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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« Last post by BojackHorsefella on May 04, 2021, 05:18:42 PM »
Not that I've got an eye on a PS5 anytime soon, but since we're at the tail end of the PS4 era...

Top Five PS4 Games I've Played

1. Spider-Man - the amount of care and devotion that Insomniac put into this game and this story was just incredible. It really did feel like an MCU movie to me, and it was really hard for me to put down. NYC looked absolutely stunning and felt like big city life. The characters were well done too. Photo mode was fun to mess around with. I couldn't put this one down.

2. Red Dead Redemption 2 - 2018 gave us some incredible games, and this one...wow. Loved playing as Arthur Morgan, and the world that Rockstar built was simply epic. The interactions with the gang were amazing, and you know they did a great job with the characters when you'd get a little bummed when some would meet their demise while you simply couldn't wait to send another character on the express to Hell (yeah Micah).

3. Ghost of Tsushima - what a swan song for the PS4, with some of the best graphics and gameplay on the console. Compelling story too, with interesting side characters that help round out Jin's story. Honestly, I go back and forth on switching this one and RDR2 on this list.

4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole - to me, this game was better than The Stick of Truth. It felt like a really great episode of South Park and just like the show wasn't afraid to cross boundaries. There were moments in this game where I had to pause it for a few minutes because I simply couldn't stop laughing. I really need to play through this again, it's been a few years.

5. Grand Theft Auto V - feels weird putting a game that dropped during the tail end of the PS3 era and was ported over to PS4, but the story was good and the graphical upgrade...wow. This game might even be higher (and maybe RDR2 perhaps) if Rockstar actually added more standalone single player offline stories like they did in the past (think back to RDR1 and GTA IV) but they only give a fuck about the online modes now. Props to them though, they've made the online mode so great that it's still thriving in 2021...so much so that this will carry over to the PS5 too. Maybe sometime during the PS5 life cycle we'll actually get a GTA VI.

Sure I missed quite a few (God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4) but if I didn't finish them they weren't making the list. Might also be the first list for me where a console didn't release a sports title that was good enough for me to add here...NBA 2K20 would be the closest.

Your turn.

I swear I thought I responded to this....

1) GTAV - first game I tried and very nearly accomplished 100% with

2) Spider Man - first game where I did accomplish 100% completion, twice.

3) RDR II - love the genre and loved this game and again achieved 100%

4) MLB series - this was an annual purchase for me

5) LOU 2 - I really enjoyed Uncharted 1 and 2 but for me, this one was much better.

AND I missed PS4 games? My oh my.


Top 5 PS4 Games

5. Overcooked! - Extremely fun co-op game, pretty fun single player too. Something of a puzzle game, moreso arcadey, but a game that puts you in some unusual kitchens with a plethora of ingredients and orders to fulfill.

4. Apex Legends - my first battle royale, as I never got into Fortnite very much. No building, instead focused on "Legends" with special abilities and a library of weapons at their disposal. Can play in a squad of 3 or just 2; and as of this morning at 10:00 AM PT, there's even a new 3 v 3 mode that does away with the battle royale altogether. Definitely fun to play with friends, still pretty fun to solo through the online play too.

3. Spider-Man - Not sure what else there is to say. The amount of costumes was so much fun (even if none of us used any others after unlocking the cel-shaded version), and like the Arkham games before it, being able to swing through the city while fighting swarms of enemies does a great job of capturing what's fun about being Spider-Man, with a rocking story to boot.

2. Stardew Valley - Harvest Moon, but with extra mining and adventuring options. This game blew up on PC and eventually got ported to consoles (recently updated with couch co-op!) One of the most fun experiences I had on PS4.

1. RDR II - I mean, what else do I need to say? Just an absolutely engrossing, immersive experience, with an incredible story and gameplay mixed with atmosphere that transports you right into its setting. One day I'll complete my evil run-through, but easily just one of the most rewarding experiences on this console.
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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« Last post by BojackHorsefella on May 04, 2021, 05:04:50 PM »
Eff it, I'll double up.

Top 5 PS3 Games, to the best of my busted memory's ability

5. Arkham Asylum - Hard for me to decide between this and City, but Arkham's such a confident introduction to this series, and the fact that they made a Batman game that was A) incredibly fun to play, and B) perhaps even ushered in the gaming review phrase "makes you feel like you're actually ______," which in this case obviously meant Batman and would later go on to mean Spider-Man during a particular PS4 game. But yeah, tight story here, excellent level design that allows you to really utilize all your gadgets throughout the gameplay, and a fighting style that allowed you to fight multiple combatants at once without being overwhelmed. You know, just like Batman!

