Review scores are kind of like Oscar Bait. You make a game that focuses more on being an "experience" than a game, make sure fail-states are minimal to nonexistent, espouse a left-leaning worldview, sprinkle in some emotional manipulation, and then go for broke on tech and graphics... and voila, nines and tens. And if all else fails, there's always novelty. When playing to a judge who has to have an opinion on every marquee game that comes out, novelty will always stand out more than solidly executing on something familiar.
I'm a judicious fridge-cleaner, so it really hasn't been an issue for me. Been playing a bit more of DmC, and I'm starting get kind of annoyed by it. This game takes a bit of a "do it because I said so" approach to combat variety. Between enemies who can't be hurt unless you hit them with a specific attack, and enemies who cannot be interrupted under any circumstances for any reason whatsoever, a lot of combat encounters are boiling down to "okay, what do the developers want me to do this time." It's almost like someone was just really proud of their weapon switching and evasion mechanics, and by god they're gonna make sure you use them! Not sure why it's making me so cranky, maybe I'm just shit at action games.
So I put a couple hours into DmC: Literally Playable Edition for the PS4. For the mostpart, I'd call it different, not better, not worse, but different. The only real qualitative statement I'll make is to say that the camera is roughly twelve billion times better (give or take a couple hundred thousand). At the same time, it doesn't seem to stand out as much when compared to other modern character action games. There is a certain something that DMC4 had that's missing here, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is.
Just finished Devil May Cry 4 for the first time. I haven't yet played DmC for comparison's sake, but I get the feeling I'm going to enjoy it a lot more than hardcore fans of the series did. There are parts of DMC4 have aged like a fine wine, but there's plenty of aspects where they clearly needed to wipe the slate and start fresh. I mean, for god's sake, who thought it was a good idea to make you play a board game? And then make you play every stage again in reverse order? I liked the story in the "it's nonsense, but it's fun nonsense" kind of way, but by the end I'd just completely run out of fucks to give. Back before DmC came out, when the only thing we had to go on was the teaser trailer, I asked people why they were so certain that it was going to suck. The answer I got boiled down to "it's being made by different people," - I'm paraphrasing, because in all honesty, they said it in a way that was a lot more eloquent than I'm giving them credit for - but if I may be a bit heretical, I shudder to think what a DMC5 made by the people who made DMC4 would have been like. I intend to play DmC, and if I hate it, I'll eat my words, but I get the feeling that a fresh perspective was the only way the series would have been able to carry on.
My newest level: https://supermariomakerbookmark.nintendo.net/courses/7B27-0000-023F-C306 It's called Meow Town on account of the cat costumes. Star it if you want to star it, and don't star it if you don't. You're under no obligation. I dunno what else to tell you guys.
I tried playing Tachyon Project for the WiiU. It's kind of a bust. Could've been a great game with a few minor tweaks, but the dual joystick shooter is such a crowded space to begin with, and the things that this game in particular did to try and stand out just weren't working for me.
I played a bit more Episode Duscae. There's another Behemoth on the loose, this one is just roaming out in the field, so I tried to kill it without using my summon. Mofo's got a LOT of hp, after about a half hour the game started really freaking out, with crazy dips in the framerate and AI not knowing which way is up. I chipped his health down to about half, then my party was in such a dire state that I had no choice but to summon electric death from the sky... which means I didn't get any EXP for the fight. I really hope I get into the actual game as much as I have this demo.