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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Stanshall » May 24th, 2019, 4:15 pm

duskvstweak wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Finished Valkyria Chronicles. In order to not offend those who find joy in the game and series, I will simply say, while I enjoyed the story, the gameplay is not for me.
Glad I have this one under my belt, I suppose.
I've downloaded and deleted and stared at the icon more times than I can remember. Played about an hour. Love it in my head but in practice it's as stimulating as cardboard.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by duskvstweak » May 24th, 2019, 5:33 pm

Stanshall wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 4:15 pm
duskvstweak wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Finished Valkyria Chronicles. In order to not offend those who find joy in the game and series, I will simply say, while I enjoyed the story, the gameplay is not for me.
Glad I have this one under my belt, I suppose.
I've downloaded and deleted and stared at the icon more times than I can remember. Played about an hour. Love it in my head but in practice it's as stimulating as cardboard.
I just found that there a bunch of small things that, together, kept me from enjoying it. It's a very different take on tactics rpg than I'm used to, but I think if those annoyances were cleaned up, I'd have been in a better mood. Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of the things I didn't like stay for the sequels.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Flabyo » May 25th, 2019, 2:51 pm

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May 17th, 2019, 3:25 pm
5th Jan - Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
1st Feb - Doom (2016) (XBO)
20th Feb - Crackdown 3: Campaign (XBO)
25th Mar - Bound (PS4)
30th Mar - Shadow of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
29th April - Mortal Kombat 11 Story Mode (PS4)
17th May - Middle Earth: Shadow of War (XBO)
25th May - Wolfenstein 2 (XBO)

That was... ok I guess? The cut scenes and characters are pretty much best in class, but the game that hangs off them is very archaic and clunky. At least the final boss fight wasn’t as downright irritating as the first game (and the prequel).

So much of the game is based around throwing armour and health packs at you, but so many of the enemies can just one shot you anyway so there’s not a lot of point to that aspect.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Sinclair Gregstrum » May 25th, 2019, 7:49 pm

Jan - Streets Of Rage 2 - (Switch)
Jan - Detroit: Become Human (PS4 Pro)
Feb - Quarantine Circular (Switch)
Feb - Yoku’s Island Express (Switch)
Feb - Shenmue (PS4 Pro)
Mar - Rise of the Tomb Raider (XOX)
Apr - Gunstar Heroes (Switch)

May - Street Fighter 5 (PS4 Pro)

I bought Street Fighter 5 at launch and after not much time spent I became, as many did, just too disgruntled with it to continue. For me personally, aside from a criminal lack of content for anyone wanting to do anything other than play online, it also just didn’t feel right as a package.

The gameplay in terms of what was there was great, but it lacked any proper CPU AI as there was no arcade mode, and the story mode that was there was a walk in the park and just an excuse for crappy cutscenes. The UI was also pretty amateurish and clunky, and the overall aesthetic was, and still is for me, probably the most bland of any Street Fighter ever.

So I put it down.

Fast forward to present day and I had a hankering for a fighting game, plus a Mayflash F300 fight stick sat unused in my cupboard. I’d heard much about how they’d improved SF5 over the years (at least it had an arcade mode now!), so I decided now was the time give it another try.

I’ve now played through all of the arcade runs added post-release a number of times. There are six different runs of varying lengths – one for each Street Fighter mainline entry including Alpha (no EX or Pocket Fighter). They tailor the available playable fighters to fit the entry in the series in question, but other than that, there are no changes to gameplay or anything else to add relevance to the old games. This means unless you’re a dedicated Ryu man, who is available in all the runs, you’ll need to play as different characters as you go. It’s all perfectly fine, and the game plays as well as it ever did, but it all feels like a bit of an afterthought (which it was!) and more of an excuse to sell me more characters than anything else. At least for me as an owner of the vanilla SF5, each run has at least twice as many locked characters that I can purchase at the store vs ones that are actually available to me, and that feels pretty shitty as someone that paid a lot of money for not a lot of game back on day one!

Overall there is actually a pervasive issue throughout the whole game with the player being constantly asked to buy extra content. Whenever I do something it feels like a little alert will pop up saying “this thing is now available to buy at the shop!”. So instead of the game rewarding me for my achievements by actually giving me something, my reward is the right to buy it, which is just terrible frankly.

