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telly

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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #75 on: March 11, 2019, 10:41:18 am »
Game 3 – Stardew Valley (PS4) – 66 Hours

I counted this game as finished when I got to year three and got my evaluation from Grandpa.

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Really enjoyed my time with this one, it’s one of those games that’s really hard to put down and the hours just kind of rack up without you noticing. I hadn’t played any farm-sim games before, though I’ve had some Harvest Moon games on my wishlist for years. The gameplay and freedom to do whatever you want are what really sell this game for me. Nothing is held back from you and there’s a wonderful sense of discovery combined the feeling of working up towards all those big goals and achievements. It’s interesting how a game that’s mostly doing same actions every day over and over again can be so engrossing, but it’s because there’s a lot of different things to do, like growing crops, raising animals, fighting monsters, mining for gems and minerals, or falling in love. The soundtrack is also wonderful, and the graphics are nice too.

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I have one main complaint and a more nitpicky concern. I feel like the way your character moves in 2D space doesn’t really jive with the grid-based placement of plants and fencing. It can be really easy to accidentally destroy something by accident or place a plant in the wrong space because you aren’t facing just right. Placing furniture in your house is ESPECIALLY irritating. To this day I still can’t figure out how to place something as simple as a picture frame! There are also some minor glitches, jittering, spelling errors, and other bugs that prevent the game from being as polished as it could be. It might be because I’m playing on console though.
 
On the topic of glitches, one of my favorites was when I bought a bus ticket to go to the desert, but my horse was in the way, so my character got stuck spinning around in circles for about 10 seconds on top of my horse, then magically teleported into the bus. I thought I softlocked the game xD

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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #76 on: March 13, 2019, 12:09:37 pm »
Finished both Snake Pass and Resident Evil HD last night.  Nothing in progress at the moment, but planning on jumping into Golf Story and Resident Evil 2 (PS4) next.


Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #77 on: March 16, 2019, 02:45:31 am »
9 - Devil May Cry V (PS4 2019) - BEAT - Despite not being a fan of this series, not liking DMC4 and only beating the DMC reboot, I had a ton of fun with this one.  It's so over-the-top and cheesy and it is really just a blast to play.  I'm not particularly good at combos, but I will say, play on Devil Hunter unless you know you are absolutely terrible, because "Human" is way too easy, but I was more there for the experience than the challenge.  About the only thing I didn't like was playing as V.  He's not bad, but compared to Dante and Nero, he's both lacking and just not nearly as fun to play.  Like Dante gets all these different weapons and Nero has the Devil Breakers, and there's V sending out his pets to do the dirty work while finishing off the creature.  I'd honestly have been happier with the game if he had not been a playable character.  Fun game otherwise.

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #78 on: March 16, 2019, 09:23:40 am »
I finished the games that I hadn't previously played in the Disney Afternoon Collection.

Chip N Dale’s Rescue Rangers 2
Talespin
Darkwing Duck
Ducktales 2

Darkwing Duck is probably the only one worth revisiting.  None of them are bad, but Chip N Dale and Ducktales are fine sequels but are pretty short and easy compared to their first game and Talespin is an ok bullet hell shooter, but that's not really my genre.  DW is fun and semi-challenging, with some pretty cool level and boss design.



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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #79 on: March 16, 2019, 02:45:11 pm »
1. Overcooked (2016) [PS4]
Completion Requirements:
•   3 stars on all levels in main campaign
•   3 stars on all levels in Lost Morsel DLC
•   3 stars on all levels in Festive Seasoning DLC
•   Obtained all trophies

Yay, I finally finished a game in 2019. This game was a lot of fun and shows how a simple concept of cooking food and running a kitchen as the core gameplay can be entertaining. I played this co-op with my brother. It's probably more fun as a multiplayer game than single player. Recommended.

telly

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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #80 on: March 17, 2019, 11:31:20 am »
Game 4 - Shantae: Risky's Revenge: Director's Cut (PS4) - 6 Hours


This game was decent, but isn't as good as Pirate's Curse or Half-Genie Hero. I don't know why, I just didn't enjoy this as much as the other two. I think going backwards in the series may have something to do with it, because the game just feels like... less of an experience than the other two, which is pretty substantial because most of these games are relatively same-y. This game has less transformations, less power ups, less boss fights, and less stages. The game is still fun though, pretty good gameplay, great music, lots of secrets and decent replay value.

