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TalkBack / Re: Lorelei and the Laser Eyes (Switch) Review
« on: May 29, 2024, 09:59:10 AM »
Read first paragraph, stopped reading, wishlisted. Thanks!

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Boredom and Nintendo
« on: May 08, 2024, 10:29:10 AM »
Day 627. There is little water, no food and definitely no nintendo directs.
There is a Direct announced, now somebody get Dinar some food and water!

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There goes my prediction  :(

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Okay, I just saw the other article  :-X

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I didn't think the new system was official. They did not mention it in these results did they?

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: May 06, 2024, 10:12:51 AM »
Not only did I not finish a game, I sold my PS5 last month.  Whoops. 

There is a joke in there somewhere involving "Returnal"...

Still thanks for posting/playing. Part of the fun is planning out the games you want to play.

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: May 03, 2024, 10:55:21 AM »
Bloodstained, on the other hand, suffers from being on the Switch, or at least, that console not having a great deal of priority/optimization. The instrumentation of a lot of the background music was also a bummer.

I believe it was really bad at launch and a an update made it much better. I think I waited for that and it seemed to be functional. I actually just got an email from Igarashi and Company that the final update for the game is expected soon. I might go back and try some of these new modes this summer.

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TalkBack / Re: ESRB Posts Rating For \
« on: May 03, 2024, 10:52:15 AM »

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TalkBack / Re: Endless Ocean Luminous Tech and Gameplay Impressions
« on: May 02, 2024, 12:56:28 PM »
This seems like it would be a cool VR game. I might pick it up on a deep discount. The metacritic average is 63 right now which is not that bad considering the low score that IGN gave it. Looking forward to a full review from NWR.

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: May 02, 2024, 10:00:30 AM »
Well, I only ended up finishing Oom and Sayonara Wild Hearts. In my defense, I tried giving Signalis, Frogun, and Bloodstained on Switch a fair shake before throwing in the towel.

What did you think of Sayonara Wild Hearts?

What made you give up on Bloodstained?

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 30, 2024, 11:49:13 AM »
Well the month is almost over so it is about time to wrap this event up. I was able to beat two more games ending up with five on five for the month.

First up is Paper Beast which I played on PSVR/PS4. This is a short VR experience and I found to be really enjoyable. It was a little rough going back to PSVR after playing PSVR2. In fact, after playing I realized there is a PSVR2 version of this game. I am not sure if one is able to just upgrade for free or not. The game is very weird and the less I try to explain it the better. I liked how little direction you were given so that the overall question of what to do ended up being the puzzle to solve. There are also some cool things to explore that don't seem to have anything to do with progression. Beating the game only took about 4 hours and I ended up with about 8/22 trophies. There is a sandbox mode but that did not seem like my thing. I am interested in going back to get the rest of the trophies eventually. Definitely looking forward to whatever Pixel Reef does next.

Last but not least is the monumentous Cyberpunk 2077 which I played on XBox Series X. I just got a series X and this is the only game I have played on it so far. As I mentioned before someone gave me the XBox One disc and that enabled the free upgrade. The game looks and sounds great, though it is still buggy. The game does not seem to like the Quick Resume feature as I had to fully reset the console multiple times to avoid bugs. The cyberpunk environment is cool but the stories, characters, and quests are where the game shined for me. This really makes me interested in picking up The Witcher 3. I ended up putting about 100 hours into the game and have all but one achievement which I plan to get tonight. That does not include the Phantom Liberty DLC which I am also interested in picking up sometime.


Feel free to post into May with any updates on your progress from April and join us again next year. Also look forward to the next event, which might be Backlaugust but I have an idea for something else to do in June.

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 29, 2024, 10:34:13 AM »
Yooka Laylee and The Impossible Lair

It's basically a new Donkey Kong Country game, except you play as a Chameleon instead of an Ape.

I know right. I really enjoyed it much more than the 3D Yooka Laylee game. Of course I have nostalgia for the DKC games but did not play Rare's 3D stuff.


For the final level, the Impossible Lair which seems to be what is controversial about this game, I liked it for the most part.  I was getting frustrated because I'd keep getting to the end of the 2nd section, with only a few bee's left, and when I saw I was only about 50% done with it, thought the remainder would be just has hard if not harder, so I get replaying the 2nd section until I could finish it with at least over half of my bee's still on me.  Eventually I was able to beat the 2nd section with 26 Bee's still left, and then I finally did the rest of it and it turns out I didn't even need anywhere close to that many because the 2nd half of the Impossible Lair was much easier then the first half.  So I found that like 90% of the Impossible Lairs challenge is in the 2nd section because it had quite a few BS area's that are almost impossible to avoid damage, while the 1st, 3rd and 4th were pretty fair.


I think I remember something similar happening where I got stuck with the middle part but when finally beat the eponymous impossible lair I had plenty of bees. I was then able to beat it again after that and do even better. It suddenly seemed so easy. I thought that was clever design on the part of Playtonic.

