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On 23/10/2017 at 00:46, Soulstar said:

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It is such a great game. What difficulty did you play it on? I say this because I went for survival and this was a major game changer for me although it cost me easily 100 hours of negated progress on top of 250 hours actual recorded time to go through the standard game without having touched any DLC. I had to leave it all after that though as it became too much. It's possibly one of my favourite games though and I even found to enjoy it more than FO 3 but again that was largely down to how I approached it this time on survival and putting up with it till the end. 

 

Not survivor as I'd still be playing now. My wife is fed up with seeing the game now so it's time to move onto something new. If you see the DLC going cheap at the very least go for Far Harbour, in some ways it's a mini New Vegas with several factions to contend with in a more managable space. Oh, and take the detective with you...

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1 hour ago, Unofficial Who said:

 

Not survivor as I'd still be playing now. My wife is fed up with seeing the game now so it's time to move onto something new. If you see the DLC going cheap at the very least go for Far Harbour, in some ways it's a mini New Vegas with several factions to contend with in a more managable space. Oh, and take the detective with you...

 

I remember it being available last Christmas super cheap but I didn't go for it in the end. I only ever played FO3 in the past and never got chance to properly try out NV. Had to take a break from large open world games after Fallout Out though when I did finally finish it. Spent a lot of time since playing shorter games like Child of Light and The Last of Us. 

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6 hours ago, Soulstar said:

 

I remember it being available last Christmas super cheap but I didn't go for it in the end. I only ever played FO3 in the past and never got chance to properly try out NV. Had to take a break from large open world games after Fallout Out though when I did finally finish it. Spent a lot of time since playing shorter games like Child of Light and The Last of Us. 

 

Fallout New Vegas and it's dlc is amazing despite the engine trying hard not to die a death. My favourite in the series. Each of the dlc do some interesting things. One us survival horror, one is about a religious conflict and one is just incredibly strange.

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October 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch - 2017)

100+ hours later, with Ganon down and all divine beasts/shrines done I'm checking out of this one just in time for Odyssey. I don't think it's the best game of all time (in my opinion it's not even the best Zelda) but it's still an excellent and long overdue re-imagining of the franchise.

 

Previously...

September 2017: Sonic Mania (Switch - 2017)

July 2017: Dark Souls II (PC - 2014)

May 2017: Dark Souls (PC - 2012)

May 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC - 1998)

March 2017: Super Mario 3D Land (3DS - 2011)

January 2017: Super Mario Run (iOS - 2016)

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Since getting a decent PC for the first time in 17 years I've built up an instant backlog of about 60 game. They're just... so... cheap.

 

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - wise-cracking shootmans with vehicle bits. It's ok.

 

Rez Infinite - the new area is lovely and adds some more cracking tunes, but it's a pity they've completely destroyed the mix of the original game (compared to the PS2 version, which melts your face off, relatively speaking)

 

Borderlands - I didn't want to play the sequel without having played this first and I wish I'd known what kind of game it was back in its day, as the whole looter shooter thing passed me by and this series seems to be a genre in itself. It's a little bit janky on PC, config file tweaking required to fix the FOV and that sort of thing. Playing as the sniper character, I was in headshot heaven and enjoyed the loot progression even though the missions themselves weren't up to much. Shoot your way through this area, collect X things, kill a boss, yeah ok.

 

Ended up blasting my way through the final stages switching between fire and corrosion sniper rifles, with infinitely regenerating ammo, backed up by an epic SMG which blasted 4 shots at a time at 12 rounds per second for crowd control. Started playing some of the DLC missions after the end, but again the missions were just a bit meh and I'm not bothered about grinding for epic loot in the same way I would be for a Monster Hunter, where the What You Actually Do bit of the game is fun for thousands of hours and there's no level system to gradually make your gear obsolete.

 

Borderlands 2 - this feels so much better than the first one, great Quality Of Life improvements (the first one was crying out for a minimap) except the inventory, which felt less convenient being split up. The badass points system was a nice touch to give you more incentive to try a range of weapons and tactics, the system with different ranks of enemies improved the variety of fighting grunt enemies and in general the world just feels bigger and bolder than before. Headshot city playing as the sniper character again, and my character from the first game also plays a major role in this, which was nice (and my character in this game has popped up in Tales From the Borderlands, which I'm currently playing).

 

Same story trying the DLC with this one, but I think I've had my fill of this series after about 74 hours of fun across both games. I never felt like my loot ever got epiiiiic in this one due to the way the leveling system seems to progress so quickly. I got lucky with some epic loot drops, but it quickly got outclassed as the levels went by so I'd have to stop and grind out the same loot again to keep up, which doesn't seem like a fun prospect <more pining for Monster Hunter World goes here>

 

The Room - I found this utterly compelling, and in hindsight shouldn't have started playing it at 3am. Beautifully designed mechanical puzzle boxes within boxes in a Lovecraftian setting.

 

The Room Two -  again, played this one in a single sitting. This felt  like an ultimate stakes Lovecraftian version of the Crystal Maze, as you're transported seemingly through time and space every time you crack one of its many rooms. There are always multiple puzzle items in play this time, so I found you need the hint system a bit more when it's time to switch between them and you can't find the next part of a solution.

 

These were a steal at 49c each - I recommend picking them up before the Steam Halloween sale ends.

 

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On 9/16/2017 at 17:10, Oz said:

AC Syndicate

 

Watchdogs 2

 

Diablo III Vanilla (Witch Doctor Run) 

 

Infamous last light Reminded me that Infamous was really underrated

 

Horizon Zero Dawn the dog's bollocks

 

Mass Effect Andromeda I fucking love it. I don't care who finds out

 

Zelda Breath of the Wild

 

Destiny 2 Campaign PS4 Warlock 

 

Dark motherfucking Souls 3 - almost a year later!

