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@bane: I started Remnant this weekend (Gamepass), and I’m loving it.

It’s a bit of a rough start. The cinematics aren’t great and the tutorial is a slog. Then you’re trying to find your way around a home base that’s not intuitive to navigate.

Once you get dropped into proper action, though, it’s great!

I had to fight those tree roots and the zillion spawned enemies...whatever MMOs call them, fodder to give you ammo...that wasn’t a great early encounter alone.

But everything since then has been great! I’m hoping some of my crew that I’ve told about this game join in, but I’m having a ton of fun solo, anyhow. I think this might be in my top 3 games of the year...

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I played through the Titanfall 2 campaign for the first time. Turns out that game is really damn good. I'm not much of a FPS guy at all, but that game is fun as hell. Feels great. Plays great. Story's solid. BT's a good, good robot boy.

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Played a few hours of Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Seems... okay. Controls are solid and it has a nice, friendly vibe and good music. But something about the platforming seems a bit off. It makes me think there wasn't enough playtesting. For example: sometimes it's easy to misread what's on screen. In a good platformer, you can pretty easily tell what an object or enemy will do without interacting with it in any way, especially if you've played a lot of these games in the past. Here I find myself dying in stupid ways - oh, turns out you can jump on this enemy, but not that enemy. Oops, turns out that pillar is just background scenery and not a platform you can land on. Some of the jumps don't feel quite right, as if they were designed for a character with different abilities and I'm somehow cheesing my way past. I love the idea of the Impossible Lair, a bit like Hyrule Castle in BOTW in that you can approach it any time but it becomes easier as you get stronger. But overall, this game just isn't on the same level as Tropical Freeze or Rayman.

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Playing a lot of Judgment lately and rather enjoy it. It's not reinventing the wheel for the Yakuza formula but the ways it contextualizes the detective/lawyer aspect of the narrative into the mini-games are neat. The "We all learned a valuable lesson today" music at the end of side cases is extremely good. I'm liking Yagami as a character though sometimes the line readings seem a bit too dry. Leads me to wonder how the original actor's performance compares.

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@brian_: Loved Titanfall. Hated the Titanfall 2 multiplayer (it was way too busy), but that campaign made up for it.

Great campaign throughout, and there are a few REALLY cool sections messing with reality that are a treat.

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@nutter: I actually didn't even try the multiplayer. Mostly because I just figured I'd be bad at it anyways, and partially because multiplayer modes don't really interest me to begin with. Thinking about it now it's probably weird that I speak of that game from purely a single-player experience considering it was probably designed with multiplayer in mind, and most people who've played it have probably at least tried the multiplayer.

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Whenever I can get my buddy on, I'm loving Remnant! I get my Souls-esque drip-feed of world-building, while catching up with a buddy and getting slaughtered by tree people, good times!

River City Girls is a surprisingly fun beat-'em-up, a genre I usually avoid. Just enough moves to play around with and figure out, and simple enough for my wife to tag along! Always a fan of Wayforward's art direction, too.

A Plague Tale: Innocence has been very intriguing, depressing, and bleak with just enough rays of hope to keep me and my friends taking that next step forward. The pieces are slowly coming together, and I'm excited/worried to see where Amicia and Hugo end their journey.

Control is the Remedy game that finally clicked with me. The gameplay is usually a lot of fun, but the pickups (i.e., the optional world-building dumps) paint a picture of a world more out of control than we realize, just in our periphery to be out of mind, that it helps solidify the actuality of the main plot.

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@mezmero: Glad you're enjoying Judgment! It has some great fight sequences and a lovable main duo. They somehow made Kiryu-light and I kind of love him.

I'm still trying to play more content of Pokemon. The last patch of play has been rough since the 6th gym, but I really want to give it more of a shot. That wilds area is constantly reinvigorating my interest in the title alone. I honestly think I would have given up if not for my complete love of Cursola and the wilds area.

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I'm no good at it, but I love the way Forza Horizon 4 handles. Absolutely a blast to play throughout all the seasons, especially once you find the right car for each one.

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#2011  Edited By nutter  Online

@sakesushi: Holy hell, this is reading like my fall!

I loved Control and can’t wait for the AWE DLC.

I’m loving Remnant more than any Souls-style game I’ve played.

I’m hoping for a Black Friday sale on Plague Tale (loved the demo chapter).

As a huge River City Ransom fan with a daughter, we’re planning on playing River City Girls together in the near future.

