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Thanks Khushrenada for putting on another great game, the theme really shined this time around.

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I .. I .. I don't want to go

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Exciting, I get to make the final choice, my destiny is in my hands now.

If you have any leftover tomato juice and Tabasco sauce you can transform your cocktail into a Bloody Mary. Let me tell you from experience, you have to handle this with care, what you don't want to do is spill the Tabasco all over your privates. I'm always burning my nuts.

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Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 753: All My Joannas, Gone
« on: January 10, 2022, 04:55:32 PM »
I really had a good laugh this episode.

I've put Langrisser on the wishlist because I recently found out the team was responsible for, arguably the best SMT, Devil Survivor. A curiosity purchase, if it gets cheap enough.

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(Love reading these statistics Khush, your dedication to forum games is indefatigable. Hoping to take the crown in style)

I know what you're all thinking, eggs right, are they vegetarian? Well the way I see it, on a farm when a chicken lays an egg, that egg is unfertilised so whatever you do it's not going to hatch. What else would you do? Take the chicken And just whack it up the jacksy?

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If you don't want meat we can use other sources of protein; cashews, almonds, pistachios. You've got to be careful about keeping these at the right temperature, I'm always burning me nuts.

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This art is... incredible!

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Da

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TalkBack / Re: Inside The Numbers: 2021 In Switch Releases
« on: January 06, 2022, 06:23:32 PM »
The summer of too hot for games is a distant memory

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General Gaming / Re: Games Beaten, Completed, or Played in 2021
« on: January 04, 2022, 06:18:43 PM »
That's a lot of 10/10 games you've got there Bungle, good year.

I'd have to say I agree with the high score given to NES Remix. Underrated, it allowed me to appreciate these games I never would have before, teaching you the mechanics and giving you an abridged tour.

As for myself I finished 51 games.

Switch
Consider it [3]
8-Bit Adventure Steins;Gate [6]
Super Mario Bros 35 [6]
Old Man's Journey [6]
Pacman 99 [7]
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity [8]
Part Time UFO [8]
Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind [8]
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir [8]
The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures [8]
Steins;Gate Elite [8]
Astral Chain [9]
51 Worldwide Games [9]
The House in Fata Morgana [10]

PC
Liyla and The Shadows of War [4]
Her Story [6]
Democratic Socialism Simulator [7]
The Political Machine 2020 [7]
Tell Me Why [8]
Suzerain [9]
Doki Doki Literature Club [9]

PS3
Silent Hill [6]
Suikoden [8]
Dark Souls [9]

PS4
Erica [6]
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Final Mix [6]
Ratchet & Clank [7]
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter [7]
Abzu [7]
Telltale: The Walking Dead Season 4 [7]
Telltale: The Walking Dead Michonne [7]
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight [8]
Fahrenheit [8]
Twin Mirror [8]
Yakuza 3 Remastered [8]
Monster Hunter: World [8]
Life is Strange: True Colours [8]
Telling Lies [9]
Hitman 2016 [9]
Shenmue [9]
Horizon Zero Dawn [9]
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward [9]
Telltale: The Walking Dead Season 1 [9]
Telltale: The Walking Dead Season 2 [9]
Telltale: The Walking Dead Season 3 [9]
Life is Strange 2 [10]
Zero Escape: 999 [10]

3DS
SMT Strange Journey Redux [6]
Pokémon Trading Card Game [7]
Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations [8]

Xbox 360
Resident Evil Revelations [6]

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I love pasta.

They'll be eating it and saying, "Oh! What is that??"

I'll point and say, "That's pasta".

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TalkBack / Re: Donald's Top 5 Games Of 2021
« on: January 03, 2022, 12:37:58 PM »
I'm so happy that you brought The House in Fata Morgana to my attention. It's a wonderful game and handles it's themes with so much sensitivity. Once I got into it, I found it hard to put it down.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2022?
« on: January 01, 2022, 06:10:00 PM »
  • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 is NOT coming out this year. It's been moved back to the launch of the Switch 2
  • Speaking of the Switch 2, it's going to be announced at E3, with one of its features being backwards compatibility.
  • Metroid Dread gets a DLC expansion, again, I don't play it either.
  • Xenoblade 3 gets announced and released, it's got a whole new art style for the characters, different from 1, X & 2.
  • A brand new Fire Emblem releases, not a remake. Releases in the 2nd half of the year, after E3.
  • A port with new content for NES Remix.
  • I want to try and guess some new IPs with these next few. So let's go with an Intelligent Systems developed puzzle game with multiplayer.
  • Under represented genres on Switch? Let's say Nintendo put out an eShop only, 2D platformer roguelike game.
  • Nintendo release some internally developed visual novel, beautiful art style. The phrase "passion project" is used in the marketing material. Doesn't chart once on the US eShop monthly listings.
  • Lastly let's say some cool rhythm game that's a new franchise, not Rhythm Heaven or Band Brothers or Donkey Konga or something.