 

 

October: Destiny 2 Campaign PC Titan!

Working on Mario and AC Origins before the end of the year... maybe that Horizon DLC?..... 

 

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Nov

 

25/11 Uncharted:the Lost Legacy (PS4) SHorter then Uncharted 4 and all the better for it. It made for an incredibly tight experience. For those worried about it's length it's a lot longer than Left Behind clocking in at around seven or eight hours. It's possibly the best looking game in the series as well. Here's hoping for more adventures with Chloe and Nadine.

 

18/11 Bound (PS4) I don't know why this left me so cold. This sort of thing is right up my street usually. I really loved the look of the game and it must look stunning in VR. But it just felt slow and I felt like some of my jumps were frustrated by some poor camera angles. Oh well. It's free for PSPlus subs at the moment.

 

10/11 Assassin's Creed:Syndicate (PS4) (+DLC) Moved this along my list as I returned to it to do some of the DLC. I don't think I enjoyed the Jack the Ripper DLC much, I had an idea I knew where it was heading and I wasn't surprised at all. The change to the killing in the game (bringing fear into play if you slowly cut up gang members) created an audio soundscape so bleak that my wife asked me not to play it while she was home. Pity, I enjoyed spending more time with the twins in the other DLC. I still rate the base game as worthwhile.

 

05/11Game of Thrones (PS4) Replayed this misery simulator after getting it for free due to PSPlus, partly for the easy achievements and partly to see if playing counter to my usual playing style would make a difference. So this time I threw diplomacy out the window and was a complete bastard. Did it make a difference?

 

It did a bit. At the very least I got to die on my terms and with the satisfaction of telling some characters to go fuck themselves.

 

Previously this year

 

 

 


Oct

29/10 Titanfall 2 (PS4)

22/10 Fallout 4 (+DLC) (PS4)

Sep
30/09 Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator (PC)
30/09 Mini Ghost (PC)
23/09 Inexistance (PC)
19/09 Super Mario Land 2 : Six Golden Coins (GB)
16/09 Super Mario Land (GB)
03/09 Fallout Shelter (PC)
Aug
26/08 Lego Star Wars:the Complete Saga (360)
05/08 Hue (PC)
Jul
26/07 Space Ace (PC)
16/07 Dig Dug (PC)
12/07 R-Type (360)
12/07 R-Type 2 (360)
06/07 Kane and Lynch 2:Dog Days (360)
June
17/06 The Simpsons Arcade Game (360)
12/06 Lucius Demake (PC)
10/06 Dragon's Lair (360)
10/06 Daytona USA (360)
10/06 After Burner Climax (360)
May
27/05 Portal 2 (360)
20/05 Portal (360)
15/05 Alien Vs Predator (2010) (PC)
11/05 The SIlent Age (PC)
06/05 Star Wars:the Force Unleashed 2 + Endor DLC (360)
06/05 Type:Rider (PS4)
Apr
25/04 10,000,000 (PC)
23/04 The Last Guardian (PS4)
14/04 You Must Build a Boat (PC)
Mar
27/03 Final Fantasy 15 (PS4)
11/03 Lara Croft Go (PC)
05/03 A King's Tale:Final Fantasy 15 (PS4)
Feb
20/02 Dear Esther:Landmark Edition (PC)
Jan
22/01 Refunct (PC)
18/01 This is Fine (Browser)
15/01 The Swapper (PS4)
09/01 Uncharted 4:a Thiefs End (PS4)
09/01 Tales of Monkey Island (PC)
07/01 Zenge (PC)
02/01 The Secret of Monkey Island:Special Edition (360)
01/01 Grow Up (PS4)

 

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UI've not been posting in here but I'm planning on getting through a chunk of my backlog in 2018.  So to give me something to compare this time next year, here's what I finished off the top of my head:

 

Kane and Lynch 2

 

Quick and dirty shooter, lots to like about it, but ultimately throwaway.

 

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 

 

Started this back in February last year, finished sometime around June. Did it on classic mode with hard difficulty. Was a massive slog, very rewarding but probably took around 150 hours with all the party wipeouts. Never playing one of these on hard again... 

 

Fire Emblem Echoes

 

I've not played the Fates games yet but this is comfortably my favourite FE since the GBA days. Odd mix of modern and very old school sensibilities. Felt suitably epic, better balanced sandbox than... :

 

Fire Emblem Awakenings

 

Was told this was insanely easy so started on hard a few years back and bounced off it. Went back this year on normal and finished it. Lots to chew on and play around with, reminded me a lot

Of Final Fantasy Tactics more than traditional Fire Emblem. Broken balance if you grind but nowhere near as bad as I'd been led to believe.

 

Forza Horizon

 

Started this in September last year and chipped away at it until I finished it almost a year to the day I started. Loved every minute. 

 

Metroid: Samus Returns

 

By the numbers Metroid. Good but not great. Some decent bosses near the end but needed more variety or a smaller world. Felt flabby and drawn out as is.

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The Tiny Bang Story

 

Hidden object finding and puzzle game combined, I've not played one of those before and it was ok for the few hours it lasted for the pennies it cost in the Steam sale. Found it via one of Rock Paper Shotgun's top 25 lists; that John Walker sure loves his puzzle games.

 

Bioshock Infinite

 

Had fun with this and loved the setting and especially Elizabeth, but I felt like it had showed me everything the gameplay had to offer hours before the end, so aside from things like the ghost mama and (sigh) defending the generator the extended hours of similar shootmanning dragged somewhat (a bit like The Last Of Us). I didn't really experiment with the different powers enough, as the clothing item which chains shocking people / lifting them up in the air when you kill someone was ridiculously powerful.

