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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by James » May 16th, 2019, 3:26 pm

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1st Jan - Virginia (Xbox One)
13th Jan - Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
27th Jan - Mortal Kombat (Vita)
3rd Feb - Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One)
18th Feb - Crackdown 3 (Xbox One)
12th Mar - Dark Souls 3: Ashes Of Ariandel (Xbox One)
17th Mar - Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City (Xbox One)
6th May - Guildmaster Story (iOS)
15th May - Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4)

Another thoroughly-enjoyable MK story mode. I can't pretend the stories they tell are anything special, but there's really nothing like them in fighting games, and I think they stand up to more video game stories than I'd probably like to admit. Silly, and over the top, but good fun nonetheless!

Between the Towers and the Krypt, I didn't even get around to the story until this week. And I haven't stepped online at all yet. Safe to say there's plenty to do in MK11, whatever type of fighting game you're after.

As seems to happen far too often in game development, there are allegations about working conditions at NetherRealm Studios. That obviously takes the shine off how much I've otherwise been enjoying the game. I can only hope that NetherRealm have the sense to be embarrassed by the reports and actually make some changes.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Simonsloth » May 16th, 2019, 6:45 pm

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January:
Tale of Tales Collection
Virginia
Gravity Rush 2
Nier Automata

Feb:
Wolfenstein 2
Prey (2006)
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Super Ghouls and Ghosts
Aladdin SNES
Aladdin Mega Drive
Donkey Kong

March:
Donkey King Country
Pilotwings
Dino crisis
Pony Island
Ape Escape
Donkey Kong country 2
Donkey Kong Country 3
Monkey Island 2

April:
DK 94
Inside (PS4)
Pony island
Shovel Knight plague of shadows
Dk64
Banjo Kazooie

May:
Banjo Tooie
16/05
Furi (promenade mode)

Still worthwhile even in this mode although initially it seems far too easy the later bosses were still a challenge (at least to me). The music (if it’s your jam) is phenomenal.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Flabyo » May 17th, 2019, 3:25 pm

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April 30th, 2019, 6:07 am
5th Jan - Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
1st Feb - Doom (2016) (XBO)
20th Feb - Crackdown 3: Campaign (XBO)
25th Mar - Bound (PS4)
30th Mar - Shadow of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
29th April - Mortal Kombat 11 Story Mode (PS4)
17th May - Middle Earth: Shadow of War (XBO)

Pretty much more of the same, with a story that I liked but that I know will drive Tolkien purists nuts. Can’t comment on the micro transaction stuff it had at launch, that stuff was all removed from the game a while ago, long before I started it.

I have the dlc campaigns to do as well which are apparently pretty good, as they were part of the bundle I got in the sale. But I think I’ll come back to those another time.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Indiana747 » May 17th, 2019, 4:32 pm

(Jan) Starlink :Battle for Atlas - PS4.
(Jan) Far Cry 5 - PS4.
(Jan) Resident Evil 2(2019) - PS4.
(Jan) Shadow of the Tomb Raider - XB1X.
(Feb) Metro Exodus - XB1X.
(Mar) Marvel's Spiderman - PS4.
(Apr) The Division 2 - XB1X.
(Apr) Dead Rising 3 - XB1X.
(Apr) World War Z - XB1X.
(Apr) Earthfall: Invasion - XB1X.
(May) RYSE: Son of Rome - XB1X.
(May) Tacoma - XB1X.
(May) Abzu - XB1X.
(May) Mortal Kombat X - XB1X.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Alex79uk » May 19th, 2019, 5:33 am

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January 20th, 2019, 4:10 pm
JAN - Super Mario Land (Nintendo Gameboy)
JAN - Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Megadrive on PS4)
FEB - Professor Layton & The Curious Village (Android)
FEB - Donkey Kong '94 (Nintendo Gameboy)
FEB - Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
FEB - Chuchel (Android)
FEB - Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
MAR - Spider-Man (PS4)
MAR - Florence (Android)
MAR - Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego (Browser)
MAR - Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (PS4)
MAR - Final Fantasy X (PS Vita)
MAY - Söldner-X 2 (PS Vita)
MAY - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
MAY - The Punisher (Arcade on PS Vita)

I must admit I'd not even heard of this game before searching 'best arcade scrolling brawlers' but it came up multiple times, and it's a fantastic looking, very enjoyable Capcom romp based on the comic character. Big chunky graphics, good variety of weapons and moves, this was a lot of fun. Looking online it appears to have had a Megadrive port released to mixed reviews, but the arcade version is great. Give it a try if you can.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by dezm0nd » May 19th, 2019, 12:56 pm

