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1 hour ago, Cube said:

Music was great

My favourite track:

It's brutal and fits perfectly to the hell you're unleashing on...well...hell. :cool:

Shame that apparently Bethesda didn't allow Mick Gordon to mix and record all tracks for the sequel. I've not played it, but listened to the OST and the songs are great, but man...they could've been so much more if Mick Gordon actually recorded instead of "just" composing (composed? English grammar, man...) them.
Edit: I was wrong

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10 minutes ago, drahkon said:

Shame that apparently Bethesda didn't allow Mick Gordon to mix and record all tracks for the sequel.

The in-game music is no different to how the first Doom was done. The in-game music was made by Mick Gordon. For the mixing, neither game has mixing done by Mick Gordon - the game does it on the fly (the game has lots of different elements of the music and it blends it together differently based on what is happening).

The issue is only with the CD soundtrack, where Bethesda/iD actually gave Mick Gordon a longer deadline than he asked for, but he didn't complete the work on time. The OST was promised with the collector's edition, so they couldn't delay it any further, and iD only had the versions of the music sent for the game to mix together and not the original files.  

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1 minute ago, Cube said:

The in-game music is no different to how the first Doom was done. The in-game music was made by Mick Gordon. For the mixing, neither game has mixing done by Mick Gordon - the game does it on the fly (the game has lots of different elements of the music and it blends it together differently based on what is happening).

The issue is only with the CD soundtrack, where Bethesda/iD actually gave Mick Gordon a longer deadline than he asked for, but he didn't complete the work on time. The OST was promised with the collector's edition, so they couldn't delay it any further, and iD only had the versions of the music sent for the game to mix together and not the original files.  

Oh I see, I misunderstood the issue, then. Thanks for clearing it up :peace:

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100%'d RiME last night. Ignore everything I said about performance issues, whilst still not great the game does improve a lot after the first chapter. Anyway, fantastic game. I'd almost go as far as saying better than Journey. An underrated gem, and a surprisingly touching story.

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[Lee Plays] TOKI (Part 3). The one where the final stage totally owns me.

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The "Your 2020 Gaming Dairy" thread seems to flow pretty well with Youtube Let's Plays lol.

 

I guess it makese sense, they are the game's we're playing after all :p

 

Here's the new episode of Prime 3 Corruption where Hyper Mode changes forever...

 

 

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Fourth and final Part of TOKI.  This time I take my sweet revenge on Stage 6 and pleasure in the fall of Vookimedlo.

 

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Oh boy, this episode was an absolute pain to put together... there were a few technical issues with it that prevented me from getting things sorted sooner but eventually I managed to come up with a nifty solution...

Also it's time for the best song in this game:

 

That title works surprisingly well...

 

Meanwhile I've stalled a bit on Xenoblade Future Connected as I need to grind a bit more to be able to survive a certain cave. I was stuck on the boss beforehand for quite some time. I think I will need to grind to Level 74 for a bit or something.

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2 hours ago, GenericAperson said:

Meanwhile I've stalled a bit on Xenoblade Future Connected as I need to grind a bit more to be able to survive a certain cave. I was stuck on the boss beforehand for quite some time. I think I will need to grind to Level 74 for a bit or something.

Are you utilising Expert Mode? Lowering your level raises the EXP you get from enemies. Dropping your level  and fighting enemies near the last area can make things go a lot quicker.

Level 78 should be the minimum you aim for before doing that particular cave I think you may be alluding to.

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I like Flingsmash...

Sure, it's not the greatest game ever made, but it's a decently fun little romp with a genuinely novel play mechanic.

Just gotta make sure that you don't jerk back before you swing.  The main reason why people have trouble with the controls in this game is because people jerk back too hard when they're winding up for a swing (making the game detect their wind up as an actual swing and the character ends up going backwards as a result).  There's nothing wrong with the game's controls, it's purely player error.

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21 hours ago, Glen-i said:

Are you utilising Expert Mode? Lowering your level raises the EXP you get from enemies. Dropping your level  and fighting enemies near the last area can make things go a lot quicker.

