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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by DomsBeard » September 30th, 2019, 8:42 pm

Control

I've been trying to think of Metaphor for Control and all I can think of is this:

You will be going to dinner for a lovely meal with great service however the dessert will be awful and leave a bad taste in the mouth. You cant skip it though.

The last hour of the game is amazing then incredibly infuriating followed by a final bit that seems like a training level.

It reminded me of the Dharma stuff from Lost crossed with X Files with Max Payne.

Tell you one think it will be a bloody great C&R Episode :lol:

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by DomsBeard » September 30th, 2019, 8:43 pm

Control

I've been trying to think of Metaphor for Control and all I can think of is this:

You will be going to dinner for a lovely meal with great service however the dessert will be awful and leave a bad taste in the mouth. You cant skip it though.

The last hour of the game is amazing then incredibly infuriating followed by a final bit that seems like a training level.

It reminded me of the Dharma stuff from Lost crossed with X Files with Max Payne.

Tell you one thing it will be a bloody great C&R Episode :lol:

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by stvnorman » October 1st, 2019, 1:27 pm

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1 Jan: Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS4)
12 Jan: LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)
27 Jan: Raging Justice (Switch)
7 Feb: Mega Man 4 - Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch)
7 Mar: Trials Fusion (PS4)
15 Mar: Cursed Castilla EX (Switch)
22 Mar: The Witness (PS4)
27 Mar: Call of Duty - Modern Warfare Remastered (PS4)
19 Apr: Resident Evil Remastered (PS4)
20 Apr: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES on Switch)
25 Apr: Moonlighter (Switch)
26 Apr: Sega Ages Out Run (Switch)
6 May: Mega Man 5 - Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch)
7 May: What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4)
10 May: Mortal Kombat X (PS4)
23 May: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS4)
24 May: Kid Dracula - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
8 June: Cuphead (Switch)
10 June: Super Mario Land (Game Boy)
14 June: Pilotwings (SNES on 3DS)
16 June: Final Fantasy 7 (Switch)
17 June: Castlevania - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
26 June: Kid Icarus (NES on Switch)
26 June: Mega Man 6 - Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch)
27 June: Balloon Kid (Game Boy on 3DS)
29 June: Resident Evil 2 Remake (PS4)
4 July: Shovel Knight (Switch)
6 July: The Castlevania Adventure - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
8 July: Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
9 July: Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition (Switch)
11 July: Operation C - Contra Anniversary Collection (Switch)
23 July: Mighty Bomb Jack (NES on Switch)
3 August: Super Castlevania IV - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
6 August: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
7 August: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (Japanese version) - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
9 August: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (English version) - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
11 August: Castlevania Bloodlines - Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch)
14 August: Bruce Lee - Return of the Legend (Game Boy Advance)
21 August: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Switch)
27 August: Super Mario Land 2 - 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)
4 September: Castlevania - Symphony of the Night (PS4)
10 September: Sega Ages Virtua Racing (Switch)
21 September: Super Mario World (SNES on Switch)
27 September: Assemble With Care (Apple Arcade on iPad)

Only a handful of games completed in September, but three of them big time sinks that I’m very happy to have got through for different reasons, especially the 96 exit completion of Super Mario World! They’ve all three made big dents into my favourite game ever list too!

A lot of work in progress still happening on Link’s Awakening DX and Super Metroid, which should both make my October list, as well as quite a bit of time put into Detroit, which now certainly won’t! Mighty impressed with Apple Arcade too, and the first of those games I’ve completed is the fourth entry here; definitely more to come from there this month too.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » October 1st, 2019, 1:52 pm

Leaving Lyndow (PC)

Cheers to Scrustle and his writeup on the previous page for bringing this to my attention. Slight but enjoyable and a good way to reward the developer if you picked up Eastshade in a sale. :)

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » October 1st, 2019, 2:12 pm

KSubzero1000 wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 6:52 pm
As an aside, and this isn't me picking a fight with anybody in particular, but I can't help but be disappointed at how little interest and excitement there appears to be for the Uchikoshi games in comparison to other branching narrative experiences like the Quantic Dream games for example. Do the AAA production values and aggressive marketing with Hollywood superstars make such a big difference?
Definitely the only salient differences there. ;)

