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2020 Game Completion Thread

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Days Gone - when it finally gets going and you've meaningfully leveled up it gets pretty good but bloody hell it takes an age

Last of Us 2 - agree with toneeblair but overlong but good. Now want something non torture porn to play so Nina Gaiden 2 on Game Pass which is merely gratuitous violence. 

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Spiderman DLC 2 and 3-PS4- These were okay but not as good as the first. They were over long with lots of crimes to pad out the content if you want 100%, Screwball can fucking do one and better not be in the new game. Hyped for Miles Morales Spidey now.

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Far Cry 3-PS4-Furlough Platinum number 7- This is a decent game Buck, Vaas and Hoyt were 3 unlikeable villains and I enjoyed killing them very much. It has a little bit of jank with prompts to climb or loot bodies etc not being as precise as they could but apart from that it was a lot of fun.

It's not as good as 4 imo because 4 took this template and refined it,  traversal of the world being easier is the major one.

Overall though this scratches my compulsive itch for shooting and collecting things.

 

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Funny, I’m playing through FC4 at the moment and I keep thinking that it’s not as good as 3, seems a bit less thought through  and slightly hollow. But I played played 3 a long time ago and the drop down from 5 to 4 is quite noticeable (wasn’t 4 a 360 game?) so perhaps I’m being unfair.   One thing I am sure about though is that I prefer the tropical island feel of 3, feels more Far Cry. 

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5 hours ago, Somerset_Bumkin said:

Funny, I’m playing through FC4 at the moment and I keep thinking that it’s not as good as 3, seems a bit less thought through  and slightly hollow. But I played played 3 a long time ago and the drop down from 5 to 4 is quite noticeable (wasn’t 4 a 360 game?) so perhaps I’m being unfair.   One thing I am sure about though is that I prefer the tropical island feel of 3, feels more Far Cry. 

Yeah I believe 4 is cross gen, but it's a big step up from how 3 looks and plays. This reminded me I hadn't played Valley of The Yetis dlc, so I started it this morning. The vehicles just have more weight to them, and although they don't drive brilliantly they're a lot better than 3s floaty cars. 4 looks better but then it was 3 years after so it should do! I think the gunplay feels better in 4 too.

 

As for the dlc, so far so good, it's not too long and apart from a shaky start I'm enjoying running around killing yetis and other wildlife. At least getting all this Far Cry out of my system means I won't rush out and buy 6 day one so that's nice :)

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Yeah, probably some rose-tints going on with 3, also played it on PC so it probably looked nicer anyway. Didn’t do the yetis but I did do Blood Dragon which is probably the best piece of DLC there has ever been!  I’ll be getting 6 on day 1! (Then probably not play it for 6 months like I normally do with games these days..).

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3 hours ago, Somerset_Bumkin said:

Yeah, probably some rose-tints going on with 3, also played it on PC so it probably looked nicer anyway. Didn’t do the yetis but I did do Blood Dragon which is probably the best piece of DLC there has ever been!  I’ll be getting 6 on day 1! (Then probably not play it for 6 months like I normally do with games these days..).

It must be 3 I have this issue with because I didn't like Blood Dragon(at least what I played of it) and I know it's universally liked but...I'll give it another go at some point when I get the FC itch again. I'm being really good as I've been furloughed for nearly 4 months so I've not been buying new games, just clearing the backlog and it's been great, and I'm hoping to take not buying day one forward once I come off furlough.(I find out tomorrow)

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Far Cry 4-Valley of the Yetis-PS4-It's more Far Cry 4 but not as good. Each main mission you do is followed by an enforced wave based defence. It feels like padding because it is padding. After all you're not at the base all days as you're out killing Yetis and bad guys, they could just waltz in and take over the base while you're not there... Anyway, worth a couple of quid if you want more Far Cry 4.

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Stopped playing FC4 as I got fed up of the damned if you do, damned if you don't stuff between the two people who give you missions. Took the fun out of it.

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Prehistoric Isle in 1930-Poc-I got the SNK collection free from Twitch Prime. I finished this had a quick blast on Ikari Warriors and uninstalled the whole lot. I'm so glad I didn't but the compilation on Switch...Total bullshit that is best left in the arcades and the memory.

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Death Stranding (PS4) - 2019 - 5/5
What Remains of Edith Finch (XB1) - 2017 - 4/5
Resident Evil 5 - Co-op (360 on XB1) - 2009 - 2/5
Resident Evil 3 Remake (XB1) - 2020 - 4/5
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) - 2020 - 5/5
Final Fantasy VII (PSX on PS4) - 1997 - 4/5
Last of Us: Part II (PS4) - 2020 - 4/5

Carrion (XB1) - 2020 - 4/5
Lots of fun. 2D light metroidvania about controlling a monster that looks straight out of The Thing. Some cool puzzles and exploration, great art style that reminded me of the Amiga, and only a few wrinkles that didn't really impact things too much. Game Pass too, which was a bonus!

The Touryst (XB1) - 2020 - 3/5
Another Game Pass special, but after some initial promise it lost its way a bit. Looks great, and there's a sprinkle of some Zelda-light dungeon exploration and puzzles, but as it went on it relied more and more on repeating the same tasks over and over again. There was also a reliance on some really finicky combat puzzles that with the game's movement physics and camera made for some massively frustrating "boss fights".

