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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » December 3rd, 2019, 2:31 pm

Jurassic World Evolution again. There's that new patch/DLC coming, so I figured I'd five star the islands in the campaign before then. I know I'm like this with all sim games, but I lose all track of time with the game. And now I have a T-Rex.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » December 3rd, 2019, 2:42 pm

duskvstweak wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 2:31 pm
And now I have a T-Rex.
You, ....... you, have a T-Rex........ ???

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Michiel K » December 3rd, 2019, 6:49 pm

Loopoo wrote:
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 Scrustle » December 3rd, 2019, 7:21 pm

Picked up Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and so have been getting back in to that game. Just beat Barioth, so I'm a decent amount in, but still got a long way to go. So far it's really good, but it's not a massive change to the game. Generally it's basically more MH World. I think how different it feels might be down to what weapon you use though. Mainly I use Insect Glaive, and that hasn't changed much, and the changes it did get don't seem to be especially useful. On the other hand, Longsword has had quite a lot of additions, so that play style does feel significantly different. I think I'm at a point where I need to go back and upgrade my weapons though. Haven't actually got any new ones since starting this DLC, and I'm starting to struggle at certain points because of that. I actually almost ran out of the whole 50 minute time limit against Barioth and only got away with that because I captured it instead of fighting for the last phase.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » December 3rd, 2019, 8:19 pm

Suits wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 2:42 pm
duskvstweak wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 2:31 pm
And now I have a T-Rex.
You, ....... you, have a T-Rex........ ???
We have a T-Rex.

WELCOMETOJURASSICPARK

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » December 3rd, 2019, 8:22 pm

duskvstweak wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Suits wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 2:42 pm
duskvstweak wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 2:31 pm
And now I have a T-Rex.
You, ....... you, have a T-Rex........ ???
We have a T-Rex.

WELCOMETOJURASSICPARK
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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by hazeredmist » December 4th, 2019, 7:13 am

Well, there it is

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » December 4th, 2019, 6:54 pm

Finally finished Mega Man 11, six months after starting it! Looks wonderful, plays fine, just ain’t no Mega Man 2! Also remembered I’d started the Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign and finished that off. Sometimes great, but too often a buggy, frustrating mess.

Been caning Batman Arkham City over the last few days. It still plays great, though playing it straight after Asylum has proved what I always suspected since the first time around - I definitely prefer the focus of its predecessor.

And the more I play Lonely Mountains Downhill, the further up my game of the year list it climbs. The controls are so tight, and the exploration, experimentation and general obsession needed to achieve the expert times is just brilliantly realised.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » December 5th, 2019, 8:46 am

I couldn't get to grips with the control scheme in Lonely Mountains Downhill - looking at it side on but having to steer as if I was on the bike. I admit I only gave it 5 mins though!

I've been playing Rage 2. I'm not sure I'll finish it, so I'll pop it in here.

It's decent, if a bit old-fashioned in a way I can't quite express. It feels very much like a last-gen (360, PS3) game - crate smashing, ammo pickups, weapon switching, the world which superficially has a lot going on is very static, etc. I just get that feeling but it's hard to pin down - maybe it's just that I haven't played an FPS for a while.

The shooting is neat - I'm playing on normal which is a bit too easy (I've died either twice or three times in 8 hours, and the deaths were as much to do with getting button-confused as anything), but I'd be worried that the enemies become bullet sponges at a higher level (I haven't tested this to be fair). There are a TONNE of abilities you can switch between in combat, along with weapon variety and modifications, and I suspect all of these would result in a rip roaring time for people who are creative and inventive in their FPSing - maybe a lesser version of what the Vanquish truthers are always telling us it is.

For me though, it's a bland dish rather than a spicy plate - enjoyable enough in its way but no more than that. Although I've just realised that the eight hours I spent were over only two sessions, so obviously there is something moreish about the game.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ReprobateGamer » December 5th, 2019, 5:37 pm

TrueAchievements are running their own 12 Days of Christmas challenge so I'm using that as a prompt to work through some older games.

First one up was Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna). This is a platformer that had a heavy involvement from the Inuit community. I'm still within the first hour of game play but it's a lovingly crafted game and I'm looking forward to pushing forward more in it. It has a lot of collectibles that provide a link to an aspect of Inuit culture/history/myth and I'm getting an odd Valiant Hearts vibe from it.

