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Post by bomaye on Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:17 am

I platinum'ed Ratchet and Clank 1 HD for the PS3. Really fun game. Smooth for a platformer that was only a console generation after the clunky N64 platformers I grew up on. I loved destroying things and then having a the bolts (in-game money) fly at you to collect them. Looking forward to playing more of them Nod
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Post by bomaye on Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:37 pm

Just beat Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Nintendo Switch after 192ish hours Lurking/sketchy

Nothing matched the first 1/3rd or 1/2 of Xenoblade 1 or however long a certain character lasted in the story, but it built towards a proper climax rather than climaxing too early in XB1 and then rolling downhill from there. I think there was too much goofy comedy, especially the first few villains, that stuff should've been left on the side and keep the main story as serious as they could.

I thought the battle system of Xenoblade 1 eventually collapsed in on itself, Xenoblade 2 held up the entire time. I think it still could've been dumbed down more or a few systems collapsed downwards, there were way too much juggling of tiny percentages of each statistic in different menus. They do introduce it to you in a slow enough fashion that it's easy to learn, though.

WAIFUS, GUYS

Also Square-Enix (Xenogears) and Bamco (Xenosaga) were mentioned in the end-credits. The Kingdom Hearts guy designed the villains (which is obvious now that I look at it). They also made reference to a certain something from both games that more or less connects all of them together.

Probably the biggest flaw of the game was that there were way too many obvious quality-of-life mechanics and menus that were left out at the start. There's still some missing (there's no auto-save).

Game was pretty cool overall. I'm def gonna play the New Game + for some of the extra features. I also want to replay Xenoblade 1, Xenogears, want to play Xenosaga for the first time just to see if there's any more reference to them fitting together.
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Post by KMR on Thu May 31, 2018 10:05 am

Has anyone here played Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, who has also played the previous DKC games? I'm wondering how it compares, because I'm a big fan of the original SNES games (DKC2 in particular) but I wasn't very impressed with Donkey Kong Country Returns (which I played on the 3DS). I thought the level design in Returns got too repetitive and when it was difficult, it felt like a frustrating "this is stupid design" sort of difficult rather than the engaging "this is a fun challenge I want to overcome" sort of difficult. I think people have been saying that Tropical Freeze is better than Returns, but does it improve on those aspects? And more importantly, will it live up to my nostalgia-based expectations?!

Just trying to size this game up a bit before dropping 60 bucks on the thing.
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Post by bomaye on Thu May 31, 2018 12:54 pm

It's like Donkey Kong Country Returns, but harder in some ways, a little more refined in other ways. If it's the Switch Version, there's a Funky Kong easy-mode that makes it more playable if you find things difficult (the last bass is definitely hard as fuck).

As for comparisons to old school DKC, I dunno, I 100%ed all the old ones and did everything in the new ones besides Time Trials. Also I never played the 3DS version of Returns so I'm not sure if the smaller screen made things more difficult than it should've be

(Swimming controls are better in Tropical Freeze than the OG games tho)
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Post by KMR on Thu May 31, 2018 3:38 pm

So would you say you liked it about the same as Returns or more so?

I dunno, maybe I'm in the minority for not liking Returns all that much. I never even finished the game, either. It could be that the 3DS version lost some of the appeal, but I never had a Wii, so it was the only way I was going to play the game. I remember something with the controls felt really unintuitive compared to my muscle memory from the SNES games, but I think I eventually got used to it.

And yeah, I'd be getting the Switch version of Tropical Freeze. I just got a Switch for my birthday, so I'm trying to decide on which game to buy first. Since they're all pretty expensive, I'm trying to space out the purchases. At this rate, I may well just end up getting Breath of the Wild first and hold off on anything else until sometime down the road. I was just excited about the idea of playing a new DKC game, if it was promising enough.
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Post by bomaye on Thu May 31, 2018 3:53 pm

I liked it more than Returns, but I went hardcore on the Hard Mode so I have more intense feelings of conquering the game (Hard Mode = 1 Hit and you're dead, no items, no checkpoints, no back-up character but you can choose to play as the back-up characters). Without those it's sorta the same as Returns but with a few cool extras (water levels, Scrooge McDuck-like Pogo Stick Jumping with Cranky Kong, Dixie Kong in general). This is the Wii U version I'm talking about though, I haven't touched the Switch one yet (and may not since Funky Kong Easy Mode seems to be the only addition) but have no reason to believe it's not otherwise the same game.

Also I have the feeling Tropical Freeze will probably drop in price over the next few years or be among the first budget titles whenever they release those whereas the price on Breath of the Wild is probably gonna stay steady. Also BOTW will probably give you more overall hours of gameplay (I'm at 125 hours and don't think I'm close to 100%ing) to start off with.
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Post by KMR on Thu May 31, 2018 5:29 pm

That makes sense, and yeah, I've heard BotW has a TON of content. I'm a little intimidated by it, to be honest, but looking forward to giving it a shot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Post by bomaye Yesterday at 2:12 pm

Beat Infamous on PS3. It's kind of a sandbox grimdark superhero game where you play a character who has powers similar to Electro from Spider-Man. Kind of Assassin's Creed-like in the layout and set-up (which I'm a fan of that kind of set-up of a game) with extra powers and some morality choices, I think the hook and the name sort of let you know that the real draw of the game is playing as a supervillain.

The story was kind of generic for the genre and era it was made in (actual superhero comics were either embroiled in or just emerging from their own grimdark era), but the ending caught me off guard

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It turns out the main villain is actually the future version of the main character. In the original timeline, the thing that gave people powers gave a monstrous villain powers, and instead of doing anything about it, he fled with his family. They ultimately died and he wasn't powerful enough to do anything about the villain, so he travels back in time, engineers the accident that gives everyone powers early, and then manipulates events so that the woman he eventually marries dies instead and he's fully powered and ready to take on the villain whenever he shows up. It sort of leaves off on a "to be continued."

It was pretty aight, will play the sequels
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