4. NCAA Football 14 - Enough said on this one, around these parts. Makes me want to grab a PS3 just to replay it as I brutalize myself with a co-op Madden 20 franchise, but the depth behind Dynasty mode combined with just fluid gameplay made for an all-time NCAAF game.

3. MLB: The Show '08 - My first go-round with The Show, and holds sentimental value for me as I had a co-op franchise with my best friend and roommate at the time (Yanks vs Blue Jays!).

2. Last Of Us - Cheating a bit here as I can't remember a lot of the PS3 games I played, and PRETTY sure I played this one on PS4 when I first played it, but eff it. Another one with an excellent story, and gameplay that balanced the line between Uncharted style cover-shoot action, and a stealth horror game.

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - been an MGS fan since the 1st one on the Playstation (never played Metal Gear 1 or 2 on the NES, haha). Four's gameplay is more of what we'd come to expect from the series, with Metal Gear Solid 3's camo being expanded into a single camo suit that adapts to your surroundings when you pick a good spot. What amazes me to this day is that somehow, this game ties up ALLLLLLLLL the loose ends from the previous entries for a story that felt like it had blown up and spiraled out of control, yet somehow was wrapped with a neat bow by Hideo Kojima. Unfortunately you can't start with this game, it'll absolutely make no sense, but if you ever want to play through a single-player quadrilogy, MGS-MGS4 is the way to go. You won't be disappointed.

Never play MGS V. Don't do it.







Top 5 Iconic Star Wars Quotes

Norm took some good ones, so let me go with some outliers:

5. "Was a boring conversation anyway."

4. "Your overconfidence is your weakness."
"Your faith in your friends is yours."

3. "You weak-minded fool! He's using an old Jedi mind trick."

2. "I've got a bad feeling about this..."

1. "Never tell me the odds!"
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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« Last post by Crewe on May 04, 2021, 04:42:48 PM »
This is a good one.
Ill post in the spirit of avoiding duplication;

My first one is an A) and B)
1A) I'd sooner kiss a Wookie!
1B) I can arrange that!
-Han and Leia

This one has been in my lexicon since it aired:
2) We're fine, we're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?
-Han Solo

3) I'm altering the deal, pray I don't alter it further
-Vader

4) Han Solo the rebellion general?
No, the smuggler
-Rey and Finn

So relevant these last few years.
5) So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.
-Padmé Amidala

Honorable Mention
I never ask that question until after I've done it
-Han Solo
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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« Last post by Crewe on May 04, 2021, 04:29:25 PM »
Not that I've got an eye on a PS5 anytime soon, but since we're at the tail end of the PS4 era...

Top Five PS4 Games I've Played

1. Spider-Man - the amount of care and devotion that Insomniac put into this game and this story was just incredible. It really did feel like an MCU movie to me, and it was really hard for me to put down. NYC looked absolutely stunning and felt like big city life. The characters were well done too. Photo mode was fun to mess around with. I couldn't put this one down.

2. Red Dead Redemption 2 - 2018 gave us some incredible games, and this one...wow. Loved playing as Arthur Morgan, and the world that Rockstar built was simply epic. The interactions with the gang were amazing, and you know they did a great job with the characters when you'd get a little bummed when some would meet their demise while you simply couldn't wait to send another character on the express to Hell (yeah Micah).

3. Ghost of Tsushima - what a swan song for the PS4, with some of the best graphics and gameplay on the console. Compelling story too, with interesting side characters that help round out Jin's story. Honestly, I go back and forth on switching this one and RDR2 on this list.

4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole - to me, this game was better than The Stick of Truth. It felt like a really great episode of South Park and just like the show wasn't afraid to cross boundaries. There were moments in this game where I had to pause it for a few minutes because I simply couldn't stop laughing. I really need to play through this again, it's been a few years.

5. Grand Theft Auto V - feels weird putting a game that dropped during the tail end of the PS3 era and was ported over to PS4, but the story was good and the graphical upgrade...wow. This game might even be higher (and maybe RDR2 perhaps) if Rockstar actually added more standalone single player offline stories like they did in the past (think back to RDR1 and GTA IV) but they only give a fuck about the online modes now. Props to them though, they've made the online mode so great that it's still thriving in 2021...so much so that this will carry over to the PS5 too. Maybe sometime during the PS5 life cycle we'll actually get a GTA VI.

