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On 15/08/2021 at 09:18, Pelekophoros said:

3/01: Night Slashers (Arcade)

13/02: Ghosts Of Tsushima (PS5)

20/02: Kitty Letter (Android)

21/02: Concrete Genie (PS5)

04/03: Maquette (PS5)

03/04: 198X (PS5)

07/04: Moonwalker (Arcade)

27/04: Apex Legends Season 8 (PS5)

29/04: Call Of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War (PS5)

08/05: Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order (PS5)

26/06: Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS5)

02/07: Necromunda Hired Hun (PS5)

06/07: Ratchet & Clank 2016 (PS5)

12/07: Warhammer Vermintide II

27/07: The Last Of Us Part 2 (PS5)

13/08: The Last Stop (Xbone)

 

27/08: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)

 

Loved it. Not enough to keep going back and get all the diamonds to do the bonus levels, but enough to constantly enjoy it. Have the DLC but will come back to that at another point. 

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Aug

 

29/08 Alpaca Stacka (PC) This free short game was one of the most popular games on Steam in July. You can complete this in five minutes, all it involves is you as an alpaca finding five little chickens and putting them back in their pen. You can do this one at a time or you can do it the right way which is find them all before returning them.

 

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There's no challenge to it and it has inverted look for up and down which can't be changed. But it is charming and served to help put 12 Minutes behind me. More info here (which is how I found out about this.) https://www.pcgamer.com/one-of-julys-biggest-steam-hits-was-a-free-chicken-stacking-game-you-can-finish-in-5-minutes/?

 

Earlier this month

24/08 Mass Effect 2:Legendary Edition (PS4)

22/08 Last Stop (PC)

14/08 Omno (PC)

03/08 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS5)

 

Earlier this year

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54. 25/07 Mass Effect:Legendary Edition (PS4)

53. 20/07 Law of the West (C64)

52. 18/07 The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PC)

51. 17/07 Ikenfell (PC)

50. 08/07 Final Fantasy 7 Remake INTERmission (PS5)

49. 03/07 Deus Ex Machina Game of the Year 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (PC)

48. 27/06 Answer Knot (PC) 

47. 26/06 1944 : the Loop Master (PC/Arcade)

46. 22/06 Commando (C64)

45. 21/06 GigaWing (PC/Arcade)

44. 19/06 19XX: The War Against Destiny (PC/Arcade)

43. 19/06 Warriors of Fate (PC/Arcade)

42. 18/06 Varth: Operation Thunderstorm (PC/Arcade)

41. 15/06 Carrier Air Wing (PC/Arcade)

40. 14/06 Senjō no Ōkami II (PC/Arcade) 

39. 14/06 1941:Counter Attack (PC/Arcade)

38. 14/06 Forgotten Worlds (PC/Arcade) 

37. 12/06 West of Dead (PC) 

36. 11/06 Raid Over Moscow (C64)

35. 09/06 Section Z (PC/Arcade)

34. 06/05 God of War (PS4)

33. 05/05 Ghostbusters (C64)

32.01/06 Beach Head (C64)

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 (PS4)

The Medium (PC) 

The Ascent (PC)

12 Minutes (PC)

 

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Omno

Simple but charming little platform/puzzle game. Has some odd performance issues at times, and I experienced a weird bug where I was thrown back to a point in the game that was two "stages" earlier than my last save, though it still recognised that I had 100% of collectables in the later areas. Apart from that, a pleasant and pretty little diversion. 6/10

 

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01/01/2021 - Syberia

07/01/2021 - Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

11/01/2021 - Fe

13/01/2021 - The Touryst

19/01/2021 - The Gardens Between

22/01/2021 - Donut County

22/01/2021 - Virginia

23/01/2021 - The Witness

08/02/2021 - Trials Fusion

22/02/2021 - Streets Of Rage 4

14/03/2021 - Death Squared

08/04/2021 - The Medium

19/04/2021 - Control: Ultimate Edition

30/04/2021 - New Super Lucky's Tale

01/05/2021 - Kameo: Elements Of Power

08/05/2021 - Gravel

15/06/2021 - Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2

26/06/2021 - Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

06/07/2021 - Lara Croft & The Temple Of Osiris

16/07/2021 - R-Type Final 2

03/08/2021 - A Plague Tale: Innocence

07/08/2021 - Resident Evil 2

14/08/2021 - Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

30/08/2021 - Omno

 

