I’m Rob, and Here’s What I’ve Been…Doing – 21/4/19

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! A fair bit has happened since, with me being a very busy boy. Work, babies, and existing all take time, but I’ve managed to do a few things between writing blog posts on the odds and ends that I play and think about. I’ve decided to switch the style of this post a little as it may come across that the only thing I do is play video games, which just isn’t the case. Sometimes I think about video games, and occasionally I sleep. To that end, I’m going to write about the games I’ve played, as well as the other types of media I’ve been consuming in some way or another. Enjoy!

Games

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

It pains me to say this but I haven’t really been getting on with this. I like the game well enough, but I’ve never really been one to go charging in with super aggressive attacks in From Software’s various games. I like to play defensive and only go in when I can land a blow, meaning dodging and blocking are the order of the day for me. Sekiro insists you attack and apply pressure constantly to have much of a chance of succeeding against bosses, and that’s something I’m struggling to adapt to. I’ll get back to it at some point, but I’m leaving it on the back burner for now.

Ultra Despair Girls: Danganronpa AE

Ultra Despair Girls
It’s as weird as ever, but the shooting doesn’t feel terribly satisfying.

Man, this is weird. Take an investigation/courtroom style visual novel series with a bonkers plot and turn it into a 3rd person shooter/puzzle game with a bonkers plot. It doesn’t really add up for me. I still love the characters, and it’s nice to see so many of them again, but it’s a pretty odd experience compared to the previous two games I played. The shooting feels a bit (ok, a lot) off and some of the physics is a bit weird in the puzzle sections, but I’ve not having a bad time with it. With that said, some aspects of the story are…unsettling in all the wrong ways. The basic premise is that the children of a city have started murdering all the adults by using Monokuma robots (killer teddy bears ahoy!) but the reasons behind it, and how those reasons are presented, are a bit much for my liking at times. I finished it, and I liked how it tied into Danganronpa 2, but it’s not something I would suggest unless you’re really invested in the series.

Division 2

This is more enjoyable than I thought it would be! Looter/shooters (as they’re now known apparently) that take themselves seriously turn me off almost immediately, but for some reason I kept on coming back to The Division 2. I don’t think it’s a brilliant game as such, but it’s something that I can play and get lost in for a few hours at a time and not feel bad about it. The shooting is fine, the story is nonsense, the graphics are very pretty, and on the whole, it’s a perfectly standard game. I won’t go back to it after finishing it, but I’ll enjoy my time with it all the same. For some reason.

One Finger Death Punch 2

I received a review key for this for the lovely Big Boss Battle, and I’ve been playing it a lot since. Being as I really enjoyed the first one and this is essentially more of that with even crazier stuff going on, I’m really enjoying it. Stickmen fighters pile in from the left and right side of the screen, you just need to click the left or right mouse button to attack them based on the side they attack from. It’s a simple premise but gets ludicrously hectic with enemies that switch sides, ranged weapons, light sabres, horses, and literally Cthulhu. Play it!

Katana Zero

Katana Zero
It’s not really a creepy game, but it does have its moments!

I played this from start to finish in the course of one afternoon/evening for Big Boss Battle. I recommend you go and take a look at my review for it over there!

Movies

I don’t watch many movies, but I’ve seen a couple on TV/Netflix recently.

Ready Player One

It’s straight up popcorn movie with a billion things on the screen at once and it’s fairly fun to watch, especially if you play a game of ‘Spot the reference’ throughout. There are countless cameos and pop-culture references that crop up throughout. A fair bit has been changed since the book, but I think it works better as a movie this way even though it has to info-dump on you a few times. It’s a special effect frenzy to the point of not being able to tell what’s going on, but it’s a fun enough film.

Await Further Instructions

Good premise, shite execution. A family wakes up to find their house encased in some sort of impenetrable wire mesh with their TV telling them to await further instructions. Is it a terrorist attack? Is it aliens? Is it something else? The TV gradually gives more instructions to the family – instructions that become more and more unsettling and that play into the various character’s flaws. As it goes on though, it becomes more and more absurd with my suspension of disbelief being tested to breaking point by the time characters start trying to take the eyes out of each other for reasons. And the ending was utter tripe. Don’t bother.

Books

NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium

NES Visual Compendium
I’ve really enjoyed reading this.

I backed this on Kickstarter aaaaaages ago, and I’ve been reading it over the course of a few months. It contains write-ups of every single (official) game released for the NES over its lifetime, wherever those releases were. There are interviews with industry legends, analysis of box art, and discussions on the history of famous development houses. It’s really interesting and well presented. I’ve come across a number of games I’d never even heard of.

Alien: River of Pain

I really don’t get all that much time to read, so I often go for audiobooks via Audible. I’ve picked up a lot over the past months, and I’m only now getting through them. The Alien books are pretty cool, although the first one I listened to (Out of the Shadows) was a bit annoying with how it handles Ripley. This one barely features her, and chronicles the events at Hadley’s Hope in the run-up to Aliens. It’s only about 4 hours long, but I really enjoyed this, but it does leave a few questions that don’t quite fit into the second film.

