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20/11/2021 - Unpacking (PC)

 

There's not really much to say about this that hasn't already been said and the fact I played most of it in one go but left it for over a week to finish is probably a better indication of what I thought.


It has some charm, though I'm not particularly materialistic to seeing certain items carried through the years - in various states of repair - didn't really resonate with me and the narrative (such that it is) was functional.

 

One to put back in the box, I think.

 

Previously completed:

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07/11/2021 - Captain Commando (Arcade)

03/11/2021 - Crysis 3 (PC)

01/11/2021 - Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition (PC)

28/10/2021 - The Artful Escape (PC)

25/10/2021 - The Ascent (PC)

18/10/2021 - Conglomerate 451 (PC)

15/10/2021 - From Russia With Love (PS2)

09/10/2021 - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (PC)

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

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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On 12/11/2021 at 06:54, 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

49. Inscryption

50. Glass Masquerade 2

51. Unpacking

52. Blue Revolver (1CC, Normal)

53. Empire of Steel (1CC, Easy)

 

Been a while since I've devoted any time to a shmup, but I own a ton of them on Steam so downloaded one at random and got stuck in. It's a low-res vertical scrolling shooter and Normal mode is definitely no slouch towards the end - watching my replay I'm avoiding gaps that you could drive a truck through, but in the later levels the bullet patterns go from being pretty calm to nightmarish at the drop of a hat. My game plan was largely to build up enough lives and bombs that I could panic-bomb as many times as possible on the last level.

 

The scoring system is a bit like a mini-Dodonpachi; you build up a combo meter to a maximum of x8 by killing enemies with your regular shot, and then you can use your special weapon (which comes with limited ammo) to kill enemies for a small period of time for an x64 bonus instead. The special is also generally really powerful so you can use it on bosses/etc just to get them off the screen too, though I did pick the big laser rather than any of the more interestng weapons so there's almost certainly some further nuance there.

 

I've had a couple of goes on Hyper difficulty (basically the normal mode) as I'd like to get the 1CC with the other playable character too, but a big update is apparently on the way so will probably wait for that to release before going back.
 

 

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Empire of Steel was one of the first shmups that I really devoted a lot of time to - unclear whether it's this or Hellfire that I played first but they were both responsible for me finding an interest in the genre. Ran through it on Easy (as I would have played it ~25 years ago) and it was a huge burst of nostalgia, though compared to modern shmups, the first time you get hit by a bullet that's barely visible it makes you want to turn it off and never go back! There was one moment on one of the bosses in Blue Revolver where you can't see the bullets coming because they're light-coloured and so is the boss, but it's nothing compared to this.

 

Empire of Steel always felt a bit unique back then since you could pick multiple ships (now a staple of the genre), can level up throughout the game, and you can fire in front of your ship or behind it at will, at full power, which means that enemy spawns have a lot of variety and you don't get put in that awkward situation of all the enemies being behind you and your gameplan being to have to avoid them until they are in front of you.

 

Complaints aside, it's still a lot of fun, even if I don't see myself going back to try it on Normal any time soon.

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Halo Reach (2010)

And my replay of all the Halos is now complete, just over a year since I started, when the Series X arrived. This one is probably better than ODST, but still pretty meh-core Halo, with uninteresting hoo-rah soldier characters and unengaging music. It’s full on Halo enjoying the smell of its own farts, but it’s still Halo, so, you know?

 

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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

07/11/2021 - Metroid Dread

21/11/2021 - Halo: Reach

 

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Alan Wake Remastered (2021)

Another 360-era throwback - I liked Alan Wake at the time, and this is a great way to play one of the 360’s best titles, now on PlayStation too. There are a few questionable issues here (inverted look doesn’t invert while in vehicles; the truly appalling HDR implementation), but the improved resolution, frame rate and textures makes up for it. Most importantly, it plays as well as it ever did, and the two DLC chapters are included. Looking forward to more of the Remedy Videogame Universe soon. 
 

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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

07/11/2021 - Metroid Dread

21/11/2021 - Halo: Reach

21/11/2021 - Alan Wake Remastered

 

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22/11/2021 - Metroid Dread

 

Exactly one month after finishing Super Metroid, I've now finished the latest in the series. :D

 

It was good too. Samus was so much slicker to control in this than she was on the SNES, although I still found myself getting a bit muddled with all the shoulder button combinations on occasion. After getting the hang of things I was able to flow through the areas like water, sliding through gaps and jumping off walls to maintain the sense of momentum. The bosses were brilliant here too, forcing you to make use of new abilities, learn attack patterns and learn from just the right amount of trial and error.

