12 March - 18 March 2018: What video games are you playing this week?
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1. Video Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
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The ILSBC draft continues, and I've been adding players to my team right and left. The problem I have is that I've been skirting the league's salary cap all month, adding players through trades and having to trade away other players to get under the "hard" cap. My lineup looks pretty good, actually. I might actually improve on my 72-91 record last season -- unless I completely botch the computer manager settings.
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2. Video Game: Pokémon GO [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2606]
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3. Video Game: The Last of Us Remastered [Average Rating:9.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:9.08 Unranked]
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Playing thru for a second time
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4. Video Game: Borderlands 2 - Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:964] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Played this with Rudy on Saturday night.. still having a lot of fun with this DLC... and driving around in the hovercrafts is supper fun.
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5. Video Game: Hill Climb Racing 2 [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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still playing this on my phone now and again.
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6. Video Game: Test Drive Unlimited 2 [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:6160]
Video Game: Test Drive Unlimited 2
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Still playing TDU2. So for some reason, there's an error in the game - none of my stickers stay on the cars from session to session. The paint jobs stay, but all the stickers come off and the car is blank. I wonder if it's something to do with the servers being permanently down or not.

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I misread the Help Section, so went to Hawaii for a bit. Had never been there. So HAD to but a Ferrari. Can't drive around Hawaii without a Ferrari. (sorry, old school Magnum PI was one of my favorite shows.)

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7. Video Game: Pit People [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:5795]
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This is the only thing I played last week and probably all I will play this week. 35 hours into it so far, sitting around 60% completion and have mostly just been wandering around doing random fights and quests to find cool items to dress my party in. I have 3 squads right now, 1 for the story stuff, 1 for electric damage, and one for poison damage. I wish there were a few more monster types to get but it is still a lot of fun.
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8. Video Game: Path of Exile [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:595]
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9. Video Game: Rock Band 2 [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:82]
Video Game: Rock Band 2
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A quickie for Chapter 4 of the never ending saga of Roarqual, or "How to Succeed in Music Business Without Really Trying".

A couple of things first:
1) Weirdly, I've played more of the game in the past couple of days than I have the rest of the previous week or two. Not completely failing at Hard difficulty has helped.
2) Shout-Outs to

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for commenting on earlier posts (you have no idea how inspiring even a singular positive comment can be), and

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because, funnily enough, our conversation last time out about guitars has given me an idea to move Alex up to an even better guitar. You'll see what I mean.

When last we left off, "Razlo" broke his leg, which healed, Alex broke her jaw, which healed, and Roarqual got the opportunity to open for legendary crossover thrash metallers Anarchist. How did they fare?

ROARQUAL TIMELINE (CONTINUED)

