Following Recently Completed Games Page 613

  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 28 Feb 2020 13:47:11 24,907 posts
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    I've finally managed to get into Assassins Creed Origins after about the 5th time of trying and I kind of like how big it is. Gives it a pretty epic feel riding through the big deserts.
  • JamboWayOh 28 Feb 2020 17:41:31 19,306 posts
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    It's strange I never find Rockstar's worlds a slog to explore, I actually savour them. Ubisoft's don't really have the personality or the idea that you might find something interesting. They're beautiful but flat. Odyssey was where I felt this the most.
  • Graxlar_v3 28 Feb 2020 18:49:53 10,031 posts
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    JamboWayOh wrote:
    It's strange I never find Rockstar's worlds a slog to explore, I actually savour them. Ubisoft's don't really have the personality or the idea that you might find something interesting. They're beautiful but flat. Odyssey was where I felt this the most.
    GTAís worlds are the worst, I canít help but see everyone living there as just a doll and it creeps me out.
  • DrStrangelove 28 Feb 2020 23:14:24 15,150 posts
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    Haven't played RDR2, but I think GTA's worlds are really great. Very lively with an insane attention to detail. Compare to Saints Row where you just get numb identikit NPC's without any purpose other than being run over.

    However, after creating that world, Rockstar puts a lot of thought into "how can we make a game in this world be as boring as humanly possible?" while Volition used to think "how can we make a game in this world as fun as possible?" - the result being that GTA can't compete with Saints Row even in its wildest dreams.
  • andytheadequate 28 Feb 2020 23:22:41 9,144 posts
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    I agree that the Rockstar worlds are great, but I also think the gameplay is pretty fun too. My issue with GTA/Red Dead is that the mechanics are a bit clunky compared to other action games. Even fairly average and forgettable games like Sleeping Dogs had considerably better combat than any GTA game.

    I've always found Saints Row a mixture of painfully average and cringeworthy so I've never really seen the appeal.

    I love the look of Assassin Creed games, but find the controls to be incredibly infuriating. Every AC game I've played has given me rage as my character flings himself off another building, or gets stuck on a wall when trying to escape a guard. Are the later ones any better?
  • Bichii 28 Feb 2020 23:27:24 3,047 posts
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    Rockstar worlds are head and shoulders above all other open world's except the Witcher 3. Rdr2 was just an insanely good world with countless little touches that made it just so wonderful to play in.
  • Dombat 29 Feb 2020 01:24:11 1,749 posts
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    Yeah, Iím generally not a fan of large open worlds and prefer density/detail over scale, but I think the RDR2 world is brilliant. It feels finely crafted and real rather than a copy and paste job.
  • Mola_Ram 29 Feb 2020 01:29:03 23,685 posts
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    But the problem (at least at the moment) with doing both size and depth, is that most companies can't afford to do it without killing all their staff from exhaustion.
  • DangerousDave_87 29 Feb 2020 09:42:00 6,811 posts
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    Or their players.
  • garryo'neill 29 Feb 2020 10:59:45 25 posts
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    Jedi Fallen Order - 9/10

    Well, that was pretty excellent in my book, much more interesting story than the sequel trilogy imo.

    Particularly enjoyed the Mass Effect feel to the whole thing, hope the inevitable sequel goes a little more open galaxy and gives us a Hub world full of side quests whilst still maintaining the density of the planets.

    Next up Control.
  • kentmonkey 29 Feb 2020 11:54:33 23,562 posts
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    I appear to have just finished Dead Cells.

    It's only my 5th go but..... I'm watching credits as I type this, having defeated a king. So.....I think I've completed it??

    Loved it. Brilliant game design and, although I was expecting more of a challenge, I'm going back in to try to access different areas. There's a lot of places I can't access yet (like statues I can rub that do nothing at the moment, which I'm sure they will) so kinda surprised I've seen the end game credits already. But I'd rather want more than slog away just to reach the end.

  • Bichii 29 Feb 2020 12:21:39 3,047 posts
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    You definitely haven't completed it. :).
  • kentmonkey 29 Feb 2020 12:45:21 23,562 posts
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    I've seen the end boss though yeah?

    I got an amulet to make it harder next playthrough, and I know there are different areas to access, but I've completed a run-through of it, as far as I can tell.
  • Bazooklad 29 Feb 2020 13:50:52 141 posts
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    Borderlands 3 - it was ok. Liked the new gameplay mechanics and hunters. Though it felt too familiar at times. Which all in all wasn't a bad thing.

