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On 5/1/2024 at 5:38 PM, drahkon said:

Tunic

Played it for an hour just now.
Not feeling it at all.

Gonna give it some more time but right now...meh.

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On 5/7/2024 at 5:08 PM, drahkon said:

Tunic

Is this gaming winning me over?
Not sure, yet.

I hate the art style (except in the manual) and the combat is absolute garbage. But the game has something going for it...and right now it's not even the puzzles which have been praised to the moon and back (seriously...after 3 hours nothing has been "mind blowing" or whatever people call it).
Can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's the sound the obelisks make. I'm dead serious: I LOVE THAT FUCKING SOUND. It's so ominous and terrifying (don't look it up, because it will spoil quite a bit).

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Anybody going to give Animal Well a go?
Playing it right now and...it's not too shabby. Very intriguing.

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More games leaving the service this month.

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Teardown (PS5)

MX vs ATV Legends (PS5, PS4)

ELEX 2 (PS5, PS4)

Wreckfest (PS5, PS4)

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4)

Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition (PS4)

Darksiders 3 (PS4)

Darksiders Genesis (PS4)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (PS4)

 

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On 5/7/2024 at 5:08 PM, drahkon said:

Tunic

Still don't know what to think. Pretty sure I'm relatively close to the end.

The "level" design gets old very quickly. It's basically a case of "the isometric camera makes certain 'secret' passages almost impossible to see until you walk through them from the other side"...and once you've done that 5 times, you kinda know where to look for them ::shrug:

There's also one mechanic that I won't spoil but it's ass.

Combat is still ass.

So far I'd say: a very overrated game. Similar to Undertale, but I found Undertale to be complete garbage. Tunic at least has something going for it.

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Still don't know what to think. Pretty sure I'm relatively close to the end.
The "level" design gets old very quickly. It's basically a case of "the isometric camera makes certain 'secret' passages almost impossible to see until you walk through them from the other side"...and once you've done that 5 times, you kinda know where to look for them ::shrug:
There's also one mechanic that I won't spoil but it's ass.
Combat is still ass.
So far I'd say: a very overrated game. Similar to Undertale, but I found Undertale to be complete garbage. Tunic at least has something going for it.
See for me Undertale was a stroke of genius with very charming music and characters, but certainly a "one and done" kind of game. It really can't be enjoyed the same way a second time. I can understand it isn't for everyone though, very much self aware and "meta" in what it was going for.

I agree with your points on Tunic. I think the visual style very much does a lot of the heavy lifting.

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Shoddy month. I don't think there's any game on there that I'm interested in playing, at least that I haven't played before (love the Cat Quest games). Good month for the old backlog though.

 

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Oh. So I could finally play RDR2.

Such a shame that I have no fucking time :D

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New PS2 Classics seem to be on their way to the Classics Catalog after Star Wars: The Clone Wars (yes, another one :D), originally released for PS2 in 2002, has been spotted on the backend of the PlayStation Store; it is seemingly set for release 11th June 2024:

Not one I've played before from memory, so I'd be very interested in checking it out seeing as the little I know about it has me viewing it as the progenitor for the Battlefront games. 

Anyways, to me this would seem to suggest that PlayStation have a new PS2 emulator around, especially seeing as the description mentions up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters?

It is also worth bearing in mind here that there was also that slate of Star Wars classics released back in 2015 on the PS4 which included PS2 games like Jedi Starfighter and Bounty Hunter, so I do also wonder if this is something they've prepped from scratch or if there was anything prepped for that collection, as The Clone Wars wasn't included (though that could also have been the case for a number of other reasons). 

Again, as a Star Wars fan I love it, but it's odd - especially with seemingly new PS2 emulation involved, or at least a fresh approach to it for PlayStation - that this is the game which would crop up first to lead the charge on a potential wave of new PS2 Classics showing up. Very interested in seeing if any other games pop up in the next few weeks before this will likely launch, and also how we find out about it officially, seeing as May 4th is a good 10+ days behind us at this point, and there have been those rumours of a May PlayStation Showcase for some time now. You could time it with The Acolyte I suppose, which kicks off on June 4th? But they feel too unrelated for me to see that being the case ::shrug:

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4 hours ago, Julius said:

New PS2 Classics seem to be on their way to the Classics Catalog after Star Wars: The Clone Wars (yes, another one :D)

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Utter garbage. This is another highly praised indie game that fails to live up to the hype. I'm actually baffled why the gaming press liked this. It's a game that is obscure just for the sake of being obscure. Hiding entrances and exits behind walls does not make for a fun experience.

