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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 27th, 2017, 3:16 pm

I've only played DS3 out of the two, so I may not be the most qualified to answer this. But I will say that DS3 would be a very safe choice if you've liked the others. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, and many people were disappointed by its lack of innovation, but it is a very polished game that delivers in terms of the fantastic level design and bosses the series is known for.

Nioh, like you said, is an unknown quantity. I've heard some very good thing, so if you feel like taking a risk and like the setting, why not? I don't think you'd regret it.

Another thing, the DS3 DLC is the usual FROM high-quality stuff, so you should probably buy the complete version if you can.

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Post by Alex79uk » December 27th, 2017, 3:37 pm

The normal version is £15 and the deluxe with the DLC is £25. Would you say the DLC is worth the extra ten bucks? I've never played any From Software DLC before so not sure how well regarded they are.

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by Chopper » December 27th, 2017, 3:43 pm

I’ve played both, and while I have a lot of time for Nioh, I’d go Dark Souls. It’s a fine game and a nice homage to the games that have gone before. I don’t bother with the lore myself, but there are a few great map/level moments in the game and the gameplay is solid (and combat is a teeny bit more action-y than previous entries).

Nioh is good but does have some idiosyncrasies that can be offputting to some players - mainly repetition (re-playing a level but entering from the opposite side for example) and overdosing on trash loot.

Edit: I’ve always found dark souls dlc to be monstrously difficult and frustrating so I would vote for non-dlc version. I’m likely to be in the minority on this though!

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by James » December 27th, 2017, 3:49 pm

I disliked the first of the two DS3 DLCs enough to not bother finishing it. For reference, I have completed, and enjoyed, all previous Souls games and DLCs multiple times. Honestly, if it was a couple of quid extra I wouldn't hesitate to suggest picking up the deluxe version. For two-thirds the price of the base game, however, I can't recommend it at all.

DS3 is a big game, even without the DLC. You could always pick up the DLC afterwards, whenever it's next on sale.

Just my two cents, of course. Other opinions are available.

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Post by Alex79uk » December 27th, 2017, 3:51 pm

Thanks all - I'm going to get Dark Souls III, and I'm going to get the normal version without the DLC just because I think that'll be enough game for me and I can spend that tenner on something else. Good sale though on PSN, I think I'm going to get Overcooked to play with my eldest as we are struggling for couch multilayer things to play at the moment, and there's only so much Worms you can play haha. Think I'll hold off purchasing until later though once they've announced Januarys PS+ games, because you never know...!

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Post by James » December 27th, 2017, 3:58 pm

Also, whilst I enjoyed Nioh, it's... divisive amongst Souls fans. It shares some aspects, but to me Nioh felt much more like a third-person character-action game (Ninja Gaiden, for example ;) ) as it goes along. If you are after something different, but vaguely Bloodborne-esque it might be a good fit.

If you're after something more straight-up 'like Bloodborne', then Dark Souls 3 should serve you well. It's the same engine, and a little bit of creativity with your character spec can go a long way towards bridging the Souls-Bloodbourne gap. :)

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Post by James » December 27th, 2017, 4:02 pm

Haha. I seem to have been a little late with that last post. Enjoy DS3! ;-)

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 27th, 2017, 4:10 pm

I think The Ringed City has some of the best DS3 content to offer, just like The Old Hunters does for Bloodborne and Artorias of the Abyss does for Dark Souls. You'll be missing out in my opinion, but if time and money are a factor and you only want to do one quick playthrough, then it makes sense to stick to the main game.

It's really weird to think of Dark Souls without Artorias, or Bloodborne without Maria and the Orphan. FROM creates the most essential and consistently high-quality DLC in the industry.

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Post by Alex79uk » December 27th, 2017, 4:23 pm

The only From DLC I own is that of Dark Souls 2, and even then only because it was included in the SotFS version. Generally I don't go in for DLC, I always prefer to move on to the next game. I've absolutely loved my time with The Witcher 3, for example, and if both DLC packs content was just part of the main game I'd have happily played through them too, but since I'm coming to the end of my time with Geralt I'd rather just move on to something new. Don't know why really, just never been in to the whole DLC thing.

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 27th, 2017, 4:37 pm

I can totally see where you're coming from, because I'm the same way when it comes to the vast majority of games. I don't really like the concept itself and I haven't touched the Witcher 3 DLCs either. It's just that the Souls games are very much an exception in that regard.

Anyway, have fun!

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by Stanshall » December 27th, 2017, 4:38 pm

Edit: Didn't see there was another page of discussion, it's all been said!

