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    Give it another 7 years and maybe we'll know.
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    Dead Cells

    Nope. It's beatable without it (cleared the standard difficulty twice) but it can be irritating.
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    Dead Cells

    I have the full set of runes now, so plenty of options available to me. Still haven't cleared the clock tower but haven't really taken that route. Found another level on the same tier and also got fucked up in there. Going to run the regular path a bit more now I have the abilities.
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    Dead Cells

    How far have you gotten so far? I've got 4 runes so far (the one that lets you do the daily challenge + 3 others), and the furthest I've made it in a run is the clock tower before getting fucking demolished. I'm tempted to focus the level 3 flask as I'm not too fussed about adding items to the random pool at the moment.
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    Dead Cells

    I've been enjoying it a lot, though if you're not bothered about playing portable I'd avoid the Switch version, every area that isn't the first one chugs like fuck. It's even worse docked as well.
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    Oh sweet, there's an option the hide them as well!
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    Sonic Mania Plus

    Anyone grab this expansion? Tis £4. It adds Mighty and Ray as playable characters who are both a lot of fun to use. Ray is probably the standout and can glide like Mario with a cape in SMW. Feels really fun. It also adds Encore mode, which uses slightly palette adjusted versions of the stages, which have also been further remixed from how they were the first time around. Plus, the flying stage is replaced with a normal stage that normally only Knuckles can encounter, and there's no lives per-se, but you collect each of the 5 characters and swap to them when you die. You have two active at once, and can hit X on Switch to Switch between them on the fly Donkey Kong style. There's also a new checkpoint post minigame to replace blue spheres, a sort of pinball minigame which is way more fun, and 7 new special stages. Also, if you beat all the blue spheres levels in the regular game, they'll be replaced by the new better pinball ones if you play that mode too. Worth the money imo.
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    Octopath Traveller

    I'm loving it. Got all 8 characters now and collecting the secondary jobs now. Then on to the chapter 2s.
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    thought you should know
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    Anthem - POC - PS4 - Bone

    That's the crux of it for me. I can't think of anything I've seen that just looks so unenthusing from head to toe. It just looks so... design by committee.
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    Anthem - POC - PS4 - Bone

    I can't really see it being more than a bit of a dud to be honest, haven't been at all impressed by the vertical slices and refusal to show live gameplay. It'll sell well for sure but probably fizzle out Destiny 2 style quite quickly.
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    Fortnite Battle Royale

    What's everyone playing this on, if they still are? I'm basically just playing Switch. I have the PC version too but people are a bit... good on that. I get wrecked all the time.
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    Fortnite Battle Royale

    If you're gonna win, might as well get 16 kills in the process.
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    Meat at mine?

    Gutted I couldn't make it. Luckily however I'll either have failed by PhD or finished it in 2.5 months time so it wont get in the way anymore either way.
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    Hollow Knight

    I've played this before on PC but double dipped on Switch. If you like Metroid style games, you need to play this. This is a 2D Metroidvania game with a general focus on Melee combat. You start with a very limited set of options - just sword slashes and that's about it, but as you go you'll learn spells and new abilities that let you visit more and more of the map. What sets the game apart is how well designed everything is. All the areas feel really detailed and interesting to explore, with literally hundreds of enemy types ensuring each zone is unique. The level design is challenging and varied rather than being a trudge like other Metroidvanias can be (cough axiom verge cough). All the areas just flow so well, and the whole thing is really atmospheric. As well as abilities, you have charms which can be equipped. There's a lot to find, and each charm takes up a certain number of slots. As you progress through the game you'll earn charms and slots so you can specialise more and more. The charms are anything from faster healing, to faster sword strikes, to greater sword reach, to reduced time between dodges, and so on. You can really create your own little play style with them. Healing is handled through the Soul mechanic. Every hit you land with your sword will give you Soul, filling up a gauge on the left of your screen. You can hold down a button to deplete the soul guage and heal yourself, but you'll need to hold it for roughly a second before you actually get health back, leaving you open to getting hit again. If you get hit while trying to heal, you'll also waste any soul that was spent attempting it, so there's a real risk reward to it. Some charms will give you damage resistance while trying to heal, or make you heal faster, though. Soul is also what powers your magic abilities - you can spend 1/3 of your guage for a powerful ranged attack, for example. You can make the guage bigger as you play through the game, too. Same for your life guage. The game's map mechanics are interesting too. At first, you have no map. Soon you'll meet a dude who'll sell you a map for the area you're in, but it's only partially complete - there's plenty of areas not shown. What's more, the map doesn't tell you where you are on it. But return to town and you'll be able to buy a charm that shows you where you are, and a quill. With the quill, every time you visit a save point (benches), you'll scribble in detail on the map, until you have a full map of an area. It makes entering a new area feel a little intimidating, as you have no map at all initially, even if you visit a bench. Your first goal is always to find the guy who'll sell you one to get started with. Though the Dark Souls comparison is overused these days, it's quite appropriate here. The most obvious way is currency. Everything you kill drops Geo, and you use Geo with merchants to buy stuff - new charms, important items, and so on. If you die, you lose all your Geo, but leave behind a spirit. You'll reappear at the last bench you visited, and if you return to where you died, you can defeat your spirit to get all your Geo back. Until you defeat your spirit, you'll also have your Soul guage reduced by a third (though there are other ways to get your spirit back...). Additionally the game's story is very much obscured - there's few cutscenes, and most NPCs speak cryptically about the world. And side quests and NPCs function similarly too - sometimes you'll meet one and they'll move on and you'll meet them later, but if you didn't help them, they'll be gone for good. Others will relocate to the game's town when you meet them and open shops. Others will stay where they are. Many are quite hidden. It really rewards thorough exploration. It's a really good game, and huge to boot. At least 30 hours in all likelihood. Plus it's only £10.99 on Switch and includes all the DLC.