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Re: What are you playing?

by PartridgeSenpai Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:35 pm

Ack wrote:And with Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood done, I decided to dabble in the game Heat Signature, as it was described to me as a more in depth version of Hotline Miami in space. I have only played a little bit, but what I did experience was fun, particularly when I used a pistol to shoot out a window and suck an assassination target out into space.


Oooo, I've had Heat Signature for a while but actually forgot what it was :lol:
I think you may've just convinced me to make it my next game after I finish Circle of the Moon though ^w^
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Re: What are you playing?

by Ack Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:37 pm

If you enjoyed Hotline Miami's gameplay and are cool with randomly generated level design, then yes, you'll probably enjoy Heat Signature. Also, I recommend checking out Gunpoint some time. It's the dev's previous game.
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Re: What are you playing?

by PartridgeSenpai Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:44 am

Ack wrote:If you enjoyed Hotline Miami's gameplay and are cool with randomly generated level design, then yes, you'll probably enjoy Heat Signature. Also, I recommend checking out Gunpoint some time. It's the dev's previous game.


I absolutely LOVED Gunpoint! Heat Signature is definitely next on my PC games to play list 8)

Thank you so much for the recommendation, Ack :D
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Re: What are you playing?

by isiolia Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:00 am

Managed to squeeze in a little Weeb Souls Code Vein between FFXI stuff, which seems decent so far.
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Re: What are you playing?

by Ack Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:32 am

PartridgeSenpai wrote:
Ack wrote:If you enjoyed Hotline Miami's gameplay and are cool with randomly generated level design, then yes, you'll probably enjoy Heat Signature. Also, I recommend checking out Gunpoint some time. It's the dev's previous game.


I absolutely LOVED Gunpoint! Heat Signature is definitely next on my PC games to play list 8)

Thank you so much for the recommendation, Ack :D


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Re: What are you playing?

by noiseredux Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:11 pm

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Overwatch on Switch is kind of a big deal for me. I'll cut right to the bottom line and say that I'd consider Overwatch to be my favorite game of the DECADE. It was such a big deal for me that I literally sold my Xbox One the week that the Switch port was announced. In fact, I was relieved that I didn't have to pay for another year of Xbox Live. Or Gold. Or whatever it was called.

Back when Overwatch launched in 2016, I actually preordered it based solely on how much I had enjoyed Hearthstone and Heroes Of The Storm. Two totally different games from a competitive 'hero shooter,' but I figured why not? And initially Overwatch felt like a Team Fortress kind of deal and I bounced off it. But a few months later I gave it another try, and started reading about it more and it just clicked with me.

In the years since, it's remained in my rotation. And I've actually kept up with it like no other game. Like I mentioned, I bought it again on Xbox One when I got out of PC gaming and had some friends willing to play it with me on console. Even weirder, I even got into Overwatch League, and have been watching it for the first two seasons.

I should maybe NOT admit how into the game I can be. But whatever. There's literally Luci-O's cereal in my kitchen right now. I still wear my Boston Uprising 'inaugural season' t-shirt probably weekly. I've received all kinds of Overwatch merch as gifts. Heck, there's even a Pachimari plush toy in my daughter's nursery. I'm just not like this about other games.

But please don't think I'm saying I'm good or anything. I'm not. I'm fine. I'm competent. I try hard. I care about not dragging my team down. But I'm perfectly happy staying in a casual lane. And when I'm practicing a new character, I'm also fine with playing against bots. I have no delusions of being great. But that's not what OW is about for me. It's just a great way to relax.

Anyway, I'm approaching this Switch port as someone who has played hundreds of hours over the past several years - both on PC and on Xbox One. Is the framerate lower? Yup. Are textures going to be simplified? Sure. Is it the absolute best version of OW available? Of course not. But here's the thing - and this is true of many Switch ports nowadays for me - it doesn't matter. What matters is that the EXPERIENCE is here. The past few nights I've played OW in a way I was never able to before: sitting on the couch, next to my wife while she read a book; or while listening to the TV in the background. It's an absolute game changer for me to have the ability to play OW without shutting myself away in the game room. And that is worth whatever sacrifices the port makes.

Me personally, I don't find the handheld great for FPS games. I think my hands are too big, and I don't like position of the analog sticks. But I've been standing the Switch up and playing with a Pro Controller and it's perfect for me. People are going to hate that progression isn't cross platform. And that's a legit downer. But I can deal. I had to start over on console once before. It is what it is.

