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Topic   Post your scores/reviews on recent titles you've obtained/been playing. raspberry

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Archer
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19-Jun(#2)
Yeah, they aren't as annoying in Skyrim as they were in F4. Those settlement ones got on my nerves.
sinnie
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19-Jun(#3)
lol... after the required settlement stuff was done, I pretty much ignored all settlements in Fallout 4. Wow that was awful.

tonymack21
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* 19-Jun(#4)
i spent way too much time building settlements in FO4 lol. once you have the materials money is no object as you can become a water farmer and have hundreds of waters pouring into your inventories and you just go selling it in diamond city and have basically infinite money to build things with



DrizzDrizzDrizz
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19-Jun(#5)
Yeah def doesnt seem like something i'll wanna even try to get into, i dont wanna like it
Kommie
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19-Jun(#6)
They even put settlement building in that 76 abomination.

kevolones
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19-Jun(#7)
Heavyd814life wrote:
> I just completed my yearly Mirror's Edge playthrough. I had this urge to boot it
> up today and I wasn't really intent on playing through the entire thing because my
> copy of The Last of Us Part II just arrived, but I started it up and next thing I
> know, 4 hours had passed the credits were rolling. Not sure what it is about this
> game that draws me back to it once/twice a year. I almost never replay games, but
> there's just something about the world, the music, the movement, and the characters
> that pull me back in time and again. Despite its obvious flaws, it'll always be a
> 10/10 in my book!
>
>

Do you replay the sequel too? I have never played the sequel and havent heard anyone talking nice about it either.
Heavyd814life
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20-Jun(#8)
kevolones wrote:
> Heavyd814life wrote:
>> I just completed my yearly Mirror's Edge playthrough. I had this urge to boot
> it
>> up today and I wasn't really intent on playing through the entire thing because
> my
>> copy of The Last of Us Part II just arrived, but I started it up and next thing
> I
>> know, 4 hours had passed the credits were rolling. Not sure what it is about this
>> game that draws me back to it once/twice a year. I almost never replay games,
> but
>> there's just something about the world, the music, the movement, and the characters
>> that pull me back in time and again. Despite its obvious flaws, it'll always be
> a
>> 10/10 in my book!
>>
>>
>
> Do you replay the sequel too? I have never played the sequel and havent heard anyone
> talking nice about it either.

I really didn't like the sequel. It's solid enough, but it's a completely forgettable experience. It just doesn't have any of the qualities that made the original special.

Anxiouz
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20-Jun(#9)
Heavyd814life wrote:
> I just completed my yearly Mirror's Edge playthrough.

ME is on my yearly play list as well. Each time I replay it, it goes by quicker and quicker since I remember so much but it's still a joy.

I'm a fan of ME: Catalyst too but ME seems better for replay as it's more linear. I still haven't gotten all of the collectibles in Catalyst...
PizzaTheHutt
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* 20-Jun(#10)
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics {Nintendo Switch} 6/10
I remember renting this on DS back in the day and enjoying it for the few days I kept it. But overall I'm kind of left disappointed in this version. I have not played all 51 games and there's quite a few I probably never will play at all.

- First off, of the 51 games included in the package, only 8 of them can be played with 4 people (either online or with multiple systems locally, but if you have 4 people playing locally on one console there are only 2 games you can play). 4 is the max number of players supported regardless, while the original DS version could support up to 8 players.

- The card game selection in particular is lacking compared to the DS version.

- Bowling is limited to only 2 players. As if that wasn't bad enough, the gyro controls sure could use some work because they just don't always feel right, and the only other option is to play with touch screen controls (barf).

- Once you've joined up with at least one other friend online, you can only play against the CPU. I know this is Nintendo we're talking about here and when it comes to anything involving online play you should never expect too much out of them, but I'm still disappointed by this.

- You have basically no power to customize the games. A game like Last Card for example (it's Uno but renamed for legal reasons), I like how quickly it goes by (you can sometimes finish a round in under two minutes), but you're stuck only being able to play with default rules. It's because of that that when I'm in the mood to play Uno, I will play Ubisoft's standalone Uno game sold in the eShop and not this game's version.

- DS version had stamp mode and mission mode in single player. This version doesn't really make you feel like you have anything to work towards in single player mode.

It's really hard to recommend buying this unless you definitely know you're going to have people ready to play it with you (ideally make sure they have their own Switch for local play, they'll be able to play everything through you for free via Guest Pass).

DarkFact
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* 20-Jun(#11)
As a solo player, I'm having a lot of fun finding new games and playing favorites; Yahtzee's great, I discovered Mancala from it and I love it, and Mahjong/Dominoes has been very fun as well, didn't know how to play either of those.

The other games are pretty fun too; Table Tennis is basically dumbed-down Mario Tennis with more fun aesthetics. At less than a buck a game, I ain't mad in the least. Easy 7/10 for dink around with yourself play. I'm sure once I get it on a real Switch and can play with a roomie or two, the score will likely go up. And I can't really be mad that most of the games don't support 4 players, since at first glance a not minor portion of the games are designed for one or two players to begin with. though maybe checkers will get a 4p patch later on

Also I was laughing at the intro skit for billiards. I ship two plastic toys together
theyrhere
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22-Jun(#12)
Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly: 8.5/10

It's creepy as crap, and the puzzles/progression arent as convoluted as one other famous horror series in that gen *cough*Silent Hill*cough*.