    Had trouble with the 30 fps - playing the older titles feel a lot fresher in comparison. Anyhoo - 8/10.

    Revisited W:The New Order - still holds up well, visually and in gameplay. Love the guns in this - its not perfect but it encourages the player to engage with great gusto.

    Rage 2 - OK, good gunplay and alike. Terrible framerate though but if you can look past it and just embrace the OT violence and somewhat empty landscape. Rage 2 can be quite a romp - spoiler warning. The bosst fight is a bag of shite. 7/10

    Edited by Bazooklad at 13:51:17 29-02-2020
  • Malek86 29 Feb 2020 15:56:29 10,090 posts
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    Lair of the Clockwork God (PC)

    Now that's how you make an adventure game. Lots of great moments there. It parodies many different genres, but unlike some other games that run out of steam as soon as the main gimmick gets old, this one somehow manages to stay fresh throughout. It has some insane puzzles, as is tradition for point and clicks, but also some damn clever ones. And it's consistently funny.

    I wouldn't say you need to have played a lot of old adventures to enjoy it. Unlike many Lucasarts adventures, it's hard to actually get stuck. The game is divided in small chapters with relatively few rooms each, worst case you can just try the whole inventory on everything. That's a lot easier here than in, say, Monkey Island 2 and its three giant islands. In fact, it's probably easier than Broken Age even.

    There's platforming too. As far as platformers go, it's serviceable at best, but then again, the platforming bits are all pretty short and mostly exist in service of the puzzles part.

    What else? It's pretty cheap overall, and not too short either, it took me 9 hours to finish.


    We're only at the beginning of the year, but I'm confident it's going to end up among my top games of 2020.

    Edited by Malek86 at 15:58:50 29-02-2020
  • docrob 29 Feb 2020 17:57:47 1,565 posts
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    Bichii wrote:
    You definitely haven't completed it. :).
    We always counted Ďseeing the creditsí as a completion in the PWYGGWYP thread. Which is why I claimed Slay the Spire as a completion after my first successful run, despite the fact that I had clearly barely scratched the surface!
  • QBX 1 Mar 2020 11:42:21 165 posts
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    Ori and the Blind Forest (Game Pass)

    I have to admit this pissed me off right from the start as the combat is so annoyingly shallow that it should never have been in the game. Enemies take forever to kill (until you get some upgrades) but respawn after a few seconds just to rub it in.

    Platforming isn't as hard as Celeste or it's ilk but is on the wrong side of annoying for me that it isn't fun. Graphically it's very pretty.

    Had this of been simply platforming then I might have enjoyed it more but the shit combat stops that from happening.

  • Tomo 1 Mar 2020 17:26:51 17,693 posts
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    Gris - 6/10

    Beautiful game, but very dull to play. Mostly rehashes platforming mechanics you've played before. The art and music effectively reflect the message underpinning the game, but it doesn't offer any surprises. Was glad to see the end of it in all honesty.
  • Dombat 1 Mar 2020 22:53:31 1,749 posts
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    Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One)

    Took my time with this playthrough but overall really enjoyed the game. The combat is clearly the weak point but it didnít detract too much from my enjoyment of the game, unlike the reviewer above and others on here. The escape sections were tough but I cleared them before I got too frustrated with them. The infamous tree escape section I actually didnít have too much trouble with - maybe I got a bit lucky.

    Stunning visuals and beautiful soundtrack. Narrowly missed a 9 from me because thereís clearly room for improvement which I think the sequel may address, but overall I loved it. This is a very low bar admittedly but itís easily my favourite Microsoft exclusive this gen.

  • Tomo 2 Mar 2020 00:01:52 17,693 posts
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    Witcher 3 - 8/10

    So, after starting this in July 2016, I've finally finished it. It's pretty amazing but also gets really repetitive. I hit saturation after about 50 hours and decided to stick to the main quests. It still took me about 25 hours after that, at which point I was pretty sick of the game. I also felt the quests peaked about a third of the way through and never really hit the heights of the Crones and Ugly Baby again.

    Hopefully for Cyberpunk, the shift to first person makes the combat and missions a lot more engaging. CDP can world build superbly, just need to make the gameplay loop a bit stronger.
  • fivuxevo 2 Mar 2020 07:40:55 1 posts
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    Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS - I really enjoyed this, took a leisurely 60 hours to complete.

