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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Simonsloth » May 16th, 2018, 10:02 am

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January 2018:
Bleed
Crackdown
Rez Infinite
Resident evil directors cut
Bioshock
Resident evil 2
Bioshock 2
Resident evil 3:Nemesis

Feb 2018:
Bioshock infinite
Def Jam: fight for Ny
Zone of The Enders
Resident Evil:code Veronica
Resident evil zero
Hyper light drifter
Braid
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Resident evil 4

March:
resident evil 5
resident evil 6
Lostwinds
lost winds 2
Ico 3D
Dead space
Dead space 2
Heavenly Sword

May:
Horizon Zero Dawn plus Frozen Wilds
Enslaved
Dmc
Steinsgate 0
16/05
Hellblade

I’m going to save my thoughts for the podcast but I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone who is a fan of narrative driven games to play this. Actually anyone who is a fan of the medium should play this.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Flabyo » May 17th, 2018, 8:16 am

Flabyo wrote:
May 7th, 2018, 6:23 pm
7th Jan - Mafia 3 (XBO)
29th Jan - Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (XBO)
31st Jan - The Room: Old Sins (iOS)
20th Feb - Celeste (XBO)
12th Mar - Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (PS4)
2nd Apr - Prey (2017) (XBO)
29th Apr - Dynasty Warriors 9 (XBO)
7th May - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4)
17th May - Shadow Warrior (XBO)

Another game with gold cleared from the backlog. Entertaining FPS with melee combat leanings. Quite old school in its design sensibilities, don’t be expecting things like climbing, ladders, destructible environments, or indeed most of the trappings of a modern FPS.

What it is though is fun, if somewhat silly, and apart from an awful mushy jumping section and some special moves that don’t seem to come out as consistently as I suspect they do on the pc version (seriously, double tapping a direction on a stick is super inconsistent), well worth a play if you downloaded it.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Combine Hunter » May 17th, 2018, 10:40 pm

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10/02 - Final Fantasy II (PS Vita)
04/30 - Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)
10/03 - Celeste (Switch)
10/03 - Monster Hunter World (PS4)
13/03 - Bioshock: Infinite - Burial at Sea Episode 2
17/03 - Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS Vita)
13/04 - Final Fantasy III (PS Vita)
23/04 - God of War (PS4)
02/05 - StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (PC)
13/05 - Into the Breach (PC)
17/05 - Yakuza 0 (PS4)

Very good, but not sure I'm hungry for the rest of the series

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by ReprobateGamer » May 20th, 2018, 12:00 pm

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Jan - The Turing Test (Xbox One)
Feb - Split Second/Velocity (Xbox 360)
Feb - Tales From The Borderlands (Xbox One)
Apr - Lego Harry Potter Years 1 - 4 (Xbox 360)
May 12th - Lego City: Undercover (Xbox One)

If you read through my last posting in this thread you may have guessed this one was coming ...

Another story completion (which in my case is 25% of the total game, or so it tells me) with my daughters doing a noticeable amount of the work. Unlike Lego Harry Potter, this game is fun to play. The story is reasonably generic undercover cop looking for redemption but as it's Lego you get to visit area's that you wouldn't normally get in other games (from a Pig Farm to a Space themed level) and it's telling that you can feel the developers were able to flex more than in the games licenced from other franchises.
I liked as well that it references the Lego City animation shorts but doesn't feel like it's constrained by them
It plays as a kid-friendly GTA clone (you don't steal cars - you borrow them as a police officer and so on) and my youngest takes great delight in making the biggest traffic jam she can manage, ideally on a bridge or in a narrow street.

I'm starting to wonder if I'll like a Lego game based solely if it has the option to sky-dive ... though that said, the final 'sky-dive' is a genuinely exciting moment in the game and wouldn't have been out of place in any action AAA title (complete with a literal last second save again from the youngest ...)

This game I do recommend for anyone looking for something light-hearted. There are the usual things in a open-world lego game so I accept that anyone who doesn't like games with collectibles, or the obvious item gating until an ability (disguise in this instance) is earned/unlocked/found randomly but this feels a return to form and a good addition to the franchise

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Simonsloth » May 20th, 2018, 9:33 pm

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January 2018:
Bleed
Crackdown
Rez Infinite
Resident evil directors cut
Bioshock
Resident evil 2
Bioshock 2
Resident evil 3:Nemesis

Feb 2018:
Bioshock infinite
Def Jam: fight for Ny
Zone of The Enders
Resident Evil:code Veronica
Resident evil zero
Hyper light drifter
Braid
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Resident evil 4

March:
resident evil 5
resident evil 6
Lostwinds
lost winds 2
Ico 3D
Dead space
Dead space 2
Heavenly Sword

May:
Horizon Zero Dawn plus Frozen Wilds
Enslaved
Dmc
Steinsgate 0
Hellblade
20/05
Bayonetta

I might be the only person in the universe that doesn’t like bayonetta. I just can’t seem to get into it. Having just played and finished DMC I much preferred that. With bayonetta the game makes you look flashy even if you button mash whereas DMC seemed much more considered and (dare I say it) skill dependent.

