Andy Chalk: The Temple of Trials in Fallout 2. Basically you're given a stick and thrown naked into a cave complex filled with giant ants and scorpions, and you have to fight your way through it in order to prove you've got the stones to actually play the damn game. The whole thing sucks, it's a plodding, grinding, save-scumming pain in the ass, and it's got nothing to do with the story—it's an entirely separate tutorial-slash-torture chamber that has no connection to anything. But if you want to play Fallout 2 then you have to power through it. This is the main reason I have never successfully replayed Fallout 2. … [Read more...] about Which game has the most brutal beginning?
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I've focused on the SA (silent assassin) category so far but the SASO speedrunning category (silent assassin, suits only) is a little different. This category forbids the use of disguises, which is bonkers as a disguise makes your time as an undercover assassin a lot easier. The key here is not to get spotted at all, and players who speedrun in this category are straight-up phantoms, gliding through levels undetected with ghostly ease. … [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