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Teggy

Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,843
Like thats not a starter level, thats a legit level. Guess they expected you to play the prev games. If thats a easy level..... God help me on the second.
Well it does have some tutorial elements. But the game is pretty forgiving. Don’t get discouraged if you set off alarms in an area, you can go loud and clear it out without alerting other areas. I’ve only dabbled in the other games and 4 is a lot less punishing if you are trying to stay stealthy overall.
 

oracledragon

Member
Oct 27, 2017
631
DarkSiders 3 is, legitimately, really good; I think the metacritic score is nowhere near doing it justice. Going through some of the reviews, there a number of comparisons to God of War 2018, only expected I suppose, since it is of similar genre. I think those comparisons, plus the (now "Default") control scheme being a bit controversial probably hurt it more than it should have.

Now, I'm not going to get all hyperbolic and say that DarkSiders 3 is a better game than GoW 2018... GoW is obviously a very strong offering. But DarkSiders 3 is IMO the best DarkSiders game, better than 2 for certain. The combat has been pretty good, the puzzles are enjoyable... and for me one of the most important things is the exploration. I think this game does it really well, it feels like combining the essences of Metroid backtracking and item/power unlocks with Dark Souls exploration and discovery of shortcuts. It doesn't surpass either of those games, but combines those philosophies in just the right way to keep me enjoying each play session.

If I really had any criticism of the game, it is that it seems a bit too easy: of course I can up the difficulty, but I started my first run through on "Balanced" mode. If I go through New Game+ (which I would like to do), I would definitely want to up the difficulty. As it is right now I've certainly had a few close calls, but I very rarely die, and I've beaten most of the bosses (I'm about 5 or 6 bosses in) on the first try. Sometimes the combat/controls don't feel quiet right in "Classic" mode: this mode should allow the dodge to interrupt your attacks, and instant item use speed. I feel like this doesn't always happen for dodges, and definitely not for healing. But still, even with that to consider, if you play games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, etc, "Balanced" mode is probably going to be a bit on the easy side for you.

The only other thing I don't like is the consumables menu: it tries to do it like Dark Souls where you can scroll through a quick item menu, but it puts everything on it, giving you way too much to scroll through especially in the middle of a fight. The reusable heal has a hot button, but for everything else you are scrolling through quite a bit. Also this has caused me in combat a few times to accidentally use a valuable consumable (ex: Undying Shard) instead of healing in the middle of combat because I didn't notice I had hit the d-pad by accident.

But those are relatively minor issues, aside from that... if you like these kinds of games, and especially if you liked the other DarkSiders games, you owe it to yourself to play this game ;)
 

Teggy

Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,843
I played it on release with the original controls and loved it. And I’ve never come close to beating a souls game.
 

thepotatoman

Member
Oct 25, 2017
5,403
Denver
Played some Rise and Shine, Westerado, Blazing Chrome, and Rime today. It's so great to be able to jump from game to game with no pressure on when to quit or keep playing.

Blazing Chrome and Rime are the only two I think i want to keep playing. I would believe you if you said Blazing Chrome was made in the 90s as a sequel to Contra Hard Corps which is an amazing feat, and Rime gives me all the good vibes that Ico and Journey gave me.

I like difficulty but Rise and Shine's difficulty didn't feel very fun for some reason.

And finally, Westerado is really cool until I realized most of my time was spent randomly talking to dozens of random NPCs trying to find the one that completes or gives me a mission. Its very disappointing because the game is so close to being absolutely amazing if not for that huge flaw in mission design destroying the pacing.
 
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Soap

Member
Oct 27, 2017
2,354
I just pre-installed halo on PC and it downloaded in like 2 minutes? Is it downloading the entire game, because that seems way too fast to me...
 

Krakatoa

Member
Oct 29, 2017
1,551
FYI
12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership BRAZIL $32.49
$32.49

Read RiotPenguin post for activating in other countries.
 

cyrribrae

Member
Jan 21, 2019
933
There is Mutant Year Zero on GP is you want an XCOM like game, I've played it a bit and it's decent.
I love Mutant Year Zero. I play games slowly, so I hadn't touched it in a year. It's a really cool mix of 3rd person sneaking to set up the perfect ambushes. The mechanics aren't overly complicated, but there's a learning curve to understanding how to split groups up and take them out silently.

