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Doom ended up being better than I thought. From the previews it looked to be a competent shooter, good but not amazing. It turned out to be perhaps the most refreshing and engaging experience in the genre since BioShock. Definite GOTY material.



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Mighty No. 9 actually came out.



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PieToast said:
DivinePaladin said:

Forgive the double post, didn't notice this when I replied and I don't know if I edit the quote in that you'll see it as a direct reply on your end. 

 

What is the difficulty on Salt and Sanctuary? Like is it random Dark Souls esque difficulty or is it legitimately closer to Castlevania? Because the game looked beautiful but the Souls description personally turned me off because I just can't get into the Souls games. 

If you enjoy Castlevania, I'm sure you'll enjoy this game. My only criticism is that it doesn't have the music or a map. Maybe the ambience in Souls games worked to give them a little more atmosphere, but not in 2D imo.

As for the difficulty. Souls games are not as difficult as it's fanbase claims. Well... maybe they are but it depends on the player and how well they can remember the enemy patterns and how well they can manage their recourses, and players are punishment for their mistakes so they can learn for them. Even if you die, you still get a chance to get your Salt, souls or whatever back. 

You can always grind though. What's awesome about Salt and Sanctuary is that there's almost always a different branching path (secret or otherwise) you can go to, and you can skip some bosses altogether. If an area or a boss proved to be too difficult for you, then explore a different path and find more secrets on your way.

Well the way I'd personally phrase Souls difficulty is "poorly" but I didn't want to start a war. I'm simply not a fan at all of their brand of difficulty, whether it's truly difficult or not. I get the love for the games but I don't care enough about a barebones-on-the-surface plot enough to put myself through constant death just to learn the correct course of action. It's not my cup of tea. I've always been interested in Castlevania, contrarily, even if the mechanics were dated in the original series. It's something I've never gotten around to picking up though. Probably soon, since I conquered classic Megaman last year - though the whole YouTube thing eats a lot of my free time, so I probably won't conquer them all in a month like I did with MM! Lol



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DivinePaladin said:
axumblade said:
Spider-Man!

Partially because one of my most favorite studios are behind it. But mainly because we all kinda knew God Of War was coming. Crash was speculated for a bit. We knew we would see Zelda this year. Ratchet and Clank, Quantum Break and Uncharted all looked excellent before this year even started.

Yes! I forgot about Spiderman. Or rather, my intent with the discussion was surprise of current releases, so I didn't even think to include surprise announcements lol. Insomniac with Spiderman is such an odd combo but they're the undisputed king of independent studios so I have full faith that this game is going to kick ass. 

In that case I'd probably say that overall Ratchet and Clank surprised me by selling as well as it has thus far. Its been 2 months and its still in the top 15. :) 



axumblade said:
DivinePaladin said:

Yes! I forgot about Spiderman. Or rather, my intent with the discussion was surprise of current releases, so I didn't even think to include surprise announcements lol. Insomniac with Spiderman is such an odd combo but they're the undisputed king of independent studios so I have full faith that this game is going to kick ass. 

In that case I'd probably say that overall Ratchet and Clank surprised me by selling as well as it has thus far. Its been 2 months and its still in the top 15. :) 

Yeah, I'm surprised it kept up without even a misstep after the movie launched to (unwarranted) critical panning. I really hope we get a port of the HD collection or the Future saga or something for the 15th anniversary next year (since I'm fairly certain we won't get another new Ratchet yet), so that the new fans may experience a more full title. (I adore RC16 but it's got such a barebones plot that new fans are actually missing out.)



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Versus_Evil said:
Tokyo Mirage Sessions easily.

This takes it for me as well.

I knew I would at least have fun with it based on the trailers, and the fact that it brings features from my favorite gaming universe into it...but I'm honestly a little suprised at how well made this game is. Great characters, voice acting, combat, and looks nice to boot. What I was worried might just be a guilty pleasure will likely end up one of my top games this generation...and that's definitely a surprise.



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Zelda for sure.

TMS is also a lot better than I expected.



The more I play of TMS the better it seems to get. Like I said before, a JRPG has not grabbed me like this in a LONG time.



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Some people have said it already, but:
1. Nintendo hasn't released more info about the NX yet. They keep making different excuses for why they haven't and it's getting pretty stale.
2. Nintendo did a LOT better at E3 than I anticipated. Despite only showing off less than 10 games, Nintendo captured people's hearts with Zelda and a little bit of Pokemon.
3. CRASH BANDICOOT REMASTERS OMG

This has to be one of the hardest parts of being a gamer because there are a LOT of things in the works right now that we as fans are just dying to get our hands on. From the NX to the Neo and Scorpio to the mind boggling amount of games we have coming up it absolutely overwhelming. This is the calm before the storm my friends.



Severed has surprised me the most this year such a fun and refreshing game.