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  1. METROID DREAD! METROID DREAD! Actually, I think Dread is the only new game from this year that I've played unless you count NieR Replicant Ver. whatever because that is an enhanced remaster with gameplay changes and additional content. Otherwise I've been picking up games that came out from previous years. There are a bunch of games that have come out this year that I'm interested in at some point but Dread was top priority in terms of interest and it didn't disappoint, even without having played much of any other contenders I can confidently say Dread is a GOTY contender.
  2. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    Taking the story mode in Rivals of Aether quite slowly, but I've just unlocked the final stage after beating Orcane's story. So just that to go. Meanwhile however... In an attempt to get in on the action I've decided to try and make my own character for the game... I'm doing Yooka and Laylee given that I played Impossible Lair a few months ago. Judging by the complete lack of reactions from previous posts when talking about this game I'm going to assume that nobody else here has actually played this game. I'll say its a pretty good alternative to Smash, a bit more on the side of Melee than other entries. The Modding scene is where its at though, so much custom content that is accessible.
  3. PC Gaming Discussion

    Wound up booting up my Steam library again after the sale. My laptop is too underpowered to run triple A games but its perfectly fine with running Indie games. If anyone's seen in the Gaming Diary thread I have been playing Rivals of Aether recently. The Workshop Mods were quite attractive, I've never played a game with mods before but its been fun just to mess around and turn rivals into "Indie Smash Bros" or at least that was the original intention. Mugen Smash was a lot more enticing in the end but I still tried to put in as many indie characters as possible, most from games I've never played but I figured that would replicate how in Smash Bros you probably haven't played half the gaming franchises that are in the roster. Some characters such as Ronald McDonald caused severe lag to games so I removed them from my roster.
  4. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    Still playing Rivals of Aether. I wound up changing my controller up for PC as I found that the default control system on my controller wasn't very good. In particular I am struggling to recover properly in this game due to forgetting where the jump button is and then remembering to combine that with the Up Special. In part this is because Rivals doesn't have ledges and instead I'm having to figure out how to combo the wall jump with the up special, apparently this resets your up special if you use a wall jump to make up for the lack of ledges. I played the biggest meme character in the game (Kragg) but still and finding it tough to keep all my stocks in Adventure without being KO'd. Kragg is definitely my favourite of the main cast with the possible exception of Shovel Knight. Though, getting to know all the Workshop characters is another mountain to climb altogether... I've got two more Adventure campaigns to go but I'll do them in my own time.
  5. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    Amid endless possibilities from Steam Workshop I've also found some time to play the main story of Rivals of Aether. I've done the campaigns of Zetterburn and Forsburn so far but found both characters quite bland to play. Forsburn in particular was really hard to get anything going until I realised that some of the eaiser AI opponents you can just juggle with Up Tilt over and over That didn't quite work out though and adjusting from Smash has proven to be somewhat difficult. Characters don't feel powerful and the focus is more on a more speed focused game where evasion and counter punish is the key to wins and specials don't feel quite as important. That being said I played Maypul's storyline next and this character felt a lot better to play, she speeds in and out in a way that kind of reminds me of Greninja so that was kind of the moment that the whole thing clicked for me. On a side note: Anyway, the list of Modded characters continues to grow. I'm at something like 76-78 characters now, not including the main cast. It's basically giving Smash Ultimate's roster a run for its money in terms of size and kind of overshadowing the original cast, bar the two Indie Guest characters in the lineup. Its basically Rivals of Aether x Shantae x Cave Story x Roblox x I Wanna Be the Guy x Castle Crashers x Spelunky x Bit.Trip x Plants vs. Zombies x Tower of Heaven x Minecraft x The Binding of Isaac x Shovel Knight x Freedom Planet x Five Nights at Freddys x Crypt of the Necrodancer x Undertale x Enter the Gungeon x Hollow Knight x Ori x Cuphead x A Hat in Time x Celeste x Dead Cells x Among Us x Deltarune x Untitled Goose Game x Fall Guys x Dragon Ball Z x Yu-Gi-Oh x Digimon x Stick Figures on Crack x The Simpsons x Family Guy x Scott the Woz x America x Memes x TerminalMontage x Kirby x Super Mario x Pokemon x Final Fantasy x Chrono Trigger x Crash Bandicoot x Castlevania x Guilty Gear x Dark Souls x Nier: Automata All it needs now is Dante from the Devil May Cry Series and a New Funky Mode.
  6. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    After designing one more Soulcalibur VI character and then playing a bit of Super Castlevania IV my eyes were turned to the Steam Sale. Rivals of Aether was on sale and I'd already seen a bunch of videos on it, in particular its compatbility with Steam Workship. I've played the Indie equivalents of Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Metroid and Earthbound as well as a bunch of other indie games which aren't necessarily inspired by anything in particular. So naturally, its time to go for the juggernaut... Indie Smash Bros.! So, using Workshop I've downloaded a bunch of Indie game characters from there. These are fully functional characters, its honestly pretty impressive how much scope you get for being able to play these characters: And these aren't mockups at all, all these characters are fan developed and playable in game, though quality may vary... But hey, why stop at Indie characters? Yeah, never mind Smash Bros. EVERYONE is here, including a bunch of characters I haven't downloaded yet. Haven't even played much of the actual game yet haha!
  7. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    As it happens, sometime after I made that post I eventually finished it. I wound up restarting the level from the beginning to try and save more bees. This worked as I was able to do the first part while saving about 41 Bees for the second part. In the end I lost all my Bees by the time I got to the final boss but felt that from that point I didn't need any more Bees in order to finish the game and I was right. I kept plugging away at the final boss, beat it multiple times and eventually beat the escape sequence to finish the game. So that's all but one physical Switch game that I've finished now and I have specific plans to finish Pokken while filming for Youtube. There is also the Castlevania Anniversary Collection however... I think I'll wait until Haloween to finish Super Castlevania IV. In the meantime I went back to fighting games. I have now cleared every Classic Mode route in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The above tweet is subsequently a lie again. While I was in the mood I remembered that I still needed to finish Hwang's story in Soulcalibur VI. So I went and did that, it was quite a meaty one in terms of chapters but not that many actual fights in the storyline and I barely had to play much of Hwang's tech to actually win it. And then, naturally, I wasn't going to go back on Soulcalibur VI and not make new custom characters, so I made Kainé from Nier Replicant. It looks just like her, to such an extent that you would think they'd put the exact costumes in the game in a DLC pack or something... I also looked at a number of custom characters people had uploaded to the servers. Oh, and I also made this... Only got about 5 slots left now so need to choose wisely. Might need to make a Fighter's Pass or something!
  8. Switch eShop Thread

