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TalkBack / Re: Recapping The 2020 Predictions
« on: January 01, 2021, 08:36:37 AM »
I had no idea the vouchers disappeared in the US. I wonder what the rationale was there

Nintendo Gaming / Oh you like video games? Name every game you beat in 2020
« on: December 31, 2020, 08:44:22 PM »
Insert image of Donkey Kong aiming a gun square at your face. He's got that grin on his face, you know the one. Definition of "beat" is up to your own personal interpretation.

I definitely played more titles this year but the playtime was probably around the same, because of the types of games I gravitated towards this year (More adventure games less RPGs).

Animal Crossing New Horizons
Daemon X Machina
Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
Deadly Premonition Origins
Deadly Premonition 2
Heave Ho
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
Life is Strange
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Mario 64
Metal Gear Rising Revengence
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Moving Out
Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight
Persona 4 Dancing All Night
Persona Q
Pokémon Ultra Sun
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
SMT Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Sonic Forces
Steam World Dig 2
Steam World Heist
Streets Of Kamurocho
Super Puyo Puyo 2
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Tetris 99
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
The Stretchers
Tonight We Riot
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Until Dawn
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
Yakuza Kiwami 2

My personal top recommendations have got to go to Xenoblade Chronicles DE, Life is Strange and Deadly Premonition 1.

Xenoblade takes a somewhat clunky masterpiece and smoothes down every single one of those rough edges with sandpaper. It's a joy to play and quality of life improvements fo tracking quests, trading and faster loading times, make older versions seem unplayable in retrospect. Glorious new music, HD visuals and new story content that adds to the Xenoblade canon without feeling too out of place. It was so easy to keep playing and playing that I did every quest and killed every secret boss except the last.

Life is Strange is such a beautiful game. The gameplay mechanics and the story are like Ying and Yang, you can't have one without the other. The story is so effective and heartbreaking because of the format, not in spite of it. The characters, the music, it all left a profound impression on me, there were tears, laughs and gasps in shock. What about Before the Storm you ask? Well I'm happy to report that this is also fantastic. It's a smaller, less grand story but it plays to it's own strengths. There's some really playful dialogue opportunities in Before the Storm that I feel surpass the original, despite being the little sister of the duology.

Deadly Premonition 1 is the work of an auteur. Trust me, this game has soul and a vision. It's a game I thought about for weeks and weeks after the fact. It has so many cool details you will only realise at the end, or will only realise after looking it up on YouTube. Deadly Premonition Archives has some great videos chronicling the timeline and all the easter eggs, they make a compelling argument for it being the greatest game of all time. Even the more Resident Evil style action segments are actually quite fun. It's not deep mechanically but simple is good, Agent York smashing a zombie with a pipe is satisfying every time. It's greatness is what makes Deadly Premonition 2 so disappointing. The sequel is undercooked like raw chicken. Don't get me wrong it has some hilarious moments that the series does so well. But they only paper over back steps in the combat, side quests, narrative, music and world design. Let's not even talk about the technical performance.

TalkBack / Re: Super Meat Boy Forever (Switch eShop) Review
« on: December 30, 2020, 06:58:04 PM »
I really like this style of review, thanks Zach!

Movies & TV / Re: Forum Movie Club / Retrospective? Connery. Sean Connery.
« on: December 26, 2020, 08:57:08 PM »
When I was younger, my dad insisted I sit down and watch Time Bandits on VHS with him. As some sort of rite of passage. So I remember it fondly.

"Don't touch it. It's evil!"

Movies & TV / Re: Actor Casting Sudoku Game
« on: December 22, 2020, 10:11:24 AM »
Most of the character descriptions could match anything, but G stood out in particular as something fairly distinctive. I then made sure it matched with the other characters like H.