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#2012  Edited By nutter  Online

@brian_: I played the campaign first, but tried the coop with friends. It didn’t stick. A couple loved it, some were indifferent, I hated how busy everything felt.

I usually like small team shooters, so having SO MUCH AI running around was a bit much. I thought the AI count in Titanfall 1 was pretty spot on, though.

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@joedangerous: Oh yeah Kaito is great. He hasn't had a ton of development so far where I'm at (chapter 5) but he definitely comes across as an all-around cool dude in everything he's done with Yagami.

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This is like the third different thread I've mentioned this in now, but I'm going to say it again anyway - Children of Morta is excellent!

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Pokemon Shield: It's more Pokemon and that's a good thing. I share the same criticisms as most people about the direction of the series and how it could be way more but at the same time I just enjoy playing it still. I'm way more of a casual when it comes to Pokemon and have skipped generations before so I'm probably less burnt out on the series in general which helps.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: I picked up the online subscription for Switch when Pokemon released so decided to come back to this and play some online races. Still a great game and maybe my favourite Mario Kart? The only thing keeping me from saying that definitively is my nostalgia for 64 and Double Dash.

Death Stranding: I love exploring the open world in this game and the game-play loop appeals to me. It has some cringey dialogue but I'm finding myself interested enough in the story to keep going.

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#2016  Edited By DarkeyeHails

A friend convinced me to play Destiny 2 with them on Steam. The shooting is very good and I do enjoy throwing a big flaming hammer in people's faces a lot. So, I guess I am saying I understand some of the talk around Destiny because it does play well even if I couldn't care less about the what, who, where and why.

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#2017  Edited By liquiddragon

I've been playing Control and it's extremely my jam. Idk if I'm just moving through it really slow but it feels pretty long. Idk how far I am but I think I've been playing it for 20+hours and I feel like I'll get another 10 out of it.

So much to like about this game. Jeese is great. Love the voice actor that plays her. The Old House is great. Everything is nicely detailed and I'm really enjoying exploring the space and finding little hidden places. The world is really cool and so is the idea of FBC. I loved hearing Max Payne's voice but that seemed to have been front loaded. Apparently another prominent character is played by Alan Wake's voice actor but I don't hear it for some reason.

The combat I think is best-in-class. It's tactical, impactful, blazing fast, kinetic, and overall damn satisfying. The particle effects are fucking nuts and it's adds so much to the intensity of the fights. The only problem is, I'm playing on a base PS4 and every battle brings the system to it's knees. I can't believe this is the proved version after the patch.

Anyways, still loving it despite not being able to enjoy it in full glory.

Also, damn, I can't believe this thread's almost at 2K replies. I guess it technically already is but deleted posts brings it slightly under. I'm glad I contributed something positive, even if it's just a thread.

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Just finished Castlevania Symphony of the Night. And by finished, I mean the normal castle. It's easy to see why this is a classic. There comes a point where you familiarise yourself with the castle, see where you can use new abilities and traversal becomes a whole lot easier.

And the music is all bangers. I'll revisit the inverted castle at some point. I played the PSX version through retroarch for the convenience of save states and fast forwarding the cutscenes. The XBLA version I own is fine but ... like, fuck that d-pad. I don't use magic much but I can't mash it out as well as I can on a Dual shock.

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I am back into AC:Odyssey once again. This time, I changed my approach a bit to squeeze more enjoyment out of it:

  • don't upgrade anything anymore, especially not legendaries
  • wear whatever has the best stats no matter how silly it looks
  • avoid the sailing stuff as much as possible
  • pick whatever response (the morals in this game are fucked up anyway)
  • if stealth fails, just screw it and go nuts instead of reloading
  • embrace how dumb this game is

So far, this worked pretty well. Maybe I will finally see the credit roll one of these days.

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Devil May Cry 5 is so stylish. So slick. I love the gameplay. I love the music. I feel like I'm single handedly championing this game as one of the best games of the year - i'm gonna keep beating that drum until more people play it; I will fill their dark souls with light.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands.

There's just something about big dumb overly serious military action shooters that works for me. ...and those exact things ard gun porn and the game looking pretty in 1440p ultrawide, so I don't exactly know why I started with "there's just something about" as if I was going to make some kind of high-minded observation about the game.

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#2022  Edited By nicksmi56

Finally at the Elite Four of Pokémon Y, so I decided to go through something small to avoid burnout before the inevitable grinding to make my team ready. Enter Luigi's Mansion!

