The Shackled Wolves - 2021 Games Completed Thread

Karkashan

Married to Chrom
Resident Evil: Village (PC)

This was just so fucking good, from start to finish.

Concrete proof you can make a creepy as all hell horror game with legitimate tension even when you actively fight the monsters in the dark.

Now I personally experience quite a bit of pop in at times, but I think that's because my PC is four years old at this point and I didn't really spend the time to fine tune my graphics settings like I should have. The FPS though ran smooth as fucking silk though so it felt great to play.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
Resident Evil: Village (PC)

This was just so fucking good, from start to finish.

Concrete proof you can make a creepy as all hell horror game with legitimate tension even when you actively fight the monsters in the dark.

Now I personally experience quite a bit of pop in at times, but I think that's because my PC is four years old at this point and I didn't really spend the time to fine tune my graphics settings like I should have. The FPS though ran smooth as fucking silk though so it felt great to play.
I should play RE again. I've only ever played RE4, and skipped the others. I wanted to try out RE7, but never did, and now Village is out.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Resident Evil: Village (PC)

This was just so fucking good, from start to finish.

Concrete proof you can make a creepy as all hell horror game with legitimate tension even when you actively fight the monsters in the dark.

Now I personally experience quite a bit of pop in at times, but I think that's because my PC is four years old at this point and I didn't really spend the time to fine tune my graphics settings like I should have. The FPS though ran smooth as fucking silk though so it felt great to play.
Steve2 is currently playing RE8, and he's loving it. It cracks me up when the games makes him jump and yelp, which in turn makes me jump. The game is gorgeous. Giving me a blend of RE4 and RE7 type of vibes. I love the voice acting, and the story is keeping me entertained.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
Moderator
Dumping these here just so I can talk about RE8.

Dark Souls 2 (PC)
Dark Souls 3 (PC)
Sekiro (PC)
Resident Evil 7 (PC)
Picross S (NS)
Resident Evil Village (PC)

Really quick on the others: I think I'm pretty much done with the Souls games, there were only so many times I could replay them and I think I reached my limit. Sekiro's fantastic and probably the FromSoft game that I think will age best, but I also don't see myself replaying it unless I get a 4K TV in the future.

I liked Resident Evil 7 better on a replay (and with mouse aiming, since my first time playing it was on the PS4), but still not as much as REmake 2.

Picross S is about the best timesink in the world. I did all the puzzles in the first one and there are 6 of them on the Switch already.

Resident Evil Village is probably the most interesting Resident Evil game since 4 in terms of the variety of aesthetics and gameplay: at first I thought they'd blown their load early with Lady Dimitrescu and the castle being the first of the boss areas of the game, but I wasn't expecting the second area to be so different in terms of gameplay and aesthetics; it felt like going from REmake 2 to one of the Amnesia games.

I nearly shit my pants the first time I saw the baby monster, and the dolls boss fight might be the creepiest the series has ever been.

While I didn't like the rest of the game as much as that excellent first half of it, I still appreciated the change in tone and gameplay from area to area. It felt like the devs loved having an excuse to cram multiple horror genres into the same game (much like Evil Within did back in 2014).

As far as the open nature of its world, I think it struck a fine balance in rewarding me for going back and exploring previous areas more thoroughly (when they weren't blocked off) without making the map so open and empty that I'd forego backtracking entirely. And while the combat is simple, the variety in enemy designs does keep the game from becoming repetitive as I explored and progressed through the story.

Overall, I don't think the game breaks the mold in any way, but it's interesting in the way that it uses several molds to form a larger cohesive whole. Personally, I put it right alongside REmake 2 as the best RE games since 4, at least as of this first playthrough.

Random thoughts on it: the writing is as bad as it's ever been for RE games; it's the first game that makes me feel like getting a 4K monitor; compared to RE7 (which was already a good game), this is many times better; Lady Dimitrescu and Chris Redfield have awesome voices.
 

Karkashan

Married to Chrom
Mass Effect 1 (Legendary Edition) (XSX)

A very well done remaster that does more than enough to bring the game into the new decade with much needed graphical and gameplay improvements.

