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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » July 15th, 2019, 5:31 pm

Always enjoy your in-depth posts, Scrustle. Just felt it was time to say so.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by DeadpoolNegative » July 16th, 2019, 3:41 am

I like them too! I have a lot to say about Bioshock Infinite Myself, though I'll wait till later.

--Dan

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » July 16th, 2019, 4:22 am

Suits wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 7:10 am
Alex79uk wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 7:09 am
Very simple so far....
It gets pretty challenging IIRC.
Yeah the combat ramps up but ultimately the game itself remains simple. Really felt like the balance was good. At first the inbetween bits were a bit of a whimsical affair but after some of the later combat stages you're relieved you get to flounce around a Mario flavoured environment with relative ease

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » July 16th, 2019, 6:52 am

I’d so be ready for a M+R 2 or whatever that looks like.

Thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay and satisfaction and Luigi just horrifically blowing suckers away with that sniper rifle.

Enjoyed that game tremendously.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » July 16th, 2019, 8:38 am

Loving the slap and dash and bounce on a friend mechanics, they make me smile every time!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Scrustle » July 16th, 2019, 5:46 pm

Just a little update on the Darksiders 3 DLC. I beat The Crucible, several times in fact. It's a pretty rewarding challenge that lets the combat shine quite well. It lead me to come to something of a conclusion about my feelings on the combat in general, and the whole issue of the Classic Mode. Before I could see that the game is trying to go for something in between Dark Souls and the old Darksiders style of combat, but wasn't sure on whether it achieved that. And was torn on whether them adding in the Classic Mode was really something the devs wanted to do, or if they were just compromising their vision in response to player pressure. But now I think after being able to focus on it so closely for an extended time, that this Classic Mode actually achieves this middle ground style of combat really well. Allowing you to dodge out of attacks lets the old style of combat bleed through, and lets you be more acrobatic and take more chances, but it doesn't take away from the more focused and deliberate feel either. Small numbers of enemies are still a threat, and you need to pick your windows carefully. It's just now you can do more in those windows.

I also started the second and final major DLC that was just released today, Keepers of the Void. This one is more of a side-campaign, a dungeon of sorts. And they've actually attempted to add puzzle mechanics in to this one too. Except it seems right now that this thing is broken. The puzzle mechanics involve moving floating cubes around to let you get across gaps or open pathways, etc. It seems these cubes often don't work as intended, making a lot of the puzzles unsolvable. I had a problem where there was a gap that there was simply no way I could cross, and there was nothing else to interact with in the area. Looking online to see if I was doing something wrong, there are loads of posts from people with similar complaints about many other puzzles. I couldn't find anyone with my problem, but lots of people are having this issue of not being able to progress because of cubes not doing what they should. So I guess I can't play any more for now, and they're going to have to put out a patch to fix this issue. This game has always felt like it's held together with bits of loose tape, but it's pretty shocking that such a huge mistake like this could happen.

EDIT: Turns out I was just missing something, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the same problem everyone else it having too. You have to activate these cubes by hitting a nearby orb with a specific weapon. It turns out that hitting them with different weapons makes them do different things. But I think it's fair that I missed that, since they don't make that clear at all. There's no prompt telling you can do that specifically, and the only thing showing that it's even possible are very small little symbols on the orb plinth that are very hard to see and don't stand out at all.
Stanshall wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Always enjoy your in-depth posts, Scrustle. Just felt it was time to say so.
DeadpoolNegative wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 3:41 am
I like them too! I have a lot to say about Bioshock Infinite Myself, though I'll wait till later.

--Dan
Thanks! I sometimes wonder if I'm just talking in to the void or spending too long on unnecessary minor details, so it's good to know at least someone gets something out of it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by deacon05oc » July 17th, 2019, 11:17 am

Been revisiting the Metal Gear Solid series. I beat MGS1 and Snake Eater again for the first time in years. I played both on Vita which for Snake Eater was fine. It took a little adjusting for MGS, but once I beat Ocelot, I stuck with it. Going back to Sons of Liberty and also playing Guns of the Patriots for the first time. Ive completed Act 2. These are mostly story play through so I’m playing them on easy. Even though The Fury is still my least favorite boss fight in Snake Eater and the one that cost me a life even on easy. Also moving towards completing Peace Walker, but I’m grinding for better equipment.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ReprobateGamer » July 18th, 2019, 9:48 am

I've been spending a bit of time back on the Division 2 in an attempt to at least reach the end game.

It may be the patches are making those QoL changes but it feels more fluid now and less in your face. There's still too many call-outs to open world events happening nearby (including being told that a friendly control point is nearby - when it's the one I spawned at!) but the aggression of the enemies has been toned down, particularly helping my normal solo play. Finding out the hive has a self-revive option also is a bit of a boon.

Last night I had just finished off the bunker mission (including a great vision sequence in a club early on) whilst the matchmaker failed to find anyone playing. I carried on into the first of the stronghold missions and when matchmaker found a game to join risked accepting.