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List:

 

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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)

25. Lego Builder's Journey (Apple Arcade)
26. Super Mario 3D World (Switch)

27. Batman The Telltale Series – The Enemy Within (Xbox, GWG)

28. Part-Time UFO (Switch)

29. The Wolf Among Us (Xbox GWG)
30. Death’s Door (Xbox)
31. Jenny LeClue – Detectivú (Apple Arcade)

 

32. Katamari Damacy Reroll (Xbox)

Second play through of this delightfully bizarre, colourful, bold, camp and supremely silly game. 

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Zakesta - 1cc

 

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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)

Satazius - Normal 1cc (10)

Espgaluda - 1cc

Touhou Kikamu ~ Elegant Impermanence of Sakura - Normal 1cc

Super Glitter Rush - All stars

Rangok Skies - 1cc (all characters)

Schildmaid MX Beta - Krieger 1cc

Donpachi - 1cc

Battle Garegga - Premium mode 1cc

Ketsui Deathtiny - Deathtiny mode 1cc

Star Hunter DX - Bounty Hunter 1cc, Luna

Evorales - Arcade, Normal 1cc

 

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1/1- Uncharted Lost Legacy

3/1 - Resident Evil 4

7/1 - Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity

12/1 - Link to the Past

19/1 - Tetris Effect Connected

24/1 - Super Castlevania IV

27/1 - Star Fox 64

2/2 -Wario Ware Inc Micro Games

7/2 - Super Mario Bros 3

18/2 - Bowsers Fury

28/2 - Super Mario 3D World

9/3 - Diddy Kong Racing

11/4- The Wind Waker

27/4- Crash Team Racing

18/5 - Resident Evil 8

6/6 - Tomb Raider (reboot)

28/7 - Metroid Zero Mission

15/8 - Skyward Sword HD

21/8 - 12 Minutes

 

Soon to add Metroid Fusion. I gave up on a bunch of games, I stream games mostly so if i am not enjoying it i'll just move on.

 

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21. Omno

 

Absolutely lovely zero-peril 3D platformer. It looks and sounds beautiful in its minimalist way, and each level contains more puzzles than you need to progress so you can race ahead like some kind of impatient idiot or be sensible and take your time just enjoying exploring this fantastical world. One or two of the puzzles were real head-scratchers that inevitably led to "aha!" moments as all the best puzzles do. Only one was so impenetrable (to me) that I had to look up the solution, and I didn't understand that either. (I looked up a description rather than a video that just showed me exactly what to do). However trying to work out what on earth the solution meant eventually led to its own "aha!" moment so it was a sort of unintended meta-puzzle I suppose. The fact that I didn't even need to solve this one puzzle, but wanted to anyway, shows how much I wanted to spend time in this world. The only downside is that it was all over pretty quickly, but there's a place for small and perfectly formed games and this fits the bill.

 

Now I'm playing Hades so I may never finish it or any other game ever again.

 

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

16. Doom II

17. Yakuza Zero

18. Pikuniku

19. Aragami

20. Last Stop

21. Omno

 

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31/8/21 - Tell Me Why (Xbox One Gamepass)

This was an interesting piece of interactive fiction.  It's something I didn't know much about, but the quick preview movie on Gamepass reminded me a little of Life is Strange (which is a curious game in that I watched a play through of it but haven't played it)  It's difficult to go into in any detail without spoiling things, but it seems well written, nicely acted and does allow a few key choices that alter the outcomes somewhat.

