game-ish puzzles it'll probably be fine.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

So last year, I was looking into doing a blind playthrough of a point-and-click adventure game (not any particular one, just that style of game), and ended up changing my plans because the results were just a lot of nothing happening at any given point.

I figured I'd give this game a shot because blending the action elements with the adventure game elements made me feel like things wouldn't be as slow. It's still definitely slow, just not AS slow in comparison. I think the next couple videos will better convey what kinda game this is gonna end up being and what it'll be like to watch me play through it.

Kangra
May 7, 2012



Is this based on the book? Seems like a terrible adaptation. I know Capote took some liberties, but at least he didn't make Alvin Dewey British.

It's interesting to me that while there's a lot of homage given to the pixel art of yesteryear, the horribly-textured early 3D models haven't seen such a revival. I wonder if some future wave of nostalgia will make it fashionable.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

Kangra posted:

Is this based on the book? Seems like a terrible adaptation. I know Capote took some liberties, but at least he didn't make Alvin Dewey British.

It's interesting to me that while there's a lot of homage given to the pixel art of yesteryear, the horribly-textured early 3D models haven't seen such a revival. I wonder if some future wave of nostalgia will make it fashionable.

No, there's no connection to the book of the same name.

There are a few games that attempt to revisit the aesthetic of early 3D games, but for the most part, I think those kind of graphics and models are seen as a technological evolution (whereas 2D/pixel art is looked at as more like art), so to emulate earlier stages of the process is to just deliberately make something look less advanced or bad. It doesn't hold the same kind of charm. Besides, the 2D/pixel art stuff you see now is an upgrade from the limited colors/animation frames/resolution of days past, so that in itself is an evolution, just like the 3D graphics now are an evolution of what they used to be.

Hypocrisy
Oct 4, 2006
Lord of Sarcasm



I like the idea of this game at least. Should be interesting!

Skanker
Mar 21, 2013


I played a ton of this when I was younger and never really got anywhere, it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. This was pretty heavily available in europe, my local online marketplace had like two PS1 press kits on sale.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



Just figuring out a few more things about how this game plays. We're also starting to get a few hints of story.

With this game being a bit slower-paced, I think I might increase the update schedule once I have more of a backlog.

coleman francis
Aug 8, 2007

Tap tap
The ketchup bottle
None will come
Then axolotl

Hair Elf

I like the retrofuture look to the whole facility. Everything is brass colors and rounded corners.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

coleman francis posted:

I like the retrofuture look to the whole facility. Everything is brass colors and rounded corners.

It's an interesting layout for sure that tells a story. You start out in some relatively clean and sleek areas for the soldiers, and then you see grimier areas where the technicians hang out. Then there's that whole smashed-up hallway that raises questions, as does a giant rail cannon tucked away past a storage room with some grumbly old man in a cube.


Edit: By the way, I am planning to do a stream on Twitch tomorrow around 8pm EST. I'm gonna start doing a blind run of Dark Souls 2, and it would be pretty nice if I had an audience of more than 0 to do it.

https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

Jamesman fucked around with this message at 22:57 on Jul 27, 2018

SatansOnion
Dec 12, 2011



I'm reasonably sure "compound" in this context is a slightly more official way to say "a bunch of buildings over there". Close to that, I think, is the entrance to the part of the mines where the actual excavation happens, if I'm interpreting the fellow you talked to correctly.

berryjon
May 30, 2011

I have an invasion to go to.

SatansOnion posted:

I'm reasonably sure "compound" in this context is a slightly more official way to say "a bunch of buildings over there". Close to that, I think, is the entrance to the part of the mines where the actual excavation happens, if I'm interpreting the fellow you talked to correctly.

A "Pit Head" is basically the top of a mine shaft, where you raise or lower stuff from it. You're basically being told "Mine Shaft B is accessed through the elevator on the other side of the area we're in."

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

Pretty much yeah. Across the ravine is a compound, which leads to the pit head, and that will take us down into Mine B.

So he's telling us how to get into Mine B (via the pit head), but not how to get to the compound. And I was just a little lost by what he was saying, because I'm still getting my bearings on the area and wasn't sure if what he was telling me was at all helpful to me actually getting across the ravine.

It was not, BUT we will be getting there soon enough.

Loxbourne
Apr 6, 2011

Tomorrow, doom. But now, tea!


I remember hearing about this game when it came out. I enjoyed the demo but was put off by the adverts, which really got into the whole torture thing.