I've only played the one visual novel, so I'm a bit hesitant to answer any more fully than making that snippy remark, and god knows I'm on thin ice defending Quantic Dream, but I'd hazard a guess that the Quantic Dream tropes are slightly more accessible/more familiar than the Japanese visual novel tropes for a lot of westerners. That's a complete guess, but it would match my limited experience. I know there are others on here that enjoy both, so maybe we could get another opinion or two.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by duskvstweak » October 1st, 2019, 2:19 pm

I finished the Messenger. I liked it, for the most part. I was more of a fan of it when it was a Ninja Gaiden-style game and just running through the levels. But, then it went metroidvania and the backtracking was not so great. And, for some weird reason, the music never clicked with me.
I don't know why the game didn't do it for me, I usually love this stuff. Maybe following Dead Cells with this one wasn't such a smart idea on my part.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by KSubzero1000 » October 1st, 2019, 2:54 pm

Chopper wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 2:12 pm
I'd hazard a guess that the Quantic Dream tropes are slightly more accessible/more familiar than the Japanese visual novel tropes for a lot of westerners.
You're probably right.

It's just disappointing to see one small studio put so much effort into their modestly-budgeted games and barely make enough revenue to not go under, while a big one throws all the money in the world at their projects, overpowers the market with their massive marketing campaigns, receives an implicit endorsement by one of the major companies in the industry and everybody rushes out to buy their stuff as soon as it launches without hesitation. And I'm not even talking about the perceived quality differences of their respective projects here, just in terms of the amount of attention and consumer mindshare.

I can't help but think that production values play a bigger role than we're willing to admit.


I had a look over on Metacritic. AI: The Somnium Files received a grand total of 21 critic reviews, 22 user reviews and 77 user ratings (on PC, PS4 & Switch combined). Meanwhile Detroit: Become Human has 104 critic reviews, 750 user reviews and 3111 user ratings. Even though the consensuses themselves are in a similar ballpark.

:(


Again, I don't intend to pick a fight with anybody over this. I'm just lamenting the fact that our medium has become so bloated with such an over-abundance of games competing for our collective attention spans that the little guys always seem to get drowned out by the big ones. We have more than enough games at our disposal to keep us occupied for several lifetimes even though our individual amount of free time remains the same (or in many cases, has actually diminished), which in turns influences consumer behavior (for the worse, in my opinion). The balance is completely out of whack. One of the year's most touching narratives came out just two weeks ago and nobody seems to care.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Flabyo » October 1st, 2019, 4:01 pm

When it comes to being backed directly by a console manufacturer then yes, production values are the main concern. They want to use it to sell the console.

If you work on a first party game you always know in your head that this is what they actually want from you. The game being great is obviously a bonus too, but they’re not interested in niche, well, anything.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by ColinAlonso » October 1st, 2019, 9:38 pm

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Jan 16 - Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
Jan 20 - FTL: Faster Than Light (PC) (Easy)
Jan 25 - Final Fantasy VIII (PSVita - PS1 Classic)
Jan 27 - Puzzle Bobble (Switch) (Difficulty Level 4 - One credit)
Feb 3 - Metal Slug 3 (PS4 - PS2 anthology version on Easy)
Feb 8 - Puzzle Bobble 2 (Switch)(Vs Computer mode - Normal)
Feb 12 - Puzzle Bobble 2 (Switch)(Puzzle mode - One credit)
Feb 20 - Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (3DS - DS cart)
Feb 21 - Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch) (World of Light)
Mar 3 - Ristar (JP version) (PC)
Mar 22 - Wargroove (Switch)
Mar 31 - River City Ransom (Switch - NES rom)
Apr 2 - Donkey Kong '94 (3DS - VC)
Apr 20 - Super Dodge Ball (Switch - NES rom)
Apr 28 - Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
May 2 - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Switch)
May 2 - Aladdin SNES (PC emulation)
May 6 - Aladdin Mega Drive (PC emulation)
Jun 16 - Yakuza Kiwami 2 - Majima Saga (PS4)
Jun 17 - Tetris Effect (PS4) (Normal) (Jul 6 - Expert)
Jun 23 - Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Switch)
Jun 24 - A Bird Story (PC)
Jun 29 - Crypt of the Necrodancer (Switch)(Cadence) (Jun 30 - Melody)
Jun 30 - Motorsport Manager 3 (Android)
Jul 3 - Finding Paradise (PC)
Jul 13 - Sorcery! (Android)
Jul 16 - DJ Hero (PS3)
Jul 18 - Mega Man 3 (3DS)
Aug 13 - Spider-Man (PS4)
Sep 6 - DJ Hero 2 (PS3)
Sep 8 - Katamari Damacy Reroll (Switch)
Sep 21 - Suikoden (PSVita - PS1 classic)

