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8 hours ago, JPL said:

I’m on Series X, so anything you can recommend on there will be great.

 

Bear in mind I haven’t been into shmups since I was young. Stuff like R-Type, Nemesis, Salamander, etc. In fact, I think the most recent one I’ve played was probably Gradius V back on the PS2!

 

Aw man, I was hoping for any other answer! :D

The xbox bombed in Japan so it's a bit of a barren wasteland for shmups, but you do still have some decent options.

 

Natsuki Chronicles - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/natsuki-chronicles/9n7jx1rb5tjz

Is excellent. I think it'd be good if you haven't played for a long time too because it's quite oldschool and you can play story mode instead of going for arcade. It let's you tackle the stages one at a time and upgrade your weapons and stuff.

You can take a look at someone playing easy mode here if that looks doable - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS8Fwxb4g_Y

 

Dangun Feveron is nails but it has a novice mode and a fever arrange which is great fun and a nice halfway point between novice and arcade. Only on the american store though - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/dangun-feveron/bzlxw6kx9935

Lad playing "super easy" here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGA3hwpBFcg

 

I think Teslapunk is a really good in. It has a demo you can try too - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/teslapunk/c05g0ppf749l

Here's a lad playing on novice mode to see if you reckon that'd be OK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSBI79Wia10

It's really good fun! You shoot the baddies and collect the blue things and that builds up your hyper and then you wait for there to be loads of bullets on screen and whack the hyper button and all the bullets disappear. Rinse and repeat.

Really good use of music and lots of variety between the stages.

 

Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst is great fun and has a pretty forgiving bullet cancelling mechanic. You should have fun with that. Will have to get that on the US store.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/bullet-soul-infinite-burst/bnp6jnf5k4mf


Guwange is great and it has this 360 arrange mode where you control your shikigami with the second stick, that might be a nice way of easing yourself in - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/guwange/c5488tnpsq0f

Someone playing here if you want to check it out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c7HIyHXLNg

 

Ghost Blade HD is pretty bargain basement, but it a nice introduction I think. Bullets are nice and slow on easy mode - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/ghost-blade-hd/bzzfjvtcwkr2

 

Pop your head in the shmup thread if you want some other recommendations.

I think there's a guy there who plays mostly on the xbox who might be way more help!

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Resident Evil VII (2017)

Second play through thanks to Gamepass, and it’s as enjoyable as I remember it from the first time. The ship and caves aren’t as fun as the earlier sections, but blowing away moulded with powerful weapons is its own kind of fun. Plus, 45 hours on the clock thanks to quick resume fucking it up somehow - a new personal record!

 

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09/01/2021 - Bloodborne

10/01/2021 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

10/01/2021 - Halo 2: Anniversary

13/01/2021 - Little Nightmares

26/01/2021 - Donut County

27/01/2021 - Astro’s Playroom

06/02/2021 - The Medium

13/02/2021 - Paper Mario: The Origami King

21/02/2021 - Spider-Man: Miles Morales

28/02/2021 - Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

03/04/2021 - Dark Souls Remastered
03/04/2021 - Halo 3

15/04/2021 - Yakuza 0

08/05/2021 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

15/05/2021 - Resident Evil Zero

22/05/2021 - Blasphemous

29/05/2021 - Limbo

03/06/2021 - Inside

09/06/2021 - Resident Evil VII

 

 

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2 hours ago, ImmaculateClump said:

 

Aw man, I was hoping for any other answer! :D

The xbox bombed in Japan so it's a bit of a barren wasteland for shmups, but you do still have some decent options.

 

Natsuki Chronicles - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/natsuki-chronicles/9n7jx1rb5tjz

Is excellent. I think it'd be good if you haven't played for a long time too because it's quite oldschool and you can play story mode instead of going for arcade. It let's you tackle the stages one at a time and upgrade your weapons and stuff.

You can take a look at someone playing easy mode here if that looks doable - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS8Fwxb4g_Y

 

Dangun Feveron is nails but it has a novice mode and a fever arrange which is great fun and a nice halfway point between novice and arcade. Only on the american store though - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/dangun-feveron/bzlxw6kx9935

Lad playing "super easy" here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGA3hwpBFcg

 

I think Teslapunk is a really good in. It has a demo you can try too - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/teslapunk/c05g0ppf749l

Here's a lad playing on novice mode to see if you reckon that'd be OK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSBI79Wia10

It's really good fun! You shoot the baddies and collect the blue things and that builds up your hyper and then you wait for there to be loads of bullets on screen and whack the hyper button and all the bullets disappear. Rinse and repeat.

Really good use of music and lots of variety between the stages.

 

Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst is great fun and has a pretty forgiving bullet cancelling mechanic. You should have fun with that. Will have to get that on the US store.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/bullet-soul-infinite-burst/bnp6jnf5k4mf


Guwange is great and it has this 360 arrange mode where you control your shikigami with the second stick, that might be a nice way of easing yourself in - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/guwange/c5488tnpsq0f

Someone playing here if you want to check it out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c7HIyHXLNg

 

Ghost Blade HD is pretty bargain basement, but it a nice introduction I think. Bullets are nice and slow on easy mode - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/ghost-blade-hd/bzzfjvtcwkr2

 

Pop your head in the shmup thread if you want some other recommendations.

