"What are you playing?" thread

What are you playing?
What have you recently beaten?
Any opinions on it?

Figured this would be a good thread to bring back. So get posting!

I'm currently playing through Majora's Mask (3D), which I never played much of before, and it's awesome.

(Put this in "Random Time!", because where else to put it.)

No new posts since December?!

I'll do a third post in a row, because I've been playing two indie games that I want to spread the word about.

Ms. Splosion Man - a really fun 2D platformer. You can play in single player or multiplayer co-op, and unlike the New Super Mario Bros. series, the co-op here is not just an afterthought. You will need to work together with your partner(s) or you won't get very far. There are 100 levels, 50 for single player and 50 different levels for multiplayer, so even if you only plan to play the game alone, or only with friends, you get a full game's worth of content either way. I absolutely recommend this over New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe and it's a heck of a lot cheaper as well.

BQM - BlockQuest Maker. Until Nintendo decides otherwise, this is the closest we've got to a Zelda Maker. The userbase is small (understandable since it's hard to make your game stand out in the eShop among all the trash that gets released every week) but there are some really creative levels on here. Since you can make your own story be told through NPCs and leave signboards with hints for the players, I find this to be a little more creative than Super Mario Maker.

Saw Skyrim was half price on the Switch eShop so took the plunge. Haven’t actually started it yet because I’m replaying BOTW.

Pulled out the ps2. DDS 1 and 2 then xenosaga trilogy

I've been playing Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. It's...interesting. I kind of regret going with the Switch version instead of PC or PS4, but that's just for the graphics. This game, while a miracle they have it running on Switch, can look downright ugly at times. It reminds me of when games that were made with Dreamcast specs in mind would get scaled down to run on Nintendo64 or PlayStation. Even if they were still a good game, you just knew you were playing the inferior version.

This game doesn't seem very long and also doesn't seem like it's going to be something you want to play through more than once, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

Wed Feb 24 21 01:24pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Might as well bring back this Thread.

I've gotten a lot of Japanese N64 games in recent days. So I'm going through most of them right now.

I'm playing the Japanese versions of Bomberman Hero, the three Pokémon Stadium games, Pokémon Snap, Mario Tennis, Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Kart 64, Yoshi's Story, Kirby 64 and Smash Bros.

Other Japanese games I got but cannot play because I don't know enough Japanese are Hey, You! Pikachu (no VMU for me, either), Dobutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing 64) and Shiren the Wanderer 2.

Wed Feb 24 21 05:09pm
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Mostly what I've been playing lately on the Switch side is:
Super Mario Maker 2 - I finally earned a bronze medal for making it onto the leader board for number of times I was the first person to beat a level, so I need to keep it up or else I'll lose it if I drop down far enough. I'm also working on (to me anyway) a ridiculously difficult level that I intend to submit to Dashie and maybe a couple of other YouTubers as well.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered - I wish I had bought it on PS4 instead because having analog L2 & R2 triggers really makes a difference in racing games. Also, thank goodness the game supports cross-platform multiplayer because when I play online I'm often the only one in the lobby playing on Switch, which makes me think the online community on Switch would be dead if we couldn't play against the other platforms.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - I still play this every day for around 20-30 minutes, even though I feel like they completely dropped the ball on this entry. I'm a big fan of this series and was playing the 3DS version from its release in 2013 up until last year (over 8,000 hours put into it combined across multiple towns) and here we are just approaching the one year anniversary of this game and each day when I boot it up it feels like a chore.

On the PlayStation 4 side of things:
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected - Actually just recently finished this with a friend in co-op and it's my least favorite of the series by far. The story mode had its funny moments but some of the side missions/activities were just kind of boring. This was a pretty sloppy port overall and we each had the game crash on us multiple times.

Batman: Arkham Knight - This was one of the first PlayStation 4 games I bought back in 2015 when I first got the console and it took me until now to finally play it. I recently played through Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition on Wii U again and it holds up as a well made game, and six years later so does this one. The graphics are still great, the gameplay itself is great too, except I do understand all of the complaints people had about the Batmobile.

