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On 02/10/2021 at 22:58, 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

42. Deltarune Chapter 2

43. Golf With Your Friends

06a: Heaven Will Be Mine (all the other endings)

44. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club

45. Breath of Death VII

 

Went poking through my Steam library and there are so many games in there I have no recollection of buying, so expect to see some very random stuff in the coming weeks I guess.

 

Breath of Death VII is styled like an 8-bit JRPG where the world has ended via nuclear bomb, and the undead have begun to rebuild civilisation. You play as a skeleton and assemble a party and then go on some quest that isn't really ever explained other than your mage keeps insisting that you go on an adventure and I guess it's fine.

 

Mechanically it's got quite a few things going for it - there's a combo system, where each hit your party perform adds to a combo counter, and there are combo finisher moves that use up your combo count in exchange for a one-time damage boost. On levelling up, you get to choose between two perks for each party member; I routinely chose power upgrades, which meant my party were all glass cannons, but could waltz through a lot of encounters by striking first, in exchange for being very fragile if stuff started to go wrong. Also the level up perks are very large; someties you'll just get a 15% bump to one of your stats as the level up bonus.

 

The game's also quite snappy - at about 5-6 hours all in, it moves fast and streamlines away all the JRPG bloat that often accompanies games like this, and there is an upper limit to the number of random battles you'll have in a region - though you can always go looking for a fight if you want to grind. In addition, each battle doesn't last very long, partly down to the enemies getting a 10% power boost every turn, meaning that if you spend too long setting up or pissing around you'll get overwhelmed quickly. It has the added benefit of avoiding the JRPG scenario where whittling down the enemy party makes the rest of the encounter a foregone conclusion, as the remaining enemies still continue to be dangerous. It works pretty well, though it does render some of the skills that do a small effect every turn a bit redundant. Boss battles are a real threat too and have to be handled quickly as you will absolutely get battered if you are too slow (though the guy who takes a full heal after a set amount of turns can sod off).

 

It's not one you'll play for the story, but it scratched a JRPG itch and the short playtime is very welcome.

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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)
20.) Halo 3: ODST - PC - 2020 (2009)
21.) Halo 4 - PC - 2020 (2012)
22.) Black Mesa - PC - 2020 (1998)
23.) Axiom Verge - Vita - 2016 (2015)
24.) MINERVA: Metastasis - PC - 2013 (2005/07)
25.) The Last Express Gold Edition - PC - 2013 (1997)
26.) Subsurface Circular - Switch - 2018 (2017)
27.) Beyond Eyes - PC - 2015
28.) Job Simulator - PS4 - 2016
29.) Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Switch - 2020
30.) Statik - PS4 - 2017
31.) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - 2017
32) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - 2017

 

33.) Sonic Mania Plus - Switch - 2018 (2017)
Uh, again! Completed Mania mode with all characters and Chaos Emeralds. Completed Encore mode with all Chaos Emeralds.

Not the first time I've played through it this year, but the first time on the Nintendo Switch. I bought it in anticipation of the Origins Collection next year, and my desire to have all Sonic games playable on a widescreen handheld.

 

It's still just as wonderfully playable as ever of course. Special Stage big rings are still bloody hard to find compared to the old games, and even harder in Encore mode where they've moved them around! Level design can sometimes be a bit too visually 'busy' (see Studiopolis Zone for instance) and I think there's a little too much reliance on springs pushing you around, rather than letting you build up your own speed. But on the whole, it's a masterful piece of work by people who love and understand classic Sonic games. The additional characters feel unique enough to justify their inclusion (flying as Ray is great fun). It's also got the best (cheesiest) Super music ever, I love it! :D

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Oct

 

18/10 Super Cycle (C64) A simple and overlooked Hang On clone. I was in the mood for a straight forward arcade racer and this hit the spot.

 

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16/10 Concrete Genie (PS4) I kept bouncing off this one. Initially due to technical issues. This (along with Control) was one of the first games I had issues with running on a vanilla PS4. It's aiming for 30fps but it has real issues. Playing this recently on the PS5 cured the issues with inconsistant frame rate but it's a very pretty game, so it's locked at 30fps. Then I almost bounced off the story because of how twee it was. There's a fine line between sweet and overly sweet. I think the big issue I had though was that the lesson seems to be that the bullies that haunt you have things worse than you. This might be true in real life but this game felt like massive wish fulfilment by some people who had been bullied as kids. Maybe I was overly cynical coming back to this off the back of Life is Strange 2 (another story about a boy with a sketchbook who's bullied.) I returned to it earlier this week only to be met with a sewer level (urgh!) and almost deleted it on the spot. But for some reason today I gave it another run and found it pleasant enough to finish and even to return to the lighthouse for some post game content. I can't really complain having received this through PS Plus and I suspect that it's a game pitched for a younger audience, not for a nearly 50 year old grumpy person. In some ways it reminded me a lot of early PSOne games with some locked angles and some very prescriptive gameplay. But what drew me back were the wonderful neon "concrete genies" which purred and growled like demonic cats throughout.

