PhyrxianLibrarin

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    Platinum #94 - Castlevania Requiem

     

    Symphony of the Night still holds up, all these years later. Rondo of Blood is bad and old (sorry Discord people, you know who you are, my mind is made up).

     

    Verdict: Play SotN, skip Rondo.

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    Platinum #93 - The Messenger

     

    What a thumb-buster! A fun little sidescroller with a lot of very precise jumping and a weird meta story, which I won't spoil for anyone who hasn't played it yet. Took maybe 15 hours, so factor that in when you decide how much you want to spend on it.

     

    Verdict - Recommended, but pick it up on sale.

     

    Probably my last platinum of 2020, as I'll be taking most of December off. Unless I get a PS5 while on vacation...

     

     

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    Platinum #92 - Owlboy

     

    Based on the reviews, you'd expect this to be the second coming of pixel games. But ignore the hype; it isn't. It's just another developer dealing with his depression by spending way too long making a mediocre Metroidvania. The graphics are cute and the music is great, but for a game about flying and exploration, the controls are sloppy and the world is too tiny to explore. The fact that they still had to cut content from this game after working on it for 10 years makes me think it was either that, or never ship it at all.

     

    Verdict: Skip it.

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    2. Beyondthegrave07

      Beyondthegrave07

      Good to know. Was thinking about picking this up myself sometime, but was on the fence because I heard similar reviews from others. This helps me lean towards no.

       

      Anyways, congrats! Hopefully, your next game will be better.

    3. ihadalifeb4this
    4. PhyrxianLibrarin

      PhyrxianLibrarin

      @Beyondthegrave07 I cannot explain why every "gaming journalist" fell over each other to give this a glowing review. The creators clearly cared about making a beautiful pixely world with unique character designs and music, and they did that. They just had no idea how to turn that world into an actual functional game.

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    Platinum #91 - Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

     

    A pretty lackluster finale to a great series. The new powers are actually a lot of fun and let you pull off some fun tricks, but I'm a bit sad we'll never see Dishonored 3 (considering how this game ended). I know Deathloop is the spiritual successor to this series, but it's hard to feel as excited for it.

     

    Verdict: More Dishonored.

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    Platinum #90 - The Last of Us Remastered

     

    The perfect ending to the PS3 era. The gameplay is a bit sluggish 7 years later, but the story and acting still holds up. One of the greatest of all time.

     

    Verdict: 100% play it if you haven't yet.

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    Platinum #89 - Assassin's Creed: Revelations

     

    Scratch another one off the backlog. The good news is that multiplayer trophies were removed; the bad news is that the DLC trophies are now required. Ezio is still in my top 2 AC protagonists (alongside Kassandra), and while this wasn't as good of a game as Brotherhood, it was a great send off to the character.

     

    Verdict: A fun historical relic of what Assassin's Creed used to be.

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    Platinum #88 - The Witness

     

    A lot of people decided Jonathan Blow was completely up his own ass when this game came out. How can a game with basically one mechanic stay interesting for multiple hours? What's with all the philosophy lectures? Why is there no story? What the hell is going on here?

     

    I think the more you know about him and his own approach to making games, the more you can appreciate what he was going for here. It's a game about exploring, and perspectives, and hiding things in plain sight. It's definitely trying to make you feel something, but I'm still not sure what that something is.

     

    Is it art? Unequivocally yes.

    Is it good? Beats me, I liked it. The first time I

    Spoiler

    found a puzzle in the environment

    I freaked out, but by the end I was using guides to find them all.

     

    Verdict: I think everyone should play it, just to see what the big deal was.

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    Platinum #87 - Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

     

    Another one on the list of "games I never thought I'd platinum due to the multiplayer." I have a love-hate relationship with the entire Assassin's Creed series; they're rough and buggy and widely padded with filler content. And yet I play almost every single one to completion. AC4 was right around the point where Ubisoft started to get experimental, and the game has a lot of sailing and not much assassining.

     

    Verdict: For Assassin's Creed fans only.

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    Platinum #86 - Grand Theft Auto 5.

     

    A game so expansive and influential (for good and bad), it literally outlasted the entire PS4 generation. Never thought I'd deal with GTA Online to platinum this, but the grind somehow isn't as bad as I thought. Don't get me wrong though, it's still super bad. I'll finish the heists and check in for my free $1M per month, but that's probably it.

     

    Verdict: You've already played it.

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    #81, #83, and #85 - The Trine Trilogy

     

    This game, and in fact this whole series, never clicked for me. It's a mediocre physics platformer with the thinnest story possible and janky physics. It's very pretty, but often pretty to the point of not being able to tell what's on the screen.

     

    It wasn't until I read one review that said "looks great in 3D!" that I realized what I was missing. This game was meant for 3D televisions! Remember those? I'm sure if they could actually render their lovingly crafted backgrounds in three actual dimensions, this would be quite the experience. As it is, I do not mourn this trilogy and I won't be getting Trine 4 unless it hits bargain basement prices.

     

    The sheer hubris of ending Trine 3 with a literal Portal reference, after running out of money and delivering 1/3 of a game... UGH.

     

    Verdict: Skip, Skip, and Skip with extreme prejudice.

