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On 04/09/2021 at 16:07, 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

38. Princess Remedy In A World Of Hurt

39. Glittermitten Grove

 

Princess Remedy is yet another Steam "Overwhelmingly Positive" discovery - and it's free! It's reminiscent of a ZX Spectrum game in design, though kind of more how you remember them rather than how they were - the colour clash is absent, it runs smoothly and looks great. You play as Princess Remedy, a "healer" who comes to the surface like an angel to heal the ailments of the populace - ailments that include forgetting their name, having too many legs or only being five years old (and upon successfully healing that person, they proudly exclaim that they are now six).

 

Healing is achieved by shooting enemies until they're all gone, like a twin-stick shooter without the right stick. It's short, full of tiny and stupid gags and if you're that way inclined there are hard and master modes which are extremely difficult. I got through about 25% of the game on Master before having to give up due to the skill level required being way too high!

 

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Glittermitten Grove is a fairy-resource-management simulator where all your fairies leave every fucking winter becuase you've run out of food. Eventually when exploring you'll find a mysterious door and behind it is the start of Frog Fractions 2, manifested as a mix of ZZT and Dark Souls where everything is weird and people leave messages about butts on the floor.

 

I won't go into any more detail because it's one of those games where experiencing it is a huge part of the joy, but I had a great time trying to figure out exactly what on earth was happening, and despite being ridiculous throughout there is an enormous amount of brilliant design choices that will really reasonate if you too have made the life choice to play lots of videogames rather than doing something useful with your time.

 

That said I think I preferred the first one. That's also free on Steam and I'd definitely recommend giving it a crack: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1194840/Frog_Fractions_Game_of_the_Decade_Edition/

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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)

 

 

34. The Walking Dead: Michonne, Episode 1 (Xbox, GWG)

Another day, another Telltale game. This seems like the game designers only knew one interaction: Spam A. You could see it coming a mile off and this type of interaction does nothing to make me feel immersed in a game world. The story itself was pretty obvious and I was actively trying be as antagonistic as possible, being rude and to get people killed, but couldn't quite manage it. So much for 'choices'.

Only had the first part unlocked with GWG, but this wasn't good enough to get me paying for the following two chapters. Meh.

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On 07/09/2021 at 19:32, 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

38. Princess Remedy In A World Of Hurt

39. Glittermitten Grove

40. The Adventures of Elena Temple

 

Saw a friend talking about this and that they'd had a lot of fun playing it, so grabbed it in a sale for something like 50p. It's an old-school platformer with a paper-thin story about how it was released on a huge number of failed systems but gained cult popularity after being included in an emulator collection. Sadly the story and the variety of systems you can play the game on don't have any meaningful impact on the game, which is a shame as it'd have been fun to have to switch to a different version to tackle a particular puzzle/etc.

 

It's a short single-screen platformer in which every screen is its own little puzzle. You need to escape from the tomb you've fallen into, and to do so have to explore and collect coins and gems, and can't escape until you've collected a majority of them - which means you have to solve a bunch of the mini-puzzles, which usually involve plotting a route around each screen and using your gun to kill enemies/break vases (which often contain coins) and factoring in the collection of ammo pickups, since your gun can only hold two bullets and you can't hold any reserve ammo.

 

The platforming and design is old-school in design but not quite as frustrating as the games it apes. There's little things like the fact your character sprite is exactly as tall as the corridors they walk through, and the platforming areas where you have to traverse areas with a lot of spikes above you, that require you to plot a less direct route in order to make sure you don't jump into the spikes. It's almost refreshingly old-school rather than frustratingly old-school.

 

It took me an hour to get through it with nearly all the treasure, and that involved a fair amount of backtracking because I was originally not bothering to pick up all the coins as I went, until I found the guy that wouldn't let me past until I had 99 👀

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On 27/08/2021 at 15:39, 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)

 

10/09: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1&2 (PS5)

 

Was good that.

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13/09 Mass Effect 3:Legendary Edition (PS4) This might just be the best Mass Effect entry in the series now. It wasn't before. Previously to get the full Mass Effect 3 experience you had to wait until a year after it's release. By then you would be able to purchase all the DLC (one "optional" character who should have been part of the team from the start, the pretty good Leviathan, the excellent Omega and the brilliant (if full of fan service, but the good sort of fan service Citadel) and have the extended endings. Then you would have to play it over a short period of time while having to play things outside the game to increase your galactic readiness for the sake of...probably engagement? If you didn't play multiplayer, the iphone game Infiltrator or play short mobile game regularly your readiness would drop. And you had to do this a couple of times a day. I found this really tiresome and resented the constant intrusion. And that was during a period of unemployment. All those issues are solved now. The DLC is all integrated. Galactic readiness has been removed with the resources gathered over all three games counting towards the final result.

