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MightyDemon82

@RogerRoger that was a stellar review I'll definitely check it out, sounds like it has a few niggles but nothing that would put me off of seeing it through to the end. Thanks for giving us your opinion!

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RogerRoger

@MightyDemon82 No worries, happy to help. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

PSN ID: GDS_2421
Making It So Since 1987

Gremio108

Hmm, interesting. You've made me want to re-download Captain Spirit at the very least. That's all my backlog will allow for now, but that was a good read.

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

PSN: Hallodandy

mookysam

Another excellent review @RogerRoger. I recently watched the game be played, rather than playing it myself, and thoroughly enjoyed the passive experience. The relationship between the brothers is excellent and the core of the game. I felt quite emotionally invested in their journey, more so than when I watched the first Life is Strange be played. It's interesting because given the things that happen to the brothers, some of the more instinctive, reactionary player choices are the ones that lead to Daniel becoming "bad". Player choice in games like this always irritates me because the games almost always view it as a binary choice. Hopefully this is something that will evolve as we move into the next generation. Issues with the writing are perhaps a lack of subtlety and as you noted a veritable horde of one-dimensional stereotypical characters.

Life is Strange 2's politics are sometimes a little clumsy but the game has the right to explore them (whether the developers are French or not). Although it may be inspired by US current affairs, it's nonetheless fictitious and an artistic representation of the real world. The lines are blurrier when it comes to depicting the lived experience of minorities and I feel that this requires sensitivity and proper research - which is something I would hope dontnod did.

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RogerRoger

@Gremio108 Thanks! Yeah, you'd definitely need a couple days to binge all five episodes, or a week of regular gaming time to clear them. Longer if you stop and look at everything.

@mookysam More thanks, and good to know I'm not the only one who was blown away by the Diaz brothers and the handling of their characters. There were a couple times when I found myself having to backtrack some lessons for Daniel, and convince him not to copy what I'd made Sean do, absolutely. It's a game written for its engine, not a branching story then made to work in-game. And you're right, anybody has the right to raise an issue or ask a question, especially through fiction. I just fear that sometimes, certain people asking certain things at certain times can make a situation worse. If you asked me something about myself and I said "no, sorry, you've gotten that wrong there" then it's between us, but if you didn't ask and instead went and made a multi-million-dollar game about that misconception, I'd probably be a little less polite! With great exposure comes great responsibility, and all that.

PSN ID: GDS_2421
Making It So Since 1987

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Stellar review @RogerRoger 👍

... I don't actually have a whole lot to say as besides Until Dawn (Or watching Detroit: Become Human) I haven't actually experienced any of these types of games! 😅

No Life Is Strange 1 or Before the Storm or even any of the telltale-y ones. Never even played a demo for them. I'm generally not a fan of the episodic release format (and in my eyes they seriously took the mick with how long the other 4 episodes for this took to release and it's not something I'd want to reward as such)

I could give Captain Spirit or maybe the first episode of the first LiS a whirl though (mainly as they're free) and see what I think though it doesn't particularly sound like my cup of tea (Or at least I need to be in the right mood for it) but I owe you and this review to give them a chance at least!

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"Well that was fun. Horrible, but fun!" Fargus The Jester - Pandemonium (After a summoning a monster that destroyed his home town)

"Words don't make changes. Wounds do." Agent Black - Iconoclasts

DonJorginho

My first review is going to be on Horizon Zero Dawn or Death Stranding, which would be more interesting?

DonJorginho

JohnnyShoulder

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy I didn't think the first Life Is Strange would be my cuppa either, bit once I played it I loved it. I bought the special edition once all the episodes which came with a CD of the soundtrack and some other bits and bobs.

I played the Captain Spirit demo and was totally bored by it and found the boy annoying, so I think I've moved on from those type of games.

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

PSN: JohnnyShoulder

Gremio108

@RogerRoger Yeah I'm definitely a stopper-and-looker-at-everythinger in this sort of game

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

PSN: Hallodandy

RogerRoger

@DonJorginho Tough call. Death Stranding is more recent, and I know a couple folks (myself included) are holding off until we've heard thoughts from more regular gamers, but Horizon is so glorious it'd be fun to praise the heck out of it. I'd read either!

