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RainyTheBusinessPerson
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:37 pm 
 

Yeah, I totally agree with Nintendo being a pretty bad company overall, despite having some good games and series. Honestly, I really dislike most of their business decisions, they come off as extremely arrogant. I don't even have much of an interest in modern Nintendo games because it just feels like they're riding off the names of most of their series, rather than trying to make interesting games that actually feel new with their mechanics (most of them are just retreading of old ground and play fairly safe). I'd have tons more to complain about Nintendo as a company, like their forced scarcity of products, being terrible regarding copyright, having their products being pretty overpriced, and a bunch more, but that's the most I feel like mentioning here.

Anyway, I just finished Super Metroid. It was super fun and I plan on replaying it not too much later. I only had 91% complete, I actually have no idea of where else to find secrets, but I'm going to attempt a 100% completion, even if I may need a guide (although I avoid that as much as I can).

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Curious_dead
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:22 am 
 

Nintendo has tried to re-do Mario 64 for a while, but IMO they always missed the mark. WHat was fun in Mario 64 was the meta-hub that you had to explore. And the stars were very well balanced in terms of number; there was enough that getting them all felt like accomplishment, but not so many as to dilute the whole idea, and they gave you hints without telling you the whole thing. I think they're trying to recapture the same magic, as they have used similar concepts, but it just doesn't connect as well for me.

I didn't love Breath of the Wild as much as many; yeah sure, the physics are coold and allow plenty of cool stunts for short clips on the Internet, but the weapons breaking was stupid AF, the mini-dungeons were repetitive and became rapidly boring, the main dungeons were among the worst in the series, and the Ganon fight was ultimately a pushover. The enemy variety was terrible, too. I did like the story and the kind of exploration in general, it's just that it usually led to "yet another mini-dungeon, yay..."

They are quite lazy with their franchises. Nintendo has always been weird, very conservative in how they adapt to the modern world. I mean, they just learned that the internet existed, or so it seems.

EDIT days later to add:

I played the whole Outriders demo since it's going to be on Xbox Game Pass when it releases.

It's fun. Not amazing, but I feel like it might be better than Destiny.

The good: The game runs smoothly on the Series X and loads very quickly. You can skip cutscenes, which greatly accelerates the experience on a second character.

The classes I've tried are fun: the Devastator Earth dude and the Pyromancer. The abilities have a relatively short cooldown and feel powerful. It's closer to Anthem in terms of abilities than Destiny where your abilities have longer cooldowns. The Earth dude smashing into groups of enemies and crushing them and recovering health is very satisfying.

The loot is already interesting. Not visually of course, but it has some special abilities like life leech which is very useful.

The World Level mechanic seems (from the short demo) well implemented. Also, unlike Destiny, we have real talent trees! Too early to tell how useless most of the perks will be but at least there is an effort made.

The game looks decent. It's not next gen yet but for that type of game, the world is quite detailed.

Some parts of the story made me laugh
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notably when you're supposed to rescue a lieutenant and he's killed mid-speech by a stray bullet after he killed an enemy soldier in the back and was going on about the cruelty of war
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The bad: It's a looter shooter, so it MUST have terribel writing it seems. The story itself - the general idea - is serviceable and could be even good, but the dialogue seems it has been written by 90s teen edgelords. Every character is a macho badass dude, even the women. Everyone is always pissed and on edge. Some characters are clearly Chaotic Stupid. The main character is special because unlike every other Altered, he's ALSO an Outrider... meaning what exactly, that's not clear.

The shooting and cover mechanics aren't super snappy. It's good but Destiny's shooting was overall better. But the abilities compensate for it.

BUT... I'm fucking glad they decided to give the main character a voice and not make it one more mute protagonist. I hate that trend. Give Link a voice next, Nintendo!

And of course I have no idea how endgame will look like, but I barely cared for it in most looter shooters. As long as I have decent time reaching it, I don't mind if the endgame is bare bones at launch. I'm in no hurry.

