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Back on the road with snowrunner.

slightly addicted to it again.
Finished the main game last year, got all the dlc since but only just now going through it.

I have no idea why, I don’t know where the reward is. It’s a pain in the arse. They litterlly are putting their foot out trying to trip you up at every turn, everything is way more complicated than it should be but you know I’ll buy the year 2 content this week 😕

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On 29/07/2021 at 01:44, DeciderVT said:

Finished Ys Origin with Yunica. Loved the game but not inclined to play through it twice again right now with different characters. Also farmed for SP a lot and  accrued a decent amount of XP along the way, so the last bosses were really, really easy.

 

Moved on to Bioshock on 360 now and I'm blown away by how amazing it looks on the Xbox One X. Stunning effort put into the backwards compatibility.


Completed BioShock a few weeks ago- a game with a fine setting but it was just too cartoonish for me by the end. I really didn't like the splicers, the constant narration (I know it's integral to the plot but I got bored with the constant chatter) or all of the silliness with the plasmids. I would've preferred it if the game had played the fall of Rapture a bit straighter and spookier, without the cannon fodder- enemies fewer and further between but much more of a challenge when you encounter them. The Big Daddies should've been events, instead of commonplace. (Watching Sander Cohen having his entrance interrupted and getting hammered into paste by a Big Daddy under my influence was funny though.) Also another game with a completely underwhelming final boss.

I've moved on to Yakuza Zero now, my first game in the series. I'm learning how to play Mahjong and wasting time playing pool instead of progressing through the story at the moment, so I suspect that it'll take me an age to finish. I'm really appreciating the real estate plot though and I'm surprised that I find Kiryu so likeable.

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I'm trying to get back into Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and even playing as Casual Kong I'm finding the game ridiculously hard. I found the original on DKC Returns on 3DS difficult as well (and unplayable on Wii due to the stupid waggle) but Tropical Freeze is on another level. So instead I've switched to Poochy & Yoshi's Wooly World which is a lot more in keeping with my current platformer skillset and I'm having fun with. My current console game is Final Fantasy VII Remake which honestly I'm finding a bit dull. The errands you have to run are tedious and the slums aren't a very interesting place to spend most of your time in. 

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5 hours ago, DeciderVT said:

I've moved on to Yakuza Zero now, my first game in the series. I'm learning how to play Mahjong and wasting time playing pool instead of progressing through the story at the moment, so I suspect that it'll take me an age to finish. I'm really appreciating the real estate plot though and I'm surprised that I find Kiryu so likeable.


I have also started this recently, a little bit behind you on chapter 2, I spent a bit of time with pool but it was the darts game that had me hooked for a while. Also enjoying the side quests, odd that they don’t show up on the map and you find them when walking around the map.

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I’m on a real Sega kick at the moment, which is fairly coincidental. I’m still trying to get 600 ranked matches done in Virtua Fighter 5 (got around 200 to go) so I can get back to playing for fun in no pressure room matches. Also inspired by some recent emulator chat I have also set up the PS3 and gone back to After Burner Climax and Outrun 2 (Online Arcade on the PS3, but also enjoying SP on the PS2 downstairs). Next on my list is Valkyria Chronicles on the PS4 which I have never played but bought on sale a while back. I’m assuming all of that will take me up to the release of the new Super Monkey Ball.

 

I was in the car with the family yesterday, my 4 year old son in the back seat suddenly piped up with “How far are you going to take me?”. I’ve never been so proud.
 

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and that is actually the only reason for making this post. I just didn’t know where else to share that anecdote

 

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Sniper Elite IV (PS4/5)

 

The Italian coast makes a nice contrast to the grimness of England in the dark ages that you get with AC Valhalla (and associated icon hunting).
 

So I’m playing on normal with simplified physics and assisted aiming (it shows you where the bullet goes).

 

This allows me to play it less as a sniper game (spot, shoot, relocate) and more as a 3rd person shooter, with overwhelming odds. Heavily outnumbered, sprawling maps, loads of weapons to choose from, stats onscreen to help choose what and when to go with a particular weapon. Specialised weapons for specific enemies (tanks).

 

Emergent gameplay

 

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and many set pieces

 

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I’m not sure I’m allowed to enjoy the bullet cam…

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  • 4 weeks later...

I've just now rejoined PC gaming after an absence of 20ish yrs (6 or 7 yrs no console gaming either) so have a lot of catching up to do.

 

Partly for the sake of testing system stability, I have started out with a couple of very simple indie games (Brigador, for example) but the first proper game I've gotten going is.......Half-Life. Well, the Black Mesa remake.

 

Even maxed out, its on the lower end of my game list in terms of system intensity, so it made sense to start there if I'm aiming to gradually ramp things up, but more significantly it's the first game I remember booting up on my original PC when I was a kid. Gotta say, the gameplay has aged brilliantly, and even with the remake the original level/environmental design is still great too. True classic.

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FIFA 22 - career mode because I can't stand that FUT stuff.

 

I'm actually really pleased with some of the tweaks to this years game. Most notably, the game stats are excellent. So much more comprehensive, right down to the individual etc.

 

Defending seems much harder, but in a good way - you need to work more to keep a clean sheet, ball physics are better, keepers make better saves etc.

 

You can also now build your own club and put them into any league replacing an existing side. So my local team Stourbridge are now in League 2, as I begin my quest to bring the Champions League trophy to the West Midlands.... 

 

It's not exactly a groundbreaking difference but it's an improvement nonetheless and it'll keep me busy for a while between attempts at Hades and until Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite finally arrive.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta on the One X 

Firstly my NTSC-U copy installed with no issues which was nice

Secondly wow it looks amazing. It's the kind of crisp graphical fidelity I'd imagined the Xbox should've had over RGB Scart back in the day instead of the smudged dark image that plagues that machine to this day. Its like a whole new game. It didn't crash on chapter 3 like the 360 support did so I actually got to chapter 5 in one sitting. It's a glorious bastard hard game and the music and bosses are awesome. I really hope Microsoft restart the back compat program because I am thoroughly impressed with being able to run a nearly twenty year old disc on a console under my TV in amazing clarity with a modern controller. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I thought I would have another go at Thumper before bed, which was a very silly idea as I now feel like I've just been on a rollercoaster to hell on LSD with the blue man group. I managed to beat level 3 though, which is a fine accomplishment and i will now allow myself to not play it again for several months to recover my faculties.

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On 20/07/2021 at 07:11, SeanR said:

35hrs into ACValhalla and my most pressing concern is still exploring all the maps and doing all the viewpoints.

 

currently very north indeed, might as well be back in Norway. I can’t believe that ANY Roman architecture was actually THAT big…


99 hours in. Accidentally started doing missions. Cordelia is impossible even at lv159. Seriously though: The scale of Roman architecture is on the money, isn’t it?

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Slightly OT but this didn’t deserve a new thread and this seemed the best place for it.

 

This week is the biggest week of the year in gaming for me - we got

 

- Super Monkey Ball (banana mania)*
- Battlefield 2042 Beta

- Far Cry 6

- Metroid Dread

- Final Smash Fighter reveal (and quite possibly imminent release on Thursday)

 

I was almost relieved to see Jett: The Far Shore get middling reviews as I’ll have enough on my plate. There’s also Hell Let Loose coming to PSPlus for Free (sort of). I’ve probably missed something too.

 

* I did get this early but the point still stands.

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