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@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Thanks, and that's kind of you to say, but you don't owe me (or my review) anything! If this kinda game isn't your brew, then that's okay. We don't all have to like the same stuff; goodness only knows I've never purchased a Call of Duty or FIFA game, despite their high praise and sales numbers! Besides, if you do start a full five-episode season, it's a chunky undertaking to see the whole thing through, which you might feel obligated to do even if you're not having fun (although of course, as @JohnnyShoulder rightly says, you might end up surprising yourself).

@JohnnyShoulder In retrospect, Captain Spirit was a bizarre choice of freequel material. There were many other elements I'd have personally chosen to promote the game with, but hey.

@Gremio108 Sorry to hear you're cursed with such a, er... curse. Must take you forever!

PSN ID: GDS_2421
Making It So Since 1987

Gremio108

@RogerRoger I may never get through Shenmue 3 at this rate...

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

PSN: Hallodandy

JohnnyShoulder

@RogerRoger The main thing that put me off was playing as a teenage girl. But the more I heard all the positive feedback and that there was more to it then just glancing at it, the more I got tempted to play it.

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

PSN: JohnnyShoulder

Th3solution

@JohnnyShoulder Did you play Before the Storm? In many ways it’s even better, although even more teenage girl-y. It took an episode or two to warm up to Chloe’s new voice actress and to the different mechanics due to Chloe being the center of attention, but by the end I may have liked it even more than the first.

@DonJorginho I would echo Rog and say I’m more interested in a detailed review of Death Stranding since I haven’t played it yet, but I have such a love for HZD that I would enjoy reading your thoughts and to see a new perspective for discussion. Ralizah played HZD last year and had a wonderful review and discussion not too long ago, but I’m sure there is plenty more to say about it!

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Th3solution

Oh.. and @RogerRoger as a follow up to my comment the other day, wouldn’t you know LiS2 got put on sale again already. 🤔 so it’s down to $20 again until the first week of Feb. I am pretty tempted to snatch it up, but I’m wondering its being in back-to-back PSN sales is a sign that it will be permanently reduced in price soon. Ah well, I have 2 weeks to think about it. I haven’t had much gaming time lately anyways.

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JohnnyShoulder

@Th3solution Nah I find the gameplay in those types of games a bit dull these days.

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

PSN: JohnnyShoulder

Kidfried

@Th3solution "And I don’t necessarily want to feel like I’m being preached to from an outside party that doesn’t have first hand knowledge of the situation. I would never dare tell someone in the UK how to feel about Brexit, for example."

I found this an interesting comment (short disclaimer: I'm not American myself) and I understand the sentiment, but it made me think. You point this out as a potential drawback for the game, but don't we see stuff like this in games all the time: France, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, England, just to name a few countries I visited in the last few years, from the perspective of an outsider. And all of them were depictions that were... well, unjust at times.

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Kidfried

RogerRoger

@JohnnyShoulder I was the same, with regards the first season. It took some serious arm-twisting (and it being free on PS Plus, I think) for me to bite.

@Th3solution Given your concerns about its content, I'd respectfully suggest that you'd be better off waiting for the day it's either a tenner, or free on PS Plus. Not just for financial reasons, although for backlog and time reasons then sure, don't add to your struggles. But I reckon that playing it right now, at the peak of whatever the heck is happening to society (both globally and in your country), is bound to elicit a strong reaction and I can't guarantee that it'd be a good strong reaction. The more distance you put between it and the 2016 election talking points it attempts to personify will hopefully help you view it as a come-as-you-are fictional soap opera, rather than as a reinforcement of the divisive 24-hour news cycle.

Of course, don't let me tell you what to do, and I apologise if this advice sounds patronising or misplaced in any way. It's merely a conversational suggestion.

PSN ID: GDS_2421
Making It So Since 1987

RR529

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna, the Golden Country (Switch) - Prequel to the main XC2 game that's large enough in scope that it was released as a standalone package.

