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Holy shit am I hype! The Dragon Quest 35th anniversary event this morning announced some freaking cool shit! 

Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D Remake 

A remake of DQ3 in the engine from Octopath Traveler that looks absolutely stunning! I don't own and haven't played 1-3 so I'm so looking forward to this! Now I'm delighted I didn't import the Switch mobile ports of DQ 1-3. 

Dragon Quest 12 The Flames Of Fate was also revealed but only a title card, they've said it'll have a changed battle system that worries me but it'll be a darker more adult story which excites me! 

Dragon Quest 10 Offline (Japan only MMO) was announced but not world wide so I don't know if we'll get that but we've not had DQ10 yet so it might stay in Japan. 

Dragon Quest Treasures is a new spin off based on Eric and Mia from DQ11, it's an action RPG with platforming by the looks of it but they've not shown much yet. Worldwide release but no platforms like most the above actually. 

I need to sit down! DQ12 baby!! 

Also massive Switch Pro rumour has started again thanks to a leaker who's usually in the know. Announcement soon apparently with release in September or October. I'll believe it when I see it but the fact most these games didn't mention platforms has me intrigued as DQ11 was how we first learned about the Switch as they accidentally mentioned it for the NX. 

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Finally we have a time and date 

Don't know if I believe it or not but apparently Thursday or Friday could be a big Switch Pro day too. 

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12 hours ago, Ashez said:

Finally we have a time and date 

Don't know if I believe it or not but apparently Thursday or Friday could be a big Switch Pro day too. 

What are you expecting? And what are you hoping for?

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1 hour ago, Rob said:

What are you expecting? And what are you hoping for?

Trying to keep my hopes level atm tbh, it's been such a mad year I don't know what's possible and so on. 

I already know Darkest Dungeon 2, two Pokémon games and two Dragon Quest games are coming so that's alot of important boxes for me ticked! 

BOTW2 is likely the big hopeful one, then I'd also be excited for a new Fire Emblem and whatever the Metroid franchise brings to the table. 

Alot depends on if this new Switch is real and/or coming soon though. 

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What I've Been Playing 

May 2021

Switch

BioShock - I've always heard fantastic things about the Bioshock franchise so I was hyped to try it out, upon starting the game the first thing that hits you is the atmosphere and style of the game. The title is set in an underwater city called Rapture based on the late 1960's and the first person view really pulls you into this world, personally it seriously gave me Batman The Animated Series vibes with the timelessness of the era and with how well it works. The world was a joy to explore with plenty of beautiful scenery to take in while also feeling heavy, you see Bioshock leans towards the survival horror type shooter and while I wouldn't say it's scary it is indeed unsettling. My favourite section of the game has to be one where you're murdering people for some artist and having to take their photo's, obviously this sounds dark because it is but the whole vibe and creep factor of this section was extremely memorable, that's the main level I won't forget about this title. The gameplay is alittle more what you'd expect from a survival shooter as resources are limited and you're constantly looting draws and bodies for ammo and other pick ups, however Bioshock does add an interesting wrinkle to the experience as you also have superpowers. These powers are called Plasmids which is a way to ulter you're DNA and the powers are your typical fair like electric bolts, fire charges and ice blasts but you also have a range of more interesting abilities like being able to control bees or create decoys. As for the story that's where I personally get a little flakey on the game, before i start the story is absolutely brilliant with a killer twist that plays with your mind, however alot of the story is told in real time via voice overs as the game has hardly any cut scenes or set pieces. While this type of story telling is excellent for immersion and for making the world feel alive I often found myself missing key information and story beats as these voice overs were happening during hectic battles with the enemies (I even tried turning down all the other sounds but I still couldn't take it all in). Honestly I felt like I missed a big chunk of the story and it wasn't until after I'd finished it and watched a story breakdown video on YouTube that I was able to fully appreciate and understand it all, I get why the story is like this but it just meant I was unable to really absorb everything how I'd have liked, obviously this is more an issue with myself I guess. Due to the twist I also don't want to go into story details as I went in blind and it really enhanced the experience, I think if I expected what was to come it wouldn't have been as good as it was. As for the general gameplay you'll find yourself exploring Rapture trying to save a family in the early goings. This mainly consists of looter shooter elements and exploring the city to do various fetch quests or tasks to progress, one of the key things to look out for though are Big Daddy's and their Little Sisters. The Big Daddy's are terrifying enemies that hit hard and take a decent amount of damage which is expected since they're the protectors of the Little Sisters. The Little Sisters are young almost possessed like girls you'll encounter in every level and once you've defeated their Big Daddy you'll have the option of harvesting them or saving them, which has story and gameplay implications as you'll earn a form of currency called Adam which is used to improve your Plasmids. Basically as I don't want to dive into the story it's hard to talk about but they're important, especially as in the sequel they have a bigger role as you play as a Big Daddy. I have to admit I really enjoyed this playthrough which lasted around ten or so hours but my disconnect with the story did sour the experience, especially as I'm also not the biggest survival/looter shooter fan but the characters, atmosphere and feel of the game made it an experience I doubt I'll forget anytime soon, I know I'd rate it alot higher if I caught all in the story during gameplay though. 