 

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10/10 Life is Strange 2 (PC) This has taken a long time for me to get through for a short game. I started this well over a year ago. But I kept bouncing off it. I didn't like it near as much as the previous game. But there were other reasons. I really didn't like the dynamic between the brothers early on. It bought back bad memories of dealing with and taking care of my brother at a similar age. But there were other issues. Having had a really bad experience with an adult authority figure in my early adolescence I was pretty suspicious of adults throughout my teens and my young adult life. And some of the situations in the game were totally anxiety inducing. They might seem novel to those who've had relatively sheltered childhoods but for me I was rarely surprised at how dark things could get quite quickly. So I would pick this up for a bit and then drop it for weeks or months at a time.

 

It's a hard one to recommend for fans of the series. At first anyway. The first two episodes feel like an endless slog. However from episode three the narrative shifts, by skipping all of the slog and by concentrating on periods of rest it allows the game to concentrate more on character interaction. Episodes four and five are high points, possibly some of the best in the series.

 

As per usual the set designers are some of the best in the business using just enough detail to create what looks like a massive world despite being essentially "rooms" (much larger than previous games though.) I'm fascinated by how their artists suggest so much with so little.

 

Music as always is perfect.

 

In the end worth pushing through if like me you found the first two episodes a slog. I'm not sure it's my favourite in the series but it is the most ambitious and the best of the series.

 

Edit: I just looked at spoilers for the endings and there's a lot more going on during the game with your decisions that can lead to wildly different outcomes, it's not just the a/b decision/result I'd assumed!

 

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09/10 Psychonauts 2 (PC) After 15 years I had stopped following reports on this because I didn't want to be disappointed. So I was surprised a few months back to find out that not only was this being released soon but it was going to be on Gamepass on day 1. Even so I put off playing this until last week and with the spare time afforded by a short holiday break from work finished it up today. And it was a sheer joy. The levels were still inventive, some (but not all) the control issues have been sorted and the story it told was fantastic doing the rarest of things, digging deep into lore and explaining previous plot points without disappointing. It does play like a game from 2005 which you will either find nostalgic or infuriating and accessibility options allow you to modify how difficult it is (if you want to tone down of opt out of combat you can.) The humour is spot on throughout. This feels like the game Tim Burton wishes he could make. Possibly game of the year for me. An impossible dream made real.

 

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09/10 Dagon: by H. P. Lovecraft (PC) This has less interaction than a walking simulator, it's more of an audiobook with some stunning visuals. You can look around from where you stand at during any given passage (and sometimes you may find hidden objects that yield Lovecraft related trivia.) But essentially it's a digital audiobook that should take about half an hour to experience. It's also free on Steam.

 

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06/10 Fantasy (PC/Arcade) Not sure why I had the hankering to play some ancient SNK arcade game from 1981 but here we are. This weird multi-part arcade game from 1981 does loop around but it does have an end sequence which is fully voiced! It's also a game that doesn't have any buttons relying on you dodging for the most part. It's amusing (although problematic in a couple of bits) and for the time pretty ambitious.

 

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Worth a look if you've got SNK Arcade Classics in your collection.

 

Earlier this month.

02/10 Get in the Car, Loser! (PC) (plus Battle on the Big Broadwalk DLC) 

 

Previously

 

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63. 19/09 Superliminal (PC)

62. 18/09 The Artful Escape (PC) 

61. 13/09 Mass Effect 3:Legendary Edition (PS4)

60. 11/09 Boyfriend Dungeon (PC)

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

Katana Zero (PC)

Assassin's Creed Chronicles:Russia (PS4)

The Medium (PC) 

The Ascent (PC)

12 Minutes (PC)

 

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On 25/09/2021 at 14:56, 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)

18/09: Superliminal (Xbone)

20/09: Golf With Friends (Xbone)

22/09: Omno (Xbone)

23/09: 64th Street: A Detective Story (Arcade)

24/09: Mutation Nation (Arcade)

25/09: Battle Circuit (Arcade)

26/09: Sack Boy: A Big Adventure (PS5)

 

06/10: The Touryst (PS5)

 

Just a lovely, lovely game in every way. Brill. More please.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (2021)

 

It was very nice to be back in the world of Zelda 64-style Zelda games for another 45 hours or so. I’m a big fan of the waggle, although the joy con implementation does suffer vs the original concept. It’s a more than workable solution, but does make certain challenges an exercise in body contortion, as you try to compensate for the pointer drift without losing focus - pumpkin-tossing archery game, I am definitely looking at you. 
 

