8 February - 14 February 2016 : What video games are you playing this week?
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1. Video Game: X-COM: UFO Defense [Average Rating:8.68 Overall Rank:11]
Video Game: X-COM: UFO Defense
After going thru the little tutorial in the manual I decided to restart. Unfortunately on my first recovery mission the aliens had me surrounded and I lost 5 soldiers! I knew I didn't need to restart again, But I did anyway. This time I lost only 3 men and a tank. laugh

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2. Video Game: X-COM: UFO Defense [Average Rating:8.68 Overall Rank:11]
Video Game: X-COM: UFO Defense
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Yeah, me too.

A Geekbuddy tipped me off that it was available for a few hundred pennies at Steam. So I went and bought a copy, then played it for the first time in about twenty years.

It came back to me slowly. I built a base (but not where I wanted to), and then I noticed that I had two types of ships and wondered why. I sent one out patrolling, and it eventually encountered a UFO. Meanwhile I built another base (this time where I did want to).

When my main ship finally caught up with a UFO, I suddenly remembered there was an air-combat phase to the game. I'd have to down a UFO before I could send my ground team in. So I did that--forced the UFO to crash land.

Then I had my crew exit the ship and hunt aliens. The interface looked complicated; I didn't remember what most of the buttons were for. But I got by anyway, remembering to have most of my soldiers crouch at the end of their move.

I was pretty sloppy, though. I just had everybody make maximum moves, rushing out in all directions instead of really supporting each other. We managed to kill all but one of the aliens anyway--but I lost my entire crew in the process.

Next I went back to Steam to see if there was a game manual available. Whew! There was. So, I'll have to read that and refresh myself on a few things before my next mission.

Great old game, though. I also played the new-to-me Jagged Alliance (which, to my surprise, is about as old as X-Com; I had thought it was much newer), but I didn't like it as well. I'll play some more X-Com, but I don't know if I'll ever go back to JA. I tried JA2 as well, but I wasn't any more impressed with it.
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3. Video Game: Valkyria Chronicles [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:83]
Video Game: Valkyria Chronicles
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Back to Valkyria Chronicles! I really like the art style in this game; it's classy and anime all at once. The game itself I continue to find difficult... perhaps because this whole first-person tactical combat is far outside my usual wheelhouse of RPGs (menu-based combat, or open world single-player, or grid-based top-down combat with mageses). Whatever the reason, I'm certes finding it more difficult to progress than most RPGs I've played; currently stuck on a level where a giant tank annihilates my squad before I can do much, and attempting to follow the game's "hint" is useless when it suggests knocking down a wall that has a billion hp.
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4. Video Game: SolForge [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1740]
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Got a few games in against YellowLab, against whom I had not played before. Only slightly discouraging that he's been playing for 6 months and is already better than I am. I think part of my problem is that I'm big on theme decks and want to build a deck by having all the cards support the theme (e.g. Plants!), but it's probable that most decks should reserve a number of slots not for theme but for some standard goods (e.g. removal, underdrops, boosts, &c)
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5. Video Game: Dungeon Keeper 2 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:291]
Video Game: Dungeon Keeper 2
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And I played quite a bit of this game over the weekend, and will probably play more of it during the week.

It may be an old game, but it's completely new to me. (I remember seeing ads for the original game in magazines, way back when, but I thought it looked stupid, so I passed it up).

Actually, it's a very good game, IMO. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do. But after breezing through the first three or four missions of the campaign, the going got tough. Now I'm thinking I'll probably have to look for a strategy guide or something. I like playing the game, but I don't like figuring out the strategic puzzles along the way. I'd rather just be told what to do and then see if I can manage to do it.

The possession spell is pretty cool. It shifts the game from an isometric overview to a first-person shooter. I've never seen an FPS game with grouping, though; in this one you can run several characters at once in first-person mode. It's gonna take me some practice, though.
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6. Video Game: XCOM 2 [Average Rating:8.37 Overall Rank:189]
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I've been playing the new XCOM game and really enjoying it, though I'm not very far.