3rd May 2007 - Who happens to be in the crowd during the "Slay 'Em and Show 'Em" tour's last night in Boston, but June McLeod, formerly of Cyprus? Alex almost gets stage fright, playing to one of her idols!
9th May 2007 - Vicky's 24th birthday. She has a big ol' BBQ bash.
12th May 2007 - Gigs intended to be played at the Hotel Willett in New York today and tomorrow are cancelled. The hotel's had to close down (temporarily, I think) (I think it has something to do with an infestation).
14th May 2007 - For the first time, Alex trashes her hotel room! I believe Renny, her newest friend in the world, and "Razlo" had something to do with it.
19th May 2007 - A big argument erupts on social networks of the time, when Anarchist lend their support to Roarqual after Jimmy J Durham starts badmouthing them once again. "We've been doing this for over twenty years," Anarchist's statement reads, "we've learned to keep it honest, to try and maintain bridges rather than burn them. A word of advice, Jimmy: either stop being a d**k, or stop being a musician."
20th May 2007 - Grig's 26th birthday. I'm sure he got something nice! (I wish I could've gotten him a new bass, but the money wasn't there. I can create other band members in Rock Band 2, sure, but only the person I pick to play as makes any money from gigs. It's getting awkward, Alex has nearly 2 grand, Grig has only a couple hundred bucks, and the only way "Razlo" and Vicky can get changes of outfit is if I create "clones" of them, giving me $100 to play with the clones. I can't even change "Razlo"'s microphone or Vicky's drum kit because I'm not using those instruments!)
23rd May 2007 - A commercial bootleg of Roarqual's performance at the Nightingale Centre becomes very popular. Roarqual have mixed feelings about the matter: Alex is happy for their performances to be recorded, she just expresses concern that the handing over of money is involved in this one; the others are a little wary, but don't take any action; "Big" Richard is much more critical of this release. "It's not right," he claims, "someone's making a fat profit from portraying the band in a less than flattering way! I should be the one making, er, Roarqual and I should be the ones making a profit, from their being portrayed in a positive way!"
26th May 2007 - Alex and Grig narrowly avert fan fallout over "Big" Richard's comments on bootlegging.
27th May 2007 - The last night Roarqual support Anarchist, before they head down into Florida and get supported by Floridan underground favourites Total Exhumation for the Southeastern U.S.A. part of the tour. As a reward for being a good opening act, Anarchist rhythm guitarist Renny only gives Alex one of his old guitars! A DK1 Dinky, of all things! Alex finally got her Dinky. cool


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Alex gets her Dinky out! whistle

29th May 2007 - Back in Boston, Alex begins to rework a currently unused song, "The Serpent".
2nd June 2007 - Machiala's "E.I.R." tour is concluded.
4th June 2007 - Struggling for inspiration, Alex and "Razlo" see The Auxiliary Frenzy at the Crane Centre in Boston. Bassist Ricky "Roulette" Robson dies afterwards, following a bizarre vending machine incident. (Three drummers, four bassists... I'm telling you, that band is cursed, Alex got lucky in not dying when she played for them!)
5th June 2007 - Miscellaneous life events get in the way for Roarqual. (Nirvana, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Black Sabbath all released their débuts two years after formation, so I want(ed) to do the same with Roarqual. This bit was just a cheap attempt to stop Roarqual getting lucky and releasing something in 2007. To quote Diamond Head, "Am I Evil? Yes, I am.")

And with that, time progresses, and the band end up looking different:

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Alex the road warrior...

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Vicky the... woman in a hoodie...

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"Razlo" lets his hair down, literally...

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And aaaahh! What's that beard all about?!

11th July 2007 - Alex's 24th birthday. I'm sure she got something nice!
22nd July 2007 - Machiala release their début, "A Stranger Shade of Crimson". Reviews are favourable, but the album fails to chart. (I blame all those fans of rap folk like Wesker Pippy, Stretch D and Lady Wealth (yeah, I suck at coming up with rapstar names, so what?))
4th August 2007 - Vicky's mother passes away from Coronary Artery Disease.

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Alex tries to console Vicky and cheer her up, but it does little.
9th September 2007 - Vicky and "Razlo" are now sharing a cheap flat. Over time they come to bond from loss, cynical worldviews and getting high from "Razlo"'s supply.
30th September 2007 - "Razlo" finishes up a rough first draft of the song "Atlantean", inspired by his picture. Vicky's convinced it "sounds like crap".
6th October 2007 - Roarqual finally come out of inactivity. They head to Montreal again.
12th October 2007 - A demo of "Atlantean" is produced. Alex likes it; I'm sure Grig offers a few pointers on how to improve the track; Vicky still thinks it sounds like crap.
24th October 2007 - Roarqual play at a record store in Montreal. Ticket sales are minimal.
28th October 2007 - Roarqual play another gig at the record store. The crowd's much larger this time round.
5th November 2007 - Roarqual secure rights to play at Montreal's prestigious Club Epoch, where bands like Dark Shield and Koffse made their names (anyone remember Koffse? That damn "Icebreaker Heartbreaker" song that was #1 for about seven weeks? And then they made all the memes out of it? Tumultuous times, those). Dates are 13th, 14th and 15th.
8th November 2007 - Vicky nearly gets into a massive brawl with an outlaw biker whilst outside.
9th November 2007 - In a night of strange, incredible inspiration, Alex reworks "The Serpent". Again.
10th November 2007 - Alex completes "The Serpent". Now it just needs to get demoed.
12th November 2007 - A dog causes one of the street crew to accidentally lose his remaining fliers.
13th November 2007 - A good turnout for a good gig at Roarqual's introduction to Club Epoch.
14th November 2007 - A lesser turnout tonight, but a critic for a local magazine gives Roarqual a positive review.
15th November 2007 - "Big" Richard has incredible news! Roarqual's performance in recent shows has secured them a place in a competition to determine who wins a tour bus!
30th November 2007 - Roarqual win the competition and secure themselves a tour bus! Now they can visit the west coast!