Movies & TV / Re: Actor Casting Sudoku Game
« on: December 21, 2020, 06:02:03 PM »
Okay PM'ed a guess, but I used the internet so I basically cheated

Movies & TV / Re: Actor Casting Sudoku Game
« on: December 21, 2020, 05:05:50 PM »
I don't know movies well enough to guess, but I support a good puzzle

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 698: Everything's a Conspiracy Now
« on: November 12, 2020, 09:58:24 AM »
Moving Out is really hard. We beat Overcooked 1 & 2 with basically all 3 stars, but never got a single gold medal in Moving Out. We managed to reach the credits and it's a decent game, but a long way off being as engaging or addictive as Overcooked.

Congratulations MASB!

It was a fun ride

The world ends 31st March, that's the only explanation

Khushrenada I salute your dedication to statistics and the Safe Words scoring system.

I must also take this opportunity at the end of the game, to commend one of the Wii U's best games, Super Mario 3D World. This game inspired many spin offs such as Captain Toad Treasure Tracker for Nintendo Wii U, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker for Nintendo 3DS, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker for Nintendo Switch, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure for PlayStation 5.

Now this is tricky. I'm seeing quite a few potential moves here. Five in fact. Five, five, five, 5...

Give me Dirt 5 chief

Well then, take me to Valhalla. Assassin's Creed Valhalla that is. I'm going to go to England, pull the axe from the stone and become a viking of the round table

Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 48: Super Mario 64
« on: October 12, 2020, 08:05:45 AM »
I don't intend to play Sunshine haha

Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 48: Super Mario 64
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:48:41 PM »
I completed the game for the first time today. I got it on Wii U a couple years ago and I've played the odd level here and there ever since.

There are some things I really like about it. The stars mostly feel unique and once you get one you have the urge to jump back in to get another you might have seen. The hints on the level name is a genius way for guiding you towards the next star. The cap is a fun addition despite feeling a bit erratic.

The game can be addictive but I also found it quite difficult. Grabbing onto ledges hurt me more than it has helped me, though I imagine back in the day it was a really cool piece of programming. Some more check points would be nice and wind can be absolutely infuriating, looking at you Mr Snowman!

Falling off the level is such a huge set back. You lose all your coins, red coins and all progress in terms of platforming. Had the game been easier I might be tempted to get 100%, but some aspects are just too frustrating for someone used to modern day Mario.

I got my 70 stars and went straight for the final boss. The final cutscene actually has voice acting which surprised me. Total playtime 21 hours

What is a Destructions AllStars? That one is a complete mystery to me.

Alas it's already taken, so I'll go with the next biggest mystery. Gears Tactics! I could have sworn, put a gun to my head I would say this game came out at least 2 years ago. Is it like Tomb Raider, where it's a same name different game kind of deal?

There's nothing on the list or on next gen I'm dying for :o

I'll throw the series a bone and go with Yakuza: Like A Dragon

The new one

Nintendo Switch Online Lounge Service / Re: I served in the Console War. AMA
« on: September 29, 2020, 04:50:41 PM »
I believe there are still members of the Intellivision Corp that never received word that the war had ended and are still out there planning guerilla operations

Count me in!

I feel like my earliest memories are of Goldeneye 64. I can recall playing that at after school club at a very young age. Maybe I was 6 or 7? I remember a lot of walking around the seemingly endless snow level.

TalkBack / Re: RPG Maker MV Is a Powerful but Complicated Tool
« on: September 07, 2020, 10:02:24 AM »
I love the fact that it starts on Culinary Corner

8 straight hours of Game and Watch Ball sounds like a good time

It's not something I'm interested in since I've already played 2/3. What tips it into unacceptable for me is the time limited stuff. It's transparently arbitrary and only meant to inflate demand

I put some hours in. I'm on act 4, presumably only 1 or 2 more to go. It's the kind of game you don't want to play too much in one go, lots of cutscenes and things to digest. The game has an absolutely deserved reputation when it comes to cinematics.

So yeah I picked it up again after a long hiatus and I've got the rest of the series on PS3 waiting for me to get a move on

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