 

Performance of the PC version of this is abysmal. It was running at 150-250 FPS but was so jerky it felt like about 15 FPS. Fiddling with some texture streaming options alleviated it a bit, but never solved it.

 

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Saving the Rapture DLC until I've played Bioshock, which I started before this but had trouble getting into. Changing Bioshock's controls to be more like Bioshock Infinite's (switch to / shoot weapon on left mouse, switch to / shoot plasmid on right mouse, zoom on middle mouse) makes it much smoother when things get frenetic, so I'm well into that now.

 

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28/10/2017 - Far Cry 3 (PC)

 

Now I know this is probably classed as an act of treason - but I had Far Cry 2 on the 360, played it for a few hours or so, decided I wasn't a fan and never touched it again. The malaria stuff was annoying, as was the repopulating of outposts; there was the sense that nothing you did on the map (outside of story missions) mattered - and the cleared-out outposts staying cleared was one of the things I knew was in this version. Plus I gather people preferred it to Far Cry 4 (not that it mattered - I bought this long before FC4 was out for under £4!)

 

Anyway, I think this is my first open-world FPS and at the start I was excited at the fact that there was lots to do. The shooting was pretty punchy, hunting was a nice touch and clearing out outposts was fun. I even didn't mind the story.

 

Then it all went a bit wrong. The story turned to absolute crap, climbing the radio towers became an irritation, the hunting ended before it really began (outside of the final upgrades - which required outposts to be liberated - I had nearly everything done before I'd got through half a dozen story missions) and all the outposts just became a lot of meh.

 

By the time I hit the second island I was rushing through it as quickly as I could; I think my final completion was at about 40-something percent; I left most of the optional content (including the bonus missions that came with the Deluxe edition) aside, as I just didn't care enough to want to stick around. And seriously, the story was terrible (and Jason was a dick).

 

I know that's all pretty negative and that's slightly unfair because in truth I did enjoy the first 7-8 hours or so - but it still took another 10+ to slog through it, which soured my views on it. I'll let you take a guess on whether I'd be up for getting FC4 though (of 5, if it doesn't radically mix the formula up a bit)...

 

29/10/2017 - Contradiction (PC)

 

I can't remember how I heard about this (it may have actually been through the Steam Discovery queue) but it is an intriguing concept (and prompted me to start a thread about the return of FMV here). You are a police officer investigating the death of a young girl in a small village and have to interview the locals and spot their contradictions, ultimately with a view to finding out what happened. It has some point and click bits, some wandering around the village bits and the meat of it, the questioning. It's pretty straight-forward - you ask people about items you have found or things other people have said then, over time, you can try and catch people out when they later contradict themselves, which opens further avenues to investigate.

 

Back when I started that thread I was really enjoying things but about a third of the way through the game the flaws start to appear. For starters, the game doesn't let you move on to the next chapter until you have found all the contradictions in the current one. The game also lets you fast travel around the village, rather than manually walking through each location. Again, that's good, it saves some time. Unfortunately, for some of the chapters you have to be in locations where you wouldn't have any reason to go (there are no people there) to trigger a new scene. There's no signposting for this and it leaves you wondering if you've missed a contradiction somewhere (which is the other main issue, which I'll come on to) - else you have to walk to every single location and hope something happens. And whilst there are probably only 20 or so places, the transitions for each scene wear thin very quickly.

 

As for the contradictions, there is some good old fashioned game logic at play here. Some of them are so obtuse (yes, I had to use a walkthrough) I don't see how you would get them without trying every combination. Some also aren't even contradictions at all, some have no relevance to the plot and some are two statements that you wouldn't even really think relate to each other.

 

Whilst there aren't too many of these issues, there are enough that I didn't have the stomach to fight against the twisted logic at play, hence using a walkthrough. And to be honest, the ending was pretty anticlimactic.

 

It was an interesting experience and I'm still a fan of the genre (I a couple of other titles to play and am keeping an eye on some more in the upcoming Steam sale) but this one was a bit of a disappointment in the end.

 

Previously completed

Spoiler

01/10/2017 - Hand of Fate (PC)

24/09/2017 - Diablo 3, Injustice 2 (both Xbox One)

12/09/2017 - Dead Effect 2 (PC)

07/09/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III/Final Cut (PC)

01/09/2017 - Shadow of Mordor (PC)

17/08/2017 - Bastion (PC)

06/08/2017 - Crowntakers (PC)

05/08/2017 - Gemini: Heroes Reborn (PC)

10/07/2017 - Sky Break (PC)

10/06/2017 - The Silent Age (PC)

05/03/2017 - Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)

11/02/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC)

05/02/2017 - The Detail - Episode 1 (PC)

02/01/2017 - Hard Reset (PC)

01/01/2017 - ComixPlay #1: The Endless Incident (PC)

 

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Bioshock

 

Rapture was amazing. The Splicers were initially terrifying. The Big Daddies commanded respect for a good few zones. But once all the pieces of this game became familiar it dragged for the last few sessions (and there's nothing to sour the approach to the end of a game like a ruddy escort mission). For a few hours around the bit where you get the crossbow I felt like an ultimate badass and would have been happy for things to come to a climax, but the loop of getting into a new area and hacking and looting your way around it was repeated a few times too many and I was completely over it by the time I had to become the daddy.

 

Would you kindly make this game 4 or 5 hours shorter?

 

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Am I ready to be a proper daddy next?

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On 28/05/2017 at 00:04, Camel said:

 

Titan Souls - PS4/Vita

Gunstar Heroes - 2DS

 

Skate Rock - C64.  Man, fuck level 10.  Still, I'm a member of the slime rat skaters now and that's all that matters.