I think there's a guy there who plays mostly on the xbox who might be way more help!

Excellent. Thanks for this!

 

I’m a bit busy with work this week, but I’ll have a good look over these at the weekend.

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1) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)

 

16) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14

 

Completed both parts, approximately 14 hours.
This was a lovely return to form after the shoddy and ill-conceived '3D years'. A proper 2D point-and-click adventure, it even brings you back to Paris with pretty painted backgrounds, and the original actors reprise their roles like none of that shoddy stuff ever happened. Pockets full of items, dialogue full of wit and charm - the short version is, "Broken Sword is back and it's great!".

On Vita (and presumably other touch platforms) the interface is the same one they used for the Broken Sword 1 and 2 and BaSS remasters, which is... fine. It's functional, but it's not great. It's also quite annoying when the dialogue gets skipped because you accidentally brushed the screen with your hand while someone was talking, and I couldn't see a way to disable this. This is probably a complete non-issue on a mouse- or controller-based system, so play it on there instead.

 

However, this was a Kickstarter project and it's clearly been done on the cheap in places. Admittedly, the digital painted backgrounds are superb, but the locations feel a little smaller and less varied than previous games. Furthermore, instead of expensive hand-drawn characters, they've used pre-rendered models, but the style they've used is bland and unappealing. But these are minor issues - on the whole the game looks quite neat and the art style is at least consisent with itself, which is more than I can say for the 'my first Flash animation' cutscenes they added to the 2009 director's cut of Broken Sword 1. I mean, what the hell was this?:

 

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Sorry, that still stings. It's been twelve years. Let it go. :D

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10/06/2021 - Halo: Spartan Assault (PC)

 

What to say about this then? It's Halo, but in twin-stick form. What that means is you'll have the usual enemies, vehicles and weapons that you'd expect in a mainline title, really. Like the big brother games it borrows from, your bullets are seemingly made of love and good feelings, because it takes an age to kill your foes which does make it a bit tiresome (especially for a short game). The difficulty is all over the place, too; 30 missions are set over 5 mini campaigns and the final set of 5 are incredibly easy, but in the 3rd set there are some horrible spikes.

 

The missions themselves are the expected mix of kill everybody/get to a destination/protect and/or escort somebody. None of them are inventive or particularly exciting and so it becomes a bit of a slog, though I guess if you have a keen interest in the Halo universe you'd possibly get more from it. It's not for me though and whilst there's a sequel that added more vehicles, enemies and stuff, the core gameplay loop just isn't pleasing enough for me to want to try it.

 

Previously completed:

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07/06/2021 - The Hex (PC)

23/05/2021 - Renegade (Spectrum)

15/05/2021 - Lords of Xumila (PC)

09/05/2021 - Devolverland Expo (PC)

09/05/2021 - The Medium (PC)

02/05/2021 - Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms (PC)

01/05/2021 - Shadows: Awakening (PC)

21/04/2021 - Rain on Your Parade (PC)

20/04/2021 - Wasteland 2 (PC)

04/04/2021 - Secret World Legends (PC)

02/04/2021 - She Sees Red (PC)

27/03/2021 - Greedfall (PC)

26/03/2021 - Freedom Fighters (PC)

10/03/2021 - Breath of Death VII (PC)

05/03/2021 - Dungeons & Lesbians (PC)

04/03/2021 - Quantum Break (PC)

26/02/2021 - Marvel Avengers (PC)

20/02/2021 - Life is Strange (PC)

02/02/2021 - P.O.W. (Arcade)

28/01/2021 - Devil's Hunt (PC)

24/01/2021 - A Mortician's Tale (PC)

19/01/2021 - The Touryst (PC)

19/01/2021 - Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forrest (PC)

15/01/2021 - A New Life (PC)

05/01/2021 - Vostok Inc. (PC)

02/01/2021 - Call to the Sea (PC)

01/01/2021 - Suikoden (PS1)

 

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13. Far: Lone Sails (PS5) - The art style and direction of this little indie puzzler is simply phenomenal and was one of the early draws for me (alongside hearing part of the equally excellent score as part of Jessica Curry’s radio show). It’s a beautiful and charming game. Gameplay wise you play an almost Journey-like cloaked character who sets about navigating their land yacht across a post apocalyptic landscape, picking up resources, sorting issues with your vehicle and clearing the path ahead. It’s a fun, if never particularly taxing, game and only hangs around for a little over two hours in total. With elements of things like Limbo, Inside and Journey in there (although it never reaches those highs) it does deliver a lovely little experience, and at under £5 in the current PS sale it is hard to complain. - 7/10

 

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1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS5) - 8/10

2. Gris (PS5) - 9/10

3. Fez (PS4) - 8/10

4. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS5) - 9/10

5. Horizon Zero Dawn: Frozen Wilds [DLC] (PS5) - 7/10

6. Maquette (PS5) - 5/10

7. Lego City Undercover (XB1) - 7/10

8. Lego Ninjago Movie (XB1) - 7/10

9. Phogs (XB1) - 7/10

10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (XB1) - 6/10

11. Lego Marvel Avengers (XB1) - 7/10

12. Ghost of Tsushima (PS5) - 8/10

 

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Jun

 

22/06 Commando (C64) After playing the real deal last month this month I played the Reader's Digest version. I still love it, in part because nostalgia, in part because that Rob Hubbard remix but also because the grenade control (space? really) meant that I learned back in the day to dance between the bullets. It's not a long game, know what your doing and it's over in minutes. But it was a fun throwback.

