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KCF0107
06/08/21 11:00:21 PM
#302:


I remember playing the final boss with like 125 or so lives and used up virtually all of them
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StartTheMachine
06/09/21 12:03:19 AM
#303:


That is a fascinating write-up of DKCR for someone like me who has some sort of sadistic fetish with difficult platformers. Honestly I think that's the only genre that ridiculous difficulty is a pro for me though. But yeah, the last level having you lose Diddy if you die once is the dumbest design choice in history and your complaints are absolutely valid.

Tropical Freeze is both harder than Returns in many ways but also more fair. It's just designed so much better and is so much more ambitious of a game that it feels warranted, if that makes sense. You will probably have complaints on the bosses, but they will never do bullshit like the final boss of Returns does. It's just an infinitely better game in every way and you should play it. Also I think the soundtrack is the greatest in gaming history and is David Wise's magnum opus so yeah.

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KCF0107
06/09/21 1:21:58 AM
#304:


Shuyan Saga (PC)

A blend of beat 'em up, fighter, and graphic adventure, it is greater than the sum of its parts. It isn't a long game, but I have an issue with finishing PC games, so this took me several years.
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Simoun
06/10/21 9:42:01 AM
#305:


Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (SNES)

103% The trilogy is beaten.

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Xtlm
06/11/21 1:00:15 AM
#306:


GOLF STORY 6/10/21

Took me a year and like 25 hours. But it was an awesome ride.
Knew I would like it from before I bought it and the instant it loaded I knew it was right up my alley. Phenomenal game.

New Mario Golf releases this month, can't wait.
Hope B8 matches happen.

The only thing I wish is that I had a physical version...and I should have too. Ugh

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KCF0107
06/11/21 6:10:12 AM
#307:


All You Can Eat (PC)

Very short point-and-click adventure game that garnered a few laughs from me
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Simoun
06/12/21 9:44:53 AM
#308:


Mirror's Edge Catalyst (PC)

6/10

Glad I wasn't at all excited for this one. Beautiful game though.

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BlackDra90n
06/12/21 4:34:46 PM
#309:


Tell Me Why (PC)

So every Dontnod game I've played so far was on PlayStation and when I found out that Tell Me Why was a PC and Xbox exclusive I was a bit bummed but, it is what it is. I added it to my Steam wishlist and was waiting for it to go on sale when one day I get an email saying the game is on sale for 100% off, and man, those are the best kind of sales.

I really liked this game. For all intensive purposes, it's a Life is Strange game without being called Life is Strange. I thought the story was very well done and that characters are really interesting. The gameplay itself was a bit lacking but I thought the storytelling more than made up for it.

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BlackDra90n
06/12/21 10:56:21 PM
#310:


A Way Out (PS4)

Huh, not often that I post twice in a row!

I've been playing a bunch of multiplayer games with a friend of mine over the last year and he said he heard good things about A Way Out. It was on sale so we decided to give it a shot.

Was a very enjoyable game. Dedicated co-op games are pretty rare and I think this game did it well. The story was interesting, the game didn't take itself too seriously, and the co-op component was just pretty awesome. We're probably gonna have to try It Takes Two sometime as well now.

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RyoCaliente
06/13/21 8:37:35 AM
#311:


Cyberpunk 2077 (XBO)

Wow, many thoughts about this game. Basically, it's a good/great flawed game.

Most of the writing is really strong. Judy, Panam, and Johnny are really well written and engaging to interact with. There's some fun and interesting sidequests, like the Delamain/Peralez/Brendan questlines. The main story also does its job well; the set pieces are engaging and give plenty of tension to the action.

Night City is great, but there's a problem there with the writing. Night City is divided into different areas: City Center, Heywood, Pacifica, Westbrook, Watson, Santo Domingo, and the Badlands. These areas are all distinctive enough that they're recognizable when you're there, most of the areas also have their own gang so you can identify the area just by checking out the enemies.

The problem is that the scope of the main story is very limited. You basically only go to Watson, Japantown, Pacifica, City Center and maybe the Badlands? The main story also really only focuses on Arasaka Corp. I would have liked some more sidequests or main questlines that really revolved around Night City and those different areas and what makes them distinct from one another aside from visual setting. Write about the gangs and give them different combat rules depending on what gang they are.

I think the world map also struggles because when you start the game, you just get a map full of quest markers. This actually discourages exploration; if there's no marker there, there's nothing important there. I understand it is difficult to give quests when you pass by a certain place because the game expects you to be in a car/motorcycle most of the time, but a map full of quest markers just gives the feeling of checking off a checklist, rather than exploring and engaging with the world that has been created.

Gameplay-wise, I think the game was fine. It has some cool things like the Mantis Blades and Gorilla Arms and really all of the body mods, but I think a lot of it also felt underdeveloped. There's a throwing knife skill which feels completely pointless, considering you can put a silencer on a gun and bullets are more easily found than random knives (as you don't get the knife back after a throw). There's a lot of hacks you can get, but I usually only used Breach Protocol, Short Circuit and Contagion. I did go for a mixed build, where I got a bit of everything, and it the endgame was quite fun when I just annihilated enemies like some killing machine. Most of the guns feel good too.