Some great dungeons, some great boss fights - easily on a par with the series’ best - and it all looks great in HD. The lack of cohesion between Skyloft and the different individual regions remains dissatisfying - so too does the slavish adherence to the Zelda 64 formula and tropes, making this the most derivative and tired of the series entires to date. Even the central conceit - an overworld traversed on the wing - is just the answer to the question “Where do we take Link after Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker?”. 
 

But the execution - the nuts and bolts of the thing - still shine brightly. Even more so with the included quality of life improvements. The idea of going back to a time before the concept of a free look camera on the second stick is one better left locked away in the past with Demise, Ghirahim and other defeated enemies. 

 

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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

19/09/2021 - Axiom Verge

06/10/2021 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

 

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26. The Artful Escape (2021) - Xbox Series X

 

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I enjoyed this, even if I didn't quite find it to be the mind-melting masterpiece that some of its advocates in the dedicated thread would have you believe it is.

 

It's at its best when it just has you along for the ride, like in the gif above, holding the 'Shred' button and pushing right on the analog stick while the spectacle unfolds around you. The way your guitar thrashing sounds always in-tune and seems to magically marry up with the background music is very clever. The voice-acting is also top notch throughout, from both the leads and the wider cast.

 

However, I found the 'Simon says'-style call and response sections fundamentally unsatisfying, and not just because the button prompts on screen didn't seem to match up in my brain with the Xbox's controller, leading to frequent, annoying errors (reading the thread, it's reassuring to know I'm not the only one with this problem). I spent most of the game thinking that these sections would be much better as rhythm-action interludes, where the notes you played matched a melody while a cinematic played in the background, rather than the static, groove-breaking follow-after-me parts that you're offered instead.

 

It's worth playing, and a lot of it made me smile, but it's definitely not a GOTY contender for me and I was left slightly disappointed after all the hype, especially with its abrupt ending.

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03/09/21 - Psychonauts 2

 

Man, I adored Psychonauts. The imagination put in to creating that world was second just perfect and I only broke one controller during Meat Circus; that's how much I loved it. So what about the long pined for sequel? For me it didn't disappoint. The only thing that made it not quite as good as the original was this time it wasn't a surprise how amazing this world was.

 

30/09/21 - Final Fantasy 14 - Shadowbringers Quests

 

I'd been looking forward to this chunk of the game since I started after hearing all commentators espousing the greatness of its story. And it was great but I have to say I'm a bit sick of them bringing certain uninteresting characters back from the dead 

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I'm looking at you AGAIN Zenos!

 

But the filling out of the Acsian backstory was lovely and I'm now ready to go day one with Endwalker so bring it on.

 

Previous

Spoiler

01/01 - Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

15/01 - Immortals: Fenyx Rising

22/01 - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

27/01 - Yooka-Laylee: The Impossible Lair

19/02 - Cyberpunk 2077

06/03 - Final Fantasy 14 ARR Quests

21/03 - Final Fantasy 12 Zodiac Age

31/03 - Batman: Arkham Knight

06/04 - Sam & Max Save the World

13/04 - Avengers: A-Day

04/05 - Picross S 5

05/07 - FF14: Heavensward Quests

05/07 - Pikmin 3 

05/07 - Super Mario 3D World

05/07 - Lair of the Clockwork God

05/07 - The Touryst 

05/07 - Star Renegades

05/07 - The Wild at Heart

05/07 - Outriders 

05/07 - Ratchet & Clack: Rift Apart

05/07 - FF14: Stormblood Quests

27/07 - Skyward Sword

03/08 - Broken Age

10/08 - Bowser's Fury

15/08 - Rain on your Parade

 

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02/10/2021 - Gene Rain: Wind Tower (PC)

 

I don't mind jank in my games - I mean, seriously, look at what I've completed; I positively embrace it - but even for me this was a complete and utter mess.

 

In short, it's a Chinese game made in Unreal that seems to start with no warning, explain nothing and then end without even being clear it has ended. It's such a mess that you can't even play it in English without faffing around with an XML file (or trying to navigate which option in a wall of Chinese means 'language'), and I only found that out by mistake; there's basically no information about the game on google, at all, and I had written it off as being unplayable and Steam wouldn't refund me even though in the dedicated thread others couldn't play it due to the lack of English. In fairness, it had been sat in my backlog for over a year, but still - to think I actually paid real cash money for it!

 

At its heart, GR:WT is a third-person shooter. You bumble around an identikit grey cityscape (though it's basically just metal walls all around) and shoot robots, for reasons that the epically bad translation do not make clear. You destroy a Wind Tower (as in the name) but then carry on for a bit more for <reasons> until you fight a slightly bigger robot and the game tells you you've saved, somebody? Honestly, it's totally incomprehensible, and not in a 'so bad it's good' way - it's just bad. There's also some DLC that was included (it was released for free initially) which I think is meant to continue the story more fully, but there's a bug in the code which means one of the missions doesn't flag as complete and so you can't progress. I did not shed any tears.