 

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21/06 GigaWing (PC/Arcade) This vertical scroller has a twist, fire for a set amount of time and you gain the ability to reflect bullets for a short period for big rewards. It also has a more anime look with character selects with a (slight) story that follows their journey.

 

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19/06 19XX: The War Against Destiny (PC/Arcade) It's another one of these, set in the future this time but with old planes. No looping this time and it's very very bullet hell.

 

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19/06 Warriors of Fate (PC/Arcade) The only reason I play these sideways scrolling fighting games is to admire the pixel art and Capcom from this period are producing some of their best work. There are some oddities like being able to ride and fight on horseback which weirdly enough feels slower and more unwieldy than going by foot. I liked that characters could bounce off each other leading to some satisfying throws that can knock out surrounding combatants.

 

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18/06 Varth: Operation Thunderstorm (PC/Arcade) Now this is more like it! Maybe I just like vertical shooters more? No proper 1CC run however I did use the rewind enough that I think while difficult it is possible. This is pretty and at 30 stages is pretty long. I may have issues typing tomorrow. Recommended.

 

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15/06 Carrier Air Wing (PC/Arcade) The follow-up to the acclaimed UN Squadron and....why am I so bored? Maybe the top gun stylings don't gel with me, maybe it reminds me I'd rather be playing Jetstrike (make us a next gen sequel Rasputin!). Maybe you just had to be there at the time.

 

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Oh well. At least I had knock off Sean Connery to keep me company.

 

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14/06 Senjō no Ōkami II (PC/Arcade) The new Capcom didn't have the english rom of this (called Mercs in the west) but I always wanted to play the Amiga version back in the day. It's very of it's time being a sequel to Commando. The graphics are nice but design wise I was missing the point not playing with two other people and it's one of those late 80's early 90's arcade games where you can (and probably will) buy your way to the end.

 

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14/06 1941:Counter Attack (PC/Arcade) If you're like me you like playing the odd vertical shooter out of nostalgia. You're a casual player. 1942 is a little long and has the most annoying soundtrack ever. 1943 is overly long and has that annoying boss mechanic where if you don't take it out within a limited timeframe you have to redo it. 1941 is the perfect light snack. It's short, it's forgiving, it looks great and the only thing you lose is the loop in favour of a smart bomb which reduces your health. This took me back to playing the Banshee demo on my CD32.

 

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14/06 Forgotten Worlds (PC/Arcade) This arcade shooter was one of the turning points for Capcom. Firstly the art for a lot of the game is amazing and is just head and shoulders above what most were doing at the time. But this art also led to a shift in development as the people responsible moved from shooters to sideways beat-em ups in part because no-one could appreciate the art in this game as it either scrolled by too quickly or was lost in all the chaos. Anyway I played this through using infinite coin drops. It's designed for two players for trying to do it with one could have been a slog but a nice touch is when you die you don't lose your power-ups. Worth a run through if you love good pixel art.

 

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Also if you hate microscopic organisms.

 

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12/06 West of Dead (PC) Completed up to the "normal" ending which hinted at a true ending which after a few more hours I've decided not to continue attempting. West of Dead is a rogue like set in a wild west version of purgatory. It's got a really striking high contrast art style that looks like a comic in motion.

 

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It reminds me a lot of this old thing (although Gunfright looked like this down to technical limitations)

 

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There's a current glut of rogue like games to play all their their own twist. The strength of this which makes it worth trying is how much it leans into the old west gun fight style with everyone diving for cover and then taking limited shots from unreliable guns. There's a fantastic rhythm to the encounters, waiting it out isn't an option as cover can be destroyed so you need to pick your moment to dive for better cover or for a lantern to blind your enemies. Even better your gunman self narrates and he's a dead ringer for Ron Perlman! (Spoiler, it's actually Ron Perlman!) It's on gamepass for the next few days at least and it's worth playing...with some caveats.

 

That being the bugs. I've played through multiple runs and there seemed to be a one in ten chance or a hit and a dive going wrong and me falling underneath the landscape and having to start a run fresh (autosave ensured that I would be restored under the landscape.) This didn't dissuade me from finishing the normal campaign. But after it happened to me twice near the end of true ending runs I've been put off from investing more time in it. If you're into rogue likes don't let that put you off playing the game, there's at least ten great hours you'll get out of it.

 

11/06 Raid Over Moscow (C64) A weird relic of cold war gaming and an odd mix of Zaxxon and Discs of Tron. Oh, and the hardest first level in a game ever until Driver's garage.

