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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 13:43 
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30. Chronology: a puzzle-platformer where you switch at will between (a) a scientist guy who can move between current and past versions of the game world which changes certain key features of the landscape and (b) a cybernetic snail (!) who can pause time and be used as a sort of mobile platform. Between the two of them you solve puzzles and move left to right through the levels. Looks nice and plays very well.


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31. Raanaa The Shaman Girl: odd, short and boring platform game. Meh.


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32. Samsara Room: Samsara Room was the 2013 precursor to the Rusty Lake/Cube Escape series of delightfully macabre and twisted 'room escape' games which has been given a remaster and update to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the main series. I'm not sure if I played the original version but this one's every bit as interesting, logical and weird as it's sibling games so just as worth seeking out, especially as it's free.


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1) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Xbox) - 7/10
2) The Division 2 (Xbox) - 8/10
3) Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) - 6/10
4) Horizon: Zero Dawn (DLC - The Frozen Wilds) (PS4) - 7/10
5) Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (DLC - The Terminator) (PS4) - 3/10
6) The Surge 2 (PS4) - 6/10
7) BioShock 2 (DLC - Minervas Den) (PS4) - 6/10
8 ) Bioshock Infinite (DLC - buried at Sea Episode 1) (PS4) - 3/10
9) Bioshock Infinite (DLC - buried at Sea Episode 2) (PS4) - 7/10
10) Sea Salt (Xbox) - 8/10
11) Astral Chain (Switch) - 5/10
12) Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening (Switch) - 7/10 6/10
13) Code Vein (PS4) - 5/10
14) Call of Duty: MW Warzone (PS4) - 8/10
15) Ori & The Will of the Wisps (Xbox) - 10/10
16) Dark Souls: Remastered (PS4) - 9/10
17) Flashback (Switch) - 2/10
18) Gradius/Nemesis: The Gradius Collection (PS4) -
19) Hyper Dot (Xbox) - 10/10
20) Outrun (Switch) -
21) Remnant (Xbox) - 9/10
22) Monument Valley 2 (iOS) - meh



23) Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox) - 9/10

Brilliant! Play it co-op on Hard or above and it’s a blast and reasonably challenging. It’s a nice challenge and looks and sounds great. Unfortunately it’s not that long (2-3 hours maybe) (hence play it on the higher difficulties) and at £30 it’s a difficult proposition to recommend. But on Game Pass for nothing but the price of the subscription it’s fucking amazing value and is a must play.


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33. Voxelgram: picross in general is possibly the single game I've spent most time playing. Beginning with web based versions then onto LogicSquare which has been installed on pretty much every Android phone I've owned.

Nintendo released a version of it for the DS called Picross 3D which turned the grid into a cube and I was utterly fucked hooked on it for the time it took me to work through all the levels. A few random Android devs have taken a crack at that over the years but always pretty half-heartedly, and for some reason Nintendo themselves don't seem intent on doing anything with the concept. So I was very, very happy indeed when I stumbled across Voxelgram a while back and it was downloaded to my Switch with a fucking quickness.

It's clunkier to control than the original but the stylus of the DS was so ideal for the job that it's difficult to hold that against them. I did spend some time fighting with the controls but it doesn't take long to master them and then you've basically got fucking Picross 3D! The difficulty takes a bit long to ramp up with only the final few level sets really providing a challenge, but given the amount of time I've sunk into the game possibly I'm not the best yardstick for that. I've finished all 190 of the fixed levels but there's a 'random' option which generates puzzles on the fly with various themes so I'll likely still be firing this up for a go every now and again forever. Yas!


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2. The Witness (PC)
3. Sunless Skies (PC)
4. Turmoil (PC)
5. Demon Crawl (PC)
6. Resident Evil 6 (PC)
7. Nier: Automata (PC)
8. Sekiro (PS4)
9. God of War (PS4)
10. Celeste (PC)
11. Hitman 2 (PC)
12. Overcooked 2 (PC)

Fairly relaxed coop cooking..


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This sounds like extremely my jam.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge (2020)
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GazChap wrote:
Bamba wrote:

This sounds like extremely my jam.


If you've never played it before there's loads of free 2D picross/nonogram games around the place you can check out for a taste.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge (2020)
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If you've never played it before there's loads of free 2D picross/nonogram games around the place you can check out for a taste.

Picross is a staple of mine, too. Never heard of a 3D one until this though :)

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge (2020)
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GazChap wrote:
Bamba wrote:
If you've never played it before there's loads of free 2D picross/nonogram games around the place you can check out for a taste.

