PWB June 2024

Started by Garwoofoo
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Garwoofoo

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Mass Effect 3 (Legendary Edition) which is more Mass Effect but now…

I'm not enjoying this very much. Some git's nicked all the lightbulbs and everything's now much darker than in the previous games for no reason at all. In fact the game overall somehow looks worse than ME2 - the cut-scenes and conversations in particular seem to have had far less care taken over them and it all looks far less believable and coherent. Shepard's run is now a kind of slow-motion waddle that looks utterly ridiculous. The new crew members aren't a patch on the old ones. The environments are now more maze-like and I'm spending far too much time working out where to go, not helped by Shepard's new enthusiasm for jumping over little gaps and climbing ladders. And my quest log is filled up with tasks I seem to have picked up from conversations I didn't even notice going on in the background. Overall, it's Mass Effect, but worse.

Maybe I'm being a bit harsh? It probably hasn't helped that the first two quests I elected to do both turned out to be massive bits of DLC for the original game (Omega and Leviathan respectively) - obviously I didn't realise but maybe getting locked into huge storylines so early on has soured me on it. Or maybe it genuinely isn't very good. We'll see.

Diablo IV - I'm not sure I really get this. I mean I'm playing it as a kind of brains-off loot hoover game where I follow quest markers and press A to make things die and then I dress myself up in other people's clothes. (I killed a fox and it dropped a pair of pants and 48 gold, which was quite impressive). It's a bit grim and grey but the actual gameplay loop is quite satisfying. But then it's got all this other STUFF going on that it keeps trying to tell me about and I don't really understand any of it - seasons, battle passes, loot tracks, challenges, aspects, rewards, world events - and the little tips it gives on loading screens talk about stuff that makes no sense to me in the slightest. Maybe I need Diablo 1-3 knowledge to work all this stuff out, because it doesn't feel inclined to explain any of it. In the meantime I'll keep pressing A and watching stuff die.

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I quite like the look of Capes - a turn-based superhero strategy game from the makers of Hand of Fate. Might treat myself to that at some point, even if it does look like prime Game Pass fodder.

Assassin's Creed: Mirage is now regularly available at less than half its original price so that'll get bought at some point, probably once I'm done with Mass Effect.

Bin

The Tories, obviously.

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martTM

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ilomilo - In the wake of finishing Lorelei and the Laser Eyes, I realised that this brain-breaking puzzle game from the 360 days was also by Simogo, even though their branding isn't on it anywhere. It's backwards compatible on Xbox, so we've gone back to it since I remember being addicted to it back in the day. Fucking hell, it still breaks my brain.
Cat Quest II - I remember enjoying the original, and there's a third game coming, so I grabbed this from eShop when it was €4 recently. It's a lot… simpler than I recall the first one being? The co-op bit isn't even relevant as I'm playing solo, so it just means I've got a backup if my main hero dies. It's fine, I'll finish it, but it's not going to linger in my memory long once I'm done.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - I forgot this had been added to the GBA app for NSO, so now I'm playing this. Might be too much RPG after finishing Paper Mario, but why not eh?

WANT
I'm travelling back to the UK in three weeks, and physically seeing my kids for the first time in four years. Last time I organised that, things went spectacularly tits up thanks to Lufthansa cancelling flights, meaning I had to let them down and I lost a tonne of cash. I guess I want it to go smoothly this time? It's right in the middle of the Euros, so hopefully the fuckers wouldn't dare mess things up when all the eyes of the footballing world are on Germany… right?

BIN
Not much point saying the usual (Tories, Trump, etc)… It's looking increasingly likely that we're heading to global coverage for right-wing awfulness in most countries and between war, hatred and everything else these arseholes stand for, we're all fucked regardless. Cunts rule the world.

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Star Wars Hunters - Out today as a F2P squad shooter on Switch, iOS and Android, and it's… not utterly terrible? I'm not an expert on these games, so maybe it's utter balls but for now, I'm not inclined to delete it. I'm sure that'll change in the very near future. I also think it's doing that thing of pitting me against bots, but that's fine. My favourite hunter so far, which I don't have access to because F2P bullshit, is a really tall Jawa that's actually two Jawas in a long coat, one standing on the shoulders of the other. I'll take that kind of pointless humour any day.

