52 Games Challenge: 2019 Edition
  • That shouldn’t make any difference, it’s a great game from the get-go. That’s what I like about it. Ecen just 15-20 levels is enough to appreciate it.
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  • It's a good game but to call it great you'd have to go deeper imo. None of the stages I played felt like they belonged on a list of top 2D Mazza designs, despite the fact that they were mostly well made.
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  • Pretty sure it's the second level that has a warp to World 4 if I'm remembering correctly.

    Search for that and you might get it a bit more. There's also a Star Road ala SMW.

    Mario games since SMW only open up with post credits/extras.

    That's where the NSMB games fell a bit flat and another reason why U is the real deal, it really should be New World not New Bros.
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  • 8: Resident Evil 3 Vita - 7/10
    A decent game, certainly not one of the better Resi’s. Feels very rushed and lacking the charm of the others. Though I do like the multiple options and how they actually affect the story or position you find yourself in. Good little romp on the plane though.
  • 6: NBA Live 19 (XB1) 7/10

    Only played the Street World Tour mode, in which you create a player from the ground up, have them team up with a squad of NBA legends (or just average players at the start) and take on all comers on street courts around the world.  

    It reminded me a bit of a realistic version of the old PS2 era NBA Street games.  I think I would have preferred to play something a bit more arcadey like those, but this was still pretty good.

    There's a lot of variations of game rules (like first to a certain score, dunks are worth 10 points, etc) to keep it fresh and it mostly works, although some rules are a bit rubbish (I once won a game by securing an unopposed defensive rebound.  Riveting stuff).  You win currency and can spend it on new clothes, tattoos, or good basketball players.  This mode pushes player customisation pretty hard and it's okay but a bit limited.  Like, you can buy certain items, other stuff is unlocked as you play.  Most of the good stuff is locked away in obscurity; I got lucky with a radical Shawn Kemp Supersonics jersey early and wore that for most of the game (the shop mostly offers generic singlets, and you can only see so many pairs of black track pants with a tiny logo on them before you stop caring).

    You can pick what type of player you can be, and also your sex which is pretty cool.  I played as a tiny thin woman with jedi passing skills just because.  It was pretty fun but she was too tiny to dunk, which sucked since being a show off is a big part of this mode.  While I like that girls are an option, I with the hair cuts were up to scratch - there is a mass effect-like array of receding haircuts and rock hard ponytails that don't animate on offer. 

    It's mostly fun to play, though it's probably at its best about halfway through the campaign - at the very top levels, the game doesn't seem to know what to do with basketball gods.  Like, you'll try to run around Shaquille O'Neill, who is standing stationery in the key, to grab an offensive rebound.  But (presumably) because he has top defensive stats, the game won't let you run in a straight line to the empty space under the basket.  It will make you run on an angle so you crash into Shaq and he blocks you from getting close.  It seems to be compensating for the AI not being good enough to behave like an NBA legend.  You'll also see Lebron bricking dunks when great defensive players are in his vicinity.  Admittedly Shaq's a pretty girthy bloke and it could all just be simulating his gravitational pull.

    That was more words than expected.  Pretty enjoyable stuff, but I feel done with it.  Was a fine game to play while listening to podcasts.
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  • 2: Shadow Warrior 2
    Well this pretty much did exactly as expected. Over the top, gory, silly, guilty pleasure fun. I should really be making more of a dent with RDR2 but this definitley scratching the fun itch I feel is often lacking in Red Dead. Didn't expect to be playing this for 30 hours but that's what happened. 

    7/10
  • 9: Metal Gear Solid 2 Vita - 7/10
    Actually became a chore to play this to the end. The least enjoyable MGS for me. Kojima at his worst and such irritating sections I gave up reloading the save to go for the perfect scores and just hit continue. Still a good game but nowhere near great.
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    Pretty sure it's the second level that has a warp to World 4 if I'm remembering correctly.

    Search for that and you might get it a bit more. There's also a Star Road ala SMW.

    Mario games since SMW only open up with post credits/extras.

    That's where the NSMB games fell a bit flat and another reason why U is the real deal, it really should be New World not New Bros.

    There's masses of secrets. To get the 5th star you need to have done all
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    flagpoles. You don't need to go to the top, but there's loads.
  • 8. VR Worlds - PS4

    Right, so I'm starting to notice a pattern developing with a few of these VR titles - they're overpriced.  I paid £10 for this, which is more than fine, but I believe the original RRP was £25, and for a glorified demo disc that's a wee bit rich.  The games, from bottom to top:

    Ocean Descent

    Fairly enjoyable one-and-done VR experience.  It's the sort of thing you'd use to showcase Playstation VR to mates who've never played it, but only in a world where Star Wars Rogue One VR, The London Heist (spoilers: that one's good) and Rush of Blood to the Head didn't exist.   

