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Surprisingly, I've been playing quite a bit of BLOPS4 on PS.

 

Mostly because the heat makes it difficult to concentrate on single-player, narrative driven stuff so a quick 20 minute blast on this scratches a gaming itch.

 

Although, 20 minutes quickly becomes a couple of hours without realising! 😁

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10 minutes ago, JoeK said:

@BadgerFarmerThanks for reminding me of this! Saw a trailer of it ages ago and thought it looked pretty swish, so on the wishlist it has gone (I presume it's released later today in the UK on Steam - nothing yet).

 

 

Yeah, it's out today. I got it a few days ago for review, but haven't had much chance to play it yet.

 

I guess other sites will have reviews up soon.

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35hrs into ACValhalla and my most pressing concern is still exploring all the maps and doing all the viewpoints.

 

currently very north indeed, might as well be back in Norway. I can’t believe that ANY Roman architecture was actually THAT big…

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3 hours ago, BadgerFarmer said:

Just started Cris Tales, a turn-based RPG with a time hopping mechanic from a Colombian studio. It all seems very promising so far, and if nothing else it looks fantastic.

 

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That’s on my radar but I can see my gaming schedule getting busy in the future. Might be worth making a thread for it if it’s any good. :) 

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I've got Skyward Sword on the go on Switch at the moment, but I've also been dipping in and out of Season One of The Walking Dead, which is on Game Pass, and I've mostly been playing it on my phone via remote play, to which it is very well suited. I played it through years ago on the Vita (I think), but it holds up pretty well - it looks good, the loading times are nice and zippy on the XSX, and (so far, at least) I haven't encountered any of the usual TellTale glitches. I can't remember much about what happens, but having read the comics and watched most of the TV series (before it started to get too rubbish), I know enough to know that things aren't going to end well for poor old Lee. Anyway, the entire series is on GP, so if I get through this and enjoy it then I'll happily binge the rest of them over the summer.

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Minute of Islands

 

It's a rather beautiful little game, and there's something about it I find incredibly charming, but very dark too. Reminds me of a Grimm fairy tale in some way. Seems to be a fairly easy platformer type thing really, but I was taken with the thing since an early demo, and it's living up to the promise so far.

 

Makes a nice palate cleanser from all the open worlders I seem to be playing at the mo'.

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Bloodroots (PC)

 

I should be finishing the last half of ME3 via the legacy edition but after 150 hours getting there via ME1 & 2 I’m struggling to motivate myself. I think playing the entire trilogy back to back might have been a mistake.

 

So instead I’m loving this little western themed Samurai Jack inspired Hotline Miami one hit kill em up.

 

Its a little janky in place but the main mechanic (cause death by a literal multitude of innocuous items) is so compelling I’m pretty driven to finish it.

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13 hours ago, JoeK said:

Minute of Islands

 

It's a rather beautiful little game, and there's something about it I find incredibly charming, but very dark too. Reminds me of a Grimm fairy tale in some way. Seems to be a fairly easy platformer type thing really, but I was taken with the thing since an early demo, and it's living up to the promise so far.

 

Makes a nice palate cleanser from all the open worlders I seem to be playing at the mo'.

It's not much more than a walking sim in the clothes of a platform-puzzler really. But I still found it pretty captivating nonetheless. It's a fascinating place.

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On 19/07/2021 at 21:49, shirubagan said:

I fished my 360 out of the garage and spent an hour getting the bastard online so I could play this again. 
 

 

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That looks the bollocks!

 

I seriously wish I had bought this back in the day. I have the demo on my 360 but canny get the full thing 😪

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1 hour ago, Hanzo the Razor said:

 

That looks the bollocks!

 

I seriously wish I had bought this back in the day. I have the demo on my 360 but canny get the full thing 😪

It's utter bullshit that it can't be bought. I did find that OutRun 2006 Coast 2 Coast works on 360 via back compat, so track down a copy of that if you can :) 

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Having completed Halo 3, I’m taking a break to try to finally complete a Zelda game for the first time.
 

