What Games Are You Playing?

Buzzkillington

Za Warudo
I think it's been a pretty weak year for games for me tbh, if I had to pick a GOTY it'd be between:

Guilty Gear Strive
Monster Hunter Rise
Yakuza Like a Dragon (I know this was 2020 on other platforms but was 2021 on PS5 which is where I played it)
I did also really enjoy playing through the Mass Effect 1-3 remasters that came out this year too, if they count.

If I had to just choose one then I'd be pulled towards Guilty Gear Strive, for whatever reason.
 

Dai

Vampire Ninja
My GOTY list is:
1. Blue Reflection: Second Light
2. Life is Strange: True Colors
3. Atelier Ryza 2
4. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intermission (ie. just the Yuffie DLC that came out this year)

Returnal gets an honourable mention for all the ways it excelled, but doesn't make the list due to how angry it made me.

Games from this year that I really need to buy at some point: Scarlet Nexus, Tales of Arise, and Bravely Default 2.

I just finished the PS5 version of Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order which was pretty good. It's basically Dark Souls with lightsabers and difficulty settings. It takes far too long to unlock a decent range of attacks and force powers though.
 

NormanicGrav

Grav's End Harem
AUKN Staff
Rounding off the year of 2021 with some more games.


Completed Game #37 + Platinum #80: MediEvil (PS4)

Many years ago for the original PlayStation came MediEvil, a gothic horror themed action platformer that did pretty well for the console. The idea of a skeleton hero fighting the undead, monsters and more with statue ghosts mocking him along the way. I heard of it, but never managed to get the chance to play it. That is until the PlayStation 4 remake came along in 2019, though I didn't acquire it until this past few weeks.

The remake of MediEvil is very faithful to the original in terms of combat, exploration, and difficulty. The combat is pretty straightforward as you have a weapon and use it to attack other enemies, though you do have a selection to choose from like a hammer, longbow, spear and a few extra items along the way. The PS4 remake also added a quick swap-around option so you can alternate between a primary and secondary weapon which is very handy for certain situations. The shield is also there but I personally never found much use for it in most of the game.

The gameplay is also straightforward - reach the end-point to proceed to the next level, and if you like collectables but not too much that ruins the pace, there's only two major ones in the game (one of which is exclusive to the PS4 version). The first are these Chalices which are unlocked when you defeat a certain number of enemies followed by locating the item once the percentage hits 100%. This rewards you with access to the Hall of Heroes where you can unlock more health, new weapons and more. The second collectable are Lost Souls that are scattered across the whole game. Find a soul and it will ask you to do a specific task in another level. Complete all of the souls will reward you with the original PlayStation version of the game, however the UK/EU copies will be based on the PAL version.

The levels are fairly short, but this does mean that you will have to finish them without a game over. The game is quite challenging as a result of this, which is the norm for a lot of games released back then. You do have life force which is extra mini-lives that can be replenished when you find these green highlighted areas from time to time, but it's important that you understand how enemies work and be cautious as you progress. Jumping into water or a pit will be an automatic life-lost for instance. Game over doesn't mean you'll be back to the main menu at least as you'll be able to replay the current level when that happens, though it does mean having to re-collect the items in the game.

Overall, MediEvil is a short but great action platformer in general. The combat is fun and rewarding, the level design is really good including the puzzles and the collectibles are pretty neat too. I would say my only criticism is the camera as it's not perfect plus the extra camera strafe option isn't perfect for any accurate range shots. I was able to get the Platinum trophy for the game and one of the trophies is technically buggy (Die 7 different ways) but you can get out of this by getting a game over from a timer in one of the later levels. Playtime overall was about 10 hours.


Completed Game #38 + Platinum #81: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)

After the success of the 2018 game, Insomniac decided to offer a short game to show off what the game can do for the PlayStation 5. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales takes place after the events of the 2018 game and puts the spotlight on Miles who is the newest Spider-Man in the game's series (though Peter Parker is still around and both will be fighting alongside each other for the sequel in 2023).

