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What are you playing? Summer 2019 Edition
Posted: Posted June 8th by S.O.H.
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Can some one sticky this?

I started Alan Wake and wrapped up Episode One. I had to tinker with the controls a bit but at medium setting I am getting 35-40 FPS. (Console levels) which I am happy about. It is a beautiful game and quite intriguing.



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Returning to Perosna 4 Golden because I neer ifnisehd it andm y memory card busted.

Posted June 9th by tnu
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^

That's only one of the best games ever made.

Currently, I'm chugging along through Dragon Quest XI with my best friend. Also been playing the EA Harry Potter games for some insight on developers TRYING to make some decent games (I skipped Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hollows games because they are supposed to be atrocious).

Posted June 9th by Laxan
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one of the few JRPG series I have interest i n.

Posted June 9th by tnu
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Trails of Cold Steel 2 - I have a backlog for the remainder of summer and I'm hoping to get as much time in as I can. This is my second. I have ordered Tokyo Xanadu EX and plan on picking up Persona 5 or FFXV. Not sure yet or I might just go with a different game.

Posted June 9th by Castrael
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I'm sitll on Trails of Zero myself. a while beofre I get to COl Steel.

Posted June 9th by tnu
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Perfect Dark (remaster from 360's Xbox Live Arcade)

I finished Banjo Kazooie 100% a few weeks ago and decided to continue my playthrough of Rare games by starting Perfect Dark. The upgraded textures make it feel not very old and the controls actually feel smooth for a ported N64 game. I'm playing on the hardest difficulty. I've completed the first two missions, currently on the third mission where you have to escort Dr. Carrol back up through the Datadyne building.

Posted June 9th by Vandy
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loved Perfect Dark, both single and multi

Currently, I'm chugging along through Dragon Quest XI with my best friend.
ooh, makin' it last. Whereabouts are you?



I just finished 100%-ing Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition, planning to hit up Dragon Quest Builders 2 once it's out.

also always playing smash ultimate, always playing school idol festival (happy birthday to my precious idol queen nozo )

Posted June 9th by Pirate_Ninja
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I played smash ultimate, Mario kart, fast rmx, botw and dark souls the other day. I had cousins over, otherwise this never happens I'd be lucky to multi task with two games

Posted June 9th by ShadowFox08
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Unreal Tournament :P I'm getting really good at this game, like actually toe-to-toe with level 50s and not coming in last, but 2nd. and 3rd.

Posted June 9th by mariomguy
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Mariomguy, have you ever considered playing a class-based competitive shooter like Team Fortress 2? That's what I've been playing for a good long while and I think it would be interesting to get your take on it.

Edited June 9th by Cruinn-Annuin
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?huh? was a big fan of unreal tournament. Too bad he doesn't post here anymore

Posted June 10th by ShadowFox08
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checked the eshop this morning and realized I got my release dates a little mixed up; DQB2 is next month, so I'm in a slightly longer holding pattern for Super Mario Maker 2, which I'll probably use to pick off some small stuff like the Shantae Half-Genie Hero DLC and Blaster Master Zero.

Posted June 10th by Pirate_Ninja
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Continuing my BoTW run over the last week. I haven't played since like Christmas and I had 3 divine beasts calmed. Now I have all 4. Did all shrines and now I'm working on doing the DLC shrines (haven't even fought Ganon yet). About halfway through the DLC shrines but I got sidetracked and used hero vision to see where I haven't explored and have been finding the DLC costumes and Korok seeds (via the mask). Dunno if I will bother going for all 900 but I have about 200+.

Saw Xbox has a huge E3 sale. Saw Phoenix Wright trilogy and asked my wife if she'd play it if I bought it. She said yeah so I'll probably get it in the next few days.

Saw that after June 25th the Minecraft: Story Mode and it's sequel will permanently be unable to be downloaded. So I bought a physical copy to download the episodes since my wife is a fan (fucking TTG!)

Posted June 10th by Fox Forever
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Going back and forth between Outer Wilds (getting near to the end of it now) and Morrowwind:

  • Outer Wilds is absolutely excellent, I highly recommend it if you like exploration-type games. There are a few neat puzzles as well. Also some tough platforming. It has a very majora's mask feel to it too -- different events happen throughout the 22 minute long time loop. Also newtonian physics, which is very fun to play around with.

  • Morrowwind continues to be amazing. This is a continuation of my first real playthrough of it that I started back in late march -- I played for like ~10 hours before this stretch about 14 years ago, so I've been experiencing everything for the first time and completely blind. I'm currently a master / grandmaster of several factions, trying to hit all of them (aside from the other two houses which I can't do) due to my custom class having a little bit of everything in it.

  • Edited June 11th by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    Mariomguy, have you ever considered playing a class-based competitive shooter like Team Fortress 2? That's what I've been playing for a good long while and I think it would be interesting to get your take on it.

