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Everything posted by Chubzdoomer

  1. Just imagine a room full of these guys, LOL. There'd be a bunch of medkits/potions scattered around to help make up for the constant health loss as well as several Blood Punch recharges (just like in areas where you're swarmed by Pinkies). You'd basically be playing a game of "tag"! Come to think of it... that'd actually be kind of fun. It makes me wish we saw more creative scenarios like that. It's disappointing how many battles end up feeling like the same scenario you've fought through dozens of times before. Oh well, at least they did something cool at the end of TAG 2 by giving you a shitton of shotgun ammo when they threw a barrage of Stone Imps at you.
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    The Ancient Gods 2 - Impressions and Story Spoilers

    I just beat TAG 2 a few minutes ago on UV and I'm a bit torn, to be honest. I loved some things, but felt others were a swing and a miss. - First off: the new soundtrack does an excellent job keeping pace with the original game and DLC 1. Mick Gordon isn't really missed at all as far as I'm concerned. Andrew Hulshult and David Levy are killing it. - I loved the new bestiary overall. The Armored Barons are just so cool, and executed really well. I like that the Stone Imps finally make the full-auto shotgun mod essential. The Screechers are also a fun way to make battles even more intense, since they're effectively explosive barrels that you DO NOT want to explode! I kind of like the idea of the Cursed Prowlers on paper, but in practice I didn't think it was very fun and I'm glad they were used very sparingly (there were what, roughly 3 of them throughout the entire DLC?). - The Sentinel Hammer is a fantastic addition to an already stupidly-large arsenal, and somehow feels like it fits right in even though at this point there are so many weapons/gadgets it almost makes one's head spin (especially in the middle of a hellish fight). I love that it isn't just a one-dimensional AOE attack, and actually has some depth to it. And best of all, it allows you to take Marauders out of the picture VERY quickly if used correctly. - The Meat Hook grapple points work so well and are such a natural extension of the game's traversal mechanics, I'm honestly surprised they weren't in the base game. I just wish they were put to use in more creative ways and complex environments, speaking of which... - The level design was painfully linear and mostly forgettable: move in a straight line, fight it out in an arena, rinse--repeat. I don't recall a single branching path, and there certainly wasn't a keycard in sight. At least TAG 1 had both of those things. The secret areas were a complete joke, too--almost impossible to miss, and rarely rewarding to discover. I really wish we'd see larger levels with a greater emphasis on exploration just to mix things up a bit (see Foundry and Argent Facility from the 2016 game). I do understand this is DLC, though, and it probably takes much more time to construct such levels. But still: I want to do more than just move in a straight line and fight! - The final boss battle was exhausting and fairly disappointing. It was essentially just a giant Marauder with a humongous health bar. I didn't really feel like I had to figure anything out, and I certainly didn't have much fun fighting him. Although it was far more tolerable than the finale of TAG 1, I just wish the showdown with the Dark Lord himself had something more unique/surprising to offer. Considering the hellish onslaught we had to endure to reach that point, we deserved better. - I don't think I can put into words just how much I despise nuDoom's lore at this point. 2016 showed promise, but Eternal's lore as a whole--from the base game through this DLC--is utterly dreadful in my opinion. I'll take a simple-but-captivating tale over this convoluted bullshit any day of the week. The last few points might make it sound like I didn't enjoy the DLC, but I honestly did. Although I was disappointed with the level design and finale, TAG 2's combat is bar none the best the genre has ever seen and it ain't even close. Not one weapon or gadget goes unutilized for long, and the sheer variety of enemies means you're constantly on your toes, either adapting to the situation at hand or getting ravaged for being sloppy or complacent. It's totally worth playing through the DLC just for the additions to the combat alone. I just can't help but wonder how amazing an experience we'd have on our hands if the supercharged combat were paired with levels that had more to offer than mostly straight shots from one arena to the next.
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    The Ancient Gods - Trailer and Release Date

    Whoo, just beat it! According to Steam it took me ~6 hours, so about 2 hours per level. I got absolutely annihilated in the final battle. I bet I died at least half a dozen times before I finally came up with a pattern that (mostly) worked. Overall, I thought it was a solid--if sadistically tough--DLC. As difficult as it was, I'm not sure I'll ever bother playing through it again. I think the base campaign's difficulty struck the perfect balance, whereas The Ancient Gods tended to be a little more frustrating than fun in several spots. I enjoyed fighting the new Turret and angelic enemies--those were really well executed--but I thought the Spirits were a real sore spot. I like the concept of killing a demon and latching onto its spirit Ghostbusters-style before it finds another host, but I'm just not sure turning already-tough demons into absurd bullet sponges was a great decision. The new soundtrack was surprisingly... unsurprising? I figured since Mick Gordon got kicked to the curb we'd end up with something quite different, but the OST was startlingly similar to all of Mick's previous work, at least to me. There weren't any tracks that stood out, but it got the job done by making battles extra intense and setting the mood, so I can't complain at all. It'll be interesting to see how Part 2 turns out!
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    The Ancient Gods - Trailer and Release Date

    Same exact thing happened to me. Incredibly annoying!
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    The Ancient Gods - Trailer and Release Date

    Ultra-Violence so far. I can't even imagine how punishing Nightmare is!
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    The Ancient Gods - Trailer and Release Date