The gameplay is tweaked from the previous, with many of the mechanics being familiar while some new additions were added due to Miles having unique powers compared to Peter such as being invisible and bio-electric abilities. These two new additions actually makes the gameplay even better as it adds more fun to both the stealth and regular combat. If you hit enough enemies, the Venom Power is more rewarding.

The story is pretty good and explores Miles' character a lot especially given the villain of the story as well as the side characters around him. There are also some side missions that you can do during the game alongside collectibles, challenges, hideouts and more. You can also unlock new skills, abilities, and costumes, including an animated cell-shaded suit and Into the Spider-Verse suit. The latter of which also provides a 20 FPS style animation which imo does become quite jarring when you're playing the game at 60 FPS.

The length of the story mode is about 8 hours if you don't skip any cutscenes, but going for the Platinum trophy will offer another 4-8 hours to the mix depending on how good you are with the combat. I have been KO'd quite a lot during the Normal difficulty mode and that's mainly due to enemies constantly hitting you with rockets, brutes using streaks of fire that block your Venom Power & healing amongst other things.

Overall, the game is a solid launch title for the PS5 and worth playing while you're in the Spider-Man mood.



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
#​
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​
Secret of ManaAction RPG
51​
Sengoku Basara 4: SumeragiMusou
52​
Senran Kagura Burst Re:NewalAction
53​
Shining Resonance: RefrainAction RPG
54​
Sisters RoyaleShoot em up
55​
Steins;Gate EliteVisual Novel
56​
Steins;Gate: Linear Bound PhenogramVisual Novel
57​
Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon DwellersTactical RPG
58​
Super Robot Wars TTactical RPG
59​
Super Robot Wars VTactical RPG
60​
Super Robot Wars XTactical RPG
61​
Sword Art Online: Fatal BulletAction RPG
62​
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Sessions!Music, Rhythm
63​
Tales of BerseriaAction RPG
64​
Tales of VesperiaAction RPG
65​
Tales of ZestiriaAction RPG
66​
Tokyo Xanadu eX+Action RPG
67​
Toukiden 2Action RPG
68​
Utawarerumono: Mask of DeceptionTactical RPG, Visual Novel
69​
Utawarerumono: Mask of TruthTactical RPG, Visual Novel
70​
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the FallenTactical RPG, Visual Novel
71​
Utawarerumono: ZanAction, Musou
72​
Valkyria Chronicles 4Tactical RPG
73​
The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival EditionAction RPG
74​
WORLDEND SYNDROMEVisual Novel
75​
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this WorldVisual Novel
76​
Ys IX: Monstrum NoxAction RPG
#PlayStation 5 Backlog - Game Name:Genre:
1​
Yakuza 7: Like a DragonTurn-Based 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
37​
MediEvil
PS4​
Action, PlatformerDecember
38​
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
PS5​
ActionDecember
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
80​
MediEvil
PS4​
Action, Platformer2021
81​
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
PS5​
Action2021
 

João Gomes

Vampire Ninja
Damn, totally forgot Little Nightmares II. That was amazing through and through, so that's actually my number... 2? I think.

Creepy game; the creatures will stay with you as will the finale. Very cool. Shame Tarsier has moved on from the series and Bandamco owns the IP. Eager to see what they create next.

I also forgot No More Heroes III, which I had pre-ordered the CE for but I'm still waiting for it to be delivered. Never again Pix N Love. I'm pretty sure that will crack my goty list.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Looking at 2021 the releases from this actual year that I played were:

GTA Trilogy Remastered (Vice City/San Andreas/III)
Lost Judgment
Persona 5: Scramble
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Yakuza: Like a Dragon


Admittedly two of those (or four technically) were remasters and one was marred with issues and bugs on release. I’d say that Scramble was probably my favourite of the lot but Lost Judgment was a great sequel too and SS HD took a divisive game and improved it in my eyes and I maintain it as one of my favourites in the series.
 

Greygo

Completely Average High School Student
I downloaded Fallout Tactics years later - but it's not a good game in my opinion.

