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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Hunter30 » November 4th, 2019, 7:41 pm

January - Tomb Raider: Underworld (PS3)
February - Lego The Lord of the Rings (PS3)
July - Dead Space (PS3)

November - The Darkness (PS3)

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Flabyo » November 4th, 2019, 9:16 pm

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October 23rd, 2019, 9:18 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)
12th July - Metro 2033 Redux (XBO)
23rd July - Timespinner (XBO)
30th July - Shadow Warrior 2 (XBO)
3rd Sep - Outcast: Second Contact (XBO)
15th Sep - Gears 5 (XBO)
25th Sep - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (XBO)
21st Oct - Return of the Obra Dinn (XBO)
23rd Oct - Battlefield 1: campaign (XBO)
4th Nov - The Outer Worlds (XBO)

A good game, but not a great one. Not Obsidian’s best game, but still worth a play.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by MajorGamer » November 5th, 2019, 4:58 am

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Jan 2 - War for the Overworld (PC)
Jan 13 - Pyre (PC)
Jan 16 - Heroes of Hammerwatch (PC)
Jan 17 - Mega Man 11 (Switch)
Jan 20 - ReThink | Evolved (PC)
Jan 20 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)
Jan 22 - Ruzar - The Life Stone (PC)
Jan 27 - After Death (PC)
Feb 6 - Vikings - Wolves of Midgard (PC)
Feb 21 - Loyalty and Blood: Viktor Origins (PC)

Feb 27 - Book of Demons (PC)
Mar 4 - Vaporum (PC)
Mar 5 - Frost (Switch)
Mar 9 - DarkMaus (PC)
Mar 10 - Octopath Traveler (Switch)
Mar 31 - Final Fantasy X (PC)
Apr 5 - Treasure Adventure World (PC)
Apr 15 - Greedy Guns (PC)
Apr 23 - ChromaGun (PC)
Apr 27 - The Quest (PC)

May 1 - Skautfold: Usurper (PC)
May 7 - Alwa's Awakening (PC)
May 9 - OneShot (PC)
May 13 - Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition (Switch)
May 27 - Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PC)
May 29 - Styx: Shards of Darkness (PC)
Jun 5 - The Fall of the Dungeon Guardians (PC)
Jun 5 - Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom (Switch)
Jun 11 - Yoku's Island Express (Switch)
Jun 17 - LISA (PC)

Jun 18 - Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PC)
Jun 24 - Halcyon 6 (PC)
Jun 29 - Fox n Forests (PC)
Jul 4 - Battle Princess Madelyn (Switch)
Jul 14 - Dustforce (PC)
Jul 26 - Ambition of the Slimes (Switch)
July 29 - Final Fantasy X-2 (PC)
July 31 - Epistory - Typing Chronicles (PC)
Aug 2 - Moonlighter (Switch)
Aug 6 - Seasons After Fall (PC)

Aug 10 - Bayonetta 2 (Switch)
Aug 12 - ReThink | Evolved 2 (PC)
Aug 21 - Shadows: Awakening (PC)
Aug 24 - Singularity (PC)
Aug 26 - Typoman (PC)
Sep 4 - Mercenaries Saga: Will of the White Lions (Switch)
Sep 4 - The Surge (PC)
Sep 6 - Rise & Shine (PC)
Sep 14 - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)
Sep 15 - -KLAUS- (PC)

Sep 22 - MagiCat (Switch)
Oct 3 - Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
Oct 9 - Serious Sam 2 (PC)
Oct 22 - Cosmic Star Heroine (Switch)
Oct 25 - Gato Roboto (Switch)
Oct 26 - Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Oct 28 - Full Bore (Steam)

A neat puzzle game where you play as a boar. You need to dig and push blocks out of your way to reach gems and other hidden stuff. Doing things in the wrong order will often make a puzzle impossible but there is a rewind feature that mostly works. It will often jump back way too much from where you need so you'll still need to redo some stuff but at least not the entire room. Some puzzles are also a bit vague as to what you need to do with some things off-screen, but that doesn't happen too often. Even then, the vast majority of the puzzles here are optional to beat the game. There's even an achievement to beat the game with under 10% completion.

