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 Post subject: Recent gaming disappointments
PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:46 pm 


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Basically another venting/hot take thread, this one themed around your recent disappointments that have to do with gaming, modern or retro.

2 days ago the PC ports of the various Kingdom Hearts games released. On the Epic game store. That alone is disappointment for most, not really for me. Also each title is $50/60. Keeping in mind that these titles are available for pennies on consoles. Another disappointment for most, but hey, I figure high resolutions, high refresh rates, and modding potential should justify the price.

There was a 20% launch discount on the titles, so I picked up 1.5+2.5 remix for $40. Downloaded, and this morning I woke up early and decided to give KH2 a shot.

It hitched and microstuttered like crazy, zero smoothness. I'm on a RTX 3080 and a Ryzen 3900x. I looked it up and was told to ignore the in game vsync and to disable G sync if I had it enabled (I did). I made a custom nvidia control panel profile for KH2 (oh yeah, each game in the collection is its own separate exe, go figure) with g sync disabled. Didn't help. I tried driver level vsync, ingame vsync, unlocking the frame cap, limiting frames to 60 fps (oh yeah, here's a BIG disappointment, for the kingdom hearts pc ports before 3, refresh rates above 60hz actually just use interpolation rather than actual high refresh rates!), nothing really worked.

Had to refund it in the end.
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 Post subject: Re: Recent gaming disappointments
PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:23 pm 


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The last time I paid money for a video game was a rage purchase of Titan Quest Anniversary Edition on Steam. On my XP drive. Loaded it up, stuff worked, logged out and tossed it on my queue. Cue ~3 years later when I was ready to play it, Steam no longer supported Windows XP. Requested a refund for my five buckeroos, got the standard roboreplay of "lol lol we've already got your money fuck you", and I've come to accept my fucking as my own fault. I never should have purchased anything with DRM.

Valve continues to falsely advertise "Windows XP" as a minimum requirement for all XP applications to this day. Maybe they've implemented legacy support, but I'd be seriously surprised if they did. And there was no excuse for giving them money in this case - there's an online store called Good 'ole Games that sells video games without the DRM.

My tale of butthurt will be relevant to some of you once they inevitably drop support for the 64-bit Windows os's in the future, and require Windows AssStalker edition, with its wonderful built-in OS ad n' hyperstalk system. Future's gonna be great.

Video games are still going to be exactly the same thing with a different skin wrapped around them, though.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:25 pm 


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 Post subject: Re: Recent gaming disappointments
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:14 am 


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100% of Nintendo's first party titles since the launch of the Switch. I've played everything on offer from them. Not one game has been enjoyable for me except kinda sorta Splatoon 2. But I only ever liked Splatoon's single player and even then, only for the platforming.
Splatoon's gunplay and movement as a shooter feels disgusting. It's all only tolerable when pretending the game is a platformer.

Also Ninjala. I thought it looked like a cool little Switch game. I gave it several matches and not one thing made sense or felt good. I could never figure out the *basics* of the game and it seems like a dice roll what happened in "fights".


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100% of Nintendo's first party titles since the launch of the Switch. I've played everything on offer from them. Not one game has been enjoyable for me except kinda sorta Splatoon 2. But I only ever liked Splatoon's single player and even then, only for the platforming.
Splatoon's gunplay and movement as a shooter feels disgusting. It's all only tolerable when pretending the game is a platformer.

Also Ninjala. I thought it looked like a cool little Switch game. I gave it several matches and not one thing made sense or felt good. I could never figure out the *basics* of the game and it seems like a dice roll what happened in "fights".


Man are we complete opposites. At 46, I find myself enjoying less and less of those "epic, story, triple A" games and gravitate more toward the Nintendo first party stuff. Mario Odyessey was the first game I 100% completed in a very long time. Loved Zelda BOTW, Mario MAker 2 and so on. I used to be a Nintendo kid back in the 80s, then played the story based Playstation games ( can't stand them now ) and the last 5 or so years, I've come full circle back to the Big N. Lol. Nintendo for me, much like arcade games have that pure, raw gameplay that makes one smile and forget all your cares. No story B.S. or focus on "realism" or how the character's eyes are blinking during a cut scene. Just plug, play and have fun.


