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I put a couple of hours into Cadence of Hyrule this evening, and this is basically exactly what I wanted from a follow-up to Crypt of the Necrodancer. I love that game, but I'm generally not into Rogue-likes. I wanted that game minus the trappings of the genre and Cadence is that.

Every time you start a new game the map of Hyrule is generated, but it's the same map the entire playthrough. If you die, you start at checkpoints scattered through Hyrule, so no perma-death (unless you turn it on in the options menu). Each dungeon is changed upon death or re-entry, I'm not entirely sure. So you'll be exploring the overworld, killing monsters, getting items, bombing holes in walls for a little cave, then you enter a dungeon and you're seamlessly playing Necrodancer levels with a Zelda flair. It adds exploring to the mix for heart pieces and Zelda items like bombs. boomerang, arrows, etc, with the temporary buffs of Necrodancer like added defense or a bracelet that makes shop prices' cheaper.

The music is also banging. The remixes of these songs are great, and just to be total bosses about it, they even brought back some tunes from Crypt. Even if you have no desire to play this game, look up the OST on Youtube or something.

I know first time playthroughs of new games have that giddiness to them, but this is a contender for GOTY for me so far. I believe there is a demo for it as well, and if you aren't good at rhythm games, there is a fixed beat mode so you don't have to worry about it too.

It is on my wish list; on a scale of 1-10. how much do you recommend the game?
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
It's been such a long time. I really miss when I could be bothered with messaging boards without feeling like I should be doing something else. Like a haven away from the monotony. Glad to see that not much has changed, and most importantly, that you're all alive and hopefully well.

Lifewise, things are looking up for me. I've somehow broken myself out of my seemingly genetic inability to motivate myself. I'm progressing at a slow pace with my hobby outside of my job, but most importantly is that it's a pace and not a roadblock. It's always been hard for me to do things I'm not at obligation to do. Tell me it's an obligation and it's done in a jiffy, and more. Have it be something I can do at leisure and I'll just go at it 80%, then dream about the rest.

I really like how simple this piece of advice is, yet isn't as blunt as "just do it". It always plays in the back of mind.

Started playing Horizon: Zero Dawn from where I left off earlier in the game, again, but it really sucks the living joy out of the game when every time I'm just wishing it was on PC so I can use a mouse and keyboard. I don't know if I'd ever get used to using the controller for this.

Also booted up Metro: Last Light again, for the fifth time. I'm having some partial fun with the game, but there are a lot of things that frustrate the living hell outta me, especially the bugs and the stealth aspects. For a game that's all about the plot and the immersion, the plot doesn't feel interesting, and is worse off than games that isn't an adaptation of a book. And the bugs just kill any immersion I can siphon from the game. Almost dropped the game entirely after yet another bug, but I'm determined to at least finish the game and hopefully have a better outlook of it. I mean, Dead Space didn't take off for me until chapter 5, and I ended up obsessed with that game.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
Moderator
I really like how simple this piece of advice is, yet isn't as blunt as "just do it". It always plays in the back of mind.
I had to stop watching this show because everything was too relatable. That was back in season 1, though. I should pick it up again.

I'm much like you, I think. Except I seem to do things when someone tells me, "hey, could you do this? It would be really helpful to such and such," or, "can you help me with this?" But when it's things that are my own responsibility, or plainly about improving my own life, finding motivation is really hard.

I'll try keeping in mind that attitude of "it gets easier," because telling myself, "just do it," only makes me respond, "oh yeah? Why should I?"

Anyway, good to see you back here and to hear that things are going well.
 
It is on my wish list; on a scale of 1-10. how much do you recommend the game?
I think it’s a bit subjective. Personally, I’d put it as a 10 for a recommendation. I love Zelda, I love Necrodancer, and really enjoy rhythm games. If you don’t enjoy one of those parts, then it goes down a bit.

First play through took around around 6-7 hours. And of course, the music is fantastic.

It's been such a long time. I really miss when I could be bothered with messaging boards without feeling like I should be doing something else. Like a haven away from the monotony. Glad to see that not much has changed, and most importantly, that you're all alive and hopefully well.

Lifewise, things are looking up for me. I've somehow broken myself out of my seemingly genetic inability to motivate myself. I'm progressing at a slow pace with my hobby outside of my job, but most importantly is that it's a pace and not a roadblock. It's always been hard for me to do things I'm not at obligation to do. Tell me it's an obligation and it's done in a jiffy, and more. Have it be something I can do at leisure and I'll just go at it 80%, then dream about the rest.