This is the second time I’ve played it and I liked it even less this time around.

I’ve never played the sequel but have it sitting on the shelf. I think I’ll leave it for a bit to avoid any other unfavourable comparisons.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Hunter30 » May 20th, 2018, 9:40 pm

January - Jade Empire: Special Edition (PC)
February - Resident Evil HD Remaster, Jill playthrough (PC)
February - Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (PC)
February - Super Metroid (SNES Classic Mini)
February - Resident Evil HD Remaster, Chris playthrough (PC)
March - The Walking Dead: Michonne (PC)
March - Tomb Raider: Legend (PS3)

May - Resident Evil 4 HD (PC)

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by ratsoalbion » May 20th, 2018, 11:15 pm

06 Jan: Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PAL PS1 on PS3)
09 Feb: Final Fantasy II (GBA)
16 Feb: Resident Evil 2 (NTSC PS1 on PS3)
26 Feb: Yoshi's Woolly World (WU)
09 Mar: BioShock Infinite (PC)
10 Mar: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode One (PC)
12 Mar: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two (PC)
18 Mar: Shadow Complex Remastered (PC)
19 Mar: Splatoon (WU)
29 Mar: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (NTSC PS1 on PS3)
06 Apr: Actual Sunlight (Vita)
08 Apr: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)
27 Apr: God of War (PS4)
07 May: Resident Evil - CODE: Veronica X HD (PS3)
20 May: Pikmin (Wii on WU)

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Stanshall » May 21st, 2018, 8:03 am

Simonsloth wrote:
May 20th, 2018, 9:33 pm
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January 2018:
Bleed
Crackdown
Rez Infinite
Resident evil directors cut
Bioshock
Resident evil 2
Bioshock 2
Resident evil 3:Nemesis

Feb 2018:
Bioshock infinite
Def Jam: fight for Ny
Zone of The Enders
Resident Evil:code Veronica
Resident evil zero
Hyper light drifter
Braid
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Resident evil 4

March:
resident evil 5
resident evil 6
Lostwinds
lost winds 2
Ico 3D
Dead space
Dead space 2
Heavenly Sword

May:
Horizon Zero Dawn plus Frozen Wilds
Enslaved
Dmc
Steinsgate 0
Hellblade
20/05
Bayonetta

I might be the only person in the universe that doesn’t like bayonetta. I just can’t seem to get into it. Having just played and finished DMC I much preferred that. With bayonetta the game makes you look flashy even if you button mash whereas DMC seemed much more considered and (dare I say it) skill dependent.

This is the second time I’ve played it and I liked it even less this time around.

I’ve never played the sequel but have it sitting on the shelf. I think I’ll leave it for a bit to avoid any other unfavourable comparisons.
Having just listened to the recent Watch Out For Fireballs, I'm sure you're not alone. In terms of skill ceiling, though, I would disagree pretty strongly. The first time I played it, I absolutely rinsed it on Normal with a bit of dodge timing, situational awareness and some knowledge of what combos might produce the best finishers for the situation.

I had absolutely no idea that Dodge Offset even existed, nor that you can slow down and extend combos by holding the button. This is how it's 'meant' to be played and when I went back with that knowledge, it became a different game with a very different rhythm, much more mechanically challenging but now with a dizzying amount of destructive combat options and variables. No longer was I rushing to execute finishers, I was teasing enemies and keeping them hanging on, staggered by bullets and phases of combos before twatting them good and proper with a finisher. At least, that's when I managed to pull stuff off. The rest of the time, I was slogging away feeling completely incapable and falling back on the mash mash mash

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by AndrewBrown » May 21st, 2018, 7:30 pm

