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9 hours ago, Mawdlin said:

I don't have them yet myself but there's some good discussions on Reddit about the relative merits of these conversions. I'm going to get the Baldur's gate package myself because I prefer combat and exploration to reading reams of text. By all accounts the Switch ports are very good if you can forgive the dated graphics.

 

This I took from Reddit:

 

 

"Thoughts:

Eh, ... Planescape is widely considered one of the best-written games of all time. You don't make a character so much as play a pre-made character that evolves however you choose. The mechanics are relatively mind-blowing relative to fantasy and DnD tropes: the main character doesn't wear armor, can replace things like his eyeball, and find upgrades merely through the power of dialogue. Highlights include the portable dungeon, talking skull, and the contents of a particular golden sphere. This game has by far some of the most in-depth RPG writing you'll ever find. Comparable games: Alpha Protocol, KOTOR2, New Vegas, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Dragon Age: Origins.

 

Baldur's Gate has a serviceable plot, but largely sticks to fantasy conventions (hardly surprising if you know Forgotten Realms). It is perhaps the definitive Bioware game in that the staples of party romances, and character subplots really originated here. You customize a single character in a rich world of NPCs and intrigue. Comparable games: Mass Effect series, KOTOR1, later Dragon Age games.

 

Icewind Dale on the other hand is a total smash-and-grab dungeon crawl with the same engine. You create not just a single protagonist--there is no protagonist, you create the entire six person party. This kills some of the interest derived from what made PS:T and BG great, but it allows for a straightforward experience. If you prefer the combat scenarios, this is your game. Comparable games: Old-school Ultima games.

 

If I had to pick ONE game of these bundles to play it would be Planescape: Torment. BG1 is more or less noted because it revamped DnD for the 90s, whereas prior to that it was mostly old-school garbage "gold box" TSR games that weren't very good by any critical standard. The infinity engine was a major step forward, and people were already imagining the power of what the engine could do in later games. Much like how the first iteration of any game in a new engine is something of a tech demo, so to it was with BG1. Meaning, that it can feel rather empty compared to newer games, even later games made with the infinity engine (which is every other game in this list). BG1 is also very rough and is unabashedly a brutal game playing by low-level DnD rules. It's also HUGE, and can feel like a significant barrier or time-sink prior to playing the vastly improved BG2 (if you feel like running a character through both games).

 

But I must say that BG2 has some of the most insane moment's I've ever seen in a tactical RPG; like trying to fight the Demilich that casts Time Stop, Banishment and Power Word: Kill like he's handing out candy."

 

I'd take issue with the Gold Box D&D games being 'garbage'. They have not aged gracefully but at the time were top tier and as close as you could get to a D&D experience on computer.

 

It's also worth bearing in mind that the Switch version of Planescape Torment had some pretty horrific (game breaking) bugs at launch. They might have been patched out but probably something to check before buying. If it has, then Planescape is definitely worth it. Still the best CRPG in my opinon - the game will live with me forever - the writing really is that good.

 

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I was playing Roundguard on my lunchbreak and managed to finish a level using a single shot. Very early in the run so mobs don't have much health yet and I have the skill that auto targets enemies (Costs 10 mana per use)

 

 

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As people are discussing Peggle-likes with extra elements, I feel I should flag up the delectable Beast Breaker. It's a bit further removed from Peggle — more of a planning element to it — which I actually prefer, but your mileage may vary. Either way, another way to scratch that itch! 

 

One major caveat: I've only played the PC version. 

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Lonely Mountains: Downhill is currently at its lowest price ever (£8.99). I'll have a bit of that.

 

Also, Spelunky 2 is on sale. Anyone played it on Switch?

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Spelunky 2 might be my first purchase of the year. I grew to love the original due to playing it on loads of flights on my Vita, and I reckon it was my first indie roguelike (a genre I now seek out). 

 

Played 2 on Gamepass but I always find them much more suited to a handheld. Just a little worried that the sequel feels like it'll be impossibly hard. 

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Moving Out is down to £4.99

 

A family favourite when it was on Gamepass, even my wife loves it, although she doesn’t like moving furniture she just runs around slapping everyone 🤦‍♂️ My eldest and I completed it and have started again on the Switch version. The DLC is reduced too…

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1 minute ago, Fierce Poodle said:

Bit overwhelmed by the various Darius iterations on offer. Is there a particular one to go for? 

 

I made a post about 4 pages back about the same thing, the consensus was that Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade is the best as it has Darius Garden on it.

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9 hours ago, moosegrinder said:

 

I made a post about 4 pages back about the same thing, the consensus was that Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade is the best as it has Darius Garden on it.

 

Does it blossom?

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I really wish Nintendo would do some themed joycons based on their other consoles and/or colour schemes. Would love a pair of SNES or Gamecube themed joycons. Having their buttons would be even better.

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18 minutes ago, Paulando said:


Good find!

 

£160 :lol:

 

You can put a price on artisan quality.

 

Oh wait, seems you can.

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I've tried googling for the answer but I can only find this for 1 year subs. If I stack 3 years of NSO family membership then upgrade to the expansion pack, will it upgrade me for 1 or 3 years? If I want to stack 3 years of NSO family expansion pack, what's the cheapest way to do that?

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