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Dai

Hunter
It pains me because I really want to find out what the story is about and I love the setting and visuals.
Despite having finished it, I still don't know what the story was about. The normal ending is confusing, the 'true' ending (which I looked up on Youtube) is even more confusing, and neither gives you any clue about how that planet ended up in its current state, or even a clear picture of Selene's story. I collected a lot of the cyphers to translate the historical tablets, but the ones I found don't give a clear idea of what happened. Just as the gameplay doesn't cut you any slack, it expects you to figure out the story for yourself too, which is difficult when it's unclear how much of what's happening is literal and how much is Selene having a Lovecraftian psychotic breakdown.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I’ve been playing through the GTA Trilogy The Definitive Edition and as others have noted it doesn’t especially live up to the title.

Whilst Vice City and San Andreas (the two I’ve played so far) have had some nice improvements made to the overall cities and environments, the character models and buggy gameplay are big letdowns, not to mention the radio songs that are still missing.

I am enjoying the actual storylines as these are still remasters of absolute classics, but I get the sense that more time and resource was needed for a project with such a legacy, and I hope the upcoming promised updates deliver some much-needed fixes, especially to address the random crashes which have been a real pain to deal with.
 
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João Gomes

Hunter
Despite having finished it, I still don't know what the story was about. The normal ending is confusing, the 'true' ending (which I looked up on Youtube) is even more confusing, and neither gives you any clue about how that planet ended up in its current state, or even a clear picture of Selene's story. I collected a lot of the cyphers to translate the historical tablets, but the ones I found don't give a clear idea of what happened. Just as the gameplay doesn't cut you any slack, it expects you to figure out the story for yourself too, which is difficult when it's unclear how much of what's happening is literal and how much is Selene having a Lovecraftian psychotic breakdown.

I just assumed it was all pretty much the latter, thanks to all the out-of-place elements.

It's disappointing to hear that you at least don't get definitive information about Selene, I was creating all kinds of Silent Hill-level fantasies in my head... I really want to experience the whole thing for myself, but I don't know if I'll have the patience, even with your method!

If only they designed it so we could retain more elements from one run to the next, it would be more motivating 🤷‍♂️
 

Greygo

Completely Average High School Student
I am a huge fan of Morrowind, very disappointed with Oblivion. I'm just installing Skyrim, but I have a bad feeling because I can see that the game is made for consoles.
 

Dai

Hunter
Blue Reflection: Second Light
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This is hands-down my favourite game of the year. The original Blue Reflection was an interesting game that struggled against its limited budget. As the only magical girl RPG I'm aware of, it felt like a proof-of-concept experiment in some ways and was a little rough around the edges. Second Light is a different story. While Gust don't have the deep pockets of some developers, they have clearly pooled all of their resources and talent in this game, a sequel that builds on and enhances everything good about the original while fixing all of its weaknesses. The visual style is gorgeous, the characters expressive and likeable, the story emotional and engaging, the music beautiful, and there are lots of varied locations to explore. I almost never bother with the photo mode in games, but I couldn't stop tinkering to pose screenshots in this one.
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The sequel also tweaks the tone quite a bit. The first game was a sincere story about a girl trying to come to terms with an injury that stopped her doing the one thing she loved. Second Light opens with a group of girls finding themselves in an abandoned school in the middle of nowhere, and quickly takes on a cosy summer holiday vibe. If the original was like the more serious Sailor Moon manga, Second Light is like the Sailor Moon TV series, adding a huge dose of good-natured humour. While both games end up having surprisingly epic conflicts later on (the first game borrowed some story elements from Evangelion, believe it or not), Second Light would best be described as an iyashikei RPG. Yes, you spend plenty of time exploring combat areas and fighting demons, but you can spend just as much time talking to the various girls, getting to know them better, going on dates with them (generally non-yuri for the most part, aside from the odd bit of suggestive flirting), and building cafes and festival stands at the school.
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The combat also gets a significant upgrade from the original, and this time seems to be heavily based on the one used in Atelier Ryza, though it gives you the option to manually control all three characters. It adds some interesting features, like a more timing-based 1 vs 1 mode that cuts in during boss fights under certain conditions. It's still an easy game, but not quite the total cakewalk that the original was all the way through.
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The only weak element is a few wonky stealth sequences, but most of those are relegated to optional side-quests anyway. Aside from that the only downer is that it ends. When I finished Returnal recently, the prospect of having to go through that frustration again to get the true ending filled me with dread. With Second Light, knowing that there's a different ending on the second playthrough has me tempted to start it over again almost immediately.
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NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
The arrival of the PlayStation 5 got me back into the gaming backlog again lol.