I've already completed Suikoden 2 and this never reaches those heights, but it does have a decent plot for JRPGs for the time and lays a lot of the design groundwork for the second game. I recruited all 108 Stars of Destiny and found that quite fun. I used a list of the missable ones (7 or 8) and only used an actual guide near the end to pick up the last 8 or so.

Sep 26 - Puyo Puyo 2 (Switch - SNES Online)

Story mode... I think? It's the Japanese ROM as it was not localised. There was a tower and I played through 20 battles against characters. Its still Puyo so I had a good idea of what I was doing. I assume Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine was based on the first game as there are a few improvements here from that, the most notable being that if the opponent has sent dark Puyos to your side of the screen by completing combos you can stop them falling by making combos of your own.

Interestingly not all characters in the tower have to be beaten. You can choose the characters you fight on each level until you have enough points to move up a level of the tower. Helpful, since some of the characters felt like large difficulty spikes.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » October 2nd, 2019, 5:38 am

KSubzero1000 wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 2:54 pm
It's just disappointing to see one small studio put so much effort into their modestly-budgeted games and barely make enough revenue to not go under, while a big one throws all the money in the world at their projects, overpowers the market with their massive marketing campaigns, receives an implicit endorsement by one of the major companies in the industry and everybody rushes out to buy their stuff as soon as it launches without hesitation. And I'm not even talking about the perceived quality differences of their respective projects here, just in terms of the amount of attention and consumer mindshare.
Ah, I misunderstood your original point then, sorry about that.

Yes, it’s frustrating when something with a lot of value gets largely ignored - and imagine all the good stuff we never even hear about. I myself have largely abandoned review and news websites and now rely on blogs and forums and, something I thought I’d never say, Steam reviews. :shock: And my tastes aren’t even that indie in comparison to some (I had my eyes opened when Chris O’Regan’s podcast moved to C&R as I hadn’t even heard of most of the games/developers he was covering).

So the realities of marketing etc; what can you do but maybe beat the drum for a particular game on your forum of choice?

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Beck » October 2nd, 2019, 10:58 am

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January
God of War (2018)
Yoku's Island Express - Switch
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
February
A Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
Tetris 99
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
March
Resident Evil 2 - Lean side A
May
Divinity Original Sin 2
Zelda - Breath of the Wild
Uncharted 4
June
Batman Arkham Asylum
South Park: The Fractured but Whole
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Dante's Inferno - PS3
Ni No Kuni 2 - PS4

WoW Classic - I know it's not technically a completion, can you complete an MMO? but I got all I needed from it.

Dead Cells - XBO - This game completely captured me that I put 20 hours into it over 1 weekend :shock:

Slay the Spire - XBO - To begin with, I thought this game was deliberately too difficult which made me consider quitting but I'm so glad I didn't. There is something strangely compelling about having to play and adapt to the hand you are dealt that has made this game one of my games of the year.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Simonsloth » October 2nd, 2019, 11:03 am

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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
Observer
Shovel Knight Specter of Torment

June:
Super Meat Boy
Evil Within

July:
Prey 2017
Evil within 2
Ground Zeroes
Pilotwings 64

August:
DJ Hero
Castlevania: SOTN
Kirbys Epic Yarn
SMB 3

September:
Batman Arkham Origins
DJ Hero 2
BK: Nuts and Bolts

Finished the game and managed to satisfy rare replay’s requirements for the ten stamps. I left a few of the challenges and was one Jiggie short so I may try it one more time. Need to mull over how I feel about it.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Scrustle » October 2nd, 2019, 4:51 pm

Beck wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 10:58 am

Dante's Inferno - PS3
Ni No Kuni 2 - PS4
Any thoughts on these two?

