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  1. BongoInferno

    Hitman - Sapienza currently free to download!

    I've been a long term fan of the Hitman series from the original Hitman 2 to Blood Money (Absolution was ok...). I've halfway through the Club 27 level and am really not feeling this at all. I don't have the time or motivation for repeated playthroughs of games these days and it seems to be designed around that - presumably as it was originally episodic. The level design is fantastic (like Sapienza) but the levels also feel too big. There is so much going on and you're constantly uncovering new opportunities and not knowing whether to go with them or not. I miss the smaller clockwork nature of the older games. The AI is properly annoying. I don't like the disguise system (which was also in Absolution) where certain types of character are instantly suspicious of you in certain outfits. I'm sure in the older games there was a suspicion meter instead which you could manage by maintaining a distance or even looking away as you walked past people. Together with alerts that are so quick to trigger, it feels like any improvisation on the part of the player is being discouraged - unless you want to go loud and die in a hail of bullets. You need to know exactly what you are doing and be quick saving all the time in case something goes wrong. It's brutally difficult to play most of the time. I'll keep going I guess, but I can't see me getting Hitman 2 if its more of the same. Maybe I'm just too casual for Hitman these days. Or maybe I'm just doing it wrong.
  2. BongoInferno

    Tales from the Borderlands - A Telltale series

    I’m listening to the soundtrack of this game again after finishing it in the last few months and just wanted to call out how much fun this game is and how brilliant the soundtrack is. I’d steered away from it having presumed that I needed to have played a Borderlands game before and it really shouldn’t have put me off. I enjoyed this more than Walking Dead 2 and Game of Thrones. If you’re on the fence and need a short palate cleanser check this out. It’s such a great sci fi story. Loads of fun and great characters. RIP Telltale. To the Top.
  3. BongoInferno

    Xbox One Console Thread

    A disc-less console is ideal for me and I’d be all over a PS4 Pro version. I’d stopped buying any physical games in the last couple of years of the 360 and I’ve only ever put one disc in my PS4 which was the game it came with. I couldn’t even tell you where the eject button is. I guess one side effect of this is that I do now feel locked into Sony given I’ve bought 100s of games digitally as well as having PSplus. I’m impressed with Microsoft’s willingness to test ideas and iterate under Phil Spencer. Wish Sony would do the same.
  4. BongoInferno

    Playdead's INSIDE

    Did they ever end up actually releasing that Inside collector’s edition? What was in the box?
  5. BongoInferno

    Abandoned Games (2018 Edition)

    I wasn’t feeling it at this point and considered sacking it off too. Just afterwards you unlock more skills and runes, and the combat goes from rote to glorious. The upgrading makes sense when you click that you aren’t upgrading Kratos - only his gear. The final act is fantastic and why people rightly compare the storytelling to a Naughty Dog game. It’s wonderful stuff.
  6. BongoInferno

    The Arcade Ten

    No order for me either, but good grief so much nostalgia. They aren't even necessarily the best games, just the ones I loved at the time. Double Dragon Ring King (also known as King of Boxer) Ikari Warriors Gauntlet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Joust Star Wars Outrun WWF Superstars Phoenix
  7. BongoInferno

    All things Yakuza! - Start with Yakuza Zero

    Yakuza 6 is on sale at £24.99 for this weekend on the UK PlayStation store. There’s a bunch of other stuff in there too. For some reason Sony never think to publicise these weekend sales anywhere https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/grid/STORE-MSF75508-WEEKENDOFFER/1
  8. BongoInferno

    Edge #323 25th Anniversary Edition

    Given his CV includes Daytona, Shenmue, Super Monkey Ball, F Zero GX and Yakuza, I think he's allowed to blow his own trumpet. The stuff he said about Yu Suzuki didn't make me hold out much hope for ever seeing Shenmue 3 finished though.
  9. BongoInferno

    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    I don’t know how you can write an article about the history of Giant Bomb and not mention Ryan dying. I used to love the podcast when he hosted it. The riffs he’d go on with Jeff were something else.
  10. BongoInferno

    PS+ August 2018 - Mafia 3 & Dad by Daylight

    Mafia 3 is curate's egg really - much like the other Mafia games. It has one of the best driving models since GTA4, but the gameplay is hampered by a repetitive and grindy sub-mission structure, rubbish checkpointing and dumb AI. The big set piece missions where you take down the mafia bosses are actually excellent though. It also has a really well designed and interesting open world, and the voice acting and soundtrack is first rate. It's not a bad game, and I enjoyed it and finished it, but it could have been so much better.
  11. BongoInferno

    Are games fun?

    By fun, I assume you mean you're enjoying it and it's not frustrating or boring you? If that's the measure, then I don't think there are many games that can claim to be fun all the way through. Practically every game is fun some of the time. Looking back through the games I've played this year, I'd say Sniper Elite 4 and Watchdogs 2 have been the games I've played that have been the most fun, most of the time. Sniper Elite 4 has an amazing core gameplay loop (snipe the eyeballs and bollocks of nazis in slow motion), whereas Watchdogs 2 gives you a massive open world playground, and the freedom and tools you need to make your own fun in it. I don't think I could say objectively that they're actually better games than other stuff I've finished like Dishonored 2 and What Remains of Edith Finch though. I don't think a game has to be 'fun' all the way through to be a great game, which goes some way to explaining why I think a game like Last of Us is a classic.
  12. BongoInferno

    Dark Souls Remastered

    Summoning Sif makes the Manus fight even harder as it adds a load of health to Manus and Sif is, unfortunately, a bit shit. I found Manus the hardest fight in the game. He’s an absolute prick.
  13. BongoInferno

    ONRUSH - A New Breed of Arcade Action

    ONRUSH on sale this weekend on the PS Store: https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/grid/STORE-MSF75508-WEEKENDOFFER/1 £44.99 instead of £54.99 for the standard edition.
  14. BongoInferno

    Gaming Podcasts

    Agree with all of the above re TCGS this week. If you’re going to listen just skip the awful first 25 minutes. God knows what Dave T was thinking leaving it in the edit. The podcast gets back to its normal (good) self after that.
  15. BongoInferno

    Dishonored 2

    Has anyone managed to play this successfully on a Vita via remote play? The control bindings seem all messed up (I can’t figure out how to run for example) and I don’t know if it’s possible to fix them?

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