Recently got a bunch of physical Switch games.

Super Mario Odyssey
Sonic Mania Plus
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Paper Mario: The Origami King
SnipperClips Plus
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

That should keep me busy until my nephew's birthday in July when I plan to get Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, New Pokémon Snap or Miitopia.

I'm currently whipping through Monster Hunter Rise and having a blast, the layer of exploration and discovery in the environments is fantastic and really helped me warm up to the new aerial traversal mechanics.

Mario no Picross on the SFC collection is mad fun too, I've quickly found myself hooked on the Wario flavored puzzles!

Currently playing:
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition on PlayStation 4. The most dudebro-est shooter I've seen in a long time. Despite the writing being pretty cringe, there's lots of action and I'm really enjoying it.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time on Switch. Last week I finished playing through Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on PlayStation 4, and starting this game up on Switch I just can't get over how ugly it looks in comparison. It's still a fun game other than that, but I regret not buying it on PS4 instead just for no other reason than it'd look much better.

Sun Jun 13 21 01:54am
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

Having nearly reached the content cap in MH Rise I'm taking a wee break with Crash Trilogy on Switch, just beat the first one and I'm enjoying the second immensely. I have mad fond memories of playing the originals at my grandparents, largely for the vehicle sections in Warped so I can't wait to get to that one!

When it comes to the fourth game I may heed CaptainColons warning and nab it on PS4, I love the switch to death it does get a bit crunchy at times~

UPDATE- Nabbed Part-Time UFO in the eshop sale and BOY is it charming.

Sat Jun 26 21 03:42pm
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I beat two games on Switch this week.
A Day Without Me - Your character wakes up and the whole town is empty and you need to figure out why. I read the eShop description and decided to give this a try. It turned out to be pretty bad, just wasted potential. Your character moves so sluggish (holding the run button doesn't help much), the neighborhood is easy to get lost in (not that it's very big mind you, but the roads are littered with vehicles that all look the same which makes it easy to get confused as to where you're heading), the map is useless (there are only 9 chapters and you don't even unlock the map until Chapter 8, and there is no indicator on it to show where you are when you look at it), and the broken English is not very helpful at describing the objectives or sometimes is just downright funny ("Find Out How To You Going To Sleep", "Find Out What This Is Meaning", "Search Where The Sound Come From") seriously there isn't much text anyway, they could have kicked a few bucks at someone on Fiverr to proofread this. It's a short game anyway but I gave this game more time than it was worth.

3 out of 10: Season One - This is basically an interactive animated sitcom split up into five episodes that last approximately 30 minutes each. The writing is pretty good and the game is funny. You're playing as a small independant developer team who has never been able to make a game that reviewers score higher than a 3 out of 10, but they are determined to change that now with their new endless runner (actually it has an ending, so they call it an endful runner). Some crazy things happen along the way, like for instance halfway through development the CEO decides your team needs to make some major changes because he now wants it to be a battle royale game since that's the hot thing at the moment. I don't want to spoil any more of the story, this is worth playing if you can get it cheap and want a few laughs, it really reminds me of the kind of humor in old Saturday morning cartoons.
For the most part you're doing almost as much watching as you are playing, but there are mini-games throughout (a Zelda-inspired dungeon, pinball, stealth, etc.) and some are fun, and some not so much, but I feel the writing makes up for the ones that aren't fun (and I think they can be skipped anyway). Even though I completed this game on Tuesday I've since went back and replayed a couple of episodes to earn more stars in some mini-games, so there is at least a little replay value.

I'm also playing through Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation 4. I've owned this game for a few years so I don't know what took me so long to finally start it, but since this gets compared so much to BotW, I think I can say that if I had played this when it originally released, this would have overtaken BotW as my personal GotY for 2017. I for sure am having more fun exploring this big open world than I did with BotW's. It's not a perfect game (no game is or ever will be), but it's pretty damn incredible.


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