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2019 Game Completion Thread

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Well I’ll start I guess.

Psyvariar Delta (PS4) Import arrived a couple of days ago, and it’s a shmup so it took 20 minutes to complete but it’s a stonker of a game so I’ve already completed it about 6 more times and many more to come

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Titanfall 2 (PC) - 2016 - 4/5

First of the year, and one from the backlog. Apparently I had only ever played the first level of this before, so I missed all the amazing stuff that comes later on. 

As good a shooter campaign as the hype suggests!

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I played a bunch of stuff over the break.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PS4 - About the same as I remembered. I like the single location and smaller scale of it. Compared to the sequels but there's way too much combat and the platforming isn't very well signposted in a lot of places. The character writing is below the standard of the sequels as well.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS4 - Much worse than I remembered. I just found it really frustrating in a lot of places. Combat just drags on and on and on in the game's final third, many encounters are badly staged and frustrating slogs to get through. The story, writing and visuals are better and it opens really well, but I remembered this being my favourite of the trilogy and I came away not really liking it any more.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - PS4 - Much better than I remembered. I didn't like this that much when it came out and when I tried replaying it a while ago I got bored a few chapters in. But this time I really enjoyed it. Aside from one or two encounters the combat finally doesn't outstay its welcome, the pacing toward the end is much better and you spend longer than 2 minutes in the big mythical city. On the downside, the story is still a bit shit because they obviously came up with the set pieces first and then a story to link them afterward. 

As a general post game thought on the trilogy, I still don't quite get why they put so much combat in these games. It was never anywhere near as solid a shooter as Gears of War yet like half of Uncharted 2 is just wall to wall shooting. There's not really any interesting enemies, the guns feel fairly weak and many encounters are just set up in a really annoying way.

Spider Man - PS4 - Started before Christmas and finished just after the new year. It was good. Swinging around is great fun, the story is really well done and the open world is fun to do the tasks in, despite the checklisty nature of it. Downsides are that the combat gets a bit silly toward the end and the final act is rushed. And the taskmaster challenges suck.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider-PS4-First completion of the year and it's a banger. Best of the trilogy IMO.  It's so much better because it doesn't rely on the combat, unlike ROTR. There's so much to do, with side missions to find and complete, Crypts to solve, a lot more tombs to raid and treasure to find.  I finished the game with 93% completion and I think I'll get that to 100% over the coming months as I bought the Croft edition which has a new tomb every month and there's 5 more to come so a good reason to go back to it.

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I finished Uncharted 4 this weekend and interestingly had some similar feelings at first - I was really enjoying the reduced focus on combat. Bizarrely though there's basically no ramp up as the game goes on. I always thought combat was the weakest part of Uncharted so appreciated the reduction of it, but I ended up wanting more combat. There's barely any, with most chapters feeling like they exist of 20 minutes of climbing, 5-10 minutes of puzzles/walking, and one or two gunfights. The set pieces were great but few and far between. It was bizarre having the final chapter have like, no combat but a bad QTE boss. Weird game, I expected things to start picking up after the halfway point and the pace building, but it just... doesn't. The pleasant change of pace from the others ended up just becoming a bit boring. I'll grab TLL at some point - I've heard it strikes the best balance.

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MARIO KART 8 Deluxe - did 200cc gold and 3 stars for all the cups so I’m claiming that as my first completion of the year.  Loving my switch - maybe now I can get into SM Odyssey. 

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Psyvariar Delta (PS4)

Shikhondo: Soul Eater (PS4) Pretty decent Korean bullet hell shmup. Lovely artwork, especially the sprites, Japanese demon style.

Hollow Knight (PS4) One of the best Metroidvania games of recent years, and a beautiful cross with the Souls games. Fantastic, highly recommended (Jim will agree)

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What Remains Of Edith Finch (PC)

The Red Strings Club (PC)

Pikuniku (PC)

Pikuniku is a fun, cute, short adventure thing. It's funny, well written, with a great fun soundtrack. All of these were freebies. I should play some of the games I paid for at some point.

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7 hours ago, Smurph said:

Hollow Knight (PS4) One of the best Metroidvania games of recent years, and a beautiful cross with the Souls games. Fantastic, highly recommended (Jim will agree)

Yup. It's one of the few metroidvania games that really grabbed me, other than the original symphony of the night. A combination of great visuals, stunning music and sublime gameplay. One day, I may even finish it. ;-)

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1 hour ago, The Penultimate Ninja said:

The Red Strings Club (PC)

What did you think to it? Really enjoyed it but some of the writing felt like it was written by a 14 year old trying to be edgy.