I really like how simple this piece of advice is, yet isn't as blunt as "just do it". It always plays in the back of mind.

Started playing Horizon: Zero Dawn from where I left off earlier in the game, again, but it really sucks the living joy out of the game when every time I'm just wishing it was on PC so I can use a mouse and keyboard. I don't know if I'd ever get used to using the controller for this.

Also booted up Metro: Last Light again, for the fifth time. I'm having some partial fun with the game, but there are a lot of things that frustrate the living hell outta me, especially the bugs and the stealth aspects. For a game that's all about the plot and the immersion, the plot doesn't feel interesting, and is worse off than games that isn't an adaptation of a book. And the bugs just kill any immersion I can siphon from the game. Almost dropped the game entirely after yet another bug, but I'm determined to at least finish the game and hopefully have a better outlook of it. I mean, Dead Space didn't take off for me until chapter 5, and I ended up obsessed with that game.
Hey bud, good to see you here again.

I can relate to you. My main hobbies are books are games when I’m not with the friends. I try other things but I always go back to books and games. I picked up drawing for awhile. I also tried knitting but that didn’t last long.

What doesn’t help me personally is my group of friends. I love them to bits, but they’re all getting married now, buying houses, doing other things. One started growing his own vegetables in his basement. I know it’s not fair to compare myself to others but I guess it’s hard not too. I know it’s not exactly the same as your situation, but I almost feel like I have to do other hobbies in order to “keep up with them”.

Anyways, I played Horizon awhile ago. It was good, but minus the robot dinosaurs I found it pretty generic. A lot of it felt similar to the new Tomb Raider. The side quests and side characters felt mostly bland too. A lot of “talk to character, get 5 items, return to character, go out for another 5 items, etc”. Another game I feel like could be better if it didn’t have to be open world. I feel like Xenoblade ruined me for side quests in games.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Can you believe October is practically half over already? Time seems to really fly this year.

We're doing this thing call "Top Golf" tonight. It's a driving range, but built 4 stories tall, with a bunch of different pods so more people can hit at the same time and it takes up less space. It's been 5 years since I've been golfing, so it will be interesting how I do. Then we're doing indoor skydiving after. My best friend's ex (who may or may not be moving back so she and he can get back together) is in town, and she wants us all to do something together.

Steve2 had strep last week, so I spent a good part of the week taking care of him. Then this weekend, my body felt like it was fighting off something all weekend. Tired and achy, but not truly sick. Feeling better this morning. Last thing I want is to get strep.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
Anyways, I played Horizon awhile ago. It was good, but minus the robot dinosaurs I found it pretty generic. A lot of it felt similar to the new Tomb Raider. The side quests and side characters felt mostly bland too. A lot of “talk to character, get 5 items, return to character, go out for another 5 items, etc”. Another game I feel like could be better if it didn’t have to be open world. I feel like Xenoblade ruined me for side quests in games.
Yeah, the quests and humans are a bore. I love Aloy as a character, and I love her name. Something about its pronunciation, I can't get enough of it. But there are some simple things that could've made the game a tiny bit better, like just make it Monster Hunter and get rid of the humans. I got the feeling that they really wanted to make a game about the robo-animals, but then plot got in the way.

Also, I hate the static, "shot, reverse-shot" scenes, and the essay notes. I hated it in Dragon Age Inquisition, and I hate it in Horizon. Both are games I have trouble playing for too long because I find myself fighting sleep during those scenes.

Thanks to Epic, I got Exodus for very cheap, and I'm almost at the end of Last Light. My opinion on the game hasn't changed, but hopefully the last game becomes a major improvement. The plot in Last Light just went bonkers halfway through. Plot-wise, it's kinda dumb, but gameplay-wise, I'm having more fun with the Mr Alien around.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
Hooked up my Wii to the CRT and have been revisiting a lot of old gems. By not playing on HD, I’m very surprised by how some Wii games look. Take Red Steel 2 for example. GFX are top notch
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
So, my father accidentally shut my hand in a car door this week.

Only thing that saved my hand from being crushed was my engagement ring. It was titanium. Not supposed to bed. Being shut in the door definitely bent it, and we hand trouble getting it off my finger.