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11/11/2017 - Dex (PC)

 

This was a nice little game. It bills itself as "...a 2D, side-scrolling, open-world cyberpunk RPG with a focus on exploration and non-linear gameplay," and sums it up really. The style isn't a million miles away from something like Flashback and each of the 10 or so locations holds a number of spaces to enter, places to loot and people to help. There's a solidity to it all, it feels like a connected city rather than a disparate series of locations.

 

In terms of actual gameplay, you punch, shoot and hack your way around to service the plot, picking and choosing what missions you want to undertake (and when). The story is no great shakes and the melee combat in particular is a bit janky, but if nothing else I enjoyed the representation of cyberspace and hacking much more here than in either of the Shadowrun games I played - and that's even though it's a twin-stick shooter which controls pretty horribly.

 

Still, the game gives you different ways to accomplish stuff, it gives you skill points and gear upgrades, it gives you a nice aesthetic to run around in. It's more than the sum of its parts and is worth picking up when it invariably goes on sale.

 

12/11/2017 - Neverending Nightmares (PC)

 

...

 

I have no idea what this was.

 

Previously completed

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29/10/2017 - Contradiction (PC)

28/10/2017 - Far Cry 3 (PC)

01/10/2017 - Hand of Fate (PC)

24/09/2017 - Diablo 3, Injustice 2 (both Xbox One)

12/09/2017 - Dead Effect 2 (PC)

07/09/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III/Final Cut (PC)

01/09/2017 - Shadow of Mordor (PC)

17/08/2017 - Bastion (PC)

06/08/2017 - Crowntakers (PC)

05/08/2017 - Gemini: Heroes Reborn (PC)

10/07/2017 - Sky Break (PC)

10/06/2017 - The Silent Age (PC)

05/03/2017 - Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)

11/02/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC)

05/02/2017 - The Detail - Episode 1 (PC)

02/01/2017 - Hard Reset (PC)

01/01/2017 - ComixPlay #1: The Endless Incident (PC)

 

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13/11/2017 - The Room (PC)

 

Well, it's a puzzle box game. I suppose it's good if you like puzzle box games?

 

I've decided I don't.

 

Still, it's another of the figurative pile of shame out the way. Need to make some progress on some of the bigger games (of which I have many) though, I'd like to try and get a couple more finished before the end of the year.

 

Previously completed

Spoiler

12/11/2017 - Neverending Nightmares (PC)

11/11/2017 - Dex (PC)

29/10/2017 - Contradiction (PC)

28/10/2017 - Far Cry 3 (PC)

01/10/2017 - Hand of Fate (PC)

24/09/2017 - Diablo 3, Injustice 2 (both Xbox One)

12/09/2017 - Dead Effect 2 (PC)

07/09/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III/Final Cut (PC)

01/09/2017 - Shadow of Mordor (PC)

17/08/2017 - Bastion (PC)

06/08/2017 - Crowntakers (PC)

05/08/2017 - Gemini: Heroes Reborn (PC)

10/07/2017 - Sky Break (PC)

10/06/2017 - The Silent Age (PC)

05/03/2017 - Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)

11/02/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC)

05/02/2017 - The Detail - Episode 1 (PC)

02/01/2017 - Hard Reset (PC)

01/01/2017 - ComixPlay #1: The Endless Incident (PC)

 

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Resident Evil 6

Hitman

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Halo CE

Halo 2

Super Mario 3D World

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Prey

Dishonoured 2 (High and Low Chaos playthroughs)

Vanquish

FEAR and Expansions

FEAR 2

 

 

Forza Horizon 3 - God, I loved this. I think the last racing game I got into was TDU like 12 years ago, and this nails the same sort of exploration and cruising vibe that I loved from that, and is just lavish. The PC port does this dynamic render stuff that's really smart, basically removing the whole "fiddling with settings" aspect entirely, and looks gorgeous while running well. I have a few nitpicks, namely the sheer about of progression shit it throws at you that's pointless and the annoying Ubisoft-style not letting you cruise around without suggesting things for you do, the Drivatars that constantly have to be within a few hundred meters of you, but honestly they kind of fade into the background when something makes the hours fly by until you're staring at the clock in disbelief. The slow amping up of NPC AI and removal of assists as you gain mastery over the handling is great, the selection of cars is ridiculously huge. And I hadn't even touched the multiplayer, which is surprisingly great - featuring a dedicated mode with casual non-race games like Infection which are surprisingly fun and tense with lots of great moments. And I've had the soundtrack stuck in my head since.

 

 

Will probably pick up the DLC expansions, but waiting to see if they're discounted in Black Friday first.

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On 13/11/2017 at 05:46, Camel said:

 

Skate Rock - C64.  Man, fuck level 10.  Still, I'm a member of the slime rat skaters now and that's all that matters.

 

You finished Skate Rock? The Dark Souls of 8 bit skateboarding games? Tell me you filmed it.

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Unusually for games of that era, at game over, it lets you select the last level you reached so you can continue to bash your head against a level for as long as you like.  It's still a bastard though.  Disappointingly, although the game starts out as a freewheeling dodge-the-obstacles-pick-up-the-flags fun fest it descends into a fiddly game of picking your way slowly (but still against a timer!) through a series of intricate and annoying obstacles.  The last level is awful.  I didn't film it; it would be the most boring video ever.

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October - Persona 3 FES PS2


After playing Persona 4 first, this one seemed like more of a grind, but the bleak nature of the story was great, and the ending was really unexpected. Started to play the add-on The Answer, but now have a PS4 so will just be looking up how that turned out. Brilliant game though, and might play through Portable on my PSP as the female protagonist at some point. At the moment though I'm taking a change of pace with Horizon Zero Dawn and will look to get Persona 5 next time it goes cheap. Am also playing Persona Q on the 2DS, and while its very different, it still is a brilliant game and has prompted me to try an Etrian Odyssey game as well. Persona is definitely up there as one of my favourite franchises now.

