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#1 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

I had just gotten to the first bonfire in Blighttown, and I became human in order to kindle. Within a minute or two, I got invaded. I had a bunch of souls already that I didn't want to lose, roughly 80% what I needed to level, so I ran over to the bonfire I'd just rested at and jumped off the ledge to my death. That way I would spawn right next to my souls for retrieval.

Was that rude of me?

#2 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

I finished the game without the pegasus boots. I kept thinking the game would give them to me eventually or force me to find them but it never did.

Same. I also never found the net either. You CAN buy fairies at one of the shops, though, if you have an empty bottle.

#3 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

If their past games are any indication, I'm a little concerned that these are going to range from alright to so-so. Keep in mind, this is based on my opinion and incomplete knowledge of their full history, but this is what I recall.

Telltale's projects (in roughly chronological order)

  • Some poker games (this is long prior to Night at the Inventory)
  • Some murder mystery adventure game, I think
  • An adventure game based on the comic "Bone"
  • Sam and Max Season 1: A big hit! Adventure games are BACK, in the form of episodic point-and-click comedies!!
  • Monkey Island Season 1: Also pretty good! Not that much different structurally from Sam and Max Season 1, but that's fine.
  • Strongbad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Not perfect, but it certainly has its moments
  • Sam and Max Season 2: Decent but very formulaic
  • Wallace and Grommit: Not awful but just as formulaic
  • Poker Night at the Inventory: Yeah sure, why the fuck not?
  • Sam and Max Season 3: You could set your watch by these games at this point
  • Back to the Future: Adventure games are officially no longer back.
  • Jurassic Park: What are they DOING over there?
  • The Walking Dead: A huge hit! Adventure games are BACK, in the form of episodic dialogue-driven dramas!!
  • The Wolf Among Us: Also pretty good! Not that much different structurally from The Walking Dead, but that's fine.

I just hope that Game of Thrones, Tales from the Borderlands, and The Walking Dead Season 2 don't repeat the same downward spiral.

#4 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

Now I'm thinking about the possibility of an Indiana Jones/Captain America crossover movie and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

#5 Edited by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

I sent him a link to the thread, and thankfully I got the Dave Lang Seal of Approval instead of the Dave Lang Order of Restraining.

#6 Edited by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

@bbalpert said:

@veektarius said:

That adventure game, Book of Lost Tales, was a lot more fun to me than I expected.

I agree with this one, too. From the QL, I figured it'd be pretty good, but I would never have imagined it'd earn a spot in my heart alongside Day of the Tentacle and The Curse of Monkey Island as one of the best adventure games I've ever played. Book of Lost Tales is an absolute point-and-click delight.

You mean "The Book of Unwritten Tales", right?! That one was pretty cool, but I somehow lost it during the Temple bit, where all three characters are in the same spot. It didn´t have that Monkey Island/Tentacle spark for me.

Right, The Book of Unwritten Tales. Sorry, I wasn't thinking and just went with what the other poster wrote. I agree that it might not have quite as much style/personality as MI or DotT, but I do feel that it's one of those rare cases where it just does everything right. Maybe not perfectly in all aspects, but everything is solid. Specifically, I'm talking about:

  • The humor: Making games funny is hard as hell to do properly. But TBoUT manages (in my opinion) to be sharp but not snarky, clever but not up its own ass, and self aware but smart enough to limit references to indirect allusions and subtle nods.
  • The voice acting is surprisingly not awful. I don't think it's absolutely mind blowing, but it's more than serviceable.
  • Mechanics: At any spot that you would click on to walk to another scene, you can double click to teleport there. You can examine anything on the screen without the character needing to walk up to it. You can pick up items that you'll need later without needing to know why (no more "Nah, I don't need that right now" bullshit). And if memory serves, you can transfer items between characters by just dragging items onto their portrait. TBoUT wasn't the first to use these best practices, but there are enough games that don't use them that it's noteworthy.
  • Puzzles that are logical, original, clever, and challenging (without being arbitrary or needlessly obscure/specific).
  • Locations where you can choose between multiple characters, leading to unique sets of puzzles as well as meaningfully different character-specific variations of solutions to common puzzles.
#7 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

That adventure game, Book of Lost Tales, was a lot more fun to me than I expected.

I agree with this one, too. From the QL, I figured it'd be pretty good, but I would never have imagined it'd earn a spot in my heart alongside Day of the Tentacle and The Curse of Monkey Island as one of the best adventure games I've ever played. Book of Lost Tales is an absolute point-and-click delight.

#8 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

I don't know, but maybe you could ask James Kidd?

#9 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

For me it was the first Orcs Must Die, just grabbed it in a Steam sale for cheap and didnt really expect much but that game is so damn good. All the traps were inventive and the main character had some good one liners. I played level after level like a madman because setting up the perfect sequence of traps felt amazing.

Hell yeah, Orcs Must Die is one of my all-time favorite games. OMD2 was also good, but there were a few core design decisions that simply did not work well for me (primarily the way that although you could get through all the levels solo, they were clearly designed for co-op).

#10 Posted by BBAlpert (1662 posts) -

Let's go Geralto of Rivera!