22 April - 28 April 2019: What video games are you playing this week?
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1. Video Game: Warhammer: Vermintide 2 [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:3091]
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I have all the careers unlocked, so now I just need to level up each of the characters so I can make full use of each talent tree. Some, like Sienna's "Unchained" career, don't seem viable without being at least level 15.
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2. Video Game: Wandersong [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:3628]
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Another early release for Humble Monthly's May offerings, a brightly colored light puzzle game focusing on music. It's extremely easy, but it's also pretty clear that it's supposed to be more about seeing the world than providing any real challenge.
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3. Video Game: Parasite Eve II [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:869]
Video Game: Parasite Eve II
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Feels like I'm approaching the endgame in PE2, but can't say for sure. I think I'm up to four proper bossfights, two of them against big monster style enemies: Burner from the motel balcony in Dryfield, and Glutton down in the lower levels of the shelter/bunker (bit of a Star Wars reference there). I am using a walkthrough to get the best ending, which means I have taken the semi-secret detour back to Dryfield.

Doing relatively well on the resource management side of things. Once I got to the shelter, I faced a fairly significant choice in terms of armor for the final stretches of the game. You can go with an armor that gives you substantial bonus HP AND some post-battle HP-recovery, or you can go with an armor that gives you neither of those things but more than doubles your MP, as well as giving you auto-scan for enemies (you see their HP totals automatically).

I went against my instincts for health recovery and instead purchased and upgraded the PsySuit, on the theory that it gives me a ridiculous mana pool that I can completely refill, many times, given my current inventory and remaining spell upgrades.

This game is growing on me but it's a much slower burn than PE1. You spend SO much time in Dryfield... I feel like that alone discourages replay. I would also say that this game dramatically over-rewards prior knowledge compared to PE1.
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4. Video Game: Horizon Zero Dawn [Average Rating:8.77 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:8.77 Unranked]
Video Game: Horizon Zero Dawn
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I didn't play much of this last week. When I had time to game, I opted for a game of MLB The Show 19 or a round of Black Ops 4. Then this weekend -- when I had plenty of time to game -- I started up StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty out of nowhere. I'm a total noob to StarCraft (and RTS games in general, for that matter), but it piqued my interest and has been fun so far.

I'm definitely still enjoying HZD, it's just one of those games that I want to devote a good chunk of time to when I sit down to play. I plan on jumping back into it tonight. I'm still in the very early goings, around 6-7 hours in.

Edit: I've also been playing a fair amount of American Truck Simulator as well.
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5. Video Game: Wario World [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3772]
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I'm now trying to hang on and survive the levels.

Not even trying to get in some areas I can see, as I'm quickly running out of coins.

I only just beat the boss of Mirror Mansion. I have about 700 coins left. Each continue now costs 500 so I need to farm 1000 coins to get two. And I'm having to continue multiple times in levels, not just bosses anymore.

I guess farming coins gives me a chance to look around and try to find some items I missed earlier. It's not really what I want to spend my time on but I need those coins to get through the remaining stages.

Most bang for buck will be to replay levels where I can still obtain extra heart containers. But of course those will be more challenging than the early levels where all I need are a few trinkets.
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6. Video Game: Satisfactory [Average Rating:8.75 Unranked]
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Not a whole lot of progress this week. I scouted out some more coal but it wasn't very convenient to exploit. So instead I clocked my one coal node up to 270/minute which is not the limit of what it could produce, but is the logistical limit for a conveyor belt currently. That allowed me to get some additional steel production going to start making heavy modular frames at quite a low rate, which should be the last thing I need to unlock the last couple of milestones.
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7. Video Game: Gems of War [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5191]
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Made it to tier level 1 in pvp although my rank is around 10k. I can't seem to rise in pvp rank. I'm not sure if it is due to my defensive A.I. doppleganger losing just about every battle but I think that is a big part of it. My win percentage is just above 50% when taking my defensive losses to account.

I'm getting dissatisfied with my current guild. The guild master does not seem to promote the guild. I've recruited 2 players to my guild with one leaving not soon after. Recently, a big contributor to the guild also left and joined a different guild. I know the guild is promoted as a casual guild but I wish we would communicate more (very little to no communication while I've been a member) and coordinate some guild activities. I was really disappointed when nobody cared to help me with an event that I was close to completing one part of it.

I haven't been this invested in a game in a long while. This has taken up majority of my free time.
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8. Video Game: Conan Exiles [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:4999]
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Built my first little house. Tiny house. Not sure how to make a proper roof, but I'm not going outside until dawn. There's a veggisour outside. I don't think it's a threat, but that damn grey belly-beast didn't look like a threat either and he crushed my old character.

Buidling isn't quite as smooth as I'd like. Hopefully it will get better. Building is a bit clunky at the moment. Also, sleeping didn't bring dawn. Which is frightening, because I don't want to be mucking around with my torch looking for the water my girl needs to survive in the dark.

Hopefully, I can kill some monkeys for some good meat and a better waterskin.

