Prey And You Shall Receive

Happy Weekend TAY!

I’m gearing up for a great weekend. I have some outdoor chores still to do before the snow comes, but I’m going to try to relax this weekend as well. My son has no homework this weekend, so I’d like to make the most of his free time.

I finished Bayonetta last weekend and...well...meh. I didn’t like it. I didn’t enjoy the combat and I definitely didn’t like the story, so I guess it wasn’t really for me.

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Bayonetta was too easy on the normal difficulty. However, like many other games, the higher difficulties are locked away until you finish the “normal” difficulty. I *HATE* when devs do this with every fibre of my being. Who are the devs to say how tough I want my games? Let me have access to all the difficulty levels right from the get-go. If I choose too hard and have to restart on a lower difficulty, that’s on me. I’ve done that a few times in my gaming history, but that’s my choice.

Rathorial suggested that Bayonetta on Normal should be viewed as the practice run for the main event. I can see that given the variety of moves and inventory I didn’t need to bother with on Normal. My problem with this setup is that I didn’t like the game enough to want to replay it and this is partially because it didn’t need me to be good at it on the easier difficulty setting. Games should give me their best right away, devs should know that they might not get a second look.

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I imagine if you like fighting games with complex move systems, then there is a lot Bayonetta could offer. This is of course if you can deal with the terrible dialogue and repetitive gameplay. It is an extremely pretty game and the creature designs were amazing, but in the end, it made me less interested in looking at the sequel. I’d rather God Of War or Dante’s Inferno to Bayonetta or Devil May Cry, but if you enjoyed Devil May Cry, then Bayonetta is worth checking out (and you probably already have).

After Bayonetta, I finally made my way back to 2017’s Prey. I’m so glad I waited for my back to heal and was able to give my full attention to the game...it is amazing!

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Rathorial (again) pointed out that it is like the spiritual successor to System Shock 2. I think it is part System Shock 2 and part Bioshock, but it is a mindblowing experience so far.

I LOVE System Shock 2, it used to be my all-time-favourite-game until Alien Isolation came out. I love the light RPG elements in my first-person shooters. I also love non-linear exploration in my games. Add to that an upgrade and skill system that lets me play the way I want to play, and I’m basically in heaven.

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The game isn’t without some issues though. I am playing Prey on the Nightmare difficulty (thanks Arkane for having all difficulty levels available right from the start), but Nightmare isn’t very tough so far. Sure, I die periodically, but I never feel desperate.

You also get something to mitigate fall damage rather quickly, so the thrill of highwire exploration evaporates a few hours into the game. However, this also opens up the zero-G gameplay which is some of the best I’ve ever seen, so I’ll happily give up the fall damage for this.

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The surround sound implementation in the PC version of Prey is the biggest disappointment for me. The center channel isn’t being used properly and the positional sound is not being calculated correctly. I thought maybe it was something with my setup, but a quick Google search showed I wasn’t alone in my annoyance with the sound. It isn’t game breaking, but it is sometimes immersion breaking. As someone who likes to hunt by sound, Prey simply isn’t where it should be.

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Gripes aside, the game is exactly what I hoped it would be and I went in with extremely high expectations due to the comparisons it gets with System Shock 2. If you like Bioshock, Deus Ex, and/or System Shock 2, you need to give this game a look.

I also just received my Sonic Heroes for PC in the mail from the U.K. I snagged it on Ebay for $2 and $8 shipping. The PC version is hard to track down in North America and apparently has a lot of trouble running on Windows 10. For $10 I’m willing to give it a try. My son and I are still planning to get through all the major Sonic games and I’d rather play Sonic Heroes on PC than my copy for the Gamecube.

Finally, I also had a chance to start Halo 2: Anniversary with my son yesterday since it is a homework-free weekend. The visual improvements look so much better in full-screen than our last outing where we played split-screen. I’m hoping the X1X improvements for the Master Chief Collection adds a better anti-aliasing solution and then everything will be basically perfect. I still can’t get over how good the cutscenes are in this version.

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Prey, Halo 2, and some seasonal horror movies will likely make up the bulk of my weekend. I showed my kid Child’s Play for the first time a few days ago. I don’t know that he was that impressed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for daddy’s horror movie collection.

So, what are you playing this weekend?