This one definitely builds upon XCOM: Enemy Unknown, while taking the series even further in a different direction than the original X-COM games. The roles are reversed in this one, with you leading a small resistance group against the worldwide alien dictatorship that controls Earth. This game definitely seems harder, and has a lot more going on than the last one, too. There seems to be a short time limit to get things done in every battle, counting down until aliens bring more reinforcements or lock down your objective. The geoscape has A LOT more going on, too, with tons of stuff to do and not enough time to do everything.
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7. Video Game: Path of Exile [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:594]
Video Game: Path of Exile
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Leveled my Scion, MjolValkyrie, to level 70! Now wields the mighty hammer, Mjolner!!!
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Flys into battles with leap slam (& wings cosmetic.) Electricity explodes in discharges of light and power when she swings her mighty hammer, lightning arcs between foes, the evils of wraeclast tremble in fear.
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8. Video Game: Fallout 4 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:184] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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Probably a little over half-way into my Fallout 4 run. A very good game that excels in ways missed by a lot of the competition, but even making a conscious effort to withhold judgment and appreciate how it all comes together, I don't see this escaping the long shadow cast by Skyrim.

That said, all aboard the wasteland express!

My assassin style character is pretty godlike, but I thrive on the painstaking exploration and thrill of taking whole contingents of enemies by surprise. My two primary weapons, The Deliverer (unique silenced 10mm) and a VATS-Enhanced .45 Revolver (named Triggerman in honor of the citizens of Goodneighbor), carry me through most situations with style. And I've got a .50 cal that can put a crater in the chest of an Assaultron (or the noggin of a Behemoth or Deathclaw). I'm proud that my sniping damage can almost match that of a mini-nuke (although admittedly, single-point and not area of effect).

The companions have given the experience a Mass Effect 2 spin, where I'm more concerned with creating an elite Avengers-style network than I am with tackling a larger narrative dilemma. I'm rather agnostic toward the game's factions, though I have a bit more sympathies for The Railroad after developing a friendship with Nick Valentine. I respect the Brotherhood as a formidable presence, and don't mind verbally fencing with Danse, but my heart isn't with them (and I suspect that will get worse). The Institute remains a "?" and the Minutemen a thing of the past.

I've backed Piper in Diamond City and helped her connect with her sister, supported Cait as she faces her personal demons and chem addiction, helped MacCready escape the shadow of the Gunners and face his family's past, and wrung camaraderie from the inveterate con-artist Deacon (probably my favorite).

I've been to the Glowing Sea a couple of times, but didn't stay long and had narrow objectives. My next lead on the Institute may entail a longer stay, but I've got tons of radiation chems and a hazmat suit if necessary.

Digging this game. Makes me even more interested in Fallout 3 and New Vegas than I was before.
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9. Video Game: Final Fantasy VI [Average Rating:8.65 Overall Rank:14] [Average Rating:8.65 Unranked]
Video Game: Final Fantasy VI
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Finished up my voiced playthrough last night.

Turns out when you have a severely underleveled party and you also don't have the OP equipment & spells it becomes entirely impossible to complete the game (unless you go back and grind for levels/spells/equipment).

But screw grinding! Instead I just created a new way to cheese the fight. Turns out it took me *cough* 1 hour and 40 minutes to drain the final phase of the final boss entirely of MP so that it could no longer cast spells.
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10. Video Game: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:289] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
Video Game: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Still working through Season 5. I'm stuck on the last 3 things left to do before completing the season.

In the last season, I was able to (after only 2 tries) beat a Greater Rift Solo at I think it was level 20 but with this character, I'm not even close. Not sure how I'm going to beat this one and if I can't, I won't get the last parts of my Class Set so I can do my Class Set dungeon, which will complete one of my last 3 requirements to finish the season.

Sigh.

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My Demon Hunter and my pet from last season. Nice puppy.

