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CrichStand

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  1. This is absolutely brilliant from what I’ve played of it so far. Reminds me of the pure fun and undiluted gameplay of games from the 80’s and 90’s. Had a few attempts at the first Finland TIme Trial and hit No.1 on the Leaderboards.
  2. Upgraded from PS4 to PS5. Well worth it IMO. The jump in resolution to 4k makes a considerable difference (playing on a 65inch screen, so that might make it more noticeable). Either way it looked amazing before, but now, it looks absolutely STUNNING! The lighting, the use of colour, all the movement in the environment.......it all just pops even more thanks to the improved image quality. Same goes for the sound too, the 3D audio on headphones is great. Haptics work well, love the feel of the horse galloping along, really adds to the immersion. Stuff like the bow having resistance on the triggers works nicely too. There seems to have been some QOL “improvements”, such as icons over certain stuff and more noticeable collectibles. Not too keen on that. £20 for the expansion and the upgrade to PS5 seems fair enough to me, especially considering I’ve already played the game for 150hrs and still not finished it! Looking forward to giving the new island a go when I next get chance.
  3. Has a patch increased the difficulty level in this or what? Got to the final boss twice now and both times it appears to have been impossible with the entire screen full waves of purple rings on the floor at the same time as 1000s of airborne projectiles and lasers everywhere. Even though I have a powerful weapon it barely touches the health of the boss too. I’m also now dying a lot 10mins into runs, when i’ll suddenly hit a room that absolutely batters me in similar fashion. Oh, and I’m over 100hrs played but not getting any further with the trophies. No Scout logs are appearing, not getting any new weapon traits, and never get the items I need to use to meet trophy requirements. Is this a glitch or something?
  4. Interesting to read that quite a few people are now having similar issues to the points I raised earlier in the thread. I’m now approaching the end of my 2nd playthrough and for me, the game has gone from being a 5/10 with some great sections, to a strong 8/10, maybe even a 9/10 throughout. Challenge mode on the top difficulty level adds so much to the gameplay. The added challenge makes it fun, you don’t feel like you’re just going through the motions. The main thing that changed my mind has been playing it like a classic 16bit game, such as Sonic or Streets of Rage. Blast through the levels and it’s fantastic. However, the way the game is set up sort of pushes you into playing more like other big AAA first party Sony games and there just isn’t the depth to back that up. It ends up feeling very shallow and flat in places when played like that. Was going to trade it in but have decided to keep it for now as I can see myself playing through it again at some point.
  5. Just done a 3hr run on this. Cleaned out all of the last 3 levels with ease. Hit Proficiency Lv30 and bagged the trophy. Had a maximum damage HollowSeeker with Portal beam.. HUGE Health bar. Incredible set of Parasites and upgrades. 3 Silphium Vials. 2 Large Silphium Vials. Already beaten the last boss and seen the credits roll........but was not prepared for how difficult it was this time around. I was barely doing any damage to it but somehow managed to make it to the bosses 3rd phase and then........literally the whole screen was full of projectiles and lasers. It was impossible to do anything, as all of the ground and air was covered with an insane, never ending, unavoidable blanket of enemy fire. Is that how difficult the last boss always is after seeing the credits roll?
  6. Ah right! That makes a lot of sense. Guess it was added in a patch recently, as I’ve not played it much for a while. Now sitting on 97% completion for most levels. Is that likely to mean I’m just missing some Scout Logs? I’m clearing the levels out each time but don’t seem to find any now.
  7. Played this for a bit last night and noticed that certain weapons I picked up had Red Lvl numbers, instead of the standard colour. Never seen that before. They didn’t seem any different to use though. Anyone know what the Red numbers signify?
