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|Year of Video Games: Month 4|
One game a week every week for the whole year.
The Lonesome Crowded West
Donkey Kong Country: (switch SNES emulator) 8.5/10
I originally played the game boy version when I was a kid, and I got stuck on the world 5 level Trick Track Trek. I attempted this level probably 100 times. It beat me. I was traumatized. I was convinced I didn’t like DKC and I didn’t touch it again for fifteen years. In retrospect I think this game is a lot harder on the gameboy because of the tiny screen, it’s still a hard game on the SNES but it was a lot more manageable for me now. I’ve really come around to this game. I used to think it was too simple, not enough like Mario, but I’ve since realized you’re supposed to play it more like a Sonic game than a Mario one, that is trying to move as quickly as possible and chain moves together. It’s also more about memorizing and optimizing the levels than Mario in which most levels can be completed on the first try.
Sad Sappy Sucker
This game also has an incredible soundtrack. The bosses are horrible, but at least they’re easy. King K. Rool is awesome though. Yeah, great game, it really holds up.
This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
God of War II: (ps3 remaster) 6.5/10
This one was a chore to complete in a week. I played the first game when it came out and I enjoyed it, but never revisited it and never played the sequels. My first impression with God of War 2 was “Oh boy is this gameplay dated”. This is one of those button mashers that’s more about spectacle than it is minute to minute gameplay. And shitty puzzles, this game has terrible puzzles. Just when I’m getting into the groove of the combat I get forced into a shitty puzzle that takes way too long to figure out because of poor design or elements not being visually highlighted.
The Moon & Antarctica
My main gripe with the combat, traversal, and puzzles is the camera. You have no control of the camera, it does whatever it wants and it’s usually more concerned with showing you something cool in the background than it is helping you play the game. This is a big pet peeve of mine, I really don’t like not being able to control the camera myself in third person games like this, especially with puzzle rooms. This game is also edgy to the point of being funny. Maybe I would like this game if I hadn’t played Hades recently, but that game does Greek mythology so much better in my opinion. This game is fine, but it’s about four hours too long.
Resident Evil Revelations 2: (ps4) 6.5/10
This is one of those co-op optional, but not really because the single player is inherently worse type games. I played the first hour or so by myself until I got stuck because there’s a part where you gotta crank a crank with one character and fight off dudes at the same time, and you’re led to believe you can control both characters, but oh boy, if you set one character to crank the crank and then switch to the other character, the character cranking the crank will stop cranking the crank. Why the fuck would you design two character gameplay this way? But then I played this part with someone else and oh boy one of us could crank the crank and the other could shoot the zombies dudes. Wow! Thanks Capcom, really glad you gave me the tantalizing choice of suffering through your game by myself or being forced to play a SURVIVAL HORROR game with another person.
Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Anyway, this is a very average RE game. It somehow manages to have the worst dialogue in the entire series, yes even worse than “master of unlocking” and “sorry but….it looks like your party……...has been...cancelled” and what not. At least the early games were so bad it’s good. This game has raid mode which is really fun. Also they released this game episodically which is so fucking stupid.
Building Nothing Out of Something
Spider-Man (2018) - 9.5/10
“This game really makes you FEEL like Spider-Man.” - every reviewer ever. This game would be a 10 if it wasn’t overly stuffed with open world Assassin’s Creed boring ass busy work kind of crap. Like there’s these random crimes that you have to stop in each district and there’s five of them for each district and five for each crime faction so you end up repeating the same kinda hey beat up these thugs kinda thing like fifty times and towards the end it’s like enough is enough.
Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks
I platinumed this bad boy, which I would definitely not recommend, I think if you ignore like 75% of the optional stuff this is basically a perfect game. Swinging around is fun as fuck, so fun that it kind of ruins other open world games cuz it’s like I rather be fucking Spider-Man than have to ride a horse across Tamriel. The DLC is all pretty good too. Story is good, dialogue is mostly fine other than this annoying Spider-Cop joke that they ram straight into the ground.
