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TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Downloads - September 23, 2021
« on: September 20, 2021, 02:51:49 PM »
Suzerain is a fun little choice based visual novel. Maybe a bit flawed, but it's really ambitious especially in terms of its world building. I was hooked the entire time playing it on PC (as I ran the country into the ground).

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Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 50: Little King's Story
« on: September 19, 2021, 12:12:51 PM »
Yeah I'm done with this game.

PC version is randomly crashing even when resolution and graphics are cranked down to Wii levels. Had to leave my first negative steam review.

Had a couple of somewhat fun boss battles but it's got plenty of issues. The map is horrible and the game doesn't do a good job of telling you where to go. The combat is shallow and uninteresting against regular enemies. It also lacks almost all of the actual strategy elements from Pikmin.

Had I suffered to the end, I doubt my opinion would change.

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Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 50: Little King's Story
« on: September 14, 2021, 07:20:56 PM »
Up to 6 hours play time now. Had an unfortunate "LittleKingStory.exe has crashed" after beating one of the bosses, so I guess I'll have to do that part again. Suppose that's the PC version doing it's thing.

It was a fun boss battle as well. Difficult fight and I was under resourced, but I felt like if I kept trying I could win, and I did. Until the game crashed. I appreciate at least that boss battles let you retry and don't send you back to the title screen like dying on the overworld does.

So I reiterate, SAVE OFTEN.

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Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 50: Little King's Story
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:13:53 AM »
Okay here's my initial impressions after 2 hours with the game on PC.

I would say my overall gut feel of it is it's a less polished Pikmin with an upgrade tree. I say less polished because I feel like Pikmin is so perfectly set up for what it's trying to be, it's a time management game where you've got to spread out your resources. In Pikmin you see fractions on every item that tell you how you need to delegate these resources, and it's obvious which Pikmin can do what.

In this game, it seems from my admittedly early playtime, that the AI isn't smart enough to keep doing a task if you leave them to it. If you go off screen, the town's person will stop what they're doing and run to you, resetting the countdown timer. Isn't this where the strategy comes from in Pikmin?

What am I supposed to do as the player when the timer is counting down? Did this game copy Pikmin's mechanics without an understanding of why they work? But it's still early days and I'm willing to give this game time, maybe you get an item or something that allows you to multitask. Or maybe it's possible but finicky.

Playing on PC I expected the game to use the mouse, as it's a port of a Wii game. But no it only uses the keyboard. Makes me wonder why it only ever showed up on Wii and PC. You could have put this on anything because it doesn't use pointer controls at all.

In terms of tone, setting and story. I like the idea of being a ruler, that kind of thing appeals to me. Although it's a turn off for me if it gets too silly. I bought Reins Kings & Queens on the concept alone, but I found the tone to be too slapstick for me to get invested in the decisions I made or the story in general. Little King's Story doesn't seem as 4th wall breaking as Reigns, but I wouldn't say I feel any urgency or intrigue or motivation coming from the story either. Not that kind of game I guess.

I noticed early on that the music sounded like it was public domain stuff. Checked online to find out that the entire soundtrack is public domain. Not a huge issue, as what they have fits the tone. Overcooked 1, is one of the best games on Switch and that uses royalty free music.

Your starting kingdom has a job rate of 0%. Once you reach full unemployment, there's probably something wrong with your economy. Unless you've reached post scarcity abundance.

The enemies seem to be called UMA's, not sure if it's been explained what that stands for.

I would say the most enjoyable part of the game so far has been the boss fights. The king only has 3 HP and your people can die quickly, so both boss battles I've fought have felt exciting.

On the subject of having only 3HP, make sure you save often, because if you die it takes you back to the title screen. I know this because I was having my people dig a hole and with nothing to do in the mean time I went to grab my phone. Little did I know that some monsters had jumped out of the hole and started attacking me, the guards don't attack unless you command them to, so within a few seconds the king was dead.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXVI: Sign-up Thread
« on: September 10, 2021, 03:49:40 AM »
In.

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General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 25, 2021, 09:51:15 PM »
Renegade is extremely difficult. The AI is far more ruthless than any other game in the collection.

I watched lots of YouTube tutorials on game strategy, openings. Then 250+ attempts later I managed to beat it. It's possible, but takes time and effort.

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General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 22, 2021, 04:49:34 PM »
Another one in the bag: Suikoden.

I really like this game, it's solid. The best thing it's got going for it is that it's nice and short. It's from before side quests were invented, meaning I was able to finish it in 26 hours. It's got a simple battle system that never gets too hard, while providing some challenge during bosses. Plus some fun mini games that are integrated into the story.