Some gimmicky "battles" and backtracking can feel like a slog on occasion, but I'm really enjoying it. On chapter 5 with that fudging doll room.
Anxiouz
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22-Jun(#13)
Maneater (X1) - 7.5/10 - This is a really simple game overall but I've enjoyed it. It drips upgrades at a pretty solid clip and its fun to swim around looking for collectibles. Actual gameplay is easy and not very challenging but for a $40 title instead of $60 I think it's a solid game.
dustin11
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22-Jun(#14)
Maneater looks pretty fun. Definitely going to wait until it hits Game Pass because it looks like something that will be on there within like 6 months.
TalonJedi87
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* 22-Jun(#15)
Yeah, I'm still playing Maneater too. Such a simple game that appeals to the guilty pleasure from within of being Jaws' cousin and shredding almost anything that crosses your path.
Slickriven
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23-Jun(#16)
Well it seems that I've finished Apple Knight on Android - At least up to the latest level. It has 4 worlds with 10 levels each with the 10th level being a boss fight and it seems with the latest update from just ~12 days ago they've only got to world 4, level 8. There is the 'goal' to get 100% of the chests and find the 2 secret areas per level and I've done that on 90+% of the levels.

If the 9th and 10th levels drop eventually I'll go back and beat them and try to get full secrets/chests. It's wasn't too bad, but I had to use a controller as I needed to do my best to click the right buttons. It has a boat load of ads, but most you can kill after 3-7 seconds and they don't interrupt the levels, just in between or sometimes if you die (you get 3 lives per level on normal difficulty). They did offer you the option to watch an ad in the level to gain some in-game currency and health and ammo. There are upgrades you need to buy with that currency so watching some ads was helpful, or replaying levels going for all of the chests/secrets. Overall, for a mobile game it wasn't too bad.
7/10

DCGX
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26-Jun(#17)
Xeno Crisis Sega Dreamcast - 7/10

Any day is a good day when there's a new Dreamcast release. Granted, this was released physically last fall for Genesis and digitally for Switch, PS4 and Steam, and the DC also has an official ROM release for those that want to burn their own copy or use DCHDMI or GDEMU, but the physical copies for Dreamcast have just shipped and that's what I got of course.

I want to start with the packaging, which is great. Nothing official from SEGA on it, but it emulates your region of choice very well. It has a full color manual with reversible art work, which I don't know if I've ever seen for a DC manual, that has a ton of info in it on ever aspect of the game. The only thing it's missing is a page for the Twin Stick controls, which it officially supports.

The game itself is a small, arena shooter. You march through seven areas each with multiple rooms. One path always leads to the area's boss and the others lead to dead ends. However, when you have to backtrack a room or two, enemies do not respawn. This game was first released on the Genesis, so the graphics are classic 16-bit, but the DC version gets CD quality sound and a couple other extras like being able to shoot while rolling and having your score on screen at all times. In true rogue-like fashion once you restart the game either from turning off the system or dying too many times, you have to re-upgrade your character and the level layout changes slightly both in which rooms show up when and enemy placement.

You have your standard machine gun which runs out of bullets after a certain amount. When you're close to running out, an ammo pick up with spawn somewhere in the room giving you time to grab it. If you do run out of bullets there's an auto-melee when close to enemies. There's also a series of more powerful weapons that randomly spawn at fair intervals and each has a 20 second timer, so shoot as much as you can until it runs down. Enemies are in the vain of 'Alien' and other sci-fi classics, but there's a varied amount and they'll keep you on your toes, especially when a couple can spawn from below ground with no warning. The bosses are standard 16-bit era fare, and they are each different, but once you know their patterns, they are easy to take down. Rolling is your one other move, and you have to master it to get far. As mentioned, in between areas you can upgrade your character (either a male or female soldier with slightly different stats, and the whole game can be played co-op) with the dog tags picked up from killing some enemies. By the end of the seventh stage it is possible to have a fully-upgraded character if you've collected enough dog tags.

Pretty much every control option is supported, from the standard DC pad to the official ASCII fight pad, the official DC arcade stick and the official Twin Stick. I solely used the Twin Stick, which is probably the best way to play, because this is a twin stick shooter at heart. You control movement with the left stick, shooting automatically by pressing the right stick in the desired direction (8-way shooting), roll with the right trigger and use your grenades with the left trigger. There's no page for the Twin Stick controls in the manual, and the buttons aren't labeled on the Twin Stick, so there is some trial and error to get the controls down. While I would've liked tighter shooting angles (it feels like you miss A LOT), it all works well.

I do have a few gripes though: the music, while excellent, is short on tracks and the loops are short too. Even focusing on game play, the loops were evident. You character's hit box is a little too big. There are times you will take a hit either from an enemy or their bullet when you clearly didn't touch them. Your bullets and enemy bullets are also very similar in design and color, so they can get lost in the action resulting in many, "what just hit me" moments. If you try to roll while up against a wall, you usually can't and will stay still. As mentioned above, certain enemies come up from the ground with no warning and it feels cheap. The game auto-saves, but there's no indication when it happens and there's no menu option to manually save/load a file. But my biggest gripe has to do with the fundamental drive of the game: the high-score system.

