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Th3solution

@Kidfried I have to agree with @Ralizah, what a fantastic post with wonderful insight! Thank you for that. It’s the most interesting dissection of a game that I’ll probably never play. Very insightful. I completely agree with you regarding a game being more than a sum of its parts — spot on with the MGS5 and BB comparisons.

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Round of applause for you @Kidfried ! That was a really great read!

I have something similar with the game Star Ocean: Til The End Of Time

I find it rather average of a game and yet i've played it like 4/5 times over the years and even bought it on PS4. Just can't seem to get enough of it and I'm not entirely sure why 😅


And Ah ha! Ninty life just gave the Friday the 13th game an 8/10 @Ralizah soooo... I guess your point is proved near enough

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RogerRoger

@Kidfried Fantastic piece, huge thanks for sharing. I particularly adore...

Kidfried wrote:

What I learned from a series like Metal Gear Solid, though, is that 'a good game' isn't like a test at school, on which you get a perfect grade when you do everything right. No, Metal Gear Solid 5 is among the best games ever made, even though it's an unfinished mess.

...because it's so true.

When we had the ability to create those "My PS4 Life" videos, I wasn't surprised when Sony calculated that I'd spent more time playing a buggy, glitchy port of an ancient MMORPG than anything else. We form attachments to games stronger and more personal than any other art, most likely because we're much more directly involved and given much more agency than, say, a book or a movie. Sometimes we can't understand these attachments but they're most definitely a phenomenon unique to gaming... otherwise, as you say, why else would mobile gaming be such big business?

So whilst you're brave to use Horizon Chase Turbo as a case study to try and answer these big questions, I think that there's ultimately only one single, factual truth in all of this.

You had a blast.

And maybe that's enough to make a game "good".

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Kidfried

Thanks for the comments, people. I'm not really comfortable writing pieces like this, so it's pretty encouraging to read these kind words.

@Ralizah Also, some great remark. Although I will add that a lot of gaming comfort food that I crave, often isn't nessecarily shallow at all. So, it's still a strange feeling to want to play a game that isn't very good.

Kidfried

JohnnyShoulder

@Kidfried I saw you playing the game the other day and did have to do a double take.

Epic post bro, we all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to gaming.

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.

There is no longer a good time to release a game. There are only less s**t times to release a game

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Gremio108

@Kidfried Excellent post.

Horizon Chase Turbo has become one of this year's 'summer holiday' games in my house, with myself and my eldest son determined to 100% the World Tour before school starts again. I'm enjoying these rainy day gaming sessions immensely, not because the game is any good, but because the sessions are straightforward and fun.

What's more, only player one seems to be affected by the rubber banding. It's like I can control the whole field if I slow down a bit and concentrate on getting all the coins on a track. It's a strange experience.

On the subject of summer holiday games, we bought Minecraft Story Mode Season 2. After catching up on the final episodes of Season 1, we played episode 1 of the second season today. I didn't tell the kids this obviously, but after fairly disappointing review scores my expectations for Season 2 were very low. Episode 1 was a blast though, great fun.

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

PSN: Hallodandy

JohnnyShoulder

I've been continuing playing Batman Arkham Knight and it has definitely clicked with me a bit more. Although I'm still not overly keen on the Batmobile I am not totally against using it, and traversal outside of using the vehicle is really cool.

I've been pleasantly surprised on a couple of occasions, most notably the return of Mark Hamill as The Joker[/spoiler] and the introduction of [spoiler] Man-Bat. The latter made me jump out of my skin!

I'm so so on the Riddler challenges. I like the ones when you team up with Catwoman to get the explosive collar of her. Not so much the ones you have to power up up a generator with the Batmobile.

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There is no longer a good time to release a game. There are only less s**t times to release a game

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RogerRoger

@JohnnyShoulder Glad it's clicked a bit more; hoped it would. Some of the moments you've mentioned are the ones I'd been keen to encourage you to reach, as they're the parts that really sold the game. It's definitely got the slowest start to any Arkham game; the others tend to have an event that pushes you in at the deep end and makes you go "Blimey, right, I'll pay attention then!" but Arkham Knight just kinda shrugs and goes "Here you go, more Batman... this is what you wanted, right?" for a good hour or so before the Joker hook forces you to sit up and take notice.

Although even I've got to admit (and this is coming from somebody who really, really doesn't like her character in the slightest, ever) that the writers treat Catwoman like garbage.

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Th3solution

@RogerRoger I’ll once again move my response since it has morphed yet again from PS Plus to now more of “how do I come up with the games I’m currently playing.” 😂 Hopefully this is the right place. It seems too specific to be a “Chit Chat” response.
Haha - Yeah, my list consists of an asterisks by the ‘plan to play next’ and a hyphen by ‘started and haven’t finished’ and believe it or not, I do a little research and put an estimated number of hours to finish in parentheses. 😅 - But yes, otherwise it’s a very similar system. Great minds think alike?

And I have almost started up Rime several times, but haven’t committed yet. I know it’s a short game (and a very obtainable platinum), so it would be good to get it in during a weekend soon. I’m also embarrassed to say that I didn’t list Hitman The First Season in my Plus backlog because I actually own the Complete Edition in physical form of that and have it nestled into that cozy space of games I’ll get to in due time. But hey — I am closing in on completing Lara Croft Go! I’m probably 2/3 of the way through. I think I’ll stick with it long enough to platinum it too. It’s another great ‘drop in, drop out’ game.

