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Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 17th, 2019, 5:04 pm
by duskvstweak
Alex79uk wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 9:02 am
duskvstweak wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 11:47 pm
Finished the first ending of Hollow Knight. I see there's a few more endings to chase at another time and place, but for now, I'm gonna just enjoy what I've completed. It's really a great game, though the map got me once or twice. It's one I do plan on coming back to.
Did you find out why the bank is best avoided..?

:lol:
I did not. I took my money and tried to die less.
I assumed it had something to do with that weird giraffe bug on the lower level?

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 17th, 2019, 5:28 pm
by Alex79uk
Haha no nothing like that.

Basically...
Spoiler: show
The banker is a thief!! She'll steal your money when you've banked enough and leg it!

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 18th, 2019, 1:17 am
by Simonsloth
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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
August 18th:

Castlevania: Symphony of the night

I’ve had this on the go for about a year on my vita for long train journeys as I couldn’t really get into it so have been chipping away at it.

I played it for 5 hours straight tonight as I could see that percentage getting closer to 200%. I just finished it and overall enjoyed it. It’s not the seminal masterpiece I thought it might be but when played in 2019 it would have been a big ask. Still it does hold up extremely well and I’m pleased I ticked it off the list.

Now to play Metal Gear Solid and see what psycho mantis has to say...

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 20th, 2019, 10:48 pm
by Indiana747
(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.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 5:31 am
by MajorGamer
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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)

This is going to sound familar to Fox n Forests. You are a fox that gains the power of seasons that let you switch between them. This time, though, you can switch between them freely once you obtain that power and this one is a puzzle platformer. There aren't any enemies at all. The puzzles are fairly basic. The game is set as a hub with the four levels branching from it so there is some backtracking involved but nothing much. It is still a fairly small game. It looks and plays great.

Aug 10 - Bayonetta 2 (Switch)

I had many issues with the first one. They've all been fixed here. The camera is much better so I no longer feel the need to glue my finger to the lock-on button. There are no instakill QTEs. There are no enemies that Witch Time doesn't work on.
Witch Time is also a bit more lenient in the timing. You can actually get above a wood trophy reliably on a first playthrough. I'm even playing through the game again on Hard and doing all the challenges when I instantly dropped the first after beating it on Normal. My single complaint is that the first game is more bombastic with its fights. Nothing in 2 gets up to its previous heights in that regard. Overall, it has made me excited to see where Bayonetta 3 goes.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 9:59 pm
by Simonsloth
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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
August 21st:

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

I’ve been playing this over the last 3-4 months with my 4 year old son. To be perfectly honest I didnt really enjoy it. It reminded me of littlebigplanet which doesn’t control as well but has far more imagination and innovation in my opinion. Admittedly LBP is too hard for my son and the fact that you are essentially invincible made our Kirby co-op experience seamless. He’d float past the hard bits and drop back in for the simple parts lovely.

Similar vibes to Yoshi’s wooly world. I only enjoyed it because I was playing it with him. I know I’m in the minority here though.

We’ve started playing DK country returns although I am relishing the increased challenge we are dying over and over again until the game offers us a lifeline to complete the level. It’s a few too many retries so tests his patience a little. I’m not sure if he will stick it out until the end credits but I certainly will.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 10:14 pm
by Alex79uk
Alex79uk wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 5:10 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)

Glad this is finally off my plate after all these years. Great game, but World 8 just isn't enjoyable. Some people like this game better than SMW - that's madness to me! Each to their own. I did really like this, but I'm glad it's finished.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 8:24 am
by Michiel K
^^^^ I could never beat world 8 when I was a kid. The maze like castle always robbed me of my last lives there. Been meaning to try again for a while now.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 9:22 am
by Alex79uk
Oh god it's so annoying! I didn't really like any of the puzzle castles to be honest. I really wasn't expecting them, I obviously never got far enough to reach one as a kid so they were a real surprise on this play through. Kind of like the ghost houses in SMW I guess.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 9:50 am
by Flabyo
Super Mario 3 came out in Europe a week *after* Super Mario World launched in the US.

