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    Actually started playing Rise of the Tomb Raider after owning it for the better part of a year. Pleasantly surprised, really enjoying it so far.

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    RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER (PS4) | 9/10

    Great adventure game. Improves on every aspect from the previous game (Tomb Raider). Gorgeous graphics, varied locations, and tombs! Tons of collectibles and side quests and other fun stuff to do. The main story is also quite good. The "Blood Ties" additional playable "campaign" is also quite good, different and interesting.

    Well worth a try for anyone who enjoys adventure games. Hint: sign up for free trial of Gamefly and play this game (that's what I did!).

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    Payday 2 does not only stop in its lack of variety, for all the tension that the live action cinematics build up for the game the shootouts within the game are fairly average with no real feeling of tension or urgency, the AI is insultingly dumb and will infact just walk into your sights to be shot down.

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    So I wrote some thoughts on Persona 5 for another site, not sure if anyone here is interested in reading it, but I thought I might as well put it here anyway, it's probably more constructive than all the shit posting:

    I've said it many a time, to the point where people are probably sick to death of me mentioning it, but Persona 4 Golden is far and away my favourite video game of all time, no questions asked. I adore every single aspect about it, and is pretty much the golden standard to which I not only hold JRPGs, but video games in general. So, as you can imagine, I was both very excited and very cautious about Persona 5. Excited because they were making a sequel to my favourite game of all time, but cautious because my expectations of the Persona team to pass perfection seemed a little bit too high. So, did I like Persona 5 more than Persona 4? Straight answer: No. Granted, to me, that is the highest possible bar you could set, and perhaps I wasn't realistic in thinking it would, however, that doesn't stop it from being an absolute superb game.

    The one regard I will say Persona 5 beats its predecessor in is certainly its gameplay and general game mechanics, to the point where I'd say it's pretty unarguable which is superior. What I absolutely adore about the Persona franchise is how they keep improving the gameplay from game to game in small ways, even when they probably could've left well enough alone without much complaint. Probably one of the biggest changes made here is in the combat system. It's very similar to the older games, using the One More system, but it's the menu that got overhauled this time around, and it's way better than the Persona 3 and 4 system. Instead of having a command list, each command is instead mapped to a face button. It sounds like such a small thing, and if they retained the Persona 3/4 style menu, I wouldn't have minded, but mapping the commands to the buttons saves so much time in battles, to the point where I think it would be very hard to go back to Persona 4 afterwards. I was also a huge fan of the more impactful changes too, such as being able to swap Personas without it costing a turn and, perhaps the biggest alteration, being able to swap in teammates on the fly. These are both very welcome changes and feel like a natural progression of the gameplay in the previous games. Even outside of battle, I really love the changes to Social Links (Pointlessly renamed to Confidants), and how every S. Link now gives you abilities in the dungeons, rather than just the S. Links of teammates. If there was any criticism I'd give, it's that I think the come back of Nuclear as an element isn't really necessary, as we already had enough elements in my opinion, although I did like the addition of non-instant kill moves to the Light and Dark attributes.

    Now, being mechanically superior is all fine and well, but the Persona games are all about the story and characters and I just don't think that Persona 5 is as strong in either regard when compared to Persona 4. I think my biggest issue with the story is the fact that it lacks drive. Persona 3 had reaching the top of Tartarus and Persona 4 had finding out who the serial killer was, but Persona 5 really lacks any sort of driving force behind the story. Like sure, okay, you catch criminals and all that, but there's no overarching goal, no endgame, and I think that hurts the story a lot in the early game. Eventually, you do get this, but it's too little, too late by the time it comes along in the last few hours. I also think that the dungeons being based around villains rather than the characters that eventually join your party hurts it too. In Persona 4, the dungeons not only served as a gameplay purpose, but they also used the themes of the dungeon in order to explore the characters as well as to talk about topics like sexuality, gender identity, family pressures amongst other things, which I thought was incredibly interesting. Persona 5, on the other hand, just has the dungeons be cool settings and nothing more, with the possible exception of Futaba's Palace, which is probably the best in terms of concept, even if it's one of the weaker Palaces gameplay wise. At 85-90 hours long, Persona 5 may have also been guilty of overstaying its welcome by about 10-15 hours. From my memory, I think Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden took me somewhere in the realm 70-75 hours, so it's quite a bit shorter, and I don't think it really needed to be any longer. By the time I got to the last two dungeons, I was kinda drained. It took me as long to play the first 70 hours as it did the last 15.