The inventory system is kind of a mess. There's just way too much stuff; I can't imagine anyone playing this game ever buys anything in one of the stores as you can easily find guns and armour everywhere, even outside of quests or combat encounters. Your inventory will also get cluttered, especially because the game doesn't allow you to quick compare or immediately decraft something you find (you have to pick it up first). Because of my spread build, I never got around to too much crafting, but I can imagine that makes shops even more redundant.

On a technical level it was fine. I can recognize the graphics weren't great, but as I don't play too many modern games I didn't really hate it. Most of the music is pretty cool.

Overall, I did enjoy my time with this game. I think what I dislike most about the crappy launch is that maybe this game will get buried and forgotten about, when I think it's a good but flawed game (like Mass Effect 1 for example) that could totally be built upon and improved and perfected.

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KCF0107
06/13/21 8:23:01 PM
#312:


Orwell: Ignorance is Strength (PC)

It's been a few years since I played the first one, but I want to say this was better across the board? The case was a captivating one, and the central figure of Raban Vhart was fascinating. The voice acting for him and the other characters were great. I feel very uneasy about what I did during the game's events, which is obviously what the game was going for, so I think they did an excellent job here.
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Kenri
06/13/21 8:25:18 PM
#313:


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) (Replay)

Third time playing through this and damn it still slaps.

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Underleveled
06/14/21 1:52:21 AM
#314:


Treasure Planet (PS2)
I actually bought this for $3 at GameStop many years ago, with the intention of beating it in a week and returning it (their policy used to be you could return a used game within 7 days for any reason; not sure if that's still the case). Well, I never touched it in that week and so it ended up sitting in my pile of unplayed games for years. But I'm a big fan of the film, and have a few friends who are as well, and every now and then I'd get into a conversation with one of them about it and remember I had this. The other day, a Facebook memory popped up for me in which I said KH3 needed to have a Treasure Planet world. One of them said that there needed to be a Treasure Planet video game, and lo and behold, I got to tell him this was a thing. With it on my mind, I decided to give it a whirl this weekend.

I actually went in with moderate expectations. Most of the Disney movie tie-ins of the late 90s/early 00s were not-that-bad, and some were even outright good. And we may as well throw this one into the not-that-bad category, at least for what it is. It's 3rd party PS2 3D platformer in all the glory of the genre. It's a little clunky and buggy. It's unresponsive at times. A lot of the time you won't land on something or grab a ledge that you thought you should have. The tasks are repetitive, the combat is wonky, and the worlds have few defining landmarks so it's easy to get lost when every inch of a level looks the same. There's also NPCs awkwardly telling you what the tasks are, and, like most of the Disney tie-in games of the era, the cutscenes are ripped directly from the film. Not only that, but they took some creative liberties with the story, adding/removing/changing/rearranging key plot elements, and adding new areas that weren't present in the film, for the sake of a simpler gaming experience.

While this is fairly faithful to the film, it could have been more faithful if they were willing to be a bit more ambitious and not just make it a straight platformer. There could have been some really great action sequences, but instead we get three levels of wandering around Montressor and four levels of wandering around the port, not to mention going places with the ship that just didn't happen in the movie.

But what works really works. When the controls respond and the gameplay gets smooth, you can really get into a groove and have a lot of fun. Maybe being a fan of the source material helped, but I found myself (up to a certain point) wanting to do as much as I could in each level before moving on, even if I had done enough to do so. Once I got to the final world, there were a couple of levels that I said fuck it, did one task for my own OCD's sake (I hate when you can honestly just skip levels; by the time I got to the final world I actually could have just skipped all the levels gone straight for the final boss because I had done enough tasks in previous levels, but committed myself to completing at least one task in each level). There's definitely a certain charm to it, and I enjoyed solving a lot of the puzzles, as long as there wasn't bullshit holding them back. And of course, solar surfing, while not implemented QUITE as well as it could have been, was a hell of a lot of fun (I mean it better have been).

I am embarrassed that there were parts of this game that I struggled and got frustrated with, especially since GameFAQs users have rated it between "easy" and "just right." It also took me a lot longer than HLTB says it should (12:25 hours, as opposed to 6:30-8). So yeah, another one for the "I suck at video games" category. I struggled with a Disney game made for 10 year olds. Oh well.

When all is said and done, this was an unpolished but passable platformer that missed out on a lot of potential while still being serviceable enough for fans of the film. And as far as movie tie-ins go, there are much, much, much, much worse that that out there.

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Games beaten in 2021 - 21; Most recent - Treasure Planet
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Simoun
06/14/21 10:15:08 AM
#315:


Mayhem in Single Valley (PC)

Nice cool gem I found. Worth playing and I can forgive its flaws like the somewhat repetitive but jammy soundtrack and how perspective messes with you sometimes when shooting and platforming. Luckily you can pretty much save and load anywhere save the finale so its forgiveable.

