A positive thread about what you're currently playing

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#1601 Posted by FrodoBaggins (2087 posts) -

I'm early doors, only about 10 hours in, but Divinity 2 might be the best CRPG ever.

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#1602 Posted by cikame (2865 posts) -

I've been playing through the Syphon Filter series again, it's something i've wanted to do for a long time but with the Playstation Classic on the way i'm now finally getting around to it.
Yes i own the games, yes i'm playing through emulation, there are a few issues playing through emulation but i'm having a good time for the most part, the first game is fairly infuriating and i was very grateful to have access to save states, but it's clear how much more budget and ability went into making the sequel.
It's not perfect and still has an uneven difficulty and some odd design choices, but overall i'm having a great time.

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It helps that the running just looks so f***ing good.

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#1603 Edited by FarleysLundgren (169 posts) -

Been playing a lot of Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts lately. Really fun game that holds up but man is it a challenge. It’s not impossible though. It is surprisingly easy to rack up continues which is good, and the bosses are total pushovers.

The challenge comes from how randomly and frequently the enemies spawn. It can just be so unforgiving, and it really demands your attention and reflexes at all times. I’ve gotten close to beating Stage 6, and that stage is a real fucker.

Also been replaying Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. I never did the Bitterblack Isle content so I’m hoping to get to that this time.

Lastly I just started Monster Hunter World and damn, they just throw you into this game huh. I’m not sure how I will find the time for this game and all its intricacies but it seems promising.

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#1604 Posted by nutter (2206 posts) -

I’ve been slowly picking at Halo: Combat Evolved with my son via the Master Chief Collection.

Man, Halo + Bungie was magic...

Even turning on the old graphics, there’s something so clean and nice about the art. It’s been a fantastic game. We just have to wrap-up the Maw, then I need to see if I can get him into Halo 2.

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#1605 Posted by redcream (904 posts) -

I've just finished No More Heroes and that game is A-okay. This game proves that motion controls could be hella entertaining. Suda51's works are always teetering to the brink of bad edginess without crossing the line, which I appreciate. I thought I'd be put-off by this but between this and Shadows of the Damned, I'd say once I got past the initial in your face 'baditude', I actually liked the characters and the story for what it is.

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#1606 Posted by FacelessVixen (2640 posts) -

Ghost Recon Wildlands.

Though I generally prefer my open world shooters to be closer to Saints Row in terms of humor and was eying Sunset Overdrive, I can appreciate a Battlefield-esque tone with game that takes itself super seriously for the sake of variety.

Also, my Corsair K70 Mk2 came in the mail, so I can't wait to break in those Silent switches (though I'm not thoroughly convinced that mechanical switches are better than membrane yet).

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#1607 Posted by doctordonkey (1844 posts) -

Devil May Cry 3 continues to be way ahead of its time and feels incredibly well paced in both character progression and missions.

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#1608 Posted by The_Greg (543 posts) -

SWG Legends. I loved Star Wars Galaxies back in the mid-00s. Played a bit of SWGEmu, but I'm not a fan of pre-NGE so it didn't completely hook me.

Found SWG Legends recently which is an emulator for the game with the enhancements. Been playing over this last weekend and I'm thoroughly enjoying the nostalgia trip. I find that about 80% of my gaming these days is playing old games that I loved a long time ago, and 20% newer games. Gaming is all about rose-tinted glasses, if you ask me.

I've also jumped back in to The Division. Played it to death on PC when it first came out, but I bought it again on Xbox as it's X enhanced. It is not a perfect game, by any stretch, but the numbers go up and it's easy on the eyes. It's a great game to play whilst listening to a podcast.

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#1609 Posted by nutter (2206 posts) -

Played a little Overwatch before bed last night. I hadn’t played in a while. There’s always a new wrinkle, an updated or new character. The game is just a joy to play and the characters are all so well-crafted.

That game is my favorite competitive shooter of all time, probably...that’d put it above Halo 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein...

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#1610 Edited by nicksmi56 (848 posts) -

About to move on to the Android Saga in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Switch, and honestly this game feels made for Switch. Perfect for just tackling a couple of missions on the way to and from work. I'm super glad the game lets you feel awesome no matter what race you pick instead of only focusing on Saiyans (picked a human myself because original Dragon Ball is best Dragon Ball). Going around alternately beating the crap out of my favorite characters and learning their techniques for myself is just a bunch of fun, and it's absolutely stuffed with content, but not in the bad way where the game feels bloated. I'm still enjoying myself immensely despite dumping a bunch of hours into Parallel Quests/Mentors.