I just finished Area 2 last night, and I'm having a great time! It's a pretty simple game on the surface, but I find myself drawn to the puzzle-y nature and charm of the game. All of the noteworthy ghosts have some kind of trick to catching them, and it's a treat to figure out what you need to do. Even getting around the mansion can contain a surprise or two, like a very cleverly hidden switch that took me a minute to find. Is this based on classic Resident Evil? Because if so, I need to play me some classic RE.

And this game has the Mario charm in spades. I came back to the music room after I cleared it just to hear its awesome version of the Mario theme. The Toads have the same music from Mario 64! And Luigi's personality shines through the whole time.

Also, the game is deeper than you might expect. There were plenty of times I was farting around in a room I had already completed, only to find a lump of cash I hadn't found before, or even a Boo hiding in there.

It shouldn't take me too long to beat at the rate I'm going, but I'm definitely going to take my time and enjoy this one. Happy Holidays, all!

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Playing Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark and it's a god damn shame that nobody seems to even know or care about this wonderful game. I get that Fire Emblem has probably sucked all of the attention that anybody is willing to give to turn based grid FFT like games, but still sad. Don't get me wrong though, Fire Emblem is/was awesome as well. If anything I'm happy that this year somehow not only gave me one but two fantastic tactics games.

Still wish more folks knew about Fell Seal though. If anything the music alone is worth checking the game out.

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@saint_rukus: Wow, the timing of your post is nothing short of amazing! I've had my eye on this game for a month or two now, but for some reason can't get myself to pull the trigger. I've been wanting to try a tactics game like this for awhile, having never played FFT. Fire Emblem seemed like a sure win but I didn't want to pay full price for it right now, and wasn't too sure about this (like you said nobody is talking about it)... maybe now I'll give it a shot! What are you playing on?

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#2025  Edited By liquiddragon

Started playing Gran Turismo Sport and look who shows up...

I'm pretty sure I now know more about Bjork than Abby does.
I'm pretty sure I now know more about Bjork than Abby does.

So far enjoying the game. The disc installed about 50gbs and then I had download another 50gbs worth of patch/updates...killing my data cap. Anyways, seems like they've added a ton. The game's now supposed to be about doubled the number cars the game released with and like 50% more tracks?

The sounds the game makes when you gain exp and stuff is heaven. I'm pretty sure it's tapping into my lizard brain but it feels good, too good...I've just been trying to finish driving school but it's pretty long. It's fun tho and a good way to get your simulation driving groove back.

Looks fantastic. It has a uncanny valley look to it cuz they are trying so hard for photo-realism but at times it looks unbelievable.

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Still mostly playing Judgment. No wonder Alex brought it up for so long on the podcast because if you're playing at you're leisure like I am there's a lot to do in this game. So it's my typical experience of a Yakuza game where I always get caught up in side stuff. For the first time in these games I brute forced my way into kinda sorta understanding basic Mahjong. I'm still not great at strategizing, particularly against such cheap CPU opponents but I understand it way more than I did beyond knowing it's some kind of advanced version of gin rummy and even got some Rons and Tsumos here and there. Step aside Akagi, there's a new genius falling into darkness and it's...me?question mark?

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@toxin066 said:

Devil May Cry 5 is so stylish. So slick. I love the gameplay. I love the music. I feel like I'm single handedly championing this game as one of the best games of the year - i'm gonna keep beating that drum until more people play it; I will fill their dark souls with light.

I'm with you, it's a niche genre so it makes sense there isn't as many people raving about it, but DMC5 is fuckin' incredible and the REengine is so good, nothing impressed me this year quite as much as DMC5, even though there were a ton of great games.

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#2028  Edited By Panfoot

Throw another vote in for DMC5 being the best game of the year. Really the only downside I can think of is that the locations aren't varied enough, but otherwise I absolutely love everything about it. One of the few games I can think of too that only gets better on the second playthrough. I absolutely can't wait for the inevitable Special Edition(which I'm imaging they are saving for the new consoles) with, well, you know.

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@ijkay15: PC (steam) is what I'm playing it on. If you've never played FFT but you're a fan of FE, then it's probably going to be a bit of a switch in how some of the mechanics play out. Nothing bad though, just different.

