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

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TalonJedi87
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1-Feb(#2)
Kommie wrote:
> TalonJedi87 wrote:
>> It was a very, very long stage with slogging checkpoints. The rest of the game
> goes
>> pretty quick in comparison.
>
> hopefully. Kinda getting sick of this game at this point. It's good.... But playing
> in long sessions, it gets on my nerves.
>
>

Yeah I couldn't play it for more than 1 chapter at a time in one sitting without getting overly agitated.
EB
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* 1-Feb(#3)
Just played through the Maiden demo for RE8. Looked absolutely fantastic visually, and the setting was super cool. Genuinely creepy too without a bunch of jumpscares. I may pick this up (though I'm a wimp, I still haven't finished RE7).

Sun
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* 2-Feb(#4)
EB wrote:
> Just played through the Maiden demo for RE8. Looked absolutely fantastic visually,
> and the setting was super cool. Genuinely creepy too without a bunch of jumpscares.
> I may pick this up (though I'm a wimp, I still haven't finished RE7).

I feel yah man. I looked up that the demo was only 15 mins or so if you knew what you were doing, so I booted it up late night before bed so I could finish it and delete it to free up space on the SSD.

Just the initial setting freaked me out. I turned on the light in the room before I continued playing lol.

The RE7 demo also freaked me out and it's a game I haven't played yet either lol.
EB
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2-Feb(#5)
I got through the first quarter or so of RE7. I do plan on finishing it at some point. Just hard to work up the nerve sometimes. The shift to first person really does make things so much worse.

Sun
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2-Feb(#6)
EB wrote:
> I got through the first quarter or so of RE7. I do plan on finishing it at some point.
> Just hard to work up the nerve sometimes. The shift to first person really does make
> things so much worse.

For sure on that first-person view. I tried the RE7 Kitchen Demo on PSVR at my friend's place and that crap freaked me out. Playing the whole game in VR mode would scare me to death.
sinnie
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2-Feb(#7)
Yeah... I do not think I could handle any RE game in VR. 7 would be heart attack material.

Kommie
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2-Feb(#8)
sinnie wrote:
> Yeah... I do not think I could handle any RE game in VR. 7 would be heart attack
> material.
>
>

You have two choices. RE7 VR or Alien Isolation VR (this does exist on PC with mods, I believe)

What would you rather play?


sinnie
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2-Feb(#9)
Kommie wrote:
> sinnie wrote:
>> Yeah... I do not think I could handle any RE game in VR. 7 would be heart attack
>> material.
>>
>>
>
> You have two choices. RE7 VR or Alien Isolation VR (this does exist on PC with mods,
> I believe)
>
> What would you rather play?
>
>
>

Both sound like I would not physically live through either... lol. But if I had to choose a way to go, I'd pick RE7!

Bleed_DukeBlue
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2-Feb(#10)
RE7 VR is probably the best VR game I've played. It's fantastic.

Kommie wrote:
> sinnie wrote:
>> Yeah... I do not think I could handle any RE game in VR. 7 would be heart attack
>> material.
>>
>>
>
> You have two choices. RE7 VR or Alien Isolation VR (this does exist on PC with mods,
> I believe)
>
> What would you rather play?
>
>
>
EB
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2-Feb(#11)
Multiple authors expressed their disappointment that RE8 won't get any VR mode. Though I wouldn't have messed with it, I do see how it could be disappointing. Especially if they moved away from PSVR exclusivity. High-res headsets on a beefy PC could have some serious potential with this one.

I took a good 10 or so screenshots playing the demo yesterday. Playing in 4K and with the gorgeous ray tracing made it look utterly amazing. Only thing I was disappointed by was


I thought the texture for the daughter that bites you was a little blurry/unrefined.



kevolones
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5-Feb(#12)
Im hooked with Everspace: Stellar Edition. Ive never been a huge fan of Rogue-like games but the space shooting makes me want to try again everytime.

I bought it at the current PSN sale for $10 i think. Well worth it.

I also bought Elite Dangerous but I havent played that one yet.
PizzaTheHutt
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6-Feb(#13)
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected {PlayStation 4} 7/10
My history with this series: I pretty much 100% completed everything there was to do in the first two Saints Row games' story modes (except the stuff that required multiplayer), then my co-op partner and I 100% completed Saints Row The Third and enjoyed it a lot (it was her first time playing a Saints Row game). It seemed each game got more over-the-top than the one before it, so we were looking forward to playing this one too, but I feel like it wasn't worth the wait.

This one is easily my least favorite of the series and almost feels like a step backwards in a lot of ways compared to the previous game. It feels more like Crackdown than Saints Row because of how you can now leap over buildings and glide through the air. It makes traveling by car feel useless in comparison and you probably won't spend much time in a vehicle unless the mission requires it.

I can understand if the Saints Row humor isn't your thing, but I personally enjoyed beating people up with a giant dildo in Saints Row The Third. But in this game a lot of the humor just seems to be random for the sake of being random. That isn't to say the game isn't funny at all, because it does have its funny moments. I had a couple of laugh out loud moments during sections like where the game suddenly turned into a 2D beat 'em up parody of Streets Of Rage, or the choose your own adventure text section. Those were some of the highlights of the playthrough for me. Basically if you just stick to the story mode that's where all the fun stuff happens and it's the side missions that were kind of lame and drag the game down if you're the kind who likes going for 100% completion (we're still working on that but sometimes I regret even suggesting it).

