Sounds fucking awesome! Love that cover art too, so I hope they keep it.
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The Iron Giant
Hadn't seen this since it came out, and was pleasantly surprised to see how well it holds up. It has a rather unique vibe; it's nostalgic for the 1950's, but doesn't ignore the darker aspects like Cold War paranoia and the ever-present threat of nuclear war. The animation looks great, it has a very charming sense of humor, and the villain is both intimidating and not completely evil. It's such a shame that this movie bombed when it came out. It really deserved better.
Daggerfall had quite a few for me:
- Finally getting out of Privateer's Hold and running across the land until I found a nearby village. I could almost feel how relieved my character was when I finally checked into an inn and rested for 12 hours. Then I tried to walk to the town where Lady Brisienna was waiting. I think I gave up after 2½ solid hours of walking. The next day a friend told me about the fast travel system.
- Encountering a Vampire Ancient deep down in some underground labyrinth. I killed her and felt like such a badass. The next time I rested my character had a horrible nightmare and woke up as a vampire. It was both a "Whoa!" moment and a "Holy shit, what's happening?!" moment. I spent a few in-game weeks trying to survive as a vampire, and had fun doing so.
- Exploring Scourg Barrow and meeting the King of Worms. That place was pretty fucking frightening.
- And of course creating my own, ridiculously powerful spell and completely obliterating enemies with it.
I liked Ezio because he's charismatic with a charmingly laidback attitude, and has an interesting arc. I think the fact that they made him so likeable makes his speech when he tries to kill Rodrigo Borgia hit much harder.
Grand strategy games, like Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis IV. I've tried both of them and gotten through the tutorials. In both cases I felt so overwhelmed by all the information that I couldn't go on playing. Not to mention the awfully tiny font they insist on using.
Monster Hunter is a big one too. I'm really into the ideas of the game, but something about it just feels off-putting to me.
I mean, System Shock 2 did them better than most back in 1999. That was 15 years ago. 15.
I reckon the audio logs in system shock 1 were even more impressive, and that came out 20 years ago in 1994.
They're fine when used appropriately, although in this day and age when there are so many other ways to tell your story, they do feel a bit lazy in most cases.
I agree wholeheartedly. Recently replayed System Shock 1 and 2 back to back, and I was actually way more impressed by the audio logs in 1. Not only was it amazing for its time, but it still holds up. The actor they picked for Edward Diego is just perfect.
February 2002, a few months before I graduated from high school. I had a bunch of ciders, some Bailey's, and some disgusting mixture of wine, Sprite and other things that my cousin's girlfriend had brought. I didn't get super drunk or anything, but I remember feeling kinda crappy the day after. I talked a lot about my eyebrows, tried to freestyle rap (failed horribly) and challenged a drunker friend to eat a gross, month-old sausage we found in the host's oven. He almost did it, but someone stopped him. Good times.