Oct 31 - Anodyne (Switch)

The best thing I can say about this is that is often goes on sale for dirt cheap. Otherwise, it is an extremely basic Zelda (the first one) clone. So simple that there's only one item aside from your sword (it's a broom, here). The dialogue feels like it was written by what a 12 year old thinks is edgy. A few random curses thrown about for no real reason; not to mention the story makes zero sense. Level design is also less complex than the first Zelda.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by duskvstweak » November 5th, 2019, 2:39 pm

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Chrono Trigger
Wolfenstein: The New Order
DOOM (2016)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Super Mario 64
Metro: Last Light
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Shovel Knight
The Last of Us
Valkyria Chronicles
Mad Max
Suikoden
Hollow Knight
Dead Cells
The Messenger
Resident Evil 0
Luigi's Mansion
Finished Luigi's Mansion last night. It's lives up to its reputation and is a lot of fun. It wasn't a slog to get all 50 Boos or all the ghosts, the music was quirky and it still looks pretty after all these years. I have a feeling that final boss should be easier than I made it, but I can't help be bad at that sort of stuff. Not being a huge fan of 3D platformers, I found it to be a nice jump back into the Mario-verse.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » November 6th, 2019, 2:05 pm

BLACK BIRD

Normal Mode. Loved everything about this game, apart from the minor bullet-helly bit at the end. I tended to dip in once a day for a long time and see how far I would get. This time round I decided to practice the bullet-helly bit first and hopefully finish it; did that once with a life or two to spare and then played through.

Lovely aesethetic, enjoyable gameplay, never has murdering villagers felt so good. Still don't really know how scoring works but whatever, it's done now.

State of Decay 2: Heartland


The State of Decay games occupy their own little niche and I love them. This was a 9.99 DLC that I got on Gamepass for free, so it's paid for itself for 3 months. Really excellent bit of DLC - a full campaign where permadeath kicks in for your party members and derails the whole thing after 4 hours or so.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Indiana747 » November 7th, 2019, 9:22 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.
(Oct) Anthem - XB1X.
(Oct) Battlefield V - XB1X.
(Oct) Blair Witch - XB1X.
(Oct) Half Life 2 - Xbox 360.
(Nov) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - XB1X.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Simonsloth » November 9th, 2019, 1:27 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
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

October:
Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts
PaRappa the Rapper

November:
Planescape
Driver SF
7th November
Planescape Torment

I really wish I never started this. It’s been the bane of my gaming life this year. I kept thinking it was going to get better and chipped away at it over the year before finishing it this week. Clearly it’s not for me as it is beloved by many. If I were to stand back and describe the premise to somebody it would sound fascinating. I just didn’t find it fun or rewarding to play. I’d love a trimmed down version but as it is I really didn’t like it.

7th November:
Driver:San Francisco

Loved it. Like burnout with a story.
Used my own custom soundtrack which made it all the more emphatic. Great stuff!

Nov 20th:
Grabbed by the Ghoulies

A nice distraction and one which my son got into watching me play. I’d feel aggrieved to have paid for it but its inclusion on Rare Replay probably helped make my opinion a little more positive.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by mikeleddy83 » November 9th, 2019, 7:40 pm

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Resident Evil 2
God of War
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Prey
Persona 5
Tetris Effect
Journey
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Mega Man 11
Metal Gear: Survive
Undertale
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Dante's Inferno
Super Castlevania IV
Castlevania
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Metal Slug X
Inside
Phantasy Star
Doki Doki Literature Club
Captain Commando
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Final Fight
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Knights of the Round
The King of Dragons
Warriors of Fate
Armored Warriors
Devil May Cry 5
Crash Bandicoot
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Valkyria Chronicles 4

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Alex79uk » November 10th, 2019, 10:53 am

Alex79uk wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 4:10 pm
JAN - Super Mario Land (Nintendo Gameboy)
JAN - Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Megadrive on PS4)
FEB - Professor Layton & The Curious Village (Android)
FEB - Donkey Kong '94 (Nintendo Gameboy)
FEB - Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
FEB - Chuchel (Android)
FEB - Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
MAR - Spider-Man (PS4)
MAR - Florence (Android)
MAR - Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego (Browser)
MAR - Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (PS4)
MAR - Final Fantasy X (PS Vita)
MAY - Söldner-X 2 (PS Vita)
MAY - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
MAY - The Punisher (Arcade on PS Vita)
JUN - Super Mario Bros. (NES on Switch)
JUN - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS4)
JUL - Windjammers (Arcade Mode) (PS Vita)
JUL - Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
JUL - Super Mario Odyssey: Credits Roll (Switch)
AUG - Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES on Switch) SEP - Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
SEP - Yakuza Kiwami 2: The Majima Saga (PS4)
SEP - Assassin's Creed: Revelations (PS4)
SEP - Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4)
SEP - Super Metroid (SNES on Switch)
SEP - The Room (Android)
OCT - The Room 2 (Android)
OCT - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4)
NOV - The Room 3 (Android)

