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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » September 13th, 2019, 7:51 pm

clippa wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Stanshall wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 3:47 pm
I inevitably missed aspects of the buggers picture and deeper context
Does the auto spelling correct on modern phones learn from users past behaviour? :lol:
I'm surprised it's not just a string of discordant filth, you fat thumbed deviant!
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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Magical_Isopod » September 14th, 2019, 1:53 am

clippa wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Stanshall wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 3:47 pm
I inevitably missed aspects of the buggers picture and deeper context
Does the auto spelling correct on modern phones learn from users past behaviour? :lol:
I'm surprised it's not just a string of discordant filth, you fat thumbed deviant!
Magical_Isopod wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 5:46 pm
(similar to UK Labour - Corbyn, not Blair)
I hope to god Corbyn gets in!
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Yeah, but I won't let my kids watch TV or play on tablets in bed, either. Haha.
Yeah, I used to get into bed with a tablet, staring into the light of a thousand suns, kidding myself that I was winding down. Ridiculous behaviour.
I have my grievances with Corbyn and UK politics in general - it all comes off as very posh to me, as a Canadian observer - but Corbyn did take the time to wish my party well at our last federal Convention in 2018, over live feed. I'd be lying if I said that didn't endear me to the guy a little bit. He also congratulated Jagmeet for being the first Sikh party leader in Canadian history (he's actually the first person of colour to be elected as party leader here). Was very impressed overall.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » September 14th, 2019, 9:34 am

Daemon X Machina is about two thirds of a really good game. The core gameplay of zipping around and unloading on big robots with your bazooka and assault rifle and sword is great fun, spectacular stuff.

The story and characters and voice acting (and constant, loathsome banter commentary during missions) are utterly abysmal. I honestly don't know how anyone could come up with this total shit and go home thinking 'job's a good un'.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » September 14th, 2019, 11:22 am

Haven't been playing much this week, but I'm finding Battle Brothers to be a bit overwhelming, in the same way as I found Darkest Dungeon to be overwhelming - too many people on your roster, too much gear and abilities to equip, too much 'meta' when reading up about tactics and strategy.

I'm just paralysed by all of it - at the moment I even need to clear out space in my inventory because I can't decide what to sell. I need to man up and get over it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by clippa » September 14th, 2019, 4:24 pm

Ugh, I know what you mean, I like it when you've just got one guy. You feel like an unpaid babysitter when there's like 10 of the pricks.
I hovered over the buy button on darkest dungeons so many times, there's so much about it I would like, but I just kept hearing bad things about it being a right pain in the arse.

I don't mind simplified group combat like you get in kings bounty or curious expedition, but when you've got to level up and make decisions for every guy and go through 10 menus to use a potion, oh just fuck off.

Do you like roguelikes, chopper? You might just need a little break from all those big brain games. Give golden krone hotel a go, that's fab!
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Why'd you edit your post, what was wrong with it? I liked it. You're very suit and tie on here, it's freaking me out.
Relaaaax, have a hotdog!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » September 14th, 2019, 5:05 pm

I thought I liked Roguelikes but when I think about it, I haven't played that many. I will look into it ;)

Man, Darkest Dungeon is so good! I've played the first two hours about 8 times.

After that it gets really annoying. :D

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 14th, 2019, 10:49 pm

I was looking through my PS4 download list earlier and came across a game called Rogue Aces. Never heard of it, but it must have been on PS+ at some point. Curious, I downloaded it. Its really fun! 2D side on plane game, not really a shmup because you have full 360 control of the plane, but it's like a cross between that Luftraisers (can't remember if that's the exact title) and an old Amiga game I used to like. You get missions like take out X amount of enemy planes, destroy a radio tower, sink a battleship etc, and you can land any time on the aircraft carrier to refuel and repair. It's quite cartoony, and the 'tally-ho' theme is a little annoying, but it's a really fun game and worth a look at least if you got it free at some point.

If you do try it, check the controls in the options, because the tutorial tells you next to nothing. I didn't even realise I had rockets till I went in the menus!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ratsoalbion » September 14th, 2019, 11:41 pm

Wings of Fury?