If anything, I'm surprised by how much better the villains' techniques are. Final Flash is powerful, but Dodoria of all people has an ultimate that totally outclasses it in usability. And Death Beam beats the crap out of the Kamehameha. Anyway, I'm looking forward to taking down Cell and showing the cast how it's done!

On the home side of things, I'm finally taking a stab at Dragon Age: Origins after letting it sit on my PS3 for nearly 6 years. It honestly feels a lot more distinct from Mass Effect than I expected. It feels more complex in lore and gear, and I feel like I'm fumbling my way through dialogue choices without morality meters (though that may fit my character's backstory more than just saying the right thing all the time so bonus!), but I'm enjoying learning as I go through. I'm having a lot of fun building up my mage, and it's awesome seeing a fresh new world and characters from Bioware after you feel like you've seen everything. Can't wait for the story to really pick up and start building up my party!

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#1611 Posted by BrunoTheThird (839 posts) -

I have to finish the previous Divinity before I dig into the second one (I got a couple hours in), my brain is dumb that way. I'll get 'round to it...

I'm finally playing Baldur's Gate for the first time, though. I won't go into great detail: I'm five hours in and it's hooked me in different ways to Planescape: Torment (my personal fave ever) in terms of story and mechanics, but it's real good. It's more of a classic D&D vibe that I never realized was my shit until like 2014, so my references are limited to, "It's like a mix between Planescape and Pillars of Eternity," 'cos they're the only ones I've finished, but it's a really great one of these. I will happily finish this and the sequel over the next couple months before giving Divinity some deserved attention. I'd love to finish other classics in the genre ASAP to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of it, because so far all of the ones I've finished and tried have evoked ridiculously strong emotions in me, but I'm slowly getting there.

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#1613 Posted by Marchand1997 (2 posts) -

I started playing Nier: automata this week and I very like it. I am just 5 hours in, but I dig the world building and the character. I have some difficulty understanding the chips system, but I will dig deeper in that this weekend.

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#1614 Posted by stinger061 (478 posts) -

Dragon Quest XI is my go to relax and listen to podcasts game at the moment. There is nothing particularly outstanding about it, the battle system and character progression are very basic but I’m having a good time with it because it’s not too demanding (and because having a toddler running around the house makes turn based games perfect because you can leave them idle at any time)

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#1615 Edited by nutter (2206 posts) -

Started Spiderman yesterday...yep. I love Insomniac.

I’m not sure if I like this of Sunset Overdrive more, but Spiderman seems more elegant and thoughtful while Sunset Overdrive just left me grinning ear-to-ear.

Anyhow, I love that these guys are out there doing their thing.

EDIT: A few days later, still digging it a lot, but I think I liked Sunset Overdrive more. I’d happily spend more time with either game, though, they’re both great.

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#1616 Posted by Farkas (212 posts) -

I'm working on the three-headed beast of:

Spider-man. It's very good (but I'm concerned it's a little short and omg wtf are these environmental missions they're baddddddd)

Rocket League. The forever game. 10 minutes of bliss.

Final Fantasy XIV. Someday I'll get past these initial missions and get to 'the good stuff' in the expansions.

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#1617 Posted by Teddie (2157 posts) -

Astro Bot makes me smile a lot.

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#1618 Posted by mezmero (3768 posts) -

Rented Assassin's Creed: Odyssey a month or so ago and finished the main story just last week at 67 hours and I loved that game. Yes aspects of it are as bloated and derivative as people say but I was just so enamored with the experience of playing as Kassandra, this badass chick who can kick the ass of anyone and everyone in ancient Greece and who doesn't suffer fools gladly. In an odd way it may be the best Wonder Woman game never made.

I picked up Marvel's Spider-Man on sale and even in just the opening hours I can tell that this is the most top-notch treatment of the character and the fiction in video games. As someone who's not a big Peter Parker fan the portrayal of him and his supporting cast is being done so well that I'm eager to play more.

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#1619 Posted by eccentrix (2405 posts) -

Artifact is really fun to play. It's the first card game I've enjoyed playing more than collecting and looking at the cards. The matches are so tight and tense, too. I recently won my first game against a human by less than one turn and am currently on a 2-game draw streak.

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#1620 Posted by nutter (2206 posts) -

@farkas: Spider-man’s environmental missions are a slog. I’ll do one or two if I have 30 minutes to myself, but they’re not fun...luckily everything aside from the objectives (just getting around) still feels great.

I’m actually not sure what all the stealth-hate is about. I learned about the...loose...hit detection on sneaking by boxes and failing once and never had another issue. I really dig the Batman-style stealth missions, too. It’s like a little puzzle.

