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Discussion in 'Video Games' started by BiohazardSr, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Dawn

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    I am currently in another "the games I want to play aren't out yet" phase (in this case, it's Fate Extella Link on Switch and Kingdom Hearts: The Story so Far on PS4, at least for this month) so I am flitting aimlessly between games to idle away the time.

    On Switch I am still playing FFIX...honestly, if it weren't for the mods included with it I wouldn't be bothering. It doesn't make me want to play it - the plot is hardly inspiring, the cast ranges from kinda likeable (Eiko, Vivi) to downright irritating (Zidane, Steiner) and...ugh, it plods. It's bad, but half the time I just turn on the battle assist and 9999 damage mods and just speed through boss encounters, and turn regular encounters off...selective use of the speed enhancer, because it turns Zidane into freakin' Sonic the Hedgehog. In short, it's BORING. But it does look pretty good for a PS1 game - I think the visuals really worked in its favour here, it definitely aged more gracefully than VII and even VIII in terms of character models - and...yeah, I've played worse. Think I'm about halfway through what would be Disc 3 at this point.

    ...and I started Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky again a couple of days ago, because waiting for Chocobo Mystery Dungeon on Switch is too long a wait apparently. It's been 9 years (!) since I played it though, so it's a nice trip down memory lane, and I don't think I ever DID recruit everything in it, so that's something to do. I am a Shinx, with a Vulpix partner (that's caused a couple of problems already...every time something uses Magnitude or Earthquake we're screwed) and am currently on Chapter 12, although by the end of the day I will probably be further along than that, because I'm playing this more than anything else.

    Also playing Outland on PC, which I believe I got for free some time ago...I can't imagine myself buying it, anyway. The visual style is quite appealing but it feels a little barren and bland for a Metroidvania title, and the soundtrack isn't good enough, frankly. But I'll see where it goes.
     
  2. Shadria

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    I need to return to Kirby 64 but haven't felt like it for a while.
     
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    I've been replaying a bunch of Metroid games lately. I've finished replays of Zero Mission, Fusion and Prime, got up to the last boss battle of Prime 2, and now I'm in the middle of Prime 3.
     
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    I started Horizon Zero Dawn yesterday. After only finishing the tutorial and a little bit of the beginning of the story, I have already found true love. The graphics are amazing (imagine what they must be like on PS4 pro) and the gameplay is smooth as butter. I can definitely feel that this game is going to be among my favorites if it stays on this track.

    I also got 1st place for the first time in Tetris 99! As such, I have retired and will no longer consistently play. #quitwhileyou'reahead
     
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  5. Dawn

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    I am attempting to get into Nelke & The Legendary Alchemists ~Ateliers of the New World~ right now. It's...not what I expected, to say the least. I've been with the Atelier franchise for a while now - I played the Iris games briefly, but Rorona was my real jumping-on point - but I don't know a lot of these characters very well/at all, and I've not played the Mysterious trilogy yet either after Sophie bored me to death and Lydie/Suelle wasn't dubbed because KT are a bunch of lazy good for nothing c--ompany. Company. Yeah. That's what I was going to say. Aaaaaaanywho. It's surprisingly addicting, although I feel somewhat pressured by the deadlines to do stuff. I get the feeling this is a game that needs to be played through multiple times, but whether it's good enough to warrant it or not remains to be seen.

    I am still kinda playing PMD Sky but Chocobo Mystery Dungeon - which I finished earlier this week, THANK GOD - has kinda put me off roguelikes for a bit. It wasn't great.

    Replaying the original Kingdom Hearts on PS4...oddly motivated to go through all of them, now that 3 is finally out. It's been a couple of years and this story is a train wreck so I need to brush-up on it. Currently at Halloween Town, which does nothing for me since I haven't seen The Nightmare Before Christmas...and don't like stop-motion animation either so I have no desire to. Still better than Atlantica, though. This game is really showing its age now. Should be done with it by the end of the week; I'm not going for completion or anything. For one, I hate the Gummi Ship minigames, the Hundred Acre Wood is the stuff my nightmares are made of, and Sephiroth requires waaaaaay too much preparation. This is a story playthrough and I'm sticking to that. Maybe.
     
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    Pocket Card Jockey, it is a pretty fun game although I feel like the RNG likes to make sure you won't forget that you're still at its will and whim if you suddenly have a winning streak with a horse.
     
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    I mentioned this in another thread but my roommate and I both split the $10 (I know, a lot of money right) purchase of Need for Speed Payback (a racing game) and I watched him play for a couple days and decided to give it a try. Not a bad, arcade-y style racing game though drifting is a pain in the butt like in most driving games. Another thing is we're playing with a controller rather than a playable steering wheel which is kinda meh but for $10, who am I to complain
     
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  8. Dawn

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    Right now, I am juggling three JRPGs for some reason.