Sure I missed quite a few (God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4) but if I didn't finish them they weren't making the list. Might also be the first list for me where a console didn't release a sports title that was good enough for me to add here...NBA 2K20 would be the closest.

Your turn.

I swear I thought I responded to this....

1) GTAV - first game I tried and very nearly accomplished 100% with

2) Spider Man - first game where I did accomplish 100% completion, twice.

3) RDR II - love the genre and loved this game and again achieved 100%

4) MLB series - this was an annual purchase for me

5) LOU 2 - I really enjoyed Uncharted 1 and 2 but for me, this one was much better.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« Last post by TheNorm on May 04, 2021, 03:27:27 PM »
Well since those two were so popular, let's try another one...  8)

Top 5 Iconic Star Wars Quotes

These are my personal favorites going across the entire Star Wars Universe...trying to narrow it down to 5 is an absolute pain in the ass, but as Yoda says: "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

5. "This is the way." - The Mandalorian
What Jon Favreau has done to restore some credibility to the Star Wars franchise after the absolute abomination of The Rise of Skywalker can't be overlooked. Plus, Mando's an amazing character with two amazing seasons so far.

4. "I'm one with the Force, the Force is with me." - Chirrut Imwe, Rogue One
I loved Chirrut's wisdom and this movie is easily the best Star Wars film in the last...well, since the original trilogy came out.

3. "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." - Jango Fett, Attack of the Clones
As trash as this movie was it still gave us this nugget. I've grown to appreciate the Fetts more over the years and this quote resonates with me.

2. "The Force will be with you. Always." - Obi-Wan Kenobi, A New Hope
This was an easy choice, as is the next one on the list.

1. "No. *I* am your father." - Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back
This one really doesn't require an explanation.


Damn there's a ton I wanted to add to this, but I'll just go with one honorable mention here since Luke was my favorite character as a child (once I got older Han Solo became that for me but that's a discussion for another day):
"I'll never turn to the dark side. You've failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me."

Now go and take your shots...or ignoring it is fine too lol

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Returnal (PS5)
« Last post by Crewe on May 03, 2021, 08:08:03 PM »
damn, that sounds like its too much for me lol
No save? How is that even possible today? If I spent a few hours only to get kicked back to the start, my controller would be through the tv
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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Returnal (PS5)
« Last post by BojackHorsefella on May 03, 2021, 01:04:00 PM »
Anyone pick it up? Played it about two hours on release day, I'd describe it as Dead Space meets Hades. Very challenging but enjoying it so far.

this means nothing to me lol can you clarify?


Hahaha, sure.

So, Hades is a roguelike that kind of set a new standard for roguelike games this year. You may've seen games in the past such as Risk of Rain 1 or 2, or Rogue Legacy, which fall under the roguelike category. Basically, you have "1 run" to beat the game, otherwise you start all the way back at the beginning, but typically there's some form of permanent upgrade you can utilize to make successive "runs" easier, and in Hades there's even a story element that basically requires you to make run after run after run to progress.

In Rogue Legacy, you'd respawn as an "heir" of your last adventurer, and can use whatever gold and XP you gained in your previous run through the castle to upgrade certain skills or your total HP or MP.

In Hades, your goal is to escape from Hades by running through 3 areas: Tartarus, Asphodel and Elysium in a bid to escape from Hades (you play as Zagreus, the son of Hades himself). Death is a part of the game in roguelikes instead of an actual fail-state, and never is that more apparent than in Hades, where if you die, you return to the main hall of Hades to your father's (and other's observation), or where
Spoiler: show
even if you escape Hades, you learn Zagreus can't survive in the mortal world, and thus you die just to return to, you guessed it, Hades.


I'm using these two main examples as I'm still learning Returnal's own systems, but it's very similar. The game starts with you crash landing on an alien planet, it isn't long before you find your own dead body on the planet, and begin to discover you're in a time loop that resets every time you die. There are some permanent upgrades, and some items that carry over from run to run to help alleviate some of the difficulty, but Returnal is a more punishing game than the other two, with a tone and atmosphere more befitting of the earlier Dead Space games, a horror franchise also set in outerspace.

