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  1. I've had about an hours play on it today using the Switch touch screen and I've not found it an issue. Helps that you can touch anywhere to do the gauge so you don't have to block too much of the screen. I had a quick go using the stick and touch screen is definitely the better option.
  2. April/May Borderlands 2 + all DLC (PS4) - I've been playing this through on co-op with a friend for a while now and we finally got the Platinum Trophy, we finished all of the DLC on Ultimate Vault Hunter mode (I think) but didn't quite get through the main story on UVHM as we got burned out on the game. It's a fun game to play through and this is especially true in co-op but it does tire after multiple play-throughs especially when we had to do some grinding to get the Platinum trophy. That said we just used those points as something to do while we talked about other things and had a catch up. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel +all DLC (PS4) - We then jumped straight into the Pre-Sequel and had a lot of fun with it, again I think playing through in co-op makes a big difference to the experience and we happily played through most of it again in TVHM. We didn't bother trying to get the Platinum trophy for this though as the grind was just too much! Whoever thought having challenges linked to the equipment grinder was a good idea needs to be fired. Also it is worth mentioning that we had a ton of golden keys for both this and Borderlands 2 which helped reduce the grind in finding useful weapons a lot. There is No Game (PC) - I downloaded this after reading @Unofficial Who's write up and I'm glad I did. A short, fun experience that can be downloaded for free, so why not give it a shot? Defunct (PC) - Picked this up in one of the recent Xbox sales for 89p and while I got my money's worth I'm not sure I could recommend it to others. It has an interesting control scheme but while it can be fun to zip along in I didn't feel compelled to go back to it afterwards to try out other routes and some of the jumping is just annoying to do. It was a pleasant enough diversion and it is short but I'm not sure that is enough. I do feel though that the general mechanics could be refined and used to make a better game, I got the feeling of the downhill levels from Tony Hawk 1 in some sections and a tighter focus on that aspect would make me much more likely to go back to it. Horace (PC) - I've written up my detailed thoughts in the main thread but overall I loved it, though it can be damn frustrating in parts. The writing is great though and if you are a retro games fan than you really should give it a try. Alienation (PS4) - Another game I have played through in co-op and it works well with a few rough edges. It's a solid twin-stick shooter but I don't like that enemies sometimes hide behind the scenery or that they only have health bars once damaged, making it easy to overlook them. The fact you get different drops for each player is a nice touch and you can set the challenge as you like it. We've completed 1.5 playthroughs and we'll definitely go back to it, but we've taken a break to start on Diablo3. I'm looking forward to giving it a shot on single player to see how it is as well.
  3. Finished this last week and what a gem of a game this was, yes it has it's flaws (especially towards the end) but I bothered to complete the extra objective and I'm already thinking about re-playing it on Steam which I don't usually bother with. The writing was genuinely great and there were too many great easter-eggs/sight gags to count, I probably missed a ton as well. More detailed thoughts on specific bits, both good and bad. This includes many spoilers: Overall I loved it, if you are a gamer of a certain age then you really should play it as it is one giant love letter to retro gaming. It also had the Steptoe and Son/Bertha mash up I never knew I needed.
  4. Glad I could help @Mogster. This thread has been responsible for my Picross addiction flaring up again so its nice to be able to add something to it.
  5. The square where column 4 and row 5 meet is a cross, if that helps.
