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Oh wow, someone else actually played AI!

Funny that you used that screenshot. Because that conversation didn't really apply that well to me, because I'm too much of a Poké nerd to get caught out by that, so I put that question to other N-Europe members and most of them were caught out by it. It was kinda surreal seeing that effect happen.

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I really liked the somnium for Ota's mother. Which I assume was one of the more sadder moments you were alluding to.

It was a cool way of depicting dementia that ended with a really touching moment. Probably my favourite moment of the game.

 

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After OOT I moved onto Ecco the Dolphin.

A few years ago I competed it once before, and while I enjoyed it, I used save states and always felt like I never really beat it.

This time, I decided to do it properly. I did use save states, but only at points where you can continue from using a password anyway. The game doesn't have a built in save system, each time you beat a level it gives you a password to type in to continue from that point. So all I gained was not having to type the password when I returned to the game.

A few days ago, after much difficulty (although I had a great time), I reached the final level, "Welcome to the Machine". The game's tough all the way through, but the final level is something else. You have 10 minutes of extreme difficulty, followed by a really tough boss. No checkpoints. You actually manage to reach the boss and mess up? Tough. Back to the machine!

Well, after many, many, MANY tries, I beat it tonight! YAY!...

Except no I didn't.

Sure, the boss's final defeated animation began playing. But I made the mistake of assuming I was safe. During the boss battle, lots of enemies spawn. There was still one around, and it proceeded to "jump" down and insta kill me and I didn't react in time. Back to The Machine. As Sonic has said in the past... SH...oot. I ran out of opportunity to play anymore today at this point, so I'll try again tomorrow. xD

After this I'm gonna play... Pokemon Shining Pearl. xD And if I don't manage to beat Ecco by the time of its release, I may very well save completing Ecco for a future me lol.

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Finally got some time to actually play more than 30 minutes yesterday :p 

Got the final multiplayer trophy in Ace Combat 7 (play 50 Team Deathmatches). It was a lot of fun simply because the game is a lot of fun :D 
Now that there's no multiplayer trophy for me to acquire, I'll focus on the campaign. It has turned into some anime shit over the past few missions. And I mean that in a positive way. 
Shenanigans like an unknown fighter pilot who just wrecks your ass, a shit-ton of unmanned aircraft that wrecks your ass, a huge aircraft that deploys those UAVs and wrecks your ass. It's crazy :laughing: 

And I still can't get over that OST. It's ridiculously good.

Can't wait for the weekend to dive back into the campaign :) 

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Look Timmy, drahkon's about to talk about Ace Combat 7 again.

"Urgh, go away, I wanna sleep."

SHUT UP TIMMY.

So this game's pretty fucking good :D Mission variety is surprisingly great. I mean, yes, you fly in an aircraft and do shooty shooty boom boom, but there have been:

  • a "stealth" mission (nothing too crazy, but it works really well)
  • escort missions (which are awesome here)
  • "destroy everything in sight"-missions
  • and more.

It's incredible.

I think I'm close to the end given how the story progressed in the last few cutscenes. I feel like there has to be some kind of big revelation soon. Something's just not right :p 

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Timmy, wake the fuck up!

Just completed Ace Combat 7's campaign.
This was me during the final few missions:

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It was my first Ace Combat game and definitely not my last. I've got the PS4 version of Ace Combat 5 ready to play and also some DLC missions for Ace Combat 7 left (all courtesy of the AC7 Deluxe Edition).

Some negatives about AC7:

  • it starts quite slow; not a huge deal once the pace increases, but at first it's a little annoying
  • a few story threads basically just start and immediately end; would've liked the plot to go a little deeper with certain aspects
  • AI squad mates are useless, quite literally; you must do everything which sometimes is a bit overwhelming

Those are minor niggles, though. They don't take away from the experience of a whole, which is simply put: pure video gaming bliss. My fifth 10/10 game this year :D 

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Okay, I'll break @drahkon's Ace Combat 7 streak... by talking about Ace Combat! I've played Ace Combat 2 on the original PlayStation dozens of times at a friend back in the days, and always loved it. The other game I played was Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy on the 3DS, and I really enjoyed that one as well. 3D worked proper in that game, and I just love a good dogfight.