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April 9th, 2019, 7:33 am
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Jan 1 - Cat Quest
Jan 3 - Nex Machina (Arcade, experienced)
Jan 4 - Celeste
Jan 10 - Yoku's Island Express
Jan 13 - Evil Within 2
Jan 14 - Pilotwings
Jan 21 - Edith Finch
Jan 26 - Resident Evil 2 (Leon A)
Jan 27 - Resident Evil 2 (Claire A)
Jan 31 - Resident Evil 2 (Leon B)

Feb 11 - Firewatch

March 19 - Donkey Kong 64
March 29 - Goldeneye 007 (00 Agent)

April 9 - Yoshi Crafted World

May 8th - Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts
May 19th - Rage 2
Rage 2. It's okay, I enjoyed it but doesn't quite live up to Bethesda's other FPS games of late.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by James » May 19th, 2019, 1:44 pm

That's a shame!
I was hoping RAGE 2 would fill the Borderlands-shaped hole in my gaming life. Sadly, from everything I've seen/heard, I get the impression that the shooting is fun, but the world and story let the side down. On that basis, I'll wait for DOOM Eternal to get my tight, fast id FPS, and look elsewhere for something looty and spacious.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Pitwar » May 19th, 2019, 6:21 pm

27th Jan - Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)
1st Feb - New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Switch)
9th Mar - Crackdown 3 (Xbox One X)
6th May - Mortal Kombat 11: Story Mode (PS4 Pro)
12th May - God Of War '18 (PS4 Pro)
19th May - Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4 Pro)

I'm slowly but surely working through the pile of games I started but never went back to, and Horizon Zero Dawn is the latest of those that I finished.

Not the best game in the world, but I did have a fair amount of fun with it. Taking down the larger robots is very gratifying, and the weapons at your disposal to do so gives you may options and techniques to play with.

As is standard with open world games, once done you're given the option to go back into the world and polish off all the side quests and find the hidden collectables you missed, but I can't see me doing that.

On the whole it was fun, and looked really good in 4K. Well worth a play if you enjoy your action, open world adventures.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by MajorGamer » May 21st, 2019, 4:04 am

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Jan 2 - War for the Overworld (PC)
Jan 13 - Pyre (PC)
Jan 16 - Heroes of Hammerwatch (PC)
Jan 17 - Mega Man 11 (Switch)
Jan 20 - ReThink | Evolved (PC)
Jan 20 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)
Jan 22 - Ruzar - The Life Stone (PC)
Jan 27 - After Death (PC)
Feb 6 - Vikings - Wolves of Midgard (PC)
Feb 21 - Loyalty and Blood: Viktor Origins (PC)

Feb 27 - Book of Demons (PC)
Mar 4 - Vaporum (PC)
Mar 5 - Frost (Switch)
Mar 9 - DarkMaus (PC)
Mar 10 - Octopath Traveler (Switch)
Mar 31 - Final Fantasy X (PC)
Apr 5 - Treasure Adventure World (PC)
Apr 15 - Greedy Guns (PC)
Apr 23 - ChromaGun (PC)
Apr 27 - The Quest (PC)

May 1 - Skautfold: Usurper (PC)
May 7 - Alwa's Awakening (PC)
May 9 - OneShot (PC)

An odd one for me to play. It doesn't look it at first glance but it is an RPG Maker game and it has zero combat. Instead it is an adventure game. You wander around the areas, picking up and combining things you can to use them to solve puzzles to continue on to the end. Everything there is straight forward. The story is what you'd come to this game for and I found it enjoyable. Nothing fantastic like many, many Steam reviews say, though. The setup is that Niko somehow gets teleported to a dying world and goes on a journey to save it and find his own way back. You only get OneShot to do so. There are other things I'd want to mention but those delve into spoilers so I'll leave off saying it is a fun, quick game.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Beck » May 21st, 2019, 10:49 am

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January
God of War (2018)
Yoku's Island Express - Switch
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
February
A Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
March
Resident Evil 2 - Lean side A - Not normally a game I would pick up but received it as a gift so dived in and absolutely loved it. Quite possibly my game of the year, I plan on going back through it with Claire at a later date.

May
Divinity Original Sin 2 - I must have put near 100 hours into this game. A great RPG and one that I feel doesn't get as much credit as it should. If you like DnD or Baldur Gate type RPGs, I'd strongly recommend you play this. The combat is engaging and offers so much variety that you could probably play this a few times and still find something new. You don't need to have played the first one, although the first one is worth looking at as well.