Doctor checked it out, said I was very lucky. Spoke with several jewelers about getting it repaired, but none repair titanium, because it isn't supposed to bend. Called the manufacturer. Told them the story. They can't fix it either. Jeweler there told me I was very lucky as well because the amount of pressure it took to bend a titanium ring would have been more than enough to crush my fingers.

Manufacturer doesn't make that ring anymore. I just want to replace it. I did a deep internet dive, and I found one jewelry store in Ohio that had a few in stock, they were liquidating their inventory, had one in my size, so I am able to get a replacement for 80% off retail price.

Alls well that ends well I guess, and thank goodness I still have a functioning hand.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
I realized over the week that the only Metroid game I've never beaten (now that I've beaten Super Metroid) is Metroid Fusion. So that will be the next game I play. I have it on my 3DS. Very excited to play it. I have other longer games I could play, but this next month will be busy, and I don't want to be in the middle of a game when the new Pokemon comes out. I figure after Pokemon, I can go back to Luigi's Mansion 3 and The Witcher 3.
Fusion is awesome. Can’t go wrong with it
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Anyone here get switcher 3? Curious to hear some impressions. Not really about performance, but more so how ur enjoying the game, how far you’ve gotten and so on.
I’m also watching to see with these 2 big high profile games Switcher3 and OverWatch so any impressions would be good
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Anyone here get switcher 3? Curious to hear some impressions. Not really about performance, but more so how ur enjoying the game, how far you’ve gotten and so on.
I plan to get Witcher 3, but have not purchased it yet. It's one of Steve 2's favorite games from the Playstation, and he says I absolutely have to play it.

I've been dying to play the Metroid Prime Trilogy again. I'm just waiting for the inevitable release of the HD version on Switch.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
I've been dying to play the Metroid Prime Trilogy again. I'm just waiting for the inevitable release of the HD version on Switch.
I’m not sure the Switch will get a release or Trilogy. I say this because the latest version of the game features Wii controls, something the Switch doesn’t have.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
I’m not sure the Switch will get a release or Trilogy. I say this because the latest version of the game features Wii controls, something the Switch doesn’t have.
I'm hopefully they just remap the controls, because having this trilogy on Switch would be the best thing to help the future sales of Prime 4.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Good morning all!
Steve2 and I went on vacation last week to Vegas as the final part of my 40th birthday celebration. Neither of us had been there before.
A friend of ours is performing in a show at the Rio hotel, so we saw that Wednesday night. She's an aerialist. Truly something to behold.

On Thursday, we rented a convertible and drove out into the desert. We went to the Hoover Dam, then hit the West rim of the Grand Canyon. There, we zip lined across the canyon. That was scary and exciting at the same time. There are not words to describe the beauty of the Grand Canyon. If you've never seen it, add it to your list. After, we drove along route 66, hit up diners, then drove to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon and went hiking in the canyon till after dark. Driving a convertible through the desert was just one of the best things ever. I created a play list ahead of time, and with the top down, sun shining, wind in our hair, and singing at the top of our lungs, it was simply the best.

Friday was all about exploring the city. We hit up a drag brunch with some of the queens from RuPaul's drag race, did the Avengers experience. They had actual costumes from the movies and Caps actual bike from the movie. Which I got my picture on. They have an area where you can try to pick up Thor's hammer. It doesn't budge, so none of us are worthy.

We explored the downtown area where the old casinos are, like the Golden Nugget. They are doing a lot to rehab that area while keeping the old charm. Freemont Street is definitely another place not to miss.

The last part of our trip, and the real reason we were going, was because we had front row tickets for Paula Abdul's Las Vegas Residency. She's been a favorite of mine since I was 9. And she did not disappoint. Exactly what you would expect from an over the top Vegas show.

We walked about 8-10 miles every day. My legs are still tired. Took so many pictures, and put up most of them on Facebook. So if we're facebook friends, check them out.

We were there for 5 days, and that seems like the right amount of time. It was a truly memorable and amazing vacation.
 