Thinking back flight games are a type of games I enjoy, but rarely play (I have the same with rhythm games). But stuff like Ace Combat, Star Wars Rogue Squadron, the outer space parts in Starlink and Starfox, all great.

Ace Combat 7 has been on my Steam wishlist for a while, so I'm guessing next time it is on sale I'll go for it. How long did it take for you to get through the campaign @drahkon?

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Been a while since my last update and I've re-subbed to Game Pass since then too, so got quite a bit to add. :grin:

Slime Rancher:

A game where you go around vacuuming up various slime creatures (and their poos) in order to expand and upgrade the storage for even more slimes and consequently... more slime poos. :laughing: Yeah, weird game, but it was all very cute and also reminded me of Eledees on the Wii which I loved. Nothing spectacular about it really, but a nice game to relax with.

 

Psychonauts 2:

This one was a very nice surprise indeed. :o I'd previously made several attempts to play the original Psychonauts but struggled to get into it, no such problem with the sequel though, it was an absolute joy to play from start to finish!  :bouncy: Amazing presentation, very funny (it actually had me in tears at some points :laughing:) and the gameplay was really enjoyable too. Enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I even stuck with it post-credits to get all of the collectables for 100% completion. Wouldn't be at all surprised if this were to end up being game of the year.

 

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales:

My addiction to Gwent continues! :heh: Yeah, I thought it would be cool to play a single player story based game built entirely around Gwent battles, but unfortunately I didn't do enough research before buying this, and it turned out that the gameplay was quite a bit different to standard Gwent. :blank: A lot of battles were actually puzzles to solve and even the standard games were confusing due to cards having the same appearance but changed abilities from the multiplayer game. I ended up playing through on easy and skipping a lot of battles as a result, but I got the game on sale and it unlocked lots of stuff for Gwent, so it wasn't a complete let-down. ::shrug:

 

The Forgotten City:

This caught my attention when browsing what was available on Game Pass one day and while not really my kind of game in terms of genre, I did still quite enjoy it. Managed to get 3 out of the 4 possible endings, but despite the developers streamlining the process whenever you restart, things just got too repetitive for me to go for the 4th. Very impressive how this game was made by a handful of people though. :bowdown: It is a bit rough around the edges but considering the nature of the game it's a fantastic achievement for such a small development team.

 

Zombie Army 4: Dead War:

Originally my Halloween game this year was going to be Back 4 Blood, which I did start playing but after a few missions in both single player and co-op I wasn't really enjoying it all that much. :hmm: Then I discovered this game and well, let's just say I never looked back. I found Zombie Army 4 to be infinitely more enjoyable, the style of the game is just so much better, the zombies, the humour, the way it plays, everything about it was super entertaining. It's like RE4's Mercenaries mode but on steroids! Really fun game. :cool:

 

Forza Horizon 5:

And last but certainly not least, Horizon 5, which I have been absolutely glued to recently. Initially the wow factor wasn't quite there, as it all felt very similar to Horizon 4, but the more I played, the better it got, and I have to say this is undoubtedly one of the best racing games ever! Super exhilarating stuff, I frequently get goose bumps during the more intense races! :eek: The sense of speed is frankly insane, the visuals are stunning and the gameplay is spot-on. It feels so good just to drive around.

The amount and variety of cars on offer is also truly impressive (500+ I believe) and I was not expecting to see things like the DMC DeLorian or the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am of Smokey and the Bandit fame! I particularly love how every car is potentially viable too thanks to the custom tuning system, you can even soup-up a Reliant Robin three-wheeler so it does over 200 Mph! :DJust good luck keeping it on the road.

