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  1. ArchInstinct liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in GAMES BEATEN BY THE AJSA (2021)   
    3) Hitman 6 season 3 (or Hitman 3)
    Platform: PC
    The final part of the Hitman 6 season trilogy is finally here, and the great part is this game comes with the entirety of the previous Hitman seasons, just like what Hitman 2 did before but with just 55GB because yay the dev finally found a way to compress files!
     
    And just like the previous seasons, you get what you're expecting: more targets, more funny & awesome ways to kill your target, and the conclusion to the lingering story from the previous 2 seasons. One of my favorite mission is definitely mission 2 where you not only can do your usual assassination, but you also get to disguise yourself as a detective & solve a crime that occurred in the residence. Now this is freaking sweet, and you'll be rewarded handsomely by doing this. Solving a crime while committing another crime, how ironic.
     
    I gotta say, this season feels very James Bond esque, particularly in the first & final missions of the game. I guess it's IOI's way of preparing us for the upcoming 007 game they're making. I love it! A great conclusion to this chapter of 47 & now I'm hyped to see what the James Bond game is going to be.
     
    4) Maneater
    Platform: PC
    Ahhh yes, this is the game that Gura played at her debut stream. Poor2 Gura never got the chance to finish it...... but I'm gonna finish it for her.
    This game is a really fun shark simulator game. Think Jaws Unleashed on PS2, but actually great. Movement is awesome because your playable shark is very fast & hits like a truck, eating other animals to level up is really fun, and fighting human coastguard enemies are really fun too cause you can wreck the shit out of them. All the while you do sidequests like collecting various nutrients for your shark, eating unfortunate people who polluted the sea, and finding landmarks in the area which are always silly & some even references films & other underwater related things, like a place which has 3 seashells from Demolition Man, the volleyball from Cast Away, Spongebob's home...... yeah they're really having fun with these.
     
    The story framed like a TV show where the episodes follow the adventure of this baby shark that's forcefully extracted from her mother by this shark hunter Scaly Pete, and it's about her eating other underwater sea creatures & evolving to become the ultimate Apex Predator and get her revenge YEAAAAAHHHH, while also showing Pete's POV where both you & he are just one-upping each other in trying to destroy each other's lives.
    Throughout the game, Scaly Pete himself got a LOT of damage done to him which actually becomes kind of like when that one persistent orc in Shadow of War/Mordor keeps on pestering you. And throughout the game's story there's 1 big question that's on my mind: why the fuck is this tv show legal? You're showing this shark killing people too on TV/ the internet! Someone please slap some sense to these people who aired this show!
     
    5) Atoms
    Platform: iPhone
    This is a puzzle game where you have to play against other players/cpu. Basically you take turns in placing an atom dot of your color to a grid, and your goal is to spread your atom to the entire board, eliminating the other player's color. It's much easier to just show how it's done
    There's nothing more satisfying than to create a chain reaction that makes you spread your color atoms to the entire board like a well planned anime giga IQ move. 
     
    6) Sneak Ops
    Platform: iPhone
    A stealth puzzle game where you have to escape a facility while trying to evade enemy soldiers. Think old school Metal Gear for the MSX but simpler. The enemies have the classic cone of vision like MGS & you can punch them to knock em out, but you can't do it to the heavily armored enemies. With those guys you need a special gun which you can randomly get by getting a ? item which can give you anything from a speed shoe, a taser gun to, well, cardboard box. Cheeky. 
    Interesting mechanic this game has though is how you can choose to create checkpoints for yourself, but a stage has a limited amount of it because it requires 20 floppy disks, and you collect them throughout the stages. You have 5 chances to make checkpoints when a level has 10 stages for example, so you gotta strategize on which part you want to do it on. Or ya know, you can just try and be suicidal by not placing any checkpoint & do an entire stage, up to you. Also the missions are randomized, and you get to play a new mission every 24 hours, but they all ended up being almost the same missions that you've played before only with a bit of variations. Good thing it's free so it's fun for what it is.
     
    7) Yakuza 7/ Ryu Ga Gotoku 7. NOT Yakuza: Like a Dragon because wtf why do you put both english & Japanese title together like that for the 7th game in the series aosdnofgdogmogmdog
    Platform: PC
    It's freaking Yakuza through and through, and that's fucking awesome. Yes the combat this time is a turn based RPG with job classes, but this game manages to make it blend extremely well with the world of Ryu Ga Gotoku. I've played this game for 78 hours, mostly to grind my way up the leveling system so I can do the boss fights well, but it's all worth it. It always brings a smile to my face when that high leveled enemy mob that give you so much trouble in the early parts of the game immediately eat shit when you're higher level than them & you do this to ruin their entire day
    This is just 1 out of dozens of funny as hell abilities you can do. If you want to see more, you gotta catch em all
    The story of this game is also pretty damn good, I say one of the best story in the series besides 0, 2 & Judgment. Sure there's a couple of story points that could've been avoided if the characters are just upfront about somethings & not drag it out like a dumbass, but the parts where the game gets real hits you like a ton of bricks, especially the final parts of the game. The new main character Kasuga Ichiban is definitely a great change of pace from the usual Kiryu stoicness. The entire reason why the enemies in this game dress like nutjobs & like a Dragon Quest game is because Ichiban himself thinks of the world as an RPG game even though his other friends are like "what are you on about man" cause they're just seeing things normally, and it's funny as hell. I would love to see what other insane quests he'll do in the future games. 
     
    Also fun fact: the voice actor of Wei Shen from Sleeping Dogs voices the main villain of this game, and he channeled his Wei Shen gruffness really well here. There are many past characters from the series returning, and for the dubbed version there's 2 nice returns for characters I will not spoil, sadly no Mark Hammil as Majima URGHHH WHHYYYYYY, but the rest of them did a great job with the English dub. If I played this in 2020, this game would definitely be in my top 5 best games that year. Play this game if you're a Yakuza fan, you'll have a great fun time.
     
    8) Disaster Report 4
    Platform: PC
    This is the latest game in a series where you as various characters have to escape a natural disaster, mostly earthquakes, and along the way you deal with other dramas like getting away from a crazy murderer, or uncovering a big government conspiracy, or even just a student trying to get out of a bad situation. I played the second game named Raw Danger & I had a fun ass time just escaping & finding out you can do plenty of ridiculous things, like shouting often for no reason, or just sniffing a body for..... no reason at all. This is a game that doesn't give a shit, and it's awesome. Even better when I found out that there's multiple ways to progress through the game & an action when you play as 1 character will carry over to the other characters which will lead to different endings.
     
    So when Disaster Report 4 was out, I didn't buy it straight away because it's so damn expensive, so I waited for the discount & was excited to play it. And...... well the PS4 version was reaaaaaalllllly bad with its framedrops, almost as bad as the Last Guardian. Thankfully the PC version actually plays consistently without framedrops.
     
    You play as a single character of your own creation & you start the game by travelling to a place, either for a job interview, business meeting or just coming for a stroll down a park. Then welp, earthquake happens & you have to try and get away from it all. At first the game looks like it's gonna give you a lot of different paths you can take depending on which choices you make since the game give you a LOT of them, but what I found out is that this game is surprisingly really linear, even though the game has a bunch of options you can pick. You can only progress through the many parts of this game by the way the game wants you to, so if you have to get through a part by rowing a boat to an apartment building that's completely flooded, travel to many of the rooms to find a bunch of parts required to create a makeshift grappling hook so then you can go to a roof & use that grappling hook to remove a huge sign, you have to freaking do it. And that.... makes no damn sense at all considering how much more straightforward & less full of bullshit the last games were. And this happens in every single new area you went to which hurts the replayability of this game, cause the choices you made are pretty much just there for shits & giggles, or just one of those "be a dick or be nice" choices without them mattering much in the grand plot.
     
    Which is a shame because the many ridiculous scenarios this game has is actually freaking hilarious & zany. At one point you actually became the leader of a white shirt cult that scams people, became a person with access to miracle water that cures ailments which I'm pretty sure is just a placebo but well it works until the people you help became dicks all of a sudden even though the water actually helped them out, and you even had to solve a crime of who was an arsonist in a town where there's 2 side of town that hated each other's guts. And that's just some of the crazy things that happened. They're definitely a fun time, but I do wish there's multiple ways to do & complete them without needing to force me to do specific things because you can't do anything else.
     