Also super short loading times. I cannot stress enough how having these shortened completely rejuvenates the experience and makes the game so much more enjoyable to play (and even 100%)
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sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Mass Effect 1 (Legendary Edition) (XSX)

A very well done remaster that does more than enough to bring the game into the new decade with much needed graphical and gameplay improvements.

Also super short loading times. I cannot stress enough how having these shortened completely rejuvenates the experience and makes the game so much more enjoyable to play (and even 100%)
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Steve2 is currently playing Mass Effect 1 (as part of the Legendary Edition). He's loving it, except for the parts where you drive the vehicle. He hates that.

He started this after finishing RE8 on the PS4. That was a helluva game. Fully admit to jumping multiple times while watching him play it.
 
007: Agent Under Fire (GCN)

You’d think me being the 007 fan who recently read all the Ian Fleming books, I would have played more of the games. Besides both Goldeneyes and Nightfire, I haven’t played any other.

Went to the local game store today, picked this up for 8 bucks and beat it in a few hours. It’s a short ass game, but I remember hearing how fun the multiplayer was so that probably makes up for it. It’s a fun time, but it is a 6th gen FPS so no sensitivity sliders, and phew lad, she’s sensitive. There is replay value too, get enough points and unlock some stuff like gold skins for weapons, and multiplayer bonuses.

It was a good enough way to waste away the afternoon.
 
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sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
The Outer Worlds (NS)

8.5/10
Finished it last night. I absolutely loved it. The story was fantastic. The characters were diverse with very distinct personalities. The combat was fun. The world had a great mythology about it, and I felt immersed in all of it. The decisions and relationships you make along the way play into it all, so I felt rewarded for doing all the side quests. Also, very proud of myself for getting the best ending.

Negatives: The loading screens. The load time was annoying. But I do give them credit that huge areas of the map were all connected and required no loading. Also, there a bunch of random potions and drinks that you really don't need that end up taking up a lot of space in the inventory.

For next time: I would redo the menu system to make it a bit more user friendly. When upgrading weapons and armor, it would be helpful to know what is equipped on which person, and how new armor or weapons compare to what you are currently using. Was not a deal breaker, but it would have made things easier.

There is definitely an opening for a sequel. I know Obsidian is part of Xbox Game Studios now, but hopefully they do a few more multiplatform releases.
 
Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)
Destroy All Humans! (PS4)

I haven't played Shadow of the Thicc Bois in over a decade I believe. I finished it, but remember cursing a lot. I found the controls too clunky and whatnot. The PS4 version is on sale so I picked it up. I enjoyed it a lot more this go around, and even remembered a few solutions to the boss fights despite being so long ago since I played it. Regardless of my feelings towards it, it's a damn memorable experience that's for sure.

Mind you, still had a few "oh come on" moments. I'd be grabbing on the near edge of grabble hair on the giants, only for him to try and shake me off, my body flying every which way, and the character would kinda jank off despite my holding the R2 button like it's going out of style. The last boss also was a bit of a bugger, but still, I can safely say my enjoyment of this game has increased. Will probably give The Last Guardian a go one day.


I never played a Destroy All Humans game before, but this game seemed to be the light hearted escapism fun I need. Yeah boi, this game is so fun. Playing it made me realize that over the last few years, the games I've enjoyed most are remakes or remasters of old games (Resident Evil 2 & 3, Trials of Mana, this, etc). Not sure if that speaks more to modern games or older ones, but whatever. I was laughing quite a bit during the game. The game plays solid and the tongue-in-cheek humor that pokes a lot of fun at 50's Americana and their fear of the Commies had me smiling a lot. Plus, the voice actor for your support character is voiced by the same guy who did Zim from Invader Zim. Sometimes doing an exact copy of it, and let me tell ya, having Zim dial it up to 11 to tell me my objective is something I'll never get sick of.

