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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by seansthomas » June 16th, 2019, 7:54 am

1st February - Dark Souls
8th February - The Gardens Between
9th February - Quarantine Circular
20th February - Night in the woods
26th March - Ape Out

16th June - Brothers

Been a while since I could add to this list. Have either been replaying lengthy games with the kids we've still not beaten (Mario Odyssey, Breath of the wild), hit a wall I can't overcome or bailed at (Starlink, Virtua Racing, Valkyria Chronicles) or playing games that don't ever really end (Picross, Rocket League, etc).

Picked this up the other day though and was keen to play it after I'd heard such good things.

And maybe it's showing its age or it's been expanded upon by newer titles, but I dunno... It didn't do much for me?

Felt a bit heavy handed compared to titles that came before it like Ico, didn't hit me in the heart like Gris or Rime managed or make me think like Firewatch, Night in the woods or Oxenfree did. All those games seem to have a singular point or moment they're building up to, but Brothers felt patchy and never quite gelled with its melding of mythology, family, loss and adventure.

Liked the idea of using a different stick to control each character and a couple of the puzzles were good, but yeah... solid 6/10 try that missed the mark for me.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by James » June 16th, 2019, 3:12 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)
27th May - Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Xbox One)
2nd Jun - Sekiro: SDT (Xbox One) (1000G)
6th Jun - Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (PSVR)
13th Jun - Furi (PS4)

Rolled credits on Furi, though I didn't make it all the way to the end until the following day. A D-Rank performance, the game's end screen reliably informed me,. Though I get the impression that first playthroughs are unlikely to be highly ranked.

More on the podcast, of course. See you on Issue 374!

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Michiel K » June 16th, 2019, 4:22 pm

16-6 - Furi (PC)

Finally got the post credits boss today. And what James said.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by ColinAlonso » June 16th, 2019, 7:55 pm

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Jan 16 - Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
Jan 20 - FTL: Faster Than Light (PC) (Easy)
Jan 25 - Final Fantasy VIII (PSVita - PS1 Classic)
Jan 27 - Puzzle Bobble (Switch) (Difficulty Level 4 - One credit)
Feb 3 - Metal Slug 3 (PS4 - PS2 anthology version on Easy)
Feb 8 - Puzzle Bobble 2 (Switch)(Vs Computer mode - Normal)
Feb 12 - Puzzle Bobble 2 (Switch)(Puzzle mode - One credit)
Feb 20 - Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (3DS - DS cart)
Feb 21 - Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch) (World of Light)
Mar 3 - Ristar (JP version) (PC)
Mar 22 - Wargroove (Switch)
Mar 31 - River City Ransom (Switch - NES rom)
Apr 2 - Donkey Kong '94 (3DS - VC)
Apr 20 - Super Dodge Ball (Switch - NES rom)
Apr 28 - Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
May 2 - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Switch)
May 2 - Aladdin SNES (PC emulation)
May 6 - Aladdin Mega Drive (PC Emulator)
Jun 16 - Yakuza Kiwami 2 - Majima Saga (PS4)

After finishing the main game in January, I left this for a while as I wasn't ready for another 5-10 hours of Yakuza straight after.

Turns out I needn't have bothered waiting, its less than two hours. There are no substories or distractions apart from the minigames (darts, pool, karaoke) that are in the main game. Cutscenes probably make up a third to a half of the running time (this is what would happen if all the side stuff was removed from the main games too) The plot is inconsequential apart from showing why Majima is running a legitimate construction company in the main game. Majima is overpowered even compared to the usual Yakuza beatdowns. All said, its a pretty weak addition to the game.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Alex79uk » June 17th, 2019, 11:09 am

I really want to play Kiwami 2 after really enjoying Zero and the remake of the first game, but for some reason it never seems to come on a sale! Kiwami and Zero are always in the sale, but I'm holding out!