    9) Furi
    Platform: PC
    I just wanted to replay Furi again & man it felt GOOOOOOODDDD playing this game again. Still a great boss rush game with great combat, and I'm still hoping that there will be a sequel. I found out though that the dev actually made another game recently called Haven that's an rpg about a couple which is very sweet, so I'm definitely gonna get that when the time is right.
     
    10) Fractured Minds
    Platform: PC
    It's a very short game about dealing with depression. I feel like there's a bunch of games like this in the past, so it's nothing that special. Omori's a much more effective game about that so I recommend playing that game instead of this.
     
    11) Cloud Climber
    Platform: PC
    Another short game, this time it's a walking simulator about a guy who's built a very tall tower with the goal of going to the clouds & hopefully getting water from them cause the world has a water crisis since there's no rain in hundreds of years. He's the last man alive so it's pretty sad actually that he had to do it without his companions. And then when you reach the cloud as it turns out it finally rains after hundreds of years, so....... yeah the entire tower building was completely pointless cause all they had to do was wait hundreds of years before it starts raining again. Welp
     
    12) XIII
    Platform: PC
    Not to be confused with that dogshit remake recently. This was the original fps game based on the comic book of the same name, and aside from the sometimes frustrating as hell checkpoint system, this game is...... actually really damn fun. The weapons you get feels great to use, there's multiple variety of missions, the music is really damn nice, and the story is so intriguing that it actually made me want to find out what happens next in the comic which I did after playing the game. Well done Ubisoft, this is a damn great comic book game adaptation. Unfortunate that it had to be remade & that remake sucks balls.
  2. ArchInstinct liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in GAMES BEATEN BY THE AJSA (2021)   
    Ahhh, back from a pretty busy easter & work schedule. Finally the poster decide to join in. Good thing I don't have to be the lone one contributing this year. XD
    13) Little Nightmares 2
    Platform: PC
    I completely skipped the first Little Nightmares because I saw what happened during that game's story & there's no way in hell I'm going to play as that complete asshole Six. So since 2 stars a much2 better & nicer hero this time around with this game being a prequel to 2, I finally decide to join in the fun of playing this game. It's pretty much what I expected it to be: cinematic horror platformer where you mostly run from incoming enemies, while solving puzzles & soak in the atmosphere of this game just like other similar games Inside & Limbo did before it. I was actually pleasantly happy that there's actually simple combat in this game because your main character can grab a weapon & whack enemies with it, and later before the final boss you actually do get to use a SICK ability.
     
    And then the ending happened, and I am completely broken afterward. Not broken in a "fuck this game series I hope it burns" kind of way, but more like "after THAT downer, I can't wait to see how this story ends in the sequel" kind of way. You'll see why when you play the game yourself. Even though I finished the game & enjoyed it, I am NEVER playing it ever again after that shit. And the downer is that the dev actually quits Bandai Namco, so this game is officially the end of Little Nightmares under their hands. Bandai Namco though will definitely have other developers continue the story, so when that happens, I really hope it's a great continuation & not a sloppy mess. Though considering how simple the story is anyway, I have good hope for the next part of this series.
     
    14) Uppers
    Platform: PC
    This game....... so funny story, I was originally interested in this game because a friend of mine recommended it to me WAAAAYYYY before the game was released on PC. It was originally a PS Vita game & I like what I'm seeing from the trailer.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AblrPXDIfks
    Beat em up goodness that reminds me of Urban Reign? What's not to like? So I waited patiently for the game to finally be released on PC............. Then I realized that this is from the same people that did Senran Kagura........ Ohhhhhh nooooooooooooooooooooooo (well I don't mind cause of the cute girls ahem forget I said that)
     
    Thankfully.......... even though this game does involve you flipping up a bunch of girl's skirts & dropping into your girlfriend I mean your "manager's" boing boing, it's not as explicit as Senran Kagura. It's more like the Diet Coke version of it while most of the time will be spent making enemies fly to the sky & doing really awesome beatings. Pretty much the whole premise of the game is about these 2 friends who wanted 2 things in life:
    1) Be the strongest person in their city
    2) GET THEM HOT CHICKS
    Along the way, shenanigans with different characters happen, most of them girls of course, and you reach the top by beating dudes up in different straightforward missions, occasionally playing missions where you play as bosses you just fought, and then do it over and over again.
     
    This game gets repetitive real quick, so I've been playing it in short bursts until I finally beat it by GETTING ALL THEM CHICKS YEAAAAHHHHHHH. All in all, fun game for what it is. 
     
    15) Persona 5 Scramble
    Platform: PC
    Weeks later, and the kickass soundtrack is still stuck to my head. God I love this game! Shame about that one alt-tab area glitch though........
     
    16) GRIS
    Platform: PC
    This is that very pretty looking artful game
    At first I just enjoyed the scenery & the great music, then I realized from each chapter's title that this game's plot follows the 5 stages of grief, which means that this game is yet another one of those games where it's a manifestation of letting go loss, just like RiME that I played last year....... thankfully the journey this time is not depressing as hell and a lot more peaceful, with a bunch of soothing art to guide you along the ride. By the end you'll feel happy instead of getting depressed, and that's good.
     
    17) Introvert: A Teenage Simulator
    Platform: PC
    Oh boy, a free game about being a new kid on a really depressing town where you befriend a boy that said if he couldn't get a friend in a week, he'll shoot things up in the place.......... this is exactly the kind of game you're thinking about. Thankfully it's free & it does have some weird LSD & supernatural vibe to it so it's not THAT depressing, but it will still end the way you think it will end.
     
    18) Spyro The Dragon - Reignited
    Platform: PC
    AAhhhhhhh, Spyro. How I miss ya little guy! I played the shit out of Spyro 1 & 3 back in the PS1 days, though unfortunately I never managed to complete those games back then, and to find that the Reignited Trilogy, just like the Crash remake, is a faithful upgrade of the original trilogy on PS1, made me real happy to revisit these games & FINALLY complete the first Spyro. And this time I 100%, NO, 120% completed it thoroughly till the end. The bonus missions are a pain in the ass, buuut the entire game is straight-up just like playing the original PS1 game again. AND THAT'S AWESOME!
     
    1 down, 2 more Spyro to go & I can't WAIT to beat 2 & play as Sgt. Byrd & Agent 9 in 3 again!
  3. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by ArchInstinct in Attack On Titan manga has finally ended. All in all, a great end. (no spoilers)   
    This was a great show to follow and I'm glad to have seen the end first hand.
  4. ArchInstinct liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in Attack On Titan manga has finally ended. All in all, a great end. (no spoilers)   
    At last. After many2 years of waiting, Attack on Titan's manga has finally come to an end. I read it, not gonna spoil it. All I can say though is that it doesn't end in a way that pissed me off, but it ends in a great way that pretty much tie things up quite nicely. For those that are waiting for the manga to end before binge reading it, now's the perfect time to do it.
     
    For those that wants to wait till the anime finishes it, well it'll be 1 year of waiting till the anime ends it, so get ready for that time. In the meantime, you guys can wait while listening to the epic opening for the first season all over again.
     
  5. ArchInstinct liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in Cyberpunk 2077 Angry Review. It's as angry as I expected it to be   
    Thankfully for me I'm used to glitches in games, so I pretty much had a great time with this game for 70+ hours, well that's of course because I waited till the patches that fixes a lot of the issues. Still buggy AF, but not as atrocious as it was on release, and if history with Witcher 1 & 2's enhanced editions are any indication, CD Projekt is definitely capable of improving the game significantly from meh to a game that's awesome. Just hope they'll add new content for this game for free & only use DLC to add a new playable city like Blood & Wine.
     
    I just had a thought. This, No Man's Sky, Sea of Thieves & Battlefront 2 should be revisited by Joe when Cyberpunk eventually becomes a game that's actually finished & possibly substantially better. These games have become infinitely better games that were nothing like the absolute barebone wasteland they were on release, so it'll be nice to see a "re-revisiting" of them & give them different grades.
  6. summercyrus liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in GAMES BEATEN BY THE AJSA (2020)   
    88) Shuyan Saga
    Platform: PC
    This game was all around one of the game bundle stores I frequently buy games from. It's a typical story of a princess of an old Chinese kingdom which is under attack, she had to learn kung fu & beat the crap out of the bad guy, while gaining new companions along the way. Simple, but well done, and I like the comic book cutscenes which sometimes gives you branching dialogue options, though except for 1 part they don't change the story at all, just change the sass of your main character. Plus points because the actress who played the main character is Kristin Kreuk, aka Lana Lang from Smallville. Aka that good Superman high school story show. I remember that show before all the DC films years later make Superman less popular. That was fun.
     