I'm only obviously playing it in 2021, but this retroactively became one of the best games I've played from 2020. It has some jank, I imagine the budget wasn't super high, but it got charm in spades, and lately I'd rather have an interesting and unique "7/10" (regards to the reviews it got from "professional reviewers) than a cookie cutter AAA safe game. Yeah, I know I've fully become a "old man with stick" in terms of AAA blockbuster games, but I can't deny how much fun I've had with this one.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Raji: An Ancient Epic (NS)

I had seen this game during one of the Nintendo Direct Minis or a Indie Spotlight.
It is set in ancient India and tells the story of Raji, a circus performer, whose brother Golu is stolen by demons, and she begins and epic quest to get him back.

It is a beautiful game. There is no question about that. The game could use some polish, and the controls and combat could use some fleshing out. The story is good, and the cut scenes are done in a very unique (in universe) way. You get a lot of history on the gods involved in the story, which definitely helped to flesh out the story. The voice acting was well done.

It's not a long game. Maybe 6-8 hours if you explore. I paid $10, and I think that was a very fair price.
Happy that I played it, and I think this studio has potential.
 

Karkashan

Married to Chrom
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Mass Effect 2 (Legendary Edition) (XSX)

A lot of my praises from the ME1 review can just be copy pasted here but I have to reiterate:

Not spending actual, literal hours during a playthrough watching loading screens makes ME2 so much more tolerable to playthrough. Like seriously on the 360, with the game installed, you would still have 45 sec. to 90 sec loading screens when moving through the Normandy. Having those almost completely done away with brings such a wonderful breath of fresh air to the game that makes it a lot more fun.
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
Moderator
Monster Hunter: Rise (NS)

A shade under 70 hours. Saw the credits roll in the village; would've seen the credits roll in the hub had they not moved the goal posts with the last update. (Betting that either
we fight Narwa's and Ibushi's kid
, or
Narwa just eats Ibushi
and we fight the
sparkly
version of her.)

Utterly fantastic. I know the hipsters will be on the "MonHun was better when it was clunkier" bandwagon or something, but I think this is as near-perfect an update and modernization of the franchise as anyone could have hoped for. It keeps just enough clunk, it keeps just enough grind, it keeps just enough challenge. It would have been very easy to make this a watered down MH, but Capcom kept the soul of the series. You don't walk into new hunts as the prime badass; the monsters are always the strongest thing onscreen and can hand you your ass at a moment's notice.

That's mainly due to the attack windows being so tight. The wirebugs give us increased mobility, but Capcom made the monsters just fast enough to ensure that you're going to get walloped. Is the game still easier overall? Perhaps. I know I triple carted less here than in any previous game. But...that's also because I now have about 700+hours experience - maybe more - with the series. If I came in cold, I'm pretty sure the chances of me beating Magnamalo on my first try would have been zero.

I'm trying to think of weak points, but tbh, all of the edits are just so freaking smart. The wirebugs give you a freedom of vertical movement that is the grand payoff for 4's more vertical design. Doggos make zone-to-zone movement better (and add an element of in-battle strategy). Giving you more items per gather/mining speeds up the grind (while crucially leaving it in place, keeping dat soul). The radial menu took some getting used to, but then it became indispensable. If I'm honest, I would prefer having to hunt and paint monsters rather than having them appear right on the map, but...c'mon, that's the level of critique I'm at here.

Ichinose-san and co. are tasteful thieves, too. They pretty much stole the fire effects outta Breath of the Wild. Plus, one gets the feeling the "climb anywhere"-freedom thing was more a "oh, Zelda gave us this idea"-thing than a "we had very slow climbing in limited circumstances in 4"-thing. Ditto this one being Japanese-as-hell and featuring
"oh yeah, flying glowy Ghibli dragons are cool"
bosses.

It's like Capcom had this great old house, and did just the right amount of modern renovation. It has central air instead of window units now, they sanded/stained/sealed the hardwood floors, the kitchen cabinets got repainted, the bathrooms got spruced up, and the roof doesn't leak anymore.

But it's the same house that it always was, and if you have a blacklight and some luminol, you can still see where the prior owner killed all those hookers.
 
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