The story itself is refreshingly straight forward compared to other JRPGs, and well executed. You have a clear goal and it's a game world that managed to capture my imagination. It packs a lot into its relatively short run time.

The USP of Suikoden is its number of characters. There are over 100 party members and I think they pulled this off rather well. Everyone levels up insanely quickly so you don't have to worry about characters falling behind. Even the characters you never use are integrated into the battle system at certain points, so characters you don't plan on actively using are useful in the grand scheme of things. I've also got to say as well that the art style is lovely.

My main criticisms would be quality of life stuff. The menus are slow and clunky and your character can't run inside dungeons for some reason. Swapping out equipment is a chore that disincentivses you from changing your party too often. The game thankfully allows you to teleport wherever you want, but in terms of quality of life the series has a way to go.

Looking forward to playing the next one at some point in the future.

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General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 19, 2021, 05:55:21 PM »
Not been making much progress on the old backlog.

Almost the end of August, but I've managed to finish one: Astral Chain.

The combat is excellent. There's room for criticism with some of the other parts of the game, but at the end of the day it's a Platinum game. The combat is what you're here for. It's deep and complex, but it slowly introduces you to all of the moves and techniques so you don't get overwhelmed. The controls are clever as they allow you to pull off a variety of different attacks without requiring you to remember and execute a string of button inputs.

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General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 02, 2021, 08:05:31 AM »
It's that time again already?

I've got some in mind. Suikoden I played a good amount of then put down earlier this year. Bravely Default 2 and Astral Chain would also be good candidates.

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Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 732: The Blaster Master Bombshell
« on: July 25, 2021, 11:03:30 PM »
My suggestion is that we loop back around to Spirit Tracks. Didn't bother to play it the first time.

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The limited time digital releases are artificial scarcity capitalist bs. Has to be one of the worst developments in the gaming space in a long time. Such a transparent unjustifiable cash grab, I'm not supporting that.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch Wishlist Game Recommendations
« on: July 01, 2021, 01:55:15 PM »
I recommend Daemon X Machina. The main gameplay of flying around in a mech blowing stuff up is fun. My biggest criticism would be the story, made no sense whatsoever. It felt like it was written by aliens or a 5th dimensional being or something.

The Stretchers is a fun co-op game, although not as brilliant as something like Overcooked or Heave Ho. Mid tier co-op.

Baba is You I would advise caution. Incredible concept but gets difficult really quickly. I wasn't able to get too far into it.

You can also skip Sonic Forces. I'm no stranger to mediocre Sonic games, but this one is below mediocre. Stages are over in less than a minute, aren't fun to begin with, and then are padded out with repetitive challenges. Wasn't an enjoyable experience.

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TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Direct To Air June 15: Focused On Software
« on: June 02, 2021, 03:16:59 PM »
All aboard

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Woo I did it! Finally finished Trials and Tribulations and thus the original trilogy. There were moments where I felt like the 3rd game was dragging or being obtuse, but looking back on it I quite enjoyed it. It's a great send off for the trilogy and has a good overarching narrative, my favourite part about the first game. I enjoyed it so much I'm happy to continue on to Apollo Justice at some point.

The thing I would warn about the trilogy is that it is a time commitment. The games are actually quite long. The 3DS says I played the trilogy for 143 hours, How Long to Beat says that a typical playthrough is about half that, so either I'm slow at reading or I easy get distracted while playing. I started it in July 2015 and am only now finishing it in May 2021. It's not like I couldn't have done it in less than 6 years, but the pace felt right to avoid getting burnt out. Although I was still admittedly feeling a bit burnt out by the time game 3 came around. As this would have been the 6th game I played in the series.

One thing I wished the games had were hint coins, like in Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright. The HP system in this game is flawed, about as mechanically sound as say lives in Mario 64. Often times I will be stuck going back and forth between the title screen trying to figure out what it wants me to say. When the game works and you know what it's hinting at it feels amazing, but you can also get stuck if you forget some crucial detail that you might have heard days or hours ago. A simple hint coin system to help you onto the right track would fix this.

Overall I would recommend the trilogy, both of newcomers and for people like me who played the games out of order.

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General Gaming / Re: Four on four
« on: May 01, 2021, 07:02:46 AM »
Well here it is, May day has rolled around and I'd say I achieved the spirit of four on four. Didn't quite complete something on four systems but I did the playing part.