    First one is The Caligula Effect: Overdose on Switch. I desperately wanted to play Caligula on the Vita when it was first announced, but it was digital-only in the West - and I had a real thing about digital-only on the Vita where memory cards were painfully expensive - and I just never got around to it. I'm glad I didn't, because I've been enjoying Overdose on Switch and a very large part of that has come from playing through the traitor route. I always enjoy villains more than heroes, so it's been pretty great. Whilst the combat is simple and the visuals are oddly blurry, the music is pretty great...and this surprises me, because normally I wouldn't enjoy it. But I love Lucid's theme. Shame about the lack of dub, but I muted the voices, so no harm done. The narrative is interesting enough to keep me going, and I only hate two of the cast, so that's a definite plus when it's a pretty big cast. No regrets so far and 20 hours in.

    Second one is Kingdom Hearts II on PS4. This game is...aggravating. The aggravation comes from the Disney worlds I don't like - Port Royal, Space Paranoids, Atlantica, and Halloween Town. I am just not engaged in worlds I do not like the movies of, and Atlantica in particular is nothing short of hell. It's also very frustrating because it's moving at a snail's pace and I am much more interested in Organization XIII than I am in the irrelevant dilemmas the various Disney worlds are facing...or Maleficent and Pete, my god, who came up with THAT pairing. I can't believe this game is try to push Pete as a credible antagonist...or Goofy as the smart and perceptive one of the trio, what even. I mean, I've seen the Goofy Movie and I know he's got more depth to him than is first apparent, but...come on, it's GOOFY. Combat in the game doesn't feel as technical either, which is weird...but eh. I'll keep going with it because I still have something like 6 games in the series to play after it.

    Third one is Final Fantasy V, on Steam. Kind of. Truth be told I played this on the GBA a looooong time ago but I don't recall if I ever finished it. I'm not playing it very much and I don't know how long I'll persevere with it. Not that I dislike it, it's just...not really the Final Fantasy I want to play right now. xD
     
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    Final Fantasy XIV, worked a bit on my alt and on my main I've been trying to get my hands on some soon to be retired mounts, the annoying part is that you get them from PvP.
     
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    My Kingdom Hearts Odyssey of Suffering and DARKNESS continues with Dream Drop Distance...which I am not overly fond of already and it's only been half an hour. Zipping around with the whole Flowmotion thing feels imprecise and awkward, the Dream Eaters remind me of nothing more than poorly-implemented Pokémon - although I suppose they had to do SOMETHING to make it appealing to 3DS players - and...god, I am so burned out with this series. This is the seventh game in a row I've played now. Recoded was a complete and utter waste of time, and Birth by Sleep was a bit of a grind for needing to play through it 3 times and then grind out 9999 Unversed kills at the end for the secret episode because I didn't want to play on Proud or Critical. I still have 3 games to go after this one.

    ...and probably the mobile game, because hey, I have a smartphone now! I am thoroughly obsessed with Plants vs. Zombies, which I bought waaaaaaaay back in 2011 or so when I first got my iPod Touch to see me through University and I forgot all about it. Turns out I bought the sequel too! I also kinda started Pokémon Go and urgh it's Let's Go Pikachu on my smartphone, complete with awful flicking catching mechanics that I just cannot get used to. I missed a Flareon and I am not happy about that. I also can't do any raid battles because there is nobody to do them with, which makes me very sad.

    On Vita I am playing Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Finally. Now that people have stopped badgering me to play it. I finished 999 the other day and...eh...it was OKAY I guess but honestly it didn't really grab me the same way other VNs have in the past. It didn't mess up its core plot twist. Which is more than a lot of books, films, and other video games can say. Yeah. So VLR is bothersome for it's ridiculously convoluted route to the true ending - which I had to look up and plan out, which is ridiculous - its excessive puzzles (RNG number guessing game, WHY) and bizarre use of ugly character models instead of clean hand-drawn animations the previous game used. Also Clover is in this one and why couldn't they have picked someone who wasn't annoying, jeez. But it's not that bad, the voice acting is much appreciated - although Sigma not having a voice is either a massive giveaway plot-wise or it's just plain lazy - and...yeah, I'll see where it goes. I love the bunny to pieces.
     
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    Right now I'm mostly playing three games.
    World of Final Fantasy Maxima: I've already beaten the game once and now I'm going through the New Game+. I love this game. Its definitely become one of my favorites in the franchise.
    Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle: In only got this game because it was on sale at the same time I got WoFF so I figured that I might as well try it out. To my surprise I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would. While the rabbids can get pretty annoying, they're not quite as bad as I thought they would be and I find the gameplay really fun. I prefer it over a lot of other tactical RPGs I've played.
    Fire Emblem Echoes: I actually started this one a while ago but lost interest very early on (I had just replayed Awakening and was kind of burnt out for Fire Emblem at the time). I finally decided to get back to it and I'm really enjoying it. I'm still fairly early on but so far the gameplay's fun and the story's good but predictable.
     

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