 

The dropping of all the extra "engagement" and losing the friction of having to search, pay for and install the DLC separately brings the game together. If you're only going to play one of the games in the trilogy Mass Effect 2 is probably the one to go for. But if you're playing all three then the last chapter is an amazing payoff. It really does feel that you're fighting against the odds. Most of the game has a funerial mood although if you've played your cards right there's some loose ends you can tie up before the end of everything. The writing is incredibly good, the universe so rich at this point that there are some fantastic in jokes that are only really funny if you've invested into the universe. Citadel is probably the best DLC I've ever played, a real love letter to the series and best saved until last as a respite from all the farewells at the end.

 

Sure the ending is a bit weak but endings are hard to do, especially after 150 hours of gameplay. It's the journey here that's worth it, from a murder and betrayal at the start of the game to full blown armageddon at the end.

 

I don't think there will ever be another game like Mass Effect (I'd love to be proven wrong) but I was glad to play through it again. One of the few  videogame blockbusters that I haven't fallen out of love with.

 

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11/09 Boyfriend Dungeon (PC) A dating game set in a seaside town during your Summer holidays where you sneak into a dungeon under the mall and find weapons to fight monsters. And then date the weapons. It sounds really dumb but it's quite charming. The dating parts are standard dating game tropes that play out like a visual novel and the dungeon plays out like a (very) simplified version of Hades. It's very LGBTQ friendly with a variety of characters with different gender identities. (And you can also be male/female or non-binary.) It's received a bit of flack for not having concise enough content warnings (which they've fixed) or having content warnings at all. If it does have one glaring fault it's with a major end game plot issue which I won't spoil here. Other than that it's perfect GamePass fare.

 

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Previously

 

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59. 29/08 Alpaca Stacka (PC)

58. 24/08 Mass Effect 2:Legendary Edition (PS4)

57. 22/08 Last Stop (PC)

56. 14/08 Omno (PC)

55. 03/08 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS5)

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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18 hours ago, ImmaculateClump said:

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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)

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Zenohell - 1cc Normal (10)

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Maho Shoe - 1cc (10)

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Wolflame - Normal 1cc (10)

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Bike Banditz - 1cc, Normal (10)

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Satazius - Normal 1cc (10)

Espgaluda - 1cc

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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

Zakesta - 1cc

 


Please don’t take this the wrong way, but your experience of the medium of video games is markedly different from mine. Good for you. :hat:

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On 09/09/2021 at 10:27, 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

38. Princess Remedy In A World Of Hurt

39. Glittermitten Grove

40. The Adventures of Elena Temple

41. Sorry, James

Had this on my wishlist for ages, and was gifted it as part of RLLMUK Secret Santa in 2020. Which, if you've never participated in before, you totally should because it's the best.

 

I went into this game expecting an atmospheric narrative-driven adventure, with puzzle bits; instead it's mainly a sequence of puzzles with a bunch of narrative on the side. You're given a pile of encrypted files as part of your job and have to decrypt them by completing puzzles which, as a very lazy comparison, are a little bit Picross - you get to place white and black cubes in spaces on a playfield, and have to make the pre-placed blocks connect to a specific number of blocks that share its colour along its horizontal and vertical axis. As with most puzzles, it's a big nightmare to explain in the abstract so it's much easier to provide a picture of one of the later levels:

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Each file contains conversations between "Eliza" and someone who is not the person they originally intended to speak to, and then you are expected to unravel the story from reading these snippets. The not-Eliza part of the conversations remain garbled unless you complete the puzzles to decrypt it at the first time of asking with no mistakes, which is alarmingly difficult as soon as the puzzles get even remotely complex. I usually found that I'd be able to fill 95% of the puzzle in without too many issues (though not up to the exacting standads of the perfect decryption) and then just have to take stock and fiddle around with the last bits to get the puzzle solved.

 

Even after finishing there's a ton of unanswered questions, and the writing is either translated slightly wonkily, or it could be deliberately slightly unnatural and stilted. There's what feels like a brilliant moment at the end of the first section of the game where Eliza, out of nowhere, goes "These conversations creep me out" following several messsages' worth of explicit content. And then, after that, it's back to chatting as if nothing had happened, which suggests it's not a plot point at all. There's also a few bits of ARG-like elements to the game, including not being given your login details in-game and having to visit the Steam page to get them 👀

 

Still - the puzzles are great, the atmosphere and music are great and even if the writing doesn't quite hit the mark there's still a ton of intrigue in the game. Did I mention that the messages are private and you're not meant to read them? Oops

 

 

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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)

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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

Zakesta - 1cc

Blaynix - Normal 1cc

 

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11/09/21 - Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury

 

It's been over a month since I actually completely anything, which may or may not have something to do with getting back into Apex Legends again. :huh:

 

I didn't know whether to include this on my completed list, as I still have levels to unlock and stars to collect. That said, my rule is, if credits roll then it's finished and anything after that is considered bonus content.

