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Re: Last Game You Played
« Reply #6150 on: July 22, 2018, 04:27:26 AM »
Anyway, finished Prey. Took me nearly 30 hours. This game was surprisingly hard on Hard; I had gotten used to having no trouble playing first-person shooters on hard. Too bad a lot of the difficulty came from having weak weapons/bullet-sponge enemies and not that many bullets. Now of course their intention is to encourage the player to explore other options; there are several ways to play this game, including avoiding combat, but have I become better as a player if later on I can kill the same enemies with ease for no other reason but by having boosted my character's stats? It's an illusion of skill, like in the old Final Fantasy games.

I also got a heayv Bioshock vibe off Prey with the incredible amount of everything in the game. You've got a ton of human abilities, alien abilities, various suit mods, you can loot everywhere and recycle the loot into items, sidequests pop up every minute or so, there are weapon upgrades, there's hacking, etc. It can get a bit overwhelming and in general the game feels a bit cluttered and noisy at times.

The game has really cool spacewalk sections. You can go outside the station from various locations and it can get really disorienting because of the relativity of stuff like directions in space (how do you define "up" or "down" in a vacuum with no center?); you can easily orient yourself sideways (or upside down) and navigate the exteriors that way.

The game has an interesting story (even if it can get a bit confusing with all the million emails, audio logs and characters you meet) and your choices have interesting consequences; this game makes you think a lot. Good voice acting too, but intentionally ugly character models (which seems to be Arkane's way of doing things).

I just wish there were more opportunities to enjoy the station's atmosphere. Even in Isolation you can do that perfectly well even when the alien is relentlessly hunting you, but in Prey there's just too much stuff going on all the time.
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Re: Last Game You Played
« Reply #6151 on: July 22, 2018, 11:24:52 AM »
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but have I become better as a player if later on I can kill the same enemies with ease for no other reason but by having boosted my character's stats? It's an illusion of skill, like in the old Final Fantasy games.
This is part of my problem with a lot of action games these days, the gameplay itself doesn't evolve or change at all you just get 'better' through being more powerful in-game. It's why I've loved the Dark Souls series so much; you can level up and beat everything that way....but if you're good enough you can beat the game naked with your fists.

Prey should be up my alley anyways but something about it just puts me off. It might be the enemies or the art style, I'm not sure.
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Re: Last Game You Played
« Reply #6152 on: August 05, 2018, 05:30:39 PM »
Was about to uninstall the first Deux Ex but then I thought if there might be any good single-player mods for this, you know, mods featuring a new story and new levels. So, any recommendations? Preferably nothing that changes the gameplay mechanics too much.

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It might be the enemies or the art style, I'm not sure.

Oh yeah, the Arkane artist for the game (and Dishonored) seems to have an affinity for ugly, grotesque people.
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Re: Last Game You Played
« Reply #6153 on: August 06, 2018, 12:13:01 AM »
Zodiac is my favourite and recreates the style of the original game really well and is a lot of fun (has no voice acting though, if that's a sticking point)

Nihilum is also pretty good, and that does have full voice acting (including some by myself in the training/prologue parts)
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Re: Last Game You Played
« Reply #6154 on: August 08, 2018, 03:27:42 AM »
I've picked up No Man's Sky. Not sure what it was like at launch, but it's been enjoyable. Some bugs, but it works in multiplayer + there's a base building component to it so it's alright
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