  11. Wow so GTA5 gaming sessions are a huge clusterfuck, eh?

     

    The game is miserable/impossible to boost with randoms, and the only gaming sessions are "time/date are a placeholder, help me do heists", which is nearly impossible to schedule. Some of us have lives and jobs and can't game from 6:00 AM to noon just to make it work with the European players. So you message other people from the same session and the same rough time zone, hoping their schedule is compatible, and they have no idea what you're talking about.

     

    I get it, it's GTA5, and most of the remaining players are literal actual children (I've heard them on mic). But holy shit, the site's lack of "find a gaming partner/crew/team" has never been a bigger pain in the ass.

    1. Lorajet

      Lorajet

      Haven't had any problems with the boost sessions.  Majority of people have been somewhat sane and of drinking age.  We usually have too many people and have to put some on standby.

    2. DaivRules

      DaivRules

      Have you tried to post your own session with your specific parameters and see if you get takers? 

    3. PhyrxianLibrarin

      PhyrxianLibrarin

      I sure have @DaivRules; nobody showed up, and the people who messaged me directly seem totally uninterested in playing or helping. And I'm pretty sure the feedback feature isn't working properly.

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    Platinum #84 - Dishonored 2

     

    I mean, it's basically just more Dishonored. Emily's new powers are a lot of fun, but I'm disappointed that there was nearly no difference between high vs. low chaos runs. And the no-powers run is pretty dull, it's just a run of the mill stealth FPS at that point and way too short. Glad to check it off my list though.

     

    Verdict: Play it if you liked Dishonored 1, skip it otherwise.

    1. Xylobe

      Xylobe

      I'm just now getting to the final mission of my low chaos playthrough, and my feelings are similar. So far I've only noticed two changes from high chaos: one missing bloodfly infestation in mission 2, and another in mission 3. I'm glad I took care of the flesh & steel run first so I didn't mind the lack of mobility options as much.

    2. MidnightDragon
    3. ihadalifeb4this
  13. I hope at the PS5 announcement on Wednesday, someone walks out on stage, says "$399", and walks off stage. Let them push Microsoft out of the game hardware market, just like they pushed out Sega.

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    2. funboy1246

      funboy1246

      id settle for them coming out and saying...."don't worry. we WILL have enough for everyone, unlike * cough*nintendo*cough*. oh excuse. as i was saying. there will be no shortage of ps5s this holiday season."

    3. DaivRules

      DaivRules

      Much like toilet paper, people will make sure Sony can’t possibly have enough for everybody who is ready to buy a PS5 this holiday season

    4. funboy1246

      funboy1246

      @DaivRules a man can dream....a man can dream.

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    Platinum #82 - Dishonored Definitive Edition

     

    This game is so good. The character models are a bit rough to look at now, but the world building, story, and gameplay is all still top-notch. Can't wait to get to the sequels.

     

    Verdict: Play it!

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    Platinum #80 - Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

     

    When I first played this game I thought it was the best Final Fantasy game ever. 15 years later... eh, it's OK. I like the writing and voice acting, and how every race and character actually speaks with their own intonations and accents. Something Vaan says would feel totally out of place coming from Basch. I love the lack of randomized combat, and the gambit system, and the license board letting you create your own job classes.

     

    But the story is all over the place and nonsensical, and it never feels like you're doing anything super important. You aren't saving the world, or even ending a war, you're just trying to restore a single tiny kingdom in the middle of a huge continent. The stakes never feel high, so you get sidetracked with hunts and fishing, and forget the plot entirely. There's an entire plotline about gods vs. men that none of the main characters even care about. The weird focus on RNG in the game mechanics made people in 2006 think they designed the game to sell strategy guides in the pre-internet, and I'm not so sure they're wrong.

     

    Verdict: Get it on sale. It's fun for nostalgia and for JRPG completionists, but it's a lot of time investment for little payoff.

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    Platinum #79 - Shovel Knight. It's not often that games make me genuinely mad, but this one did. Thanks to the most recent patch it took three playthroughs: all collectables/no deaths, NG+, and no-spending speedrun (finished at 1:23). I'm not sure I'd recommend this approach; both relics and armor/shovel upgrades might have made the speedrun a lot easier. But you'd have to do 4 playthroughs, and I just wanted this over and done with.

     

    Not bothering with the DLC; three more campaigns, each of which require between 3 and 5 more playthroughs? Go straight to hell, Yacht Club.

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    3. PhyrxianLibrarin

      PhyrxianLibrarin

      @Dreggit In the last update (whenever King of Cards came out, January I think), they changed some of the collectible tracking. You used to be able to get Penny Pincher during your NG+. Now you have to start an entirely new game, so it makes more sense to combine with the True Shovelry. That means your only upgrades are the three free meal tickets.

    4. MidnightDragon
  17. After finishing The Last of Us 2, I decided I need something a little less intense and stressful...

     

    ... so I decided to go back try to platinum Shovel Knight by doing a no-relic speedrun.

     

    It is not working as expected.

    1. charxsetsuna

      charxsetsuna

      I'm not familiar with last of us 2 gameplay but going to shovel knight speedruns just sounds more stressful.