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Postby matt » 02 Oct 2017, 13:52

are you buddies still playing destiny John? we managed a trials of the nine last night but quickly got our arses handed to us.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 02 Oct 2017, 17:30

matt wrote:Source of the post are you buddies still playing destiny John? we managed a trials of the nine last night but quickly got our arses handed to us.


I don't think Andy will be as he just tags along with Ben for a bit until he's had enough, he's not played Destiny properly since House of Wolves. Ben usually likes to get the achievements done so I'd think he'll try and get the raid done before he finishes up although he found it frustrating doing Rise of Iron with LFG's.

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Postby Johnmcl7 » 06 Oct 2017, 01:51

I'm struggling a bit in Titanfall2 as the population has nosedived since Destiny 2 came out and the quality of other players has also plummeted which was ok with the stronger or more general purpose titans but it's becoming almost impossible now I'm onto the specialist titans.

I fired up Destiny 1 as two years later the exclusive Sony content has been finally released for the Xbox One. If that isn't silly enough what's even better about this deal is that it wasn't just bad for Xbox One players but also Sony players as well, their exclusive strike couldn't be the weekly nightfall, the weekly exotic vendor couldn't sell the exclusive exotics, the weekly trials map couldn't be the exclusive one etc. (well technically it all could but Bungie were too lazy to program a fall back for the Xbox platform to allow the Sony users to have their exclusives as a weekly special). On top of all that the strike is very basic and just feels like a bit of copy and paste work although not seen the exotics yet as they're random and no way I'm spending the time trying to get them.

I was going past the door to the Vault of Glass and I saw a level 23 player who was on his own and had started the raid, unsurprisingly he was just getting repeatedly mauled by the Praetoriams. I felt a bit sad that I'll probably never go through that door again either and that one of the best pieces of co-op gaming lies there in silence ever more.
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Postby matt » 10 Oct 2017, 10:13

john, I'd be up for another raid if we can get numbers up.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 10 Oct 2017, 14:36

I did manage to get a vault of glass raid done last night and while it is tempting to do a level 390 version where it's a challenge again, I was reminded of the pain of using LFG and don't want to go back there.

I think I'm done with Titanfall 2 as I've finished levelling the sniper titan and the often poor quality of random players means I don't fancy my chances of progressing with the close combat or support titans. It's difficult as the game population is dropping fast and suspect if I decided to pick it up again later there will be no-one playing. I also think I'm done with Forza Horizon 3 although got a good few hours out of it and 'finished' the main game and both DLC's, having said that it's a good game to dip in and out of. It's a shame loot boxes seemed to have infested Forza 7 in a bad way as changing your settings no longer increases your reward which has been a key part of Forza in the past and one I thought worked well, turning down the assists and similar to make the game more challenging would be worth it as you'd progress quicker. Now you have to increase your credit bonuses through 'mods' which you get through loot boxes :(
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 22 Oct 2017, 03:18

After picking up the Switch to play Stardew Valley and MK8 I felt perhaps it was a mistake given I'd played both games a ton particularly when i started up a fresh new farm in Stardew Valley and was starting from scratch and had to do everything again. Then those feelings quickly faded as I got into the game and started work on my farm. On the face of it the game looks just like Harvest Moon or even just Farmville but the simple graphics hide a surprisingly complex little game that mixes in a lot of different gameplay on top of farming element. For your farm itself you can obviously grow crops and keep animals but there's a minecraft element in harvest resources, there's fishing, there's levelling up and getting access to new items, you can make decorative items to make your farm look better, there's a sims type aspect where you interact with the villagers and maintain your relationship and there's a dungeon crawler element where you work through a series of mines to get fight enemies and get more resources.

Usually doing that is a terrible idea and the game ends up being too watered down but somehow Stardew Valley pulls it all off. It does feel like there's far too much to do and difficult to know what to do but it's best just to focus on a few activities and work on that as there's no way to fail at the game so if things go pear shaped it doesn't really matter.

Despite my last post I decided to get back into Titanfall and slogging through with my close quarters titan which I planned to get fully levelled and finish with it, he's the only titan I haven't really enjoyed as he's so weak, he doesn't seem to do that much damage and his super is also weak to the degree I don't even use it as it tended to get me killed. However on unlocking his final upgrade, he suddenly all makes sense as during his super attacks with the sword regenerate health as well as doubling the duration of the super plus there's an option to have titan kills extend the super. Essentially that means you can beat the hell out of the titans and as long as you keep doing as much damage as you're receiving you can stay alive and keep the super going, in some cases for almost the entire wave as the high speed of the titan means he can sprint over to the next group of titans, tear them to shreds and then move onto the next. In my first game I was dropped into a game halfway through and once I'd got going with the super I was actually disappointed when the Victory screen came up and it was done although amused to notice I had the highest score.

