@donalbane: I understand. It actually is a post on my profile blog. Posted this thinking it'd get more people reading it here, since this forum is pretty active.
I don't expect every single AI to behave super intelligently, but it would be nice to see them interacting with the world a bit more instead of just simply being there and only following certain actions according to what they're next to or something. I think it will be more dynamic according to the situation that they're presented in. Like if you're in combat, a set of code will allow the AI to follow a rule set regarding how to defeat a hacker. Criminals will obviously flee a scene and do whatever it takes to run, including run through and over stuff.
I'm always a little envious of the people who can name one game as their favorite. One game that has connected with them on such a level that they just know nothing else surpasses it.
I've got plenty of games that I adore, here's a list of the top ones that flip-flop as my favorite:
- Final Fantasy XII
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Pokémon: HeartGold
- Super Smash Bros Melee
- Super Mario Bros 3
- The Last of Us
- Red Dead Redemption
- Batman: Arkham City
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
That's a pretty good list. I haven't played a single Pokemon game yet (burn me for blasphemy if you must), but I have played all the others. Loved every single one apart from Melee, which is probably because I don't generally like fighting games. But other than that, these are definitely some of my all-time favorites as well.
Woo, that's long. But to be fair, I could probably write something just as lengthy praising this game if I really wanted to, because I genuinely liked almost everything about this game. Reading and skimming through your novel here, I agree with pretty much everything I saw.
I don't know if you mentioned it anywhere, but where do you stand on there being a sequel of any sort? I've been on the fence, but I think Joel/Ellie's story should be left alone. Maybe another game set in the same world wouldn't be a bad idea, though.
I'm not opposed to a sequel being made, but Joel and Ellie's story finished after they released the Left Behind DLC (which is a phenomenal piece of DLC, by the way, in case you were wondering). If they do make a sequel, it has to be different characters, completely different motivations, and should included different areas altogether. I doubt there will ever be a sequel, but I am looking to playing the game again on the PS4 (assuming I get it soon enough), due to the higher framerate and the added map packs for the multiplayer, which I lack the consistent funds to get.
For me, it's either Dark Souls II or South Park: The Stick of Truth. I think DS2 wins by the thin margin of it being a very nuanced and challenging game, whereas South Park was a bit on the easy side, despite how surprisingly good the combat is.
My favorite game of all-time is a PS1 game called Xenogears. It's pretty much the only JRPG I've played where I actually enjoyed the combat. Unlocking melee combos and then unleashing them on your opponents is a feeling so freaking satisfying for that genre it's insane. So is the novelty of jumping through levels. Also, it has one of the most grand and epic storylines in JRPGs and in all of gaming I've ever experienced, with amazing characters and a phenomenal plotline. My only gripe is the pacing of the second disc, which is mostly text scrolls and boss fights. But other than that, fantastic game.
Here's my top 10 favorite games list, counting down from 10.
10. Heavy Rain
9. Red Dead Redemption
8. Dragon Age: Origins
7. Chrono Cross
6. The Last of Us
5. Mega Man X
4. Metroid Prime
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2. Shadow of the Colossus
I think it'll be the most successful new IP of the year (at least until Destiny comes out, then all bets are off). It might not have GTA levels of game sales, but I think it will sell well. Ubisoft has a pretty good track record of quality games. Whether you like the games or not, the Assassin's Creed franchise has had major success with both critics and fans, myself included. Far Cry 3 was my GOTY in 2012, and again, there's quality in that game. And recently, Rayman Legends became one of my all-time favorite platformers for it just being that damn good. Ubisoft isn't known for releasing sub-par games on a regular basis. They do their best to make their games as good as they can be, which is the ultimate reason for the untimely delay it had. I think it will be a surprise hit. But anything can happen, so don't take any of what I said as fact or prophecy. Just take it from a follower and fan of Ubisoft's work.
I'm gonna say skip The Legend of Dragoon, just because - and this is my opinion - it's possibly one of the most generic JRPGs ever made. The voice acting is cheesy (definitely not a surprise there, considering it's a PS1 game). the gameplay is severely unbalanced I believe, because having to constantly defend to gain health back while you're also taking an unnecessary amount of hits, while the combo system is overtly precise, is a bit of a problem for me. You don't even get to see a turn order for what is essentially a turn-based RPG, and that's a strategic problem. The visuals are pretty, sure, but that's about the only thing I don't have a problem with. The story and characters are very forgettable, and the villain is obvious right from the beginning, and it never throws you for a loop or anything. The equipment balance is also bad. Your items are severely limited in terms of how many you can carry, and the amount of space you have for armor pieces you can hold in total is larger than it needs to be. I don't think it's a horrible game by any means, but I think people have WAY too much nostalgia for it.
@janeswife: I honestly have to disagree with that. For the time it was released, they definitely were phenomenal. But games like FF8 and 9, Metal Gear Solid, the Crash Bandicoot games, and several other late entry PS1 games pushed 32-bit visuals further. FF7 just looks blocky and outdated against the games I mentioned.