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Jamie John

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  1. @sandman It's challenging, for sure, but I never found it frustrating: the checkpointing is generous (far more so than Dark Souls) and the bosses are all just pattern recognition. Moreover, a big part of what makes the game special is the satisfaction you derive from overcoming the challenges it throws at you. I'd definitely give it a go, at the very least. Nothing worth doing was ever easy.
  2. Right, I need to play my Quest 2 more as it's been gathering dust for months. I only really get to play VR quite late at night, once the living room is free and I've got some space to spread out, by which time I'm normally knackered and can't be arsed with the faff of putting it on. I got Asgard's Wrath for free at the end of 2020. It's a Rift game so I'd have to stream it from my PC to my headset, which is another layer of faff. HLTB also reckons it's nearly 30 hours long, which sounds uncomfortably long for a VR game. Has anyone here finished it? Is it worth it? The only thing stopping me from just deleting it is the fact that it got some excellent reviews when it first came out. Apart from that, I've got the following untouched: Shadowpoint Red Matter Resi 4 Until You Fall The Walking Dead: Saint's and Sinners I also need to decide if I'm going to finish the single-player stuff in Beat Saber, and whether I can be bothered to get to the credits on Rez Infinite.
  3. And done. Very, very good I've just read back through the thread. I definitely agree with some of the comments that have been made already: @Retroid - yep, definite Undertale vibes. @Alan Stock - yes to everything you've said about the ending: Separately, I've got the Epic Games Store version so I don't think I can install Kaycee's Mod, but I take it the fundamental card game is quite similar to Slay the Spire's? I've had that on Switch for three years now and have never properly checked it out, and seeing as I loved the the card game in this, I should probably rectify that...
  4. 5. Inscryption (2021) - PC I enjoyed this a great deal, but it's absolutely one of those games where to say too much about it would immediately spoil it. Suffice to say, if you own a PC that can run it (and the requirements are pretty modest) then it's definitely a game to check out, even if you don't typically enjoy games of this type; I'm not normally one for rogue-like card games, but once I got into this I found I couldn't stop playing. Compelling, disturbing, very clever and entirely unique. A definite recommend from me, and the best game I've finished so far in 2022. 9/10 Played this year:
  5. Do you rate those speakers? I keep seeing them popping up. They're very cute. Also, how come you've got a Series S with a PC? Very nice set up, btw. Super clean!
  6. Where's best to start with Hitman? I played 2 on the PlayStation 4, did the opening level by the beach and the race track level, but I always found it a bit overwhelming and craved some more direction. I never really got how to play the game and sold it on in the end, but now it's on GP I'll give it another go and will try to see what the fuss is all about.
  7. Are you actually going to play those games as soon as you buy them, though? Horizon and Elden Ring, for example - are you going to play both of those massive open world games simultaneously? Why not get one, play it, then get the other one? By that time the hype will have died down and you might feel less inclined to make the impulse purchase.
  8. I've not played NStW, but it sounds like a pretty different game from DD, and DD is brilliant. Whynotboth.jpg I imagine NStW would be good to play when you get to the bits in DD that you find difficult, but it's definitely not as hard as Dark Souls was the first time around. The checkpoints are a lot more generous, for one.
  9. The Back Page read out my question about CUBE magazine in their latest mailbag episode . CUBE was how I found this forum in the first place, I think.
  10. Fair enough - I didn't get far enough into it to see! I distinctly remember there being a focus on a girl's clevage in one of the opening cutscenes, though, so that rang alarm bells straight away, and the bits where you can take them out for tea were...weird. Definitely wouldn't want the wife walking in on me playing those bits. This sort of shit: It's a shame, because I loved the 3DS FE games and don't remember anything quite so overt in those, but that could be rose-tinted specs. Edit: Actually, the character in the pic above is supposed to be older, IIRC, so that undermines my point some what, but there were definitely lots of very thirsty young ladies in that game (thirsty for tea and other things). It was all a bit much.
  11. Inscryption blog #369 I only get a couple of hours to myself in the evenings, and that's if I'm lucky, but this has completed monopolised my leisure time. It's 'triffic. Can anyone give me a non-spoilery indication of how much more I've got left to go? It feels like I've been playing for a while now and things are coming to a head a bit more, but then again
  12. Me too. The worse captcha of all time. I couldn't believe it once I'd done 5 of them and then it said '5/20'. It even threw this at me, making the mouse the same colour as the cheese, just to keep me on my toes: Then, when I finally got access to my account, despite have 2 step verification on, I'm met with: Rubbish.
  13. I can't remember, to be honest, although I do seem to recall how the game essentially confronted the player character for being a perv.
  14. I don't know if "embarrass" is the right word, but there's definitely games which make me cringe, mostly Japanese games which feature perving on underaged girls: Yakuza, Persona, even Phoenix Wright. These are all games I've enjoyed but ones where I have to try to ignore the perviness. The Switch Fire Emblem game, where you're encouraged to seduce your students, was a step too far for me, and a big part of why I ultimately abandoned it. I've never really understood the justification for that, particularly in Japanese games with a certain aesthetic. I know some people try to hand wave it away by muttering about how the sexualisation of young women is so woven into anime culture that to try to remove it is akin to cultural appropriation, or some such bollocks, but I can't say that argument has ever really held much water with me. Interestingly, I know a lot of people were repelled by Catherine when it first came out, but in that game the sexualisation was actually a theme that the narrative confronted, as opposed to just being there for some incidental titillation, like it is in the above-mentioned games.
  15. B-B-B-B-BOOM! Wordle 215 2/6 Today's gonna be a good day.
  16. This is getting properly excellent now. Can't wait to see what shit this game tries to pull next.
  17. In other news, I decided to cancel my Horizon: Forbidden West pre-order. It's £50-odd and just too close to Elden Ring. I still want to play it at some point, if only to blow the dust off the PS5, but I'm happy to wait until later in the year.
  18. That's true, but I only add games I definitely want to play. There are still a lot them, though! Essentially, I want to get to the point where I'm buying a game and then immediately playing it without worrying about all of the other games I've bought that I haven't yet played. I then want to be able to use my Game Pass backlog to keep me ticking over between releases that I actually pay for. Given my current 'Games I've paid for' backlog, I don't think I'll manage to clear all of those games this year, but I'm only going to buy 12 games in that time so I don't add to it too much, and I'm currently clearing my backlog a lot more quickly than I'm adding to it. It all makes sense in my head, honest!
  19. It depends what you're doing this for, I guess. Personally, I'm trying to reduce the number of unplayed games I currently own, or have access to, and get my pile of shame down to fewer than 20 games by the end of the year (a tall order, given the number of games I want to play that are being added to Game Pass every week). Adding to that list in any way, even with games I already own on a different system, runs counter to this. I guess if you were buying games without intending to play them then you wouldn't be adding to your pile, like if you were trying to create a collection. Otherwise, though, a purchase is a purchase!
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