Touching on some stuff that I really didn't like, it was frustrating how you couldn't just pay for upgrades and you needed an extra item in addition to money. There was also a moment where you need a crucial upgrade and it's locked behind a wooden barrier that you're supposed to burn down with an optional power-up you buy in the shop. The game doesn't tell you that you can burn down wooden barriers however, which was extremely annoying to find out. The other thing about power-ups is that you can only increase your hair's whipping speed, not attack power. So even towards the end of the game, early level enemies will still take the same number of hits making those areas a slog to re-go through. Lastly, I wasn't the biggest fan of the layered presentation of the areas. It worked best in Scuttle Town, but everywhere else it felt cumbersome.

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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #81 on: March 17, 2019, 01:43:59 pm »
14. Uncharted Drakes Fortune (PS4) 3/13 - Beat

Finished up the first Uncharted on Wednesday. I'm hooked, i'll be playing through the whole series now lol



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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #82 on: March 17, 2019, 11:57:16 pm »
4. Unravel Two(PS4)

I was very happily surprised when this was announced randomly last year because I loved the original so much. I finally got to playing it and I am a little disappointed by how short it is. Me and my sister played through it in about 5-6 hours total which definitely feels shorter than the first. It improved a lot on the gameplay mechanics, graphics, and the customization options and with the addition of a second character it adds another dimension to each puzzle. Overall a great sequel to the first and it was nice playing a multiplayer game with my sister for the first time in a bit.

Time: 5-6 hours

5. Journey(PS4)

I also played this again for the first time in a few years and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Very fun, relaxing, and thoughtful.

Time: 3 hours
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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #83 on: March 18, 2019, 01:24:07 am »
4 - ZeroRanger (PC 2018) - BEAT - I'm counting this as beat, even if I didn't get the true ending lol This is a really great little shoot'em up with cool art and music, and I beat the last boss, just to get to one more thing to do that basically requires me to not lose against one more boss or my save is deleted...I lost.  I'm not gonna go back and redo the game again, maybe way down the road, but I'm good for now.  I do recommend the game, but on PC, I'd do some save manipulation next time where you backup the save, so that you can just get back to where you were before as I'm not super huge on these types of meta things most of the time (Undertale being one of the other notable ones that does it well.)

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #84 on: March 21, 2019, 07:33:04 am »
Just Beat:
9. Firewatch (PS4):
I snagged it on sale for £4 this weekend and played it in one evening. This is a prime example of what I hope for in an Indie game, while not a AAA budget, it still has enough to not cop out on things like being in 1st person and not seeing your character model pick up things. The game itself was very compelling, well written and I enjoyed my time within the narrative. I have no real complaints, it was a solid experience and one of the best shorter games I've played this gen. I had fun just exploring an getting familiar with the environment and getting involved with the interaction with the dialogue choices - To which you hear your protagonist actually say the line - I hate it when games present a line and skip to the reaction. I don't want to spoil anything but highly recommend it for an evening experience.

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Ni No Kuni (PS3)
Vampyr (PS4)

Beat:
9. Firewatch (PS4), 8. Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PS4), 7. The Simpsons Game (PS3), 6. Devil May Cry 3 HD (PS4), 5. Kingdom Hearts III (PS4), 4. Resident Evil 2 REMAKE (PS4), 3. Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (PS4) 2. Resident Evil REMAKE (PS4) 1. Kingdom Hearts RE:Coded (PS4)

telly

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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #85 on: March 22, 2019, 04:54:09 pm »
Game 5 - Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (PS4) - 6 Hours

Finished this game for the 3rd time I think? My plan is to get the platinum on this which will require 3 more playthroughs  :o

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This is one of my favorite games, but I do need to go back and play AC04 to see how it stacks up in my memory. Anyway, it was great to play this game again, especially on PS4. My favorite part about Ace Combat games has always been the gameplay. You just feel like such a badass playing it, and the awesome music, sound effects and radio chatter all add to the awesome feeling. The arcade mode where you play as Mobius 1 and just get to go crazy was another nice gameplay feature. The squadron function actually does make a difference and you need to use them effectively to get by some missions especially on the harder difficulty levels. *Most* of the missions are really well designed and the arkbird and submarines were cool bosses to fight. And of course "Journey Home" is an astounding mission to play.