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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 15th, 2019, 5:55 am

Rogue Aces does look exactly like an updated version of that Wings Of Fury, but I was sure the game I was thinking of began with or had 'Aero' as part of the title. I thought it was more about doing tricks and stuff rather than shooting stuff, but Google hasn't proved fruitful in my search. I really can't remember, maybe it was Wings Of Fury I was thinking of after all!

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Aha!


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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by seansthomas » September 15th, 2019, 10:16 am

Scrustle wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 4:56 pm
I just finished chapter 6 of Astral Chain so I think that makes me about halfway through. I was considering talking about this game earlier (apart from the first impressions of course) but I was holding off, because honestly I was pretty disappointed with it. While I had a lot to say, the idea of dragging this game felt rather depressing, considering my love for Platinum. But then suddenly out of nowhere, it just got massively better and it finally clicked. It's still pretty early as it's only since this last chapter that is has turned such a corner, but it feels damn good to finally crack this.

But I still think the criticisms are worth noting, so I have to mention them. At first the game was completely overwhelming. It came across as simply far too visually chaotic, as I was basically unable to make sense of what was happening on screen. The art style, while aesthetically appealing, is full of really strong colours and high contrast which tended to blend together very easily. And with enemies being so aggressive, and the frame rate often struggling to maintain even 30fps, that didn't help things. Almost every fight felt like a mess where I was being thrown around like a chew toy, not even getting a chance to respond to anything that was being thrown at me. The controls are also pretty fiddly and unnecessarily complicated in many ways. The precision blade mode that's lifted out of Metal Gear Rising in particular is a pain to use. There are also a number of just strange design decisions that seem to serve no purpose other than to frustrate. Chapter 4 in particular is horrible for this, where they litter the whole level with goo that makes you stumble when you walk in to it. Not helpful in a fight. And then there's the exploration sections at the start of chapters before you go in to the more linear action-focused latter parts. I like it from one perspective, as it's cool to inhabit this world and explore it. But at the same time, these sections often feel like padding where objectives aren't that interesting, and it breaks out the pacing of the game in a way that I think does it a disservice.

But then going in to chapter 6 things suddenly changed. I realised I could upgrade my gear much more than I had been doing so far. Suddenly unlocked a bunch of very useful moves that helped me keep on top of combat way more effectively. The ability to automatically bind a group of enemies in front of me, and being able to go from that straight in to a high damage sync combo. As well as finally unlocking a distance-closing attack that also chains in to a sync. So suddenly it all makes sense! I was starting to wonder where the hell all these 9/10 reviews were coming from, but now I think I see it. It's extremely satisfying to pull off a good chain of sync attacks, controlling the battlefield and switching between Legions on the fly. While I still think some of my issues still stand (the performance in particular really struggles in the boss of this chapter) now I think I can see where the magic lies, and what this game is going for. I also think there are things about this specific chapter that help as well. This is the first one where you're not put up against mostly new enemies, and there is a lack of any annoying gimmicks that get in the way of the fun. So there's no nasty surprises with stuff that you don't know how to tackle, or things that get in the way of you trying to deal with that either. At least, when it comes to combat anyway.

It's a shame it took so long to click though. It makes me think that's another issue with this game actually. It starts you off well below the level of power you need to be to tackle what the game is putting you up against, and it takes too long to reach that point. I suppose I can understand them wanting to ease you in gradually with this game, being such a unique thing, but I get the feeling they picked the wrong things to hold back from you. If I had at least some of this earlier, my time with the game so far would have been so much more positive. But at least this does somewhat confirm my suspicions that this game will be much more fun through the second time, when you have all the skills unlocked and know what you're doing. Or at least those early chapters will.
I was feeling this way too until about Chapter 4, then found all those upgrades and started to change my style of play. Much less button mashing a la Bayonetta, more patient movement and timing a la Arkham Asylum. And it hugely clicked

Chapters 6 and 7 have been two of the best few hours of a game I've ever played. Looking forward to the finale.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 15th, 2019, 10:44 am

I've got about three hours in to Super Metroid, made a decent amount of progress, and I'm not sure whether I'm enjoying it or not. James Farley described it on this weeks TCGS as a perfect game that is just as playable now as it ever was. I don't know if I agree. It's wilfully obtuse, leaving the player to rely on hidden paths to progress, and endless blocks routes that leave you stumped as to how you can go on. Sometimes you just have to bomb the floor and it disappears, except there is nothing indicating that section can be destroyed, leaving you just carpet bombing every level in a desperate attempt to get further. The complete lack of direction in the game is also an issue. You're never sure where you need to go, and there's no structure. For the proto-MetroidVania game, there doesn't appear to be much back tracking, either. In my three hours I've seldom gone back on myself. But there are moments that it's exciting, atmospheric, and genuinely chilling as you inch forward in to the unknown.