Say, what are they up to now... ???

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 23, 2024, 01:37:17 PM »
Three on three as I rolled credits on Cult of the Lamb on the Playstation 5. I knew as soon as I saw a preview of this game on a Devolver Digital direct that this was for me. For the uninitiated this is a self-described cult simulator. It actually combines a village sim (e.g., Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley) with a dungeon crawler (e.g., Binding of Isaac). The juxtaposition is done well within the context of the game and both halves form a refreshingly addictive game loop. Speaking of juxtaposition, the style here mixes cute with demonic in such a cool way that I really felt a connection with the game. I can make super cute animal friends and dress them up and then go ahead and brainwash them mushrooms (see image above) or lock them in a pillory or much much worse.

I did play this couch co-op with my partner who handled the village sim half while I wreaked havoc on the missionary side. This is available on switch but the review on this site mentioned performance issues and honestly, the PS5 struggles to keep up at some points. They really layered a lot of systems and when you have 20 followers the game has a tough time keeping up.

I was going for completion but the two DLC updates added on to the collectibles enough to really double the playtime of the game. I played a little bit of the post game and it adds mostly to the dungeon crawling half so I found myself mostly setting the village on autopilot while I went out on more missions. I think I am done for now but intend to go back for the platinum trophy at some point. For now, it is full steam ahead on my fourth game which I can definitely finish, but want to 100% complete before the month is out.


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I have played all the Image and Form games except Tower Defense, which I have on 3DS Virtual Console backlog and Build, for which I am waiting on the physical version. I have really enjoyed them all and will probably pick up any of their games until I encounter one I don't like. Personally, I admire their innovative approach to changing genres and look forward to them tackling a new one more than a sequel, but also Dig 2 is one of my favorites so I don't think you can go wrong, unless of course you go on discord and complain about games you are not getting  ;).

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: April 17, 2024, 11:17:00 AM »
3DS is no longer listed  :'(

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TalkBack / Re: Indie World Presentation To Air April 17
« on: April 17, 2024, 11:15:19 AM »
Steamworld Heist 2 was a real surprise since we just got the last Image and Form game last year. Other than that my picks would be the cat games: Little kitty big city and Cat Quest 3. 

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 15, 2024, 10:50:18 AM »
…Well, I’m going to have to revise my list a little bit.

Both Signalis and Frogun have been absolutely miserable experiences, and no surprise, because both rely heavily on absolutely terrible auto-aim systems as a core part of their gameplay. I tried Frogun first, beg cause I thought somewhere in my heart that I had nostalgia for old 3D platformers. If I did, they weren’t platformers like Frogun, which crams an insane amount of collectibles in every level and expects you to pick them all up in a single go in order to earn one of its meta-emblems. Stop this. I hate it. Also, the controls are bad! Yes, the Frogun has a bad aiming mechanic and in a very time-sensitive platformer, using a static “aim yourself system” to reposition and avoid the awful auto aim is not a suitable solution. The music is incredibly grating and it makes me not want to play the game.

I remember Frogun because of the Limited Run cartridge that they sold. It did remind me of Yooka Laylee and did not look very polished, but it had a cute aesthetic. I think with platformers, both 2D and 3D, the controls are so important so it sounds like that is a deal breaker for this one in particular.

Well the month is half over, but there is still time to play some more games. I should have a post about another one very soon.

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 12, 2024, 02:26:48 PM »
I managed to beat Fire Emblem Engage on Switch this week. Total play time was about 58 hours and I managed to get 294 achievements. If anyone knows the total number of achievements available in the game let me know. I played all the paralogues and main chapters. I did not try out the skirmishes or online battles in the Somniel yet.

This was my third Fire Emblem game. Three Houses was my first and I really enjoyed it so I picked up and played  Birthright. Three Houses' professor simulator components were fun and the in-between battle activities here certainly don't compare, but the battles themselves seemed more true to form with the various weakness triangle systems.

I thought the characters here were just as strong as Three Houses and think the Four Hounds were especially interesting. You can see from the bottom picture that Ivy was my favorite so I ended up pairing up with her.

I played on normal difficulty, but in classic mode (permadeath on). The way new characters are added to the team really supports this and I ended up not using quite a few from the initial roster later on so I was probably over careful with not letting them die. Even when they do die, they still appear in cut scenes, but the end credits acknowledges their deaths.

There is certainly not as much replay value as Three Houses, but I will likely replay on the harder difficulty and maybe try out the online battles in the future. Looking forward to the next Fire Emblem game.


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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 12, 2024, 10:25:51 AM »
Well I've got one done so far.

Yooka-Laylee

Overall I enjoyed the game because of the huge variety of gameplay in it, but this was also the biggest problem.  For every section of the game I enjoyed, there was another section that was janky bullshit.  The developers really should have scaled down the size of the game, and focused more on polishing up what was in it, instead of trying to throw in as much stuff as possible, whether it was a good idea or not.