Picross is a staple of mine, too. Never heard of a 3D one until this though :)


Ah, you're in for a treat then!


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34-39: another crop of bite-sized escape games from Android developer nicolet.jp. All of them logical, clever and generally very well done.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge (2020)
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1) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Xbox) - 7/10
2) The Division 2 (Xbox) - 8/10
3) Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) - 6/10
4) Horizon: Zero Dawn (DLC - The Frozen Wilds) (PS4) - 7/10
5) Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (DLC - The Terminator) (PS4) - 3/10
6) The Surge 2 (PS4) - 6/10
7) BioShock 2 (DLC - Minervas Den) (PS4) - 6/10
8 ) Bioshock Infinite (DLC - buried at Sea Episode 1) (PS4) - 3/10
9) Bioshock Infinite (DLC - buried at Sea Episode 2) (PS4) - 7/10
10) Sea Salt (Xbox) - 8/10
11) Astral Chain (Switch) - 5/10
12) Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening (Switch) - 7/10 6/10
13) Code Vein (PS4) - 5/10
14) Call of Duty: MW Warzone (PS4) - 8/10
15) Ori & The Will of the Wisps (Xbox) - 10/10
16) Dark Souls: Remastered (PS4) - 9/10
17) Flashback (Switch) - 2/10
18) Gradius/Nemesis: The Gradius Collection (PS4) -
19) Hyper Dot (Xbox) - 10/10
20) Outrun (Switch) -
21) Remnant (Xbox) - 9/10
22) Monument Valley 2 (iOS) - meh
23) Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox) - 9/10




24) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (PS4) - 8/10

Rather good interactive novel that’s pleasingly written and fun. The main story is 4 chapters deep but then there’s a large a sort of extra chapter that’s completely unconnected that I was struggling to find much interest in. This new chapter has a few new interactive moments too like spraying the scene for clues and stuff that was alright but it retreads old ground from the main story about an old ‘unsolved’ case.

Unfortunately I’ve no desire to play another on my big telly.

Mind you, I did cross exam a parrot.


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Good Switch fodder, I expect.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge (2020)
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40. A Mortician's Tale: you play as a mortician going through her daily duties of embalming, cremating and generally working on corpses before attending the wake and listening to the chatter of the deceased's friends and family. The story plays out mostly from reading your emails each day before you get on with the job at hand. Each 'case' only take a couple of minutes of active interaction to run through and there's only a handful of them so the entire thing's done and dusted in half an hour. There's no fail state and you literally can't do anything wrong so no real agency; this is a story with some slight interactive elements. Which is fine in itself; and it's interesting to learn about the mechanics of embalming and cremation*--plus one of your daily emails goes into more details about new stuff going on like more environmentally friendly idea that some people are adopting when it comes to their death--but just don't go in expecting anything more than that.

*Did you know that after a cremation the urn of 'ashes' the family gets isn't ash at all, but actually the result of grinding down the left-over bones in a 'cremulator' machine? I genuinely didn't.


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I knew also, and I think it’s because it’s in the dialogue of a film I’ve seen, though I can’t even start to think which one.

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1. Trine 4 (PC)
2. The Witness (PC)
3. Sunless Skies (PC)
4. Turmoil (PC)
5. Demon Crawl (PC)
6. Resident Evil 6 (PC)
7. Nier: Automata (PC)
8. Sekiro (PS4)
9. God of War (PS4)
10. Celeste (PC)
11. Hitman 2 (PC)
12. Overcooked 2 (PC)
13. Her Story (PC)

Not all it were cracked up to be. I suppose to some degree it relies on the order of discovery.

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Satsuma wrote:
1) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Xbox) - 7/10
2) The Division 2 (Xbox) - 8/10
3) Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) - 6/10
4) Horizon: Zero Dawn (DLC - The Frozen Wilds) (PS4) - 7/10
5) Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (DLC - The Terminator) (PS4) - 3/10
6) The Surge 2 (PS4) - 6/10
7) BioShock 2 (DLC - Minervas Den) (PS4) - 6/10
8 ) Bioshock Infinite (DLC - buried at Sea Episode 1) (PS4) - 3/10
9) Bioshock Infinite (DLC - buried at Sea Episode 2) (PS4) - 7/10
10) Sea Salt (Xbox) - 8/10
11) Astral Chain (Switch) - 5/10
12) Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening (Switch) - 7/10 6/10
13) Code Vein (PS4) - 5/10
14) Call of Duty: MW Warzone (PS4) - 8/10
15) Ori & The Will of the Wisps (Xbox) - 10/10
16) Dark Souls: Remastered (PS4) - 9/10
17) Flashback (Switch) - 2/10
18) Gradius/Nemesis: The Gradius Collection (PS4) -
19) Hyper Dot (Xbox) - 10/10
20) Outrun (Switch) -
21) Remnant (Xbox) - 9/10
22) Monument Valley 2 (iOS) - meh
23) Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox) - 9/10
24) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (PS4) - 8/10