An advantage over the Genesis version (and early, non-patched digital versions) is having your current score and high score displayed on-screen at all times. However, there is no leaderboard of any kind. Nothing to access from the main menu, the settings menu or even one that scrolls after the game. Considering other DC indie games have ONLINE leaderboards, this is a really curious omission. Likewise, playing on Easy or Hard goes towards the same high score. So for example, I set my high score on the Easy difficulty, but when I switched the difficulty to Hard, my Easy high score was the one to beat. And since I haven't beaten it yet, I have no idea what my best Hard high score is. The whole point of this game is to chase high scores, because it's not very long and mastering the game is how it's designed. So to omit or break the high score system is baffling, frustrating and maddening on a certain level. Now, DC games can be patched by way of the scarce SD Card adapter or if you're using the ROM, but that vast majority of DC owners only use physical discs, so this will probably never be rectified.

That said, it's still a really fun and highly recommended game for the Dreamcast. It is well made and technically sound, and, bottom line, fun. But the lack of any sort of leaderboards or even separate high scores when playing each difficulty just makes me shake my head.

PizzaTheHutt
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27-Jun(#18)
MX Nitro: Unleashed {Nintendo Switch} 7/10
There are quite a few Motocross games in the eShop, including the popular Trials series published by Ubisoft. I was in the mood to play one and I'm not exactly sure what it was about this one that grabbed my attention when I was browsing through the eShop, but seeing the price was only $10 certainly worked in its favor, so I added it to my wish list until I had a chance to look up some reviews. What I learned from those reviews is that MX Nitro originally released on PS4 and Xbox One in 2017, and this Unleashed version is that game plus the DLC and some tweaks, like an easy difficultly setting (which the game defaults to from the start because a common complaint in the original release is that it was too damn hard) and that this game's developers are the team behind the Switch port of The Witcher 3 and they also helped with the Xbox 360 remake of the original Halo.

For the price that I paid, I don't regret the purchase. It really feels low budget, but for the price they are asking, you should expect that.
What feels low budget about it? I don't know how the game looks on the other consoles, but on Switch it really looks like an early Xbox 360 game circa 2005. And the soundtrack is just generic rock music, but it could be worse...they could have licensed some jabroni punk or ska bands you never heard of before and made you listen to that while you play. Other than the occasional bit of wonky physics*, I have not felt like the controls were particularly troublesome, though I have not yet mastered the timing of a lot of the tricks because there seems to be a slight delay in me pressing the buttons and the rider actually executing the trick in mid-air.

They claim you will get 40 hours of play time from the career mode. I don't know if I will get that many out of it though, because I plan to only play until I reach a race where it feels like I can't beat it even after many retries, and then I will probably just move on and play something else.

They don't mention multiplayer in the eShop listing, but "Online Race" is right there at the mode select screen. However it is nothing more than allowing you to race against the ghost of whoever is closest to you on the leader board of that particular track in the single player career mode. Besides that there is no real multiplayer option, not even local. That's disappointing, so don't go buying this expecting you'll be able to race against friends or anything.

* peep these clips
https://streamable.com/kjxuox
https://streamable.com/63tdmf
Broccoli
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27-Jun(#19)
Final fantasy VII remake- 10/10. Legit awesome.

Last of Us 2- just beat this and it kicks ass again. 10/10.
I read a few spoiler-free reviews first and I don't get any of the shade about storyline/characters. This game is one of the best ever that shows human emotion, human connection, in all forms. I had no idea there was any controversy over any characters supposed "identities" til after I finished it, and I think it's all a bunch of bull crap. There is no higher "agenda" in this game, just a beautiful cast of characters, great storytelling overall, lots of tension. If I had to say something I would say clickers don't seem as dangerous this time around. I beat it on the default medium difficulty setting, maybe I should've tried a notch higher.

Now that I think of it I never played the DLC Left Behind from the original Last of Us. Is it long? Worth doin?
tonymack21
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27-Jun(#20)
i dont recall it being overly long, if you like the last of us then ya its worth playing. its what ellie is doing while joel is hurt in the first game mostly along with some flashbacks which establish her as a lesbian so its not like that was a secret they just broke out for TLoU2

Broccoli
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27-Jun(#21)
Pokemon Sword- beat the main storyline 2 weeks ago. Literally the only Pokemon game I've ever played in my life. For years I have read Pokemon game reviews, but never felt an urge to play or get involved with them. After this game- which was also reviewed very well overall- I don't get it really.
Vast majority simplistic 1:1 Pokemon vs Pokemon turn based battles. High polish game, but little substance both in storyline and the rpg gameplay. My childhood was before the Pokemon craze came around, so maybe it's just a style that I passed by before it came around. Forced myself to beat it thinking I would connect with it eventually, but I never did. Likely I'll never play another Pokemon game again.
Anyway, 5/10 seems about right.
tonymack21
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* 27-Jun(#22)
tokyo mirage sessions #FE Encore.