    VR Luge

    Didn't really do it for me.  It's passable, but there's no reason why this couldn't have been a lot better.  It works, it's fun for a while, but the devs hardly reached for the stars here.  

    Scavengers Odyssey 

    Now we're in pretty good territory, this was a decent FPSVR experience.  Controls are solid and it looks nifty, but be warned - it chucked me around so much I needed to suck boiled sweets to avoid a visit from Uncle Dick.  Definitely the poster child for 'queasy' from the VR experiences I've had so far.  Good though, and of a passable length for a multi-game package.

    Danger Ball

    Genuinely good VR pong game, all controlled with head flicks/leans/swipes but criminally lacking in a multiplayer online mode.  I'd probably buy a fleshed out full game based on the basics here.  Good stuff.

    The London Heist

    Wow.  Even both barrels of mock stock didn't take the shine off; a top tier cockney caper that's surprisingly well acted throughout.  Ya fackin' two-Bob mugglewump.  It's all over bar the shouting within half an hour and there are only really two (traditionally) playable sections, but while it lasts this is probably the best thing not starring Astro Bot on PSVR.  Even the shooting galleries are good, I just want more.

    [7] overall for the package, less at full price.
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  • 9. Into the Breach - Switch

    Not done with it but ready to review after 8hrs or so, credits have rolled.  Yet another case of me really liking something I assumed I wouldn't but hoped I would.  This one's probably even better than Dead Cells (haven't had a successful DC run yet).  Enough has been said about this elsewhere by people who went far deeper than I have or will, but this is an exceptionally good videogame that can be accurately described as 'genius' at times.  Will be in my final top 5 for the year when I finally stop fretting over the order*. [9]

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  • Moot_Geeza wrote:
    8. VR Worlds - PS4

    Danger Ball

    Genuinely good VR pong game, all controlled with head flicks/leans/swipes but criminally lacking in a multiplayer online mode.  I'd probably buy a fleshed out full game based on the basics here.  Good stuff.
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    'Spark' is the multiplayer version of this, supposedly it's really good.

    Theres also a version of it in rec room that's nowhere near as good as spark.
  • That does look good, just watched a trailer, but Move controllers rather than head movements is a swing and a miss for me.  I should check out the Headmaster demo really, keep meaning to try it.
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  • Moot_Geeza wrote:
    That does look good, just watched a trailer, but Move controllers rather than head movements is a swing and a miss for me.  I should check out the Headmaster demo really, keep meaning to try it.

    Ive always presumed this is gonna feel like the worst kind of Kinect game.
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    I should check out the Headmaster demo really, keep meaning to try it.

    Do iiiit!
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    03 - Fire Emblem Awakening Started in (I think) 2014, I finally completed it now. 70,5 hours on the 3DS clock. My first real strategy game, and I loved every bit of it. Realized way too late how the reclassing etc works (if I would have known before that you can plan skills etc I'd have put more time into that). More reason to look forward to a Switch version.
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    I should check out the Headmaster demo really, keep meaning to try it.

    Do iiiit!

    I did it! It's brilliant, will buy.
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  • Think I'm done with Resident Evil 2 - At least I've not played it in a week and feel no need to go back.  I've done 2 and a half of a possible 4 campaign variations. 

    Could see myself going back at some point to play the other campaigns.  If only to use the Claire motorcycle outfit I payed extra money for!  

    It's mostly a quality game that I enjoyed very much.  It's mostly so well paced, doling out just enough ammo and supplies to see you through.  Making you um and ahh over which bits of equipment you should put in your limited inventory stash.  A good mix of puzzles, traps and old fashioned gun fights.  It all feels very good.

    It's all good stuff except for Mr X, a terrible character who just about ruins the game.  There are ways to deal with him but he makes the game far less enjoyable than it needs to be.  When I think about finishing my 3rd campaign I think 'The Mr X bit is coming up now.  I can't be bothered' and that hasn't changed in a week.  Oh well.

    Still good stuff on the whole.  I give it an 8.
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  • 3:The Gardens Between
    Another Game Pass game I probably wouldn't have played otherwise. A rather charming puzzle game with a simple but sometimes ingenious time mechanic. The melancholic acoustic guitar indie vibe felt a little cliched but I enjoyed it enough to see it through to the end. It's only around 3 or 4 hours long. Worth a look. 

    6/10

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