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Jun
01
PermalinkApril... and May - In Summary
So… Looks like I just totally missed my April blog, so lets just roll April & May into one and get back on track shall we? laugh

1) Baba Is You
So, I actually played this in March, but I totally forgot to include it in my March blog. This is a super unique puzzle game. I love the entire concept. I am not that far in, but I can already see that the late game puzzles and gonna lead to some head scratching.

Also, the funniest thing about this game is how obvious EVERY solution seems once you know it. The amount of times you stare at the screen for like 5 minutes straight, seeing nothing, then once you see it you can’t ‘unsee’ it redface.

I’ll keep going back to this game but honestly, I will prob only do 1 or 2 levels at a time. Not something I could play for hours.

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2) Earth Defence Force: Iron Rain
Now onto the games I actually played in April, with this one being that took up most of my gaming hours.

This is a spin-off made by different devs, but still has the same EDF feel to it, albeit westernised in a lot of the design choices.

It certainly has its flaws, but I really enjoyed it. All of the classes are fun to play and the general progression is far better in this game than the main series.

I really hope an EDF 6 comes out that takes the gameplay from the main series (which is superior to this) and combines it with the design choices of this game, as the main series disincentives fun, which really bothers me as it is otherwise great.

I probably won’t be returning to this, as I reached my target of clearing all missions on Disaster difficulty… Which I did in a single, 9+ hour session… which when I sat down to play I only intended to jump on for a few missions… whoops redface

Mission 49 on disaster? Pure chaos, but I loved it! smile

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3) Enter The Gungeon
Got back to this now that all content has been released and the game is in its final state. I have played Gungeon on multiple different platforms, but finally decided to stick with it on PS4 and get through it.

I really like Gungeon, but I still have a LONG way to go as I’m just in the beginning stages of the game. I only do the odd run here and there, but other games keep taking me away from it.

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4) Islanders
This is the epitome of a comfy city builder. All of the complexity removed, just a minimalistic shell remaining, simple interface and relaxing music. Okay for when you just want to zone out for a bit.

In a weird way, this actually reminds me of the Kefling games, which were also maximum comf (yes, I shorten comfy to comf when describing the level of comf, deal with it dance).

This game isn’t as good as the Kefling games, but it serves the same function

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5) METAGAL
So I gave myself one quick plat game just to scratch that itch and rake in some quick points. Not much to say here as I have only did 1 stage. It doesn’t strike me as very good, but I won’t pass judgement until I have actually beat the game.

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6) One Finger Death Punch 2
Man, this game was stealth released! Never even knew of its existence until it launched and I love the original. This is more of the same, which isn’t a bad thing. Perfect example of what happens when you take a simple idea, then just keep refining it until you have something that just works.

I played the original for 23 hours… yup, that’s right, I played a game that is the exact same thing over and over again for 23 hours. But I’ll tell you something more. I can see myself doing it for another 23 hours in the sequel wink

This game is a good example of why I disagree that a game being repetitive is a bad thing solely on the basis it is repetitive. A game being repetitive, minimalistic etc is only bad when the core is boring or dull.

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7) Reigns: Game of Thrones
This is my mobile game that I jump on when I have 5-10 mins. Basically identical to Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty, just set in the GoT universe.

Game of Thrones and Reigns go together like gid ol bangers ‘n’ mash, like mince ‘n’ tatties, like chalk and cheese! - I never really understood the chalk and cheese one. How exactly do those go together? laugh

The main difference with this entry is that you get to choose between 9 characters and the events are pretty different depending on who you are.

Does what it says on the tin. Decent for what it is and at £3 really can’t complain.

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May!
Okay, so now on to May. Luckily, rolling April and May into 1 blog is not going to make this huge, because I only played 2 new games in May and I never really played much of them.

1) Castlevania Anniversary Collection
Game of the Year. Buy it. The End wink

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2) Guilty Gear
The 20th anniversary rerelease of the original game that started it all. So far I have only did one run of arcade mode, but I’ll get round to doing the others.

Guilty Gear is my favourite fighting game series of all time, so I really couldn’t resist getting this. The original Is definitely rough around the edges compared to newer entries, but it is still a solid fighting game.

Slayer isn’t in this game but at least Millia Rage is <3.

The movement was still fantastic even in the original game, but the destroyed system is not very good in this game and got heavily refined in future entries. The Baiken run should be fun but just gonna come back every so often and do an arcade run.

Side-note: If you look at my trophies and achievements in this series, you could be forgiven for being confused that it looks like I barely play them yet claim to love them. Strange thing with this series is that I play local with a friend mostly (we are talking 3-4 hours of straight vs matches in a single session). I have never had a game in which I have been so evenly matched with someone. GG isn’t the fighter I am best at, nor is it the fighter my friend is best at, but we are so ridiculously evenly matched it isn’t even funny laugh

For example, one day we were doing vs matches for a few hours and the 2-3 other people in the house stopped what they were doing to watch, after like 30 mins when we asked if they wanted to take turns, no one wanted to kill the hype shock.