Inspired by the recent Back Page podcast on Zelda games, I’ve gone back to Links Awakening on the Switch. I’ve not played this in over a year and hadn’t realised how close I was to the end. Last night I finished the final dungeon and think I’m getting the appeal of these games a bit more now. Think I just have to go play some music to wake up a giant egg now, so presumably there will be a final boss to come. 
 

Given the praise (mostly) in the Skyward Sword thread, I may pick that up next. 

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As a returning Xbox player I’ve got about 300 physical X360 games in my collection to choose from, as well as around 50 live arcade games on top of Game Pass, yet I decided to buy Stardew Valley again (a game I’ve bought and rinsed on Switch, PC and PS4 before) and I got dragged in immediately. 
I don’t know what it is but Stardew Valley is pulling all the right strings for me. Whenever I play it I instantly go into a zen like state of relaxation and I just love my daily routines in the game. The music, the villagers, the fishing, the mine exploration, the dating game, the secret casino…this game just has it all. 
 

I’ve clocked around 40 hours in two weeks now and I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with a 100h+ save before looking for something else to play.

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Just started A Plague Tale given the recent Series X upgrade and chat in the thread about it. 
 

Only one chapter in so very early days, but clearly a good looking game. It’s more of a sneak-fest compared to what I was expecting. Have never really enjoyed or preserved with stealth games in the past so will be interesting to see whether this is my thing or not. 

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On 22/07/2021 at 11:33, DeciderVT said:

Not sure if it would be here or in the retro folder but I started Ys Origin on PS4 last night. Enjoying it so far, even if the UI text is absolutely tiny!

 

Nearing the top of the tower now. Such satisfying combat! Everything feels nice and weighty and the balance is just right- bosses can be a challenge if under-prepared but grinding has been absolutely minimal. Very impressed so far.

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On 20/07/2021 at 07:11, SeanR said:

35hrs into ACValhalla and my most pressing concern is still exploring all the maps and doing all the viewpoints.

 

currently very north indeed, might as well be back in Norway. I can’t believe that ANY Roman architecture was actually THAT big…


45 hrs into ACValhalla

 

I think I’ve synchronised all the viewpoints in England, no achievement mind, so maybe more of England unlocks later or something.

 

so it’s time to progress the story. One of the problems with my play style has reared it’s head. There are letters written about events in the game that provide clues that I can’t used to act on 

 

Spoiler

“The traitors boat is yellow” says the note in Shropshire 

 

there’s a boat painted yellow in grantsbridgeshire I spotted it rescuing Soma’s advisors.

 

the traitor is one of Soma’s three advisors, the one I rescued by the boat with the yellow paint.


I’m SCREAMING at the telly now, I know who the dirty fucker is!

 

Instead it’s exposition, a quest, a raid, and an Arkham asylum style follow-the-clues bit of detective-vision work to

 

Spoiler

Soma’s trusted advisor’s boat with yellow paint on it. I guess? I turned it off cos it was 2am.

 

I ALREADY KNOW!!!

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Started Samurai-Force Shing on the Switch. Initial reaction is not overly positive, I’ll try playing some more tomorrow but this could find itself on the somewhat giant pile of abandoned games I have. It’s essentially a hack and slash, a genre I love, but so far feels wholly unsatisfying. Maybe it’ll get better.

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Back to Red Dead 2 for me.

 

It has a hold on me that very few other games have done. In fact, I think only Half-Life 2 and Witcher 3 have gripped me so much. Doesn't matter how many times I play through sections of it, I always see something new. I think it's one of the only games where I've been genuinely captivated by certain performances of the characters. The bit very early on where Arthur has a little 'chat' with Jimmy Brooks stands out - it's just a fantastic piece of acting, whatever the genre.

 

Anyway, off to meet some Chilloneans on Mary's behalf once again...

 

 

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