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What adventures await Roarqual in San Fransisco, "Razlo"'s hometown? Will the record labels finally give the band a shot? And will someone figure out just what that green stuff on Grig's jacket actually was? Maybe these will get answered next time!
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10. Video Game: Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked]
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I took a week or two off from playing this while I was playing Kingdom Come: Deliverance, but I'm back into it again. I'm still in the post-game content, still plenty of things to do.
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11. Video Game: Remothered: Tormented Fathers [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Remothered: Tormented Fathers
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Getting back into this to try and finish it hopefully in the next few days. I'm really enjoying it, I'm just a wimp at playing games like this and only play in short bursts.
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12. Video Game: The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1036] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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Approaching 100 hours with this game, and doing this DLC (which came bundled with the GOTY edition). Nice little quest. I like this game quite a bit, despite it's many flaws. I'm Level 15, but this is partly because I neglected levelling earlier in the game.
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13. Video Game: Fantasy General [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:854]
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I fiddled with the DOSBox settings and finally got this game to run slowly enough that I can enjoy playing it. To test it, I started a campaign--and now I'm about a quarter of the way through the third continent.

This game (and others in the series) is just very pleasant and natural for me--like Master of Orion. I play MOO when I'm in the mood for strategy, FG when I'm in the mood for tactics. I only play other games so I don't get in too much of a rut.
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14. Video Game: Bloodborne [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:193] [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked]
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Beat the first two bosses. Second boss on the first try, but it was hairy.

Holy cats, this game is insane. Reminds me of watching horror movies, when I was a little kid. Edge of the seat action.

With the lack of any blocking it almost feels more like Devil May Cry. Much better than DMC though. This game is rocking my world.

Running with the blunderbuss and saw cleaver. I want to get the holy sword, but we'll see.


This evil crow lady schooled me once, but the second time, I lured her out on a plank and knocked her off. It didn't kill her, but it took 60% of her health. That sure pissed her off!

I barely got her. That gal was tough.
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15. Video Game: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:125]
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Working on the Haitian and Cuban stories.

It's amazing how much the good radio stations affect playing GTA games. I wonder if they didn't have that great music, how much it would hinder the pleasure.


I started playing sneaky. Purchasing lots of cheap ammo for the crappy SMG, but then switching to the MP5 after I have all the ammo. Sadly, this doesn't work for the handgun.

Successfully delivered about 20 pizzas, but if you want the true award you have to deliver 50 nonstop. No deal there.
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16. Video Game: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:118]
Video Game: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
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Possibly due to some of the posting about Assassin's Creed: Origins, I decided to go pick up Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood again. I haven't thought about the game in years, so it wasn't worth tracking down my save file (apparently cloud saves were not a thing it had last time I played it; unsure about now).

