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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Pokémon Trading Card Game GB (Finished)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

General Gaming / Re: The Winter of 2cold4gamez! (community event)
« on: March 20, 2021, 01:16:37 PM »
Increase to +1 for finishing Resident Evil Revelations for the RFN retroactive

Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 49: Resident Evil: Revelaitons
« on: March 20, 2021, 01:14:16 PM »
Woo I finished it, here are my thoughts...

Overall I like it, but nothing jumped out at me as particularly unique or special. It's a Resident Evil game. Probably would have been a lot more impressive had I played it on 3DS, rather than the 360 where I already owned it.

I had heard that this game reused areas, so going in I expected it to be more of a Metroidvania. That's not really what they were going for though. I never learnt the layout of the ship as the amount of backtracking is fairly minimal. One of the main complaints I remember; scanning, I found to be inoffensive. You don't have to scan every single room and scanning becomes less effective as the game goes on. If I were to pick a favourite part of the game it would be the bosses. You really had to be careful with ammunition and look for weak points.

The game was just the right length, and didn't wear out its welcome. The game could have ended at chapter 11, so 12 was a welcome surprise.

I think the story is fine. Made little sense for most of the game, but things started coming together after the revelations in chapter 11. Again for a 3DS game it's a lot more impressive, I can't think of any games before or since on the system that pull off a realistic art style as well. Given the tone of the game Jessica's character design feels off, heels really? I also didn't like the comic relief characters Quint and Keith, as I felt none of their jokes landed. Jokes like "haha he likes computers, nerds am I right?" and "haha he followed Jessica home, isn't he creepy?".

I feel that this game is interesting as it pushed the boundaries of what handheld games were. But ultimately it's a spin off that doesn't quite stack up to the mainline RE series.

Duets are tricky man. There's no way we wanna be upstaged by a bunch of posers, but at the same time any publicity is good publicity right? How about we meet somewhere in the middle?

Ayyyyyy, okay I've got to go with this one. 49ers - Don't You Love Me

The competition is really hotting up. Kudos to everyone for making it this far, but this is the end of the roads for ya >:(

General Gaming / Re: The Winter of 2cold4gamez! (community event)
« on: March 17, 2021, 06:22:11 PM »
Back to square one at +0, for buying Telling Lies on PS4, needed something to fill the adventure game whole in my heart.

The concert is in two weeks and you're telling me there's still no opener! This is a disaster, an outright disaster. I don't care who you get, just get someone. Anyone will do. Here, use my contact with Bizz Nizz - Don't Miss The Partyline if you have to.

Must have been a slow month for Persona 5 Strikers and Little Nightmares 2 to be in the top ten.

General Gaming / Re: The Winter of 2cold4gamez! (community event)
« on: March 10, 2021, 05:00:00 PM »
Up to that sweet sweet +3 for finishing Doki Doki Literature Club. I had been meaning to play this for a while. Great writing and very much worth playing, plus it's free.

Bet they really enjoyed Excitebots

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