 

While Skyward Sword I initially loved and grew to hate with it's recent Switch edition, Mario 3D World is the other way round. I didn't hate it on Wii U, I just found it disappointing after the brilliant couple of Galaxy games. Now though, with time passed I appreciate the more contained, well designed levels of 3D World. And Bowsers Fury is a great addition. The complete opposite, an open world that you can explore, with the only downside being the framerate was somewhat iffy in handheld mode. Really intrigued to see if this is the future direction they take the next Mario game. Will probably keep jumping back into this throughout the year to try and find the last bunch of collectibles. 

 

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January

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

19/06 - Final Fantasy VII: Remake

 

July

02/07 - Mass Effect 3

04/07 - Astro's Playroom

14/07 - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

18/07 - Catherine: Full Body

 

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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 (Xbone)

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

13/08: The Last Stop (Xbone)

27/08: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)

10/09: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1&2 (PS5)

 

12/09: Donut County (Xbone)

 

I completed a game where I played a raccoon controlling a sinkhole. It was charming, and had a reasonably compelling storyline. I was disappointed when it ended.

 

That is not a combination of words I ever thought I would use. 

 

12/09: 12 Minutes (Xbone)

 

Not good. Easy, but frustrating still. Dull as dishwater having to okay through it so many times to inch forward what is otherwise quite an interesting plot. 

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Halo 4 (2012)

Another month, another Halo game taken down. I’ve only Reach left to (re)play now, before Infinite comes out - which means that I’ll have played all the MC Collection and Halo 5 in the year since the Series X launched. Cripes!

 

Hard to believe this game is 10 years old, it looks fantastic. It has a few stand-out set pieces (giganto-truck, take a bow), although the general linearity is notable, and a far cry from Halo at its best - something I imagine we all hope Infinite will remedy. It perhaps takes its inspirational cues more from multiplayer Halo, as huge, intricate, lovingly made arenas feature prominently (as they do in 5). 
 

The story is hot garbage - the Forerunners were better left as just a fun, mysterious, hand-wavey thing in the background to explain/excuse the existence of the ring world. Like the Architects of the Alien/Prometheus world, they are boring and can never live up to the suggested possibility you create in your own mind. But hey, that’s just the way it is. 
 

Some odd tinkering - some of the gun sound effects are quite weedy and ineffectual, and the Grunts don’t speak English anymore for some reason.

 

(The Elites speak neither English nor the reverse-playback language of the first game, so they still beat the others for most languages spoken, well done lads)

 

4 also has great vehicular combat, and introduces the walking tank/powerloader vehicle, which is a solid addition to the series. The end-game vehicle escape sequence is also spiced up through the use of a fighter spaceship for big Star Wars trench run energy.
 

Checkpointing is pretty harsh, at least on Heroic, and death means repeating big chunks of the game, which isn’t ideal. There’s a new focus on weak spots and headshots, which feels great when you get it right, but can mean even lowly grunts become bullet sponges. 

 

I’m still waiting for the perfect Halo game - each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but none have the fine balance of the first. I want: more ‘wide linear’ levels, better weapon balance (the right tool for the right job, not just 3 different rocket launchers that look different) and a tight, no-nonsense plot that dispenses with boring space politics and dreary lore, as gets on with having a fun adventure in space. 

 

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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

28/06/2021 - Resident Evil: Village

03/07/2021 - Sonic CD

11/07/2021 - Sonic the Hedgehog

11/07/2021 - Sonic 2

11/07/2021 - Sonic 3

24/07/2021 - Sonic & Knuckles

25/07/2021 - Firewatch

11/08/2021 - Halo 3: ODST

16/08/2021 - Halo 5: Guardians

12/09/2021 - Halo 4

 

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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)
34. The Walking Dead: Michonne, Episode 1 (Xbox, GWG)

 

 

35. Psychonauts 2 (XSX Game Pass)

I absolutely loved this. Endlessly inventive, incredible art direction, great voice acting, excellent graphics, brilliant soundtrack, some really great bosses and an engaging, funny and sometimes touching script. The variation in locations in tone, palette and surrealism is to be commended. They used every colour under the sun to great effect here, something a lot of high-profile modern games fail to do. The platforming isn't doing anything new, but it's a sequel to a game from 2005 so they couldn't really stray too far from that and I actually enjoyed all of it. The combat was the weakest of all parts with a couple of frustrating battles where I ended up toggling on extra damage.