BioShock 2 - BioShock 2 sees you return to Rapture in a direct sequel of the first game set 8 years after the events of the original, but it's made by a different team. As it's a sequel I'm again hesitant to touch on the story beats but this game does change some things up. For starters in this title you play as a Big Daddy in search of his Little Sister which is a very powerful feeling as you mow down enemies with the classic drill, obliterate them with bullets or take them out with the returning Plasmid abilities. I will say the gameplay of BioShock 2 has greatly been improved as you can now duel wield weapons and Plasmids which gets rid of the clunky constant switching between them which you had to deal with in the first. Unfortunately though this title does lean more into the standard first person shooter elements which is a good and bad thing imo, personally I found this change to work alot better gameplay wise as it's more to my personal tastes, however the increase in gunplay paired with the survival horror elements meant I was often low or completely out of ammo due to some of the bullet spongey bigger mini bosses, it was pretty frustrating to finally have a decent amount of ammo only to run into a mini boss and then be basically out again and I found this happened repeatedly, in one level I basically started with nothing straight into a hectic area so I had to brute force my way through chipping at enemies with melee attacks while repeatedly dying and continuing to chip at them (enemies don't respawn or regain health when you die). One thing that did leave me feeling rather disappointed in BioShock 2 is the atmosphere of the original game is gone, I'm not sure if this is purely because the game feels different or because you're returning to a world you've already experienced but this title isn't as immersive. One reason for this might be because they've changed the way the story is presented as you do get more cut scenes and slower paced moments to absorb the story, admittedly this is something I appreciated as like I said I did struggle to keep track in the original, however this title still has plenty of voice logs and the old method of story telling though so I think the balance is about right. So while the story telling method has improved I have to say this story in the second isn't as good, don't get me wrong it's still strong with a more personal journey to take but it doesn't live up to the heights of the twist of the first, it's almost a retelling of the first story and feels more like DLC than a true sequel at times. In short I think it really depends what you're after as the gameplay in Bioshock 2 is better in my opinion but the story, atmosphere and characters of the first are excellent and more likely to leave a mark. I still found the title very moreish as I beat it's campaign in a weekend and jumped right into its story DLC which will be below. 

Minerva's Den - Bioshock 2 DLC Campaign - I've gave this DLC its own section as it's highly regarded as some of the best ever DLC and as the best version of BioShock, so does it live up to the hype? In Minerva's Den you go to a previously unaccessible part of Rapture and discover the AI brains behind the city. In this DLC you're playing as a different Big Daddy going by the name of Stigma and while you get them in a different order you have most of your abilities from the main game. This story is short, mostly self contained and bloody excellent as it pulls on your heart strings throughout while landing a gut wrenching twist at the end. BioShock played with your head but BioShock 2 and the DLC especially focuses on your heart and I think it delivers. Obviously I don't want to go into the story as I'd hate to spoil it for someone who went in blind as I did but I think it was done well, I'm not sure if it'll stay in the memory as much as the original games twist but in the moment it's gasp inducing. As for the gameplay it's practically the same as the main game but you do have some new toys to play with in a gravity Plasmid and a laser gun, they change it up enough but you'd have hoped for more I think. Regardless this short story takes under five hours and it's well worth a playthrough once you've beaten the main game. All in all its good but maybe alittle over hyped which is what I think of the series so far, I've enjoyed both games but it's been the story that has me interested, the gameplay just hasn't held up for me personally. 