its ok, its definitely a much less refined and stripped down persona 5, and feels like persona 4 at times. its TMS..SMT backwards..see what they did there, but it feels more like personaXfire emblem than SMT. fire emblem isnt really that represented, some music, the personas are stylized versions of FE characters, a some of the bosses and villians are named for FE villians... the dungeons are ok, some of the puzzles are decent enough. combat is pretty easy, not SMT hard for sure, more like persona in this regard.

i can see why though there are a lot of lukewarm reviews. if you havent played persona 4 or 5, youd be spending your time better there, along with some of the other top tier rpgs out there. im def gonna finish it, im enjoying it well enough,its starting to pick up narratively now and think im going to start liking it more thanks to that.

the music is pretty great, if you like anime style music and Jpop stuff



Gypsy
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28-Jun(#23)
Broccoli wrote:
> Pokemon Sword- beat the main storyline 2 weeks ago. Literally the only Pokemon game
> I've ever played in my life. For years I have read Pokemon game reviews, but never
> felt an urge to play or get involved with them. After this game- which was also reviewed
> very well overall- I don't get it really.
> Vast majority simplistic 1:1 Pokemon vs Pokemon turn based battles. High polish game,
> but little substance both in storyline and the rpg gameplay. My childhood was before
> the Pokemon craze came around, so maybe it's just a style that I passed by before
> it came around. Forced myself to beat it thinking I would connect with it eventually,
> but I never did. Likely I'll never play another Pokemon game again.
> Anyway, 5/10 seems about right.

Honestly this is fair with any Pokemon game. When you strip away the childhood connections they are basic rpgs. If you've played one you've played them all except for different graphics and pokemon roster. The story is filler in every single one I've played and the gameplay is targeted at children so it's not really remotely stimulating.

Apparently in competitive Pokemon they have to house ban all sorts of moves to actually make the strategy interesting.
TalonJedi87
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28-Jun(#24)
So my friend asked me to turn on Bloodborne again to play the DLC after 5 years of completing the main game.....still a bloody 10/10. 💪👌
Gypsy
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28-Jun(#25)
TalonJedi87 wrote:
> So my friend asked me to turn on Bloodborne again to play the DLC after 5 years of
> completing the main game.....still a bloody 10/10. 💪👌

The dlc is amazing. 4/5 boss fights are great.
TalonJedi87
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28-Jun(#26)
Ludwig The Accursed was so damn brutal. I forgot how alive you feel after beating a really tough boss.
sinnie
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28-Jun(#27)
Finished RDR2 today. I put about 80 hours into it. Great story. I regret I never played the first but knowing this was a prequel I look forward to it one day if it gets a PC release/remaster.

Heavyd814life
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* 28-Jun(#28)
TalonJedi87 wrote:
> Ludwig The Accursed was so damn brutal. I forgot how alive you feel after beating
> a really tough boss.

Great boss fight! Definitely one of the best Souls bosses.

@Gypsy Which boss fight didn't you like? I'm guessing Living Failures. That was kinda trash.

Gypsy
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28-Jun(#29)
Heavyd814life wrote:
> TalonJedi87 wrote:
>> Ludwig The Accursed was so damn brutal. I forgot how alive you feel after beating
>> a really tough boss.
>
> Great boss fight! Definitely one of the best Souls bosses.
>
> @Gypsy Which boss fight didn't you like? I'm guessing Living Failures. That was kinda
> trash.
>
>

Yep, nailed it. That one was just weak. The lame bosses in the main game IMO are The One Reborn and Celestial Emissary.
TalonJedi87
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28-Jun(#30)
Celestial Emissary was a joke. The lore behind it was kinda cool though.
Antipop
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* 28-Jun(#31)
TalonJedi87 wrote:
> Ludwig The Accursed was so damn brutal. I forgot how alive you feel after beating
> a really tough boss.

Fudge that boss!! Before Sister Fredie in DS3, Ludwig was my most hated Soulsbourne adversary.

Edit: Clearly I meant Laurence; maybe they shouldn't have made two DLC bosses with "L" names!

Gypsy
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28-Jun(#32)
Ludwig is actually not that bad.
Heavyd814life
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28-Jun(#33)
Gypsy wrote:
> Ludwig is actually not that bad.

Yeah, I had a much tougher time with Laurence and Kos. Especially Kos. That pos is the reason I'll never replay the DLC.

I still need to play through all the DS3 DLC. I hear it's pretty brutal.

Gypsy
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* 28-Jun(#34)
Heavyd814life wrote:
> Gypsy wrote:
>> Ludwig is actually not that bad.
>
> Yeah, I had a much tougher time with Laurence and Kos. Especially Kos. That pos is
> the reason I'll never replay the DLC.
>
> I still need to play through all the DS3 DLC. I hear it's pretty brutal.
>
>

Friede...should probably be two fights they went overboard.

Gael is a super satisfying fight.
TalonJedi87
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* 28-Jun(#35)
Astral Maria is now my new favorite boss fight in Bloodborne.The parrying. The dodging her crazy AOE attacks. The clock tower setting. The music. Holy crap that was amazing.
Antipop
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28-Jun(#36)
Laurence was the dickest of all dicks in Bloodborne, including the Orphan of Kos. I think I rank Laurence number one equal parts due to his fight and the trek to get to him; I got so gosh darn sick of fighting that one hunter, waiting for that stupid boulder, and getting past that Orc bouncer guy. I never failed to get a laugh out of those randos getting their crap wrecked by him, though.

