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    I'm a good 30 hours in now, and in terms of the main quest (which as with anything in the game is completely optional) I'm about halfway. All things considered, to do it 100% would take over 150 hours I think...

    It's grown on me a bit more now, as you progress in the game the weapons and gear 'breaking' does ease up as you get more durable gear.

    Even so, it's still immensely good and worth the money. I complain about the gear, but that's the ONLY thing to complain about. Everything else is gaming at it's finest.


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    Starting playing through Cuphead again with my friend. I beat it once with my brother, who is amazing at video games, and he carried a lot of the load, so now it'll be more pressure to actually get good enough to beat the dang thing! Super fun game though, wonderful design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gooner View Post
    Even so, it's still immensely good and worth the money. I complain about the gear, but that's the ONLY thing to complain about. Everything else is gaming at it's finest.
    Thanks for the update! That's a pretty glowing review, I think I'll be getting this game relatively soon. I love me some JRPGs.

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    Starting playing through Cuphead again with my friend. I beat it once with my brother, who is amazing at video games, and he carried a lot of the load, so now it'll be more pressure to actually get good enough to beat the dang thing! Super fun game though, wonderful design.
    Cuphead is another one of those games that I really want to play, but worry that I'll end up entirely dejected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate View Post
    Thanks for the update! That's a pretty glowing review, I think I'll be getting this game relatively soon. I love me some JRPGs.
    Yeah, it deserves the plaudits it received when it came out. Perhaps I just needed to adjust my expectations as traditionally in Zelda games the items you find are set in stone, you don't use/break them. And you feel that in the first hours when all you have is a tree branch or club that breaks after a few swings...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate View Post
    Cuphead is another one of those games that I really want to play, but worry that I'll end up entirely dejected!
    It's definitely worth it! There will be some frustration but also incredible satisfaction when you get the victory, and it's very easy to keep at it even as you die a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate View Post
    How's Trails in the Sky so far for you? I've had the game on my Steam wishlist for a while now after I stumbled upon it since it has really positive reviews there. I'm always on the lookout for good JRPGs I haven't played or heard much of.
    It very much depends what you play for. I don't think the battles are changing anyone's lives. It is a mix of strategy and turn-based play, with a system where you line up orbs that you get along the way in order to give your fighters different kinds of magic.

    Above all else, the game is DIALOGUE heavy. I love that but many don't. The NPCs often have lives of their own and their dialogue develops with the series. (For instance, in game 2, with your final save carrying over, many of the NPCs interact with you based on what you did or didn't do for them/with them in game 1.) It is a very CHARACTER driven game. You will have seen shades of the characters and the plot before, but the interaction and the small details is what makes it special.

    The game starts SLOW, as they are building the world. For me, it pays off again and again. Not only am I super familiar with the world based on my characters and their journey, but this is the same world that gives us Trails of Cold Steel, so, should you like the game, you have something like 6 or 7 games to look forward to between the Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel games. (There is even another series but it hasn't been localized.)

    If you eventually try the game, you have to give it time, but, if you care about characters and dialogue and running around doing silly/serious things for a range of people, then it will be well worth it eventually.

    I am super hooked, but it's a game right up my lane. Has a Grandia feel. Has Tales of like interactions. And even slightly gives me a breath of fire feel with what some of the world and battles look like at times.

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    After playing Red Dead and its slowed down style Witcher 3 seems impossibly twitchy, particularly when it comes to walking and riding on your horse.

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    I finished Rise of the Tomb Raider yesterday. It's pretty much the same as the previous game from 2013, but it was fun.

    I then picked up a game that was on a Steam sale called Hypnospace Outlaw. I had my eye on this game for a bit after seeing an online review just for it's uniqueness. It's 1999, and there's this new tech that lets people go online while they sleep. You play the role of an enforcer taking on tasks to clean up things like copyright infringement and harassment from people's websites for cash. It's a simple concept with a bit of a storyline but the game is amazing in how it portrays the whole Internet of the late 90s, all the weird, simplistic HTML websites, chat services, and so on. As someone who was deep in the Internet during that era it really hits me deep with the nostalgia factor. I love these games that are so out of the norm.

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    ... And I just finished Hypnospace Outlaw. It took me less than six hours of gameplay. Really fun and nostalgic game, pretty difficult at times, but it kinda sucks the game was so short.

    Still not sure what to play next. I have the last Tomb Raider game installed on my PC (Shadow of the Tomb Raider) so I might go ahead with that since the game isn't too long and it'll let me complete this recent trilogy. If not I'll dive back into Witcher 3 and finish the Blood and Wine expansion.