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Turner
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:08 am 
 

RainyTheBusinessPerson wrote:
Yeah, I totally agree with Nintendo being a pretty bad company overall, despite having some good games and series. Honestly, I really dislike most of their business decisions, they come off as extremely arrogant. I don't even have much of an interest in modern Nintendo games because it just feels like they're riding off the names of most of their series, rather than trying to make interesting games that actually feel new with their mechanics (most of them are just retreading of old ground and play fairly safe). I'd have tons more to complain about Nintendo as a company, like their forced scarcity of products, being terrible regarding copyright, having their products being pretty overpriced, and a bunch more, but that's the most I feel like mentioning here.


Pretty much all of this.

I hate the laziness of it all. Nintendo's line is basically "oh yeah, here's our new console using tech that's a generation behind the rest, but it'll still be insanely hard to find! Everyone brace yourselves for a new Super Mario that's barely evolved since Super Mario World in 1992, a couple of half-finished Pokemon games that don't do anything new but add smoother graphics and new Pokemon no one cares about, Animal Crossing (turn your island into a tea party lol omg so cute!!!), a Zelda game that resembles an action RPG you could get for $30 less on steam, and then some other shit like smash bros! Oh also, we're also broadening our appeal outside the "modern Nintendo fan" base now, so we're remastering a few last-gen games and re-selling all our SNES titles! Hope everyone's excited for Skyrim v.600!"

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CoconutBackwards
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:37 am 
 

I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't eating up these Nintendo opinions.

It's weird to me how defensive people get over their Nintendo and it's massive disappointments.

"Hope you kids like multiplayer games, because we're gonna make sure our online system plays like Duke Nukem over dial up in the 90s!"
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ObservationSlave
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:21 am 
 

The most frustrating thing about Nintendo to me is they haven't released a decent controller in 20 years. I still use my gamecube controller for SSBU and MK8 and I've made every attempt I can to use it for other games, but the inability to bind buttons differently forced me to use the joy cons for games like Breath of the Wild. I'm fortunate that two of the four gamecube controllers I've had since 2001 are still in good condition, but they won't last forever. All of the "knock-offs" I've come across are absurdly overpriced and far less reliable. How much do I have to pay Nintendo to start manufacturing the OG gamecube controllers again?

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marktheviktor
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:27 pm 
 

I was a Sega kid growing up. My first 8-bit console was the SMS. And then I owned the Genesis years later. The GameCube was the only Nintendo console I ever owned. Looking back, I am totally convinced that the SNES was superior to its 16-bit competitor in almost every way hardware-wise. As a music lover, I especially admire how much better Nintendo’s sound chip was.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:59 pm 
 

I finally bought a GTX 2060 I found at a decent prize and I couldn't be happier. It's insane that more than a half year later it's still impossible to get decent graphic cards anywhere and the big companies aren't doing anything. Cryptocurrencies are probably one of the worst things to happen in this century so far. What a waste of energy and resources so that a few unscrupulous assholes grow rich.

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Bloodstone
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:32 am 
 

Gravetemplar wrote:
I finally bought a GTX 2060 I found at a decent prize and I couldn't be happier. It's insane that more than a half year later it's still impossible to get decent graphic cards anywhere and the big companies aren't doing anything. Cryptocurrencies are probably one of the worst things to happen in this century so far. What a waste of energy and resources so that a few unscrupulous assholes grow rich.


It’s really been hell to find them. The pandemic obviously plays a big part, manufacturing of a bunch of various electronics is just way down, affecting even the automotive industry and soon the phone industry. I thought maybe some newer models like RTX 3060 or RTX 6700 would have a decent stock at least at first or AMD/Nvidia wouldn’t even have bothered launching them. But no, pretty much bots gobbled up what tiny stock there was the instant they were launched. PC building is also way more popular than it’s ever been so yeah, even that RTX 2060 card I can imagine took a good amount of hunting to find at a non-insane price.

Been watching the excellent Double Fine Adventure series on YouTube about the making of Broken Age, an indie point-and-click adventure game funded through kickstarter in 2012 for $3 million (their goal was set at $300.000; ”mo’ money, mo problems” applies so hard). So I felt compelled to try the game myself and it’s a pretty good time, you can tell it’s by many of the same people behind Lucas Arts titles like Monkey Island, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango. Very pretty and whimsical sort of fantasy setting, but after a while the story gets rather convoluted and the puzzles get pretty bullshit-y. ”For fans of the genre” kind of a deal, overall.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:43 am 
 

Bloodstone wrote:
Gravetemplar wrote:
I finally bought a GTX 2060 I found at a decent prize and I couldn't be happier. It's insane that more than a half year later it's still impossible to get decent graphic cards anywhere and the big companies aren't doing anything. Cryptocurrencies are probably one of the worst things to happen in this century so far. What a waste of energy and resources so that a few unscrupulous assholes grow rich.