 

Previously

Jan - Zelda A Link Between Worlds

Mar - Mass Effect 3

May - Darksiders

Jul - The Last of Us

Jul - Dragon Age Inquisition

Sep - Persona 4

Oct : Journey

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Until Dawn (ps4)

Yakuza Zero (ps4)

Horizon Zero Dawn (ps4)

Mirrors Edge Catalyst (pc)

Quantum Break (pc)

Titanfall 2 (pc)

Uncharted Lost Legacy (ps4)

Zelda BOTW (Wii U)

 

Has been a fantastic year for gaming for me, played some cracking titles this year. Titanfall 2 campaign was the biggest suprise for me, loved it.

 

Some big GOTY contenders, with yakuza zero, botw and horizon zero dawn being the main ones for me. Will be difficult to decide out the 3.

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Resident Evil 6

Hitman

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Halo CE

Halo 2

Super Mario 3D World

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Prey

Dishonoured 2 (High and Low Chaos playthroughs)

Vanquish

FEAR and Expansions

FEAR 2

Forza Horizon 3

 

Killer is Dead - This has a fun but lightweight character action combat system, with a plot and setting that are supposed to be super weird, but structure wise is as conventional a third person action game as you can get. The levels are flat, repeated arenas with very limited interaction like so many Japanese games, reused further through side challenges. And it's obviously very low budget for 2013, with the asset re-use, cuts to avoid animating the main character and the art style is masking some PS2 quality models. Just fun enough to avoid being called "average".

The Room - I really liked this, I'm sure I'm years late to the conversation, it's kind of a locked room puzzle where you're trying to break into an arcane safe and then the objects within that. It's just very lavish for a game of this genre and also satisfyingly tactile, everything needs to be twisted or turned or slid out, and the hints are just right when you're stuck. It's only a few hours long and only a quid in the Steam sale, so I'd recommend picking it up.

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11 hours ago, RubberJohnny said:

 

 

The Room - I really liked this, I'm sure I'm years late to the conversation, it's kind of a locked room puzzle where you're trying to break into an arcane safe and then the objects within that. It's just very lavish for a game of this genre and also satisfyingly tactile, everything needs to be twisted or turned or slid out, and the hints are just right when you're stuck. It's only a few hours long and only a quid in the Steam sale, so I'd recommend picking it up.

 

The Room 2 is going cheap as well. Highly recommended.

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METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES

 

Damn that Fox Engine is pretty.

 

I'm claiming this as a completion, and can't hear your complaints over the sound of Snake doing Point Break-style sky-shooting on the top of this lookout tower, much to the confusion of the entire base.

 

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The camera/FOV in this drove me nuts, it's ridiculously close when you're sneaking about and the necessary hacks people have developed are fiddly to find and apply, so I didn't bother because I ALREADY COMPLETED IT :hat:

 

Hexcells

 

A lovely puzzle game where you can feel your Slitherlink senses awakening, but with more clues in play and new variants being introduced all the way to the end. By the end puzzles are constantly throwing ambiguous situations at you which you can resolve by carefully cross-referencing all the tools at hand. It does that Slitherlink thing where you feel like a genius because you figured out certain patterns which come up repeatedly without the game explicitly telling you about them.

 

It only took me 82 minutes to get through the set of puzzles in this first game of 3, but the whole series is currently dirt cheap in the Steam sale.

 

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Resident Evil 6

Hitman

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Halo CE

Halo 2

Super Mario 3D World

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Prey

Dishonoured 2 (High and Low Chaos playthroughs)

Vanquish

FEAR and Expansions

FEAR 2

Forza Horizon 3

Killer is Dead 

The Room

 

The Banner Saga 2 - I absolutely loved the first, and this one continues to be just as great - music, VO, art, writing - you're managing a caravan of refugees fleeing an invasion, ensuring they have enough supplies not to starve, making decisions about what to do with your heroes jumping into turn-based battles to hold off the enemy forces and occasionally engaging in mass combat. All the elements are pretty light but excellently designed and together create a really cohesive feel of that scenario - a desperate fight for survival with rearguard battles to buy you time, while developing half a dozen different subplots and character arcs.

 

And the decisions are as tough as ever, permanently killing heroes, robbing you of supplies, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of your men. Combat is tough and frequently best avoided, I often only had a single person standing at the end of a battle, and losing isn't a straight game-over, just a different way things could have gone. The game seems to go out of it's way to subvert what you'd expect from videogame choices, as an example:

 

Early on your refugee caravan is with a mercenary band who are generally assholes, and after a tough situation they decide to split off. Annoyed with them, I chose to give them no supplies when they left, only to find that I was now playing as the asshole mercenaries, who were now starving to death. The first settlement we came across was damaged by the fighting, but had been barricaded up and we warned off. I chose to break in and steal their food, only to be met on the battlefield by an all-women force, it was only them and the children left.

 

If there's one complaint I have it's that the stakes are ramped up a little high plotwise, the first game reached "finale of LotR" proportions with some of its battles, this goes further into almost world-ending levels, and the introduction of additional factions into the combat (instead of just the first games Dredge) also doesn't help that feel. It's a marked change from the first game, whose battles against non-Dredge were limited to stuff caused by the invasion. Like even if we solve the invasion, we've still got all these other races to deal with, and maybe the world's too far gone?

