…I think I’m gonna have to give “Fuse” a proper shot.
Few were more butthurt than me after seeing it go from the “Overstrike” encapsulated in this trailer (goofy, colorful, super-science spies cut from the Lupin-cloth vs. Terminators with Insomniac’s propensity for wonderfully weird weapons? SO ON BOARD) to a more ‘grounded, serious’ game in “Fuse”.
Because, y’know, when your game is built around a magical bizarre alien tech that basically lets you do whatever you need it to in the context of your game, ‘taking it seriously’ is the FIRST thing people want amirite
But it being a gender-balanced shooter team (in addition to the fact that unlike your Gears-knock-offs, you’re not automatically forced into playing certain characters based on being P1 or something— you can pick whatever character you want and switch between them based on their skillsets on the fly, so sis and I were free to tear it up as the ladies while the CPU did competently with the guys) helps considerably, and we had fun with the teamwork-facilitating/rewarding aspect of the gunplay, so why not.
I’m always gonna want more ridiculous than less outta my games, but I’ll happily support a shooter that doesn’t blow off splitscreen, doesn’t keep ladies from getting in on the mayhem, and isn’t a completely soulless ‘OSCAR MIKE NINER NINER’ military shooter.
…I did it
I FUCKING BEAT DARK SOULS
This is simultaneously one of the hardest, most frustrating, satisfying and rewarding games I’ve ever played.
I nearly gave up on it completely three times.
But it knows exactly what it is and makes no apologies for it.
It demands that you learn it on an instinctive level and keeps the gameplay control to a high standard so when you fail, it is (more often than not) ultimately your own fault.
Every failure is a learning experience and every victory is truly earned.
I have never both appreciated and despised the presence of other players to the degree I have here, or seen a range of weapons so vast and unique at the same time; when I found what would ultimately be my blade of choice, it ‘clicked’ on a level I’ve never really had with other video game weapons before.
I can’t even begin to express the dark imaginative range of the design work from the atmosphere to every individual enemy.
I do not want all games to be like this, nor should they. But I appreciate that it exists, and I’m ultimately glad I played it.
To everyone out there with a Wii U and at least 1.5 gigs of free HD space, “Tank! Tank! Tank!” is completely free to download today only (as far as I can tell).
(for the record you’ll have to do an actual search in the eShop for it though; the original listing for it has been removed and the new free one is Tank! Tank! Tank (DL))
Apparently free DLC is also incoming
at 50 bucks it’s a bit of a hard sell— basically an arcade vehicle-based answer to “Earth Defense Force 2017” with a lotta grinding and fewer options— but for free it’s an easy pick if you’re looking for a frantic party game with a fair amount of offline multiplayer modes (including co-op and a 4-on-1 Juggernaut variant where the player with the gamepad is a giant monster and everyone else has to fight them).
And y’know, as much as I am vocally very much in a state of JUDGING YOU when it comes to Bleach as a narrative, I would play one of these kinda games with these production values with those characters. I thought the Heat the Soul games were pretty cool (and it’s weird they never got properly imported even after Bleach became a ‘thing’) and considering how popular it is/was that the only proper fighter for the series they bothered to bring over was “Shattered Blade” which is only kinda okay.
The less said about Soul Resurrection the better because frankly if you turn it into a Dynasty Warriors-style game (not bad in and of itself) but then YOU DON’T EVEN BOTHER WITH CO-OP IN A GAME FOR THAT SPECIFIC SUBGENRE WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH A FUCKING REQUIREMENT and thus I cannot tag-team Soifon and Yoruichi you’ve kinda completely wasted my fucking time~
when video games let you save whenever you want
GOD THIS especially since now fucking everything is going autosave
"Tomb Raider had just slipped to number two in the UK sales charts, after two weeks at number one. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm had already sold 1.1 million copies in its first two days. Indie developer Supergiant Games, the folks behind Bastion, announced their new action RPG, Transistor, which features a leading lady. Their booth enjoyed two hour lines at PAX all weekend. I’m told that the lines for Remember Me were comparable. I don’t think it’s gamers who have a problem with female protagonists."
Becky Chambers, in “In Which I Am Pretty Darn Sure That Most Gamers Are Fine With Female Protagonists” (via themarysue)
Incidentally and a further reinforcement of who’s really at fault for all this, Square Enix has declared that Tomb Raider— a game that sold over 3 million copies in less than a month— is a ‘failure’ for not meeting their high sales goals, so either the series will get ‘rebooted’ again or they’ll just let it die.
The modern AAA games industry, everyone.
ysydoesit replied to your post: RPGs I Have Played (for personal reference)
Some classics from the SNES I’m fond of and recommend: EarthBound Secret of Mana Final Fantasy VI Terranigma Lufia 2 (an excellent prequel to the original) And Xenoblade. Ugh, I love that game. Probably my favorite from 2012.
Xenoblade is quality from what I played of it. I really need to get back on it.
Thanks for the recs! I definitely want to try Mana and I should probably give FF6 a play (“the best FF game” status seems to fall between that and 7 more often than not from what I’ve seen), though I’m not putting any hopes on actually ever playing Earthbound until there’s an easier way to play than basically tracking down a SNES and a cartridge XD