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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » September 8th, 2019, 5:16 pm

duskvstweak wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 4:59 pm
I still have not gotten past the tutorial of Crusader Kings II.
Ugh! Tell me about it. That game...

I have over eight hours played in Endless Legend and have not got out of the tutorial yet. I keep starting it, losing interest, and then have to do it all over again a few years later.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by clippa » September 8th, 2019, 5:32 pm

Chopper wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Endless Legend
New pet name for my winky, thank you.
I saw it was on sale the other day and thought "ooh, that sounds interesting, like some sort of procedurally generated dungeon crawler or something. UGH! It's a chopper game, get it away from my eyes!"
The only 4x I'm interested in is castlemaine.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Kacey » September 8th, 2019, 5:53 pm

Brief post as I'm at work but.......

Finished up Need for Speed Undercover for the PlayStation 2. Part of me enjoyed the driving in spite of all the issues but part of me is still angry that the final boss got stuck and drove into the same wall for 45 minutes (not exaggeration). Putting the finishing touches on a video about it to hopefully come out tomorrow.

Finally getting back into Apex Legends after I was super not enjoying it anymore a few weeks ago. I've logged about 600 hours in it since launch and I loved it dearly but as tight as the gameplay is, the kicked-while-you're-down feeling of it was starting to get to me and I feel like the standard 3-player BR mode has worn thin on me at this point. The new event with the mode where there's only lvl1 armor, snipers and shotguns on the map has been a lot of fun, and proven the stimulus shot I needed to enjoy it again.

My research into the past of Undercover has led me to NASCAR 08 for the PlayStation 2, made by the same people as the PS2/Wii version of Undercover and in a similar situation where it's a much different game than the 7th gen counterparts. I remember playing Thunder 2003/2004/Dirt to Daytona as a kid and am curious to do so again, but also am excited to play the newer, more advanced games. And for a PS2 game, this looks really impressive- smooth 60, textures aren't half bad, damage model looks good, controls are tight. Didn't see myself getting into a sports sim career mode.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by macstat » September 8th, 2019, 6:43 pm

I jumped back into Monster Hunter World couple of days ago. I learned that new expansion is basically unplayable if you're not deep in endgame so i decided to work on my character. It sucked me in and i started to play with two new weapons on top of usual stuff :P

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 8th, 2019, 8:04 pm

stvnorman wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Also played another chapter of Detroit. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse I’m carrying an old man to the toilet! Unlikely to become one of my favourite games ever so far.
It really is a great game! Definitely stick with it, it's a really interesting story and very little in the way of boring or frustrating sections, unlike Cage's previous work (which I loved, despite their flaws).

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » September 9th, 2019, 11:04 am

clippa wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 5:32 pm
UGH! It's a chopper game, get it away from my eyes!"
I seriously considered recording a video for you where I just went through all the numbers on this screen:

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but it would be too lame by far.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » September 9th, 2019, 1:18 pm

So, Demons Crest is quite interesting isn’t it ??

I’d never played it, just new it was related to the Gargolyes Quest games.

Great sprite work.

Check it out on the SNES player on the Switch 😎.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ratsoalbion » September 9th, 2019, 1:45 pm

I really like Demon’s Crest. It starts off a bit more gently than its parent Ghosts/Ghouls games, and as you say, I think it features some of Capcom’s finest sprite work.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » September 9th, 2019, 2:44 pm

Yeah, it’s blooming lovely, some stunning backgrounds and sprites.

I’ll be spending much more time with it.

I’m currently playing Gargoyles Quest on the Game Boy, so I’m all Ghouly and ghosty at the minute.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 10th, 2019, 8:31 pm

Yeah I read that and really want to play it.

As for the SNES games, there doesn't seem to be a terrible one among them. Even the football game was fun enough to play a few matches.

I've been browsing lists ranking all the games, and consistently Brawl Brothers comes near the bottom - I really enjoyed it! IGN can fuck off as well, putting Pilotwings in the bottom five. Get out of here!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » September 11th, 2019, 10:15 am

Alex79uk wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 8:31 pm
IGN can fuck off as well, putting Pilotwings in the bottom five.
Slightly related to this but I find IGN’s Nintendo coverage has dramatically decreased in quality, specifically their NVC podcast. I don’t even listen to it anymore.

I find it’s turned into a giggle fight, with silly in house jokes about nothing and throw away comments about anything other than the best Zelda game, Pokemon or Mario 64.

I generally find that whenever guests try to bring conversation to a decent level or back on track, jokes are just shouted over them.

I cringe at the current geist of all podcast hosts guests need to be comedians.

More Jose Otero please.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Sinclair Gregstrum » September 11th, 2019, 2:29 pm

Suits wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 10:15 am
More Jose Otero please.
If memory serves he actually left to join Nintendo a while back...

Yep - he's at Nintendo Treehouse now!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » September 11th, 2019, 2:36 pm

Yeah, at the Treehouse team.

I’m yet to see him on any of their demo features though, where I’m sure he would flourish.

Perhaps he works mainly on translation works.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by KSubzero1000 » September 11th, 2019, 5:57 pm

Pokémon Crystal is pretty cool, it turns out.