Level 78 should be the minimum you aim for before doing that particular cave I think you may be alluding to.

I think you're talking about a different cave. I was struggling to get past some Level 72 Spiders lol.

 

Past that point now so all I have to do is the final boss. Along with trying to get all the Ponspectors, I have about 9 of them now but one of the quest monsters has a Level 77 monster right next to it. Because of course it does...

 

Prime 3 LP recording is continuing meanwhile and I think I've got a handle on how to avoid recording corrupted files. Here's Part 10 where one upgrade leads to another, one we're going to need for the mission...

 

 

Estimate that it will be Part 13 by the time I finish Bryyo.

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So, after a bunch of busy weeks, I should probably make a massive update with my latest few games:

Infliction: Extended Cut

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Wholesome game

Released a few weeks ago, Infliction is a short Horror game. If you click that picture to examine it (much like in the game itself), you will be taken to the review I wrote for the site.

So please, click that handsome lady.

Bravely Default

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Bradley Renault

A few months ago I posted the following question:

On 19/01/2020 at 11:25 PM, Jonnas said:

I'm going to do something unconventional here. I don't know which game from my physical backlog should I start with (I know it should be an RPG), so I'm going to ask you guys in this thread if you can help me choose:

  • Should I ring a bell when you're in the dark, and play Tales of Vesperia? All of this Smash newcomer hype makes me think of Lloyd Irving, and it's kinda making me itch to play some Tales;
  • Should I go to class when they ring a bell and play Fire Emblem: Three Houses? I started it, but ended up dropping it due to unexpected circumstances. Also, Smash fans keep talking about it for some reason I totally know about;
  • Should I play as a bloke called Ringabel in Bravely Default? I keep wanting to start it, but other big games get in the way.

I won't divide my attention between them, but I can only do one. Which one do you recommend, wise people of N-Europe?

Fire Emblem won the recommendation, but that game is also super long. I've been playing it, but savouring it very slowly.

Meanwhile, a demo for Bravely Default II was released, and I played it, and I quite liked what I saw. So I also ended up starting the first game, and playing it all the way through, sidequests and all (for a long time too, according to the in-game clock. More than 100 hours? Dang). Now, this shouldn't be news. I was posting my impressions in the BD thread for a good while now, so feel free to check them in case you want my general reactions to it. I'm here to do a mini-review.

First things first, this game takes heavy inspiration from Final Fantasy V. This means a fairly standard adventure with a team of four, where the real appeal is in the versatile and extensive job system. I quite liked FFV's job system and lighthearted story, so I was in the right mindset.

I can say that the job system lives up to FFV and then some. Seems everybody was doing something distinct with their respective parties, and everybody was having fun and finding success with different team compositions. I probably spent a third of my time playing this just messing around the menus and fine-tuning my characters' equipment, skills, and jobs. There was always something new to try, new setups that revealed something new, always a combo to do. At one point, a party member went from healer to my biggest damage dealer (with just one simple trick), and that little moment just encapsulates what I like about this system. Really rewards your decisions and your creativity.

The overworld exploration is not as impressive. Towns are pretty basic, so's the world map, and the game doesn't reward exploration much. In fact, the map always marks your next objective (read: the place where the next plot cutscene will happen) and your optional quests (the important ones, at least). Puts a damper in finding these at my own pace, or getting lost, or getting surprised by a boss. Makes the whole game feel too rigid, and that's not what an adventure should feel like.

Dungeons are simply dreadful, being just a collection of corridors with predictable designs (the only interesting part are the hazards, which force you to either be careful, or waste a skill slot). My hopes were up when a dungeon actually asked me to do some thinking when turning specific switches, but that dungeon really was the only one with anything resembling an interesting puzzle or gimmick.

The music is out of this world. I knew going in that Revo/Linked Horizon (of "Attack on Titan openings" fame) were responsible for the soundtrack, but dear lord, so good! Main theme, town themes, battle themes... It's all excellent! The individual tracks, the cameos and callbacks, the progression... Heck, the music in the world map takes into account the day&night cycle, and that's why the music changes when you pause there (but not in towns). I think it's fair to say the music and its respective use are sublime, and polished beyond belief.