 

Not that it would take much time - the game is incredibly short (<3 hours) and is completely no-frills. There's notionally a weapon upgrade system of sorts (you can just add some different mods to your main gun) and the only skill you have as a player - apart from getting behind cover (or bunker, as the game tells you) - is a deployable mini-turret, which you can also upgrade. That's your lot. There's a handful of enemy types and the last few levels take place inside rather than outside - though the main change is the walls go from grey to red.

 

Like I say, jank is fine for me so I did finish it (mainly because I knew it was brief), and in truth the gunplay is competent, but it's a bit of a disaster of a game (not even considering the game-breaking bug in the DLC) that, even for whatever pittance I paid for it, was a waste of money and, more importantly, time.

 

It was still slightly better than Evil Dead though.


Previously completed:

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26/09/2021 - Evil Dead - Fistful of Boomstick (PS2)

13/09/2021 - Transformers Devastation (PC)

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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Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, normal

 

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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

Zakesta - 1cc

Blaynix - Normal 1cc

Techbeat Heart - S+ Rank

 

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Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, hard

 

Whew! I don't think I've gotten an achievement that rare before!

 

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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

Zakesta - 1cc

Blaynix - Normal 1cc

Techbeat Heart - S+ Rank

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, normal

 

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Precious Star - 1cc, Normal

 

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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

Zakesta - 1cc

Blaynix - Normal 1cc

Techbeat Heart - S+ Rank

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, normal

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, hard

 

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Eclosion. - 1cc, Normal

 

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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

Zakesta - 1cc

Blaynix - Normal 1cc

Techbeat Heart - S+ Rank

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, normal

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, hard

Precious Star - 1cc, Normal

 

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Ghostrunner - Very much enjoyed this, it knows exactly what it wants to be and executes on that very well. Hotline Miami instant-restart combat plus Titanfall 2 movement is fantastic, and the game looks the part and doesn't outstay it's welcome. There are a few niggles, the oldschool difficulty might be a bit too oldschool in parts (the final level took me an hour, it takes three minutes for a flawless run) the controller support isn't great and the cybervoid sections are a bit hit and miss, but overall it's well worth a recommend.

 

I recall the devs got snapped up by someone after it came out, so I'll look forwards to whatever they do in future.

 

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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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22. Omno (XB1) - A short (3-4 hours ish) but sweet chilled out environmental puzzle game with vibe that feels very much inspired by thatgamecompany/Giant Squid games like Journey and The Pathless. You work your way through 5 biomes on a pilgrimage of light with a cute flying squirrel cat type creature at your side, each time learning a new ability and then putting that to use in the puzzles before you unlock the route to the next zone. It's lovely to look at, has a great soundtrack and despite a little repetition does keep things fresh with each biome offering different wildlife and ambiance. It isn't perfect, I had some big old frame rate issues on my OG XB1 (it's pretty tired in fairness) but my main gripe was some control/QA issues. For a game that does sometimes ask for some pretty precise timing/platforming/combos the edge detection was miles off in places and more than a few times I was left feeling my button presses just hadn't worked. However for a game that was made by one person (Jonas Manke) it is an absolute triumph. If you have Game Pass go play it. - 8/10

 

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On 26/09/2021 at 16:36, FiveFootNinja said:

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

14. Tint (Book I) (iOS) - 7/10

15. Little Orpheus (iOS) - 6/10

16. Control: Ultimate Edition (PS5) - 7/10

17. The Last Campfire (iOS) - 9/10

18. The Pathless (iOS) - 7/10

19. Rain on Your Parade (XB1) - 7/10

20. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (XB1) - 6/10

21. Deathloop (PS5) - 8/10

 

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09/10/21 - Lost Judgment

 

The next (and final?) part of Yagami's adventure. Proper game of the year stuff this. Some of the best side content the Yakuza team has produced, the introduction of School Stories almost makes me want to see them attemt a Persona spin off. And the story....Much like Judgment they're able to craft something that tackles difficult content without completely David Cage-ing it. It's going to be interesting to see where the franchise goes next after the recent team departures. Whereever it goes though, I'm in it for the long haul. Now get those Japanese only game remastered please so I can complete the collection.

 

9/10

 

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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

 

September

11/09 - Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury

 

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Ghost of Tsushima

 

Started this over a year ago maybe  , got 2/3 of the way through and left it for a while. I have a base PS4 and at times it looks fantastic , duels with leaves flying or the wind billowing  create such an atmosphere. In regards the game - pretty much what everyone else has said the combat keeps this one fresh almost right through to the end and the duels  are the absolute highlight , I adored these. Pretty much negates any requirement from Ubisoft to do Ass Creed Japan, the combat is unlikely to be anywhere near as good and any open world collectathon is just flavours of the same.  The story , which is a pretty straightforward revenge/liberation  tale , has some nice twists and turns and some of the side quests  and a few of the set pieces are decent as well.