Zelda - Breath of the Wild - Mixed feelings on this one to be honest. I spent maybe 50 hours with it but was finding it a little sameish by the end. I really loved the divine beasts and what would be considered the quests and story of the game and would have liked to have seen more of it. Aspects such as temples, breakable weapons and the lacklustre combat mechanics made the game drag a little at the end. As someone else said on the podcast, it's not you, it's me. A good game but it made me long for the traditional Zelda recipe that I grew up with.

Uncharted 4 - A Thief's End - I'm not sure where I sit on the Uncharted games. Didn't see the hype with the original, loved the second one and hugely disappointed with the third. That impression made me hold off picking up the latest instalment and set expectations low. Thankfully I was massively impressed with A Thief's End. Loved it from start to end and a really good send off to Drake. I liked it so much that I'll be picking up The Lost Legacy.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Scrustle » May 21st, 2019, 4:48 pm

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25/01 - Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
31/01 - Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
01/02 - SOMA (Safe Mode)
09/02 - Shadow Warrior
18/02 - Mulaka
26/02 - NieR: Automata - 3C3C1D119440927 DLC
02/03 - Race Driver: GRID
04/03 - Bladed Fury
10/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Devil Hunter)
13/03 - AER: Memories of Old
17/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Son of Sparda)
20/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Human)
05/04 - God of War III Remastered
12/04 - Devil May Cry 5 (Dante Must Die)
14/04 - Journey
15/04 - ABZU
22/04 - Journey
28/04 - Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Colonies Edition
30/04 - Dangerous Driving
02/05 - Final Fantasy XV - Episode Gladiolus/Episode Prompto/Episode Ignis
12/05 - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition
21/05 - RiME

Been thinking about replaying this for a while, so being unable to resist seeing it going for extremely cheap on PC finally got me to get around to it, even though I still own it on PS4. Unfortunately though, it seems that somehow this version doesn't really run any better on my much more powerful PC than it does on the PS4 Pro. Even though the Denuvo DRM that was supposedly the cause of the problems has long since been taken out.

But anyway, it was still a good time. I still really like this little game. It may be a tad formulaic in what it is, but it hits those notes really well, and is a gorgeous looking and emotive experience throughout. There's a screensaver-worthy scene like every 10 seconds. I was mashing that F12 button a lot through the game. It is extremely slow paced though. I didn't quite realise to what degree before, but with Steam tracking how long you play, it shows just how drastically longer it feels to play than it actually takes. Even with Steam's timer overestimating play time as it does, this run apparently only took 4 hours. And although I know my way through the game, I was hardly rushing at all. Still exploring and looking for secrets. I don't really think that's a problem though. It's well structured and remains engaging throughout, so I wouldn't say it was poorly paced or that it drags much. But considering just how much different it feels from the reality, maybe it could have used some kind of improvement in that department.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Alex79uk » May 22nd, 2019, 5:28 am

Beck wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 10:49 am
Loved it from start to end and a really good send off to Drake. I liked it so much that I'll be picking up The Lost Legacy.
Lost Legacy is amazing. Perfect length and mix of big open levels and linear design. I really loved the game, it was like a greatest hits of Uncharted. The story and characters were great, too.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Beck » May 22nd, 2019, 11:43 am

Alex79uk wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 5:28 am
Lost Legacy is amazing. Perfect length and mix of big open levels and linear design. I really loved the game, it was like a greatest hits of Uncharted. The story and characters were great, too.
Nice one, cheers Alex :)

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Alex79uk » May 22nd, 2019, 12:39 pm

Beck wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 11:43 am
Alex79uk wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 5:28 am
Lost Legacy is amazing. Perfect length and mix of big open levels and linear design. I really loved the game, it was like a greatest hits of Uncharted. The story and characters were great, too.
Nice one, cheers Alex :)
I did a mini review on my seldom updated blog last year, if you're interested :)

https://gamesihaveplayed.wordpress.com/ ... st-legacy/

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Scrustle » May 22nd, 2019, 6:06 pm

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25/01 - Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
31/01 - Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
01/02 - SOMA (Safe Mode)
09/02 - Shadow Warrior
18/02 - Mulaka
26/02 - NieR: Automata - 3C3C1D119440927 DLC
02/03 - Race Driver: GRID
04/03 - Bladed Fury
10/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Devil Hunter)
13/03 - AER: Memories of Old
17/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Son of Sparda)
20/03 - Devil May Cry 5 (Human)
05/04 - God of War III Remastered
12/04 - Devil May Cry 5 (Dante Must Die)
14/04 - Journey
15/04 - ABZU
22/04 - Journey
28/04 - Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Colonies Edition
30/04 - Dangerous Driving
02/05 - Final Fantasy XV - Episode Gladiolus/Episode Prompto/Episode Ignis
12/05 - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition
21/05 - RiME
22/05 - Remember Me

This was an interesting one to revisit. I like it more than I remembered, although I'm not sure if that's more than when I first played it. It's a very interesting game that tries some ambitious things, but it doesn't quite hit the landing on a lot of them. Over time I became more critical about it, but revisiting it, I think my more positive initial reaction was probably more fair.

