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Jamie John

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  1. Rise on the Switch was an odd one. On the one hand I sunk 60 hours into it and it was my GOTY after Death's Door, but at the same time it was the game that convinced me I never want to play a Monster Hunter game ever again.
  2. The first season was excellent back in the day. I replayed it again recently and the story and voice work still hold up, but the arbitrary point-and-click sections have dated badly. I'd give the first season a try and see what you think. It's a good mobile/Steam Deck streaming game.
  3. Yeah, it looks lovely, and I'm sure it'll pop nicely on the OLED. I've read that it's a bit baggy, however, and the characters talk more than they need to. I might play it for a couple of hours on GP and then get the Switch version if I like it.
  4. I'm interested to try Eastward as well. I've been thinking about getting it on the Switch for a while now. Good stuff!
  5. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on GP from 6 December. Chuffed with that. I've been waiting for the digital version to drop down in price for ages. Looking forward to blasting through it with the boy over Christmas Edit: @Mr Do 71 - snap!
  6. Amazing work, @Stopharage! Puts my efforts to shame. I'm sure I've asked you this before, but when do you manage to fit in all your reading? As a fellow English teacher, I feel like I should read more than I do, but really it's just 20 minutes or so in bed on weeknights before I pass out from exhaustion, unless it's something I'm really into.
  7. And going into the final month of the year, the backlog is currently thus, at 9 games: I'm about two-thirds of the way through GoW: Ragnarok and am definitely going to see that through. I may even go for the Platinum, like I did the first game. Mushihimesama I'm still dipping into as my current handheld game, but it's not really one you 'complete'. I'm going to try to clear it without any continues, at least. XCOM 2, Frostpunk and Surviving Mars are all of a type. I've been putting off playing them, really, as I work on my computer all day and don't really fancy it once I get home. Maybe I'll get through one of them over the Christmas holidays. Phoenix Wright I'll get to at some point, but I'm in no rush, and I'm pretty sure I've played it before. It Takes Two I started with my wife, but she's not into games and we didn't get very far into it. Realistically, I doubt I'll ever have anyone to play it with, so I might scrub that off the list at some point (). Ghost of Tsushima I still haven't got around to, and after rinsing Ragnarok, I may well need a break before my next big Sony action-adventure game, so that will likely be pushed into next year. And I can't really remember what Song of Horror is. A horror game, presumably. I think someone Steam gifted it to me years ago. Apart from that lot, there are still lots of Game Pass games I want to get through before I decided on my GOTY list, including Sommerville, Pentiment and Return To Monkey Island. I think I might prioritise those three, actually, once I'm done with Kratos and co. As mentioned, I also want to play something on my Deck, so I could stream them. As ever, too many games and not enough time!
  8. Did you just buy the GBA cart of Rhythm Tengoku, @Qazimod, or has it been ported to something? I've never played it, but want to.
  9. Cheers, all! I shall soldier on.
  10. Question re the double fight near the mines: these twats can one-shot me, even though I feel like I'm coming towards the end of the game now (I'm up to the bit where Should I just come back later when I'm more powerful, or is this fight this game's version of the valkyrie queen and I just need to git gud? Annoyingly, I'm about 10% away from one hundred percenting all of Sfvartelheim (or whatever - the dwarf region), but there are still a couple of areas with an 'Undiscovered' in the checklist, and I don't know whether these are things I'm actually able to discover yet or if they're gated off to me until later on. Does the game make it very obvious once you get to the point of no return if you want to go around mopping everything up?
  11. Cheers @ImmaculateClump!
  12. I've been playing that thar Mushihimesama on Switch on and off all day, in between bouts of coughing, sneezing and generally man-fluing all over the place, and it's been great. Admittedly, I'm playing on the novice difficulty and the 'Original' mode, but this is the longest length of time I've played a shmup before; I didn't really understand Ikaruga, Danmaku Unlimited 3 or Sine Mora, although I loved Geometry Wars on the 360, so maybe that counts. And Assault Android Cactus, come to think of it... Anyway, I'm going to try to clear novice mode without using a continue (I believe this is what the kids call "1cc-ing" the game). I will say, however, that for someone, like me, who doesn't really understand the genre at all, Mushihimesama does a pretty crap job of explaining how you should actually play it. I still don't really know what a lot of the terminology means, what all the buttons do, or what the differences between the various modes are; I've just stuck it on easy and gone for what looks to be the most basic settings. Finding beginner guides online that are easy to understand has been a challenge, too. I've figured out that the different classes of bug ship you choose at the start are more or less effective depending on how far away you are from the enemies (I've gone for the S-class one, which shoots in a straight line), and that pressing B instead of X (with Switch controls) slows you down and shows your hit box, which is useful when it all gets a bit hectic, but that's about it. The slowdown on the Switch when the screen fills with bullets is actually helpful, however (unless this is by design and not just a performance issue). Does anyone have any hot tips for me? Beyond "Don't get hit", I mean.
  13. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) - Netflix I'm not sure why I watched this. I didn't think it was very funny. 2/5
  14. A lot of games on my Steam wishlist are on sale, but nothing that I'm aching to play. I reckon my final game purchase of the year might be Cyberpunk.