PS4
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Finished)
Twin Mirror (Finished)
Telltale: The Walking Dead Season 1 (Finished)

Switch
Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity (Finished)
Pacman 99 (Won a round)

3DS
Pokémon Trading Card Game GB (Finished)

PS3
Suikoden (Started)

My favourite of the bunch would have to be The Walking Dead. It's a thrilling video game story and the debut of the Telltale formula still holds up after all this time.

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Only the Wii U ports  :o

Looking at the existing list there's no RPGs except Dream Team, so I would guess they like to sell those at full price or want to keep selects with a broad appeal. Excluding your Xenoblades and Fire Emblems.

I expect them to start with the games that were lukewarm critically but sold decently. Star Allies feels like a shoe in, even though historically the series has only ever been a select once with Triple Deluxe. Maybe something like Let's Go Pikachu, kind of weird that Pokepark 1 is the only Pokémon select so far. 1-2 Switch and Arms also sound like what you can expect for a first round.

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Interesting topic, never donated to a Kickstarter but I wouldn't be opposed if the right game came along.

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General Gaming / Re: Four on four
« on: April 07, 2021, 01:19:08 PM »
Definitely going to finish a Switch and PS4 game, maybe a 3DS game. Last spot will either have to be PS3 or Wii U.

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General Gaming / Re: The Winter of 2cold4gamez! (community event)
« on: March 29, 2021, 01:46:04 PM »
I was doing so well, going to tank my score in the last few days.

Bought 2 games, Her Story (on sale) and Old Man's Journey (can't really explain this purchase, thought it had a funny name).

Beat 2.
Old Man's Journey, it was short and inoffensive. A unique puzzle game, but far from revolutionary.
Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux, this one is long and has downright offensive game design. I'm talking Zelda 1 burning bushes levels of annoying. I stuck with it and in the end I didn't like this game. I think the dungeon design is horrid, invisible doors, invisible walls, invisible teleporters. When you actually need it the map is useless. Not a fan. On the bright side I'm now caught up on the series ready for 5.

The only RPG's I'm missing in English are SMT 1 on iOS (never going to play) and Persona Q2 (didn't like the 1st one).

Got very close to equalising, as I got to presumably the final boss of Pokémon Trading Card Game for GB, but I was wiped out by an extremely powerful Dratini.

Bought:
Bravely Default 2
Interest free loan for Nintendo in the form of a game voucher
Telling Lies
Her Story
Old Man's Journey

Finished:
Yakuza 3
Tell Me Why
Doki Doki Literature Club
Resident Evil Revelations
Telling Lies
Part Time UFO
Old Man's Journey
Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux

Total score of -1

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Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 49: Resident Evil: Revelaitons
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:01:05 PM »
I know I'm super late and need to catch up but at the end of chapter 1, did I just rescue a fucking paper maché Chris!?

My first thought was Well that was easy, found him already! Oh

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Good game all. Thank you Khush for making it so entertaining and for keeping on top of all the statistics.

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General Gaming / Re: The Winter of 2cold4gamez! (community event)
« on: March 21, 2021, 06:27:03 PM »
I'm on a roll, +3 for Part Time UFO. Fun little game. Like Guillaume said on RFN, the soundtrack contains just one song remixed multiple times, but it's a really good song.

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General Gaming / Re: The Winter of 2cold4gamez! (community event)
« on: March 21, 2021, 05:01:42 PM »
Clawing my way back up to +2, for finishing Telling Lies. Love this game, really unique and fantastic execution.

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Looking at the list I realise I've played most of the series released in English. I'm more of a Layton fan, so I wanted to start with 5 so I would be ready for the cross over.

After those two I next played Miles Edgeworth which is really fun, to me it feels like the direction the series should have gone in. Then the trilogy, finished 1 & 2, still got a couple of cases left to go in 3.

All I would need to complete the set is 4 and 6.

I feel like my enjoyment of the series has gone down a bit with every game. 5 I was absolutely in love with, totally engrossed, couldn't put it down and devoured the DLC as well. But by the time I've got to 3, I'm struggling to find the motivation to play it. I like a big overarching narrative and at the moment it feels like Phoenix is grinding out smaller cases.

It's a lot of text and without that big narrative to push me forward, I finish a case then put it down for a few months. 1 is probably the best example of the grand narrative, which makes sense because it was their original vision for the game. Also probably because it was my first, but I like the goofy stuff 5 does with the "dark age of the law" storyline.

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Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 49: Resident Evil: Revelaitons
« on: March 20, 2021, 01:19:29 PM »
Also it would make my day if we could get a read from each of the RFN crew saying:

Previously on Resident Evil Revelations

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