Heavyd814life
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29-Jun(#37)
TalonJedi87 wrote:
> Astral Maria is now my new favorite boss fight in Bloodborne.The parrying. The dodging
> her crazy AOE attacks. The clock tower setting. The music. Holy crap that was amazing.
>

My man! That Lady Maria fight is definitely my favorite boss fight as well.

Slickriven
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4-Jul(#38)
Chasm on Microsoft Xbox One - I caught wind of this a while back and was interested from the onset, but didn't back it (was Kick-started I think). It was on my Steam Wish-list and finally noticed a sale for $10 on Xbox so I cashed in some Bing points for an Xbox GC and picked it up.
Graphics are 16-bit and the game looked good on my 65" OLED, backgrounds were nice, good use of color and effects.
Audio was solid with good background music and sound effects for your weapons. No voice work was done.
Controls were alright, I didn't notice any issues, but will mention 2 things. 1. They was a delay in slashing your sword or some other weapons that you had to deal with. If you think about it, it makes sense that a human can only swing a at certain pace, but you just need to be aware of this as I found myself moving in for an attack and wanting to hit the X button 4-6 times really quickly before they attacked and you had to work around that delay - so maybe that's more on me. 2. Eventually you get a wall 'cling' ability and there are some areas where you need to do it, I wasn't a fan of how the controls felt here. It felt strange for me to hold left to reach the left wall, then click the jump button but still hold left for a moment... if you flipped to pressing right to quickly (as that is the new direction you want to move in) you would just fall off of the wall. Eventually I got in the right rhythm for this, but could still screw it up rather easily, guess I would have liked more 'forgiveness' in this. There is a back dash that worked decently well.
Overall the game is like Dead Cells or Slay the Spire in that each play through will procedurally generate the main fighting areas - the starting 'tutorial' castle and town don't change (to my knowledge). This was done to promote you playing it again but I'm not sure I'd bother. According to the stats I spent 11h 30m playing when I beat the final (rather tough) boss. I don't know if I'd want to play another long journey like that on a new, semi-unfamiliar map. I say semi-unfamiliar b/c I looked into the game some and like 1/3 of each area's rooms that are 'key' are the same, but their is some randomness in the 2 puzzles. My playthrough was slightly extended as I recorded all 87 different enemies in my bestiary (you need to beat common/normal enemies either a dozen times or use a certain weapon to get them recorded that you don't earn until later into the story). Plus I accessed 100% of the map and found I believe every item. I would absolutely not bother doing that on later playthroughs as some items weren't worth it. The pacing was a bit annoying as well, as the final upgrade you earn is the double jump and in true Metroidvania style items like that prevent you from accessing areas until you find them, but I wasn't a huge fan of the jumping and wish the double jump was given out MUCH sooner, ahead of several other items. Also I ended up finding a recipe for a tonic (that you need to take to a lady in town) really late in the game, that was the only way to find another recipe, which was the only way to access this other treasure. And that treasure wasn't anything special or all that useful. So you spend some time once you find the recipe, going back to town, getting tonic, going to a place you believe/know you can use it, using it, earn new recipe, back to town, then to another place where you use this new tonic, to get a basically useless item - all of that could be skipped and should have been.

I did like the enemy variety and learning their attack patterns as there weren't many repeats in the 87 noted enemy types (note that there were at least 10 bosses/mini-bosses in that set that you only can beat once). There were zero color-swapped repeats. The general feel and story were decent and at 11.5hrs I got my money's worth on the 1 playthrough. There is a hard and 'mortal' level of difficulty but I don't care. I sort of wish they would have put more effort into possibly lengthening and strengthening the overall product vs. going for the procedural route, though the game felt long enough. I think I could beat it again in a LOT less time, but I'd still need to cover nearly 100% of the map as I wouldn't know were to find things on a new playthrough. As stated the final boss was a big jump in difficulty, though I did beat him in 1 try, but I had used every healing item I had, dropped to 2 heath (from ~230) at one point and wasn't sure if I would survive (there wasn't a health bar on enemies). Most other bosses I beat on the first or a few on the 2nd attempt, but I didn't heal mid-fight against most of them, especially not healing 4+ times. There are multiple fast travel points in 4 of the 6 areas, the next to last area only has 1 and the final has none, but does have 1 save/heal room. I got to level 34 I believe and finished with over $10k. I would load up on more healing items for that final fight if I were to play again.

Score: 7/10 - could have been an 8 if the double jump was granted sooner and the wall cling wasn't so frustrating.

PizzaTheHutt
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
4-Jul(#39)
Yono and the Celestial Elephants {Nintendo Switch} 6/10
I bought this a couple years ago in the eShop after reading it was developed by a dude that was inspired by The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and because that just so happens to be my favorite Zelda title I figured I'd give this a shot. You can definitely see a Zelda influence in this, but it only does the bare minimum. The end product comes off playing like "baby's first Zelda".