It’s really been hell to find them. The pandemic obviously plays a big part, manufacturing of a bunch of various electronics is just way down, affecting even the automotive industry and soon the phone industry. I thought maybe some newer models like RTX 3060 or RTX 6700 would have a decent stock at least at first or AMD/Nvidia wouldn’t even have bothered launching them. But no, pretty much bots gobbled up what tiny stock there was the instant they were launched. PC building is also way more popular than it’s ever been so yeah, even that RTX 2060 card I can imagine took a good amount of hunting to find at a non-insane price.

Yeah, it was pure luck because a company from here re-stocked and made pre-orders for them. I paid 300€/360$ for the RTX 2060 (I mixed the G and the R before) which I think is fair. I've seen them go for 450€/540$. It's insane. I'm even thinking of trying to sell my 1060, they sell for a lot more than I was expecting.

PS5 still nowhere to be seen here, only scalpers. Haven't seen a single one for sale at e-stores since November.

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Jonpo
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:07 pm 
 

If anyone is in the mood for a turn-based RPG, dungeon crawler with charming graphics, boppin' music, and depth of character customization, don't sleep on Osteoblasts. I've had it in the library for a few weeks but just played it today and I'm *checks save file* almost 5 hours in already. It's supposed to be pretty short for an RPG but you get to choose a starting class ala Dark Souls which should give some replayability. $7.99 at the moment, and I already feel like I got my money's worth.

I've also got big hopes for the RPG Adventure Rhythm Game Everhood, but haven't tried it yet.

edit: Speaking of completely bonkers RPGs, any of y'all play Hylics 1 and/or 2? I started 1 tonight, kinda frustrated that I can't use a controller but all you really need is arrow keys + enter or space bar. The visuals are BANANAS but I'm completely possessed by them. I put about 3 hours in tonight and can't find enough good things to say. Which...I guess this is where I would start "saying good things" about the game but it's so hard to describe. Everything is very very "silly" but in a surreal, atmospheric way. There is an "overworld" to explore as well as towns/cities/dungeons. You pick up party members as you go. Oh and you can avoid combat by literally just avoiding bumping into the enemy sprites. Which I strongly recommend doing until you pick up your first party member. Just run!

Anyways I expect even more from the sequel but I'm no longer planning to "power through" the first one. I'm full on smitten.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:01 am 
 

Oh and sorry for the double-post but if you're an indie game fan and you haven't gotten swept up in the hype for Loop Hero yet, well it's time to get savvy, ya dumb dumb. I can't compare it to anything I've ever played. Literally have no frame of reference for this thing. The visuals hooked me right away and then I read a few reviews where people cited having 300+ hours in the demo and I was all "Whaaaa?" but after playing for like...1 hour, I think you will understand. I certainly do.
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wizard_of_bore
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:26 am 
 

I have been playing Stardew Valley, since the Ginger Island update. There is an island to travel to, with more to do. I have yet to get 100 percent on this game yet, but it looks like I will with this playthrough.
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Bloodstone
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:57 am 
 

wizard_of_bore wrote:
I have been playing Stardew Valley, since the Ginger Island update. There is an island to travel to, with more to do. I have yet to get 100 percent on this game yet, but it looks like I will with this playthrough.


I kind of want to get back into that game but fear it will just eat up all of my free time. Maybe I’ll just play the excellent soundtrack again, hopefully that won’t rope me back in to no-lifeing the game proper as well :lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:00 am 
 

Bloodstone wrote:
wizard_of_bore wrote:
I have been playing Stardew Valley, since the Ginger Island update. There is an island to travel to, with more to do. I have yet to get 100 percent on this game yet, but it looks like I will with this playthrough.


