Whatcha Been Playing?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by BaileyBoy » October 21st, 2019, 8:01 am

Chopper wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 7:31 am
BaileyBoy wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 6:29 am
Fascinating to me that From (and Myazaki) received so much praise for bucking current game design trends with demon's souls in 2009 when actually it was very much in line with their previous work.
Well, to be fair, we'd had three years of Wii mania at that point, and the big game of 2009 was Uncharted 2, so you could see where they were coming from to some extent.
Oh totally, I was right there with them too at the time. It's just interesting the extent to which time and place can influence a game's reception. King's field 4, by comparison was fairly unpopular with critics at the time for many of the same reasons that Demon's/Dark souls was praised- Slow pace, little direction, sparse story, unexplained mechanics, difficulty level etc.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » October 21st, 2019, 1:49 pm

Ah yes, I'm just being pedantic really, I take your larger point!

What was the King's Field you finished last night like? Pretty good or no?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by BaileyBoy » October 21st, 2019, 2:57 pm

I enjoyed it a lot. It's not a perfect game by any means, controls are a little unintuitive and it lacks a little overall polish. The world and level design however are brilliant. It's structured very similarly to a souls game, expansive, very solid feeling 3d environments with lots of verticality with the trademark From soft shortcuts linking areas. Gameplay is very slow and methodical but satisfying. Combat is tactical, there's loads of variety in equipment and skills and has some nice puzzles/riddles to break things up.
Imagine a 1st person souls game with elements of early dungeon crawlers (eye if the beholder style) and you're pretty much there. If that sounds good to anyone, or for fans of From Software's games in general, if you have access to a PS2, I'd highly recommend it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » October 21st, 2019, 11:22 pm

Starting Luigi's Mansion tonight! Took me long enough to get to it! Borrowed a Gamecube copy off of my friend. Looking forward to it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » October 22nd, 2019, 6:36 am

duskvstweak wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 11:22 pm
Starting Luigi's Mansion tonight! Took me long enough to get to it! Borrowed a Gamecube copy off of my friend. Looking forward to it.
Rad game.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ReprobateGamer » October 22nd, 2019, 7:27 am

As it's leaving Game Pass at the end of October, I decided to give Thief of Thieves a go last night.
It seems to be about the worlds sassiest, slowest and and most unreliable thief. Sure she can pick a lock in seconds but fails to notice the bodyguard on the balcony returning into the office where she shouldn't be because she she is too busy recanting the story to her expert thief mentor.

I suspect I'm missing something - the art style is gorgeous but the fixed camera viewpoint is particularly infuriating. It can't seem to decide if it want to be the thievery version of Hitman, or a point and click adventure.

I will try it again at some point (soon!) but that lovely art seems to have hidden the actual gameplay

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ThirdMan » October 23rd, 2019, 10:19 am

I'm having a grand old time with Torchlight II on Switch. I never played it on PC. So far I prefer it over Diablo 3. It plays and looks great. I quite like the cartoony art-style. The minute to minute gameplay is crazy repetitive but feels soooooo good!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by clippa » October 23rd, 2019, 12:49 pm

Yah, it's good that. I'm in the torchlight frontiers beta but it's not tickling my pickle at all.
I've been hankering for a new arpg for ages. Wolcen might be it, had a go on the naughty demo recently and it feels alright, that's not out properly until january next year though and they're planning a wipe before release so you're just wasting your time playing it before then.

At this point I'm willing to throw hong kong right under the bus if something juicy gets announced at blizzcon. I'm jonesing!

I just wanna bury my head in the comforting grind and loot all my troubles away.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » October 23rd, 2019, 4:57 pm

Finally finished Link’s Awakening DX on 3DS. I absolutely loved the first third of the game, but after that it slowly turned into a slog, and by the last third I was just playing it to finish it. That said, the last dungeon had its moments, and there was a tinge of sadness when I realised I was in places for the last time, and I enjoyed the variety of the final boss. But overall I’m glad I paid £3 for it on 3DS and not whatever the Switch version cost!

What hasn’t been a slog is my Resident Evil 2 Remake 2nd Story experience. It was great discovering the police station again, but as I’ve just found the way out, there’s now a definite sense of trepidation about what’s next! Brilliant stuff so far though.

Apple Arcade continues to blow me away, and is a godsend since my son’s two hour, three times a week football training has gone behind closed doors! Still playing Bleak Sword and Speed Demons - both still in my top ten games of the year - and finished the beautifully dark point-and-click Mutazione, plus the brilliantly bonkers What the Golf. Trial over tomorrow and I’ve played so much good stuff, and still have so much I want to play, that it’s way too cheap not to keep paying for it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ThirdMan » October 23rd, 2019, 6:37 pm

Has anyone played FIFA 18 on Switch? It reviewed quiet poorly but for €20 would it scratch my portable footy itch? Or is it simply godawful?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » October 24th, 2019, 9:30 am

I've played a few rounds of Fortnite 2.0 on my Switch, and really enjoyed it! The matchmaking is definitely better now, as I've come as high as 9th and even 2nd on my last match. Before I'd just get killed as soon as someone spotted me, but it seems I at least have a fighting chance now. Using motion controls to fine tune aiming is brilliant as well, and makes it much easier to get that sniper head shot for sure. Yeah I think I'll be playing this a bit now, it's a lot of fun.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » October 24th, 2019, 9:31 am

ThirdMan wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 6:37 pm
Has anyone played FIFA 18 on Switch? It reviewed quiet poorly but for €20 would it scratch my portable footy itch? Or is it simply godawful?
That's bad, isn't it. £2.50 in CEX on Xbox One and PS4, £15 on Switch.

