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4 minutes ago, Boothjan said:

Done the first level on Avengers and it's not as appalling as I thought - nothing especially groundbreaking but it looks and sounds pretty enough.

 

Anyway - which is the best Yakuza that doesn't have turn based combat?  Never played any Yakuza game before but I feel like I should so wanted to know where to start?

 

In before tsunami of Yakuza Zero!

...and yes, Yakuza Zero. 

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0 is the best one to start with. It’s got the newest version of the engine and basically works as an intro to the series. 

 Kiwami 1 + 2 are decent. 3 and 4 feel dated as basically just ports from PS3 and 5/6 are also good but worth having some understanding of the whole setup. 
Alternatively play Judgment. 

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1 hour ago, Garwoofoo said:

 

Completely disagree with you on this one - I played Shenmue 1 and 2 back-to-back in the run up to Shenmue 3 releasing, for the first time since I originally played them on the Dreamcast, and they're still utterly engrossing. Yes of course they've dated but they're still utterly unique - especially the first.

 

Yakuza is absolutely these games' spiritual heir but there's something magical about Shenmue still.

The world of Shenmue still feels like a "place" its odd and don't think any other game has captured this as well... life is mundane most of the time. I think the way time passes in the game adds an element of life to it as does the NPC moving about doing their own things. I actually enjoyed Shenmue not because of the fighting "action" bits but because of the sense of being somewhere else and exploring that place. This is why I still rate Shenmue as an experience.

 

 Never played Yakuza because the premise of the game is different and it seems to be more focused on combat whereas for me combat was secondary in Shenmue - almost as if it was put in to justify its existence to many gamers who need to have violence in games.


BTW anyone on the lookout for Shenmue 3 its £5 on PS store right now.  

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Shenmue is essentially just a detective game.

 

I played it again recently and enjoyed the first one more than when I first played it. Knowing what to expect and taking in the languid pace it makes so much more sense what it's trying to do.

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In preperation for Shenmue 3, I replayed both 1 & 2 back to back... both games in their new HD versions and again on the Dreamcast. 

I loved them all over again, just as much as the first time I played through them and they might be dated to the time they were released and the technology of that time, but I didn't feel they had aged in the slightest. Everything was the same and amazing, the detective egg-hunt, the VF fighting, the QTE's, the toy capsules, the arcade games, the beautiful art and music... an absolutely delight.

 

Shenmue 3 was not so hot though.      

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51 minutes ago, Benny said:

Shenmue is essentially just a detective game.

 

Nah, it's about discovery. I still remember the moment I exited the Hazuki mansion for the very first time, went down the stairs on the right and was just looking at the clothesline for a few minutes. It was beautiful in 2000 - and still is to some extent, but today every game does it (Unreal engine).

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Hang on, I thought Yakuza was the 'Japanese GTA' and Sleeping Dogs was like 'Shenmue but with driving in it'

 

Anyone with actually plays them knows they nothing alike, aside from a Japanese male protagonist. The only thing similar is that they were both on life support 5 years ago but Yakuza Zero hit at the perfect moment and Shenmue III delivered a decent game on a fuck all budget. 

 

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I love Yakuza as well, but it's nothing like Shenmue. They complement each other very well.

 

When you fight in Shenmue, it's a big story event. There's more fights in Yakuza running from one end of the town to the other than the entirety of the first Shenmue game. Yakuza's time of day changes to suit the plot. Shenmue is a full day that you must plan to make the most out of. You must work, train, fight and investigate in equal measure to progress, in a real time setting. In Yakuza, if I want to spend 30 real hours between the next story checkpoint just doing management mini games or go kart, I can do that. Shenmue is quite downbeat and dry with a small main cast , with the occasional comedic element, and a large emphasis on martial arts. Yakuza is hilarious and melodramatic with many excellent characters, with a large emphasis on hitting people with breakdancing moves. 

 

They are both great series and nothing alike, apart from arcades rammed full of Yu Suzuki classics.

 

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19 minutes ago, deerokus said:

The Good Life is Swery's new game, right?

 

God knows what that god-bothering thing in the bottom left is.

It's a comedy game I believe using the same type of animation style as Terry Gilliam did on Monty Python I believe. It got decent reviews. 

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I liked Procession to Calvary when I reviewed it. Very silly and hugely influenced by Monty Python but if the humour fits you then there's lots to love. Visage is one of the better PT likes out there too but duffers from some overly obscure moments so I'd recommend checking a walkthrough rather than getting stuck wandering around. Perfect Halloween game. 