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big mean bunny

Played a out two hours of Hunters last night and it was surprisingly good. It was clearly bots to begin with, although being on Switch it feels clear to me who else is on Switch and who are on mobile. Looking forward to playing some more later.

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Garwoofoo

I played Hunters and I wasn't particularly impressed, it seems very basic with almost everything good locked behind F2P bullshit and the 30FPS update isn't great for a game like this. Also the fake not-actually-Star-Wars music really grated. Anyone with access to Game Pass should probably play Battlefront 2 instead, which is an unbelievably good and fully-featured Star Wars multiplayer shooter that doesn't always get the recognition it deserves.

I also played a bit of Humanity which is a very Tory kind of a game - supposedly you have to save people, but actually it doesn't matter how many you let die as long as you save the one or two important ones which are literally made out of solid gold. It's fun and quite clever but I'm sure I'll bounce off it as I do almost all games where your only reward for completing a puzzle is another puzzle.

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Alastor

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Advance Wars: Re-boot Camp - Testing the GBA version of this on emulators reminded me I never finished the Switch version and I feel quite bad about that, so here I am. It's not even that I dislike this version, it's not as good as the GBA version and while I don't hate the visuals I do wish we got something more closer to the GBA game (some black lines here and there so I can see all the seperate parts on a tank more easily would look so much nicer already, as opposed to the almost one tone blobs we have), I still think overall this is one of my favourite games on the console by far.

The online functionality is a massive shame though, Advance Wars by Web exists for free and has ranked/casual queues with tables of the best players, it has maps that have been actually designed with competitive play in mind and tiering of COs for balance. I can't do any of that in this version, it would have probably made it my most played game on the console but I only know one person with this game and I can't even use the Switch itself to ask if he wants to play. You can design maps which is a cool feature but they're pretty small and what is the point if you don't have any friends playing this, like is probably the case these days?

Burnout 3: Takedown - This is a real blast to play but sometimes I get clipped by something I didn't react to because I'm going at like a 100mph, as far as drifting goes this feels like the best racing game but as a serious racing game I think I do probably prefer Ridge Racer.

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Alastor

Okay, fair, I should also prob not blame the game for my lack of skill and reflexes (sometimes a bus do be approaching from the side of the cut off zone in a cross junction though :pensive:). I just know some people hold this game in really high regard. I said this before but I played a little of Burnout Revenge and the mechanic where you can just shunt cars going the same direction of you now is interesting, it eliminates this issue for me almost completely at the expense of the rush of narrowly avoiding traffic, I dunno how people feel about that.

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Mr Party Hat

Burnout 3 was the last great Burnout game for me. Totally agree about the shunting, I didn't see the point at all.

Burnout 2 is probably my favourite, and nails the risk/reward idea that the later games forgot about. Traffic dodging, no takedowns, burnout chaining, and you have to consume all your boost in one go or lose it.

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Alastor

That Burning Lap event where you drive the Formula 1 type car. orz

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martTM

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The Case of the Golden Idol - Whichever smart fellow on here was extolling the virtues of this a while back, I apologise for not listening sooner. Grabbed this for a tenner in the Switch Summer Sale and it's wonderful - kind of what I'd expected, but not what I'd expected at all. I had it in my head it was a full-on Monkey Island style point and click, not small isolated (but still thematically connected) scenes with conundrums to unravel and Obra Dinn-esque darkness. I'm loving it so far (we're in the middle of the third chapter), playing it on the TV so Debs and I can work stuff out together. Sadly, the DLC bundle isn't discounted so that's another tenner on top… will pick it up eventually for sure though, once I've got my UK trip in two weeks out of the way.

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Mr Party Hat

I think that was me, it's great isn't it.

Although some of the later chapters made me feel pretty thick.

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martTM

How many chapters does it have? I don't want to look it up. My main worry is that I'll race through and be done too soon…

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Mr Party Hat

10ish, I can't remember exactly. Maybe a few more than 10.

I'd say just go for it, definitely don't take an extended break. You'll already have seen that there's something of an overarching narrative, and it can help to remember who's who. Although all the cases can be solved in isolation, of course.