I’m not too far into the story, but I’ve found it underwhelming so far...maybe I need to focus more on that and less on tackling challenges. I feel like there’s some good set-up, but it’s not making good on it...yet.

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#1621 Posted by liquiddragon (3469 posts) -

Been playing a lot of Valkyria Chronicles 4 and man, the combat is still so good. Loving the new additions.

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#1622 Posted by adamxkuhn (39 posts) -

CrossCode! I feel like it's a real sleeper hit. That game is polished, charming, and (while it's a very long game) easy to put down and pick back up again days later without any issues. In that regard it reminds me a bit of SteamWorld Dig -- the movement and the shooting and the puzzles all just feel very nice.

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#1625 Posted by FrodoBaggins (2087 posts) -

Made my way into act 2 of Divinity Original Sin 2 and my god this game is DENSE. It's sooo good. Wish some things were easier or quicker to do with a control pad. Love the quest and dialog systems and how the world seems to react to your characters and their actions.

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#1626 Posted by Francium34 (329 posts) -

I've been playing Smash single player mode. Some of the spirit fights are pretty cool. And RAYMAN IS IN IT!!!!!

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#1627 Posted by ATastySlurpee (677 posts) -

Mutant Year Zero is a really good time! Kinda stuck at the moment as I'm not a high enough level to continue, but still having a good time with it

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#1628 Posted by wollywoo (285 posts) -

I've just been playing a ton of Smash. 20+ hours already. It is so, so good. I've only played a tiny fraction of the roster. World of Light is really fun. I've been playing 1v1, no items, online recently and it is very entertaining. The game does a great job of pairing me with people around my skill level (which is only okay.) Playing online against real opponents is, needless to say, much more interesting than playing against AI over and over again - you can really feel the personality of your opponent come out in their fighting style. There are these tense moments on the larger stages where you're just staring at each other across a big gap, each waiting for the other to make a move, like a classic Old West shootout. So tense and fun!

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#1629 Posted by FacelessVixen (2640 posts) -

Back into another Fallout 4 K-hole, only this time I might actually play the Far Harbor and Nuka World DLC.

I'm still on track to clocking in 1,000 hours by 2020. 828 hours down. 172 to go.

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#1630 Edited by liquiddragon (3469 posts) -

Ppl weren't lying about Tetris Effect...

It's beautiful and I played so much of it.

Not as much as Valkyria Chronicles 4 though. VC4...that's a fun game. VC gameplay is still great. The "command" move is sick.

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#1631 Edited by The_Greg (543 posts) -

Downloaded Quantum Break yesterday and played the first act. First impressions are good, can't see why it got such a hammering at release. Time will tell, I suppose.

@mezmero said:

Rented Assassin's Creed: Odyssey a month or so ago and finished the main story just last week at 67 hours and I loved that game. Yes aspects of it are as bloated and derivative as people say but I was just so enamored with the experience of playing as Kassandra, this badass chick who can kick the ass of anyone and everyone in ancient Greece and who doesn't suffer fools gladly. In an odd way it may be the best Wonder Woman game never made.

You can still rent games? I've also been playing a bit of this game. It's easily the best of the AC games I've played (only played 1 to 4 & Syndicate, and found that they got incrementally better).

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#1632 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2579 posts) -

I currently play Enter the Gungeon for a couple of runs each day and I quite enjoy it. Good podcast game, though the soundtrack is also phenomenal.

I play AC:O as well, but after 30 hours of dressed-up fetch and kill quests, I already feel like I have seen everything. I think I am going to give this a longer break soon.

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#1633 Posted by nutter (2206 posts) -

Finally got around to God of War 2018. I’ve only had time for a couple of sessions, but it’s cool. Areas are starting to open into each other in a way that reminds me of Ninja Gaiden.

The combat being...Souls-lite is tough to wrap my brain around, as are the controls...but I’m getting there.

BOY, it’s pretty good.

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#1634 Posted by nutter (2206 posts) -

@the_greg: I dig Quantum Break. It was a cool big-budget experiment. It’s no Alan Wake, but it’s cool and the powers are fun.

I THINK I played through the game twice to see how the decisions impacted everything, so I must have enjoyed it enough.

The show aspect is corny, but it has its charm and its moments.

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#1635 Posted by cikame (2865 posts) -

Churning my way through Resonance of Fate now that it's out on PC, i played it originally on the 360 but never completed it due to difficulty, but now i'm determined.
There was 1 patch to fix a few issues but a few technical issues remain which i wish they'd fix, though communication has stopped so i don't think that will happen.
That aside, i LOVE this game.

