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Games Completed in 2017 and a Rating

PostTue Jan 03, 2017 9:50 am

New Year, new thread :lol:
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PostTue Jan 03, 2017 2:22 pm

I've already finished two :blush:

Kicking things off -

The Last Guardian - 9/10

Turns out it's pretty great.

It's a simple set up - a kid wakes up next to a Trico, a giant dog-bird-creature, and they have to work together to escape the temple/prison they've been trapped in. As the boy, you have to guide/feed/heal Trico, pull switches to open doors and move obstacles Trico can't while the AI Trico does all the heavy lifting (combat, big jumps, etc). It's pretty straightforward, but the way you're encouraged to build a relationship with Trico (gradually figuring out that you should stroke him after a fight, or unlocking actual commands around halfway through) and the expressiveness of both characters make it much, much more than the sum of it's parts. Trico made me feel things, man. Precious fucking cinnamon roll.

Still, it's an acquired taste. If you like Ueda's previous games (Ico and Shadow of the Colossus) then you should love this as it shares a lot of their DNA while being it's own unique experience, otherwise I'd be a bit wary. It's not without it's niggles - the camera can be a bit wonky and the controls aren't as intuitive as most modern games - and I imagine that might put people off quite quickly. But if you look past that, throw yourself in (I turned off all notifications while I was playing) and just relax and take time with it it's a hugely rewarding experience. Plus you'll feel things.

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Doom - 10/10

I throw out quite a few 10s so feel the need to clarify them - a 10, for me, is the best example of it's genre, technically flawless (with regards to bugs, FPS etc) and basically a must-play. Doom is that. Ridiculously fast-paced, fantastic level design, challenging and punishing without ever being frustrating and just really, really fun.

It's obvious how much thought has gone into it, too. For example the way everything - weapon upgrades, armour mods, rune challenges etc - is geared towards "now you can shoot stuff more better" is just excellent. In so many games collectibles are something you get for the sake of it, but in Doom it's something that actively improves the experience. It's so simple and streamlined it makes me wonder why so many developers (hello, Ubisoft) haven't figured it out before.

Hands down the best single-player shooter I've played.
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PostWed Jan 11, 2017 7:51 am

Gears 4 - 8/10

does what it says on the tin
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PostWed Jan 11, 2017 11:35 am

tunstall wrote:Gears 4 - 8/10

does what it says on the tin


You tried online??
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PostThu Jan 12, 2017 7:14 am

just horde mate - not a big fan of versus when it comes to GOW, i'm pretty shit at it

i enjoyed horde but as usual its one or two ninjas who do all the work whilst i tend to run around, die a lot and do very little!
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PostSat Jan 21, 2017 8:01 pm

XCOM 2 - 9/10

Finished this a week or two ago but never got round to updating the thread. Very, very good strategy game though. It's part tense, turn-based tactical combat and part base-building with resource, technology and equipment management. The turn-based tactical combat has you command four to six soldiers on ground operations - which involve rescuing VIPs, blowing up alien facilities or intercepting information - and is seriously intense. It usually begins with setting up an ambush and picking off an enemy squad, but with each mission on a timer there's this constant forward momentum and push to get to the objective, which forces you to take measured risks. At the same time it's incredibly punishing - move a soldier into the wrong position towards the end of the turn, or let the enemy flank you, and the AI (made up of a variety of increasingly powerful enemies, necessitating different strategies) won't hesitate to capitalise and snowball, and it can be very difficult to recover after that - or at very least leave you without your best soldiers out injured for the next fight. It's a constant balance between having to play aggressively but keeping yourself from getting caught out, and it makes for an awesome game.

The base-building and resource management is well done, too; figuring out how to allocate resources (on new facilities, weapons, technologies etc), where to build certain facilities, whether to spend time researching a quick, passive bonus or a time-consuming, immediate bonus for your soldiers in the field - there's a wide range of stuff to consider, and with the aliens popping up all over to place to get in the way of your plans and constantly working towards their mysterious "Avatar" project you'll constantly have to react and adapt, the same way you will in the combat sections. It complements the combat very well, and I constantly found myself wanting to go for one more scan, or one more mission, to see what the game brought up next.

