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Any of you guys played Katana Zero?

Really fun side-scroller that I think serves as a great example of the problem I have with a lot of modern video games, that problem being story. It feels as though every modern developer wants to put a movie story in a video game medium, and that just doesn't really work. Games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are awesome narratively, but that leaves the gameplay really dry and not fun. You want the player to anticipate playing the game, not dread it. And that's where I think something like Katana Zero shines. It understands the purpose of a video game narrative should be to motivate gameplay, and make what your doing feel meaningful. It does this by starting off relatively cryptic before starting to lift the lid on narrative details, making you want to find out more. It blows all these other ****show games out of the water by showing you can have a compelling narrative while not bogging down the game with drawn out cut scenes and boring "slowly travel from one cutscene to the next" missions. The genre helps this, but I think by comparing these things I can hopefully demonstrate what I look for in a game narrative (besides just having something super basic like Mario, which I think is the right choice a good amount of the time.

You also get to kill people with a sword so that's pretty cool I guess



Any of you guys played Katana Zero?

Really fun side-scroller that I think serves as a great example of the problem I have with a lot of modern video games, that problem being story. It feels as though every modern developer wants to put a movie story in a video game medium, and that just doesn't really work. Games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are awesome narratively, but that leaves the gameplay really dry and not fun. You want the player to anticipate playing the game, not dread it. And that's where I think something like Katana Zero shines. It understands the purpose of a video game narrative should be to motivate gameplay, and make what your doing feel meaningful. It does this by starting off relatively cryptic before starting to lift the lid on narrative details, making you want to find out more. It blows all these other ****show games out of the water by showing you can have a compelling narrative while not bogging down the game with drawn out cut scenes and boring "slowly travel from one cutscene to the next" missions. The genre helps this, but I think by comparing these things I can hopefully demonstrate what I look for in a game narrative (besides just having something super basic like Mario, which I think is the right choice a good amount of the time.

You also get to kill people with a sword so that's pretty cool I guess
reminds me of ghostrunner on the ps4 with the sword
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I bought Hitman III and there really isn't that much to say about it. If you're a fan of the previous two games you'll like this one because it's more of the same - intricately designed maps, almost limitless ways to accomplish your objectives and the best NPC incidental dialogue in the business.

As with Hitman II, you can import the levels from previous games (if you own them on that platform) but it's MUCH more streamlined this time round with just a couple of store unlocks to click instead of multiple hefty downloads.

If you weren't a fan of the Hitman series then, 1: You'll probably not enjoy this one either and, 2: You're a hallion.

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I bought Hitman III and there really isn't that much to say about it. If you're a fan of the previous two games you'll like this one because it's more of the same - intricately designed maps, almost limitless ways to accomplish your objectives and the best NPC incidental dialogue in the business.

As with Hitman II, you can import the levels from previous games (if you own them on that platform) but it's MUCH more streamlined this time round with just a couple of store unlocks to click instead of multiple hefty downloads.

If you weren't a fan of the Hitman series then, 1: You'll probably not enjoy this one either and, 2: You're a hallion.

i only played hitman blood money . i heard hitman 3 story is so short



The People's Republic of Clogher
None of the campaigns in the previous games have been that long either, but as the maps are designed to be played multiple times it's never really been a problem.



This is totally random, but if you've ever wondered where that voice sample comes from in the Xenogears boss fight music, it's from the manslaughter trial of Christian Brando, Marlon Brando's son, of all things:


It's also used in a song from Command & Conquer: Renegade, which you can find in that Twitter discussion. Using random samples in songs is one of the stranger '90s trends. Besides the Arabic chanting in Ocarina of Time's Fire Temple theme, I can't recall any other video game tunes that do that. I do remember there being a random conversation about vests from a fishing show in Underworld's song Jumbo.



That elusive hide-and-seek cow is at it again
Restarting Bioshock has been great. Controls are a bit sluggish next to recent gaming experiences, but wow is this game still fun. Audio is all over the place though, I have to confess. I hear splicers around corners then the audio jumps across the room in the opposite direction. Model details, graphics and textures are dated too, but so what. I'm not even noticing it. The game is excellent.



Who's up for some Zork?

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Final Fantasy III



I'm in the middle of two, (of the same), game(s). Final Fantasy III on the NES platform, (which on my Raspberry Pi has been given an English Translation.) And then at the same time switching between this title and trying out the Final Fantasy III title on the Nintendo DS reboot. I'm hoping to learn more about this title between my goings of it back-and-forth, and writing a review and histories of it on my own personal blog.
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Also,


I recently bought a 24" CRT TV for Retro Gaming and I'm setting it up in my room. I've also looked into a TV Stand for it and when I get it all set up I hope to maybe show some pics.



The Adventure Starts Here!
I had all of those back when they were DOS-based games. Still have them on floppy disks somewhere. I kept playing them on computers I had for as long as I could until they just didn't work anymore. But now you can get them through... was it Epic Games where I rebought them recently? Unsure, but I think it was Epic.

Anyway, I want to go back and play them all again, since I barely remember anything about them. The last few were GUI-based instead of DOS, but boy, those text-based early games were fun and frustrating!



That elusive hide-and-seek cow is at it again
I remember typing cuss words at a troll that happened upon me at the start of a game and the log replied something like, "what foul language you speak." Cracked me and my friend up. We died of course. I also had a Zork find your fate book in like 4th grade. That was fun.
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Just saw they are releasing Mass Effect again in 4K. I might buy into that as it is a little dated. Looks damn good.

@doubledenim: That DuckTales game was da bomb when I was little. Hard AF tho.



A system of cells interlinked
No, it was through GOG that I rebought the earlier Zork games, not Epic!
You can play all the Zork games for free on the web. A couple of years ago, when Lisa and I, and another couple rented a winter cabin next to frozen lake in NH, we sat around playing the first Zork, with one person reading and the rest of us discussing what to do etc. We got a decent amount of the way in, but then ended up getting stuck at one point, I don't think we ever ended up going back to it.
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Final Fantasy III



I'm in the middle of two, (of the same), game(s). Final Fantasy III on the NES platform, (which on my Raspberry Pi has been given an English Translation.) And then at the same time switching between this title and trying out the Final Fantasy III title on the Nintendo DS reboot. I'm hoping to learn more about this title between my goings of it back-and-forth, and writing a review and histories of it on my own personal blog.
7 is the only one I played from start to finish and was amazing. I should try another sometime.



A system of cells interlinked
7 is the only one I played from start to finish and was amazing. I should try another sometime.
I recommend VI (which is FF III in the US)



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Is that one on super Nintendo? Could be in the box of free goodies I got from my Aunt last christmas