Even better, it's on xCloud preview right now. I loaded it up yesterday, started it right up where I left off. Still tons of fun. Feels like a good take on evolving xcom mechanics.
 

Mack

Member
May 30, 2019
1,173
Remnant is too fuckin hard/cheap for me with bosses using waves and waves of enemies to flood the arena. Will probably give up near the end of the game. Too much frustration.
 

jesu

Member
Oct 26, 2017
1,565
UK
There’s a 10 day quest that gives rewards points for anything over 500. Unfortunately i didn’t find out until day 9 😣
It has to be from these games btw

 

Teggy

Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,843
It has to be from these games btw

yes, thanks for mentioning, I noticed when the Outer Worlds points I earned today didn’t count.

Also very weird that the outer worlds points I earned are not counting toward the monthly quest when the pc and console share the same list (I played on pc)
 

Jacobson

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,283
FYI
12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership BRAZIL $32.49
$32.49

Read RiotPenguin post for activating in other countries.
Thanks for this. I bought two (24+2). Now I'm just waiting for the Newegg code for 3(+1) months, and then I can convert them to GPU. So thats 26+4+3 (3months GPU for $1)= 33 months GPU for less than $80!
 

Jag

Member
Oct 26, 2017
4,112
DarkSiders 3 is, legitimately, really good; I think the metacritic score is nowhere near doing it justice. Going through some of the reviews, there a number of comparisons to God of War 2018, only expected I suppose, since it is of similar genre. I think those comparisons, plus the (now "Default") control scheme being a bit controversial probably hurt it more than it should have.

Now, I'm not going to get all hyperbolic and say that DarkSiders 3 is a better game than GoW 2018... GoW is obviously a very strong offering. But DarkSiders 3 is IMO the best DarkSiders game, better than 2 for certain. The combat has been pretty good, the puzzles are enjoyable... and for me one of the most important things is the exploration. I think this game does it really well, it feels like combining the essences of Metroid backtracking and item/power unlocks with Dark Souls exploration and discovery of shortcuts. It doesn't surpass either of those games, but combines those philosophies in just the right way to keep me enjoying each play session.

If I really had any criticism of the game, it is that it seems a bit too easy: of course I can up the difficulty, but I started my first run through on "Balanced" mode. If I go through New Game+ (which I would like to do), I would definitely want to up the difficulty. As it is right now I've certainly had a few close calls, but I very rarely die, and I've beaten most of the bosses (I'm about 5 or 6 bosses in) on the first try. Sometimes the combat/controls don't feel quiet right in "Classic" mode: this mode should allow the dodge to interrupt your attacks, and instant item use speed. I feel like this doesn't always happen for dodges, and definitely not for healing. But still, even with that to consider, if you play games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, etc, "Balanced" mode is probably going to be a bit on the easy side for you.

The only other thing I don't like is the consumables menu: it tries to do it like Dark Souls where you can scroll through a quick item menu, but it puts everything on it, giving you way too much to scroll through especially in the middle of a fight. The reusable heal has a hot button, but for everything else you are scrolling through quite a bit. Also this has caused me in combat a few times to accidentally use a valuable consumable (ex: Undying Shard) instead of healing in the middle of combat because I didn't notice I had hit the d-pad by accident.

But those are relatively minor issues, aside from that... if you like these kinds of games, and especially if you liked the other DarkSiders games, you owe it to yourself to play this game ;)
Darksiders 3 is a very underrated gem.
 

Stop It

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,429
Thanks for this. I bought two (24+2). Now I'm just waiting for the Newegg code for 3(+1) months, and then I can convert them to GPU. So thats 26+4+3 (3months GPU for $1)= 33 months GPU for less than $80!
I'm sure one day they'll stop these deals.

But until they do, this is great. I have a 3 month Xbox Game Pass code to redeem when my Game Pass Ultimate sub allows next month.

But between cheap and free codes I've kept at the 3 year subscription cap for a while now. It's great.
 