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Michiel K » October 2nd, 2019, 6:37 pm

27-9 - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (SNES)

Beat the final boss half an hour after my stream of the game ended.

I like this one quite a bit (except for THAT ONE level), but you'll hear more about it on the upcoming CaR podcast.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by clippa » October 2nd, 2019, 6:57 pm

Beck wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 10:58 am
This game completely captured me that I put 20 hours into it over 1 weekend :shock:
I've been the same with noita, played it for something silly like 16 hours or something in the first couple of days! I wasn't feeling well so I had an excuse, but still, that's a bit much.

Not quite got to the end yet, but I got to "the vault" today, my best run so far, not sure how near the end that is, but it felt like it might have been the last level.
Really fun, I love the combat, the enemies are ruthless and I love how everything can get very chaotic very quickly :lol:

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by seansthomas » October 2nd, 2019, 9:20 pm

1st February - Dark Souls
8th February - The Gardens Between
9th February - Quarantine Circular
20th February - Night in the woods
26th March - Ape Out
16th June - Brothers
25th June - My Friend Pedro
7th July - Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
23rd July - Streets of Rage 2
27th August - DOOM (1993)

2nd October - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

I never played this on Gameboy (as I didn't ever own one!) so it's been a welcome adventure.

Found it very different from other Zelda games tonally and great to see so many Nintendo world's referenced and mashed together.

Always find it harder to navigate 2D worlds for some reason so had to resort to a guide a few times but I found it far more forgiving, intuitive and logical than A Link to the Past, the only other 2D Zelda I've played.

Not quite convinced it should have been a £50 release despite the love it's obviously had put into it and I can't see it troubling my top 3 Zelda experiences, but I'm very glad I played it and I now see why it has a spe oak place in people's hearts.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Indiana747 » October 2nd, 2019, 10:16 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.
(June) Crackdown 3: Campaign -XB1X.
(June) Days Gone(platinum) - PS4.
(Aug) Wolfenstein: Youngblood - XB1X.
(Aug) Detroit: Become Human - PS4.
(Aug) Devil May Cry 5 - XB1X.
(Sept) Gears 5 - XB1X.
(Oct) Rage 2 - XB1X.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Beck » October 3rd, 2019, 8:21 am

Scrustle wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 4:51 pm
Any thoughts on these two?
I played them for my podcast ;)

Dante's Inferno - An okay game that probably hasn't aged well but there is something really cool about the theme. If you are going to play it, I wouldn't worry about the difficulty because enemies just have more health than use different skill set.

Ni No Kuni 2 - This one caused some controversy amongst us. I went in with low expectations and really enjoyed it. It looks and sounds great and is relatively short for a JRPG. The combat is fun and varied and there is a good range of mechanics to keep you interested. However, it isn't difficult. The story is very linear and thin and the mechanics, whilst optional, aren't fleshed out enough for a standard JRPG (which is maybe a positive?). I'd recommend it but some of the others who are bigger JRPG fans on the podcast really didn't gel with it.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Beck » October 3rd, 2019, 8:22 am

clippa wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 6:57 pm
I've been the same with noita, played it for something silly like 16 hours or something in the first couple of days! I wasn't feeling well so I had an excuse, but still, that's a bit much.

Not quite got to the end yet, but I got to "the vault" today, my best run so far, not sure how near the end that is, but it felt like it might have been the last level.
Really fun, I love the combat, the enemies are ruthless and I love how everything can get very chaotic very quickly :lol:
It's a great feeling being drawn into a game like that. I've not heard of Noita but will add it to the list ... the ever-growing list :P

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by clippa » October 3rd, 2019, 8:42 am

Yeah, don't starve was a big one for me, during early access, learning the game and figuring things out, that was magic, I got properly engrossed in that.

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