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    Finished Zelda BOTW story over the weekend. Incredible game really, and once you get the Master Sword my grievances about weapons breaking were largely diminished. Plus once you expand the weapon inventory, it becomes a non-issue.

    Was surprised to see that even though I had found a fair few Korok seeds and completed all 120 shrines, I was only at a measly 28% completion. Turns out there is waaaaaay more Korok seeds than I thought. Will do my best to track them down, but I've seen theres about 900 and I fear I will lose interest eventually.

    Does anyone know if the DLC is worth a look at? I hate paying extra when the content is little more than new skins or meaningless quests...


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    Started playing Minecraft again for the first time in a few years. Crazy how much it has changed, it's still one of the most frustrating games when things go wrong though. Losing a bunch of stuff at the bottom of a shaft and then losing more again trying to get it back is maddening.

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    Beat Cuphead again, with a new partner, and it's just as fun as ever. Hugely recommended. Figuring out what to play next, looking at Dark Souls (which I've beaten before) or else Catherine or the Zero Escape series.

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    With Cuphead I had one look at the difficulty of it and decided I wouldn't enjoy it and it would just make me mad. How did you find it initially Mizzy? Obviously you got past the maddening part of it.

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    It can absolutely frustrate you at times but I think the more you stick with it, the more rewarding it becomes. The feeling of finally completing a tough level is super satisfying. There's also a LOT you can do as a player to increase your chances of winning, the more you play the more you notice patterns and come up with better strategies and you end up doing better and better each time. If you can accept the facts that you're gonna eat a lot of losses on the way, I really do recommend giving it a second try!

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    I recently finished The Witcher 3's expansion Blood and Wine. It was awesome, I really enjoyed the story. I'm amazed that an expansion pack could offer gameplay that's more expansive and immersive than a lot of full-priced games.

    With Witcher 3 finally done for me, I moved on to the most recent Tomb Raider game. I enjoyed the previous two so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too since it seems to be pretty much similar.

    When I'm done with this Tomb Raider game, I'll finally dive into Grand Theft Auto V. I got it for cheap on a Steam sale and had been wanting to play it for a long time. That should tide me over for a long time until the next few new games I want to play are released, particularly Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077.

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    I loved GTA 3 but never ended up playing much farther in the series, not for lack of interest but because I always seem to end up doing other things. One day I'll pick up a new one and check it out!

    The only thing I'm really playing at the moment is Gears of War 3. It's reasonably fun but made much better for the fact that I can play the campaign both locally with my friend and online with my brother at the same time. Seems like more games should have that option!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    I loved GTA 3 but never ended up playing much farther in the series, not for lack of interest but because I always seem to end up doing other things. One day I'll pick up a new one and check it out!
    I get that. It's very difficult to make time for everything. Only thing I've played lately is the Legends of Heroes Trails series and my only problem is it's too good for its own good. They released a trilogy (Trails of the Sky), then a two-game series (Crossbell series), then a four-game series (Trails of Cold Steel). Problem is Trails of Cold Steel III is coming to U.S. in October and it features many of the characters from the Crossbell series and spoils the Crossbell series (because events in the world were taking place at a similar time), but the Crossbell series, to this date, has yet to make it to North America. Everyone says you shouldn't play Trails of Cold Steel III before that series, but that's the game I'm getting. So I can either stop the series for now and hope the other games come to the US or I can spoil a bunch of stuff while also not getting as much out of Cold Steel III because many of those characters won't yet matter to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate View Post
    I recently finished The Witcher 3's expansion Blood and Wine. It was awesome, I really enjoyed the story. I'm amazed that an expansion pack could offer gameplay that's more expansive and immersive than a lot of full-priced games.

    With Witcher 3 finally done for me, I moved on to the most recent Tomb Raider game. I enjoyed the previous two so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too since it seems to be pretty much similar.

    When I'm done with this Tomb Raider game, I'll finally dive into Grand Theft Auto V. I got it for cheap on a Steam sale and had been wanting to play it for a long time. That should tide me over for a long time until the next few new games I want to play are released, particularly Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077.
    I'm playing the latest Tomb Raider game too. Don't know whether it's due to me coming in off the back of a few different third person games, but am finding it really clunky to play. Visually it's very good, but so far (4 hours in) the story is not gripping me.


