What Games Are You Playing?

I've been supplementing my daily dose of Smash Ultimate with some Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

I know that by this point, it's a meme to wish for every single game in history to get a Switch release...but I really hope the previous two games get a Switch release. No rush though, because I've barely scratched the surface of this one!
 
Debating whether to get a PS4 Pro or not. I can trade in my base PS4 to CeX and end up with £187 credit (this includes £61 credit that I already have) and buy a used Pro for £290 (well £103) though I’m not sure if it’s just worth waiting for the PS5 announcement that’s likely to happen in 2019 for a 2020 release.

Is the PS4 Pro worth the upgrade?
 
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Have you got a 4k TV? Or even a HDR compatible 1080TV? Even if so, no UHD disc drive makes it a no buy for me as not fully future proof. Plus Red Dead looks stunning enough on the standard version.
Also like you said, presumably PS5 soon.
 
Yeah that’s the problem. My TV, though 4K, doesn’t have HDR because it’s one of the older models. The lack of a UHD disc drive is also a misstep so it’s really a case of whether I wait for the PS5 or buy one to bridge the gap. My PS4 still works fine since I keep it clean and use a USB fan for ventilation.
 
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After 552 hours playing COD WW2 online, I think it's time for another game 😳

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Luckily Santa's bringing a switch for my daughter, and I just happen to have a copy of Zelda ready to go (once she's in bed) 👍
 
Dan seemed to be easier than 3&5 but 3&5 are still for casual rhythm gamers i would say (try using those help items at first if you have hardtime or start on easy) It's games like Musynx that are completely off putting to people who aren't very good with rhythm games. I tried couple of the easiest songs today on slowest speed and i was still overwhelmed right from the beginning. I hate those kind of rhythm games that are all about just smashing buttons really quickly.
 
I got Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion in the PSN "January" sale...and rather than just forgetting all about it (as I usually do with stuff I get from PSN sales), I've started on it already.

It's quite nice. The voice work is excellent, the graphics are nice and colourful, the sailing is nice and smooth and the turn-based battles are good.

I've had a few glitches so far (some dialogue cutting off too soon, slight framerate issues and some pretty minor graphical issues) - but it was only £12.49, so I'm definitely pleased overall!
 
Think I'm finally closing in on the end of Nier Automata. As much as there's been no one moment I'd really point to as the defining stand out, and there have been plenty of times I've thought things were too on the nose, or self-consciously 'deep', as a cumulative whole it's been a real journey - probably the most emotional experience I've ever had from playing a game. I'll genuinely miss it once it's done.
 

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AUKN Staff
It's the night before christmas and I took the time to finish a few more games.



Played Game #1:
Caladrius Blaze
[PlayStation 4]
The second Asian English title for the collection and much like Shikhondo this is another shoot em up bullet hell game. The game is pretty challenging and it has some neat character designs (same person who drew the artwork for Durarara!! and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor). I finished 2 character campaigns on Normal mode. Yes I died a lot but at least you can make use of bombs to kill the boss.



Completed Game #29:
Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
[PlayStation 4]
Going into 999 I was curious to see how this game received the cult fanbase it got over the years when it was initially released on the Nintendo DS. And after going through all of the endings, the game is really good and has a ton of interesting story elements throughout. Even if you go through one route, you do get character development for that specific character and it carries over to the other routes depending on the situation. Overall I really enjoyed it, though the final act felt like a deus ex machina esque that somewhat leaves some plot holes but regardless it does end on a good note without any need of a sequel.



Completed Game #30:
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
[PlayStation 4]
And then we have the second Zero Escape game Virtue's Last Reward. Oh boy this game is pretty insane story-wise. With 22 endings, there is a lot of what if scenarios going on through-out and eventually it all comes together to one hell of a twist that changes everything with what you know about Zero Escape (and apparently they mess it up badly with Zero Time Dilemma). Due to time constraints I did skip through the voices during the dialog but I understood what exactly was happening. Yes you do need to read 999 beforehand to understand the motivations for certain characters.


