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Just now, Ashley said:

@Ronnie not sure if you've tried them yet but the secret door levels are very Captain Toad. 

Thanks, yeah I'm about to do my third secret door level. First one was a bit meh, the second was a lot more fun having to puzzle your way through it.

 

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There's one side mission at the end of world 3 where the first half is just tedious fetch quests/busywork, but the actual battle at the end of the mission is one of the best in the game so far. 

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47 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

Thanks, yeah I'm about to do my third secret door level. First one was a bit meh, the second was a lot more fun having to puzzle your way through it.

 

I did it the other way round; did the second one first. But yeah the second was definitely more mentally taxing, the first was more just about annoying camera movement. 

Plan to finally move onto the third world tomorrow. 

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Finished this just now. Fantastic overall.

Positives
- The battles themselves are great fun, I always enjoyed them be it a random battle in the overworld or a story one. The various Sparks, abilities and power-ups give you so much freedom and the skill tree is actually really great. You can't max everything out so you have to decide what you want to prioritise. 
- Humour is great. The Rabbid characters are fun, Peach and Mario especially. 
- Exploring the overworlds is fun, lots to find and puzzles to solve.

Negatives
- The voices and dialogue in general of the two AI companions is horrendous. Beep-o himself is the most obnoxiously voiced character I think I've ever experienced in a game.
- Some serious frame-rate drops, tons of texture/geometry pop-in, and overall the game just doesn't look particularly great. The art direction does work a lot of the time though, especially in worlds three and four. 
- It potentially over-stays it's welcome a tad, but I was pretty much 100%-ing every planet before moving on so maybe that's why.

Had a great time. Worth it after a 5 year wait.

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Using the Spark that attracts enemies to you (levelled up to the maximum) + levelling up Rabbid Mario's attack to it's max is pretty much a guaranteed win a lot of the time. Helped me out a lot.

 

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I'm still barely started world 3 and think I've glitched it. Pushed a box off a ledge but can't now move it. Hoping going out of the area and back in will reset it but will try another time. 

I'm still enjoying it. The battle where you get Bowser was the first time I failed one and that is the only time I used that spark you mentioned (and realised it was not the right time for it). 

I've not actually used Rabbid Mario much as I'm not a close combat kind of person. Mostly been using the Peaches, Mario and Luigi. Maybe I should experiment more!

Oh and it was only in the third world did I realise they were saying "dark mess". I just assumed it was darkness. 

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With Rabbid Mario you can often do like 2000 damage to 5 or 6 enemies at the same time, especially if you use the Spark that powers up attacks as well. But if you're more long range then fair enough

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I'll give it a try for sure, but yeah my habit tends to be long range. Typically use a spark on Luigi and get him to fire from long distance to do big damage. 

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On 08/11/2022 at 6:04 PM, Ronnie said:

There's one side mission at the end of world 3 where the first half is just tedious fetch quests/busywork, but the actual battle at the end of the mission is one of the best in the game so far. 

Part way through the third world and just completed something I thought may be this (forgot the details, just knew it was world three) but it's not but thought I'd share anyway. 

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It's that thing and the bottom of the well where you start off on the floating platform. 

Thankfully on my team each person had a spark which affected a radius, so used that to get rid of the first tentacle thing and just happened to be able to collectively firepower the waves of enemies so that only twice did I take damage. Then at the end where you had to hit the three things again I used jumping/an extra movement item to get them all into their different sections and complete that part within one move so all in all i only took two hits. 

As you can tell, I'm working my way through this very slowly

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That was a great setpiece battle. There's a few good ones like that in the game.

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Just read back what I wrote and God that was terrible grammar. You can tell I was distracted and writing on my phone. 

Anyway, yes it was a good set piece. And it was nice to go in worrying it may be difficult but I ended up doing it relatively easily. 

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Traded in The Last of Us Part I and picked this up.

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I look forward giving it a whirl this weekend.

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I have had it since launch and I don't doubt that you'll have it finished long before me. 

Hell, probably long before I finish posting this. 

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On 08/11/2022 at 6:04 PM, Ronnie said:

There's one side mission at the end of world 3 where the first half is just tedious fetch quests/busywork, but the actual battle at the end of the mission is one of the best in the game so far. 

I assume this is the axe one? If so I've just finished that (did the fetch quest last night and the battle today). The reach the goal part was a lot of fun, in part because I managed to keep the enemies in each area at bay (think I only took damage once) so it made me feel smart 😅

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1 hour ago, Ashley said:

I assume this is the axe one? If so I've just finished that (did the fetch quest last night and the battle today). The reach the goal part was a lot of fun, in part because I managed to keep the enemies in each area at bay (think I only took damage once) so it made me feel smart 😅

That's the one! Yeah it's fun to manage each section as you go through it. The endless fetch quests leading up to it was a bit weird and tedious though.

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10 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

That's the one! Yeah it's fun to manage each section as you go through it. The endless fetch quests leading up to it was a bit weird and tedious though.

Yeah I looked online for parts of the fetch quest because I just didn't care but the battle was fun. As you say, having different sections made it interesting like a series of challenges. 

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