I am currently playing Disco Elysium and I can hardly stop - the game is brilliant
 

Dai

Vampire Ninja
Atelier Sophie
I'm playing the Atelier series out of order since so many of the physical copies are out of print, so I've completed Firis and both Ryza games before this one. I prefer the alchemy system in Ryza and the story and exploration of Firis, but there's still a lot I enjoyed about Sophie. The Tetris-style alchemy system is good once you make some of the better tools for it (which let you rotate the blocks and adds risk/reward systems for making better items). It also doesn't have the one thing I hated about alchemy in Firis, namely the tedious grind of doing mass synthesis. The only thing I didn't like in Sophie's gameplay was the rate of progression. I reached the climax of the plot while I'd still only unlocked about half of the item recipes in the game, and it took a lot of time unlocking and making items before I could progress the story past that final gate of creating a particular key item.

The characters are a likeable and entertaining bunch, and most of the game has the comfy small-town alchemist feel that I prefer in the series. It does throw a standard defeat-the-ancient-evil plot in at the end of the main story though, which was a disappointment since Firis had a good story without resorting to that cliche. It didn't help that said final boss was a massive difficulty spike in an otherwise quite easy-going game.

I'd recommend it overall, though Firis is still my favourite of the Atelier games I've played.
 

DragoStark

Student Council President
I completed Yakuza 3 Remastered.
Janky compared to the previous games (obviously) which is partly why I didn't bother with the 100% achievement on this one. Hard mode in this game notoriously difficult and I'm not gonna play through it twice to unlock legendary, to then play it again to get the achievement. No thanks.
The story is still fantastic though and so far every single Yakuza game has made me shed tears.

I'll be starting Yakuza 4 Remastered soon but first up is The Outer Worlds which I'm very excited to delve into.
 

NormanicGrav

Grav's End Harem
AUKN Staff
I completed Yakuza 3 Remastered.
Janky compared to the previous games (obviously) which is partly why I didn't bother with the 100% achievement on this one. Hard mode in this game notoriously difficult and I'm not gonna play through it twice to unlock legendary, to then play it again to get the achievement. No thanks.
The story is still fantastic though and so far every single Yakuza game has made me shed tears.

I'll be starting Yakuza 4 Remastered soon but first up is The Outer Worlds which I'm very excited to delve into.
Glad you enjoyed what I like to call the Beach episode of the franchise. Yakuza 3 was my first entry into the franchise and I have yet to get the Remastered collection to replay it.

Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 are both great, especially the latter which I consider to be one of the best in the franchise (it was technically the best before Yakuza 0 came along to dethrone it).
 

Dai

Vampire Ninja
A Plague Tale: Innocence
I tried the demo of this a while back, which I thought was decent, but it didn't grab me enough to buy it. Fortunately the PS5 version was on PS+ so I was able to give it a second chance, and I'm glad I did. It's a solid stealth game that's dripping with atmosphere, and looks especially impressive with the lighting and shaders on the PS5. Its main drawback is the thing that turned me off the demo; the game spends too long holding your hand with heavily scripted scenarios that only have one obvious solution, and you're usually told said solution. It doesn't stop feeling like a tutorial until the halfway point, but once it takes the training wheels off there are some compelling stretches of the game. This is especially the case when it really starts going crazy with its main party trick, the huge swarms of rats that can be both a danger and a tool that you can turn on your enemies. It's well paced too, adding new gameplay mechanics at a good rate and not allowing any to outstay its welcome, and never feels bloated like so many modern games.
 
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Dai

Vampire Ninja
Twelve Minutes
An art-house, point-and-click thriller that takes place almost entirely in a three-room apartment over the course of a 12-minute time loop. A man comes home from work. His wife has something to tell him. In the first loop you may or may not find out what that is before a man claiming to be a cop appears, ties them both up, accuses the wife of her father's murder, and kills the husband. What follows is a sometimes compelling, sometime annoying time loop where you try to stop the cop killing you and your wife, search for the truth about the alleged murder, and try to find a way out of the loop.

It's brutally violent and disturbing at times due to some of the things you have to do and witness in order to move the story forward. There are interesting twists and turns along the way, but unfortunately it goes off the rails with some enormously contrived and unconvincing twists toward the end. There are several endings, but none of the ones that trigger an end credit roll are satisfying. In fact, those tend to be the most frustrating. Meanwhile, you can play out scenarios that would have constituted more satisfying endings, but they just end with you thrown back to the start of the loop.