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General Gaming / Re: Deadline December 2021!
« on: December 30, 2021, 05:54:57 PM »
At the very least I managed to finish Horizon Zero Dawn. As they came out a week apart and have similar mechanics, it's hard not to compare this game with Breath of the Wild. I actually think the two games compliment each other well, rather than one being clearly better.

For an open world game Horizon has really great nuanced combat with a wide variety of weapons. In Zelda, combat isn't really a focus (though I will say a huge improvement over previous entries).

Zelda has a greater emphasis on freedom and exploration, with shrines, koroks, photos and resources. In Horizon there's not much of a reason to just head out and walk in a random direction, when I went somewhere it was with purpose.

Horizon has excellent lore to dig into, whereas in BOTW I thought the lore was pretty shallow.

BOTW's crafting system is really fun and silly, as you mash random things together and see what comes out. Horizon is a lot more utilitarian, there are only a very small handful of resources that you will actually need to pick up

Horizon has some amazing DLC that fits perfectly into the main game. As for BOTW's DLC, well I was so underwhelmed I never bought it.

BOTW has a crazy physics system that you can get really creative with. Plus the fact you can go literally anyway. With Horizon it's more of what you see is what you get.

Both the games are a phenomenal first attempt at an open world game, it goes to show what can happen when you get developers working on new genres.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXVIII: Pikmin Mafia. Sign-up Thread.
« on: December 29, 2021, 06:03:45 AM »
Feeling like a purple Pikmin rn

In.

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Now we have the croutons we better Just clank it up any old way.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2021?
« on: December 28, 2021, 04:36:38 PM »
Good game everyone!

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The anticipation has been building.

I'll go with what I see as the most classic Jamie catch phrase here:

Oh ho ho ho! yes! That's what I'm talkin' about!

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General Gaming / Re: Deadline December 2021!
« on: December 19, 2021, 08:48:53 PM »
Xenoblade 2 has design problems. Overall I still like it quite a lot, but I can't disagree with the criticisms raised.

December is nearing its end and I've not finished any of the games yet.

Horizon Zero Dawn
I'm almost done with the DLC, then onto blasting through the remaining main story quests. The DLC I think is the best part about the game. It's challenging but not annoying, and gives you some new things to play with and unlock. Mixes linear sections with the open world nicely. After the DLC I have started to appreciate the combat even more, it's really fun as far as open world combat goes.

I usually love story and dialogue. But whenever a side quest giving NPC in Horizon starts talking my eyes glaze over and I miss all the details. I'm not sure what it is, I feel like they overuse those sci-fi proper nouns to refer to things that the game hasn't properly established. The way they talk is half modern, half faux wise tribal elder. Plus all of the side quests are some variation on: go here kill this. I find it hard to find any attachment to these side stories. The lore is more interesting than what's going on in the game.

Even though I don't think I love it as much as the general consensus, the game has something that makes me able to play it for 6 hours straight. Nearing 90 hours, should be able to finish this.

Robotics;Notes Elite
Now about 20 hours in. I'm just enjoying being with these characters and the world is well realised. Not as immediately gripping as Stein's Gate, but I'm not going to cast judgement yet. Probably won't finish before January, but I'd like to.

Shin Megami Tensei 5
70 hours in and still loving it. Some boss fights have gone down to the wire and been incredibly close. It's balanced in such a way that you feel powerful and have a range of tools, but so do your enemies. Any regular encounter can be a life or death situation, so you need to learn when to go all in and when to fold. At the rate I'm going plus everything else, very doubtful I'll finish this for Deadline December.

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Nice little twist you've thought up.

Save With Jamie

I literally have this book, don't @ me

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Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 750: Nowhere Left to Go but Backwards
« on: December 12, 2021, 08:27:39 PM »
Great episode this week, happy 750!

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General Gaming / Re: Deadline December 2021!
« on: December 09, 2021, 04:43:38 PM »
TopHatAnt123 with Horizon Zero Dawn what is your fave aspect of the game?
I've only ever heard this term used on the NWR's Talk Nintendo Podcast, but I really like the player package. Movement during fights involves running around dodging, slowing down time, sliding around on the ground. You've got a bunch of weapon types, elemental weaknesses, statuses you can inflict. It's important that you aim for weak points and use a variety of weapons, rather than shooting arrows blindly.

