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Jamie John

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  1. Cheers, all! I shall soldier on.
  2. Question re the double fight near the mines: these twats can one-shot me, even though I feel like I'm coming towards the end of the game now (I'm up to the bit where Should I just come back later when I'm more powerful, or is this fight this game's version of the valkyrie queen and I just need to git gud? Annoyingly, I'm about 10% away from one hundred percenting all of Sfvartelheim (or whatever - the dwarf region), but there are still a couple of areas with an 'Undiscovered' in the checklist, and I don't know whether these are things I'm actually able to discover yet or if they're gated off to me until later on. Does the game make it very obvious once you get to the point of no return if you want to go around mopping everything up?
  3. Cheers @ImmaculateClump!
  4. I've been playing that thar Mushihimesama on Switch on and off all day, in between bouts of coughing, sneezing and generally man-fluing all over the place, and it's been great. Admittedly, I'm playing on the novice difficulty and the 'Original' mode, but this is the longest length of time I've played a shmup before; I didn't really understand Ikaruga, Danmaku Unlimited 3 or Sine Mora, although I loved Geometry Wars on the 360, so maybe that counts. And Assault Android Cactus, come to think of it... Anyway, I'm going to try to clear novice mode without using a continue (I believe this is what the kids call "1cc-ing" the game). I will say, however, that for someone, like me, who doesn't really understand the genre at all, Mushihimesama does a pretty crap job of explaining how you should actually play it. I still don't really know what a lot of the terminology means, what all the buttons do, or what the differences between the various modes are; I've just stuck it on easy and gone for what looks to be the most basic settings. Finding beginner guides online that are easy to understand has been a challenge, too. I've figured out that the different classes of bug ship you choose at the start are more or less effective depending on how far away you are from the enemies (I've gone for the S-class one, which shoots in a straight line), and that pressing B instead of X (with Switch controls) slows you down and shows your hit box, which is useful when it all gets a bit hectic, but that's about it. The slowdown on the Switch when the screen fills with bullets is actually helpful, however (unless this is by design and not just a performance issue). Does anyone have any hot tips for me? Beyond "Don't get hit", I mean.
  5. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) - Netflix I'm not sure why I watched this. I didn't think it was very funny. 2/5
  6. A lot of games on my Steam wishlist are on sale, but nothing that I'm aching to play. I reckon my final game purchase of the year might be Cyberpunk.
  7. 38. Pikmin 3: Deluxe (2020) - Switch I played this on the Wii U years ago but remembered enjoying it enough to buy it again for Switch. It's a lovely game that seems to get overlooked for some reason when it comes to Nintendo's first-party titles. I've been chipping away at it for only 20 minutes or so each morning before work, but the last couple of nights its charm has been enough to pull me away from GOW: Ragnarök, which is saying something. It's a simple game, but very endearing, and being able to command your own private battalion of army ant-like little creatures to gather fruit, swarm enemies and solve undemanding puzzles is consistently satisfying. If you own a Switch and have forgotten about this gem, then absolutely pick it up the next time it's on sale. Barring a little bit of fiddliness in the final stages, it's a great game to unwind with on a rainy Saturday afternoon. 8/10 Played in 2022:
  8. 1. Inscryption (PC) - 7/1/22 2. Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS4) - 28/1/22 3. Elden Ring (XSX) - 21/02/22 4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch) - 25/03/22 5. Dragon Quest XI: Definitive Edition (Switch) - 28/4/22 6. Horizon: Forbidden West (PS5) - 27/5/22 7. Sifu: Vengeance Edition (PS5) - 6/7/22 8. Streets of Rage 4 (Switch) - 1/8/22 9. (One month of PS Plus) - 15/10/22 10. God of War: Ragnarok (pre-order) - 31/10/22 11. Mushihimesama (Switch) - 26/11/22 12. Avoiding the Black Friday sales has been tough, but I've been meaning to play Mushihimesama for a while, after hearing lots of good things, and I thought the Switch version would look good on the OLED. Plus, region-scumming meant I got it for a few quid cheaper on the Polish eShop. One game left for the final month of the year! I should probably pick up something for my Steam Deck in the sales; it's been gathering dust since I spent £80 on the official dock
  9. Cheers @Pob and @jon_cybernet. I'm playing on normal at the moment but am tempted to push it up to hard in the hope that it will force me to engage with the systems more and actually think about what I'm doing. Button mashing my way through encounters isn't quite enough, but it's not far off from being enough. I'll give it a go and see what it's like. I take it you're enjoying the hardest difficulty, Pob?
  10. Is the equivalent of the valkyrie fights in this the hell-hole draugr thing that you occasionally find? (I can't remember what they're called now - 'Restless Fury'? I might have just made that up. Anyway, there's six of them and I've killed about four so far.) Or are there nastier things later? I'm about 12 hours in, just wrapping up the bit in but I remember in the first game encountering some of the valkyries a lot earlier than that.
  11. It's the first XL episode. You need to back the Patreon to access it.
  12. There's a lot of guff in this game. It's still great and everything, but blimey. After this and Forbidden West, Sony need to rein it in big time when it comes to all the systems within systems. Case in point: I've recently unlocked the amulet and have found some gems to go in it. What's the 'Perk requirement' thing about? I've got four different gems which I've set in the amulet but they all say 'Perk requirement 1/3' and the text is all greyed out on each one in the menu. Do they not work until the 'Perk requirement' is fulfilled, whatever that means?
  13. I've tried a number of times over the years to get into some of the less mainstream gaming genres - stuff like fighters, shoot-em-ups and strategy games - as well as force myself to play things I wouldn't normally play. Latterly, however, I've come to the conclusion that I like what I like, and (just as with all forms of other media) there are whole echelons of gaming that are simply never going to be 'for me', for whatever reason, and that's fine. Maybe it's part of getting old. Thankfully, the games that I do tend to enjoy (which is to say, single-player action-adventure games with a definite end point to work towards) are so abundant that, even by limiting my gaming tastes to just this particular genre (if you can call it that, as broad as it is), there's an embarrassment of riches available to me. And, as it happens, the games I typically like are often the most critically acclaimed and sell very well, which means that developers will continue to make them and improve on what's come before, and that suits me just fine. As a matter of fact, I need to shrink my palette even more, if anything, and stop trying games from genres I know I don't gel with in the vain hope that 'This 2D brawler/run-n-gun platformer/top-down bullet hell shooter/deck builder will be the one that suddenly breaks the genre wide open for me.' It's pretty sad that I'm self-consciously limiting myself to the art I'm exposed to in this way, but compared with most other forms of art, videogames can often take ten, twenty, or a hundred times as long to 'consume', and when you work full time, and have children, ain't nobody got time for being eclectic. At the end of a long day, I want to sit down with something that I know I'll enjoy.
  14. Yeah, part 2 is spoilery - I stopped listening - but they pre-warn you. It's convinced me to finally play the game, anyway!
  15. I sensed that there would be a change in tone from quite near the start: I'd already heard that it was a
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