 

31/8/21 - A Plague Tale: Innocence (XSX Gamepass)

I think I'd seen video of this from the last E3 of just as a general "looks whats coming to xbox" type of promo) it looked interesting as there seemed to be lots of rats around.  Clearly, I don't need to much going on to tempt me into stuff!  Anyway, this was an interesting experience for me - it's mostly an escort mission in which you have to keep your whiny brother alive in 14th century France... and I did mostly wish him dead for the first few hours.  The thing about this game is that you do feel utterly powerless for most of it.  Although you eventually get the skills to take people out in the game, any time a soldier reaches you it's pretty much instant death.  In many games it's stealthy but then it's "opps, I got discovered and you have to shoot your way out".  There's a downside to this in that some of the game only has a single way through and so is quite linear.  But I actually really enjoyed the experience throughout.

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31/08/2021 - Shining Force II (Mega Drive)

 

I hadn't intended to play this so soon after the first one, but it is so accessible I started and just carried on going.

 

It improves on the first game in every way, from inventory management, viewing the stats of your team (this in particular was very painful in SF 1), even searching items dotted about the gameworld. It also moves to a more open map (though progress is still linear) which makes the game feel bigger in scope. The core gameplay is exactly the same though - same spells, classes (in the main) and battle -> run around -> battle loop. In isolation that's fine - and don't get me wrong, I still really enjoyed my time with this - but so soon after playing the previous title it lost a little of its lustre.

 

One thing that I really noticed on this playthrough was that the game really relies you on grinding, because you get new team members join at a lower level than your current crew, meaning you need to bring them up to speed if you want them to contribute. You'll also need those levels if you want to get the better spells - and it will take a lot of grinding to get there, with spellcasters in particular needing a lot of work (by way of comparison, by the endgame my casters were around level 60 (and I stopped trying to level them quite a while before the end) versus ~47 for the rest of the team.

 

Ultimately everything I said about the first game holds true for this one too and it's a great game - I do think I need a proper break now before tackling the third game (something I still own the Saturn disc for but never completed).

 

Previously completed:

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24/08/2021 - Close to the Sun (PC)

07/08/2021 - The Last Stop (PC)

06/08/2021 - Shining Force (Mega Drive)

02/08/2021 - Vendetta (Arcade)

31/07/2021 - Outriders (PC)

25/07/2021 - Dynamite Dux (Arcade)

24/07/2021 - Stardrop (PC)

20/07/2021 - Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance (PC)

10/07/2021 - Marvel Ultimate Alliance (PC)

02/07/2021 - Weaves of Fate (PC)

27/06/2021 - Through the Woods (PC)

22/06/2021 - Answer Knot (PC)

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

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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On 26/08/2021 at 22:03, 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

18. Far: Lone Sails

19. Return of the Obra Dinn

20. Donut County

21. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

22. Cat Quest

23. Touhou: Luna Nights

24. World End Economica: Episode 1

25. Murder By Numbers

26. Hypnospace Outlaw

27. Behold The Kickmen

28. Lonely Mountains: Downhill

29. The Next Penelope

30. Doom (2016)

31. Monster Train

32. Loop Hero

33. World End Economica: Episode 2

34. What Remains of Edith Finch

35. Cube Escape: Seasons

35a. The rest of the Cube Escape Collection games

 

As with Seasons, can't really say much without spoiling the plot (which sort of makes sense but also is completely bonkers), or the puzzles (which are usually really good, albeit I did have to use a guide a couple of times, usually to find that I was doing the right thing but slightly in the wrong fashion). If you like room escapes and/or old point and click adventure games, this will be right up your street. My only real complaint is that even after nine individual games, the plot is still left on a cliffhanger; it would have been nice to have everything wrapped up in the one collection, but looking on Steam there's about four or five more games so time for a bit more investigation. Maybe the next piece of the puzzle is figuring out what game to play next.

It's only four quid at full price too. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1292940/Cube_Escape_Collection/

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On 15/08/2021 at 13:47, cassidy said:

Game 17 of the year Hades. Well I escaped so I think that counts? Im nowhere near finished with the game yet. So much more to do now. 

Seen epilogue now so this still counts imo. 

 

 

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Humankind - Civ has always been a popular series, but (whisper it), it's never actually been that well designed. Playing the game naturally is playing it sub-optimally, once you know the best way to win in all of them boils down to spamming cities everywhere, focusing on a single resource, and then using sheer scale to dominate, it's hard not to do that. New Civ games will talk of the changes they're making to tackle that problem, then the game will come out and the fixes don't work - the problems in the design are simply too deeply entrenched to be resolved by tweaking a few numbers.