The dark days of late EU releases at their most stark.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 9:57 am
by Suits
Flabyo wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 9:50 am
Super Mario 3 came out in Europe a week *after* Super Mario World launched in the US.

The dark days of late EU releases at their most stark.
Wow, that’s probably one of the best examples you could ever use.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 10:13 am
by Flabyo
It’s kind of unthinkable now that a console release would be a year later in Europe compared to the US isn’t it?

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 4:17 pm
by OneCreditBen


Basketball Nightmare.
It's as random as it sounds.
Loads of fun though.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 5:09 pm
by Suits
I watched this last night 🤪🤪.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 6:52 pm
by mikeleddy83
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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

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 9:56 pm
by Michiel K
22-8 - Tekken 7 Story Mode (PC)

Spoiler: things aren't going to be alright between Kazuya and his dad.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 8:47 am
by OneCreditBen
Ghouls N Ghosts Megadrive. Pal & Japanese.
It really does never end this obsession.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 8:50 am
by KSubzero1000
OneCreditBen wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 8:47 am
Ghouls N Ghosts Megadrive. Pal & Japanese.
It really does never end this obsession.
I hear you, brother.

At the risk of sounding like a total weirdo, I'm sure the game itself is more than happy that someone is willing to give it that much care and attention. :P

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 1:43 pm
by OneCreditBen
KSubzero1000 wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 8:50 am
OneCreditBen wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 8:47 am
Ghouls N Ghosts Megadrive. Pal & Japanese.
It really does never end this obsession.
I hear you, brother.

At the risk of sounding like a total weirdo, I'm sure the game itself is more than happy that someone is willing to give it that much care and attention. :P
It's like when I think it's all over, it isn't.
Some crazy clear/version/stipulation comes into my head, and I can't get it out.
Once I know Prin Prin is safe then everything is fine, until next time.

Re: Games Completed 2019

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 4:34 pm
by Scrustle
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25/01 - Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
31/01 - Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
01/02 - SOMA (Safe Mode)
09/02 - Shadow Warrior
18/02 - Mulaka
26/02 - NieR: Automata - 3C3C1D119440927 DLC
02/03 - Race Driver: GRID
04/03 - Bladed Fury
10/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Devil Hunter)
13/03 - AER: Memories of Old
17/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Son of Sparda)
20/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Human)
05/04 - God of War III Remastered
12/04 - Devil May Cry 5 (Dante Must Die)
14/04 - Journey
15/04 - ABZU
22/04 - Journey
28/04 - Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Colonies Edition
30/04 - Dangerous Driving
02/05 - Final Fantasy XV - Episode Gladiolus/Episode Prompto/Episode Ignis
12/05 - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition
21/05 - RiME
22/05 - Remember Me
20/06 - Bioshock
08/07 - Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2
11/07 - Bioshock 2
25/07 - Inside
05/08 - Bioshock Infinite
14/08 - Eastshade
23/08 - Judgment

I had a couple of reservations about this game but in the end I came away liking it a lot. Another game in the Yakuza mold that hits all of the same notes that makes those games great, but this time with a slightly different feel that helps it stand out among the rest.

The main story was really compelling, presenting a really intriguing mystery with lots of twists and turns, and where you can actually sympathise with some of the motivations of the conspirators, at least in understanding why they were willing to go as far as they did. It's interesting too in how they turn around your perception of certain characters through the story as well. Not everyone is who they appear at first, even when it seems pretty cut and dry in one direction. This type of story fits in really well to the style this series goes for. Taking the format that worked so well for a twisting crime drama full of betrayal and conspiracy works very well for a murder mystery which deals with a lot of the same kinds of plots, just where it happens on the other side of the law for once.