:(

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by hazeredmist » October 24th, 2019, 9:39 am

ThirdMan wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 6:37 pm
Has anyone played FIFA 18 on Switch? It reviewed quiet poorly but for €20 would it scratch my portable footy itch? Or is it simply godawful?
I've got it, it's really good - the reason it reviews poorly is it doesn't compare with FIFA 18 elsewhere - the engine is based off FIFA 16 I believe, pre-Frostbite. Something I don't care about personally. It runs extremely well and has everything you'd want, the only omission really is online play against a friend - but it's FIFA 18 so who else is going to be playing it. You can still play against randoms though, if they haven't turned off the servers.

FIFA 19 is basically the same game with some extra online modes and friend invites, and FIFA 20 is an absolute piss-take "Legacy edition" - literally the same game with updated squads & stats.

I've kept FIFA 18, it also has the glory year (yes this is our version of glory now) of Rafa's 10th place finish in the Premier League for us, so I like that more than where Newcastle have been since FIFA 18 :D worth getting I'd say.

Also, I speak as someone who has FIFA 19 on PS4. I'm more likely to play 18 on Switch now for my football fix when it comes back.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » October 24th, 2019, 11:55 am

The Long Dark, Wintermute (story mode): Episode 3

*sounds of breaking furniture, howling*

And in the game. :x

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ThirdMan » October 24th, 2019, 1:43 pm

hazeredmist wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 9:39 am
ThirdMan wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 6:37 pm
Has anyone played FIFA 18 on Switch? It reviewed quiet poorly but for €20 would it scratch my portable footy itch? Or is it simply godawful?
I've got it, it's really good - the reason it reviews poorly is it doesn't compare with FIFA 18 elsewhere - the engine is based off FIFA 16 I believe, pre-Frostbite. Something I don't care about personally. It runs extremely well and has everything you'd want, the only omission really is online play against a friend - but it's FIFA 18 so who else is going to be playing it. You can still play against randoms though, if they haven't turned off the servers.

FIFA 19 is basically the same game with some extra online modes and friend invites, and FIFA 20 is an absolute piss-take "Legacy edition" - literally the same game with updated squads & stats.

I've kept FIFA 18, it also has the glory year (yes this is our version of glory now) of Rafa's 10th place finish in the Premier League for us, so I like that more than where Newcastle have been since FIFA 18 :D worth getting I'd say.

Also, I speak as someone who has FIFA 19 on PS4. I'm more likely to play 18 on Switch now for my football fix when it comes back.
That's what I wanted to hear. Cheers! I literally only want it for the career mode. I've no interest in online or FUT. If it plays a good game of footie than it'll serve my purposes very nicely.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » October 24th, 2019, 4:36 pm

I've bounced off Creature in the Well (PC), the 'pinball-adjacent' dungeon crawler that came out a short while back.

The premise is ok - you are bouncing around balls of energy to charge targets and open doors. You do this via two swords - one to bat the ball around on the fly, and one to trap the ball and charge it before releasing it in the direction you want. So two buttons plus an evasive dash. Meanwhile all kinds of traps have been activated, enemies are shooting at you, the floor electrifies, flying enemies swarm towards you etc. So trying to bat the ball during all this is a bit frustrating. The simple sword swipe when moving has very little chance to hit precisely, and even the precision aim (which I found not precise enough with the thumbstick) damages you if you hold the ball too long when lining up your shot. There are timers on a lot of the switches so they don't stay active for long and you have to start again.

So it's a bit of a bastard. I completed the first level but life's too short.

Got this on MS Game Pass. It's a game I would have bought in a sale eventually, so I guess the good (me dodging a bullet) outweighs the bad (no sale for the developer).

Will be interesting to see how this Game Pass thing works out - will I value the games less because I haven't bought them, and just use it as a glorified demo machine, or will it be more? At the moment I'm resisting having more than one game installed at once for that reason.

I guess I can uninstall this one now and install Forza :D

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » October 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm

Mate, if you've not played Forza, you're in for a real treat.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ReprobateGamer » October 24th, 2019, 6:17 pm

I've pretty much been using Game Pass to try out the games that I am interested in but wouldn't necessarily have gone out to bought and that's everything from What Remains Of Edith Finch and The Gardens Below to Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4

it does mean a few more games sitting staring at me -Creature in the Well(though Chopper's description is making me pause now on that), Mutant: Year Zero but also means that I can try out The Outer Worlds and stops me burning out on Tom Clancy's The Destiny 2: Breakpoint ... 8-)

I'm liking the fact that for not much more money I have a large library of games I can dip into, even if they aren't great when I try. Whether I still feel the same, this time next year when the summer offer goes away and I have to pay full price ...

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » October 24th, 2019, 7:30 pm

Too much water today so no fishing (ridiculous pastime) so I played about eight hours of Divinity: Original Sin 2. This game is perilously addictive. It's got the looty sprawling quests and dungeons of Diablo with the writing and characters of The Witcher with Fire Emblem-esque combat. It's bloody brilliant and I don't especially like these kinds of games normally. Makes a nice change of pace. This game is a beast.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Jobobonobo » October 24th, 2019, 7:37 pm

In between bouts of Yakuza 0, been trying some demos on the PS4.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom: Very pretty metroidvania with charming characters and some fun exploration and movement. The frog transformation made the demo alone! Would definitely like to try the full game at some point in the future.

Songbird Symphony: This was just the most loveliest thing I have seen in a long time. Not a lot of games based around birds and singing which is surprising considering they are a pretty musical group of animals. Also expected this to be a straight up rhythm game but the light platforming adventure elements were a pleasant surprise. Rhythm sections are very basic but it is a demo so it might get more complex later. But overall, had a big grin on my face while playing this.

Add these to the ever expanding backlog, I suppose. :)

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