Edit: CROM!
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9. Video Game: Kirby Super Star [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:896]
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Maaan. Revenge of Meta Knight is harder than I remember. Did beat it though but the final stage isn't unlocked. Do I have to earn a certain number of gold in the Great Cave Offensive? It probably is, isn't it?
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10. Video Game: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:7280]
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I think its a fine game, it's a bit grindy to say the least. We got passed the first few levels and are now at the first trial. I'm quite excited about that, I hope it won't disappoint. I have some backup games installed just in case.
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11. Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:240]
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I'm 30 hours into this and just arrived at Skyhold. I don't like Skyhold. I've heard it compared with the Normandy in Mass Effect. But I liked Haven a lot better. Skyhold is big and stupid. Haven was small and perfect.

I've lost a bit of steam due to the massive amount of missions that has just been dumped on me, and also Skyhold seems like a resting point in the story. Plus there is a lot of crap to deal with in Skyhold, like choosing curtains. And figuring out what happened to your armour.

I haven't been using the tactical camera but I watched a couple of Youtubes about how it works, which also mentioned controlling squad AI better. Like turning off skills and characters "following <themselves>" to avoid stupidity. But I just don't want to micromanage battles. DA:O was better with it's if-then-else approach.

I think I'll focus on the loyalty quests and main missions for a while.
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12. Video Game: Clash Royale [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:3555]
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13. Video Game: Pokémon GO [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2606]
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Have been trying to get some more shiny, but no. Maybe this week.
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14. Video Game: Enderal: The Shards of Order [Average Rating:9.03 Unranked]
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So I started this up for the first time on Saturday. Most of the time was spent watching the setup of the story. Then I maybe explored for 5 minutes, saved, and called it there.

I am excited to try something new out rather than got through Skyrim again knowing full well what awaits me. Hopefully time will allow me to keep at it. I'd like to see this through to the end but I doubt that's a realistic goal. We shall see.
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15. Video Game: Marvel Puzzle Quest [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2865]
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Marvel Puzzle Quest (Kindle Fire version) -- Grabbed this off of the Amazon App Store to have a match-3 to play on my vacation last week. The first segment is the Dark Reign storyline. Beat all of the stages on the tutorial level, then worked through the second level (Juggernaut and Daken). Now I am replaying that level to earn more Covers and level up my characters before I tackle the next level (Venom). Pretty standard match-3 action, although the super moves of the characters (charged by matching different colored tiles and level-able through rewards which can be earned or found in daily loot boxes) adds a strategic element. For instance, Iron Man has some high powered attacks which do a lot of damage, but Captain America and Black Widow have stun specials which leave your opponent vulnerable.
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16. Video Game: Gear Stadium [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Batter Up (Gear Stadium) -- Emulated on my GBA. Continuing my play through as the Giants, the next team up was the Hanshin Tigers. Started out well, getting a run in the bottom of the second and shutting them down. We go into the 9th still up 1-0, but the Tigers rally and score 2 runs to win the game! using the password, I played a rematch, and once again the Tigers overcome the Giants, blanking them 3-0.

I'll have to get past them to play the Majors (one of the all-star teams) and beat the game, so for now the next team up will be the Tigers once again.
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17. Video Game: Re;Lord 1 ~The witch of Herfort and stuffed animals ~ [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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The kid gloves are off now. The earlier part of the game was simpler and I was thinking the battles were too easy. Now I'm starting to scrape against the time limit and enemy attacks are coming faster and with greater ferocity. Time to get serious! ninja
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18. Video Game: Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber [Average Rating:8.45 Overall Rank:371]
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I'm really enjoying this. A friend and I had a conversation about the merits of it vs Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, and while I can appreciate that MBQ is in many respects the better (or at least more memorable) game, I'm finding this one has more tension and does a better job of keeping me engaged. The same friend has also provided me with a copy of Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, which I'm looking forward to trying out. I hear it's a very different game and a significant influence on FF:Tactics. Combining Ogre Battle worldbuilding with tactical battle sounds interesting.

I've also been playing a bit of Age of Mythology, only that seems to have dropped off. Not so much that it's bad, but that I have other things to play that I like better. Also, as I'm playing the campaign and learning the mechanics, I'm noticing that there looks to be a lot of rock-paper-scissor type units, and that portends a day where I have to give a damn about whether I build anti-infantry archers or anti-archer archers and then worrying about how I micromanage those different kinds of archers... I don't think that's happening. That day is a day I quit the game and give it a low ranking on VGG in disgust - so why not just cut to the chase? It's a question I'm having a hard time answering. I think this is the very same line of reasoning that led me to abandon the game previously a few years ago, feeling that I didn't want to play it but that I didn't really give it a fair shake, either.
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19. Video Game: Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition [Average Rating:8.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.78 Unranked]
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Still playing my way through RDD. I already have the 100% completion Achievement, so I'm really just basically playing through the main storyline missions, in anticipation of playing RDD2. I know I enjoyed looking around for everything, but also know I'll sink a whole lot of time into it and don't want to get tired of the gameplay before RDD2.