    Seen on eShop that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is on sale and available for about £6. I've just finished the game myself and its a really solid game, effectively Donkey Kong Country 6 or Tropical Freeze 2. Last level is a real gauntlet too.
  9. The Best Gaming Music Ever.

    OK, now I've heard the entire Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair soundtrack in game I can certainly say that this is now one of my favourite game soundtracks of all time and definitely one of the best indie game soundtracks I've ever heard, and thats high praise as EVERY indie game I've played aside from World of Goo has had a fantastic soundtrack. This one single handedly contributed about TWENTY ONE tunes to my favourite VGM playlist alone.
  10. Metroid Dread

    According to the credits Kenji Yamamoto was the Music Director for this game. I also heard one of the composers from Breath of the Wild worked on this game.
  11. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    So I've collected all 48 Beetallion members in Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Time to start the titular Impossible Lair. "31 Attempts later" OK this is the hardest 2D level I've ever seen in a platformer than isn't a Kaizo Mario Rom Hack or a Super Mario Maker level. Though, it might as well be. Like, wow, the amount of concentration this level demands from you if you don't want to get hit is absolutely insane. I've only gotten up to the halfway point and that's with only 4 Beetallion left. This level is absolutely brutal, not to mention falling down Bottlomess Pits can waste so many Beetallion. As a result it may be quite some time before I'm actually able to finish this game as I'm finding this level quite frustrating and triggering. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get to the end so it might be an unfinished Switch game for a while. But I'll persevere and see what I can do.
  12. Football Season 2021/22

    Paul Scholes saw this one coming straight after the Atalanta game...
  13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Enjoying Sora in Smash so far...
  14. Metroid Dread

    Similar story here but in my case it was Pokemon Sword... back in 2019. Almost two years since then and that was previously the last boxed Switch game I'd bought. Things changed only this year when I got Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair last month and now followed by this. Pandemic definitely had an effect on Nintendo's release schedule. I don't think I'll be leaving that long a gap anytime soon.
  15. Metroid Dread

    https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/10/metroid-dread-studio-hit-with-allegations-of-poor-organisation-and-management?fbclid=IwAR1EmC2qOmZTdekFVSWVPnRmu_sj_pbJK3vFPlNusV_TCUdEXIiBnxQl3co The MercurySteam controversy continues...
  16. Metroid Dread

    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/10/metroid-dread-developer-leaves-names-out-of-credits-ex-staffers-say/ Looks like some people aren't particularly happy about not being credited...
  17. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    Metroid Dread is now finished. Absolutely loved it. Might replay the game on Hard mode at some point or try and go for all the hidden endings, if I can be fast enough that is! That being said, there are still two games left on Switch that I still need to finish. One of them is Pokken Tournament DX and I'm going to do that as part of the next Gaming Anniversaries video. The other is Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair which is not tied to any particular video production so that's going to be the game I focus on finishing next. Not withstanding the fact that I also need to finish Super Castlevania IV! So in terms of games played and finished this year its currently looking like: Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Ratchet & Clank (2016) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Nier Replicant Metroid Prime Hunters Shadow the Hedgehog Deltarune Chapter 2 Metroid Dread Games played for video purposes but not fully and jumping to finished files for the endings: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Metroid Other M Metroid Fusion Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Sonic Heroes Sonic and the Secret Rings Sonic Unleashed Sonic Mania Games I have got this year that I still need to finish: Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Games I'm interested in getting at some point: Castlevania Advance Collection Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Elden Ring Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  18. Metroid Dread