It's not all turbocharged three-wheelers though :p there are some annoying bugs here and there, plus various issues with online play, and for a game set in Mexico an alarming lack of Mariachi. :angry: But yeah, everything else is just so great that it's easy to overlook the few negatives. I'll be playing this game for quite some time I reckon. :hehe:

 

Quick word on the Animal Crossing New Horizons v2.0 update, which has got me using my Switch and checking in on my island on a daily basis again. Such a fantastic update! There is so much new stuff to experience that it actually feels like paid DLC. Have been loving it. :love: As for the actual paid DLC (Happy Home Paradise) well I've not picked that up yet, but with how much there already is in the 2.0 update anyway I'm more than happy to wait a while. :)

 

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Completed:

  1.     Tetris Effect: Connected (PC)
  2.     Doom Eternal (PC)
  3.     Dragon Quest XI (PC)
  4.     The Medium (PC)
  5.     Yakuza 3 Remastered (PC)
  6.     UnderMine (PC)
  7.     Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
  8.     Levelhead (PC)
  9.     Superhot: Mind Control Delete (PC)
  10.     Sea of Thieves (PC)
  11.     Doom (PC)
  12.     Monster Hunter Rise (Switch)
  13.     World of Demons (Apple TV)
  14.     The Wild at Heart (PC)
  15.     Just Cause 4 (PC)
  16.     Rain on Your Parade (PC)
  17.     Game Builder Garage (Switch)
  18.     Little Nightmares (PC)
  19.     Part Time UFO (Switch)
  20.     Pokémon Unite (Switch)
  21.     Rage 2 (PC)
  22.     Control (PC)
  23.     The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition (PC)
  24.     Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE (Mobile)
  25.     GWENT: The Witcher Card Game (PC/Mobile)
  26.     Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PC)
  27.     Slime Rancher (PC)
  28.     Psychonauts 2 (PC)
  29.     Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
  30.     The Forgotten City (PC)
  31.     Zombie Army 4: Dead War (PC)
  32.     Forza Horizon 5 (PC)

Played for a while:

  •     Cyber Shadow (PC)
  •     Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (PC)
  •     Yakuza 4 Remastered (PC)
  •     Wreckfest (PC)
  •     Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat (Apple TV)
  •     Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker (Apple TV/Mobile)
  •     Clap Hanz Golf (Apple TV)
  •     Dragon Quest Builders 2 (PC)
  •     The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse (PC)
  •     Darkest Dungeon (PC)
  •     A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC)
  •     Yooka-Laylee (PC)
  •     ReCore (PC)
  •     Back 4 Blood (PC)
  •     The Good Life (PC)
  •     Unpacking (PC)

Older games that I'm still playing regularly:

  •     Mario Kart Tour (Mobile)
  •     Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

 

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21 minutes ago, Vileplume2000 said:

How long did it take for you to get through the campaign

Probably something between 10 and 12 hours.

Edit: just looked at the trophy list and not sure if I'll go for the Platinum. 3 more playthroughs at least :o Nah, I'll just play other games :D 

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6 hours ago, RedShell said:

Originally my Halloween game this year was going to be Back 4 Blood, which I did start playing but after a few missions in both single player and co-op I wasn't really enjoying it all that much. :hmm: Then I discovered this game and well, let's just say I never looked back. I found Zombie Army 4 to be infinitely more enjoyable, the style of the game is just so much better, the zombies, the humour, the way it plays, everything about it was super entertaining. It's like RE4's Mercenaries mode but on steroids! Really fun game.

I've always heard that 4 was the "number of death" in Japan, but this is ridiculous!

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Aaaaand Sackboy: A Big Adventure has reached its end.

What a great game. A marvelous platformer and such a fun time. Especially with friends :peace: Highly recommended.

Onto Spider-Man Miles Morales. Borrowed it from a mate and can't wait to dive in :D 

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I know this is considered a "gaming" diary and mainly focused on playing games... but I found myself getting into modding recently. After all, a Smash game where you can add ANY character and stage to the game? Sign me up!

 

So I've been mainly working on making Yooka & Laylee as fighters for the game. This is my progress so far.

