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  1. Just had the greatest couple of hours of our Thievin' ever. Truly amazing. So I jumped on before waiting for my buddy. Sloop under my feet, I went for the nearest Fort of Fortune. It finishes as I approach it and see a Galleon, which has the PvP flag raised. Athena Level 5... I engage solo. Why not! Chain shot their main mast, couple of cannonballs before I get boarded and taken out. Some language and trolling was used against me and I was laughing and having a good time... They sank me and started using some very offensive slurs. Homophobia and Racism is not a problem for these it would seem. The dirty bastards. My friend pops on just as the new boat spawns and we bomb it straight for them. Couple of cannonballs and fending off three boarders their ship hits the sea floor in no time at all, with many a curse coming our way. Laughing at their deserved destruction one starts sniping from the island. My mate scoops their sunken loot and I head over to tidy them up. We see them absolutely flying towards us, so we make sails for the nearest outpost, but knowing we could sell next to nothing I jump overboard with the Chest of Legends in hand, and we dupe them out of it. They catch my mate and sink him scooping their loot back... HOWEVER!!!!!! This will not deter us against the awful act of true toxic online behaviour (I swear and get angry sometimes, possibly in a toxic way, but never do I throw slurs of any kind. Not even fucking close). We hop back in and make chase once more. We ram them only to be sunk straight away. Pull our kegs up and set sail for them again! This time... with just the cannonballs on a fresh boat, absolutely lay waste to them, but they just survive. I swear, if we had another stack of cannonballs it would have been game over. My shot was cracked for once, and I was repeatedly confirming hits. Felt incredible. We are not caring of success at this point, as stealing their Chest of Legends and wasting their time, is success enough, but we take another punt... They have decided to park up at the nearest outpost knowing we will not surrender, and as they are harpooning their loot onto the new dolly, we fly in and sink their Galleon whilst fending them off from boarding us. Three left on the Island, I go wild Pistol in hand. One dead. Two dead. The third running trying to cash anything in (freshly scooped for us onto the dolly) I pistol him in the back, and once more for good measure. SILENCE. Not a word from them. We scoop what is left out of the water and cash everything in, only a few skulls missing, to net a sweet 80,000 for our efforts, but more importantly, success over the worst kind of gamer. We then find them waiting at Reapers as we approached with their Bounty Chest, but manage to rope a dope them and get the sell before they could. We even managed to sell their book for the absolute comedy of it all. That is our best Tale so far, on the Sea of Thieves.
  2. Yup yup! I would advise duo at the least, especially to get used to them! There is alot of risk associated with them for sure, but the rewards are ace. I would suggest Ashen Winds (the red tornado) even in solo. Just blunderbus and charged sword attacks. They all have bosses which are nails and have so much health but there are ways to make them easier! Tridents! Four tridents take down a skeleton lord (around about). Parking a ship and cannonballing is another option, but risky as the lord's can just fire bomb your ship and it's a nightmare as a solo player. As a duo though, always use the ship cannonball strat. Get one player to lure the boss to the boat and go to town! Give them a whirl as a duo for sure. They can take ages at first but you get the swing of it in no time. Charged sword attacks are your friend most the time. The skull islands have wave after wave, and the best way to go is run, let them build up behind you, flick around charge attack repeat. You will be flying in no time!!! Most importantly enjoy it! And check the horizon every few minutes
  3. Thats awesome @Captain Kelsten!!! it is pretty exponential, so you will fly through the last few ranks honestly. Just aim for world events if you enjoy them! The loot is amazing!
  4. So just did our first Athena quest in the form of Legend of the Veil. This game is bananas. Truly bananas. Was a sensational experience. My mates nephew bless him was incredible on patching duty, but got unlucky when he got wiped, and then we got destroyed by tonnes of cannon balls. He spawned back but we couldn't save the ship, so he fished all the loot out the water and put it on the stairs of the fort, whilst we went and got another ship. We were able to still hit Athena 3 from the loot at the end anyway and it added to the experience! Was absolutely class. We celebrated by spending a few million in the shops O.O Back on again on Friday night to help the lad hit Pirate Legend since me and my mate hit it the other day. This is my GOTY (released pre 2022) for this year's vote. 100%!!!
  5. I just solo'd an Ashen Winds only to have a sneaky bugger try and nick my stuff! They then tried to put a chest of the damned on my ship, but I managed to fend them off before slipping away with most the loot. I managed to sell it before turning to fight. After about 30 minutes I sacrificed my boat to defeat them on theirs. A few minutes later they slipped beneath the waves. Was great fun!
