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Black_Swordsman

@Th3solution Oh! And sorry I just saw your question about DkS II again - I haven't played much of it but I didn't really enjoy what I played of it, got the Greatsword for a Str build as usual but it took many tries for me to get it and I just didn't like the lack of Miyazaki's influence on the game.

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"Man is the pie that bakes and eats himself, and the recipe is separation." - Alasdair Gray

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

Jimmer-jammer

@TheBrandedSwordsman Hey man! Sorry, had a heck of a week. Lies of P is excellent. I’ve completed it now and despite being tempted to immediately begin a NG+ run (it’s that good), in the interest of clearing some of my backlog, I’ve started the Seperste Ways DLC.

I think the only soulslike plat I currently have is Bloodborne. I’m especially proud of that one as I did it all my own and without save scumming. I’m also one trophy away from Elden Ring’s plat but missed the only missable trophy in my play through so…yeah, one day I’ll nab it.

Glad to hear that LotF has started well. Looks really interesting to me. Hope it keeps you enthralled throughout and that you can bag that plat!

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“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C.S. Lewis

Black_Swordsman

@Jimmer-jammer Congratulations on beating Lies of P, as I said before, to you or others on here - the combat with the Greatsword just didn't click for me compared to the Souls games, far too clunky, unresponsive and unwieldy in my opinion. But, hey! glad you had a great time with it, I assume you went for something far more nimble and dexterous in terms of your build. Thanks for the encouragement for LotF, that plat will be mine one day hopefully! haha.

I've actually taken some time off from gaming to watch the cricket (England are currently playing India in India) and prepare for an induction for a new voluntary role, not psychology this time, more community support related (I'm not working for the police though!) to put it in vague terms as I obviously can't disclose too much on here!

Edit - I'm still doing the psychology volunteer role too.

Hope you are well and can catch some Canadian cricket sometime! Join the fold!

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"Man is the pie that bakes and eats himself, and the recipe is separation." - Alasdair Gray

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

Jimmer-jammer

@TheBrandedSwordsman Funnily enough, I started the game with a quick and nimble sabre but ended it with a greatsword.

That’s awesome that you’re finding some fulfilling ways to volunteer your time! As for cricket, when I lived in Vancouver I used to sit on a hill by the pitch and watch people play it but have never really understood it. Hockey on the other hand…well, I am Canadian so I suppose my interest in that goes without saying…

“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C.S. Lewis

colonelkilgore

I’m guessing the info online about the Granblue Fantasy: Relink review embargo being 28/01/2024 was incorrect, as I ain’t seeing any reviews anywhere.

**** DLC!

Black_Swordsman

@Jimmer-jammer Haha, speaking of all things Canadian, check this guy out. My favourite guitarist right now. Really love his work. This is his most recent and imo greatest accomplishment thus far, but if you are looking for something on electric guitar try Preverbal (also on Spotify) and Woodwork. Preverbal is better than Woodwork (his first album) and he said in interviews it's the album where he started to feel more comfortable taking risks. I don't know how often he tours the land that you have both called home, though.

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"Man is the pie that bakes and eats himself, and the recipe is separation." - Alasdair Gray

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

Jimmer-jammer

@TheBrandedSwordsman Really cool! Thanks for sharing. I’ll check and see if he’ll be around my area anytime soon. I love acoustic guitar. In fact, I generally play my acoustic far more than my electric. Hope you’re keeping well!

“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C.S. Lewis

Th3solution

I’m actually quite excited to see what’s coming during this State of Play. It’s sounds like it might be a big one. And as I said over on the article, if even one or two of the games that are rumored get a deep dive then it will be a huge surprise after the months of silence from Sony.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Jimmer-jammer

@Th3solution Me too! Just a proper look at what Rise of the Ronin is all about has me counting down the hours today. How about you?

“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C.S. Lewis

Th3solution

@Korra @Jimmer-jammer Absolutely. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch live, but if not I am stoked to see information and trailers. Rise of the Ronin is one that I’m lukewarm about, but I think it’s mostly because we don’t really know much about it and there’s been comparatively very little hype, considering how close it is to release. Same for Stellar Blade. We’ve seen a lot more of Dragon’s Dogma, for example.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

BearsEatBeets

I’m hoping they don’t kick things off with a big surprise reveal as the Liverpool game won’t be finished before it starts.
I’ll have to have it on my phone for a few minutes.

BearsEatBeets

PSN: leejon5

Kidfried

Rise of the Ronin and Stellar Blade are very high on my watchlist. Would love to get a nice peek!

