esper What are the best player health management systems in video games? (13:28)
I like the Dead Cells health management quite a bit. It’s basically a copy and paste of Dark Souls, with a faster flask usage. However, as you progress through the higher difficulties, the opportunities to refill your flask become fewer and fewer. There are power ups (of which you can only get three) that allow you to regain health without using a flask, and some of these are well incorporated with certain weapons or other power-ups: gain health when attacking with a speed boost+extended speed boost, gain health after a successful party+a shield centric build. It requires you to weigh the benefits of picking up an offensive perk versus a healing or defensive perk.
Additionally, I kind of like the puzzle aspect of making potions in Skyrim, where you have to test out new ingredients by matching one of their four effects with that of another ingredient to discover what the new ingredient does. Finding the potion in your inventory of 800 items wasn’t fun, but the alchemy was.
esper Brandon Sheffield asks: What are some good action games that aren’t too hard? (51:31)
I suspect Brandon is aware of this game and/or developer, but I would suggest Super Crush KO. It’s a side scroller beat em up a la Ninja Warriors, although with more platform-based level design. It’s a really cleanly designed action game, with every attack well telegraphed and a number of tools to interrupt enemy attacks. The art is all pastel and really pleasant while almost (but not quite) reaching corporate slideshow aesthetic. It does have some challenge, but I refused to use a continue for absolutely no reason, which would alleviate a lot of frustration. Also almost feels like a Valis-like minus swords and magic.
I immediately thought of Black Moth Super Rainbow and TOBACCO (band versus solo project by the same guy) for the soundtrack segment. Their music is a lot of raw synths with vocoder singing and some acoustic guitar, but I quickly realized that I just like their music a whole lot and would be happy to hear it regardless of what video game I’m playing