The only thing that holds it back is the limitations of the hardware - loading times are a bit long, and the frame-rate dips pretty regularly (particularly during the final mission). RNG can be a fucker as well, particularly on high-level enemies that are a bastard to take down at the best of times. Still, other than that it's a bit brilliant - intense, punishing, complex and super satisfying. Definitely worth a go if you fancy a strategy game.
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PostMon Jan 23, 2017 8:39 am

COLOR GUARDIANS (PSN) - 6.5

Got this free in the PS+ December games. It's basically a cross between a runner and a platformer. Its very simple mechanics, all you can do is move up/down three lanes and press three of the buttons to change colour. It's all about timing and the more you progress the more difficult and frantic it gets

There's five worlds of 10 levels followed by a boss fight, I got through most of it ok, but the final boss literally took me over and hour - when you beat it, it takes about 50 seconds! Was so close to putting it down I honestly didn't think I was going to do it

If you picked it up on PS+ (or see it for a couple of quid) give it a go, it's quite addictive and fun most of the time

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6.5 COLOR GUARDIANS

2016 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3735

2015 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3183

2014 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2215&p=30292&hilit=completed#p30292
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PostSat Jan 28, 2017 11:09 am

Uncharted 4 - a high 8/10

Very good stuff, bordering on brilliant at times. The gameplay is pretty standard Uncharted fare - climb for a bit until bad guys show up, have a bit of a fight, climb a bit more, have a bit of a chase sequence, repeat - and it's all fine, occasionally excellent (the car chase through King's Bay was the highlight for me, really intense stuff), and obviously it all looks incredible. However, where Uncharted 4 rises above the previous game is in the dialogue and cutscenes. The animation and performances are the best I've seen in a game, and it's this that raises the whole experience from a solid 7-8 to bordering on a 9.

It's a fitting swansong for the series. Hopefully Sony will allow Drake to bow out and let someone else take over - they've clearly set it up so Cassie or Sam can take over the main series, and it looks like Chloe is getting her own spin-off expansion thing, so while the future looks good for the series I think it's too good an ending for them to bring Drake back as the main protagonist.

2017 Ratings:

The Last Guardian -9/10
Doom - 10/10
XCOM 2 - 9/10
Uncharted 4 - 8/10

(currently moving on to Stardew Valley. Judging by how much time the missus has sunk into it so far, I think it'll be a while before I update here again!)
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PostWed Mar 01, 2017 8:58 am

MAFIA III - 7.5

Took me a long time to complete this, started playing it before xmas but then got Battlefield 1 and started playing FIFA again too - when I picked it back up I couldn't remember controls or anything

It's pretty much the same as Mafia II but set in the 1970s. The soundtrack/songs when driving is absolutely excellent, probably the best I have heard on a game. The driving, I read it was bad and heavy, but it's the 1970s so the cars aren't supposed to drive like a modern day Bugatti - thought it was class swinging them round corners etc.

The shooting is ok, the hand to hand combat is ok. The main problem is the repetitive missions in the middle of the game, it becomes such a chore that I almost put it down. Basically you have to take over rackets in the city - so to do one you will go to someone, get told, then do about five mini missions, go back to the bloke and get told to go take the boss down - so you go to a massive gunfight (in a location that one of the mini missions was already in) and do that. So that's one. During the game you probably do this whole dance 10-15 times.

Amazingly there is no fast travel, so there will be times where you drive 2,000m to be told to do something then have to drive another 2,000m somewhere else to do it. Although the driving is good, you get sick of going inbetween such large distances, especially when all you want to do is get it finished!

Must have taken me about 25 hours to finish over 3 months, I didn't do any side quests or collections type things (of which there are three varieties) so to complete it fully I would guess you would be looking at over 40 hours.

