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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 16:51 
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1. The Magic Circle
2. Rusty Lake: Roots.
3. Old Man's Journey
4. Bohemian Killing
5. Hidden Folks
6. Until:Dawn: Rush of Blood
7. Rusty Lake: Hotel
8. Outlast
9. Rusty Lake: Paradise
10. Homefront

11. Batman: The Telltale Series
12. Red
13. Evo Explores
14. All That Remains (part 1)
15. Thief
16. The Frostrune
17. THOR.N: a 'job simulator'.

More accurately, a very short game set in yer dystopian future world where people are raised by an AI and, when they turn 18, are inculcated into a society that expects them to earn Citizen Points from performing isolating and repetitive jobs in support of some unnamed military effort.

The actual gameplay apes the sort of clicker games that are all over the mobile app stores but no more than is required to make its point and that's all over with very quickly, at which point the game quite abruptly ends.

So it's far too short and much more of a story than an actual game but I was quite impressed by how much setting it managed to lay in its very short run time. Thus, while I can't really recommend it as it's such a slight experience, someone involved in its design has the sort of deft world-building touch that could come up with something really impressive in the future.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 17:03 
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1. The Magic Circle
2. Rusty Lake: Roots.
3. Old Man's Journey
4. Bohemian Killing
5. Hidden Folks
6. Until:Dawn: Rush of Blood
7. Rusty Lake: Hotel
8. Outlast
9. Rusty Lake: Paradise
10. Homefront

11. Batman: The Telltale Series
12. Red
13. Evo Explores
14. All That Remains (part 1)
15. Thief
16. The Frostrune
17. THOR.N
18. Hitchhiker: another short story game that, like THOR.N came free from the Humble Store's 'originals' programme. This one has you as a mute hitchhiker and the game starts with you already having been picked up by an avuncular southern American farmer type.

Your driver chats away throughout and the interactivity is limited to conversation choices and some rare actual actions. Things start off pretty normal and then slowly get more sinister but, just as it's all warming up, it ends. That makes more sense in this case though as this is allegedly the first part in a series which will see you meet a series of different drivers which will play out the supernatural story.

It's a really interesting idea with great presentation (shades of Firewatch in its visual design) and very good voice acting so it's currently unfinished nature is really the only sticking point at the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 0:25 
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Satsuma wrote:
1) Homefront (PC)
2) SUPERHOT VR (PSVR)
3) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
4) Uncanny Valley (PS4)
5) Resident Evil 7: Not a Hero DLC (PS4)
6) Layers of Fear (PC)
7) Genital Jousting - Story mode (PC)
8 ) Corgi Warlock (PC)
9) Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)


10) Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)

Ah man, it’s excellent. It exudes quality throughout from it’s gorgeous celshaded graphics, its wide sweeping vistas that goes on for miles around in all directions, lovely charactisation and finally to the utterly beautiful full ochestra soundtrack.

There’s so much game here: 22 hours for the campaign and I’ve barely touched any side quests, challenge missions or decked out my house with bits of furniture. And that’s the true ending, not that fake ending at the end of Act 2.

It’s more Gravity Rush but betterer.

Mind you, there’s still the problem with the camera from the first game which can get a bit lost, but it’s difficult to think of a solution when the whole premise of the game is that you can move in any direction altering gravity. Some of the combat is a bit finicky as well.

Overall though it was a fabulous game. A genuine honest to goodness AAA Japanese title. They do make some amazing games those crazy kids.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:19 
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@Bamba - what conversation options does a mute have?

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:15 
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Grim... wrote:
@Bamba - what conversation options does a mute have?


A surprising amount it turns out.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 14:13 
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1. The Magic Circle
2. Rusty Lake: Roots.
3. Old Man's Journey
4. Bohemian Killing
5. Hidden Folks
6. Until:Dawn: Rush of Blood
7. Rusty Lake: Hotel
8. Outlast
9. Rusty Lake: Paradise
10. Homefront

11. Batman: The Telltale Series
12. Red
13. Evo Explores
14. All That Remains (part 1)
15. Thief
16. The Frostrune
17. THOR.N
18. Hitchhiker
19. Sherlocked's The Vault: a short room escape thing in the style of The Room series. It's decent enough for free and doesn't outstay it's welcome. It's in Android's version of early access but I didn't encounter any bugs or issues while playing through it.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 17:45 
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Satsuma wrote:
1) Homefront (PC)
2) SUPERHOT VR (PSVR)
3) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
4) Uncanny Valley (PS4)
5) Resident Evil 7: Not a Hero DLC (PS4)
6) Layers of Fear (PC)
7) Genital Jousting - Story mode (PC)
8 ) Corgi Warlock (PC)
9) Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
10) Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)