  8. Yeah, totally agree. That’ was the point were I started to get frustrated with how a lot of stuff is under-utilised in terms of gameplay. Soooooo, realised that I only needed one more trophy to get the Platinum on this but it requires another playthrough. Only got 1 Platinum, for Astrobot, so thought I may as well give it a go. I’m skipping the mainline mini-games/puzzle bits, not collecting stuff, not bothering with anything optional, just zipping straight through the levels........and it plays LOADS better! Straight up action shooter, that really does have a lot in common with Returnal. The Challenge mode seems to push the difficulty up a few notches further too, so it’s a really good challenge throughout and you need to use your weapons and abilities properly to succeed. The bigger fights have been so much more entertaining. About halfway through the game already and where as before i felt it really dipped down in terms of gameplay quality with the mid game levels, now I’m really enjoying it.
  9. @Mr. Gerbik Holy shit, you actually went there and took photos! Lol Heard the MGS alert sound when I perused them for important clues. All I can deduce is that you are now a key factor in all of this, as you “just happen” to “conveniently live within walking distance” of the very building at the epicentre of this “conspiracy”. Interesting.......
  10. Lol. Man you’re good at this!! Maybe a little bit toooooo good at this.......HIDEO!??! There’s clearly enough evidence there to fill a 25min YouTube vid. Get on it!
  11. Hey man! Not sure really. I was just playing through the game and felt like posting my impressions as I went through it. It just is what it is. I think if my impressions had been positive no-one would have had a problem. I think all this drama has been whipped up over nowt, probably by someone that’s life is a veritable shambles and so they have to try and shit on other folks online to feel a bit better. Lol. I’m enthusiastic about games. I absolutely love them! I guess playing this I can see so much potential in it to be a truly great game and when it wasn’t making an effort and just fell into lazy or poor design I found it a real waste. Plus I it was £60. So I wanted my monies worth! Big shout out to all the anti-price hike warriors in the “fuck me, £70 for a game thread”. You were right on this occasion! Dude, imo you should be free to let rip about Returnal as much as you like. I’d happily read your posts and listen to your viewpoint. If i got tired of it, I’d just stop reading. It’s that simple. It’s just common sense really. I mean, is it really that difficult to just skim past a post and not read it or hit the block button? Yeah, no problems at all on my part mate. Enjoy your day man! Now, let’s leave that shit there and open up the floor for others to post about the game!
  12. Oh my god...... Look what happens if you take the word ABANDONED and rearrange the letters and replace them with other letters...... SILENT HILLS. I’ve tried this a few times and also got APE ESCAPE, RIDGE RACER and QWERTYBANJOFLANGE. You heard it here first!
  13. Just watched a Vid about all this. Some really compelling evidence for this being Silent Hills...... Blue Box Game Studios........all Playstation games come in blue boxes, so, er, yeah....... The director of the studios was once involved in making a fitness app that was listed on the store as a Personal Trainer app.......P.T. Smoking gun right there!
  14. Yeah, it’s really interesting how the mind works and always looks for patterns and tries to make sense out of random stuff. I love mysterious spooky shit like this and it’d be awesome if one of the conspiracies ended up being true. Ya gotta do what? Ya gotta believe!!! Have you watched the stuff on YouTube where people had put together a water tight case for Death Stranding being Silent Hills? I was addicted to it at one point! The deeper you go with it, the more random shit starts to add up to something and make sense. I mean......Silent Hills was cancelled. You could say.......Abandoned even! The plot thickens! Kojima Edit - What. The, Fuck. Swear down I never wrote Kojima in that post!!! Proper chills up the spine shit. You there Hideo?
  15. This is just a continuation of all the Silent Hills stuff that was doing the rounds with Death Stranding. People genuinely thought that nobody in their right mind would make a game about a bloke delivering parcels and so pieced together shit loads of random stuff to prove that Death Stranding was fake and a cover for Silent Hills being stealth released. They believed this right up until they put the Death Stranding disc in their PS4s and the game booted up! Lol I think Silent Hill 2 has got one of the best video game stories ever created. The sound design on it is fucking incredible. I would love a new Silent Hill game that does the series justice. I think there’s got to be a Silent Hill coming and Sony have definitely got some big announcements on the way, but I’d say if we do see more Silent Hill it’s likely to be a Bluepoi...oops, Blue Box remake.
