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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » November 27th, 2019, 5:13 pm

I signed up for a £1 until 20 April Game Pass offer on my son’s Xbox, mainly to play Lonely Mountains Downhill, which is likely to be among my games of the year after a few hours play. Not being an Xboxer, I hadn’t really paid much attention to what value that service is - Outer Worlds, Outer Wilds, Blair Witch and loads of older stuff like Abzu and Ori & The Blind Forest I want to play, and everything else like Halo, Gears, etc. I’ve never played on top. If we weren’t going to end up with one of each next-gen console in the house next year, I really think Game Pass might convert me to Xbox. Incredible service!

Also played a few missions during the Borderlands 3 free-to-play weekend. Seems fine but not something I want to play. I did appreciate having the chance to try it though!

Just about done with mopping up the post-credits stuff I want to do in Arkham Asylum on PS4, which is still looking and feeling as great as I remember, and being Batman is just as much fun as the first time! And finished Over the Alps, a clever and stylish choose-your-own wartime spy adventure on Apple Arcade.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ReprobateGamer » November 27th, 2019, 5:45 pm

Spend Sunday afternoon playing local co-op with family:

Started with Overcooked.
I'm not sure it's possible to play this game without shouting at your co-players but it's a well crafted game that relies on co-operative play. I would like to see some measure to enabling a more child friendly take on this - perhaps a casual difficulty that provides access to all levels but doesn't save the score (or disables achievements) as each level brings a new quirk and new backing (from haunted houses to space stations and lava pits) but the scoring doesn't reflect that this is a game that works as well for parents with younger children

Then we had Lovers in a Dangerous SpaceTime.
My wife really doesn't like this game for some reason (maybe it's a little to close to Overcooked ...) but it's also a very co-operative game that is likely to involve some shouting. It feels a little more tactical though and more like you are working towards a common goal (which you are) rather than your own duty. It is a little fiddly to play - at least in casual bursts but it works as a co-operative shooter with a little more thinking involved.

Then finally Speedrunners.
After a few hours of co-op, this competitive platform runner was a delightful way to unwind. It's a well balanced game, though it's a little unfair the first couple of times you are on a map and are still learning the routes through. However, it's wonderful when you work out how to grapple around a corner and suddenly boast forward or a sudden flurry of power-ups leading to a rapid swopping of position. Not certain how strong the online community is for this one but if you have people on the sofa, definitely one to try out

And when not sharing the sofa, I've been getting back into Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. I am a fan of this game but will be the first to say it isn't perfect. However, it does build on the mechanics that made Wildlands work for me. I'm not certain the graphics are any better (explosions are certainly improved), I miss the AI team mates , sound effects have sometimes bizarre levels and spatial positioning and the constant scrounge for gear gets tedious if you aren't on a mission. But there is something that keep me coming back, AI team mates are due to follow at some point (as always there's a robust post game support from a Ubisoft published game) and I'm interested to see what happens with the raid due in the next couple of days

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » November 28th, 2019, 3:36 pm

Having finished Luigi's Mansion 3 and bloody loving it, I'm clear for a while in terms of things to play.

Which is a great opportunity to go back and clear some stuff from my backlog.

Enter..... Metroid Zero Mission.


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I did had intentions of playing it on the Micro, as I generally never use my Micro but inevitably, I turned to my AGS101 very soon.

It's just a much more comfortable console, for me anyway. The only downside is that the audio convertor on it is awful and even with the official cable adapter the noise on it is terrible.


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I'm playing through it a bit differently too,

I'm not rushing through it but I'm not hanging around either, I'm generally focussing on the objectives and going with where the game takes me. As opposed to my more cautious, calculated approach and clearing each area before I move on.

I'm finding it an all together experience this way and getting something a bit different from it, which is very welcome.

The sprite work on this is lovely, the backgrounds very detailed and the sound haunting.

A few hours each night does me as it stands and I've just bumped into Kraid.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by hazeredmist » November 28th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Nice.

Remember you'll be back on Luigi's Mansion after Christmas, mate ;)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » November 28th, 2019, 5:37 pm

hazeredmist wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Remember you'll be back on Luigi's Mansion after Christmas, mate ;)
Yep, for real.

I've still got a few achievements to get on the online stuff 8-) .

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » November 29th, 2019, 11:51 am

Sale on the Google Play store saw me picking up To The Moon and This Is The Police cheap. Nice.

Strolled up to Game on my lunch break to check out their amazing black Friday deals. I shook my head, tutted and walk right back out.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » November 29th, 2019, 12:22 pm

I got XCOM Enemy Within on the iPad for about 2 euros. Will I ever play it? Unlikely.