All I can tell you is this: since the Switch came out, my number one dream port was Overwatch. That's the one game I wanted, and now it's here. I'm beyond happy that this exists. And that it's playable! And for now, I'm having fun grabbing Halloween loot boxes as I slowly level up once again.
I had taken a break from Overwatch for the past few months because I felt like the rumors of it coming to Switch HAD to be true and I didn't want to re-up my Xbox subscription. Coming back to the game now is soooo comforting. Who says you can't go home again, folks?

Quick Play now has a queuing system where you choose the roles you're willing to play: Tank, Healer, or Damage. It's a nice touch. And now there are mandatory slots for two of each of those roles on a team. I can see the pros and cons of this, though I think the pros win ultimately.

The downside is that this may prevent some truly insane and interesting team compositions. I mean, if a team was really badass using six healers, I'd want to see that. Y'know? But really what this does is cut down on some tension on picks. There's no more situations where you go into a match annoyed that nobody wanted to play healer.

Of course a mandatory composition does mean that things could get sort of stale (such as with the so called GOATS meta that invaded Overwatch League for a while there... I remember the most exciting matches were ones where teams got creative with their picks and bucked the trend). But then on the flip, each class does have some picks that could still think outside the box. It's been shown that Zenyatta can be a legit pick for damage. And D.Va is a tank, sure, but she feels more like a damage-tank combo. Even Soldier 76 can be seen as a quasi-healer if played right.

The bigger thing for me is that it's helping me branch out a bit more outside of my chosen favorites. If I get called in to tank and someone else picks D.Va (my absolute favorite in the game) then I need to get better with someone else. And though it seems like I get picked to damage less than the other roles (not surprising), it's fun to see what the team looks like and pick accordingly, bouncing around between whoever - Solider 76 or Widowmaker or anyone really.

Anyway, I'm still having a blast YEARS into playing this game. The Halloween event is always fun, and starting from scratch (YET AGAIN) means unlocking new skins and stuff feels sort of more exciting than it had for me in a while.

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Some years back, I was pretty into collecting for the Neo Geo Pocket Color, and my favorite game, hands-down, was Card Fighters Clash. That's right - a system pretty much known for its arcade translations and insane fighting game library - and my favorite game was a card game that seemed to draw heavily from Pokemon TCG. Weird, right?

I didn't even know I was into card games at the time. I stumbled upon this one by accident and got HOOKED. And then over the years I got drawn into stuff like Hearthstone and most recently Lightseekers. I'm the type of dude who downloads any and every free-to-play card game on Switch now to give it a try and see if it gets its hooks into me. (So far, Lightseekers is the clear winner by the way).

With this in mind, Card Fighters DS has been on my want-list for YEARS. I mean, damn... an update of that NGPC that got me into the genre to begin with. But on DS! Oh baby.

I finally found a cheap copy and was super excited to start it up. Over the years I'd heard that it wasn't as good as the original game. And that there was a game breaking bug on early copies. But still. I was excited. And when I booted it up on my New 2DS XL I was thrilled at how pretty it looked. (There's not enough nice things I can say about the 2DS XL by the way. That is one of the absolute finest handheld gaming devices ever created. It's just perfect).

But as for the game itself... Card Fighters DS is... not great.

One of the things that made Card Fighters Clash so compelling to me was its ease of entry. There was a beautiful simplicity to that game that made it really easy to get into; really easy to learn. It was tough to master! But it was easy to learn.

Gone is the simplicity, friends. Instead there's layers upon layers of talking anime heads and overly complicated systems. I fumbled may way through a few rounds never really understanding the systems in place. There are gems of different colors that you accumulate... somehow... and you use those to play cards or whatever. And there's "Force." And there's different kinds of Attacks. And I don't even know.

It's just all too much. Maybe this was the Card Fighters game that someone wanted. Maybe someone who REALLY mastered the original game and wanted something deeper. Maybe. For me it seems like they tried TOO HARD to make it deep and something got lost in translation. The fun! The fun got lost. Bah!

I'm bummed to say I'm not enjoying this one. I want to. I want it to be good. But I mean... I'd rather just go back to Lightseekers at this point.

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Oh man... so back in February I declared Lightseekers to be "the first great game of 2019," and not long after Tetris 99 came out which would be "the second great game of 2019." Unfortunately, T99 pulled away my attention and became my go-to game for when I had twenty minutes to unwind before bed. As the year starts winding down, I thought about revisiting Lightseekers. And so much has changed.

There was a huge recent update to Lightseekers. Not just a gigantic card-dump. I mean the whole meta is different. There were a bunch of cards retired, which means that all my built decks from before my hiatus are no longer legit. This is both cool and not cool.