    For some reason, the girl eats rice straight up raw after cleaning it with water. As expected it's not edible so she just vomit right after...... how can she not know how to cook rice? ?_?
     
    The game's definitely an smartphone game ported to PC because of the touchpad control scheme, and I don't mind it because it's pretty fun to play. Clunky at times, especially because sometimes your character will move to an invisible wall, but it's easy to control & responsive in a good way. The best part about the game is that it has 2 fighting modes. The you vs groups mode & 1 on 1 vs mode. Sometimes in the group mode it'll transition straight to the 1 vs 1 mode where you just need to deal massive damage to your enemy. Once you progress through the story & you unlock the dodge parry, the fights becomes a lot more fun because you can wipe the floor off enemies. Especially the final boss after all the crap he did throughout the game. I am down to see a sequel to this game because it definitely sets up a new journey at the end.
     
    And after you beat the game, you get to play 2 extra modes. One's an arena mode where you beat the crap of many bosses, the other's a dungeon exploration game where you play as one of the secondary characters and explore a dungeon while avoiding deathtraps. Both are fun extras.
     
    89) Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
    Platform: PC
    After a year of not playing MK11 because of the bullshit tower of time & currency system, I finally returned to this game after seeing my fgc mate Waz playing Fujin & Sheeva. And also this
    This comes to mind. 
     

    Since Aftermath has a continuation of the story from the base game, I might as well buy Aftermath + the season pass that I skipped. Thankfully I got both of them cheap at $AUD 42. Yay discount!
     
    Man oh man, what a nice way to end the plot. Shang Tsung is definitely the MVP of this story mode, and especially awesome because he's not MK9 Tsung, but Hiroyuki Tagawa. The best Shang Tsung in the series bar none, just like how Raul Julia is undeniably the best M Bison in Street Fighter.
     
    As much as I would LOVE to see Raul being in one of the Street Fighter games except the movie tie in, he definitely wouldn't fit well with the Street Fighter Capcom aesthetic. If they do, it'll be awkward like the DmC remake, so the movie will have to suffice. 
     
    Hiroyuki though, 
    Byoutiful. I can never get tired of seeing this. XD
     
    The one thing that's quite a shame about Aftermath though, as well as the base story mode: there's still no trace of the song from the launch trailer.
    Urgh, WHY?? That MK theme remix should be in the base game as the final battle song!
     
    The weirdest thing is that trailer song is officially available, but it's just the same version as the trailer with the same awkward cuts.
     
    Which is why I pretty much made my own version of that song and then play this song during the final battle as a great "circle is complete" moment linking it back to the Mortal Kombat film.
     
    They're definitely planning something new with MK based on the ending, and I would love for it to be the next Shaolin Monks game. Or a much better open world exploration game version of the Krypt mode mixed with Deception's konquest mode, so it'll be like God of War PS4, but with kung fu & more fatalities.

    Can't wait to see what they'll do next!
  7. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by ArchInstinct in GAMES BEATEN BY THE AJSA (2021)   
    Another year, another thread. Same deal. Anybody want to bet on when they'll finally fix the DMR in warzone?

    Quote from Legolas_Katarn, the AJSA peep who made the last thread. 2020 thread can be found here:  angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/43763-games-beaten-by-the-ajsa-2020/
     
  8. ArchInstinct liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in Cyberpunk 2077 Angry Review. It's as angry as I expected it to be   
    Thankfully for me I'm used to glitches in games, so I pretty much had a great time with this game for 70+ hours, well that's of course because I waited till the patches that fixes a lot of the issues. Still buggy AF, but not as atrocious as it was on release, and if history with Witcher 1 & 2's enhanced editions are any indication, CD Projekt is definitely capable of improving the game significantly from meh to a game that's awesome. Just hope they'll add new content for this game for free & only use DLC to add a new playable city like Blood & Wine.
     
    I just had a thought. This, No Man's Sky, Sea of Thieves & Battlefront 2 should be revisited by Joe when Cyberpunk eventually becomes a game that's actually finished & possibly substantially better. These games have become infinitely better games that were nothing like the absolute barebone wasteland they were on release, so it'll be nice to see a "re-revisiting" of them & give them different grades.
  9. skorgezagreat liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in My own take on the best games of 2020! (Read description)   
    Nice that you're doing your own list! But don't put Ghost of Tsushima as number 2 if you haven't played it, that's a big no no, put it as "game that I really want to play but haven't" or something similar. It's ok if you don't have a top 10 since you don't play that many games, just put it as top 5 instead. 
  10. skorgezagreat liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in It's that time again: best game of 2020 time!   
    Up to you man, just have fun with it. Extra nice if the games on your list are something I never heard before so I can try them out.
     
    No idea who that guy is cause I don't use trending until you just told me about him. Then I saw this vid.
     
    Huh. Sounds like a cunt. Well good thing he's going down for doing the things he did, yet another asshole who got his just dessert in 2020. The more people like this get exposed the better so actual good people can rise up & make fun stuff to enjoy.
  11. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by skorgezagreat in A Star Wars game that you probably have never heard of...Star Wars: Empire at War   
    I'm glad to see that people enjoy this game, I wasn't even playing video games when it came out. Right? it's fun just to watch the fight play out!
  12. skorgezagreat liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in A Star Wars game that you probably have never heard of...Star Wars: Empire at War   
    Ahhh Empire At War. Used to play this game quite a few times before I moved on to the other PS2 games & Battle For Middle Earth 2, another awesome rts game that year. Best part is when Obi Wan fight Vader
     
  13. skorgezagreat liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in It's that time again: best game of 2020 time!   
    VTUBERS IS LIFE! ALL HAIL OUR 2D OVERLORDS!!
     
     
     
    Cough2.
     
    Ok in all seriousness, them being popular this year is the best thing about 2020. Youtube's been doing the same usual depressing youtube drama bullshits, people depressed about corona, top 10 lists fads with the same thing in them over and over again that I pretty much got sick and tired of them, so seeing these girls just fucking around & making people laugh to ease the insanity is a welcome change of pace.
     
    This is a regular thing I do each year. I encourage everyone to put their own top 10 list cause everyone got different tastes in games after all. Quite unfortunate that this year because of Corona this place doesn't get the usual members joining in, but it's good to have ya.
  14. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by skorgezagreat in A Star Wars game that you probably have never heard of...Star Wars: Empire at War   
    Intro:
    I am going to start this review with a little bit about myself, obviously, you are free to skip this part due to it only being pertinent to tell you my slight bias and to give you an idea of who I am. I am Skorgezagreat, I joined the Angry Army in 2017 and I made a couple of reviews, nothing big, I assure you. I quit posting things, due to my mental state and didn't really come back until I fell back in love with Angry Joe and his reviews. That is not pertinent, but that is my intro and whatever out of the way. Over the course of my life I fell in love with Star Wars, as a kid, with Revenge of The Sith, The Empire Strikes Back, and A New Hope. I would reenact the scene where Darth Vader comes out of the smoke on the Tantive IV, me just a rebel soldier, somehow, killing Darth Vader and becoming a hero of the rebellion. In my teen years I fell out of love with it, when Disney took over and I felt as if the series had gone to the dark side. With Rey and Finn the stories just didn't seem to hit as well as they did and to this day, I still have a dislike to them. I fell back in love with Star Wars with a few things; The Mandolorian, Star Wars Battlefront 2 EA (After the updates), Jedi: Fallen Order, and a game you probably haven't heard of...Star Wars: Empire at War...
     