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Post by Alex79uk » November 29th, 2019, 4:33 pm

Yeah I was tempted to pick it up on Android cheap but didn't. I have it on Vita and really enjoyed it but never finished it.

EDIT: Fuck it, it's £1.89. Just bought it. :lol:

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » November 29th, 2019, 5:34 pm

I read a pretty good sci fi series a few years ago where humanity was at each other's throats, as usual, and an unlikely saviour emerged in the form of a rogue AI which had evolved from online shopping algorithms. Because it basically wanted to sell more shit, it was intervening in nuclear flashpoints and the like, in order to keep it's customers alive.

Makes you think. :lol:

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » November 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm

Play the game ‘Universal Paperclip’ if you want to see an interesting take on where AI research could go.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » November 29th, 2019, 9:06 pm

Chopper wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 12:22 pm
I got XCOM Enemy Within on the iPad for about 2 euros. Will I ever play it? Unlikely.
What a great deal! /s

On-topic: I've been playing MOLEK-SYNTEZ. 8-)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » November 29th, 2019, 9:55 pm

Gesundheit!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » November 30th, 2019, 7:26 am

Flabyo wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Play the game ‘Universal Paperclip’ if you want to see an interesting take on where AI research could go.
That’s very interesting actually! I only had ten mins on it so far so I haven’t seen where the ‘AI’ side of things kicks in, but even from an optimization/clicker point of view it’s kind of intriguing.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » November 30th, 2019, 8:12 am

Chopper wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 7:26 am
Flabyo wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Play the game ‘Universal Paperclip’ if you want to see an interesting take on where AI research could go.
That’s very interesting actually! I only had ten mins on it so far so I haven’t seen where the ‘AI’ side of things kicks in, but even from an optimization/clicker point of view it’s kind of intriguing.
I can't play this, took a quick look and had a 20 second go but I get quickly and easily addicted to clicker/numbers go higher games. I could feel the pull in the short time I spent with it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » November 30th, 2019, 2:13 pm

My eldest was over today and the two younguns had gone out with their mum so we had some rare day time to ourselves. I bought Heave Ho on the Switch and we had a great old time. Its like a cross between Loco Roco, Grow Home and Mount Your Friends or something. You just have to get to the end of the stage whilst navigating traps and spikes that'll kill you. It's really fun, and I've promised not to do any single player and that we'll only play it together in co-op.

The best way to see what it is is this video I think:


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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Loopoo » December 1st, 2019, 10:49 pm

I've been playing Castlevania Dracula's curse.

First time I've ever truly committed to a game with such precise gameplay as this. I managed the first 3 boss fights without using save states and the elation I felt when I beat them was nearly euphoric!

For about 6 hours I was stuck on one level that, although I could master certain parts of it, putting it all together to clear it with enough health was becoming soul destroying and at one point I questioned my own existence. I caved, I used 2 save states. I beat the boss and yes, I was happy, it was more relief than the incredible experience I had felt before - a true testament to the game's rewarding design.

This is also the first time I've really understood the repetition style of game design and I feel so proud of myself when I know I've made progress in a level through sheer perseverance.

Definitely going to carry on with my Trevor Belmont adventure, however tough it gets!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » December 2nd, 2019, 5:55 am

In the mood for more platform games lately so I've picked up Sonic Colours on the Wii

Seems good so far and I'm keen to see it evolve with the Wisps

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by DomsBeard » December 2nd, 2019, 8:01 am

As a Star Wars fan I would have thought Jedi Fallen order would be an easy sell to me but after a semi decent opening tutorial level I really struggled with the first planet to the point where I nearly gave it up as a bad job. I must've fallen to my death around 20 times so far through either stupidity or the very poor map system. It also looks like a game at the end of the 360's life cycle which isn't usually something that bothers me. Cal's hair is 100% next gen though for some reason.

Luckily my love of Star Wars pushed me through and I have now left that planet and I hope it picks up on some level very soon.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by hazeredmist » December 2nd, 2019, 8:17 am

From hearing podcasts discussing Jedi Fallen Order it sounds like a mixed bag graphically. More than likely rushed out for timing purposes alongside other Star Wars releases. Unusual for Respawn to lack that polish, I imagine it wasn't their choice.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » December 3rd, 2019, 8:36 am

Suits wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Having finished Luigi's Mansion 3 and bloody loving it, I'm clear for a while in terms of things to play.

Which is a great opportunity to go back and clear some stuff from my backlog.

Enter..... Metroid Zero Mission.
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