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Dracula

Video Nasty
(He/His)
Thanks to work, been slowly working my way through Super Robot Wars V on the Switch. Despite not having really watched any of the licensed anime featured in it beyond maybe a handful of episodes, I am enjoying it a fair bit - the localization could have probably used another sweep by the editor/proofreader but overall it's pretty good and is making me enjoy the segments well enough. I just wish that it didn't disable the use of the screencap button early on - I like taking screenshots of silly lines and that is probably my biggest annoyance with the game.

Man I still gotta get the rest of the way through T on Switch. I opted to get the Japanese version, so it's slow goin' for me, and eventually I put it down (like I do almost all SRW games after a while), but I was super loving it when I was playing.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)
I picked up Murder by Numbers yesterday for the Switch. I'm getting some excellent Phoenix Wright vibes from it so far!
 

MetManMas

DNM-123
(He, him)
Currently playing moon. Takes a while before you can really do stuff but I am thrilled that this game exists. This shares a lot of DNA with Chibi-Robo!; might replay that when I'm done with this.
 
I picked up Remnant From the Ashes when it went free on Epic and wow this game is under-rated. I've always kind of liked parts of Diablo style games but never quite the whole package. This just does it better for me. It's kind of unfortunate that it doesn't have as wide a swath of build options to mess with, it seems kind of like a minimalist Diablo game in that way, but I feel its Souls-like approach to gameplay and how it handles RNG events is more what I've been looking for from this type of gameplay loop.

I've had enough fun with the base game that I'm already planning to pick up the DLC.
 
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lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Finished Prey last week, moved onto Blasphemous. I mostly like it, but it's got some real issues in how infrequently it doles out upgrades. I was at 35% map completion before I was even allowed to upgrade my sword a second time, and then after that it seems like they give you another sword upgrade and three rosary knots in less than an hour. Kinda makes you feel like there's very little reward for exploring, early in the game.
 

Dracula

Video Nasty
(He/His)
After a jaunt through the Genesis Sonic games, I grabbed the Encore DLC for Sonic Mania and I'm replaying it for the first time since 2017. Gosh! I forgot how much I love this game!
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
Playing as Ray is the best thing to happen to 2D platforming since, go figure, Mario World
 

Exposition Owl

Hoot, indeed!
(he/him/his)
I picked up Murder by Numbers yesterday for the Switch. I'm getting some excellent Phoenix Wright vibes from it so far!

How hard was it to understand the game's rules? Would you say it's as easy to learn as your ABCs? Also, now that you've played for a while, do you have a taste for this experience?
 

narcodis

the titular game boy
(he/him)
In case it wasn't immediately evident by the thread -- which at this point belongs to StriderDL and myself -- I'm still playing and enjoying the hell out of Phoenotopia: Awakening.
 
Pretty much the only thing I have been playing is Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I just started it up for real a couple months into this pandemic we call home, and I'm meandering through sidequests about 65 hours in. I might finish it at some point? Given how much content there is it's hard to say where I am in the story - I guess I could look it up but eh.

Otherwise my children are occasionally playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate on the Switch, and, dare I say it, I'm actually learning how to play after owning at least 3 iterations of this series. Learning that recovery is Up+B has been a real turning point. Still a lot of button-mashing, but it works for me. Especially as Bayonetta or Joker.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Weird, that was the link from their official YouTube account. Maybe they don't let you embed things?
 

q 3

Posts: 181,942
(they/them)
Destiny Connect is cute and fun and wholesome but it desperately needs some difficulty options. I don't mind the Dreamworks aesthetic but I do wish it felt more like playing a real Shin Megoomi Tensay game.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
I started playing Shadows of Adam the other day, and it kind of feels like Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, just with a higher difficulty and worse music.

This is an acceptable tradeoff!
 

q 3

Posts: 181,942
(they/them)
update: Destiny Connect can actually be a bit of a challenge if you avoid battles as much as possible. That way it also plays like a stealth game! Which feels appropriate for kids versus killer robots from the future past

Also what the heck, how did NIS make a game with a 10-year-old girl protagonist and give her like 20 different outfit options and yet every single one of them is totally fine and some even great, and she's a pretty cool character overall and the game doesn't seem to have any skeeve whatsoever, like the single worst thing I've seen so far is an adult woman with sci fi armor that has awkward boob plate but it doesn't even show any skin, what blessed timeline did this game come from and how can I travel to it
 

ozacrot

I must be loyle to my capo.
(he/him)
I'm playing through Persona 3 Portable via emulator, and it's interesting to revisit this shortly after Persona 5 Royal. The game is great, the music is excellent, and fast-forward mitigates most of the quality-of-life changes you'd expect from later entries. My reactions to the cast are different — either due to age or hindsight, I'm a lot less affectionate toward Yukari and Junpei. It's great that there was a FemC option in this game, and I love the different S. Links/relations. Was funny to see Kenji show up partway through one of the arcana and remember how clearly he presages other Worst Teens Yosuke and Mishima.
 

Paul le Fou

AAAAAAAA
(He)
I played A Short Hike and it was very good. Just...so pleasurable to climb and fly around, find all the little things in there to find, explore and appreciate the views.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Finished Blasphemous yesterday, I'd give it a solid B-. The moment-to-moment gameplay is satisfying and the boss fights are pretty fun, but (like I mentioned in my post above) it's got some real early game balance issues. It also has some of the most inscrutable (but optional) puzzles I've seen in a Metroidvania, to the point where I'm not sure how you're supposed to solve them without help from the internet. A friend of mine who also played it said "a lot of designers remember the feeling of being confounded by Dark Souls, but don't quite get the balance of 'obscure but not impossible'" and I think that's a good summary of what happened here.

I'd still recommend it to anyone who likes the genre, but I don't think I'll be going back for NG+.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
Playing the original Star Fox and Panzer Dragoon back to back really shows off that neither are quite right, but both come so close to perfection.

If either PD had Star Foxes clean visuals, branching paths and maneuverable character, or else SF had Panzer Dragoon’s solid frame rate, incredible vistas and forgiving aiming mechanics, we’d be golden.

And, midway through typing this post, I realized I was describing Star Fox 64 and Zero...

So I guess I got my wish.
 
I'm playing through Persona 3 Portable via emulator, and it's interesting to revisit this shortly after Persona 5 Royal. The game is great, the music is excellent, and fast-forward mitigates most of the quality-of-life changes you'd expect from later entries. My reactions to the cast are different — either due to age or hindsight, I'm a lot less affectionate toward Yukari and Junpei. It's great that there was a FemC option in this game, and I love the different S. Links/relations. Was funny to see Kenji show up partway through one of the arcana and remember how clearly he presages other Worst Teens Yosuke and Mishima.

Wait, when does Kenji show up? I don't remember this at all.
 

ozacrot

I must be loyle to my capo.
(he/him)
Wait, when does Kenji show up? I don't remember this at all.
He shows up about halfway through the Chariot arcana — he's the childhood friend of Rio, who she has a crush on (despite him talking about mostly being into older women.) He also showed up in a story scene at school sometime in September, along with the athlete from P3.
 
Ah, I looked it up and apparently never got that far in that one. I maxed out Chariot in FES so I must have opted not to focus on that one when I played Portable.
 

Paul le Fou

AAAAAAAA
(He)
Welp, my girlfriend finally wore me down and I started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. I made a human warrior, picked sword and shield but switched to 2hand weapon pretty quickly, poked around in the Hinterlands for a bit and just got to Val Royeaux.

The Hinterlands is a very large area with a whole lot of stuff there. This...this is a large game, isn't it
 
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