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11. Video Game: Rocket League [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:280]
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Have been playing this online a bit. Ranked, I only do 2v2 or 3v3 (Solo or not).

Have after much work managed to only just climb up to Bronze II in Doubles. For Standard, I'm still at Bronze I. But I get the impression that I gradually, sloooowly get slightly better.
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12. Video Game: Bloodborne [Average Rating:8.47 Overall Rank:203] [Average Rating:8.47 Unranked]
Video Game: Bloodborne
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I've gotten to the point in this game where I am becoming very comfortable and feel in control when I venture through most of the explored portions of the game. There are still a few areas left to unlock and the deeper chalice dungeons are still extremely challenging, but I feel like I've climbed the steepest part of the survival curve and am closing in on the later stages of the game.

Not sure if I'll be able to complete this this week, but it shouldn't be long before I can get back to finishing Dragon Age: Inquisition or starting something else.

Highly recommended if you liked any of the Demon/Dark Souls games, gothic settings, or challenging RPGs.
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13. Video Game: Beyond eyes [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:6669]
Video Game: Beyond eyes
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As I finished Mirror's Edge, I started a new game into my rotation of games. I usually have a few that I play at the same time, depending on my mood.

I love the look of this game, it's very beautiful. There are also tiny little things that support the fact that the protagonist is blind, which I like (like music changing, the colours in her environment changing and such). I'm very fast paced person though, so the super slow walking is driving me nuts. That has nothing to do with the quality of the game, it's just me
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14. Video Game: Civilization V: Brave New World [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:79] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
Video Game: Civilization V: Brave New World
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Played a bit more of my Venice game, and finished the war with the Ottomans by finishing the Ottomans, and liberating The Netherlands, bringing them back into the game as a much weaker empire than the Ottomans were. Most likely Arabia will take them over. Meanwhile, Germany eliminated Assyria. So Spain is gone, Assyria is gone, the Ottomans are gone, The Netherlands are inconsequentially back, and I have made alliances with every single city-state. All that remains is for me to tech up to the next era, get the UN formed, and get voted World Leader.

Although it would be fun to go liberate Assyria and Spain first.
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15. Video Game: Dark Souls [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
Video Game: Dark Souls
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I should have mentioned this last week, but I'm playing the "Prepare to Die" edition.

I am having an absolute blast with this! I've probably been doing far more grinding than I needed, but practicing the combat (I'm still sloppier with it than I'd like) has been a lot of fun. Here's my character at the present moment:

Level 53

Vitality 17
Attunement 12
Endurance 28
Strength 27
Dexterity 18
Resistance 10
Intelligence 9
Faith 13

Black Knight Sword +2, Composite Bow +5, Black Knight Shield, Thorolund Talisman, Gargoyle Helm, Chain Armor +5, Black Leather Gloves +3, Chain Leggings +3, Covetous Gold Serpent Ring, Ring of Steel Protection.


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I'm probably about half way through Sen's fortress. I keep dying on the narrow ledge with the four pendulum blades; the one with the serpent mage to the left. I know enough to shoot him to death with my bow, but I've always struggled with tasks that require rythm or timing. Once I get it, I'll be fine, and I've only died twice to it so far, so I'm not too discouraged.

I'm wondering if I should do the Tomb of the Giants first, though. I really want to rescue Rhea, and since she wasn't in the catacombs, I figure she has to be in there. I already got the Rite of Enkindeling, which I guess was doing things out of order? Tomb of the Giants is too hard without light (at least for me!) I know I could have "Big Hat" Logan teach me the light spell, but that would mean sinking a bunch of levels into intelligence, and I'm not sure I want to do that at this point. I know I want to raise my Estus flask again before I go to Anor Londo, so maybe I should recollect my souls and humanity from Sen's, level again (It'll be 20,000 souls by the time I regather them) and go do that.