Gideon020
Apr 23, 2011


I remember the demo mission, it was a good way to show that it wasn't an action game but a proper spy game, plus the whole interrogation flashback aspect.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

Starting the stream now. Gonna make a character and then start the game proper at 8:00pm EST.

https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

Edit: We're done for now, but I'll plan to continue again next week. Thanks to everyone who came by to check out my terrible, terrible failures.

Jamesman fucked around with this message at 02:47 on Jul 29, 2018

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



I THINK at this point, my grasp of the game is strong enough that I will be continuing on without getting so hung up. Unless there are more instance in the future where the game is a dumb jerk to me...


Once again, I will be streaming Dark Souls 2 this Saturday at 8pm EST. We had a nice handful of folks there last week, so I'm hoping we can have a fun time together again. And if you missed the stream, I cut it up into smaller chunks and uploaded them to my channel (I even managed to filter out most of the air conditioner audio!) if you wanna catch up beforehand. But if you just want a summary: I died a lot and made little progress.

OutofSight
May 4, 2017


There is a certain appeal to "just threaten this arsehole with your gun" in an adventure game.
But at the same time i played so many of them (most of the "Broken Sword" titles, too), that it would never come to me naturally. These games exist for their convoluted puzzle solutions. And their strange interfaces and pixel hunts.

That scene with the particle accelerator reminded me very much of original Grim Fandango: pseudo 3d-movement before rendered background and no clear feedback with what you exactly can interact, besides some awkward neck twisting from our protagonist.

Ah nostalgia.

OutofSight fucked around with this message at 23:38 on Aug 3, 2018

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

OutofSight posted:

There s a certain appeal to "just threaten this arsehole with your gun" in an adventure game.
But at the same time a played so many of them (most of the "Broken Sword" titles, too), that it would never come to me naturally. These games exist for their convoluted puzzle solutions. And their strange interfaces and pixel hunts.

That scene with the particle accelerator reminded me very much of original Grim Fandango: pseudo 3d-movement before rendered background and no clear feedback with what you exactly can interact, besides some awkward neck twisting from our protagonist.

Ah nostalgia.

Just a couple of awkward moments that will only (hopefully) give me a better understanding of how to move forward in the game. If I THINK something should be happening, I just need to be a bit more forceful in trying to make it happen, and thankfully those moments of getting stuck haven't yet resulted in too much bumbling about with nothing happening as a result.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

Tonight's stream for Dark Souls 2 is up and running! Hope to see some folks come by and hang out for a bit!

https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



This game has started off very slow, I'll admit, but I think we're finally going to be seeing some stuff happening now. I'm also really trying to find a nice balance between "Careful plodding along so I don't gently caress up" and "Savescumming every couple seconds and recklessly running through the game" and I'm hopefully not being too poo poo here and the few of you that are following along are liking what I'm doing.

Remind me to do a super-popular recent game for my next LP. Let's Play Fortnite or something.


I'm also gonna keep streaming Dark Souls 2 whether you like it or not! And I totally understand if you don't like it because I don't either! BUT we might all find some enjoyment from the game if we hang out together and you guys can advise me on how to deal with its bullshit! So come hang out with me again this Saturday at 8pm EST, k?

https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

Ignatius M. Meen
May 26, 2011

Hello yes I heard there was a lovely trainwreck here and...

I'd say this is going fine so far for a blind playthrough of what looks to be a classically obtuse adventure game. In hindsight it's sensible that you'd only be able to look up the tech's info after you get him to tell you his name, but it's also the kind of thing that would get signposted in a more modern adventure game.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

Ignatius M. Meen posted:

I'd say this is going fine so far for a blind playthrough of what looks to be a classically obtuse adventure game. In hindsight it's sensible that you'd only be able to look up the tech's info after you get him to tell you his name, but it's also the kind of thing that would get signposted in a more modern adventure game.

I'm still considering this a learning period for how the game works. I wasn't really thinking of the databases in the way the game wants you to, which is Cord searching through stuff based on his own knowledge. Can't look up a person if you don't know who they are, but their info is there to find once you know what to look for. So now I will hopefully remember this for the future.

Doing my best to avoid playing absolutely terribly, and trying to cut out times where I'm kinda aimless in the next step to take while still showcasing my thought process and attempts to do stuff when I have something I think of to try.

coleman francis
Aug 8, 2007

Tap tap
The ketchup bottle
None will come
Then axolotl

Hair Elf

I think you went back over the gorge by getting too close to the wall.

I wonder if a 100% stealth run of this is actually possible.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

coleman francis posted:

I think you went back over the gorge by getting too close to the wall.

I wonder if a 100% stealth run of this is actually possible.