If the concept interests you, I'd say it's worth playing for the experience, but expect to finish it with a similar level of frustration as The Stanley Parable. It's also odd that they hired two prominent British actors as the couple (James McAvoy and Daisy Ridley) only to have them put on American accents.
 

Oldmario

Thousand Master
started the copy of Catherine i rebought on switch to get all the VA DLC, set it to hard + remix and at this point i don't think i'm going to get to hear the voices outside of the samples because it really is hard and i suck at it lol
 

awadama fever

Cardcaptor
I'm about halfway through the main story of Yakuza: Like A Dragon (with a lot of getting sidetracked with side quests and stuff) and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I didn't expect this, but I think it might be my favourite Yakuza game yet.

The turn-based combat took some getting used to (and it can still be frustrating sometimes), but it works well and attacks are satisfying.

Kasuga is easily the best main character of any Yakuza game and the other main characters are all really good. It's impressive that the team can still think up new and original substories too.

There are some absolutely awful dungeon sections which drag the game down a bit, but the rest of the game definitely makes up for them.
 

João Gomes

Vampire Ninja
Ah I've been really wanting to give that a shot but unsurprisingly am far more of a single-player story guy, especially now with life commitments. The only time I tried online gaming was Destiny when it was first released, off the back of Bungie's fantastic storytelling in Halo, but just didn't have the time to commit properly to those bloody pain-in-the-backside raids. That and nobody I know shares my gaming predilections. So with that in mind, would you recommend it being worth me giving FFXIV a shot or should I just forgeddabbouuddeeett?

I did, because FF fans wouldn't shut the f up about it, expansion after expansion and I really couldn't ignore the noise any longer. Transitioning from 1.0 to ARR with a world-changing event accompanied by an unforgettable CG cutscene helped reel me in like a little fish (owning and transforming a bad launch into a story event is an incredible idea). The FF XVI hype and knowing they shared much of the main talent was the final (fantasy) nail in the coffin.

I have the whole thing up until Shadowbringers and I'm halfway through Stormblood, the second expansion. Knowing we're more or less at the same point in our lives, it's kinda hard to recommend in the sense that it's a massive timesink and not all of it is great or exceptional. I myself dropped the game after the main ARR quest because the patch content really tries your patience - and that's just doing the strictly essential main story quests. I got back to it months later (now) and it's much better. The flow of things is - main quest, patch with quests that set up the next expansion, expansion, patch and so on and so forth.

With all that said: for reference and like you, I don't do online gaming and I stay (.... ed) away from MMORPGs like the plague. I had a few freak accidents where I got hooked on Bioshock 2 MP for a while, Killzone 2 as well but that's that.

Like many say, and I simply echo: FF XIV is very single player friendly and you can play most of it on your own. Fights against primals, dungeons and raids are the exception but again, the game pairs you up with randoms easily. Get on a waiting list and in you go. The A Realm Reborn main quest is good and a treat if you're a FF fan, they do a good job integrating series history and it's very gratifying.

The subsequent patch is extremely long and quite honestly a bore for long stretches, but it does have my favorite moment in the series so far - a fight against a primal (XIV lingo for summons).

Heavensward is great, with an interesting conflict, great characters (a strong point of the entire experience) and if it's true the game has no reservations about throwing a ridiculous fetch-quest right after an important story beat, it's also true that when it gets going, it goes all the way. The translation and voice acting are stunningly good and a pleasure to read and listen to. The final battle is the kind of stuff where they take a fan favourite thing and integrate it in a really hype way.

The raid they added with Heavensward is, again, a singular treat for fans - they took Alexander, the summon, and made a set of short raids (I look at it as a dungeon, even if they're split up) with a ton of bosses inside it, and tied it all up with a great little story. They even put super sentai references in there, it's so good. It's the only non-mandatory content I completed, but I enjoyed it.

