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SRB2 is one of the best Sonic games ever
Any idea if the extra characters are fully playable or are they only available during this DLC's bosses?
Anybody here a Tales fan? I picked up a few games in the series including Symphonia and Graces f (PS3), Abyss (3DS), and Vesperia (PS4), and was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on these particular entries and perhaps recommendations for other ones.
I've only played Symphonia, Zestiria, and Berseria.
I know Symphonia is basically to the Tales fandom what 3 & Knuckles is to the Sonic fandom. I personally found the game kind of difficult to get into (especially the combat system which is basically a much clunkier version of Smash Bros.) but it I enjoyed it once I got the hang of it.
Zestiria is probably the most controversial entry in the series but I enjoyed it well enough. Of the three, I found it to have the most intuitive combat system control wise. It's not all that well balanced though, so it can get pretty grindy towards the end, especially if you aren't abusing the Armatization mechanic. It also has my favorite character: Edna.
Berseria is a prequel to Zestiria and probably my favorite of the bunch. My biggest complaint with it is that you have to unlock certain features that should have been available from the start (most notably the option to assign spells/special attacks to block + face button instead of having to override one of your one of your basic attack combos).
Ive played a couple Tales games.
You might want to play Symphonia, Abyss, and Vesperia in that order since. the gameplay is largely the same with gimmicks/improvements with the latter 2. The stories in Symphonia and Vesperia are fine (with the latter having a lackluster endgame). Ive not played Vesperia with the new stuff in it, but its still packed with a lot of content. Abyss' story is alright, but the cast is divisive amongst fans.
Graces f I honestly hate from the ones ive played, but the only saving grace (heh) is the battle system. story is meh, cast is ok, dungeons are very bland.
I dont recommend Zestiria as i really hate the story and i didnt like the gameplay, but I dont know if Berseria is any better. I didnt play the old Tales game before Symphonia and Xillia 1 and 2.
Thanks for the replies and suggestions so far! I've heard bad/mixed things about certain entries like Zestiria and Xillia, but there's no game I'm opposed to playing and I'd be willing to give any title I happen across a fair shot. Based on what I've read online the Tales series reminds me a lot of Sonic, where there's no clear consensus on which games are good or bad and one fan's favorite can be another fan's trash.
I definitely aim to play Symphonia first before the others; my only exposure to the series was the SFC version of Phantasia which I never got around to finishing. I went and bought the Team Symphonia games due to people's nostalgia for them and them being some of the earliest Tales games to release outside of Japan.
Trying to tackle Metal Gear Rising again. I have such an impossibly difficult time coming to grips with this game's battle system compared to DMC or Bayo that it keeps deterring me from continuing, but I'm determined to finish it this time.
@Bobnik I'm not good at parrying/blocking in video games in general, and a lack of a dodge move makes me feel defenseless at almost all times.
Also in Japan the first 52 episodes count as one season due to how seasons work over there. Our season 3 is their season 2 (which they'll be getting on TV for the first time early next year) My mind sticks with referring to Sonic X as having three seasons total since the divide between them is more clear than the two-season Japanese format and easier to remember than the dub's home video arc separation.
Gravity Rush 2's graphics remind me of the difference between Wind Waker GCN and HD. It's an improvement in some areas but going for more realistic shading hurts the game's unique look imo. It's also annoying that 2 is 30fps when Remastered was 60
Started playing Gravity Rush 2 and my favorite thing so far is how stasis isn't a totally useless piece of shit
Eggman released werehog into outer space along with the chaos emeralds and didn't stop to think for one fractionth of a second "oh maybe I might need those lol" and had this pointed out to him even Eggman is smart but he also hella stupid.
There isn't anything here to kickstart a proper discussion. Also, I know I've told you this before but work on improving your grammar and formatting because your posts are extremely difficult to read.
I suggested Portal as an alternative example but really it could have been any other Valve IP than Half-Life. Left 4 Dead VR would have been another interesting choice imo. My point being that I think it's unfair to a degree to gate the next HL game off from people who are unable to play it due to the series' focus in storytelling and its unresolved storyline. I'll concede that Portal likely wouldn't work in VR due to the aforementioned issues, but now you can just replace Portal with L4D in my previous posts and my point stands.