  16. Acrenoid! Super Mary-O World! Loving the names.
  17. Aaaaaand finished. That last stretch really is something else. it’s all about that last level! It’s not only a real showcase for what the PS5 can do technically, but one of the most action packed and outright fun levels I’ve ever played. Everything comes together perfectly and it’s chef’s kiss good! Going on that last level then this series is going places. Full game of that, bang in some quality platforming......SHAZAAAM......top tier game that Nintendo would shit a brick to have in their roster. Overall it’s one weird Marmitey game. Don’t think I could even give it a rating as it swings so wildly from one extreme to the other. One minute it’s a 4 or 5/10 the next it’s a solid 8 or 9. Sadly, I think it’s far too much the former and there’s way too much downtime and not enough proper gameplay. Who’d have guessed it? Lol. It’s well worth picking up though and giving it a go but would definitely recommend waiting till it’s patched if buying for young kids. In the last few levels I hit a wealth of glitches - from more puzzles that couldn’t be completed, to getting completely stuck inside scenery and behind walls, to the weapon firing but no projectiles coming out and doing any damage. Apparently there are a few game breaking bugs too which require you to restart the game from the beginning. Not kid friendly, unless you enjoy dealing with full on meltdowns! Kind of reminds of an album that has 3 or four great tracks and the rest is filler. Some folk might enjoy the filler, some folk might not. But those decent tracks are proper bangers and it’s worth checking out.
  18. Dude, don’t worry about it! I’m certainly not! You’re clearly a decent, friendly, caring bloke, just trying to do the right thing. That counts for a lot and I do appreciate your concern, especially with what’s going on in the world right now. It’s very clear to see what’s going on here though. There are certain individuals that love drama and control and at times use the forums as a way to put others down and in the process make themselves feel better. It’s pretty sad really. There’s also a lot of herd mentality on here at times too. People get shut down, discussion gets shut down, because they don’t hold the same opinion as the majority. Most people are friendly on here though and don’t act like fannys! Lol I might repeat some points at times but I’m just putting my genuine opinions and thoughts out there. People are totally free to skip past my posts and not bother reading them. They’re totally free to block me so they don’t see them at all. I’ve blocked people and.......“POOOF” they no longer exist! The reality is that repeatedly choosing to go back to a thread, choosing to read someone’s post, choosing to get upset over them, choosing to then report them.......then choosing to repeat the process over and over speaks volumes about that persons mentality and what they’re about They then post insults or YouTube videos or misrepresent what you’re saying to bait you into responding, whilst complaining that the thread is being ruined. They repeatedly post stuff that’s not even got anything at all to do with the game or discussing the game, which actually does ruin the threads for people, because it’s not game discussion, it’s just a load of childish shite. Anyway, pressing on.......that last level is absolutely phenomenal! Straight up some of the best stuff I’ve played on the PS5 so far. Seriously 10/10 stuff. Got a real Nintendo feel to it. I think Demon’s Souls is an amazing game. I personally don’t find it a particularly difficult game for a number of reasons though. What’s that got to do with Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart discussion though, which is what this thread is for? Yep, that’s right it’s for discussing Ratchet and Clank, yet bizarrely some people seem more interested in me! I’m flattered but can we just get back to game chat please. Or are folk going to post more dated Indie band vids that sound like my Nan’s hoover malfunctioning? lol
  19. Now on the final level and fuck me.......it’s doing all of the things I’ve been talking about it doing. It’s almost like Insomniac have heard every last point I’ve made and addressed them all. The combat is fucking brilliant at times and writing it off as just a “simple 6 or 7/10 game series that’s never going to amount to anything more” is absolutely nuts. This is now showing that when it’s cracks, it CRACKS! This could genuinely be up there with the best of the best. You need to use cover, you need to use all the abilities of Rivet, the environment and enemy placement is designed around the combat so that you have to use cover properly, the enemy waves aren’t just the same repeating encounters, the weapons all come into their own and need to be used carefully. Sections are now giving me Halo vibes but mashed up with an arcade shooter. The game is also no longer building up and then cutting away and interrupting the flow with pointless crap, it’s whipping along and letting me get stuck into the action and have fun. The difficulty level is suddenly through the roof hard and really challenging too. The section I’m on is proper nails! It feels like just as the game is ending it’s finally hitting its stride.