As for Stormblood, I'm enjoying it. The antagonist is interesting in how evil he seemingly is, but what continues to push me through the whole thing is the promise of excellence in Shadowbringers and how Endwalker is supposedly an excellent conclusion 10 years of story and characters - it's true I want to see where the characters end up and what they do. I'm certainly invested in this group of people.

The music is great. You'll find an incredible track where you least expect it, like a new field theme or a new battle or boss theme.

And finally, the community. From my experience, people are uniformly excellent: nice, patient and helpful. It certainly helps.
 

NormanicGrav

Grav's End Harem
AUKN Staff
One of my new year resolutions for 2022 is to finish 52 games! Yep, going to be hectic task, but considering my backlog is vast in genres and completion rates, I would say it's a possible goal to achieve.

We're starting off the year with a few older titles.



Game: 01 - Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (PlayStation 3)
Acquired: August 2017

Koei Tecmo's Musou games got so big that Capcom made their own version with Sengoku Basara, but many will know that the earlier games were quite rough in the west because it was localised and butchered to tie into Devil May Cry, which failed. The second game was Japan only, but the third game managed to get released in the west on Wii & PS3 under the name Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes.

Now if you have followed my gaming journey, you'll know that I own and played the Sengoku Basara HD Collection which includes the first two games plus the Heroes expansion. I enjoyed these Musou games a lot and I picked up the US version of Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes because the UK version was quite hard to find at the time, but it was only until January 2022 when I finally started playing it.

In terms of the game's completion I have played through all 16 characters across 18 playthroughs because it requires a few more playthroughs to unlock the 16th and final character. Each character has their own play styles which works for the most part pretty well during the battles. I would say the main characters work better than others as they're quick, fast and does the job. The weakest enemies are the gun/bow types because they are slow and take too much time to progress. The campaign is interesting as you have multiple choices on which battle you want to go for next and each playthrough does unlock more routes.

One of the surprises that I had with the game was its English dub which I was not expecting, but apparently half the cast did return for the anime adaptation so that's pretty cool. Each playthrough takes about 3-4 hours depending on how you handle each battle, whether you go straight to the boss or try to get each part of the map. Getting each part of the map does reduce the difficulty of the boss battles which is a nice reward.

Overall it took me about 43 hours to sort out, which was far longer than I had anticipated but it's good to get a long game out of the way for the backlog! I recommend this game if you want a translated version of a Sengoku Basara game, but I guess it's worth jumping into the franchise with Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi that's on PlayStation 4 though its also Japan only.



Game: 02 - Toukiden 2 (PlayStation 4)
Acquired: January 2019

When it comes to the Monster Hunter type genre (which I may as well call it Hunter RPG at this point), I've only played two games at this point - last year I played the first two GOD EATER games which I felt were interesting but the weapon setup was complex and the progression was stalled due to high HP enemies and dozens and dozens of missions that often require specific materials to progress due to the difficulty. Now I have played Koei Tecmo's take on the genre with Toukiden 2, a sequel to the successful Toukiden: Age of Demons which was released on the PlayStation Vita and remastered as Toukiden Kiwami for PlayStation 4. These games as a whole were designed for the Vita so the graphics are simple, the framerate is capped to 30fps and there's a lot of focus on quests and fighting Oni, the main monsters of the series.

That said, Toukiden 2 was a surprising experience. Koei Tecmo definitely put a lot of effort on its main story which is pretty interesting and has a solid cast of characters, all voiced in Japanese, that you hang around throughout and its definitely the game's strongest point in terms of progression. There are six chapters in total, with a seventh focused mainly on grinding missions which was too much time to spend so I stopped there, but I did have a good time with what the story was offering. The character designs look decent but it is distracting that the anime 2D designs that show up aren't exactly the same as the 3D character models, but saying that the actual CG cutscenes were pretty good. I hear Studio 4C animated a prequel for this game so Koei definitely did their best to appeal to a lot of fans out there.

In terms of the gameplay, the progression is pretty good in terms of pacing and there's very little grinding required as the level-up system is determined by what equipment you use, for instance the right weapon and armour so you can proceed without getting killed. I did struggle a lot with this because around the half-way point I always felt that I was under-powered and that was still the case even after I finished the story.

