[Official] What are you playing?

  • Invisible Inc.

    As I patiently wait for Spider-Man, I'm trying to avoid any games that take a large time commitment. Since I've been digging in deep to rogue-likes lately, I figured I'd give this a spin. There's a lot to like here - the art style, how different the characters feel, a turn-based strategy game not based on killing people - but there's still something preventing me from wanting to play it more. If I had to narrow it down, it's "unwinnable" situations and time spent on each level. For the first, the cooldown timers on most of your weapons last for several turns and while it's best to avoid detection completely, there are times where that feels impossible. For example, on the last mission I played, I needed to wait for about 8 turns to have enough energy to hack a terminal while about a dozen guards scouted the area constantly. That ties into the point about how long each map takes (generally 30 minutes) and a whole playthrough is usually 3 or 4 hours it seems like. For the genre, that just feels like a slog.

    I honestly don't think I'm in the right mindset to enjoy this one right now but I might return in the future, because it's quality is apparent.

  • Dead Cells

    While I was pretty lukewarm on this game initially, I could recognize there was still a lot to uncover and decided to dive back in last night, for what ended up being my favorite play session of the game so far. I was finally given a projectile (Fire Brands) that allowed me to run and hide from enemies and gradually set them on fire until death and eventually stumbled across what equates to force lightning as well. Just those small gameplay wrinkles were what I was desperately missing from my other experiences with the game.

  • I recently started Red Dead Redemption and aside from that I've been mostly playing The Witcher 3, Hollow Knight, along with making slow progress in Berseria.

    I gotta say I'm finding RDR to be an ok game with a few things that have really annoyed me and in general so far I don't even think it matches the modern GTA games which I didn't like all that much to begin with.

  • Mario + Rabbids on Switch.

    As a big Xcom fan, i am really liking this.
    As of now (halfway through world 2), the game is on the easy side, but nonetheless the gameplay is really fun and allows for cool mobility options.

    The exploration part in-between battles it`s not too deep, but allows for a nice change of pace.

    I gotta say though, really don`t care about the set-up and the rabbids themselves.

    Hopefully the game keeps adding depth and challenge moving forward, it`s looking like a solid 8/10 for me.

  • Donkey Country Tropical Freeze and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

    I am really enjoying Donkey Kong Country. I never owned a Wii U, so I thought now was my chance to play it. To me, it is more of a quick fix game that I play before bed, nothing I have invested time into. Really enjoyable experience though!

    I am on my second play through of Deus Ex: Makind Divided and I am enjoying it a lot. The choices I am making are different than before and my load-out is more aggressive than stealth focused. I never focused on energy upgrades before, but now I can use abilities more frequently than my first playthrough. I favor Rhino Armor and the Nano Blades with all gun play upgrades.

  • Just finished Okami at around 32 hours of playtime on my Switch.

    What a amazing game and the ending brought tears to my eyes. this has been my favorite game iv played this year.

  • @bigdude1 I never had the chance to play Okami on PS2. I just bought the Switch version when it was on sale. I am hoping it turns into a new favorite!

  • @dipset If you are still looking, I am biased towards Shovel Knight. It has two DLC stories (so far) and offers tons of playtime. The game feels rewarding to me and its feels good when you buy upgraded armor or health. Plus, being a simpler game, in terms of story and gamplay, makes it a great game for the Switch (If you play portable mode a lot).

  • @cptcobblepot

    I did grab it. A full game with 2 DLC's was too good of a deal to pass up on. I haven't gotten very far though because work picked up. Tons of laundry to do this weekend which means sitting around a laundromat with my Switch. Loving the music so far. I don't know why but I was expecting something more challenging like a Mega Man but I think everything controls well and I'm sure the difficulty gets a bit spicier.

  • @dipset I am glad to hear that! It is one of my favorite games because it got me into the new era of Metrodvania and 16/8 bit games. So far I only played the Specter of Torment and it was a really cool twist of gameplay experience.

    At least you have your new game for laundry day, hope you enjoy it!

  • Got sidetracked from my platinum hunt of Modern Warfare Remastered by the multiplayer, been playing for 4+ hours non stop, it's really fun. Up until now my go-to multiplayer game have been Uncharted 4, and it feels good to find new multiplayer game to sink my teeth into.