Even $200 is prohibitively expensive for me lol. The older I get the more cheapskatey I am when it comes to games. It's gonna be a really long time before I get to the point where I can start to think about looking into buying a VR device
"...OR I COULD PUSH YOU OFF THIS POLYGON MOUNTAIN. Now what is your choice Elise? You can either die, die, or--"
Zero and Battle Network are the best Megas Mans
Sonic is pretty cool
The MMBN5DS voices are distractingly wretched
I think it's kind of disappointing that Valve went with a story-driven series for their flagship VR title, thereby locking out many fans who have been asking for the next major entry for years, and will have to either avoid spoilers or look up information about it second-hand if they are unable to play it. I agree that Portal might have been a better choice for that reason*, and while I'm not an avid HL fan I sympathize with those who want to experience the next chapter for themselves but are unable to due to lacking a VR device. *and even if you make the next Portal game story-focused like 2 was, at the very least the first two games wrapped up Chell's story quite nicely and a VR title would have been very much its own self-contained thing, which would make the lockout less painful than a full-blown new HL title in a series infamous for its unresolved storyline **and I get it, Half-Life is a much, much bigger deal than Portal and I know the logistics behind why they're making HL VR over any other Valve IP - Half-Life is the game that absolutely will push VR units in ways that no other game can - but for fans invested in the story but for one reason or another literally cannot play it when it comes out it's undeniably disappointing for them
Post your GOTYs for every year this decade
2010 Last Window: The Secret of Cape West
2011 Portal 2
2013 Super Mario 3D World
2014 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
2016 VA-11 Hall-A
2017 A Hat in Time*
2019 A Short Hike (barely qualifies since I didn't play many games this year but I still quite enjoyed this one)
*Prey is my overall favorite game this decade so I picked something else to qualify for just 2017 specifically
2011 Skyward Sword
2012 Pokémon White 2
2013 Tie between Super Mario 3D World or A Link Between Worlds
2014 Shantae and the Pirates Curse (though not much else really sticks out to me this year--Tropical Freeze maybe)
2015 Xenoblade X
2016 VA-11 Hall-A
2017 Xenoblade 2 but Breath of the Wild and Hat in Time would be right behind it
2018 Xenoblade 2: Torna the Golden Country (bit of a cheat since this is an expansion of XC2, but it's was big enough to be given a standalone release and I didn't play much that was new that year)
2019 mostly played stuff that was old news to everyone else so I can't think of anything
Until I got my new PC this year (which is when I played Hat in Time) I was mostly limited to Nintendo stuff the last decade so there's definitely a slant toward them lol
2010 - sonic colors
2011 - littlebigplanet 2
2012 - sonic & all-stars racing transformed
2013 - rayman legends
2014 - kirby: triple deluxe
2015 - super mario maker
2016 - kirby: planet robobot (i don't own the full game yet but i played the demo and i will own it very soon plus i don't have anything else to put here)
2017 - crash bandicoot n. sane trilogy
i have not played much of the releases of 2018 and 2019 due to me not owning any current consoles (i was only able to play NST because a friend let me use their PS4 to play it)
2010: No More Heroes 2 Desperate Struggle
2011: Alice Madness Returns
2012: Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
2013: Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of Dusk
2014: Fairy Fencer F
2015: Hatoful Boyfriend
2016: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
2017: Nier Automata
2018: Monster Hunter World
2019: Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
I tried to keep things to newer releases over remakes/remasters to be fair. But we all know Hatoful Boyfriend deserves to be GOAT.
I might have forgotten some obscure game for these, just going by the big ones that are listed when you type "list of <year> games" into google:
2010 - BioShock 2
2011 - Sonic Generations
2012 - The Walking Dead: Season One (Honourable mention: New Super Mario Bros. U - not amazing but prolly the best game from the year that isn't a gameplay-lite narrative experience)
2013 - Super Mario 3D World (Honourable Mention: The Last of Us)
2014 - Mario Kart 8
2015 - Undertale
2016 - Overwatch
2017 - Breath of the Wild
2018 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2019 - The Walking Dead: The Final Season (technically released across 2018/2019 but obviously the latter two episodes that came in 2019 are what sealed the overall season as good or not) (Honourable mention: Hollow Knight, which is probably above TWD TFS but uh, obviously while I PLAYED it this year, it didn't come out this year. It also wouldn't beat BotW for 2017 lol)
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2
2011 Sonic Generations
2012 uhh Sonic ASRT (I only played 2 new games this year)
2013 A Link Between Worlds
2014 Smash 4
2015 Super Mario Maker
2016 Persona 5
2017 Tie Between Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey
2018 Smash Ultimate
2019 Kingdom Hearts 3 (I only played 3 new games this year. None were that great to me)
I've also almost only had access to Nintendo stuff till recently lol
2010: Super Mario Galaxy 2/Red Dead Redemption
2011: Little Big Planet 2/Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
2012: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
2013: Lego Marvel Super Heroes/Super Mario 3D World
2014: Absolutely nothing (What a shitty year for gaming)
2015: Rocket League
2016: Stardew Valley
2017: Super Mario Odyssey
2018: Super Smash Bros Ultimate
2019: Super Mario Maker 2 (I guess)
To be perfectly honest, I kinda struggled making this. Really didn’t care much for the games released this decade. The type of games I liked just kinda disappeared then. Hopefully the next decade’s an improvement.