Astrial Chain is so fun and I really need to finish it.
I love Astral Chain. I can understand why some people think the combat has been simplified compared to something like Bayonetta which has fighting game inputs, but I love how the game controls.

Every button on the controller does something, learn what the button does and you've learnt the combat. There are some inputs, but they're easy and are introduced slowly throughout the game. Giving you time to learn and get used to what you have. It must be mesmerising to watch players who are good at this game.

Alright let's throw a question back at ya.
What's your favourite legion so far?

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General Gaming / Re: Deadline December 2021!
« on: December 06, 2021, 07:54:28 AM »
If I can finish 3 more games I'll hit 52 completed games for the year. Mostly on account of not really playing many JRPGs this year and playing a lot more story games.

In December I'd like to finish with...

Horizon Zero Dawn - Been playing this on and off all year, about 70 hours in. I like the combat and the story is getting pretty cool, but I think the game has room for improvement with things like side quests and progression.

Robotics;Notes Elite - So far I'm enjoying this visual novel, having finished the first chapter. The writing is funny and cute, but like Stein's;Gate there is something mysterious lurking beneath the surface. They've already played with some clever twists on tropes and I'm interested to see where it goes next. It's also got some neat features I really appreciate like an in-game calendar and map, to help immerse you in the world.

Shin Megami Tensei 5 - Loving every moment with this. A master class in game design. For me it's always "one more boss battle" or "one more demon fusion". The game is so addictive and even on hard the level of challenge has been perfect.

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Count me in

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Run the Developer 4: Monolith Soft
« on: December 03, 2021, 06:59:45 PM »
Played Xenoblade Wii, then Xenoblade 3D, Xenoblade X, Project X Zone 2, Xenoblade 2 and most recently Xenoblade Definitive Edition.

Monolith Soft is my favourite developer. I enjoyed the Wii it was a good little console, but it would be fair to say that my interest in the Wii U, the Switch are directly tied to my experience playing the original Xenoblade.

It was an influential game on my tastes. The grand story, great battle system, genre defining soundtrack, memorable characters, a fully realised world to explore the length and breadth of, tightly choreographed cutscenes with excellent British voice acting. I remember watching the trailer on the Nintendo Wii channel over and over, the IGN review as well, I wanted this game and it lived up to my expectations.

3D was a good port, but ultimately a novelty and a New 3DS showpiece. I played about 80 hours but never got round to finishing it.

Xenoblade X I adore. Mechs are always cool and this game does mechs right. What other open world mech games are there? I can't think of any. While the main story didn't reach the highs of Xenoblade 1, there was a lot I enjoyed about the side content that was on offer. I sunk over 300 hours into this game and still didn't do everything. (It's also my favourite soundtrack of the Xenoblades, despite also being the funniest).

Project X Zone 2 is not very good. It's got the characters, the music, but the gameplay just isn't there. It's repetitive and each level takes an eon. I love strategy games, but for this one they needed to go back to the drawing board as there is very little fun to be had with the strategy elements. I intend to finish this some day, taking it very slowly.

Xenoblade 2 I like a lot. It has the best battle system in the series, with Torna the Golden Country being the absolute pinnacle of that. The story and the music I liked, but the game gets bogged down with some of the design choices. Quests, merc missions, gacha and field skills hurt the game for me, but I'm glad they at least tried something different. It's a great game and my most played game on Switch with 100's of hours, but my least favourite of the main 3.

Xenoblade Definitive Edition is my favourite game of all time. It is a remake with zero compromises. There is not one element that isn't the same or better than the original. That's rare for Nintendo and the industry as a whole. It's a technical marvel that Monolith Soft took this decade old game and not only ported it flawlessly, but re-examined every aspect of the game for ways they could make subtle improvements. After replaying it years later, my passion for this game is just as strong as when I first played on Wii. The visuals are a bigger jump than you typically expect with a port with added reflections, UI, new lighting effects and character models. It's night and day when you compare how Mechon look in the original vs definitive edition. The re-arranged music gives the soundtrack that extra oomph you never realised was missing, and if you want the old music you can change it back with the press of a menu option. The new quality of life features make the Wii and 3DS versions seem antiquated in comparison, and there's a whole new post game story?! Are you kidding me! I love this game and I'm glad that the definitive edition truly lives up to its name.

When will Xenoblade 3 be announced?
I'm feeling gullible and I want to believe these recent rumours, so I'm going to say that the announcement is imminent.

Do you want Monolith Soft to make games outside of the Xenoblade series?
Yes I would love that. Please be as creative as possible, but I hope that they continue making RPGs, as this is clearly their forte.

Have you played any of the Japan only titles?
No I haven't, I would like to though.

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