Moving past the gameplay, the music is top notch, and is easily one of my favorite video game soundtracks of all time. The main and secondary characters are all pretty good, especially Nagase, she's such a badass. The voice acting is also excellent, with some big heavy hitters playing key roles. I especially liked how Bartlett was voiced by Steve Blum and Snow was voiced by Beau Billingslea. Total throwback feelings to Cowboy Bebop given that this is a jet combat game. Lastly, the story is also really good, and has that typical "war game about anti war" schtick with just the right amount of conspiracy and MGS style flair.

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There are only two things I can think of that I didn't like. There are definitely some sour lines especially from Chopper, he can definitely come off as obnoxious a lot of the time. There are also some really bad missions, like the poison gas mission and the one where you have to find and rescue Nagase. Honestly, that's all I can think of though.
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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #86 on: March 24, 2019, 09:40:18 am »
I finished the main story of Batman: Arkham Origins last night.  I think I'd put it pretty close to on par with Arkham Knight.  The gameplay isn't as tight, but it doesn't have a shoehorned mechanic like the Batmobile shoved down your throat.  The story is probably a little better as well, even though some of the writing isn't as strong.  It's also the first Arkham game where I didn't collect all of the Riddler Trophies.  They didn't feel as thoughtfully planned out as the ones in the other games.  I was going to do all of the case files, but the second to last one bugged, and even though I completed a step it wouldn't move the quest marker along.  I could go to the next area, and beat up the thugs, but the trigger for the next step in the chain wouldn't activate.  Once that happened I just stepped away.



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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #87 on: March 29, 2019, 01:49:23 pm »
15. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS4) 3/29 - Beat

The Uncharted series is really turning out to be something special; but i guess most people already know that lol. Among Thieves is easily in my top 10 now. 



Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #88 on: April 06, 2019, 02:30:05 am »
12 - Sekiro (PS4 2019) - BEAT - From Software really knows how to nail it with these style of action games, that's for sure.  Compared to Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne, I think this game does some stuff really well.  I love having more of an actual narrative, the movement is super great, and the gameplay built more around posture makes the gameplay a little more tense as it's definitely about putting pressure on the enemy more than even Bloodborne.  That said, I  still like BB and DS3 more.  It's mostly due to the variety those games offer that I don't think Sekiro has, but it doesn't make Sekiro a bad game in the slightest.  Highly recommended if you enjoy these types of games.
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telly

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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #89 on: April 07, 2019, 10:37:38 am »
Game 6 - Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4) - 13 hours

+ Visually, the game is stunning. It's incredibly well done and I would often just casually walk through the areas to take in all the vibrant and varied scenery. I loved those little cutscenes the game throws in with the story too.

I like most of the characters, they have fun unique qualities and just enough characterization to make them relatable. I especially like Alyssa, she's strong and badass.

The music is top-notch, and as I listened to it more and more it really grew on me. It's got a lot of great psy-fi, phil-noir and rocking tracks, and it's a joy to listen to both in and out of the game. Some of my favorites include "Arcade Rat", "The Vast Nimbus", "Wicked Metropolis" , "Alien Blues", "White Hat Hackers" plus many more. My only complaint is that some of my favorite tracks weren't used in more places!

The combat is fantastic, and is probably my favorite aspect of the game. There are a ton of original and fun ideas and strategies like status health bars, the use of techs that recharge with the defend command, and lots of unique and fun abilities (both inherent and equippable) to test out and experiment with. It all adds up to a wonderful combat system that's easy to get into, but hard to master. It gives the game some much needed identity and sets it apart from what would otherwise feel like a complete clone of other 16-bit RPGs. I played on Heroine difficulty and overall it was pretty good balance, I never needed to grind. Some abilities are really abusable though xD My final party was Alyssa, Chahn, Z'xorv and Sue

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My biggest complaint was the pacing of the story. It's a pretty short game, which is fine, and the game's story started out really strong, but it kind of fell apart about 8 hours in. All the cool battle scenarios are frontloaded in the first hour, and you just find yourself getting thrown into all the final battles and bosses with little buildup, and it felt very rushed.

Some of the characters felt pretty underdeveloped, especially Finn and Clarke.

There were some weird visual glitches and quirks including collision errors, weird lines showing up while moving around, and some text bugs. Nothing too crazy though, I've heard that people have experienced much worse.

Overall I'm really happy I took a chance on buying this when it was announced through LRG, I had never even heard of the game beforehand. I think it's a great starting point for Zeboyd to expand upon with a future sequel (it seemed like that was going to happen based on the credits).

« Last Edit: April 20, 2019, 10:15:13 am by telly »
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