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  1. The overriding feeling I have thinking back to when I played Super Mario Sunshine for the first time is one of frustration though. It's a frustrating Mario game to control in my memory. It's just inaccurate and rage inducing in its bullshit. Mario falling into slides when you feel like he shouldn't, hit any wall jump at an off angle and get bounced in an unintuitive direction,  levels designed around the jet pack meaning it 's mostly tiny and thin platforms everywhere. and like 60% of all the shines are "collect # of this". If you're playing this game only for an hour and a half (divided amongst 4 people) a week or so, it's pretty understandable why that mastery isn't there. Just every level I see them going in is one where I think "I remember this! What a chore..."


    Just wait until they get back to that level with the village where the fire doggies were. Under that level, the bit with the mushrooms. Fuck the collision on that bullshit! Fuck Super Mario Sunshine! A bad 3D Mario game, in my opinion.


    That said, I get the the frustration on watching people struggle to play a game competently. But eh, I like the banter!



  2. Extremely Difficult is still a walk in the park. I want a European Extreme edition difficulty.


    But no, I feel that for a jam game where people will just play through it once or not even, it's nicer to not also have the pressure of time and not being able to move ahead, which from a player's perspective I can understand is frustrating. So, with the upcoming changes it should be way simpler to just finish it in one run, which is funny when you consider that this was originally conceived as being more of a run based game. 


    Also update v1.3 for Windows is out with the changes and several bug fixes. The mechanic is now as such that when you activate the "end of the path"-terminal, you get warped back to the 2nd Terminal just before the forking of paths. Also it's doing some garbage clean up that it wasn't doing before which should majorly increase performance later on in the game.

  3. Miles is also doing another Metroid Prime 2: Echoes run! don't know if he did a low% run in the past, but should definitely be fun to see that game again.


    I saw they're also doing a coop run of Borderlands 2 co-op in an estimated 2 hours, so I'm real curious to see what that looks like. Also looking forward to new Doom being run!

  4. The Witness is that one thing that immediately jumps to mind. No other game this year so thoroughly consumed my mind. When I wasn't playing the Witness, I was thinking about the Witness.


    Overwatch just by sheer amount of hours played. I will likely play a lot more in 2017!


    Hitman is the best dumbest game of the year. It's a hilarious and fun game!



  5. Back in the day, a buddy brought his Dreamcast to my house and he showed me Shenmue and it's one of those few times where a games visuals just blew my little kid miiiiind. That game looked so good and everything about it was just fascinating. That game had a mystique for me, because I couldn't see where its boundaries were. That said, we never got beyond the point of "Do you know where I can find some Sailors?" We did find them, but I never played much more of it after that. So it's really fun to see the whole game played by Vinny & Co.


    Also, I remember thinking "Wow, those QTE's are the coolest, more games should have those!" But weren't seen again until God of War made them popular. Then the VAST majority of developers using them as instant fail states, as opposed to Shenmue, where failure to hit the button doesn't necessarily mean you failed the sequence. Just that Ryo got punched in the face. With all that in hindsight: Fuck QTE's though.

  6. My partner and I played through all of this last week and enjoyed it a lot. I really enjoy how much of the game requires you to think about the makeup and backstory of the world in order to solve puzzles and traverse. I had a lot of cool moments trying things out and being pleasantly surprised to find how internally consistent the whole thing is.


    This is what I always loved about Myst, and those elements are my favourite about the puzzles in Obduction too! 


    Less fun were the puzzles where I already knew what I had to do, but there was a lot of tedium in executing them. I feel like there was a lot less of that in the Myst games. Especially towards the end of Obduction, that kind of grated on me, but that's my biggest criticism of an otherwise really enjoyable puzzle game. I really hope Cyan has made enough money on Obduction to make another Cyan-ass Cyan game. I love the strange worlds they build and I want to see mooooore.


    I notice that a lot of people who tried Myst as a little kid, then never went back to it, still talk about it as this incomprehensibly abstract puzzle game, but I think if one were to return to them now as an adult, you'll find that Myst and Obduction aren't that different from one another. It's very much the same style of puzzling. Although I suppose Myst/Riven (especially Riven) needed way more note taking, which I didn't really end up needing to do for Obduction. It's also one of the few types of games where I actually have the patience for taking notes.

  7. So many good games this year!


    In no particular order, my favourites this year are:


    The Witcher 3 Love it for all the reasons people already stated in this thread many times. I put over a hundred hours into it and I was still sad that it ended.

    SOMA This is secretely a great adventure game with some horror elements!

    Ori and the Blind Forest Goooorgeous! Unexpectedly difficult platformer that controls great. Really satisfying game.

    The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Best point and click adventure game in YEEEEAAAAAAARS. Great characters and utterly charming. It can be a little reference heavy, but overal just a wonderful game. Highly recommend it.  Lots of added value if you play the first game first, though that's admittedly a lot rougher of a game than the 2nd one. Still good and well worth playing, has a lot of charm too, just not as great as the 2nd one. Just a heads up that both of these are 20+ hour games. Really anyone with a love for point n click games should play this though!  :buyme:


    Game that was great fun to play but overall I'm just not sure about: Metal Gear Solid V Yea. I dunno. Great in some ways, incredibly disappointing in other ways.