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  1. I think the game does encourage you to finish where you feel happy to, really. The later unlocks and upgrades are subtle rather than game-changing, so you don't miss out on big chunks of enjoyment. That said, I still haven't got bored, and I did the thing.
  2. Finally collected all the bounties, and have made the jump up to 32 heat. Holy moly it's quite a thing. Nearly cracked it on fourth or fifth attempt, but fell at the final hurdle:
  3. Still discovering new and fun things, even after this many runs.
  4. Recently notched my 100th successful escape attempt. Every run is still fun, challenging, fraught, manic, fantastic. Ohh it's the best game. (Might actually be the best game?) Nice work @Polmon! Loved the account, I could feel the panic you described in my very bones Hoping to join you soonish:
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    Outer Wilds

    The DLC is magnificently unsettling. Though I've just overcome a hurdle and discovered something new - and really quite beautiful. I'm excited to see what direction this goes in, as ever "there's more to explore here...". Not been frustrated enough to look anything up yet either, that satisfying drip-drip of clues really working perfectly this time.
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    The Witness

    Strong agree, Gigawatt. I replayed this game in full (100% completion) recently, for the first time since it came out, and my appreciation has only grown, which doesn't happen with a lot of games. And especially surprising, given that I still remembered a lot of the tricks and "a-ha!" moments. So as a playthrough it was less exciting and revelatory than the first, but I think that let me take a slightly more detached view, and really appreciate the artistry. Forgive me donning the wank hat, but it is such a finely crafted thing. A jewelled puzzle box.
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    The Witness

