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    Currently playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Is anyone planning on getting Monster Hunter World?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby View Post
    Did you get all 99 beads? And thus do that damned race? And did you do the three challenge caves?

    My first time through the game I spent well over a hundred hours. I hunted for everything without guides and just wasted tons of time running around fields and across water for the hell of it.

    Even my second time around I probably spent about 60 hours, though a lot of that was fishing and grinding for the poop ability.
    I got like 60 but didn't want to use a guide. No way I was ever gonna get them by myself. What happens if you find all 99? Also are the challenge caves the ones with the Spiders cause I found 2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TLC View Post
    I got like 60 but didn't want to use a guide. No way I was ever gonna get them by myself. What happens if you find all 99?
    The inventory tell you what areas they're in so you can narrow down where they are pretty reasonably with a "it comes after this location but before this location" method. I found them all myself but that probably added an extra thirty or forty hours to my first game. There's one in the rafters in the opening village that you can get immediately with good jumping skills, (But is much easier with double jump) but took me foreeeeeeever to find. ANother one on one of those dolls where you paint its extra eye to pop it open just never occurred to me. And so on. There's also a couple challenging ones that are impressive to get... like one on the bridge that takes full ink bottles and vine swinging to get to. And then there's that damn race....
    ...or just look at a guide. Probably the better bet. But some of the most interesting challenges of the game are involved in getting those things. Including that damn race.

    If you get them you have the satisfaction of doing all the game's challenges, but the actual reward is it completely breaks New Game+. Makes you invincible, gives you infinite ink, and gives you 10x power. (And this is on top of keeping the end-game weapons.) You get the 100th last bead during the credits, so they can't break the first run. ANd any you got the first time carry over if you didn't get them all.

    Also are the challenge caves the ones with the Spiders cause I found 2?
    They're in the same locations I think but maybe don't start appearing until later, though you can do the spiders immediately once you can find the caves I think. They're devil gates that have you fight 10 rounds in a row where you fight powered up versions of basically every enemy mob in the game and they get really hard. If you'd done them you would have easily hit the money threshold.

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    I have been playing Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 on Steam. I am really enjoying this game a lot. I love the humor, and honestly the humor is helping me with my depression that I have been having recently. I guess it is like they say "Laughter is the best medicine". Currently, I'm on Chapter 5 in the game, and working again on side quests; before heading to the next part in the main story.

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    Decided to try Opus Magnum. The game's difficulty goes up pretty quickly. Had a hard time finding a decent solution to like the 4th or 5th actual mission after the tutorial. If there's one thing I've found annoying it's that the game has a time padding mechanic that automatically makes other arms wait if you have the actions set up a certain way and it makes it hard to do something things if you actually do want your arms out of sync. I'd prefer at least having the option to manually pad out time to better micromanage that kind of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zack View Post
    Currently playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Is anyone planning on getting Monster Hunter World?
    Getting it .

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    Got Tomb Raider: Underworld for free from Games with Gold on Xbox Live. The 2013 reboot was actually the first entry from the series that I played and since it was a pretty decent game imho, I decided to give this one a try as well.

    I think it holds up surprisingly well for a 10 year old game and is surprisingly fun given its difficulty and atmospheric setpieces. My only complaint would be that climbable ledges sometimes are VERY hard to spot (had to look up video guides in order to advance at a couple points only to find out I had run past a climbable ledge multiple times) and there is no cover system, making combat kind of stiff.
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    Little update on Xenoblade Chronicles X.

    Finally finished Chapter 6 and got my Skell. And then I immediately proceeded to wreck and have the insurance replace. I've managed to wreck it two more times since and, from what I understand, I'll have to start paying for it from now.

    Still, it's worth it since that thing is stupid powerful.

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    Skells are great. Technically they can't match a good ground build, but they can still be ridiculous (with less effort). AI partners never miss the QTE for Skell destruction so if you give them a Skell when it still has at least 1 insurance point, it'll never wreck. Also if you are at 0 you pretty much might as well sell off the frame and re-buy a fresh one. Replacing insurance is so expensive.

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    Currently dragging myself through Horizon Zero Dawn.
    The first major segment of the game was fun enough, but after reaching Meridian? Feels like a slog. Sidequests and combat both feel repetitive, and there's little sense of character progression. Just lots of running and trying to jump up mountains with janky hitboxes (BoTW climbing system ruins games like this). Only determined to finish to see where the story goes, at this point.

    In the meantime, getting hyped for both Iconoclasts (PS4 indie metroidvania) and Celeste (Meat Boy/Wings of Vi-looking platformer on Switch...and PS4).

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    Anyone else out there playing Celeste? I just got it yesterday and it is hella good.

    It caught my attention in the Nintendo mini-direct and has gotten a lot of positive buzz since release, so I decided to pick it up. It's been a while since I've been this engaged in a new 2D platformer. The last time was maybe Rayman Legends? This one has some of the same design choices that made that game great, too, like dividing the action into rooms with their own challenges/gauntlets to complete and providing a checkpoint at the beginning of each one. There's also some I Wanna Be the Guy in Celeste's blood with some super tight platforming challenges (for the strawberries and especially the B-sides), and death counters to let you look back and marvel at how much you fucked up.