So now I'll move to the next Yooka-Laylee game, Impossible Lair which I also played 2.5 years ago but stopped because the first hour was so boring I was falling asleep.  Hopefully it picks up like this one did, but without all the unpolished garbage that this one ended up having.

I was so hyped for Yooka Laylee and even backed the game on kickstarter. I was left feeling it was just OK. I did give Impossible Lair a chance and thought that was much more my style as the DKC games are some of my favorite. I am curious to hear your thoughts after you finish the final level.

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 10, 2024, 09:58:49 AM »
I like this idea!

Working to clean up my backlog, here's what's in my queue.  Will report back once I notch them off the beat list.

Astral Chain (Switch)

Returnal (PS5)

The Lion King (Sega Genesis)

Anomaly Agent (PC)

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Xbox series X)

Mario Golf - Game Boy

6 on 6!  :o Very impressive.
Astral Chain is one of my favorite Switch exclusives (probably top five). I also have Hellblade for XBox on my backlog so looking forward to your thoughts on each of these.

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TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Downloads - April 11, 2024
« on: April 09, 2024, 09:57:45 AM »
I think it is a wrestling joke.  ???

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 09, 2024, 09:47:50 AM »
Hey there forum denizens! It's April and you know what that means...time to reel in those Playdates,...

I'm obviously already chronicling my backlog odyssey in another thread, but my Four on Four for this April is as follows:

Oom on Playdate....

Please tell me Oom uses the crank so that you are actually "reeling in your Pladate"  :D

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General Gaming / Re: 4th Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: April 06, 2024, 11:58:41 AM »
I completed the Baseball game within Wii Sports Club a few days ago by collecting the last of the ten stamps. This game is a Wii U exclusive and you might be wondering why it wasn't called "Wii U Sports". My memory is a little unclear but I seem to recall that in addition to buying this game as a whole package for the standard price, you could buy individual sports for a cheaper price and you could buy club passes, which allowed you to essentially rent the game, playing for 48 hours (or something like that). I think that approach to buying the game led to the "Club" branding in the name. I remember getting a couple free club passes and maybe using one of them. I was watching the game for a discount and don't remember it ever getting one. I eventually paid full price for the game many years later when the online community had already dissipated. Still, the retail version now goes for around more than that.
I did not have a Wii at launch and did not play Wii Sports regularly, but with this version really seems to replace the Wii version with HD visuals, Wii motion plus, and use of the Gamepad. The in-game achievement system of stamps is also back from the Wii version and I think this really gives you some nice goals for playing this single player. I plan to get all the stamps, but each sport is a bit of an undertaking so I am doing them one at a time. I got all ten stamps for tennis in February of 2022. That only tool my 11 hours. That game also did not use the Gamepad. This year I have been playing Baseball which took about 17 hours and uses the gamepad for the pitching/fielding half of the sport.
As I mentioned there are ten stamps to get and six of them should just happen from playing: hit a home run, strike-out one batter, catch ten fly balls, make all batters bat in one inning, shut out the other team, and hit a single, double, triple, and home run in one game. There is a leveling system and you start out facing really easy opponents. The trick is to get adept at the game before your opponents get too difficult. There are two other stamps that might be tough to get: retire the other side within three pitches and strike out three batters in a row. Again these are easy with the level 1 team, but when I was facing them I was just learning to play. You could always restart by clearing your save or using another profile but I managed to figure out the pitching just in time to get these two stamps. Then there are the two remaining stamps. One is to beat the baseball champion Enrique. I found this pretty difficult and there is no help online that I could find. If I was going to lose I would restart the game and after about a dozen false starts I managed to figure out how to beat Enrique. It felt really good, just the right level of challenge. Then there is the last stamp, hit 100 home runs (Centurion Hero stamp in the picture below). I thought this would happen on the natch as I collected the others but after beating Enrique I only had about 60 home runs. At my current level I usually just get one or two home runs per game so it was going to take far too long to get the other forty. So I did cheese this last stamp and farmed the remaining home runs in two player games played against myself. There is still some skill involved there to be able to pitch and hit at the same time so I managed to enjoy the metagame in it.
I did not pick up Switch sports because I still have this game to finish but it doesn't look like baseball made the cut with that one. So for folks looking for some motion control baseball I would highly recommend this game.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Boredom and Nintendo
« on: April 06, 2024, 11:31:29 AM »
I ended up upgrading to an OLED switch around January. I started thinking about how many games I have on Switch and figured I should have a back up console. Luckily there were still some Splatoon 3 special edition OLEDs available so I got one of those. It really is nice, especially the wired internet in the dock. My launch switch is now stored away as a back up. Then I thought the same about the Wii U so I bought a refurbished Wii U. My gamepad was a little messed up so I swapped in the better gamepad and stored the console away for safe keeping. Then riding this high of buying hardware I picked up a switch lite. Finally I bough screen protectors for all of them. I didn't really think about screen protectors before switch but now I have one on the gamepad and 3DS.

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Does it have a level editor?

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