The art style is alright. The pre-rendered backgrounds look really good, and the character designs are quite competent (designed by Akihiko Yoshida, of FF Tactics and Nier Automata fame). Yoshida's art style was well replicated in-game, including his love for thighs- I mean, his colourful and dynamic costumes that invariably highlight women's legs- I mean, his storybook style with soft faces, thin arms, and strong, juicy flanks- Look, the man likes thighs, ok?

More to the point, the various job costumes look really good for the most part. They're original, mostly distinct from Final Fantasy, they look apropriate, and I only wish they looked more unique per character (for example, in FFV, the berserker costume could look like a barbarian or a kitty onesie, depending on who was wearing it. Here, there's a male and a female variant, and that's it).

But it's time we talked story... It's a fairly standard trip to save the world, but it gets very complicated in the end, maybe more than it should. There's an in-game encyclopedia called "D's Diary" that hints at some of these twists, and gives a lot of lore to... everything, from the cities, to the characters, to the items and equipment you pick up along the way (there's an entire long-lost country that's never mentioned in-game, but comes up frequently in these item descriptions). To be honest, I loved the diary, I love looking into the nitty-gritty like this, especially when the game allows me to do it at my own pace (and is optional, to boot). My main issue is that the plot is super linear, and reading D's Diary doesn't really influence anything you can do (the info there gets brought up when the game wants to, and is superfluous otherwise). More could've been done.

A common criticism of BD is that the pace slows down to a crawl near the end. I think it's more complicated than that, because the sequence of events during that part is actually fairly quick and straightforward (and there are QoL features, like turning off random encounters, that make it even more trivial), just a bit repetitive. The real issue is that the game throws a bunch of new sidequests and boss battles at you, and not only does the plot nudges you to do them, it tells you they're temporary. In reality, they're actually mostly useless and unfulfilling (only the ones that pop up near the end are worth doing), which leads to the massive downtime players experience. The story here is also longer than it needs to be, and the way you unlock the true ending is bizarre.

On the other hand, the light-hearted moments are pretty good, but the serious moments are undermined by the chibified models, and some of the late game events. But the optional quests are cool, and have that episodic nature you want in an adventure. But the main quest suffers as a result, because it's not as good (they could've mixed the sidequests into the main plot, not sure why they wanted everything so rigidly structured and separate). There are some strong themes and elements to the lore and writing, but they're not consistent throughout the game.

BD's writing and plot are just very inconsistent, like it was written by too many cooks (ironically not a job in this game). The characters are endearing at least, but paying attention to the whole picture feels like a schizophrenic endeavour.

Job System.....5/5
Exploration.....1/5
Music..............6/5
Story...............2/5
Thighs............4/5

After Braggedly Defacing this game, I can say it's a strong move in the right direction when it comes to traditional JRPGs. It's a game of very high heights and very low nadirs, but I'm confident future games in the series can only get better. I won't pick up Bravely Second just yet, but I eagerly await Bravely Default II.

After this massive game, I needed something smaller. Good thing too, since my busy few weeks started around that time, so small games suit me just fine. MyNintendo had my back with a discount on...

Super Mario Land 2

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Did we really need that subtitle?

Fun fact: I lost my original cartridge two decades ago, and never dared to play it since (not even on an emulator). Until now.

It's still the game I remembered, with creative enemies and levels that easily surpass what we've seen from the plumber since. Ever seen that shark with boxing gloves in a recent Mario game? Didn't think so. Wario also debuted in this game, and "a new villain" is also something that modern outings lack.

It does feel slower than what I remembered, and it's hard to say if this is my memory playing tricks on me, or just the 3DS d-pad being less precise.

...I'm also just now noticing that this game is about Mario wanting his Mario Castle, located in Mario Land, which contains a Mario Zone, literally a giant Mario-shaped fortress. This is where he lives? I think Mario is a narcissist - or at least he was, before kicking the Alleyway brick-breaking habit - which could have some intriguing lore implications. There's also the fact that the level closest to the Big Mario's crotch is...

