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Levi Winslow
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yeah ngl the stats menu in wo long: fallen dynasty is equally convoluted which is a bummer because i too hate spending a bunch of time sifting through submenus but thankfully there’s an actual pause in this game and the combat, environmental and narrative storytelling, and boss encounters make up for it Read more

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very this. i thought nioh was tight but team ninja really refined the gameplay mechanics in nioh 2 to make something challenging yet somewhat accessible. i think the studio has done the same thing here with wo long: fallen dynasty and tbh it seems like this game may be the soulslike of 2023 - so far anyway. Read more

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there’s some cool storytelling going on in wo long: fallen dynasty i think you’ll like if you enjoy historical fiction. on top of that, you can summon prominent figures, like guan yu and zhou yun, to aid you in battle which is pretty dope imo Read more

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i obvs can’t confirm or deny this since i don’t actually know but tbh it wouldn’t surprise me considering koei tecmo developed and published dynasty warriors Read more

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ok yeah if nioh clicked with you, you’ll probably like wo long: fallen dynasty. i really enjoy the game’s sense of exploration and the ferocity of combat Read more

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i agree with you re: nioh supremacy. i do personally like those games more than the dark souls series. however i made some comparisons to nioh here. maybe not enough since yeah this game is closer to nioh than dark souls but even still, imo, wo long: fallen dynasty is a compendium of soulslike mechanics that Read more

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so like while i do think some elements of ninja gaiden appear here - the lack of a stamina bar, a double-jump, the faster-paced combat - i just generally think wo long: fallen dynasty takes more inspo from nioh than ninja gaiden. that doesn’t mean it isn’t a bit like ninja gaiden - if you like those games, i do Read more

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i’m sorry but i’m offended on behalf of tater tots. calling taintman and his rabid stans “tater tots” is discriminatory against the fried delicacy derived from the potato’s core. you’re gonna have to take this back and give them a new name Read more

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very that ! nothing wrong with any of these genres, of course, but it’s nice to get something that does resemble the aa experiences of the ps3 / xbox 360 era Read more

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lol i literally thought other people were watching this alongside me so seriously, my bad for not keeping you in the loop. there are quite a few games like this - aa, ain’t-nothing-wrong-with-mid type of game - that i’m following this year so i’ll do my best to post more about them throughout 2023 Read more

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glad i can put a cool-looking, totally-mid-and-that’s-totally-fine game on your radar ! wanted: dead is one i’ve been following and thought other people knew about it, which is why i never posted anything about it on kotaku’s pages. guess i should really start sharing some of the games i’m stoked about huh? Read more

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i find it hilarious how yall are cooking logan paul lol he hella deserves that char for pretending like pointing out the criminals in his circle as the real “bad actors” absolves him of culpability / responsibility when it was HIS “GAME” Read more

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it was short-lived but imo that he avoided scrutiny by refraining from nefarious bullshit (the dink doink coin fiasco aside) and focused more on his boxing and wrestling careers constituted a nascent (if ultimately flat) redemption arc. doesn’t matter though since he’s still doing scummy shit Read more

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i think about that game a lot. the combat is SO GOOD Read more

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yeah that’s true but i wanted to add this one as a personal entry tbh Read more

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i couldn’t get behind the plastic-looking action figuresque design of the character models but yeah i kinda did enjoy the combat on occasion Read more

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lol it’ll be on next year’s list though you could say it was dead on arrival Read more

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it really was. i never played fuser but i enjoyed seeing what was possible with the game’s functionality. such a shame to see an innovative project get killed Read more

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yeah tera looked solid. it’s a bummer to see any game die tbh Read more

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