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02/01: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [SNES Classic]
04/01: Oxenfree [Switch]
13/01: Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition [Switch]
14/01: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Switch]
15/01: Super Mario World [SNES Classic]
20/01: BioShock Infinite [360]
23/01: The Fall [PSN]
26/01: Celeste [Switch]
31/01: Super One More Jump [Switch]
05/02: Night in the Woods [Switch]
08/02: Dandara [Switch]
14/02: Dragon Quest Builders [Switch]
20/02: Bayonetta [Switch]
21/02: Puzzle Puppers [Switch]
23/02: Fe [Switch]
24/02: Old Man's Journey [Switch]
26/02: Portal Knights [Switch]
28/02: Bayonetta 2 [Switch]
07/03: Subsurface Circular [Switch]
14/03: Coffin Dodgers [Switch]
15/03: OPUS: The Day We Found Earth [Switch]
18/03: Tesla vs. Lovecraft [Switch]
22/03: Fear Effect Sedna [Switch]
23/03: Destiny 2 [PS4]
31/03: Devious Dungeon [Switch]
31/03: Warp Shift [Switch]
01/04: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap [Switch]
02/04: Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated [Switch]
09/04: Attack on Titan 2 [Switch]
11/04: The Bunker [Switch]
14/04: Streets of Red: Devil's Dare Deluxe [Switch]
16/04: Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut [Switch]
18/04: L.A. Noire [Switch]
23/04: Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition [Switch]
01/05: Saturday Morning RPG [Switch]
05/05: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Switch]
06/05: God of War (2018) [PS4]
13/05: Secret of Mana (2018) [PS4]
15/05: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [Switch]
19/05: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition [Switch]

Way back in Episode 7 of Switch Focus Podcast, I expressed a desire for this game to exist (prompted by a question from our own CraigedyCraig, no less), so I claim responsibility for all sense of joy that this joyous game creates.

I could cramp my fingers with a frenzy of words in defense of Hyrule Warriors, but I'm not going to bother. You either like this game or you don't. I will say this: I skipped the Wii U release because I was put off by the reviews, but I took a chance on the Legends release on 3DS and loved it--so much so that I went out and bought the Wii U version the very next day. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition is getting similarly-middling reviews. If you love Zelda, take a chance on this. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Musou is often described as repetitive and button-mashy, and maybe that's true of many Musou, but I think it's a complete misreading of Hyrule Warriors. There are few combos, yes, but every character's combo and mechanics are distinct, moving the onus from memorizing complicated combo inputs to knowing what character's combos should be used in the specific situation you're currently in. Past the moment-to-moment gameplay, the broader goal of each map and challenge is to keep more and more plates spinning that are further and further afield as the difficulty increases, faced with tougher and tougher monsters the deeper in you get. Hyrule Warriors is a strategy game, but not in the usual sense of videogame strategy, but in the sense of time management: Do I Have Time To Do Thing Without Other Thing Failing is the question lurking in the background of every decision made in all modes. Getting top ranks on some of the hardest missions requires executing the perfect route through the chaotic scenarios, and with heaps of new characters, new weapons, heart pieces and containers, gold skulltulas, and companion fairy and fairy accessories, Hyrule Warriors rewards you well for earning those top ranks.

Legend Mode is adequate, providing a no-frills Musou campaign with hidden heart pieces and gold skulltulas on each map to give some Zelda flavor. The real core of the game is Adventure Mode, which adapt the overworld maps of Zelda titles from across the franchise into a challenge mode, each square on the map representing a challenge that can have one or more rewards available in it for one or more characters. One Adventure Map would be a satisfactory videogame unto itself; Definitive Edition has almost a dozen.

If you love The Legend of Zelda and want to experience a celebration of the series, and if you're looking for a game with a truly astonishing amount of Content™, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a great value.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Scrustle » May 21st, 2018, 8:48 pm

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04/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Normal)
05/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Jetstream Sam DLC (Normal)
06/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Blade Wolf DLC (Normal)
10/01 - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Hard)
14/01 - Killer Is Dead (Hard)
18/01 - Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut
20/02 - Okamiden
23/02 - Bayonetta 2 (Normal)
27/02 - Shadow of the Colossus
02/03 - Monster Hunter World
06/03 - Snake Pass
08/03 - Deus Ex: The Fall
10/03 - Bayonetta 2 (Hard)
22/03 - Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
28/04 - Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth
03/05 - Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
05/05 - Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Nero/Dante - Devil Hunter)
08/05 - Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Vergil - Devil Hunter)
12/05 - Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
13/05 - Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Lady/Trish - Devil Hunter)
21/05 - Omensight

A pretty good, albeit extremely similar follow up the Stories: The Path of Destinies. Enjoyed it overall, but has some strengths and flaws in comparison to its predecessor.

