Following The Last of Us - Part II Page 63

  • shuffles 26 Sep 2020 16:44:54 315 posts
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    Just started this. Something has happened to Joel. I think itís the first time my g/f has seen me looking pensive into thin air 😂
  • Phattso 17 Oct 2020 13:14:31 25,939 posts
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    Also started this quite recently and... not really feeling it. :(

    Just got to what feels like the first of the semi open world areas, about four hours in, I've cleared out everything on my map and deep, deep ennui has set in.

    Ended up putting the difficulty down a notch (from Moderate to Light) which is something I very rarely do, and was mainly with frustration at the combat. Perhaps I played this and Ghost of Tsushima the wrong way around as my brain isn't dialed in for slower paced more thoughtful encounters.

    I'll give it to the ten hour mark and then make a call - hopefully it gets its hooks in by then.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 17 Oct 2020 13:32:14 20,990 posts
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    Donít beat yourself up about tweaking the various difficulty settings. Itís a different but incredible experience however you set it up so just do whateverís fun for you.
  • ChiefGB 17 Oct 2020 15:06:54 12,832 posts
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    I had the reverse, coming from this to ghosts was a real eye opener. Ghosts just never really got its hooks in but the encounters in this were dripping with energy.
  • TheSaint 17 Oct 2020 15:13:10 19,944 posts
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    It does take a while to get into it. That open area is handy for learning the mechanics but the story picks up when it gets more linear.
  • PierrePressure 17 Oct 2020 15:15:50 1,184 posts
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    Gutted to hear it's not grabbing you.

    I thoroughly enjoyed and am looking forward to the upcoming multiplayer, will probably have a 2nd play through then too.
  • Phattso 17 Oct 2020 15:15:58 25,939 posts
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    I wonder if I'm getting flashbacks to the first game where the combat wasn't so honed and started to outstay its welcome? That's a pretty severe six year hangover to have from a game though. :)

    I'm loving the character driven parts, even if the close up rendering detail is super jarring when it cuts back to gameplay and it loses all detail and nuance. The new generation can't come quickly enough for that shit. All the detail, all of the time, please. :)

    I also fear that Uncharted 4 might've burned me out on Naughty Dog, in the same way as Fallout 4 burned me out on Bethesda. I know UC4 is a vastly different genre, but there's still a house style that perhaps I'm not as much in love with as I was a decade ago.

    Still, only four hours in. That's barely scratching the surface. Onwards!
  • SolidSCB 17 Oct 2020 15:37:56 13,379 posts
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    To be fair if it's grating on you now, good luck getting through the rest of it. It goes on forever. I was praying the encounter I was at was the final one of the game for about the last 10 hours of it.
  • Tomo 17 Oct 2020 16:39:15 18,261 posts
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    The combat is largely similar to the first. It felt quite comforting being back playing such a well implemented stealth system, imo.

    Solid is right though... gunna be a long old slog if you don't like it after 4 hours.

    Really give it a go though - it's one of the best games ever made.

    Edited by Tomo at 16:39:33 17-10-2020
  • Phattso 17 Oct 2020 16:40:18 25,939 posts
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    My favourite bits so far are playing the guitar. I'm not sure if they're supposed to be my favourite bits. If so, I'm on track for a stonking time. :)
  • Bichii 17 Oct 2020 17:17:31 3,596 posts
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    Everyone (including me half the time) are so old and negative about everything these days. Tlou2, while not as good as the original, is a fucking incredible experience but us old farts moan about everything that doesn't perfectly fit their mood at the time. I'm included in this, when I first player tlou on PS3 I binned it after about 3 hours. When I went back to it on PS4 it became my goat.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 17 Oct 2020 17:20:39 20,990 posts
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    Even if you knock everything down to the absolute easiest level and sail through to see the whole game, itíll be an amazing experience.
  • Rum_Monkey 17 Oct 2020 17:31:37 1,457 posts
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    Game of the generation for me. Anyone that doesn't love it doesn't deserve games.
  • SolidSCB 17 Oct 2020 17:41:35 13,379 posts
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    I deserved a better game than it was, sure.
  • Rum_Monkey 17 Oct 2020 17:56:12 1,457 posts
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    You are pretty negative about everything nowadays though.
  • IronGiant 17 Oct 2020 18:14:25 6,148 posts
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    26 hours in and still think it's an incredible game/experience. Easily in my top 5 evah ;) At first I felt the first game was better but changed my mind now.
  • mumtoucher 17 Oct 2020 18:25:05 721 posts
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    Itís one of my fav games of all time without a doubt.

    Iíve been dipping back in now and again with the slow motion aiming cheat on and damage to melee weapons turned off.

    The slow motion in itself it just so much fun, the gore and animations when shooting people are nuts.
  • Hiphopopotamus 17 Oct 2020 18:32:16 136 posts
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    I thought it was a brilliant game and enjoyed the story and gameplay refinements.. only game I bought at launch except Red Dead 2.
  • Decks 17 Oct 2020 18:34:53 26,870 posts
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    Yeah I thought it was better than the original in every way. Easily the best Naughty Dog game.
  • SolidSCB 17 Oct 2020 18:36:44 13,379 posts
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    Rum_Monkey wrote:
    You are pretty negative about everything nowadays though.
    It's comments like yours that probably make me dislike it even more than I actually do. The pretentiousness that surrounds the game is nauseating.

    You don't exist on a higher plane than anyone who didn't enjoy it as much as you claim to have. It's a computer game, which contains just as much dumb shit and is just as derivative in places as the next summer blockbuster.
  • Rum_Monkey 17 Oct 2020 18:50:44 1,457 posts
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    OK then.
  • Tomo 17 Oct 2020 19:30:26 18,261 posts
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    Rum_Monkey wrote:
    OK then.
    ^^
  • JamboWayOh 17 Oct 2020 19:41:22 21,097 posts
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    A nerve seems to have been touched it seems.
  • SolidSCB 17 Oct 2020 20:19:24 13,379 posts
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    In other news I just grew my first pube.
  • chopsen 17 Oct 2020 20:40:34 21,250 posts
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    It is quite a good game. It has some interesting aspects that are executed confidently, and the gameplay mostly works. Some narrative aspects are overdone. In some technical aspects it is peerless.

    And I do live on a higher plane than the rest of you.
  • Reacher 17 Oct 2020 21:55:09 3,023 posts
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    I loved it but I was begging for it to end, then it got better again before actually ending.
  • retro74 17 Oct 2020 23:39:44 3,352 posts
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    Hated the first one, which was barely even a game

    Canít even force myself to play part II
  • JamboWayOh 17 Oct 2020 23:47:02 21,097 posts
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    retro74 wrote:
    Hated the first one, which was barely even a game

    Canít even force myself to play part II
    Barely a game? Well that's some hyperbolic bs if ever i've heard it/
  • StixxUK 18 Oct 2020 10:36:44 8,403 posts
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    Reacher wrote:
    I loved it but I was begging for it to end, then it got better again before actually ending.
    I'd better get back to it and finish it off. Was getting to the point where it felt like it would never end so hopefully I can push through and get that payoff. Can't be too far away!
  • Bichii 18 Oct 2020 10:39:43 3,596 posts
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    I burnt out hard on it as I played it through twice in a row. Without mentioning areas for anyone yet to finish it drags hard for a few chapters before you get to the final act.

    My brother's play games slow over the course of weeks and they both loved it. I probably just played it too much over a short period so it felt like it went on for ever. Still one of the best games of the generation but it didn't stick with me after playing like tlou did.
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