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Xeo

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This game where my anxiety skyrockets and I feel like I'm dying. And then I wake up and realize it's one of those days. A "PTSD Day". Nothing feels right, I'm in a terrible mood that nothing can seemingly turn around. I'm cranky, feel like shit, feel on the verge of mental collapse and just want to cry all day long.

But also Maneater and World of Warcraft happened today.
 

Scrustle

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I played the demo for Cris Tales that is on GOG right now. I wasn't a fan of it, but I can see it being really appealing to some people. It's an indie turn-based RPG with a very fairy tale/storybook aesthetic to it, and a time travel conceit to it. The art is very nice, with a sort of pop-up book look to it, and I can see some potential in the time control mechanics, where you move between the past, present, and future to alter things to solve problems, or for certain effects in combat too. I didn't like that combat however. Going in, I didn't know this game was JRPG-like, despite having vaguely recognised seeing the game somewhere before. I don't tend to like these systems, and this was no exception. It has some timing mechanics where if you press a button at the right time while attacking/defending you can add an extra hit or deflect attacks. But the window for defending didn't feel right. There was also a moment when they were explaining how the time control mechanics work in battle during a boss fight, where you have to use a water spell in the present to rust their shield in the future. I worked out what it wanted me to do before it explicitly told me, but it wouldn't work until it ran through the tutorial for it. Then after that point the battle dragged on for way more turns than it needed to, where you're doing nothing more than basic attacks and blocks. But despite all that, I can see this game being right up the alley for some people. The art really is nice, and it has a distinctive look to it, and those time mechanics have potential. So if you're in to this sort of RPG, and can deal with some potentially grating voice acting, it might be worth trying out.

Also started playing Yakuza 5 Remastered. I was unsure about starting this, as I sort of wanted to leave more time after beating 4 not too long ago, but I'm enjoying it so far. It's helpful that it feels like you start off at a way higher baseline when it comes to combat mechanics than you do in the previous games, and most of the later games too come to think of it. Movement feel quicker, and you have way more options than the small array of light and heavy attacks that make up 90% of what you do in the early combat hours of these games usually. Also I'm trying to take it easy when I play it for a session, quitting before I feel like I've pushed too far for the sake of getting through more of the game in a sitting.

And I also played Feather for a bit, thanks to RiffRaff yet again. This is more of an interactive toy/experience thing than anything else really. You control a bird and fly around a small island, where you can explore all the little points of interest dotted around, and can change your bird or the music that is playing by flying through some magic hoops. It also has Journey-esque drop-in multiplayer where other people can join you in your game randomly, but the only form of interaction you have it the ability to screech at them. I saw pretty much everything it had to offer in about 45 minutes, but it was a good time. Just flying around aimlessly, seeing what there was to see, taking in the atmosphere. It created a number of very pretty and even somewhat moving scenes. Coming in to contact with other players has a very organic feeling to it as well, like Journey did.
 
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RiffRaff

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I'm still playing the ever-living fuck out of Hades. I have 2 more weapons to get the first win with and on a couple of them I'm up to 3 heat (Supergiant's typical, yet genius way of upping difficulty).

I was graciously gifted Gris and 2064: Read Only Memories by D-Volt and Scrustle but haven't dived too deep into them. I'm waiting for a day when my tinnitus is weaker so I can really take in the audio and music (been using my buzz free days recently to finish off my replay of TLoU, I'm at the final act of that now). From what I've played of Gris, holy fuckballs is that game beautiful!!!!

I'm also replaying for like the 5th time DKC: Tropical Freeze, but this time on Switch (great upgrade, that 60fps really was worth the double dip).

I also finished up my DMC series playthrough last week. Final thoughts: DMC 5 is the best because there's no puzzles and you always know where to head next. Puzzles and not knowing where to head next were my biggest issues with 1-4. The combat in all of them (except 2) was great and 5 just dials it up to 11. 100% action from start to finish; exactly what I want from an action game like that!
So, DMC5 >>>>>>>> DMC3>DMC4>DmC reboot (the Fox News boss fight was amazing)>DMC>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>DMC2 (I was warned it was bad, butt fuck was it bad. Good thing it being so bad led to DMC3 being so great)
 

Scrustle

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Currently going through Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death again. It's a pretty fun game, but it's clearly not very polished. It's one of those games that makes up for its flaws through sheer enthusiasm though, so it's hard to hold its problems against it too hard. It's aping the (old) God of War gameplay style completely shamelessly, and it does an okay job at it. Attacks feel good and there's enough variety in moves to make you want to do at least a little bit more than just randomly button mash. But it's got its fair share of jank. Sometimes it can be pretty picky about registering inputs, and it has a habit of stun-locking you when you get in the wrong corner surrounded by enemies. Enemy design is pretty hit-and-miss too. But it does well enough to scratch that itch, and does an admirable job at it for how low budget this game clearly is in comparison to its inspiration. It has a very tongue-in-cheek tone to it as well that is hard not to appreciate, and a breakneck pace to it that ends up feeling comical with just how silly things get. There's very little downtime, like the game is squeezing the absolute maximum level of silly action scenes out of the short runtime. So it moves to fast that you rarely get any time to dwell on any flaws the game has.
 