    Regarding the EMMI I think they did a fair job of making each one feel unique. Some of them had different abilities to freshen things up a bit. I also hear that you can just rush these sections of you want to which I'm sure speedrunners will no doubt be trying to do a lot. Should probably mention I've finished the game. Ending was really good though it did post a question.
  19. Metroid Dread

    Had a marathon of a session today and I now have all the powerups. Going to explore ZDR a bit to try and get all the upgrades before making my way to the final boss before I think of taking on the final boss.
  20. Well, I'm about to spoil some of the games CUBE hasn't done yet (though he's counted board games and a few compilations which I didn't but) I couldn't think of anywhere else to post this. Sorry CUBE. Seriously, there are lot of really obscure Sonic games out there that are technically official.
  21. The Best Gaming Music Ever.

    I have a full playlist of Relaxing game music that I use to help with anxiety issues. May I recommend Satorl Marsh from Xenoblade Chronicles? Auto include in any type of this playlist
  22. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    OK, when was my last Gaming Diary entry? *checks thread* *August 9* OK diary, we have a lot of catching up to do! So I played through Super Castlevania IV a bit more, all the way until towards the end of the game but never actually beat it. Production on more Gaming Anniversaries videos was getting in the way which includes actually playing the games. So I went back to Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for some recording and in the process managed to knock out a few more A Ranks. and complete a few missions. Finally, I have finished all of the level missions in the game and gotten all the emblems. The A Ranks and the Chao Garden are now my biggest obstacles to 100% but since I was only playing for footage I moved on to Sonic Heroes quickly but that was just messing around for footage. Then it happened, I played through the entirety of Shadow the Hedgehog from beginning to the end of the last story. At least it was for footage so I could complain about the game in a video straight after! But yeah, I took the path of least resistance to get all the Emerlads and as a result I could pretty much do Westopolis, Glyphic Canyon, Prison Island and Sky Troops without the sound on at all! The recording continued as I then picked up Sonic and the Secret Rings which I didn't make much progress on, just doing stuff I'd done before for footage. Things changed when I got to Sonic Unleashed, this was the first time since I beat the game that I picked it up and... this game holds up well! Really enjoyed the daytime stages and didn;t really find the werehog to be that bad when replaying. I went out of my way to get missing Sun and Moon medals this time around and in the end I stopped short of 100% completion of the game. So most of the stuff in the game I was able to unlock. This was on the Wii version btw. Then I went back to Sonic Mania and got all the Chaos Emeralds, getting the true final boss battle in the process. Hasn't just been Sonic games I've been playing although there have been quite a lot of those for the video that was in production. September saw me end my game purchase drought, I hadn't bought a new game since Nier Replicant in April but in September I picked up a game I'd been wanting to get for a while, Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair. I am currently up to Chapter 14 (Hazard Hangar I think its called) and the last I did was find the secret exit, though I did open up the entire overworld. Soundtrack is really good, it definitely feels like the Tropical Freeze sequel we never got. Level design is pretty good too though I find the penalty for getting hit isn't so great and with no lives its just easier to die after you hit a checkpoint if you only have Yooka available. Also I think the timeframe for when I picked up this game was not ideal due to the amount of Sonic games I needed to play so Impossible Lair is definitely something I still need to finish. (Didn't realise the surface was climable here) But then Toby Fox had to go and drop Deltarune Chapter 2 on everybody. I mean, come on Toby, really? So, I downloaded that and played through Deltarune Chapter 2. Progresses things in an interesting direction that's for sure. I did a pacificst route if anyone is curious, didn't kill a single enemy aside from perhaps when fighting was the only option By far the funniest moment in the entire game was this though Other interesting moments... And if THAT wasn't enough my most anticipated game of the year came out and Metroid Dread is so good. This is some of the best map design in a Metroid game I've seen in YEARS. They really managed to create a complex an interweiving map while simulatenously making the route through the game fairly straight forward. But you also have plenty of room to go off the beaten path to find all the upgrades. At first it seems like the game might be something of a procession but... I have a few non-spoilery tweets I wish to share.. So we're finally caught up... phew! Two months worth of gaming which involved the acuqistion of three new games and progress on a lot of older ones.
  23. Yakuza fans are now officially in Sonic territory. Guy also made Super Monkey Ball so he's responsible for two of Sega's biggest post-manufacturer series. Yakuza isn't really a series I've played much but I wish the new guys good luck...
  24. Metroid Dread

    Just so everyone knows, the game leaked yesterday. Videos of the final boss are out there or so I've heard. I'm actively blocking Metroid mentions on Twitter for a brief period of time (about a couple of weeks) to avoid the major spoilers for the game that have been put out there.
  25. The result: The worst reviewed Steam game in history.