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Caligulas Horse » June 17th, 2019, 2:20 pm

I finished Suikoden 2 over the weekend, it made me sad that I had to finish it.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Beck » June 17th, 2019, 2:40 pm

Chopper wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 5:56 am

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.
Sorry bud, just spotted this.Haha, I'm the same. Pillars is on that list but I don't think it can hold up to Divinity so perhaps it will stay on that list of shame forever. I'd recommend Divinity though ;)

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Beck » June 17th, 2019, 2:43 pm

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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
May
Divinity Original Sin 2
Zelda - Breath of the Wild
Uncharted 4
June

Batman Arkham Asylum - Man, what a game. Still one of my favourite games of all time.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole - This was kind of a disappointment. Loads of repetition in both gameplay and assets and empty spots with no music or interest which made the game drag. Would I recommend it? Meh.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by duskvstweak » June 17th, 2019, 3:16 pm

I finished Mad Max. It's such a strange game. I wouldn't say I had tons of fun playing it, but there was something gently satisfying about just cleaning up the map, akin to carpet cleaning. It was the perfect game for where my heads been at.
It's one of those games, where if someone could only have one game for a month or two, I'd suggest it. It would keep them busy and they'd feel like they got their money's worth.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by ColinAlonso » June 17th, 2019, 9:09 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 11:09 am
I really want to play Kiwami 2 after really enjoying Zero and the remake of the first game, but for some reason it never seems to come on a sale! Kiwami and Zero are always in the sale, but I'm holding out!
Kiwami 2 has only been out about 10 months I'd guess. I think the sale prices for Yakuzas start about a year after release.
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June 17th, 2019, 2:20 pm
I finished Suikoden 2 over the weekend, it made me sad that I had to finish it.
Good to hear, its a fantastic game that has aged very well over the last 20 years.
The game as a few endings, the best of which requires all 108 stars of destiny (characters). Ending spolilers ahead.
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I actually preferred the ending I got. Nanami and Jowy survive in the best ending. It's nice but it felt like a cop out given the tone of the game

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by ColinAlonso » June 17th, 2019, 9:20 pm

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Jan 16 - Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
Jan 20 - FTL: Faster Than Light (PC) (Easy)
Jan 25 - Final Fantasy VIII (PSVita - PS1 Classic)
Jan 27 - Puzzle Bobble (Switch) (Difficulty Level 4 - One credit)
Feb 3 - Metal Slug 3 (PS4 - PS2 anthology version on Easy)
Feb 8 - Puzzle Bobble 2 (Switch)(Vs Computer mode - Normal)
Feb 12 - Puzzle Bobble 2 (Switch)(Puzzle mode - One credit)
Feb 20 - Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (3DS - DS cart)
Feb 21 - Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch) (World of Light)
Mar 3 - Ristar (JP version) (PC)
Mar 22 - Wargroove (Switch)
Mar 31 - River City Ransom (Switch - NES rom)
Apr 2 - Donkey Kong '94 (3DS - VC)
Apr 20 - Super Dodge Ball (Switch - NES rom)
Apr 28 - Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
May 2 - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Switch)
May 2 - Aladdin SNES (PC emulation)
May 6 - Aladdin Mega Drive (PC Emulator)
Jun 16 - Yakuza Kiwami 2 - Majima Saga (PS4)
Jun 17 - Tetris Effect (PS4) (Normal)
The easiest way to describe it is Lumines: Tetris Edition and a lot of the cool ways the gameplay, sound and visuals interact are all present and correct but this really does feel like a step up from those games. Of course I only played it on a 1080p screen with headphones and despite never having used VR, its obvious that the visuals were designed for VR and would look stunning with it.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by dezm0nd » June 18th, 2019, 12:03 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
May 26th - Guacamelee 2

June 4th - Gato Roboto
June 14th - Dishonoured Death of the Outsider
June 17th - Cadence of Hyrule
Cadence of hyrule - loved it

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by duskvstweak » June 18th, 2019, 12:21 am

Caligulas Horse wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 2:20 pm
I finished Suikoden 2 over the weekend, it made me sad that I had to finish it.
I just started the first game last night!

