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czk51

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#780026 Xenoblade 2 Direct last night!

Posted by czk51 on 08 December 2017 - 12:07 PM

 

 

Bro, I have not started the first one yet.

Should I start or finish Zelda first?

 

 

 

You're picking up XC2 right? I'd finish Zelda tbh.

 

XC1 took be around 80 hours and that was with minimal side questing (though it was kinda rushed coz i skipped a bunch of tutorials and neglected menus making the game waaaaay harder for me than it needed to be lol) 

 

How freaking cool is it that the open world designers from BotW were also involved in XC2? Argh i can't wait!?!? !

 

(for anyone wondering, I created a new thread xc2 thread in nintendo wii u - searched for this one and thought it'd been removed but was in general) 

 

How's the game so far?

 

 

Absolutely loving it. Can't put it down. Definite contender of GOTY for me, even against Zelda, though I'll have to finish it before making that call in concrete. The world, the combat, the characters, exploration, even the goofy anime tropes, has me hooked. 


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#779437 Xenoblade 2 Direct last night!

Posted by czk51 on 30 November 2017 - 10:08 AM

Bro, I have not started the first one yet.

Should I start or finish Zelda first?

 

 

 

You're picking up XC2 right? I'd finish Zelda tbh.

 

XC1 took be around 80 hours and that was with minimal side questing (though it was kinda rushed coz i skipped a bunch of tutorials and neglected menus making the game waaaaay harder for me than it needed to be lol) 

 

How freaking cool is it that the open world designers from BotW were also involved in XC2? Argh i can't wait!?!? !

 

(for anyone wondering, I created a new thread xc2 thread in nintendo wii u - searched for this one and thought it'd been removed but was in general) 


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#779321 Devil May Cry 5 - Leak!

Posted by czk51 on 29 November 2017 - 10:05 AM

 

Hopefully it's not as average as DmC.

 

That was my favourite one of the series.

 

 

Same. I honestly wasn't expecting to love it, especially since I was coming into it as an OG-purist. But yeah, in my top 5 of all time games I reckon. 


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#779162 Grinding!

Posted by czk51 on 27 November 2017 - 09:56 AM

A huge aspect to a lot of games, the grind for xp or gear can definitely be real. What games do you love or hate grinding in? 

 

As I sit here at work (oops I shouldn't be creating lengthy posts lol) I'm currently playing Xenoblade Chronicles on my 3DS and I'm up to the last boss. I thought was relatively high level, until I got smoked out of the water time and time again. Looked up online and suffice to say, I have a ways to go. So it's back to the grind! The cool part about this game is 1) it's portable being on 3ds and 2) a lot of the battling is automatic. So what I do is load up an area with slightly lower level enemies, run my party infront of a mob, put my 3DS down and let them go at it, while I'm at work. I just need to glance at it every now and then and move them to another spot. It'll take a while to get up to another level but it's a great way to 'play' and grind XP while I'd otherwise have it in sleep mode.  

 

Dragon Quest VIII, again on 3DS, was similar in that you can set the battle to auto, and have a member actually summon enemies and leave the game alone for the most part. 

 

These 2 methods are extremely passive but I do love that I can actually play without playing when I'm trying to juggle work, home life and gaming. 

 

Another favorite grind of mine is Disgaea 5. That game lends it so well to being exploited, I mean it has a freakin 'cheat shop' in the main hub where you can adjust xp gained, along with maps that seem to be created just for levelling. What I'd do was take my most powerful character, load her party with other members I wanted to also level up, crank the xp gain right up along with the enemy levels, one-shot a bunch of them, reap the rewards. On top of that you can send other party members out on passive missions to also level up in parallel. The freedom was ridiculously fun!

 

I spent one xmas holiday glued to The Crew where you can grind events for parts. It was again repetitive but fun as hell. Doing the monthly Wild Run events netted great parts and was super satisfying equipping new items and improving my cars performance. 

 

Worst? Will have to think of some. Year 1 Destiny comes to mind! 

 


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#779132 Pokemon

Posted by czk51 on 26 November 2017 - 06:02 PM

Thanks, got 3, pretty common.
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#778354 Games You've Actually Completed Recently

Posted by czk51 on 18 November 2017 - 03:35 PM

Pokken Tournament DX (Switch) story mode.
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#776921 Games You've Actually Completed Recently

Posted by czk51 on 06 November 2017 - 12:03 PM

My friends all had nintendo's, we couldn't afford one so best I could do was borrow my grandma's C64 and play Giana Sisters. Yeah it wasn't as good but I made do with it at the time. 


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#776900 Micro Transactions and Lootboxes! It gets worse?!?!

Posted by czk51 on 06 November 2017 - 09:48 AM

Just on microtransactions, and this is a little bit different from the SoM or even SWBF2 scenarios but thought I'd drop my experiences with my kid. 

 

I download free games for my son on his Android tablet for him to play on the weekends. I make sure they are reputable sources, like the official companies, and go into it knowing full well they are littered with micro transactions and paid booster packs.