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Underleveled
06/14/21 10:00:55 PM
#316:


Katamari Damacy (PS2)
Man, I remember when this game was all the rage on Board 8. I didn't have a PS2 at the time though. I bought one used in 2010 and when I was thinking of games to get, my brother, who had played it at a friend's house, said, "get the one where you roll shit into a ball." And I was like "Oh yeah, I forgot that one existed!" So I bought it. Well, that summer was a pretty bad summer for me so I didn't get through it (my brother did though). Then I tried again in 2019 when it was selected for the Game of the Month club, and again, I didn't get through it. Can't exactly remember what happened then. But I always did enjoy the game.

So today I popped it in expecting to play through it in a few days and... did it in a day. Kinda says something about how hooked you can get on it. It really is very fun, although it can be pretty frustrating when you get stuck or pushed around and really can't get out. It's pretty wild seeing your ball at like 20% of expectations with minutes to go, and then finishing with almost 200% of expectations. It's just insane how quickly it ramps up at the end. That last level was pretty fantastic, especially with the main theme playing. It was like, here we go, one last hurrah! The final minutes when I was literally rolling up fucking clouds just felt so great.

I admit that the controls could be a bit clunky at times, but I'm wondering now if that's just my controller. I'm using a Logitec wireless controller because it's the only PS2 controller I have right now that works. I always thought it worked fine in the past though.

And the game is... funny. Not laugh out loud funny (although there were a few lines that did actually make me laugh audibly, like the one where the King said he threw the Prince's present away because he was bored). I will admit that it took me until the end of the game to realize that whenever the King said "we" he was referring to himself. But the writing was amusing and it was just silly to see everything get rolled up, and people and animals reacting to it.

This is really just a feel-good game, which is what I needed right about now. I will very likely play more games from this series in the future.

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Games beaten in 2021 - 22; Most recent - Katamari Damacy
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Solioxrz362
06/15/21 12:11:02 AM
#317:


Underleveled posted...
Katamari Damacy (PS2)
Man, I remember when this game was all the rage on Board 8. I didn't have a PS2 at the time though. I bought one used in 2010 and when I was thinking of games to get, my brother, who had played it at a friend's house, said, "get the one where you roll shit into a ball." And I was like "Oh yeah, I forgot that one existed!" So I bought it. Well, that summer was a pretty bad summer for me so I didn't get through it (my brother did though). Then I tried again in 2019 when it was selected for the Game of the Month club, and again, I didn't get through it. Can't exactly remember what happened then. But I always did enjoy the game.

So today I popped it in expecting to play through it in a few days and... did it in a day. Kinda says something about how hooked you can get on it. It really is very fun, although it can be pretty frustrating when you get stuck or pushed around and really can't get out. It's pretty wild seeing your ball at like 20% of expectations with minutes to go, and then finishing with almost 200% of expectations. It's just insane how quickly it ramps up at the end. That last level was pretty fantastic, especially with the main theme playing. It was like, here we go, one last hurrah! The final minutes when I was literally rolling up fucking clouds just felt so great.

I admit that the controls could be a bit clunky at times, but I'm wondering now if that's just my controller. I'm using a Logitec wireless controller because it's the only PS2 controller I have right now that works. I always thought it worked fine in the past though.

And the game is... funny. Not laugh out loud funny (although there were a few lines that did actually make me laugh audibly, like the one where the King said he threw the Prince's present away because he was bored). I will admit that it took me until the end of the game to realize that whenever the King said "we" he was referring to himself. But the writing was amusing and it was just silly to see everything get rolled up, and people and animals reacting to it.

This is really just a feel-good game, which is what I needed right about now. I will very likely play more games from this series in the future.
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KCF0107
06/15/21 10:35:47 PM
#318:


Shantae (3DS)

I dropped this a long time ago but came back to it this month.
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ChichiriMuyo
06/18/21 6:55:47 AM
#319:


Willow (NES)

This is a game that not only had I never played before, back in the day I didn't know anyone who owned it. I actually quite like(d) the arcade game, which is quite different, so if any rental place carried it I'm sure I would have at least rented it. This action RPG really flew under the radar for me and many others, I'm sure. That said, it's an okay-ish game. The map is actually too big, especially in towns, with a lot of empty area to traverse to get around. The combat can also get annoying with some enemies (the magical ones) only being harmable by using a sword that the rest of the enemies just plain ignore (and vice versa). The bosses also take very little to figure out the optimal strategy to defeat them. It is, however, pretty responsive and feels really good to control and the challenge level is quite reasonable. Not an all time classic by any means, but a nice diversion if you want a second rate Zelda clone.

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Arti
06/18/21 9:58:40 AM
#320:


Robotics;Notes Elite (PS4)

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/8-gamefaqs-contests/79520195

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