11) Playerunknowns Battlegrounds (X1X)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

It’s a great little game this with a compelling gameplay loop and moment to moment tension. During the last fight it was me and one chap on the outskirts of Ponchinki in a field. My hands were trembling in real life. I’d spotted him on the other side of the circle earlier so I knew generally where he would be. I tried lying down but couldn’t use my sights in the rustling corn. I sat up. I was in a bush not knowing whether I was fully on display. Could this be it? I was just inside the white circle and waited until the blue circle of death pushed further in expecting it would flush him out causing him to stand up and I could get a bead on him. Or did he already have me in his sights? The blue circle was closing and there was nothing. Hang on, was that him? I zoomed in on a spot in the corn. Bang, bang, bang-bang. He was dead and would sulk off to another game because he was forever a loser. I had triumphed against 98 other players. I was forever the winner.

I’m never playing it again because I won the game.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 17:49 
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You said you weren't counting this until you got it on both maps!

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 17:56 
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Xbox only has one map!


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 18:04 
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Satsuma wrote:
Xbox only has one map!

Does it? Fair enough then.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:48 
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1. The Magic Circle
2. Rusty Lake: Roots.
3. Old Man's Journey
4. Bohemian Killing
5. Hidden Folks
6. Until:Dawn: Rush of Blood
7. Rusty Lake: Hotel
8. Outlast
9. Rusty Lake: Paradise
10. Homefront

11. Batman: The Telltale Series
12. Red
13. Evo Explores
14. All That Remains (part 1)
15. Thief
16. The Frostrune
17. THOR.N
18. Hitchhiker
19. Sherlocked's The Vault
20. Crescent Bay: another short Humble Original. You arrive at your friend's house to find that she's been murdered and so you piece together what happened. First by using clue words to uncover memories then by putting those into the correct sequence once you've uncovered them all. It's pretty fun for the 15 or so minutes it lasts and a nice palette cleanser of a game. The ending suggests a much larger story but I've no idea of one is actually planned or not.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 13:12 
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1. The Magic Circle
2. Rusty Lake: Roots.
3. Old Man's Journey
4. Bohemian Killing
5. Hidden Folks
6. Until:Dawn: Rush of Blood
7. Rusty Lake: Hotel
8. Outlast
9. Rusty Lake: Paradise
10. Homefront
11. Batman: The Telltale Series
12. Red
13. Evo Explores
14. All That Remains (part 1)
15. Thief
16. The Frostrune
17. THOR.N
18. Hitchhiker
19. Sherlocked's The Vault
20. Crescent Bay

21. 2000 to 1: A SpaceFelony: you're a detective sent to a space station to investigate the deaths of the crew and decided whether it was the managing AI that was responsible. You swoop around the station collecting clues then present them to the AI in order to solve the death of each crew member and, if pressed hard enough, the AI will confess to any it was responsible for. It's a nice looking thing with a dry sense of humour in it's presentation and the cross-examination mechanic works really well. Good stuff all round; recommended.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 14:35 
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1. The Magic Circle
2. Rusty Lake: Roots.
3. Old Man's Journey
4. Bohemian Killing
5. Hidden Folks
6. Until:Dawn: Rush of Blood
7. Rusty Lake: Hotel
8. Outlast
9. Rusty Lake: Paradise
10. Homefront
11. Batman: The Telltale Series
12. Red
13. Evo Explores
14. All That Remains (part 1)
15. Thief
16. The Frostrune
17. THOR.N
18. Hitchhiker
19. Sherlocked's The Vault
20. Crescent Bay

21. 2000 to 1: A SpaceFelony
22. The Park: horror themed walking simulator based on some MMORPG that sees you exploring a theme park after dark looking for your son who's run off. It's possibly one of the worst games I've ever played in that it does precisely not a single fucking thing that's interesting or new and doesn't even have a story worth giving a fuck about. It's only potential saving graces are that it's short and doesn't look bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 15:18 
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Bamba wrote:
It's only potential saving graces are that it's short and doesn't look bad.