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1 hour ago, Shufty said:

What did you think to it? Really enjoyed it but some of the writing felt like it was written by a 14 year old trying to be edgy.

Yeah, I enjoyed the story, but the writing not so much. Some of the mini-game stuff wasn't great either, especially the upgrade crafting bit.

I enjoyed it through, I like the themes and setting. I'd recommend games like 2046: Read Only Memories or VA-11 HALL-A ahead of this.

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If you haven't already play Unavowed from Wadjet Eye Games, it's great.

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On 1/20/2019 at 12:14 PM, Ginja said:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider-PS4-First completion of the year and it's a banger. Best of the trilogy IMO.  It's so much better because it doesn't rely on the combat, unlike ROTR. There's so much to do, with side missions to find and complete, Crypts to solve, a lot more tombs to raid and treasure to find.  I finished the game with 93% completion and I think I'll get that to 100% over the coming months as I bought the Croft edition which has a new tomb every month and there's 5 more to come so a good reason to go back to it.

Detroit-Become Human-PS4- Usual Cage fair. You either like it or you don't.The whole slavery, inequality, holocaust stuff is a bit like a mallet to the face but I enjoyed the moment to moment character interactions engaging enough to look past it. Well worth the 10 hours or so to play through though. I like the flow charts at the end of the chapters showing what I missed, and I missed loads. Whether I'll go back to it is debatable, I had my story, and although it didn't pan out as I'd hoped right near the end I'm not sure I want to change it.

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Tacoma   (PC)
Really enjoyed this. It was an interesting story, and I found it more engaging to play than Gone Home.

Princess Remedy In A World Of Hurt   (PC)
A short (around 40 mins), freebie retro console-style adventure game. I think it might have originally been a game jam project.  A pleasant little diversion with charming 8-bit-style looks 

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The Messenger (Switch) - Really good game. Difficult without being punishing. Great music, humour and nostalgia stuff

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13 hours ago, Mystic said:

The Messenger (Switch) - Really good game. Difficult without being punishing. Great music, humour and nostalgia stuff

I'm playing through this on the PC and it really is great. Such a good soundtrack and you're right the balance is nigh on perfect. I'm not that far in, probably 5 levels maybe on the 6th but like Mcdonalds says I'm Loving it.

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Quarantine Circular (PC)

Another Mike Bothell 'short'. A short science fiction text adventure game playable in pretty much one sitting. I liked it a lot.

Apparently there are different options/endings according to what decisions you take, but I haven't explored any of that yet.

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Psyvariar Delta (PS4)

Shikhondo: Soul Eater (PS4)

Hollow Knight (PS4)

Ghost Blade HD (PS4)

Spyro the Dragon(PS4)

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Resident Evil 2 - Leon

Just so much fun, balanced the puzzles really well, difficulty on Normal was spot on, only got a C and 10 hour time on my first play through because I always seem to take the longest way to get to places then forget to pick shit I need out of the storage boxes. The last 2-3 hours were a grind though, not because of the game but because I'm a tool and burned through all my health and ammo just before the boss battles.

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Resident Evil 2 - Claire 2nd Play

Much more interesting story than Leon, 2nd Play makes it ball bustingly hard as well.

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On 1/28/2019 at 5:04 PM, Ginja said:
On 1/20/2019 at 12:14 PM, Ginja said:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider-PS4-First completion of the year and it's a banger. Best of the trilogy IMO.  It's so much better because it doesn't rely on the combat, unlike ROTR. There's so much to do, with side missions to find and complete, Crypts to solve, a lot more tombs to raid and treasure to find.  I finished the game with 93% completion and I think I'll get that to 100% over the coming months as I bought the Croft edition which has a new tomb every month and there's 5 more to come so a good reason to go back to it.

Detroit-Become Human-PS4- Usual Cage fair. You either like it or you don't.The whole slavery, inequality, holocaust stuff is a bit like a mallet to the face but I enjoyed the moment to moment character interactions engaging enough to look past it. Well worth the 10 hours or so to play through though. I like the flow charts at the end of the chapters showing what I missed, and I missed loads. Whether I'll go back to it is debatable, I had my story, and although it didn't pan out as I'd hoped right near the end I'm not sure I want to change it. 