The setting is class, the story is very good as well, just a shame about doing the same thing over and over in the middle

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7.5 MAFIA III
6.5 COLOR GUARDIANS

2016 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3735

2015 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3183

2014 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2215&p=30292&hilit=completed#p30292
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PostWed Mar 01, 2017 7:37 pm

Doom - 9/10

class gameplay, superb environments

played this, and when i went back on Halo i was surprised by how slow Master Chief was in comparison....
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PostSun Mar 05, 2017 1:03 pm

Stardew Valley - 8/10

I've been pleasantly surprised by this, I wouldn't have bought it for myself but after watching the missus play it I tried it out and got a little hooked. The set-up is pretty straight forward - you inherit an old, run-down farmhouse in a rural town and you're tasked with bringing it up to scratch. You do this by farming (planting crops and rearing animals), mining (for stones and gems), combat (for rare loot drops) foraging (for fruit, mushrooms and wood) and fishing (for, er, fish), and the better you get at these skills the more money you'll make. Pretty standard stuff on the face of it, but what makes the game work so well is the way the skills work with each other - fishing, for example, allows you to make crab pots that fill with fish every day but to make crab pots you need iron bars, which you'll need some mining skill to find and make, as well as combat to fight off the various monsters you'll find when mining. These fish can then be used to make high quality fertiliser, which will allow you to grow better quality crops and result in more income. The money you make is used to upgrade the farmhouse, buy higher quality farm buildings and make earning money easier and more diverse. So the more you play the game, the more it allows you to do, and as a result the experience is fresh hours into the first playthrough.

In addition to developing skills and making money there are also villagers to have basic interactions with, which generally boils down to giving people gifts they like so that they send you recipes and items in the post (or so that the single villagers will get married and have babies/do farm chores), as well as unlocking cutesy cut-scenes. There's also a run-down community centre with various "bundles" to complete - these are completed by donating certain items (which will require you to be fairly proficient in all the skills) and a completed bundle will grant a reward, with unique rewards (such as a greenhouse for the farm) for a set of bundles. Constantly chipping away at bundles and filling certain criteria for a consistent stream of rewards was a surprisingly satisfying experience, and kept me hooked throughout the opening two years of the game.

The only sort-of downside is that once you've upgraded the house, set out your farm and have completed the community centre there's not an awful lot to do beside just making more money, which by the time you reach post-game is a little too easy. Unique events in the town repeat on an annual cycle too, with minor events repeating on a two-year cycle, so by the time I'd finished by second year I was pretty much done. Saying that, by this point I'd still invested about 80 hours into it and been completely hooked for about 70 of those, which is pretty great going for a £12 downloadable title.

tl;dr - an addictive little game that is remarkably well thought out with and worth a look as a chill, filler title between big releases that'll keep most people sustained for months.

2017 Ratings:

The Last Guardian - 9/10
Doom - 10/10
XCOM 2 - 9/10
Uncharted 4 - 8/10
Stardew Valley - 8/10
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PostFri Mar 10, 2017 6:32 am

Resident Evil 7 - 9.5/10

a return to the Resi of old (atmospheric, creepy, not much room in your inventory, puzzles to solve), just no zombies, things are a bit more personnel in an old run down mansion full of psychos

the story was very good and joined up very well, you find old VHS tapes lying about (not that many which is a shame) and when you watch them you get to "play" the action on screen which in turn gives you pointers as to where to go next

very well made, looks great, sounds superb and plays very well - and if you've got PSVR its meant to be the best there is at the moment

get it
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PostSun Mar 12, 2017 8:36 am

INSIDE (PSN) - 8.0

Playydead's follow up to Limbo - It's probably just not quite as good as Limbo, but I thought it was excellent. Been waiting to play it since it was announced a couple of years ago.

The level design, minimal graphics, lighting and puzzles all make it a worthy sequel. The ending/last 10mins is nuts

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8.0 INSIDE
7.5 MAFIA III
6.5 COLOR GUARDIANS

2016 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3735

2015 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3183

2014 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2215&p=30292&hilit=completed#p30292
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PostFri Mar 17, 2017 11:09 am

I did quite a long write-up for the next two games but it got lost in the aether, so just doing some quick ones.