 

Second the rec for Mighty Goose too. I'm loving it. On the + levels and the difficulty is really well judged. If the idea of a fusion of Untitled Goose Game and Metal Slug sounds good then get hold of it :)

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51 minutes ago, Majora said:

I'd never heard of Visage but quite a few people in the Resetera thread are citing it as a must-play for horror fans..

 

Anyone here played it?

 

Seeing people on reddit saying its insanely scary also. 

 

Never even heard of it personally

 

 

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1 hour ago, Majora said:

I'd never heard of Visage but quite a few people in the Resetera thread are citing it as a must-play for horror fans..

 

Anyone here played it?

This is my review from the PC version last year. Think it's been patched to fix most of my complaints. It does have some properly scary moments - https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2020/12/17/visage-review/

 

And whilst I'm shamelessly sharing my writeups (I'm not paid by click) here's what I thought of Calvary - https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2020/05/08/the-procession-to-calvary-review/

 

Both solid 7/10s that have lots to offer if they tickle your fancy :)

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How long does it take to complete? I do like the artstyle, but am not a fan of adventures - but if it is short enough then I'll give it a go. 

10 minutes ago, earlymodernsteve said:

And whilst I'm shamelessly sharing my writeups (I'm not paid by click) here's what I thought of Calvary - https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2020/05/08/the-procession-to-calvary-review/

 

Both solid 7/10s that have lots to offer if they tickle your fancy :)

 

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On 05/10/2021 at 15:29, Majora said:

I'd never heard of Visage but quite a few people in the Resetera thread are citing it as a must-play for horror fans..

 

Anyone here played it?

Looking forward to seeing what this is like. Hopefully it will also be on the Cloud service save me a download to try it out.

 

Speaking of the xCloud had a quick blast on a few games tonight using it. Games looked better than my PC could achieve have they upgraded the back end hardware recently or something? 

 

Edit

https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/18/21295326/microsoft-project-xcloud-xbox-series-x-servers-hardware-2021

 

Looks like they are using X hardware impressed.

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I started The Artful Escape last night and was really enjoying it, up to the 

 

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talk show bit, which just seemed very odd and out of place, even in a psychedelic inter-dimensional space odyssey game.

 

After that, though, I jammed out with a giant talking alien space moth, and it got good again. Looking forward to playing through it over a course of a few evenings this week. The voice acting is very good.

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1 hour ago, Jamie John said:

I started The Artful Escape last night and was really enjoying it, up to the 

 

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talk show bit, which just seemed very odd and out of place, even in a psychedelic inter-dimensional space odyssey game.

 

After that, though, I jammed out with a giant talking alien space moth, and it got good again. Looking forward to playing through it over a course of a few evenings this week. The voice acting is very good.

 

I think I did that bit yesterday and finished it today. It’s really not very long. I enjoyed it, though, and I think it’d outstay its welcome if it were any longer.

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Just have to say this is a service that keeps giving! I don't think I've played and enjoyed so many original and fun games for years! It's just one game after another and more to the point I'm finishing them! Although I got GPU through the Gold deal I'd happily pay the full asking price for this each month.

 

Just to note I also have a PS5 at the moment but reluctant to actually buy anything on it because I can't try anything out to see if I would enjoy it. Which of course is the beauty of GamePass try something if you enjoy it keep playing if not try something else. xCloud streaming makes this even more trivial. Think ultimately the PS5 may get moved on at some point.

 

GamePass is changing the way I consume games and it fits perfectly for me more to the point I'm enjoying my gaming more and effectively paying less. 

 

Anyway at the moment running it though an ageing PC which definitely needs an upgrade at some point as the 980Ti is struggling at times. Perhaps I should have kept my X for a while longer as GPUs still seem hard to get for sensible money. Sigh.

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9 hours ago, MattyP said:

GamePass is changing the way I consume games and it fits perfectly for me more to the point I'm enjoying my gaming more and effectively paying less. 

Absolutely. I put that AI: Somnium Files installing last night, just based on how much people have enthused about it. Plus I love the look of these almost anime games. But there's no way I'd have otherwise taken a punt on this normally. Perhaps back in the days of demos. I mentioned in another post recently that I think FH4 was the last actual full price game I've bought, outside of the Switch.

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Mighty Goose is Metal Slug reimagined for the modern world. Super-slick, fantastically frenetic and you can do a level in a few minutes without having to commit to a long play session.

 

Not often you find modern games that give you that old school arcade thrill, without actually being frustrating old school arcade games.

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