Spyro the Dragon-PS4-Completed and Platinum! Great game, I didn't realise how close I was to beating it back in the PS1 days...That was the problem of pirated games. Too easy to get new stuff. Anyway,it's  well worth picking up the trilogy if you like 3D platformers.

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Titanfall 2 (PC) - 2016 - 4/5

Star Wars Battlefront 2 (PC) - 2017 - 3/5
This was mostly for some analysis at work, but had an ok time with it second time through. Played the DLC as well.

Resident Evil 2 Remake - Leon A / Claire B (XB1) - 2019 - 4/5
Jesus christ, this was tense. The early-mid sections are straight up shit yer pants tense, especially when the tyrant is stomping around. Felt like I was doing ok for most of it, but then seemed to lose my shit around the mid-point and start dying a lot. By the time I got to Claire's playthrough, I was a bit more confident but the save points and ammo were much scarcer, while the number and density of enemies seemed to increase so lots and lots of dying.

Tried out Hunk's mission, which is like a greatest hits, but haven't been able to crack it yet.

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        Shadow of the Tomb Raider-PS4-First completion of the year and it's a banger. Best of the trilogy IMO.  It's so much better because it doesn't rely on the combat, unlike ROTR. There's so much to do, with side missions to find and complete, Crypts to solve, a lot more tombs to raid and treasure to find.  I finished the game with 93% completion and I think I'll get that to 100% over the coming months as I bought the Croft edition which has a new tomb every month and there's 5 more to come so a good reason to go back to it.

    Detroit-Become Human-PS4- Usual Cage fair. You either like it or you don't.The whole slavery, inequality, holocaust stuff is a bit like a mallet to the face but I enjoyed the moment to moment character interactions engaging enough to look past it. Well worth the 10 hours or so to play through though. I like the flow charts at the end of the chapters showing what I missed, and I missed loads. Whether I'll go back to it is debatable, I had my story, and although it didn't pan out as I'd hoped right near the end I'm not sure I want to change it.

Spyro the Dragon-PS4-Completed and Platinum! Great game, I didn't realise how close I was to beating it back in the PS1 days...That was the problem of pirated games. Too easy to get new stuff. Anyway,it's  well worth picking up the trilogy if you like 3D platformers.

A Way Out-PS4-Platinum! This was short but sweet, I was a little disappointed in the linearity of it though and it's at it's best before you escape. I was hoping for multiple ways to get out but alas just the one. Great co-op game though.

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Rogue Legacy (PS4/Vita) - top tip, dabble with the cross play for funsies but it's a lot easier on ps4! Great game though, loved it. 

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider-PS4-First completion of the year and it's a banger. Best of the trilogy IMO.  It's so much better because it doesn't rely on the combat, unlike ROTR. There's so much to do, with side missions to find and complete, Crypts to solve, a lot more tombs to raid and treasure to find.  I finished the game with 93% completion and I think I'll get that to 100% over the coming months as I bought the Croft edition which has a new tomb every month and there's 5 more to come so a good reason to go back to it.

    Detroit-Become Human-PS4- Usual Cage fair. You either like it or you don't.The whole slavery, inequality, holocaust stuff is a bit like a mallet to the face but I enjoyed the moment to moment character interactions engaging enough to look past it. Well worth the 10 hours or so to play through though. I like the flow charts at the end of the chapters showing what I missed, and I missed loads. Whether I'll go back to it is debatable, I had my story, and although it didn't pan out as I'd hoped right near the end I'm not sure I want to change it.

Spyro the Dragon-PS4-Completed and Platinum! Great game, I didn't realise how close I was to beating it back in the PS1 days...That was the problem of pirated games. Too easy to get new stuff. Anyway,it's  well worth picking up the trilogy if you like 3D platformers.

A Way Out-PS4-Platinum! This was short but sweet, I was a little disappointed in the linearity of it though and it's at it's best before you escape. I was hoping for multiple ways to get out but alas just the one. Great co-op game though.

 

Crackdown 3-Poc- Great mindless fun. If you liked Crackdown 1 there's something for you here. Glad I didn't drop £40 but if you have game pass or see it cheap. Play it.

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