I will say this, this game does not end on a good note. In fact I can see why many were waiting for a Zero Escape 3 to happen because of the True End route. As VLR and 999 are under the Nonary Games collection I got a Platinum trophy for them.



Completed Game #31:
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
[PlayStation 4]
After finishing the Nonary Games pack, I went back to Persona 4 Dancing All Night to acquire the rest of the trophies and effectively completing the game (again). Once again another Platinum trophy.


She dabs.



Completed Game #32:
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X
[PlayStation 4]
The third Hatsune Miku game I have finished this year heh. Project Diva X takes the Project Diva F formula and adds a new twist to how you unlock modules. You use the character costume customisation to help gain more points and unlock more modules and fill the Crystal bar to perfect the game. For me I mainly focused on acquiring all songs and pretty much finishing the story. You have to go through all 29 songs twice and then finish the game with its 30th song (which is a medley). Overall this is a fun game but it's quite small compared to the others in terms of the setlist.

My backlog so far:
Nintendo 3DS:
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson
Tales of the Abyss


PlayStation 3:
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Catherine
Dragon's Crown
Drakengard 3
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Eternal Sonata
Folklore
Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Jak II
Jak 3

Lollipop Chainsaw
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank 2
Ratchet & Clank 3
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes
Sly Cooper
Sly 2
Sly 3
Soul Calibur V
Tales of Xillia 2
Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord
White Knight Chronicles
White Knight Chronicles II


PlayStation 4:
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed
Chaos;Child
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune
Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Gal*Gun: Double Peace
Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-

.hack//G.U. Vol.1: Rebirth
.hack//G.U. Vol.2: Reminisce
.hack//G.U. Vol.3: Redemption
.hack//G.U. Vol.4: Reconnection
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven
New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash!
Shining Resonance: Refrain
Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness
Tales of Zestiria
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth
Yakuza 0
Yakuza Kiwami
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Ys Origin
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma


PlayStation Vita:
Bullet Girls
Demon Gaze
Freedom Wars
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies
Muv-Luv
Muv-Luv Alternative
Superdimension Neptune vs SEGA Hard Girls
Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni


Steam:
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky First Chapter
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter
Ys Chronicles I
Ys Chronicles II

Completed Games Collection of 2018:
  • #01 | Yakuza: Dead Souls (PS3)
  • #02 | Saints Row 2 (PS3)
  • #03 | Sengoku Basara HD (PS3)
  • #04 | Sengoku Basara 2 HD (PS3)
  • #05 | Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4)
  • #06 | Corpse Party: BloodCovered Repeated Fear (Vita)
  • #07 | Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (Vita)
  • #08 | Corpse Party: Blood Drive (Vita)
  • #09 | Soul Sacrifice (Vita)
  • #10 | Persona 5 (PS4)
  • #11 | Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (3DS)
  • #12 | Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone (English Version) (PS4)
  • #13 | Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories (PS3)
  • #14 | Strider Hiryu (PS3)
  • #15 | God of War Ascension (PS3)
  • #16 | Heavenly Sword (PS3)
  • #17 | Far Cry 3 (PS3)
  • #18 | Mafia II (PS3)
  • #19 | Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (PS4)
  • #20 | Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (PS4)
  • #21 | Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (PS4)
  • #22 | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix (PS4)
  • #23 | Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (PS3)
  • #24 | Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD (PS4)
  • #25 | Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep A Fragmentary Passage (PS4)
  • #26 | God of War III Remastered (PS4)
  • #27 | ZONE OF THE ENDERS The 2nd RUNNER: M∀RS (PS4)
  • #28 | God of War (PS4)
  • #29 | Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (PS4)
  • #30 | Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (PS4)
  • #31 | Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PS4)
  • #32 | Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (PS4)

Black - PlayStation 3 / Blue - PlayStation 4 / Red - PlayStation Vita / Purple - Nintendo 3DS