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Caligulas Horse » June 18th, 2019, 12:47 pm

ColinAlonso wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Alex79uk wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 11:09 am
I really want to play Kiwami 2 after really enjoying Zero and the remake of the first game, but for some reason it never seems to come on a sale! Kiwami and Zero are always in the sale, but I'm holding out!
Kiwami 2 has only been out about 10 months I'd guess. I think the sale prices for Yakuzas start about a year after release.
Caligulas Horse wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 2:20 pm
I finished Suikoden 2 over the weekend, it made me sad that I had to finish it.
Good to hear, its a fantastic game that has aged very well over the last 20 years.
The game as a few endings, the best of which requires all 108 stars of destiny (characters). Ending spolilers ahead.
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I actually preferred the ending I got. Nanami and Jowy survive in the best ending. It's nice but it felt like a cop out given the tone of the game
Yeah I actually spent quite a bit of time replaying the end section just to get the 'good' ending.
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I enjoyed the happy ending and thought it was quite touching despite it not really making much sense lol.
Nanami's fake death was just silly though and it is especially nonsensical that even if you trigger the conversation between Huan and Shu where Nanami reveals she is alive, you still have to do everything else at the end with Jowy for Shu to actually reveal that Nanami is alive to you AND if he doesn't do that then she is actually dead at the end.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Caligulas Horse » June 18th, 2019, 12:48 pm

duskvstweak wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 12:21 am
Caligulas Horse wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 2:20 pm
I finished Suikoden 2 over the weekend, it made me sad that I had to finish it.
I just started the first game last night!
Awesome, I kind of wish I had done it first but plan to give it a go at some point anyway.

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Post by Chopper » June 19th, 2019, 10:02 am

American Truck Simulator

There's no completion condition here so I made up my own - visit all locations in the game. That's done now and I'm still left wondering about this game's curious appeal. There were times in the game where I was seriously considering buying the Oregon and Washington expansions, and other times I was wondering what the hell I was doing.

It worked on some levels for me and not on others. I quickly got tired of the mod that plays real radio stations as it got too depressing - not only the gouging and politics, but the ads for prison officers paying 15 bucks an hour (14 an hour for cooks in the same place, I know which one I'd be going for).

I did listen to a lot of podcasts. Best for me was this one about a car dealership in New Jersey.

It doesn't really work as a tourist simulator, as the nods to the big attractions are cursory; to be fair, there's a lot of Americana in the American Southwest, and for me it worked best as a 'this looks interesting, let's have a look on Wikipedia'-type experience. Virtual tourism then.

I think they got the ambience of the Southwest right - there's a definite sense of place - but a lot of genericness too. I was slightly disappointed some geographical features were not present - the big mountain that features so prominently in Breaking Bad is missing from Albuquerque - but they did very well indeed overall. The transitions between biomes - high mesa, desert, coastal forest - was well done and the sunrises and sunsets were lovely.

Done with it now though thank the lord.

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by ReprobateGamer » June 19th, 2019, 10:53 am

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Jan - Lego Marvel Avengers
Jan - Titanfall 2
Feb - Oxenfree
March - Gorogoa
April - Resident Evil 2 Remake - Leon A + Claire 2nd Run + Runaway
April - Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 - story
April 29th - holedown
June 18th - Abzú (Xone)

Because I didn't spend enough time over the weekend trying out new games, I ran through Abzú (well mostly swam) getting 100% inside of three hours. For anyone who has played Flower , this played very much the same and had a very similar progression (though thankfully no motion controls!).
Obviously Abzú is ocean themed to Flower's wind/petal gimmick but the mix of nature to technology pretty much mirrors that of the earlier game.
There were some stunning visuals but there was nothing more to do with the experience beyond what was presented. Didn't outstay it's welcome but Journey certainly remains my top pick for this style of landscape traverse games.
I'm glad I've played it but, sadly, more glad that I didn't pay for it (thanks Game Pass)

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Scrustle » June 20th, 2019, 12:37 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
20/06 - Bioshock

So after wrestling with the awful remaster, I switched over to the original version instead. Still a great time that stands up very well, although it does feel a tad clunky in some ways. Aiming feels a bit wonky, but I've always thought the feel of shooting is pretty good. It's got good sound design and weapons have a real kick to them.