So, totally undecided. I'm feeling down on it right now as I'm stuck and can't find where to go, so that may be colouring my opinion. I can see why it turned so many heads back in the day, but I think it's been bettered since in almost every aspect.

EDIT: You know, I think I'm going to start again. I'm sure I've gone wrong somewhere, gone down some secret route and got stuck instead of following the obvious path. Yeah, I'm going to reset, reboot, and relearn.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ratsoalbion » September 15th, 2019, 12:49 pm

I spent almost 15 years getting lost in Super Metroid before I finally finished it!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Magical_Isopod » September 15th, 2019, 1:04 pm

ratsoalbion wrote:
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I spent almost 15 years getting lost in Super Metroid before I finally finished it!
Bruv, I've attempted to play Super Metroid three times now and EVERY SINGLE TIME I get lost and lose interest during that ocean area. I can understand the nostalgia and why the game's so beloved, but in terms of playability without a guide, Metroid Fusion does a lot of things so much better - which is why it's my favourite in the series. Like, mechanically, I think Super Metroid actually holds up really well, but some of that, "Try and guess what I, developer, was thinking when I made this level," stuff is gosh darn frustrating these days.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » September 15th, 2019, 1:41 pm

Yet another puzzle game for me today. This time, Snakebird. The premise is very simple: adorable little snakes try to escape a series of challenge rooms through strategic positioning and eating fruit along the way. Gravity is also a factor. Colorful aesthetic? Check. Baby toy music? Check. Goofy sound effects? Check.

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The only problem is that the cutesy exterior belies one the most hard-boiled brainbreakers I've ever encountered. I'm barely a third of the way through and I am struggling with some of these stages. The game also has a casual sequel/appetizer of sorts, Snakebird Primer, which I played through without much difficulty. Needless to say, that didn't prepare me for the insane difficulty spike of the main game in any way, shape or form.

Oof. This one really makes me feel like an absolute invertebrate at times. Mad props to whoever out there has managed to play through the entire game without looking up any of the solutions. :shock:

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 15th, 2019, 1:46 pm

ratsoalbion wrote:
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I spent almost 15 years getting lost in Super Metroid before I finally finished it!
One playthrough, or did you keep starting again?

I could have sworn there was a CaR on the game, but I don't think there has been, has there?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 15th, 2019, 1:48 pm

KSubzero1000 wrote:
September 15th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Yet another puzzle game for me today. This time, Snakebird.
Looks interesting. Downloading to my phone right now.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ratsoalbion » September 15th, 2019, 1:54 pm

I started again several times. We haven’t covered any Metroid on the podcast.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » September 15th, 2019, 1:57 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
September 15th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Looks interesting. Downloading to my phone right now.
It starts off rather inconspicuously. But then... :mrgreen:

Let us know how you get on!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 15th, 2019, 2:10 pm

KSubzero1000 wrote:
September 15th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Alex79uk wrote:
September 15th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Looks interesting. Downloading to my phone right now.
It starts off rather inconspicuously. But then... :mrgreen:

Let us know how you get on!
It's great! I can see me plugging away at this for weeks. Level 6 and I'm stumped!

Very good so far, though. That 'undo last move' button is a godsend. I avoided pressing it for a while because I thought it took you back to the level select screen, and so I kept restarting the whole stage every time I messed up :lol:

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » September 15th, 2019, 2:18 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
September 15th, 2019, 2:10 pm
It's great! I can see me plugging away at this for weeks. Level 6 and I'm stumped!
Yeah, I love it too, despite the hurdle.

Remember, if it proves to be too much: there is also another (and much easier) game in the same series. Perhaps it might help ease you into the in-game logic a little bit.

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