The game starts with you, Yono the elephant, just falling from the sky and landing just outside of the first town in the game where someone is waiting to talk to you because they noticed what they thought was a shooting star (there's a more in-depth backstory to the game and later on the story gets political). That person who was waiting to talk to you is a princess who has run away from her mom and she'll accompany you on the journey. From there you start heading to the first town and agree to help some people, and do lots of basic "push block onto a switch to raise a platform" puzzles along the way (to give an idea of how easy they are, I solved them all without ever needing to resort to looking up a guide or anything). Along the way you collect coin-type things, but the only thing you can spend them on is new skins for your elephant (including one that looks like green clothing Link would wear and it's the only one I ended up buying).

It's a short game with little actual combat (your only way to attack things is with a headbutt) and it's on the easy side and I can't remember if I even died at all. There's only 4 towns in total and with only 3 dungeons I think anyone with even a little experience in playing Zelda games will just breeze through this like I did in roughly 5 or 6 hours. I did somewhat enjoy it for the short time it lasts, it's a decent game that could have been a very good game if the dev put a little more care into it and ironed out the bugs.

dustin11
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
4-Jul(#40)
Just started playing The Messenger today on X1 via Game Pass. Fun little game. Only about 90 minutes in but from what I've played so far its a lot of fun. Probably give it a 9/10.
Kommie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
4-Jul(#41)
God dammit. A Souls-like game (Mortal Shell) that looks promising has an open Beta but it's only on Epic Games Store. I may have to swallow my pride, download it to play and then delete after.

DarkFact
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 4-Jul(#42)
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Dicey Dungeons is on sale on Steam for the summer sale. If you've played VVVVVV or Super Hexagon, it's made by the same guy, and it is, of course, very awesome. This guy knows how to make video games.

Simple, annoying, fun. Music's great too. If you're looking for a tight randomizer dungeon crawl, I say it's well worth the asking price. Already gifted an extra copy to a friend. Looks like five classes (I've unlocked four) and they're all fun in their own way. Looks like it's coming to Switch as well, should be fine to play there.
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
* 4-Jul(#43)
@dustin11 The Messenger is a great little title. It was a twitch giveaway a while back and I beat it on my PC. Really enjoyed it, genuinely funny dialog, solid gameplay and great music. I'm tempted to play it again on Microsoft Xbox One

EB
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader
4-Jul(#44)
@dustin11 @Slickriven i also just started the messenger! I'm about 2.5 hrs in. The movement is perfect. I'm really enjoying it!

Also I'm closing in on Shovel Knight: King of Cards.

Kommie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
* 4-Jul(#45)
There was one major bullcrap boss in The Messenger. Took me a good 2 hours to beat it. It was in the free DLC.

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
4-Jul(#46)
I don't recall that boss, also had forgotten about the extra DLC that I didn't play, so that would be why. Do we know if the Microsoft Xbox One version includes that DLC?

Kommie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
4-Jul(#47)
The Xbox Game Pass for PC copy I played had it, so I don't see why the Xbox wouldn't.

dustin11
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
5-Jul(#48)
I think its included in the GP version I was playing.

I like the music in this game too, its oddly humorous, which is weird to say about an 8-bit sound track. My wife heard me playing from the other room and was like....what in the world are you playing?
Kommie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
5-Jul(#49)
Mortal Shell Beta - 4/10. So this is a Souls-like but it adds a new mechanic called "hardening" Basically you can "harden" and not take damage for a short period. It has a refresh rate. There is another thing called "resolve" in order to get resolve, you have to attack enemies, and a bar fills up. You can either do a heavy attack with it, or heal. But in order to heal, you have to parry first and IF you actually do it right, hit another button to heal. Also, this resolve meter is always draining. You can heal with items, but so far items seem to heal over a period of time and not instant like a Estus Flask. There are 4 different Shells with different stats, etc. Basically you pick a class to play as. If the final game is still like this, it's a hard pass for me. Add this game to the list of every other Souls-like that I just couldn't get into or like.


theyrhere
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 2 Reviews
5-Jul(#50)
Kommie wrote:
> Mortal Shell Beta - 4/10. So this is a Souls-like but it adds a new mechanic called
> "hardening" Basically you can "harden" and not take damage for a short period. It
> has a refresh rate. There is another thing called "resolve" in order to get resolve,
> you have to attack enemies, and a bar fills up. You can either do a heavy attack
> with it, or heal. But in order to heal, you have to parry first and IF you actually
> do it right, hit another button to heal. Also, this resolve meter is always draining.
> You can heal with items, but so far items seem to heal over a period of time and
> not instant like a Estus Flask. There are 4 different Shells with different stats,
> etc. Basically you pick a class to play as. If the final game is still like this,
> it's a hard pass for me. Add this game to the list of every other Souls-like that
> I just couldn't get into or like.

I really hope that one is good. I still have Lords of the Fallen gathering dust because I could never get into it.
Kommie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
5-Jul(#51)
theyrhere wrote:
> Kommie wrote:
>> Mortal Shell Beta - 4/10. So this is a Souls-like but it adds a new mechanic called
>> "hardening" Basically you can "harden" and not take damage for a short period.
> It
>> has a refresh rate. There is another thing called "resolve" in order to get resolve,
>> you have to attack enemies, and a bar fills up. You can either do a heavy attack
>> with it, or heal. But in order to heal, you have to parry first and IF you actually
>> do it right, hit another button to heal. Also, this resolve meter is always draining.
>> You can heal with items, but so far items seem to heal over a period of time and
>> not instant like a Estus Flask. There are 4 different Shells with different stats,
>> etc. Basically you pick a class to play as. If the final game is still like this,
>> it's a hard pass for me. Add this game to the list of every other Souls-like that
>> I just couldn't get into or like.
>
> I really hope that one is good. I still have Lords of the Fallen gathering dust because
> I could never get into it.

