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Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Topic Start: September 09, 2017, 04:45:05 AM »
Bit late this month, sorry about that.  Now I know all you cool kids will be like PLAY: Destiny 2! BIN: Destiny 1! but as usual I'm playing a load of weird stuff no-one else is so at least I've got something to talk about.

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Slime Rancher.  I think this is a really great game, a proper overlooked gem of a title.  It's got elements of Stardew Valley (building up a ranch, populating it with slimes and maximising your profits) mixed with a bit of Minecraft (exploring your local area and gathering resources).  It's really gentle and undemanding to play but just when you think it's really simple and there's not much to it, additional layers of complexity unfold and there's actually far more to it than meets the eye.  It's adorable too.

Everybody's Golf.  Which is, oddly enough, almost identical to every other Everybody's Golf game.  In single-player mode at least it's the same slow grind through tournament matches and versus players to unlock different courses, and it plays much the same as previous instalments, so right now I'm not getting much out of this that I haven't already seen in, say, the Vita version.  There's more to it once you venture online so maybe that's where the fun really lies - and I am enjoying it a lot, so there's that - but somehow I expected more innovation than I've seen so far.  I also admire its dedication to using all the latest graphical techniques - I'm playing in native 4K with HDR - yet still looking basically terrible.  You've got to respect that.

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Starting to get hyped now for Assassin's Creed: Origins which is looking pretty tremendous.  As a fan of the series I'm pretty much guaranteed to be day one on this one, though I'm a bit wary that it'll be buggy initially as all new-gen AC games tend to be.

Still want to get the Final Fantasy XII remaster too.

That Mario & Rabbids thing looks pretty good.  That's two games I want on the Switch now.  It's getting there.

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I think I'll probably put Grand Kingdom on ice.  It's good, but it requires huge amounts of time to get anywhere and doesn't really deliver the kind of rewards you'd expect from that kind of dedication.  Strangely enough it's the kind of game I wish I had on my phone - it suits regular play sessions very well - but as it stands I think I can probably use my time more productively.

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Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Reply #1: September 09, 2017, 06:02:29 AM »
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As predicted, Destiny 2. Not impressed with the story so far, but I only settled into the first one after I'd finished the story and had the daily ritual of strikes and story missions. At low levels with crap equipment, and lacking that comfortable familiarity, it's a bit pedestrian. That said, it's still Destiny with the same satisfying shooting and movement, which is enough for now.

Lacking the time for XCOM 2 (and the money for its expansion, War of the Chosen), I'm really glad for Mario+Rabbids to give me that strategy kick. I'm worried that going back to XCOM's fiddly shot percentages and limited turn options is going to be difficult after a game that lets me slide tackle through two enemies, slip through a pipe to the other side of the map, combo jump off a squadmate onto a third opponent, then still take a shot and activate overwatch. And then use my other two characters.

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Despite all that, I've got my eye on War of the Chosen - sated slightly by watching Matt Lees' new playthrough videos which let me visit it vicariously.

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Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Reply #2: September 09, 2017, 07:44:57 AM »
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Destiny 2 - Novelty has kinda' wore off, shooting feels solid but it just kinda' feels like a less fun version of Borderlands 2 so far, I hear the true strength lies in the endgame though, so I'll stick around.

Stormblood - I beat the current raid with my static, static drama happened, I now have no static :( (drama is still carrying on on as of today too, and I'm tired since I'm stuck in the middle). And soon we'll get two new fights and the upcoming Ultimate difficulty raid which is apparently Bahamut (Final Coil raid end boss), Twintania (Binding Coil raid boss) and Nael van Darnus (Second Coil raid end boss) all at the same time so good luck doing that with pugs, future me.  :wacko:

Undertale - Near the end, it's great and one of the best RPGs I've ever played.

Final Fantasy XII HD - Taking it slowly, since I want to do everything. Only did a few more hunts last night then ventured into the Ridorina Cataracts which IIRC is one mega long super story dungeon. The faux-MMO nature of this game and the combat makes it quite a chill game to play actually.

