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RogerRoger

I'm tackling two of my resolutions at once, by playing inFAMOUS 2 on PS3.

First impressions are strong. It's a beautiful new map which runs really smoothly, and the presentational upgrade with regards the returning characters and ongoing storyline is very welcome (since that's one of the areas I felt slightly lacking in the original). I also like the new Amp melee weapons and its finishers, which gives me more options in combat and encourages experimentation. I can't access some of its online features, since I'm playing disconnected, but I doubt I'm missing much and can always take a post-game peek when syncing my trophies at the end.

Because I like it, I'm going for Good Karma and playing like a hero. I did the same before, and so have carried over a few bonuses from a recognised save file, but would've been tempted by the Dark Side had it not grabbed me early on. Kept playing longer than I'd planned, too, and will continue later.

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colonelkilgore

@RogerRoger I played Infamous 2 around 8 months ago, it is so good. As someone who wasn’t as ‘bowled-over’ by Insomniac’s Spider-man (sure I liked it well enough but it is towards the bottom half of the PS4 1st Party exclusives imho) I actually enjoyed Infamous 2 more and is possibly my favourite Superhero game ever (it’s between this and Arkham Asylum, which I much prefer over City).

Haven’t played the two PS4 Infamous games (I have them and have scheduled them in for next year) but going off the two PS3 games it is a really good franchise.

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RogerRoger

@colonelkilgore I played the first inFAMOUS back in 2019. I'd purchased all the others right alongside it, with the intention of working through them in sequence, but other things came up and I got sidetracked long enough to forget that yeah, I'd had some fun. Coming back to its sequel now, I'm remembering all the good stuff, and most of the bad seems to have been fixed, or polished at the very least. It's just so ridiculously playable, if that makes sense.

I played Spider-Man last year and was blown away, but that's only because I like glossy superhero fluff and had recently "got" the Spidey character, after being a DC purist for most of my life.

Speaking of, you're right, Arkham Asylum is head and shoulders above City.

By the time you're ready to tackle the PS4 games, I might've gotten around to them. I'll try and remember to tag you with some thoughts. A friend played Second Son last year and sent me a couple of good-lookin' screencaps, said it was a ton of fun.

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colonelkilgore

@RogerRoger it is hugely ‘playable’, traversal into combat and back into traversal is just so smooth.

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RogerRoger

I'm playing Ultimate Spider-Man on my trusty ol' PS2.

Part of me doubted whether I'd enjoy another sandbox superhero game so soon after inFAMOUS 2 but I'm real glad I booted it up, because I'm having a blast. It's basically Spider-Man 2 but better, in almost every way. Swinging feels fine-tuned, the busywork grinding goals have been shortened, and the side quests have been simplified. The map has also been expanded to include a small slice of Queens, providing some environmental variety. It's incredibly difficult in parts (some story missions have demanded multiple restarts, and the semi-optional races are just... urgh, has any open-world game ever had good races?!) but for the most part, I always feel like it's my fault when I fail, and that makes it okay.

You also get to play as Venom, which is ridiculously cathartic. His health bar is constantly diminishing, so you need to periodically eat people in order to replenish it; when the tutorial for this mechanic made me eat one of the annoying balloon kids from Spider-Man 2, I knew this was the game for me!

It's closely connected to the comic run of the same name, which I never read, so the info-dump opening kinda flew over my head, but the cel-shaded graphics look sublime and the cutscenes are miniature works of art, no matter how brief. I also mean no disrespect to Hollywood stars who are forced to do voiceover work (whether they're actually any good at it or not... sorry, Tobey Maguire) but it's so nice to hear a professional cast of voice actors at work.

Quite the hidden gem. If the story pans out, this could be one of Spidey's finest.

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nessisonett

@RogerRoger I can’t believe you’ve never read the Ultimate Spider-Man comics! Bendis might be Marmite for some people and the Ultimate universe is extremely hit and miss but the Spider-Man ones were brilliant. Miles Morales was later introduced in that imprint and it all started from there!

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colonelkilgore

Started Dead Space 3 back last month as a ‘second game’ but as things were coming to a head on attaining the Dying Light Platinum, DS3 kinda took a back seat. I’ve now promised some guy that I will be done with my first Dead Space 3 playthru by March 16th though so we can do the co-op sections together... so I’m back chipping away at it for an hour after work each day (AC: Black Flag on PS4 is my current ‘main’ game when I plough a whole Wednesday in).

It really isn’t a bad game but once I’ve got the co-op sections finished (sometime after March 16th) I’m not gonna have two games on the go at once again (for a while at least). I’ve cut myself a pretty fine schedule and all these little hour sessions after work could be better used making sure I don’t fall behind schedule on getting my back-sequoia back into a mere back-log..

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RogerRoger

@nessisonett Hey, I'm a relative newcomer to Marvel, so give me a chance! I've been a Batman fan since I was in single digits, and I've still only read about a half-dozen of his comics!