Just another superb effort from Fireproof Games here. I'm glad to hear they dial back the travelling from one room to another in the next game as it was a little laborious by the end, but can't complain really when the overall quality of the game is so high. Has anyone made better similar games? I've seen the DaVinci game on the Appstore and wondered if it's worth playing, but I'll be going straight on to the fourth Room game first.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Flabyo » November 10th, 2019, 7:17 pm

I don’t think anyone else has quite captured the same tactile puzzle feel of the Room games.

The fourth one is definitely my favourite one.

(Did you see all the endings in the third one?)

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by MajorGamer » November 11th, 2019, 7:04 am

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Jan 2 - War for the Overworld (PC)
Jan 13 - Pyre (PC)
Jan 16 - Heroes of Hammerwatch (PC)
Jan 17 - Mega Man 11 (Switch)
Jan 20 - ReThink | Evolved (PC)
Jan 20 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)
Jan 22 - Ruzar - The Life Stone (PC)
Jan 27 - After Death (PC)
Feb 6 - Vikings - Wolves of Midgard (PC)
Feb 21 - Loyalty and Blood: Viktor Origins (PC)

Feb 27 - Book of Demons (PC)
Mar 4 - Vaporum (PC)
Mar 5 - Frost (Switch)
Mar 9 - DarkMaus (PC)
Mar 10 - Octopath Traveler (Switch)
Mar 31 - Final Fantasy X (PC)
Apr 5 - Treasure Adventure World (PC)
Apr 15 - Greedy Guns (PC)
Apr 23 - ChromaGun (PC)
Apr 27 - The Quest (PC)

May 1 - Skautfold: Usurper (PC)
May 7 - Alwa's Awakening (PC)
May 9 - OneShot (PC)
May 13 - Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition (Switch)
May 27 - Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PC)
May 29 - Styx: Shards of Darkness (PC)
Jun 5 - The Fall of the Dungeon Guardians (PC)
Jun 5 - Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom (Switch)
Jun 11 - Yoku's Island Express (Switch)
Jun 17 - LISA (PC)

Jun 18 - Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PC)
Jun 24 - Halcyon 6 (PC)
Jun 29 - Fox n Forests (PC)
Jul 4 - Battle Princess Madelyn (Switch)
Jul 14 - Dustforce (PC)
Jul 26 - Ambition of the Slimes (Switch)
July 29 - Final Fantasy X-2 (PC)
July 31 - Epistory - Typing Chronicles (PC)
Aug 2 - Moonlighter (Switch)
Aug 6 - Seasons After Fall (PC)

Aug 10 - Bayonetta 2 (Switch)
Aug 12 - ReThink | Evolved 2 (PC)
Aug 21 - Shadows: Awakening (PC)
Aug 24 - Singularity (PC)
Aug 26 - Typoman (PC)
Sep 4 - Mercenaries Saga: Will of the White Lions (Switch)
Sep 4 - The Surge (PC)
Sep 6 - Rise & Shine (PC)
Sep 14 - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)
Sep 15 - -KLAUS- (PC)

Sep 22 - MagiCat (Switch)
Oct 3 - Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
Oct 9 - Serious Sam 2 (PC)
Oct 22 - Cosmic Star Heroine (Switch)
Oct 25 - Gato Roboto (Switch)
Oct 26 - Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Oct 28 - Full Bore (Steam)
Oct 31 - Anodyne (Switch)
Nov 1 - Ticket to Earth (Steam)

An almost match-3 RPG. You and the enemies are placed on a grid with four different symbols scattered around, much like a match-3 setup. You move your character around, picking up the same symbol to power up your base attack as well as the special ability you have equipped to that specific symbol. Getting hit by the enemy will lower your base attack by that amount. It's a decent system but gets very samey. The grid shape doesn't change the entire game and the symbols are just as random as ever. Well, they aren't completely random as there are patterns in regards to how they appear to not completely screw with your movement.