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Postby HughMull » 25 Oct 2017, 17:27

I'm playing Middle-earth: Shadow of Lootcrates. Jokes aside, the game is still fun. The combat is superb.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 18 Nov 2017, 03:43

I've just one Titan left in Titanfall 2 to get up to the 10th level on its tenth respawn so they can get some shiny black armour and weapon skin then just need to get my pilot up to re-up 10 as well so he can match. I keep looking for excuses to keep on playing although partially because the game is about finished and if I come back to it later I doubt there will be anyone left playing it.

Although Bomberman seemed a bit overpriced I gave it a go although so far I can't stand it at all and wondering whether to return it as I've a 48 hour window for return and I'm away tomorrow afternoon. The single player mode is awful and the online mode seems to be dead, it seems local multiplayer is where it's at and I guess no surprise. I should have done a bit more research before buying it.
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Postby Replicant » 18 Dec 2017, 14:05

I bought Rocket League for the Switch as its on sale at the moment (£11.28).

Well what an awesome game. I have played it loads over the weekend. So simple to play yet also a lot to master to be a true great. A lot like Speedball 2 or International Superstar Soccer used to be like back in the day before stats and all that other fancy cr@p that gets in the way of gameplay. Even better is that I can play against my son on his XBONE version of the game.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 19 Dec 2017, 02:59

It says something when Nintendo are doing better cross play than Sony, I've seen a lot of recommendations for Rocket League which seems a relatively simple idea but well designed and extremely polished although don't think it's my thing.

I've still been playing Mario Odyssey off and on but it's not really getting me hooked on it.

I thought I'd try Fortnite: Battle Royale since it's free and I'm curious about the main game so thought this would give me a feel for it but it was wait for all the intro stuff, spawn in then die, wait 15 minutes, go through the intro again, spawn in and die then quit and play Titanfall 2 instead. Apparently Matt reckons you still get the match rewards if you quit and go to the next match but I'm really not seeing the appeal of this game.

I'm ashamed to admit the game I'm hooked on again is Euro Truck Simulator 2 which I've now clocked up over 200 hours on and it's the only game I can think of I get excited for all the DLC and immediately buy it. This time it offers an expansion into Italy and a separate DLC for oversized cargo. The latter unlocks the option gigantic items where you get your own escort vehicles and there's a lot of nice little touches, when the truck/trailer is being prepped there's crowds around watching the load leave, as you drive along police cars block off various junctions while drivers are out of their queued up cars to watch the load go by and the massive trailers can be a challenge to drive as they have a lot of wheels most of which have their own steering. There's something oddly relaxing in firing up the truck and hearing the 16 litre engine grumble away and doing the various jobs which I can't quite explain as I've no idea why I want to play this game so much.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 15 Jan 2018, 00:01

I've been needing to stop playing Titanfall 2 so decided to fire up a couple of my Steam sale purchases, Planet Coaster and Hollow Knight. Planet Coaster unfortunately became the second game I refunded on Steam, it looks good but it's a very difficult game to get into. I started off in the career mode choosing the first beginner scenario and was thrust into a theme park with issues on one of the food booth or something, there was nothing to indicate where this problem was or what I should do about it though. I tried the sandbox mode instead but the only hint it gave me was the basic controls...nothing else. I had a hunt online and it seems you're meant to watch various videos to get an idea on how to start which I don't think is acceptable for a £30 game of this type.

Hollow Knight is a metroidvania style game which I decided to try as Ori and the Blind Forest, another Metroidvania style game which has been one of my favourite games of recent times. Hollow Knight is also a difficult game to get into although more intentionally, I spent the first couple of hours getting lost and not really sure what I should be doing, looked up a guide and found I should have returned back to the start shortly into the game to get a tool to help with the map I couldn't make sense of. I'm getting through it but it feels a long way behind Ori, it's nowhere near as pretty or visually stunning, it's much more difficult to work out what you are supposed to be doing plus crucially while it shares a similar difficulty level to Ori, the controls aren't as tight and you're punished much more for dying. Ori balances its punishing game play by allowing you create frequent save points but Hollw Knight doesn't and some of the save points are very far apart. There's some tough boss fights which I've given up on because each time I die, it takes me so far back I can't be bothered doing all the level in the meantime to get back to the boss and just die.

Going way back I hopped back into Halo Reach which aside from very few people playing, is still a surprising good game. The foundations for Destiny are very obvious with the same excellent gameplay and a lot of the AI is just the same but it's so much better than the current Destiny in so many ways. The Firefight Horde mode is simple but it works so well from the Arcade mode that gives you unlimited heavy weapons to the tough limited mode and there's a great range of PvP modes as well with the multi-team modes putting together four teams of three as mad and chaotic as always. Also unlike the trend for current games to have tougher enemies as bullet sponges, the top Reach enemies can still be taken down with two or three accurate shots with the difficulty coming from them being evasive, accurate and having their own armour abilities. It's just a bit sad with multiplayer games that you can't go back to them years later, Titanfall 2 is dying out at the moment and suspect in a few months it will be pretty much dead.
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Postby scarbunny » 15 Jan 2018, 16:18

Picked up the new Assassins Creed just after Christmas, its pretty much fine it's better than the last few but ultimately it's still more Assassins Creed. Looks pretty impressive in 4K HDR.