I'm not the biggest Pokémon fan in general and I actually forgot just how much grinding there is to it, which is mostly a negative to me these days (same as the numerous randomized battles). But the core premise is as wonderful and the universe as charming as ever.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » September 11th, 2019, 9:19 pm

I am going to bed, and will spend the next two hours playing Super Metroid. I have never played it before and am excited to get in to it. Will report back. Goodnight.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by clippa » September 11th, 2019, 9:50 pm

"We go to bed to sleep!" was always my dads motto when he found me listening to my walkman

"Take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty"

the echo on that last word, it always sounded like my dad was shouting "STEVEN!" and I used to have to take my headphones off and listen for him shouting again.
Fucking walking on eggshells and trying not to breath :lol:
Fat cunt used to read his book in bed, same thing, innit?

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Post by Alex79uk » September 12th, 2019, 1:26 pm

Yeah, but I won't let my kids watch TV or play on tablets in bed, either. Haha.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » September 13th, 2019, 2:39 pm

Having a great time with Super Mario World on Switch, despite my Mario guru Leon Cox telling me I’m not playing it properly! If I get to the end in my amateur fashion, I promise to go back and look for some secret stuff (and I don’t just mean the dash button)!

After spending over 20 hours perfecting my Virtua Racing Medium track skills just to actually win the race, the Expert track took a tenth of that time to beat. It was a cheap win too - very average time, nowhere near my best that did it. After 30 hours total on the Switch Sega Ages version, and at least double that racing my brother on his Megadrive, I can safely say it’s one of my top 50 games ever. Now to see how many more hours I can rinse out of denting the Expert leaderboard!

In complete contrast, I’ve binned Detroit on Chapter 8. I thought business was picking up again with some more futuristic CSI, then I’m back in the scumbag’s house I cleaned before I took the old man to the toilet. No more!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Caligulas Horse » September 13th, 2019, 4:47 pm

I'm playing Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and really enjoying it. I haven't completed many Mario games (I didn't grow up with Nintendo) but I do always enjoy them and I'm a huge JRPG fan so I thought it was a good choice for a first game on my SNES Mini.

It's great to pop on and play for a couple of hours at the end of a long day; it's been a bunch of fun & a nice change to the epic scale of most JRPGs I've played. The dialogue is very tongue in cheek, you get the feeling that they had a lot of fun writing it. It's all a bit childish, in a way that's charming rather than obnoxious or banal.

The combat is cool, when you defeat an enemy they kind of disappear in a puff of smoke and a coin pops out with that iconic sound; it's really satisfying, especially if you take out a batch with one move. You press the 'B' button right before a hit to get a critical, it's simple yet effective. You can also dodge attacks in a similar fashion, I think you are meant to press B just as you are hit, before the damage shows, it's a wee bit tricky and I'm having some trouble mastering it but so far it hasn't really mattered.

The special moves are bit more varied, Bowser's special moves tell you to "rotate the control pad", this led to me twirling my SNES mini controller in the air a few times before I realised how stupid I was being.

It isn't a very challenging game, I've barely had to heal at all as your characters get max health when they level up or beat a boss and sometimes it's gifted to you when you hit an enemy.

There isn't loads to talk about with the cast. Bowser joining the party was a nice surprise, he's an insecure, wannabe-tough guy and it's quite funny, even if it's cliche. Mario is Mario, it's fun watching him communicate by bouncing around the room acting things out. The animations in general are really good and make each scene a joy to watch, Bowser's cry face is my favourite.

The enemies are the usual for a Mario game. The bosses so far have been standard slapstick buffoons and a cake (evil or just badly treated depending on your perspective).

It's much more linear than a standard Square game, you always know what you are doing next and travelling between worlds/towns is done in the Mario way, travelling back to any town takes a few seconds of moving around the board and this adds to how easy it is to jump in and out. The game never drags, you just hop from place to place and do the business.

There isn't too much to say about the look of most of the towns, they are pretty generic; however, they are inhabited by some funny characters that make it worth taking a quick tour.

The dungeons are much more varied and fun to explore. All of them contain some nice puzzles and platforming sections, it helps to alleviate the monotony that sometimes starts to sink in when you've been exploring an area for awhile in RPGs. it obviously isn't like playing any other Mario game because you can only die in a battle, there isn't any real pressure when you're attempting a jump etc. The enemies are all visible so you can avoid them if you want and if you get a star you can just run through them and pick up the experience, which is great 8-) .

My favourite bit of the game so far has been Star Hill, this is where all of people's wishes lie around in the form of smiley stars. You can walk around reading the different wishes, it's a nice touch. A bit before this in the story you come across some comical German bakers who have made a cake that turns out to be sentient and evil (or possibly just acting in self defense since you hit it first, you bastard!) I didn't find the cliche German accent thing funny at first but I have to admit that coming across a star that said "I vant to be the vald's greatest baker" caught me off guard and made me chuckle.

So yeah I'm glad I've given this a go, I'm not sure if it will take me into the Paper Mario series but I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

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