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  1. Yeah I really liked that about the first game. Can't remember exactly how it was structured - I don't think it was quite as freeform as Crackdown's "all the targets are alive and accessible somehow in the game world at the start" - but it was definitely more interesting and involving than the scripted, linear assassinations the series eventually peddled. Now the series has gone back to a big open world, there's no reason why they can't do something similar again. With Origins and Odyssey having members of a cult for you to hunt down, some of which are perennially in the game world for you to find and others you unmask with clues, there's definitely a way to bake this all in. You have all the targets in the game world from the start and theoretically available to kill. You can play through story missions that will direct you to them via clues - revealing names, locations, weak points in their fortifications etc - and these let you make a more measured, planned approach. At its best, the first game made you feel like a more acrobatic, parkour-y version of Hitman and you felt like you were conducting your own kill, rather than following the game's strict framework on what you should do.
  2. I'm having this dilemma now. I do think that the handheld format would be better for an hour or so of random battles whilst the TV is on, but I am loath to spend £25 when I've got it for "free" on Gamepass. It'd also be 60fps as opposed to 30fps too (providing you have a Series X not S). Still, I'm getting tempted by the Switch version. I can justify 80 hours easier in handheld these days, whereas on the TV I don't seem to get that time to sit down and play so intensely. There is a free Switch demo if I remember correctly, and you get to keep your progress if you do purchase the game (I think).
  3. Monster Hunter Generations is on sale for £13 - how is that going to play for someone who started with World and Rise? I did have MH3 on the Wii U, but basically didn't really put the time in to learn it. I reckon I'd fair a bit better now, as long as Generations isn't completely archaic. I can take it feeling a bit more obtuse and less hand-holdy; I don't really want it to feel like a PS2 game. The main issue is probably going to be how slow and cumbersome the game might feel after Rose's wirebugs and doggo.
  4. Has anyone upgraded from a Series S to a Series X? I bought a Series S as a second console and when I had a fairly mediocre TV. I've bought a new mid-range TV that is apparently great for gaming and capable of 4K at 120fps. Coincidentally, this is about the time that the Series X has been in stock in Amazon and readily available for a number of days now. My head thinks that upgrading to a Series X is a superfluous £450 purchase. My heart is saying that I'd like the best visuals possible (having not been bothered about them before, but now wanting to take advantage of the TV) and that the increase in performance in older games might be worth it, as the Series S gets the old Xbox One S versions. I was originally going to just get the mid-gen upgrade for the Xbox to cover the fact I got the Series S at first, but I am now casting glances towards the Series X as something that is a bit more futureproofed and for the "now". Has anyone also used a Series S on a decent modern TV? Can't get to the console now so can't check how it looks compared to my PS5 on the same set.
  5. Paris Promenade definitely looks the most like the original tracks. Well, out of the four I've played, as I've not tried the second lot yet The others seem to have the colour turned up to 11 and a more cartoony look, compared to the base game's more muted palate and "realistic" textures. They've definitely had work done though, as Choco Mountain is more than just a port (of the original retro track anyway, not sure what it's like in Tour). Hopefully the added time might mean they get a touch more ambitious - I'd like anti grav and some underwater bits added, so they are more surprises - but they are definitely a good addition. The game is basically going to double in size and have an absurd amount of tracks, so I can forgive the slight jarring of art styles.
  6. Not sure whether to start a new character as I'm only two hours in and given I replied Bloodborne and Nioh 2 recently, a melee character feels a bit samey. I went for warrior with two swords, but what's the option for a newbie to magic characters, maybe with a bit of melee DPS to fall back on.
  7. Not sure whether to start a new character as I'm only two hours in and given I replied Bloodborne and Nioh 2 recently, a melee character feels a bit samey. I went for warrior with two swords, but what's the option for a newbie to magic characters, maybe with a bit of melee DPS to fall back on.