Goodtwin

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Question: @mattavelle1 @EvilTw1n @Goodtwin @Shoulder @FriedShoes @Juegos @simplyTravis @sjmartin79 @CitizenOfVerona

Will you guys be picking up Overwatch for the switch later this month? I am considering getting the switch version (already have it for PC) so I can get back into multiplayer with you guys again (aside from Monster Hunter, I have not done much with you guys since Ghosts back in 2013-2014). Funds are tight, so I am trying to plan in advance before I spend on anything.
I was going to if the motion controls were good, but they aren't, so I'm out. I'm still hoping to see Time Splitters Trilogy get ported to Switch. That would be a shooter I could get sucked back into.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
So whats the word? I was gone for a week: Who is getting/got Overwatch for switch? Do I need to buy it or skip?
For anything Blizzard-related, it's best to just wait until after Blizzcon (this Friday) to make a decision on anything at all, even if having a replacement for Overwatch after recently porting the game is an unlikely occurence.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
Anyone played Nioh before? Got it from Plus and the first zone is ridiculously easy, but that's the opposite of what I've heard about this game. I assumed it's because it's the tutorial level, but the area right after the title drop and the loadout menu feels exactly the same. It's a stark difference from my experience in Dark Souls, where I found myself dying a few times in every version before I got used to how the game works.

Does anyone know when the difficulty ramps up?
 
Anyone played Nioh before? Got it from Plus and the first zone is ridiculously easy, but that's the opposite of what I've heard about this game. I assumed it's because it's the tutorial level, but the area right after the title drop and the loadout menu feels exactly the same. It's a stark difference from my experience in Dark Souls, where I found myself dying a few times in every version before I got used to how the game works.

Does anyone know when the difficulty ramps up?
@Karkashan can probably elaborate.
 

Karkashan

Married to Chrom
Anyone played Nioh before? Got it from Plus and the first zone is ridiculously easy, but that's the opposite of what I've heard about this game. I assumed it's because it's the tutorial level, but the area right after the title drop and the loadout menu feels exactly the same. It's a stark difference from my experience in Dark Souls, where I found myself dying a few times in every version before I got used to how the game works.

Does anyone know when the difficulty ramps up?
The big wall for the vanilla difficulty is the second actual, major Yokai boss, Hino-Enma.

The first village in Japan was the original Alpha/Beta version tutorial level, so that's why it's fairly simple.

Also helps that this is Team Ninja aka Ninja Gaiden folks, so you have an arguably superior combat system to work with so there's less death due to jank.

praisegrima
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
The big wall for the vanilla difficulty is the second actual, major Yokai boss, Hino-Enma.

The first village in Japan was the original Alpha/Beta version tutorial level, so that's why it's fairly simple.

Also helps that this is Team Ninja aka Ninja Gaiden folks, so you have an arguably superior combat system to work with so there's less death due to jank.

praisegrima
This makes so much sense right now. The combat system in this game is arguably what I love the most about it.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Good morning all! I hope you have a great start to your new week!

It's Pokemon week! Steve2 originally wanted Sword, and I was going to get shield, but after the new Ponyta, he now wants Shield, and I've been relegated to Sword. Oh well. It's all the same to me.
Right now we are starting to talk about Christmas, they both want Sword (but we all know one will get shield and one sword)
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Anyone else playing Sword and Shield?
Oh my goodness, I'm having a blast! For the first time, my entire 6 person team is made up entirely of new pokemon or new forms.
The game is pure joy, and the changes they made truly help the experience.
 
Happy American Thanksgiving

I bought a few games on the Steam sale. Mighty Gunvolt Burst is a pretty fun Mega Man-type game from Inti Creates. Killer is Dead has a known issue that prevents (apparently) a lot of people from getting further than chapter 3, which I had, so refunded that. It really sours me. I also bought Killer7 and Silver Case, so I'll get to them soon. I tried Killer7 for a bit, but it's really weird to play, it'll take some time to click I think.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
Finally finished with World of Light. Sorta lost interest for about half of this mode until the dark part happened, and suddenly things were a lot more interesting to me, even if repetitive. It's probably the best final boss of the series. Will never play again.

There are some comments on the net stating how overpowered Bowser feels in Ultimate, but despite the changes I loved, they got rid of some things he had from Sm4sh that made using him a lot easier. Despite the revamped Tough Guy (god I wished this worked against Pikachu's annoying projectile), he feels more vulnerable, and the majority of his moves can be interrupted now unless you time it exactly when his brief invulnerability frames activates, which is hard to do in a game that somehow has more input lag than Sm4sh.

I'm sad I no longer have the side B landing lag cancel.
 
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