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On 28/06/2020 at 11:54, Dudley said:

 

and the others are Golf Story and What the Golf?

PGA Tour 2K21 is due out on the Switch next month, although the number of courses is limited it’s basically a reskin of The Golf Club with the ability to design your own courses (and load others designed courses). 
 

 

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4 hours ago, deerokus said:

Youse should play Ys VIII. Action JRPG set on a mystical deserted island full of dinosaurs and shit. Amazing music. 

Thanks, I've put it on my watch list.

What I had heard of it from elsewhere was if you like this series, you'll like this, which isn't too helpful if you know nothing about it.

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23 minutes ago, AK Bell said:

Thanks, I've put it on my watch list.

What I had heard of it from elsewhere was if you like this series, you'll like this, which isn't too helpful if you know nothing about it.

That's probably partly true although the series has changed a lot over the years, it started in the 80s but those entries are pretty hard to go back to and has generally got better as it has gone on. That said they're not quite like anything else. 

 

Anyway great music, adventurous/fantastical atmosphere, snappy real time hack-and-slash combat where you switch between three party members at will. Probably closest comparison would be to the Mana series in that aspect (secret of etc), or a more combat focused Zelda (the structure isn't like Zelda). 

 

Ys VIII adds a suikoden-ish 'collect all the npcs to enhance your base' system which is new. Same protagonist in all but one of the games but the stories are self-contained. 

 

If you have a pc just about all the older entries are on there cheap at the moment. Ys Seven, Oath in Felghana it Memories of Celceta are good options, although VIII is definitely my favourite of the series that I've played. It's regularly on sale on the eshop. 

 

 

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36 minutes ago, Laine said:


 

I noticed Conduct Together is on sale for 89p! Is it any good?


It was free (actually one gold coin which was replaced on purchase) on the US eShop a few months ago. It started off OK but got way too hard and stressful for me to enjoy it.

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Conduct Together! was quite a lot of fun for me and my boy on the early levels (it's basically impossible for a single player I suspect) but yeah, it gets bloody hard. We got our 89p worth, anyway.

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44 minutes ago, Laine said:

Hey @cowfields do you fancy selling me Tokyo Mirage Sessions? :D
 

I noticed Conduct Together is on sale for 89p! Is it any good?

 

Alas it's digital otherwise I totally would. 

 

Don't let the realistic boob jiggle give you cause for doubt. I put about 50 hours in so I guess that's £1/hour.

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4 minutes ago, cowfields said:

 

Alas it's digital otherwise I totally would. 

 

Don't let the realistic boob jiggle give you cause for doubt. I put about 50 hours in so I guess that's £1/hour.

I can live with it! I absolutely love all the games in this series and really want it! I know it’s be worth the £50 I just can’t really stretch to it right now. Bah!

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32 minutes ago, deerokus said:

That's probably partly true although the series has changed a lot over the years, it started in the 80s but those entries are pretty hard to go back to and has generally got better as it has gone on. That said they're not quite like anything else. 

 

Anyway great music, adventurous/fantastical atmosphere, snappy real time hack-and-slash combat where you switch between three party members at will. Probably closest comparison would be to the Mana series in that aspect (secret of etc), or a more combat focused Zelda (the structure isn't like Zelda). 

 

Ys VIII adds a suikoden-ish 'collect all the npcs to enhance your base' system which is new. Same protagonist in all but one of the games but the stories are self-contained. 

 

If you have a pc just about all the older entries are on there cheap at the moment. Ys Seven, Oath in Felghana it Memories of Celceta are good options, although VIII is definitely my favourite of the series that I've played. It's regularly on sale on the eshop. 

 

 

I’ve never played an Ys as although they sound right up my street otherwise I just don’t like action RPGs much. But now you’ve said Suikoden-ish collect a load of NPCs to expand your base I am very interested!

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10 minutes ago, Laine said:

I can live with it! I absolutely love all the games in this series and really want it! I know it’s be worth the £50 I just can’t really stretch to it right now. Bah!

 

It's definitely worth the money if its your thing. I actually really enjoyed how 'normal' it could be. 

 

"hey so I know there's this looming threat that could destroy Tokyo but let's pause on leveling up our battle skills, pop over to the dance studio and work on how we can better perform as a pop star for our fans. We'll get a mochi parfait on the way". 

 

 

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2 hours ago, bradigor said:

Anyone interested in CrossCode we have a review for it on Switch. 

https://www.mentalhealthgaming.com/crosscode-review/


Nice review. I’d seen a short trailer for it that didn’t do half as good a job of selling it to me as your review (it looked very generic and samey throughout location wise) and it also (understandably) didn’t manage to convey the charm of the characters :)

 

Also just seen that when it comes to Xbox it’s free on game pass and is already on there for PC. 

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20 minutes ago, womble9 said:


Nice review. I’d seen a short trailer for it that didn’t do half as good a job of selling it to me as your review (it looked very generic and samey throughout location wise) and it also (understandably) didn’t manage to convey the charm of the characters :)

 

Also just seen that when it comes to Xbox it’s free on game pass and is already on there for PC. 

 

I'd like to take credit. That's from one of our newer writers :) 

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18 hours ago, bradigor said:

 

I'd like to take credit. That's from one of our newer writers :) 

Yeah, it's a good review. Did they come across any issues with the UI/menus stuttering at all? Saw another review (positive) that mentioned some annoying delays when accessing menu screens.

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On 19/06/2020 at 10:07, bradigor said:

Railway Empire is out today for anyone interested. 

http://www.mentalhealthgaming.com/railway-empire-nintendo-switch-edition-review/


So don’t get it for handheld only?

 

I’ve been playing Automachef, it's really managed to get its hooks in despite making no concessions to running on the switch in handheld mode & having terrible tutorials.  It's like inifinifactory or the like but it's a kitchen with meal prep, it's got that optimisation hook with targets on meals delivered, electricity used, ingredients used.  

 

It's rough around the edges, e.g. it has an efficiency score but it only gives vague indication over what goes into it - so there's nothing for this layout scored badly because X.  For example the other night I build a kitchen delivering 4 meals to two different hatches for the first time (restaurant & take away), came in well below all the targets but only got 46% efficiency & I don't know why.  
 

To give an example of how bad the tutorials are, there's a tutorial after 15 levels (and a bunch of optional levels) that tells you to use an order reader to only dispense ingredients when needed, if you hadn't worked that out in level 2 you wouldn't have gotten this far.

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I'm still playing Cosmic Star Heroine, which was recommended by @DukeOfEarlsfield in this thread about a month back.  It's probably one of the most enjoyable, smart and efficient turn-based battle systems I've seen in a game like this. 

Abilities and items are all usable from the start of battle and are spent when used. You can recharge a character's abilities but it uses one of their turns. You never just spam attack and you never hoard 100 potions; both of these things are impossible.  New abilities often make you rethink how you play a certain character or how they fit imto your team strategy as a whole. On top of this, you have a clever 'hyper' system, where your characters will have a turn of boostex effects on abilities, so you'll often spend several turns building up to a massive combo, culimating in a massive attack that wipes out a strong enemy in one hit and it feels incredibly satisfying.

It's low budget and it's not perfect but it absolutely nails a fun and thoughtful battle system, where EVERY encounter feels meaningful. 

 

Duke, great recommendation. I had no idea this game existed before you posted about it and I'm so glad you did,  because this is definitely one of my favourite games I've played this year. 

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