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kyleforrester87

@Kidfried It's been well known it's basically a straight copy of the game, with upgraded graphics and minimal new content for awhile though. Kinda dubious about the performance issues, they don't look game breaking at all but it's unfortunate. I've got my copy coming tomorrow and looking forward to playing it.

I played it back in 96 and remember really enjoying it, along with Pokemon it's really the only Gameboy game I really enjoyed. But I don't recall the majority of it, so I'm sure i'll have a great time replaying it. Perhaps not worth it for someone who played it more recently or with a better memory, though.

kyleforrester87

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Kidfried

@kyleforrester87 Yeah you're right about the fact that Nintendo always was clear that this remaster wouldn't be as ambitious as some other games out there.

I really enjoyed it, and was still surprised during my last playthrough, which was only 5 years after my last one, so you'll probably enjoy it a lot after... 23 years. (Does that make you feel a bit old, hehe?)

The DX version of this game was my first Zelda game, so it's probably more special to me than most.

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KratosMD

@Kidfried Link's Awakening is pretty much on the same level as the Crash N-Sane Trilogy; simply faithfully recreated with better graphics and nothing new added. Great for people who haven't experienced the game, but it's really not worth getting if you've already played it before. Especially not at that ridiculous price.

Worth bringing into attention though in terms of this week's releases on Switch is the game AI: The Somnium Files. It's a mystery-solving visual novel made by the Zero Escape director and it looks rather interesting. I'd definitely pick that game up instead of Link's Awakening and it's €10 cheaper to boot, at least in Sweden.

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Kidfried

@KratosMD Very curious for that game too. I'll probably play it on PS4, because somehow that's where I play most visual novels on.. Though reviews weren't super rad yet.

Kidfried

RR529

Maybe a bit premature to say because I'm only in File 5, but Astral Chain is shaping up to be the best Switch exclusive I've played since year one's "big three" (BotW, Mario Odyssey, & XC2).

At the moment it's standing up along with God of War (2018), DQXI, & FFXHD as one of the best games I've played this year.

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kyleforrester87

@RR529 I’ve really been digging AC, I am on the last boss and had hoped to have it wrapped up before LA (with a view to returning and mopping up down the line) but the last boss is a major difficulty spike. I basically have to restart the file and be more careful with my consumables.

My advice for the final chapter is go in with max items and try not to use any before the final boss

kyleforrester87

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KratosMD

Man, the Switch is really shaping up to be a beast of a JRPG machine. The first Star Ocean game is being released on it later this year, Ni no Kuni came out this week, next week we'll be seeing Dragon Quest XI as well as the first three Dragon Quest games. I haven't played any Dragon Quest games at all (even though I already own VII and XI) but I wouldn't mind taking a Final Fantasy approach and start playing through the series from the first game, at least for the first three on Switch. I couldn't imagine playing the original versions of these games, so I'm glad that SE ported the smartphone versions with QOL improvements. Hopefully the first DQ will be decent enough to play!

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Rudy_Manchego

@Kidfried I got LA a day early (so yesterday) and had about an hour with it. I borrowed it back in the day from a friend for a night and that is how much I played it so I am in the group of discovering it for the first time. Not had any major performance issues though I don't like the blurring on the peripherals of the screen. I assume this is deliberate but it feels at odds with the glossy visuals. Dungeons look gorgeous though. Looking forward to getting back on it though!

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Knuckles-Fajita

I had a feeling this art style would be devisive. Intense depth of field (the blurring @Rudy_Manchego noted) is about as divisive as motion blur.

I like it personally. It was a bit intense in something like Yoshi's Crafted World but here it seems right to focus on the games bounding box where all the action is.

Because the camera basically no matter what will keep Link in a box in the middle of the screen. As you change direction it will scroll gradually until Link is at the edge of that box.

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Rudy_Manchego

@Knuckles-Fajita Yeah, it isn't a game ruiner and I wouldn't mark it down. I think it is because I think the visuals are gorgeous and I'm not sure what it adds other than being noticeable if that makes sense. From a preference point, I would remove it.

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Knuckles-Fajita

@Rudy_Manchego I'm in love with this art style. It looks plasticy but not in the off and bland way NSMBWii did.

Plus all the things like lighting, shadows, particles really make this game pop. It feels like an evolution of the sort of art style ALBW was aiming for, but even more stylised.

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Rudy_Manchego

@Knuckles-Fajita I would put money on a mechanical/meccano style game for one of their big franchises. In fact, if they do, I want copyright money.

On a separate note, just noticed that Bloodstained has gone on Game Pass. Since I am one of the suckers who didn't both reading reviews of which version to get and bought the Switch, I'm a bit gutted that there still hasn't been a solid patch for the Switch version. I mean, my fault for not paying attention and lesson learned but very tempted to trade it and just play the Xbox version.

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kyleforrester87

Eeee so good to be playing Links Awakening again. I’m only at the start, but 2 decades later it’s awesome to be running round the starting village again. I’m still the boss at the crane game, and I love the kids telling you stuff about the game while not knowing what it means or how they know it 🤷‍♂️😂

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Ryall

You’re never guess looking at the screenshots that Bloodstained would be the kind of resource intensive game that’s best played on the enhanced consoles. @Rudy_Manchego

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mookysam

Started Xenoblade Chronicles 2 the other day. I'm not really feeling it so far. I dislike the battle system compared to the first game, find the UI horrible and feel that in general there is a lack of polish. The framerate seems to have issues and the image is quite soft on the TV.
It took me quite a long time to get into the first Xenoblade Chronicles, so I'm not writing the game off yet. Hopefully the story will draw me in!

mookysam

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KratosMD

@mookysam

mookysam wrote:

I'm not really feeling it so far.

You just had to say that, didn't you.

Anyway, I also had a hard time getting into the first Xenoblade. There were a lot of interruptions here and there and ultimately I did stop playing it around halfway through. I'm thinking about picking it up once again, but now that a remake has been announced I'm not sure whether I should or not. The question also is if the remake will have the same battle system or adapt the newer one from XC2. Because in that case I might as well play through the original since the gameplay experience is going to be different anyway.

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mookysam

@KratosMD Haha, well am going to stick with 2 because the first one took quite long time to click too. Not abnormal for RPGs in my experience owing to the need to learn all the various systems.

The story got really good Xenoblade 1 so I hope that if you return to it (or start fresh with the remake) that it does eventually all gel. Hopefully the remake will retain the battle system the original release had. It should be the definitive version.

mookysam

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RogerRoger

I got my partner The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and the matching Link amiibo yesterday.

We played quite a big chunk of it yesterday (well, I played, he directed) but booting it back up this morning, I felt my motivation flagging. It means the world to him, he played the original and is a massive Nintendo fan, but for me... well, eh. It's all quite intuitive for the most part (the fishing controls can do one) and I can definitely see the appeal, but the back-and-forth gameplay loop wasn't enough to keep me engaged. It swings wildly between "so simple it's boring" and "so fiddly it's frustrating", especially with the constant need to pause and map different special abilities to X and Y. And yes, even in docked mode, the framerate can stumble quite consistently.

But it's all very charming. The art style is lovely, the character designs are cute without being annoying, and the music is nicely updated (although if somebody started playing Link's theme beside me right about now, I think I'd bludgeon them to death with their instrument). The real litmus test was whether it got my partner's stamp of approval; he's notoriously anti-3D and anti-remake, so for him to be so positive about it is wonderful to see.

For me, though? Happy to be taking a break until next weekend. I need to play something else. Fast.

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