    The gameplay focuses a lot on climbing walls and dashing, which makes each room sort of half about skill mastery (being able to make the correct inputs) and half about problem solving (figuring out the optimal paths). The levels have a lot of optional rooms and secrets to find, which makes them pretty replayable. The game even gives you checkpoints to jump to once you've completed a level, as well as a count of all the collectables and the order in which you find them, which is convenient. Most of the collectibles are the strawberries, which you only collect for completion, but they're each in tough to reach and/or hidden places making them fun gameplay challenges to find. Each level also has a B-side to find, which allows you to play through an incredibly tough gauntlet that pushes the level's gimmicks to their limits.

    There's also an ongoing story, which doesn't seem too deep, but is pretty interesting. It's focused on exploring the main character and her motivations for climbing. Music, art and general presentation is also really good. I might have to track down the game's soundtrack once I beat it all. It's a testament to the thing that I can be dying to the same looping track for almost two hours and still not get mad at the thing.

    So yeah, I'd recommend the thing. I'm having trouble staying away from the thing long enough to work. I've only finished up the first three chapters and I can't wait to see what else lies ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wagomu View Post
    Anyone else out there playing Celeste? I just got it yesterday and it is hella good.
    Definitely picking this up on Switch!
    ...as soon as I finish another indie, Iconoclasts (Gunstar Heroes meets Cave Story)

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    Very interested in Celeste but will wait a bit. Towerfall may still be the best couch multiplayer game I've ever had, so it's got good DNA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCC View Post
    Definitely picking this up on Switch!
    ...as soon as I finish another indie, Iconoclasts (Gunstar Heroes meets Cave Story)
    Oh yeah, that one definitely caught my eye, too, and I'll probably be on that in the near future (hooray for Mac versions).

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    My question for Celeste is regarding difficulty. I have a fondness for platforming, but not quite as interested in things like Meat Boy, SMW hacks and the I Wanna Be the --- games, due to overall disliking being subjected to brutal repetition unless I perform something perfectly.

    Where does Celeste fall in that scope? I've been eyeing it for a while, but I keep defaulting to that fear of winding up losing time to repetition from lack of extreme precision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noqanky View Post
    My question for Celeste is regarding difficulty. I have a fondness for platforming, but not quite as interested in things like Meat Boy, SMW hacks and the I Wanna Be the --- games, due to overall disliking being subjected to brutal repetition unless I perform something perfectly.

    Where does Celeste fall in that scope? I've been eyeing it for a while, but I keep defaulting to that fear of winding up losing time to repetition from lack of extreme precision.
    Its base difficulty is easier than Meat Boy for sure, and you should be able to handle it just fine, though it is still challenging. It helps that the individual rooms are a lot shorter than the space between checkpoints in any of those games (even some of the Meat Boy levels are pretty long). The collectibles offer a way to modulate the challenge, since they generally require more precision and thought. The B-side levels hit I Wanna Be the Guy territory, and basically have you spanning the length of the level, but with a linear gauntlet of sadistic rooms based on the level's mechanisms and gimmicks.

    On normal levels I've been averaging 100-200 deaths, which isn't that bad (a lot of that comes from going after optional stuff). On the one B-side I beat, I hit 853. As long as you're not planning on 100%ing it, so should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wagomu View Post
    The B-side levels hit I Wanna Be the Guy territory...
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    ...and basically have you spanning the length of the level
    Wait no checkpoints? So like IWBTG on the highest difficulty!? When I only managed to complete babby pink-bow-on-your-head mode??? Maybe I'm not there for that. Hmm.

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    I can't NOT go for 100% so I wonder how I'd feel about it. I'm okay with challenge as long as it's fair. Even I'm not masochistic enough for sudden invisible blocks or completely unforseeable traps.

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    You guys I *just* spent all that money on the Steam Winter Sale, you can't do this to me.

    (Both those games sound super good and up my alley, thank you / curse you for alerting me to them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCC View Post
    Wait no checkpoints? So like IWBTG on the highest difficulty!? When I only managed to complete babby pink-bow-on-your-head mode??? Maybe I'm not there for that. Hmm.
    That's more in terms of level length. Each room in the level is a checkpoint, but if you quit the level to go back to the map, then you'll have to start over. It's not that insane, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolio View Post
    I can't NOT go for 100% so I wonder how I'd feel about it. I'm okay with challenge as long as it's fair. Even I'm not masochistic enough for sudden invisible blocks or completely unforseeable traps.
    The challenge is all pretty fair, but the highest difficulty stuff so far is still on the side of perfect inputs. The only times I've really felt cheated was due to having trouble telling what the joycon's stick registered as straight or diagonal, but that can be avoided with arrow buttons or a better controller.

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