As for the low points, the gameplay feels too repetitive, way more than the previous games. Granted it is typically during side missions where you are often just doing the same old crap over and over. I especially dislike the ones that make you clear out waves of enemies and then one big enemy at the end called "Warden" who is just not fun. In fact a lot of these enemies just aren't fun to kill but Warden is the worst, and I hope they don't do this alien invasion crap again in future entries of the series. That was a lame decision.

Overall if it wasn't for some of the funny moments during the story missions I'd say this is probably closer to a 6/10. And while Saints Row The Third got a full remaster treatment, Saints Row IV was just given the quick and low effort port treatment. The graphics were barely improved over the last-gen version and we also experienced glitches that made us have to restart missions and each of us has had the game crash and kick us to the console's home menu more than once. We are looking forward to eventually trying out Gat Out Of Hell but I hope that turned out better than this did.

Dasgessabel
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6-Feb(#14)
Posted this on Xbox series x thread, but posting here as well.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood is rather lame, to me. Combat itself is fun to rip crap up, but the game is devastatingly boring. Factories, warehouses, dams, etc, all the locations you go on missions look exactly the same and consist of the same thing. Sneak by some, tear through others. Some cool ideas with the spirits and all that don't seem to have much bearing on anything other than them saying "Yeah we believe that". Its a $20 game at best. Maybe it will pick up but I think I'm at least a third through the game, and its been pretty dull - which, in a game about werewolves, is a gigantic missed opportunity. If I had to score it now, I'd give it a 4, maybe 5/10, but only because of the werewolf part.
Slickriven
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7-Feb(#15)
Been playing EA Criterion's 2006 title Black via EAplay now that it's part of UGP on X1. I own a copy of the PS2's release and know I played it way back in the day. Imagine that I got it for my modded Microsoft Xbox but for some reason picked up a PS2 copy. I wasn't super interested in beating games back then, so I'm not completely sure if I beat it or not. I certainly recognized the first 2 or 3 missions.

It's clearly a dated title and was all about the explosions, which to it's credit are still pretty satisfying, the audio is still great as are the pre-mission scenes. Controls on the other hand are a bit of a mess. I've beat 4 of the 8 missions now so it's maybe a hair late to consider changing the button layout, if I even can. They're certainly not what has become standard with A as reload, LT is throw grenade, zoom/look down sights is click R-stick, cycle btwn the 2 weapons you can have is left or right on the d-pad, so it's strange. Don't think there's a sprint action either which stinks when a rocket launcher dude is all over you and splash damage from any explosion will harm you.

A few other negatives are that enemies are bullet spongy unless you can land a headshot and if so you can drop them in 1 hit. The missions also are really long, taking upwards of 45+ mins even if you're not taking your time to explore/seek the hidden side things to collect/destroy. That's not necessarily bad, but there aren't any checkpoints where you can respawn if you die - fail at the final encounter and I'm fairly certain you've got to redo the whole thing. I died once on the last mission a good 15 mins and and after a point where I couldn't backtrack and had to restart. Health is relatively abundant as several foes will drop med kits on death, they only heal 25-33% (I think). You also can carry up to 3 bigger med packs that heal 66% or more. Since you can't jump, even small ledges become backtracking blockades so a boatload of ammo or health can become useless to you if you're pressing too much.

50% in and I'd give it a 6/10 - which is lower than I would have thought, I do recall feeling like it was a better title ~10 years ago.


nonamesleft
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* 8-Feb(#16)
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Nintendo Switch The Demo

Solid. Pretty enjoyable so far.

Been trying out the demo. A couple of hours into it.

I like how you can run without stop. No stamina bar or anything. That's a big plus.

The mini

forge

is a pretty neat item. Very convenient.

One confusing at first part was how to use items in battle. I'd be at low hp, but couldn't access my bag during battle, and could only heal with items in the field; in battle I could only cast the heal spell. I finally decided (a couple hours in) that it did not make sense that items couldn't be used in battle. Really did not make sense. So I played around in the menu a bit. Thankfully figured out that you simply just need to swap the item out from the bag into the character of your choice's inventory.

I like the characters so far. And the accents of some of them. It's not quite an English accent. To me it sounds like a British accent mixed with something else. Not sure what. For example, parts of sentences are being pronounced similar to an English accent, but then certain sounds like 'r' are not pronounced how I'd expect them to be, considering the accents being used. Imagine the statement "a stick of butter." So, someone raised in England would probably pronounce butter something like this: buh'uh. But in this game, it would be more like buh'uhr. I wouldn't expect the 'r' sound to be pronounced, based on how they talk.

Anyway, enough about that. This is about the game, not the linguistic aspect of it. wince

I like the little flashback/recap scenes that play when you continue from where you've left off. That's a neat feature.