 

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Earlier this month

09/06 Section Z (PC/Arcade)

06/05 God of War (PS4)

05/05 Ghostbusters (C64)

01/06 Beach Head (C64)

 

Previously

 

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31. 30/05 Depanneur Nocturne (PC)

30. 30/05 Commando (PC/Arcade)

29. 30/05 1942 (PC/Arcade)

28. 30/05 Bionic Commando (PC/Arcade)

27. 29/05 If Found...(PC) 

26. 24/05 Final Fight (PC/Arcade)

25. 22/05 Sunset Overdrive (PC) 

24. 11/05 Batalyx (C64)

23. 09/05 Call of the Sea (PC)

22. 25/04 Carto (PC)

21. 24/04 The Little Acre (PC)

20. 24/04 Yorkshire Gubbins (PC) 

19. 22/04 Control:Ultimate Edition (PC) 

18. 20/04 Rain on Your Parade (PC) 

17. 02/04 Summer Games 2 (C64)

16. 16/03 Beach Head 2:The Dictator Strikes Back (C64)

15. 13/03 Assassin's Creed Chronicles:India (PS4)

14. 07/03 Alvastia Chronicles (PC)

13. 27/02 Oxenfree (PC)

12. 26/02 Assassin's Creed Chronicles:China (PS4)

11. 11/02 Beyond a Steel Sky (PC) 

10. 02/02 Stories Untold (PC)

9. 31/01 Katamari Damacy Reroll (PC)

8. 28/01 2020 Game (Browser)

7. 26/01 Observation (PC)

6. 25/01 Hades (PC)

5. 23/01 Donut County (PC)

4. 17/01 The Touryst (PC) 

3. 13/01 My Friend Pedro (PC)

2. 03/01 Tell Me Why (PC)

1. 01/01 Tales from Off Peak City : Vol 1 (PC)

 

Abandoned

Assassin's Creed Chronicles:Russia

The Medium (PC) 

 

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On 23/05/2021 at 12:05, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

10. Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk ...

11. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

12. Tetris Effect

 

Like many games, you don't "complete" Tetris, but I had an absolute blast playing through the journey mode on this, and have since spent a ton of time on the multiplayer modes. The last song in journey mode is amazing and the whole journey feels like what I always wanted the Lumines games to be - a puzzle game I understand how to play surrounded by all the fancy shit.

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On 11/06/2021 at 15:33, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

10. Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk ...

11. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

 

Finished the first two floors of this and have had to uninstall it becuase I am at risk of losing hundreds of hours/my job to it. The game is extremely addictive as you're constantly chasing the dream of getting the perfect crab deck, or sun/bee/flower/rain deck, or or or or

 

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On 11/06/2021 at 15:35, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

10. Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk ...

11. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

14. Rain on your Parade

 

Taken advantage of the £1 Game Pass offer and so am chewing through a few things from here with the kids. Rain on your Parade starts off as a game where you have to low-key ruin people's day by raining on them, and gradually gets more and more preposterous as you go on. It's got that "everything is a bit broken" kind of charm - sometimes when you rain on someone they'll gain superhuman strength and fling a desk across a room, and on one of the training levels for a new power you need to make a car crash - but instead of the game recognising that you've succeeded, it just continues to send cars afterwards so that by the time you've completed all the other objectives, there's a pile-up of about eight cars in the corner and nobody has learned to avoid the hazard 👀

The "lol we make jokes about microtransactions" stuff is getting a bit played out now though, I found myself skipping most of the "funny" dialogue but the game's real strength is that it is great fun and legitimately funny and surprising.

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Satazius - Normal 1cc (10)

 

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Solid State Survivor - 1cc, TLB (10)

Dangun Feveron - Fever arrange 1cc (10)

GG Aleste 3 - 1cc Normal (10)

Aleste - 1cc (8)

Power Strike II - 1cc (10)

GG Aleste - 1cc (8)

GG Aleste 2 - 1cc (8)

GG Aleste - Special mode 1cc (8)

Power Strike II - Hard 1cc (10)

GG Aleste 3 - Special mode 1cc (10)

Natsuki Chronicles - 1cc Arcade, Normal (10)

G-Darius HD - 1cc, Lambda route (10)

Cotton Reboot - Arrange 1cc (10)

Cotton Reboot - Arrange hard 1cc (10)

Assault Shell - 1cc, Original single (10)

Assault Shell - 1cc, Void arrange (10)

Assault Shell - 2-all (10)

Barrage Fantasia - 1cc Normal (7)

Barrage Fantasia - Advanced 1cc (10)

Patriot Dark - Normal 1cc (10)

Zenodyne R - 1cc Normal (10)

Zenohell - 1cc Normal (10)

Sengoku Youkai Daikassen - 1cc (10)

Maho Shoe - 1cc (10)

Hishou Ayu - 1cc, Normal (10)

Alien Death Mob - All stars (10)

Wolflame - Normal 1cc (10)

东方栖霞园 ~ Blue devil in the Belvedere - Normal 1cc (Sakuya) (10)

Gun-Nac - 1cc, normal (10)

Bike Banditz - 1cc, Normal (10)

Redneg 3Stars - Normal 1cc (10)

Winged Gear - 1cc, Normal (8)

Redneg Allstars - 1cc, normal (10)

Galactic Refugees - Hard 1cc (6)

XCUTE(me) - 1cc (2-5), Normal (10)

 

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13/06/2021 - Super Mario Maker 2

 

Obviously the main draw of these games is the chance to build and share your own Mario levels, but I bought it in a sale for the story mode. Trust Nintendo to go the extra mile for what could have been a simple showcase for the level builder.

