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Posts posted by RedShell

  1. 54 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    There's also the Switch Tax to pay as well. It baffles me that this is still a thing 5 years on. ::shrug: 

    Yeah, I mean back when Switch first released Nintendo at least had something pretty unique in terms of providing a way to play more home console-esque experiences on the go, which helped to justify the Switch Tax. But now, with the likes of Steam Deck and game steaming on basically any mobile device, that USP for the Switch is completely gone. There absolutely is no way that any multiplatform game releasing today should be most expensive on Switch! :o

    Will be interesting to see just how much longer that trend continues, now that there is more competition in the portable market again.

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  2. 41 minutes ago, Julius said:

    How would you all feel about it if we do get a third party focused Direct rather than a more traditional E3/June styled Direct?

    Disappointed. :blank:

    Probably wouldn't even bother to watch actually, as any third party stuff I'd want would definitely be getting played on PC.

    Not bought many third party games on Switch, but I now regret pretty much all of those purchases. So yeah, it's Nintendo games only for me on Switch from now on. Well, if they ever get around to making something original/appealing again. :hmm:

  3. 23 hours ago, Happenstance said:

    Should be the start of the Steam Summer Sale tonight. First time in a few years I actually expect to spend quite a bit during it (as long as the discounts are worth it of course!).

    Had a quick look through it yesterday, seems pretty weak though. :hmm: Most of the best offers are for really old games that are already in my library. :hehe:

    I think the days of absolutely crazy discounts on Steam sales are long gone unfortunately. :blank:

    You pick anything up?

  4. 3 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    To be fair, that is in my list as well. The game is a masterpiece, as is this.

    Still not got around to Elden Ring yet, probably won’t until winter now though. It definitely feels like more of a winter game, unlike Turtles. :grin:

    Anyway, finally done some online play on this. As expected it is madness! :bouncy: When you get 6 player games going it becomes pretty much impossible to see where your character is and what the hell is going on! :laughing: Hilarious stuff though. :bowdown: 


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  5. 1 hour ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    still not sure if I'm going to buy it

    Same here. :hmm: 

    I’ve given the Sunbreak demo a quick go on both Switch and PC, but it’s an annoying situation because my characters, progress, hunting buddies, etc. are held hostage on Switch, and it’s really tough going back to that version of the game having now experienced it on PC.

    Capcom (or more likely, Nintendo) were such donuts for not allowing cross-save/play. :angry:

    But yeah, I got a good 300+ hours out of the base game, and have lots of stuff (actually too much :hehe:) to be playing at the moment anyway. :D

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  6. Credits have rolled for me as well.

    2 hours ago, Glen-i said:


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    Maybe it's because I was playing solo, but Shredder was much harder then Super Shredder for me. That damn electric counter! Not to mention the shadow clone phases. Rough going by yourself.



    I was playing solo and it was definitely the other way around for me. :hehe:


    2 hours ago, Glen-i said:

    Music is on point too! Panic in the Sky is especially noteworthy.

    Yeah, the music IMO is easily the best thing about the entire game! Absolute perfection, (Tee Lopes has firmly established himself as the go-to composer for recreating 90's Zazz :grin:) even though I personally wasn't so keen on a couple of the vocal tracks (cheese allergy :laughing:) I get that they totally fit the vibe though, and well, they certainly made me laugh/added to the fun. :D

    Shame about Shredder's voice though, so wrong. :shakehead Grabbing sound bites by James Avery from the TV series would have been way better, but I'm guessing that wasn't a viable option. ::shrug:

    Anyway, will definitely give online co-op a go later on today. Too bad there's currently no cross-play (other than between Xbox and PC) hopefully it gets patched in at some point, although I suspect if it does it'll be once most people are already done with the game. :heh:

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  7. I’ve not tried online play yet (am playing via Game Pass on PC) as I want to do a complete solo playthrough first.
    6 player mode must be bonkers though. :laughing: Looking forward to checking it out.

    As for bugs (apart from the ones you collect in the game :p) the only issue that I’ve encountered so far was the scrolling getting stuck for about a minute one time. :hehe: I was just going to restart the stage, but a bit of freaking out on the right edge of the screen eventually got it moving again. Guess an enemy was just being shy. :heh:

  8. 3 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    but I do like the look of the trophy list.