The story catches my attention. It's slowly being fed to you in a way that gives you bits and pieces to put together, and is enticing enough to make you curious, but I guess that's exactly what a story driven plot should do.

One thing I don't like is that the minimap at times seems counterintuitive. I think I should move the controls left to go seemingly left, but then the icon on the minimap moves right, and the other way around. Can be a but irritating at times when it happens. But not a very big deal, and certainly not a deal breaker.

I'm impressed so far with the length of this demo. Makes sense from a marketing perspective; the more content provided, the more of a chance someone might potentially buy the game after tasting the demo.

I'd also like to try out the 2D version option that's available in the non demo version. That's a cool feature to implement, to play a recent Dragon Quest game in old school 2D. Good for nostalgia. I guess I can look it up online.
benstylus
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8-Feb(#17)
nonamesleft wrote:
>
> I like the characters so far. And the accents of some of them. It's not quite an
> English accent. To me it sounds like a British accent mixed with something else.
> Not sure what. For example, parts of sentences are being pronounced similar to an
> English accent, but then certain sounds like 'r' are not pronounced how I'd expect
> them to be, considering the accents being used. Imagine the statement "a stick of
> butter." So, someone raised in England would probably pronounce butter something
> like this: buh'uh. But in this game, it would be more like buh'uhr. I wouldn't expect
> the 'r' sound to be pronounced, based on how they talk.


There's like, 40 different dialects in the UK, so if they're actually using British actors and not just Americans faking it, then it could just be one that you're not as familiar with.
nonamesleft
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8-Feb(#18)
@benstylus Fair point, and I'm no dialect expert. What you're saying could very well be the case.
TalonJedi87
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* 10-Feb(#19)
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb-Microsoft Xbox 5/10

This game aged like milk and it shows. The fun moments like beating the crap out of people and solving puzzles whilst listening to that classic Indy theme are tarnished by broken platforming that hinders your progress and fun factor severely. I had to stop playing after the halfway point when I couldn't connect with a few jumps and grapples so much it rendered my hp down to nothing for the next segment in which your hp does not refill upon death for some oddball 2003 reason.
DCGX
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10-Feb(#20)
TalonJedi87 wrote:
> Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb-Microsoft Xbox 5/10
>
> This game aged like milk and it shows. The fun moments like beating the crap out
> of people and solving puzzles whilst listening to that classic Indy theme are tarnished
> by broken platforming that hinders your progress and fun factor severely. I had to
> stop playing after the halfway point when I couldn't connect with a few jumps and
> grapples so much it rendered my hp down to nothing for the next segment in which
> your hp does not refill upon death for some oddball 2003 reason.

Dammit I wanted to give this a go too. That's disappointing.

Anxiouz
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10-Feb(#21)
Yeah, I remember liking that when it came out, but it was clumsy even then. I can't imagine giving it a go now.
TalonJedi87
Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
10-Feb(#22)
I got to the fortress after the Hong Kong level, took me 30 tries to make a simple jump and grapple with a whip, by the time I made it to the exit I had a tiny bit of hp left from all the fall damage and shark bites I incurred when falling into the sea below and if you die it doesn't refill your hp bar so good luck and God bless trying to progress if you're down on hp with no healing.
Gypsy
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* 10-Feb(#23)
Gen 5/6 clunk mmmmm.
nonamesleft
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* 11-Feb(#24)
Final Fantasy VIII Nintendo Switch

Been playing for about an hour...and barely made any progress. Maybe it just takes getting used to, but so far this game is confusing. Had no idea where to go in order to make the game story move forward. I just roamed around until dialogue happened. And this GF system. And draw areas, or whatever those were (some sort of purple shimmering space), and cards. wince What in the world is happening in this game?? So far, the overall style is not like any FF game I've played before.

I like the addition of an optional *random encounters don't occur* mode (by clicking both control sticks.) Pretty sweet, and potentially useful.
Gypsy
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11-Feb(#25)
Not inspiring me with confidence here @nonamesleft lol
nonamesleft
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11-Feb(#26)
Gypsy wrote:
> Not inspiring me with confidence here @nonamesleft lol

smile I'm going to give it a fair chance. At least several hours worth. Maybe it will click into place.

Have you played VIII? I know you've played 7 and 9, and you mentioned you really enjoyed 9, but what about 8?
Gypsy
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11-Feb(#27)
@nonamesleft I have not played VII to completion or VIII at all. Currently playing Persona and God of War (2018) but FF VIII is definitely another one I intend to get to eventually.
nonamesleft
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* 11-Feb(#28)
@Gypsy God of War? Nice. That's a title I'd definitely play if I had a PlayStation.

As for FF VIII, I'd say my 1 hour of play isn't much of an indicator. It just points in the direction of the creators trying out something new and going with it.