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25/11/2017 - Battlefield 1 (PC)

 

DICE really aren't very good at campaigns, are they? I really liked the idea teaching the mechanics needed for multiplayer mechanics through the War Stories, but they were too short to really let us get to know the characters and were just all a bit...pedestrian to play. Not that they had to be full of CoD-like bombast every 10 seconds, but they needed something to spruce it up a bit.

 

It was enjoyable enough, but I'm glad I got this via EA Access rather than paying for it (especially as I won't be playing the multiplayer).

 

Previously completed:

Spoiler

13/11/2017 - The Room (PC)

12/11/2017 - Neverending Nightmares (PC)

11/11/2017 - Dex (PC)

29/10/2017 - Contradiction (PC)

28/10/2017 - Far Cry 3 (PC)

01/10/2017 - Hand of Fate (PC)

24/09/2017 - Diablo 3, Injustice 2 (both Xbox One)

12/09/2017 - Dead Effect 2 (PC)

07/09/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III/Final Cut (PC)

01/09/2017 - Shadow of Mordor (PC)

17/08/2017 - Bastion (PC)

06/08/2017 - Crowntakers (PC)

05/08/2017 - Gemini: Heroes Reborn (PC)

10/07/2017 - Sky Break (PC)

10/06/2017 - The Silent Age (PC)

05/03/2017 - Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)

11/02/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC)

05/02/2017 - The Detail - Episode 1 (PC)

02/01/2017 - Hard Reset (PC)

01/01/2017 - ComixPlay #1: The Endless Incident (PC)

 

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30/11/2017 - Sleeping Dogs (X360)

 

Well this has sure taken a while. It seems I got my first achievement back in June 2013, which will have been around the time it came onto Games With Gold. It then got left alone as I got a bit bored with it each time I picked it up (because it suffers the same, dull, bloat as pretty much all open-world games) but as of a few days ago I decided to just focus solely on the main story (I got to about half-way through early last year).

 

It's a real tricky one to have an opinion on - because I hated the slidey way Wei ran, I hated the floaty driving, I hated Wei himself as a character, I hated how the story took ages to get anywhere and then didn't really do anything (the ending is dreadful) and I hated the controls in general.

 

I didn't mind the fighting (although the it often wouldn't register the moves I was trying to pull off).

 

I loved Hong Kong itself though, especially in the rain. On numerous occasions I would try and find some neon when it started raining, because at times it looked stunning. One of the missions was at night in the rain so I actually just found a nice spot to pitch up and I just left the game there in the background for a good 20 minutes or so - it was very comforting.

 

Still, it was a game and, overall, did I enjoy it? Yeah, I think it was ok. Had the developer not been axed, would I have bought a sequel? I doubt it.

 

Previously completed:

Spoiler

25/11/2017 - Battlefield 1 (PC)

13/11/2017 - The Room (PC)

12/11/2017 - Neverending Nightmares (PC)

11/11/2017 - Dex (PC)

29/10/2017 - Contradiction (PC)

28/10/2017 - Far Cry 3 (PC)

01/10/2017 - Hand of Fate (PC)

24/09/2017 - Diablo 3, Injustice 2 (both Xbox One)

12/09/2017 - Dead Effect 2 (PC)

07/09/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III/Final Cut (PC)

01/09/2017 - Shadow of Mordor (PC)

17/08/2017 - Bastion (PC)

06/08/2017 - Crowntakers (PC)

05/08/2017 - Gemini: Heroes Reborn (PC)

10/07/2017 - Sky Break (PC)

10/06/2017 - The Silent Age (PC)

05/03/2017 - Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)

11/02/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC)

05/02/2017 - The Detail - Episode 1 (PC)

02/01/2017 - Hard Reset (PC)

01/01/2017 - ComixPlay #1: The Endless Incident (PC)

 

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Steam World Heist:

 

Thought I finished this last year but checking my Wii U logs, it was actually this February. Nobody has a bad word to say about this game, I don't either, loved every moment. Worms meets X-com, makes perfect sense when you actually play it.

 

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

 

Complete mess of a game but it had it had its moments. Games with Gold freebie from a while back, played out of curiosity. No sense of pacing at all, finished it almost by accident last night.

 

Previously finished:
 

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Kane and Lynch 2

 

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 

 

Fire Emblem Echoes

 

Fire Emblem Awakenings

 

Forza Horizon

 

Metroid: Samus Returns


 

 

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Dec

 

28/12 Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death (360) Enjoyable God of War clone that gets very difficult later on, you can button mash your way through the earlier levels but by the end you really need to make every hit count. It's also got my least favourite issue with old school 3D games, falling deaths due to camera placement / shifts.

 

23/12 Metal Gear Solid 3 (360) I bounced of the original version pretty hard. And then I bounced off the special edition. I obviously had more money than sense back in the day. And so I bought it again for a third time on the 360. And now realising it's not on the backwards compatible list I decided to play it before my 360 dies. The military stuff leaves me cold but the combination of sneaking through every stage carefully andthen facing off against those insane, overly dramatic bosses...I almost bounced off it again but I persisted and I really got into it. Partly because Boss was such a great character, I had to keep going to see the resolution between her and Snake. That endgame too, I must of thought it was over four times and then it just keeps pulling more out. It feels like a broken mess in places. It has bits that are just creepy (although almost forgiveable given the context.) It's possibly the last game I'll complete this year, and if so what a note to go out on. I really didn't think I'd enjoy this. If you've bounced off it before it's worth another look. Especially if you have a copy with the improved camera controls. Favourite boss battle. The End. Just for the sound design alone.

 

09/12 What Remains of Edith Finch (PC) Short. But compelling and wildly inventive. The most amazing bit is when....no it's...actually it's.....if you love walking sims this one is probably the best of them. In the space of two hours my jaw dropped, a luaghed, I got teary, possibly my game of the year. Sometimes good things don't overstay their welcome.