 

Enter Humankind, which is the full top-down systems rewrite the series needs but won't get. The Era system means you need to diversify to more than one resource or you won't progress. Infinite city spam gets handled through the outpost system, soft caps to city numbers, and the option to liberate cities into independent city-states. Similarly conquest is designed to make ameoba-ing up all the other Civs harder before endgame, unless they're really decisive stomps it'd take you multiple wars to take all their territory, and the games diplomacy prefers keeping them around as a vassal over agglomerating them into you. The natural way to play is also the optimal way.

 

Despite everything being redesigned, it remains very accessible for a casual fan - there's a good tutorial, a good range of difficulties, and it keeps the UI familiar - tile resources have literally the same icons as Civ, green wheat for food, brown cogs for production, gold coins for money, blue beakers for science, purple stars for culture, like some nerdy version of lucky charms. Easily recommended. 9

 

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Hades

RE Village

Mario Kart 8

Mario Odyssey

Pillars of Eternity 2

Doom (1993)

ESO: The Clockwork City

Superhot: Mind-Control-Delete
Genshin Impact

Sayonara Wild Hearts (twice!)

Control

Death Stranding

 

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21 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

18. Far: Lone Sails

19. Return of the Obra Dinn

20. Donut County

21. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

22. Cat Quest

23. Touhou: Luna Nights

24. World End Economica: Episode 1

25. Murder By Numbers

26. Hypnospace Outlaw

27. Behold The Kickmen

28. Lonely Mountains: Downhill

29. The Next Penelope

30. Doom (2016)

31. Monster Train

32. Loop Hero

33. World End Economica: Episode 2

34. What Remains of Edith Finch

35. Cube Escape: Seasons

35a. The rest of the Cube Escape Collection games

36. Forza Horizon 4

 

I'd been really looking forward to playing Forza Horizon 4 after hearing so many good things about it. It's my first Forza Horizon bar a few hours on FH2 and there's tons to love - it looks great, it feels like there's an unlimited number of cars available, the handling model is good, and yet I found myself getting really annoyed at the game each time I played. 

 

The main thing that I found extremely annoying was that nearly every time something gets added to the map - and this happens a lot - there are unskippable voice clips that play. This wouldn't be a problem if you could still look around the map/use the other menus/drive while these were playing, but instead it removes all control from the player for the duration of whatever comment is being read out at the time. The script is not so good either. Similarly the game likes to throw unskippable cutscenes at you, and even DLC adverts which were probably the most maddening. I've no idea if that happens in the non-Game Pass version of the game. Add to that the giant loading times - sometimes opening the pause menu alone can take five seconds, let alone restarting an event or switching car. I am playing on an XBox One and understand these aren't issues on Series S/X devices though, which would definitely smooth things over significantly.

 

The other issue was that for a game which mainly relies on point-to-point traversal, doing that quickly becomes not much fun as soon as you unlock a fast car. Staying on the track is optional, which is funny the first few times you plough through a low wall and across a river instead of making the turn as planned, but traversal of places I wasn't familiar with quickly became an exercise in enormous property damage and rewinding a lot. The main traversal problem I had though was the NPC traffic, which serves only to make the traversal more annoying as you can't possibly hope to see it coming at 180mph, and serves to ruin your race runs by being in the way all the time. The Sat Nav/driving line also can't decide whether it wants you to drive on the left at all times and take corners at a responsible speed, or just gun it, which can be confusing on such a large map.

 

The problem is clearly me rather than Forza - other than the unskippable stuff, all the problems I had with the game are deliberate design choices and part of the Horizon games' DNA. I've still had a great time playing it, and the events that are more than just driving from point A to point B such as the showcases and the Top Gear missions are superb. Outside of that it's a map with infinite icons, and no clear way to progress other than Doing All The Things. Hearing London Elektricity and Chris Goss on Hospital Records Radio talking about level 4 of the cross country series where only the best of the best are invited is fun; having no way to progress that other than doing more driving was a bit annoying (and there seem to be 25 levels of these so who knows what the calibre of opponent will be if they're all monsters at level 4).