  6. Looks absolutely amazing. Visually stunning too (but no surprises there at all). As with the others, most the content will go untouched and I will just be multiplayering the shit out of it. Although that card game looks great!
  7. Totally agree about the material tracking. I just wish gems did not require an encyclopedia of materials to craft. I would rather a couple of unique, or rare items, that can be farmed from beasties or something. Level 52 now at around 50 hours in, and my highest chain attack was 1.5 million. Was incredible. It actually never gets old for me, as it feels like a puzzle each time! Got such high damage output as managed to get the damage multiplier up to 1200% for the last chain, and each hit was 100k plus. Felt absolutely staggering. Still desperate to play all the time, and at work atm all I can do is think about it. Few games keep me this invested so many hours in. Truly fantastic.
  8. Check Athena too in the tavern. Those can be pretty aggressive as they all think you are gonna nick their shit. You will often find that if other emissaries attack they are not quite as frightening as Reapers. Tends to be newer players. Still a battle all the same, but with time you should be able to fend them off at the very least. This game makes me realise how animalistic we can be with our instincts. Last night we sunk a poor sloop that was on an Ashen Winds island just because we were worried they would intervene. Turned out it was one dude just doing treasure hunts, and I felt guilty as all hell. Until we beat Red Ruth and got all the loot that was!!! We made a cool $200k on our first jaunt out which is not bad at all. Excited to get a proper session going, and I love the idea of progressing towards some of these cosmetics. Gives us a reason to continue outside of just having a good time anyway.
  9. Really excited for this. Absolutely adore the 2nd, and even my non gamer wife loves paint rollering dafties. Hoping for a compelling single player offering, but honestly more MP works great for me!!!
  10. Odyssey is the better game in my opinion, but 3D world is sensational all the same. I would say 3D World is the much harder game, especially later on, but honestly both are gems. For me though, Odyssey is just pure lightning. Best game on the system in my opinion, and the best game Nintendo has ever made. And they have quite the pantheon of beasts to compare against!
  11. All this talk makes me want to revisit XC1 and XC2 which I bounced off hard. Always got so hyped but never got into them. This on the other hand. GOTY material for me... and I platinumed Elden Ring and Sifu in a handful of sittings... that's how much I loved those beasts too!
  12. @scottcrbargain at this price I think since it includes the DLC too! https://www.thegamecollection.net/cadence-of-hyrule-crypt-of-the-necrodancer-switch?sqr=Cadence
  13. Also a TLDR: Replace the intro with - These BOTW fans are trying to... And American with - Classic Zelda Fan (I am aware many of you are also classic Zelda fans, but you get the point)
  14. @scottcr expectation Vs reality plays a big role in my not so fond experience with the game. I admit that whole heartedly. When I say I am not it's biggest fan, is not me saying it IS ABSOLUTELY a bad game. Because it absolutely is not. I think we often expect certain things from games, and if they miss the mark, or even do something new that is even better, we can be left disappointed. That may be what happened to me with BOTW. Exploration for me, is not just being in the world, finding new shrines, or ruins of the past and maybe getting rewarded with a different powered weapon or piece of armour (although getting the Rubber Armour was very cool). For me it is rewarded with new exciting enemies to face, and maybe something that allows.you to go somewhere and progress (likely a very old school mindset). It is reaching those new biomes and basking in everything they have to offer. Now there absolute are biomes in BOTW ( @JPLhope this answers your question), however they often feel like everywhere else, as there is nothing unique in them outside of the basic gameplay changes. The requirement to modulate temps, or the surfaces changing stamina requirements is great, but where are the enemies unique to those environments, or the dungeons to accompany the environment. I will look admit Zora's domain blew my mind truly. But I also want dungeons where I feel like I am the first person their in centuries, with a huge big unique, themed boas. The shrines are amazing absolutely, and the Divine Beasts whilst short are kind of cool, but they lack that visual and thematic punch I expect from this franchise. Let's not even get started on the Bosses... Come on Nintendo. Now I never want to come across as a hating for hating sake kind of gamer. That really is not my jam usually at least. I have definitely felt rage when someone dissed something I cared about absolutely, and I have had that targeted towards me when talking about this game, Skyrim and so on. I felt it towards Jeff Gerstman after his Twilight Princess review back in the day. Was foaming... Gears a 9.5 but Zelda an 8.5? Is he taking the piss I thought... I am a huge Zelda fan. Always have been since getting A Link to the Past for my 4th birthday and watching my parents play it instead of playing it myself... I truly love the series. I remember waiting in my room playing Mario 64 waiting for my Mam to get back from the MetroCentre with OoT, and my Dad queuing after a long day at work in Newcastle city centre for WW. Bunking off school with a "dentist appointment" on Wii launch day... The first time I actually saved my pocket money properly instead of just buying any game. My wife buying me Skyward Sword limited edition, and the Zelda WW Wii U console. Does it mean I am outright wrong to want those things though? I don't think so. More enemy variety and a deeper biome connection are not negative things by any means and would only add to the experience in my opinion. To be rewarded in the open world, but also with unique bosses, and weird wacky items sounds class. Change is tough for everybody, and this for me personally was always going to be. I was dug in from a young age into the franchise. Its been a part of me since the dawn of my time. I just feel it got too far removed from what made it so special. But that doesn't mean this isn't special too. TLDR: My nostalgic expectations have me yearning for some classical flourishes to keep my childish wants met. Howay Nintendo, read the fucking room. Make the game for me only alright???
