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27 May 2020 00:28 #310669 by BillyBobThwarton
Monster Train. I read enough online to think that, if I liked Slay the Spire, and if I was looking for something new that possibly advances the gameplay in worthwhile ways, to give it a go.

So far, I have really enjoyed it. The combat has been meatier, though I am unsure about whether there will be enough enemy variability for my taste over the long haul. Between each combat there are at least three ways to tweak your deck in interesting ways. Both units and spells have two enhancement slots on them, and I have found a few combinations that have made me feel clever.
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28 May 2020 10:30 #310721 by Ah_Pook
I'm maybe 20hrs in on Hollow Knight and it's really pretty great. I'm mopping up stuff for the 100%, though I haven't messed with the insanely hard boss rush stuff. We'll see if I bother with that. 30+ bosses in a row with brutally hard new bosses at the end that your only get to take a try at after grinding through all the other ones... Yea I dunno. Outside of that though, it's a great hard metroidvania game with a strong From Software vibe to the world and story telling. And I love the art. Just really fun stuff all around.
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28 May 2020 10:38 #310722 by blatz
Speaking of Metroidvania games,

My son got an XBOX One for Christmas and we got him a Gamepass account as another way to interact with his friends during lockdown.

I downloaded Ori and the Blind Forest and played through it like it was my job. Heavier focus on platforming an exploration than on combat. AMAZING white-knuckle escape sequences. Really tightly designed with some of the best art direction I've ever seen in a game.

Playing through the sequel now, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It's even bigger, better, with better graphics and a little more focus on combat with more abilities and huge boss fights.

Highly recommend to anyone who likes Metroidvania games.

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28 May 2020 13:06 #310731 by Gary Sax

Ah_Pook wrote: I'm maybe 20hrs in on Hollow Knight and it's really pretty great. I'm mopping up stuff for the 100%, though I haven't messed with the insanely hard boss rush stuff. We'll see if I bother with that. 30+ bosses in a row with brutally hard new bosses at the end that your only get to take a try at after grinding through all the other ones... Yea I dunno. Outside of that though, it's a great hard metroidvania game with a strong From Software vibe to the world and story telling. And I love the art. Just really fun stuff all around.


The storytelling and environmental artistry in this is one of the few games that "gets" that part of what makes the soulborne games great. Lots of games have done the combat, learning, and challenge part pretty well.

Almost all of the content is worth doing besides the boss rush stuff, which I tapped out on too. I have a thread on this game around here that I was mostly talking to myself if in, I'll edit it in if I find it.

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28 May 2020 14:43 #310737 by Bernie
I too am all aboard Monster Train
It has a level of polish on par with Slay the Spire and hits the same notes in different ways.
Lots of fun ways to mix the factions. Really like the game so far.
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29 May 2020 15:56 #310786 by the_jake_1973
All Aboooaaard the Monster Train for points south!


I picked it up today and completed a run with a couple multistrike daemons and boosted train stewards.


Here is my run challenge: monstertrain://challenge/IntervalScoopWhereas
I'm not sure how that link works.

Cheers
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29 May 2020 16:52 #310788 by Gary Sax
I bought FIFA 20 to ease stress, I'm a huge football fan but it has been 3-4 years since I bought an edition. It's quite good, I've been playing the career mode as a defender (RB). That mode always makes you think a lot more deeply about the game as it is actually played. Realizing the positioning decisions and when to make a run and when it's too risky to despite potentially creating a great chance is sort of a weirdly cerebral activity.
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30 May 2020 01:54 #310800 by san il defanso
Started up a new game of Civ VI, this time as Germany/Frederick. Had a great starting space, with three city states right on my border and an oddly subdued Chandragupta with a single city. I now have a whole continent to myself and I'm still in the Classical Era.

I like how Civ V and VI specialize the leaders more, but the downside is that success, especially at higher difficulties, is really tied to starting position. I actually respawned my starting space twice to get something playable. I'm no great shakes at Civ VI (I typically play at Prince level) but it's obvious that as you amp up difficulty you need to kind of have a Goldilocks starting spot. Those details add up bigtime.
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30 May 2020 12:00 #310804 by Gary Sax
I still need to pick up the climate change expansion to VI. I'll be interested how their new DLC pack strategy goes, it seems like they have seen want Paradox does with live games with continuous DLC and want to follow that model.
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01 Jun 2020 01:15 #310828 by san il defanso
I liked the Gathering Storm expansion a lot, though the climate change component only really starts becoming a thing when you get into more long-haul games. I see it a lot with Science victories especially, since those have so much more of an emphasis on production, and Space Race stuff can take a long time to get rolling.

Not sure the Diplomatic victory condition actually works that well, but I'm not great at seeing my way through big strategic stuff very often. I sometimes need help to understand how to navigate that kind of thing.

Still haven't gotten the Maya/Gran Colombia expansion, but it's just a matter of time. The Apocalypse Mode sounds really fun especially.

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01 Jun 2020 11:38 #310832 by Ah_Pook
I'm looking forward to the ps4 version of civ6+expansions being on sale for a reasonable price eventually.
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01 Jun 2020 15:14 #310850 by SebastianBludd

Ah_Pook wrote: Finished Doom Eternal, kinda hated it. They buried the good stuff from Doom 2016 under infinite piles of chaotic enemy spam, so many subsystems that you forget what you're doing, tons of awful platforming, and a novels worth of the worst most poorly told story I've come across in a while. Such a huge letdown after Doom 2016, one of my very favorite games of recent memory.


We just finished Doom Eternal after getting sick of it in early April and putting it down for almost two months, and other than your opinion on the platforming (I enjoyed almost all of it, especially the wall climbing), I agree with everything else you said. One thing that stands out when people talk about DE is that most of them have a weapon or modification they forget to use, or never use. Why? There are just too damned many. I like the Flame Belcher, Blood Punch and the Crucible, but two mods per weapons is too much. Drop the combat shotgun's autofire mod, the chain gun's shield, etc.

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01 Jun 2020 17:27 - 01 Jun 2020 17:57 #310858 by ThirstyMan
Civ6 was FREE on the Epic Games platform last week.

This week Borderlands 2 and its prequel are FREE. Get on the case boys and girls.
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05 Jun 2020 00:01 #310939 by Gary Sax
My multiplayer Terraria game is fizzling out. My spouse feels like she doesn't get to do much because of her lack of 2d platformer skill, so when we go our separate ways I end up getting into the interesting biomes and such and seeing and doing cool things. I get it but it's kind of a drag to wanting to play more.

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05 Jun 2020 04:26 #310941 by Nodens
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Switch. The kids had left it in, I started a new game last weekend and have been hooked since. It is huge fun and kind of an eerie trip to childhood, which maybe always was the intention. Such a sweet game.
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