    I knew the DLC would be really tough, but I'm not quite sure I expected this. The first level is just as hard as anything Eternal ever threw at you, even taking into account the Slayer gates. It's fucking insane. I'm honestly not quite sure what they were thinking making this a stand-alone expansion. It's far too difficult and complex for a newcomer to just dive right into without having first gone through the base game and learned the mechanics one at a time. It doesn't even make the slightest effort to "re-explain" any of the mechanics, either, or ease you in. It just starts throwing some of the toughest enemies at you from the first battle onwards. The first level is surprisingly long, too. According to Steam it took me over 2 hours to beat (granted I explored and found all the secrets/did all the side stuff, but still).
  7. What exactly went down with Trent Reznor anyways? I've never been able to find much info by way of Google. It always bummed me out that they ditched his work, because those early Doom 3 sound effects were awesome.
  8. If we're lucky, he already composed a whole bunch of music ahead of time for the "planned" DLC. If not, you're right--it won't be a good situation at all.
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    What do you think about Battlemode?

    Same situation here. I don't feel even the slightest bit compelled to play it.
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    small nitpicks?

    Here's another one that needs to be said: The Ripatorium completely and utterly sucks and is a pointless addition to the game. Seriously, why does this thing even exist in its current state? I can't think of so much as one good reason. You can only ever play it once in between missions unless you "cheese" the game by re-loading your checkpoint, and on top of that you have no control what-so-ever over the monsters you'll be facing or even the layout/theme of the arena itself. Everything it does, the "Mission Select" feature does better. By replaying missions, you at least have control over which monsters and arenas you'll be facing. You can also do this as many times as you like before proceeding to the next story mission, without ever having to abuse the checkpoint feature. Everything about the Ripatorium just screams "half-assed," and that sucks because it should ideally be an infinitely replayable, highly customizable practice arena to help hone your skills and add even more replay value to the game.
  11. 30, UV. Getting ready to take on the Master Levels, followed by a NM run soon! (I doubt I'll ever have the patience for UNM.)
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    Ludicrous Levels of Optimization

    It may be one of the most well-optimized games I've ever played, and the load times are just insane given how large and detailed most of the levels are.
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    small nitpicks?

    Yeah, having to roam around the entire ship just to find one specific song to play is pretty ridiculous. At the very least, the albums should've been accessible in one convenient location in your personal quarters (somewhere near your toy/book collection).
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    Is anybody else seriously IN LOVE with Eternal?

    It's one of the best shooters I've ever played (top 5, easily), so yes. From a gameplay standpoint it absolutely curbstomps 2016.
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    aggrivating bugs

    I had that happen to me last night with a Pain Elemental!
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    Favourite sound effect?

    The Cacodemon's GULP when swallowing a grenade, hands down.
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    Doom Eternal Confession Session

    I went almost the entire game without realizing frag grenades and ice bombs have completely separate cooldowns. :(
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    Mick Gordon’s Club House

    There isn't a single tribute to Running From Evil, is there? I sure didn't hear one during my first playthrough.
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    small nitpicks?

    It didn't occur to me until earlier today that Lost Souls and Cueballs are rarely, if ever used outside of like ~2-3 scenarios. I remember thinking when Cueballs were first introduced at the Cultist Base that they'd go on to become a staple in the rest of the game's arenas, but boy was I wrong. It's like they completely disappeared. Another slight nitpick is that there's nowhere near enough nukage/radiation to warrant there being a suit perk that reduces its damage. When I first saw that perk I was like, "Wow, some levels must be chock full of the stuff." But nope. You rarely have to traverse it, and even when you do it only takes a few minutes to reach dry land for the rest of the level.
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    Favorite and disliked level

    Super Gore Nest is this game's Foundry IMO. I thought it was stunning from start to finish, both in terms of layout and visuals. Urdak is also way up there, and a close second. I can't say there was one level I particularly disliked. For the poll I chose Sentinel Prime, only because it's a very linear "walk to the boss" level.
  21. Something tells me John is going to have a really hard time with the rest of the game if he sticks with Ultra-Violence, LOL.
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    Doom & Doom 2 on the Switch - 1st Impressions

    Yeah, there's absolutely no excuse, especially considering all the money/resources Bethesda has available.
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    Doom 1-3 on the Switch?!

    Jesus that looks awful! It just keeps getting worse and worse.
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    Doom 1-3 on the Switch?!

    EDIT: SiFi270 beat me to it a few posts above! Just came across another reason why this port is complete garbage: If you pick up the chainsaw, you can never switch back to your fists unless you collect Berserk (in which case you still can't get back to your fists if you ever switch away from them).
  25. Haven't played the second game yet, but I bought the first one and it leaves a lot to be desired. My major gripes: Requires a login just to reach the main menu (thankfully you only ever have to enter your information once) Coop/DM are local-only (making the above point that much more absurd) Features virtually no graphics options what-so-ever, and all you get under sound options is a few volume sliders Forces "random sound pitch"; I've never liked this, and it should absolutely be an option Music plays slower than it should; the pitch is correct, but it's almost like watching a YouTube video at 0.75x Aside from aim sensitivity, controls can't be customized whatsoever Automap can't be zoomed in/out, making it damned near useless for large levels Weapons can only be changed left-to-right and vice versa; an optional radial wheel would've been so much better BFG Edition censorship is still in effect (Medikits still have the pill symbol, and I'm assuming Doom 2's Wolfenstein levels are still butchered) The only positives I can come up with are that the games play well, you can still save anywhere, and the HD Rumble is a nice addition. Definitely not worth $5 a pop IMO.