The main issue with Mortal Shell for the 2-3 hours I tried to like it is the new mechanics you have to use just are bad and or poorly done.


Scott
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
6-Jul(#52)
dustin11 wrote:
> Just started playing The Messenger today on X1 via Game Pass. Fun little game. Only
> about 90 minutes in but from what I've played so far its a lot of fun. Probably give
> it a 9/10.

As much as I loved the gameplay and music in that game, my favorite part of the game had to be the shopkeeper. The dialogue with him was so great.

dustin11
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
6-Jul(#53)
Scott wrote:
> dustin11 wrote:
>> Just started playing The Messenger today on X1 via Game Pass. Fun little game.
> Only
>> about 90 minutes in but from what I've played so far its a lot of fun. Probably
> give
>> it a 9/10.
>
> As much as I loved the gameplay and music in that game, my favorite part of the game
> had to be the shopkeeper. The dialogue with him was so great.
>
>

I like their dialog and actually all the dialog so far in the game. It reminds me a lot of Golf Story.
BloodPuppetX
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
6-Jul(#54)
Yeah, the shopkeeper was great. I liked the music that played in his shop, too.
Scott
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
6-Jul(#55)
My favorite part was when he goes crazy over your new hat, then the next time you see him, he's wearing the same exact hat. That was probably the hardest a video game has ever made me laugh.

kevolones
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
7-Jul(#56)
Tales of Berseria

Great "dark" story and characters but absolutely boring gameplay. It is very fast and looks kinda cool but button mashing is all there is. The game doesnt require for you to strategize, give orders to teammates or even control them. They do play differently but there is no need to use them when you have Velvet. I played as Eleanor a few times just to change it up a bit, but it wasn't necessary at all. Anyway, after 20 or so hours I couldnt wait for it to be over, it is sad that my favorite RPG series has come to this.

I know this game is highly regarded as one of the best of the series so Im in the minority here. IMO this was a very weak entry.

6.5/10 Just for the story, characters and it being directly tied to Zestiria.
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
7-Jul(#57)
kevolones wrote:
> Tales of Berseria
>
> The game doesnt require
> for you to strategize, give orders to teammates or even control them.

I've mostly given up on hoping for interesting gameplay in new jrpgs and I've started digging into my backlog. I take it as a small victory when a newer jrpg has interesting optional content. Valkyria Chronicles 4 at least getting the true ending was essentially a fun order stacking puzzle (the only time you need to use orders lol).

Also play Octopath if you haven't. It's so good.
Anxiouz
900 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
7-Jul(#58)
I started playing Journey to the Savage Planet the last few days and am really enjoying it. Would never have tried it without Game Pass, and I'm glad I did. Nice chill game for the most part and the exploration and upgrades move at a nice pace. I also dig the humor, it's consistently funny.
DrizzDrizzDrizz
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Croatia This user is on the site NOW (8 minutes ago)
7-Jul(#59)
I feel like I'm never gonna feel done with Skyrim. Game is massive
I'm like lvl 46 now, one legendary skill (pickpocket, back to high 50s already) and a few more coming
Doing Thieves Guild story mostly atm with random side sprinkles
main story wise I'm about halfway through but haven't touched any of that in weeks
kevolones
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
* 7-Jul(#60)
DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:
> I feel like I'm never gonna feel done with Skyrim. Game is massive
> I'm like lvl 46 now, one legendary skill (pickpocket, back to high 50s already) and
> a few more coming
> Doing Thieves Guild story mostly atm with random side sprinkles
> main story wise I'm about halfway through but haven't touched any of that in weeks

I gave up after 100+ hours (possibly closer to 150) and just decided to finish the main story. I loved every minute of it but it didnt help the backlog. Fantastic game. I dont remember if it was Skyrim or Fallout 3 that I put in 180 hours into. It was ridiculous.
Kommie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
7-Jul(#61)
I haven't played Skyrim since last Generation... Not sure how people replay it so much.

Dasgessabel
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(frozen)
7-Jul(#62)
I never beat skyrim and never will. I liked Oblivion okay but Fallout is really the only Bethesda made games I like - though they kinda ruined that with Fallout 76, so maybe they should stick to publishing for a while
DrizzDrizzDrizz
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7-Jul(#63)
kevolones wrote:
> DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:
>> I feel like I'm never gonna feel done with Skyrim. Game is massive
>> I'm like lvl 46 now, one legendary skill (pickpocket, back to high 50s already)
> and
>> a few more coming
>> Doing Thieves Guild story mostly atm with random side sprinkles
>> main story wise I'm about halfway through but haven't touched any of that in weeks
>
> I gave up after 100+ hours (possibly closer to 150) and just decided to finish the
> main story. I loved every minute of it but it didnt help the backlog. Fantastic game.
> I dont remember if it was Skyrim or Fallout 3 that I put in 180 hours into. It was
> ridiculous.