The combat is basically identical in terms of mechanics, but this time it's faster and snappier. It definitely makes it feel more exciting and less clunky, but it's still far from the best system. Targeting specific enemies can be pretty annoying, given the game likes to fling you around the battlefield in less than useful directions. It's especially annoying when you come across enemies who throw poison bombs that leave a cloud of gas behind. Often times you'll find yourself being drawn in to the cloud, or unable to escape it, when you're trying desperately to avoid it. Even so, I think it's a better system overall. Stories had its fair share of problems too, and I would say it was probably the weakest part of the game. Here it's relatively fun, just still not spectacular.

The story was pretty good, but I think Stories has it beat on this one. While you're doing a similar thing of replaying through events from different perspectives, changing things each time you go through it, the conceit here is slightly different. Instead of trying to find the right way forward, you're working backwards trying to piece things together. There's a lot of interesting twists and turns, with some cool revelations to come across along the way. The characters are pretty good, with a range of personalities that you get to see different sides of. But what this game lacks is the comedic charm of Stories. Not that there's no comedy to it, and that wasn't the direction it was going for anyway. But still, that gave Stories a unique twist to its narrative and characterisation. Here it's a fairly standard fantasy "end of the world" scenario. Although it was done fairly well. It just doesn't quite stand out as well as the previous game.

I suppose there is one important thing that this game does better than Stories, which you could fit in either gameplay or narrative. In this one, it gives you the option to skip parts of a level you have already done if you're going back to it to take another route. Definitely a welcome change.

There was something which I found pretty odd by the end. As you play through different routes, it adds new pieces of information to each character's story, which is recorded on a screen that keeps track of your overall progress. Near the end of the game, it tells you when you've seen everything a certain story path has to offer, pointing you towards the end of the game. Before facing the final boss, I went back to make sure I had seen everything in each route. Yet by the time the game told me I had, I still had some missing story points on that progress screen. There was one plot point in particular that the game brought up, which I knew wasn't resolved, yet I somehow wasn't able to see it. So I don't know what's going on there.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by MajorGamer » May 22nd, 2018, 3:31 am

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Jan 1 - Neon Chrome (PC)
Jan 2 - Dispersio (PC)
Jan 9 - Numbus (PC)
Jan 11 - Hero Siege (PC)
Jan 14 - Castle of no Escape 2 (PC)
Jan 20 - Toy Odyssey (PC)
Jan 23 - 20XX (PC)
Jan 25 - Battle Chef Brigade (Switch)
Jan 29 - Kamiko (Switch)
Feb 1 - Guild of Dungeoneering (PC)
Feb 3 - KByte (PC)
Feb 7 - Cat Quest (Switch)
Feb 11 - DYE (PC)
Mar 7 - The End is Nigh (Switch)
Mar 10 - Shadow Warrior 2 (PC)
Mar 16 - The Keep (PC)
Mar 17 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd (PC)
Mar 18 - Hue (PC)
Mar 22 - Song of the Deep (PC)
Mar 28 - Metro: 2033 Redux (PC)
Apr 4 - Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch)
Apr 6 - Xeodrifter (Switch)
Apr 8 - Has-Been Heroes (Switch)
Apr 14 - Slime-san (Switch)
Apr 20 - ReThink (PC)
Apr 22 - Little King's Story (PC)
Apr 24 - Headlander (PC)
Apr 28 - Dex (PC)
Apr 30 - SUPERHOT (PC)
May 6 - Azure Striker Gunvolt (Switch)

As a Mega Man fan, this seemed like an easy pick. Its main mechanic, though, is very different. Your gun is mostly used to tag enemies which lets you use your forcefield to damage them regardless of your location. This drains your energy which is also used to absorb the damage you take. It makes for a nice trade off but I have one big problem with it. The forcefield itself is huge so it easily obscures what is happening on screen. The story of the game occurs in text across the bottom of the screen during the stages and boss fights (no pausing). There is a significant amount of text, sometimes lasting longer than the boss fight itself. This further blocks the real estate of the screen.

How well you do in each stage is contingent on the score attack nature of the game. You get bonus points depending on how you kill enemies and how long you keep a streak going without getting hit. This gets complicated when I have no idea how you are supposed to dodge a couple of the bosses' attacks, losing your score bonus. The score you do get let you get more crafting items. Sadly, what you get is pure RNG so getting exactly what you want comes down to grinding.

There is a solid game under there and I can only hope the second goes into resolving these.