    Skip to here if you want to get past the intro:
    I'm going to split this review up into segments to keep things sorted and ordered, the segments are as follows:
    What is Empire at War?
    What makes the game so good?
    What are the flaws of the game?
    The Space Battles.
    The Ground Battles.
    Rating and whether I recommend it or not.
    Let's Begin.
    What is Star Wars: Empire at War?
    Star Wars: Empire at War is an RTS game with moderate 4X game play on the side. It puts you in the shoes of a commander leading the forces of the Empire; trying to crush the Rebels and bring order to the outer rim, or a commander of the Rebels, trying to carve your way into the core worlds and besiege Coruscant. The game features large scale space and ground battles, these are generally fought to take control of planets to expand your territory and gain benefits for controlling each planet. It resembles the best of Galactic Conquest in both original Battlefronts, with Battlefront 1's system of giving benefits for controlling planets and Battlefront 2's system of providing you with a larger galaxy featuring space battles and ground battles. The game allows you to take control of most of the units and heroes of the Galactic Civil war...I mean, hell, even C3P0 and R2D2 are playable. Some background for the game and the development of it: Star Wars: Empire at War was developed by Petroglyph Games, who have worked on the Command and Conquer Remaster and 8-bit armies. The game was Published by LucasArts in 2006, February 16th. It has flown under the radar in most sense as I don't find a lot of people who know about it. The game died with GameSpy and then it was republished in 2017 on Steam with workshop support and is relatively alive today.
    What makes the game so good?
    Let me say that this game is good! The game seamlessly has space battles and ground battles at the same time and you can control and shape both. The game has a more tactical feel to it, in the sense that if you can support your squads well, you can find a way to take no casualties. When the battles play out and they look relatively good, however, once you zoom in the age of the game starts to show; textures and models tend to be a bit more on the "Empire Earth" side of things, but they do tend to look a little better with faces and such. The game does give you a scale of how large the battles are and it runs well while doing so. The game will mix things up, from time to time you will have the opportunity to destroy civilian homes and even on some planets, destroy the Tusken Raider Camps and the Sandcrawlers like Tatooine, which is a detail I can appreciate. Another example of fresh objectives can be found on Coruscant when you are attacked by the Rebels, your objective is not just to hold position and prevent the rebels from destroying your base, but to defend the emperor and if he dies, it is 100% game over! Little things like these just make a game feel more "smart" or "alive", we aren't just doing errands for Palpatine, but actively crushing civilian uprisings and as Anakin would put it "Bringing peace to my new empire". The game has all the iconic characters of the Star Wars universe, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and mother of Marry they have Thrawn! On top of this, none of the characters feel super weak and they each have their own little gimmick. The game will allow you to have Obi-Wan and Vader duel and they have voice clips from the movies in the midst of it. So while the huge battles are taking place, you'll have a lightsaber battle. I could go on about the content of this game and how big it is, but you get the point. The 4X aspect is relatively simple and the strategy isn't all that complex, for example, you can build turbolaser batteries and unit and credit production buildings, but this isn't Age of Empires 2, what you get is the same as the Rebels on the building aspect, some planets like Nul Hutta and Tatooine will allow you to build Cantines and Smuggler Dens. The strategy on the galactic map is also simple, but I will say that I was relatively surprised on hyperlane control being an aspect of strategy. The units look and feel cool to play around with even when you zoom in, since they talk a little less detail and such. On top of all this, the game has a fair amount of mods, giving you a ton of replay value. Overall I would say that the content is pretty vast and the game play is super smooth.
    What flaws does Star Wars: Empire at War have?
    Let's start with the most obvious thing from the moment you boot up the game. The game is old, it doesn't look the best, textures and graphics tend to have a dated feel to it, it's obvious why, but if you can't play a game with fairly dated graphics, then your experience might be worsened. There is a large balance issue with this game, which is exaggerated by some mods. The game has inherently broken units that will wipe the floor with you and units that are so useless, you'd think they had water guns in their hands. The game will have units that just can't operate on their own and the obvious stuff like Stormtroopers and Rebel soldiers is excusable, but why take the Corellian Corvette for fighter defense, when most ships already deploy their own contingent of fighters and bombers? Why take Stormtroopers, when an AT AT already deploys some for you? Stuff like this does add some aggravation to the game, because the AI tends to just spam stuff that works on some mods and I'm hoping it's not intentional. There will be times where the AI just steamrolls you and you are screwed, no defense, just screwed. You'll have two squads of Stormtroopers and an AT ST, meanwhile the whole Rebel fleet just showed up. You will face setback after setback. The game can get boring after you figure out the auto resolve battle function is WAY too fair and then it will become a crappy 4X if your not careful.
    The Space Battles...
    Taking over a planet is two stages, a space battle is the first stage. The battles can get pretty big and they tend to be really fun to just watch, the developers knew this and added a cinematic camera function in space and ground battles. In your conquest of the galaxy you will build fleets and invasion groups and send them out to take over planets, the fleets can include all of the famous ships, from acclamators to the SUPER STAR DESTROYER, the thing is so big it actually sits within the background, however, it moves like a brick and well...it kind of is. Ships will launch fighters from their hangars to defend them from enemy bombers and you can micro them, but some like the tie fighter can just be told to "hunt for enemies". Over the course of the battle different facilities on ships can be destroyed and rendered unusable, like engines, laser turrets and hangars. The main goal of a space battle is normally to destroy your enemy's space station, a symbol of his or hers hold on the planet and then to either force them to retreat or mop up the rest of their fleet. Sometimes a space battle could take place after you've lost a planets station and you can catch the enemy's invasion force in a trap. The space battles are fun, but I'd still call them a little simple, however, you can find some enjoyment out of it.
    The Ground Battles...
    Let me just start this by saying the ground battles are good, however, they can get a little repetitive, after clocking in 200 hours on this game, it feels like all my ground battles play out the same without mods. Ground battles are your second stage of invasion, here you can call in bombers from your fleet to carpet bomb the enemy, you can capture landing zones to land more of your invasion force and increase your population cap. Sometimes there will be hazards, like a sarlac pit or maybe you'll be fighting on Mustafare and your men could straight up catch fire from the lava. You can dig in and build turrets around your landing zones, or go totally balls to the wall and just deploy all you have and become a death ball. I will admit there isn't much on planets, but there is a lot of planets and the settings are never too similar...it gets a pass from me.
    Rating and whether I recommend it or not...
    I am going to go two directions with this score, first will be the game taken on its own, without any biases from a Star Wars fan. The game will rate at a 6/10, it is average and its age and flaws show up a lot more than you'd probably like to see...I recommend it, but only get it on sale.
    For Star Wars fans, I'm inclined to give it a 7/10 and even an 8/10, it has so much content from the star wars universe, you could easily fall in love with it, given you could find a way through its flaws. I recommend it, but you shouldn't be rushing to get it, but if it is on sale, definitely give it a try! At the time of writing this it's on sale at 6.99, that is a good price and you'll at least get your money in mods if all else fails!
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/32470/STAR_WARS_Empire_at_War__Gold_Pack/
  15. skorgezagreat liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in Cyberpunk 2077 review: sadly will not be my GOTY, but it's still really fun. When it doesn't bug out   
    Oh CD Projekt...... you screwed up big time with this one

    Which is surprising considering this game's been in development for 8 years, so under normal circumstances, this game should've been spick & span when it's finally released or at least mostly not buggy, but instead it's surprisingly more buggy than Fallout New Vegas, Assassin's Creed Unity & Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and those games were in development for just around 1- 2 years! There is just no excusing with this one, this game should've been a really awesome game when proper management is done, but it's so damn obvious that it's not the case. Whoever was in charge of finalizing this game at this current state will get the worst embarrassment + punishment of their life, and it is well deserved. The dev team deserves more than being put in the same place as that jackass.
     
    Anyway enough of that, this will be a pretty straightforward review that hopefully shouldn't take a long time. Cause everyone knows the state of this game both on PC + PS5 + Xbox Series X and the abysmal state it's in on PS4 + Xbox One.
     
    Thankfully on PC it's not THAT horrible, BUT it's still really really really really buggy right now to the point where just when you think a cutscene/ firefight will be awesome, mr glitch will show up & ruin the immersion with delayed animation, 3 seconds of you standing in place until the next part of a cutscene plays out in which case the npcs will spasm into their right position, npcs floating above the ground, my character turning out completely bald when I look in the mirror & have a hat on for some reason, man I could list the amount of bugs I experienced & it will seem like I'm a madman for telling my story, if it weren't for the fact that everyone else experiences them, or experiences some other new glitch that others hasn't experienced. 
     
    The plot of this game is pretty straightforward. At the start of the game after a pretty robust character customization menu where you can even customize your "package" & the style of the hair surrounding it, which wow, I didn't think it's possible to do so well done dev, you're given a choice of 3 starter lifepath for your main character V: start as a nomad, street kid or Corpo. I pretty much pick the Corpo lifepath cause I like some "falling from grace, only to climb your way back up again" plot in my game. What I found out is that after the initial introduction to your lifepath, the rest of the game will be mostly the same regardless of which path you choose: you meet Jackie, a job that you're supposed to do went bust, and then you & he have your own adventures in Night City for an unspecified time, which is such a shame you can't play because some of these adventures look like really fun missions.
     
