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On 22/07/2021 at 13:34, Ry said:

Damn Atomicorps is really good. 

 

Its like a bullet hell shmup crossed with Enter the Gungeon. Gets bloody hard later on. 

It's great, absolutely love it on Switch. It is nails though, gets proper frantic. I've played it a load and completed a yearly cycle a couple of times but don't feel I've seen half of what it has to offer, in terms of content or mechanics.

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I just realized I have 1 year left of that $1 + cheap 12m gold codes to get 3 years GPU deal. I don't think I'll be doing Ultimate when it comes time to pay proper. We're constantly playing GP stuff, but I rarely stream, I don't really care about EA titles and the only perk I really used (though I claim them all) was 6 months Spotify.

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2 hours ago, Nosejam said:

Blimey Atomicrops is absolute crack. Hades x Stardew Valley. So good!

It really is. I love Hades but to me this is better. Bit of a cliche but there's no fat on it whatsoever; straight in and BOOM.

 

Had a go on Xbox for the first time tonight and it's gone pretty well:

 

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I've played a few games but finding it a bit overwhelming. Expand, plough, choose a seed, water everything, fertilise and pick the veg, urgh. And then go off and shoot the baddies, all against a time. My day job is less stressful.

 

I'm looking forward to Hades, hope it's simpler.

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On 22/07/2021 at 21:09, Fierce Poodle said:

Is Blinx really that bad?

It was just meh, I played it for a couple of hrs back in the day and it just didn't grab me. It wasn't BAD it was just run of mill. Can't recall how much of a fanfare MS gave it, but that might be why it was so reviled.

 

It isn't deserving of a strong reaction in either direction.

 

EDIT - I feel Kameo falls into this category as well - although I enjoyed Kameo a smidge more :D

 

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26 minutes ago, Clipper said:

It was just meh, I played it for a couple of hrs back in the day and it just didn't grab me. It wasn't BAD it was just run of mill. Can't recall how much of a fanfare MS gave it, but that might be why it was so reviled.

 

It isn't deserving of a strong reaction in either direction.

 

EDIT - I feel Kameo falls into this category as well - although I enjoyed Kameo a smidge more :D

 


Blinx wasn’t terrible at the time, it was just mediocre.

 

The issue was at the time it was still

a big thing to have a signature character platformer for your new console platform and this was the Xbox version. It was no Mario.

 

FWIW mind I really liked Kameo…Blinx will

be interesting to revisit all these years later if nothing else.

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13 minutes ago, dreamylittledream said:


Blinx wasn’t terrible at the time, it was just mediocre.

 

The issue was at the time it was still

a big thing to have a signature character platformer for your new console platform and this was the Xbox version. It was no Mario.

 

FWIW mind I really liked Kameo…Blinx will

be interesting to revisit all these years later if nothing else.

That's how I remember it. Microsoft was still the new kid on the block, the wannabe. The makers of Office and Windows wanting to make a console. Ridiculous. And even though Halo blew everyone's socks off, Blinx was still in that early phase that made people look at its by numbers, uninspired, and try hard character design that it became a way to laugh at try hard Microsoft.

 

Nowadays we have Knack, from the makers of the Walkman.

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Last Stop is decent.  From a general storytelling perspective it’s fine. It feels very familiar, taking lots from similar games - essentially short walks between narrative sections and some QTE/interactive bits. There’s even an peculiar rhythm mini game thing.  Towards the end it feels quite like a few games from the late 90’s/early 2000’s.

 

It’s a bit cheap at times (wheels not rotating on moving cars, spelling and pronunciation errors), but generally plays well and looks fine. Some of the voice casting feels way off, though - it’s quite jarring hearing certain voices coming from certain character models.

 

5ish hours to play through. Doesn’t  overstay it’s welcome. Check it out.

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5 hours ago, Stanley said:

Better than Hades? Only Dead Cells does that for me, will have to check this out prompto. 

I was a tad euphoric after that good run but it's at least an equal to it, for me anyway. The slow build and synergies are more on my wavelength. Taking nothing from Hades, is brilliant. I just *enjoy* this more.

