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  1. Mmm, I was looking forward to this but these rune puzzles might be scratching my tedium fuse. After about the tenth go of staring at twigs in the first hour I started reminiscing about the joys of horse riding in RDR 2. I really didn't envision this game being like this at all.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Well I've managed to get from 40 to 60% in a decent week's gaming. Not bad, for me. But that's enough for now. If I'm going to see the end of this it'll have to be in sections. The game annoys far more than it delights, imo. But it's compelling in it's characters, story, and stellar presentation.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    I don't think I'd have anything bad to say about it if there was a comprehensive fast travel system. It's the horse riding. It's like feckin purgatory.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    This game is officially off it's feckin nuts. That absued balloon mission, and then this scouting mission to find a new hideout, with a painfully slow horse ride, an equally fatiguing canoe journey, a walk, then another horse ride - all for a 30 second shoot out in a cave. And yet I'm compelled to play on. It's the characters I think, especially the lead, and some of the cheerfully daft strangers. I dunno. I'll get thru it, and have good memories, but it might be the last Rockstar game I entertain if this is the direction they intend to take things.
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    Psychonauts 2

    Is this Microsoft exclusive, then?
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    I'm okay with the controls to be honest. I've shot a few people by mistake, of course, but who hasn't in these parts.πŸ˜ƒ It's the invisible hand guiding me thru the missions that annoys. And I know I'm being a broken record about this, but it's a question of blowing off steam when a game that could have been great is hobbled by design choices, by what seems to be a wilful subversion of what gamers have decided they want from an open world game, freedom. I mean, at the end of chapter 4, and for the beginning mission in 5, I don't seem to be able to control dead eye. I can click it on but there's some invisible force that won't let me land a shot. Now, I have no idea if I'm encountering a bug, if it's a design decision, or if my controller is broken. That's what this game is like.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Getting from the end of chapter 4 to the start of chapter 5 had me thinking I could have more fun in this world if the game would just stop interfering with me, so to speak. I'm in a major shoot out and, without warning or explanation, my dead eye ability goes tits up, there are invisible walls all over the place, and my character seems unresponsive and unwieldy all of a pudden. Feckin thing. I could have easily escaped that town, by just using the cover of the town. This sandbox game doesn't like me playing with it's precious sand.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    There's a comment in the@one-armed dwarf analysis, something like 'i wanted to do some stuff but the game had other ideas.' I now believe to enjoy this game you have to become submissive to its ways. Grab that gimp suit and let it play you, in a sense.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    That's me. Why do you have push two buttons to talk to someone anyway?
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    God, I really do need to learn the difference between left and right. I've shot two strangers and a shopkeeper in the past 48 hours. Luckily it's the wild west, so they probably had it coming.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Picked this up again. Got 43 hours in before it pissed me off last time with all the heavy horse riding and indulgent animations for menial tasks like looting and gun maintenance. I reckon I can get another 20 hours out of the way before the rot sets in again. I mean, it's a decent game, especially if you're in the mood to slow things down a bit and relax into the world. The presentation is off the charts, too. But it asks a lot of the gamer, doesn't it? A bit like a nagging wife who likes everything just so** **Looks around living room sheepishly.
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    Just played this on the Switch. Beat it back in the day, I think. Pretty good game. Want the Switch to move forward a bit now though. I'm going to stop buying old gen games on it.* *Doesn't include fallout 3.
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    DmC (Devil May Cry)

    I didn't know it was hated. I loved it, personally.
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    BAFTA Games Awards

    The boat? That was great.
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    Resident Evil 2

    That probably will be my game if the yearπŸ˜•
  16. My eldest kid has been putting off buying a switch for ages because of these rumours. He knows I'll upgrade and he'll cop mine. Cheap bastard.
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    Octopath Traveller

    Finally beat all 8 first chapters. Only took me 21 hours! Gonna search thru some of the caves and forests I've encountered in this adventure. Decided to bypass everything until I had all 8 characters so I could pick and choose for levelling purposes. Some need more attention than others, it seems. I'm glad I chose olberic as my main protagonist, though. Sumbitch knows how to swing a sword.
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    Octopath Traveller

    Done 8 hours since Sunday! That's weird for me, but I can't stop picking up the switch for a quick battle. Such a great combat system, fast with loads of feedback on the screen and in the joycons. Up to now I'm really enjoying winging it, but if anyone has any tips on how to get the most out of the game I'm all ears (eyes). I've heard and read conflicting viewpoints, either stick with 4 characters, or collect all 8 and swap them around if and when required. I'm leaning towards the latter as I tend not to rush games like this. I played bravely default over a year with breaks for other games. I got there in the end, though.
  19. https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/mar/13/nintendo-at-130-interview-shinya-takahashi-and-hisashi-nogami Nintendo at 130!
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    Nintendo Labo

    You gotta be fucking kidding...
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    Comfort gaming

    Skyrim, xenoblade 2, GTA 5 or San Andreas, ocarina of time, Resi 4. After my recent Spiderman playthru, that could make the list
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    Yakuza Kiwami

    I don't mind doing things with hostesses πŸ™„
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    Yakuza Kiwami

    Foolishly I went into the PlayStation store and found this for 9 quid! I had to research what it was, and was surprised to learn it was a ground up remake of the first game. Result! I've played 3, 4, and 5, and enjoyed them, but definitely with decreasing marginal returns. I thought they were becoming a bit bloated to be honest, and hungered for a more focused adventure, like 3. So this hits the spot for me. I'll see how it goes. For me these games are definitely about the story, and I tend to bypass most of the side activities like karaoke, baseball etc. I dig the fighting, though.
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    Resident Evil 2

    As someone who never played the original, I thought the missed the opportunity to fix that problem. How hard would it have been to create a couple of new situations to make the 2 scenarios work in tandem, like a different puzzle and route to the garage for the second character. The game certainly implies at the beginning that these two people exist in the same universe and are being forced apart to make their own way to the end of the game.
  25. You can parry lasers from large guardians.
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