There was a moment when I feared that, as seems normal for me, we were somewhere else but in fact the person I joined (@allorc) was just around the corner killing time. We then spend the next two/three hours running the first two stronghold missions and it was enjoyable. My companion was a hold back and snipe sort whilst I preferred to flank and suppress with an LMG and the combo worked well (except once or twice when I was a little too ballsy ... :oops: ).

I need to spend a bit of time in the open world/side missions to get my level up the last couple of ranks to hit the last stronghold (at least the last one on the current map ...).
The thing I miss the most from the first Division game was being able to drop in, play a mission or two with other people even if your normal fireteam was not on and there doesn't feel to be that on the Division 2 (at least currently)

But when it works, it works well. And that was with just two of us ...

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 18th, 2019, 5:08 pm

*Pushes glasses up nose*

Absolutely loving Field of Glory: Empires. I was initially playing as Ireland, and trying to conquer the British Isles. Nothing personal - one of my druids came to me with a dread prophecy, that of The Ascension of Boris, which he said was to take place in 2,500 years time (the game starts in 310 BC). He said it was my sworn duty to eradicate the Britones, and therefore change the course of history.

Sorry guys, I tried, but Ireland just didn't have the manpower to do it. The one time I came close I went bankrupt, and my own country disintegrated due to internal divisions. So you are stuck with him now, I'm afraid. Although I have learned a lot since then, maybe one more try...


I moved on to the Gothones (precursors to the Goths) and am having quite a bit more success with them (due mostly to an isolated starting area). Nobody has really tried to start a ruckus with me and I have been bullying the nascent Prussians into oblivion, and basically having a great time.

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Rome and Macedon are bossing the bottom half of the map. Hopefully they don't get this far north (I'm top, centre). You can see all of the other Northen States have been battering each other and nobody's managed to get a foothold (though Dacia might be a problem). Over to the west, the Picts seem to be giving England what-for.

Loving all the history I'm learning here too. Favourite piece of flavour text so far:
Laconism, or the talent of using as few words as possible (sometime with intended humor) comes from Laconia, the name of Sparta region. A good example is the reply made to the ultimatum from Philip II of Macedonia to Sparta: 'You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city'. Their reply: 'If.'

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » July 18th, 2019, 5:16 pm

Chopper wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Absolutely loving Field of Glory: Empires. I was initially playing as Ireland, and trying to conquer the British Isles. Nothing personal - one of my druids came to me with a dread prophecy, that of The Ascension of Boris, which he said was to take place in 2,500 years time (the game starts in 310 BC). He said it was my sworn duty to eradicate the Britones, and therefore change the course of history.
I'm a bit confused as to how the math plays out, but that's hilarious nonetheless. :lol:

That's a real historical quote, btw. Total old school flex.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 18th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Celtic years, man. Close enough ;)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » July 19th, 2019, 5:38 am

Spoiler: Macedonia did invade Sparta and it didn’t go well for Sparta. Or anyone else really. Some chap called Alexander was in charge?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » July 19th, 2019, 6:21 am

Flabyo wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 5:38 am
Spoiler: Macedonia did invade Sparta and it didn’t go well for Sparta. Or anyone else really. Some chap called Alexander was in charge?
He sounds pretty Great if you ask me.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 19th, 2019, 8:00 am

You can play as Sparta but they are in a pretty tight spot as the game begins. Powerful army, but they suffer penalties for fighting on rough terrain, and your culture forbids the hiring of mercenaries. 85% of your population consists of slaves, so there will be unrest to deal with there, never mind being hemmed in by the big bads.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » July 19th, 2019, 8:36 am

Chopper wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Absolutely loving Field of Glory: Empires.
I know next to nothing about the genre, so how would you say this compares to something like Civilization?

Been looking at some footage and it's not bad. A bit too opaque for my tastes and the current price point is rather prohibitive, but I can definitely see the appeal for the historical aspect alone.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 19th, 2019, 9:42 am

KSubzero1000 wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 8:36 am
I know next to nothing about the genre, so how would you say this compares to something like Civilization?
I don't know! I have never been able to get into Civilisation - I wasn't gaming when the first several came out, and if you try and pick it up now, it's hard to get something that doesn't assume you have accumulated knowledge from previous versions. Plus, I hate video guides etc so that narrows it down too. I have started several games of Civ and there seems to be a phenomenal amount of waiting around waiting for stuff to build. But at the same time I didn't know what I was doing.

All that being said, I did actually watch a series of videos for this game - this chap seems pretty personable and I watched the first seven of these, so 3.5 hours of video beforehand :?



Now, the game itself is extremely slow if you pick a small faction like I usually do. There's a lot of clicking Next Turn as you try and establish a footing by growing your population and culture. On the other hand if you pick Rome for example, you are thrown into the thick of it and have to fight multiple wars straight off the bat to survive.

This game is mainly grand strategy and not battles - it has a great battle system but that's not purely the focus. In fact the company has another game called Field of Glory II, which is basically a battles-only standalone game. And if you want, you can export your battles from this game and fight them in that one on a massive battlefield, Total War-style, with hundreds of troops etc.