You see, fighting Oni in this game is going to be a hit or miss for many people, because it's got a game design in place where they are basically immortal unless you cut off their limbs and purify them each time. While this idea sounds great on paper, I don't think it executes very well in the final product primarily due to the higher HP enemies as you progress because it feels like a chore and you're stalling a lot. Maybe it would feel better if the game was clearer on whether you are doing damage to the enemy outside of some colours in a specific field of vision that you can use.

Another interesting mechanic that I am fine with is the use of the Miasma that is spread throughout most of the world map that you can navigate. Basically in these zones, there is a time limit which is pretty generous and easy to deal with. When the bar, set around the map navigation, becomes full your character basically dies. Red will fill fast, Purple is a steady pace, and Blue is very slow. Blue is only there when you have reached a stone that can purify parts of the area, allowing you to travel to more parts of the map and even sort out quests or mini-boss fights. You can also fast-travel to specific parts of the map.

Introduced to Toukiden 2 is the Demon Hand which is a pretty cool idea, but is pretty useless during combat unless you fill up its blue gauge that allows you to do a special move that can knock out an enemy body part which is handy. You also use the Demon Hand to climb up areas because you can't jump at all which is weird. Another special move that can be used is a small gold diamond that fills up on the top-left corner allowing you to also knock out an enemy body part.

On the bottom right corner of the screen you also have extra moves to use, like healing yourself, using a Leech ability to gain health when you deal damage to enemies, and also extra power from Mitama which are heroes of the past who provide you with extra moves. This concept I haven't used much because I always felt I was even more under-powered due to the abilities that take time to be unlocked and a lot of notices stating I can't use these abilities due to inactive statuses.

Overall I would say that Toukiden 2 is a pretty solid game in general, and perhaps the hunting gameplay was just not for me. I always felt under-powered and while the game has these Mitama powers I could never fully grasp how they work and when I do try them I always felt I was making the fights worse in the long turn. That said, there are a lot of interesting elements in this game and I think as a whole Koei Tecmo did alright in the end. Playthrough overall was about 15-18 hours I reckon.



Game: 03 - Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PlayStation 4)
Acquired: October 2019

After finishing Kiryu Kazuma's saga, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio decided to create a Hokuto no Ken video game using the Yakuza gameplay with Hokuto ga Gotoku which also stars Kiryu's VA as the voice of Kenshiro himself! And you know what, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is perhaps one of the best anime video games out there and while that doesn't sound like a hard thing to accomplish, the studio has put a lot of love and effort to provide an experience for newcomers and fans of the source material.

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is an original storyline that doesn't follow the manga after a specific point and by doing this it introduces a new direction for Kenshiro to face, such as interacting with a new city and the people that live in it such as the leader, the guards and the enemies of the desert that emerge here and there. The story is very strong and while some aspects might feel simple, it offers a pretty solid conclusion and found myself very happy with the results. Most of the scenes are also voice-acted and there's an English audio option for those who prefer dubs.

As mentioned, this game is basically a tweaked version of the Yakuza formula. You have substories that provide additional mini-storylines which reward you with XP if you complete them, and there's a bunch of mini-games like casino, nightclub, baseball (but hitting bandits than a ball), a rhythm type game and a couple of others like hunting down specific enemies and a gladiator place to fight opponents like the underground arena in Yakuza. In addition, the animations from the enemies especially when you get yourself into the battles are all cycled from Yakuza so you could argue there wasn't much effort put into originality here.

That said, the battles is where they really put some more effort into the mix because Kenshiro does not play around when it comes to combat. During these segments you will have a skull that fills up next to the enemy's health, and once it fills up you can then achieve a special attack, called Hidden Channelling, that will allow you to instantly kill them quick and smoothly, in other words they were already dead to begin with. The QTE is randomised from what I have seen but there are various outcomes to defeating enemies which is neat. There's also catchphrases that appear which you can use to attack enemies with which is amusing.

