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Old 06-24-2020, 06:13 PM   #576
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So uh.

Anyone else played Last of Us 2? Because my god it might have knocked Fallout 76 off the train wreck podium.
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Old 06-25-2020, 06:25 AM   #577
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So uh.

Anyone else played Last of Us 2? Because my god it might have knocked Fallout 76 off the train wreck podium.
I haven't but I've been hearing about it a lot. What happened to it?
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:22 PM   #578
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I haven't but I've been hearing about it a lot. What happened to it?
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From what I can tell, the main character of the franchise, Joel, was killed off midway through the game and replaced as protagonist with his killer, who is being portrayed by a progressive female character.


Regardless of the in-universe justification for this, there are metacontextual optics to consider with such a plot twist - namely, that gamers (who are predominantly men) are finding themselves assaulted in their escapism by identity politics, especially at the hands of feminist bloggers. It's happening in movies, television, video games and (supposedly) even prior installments of The Last of Us.

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The idea of a progressive female killing a white man is an unsubtle effigy of real world political metaphor, especially if it's the protagonist who players fiercely identify with.


Doubling down with this is that the twist is apparently clumsy and awkward, rather than properly built up drama. Poor writing serves to reinforce cynicism that the twist was politically and not creatively motivated.
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Old 06-26-2020, 04:24 PM   #579
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See I actually liked that twist (even though I saw it coming because it's so telegraphed, which does detract from the impact somewhat). I liked the new characters they introduced as well.

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Realistically, Joel's character arc was over with the first game. Killing him off early wasn't just a good decision so much as a necessary one, imo.


My issue is it has zero pacing. Both the story and the gameplay is a relentless barrage of brutality, which means the big moments - including deaths of characters every bit as well written as the likes of Henry, Sam and Tess from the first game - just don't stand out. And there's no space to reflect on them after they happen because the game throws you straight back into hours more of endless combat. I think TV tropes has a page about stories being so dark the audience becomes apathetic about what happens, and this is the perfect example.

Tl;Dr characters are good, underlying plot is good but shockingly poorly told.

Fortunately my local second hand game store was willing to buy it off me for exactly how much they were selling the FF7 remake for, so I swapped it for that.
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//Gotten!
Yakuza Remastered Collection
~ It took Segac a decade ta release a non-butchered version of Yakuza 3 here! That an a disc copy of 5 were the big selling points for me!

Trials of Mana (Remake)
~ I heard this was a much better game than the extremely mediocre Secret of Mana and that it was a full on remake rather than a graphics hack. So I thought I'd try it out!

Sakura Wars
~ After all the Sakura Wars I'd binged on in the last year I was very ready for this to come out here!

//Demo'd!
Final Fantasy VII Remake
~ I didn't even finish the demo. Its so slow and battles so boring. Super Soldier Cloud of the original FF7 earned his rep in the early game/demo portion by 1-shotting all normal baddies and here it takes him 6-7 swings of his sword ro down them? Even worse, theres a bunch he can't even hit since they're outta range or whatever nonsense they're going for. When prompted to use Barret, I immediately wanted to stop using him cause his gameplay of standing in place holding the shoot button sucked! I've been advised to try it again on Easy an maybe I will but that was awhile ago an it keeps slipping my mind ever since.

//Finished!
Columns
~ Time: 00:10:00
~ Played to top the high score an succeeded. I dun like/dislike this game, its just kinda something I'll pick up an play every once in a great while since forevers.

Tetris
~ Time: 00:05:07
~ Once again chased the high score. Genesis Tetris is weird, clunky, hard to control, an overall not great. I'm not Tetris master but sheesh what even is this version?

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
~ Time: 00:14:16
~ Ran through arcade mode on the easiest settings like usual cause why not. Course before that I'm pretty sure I had ta download yet another massive update for it >.>

Virtua Fighter 2 (Genesis)
~ Time: 00:08:10
~ This version of the game'll forever suck. Dun care what arguements in defense of it someone gives.

.hack//Infection
~ Time: 14:39:41
~ What more can I even say about these? This time my playthroughs are to discoverer armor/weapon locations. Like I've built up locations for many of 'em over the years so this is to catch as many remaining stragglers left. Super successful on the armor front a quite successful on the weapon one.

Yakuza 3 Remastered
~ Time: 72:16:43
~ Been 6 years since I'd last played Y3 an while I always liked it, because of how gutted the PS3 release was it felt empty. Well guess what this re-release at long last corrected Segacs foolishness! Pretty much skyrocketed my like of this game to the top of the series alongside 6. Dad Kiryu is best Kiryu.

Yakuza 4 Remastered
~ Time: 69:23:39
~ Again, 6 years since I last played and time was not kind to it. Akiyama's great an all but his fighting styles rather boring an his substories mostly being about his job so there's few wacky out there ones. Trashman has always sucked and still does for every concievable reason. That basically makes the first half of the game not the greatest. Second set of characters save it to some extent but overall its real good but also real real bad in some parts.

.hack//Mutation
~ Time: 11:58:32
~ Super successful on tracking down stray armor, very successful on tracking down stray weapons! Oh an dun let the play time of these games fool ya. I spent 37 hours on Infection and over 38 in Mutation crawling through dungeon after dungeon in search of gear!!

Trials of Mana
~ Time: 20:27:56
~ Went with the team of Hawkeye, Duran, and Charlotte for no particular reason. I've never played the SNES version of this game so I went in blind and walked away feeling ok about the game. Combats way better than SoM but its still generic action/rpg combat. The story/characters are obviously dated due to being brought up from an SNES game. Musics not a strong point as it was in SoM. Not to memorable outside of songs from that game. Overall its I guess slightly above mediocre? I'm starting to have the feeling the Mana series has been massively overhyped lol.

Team Sonic Racing
~ Time: 05:51:30
~ I dared ta give this a second chance after putting about an hour into an clearing the first world last year and I really shouldn't have bothered. But I kept at it an made it through to the end. Its not fun, doesn't feel great to control, blah blah. Bad game.

Sonic Generations
~ Time: 01:02:44
~ I played through the whole game again in order to finally grab all the remaining collectibles/unlockables and it went well... sort of? Theres quite a few red rings that are a nightmare to get. An in going for 'em I found myself inside of walls, out of bounds, classic 3D Sonic broken game stuff that I didn't experience in prior playthroughs. Overall though it was a bunch of fun. Oh an my time is based on the games Time Trial mode in which ya go through each stage sans any skills/powerups, cause it sure took me a whole lot more than an hour to unlock everything!
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