But everything that got this game so much praise a decade ago is still as sharp and impactful today. Great art design and aesthetic, a really well written story with a brilliantly delivered twist (apart from it being rather clumsily re-explained the moment after they reveal it so expertly), and some very interesting political themes. In fact those themes feel more relevant now than ever with how the world has been going recently. It's also really enjoyable to come back to this game years later, having got a deeper understanding of the kinds of things it covers, and so being able to get more meaning out of it. This being my third time through, that's not even the first time that's happened. Makes me hopeful that I might be able to to it again some other time down the road.

Another thing that stood out to me is how this game actually has some parallels with the parts of Infinite that got so highly criticised. The way that game fumbled its depiction of the Vox Populi that caught it so much flak is actually somewhat similar to some of the stuff they do with Atlas in this game. They manage to steer away from putting their foot in it here for the most part, but it's kind of interesting to go back to this game after hearing all of those criticisms, and seeing they kind of have a slight precedence here. Now it makes me curious to go back to Infinite again and see how it compares. I picked this one up along with 2, and was sort of intending on playing that after if I felt like it. But now I think I might go for Infinite instead.

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Post by James » June 21st, 2019, 6:36 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)
27th May - Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Xbox One)
2nd Jun - Sekiro: SDT (Xbox One) (1000G)
6th Jun - Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (PSVR)
13th Jun - Furi (PS4)
18th Jun - Blood & Truth (PSVR)
21st Jun - Watch Dogs 2 (PS4)

After playing and loving Astro Bot recently, I decided to pick up Blood & Truth. It was getting some pretty-good word of mouth, and I was up for another VR game.
Turns out it is pretty good, I think. The story is a collection of action scenes strung together by some tried and tested plot beats, but it's really all about the action. The problem is that PSVR tracking can be a bit iffy, I've found. So Blood & Truth, in theory, allows you to hold a gun in two hands and look down the sights. When this works I felt like I was in a ridiculous action film, taking out enemies with unbelievable speed and precision. More often than not though the rifle would jump from my hands, backwards through my head, making aiming more of a guessing game. It was bad enough that I decided instead to resort to holding whichever gun I had at full arms length and pointing it in the general direction I wanted to shoot, with kinda decent-ish results.
Throw in a bucket of gangster cliches and Colin Salmon inexplicably putting on an American accent that I just couldn't get on board with, and it's an odd experience. A full, narrative-meets-action experience like this in VR is quite impressive when it works, but PSVR's tracking and resolution issues (the game is quite blurry in the middle-to-long distance) hold it back. Oh, and the vehicle chase sequences were endlessly frustrating for me. Probably my fault, but I died way too often in those sections to have any fun at all.

On the other end of the spectrum is Watch Dogs 2. I heard good things about it back in 2016, but the marketing of the game had kinda put me off. Now, nearly three years later, and egged on by the announcement of Watch Dogs: Legion, I decided to pick WD2 up for under a tenner. It's very Ubisoft open world (no towers to climb though), and enthusiastically adopts the pop-culture hacker aesthetic.
But I really enjoyed WD2. The story has been a little surpassed by some of the events of the past few years, which gives the game a weird hopeful atmosphere; yes, corrupt politicians and privacy-ignoring corporations and election fixing and racist police, but the game presents a group of individuals coming together to counter all of this. That I was able to play non-lethally was a nice surprise, and there were plenty of "hacking" skills to keep the gameplay varied throughout.
A really-enjoyable reminder that Ubisoft's open worlds don't have to be endless to be good value. And whatever they may say, their games won't ever be apolitical. :mrgreen:

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Re: Games Completed 2019

Post by Michiel K » June 23rd, 2019, 8:48 pm

23-6 - Donkey Kong '94/GB (3DS)

Fun times. Now back to the arcade original once more.

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