May 7 - The Ball (PC)

This is a first person puzzle game with a gun that came out around the same time as Portal. There is a reason why you don't hear about this one. The puzzles are fairly basic and requires bringing the proverbial ball with you the entire game. The ball is larger than your character. The most bizarre parts of the game involve combat. It is mostly just slamming the ball into enemies. I think it would have been better if the combat was removed so more focus could be put into improving the puzzles.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Sinclair Gregstrum » May 22nd, 2018, 4:34 pm

Feb – Destiny 2 (Xbox One X)
Feb – Snake Pass (Switch)
Mar – NBA Playgrounds (Switch)
Apr – Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One X)

May - The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter (PS4 Pro)

Like an open world, point and click adventure, Ethan Carter is a deliberately paced, unsettling tale that makes up for in tone and atmosphere what it lacks in narrative nuance and character development. Overall an intriguing yarn that's worth a look, but ultimately I found it unfulfilling.

May - Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4 Pro)

With some people up in arms about the lack of a campaign in the latest COD, I realised it's so long since I played one that while I felt it was a shame I didn't really have a valid opinion. So i dug out a brand new copy of Infinite War that I picked on impulse for about £7 last year, and gave it a whirl.

It's exactly the big dumb shooting gallery I expected from previous games, with incredible spectacle and solid mechanics experienced through characters and a story so generic it's astonishing just how middle of the road they've managed to make it. Being this bland must take a lot of effort!

Overall a fun blast while it lasted, and it would be shame if these well built, blockbuster theme park rides died out. Maybe one every couple of years though rather than every year? That would do me anyway.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by AndrewBrown » May 22nd, 2018, 7:28 pm

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02/01: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [SNES Classic]
04/01: Oxenfree [Switch]
13/01: Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition [Switch]
14/01: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Switch]
15/01: Super Mario World [SNES Classic]
20/01: BioShock Infinite [360]
23/01: The Fall [PSN]
26/01: Celeste [Switch]
31/01: Super One More Jump [Switch]
05/02: Night in the Woods [Switch]
08/02: Dandara [Switch]
14/02: Dragon Quest Builders [Switch]
20/02: Bayonetta [Switch]
21/02: Puzzle Puppers [Switch]
23/02: Fe [Switch]
24/02: Old Man's Journey [Switch]
26/02: Portal Knights [Switch]
28/02: Bayonetta 2 [Switch]
07/03: Subsurface Circular [Switch]
14/03: Coffin Dodgers [Switch]
15/03: OPUS: The Day We Found Earth [Switch]
18/03: Tesla vs. Lovecraft [Switch]
22/03: Fear Effect Sedna [Switch]
23/03: Destiny 2 [PS4]
31/03: Devious Dungeon [Switch]
31/03: Warp Shift [Switch]
01/04: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap [Switch]
02/04: Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated [Switch]
09/04: Attack on Titan 2 [Switch]
11/04: The Bunker [Switch]
14/04: Streets of Red: Devil's Dare Deluxe [Switch]
16/04: Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut [Switch]
18/04: L.A. Noire [Switch]
23/04: Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition [Switch]
01/05: Saturday Morning RPG [Switch]
05/05: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Switch]
06/05: God of War (2018) [PS4]
13/05: Secret of Mana (2018) [PS4]
15/05: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [Switch]
19/05: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition [Switch]
22/05: Shadow of the Colossus (2018) [PS4]

I would've rated the original Shadow of the Colossus as a shoo-in for one my favorite videogames of all time, so I'm disappointed to have revisited it through the remake and find my reaction muted and deflated.

This isn't to say that I didn't enjoy my return to the game. What Shadow of the Colossus does well, it still does really well; the narrative ambiguity is still top-notch, providing few answers in a medium whose artists are often obsessed with providing too many. The effort and artistry that went into crafting a huge sandbox with really not much in it is impressive, and somehow I don't resent that emptiness at all. I've complained in the past on this forum about the "Empty Sandbox Syndrome" that plagues modern AAA design, but I don't resent it in Shadow at all. The emptiness serves a purpose beyond padding; it creates a palpable sense of mystery and stillness to what is repeatedly referred to as a "cursed land." There's still no sandbox quite like it; it's not a videogame environment to be explored, it's a landscape painting to be experienced, suffused with serenity and atmosphere. I was a bit let down by the HD update to this land; some of the vistas are breathtaking, but I can't help but feel that bolder use of color might have helped the world to stand out a little more rather than once again going all-in on Real Is Brown.