Completed Game #33 + Platinum #76: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone DX (PS4)

Recently acquired earlier in the month, I finally had a go at the physical release version of Project Diva Arcade. This came out back in November 2017 and I played the original version digitally when it first released in June 2016. I never finished off the Japanese version as I only had one of two packs, but I did finish all of the songs through the English version.

Not going to delve much into this one as the DX version is pretty much the same as the original but with additional songs, most were released as DLC for the digital version. The trophy list is probably the most disappointing as it does not allow you to unlock trophies for the original version so in a sense it only has one small list making most of the songs pointless if you want a complete experience. That said the physical release is worth it to have access to almost every song on the disc. The DX version does include a Platinum trophy.


Completed Game #34 + Platinum #77: Astro's Playroom (PS5)

Pre-installed on every PlayStation 5 is a short tech demo game designed to show off the DualSense controller. Developed by Team Asobi, we have the robot from Astro Bot: Rescue Mission getting a new adventure in a non-VR platformer experience that ironically pays homage to the history of PlayStation. I say ironically because Sony themselves doesn't give a damn about their past as they prefer to focus on new stuff, remakes and other things. Yes I am still bitter of how poorly handled their PlayStation Classic was and their disregard for backwards compatibility for older consoles.

Despite that, the game is a solid adventure that shows off the controller pretty well. You have motion controls, voice controls and various abilities to get to the end goal. These include shooting with bow and arrow, jumping with a springer, rolling in a ball, climbing vines as a monkey, flying around in a rocket and also collecting puzzle pieces and items to complete the PlayStation collection.

Once you finish all four areas, each covering a piece of PlayStation history, you unlock a fifth area which I won't spoil as it's a pretty cool surprise. The game does offer a Platinum trophy which is pretty easy to get, though the trophy system is a bit glitched so I had one trophy unlock but never appear on my trophy list, and I only managed to get out of it because another trophy unlocked afterwards.


Completed Game #35 + Platinum #78: Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (PS4)

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First things first, the Persona 3 waifus look even better in this game. Holy ****.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night was a pretty cool music rhythm game though it's setlist was very hit or miss. Atlus has brought back the concept with Persona 3 & Persona 5 though this time they're also on the consoles. Now there's good news and bad news.

Good news is that there's no story mode and is instead replaced by Social Links which are much better and more interesting, and the setlist is a mixture of the original songs, remixes and some cool extras which is better than before. The English dub is still as strong as before, though a certain character's voice has aged pretty badly for obvious reasons that I won't delve into. The waifus are still great, heck Elizabeth is pretty funny here surprisingly.


The bad news is that the gameplay doesn't quite work on console format. The issue is dependent on how large your TV is and where you're positioned, if you're close and the TV is large, you will likely struggle to understand what is going on because the note placement is on the edges of the screen. The gameplay itself isn't bad at all, but this is a perfect example of a system that doesn't quite leap very well on console format.

You can play the songs on Easy, Normal, Hard and All Night difficulty and with no punishment can add extra modules to change the difficulty of the gameplay such as randomised note placements, any button press to hit any note, faster speed and more. You can also unlock additional costumes and accessories which is neat.

The Platinum is pretty easy though it can take a while to unlock due to having to complete the social links, which overall takes about 9.5 hours to complete. I played the game on PlayStation 5 so I'm able to play the game in 4K resolution to go alongside the 60fps that was already available for the base PS4 users.


