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Someone I know is going to stream this game. It's a cat dating sim. No, that's not a typo or anything. It looks weird as shit but it also looks pretty funny.

 
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Finished my first playthrough of Sleeping Dogs. Long story short, it's brilliant, I loved it, and I'm gonna play it more. There are some flaws, some are objective flaws and some are deficiencies when compared to other games, but on the whole they're not big deals.

Long story long, major spoilers ahoy.

So much of this game just worked, you know? The gameplay was so fun. I've mentioned how the combat makes me feel like a modern kung fu master, the driving feels tight and visceral (and the ramming and action hijack mechanics added strategic elements to driving), and the gunplay had interesting features like slow motion vaulting. The world was also interesting to explore, with Hong Kong brought brilliantly to life, from the glittering commercial sector and the seedy alleys to the old quarter of town and the tranquil fishing docks.

The story, too, was gripping. After I finished the main storyline, I took a step back and thought about it, and realized that there really weren't many unexpected twists in the story. But because I spent all this time as the protagonist Wei Shen, looking at events through his eyes, I found myself immersed in his double life too, and so some twists did catch me by surprise. The wedding massacre, Uncle Po's death, Jackie's death, Pendrew's betrayal etc, after these events happened I felt like I should've seen them coming, but at the time I was as shocked and enraged as Wei Shen was. I gotta give props to all the voice actors, they all did excellent jobs.

More on the point of Wei Shen's double life. As the wise Firefist once said, "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta." Like Wei Shen, I know I'm supposed to be a cop. Like Wei Shen, I know there are lines I shouldn't cross. But as the game went on, I found myself crossing them more and more, and with increasing willingness. Just like how Wei Shen became increasingly eager to proclaim himself a member of Sun On Yee, I became increasingly happy to ram cop cars, hijack armored trucks, fracture random pedestrians' bones, and beat up shop clerks. When Raymond and Pendrew tried to pull me out, I shared Wei Shen's determination to continue on, not necessarily because I believed my mission wasn't done yet, but because being a triad was so much fun and I didn't want it to end.

Regarding the flaws I mentioned, firstly the game has some odd gameplay designs that reduced my enjoyment sometimes. For example, the camera would go wonky when I backed up in a vehicle. I understand it's so that I can see behind me without having to move my camera (probably for the benefit of console players) but I'm perfectly happy to rotate the camera myself with my mouse, so there's no need to do it for me. Another example would be the supercar from one of the DLCs: extremely fast, extremely durable, and it comes with extra ramming power, an EMP, and automated turrets... except for some inexplicable reason the EMP button is the same as the action hijack button, which means I can't hijack when I use the car. Sure, I could just do without, but nonetheless that's a gameplay feature that's locked out from the player when there really wasn't a need to. Secondly, there were some noticeable bugs, generally not game-breaking, but annoying nonetheless. Collectibles sometimes didn't match their location on the minimap, getting out of vehicles might catapult me two hundred yards into the air and cause me to die on landing, audio might either cut out or overlap weirdly, etc. Thirdly, I wasn't a fan of how the climactic battles played out, in the sense that they introduced new gameplay mechanics just for the final fights. Like, why not let me use the gameplay mechanics I've grown accustomed to and become good at throughout the game? Why not let me show how awesome I am now as a triad ninja, instead of forcing me to learn new ways to play just for the last fight or two?

Additionally, there were features from other games that I found myself missing (though I acknowledge that it might not be fair to consider these flaws). I missed car customization and upgrades from GTA5, I missed being able to use guns more often, I missed being able to claim a car by driving it back to my garage instead of having to buy it, I missed being able to change view distances from my character, etc. Also, the DLC outfits were a bit unbalanced, because they're available very early on in the game, and outclass the vanilla outfits. I think I spent an alarming amount of the game dressed as Sun Wukong, the Monkey King.

All in all, though, this is a superlative game, one that's definitely worth playing if you enjoy open world games of this type. GTA5 is probably still my favorite game in this genre, but Sleeping Dogs is a very close second.

Finally, there were so many attractive women in this game. All the love interests, Inspector Teng, Peggy, Vivienne, random passersby, etc. Heck, the only woman not my type would probably be Winston's mother.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, overall. :)
 
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Due to the generosity of one Nick Guy (by the way, thanks again, man), I am playing Sleeping Dogs. Haven't played much yet, only about 30 minutes into the game, but so far I'm definitely liking it. The setting and atmosphere are deliciously Asian, the combat makes me feel like a modern kung fu master, and the storyline is piquing my interest so far.

Seriously, the combat is so much fun. It's great finishing a fight and surveying your handiwork... there's one guy slammed head-first into a stereo speaker, one guy crushed under a sliding door, two guys thrown through a plate glass window, one guy thrown into a vending machine, and three other guys lying broken and unconscious on the ground as a result of good old fashioned fisticuffs.
I replayed this because of you. Thank you. I had a couple little nitpicks about it, though:

1) The game seems to be night time far too much. It makes site seeing less fun.
2) The guns spoil the fun. The finale mission would've been so much more fun of it was like the fight clubs in the game.
 
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Oh, and two more.

-The boss fights were annoying for the reason you said - they change the rules.
-The cop XP maxed out way too early in the game for me.

Wait, a few more.
-The camera hacking becames nothing but a roadblock once I figured out a guaranteed solution routine.
-The combo-locked cashboxes were a time-wasting roadblock right from the start.



I really like the game, though, and it's behind only Saints Rows 2 and 3 for me.
 