I still have a couple of achievements I missed the first time through (Don't switch your horse for 20 story missions, turn in a pardon for a $5000 bounty, outrun the Marshalls on a Hungarian Half-bred, kill all the buffalo...) So I hope to get those.

Plus, I'm still enjoying Texas Hold-em, so enjoy playing that.
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20. Video Game: Warframe [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1939]
Video Game: Warframe
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Finally completed the resource farming for the Hema Rifle, which is now being completed in the VGG Clan Dojo! Also spent some time solo farming for corrupted mods. Playing with three dragon keys equipped (all of which come with serious debuffs just for carrying them) is a very interesting experience!

Also played some more Sentinels of the Multiverse to get more character variant unlocks for Oblivaeon mode.
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21. Video Game: Iron Storm [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Iron Storm
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Denmark
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Trying out the old Iron Storm for the first time.
Been what.. 17 years since it was originally made - and the graphics are obviously very crude!

Again a game where I didn't read about the game before deciding to play it, but... probably I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't in some bundle on GOG at the time I got it.

Imagine that WWI didn't stop in 1918 - and WWII never happened because the bloody war kept going on!
Now it's 1964 - and the war have been going on for 50 years. You are Lt. James Anderson of the Westerners, a Commando - and you are to do a mission against the Russian-Mongolian Empire.

The game is not that bad - but I won't call it amazing either! In fact... less than mediocre...
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22. Video Game: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:631]
Video Game: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Joerg Schaefer
Germany
Frankfurt
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I'm in about 6 hours now and completed level 6 of 14. As usual, I'm playing on normal difficulty which gave me some trouble in level 6 where I had to replay two fights about a dozen times each before passing them. Slower than average again. But I'm enjoying myself and I don't mind the linear nature of Enslaved. The landscapes continue to be amazing.

The one annoyance was the motion sickness I got from playing. It stopped after I turned off motion blur. Why does anybody implement such a feature in his game?
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23. Video Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:592]
Video Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider
Simon Woodward
New Zealand
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My second playthrough, in which I forgive the story for being weak. This is an impressive game. Even movement is fun. Voice acting is strong. Collectables are interesting and most even have voice logs. It's also a fairly long game for an Uncharted-like, so many locations, and very little cut and paste, every area feels handcrafted and detailed.
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24. Video Game: Final Fantasy VII [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:36] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
Video Game: Final Fantasy VII
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United States
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I started plaing the Android version of this classic game on my phone last week. I haven't played it in a long time, so this is fun nostalgia. I'm finding it surprisingly compelling, too. The quick pacing of the events and the story make it hard to put down. The mobile version is nice in that it has a button to disable/reenable random encounters whenever you want.

One thing I find funny about the game is just how often you run into the big important leaders of Shinra but don't confront them. It seems to be an unspoken rule in the FFVII universe that you can only fight people who actually want to fight you. You get captured multiple times throughout the game because of this universal rule (your captors don't want to fight you so you can't resist capture).

I've been playing the game whenver I have some spare time somewhere while out and about. I started less than a week ago and I'm currently at Cosmo Canyon. Speaking of Cosmo Canyon, I prefer to keep all the default character's names, except for Nanaki, who is Nanaki, because that's his name. (Though in the mobile version, you can change character names at any time, so it I could just change his name to Nanaki after reaching Cosmo Canyon) Naming him Nanaki also rewards me with the odd dialogue:
*Nanaki, who has been named Nanaki from the start enters town*
Cloud: "Who is Nanaki?"
Cosmo Canyon greeter: "Nanaki is Nanaki. That is his name."

I dabbled in the Fort Condor RTS minigame before moving on to Junon. I beat the first battle by rushing the fast attackers towards the enemy spawn points and ending the battle before more enemies could spawn. The first battle reward is a good weapon for Nanaki, but none of the other rewards are worth it the backtracking to Fort Condor or the time and gil spent to win the battle, IMO (except for the final battle which is main-questline-related).

I also noticed that on the mobile version, the background animations are a lot less grainy and blurry than they were on PS1. When a background goes into an animation, it's usually a pretty seamless transition, when on the original PS1, it got really muddy and grainy during animations.

Also, the motorcycle sequence was super fast in the mobile version for some reason. Other minigames so far seem to run at normal speed, but the motorcycle segment felt like double speed; fortunatley, you just start the boss battle with less health if you can't keep the enemies away during it.

Anyways, this game is great. I'm really enjoying it all over again.
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25. Video Game: Serious Sam III [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2461]
Video Game: Serious Sam III
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Zurich
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The gf and I finished the original game and we now moved on to the DLC contents. First episode done! I love this game, we bought two PS4 controllers a while back to connect to my Macbook. It works OK, not brilliant but OK. I used to be able to connect via bluetooth but now that's sort of broken so we just use good old cables. Steam isn't brilliant with PS4 controllers so you need a bit of remapping.

We managed to pass the episode with no extra lives remaining. 6 deaths each. It was a close one for sure but hopwfully it'll be much smopther of a ride with the next two eposodes. We were quite rusty after all.
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