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  • Mola_Ram 4 Feb 2019 11:47:39 19,198 posts
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    Monster Boy is great. It's punishing in a couple of areas, but not anywhere near as much as the days of 8-bit platformers. I finished it without too much trouble, and enjoyed almost every minute of it.
  • evild_edd 5 Feb 2019 21:35:21 4,051 posts
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    Skulls of the Shogun.

    Started slowly but really enjoyed this. The skull challenges to encourage you to replay the levels in different ways were pretty clever as well.

    I should probably stay away from turn based strategy games as they're like crack for me...

    8/10
  • ghearoid 7 Feb 2019 09:20:49 3,178 posts
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    Valkyria Chronicles 4

    I really enjoyed this. I like strategy games but not shooters, so I wasn't sure about this game going in, but I was soon blasting away at dirty Imps.with great pleasure! :)

    I thought the story and world interesting and I grew very fond of my squad. The squad stories you unlock as you progress were great side content to flesh out their characters.

    Battle maps had good variety and I even liked the larger maps which were super intimidating at first and really made me think.

    Highly recommended! 9/10
  • docrob 7 Feb 2019 13:35:30 1,095 posts
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    Mark of the Ninja

    I went back to this after what Steam tells me was 6 YEARS. I credit Phattsoís 2019 challenge for making me do so, and this time see it through to completion.

    Iím delighted I did, because I love this game to bits. It reminds me a great deal of the Saboteur games back in the days of the Spectrum. Itís beautifully crafted and so much fun to play. Thereís stealth, but it isnít over-emphasised. Thereís a challenge, but it never feels unfair (apart from one tricky section late on which had no checkpoints until you finished it - unlike the rest of the game).

    Itís honestly some of the most satisfying gaming Iíve had in years, so it gets a 9/10 from me.
  • RyanDS 8 Feb 2019 08:44:37 12,518 posts
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    Shenmue:

    I quite liked it, quirks and all. Even though I have never played it before I found it really nostalgic and a lot of fun at times. I also hated it at times. But that was part of its charm.

    It takes me back to when games were experimenting and unpolished, throwing everything against the wall and hoping some of it stuck. These days it is so rare to see something genuinely new (last I can think of is Mirrors Edge with FPS platforming and Prince of Persia Sands of Time with time rewind.)

    Sure, a lot of Shenmue doesn't work, but at least it is interesting (note I say interesting, not good!) Like the motorbike race which comes out of nowhere and is great fun, and a simple one off. It breaks up the game and is awesome, even if in a game dedicated to racing it would have been shit. The fact it is one and done is great.

    Other stuff is genuinely shit, like unskippable cutscenes before tricky parts, and interacting and finding shit can be poorly explained and trciky with the controls.

    Voices etc are obviously shit, but that is part of the charm.

    I played blind up until I needed to use a phone book (which was in front of me but I couldn't interact, turns out there is a first person look that you only need to use twice in the entire game so I didn't know existed, but you need it to interact with small things twice in the game.) And after that went with a guide. And glad I did, when some of the later stuff is "drive between building X and Y between 3 and 4pm" when the game also give you the option to drive between A & B is shit. I did that day 4 times thinking it was bugged before I found others complaining about the same issue. See also speak to random person 78 out of 130 in teh game to proceed.

    Still, was great fun, a real faux nostalgia blast.
    7/10

    Would have been 10/10 definitely if I had played back in the day.
  • Darth_Flibble 9 Feb 2019 12:54:47 3,289 posts
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    Walking Dead Season 1 (xbox one)

    Its on gamepass, and its nice to play as Lee again as such a great character and the ending still gets you despite I played it before. It a shame TT never improved on their gameplay formula and your choices mean fuck all. Its part of the reason why gamers got bored of the games and waited till they become "free" on GWG or PSN+

    On the 4th episode, it still has glitch where 4 of the characters are just standing in the hallway despite Ben is the class room. I think thats still left over from last gen release. Also never played the 400 days DLC, it has this annoying bit where it says to press and hold X to get the rebar, when actually its hold the A button. The DLC stories are not very interesting tbh.

    when season 1 was first released it was great and the story is better than season 2 but knowing nothing really changes, makes it less fun to play

    3/5
  • JoelStinty 11 Feb 2019 22:35:40 7,230 posts
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    Ominusha Warlords

    Completion time 4 hours 20 minutes , 5 - 5.5hours I guess if you include deaths.

    Nice to replay this. Does the whole Metroidvania esq thing decently, combat is sharp and it plays well, even by todayís standards. Normal mode isnít particularly hard, just requires patience. Story is naff and is a bit nonsensical but the journey is fun. Really short but it feels right. Anymore would be a bit too much. Must say that it does use those 4.5 hours well, you feel like you achieve a lot.

    It does pale a little bit to the Resi series though. The castle isnít as fun or memorable to explore as the mansion or
    the cop station and itís a bit cartoonish. I know Resi has a campness and b movie attire, but this as a straight up mars
    attacks main bad guy!

    Also there are a few archaic moments in the game that are off their time. No auto save in particular, but thankfully puzzles or cutscenes are short but still.
    3.5/5

    Edited by JoelStinty at 22:38:12 11-02-2019
  • DrStrangelove 12 Feb 2019 00:24:23 13,479 posts
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    Star Fox, Star Fox 2, Contra 3 (all on easy)

    Finally got myself a NES and SNES Classic Mini today as I had some vouchers and learned that production ended for good two months ago. The SNES is out of stock already in many shops/chains, but I was lucky and one of the local shops had one left.