I kind of want to get back into that game but fear it will just eat up all of my free time. Maybe I’ll just play the excellent soundtrack again, hopefully that won’t rope me back in to no-lifeing the game proper as well :lol:
For a game of that type, that is meant to be a carefree game, it really is addictive.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:44 pm 
 

wizard_of_bore wrote:
I have been playing Stardew Valley, since the Ginger Island update. There is an island to travel to, with more to do. I have yet to get 100 percent on this game yet, but it looks like I will with this playthrough.


I've jumped back into Stardew Valley because of the update as well. There's so much new stuff that's been added since I last played (I stopped around 1.2 I think) so it's been really fun. 1.5 alone added a substantial amount of content.

It's nice to have a lot more to work for and progress after the community center is finished. Hopefully we see more new areas like this in future updates.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:23 pm 
 

I've started GTAV again because I hadn't played it since it's release back in the day and I'm not exactly sure why but it hasn't aged all that well. First of all, the decision to split the story with 3 different characters is a bit tedious. Then I noticed the edgy 2000s humour that I honestly didn't remember and it made me cringe a bit. Is it just me? Maybe I was having a bad day but I wasn't as much into it as I was expecting. Also the city wasn't as full and interesting as I remembered. Maybe I got spoiled because RDR2 was a lot better.

I came back to GTAV because a lot of people were praising it and saying it was miles better than Cyberpunk 2077 and the only positive aspect I can think is that GTAV us a finished product. Not that the games are similar or anything but GTAV multiplayer was broken and unplayable for half a year and most people seem to have forgotten it.

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Death Mantra
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:26 pm 
 

Looks like Galactic Civilizations 4 is in the works. Hopefully it will be an improvement over #3 (which I found to be an unbalanced, unfocused mess).

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The_Emo_Hater
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:53 pm 
 

Just saw that SaGa Frontier is being remastered and released on the PS4 next month 4/15/21. I sold my PS1 copy years ago and have been kicking myself in the balls ever since. Interesting to see how the new character and scenario plays out.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:21 pm 
 

Playing through Tomb Raider 2013 for the third time, first time on PC (it was put out for free last year for a time). Such a breezy fun time, action scenes that go boom smash, Zelda-style puzzle dungeons (or tombs rather), cool mystical island location and it feels so satisfying just to collect and upgrade stuff. Much like Uncharted, but I prefer these games for some reason. Well, the shooting hasn’t aged so well and the game’s body count is way too high to for me to buy the sort of underdog role Lara Croft is supposed to have here, being a franchise reboot and all. Everything else is pretty great though and the thing still controls like a dream, so easy to just pick up and have fun with. Rise is just as good and I’ve played through it twice, haven’t played Shadow yet though.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:40 pm 
 

Playing Immortals: Fenyx Rising, can't believe I slept on this one. It's a funny mashup of the modern Assassin's Creed formula (without any pretense of realism, seriousness, or being a game about assassins...) and Breath of the Wilds, with funny narrators. Ubisoft is that weird gaming company that releases great but very formulaic games, that provide tons and tons of content, that sells DLC with actual good content (or at least, ones with some effort behind them), that releases the occasional (too rare) original gem (Child of Light....) but at the same time often rushes games, sells tons of microtransactions, etc. Personally their formula works for me and this is IMO a refinement of it. Being free from the shackles of the AC series do wonders.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:10 pm 
 

Bloodstone wrote:
Zelda-style puzzle dungeons (or tombs rather)

Whoa. What's life out there on another planet?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:49 am 
 

Morrigan wrote:
Bloodstone wrote:
Zelda-style puzzle dungeons (or tombs rather)

Whoa. What's life out there on another planet?


Talking about those mini-Breath of the Wilds dungeon.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:56 pm 
 

Disco Elysium - The Final Cut just got released. Probably on my top 3 videogames of all times, play it if you haven't.

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CoconutBackwards
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:45 pm 
 

Is it out on PS4???

I got it for the laptop, but I'm a Console guy.

I would love to start this again as I didn't finish shit.

*RELEASED TODAY. FUCK YEA I'LL BE BUYIN THIS SHIT TONIGHT*
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Jonpo
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:56 pm 
 

I happened to buy Disco Elysium yesterday and played for maybe an hour and a half?