I've defeated the Capra Demon, Gaping Dragon, and Moonlight Butterfly. The Hydra still seems a bit too tough. I'm thinking of going after him after I've leveled my longbow some more (It's currently +5). I also haven't managed to defeat that guy with the giant club at the base of the tower near the Hydra; he keeps one shotting me.

I'm really glad I already have Darksouls II (Scholar of the First Sin). Though I'm also seriously thinking about replaying this. Maybe start as a Pyromancer next time to see what that is like. Also, I need to do more online stuff. I've only been invaded once, and the guy finished me off pretty quickly (He caught me in Blight Town near Queelag's domain, and I was busy with a zombie ogre and another enemy at the time, so the fight was short and one sided). I haven't done any co-op yet, and I know I'd like to try that. I have to remember to use my white soapstone!
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16. Video Game: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:501]
Video Game: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
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Played this Monday night and finally earnt enough gold bricks (200) to unlock the final Deadpool bonus mission, which I played through first in Story mode and then in Free Play, to earn the red brick and character tokens.

I've earnt all red bricks, 203 (of 250) gold bricks. Collected all 150 minikits, unlocked 93 of 115 characters and vehicles, and rescued Stan Lee 33 times. For a total of 86.4% completion.

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I think I'm pretty much done with the game now... Some of the remaining bricks and characters are locked behind race or vehicle challenges that I've been unable to do.. I'll probably post to the Beaten Games list soon.
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17. Video Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:436] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Video Game: Star Realms
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I got this in the Humble Card Game bundle some time ago, but because it wasn't on Steam, I didn't get around to activating it... anyway I decided to register at lunchtime today and played some of the campaign. It's an interesting twist on the Dominion style deck building game. I played through the first level of the campaign and beat the "boss".
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18. Video Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [Average Rating:8.93 Overall Rank:6] [Average Rating:8.93 Unranked]
Video Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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More progress in Skellige, and a return to Velen to take care of monster hunting contracts. Level 19 now.

Friday update: I've completed the side quests for Lambert and Yen.

In Lambert's quest,
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I let Jan Karadin live. It was obvious he had his family there as a sort of protection, but at the same time, I did believe that they were actually his family, and getting revenge by killing him would likely continue a cycle. It was Lambert's choice, and I left it to him to go back and take care of the job himself if he wanted to.


Yennefer's questline was unusual in that
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it specifically referenced a story from the Witcher books. I, like Yen, decided that I wanted to undo the original wish that bound us together, to see what would happen by our own will.


Saturday/early Sunday update: I saved both Dandelion and Zoltan from financial ruin. I got drunk with two other Witchers at Kaer Morhen. I have confirmed that Lambert is a colossal asshole, and he is no good at Gwent.

Sunday update: Nearing the end of the game, at least as far as number of main plot quests go. It will still take quite a bit of time to wrap up the story, and even then, there's the expansion material and plenty of open-world stuff to keep me busy for at least several more months.

I'm up to Level 23 and have now put 100 hours into this game.
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19. Video Game: Xenogears [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:350]
Video Game: Xenogears
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Playing more of this. I'm hoping to finish it up before the end of the month, but we'll see. It's getting kinda crazy.
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Last night I broke into Solaris, getting as far as the Soylent Factory (!!). So, that was gross. But presumably all the characters have been eating people for a very long time without knowing it. Certainly Elly has. I feel like the game does a lot of high-minded things, but in a real ham-fisted way. Like calling it the Soylent Factory, and then making a point of showing Fei and Elly eating it's product. C'mon, guys. "Soylent Factory" was more than enough. A little more subtlety would be no bad thing. Just show them eating the food, and then the big reveal - there'd be way more impact. But once you call it the Soylent Factory, you've basically called it the We Make People Into Food Factory, and all suspense is gone. Also, Elly's dad must've known he and Elly were eating people all the way along and apparently was fine with that. This seems like a big deal that isn't really touched on. There's going to be a lot of problems in a society that practices cannibalism, but where cannibalism is a taboo, and the issues that would arise (thus far, anyways) are just swept under the rug.