Horizon Zero Dawn - 9/10

Dead good. Aloy is a great protagonist, the narrative is remarkably coherent for sci-fi guff about robot dinosaurs, machine combat is awesome, human combat is fine, I can't be arsed doing the collectibles.

The Last of Us: Left Behind - 8/10

Was after something shorter and quieter than the other games I've played this year and this was spot on. The relationship between Ellie and Riley is progressive, adorable, funny, believable and depressing all at once. Nailed it, looking forward to the standalone Uncharted stuff later this year.

Inside - 7/10

A basically fine puzzle platformer for the most part, but the art style and the way it flips the script at the end bumps it up to a good one. I'm confident "got" what it was about, but I'm not sure I see what the fuss is all about.

Well short as well, I'd be miffed if I'd paid full whack for this.
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PostWed Mar 22, 2017 8:28 am

BATTLEFIELD 1 - 9.0

Absolutely excellent game, in both multiplayer and the campaign too.

The campaign is split into 6 seperate stories, all about an hour long and expose you to all the different aspects of the game, weapons, vehicles, etc, a couple of them are absolutely solid in places. All tell a good story too and are a bit like a mini history lesson

The multiplayer is brilliant. Annoyed that they released imo the worst map for the beta, I played that and didn't enjoy it so put off buying the game for about 3 months

Got to be considered a must play for the PS4

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9.0 BATTLEFIELD 1
8.0 INSIDE
7.5 MAFIA III
6.5 COLOR GUARDIANS

2016 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3735

2015 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3183

2014 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2215&p=30292&hilit=completed#p30292
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PostWed Mar 22, 2017 9:07 pm

Not A Hero - Three Kinds of First Rate: A Neopolitan of First Rate/10

I've not actually finished this, but on the off chance I forget this cracking line I wanted to make a note of it. It's ace, if you didn't pick it up during the free month you done fucked up. Probably a 10 because I've not played such a fun side-scroller in ages, and the writing is class.

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PostMon Apr 10, 2017 8:44 am

Dishonored 2: 8/10

Very good stealth game, highly stylised art style, cool powers, fun weapons, diverse enemies. Let down by fairly weak characters and occasionally vague objectives, there was more than one occasion where it blurred the lines between "encouraging exploration" and just being obtuse.

I will be playing it again though, doing a lethal playthrough. It lends itself better to a high chaos experience, particularly with the way some powers work.
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PostTue Apr 11, 2017 8:32 am

RESIDENT EVIL 7 - 9.5

I've finished all of the previous RE games but wasn't sure what this would be like with it being the first RE game in FPS. It is absolutely excellent.

Goes back to RE1 and RE2 with tight enclosed setting, limited ammo, limited inventory, puzzles, mad as f.ck enemies etc etc. The first hour or so is genuinely scary, its ike Outlast/good horror movies, actually jumped a couple of times. Wouldn't fancy it in VR!

Some of the boss battles are solid and even some of the normal enemies are too. There were times when I was literally just running to a save room cos I had no ammo/medicine/health left

Took me just over 11 hours on Normal, at times I did wish I had played it on Easy, can't remember which of the boss fights it was but it took me about 20 attempts and I thought it was impossible til I did it. Can't imagine how hard it is on the unlocked Madhouse (haha) difficulty level

An absolute must play, especially for anyone who enjoyed the early games.

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9.5 RESIDENT EVIL 7
9.0 BATTLEFIELD 1
8.0 INSIDE
7.5 MAFIA III
6.5 COLOR GUARDIANS

2016 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3735

2015 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3183

2014 Ratings
http://www.b17mb.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2215&p=30292&hilit=completed#p30292
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PostSat May 06, 2017 6:48 am

Little Nightmares: 8/10

A mix of solid platforming, hide-and-seek stealth, a creepy atmosphere, a vulnerable player character surrounded by lumbering, grotesque big bads and a few unsettling developments make for a very good little game. It's on the short side though, so I'd wait for a sale.
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PostMon Jun 19, 2017 12:19 pm

Persona 5 - 9/10

The best JRPG I've played, and will be a GOTY contender come the end of the year. If you've not played a Persona, they're a mix of dungeon crawler and life simulator - by day you attend high school, build relationships and social stats, and find targets to deal with at night, when you become a "Trickster" who goes into people's consciousness to alter their perception of the world in an attempt to drive social change. If it sounds bonkers, that's because it is.