 

I'll probably get the expansion in a few months if it drops in price,  the game itself definitely deserves to be on a best of PS4 list IMO.

 

8.5/10

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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)

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

Techbeat Heart - S+ Rank

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, normal

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, hard

Precious Star - 1cc, Normal

Eclosion. - 1cc, Normal

 

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08/10/21 - Kena - Bridge of Spirits

Fancied something new and saw this getting plaudits on here to took the plunge and I'm really glad I did. You know the score by now Kena is, in parts, Pikmin, Zelda, Horizon, Dark Souls run through the mincer and reformed into a Pixar patty. It's been labelled a throwback to the PS2 era but this is no bad thing because despite how easy it is to take shots at; it's just a really fun game to play. 

 

Combat is limited to start but soon expands with a small tech tree it's easy enough to max out. Mixing in Rot powers with your general staff thwacking add a bit of spice to the souls-ish combat that never gets too hard save for the odd boss. 

 

The environmental puzzles are never really tricky but they are satisfying to solve even if the reward is, more often than not, more crystals you don't need. 

 

I disagree with the assertion from some quarters that the story is 'just there'. There's not the level of environmental story telling you'd find in, say, a Fallout; but you gradually piecing together what happened to the village through collectable memories and story beats and is very touching in places.

 

If you want something that is just a good old fashioned fun game with some beautiful looks, get this you wont be disappointed.

 

12/10/21 - The Artful Escape

Kena was gorgeous but this was something else. There is very little gameplay in here but somehow it keeps you grinning every step of the way thanks to its eye-searing, Yellow Submarine-for-the-21st-Century visuals, cool soundtrack and, of course, the shred button.

 

Yes, it's a 2D walking simulator but it has such verve it's impossible not to get sucked in to its crazy world and blunt allegory.

 

 

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01/01 - Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

15/01 - Immortals: Fenyx Rising

22/01 - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

27/01 - Yooka-Laylee: The Impossible Lair

19/02 - Cyberpunk 2077

06/03 - Final Fantasy 14 ARR Quests

21/03 - Final Fantasy 12 Zodiac Age

31/03 - Batman: Arkham Knight

06/04 - Sam & Max Save the World

13/04 - Avengers: A-Day

04/05 - Picross S 5

05/07 - FF14: Heavensward Quests

05/07 - Pikmin 3 

05/07 - Super Mario 3D World

05/07 - Lair of the Clockwork God

05/07 - The Touryst 

05/07 - Star Renegades

05/07 - The Wild at Heart

05/07 - Outriders 

05/07 - Ratchet & Clack: Rift Apart

05/07 - FF14: Stormblood Quests

27/07 - Skyward Sword

03/08 - Broken Age

10/08 - Bowser's Fury

15/08 - Rain on your Parade

03/09/21 - Psychonauts 2

30/09/21 - Final Fantasy 14 - Shadowbringers Quests

 

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On 05/10/2021 at 07:28, 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

42. Deltarune Chapter 2

43. Golf With Your Friends

06a: Heaven Will Be Mine (all the other endings)

44. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club

45. Breath of Death VII

46. Get In The Car, Loser!

 

GITCL! is the latest game from Love Conquers All Studios, creators of one of my favourite games of all time (Analogue: A Hate Story). It follows a band of adventurers who stole a legendary sword and set off on a road trip in a rad pink convertible to defeat the great evil that spawns every thousand years... only they're a few years early because the great evil's followers are super insufferable.

 

The game is half visual novel (while you're road-tripping) and half active RPG battle system. The battles are fun and vary as you progress throughout the game - each character can take one of two roles at any given time, between a tank-ish role, healing/support, attacking, or building stagger meter. When an enemy's stagger meter is full, damage is amplified and you can also put them into certain states with particular attacks or status effect spells. It works really well and there's loads of variety in it, especially as you level up - you almost always want to be using the most powerful gear you can get, but some levels give you a completely different set of abilities, meaning you can't rely on the same rotation throughout the game.

 

I did stumble upon a rotation at the end of the game that felt completely broken though, which was a bit of a shame as it removed a bit of the fun from the fights; it went from being a case of carefully managing timers and reacting to enemy actions, to just mashing the buttons until each fight was over. But that's a very small issue really.

 

The visual novel sections are probably the game's main strength, dealing with themes of self-acceptance, trans acceptance and phobia, sexism, and others - told from people who are subject to some or all of these things and the camraderie and relationships they build on the road.

 

The music is also brilliant and the battle win theme might be the best one ever.

 

It's also free on Steam!?? There's paid DLC (which you can buy along with the soundtrack for, er, 1p less) which I'm definitely going to get round to after a short break.