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#1636 Posted by SloppyDetective (1615 posts) -

So I've been playing Subnautica thanks to the Epic store and man I'm really thankful that they are giving this away.

I've never been much for survival games but the look of this game pushed me to really give it a shot. The clean sci-fi aesthetic of the tech is great, coupled with the underwater alien creatures/plant life it's just a real looker. And the day night cycle really shift the tone of the game from relaxing scuba survival to underwater psychedelic horror.

I'm just now getting to the base building and that seems a little overwhelming, but some guides have, well, guided me into how to start and I'm excited for my next play session so I can build my own private rapture.

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#1637 Posted by redcream (904 posts) -

@sloppydetective: I'm glad more people are enjoying this game now that it's free. I won't stop gushing about how great this game is until it hits mainstream success.

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#1638 Posted by mezmero (3768 posts) -

I've been playing Subnautica pretty obsessively for the past week or so. Didn't get it through Epic, I've just had it in my library for a while and never got around to it. I have no doubt there are multiple things I could be doing more efficiently but the fun of the game has been discovering more and more efficient ways of surviving as I explore. I finally built my first Cyclops a couple days ago and so I packed up a surplus of materials into it and set out to build a thermo-powered habitat near some volcanic depths I've been eyeing for awhile. Extremely relaxing game that I didn't expect to like so much.

@the_greg: Yeah I still use Gamefly though I live in California so the turn around on shipping both ways is fairly decent. Games are getting so long and chock full of content that I'd probably be better off buying them outright in some cases. It's mostly useful for my auxiliary backlog of PS4 games.

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#1639 Posted by Stonyman65 (3810 posts) -

I picked up Insurgency: Sandstorm over the weekend and so far its been awesome. It reminds me of what Battlefield used to be back in the day. The only word I can use to describe it is intense. You get the arcade-y feel of a call of duty or CS:GO but with the tactical gameplay of old Battlefield or a lite version of ARMA or Squad. Kind of that perfect in-between.

IMO its a HUGE improvement over Insurgency 2, and its only like $26 on Steam right now.

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#1640 Posted by glots (4367 posts) -

Playing through Super Mario Galaxy for the first time. While I haven't really enjoyed playing any Switch game with joy-cons, going back to a way older hardware with motion controls wasn't as bad as I had feared. I still wish the nunchuk would be more chunky, but I'll manage. Adding a thumb-grip thingy to the stick was helpful though.

Oh, as for the game itself, it's pretty good, great even! Some of the "minigames" like Ray Surfing aren't really doing it for me, but otherwise, after having played it for 4-5 hours, I think I like this better than Odyssey! The music's really catchy and the colorful visuals, while only shown in 480p, don't really look that bad in comparison to playing some PS3 games on my current TV.

Going to probably jump straight into the sequel after this, unless there's a really frustrating difficulty spike hiding behind the corner.

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#1641 Posted by FrodoBaggins (2087 posts) -
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#1642 Posted by inevpatoria (7452 posts) -

I just can't stop playing Smash Ultimate.

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#1643 Posted by FacelessVixen (2640 posts) -

A few hours of Midnight Club LA to test out a DS3 controller that I bought from ebay. The game is pretty fun and the controller is a legit CECHZC2U model.

Thanks ebay for not ripping me off, and thanks Midnight Club for being less frustrating than I remember it being when I first played it; granted that I finally got good at games last year.

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#1644 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2968 posts) -

All the Spidey DLC is out now.

It's pretty good.


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#1645 Posted by Fram (1863 posts) -

Just started Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. I was getting frustrated early with some of the "run away from fire" moments but I beat that first boss and that whole sequence was awesome. Everything about the presentation in that game is so good.

Also I'm slowly making my way through Ashen and Below and having a good time so far!

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#1646 Posted by whiskeyshotguns (2 posts) -

I recieved Dragon Quest XI (PS4) recently as a birthday present. I'm a pretty big fan of the Dragon Quest games, and I anxiously awaited my time with this game. So far I'm not disappointed. I'm kinda taking the approach suggested by Tim Rodgers from Kotaku--playing an hour or so at a time every night before going to bed. As it's not a particularly difficult game, it feels like the right way to cap off a stressful workday! I'm still very early, like sub-six hours, but I'm eating the story up like candy. This stuff is really great.

