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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ratsoalbion » July 26th, 2018, 9:15 pm

I can’t begin to express just how much more fun God of War would have gotten if you’d given it another wee while.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a ‘solid 8’ from me rather than the second coming, but I think it is one of those games that gets so much more fun once you start to earn and learn the characters’ abilities.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » July 27th, 2018, 6:04 am

GoW was special for me in a number of ways, it just seemed to be a refined experience that was more than the sum of it's parts in retrospect.

I try no to force people to play it as such as that's never a good way to get someone to play game but I'd strongly encourage people.

Isn't the Atreus pig shooting event like the first half an hour or so ??

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by DomsBeard » July 27th, 2018, 2:26 pm

Suits wrote:
July 27th, 2018, 6:04 am
GoW was special for me in a number of ways, it just seemed to be a refined experience that was more than the sum of it's parts in retrospect.

I try no to force people to play it as such as that's never a good way to get someone to play game but I'd strongly encourage people.

Isn't the Atreus pig shooting event like the first half an hour or so ??
No it is a couple of hours in. Just met a Witch and went to her house which is under a big turtle. Think I mentioned it earlier in the thread but Kratos being cold to his son I found irritating. Maybe as a Dad of 2 boys myself I'm probably being over precious about it :lol:

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » July 29th, 2018, 7:34 am

When I got my Switch for my birthday in May, I also got Zelda Breath of the Wild, but having never played a Zelda game before, I decided I wanted to play a classic first. I’ve been playing Ocarina of Time on the 3DS on and off over the last couple of months, and finally finished it on Friday night. Whilst the controls and the camera feel very dated now, the world, story and gameplay definitely isn’t... And I’m so glad I played it first! I spent about three hours in Breath of the Wild yesterday, most of which was just soaking up the breathtaking environment and getting a feel for things, but after Ocarina everything was familiar and visiting places like the ruins of the Temple of Time was really quite emotional! Initial thoughts are that this is going to be a joy to play over the next few months!

Conversely, having just got back from holiday, I loaded up Mario Tennis Aces to resume my addiction to online tournaments, and immediately thought I’m done with this. A couple of matches later, and after 35 hours in a very short period for me, I decided I’d had my money’s worth, and will do the story mode then sell it.

Also spent a bit of quality time in Ikaruga, and finally picked up the Mega Man Legacy Collection for £8.99 in the Nintendo Summer Sale so have dabbled in a few of those too.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » July 30th, 2018, 6:11 am

stvnorman wrote:
July 29th, 2018, 7:34 am
When I got my Switch for my birthday in May, I also got Zelda Breath of the Wild, but having never played a Zelda game before, I decided I wanted to play a classic first. I’ve been playing Ocarina of Time on the 3DS on and off over the last couple of months, and finally finished it on Friday night. Whilst the controls and the camera feel very dated now, the world, story and gameplay definitely isn’t... And I’m so glad I played it first! I spent about three hours in Breath of the Wild yesterday, most of which was just soaking up the breathtaking environment and getting a feel for things, but after Ocarina everything was familiar and visiting places like the ruins of the Temple of Time was really quite emotional! Initial thoughts are that this is going to be a joy to play over the next few months!
Nice, that's a cool/dedicated way of doing it.

I'm jealous of the adventure you're going to have with BotW.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 30th, 2018, 6:18 am

I saw a patch had been released for The Banner Saga 3 which 'fixed issues with importing saves from earlier games' so I restarted the game. I was only an hour or two in, but I'd been mightily confused by what was happening in the story so I decided to restart.

I think my save was actually imported ok, and maybe I missed some screens of dialogue first time round. It didn't help that the beginning plays out differently depending on a choice you'd made (and forgotten) at the end of the previous game, so when I tried looking on the internet to see what the hell was happening, everything I found related to outcomes of the choice I didn't make (and had forgotten) so I was mightily confused.

At any rate, they could have done a better job of handling the opening and recapping what had gone before, as it's been over two years since the last one. I remember playing Yakuza 3 and watching what seemed like hours of video recapping 1 & 2. :) Something like that would have been great but beyond the budget I guess (you can get all three games for less than the price of a full-price game).