Maybe it will end up being great. Guess I'll find out.
JD
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11-Feb(#29)
Yeah 8 was one thats difficult to get into, i was near finishing it back in 1999/2000 i lost interest to finish the game
I finished 7 and 9 tho, 8 and 10 is where they lost me at near end, i stopped playing 12 after 10 minutes in of gameplay, i finished 13, 14, and 15 i know 14 is mmorpg i considered after getting platinum trophy is done
I might get back into 14 after next expansion

DrizzDrizzDrizz
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11-Feb(#30)
8 was the very first RPG (or at least JRPG) I played, I remember at the time not understanding what I was supposed to do - felt like it was trapped between being a point and click adventure game (minus the pointing and clicking) and action game (minus the action), but that was just general inexperience.
Then came figuring out the junction system, and importance of cards and drawing.
It took a bit initially but once I understood it I loved it. And replayed it multiple times over the next decade or so. Ended up doing all the side quests and everything except the one you needed a Pocketstation for.

I'm 100% sure if I was playing it for the very first time today I wouldn't love it nearly as much, but it's a damn special game
Sun
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11-Feb(#31)
I put like 80 hours into FFVIII because of Triple Triad. All my characters were Level 100 and the end game was so easy as well as Omega Weapon because of having 100x stock of every spell junctioned to the right stats. Squall was doing 9999 on every hit in his limit break because of having 100x Ultimate junctioned to Atk.
DrizzDrizzDrizz
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11-Feb(#32)
yeah plus limit breaks were insane. Zell could do like a million damage I think? But all of them had good ones in different ways IIRC
BloodPuppetX
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11-Feb(#33)
I liked VIII back in the day, but quickly got bored trying to replay it. I think VI is the only FF game I've played through more than once. I've played that one on SNES, PS1 and GBA, and now considering the iOS version.
kevolones
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11-Feb(#34)
I really like FF8, I think its my most replayed FF. Not sure why nostalgic I guess. I think most people dont like it because of the Junction and spells system. Characters are really likeable, story is unique, the graphics arent half bad for a PSX game and the music is fantastic.
DCGX
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13-Feb(#35)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - Enjoying this so much more than the WiiU Version/10

If anyone remembers my review of the WiiU version, I constantly found myself running out of time on its levels. An issue I never had with a Mario game before. As a result, 'Super Mario 3D World' became my least favorite 3D Mario game. I must not have been the only one with that complaint since Nintendo significantly raised the walk and run speed of each playable character, and increased the climbing time while in the cat suit, for this release. And I have to say, it was a good move. I am really enjoying this version. Where before I struggled to get all three stars and the stamp before time ran out, on the same stages I'm doing so with hundreds of seconds left on the clock! So what might seem like a small or novel change has completely reversed my opinion of the game.

Good on you Nintendo. You could've just ported the same game like you have many times before with WiiU to Switch conversion, but you put in the work to legitimately make the gameplay better when it needed to be.

I'm only through the first two worlds so far (with 100%) and haven't tried 'Bowser's Fury' yet, but I'm itching to get back to '3D World.'

Oh, and the poster for preordering at Gamestop with Mario and Bowser Jr. facing down the giant Bowser, is really, really nice. That's getting framed on my wall for sure.

Gypsy
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13-Feb(#36)
That's interesting. I didn't have an issue with it but if they fixed it then it must have been a common complaint. I really enjoyed that game, and will likely replay it when I have a Switch again.
DCGX
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13-Feb(#37)
I mean, if you weren't really searching for everything, there was still plenty of time. But searching for each star and the stamp, without a guide, first time through, there just wasn't enough time in the WiiU version in most cases. I always felt hurried, which is never enjoyable. It felt like it was deliberate so people would play the stages multiple times.

PizzaTheHutt
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* 13-Feb(#38)
Tearaway Unfolded {PlayStation 4} 8/10
I remember thinking this was a clever and unique game when I originally played it on PS Vita. It used the system's camera and rear touchpad in ways that didn't just feel like a gimmick. The transition to PlayStation 4 was handled well and supports the PlayStation camera (not required though) and its built-in microphone (for at least one section), along with some minor adjustments to the game to make up for the touchpad not being on the rear of the controller anymore.
It's a bit on the short side, I think I've only played for a little over 3 hours and I am around halfway through the story, but there are lots of collectibles and sub-objectives given by NPCs if you really want to go for something extra. Media Molecule did a good job with this game, it has that certain kind of charm to it that you'd normally only experience from platformers made by Nintendo because so many other devs seem unable to replicate that "magic". It's a shame the game bombed in sales though because now it's unlikely we'll ever get a sequel.

Gypsy
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13-Feb(#39)
DCGX wrote:
> I mean, if you weren't really searching for everything, there was still plenty of
> time. But searching for each star and the stamp, without a guide, first time through,
> there just wasn't enough time in the WiiU version in most cases. I always felt hurried,
> which is never enjoyable. It felt like it was deliberate so people would play the
> stages multiple times.
>
>

Ah okay, I get what you mean now. Yeah I had to replay stages to get everything.
Kommie
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15-Feb(#40)
Anyone playing Valheim?