The characters are generally as colourful and enjoyable as ever, except this time things are a bit more subdued, with the tone of the game being a bit more down to earth, albeit only somewhat. I was really surprised to find that I preferred the English dub over the original Japanese though. After trying them out around the halfway point I decided to just keep them on for the rest of it. The main character, Yagami, is actually kind of dull in the original dub, and it was having a pretty big impact on the overall enjoyability of the game. It might have something to do with the more muted tone combined with the language barrier, but I'm not sure that covers it entirely. The dialogue for the dub is actually different, and I think it added a lot more colour and personality to things. I'm inclined to say that wasn't really there in the subtitled dialogue in Japanese. It could have easily been there, given that was never a problem with these games before. So I genuinely think that at least a large part of this is simply down to the Japanese characterisation of Yagami not being very good, and the localisation team actually adding in more personality than was originally there. The English voices did always feel a little bit strange though. While the performances are all good, it never really stopped feeling odd to have a game that was so strongly creating a realistic looking Japanese setting where all the characters speak in very obvious American accents, in that very particular style you hear in a lot of anime and other games. It stopped bothering me after a short while, but I never stopped noticing it. On balance it was a better experience though.

Gameplay was generally very good, but it had a few missteps. The basic combat is good as ever, like most of this series. Really crunchy with a good heft, with lots of fun and silly context-sensitive moves to do. And the issue these Dragon Engine games have had of feeling like you can't properly control the direction of your attacks is finally solved here completely. It was already mostly fixed to the point of not really being an issue in Kiwami 2, but I feel like here they improved it just that bit more to completely eradicate the problem. The two combat styles are fun, but feel a bit imbalanced between each other. The more single enemy focused Tiger style gets far more fleshed out than the crowd control Crane style. Tiger gets a lot more moves, and has a unique mechanic where you can charge individual hits. So it feels like there's a lot more variety there, and much more choice about how you approach a fight, compared to Crane, which is still fun and useful in a lot of cases, but generally doesn't evolve beyond basic mashing of square and triangle.

The new mechanics that are supposed to be part of Yagami's skills as a detective aren't that interesting. They're not irritating or bad, but they feel like somewhat pointless busywork when they show up. Tailing suspects, lockpicking, and safe cracking are all done in a pretty unimaginative way that doesn't add much to the experience overall. The QTE chase sequences are okay though. They aren't as simple as they appear, as in some of them you do have to make sure to weave between obstacles that you don't get a QTE to just bypass. They also front-load these mechanics near the beginning of the game. They never really stop happening through the whole game, but they become increasingly rare after the opening few chapters, presumably because they want to sell you on the idea that this isn't your usual Yakuza game. When in reality, it pretty much is.

Side activities were fun at first, but I got tired of them after a while and didn't bother with them much in the last third of the game or so. While the side-investigations that take the place of substories this time around were all good and fun, the drone racing and "VR" minigame lost their appeal after a while. They were fun to begin with, but after a while they start feeling like more trouble than they're worth. This is something that also affects combat upgrades somewhat too. They end up requiring you to jump through several hoops to unlock upgrades that are a pain to do. Like to unlock the best drone parts to be competitive towards the later races, you need to not only find a bunch of hidden QR codes hiding around the city, but also collect a bunch of rare crafting parts to build it, that you either need to win in the casino, or spend stupid amounts of money to just buy. It requires you to go way too far out of your own way to be worth bothering with. Although the early drone races, and the VR game thing, are both pretty fun in themselves before they start demanding silly things of you. Luckily this isn't the main meat of the game though and can be more or less forgotten about.

So overall a very fun time, albeit with some minor caveats. I was a bit worried towards the start of the game that this one might be a dud, and when I wasn't gelling with Yagami I was wondering if I had finally run out of steam for this series. But thankfully no, this one turned out pretty well in the end. I'd put it somewhere in the middle in my ranking of the series, although I haven't thought about where its exact place would be. But I'm still on this train and looking forward to playing more. Although my next time visiting Kamurocho will probably be with that newly released Yakuza 3 remaster. But not yet. I'll be waiting for the physical release that comes out as part of the bundle next year, just as I was hoping it would.