 

The amount of levels on offer was enormous, and I still had a bunch left to play after finishing the story. They varied in quality from the spectacular to the slightly frustrating, but the amount of imagination on show was ridiculous. Nintendo's level designer's clearly saw this as a chance to throw ideas at the wall without the need to polish everything quite as much as normal, using familiar elements in unfamiliar ways. All of this was in addition to a simple framing device to give the story some purpose, which again wasn't needed at all but made the whole thing that much better.

 

It wasn't up to the consistent standards of a normal Mario platformer, but then that wasn't really the point. As something a little bit different it was well worth the money though, and hey you even get a level editor thrown in...

 

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January

25/01/2021 - Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

February

21/02/2021 - The Room

March

06/03/2021 - Gorogoa
07/03/2021 - The Room 2

April

Nothing!

May

03/05/2021 - Resident Evil 3 (Remake)
15/05/2021 - Resident Evil Village
28/05/2021 - Mass Effect 1 Legendary Edition

June

13/06/2021 - Super Mario Maker 2

 

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1.) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2.) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3.) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4.) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5.) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6.) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7.) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8.) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9.) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10.) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11.) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12.) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13.) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14.) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15.) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)
16.) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14

 

17.) Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS4 - 2020
Completed on normal mode, 39 hours.

Here's a question to ponder: if a remake of a game makes you really want to play the original, has it succeeded? Or failed? :unsure:

 

I love Final Fantasy VII, and anything that evokes memories of that game gets some easy nostalgia points from me. The music, the characters, the incredible city of Midgar... but then I watch an over-the-top anime-style cutscene or get into a realtime battle, and I realise this is not the game I used to love. Nearly forty hours of play later and I still actively dislike the battle system - it's chaotic, frantic and frustrating. Far from creating a more realistic alternative to turn-based combat, I found having to, for example, punch some enemies before I could drink a potion broke my suspension of disbelief rather more. Midgar is brought to incredible new life but, much like Crisis Core before it, it does feel like an interconnected string of corridors and arenas, just with much better graphics now.

 

Then there's the story. Every attempt Square Enix has made over the years to expand, re-tell or spin-off from the original FFVII has been horrendous. They just can't seem to stop themselves from bringing characters back from the dead or introducing new ones or complicating simple motivations with mumbo-jumbo about fate and destiny, and this is no different. There are times when the new characterisations are really well done, where bit-part characters are fleshed out or a scene plays out better than before, but a lot of it is unnecessary. This is a long game, and much of it feels like filler or tacked on. An incredible technical and artistic achievement, but at the end of the day, if I want to enjoy Final Fantasy VII again, am I going to reach for this, or am I going to play the original? I think we all know the answer to that.

Perhaps I'm being harsh, but I'm just feeling unenthused and numbed by the whole thing now that I've seen the credits roll. I was a little more positive about the game earlier on, but the final stretch (and controversial ending) has caused my enthusiasm to dwindle. I'd love to know what newcomers make of the game, because without prior knowledge of the storyline, it's got to be incomprehensible gibberish, no? What is this game? It's a strange chapter-by-chapter action-RPG with weird shit that happens and nothing gets resolved in any way that can be reasonably described as making sense. In trying to have their cake and eat it (ie. make a game that's both an original work and a remake of an existing one), I feel Square Enix has created something of a monster.

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So far:
 

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1. Alba (Apple Arcade)
2. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
3. My Friend Pedro (Switch)
4. Don't Look Back (iOS)
5. Bowser's Fury [Story] (Switch)
6. Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts (SNES/Switch)

7. Yoku's Island Express (Switch)
8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Museum Collection Complete(Switch)
9. Donut County (Xbox Game Pass)

10. The Medium (XSX, Game Pass)
11. GTA V (XSX)

12. Monument Valley – Ida's Dream (iOS)

13. Gears 5 (XSX, Game Pass)
14. Resident Evil 7 (XSX, Game Pass)

15. Rain On Your Parade (XSX, Game Pass)
16. Titanfall 2 (XSX, Game Pass)

17. Batman Arkham Knight (XSX, Game Pass)
18. Call of the Sea (XSX, Game Pass)
19. The Walking Dead: New Frontier (XSX, Game Pass)
20. A Plague Tale: Innocence (XSX, Game Pass)
21. Tales from the Borderlands (Xbox One, GWG)
22. Batman: The Telltale Series – Season One (Xbox One, GWG)

 


23. Sunset Overdrive (Xbox)

I bought this when it was first released and enjoyed it. Everything about this should have resonated perfectly with me. The art, the traversal, the blue skies, the punk-ish soundtrack, the cool AF UI, the daft script... and it really did up until a point: the Tower Defence bits which are simply not fun. It's nigh impossible to track what's happening, the traps seem useless at best and then a Hurker smashes everything up and you fail. I tried a couple of times and then just gave up as I really did not enjoy it. It was swiftly uninstalled and left to gather dust on a server in Seattle somewhere.
    Cut to a few weeks ago and me deciding to give it another go, then absolutely rinsing it. Yes, the tower defence parts are horrible, but there are four (?) mandatory ones thankfully throughout the entire game. Traversal is great fun, especially once you unlock air dash and grinding, bouncing and swinging across Sunset City and you can clearly see how much of it was ported straight into Spider-Man's wonderful control scheme.