Dasgessabel
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15-Feb(#41)
Kommie wrote:
> Anyone playing Valheim?
>
>

I tried it. Its the flavor of the month survival game, really. Not my cup of tea
Kommie
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* 15-Feb(#42)
I picked it up, I like it so far but the only Survival games I've played and liked are Starbound and to a lesser degree, Animal Crossing. Never bothered with Blockcraft. Didn't like Terraria

Dasgessabel
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15-Feb(#43)
Kommie wrote:
> I picked it up, I like it so far but the only Survival games I've played and liked
> are Starbound and to a lesser degree, Animal Crossing. Never bothered with Blockcraft.
> Didn't like Terraria
>
>

Its probably more fun with friends, but most things are. I tried it with a buddy and neither of us were too interested beyond the refund window. I feel the way towards most survival games as I do towards Battle Royale shooters, though - outside of a gimmick or two, they've all been the same thing. I'm definitely not the target audience for these type of games. I imagine if you can get a full discord server running a guild type thing or whatever, you can have some fun but I'm not into that type of coordination anymore which is also why I dropped MMO's a while back. Lack of time and interest.
Kommie
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15-Feb(#44)
I view it as, I'll play it if I don't want to play any big story based games. I loathe online only/MMOs. Keeping up with metas and items locked behind time frames is a job unto itself.

Dasgessabel
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* 15-Feb(#45)
Good way to look at it. And I agree on MMO's, although you CAN have fun without paying too much attention to the meta game. But that wouldn't fly for me as I was definitely about the end game when I did play, so going back to them without doing that would be pointless.
DrizzDrizzDrizz
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15-Feb(#46)
I finished Outer Worlds. Great game, when I think about it the main quest alone was pretty short but I did pretty much everything there is. Only one faction (Boarst c & p) i had no idea how to gain their favor, all the rest except the board revered me
I doubt I'll ever play it again but might try the DLC at some point, and def will play the sequel when/if it comes out
DrizzDrizzDrizz
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15-Feb(#47)
Also, started Nier Automata
I had to redo first 45 minutes which was annoying (died and no save til after that part) but I'm digging it. Still trying to get a feel for what it actually is, but it's certainly unique, and stylish
tonymack21
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* 15-Feb(#48)
DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:
> Also, started Nier Automata
> I had to redo first 45 minutes which was annoying (died and no save til after that
> part) but I'm digging it. Still trying to get a feel for what it actually is, but
> it's certainly unique, and stylish

if you didnt play drakengard 1 and 3 (Drankengard 2 is not part of the timeline, it wasnt directed by yoko taro and is done off a non canon ending to drakengard 1) and nier there is a great video out there that can catch you up on the lore of the world leading up to automata, quite a bit happens in light novels and stuff that isnt the games and it covers that too if youre interested. also dont stop at the credits, the game is actually made up of endings A B C D and E, good news is they get shorter as you go and D and E can be had just from reloading a quick save

Anxiouz
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15-Feb(#49)
I dunno how multiple Nier Automata playthroughs gets better. It was a dull drag for me the first and only time through. traversing barron and unrewarding levels with lackluster battles didn't hook me at all. Talking to A B C D E whatever throughout the game was equally meh. There's no way more play throughs improve the core gameplay in overly spacious (and lacking fun) levels.
tonymack21
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16-Feb(#50)
the story changes each time, it is subtle with A and B but then C is pretty different. the combat is great and knowing the lore helped me enjoy the world more in the little things you'd find.

DrizzDrizzDrizz
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16-Feb(#51)
tonymack21 wrote:
> DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:
>> Also, started Nier Automata
>> I had to redo first 45 minutes which was annoying (died and no save til after
> that
>> part) but I'm digging it. Still trying to get a feel for what it actually is,
> but
>> it's certainly unique, and stylish
>
> if you didnt play drakengard 1 and 3 (Drankengard 2 is not part of the timeline,
> it wasnt directed by yoko taro and is done off a non canon ending to drakengard 1)
> and nier there is a great video out there that can catch you up on the lore of the
> world leading up to automata, quite a bit happens in light novels and stuff that
> isnt the games and it covers that too if youre interested. also dont stop at the
> credits, the game is actually made up of endings A B C D and E, good news is they
> get shorter as you go and D and E can be had just from reloading a quick save
>
>

Thanks, what about the first Nier game?
I haven't played any of them, I am aware they exist but don't have any of them and honestly don't see myself playing them either (maybe the upcoming Nier remaster, I guess). Which video do you recommend for the lore? As long as it's not too long I'll check it out lol
tonymack21
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16-Feb(#52)
DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:

>
> Thanks, what about the first Nier game?
> I haven't played any of them, I am aware they exist but don't have any of them and
> honestly don't see myself playing them either (maybe the upcoming Nier remaster,
> I guess). Which video do you recommend for the lore? As long as it's not too long
> I'll check it out lol


this is an amazing vid that can get you ready if you never played a drakengard or the first nier

https://youtu.be/MqiW2-Kw1jU


DrizzDrizzDrizz
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Croatia
16-Feb(#53)
tonymack21 wrote:
> DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:
>
>>
>> Thanks, what about the first Nier game?
>> I haven't played any of them, I am aware they exist but don't have any of them
> and
>> honestly don't see myself playing them either (maybe the upcoming Nier remaster,
>> I guess). Which video do you recommend for the lore? As long as it's not too long
>> I'll check it out lol
>
>
> this is an amazing vid that can get you ready if you never played a drakengard or
> the first nier
>
>
>
>

Nice one, will check it out, less than half an hour is very doable. Thanks!
kevolones
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16-Feb(#54)
Anxiouz wrote:
> I dunno how multiple Nier Automata playthroughs gets better. It was a dull drag for
> me the first and only time through. traversing barron and unrewarding levels with
> lackluster battles didn't hook me at all. Talking to A B C D E whatever throughout
> the game was equally meh. There's no way more play throughs improve the core gameplay
> in overly spacious (and lacking fun) levels.