Completed Game #36 + Platinum #79: Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (PS4)

Released alongside Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight is pretty much the exact same game but for Persona 5! Honestly it's just as good as the others, though the song selection depends on whether you prefer the music for P5 or P3.

I found this game to be pretty fun also, though I do think some of the songs overstay their welcome in terms of gameplay. I guess this is just my reaction due to how the setlist for Persona 3 Dancing was.


Not much to say about this game since it's just repeating what I said about Persona 3 Dancing, except Makoto is still best girl.



My backlog so far:
#​
PC/Steam Backlog - Game Name:​
Genre:
1​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the SkyTurn-Based RPG
2​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SCTurn-Based RPG
#​
PlayStation 3 Backlog - Game Name:​
Genre:
1​
3D Dot Game HeroesAction RPG
2​
Castlevania: Lords of ShadowAction, Hack n Slash
3​
CatherinePuzzle
4​
Drakengard 3Action RPG
5​
Eternal SonataTurn-Based RPG
6​
FolkloreAction RPG
7​
inFAMOUSAction
8​
inFAMOUS 2Action
9​
Katamari ForeverPuzzle
10​
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White WitchTurn-Based RPG
11​
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time HDAction, Hack n Slash
12​
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones HDAction, Hack n Slash
13​
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within HDAction, Hack n Slash
14​
PuppeteerPlatformer
15​
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 OneAction, Platformer
16​
Ratchet & Clank: QForceAction, Platformer
17​
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles HDOn-Rails Shooter
18​
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles HDOn-Rails Shooter
19​
Sengoku Basara: Samurai HeroesAction, Musou
20​
Sly Cooper: Thieves in TimeAction, Platformer
21​
Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the OverlordTactical RPG, Visual Novel
22​
Way of the Samurai 4Action
23​
White Knight ChroniclesTurn-Based RPG
24​
White Knight Chronicles IITurn-Based RPG
#​
PlayStation 4 Backlog - Game Name:Genre:
1​
13 Sentinels: Aegis RimTactical RPG, Visual Novel
2​
AI: The Somnium FilesAdventure, Visual Novel
3​
Bullet Girls PhantasiaAction, Shooter
4​
The Caligula Effect: OverdoseTurn-Based RPG
5​
Chaos;ChildVisual Novel
6​
Code VeinAction RPG
7​
Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve StarsTurn-Based RPG
8​
Cyberdimension Neptunia: Four Goddesses OnlineAction RPG
9​
Danganronpa 1 ReloadVisual Novel
10​
Danganronpa 2 ReloadVisual Novel
11​
Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyVisual Novel
12​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 1: Rinne UtopiaVisual Novel, Dating Sim
13​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 2: Ars InstallVisual Novel, Dating Sim
14​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 3: Twin Edition: Rio ReincarnationVisual Novel, Dating Sim
15​
Death MarkVisual Novel
16​
Dragon's Crown ProAction RPG
17​
Fate/Extella LinkMusou
18​
Final Fantasy VIII RemasteredTurn-Based RPG
19​
Fist of the North Star: Lost ParadiseAction
20​
Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares WinTactical RPG
21​
Gal*Gun 2On-Rails Shooter
22​
Gintama RumbleAction, Musou
23​
Gravity Rush 2Action, Platformer
24​
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite CombateAction RPG
25​
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of HeavenFighting
26​
JudgmentAction
27​
LangrisserTactical RPG
28​
Langrisser IITactical RPG
29​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold SteelTurn-Based RPG
30​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IITurn-Based RPG
31​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIITurn-Based RPG
32​
Megadimension Neptunia VIITurn-Based RPG
33​
Megadimension Neptunia VIIRTurn-Based RPG
34​
NGVisual Novel
35​
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant KingdomAction RPG
36​
Nights of AzureAction RPG
37​
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New MoonAction RPG
38​
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3Musou
39​
Onechanbara Z2: ChaosAction
40​
Our World Is EndedVisual Novel
41​
Persona 5 RoyalTurn-Based RPG
42​
Punch LineVisual Novel
43​
Raging LoopVisual Novel
44​
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-: Prophecy of the ThroneVisual Novel
45​
Robotics;Notes DaSHVisual Novel
46​
Robotics;Notes ELITEVisual Novel
47​
Saint Seiya: Soldier's SoulFighting
48​
School Girl / Zombie HunterAction, Shooter