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Post by Alex79uk » December 27th, 2017, 5:32 pm

And your January PS+ games are:

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4)
Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4)
StarBlood Arena (PS Plus bonus – PS VR required)
That’s You! (PS Plus bonus – PlayLink)
Sacred 3 (PS3)
Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS3)
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PS Vita)
Uncanny Valley (PS Vita & PS4)

Very pleased with the two main PS4 games. The Vita titles I know nothing about, but Psycho Pass sounds like one of those visual novel type games if you're in to that sort of thing. It seems to have been well reviewed, but not really my sort of thing. Uncanny Valley is a 2D survival horror type game along the lines of Home and Lone Survivor, but doesn't seem to have reviewed particularly well overall. And as for PS3, maybe I'm being selfish but I'd rather they just gave up on that now because there is seldom anything that catches my eye.

Not a bad month though, overall.

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by ThirdDrawing » January 25th, 2018, 4:56 pm

It hasn't been officially announced, but South Park - Stick of Truth is getting a full disc release on PS4.

https://www.amazon.ca/South-Park-Stick- ... 0798J3BHV/

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by DomsBeard » January 25th, 2018, 5:17 pm

ThirdDrawing wrote:
January 25th, 2018, 4:56 pm
It hasn't been officially announced, but South Park - Stick of Truth is getting a full disc release on PS4.

https://www.amazon.ca/South-Park-Stick- ... 0798J3BHV/
Strange, hopefully this means it might appear on switch too

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by Alex79uk » January 25th, 2018, 11:04 pm

I was browsing the PSN store today and noticed Neo Geo classic, Shock Troopers, was released this week. It's an absolutely fantastic game, if you've never played it give it a try. I always preferred it to Metal Slug - although it's not the same, it's a scrolling shooter, more of an evolution of Commando than a side on platform shooter like Metal Slug. It's cracking anyway, might pick it up myself for only a fiver.

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » January 26th, 2018, 8:27 am

Alex79uk wrote:
January 25th, 2018, 11:04 pm
I was browsing the PSN store today and noticed Neo Geo classic, Shock Troopers, was released this week. It's an absolutely fantastic game, if you've never played it give it a try. I always preferred it to Metal Slug - although it's not the same, it's a scrolling shooter, more of an evolution of Commando than a side on platform shooter like Metal Slug. It's cracking anyway, might pick it up myself for only a fiver.
I do love Shock Troopers too! The sequel is pretty good too, but if I had to choose I'd go with the original.

Love that sprite based animation - so much more expressive than polygons.

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by ThirdDrawing » January 30th, 2018, 3:26 am

DomsBeard wrote:
January 25th, 2018, 5:17 pm
ThirdDrawing wrote:
January 25th, 2018, 4:56 pm
It hasn't been officially announced, but South Park - Stick of Truth is getting a full disc release on PS4.

https://www.amazon.ca/South-Park-Stick- ... 0798J3BHV/
Strange, hopefully this means it might appear on switch too
It is a little weird that they didn't just give it a disc release right away.

They could do a double pack release on the Switch like they're doing with Bayonetta.

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by Alex79uk » January 30th, 2018, 9:09 am

Pleased to see the Shadow Of The Colossus remake getting stellar reviews across the board. Obviously we all know what an amazing game it is, but I'm guessing there will be a fair few folk playing it now for the first time, so it's nice to see the core gameplay has held up so well. I can't bloody wait to get my hands on it.

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by DomsBeard » January 30th, 2018, 10:41 am

Alex79uk wrote:
January 30th, 2018, 9:09 am
Pleased to see the Shadow Of The Colossus remake getting stellar reviews across the board. Obviously we all know what an amazing game it is, but I'm guessing there will be a fair few folk playing it now for the first time, so it's nice to see the core gameplay has held up so well. I can't bloody wait to get my hands on it.
Only ever played the first 10 minutes via PS now so will give it a go at some point

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Re: The Sony news and discussion thread

Post by Alex79uk » January 31st, 2018, 5:29 pm

Your PS+ games for February 2018 are:

Knack (PS4)
RiME (PS4)
StarBlood Arena (PS Plus bonus – PS VR required)
Spelunker HD (PS3)
Mugen Souls Z (PS3)
Exiles End (PS Vita)
Grand Kingdom (PS Vita & PS4)

I'm well pleased with Rime! That's been on my buy list since it came out. Kinda sad it means it clearly didn't sell that well, but I'm over the moon to get it for free.

Knack I'm not particularly interested in, and the rest I've never heard of (aside from Spelunker) but Rime more than makes it worth it for me.

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