   There seems to be quite a bit of Endgame content and I've hardly touched the side missions so I'm trying to go and mop up the collectibles, but there are well over 500 and it's taking forever, even with the ability to unlock their locations on the map. It puts Ubi to shame and is something I now feel like I have to do instead of want to do as I've invested quite a few hours into the collectathon already. Maybe I'll try and see how many I find when doing side missions.

   Anyway. It's great fun. Give it a go. Looks great. Plays great. Very stupid. Blue skies forever!

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14. Tint (Book I) (iOS) - I'm going to mark this off as "completed" as I finished the initial book thinking that was it, and then found out there are at least 3 more to do that have been added so it'll probably be something I drop in and out of over the next year or so on trains, etc...  rather than rushing through. This chilled out little game on Apple Arcade focuses on using watercolours to solve puzzles to bring cute origami things to life. The mechanics are all based on colour and mixing, for example working out how you might get your yellow paint to the red to mix the orange you need for a flower. It runs smoothly and is all nicely packaged too. Although very different gameplay wise it has a hint of Gorogoa about it. If you have Apple Arcade why not give it a try.  - 7/10

 

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1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS5) - 8/10

2. Gris (PS5) - 9/10

3. Fez (PS4) - 8/10

4. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS5) - 9/10

5. Horizon Zero Dawn: Frozen Wilds [DLC] (PS5) - 7/10

6. Maquette (PS5) - 5/10

7. Lego City Undercover (XB1) - 7/10

8. Lego Ninjago Movie (XB1) - 7/10

9. Phogs (XB1) - 7/10

10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (XB1) - 6/10

11. Lego Marvel Avengers (XB1) - 7/10

12. Ghost of Tsushima (PS5) - 8/10

13. Far: Lone Sails (PS5) - 7/10

 

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On 13/06/2021 at 07:26, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

10. Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk ...

11. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

14. Rain on your Parade

15. The Red Strings Club

 

I went into this looking for more ridiculous Cyberpunk Bartender Action like Va11-Hall-A, but instead found a really thoughtful adventure where the bartending is very much second to the decisions you're making, as you pick a part a giant corporation's activities leading up to a major... product launch.

 

There are some games where I like to see all the endings, but this has turned out not to be one of them - I had an absolute blast playing this and while the ending I got wasn't the one I wanted, it was almost certainly the one I deserved and I should definitely not consider a career as an information broker if what I'm doing doesn't work out, I failed every quiz and spilt the booze everywhere.

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Bit late to the party but will be recording my PS5 completions:

 

001 : Demon Souls Really loved it. Started as a Priest but played a STR / END / VIT build. Used the Mace throughout. Didn't use any guides so I know I missed loads so will be playing through again soon.

 

002 : Werewolf The Apocalypse A throwback to the PS3 era - it's dated but I found the core gameplay loop very satisfying (sneak, get caught, RAGE!) and the bonkers plot kept me interested.

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16/06/21 - Super Mario 3D World (Switch)

 

Pretty good fun this one, I started out playing in handheld mode as I was away for a week, but realised my old eyes can't see the screen as well as I'd like.   I've been enjoying it more on a TV since I've been back. It kind of went on a bit - in places I felt it had given everything it had to offer, but I was still cracking out stage after stage... and then backtracking a lot because I was 30 stars short to open the first boss part and then another 20 before I got to the final showdown.  I'm not feeling a need to go back and find every last star and sticker though.

 

Just tried out Bowsers Fury and I'm liking that a bit more.  A proper 3d adventure with a moveable camera!  Although i just started CyberPunk 2077 on the Xbox Series X (had it since Xmas, but decided not to bother trying on my Xbox One)

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19/06/21 - Final Fantasy VII: Remake

 

I think my opinion of this might be a bit of a controversial one? Maybe? I've tried multiple FF games over the years and never completed a single one, apart from this, so I guess it does something right! I like the gameplay, the combat, it looks stunning, the world is interesting, I just hate a large portion of the characters and dialogue. Maybe the Persona series has spoiled me in expecting my JRPG stories to be well written (translated) and acted, but fuck me some of the stuff in this was proper cringe. Cloud is a bore, the three doofuses of Wedge, Jessie and the other one made me want to slap them and Barrett. Fucking hell, Barrett. A truly awful performance. It's a shame because I liked the overarching narrative, even if nothing gets explained for those of us who don't have ultimate knowledge of FF7. I don't want to get into any spoilers, but I was left confused by an awful lot of what's in this game, which I assume wasn't the case for people who have finished FF7. Like for instance, Sephiroph. Who is he? What is his goal? How does he know Cloud? Etc etc.

 

Still, I feel like I've commited now to finishing this Remake Series, so see you in about ten years for the next full part.

 

6/10

 

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10/01 - Spiderman: Miles Morales

23/01 - Yakuza Like A Dragon

 

February

14/02 - Concrete Genie

18/02 - Mega Man 11

21/02 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

 

March

21/03 - Persona 5: Strikers

31/03 - Mega Man X

 

April

17/04 - Mega Man X4

24/04 - Mega Man Zero

 

May

04/05 - New Super Lucky's Tale

20/05 - Cosmic Top Secret

23/05 - Mass Effect

 

June

07/06 - Mass Effect 2

 

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On 15/06/2021 at 01:05, Sprite Machine said:

I'd love to know what newcomers make of the game, because without prior knowledge of the storyline, it's got to be incomprehensible gibberish, no?