    Especially Star Fox was easier than I remembered, of course it's tougher on the harder routes, but I was surprised how easily you breeze through on the first one. Also how much fun it still is.

    Contra 3 gave me another surprise, I didn't expect to make it on my first attempt. Now I know this one gets a lot harder on normal and on hard it's impossible for mortals. Double-checked with Super Ghouls'n'Ghosts, and yes, that one's "beginner" difficulty is as misleading as I remembered it. There are brutally hard games, then there are games that are pure sadistic evil, and then there are Super Ghouls'n'Ghosts and R-Type 3.

    Star Fox 2 was disappointing. I know it's an unfinished game, but as it is it's a pretty big step down from the first one, worse in pretty much every aspect.

    Also unexpected was how enjoyable some NES games still are. Mega Man 2 is still more fun than it has any right to be. The NES's sound effect delay is a letdown, but other than that I'm mostly happy with it.

    Got some information from the internet before buying them, including from the Digital Foundry reviews which left me pretty bemused. The single most important question is if the games are 50Hz PAL or 60Hz NTSC, but this is never mentioned in a 20-minute video review--by DF who spend their lives counting frames by hand. Also "the controller cables are too short"--well maybe say how short they actually are or at least show one picture to give the slightest impression? Nope. Instead, Linneman spends about a third of the video talking about some enthusiast retro NES for $500.

    Well, whatever. Glad I have them. Going to spend a lot of time with them.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 00:37:49 12-02-2019
  • Malek86 13 Feb 2019 12:31:48 8,173 posts
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    The Messenger (PC)

    This one was free on Twitch Prime, so I gave it a shot. Pretty good, actually.

    It starts as a straight action platformer, but halfway through it becomes a sort of metroidvania where you revisit all the previous areas with time travel portals. The story is kinda bonkers, works well when it stays funny, but sometimes it tries to be serious and honestly those attempts fall kinda flat. The music is great, and the main gimmick (jumping after an attack) generally stays fun throughout.

    The game does outstay its welcome after a while. Especially because the second half is quite a bit longer than the first half, and not quite as good. It offers a greater challenge, but the bosses are pretty disappointing.

    Still good overall. It would have been better if they had trimmed the latter half a bit.

    8/10

    I just subscribed to Game Pass again for a couple months, so my next game will probably be Shadow of the Tomb Raider, if I don't finish Mutant Mudds Super Challenge before it (pretty unlikely).
  • samharper 13 Feb 2019 13:13:09 1,081 posts
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    DrStrangelove wrote:

    Got some information from the internet before buying them, including from the Digital Foundry reviews which left me pretty bemused. The single most important question is if the games are 50Hz PAL or 60Hz NTSC, but this is never mentioned in a 20-minute video review--by DF who spend their lives counting frames by hand.

    From the text review:
    We're reviewing a European model here, which for our money offers the best combination for Western gamers - the Super Famicom casing, paired with 60Hz US versions of the games on offer. No PAL borders, no speed reductions: thankfully Nintendo has spared us from the 50Hz 90s nightmare.
    DF's videos are pretty poor for the most part though, they strestch them out so much to hit that 10 minute mark sometimes and they can be really dumbed down. I also got one but haven't made significant progress in any game except Super Mario World, I'll need to try some of the others!
  • DrStrangelove 13 Feb 2019 14:00:41 13,479 posts
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    @samharper

    Yes, they mentioned that in the SNES Mini review, but not in the NES Mini one. Should have clarified that I was specifically talking about the NES Mini review.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 14:08:53 13-02-2019
  • samharper 13 Feb 2019 16:15:59 1,081 posts
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    Palm meet face, I thought you were talking about the SNES there
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 16 Feb 2019 20:18:14 5,002 posts
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    Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 (PC) - 9/10

    Finished the Imperium campaign, which is apparently the longest and most story dense. Still got Necron and Tyrannid campaigns to go.

    Bloody awesome game, really. They've refined and improved the tactical combat since the first game. It's still as satisfying and weighty as ever, but the balance is better and a few of the rough edges have been smoothed a bit.

    The strategic layer is really good this time around and a huge improvement on the first game. A few of the reviews called it a lightweight 4X, which is both true and slightly unfair. There are lots of familiar 4X mechanics, but as the campaign progresses and the difficulty ramps up, it starts to feel more like an exercise in crisis management against ever-escalating odds. Almost has a strange kind of puzzle-game feel.

    Knocking one point of the score because co-op doesn't work at the moment. That's apparently getting fixed by a patch later this month.
  • Malek86 16 Feb 2019 21:53:25 8,173 posts
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    Mutant Mudds Collection (Switch)

    A very tight platformer. Starts slowly, and gets progressively harder. However, there's no denying that in the later levels, you start feeling like it's cheapness that kills you, not actually difficult level design.

    This point is driven further home in the Super Challenge levels, which are even cheaper. And even so, they effectively just more of the same, there's no new gimmick whatsoever.

    I had a decent time with it, but admittedly only the first game was "fun". I only got through Super Challenge because I wanted to see if I could. But unlike with other games, I don't think it was ultimately worth it.

    7/10
  • Hicksy 17 Feb 2019 15:06:28 2,623 posts
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    Life is Strange - Season 1 (PS4)

    8/10

    Life is Strange - Before The Storm (PS4)

    6.5/10 (half a point dropped for such an abrupt ending to Episode 3)
  • ModoX 18 Feb 2019 06:26:17 3,432 posts
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    Really? I preferred Before the Storm to the original if I'm honest - it got rid of a lot of the 'gameplay' elements that became tedious at times in the first, and the story/characters really got me.
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