Apart from that, it's great, absolutely sumptous to look at. I'm having a tough time with the battles - it's difficult on console to tell what enemy you are targetting sometimes, which is super-annoying - and am stuggling to work out how to use some of the more esoteric units effectively, but really enjoying it given all that.

Oh, and got to the World Series but was beat 4-2 in season 2 of Out of the Park Baseball 19. Same issues as last year, terrible pitching (and no support from the hitters), and it's impossible to sign better pitchers so we go again and hope this group has matured and year 3 will be the charm.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by shadowless_kick » July 30th, 2018, 6:31 am

I recently started playing Gravity Rush Remastered because 1) I've heard great things about it for a while; 2) because it was on a recent flash sale; and 3) because in anticipation of the upcoming Spider-Man for PS4, I have got to get over my lack of skill in controlling cameras in 3D environments (I play 2D or fixed-camera games exclusively).

as far as #3 goes, I'm only now realizing that choosing a game in which gravity can literally be broken might have been biting off a bit more than I can chew. but the good news is that if I can master this, I should be good for just about any other 3D open-world game.

as for the game itself, it's not blowing me away, but it's charming enough. I like it, so far.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » July 31st, 2018, 2:28 pm

Just started Wolf Among Us with the wife. I'm on the gamepad/mechanics but she's making all the decisions. So far, she's being a bit kinder than I would be, but it's making for a fun playthrough.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » July 31st, 2018, 6:32 pm

duskvstweak wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 2:28 pm
Just started Wolf Among Us with the wife. I'm on the gamepad/mechanics but she's making all the decisions. So far, she's being a bit kinder than I would be, but it's making for a fun playthrough.
Best Telltale series, I think. Hope you enjoy it! Are you familiar with the source material?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » July 31st, 2018, 7:27 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 6:32 pm
duskvstweak wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 2:28 pm
Just started Wolf Among Us with the wife. I'm on the gamepad/mechanics but she's making all the decisions. So far, she's being a bit kinder than I would be, but it's making for a fun playthrough.
Best Telltale series, I think. Hope you enjoy it! Are you familiar with the source material?
I've read the whole series, my wife is somewhere around volume eight. I really enjoyed my time with it and she told me to get the rest for her from the library.
She's never played a Telltale game, but I've covered the first two seasons of The Walking Dead and Jurassic Park.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » July 31st, 2018, 8:25 pm

I really enjoyed it, but I do still think Tales from the Borderlands just edges it for best Telltale. It’s more my sense of humour I think.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Simonsloth » July 31st, 2018, 8:33 pm

Flabyo wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 8:25 pm
I really enjoyed it, but I do still think Tales from the Borderlands just edges it for best Telltale. It’s more my sense of humour I think.
I think the sequences with licensed music in tales of the borderlands just about give it the edge for me. Both great though.

The Jurassic Park and back to the future games are now a distant memory!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by DomsBeard » July 31st, 2018, 9:47 pm

Simonsloth wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 8:33 pm
Flabyo wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 8:25 pm
I really enjoyed it, but I do still think Tales from the Borderlands just edges it for best Telltale. It’s more my sense of humour I think.
I think the sequences with licensed music in tales of the borderlands just about give it the edge for me. Both great though.

The Jurassic Park and back to the future games are now a distant memory!
Walking Dead season 1 is still the peak for me. Still got Tales Of The Borderland to finish as well as Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Surprised Batman has not had more of a buzz about it. Season one takes what you think you know about Batman and turns it on its head. I still need to finish season 2.

Anyway my life has been consumed by Yakuza 0. It is brilliant, all I want to do is play it. I have started Chapter 3 with a 20 minute cut scene but it is that interesting it flys by. The story is very interesting and it reminds me of Shenmue. So much so I am going to hang fire on Shenmue HD and go straight into Yakuza 1 and 2.

Started Steins Gate on Vita. Apart from doing a lot of reading there isnt much to say. Heard enough good things from people I trust to get stuck in though

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » August 1st, 2018, 8:45 am

Big fan of the Wolf Among Us here too. Then Guardians/Walking Dead 1/Batman 2 in the next tier down. Wasn't mad about the first Batman but the second was excellent.

Humour is a funny thing; I didn't like the (Telltale) Borderlands humour but loved Guardians of the Galaxy humour. Not sure if I could explain the difference between the two though.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » August 2nd, 2018, 2:10 am

After recently finishing SMT IV: Apocalypse, a game I felt was good but not exactly memorable, I'm now playing through Undertale, another RPG full of monsters, and one I enjoy considerably more.

