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About toneeblair

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  1. toneeblair

    2018 Game Completion Thread

    Life Is Strange 2: Episode 1 (PS4) - 2018 - 4/5 Super promising start to the new season and new characters are all great. Goes from about 0-dark super quick, and it's going to be interesting to see where it goes. There's not a great deal of new mechanics in this episode - there's a fairly light sketching mini-game which seems more about character than any kind of skill-based stuff; some interesting interactions where you can optionally do things yourself or involve your brother; some improved UI.
  2. toneeblair

    2018 Game Completion Thread

    Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad game, it just wasn't great and felt oddly lesser than what I remember of the original reboot. I still played it a ton
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    2018 Game Completion Thread

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4) - 2018 - 3/5 I don't know if it was coming off the back of Spider-man that did it, something else in the game or just the wrong tone/mood for post lay-off gaming, but this didn't click for me. As a whole, the experience didn't seem to cohere all that well - there were mechanics and tools introduced that seemed to have maybe one or two uses in the entire campaign; Lara's voice actor and performance really grated for me in a way that it never did in the original reboot; the plot seemed to barely keep itself together. I haven't played Rise yet, so I'm not sure if I'd feel the same way about that game, but beyond being beautiful to look at, this just didn't cut it.
  4. toneeblair

    2018 Game Completion Thread

    It was research!
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    I will remember that

    Super sad, that team was really talented and held back by poor management and poor tools. Saw a thread that summed up all the closures over last 7 days, something like 600 people got laid off at different companies. One good thing though - all those great storytellers can now move somewhere a bit more supportive where they can do some really great work!
  6. toneeblair

    2018 Game Completion Thread

    You did? Where was that? Don't think I got a notification. But yeah, I was at Capcom for the last few years working on the new thing. Been a crazy week, lots of job fairs but not a ton of design roles right now, unless I can relocate (which comes with its own set of problems) or wait months (which is dicey). Some really cool projects to work on at the moment though, so crossing my fingers I can land on one of those.
  7. toneeblair

    2018 Game Completion Thread

    Spider-man (PS4) - 2018 - 5/5 What a fucking breath of fresh air. The game just oozes with charm, and it feels so awesome to swing through the city and do cool shit. Some of the missions/tasks can get a bit repetitive/Ubisoft-collect-a-thon but it was always so much fun to just do shit in this game that I didn't mind so much. The story was also genuinely affecting, and really well executed.
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    2018 Game Completion Thread

    Yakuza 0 (PS4) - 2017 - 3/5 As my first ever foray into the Yakuza series, I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and boy is it a weird one! One one hand, it's a real grim and gritty crime story, dotted with the most absurd side missions and distractions. I'm not sure it all landed for me, especially given I'd never played one of them before, but I'm interested in trying out the new remasters of the old games as they're a lot shorter and more focused.
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    Sweet, liking the new style!
  10. toneeblair

    Anthem - POC - PS4 - Bone

    I bounced off Destiny 1 & 2 so hard after the first few weeks that I'm worried I'll do the same with something trying to emulate that experience. I'm hesitantly waiting for the reviews on this one.
  11. toneeblair

    2018 Game Completion Thread

    Assassins Creed: Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs DLC (PS4) - 2018 - 4/5 Goes to some really interesting places, looks utterly gorgeous, has some cool bosses, but ultimately there's just too much of this game. This AC would have been a 5/5 for me if it had been like 20-30 hours shorter.
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    2018 Game Completion Thread

    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PS4) - 2018 - 3/5 Life Is Strange 2 prequel chapter, it was a good little slice of fun, but I think Before The Storm was much better put together.
  13. toneeblair

    2018 Game Completion Thread

    From the same studio as Until Dawn, but less fun! It uses your mobile phone so that several people can play together, but the competitive elements seemed at odds with the mystery aspects of completing the game and we're often pretty random. The plot was fairly predictable, but it was more the group-play stuff that was fun about it all. Looked gorgeous though!
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    God of War

    It's interesting how this is splitting people! I was the opposite, Ginj. Could barely raise an eyebrow to the earlier entries (played about an hour or two of 2, but bounced off and never played the others), but absolutely loved this one. Duff's right though - starting on anything other than "Balanced" makes it incredibly difficult in the early hours.