I vomited twice, punched a 12 year old in the face for besting me in a verbal exchange, and got -utterly- too familiar with a person of interest during an interview, resulting in some dialogue that had me literally crying I was laughing so hard. Disco Elysium, whoever wrote the dialogue...they deserve infinite money. Please just keep throwing money at them.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:15 pm 
 

Jonpo wrote:
I happened to buy Disco Elysium yesterday and played for maybe an hour and a half?

I vomited twice, punched a 12 year old in the face for besting me in a verbal exchange, and got -utterly- too familiar with a person of interest during an interview, resulting in some dialogue that had me literally crying I was laughing so hard. Disco Elysium, whoever wrote the dialogue...they deserve infinite money. Please just keep throwing money at them.

Hell yeah, you got the whole Disco Elysium experience. I laughed a lot but I also cried a bit. The dialogues are spectacular. It starts great and only gets better. It's a rollercoaster of a game and the last 1/4 of the game punched me in the guts and broke my heart.

Also, I'm not sure where you're playing it but the new edition is free if you already own the game.

CoconutBackwards wrote:
Is it out on PS4???

I got it for the laptop, but I'm a Console guy.

I would love to start this again as I didn't finish shit.

*RELEASED TODAY. FUCK YEA I'LL BE BUYIN THIS SHIT TONIGHT*

Yeah, already out out on PC, PS4 and PS5 with controller support and full voiced dialogues (I prefer the option with half dialogues and half text though). It's also coming to Switch if I remember correctly but no date yet.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:56 pm 
 

Jonpo wrote:
I happened to buy Disco Elysium yesterday and played for maybe an hour and a half?

I vomited twice, punched a 12 year old in the face for besting me in a verbal exchange, and got -utterly- too familiar with a person of interest during an interview, resulting in some dialogue that had me literally crying I was laughing so hard. Disco Elysium, whoever wrote the dialogue...they deserve infinite money. Please just keep throwing money at them.


Yeah, best written game in a whiiiiiiile.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:58 pm 
 

They better keep the Chapo Trap House guys in The Final Cut! Hearing Matt Christman as an angry union boss always talking about the size of his dick was one of the best moments in a game that's almost nothing but Best Moments.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:33 am 
 

Curious_dead wrote:
Talking about those mini-Breath of the Wilds dungeon.

My joke was that those dungeons were bad and the puzzles were lame.

So now I feel compelled to repeat my joke in the form of "BotW's puzzles were that bad?"
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Bloodstone
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:22 am 
 

Morrigan wrote:
Curious_dead wrote:
Talking about those mini-Breath of the Wilds dungeon.

My joke was that those dungeons were bad and the puzzles were lame.

So now I feel compelled to repeat my joke in the form of "BotW's puzzles were that bad?"


Oh the puzzles aren’t of BotW’s caliber or anything, that game is one of my favorite games ever by the way. It was just a rough comparison as far as environmental puzzles in a secluded area that have little/no combat (discounting BotW’s combat dungeons that is) and offer a nice, chill break from the rest of the game. No super clever puzzle design or anything, but the variety spice I thought went a long way in TR 2013 and ROTTR.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:12 pm 
 

Metroidvania fans don't sleep on Narita Boy. Gorgeous visuals, killer soundtrack, and the "Hollow Knight healing system" which I think is my favorite mechanic that everyone has been adopting lately.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:55 pm 
 

Jonpo wrote:
Metroidvania fans don't sleep on Narita Boy. Gorgeous visuals, killer soundtrack, and the "Hollow Knight healing system" which I think is my favorite mechanic that everyone has been adopting lately.

This one has been siting on my list for a while but I've read elsewhere it was really short and a bit too easy so I've been waiting for it to be half prize. Do you agree with his sentiment? It's not that I'm waiting for it to be 30h and ultra difficult but I was expecting it to be at least over 12h.

Edit: typo.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:13 pm 
 

Nowhere near the endgame, played about an hour and 20 last night. Just barely past what I had done on the demo previous. I would say that if you're looking for something on the difficulty level of a Hollow Knight you're going to be disappointed. Certainly haven't seen anything like that. The first "boss" I ran into was basically just to make sure your controller is working. It IS a bit pricey compared to most indie metroidvania's these days. Wouldn't blame anyone who waited for a sale. I had some government "relief funds" to flush away.