Sounds like one of my ex-girlfriends.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:00 
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1. The Magic Circle
2. Rusty Lake: Roots.
3. Old Man's Journey
4. Bohemian Killing
5. Hidden Folks
6. Until:Dawn: Rush of Blood
7. Rusty Lake: Hotel
8. Outlast
9. Rusty Lake: Paradise
10. Homefront
11. Batman: The Telltale Series
12. Red
13. Evo Explores
14. All That Remains (part 1)
15. Thief
16. The Frostrune
17. THOR.N
18. Hitchhiker
19. Sherlocked's The Vault
20. Crescent Bay

21. 2000 to 1: A SpaceFelony
22. The Park
23. Accounting+: VR game collaboration between Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland and CrowsCrowsCrows (i.e. Davey Wreden, co-designer of The Stanley Parable). It's as chaotic and ridiculous as you'd imagine with that pedigree and makes for an entertaining couple of hours; though obviously if you've got no love for R+Ms style of humour then you're going to have a bad time here. There are a few secrets to be found but the core game isn't going to take you all that long to blow through so it's not exactly a paragon of value for money. Which makes it the same as most PSVR content though I suppose.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:21 
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1) Wolfenstein 2 - The New Colossus : That was enjoyable and frustrating in equal measure. The lack of visible indicators when your health is low or you are getting shot to shittery from behind makes for a lot of deaths that you weren't expecting. On the other hand, running around dual wielding shotguns that fire three shells at once with copious amounts of ammo means that replaying sections is less of a chore than in other games. The plot veers from earnest and decent discussion about all manner of politics to shit and fart jokes so much it undermines any message it's trying to get across but fair play for at least raising some of the issues. Overall if you like shooting Nazis with overpowered guns and don't mind just dying out of nowhere every few minutes then this is the game for you. There's literally no point even trying to use stealth by the way, you get two kills in and then all hell breaks loose. Every time.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
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1. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) - finished story + Pink Floyd level + over 300 power moons
2. SUPERHOT VR (Rift/PC) - finished story mode

So much fun! A bit short but I've unlocked new modes which may increase its longevity.

I can't imagine how much less good this game is on a flat screen. It feels made for VR even though I know it wasn't.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
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I bloody love the endless mode. It’s a chaotic mess!


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 19:53 
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Lonewolves wrote:
I can't imagine how much less good this game is on a flat screen. It feels made for VR even though I know it wasn't.


It is a very different game. good in its own way

Hittng enemies with guns in harder, but hitting mens with thown objects is somewhere about infinitely easier.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge 2018
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 16:25 
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Satsuma wrote:
1) Homefront (PC)
2) SUPERHOT VR (PSVR)
3) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
4) Uncanny Valley (PS4)
5) Resident Evil 7: Not a Hero DLC (PS4)
6) Layers of Fear (PC)
7) Genital Jousting - Story mode (PC)
8 ) Corgi Warlock (PC)
9) Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
10) Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
11) Playerunknowns Battlegrounds (X1X)


12) The Evil Within 2 (PS4)

TEW1 is brilliant. TEW2 is good but worse than the original in almost all respects.

TEW1 had amazing enemy designs and lots of interesting bosses. This hasn’t got that.

A lot was made in the reviews of the “open world” but TEW2 isn’t really open world. Well, you can go from the last level back to the beginning if you wanted to but it’s a fairly linear path through the game but with two largish levels you can wander about in and find some side missions if you’re that way inclined. I thought the open nature of the game was pretty good but I preferred the linear nature of the first game more: It took you on a ridiculous journey through hospitals, castles, cities, basements, torture chamber and so on but this place is stuck with generic rural town No. 17.

The shooting is good, though, and the item management and stuff is really great - just like the OG! I really liked playing the game. It’s less like Resi 4 than TEW1 but still feels fun and tense as the enemies cause you a bit of bother with little effort on their part. It’s certainly not easy and I like that.

Unfortunately when I wasn’t playing the game it was boring shit. The characters are the blandest generic video game hokum that I’ve seen in some time and the dialogue straight from Resident Evil 1. The cutscenes are boring and the new voice for the main character is fucking dreadful.

Finished in 13 hours which, I think, is about 10 hours less than it took me to finish TEW1 and that wasn’t “open world”. So, y’know, that’s probably a negative for open worlds, I think, maybe. The story was all wrapped up so there probably won’t be another TEW ever again. But that’s probably for the best since clearly this outing hasn’t had the love poured into it that the original had. I don’t think either sold particularly well on release. And that’s a real pity but if you don’t support these games we’ll end up MP games with loot boxes up the arsehole and a diminishing amount of AAA single player games.

It’s a solid 6/10.


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