 

10 hours ago, Gambit said:

It's a shame because I liked the overarching narrative, even if nothing gets explained for those of us who don't have ultimate knowledge of FF7. I don't want to get into any spoilers, but I was left confused by an awful lot of what's in this game, which I assume wasn't the case for people who have finished FF7. Like for instance, Sephiroph. Who is he? What is his goal? How does he know Cloud? Etc etc.

Well, I guess that answers that question! :D

 

 

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Previously...

Spoiler

1.) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2.) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3.) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4.) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5.) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6.) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7.) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8.) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9.) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10.) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11.) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12.) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13.) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14.) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15.) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)
16.) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14
17.) Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS4 - 2020

 

18.) The Wolf Among Us - Vita - 2014

Telltale have made so many of these adventure games, I don't suppose I will ever manage to play all of them, but this one from back in 2014 has been on my wishlist for ages and I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint. Taking the branching narrative and player choice from The Walking Dead, this game does more interesting things with it, has a really cool detective noir vibe, and an intriguing story premise and lore. There are no good or bad choices in this game, everything is a toss up between options that aren't ideal, but the way I like to play it is to try to inhabit the character and do what I think is right. That's why I prefer to play through these once and not try to 'game' a better outcome, despite being intrigued by how the narrative may or may not change. Are the choices significant? Can the story play out wildly differently or is mostly the same and the choices are smoke and mirrors? I'm not sure I care, I just had a blast.

 

The Vita version has the advantage of being portable and seamlessly integrating touch controls, but it's a choppy port to say the least. Inconsistent framerate, crackly audio, pauses, freezes, gargantuan loading times, and the poor performance makes some of the QTEs borderline impossible. I know all versions of Telltale games tend to be iffy, but preferably play a better version than this! It's testament to the quality of the underlying game that I still really loved it.

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19/6/21 - Bowsers Fury (Switch)

I wasn't going to really play this, as I was just starting out on Cyberpunk, but it really had a just-on-more-shine sort of feel about it.  It's a pretty short experience and there's some repetition in the types of challenges involves, but there's some really lovely platforming in there and Bowser does a pretty good Godzilla impression.

 

I finished it yesterday, but because I was obsessing about getting every shine in every location before moving on, I still had several islands I hadn't touched yet.  I did appreciate the extra help it gives you after you've finished to go back and collect the rest of the shines, so I spent this evening getting the remaining 50 shines and had a awesome time doing it.  A short, but very sweet game - I liked it much more than the main Super Mario 3D World it came with

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Super Mario 3D World (2021)

Hello @CurryKitten :bye:

 

I’ve also just got around to finishing this. It’s pure Nintendo joy - the kind of creativity and pleasure one comes to expect from the Big N. I played it through with a friend the whole way, mostly online and, latterly, couch-coop, which added an extra layer of enjoyment - talking through all the possible locations of green stars and stamps, and then scampering off up a high wall or a hidden room only to find what we were looking for was great. I can’t imagine how chaotic it must be with 4 people though - just getting on those little gondolas is probably a big challenge in and of itself. Cracking stuff. 
 

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09/01/2021 - Bloodborne

10/01/2021 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

10/01/2021 - Halo 2: Anniversary

13/01/2021 - Little Nightmares

26/01/2021 - Donut County

27/01/2021 - Astro’s Playroom

06/02/2021 - The Medium

13/02/2021 - Paper Mario: The Origami King

21/02/2021 - Spider-Man: Miles Morales

28/02/2021 - Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

03/04/2021 - Dark Souls Remastered
03/04/2021 - Halo 3

15/04/2021 - Yakuza 0

08/05/2021 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

15/05/2021 - Resident Evil Zero

22/05/2021 - Blasphemous

29/05/2021 - Limbo

03/06/2021 - Inside

09/06/2021 - Resident Evil VII

19/06/2021 - Super Mario 3D World

 

 

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On 15/06/2021 at 18:34, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

10. Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk ...

11. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

14. Rain on your Parade

15. The Red Strings Club

16. The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia

 

Typing? check

Bullet hell? check

Amazing synth metal soundtrack by Gost? check

 

Typing is one of a very small list of things that I'm quite good at, even if I'm getting less precise in my old age. The Textorcist, then, is right up my street - a game where you play as an old guy exorcising bullet-chucking demons by chanting religious texts at them. It's difficult and punishing and even with a bunch of equipment that makes the game easier and reduces your score, I was still taking a fair few tries to get through each boss.

 

The first thing you have to chant at an enemy is "Shut up"; as you progress the game starts to dive heavily into Latin passages which is absolutely terrifying the first time it crops up.

 

After finishing the game you get a piece of equipment that, when equipped, gives you Hardcore mode - your score multiplier is 666%, you only have one life, the demons are more agressive and, crucially, the test passages you have to enter have their word order randomised. I've done a few of these but I think I'll wind up getting RSI before being able to get close to the end!

 

Anyway if you can deal with the difficulty (the barrier to entry is reasonably high, you have to be a decent typist, or be able to type a lot with one hand) then this is absolutely amazing.

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Just finished up in Astro's Playroom.