    So after being pals with Jackie till you're both practically like family, you're both introduced to this one "fixer", basically a GTA mission giver named Dexter DeShawn where he proposed this one big heist against the Arasaka corporation, taking this one special chip from them. There's also Evelyn + Judy, 2 really good characters introduced who wants to be a part of this deal, and it's such a damn shame that only Judy has more roles in the overall plot. What happens next is pretty much already spoiled in this story trailer
    There are key differences in the game though. For once, that bald lady isn't your enemy, she's a good friend of yours that unfortunately got killed offscreen during the mission. Which is such a shame that you don't get to know her more cause she could've been a cool companion down the line. Then instead of Jackie giving the chip by hand to you, he inserted the chip directly into your head because the chip was heavily damaged & the only way to preserve it is to yeah, put it into your head. The rest of it plays like this trailer, and even more crazy cool stuff happens. Looking back on it, if Jackie didn't give the chip to you & let it stay with him longer, the entire game's even could've been avoided. I was SO hoping that this game has a Visual Novel esque "final route" where you can go back to this moment & have it play completely different, but eh, gotta eat what's already in the plate.
     
    After that, you actually have Johnny Silverhand, aka Keanu Reeves as your companion for the rest of the game, and because the chip is defective, the main quest is pretty much you trying to find a way to get him out safely before he kills you from the inside. At first I was afraid that Keanu will be like one of those annoying npcs that won't let you have space for thought. I mean sure he will butt in to comment on stuff & even give you talks before choosing an option for a quest, but the longer you talk with him, the better your relationship & the better you understand the guy. Sure he's a drunk ass that complains about life most of the time he decided to show up, but he also have good sides too & at the end of the game he's pretty much a good pal you can have. It's funny how in some dialogues, Keanu is just being the usual Keanu self of just being slightly annoyed even in the tensest of situations & he can't do a convincing scream to save his life, but that's a part of the charm of him.
     
    Now I actually did research on the tabletop game this game was based on, and it's awesome that the entire game has references to that tabletop. Johnny Silverhand, Saburo Arasaka + Adam Smasher had big roles in this game, but there's also references to other important characters like Morgan Blackhand & Rache Bartmoss. From what I read, Morgan was the main character in the tabletop game & he's supposed to be the John Wick of this universe. Ironic that Keanu ended up playing Silverhand instead. He's also supposed to be alive, but he's nowhere in sight yet, so I definitely can see him popping up in future dlc of this game when hopefully this game is much more stable. And I hope that there will be a major plot with him that makes the game even more awesome.
     
    Oh yeah, this whole sequence was just the intro. It took me 10 hours to get past it cause I was doing other side mission stuff. The entire game on my first playthrough took me 78 hours, and that's me traveling everywhere & doing a LOT of side missions. I haven't done everything like the side story missions with 2 important main characters so I am able to do them if I want, buuut I'll be saving it for when patches & new updates are released cause I wanna enjoy my time with this game some more when this game is FINALLY at a much better state. 
     
    As for the gameplay, well, it's pretty much what I expected: this game is what happens if you mix Deus Ex Human Revolution with a bit of GTA, have the combat be like the 2012 Syndicate, make it so you're able to manipulate cameras & people like Watch Dogs, have a similar futuristic cyberpunk aesthetic weaponry like RAGE 2 & pretty much have fun quests like in Witcher 3. And it's AWESOME! When the game works & doesn't glitch out every 5 minutes. 
     
    The main progression with this game plays like this:

    You can assign points to one of 5 attributes: Body for physical activities, Intelligence for doing cool Watch Dogs hacking stuff, Reflexes to make your gun aim + blade controls a lot better, Technical Ability to tinker with cameras + turrets while also giving you more choice for crafting weapons + other items, and cool which is for stealth & this "cold blooded" ability which is pretty much a killstreak buff if you kill a lot of enemies very quickly. I found that every skill are important & they all offer cool stuff for you to use. You can play this game anyway you want & you'll have a good time with it. Keep in mind though that you can level up skills, but they're capped to how many points you put. So for example: you can level your pistol & rifle skill by using them often, but you can't level them up beyond level 6 if you only put 6 points to reflexes, so you gotta level up & increase dem points.
     
    I pretty much put my stat at the beginning mostly to Cool, Intelligence & Reflex, and it helps me out really well cause there's a perk in the cool skill that makes you able to melee an enemy & choke them out immediately. Leveling up hacking & stealth are very easy cause you pretty much either just choke an enemy & hide them in many2 containers, or just use your hacking skill against an enemy & make them eat dirt after you make them blind or electrocute them to knock em out.
     
    Oh yeah, that's another thing I can mention: the cyberwares

    There's a LOT of things you can insert to yourself to buff your stats & make you a complete badass, but you can only use the more cool cyberwares if you have a lot of body & reflex espoints. The ones like "increase armor" or "increase health + carrying capacity" requires a lot of points on body, while the one that lets you do slow motion in combat requires reflexes. 
    Here's a big tip from me: buy the legendary cyberdeck as soon as possible. Those things let you do hacking, and it's so damn useful, especially when you have 6 abilities that can do stuff like make an enemy blind, electrocute them, instantly knock em out, make them crippled, burn them, or have a grenade they have explode. Funnily enough, I haven't found the ability that makes them fight against their own friend which is totally in this game & totally the same as in Syndicate
    but I got other great abilities that I rather just be up close & personal. 
     
    Also, if you want to get the cool arm weapons like mantis blade or wire, don't buy them yet at least until Act 2, rather just get them for free
     
    Oh yes, projectile launcher + tranq round: the absolute most broken weapon in the entire game. You can use this against any human enemies & they will instantly get knocked out in 1 shot, regardless of the projectile launcher quality. I had a good laugh using this, but I then decided to stop using it cause it's no fun doing that. 
     
    What IS fun though is the glitch that lets you infinitely duplicate items & make yourself filthy rich doing it.
    Yes. This game is so glitched that you can pretty much do this very easily. It's especially hilarious when after you acquire this one expensive painting from this "Space Oddity" quest, you can pretty much duplicated this painting as many times as you want, sell them at any store for $4000 each painting, go out of the shop menu & buy the painting back for only $5 a piece. Because the shopkeepers in this city are so dumb that they are willing to sell an expensive painting at a $3995 loss. I pretty much ended up having 400+ of these paintings which I never ran out & got 790+ of the best healing inhaler from the duplication glitch. And no mods required.
     
    As for the game's story quests, I love a lot of them. One thing CD Projekt just nails are the quests that each Witcher games have, and this game thankfully continues that trend. There's one where you find this really cool smartgun named Skippy, which lets you choose either "all headshot" or "all leg shots" mode. Here's a tip: pick the all leg shots mode cause once you kill 50 people, this gun will immediately default to the other mode permanently, so you can outsmart him & make him your beyatch. There's also one where Jesse Cox had a cameo as a dude with, ahem, a broken wee wee problem. Even Glados showed up, and that's all I can say about the quest she's involved in cause I don't want to ruin the surprise.  
     
    Then there's one where you think you're doing an assassination mission, but it turned into a story of redemption & sacrifice cause the assassination target turned out to be an escaped convict & found God, and he wants to atone for his various past fucked up wrongdoings by being nailed in the cross like Jesus & making a braindance, aka a "widespread simulation that people can be a part of if they choose to buy it" out of it. This quest was personally really touching and hard for me to do, not because I had to personally nail him on the cross myself, but because of how bad I felt for the guy. This former criminal really wants to atone for his sins, and he's up for dying to do so. Normally in other games, I would just not give a shit because criminals who did fucked up crimes deserve to die, but I actually prayed by his side during this quest which is awesome that the game gave me the choice to do multiple prayers, including catholic which I am YAY, and I was sad to see him go out, but I do understand that he's sincere in his atonement. I can see this happening somewhere in the world in the future, probably in 2077, so I hope if someone actually do this & are sincere about it, may God have mercy on you & you be judged fairly.
     
    But the best quests are definitely the companion quests. There's 4 major companion quests involving Panam, Judy, River & Kerry, each of them have their own style & all are really fun to do. River's a cop so it's all about detective work, which is always awesome, and his quest goes in such..... fucked up ways that I am glad I ended the quest in a good resolution. Kerry's about havin a good time with old Johnny Silverhand which makes for some fun partying quests that at one point involve this cool concert, and with accurate instrument playing from everyone involved. Panam's the most elaborate cause you get to fight a Militech army while bonding with her Nomad groups, and at one point you steal this really cool tank, and for some reason you have steamy hot WEWWWWW inside it, while Judy's is more low key & stealthy with infitlrating this Japanese Tiger Claw gang & helping prostitutes. 
     