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The Legend of Korra game that Platinum made - Watching the second series of Korra at the moment, it's awesome and the game always looked like a great Budget Platinum game, one thing I'm impressed the most by is how they seem to have got her fighting animations spot on, if the game has a parry I'll lose my shit. (Also, Korra is awesome tbh)

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Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Reply #3: September 11, 2017, 08:27:19 AM »
Good god, I finally remembered my password for the Soc! :)

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PinOut - My current phone obsession, because I'm pinball mad and this is lovely.
LEGO Dimensions - Determined to 100% this. I now own all the figures (ALL OF THEM), except the ones out this Friday... but I have enough trade-in credit at GAME/CEX to have those immediately too. Making progress, though I'll be here a while...
Pokémon GO - Nearly got a complete Gen1 'dex (bar FarFetch'd and Tauros, the region-locked bastards) and raids are keeping me and the family playing together still, which is nice.

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Pinball FX3 - Can't wait for this in a few weeks, especially as the majority of the tables from Zen Pinball 2 carry over.
South Park: Phone Destroyer - Heard good things about this, so I'm in.
Motivation to play Switch - I've not picked up my Switch in a while. I should, because I still haven't finished Zelda or even remotely started Splatoon 2.

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Magikarp Jump - Done, not going back. Fun while it lasted though, as mindless as it was.

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Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Reply #4: September 13, 2017, 03:21:45 AM »
Additional Play: Horizon Zero Dawn - haven't got far enough to really comment on the game but my god this game is pretty.  It's like a generational leap over most of the stuff on the PS4 Pro, cheerfully chugging along in (checkerboard) 4K and with the best implementation of HDR I've seen on anything (movies, games, whatever).  Just lovely to look at.  So far the game itself seems fairly generic but I like the setting and the intro was good so I'm fairly hopeful this will be fun.

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Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Reply #5: September 13, 2017, 04:53:29 AM »
The plot took a while to grab me, but I think I've said elsewhere, I'm still thinking about bits of it.

I want to go back and NG+ it on Ultra Hard, just to see if I can.

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« Reply #6: September 13, 2017, 06:55:13 AM »
Additional Play: Horizon Zero Dawn - haven't got far enough to really comment on the game but my god this game is pretty.  It's like a generational leap over most of the stuff on the PS4 Pro, cheerfully chugging along in (checkerboard) 4K and with the best implementation of HDR I've seen on anything (movies, games, whatever).  Just lovely to look at.  So far the game itself seems fairly generic but I like the setting and the intro was good so I'm fairly hopeful this will be fun.

I keep wondering if I should get it. It's one of very few games that I have any interest in just now. I certainly like what I've seen of it.

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« Reply #7: September 25, 2017, 04:07:07 AM »
A bit further in and I have to say Horizon Zero Dawn isn't really grabbing me, and I'm not at all sure why.  Everything in it is really good - it's got an interesting setting, decent characters, a varied combat system, a big open world and it looks incredible - but somehow it's not coming together.  I've seen it described elsewhere as "Modern Games: The Game" and perhaps that's part of the problem?  It's got everything you'd expect in there but none of it feels inspired and very little of it feels truly necessary.  The crafting in particular just seems to be a way to get the player to spend more time in menus, and I'm starting to groan every time I see a Mass Effect-style dialogue wheel with 15 earnest questions I need to ask every NPC in turn before I feel like I can move on.  When I'm watching the (lengthy) cut-scenes I'm wishing I had more control.  When I'm trundling around the open world, I'm wishing I had more direction.

I'm a few hours in, just out of the starting area (met my first Tallneck and found my first Trial) and I'm kind of tempted to shelve it.  Does it suddenly open up past this point or have I seen enough to get a flavour of what it is?  If it's like this all the way through then I've probably had enough.

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Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Reply #8: September 25, 2017, 04:28:37 AM »
You're having the exact same reaction I did. (I found it helped a little to turn off most of the HUD markers, because Jesus.)

I ended up playing it a bunch more out of some kind of obligation and, like you say, it's a very well-crafted game - but I ended up dropping it (I assume) long before the end. I don't feel like it got different, so much as it just got more. More weapons that fire more types of ammo at more robo-dinos who drop more resources to craft more armour and more items. It's loops on loops on loops, and none of them weighty enough to be particularly satisfying.

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« Reply #9: September 25, 2017, 04:49:47 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.

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« Reply #10: 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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« Reply #11: 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.


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« Reply #12: 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.

Re: Play Want Bin - Septum Piercing
« Reply #13: 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.   

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« Reply #14: 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.