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Final Thoughts
So that wraps up both April and May. What does June hold? Well I just bought Mordhau, so I’m going to be jumping on that today, as well as continuing some of the other games like GG, Castlevania, Gungeon etc.

A slight funny aside on this one that has nothing to do with the game itself, I thought Castlevania was just called “Castlevania Collection”. Somehow, the word ‘anniversary’ totally eluded me for weeks, so when Atsuma was talking to me about CAC, I thought he meant an entirely different game, since where did the ‘A’ come from facepalm


June plans
I have also resubbed to FFXIV, as I need to get up to speed in time for Shadowbringers on the 28th, which will be my main project probably for the next 3-4 months.

Other than Shadowbringers, June has 3 more games I am VERY interested in, so it might just end up being the best month of 2019 gaming releases for me. Just look at this line up;

1) Shadowbringers
2) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
3) Cadence of Hyrule
4) Crash Team Racing

Overall, my total games number is 32 at 5 months in. Looking to be on fantastic course to be within my 78 for the year smile

I actually managed to get this out on the 1st! [Slayer is amazed that he was organised enough to get this out on the day it was supposed to. Pats self on back]

I wish you all a happy June's gaming! Lemme know your game plans toast
Posted by Slayer1189 on 01 June 19 at 09:59 | Last edited on 01 June 19 at 10:08 | There are 3 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Apr
03
PermalinkMarch 2019 - In summary
Another month come and gone. What did I play in March?

Apex Legends

So I started this in February, but played a bunch more in March. Put a fair amount of hours into this on PS4 and PC and will continue to do so in future. I am wary about playing too much though and hitting player level 100 too early, given I would like to periodically come back to the game as new content is added and don't wanna be capped out too early in the life cycle. shock

From April 9th the hours spent on Apex are likely to naturally drop off as I start playing other games, but I will still come back from time to time.

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New Games in March


1) Desert Bus VR
I'm an idiot and never thought this one through redface. My friend was doing a sub goal stream of Desert Bus VR, so I decided to hop on the bus for the 8 hour journey. I never actually 'played' the game but I did boot it up and I was a passenger, so this still counts.

All in all, I don't regret adding it, I just wasn't thinking beforehand. We had a good laugh with the lads for a few hours while snacking and drinking it up (though no drinking for the driver, he had a road to watch and a job to do wink).

Best part of the journey? The 90 mins or so we spent playing all manner of obscure 80's & 90's TV themes and trying to guess what they all were... the things you will find enjoyment in on an 8 hour drive from Tucson to Las Vegas laugh

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2) Mixups By POWGI
Not much to say here. I started this to complete the linkfrog challenge, leaving all other trophies for other potential TT challenges later in the year

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3) The Council
About half way through Episode 4 out of 5 on this one. Pretty decent little narrative game. I will finish the story off when I get back home at the end of the month as my laptop struggles to run it, but I have enjoyed the story so far.

A bit like a Telltale game at the same time as being its own thing. Basically the entire game takes place on an Island with prominent figures from around the world in the 18th century. George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte are also guests on the island and the story unfolds from there.

One main way it differs from a lot of narrative games and is a little more like Fallout is that you get Detective, Occultist and Diplomat skill trees which allows you to interact with the game and take shortcuts in some pretty neat ways. Overall some good design choices in here I would like to see used elsewhere. smile

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4) Touhou Luna Nights
This is a good little metroidvania, though the map is very basic. It is very short and the developer has said they will be adding achievements, so my hope is that the achievements give some good challenge runs to do in this game as it definitely suits them.

I really liked how they used time manipulation as both a puzzle solving and combat mechanic which makes it unique enough, while also wearing its SotN influence on its sleeve.

Atsuma showed me this game and I knew I had to get it. Just too much of a Castlevania vibe to pass up. On that note. I can't wait for the Castlevania collection later this year! I hope for an incredibly brutal trophy list, but even if it is simple like Requiem's list I won't grumble about 8 more Castlevania games to play! laugh

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Final Thoughts
Pretty happy with the low number of new games in March. Up to a grand total of 23 now and still feeling good about the 78 overall.

So, what does April bring? Well, I already did my first quick trophy game of the year with METAGAL, plus I will be continuing to play Apex Legends on and off.

There are some new games coming out I am certainly interested in coming out. Zanki Zero may need to take a raincheck, but I am definitely playing Iron Rain with friends starting on the 9th which will take a lot of time, as well as MK11 later in the month as well smile

I will also be finishing up The Council, Resubbing to FFXIV to get ready for Shadowbringers, Prob play Unheard and Faith, as well as maybe grabbing Super Meat Boy forever or going back to other games from earlier in the year.

Busy busy all in all. I wish a happy April gaming to everyone! toast
Posted by Slayer1189 on 03 April 19 at 22:32 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.