Creativity........5/5
Level Design..4/5
Spin Jump......5/5
Length...........2/5

...full of balls, and that's just a smidge uncomfortable. Oh, right. This is a pretty cool game that holds up.

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

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Shoulda been called "Panel de Pokémon"

Another MyNintendo discount, now this is one I never played back in the day. So I tried it and...

...not a fan. Sorry. I thought this would be like Puyo Puyo, but no. Can't wrap my head around the all-horizontal swapping, can't see the combos before they happen, had a lot of difficulty with puzzle mode.

I appreciate the Gold&Silver aesthetic, complete with cool remixes (using the GBC soundchip, no less), so it's a shame I didn't like it more. I beat the Line Clear mode and the Gym mode (up to Karen, didn't face Lance), and I was done with it.

Gameplay...2/5
Music..........4/5
Variety........3/5

With this game, I learned I don't like Panel de Pon. I gave it a chance, but it's not for me. For those who do like it, I'm sure Pokémon Puzzle Challenge is a solid puzzle game with plenty of fun modes.

  My 2020 log (Hide contents)

Played/Beat/Completed:

-Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (2018) Completed (January 13th)

-Mr.Driller: Drill Spirits (2004) Beat (January 30th)

-Dragon Ball Fighterz (2018) Beat (February 22nd)

-Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (2008) Completed (February 25th)

-Capcom Beat'em Up Bundle (2018) No Goal (March 13th)

-Professor Layton and the Curious Village (2008) Completed (March 23rd)

-Kirby's Pinball Land (1993) Completed (March 28th)

-Pikuniku (2019) Beat (March 31st)

-Ori and the Blind Forest (2015) Completed (April 18th)

-Atomicrops (2020) Beat (May 24th)

-Infliction: Extended Cut (2020) Beat (June 28th)

-Bravely Default (2013) Beat (June 28th)

-Super Mario Land 2 (1992) Completed (July 13th)

-Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (2000) Beat (July 19th)

 

Currently Playing:

-Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019)

 

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A little 16-Player (2 of us, 14 CPU) 3-Stock Tourney we did this weekend.  Just to show my inadequacies compared to my son.

 

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Pushing the missions along a bit further in Borderlands: GOTY Edition (Part 5).

 

And if anyone is interested in seeing what Friday the 13th: The Game is like. This video pretty much encompasses the basics of how to be a survivor. Weapons, traps, locking doors, dying, whoops.

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On 7/20/2020 at 2:40 AM, Londragon said:

A little 16-Player (2 of us, 14 CPU) 3-Stock Tourney we did this weekend.  Just to show my inadequacies compared to my son.

 

Well, you know what they say, the sooner you are introduced to video games in life the quicker it becomes to adapt ;) Especially in the modern age.

 

Then again, Cloud is a pretty good character so maybe that's why ;)

 

Anyway, after a day's break the Prime 3 LP returns with a boss battle.

 

 

We also finally get to work on destroying the generators and really making progress into our mission to save planet Bryyo. The second generator will be destroyed next episode and then we take care of the entire planet's Phazon problem. Simples.

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Since I finished everything in the Isle of Armor (well, except completing all the different kinds of Restricted Battles), I've been playing the recently dropped Halo 3 for PC on Legendary. So glad it's finally on PC. xD

I've also started a YouTube Walkthrough of it, if anyone would like to check it out! I'm also at an amazingly high 27 subscribers right now xD, so if anyone can help me get to 30 (nice round number) i'd be greatly appreciated!

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22 minutes ago, Sckewi said:

Since I finished everything in the Isle of Armor (well, except completing all the different kinds of Restricted Battles), I've been playing the recently dropped Halo 3 for PC on Legendary. So glad it's finally on PC. xD

I've also started a YouTube Walkthrough of it, if anyone would like to check it out! I'm also at an amazingly high 27 subscribers right now xD, so if anyone can help me get to 30 (nice round number) i'd be greatly appreciated!