To be fair to SMT, I liked the demons and monsters in that game too, just not the humans. I mean, what's not to like about monsters?

Because I assume there's a minority of people who till haven't played, I won't ruin anything. I first bought it a long time ago on Steam, and never played it, and when it came to PS4/Vita I bought it day one... and still didn't dig in right away. It hasn't disappointed me yet, and I'm happy to throw money at games like this over AAA titles.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » August 2nd, 2018, 7:51 am

Keep meaning to check out Undertale but the time never seems right.

I'm playing The Infectious Madness of Dr Dekker, the latest from Wales Interactive, of The Bunker and Late Shift fame. It's another FMV game, and this time you're a psychiatrist who takes over the patients of the late Dr, who has been brutally murdered. All the patients are suspects, so you need to help them overcome their issues while probing for clues as to what happened.

I don't know how the ethics of that stacks up, or whether the psychiatry bit is realistic, but it is extremely well done and the acting* and characterisation is excellent so far. I saved so many video clips last night when playing, but viewed in isolation they lose context. Suffice to say there are some great characters and I had a grin on my face a lot of the time with the witty writing and delivery.

*I've read a couple of reviews and they say the acting is variable and am-dram-ish, so take my statement with a pinch of salt.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by hazeredmist » August 3rd, 2018, 6:34 pm

DomsBeard wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 9:47 pm

Started Steins Gate on Vita. Apart from doing a lot of reading there isnt much to say. Heard enough good things from people I trust to get stuck in though
Nice! It is a bit slow to get going but if you like narrative games trust me when it grabs you fully it’s absolutely enthralling

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » August 3rd, 2018, 6:45 pm

Really struggling to find motivation for long sessions lately so I’ve been dipping my toe in WarioWare Gold, Far Cry 2 and Resident evil 5.

One day I’ll find that game to keep me hooked but ever since Sea of thieves and hitting pirate legend, I’ve yet to find a game to offer a similar feeling of never wanting to turn it off

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » August 4th, 2018, 11:21 am

Inspired by TCGS discussion over recent months, I dug out my Wii and stuck Mario Kart on for Ellis, who's three. We used motion controls and the steering wheel, and whilst he had absolutely no clue how to follow the track he just loved spinning around crashing in to stuff. I think it's the start of his gaming career! First time I've ever introduced him to games, he's never even seen me play one before.

Unfortunatly, being three, his attention span is that of a toddler with ADHD (which, as an early years and children's development professional of over 20 years I'm fairly sure he is...)it wasn't long lasted. Still, he loved it whilst it was on!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » August 4th, 2018, 1:57 pm

I've been playing a bit of TIMoDD this afternoon. Only on Chapter 2, so I don't have too much to say about the overarching story at the moment, but the "ask a question"-feature is turning out to be rather frustrating so far. A lot of questions that I think would make for some interesting conversational material turn out to not be recognized by the system or are redirecting to canned non-sequiturs. Just a few examples:
Spoiler: show
Person A: I like going to this nightclub because of the cheap vodka shots.
Person A: I don't drink.
Me: (Hm...This seems like a contradiction.) "Why do you like the vodka shots if you don't drink?"
Person A: I like going to this nightclub because of the cheap vodka shots.

30 seconds later:

Person A: There is a great dance floor and blacklighting in that night club. (Paraphrased)
Me: (Could her blackouts be caused by the blacklighting? A form of epileptic narcolepsy perhaps?) "Blacklighting?" "Did you black out because of the blacklighting?"
Person A, looking utterly confused: Uuuuuum. Nope? (Canned response)

Person B: People disapprove of me because of my age.
Me: (Okay, this could be useful info later on) "How old are you?"
Person B: Who told you to ask that? I don't know!

Person B: *mentions Dorian Gray*
Me: (Okay, let's dig a little deeper) "You like Oscar Wilde?"
Person B: I really don't know, sorry.
It reminds me a bit of Scribblenauts in the sense that this type of feature sounds awesome on paper, but the program just can't keep up with basic unpredictable human imagination. I think I'm gonna stick to the pre-programmed questions from now on instead.

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