    It is SUCH a damn shame though that there's so few romance main quests. Apparently both male & female V can only have 2 romance: straight & not straight. So for male V he can only romance Panam & Kerry, while female V can only romance Judy & River. This makes no damn sense. Kerry's actually bi & he had his way with the ladies & have multiple kids, so why can't he romance a female V too?? I mean I get why he's into male V cause apparently back in the old days he was into Johnny, but Johnny can also be in female V so who the fuck cares? And WHY MUST JUDY BE ONLY ROMANCEABLE WITH FEMALE V?? SHE'S THE BEST GIRL DAMN IT AODNFOSGNEHTGOJGODJGDGJGF 
     
    I ended up romancing Panam instead, which initially I was not a fan of because she's such a cranky girl that yells & be angry at everything, but the more you know her the more you get to know her kind side, and it's not so bad in the end. Still Judy's cuter though, and although you don't get to romance her, her end quest was pretty sweet, and also sad, but at least she ends up well. 
     
    There's actually a couple of little romance on the side, like buying prostitutes or "joy toys" off the streets, Meredith Stout, one of Johnny's old girlfriend & Rogue, but Meredith is only for 1 optional one night WOO WOO & that's it, while the other 2 are just possible because you're playing as Johnny. So in total the game has 11 romance with AWOOOO scenes. Which is not so bad, but I do wish that there's more options for more deep romance bonding. 6 girls stands out to be possible romance option that could've been a lot more than what their roles were: Misty, Evelyn, Hanako Arasaka, Claire, Lizzy Wizzy & one of these cute girls with that nice bun bun hmmmmm.
    Cheeky youtuber this one
     
    Out of all of them, Misty, Evelyn & Claire were the biggest missed opportunities. Not only is Misty really cute, she's also one of your truest companions in the entire game that constantly helps you through tough times. I know she's Jackie's girlfriend, but there's always time to move on after he passed away. Evelyn should have SO much bigger role than what this game had for her which is unfortunate, and you actually bonded a lot with Claire which ends with you doing a very personal quest with her. It's a shame that there's so much potential and it's not followed up, but I can definitely see future dlc & updates fixing that.
     
    And now thinking back on it, aside from the plentyful bugs, there are definitely lacking moments in this game that should've been fixed with simple tweakings. For starters: your character customization options. For some reason, even though I tried to modify V's face, he never looked right unless it's the default male V face that's in the trailer. It's either the eye or nose looks wrong, and when I finished it, somehow my character looks even worse in motion than in the customization, especially when I look in the mirror. Why can't I get more than 3 pre-set faces? And weirdly, why is it that after I finished customization, I can't even go to a barbershop to get a new haircut/ facial hair/ hair "down there"? Even Fallout has those options!
     
    The police system is another thing. I don't really have an issue with it when I played the game cause I tend to just avoid cops, but when they just appear out of nowhere indoors right next to you, and when they chase you it turns out they're so dumb that they won't chase you anymore when you're at a specific spot, that's when stuff with them becomes a joke. The game also needs car chases outside of the race & scripted moments like Mad Max, cause driving has the potential to be more exciting than it is in this game with all the gangs & corpos hunting you down. Maybe future updates will probably up the ante.
     
    Also really weird that there's nobody riding a motorcycle in this city, even though there are biker gangs with bikes in the streets here and there. Well except for the scripted sequence & Jackie but that's about it. If it turns out that these bikers are going to be added through paid DLCs, I will be so pissed, but hopefully not cause CD Projeckt's not like Konami & they'll do the right thing. Eventually. Which is annoying that even though this game has been delayed over and over again it's still in this buggy ass state like I already said in the intro, but sometimes that's how it is in 2020.
     
    That's most of what I can say about this game right now though: the game is awesome when it works, but it's unfortunate that bugs ruin them. I give this game my rating of "well if you can get through the bugs, you'll have a good time". Definitely not a GOTY material at its current state, but it's still fun. This game reminds me of Fallout New Vegas & Alpha Protocol, an absolutely underrated game which to this day has one of the best story divergences in a game that you can do for a spy espionage game. Glitchy as hell, but underneath it all is an awesome game. There is definitely a lot of of fixes this game needs to go through, but I have faith that this game's state will be even better & even more stuff will be put in the future that makes the game all the sweeter. 
  16. skorgezagreat liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in It's that time again: best game of 2020 time!   
    Happy new year everyone! We made it past 2020, and let's hope that 2021 will be an even better year! And always keep your health up & stay safe.
    Of course with every year, comes a bunch of games to enjoy. 2020 is unfortunately...... not a pretty good year for anticipated games, due to either controversy or just the games being glitchy AF due to the current world situation. However there does exist awesome games that fill the unfortunate year of 2020, alongside the surge of Vtubers that makes everything ok they're so funny & wholesome all hail cute anime girls & their infinite charm ALL HAIL VTUBERS
     
     
     
     
    Ahem..................
     
     
    anyway here's my list of my favorite top 10 games of 2020, which is surprisingly not filled with the common big names, but indie games instead which makes me SO happy that Indie games are making themselves more known every year. Go & show them your power to the world devs!
     
    Honorable mentions:
    Final Fantasy 7 remake. I know it's a great game that a lot of people enjoyed, butI refuse to play it when it's only part 1 & rather wait for all the parts to come out because I don't want another new Star Wars trilogy/ Game of Thrones situation happening where they ruined the end & make you pissed about the previous games
     
    Last of Us Part 2 because even though it's a damn good game that I have so much fun with, the way to plot progresses just gets worse and worse the more you think about it after you finished the game, and of course because of the whole debacle with the director which just sours the entire game. I'm definitely still curious about the future of the game, but for now this game just barely made it past my top 10 list.
     
    Ryu Ga Gotoku 7/ Yakuza: Like A Dragon. I want to play this awesome game sooner, but I'm waiting for the price to go down. Thankfully it just got discounted recently & I'm gonna play it for many2 hours.
     
    Watch Dogs Legion. I had a really fun time with this game & I had my personal squads of 39 misfits which includes a badass 75 year old woman that does wrestling moves, an irish John Wick & a lot of cute girls, and then the game's save file decided to glitch up & fucks it ALL up which erases EVERYONE & replaces them with 1 character that's a dead person from the beginning of the game.......... good thing the story progression is still ok, but man it hurts. If it weren't for that, I would actually put this game into one of my top 10 spot!
     
    Nioh 2. Cause this game is 70% exactly like the first Nioh, that you might as well see this as an expansion pack with a fully customizable character & some new demon forms with parrying included in combat. Still a lot of fun, but it's like the Dynasty Warriors syndrome: you're playing the same game as before but with more stuff. 
     
    Ultrakill, aka what happens when Quake has DMC style system. It is fucking awesome, but it's still in early access atm.
     
    Them's Fightin' Herds, a REALLY damn good fighting game that has a really damn funny story mode which is very Undertale esque, buuut it's lacking in character roster & the story mode currently is only 1 chapter with the rest of them coming, whenever they're coming. Not sure why this game isn't early access even though it's not complete yet but ah well.
     
    ScourgeBringer, a really damn good roguelike platformer with slick combat that got me on my toes most of the time, and by the end of the game I feel like a complete badass upgrading myself to the fullest & plowing through every enemy I see in my path. Shame that the story itself is pretty lacking, and there's another MUCH better roguelike in my top 10 that exceeds expectations.
     
    One Step From Eden, another really damn good roguelike, but this time it's a card building game where you move in grids & your success depends on the cards you've collected in your arsenal. Same reason as ScourgeBringer as why this game doesn't make it to my top 10 list.
     
    Half Life Alyx. When a teacher actually uses this game to teach his class math,
    it's gonna be awesome. Urrghhh I wish I can play this game damn you VR
     
    Cyberpunk 2077. Oh man oh man, when I made this list, I actually put this game as number 10 because even though it's so damn buggy, I still had a great time. BUUUUTTTTTT then thinking back on it, there's other glaring problems like the police system, lacking customization & the lack of chase scenes that could've made this game a lot better. And because there's another game that I put as honorable, but it got even better the more I think about it. For now though I'm just hoping that 2021 will absolutely improve on this game, and really hope this game will add a bunch more romance options. Judy's best girl & I want her romanceable with male V DAMN IT THEY'RE SO GOOD TOGETHER ASIFDSIGNFOSNWGDFBMGCIGUDFBFGD
     
    Now with that out of the way, on to my top 10 list!
     
