What are you playing? Fall 2019
Posted: Posted October 9th, 2019
Edited October 9th, 2019 by Vandy
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Dead Cells via Xbox Gamepass

Having fun with it. I'm trying to play it without reading anything about it online and just learning things by playing. I was pretty surprised the first time I died and went all the way back to the beginning. I'm learning more each time I play it.

Controls are smooth and responsive. Combat is fun mixing up melee, skills and projectile weapons. I made it to my first boss encounter last night and did not do very well. I guess my equipment needs to improve. I enjoyed the darts that caused bleed damage and stacked. I also liked the Combo mutation that improved damage for [time] after kills. I look forward to finding more unique gear to play with.

Also the soundtrack is awesome so far.

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I'm playing a lot of SNES games on the Switch Online deal. I finished Brawl Brothers (cheap as hell game), Mario World (have played some but it's always been someone else's copy), Star Fox, and Super Metroid. Am currently going through Mario Kart, Pilotwings, and Joe & Mac 2.

Been playing a bit of Smash here and there, play Super Kirby Clash when 4 people are over, and played a little bit of the GWG Tembo the Badass Elephant which is pretty fun and underrated (I'd never heard of it). Feel like going back and finishing RDR2 since I dropped it once Smash came out.

Posted October 9th, 2019 by Fox Forever
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Replaying the Gears of War franchise after just finishing Gears 5.

Have one more DLC for Spider-Man PS4, and then I'm getting back to God of War (or, replaying Horizon Zero Dawn with DLC - haven't decided yet).

Posted October 9th, 2019 by Jet Presto
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Just finished up with Remedy's Control, and I'm kind of surprised by how much I liked it. I've never really been a fan of theirs, and I initially had zero interest in Control pre-release. It looked like another bland shooter set against an even blander backdrop; and I'm really not keen on the whole integrating real actors into a video game, which Remedy likes to experiment with.

Buuuut, seeing the extremely positive reviews and hearing praise from Jeff Gerstmann (of all people) peaked my interest enough to check it out. And I'm glad I did, because I would've kicked myself for sleeping on Control. The story is this great blend of Twin Peaks meets X-Files meets SCP Foundation, taking place in a shapeshifting building called "The Old House", the base of operations for The Federal Bureau of Control (a secret agency that studies and contains reality-defying phenomena). It's a twisting, compulsive, exceptionally well-written game that gleefully half-explains (in government style, heavily redacted texts) weird, paranormal shit. The characters are great, Jesse Faden is a wonderful protagonist. And I was actually impressed by how... natural the full-motion video sequences were. They didn't stick out like a sore thumb at all, and I think they even somewhat enhanced the experience - Dr. Darling's lab videos playing on projection screens throughout the building, and the sort of metaphysical apparitions of Trench and Jesse... all really cool stuff.

The combat isn't amazing, and I mostly attribute that to the enemies becoming overly redundant and low-stakes. Unlocking Jesse's powers kept things interesting for a while, but it did eventually hit diminishing returns. It was never bad, but when your story is so fucking good, it's a shame the combat couldn't quite reach that same level of quality. Also, the checkpoints suck.

The ending was a little disappointing in that it didn't exactly have a fulfilling conclusion, only to palm it off for DLC/an inevitable sequel. Which, fine, that's where we're at these days. But I was really expecting (hoping) to see something a bit more batshit insane. Oh well, was still a fun ride.

Edited October 10th, 2019 by Orion Nebula
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Unreal Tournament :)

Posted October 11th, 2019 by mariomguy
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MGSV just for shits and giggles

Posted October 11th, 2019 by S.o.h.
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Is Dead Cells the one where you keep all your character progression every time you die. So even though you have to start over, you're a bit more powerful and you also have the foreknowledge of what's coming?

Edited October 11th, 2019 by Moonray
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Is Dead Cells the one where you keep all your character progression every time you die. So even though you have to start over, you're a bit more powerful and you also have the foreknowledge of what's coming?

Love games like that.

Posted October 11th, 2019 by Fox Forever
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Is Dead Cells the one where you keep all your character progression every time you die. So even though you have to start over, you're a bit more powerful and you also have the foreknowledge of what's coming?

Sort of - but you don't exactly know what's coming. The levels are proceduarlly generated. The "regions" stay the same, but they are constructed differently each time.

Edited October 13th, 2019 by Vandy
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I just bought two games last night on the XBL sale, Asura's Wrath and Brutal Legend. I'm also looking to get Collection of Mana either today or tomorrow, it's $30 right now on Amazon.

Started playing Ultimate Chicken Horse with friends. I quite like it. I'm still going through the last challenges of Superhot but I'll probably be stopped by the "never die" challenge.

Current Stats:
Total Owned 867
Total Started 537
Total Finished 366

Posted October 14th, 2019 by Fox Forever
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I finished a normal run of Dead Cells, after 4 unsuccessful attempts. Basically you should be able to complete a run in about 1 hour of time without rushing.

The good news is there are still a lot of weapons and perks to unlock. And I have to say, there is a good variety of weapons in the game and they all feel very different. Basically you find blueprints while playing that you can then unlock with cells. Then you collect cells by defeating enemies to put towards unlocks. Once you unlock a piece of gear, it then has a chance of appearing at the merchant, in chests or dropped by a killed enemy in all future runs.

Once you complete the game on its base difficulty, you get a "stem cell" that you can activate at the beginning of the game to increase the difficulty. Beating it with 1 stem cell will grant you a second stem cell, etc.

There are still several regions that I have not visited yet. There are different paths you can take to reach the end. Most regions have two exits to take, each leading to different regions but both moving you forward.

Here's a taste of the OST. This is the music that plays when you are in the merchant's area.

Posted October 17th, 2019 by Vandy
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