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4 hours ago, eal said:

Did you ever get around to Bayo 2? In my opinion, it was much better. It might sound strange considering Platinum is known for going big with giant hype battles, but Bayonetta 2 had a lot more human-sized boss battles, and the combat is just a lot more fun against a person your size instead of a giant #$*!ing monster.

No, but I do have the game. I’m hoping to play it sometime this year.

 

I finished off Agata Forest and am now on to Hana Valley in Okami HD. Fighting Waka went as well as I remembered (but it was mainly my fault since I swapped to the rosary beads and didn’t remember how to properly use then) but damn is he still one of my favorite characters from the game. Great musical themes too. The 1st dungeon went much faster than I remembered it being, so hopefully that will be the same case with the Moon Cave later on. That dungeon was one that seemed to take a long time.

One thing that graphically bugs me about this HD version is the slight bit of ghosting on certain character models. It seems like the black outlines from characters isn’t as thick as the PS2/Wii version. It’s probably due to the porting process, but it doesn’t ruin the experience. Just something I’ve noticed.

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I finished off the Moon Cave last night in Okami and have ended part one of the game. The Moon Cave dungeon was as long as I remembered it being, but it was an interesting dungeon for the most part.

Next time I play it’s off to Ryoshima Coast!

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Oof, Okami HD got uncomfortable to play real fast. I forgot Sei-an City was dealing with a virus/poisonous mist that was affecting the population of the city. Kind of bad timing to be in a place like this right now considering what’s going on in the real world at the moment. I might speed through this part of the game as quick as I can.

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38 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Oof, Okami HD got uncomfortable to play real fast. I forgot Sei-an City was dealing with a virus/poisonous mist that was affecting the population of the city. Kind of bad timing to be in a place like this right now considering what’s going on in the real world at the moment. I might speed through this part of the game as quick as I can.

Remember to keep a6 foot distance from all NPCs ;)

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2 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Oof, Okami HD got uncomfortable to play real fast. I forgot Sei-an City was dealing with a virus/poisonous mist that was affecting the population of the city. Kind of bad timing to be in a place like this right now considering what’s going on in the real world at the moment. I might speed through this part of the game as quick as I can.

Meanwhile, the Resident Evil 3 remake comes out next Friday.

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2 hours ago, Woodus said:

Remember to keep a6 foot distance from all NPCs ;)

Hopefully that works. If all else the playable character is Amaterasu, a god in Japanese lore. If she gets sicked, we’re all boned.

28 minutes ago, eal said:

Meanwhile, the Resident Evil 3 remake comes out next Friday.

I actually have a friend who wanted to start playing the Resident Evil games recently. When I asked if it had to do with what’s going on now, he gave a mixed response of yes and no. It sounded like he was more interested in the RE3 remake than anything and that’s why he wants to look into the rest of the series, as well as the viruses that affect the people/animals in the series. He’s kind of a weird dude, but if it helps distract him from what’s going on now more power to him.

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18 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

I actually have a friend who wanted to start playing the Resident Evil games recently. When I asked if it had to do with what’s going on now, he gave a mixed response of yes and no. It sounded like he was more interested in the RE3 remake than anything and that’s why he wants to look into the rest of the series, as well as the viruses that affect the people/animals in the series. He’s kind of a weird dude, but if it helps distract him from what’s going on now more power to him.

He certainly wouldn’t be out of the norm. Like I mentioned in another topic, the movie Contagion has been spiking in popularity recently because it deals with a virus similar to COVID-19. Now that I think about it, the virus in that movie also involved with bats.

Before this started, I admitted to some friends and acquaintances that I am deeply fascinated with the Black Death. I’ll watch any decent documentary you throw at me about it. I just find it a very interesting period in history. My interest in that kind of thing is also a deciding factor to playing A Plague Tale: Innocence a couple months ago. So I get where your friend is coming from.

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25 minutes ago, eal said:

He certainly wouldn’t be out of the norm. Like I mentioned in another topic, the movie Contagion has been spiking in popularity recently because it deals with a virus similar to COVID-19. Now that I think about it, the virus in that movie also involved with bats.

Before this started, I admitted to some friends and acquaintances that I am deeply fascinated with the Black Death. I’ll watch any decent documentary you throw at me about it. I just find it a very interesting period in history. My interest in that kind of thing is also a deciding factor to playing A Plague Tale: Innocence a couple months ago. So I get where your friend is coming from.

Maybe if I defeat the next boss in Okami (Blight), we can save the rest of the world...

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Been a while since I posted, but in Okami I’m now in the Kamui region. This is probably my favorite portion of the game. Good story moments, some of the best music in the entire game, good environments, and the combat gets more and more frantic and fun.

