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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by SMPL » Fri May 26, 2017 5:02 pm

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - 7

Agree with pretty much everything Jordan said on the previous page. It's a solid game, just pretty bland. Prague got stale and there werent enough opportunities or reasons to experiment, it became a bit of a slog towards the end.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Fri May 26, 2017 9:26 pm

Shadow Complex Remastered (PC)

In summary, WTF -> OK -> Frustrating -> This isn't bad! -> Frustrating -> That's it, I'm giving up -> WTF?

I bought this as part of a Humble Bundle last year and didn't have any idea what this was about, just that it was some kind of FPS. Wrong, it was actually a 2D Metroid like clone but with 3D style graphics. Once I got over the odd intro (when I realised this was not a FPS), the story changed to events prior to the start of the game. Fighting enemies was fairly difficult and I expect for most people the game will be challenging on normal. But for a veteran with almost 40 years of gaming skills, the game played out how I expected, I'm the hero and all shall fall before me, most of the time (yes, I turned the difficulty down to easy).
Aiming in this weird 2D/3D world was a pain at times, but compared to jumping about to cling on walls, it was a pleasurable experience (note : jumping about on walls and the like is gooseberry fool). As I progressed through the game and acquired upgrades, the game did get more enjoyable until I got to a certain point - I didn't know what I needed to do next.

There was a piece of armour I wanted but it seemed I needed to have a certain number of passkeys. Although the map shows you where items are, it doesn't show you what they are so enjoy backtracking with your new abilities so you can try to find those passkeys. To make matters worse, the map isn't as clear as you think - routes that you want to use often end in dead ends that aren't shown on the map.

So once I'd reached a certain point I just wasted an hour or two going backwards and forwards trying to get to item points, only to hit a dead end when nearby. I then decided to try one last route to get to an item only to find I entered a cut scene, had a battle with a big boss, a further cut scene and then game over. I had no idea this was going to be the end and there was no explanation of the starting scene.

I can't be too hard on this given the small price I paid for it but although I had some fun along the way, most of it was super frustrating.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Buffalo » Fri May 26, 2017 9:28 pm

Death's Head wrote:Shadow Complex Remastered (PC)

In summary, WTF -> OK -> Frustrating -> This isn't bad! -> Frustrating -> That's it, I'm giving up -> WTF?

I bought this as part of a Humble Bundle last year and didn't have any idea what this was about, just that it was some kind of FPS. Wrong, it was actually a 2D Metroid like clone but with 3D style graphics. Once I got over the odd intro (when I realised this was not a FPS), the story changed to events prior to the start of the game. Fighting enemies was fairly difficult and I expect for most people the game will be challenging on normal. But for a veteran with almost 40 years of gaming skills, the game played out how I expected, I'm the hero and all shall fall before me, most of the time (yes, I turned the difficulty down to easy).
Aiming in this weird 2D/3D world was a pain at times, but compared to jumping about to cling on walls, it was a pleasurable experience (note : jumping about on walls and the like is gooseberry fool). As I progressed through the game and acquired upgrades, the game did get more enjoyable until I got to a certain point - I didn't know what I needed to do next.

There was a piece of armour I wanted but it seemed I needed to have a certain number of passkeys. Although the map shows you where items are, it doesn't show you what they are so enjoy backtracking with your new abilities so you can try to find those passkeys. To make matters worse, the map isn't as clear as you think - routes that you want to use often end in dead ends that aren't shown on the map.

So once I'd reached a certain point I just wasted an hour or two going backwards and forwards trying to get to item points, only to hit a dead end when nearby. I then decided to try one last route to get to an item only to find I entered a cut scene, had a battle with a big boss, a further cut scene and then game over. I had no idea this was going to be the end and there was no explanation of the starting scene.

I can't be too hard on this given the small price I paid for it but although I had some fun along the way, most of it was super frustrating.

5


:lol: You can't help yourself.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Fri May 26, 2017 9:30 pm

Buffalo wrote::lol: You can't help yourself.

eh? I'm going to factor in what I paid. If I'd paid £40 for this I would have written that by punching the keys.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Buffalo » Fri May 26, 2017 9:31 pm

Death's Head wrote:
Buffalo wrote::lol: You can't help yourself.

eh? I'm going to factor in what I paid.