Aesthetically it's still extremely impressive. The way it mixes the historic Paris architecture with the futuristic and augmented reality elements is great. It looks extremely stylish, but at the same time very authentic and lived in, with all the little attention to detail paid to showing the different levels of society that exist in this world and how they live. It's somewhat similar to how the recent Deus Ex games do it, but with a slightly different flavour here. Although there is a section about 2/3 of the way through where you are going through a lot of industrial areas that are a bit bland, but most of the game is very attractive. The soundtrack is excellent at mixing the same kind of thematic things together as well, mashing up modern glitchy synth with orchestral stuff. A very unique sound.

It's got a couple of pretty unique ideas when it comes to gameplay, but they're kind of hit-and-miss with how well they work. Most of the time it's a very linear Unchared-esque climby fighty adventure, but with combat more similar to the Arkham games rather than shooting. Although you do get some limited ranged options. The climbing is fine, but not that interesting. Very standard as this sort of feature goes, without much going on, feeling very automatic. At least the AR conceit means they can clearly point out ledges to jump on in a way that feels natural.

The combat though is where things get interesting. You have a number of attack strings that you can customise by swapping out what move you do for each hit. Moves themselves have one of four effect too, and the later you put a move in to a combo string, the more powerful the effect is. So you can focus on attacks that do more damage, heal you, reduce the cooldown on your special attacks, or amplify the effect of the previous move. It gives you a satisfying level of control over how you fight, and encourages you to be a bit more deliberate with your button presses. The enemy variety is pretty good too, showing a lot of variance in behaviour. Unfortunately some of them aren't that fun to fight. Some require you to use some specific special move, meaning you're spending time waiting for cooldowns that can break the flow. Robot enemies also force you to use your ranged attacks, which is nowhere near as interesting, and has an awful lock-on that is pretty uncooperative. Controls can be kind of unresponsive and clunky too. Mostly when it comes to character movement rather than attacks. It isn't a huge problem, but when it does show up, it can kill a combo string in a way that doesn't really feel fair. Being able to swap out different attacks in a string also means that the animations for them can feel a bit messy too. One move can't be designed to flow naturally in to the next, so the sense of momentum is somewhat lost. As well as every animation taking the same time can make it a bit awkward. In general the combat is pretty fun though. It has some interesting and unique ideas that get you to engage with it in a good way, and the actual impacts feel good enough. But a little bit of jank and a few poor enemies drag it down and make it feel like it isn't reaching its full potential.

The game also has sections where you go in to another character's mind and remix a major memory from their past, to change how they think and behave in the present. Another interesting idea with a lot of potential, but which doesn't really hit the mark. You watch through a sequence that is stylishly presented in an abstract cyberspace setting, where you are able to alter certain things as they come up, thus changing the consequences. The problem is that it feels kind of limited and rigid. What you can do, and the results it will have, are pretty arbitrary and restrictive. You only do it a few times throughout the game too, so it feels like the idea doesn't even come up that much. But I think it's understandable to a degree. Branching possibilities like that are notoriously difficult to do in a game, as the number of potential consequences to something like that would be near infinite. You just can't create that without infinite resources.

The story is a bit uneven too. Also has potential that it fails to realise. You play as a terrorist/bounty hunter in a world where memories have been commodified. Supposedly doing justice by taking down the megacorporation that runs this industry. It seems like it's intending to be morally grey and leave you asking questions about what actions are justified to fight oppression, and whether pain has value in life. It does leave you asking questions, but not those. Instead it feels like it doesn't really know what point it's trying to make, and hasn't really thought through its own logic, or have a good understanding of how terrorism works. It seems to have this weird inconsistency with how it deals with how a person reacts to having their memory altered. Sometimes it completely changes their life, with the new memory being instantly integrated in to everything that happened after in such a way that the person doesn't even realise anything has changed. But other times people supposedly seem like they're aware of it, as if buying a memory is the same thing as experiencing it at the moment you acquire it. And in the former case, that seems like a ruse that can't hold up. People around you would realise you were suddenly acting like a different person, or that the person themselves would be able to work out something was wrong by interacting with stuff around them. And when it comes to the terrorism stuff, the motivations for carrying out attacks and such is never really clear, nor is the intended result. It seems like whoever wrote this seemed to think terrorists are just anti-establishment types to cause wanton destruction for the sake of it. It comes across as somewhat confused. You're not asking whether you think the characters were justified in to going to such lengths, you're asking how those actions were supposed to make sense, even as you're on the side that is committing them. That said, there are a couple of interesting twists through the story. Nothing that's particularly shocking, or even unpredictable. But still, a few moments that made me think "that was neat".