Also, as drahkon mentioned, the combat is rubbish. There were so many times where I was fighting enemies but I felt I was being pushed back by some invisible barrier. The enemies are also pretty obnoxious, with some following you all over the places and others staying just out of harms reach. 

I've played a fair few indie games this year that have gone under the radar and deserved so much more attention than what Tunic got. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

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PS Blog with Days of Play update for the Catalog is live!

Finally some word on those PS2 titles! Available from 11th June:

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• Tomb Raider Legend
• Star Wars: The Clone Wars
• Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

Free monthly games, available from 4th June:

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• SpongeBob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake
• AEW Fight Forever
• Streets of Rage 4

Catalog additions, dropping all over the shop:

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• Dredge | PS4, PS5 (available May 29)
• Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 | PS4 (available May 31)
• Cricket 24 | PS4, PS5 (available June 5)
• Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition | PS4, PS5 (available June 7)

And some PS VR2 games, also available from 6th June:

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• Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord
Walkabout Mini Golf
• Synth Riders
• Before Your Eyes
• The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapters 1 & 2

 

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Sweet.
SpongeBob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake and Streets of Rage 4 have been on my list for a while :D

AND YAY, A STAR WARS GAME. WHOOOOHOOOO!!!!

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3 minutes ago, drahkon said:

AND YAY, A STAR WARS GAME. WHOOOOHOOOO!!!!

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Just now, Julius said:

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I do this all the time :p

 

 

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Very pleased the new PS2 emulator is now up and running. Hopefully it actually works well. If it does, then this should mean we start seeing a steady stream of games on the service. 

I have a list in my head of PS2 games I would love to see arrive. Naturally, like all these services, there will be very few of them that actually show up. At least Sony's own stuff should be a lock. Games like Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Syphon Filter, and Killzone should at least appear, with maybe hidden gems like Ghosthunter and Extermination also showing up. Wild Arms 5 would be a dream come true, given the price it commands on the second hand market.

I see can issues with this though because a lot of these were already ported to the PS3 as HD collections and I assume they are already on the streaming part of the service. On the other hand, Sly Raccoon had a HD collection and is part of this new line up, which I'm very pleased about. I guess time will tell just how well it is supported.

I'm happy that the games will have the rewind function. I hate that the N64 games on Switch don't support this feature, especially when the other Nintendo consoles do.

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I was just checking PSNProfiles for the latest trophy updates and seen that both Tomb Raider Legend and Star Wars: The Clone Wars ( @Julius ) have trophy lists. Not only that but older games, such as Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 and Abe's Exoddus now have trophies listed. It looks like they are being retro fitted for 3rd party games that didn't originally have them. Let my platinum hunt begin!

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7 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Where are you at? I keep forgetting. 

M...Mil...Milwaukee was it? 

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Finished the Clone Wars have. :D

Loved playing through this again. I've not done so since it launched on the Gamecube. The on foot combat is a little clunky but you only get to do that a couple of times as the game is pretty much all about vehicular combat. 

 

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More games being added to the catalog this month:

And, more interestingly, more classics are on the way -- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (PSP), Ghosthunter (PS2), and Daxter (PSP).  

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25 minutes ago, Julius said:

And, more interestingly, more classics are on the way -- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (PSP), Ghosthunter (PS2), and Daxter (PSP).  

Me earlier in the thread...

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 At least Sony's own stuff should be a lock. Games like Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Syphon Filter, and Killzone should at least appear, with maybe hidden gems like Ghosthunter and Extermination also showing up. Wild Arms 5 would be a dream come true, given the price it commands on the second hand market.

Getting both that and Daxter (finally!) makes me very happy. I'm swimming in PS classics/platinum hunts at the moment. I hope Lego Star Wars has trophy support.

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To infinity, and beyond!

Man, I miss games like this. 3D platformers a few and far between these days but they were in abundance back in the day, especially licensed ones. Just like Clone Wars, I enjoyed playing through this again (last played it on the Dreamcast). It wasn't half as clunky as I was expecting it to be. It did highlight just how far we've come in terns of graphics though...

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Proper nightmare fuel! :D

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Finished another couple of PS Premiun games.

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2Xtreme was decent enough. There were loads of games like this back on the PS1 but I never really played any of them other than Tony Hawks. I was happy to give this a whirl, even though it wasn't even close to matching the quality of the TH series.

Toy Story 3 was great. I enjoyed playing the 360 version of the game when it first released and I was happy to find the PSP version just as fun. Like Toy Story 2, it is a 3D platformer, so it was right up my street. 

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