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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)
20.) Halo 3: ODST - PC - 2020 (2009)
21.) Halo 4 - PC - 2020 (2012)
22.) Black Mesa - PC - 2020 (1998)
23.) Axiom Verge - Vita - 2016 (2015)
24.) MINERVA: Metastasis - PC - 2013 (2005/07)
25.) The Last Express Gold Edition - PC - 2013 (1997)
26.) Subsurface Circular - Switch - 2018 (2017)
27.) Beyond Eyes - PC - 2015
28.) Job Simulator - PS4 - 2016
29.) Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Switch - 2020
30.) Statik - PS4 - 2017
31.) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - 2017
32) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - 2017
33.) Sonic Mania Plus - Switch - 2018 (2017)

 

34.) Doom - Switch - 2019 (1993)
Completed episodes 1-3 on 'Hurt Me Plenty', and episode 4 on 'Not Too Rough'.

Weirdly enough, the last time I played Doom was also on a Nintendo handheld, twenty bloody years ago! The Gameboy Advance port was an amazing novelty back in 2001 ("I'm playing Doom... on the bus!") but looking back on it now, it was obviously compromised. The Switch port is lovely and smooth, and all those giant pixels are blown up to their full splendor. It's also got the brutally difficult 'Thy Flesh Consumed' episode at the end, originally from Final Doom.

 

Everyone knows what Doom is. It's Doom! It's still a fun game. It has level design that isn't just a straight corridor full of cannon fodder. You have to actually, like, explore and stuff! What's particularly impressive about Doom's level design is that they built these impressive spaces basically in 2D. The maps have elevation but you can't go under or over anything, nor can you look up and down. And yet, we have tunnels and moving platforms and spiral staircases and hidden rooms and bridges and pits. That it did all of this and it was a fun shooter to play as well? Pretty impressive, and it still holds up.

 

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Forza Horizon 4

OK, so not quite complete ... I still have to do the four weeks of festival playlist activities, which I would have been finishing this week were it not for a stupid bug. Annoyingly, I have to wait for in-game summer to roll around next Thursday before I can start on it again. But I've seen all there is to see.

 

The good things: I played this on a Series X, and it looks excellent. It's a real technical showcase, not just for the console, but for the developers, who have created a very impressive driving engine. The beautifully modelled cars weaving through the shifting combinations of gorgeous landscapes, unpredictable weather, and rolling seasons, with all the changes in handling that they bring ... it all deserves many tips of the hat. The actual racing is largely good too, though the CPU players suffer from being overly polite, a common fault in many driving games: once you overtake them, you have to do something really wrong to lose that place.

 

The bad things: I'm switching to bullet points here to avoid a monolith of text ...

  • Too much stuff. Ubisoft regularly get roasted for their "big map of icons to clean up", and yet I hardly hear a word said against FH in this regard. Once you get cheap or free fast-travel unlocked, it becomes slightly more bearable, but early on, having to actually drive from one challenge to the next is just so unnecessary and boring. And the sheer number of events and challenges means that it does become quite samey after a while, and no amount of unlockable avatar beanie hats can change that.
  • Online is unbalanced. Pretty much every race I entered, the opponents were using upgraded vehicles. My standard vehicle was often left on the starting grid as they whizzed past. I'm not saying upgraded vehicles should be disallowed, but the game obviously can't be bothered enforcing fairness by default, and leaves it up to each individual player to figure it out. Call me old-fashioned if you like, but that's bollocks. I don't want to have to piss around with tedious vehicle modifications, I just want to drive a fair race.
  • Can't mute the characters. Forza 5 will have this sorted, apparently, but if you like listening to irritating "voice talent" talk about V8s, litres, and torque, then boy, is FH4 the game for you! I swear, if the Scottish guy had gasped "Look at that!" about one more car, I would have quit gaming there and then. That said, the German guy in the "Car Files" missions was faintly amusing.
  • Eliminator mode. Potentially a great idea, and really the only part of the game that justifies the open-worldness ... but it has ended up like something a kid has designed in Roblox, because it is hugely unbalanced when you can stumble upon a level 9 or 10 vehicle completely by chance. If the random cars had instead been +1 level power-ups (or something), this could have been a pretty fun mode. And as a bonus, if the Eliminator game type wasn't bad enough, the Super7 DLC gives you the chance to play dull, overly zany, or plain broken challenges that kids have designed.

Overall then ... a decent driving game, but one that will leave you burnt out and jaded if you're going for the full haul of achievements.

I played a B-tier racer earlier this year called "Gravel", which wasn't open world, contained a fraction of the cars, and probably had a fraction of the budget of FH4, and from an overall enjoyment point-of-view, there isn't a lot in it. 7/10

 

Spoiler

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

15/10/2021 - Forza Horizon 4

 

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Twelve Minutes

I played this for a couple of hours and decided it wasn't for me, so just followed a guide to get it off my "incomplete" list, hence no rating.