  20. What a great post! Good to see someone so friendly, with an open mind, that likes a bit of discussion! Good to hear you’ve enjoyed the game and why and to get a different take on things! Can totally see where you’re coming from with a lot of that. I’ve definitely enjoyed chunks of it and think it does a lot of stuff really well. Level 8 and the following section has been a real high point and what I was hoping for from all the trailers, previews and reviews. Wish there was more of that kind of stuff. Each time it starts to build momentum and I’m having fun the game seems intent on putting an end to it by cutting to a Mini-game or more story exposition or I hit another bad bug/glitch. Just playing it now and unfortunately have hit another few big ones. It’s something Sony definitely need to sort out, as having so many bugs in a £70rrp game is not going to go down well with a lot of people, especially when some of them require skipping parts of the game or having to restart completely. But yeah, anyway..........cheers to you too man!
  21. Paying £70 for.a AAA game and having to skip stuff because it’s impossible to finish due to major glitches and bugs. Welcome to next gen! My young Nephew was playing that section and he got really frustrated as he wanted to solve the puzzle.. It wasn’t till I looked at it that I could see it had glitched again. I’m just putting it out there that if you’ve got young kids and are buying the game for them then the bugs are something to take into consideration. Having read up on other people’s experiences online it seems there are quite a few people having issues and apparently even some reviews that have brought them to light. You seem to have missed out where I’ve said the game has astonishing graphics, amazing audio, great controls, fun combat, quality set pieces etc etc. I’ve posted that in places it’s really enjoyable. I’ve also posted about a lot of negative stuff. All in, i’m just posting my impressions of the game. Not aiming this at you.......Why that’s such a problem is beyond me. If you don’t like my posts then don’t read them! Put me on block. What kind of big stiff idiot keeps choosing to read stuff they don’t like and don’t agree with when no-one is forcing them to read it in the first place? Lol I’m not attacking anyone, not insulting anybody, not telling people what to do or that they’re wrong about this that and the other. I came from the Edge forums where in-depth discussion, both positive and negative was actively encouraged. That’s what I come on here for - to discuss games and voice my opinion, both positive and negative.
  22. Just hit another really bad glitch which is again one of the weirdest I’ve ever seen on a game. On one of the Clank puzzle bits, a broken crate, which shouldn’t even be on the level is wedged in a mechanism rendering it unusable and so you can’t compete the puzzle and progress. Tried restarting a few times but it’s still there. If anyone’s on the fence about this game, I’d definitely wait a bit until it’s had some patches, especially if it’s being bought for young kids.
  23. I’ve at no point said anything about wanting a Returnal level challenge from Ratchet and Clank! I would like some kind of decent balance and challenge outside of difficulty spikes when playing on its hardest setting though. I’d like the game to build on the PS4 title. Sadly, imo a lot of the stuff here is a step backwards from the PS4 game. It feels a bit like Insomniac have attempted to follow a formula that’s been used in other big AAA PlayStation games successfully, but here it doesn’t really work iand make the most of the game’s really strong points. There are some absolutely brilliant set pieces and really fun battles, but they’re few and far between. And with regards to your disclaimer. Great! Glad you enjoyed and loved it! But what if someone doesn’t want to drop the difficulty (not exactly the sign of a well balanced game) or play the game the way you have? It works both ways. Still astonished by the graphics in this. Level 8 is a real treat after some of the other stuff and I love the enemies. The bit with.... Made me laugh, with the music playing and everything and reminded me of the sense of humour of the PS4 game, which has been lost somewhat on this one and replaced with a more Disney style story.
  24. I’m guessing it’ll just be a case of buying them the same as DLC. Really impressed with the PS5 upgrade, looks and plays amazing running 60fps, to the point I’ve restarted the game from the beginning with 25hrs on the clock.
  25. That’s a great idea and would be amazing! I’d like to see a mode with Bayonetta/DMC style challenges, to work through too.
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