- Feb 26, 2012
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I did not get into Disco Elysium AT ALL in the 3-4 hours I played it. Haven't touched it since. It was on console, not sure if that was part of the problem.that reminds me that I got Disco Elysium on sale a few months back and haven't got around to playing it yet, whoops. (although that holds true for probably 70% of the games I own anyway...)
lately I've been playing Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, which I think I got free on the EA platform via Twitch [Amazon] Prime? I'm really impressed with the pacing of the game, how smoothly the mechanics are integrated, the character writing, and as I get older / lazier... the quality of life options.
being able to turn off quick time events and make it a simple button press is a godsend, as is being able to toggle the difficulty down when I don't feel like replaying an extended section for the tenth time in a row because I missed the last dodge / strike on a boss. if I want to get my ass handed to me, I'll play a Souls game instead. (I've never quite finished the ones I've started, due to being distractable or having life intervene and my attention bounce somewhere else, but I am continually amazed at how good they are.)
the best Star Wars media (books, games, whatever) play with the extended universe, and the less directly tied to the movies' events, the better the games tend to be. I'd put it somewhere in my top 5 Star Wars games. I certainly haven't played all of them, but for reference, that would be Tie Fighter (the old DOS combat sim -- haven't played all the newer space combat titles), Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Forces II (does that still hold up?), and maybe a tossup for something like Battlefront II that never personally owned.
they had it on sale for something crazy like $5 the other day on Steam. damn thing wouldn't launch since I already had it on EA Play though and it kept erroring out? so I refunded it and went with what it turned out I already have. I really wish they'd stop adding stupid DRM hooks to games that are already tied to a distribution platform... or at the very least, remove the more invasive DRM a few months after release when it's no longer helping the bottom line anyhow. it doesn't make sense to cause problems for your paying customers -_-
Jedi Fallen Order's biggest difficulty problem is the stupid chaotic animal enemies that are unpredictable and have like zero windup to their huge attacks that take off 80% of your health. Fighting humans is actually fun on higher difficulties but it's the random bullshit aliens that make it not fun. It's just not tuned well. It's got good gameplay systems but it's way too easy on easy, bordering on too easy on normal when it comes to humans and bordering on frustrating when you fight things like giant frogs, but definitely too hard on hard with the aliens even though that seems like the "right spot" when it comes to stormtroopers and those weird darth maul looking melee humanoids.
Dark Forces 2 was a great game. I haven't played it in 20 years though. I played it after Jedi Knight 2 though and even though the graphics were a big step down (it looks more like Quake 1 than Jedi Knight 2 in terms of polygon counts) it had a lot of complex and interesting gameplay ideas. No idea how it would hold up now, though. I played Jedi Knight 2 and it all the way through way back in the day but haven't touched them since. Never played Jedi Academy even though that was apparently quite good. The modern ports to console are supposed to be awful cause they didn't account for how much harder it is to precisely aim/turn on a controller vs mouse/keyboard.