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Re: Last game played...
« Reply #2415 on: 20 January, 2020, 10:22:02 am »
It is mad how well Doom holds up, in the dark with some headphones it's still genuinely scary at times which is impressive given the graphics it's working with.

Been desperate for as much Star Wars as possible so played through the old OG Xbox game Jedi Starfighter. It feels pretty rudimentary and dated now but I had a really good time with it and it did a decent job of giving me some space battles to blast through. I did find a couple of missions really tough and failing towards the end of one was frustrating (no checkpoints!), plus I had to check a walkthrough a couple of times just to find out what my objective meant because the game had been a bit vague with its signposting, but for all that I had a good time and glad I played through it!

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« Reply #2416 on: 24 January, 2020, 11:46:34 am »
I put aside Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order for a bit as I wasn’t getting on with it. I picked it up again a couple of days ago and something has just clicked - I love it!

It’s probably the best lightsaber combat in a game ever, with huge worlds to explore, secrets to find, and aliens to chop in half. The story is quite gripping too!

I give it 4.5 nerfherders out of 5 dianogas.

It loses 0.5 mynocks for excruciatingly long respawn times.
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« Reply #2417 on: 27 January, 2020, 09:11:53 am »
Oh yeah those respawn times (and the distance you sometimes have to travel from the checkpoint to where you want to be) could be annoying, loved the game though!

Finished A Plague Tale: Innocence and it was fantastic. Really thought I might find escorting a kid annoying but it was so well written and performed that before long I was full invested in that wee chap's safety. It's got some great ideas mechanically and keeps adding enough new twists to the idea to keep it interesting as it goes on, my only small gripe is that they obviously felt that they needed to end on some sort of boss fight, when it really hasn't been that sort of game up to that point. Said bossfight is a bit fiddly and was the weakest part of the game for me, but I still walked away thinking very very highly of it.

True to form, a week after I bought it full price it appeared on Game Pass, so everyone should give it a go!

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« Reply #2418 on: 27 January, 2020, 10:54:55 am »
Castle Crashers is back - I spotted this remastered version come up in PS4, and it was an instabuy!

Brilliant fun for all the family - daft side-scrolling action for four players at home or online, playing knights on a quest to rescue the kidnapped princesses. Barmy set pieces, intuitive gameplay, and giant river shark cats make this game a must have.

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« Reply #2419 on: 30 January, 2020, 07:36:34 pm »
Currently reviewing a game called It Came From Space and Ate Our Brains!  It's a twin-stick shooter.  Early days but it seems okay.

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« Reply #2420 on: 30 January, 2020, 08:57:55 pm »
Jumping Joe and Friends - so simple and just toooo addictive. MAKE IT STOP... after like just this last game... yeah defo the last one this time...

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« Reply #2421 on: 04 February, 2020, 01:55:03 pm »
It got a lot of praise so I went in expecting big things, but I've had to give up on The Outer Wilds. I did spend a few hours with it, and I absolutely see the appeal and the hook of investigating and discovering the threads you need to solve what's going on (and with pretty much zero hand-holding which is refreshing) but some of the planets just weren't fun to navigate and could be massively frustrating given the limited time loop rhythm of the game. Plus many times I'd find myself stuck in a hole or spat out a black hole on the other end of the universe from where I wanted to be, and the only way to get back to the start of the loop without losing any progress I'd made seemed to be waiting to die. Fine if you can fly into a sun nearby or smash yourself to death on some rocks but not so much if you're just floating in space or underwater and have no suicidal means at your disposal.

When I quit I checked a walkthrough and it turns out I'm about 20mins from the end of the game so I did go back in and try those 20mins but the last part was another irritating spot to navigate and after a couple of fails and loop restarts I decided I just don't care enough. It feels like for people who get into it properly it'll give the same thrill and feel that I got from Obra Dinn, but for me it was nowhere near a patch on that game.

One game I did finish at the weekend was The Hong Kong Massacre, which is essentially Hotline Miami with a John Woo skin, which sounds dismissive but that is exactly what it is and I loved every minute of it, because I love Hotline Miami and I love John Woo. It's fairly short (4hrs?) and very brutal but if you've played Hotline Miaimi you'll be familiar with that curious blend of masochism and weird sweaty palmed nauseous euphoria when you beat a level. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't like Hotline, but if you do like that and think it'd be cool if it looked more like Hard Boiled then it's worth checking out.