    I had, but my big struggle is it takes a long time for me to master just one set of controls, so I really don't like the idea of segmenting off with different controls. I make an exception for Smash Bros. since the basic attack/defense moveset is the same for everybody.

    ?huh? was a big fan of unreal tournament. Too bad he doesn't post here anymore

    Damn, I'd love to take him on.

    Posted June 11th by mariomguy
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    I had, but my big struggle is it takes a long time for me to master just one set of controls, so I really don't like the idea of segmenting off with different controls. I make an exception for Smash Bros. since the basic attack/defense moveset is the same for everybody.


    Heh, yeah. There are classes in TF2 that are easy to pick up the mechanics of, but you need to know how all the classes work to begin counterplaying them. It's not like in Smash where everyone generally has similar mechanics. There's a LOT going on in TF2, especially with all of the alternate gear combinations.

    I think that's actually one of the big draws of TF2, though, that you can create a pretty specific mechanical experience that you enjoy.

    Posted June 11th by Cruinn-Annuin
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    I had been playing Bloodborne, and I was doing comparatively ok. But I definitely am lost and have been for some time, so...I haven't really played it in a while. I also had DOOM glitch in an area that was disheartening. Gave me a lot of trouble, and then I finally did it, it turned into an area where I need to do some first person platforming, and then the game just glitched and I have to do the section over again. Which I will do at some point, but i took a lot of tries and I'm not feeling super thrilled to do it over again.

    So mostly, I've just resorted to playing Thumper on my Switch and, for whatever reason, Pokemon Yellow before bed.

    Posted June 11th by Jet Presto
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    My wallet is going to be hurting this summer (need a new set of tires on top of the games coming out this summer).

    Been getting more into Smash Ultimate and still playing Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. When I can get it (probably won't be til later in July) will be playing Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled.

    Edited June 16th by Forte Lambardi
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    poured sometime into Alan Wake on Thursday. When I was checking out the reviews a lot of people compared it to twin peaks. Curiosity got the best of me and I am 6 episodes into Twin Peaks.

    I love this show.

    Posted June 16th by s.o.h.
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    Damn, I'd love to take him on.

    I'll join, SD and record you guys arguing for the whole match 😂. Like old times. Jk

    Still playing dark souls. I'm 90hrs in and I think I only have 3 more places to go before I beat the game for good

    Posted June 16th by ShadowFox08
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    I'm about to redeem another 12-month sub to Xbox Live Gold using bing reward points which will stack on my current sub and get me to December 2020.

    There is also a deal now to upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate for $1. The crazy part is that it upgrades your current subscription to Game Pass Ultimate. So I am about to have Gold and Game Pass through December 2020 for $1. :0

    Posted June 17th by Vandy
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    I started and beat Fire Watch. (literally like 3 minutes ago)

    First-person narrative adventure games have never really interested me. But like all things my taste in media has changed over the last few years. Initially the art direction and concept of the game really drew me in when I saw the trailers.

    But this game was a treat. A bit on the slow side but that is fine. It goes down like a good coffee. The relationship between the characters is great. Both have their respective baggage which moves both the characters forward and deepends their bond.

    I never thought I would get into a walking simulator. (And there are things, the turtle, that I missed) I will play through it again in a couple of years. Preferably with a 6 pack of beer.



    On the other side of the spectrum I burned myself out with Alan Wake a bit so I will be putting it down and trying Recore and Tomb Raider 2.

    Posted June 23rd by S.O.H.
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    @Pirate_Ninja: I'm not sure you'll read this, but I just realized you asked me a question about Dragon Quest XI...

    Currently, we just beat that spider boss in the cavern under the children's orphanage. We only play once a week and for a couple hours. Most other time is spent at work or working on my own game. Thanks for asking, though!

    Posted June 23rd by Laxan
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    Firewatch was pretty dumb. Very engaging for a while, but then suddenly just.. not. Also zero replay value (honestly, pretty much had zero play value).

    Posted June 23rd by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    Not sure what you were 3xpecting from a walking simulator. It is a good game and worth a play through.

    I have the definitive edition which includes some extras such as in game commentary. I will revisit later on with a 6 pack of lagunitas and some chinese food.

    Posted June 23rd by S.o.h.
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    finished the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero DLC (speedrun endings and all) - a fun bunch of remixes for a game I enjoyed. Now I'm gonna get into (through?) Blaster Master Zero before Mario Maker 2 comes out later this week.

    @Laxan:

    'course I will, especially when you include the alert tag like that :J

    and cool, thanks. You've got a long ways to go for sure (you're only just getting to meet meet my favorite character!), but I loved the game and hope you guys have a good time with it as well. I'm 100% going to replay the Switch version once it's out, heh.

    (and since you mentioned it, hope you're pleased with the progress on your game, too!)