 

04/12 Child of Light (PS4) Finished this previously on the 360 but this coming up as part of PSPlus gave me an excuse to replay it for the trophies. My only complaint is that later in the game I had a favourite party set-up which precluded me from playing with any of the new party members. The battle mechanics are a neat twist on turn based commands with good planning allowing you to disrupt enemy actions. The art and music is beyond charming. Why there aren't more games released using UbiArt Framework is anyone's guess. (Come on Ubisoft, if you're done using it why not release it for others to use?)

 

Previously

 

 

 


Nov

25/11 Uncharted:the Lost Legacy (PS4)

18/11 Bound (PS4)

10/11 Assassin's Creed:Syndicate (PS4) (+DLC)

05/11Game of Thrones (PS4)

Oct
29/10 Titanfall 2 (PS4)
22/10 Fallout 4 (+DLC) (PS4)
Sep
30/09 Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator (PC)
30/09 Mini Ghost (PC)
23/09 Inexistance (PC)
19/09 Super Mario Land 2 : Six Golden Coins (GB)
16/09 Super Mario Land (GB)
03/09 Fallout Shelter (PC)
Aug
26/08 Lego Star Wars:the Complete Saga (360)
05/08 Hue (PC)
Jul
26/07 Space Ace (PC)
16/07 Dig Dug (PC)
12/07 R-Type (360)
12/07 R-Type 2 (360)
06/07 Kane and Lynch 2:Dog Days (360)
June
17/06 The Simpsons Arcade Game (360)
12/06 Lucius Demake (PC)
10/06 Dragon's Lair (360)
10/06 Daytona USA (360)
10/06 After Burner Climax (360)
May
27/05 Portal 2 (360)
20/05 Portal (360)
15/05 Alien Vs Predator (2010) (PC)
11/05 The SIlent Age (PC)
06/05 Star Wars:the Force Unleashed 2 + Endor DLC (360)
06/05 Type:Rider (PS4)
Apr
25/04 10,000,000 (PC)
23/04 The Last Guardian (PS4)
14/04 You Must Build a Boat (PC)
Mar
27/03 Final Fantasy 15 (PS4)
11/03 Lara Croft Go (PC)
05/03 A King's Tale:Final Fantasy 15 (PS4)
Feb
20/02 Dear Esther:Landmark Edition (PC)
Jan
22/01 Refunct (PC)
18/01 This is Fine (Browser)
15/01 The Swapper (PS4)
09/01 Uncharted 4:a Thiefs End (PS4)
09/01 Tales of Monkey Island (PC)
07/01 Zenge (PC)
02/01 The Secret of Monkey Island:Special Edition (360)
01/01 Grow Up (PS4)

 

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Jan

Lords of the Fallen (2014) PS4 - 8th Jan
Titan Souls (2015) PS4 - 31st Jan

Feb

Azkend 2 (2012/16) PS4 - 7th Feb
 
March 

Lumo (2016) PS4 - 20th March

May

Fallout 4 (Survival) (2015) PS4 - 9th May 

June

Blood Knight (2013) PS3 - 7th June
Abyss Odyssey (2014) PS3 - 8th June
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (2015) - PS4 - 20th June
Alienation (2016) PS4 - 22nd June

July

Devil May Cry 2 (2003/2012) PS3 - 1st July (Dante's Story)
Life is Strange (2015) PS4 - 3rd July
Alienation (2016) PS4 - 11th July (World 2 Complete)
The Walking Dead Season 2 (2013) - PS4 - 27th July 

August

Neon Chrome (2016) PS4 - 13th August (Overseer V1.0)
The Last of Us Remaster (2013/14) PS4 - (Hard) 15th August
The Last of Us - Left Behind DLC (2014) - PS4 - (Hard) 20th August


September 

Hatoful Boyfriend (2011/2015) PS4 - 10th Sep (EP 13 ending)
Resident Evil Remake HD (2003/15) PS4 - 18th Sep (Chris playthrough on Normal)

 

October

 

Child of Light (2014) PS4 (100% Trophies)

 

 

 

December 

Ys Origin (2006/12/17) - PS4 6th Dec (Yunica, Hugo & Toal Stories on Normal)

 

Well, this one I've been playing on and off over the last couple of months or so and have just finished playing through it for the third time, something I'm not the biggest fan of having to do when it involves repeating the same thing all over again, however in this I do like the fact that for each character you play with, they each have their own story. 

 

This was the first game I ever actually pre-ordered back in March , and not that it wasn't already available in some form or another but because I was purposely after the physical edition which came out around Sep/Oct this year. I think the game itself only got released on the PS4 back in around Feb this year too digitally and of course Limited Run games also jumped on the band wagon to release their own physical editions around the same time I got mine direct from Play-Asia. I had no idea that Ys Origin was in fact originally released in Japan only in 2006 and only got ported to Western audiences on Steam in 2012, eventually making it's way to PS4 this year, so more than 10 years old. It was also the my first time exploring the world of Ys, and one Johnny Millenium (Happy Console Gamer) managed to influence me enough to want to get on board, starting with the prequel (Origin) to the first 1987 title Ancient Ys - Vanished Omen.

