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Seeing as Virtues Last Reward is one of my favourite games of the last ten years I thought I'd give AI: the Somnium Files a go.

 

Ehh...

 

I'm not sure if I'm less charitable with this sort of thing than I would normally be because of playing Disco Elysium, but the relentless pervy dialogue, simplistic puzzling sections, and to be honest either boring or annoying characters has done my nut in, before I've even reached an ending.

 

There seems to be an issue with nearly every anime style game I've played lately seeming like it's written by people who have only experienced the world through tropey anime and so that's all they know how to write. I noticed it in Valkyria Chronicles 4 as well - the story elements ended up being vastly inferior to the original. Even cutesy bits in that I remember being charming without it feeling like you needed a lobotomy to appreciate.

 

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16 minutes ago, Benny said:

There seems to be an issue with nearly every anime style game I've played lately seeming like it's written by people who have only experienced the world through tropey anime and so that's all they know how to write. I noticed it in Valkyria Chronicles 4 as well - the story elements ended up being vastly inferior to the original. Even cutesy bits in that I remember being charming without it feeling like you needed a lobotomy to appreciate.

 

Pretty sure this is exactly correct. Or it's entirely intentional because they know their target audience.

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53 minutes ago, Benny said:

Seeing as Virtues Last Reward is one of my favourite games of the last ten years I thought I'd give AI: the Somnium Files a go.

 

Ehh...

 

I'm not sure if I'm less charitable with this sort of thing than I would normally be because of playing Disco Elysium

 

 

To short cut this post, if I enjoyed Virtue's Last Reward you're telling me I should play Disco Elysium?

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41 minutes ago, moosegrinder said:

 

Pretty sure this is exactly correct. Or it's entirely intentional because they know their target audience.

 

And the problem is that means it only ends up getting worse, because their target audience never ends up experiencing anything different.

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I played 7 minutes and it broke my heart already. Close up the voxel art style is a bit eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenh but I like the look of it overall. Looking forward to getting into it after I do Knights and Bikes. Which is also breaking my heart. Apparently I hate myself and want to feel miserable.

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13 minutes ago, Waggo said:

Anybody tried Echo Generation?  Really enjoying the 80’s Stranger Things vibe & it’s generous with the achievements too.

 

Started it yesterday. Like the vibe also. 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Ry said:

 

Started it yesterday. Like the vibe also. 

 

 

I finished it on the weekend. Mostly loved it, but the scrap boss was a horrible difficulty spike. 
 

Also super weird there’s no skill point replenishment items apart from the cookies which are very stingily handed out. It means you spend the first half of boss battles using all your abilities and the second half spending ages grinding them down with punches. 
 

Also annoying that new companions all start at level 1, and the lack of grinding spots mean it’s too much hassle to level them. 
 

That said the best companion is easily 


 

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The dog, thanks to his team heal. 

 

And he’s worth levelling as soon as you get him. 

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2 minutes ago, jon_cybernet said:

I finished it on the weekend. Mostly loved it, but the scrap boss was a horrible difficulty spike. 
 

Also super weird there’s no skill point replenishment items apart from the cookies which are very stingily handed out. It means you spend the first half of boss battles using all your abilities and the second half spending ages grinding them down with punches. 
 

Also annoying that new companions all start at level 1, and the lack of grinding spots mean it’s too much hassle to level them. 
 

That said the best companion is easily 


 

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The dog, thanks to his team heal. 

 

And he’s worth levelling as soon as you get him. 

 

I have nothing CED the skill points issue with the first two enemies you fight. 

 

Those rats early on mean I need to go back home and sleep every time as well. 

 

I hope I don't just bounce off it like the last 10 game pass gamea I have played. 

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I'm currently doing the £32.99 game pass ultimate thing. Have been for some time. I've read through the first post, but am unsiure how I get it to 'lapse'. Do I just cancel it and then follow through the steps on page 1 once my last month is over?

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10 minutes ago, Shook said:

I'm currently doing the £32.99 game pass ultimate thing. Have been for some time. I've read through the first post, but am unsiure how I get it to 'lapse'. Do I just cancel it and then follow through the steps on page 1 once my last month is over?


Yep - just wait for it to expire (make sure it’s not set to auto renew).

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6 minutes ago, Darren said:


Yep - just wait for it to expire (make sure it’s not set to auto renew).

 

Cool thank you.

 

Then I buy three of these yes? I guess I could get that out of the way now? I've stopped my auto-renew and my current game pass sub ends on 23rd Nov.

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Tramping through Knights and Bikes and it's adorable. I love Nessa and Dezmelda, they're such fun. Definitely on track to finish it before it leaves, so that's nice.

 

Got round to trying Into The Pit and I don't know what to think of it. It feels like the aiming is built entirely around mouse and keyboard, which is no good on an Xbox pad. It's alright when you're using the shotgun but anything that requires precision is very sketchy.

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21 minutes ago, moosegrinder said:

Tramping through Knights and Bikes and it's adorable. I love Nessa and Dezmelda, they're such fun. Definitely on track to finish it before it leaves, so that's nice.

 

Got round to trying Into The Pit and I don't know what to think of it. It feels like the aiming is built entirely around mouse and keyboard, which is no good on an Xbox pad. It's alright when you're using the shotgun but anything that requires precision is very sketchy.


I gave up on it because of this exact reason. 

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Echo Generation.

 

I got to a boss and has to use all my health items and died anyway. 

 

Now I can't beat the boss because I have no health items and it autosaves. It's impossible for me to progress. Oh well. Uninstalled. Shame.

 

Moonglow Bay. Uninstalled after 20 mins. Horrendous performance. 

 

The last Gamepass game I actually finished was the brilliant Mighty Goose. I'm bouncing off a lot of these indie games hard. 

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2 hours ago, moosegrinder said:

Lol, the Into The Pit devs have 6 Twitter followers and 2 tweets. Looks like I'm not giving them a shout to go "Oi, up the auto aim on console. Or implement it. Either or".

@tomnullpointer on Twitter has been posting regular updates about the game and replied to my query within about 10 mins.

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3 hours ago, Mortis said:

Yeah I wanted to like echo generation but the fact I had to keep returning home to rest and recover my health to beat even the simplest of enemies at the start of the game kinda killed any momentum the game had. 


I am still enjoying it.  How far did you get into it?

 

This & Back 4 Blood are the two Xbox  games I am ploughing through at the moment and I am liking both.

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