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Dec 8, 2020, 10:15 AM
 
Legends of hyrule currently sitting in the cart. I know, I know, I haven't technically finished botw yet...
Just dance 2021 also... but unlike the wii this version requires everyone to have phones, so... maybe not - ah, joycons work so that's good.
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Dec 8, 2020, 02:37 PM
 
I’ve only heard good things about LoH, and I enjoyed “Warriors” games a lot back in the day.

I forgot to ask... what turned you off Link’s Awakening?

I kinda miss BotW. For whatever reason I really miss combing the beach for coconuts. Still, I might wait until the sequel to play again.


River City Ransom is turning out to be a good game for me. I only want to play it for a few hours, and then I get bored, but a couple days later it’ll call out again.
     
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Dec 11, 2020, 06:23 PM
 
Link: I read the reviews that it was basically a side scroller and half of what we like about BOTW is climbing the scenic vistas, ha. Coconuts!
     
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Dec 12, 2020, 12:55 PM
 
Oh, gotcha! I thought maybe it had a bad review.

Even though BotW is far superior, I still like the old-school ones, too. The only issue I have is I invariably get stuck, and they’re linear enough that unless I want to look it up, that ends the game.

I’ve gotten stuck in BotW, but just go on to do something else. One example is on the beach. I was never able to find all the glowy bits, so I’m still locked out of that dungeon-shrine-whatever. NBD. In an old Zelda, that would be game over, because whatever’s in there would be required to move forward. Nintendo finally realized that’s bad design.



River City Ransom is in a nice phase where I’m actually getting better at fighting, whereas earlier I was winning fights by grinding for more power.
     
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Dec 30, 2020, 04:47 PM
 
Needed to do some gaming, and wanted something with more depth than River City Ransom.

Everything in 3D All-Stars is still too overwhelming, so I picked up Valkyria Chronicles, which is a Sega joint from 2008. It’s kinda sorta like The Sound of Music if the von Trapps had a thirty-ton tank named “Edelweiss” out in the barn.

It would be an instant recommendation for anyone who likes squad-level, turn-based combat, but unfortunately the mission design is wildly uneven. One was bad enough I almost quit the game in disgust. Also, the story and endless dialogue are hot garbage.

Everything else is great. The presentation is clever, the game engine is gorgeous despite its age, and the combat mechanics are fun. A lot of it is hard, but it’s generally the good kind of hard. Most of the time I only have myself to blame when a sniper blows my head off or I get a rocket shot up my tank’s butt.
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Dec 30, 2020, 06:09 PM
 
Excellent review.

yesterday I watched the kids play vintage kirby, and at one point where they were dying repeatedly, I was like, pretty hard game for 25 years old.
     
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Dec 30, 2020, 08:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Excellent review.
Thank you!

I forgot pictures...




It really knocks it out of the park when you’re running through smoke.





Edit: you can see on the first pic it’s using the “hand-drawn” effect to help mask some seriously low-poly models.

Edit2: Half the women in the unit have these ridiculous hairdos which actually interfere with aiming.
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Jan 20, 2021, 02:39 PM
 
Grabbed Valkyria Chronicles 4 (2 and 3 are only on Sony portables). After an hour’s worth of play it’s so similar to the first, I’m going to burn out, so I put it on the “save for later” list. The biggest difference so far is this one has swears.

I’ve been hearing good things about about Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, and decided to give it a shot. It’s Harvest Moon meets Contra meets Spider-Man meets Miss Piggy. Starts very slow. Kinda didn’t like it at first, but it’s growing on me.
     
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Jan 23, 2021, 01:33 AM
 
Started liking it a lot, finally had my first halfway decent rice harvest, and now my interest is completely sapped.
     
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Jan 23, 2021, 04:37 PM
 
Gave up on Sakuna. Still trying to scratch the same itch, so my Hail Mary is Rune Factory 4, which is also Harvest Moon crossed with dungeon exploration. I wouldn’t mind playing Harvest Moon for real, but I’ve heard the Switch versions are awful.
     
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Jan 23, 2021, 06:29 PM
 
farming doesn't interest me much as a gaming mechanism. Too repetitive.

dungeon exploration however...
     
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Jan 23, 2021, 07:43 PM
 
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farming doesn't interest me much as a gaming mechanism. Too repetitive.

dungeon exploration however...
I like grinding, so a farming sim is squarely in my wheelhouse (or barn).

Sakuna is kind of a mystery because they put in everything needed for a fantastic farming sim, then forgot to put in any meaningful choices. As good as it could have been, in the end it amounted to me being the developer’s dancing monkey for 15 hours. Frigging yuck.