    I think I should get an actual trophy for unlocking this:


    ...as my very first trophy. :laughing:

    Anyway, played through a few stages (and obtained some less embarrassing achievements :heh:) the game is unsurprisingly very fun, and the nostalgia is off the scale. I love how there are so many throwbacks to the old games, like chucking enemies towards the screen, and those funny animations when you fall down holes or get a little robot stuck on you. :grin:
    Soundtrack is also ludicrously good, as expected with Tee Lopes being involved. :cool:

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  9. 1 hour ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    Looks great.


    Just been playing the demo... this is absolutely amazing!! :o It's like a mash-up of all of the very best old-school racing games. Pure fun. :D

    Bring on the full game. :bouncy:

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  10. Quite a few things that caught my attention during the Xbox showcase (more than I was expecting actually :hehe:): 

    High on Life
    Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

    Also love that Flight Simulator is getting helicopters in November (the Halo aircraft is pretty cool too). Oh- and they're finally letting you save your ship in Sea of Thieves! :heh: Better late that never I guess, and the extra ship customisation is nice. :)

    Still not completely sure about Starfield. Sure, it looks amazing, but I also get the feeling it's going to be one of these games that just tries to do way too much and is ultimately a confusing mess. We shall see... :hmm:

    But yeah, not a bad show overall I reckon.

    Is that it for "E3" now then, or are there any other shows coming up?

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  11. Man, it’s a shame Microsoft didn’t nab this one for Game Pass. :hehe: Oh well, I shall definitely check it out at some point.

    A little bit unsure about the context sensitive jumping mechanics. :hmm: I suppose it makes sense for the type of gameplay they’re going for (and to have more control over the cat’s animation) but there’s no doubt it would’ve been a lot of fun to have the cat jump around at will too. :grin:

    Nice to know they got a dedicated meow button in there at least. :D 

    The animation on the cat is so good though, all done by hand too apparently, no mocap. :bowdown:
    That subtle half wink it does at the end of the release date trailer is just spot-on! :laughing::cool:

  12. 1 hour ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    I've been meaning to pick this up. I love DrinkBox Studios and i've heard nothing but good things about this.

    I'm looking forward to playing Tunic when it hits the PS ecosystem. The game just looks so charming.

    Only put a couple of hours into Nobody Saves the World so far, but yeah, it definitely appears to be another great Drinkbox Studios title. ;) It certainly has their signature style to it, and the gameplay gets nicely mixed up by having to switch characters/abilities regularly. The map seems like it'll end up being pretty large, and there's lots of stuff to unlock and level up.

    Tunic is nice, especially when it comes to the game's presentation. I love the old-school Zelda vibe, especially the gorgeous hand drawn manual that you gradually obtain as you progress. :love: It's all very obscure and cryptic though, which can be frustrating. To be honest I think I might restart my playthrough, as I began quite a while ago and returning to it now I feel pretty lost. :heh:

    1 hour ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    I played through Hades earlier in the year and really enjoyed it which is strange considering I'm not big on Rouge-like games.

    How did you find Halo Infinite? I used to be a huge Halo fan and was contemplating picking up a Series S or X to play it but reception from fans who were burned by 4 and 5 (much like myself) didn't really care for it.

    I've been really tempted to pick up the Hitman Trilogy for the PS4. I watched a Dunkey video for Hitman 3 the other day and couldn't stop laughing at what he was getting up to in the game. They look really fun to play, especially with all the different ways you can complete missions.

    Hades is great, yeah. It infuriated me at times, but I'd keep coming back for more until I finally managed to escape. :D

    It was back in December, but I do recall enjoying Halo Infinite. Had attempted several times to play the earlier games in the series, but always struggled to stick with them ::shrug: so Infinite is actually the first and only Halo game that I've played through to completion. Wasn't paying much attention to the story (as usual :hehe:) but I did really like the companion character, she was absolutely hilarious in some of the cutscenes. :laughing:
    The gameplay eventually got a bit repetitive towards the end of the campaign, but seeing as I was basically new to the series it probably wasn't as bad as it could've been had I played all the previous games. Using the various vehicles in combat was always a laugh and the grapple hook was very cool too. I still play the multiplayer occasionally as well, seeing as it doesn't require a sub to Game Pass.