    10) Fall Guys

    Ah yes, this demonic entity. Now, most people will put Among Us, but I don't consider that a 2020 game since that game was from 2018. This game though is definitely from 2020, and although it causes many blood & tears being sucked out of you from the many2 tragedies that befall you from almost winning the last game to get that tasty delicious crown, the feeling of triumph that you get from getting it is, MUAH, absolutely worth it. Not to mention, season 2 & 3 adds even more obstacles to play, and they're quite a lot of more fun than the base obstacles, except the solo ring minigame from season 2 which can go fuck itself.
     
    9) Streets of Rage 4

    Classic beat em up at its finest. Still very annoyed that Shiva & Max's current game version can't be played yet, but they're gonna come through dlc, whenever that is, and when it comes I will play the shit out of this game once again! Hopefully the game will receive an update that makes everyone able to run cause man, it feels wrong walking when SOR Remake did it so much better.
     
    8) Granblue Fantasy Versus

    Sadly one of the only few fighting games that come out this year which is awesome, the second being Them's Fightin' Herds that's in honorable mention. This game's story mode is something that I personally really like cause it's like playing the mobile game, but with actual fighting mechanic that's simple, but fun to do, aka it's a hack and slash. And it has really cool boss battles with loots that you equip to your characters which uses the same loot system as the mobile game, but you get SSR weapons like candy instead of the mobile game that give you crap loots. Where's Tekken Force/scenario mode in Tekken 7?? I want that mode back damn it URRRGHHHH OASNDOODFSFSFSFN
    7) Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

    OHOHOHO MANNN, this game is fucking amazing. THIS is how you do a damn great anime soccer game, while elevating the anime to the next level. It's basically like Dragonball Budokai Tenkaichi where you explore most of the scenes from the anime episodes per episodes which makes it like you're watching the anime & playing it at the same time. AND this game give you an even better bonus by having you play an original storyline mixed with the international arc from the anime where you create your own character & do 1 out of 3 starter schools, AND battle 1 out of 3 teams which changes the ending of the game. It is anime as hell, and it is fucking brilliant. I would so rate this game a lot higher, if it weren't for the fact that online mode is absolutely dogshit right now. The singleplayer is what this game is all about, especially for fans of the anime. Actually, anyone that wants a great and fun soccer game should play this game rather than another same Fifa game.
    6) 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim.

    This is the game that got better in my mind the more I think about it & replaces Cyberpunk 2077. Coincidentally, this game was in development since 2013, 1 year after Cyberpunk 2077 was in its planning stages. 13 Sentinel got released in 2019 in Japan & 2020's the English version, AND the game actually comes out with its full potential unleashed with next to no glitches while Cyberpunk 2077 is in shambles with glitches, so that's a gigantic plus already. 
     
    This is a very special game from the developers of Odin Sphere & Dragon's Crown. It's 70% visual novel of seeing backstory for the 13 playable characters in this game, and then 30% RTS mech combat that's like Front Mission, but faster. The music in this game is one of the best soundtrack of 2020 which I have added to my fighting game music track. Here's a sample of the kickass battle themes this game has
    While the story is super intriguing with a lot of genius twists and turns which wraps up really nicely in the end, most of the RTS gameplay is pretty basic cause you're essentially just doing tower defense with mechs over and over again until the very end of the game with increasing difficulty, and even though you can upgrade your mechs which gives them absolutely badass crowd clearing moves that should've looked awesome, there's no cool 2D closeup animation for the mechs except in the attack description when you're doing combat which is a shame because the art style is really damn good. This game also has the potential to have side scrolling 2D shoot em up sequences because there's a lot of shooting & fighting involved in them, but they're simplified to just you pressing a button to fire a gun. I actually would not mind at all if this game's RTS gameplay are replaced with mecha 2D side-scrolling combat, and it would be so awesome because Vanillaware is a master at it with Odin's Sphere & Dragon's Crown before, but it's nice that they branch out with RTS game cause they did another RTS game back in the day called GrimGrimoire. If this game has more gameplay variety, this game can definitely be in the top 5 for sure.
    5) Genshin Impact

    Now THIS game is a gigantic surprise. I instantly know that this game will be something awesome the moment I played through the story mode, and then realizing that the awesome big boss battle with a dragon is only the DAMN PROLOGUE. Now I am aware that this is a free to play game, but actually unlike what Joe & other misinformed people that unfortunately just completely dismiss this game cause they're assuming this game is just like the other typical exploitative mobile game in the market like what EA usually put out, this game is not just another hollow mobile game, but an actual proper game that has a solid mechanic in it. Exploration is awesome, fighting enemies is awesome, leveling your characters up requires work but once you get through it, it's worth it. There's TONS of lore, a solid fantasy story, memorable characters & a great world to explore here that will get even better when the future updates roll around. There's 7 continents each with their own elemental powers that the main character can absorb to unleash his full potential, and so far the game is currently only having 2 continents finishing up with act 1, that in itself also have another amazing boss battle that made my damn jaw drop. We still got 5 future updates, and maybe even more depending on how the plot will progress. I cannot wait to see how epic the game will get.
     
    And best of all, it's all completely free updates! Unlike World of Warcraft or usual MMO Rpgs which has their pricey expansions alongside microtransactions, you don't have to pay a single cent with this game. And when you update the game, you're gonna be given free game currencies to help you save up with getting new characters through the shop. There is literally no excuse to skip playing this game other than close-mindedness & horribly wrong assumption that all free to play games must be the same things that force people to eventually pay money to win it. I spend 0 real life money on this game because I saved up all the premium currencies & only sparingly use them without using all of them up, and I ended up getting a lot of great characters. The way to get characters in this game is you must NOT spend the premium currency blindly like an idiot like these dumbasses on youtube did, have self-restraint because the game will give you free premium currency like candy with maintenance + thank you gifts. Right now I have 7,182 premium currency, and all of that was from collecting them in-game & getting free currency. Sure I spent perhaps around 7,000 so far, but that's not a lot, so I earned 14,000 of em for free and still have half of it saved up, and I will have even more of them saved up until I decided to spend them. 
     
    Just remember people: you gotta budget yourself with playing free to play games and use the money you get through playing the game. Not all free to play games are good, and only a handful of them are genuinely awesome, which luckily Genshin is one of them. If you ended up using real money, it has to be because you fully support the game developer & do it to support them. Don't be a moron & spend real money because you blindly want to get this one new 5 star character which will most likely ruin your wallet. Be thankful with the characters that you do get because most of the time, that character will ended up being a really good character, which is why reading the tier list is very important. Here it is for you people that's planning to play this game.
    https://genshin.gg/tier-list
    I can't sing enough praise to this game. This game is a big step up for free to play game & a benchmark that will surely get even higher in the future. It's awesome when a game does things this well, and it's such a shame that Joe is so close-minded about this game in particular, cause if he actually spends proper time & strategy on this game, I am sure he would actually like the game a lot. But hey, good thing I'm here to say otherwise.
     
    4) Hades

    The great roguelike that surprises everyone this year. And all it has to do is make you dying over and over a part of the overall plot, put EXCELLENT music, story, combat & characters for you to interact with, and a truckload of dialogues that makes you want to play this game over and over and over again. There are so many things to see in this game, and even though I finished this game so many times that I finally see the end credits, there's STILL more things to do. This is easily Supergiant Games' best game so far, and I actually don't mind if this game receive an expansion that adds more bosses & characters, cause with Greek mythology, there's plenty of things to explore.
     
    3) The Wonderful 101: Remastered

    HAHA, bet you don't see this coming do ya??
     
    I had been waiting for YEARS for Wonderful 101 to be released for PC, and it FINALLY happened this year. And it is magnificent. Everything about this game is fantastic, aside from the unfortunate rare glitch where I can't use my parry button for some reason until I restart the game, or sometimes the camera angle will get messy. The music, the art, the hilarious moments that made me laugh so damn hard whether it's from the QTE fails or how this game doesn't give a crap about the fourth wall, and of course the insane awesomeness that only Platinum Games can conjure, this game is an absolute joy to play from beginning to the end. I am so damn glad that it's finally mine to enjoy & happy that it's as great as I expected it to be. Here's to that Ultraman Project GG game
     looking forward to seeing how Viewtiful Joe & this connects to that game!
     