    Enjoying this - all the moreso after reading a comment that likens it to Paddington Bear streaming games for the first time, which is hilariously accurate. "Oh thank you so much, you don't have to give me money..."
  8. I have also fallen deep, deep, underworld deep in love with this. I had to consciously not take my Switch on holiday the other week, because I'd have gained a +130% buff to Unsociable. It's only got better since then. I'm in the early-to-mid stages of the post-game, I think. I still have some Prophecies to tick off: alongside the story stuff, there are still a few weapon upgrades and some Duo Boons. It's amazing how effective that is at distracting your build when you know you should just be trying for a win. The urge to hand-write notes is the sign of a genius game to me, and I'm a couple of dozen pages into my big notebook. Boon trackers, notes on run strategy with primary and secondary goals, and most recently my "Heat-o-meter". I think what really sealed it for me was the first time I constructed a Poseidon build that cleared the first Styx chamber in approx 1 second. Glorious nonsense. I don't even like roguelikes!
  9. Just catching up on this series, wasn't totally won over by the first two. Loved how Heist was ballsy and silly, and Ninth Circle was grim and quite tight. Both of them engaging in different but fair ways with dickheads like us reviewing telly shows, which is a lot more than most shows do. Great casting and acting as always. What a standard this series sets. Lip Service a certified banger. Lovely stuff.
  10. Crikey moses. This evening I broke into Silver with Rose, something I never once did playing my occasional but persistent Laura. Got a 13-match streak in ranked, beat some folks above my level, and almost steamed straight through into Super Silver without looking back - I was 6P away! Aaaah! I think it underlines that you have to click with a character, which I did with none of the launch characters from this game. A bit sad that SFVI will be round the corner and I will be tempted to abandon this unusual and interesting version of the Soulful Lass. I haven't learned how to properly use either V-skill, and I'm only slightly better with Soul Punish, in that I do something effective with it once every seven or so matches. I'm terrible at cancelling Spiral into Super when it could win me the match: I was always sloppy with my execution, now I'm sloppy and rusty. Still sliding too much when it's unsafe, and sticking out cr.mk when I should be predicting jumps. Lots of situations where I autopilot, I'm very predictable. But I am decent at using her good buttons in the right places, remembering to throw (Rose is a grappler), and I'm getting an awful lot of mileage out of VT2. It's very satisfying to land the throw when they're blocking, then next time the b.hk when they're teching. And I've only landed a few of those big EX Bind anti-air punishes but they are so good. I'd be up for some longer sets if anyone fancies it!
  11. Celebrated moving in to my new flat, and getting the PS4 hooked up, by throwing myself into All Clear mode, which I love to bits. Finally got my first ever SS rank in this game . Tried to do the same in Combo mode, and I've managed 112. I think (not sure) that SS rank is 120. Consistently getting 90-110. Ooh, it's a bastard. Can't wait to try out Connected mode when it comes to PS4 (although I've been struggling in Tetris 99 recently). I love Tetris, I do.
  12. Considering how disappointed I was by retrying Sunshine, I am immeasurably glad that 64 remains utterly brilliant. How on Earth Nintendo went from something so perfect to so janky, I find difficult to understand. Controls feel so much more solid and responsive, difficulty is perfectly judged instead of total bullshit, a few camera issues but nothing serious. 60 stars in and I'm going to absolutely rinse it this evening.
  13. This bump isn't a sequel announcement, but that's another issue. Picked this up on Switch this week and it's very fun. Today I had the exquisite pain of getting within 1 hit of killing a boss (the one in the forest), but getting too greedy. The exact thing you tell yourself you won't do. The grinding feels a little slow (how am I going to reach level 75 on a stat?) but I also think I might just be playing too slowly and not taking risks to find exciting valuable things. That's my way I suppose. But I really love being the glass cannon Hokage - fave class by a mile, so far.
  14. Hoo boy, even nostalgia's not going to convince me to finish Sunshine. I'm sure it's partly being spoiled by later, better 3D Marios, but the controls and camera combine into a symphony of frustration, even only 15 Shines in. I really hope 64 isn't this much worse than I remember it being.
  15. Just want to say that I am very annoyed about certain aspects of this release (timed is bullshit, where is Galaxy 2). There, I've added my voice. Obviously I've still bought it, it's three of the best games ever made at a decent price on the best console. Time to finally 100% Sunshine. Bring it on, you weird, capricious bastard.
  16. Absolute heartbreak. I spilled water on my Switch and I'm having to send it off for repair (or replace it if it's that bad). At least I finished the storyline, but...
  17. Yep. Don't hesitate, just buy this and play it and enjoy it.
  18. Had a heroic failure since this update. Really enjoying reading people's updates from first playthroughs too! This game has such character.
  19. In preparation for Silksong, whenever that is, I've hopped back into this. Played a fresh file and just enjoyed the heck out of it, now trying to mop up some stuff I never did. Late-game spoilers:
  20. Query: I saw that the Switch version has changed the Part Unlock system, so you can unlock any bike by completing enough challenges, which was a big improvement. Can anyone tell me if that's also been applied to the other versions? The Switch version also tracks which bike you have completed each trail with - that would have been helpful for me a few months ago too, but I'm not bitter!
  21. "Double dipped" on this, as the kids say. I can't play the PS4 version anymore due to lockdown turning the living room into my landlord's partner's office (!!). Nice to return to it. I'm quite good at this game (detailed above), so I've tasked myself to complete every available challenge with the bog-standard bike before unlocking any others. Mountain 3 down, so I'm 75% through that. After that, all the bike-specific challenges, then using fave bikes to compete for serious speedruns. I'm tweaking my online usernames for boring reasons, so look out for JDMHEXAGON - I hope to be atop your lists very soon. Always love a game that works while listening to a podcast - no text cues or important music. Picross, Tetris 99 are other Switch examples.
  22. Totally agree about the slow unlocking of bikes - it's such a weird choice and my least favourite aspect. Same with unlocking new mountains and trails. When games like Celeste have shown how easy it is to make content accessible for everyone, yet still make challenge rewarding, why wouldn't you copy it?
  23. That's the Platinum trophy then. 0.3% of players, apparently. And as the storm raged this afternoon, I started trying for speed on the late-game challenges - managed #4 in the world on one track, out of the select 50 or so who've posted a time. Folks, I think I'm decent at this game! Been an absolute pleasure the whole way, and I can see myself buying the Switch port too, just for the portability. Boar is best bike. Best trail? Too hard to choose!
  24. Oh god, just completely mind-gamed myself on a challenge. Still loving this, although experiencing framerate drops which are absolutely heart-stopping. Pretty shoddy especially in a game like this!
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