 

As a kid, I was a big fan of interactive fiction (or text adventures as they were called back then), and have enjoyed many modern IF "micro" games, where there aren't many locations/objects/characters, but what there is, is very solidly fleshed out. This had that kinda vibe, but with a much sillier plot. I think it would have been better as a text adventure, as the body language of the characters often didn't mesh up with the dialogue, which ruined any immersion. No such problem in pure text, where your imagination does the work. Speaking of the dialogue, I didn't think it worked particularly well, e.g. trying to realistically convey unprompted responses from the husband while he silently observes his beloved wife's murder. Again, would have worked better left to the imagination (I realise nobody would buy a text adventure these days).

 

Also, virtual marks off for hiring two (no doubt very expensive) Hollywood A-lister Brits to phone in their American accent performances. I had played through most of the game before I remembered who they were.

 

Spoiler

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

15/10/2021 - Forza Horizon 4

15/10/2021 - Twelve Minutes

 

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On 14/10/2021 at 19:05, 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

38. Princess Remedy In A World Of Hurt

39. Glittermitten Grove

40. The Adventures of Elena Temple

41. Sorry, James

42. Deltarune Chapter 2

43. Golf With Your Friends

06a: Heaven Will Be Mine (all the other endings)

44. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club

45. Breath of Death VII

46. Get In The Car, Loser!

47. Kero Blaster

 

Excellent little run-and-gun platformer, reminiscent of a mix of Contra and Mega Man. Partway through the game you unlock a jetpack which introduces some really fun platofrming elements.

 

Also has the benefit of allowing you to shoot your in-game manager with lasers until they burst.

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27. Metroid Dread (2021) - Switch

 

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What I liked:
 

  • The combat, especially the boss battles. Samus feels wonderfully fluid and nimble in the hands, and mastering a boss that had initially wiped the floor with you, to the point where you breeze through the fight with hardly taking a hit, Souls-style, is fantastic. The parry mechanic that lets you insta-kill regular enemies or seriously damage bosses is simple but gratifying, from beginning to end.
     
  • The core Metroid loop of steadily finding power-ups so you can open up more and more of the map is, to my mind, deeply, deeply satisfying, and Dread provides this in spades, which, being a Metroid game, you’d hope it would. It’s addictive and fulfilling, unlocking something new so you can explore somewhere you couldn’t get to before, then finding something new there so you can now go to another new place, and on and on. It’s a hard game to put down.
     
  • Samus is also a complete bad-ass in this, and the game knowingly leans into it, providing some positively anime-esque cutscenes and cinematic sequences that raise a smile and elevate the tone of the whole experience considerably.

 

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What I didn’t like so much:
 

I’ve moaned about this elsewhere, but I don’t think the endgame in this is anywhere near as good as I wanted it to be. From the start of the game, you are funnelled along in a whistlestop tour from area to area in a fairly linear fashion (so much so that I was surprised to read about people getting lost). All the way through, I was looking forward to mopping up all the collectibles before taking a stab at the final boss. Once I went to do so, however, after reaching the point of no return, I found it to be more trouble than it was worth, for two reasons.

First, the labyrinthine nature of the world doesn’t open up when you reach the end: you don’t unlock any fast-travel abilities to be able to quickly get back to any zones where you know there are secrets you’ve yet to collect, like in the Ori games, for example, or Hollow Knight. There are teleport terminals, but they only shuttle you from one place to another - you can’t choose where you want to go - and often these terminals aren’t easily-accessible. Moreover, certain areas of certain levels are permanently sealed off from each other, even with all the upgrades, and accessing them requires you to back-track in a very circuitous way, which I found tedious, especially with the respawning enemies. The game didn’t seem to respect my time, and I couldn’t be arsed.


Second, some of the collectibles can only be found by using advanced, fiddly techniques, which at no point the game teaches you how to use, or requires you to practise with. In fact, unless you’d read about them online, or had experience of using them from the most recent game in the series (released twenty years ago), you’d be entirely stumped. This really irritated me - I hate it when games all but force you to look stuff up - and, when combined with the somewhat clunky controls, resulted in me just abandoning my collectible run. Normally, going back over the map and finding all the secrets by myself with my new powers is one of the things I enjoy the most in these sorts of games (like in Death’s Door, for instance, or even this year’s Ratchet and Clank), so ending the game with just 65% on the collectibles counter was a big disappointment to me. It’s left a bit of a sour taste, which is a real shame.

 

Finally, although this is pretty polished (barring some Switch-standard slowdown now and again), there isn’t much here that moves the genre on, especially. Perhaps that’s an unfair criticism, but when people have been waiting for nearly two decades for the next 2D Metroid game, you’d be forgiven to expect that game to do something exciting and new with the genre that the series spawned. You could argue that the devs attempt this with the EMMIs, but they were probably the worst part of the game for me - interesting the first couple of times, but from then on repetitive and frustrating. While it’s true that I came to dread the EMMI areas, this wasn’t for the reasons the game wanted me to. Beyond these sections, I’m hard-pressed to think of anything mechanical which we haven’t seen before. It’s a shiny new Metroid, but it’s also iterative and leans heavily on nostalgia. For many, this will be just what they wanted after all this time, but I was hoping for more from one of Nintendo’s flagship series after the progressive strides that were made in Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey.