Shovel Knight - I'm only four hours in so I'll save this for next time. 

BitBoy PocketGo 

I picked up this handheld emulation console a few months ago but I haven't mentioned it because getting it working took alittle time. Console wise everything worked wonderfully but my PC is too old to work with its software but eventually my brother in law sorted it out for me. Obviously emulation is a grey area I don't really want to get into, as this thread proves I champion physical media and I'll go physical whenever I can but I'll admit I've become a tad frustrated with GBA collecting due to all the fake carts, even if most of what I'll play on this device I already actually own. You see one reason I wanted a new handheld device is because my Gameboy SP has a dead pixel that drives me crazy, eventually I'll get a new SP but I want a AGS 101 model which are stupidly expensive (like triple what I paid for this device) and the fact this can play GBA, SNES and much more with save states is appealing. I'll give my thoughts on this console in a couple months once I've properly tested it out but for future reference any GBA/SNES games are likely to be played on this. 

GBA Via PocketGo

Metroid Zero Mission - I wanted to run the PocketGo through its paces with an action game so I went with the old classic Metroid Zero Mission. Zero Mission is a remake of the original Metroid from the NES but remade incorporating elements from Super Metroid (SNES) and Metroid Fusion (GBA). I've played the game once before on the WiiU virtual console and I do adore it, it's fast paced and relatively easy as I finished the game in 4 hours with 57% completion. Being a remake of the first Metroid title the gameplay is your typical shooter platformer fair as you traverse the map and use found items to over come obstacles which went on to define the Metroidvania genre. I'd actually say Zero Mission is the perfect starting point to get into the series as the difficulty is relaxed, there are objective markers to point you in the right direction without giving you the answers and its basically just a brilliant time. They also added a whole new "chapter" to the title in the remake where you play as Samus without the powersuit as the game takes on a more stealth like gameplay dynamic as you have to sneak around a Space Pirates ship, at the end you recover your Powersuit and flying back through the area destroying everything you previously ran from is so empowering! It's ace! 

Game Of The Year
 

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New Releases

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First Time Played This Year

1. Xenoblade Chronicles DX

2. Bioshock

3. BioShock 2

4. Yokus Island Express

5. Red Faction Guerilla Remarstered

DC Lego Super Villains and Need For Speed Hot Pursuit are out. It's bloody annoying two of my recent purchases turned out less enjoyable than games I've had in the backlog for ages 😂

 

Recent Pick Ups

Hades - Switch - £29.99 - Hades released last year to massive hype but I held out in hope of a physical release which was a big enough announcement for it to be made in an Nintendo Direct! At the time of the physical release I decided to hold off and wait for a sale as I had enough to play, however instead of a sale I discovered the game basically disappeared becoming unavailable everywhere. Thankfully I was on a shopping trip with the missus and I popped into Game for a nose and found this sitting on the shelf, I was actually surprised because the game isn't even listed on their website anymore. I did hesitate but it had a £5 back in reward points offer attached which made it basically £25 which is a no brainer. As for the game itself it's a Rogue like action dungeon crawler based around Hades and the Greek gods, I've heard fantastic things but I've not looked into it too much as I want to go in somewhat blind. 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Sacrifice - DS - £40 - You may have heard about a recent spike in DS game prices so I decided it was finally time to jump on this Buffy game. It's been one I've wanted for years but it's always been a higher price than I wanted to pay, however this title ticks alot of boxes of one that's price could sky rocket in the future so I decided to buy it now just to be safe. Horror games are known to explode in value and exclusive horror titles especially which this Buffy game is, it's also actually a pretty rare title in general as there is only ever a handful of copies available online. I know it only released in Europe or maybe just the UK and iirc it had a limited release at Woolworths or something daft, even reviews and footage of the game are hard to come by with very little on YouTube. The price hadn't gone up much since I last looked at it but when I noticed many DS titles starting to fetch £60-100+ I knew I had to have it. I try not to be swayed into "investing in games" or buying stuff because I think it'll be expensive in the future but as a Buffy fan I wanted this either way. Admittedly the game is meant to be trash but I'll give it ago eventually, but when I saw a minty looking copy on eBay that failed to sell at £50 which is about the current going rate I offered £35 with us agreeing on £40 so not a steal but a deal and I know it's a minty copy. I've just looked and the current eBay listings range between £65-150 so I think I bought it just in time, all it takes is for a few or those £65 copies to sell and a new price is set, thankfully it is failing to sell at the price currently. 