There is a very elegant manual for the game, which you don't see too often these days. If you didn't feel like watching videos, it's a good read.

All in all, it's a fantastic 4X, and I have Wikipedia open in another session to further illuminate and entertain. It is quite tough and idiosyncratic - basically the decadence mechanic stops you 'blobbing' your way to victory - but very rewarding. Also, I believe there are elephants.

Turns take 10 seconds or more to process on my SSD, so you'd probably be looking at an increase there, but it doesn't trouble my fairly powerful PC in any way, the fans don't even come on, but as usual be sure and check out minimum requirements. It is very expensive too - I paid 46 euros for the double pack and haven't used the other game (the playing out the battles game) at all.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Michiel K » July 19th, 2019, 12:35 pm

That The Evil Within game is quite gory and disgusting, isn't it?

Playing through it with my main horror game playing buddy and we're having a good time. It's rough around the edges, but still compelling enough.

It shows glimpses of something akin to the Super Mario Galaxy of horror themed action adventures, the way the plot excuses throwing you from one creative off the wall situation to the next, all non sequitur-like. It doesn't go there all the way, but still... glimpses.

Currently, we're in Chapter 5 on the PS4 version. I'm also trying to catch up bit by bit on my own Xbox 360 copy, by myself, just so that I don't feel like I bought that for nothing and can get a few "see, I've done it" achievements on my account.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » July 19th, 2019, 6:55 pm

Finished some more Game Boy titles from the recent Konami collections on Switch.

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge is an excellent game and a perfect companion to Adventure. By this point they properly knew how to get the most out of the hardware, so it looks even more wonderfully atmospheric, runs smoothly and sounds just like a Castlevania game despite the limitations. It’s pretty quick to get through, though the final boss fight is a bugger until you memorise every single move it’s going to make and literally every pixel you need to be positioned on for each move to counter it. Super Castlevania IV next I think.

Operation C was the first Contra game I jumped on from that collection - having dabbled with them all, it seemed a bit easier than the rest, and I’m easily impressed when it comes to the Game Boy! I was struggling a bit until I tweaked the controls to be like Mega Man, then I sailed through the first area. I was then amazed that the second switched to top-down shooting like Ikari Warriors - not having any history with Contra beyond several first levels, I didn’t see that coming!

I think there were five gradually more bonkers stages in the end, including another top-down level with organic backgrounds and giant insects running about like something from Xenon 2! None of them took more than a few goes to get through, and the bosses were fairly easy until the (almost) last one, and that was also fairly easy once you worked out its couple of attack patterns. Which is how I like my bosses, and how I like my games! Not sure which one to go for next. Maybe the NES Contra, which still looks stunning at least.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » July 20th, 2019, 6:05 am

I’ve been enjoying Dragon Quest Builders 2 a lot recently but it just keeps going and going.

I’m still in the first area you visit after you begin, which is fine, it’s teaching me certain aspects of farming etc.... but I feel it losing me with the same tasks and environments over and over and the combat is awful, one button, just stand and smash stand and smash.

I mean I’m about 20 hours in, so I’m not getting that impatient I feel.

With that said, I’m still enjoying it - I just need a break I think.

So, this weekend I’m delving into my gapped history and pondering whether to go for Mario Galaxy 2 or Minish Cap.

Mario Galaxy has been in my list for ages and playing anything on my Wii on my PVM is a delight anyway.

Minish Cap, is a similar tale and I recently picked up a lovely copy for a bargain so I’m keen to play that in my AGS-101.

As in both cases the hardware is just as enjoyable to use sometimes as the game itself.

I’ve just got to pick one.....

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Scrustle wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Thanks! I sometimes wonder if I'm just talking in to the void or spending too long on unnecessary minor details, so it's good to know at least someone gets something out of it.
I know what you mean man but worry not, the level of detail and explanation to you bring is always very welcome and insightful 👍🏽.

Never be put off by the lack of direct responses.

I sometimes find that putting something down, (or typing it out rather) allows me to digest it better myself and the pondering and working out of how to explain or word things makes me process how I feel about it much clearer.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » July 20th, 2019, 6:55 am

Suits wrote:
July 20th, 2019, 6:05 am
I’ve been enjoying Dragon Quest Builders 2 a lot recently but it just keeps going and going.
:lol: The first one was like that too. I played 8 hours and it was just starting to introduce me to building defenses and throwing 1hp critters at me. I was thinking, this game must be 500 hours long, but Joshi later told me it capped out at 40-50.
I sometimes find that putting something down, (or typing it out rather) allows me to digest it better myself and the pondering and working out of how to explain or word things makes me process how I feel about it much clearer.
Also, I search the forum a lot for game names, so it’s good to see people’s views both before you buy and after you complete a game. It’s a great resource. Even though I feel I don’t have a lot in common with most folks on here, taste wise, it’s still interesting and helpful.

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