    Posted June 23rd by Pirate_Ninja
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    Thanks! Who is your favorite character? Is is Sylvando?

    And thanks again! The game is coming along nicely. Those of you who tested it really gave us some valuable feedback and criticism we needed. I just hope the next version is more engaging! We may have something a little more enticing for testers during the second testing session... As in, once you get through Kaliko Forest, it might be time to see the real meat of the game....

    Posted June 23rd by Laxan
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    I beat Dark Souls remastered Friday night. Finally after 95hrs!! Strange how they put you straight into NG+. Didn't fight gyw s kid or touch much of the Astoria dlc, but I just wanted to move on
    Just got into Octopath Traveler

    Posted June 23rd by ShadowFox08
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    Not sure what you were 3xpecting from a walking simulator.


    Story or lore. I don't mind walking simulators if the story or lore are compelling, which firewatch was until it suddenly wasn't.

    6 pack of lagunitas


    What are those? Etymologically it sounds like "small lakes".




    Posted June 23rd by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    Story or lore. I don't mind walking simulators if the story or lore are compelling, which firewatch was until it suddenly wasn't.


    i found the dialogue to be interesting are worth visiting for a second play through

    What are those? Etymologically it sounds like "small lakes".


    IPA



    It is my go to/ favorite IPA.

    Posted June 24th by S.O.H.
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    I played the first 30 minutes of Recore. I had to tweak some settings to run it at a constant 31FPS. Looks great and runs smoothly.

    Ive been kicking my self a lot lately for not buying a gameboy micro years ago. As a result I purchased a bittboy pocket go before the price shoots up for these badboys. It will take some time to get here but I can wait.

    I also splurged on a 5 pack box of my favorite cigars. D:

    Posted June 24th by S.O.H.
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    Wife and I are playing through this game called Death Squared. It's like a puzzle game with 2 cubes. There's about 80 levels and every so often we may play through like a dozen levels.

    Yesterday I started up the Ace Attorney Trilogy to expose my wife to the game. She's getting the hang of it but she likes that it's a middle ground between less than a game but more than a show/movie. By that I mean that she can snack while I flip through the game for her and she just tells me what to do (lol).

    I'm nearly done with BOTW. I'm currently running through Trial of the Sword. Honestly it makes me feel SUPER anxious at this Trial part. I've don't the beginner levels and am doing the middle ones. I don't know HOW the hell I'm supposed to do the ones at the end. I have done practically everything else and am still saving the Ganon fight for last. Most sidequests that I could find except the ones in the castle. After doing the trial of the sword and beating Ganon I'm questioning whether or not to bother with the 900 Korok seeds. I'm a collector person and I love to do those things in games but 900 seems like an insane amount. I have found maybe 260 so far but those are just the ones I've seen or have actually tried to get. Unlocking and wearing the Korok mask has helped me find a lot more than I normally would have. Luckily there's comprehensive maps if I feel like going for it. Once those are done it will be effectively finished.

    Posted June 24th by Fox Forever
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    fox bby if you actually collect all the korok seeds I will be forced to tease you about it intermittently until brain trauma robs me of that knowledge


    Who is your favorite character? Is is Sylvando?

    Sylv is a treasure for sure - he's my number 2 (I like all the party members in XI tbh, very happy with them).

    Jade is the uncontested numero uno; I totally love her. My brother took a trip to Japan last November, and texted me from the squenix store about a possible souvenir. I asked about DQXI stuff and he sent two pictures (there was only a table or so). Easy choice tho:


    (party member character pins sold in pairs - among all the mostly-Japanese text on the back it literally says FOR SALE JAPAN ONLY because they're selfish bastards)


    And thanks again! The game is coming along nicely. Those of you who tested it really gave us some valuable feedback and criticism we needed. I just hope the next version is more engaging! We may have something a little more enticing for testers during the second testing session... As in, once you get through Kaliko Forest, it might be time to see the real meat of the game....

    sounds good and I'm glad it's progressing - I look forward to seeing where it goes c:

    Posted June 25th by Pirate_Ninja
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    I am playing through the 2013 tomb raider reboot. Fun game. The story and side characters are very uninteresting but the gameplay and exploration is fun.

    Posted June 30th by S.O.H.
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    I am pretty into the Lagunitas Brown Shugga. But definitely not a summer time drink. (Or to be consumed on an empty stomach.)

    Posted June 30th by Jet Presto
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    Also, slowly making progress in Bloodborne. Stuck in DOOM. And started playing some Borderlands 2 on the Handsome Jack Collection with my friend.

    Posted June 30th by Jet Presto
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    Played the Dragon Quest Builders 2 demo a few days ago. It's good as I expected, though more bare than DQB1 demo. It's out next week! Can't wait. The first one tied with Dark Souls as my 3rd/4th favorite single player games on switch... Beating out Super Mario Odyssey.