49​
SD Gundam G Generation GenesisTactical RPG
50​
Sengoku Basara 4: SumeragiMusou
51​
Senran Kagura Burst Re:NewalAction
52​
Shining Resonance: RefrainAction RPG
53​
Sisters RoyaleShoot em up
54​
Steins;Gate EliteVisual Novel
55​
Steins;Gate: Linear Bound PhenogramVisual Novel
56​
Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon DwellersTactical RPG
57​
Super Robot Wars TTactical RPG
58​
Super Robot Wars VTactical RPG
59​
Super Robot Wars XTactical RPG
60​
Sword Art Online: Fatal BulletAction RPG
61​
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Sessions!Music, Rhythm
62​
Tales of BerseriaAction RPG
63​
Tales of VesperiaAction RPG
64​
Tales of ZestiriaAction RPG
65​
Tokyo Xanadu eX+Action RPG
66​
Toukiden 2Action RPG
67​
Utawarerumono: Mask of DeceptionTactical RPG, Visual Novel
68​
Utawarerumono: Mask of TruthTactical RPG, Visual Novel
69​
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the FallenTactical RPG, Visual Novel
70​
Utawarerumono: ZanAction, Musou
71​
Valkyria Chronicles 4Tactical RPG
72​
The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival EditionAction RPG
73​
WORLDEND SYNDROMEVisual Novel
74​
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this WorldVisual Novel
75​
Ys IX: Monstrum NoxAction RPG
#​
PlayStation Vita Backlog - Game Name:Genre:
1​
Bullet GirlsAction, Shooter
2​
Demon GazeDungeon RPG
3​
Freedom WarsAction
4​
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black HeartTactical RPG
5​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sister's GenerationTurn-Based RPG
6​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V GenerationTurn-Based RPG
7​
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action UnleashedAction
8​
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS ZombiesAction, Musou
9​
Muv-LuvVisual Novel, Dating Sim
10​
Muv-Luv AlternativeVisual Novel
11​
Superdimension Neptune vs SEGA Hard GirlsTurn-Based RPG
12​
Valkyrie Drive BhikkhuniAction
Completed Games Collection of 2021:
#Game NamePlatformGenreMonth
1​
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
PS4​
ActionJanuary
2​
GOD EATER Resurrection
PS4​
Action RPGJanuary
3​
GOD EATER 2: Rage Burst
PS4​
Action RPGFebruary
4​
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star
PS4​
MusouMarch
5​
Gal*Gun Double Peace
PS4​
On-Rails ShooterMarch
6​
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
PS4​
Action RPGMarch
7​
Kandagawa Jet Girls
PS4​
RacingApril
8​
Touch My Katamari
Vita​
PuzzleApril
9​
The 25th Ward: The Silver Case
PS4​
Adventure Visual NovelApril
10​
Everybody's Golf
PS4​
SportsApril
11​
428 Shibuya Scramble
PS4​
Visual NovelApril
12​
Blue Reflection
PS4​
Turn-Based RPGMay
13​
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune
PS4​
Simulation, SportsMay
14​
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory
PS4​
Music RhythmJune
15​
Time Crisis: Razing Storm
PS3​
On Rails ShooterJune
16​
Time Crisis 4 Arcade Ver.
PS3​
On Rails ShooterJune
17​
Deadstorm Pirates
PS3​
On Rails ShooterJune
18​
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
PS4​
Action, MusouAugust
19​
Sakura Wars
PS4​
Action RPG, Dating SimAugust
20​
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
PS4​
Tactical RPGAugust
21​
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus HD
PS3​
Action, PlatformerAugust
22​
Sly 2: Band of Thieves HD
PS3​
Action, PlatformerAugust
23​
Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves HD
PS3​
Action, PlatformerAugust
24​
God of War: Chains of Olympus HD
PS3​
Action, Hack n SlashAugust
25​
God of War: Ghost of Sparta HD
PS3​
Action, Hack n SlashAugust
26​
SoulCalibur V
PS3​
FightingAugust
27​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1
Vita​
Turn-Based RPGSeptember
28​
Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
PS3​
Action, PlatformerOctober
29​
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
PS3​
Action, PlatformerOctober
30​
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
PS3​
Action, PlatformerOctober
31​
Ratchet & Clank: Nexus
PS3​
Action, PlatformerOctober
32​
SIREN BLOOD CURSE
PS3​
Action, HorrorOctober
33​
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone DX
PS4​
Music, RhythmNovember
34​
Astro's Playroom
PS5​
Puzzle, PlatformerNovember
35​
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
PS4​
Music, RhythmNovember
36​
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
PS4​
Music, RhythmNovember
Platinum Trophy Collection:
#Game NamePlatformGenreYear
1​
Saints Row: The Third
PS3​
Action2014
2​
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
PS3​
Fighting2015
3​