 

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Final thought

 

Overall, this probably sounds like I disliked the game a lot more than I did, and while I can’t help but feel disappointed by it, that’s only because it didn’t quite live up to the high expectations I’d set for it. It’s definitely still a game that I’d recommend to any fans of the genre, as well as Switch owners generally who enjoy exploration games with tight combat, and it serves as an appropriate showcase for dat screen. It’s just not quite what I was hoping it would be. Maybe Prime 4 will be the one.

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Klorets - 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

Zakesta - 1cc

Blaynix - Normal 1cc

Techbeat Heart - S+ Rank

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, normal

Hell Blasters - 1cc, arcade, hard

Precious Star - 1cc, Normal

Eclosion. - 1cc, Normal

Blue Wish Desire - Normal 1cc, autoguard on

 

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Limbo

I had already completed this on the 360, but replayed the XB1 version because 1) it's a great game, and 2) there were some MSRewards points for doing so!

Pretty much identical to the 360 version. I guess it probably has a higher resolution (and maybe frame rate? I can't recall).

It a testament to how good it is that I played through it three times in rapid succession to get the "complete with 5 deaths or fewer" achievement.

Fantastically atmospheric platform game with some good puzzles. 9/10

 

The Procession To Calvary

A fairly simple point-and-click puzzle adventure game, but done in a unique style: all the graphics have been taken from old Renaissance paintings, and stitched together (a bit like the Terry Gilliam animations in Monty Python), and the music is lovely Bach/cantata/chamber orchestra stuff. It doesn't take long to finish, and has good puzzles that don't take the piss: I didn't need to refer to a guide at any time. It also has a great sense of humour, and gave me some proper chuckles along the way. Only annoyances were an overly-speedy cursor, and a font that was sometimes hard to read when it was displayed in darker colours. 8/10

 

Spoiler

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

15/10/2021 - Forza Horizon 4

15/10/2021 - Twelve Minutes

16/10/2021 - Limbo

17/10/2021 - The Procession To Calvary

 

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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)

12/09: 12 Minutes (Xbone)

14/09: The Artful Escape (Xbone)

17/09: The Gardens Between (Xbone)

18/09: Superliminal (Xbone)

20/09: Golf With Friends (Xbone)

22/09: Omno (Xbone)

23/09: 64th Street: A Detective Story (Arcade)

24/09: Mutation Nation (Arcade)

25/09: Battle Circuit (Arcade)

26/09: Sack Boy: A Big Adventure (PS5)

06/10: The Touryst (PS5)

 

17/10: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (Arcade)

 

Not as good as I remembered it, but also shorter than I ever anticipated it would be.

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On 16/10/2021 at 09:04, 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

42. Deltarune Chapter 2

43. Golf With Your Friends

06a: Heaven Will Be Mine (all the other endings)

44. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club

45. Breath of Death VII

46. Get In The Car, Loser!

47. Kero Blaster

48. Lucius Demake

 

In which you play as the son of Lucifer, a 7 year old, and proceed to murder your entire family, but in C64-o-vision. I'm sure there's been other games in this, er, "genre" before but I'm struggling to remember their names. From what I can tell, the "proper" version of Lucius is basically the same game but in 3D, with voice acting, and so on, and seems to be quite divisive; there's a certain level of charm to the demake that evokes the kind of thing you remember being scared of 30+ years ago but now looks almost quaint, despite the fact that were this of that era the media would have been outraged.

 

The first murder involves locking someone in a freezer, and it happened so fast I didn't actually realise it'd happened until the cutscene played; after that things start getting a bit more involved, requiring a little planning and thought, though it usually winds up with you taking a particular item to a particular location and then using one of your powers to cause the event to happen. Several of the deaths are so utterly preposterous that they are more amusing than gory, including

 

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one where you use mind control to get the gardener to put his head in the mower

 

The only place it really falls down is that there's a couple of action sequences that don't really lend themselves well to the controls, but it's fun and daft and oozes ridiculous gory movie charm.

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16/10/2021 - Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)

I played this on my PS5, so had the lovely 60fps visuals... although, weirdly, it looked to me like the in-engine cut scenes were in 30fps !?  I finished this on Saturday, but spent several more hours that night (and tonight) going through and finishing all the trophies... which is something I've never bothered doing before.

 

I loved this game, I thought it was an absolute epic.  It's stunning lovely to look at and the progression of fighting skills leads makes you feel like the ultimate samurai death-bringer by the end of the game.  Although one could argue the missions were samey - essentially "go there and kill people" the narrative was very strong IMO and there were many side tales to go through and get deeper into the stories of the supporting cast.  I spent 53 hours on this, but none of it felt like a chore.

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