 

I made it on to the Horizon Roster, did a few more events and gave up; I expect it would be more fun if I was playing with friends or had fewer other things I wanted to play as well. I've downloaded Forza Motorsport 7 and am hoping that provides the more focused and less frustrating experience I wanted from this. I will miss the off-roading stuff though.

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@strawdonkey - my experience of playing FH4 was very similar to yours (except for the loading time issues you had, as I was playing on XSX); I also found it annoying and oddly disparate, despite there being some very fun missions. I think it's best thought of as an MMO or live service game, which is much better to play with other people. Unfortunately, you and I seem to be in the minority as people who want something with more structure, so I imagine the next game will follow the exact formula as 4. I'll probably play it for a couple of weeks when it's first out, then never touch it again.

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I’d agree with the comments about the structure being a mess and I even spoke about it in the FH5 thread. I’m really hoping they tighten it up for the new one. It’s definitely got messier with each release.

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The Order 1886 (ps4)

 

you can use the camera mode to fix the gloominess AND view ahead by flying round the map.
 

It’s weird. Given how long ago I started it, to how quickly I finished after picking it up again. Any issues I had with the controls… I originally stopped playing when struggling to climb up a wall, but now it felt like second-nature.

 

Maybe it was just ahead of it’s time?

 

Some chapters are shorter than others, the scripting of the QTEs though, I like that. One weird difficulty spike that can be ironed out by picking the right gun.


and werewolf penis.

 

still £16 in the PSN store…

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Soma (2015) - PC

 

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I finished this about five years ago on the PS4 but had a hankering to play it again to experience the story once more, so this time I played it on 'Safe mode'. For the uninitiated, this is an option the developers added later, which essentially makes you invincible and prevents the horrible things you find at the bottom of the sea from chasing you.

 

I enjoyed this second run-through, but I will say that (unsurprisingly) switching the scary bits off turns the game into little more than a walking sim with the occasional puzzle. There are entire sections of levels featuring lots of storage closets and empty rooms that have obviously been designed for the player to run and hide from the enemies inside, and seeing as you can just walk by them instead with safe mode enabled (they just stand there, looking at you and snarling - which is sometimes quite freaky in its own way - or just shuffle about mindlessly), it did feel a bit wanting for gameplay on occasion. That said, the lack of threat meant that I was able to take my time reading through all the emails and documents I found to get a more comprehensive overview of then narrative on this play-through, whereas when I originally played it, I remembered finding the monsters annoying after a while because they would come and find me at inconvenient times, like when I was listening to a particularly juicy audio log. Playing through it again, the story was never going to have the same impact as it did the first time around, but I still found it compelling enough, and the ending of the game remains very effective, even thought I knew it was coming.

 

If you've never played this before and you're into your sci-fi horror, then it's pretty much essential. If, like me, you've already finished it but you've forgotten most of the story, then safe mode works well - just be prepared to do a lot of wandering about with not much going on.

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On 02/09/2021 at 22:51, SeanR said:

The Order 1886 (ps4)

 

you can use the camera mode to fix the gloominess AND view ahead by flying round the map.
 

It’s weird. Given how long ago I started it, to how quickly I finished after picking it up again. Any issues I had with the controls… I originally stopped playing when struggling to climb up a wall, but now it felt like second-nature.

 

Maybe it was just ahead of it’s time?

 

Some chapters are shorter than others, the scripting of the QTEs though, I like that. One weird difficulty spike that can be ironed out by picking the right gun.


and werewolf penis.

 

still £16 in the PSN store…

 

Did you pick up half way through after so many years or start over?

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4 minutes ago, gossi the dog said:

 

Did you pick up half way through after so many years or start over?


I want to say “halfway”, but it was more like “chapter low-digit”:
 

So I checked the guide on IGN, and it was chapter 3, I had bounced off the game due to the first large scale killing floor. Hard. The first difficulty spike.

 

I thought I had a photo or video of it that I could use to date my first play through. 