I've got several games from last year that really need finishing, as well as a couple from Christmas, but I just keep putting hours into Stardew Valley on the Switch. That game has almost single handed justified owning a Switch, sure Zelda is technically impressive and Mario is........ well Mario, but Stardew is somehow perfectly tuned for 10-15 minutes over lunch but also a several hour session when the missus is watching crap on TV.

Wolfenstein 2, it's rather good, but is weirdly difficult for a run and gun kind of game, I'm dying a lot and I've heard similar criticism on a few podcasts, might have to drop the difficulty.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 18 Jan 2018, 22:10

I very much agree with you about Stardew Valley, when I first set my Switch up I felt a bit stupid having spent £300 on it, Mario Kart and Stardew Valley to play games I'd already spent many hours on already. However once I fired up Stardew Valley and got into it again, I was happy at that as it's a great game plus it's well suited to the Switch particularly when as you say you can pick it up and play for a short while or play for a while. It's also great to see a game developed by just a single person, put through early access with a lot of community interaction and then put out for release when it was polished and ready to go do commercially well particularly without micro transactions or loot boxes.

At the other end of the scale, there's Halo 5...I bought this on release, didn't really like the campaign, gameplay or multiplayer and didn't look at it again after I finished the single player. However I've heard a lot about how much they've added, in particular a new Firefight PvE mode which sounded promising. It's split into five waves with increasingly tough enemies on large, open maps with vehicles and eight players. You start at level 1 with basic weapons and then level up throughout the match to get better weapons and items which goes faster if you're doing well in the game. Wave 5 can be quite impressively chaotic with a mix of friendly and enemy vehicles meaning the skies are filled with Banshees and similar while on the ground there's a raft of tanks and wraiths.

However...unlike previous games, these items don't spawn on the maps nor do you build up currency within the match to buy them either similar to Gears of War 4's Horde map. Instead you buy everything with requisition cards which come from good old loot boxes. You get your basic weapons and armour mods (stuff like enhanced shields, a quicker reload or faster running for example) for free as in you can request them as much as you like, you also get more powerful versions such as assault rifle with a scope that identifies target and an energy blade which does more melee damage or a battle rifle which has a Promethean enhanced barrel that does more vehicle damage. You have to unlock these variants through loot boxes which means it's just random, I want the longer range DMR type weapon but no luck unlocking it.

For power weapons, vehicles and proper weapon mods (like active camo) you have to 'use' a card which is also a random drop from the loot boxes. It's hard to know when to use the vehicles, I see people using a lot of wraiths but I only have a single wraith card and one variant although I have a decent number of tanks. Winning a game gets you a pack as does a daily login but I rarely seem to get much use from these. Also vehicles are absolutely crucial near the end, the boss enemies are massive bullet sponges and even heavy weapons don't do the damage and you need protection yourself.

That all makes the power weapons almost useless, in one instance I bought a rocket launcher, brought the scope up and was shot in the back by an enemy who had teleported in and immediately killed me. That was the card lost although even if I'd used all my rockets, you don't get a free reload for them or anything and they seem to do pitiful damage. Each power weapon comes in two variants with some enhancements, I received the rarest version which looks pretty cool but if I use that, it's gone and I could be killed immediately with it particularly with the large open scale of the game not being well suited to powerful close combat weapons.

It's frustrating as some of the concepts of this mode seem quite good but it's one of the worst loot box implementations I've seen, you do also get a range of cosmetic items for your banner, your armour and your guns which they could have easily kept on their own for the loot boxes. I guess though that's not where the money is....
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 21 Jan 2018, 22:38

I've been hearing a lot of good feedback on the Monster Hunter Worlds beta so I retrieved my PS4 as the beta is annoyingly only on it despite the game being released on the Xbox One as well, off to a good start when I found the PS4 doesn't support 5Ghz wireless. Which is a pain as I don't have 2.4 wireless at the moment due to the Google wifi flooding issue so it was onto my rather flaky powerline setup. After playing t the game for a bit and it's really not my thing, I don't like the look and feel of the game at all so that's £40 saved.

On the plus side I fired up good old Amplitude which I still love although it's such a shame there's no DLC for it and there's not going to be, even though the game didn't have that many players I'd have thought DLC would be very easy to add.
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Postby EviL Ras » 22 Jan 2018, 00:19

Just finished wolfenstein 2! Twas fun!
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