 

It wasn't perfect though. Super Metroid had a wonderful sense of exploration, filled with memorable spaces you could learn to navigate. Dread felt more artificial, and I never felt like I could find my way around without a lot of map reading. What's more, progression itself felt artificial too, with my route through the game feeling a little too proscribed. I lost the thread a couple of times, leading to some frustratingly aimless wandering. I certainly got stuck in Super Metroid at times, but it never felt like this.

 

I wasn't a fan of the EMIs either. They were usually easy enough to avoid, but sometimes I found myself getting caught when it felt there was nothing I could do about it. Killing them was always satisfying though.

 

Everything else was great though. If the devs could build on the strengths of Dread, but marry them with the sense of place and exploration of Super, they'd have a truly wonderful game on their hands.

 

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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
29/09/2021 - Life Is Strange: True Colours

October

22/10/2021 - Super Metroid

November

22/11/2021 - Metroid Dread

 

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No 29 of the year 

Echo generation (Gamepass) 

 

Enjoyable enough turn based RPG. Nice voxel graphics and a simple enough stranger things type story. 

 

One more and my target of 30 games is met. 

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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)
36. The Artful Escape (XSX Game Pass)

 

 

37. Unpacking (XSX Game Pass)

Just charming. Who knew a game about unpacking boxes would be so engaging and have such a sweet story? Highly recommended.

38. Marvel's Avenger's (XSX Game Pass)
Jesus fucking Christ. How did they fuck this one up so badly? 

 

My two word review from the thread: Aggressively tedious. Avoid.

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Looking through my gaming backlog I decided to play Guardians of the Galaxy, it follows the Telltale formula with a good story and decent voice-acting. Has the Guardians sense of humour but the gameplay is the usual push left/right & button presses. I've finsihed with the current season of Fortnite so it's lots of Fifa 22 & an indie puzzler called Islanders in which you get a random island and a points target to place buildings before progressing onto the next.

 

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Previously..

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1/1- Uncharted Lost Legacy

3/1 - Resident Evil 4

7/1 - Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity

12/1 - Link to the Past

19/1 - Tetris Effect Connected

24/1 - Super Castlevania IV

27/1 - Star Fox 64

2/2 -Wario Ware Inc Micro Games

7/2 - Super Mario Bros 3

18/2 - Bowsers Fury

28/2 - Super Mario 3D World

9/3 - Diddy Kong Racing

11/4- The Wind Waker

27/4- Crash Team Racing

18/5 - Resident Evil 8

6/6 - Tomb Raider (reboot)

28/7 - Metroid Zero Mission

15/8 - Skyward Sword HD

21/8 - 12 Minutes

7/9 - Metroid Fusion

23/9 - Castlevania Symphony of the Night

 

24/10 - Metroid Dread

After playing the mainline Metroid games over the past year it was nice to finally have a new game to play from launch. I really enjoyed it but i did find it frustrating at times, especially the boss fights - but it was satisfying to beat them eventually. I'll probably replay it again in the future!

 

18/11 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Second time i've played this (must have been about 5 years ago since i last played) and i still really enjoyed this. The dungeons are somewhat on the easy side but it does make it up with a lot of charm and decent boss fights. Nice to get back into the worlds of LTTP as well especially as I had forgot a lot of the game!

 

23/11 - The Dark Anthology - House of Ashes

First one of these i have played (excluding Until Dawn) and i thought it was a decent game with some amazing graphics (it looks so real at times!). However the beggining is somewhat a bit of a slog to get through. It's a good 90 minutes before you really have much control over the characters and maybe a few hours before the story really get's good. Treat it as a movie and you will be more impressed.

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Far Cry 5

 

I bloody loved this I did. Let's get the crappy bits out of the way first.

 

1) The droning cultists bad guys became tedious pretty quickly. It didn't help that their proselytizing music offended the ears in every base and outpost. A clever idea on paper, no doubt, but it grated beyond belief after a few hours.

 

2) Whomever decided to integrate a key design feature that 'captured' the player and imprisoned them several times over in a free-roaming sandbox game needs to be put back into the QA dept and strapped into a chair.

 

Despite these missteps this was marvellous fun. The Prepper stashes were terrific, the vehicles and gunplay excellent and the variety was better than in previous outings. While I loved the atmosphere and systems of Far Cry 2 I never actually got over the line with it (going back to it more recently it does suffer from control issues that we were willing to forgive back in the day). Similarly with 3 and 4 the first few outposts were terrific then the Ubislog set in.

 

But I got to the end with this and had a blast.

 

I've been saying for a long time that too many open-world games suffer from a lack of unique locales and hidden crannies that motivate exploration (I'm staring at you Just Cause series) but this nailed it. All those little caves, underground bunkers and eyries, each with loot, lore and stashes to raid made the world feel alive.

 

Sure, the narrative was poor (I couldn't tell you the main character's name and didn't care) but with so much fun stuff to do it didn't spoil the enjoyment.