Other than that I am replaying DUSK (PC) on higher difficulties. Easily my game of the year, as the FPS it aims to contend with (namely 90s varieties such as the Quakes, the DOOMs, Half-Life, Duke 3D, BLOOD etc.) are some of my favorite games ever. I loved the level design the first time around: how it played with my expectations, and brought something new to a table that is certainly covered in about three feet of dust. On higher difficulties I'm definitely quicksaving after each corner in an attempt to make it through alive, but I'm loving every second. The balance is pretty on par with Quake, where normal mode has you blowing everything up hopping from hallway to hallway with a sadistic grin, and hard mode has you questioning each shadow as you sweat each and every bullet you must part with defending against hordes of nightmare monstrosities. I cannot recommend this game enough ESPECIALLY to those of you who've played and enjoyed these fine FPS of yore. No longer can we say they don't make them like they used to. Because now they do, and they might just be better?

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#1647 Posted by liquiddragon (3469 posts) -

Playing a couple oldies for the first time.

Luigi's Mansion - It's a really odd game tonally and I'm loving how weird it is. It kinda feels like a game not meant for the public's eyes and I'm finding it endlessly fascinating. It's really cool that so much of the world reacts to the vacuum. It's an accomplishment in itself when a game this old plays ok so in that respect, Luigi's Mansion passes with flying colors. It's aged well and it feels good to move around and interact with it.

Syndicate(2012) - Man, I don't even know why I doubted Jeff all these years. I should've known. Starbreeze just kills it every time. They know how to do first person perspective with details other developers just never attempt. You feel like you're in a body and that's something I value so much. The fact that you move your gun out of the away of surfaces if you bump up against it, no one does that and it's brilliant. It's also a sick grimy cyberpunk world so hard to complain about anything with this one.

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#1648 Posted by Ben_H (4202 posts) -

I saw Abby and Alex's quick look of Parkitect and was immediately super into that game. I finally broke down and bought it. It's fantastic! I'm still getting used to it, but as a diehard RCT fan, that game is exactly what I'd want. I really dig what they've done with track creation. It's really slick. You can create huge sweeping turns with the go-karts (not just 90 degree turns like RCT), so naturally I now want to remake F1 tracks. All the data they give you for your rollercoasters is super cool. They have a visual that shows where you are creating G's so if your track is too intense you can quickly pinpoint where.

They also make you actually care about decorations, since it's a metric that your park is judged on, so I did my best to make my park look good.

Also, you can run that game on practically anything. I was playing it on my MacBook Pro, and even though it triggers the discrete GPU, it doesn't run the machine any harder than something like Civ V. I had it turned up pretty high with the best anti-aliasing and it was still running around 60 fps on my laptop and was barely heating my machine up.

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#1649 Posted by glots (4367 posts) -

I suppose I'm not currently playing it, because I both started and finished the game earlier today, but Moss on PSVR was a very good game.

It is pretty short (3-4 hours) and the combat & puzzles are quite simple (though still entertaining), but the game gave me this really awesome feel of wonder, like I was watching a fantasy movie from the 80's, that not many other games have managed to do. That alone made the experience worth it. I did also get it for 50% of the price from a sale, which helped to soften the short duration.

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#1650 Posted by BigSocrates (1966 posts) -

@the_greg said:

Downloaded Quantum Break yesterday and played the first act. First impressions are good, can't see why it got such a hammering at release. Time will tell, I suppose.

I think Quantum Break got hammered for 2 reasons. The first is that expectations were super high because it was the new game from the Max Payne and Alan Wake people, and while it's a good game it doesn't live up to that lineage. The second is that people seemed to think you were supposed to play it as a cover shooter, and you're just not. It's a bad cover shooter (and doesn't even have a stick to cover button.) It's meant to be played as a run and gun stringing all the powers together, and played like that it's a pretty fun time.

Also the TV show aspect is pretty bad. Not terrible, but pretty bad. It focuses on the wrong characters and it never really goes anywhere interesting. It was a kind of intriguing experiment but Quantum Break would have been a better game if it had just had an in-game story and that budget had gone to more awesome set pieces and getting the game out earlier in the generation. Still, by the time it was over I would have played a DLC campaign or a sequel, so overall I liked it.

As for me I'm just playing a ton of World of Light. I keep trying to switch to other stuff (HA!) but that Smash gameplay/RPG/Nostalgia loop has been pretty unbreakable. I think I have close to 30 hours into it already and that's a ton for me these days. It's not quite at the level of Zelda or Mario Odyssey (or even Mario Kart 8) for me, but it's another reason to be glad I have a Switch. I've also been messing around with some random retro stuff like Sonic the Hedgehog (I love the Sega Ages collection and would buy basically anything on that label for the Switch) and Knights of the Round off the Capcom Beat 'Em Up collection. Both are classics, but they're just palate cleansers between rounds of Smash.