It would be fine but it just goes on for too long. It's a good 20-25 hours long and the mechanics of the game didn't change beyond hour 5 or so. For a story of coincidences, I originally finished this game a month earlier notice only the first three of four episodes were out when this game was released two years ago. A week later is when the fourth episode was finished.

Nov 7 - The House of Da Vinci (Steam)

Speaking of a coincidence with Alex's comment, here's this one. Escape the Room type game. The mouse controls aren't the greatest. There were plenty of times I was doing a clockwise motion (or any other) only for the object I was turning to suddenly go the other way for no reason. I'd say nearly all the puzzles in the game are fairly easy. The hardest thing is finding where the puzzles are as there are some in locations where it isn't obvious to click at that bit. At least the in-game hint system can be used to easily find those. Overall, I just found it kinda boring.

I haven't played the Room games so can't compare there. I've only played some of the older Escape the Room Flash games prior to this one.

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Post by Alex79uk » November 11th, 2019, 7:12 am

Flabyo wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 7:17 pm
(Did you see all the endings in the third one?)
I must admit, two I got legit, and two I watched on YouTube. The first ending I got by accident because I was curious about what had just appeared, clicked on it and ended the game!

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by dezm0nd » November 12th, 2019, 4:43 pm

Finished Luigi's Mansion 3 and I genuinely loved all 13 hours of it.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by clippa » November 12th, 2019, 4:54 pm

Oh, wow, I didn't even know they made a second one.
I think I had more than my fill of sucking ghosts in the first one, but that's pretty cool that they kept going.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, nintendo need to embrace the roguelite, make an infinitely replayable top down mining/dungeon crawler with toady and crafting and loot and maybe some online aspects to sell their subscription, it'll sell like hotcakes and they can keep adding content and making it really big.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Michiel K » November 12th, 2019, 6:36 pm

11-11 - God of War (PS2)

The boy KSubzero1000 came through all the way from Deutschland last weekend and aside from the other stuff we played, he was happy to participate in a controller passing session on the last third of this game.

I remember the hype very well when this originally came out and I thought it looked very appealing for a PS2 game, thinking if I would have had that system at the time, I would have bought it.

Later when I got a PS2, I had cooled on the game quite a bit, having seen more of it, thinking of it than not much more than a flashy looking, cinematic mash fest. But a friend gifted me his copy not too long ago and since another friend of mine urged me to play PS4 God of War, I felt it was time for a (mainline/numbered) series playthrough.

So, the first PS2 God of War, then? I need some time to collect my thoughts a bit better, but I found it a mildly enjoyable romp, that is indeed slickly produced, but rough around the edges in terms of its pure game design and mechanics. It has very annoying bits in it, the combat doesn't feel sharp and lacks depth (though it's very much ahead of most 3D melee action games by Western developers that came before it) and it feels a bit like a random hodge podge of puzzles, platforming and fighting at times.

The visuals and music are great, of course and it features some impressive directed, uncontrollable camera work that's evocative and expressive. I think this is where the seeds of the flagship linear, directed cinematic action games on Sony platforms were sown. All in all happy that I've played it and that I've crossed it off the backlog. Now, on to God of War 2!

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by BaileyBoy » November 12th, 2019, 9:46 pm

Michiel K wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 6:36 pm
11-11 - God of War (PS2)

The boy KSubzero1000 came through all the way from Deutschland last weekend and aside from the other stuff we played, he was happy to participate in a controller passing session on the last third of this game.

I remember the hype very well when this originally came out and I thought it looked very appealing for a PS2 game, thinking if I would have had that system at the time, I would have bought it.

Later when I got a PS2, I had cooled on the game quite a bit, having seen more of it, thinking of it than not much more than a flashy looking, cinematic mash fest. But a friend gifted me his copy not too long ago and since another friend of mine urged me to play PS4 God of War, I felt it was time for a (mainline/numbered) series playthrough.

So, the first PS2 God of War, then? I need some time to collect my thoughts a bit better, but I found it a mildly enjoyable romp, that is indeed slickly produced, but rough around the edges in terms of its pure game design and mechanics. It has very annoying bits in it, the combat doesn't feel sharp and lacks depth (though it's very much ahead of most 3D melee action games by Western developers that came before it) and it feels a bit like a random hodge podge of puzzles, platforming and fighting at times.