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My recent games that I didn't vibe with are Freedom Planet and Panzer Dragoon both Switch games. I kept hearing that FP was this great 2D platfromer that was made by the main guy that did Sonia Mania. Love 2D platformers but this one fell flat for me. Played it halfway and I was like "meh". Not too pumped to go back to it. Love the Panzer Dragoon series and had to buy the remake. It was decent and played through it twice, but it just felt very shallow in the gameplay. They didn't add anything to it. Once you beat it, there's really no reason to go back to it. Hopefully, Panzer Dragoon Zwei will be better.


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Gamer707b wrote:
Love the Panzer Dragoon series and had to buy the remake. It was decent and played through it twice, but it just felt very shallow in the gameplay. They didn't add anything to it. Once you beat it, there's really no reason to go back to it. Hopefully, Panzer Dragoon Zwei will be better.


it doesn't really sound like you 'love the series' if your reason for not liking the game was shallow gameplay and no reason to replay once you beat the game. it's exactly the same as the original in both of those regards.


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Lately? Everything post Wasteland 3. I can't get into anything.
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Gamer707b wrote:
Man are we complete opposites. At 46, I find myself enjoying less and less of those "epic, story, triple A" games and gravitate more toward the Nintendo first party stuff. Mario Odyessey was the first game I 100% completed in a very long time. Loved Zelda BOTW, Mario MAker 2 and so on. I used to be a Nintendo kid back in the 80s, then played the story based Playstation games ( can't stand them now ) and the last 5 or so years, I've come full circle back to the Big N. Lol. Nintendo for me, much like arcade games have that pure, raw gameplay that makes one smile and forget all your cares. No story B.S. or focus on "realism" or how the character's eyes are blinking during a cut scene. Just plug, play and have fun.


I wouldn't say we're total opposites because I don't care much for story driven AAA content either. Usually anyway. I can't stand Sony's first party stuff if it doesn't start with Ratchet or WipEout. But that's been a thing since like PS3. Nintendo is someone who even at their most unsuccessful, I would still love. Not the Switch (or the 3DS, but there were still a small chunk of titles for that I liked)...


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Immryr wrote:
Gamer707b wrote:
Love the Panzer Dragoon series and had to buy the remake. It was decent and played through it twice, but it just felt very shallow in the gameplay. They didn't add anything to it. Once you beat it, there's really no reason to go back to it. Hopefully, Panzer Dragoon Zwei will be better.


it doesn't really sound like you 'love the series' if your reason for not liking the game was shallow gameplay and no reason to replay once you beat the game. it's exactly the same as the original in both of those regards.


Guess I should've said I love Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Panzer Dragoon Saga and Orta. The first Panzer Dragoon is the weak link, but I was still hoping it wasn't a bare bones remake. They could've added something to it instead of a 1 for 1 remake.


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If I could code, I'd write a script that automatically posts "My last run." to this thread everyday.

More on topic: I played Trails of Cold Steel 3 last year. Enjoyed my time with it well enough; helped a bunch during the initial lockdown. Some time later, I looked back at my time with it and the two games before it, and I realized that I find that whole (sub-sub-)series to be thoroughly mediocre. I guess I played them out of a sense of duty. The Sky trilogy is far and away my favorite in the genre. Helped me through one of the worst times in my life, completely changed my opinion of JRPGs, helped me find Adios, etc. ToCS is just... not even close. Makes me even more hesitant to finally try out Ys 8, about which I've heard both promising and worrying things in equal measure. Not sure if "Falcom's recent output has been disappointing" is a hot or cold take around these parts. And I'm not prepared to endorse that claim, especially since I've yet to play Ys 8 or ToCS 4. But I'm leaning towards it.

I'll probably still play ToCS 4 because I'm swine.