Chippu

Member
Oct 28, 2017
135
Netherlands
DarkSiders 3 is, legitimately, really good; I think the metacritic score is nowhere near doing it justice. Going through some of the reviews, there a number of comparisons to God of War 2018, only expected I suppose, since it is of similar genre. I think those comparisons, plus the (now "Default") control scheme being a bit controversial probably hurt it more than it should have.

Now, I'm not going to get all hyperbolic and say that DarkSiders 3 is a better game than GoW 2018... GoW is obviously a very strong offering. But DarkSiders 3 is IMO the best DarkSiders game, better than 2 for certain. The combat has been pretty good, the puzzles are enjoyable... and for me one of the most important things is the exploration. I think this game does it really well, it feels like combining the essences of Metroid backtracking and item/power unlocks with Dark Souls exploration and discovery of shortcuts. It doesn't surpass either of those games, but combines those philosophies in just the right way to keep me enjoying each play session.

If I really had any criticism of the game, it is that it seems a bit too easy: of course I can up the difficulty, but I started my first run through on "Balanced" mode. If I go through New Game+ (which I would like to do), I would definitely want to up the difficulty. As it is right now I've certainly had a few close calls, but I very rarely die, and I've beaten most of the bosses (I'm about 5 or 6 bosses in) on the first try. Sometimes the combat/controls don't feel quiet right in "Classic" mode: this mode should allow the dodge to interrupt your attacks, and instant item use speed. I feel like this doesn't always happen for dodges, and definitely not for healing. But still, even with that to consider, if you play games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, etc, "Balanced" mode is probably going to be a bit on the easy side for you.

The only other thing I don't like is the consumables menu: it tries to do it like Dark Souls where you can scroll through a quick item menu, but it puts everything on it, giving you way too much to scroll through especially in the middle of a fight. The reusable heal has a hot button, but for everything else you are scrolling through quite a bit. Also this has caused me in combat a few times to accidentally use a valuable consumable (ex: Undying Shard) instead of healing in the middle of combat because I didn't notice I had hit the d-pad by accident.

But those are relatively minor issues, aside from that... if you like these kinds of games, and especially if you liked the other DarkSiders games, you owe it to yourself to play this game ;)
Thanks for your review. I'm a big fan of DS and DS2, flaws and all, so I was really looking forward to part 3. Going to jump in as soon as I've finished DMC5.
 

FairyEmpire

Member
Oct 25, 2017
17,155
I will be tying DArksiders 3 as well, the people on these boards got me interested. This specific thread gets me hyped on so many games.
Era can definitely hype up games, and they certainly helped me buy into games I wasn't planning on getting day 1. Sometimes it leads to disappointment (should have waited with The Crew 2), but with Game Pass the worst thing that can happen is me losing half an hour after I which I declare the game is not for me. No money exchange or anything. That's the great thing about the Pass, it just allows for such easy experimenting.
 

Spectromixer

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
5,433
USA
Posted in the gaming questions thread too, but, is there still no way to extend GamePass Ultimate other than buying individual years of Game Pass or Gold?
 

Johnohno

Member
Nov 6, 2017
143
Do we know what date Ashen is leaving yet? I know it’s in the Leaving Soon list but wanted to try and beat it before it goes, so a date would be nice.
 

Bear

Banned
Oct 25, 2017
5,043
Are there... really that many people who want to play Halo Reach?

It's probably my least favorite Halo game (besides 4).
 

FairyEmpire

Member
Oct 25, 2017
17,155
Are there... really that many people who want to play Halo Reach?

It's probably my least favorite Halo game (besides 4).
It's the only Halo game where the campaign was actually boring me. It felt like an enormous step backwards from the ambitious ODST, and it wasn't as memorable as the (admittedly cinematic and fairly linear) 4. It was just a classic Halo experience which wouldn't be that bad, but when the franchise managed to evolve past the tropes of "here's another generic green hill you climb while you push on them aliens" and increase variety dramatically, see a game just undo all that was not interesting to me in the slightest. Then let's not get into the multiplayer which introduced some stuff that should have never made it into Halo (those abilities). Happy for people finally getting the game they long have been asking for, but personally it's the Halo I played least all in all, and I don't think I'll even boot it unless I decide to do a full run of the series one day.