Similarly, Citan's behaviour is suspect. For one thing, the guy just let Elly and Fei eat people! If I was Fei or Elly, I'd be pretty pissed off at Citan right now. Also, Solaris is portrayed as societal evil stacked on yet more evil (they're like a Russian doll of evil, all the way down), and Citan is portrayed as having torn loyalties to Solaris. That's sketchy. Even if he chooses Fei's team over Solaris, that he feels drawn to the incredibly evil badguys is enough to make me think I don't really want a lot to do with him. Now admittedly, I don't know the full story. But if it is the case that he feels loyalty towards Solaris, even if he makes the right decision, that he has to make a decision between Fei and Solaris in the first place suggests some significant failure of moral perspective on Citan's part. And he did seem fully loyal to Solaris early on, despite knowing that, among other things, it's a society of secret cannibalism. ...But maybe I shouldn't be making judgements when I don't know the full story. We'll see what happens. Either way, I'm pretty engaged in the game, that's for sure.


Also, I noticed last night that Elly's full name is Elhaym, which looks like El (God) and Chaiim (life) in Hebrew. So... I don't know what's up with that. There's a lot of symbolism in this game. I suspect some or all of it is symbolism for its own sake, but it's interesting, anyways.
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20. Video Game: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:3848]
Video Game: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
I finished the SP Campaign yesterday. The last mission was pretty fun actually - out of all of them it was the most open - although there were some scripted parts and the AI sent in massive waves of units to attack me, the tools they give you to fight back are quite impressive.
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You get two different kinds of Orbital Blasts - a wide angle weaker shot and a focused more damaging shot. You basically have to kite the enemy Carrier, fend off the massive attacks they send against you and blast it with your Orbital attacks. Meanwhile you keep your resource gathering units moving and hidden off on the corners of the map. I had 2 resource gathering groups in case one got detected and destroyed by the enemy. The final mission actually highlighted having a mobile base much more than any other missions and its kind of a shame that the game doesn't have bigger maps that allow more freedom in movement and allow the games strength to really show.
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21. Video Game: Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:3601]
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I'm on the fourth floor of the fourth dungeon. Making steady progress through the game.
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22. Video Game: Rocket League [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:280]
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For my Valentines VGG date I will be playing this game I bought yesterday Looking forward to it.
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23. Video Game: Life is Strange [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
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Coming up to the end of episode 4 of this. It's been a very interesting experience so far, Though I've started itching for it to be over. the Murakami thing is fun, But I can't figure out what the fourth license plate says.
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24. Video Game: Wasteland 2 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:724]
Video Game: Wasteland 2
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Off work at the moment, Sale on Steam - time for an RPG.

So I vaguely know that this chap has credentials, that a KS was involved and having played the Fallout demo back in the day that this is an old school affair. Fine.

I've played 6 hours and dumped my original party after 3 hours having found them hopelessly infected with something quite avoidable if it didn't happen within my second time in combat! I know this is the second game and it has a cult following but just hold my hand for a moment!

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At some point within the first hour you have to choose between helping one of two settlements, both of which are begging for your help. In my first fail-through I opted for option A.

So this second try I opted for option B, which was significantly more forgiving and better as an introduction to the game. Without hanging about for a moment I raced over to option A. Too late, everyone is dead with the only person that wasn't being swear-y and then dead.


So pretty brutal but to some degree that's pretty intimidating and intriguing.
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25. Video Game: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:294]
Video Game: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
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Picked this up again from where I left off months ago, on a whim. Sometimes you just want to play something familiar. I was struggling with motivation with COD4 and Xenoblade X ... so I knocked off the former and put the latter aside.

Just before the end of the Bryyo. Beat the rather annoying/difficult boss on my third attempt and on to Elysia. Bryyo and Elysia are the best parts I think. This game is actually rather difficult in places, I previously struggled against an earlier boss and restarted with the difficulty on easy (cause that's how I roll).
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