If you didnt like the game during the first play thru, subsequent playthroughs definitely wont change your mind. The 2nd playthrough is absolutely horrible. Anyway, I didnt love the game either. I thought it was ok, it just didnt live up to all the hype. I think the first game is better, but even that one wasnt particularly great anyway.

tonymack21
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17-Feb(#55)
kevolones wrote:
> Anxiouz wrote:
>> I dunno how multiple Nier Automata playthroughs gets better. It was a dull drag
> for
>> me the first and only time through. traversing barron and unrewarding levels with
>> lackluster battles didn't hook me at all. Talking to A B C D E whatever throughout
>> the game was equally meh. There's no way more play throughs improve the core
> gameplay
>> in overly spacious (and lacking fun) levels.
>
> If you didnt like the game during the first play thru, subsequent playthroughs definitely
> wont change your mind. The 2nd playthrough is absolutely horrible. Anyway, I didnt
> love the game either. I thought it was ok, it just didnt live up to all the hype.
> I think the first game is better, but even that one wasnt particularly great anyway.
>
>
>

i will agree that the B route was the least enjoyable. C and D/E freaking rock though

benstylus
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17-Feb(#56)
Puzzle Quest Galactrix (DS)
I remember hating this game years ago because the CPU would get so lucky with mines coming in from off screen at exactly the right place, and I would always get decimated. Ended up getting rid of it.

Found it for 4 bucks locally this past weekend and decided to give it another shot. It's still got a lot of that luck, but it can be mitigated to some extent by various items. I have changed my mind completely on this one. It's still a bit rough around the edges, but it's pretty awesome.

Also I bought the entire classic 1980's He-Man cartoon on DVD in the same purchase. Not sure how I'm going to top that this year.
Gypsy
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17-Feb(#57)
benstylus wrote:
> Puzzle Quest Galactrix (DS)
> I remember hating this game years ago because the CPU would get so lucky with mines
> coming in from off screen at exactly the right place, and I would always get decimated.
> Ended up getting rid of it.
>
> Found it for 4 bucks locally this past weekend and decided to give it another shot.
> It's still got a lot of that luck, but it can be mitigated to some extent by various
> items. I have changed my mind completely on this one. It's still a bit rough around
> the edges, but it's pretty awesome.
>
> Also I bought the entire classic 1980's He-Man cartoon on DVD in the same purchase.
> Not sure how I'm going to top that this year.

Did you get the entire show?
benstylus
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18-Feb(#58)
Gypsy wrote:
> benstylus wrote:
>> Also I bought the entire classic 1980's He-Man cartoon on DVD in the same purchase.
>> Not sure how I'm going to top that this year.
>
> Did you get the entire show?

All 130 episodes
Gypsy
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18-Feb(#59)
benstylus wrote:
> Gypsy wrote:
>> benstylus wrote:
> |>> Also I bought the entire classic 1980's He-Man cartoon on DVD in the same purchase.
> |>> Not sure how I'm going to top that this year.
>>
>> Did you get the entire show?
>
> All 130 episodes

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I had to import New Adventures of He-man from Australia due to the price. Wonder if that was ever rereleased here.
Kommie
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* 18-Feb(#60)
Kommie
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19-Feb(#61)
Beat Island 1 in Cuphead. It is hard, but I wouldn't say unfair hard.

benstylus
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19-Feb(#62)
Sailorneorune is playing the Zelda minigame in Nintendoland right now, trying to get the no damage clear on every stage.

She's stuck on one stage right now, and was about to give up. She pulled a Skyrim last time she got hit, and said "I took an arrow to the Mii".

10 groans out of 10.
PizzaTheHutt
Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
20-Feb(#63)
Katamari Damacy REROLL {Nintendo Switch} 5/10
I remember the buzz around this series back on the PlayStation 2, and I believe most of it was just because it was a "quirky Japanese game, teehee ^_^" and that it actually released in the west so you didn't have to mod your system to import it. Honestly I think the wackiness is almost all the series ever had going for it, because judging by this the gameplay itself is nothing special. I don't recall playing any of the previous games besides checking out a demo or two and not being sure what to think of them. Now that I finally bought this one (a remaster of the original PS2 game) I can say...it kind of sucks. Some of the music is kinda funny/catchy and might even be the highlight of the game, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it and I for sure don't want to play a game I'm not enjoying just to hear it.