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31 minutes ago, Skull Commander said:

I get Atomicrops is a low budget indie game but I don't think I can get over how ugly it is. Horrid looking game. 

It’s an interesting attempt at splicing two or even three apparently disparate genres (farming/life sim and shooter) and I was hoping that the order and chaos would at some point click and coalesce into something unique and addictive, but I just didn’t find myself enjoying it. I must admit that most of my short time playing it I was a bit confused - plant potatoes, water them (automatically) whilst shooting some stuff … that seemed pretty much it. 
 

I won’t even attempt to compare it to Hades  because I saw zero similarity in both game play or mechanics, other than you die and restart like every roguelike.

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I didn't get on with Atomicrops either. The ploughing, planting, watering side of things seemed really messy, I was never sure what I was doing and targeting a specific square was too fiddly.

 

Then the shooting was just okay and your weapon breaking after every day took away all the fun of having an evolving load out in a Roguelike.

 

My main reaction to it was remembering how much I liked Nuclear Throne, and how fiddly and dull this felt in comparison.

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On 25/07/2021 at 01:22, Mr. Gerbik said:

That's how I remember it. Microsoft was still the new kid on the block, the wannabe. The makers of Office and Windows wanting to make a console. Ridiculous. And even though Halo blew everyone's socks off, Blinx was still in that early phase that made people look at its by numbers, uninspired, and try hard character design that it became a way to laugh at try hard Microsoft.

 

Nowadays we have Knack, from the makers of the Walkman.

The other big thing with Blinx (at the time) was that Microsoft claimed that the whole time reversal thing was only possible because the OG Xbox had a hard drive and could grab that much data from it, something (they claimed) you couldn’t do without a hard drive.

 

Sands of Time rather proved them wrong on that score.

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On 24/07/2021 at 16:22, Mr. Gerbik said:

That's how I remember it. Microsoft was still the new kid on the block, the wannabe. The makers of Office and Windows wanting to make a console. Ridiculous. And even though Halo blew everyone's socks off, Blinx was still in that early phase that made people look at its by numbers, uninspired, and try hard character design that it became a way to laugh at try hard Microsoft.

 

Nowadays we have Knack, from the makers of the Walkman.


This was literally why I chose to buy a Sega Saturn over the PlayStation back in 1996, because Sony making a console?

Yuck! That sounds like it’ll be as bad as the Philips CD-I ! 

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2 hours ago, loathsomeleopard said:

The other big thing with Blinx (at the time) was that Microsoft claimed that the whole time reversal thing was only possible because the OG Xbox had a hard drive and could grab that much data from it, something (they claimed) you couldn’t do without a hard drive.

 

Sands of Time rather proved them wrong on that score.


That is actually somewhat unfair…in Blinx you could rewind the entire level, maybe 10 minutes of play. That required a hard drive.

 

SoT allowed you to rewind about the last 30 seconds (back to the point prior to

you leaping the wrong way off a column). 
 

Blinx did very little with the concept but it did need a hard drive to execute it.

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9 hours ago, Kevvy Metal said:


This was literally why I chose to buy a Sega Saturn over the PlayStation back in 1996, because Sony making a console?

Yuck! That sounds like it’ll be as bad as the Philips CD-I ! 

Yeah, it's easy to forget because PlayStation is as synonymous with gaming as Nintendo - but back then we were all having a good laugh at the idea of electronics company Sony making a console. Sony! *snortlol*

 

Then people saw Ridge Racer and Toshinden running on it and we all know what happened. 

 

The Xbox I was even more cynical about. Fucking Microsoft? A Billy Gates Box? No fucking way. Then a friend came over with an Xbox, a copy of Halo, and two controllers. I didn't get any sleep that night and I bought an Xbox the next day.

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To be fair, go back another 15 years and it's "A playing card company making a machine for a dead market", at least as far as the Americans were concerned.

 

The Playstation of course was not Sony's first games console. Technically not even their 2nd.

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