EDIT: Can’t believe I forgot about RDR1. Definitely a GOTY contender.
BS2 would probably be my favorite game of that year from a gameplay point of view
I also picked games based on their release date rather than when I played them because I can never remember which game I felt was my favorite by the end of each year, and also 'cause I play old games all the time. Like Last Window for example I only played for the first time last year but I can't think of any other released-in-2010 game that hit me as hard
2010: Super Mario Galaxy 2
2011: Rayman Origins
2012: Dragon's Dogma
2013: Metal Gear Rising
2014: Bayonetta 2
2017: NieR: Automata
2019: Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
I thought for sure that Devil May Cry 5 was gonna be my 2019 GotY, but Shadowbringers came along and it's the best damn Final Fantasy game ever made.
2010: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
2011: Sonic Generations (Full blast volume City Escape at Christmas is still one of my favorite personal Sonic game moments.)
2012: Kid Icarus: Uprising (Still need to replay this. Was going to give it to ASRT until I remembered how entertaining it was. Sorry, Sonic and Ralph.)
2013: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (VERY stiff competition with 3D World, Link Between Worlds, and ESPECIALLY Dark Moon, but I gotta follow my heart.)
2014: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (My favorite platformer of the decade.)
2015: Yoshi's Woolly World
2016: Kirby: Planet Robobot (With honorable mentions to M&L: Paper Jam and TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan. I STILL LOVE YA, BABIES, BUT HALBERD KIRBY.)
2017: Super Mario Odyssey (Secondary nominees being Samus Returns and the Switch port of Yooka-Laylee)
2018: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2019: Don't have one because I haven't played many of the year's games yet, but out of everything I've experienced so far, I'd say KH3 as a placeholder with a possible shake-up later on by Luigi's Mansion 3, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, or River City Girls. (Also honorable mention to Bowser Jr.'s Journey for making me shed a tear over Morton Koopa Jr.)
2010 - Bayonetta
Honorable Mentions - Super Meat Boy, Super Mario Galaxy 2
2011 - Sonic Generations
Honorable Mentions - Rayman Origins
2012 - Rhythm Heaven Fever
Honorable Mentions - Lone Survivor, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Ib
2013 - Dust: An Elysian Tail
Honorable Mentions - Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
2014 - The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Honorable Mentions - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Shovel Knight, Freedom Planet
2015 - Undertale
Honorable Mentions - Ori and the Blind Forest, Crypt of the Necrodancer
2016 - Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Honorable Mentions - Sonic Utopia
2017 - Sonic Mania
Honorable Mentions - Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Sonic Time Twisted
2018 - Delta Rune Chapter 1
(Smash Ultimate might have been there if I'd played it yet... otherwise I've got nothing)
2019 - Kingdom Hearts III
(only one I've played from this year)
@Wraith Cuphead was originally 2017.
Seeing all these lists makes me realize in retrospect I didn't really play (or get to play) much games from this decade and I'm sure most of them would be Nintendo stuff (the PS3 was the last non-Nintendo console I got and I don't really play games on PC).
EDIT: Most of them would be platformers too. 😕
I've run out of Sonic games to play lol. The hacking contest can't arrive fast enough
I don't think there's really much to go off here to have its own topic and prompt discussion (just telling people to talk about this stuff without indicating why is difficult to get discussion off the ground for) - especially since most people here already know about this, sorry.
I've been trying to map Secret Rings' motion controls to a controller in Dolphin. It's playable - roughly - but like... do I really want to play the whole game like this. or at all. ever again
i'm trying to envision the timeline where sonic team were preparing to crowbar the control scheme and on-rails design up the game's ass and somebody stepped in to tell them "actually can we not just do that? let's just made a straightforward adventure-lite 3D sonic platformer, sonic in arabia nights is a good enough selling point for this game as it is"
i imagine it would had been a nice timeline
I can't play any more of Secret Rings
I know this is a pretty old topic, but I hid some posts which were list-only posts, including one made earlier today. Please try to explain your reasoning as to why you like/dislike these games rather than just listing them off. Thanks.