The updated graphics do a much better job of selling the Colossi, given the expected texture and detail improvements. Their sound design is also impressive, their roars equally primal and mournful, and against the later Colossi, filled with rage. But, again, nothing about these updates surprised me and, looking back on my experience with this HD update, I find it largely indistinguishable from my memories of the PlayStation 2 game. Maybe this is a compliment, the highest praise that can be leveled at a faithful remake, or maybe it's a testament to the incredible visual design of the original game. Or maybe the only reason to play this PS4 remake over the original is for the improved framerate.

But when I speak to disappointment with this remake, I speak of the feeling the original evoked which this one decidedly hasn't, a feeling of timelessness and of experiencing something impactful and truly unique. Maybe it's my familiarity with the original which has left this feeling like an also-ran, faithful remake though it is. Maybe it's the legacy the original has created; clambering up giants to strike at their squishy bits had never been seen before in 2005, but has been iterated on repeatedly since, and a seemingly-barren sandbox filled with hidden secrets for those curious enough to find them has practically become a genre unto itself. Maybe what I didn't want to admit before now is that Shadow of the Colossus has been outdone by its successors and I never noticed.

This will be the second PS4 remake of what I would have unhesistantly referred to as an all-time favorite which has left me with a sense of ennui (and, interestingly, both February releases which I didn't get around to playing until May). Maybe you really can't ever go back. Or maybe the games didn't change; maybe I did.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Simonsloth » May 22nd, 2018, 9:56 pm

AndrewBrown wrote:
May 22nd, 2018, 7:28 pm
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02/01: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [SNES Classic]
04/01: Oxenfree [Switch]
13/01: Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition [Switch]
14/01: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Switch]
15/01: Super Mario World [SNES Classic]
20/01: BioShock Infinite [360]
23/01: The Fall [PSN]
26/01: Celeste [Switch]
31/01: Super One More Jump [Switch]
05/02: Night in the Woods [Switch]
08/02: Dandara [Switch]
14/02: Dragon Quest Builders [Switch]
20/02: Bayonetta [Switch]
21/02: Puzzle Puppers [Switch]
23/02: Fe [Switch]
24/02: Old Man's Journey [Switch]
26/02: Portal Knights [Switch]
28/02: Bayonetta 2 [Switch]
07/03: Subsurface Circular [Switch]
14/03: Coffin Dodgers [Switch]
15/03: OPUS: The Day We Found Earth [Switch]
18/03: Tesla vs. Lovecraft [Switch]
22/03: Fear Effect Sedna [Switch]
23/03: Destiny 2 [PS4]
31/03: Devious Dungeon [Switch]
31/03: Warp Shift [Switch]
01/04: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap [Switch]
02/04: Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated [Switch]
09/04: Attack on Titan 2 [Switch]
11/04: The Bunker [Switch]
14/04: Streets of Red: Devil's Dare Deluxe [Switch]
16/04: Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut [Switch]
18/04: L.A. Noire [Switch]
23/04: Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition [Switch]
01/05: Saturday Morning RPG [Switch]
05/05: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Switch]
06/05: God of War (2018) [PS4]
13/05: Secret of Mana (2018) [PS4]
15/05: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [Switch]
19/05: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition [Switch]
22/05: Shadow of the Colossus (2018) [PS4]

I would've rated the original Shadow of the Colossus as a shoo-in for one my favorite videogames of all time, so I'm disappointed to have revisited it through the remake and find my reaction muted and deflated.

This isn't to say that I didn't enjoy my return to the game. What Shadow of the Colossus does well, it still does really well; the narrative ambiguity is still top-notch, providing few answers in a medium whose artists are often obsessed with providing too many. The effort and artistry that went into crafting a huge sandbox with really not much in it is impressive, and somehow I don't resent that emptiness at all. I've complained in the past on this forum about the "Empty Sandbox Syndrome" that plagues modern AAA design, but I don't resent it in Shadow at all. The emptiness serves a purpose beyond padding; it creates a palpable sense of mystery and stillness to what is repeatedly referred to as a "cursed land." There's still no sandbox quite like it; it's not a videogame environment to be explored, it's a landscape painting to be experienced, suffused with serenity and atmosphere. I was a bit let down by the HD update to this land; some of the vistas are breathtaking, but I can't help but feel that bolder use of color might have helped the world to stand out a little more rather than once again going all-in on Real Is Brown.

The updated graphics do a much better job of selling the Colossi, given the expected texture and detail improvements. Their sound design is also impressive, their roars equally primal and mournful, and against the later Colossi, filled with rage. But, again, nothing about these updates surprised me and, looking back on my experience with this HD update, I find it largely indistinguishable from my memories of the PlayStation 2 game. Maybe this is a compliment, the highest praise that can be leveled at a faithful remake, or maybe it's a testament to the incredible visual design of the original game. Or maybe the only reason to play this PS4 remake over the original is for the improved framerate.

