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Jonathan Stark
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Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaSep 27, 2014
@Ben I've really enjoyed my Wii U. My old roommates used it a lot just for Hulu and Amazon, but in terms of games I've played the heck out of just Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo Land, not to mention the Wii back catalog. I am going to pick up Hyrule Warriors.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 29, 2014
@overdrive I do love the concept of all of the Persona games, and I even love the insanity of taking a player literally through a year's worth of calendar days. But the high points of the story come too infrequently to keep me engaged.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 29, 2014
@overdrive @wolfqueen001 I'll do a double admit: I bought the second game off of WQ's review (which was a joy to read). I also did not finish the game. I think the main thing was that I missed having a full party. I really enjoy the party interactions.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 27, 2014
@overdrive **nods emphatically** I was playing a wizard character, and trying to figure out how to spend your spell points is frustrating, because you don't know how good something is until you try it. Also, there's limited exp, so every decision matters.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 26, 2014
@overdrive There's also a less forgiving leveling system. Baldur's Gate I may SEEM obtuse at first, but really you don't have too many options at level up. Eschalon makes you do your skill stats every level and you can easily work yourself into a corner.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 26, 2014
@overdrive @overdrive Eschalon book is a little bit like a less good Baldur's Gate. But it's interesting that it's a single person party.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 21, 2014
Anyone want to review Amazing Princess Sara on steam or Xbox 360? I've been offered a review code, but I don't have the time. If you want it, email me: thestarkeditor AT gmail DOTCOM
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 21, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @jerec @joseph_valencia @honestgamer I enjoy let's plays that are thoughtful and add little commentary about the design and history of a game/series. You know, like ACTUAL COMMENTARY. Very few of these around, unfortunately.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 16, 2014
Debating whether to get back into gaming with the PS4. In the meantime, enjoying retroing my way through Tex Murphy: under a killing moon. Fuck yes.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 16, 2014
@espiga @Suskie Yeah, there's some good stuff lining up for Survival Horror. I'm also interested in Alien: Isolation. Maybe together, it's enough to push me into a PS4 sale. Even if I have to *sigh* use a credit card.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 13, 2014
@Germ @Suskie @honestgamer Yeah, Xbox exclusives are about as long lasting as breath mints.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 13, 2014
@pickhut @honestgamer @EmP Wow, that looks like a fantastic match
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 12, 2014
@zippdementia Also been revisiting a lot of older games via "Watch out for Fireballs," which is a pretty great retro podcast. Covers a lot of games other retro-casts don't, like Planescape, Longest Journey, Shadowrun. Lot of niche games.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 12, 2014
@zippdementia ... my CR level, if I just take enough potions and cast enough buff spells. Then again, I know WAY more about D&D these days then I did when I first played Baldur's Gate, and I think that's pretty critical.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 12, 2014
Gaming progress! Back to Baldur's Gate, been making some serious progress. It's funny how difficult I found this game as a kid, while now I find it pretty easy. Oh sure, I have the occasional reload, but I can tackle things way beyond...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 07, 2014
@zippdementia Finished. Lord, but that ending will tear at your heart.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 06, 2014
To the Moon. Almost finished. Will finish tonight. Then probably I'll review it.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 04, 2014
@Suskie @Ben But I do get credit if it's before I read it. Or even notice it's posted.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 03, 2014
@zippdementia @Ben @Suskie My prediction: accurate!
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 03, 2014
@zippdementia @Ben @Suskie ... talk about how that game ultimately fits the mood of the story, its inadequacies fitting the characters' inadequacies; or you'll talk about how distracting that game system is from the whole experience.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 03, 2014
@Ben @Suskie My guess, from knowledge of your game tastes, is that you were surprised by how much you became attached to the character but you wish a different game was under it all. You'll either...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 31, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer ... get a little further into my own story before to find its voice before I get deeply involved in what I hear is a very emotional experience.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 31, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer I'll probably end up reviewing it. I love story games! But I haven't actually played yet, I've been writing another novel, this time for intended publication, and I'm nervous that my writing will be affected by the story. I want to...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 31, 2014
Going to finally play To the Moon tonight! It came out on Mac pretty recently. The Mac is finally being recognized as a system for games. Mostly because there's a ton of Macs out there, now. Supply follows Demand!