25) Star Wars: Republic Commando (Xbox) - 7/10

Kinda like Halo with Wookies and daft names like fnaarggghaaaahha. Yeah, it’s kinda fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Challenge (2020)
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41. Starman: a puzzle game for pretty much all the platforms which sees you doing the usual box/switch/portal/whatever manipulation to power up things and escape the level. Starts off very slow and boring but the puzzle variety and difficulty picks up after a bit and things get much more interesting, with only some iffy physics in a couple of levels holding things back. It's also really, really fucking dark on the Switch screen which was mildly annoying, something that's rubbed in a bit when you finish the game and it briefly blooms from it's monochromatic look to something beautifully colourful and you see what you could've been playing all this time if not for this weird art direction.

Arguably the most interesting thing about it is when you finish it and the 'Flow Mode' is unlocked. Despite the name though it's not a different approach to the levels you've played, it's pretty much a different game entirely. It's like a tiny wee open world that you can explore and dick around in that's filled with environmental puzzles you have to figure out from observing stuff. Despite some pretty obscure aspects it's great fun and a refreshing change of pace from what came before. It's main mechanic is being able to change the weather at will so you go from sailing your boat around during a lightning storm to freezing everything so you can eschew the boat entirely and instead ice skate your character around the lake that's at the centre of thing.

Don't get me wrong, it still feels a lot like a mobile game in places (probably because it started out there as far as I can tell) but it's much more fun than I expected it would at the start an certainly I got much more than my 99p moneys worth out of it.


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42. What The Golf?: quirky and ridiculous (in a good way) puzzle game of sorts where everything is golf. Basically every bite size level involves you charging up the traditional power/direction arrow from classic golf games and firing stuff around in order to get to the flag. Sometimes you're hitting a ball, sometimes a club, sometimes a house, sometimes your own character model. It escalates ridiculously from there and some of the idea you come up against are very imaginative; even as they purposely and obvously rip off everything from Portal to Getting Over It With Bennet Foddy. There are the odd teeth-grindingly frustrating levels that rely more on luck or perseverance than actual skill, but I'm awful at games and I still managed to completely 100% everything. Pro-tip: a couple of the levels involving crabs are pretty much technically impossible using the stoik/buttons but become very easy when you use the touchscreen because it's faster to 'charge up'. Other pro-tip: space out your sessions and don't just play it for hours on end because at it's core it is very similar throughout and you'll get utterly burned out on it that way.


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1. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered (PS4)
2. Star Wars: Battlefront II (PC)
3. Resident Evil 6 (PC) - completed Leon, Chris, Jake and Ada campaigns
4. Halo: Reach (PC) - completed campaign on Mostly Heroic
5. Call of Duty: Mobile (iOS) - came 1st in battle royale mode

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First game of the year completed.

1. Streets of Rage 4

Considering I wasn't all that keen on what I saw from the trailer, the final game is a pleasant surprise and after a few levels clicks as a proper SOR game. There are some frustrating enemies and some of the levels are a little unremarkable but there are enough neat new touches to make it a decent part of the series. Probably wouldn't have paid full price for it though.


2. Firewatch
Not a game I took to immediately, but very good once you get stuck into it. The lack of any actual risk of coming to harm takes a little getting used but, but I guess it's more a cross between a walking simulator and visual novel then the usual action games, so it was a nice Sunday diversion.

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Is it not a straight-up walking simulator?

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It's the first time I've played such a game, but I'd hoped for something a little less linear. The choices you make lead to small variations in the story, but still to the same end result.

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I think most WS are linear by nature - they're telling a story. FireWatch is perhaps less linear than most I've played (which isn't that many).

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Don’t play Dear Esther or Gone Home, if you think Firewatch is linear

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But do play Gone Home because it's marvellous. Dear Esther I was a bit more "meh" about.

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I won't be in a rush for another game in the same vein. I mainly bought it as it was on offer and some of the visuals were by the excellent Olly Moss

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