  15. This game really is tremendous like. Nearing level 40, and continuing to have an absolute blast!!!
  16. Really surprised no one has talked about Symphony of the Mask!!! It is a great addition! Also, the physical copy of this is like £17 at thegamecollection, and all the DLC is on the cartridge rather than a separate code
  17. Ours is the Phil Spencer. Tough as old boots, has a cracking smile, and likes money.
  18. And ReDeads... We need a ReDead Redemption... *Runs away*
  19. Being bang into the Switch again thanks to the OLED, I have been thinking about BOTW2... Now I am quite open about my dislike of BOTW. It's not a hatred by any means, and I still pumped 50 hours into it, within the first week of release. I actually put 20 into the WII U version (got it 2 days prior to launch), before my wife bought me a Switch as a pre wedding gift (amazing) and then started again and put 50 in... My problems are not that it did new things, but more that it lacked the biome variety I need from a Zelda game. That biome variety spreads downwards into enemy variety, and of course something that will never return... Equipment. I can live without the last bit, but an item every so often felt like a new day on an advent calendar. Pre 30 years old of course. Now in my 30s advent calendars are not exciting anymore... I hope to the Skyward Heavens that we at least get some biome variety. Even if it is only a handful of very specific dungeons nested in specific environments, each containing a very specific enemies. Something that will scratch that "reward via completion/exploration" itch. As someone that likes new encounters that is very important for me. I would also like a better soundtrack. This is a point many will hate, as the ambience is highly praised, but I miss some louder tunes as I am exploring. And finally... Underwater please... That extra layer of exploration gives side/main dungeon possibilities and offers intrigue outside of just open plains to explore. I am well aware most people will froth like crazy even if it's more of the same... And that is fine. Why not. But if the game only adds a handful of enemies, mechanics and locations... I will be wondering what they have been doing for the last 5 years. I am gonna drive back into the first post XC3 to just explore it once more... But I hope 2 adds some classic Zelda back in, and if not, at least explores alot of new environments/enemies.
  20. I love to tinker which is why the Steam Deck is a treat for me. I have my OG switch for tinkering too, but the SD is just next level tinkerers paradise. I have spent 10s of hours just battery optimising the SD, which is incredible. But the screen on this Switch is truly mind blowing. Again, Paper Mario is just berserk on this thing. It makes me pray for a TYD remake or even re release. Just double dipped Sheets of Rage 4 and my eyes are bleeding it's that damn nice on it. Love the haptic stuff too.
  21. Final Fantasy XII It is incredible, and have done 99% of it, but never finished it. Even finished the damn trials which were horrific. Twilight Princess Enjoyed it for the most part, but always get to the sky temple and think fucking cripes this is garbage. Such a shame as the rest I love. Especially the water and desert temples. Tales of Vesperia Always get to the abandoned rainy city and just hate the mechanics of the level. But love the game... I need to push through it. Ni No Kuni Just put it down after 70 hours and never went back. A real shame. May pick it up on Switch.
  22. Keeping the Switch OLED has been one of my better decisions lately. It really is magnificent. So much so, my Steam deck is sitting quite lonely some days. I think replaying certain titles on it is revolutionary. Odyssey on it is a damn dream, but the most impressive game has to be Paper Mario Origami King. It just flipping pops!!! I have yet to double dip and get SoR4, but I get the feeling it will be eye meltingly good on this display. I will probably go physical though as I just love physical Nintendo games.
  23. About 15 hours in and just encountered: One of the best JRPGs I have played in some time. It is just fantastic.
  24. Looks pretty great!!!! We hit Pirate Legend last night too!!!
  25. It is just a version of animation cancelling, and I think they just went with that. For me, something like chain attack would make more sense with a simple description... Activate art on attack hit. It is very satisfying landing them though as the feedback is awesome.
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