Platinum Trophy Collection:
#01 | 2014 | PS3 - Saints Row: The Third (+ All DLC)
#02 | 2015 | PS3 - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
#03 | 2015 | PS3 - Hyperdimension Neptunia
#04 | 2015 | Vita - Dekamori Senran Kagura
#05 | 2015 | PS3 - Steins;Gate
#06 | 2015 | PS3 - NieR
#07 | 2015 | PS3 - No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise
#08 | 2015 | PS3 - Asura's Wrath (DLC Trophies not acquired)
#09 | 2015 | PS3 - Saints Row IV (DLC Trophies not acquired)
#10 | 2015 | PS3 - The Darkness II
#11 | 2016 | PS3 - Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
#12 | 2016 | PS3 - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD
#13 | 2016 | Vita - Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
#14 | 2016 | Vita - Gravity Rush (DLC Trophies not acquired)
#15 | 2016 | PS3 - Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
#16 | 2016 | PS4 - Resogun
#17 | 2016 | Vita - Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
#18 | 2016 | PS4 - Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game
#19 | 2017 | Vita - Miracle Girls Festival
#20 | 2017 | PS4 - Senran Kagura Estival Versus
#21 | 2017 | PS4 - The Wolf Among Us
#22 | 2017 | PS4 - Final Fantasy XV (DLC Trophies not acquired)
#23 | 2017 | PS4 - Amplitude
#24 | 2017 | PS4 - Root Letter
#25 | 2017 | Vita - IA/VT -Colorful-
#26 | 2017 | Vita - Persona 4: Dancing All Night
#27 | 2017 | PS4 - Gravity Rush Remastered
#28 | 2017 | PS4 - NieR: Automata
#29 | 2017 | PS4 - The Silver Case HD
#30 | 2017 | PS4 - Steins;Gate 0
#31 | 2017 | PS3 - Under Defeat HD
#32 | 2017 | PS4 - Tales from the Borderlands
#33 | 2017 | PS3 - Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
#34 | 2017 | PS4 - Life is Strange
#35 | 2017 | PS4 - Sword Art Online: Lost Song
#36 | 2017 | PS4 - Crash Bandicoot HD
#37 | 2017 | PS4 - Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back HD
#38 | 2017 | PS4 - Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped HD
#39 | 2017 | PS4 - Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
#40 | 2018 | Vita - Corpse Party: Blood Drive
#41 | 2018 | PS4 - Persona 5
#42 | 2018 | PS4 - Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
#43 | 2018 | PS4 - Persona 4: Dancing All Night
 

HdE

Comic Book Guy
I finished Hellblade - Senua's Sacrifice on PS4 a few hours ago. We can add this one to the short list of video games that have made me cry real, watery (but , I hasten to add, very, very manly) tears.

A very surprising game for me on a few levels. I'd seen a demo at a friend's house when it was a digital only title and didn't think there was much to it. I was wrong. I was also quite surprised (in a very good way) by the ending. Which - let me get a slightly bigger font out for this...

...might just be one of the ALL TIME greatest endings in video games, ever.

Seriously. We're talking about Horizon Zero Dawn / Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater levels of impact, right in the feels.

(Do the kids still say 'in the feels' these days?)

Anyway. UNMISSABLE stuff. And I may have to review it for the 12 people who regularly watch my gaming show on YouTube.
 
I absolutely adored Senua's Sacrifice, I remember just sitting there staring at my screen as it ended and the music started and thinking to myself "Oh £%$& me...".

As for me, well the last game I finished was Dragon Quest XI and it was bloody wonderful and I love Jade, so there's that... :p
 

HdE

Comic Book Guy
I absolutely adored Senua's Sacrifice, I remember just sitting there staring at my screen as it ended and the music started and thinking to myself "Oh £%$& me..."
It definitely has that effect. I'm not going to say anything spoilery about it, because I genuinely think it's one of the cleverest and most satisfying endings I've seen to a story in ANY medium in a long, long while, and I'd really like folks to experience it for themselves.

Considering I started the game thinking 'Huh. Is this all it is? Just walking about and looking at things?' it's amazing how quickly Hellblade sank its hooks into me and kept me playing through to its conclusion.

Definitely gonna have to do something about this one over on YouTube.
 
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