 

The game itself is an isometric style action RPG with remenants of Zelda's dungeon's being made entirely into the sole core of the game play where the main objective is to get to the top of the tower and defeat the evil at the top. Meanwhile you get involved in a lot of storyline from time to time and in someways I like this kind of thing because I've often felt more connected to these types of games when story plays an integral part. What is interesting about keeping a focus around the story, is that it also means when you finish it the first time, you then get the opportunity to replay the game with a second character who plays centre stage of the hero. Most elements are the same but there are some changes in gameplay and a lot of story alterations. What really changes the most is that if you beat it with both characters, then you get granted access to Toal who plays the story from a new perspective and has the most changes in what happens including the true ending boss moment. Originally it took me about 18 hours or so to finish, narrowing down to 10 by the time I got to Toal, so certainly doable. The combat feels nice and each character has their own set of moves, albeit following the same flow as the others but nevertheless they are still unique. It also feels nice to play an RPG which doesn't force the player to listen to actual spoken dialogue, and I say this because this brings me a throwback as to how I grew up playing them all. It allows you to read it more like a book and interpret the voices in your own mind rather than being forced to hear outrageously hideous efforts by American voice actors or even just hearing Japanese noise. There is a time and a place for these of course, but I feel like I've missed the whole reading text and making up my own mind as to what they are supposed to sound like. 

 

The music is pretty good and gets quite memorable in places, often reminding me of other great RPG's along the lines of FF and the like. There's one soundtrack in there right near the end of the game before you fight the last boss which sounds like Guile's theme song from SF2. Seriously listen to when the violins start and tell me you can also hear it, I forgot that it's also part of the actual main theme music too featured below. 

 

 

Overall It's not too bad, and not too long to play through a single sitting, while having enough replay value to keep you coming back for the remaining characters. There are also some extra modes I have unlocked such as Boss Rush and Arena Mode and even a Shop, but I think I'm done here now. It had gotten me intrigued as to what the other games are like in the series as a whole, and so I might look into some of the others. 

 

Verdict 7.5/10

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December 2017

Super Mario Odyssey (Switch - 2017)

Better than Sunshine. Better than Galaxy. Worse than 64. 70 hours, 999 moons. 9/10.

 

Previously...

October 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch - 2017)

September 2017: Sonic Mania (Switch - 2017)

July 2017: Dark Souls II (PC - 2014)

May 2017: Dark Souls (PC - 2012)

May 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC - 1998)

March 2017: Super Mario 3D Land (3DS - 2011)

January 2017: Super Mario Run (iOS - 2016)

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10/12/2017 - Aarklash Legacy (PC)

 

Not something most people have probably heard of, but this is a hero-based real-time with pause strategy game. And it's tough.

 

It's an interesting game because it really does reward positioning, clever use of debuffing as well as damage-dealing skills and picking the right targets. Many skills - including healing - will happily affect friend and foe, which means you have to have a considered approach to battles, along with have to dodge the range of enemy spells. And given that enemies have a ton of health, you have plenty of time to hone your skills. Outside of frequent battles there are some puzzles to solve and a very rudimentary loot system; characters only have 4 item slots and you can recycle the items you pick up to create new epic items. And that's your lot.

 

It's pretty good, although it does have some real issues. Firstly, each character has only 4 skills (though they do branch to create other options) but the cast don't really have greatly defined roles, which is probably designed to make you mix-and-match your team as their skills increase but because things are much of a muchness you'll probably just stick with a group of 4 and be done with it. Also, the lack of meaningful loot. Stuff is only found in the field and is generally crap (including Epic items). As noted, you can recycle stuff to create more Epics, but they are still crap so you probably wouldn't bother, and, because the difference in stats you get is so minimal you won't care about periodically upgrading stuff.

 

The biggest crime, though, is the whole of the second act because it is largely comprised of some really frustrating environmental puzzles and there are too many of them. There are 3 or 4 different types but they are all awful and just drag you down and sour the experience. And the ending is dreadful - abrupt, lacking in real closure and designed for a sequel that is never going to come.

 

It's therefore a title with some interesting aspects - genuine tactical combat being the biggest draw - but some poor/odd design decisions hold it back from being something to recommend.

 

11/12/2017 - Monster Loves You (PC)

 

A curio, this, a choose you own adventure style game where you guide your monster through it's life, hoping to ascend to Elder status and then shape how humans and monsters will interact at the endgame.

 

It's designed to be replayed, partly because you might not make it to Elder status first time (based on your choices throughout your life) but also to get the dozen or so different endings. Each playthrough is probably about an hour and the store page says there are over 900 choices to make, so each playthrough will be different.

 

I'll take their word for that, because my single session was enough (I made it to Elder status first time and also made humans and monsters love each other - I guess that's the 'best' ending). It's all very simply presented - text and static background scenes are all you get - and whilst it is meant to be replayed I can't really imagine a subsequent playthrough yielding a different experience as the writing isn't that good or interesting, nor are the choices going to lead to anything you'd care about.

 

So whilst Monster may love me, the feeling is most definitely not reciprocated.

 

Previously completed:

Spoiler

30/11/2017 - Sleeping Dogs (X360)

25/11/2017 - Battlefield 1 (PC)

13/11/2017 - The Room (PC)

12/11/2017 - Neverending Nightmares (PC)

11/11/2017 - Dex (PC)

29/10/2017 - Contradiction (PC)

28/10/2017 - Far Cry 3 (PC)

01/10/2017 - Hand of Fate (PC)

24/09/2017 - Diablo 3, Injustice 2 (both Xbox One)

12/09/2017 - Dead Effect 2 (PC)

07/09/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III/Final Cut (PC)

01/09/2017 - Shadow of Mordor (PC)

17/08/2017 - Bastion (PC)

06/08/2017 - Crowntakers (PC)

05/08/2017 - Gemini: Heroes Reborn (PC)

10/07/2017 - Sky Break (PC)

10/06/2017 - The Silent Age (PC)

05/03/2017 - Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)

11/02/2017 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC)

05/02/2017 - The Detail - Episode 1 (PC)

02/01/2017 - Hard Reset (PC)

01/01/2017 - ComixPlay #1: The Endless Incident (PC)

 

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