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TheBlondeBass

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Been playing some of that there Final Fantasy X... It aged surprisingly well, all things considered! I'm having a grand old time. Hopefully, Square Enix gives traditional turn-based gameplay a chance in the future -- while I loved FF7 Remake, there's room for both styles.
 

RiffRaff

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Been playing some of that there Final Fantasy X... It aged surprisingly well, all things considered! I'm having a grand old time. Hopefully, Square Enix gives traditional turn-based gameplay a chance in the future -- while I loved FF7 Remake, there's room for both styles.
I think FFX had the best combat system of them all. I like seeing the turn order and it helps me be more strategic on my battle plan.

As far as Squeenix doing traditional turn-based these days, there's Octopath and the Bravely series which is basically FF in all but name (can't wait for the new entry btw).
 

zatoseyes

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Now that I'm done moving I'm looking to settle into some comfy familiar games. Dark Souls and King's Field 2 both keep popping into my brain cave at random times, and I'm really thinking about streaming some play-throughs of them. If I can find the gumption to stream on the regular.

I'm also still BallZ deep in Dragonball FighterZ. I want to take the time to play some ranked and find opponents that outclass the two friends I have who occasionally give me some competition and really see how good my 17/Beerus/Jiren team can be.

Hollow Knight has been keeping me company at night. Playing in handheld mode on the Switch isn't ideal for some of the trickier platforming or boss fights, but it's not bad either.
 

NSPillow

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Mario Odyssey ... You know what this is. Loved it. As far as my kid was concerned watching this was as good as watching a cartoon.
Darksiders: Genesis ... It's not what I thought it was going to be; not entirely sure what I think yet.
Luigi's Mansion ... Hate the controls, loving the atmosphere.
The Outer Worlds ... Finally picked up a PC that can handle this, first thing I loaded up. Only about 2-3 hours into it, loving it so far.
 

Zalno

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When I'm not fucking around in VRChat, I've been playing nothing but Pokemon. Specifically, I've been working on a project for the past couple of years for getting as many ribbons for my favorites as humanly possible. I may do a C-Blog or something about it later, but here's my checklist for everything I've done up to this point. Keep in mind that this is still ongoing.

I'd post pictures of VRChat shenanigans some friends and I got up to, but that'd just be more dumb furry shit.
 

JonJonXD

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I may be late to the game, but I got super sucked into The Messenger since it came in June's Humble Monthly Bundle.

I am one achievement away from getting them all too. I can't believe how good this game is.
 

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I need a break from reading in JRPGs and VA-11 Hall-A, so I'm finally playing Klonoa 2. I was infatuated with the demo as a kid, but I only tracked down a copy last year. It's really nice and upbeat.
 

RiffRaff

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FF VII, XII, XV; DQ VII, XI; Dragon’s dogma, Puyo puyo tetris; Pokémon sword and shield; DOS 2; Witcher 3 right now.
That's one hell of an RPG kick!!!! DQ11, D:OS2, and The Witcher 3 are among my favorite games of all time!!!
 

RiffRaff

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Got Clubhouse Games for Switch last week and I'm really enjoying it. I'm pretty good at Hanafuda now and I'm trying to learn Shogi. Got the basic rules down but need to learn some strategies. I'm liking it better than Chess; being able to use captured pieces really is a cool dynamic!

Got the urge to play Hollow Knight again so I'm playing that Steam copy that's been sitting on my acct. Such a great game and a pleasure to go through all over again!

Still playing Hades and TLoU1 (replay).
 

Nag

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While everyone and his dog waits for The Last of Us Part 2 I decided to revisit Horizon Zero Dawn, that game is so fucking beautiful. Really hoping a sequel is shown at the upcoming PlayStation event. On the Xbox side I've been putting a lot of time in to Gears 5 multiplayer (it's my go to game when I'm bored)
 

Scrustle

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The past few days I've been playing a little games called OneShot that is part of that big itch.io charity bundle. It's a very modest adventure game made in RPG Maker, but so far I'm liking it a lot. You play as this adorable little cat girl character, who suddenly wakes up in this eerie and dark world that has been slowly dying long before you arrive. But it's framed in this really interesting way that breaks the fourth wall in some extreme ways. Even though you control this cat character, Niko, the game explicitly talks to you as the player. In the game it's framed as Niko being the "messiah" of this world who has come to save it, while you are a god who talks to and guides her. It even pulls your real name from your computer files (through your username I expect) and addresses you as such. You have conversations with Niko as yourself at times. Other times there are puzzles where you have to go looking through files on your computer that the game has placed there. It's really interesting. Although I suppose this isn't the only game to do this sort of thing. I'm not close to finishing it yet, but I definitely want to see where this goes. The game reveals that the name is referring to how you only have "one shot" at achieving your task of saving this world. I've yet to see exactly what that is supposed to mean.
 
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Started playing Parasite Eve The 3rd Birthday the other day. It's decent enough, doesn't really feel like a good sequel to the story in 1 and 2 but it's enjoyable enough to play.
 
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Xeo

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Remnant: From the Ashes. I LOVE this game. I forgot just how much when I put it down last year. It's honestly one of my favorite games to releases in the past few years period. The blend of Souls-like action, the thrill of randomized dungeons and bosses/events Roguelite style, and it has really neat lore to boot.