Don't we know it, mate.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Lotus » Mon May 29, 2017 3:46 pm

Painkiller: Black Edition - 8/10

+ Mostly well-designed levels
+ Good, fun to use weapons
+ Good enemy variety
+ Bosses are huge and fun for the most part
- Music adds a bit of energy to it all

- Could've done with more weapon variety
- Some areas go on a bit with the endless onslaught of enemies
- Plot is poor
- Terrible cut scenes

It's taken me months of on-and-off playing to get through Painkiller, and then I blasted through 'Battle out of Hell' (the expansion) in one sitting. :slol: That was good as well, although the final boss was a bit weird. Overall good mindless, gory action. :datass:

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by Trelliz » Mon May 29, 2017 8:45 pm

The Order 1886 (PS4)

I enjoyed this more than all the criticism had led me to expect, although I did get it on sale rather than paying near-full price at launch.

Firstly it's one of the best looking games I've ever seen; the performance capture is spectacular and the environments look amazing, however that does come with some obvious caveats. Firstly the black bars take up slightly less than half the screen and said environments are pretty small - two concessions necessary to get it running as well as it does given the hardware.

I found the QTEs and silly door-breaking minigames to be a bit egregious, but not as much as the insta-fail stealth sections towards the last third; they were particularly annoying. The werewolf/boss fights were also quite annoying, but few and far between enough to not be too bad of an after-taste. Fortunately each of the guns feel meaty and satisfying, with a few exceptions. I found the charge-up time on the lightning gun to be too long and the main rifle with the stun charges always seemed a bit rubbish.

I really liked the setting and its clear that this was the origin story game for setting up a franchise of Galahad going around the steampunk 19th century fighting supernatural baddies. I would say that such a thing is unlikely but they're making a Knack 2 so there's always hope I guess. Its long enough for a standard singleplayer shooter campaign but with limp collectables and nothing else to do its basically a one-and-done experience unless you want to dig back in on higher difficulties. On the other hand I'm glad they didn't do a token a multiplayer mode that would have been quickly forgotten/taken away development time/resources, so there's that.

I can definitely recommend it if you can find it cheap, but can understand the cost/benefit argument for paying full price.

7/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Pedz » Mon May 29, 2017 8:48 pm

I quite liked The Order. Rented it though.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Rubix » Tue May 30, 2017 12:30 am

Persona 5 9.9/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Jamo3103 » Wed May 31, 2017 1:00 am

Trying to get through some of the smaller games on my PC backlog inbetween playing Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U, managed to complete 5 of them over the last couple of days so here goes...

Paranormal - 3/10

As the name suggests, this game is about the paranormal. The idea is to create something similar to Paranormal Activity, your house is being haunted and you're using your camera to evidence this. It's a very basic game made in Unity, you walk around the house and things fall over, writing appears on the walls etc. You go to bed, things get a little bit worse etc. It's all too low budget and basic to be particularly effective (one scare aside) and although I was compelled to play it to completion it's impossible to recommend compare to any other horror title I've played.

Gunman Clive - 7/10

Okay so this was quite a lot of fun, I remember hearing about it on the DS but I never played it. It's a lovely looking game with mechanics similar to Megaman, levels are short but get progressively harder hand towards the end it was quite tough. Nothing spectacular and frustrating in places but good fun all the same.

Zombie Kill of the Week Reborn - 7/10

Again a simplistic game but a lot of fun. Side scrolling Zombie Shooter where bigger and bigger waves of Zombies come at you, kill them to get money which allows you to unlock blocked areas of the stage (many of which can't be unlocked until certain phases) and new weapons. Basic but entertaining and I had a good time unlocking all the levels and racking up some decent scores.