|Crank the crank|
|yee dkc is sick, finished it recently with my brother. we're gonna run dkc2 soon. never properly played that one|
i was playing GoW last year and man does it feel dated, ur right. sucks it took this long to finally play it cuz I was poor back when it was out and looked like the craziest game ever
|Rev 2 would be a lot better if both players had guns but the co player is stuck with the bitch character and their gimmicks aren't as helpful as another shotgun would be.the episodic shit sucks only because the episodes end with the dumb cliff hangers and and drama just falls flat. Moira is like the worst character since Steve Burnside, and the only real saving grace of the game is raid mode but even then the maps are recycles from re6 so the game just feels so lazy on so many fronts. Like a 4/10 imo, Rev 1 isn't great either but it's better since it's balanced around a single character where 2 throws so much shit at you but you might as well be by yourself. Getting the gate open at the end of episode 1 is needlessly annoying, the Pablo boss in episode 2 just tanks through so much of your ammo on top of common mobs. Those bonus modes suck too. |
|DKC and Spider-Man make a pretty solid month. I've been getting stuck into the new Binding of Isaac DLC |
|Yeah, I'm probably giving Rev 2 more credit than it deserves, but I had enough fun playing it with my significant other|
|Any game with coop goes up a few points if you have a friend tbh just cuz you can shit talk with someone. |
Also props you can play coop on the same screen on it even though I hate they skew the picture with it. Never understood that.
|oh yeah, the splitscreen for Rev 2 looks like shit. I'm playing RE5 right now with a buddy of mine online and it's a much better experience|
Why is this featured lol
|I'll get around to Spiderman some day. Everybody raves about how fun it is, but I can't help feeling a lil skeptical? Maybe I'll cave after finishing Returnal and RE8|
|1 is a 10 tbh. Or close to. Spider-Man was a great time, even if the side stuff got mad repetitive (there's a cool Tom Waits reference in kne of them tho - did you catch?). |
Who's pumped as fuck for RE8?!?
|yeah I caught it|
I've been staring at RE8 countdown on my ps4 all week
|never played the RE Revelations games. I loved DKC as a kid but as an adult I find that it's more about graphics than gameplay, compared to Mario or Sonic is just feels kind of bland. If I were jonesing for an old school 2D platformer I wouldn't play a DKC game.|
I liked Spider-Man but I found it to be a fairly inferior version of the Arkham games across the board. Insomniac just isn't very good at creating compelling, deep gameplay that keeps me invested. I would not put it on par with the Assassin's Creed games either. It's a good game but not a great one. It's nowhere even remotely as good as Arkham City or Arkham Knight.
|That's interesting, I've started Arkham Asylum but got bored pretty quickly. Batman takes up like half of the fucking screen and a lot of the voiceacting reminds me too much of children's cartoons. I'll probably give it another chance this year though|
|Arkham knight is nowhere near as good as Spider-Man wtf? That's the weakest arkham game by far.|
Also yeah the character pov is terrible in those games
|Disagreed on Arkham Knight being the worst, it is the best. Possibly the best open world game of all time. It's a masterpiece.|
|" I got stuck on the world 5 level Trick Track Trek. I attempted this level probably 100 times."|
|The boss battles blow ass and it forces you to use the batmobile tank mode way too much, which is the weakest part of the game. It looks gorgeous, the open world is cool, but the tedium of constantly doing the same thing over and over and a weak narrative with a disappointing character reveal makes it stand out as the worst imo. City had the best villains, bosses, and twists and turna. Asylum had, well, the asylum which was a lot of fun to explore but has the weakest traversal and combat|
|Origins is underrated with rly damn good boss design too|
|The Batmobile is the best part of Knight, also I liked the story a fair amount. City does have a better story but that's because they have Paul Dini on story in that game and he's one of the goats. I've 100% completed both games several times though, they're both 10s in my book. Asylum reused boss fights too many times and there's no grapnel, so traversal is never as fun. Origins was solid. It was a bit buggier and more imbalanced and it felt like too much of a retread of City but I still liked it. I'd go Knight >= City > Asylum > Origins. I liked them all more than Spider-Man though. Spider-Man's combat just felt sloppy and easy and the open world stuff is pretty dreadful. I am biased though, I like Batman WAY more than Spider-Man. |
|Tank mode in batmobile is braindead gameplay and it's forced on the player for like 50% of the game. It also features in the absolute lamest boss fight of the year against deathstroke. Oh and the titular villain, because god forbid they make a unique boss battle |
|if you didn't like the batmobile you probably didn't change the setting for the tank mode toggle because that instantly makes it a hundred times better and i have no idea why it's not default. i loved the tank mode fights, the one where you're leaving the police station and oracle helps you out is probably my single favorite fight in the game. loved the stealth batmobile sections too where you had to shoot the big tanks in the back. i should play it again, what a wonderful game. i never felt like the batmobile was forced on me, i was always like "awwww yeah more batmobile stuff." some of the best vehicle mechanics in gaming history. knight is one of the very few games i give a 10 / 10 to. |
|i'd rather have more riddler trophies to find than boss fights anyway though lol|
|"I attempted this level probably 100 times. It beat me. I was traumatized."|
This happened to me with Carnival Zone Act 2 on Sonic 3.
|bruh the god of war puzzles are wack just let me press square repeatedly |