The other single player mode they’ve added is the enticingly titled “general story”. This is basically a few hours of awful cutscenes punctuated by the occasional easy single-round fight. It is not very good. It is also not available to you unless you go hunting for it yourself in the PlayStation Store as a free add-on. Otherwise it just sits there greyed out in the menu, with no clues as to how your supposed access it or links to the store to download it. Utterly nonsensical.

Another gripe - the game takes a bloody age to do anything! Just starting it up takes what feels like a good few minutes, and there are lots of little loads in between virtually everything the game does, making the whole experience just feel ponderous and stuttering. There are lot of calls being made to the servers constantly, even when you’re just playing single player content, and boy does it tell you about it. “Logging into the server”, “You’re not connected to the server”, “You’ve been disconnected from the server”, “You have a message from the server”. Leave me alone you blasted server! I’m just trying to play bloody Street Fighter!!!

I wish I had more positive things to say about SF5. The core gameplay is great, and of course gameplay is king, but when there’s so much to dislike about the overall package, it can’t help but sour the whole experience. Sadly while Street Fighter 5 is potentially a great game, it is in reality an incredibly flawed, and in many weighs straight-up bad product.

A quick good word for the Mayflash F300 though – I’m not a fight stick connoisseur in the slightest, but at around £50 for a beginners stick that feels this well built and responsive you really can’t go wrong. Very impressed with it!

Street Fighter 5...not so much...

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Combine Hunter » May 26th, 2019, 6:55 am

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15/02 - Resident Evil 2 (PS4)
17/02 - Final Fantasy VIII (PS Vita)
18/02 - FAR: Lone Sails (PC)
14/04 - Final Fantasy IX (PS Vita)
28/04 - Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (PC)
09/05 - Devil May Cry 5 (PC)
11/05 - Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PC)
26/05 - Observation (PC)

Great 4 hour puzzle game with some great visuals and sci-fi storytelling. Highly recommended.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » May 26th, 2019, 6:59 am

Nice! I was on the fence but need to get this.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by dezm0nd » May 26th, 2019, 1:54 pm

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Jan 1 - Cat Quest
Jan 3 - Nex Machina (Arcade, experienced)
Jan 4 - Celeste
Jan 10 - Yoku's Island Express
Jan 13 - Evil Within 2
Jan 14 - Pilotwings
Jan 21 - Edith Finch
Jan 26 - Resident Evil 2 (Leon A)
Jan 27 - Resident Evil 2 (Claire A)
Jan 31 - Resident Evil 2 (Leon B)

Feb 11 - Firewatch

March 19 - Donkey Kong 64
March 29 - Goldeneye 007 (00 Agent)

April 9 - Yoshi Crafted World

May 8th - Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts
May 19th - Rage 2
May 26th - Guacamelee 2
Guacamelee 2. A very, very good Metroidvania. Enjoyed every hour of it.

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Post by Pitwar » May 28th, 2019, 7:29 am

27th Jan - Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)
1st Feb - New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Switch)
9th Mar - Crackdown 3 (Xbox One X)
6th May - Mortal Kombat 11: Story Mode (PS4 Pro)
12th May - God Of War '18 (PS4 Pro)
19th May - Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4 Pro)
23rd May - Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4 Pro)
26th May - Devil May Cry 5 (PS4 Pro)

After struggling to get into Devil May Cry 5 I persevered and made it to the end. Unfortunately the game didn't click with me at all and felt so uninspired. I literally forced myself to finish it purely because I've completed all the other games in the series.

I think this game has probably killed the franchise for me, and it'll take something special for me to want to play a new release in the series in the future.