    Although it's very easy for me to point out why I didn't like the story as much as previous entries, when it comes to why I wasn't as big on the cast, it's much more nebulous. I cannot pinpoint a specific reason, but there was just no real attachment there for me. I wish I could tell you why, but I honestly can't. By the end of my first playthrough of Persona 4, I was an emotional wreck, on the verge of tears, devastated by the fact that I wouldn't be able to see there characters again. That's very special, and it takes a lot of work to make a cast that you can get attached to like that. With Persona 5, when I finished I felt, well, nothing really. No immense sadness or bittersweet happiness like Persona 4, just nothing. Like I say, I can't really point to anything specific, perhaps Persona 4 just caught me in some inexplicable part of my life when all the stars aligned and I was in just the right mood to really get incredibly emotionally invested to that particular cast, but whatever it was, I just wasn't feeling it here.

    Easily the most controversial opinion I seem to hold about Persona 5 is when it comes to the soundtrack. I'm not going to tell you it's a bad soundtrack, far from it, it's fantastic and fits the stylish nature of the game very well, but I'll be honest, I don't think it's a patch on Persona 4. As well as being my all time favourite game, it's certainly got one of my all time favourite soundtracks too, jam packed with a bunch of incredibly memorable and catchy tunes with a lot of variety. Persona 5's soundtrack, to me, just seems rather samey. Well, maybe more consistent would be more accurate, but the point is, it all just kind of blended together at some point, and now, having just finished the game, I'd actually struggle to hum you any of the songs from it. They all just seems rather forgettable. Everyone I've talked to about it seems to disagree, so maybe I'm just crazy, but Persona 4's OST is head and shoulders above.

    I know in these last few paragraphs, it seems like I've been awfully negative towards Persona 5, but it's only negative to me when places directly next to Persona 4. Honestly, it's a fantastic game, and one I will almost certainly want to replay, if for no other reason than to get the pesky platinum trophy that eluded me in Persona 4 Golden (I was one of the countless Hardcore Risette Fan victims) and to finish those Social Links.

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    I actually think P4's soundtrack is the weakest of the later series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgentLampshade View Post
    I actually think P4's soundtrack is the weakest of the later series.
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    I just don't like the J-pop. J-rap and J-jazz I can deal with with, but that constant Engrish upbeat melody got on my nerves after a while.

    Overall though, I agree with most of what you've said, particularly about the story and cast.

    If there was any criticism I'd give, it's that I think the come back of Nuclear as an element isn't really necessary, as we already had enough elements in my opinion
    Technically, the game calls it a force, and I liked it. It meant there were no more redundant party members.

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    Borderlands 2. Only about ten minutes in. Playing as the Assassin. So far I give this game a 9/10
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    (censored for your non-spoiling enjoyment)

    Had to buy a new Persona box (this makes the third) for this, for a just under 100 hour game (the time shown doesn't include time that I had to replay due to [really cheap] whole party instant death sleights (fear+ghastly wail).

    New content is good, I enjoyed the abilities from the social links [ahem: 'confidants'] and the new cover movement system (but to be honest the AI are Metal Gear blind so there was hardly any risk of getting caught). Also gimmicks in the later dungeons are really annoying- not because of how difficult they are, but because they seem really trivial and put in to delay you a bit.
    Is it me or did they make the the combat so much easier in this game with all the social links? I found that especially with the invigorate items from Death and bullet hell from Tower, combat became a less risky. The additional money from OTKs from Star was good for making money, but I had over a million yen by the end of the game which was essentially wasted.
    A special shoutout for being broken goes to Network Fusion which converts level 20 personas into level. 60 personas for free which makes for good fusion fodder.

    Also isn't the plot incredibly samey? I feel like I went through the whole game thinking "Wow, this is just like Persona 3 or 4" near the middle, but the start and end [spoilers] sans the final boss which felt like Nyx Avatar 2, but fought somewhat differently- easily the hardest final boss out of P3,4 and 5 but still he used inconsequential attacks and the appendages were easy to knock out[spoilers] I also found, as with previous games, that once you've decided on a party, there's no real need to switch out party members (I stuck to Ryuji, Ann and Makoto [who is OP because hardly any enemy uses Psy])

    Not saying that this isn't a good game- Far from it, I really enjoyed it. However, I feel like there are pitfalls just like the previous 2 games, which leads me to have to perhaps try Persona 1 and 2.

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