Little Big Planet Vita – impressions

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Well, it only took me like 3-4 years, but i finished it.

–  took so long because after the initial enjoyment it did what many games do which is have an unreasonable difficulty spike at the end so i just dropped it

+, + Great art assets, always with great character

+, +  nice music with a variety as big as the visual themes

+, +, + a great and surprising variety in gameplay designs. Didn’t expect so much variety and inovation

+, – decent story. Might not have loved it but at least it had character

Overall: i’d give it a 2 on a -5 to 5 scale, very high production values, great entertainment and variety, even for somebody like me with a natural avoidance of everything that has childish themes, yet i still enjoyed it quite a lot due to it’s great and and abundant content in every corner.

Environmental Showcasing [Just Cause 3]

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I find that this game has taken a brilliant game design choice to invite the players to admire the good looking environments, which are at times quite beautiful. Often times I see games which have in fact fantastic art assets, but because they have no gameplay associated to seeing them many twitch players miss them. This simple gampley (could just as well have been collecting points) combined with the challenge of gliding invites me to go close and go into a mood of calm and observation paying attention to the surroundings.

 

Star Wars – Knights of The Old Republic (Apeiron HD Remake)

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Are all these video game (and movie) reboots making you feel left out? Don’t worry! Chances are you’ve enjoyed the first two games set in The Old Republic times, and maybe even had a daydream about them being remade.

Dream no more; a small, independent team decided to step up, and treat KOTOR to a nice shine and polish, featuring modern models and shaders, and a first-person mode, among many other goodies.

Don’t forget to check their progress over here.

 

At the time of writing (August, 2016), Apeiron has not yet received a cease & desist. Good for them.

Surreal Waterway

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I still find it amazing that this whole world is generated and yet it can produce such interesting places with pretty believable placing of plantlife on surprisingly non-flat geometry landscape.

History of the Elder Scrolls

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Interesting stuff. Didn’t know 1 & 2 had so much procedural stuff and such a big size. A Morrowind or Oblivion remake would’ve been great though instead of the Skyrim remaster to celebrate the old ones.

Aladdin on GoG

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AAaa, the old Aladdin game, still a gem. Now on Good Old Games: https://www.gog.com/game/disney_aladdin
Played it a bit with my wife alternating on dying (great fun) and we got to level 3 or so on the 2nd try. Exciting. Still great artwork in there. The only problem is the screen tearing, could use some v-sync, there must be a way to enable that in dosbox, or maybe it’s from the rendering somehow? Anyway, warmly recommending it. I still remember many years ago when I took my old 386 to the village and via win 3.11 virtual memory got it running despite 4mb ram requirements when i only had 2. Finished it I think 3 times in the village :P

Prince of Persia (1989) – Post Mortem

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wow! I can’t believe so much happened back then! yet I remember seeing this in school already on 286s I believe.

Hollows of Londor

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How interesting…

Demon’s Crest Speedrun

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Find this game so fascinating, the only SNES game i actually finished. The world, the anti-hero story, the creatures, the superb and varied locations… so much respect for this one.

I remembered it because I saw it today on games done quick:

Holding up surprisingly decently good 22 years after it’s launch in 1994: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon%27s_Crest

The Joy of Soulsing

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It’s amazing how much camaraderie such a dark game has inspired… and also the music can describe the excitement of going back in for more fun even if as I prefer you explore the world in singleplayer.

LIttle Big Planet Vs Dark Souls Asylum

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Who would’ve thought?

Villains with High Motives

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It is always refreshing to see antagonists with a well thought out background and consistent thinking.

History & Game Design [GDC]

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Very interesting talk. As a lover of history it was particularly interesting to me the tweaks, bends and compromises that have to be made on history to make it more entertaining/commercial. I particularly found interesting the story at 21:30 as I happened to have known a bit about the subject from a T. Sowell historical book where he argued against the mainstream view of exploitative colonialism saying it just wasn’t profitable to trade with undeveloped nations. The story about religious schisms was also very interesting, as well as the tough decision to cut out some aspects of the simulation.

These games some I’ve played, the others I I always feel guilty I haven’t played yet as I know i’d love them, I just get so much more tempted by others. I guess I’m also waiting for “the one” that will draw me fully back into the genre. I’m hoping for a new trade simulation, with more historical scope, maybe Patrician 5++. At times I thought it might be something like a new Anno game, but then I’m put off by exactly such compromises on historical or reality as he talks about when he brings in silly propagandist marxism, as when I got the impression the game was geared towards the most advanced energy source being the oh so very politically correct solar power or such things. I hope more and more this genre will do what Game of Thrones did for the movie industry which is go into the territory of tough choices with some plausibility even if they’re not so “pretty”… but that of course would harm profitability so I kinda doubt it. From what I’ve been seeing with civilization 6 too I get the impression they went into the kiddy/simplify/mainstream direction. Hope I’m wrong, but It turned that way with 5 too, and they abandoned a lot of the more complex mechanics they pioneered in the 4 addons. Still watching the genre hopefully…

Pokemon Catching in Holocaust Museum?

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/07/12/holocaust-museum-to-visitors-please-stop-catching-pokemon-here/

loolz… games and reality… mixing in inappropriate ways :))

Oblivion – did you know?

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Interesting…

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