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Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)

Thoroughly enjoyed this, to the point where I’m mopping up all the side quests and collectibles.

It plays like a standard open world Ass Creed type game, but the world is beautiful and it’s very cool being a Samurai. The combat is like the Arkham games, so timing your parries is important. You could also play it in pure stealth but it’s kind of more fun to run in chopping off limbs.

To sum up, story is okay, combat is very good, the world and setting are great. It’s also nowhere near as long as AC. It doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre, but it’s definitely worth picking up, as long as you’re not burned out on open world games.

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BattleToads-Bone- Big, dumb and a lot of fun. Part brawler, part shooter, part puzzler, part Metroidvania. All Toad. Well worth a few hours of your time if you have Gamepass. I'm not sure how much they're selling it for but I'd have been okay with dropping £15 on this. The only downside is no online co-op as far as I can see.

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CoD MW2 Remastered (PS4)

Irritatingly I bought this a few weeks before it went on PS Plus. When it first came out, to me it was a great game. All this time later and it was decidedly average. Exactly the same CoD gameplay, although with very pretty graphics.

The lack of Spec Ops is annoying as I loved that mode.

I got suckered in by nostalgia and hopefully have learned my lesson; CoD is not a good franchise (at least for me).

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MW2 was the last COD game I played and I loved it too. That was the last game before the Black Ops nonsense and bi-annual releases and I felt I had burned out on the franchise. Probably just my age but I had been playing, and loving COD since the original blew me (and Medal of Honour) away on PC all those years ago - loved every game they made but eventually the formula grew stale. 

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The Last Of Us:Remastered-PS4- Just as good, if not better than I remembered. The story beats still hit me in the feels and there was a couple of bits I'd totally forgotten about, so it was almost like playing a new game. I can't believe it first cam out 7 years ago!

I played a lot more stealthy this time round and had a blast, but when I did have to go loud I blew the crap out of everyone that stood in my way. I struggled my first time through because I was trying to save resources but this time round I used the tools available and enjoyed it a lot more. I'm sure it's different on hard or above, but on normal the game lets you enjoy using the weapons, bombs and molotovs without having to worry where the next one is going to come from.

I'm looking forward to going through the 2nd once I get hold of a PS5, and I'm hoping they scale it up for next gen, because there's not much coming out day one for them...

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Death Stranding (PS4) - 2019 - 5/5
What Remains of Edith Finch (XB1) - 2017 - 4/5
Resident Evil 5 - Co-op (360 on XB1) - 2009 - 2/5
Resident Evil 3 Remake (XB1) - 2020 - 4/5
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) - 2020 - 5/5
Final Fantasy VII (PSX on PS4) - 1997 - 4/5
Last of Us: Part II (PS4) - 2020 - 4/5
Carrion (XB1) - 2020 - 4/5
The Touryst (XB1) - 2020 - 3/5

Spiritfarer (XB1) - 2020 - 5/5
Absolutely wonderful sorta town-builder, relationship-manager, mild-platformer that looks FUCKING AMAZING. This came at just the right time (i.e. the lowest) during lockdown, and it was such a positive and warming experience. Loved it.


Control: Foundation DLC (XB1) - 3/5
Mostly more Control, which I had a lot of fun with. Was hard to tell what was new in the expansion vs. new in updates, but there was some cool new stuff to play with. The story was decent, but not as good as the main game. It included a sorta repeatable, infinite horde mode thing, but I wasn't feeling it so didn't put much time into it.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Campaign) (PC)  - 2013 - 3/5
I started this twice over the years, but the free trial was recently expanded a whole lot to include much more so I decided to revisit. I keep hearing this ended up as one of the better FF games, nevermind a great MMO, and although there was a lot of good in there, there was a considerable chunk of the campaign that dragged on like hell.

It supposedly leaps in quality in the Heavensward expansion (also in the free trial now), but I've got the patch content to get through before I get to that. If you have about 40ish hours and like MMOs, it's worth playing through!


Crusader Kings 3 (PC) - 2020 - 5/5
I don't think it's technically possible to finish this, but I've played through 20-30+ hours so far and loving every moment of it. I was totally averse to these kind of grand strategy games before without any real bad experiences to justify it, but I always felt scared off by the time investment and learning curve. CK3's tutorial is dense, but it does a really, really good job of giving you all the information you want, and making it accessible throughout the game. 

The things I've done to keep my kingdom ticking over :D

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Also of the last 6 games I've finished I've only paid for the Control DLC (like a chump after the next-gen upgrade news, too!).

Game Pass fucking owns.

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Resident Evil 2 Remake (PS4)

Just finished Leon A, and I’m done with this game. I got into the series with RE4 and so I play these as action games. This is not an action game, and so I was quite disappointed.

I don’t necessarily mind the horror part of it, but the relative lack of ammo and that it takes 20 headshots to kill a basic zombie was frustrating to me. Also Mr X can fuck right off. I actually paid a couple of quid for dlc infinite ammo weapons just to get to the end. With that the game instantly became more fun as it was about the puzzles and atmosphere not the disappointing gun play and resource management.

I’m sure there’s plenty more to do for fans, but not me. I was going to pick up Remake 3 at some point as it’s supposed to be more of an action game, but will get it when dirt cheap.

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