Yeah so I really suck at Halo :laughing:

This is great, thanks for sharing. When I eventually get around to playing Halo 3, this will come in handy. 

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23 hours ago, Sckewi said:

Since I finished everything in the Isle of Armor (well, except completing all the different kinds of Restricted Battles), I've been playing the recently dropped Halo 3 for PC on Legendary. So glad it's finally on PC. xD

I've also started a YouTube Walkthrough of it, if anyone would like to check it out! I'm also at an amazingly high 27 subscribers right now xD, so if anyone can help me get to 30 (nice round number) i'd be greatly appreciated!

This thread should be renamed to "Your 2020 Gaming Diary and Youtube Let's Plays" lol.

 

Also, Metroid Prime 3 and Halo 3 playthroughs on Youtube channels on here, it's like 2007 all over again. All we need now is for someone to do Bioshock and Modern Warfare and the late 2007 shooter lineup is complete!

 

Speaking of shooters from 2007, here's the most annoying part of Prime 3 in my opinion.

 

 

I never managed to beat this part on Hypermode, it was SO hard. Then the boss after this one is the hardest in the game. This is a real difficulty spike in Prime 3.

 

Btw, any way I can find somewhere else to share this LP? Been working on it quite a bit but it seems like I'm not doing a very good job of spreading it's awareness. Might try and find some Nintendo Discords out there.

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It's sure tough finding places to advertise. Even the main reddit group for let's plays doesn't allow advertising let's plays! What's that all about lol. xD

I've had a little bit of luck posting on a few let's play groups on Facebook, and when I did my old Crash playthrough I posted on a few Crash groups.

Hope that's of some help. :) I've also subscribed to your channel, I look forward to seeing more of your videos!

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[Lee Plays] What Remains of Edith Finch (Part 2)

Old Nintendo Gamer presses on through the house, Edie’s Room, Calvin’s Room, and finally Barbara’s Room.
 

Got my first Copyright Claim on this video.  About 17 minutes in there's a 30 second snippet from John Carpernter's Halloween.  John wants all the money from this video because of it, greedy bastard, plus that equates to zero.

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Hmmm interesting and unique game, I'd not heard of it until now. Anyways great video! I've liked and subscribed to your channel too. :) 

 

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Started playing Final Fantasy VIII.

Funny how I remember almost nothing. Then again, the last time I played it was probably more than 15 years ago and I never finished the game.

The draw/junction/GF/card system is pretty much perfect for me. I'm gonna break the shit out of this one :D

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17 hours ago, Londragon said:

 

Got my first Copyright Claim on this video.  About 17 minutes in there's a 30 second snippet from John Carpernter's Halloween.  John wants all the money from this video because of it, greedy bastard, plus that equates to zero.

Ouch. That's really annoying especially in games where said music was allowed to feature in such a game.

17 hours ago, Sckewi said:

It's sure tough finding places to advertise. Even the main reddit group for let's plays doesn't allow advertising let's plays! What's that all about lol. xD

Lol, typical Reddit.

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Finished Halo: Reach this evening.

Having only finished the first one almost 20 years ago, I loved this game. Gone are the endless corridors and repeated levels (except for one section) and there are a couple of really cool surprises mid-game that I really wasn't expecting! A much tighter experience than the original with more of an emphasis on certain set pieces rather than just wave after wave of the same enemies. Each level throws something new at you and the added abilities, while I'm not a fan in multiplayer, really add something to the campaign and allow you to change tactics on the fly. The sense of scale is just as grand as the original, and even though you don't play as the Master Chief, I thought this prequel added something to the overall story of the first. 

Obviously I haven't paid any attention to Halo in the past 10+ years so had no idea what to expect with this game. I went in completely blind and had an excellent time with it. Around 10 hours to finish the campaign, which I think was the perfect length. I'm already close to the end of the original as I've been playing both these games simultaneously, but I'm looking forward to the other games after this one. I've only ever done the first level or two from the second and third and this one really picked up around the 3-4 hour mark, so hoping the others do too. I remember being fairly disappointed by the early campaigns in both back in the day. 

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