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sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
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.
 
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.

 
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.
 

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
 
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