Give me DMC 2 you cowards! :D

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Flabyo » May 28th, 2019, 8:55 pm

Flabyo wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 2:51 pm
5th Jan - Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
1st Feb - Doom (2016) (XBO)
20th Feb - Crackdown 3: Campaign (XBO)
25th Mar - Bound (PS4)
30th Mar - Shadow of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
29th April - Mortal Kombat 11 Story Mode (PS4)
17th May - Middle Earth: Shadow of War (XBO)
25th May - Wolfenstein 2 (XBO)
28th May - Tacoma (XBO)

I really enjoyed that. It’s really just a linear story told in a new way that you couldn’t do before video games existed, not actually much in the way of ‘game’ here. But it’s clever, uses a lot of environmental story telling techniques, and had me guessing at plot twists the whole way through. (And once again reminds that someone really needs to remake Sentient, because that’s a game design that needs to be on a platform capable of doing it justice, and those exist now)

If you didn’t like Gone Home or Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, you won’t like this. But I think it might be better than both of them.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Indiana747 » May 28th, 2019, 11:02 pm

(Jan) Starlink :Battle for Atlas - PS4.
(Jan) Far Cry 5 - PS4.
(Jan) Resident Evil 2(2019) - PS4.
(Jan) Shadow of the Tomb Raider - XB1X.
(Feb) Metro Exodus - XB1X.
(Mar) Marvel's Spiderman - PS4.
(Apr) The Division 2 - XB1X.
(Apr) Dead Rising 3 - XB1X.
(Apr) World War Z - XB1X.
(Apr) Earthfall: Invasion - XB1X.
(May) RYSE: Son of Rome - XB1X.
(May) Tacoma - XB1X.
(May) Abzu - XB1X.
(May) Mortal Kombat X - XB1X.
(May) The Walking Dead:A New Frontier - XB1X.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by James » May 29th, 2019, 8:34 pm

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1st Jan - Virginia (Xbox One)
13th Jan - Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
27th Jan - Mortal Kombat (Vita)
3rd Feb - Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One)
18th Feb - Crackdown 3 (Xbox One)
12th Mar - Dark Souls 3: Ashes Of Ariandel (Xbox One)
17th Mar - Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City (Xbox One)
6th May - Guildmaster Story (iOS)
15th May - Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4)
22nd May - Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4) (Platinum Trophy)
27th May - Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Xbox One)

Well, well, well... After taking a month away from Sekiro to enjoy some MK11, I finally returned. Big mistake!

I was far too rusty to go into 4 straight endgame boss fights. Following a few days of doubting I'd ever finish this game, I did it!

I'm now sprinting through NG+ so that I can unlock the final ending I missed and upgrade my Prosthetic and Skills to the max. Gotta get all those Achievements! :mrgreen:

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Simonsloth » May 30th, 2019, 8:12 pm

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January:
Tale of Tales Collection
Virginia
Gravity Rush 2
Nier Automata

Feb:
Wolfenstein 2
Prey (2006)
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Super Ghouls and Ghosts
Aladdin SNES
Aladdin Mega Drive
Donkey Kong

March:
Donkey King Country
Pilotwings
Dino crisis
Pony Island
Ape Escape
Donkey Kong country 2
Donkey Kong Country 3
Monkey Island 2

April:
DK 94
Inside (PS4)
Pony island
Shovel Knight plague of shadows
Dk64
Banjo Kazooie

May:
Banjo Tooie
Furi
30th May
Observer

Not sure about this one. Given it’s short running time I’m tempted to give it another go.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by hazeredmist » May 30th, 2019, 9:01 pm

Root Letter (Vita)

Got most of the endings, certainly the ones I wanted to see including the “true” ending. It’s a bit janky with dodgy translation and localisation throughout, but it kept me interested. The protagonist is a dickhead but I kinda wonder if his style is a bit lost in translation. Either way this is a good visual novel for anyone looking for something a bit different and decidedly Japanese.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Indiana747 » May 30th, 2019, 9:32 pm

(Jan) Starlink :Battle for Atlas - PS4.
(Jan) Far Cry 5 - PS4.
(Jan) Resident Evil 2(2019) - PS4.
(Jan) Shadow of the Tomb Raider - XB1X.
(Feb) Metro Exodus - XB1X.
(Mar) Marvel's Spiderman - PS4.
(Apr) The Division 2 - XB1X.
(Apr) Dead Rising 3 - XB1X.
(Apr) World War Z - XB1X.
(Apr) Earthfall: Invasion - XB1X.
(May) RYSE: Son of Rome - XB1X.
(May) Tacoma - XB1X.
(May) Abzu - XB1X.
(May) Mortal Kombat X - XB1X.
(May) The Walking Dead:A New Frontier - XB1X.
(May) The Gardens Between - XB1X.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » May 31st, 2019, 5:51 am

I think I've completed Satisfactory, as far as it goes; at least there are new recipes popping up and the next tier of goals are not yet available in Early Access.