Hyperdimension Neptunia
PS3​
Turn-Based RPG2015
4​
Dekamori Senran Kagura
Vita​
Music Rhythm2015
5​
Steins;Gate
PS3​
Visual Novel2015
6​
NieR
PS3​
Action RPG2015
7​
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise
PS3​
Action2015
8​
Asura's Wrath
PS3​
Action2015
9​
Saints Row IV
PS3​
Action2015
10​
The Darkness II
PS3​
First Person Shooter2015
11​
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
PS3​
Turn-Based RPG2016
12​
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD
PS3​
Action2016
13​
Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
Vita​
Action2016
14​
Gravity Rush
Vita​
Platformer2016
15​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
PS3​
Turn-Based RPG2016
16​
Resogun
PS4​
Arcade Shooter2016
17​
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Vita​
Third Person Shooter2016
18​
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game
PS4​
Adventure2016
19​
Miracle Girls Festival
Vita​
Music Rhythm2017
20​
Senran Kagura Estival Versus
PS4​
Action2017
21​
The Wolf Among Us
PS4​
Adventure2017
22​
Final Fantasy XV
PS4​
Action RPG2017
23​
Amplitude
PS4​
Music Rhythm2017
24​
Root Letter
PS4​
Visual Novel2017
25​
IA/VT -Colorful-
Vita​
Music Rhythm2017
26​
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Vita​
Music Rhythm2017
27​
Gravity Rush Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
28​
NieR: Automata
PS4​
Action RPG2017
29​
The Silver Case
PS4​
Visual Novel2017
30​
Steins;Gate 0
PS4​
Visual Novel2017
31​
Under Defeat HD
PS3​
Arcade Shooter2017
32​
Tales from the Borderlands
PS4​
Adventure2017
33​
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
PS3​
Fighting2017
34​
Life is Strange
PS4​
Adventure2017
35​
Sword Art Online: Lost Song
PS4​
Action RPG2017
36​
Crash Bandicoot Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
37​
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
38​
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
39​
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
PS4​
Action RPG2017
40​
Corpse Party: Blood Drive
Vita​
Horror2018
41​
Persona 5
PS4​
Turn-Based RPG2018
42​
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
PS4​
Visual Novel2018
43​
Persona 4: Dancing All Night [Japanese Version]
PS4​
Music Rhythm2018
44​
Marvel's Spider-Man
PS4​
Action2018
45​
Akiba's Trip 2: Undead & Undressed
PS4​
Action RPG2019
46​
Spyro the Dragon Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2019
47​
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage Remastered
PS4​
Platfomer2019
48​
Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2019
49​
Tekken Tag Tournament HD
PS3​
Fighting2019
50​
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy HD
PS3​
Platformer2019
51​
Taiko no Tatsujin V Version
Vita​
Music Rhythm2019
52​
Utakumi 575
Vita​
Music Rhythm2019
53​
Jak II: Renegade HD
PS3​
Platformer2019
54​
Jak 3 HD
PS3​
Platformer2019
55​
Ratchet & Clank HD
PS3​
Platformer2019
56​
Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando HD
PS3​
Platformer2019
57​
Ratchet & Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal HD
PS3​
Platformer2019
58​
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash
PS4​
Third Person Shooter2019
59​
Kingdom Hearts III
PS4​
Action RPG2020
60​
Zero Escape 3: Zero Time Dilemma
PS4​
Adventure Visual Novel2020
61​
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
PS3​
Action Horror2020
62​
Gal*Gun Double Peace
PS4​
On-Rails Shooter2021
63​
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
PS4​
Action RPG2021
64​
Kandagawa Jet Girls
PS4​
Racing2021
65​
The 25th Ward: The Silver Case
PS4​
Adventure Visual Novel2021
66​
428 Shibuya Scramble
PS4​
Visual Novel2021
67​
Blue Reflection
PS4​
Turn-Based RPG2021
68​
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory
PS4​
Music Rhythm2021
69​
Sakura Wars
PS4​
Action RPG, Dating Sim2021
70​
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus HD
PS3​
Action, Platformer2021
71​
Sly 2: Band of Thieves HD
PS3​
Action, Platformer2021
72​
Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves HD
PS3​
Action, Platformer2021
73​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1
Vita​
Turn-Based RPG2021
74​
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
PS3​
Action, Platformer2021
75​
Ratchet & Clank: Nexus
PS3​
Action, Platformer2021
76​
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone DX
PS4​
Music, Rhythm2021
77​
Astro's Playroom
PS5​
Puzzle, Platformer2021
78​
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
PS4​
Music, Rhythm2021
79​
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
PS4​
Music, Rhythm2021
 