 

I also preferred the way this was compartmentalised into 3 regions and any mission or attack on the enemy fed into the progression there. It curtailed a lot of the grind I'd felt in previous outings.

 

I may even go back to get some of those final challenges. Never did quite get the hang of fishing or wingsuiting.

 

Terrific stuff.

 

8/10

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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)
36. The Artful Escape (XSX Game Pass)

37. Unpacking (XSX Game Pass)

38. Marvel's Avenger's (XSX Game Pass)

 

 

39. Shenmue (Xbox)
It's not without it's jankiness (due to age mostly), but I still fucking loved it. Apart from having to redo the 70 Man Battle three times. On to Shenmue II and maybe I can unwrap my copy of Shenmue III some time within the next decade. :D 

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30. Forza Horizon 5 (2021) - Xbox Series X via Game Pass

 

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Obviously I haven't properly finished this as it's an endless game, but, after reaching level 165, winning every race, completing every PR stunt and finding all the collectibles in the 50-odd hours I've spent glued to this over the past few weeks, I feel like I've played enough to call time on it for now.

 

In summary, it's the most enjoyable racing game I've played since Mario Kart 8, but it's got some of the worst onboarding I've ever experienced in a game: for the first five hours you are constantly plagued with pop ups and notifications about things you don't understand, and which the game doesn't teach you about. If you can muscle through that, however, and essentially teach yourself how to play the game by looking at guides, videos and forums online, you'll be rewarded with an extremely compelling and diverse racer that feels and looks fantastic. The variety on offer, whether that's cars, race types or locations, is what makes it. Initially I was a bit dubious, thinking the game was somewhat structureless and unfocused, but when you realise that the way you play the game is entirely up to you (and once you've made effective use of the map filters), things definitely start to click into place and the game becomes an obsession. I got fed up with Horizon 4 when I played it for the first time last year because of how it constantly pelted you with information, but I'm glad I stuck it out this time around.

 

I've had a wonderful time with this, and I'll definitely be back for more once the DLC expansions are out. It's a shame that the online elements seem a little borked, otherwise I'd have enough of an incentive to stick around for a bit longer. And I know it's been said already, but the fact that a game with this production values is 'free' on Game Pass is pretty damn sweet.

 

Excellent. If you have GP and you aren't playing it then what are you even doing?

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30/11 Haven (PC) Here's a game that's been done a disservice by its demo. A vertical slice that pushed together the gliding and the intrusive turn based battles which gave the impression that these battles would constantly interrupt. They don't (especially when set to a lower difficulty.) A sci fi romance You control Yu and Kay, two lovers who have fled from their homeworld and the arranged marriages that were their fate. You explore a broken planet and clean it up while you look for spare parts to repair The Nest, your spaceship / caravan. It's charming but due to a few design decisions I didn't get lost in their story but felt very much like an outsider looking in. Especially in the visual novel loop of the game in The Nest where you explore it first person while they hang around in various parts of the ship. Made me feel a bit like the flatmate that never talks in The Young Ones. The turn based combat is OK but it's skating around the French comic inspired alien planet which is the real drawcard. Your mileage will vary on whether you find eavesdropping on Yu and Kay's love life cute or off putting.

 

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Earlier this month

 

 

15/11 Fist II:the Tournament (C64)

14/11 Day of the Tentacle:Remastered (PC)

13/11 The Sacred Armour of Antiriad (C64)

9/11 River City Girls (PC) 

6/11 Unpacking (PC)

 

Previously played

 

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75. 31/10 Lost Words : Beyond the page (PC)

74. 28/10 Murder by Numbers (PC)

73. 26/10 World Games (C64)

72. 23/10 Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (PC) 

71. 21/10 Eastshade (PC)

70. 18/10 Super Cycle (C64)

69. 16/10 Concrete Genie (PS4)

68. 10/10 Life is Strange 2 (PC)

67. 09/10 Psychonauts 2 (PC)

66. 09/10 Dagon: by H. P. Lovecraft (PC)

65. 06/10 Fantasy (PC/Arcade)

64. 02/10 Get in the Car, Loser! (PC) (plus Battle on the Big Broadwalk DLC) 

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 21/11/2021 at 07:33, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

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

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

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

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

49. Inscryption

50. Glass Masquerade 2

51. Unpacking

52. Blue Revolver (1CC, Normal)

53. Empire of Steel (1CC, Easy)

54. Luigi's Mansion 3

 

I've been playing this at request of my youngest, who we bought the game for and instead has watched most of the game on YouTube. It's been a lot of fun - there's a lot of great ideas and getting to a new floor for the first time is always brilliant and other than the controls being a bit of a struggle at times, it's been a blast just churning through it and squishing some ghosts on the floor. Luigi is full of personality and great fun to watch and some of the puzzles are great to figure out.

