Resident Evil is a great choice for February, seeing as it's only a few months before we get Resident Evil Village, and the version included with Games With Gold is the remaster from a few years back. It's a tense and smaller-scale game than some of its successors, but it emphasizes classic horror over action for a less mindless experience. It also introduces us to some of the series' best characters like Jill and Chris. … [Read more...] about Xbox Games With Gold For February 2021 Has 5 Free Games, Including Gears 5
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Wes Fenlon: Final Fantasy 13 has one of the most agonizing intros of any game I've played. ANd by intro, I actually mean, like, the first 15 hours. I hear the rest is better, but after the pure agony that was listening to the Final Fantasy 13 characters speak for the first half, I ditched, so I never got to the "good" part. There's a lot that I think is wrong with Final Fantasy 13—the story is a soupy mess of proper nouns masquerading as worldbuilding, the dialogue and voice acting are full-on anime bullshit, and the bulk of the game is running down bland corridors. But its greatest offense—what makes the intro so brutal—is that it continually refuses to let you really engage with its great battle system. … [Read more...] about Which game has the most brutal beginning?
What amazes me about these runs is that players have to use wild maneuvers to sneak through every level undetected, cleverly distracting NPCs and finding the fastest routes. One iconic moment from Fortheseven's run comes when he simply slinks past two distracted guards in full clown garb whilst their heads are turned, which is both bold and ridiculous. If you want to see this in action, it's in the video below at 05:34. … [Read more...] about I can’t stop watching the spookily efficient assassinations of Hitman speedrunners
As much as I like easy money and blowing everything up, it’s the ability to zoom out that I’ve played around with the most. Spelunky 2 plays on the limits of your vision, with traps that can be triggered while still off-screen, or easy-to-miss objects or doors you can find yourself urgently backtracking to find. Being able to zoom out changes all that. It doesn’t erase the game’s challenge, but it changes how you make decisions when you know there’s turkeys ahead, or lava to the right, or a really good shop near the exit. It’s been enough to freshen up an experience that, for me, had grown stale after 150 hours. … [Read more...] about Spelunky 2 mod Overlunky lets you zoom out and blow up every level