 

 

In the past, he's enjoyed the Cars game which was also free and I've had zero issues paying a bit of cash towards ingame gems to help him progress (you use the gems to purchase new vehicles or tracks). I explain that the game is free and that sometimes it's good to put up for the hard work that's gone into development. It's a fair system: you can grind it out or purchase exactly what you need.

 

I recently purchased Fifa 18 on Switch which has the 'pack' based unlockable items and I know it's a satisfying feeling earning these, then opening them to see what you get. Takes me wayyyyy back to the good ol' days saving up for Garage Pail Kids cards at the dairy. In Fifa I find it easy enough to earn the money in game then buy the packs (actually Ive since learned it's easier to buy on the market but that's beside the point)

 

The latest one I downloaded for my son is a Nina Turtles game, also free, and has the same 'card packs' as paid features. So what my son, 5 years old, is seeing in game is the ability to purchase these card packs and improve his play time. The key difference here I'm getting at was that Cars and other games feature either an ingame currency that you can purchase like gems, to put towards something in the game, and then you have paid gambling with the mystery packs of cards. 

 

I'm all too familiar with that little dopamine hit you get when you open them, then more importantly, the crushing defeat when you either get garbage cards or duplicates. 

 

Who knows what algorythems or pre-checks go into these to see what you currently have, what you need, and what will get you spending more money. 

 

It's led to a lot more explaining, coz he often says 'it's only a dollar to get another pack' kinda thing. 

 

TLDR / Summary: this stuff ain't going away and kids are going to be exposed to it early. There needs to be education on these coz I think that it can quickly ramp up to addiction + massive lists of transactions for the vulnerable. 

 

I've made sure that my credit card details are locked behind a password just in case!! 


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#775743 Nintendo Halloween Sale - 3DS + Switch

Posted by czk51 on 25 October 2017 - 10:32 AM

3DS and Switch eshops have a decent selection of games for download. Some at half price (Snake Pass on Switch, Shin Megami on 3DS), most of the others are around 20% off. Definitely worth checking out. 

 

 

Here's the list on the US Switch eshop (with US prices) but I think the list of games is the same for nz:

 

https://www.nintendo...release|des|-|-

 

 


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#775389 Pokemon

Posted by czk51 on 20 October 2017 - 07:49 AM

http://www.pokemongo...t/halloween2017

 

 
Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, and other spooky Pokémon are back again this Halloween, and this time, they’re bringing some special friends! Sableye, Banette, and a few other Ghost-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will be making their first-ever appearance in Pokémon GO. The rest of the Pokémon first seen in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will gradually arrive starting as early as December! We hope Trainers enjoy this special Halloween treat. The Halloween celebration will start on October 20 at 12:00 P.M. PDT and run until November 2 at 1:00 P.M. PDT.

 

 


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#768801 Games You've Actually Completed Recently

Posted by czk51 on 01 September 2017 - 07:44 AM

Sonic Mania. Played in tiny drips and drabs over the last week but enjoyed every minute. Will go back for the chaos emeralds over coming weeks I guess. 


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#766306 FINAL FANTASY XV: Assassin’s Festival

Posted by czk51 on 25 August 2017 - 02:45 PM

Trailer: 

 


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#764298 Pokemon

Posted by czk51 on 22 August 2017 - 02:11 PM

^^ woot just noticed  that was my 2000th post. I'm shamelessly using this double post to celebrate. 

 

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#763773 Nintendo NX now Nintendo Switch

Posted by czk51 on 16 August 2017 - 09:55 AM

It all depends on what you are currently playing (console / pc / what games you enjoy / are you a trophy or achievements addict and can you live without them)

 

Regarding issues: at the beginning users reported issues of joy cons not syncing and screen scratching. I've had the joy cons de-sync a few times but re-connect them without a problem. It's been patched as well so might be fixed for good. Scratches I've avoided just by being super careful placing or removing it from the toaster. 

 

The wifi is piss-weak and lots (but not all) users have this problem. 

 

For me the biggest draw is the portability. Many games are cross platform and I'd usually grab them on ps4 but the portability means I can play them on my lunch break at work. It's pretty much replaced my 3DS in this regard. 

 

The currently library? Subjective. I loved Zelda, got a lot of enjoyment out of Arms and Splatoon, and also picked up other non-exclusives like Binding of Isaac, Disgaea 5, Sonic, Has Been Heros, TumbleSeed, Lego City Undercover etc etc just coz, again, of portability. 

 

Did / do you own a wii u? Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is great and all but hard to recommend forking out again on switch if you already own it. With Pokken Tournament on it's way, same goes. I hope to see more Wii U games brought over, but that's only coz I never had one. 

 

In short: hell yes. It's an amazing device with awesome games and it never leaves my side. But your mileage may vary :)

 

Better living everyone! 


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#763395 DRAGON QUEST XI got full 40 pts from Famitsu review

Posted by czk51 on 10 August 2017 - 11:55 AM

I have VIII on 3DS and about 20 hours in, but I've decided to revert back to Xenoblade Chronicles since the XC2 is out this year and DQXI is further away. Awesome game, such easy grinding with the auto battle feature. 


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