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    Default A Winner Is You 2021 Edition

    A new year, a new thread. Let's go!


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    Ico (2001)

    Great. I got Panzer Dragoon Saga vibes throughout what with the gothic architecture and everyone chasing after Yorda.

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    ^ I think I got somewhere around half way through that game but have never finished it. I remember liking the atmosphere, but I didn't really enjoy playing it too much. I feel like I should play through the whole thing because I liked Shadow of the Colossus so much.

    1. Lord of the Rings: War in the North - Xbox 360

    I have found that Snowblind made a lot of games that could have been good but don't get certain things right, which is what is holding them all back. The weird part is they'll fix certain aspects from their previous games in later games but then do things wrong that they did right before. I keep playing the games though. This one has a bug that you think would get fixed before it got released - I was playing this co-op at first, but every time we saved, it would only save the progress of one of the characters (each character used their own profile on the HD). I read about a work-around that someone found that made the saving process about 20 times longer, but it didn't work for us (maybe we mixed up a couple of the 40 steps - not sure). I probably would have finished this game in 2019 when I started it if not for these issues. Another weird thing about this game is that it clearly meant to be a multiplayer game but has much better gameplay as a single player game.

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    Silent Hill 2 (2001)

    Now I get it, after so many years of people telling me. After playing through and thoroughly liking 1 and 3, 2 was a shock in how different it was, but the core principles were the same. 1 was more of a descent into a nightmare or partially conscious state à la Jacob's Ladder, while 2 was a physical exploration of personal demons. Fascinating. A very high class of interactive media. I got the "Leave" ending.

    If anyone has seen the '70s Soviet film Solaris, Silent Hill 2 borrows quite heavily from it and the original book.

    I wonder what 4 is like...

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    ^ I think I got somewhere around half way through that game but have never finished it. I remember liking the atmosphere, but I didn't really enjoy playing it too much. I feel like I should play through the whole thing because I liked Shadow of the Colossus so much.
    I want to try Shadow of the Colossus soon. Ico was great, but it really is a thinking game. You can't power through it, you have to take a break and sleep on the puzzles before the answer forms in your head. At least that was my experience. That's my favorite type of game to be honest.

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    Shadow of the Colossus is similar in some respects. Especially in regards to ways some of the colossi act and/or what they can represent as well as the ways events unfold. Powering through Ico may have hindered my experience with it. I was taking part in an event my friends and I called The Quest, which was where we all made lists of games we thought people should play. Not necessarily good games or our favorite games but games we thought people should play for reasons we would talk about after the game was completed by a person. There was a deadline, and we tried to complete as many games as we could before then. I tried to power through Ico near the end. I wasn't feeling it and haven't returned to it since.

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    Final Fantasy VII "Remake" eh

    Look when they stick to just the PS1 stuff recreated in modern visuals the game is great. Everything else is Nomura stink. The Kingdom Hearts final boss. The overuse of Septh making him a chump. The shitty side quests just used for padding. The areas in the day have textures that never load so they have a nice N64 or maybe PS2 quality to them. AKA bad. The game goes from being gorgeous to hideous. OST is wonderfully redone. Barret is just so badly voiced. Aerith and Tifa are perfect. Barret aside they nailed the cast in general. There is one cool new boss. It's a mixed bag. Nomura only knows how to fuck up a good thing. God I wish he would leave SE. The only RPG series they make in house still as great as ever is without him. Dragon Quest. Otherwise outside studios with SE as publisher are making better FF successors than they are. Dragon Quest aside. Octopath is the best RPG with a SE label on the box they have produced in years. Let those guys make a FF game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades View Post
    Silent Hill 2 (2001)

    Now I get it, after so many years of people telling me. After playing through and thoroughly liking 1 and 3, 2 was a shock in how different it was, but the core principles were the same. 1 was more of a descent into a nightmare or partially conscious state à la Jacob's Ladder, while 2 was a physical exploration of personal demons. Fascinating. A very high class of interactive media. I got the "Leave" ending.

    If anyone has seen the '70s Soviet film Solaris, Silent Hill 2 borrows quite heavily from it and the original book.

    I wonder what 4 is like...



    I want to try Shadow of the Colossus soon. Ico was great, but it really is a thinking game. You can't power through it, you have to take a break and sleep on the puzzles before the answer forms in your head. At least that was my experience. That's my favorite type of game to be honest.
    Blades, you can have my copy of Shadow of the Colossus for free if you want it. It's a greatest hits, but it's CIB and in great condition. I'll send it to you if you're in the US. If you're in a different country, we might have to work something out though, not sure how international shipping works right now with all the rona crap. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

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    That’s super nice. PM sent.

    I have a condition. You must consider signing up for Secret Santa 2021 so we can show you the same generosity.

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    Yakuza: Like a Dragon (2020)

    Ichi is great, and the game is a great balance of skill, thoughtful story, and surprise. Nagoshi never disappoints.

    This coincides with news of Nagoshi retiring as CCO of Sega. 2012-2020 were some of the best Yakuza games.

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    Sonic The Hedgehog (Genesis)

    I hadn't played this one in nearly a decade, but nothing has changed; I still adore this game. I love nearly everything about it, even the Marble and Labyrinth zones, but especially the soundtrack—truly one of the best of all time. The quality of the game is remarkably consistent throughout and it's hard for me to find any real faults with it. I mean, I can identify some parts of the game that are not as strong as others, but glaring flaws… I don't detect any. (5/5)

    Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)

    For me, a game of two distinct halves. The first four zones of the game are outstanding. The second half of the game struggles to achieve mediocrity. It's really tough to rate this one because, for me, the first half of the game is probably Sonic at his best; the second half is probably Sonic at his worst. (4/5)

    Sonic 3&Knuckles

    I posted some specific thoughts on the game in another thread, so I'll keep these comments brief and just say S3&K is an amazing game. (5/5)


    It was great to revisit these 3(4) games with a more critical eye (and ear) than I've approached them with in the past. I gained a much deeper appreciation for them while simultaneously developing a more reasoned and balanced perspective on their strengths and weaknesses.

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