But when I speak to disappointment with this remake, I speak of the feeling the original evoked which this one decidedly hasn't, a feeling of timelessness and of experiencing something impactful and truly unique. Maybe it's my familiarity with the original which has left this feeling like an also-ran, faithful remake though it is. Maybe it's the legacy the original has created; clambering up giants to strike at their squishy bits had never been seen before in 2005, but has been iterated on repeatedly since, and a seemingly-barren sandbox filled with hidden secrets for those curious enough to find them has practically become a genre unto itself. Maybe what I didn't want to admit before now is that Shadow of the Colossus has been outdone by its successors and I never noticed.

This will be the second PS4 remake of what I would have unhesistantly referred to as an all-time favorite which has left me with a sense of ennui (and, interestingly, both February releases which I didn't get around to playing until May). Maybe you really can't ever go back. Or maybe the games didn't change; maybe I did.
Haha you beat me to it!

I just finished this too. Agree with all you said.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by kintaris » May 22nd, 2018, 11:30 pm

I feel very similar Andrew, though I can't for the life of me think *which* game has surpassed SotC specifically in the intervening years... it just seems sort of generically "surpassed" by many things I suppose. It's odd for me because there aren't many other all-timers which have this issue in my book - I can still play them all at a remove from the games that have come since. Yet SotC just feels like a product of its time, where I was looking for something different and it scratched all the right itches.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Simonsloth » May 23rd, 2018, 9:04 pm

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January 2018:
Bleed
Crackdown
Rez Infinite
Resident evil directors cut
Bioshock
Resident evil 2
Bioshock 2
Resident evil 3:Nemesis

Feb 2018:
Bioshock infinite
Def Jam: fight for Ny
Zone of The Enders
Resident Evil:code Veronica
Resident evil zero
Hyper light drifter
Braid
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Resident evil 4

March:
resident evil 5
resident evil 6
Lostwinds
lost winds 2
Ico 3D
Dead space
Dead space 2
Heavenly Sword

May:
Horizon Zero Dawn plus Frozen Wilds
Enslaved
Dmc
Steinsgate 0
Hellblade
Shadow of the Colossus Remake
23/05 Resident Evil 7

Played the whole game in VR. It’s taken me ages but was one hell of a ride. Not sure whether to dive right into all the DLC or give it a break.

Anyone played it?

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Scrustle » May 24th, 2018, 11:09 am

MajorGamer wrote:
May 22nd, 2018, 3:31 am

May 7 - The Ball (PC)

This is a first person puzzle game with a gun that came out around the same time as Portal. There is a reason why you don't hear about this one. The puzzles are fairly basic and requires bringing the proverbial ball with you the entire game. The ball is larger than your character. The most bizarre parts of the game involve combat. It is mostly just slamming the ball into enemies. I think it would have been better if the combat was removed so more focus could be put into improving the puzzles.
Wow, someone else who has played this game! I remember liking it, but not exactly loving it. It had some pretty interesting puzzle ideas with its central conceit, and a cool atmosphere, but I agree, the combat was pretty awkward and not that enjoyable. Some of the enemies were kind of interesting though, just in terms of how strange they were. Like those weird zombie gorillas that looked like their skin was falling off. Those were creepy.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Chopper » May 24th, 2018, 11:39 am

Scrustle wrote:
May 24th, 2018, 11:09 am
MajorGamer wrote:
May 22nd, 2018, 3:31 am

May 7 - The Ball (PC)

This is a first person puzzle game with a gun that came out around the same time as Portal. There is a reason why you don't hear about this one. The puzzles are fairly basic and requires bringing the proverbial ball with you the entire game. The ball is larger than your character. The most bizarre parts of the game involve combat. It is mostly just slamming the ball into enemies. I think it would have been better if the combat was removed so more focus could be put into improving the puzzles.
Wow, someone else who has played this game! I remember liking it, but not exactly loving it. It had some pretty interesting puzzle ideas with its central conceit, and a cool atmosphere, but I agree, the combat was pretty awkward and not that enjoyable. Some of the enemies were kind of interesting though, just in terms of how strange they were. Like those weird zombie gorillas that looked like their skin was falling off. Those were creepy.
I was going to play it last year, as I got it in a double pack with The Solus Project (it's set in the same 'game universe' apparently). But I looked up some gameplay videos and there seemed to be an awful lot of retrieving the ball from where it fell through holes in the floor, and stuff like that, so I decided against it.

The Solus Project is an interesting game. I played it on PC and then it came out for PSVR. I haven't tried the latter yet.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by MajorGamer » May 25th, 2018, 6:47 am

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Jan 1 - Neon Chrome (PC)
Jan 2 - Dispersio (PC)
Jan 9 - Numbus (PC)
Jan 11 - Hero Siege (PC)
Jan 14 - Castle of no Escape 2 (PC)
Jan 20 - Toy Odyssey (PC)
Jan 23 - 20XX (PC)
Jan 25 - Battle Chef Brigade (Switch)
Jan 29 - Kamiko (Switch)
Feb 1 - Guild of Dungeoneering (PC)
Feb 3 - KByte (PC)
Feb 7 - Cat Quest (Switch)
Feb 11 - DYE (PC)
Mar 7 - The End is Nigh (Switch)
Mar 10 - Shadow Warrior 2 (PC)
Mar 16 - The Keep (PC)
Mar 17 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd (PC)
Mar 18 - Hue (PC)
Mar 22 - Song of the Deep (PC)
Mar 28 - Metro: 2033 Redux (PC)
Apr 4 - Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch)
Apr 6 - Xeodrifter (Switch)
Apr 8 - Has-Been Heroes (Switch)
Apr 14 - Slime-san (Switch)
Apr 20 - ReThink (PC)
Apr 22 - Little King's Story (PC)
Apr 24 - Headlander (PC)
Apr 28 - Dex (PC)
Apr 30 - SUPERHOT (PC)
May 6 - Azure Striker Gunvolt (Switch)
May 7 - The Ball (PC)
May 21 - Drakensang (PC)

The quickest comparison this game has is to Dragon Age Origins except not good.

When it comes to the gameplay itself, I found it pretty boring. Your characters move kinda slow for how large the areas are. The exploration would be fine if there was something interesting to find. Almost all loot found is random sellable items that do nothing along with a few crafting components that end up being largely useless. Any NPCs you speak to don't have much to say about the plot but they will regularly dump paragraphs of text at you for world building that has no bearing on what is going on. You can find trainers for new skills but they only teach you the basics until 3/4 through the game when they will be able to teach you everything.

The combat isn't any more exciting. It is mostly focus fire auto attacking the swarms of enemies the game sends at you. Just about every encounters is 4+ enemies where a single special attack from each of your party can kill one. Your special skills take a lot of energy to use so you can really only use 1-2 on each character before waiting to regain energy (or using a potion). Spellcasters get to bypass this a bit since they get energy and mana as two seperate resources. You will also regularly take debuffs you need to cure, the worst of which are wounds. Take four and that character is down until combat is over. Healing wounds during combat takes a bit of time, long enough for the enemy to get in a couple more hits, potentially making the wounds worse. I found it to be a very obnoxious mechanic, especially when certain attacks could cause two wounds by itself.

The story is there, I guess. You start off going to meet a friend who is in a town having a murderer problem. Shocking no one, your friend is murdered and off you go completely ignoring the murder. Seriously. Solving his murder is a side quest as the main quest is following a prophecy step by step. Even the side quest for it feels like you just bumble into who done it instead of going around figuring it out for yourself. There is even a point where you run into an NPC you already know isn't the murderer and your only dialogue options are to accuse him of being the murderer. There is absolutely no player agency here.
Scrustle wrote:
May 24th, 2018, 11:09 am
Wow, someone else who has played this game! I remember liking it, but not exactly loving it. It had some pretty interesting puzzle ideas with its central conceit, and a cool atmosphere, but I agree, the combat was pretty awkward and not that enjoyable. Some of the enemies were kind of interesting though, just in terms of how strange they were. Like those weird zombie gorillas that looked like their skin was falling off. Those were creepy.
I've extensively used Steam's Discovery queue (approaching 19k) so I've glanced at just about everything. Most get about 2 seconds before being passed on. Sometimes gems are discovered. The Ball did have interesting puzzle ideas which is what got it on my list and vaguely remembering it from when it was released.

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Re: Games Completed 2018

Post by Chopper » May 25th, 2018, 8:58 am

Simonsloth wrote:
May 23rd, 2018, 9:04 pm
23/05 Resident Evil 7

Played the whole game in VR. It’s taken me ages but was one hell of a ride. Not sure whether to dive right into all the DLC or give it a break.

Anyone played it?
Yes, it held up pretty well in VR, eh? The first couple of hours in particular were great in VR, and I enjoyed the FPS-y bit at the end also. I can't say how it holds up as a RE game, opinions were divided here...

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