 

Suspect I'm going to be, uh, required to go back and collect a bunch of the gems/find the hidden boos/etc though.

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12 hours ago, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

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

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

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

14. Rain on your Parade

15. The Red Strings Club

16. The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia

17. Shape of the World

18. Far: Lone Sails

19. Return of the Obra Dinn

20. Donut County

21. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

22. Cat Quest

23. Touhou: Luna Nights

24. World End Economica: Episode 1

25. Murder By Numbers

26. Hypnospace Outlaw

27. Behold The Kickmen

28. Lonely Mountains: Downhill

29. The Next Penelope

30. Doom (2016)

31. Monster Train

32. Loop Hero

33. World End Economica: Episode 2

34. What Remains of Edith Finch

35. Cube Escape: Seasons

35a. The rest of the Cube Escape Collection games

36. Forza Horizon 4

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

49. Inscryption

50. Glass Masquerade 2

51. Unpacking

52. Blue Revolver (1CC, Normal)

53. Empire of Steel (1CC, Easy)

54. Luigi's Mansion 3

55. Crimzon Clover World Ignition (1CC, Novice True Clear)

 

Doing that two games in one day thing again.

 

Crimzon Clover is another indie vertical shmup that doesn't feel indie at all until you see the credit roll and it looks like the Sega Saturn hi-res mode. It's an absolute riot of colour and explosions and medals and my high score is in the several hundred billions becuase why not. Struggled a little initially, as I kept dying to things I hadn't seen; I'm not sure what conscious decisions I'd taken to improve but I went from feeling like I was losing lives in an "unfair" fashion to feeling like every time I died it was because I'd done something stupid and totally deserved it. 

 

Don't be too swayed by the "Novice" tag, this gets pretty tricky towards the end and the other difficulty - "Arcade" is hilariously difficult in that I think I'm genuinely too old to process the information fast enough at this point.

 

It has a fun scoring system that took a while to get used to, as well - your weapons are split between a regular shot which is not quite powerful enough but mostly gets the job done, and a homing laser which locks on to more targets the longer you charge it, up to a capped number of targets. These are also quite powerful so you want to use them a lot to make sure you don't die. The cool bit comes with the multipler bonuses, which are applied when you destroy something wtih your homing laser and also hit a lot of targets; this leads to a great risk/reward gameplay where if you want to score high, you want to stop shooting your regular shot in order to maximise the number of targets you're getting with the laser, but also doing this means you're Not Killing Things so there are more bullets to avoid/ships flying around you/etc.

 

If all this wasn't enough, as you kill stuff you charge your Break Gauge; when you Break, all bullets on screen turn in to big shiny things to collect, your main shot powers up, and you can lock on to more things at once (and faster).

 

Oh and you can enter Double Break Mode if you charge up enough gauge which is even more ridiculous and there are ludicrous score multipliers and everything melts and oh my god it's like pure dopamine going into your eyeballs for ten solid seconds

 

Anyway. It's dead good. Super good. Both this and Blue Revolver have been magnificent and I'm just hoping I've not accidentally played two of the best indie shmups available and everything else is going to feel a bit shit now.

 

Final boss spoilers:

 

Spoiler

There's a final boss at the end of stage 5. If you beat him, you reach the True Last Boss, which I got hammered by the first time, and gave myself another credit just to learn the patterns a bit.

 

What I didn't realise is, going into the final boss with five lives in tow, the True Last Boss also has a second phase and it can absolutely fuck off doing things like that. I was able to take it down first time but I may have woken the family up by making incomprehensible noises when it appeared

 

 

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// Overdrive - (all modifiers)

 

Spoiler

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

Klorets - 1cc

Blue Wish Desire - Hell, 1cc

Blue Wish Desire - Accel, 1cc

Genetos - 1cc, standard

Gleylancer - 1cc, Normal

赤鯱 -Origin's Saga- - Normal, 1cc

Twin Cobra 2 - 1cc

Exzisus - 1cc (2-3)

Prehistoric Isle 2 - 1cc

Schildmaid MX - Krieger, 1cc

Nuclear Assault - Challenge mode, 1cc

DoDonPachi DaiOuJou DX - Normal, 1cc

Space Moth Lunar - Space Moth, 1cc

Space Moth Lunar - Hawk Dx-1, 1cc

 

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20 hours ago, strawdonkey said:

Anyway. It's dead good. Super good. Both this and Blue Revolver have been magnificent and I'm just hoping I've not accidentally played two of the best indie shmups available and everything else is going to feel a bit shit now.

 

:lol: They are great, but don't worry, plenty of godly indie shmups to get through yet.

If you want somewhere to go next, Blue Wish Desire just came out. Easily the best game of the year - https://store.steampowered.com/app/1794300/BLUE_WISH_DESIRE/

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