Switchcars - 8/10

Absolutely bloody brilliant sidescroller where you can switch between a multitude of 'vehicles' ranging from elephants to f-zero style hover cars with everything else in between. As the game scrolls along the terrain changes with certain vehicles working better on other terrain, each terrain change also moves you forward in time so the range of vehicles changes. You have a timer to reach the end of a stage and if it reaches 0 before you get to the next stage then you get attacked by some sort of space whales. It's absolutely mad but I had a blast playing it.

Pulse - Odd/10

I couldn't possibly score this, it's just an odd game. You play as a girl who is blind and therefore the world is represented by sound waves, the game itself is pretty much a straight forward first person platformer with some minor puzzle elements. It has a story told by some sort of bird which appears sporadically. The whole game has a weird, quite unsettling atmosphere which combined with the bizarre art style makes for a really weird experience.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Buffalo » Wed May 31, 2017 2:11 am

Rubix wrote:Persona 5 9.9/10


Tough crowd.

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by Rubix » Wed May 31, 2017 6:25 am

Buffalo wrote:
Rubix wrote:[url=https://rubix78.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/persona-5/]Persona 5[/url] 9.9/10


Tough crowd.


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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:30 pm

Dead Rising 2 (PS4).

I originally played this quite a few years ago on the PS3 and felt that the original on the 360 was the far superior game. Having played the original on the PS4 recently and this soon after, my opinion on the Dead Risings has changed - DR2 is the better of the two games. Firstly, it is much more accessible. You still have to complete missions within a certain time frame (some of which will end the game if you don't complete in time) but not once did I feel I was under pressure and couldn't take my time just to enjoy the game. Secondly, it is easier. Unlike the first game you don't need to restart it in order to level up and therefore aren't forced to replay earlier missions. Thirdly, it seems to control a lot better - I found aiming and the whole shooting mechanism much more wonky on DR with this being as you'd expect in a game. Lastly, it just seems better graphically.

I wouldn't exactly call this an HD remake though, the graphics still look last gen, shadows can be blocky at times and I'm not sure if this problem exists only in the PS4 version, but in one particular mall the lighting would change suddenly making things darker or brighter. This didn't happen just once and it was always in the same mall.

Finishing the DR remake left me a little disappointed as I didn't enjoy it overly and I also had to face the fact that both DR2 and DR2 off the record were sitting on my PS4 HD for the future. I feel DR2 has reversed this feeling and am now not dreading the prospect of playing "off the record" (although I will leave it a month or two).

Overall an interesting exercise in dispelling myths - DR2 is better than DR and shock horror, right now Chuck feels the better protagonist than Frank.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Pedz » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:46 pm

I thought it was an HAD remaster, which basically means is just upressed. Not a remake anyway. Remake is more like Resi 1 to Resi remake.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:59 pm

Pedz wrote:I thought it was an HAD remaster, which basically means is just upressed. Not a remake anyway. Remake is more like Resi 1 to Resi remake.

I meant HD re-master, although I refer to HD remake and re-master as the same thing. Regardless, it doesn't look that great (and nor did the original re-master). Not sure there is much benefit in these simple upscaling jobs, just seems like a marketing ploy. I suppose I need to see the original and re-master running side by side to see if there is really a noticeable graphical improvement.

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by kazanova_Frankenstein » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:42 pm

Machinarium (ios, specifically iPad).

Great point and click adventure game with a beautiful art design and lovely story all told through pictorial exchanges. Took me about 7 hours all told. Some great puzzles in there and no real backtracking to speak of. Highly recommend it, but not on a phone as the screens are just too small for some interactions. 8/10.

Her Story (ios)

Minimal real gameplay but very immersive and great acting. Really great acting. Quite a chilling tale which I keep thinking back on. It's rare I do that. 7/10

Firewatch (ps4)

My kind of game, heavily story based and linear in its nature. Some technical failings (frame rate specifically) and an ending that, for me, was weak compared to the rest of it stops it being the classic it could otherwise have been in my eyes. 8/10

Samorost 3 (ios)

Ok adventure game but somewhat obtuse and opaque. Quite refreshing though in its delivery of story and has some definite high points. Doesn't outstay its welcome either. 6/10.

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by Starbreaker » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:03 pm

Horizon: Zero Dawn.