I'm now back into Sequence 4 ... the guilds are all open for business with the exception of the assassins themselves. Despite the title, Ezio is rather a jerk to his sister when she sets up to run the courtesans' guild

The combat feels like one of the Arkham games except with less feedback about the timing, so although I do a reasonable job of staying alive, quests with "take no damage" as a bonus objective have been no end of frustrating. I probably need more (which is to say, any) smoke bombs.

The rest of the game is very Grand Theft Auto, which I recall from AC II, but I'd forgotten exactly how strong the resemblance is. Still, even halfhearted Batman combat is an improvement over what I remember of GTA's.

I think if I were trying to power through the game I'd find it some combination of frustrating and pointless, but at least so far I'm enjoying just wandering around, exploring the city (or the parts of it they'll let me in to), and doing this mission or that every so often. There's a bunch of low-hanging fruit to satisfy a desire for meaningless progression (flags, treasures), and so far the game is taking itself the right amount of seriously. I also enjoy the introductory Desmond/Lucy sequence, although the voice direction for it was a bit inconsistent.

I suspect that the game is not going to do what I want, which is to make the "beat the game" depend entirely on tracking down the weird Subject 16 stuff and probably some real-world stuff for Desmond to do based on clues turned up from the ostensible "main game". Certainly the scenario is (almost) set up for this, but given that the game's mandate seems to be "we'd like more AC II, please" I can't bring myself to believe they'd do that.

All in all, a comfortable world to return to.
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17. Video Game: Dead in Bermuda [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:5805]
Video Game: Dead in Bermuda
Joerg Schaefer
Germany
Frankfurt
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I had a first non-successful try yesterday. I made it to day 24 but I never had any hope of survival. Things went downhill constantly. There are a few mistakes I identified but remedying those won't be enough to win this game. I need a better understanding of the relations between the different stats and more focus in developing the characters.

It's similar to The Shrouded Isle which I played last week but more complex and longer. While you lost quickly at The Shrouded Isle, you also learned quicker what went wrong. Dead in Bermuda is tougher to understand and consequences of decisions are more difficult to gauge. Possibly, the game is too long for a management game with a non-negligible luck factor.
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18. Video Game: New Super Mario Bros. 2 [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1460]
Video Game: New Super Mario Bros. 2
Luke Jaconetti
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New Super Mario Bros 2 -- Currently at World 6-Castle, the boss fight with Bowser. Continuing to bop heads and jump platforms as only Mario can, this game is a lot of fun. I appreciate its "pick up and play" aspect since you can run through one or two stages in a few minutes, save, and put it down.
That said, this game, with its very 2D gameplay still feels like something of a throwback compared to Super Mario 3D Land -- which is an unfair comparison maybe, but that's the order the games were released in and that's the order I played them. I read the IGN review of this game which said basically the same thing -- its the best 2D side scroller on 3DS, but that it does not have the spark of innovation of other Mario games, playing more like a port. There are some innovative level design aspects, and the challenges of the stages is definitely there. So still digging this quite a bit. Not sure what comes after Bowser other than the 2 hidden Worlds, which I am going to need Gamefaqs to find I think.

Mario Sports Superstars -- After 4 kids soccer matches on Saturday, plus listening to the West Ham debacle and getting the MLS app setup to watch live matches, I had some footie on the brain for sure. Thus a quick match in MSS was called for! My team was Luigi, Yoshi, and the Shyguys versus Daisy, Birdo, and the Toads.

We opened the scoring about midway through the 1st half, with a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Luigi bent it around the wall and into the back of the net.

The second half saw Daisy's side even the score a few minutes in. A Toad volleyed the ball into the box, Daisy leaped up above the Shyguy marking her and hit a header right into the net! I watched the replay like 4 times, very nice shot.

We came back later on in the second. Yoshi took a shot from outside the box on the right, which the keeper kicked back out straight. A Shyguy at the top hit it right back, but this shot knocked the keeper down, leaving him wide open for the same Shyguy to hit a big header in for a goal. FT: Luigi FC 2-1 Daisy FC.