The abilities for Kenshiro is split into four paths, Body Tree for increasing Health & Attack power, Skill Tree for unlocking new battle moves, Mind Tree for improving the Seven Star Gauge which is a special move that allows you to be stronger in battle (like Kiryu's Super Heat move in Yakuza), and Fate Tree dedicated to the Destiny Talismans that provide specific power-ups or change to gameplay. I haven't used the Talismans that much to be honest but you can manage without them for the most part.

What I do like about the combat is that you need to master the skills and not constantly spam attack to get through the combat. Dodging is key to survival especially during boss fights, because they love to block your moves or parry in response. And if you do well enough the skull will fill up for you to use a hidden channelling move in return.

Overall, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is a pretty solid anime game and while it reuses a lot of Yakuza's assets, it's does enough to stand out as its own and the story and characters are all interesting. In fact, this game is so interesting that it actually makes me want to check out the anime. In terms of playthrough stats, I finished the story in about 16 hours with a bunch of sub-stories and side content also played throughout.


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​
Sly Cooper: Thieves in TimeAction, Platformer
20​
Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the OverlordTactical RPG, Visual Novel
21​
Way of the Samurai 4Action
#​
PlayStation 4 Backlog - Game Name:Genre:
1​
13 Sentinels: Aegis RimTactical RPG, Visual Novel
2​
AI: The Somnium FilesAdventure, Visual Novel
3​
Black Clover: Quartet KnightsAction, Fighting
4​
Bullet Girls PhantasiaAction, Shooter
5​
The Caligula Effect: OverdoseTurn-Based RPG
6​
Chaos;ChildVisual Novel
7​
Code VeinAction RPG
8​
Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve StarsTurn-Based RPG
9​
Cyberdimension Neptunia: Four Goddesses OnlineAction RPG
10​
Danganronpa 1 ReloadVisual Novel
11​
Danganronpa 2 ReloadVisual Novel
12​
Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyVisual Novel
13​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 1: Rinne UtopiaVisual Novel, Dating Sim
14​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 2: Ars InstallVisual Novel, Dating Sim
15​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 3: Twin Edition: Rio ReincarnationVisual Novel, Dating Sim
16​
Death MarkVisual Novel
17​
Dragon's Crown ProAction RPG
18​
Fate/Extella LinkMusou
19​
Final Fantasy VIII RemasteredTurn-Based RPG
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​
Jump ForceAction, Fighting
27​
Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of FujisawaPuzzle, Visual Novel
28​
LangrisserTactical RPG
29​
Langrisser IITactical RPG
30​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold SteelTurn-Based RPG
31​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IITurn-Based RPG
32​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIITurn-Based RPG
33​
Megadimension Neptunia VIITurn-Based RPG
34​
Megadimension Neptunia VIIRTurn-Based RPG
35​
NGVisual Novel
36​
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja StormAction, Fighting
37​
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2Action, Fighting
38​
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3Action, Fighting
39​
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant KingdomAction RPG
40​
Nights of AzureAction RPG
41​
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New MoonAction RPG
42​
One Piece Unlimited World RedAction
43​
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3Musou
44​
Onechanbara Z2: ChaosAction
45​
Our World Is EndedVisual Novel
46​
Persona 5 RoyalTurn-Based RPG
47​
Punch LineVisual Novel
48​
Raging LoopVisual Novel
49​
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-: Prophecy of the ThroneVisual Novel
50​
Robotics;Notes DaSHVisual Novel
51​
Robotics;Notes ELITEVisual Novel
52​
Saint Seiya: Soldier's SoulFighting
53​
School Girl / Zombie HunterAction, Shooter
54​
SD Gundam G Generation GenesisTactical RPG
55​
Secret of ManaAction RPG
56​
Sengoku Basara 4: SumeragiMusou
57​
Senran Kagura Burst Re:NewalAction
58​
Shining Resonance: RefrainAction RPG
59​
Sisters RoyaleShoot em up
60​
Steins;Gate EliteVisual Novel
61​
Steins;Gate: Linear Bound PhenogramVisual Novel
62​
Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon DwellersTactical RPG
63​
Super Robot Wars TTactical RPG
64​
Super Robot Wars VTactical RPG
65​
Super Robot Wars XTactical RPG
66​
Sword Art Online: Fatal BulletAction RPG
67​
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Sessions!Music, Rhythm
68​
Tales of BerseriaAction RPG
69​
Tales of VesperiaAction RPG
70​
Tales of ZestiriaAction RPG
71​
Tokyo Xanadu eX+Action RPG
72​
Utawarerumono: Mask of DeceptionTactical RPG, Visual Novel
73​
Utawarerumono: Mask of TruthTactical RPG, Visual Novel
74​
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the FallenTactical RPG, Visual Novel
75​
Utawarerumono: ZanAction, Musou
76​
Valkyria Chronicles 4Tactical RPG
77​
The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival EditionAction RPG
78​
WORLDEND SYNDROMEVisual Novel
79​
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this WorldVisual Novel
80​
Ys IX: Monstrum NoxAction RPG
#PlayStation 5 Backlog - Game Name:Genre:
1​
JudgmentAction, Beat em up
2​
Lost JudgmentAction, Beat em up
3​
Yakuza 7: Like a DragonTurn-Based 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
52 Games Goal:
No.Game
Console​
Acquired​
Genre
1​
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes
PS3​
2017​
Musou
2​
Toukiden 2
PS4​
2019​
Hunter RPG
3​
Fist of the Nort Star: Lost Paradise
PS4​
2019​
Action Beat em Up
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I’ve been working through the Mass Effect series and am now partway through 3. The stories and characters told here are great as is all the DLC that’s included here as part of the Legendary edition.
 