The graphics still look like a PS2 game from 2004, just in HD now. This apparently was done on purpose and I wish they would have spent more time touching it up. What also was done on purpose was making the choice to leave the controls exactly the same as they were in the PS2 version, so you can expect them to be just as clunky as they were back in the day (a lot of people seem to defend this choice, but I am not one of them). It probably feels better on a DualShock controller due to the placement of the analog sticks, but this ain't a PlayStation. The game now supports motion controls on Switch, but I honestly didn't bother to try it. I've put less than three hours into this and I just don't want to spend any more time with it. It surprised the heck out of me when I checked Metacritic and saw this game was somehow rockin' a 87.

Sun
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21-Feb(#64)
Life in Strange 2 PlayStation 4 - 7.5/10

Controls are a bit clunky, but the game is played for the story, which is an improvement on the original. I have yet to play Before The Storm (prequel to the first one), but I enjoyed this one. I never got stuck advancing the story. Soundtrack is rad as always with these games. One thing is that terrible about the physical version is that it comes with a download of Episode 5, while 1-4 are on the disc.. If the code is used, you're out of luck unless you buy Episode 5 separately.
sinnie
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21-Feb(#65)
Sun wrote:
> Life in Strange 2 PlayStation 4 - 7.5/10
>
> Controls are a bit clunky, but the game is played for the story, which is an improvement
> on the original. I have yet to play Before The Storm (prequel to the first one),
> but I enjoyed this one. I never got stuck advancing the story. Soundtrack is rad
> as always with these games. One thing is that terrible about the physical version
> is that it comes with a download of Episode 5, while 1-4 are on the disc.. If the
> code is used, you're out of luck unless you buy Episode 5 separately.

Yeah this is why I bought it all digitally. I found myself having a hard time getting into this story but it grew on me by episode 3. I prefer the first but it was still fantastic and I hope they do more.

Sun
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23-Feb(#66)
Game of Thrones PlayStation 4 - 7/10

Another story driven game with even less gameplay than the last game I beat (as I just finished Life is Strange 2). Story was good from a GoT POV, but it's not really a game. Still enjoyed it as a free PS+ game. If I had to have paid for it, I would've paid no no more than $5 for all 6 episodes.
benstylus
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25-Feb(#67)
Nervous Brickdown Nintendo DS

A great Breakout / Arkanoid clone with fun level design, boss fights, and even download play co-op! The physics seem a bit weird, but it might just be because the paddle is slightly rounded. You can get used to it though. Definitely one of the hidden gems of the DS library.

Download play has to be one of the coolest features Nintendo packed of the DS, and I'm glad this game has it. (Yes I know the GBA has a similar feature but this is wireless!)
Bleed_DukeBlue
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* 25-Feb(#68)
If you like these games, I would highly recommend Before the Storm. It's a big part of what made me appreciate Life is Strange overall, and the soundtrack is awesome. I went out and bought a CD from a band I'd never heard of before solely because of how hard one scene hit given the perfect placement of a song.

Sun wrote:
> Life in Strange 2 PlayStation 4 - 7.5/10
>
> Controls are a bit clunky, but the game is played for the story, which is an improvement
> on the original. I have yet to play Before The Storm (prequel to the first one),
> but I enjoyed this one. I never got stuck advancing the story. Soundtrack is rad
> as always with these games. One thing is that terrible about the physical version
> is that it comes with a download of Episode 5, while 1-4 are on the disc.. If the
> code is used, you're out of luck unless you buy Episode 5 separately.
Sun
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* 25-Feb(#69)
Bleed_DukeBlue wrote:
> If you like these games, I would highly recommend Before the Storm. It's a big part
> of what made me appreciate Life is Strange overall, and the soundtrack is awesome.
> I went out and bought a CD from a band I'd never heard of before solely because
> of how hard one scene hit given the perfect placement of a song.

Yeah, I'm just waiting until Before the Storm goes on sale again. Cheapest digital sale price previously was $4.99 which is what I'm waiting for again. Finished Life is Strange a couple years back. I only bought Life is Strange 2 used from GameStop because I needed something cheap to get free shipping on my order, and this was something quick that I could finish and return within 7 days under their return policy.

I'm playing Detroit: Become Human right now. Finished Beyond: Two Souls a couple weeks ago, and previously beat Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain on PS2 and PS3 respectively. Working through all these story-driven games at the moment.
PizzaTheHutt
Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
27-Feb(#70)
Sun wrote:
> Life in Strange 2 PlayStation 4 - 7.5/10
>
> Controls are a bit clunky, but the game is played for the story, which is an improvement
> on the original. I have yet to play Before The Storm (prequel to the first one),
> but I enjoyed this one. I never got stuck advancing the story. Soundtrack is rad
> as always with these games. One thing is that terrible about the physical version
> is that it comes with a download of Episode 5, while 1-4 are on the disc.. If the
> code is used, you're out of luck unless you buy Episode 5 separately.

Do the choices from the first game carry over at all via save file? I wanted to get this on PS4 a few times when I saw it on sale, but I played the first one on Steam and if this can read the save file of the first game I guess I'd need to play the sequel on Steam too.
PizzaTheHutt
Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
27-Feb(#71)
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered {Nintendo Switch} 8/10
I rented this when it originally released a decade ago and had a blast, I think I had kept it from GameFly for nearly a month. Revisiting this, it's nice to be back to the basics, when you could boot up a Need For Speed game and get some good old fashioned racing right off the bat and not a cutscene to start some goofy story mode full of lame characters you won't give a crap about within the next 10 minutes because they talk like idiots.