Dai

Hunter
Astro's Playroom (PS5)

Pre-installed on every PlayStation 5 is a short tech demo game designed to show off the DualSense controller. Developed by Team Asobi, we have the robot from Astro Bot: Rescue Mission getting a new adventure in a non-VR platformer experience that ironically pays homage to the history of PlayStation. I say ironically because Sony themselves doesn't give a damn about their past as they prefer to focus on new stuff, remakes and other things. Yes I am still bitter of how poorly handled their PlayStation Classic was and their disregard for backwards compatibility for older consoles.

Despite that, the game is a solid adventure that shows off the controller pretty well. You have motion controls, voice controls and various abilities to get to the end goal. These include shooting with bow and arrow, jumping with a springer, rolling in a ball, climbing vines as a monkey, flying around in a rocket and also collecting puzzle pieces and items to complete the PlayStation collection.

Once you finish all four areas, each covering a piece of PlayStation history, you unlock a fifth area which I won't spoil as it's a pretty cool surprise. The game does offer a Platinum trophy which is pretty easy to get, though the trophy system is a bit glitched so I had one trophy unlock but never appear on my trophy list, and I only managed to get out of it because another trophy unlocked afterwards.
This was a great little game. Having a fleshed out tech demo like this to show off the DualSense's capabilities was a smart move, since it's the PS5's unique selling point and not all games take full advantage of it. As you say, it's painful how badly Sony usually neglect their legacy, so this was a bit of a nostalgiagasm. The final boss especially was a deep cut for anyone who owned a PS1.
 

Eternal chibi

Completely Average High School Student
Completed Game #34 + Platinum #77: Astro's Playroom (PS5)

I loved playing this. It was really nice showing how the new console worked. And all the references to old games, feelings! The gameplay itself was nice as well, very comfy and challenging enough in places to remain engaging. What a great design that was. The T-Rex! I remember it well. My brother really loved dinosaurs and would spend way too long just making the dinosaur rotate and walk. So cute.

I've been playing Halo Infinite as I have been a fan since number one so it is nice to have something simultaneously new and familiar. I have also been playing Demon's Souls PS5 and a whole lot of lichess whilst watching the world tournament!
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Following on from my previous post I’ve played through GTA: Liberty City Stories and am now near the end of GTA III Remastered. LCS was at times very rough to play through with frequent frame rate issues and a middling storyline whilst III also has a lacking story but holds a historical significance which I can appreciate amongst the less engaging story and characters, aspects that Rockstar improved upon with subsequent entries in the GTA series.
 
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