    It's tradition on my list at this point, so here's yet another 2 way tie for 2nd
    2) Doom Eternal & Ori and the Will of the Wisps


    Man oh man, THESE 2 games are amazing. Doom Eternal is just balls to the walls awesomeness from beginning to the end that took the previous DOOM to the sky, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps is such a great improvement to the pretty as F first game, and it got even better the more I think about it even after I finished it. Both of these elevates the previous games, and they're well deserved to be this high on my list.
     
     
    However, 1 game this year stood tall above the others:
     
    1) Ghost of Tsushima

    Now you might be thinking: why is this Assassin's Creed in Japan game number 1 even though it doesn't break new grounds in its gameplay? Well I'll tell you why:
     
    Cause it all fucking blends together perfectly & the execution for everything fits so damn well that it just becomes one strong excellent package. This game took the formula of Assassin's Creed & actually made the best Assassin's Creed game in existence that far outclasses every other Assassin's Creed games before by making combat always engaging with stances & stealth actually working well as it should be. Looting & crafting items for Jin is always really engaging & fun as you travel through the REALLY DAMN PRETTY island of Tsushima that it just makes you stand & do photo mode every 5 minutes. The music is absolutely amazing that it's a fucking crime that it's not even included for best soundtrack in the Game Awards, and the story is simple, but you are completely on board with Jin Sakai & his journey from the beginning till the very end, and potentially future installment that I am so looking forward to seeing. And not to mention the fact that the game has an updated multiplayer mode, and it's also freaking awesome!
     
    This game is the only game this year when after I finish the story, I got goosebumps from how overwhelmed & how amazing the final parts of this game were. I can't say the same as the other games I completed this year, and when a game gave me goosebumps, made me clap hard or made me cry, THAT'S how I know it's special, and this game definitely is. Congrats Ghost of Tsushima, you're the best Assassin's Creed game for now & I am looking forward to seeing more adventures of Jin Sakai & his companions in the next game, because ohoho the journey for him is definitely not done until he traveled through more of Japan & be the hero the land needs.
     
     
     
     
    Ohoho, ya think that's the end of it this year? No. This year also has 1 other very special game that showed itself, and this is a definite game changer for the future of games that I MUST mention. Here's an extra special entry to a very special game:
     
    Special wild card number 0: Dreams

     
    Hahahaha, you think this game will not be mentioned? HELL NO. This thing....... is a game changer. This is the new breed of game engine that is actually so damn powerful, that it singlehandedly make 80% of games on Early Access look like a complete joke.
     
    Dreams is a place where everyone can create whatever games/ short animation/ whatever they want, and it's all limited to their imaginations. Hell, you know it's a game changer when the official game that comes with it is just 10% of what this thing can do.
    Hmm, looking back, this is actually very similar to Cyberpunk 2077's Johnny band storyline, but less depressing.
     
    This game alone deserves to be a standalone game, but Dreams is about more than that. Every single month I always see something new being created by really damn creative PS4 players, and I got to play a lot of them. Most are short, but the ones that are actual full games that takes 1 + hours and even more to complete are the ones that stand out & the ones that will definitely be the highlight of how amazing this game engine is. You can go to youtube & search the recommended games, and there's gonna be a lot of users with their own personal picks like these ones
     
    Best of all: you don't have to pay them. All you pay for is Dreams itself. Once you get the game, the Pandora's box is open & thousands of creations are free to be experienced. So do what I did: get this game, search the top picks on youtube & spend an entire week playing them.
     
     
    And that's it for 2020! And unlike previous games of the previous year, most of the top picks have the potential to be even better in 2021. So here's to 2021 & hope it will be an even more awesome year for games. Hollow Knight Silksong & TSUKIHIME REMAKE, YOU WILL BE MINE!!!
     
  17. ItzMatty liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in What does Joe use as the intro music for the Killzone Shadowfall Review. I’ll pay anyone who finds it!!   
    You have come to the right place.
    The one where it's muted because of copyright with the OOOOoooohhh is this
    Which is also in a film Another Cinderella Story
     
     
     
    And then the second one that's not muted is this
     
     
    I'm actually gonna download these 2 songs right now cause they're good beats. XD
     
  18. GORIZARD liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in Best Show I Ever Had Seen   
    Well, these guys play a lot of their games before posting vids about them, so they're definitely playing hard. XD
    Stay safe out there. And also play good games + watch as many good shows now that we're all in lockdown. Here's a recommendation of mine when I want to get some good lols, and also to learn about silly events that happened. Learning history & having fun at the same time from these. 
     
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  20. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by sushicat44 in Best Show I Ever Had Seen   
    Honestly, there is so much content now with the gaming news, the angry reviews, the movie reviews, the rants, the trailer and show reviews, etc... I used to believe I tuned in for the subject of the content. There might be a particular game or movie in which I was interested. Over time, though, I realized that I tune in to see what I’m missing even more than I tune in for something specific. I hope these guys get to play as hard as they work because they have to be putting in a lot of hours. So...just a general appreciation for all the late nights, and all the times you kept going. A world away, my day is always a little bit more light after watching the show during my lunch breaks auto clicker
  21. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by FakeAvus in California teacher using Half Life Alyx to teach math during coronavirus lockdown   
    This is so cool...
    https://mashable.com/video/half-life-alyx-math-teacher/
     
  22. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by Lazilot in Awesome obscure game music & hidden well known game music thread.   
    So I was playing ATV Offroad Fury 3 a few days ago and this song came on and I just realized... holy shit games used to censor the fuck out of their soundtracks.
    Here's the unedited version just to compare
    That game had a great soundtrack which is why I'm posting it here but I just thought it was interesting how I apparently never noticed this egregious censorship in a game I played pretty much all the time right alongside Ratchet & Clank, Destroy All Humans and Conflict Desert Storm.
    The PS2 era was awesome.
  23. Lazilot liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in EA has done it: they're better than Bethesda & Blizzard: more singleplayer Star Wars games coming!!!   
    https://www.pcgamesn.com/star-wars-jedi-fallen-order/sales
     
    Wow. Just.... wow. EA finally learned from the errors of their ways with Jedi Fallen Order, and now because this game is making so much money for them, they now decide to do the right thing and make more single player games. All the while Bethesda & Blizzard are under hot water after they fucked up with Fallout 76 & Warcraft 3 Reforged, among other things....... Is this opposite day or something???
     
    This is what EA needs right now, and what we need right now considering that Fallen Order & the Mandalorian are the few great things about this series at the moment after that Rise of Skywalker movie which is so average it's not worth anything. From rumors the next singleplayer Star Wars game will probably be about the New Republic, or a KOTOR remake. I just want the next Fallen Order stuff so I can slice my way Sekiro Jedi Knight style again, and if possible, have a Bounty Hunter game with Boba Fett style equipments to use, and as an extra, make you able to use lightsaber and the force too. Whatever it's going to be, if it's made with the same care as Fallen Order with many lightsaber duels, I AM ALL FOR IT!
  24. Darrin liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in Blizzard done fucked it up again: Warcraft 3 Reforged is a fucking disaster.   
    So Blizzard, after ALL that shit surrounding your pathetic Blizzcon & how much you kiss the Chinese government's butthole, instead of making things right, you decided to still ban those player & casters & fuck things up even further by releasing a 17 year old game as just an HD reskin, and stripping the features you promised will be in the game, AND being a complete shithead by announcing that "if you mod this game & make a new game out of it, that game belongs to us".
     
    In all my years of life, I've come across many MANY people. Lots of people are awesome, some have problems but overall they're ok, some people pretend to be nice to you while they stab you in the back, some people for some reason just don't give a shit about other people and just want to stroke their own ego, and some people just don't deserve to live.
     
    Blizzard, you're now in the stroking your own ego zone. Not as far gone as Konami, but on par with Bethesda. You know, I was originally looking forward a bit to Overwatch 2 & Diablo 4, but I am not looking forward to them anymore after this. This company needs to reprioritize itself to stop doing these stupid shits & get back on track with actually making awesome games.
  25. Kaz32 liked a post in a topic by Lazilot in Awesome obscure game music & hidden well known game music thread.   
    Considering you can't even play these games online anymore since GameSpy shutdown and EA seems deadset on keeping it that way (I mean FFS they even removed them from Origin) I think it's fair to call these games "obscure" titles now since they've long since been forgotten by their successors.
    But I remember.
    I remember like it was 2002, back when WWII Shooters were still all the rage and a little game by a new up and comer called "DICE" revolutionized an entire genre -- but mostly I just remember that iconic theme:
    Which was followed by this iconic theme:
    And then this one: