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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » July 5th, 2018, 11:13 pm

Went back to Ocarina of Time on the 3DS for the first time in a month and finished the Ice Cavern, then spent half an hour jumping in lakes with my booty to see what was on the bottom of them. Still really enjoying my first play through and I guess I’ve got a few hours to go yet (then onto Breath of the Wild), but while I was on the 3DS had a quick look on the shop and saw a WarioWare demo had appeared. Like Zelda, I’m new to this one too, and first impressions were this is crap... But I can’t stop playing it!!! Definitely give it a go if you’ve got a 3DS.

My Switch is telling me over 25 hours on Mario Tennis Aces. I’m winning online tournaments now - what a difference a week makes!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by shadowless_kick » July 6th, 2018, 12:30 am

Jobobonobo wrote:
July 5th, 2018, 9:30 pm
I suppose one reason I have not tried out this series, especially the older entries, is that my tolerance for random battles is pretty low.
Chrono Trigger was the first RPG I played and it spoiled me. Once I tried entries in the Final Fantasy series and was hit with random battles, it was a massive step backward that was difficult to get over and helped dissuade me from digging much deeper into the genre.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » July 6th, 2018, 8:17 am

stvnorman wrote:
July 5th, 2018, 11:13 pm
Went back to Ocarina of Time on the 3DS for the first time in a month and finished the Ice Cavern, then spent half an hour jumping in lakes with my booty to see what was on the bottom of them. Still really enjoying my first play through and I guess I’ve got a few hours to go yet (then onto Breath of the Wild), but while I was on the 3DS had a quick look on the shop and saw a WarioWare demo had appeared. Like Zelda, I’m new to this one too, and first impressions were this is crap... But I can’t stop playing it!!! Definitely give it a go if you’ve got a 3DS.

My Switch is telling me over 25 hours on Mario Tennis Aces. I’m winning online tournaments now - what a difference a week makes!
Everything about this post is excellent.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » July 6th, 2018, 8:45 am

The switch not yet having a warioware game is a crime.

Mona is the best Nintendo character of all time. And so is Ashley.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 6th, 2018, 10:00 am

I'm in the early stages of Metal Gear Survive. The prospect of a survival game in MGS5's engine was too appealing to resist, and it looked pretty demented from the trailer, so once it fell in price I was on it.

The theatre of operations is basically Afghanistan from MGS5, which is covered with a poisonous fog and filled with zombies. The fog has the effect of acting as a restrictive timer on your missions, as you need to carry oxygen, and the zombies enforce stealth gameplay, as there are too many of them to fight. The early game consists of simple fetch missions into the fog, armed only with a pointy stick, while managing your hunger and thirst meters, which tick down inexorably.

Early days yet but it is reasonably enjoyable. I haven't quite grasped how the UI works, so managing and deploying my items is a real pain. It has promise, though a lot will hinge on the progression mechanics - will the crafting of basic necessities become easier, will the gathering of supplies become tedious, will the missions get better?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by hazeredmist » July 6th, 2018, 12:19 pm

Oxenfree (Switch)

Completed this. An interesting 2D walking simulator, albeit with dis-likeable characters. I'd love to play more things like this on the Switch, well worth the entrance fee (it was obscenely cheap on the eShop)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Jobobonobo » July 6th, 2018, 3:37 pm

shadowless_kick wrote:
July 6th, 2018, 12:30 am
Chrono Trigger was the first RPG I played and it spoiled me. Once I tried entries in the Final Fantasy series and was hit with random battles, it was a massive step backward that was difficult to get over and helped dissuade me from digging much deeper into the genre.
Yeah, I played Chrono Trigger before any of the Final Fantasy games and it can definitely raise your standards of what to expect from this genre to a very high degree. It did so much right, especially with how it made you know how many enemies you can deal with in a given area and when they are gone you are just free to explore the area. Having played many a Pokemon game beforehand, I don't find random battles as jarring when playing other JRPGs but with Pokemon I at least have the oportunity to catch new monsters to add to my team/collection so they becoem a bit more tolerable to me than would otherwise be the case.

Thankfully, Chrono Trigger is far from the only JRPG to do away with random battles. Off the top of my head, I would recommend the Mother series (well, the last two, the original is meant to be TERRIBLE in regards to random battles!), The World Ends With You (which is getting a remake on Switch and has an unorthodox but fun battle system) and the Mario and Luigi/Paper Mario series. I'm sure they are plenty more options with regards to JRPGs without random battles but those are ones I would suggest if you want to try the genre again.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » July 6th, 2018, 5:02 pm

You might like the Ys series. Much more action orientated with real time combat with no transition between exploring and fighting at all. I am probably becoming a bore given the amount I recommend it, but everyone needs to play Ys The Oath In Felghana on PSP (or Vita). It's brilliant.

EDIT: Also, Kingdom Hearts.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Craig » July 7th, 2018, 12:39 am

Flabyo wrote:
July 6th, 2018, 8:45 am
The switch not yet having a warioware game is a crime.

Mona is the best Nintendo character of all time. And so is Ashley.
Let me count Wario’s balls with HD rumble, dammit.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by shadowless_kick » July 8th, 2018, 12:11 am

thanks for the RPG recommendations. there are other reasons I haven't waded back into those waters, but I'll keep those titles in mind if I ever do.

ps- I concur on a new Wario Ware.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » July 8th, 2018, 10:05 am

I've gone back to Xcom Enemy Unknow Plus on Vita after reading someone (sorry, I can't remember who!) was playing it on here recently. I started a new game, but it's so frustrating how much they funnel you down a certain avenue via the tutorial, but then if you skip the tutorial you're left feeling worse off than if you jumped straight in so it's a difficult decision to make whether to play it or not.

The game itself is still brilliant. I wish Xcom 2 was on Vita as well, because I would love to play it but can't see me ever loading it up on the PS4, it's really a perfect game for handheld. It's rock solid, too. Not necessarily the combat, but the balancing the nations panic levels etc. I'm so close to the entirety of North America pulling out of the council, which will require yet another restart as they're pretty much vital for funding.

Still a good game, though.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Todinho » July 8th, 2018, 7:21 pm

Still on DMC4 and man I got around to playing Lady and she is just as much fun to play as I hoped she would be, she all about guns and creating explosions everywhere and not so much about melee combos but you can still do some really neat stuff with wires that lock pretty awesome like launching an enemy with the wire then blowing him up with hail of bullets and rockets and then using the wire to bring them back down.

Trish is a bit more tricky to get to grips with she attacks with bare fists and leaves electric traces that hurt enemies and she also uses Sparda but she also has some overlap with how Dante plays by having Pandora for example she can do some really crazy stuff like doing a constant electric spinning bird kick around enemies but overall I wasnt in love with it.

I also decided to go back and play FE Awakening to measure that up after playing Path of Radiance and boy that game doesnt really hold up by comparison and I found myself missing a bunch of features like where the hell is my shove and why dont I get bonus exp I can spend of other characters! Also the pair up system that I loved really doesnt hold up well under scrutiny because it just makes wanna keep your units bunched up all the time because you get a myriad of bonuses out of it and you never wanna leave or send a unit alone, I also kept thinking back to that huge dissection of awakening on the point of the maps and it really is true the maps in awakening are pretty barren for the most and all the objectives are the same.
I kept thinking, I mean I know inteligent systems develop all the FE games but did they fire everybody who worked on the previous games and hired new people for awakening? Because it just feels stripped down by comparison but maybe Im being unfair since I only played 2 FE games so far. The one aspect I dont think awakening is a step back is still the art, its alot more eye catching, at the same time the file I loaded I was playing as the female avatar and I just gotten a S support with Chrom and when you get that conversation you get the most cringy dating sim scene ever, I'd forgoten how heavily the game relied on that.

Finnaly I did read all the support conversations In path of Radiance and man there are some important stuff in there, like vital for you to understand characters for example I completely missed the entire subplot of the halfbreeds when I played I guess I didnt recruit a character and so it never came up but thats actually a pretty interesting part of the whole universe and gives and more nuanced view of the societies there because the marked are shunned by both the humans and laguz , I hope that's more prominent in Radiant Dawn.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » July 8th, 2018, 8:07 pm

Todinho wrote:
July 8th, 2018, 7:21 pm
I also decided to go back and play FE Awakening to measure that up after playing Path of Radiance and boy that game doesnt really hold up by comparison[...]

Also the pair up system that I loved really doesnt hold up well under scrutiny because it just makes wanna keep your units bunched up all the time because you get a myriad of bonuses out of it and you never wanna leave or send a unit alone[...]

it really is true the maps in awakening are pretty barren for the most and all the objectives are the same.[...]

I was playing as the female avatar and I just gotten a S support with Chrom and when you get that conversation you get the most cringy dating sim scene ever, I'd forgoten how heavily the game relied on that.
Yep, yep, yep. Exactly. The only reason Awakening was such a hit is because it was everybody's first FE game and came out at a time when the 3DS was badly hurting for exclusives. But it's a poorly designed, poorly balanced, poorly written, fanservice-obsessed game when compared to the rest of the series until that point.

Todinho wrote:
July 8th, 2018, 7:21 pm
I kept thinking, I mean I know inteligent systems develop all the FE games but did they fire everybody who worked on the previous games and hired new people for awakening?
Well, it's definitely true that IS's development team has changed over the years, but I think that (given that Awakening was initially supposed to be the last FE game) this quality difference is simply due to them wanting to make the most accessible celebration of the franchise without focusing too much on the details. It's not like the target audience would have had much of a frame of reference to compare it to.

Todinho wrote:
July 8th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Finnaly I did read all the support conversations In path of Radiance and man there are some important stuff in there, like vital for you to understand characters for example I completely missed the entire subplot of the halfbreeds when I played I guess I didnt recruit a character and so it never came up but thats actually a pretty interesting part of the whole universe and gives and more nuanced view of the societies there because the marked are shunned by both the humans and laguz , I hope that's more prominent in Radiant Dawn.
Supports in classic FE are designed to provide both gameplay and narrative rewards for sticking with your favorite characters. It's a wonderful binary system that allows nuanced characterization without bogging down the main plot. Unfortunately, Radiant Dawn replaced the support conversations with generic lines and added specific base conversations as a replacement. It's one of the game's weak points.

Oh, and I'd recommend playing RD on easy for your first time around.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Michiel K » July 8th, 2018, 10:38 pm

KSubzero1000 wrote:
July 8th, 2018, 8:07 pm
Well, it's definitely true that IS's development team has changed over the years, but I think that (given that Awakening was initially supposed to be the last FE game) this quality difference is simply due to them wanting to make the most accessible celebration of the franchise without focusing too much on the details. It's not like the target audience would have had much of a frame of reference to compare it to.
I think everything in Awakening is focused on customisability (from grinding, marriage and having offspring to being able to reclass units)… at the cost of everything else.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » July 9th, 2018, 8:18 am

I played some more of Hollow Knight and I'm starting to see the attraction more - from a personal point of view and I've unlocked a few different areas, the different aesthetic was very welcome as I'm not a fan of the Tim Burton esc art style, I appreciate it I just don't enjoy it.

Bit playing this mostly of a night, in bed or on the sofa.

Gran Tourismo Sport. The Campaign Missions. Lots of it. Love it. LOVE IT.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Scrustle » July 10th, 2018, 7:13 pm

Lately I've been feeling like I keep getting burned by taking a chance on certain games. Buying games that look a bit rough, but I get the impression I might enjoy. Too often lately I've been feeling like I've made a mistake. Two recent games spring to mind.

The one that spurred me to post about this is something I just picked up today. Gear Club Unlimited on the Switch. Had my eye on it for a while, since it's a racing game on the Switch that isn't Mario Kart (or Fast RMX, which I already have on the Wii U), and it also happens to be developed by the studio behind the Test Drive Unlimited games. While they are pretty janky in their own way, I always appreciated them for what they were going for.

Gear Club however, is a lot less ambitious. It's a port of a mobile game that was originally based around the F2P model, but is now just a normal up-front purchase on the Switch. Initially it was full priced, which is pretty ridiculous. So I picked it up on sale as it is right now. I wish I hadn't now. I haven't played much, but that's because first impressions were so poor I didn't feel much like playing more right now. It's basically a very bog-standard circuit-based racing game with little else to offer. You can upgrade your car with performance and cosmetic parts, but it doesn't feel particularly fleshed out, and that's a pretty standard feature these days. Very few race types that are all pretty basic.

But the main problem is just how poor it is technically. The cars don't feel great to handle. Pretty stiff and flat. That wouldn't be a huge problem in itself, at least if there was other stuff to make up for it. But not only does it lack that, it also has a huge amount of input lag. It feels like you barely have control over your car, and trying to actually nail a corner with a proper decent line is pretty much impossible. It's an achievement just to stay off the walls. On top of that the frame rate is awful. Struggles to reach 30fps, and frequently drops below that, with relatively frequent stutters too. And it's all running in a really low resolution as well even in docked mode. The Switch should be able to do better. Loading times take an age, and the UI is incredibly unresponsive and slow. Very sluggish, and frequently just stops responding completely, meaning you need to restart the whole game.

Now I've bought it I suppose I have to play at least a bit more to get some of my money's worth out of it, but this was a pretty big disappointment for my already low expectations.

The other game was from a little while ago, and I almost forgot I even played it until thinking about this post. That being Anima: Gate of Memories on the PS4. The name is kind of ironic now I suppose. Anyway, I heard this getting some comparisons to Nier, which is why I wanted to pick it up. Supposedly a rough, slightly janky action RPG that goes in to very interesting, dark places with its story. A magical talking book with an attitude is also a major character.

But hooooly hell is the writing in this game awful. The dialogue feels like it was written by someone who doesn't speak English well, which I expect is actually the case. It's stiff, awkward, and very unnatural. The voice acting is a similar story. Delivery is awful, and if the tone isn't completely dull and dead, it's all over the place for no reason. The book character in particular is just offensively bad. Both figuratively and literally. He's arrogant and annoying, and won't stop talking in his obnoxious voice about how great he is, telling the absolute worst jokes and just generally being a piece of shit. At one point he makes a rape joke, at another he loudly, and poorly, sings about how amazing he is as you're roaming across a large open field in a sequence that feels like it'll never end. And then there was one line that was the final straw that made me turn the game off and never go back to it. "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though shithead Romeo?" Seriously.

The combat is also pretty terrible. I guess I didn't get that far in to unlocking abilities or seeing many enemies, so what I played was basic and repetitive. But the controls were clunky and slow, the feeling of impact was awful and weak, and the sound design was just atrocious. Just miserable on every level.

So these games, on top of a few that I actually finished, like Mafia and Unravel, have left me a bit frustrated with games at the moment. Been really hit-or-miss lately, with far too many of the latter for my liking. I think it's the summer drought. Not much new coming out. But still, I feel kind of dumb for picking up these when I have other things I also wanted to try out but haven't picked up yet, like A Hat in Time and Dead Cells. Wasting money on garbage like an eejit instead.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 13th, 2018, 9:40 am

Metal Gear Survive is a strange beast, and is rather niche in its appeal.

The scavenging and progression bits I like, but the 'defend the doodad' bits in between are rather annoying. They require you to defend multiple paths of incoming zombies, and therefore hit me right in the multitasking part of my brain, which is rather small and underdeveloped. I'm stuck at a bit now where I have to defend five incoming paths and can't process it at all. Funnily enough I was having the same issue in Raw Data a few weeks ago before I stopped playing that. I think I can conclude that tower defence is not for me.

I've also got sucked back into Out of the Park Baseball, taking control of an expansion team that consists of all other teams' cast-offs and rejects. Surprisingly my guys are punching well above their weight and leading their division after 40 games, so I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop in the form of regression to the mean. Exciting.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by macstat » July 13th, 2018, 11:31 am

I decided to be more fit so i placed my stationary bike in front of my TV, so I can play on PS4 while i exercise :D Lately I've been playing Rayman Legends and Witcher 3 ;)

On PC I bought FF15 .... after 6 hours i find it adorable (i like those really cool little interactions and animations ) but also very dull (a lot of running around doing nothing).

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ColinAlonso » July 13th, 2018, 9:29 pm

I'm currently playing Final Fantasy V Advance (through an emulator) on my commute. The 20 minute bursts that I play for really help with not getting worn down by random battles. I've been playing along with the podcast on these and I should come close to suffering Final Fantasy fatigue (so to speak) after playing 110 hours of old school FF but FFV is my favourite so far. I'll write more when I'm finished.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » July 14th, 2018, 9:33 am

I've almost finished Dying Light, and I must say, I'm pleased it's coming to an end. It's not that it's overly long, but as you heard towards the final chapters it almost becomes a different game. The enemies become so strong and quick that it's barely worth stopping to fight them, and you're better off just sprinting and grappling everywhere across rooftops as quickly as you can. The game overall is OK, but it's not the masterpiece I was hoping for. For years I've wanted on PlayStation a big open world zombie game, and this is it, but the quests and story aren't really all that interesting and it's more the minute to minute game play that keeps me going. There are a huge range of customisable weapons, which is great, and every weapon in the game will degrade to the point of breaking eventually, so you never get attached to one item, forcing you to grab everything you come across that could be used to hit zombies.

The day and night cycle is interesting, but the trouble is that the volatiles who come out at night are virtually invincible, and quicker than you, meaning all that happens is the second it starts getting dark you're looking for a safe spot to wait until morning. Fortunately, only one story mission forces you out in to the night.

I bought this game with the Following expansion, and whilst that does look really good, I'll be having a break before moving on to it.

I've also been playing a lot of The Banner Saga on my phone. It's really great. The short battles make it perfect for mobile, and the balance between combat and story is nigh on perfect. I've not had a bad moment yet, and everything about it is so compelling. Looks gorgeous, too. Really recommend. It's a tenner on mobile, but that's still cheaper than other platforms, and worth every penny.

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