I remember getting to a point of frustration with Hearthstone. It got to a point where too many decks were the same. The big winners were using a lot of the same over-powered cards. And I didn't have the motivation to get those cards, nor did I want to feel like there was a "right" deck to be using. Retiring cards definitely kills that whole thing. It means that you need to stay current and continue to tweak your decks. In means that things will remain new and interesting.

On the flip, here I am - I can't even use ANY of my decks. It's like starting all over again. Which I probably will do. I truly do love Lightseekers. But my tenacity has been diminished. I'm not in the same rush to get back to the game now because of the work it will be to do so.

On the upside, I was given a free deck to start with that includes nothing but allowed cards. So that's fun.
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Re: What are you playing?

by PartridgeSenpai Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:05 pm

It may be a blessing in disguise that you are't digging Card Fighters DS, Noise. Perhaps you already know about this, but what does your copy look like? The game had a game-breaking bug on release that makes it impossible to complete the second playthrough (iirc), and it was recalled and re-sent out. I think this is only present in the NA release of the game, but if you have a color-sticker on your DS, that's a bugged one. the black & white cover are the replaced recall versions.

As a fellow super-fan of the original Card Fighters Clash games (2 is one of the most expensive games I've ever bought and it was so worth it <3 ), I'm very bummed to hear once again that it really is that bad and not worth seeking out :(

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Re: What are you playing?

by noiseredux Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:26 am

PartridgeSenpai wrote:It may be a blessing in disguise that you are't digging Card Fighters DS, Noise. Perhaps you already know about this, but what does your copy look like? The game had a game-breaking bug on release that makes it impossible to complete the second playthrough (iirc), and it was recalled and re-sent out. I think this is only present in the NA release of the game, but if you have a color-sticker on your DS, that's a bugged one. the black & white cover are the replaced recall versions.

As a fellow super-fan of the original Card Fighters Clash games (2 is one of the most expensive games I've ever bought and it was so worth it <3 ), I'm very bummed to hear once again that it really is that bad and not worth seeking out :(


yeah mine is the bugged cart - which I knew going in. But I figured for how cheap I found it I could at least enjoy one playthrough. But no.

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Okay so THIS is what I love about Nintendo handhelds. As scrutinized as console libraries are, it always surprises me how many cool overlooked games are out there on portable systems. In fairness, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is an easy one to overlook. For one thing, the title and cover art make it look like any number of Ghost Recon games. It would be easy to assume that this is just a generic 3DS third person shooting game. IT IS NOT!

Back in the day I was thrilled to find that Julian (X-COM) Gollop had created a GBA game called Rebelstar: Tactical Command, that was for all intents and purposes, a new pseudo X-COM. Well let's call this deja vu, because the man was commissioned by Ubisoft to create a new game for the Ghost Recon license and guess what he did? He went ahead and make a 3DS X-COM game.

I remember IGN's review of the title saying that it was a really fun tactical game, but that the Ghost Recon name really had nothing to do with what was contained on the cartridge. The writer compared the characters and story to something cartoony and stereotypical in the vein of GI Joe. I don't disagree. But in my mind, this is actually a plus. I'll be honest, had this been licensed as GI Joe: Tactics, I would have bought it years ago. But again, that title and cover art just made it look so generic.

But friends, I tell you this - here's a hidden gem on 3DS. Let's say you've already played your Fire Emblems and what have you and you want something else to scratch that strategic itch. Here you go. It's not quite as deep as a FE game, but it's got plenty to keep you interested. The missions are mostly "kill all the enemies," but do offer up some additional objectives. The characters and story ARE cartoonish and silly, but in a fun b-movie sort of way. And gaining access to new soldier roles along with the ability to upgrade them (and upgrade points are depended on difficulty level of missions - which you can replay to achieve better rank) gives the game a fair amount of replayability.

I've only just started the game myself. I'm about an hour in. But man, I am GLAD I finally picked this one up as it's been on my wish list for years.
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Re: What are you playing?

by opa Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:40 am

^thats been on my list for a while. It was one of the only tactical games that initially released for the system (for a looong time). You'll have to post an update when you get farther into it.
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Re: What are you playing?

by Ack Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:02 am

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Some years back, I was pretty into collecting for the Neo Geo Pocket Color, and my favorite game, hands-down, was Card Fighters Clash. That's right - a system pretty much known for its arcade translations and insane fighting game library - and my favorite game was a card game that seemed to draw heavily from Pokemon TCG. Weird, right?


It's only weird if you haven't played Card Fighters Clash. I beat the Capcom version a while back and then started up the SNK version. It's basically the same game, but I wanted to play it anyway! My NGPC sits on my bedside table...
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