 

 

I took a break from that project to add a stage to Workshop that nobody had been done as it was a missing gap in the Workshop. I spent the entire day doing it and uploaded just the basic version with the Aether version to be uploaded later.

 

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2659010360&searchtext=dragon+valley

 

Then, awkwardly I found out someone had uploaded the same stage idea ONE DAY BEFORE ME!

 

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2657622309&searchtext=dragon+valley

 

So now there's two of them.

 

Either way, @Jonnas has a good reason to get Rivals of Aether now :p

 

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Just now, Aperson said:

Either way, @Jonnas has a good reason to get Rivals of Aether now :p

Maybe once I start actually clearing my other fighting games :heh: It is tempting to play as the Freedom Planet cast in a fighting game, I must admit.

Gotta say, that Yooka&Laylee of yours looks really nice. Does the game already come with a modding tool?

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36 minutes ago, Jonnas said:

Maybe once I start actually clearing my other fighting games :heh: It is tempting to play as the Freedom Planet cast in a fighting game, I must admit.

Gotta say, that Yooka&Laylee of yours looks really nice. Does the game already come with a modding tool?

It's... complicated let's just say...

 

https://rivalsofaether.com/introduction/

 

I think Fraymakers that is coming out in the future will have an in built modding tool, will be interesting to see how that effects Rivals modding.

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Been playing Spider-Man Miles Morales for a few hours today.

Apparently 60% done with everything, if the number from the save slot is accurate.

So far, it's been awesome. Traversal is as fun as ever and combat feels smooth and satisfying. Insomniac Games are too good at making games.

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Finished Spider-Man Miles Morales

It. Was. Awesome. :D 

Just need New Game+ and two miscellaneous trophies for the Platinum and I'll gladly play it again. So much fun from start to finish. :peace: Gonna play on Ultimate to get that extra challenge out of NG+.

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And there it is:

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Spider-Man Miles Morales is now 100% complete :D 

10/10. An absolute marvel. Yes, I'm the first one to make that pun.

With some heavy playtime in Super Auto Pets (a cute, casual Auto battler) my game tally is now up to 46 in 2021 (well, 44 'cause I stopped playing two games :p).

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Gnosia (Switch):

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I found this visual novel oddly addictive with a gameplay mechanic that sounds strikingly similar to a particular popular multiplayer game (hint: an anagram of “Umong As”).

The gameplay loop seems simple enough at first, with a handful characters on a spaceship, at least one of whom is an imposter (I.e., infected by the Gnosia). Each round, one character gets voted out, and each game is won or lost when either all imposters have been voted out or if imposters outnumber the crew. At which point, win or lose, you’re transported to the beginning of a new loop, with all roles reset.

The initial games quite exciting as new characters were constantly being introduced, and they do a good job of keeping all the characters different from one another, both in appearance and personality. New gameplay mechanics are introduced as you play more games, the first few in particular influence how you approach each game, such as new roles (e.g., the engineer can check out one character each round to see if they’re infected or not).

There are a lot of other nuances within the game, such as improving your stats in areas such as becoming better at getting others to trust your opinions, or identifying where others are trying to deceive you. You can build relationships with other characters between rounds and trying to achieve certain outcomes enables you to learn more about the background of each character and, ultimately, progress the story.

I liked that each loop tends to be quite short, maybe 5-10mins each time. The early game for me was the most exciting part, with the mystery unravelling. Unfortunately for me, the game eventually becomes a bit of a grind once you’ve unlocked the characters. I went through over 100 loops in order to advance the story, and while the story was interesting, I don’t think it is strong enough to keep most people interested over an extended period of time.

Glad I played it. The initial couple of hours were fun & exciting as the mystery began to get explained. For me the grind was somewhat tedious come the end, and could’ve done with speeding up how you unlock the final third of the story. Good - I wasn’t dissatisfied with my experience.

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Never heard of Gnosia, but the concept sounds interesting… might have to check it out :) 

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I remember seeing Gnosia on a Nintendo Direct once. One of the crewmates (and potential imposters) is a dolphin, right?

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