9/10 although it's really a case of more than a sum of it's parts, there wasn't anything groundbreaking in there although I enjoyed it immensely.

The last part though, the fight with HADES -
ENTITY HAS ARRIVED. ENTITY WAS ANTICIPATED. AFTER WATCHING YOU FIGHT THROUGH COUNTLESS THUNDERJAWS, BEHEMOTHS, AND DEATHBRINGERS, I GIVE YOU YOUR ULTIMATE CHALLENGE...A...DEATHBRINGER.


As soon as that happened it reminded me of the bit in the Simpsons where they're going to the box factory and Bart tries to daydream something more interesting and can only come up with "...box factory". Couldn't stop giggling the entire fight.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Lotus » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:05 am

Sonic Generations - 5/10

+ Looks very good in places.
+ Some nice pieces of music/remixes.
+ Some levels are genuinely fun.

- Controls are strawberry floating awful. Imprecise and unresponsive in 2D, and an utter, utter mess in 3D (as in all 3D Sonic games).
- Some of the challenges are actually terrible - not remotely fun. Mercifully you can get away with only completing a handful of them.
- Boss fights are rubbish and not challenging.
- The characters...strawberry float me, so annoying and stupid.

I really wanted to like this, and it starts out pretty well, but man does it go downhill fast. How they continually make Sonic games where the controls are utter piss - and clearly don't work - just beggars belief. Some sections of the game are legitimately awful as well, and I can't believe that somebody played it and thought "yeah this is good". I'm kind of tempted by Sonic Mania, but man, I've been burnt so many times by shitt Sonic games that I might just give up.

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by Jamo3103 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:41 pm

Zelda Twilight Princess HD - 9/10

My third Zelda playthrough of the year following from Link Between Worlds and Breath of the Wild. Although I have completed the original version of the game that was back at the launch of the Wii and I've tried to go back several times but been put off by the resolution so I was really looking forward to seeing if it lived up to how I remembered it.

Having completed it I could argue that it's even better than I remembered. It's obviously dated in places, the graphics look nice and sharp and there are some really nice effects (particularly in Twilight) but they are obviously quite basic and the style doesn't hold up as well as other games in the series (Wind Waker for example). I was quite impressed by the size of the overworld too, it was actually bigger than I remembered but it feels so bare and barren, especially having played Breath of the Wild so recently.

Moving on to the gameplay though and most of it holds up really well, to begin with controlling Link felt a little clunky compared to in Breath of the Wild and I was occasionally frustrated by the auto jump but for the most part I found it nice, smooth and easy to control Link. Epona was a different matter, she has the turning circle of a cruise liner and it made the horseback chases particularly difficult to play with Epona just stopping at random or me accidentally dismounting.

That's only a very small element of the game though and fortunately the rest of it holds up brilliantly. The story is well told and it has some really memorable characters, although it's very linear it doesn't fall into the trap of holding your hands at all times (the first few hours do this to a tedious degree but after that it feels a lot less restrictive) and I never found Midna to be intrusive or irritating at all. The combat is fairly easy, I rarely found myself losing more than a few hearts in battle but some of the dungeon puzzles themselves can be quite tricky at times.

It is really in the dungeons where Twilight Princess shines, they are absolutely magnificent. Filled with clever and imaginative level design and puzzles, a good amount of challenge (without ever becoming particularly obscure or frustrating) and brilliant boss designs, Snowpeak is a particular high point.

Compared to Breath of the Wild it's a very different game, for scale and scope Twilight Princess simply can't compare and as previously mentioned the open world feels bare and empty in comparison. However the dungeons are a class above the shrines and divine beasts featured in Breath of the Wild and really elevate this game to its highest points. Despite being such an old game it still plays brilliantly and I'd go as far as to say it perfects the formula created in Ocarina of Time and is comfortably amongst the best games I've ever played.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by dmin » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:59 pm

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 - 9/10

3 months and 1 addiction later, I rate this as the best football game I've played. It's not without its own issues (some cheaty ai on highest levels and online can be a bit flaky), but just so satisfying the range / type of goals that can be scored. Plus, master league is a bit good!

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