For the online multiplayer there is cross-platform support so PC, Xbox One, Switch and PlayStation 4 players can all play together and it runs nice and smooth and I cannot wait until the day this feature becomes the standard for all new games that support online play. I've found that probably 95% of the time in each lobby I've been in, I'm the only one playing on Switch. Basically if this game didn't have cross-play then I think the online community would be near dead for Switch owners. Also, before heading online you will want to play through some of the single player mode to unlock better cars or else you're going to get your ass handed to you online by other players that have already done so.

Overall I do enjoy this and I'd say it might even be my favorite racing game on the Switch so far. But if I could rewind time just a little bit to the last Holiday sale, I would have bought this on PlayStation 4 instead of Switch. Not only for any graphical improvements but mainly because the analog L2/R2 triggers on a DualShock 4 just feel better for racing games and Switch controllers don't have that.
Usually in a Need For Speed review I'd complain about how bad the soundtrack is, but the engine noises are so loud in this that I can barely hear most of the music while I'm playing. The only other issue is I feel that the load times are just a smidge too long and if you screw up early on in a race and choose to restart it, you have to sit through them again.

Sun
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27-Feb(#72)
PizzaTheHutt wrote:
> Sun wrote:
>> Life in Strange 2 PlayStation 4 - 7.5/10
>>
>> Controls are a bit clunky, but the game is played for the story, which is an improvement
>> on the original. I have yet to play Before The Storm (prequel to the first one),
>> but I enjoyed this one. I never got stuck advancing the story. Soundtrack is
> rad
>> as always with these games. One thing is that terrible about the physical version
>> is that it comes with a download of Episode 5, while 1-4 are on the disc.. If
> the
>> code is used, you're out of luck unless you buy Episode 5 separately.
>
> Do the choices from the first game carry over at all via save file? I wanted to get
> this on PS4 a few times when I saw it on sale, but I played the first one on Steam
> and if this can read the save file of the first game I guess I'd need to play the
> sequel on Steam too.

No need for save file. The 2nd game asks you at the beginning about the major choice you made at the end of the first game. No huge impact on the story. The save file from the The Adventure of Captain Spirits free game does carry over and minorly impacts the 2nd game.
Alaisiagae
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28-Feb(#73)
Donut County: 3 of 5. It's cute, but the humor didn't really click with me and the levels (and game) are way too short. Glad I got it on sale, I'd have felt robbed if I bought it at full price.

Never Alone: Fox Tails: like the main game, I'd give it 2 of 5. The gameplay is clunky and there's not much variety. The story-telling was interesting and so were the cultural insights. It's a game that had a good idea but fell flat on its face for the execution. Glad I got it on sale, it is not worth the regular price. It's not an abysmal game - it is playable - but the poorly polished mechanics get in the way and cause frustration.

Kommie
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
28-Feb(#74)
Alaisiagae wrote:
> Donut County: 3 of 5. It's cute, but the humor didn't really click with me and the
> levels (and game) are way too short. Glad I got it on sale, I'd have felt robbed
> if I bought it at full price.
>
|
>
>

This is free on GamePass, not sure how you played it. For a GamePass game, it was fun.


TalonJedi87
Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 28-Feb(#75)
Dirt 5 is fun as heck. The physics are hilariously broken at times though, but still a very addicting rally arcade style racer. I'd give it a cool 8/10 so far with potential to go higher as I keep advancing.
benstylus
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28-Feb(#76)
TalonJedi87 wrote:
> Dirt 5 is fun as heck. The physics are hilariously broken at times though, but still
> a very addicting rally arcade style racer. I'd give it a cool 8/10 so far with potential
> to go higher as I keep advancing.

I love it. Just a little apprehensive whether we'll see cool and creative stuff like Dirt 5 anymore now that Codemasters is owned by EA.
benstylus
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28-Feb(#77)
It sounds weird thinking that anything "5" is cool and creative, but it's a big departure from the previous few Dirt titles. The playground mode where you can build your own obstacle course is exceptionally cool.
https://youtu.be/Bioy46cKwgk
Archer
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28-Feb(#78)
@benstylus I take it you never played Dirt 3?
TalonJedi87
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28-Feb(#79)
Yeah I hope EA continues to let Codemasters do their thing. I think EA realizes the importance of creativity now though. Took them a while but between them letting devs do their thing and understanding the importance of single player games, I hope EA doesn't revert to what they once were. The Unicronic Arts and destroyer of all dev studios. Like Bioware, I just hope they steer that studio back on course and I hope that with the new focus on single player experiences with Bioware there may be some spark of hope again. Not much but there's a smidge of potential once again.
benstylus
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* 28-Feb(#80)
Archer wrote:
> @benstylus I take it you never played Dirt 3?

I did - this is closer to dirt 3 than dirt rally, dirt 4 or dirt rally 2. With a heaping helping of neon from dirt showdown.

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