Yeah backlog wise this is a killer lol...and fallout 4 is next
DrizzDrizzDrizz
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Croatia This user is on the site NOW (8 minutes ago)
7-Jul(#64)
Kommie wrote:
> I haven't played Skyrim since last Generation... Not sure how people replay it so
> much.
>
>

It's my first time but I can understand why, you have so many choices, so much freedom to do things differently each playthrough
I doubt I ever will, life's too short, but I can see it for sure
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
7-Jul(#65)
Skyrim is 40 minutes if you just want that fast clear heh.

I got really into Morrowind when I was in school still. Kinda lost the magic after that.
DrizzDrizzDrizz
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Croatia This user is on the site NOW (8 minutes ago)
7-Jul(#66)
is that a thing, you can 'beat' it in 40 mins? Haha that's nuts
kevolones
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
7-Jul(#67)
Kommie wrote:
> I haven't played Skyrim since last Generation... Not sure how people replay it so
> much.
>
>

I played it on PS3. If the loading times are faster now it should be way easier to play.
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
7-Jul(#68)
DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:
> is that a thing, you can 'beat' it in 40 mins? Haha that's nuts

Yeah the best speedruns are under 30 now but those for sure exploit glitches. Glitchless record is an hour 18 minites.
DrizzDrizzDrizz
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Croatia This user is on the site NOW (8 minutes ago)
7-Jul(#69)
damn that glitchless sounds impossible...ill have to fast forward through a video of that after im done with it, just out of curiosity
tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews
7-Jul(#70)
Ya it sounds crazy. Apparently the record for mass effect is like an hour..everytime I start to look that up i get to doing something else because I'm just curious to know how it could be possible

kevolones
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
7-Jul(#71)
Gypsy wrote:
> kevolones wrote:
>> Tales of Berseria
>>
>> The game doesnt require
>> for you to strategize, give orders to teammates or even control them.
>
> I've mostly given up on hoping for interesting gameplay in new jrpgs and I've started
> digging into my backlog. I take it as a small victory when a newer jrpg has interesting
> optional content. Valkyria Chronicles 4 at least getting the true ending was essentially
> a fun order stacking puzzle (the only time you need to use orders lol).
>
> Also play Octopath if you haven't. It's so good.

Ive only heard great things about it. Dont plan on buying a Switch though, maybe in 10 years it will get released for a PS console and I can play it. Heh
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
7-Jul(#72)
kevolones wrote:
> Gypsy wrote:
>> kevolones wrote:
> |>> Tales of Berseria
> |>>
> |>> The game doesnt require
> |>> for you to strategize, give orders to teammates or even control them.
>>
>> I've mostly given up on hoping for interesting gameplay in new jrpgs and I've
> started
>> digging into my backlog. I take it as a small victory when a newer jrpg has interesting
>> optional content. Valkyria Chronicles 4 at least getting the true ending was essentially
>> a fun order stacking puzzle (the only time you need to use orders lol).
>>
>> Also play Octopath if you haven't. It's so good.
>
> Ive only heard great things about it. Dont plan on buying a Switch though, maybe
> in 10 years it will get released for a PS console and I can play it. Heh

It's on Steam now.

It's funny though, I bought a Switch for other games that disappointed. I was looking for an rpg and @Forgotten_Freshness steered me towards it out of a list. It ended up justifying the entire Switch purchase to me.
Kommie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
7-Jul(#73)
I was sorely disappointed with Octopath Traveler. Put 4 hours in and wasn't crazy about it. Don't think more time would change my mind.

Gypsy
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7-Jul(#74)
Yeah I understand your complaints with it @Kommie if you need a story it's not going to really do it.
TalonJedi87
Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
7-Jul(#75)
Octopath has a solid payoff if you stick with it but yeah it's lengthy and a bit grindy. I enjoyed it though. The characters were interesting and job class mixing was cool.
tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews
7-Jul(#76)
H'aanit love

TalonJedi87
Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
7-Jul(#77)
Primrose's story was really well fleshed out too. Loved that little revenge tale.
Heavyd814life
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
8-Jul(#78)
TalonJedi87 wrote:
> Primrose's story was really well fleshed out too. Loved that little revenge tale.
>

Yeah, the overarching story is nothing to write home about, but the personal stories are pretty good. Primrose's story is definitely my favorite of the bunch. And H'aanit is so OP it's not even funny. She's such a badass character!

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
8-Jul(#79)
What are people thoughts on Rouge Legacy? It was in my wishlist forever and I finally snagged it for like $4 on Microsoft Xbox One the other week and was just playing it... I'm a little disappointed, I know the point is to die a lot but crap if it's not really frustrating the first 20 times...

kevolones
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
8-Jul(#80)
Slickriven wrote:
> What are people thoughts on Rouge Legacy? It was in my wishlist forever and I finally
> snagged it for like $4 on Microsoft Xbox One the other week and was just playing it... I'm a little
> disappointed, I know the point is to die a lot but crap if it's not really frustrating
> the first 20 times...
>
>

I cant play Rogue like games for more than 3 hours. I played Rogue Legacy for a bit, it was cool but I died 100 times and never got something I thought would help me progress through the game. I suck at those games.

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