    I'm back to Octopath Traveler now

    Posted July 3rd by ShadowFox08
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    how far into octopath have you gotten?

    (with the eventual question being your favorite character(s))

    Posted July 3rd by Pirate_Ninja
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    I finally finished Perfect Dark (Xbox 2010 remaster) on Perfect Agent, the hardest difficulty setting.

    My god. I did not expect it to be that hard. Specifically, I had to go through Air Force 1, the Air Force Crash Site level, and the Datadyne Base Defense levels towards the end ... I would estimate over 40 times for each. Enemies take half of an AR clip to go down. With the Base Defense level they also have shields that prevent flinching so even as you are shooting them in the chest they can still kill you so you have to time your shots wisely. Enemies also often spawn behind you and around corners, and it only takes one enemy to unload a clip on you to murder you in less than a second.

    Several times Mr. President ran in front of my AR blast or the aim "assist" jumped to his head for unknown reasons (VIDEO PROOF HERE: https://streamable.com/0yg6l).

    Aside from those three levels I did not have too much trouble, though. Those three were just frustratingly difficult.

    Overall, the nostalgia was fun at first but it became more frustrating to go through as I progressed. I probably should have stopped at Air Force 1 when it stopped being fun. But it's hard for me to step away from a challenge that I know is attainable with some persistence.


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    Last night I started Celeste. I needed something different than an FPS after torturing myself with Perfect Dark. So far, I really like the snowy atmosphere and the music. The controls are simple and work well. I am at Chapter 3 currently.

    Edited July 3rd by Vandy
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    celeste is amazing and fun and will drive you up a wall at maximum clench if you try to do everything



    Posted July 3rd by Pirate_Ninja
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    will drive you up a wall at maximum clench

    My clench has been lacking lately...

    Posted July 3rd by Fox Forever
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    My clench has been lacking lately...


    Eat some fiber.

    Posted July 3rd by S.O.H.
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    I think I'm gonna put down BLOODBORNE. It's not so much that I'm not enjoying it. It's just that I think I've gotten to the point where I want to move onto something else. I beat the boss I had been stuck on for a week or two, and now I'm just kinda like, "Eh. I am borrowing God of War, so I might as well give that a go."

    But...I also have been listening to the Mirror's Edge soundtrack, and usually that means I'm about to replay those games. (They are pretty flawed, but I really, really love them. I know most people don't think they're "bad" games, but I think I'm in a minority in the amount that I enjoy playing them.)

    Posted July 5th by Jet Presto
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    I spent all day playing tomb raider. Good game I love the gameplay but the number of bugs and glitches I encountered are too dam high.

    I am downloading MGSV and I picked up ori and the blind forest and risk of rain as well.



    Edited July 5th by S.O.H.
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    I am downloading MGSV and I picked up ori and the blind forest and risk of rain as well.


    Are you replaying MGSV? I thought you had already played it.

    Ori is a lot of fun. The music is great as well. I love the colors of the game. Take it all in.

    Posted July 5th by Vandy
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    Are you replaying MGSV? I thought you had already played it.


    That is correct. It is the definitive edition so I am not sure what to expect. I dont think I will manage to beat the game fully again but I am okay with that. Ive just been itching to try out the gameplay and open world mechanics again.

    Posted July 5th by S.O.H.
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    I poured 16 hours into MGSV.

    I might have a problem.

    Posted July 8th by S.O.H.
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    Me sinking a docked enemy ship with powder kegs in Sea of Thieves.
    https://xboxclips.com/Majora%20Prime/f39f0599-a4ad-4a42-b9de-1c3b4ea5e9d0/embed

    Posted July 8th by Vandy
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    Have been playing Burnout Paradise to get the online achievements before they close up next month. Am also playing Mario Maker 2 sometimes.

    Wife didn't like Ace Attorney after getting to case 3. Said it was "too anime-like". May have to consider filing divorce papers now.

    Posted July 8th by Fox Forever
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    May have to consider filing divorce papers now

    hey bby wats going on

    Posted July 8th by S.O.H.
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    Marvel's Spider-Man on PS4. Close to 50% done. A little monotonous in some regards but overall really fun. I find the combat very exciting and satisfying. I kept it at the default difficulty (second-to-hardest) and it seems just right. It killed me a number of times but each time I felt like I could only blame myself and I just needed to execute better.

    Honestly the PS4 is shaping up to be one of the consoles I'm most glad to have spent money on, and The Last Of Us 2 isn't even out yet.

    Posted Sunday by Jo Nathan
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    Good to see you Jo

    Posted Sunday by S.o.h.
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    Ive been playing risk of rain yesterday and today. Interestimg indie game. I still suck at it but ive made it to level 3 and lasted a total of 70 minutes.

    Posted Monday by S.o.h.
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