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Right now I'm going back and playing some older stuff that I played a significant chunk of and then dropped with a view of beating some stuff and I guess in the process getting their respective monkeys off my back. Recently went back and finished GTA SA as that was one that eluded me back in the day (as it turns out I was annoyingly close to the end, it's that long ago now that I can't even remember why I gave up on it) which was great. Continuing down a similar(ish) theme I'm currently working my way through the remastered version of LA Noire. I am really massively impressed with how well that game has held up, again not sure why it passed me by but very pleased to be righting that now.

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Continuing to press forward in Remnant. That game is something REALLY fucking special. It’s currently up there with Control for me.

I played The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit and started episode one of Life is Strange 2. Enjoying it so far.

Judgment should arrive on Friday. I need to play at least one Yakuza (Yakuza-like?) game from this team the year it comes out.

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Between Star Wars game being only a partial souls game, having spent some time in Japan recently, and having beaten Nioh 3 times I decided to give Sekiro a third (fourth?) chance.

Sticking a lot better this time. I still think the game has some serious problems and design flaws that From already learned from, but after Ben's advice to Rorie a week or two back (be a lot more aggressive than you think you need to be, feather the block button even though the tool tips say that is bad, and use the arm weapons) I am having a much better time.

And I definitely love the Souls experience of coming back and blazing through the sections that previously gave you trouble. Did Butterfly on the first try with a sliver of health left and managed to take out Genichiro on the first try without needing a single estus charge (still feel good about that). Monkey still kicked my ass repeatedly though

Not sure if I'll finish as I am at Owl but I am going to make this block longer because a three character block is really obvious and already being reminded of my problems with the game. Part of that is it tripling down on the lack of flexibility from Bloodborne. But also it has to do with overly long grab animations, shit like Mikiri feeling more like a timed button press than a reaction, and way too much time spent needing to kite enemies and clear out adds before a boss fight (less so on that boss, but really annoying during the minibosses).

But ignoring that this is From and should have learned from stuff before it, I am having a lot of fun. Reminds me a lot of Lords of the Fallen where the game is clearly flawed and made a lot of mistakes, but is still fun enough to keep going. I just hope that Elderhollow or whatever the xbone exclusive is feels more like an evolution of the genre than something From dusted off because they couldn't get it working on the PS3.

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I finished Control a few weeks back with most of my skill trees maxed out. What a phenomenal game. I had some issues with the checkpoint system and load times, particularly when during some of the more difficult bosses, but loved the world and lore. This game oozes menace and humor in equal measure. Watching the last motel video was a sublimely ridiculous experience.

Still playing The Outer Worlds and Death Stranding. Really enjoying both of them. I think these games, particularly DS, are meant to be played in short game sessions over a long period of time.

Children of Morta is a good experience. I think of it as a pixel-art Diablo meets Rogue Legacy. The way it tells a long-form story over the course of several procedural runs gives the game a narrative anchor that many of these games lack, especially since the story is good and well-written.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is working for me. I'd forgotten how much I missed these single-player Star Wars experiences. I'm playing on an Xbox One X / OLED in 4K mode. It looks great. I do hope they patch it to fix the performance mode, which right now makes combat too frustrating with all the stutters.

Lastly, Disco Elysium. I'm really glad some people in this thread have recognized just how good the writing is. Under the superficial "edginess" (which I would call world-weariness) there's some real heart and humanity. It's disheartening see people click through the text just to get to the puzzles, which are just OK. I pretended to be a racist to get past a communist thug, and then learned that, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, you are what you pretend to be. Yikes. So many ways to play this game.

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Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii). I've never played a Just Dance before, as most of the music on those games is beyond uninteresting to me. But I'm on a huge MJ kick lately and I just got a Wii, so I figured what the hell, I'm willing to spend ten bucks to fuck around to some great songs for a laugh.

You know what? Even though this is probably the most gimped of the non-portable versions, and reviews were tepid at best for every version, I'm... actually really into this. It's brutally difficult for someone like me who doesn't dance at all, as it's really demanding on what it accepts in its moves, but I like that. Halfway through "They Don't Care About Us", one of the simpler routines I've tried, I was getting into a groove and really hitting the moves, and I can't lie, it feels amazing. Makes me want to grab a cheap Kinect and try the 360 version.

For a game that's looked back on as a bit of a joke, I'm very pleasantly surprised. It's not 100% (sometimes I'll hit a move perfectly and it won't register, or I'll botch a move and get a Perfect), but the presentation is cool fan-service and it makes me want to actually learn these moves... once my dancin' arm stops aching, anyway.