Pretty great overall. My original complaints that it was not complex were unfounded - it's not as complex as Factorio, where you could do all kinds of crazy stuff with switches and circuits - but given that the strength of the game is in 3D building, it's a very strong product in its own right.

Final factory (not shown are the oil refinery and concrete plant which are in another valley):

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Close up:

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It gets a lot spaghettier when you're up close:

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Suits » May 31st, 2019, 7:37 am

Looks wonderful man.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Michiel K » May 31st, 2019, 9:12 am

duskvstweak wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 5:33 pm
I just found that there a bunch of small things that, together, kept me from enjoying it. It's a very different take on tactics rpg than I'm used to, but I think if those annoyances were cleaned up, I'd have been in a better mood. Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of the things I didn't like stay for the sequels.
Can you name some annoyances? I have some too, which keep the game from being the perfect Strategy RPG for me, but all in all, I think it's bloody fantastic.

My main qualm is that, while I see the advantages of leveling up a whole class as opposed to single units, it also results in me feeling less invested in the individuals in my squad like in, say, Fire Emblem. I also don't like that your rank for a mission and the amount of XP you get is tied to completion speed. I get that it rewards knowledge of the maps and missions and multiple playthroughs, but it's kind of antithetical to tactics and planning on a first playthrough.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » May 31st, 2019, 9:40 am

Suits wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 7:37 am
Looks wonderful man.
Cheers! On the first time through you don’t know what the next materials/upgrade path is going to be, so it can get a bit messy. Next time it can be planned with military precision.

There was also no resource pressure really. For example once you discover a coal deposit and plonk down a miner, that resource is infinite. So there was no pressure to move to oil or refined fuel except as an efficiency thing. I had thirteen coal burning plants at the end there.

I think they are introducing trains soon, so in that case maybe resources will run out and you have to go further and further afield.

Finally the map was massive. You get a choice of three biomes at the start, and I just realized when exploring that the three are connected (though gated by things like sulphur gas, which you can drive through or use a gas mask on when you’ve reached that level of research).

Overall, very satisfactory.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by KSubzero1000 » May 31st, 2019, 9:44 am

Oh, so you built that all from from scratch? That's neat, man.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by duskvstweak » May 31st, 2019, 2:24 pm

Michiel K wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 9:12 am
duskvstweak wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 5:33 pm
I just found that there a bunch of small things that, together, kept me from enjoying it. It's a very different take on tactics rpg than I'm used to, but I think if those annoyances were cleaned up, I'd have been in a better mood. Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of the things I didn't like stay for the sequels.
Can you name some annoyances? I have some too, which keep the game from being the perfect Strategy RPG for me, but all in all, I think it's bloody fantastic.

My main qualm is that, while I see the advantages of leveling up a whole class as opposed to single units, it also results in me feeling less invested in the individuals in my squad like in, say, Fire Emblem. I also don't like that your rank for a mission and the amount of XP you get is tied to completion speed. I get that it rewards knowledge of the maps and missions and multiple playthroughs, but it's kind of antithetical to tactics and planning on a first playthrough.
Yeah, missions being ranked by speed was annoying. Near the end, I found a skirmish I could get an A on and just repeated that for XP.
The way "overwatch" works in the game drove me crazy. Since you can only crouch at specific spots, you're best just to leave your troops behind walls so they can't be seen, even though that means they can't see the enemy to shoot when they move. But, enemies will shoot you dead if you even select a character in their sight. So, while my troops might shoot an enemy twice while he runs and stops, my troops are Swiss cheese unless I start mashing the exit button.
Also, I can't reverse the tank to save anyone's life, but that's probably on my terrible driving skills.
I'm willing to accept that my play-style was the problem, but, like how the rating system works, I didn't necessarily think the required play-style was my taste.

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