Since I want a good farming sim, I was irritated by the dungeon exploring in Sakuna at first, but ironically I ended up liking it a whole lot more than the farming. It looks fantastic, and the combat is really satisfying.

Rune Factory is pretty traditional, so the meaningful choices are going to boil down to what I grow will affect my relationships with the townsfolk. Haven’t gotten to the dungeon exploring part yet.
     
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Jan 24, 2021, 07:39 PM
 
Played Rune Factory 4 for a bit now. Good stuff, Maynard.

It’s basically Animal Crossing at 60x speed. I even caught a crucian carp.

The key difference, other than speed, is the aesthetics. It’s bog-standard, pseudo-medieval anime fantasy.

The farming doesn’t wear out its welcome at all. Over an hour of gameplay only 5-10 minutes of it is spent actually farming, however the dungeon crawling is kinda meh so far. Sakuna does a much better job in that department.

Recipes can be made in bulk.


Edit: Tools don’t break.
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Jan 25, 2021, 08:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Sakuna does a much better job in that department.
The more I think about it, Sakuna is better in almost every regard.

The graphics are better. The music is a lot better. The story is better. The characters are more interesting. The influences they drew upon are more interesting. The Japanese voice actors are fantastic... the lead is brilliant. Combat is better. Level design is better.

The one thing Rune Factory 4 has is it’s a better goddamn game.
     
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Jan 25, 2021, 10:52 PM
 
Okay... there is one other thing Rune Factory has over Sakuna.

Rune Factory lets you enslave sheep.
     
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Jan 26, 2021, 10:35 AM
 
well, that's a gamechanger.
     
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Jan 26, 2021, 07:10 PM
 
Animal Crossing sheep enslavement update when?
     
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Jan 26, 2021, 09:01 PM
 
Animal Crossing Farm in 3...2...1...
     
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Jan 26, 2021, 09:19 PM
 
It already has a flower farm and a tree farm.

Tree farm good. Crop farm bad.
     
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Jan 26, 2021, 09:57 PM
 
Recruiting new residents of the island takes a darker tone.
     
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Jan 26, 2021, 10:07 PM
 
Do I buy a chemistry set so I can make poison antidote, or do I buy chocolates to give out as presents?

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See? Meaningful decision.
     
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Jan 26, 2021, 11:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Recruiting new residents of the island takes a darker tone.
My next enslavement target is a chicken, then I go big.

Buffalo big.
     
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Do I buy a chemistry set so I can make poison antidote, or do I buy chocolates to give out as presents?



See? Meaningful decision.
I should add that I ended up doing both. Chemistry set first, and then chocolates the next day. I wasn’t penalized for making that choice, so in a very real sense, there’s not a meaningful decision being made.

However, Rune Factory provides a much more believable illusion it’s meaningful, mostly based on how many different directions there are to go at any given time. I also could have bought a forge, or a crafting table, or more seeds, or better weapons, or enslaved a chicken.
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Feb 1, 2021, 09:54 PM
 
I have three buffalo now. Turns out they like apples, which I get by murdering the giant apple people.


Edit: favorite weapon so far is a sword forged from carrots.
     
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Feb 2, 2021, 02:11 PM
 
Ok, that sold me.

Is that through nintendo online, a retro classic? Super NES or? I'm looking for it.
     
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Feb 3, 2021, 12:27 AM
 
One of us. One of us.

It’s a regular game on the eShop. $40. Originally came out in 2012 on the 3DS, so it’s semi-retro, and has a mobile game feel to it (not in a bad way).

Caveats:

It can be hard to tell with all the genres bashed together, but if we strip all that away, the game is actually a business management simulator. The more fun that sounds, the more fun you’ll find the game.

Farming starts out too repetitive, but that gets better. Stuff which took me 16 button presses at the beginning now only take me one. They got this right, but unfortunately the inventory interface is pure jank. Switching between farming tools is way more off-putting than the repetitiveness of the farming.

The background music really sucks.

It’s casually sexist at times.
     
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About 100 hours into it, and beginning the 2nd year. It’s satisfying because the second year is a bit like a New Game+. I know how all the mechanics work now, and have plenty of cash to spread around.

Farming hasn’t gotten so much too repetitive for me as just too time consuming. I have 3 farms now and 20 barnyard animals. It generally takes 7 or 8 in-game hours to water, harvest, and groom the animals. Not much time left over for dungeon exploring.

The shine is starting to dull a little. I’m getting the feeling like I’ve seen what it has to show me, which is usually when I start losing interest in a game, but it clearly captivated me a lot more than Sakuna.
     
 
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