Again I find it hard to not focus on criticisms, but I still do rather like this game. I still love the aesthetic and the mood it creates. That's a really big draw and I think it deserves much more credit than it usually gets. The gameplay is enjoyable enough on a base level, while also experimenting with some cool ideas that makes it stand out. It's just that they don't feel particularly polished, and like it doesn't quite stick the landing after a strong start. But still, this is a game in that sector that I have a soft spot for, for doing something different and presenting something novel, even if there are many other games out there that are much better crafted.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by James » May 22nd, 2019, 7:44 pm

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1st Jan - Virginia (Xbox One)
13th Jan - Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
27th Jan - Mortal Kombat (Vita)
3rd Feb - Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One)
18th Feb - Crackdown 3 (Xbox One)
12th Mar - Dark Souls 3: Ashes Of Ariandel (Xbox One)
17th Mar - Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City (Xbox One)
6th May - Guildmaster Story (iOS)
15th May - Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4)
22nd May - Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4) (Platinum Trophy)

As usual, I include multiple playthroughs and completed Achievement/Trophy lists as separate completions. So, here we are, one week after seeing the end of the MK11 Story Mode, I today played the 50 Kasual Versus matches needed to unlock the Platinum Trophy.

Of all the Trophies on the list, that one was the one that humbled me the most. 50 matches played online, and I came out with a 19/30 record. I've got a long way to go before I feel remotely competent at this game. But for now, it remains great fun learning and improving, however slowly. :mrgreen:

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » May 23rd, 2019, 5:56 am

Beck wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 10:49 am
Divinity Original Sin 2 - I must have put near 100 hours into this game. A great RPG and one that I feel doesn't get as much credit as it should. If you like DnD or Baldur Gate type RPGs, I'd strongly recommend you play this. The combat is engaging and offers so much variety that you could probably play this a few times and still find something new. You don't need to have played the first one, although the first one is worth looking at as well.
I have this lined up for my Great Summer of Gaming. The problem is really one of getting stuck in - at some point your backlog fills up with absolutely massive games, as you pick the low-hanging fruit, so I have this, Pillars, and half a dozen massive 4xes sitting there staring me down at the moment. Intimidating.

@Scrustle - really enjoyed your revisiting of Amalur, Rime and Remember Me, as I liked the latter two a lot when they came out. Great point re: Amalur about the wind in games adding a lot to the dynamism of their worlds.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Chopper » May 23rd, 2019, 3:58 pm

Well, that's credits rolled with all three character in Slay the Spire (PS4). There is an NG+ type thing which is now unlocked which allows you access to a further level with a superboss, and there's 'ascension' levels where for each level some aspect of the game is made more difficult (eg Ascension Level 1 is more difficult Elite enemies) which of course stack as you climb the levels.

Really good; I knew when I played it in Jan it was probably going to be my game of the year and that hasn't changed. I find that when PC-specific games scratch an itch, they really scratch an itch - for example Factorio, Mount and Blade, this - and it is good to see that (whether it cross-genre stuff or whatever the secret sauce is) translating to console.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Pitwar » May 24th, 2019, 9:56 am

27th Jan - Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)
1st Feb - New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Switch)
9th Mar - Crackdown 3 (Xbox One X)
6th May - Mortal Kombat 11: Story Mode (PS4 Pro)
12th May - God Of War '18 (PS4 Pro)
19th May - Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4 Pro)
23rd May - Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4 Pro)

I've enjoyed all three of the new series of Tomb Raider games, and this one falls in the middle. Its better than Rise of but not as good as the first game in the trilogy.

There's some great set pieces in Shadow, but they don't quite hit the highs of those shown in the Uncharted series.

It's a fun game with plenty to do once the main story is done, but I can't see me going back and doing many of the side quests.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by duskvstweak » May 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm

Finished Valkyria Chronicles. In order to not offend those who find joy in the game and series, I will simply say, while I enjoyed the story, the gameplay is not for me.
Glad I have this one under my belt, I suppose.

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