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« Reply #2422 on: 04 February, 2020, 06:55:56 pm »
One game I did finish at the weekend was The Hong Kong Massacre,

well done!  That game was particularly challenging.  The boss battles were no joke either.  I think I gave up when the levels suddenly seemed to be twice as big.

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« Reply #2423 on: 05 February, 2020, 09:19:41 am »
One game I did finish at the weekend was The Hong Kong Massacre,

well done!  That game was particularly challenging.  The boss battles were no joke either.  I think I gave up when the levels suddenly seemed to be twice as big.

Yeah the bigger levels were a struggle because you could get pretty far into one and then get one-shotted by someone in a direction I'd totally forgotten about (or through a bloody window, that happened a lot). Moving into new rooms into the unknown was always really tense. Whenever a shorter level popped up late-on it felt like a godsend. I didn't aim for fast times or anything, lots of caution and excessive use of slo-mo and dodge!

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« Reply #2424 on: 05 February, 2020, 10:49:21 am »
I completed Jedi: Fallen Order (the story anyway - I'm not really a trophy hunter), which was an incredibly satisfying Star Wars gaming experience.  Contender for GOTY for me! 

Anyway, now onto the Outer Worlds, which so far is coming across as very Fallout 3-lite.  Nice concept though, about indentured slavery, and how corporations basically own every aspect of your very being, with a 1920s art-deco-in-space style. I guess it's an in-your-face version of right now.

Enjoyable enough hokum, but I doubt we're going to be getting any in-your-face moments like the nuke going off in Megaton in Fallout 3.

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« Reply #2425 on: 05 February, 2020, 04:59:20 pm »
Just gone back to 'Monster Hunter World', on the PS4. Amazing game!
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« Reply #2426 on: 07 February, 2020, 12:53:59 am »
I completed Jedi: Fallen Order (the story anyway - I'm not really a trophy hunter), which was an incredibly satisfying Star Wars gaming experience.  Contender for GOTY for me! 

I played some of this at a friend's this last weekend, absolutely cracking! What I played was like a gorgeous sci fi Zelda/Dark Souls baby. Definitely on the to-do list now.

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« Reply #2427 on: 10 February, 2020, 09:23:45 am »
Played through The Missing: JJ MacField & The Island of Lost Memories, which turned out to be a very interesting wee game. It's a puzzle platformer of the charmingly quirky variety, which then ends up telling a really dark story that I found pretty unique for a video game. It's a shame that some of the actual platforming and puzzling (and some poorly placed checkpoints) were a bit fiddly and annoying to actually play, because the story was excellent and it deals with some themes not seen much in this sort of thing.

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« Reply #2428 on: 13 February, 2020, 09:22:18 am »
The last episode of Kentucky Route Zero is finally out so played through that and really enjoyed it. It's a beautiful game, and I think having the episodes release as sporadically as they did really worked for it. It's got a real Twin Peaksy brand of peculiarness and it's been good to play an hour or two every couple of years (jings) and then reflect a bit and have the next one feel like a nice surprise when it comes along. How it'll play in a oner I don't know, I think it really suits rationing.

Last episode was one of the shortest, but it felt right and I loved it.

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« Reply #2429 on: 19 February, 2020, 02:59:42 pm »
Me again! Finished Void Bastards, which is a game that should definitely appeal to 2000AD readers because the influence is absolutely screaming from it. The logos, iconography and art style is all a mash-up of classic thrills and the writing is genuinely amusing most of the time.

It's a rogue-like, but as someone who has always bounced off those games (and has never bothered to finish any) I found this way more accessible and easier to make progress in that would carry into my next run. I definitely got a bit lazy towards the end where I wasn't being as diligent about making stops to stock up on the journey and instead tried to brute force a couple of objectives, and the actual objectives themselves never change from 'collect these 3 items to see the next cutscene', but the random elements and the randomly rolled characters you get after every death made every run fun and unique.

Had a very good time with it, and it's free on Game Pass so if you have that it's worth a look.

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