The snowy landscape is excellent, and that theme when running around the landscape...mmmmm MMMMMMM is it good. Same goes for Oki’s theme. Love that song too.

 

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I did it. Okami HD has been fully completed. Finished all the tomes for treasure, fish, animals, and so forth, and managed to collect all 100 Stray Beads.

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I really enjoyed replaying the game. This is only the second time I’ve played Okami, and the HD version was a lot of fun to play through. I forgot how much I had enjoyed the game years ago for the first time via the Wii version, so replaying it was an interesting experience. I had many times where I forgot all about something and then moments of “Oh hey, I remember this!” Definitely a wonderful experience from start to finish, and I’m glad that random whim to start it a while back paid off.

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I need some really jolly vibes lately so I went back to the game that brought me so much happiness in my teenage years. I resubbed to Runescape and have been playing it quite a bit. I love that game so much, if I'm being honest it's my favorite game ever but I never think about it anymore. It's been perfect.

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Beat Luigi's Mansion 3 yesterday. Whew. Honestly that's the longest non-RPG I think I've ever beaten. I just never play non-RPGs, but doing that co-op with Plattym4 was a lot of fun. Since we rolled credits on it, it's time to start up Let's Go Pikachu, but that's a discussion for another topic.

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I finally got around to playing Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. I bought that game like 3 months ago when Yangus mentioned it being on sale. 

Not bad. Enjoying it so far. But I would be lying if I said the new weapon arts system is way above my head. Even playing the series for years, this system is a lot to take in. I started using Greatswords. My main weapon of choice when I typically start a new MH game. I am using Valor, and it is staking some time to really adjust to it. Still having a lot of fun with it though.

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39 minutes ago, Twinkie said:

I finally got around to playing Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. I bought that game like 3 months ago when Yangus mentioned it being on sale. 

Not bad. Enjoying it so far. But I would be lying if I said the new weapon arts system is way above my head. Even playing the series for years, this system is a lot to take in. I started using Greatswords. My main weapon of choice when I typically start a new MH game. I am using Valor, and it is staking some time to really adjust to it. Still having a lot of fun with it though.

Hunter Arts are weird to get used to since it’s a new mechanic, but you’ll find one that works for you/your weapon type and play style. I found doing repeat missions against the weaker starting monsters helped me get used to the controls of the hunting arts.

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3 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Hunter Arts are weird to get used to since it’s a new mechanic, but you’ll find one that works for you/your weapon type and play style. I found doing repeat missions against the weaker starting monsters helped me get used to the controls of the hunting arts.

The tutorial levels that place you in the arena has been helping out a lot with it. I haven't made much progress in the game since I just keep doing those quests and playing around with the different arts. But I am in no rush to get to the end game. So I might as well take the time to get a good feel for some of the weapons and arts.

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7 hours ago, Twinkie said:

The tutorial levels that place you in the arena has been helping out a lot with it. I haven't made much progress in the game since I just keep doing those quests and playing around with the different arts. But I am in no rush to get to the end game. So I might as well take the time to get a good feel for some of the weapons and arts.

Sounds like a good plan to me. Monster Hunter games are good about letting you play at your own pace.

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Playing some Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Wii U. Very cute and very fun little puzzle game to play while listening to podcasts or watching YouTube videos.

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Just a heads up, guys: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey are free without PS Plus.

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I finally found all the shrines in Breath of the Wild. I had found 117 of them, but was missing 3 and had no idea where to find them. I found a map with general outlines on where to find the shrines and after some back and forth comparisons with my map I placed pins where they were and, after stumbling around in said points, I managed to find them. All 3 were hidden underground, two of them being in the Hebra Mountains in the northwest of Hyrule (aka the snowy mountain peak region). It’s no wonder I never found them in the first place, so I’m glad to have that done and to have the Hero of the Wild outfit as a reward for completing all 120. It was a fitting reward and was in the perfect location too.

I’ve found all the DLC armor for the first Expansion Pass of the game as well as the Travel Medallion. I had to really hunt for some of them, but thanks to the Sheikah Slate tracker I eventually found everything that was hidden in Hyrule Field. The Tingle armor set was the hardest to find, as two of the three parts were hidden in areas I had never visited on Hyrule Field! The worst was the one hidden in the Castle Town Prison, as it’s (in my opinion) nowhere close to being part of Hyrule Field, but whatever. I took a shot in the dark heading to that spot since I saw I didn’t have any Korok Seeds from that portion of the map, so I figured that must be it. Sure enough it was, and it marked the prison on my map for me.

Speaking of Korok seeds, I’ve managed to find over 400 of them, and the past 60 or so have been thanks to the Korok Mask. Man, this thing is a godsend when trying to find the Koroks. I had found like 340-something on my own before I ever got the DLC pass, but this mask has helped me find ones I had totally missed/walked by. I’m hoping to get at least the minimum for all the inventory slot upgrades, and if I’m right I just need 8 more seeds to finally get the last shield slot upgrade.

