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Marco

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Re: Finished playing...
« Reply #660 on: December 27, 2019, 01:58:58 PM »
SOMA, a sci-fi/horror game.  The story of this game is quite good; as video game writing goes, I'd put it up there with Horizon: Zero Dawn (although it's smaller in scope).  The sound design and visual design create an immersive atmosphere akin to Subnautica's.

The gameplay is pretty minimal, a small step up from a walking simulator like Firewatch.  There are mechanical elements you can get stuck on, but they're not really puzzles in the sense of a point-and-click adventure; it's just sometimes hard to find the right pixels to interact with to move the plot forward.  There are enemies you have to hide from or flee from (you can't fight them), but although they contribute to the atmosphere, they don't really create much of a game.  These enemies also arise from an underdeveloped side of the story; although they contribute to the oppressive atmosphere, they felt a bit tacked-on to me.

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Re: Finished playing...
« Reply #661 on: January 02, 2020, 09:13:33 AM »
Note that there's a mode (patched in at some point on PC; might not be available on other platforms) that effectively turns the monsters off (they're there, but they don't chase you).

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Re: Finished playing...
« Reply #662 on: January 05, 2020, 10:46:48 AM »
Resident Evil 2 Remake

I played, and commented on, the one-shot demo last year and had decided to pass on the full experience but then my wife got it for me for Christmas so huzzah! I'm still a big wussy pants when it comes to tension and jump scares, so it's not exactly my type of game. I got through the Leon A scenario in one day because I don't think my nerves would've permitted taking a break and then going back to it. To be fair, the tension dials down dramatically once you move past the first setting due to a certain mechanic essentially going away. After that it's mainly jump scares and lots of "run back to retrieve item b for puzzle a" mechanics.

I will say that the game is absolutely gorgeous and it cracks me up to go back and look at old screenshots of the original (one of my favorite games of all time) to see how much has changed. The sound is amazing too, although that's usually to my detriment. Interestingly enough, the soundtrack is fairly muted, only coming alive for a few things but mostly staying quiet to set the atmosphere.

So yeah, overall, fun enough game and if you're able to handle the scares, it's probably really enjoyable. I just don't think I can ratchet up the nerve for a second playthrough.

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Re: Finished playing...
« Reply #663 on: January 23, 2020, 02:19:53 PM »
The Microsoft Store is also have a Lunar Sale as well as an Adventure Game sale.