In reviewing my list, I have about 10-12 games currently started but not complete. That list would include a few like you that I leave open as possibly going back for a platinum one day (I’m looking at you Oxenfree 😒) or wanting to mop up DLC. Of the 10 there are really only about 5 that I’m currently making legitimate progress on, the aforementioned Lara Croft Go being one of the main ones. And I got a resurrected interest in The Council a couple weeks ago and resuscitated it from the backlog coffin for now. (Every time I play it I like it, but also get mad at it because of squandered potential).

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RogerRoger

@Th3solution It's ever-evolving.

Ooh, actually, your idea of researching an estimated completion time might be one I pinch, thanks. Recently I've found myself checking the website "How Long to Beat?" on a couple games I wanted to start, but knew might run into calendar obstacles (most recently, inFAMOUS). That could be helpful, especially since I have a couple "would like to replay" entries like Horizon which I just keep looking at and thinking that I'd be surrendering the next month or so, when it'd likely only be a couple weeks (although it does have a Photo Mode).

I think I've mentioned this before, but be in a stable brainspace for RiME. You may not be affected by it in the same way I was, but it crept up on me and the last chapter left me in bits.

Games like Lara Croft GO are absolutely things you can pick up and put down, and you'll get the platinum just by finishing it, providing you've been looking for all the hidden jars. Oddly enough, two of my genuinely in-progress games (not just things I wanna go back to for trophies or whatnot) feature Ms. Croft, as I've got half-finished save files for Tomb Raider II (PSone Classic on PS3) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend (PSP).

Ooh, best of luck getting back into The Council. I'll be fascinated to hear your overall thoughts when you've finished it. Which reminds me, I need to change the aforementioned inFAMOUS from yellow to green on my list; I've written a review if you're interested.

Looking forward to seeing what topic this conversation ends up in next. We're jumping around more than a game of "The Floor is Lava" right now!

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Th3solution

@RogerRoger Hmmm, well - I think there’s a thread for most emotionally impactful scenes in games, so maybe we need to delve into Rime over there. 😜

That’s awesome that you finished the first Infamous. I will check out your impressions.

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Gremio108

I've started Knack. My life can now truly begin.

To be honest it's actually a lot of fun so far, a couple of chapters in. Although I'm playing it in co-op, which probably helps. I could see it being a bit of a slog in single player. The combat is nice and straightforward, and it makes a nice change of pace from Sekiro.

Knack is a very cool hero, something which is heightened by the uncoolness of everyone around him. He is a legend in his own time.

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Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

PSN: Hallodandy

KALofKRYPTON

Battlefront II - though even after the update yesterday, the mode I really want the game for (Starfighter Onslaught) is broken. And has been for well over a year apparently...

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KratosMD

@Gremio108 I honestly think that one's first experience with Knack is enhanced due to the fact that you're going in with low expectations because of the "negative" preconceived notion you have gotten from the community. I remember when I first played Knack after having heard that the game is not that good and I came out really liking the game. I think the opposite would've happened if nobody had told me anything about the game and I went in thinking that it'd be a Crash Bandicoot platformer or something.

So yeah, I'm honestly not that surprised to find another person who likes the game. It's great fun and it offers a lot of content to boot. I still have Knack 2 in my backlog and I can't wait to finally get around to playing it!

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KratosMD

RogerRoger

@KALofKRYPTON Welcome back, buddy!

What part of Starfighter Assault are you specifically finding broken?

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KALofKRYPTON

@RogerRoger Hey man.

Onslaught. It's properly broken.

Apparently this is due to an update from last year that was meant to address enemy spawn behaviour and increase the playable map area.

What it actually did was cause enemy reinforcements to just spawn outside the playable area without coming in to it and/or fly off out of bounds.

In practice, this means that you can get through a couple of waves on any given map - but after 2 minutes or so, there are no more enemy fighters regardless of how many you have left to destroy.

Nice as it is to fly around maps unmolested if you increase the timer, not really what I was after.

I've tested in in brief (loading takes way too long to do it extensively) - but have a try. Set up an Onslaught game. You'll run out of targets.

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RogerRoger

@KALofKRYPTON I was gonna drop back in and try out the Droidekas at some point, so I'll do just that; thanks for the heads-up. I tried the other Starfighter Assault mode in Arcade only very briefly because I found the enemy A.I. to be kinda dumb, and I got caught up taking pretty pictures in the on-foot modes, so I'll have a proper explore.

Have you at least gotten a little enjoyment out of the game?

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KALofKRYPTON

@RogerRoger
It's a shame - also, the AI in Onslaught seems a little knackered too. on rookie it's proper 'fish in a barrel' territory - move it up to normal and the first wave is relentless, then they all go to sleep before no more appear altogether.
The team mode works fine though, and is plenty of fun; there's always online too - I just want the option of having the sp wave shooter gameplay.

It's pretty tough getting screenshots - but I've managed a few nice ones. I'll post them later.

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RogerRoger

@KALofKRYPTON Ah yeah, I might've been playing on Rookie.

If you ever want a wingman, feel free to tag me. No pressure and I might have to say no anyway (thank you, real life) but there'll always be a spare hour somewhere.

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