    8/10 from me! :)

    Edited by fivuxevo at 11:36:06 26-03-2020
  • Ror 2 Mar 2020 12:02:44 20,080 posts
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    Assassin's Creed Origins

    Finished it last night, just hit level 35 (which is the level of the final mission) with 31 hours on the clock. Absolutely loved it from start to finish, which really surprised me, given I was originally only interested in playing it so that I could get to Odyssey.

    The world this team have made is an absolute marvel - it's easily the most impressive open world I've seen, and playing this at a touch under 1800p, 60fps, mostly high settings on PC, it's probably the best looking game I've played.

    It's basically an OW action RPG at this point, and I really appreciate that; I posted in here when I finished Syndicate, and I wasn't particularly kind, as the formula was really wearing thin by that point. This is a much-needed freshening-up. I rarely felt like I was getting stuck on geometry, and not having to hold a button to move at more than a snail's pace was excellent. Combat is also much improved, but then I just love me a good bow.

    I really liked Bayek. He's up there with my favourite AC protagonists now, as his game is up there with my favourite AC entries. I really liked Aya too, and I'd definitely be there for a spin-off with her as the main character.

    When I first looked into the time period the game is set in, I was a bit disappointed that we wouldn't get to see Egypt in its prime, but I think the dev team made the right decision in hindsight, as we get to see the intersection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures, and oh my, that final mission!

    I only really have two gripes, and they're minor. Firstly, the need to level between main story missions, as they will typically have gaps of 2-5 levels. Given the world is so incredible, for the most part I didn't mind heading out to explore and do a bit of sidequesting. The sidequests themselves aren't massively memorable, but the core gameplay is fun enough that they still tend to be enjoyable, and I didn't begrudge having to do them. It was only as I approached the end that I felt they were a bit of an unwelcome presence, as the story really builds to a head, before plonking a three-level gap in front of you. I sidequested for an hour and got up to one level below the recommended before heading to the final mission, but I would have preferred to keep that momentum up.

    Secondly, it was a little disappointing that Cleopatra didn't face any kind of repercussions, though obviously they'd have had to extend the game by a number of years to make that happen, so that's a very minor gripe.

    All in, one of the best games I've played in a long while. I have the Gold Edition, so I'll get to the DLC soon. Gonna finish Yakuza 0 first.

    Edited by Ror at 12:05:44 02-03-2020
  • Malek86 2 Mar 2020 12:25:10 10,090 posts
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    I bounced off AC Origins because of a bug with the 30fps option in the game. Now that I've actually managed to solve it, two years after purchase, I don't really feel like restarting from my 12 hours save. But I also don't want to replay all those hours from scratch.

    Uhm... maybe I'll just try and start from my previous save, see if I can get the hang of the controls again. Or maybe I just won't bother.

    Edited by Malek86 at 12:27:53 02-03-2020
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 2 Mar 2020 12:27:09 24,907 posts
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    I'm trying to push through it now. I sway from "hey this is pretty great" to "ugh this is fucking shit" about 4 times an hour.
  • Rhaegyr 2 Mar 2020 12:41:51 5,122 posts
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    I'm curious about that too - only played and enjoyed AC2 and Black Flag and I'm getting the itch to play another. Egypt seems more appealing so I may just go Origins.
  • Derblington 2 Mar 2020 12:45:28 33,138 posts
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    I thought Origins was a lot better, personally.
    Odyssey goes overboard on the format and scale and adds some dialogue choices, but mechanically it's largely the same game. Origins feels tighter.
  • dsmx 2 Mar 2020 12:48:26 8,572 posts
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    I found Odyssey too big and the interesting content too spread out to be worth finding.

    I don't mind big game worlds but traversing Odyssey's world isn't very interesting and the effort doesn't feel worth it when you get there.
  • wuntyate 2 Mar 2020 13:08:57 14,658 posts
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    Witcher 3

    Like Tomo, I iniitally began this some time ago. I took a few breaks as I found the sheer scale of the world and the story quite intimidating. Unsurprisingly after watching the Netflix series I had the desire to get stuck in, and stuck in I did get. Couldn't stop playing it. It's easily one of the best open world rpg-lite type jobbies I've played with a cast of memorable characters, monsters, quests (both main and side / contracts), locations, music... The works. It was flipping brilliant. Having a rest before the DLC but I know I'll be pootling about in the meantime.

    9.5 / 10

    0.5 points off for a bit of jankiness
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