Kidfried

Kidfried

Oh, and yes, I'm quite excited in general for this thing. It's been a while.

Kidfried

Jimmer-jammer

State of Play was excellent from my view. I do wish the Rise of the Ronin showing told us more than what we already knew but it still looks great nonetheless. If SoP can build off of this level of quality going forward, I’d say Sony’s found a winning formula.

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“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C.S. Lewis

Th3solution

@Jimmer-jammer I have had to be at work, so I get to watch it now. I looked at the articles and it does look like it was a really good one! All the rumored games showed up!

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Jimmer-jammer

@Th3solution Enjoy! 😊

“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C.S. Lewis

Black_Swordsman

@Jimmer-jammer Thanks man, and the same to you. I watched the Rise of the Ronin State of Play showcase and got excited, the graphics weren't all that, but the gameplay looked tight, and I liked the fact that they had "peopled" towns & villages in what they showed of the game. They have clearly drawn a lot of inspiration from Elden Ring, but maybe that is a good thing, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all.

It definitely also reminded me of Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro, borrowing rather liberally from the latter in terms of mechanics ,haha. But hey, it looks like they have combined all those influences to create their own unique beast. Excited to play it next after I complete DeS. Level 79 of 99 Vit now, then just 20-30ish levels each for End & Str. Should take about a month, considering how much I am playing nowadays with the Cricket being on, to level up and take out Allant, then maybe two to three months to complete the remaining areas in the game. Then it's on to Rise of the Ronin, then I'll be eyeing that plat for LotF like we said before.

How is life? Work and family treating you well? I am glad you enjoyed Matthew Stevens work and I just thought I'd mention that he is currently my main influence for my next musical project.

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"Man is the pie that bakes and eats himself, and the recipe is separation." - Alasdair Gray

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

Black_Swordsman

@Th3solution Hope you are well, my friend, did your impressions of Rise of the Ronin during state of play change your feeling of 'luke-warm' to a raging inferno of anticipation by any chance? Lol.

"Man is the pie that bakes and eats himself, and the recipe is separation." - Alasdair Gray

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

Th3solution

@TheBrandedSwordsman I don’t know… maybe it’s gone from lukewarm now to toasty. 😅

I liked the traversal. I haven’t played Elden Ring or Horizon Forbidden West yet, which are games that I think have inspired that dynamic and seamless glider / grappling / horseback transitioning. It looks fun though. Spider-Man 2 also has that mechanic too, so it’s really become popular to fly and swing from place to place.

The combat was the other highlight, because yes, it does look tighter than the comparative open world games like the Assassin’s Creed games that inspired this genre. I haven’t played Sekiro or Nioh, so also can’t comment on how the combat compares, but RotR looks to rely a lot on parry / blocking. I did notice there’s a lot of bar and icons on the HUD and so I hope it isn’t too complicated.

The part that didn’t excite me was the setting. I don’t mind the samurai and classic Japanese backdrop, but it has been done a lot lately. This one taking place in the late 1800’s (if I recall correctly) is a nice diversion from the medieval setting these games usually take. In fact, I’m curious why it’s called “Rise of the Ronin” if it takes place in the 1800’s when the ronin essentially disappear with the disbanding of the samurai class. Perhaps that’s the narrative hook — a last ditch “rise” of a wandering ronin protagonist fighting off some enemy as a last hurrah. It has potential. For me, that will be key — a strong narrative. There’s lots of open world fun action games with strong combat, but this could really set itself apart if it couples a compelling story.

What did you think?

As far as other games from the SoP, I liked Desth Stranding 2. Crazy Kojima nonsense, like the first game. 😂 But despite the weirdness of the trailers, I ended up loving the first game and it did some really, really unique things. So I expect DS2 not to disappoint.

The other game I was watching closely was Stellar Blade. It felt a little too much like NieR Automata. And NieR Automata was a game I also adored from last gen, but I wasn’t expecting Stellar Blade to be a knockoff of that. Again, NA’s strength for me was in the crazy, non-traditional and experimental storyline. If SB is just a copy of the setting, character tropes, and combat, then it will be a disappointment for me. Hopefully it sets itself apart with some unique elements, either narratively or gameplay-wise.

I liked the Dragon’s Dogma 2 footage. I know what to expect there. And Silent Hill 2 looked so disturbing that I think I’ll leave that game alone for now. 😅 I really liked what I saw from Judas. I expect it to blow my mind like BioShock and BioShock Infinite did.

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@Jimmer-jammer Tagging Jimmer with these thoughts, and anyone else who wants to chime in about what they liked or didn’t like yesterday 😄

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

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