  6. Feb/March/Time has lost all meaning Old Man's Journey (PC Gamepass) - Played this through after reading someone on this forum's thoughts on it, I could have sworn it was in this thread but I've looked through and can't find it again. Pleasant and short story with some very light puzzling, a nice way to spend 1.5 hours of downtime. Children of Morta (PC/Xbox One) - Really enjoyed playing this through, the ranged characters are by far the best with Linda controlling more like a twin stick shooter. Towards the end you do get a bit overpowered but I liked it enough to get all of the achievements bar the co-op ones after beating the game. Looking forward to the promised DLC that should ramp up the challenge a bit. Pikuniku (Xbox One) - What an odd game, but one I'm glad I played through. Another game where there isn't much challenge but it was a nice game to unwind with at the end of the day and just enjoy the journey. I wasn't a big enough fan to look out all of the extra bits and there are challenges you can't return to post game which is always a bugbear of mine. I'd love to find out what the co-op mode is like but that won't be happening anytime soon! Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC/Xbox One) - I've already written up my thoughts on this in the main thread, overall I enjoyed it but not as much as the first game.
  7. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (PC) - There is a lot that this game does well, especially the over world, and I have had a good time with it for the majority of my play-through but the Impossible Lair is just not fun at all. It is a good idea in theory but there a few points where you can get caught in an infinite death loop neglecting the point of being able to take extra hits. It has sapped my enthusiasm for trying to get it finished, so on the abandoned pile it goes. I think Ape Out might be joining it soon.
  8. Finished it today, though the achievement for doing so didn't pop. The worm boss is definitely the worst part, mainly due to the burrow being a pain in the arse to use properly as Rudderless said above. The final area and boss is also tricky but you can get away with so much more when there is some imprecision as long as you have a nice health buffer. Though the final boss has also one of the worse bits of confusion: Overall I enjoyed most of my time with it but it is definitely felt like a step down from the first game, though it has been a while since I played it. There are some really odd design decisions, when you get the chance to move freely in feels great but then every challenging bit they throw in narrow restricted sections that throw that to the wind. For example the way to make burrowing trickier is just to add in extra windy paths to bump off of, which isn't that much fun. Also the story is all over the place (End game spoilers):
  9. After going VR gaming last week I'm looking at getting a VR headset, think I have decide on getting a Quest with the Link cable rather than a Rift S but it seems everywhere is out of stock. Is it worth getting the 128gb over the 64gb, especially if I am planning on getting the Link cable?
  10. I think Eurogames tend to be worker placement games, so each round you decide where to place workers to gather resources or other actions for your turn. Drafting Games are any where you are picking options from a general pool. For drafting Maguc, for example, you open a booster pack, pick a card from it to build your deck and then pass it on to the person to your right. You then also get handed the person on your left's cards, you then pick a card from that and then pass it on as before. You then keep going until all the cards have been picked, which gives you your cards for the main game.
  11. Feb Gris (PC) - I think this definitely suffered from going into this with all of the hype I had eard about it, which meant the first 30 minutes of fell a bit flat for me and felt like fairly standard platform fare, abeit very beautifully made. I think this was definitely down to going in with having heard so much hype about it. Once it picked up though the pacing becomes much better and the game becomes more into its own. Its an easy game to play through and I liked the narrative but I don't feel a need to go back and get all of the collectables anytime soon. Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (Switch) - I can see why I never finished this game the first time round when I played it, the first introduction case is easliy the worst from the first two games with lots of inconsitencies and jumping logic. The story through the rest of the cases is good enough to make up for the slow start and, as after finishing the first, I'm looking forward to finishing the trilogy off. I've heard the second is the weakest game as well so hopefully Trials and Tribulations hits the ground running. Outer Wilds (Xbox One X) - I don't think I could add anything to Pob's brilliant write up on page 3 and to say too much would be to spoil it, I have put some thoughts in the main game theread. I didn't find my self as attached to it as some but it really is unique experience and a game I'm very glad I played to the conclusion.
  12. keptbybees