 

Id bought from the US store because it was cheap, when I first set up my extra account. 


it also means that i didn’t make the connection between

 

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The prologue and the events of the latter stages of the game.

 

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5 hours ago, SeanR said:


I want to say “halfway”, but it was more like “chapter low-digit”:
 

So I checked the guide on IGN, and it was chapter 3, I had bounced off the game due to the first large scale killing floor. Hard. The first difficulty spike.

 

I thought I had a photo or video of it that I could use to date my first play through. 

 

Id bought from the US store because it was cheap, when I first set up my extra account. 


it also means that i didn’t make the connection between

 

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The prologue and the events of the latter stages of the game.

 

 

Impressive. After such a long period of time I’d need to restart but would struggle with the motivation for replaying the earlier parts. In other words I’d never finish such a game.

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On 02/09/2021 at 07:05, 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

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

18. Far: Lone Sails

19. Return of the Obra Dinn

20. Donut County

21. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

22. Cat Quest

23. Touhou: Luna Nights

24. World End Economica: Episode 1

25. Murder By Numbers

26. Hypnospace Outlaw

27. Behold The Kickmen

28. Lonely Mountains: Downhill

29. The Next Penelope

30. Doom (2016)

31. Monster Train

32. Loop Hero

33. World End Economica: Episode 2

34. What Remains of Edith Finch

35. Cube Escape: Seasons

35a. The rest of the Cube Escape Collection games

36. Forza Horizon 4

37. Sayonara Wild Hearts

 

Bought this on launch, played each level to completion once, got frustrated because the rhythm action bits felt like they were off-time and didn't touch it again. I love rhythm-action games so everything feeling a bit "off" really put me off at the time. Came back to it to see what I was missing and had a 180 of opinion on it - got all the gold ranks and had a great time. It's been so much better second time around - getting used to the timings and learning the stages so that it's not just an endless cycle of restarting, and being able to get through the tracks in one go is a hurdle that you have to get over before the game really opens up and starts being more enjoyable and less frustrating.

 

Looking forward to trying the mode where you play the whole game in one go; not going anywhere near the mode where you play the whole game in one go with just one life

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I played Papers Please recently for the first time and "finished it". Fantastic piece of work. I saw a PC Gamer review describe the only negative aspect being "a lack of variety" which so spectacularly misses the point and intention of so much of the whole thing that I don't know where to start.

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I need to start logging these. I've been doing well the past couple of years to knuckle down and finish stuff, but I've gone back to my magpie ways. 

 

Jan: Gardens In Between
Mar: ME Andromeda (rinsed it for all it's worth, didn't want to leave)
Apr: Wreckfest
May: Genesis noir
         What remains of Edith Finch?
         Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious
         Doom 64 (achievements only)
         Mass Effect 1
Jun: Mass Effect 2
Jul: Had new baby, magpie dropping in and out took hold

 

Sep:

Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe In Peril - 3DS

 

It's not been fun working through the levels it but some of the big bonus challenges have been diverting once it unlocks. I've unlocked most of the characters just for my 3 year old to mess around in it.  Otherwise there isn't much to recommend. 

 

The only characters I've not got are some crap reskins of characters I already got, and The Punisher that I can't get because the AI for Rhino in the boss battle is too stupid and slow to beat in time. It keeps getting stuck and won't run into the electricity pylons on the time required. 

 

Fuck it. The Punisher is too old for my kid anyway :)

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List:

 

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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)

25. Lego Builder's Journey (Apple Arcade)
26. Super Mario 3D World (Switch)

27. Batman The Telltale Series – The Enemy Within (Xbox, GWG)

28. Part-Time UFO (Switch)

29. The Wolf Among Us (Xbox GWG)
30. Death’s Door (Xbox)
31. Jenny LeClue – Detectivú (Apple Arcade)
32. Katamari Damacy Reroll (Xbox Game Pass)

 

 

33. Limbo (Xbox, Game Pass)

Played this on PS Vita IIRC when it was on PS+ and installed it recently for a few MS Reward points, then ended up playing through it all. Such a twisted and dark game, but very, very enjoyable. I'll probably end up playing through Inside again before Somerville is released.