This game is a pick up and play delight for me. So many options for quick games, especially since you can adjust how long the games last. This was a 7 minute match and with replays and pre and post game took about 10 minutes all told, and it was a lot of fun for both me playing and my boys watching.
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19. Video Game: Stellaris [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:701]
Video Game: Stellaris
Tyler
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Gainesville
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Eager to continue my Let's Play series of Stellaris: Apocalypse. Things have finally started to heat up. I'd have played more of it this weekend, but my wife has challenged me to record and post my playthrough of the game, and the conditions for recording were not good the past few days (roofwork and children create lots of noise, it turns out). I plan to make up for lost time throughout this week.

Anyone who wants to follow along is welcome to HERE, and tell me everything that I am doing wrong since I have very little experience playing authoritarian-type empires.
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20. Video Game: Dying Light [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1070]
Video Game: Dying Light
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Almost 60 hours on the clock. I believe there is only one sidequest left (out of 51) and the final main story mission.

My character is Survivor Level 24, Agility level 20, and Power level 20.

I'm enjoying some late-game shenanigans, like drop-kicking zombies off of buildings at night. My favorite weapon blueprint is the Toxic Reaper, since it has good bleeding and toxic effects. I have used it to craft a 1200 damage machete (pretty early, as soon as I hit Survivor level 21) as well as a 1600 damage machete crafted at Survivor level 23. Lately I've been equipping both of those as well as my Advanced Police Assault Rifle and Golden Double-barrel Shotgun.

When you think of all of the game's content, there is very little shooting. But it's liberating and entertaining to have such a powerful shotgun so late. I've been doing the quarantine zones (which are really meant more as co-op postgame content), and rather than sneak around the Underground Parking zone in the slums, I just killed all five of the volatiles.

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Haven't even started The Following yet. Had no idea there was so much to do in this game.
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21. Video Game: Summon Night 6: Lost Borders [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Summon Night 6: Lost Borders
Ryan S
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I've been playing this again the last couple of days. It's quirky, but enjoyable none the less. I'm almost to a full roster of people to take into battle with me. It's crazy that I'm so many hours into this game, and still only have 7 characters (8 can go into battle).
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22. Video Game: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:3173] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Video Game: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Gabe Hawkins
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Virginia
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Didn't have much time to play over the weekend, but I put in another hour or so. Still very much enjoying my time with it. It's been awhile since I've played a proper Fire Emblem game, and while this one is less difficult and demanding than others in the series, I find it still has enough challenge and depth to keep me going. I also never played the original, so the story is fresh to me. So far, it's nothing awe inspiring, but it's interesting enough to keep me engaged. It's nice to see that it's voice acted -- for the most part, that is -- even if it's not spectacular.
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23. Video Game: Grim Dawn [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1437]
Video Game: Grim Dawn
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No too far from Philly
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Continuing our play through of Grim Dawn.
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24. Video Game: Batman: The Telltale series [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked]
Video Game Compilation: Batman: The Telltale series
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I finished episodes 3 through 5 today. Above the average for Telltale games, with decent flowing QTE combat, some clever (though simple) detective work, plenty of story twists, and an excellent balance in choices between both Batman/Bruce Wayne and ruthlessness/empathy.

I liked the
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villains, with Penguin being more of a foil to Bruce Wayne rather than a bird-themed goofball, Catwoman being roughly an anti-hero, and Lady Arkham as a huge surprise.

I didn't care for the Joker being shoved into the story and being set up as the clear villain for the second season. Not every Batman story needs the Joker.
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25. Video Game: Super Metroid [Average Rating:8.72 Overall Rank:8]
Video Game: Super Metroid
Simon Hammar
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Täby
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Never played this back on the SNES, but my SO had and wanted to revisit it, so we downloaded it for the Wii U.

It's a very good game, however, I have to say that the bosses (2 so far) would be the very definition of "difficulty spike".
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