I've been keyed in on it for awhile just from the visuals alone, I was thankful it "handles" pretty well although I would massively appreciate using the d-pad to move instead of analog sticks.

I'm still completely obsessed with Olija, best feeling combat in a single player 2D game that I've ever experienced. I wanted to double down on my recommendation but a recent patch is making my copy crash on transition screens so uh....whoops? Really hoping that gets fixed soon.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:41 pm 
 

Fair enough. I'll probably pick Olija soon though, really interested in playing that one.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:32 pm 
 

To be clear as can be: who cares about any game that isn't Disco Elysium for real. My second session was just as amazing and hilarious. I levelled up my empathy and briefly connected with the same 12 year old I had decked. He was real excited that we were whispering. But I tried to immediately play him against his hooligan friend and he called me on it. Bested again :lol:

Also reporting my badge missing was beyond hilarious. Especially since I had lied about it not being missing.

Disco Elysium is on a small 20% sale on PSN right now for my console bros. Can't imagine playing it with a controller but go nuts.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:52 am 
 

Jonpo wrote:
To be clear as can be: who cares about any game that isn't Disco Elysium for real. My second session was just as amazing and hilarious. I levelled up my empathy and briefly connected with the same 12 year old I had decked. He was real excited that we were whispering. But I tried to immediately play him against his hooligan friend and he called me on it. Bested again :lol:

Also reporting my badge missing was beyond hilarious. Especially since I had lied about it not being missing.

Disco Elysium is on a small 20% sale on PSN right now for my console bros. Can't imagine playing it with a controller but go nuts.

I started a run the other day and I lied about not having my gun on me, but had second thoughts about it so I decided to tell the dispatcher. He told me very quietly that he knew and had taken note but hadn't told his superiors. That was completely brilliant because you need to pass a check to convince them and even if you do THEY KNOW YOU LOST IT. The bits about not remembering your name and using a ridiculously fake one for the game is also hilarious. The "sorry cop" one is incredible too.

The controller support is decent. Sometimes you accidentally click something outside your field of vision but it works. The small text in some screens is the worst part about the console port.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:38 am 
 

Jonpo wrote:
Metroidvania fans don't sleep on Narita Boy. Gorgeous visuals, killer soundtrack, and the "Hollow Knight healing system" which I think is my favorite mechanic that everyone has been adopting lately.


Oh fuck yeah, Narita Boy is out?! YESSSS!!! For some reason I almost gave up on it, as well as Ghost Song, which is still in development.

But yeah, Narita Boy might be the coolest looking game out there.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:55 pm 
 

Gravetemplar: that is hilarious. Clearly there are so many ways to approach each scenario. I was getting roasted by the entire department.

Also I pretended to be racist so the phrenology dude would move. Leaning over to Kim and letting him know "it's just for the thing" cracked me up.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:32 am 
 

I still haven't touched The Final Cut yet but a few changes are disappointing to me regarding the biggest addition to the game, the full voice acting:
1. They replaced the Chapo boys and most shocking of all, Dasha as Klaasje. The new voices sound decent but not as charming, especially nu-Klaasje. What's sad is that the "Classic" setting does not restore the original cast.
2. The narrator voice actor does all of the skill voices with no variation between each skill. In fact, probably 80% of the VO is just that one guy. He does have an impressive voice though.
3. There appear to be a few bugs associated with the new V.O., where some lines appear unvoiced, even though they actually were voiced. Hopefully a patch will clear it up.

On the other hand, the internet is up in arms over Cuno getting replaced and I have no idea why that would bother anyone at all. Cuno's voice was the only one that made me instinctively hover my finger over the mute button. People also seem mad that the voices don't sound exactly the way they did in their head, which is the kind of complaint you get when there's nothing to complain about, so that's a good sign.

Can't wait to play the new quests. May wait for a patch first. Pathfinder: Kingmaker in the meantime.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:16 am 
 

Playing through The Last Campfire. From the devs behind No Man's Sky this is a pleasant, wholesome little puzzle platformer, in 3D with a top down perspective. Just a breezy, colorful time that's good for when you want something without a lot going on.
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