  8. First games of the year finished. Admittedly these were titles I played at the start of my Covid isolation just before Christmas and could pour in loads of play time. Should finish Ratchet and Clank soon-ish as that was another one I started before Christmas, and Inside and Katamari are both fairly short. Bought Nothing... yet. Currently Playing/Progress Ratchet and Clank Inside Monster Hunter Rise Katamari Damacy Reroll Fallout 4 - 30 hours in Zelda BOTW: 80 hours in, one Divine Beast down Stardew Valley - up to Year 2 Darkest Dungeon - up to first DD stage Nioh 2 - up to third region Completed Skyward Sword HD Pokémon Shining Pearl Guacamelee 2 The Dirty Backlog An asterix denotes something unplayed PS4/5 Fallout 4 Nioh 2 Spiderman UE* Ratchet and Clank Resi 2* Resi 3* Elden Ring* (pre-purchased last year) Switch Breath of the Wild Darkest Dungeon Stardew Valley Monster Hunter Rise Obra Dinn Inside Into the Breach* Civ 6 Xbox Hitman 1-3 Anyone wanted to check out my pile o' shame on Backlogged, and see how my initial good intentions to clear it throughout the year fall apart around May amidst a deluge of cheap sale purchases, can find my profile here: https://www.backloggd.com/u/Parksey/
  9. I picked this issue and last month's. - my first copies of Edge since about 2012 I reckon - in two separate branches of WHSmiths. Probably a good bet that your local branch will have it in stock. I found supermarkets weren't stocking it though.
  10. What's this half price sub sale? Picked up the last issue of Edge (thinking it was this issue, as wanted to read about Elden Ring) and missed having a gaming mag after being out of the country for so long. Also feels like I need to support them while they are still around. I've had a look at Readly as well for the trial - can you get back issues as well through that?
  11. Yep, this is what I've been trying to do. Even if I'm currently playing something else, if I buy something I try to play it that day and continue playing it, though it often means just sticking in 30 mins here and there. Ideally I'd get to the point where I am playing a Gamepass game with nothing on my paid backlog, and just pursuing the sales. That's the 2022 dream.
  12. Okay, I'll give this a go. My problem tends not to be launch games but more the FOMO in sales and stuff. Checking Deku Deals and Hot UK Deals doesn't help either. This year, I've got 1) Pokémon Legends Arceus 2) Elden Ring 3) BOTW 2 4) Splatoon 3 5) Pokémon Gen 9 (if it launches to schedule, 3 years after the last gen) As almost certain launch purchases. Arceus does depend on me finishing Shining Pearl and clearing a few other Switch games off the backlog though, and for it not to get absolutely terribly reviews (I have a feeling it's going to be a bit of rush job with typical GameFreak design decisions). The rest of the big ones this year - stuff like God of War and Horizon - well, I still haven't played their last entries, so I should be okay missing out. Now just to avoid all the indie sales on the Switch... My backlog isn't actually that shameful, so I may abandon the idea should I clear most of it. Even then, though, there's all that stuff on Gamepass I should really try before spending money, as well as a few titles I've always been meaning to replay but haven't yet found the time to.
  13. Hollow Knight is on my radar. It's on Gamepass though, albeit I do think it's going to be something I refer on the switch and in handheld. Guacamelee 2 was also on Gamepass, I had it downloaded for a while, but then it left the service without me playing it. Then I go pick it up on this eshop sale and end up playing it in bed that same evening. Just not sure if I can handle another Metroidvania alongside Guaca, and I'm also replying Bloodborne so not sure about another brutally hard game. That's the same reason I didn't ask about Blasphemous too as that was also one I was toying with. Indies are just flat out better on the Switch (as they were on my PS Vita half a dozen years ago). There have been a few on Gamepass - Slay the Spire, Celeste, Dicey Dungeons - that I really should play "for free" but instead I'm probably going to be getting them for £7 in an eshop sale, simply because I enjoy playing them in handheld so much. Especially roguelikes, which I always fire up on long train or plane journeys. Now I'm sitting here thinking that, if this is the case, I should maybe think about the OLED model next year, as the Vita's screen was amazing. It's just a typically half-arsed, expensive Nintendo upgrade that I want to sort of avoid it on principle.
  14. Got £6 to spend on the eshop. Tempted by a few Into the Breach, or using some points to get Hyper Light Drifter for £8.99. Anyone got strong feelings regarding either?
  15. Rift Apart and Spiderman Ultimate Edition are both £28 on the Turkish PSN store and I fancy finally partaking in my first PS5 game. Which do people reckon I should go for? I haven't played 2018 Spiderman as well so obviously that is going to edge it in terms of hours of content.
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