    The Hitman trilogy is awesome. Took me a little while to get into it, due to the stealth based gameplay (I imagine it won't be an issue for you :cool:) but once that had clicked it was a lot of fun. The stealth mechanics (on the default difficulty) actually aren't that aggressive either, meaning it was often possible to botch stuff up and still drop the targets/complete missions. :grin: But yeah, you can set up some truly entertaining moments either by planning or by accident, which is great, there is a huge amount of variety and ways to go about playing the game. I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

    I think the £1 Game Pass Ultimate deal is still running, and the game is definitely still available on GP, if you wanted to check it out a bit before picking it up on PS4.

    Anyway, I best stop derailing this thread. :p

    Have Nintendo announced their "E3" Direct yet? :laughing:

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  13. 19 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

    Good to see you posting again. :heart:

    What games have you got your eye on that are featured on Game Pass? 

    Everyone GIFs | Tenor

    ? :p 

    Hehehe! :laughing: Yeah, the choice is just ridiculously overwhelming. So right now I'm jumping between several "smallish" games:

    Nobody Saves the World
    Pac-Man Museum+
    Vampire Survivors
    Spelunky 2
    Dead Cells

    And previously (since my last post in the gaming diary thread on here) I've played through:

    Exo One
    Halo Infinite
    Mortal Kombat 11
    Hitman III (also played 1 & 2 via this as well)
    Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master
    Trek to Yomi

    And outside of Game Pass:

    Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition
    Resident Evil 4 HD Project
    The Typing of the Dead: Overkill
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
    Neon Abyss

    As for what else I've got my eye on, will probably check out some of the post-Nintendo Rare stuff that I never got the chance to play back in the day and which is now available to me via xCloud. Also considering Assassins Creed Origins, which has just gone up. I've not had much luck with that series before but get the feeling the ancient Egyptian setting might help. :hehe:

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  14. I haven’t really been keeping up with gaming news lately, but it’s still going to feel weird if Nintendo don’t have some kind of showcase planned this month. :hmm: 

    To be honest though, at the moment I’m most looking forward to the Microsoft event (now there’s something I wouldn’t have said a few years ago! :heh:) especially as I’m back on Game Pass and absolutely loving xCloud. :D 

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  15. Just a heads-up for anyone that might be interested, there's currently an offer of 3 months GamePass Ultimate for £1. It's not just reserved for new subscriptions either, I was able to resubscribe at that price. :D

    Not had Ultimate since cloud gaming became a thing but have to say I'm really impressed by it! Being able to instantly jump into any game on the service without having to install or update anything is just amazing! :o You definitely notice the reduced picture quality/compression, but it's no way near as bad as I was expecting, and the games I've tried so far have all been very responsive with no noticeable input lag. It's like some kind of video game magic. :heh:

    Also had a quick go on it via my phone, the smaller screen size definitely hides the picture quality issues (it looks super crisp on a small display) but using the various touch controls is far from ideal. It also seems to absolutely wreck your battery charge. So yeah, it's a bit of a novelty on mobile. Great on a PC monitor/TV though.

    Having instant access to so much stuff does make it even more difficult to focus on a single title though. :laughing:

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  16. 20 hours ago, BowserBasher said:

    Thanks for the games @Ike and @RedShell. Not sure what happened in the middle there when all the stages started being the plain ones. It seemed to reset after RedShell went though. Some great close games there too, and a few one siders. We had our random same character match and it was fitting for ZSS to beat Ridley in that last match,

    Pretty sure I just had it set to random, that's what I usually leave it on if custom stages aren't available. ::shrug:

    Anyway, cheers for the games. Was cool to play a bit of Smash again.


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    Just a one-off though (for now...) as I'm currently on another NSO free trial. :hehe:

    Reinstalled MK8DX the other day and played through a GP, it was not pretty. :laughing: Man, my MK8 skills have been absolutely wrecked by playing so much MK Tour! :D


    1 hour ago, Dcubed said:

    Ninja Highway isn't considered to be a Mario Kart Tour track for some strange reason... It's the only retro track to NOT have a marker with the past system on it, meaning that it's considered to be a MK8 track? What does it all meeeeaaaannn!??!?!

    I'm guessing because it's not a city/real-life based track like the majority of new courses in Tour. In which case, Merry Mountain will probably not have the "Tour" marker on it either, if that one makes it over to MK8DX as well.

    Ninja Hideaway is a great course though, probably the best from Tour TBH (the city ones can be pretty bland) so it's great that it made the jump to MK8. :)

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