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The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Last post by martTM on September 25, 2017, 09:48:13 AM »
Additional PLAY:

Stealth Inc - Been sitting on my Vita forever, never really touched it, now ploughing through it. Up to the last world already, it's rather good in a bitesize way. Some annoyances, like the way it pits you to beat a set time for the best rank and yet has some places where the AI's detection is totally random, meaning you're playing those levels repeatedly just to hopefully manage both at once. Otherwise though, pretty decent.

Tearaway Unfolded - Platinum'd the Vita one, but this feels different enough to be worth going through... plus, I've forgotten the original anyway so it's basically a fresh experience. Playing on and off just because.
The Games Parlour / Re: My Gizmondo moment
« Last post by Alastor on September 25, 2017, 09:16:50 AM »
Note to self: replay Crono Trigger one day.
The Games Parlour / Re: Nintendo Switch
« Last post by aniki on September 25, 2017, 07:17:57 AM »
Has anybody else tried the Project Octopath Traveller demo? If it doesn't win the award for "Worst Game Name Ever" it comes damn close, but it's an intriguing prospect. At its heart it's a 2D top-down JRPG (albeit in a 3D environment), with a turn-based, menu-driven battle system. There are eight player characters with their own overlapping stories (the demo only has two) and special abilities.

And it's drab as fuck.

Seriously, would it have killed them to put some colour in this thing? The fights are big and bombastic and have numbers falling out of characters all over the place, but if you're expecting to see a primary colour then buddy you need to look somewhere else.

I'm still really interested to pick up the full version - I've really enjoyed what I played of the demo - but I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the art director wakes up one day and realises that it might be nice to have more than shades of brown in his game.
The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Last post by Garwoofoo on September 25, 2017, 06:54:15 AM »
Yeah. I actually played Xenoblade Chronicles a bit when it came out on the Wii and really enjoyed it, but going back to it now it's even better than I remembered.  All the little side quests really help to fill out the world and make it feel alive, and it's fantastic to have a game of this kind of scope and complexity on a handheld.  I even like the hilarious voice acting.

The 3DS is such an odd little machine at this stage in its life, it's always felt a bit archaic and it's incredibly uncomfortable to hold for long periods but it's quietly built up an incredible library of games, especially if you're into RPGs. I'm starting to realise that I've only just scratched the surface of what it's got available despite owning one almost since launch. Dragon Quest, SMT, Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, Bravely Default, Rune Factory...  I'm sure Alastor will remind me of a dozen others I've forgotten.  I think I need to buy a grip for the thing so I can actually use it for more than an hour without hand cramps.
The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Last post by aniki on September 25, 2017, 06:49:21 AM »
Crafting in Horizon is in this weird place where they obviously, at one point, wanted it to be really deep and interesting (there's no other sensible explanation for the sheer number of different bits to collect) but then later decided it shouldn't be something you have to spend lots of time on. Which results in this situation where you can craft essentially infinite arrows, bombs and other consumables, instantly, in a pop-up menu, while legging it from a 400-foot mechanical tyrannosaurus - but finding the specific squirrel kidney you need for a new shirt takes hours of tedious hunting.

It feels like a game where no idea was ever actually thrown away, just reduced down until it would fit into the schedule.
The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Last post by dizzy_est_un_oeuf on September 25, 2017, 06:48:43 AM »
Play I bought Star Wars Battlefront in the PSN sale and then also downloaded Overwatch for the freeplay weekend. I’ve been playing a lot of Battlefront. In my limited experience of playing a couple of online shooters obsessively; it’s pretty shallow but, to me at least, that’s one of the main reasons I’m enjoying it.

There’s not an awful lot to learn and after that it’s just a lot of running around pew-pewing Star Wars action figures. Haven’t played many of the massive 40 player game maps but the 8/10/12 player games are scratching the bit of my brain that enjoys this sort of thing. Also the Star Wars part of my brain, the music and sound effects are particularly effective.

Overwatch is too complicated for me, I could tell from a couple of games that it requires investment to get to grips with different play styles and catch up with the community which I can’t really justify.

Want I’m up for this Fortnite battle royale thing that’s going free to play tomorrow. Hadn’t really heard much about the game before the announcement. Like everyone else without a PC I’ve been keeping up with PUBG via the Youtubes etc. so keen to play something similar.   
The Games Parlour / Re: My Gizmondo moment
« Last post by Brian Bloodaxe on September 25, 2017, 06:44:51 AM »
Well I'm happy.

The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Last post by Ninchilla on September 25, 2017, 06:41:33 AM »
I don't remember when exactly HZD clicked with me; I think it was when I got to the Carja lands, or thereabouts.

I also don't remember ever spending a lot of time in menus crafting... certainly I made a lot of arrows, but that was all from the weapon wheel. The economy in general is garbage, though; hunting down fish skin or raccoon bone or whatever was a bit of a drag, and it never seemed to make sense for what it was I was making.

Dunno, I really loved it by the end. The Carja plot isn't hugely interesting, but the backstory stuff - the Zero Dawn plot - is something I still think about almost daily.
The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Last post by Alastor on September 25, 2017, 06:32:28 AM »
XC is great, monster of game, faux-MMO filled to the brim with tiny conveniences that make it more fun to play, save anytime anywhere, fast travel, change time of day when needed, fetch quests auto complete before the 'return to Quest giver' part.

The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Last post by Brian Bloodaxe on September 25, 2017, 06:03:13 AM »
Ah, I thought that might be the case.  Thanks for confirming.

It's interesting because I picked up Xenoblade Chronicles on the 3DS the other day and although it's an RPG, it's got a lot in common with HZD, from its open world to its resource collection.  Game genres are definitely merging these days. I'm also enjoying it far, far more.  It obviously lacks HZD's graphical splendour (as an ugly Wii game ported to an underpowered handheld, "it's as good as you'd expect" is about all I can say about it) but everything else is just... better.  The pacing's better, the plot's more interesting, there are always a hundred things to be thinking about, the battle system is really involved and there's genuine wit and banter between the main cast.  I'm genuinely caught up in its strange little world in a way that Horizon never managed.  So maybe I should just play that one instead.

The other day when I said I was considering buying Horizon, I soon thought to myself, "Maybe I should actually finish Xenoblade instead." I've got my Wii plugged in too.
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