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 30, 2014
@overdrive @honestgamer @JoeTheDestroyer Robotrek was a game that was pretty much doomed to obscurity by poor translations.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 30, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @wolfqueen001 @Germ @EmP That was essentially what Hideo Kojima said about Raiden, too. He also specifically said that he intended MGS2 to be a slap in the face of everyone who kept asking him to make that game.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 30, 2014
@Suskie @Ben I could see someone coming at it from the angle of it not having the most original or exciting gameplay, but I would have trouble with criticism of the story, voice acting, or script. I felt like it assumed I actually have intelligence. Nice.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 28, 2014
@Germ @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP The simple fact that, with every new MGS game, I ask the question "Is this as good as MGS?" is a sign that it's still a good game.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP ... unless you counted the hackneyed attempts to give the girls of MGS4 some sympathy (hampered by extreme camel toe shots). The only other time you see it to good effect is with The Boss (where it's fone brilliantly).
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP ...mantis fight. It was completely unexpected that, after defeating him, you would get this long soliloquy about his life and what made him do the things he'd done. That never came back into any of the other MGS games..
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP The main thing that makes MGS1 and 3 worth it are the characters. Especially in MGS1, there was a tremendous effort made to give history and weight to the villains. I think everyone remembers the end of the psycho...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP The level of pretension would not go apeshit until MGS2. I also think MGS3 is probably the best game overall in the series, and it did improve upon MGS' narrative.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @EmP MGS really affected me when I first played it, and in subsequent years I've been better able to appreciate its construction. It was, perhaps, a forerunner of the awfulness to come, but that doesn't mean that it itself was awful.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 26, 2014
@EmP I have a very different experience while playing. I still enjoy it a lot, and I love the puzzle aspect of every room, an aspect that was toned down by the option of running and gunning your way through subsequent titles in the series.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 23, 2014
@Masters @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP @Ben Marc: I should probably review it, because it had a shockingly fresh feel for a game as old as it is. It was also refreshing not to have to sit through cutscenes and exposition. God, current games have to stop that.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 22, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP @Masters @Ben The two parts that stumped me were when you are trying to escape from the guards after falling into the jail cell and then there's one gun fight that's just incredibly tricky, after you leap from a chasm.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 22, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @EmP @Masters @Ben you know, I felt fortunate to have never played the original (though I'd always had an interest). I was able to view the new game without nostalgia and conclude that it is a really really good game.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 17, 2014
@zippdementia @Suskie @overdrive Then, too, doing a little more reading on it, everyone is calling it the successor to Baldur's Gate, and the best RPG to come out in years.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 17, 2014
@Suskie @overdrive Looks pretty cool; part of the reason I love Baldur's Gate, though, is because I love Forgotten Realms. Then again, I was a fan of the original Fallout, and I'd love to check out Planetscape: Torment, so this could be a good one, too.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 14, 2014
@overdrive That's why I never beat it, either. I didn't have a PC good enough to play BG1 when it came out, and I THOUGHT I could squeeze through BG2 with my new PC at the time... but nope. Major crash. End of game. But I never forgot it!
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 14, 2014
@zippdementia Just reached chapter 4. I think I'm at level 5, throughout the party.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 14, 2014
@zippdementia ... I built Khalid into an archer instead of his basic fighter build, and made Jaheira a two weapon fighter focused on daggers (multiple attacks and poisoned daggers = awesome in BG1). Between her and my lay on hands, we have plenty of heal.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 14, 2014
@zippdementia I'm playing a fairly basic party. Myself as Paladin (Inquisitor kit); then Jaheira and Khalid, new character Rasad the monk, Neera (wild mage), and Imoen the thief (of course). Doing pretty well, especially since...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 14, 2014
Baldur's Gate Enchanced Edition! Which I'll actually probably review when I'm done. THANK GOD I CAN FINALLY PLAY THIS GAME ON A MAC! This is my first time through, and it matches up to (and conquers) modern games in every way... except graphics.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 07, 2014
I'm almost exclusively playing Mario Kart 8 right now; a lot of online play with my roommate. She's almost at 3000 rank. I'm closer to 2100.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJun 27, 2014
@Germ @JoeTheDestroyer FTL is highly addictive and then, once you try normal difficulty, cock-blockingly intimidating.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJun 21, 2014
@Germ CC was a big disappointment for me. I've played it through twice and come to the conclusion that it would have been a far better game if not held up by its tenuous connection to Chrono Trigger. AS it stands, I offer it as a five.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJun 17, 2014
@overdrive @Suskie There's a great Retronauts episode out on Quintet, Rob. Check it out, it's totally nostalgia-worthy, and quite interesting to get the history: http://www.retronauts.com/?p=383
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJun 17, 2014
@zippdementia @Suskie Also playing through Twilight Princess for the second time, at my favorite part (Snowpeak). Such a well designed game, and definitely the best of the "linear" Zeldas (IMO).
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJun 17, 2014
@zippdementia @Suskie ... I have a long history with Quintet games and a fascination with the "World Birth" series, Terranigma being the only one I haven't played, so I could throw in a lot of history.


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