 

What a delight from start to finish! Absolutely loved the homage paid to the PlayStation brand. Demonstrates the controller functionality really well which I guess is the point of it. The credits were fun too and I did wait right until to the end :) Great little freebie and lovingly crafted.

 

Eagerly awaiting more from Team Asobi. 

 

Have an itch to go back and pick up the bits I missed not often I want to do that ...

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Previously...

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1.) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2.) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3.) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4.) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5.) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6.) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7.) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8.) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9.) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10.) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11.) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12.) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13.) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14.) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15.) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)
16.) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14
17.) Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS4 - 2020
18.) The Wolf Among Us - Vita - 2014

 

19.) Halo 3 - PC - 2020 (2007)

Completed campaign on Heroic difficulty (9 hours). Another one I hadn't played since the original release, and another completed on Heroic for the first time.

Halo 3 has a nice mix of everything, indoor and outdoor combat, large scale battles and small skirmishes; it's like Halo's greatest hits, learning some lessons from Halo 1 and 2. The Flood are back, but outside of one particular level, they're reduced to small appearances only. The Arbiter is back, but he's reduced to a sidekick. Dual-wielding is back, but with a reduced selection of guns (no dual-needlers), and so forth. It's a slightly shorter game than the previous ones, but it's very good and I enjoyed it a lot. Halo 3 manages to create the illusion of the battlefield better than any of the others so far, and there are some pretty large-scale conflicts going on here, especially involving flying vehicles and Covenant Scarabs. Brutes are not as fun to fight as Elites but they offer a different sort of challenge. Overall, I think this is a very strong entry in the series, with some excellent levels near the end, and some terrific music throughout.

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10 hours ago, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

10. Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk ...

11. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

14. Rain on your Parade

15. The Red Strings Club

16. The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia

17. Shape of the World

 

This was on my Switch wishlist for a long time. I have no idea how it got there, but it was a couple of quid in a sale a little while back.

 

It feels more art project than game, there's no real skill to navigating your way to the end of this but it is an absolutely beautiful ride. Reductively, you hunt for the next triangle until there are no more triangles to hunt for, but realistically this is a lovely sit-in-the-dark-with-the-volume-up experience that gave me goosebumps on several occasions for reasons I can't quite fathom. It's very 80s new-age in some ways with lovely dynamic music and a gorgeous art style, and none of the screenshots I took do it justice because the real joy is in finding the interesting angles or coming over the crest of a moutnain and seeing the lakes and waterfalls and forests shimmer in the cel-shaded flatness.

 

It's 30fps on Switch and everything is jaggy but it really doesn't matter, it's lovely and if you are in to your "c'mon this is hardly even a game" games then this is well worth a crack. Lasts about 60-90 minutes too.

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15. Rain on Your Parade

 

This was a really nice experience. Perfect for playing "on the side" next to a big meaty adventure - just dip in now and then and polish off another level, most of which only take a few minutes. It's silly and witty and lots of fun.

 

Spoiler

1. Dragon Quest XI

2. Donut County

3. Tell Me Why

4. Slay the Spire
5. The Medium

6. Final Fantasy XII

7. Night in the Woods

8. Wreckfest

9. Doom

10. Nier: Automata

11. Carto

12. Sea of Solitude

13. The Gardens Between

14. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

15. Rain on Your Parade

 

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So far:
 

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1. Alba (Apple Arcade)
2. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
3. My Friend Pedro (Switch)
4. Don't Look Back (iOS)
5. Bowser's Fury [Story] (Switch)
6. Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts (SNES/Switch)

7. Yoku's Island Express (Switch)
8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Museum Collection Complete(Switch)
9. Donut County (Xbox Game Pass)

10. The Medium (XSX, Game Pass)
11. GTA V (XSX)

12. Monument Valley – Ida's Dream (iOS)

13. Gears 5 (XSX, Game Pass)
14. Resident Evil 7 (XSX, Game Pass)

15. Rain On Your Parade (XSX, Game Pass)
16. Titanfall 2 (XSX, Game Pass)

17. Batman Arkham Knight (XSX, Game Pass)
18. Call of the Sea (XSX, Game Pass)
19. The Walking Dead: New Frontier (XSX, Game Pass)
20. A Plague Tale: Innocence (XSX, Game Pass)
21. Tales from the Borderlands (Xbox One, GWG)
22. Batman: The Telltale Series – Season One (Xbox One, GWG)
23. Sunset Overdrive (Xbox)

 


24. DOOM 2016 (Xbox)

Yeah. This is awesome. The platforming bit near the start where you had to climb the tower with the moving parts was really rubbish though. Apart from that, a straight-up 666/10.

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1. Bit.Trip Presents - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PC)

 

 

If you want to know exactly why I was playing this, you will have to read Retro Gamer Issue 222 (out in July).

I loved Bit.Trip Complete (Wii) so I had brought them all in a previous Steam sale and grabbed Runner 2 as well

Now I have a gamepad for my laptop I thought I would reinstall Steam and play through some stuff.

 

On Just Right (medium) difficulty I beat the final boss today, stats are 

97/100 levels completed (82 Perfect)

5/25 Retro Challenges (find the hidden cartridge, then complete a “retro” level with classic graphics)

14/15 characters unlocked 

8/40 costumes

 

There’s still a lot to grab though.

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