The visuals and music are great, of course and it features some impressive directed, uncontrollable camera work that's evocative and expressive. I think this is where the seeds of the flagship linear, directed cinematic action games on Sony platforms were sown. All in all happy that I've played it and that I've crossed it off the backlog. Now, on to God of War 2!
I finished it myself a couple of months back, though it was a replay for me having completed it back on release. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it Vs the recent reboot which I felt had major design issues.
The combat could be sharper but it's terrific fun and I think it's puzzles and platforming sections were far more competently built and better integrated into the flow of the gameplay than other character action games of it's era which attempted a similar mix, DMC for example.
Certain parts do grate like the extended climbing sequences and the over abundance of QTEs but I remember them feeling novel at the time.
I agree with you about seeing the origins of Sony's current focus in terms of it's single player games design and I think this game is actually the sweet spot for me. Brilliantly directed and wonderfully cinematic but still very much gameplay first.
Many of their recent efforts have leaned a little too far in the other direction for me, I'd love to see their teams put their incredible talents to something this 'gamey' again.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Alex79uk » November 12th, 2019, 9:51 pm

I still prefer the first GoW game to the second, although given the choice right now I'd sooner play the 2018 reboot.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Combine Hunter » November 12th, 2019, 10:03 pm

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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)
04/06 - Katana Zero (Switch)
29/06 - Dino Crisis (PS3)
13/07 - Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4)
31/07 - Outer Wilds (PC)
08/08 - Gato Roboto (Switch)
13/08 - DOOM II: Hell on Earth (PC - BFG Edition version)
14/08 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Edelgard's campaign (Switch)
07/09 - The Evil Within 2 (PC)
21/09 - Control (PC)
21/09 - Sayonara Wild Hearts (Switch)
23/09 - Gears 5 (PC)
28/09 - Untitled Goose Game (Switch)
12/11 - The Outer Worlds (PC)

Great game, but not special in the way New Vegas was. Feels like a lot of compromises and cuts were made to get it out, but what's there is more interesting than 75% of Fallout 4.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Michiel K » November 12th, 2019, 10:40 pm

BaileyBoy wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 9:46 pm
I agree with you about seeing the origins of Sony's current focus in terms of it's single player games design and I think this game is actually the sweet spot for me. Brilliantly directed and wonderfully cinematic but still very much gameplay first.
Many of their recent efforts have leaned a little too far in the other direction for me, I'd love to see their teams put their incredible talents to something this 'gamey' again.
I think you're on to something there!

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Jobobonobo » November 13th, 2019, 7:23 pm

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Jan 13: Marvel Spiderman
Jan 26: Gravity Rush Remastered
Mar 18: Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
Mar 30: Thomas was Alone
May 4: Furi
May 5: Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge
July 22: Gravity Rush 2
Nov 19: Yakuza 0

Wow, this game. After the crushing disappointment that was Gravity Rush 2 this game was just what I needed. I absolutely adored everything about this game. Gripping story, lovable characters, fun combat with many layers of depth, incredible soundtrack and a small but dense world. Honestly to go into depth about why I love this game is difficult to do because I don’t know where to start but I suppose I should preface that this is my first ever foray into the Yakuza series. If I knew that this was the type of stuff I was missing I would have checked this series out way earlier.

One of the things that I was most impressed with was how the game can go from balls to the wall action to gritty crime drama to melancholic and then descend to absolute goofiness. That you have to find out who framed you for murder one second and in another help a little girl win toy prizes at an arcade and not feel mood whiplash is a truly mind boggling accomplishment. The sheer daftness of the substories was something that had me grinning from ear to ear and genuinely laughing out loud multiple times. Kiryu being incredibly kind hearted yet intimidating and Majima’s suaveness and crazy fighting styles just made me love these characters instantly.

The sheer amount of things to do is truly incredible. I have spent countless hours being a real estate mogul, becoming the best cabaret club in town, singing karaoke, fishing, pocket car racing, dancing and playing arcade games. It is such a refreshing antidote to games that boast large worlds yet have nothing to do in them. I have not dedicated so much time to a game in so long and yet unlike certain other long games it never outstayed its welcome. Indeed I was a little bit sad when the game was finally over. But at least the final chapter was such an epic culmination of all the events that were going down that it definitely finished with a bang.

I have blathered for long enough but to conclude: this game is not only one of the very best that I have ever played but I will certainly check out the rest of the Yakuza games in due time. What an introduction to the series and I cannot wait to see what happens to Kiryu and Majima in future installments.

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