  15. 38. Pikmin 3: Deluxe (2020) - Switch I played this on the Wii U years ago but remembered enjoying it enough to buy it again for Switch. It's a lovely game that seems to get overlooked for some reason when it comes to Nintendo's first-party titles. I've been chipping away at it for only 20 minutes or so each morning before work, but the last couple of nights its charm has been enough to pull me away from GOW: Ragnarök, which is saying something. It's a simple game, but very endearing, and being able to command your own private battalion of army ant-like little creatures to gather fruit, swarm enemies and solve undemanding puzzles is consistently satisfying. If you own a Switch and have forgotten about this gem, then absolutely pick it up the next time it's on sale. Barring a little bit of fiddliness in the final stages, it's a great game to unwind with on a rainy Saturday afternoon. 8/10 Played in 2022:
  16. 1. Inscryption (PC) - 7/1/22 2. Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS4) - 28/1/22 3. Elden Ring (XSX) - 21/02/22 4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch) - 25/03/22 5. Dragon Quest XI: Definitive Edition (Switch) - 28/4/22 6. Horizon: Forbidden West (PS5) - 27/5/22 7. Sifu: Vengeance Edition (PS5) - 6/7/22 8. Streets of Rage 4 (Switch) - 1/8/22 9. (One month of PS Plus) - 15/10/22 10. God of War: Ragnarok (pre-order) - 31/10/22 11. Mushihimesama (Switch) - 26/11/22 12. Avoiding the Black Friday sales has been tough, but I've been meaning to play Mushihimesama for a while, after hearing lots of good things, and I thought the Switch version would look good on the OLED. Plus, region-scumming meant I got it for a few quid cheaper on the Polish eShop. One game left for the final month of the year! I should probably pick up something for my Steam Deck in the sales; it's been gathering dust since I spent £80 on the official dock
  17. Cheers @Pob and @jon_cybernet. I'm playing on normal at the moment but am tempted to push it up to hard in the hope that it will force me to engage with the systems more and actually think about what I'm doing. Button mashing my way through encounters isn't quite enough, but it's not far off from being enough. I'll give it a go and see what it's like. I take it you're enjoying the hardest difficulty, Pob?
  18. Is the equivalent of the valkyrie fights in this the hell-hole draugr thing that you occasionally find? (I can't remember what they're called now - 'Restless Fury'? I might have just made that up. Anyway, there's six of them and I've killed about four so far.) Or are there nastier things later? I'm about 12 hours in, just wrapping up the bit in but I remember in the first game encountering some of the valkyries a lot earlier than that.
  19. It's the first XL episode. You need to back the Patreon to access it.
  20. There's a lot of guff in this game. It's still great and everything, but blimey. After this and Forbidden West, Sony need to rein it in big time when it comes to all the systems within systems. Case in point: I've recently unlocked the amulet and have found some gems to go in it. What's the 'Perk requirement' thing about? I've got four different gems which I've set in the amulet but they all say 'Perk requirement 1/3' and the text is all greyed out on each one in the menu. Do they not work until the 'Perk requirement' is fulfilled, whatever that means?
  21. I've tried a number of times over the years to get into some of the less mainstream gaming genres - stuff like fighters, shoot-em-ups and strategy games - as well as force myself to play things I wouldn't normally play. Latterly, however, I've come to the conclusion that I like what I like, and (just as with all forms of other media) there are whole echelons of gaming that are simply never going to be 'for me', for whatever reason, and that's fine. Maybe it's part of getting old. Thankfully, the games that I do tend to enjoy (which is to say, single-player action-adventure games with a definite end point to work towards) are so abundant that, even by limiting my gaming tastes to just this particular genre (if you can call it that, as broad as it is), there's an embarrassment of riches available to me. And, as it happens, the games I typically like are often the most critically acclaimed and sell very well, which means that developers will continue to make them and improve on what's come before, and that suits me just fine. As a matter of fact, I need to shrink my palette even more, if anything, and stop trying games from genres I know I don't gel with in the vain hope that 'This 2D brawler/run-n-gun platformer/top-down bullet hell shooter/deck builder will be the one that suddenly breaks the genre wide open for me.' It's pretty sad that I'm self-consciously limiting myself to the art I'm exposed to in this way, but compared with most other forms of art, videogames can often take ten, twenty, or a hundred times as long to 'consume', and when you work full time, and have children, ain't nobody got time for being eclectic. At the end of a long day, I want to sit down with something that I know I'll enjoy.
  22. Yeah, part 2 is spoilery - I stopped listening - but they pre-warn you. It's convinced me to finally play the game, anyway!
  23. I sensed that there would be a change in tone from quite near the start: I'd already heard that it was a
  24. Kill List (2011) - Blu Ray Well, that certainly took a turn. Hmm. I thought this was excellent up until the very end: realistically acted, claustrophobically shot and incredibly tense. I must admit, however, my initial reaction when I got to the end was immediate dissatisfaction, a proper "Oh, for fuck's sake" moment, which undid a lot of the goodwill the film had generated up until that point. I've spent the last 30 minutes or so reading a few different interpretations, and that's done something to mitigate my original frustrations with the ending, but only up to a point. In a lot of ways, this reminded me of Under The Skin, one of my favourite films, in terms of its cinematography and underlying menace, but it doesn't quite reach the same heights. Having said that, however, I'm definitely interested in checking out some of Wheatley's (the director's) other stuff; I've heard that A Field in England is just as divisive as this, if not more so. 4/5
  25. Jamie John


    It's a real shame that any interest in this has dried up. It's one of my games of the year. More people should check it out.
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