Pros:

  • It retains the satisfyingly complex combat mechanics of the main game, and thanks to further refinements & little changes (such as the fact you have a set party) it's better than it's ever been.
  • I love how Torna (the new, main explorable Titan/continent) is designed. It still has large areas to explore with lots to find, but it's segmented into regions in a way that makes it easier to digest, and I assume makes it easier for the system to handle compared to the main game (it's still technically one large area you can explore with no loading screens, but it's designed in such a way that you can only see parts of the other regions, if at all, from the region you're currently in). Though it also features one of the Titans from the main game (Gormott) that you're able to nearly fully explore as well.
  • Speaking of exploration & progress, it's much better handled here as well. While it still has Unique Monsters (optional bosses that wander the fields and are usually much stronger than the other monsters in the area), it seems like they're placed in a way where you have to be looking for a fight, or going out of your way exploring, to encounter them (unlike the main game with that level 80 King Kong wannabe that terrorizes you in the opening hours). Also thanks to the set party, obtaining the right field skills to pass certain obstacles isn't much of an issue, while it could be obnoxious in the main game.
  • You're required to knock off a certain amount of the game's sidequests (completing them endears your party to the Tornan people, building your Community Level, and at certain points story quests will be locked off until you're Community Level is high enough), and while I understand that this could be a turnoff for some, as it's clearly a padding attempt in part, I loved it in practice. Now, not all the sidequests are standout, however you'll be meeting with the same faces throughout your adventure, endearing you to the game's populous, and it does make the ending mean more, IMO.
  • The story here can be quite melancholy & bittersweet, and while I personally prefer the more upbeat & hopeful tone of the main game, I can certainly understand why it's so for a prequel, and I can't deny it's really good & will pull at your heartstrings.
  • I really like the Japanese flair of the Tornan culture, and the world design itself is quite lovely, with a suitably massive sense of scale in parts. The desert region of Torna looks gorgeous, and this is coming from someone who generally dislikes desert areas.

Mixed:

  • It's not a fault per se, but in some areas it does presume you've played the main game, particularly in terms of lore. Some things in this regard it doesn't really bother to explain (such as what exactly the Aegis' are), or some things that were a mystery in the main game until near the end, are more openly discussed/shown.
  • Like the first game it does seem to push the system. Nothing terrible mind you, but when you first turn it on it will take a few seconds for the world's textures to load up. No issues beyond that though (the resolution may dip in portable mode like the main game, though as I've played it TV only I can't confirm. I've heard it's an improvement over the main game in this area from others, though).

Overall I thought it was fantastic, and the fact that I can't point to something I actively disliked is a huge testament to that. Sure, I loved the thrill of obtaining new rare Blades in the main game (and do miss it here), but I don't miss the gatcha mechanics and legions of common Blades that came with it, and can't deny Torna is the mechanically better game because of the set party.

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

Ralizah

@RR529 Torna still gets a bit fuzzy in portable mode. Just not to the absurd extent XC2 did, when it dropped to 390p or whatever at times. It's probably about on par with DQXI S at its worst visually when undocked.

I'm one of those people who wished Torna got a bit darker during the main campaign. The game kind of glosses over the most devastating character deaths.

Overall, though, I really loved it, and consider it to be my single favorite Xenoblade game.

Current Games:
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2)
Ys I & II Chronicles+ (PC)

PSN: Ralizah

Th3solution

@RogerRoger Thanks for your well-intentioned suggestions and don’t spend a second worrying about any elicited offense, because there is none. And I think I probably overstated my concern in the beginning about being troubled by the game. Your sensitive warning at the preface of your review brought out the desired contemplation in me, and I appreciate your willingness to look at things from multiple angles and try to put yourself in the shoes of another gamer from a different country or background. I absolutely respect you and your opinions, and over our shared Push Square time I’ve never seen you to be condescending, judgmental, or patronizing. Quite the opposite actually. I count you as a person of high integrity and with neighborly intent (as I do most of the community here) and always respect and welcome your opinions.

As much a function of my backlog woes as anything else, I think I agree with your advice to hold off for now. I really do plan to play the game eventually though, opportunity permitting. Similar to the first game, a PS Plus offering of it would be a welcome addition to my library.

After contemplating my concerns and initial posted reaction, I feel I need to explain my thoughts more but I’ll take them to chit-chat, if you’re interested to continue to follow my train of thought.

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