I know in Returnal initially there are 3 biomes: a forest, I think a swamp and then a desert (I haven't made it out of the first biome yet). I also know eventually you unlock 3 more beyond that, but the concept is the same: try to escape the time loop by completing runs. Each of these games also have their own weapon systems and mid-game powerups/debuffs (in Returnal, this comes in the form of making a choice of picking up either "parasites," which specifically tell you what they're boosting and what they're draining during a run, or "malignant items," which are items that also grant buffs, but may cause your suit to malfunction in some way unless you can clean the malignancy with some ether).

Gameplay-wise, Returnal is third person, and makes incredible use of the dual sense controller to both build atmosphere, but also allow for some interesting gunplay via the haptic feedback.

The main knock on the game right now is there's no save feature, which is fine story-wise, because essentially it saves every time you die (there IS a story, progress is mostly locked behind your own success), but as the game goes on and your skill improves, theoretically runs start taking longer and longer, and the no-save issue becomes a problem as you find yourselves 3 hours into a game and still needing to fight the final boss. The game developer has said "Just put your PS5 in rest mode," which, sure, is A solution, although doesn't account for automatic updates or your console just plain shutting off, but this hasn't been a problem for me yet as I haven't had a run go over an hour.
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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« Last post by Crewe on May 02, 2021, 12:45:26 AM »
LOL I could go...$50, will that get me in??


Promising Young Woman
Carey Mulligan

There isn't much exposition in this film as the director chose to let Carey Mulligan flesh out Cassandra (Cassie) as we move along.
Honestly, we don't need to know everything because the high points are bled out slowly but reassuringly.
Cassie has an issue with men who take advantage of intoxicated women by playing the white night only to later accost, molest and potentially rape their new found score.
This is not a heavy handed "the cops never do anything so I will" kinda narrative, not at all, nor iis it a blood and guts "Ill get you for this" vehicle.
Carrie plays drunk and goes along with her savior, hping to find a shred of decency in her world, but it isn't to be.
In the background, we know why she is this way, sort of, we just don't know details, but that lure is always dazzling just under the surface.
Bo Burnham, yea, that one, plays Ryan. An old college mate who runs in to Carrie these years later and despite his genuine nature and interest, he is rebuffed by the untrusting protagonist.
I should preface this by saying, look, Im the first guy to admit, I'm no prize and the last one that should be judging the appearance of others, but Bo just has that look, ya know? Oh he is talented, and really quite surprising, at least to me, on point in this film. Capturing the essence of this character and having on screen chemistry really heaped this film up a rung, not that it needed it.
This theme has popped up again and it needs to be told, again, or still. However, the narrative is not such a harsh in your face one, like say Thelma and Louise. Not so black and white. In PYW, Carrie hears, "I'm a nice guy" and she scoffs, "If I hear that one more time..."
But you should hear it at least one more time because you should watch this film.
Wonderfully made and acted. Ok, there was a touch of overacting in a scene, but to illustrate a point, I let it slide. Nothing really diminishes this story. It's not a slow burn but it does unravel and though the interest and intensity rises, it does maintain a solid pace.
If you check your watch early on and huff because its only been thirty minutes of the 1:54 run time, just sit tight, and stop looking at your phone.

4.25 /5
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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: MLB The Show 21
« Last post by Crewe on May 02, 2021, 12:25:19 AM »
Just a quick positive note....

First year AA - hit about .235.
Starting tearing it up in my second year, headed to the All Star game, but a week prior, I get bumped up to AAA. I was hitting .360 in AA, but the second half in AAA? About .245 lol
Both years, invited to Spring Training, but sent down at seasons start.
Third year in triple A (Still not a full AAA season yet) and its been tough. Seriously, one hit in my first twelve...games! Not only that, THREE executive klan games.
Im about three weeks in now, but my overall point is, in 20 and previous, Id be in the Show, hitting .300 in a year and a half.
This is much more realistic.

Oh and that reminds me; in previous versions, you had the showcase games prior to the draft and the scout day...all that is gone. I dont miss it really, but what I do miss is the ability to pass on the draft and progress as a player while staying in college.
A 22-23 year old MLB rookie is a LOT more believable than some 18 year old tearing up The Show.
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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Returnal (PS5)
« Last post by Crewe on May 02, 2021, 12:18:49 AM »
Anyone pick it up? Played it about two hours on release day, I'd describe it as Dead Space meets Hades. Very challenging but enjoying it so far.

this means nothing to me lol can you clarify?
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