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    Started playing Resident Evil 6 with my brother... the story seems to be quite the hash of nonsense, even by Resident Evil standards, but the gameplay is fun, especially the co-op aspect!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic View Post
    I get that. It's very difficult to make time for everything. Only thing I've played lately is the Legends of Heroes Trails series and my only problem is it's too good for its own good. They released a trilogy (Trails of the Sky), then a two-game series (Crossbell series), then a four-game series (Trails of Cold Steel). Problem is Trails of Cold Steel III is coming to U.S. in October and it features many of the characters from the Crossbell series and spoils the Crossbell series (because events in the world were taking place at a similar time), but the Crossbell series, to this date, has yet to make it to North America. Everyone says you shouldn't play Trails of Cold Steel III before that series, but that's the game I'm getting. So I can either stop the series for now and hope the other games come to the US or I can spoil a bunch of stuff while also not getting as much out of Cold Steel III because many of those characters won't yet matter to me.
    Oh, that's a heartbreaker!! I don't envy you that choice. I think I would try to make myself wait but sometimes that's just not gonna happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate View Post
    I recently finished The Witcher 3's expansion Blood and Wine. It was awesome, I really enjoyed the story. I'm amazed that an expansion pack could offer gameplay that's more expansive and immersive than a lot of full-priced games.

    With Witcher 3 finally done for me, I moved on to the most recent Tomb Raider game. I enjoyed the previous two so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too since it seems to be pretty much similar.

    When I'm done with this Tomb Raider game, I'll finally dive into Grand Theft Auto V. I got it for cheap on a Steam sale and had been wanting to play it for a long time. That should tide me over for a long time until the next few new games I want to play are released, particularly Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077.
    Both expansions for this game were amazing. Witcher 3 stands out as one of the very best open worlders to date imo.



    Just starting the newest Spider-Man game. The kids saw it and demanded I play it so they could watch me. Weird generational thing- kids now dont want to play, they wanna watch others play.


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    Playing GTA IV as I wanted to play a story-based game but can't afford to shell out moeny atm, so decided to pick one off my shelf.

    I forgot how clunky it was, really hard to control the camera, player and cars. The art style hasn't aged well, and neither has the story actually... Shame as when it came out was a huge hit, but GTA V has completely ruined GTA IV in a weird way!


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    One day I'll pick up some of the later GTAs... I played probably hundreds of hours on GTA 3 as a teen, and logged some hours in Vice City too.

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    Well if so my advice would be to play IV before V, which is logical but if you do play V first, going back to IV is horrible!


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    I played GTA IV years ago and it's a tremendous game, I'd highly recommend it for anyone who hasn't played it yet.

    One game I'll probably eventually go back to play even though it's a oldie by now is GTA: San Andreas. I never got around to playing it when it came out and it's always been in the back of my mind to go through it one day. Hopefully it still holds up well after 15+ years.

    I recently finished Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It was okay, not bad but it doesn't have much new to offer if you already played through the previous two games of the reboot. The story isn't anything to gush about. It pretty much felt like a graphical update for the most part.

    I began playing GTA 5 but have only had time to play about 30 minutes so I don't know how sucked in I'll be. I'm guessing I'll be hooked for the next few months. If I'm able to finish the game in the next two months or so (my gaming time is pretty limited these days, sadly) I'll pick up Red Dead Redemption 2 which was just released for the PC. Or I'll probably just wait around until April for Cyberpunk 2077.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate View Post
    I played GTA IV years ago and it's a tremendous game, I'd highly recommend it for anyone who hasn't played it yet.

    One game I'll probably eventually go back to play even though it's a oldie by now is GTA: San Andreas. I never got around to playing it when it came out and it's always been in the back of my mind to go through it one day. Hopefully it still holds up well after 15+ years.
    Personally, I still enjoy San Andreas over GTA IV, but I do agree GTA IV is still a tremendous game, it just hasn't aged well in my opinion. If you've never played it before, chances are you won't get the same impression I'm getting at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate View Post
    I recently finished Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It was okay, not bad but it doesn't have much new to offer if you already played through the previous two games of the reboot. The story isn't anything to gush about. It pretty much felt like a graphical update for the most part.
    Agreed, not bad, but will never play again due to how unmemorable it was.


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    Bought an old game that I used to play. Picked it up for 3 and have played it enough I've already had more use out of it than that. Caesar III - a city builder, set in the days of Rome (sort of, anyway - it's a weird mash-up of the Empire and Republic periods, so the history is a bit intermingled, but that's sort of by-the-by).

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    Hm, sounds interesting! A bit like the Civilization, maybe?