Ask Iwata - Book - £15 - Ask Iwata is a book on Satoru Iwata who is a former president of Nintendo who sadly passed away in 2015. Iwata was the forward facing person at Nintendo who did the Directs and interviews and like many fans I grew to love the bloke, I'll admit his death sucked and knocked the community back. I've heard countless stories about Iwata but I wanted this book in the collection to learn more, I think this famous quote summed him up best. "On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer." RIP Iwata. 

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14 minutes ago, Rob said:

Not long to go!

GameXplain already spoiling things 😡. Won't say what they've reported today but I'd have been hyped to see that announcement and being able to be surprised by it. 

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5 minutes ago, Ashez said:

GameXplain already spoiling things 😡. Won't say what they've reported today but I'd have been hyped to see that announcement and being able to be surprised by it. 

GX are nightmares these days. Sucks. 

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1 minute ago, Rob said:

GX are nightmares these days. Sucks. 

I'm very close to unsubscribing tbh. I've basically stopped watching them and now they're starting to piss me off. Same goes for Switchforce, but they do cover alot of the smaller games. 

Just now, Rob said:

If any of Wave Race, FZero, or MK 8 new tracks are revealed I will be happy.

Screw that, give me Diddy Kong Racing 2! 

Now that theme tune is in your head :D

Do da do, do do do do da dooo, do doo da doooooo doo da doo! 😂😂

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22 minutes ago, Ashez said:

I'm very close to unsubscribing tbh. I've basically stopped watching them and now they're starting to piss me off. Same goes for Switchforce, but they do cover alot of the smaller games. 

Screw that, give me Diddy Kong Racing 2! 

Now that theme tune is in your head :D

Do da do, do do do do da dooo, do doo da doooooo doo da doo! 😂😂

Imagine DKR2. ❤️

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I like Super Rare Games and I've bought a few titles from them (Steamworld series) but this announcement has pissed me off. 

In short they'll be doing physical only releases of "smaller" indie games, things like prototypes or demos or whatever else, basically things that aren't complete games I guess. 

I'm all for physical media but this is everything wrong with the limited run company's, they're releasing this knowing it will sell out purely to the FOMO crowd. Buying games of unknown quality, length or reviews at full price just because they're physical? 

Having no digital release means they'll be lost to time as most those physical copies will stay sealed as collectors and the like will know what they have. In fairness they've said it'll be 5000 copies start and open preorders but I can't help but think this is so scummy as it's purely FOMO item targeting collectors. 

I've missed out on limited run games from various company's and it is annoying as I know I'll now likely never have them physically. 

Imagine wanting a complete SRG set which people do go for, you'd be buying their regular release and this every month or whenever they announce them, that's £80-100 a month. It's outrageous. Not to mention if you want Limited Run Games you have to pay the physical release mark up, the postage and import tax which to the UK is a joke. 

I love what these limited release companies do by making games that would only be digital physical but God does it create a FOMO and scummy behaviour, the fact it's limited isn't enough now though. I understand these games wouldn't be seen otherwise and I appreciate that, but I just think this is wrong. 

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The leaks and rumours were true with Mario And Rabbids 2 announced. I'm so hyped for this as the first is one of my favourite Switch games. 

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