 

I fully intend on collecting everything, though I'm unsure if I can get all the Achievements as some failed to trigger first time around and I don't think I'd start a new game just to get them.

 

Would highly recommend.

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1. Forza Horizon 4 - Lego Speed Champions & Fortune Island DLC packs (XB1) - 8.5/10

2. The Gardens Between (XB1 Game Pass) - 8/10

3. Sea of Thieves (XB1) - 10/10

4. The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild (Switch) - 10/10

5. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch) - 8.5/10

6. Titanfall 2 (XB1) - 9/10

7. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) - 9.5/10

8. Sniper Elite 4 - (XB1 Game Pass) - 8.5/10

9. Journey to the Savage Planet (XB1 Game Pass) - 7.5/10

10. Wolfenstein: The New Order (XB1 Game Pass) - 8/10

11. Hades (Switch) - 9.5/10

12. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) - 9/10

13. Halo 5: Guardians (XB1) - 8.5/10

14. Halo: Reach (XB1 Game Pass) - 8.5/10

15. Bloodroots (XB1 Game Pass) - 6.5/10

 

16. Psychonauts 2 (XSX Game Pass)

 

What an absolute delight this is - the visuals, the music, the story, the characters all very strong, but where Psychonauts 2 triumphs are the fantastic ideas that have gone into every single level.  There's plenty of variety with the gameplay for it to hold up, but in terms of level design and imagination, this is off the scale.  A simple premise - Psychonauts are able to enter other people's mind and fix things therein.  The story surrounding this is lovely, very sweet in places with emotional punches balanced well with daft, irreverent humour

 

Gameplay-wise, I think it's fair to say that Psychonauts 2 isn't wholly original.  It uses a raft of tried and trusted platform tropes across roughly 15 hours of gameplay before you reach the end credits.  I've read some criticism of the game in this regard - it's not original.  My take on this is that it works - so I have no problem with platforming sections seen umpteen times before.  If it works well, no problem.  The vast majority of this does just that, with a slight criticism being the clunky combat and the rather frustrating manual button mapping when it comes to equipping special powers.  The good thing is that these special powers are again varied and fun to use, but having to switch between them can at times frustrate, especially during intense combat sections.  That clunky combat is by no means a game breaker, but it's very basic and dumbed down which is something I didn't find in any other aspect of the whole game.

 

Back to those level designs - a hell of a lot of love and thought has gone into crafting the world of Psychonauts 2.  From the central 'lobe' hub, to the exquisite themes found in every level (or 'mind').  The psychedelic music level is very reminiscent of Yellow Submarine, with other themes such as books, gardening, gambling, cooking giving an ingenious mixture of ideas - think of the mind of Norton Juster and Roald Dahl turned into 3D platforming levels and you're pretty much there.

 

I loved every moment of my time playing Psychonauts 2.  As with the majority of story based games, there are plenty of things to go back and collect after the credits have rolled - I want to mop up a couple of achievements I'm close to getting, as well as trying some of the side quests.

 

This is a definite GOTY candidate.  I'd be very surprised to see it pushed out of my top 3, and that's before I've played It Takes Two, Halo Infinite or FH5.  All these big releases will have a lot of work to do to impress and delight me as much as this has.  This isn't just a 'perfect Game Pass title' - it's a superb game regardless of the fact it's part of my GP subscription.  The fact it's on there makes this an absolute no brainer - stick with it as the first hour or so were the least enjoyable because once it's opened up a bit and that imagination and level design are allowed to flourish, it's a wonderful gaming experience.

 

9/10 

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Genshin Impact: Inazuma - The latest content patches have taken us to the closed kingdom of !Japan, where a god-emperor trapped in grief has figuratively (and literally) trapped her nation too. Genshins exploration remains first-class (whisper it - I actually prefer it to BotW), and the new locations are varied and filled with secrets.

 

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I will say the story doesn't quite stick the landing due to a rushed ending, but still, 20-30 hours of really good new content for free released annually (not even that, I think this was like 9-10 months) is really impressive. It is actually fulfilling those dreams of "what if massive world travelling multiple-city JRPG but with modern gameplay not held back by decades of tradition" even if it takes a few more years to get the whole thing, and has earned itself a permanent place on my hard drive for the interim.