In all seriousness, thanks for the heads-up about Miles. As much as I really like Pete, I think he's been over-exposed by too many competing adaptations of late, and so I was planning on doing some research and buying some of Miles' best comics to add to my small collection. I just find him a much more appealing character. Can't wait to play his game on PS5 this summer!

If you don't mind me asking, which titles would you recommend to a semi-casual fan who's looking to buy a small handful of self-contained storylines?

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@colonelkilgore Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Dead Space 3 rushed to market and then left in a somewhat-unfinished state? Not trying to dampen your enjoyment of the game, but have you noticed any cut corners anywhere? Or does it hold up well enough?

Also, best of luck meeting that deadline! I'm sure it's do-able for you!

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Ralizah

TFW you've never read any Marvel comics of any sort.

My superhero comic exposure is pretty much limited to Batman, outside of independent series that are usually meant to deconstruct the whole concept.

@crimsontadpoles Ultra Despair Girls is a really good spinoff. It did the impossible and made me go from not being able to stand Toko to actually sort of looking forward to scenes with her in them.

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nessisonett

@RogerRoger For Miles Morales, you’d probably be best grabbing key storylines, so just seeing how you get on with his first appearance. The only problem is that his introduction is linked to a massive spoiler and then his whole Ultimate arc is linked to the rest of the universe. You honestly might be better jumping in with his introduction in the main Marvel universe, somewhat unoriginally titled ‘Spider-Man’. It’s all about finding the right place to jump on as it’s a never-stopping train ride. Perhaps @TheFrenchiestFry could add something?

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colonelkilgore

@RogerRoger I don’t know... I haven’t played 1 or 2 (I’ve only started with 3 as it has online trophies, so I want to get them out of the way) so I wouldn’t be able to discern whether 3 is less ‘finished’ that the first two. I was always under the impression that 3 got a lot of hate due to micro-transactions and more action, less horror game play.

It may well be that I’m pleasantly surprised by it due to my low expectations going in though.

And in regards to Marvel, a lot of the early Ultimate runs were pretty good actually (I absolutely LOVED The Ultimates back when Millar was writing it, and early Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Spidey were very good too). My suggestion to anyone new to Marvel though is read all of the Annihilation and Annihilation Conquest books... and then just keep going through to Annihilators!

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RogerRoger

@nessisonett @colonelkilgore Thanks for the comics pointers, guys. I'll do some browsing on Amazon later and see what's available. Spidey is definitely my Batman, in terms of being a potent gateway drug to a wider universe which interests me in wildly varying degrees, so I often have to accept that my scattershot approach isn't gonna help me understand every single reference in every single comic (or game, for that matter; I finished Ultimate Spider-Man last night and whilst its story did have a semi-definitive ending of sorts, I still felt as though I'd only managed to reconstruct half of the puzzle's picture).

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@colonelkilgore Ah yes, I think that was it. I knew there was some controversy surrounding how EA handled Dead Space 3, but couldn't recall details. You're right, sometimes ignorance is bliss when it comes to such things. Here's hoping you find the fun!

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Funny enough i've ended up playing Ultra Despair Girls myself @crimsontadpoles.

I'd been feeling kinda aimless the past week or so with my gaming (Despite enjoying it I was only playing a level a day of Rayman legends by the end) and I ended up flicking through a whole bunch of titles on my PS4 (Including doing a run of School mode in Danganronpa 1 for no real reason) before putting on Ultra Despair Girls that just ended up clicking with me.

Got to chapter 3 yesterday.

@Ralizah I think I said to you before when I bought it last year and gave it a little go that the whole villains being kids made it rather hard going for me... And goodness gracious it is difficult at times for me 😥

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TheFrenchiestFry

@RogerRoger My personal recommendation for Miles Morales specifically would be the new run that came out after he was integrated into the main Marvel continuity

There's a clear distinction in the way he was written pre-Secret Wars and post-Secret Wars, and I think especially after Secret Wars, the other multimedia stuff, particularly Spider-Man PS4 and ITSV, attempted to swerve him away from how he used to be written under Bendis and closer to the stuff that came out after he was integrated into the main 616 Marvel Universe

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RogerRoger

@TheFrenchiestFry Thanks for the input; interesting to know that his wider popularity has triggered some slight alterations to his character. I suppose that can be quite common in comics. I'm grateful for the background, as it'll help me identify what's what when I'm browsing.

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nessisonett

Had some great fun revisiting Fight Night 2004 on PS2. So much nostalgia from just the opening video! I sifted through boxers I made back in about 2004 with names like ‘Jobbie Muncher’ and instead made a new boxer with the nickname ‘Pretty Boy’ and made him incredibly attractive by 2004 standards. Might just see how far I can take him in between chapters of Fire Emblem 4.

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Bravely default 2 - Switch
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Kidfried

Playing Control right now, working my way through the DLC. I just hate this game so much sometimes.

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