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You're looking at the 4th best Crucible Holdout player on Killing Floor: Incursion (the VR killing floor) in the entire world. I only wish I had been streaming it (though it took me an hour and 40 minutes). I think, if I tackled it again earlier in the day on a weekend, I could take the number one spot (I scored 50,000 and change, and number one is 72k). I know for darn sure I can get to at least #2 without much more effort, those guys are in the 50s too. Once I get into a rhythm, there's no stopping me... much like that time I played KF2 endless mode for over 5 hours and got stupidly far.

So yeah, the new CPU I installed works pretty good :D

Edit: went back in and screenshotted the leaderboard

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Did it. Officially the best in the world. God my hands hurt. 87000 points in 2 hours and 24 minutes (two seconds longer than the previous first place holder, who only got 71k)

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To be fair, everything after 30,000 points or so is more of an endurance grind. Winner is he whose hands cramp up last and has the biggest bladder.
 
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Did it. Officially the best in the world. God my hands hurt. 87000 points in 2 hours and 24 minutes (two seconds longer than the previous first place holder, who only got 71k)

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To be fair, everything after 30,000 points or so is more of an endurance grind. Winner is he whose hands cramp up last and has the biggest bladder.
And is the most resistant to vertigo.
 
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Hey, you know what's a really good adventure game?

Thimbleweed Park

I just started playing it and it has some DAMN good puzzles. Nothing particularly difficult; just very clever or complicated enough to feel rewarding.
 
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Man, so I was REALLY digging Crosscode...and then I wasn't. It's soooo grindy. I know it's meant to be emulating an MMO. But that shit is not necessary.
 

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And is the most resistant to vertigo.
This is true. To do well in holdout requires free movement. Teleporting just doesn't cut the mustard once the scrakes and fleshpounds start showing up. Heck, even the husks will rip you a new one.
 
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Giving Final Fantasy 14 a try, on the primal datacenter, Marlboro world. As someone who used to love WoW, so far this is right in my wheelhouse. Also, I'm happy with how anime I can make my character.

 
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Level 35 in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Still not bored.
Finished Bastion.
Next are the Banner Saga games. I heard they are good but I suck at strategy games.
 
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Giving Final Fantasy 14 a try, on the primal datacenter, Marlboro world. As someone who used to love WoW, so far this is right in my wheelhouse. Also, I'm happy with how anime I can make my character.

I know, recently had a buddy in Japan start playing and he talked me into wanting to play it. I just don't have the time. The game has some hella eclectic boss themes, some of which are rip ass awesome knockoffs of 90's numetal and I dig it 100%

THE BOSS THEME IN QUESTION!


Starts with a remix Atma Weapon theme from FF6 (which by itself is fucking awesome) and transitions...into...well.....click 3:20 into the song.
 
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I tried to start playing again recently but there's some mix up with the version I have being registered through steam. Emailed support they emailed back for some more info and then I realized I don't care.
 
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At first I was disappointed because it clearly was one one-winged-angel. But then... POWERMAN 5000??!!
That's just the in-game version. The house band for FF14, The Primals, does full versions with lyrics. They go on tour and also do albums, with a new one coming out soon to cover stuff from Stormblood.

The Powerman 5000-esque song for Sephirot is pretty good. I prefer Oblivion from Shiva and Fallen Angel from Garuda.


 
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Yakuza 0, a.k.a.: Cutscene The Game

Why is this game so highly praised? No seriously, why?

From when I hit "start game" I had to wait over twenty minutes before I could even move my character. I moved him briefly, then there was a cutscene and a short, introductory fight. Then another cutscene. And another. And another and another. Then a brief karaoke mini-game. Cutscene, cutscene, cutscene, fucking cutscene. Even when I tried skipping a cutscene, it went right to another one THREE MORE TIMES.

Fuck.
That.
Shit.

When the ratio of cutscene to gameplay weighs much heavier on the cutscene, I will not have patience for that shit. I'm playing a game to play it, not watch it.
 

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That's just the in-game version. The house band for FF14, The Primals, does full versions with lyrics. They go on tour and also do albums, with a new one coming out soon to cover stuff from Stormblood.

The Powerman 5000-esque song for Sephirot is pretty good. I prefer Oblivion from Shiva and Fallen Angel from Garuda.


Ehh on Oblivion... I was never that big on Flyleaf.

Maybe I'm just spoiled by my environment too, because the audio mastering on those youtube videos is REALLY awful.
 
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Ehh on Oblivion... I was never that big on Flyleaf.

Maybe I'm just spoiled by my environment too, because the audio mastering on those youtube videos is REALLY awful.
That's actually a rip from the blu-ray that came with the "From Astral to Umbral" bluray, so it's really Square's fault for doing it like that. Regardless, these aren't the in-game versions... the in-game versions sound closer to the rest of the music and less like live performances.

But yes; every Primal and important boss fight gets the Square Enix treatment for their music. It's legitimately one of the biggest things that set it apart from WoW and the rest; the sound design for FF14 is AMAZING.
 

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Can we request songs?
I have to pick from songs they make available to me, so requests would be kinda limited. However, I think there's a twitch plugin for this, so, if I actually livestream me playing, people watching my twitch stream might be able to, I think.
 
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I have to pick from songs they make available to me, so requests would be kinda limited. However, I think there's a twitch plugin for this, so, if I actually livestream me playing, people watching my twitch stream might be able to, I think.
Is Let it Go one of the available songs?
 

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Is Let it Go one of the available songs?
Heh, I'd find it hard to believe amazon went out of their way to license disney songs... but if they did, I expect they'll be popular choices.

Also, the game REALLY encourages duets... so we'll see what happens if anybody else around here gets in the beta...
 
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