 

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Humankind 

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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13/9/21 - The Artful Escape (XSX Gamepass)

It's a short and sweet experience this one and certainly more of an experience than a game.  I was playing it over a few nights to wind down from playing a few other games.  I don't think it's a GOTY or anything as some others have said.  Yes, it's weirdly joyful to slide along a weird alien landscape playing space guitar, but it then doesn't really go anywhere or do anything  different.  A nice little experience all the same

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13/09/2021 - Transformers Devastation (PC)

 

As a kid I loved Transformers. I bought the UK comic, I watched the cartoons (and a real treat was seeing the film in the cinema back in those heady days of 1986) and bought and played with the toys.


I don't have any interest in them as an adult, though I did watch the first Michael Bay film out of curiosity (I thought it was rubbish) and I have played a few of the games (the original PS2 one, the movie tie-in and War for Cybertron). I've not really enjoyed any of them, because whilst as a kid there was something terribly exciting about a robot that is also an ambulance or plane, in game terms they are just so boring. That's partly because there's never really anything interesting done with the transformed vehicles (oh, a race section, how novel) but also because there's never really any distinction between each character. Sure, the stats may say that Optimus Prime is more powerful than Bumblebee, but that rarely translates into the mechanics.

 

This game, though, was being made by Platinum - people like Platinum's games, right, they are known for their fighting mechanics? And so we have a robot brawler, with parries, perfect dodges, vehicle attacks and obligatory race sections. Can this be a game to make the robots in disguise interesting and fun?

 

No, it's awful.

 

For starters, the combat is completely unsatisfying, with a limited move-set, some sketchy hit detection and plenty of cheap AI attacks. It tries to ape the original cartoon aesthetic but looks awful, with 2 or 3 bland, empty environments taking you through the game and character design that makes the robot form look like a skin-suit. The story is bobbins too, though to a degree you can accept that as part of the charm.

 

The gameplay is all go to this box room, fight, move ahead, though if you hate yourself you can search the environment for some special challenges - so to try and add some depth there is a terrible crafting system of sorts going on, with an atrocious UI, and also some stats for your characters which seem to level-up depending on how you beat your enemies (so if you punch rather than shoot your strength would increase. Probably.) I couldn't see at any point those stats making any difference and that also translated to the cast of 5 you can pick from who all largely feel the same and play the same, albeit Prime does have weapons that do more damage than anybody else but - sacrilege - I played through as Sideswipe instead as he was a bit quicker.

 

The mercy was that it was short, but it certainly wasn't sweet. For me, I guess Optimus died way back in '86, and my love of the Transformers with it. (Spoilers)

 

Previously completed:

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

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 12/09/2021 at 12:36, 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 (Xbone)

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

13/08: The Last Stop (Xbone)

27/08: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)

10/09: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1&2 (PS5)

12/09: Donut County (Xbone)

12/09: 12 Minutes (Xbone)

 

14/09: The Artful Escape (Xbone)

 

Glorious. Absolutely glorious. A triumph. 

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15/09/2021 - The Artful Escape

 

I loved the look of this since the first trailer, but wasn't sure exactly what to expect. The theme was obvious, but the trailer made it look like more of a platformer than it really was. There is some platforming, but it's incredibly simple and used to flesh out what's otherwise something closer to a walking sim.

 

That said, it was still an absolutely amazing experience. The music married up so well with the visual fireworks that accompanied it, managing to make me feel really cool at the same time. I even got quite invested in the story, slight as it was, helped by some excellent voice acting. I mentioned in the thread that the story felt like Bill and Ted written by Douglas Adams, by way of Sayonara Wild Hearts, and I think that describes the experience pretty well. At least, it does if you don't expect the wit of the actual Douglas Adams.

 

The only slight blemish came from a weird performance issue on PC, where a couple of locations sent the framerate tanking for no obvious reason. The devs are apparently working on a patch, and I found a manual hotfix that sorted it for me just in time for the final section. I'm already looking forward to playing through the whole thing again in silky smooth perfection. :D

 

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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

July

02/07/2021 - Sonic CD
11/07/2021 - Doki Doki Literature Club +

August

07/08/2021 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon
16/08/2021 - Death's Door

September

15/09/2021 - The Artful Escape

 

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On 14/09/2021 at 19:41, 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 (Xbone)

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

13/08: The Last Stop (Xbone)

27/08: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Switch)

10/09: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1&2 (PS5)

12/09: Donut County (Xbone)

12/09: 12 Minutes (Xbone)

14/09: The Artful Escape (Xbone)

 

17/09: The Gardens Between (Xbone)

 

A lovely, chill little puzzle game that never taxes too much (I got stuck once) and has a great vibe too it.

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