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On 31/08/2021 at 15:29, Darren said:

Now I'm playing Hades so I may never finish it or any other game ever again.

 

Well the thing with Hades is, it's utterly addictive, yes, but for me at least it isn't a game where you can jump immediately into another run as soon as you've finished the previous one (and had a whizz round the house talking to everyone, decorating the lounge etc.) Because each run uses a different combination of weapon and modifiers, each needs a different approach and you gradually build up the short term muscle memory for the run as you go along. Which means if you try to dive straight into the next with a different weapon you find yourself (i.e. I find myself) trying to use the previous run's now redundant moves and tactics to no avail. What's needed is a between-run palate cleanser, a gaming amuse bouche to reset the brain, allowing you to return to Hades ready to dive in again unencumbered by the previous run's unique skillset. Something easy, with short, self-contained levels or chapters. Something like:

 

22. What Remains of Edith Finch

 

I've played this before, of course, back on the PS4 (or 3?) but it was sitting there on Game Pass so I went for it. I think it's a game that bears revisiting every now and then anyway - I certainly noticed lots of little details that I didn't the first time round. I love games like this, that stretch the definition of what a game even is. It's more of a surreal interactive story but it's great fun and in places quite moving (Gregory :o ). Now I really want Unfinished Swan to come to GP so I can replay that too.

 

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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

16. Doom II

17. Yakuza Zero

18. Pikuniku

19. Aragami

20. Last Stop

21. Omno

22. What Remains of Edith Finch

 

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6/9/2021 - Psychonauts 2 (XSX Gamepass)

Having been a huge fan of the first game back on the original Xbox (I do remember having to try the Meat Circus level quite a few times though) I was really looking forward to this game.  It didn't disappoint in the most important way.  I loved the story, and I loved the look.  Certainly a case of using the power of the console to do exactly the graphics they want.  Things look basic from the outside, but there's incredible detail in there.  So story cool and the levels as brilliantly wacky as before with a perfect representation of peoples thoughts and feelings going on .  What I didn't really care for was the combat - it wasn't engaging and just served as something to stretch out the game a bit.  That said, it didn't hold me up, it was just bad compared to the rest of the experience.  Great fun.

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Previously completed

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2021 https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3KkDXKA8KDrUSXSSgvjH0H59HuNUQ8QL

 

Lost Sphear (PS5)

Gorogoa (PS5)

Slay the Spire (PS5)

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 (PS5)

Donut County (PS5)

Control (PS5)

When the past was around (PS5)

Undertale (PS5)

Yakuza Like a Dragon (PS5)

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 (PS5)

Batman Enemy Within (PS5)

Spider-Man Miles Morales (PS5)

Rebel Galaxy (PS5)

The First Tree (PS5)

 

Mutant Year Zero - Road to Eden (PS5)

 

 

Mutant Year Zero - Road to Eden is a X-Com style turn-based strategy game. You start the game with two characters Dux & Bormin and more will join later but you can only have a maximum of three in the field. There are various unique skills for each character giving you abilities like mind control & double shot.

 

If you have played X-Com you will be familiar with the gameplay, there are some changes like you can walk around with the characters and initiate combat when close to an enemy. If you take out these enemies silently then you can go back out of combat and walk around to collect loot & survey the area to plan your next attack.

 

You can upgrade weapons at the base, unlock perks by collecting artefacts and purchase items from the shop like grenades, scopes and medical kits. The map is split out into different areas as the story progresses and when you level up you can visit side areas for rare loot like a new weapon or armour.  Occasionally you will also encounter a boss fight and these encounters will need careful planning otherwise you will die.

 

The game can be tough in some areas but if you take it slow and pick off enemies in solo encounters with silent weapons & character skills you will quickly master the game.

 

X-Com 2 was very buggy for me on PS4 & I ended up with a save file that was corrupted after 25 hours. Thankfully I had no such issues with Mutant Year Zero and enjoyed completing the game. Because I enjoyed playing Yakuza Like A Dragon earlier this year, I was interested in the previous games so next for me is Yakuza 0.

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