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I am starting to wonder as I drift from game to game if it simply WL 3 I really want to be playing.

I also forgot I did play one RPG post WL 3 - Shadowrun: Dragonfall, which I quite liked a lot. I picked up Hong Kong at the same time, just haven't started it yet. Presumably I will dig it based on what I have read since I liked the other one.
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Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2

In a world where I'd never played Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock, I would probably be over the moon about this game. Instead it's giving me flashbacks to Star Trek: Starfleet Command, and not in a good way.

In short, it's a turn-based boardgame converted into a realtime strategy game, and manually controlling all the board game active skills for each and every ship in real time is a frustrating mess.

You've gotta chase around each individual ship and make sure they're activating their stance skills, special weapon skills, boarding actions, etc. Many skills like torpedoes need to be manually fired, by which you need to manually turn the ship to the correct facing and hit the "fire" button at the exact perfect moment. Did the enemy board you? Oh dear, activate the call to arms skill. Meanwhile what happened to that tech priest ship that wandered offscreen?

And I mean it when I say you need to "chase" your fleet around because the default attack AI circle strafes their selected enemy and will happily wander offscreen and into a minefield. It's doable, it's winnable, but the interface makes this otherwise average complexity tactical game way more frustrating to control than it needs to be.

The ship models are amazing, and the weapon effects are great, but to play the game properly you've got to play at such extreme distance that all your ships just look like little triangles. Boy would this game have benefited from BSG:D's dynamic camera battle-replay option. But even if you do zoom in and play by the seat of your pants, you'll quickly discover that this isn't a simulator and the visual effects are all abstractions of dice rolls, like seeing a boarding action start to take effect onboard a ship before the assault craft even touch down.

Again, I don't hate this game, but BSG:D does everything this game does better, with a plot that doesn't feel like a Saturday morning cartoon. And at over 40GB of hard drive space, Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 isn't worth keeping around just to admire the ship models. Oh well!
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I'd say Cyberpunk, but I'm still somewhat baffled as to why I thought I'd like it anyways.
Sega ending the AGES series with no OutRunners.
Devil Engine - not for me this one.
Not recent, but of all the Switch stuff I've played, I couldn't get into BotW at all.
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The lack of a modern port of the arcade version of Outrunners, one of the best sprite scaling racers, is a damn shame. Can you imagine it with online multiplayer?

The fact that Outrun 2006 is no longer being sold also sucks. The closest we got was Outrun Online Arcade which stripped half the tracks, leaving only the Outrun 2SP tracks. Where's a modern release that also includes the bonus tracks from Outrun 2's Xbox port? Why does Ferrari licensing have to suck so much? I'd honestly be okay with a sequel that strips all the Ferrari branding and uses made up/generic cars like Outrunners if that makes it easier for it to remain on the market.

We also have yet to get a port of the Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune games. :(
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Marc wrote:
I couldn't get into BotW at all.


I got the part with Gorons (last beast thing) and just stopped playing. The world is very boring after a few hours, I find the food system boring and cumbersome, and loot isn't exciting or rewarding since all your stuff breaks. Meh.


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Downloaded Shockman for the TG-16 on the Wii U virtual console (yep, still rockin' that baby in 2021). I was kinda prepared, because every review of it ever is "it's Mega Man with rough controls." What I wasn't prepared for was how laggy the Wii U VC version is. Most stuff on there is fine, but some really split-second demanding games are pretty much unplayable if they didn't optimize the emulation well, like Zelda II or Punch Out. Shockman seems to fall into that category; it's not even necessarily that demanding, but the combination of bad jumping controls and bad lag combine to have me taking unnecessary hits all over the place. Even the section with the crumbling buildings right at the very beginning is Mario endgame Star World-hard.


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Marc wrote:
Sega ending the AGES series with no OutRunners.


Sega ending it period was tragic. I bought tons of them, they're great and there were still so many avenues to explore. But I'm guessing their beancounters decided mini consoles paid better or something.


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