    Outer Wilds

    Being bunged up with a cold was actually useful today as I'd been waiting until I knew I had a decent block of time free to finish this and being off work gave me that. Thoughts on the ending and other bits below: Overall I'm really glad I stuck with it. I also hope they make another exploration game with the similar flight and jetpack controls as I loved them by the end and I'd love to do more with that mechanic.
  13. This article suggests you can have up to 8 accounts living on one island with 4 player local co-op as well: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/02/you_can_only_have_one_island_per_console_in_animal_crossing_new_horizons
  14. keptbybees

    Outer Wilds

    When it comes to Dark Bramble I'm making good progress now, just a few locations left to try and mop up/visit as I'm trying to complete the rumour map. Still really loving flying around, when you make a perfect sweep across a planet it feels so good. I do have one question for the thread
  15. Children of Morta has local co-op, I haven't played it that way but single player is good.
  16. keptbybees

    Outer Wilds

    I actually did that part last night along with some other bits I hadn't got to. Determined to see the end now, especially after the exposition I found . Just some fiddly bits left.
  17. keptbybees

    Outer Wilds

    I think I'm getting pretty close to the end but there are a couple of bits now that have stopped me going back after my last attempt: It's a real shame as, after a tough opening, I've really enjoyed the majority of my time with the game. The flying and general exploration are amazing and it is just those few fiddly bits that are holding me back from finishing.
  18. Jan Sayonara Wild Hearts (Switch) After my first half hour with the game I was not that impressed and I stopped playing as I found the bike annoying to control. I went back to it and finished the rest in one sitting and loved it, the build up to the end was great and I could finally see what everyone had been raving about. One of the most stylish games I've played, it is wonderful when you are in full flow and I wish I hadn't cared so much about the rankings on my first playthrough. I'd definitely recommend trying to play it all in one sitting first time through. That said I still have some gripes with the game, such as the bike controls, and it feels like getting the gold ranks will be down more to trial and error/routing repetition rather than the rhythm-action game I was expecting. Untitled Goose Game (Xbox One) This was my second playthrough having already completed it on the Switch last year. Obviously it was a lot shorter to complete but it is still fun seeing the reactions to your antics, definitely going to go back and possibly even have a go at the timed challenges and extra 'to-do' bits which I haven't done before. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Switch) Another game that I'd played before but it had been long enough that I had forgotten the main story line and most of the cases. I enjoyed it a lot more that I did first time through, not sure if it was down to knowing exactly what I was getting into/less hype but I found its flaws less annoying. Though don't get me wrong, it is still annoying that you have to do it in the exact order that the game wants you too or when you pick an option that should work but doesn't despite the underlying logic. Overall I'm looking forward to playing though the rest of the trilogy, I think I played 2 or 3 cases in the second before and none of the third game, definitely going to have break first so I don't get fatigued from the style.
  19. I've been going through my old Humble Bundle codes and I have quite a few going spare, some of them are quite old but they should all work fine:
  20. I started playing the first one today on the Switch and I'm really liking it so far. The controls seem fine and I'm not missing the second screen. I did play through the first on DS many years ago, so far it looks like the difference is that you use the shoulder buttons to Press and Present rather than click on a screen. That and the updated graphics of course. It has been a while between playthroughs so I have no doubt I'm missing other changes, but nothing jumps out or has impacted my enjoyment of the game.
  21. Just the Games of the Decade quickly to hopefully get into to votes, I'll add comments later: D1. Super Meat Boy D2. Portal 2 D3. Rock Band 3 D4. Virtue's Last Reward D5. Celeste D6. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth D7. Ghost Trick D8. Saints Row 3 D9. Mario Kart 8 D10. Neir: Automata
  22. Jan Piczle Colors (Switch) - I've always enjoyed Picross style puzzles and this is a collection of colour based Picross puzzles, a couple of trickier ones by the last few levels but this was fairly straightforward. Iit comes in a triple pack with two line puzzle games which seem much harder to 100%. Nice to play in short bursts or on journeys though. Gears 5 (Xbox One)- I nearly didn't play this as I wasn't that enamoured with Gears 4 but I'm glad I did as this felt like a big improvement on the series to me. There are a few rough edges and some annoying insta-kills, especially for one boss that I've talked about in the main Gears 5 thread, but overall it is still a great cover shooter and additions worked well. I don't really play much online anymore but this has got me tempted to jump in with some of the extra modes. I imagine it would be an even better experience in co-op but I'm happy to move on to other games now. Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Now Climax (360/Xbox One) - This is a game I have half played through a few times and across different platforms so I finally decided to get to the end of the game when I saw it sitting in my games list. I had a save that was most the way though the first mode so I picked up from that, I haven't done all of the modes but I got to the end of the main story thread. It still plays as well as I remembered but it is a shame that they shortened four of the game modes for this release as the levels in their place aren't the best, if I had known before that they have been part restored on the PC version I'd have gone to that instead. Good pick up and put down game that has a lot more to it than you'd think if you want to complete it 100%. Wandersong (PC) - I absolutely loved this. Yes it is easy to play through and some of the platforming sections are wonky as anything but the story and characters really stand out. Genuinely made me laugh in places and I made sure that I talked to everyone as often as I could to get as much out of it as I could. It has also some of the implements music through out in interesting and different ways. As I said earlier, it isn't really a challenging game and it won't be to everyone's tastes but I thought it was charming and definitely worth a look, especially as it is available on Gamepass now and you won't have to put too much time in to work out if it is for you or not.
  23. No there are a few times you need to make a super build to progress but everything is pretty close by.
  24. keptbybees

    Gears 5

    Having left it for a few days the Matriarch is down! Using the ice breaking to form barriers really helps but there was so much bullshit in that fight; the auto-aiming projectile, the way the ice breaks, getting stuck on gap that you can't quite run round once it has broken and, of course, the one-hit kills. My favourite was when I was taking out the ice only for the AI to run into where I was shooting as it broke, causing a game over for Del dying.
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