  • For most of my life, I heard how incredible Chrono Trigger was and when I finally dived in a few years ago, I felt generally underwhelmed by the experience. The combat was simplistic, the overall story and writing felt bland, and very few characters actually stood out to me. For a game about time travel, it felt like hardly anything I did actually mattered and instead, the different time periods were just used as different levels/backgrounds for where I was fighting. I've owned Radiant Historia for awhile but never felt compelled to give it a chance until now. This game is already shaping up to what I expected Trigger would be - a compelling story with unique and interesting battle mechanics. I was immediately impressed with the dialogue and within hours the game does a good job of showing how your actions shape the world around you, with the ability to go back and choose other decisions to see their outcomes. Really good stuff so far, I can't wait to play more - which is going to be a hell of a struggle with Spider-Man releasing next week.

  • I've got a billion modern games I need to get through and some I haven't even opened yet, but I came across a copy of Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom at the local secondhand store a few days ago and I'm just playing that instead. The heart wants what it wants, I guess.

    I dunno it's fun, not hard by any stretch but that's not a bad thing especially considering this is a game made for eight year olds. Honestly my biggest gripe is how the guy they have voicing Mr. Krabs sounds nothing like him when (far as I can tell) everyone else has their original VA's.

  • Yesterday i was playing Shenmue 1 while i was pre-loading DQ11on ps4 , i knew somewhere Huber was smiling.

  • Octopath Traveler

    60 hours in, I finished all the Chapter 3s so I'm ready to finish the fight with everyone. I'm savouring this game like a fine wine, it's not perfect in every way but it has so much charm, the battle system is exquisite and I'm honestly enjoying the different storylines a lot. Some tropes are repeated a bit too often but it still works for me, nothing mind-blowing but the writing, voice acting and music help make it engaging and satisfying. Can't wait to see how all these stories unfold as well as how they connect to each other!

    Yakuza Kiwami 2

    Just started it and it's probably going to take up most of my time in September (sorry Spidey!). So far I'm blown away by the graphics, it seriously looks photo-realistic in some places. The story is intriguing so far, I very much appreciated the recap at the start too, I needed it!

  • Link's Awakening DX on 3DS virtual console. I am really enjoying this one. I do get lost a lot but that just means more time exploring this super cool world.

    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. So far, no surprises. It's an SMT game so it has top tier music, dark tone, a great battle system (though I do prefer the traditional press-turn over this variation, myself) and the time-devouring rabbit hole that is demon fusion. It's also nice to get a break from Tokyo in an SMT game.

    Persona 4 Arena. I pre-ordered this and its sequel when they came out but never really got around to playing either - BIG mistake. I never realized how deep the system was and am having a blast learning all of the intricacies. It's also super cool and helps connect to P4 when all of the moves are actual moves from the RPG. The story mode is certainly a bit text-heavy (it IS Persona, after all) but I now plan to play through it all in this and then to move on to the sequel. Here's hoping the P5 Arena rumours are true!!

  • I'm gonna try out the Battlefield V Open Beta for a bit.

    Edit: Detoured to Shenmue, just now i actually started the BFV beta, gonna share some thoughts soon.

    Edit 2:
    The BFV Open Beta (PS4) is very good, very strong first impressions from me. I have played 3 long Grand Operation matches and a Conquest match so far, and i'm loving it. The guns feels and sounds great. I really like how squads can revive you now, making them far more important especially since the bleeding out mechanic is more fleshed out and can't be skipped easily. The maps they had available are beautiful and seems well designed. I like how colorful and vibrant Rotterdam is, and Narvik's landscape is filled with wonderful snow visual effects. Grand Operation feels epic, at times it feels like straight out of a AAA singleplayer game set piece. This feels like the best Battlefield yet, hoping it turns out as well as this.

    Glitches wise, there's some graphical and animation wack-a-doo but overall it's pretty polished for a beta. There's still some performance issues particularly in heavy combat situations. No netcode problems for me.

    If you haven't tried the beta, jump in right now, the end date is September 11. Don't skip!

  • A lot of The Witcher 3, idk how many hours I've put into it at this point but this game is just great, very well on its way to become one of my top 10 games ever.

  • After hearing all the Kiwami 2 hype, I decided to go and buy Yakuza 6. I was initially holding off in order to play the games in a more chronological order, but I figured Kiwami 2 increases the spectacle and might be better to play after. Onomichi has such a cozy vibe, and seems to perfectly balance out the glitz of Kamurocho.

    Otherwise, I’ve been chipping away at Hollow Knight. I guess I could challenge the final boss, but I’m trying to work through the DLC first. Also, Into the Breach is a very cool game.

  • Just ended my experience in the BFV Beta with a very intense, super close conquest match. The beta's not over yet but it's the last match i can play. I'm really looking forward for the full game launch now, i'm sold.

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