Then spend an hour or two in Neverwinter. This has a massive update earlier in the year which revamped every class. Honestly, I haven't been impressed with the change (nominally it upgrades the basis from the D&D 4th edition to current D&D 5th Edition classes) as most of the skills plugged into my Great Weapon Fighter were removed or nerfed when it was re-classed as Barbarian. Some of this is just that I had got used to a way of playing but I'm definitely struggling a little more now in the fights - I imagine if I wasn't solo'ing the game it probably wouldn't be as bad. It just feels a little too easy to get mobbed currently and the one companion I'm allowed doesn't help much with that. The game itself is fine though graphically it betrays if's free to play roots and there are a lot of mechanics that I know I'm barely touching

Also carrying on with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. It's not the step up from Wildlands that was helped for but I think the press on it has been a little too hard. I partly think releasing this game in the same year as Division 2 is partly to blame for that - the games mechanics are a little too similar ... The loot grind is an issue for sure and my original XB1 still has graphical issues but I am raid ready now alongside two other friends (waiting on just one more to reach us ...), and the ongoing support means that new missions are being released every couple of weeks and some major QoL patches are due. There's also an event tie-in with Terminator so it'll be interesting to see how that develops

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Loopoo » December 6th, 2019, 6:14 am

Luigi's mansion 3

I think I'm a little dead inside - I'm just not connecting to it. It looks beautiful, incredible. The puzzles are brilliant but overall I feel like I'm missing something. The controls don't help, they're so clumsy and fiddly that it disconnects from the gameplay. Something that normally Nintendo do pretty well.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » December 6th, 2019, 11:44 am

I'm back in to Breath Of The Wild at the moment. Up to about 75 hours now and done the main quest up to where you have to find the photo spots (found about a third of them) and done one of the divine beasts.

I've still got three regions covered on the map I need to climb the towers for, and last night I ventured in to the Lost Woods looking for the korock seed guy. The Lost Woods seems pretty random as to when it kicks you out when the mist sets in, but I eventually got through.

I found...
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The Master Sword, but don't have enough hearts to pull it out yet.
I'm currently totally scratching my head in the shrine that has a star constellation puzzle.

Still brilliant.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » December 6th, 2019, 12:28 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 11:44 am
I'm back in to Breath Of The Wild at the moment. Up to about 75 hours now and done the main quest up to where you have to find the photo spots (found about a third of them) and done one of the divine beasts.
So, I sort of ignored the memory flashbacks during my story playthrough and went back to them once I’d beaten the game to get the ones I’d missed.

This I feel like was a mistake as the flashbacks really added to the theme and overall feel of the game.

I’d implore you to complete as many of these as you can before you finish with the game.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » December 6th, 2019, 12:30 pm

Agreed, it actually gives the game a plot, and makes you actually like Zelda as a character for the first time in years.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » December 6th, 2019, 12:48 pm

Oh yeah I am, that's my main drive through the game. The side quests are all too hard and vague! I never know what I need to do!! Especially the shrine riddle ones.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by chase210 » December 6th, 2019, 9:00 pm

I bought a PlayStation VR so I have been playing Astrobot which is very fun. Not sure it needed to be a VR game so far, but it’s very fun.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » December 7th, 2019, 11:25 am

I had an awesome session on Metal Gear Solid V last night. I'm only about 20 hours in, and played episode 12 when you have to rescue a certain scientist from a facility. Man, talk about exciting.

I snuck in to the compound in the night, turned their power off then stuck a C4 to the control panel. I waited for someone to come and turn it back on, then BOOOOOM! Man went flying!

I used the diversion to sneak further in and find my target. We escaped using a little mech suit, before being confronted by the [spoiler?] - you know what I mean if you've played it.

And oh my shit it was awesome! We ran and hid and waited for the chopper. But the giant thing spotted us and we had to take cover behind some rocks. I haven't felt so tense in a game in years. Cowering behind the rocks as the giant peeped around and at one point actually put its hands either side of us and leaned over to check behind the rock. It was like a human! It was so fucking exciting! We eventually distracted it with a grenade lobbed behind it and when it went to look we got to the chopper.

Woweeeeeee!! Fucking awesome!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » December 7th, 2019, 11:42 am

About 25 hours into Thousand Year Door and its incredible.

It's shaping up to be one of my favourite games so far.

The writing, the art style, the adventure, the gameplay, the systems - its all top top quality.

Oh and I'm playing Metroid Prime Federation Force with Darran and Simon for an hour each night and very much enjoying it.

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