Geriatric hedgehog

Thousand Master
And finally, the community. From my experience, people are uniformly excellent: nice, patient and helpful. It certainly helps.
Very useful review dude, very much appreciated. At the start your mention of life circumstances and it being a time-sink made me think: good, good, this won't be for me so I can resist the temptation, but after reading on, and unsurprisingly as being an FF fan, I really want to play it now! A friendly and patient community is a big, big positive. With Destiny I wasn't the worst, but likely not far off, and the community I briefly experienced were okay but I certainly felt horrible dragging the team down on occasions like the long-winded raids, especially knowing full well how precious my own time and likewise others was, so a bit of extra patience from the veterans would certainly help alleviate the guilt heh. Large sections of single player play also make it a lot more practical to step in and out as required. So I think I may give it a go soon, and I guess just play it over a few years heh. Thanks again for the info dude.
 

awadama fever

Cardcaptor
I've been playing Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel (the free PS5 game that came out a few weeks ago).

My online experience so far has mostly fallen into one of two types (neither of which has been enjoyable).

I get matched up with some kind of dueling beast from the Shadow Realm. I sit there for five minutes watching them play Solitaire, in some bizarre loop of putting monsters on the field, then to the graveyard, then back to their hand, then back to their field over and over.

Some of these monsters have 3000 attack points, then they have 0, then they have 1750, then they just end up in the graveyard. By the time this has finished, the opponent has three monsters out - two of them have 3200 attack and one of them is always face down for some reason.

All this has happened on the first turn. I've completely lost the will to live (and I've got zero hope of doing a single point of damage), so I just surrender.

...or I get matched with someone who seems to have never ever played YGO before. They don't use defence mode. They don't use any traps or spells. I beat them easily (or they surrender).

Every now and again I've got an actual competitive match, but they've been few and far between. I just wish I'd get matched up with some more "OK" people at my level.
 

Dai

Vampire Ninja
Life is Strange: Before the Storm (remastered)
Despite having been delayed five months, this remaster has a distracting amount of bugs. Even playing on PS5 performance can get jittery during gameplay, there are frequent animation bugs during cutscenes, and weird balls of light pop up at random (a bunch of them flew out of someone's ear!). It crashed several times too, though a lot of games crash on my PS5 (I'm thinking it's probably a hardware fault at this point). Due to that I switched to my base PS4 for the last episode. No crashes there, but performance was much worse and the ending cutscene was a stuttering mess.

As for the graphical upgrades, I had to look up a comparison video on Youtube to figure out what had been changed. Some character models look a little better, others a little worse. Lighting is better in places, worse in others. Considering the poor performance, this isn't worth getting if you have the original.
 
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