Blogs

Red Metal reviews Pokemon Stadium, a game that I played a fair bit with friends as a teenager. The main game was never as much fun as the mini-games.

Guardian Acorn reviews the third entry in a series I really enjoyed: Penny Arcade’s On The Rainslick Precipice

of Darkness Episode 3. It’s not for everyone.

Pete’s Corner takes an early look at Chasm. I’m not really into Metroidvanias right now as there seems to be rather a lot of them. Still, this looks like one of the better efforts.

Jett from In Third Person has been writing about Street Fighter all week. It’s a series that I love and it’s always fun

What have you fine folks been up to? Plenty of gaming and other media consumption I hope. Why not let me know?

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24 thoughts on “I’m Rob, and Here’s What I’ve Been…Doing – 21/4/19

  1. Hey, thanks for the shout! Pokémon Stadium really hasn’t aged well. As you suggest, only the mini-games have held up with any degree of grace, and they’re not enough of a reason to pick the game up.

    I really want to try Seriko at some point because I really liked Dark Souls and I like classic jidaigeki films, so this seems like a match made in heaven.

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  2. I sympathize with your Sekiro thoughts. I was never the parrying type in soulsborne games, and now I felt forced to. Oddly enough, I’m playing the most recent god of war right now and there is a parry mechanic that I’m using, and using well. Maybe it will send me some positive vibes on over to Sekiro once I’m done.

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  3. I’ve gotten back into Starbound, and now I’m really enjoying it. I do exploring in Admin mode, because the fall damage is ridiculous, but nothing else has changed about how I play the game. I’m currently ignoring the main storyline in order to explore more planets, eventually I’ll build something and make a home.

    I picked up a survival game called Weirdworld, and it’s a strange and hilarious experience. I’m not very far into the game, but I’m enjoying it, though not as much as Starbound.

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  4. I agree with your thoughts on Sekiro. In Dark Souls and Bloodborne, I was usually the one taking my time and opening to certain attacks but now it just feels weird to parry and go in for the aggressive attacks. I’m liking the game just fine though, really great game but its hard to wrap your head around more aggressive attacks since the other games were so slow and you had to take your time.

    I finally reached the endgame in The Division 2 and man it’s really good. Probably one of the best and rewarding endgames I’ve seen yet in any looter shooter plus new missions and a new enemy to tackle.

    I’ve been struggling with the Borderlands Remaster as I’m just not in the mood to play the game again since I’ve already played it, I hoped I would be a Level 30 by now but I’m only a Level 20 and beginning to feel bored with it. Why am I getting flashbacks to my original playthrough in 2009! Agh.

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    1. I suppose the thing with looter shooters is that they’ve evolved a lot since Borderlands came out. Going back to it would feel like going back to an inferior product rather than the classic it probably feels like.

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      1. I suppose you’re right. I have been spoiled by the likes of The Division 2 and maybe to an extent Destiny 1 to enjoy something as basic as the original Borderlands. The original Borderlands just harkens back to 2009 mechanics and that 2009 gameplay ( I’m too reminded of 2009 to enjoy it.) , which hinders it than the classic it should probably feels like. I will grind through it though for that hot review.

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      2. Whilst there was some fun to it, a lot of missions were simply “Kill 11 of these” or “Collect 15 of those”. I don’t think it’s aged that well. The second game was much more creative, but was still guilty of a lot of that.

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  5. Interesting about Sekiro being so offensive for the combat. Honestly that sounds like a blast to me, but it seems like a rare choice for that kind of 3D combat. Hopefully it clicks with you more as the game goes on, but either way it looks like you’ve got quite a few fun games to keep on playing in the meanwhile. For the movies, Ready Player One is definitely one I want to check out soon! Really just for the cameos and references, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest to an extent while I’m there.

    For games I’ve been focusing on Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission and playing Super Smash Bros a lot. Once I’m done with DB it’s time to finally go back to the Star Wars marathon. I can finally play the original Battlefront game for the PS2.

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      1. I’m definitely enjoying it a lot. There’s a lot of gameplay elements that I don’t really understand, but I’ve got enough to at least beat the campaign. It’s a very long game so it’s not lacking in content, but I do think everything in the shop is too much money. You’ll be grinding for well over 100 hours if you want to 100% the game. I like trying to do everything but this is one game where I’ll probably just stop after the story

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  6. I’ve been waiting on Sekiro myself, and for much the same reason – it feels like a bit of a downgrade to have a game which HAS to be played in The One Right Way, after the Souls games gave you so many options on how you took on bosses. Honestly, I don’t know if my reflexes will be up for it!

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    1. With the bosses I’ve found myself stuck on, I can ALMOST beat them but always come up short. In Souls I’d go and grind a bit and come back more powerful but that isn’t really an option here as getting more powerful really only comes from beating bosses.

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  7. I started playing Ace Attorney and I’m mad I’m only just now discovering it’s greatest. It’s SO dramatic. I love it. The last thing I watched was Russian Doll on Netflix, which was amazing. It’s a Groundhog Day-esque series where the main character winds up at her 36th birthday party every time she dies I also finally caught The Incredibles 2, and I went to see Avengers: Endgame.

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