At 1:20, you see me walking up against one of the machines, and then suddenly take a sharp turn and beeline straight for the rope. This game has some very strange detection at times.

I don't think 100% stealth is an option, but I am certainly going out of my way to interact with guards more than is necessary because I haven't been wanting to take many chances with getting surprised by them later. After all, what kind of spy would we be if we weren't leaving a trail of bodies in our wake?


Hope to see some peeps tonight for Dark Souls 2. I THINK I've actually got some equipment that better suits me, so I shouldn't be dying as much! Hooray!

Momomo
Dec 25, 2009

Dont judge me, I design your manhole


I've been watching these videos for weeks and didn't even realize you had a thread up.

I'm enjoying what you've done so far, this looks like a nice little game that I've never seen anyone mention. It looks like a normal point and click adventure where "stealth" and "gun" are things in your inventory, rather than it being some sorta MGS-like game, which is probably for the better.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

Momomo posted:

I've been watching these videos for weeks and didn't even realize you had a thread up.

I'm enjoying what you've done so far, this looks like a nice little game that I've never seen anyone mention. It looks like a normal point and click adventure where "stealth" and "gun" are things in your inventory, rather than it being some sorta MGS-like game, which is probably for the better.

They definitely went with what they know, but the action makes things feel different enough from the usual point-and-click stuff and makes me feel more involved. I love me some point-and-click adventure games, but blending that with some stealth action is refreshing without being too different.


Anyway, it's time for Dark Souls 2, everyone! Come help me overcome this bullshit.
(And if you don't already know, past streams are uploaded at a better quality on my YouTube)

https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



I've been a bit under the weather this week, so I don't know if I'll stream on Saturday or not. I wanted to stream mid-week, but I haven't been up to doing that or even getting any recording done, so I might just need some more rest. We'll see what happens.

coleman francis
Aug 8, 2007

Tap tap
The ketchup bottle
None will come
Then axolotl

Hair Elf

Jamesman posted:



I've been a bit under the weather this week, so I don't know if I'll stream on Saturday or not. I wanted to stream mid-week, but I haven't been up to doing that or even getting any recording done, so I might just need some more rest. We'll see what happens.

Beware of ULTRAGUARD, he can phase thru matter on a moments notice.

So what now? Seems like your mission is over and the thing to do is get all the info out.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

I just wanna point out that the guard hauling rear end and clipping through the wall to get at me happened consistently over multiple reloads.

And yes, at this point, we're "done" with the mission we were sent in to do, so the next logical step is to get out.


Anyway, there will definitely not be a stream tonight, but hopefully I'll be better soon enough and can do some mid-week streaming or something.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



That's it for the "Uranium" mine! Next time we'll be in a new location with a new mission.

With this, I'm aiming to ramp up putting out videos for this starting next week or the week after, but this darn ear infection really slowed me down, so I'm a bit behind on things. I also will NOT be streaming on Saturday, but maybe I'll feel well enough during the week to sneak in a stream or two and then hopefully return to Saturdays after that.

coleman francis
Aug 8, 2007

Tap tap
The ketchup bottle
None will come
Then axolotl

Hair Elf

Ugh, ear infections really suck. So drat painful.

I really thought you'd be in the mines longer, try and shut it all down. The usual hero spy stuff.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

coleman francis posted:

Ugh, ear infections really suck. So drat painful.

I really thought you'd be in the mines longer, try and shut it all down. The usual hero spy stuff.

We're just the one little spy guy who ended up in a situation we weren't properly equipped to deal with, so it's all about the long game here.

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



I'm planning to return to streaming Dark Souls 2 tomorrow night (8pm EST), so hopefully people will come by and continue to watch me struggle.
https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe

Heading back into the world of Dark Souls 2. Please come hang out with me tonight. I love you.

https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



Had a little bit of a hangup here, but I still managed to forge ahead all by myself, which I'm proud of. I'm also proud of the next video being the end of this chapter, which means it's either very short or I managed to play much better compared to the first chapter.

On the Dark Souls 2 front, I'm going to be streaming more tonight at 8pm, rather than on Saturday. I MIGHT still stream on Saturday though. And a reminder that if you ever wanna catch up on my streams, I've been cutting them up into smaller chunks and re-uploading them to my YouTube.

https://www.twitch.tv/jpg_live

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Jamesman
Nov 19, 2004

"First off, let me start by saying curly light blond hair does not suit Hyomin at all. Furthermore,"


Fun Shoe



Another chapter down.

So we have one dead agent, one exposed agent, one kidnapped little girl, and a super-substance in the hands of a dictator. Fun times!

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