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RalphMoustaccio

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Craft beer enthusiast. Steam sale addict. Devotee of the crane technique.

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RalphMoustaccio played Destiny

over 3 years ago

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over 3 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

Apparently I played somewhere in the neighborhood of 27 hours of the beta. Maxed out characters in all three classes, and put a whole ton of stuff in the locker, just in case they let us keep some of that loot. If not, I guess I'll have that "exclusive" emblem to show off. September 9th can't come soon enough.

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RalphMoustaccio wants to play Rambo: The Video Game

over 3 years ago

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over 3 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

This game looks like the hottest of garbage. Can't wait for it to hit the sub-$5 mark on Steam.

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RalphMoustaccio wants to play Ashes Cricket 2013

almost 4 years ago

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almost 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

Cancelled AFTER release. Ugh. Must find a copy somehow to see just how broken it really is.

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RalphMoustaccio played Dead Rising 3

almost 4 years ago

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almost 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

They had dat new Xbox in stock on launch day at the local big box store, so I impulsively picked one up. I do love me some Dead Rising, and this has not disappointed yet. For all the talk of technical issues (resolution, etc.) before release, I think it looks and plays fine. Standing on top of a vehicle completely surrounded by zombies for nearly as far as you can see is a suitably "next-gen" experience to me.

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RalphMoustaccio wants to play The Last of Us

about 4 years ago

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about 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

Next up on the backlog of games I need to finish before GOTY lists come out, so it doesn't get spoiled.

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RalphMoustaccio played and rated Grand Theft Auto V 4.5/5

about 4 years ago

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about 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

It's official: I've now completed a GTA game, which is saying something considering how frustrating mid- to late-game missions got in past iterations. There are improvements in the way this game plays that are subtle enough to be barely individually identifiable, but add up to a significantly more modern version of a defined genre. Don't get me wrong, though, it's still janky in a lot of spots. I straight up fell through the world on the final mission and had to restart at a checkpoint. It checks all the boxes for technical achievement for a current-gen open-world experience: good visual fidelity (for the genre), responsive controls, and impressive voice acting. No complaints there.

It's a credit to RockStar that they made a story work in a (mostly) compelling manner while juggling three protagonists. Unfortunately, the story does peter out a bit as it goes on. The need to make a grandiose story involving so many characters they introduce naturally has to get a little up its own ass, I suppose, and it can't possibly feel as fully realized as something more limited in size and scope. The problem comes into play, though, when the most fun and interesting aspects of the game are the main story missions. So, being left a little unfulfilled by it ultimately is a detriment to an otherwise pretty incredible achievement.

At this point in the series's life, I have to question the benefit of the open-world nature and whether or not GTA would be better as a more linear experience. On the one hand, such a shift would allow for a more tightly-paced, focussed, story. On the other, you would inherently lose the feeling of a fully-realized world having been built, even if there's ultimately not much interesting stuff to do in it besides the core mission objectives. I am glad I am not a person tasked with trying to find that balance, that's for sure.

All things considered, if you are remotely interested in the series or the genre, it is something that should be played. That it's coming at the cusp of a generational shift in console hardware is fitting in that it feels like pretty much everything is squeezed out of the current machines.

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RalphMoustaccio played Candy Box

about 4 years ago

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about 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

I had no idea this existed until industry types started talking about Candy Box 2 earlier this week. Now, I'm making these lollipops work for me. Next stop: increased rate of candy receipt.

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RalphMoustaccio played Grand Theft Auto V

about 4 years ago

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about 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

Along with everyone else, I'm plugging away at GTA V. About 80% of the way through the main missions, and can comfortably say it's not only the best GTA yet, it's also going to be the only one I've ever actually finished. The small tweaks to the combat that they have made make it maybe a bit too easy in most firefights, but since that was often the portion of the game that made me want to stop playing before, I'll call it a significant improvement.

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about 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

I haven't tried out the multiplayer yet, but people seem to be enjoying it. It was so busted at first that I was about 50% complete on the game by the time it got stable. At that point, I figured I'd finish up the story before jumping into multiplayer.

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RalphMoustaccio played and rated Gone Home 5.0/5

about 4 years ago

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about 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

Gone Home is simply great. It's a tightly focused, beautiful narrative that really shows the strengths of the medium as a storytelling device. It's probably hyperbolic to call Gone Home important, but it certainly felt that way. Length and replayability may be comparatively low, but I'd rather play something that stirs emotion for two to three hours than something that makes me feel nothing for twenty or thirty.

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about 4 years ago

L3monade said:

Thanks for your thoughts. I really need to get to this, keep hearing amazing things.

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RalphMoustaccio played Divekick

over 4 years ago

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over 4 years ago

RalphMoustaccio said:

Duck, dip, dodge, DIVEKICK! (you can really only do two of those things)