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#1 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

The True Vault Hunter mode in 2 was unplayable alone.

Yeah...I thought I'd finally bang out the platinum trophy, but playing TVH mode solo to reach level 50 and gear up for Terramorphous is proving to be a fucking nightmare. I love the fact that they actually put some work into the mode, creating modified versions of enemies instead of just giving them more hit points and higher damage, and appreciate that it's actually a challenge - something Playthrough 2 in the first Borderlands sorely lacked - but it's proving to be more frustrating than fun, in no small part because 1) 95% of the guns you find over the course of playing are weak, inaccurate trash, 2) the skill tree was gimped to encourage (i.e. force) cooperative play, and 3) the whole "Badass rank" is a friggin' joke, unless dealing an additional 14.1% Gun Damage is meant to constitute being a badass. At no point have I ever felt like a badass in Borderlands 2.

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#2 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

I, like a lot of people, didn't play Rogue when it came out but had it on my to-buy list, and I thought this remaster might be the way to go, but I'm not seeing a huge reason to get this version over the last gen one. Yeah, it's slightly sharper, slightly prettier, but not to a degree that wows me.

On the other hand, Sea of Thieves is a real bummer and I have zero interest in that PvP-focused Skull and Bones game, so...if I want to play a new pirate game on current hardware, I guess it's this or nothing.

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#3 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

Even though I've pretty much lost all interest in the franchise at this point - given they've completely squanderer every opportunity to do something innovative, fresh, or just plain different since they took over - I guess I want to see what 343 does with Halo 6. I'd like them to just wrap this bullshit up and then put Halo on an extended (10 years, minimum) hiatus or just fucking retire the series already.

I'd really like to see some Ghost of Tsushima gameplay. I'd dying to see exactly what the hell that game is. We're seriously overdue for a samurai resurgence, though, I'm not sure Sucker Punch is the company to give me the experience I want. But I'm perfectly willing to have them prove me wrong, and I'd love for them to knock this out of the park.

Gearbox has to show off some Borderlands 3, right? I'm ready. I just hope they make some major improvements over Borderlands 2, while taking notes on what not to do based on consumer reaction to all the bullshit trends in games over the last few years - and especially last year's Winner of the Trifecta of Feculence, EA.

And what the fuck happened to Michel Ancel's WiLD? They had that crazy-ass trailer for the game a couple years back and then I feel like the game just vanished off the face of the earth. Be nice to see an updated on that game - but only if it's expected to release before E3 2019.

Speaking of shit with unknown release dates, Microsoft needs to show Crackdown 3 with a definitive release date or run a bloopers reel showing how fucking busted and craptastic it is, apologize to everyone who was foolishly excited for the game, admit they'll be slipping it onto store shelves with no fanfare and recommend people don't buy it. Enough already. They've been working on it for how long now? If the damn thing isn't good enough to release at this point, more time and money isn't going to fix it; just drop that turd and move on.

From Software's new game?
The Last of Us 2 gameplay?
Obligatory appear of Death Stranding?

Could be one hell of an E3.

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#4 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

@dave_tacitus: I welcome any and all recommendations on decent Dualshock 3 alternatives, so I'll put the Gioteck VX2 on the list on controllers to try. I guess the one good thing about third party controllers is I can probably get three different ones to test out for what a Dualshock 3 used to go for.

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#5 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

@werupenstein: Unfortunately, it doesn't work with every game. Or, at least, it didn't last I checked. Plus, it has wonky functionality; you still need a Dualshock 3 to access the XMB, the vibration doesn't work (which I'd miss, but could manage without), and there were a few other minor quirks, I believe. If Sony did the work to patch the PS3 so the Dualshock 4 was fully functional with the system and across all games, I'd be thrilled. Plus, that would go a long way toward making me feel like Sony actually does care about their consumers, regardless of which system they're on.

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#6 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

@gundamguru: Sadly, I've had no luck finding a trusted source for official Dualshock 3 replacements. I've started contemplating trying third party options, if only to clear out of backlog of PS3 titles. Not ideal, but when you don't have any other options... (I have a similar complaint with Microsoft discontinuing the Xbox 360 controller. Of course, at least they're making efforts to get those older games playable on the new system, thereby circumventing the need for the old controller. Though, damn, that 360 controller really was perfection and I don't know what I'll do on PC when I need to find a replacement.)

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#7 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

I'm thankful my subscription expires a couple months before then, or I'd feel seriously cheated. Sure, it's probably time to officially put those systems to bed, given than Sony doesn't really support them anymore - which makes trying to find a suitable Dualshock 3 replacement infuriating, let me tell you - but I feel like Sony is quickly falling back into its rut of hubris. Their implied attitude of "nobody gives a shit about playing old games/stop living in the past" has a really shitty Mattrick/Orth tone that Sony might want to check, given how that worked out for Microsoft.

Be interesting to see how/if they compensate for that loss of content.

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#8 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

I very rarely watch/listen to the Bombcast these days and haven't listened to the Beastcast since Dan ruined it for me. So, the older stuff is pretty much all I have to give me that Giant Bomb fix. So, I watch/listen to the old stuff because:

I miss Ryan.
I miss TNT and TANG.
I miss the chemistry of Jeff, Ryan, Vinny and Brad (even with Patrick. who I still like more than all the new hires - with the exception of Jan - combined).
I miss Vinny and Dave screwing around with old PC games.
I miss Vinny.
I miss Drew.
Goddamn, I miss Ryan so fucking much.

I watch/listen to the old stuff because, in my heart, that's the real Giant Bomb, and because it never fails to make me smile, make me laugh, make me happy on those days when I need joy in my heart the way I need air in my lungs.

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#9 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

I've been listening to a lot of older Bombcasts recently and it seems Patrick was the first to use it a lot, with Alex being a close second, and I think it's steadily gotten worse from there, especially since the younger hires. It's most noticeable during Game of the Year debates, and also the most frustrating, because trying to argue why they feel a game belongs on a list is when they need to be their most eloquent, their most concise, in order to sell the others. (Last year's GotY discussions were downright painful at times.)

One of the things I loved about Drew is how he'd often pause mid-sentence, trying to find the right words to clearly express his thought, rather than say 'like' half a dozen times in a single sentence, frantically trying to cobble together a coherent thought. He didn't always find those words, but I appreciated the fact that he tried. Though, I imagine there are people out there who found those pauses just as distracting as the likes. So, you can't please everyone.

You either enjoy the conversations, the podcasts, the QLs, and all the other features enough to tune out those things that bother you or don't listen.

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#10 Posted by CurseTheseMetalHands (165 posts) -

@soulcake: Yeah, I suspect it's directly linked to the microtransactions, which just gives people one more reason to loathe their inclusion.

@ntm: Sadly, The Division is another game I passed on because of the always online requirement. Same with Destiny. I mean, I freakin' love loot games where numbers come flying off dudes when you hurt them. Those games were right up my alley. As much as I love the franchise, if Borderlands 3 has always online DRM, I won't be buying it either. Even though, yes, an argument can be made that The Division, Destiny and Borderlands are meant to be played multiplayer, which means online, and therefore an online requirement shouldn't be the big deal people make it into. I just won't support mandatory online connections. Hell, most of the gaming community seemed to feel the same way back when Microsoft was trying to make always online DRM a core feature of their console, but now we see more and more companies sneaking it in through the back door and nobody seems to mind. What the hell?