 

I’ve enjoyed returning to Breath of the Wild. I forgot how beautiful the game was and how relaxing it could be to play and just zone out with. I’m not looking forward to that Trial of the Sword you can do in Korok Forest to strengthen the Master Sword, as I’ve heard it’s pretty damn difficult and has 50 floors of challenges.

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Boy, it was harder to find the last few Korok seeds than I thought it would be. You’d figure with 900 Koroks in the world of Breath of the Wild you’d be stumbling over the little buggers no problem! Oh well. I did manage to find the last few I needed and completed the shield slot upgrades, and obtained all the possible upgrades. Guess we’ll see if I manage to obtain more Korok seeds. I MAY try and find all 900, but...honestly, if I do try and get all of them, I’m using a map to pinpoint their general locations. No way am I going to wander aimlessly forever just to find the rest!

Anyway, I’m trying to finish off some side quests I left in limbo. I finally found all the Zora History monuments around the Zora territory (some were very well hidden even with the hints from the old Zora who asks for your help) and am now heading back to Hyrule Castle to see if I can find the recipe books for a man on the Eastern Plains of Hyrule Field.

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I tried Castlevania Syphony of the Night today. Fought Dracula, then ended up as Alucard, then fell in water and died. I had to then restart from the beginning. Lame. Maybe I'll give it a shot again another time.

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13 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

I tried Castlevania Syphony of the Night today. Fought Dracula, then ended up as Alucard, then fell in water and died. I had to then restart from the beginning. Lame. Maybe I'll give it a shot again another time.

$3 well spent. 🤪
 

Castlevania games can be tough, and in Symphony of the Night’s case, it’s a Metroidvania game. You’ll gain powers/weapons that let you access new places and you have to revisit past areas to find new ways through the castle. It’s fun, but it can be head-scratching sometimes. 

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By some grace of good luck and gameplay I managed to fully complete the Trial of the Sword in Breath of the Wild!
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Wow, did that get really intense at many points of the trials, but that fully powered Master Sword is a reward well worth it. I really liked the shout-out to Ocarina of Time at the end of the trial, and that noise the Master Sword made once it finally fully awakened...mmmm, that was good. I know the character that noise is tied to is a mixed bag for people, but that was exactly what you needed to hear after all the crap you went through. Shows how the sword always has a connection with Link and how, thousands of years later, it still remembers the one who helped forge it all that time ago.

The congratulations from the Deku Tree was nice too. That calm piano music and his words were a good way to end things before going back to the game.

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That was a heck of a challenge, but it was fun despite the “Oh #$*!,” moments I kept having. That last floor was a real bastard especially, but it was so satisfying to conquer that challenge! Guess next on the list will be to find all the content related to the 2nd Expansion Pass and find out exactly what the Ballad of the Champions is all about!

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So the Champions Ballad went from hair pulling difficult to fun and interesting. First part of the DLC takes place on the Great Plateau, and you get a weapon that can kill anything in one hit...but this means YOU can die in one hit two. So, you have to head off to four specific points and defeat groups of monsters to find brand new hidden shrines, and holy #$*!, that was just annoyingly difficult. I about gave up a few times and wanted to play something else, but I pressed on, beat all the monsters, and completed the new shrine trials. Luckily it gives you four new Spirit Orbs for another Heart or Stamina Countainer, and it opens up the real meat of the DLC. To keep it short, you have to travel to four new unique points out in the land of Hyrule, and each point ends up giving you challenges the Champions had to face.

This part of the DLC is pretty good and actually makes all that crap from the Great Plateau worth doing. So far I’ve done two of the Trials (Daruk’s and Mipha’s) and the rewards are very well worth it. Not to mention, you get some more characterization for the Champions. Mipha’s Diary and new cutscene once finished with the Trials was well worth reading/seeing, and Daruk’s was hilarious but showed he was much smarter than he came across.


This DLC has been worth it, and would be a time I would genuinely recommend some DLC for a game. The new shrines you get to explore have some very well designed challenges, and while the crap on the Great Plateau was difficult as all hell, you can still use most of your tricks from the rest of the game. So essentially even though Link is a one hit wonder, you can still use the Sheikah Slate to its fullest potential against enemies, you can still use all your bows and arrows for possible quick kills on easier enemies or freeze them with an ice arrow (if they don’t shoot you first of course), and the right armor makes this portion a little easier.

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The final major update for Mario Maker 2 got announced. Looks like I know what I will be doing all week!

Also Trials of Mana is out shortly. At least I will be busy for a while longer.

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