It nails both sides though. The night work is a fairly straightforward dungeon crawler, with Shadows/Personas to fight and capture with appropriately bizarre designs. Combat is flashy but also deceptively deep and rewarding with a clear sense of progression as you capture and train stronger Personas. The day time stuff, where you go to school, make social links and build your stats, is full of interesting characters and sub-plots and feeds directly into the dungeon crawler side - allowing you to hold more Personas, strengthen your party members, or use unique and powerful skills.

Everything in the game is timed, with dungeon crawling and building social links taking up chunks of time that work towards a set deadline for each new dungeon. With high, constantly rising stakes and a lot to manage, it's a remarkably tense formula and keeps the game, and plot, compelling for the bulk of its 95+ hour run time. It only threatens to run out of steam in the home stretch, when it ditches most of the day activities for a sequence of boss fights peppered with the odd big reveal that drags on a bit longer than it needs to.

As a last point, the aesthetics are the most stylish I've seen in a game - even menu transitions look ace - and the music is a wild mix of funky, jazzy original tracks. This game is made with such flourish I'm now going into whatever I play next ready to be critical of background music and whatever the menu does when I open a new tab. It's set a standard I didn't even know I needed.

Short version - potential GOTY, must play if you're into JRPGs.
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PostSat Jun 24, 2017 10:24 am

Tom wrote:XCOM 2 - 9/10

Finished this a week or two ago but never got round to updating the thread. Very, very good strategy game though. It's part tense, turn-based tactical combat and part base-building with resource, technology and equipment management. The turn-based tactical combat has you command four to six soldiers on ground operations - which involve rescuing VIPs, blowing up alien facilities or intercepting information - and is seriously intense. It usually begins with setting up an ambush and picking off an enemy squad, but with each mission on a timer there's this constant forward momentum and push to get to the objective, which forces you to take measured risks. At the same time it's incredibly punishing - move a soldier into the wrong position towards the end of the turn, or let the enemy flank you, and the AI (made up of a variety of increasingly powerful enemies, necessitating different strategies) won't hesitate to capitalise and snowball, and it can be very difficult to recover after that - or at very least leave you without your best soldiers out injured for the next fight. It's a constant balance between having to play aggressively but keeping yourself from getting caught out, and it makes for an awesome game.

The base-building and resource management is well done, too; figuring out how to allocate resources (on new facilities, weapons, technologies etc), where to build certain facilities, whether to spend time researching a quick, passive bonus or a time-consuming, immediate bonus for your soldiers in the field - there's a wide range of stuff to consider, and with the aliens popping up all over to place to get in the way of your plans and constantly working towards their mysterious "Avatar" project you'll constantly have to react and adapt, the same way you will in the combat sections. It complements the combat very well, and I constantly found myself wanting to go for one more scan, or one more mission, to see what the game brought up next.

The only thing that holds it back is the limitations of the hardware - loading times are a bit long, and the frame-rate dips pretty regularly (particularly during the final mission). RNG can be a fucker as well, particularly on high-level enemies that are a bastard to take down at the best of times. Still, other than that it's a bit brilliant - intense, punishing, complex and super satisfying. Definitely worth a go if you fancy a strategy game.



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PostSun Jun 25, 2017 7:39 am

Will do. But going in - you can update your squad size pretty quickly, invest in that as soon as possible. I'd also train your first specialist as a medic and your first sharpshooter for sniping rather than pistols. And don't do what I did and not realise you could upgrade armour and weapons for ages :embarrass:
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PostSun Jun 25, 2017 7:42 am

ok - i'm kind of stuck on Halo Wars 2 at the moment....not sure if i can drag myself away from the campaign at the moment!
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PostWed Jun 28, 2017 3:03 pm

There's new DLC coming out for XCOM2 soon so there's a good chance I'll be going back to it. Just as I was getting worried I'd run out of stuff, good ol' Firaxis.

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