    Playing a couple things right now, as I tend to do over the Christmas/New Years season. The main thing would be Ori and the Blind Forest, which is a visually beautiful platformer that I'm enjoying quite a bit. Also picked up some Mario Party 4 with the family, and I'm helping my sister through Danganronpa 3.

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    Just recently finished Red Dead Redemption 2. I have mixed views on it...

    It was beautiful game to look at and you fully get immersed in the setting. But can't help but feel that I was begging for it to end around chapter 5 (after Guarma). Never actually felt that before in a game, but it felt almost too long? I know it was done on purpose this way, but I would have highly appreciated an easier fast travel system too.

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 for me at the moment, since Rise of the Skywalker is out. Have to say, after a very iffy beginning with loot boxes and all that, it's a hell of a lot of fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    Hm, sounds interesting! A bit like the Civilization, maybe?
    Not so much like Civ, because rather than building a whole Civilisation you're just responsible for one city, though you progress through different levels of difficulty. But other than the fact you've got goals and levels, it's more like a Roman version of Sim City.

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    Ah, gotcha...

    Anyone play any of the Jackbox games? I play it pretty regularly with the family, very fun party type games!

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    Over the holidays I finished GTA V. I really enjoyed that game a lot. The main storyline was really compelling, I loved the main characters, and the whole city environment was so well made. I really enjoyed some of the absurd missions scattered throughout the game too. If I had more time to play games, I would sink a lot more hours into this one just to find new stuff to do, or play online since it looks to have a ton of new stuff added all the time.

    After GTA V I finally picked up Cuphead to see what it was all about. I finally understood why so many people gush about this game. It's challenging for sure, but not in a cheap way. It's so much fun even as you die on the same boss over and over and over and over again. But when you finally get that knockout after what seems to be your 20th attempt, it's so damn satisfying.

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    I love Cup Head!!! Did you beat the whole thing, Deg?

    Been on vacation for a couple weeks and played quite a bit of stuff. The main ones were:

    Ori and the Blind Forest: A super fun metroidvania style 2D platformer with beautiful visual design.

    Control: An incredibly good game by Remedy (Max Payne, Alan Wake, Quantum Break) with a fantastic atmosphere and a mental story.

    Catherine: Currently close to the end on this one, a difficult puzzle game with an unlikely romance/horror story and theme.

    I'd recommend them all, but Control most of all. Play that one if you can get your hands on it!

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    I'm currently at the end with King Dice. I spent about an hour on that stage last weekend with no success before I decided to take a break. I'll see if I can give it a go again this weekend.

    I've had my eye on Control ever since I saw a preview a while back. I really want to play that game.

    I also hear lots of wonderful things about Ori and the Blind Forest. It's on my wishlist.

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    Check them both out and let me know what you think, and don't give up on King Dice! That was one of the toughest ones but like many of the battles, if you go at him enough times you'll catch him for sure!

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    After about another hour or so on the final two bosses I finally finished Cuphead. That was so damn satisfying. The King Dice section was brutal. I somehow managed to beat him after landing on "Start Over" and having to go back to defeat two more mini-bosses. I got a lucky break with the last one where I got one extra heart, which I needed since I beat the boss with just 1 HP remaining. The Devil was tough but compared to the King Dice stage it wasn't that difficult - I got him after about 4-5 tries.

    I figured I take some time to clear my gaming backlog from some shorter games that shouldn't take more than a few weeks. I decided to play Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. I bought it on a sale for cheap and hadn't gotten a chance to play it. I'm about a third of the way through and it's fun.

    After that I had been planning on playing a few more shorter games until April when Cyberpunk 2077 came out, but unfortunately that game has been officially delayed until later in the year. I'm thinking I may pick up Control next based on mizfan's recommendation.

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    Damn, 4-5 tries on the Devil!! That's awesome. Must have been all that practice on King Dice! The hardest part of the freakin' Devil for me was trying bounce of his tears at the end to get out of the line of fire. Fortunately that stage doesn't have much health but still, what a pain in the ass it was!

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    You know what, I didn't attempt to parry off the tears in that last phase because I didn't realize you could! I didn't have much of a hard time after discovering that the Spread weapon could reach the Devil pretty easily without risking getting too close - it made it a hell of a lot easier.

    I just got Ori and the Blind Forest for $4.99 off the current Steam sale, which is an incredible price for such a lauded game. I want to finish Wolfenstein II before taking on that one, so hopefully I'll get on it soon.

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    Ah, I love the Spread gun. I can't believe I didn't use it on my first playthrough, I was determined to plink away with the wimpy seeker missle.

    Let me know what you think of Ori, I had a blast with it! And then get Control ASAP!

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