What did you play this weekend?

I finished up The Ascent. Fun game, great setting, a mess of a story. I hope we see more.

Having pulled a character I've been waiting for for quite some time, I spend the rest of my gaming time in Genshin Imapact.

Veloxi wrote:

I of course played a lot of Final Fantasy XIV Online, but also played some Viscerafest and DOOMBRINGER as I'm on a retro FPS kick of late.

I’ll have to check those out.

Prodeus really got me back into retro FPS recently so I’ve been replaying the old Doom games but Realms Deep 2021 this past weekend meant that lots of classic FPS style games were on sale so I picked up Dusk and Amid Evil. I finished Dusk already and started Amid Evil.

Apparently Prodeus is adding a bunch more levels in a couple weeks!

I worked my way through Cainhurst Castle in Bloodborne. Took several stabs at the boss but started running out of vials and bullets, so I need to go farm some more before I try again. I watched a couple videos for the boss fight so I think I have a good idea of how to approach him, it's just a matter of executing well, with a dash of luck thrown in.

Dusk and Amid Evil are great.

I finished Twelve Minutes. Really cool mechanics. Mind bogglingly stupid story. Totally worth it on Game Pass. I probably would've been happy to have paid for it if not for Game Pass, but you've got to be into mystery-puzzle solving and able to accept that the end does not have a good payoff.

I finished the Kate Bishop stuff on Marvel's Avengers . Contra Twelve Minutes, game play is just pretty mixed, but I really like the story.

I played a few runs of Hades. I'm slightly struggling with this game. It feels good, I like the art and the characters, I've done reasonably well (I'm at the point where I pretty much always beat Meg, and have made it into Elysium twice) and am unlocking things and seeing more little story beats and stuff, but... I find it hard to get motivated to run through Tartarus yet again. It reminds me of my time with Geometry Wars: after you're good enough to put together a run that lasts like 5+ minutes, getting through those first 2-3 minutes starts to feel extra tedious. I just want to get to the next challenge I was working on! I know I can do stuff to mix it up like choose different weapons, and I can focus on acquiring items to upgrade my character and world overall in hopes of making it easier to blast through the earlier areas, so I intend to stick with it. But if I don't actually end up doing that, this feeling will be why.

Played a bit of Fortnite. I'm wondering what's going on with matchmaking in this game. Are they using bots more or something? Two reasons: 1)In the space of about 90 minutes I earned *2* solo Victory Royales. This is a feat I usually accomplish like once a season. Nothing super surprising about each of the wins themselves, so maybe I just got lucky--found the right weapons at the right time, and thankfully was not up against a super-builder at the end (I almost never build in Fortnite, only to reach a floating item or panic throw a wall behind me to stop bullets if being chased). But also, I was playing to complete the Superman challenges, and one of them involved a quest where I had to get shot by another player and survive for 30 seconds after, and two different times I ran up to another player waiting for them to shoot at me only to have them spray bullets in my direction repeatedly without ever managing to hit me. At one point I was 10 feet away from a player, standing still, and they kept shooting around my sides, even without me moving. Their name seemed normal, so maybe it was someone on mobile, or like a 5 year old had grabbed the controls or something, but, that combined with two solo wins, I'm suspicious.

Well, I played some Pokemon Sw/Sh with my daughter, trying to get her Pokedex up to snuff and maybe getting a shiny Entei from Dynamax Adventures (still no luck there). Tried playing Minecraft Dungeons since it's on free trail with her as well, but my switch or copy of the game didn't feel like playing nice with one server or another, so that was bunk. Didn't really do much else.

I finished Amid Evil. Really enjoyed it. It’s not the best classic style FPS I’ve played but it’s top 5. Good level design. RTX used effectively. The final “world” made me think I was going to hear David Bowie singing “how you turn my world you precious thing” any moment.

I played some of the new release of Quake. Still good decades later. Holds up surprisingly well.

Edit: I had no idea just how much campaign DLC content there is for Quake. It’s like 3-4 extra full games worth.

I played a boatload of Starbase again. Last weekend my brother said in passing that a ring ship would be cool. I spent something like 40 hours over the next 8 days making a ring ship. The idea of having a ship that surrounds an asteroid on all sides while mining it was too intriguing not to try and things kept going well, like finding all the right parts to make a very large dodecahedron, so big it filled the width of the starship editor.

I launched it yesterday and immediately folks at the station started flying through it (or trying, they're bad at it) which was annoying and amusing.

I took it for a test flight and found its both more-and-less efficient than just slapping some lasers on the front of a more normal design. With a big rock it'll be way better I think.

Finished up Days Gone. It may not be perfect but I really enjoyed it. I thought the world building was great, I really enjoyed the characters, and thought the horde mechanics were very fun. It probably helps that I played it on PS5. It being 60FPS was pretty important in making the gameplay feel great.

Played a bunch of Minecraft with the kids. We're in quarantine (Wife was at a COVID exposure site but tested negative, but we have to stay in house for 2 weeks to be sure)

We tried Minecraft Dungeons on PS4 for local co-op but it was buggy as hell and kept crashing -- like, every 5-10 minutes, so we noped out of that quick smart. Kids were keen, but the crashes totally killed their enthusiasm.

Started Cyberpunk. 2 hours to get into game. It’s flashy. Boring so far.

I finished the new Quake levels Dimension Of The Machine and they were really good. Better than the other DLC levels for sure. Lots of stuff in there they never attempted in the original game. I tried to play some Quake 2 and that game doesn’t hold up as well as it’s predecessor even when playing the RTX version. It feels way slower. I loaded up Doom 3 again and same, it’s just too slow. Back to playing The Ultimate Doom now while I impatiently wait for more Prodeus content. I was going to play some Doom Eternal on PC Game Pass but it keeps giving me some error about not having an internet connection and I can’t figure it out. I finished that game on Xbox but I want to see what it feels like at high framerate since it has such fast smooth gameplay.

So far I’ve only played Octopath Traveler and I’m about to play a little more of that. Twelve Minutes has been my weekday after work game. I’ll do like 3 or 4 passes at TM before going to sleep.

pandasuit wrote:

I finished the new Quake levels Dimension Of The Machine and they were really good. Better than the other DLC levels for sure. Lots of stuff in there they never attempted in the original game. I tried to play some Quake 2 and that game doesn’t hold up as well as it’s predecessor even when playing the RTX version. It feels way slower. I loaded up Doom 3 again and same, it’s just too slow. Back to playing The Ultimate Doom now while I impatiently wait for more Prodeus content. I was going to play some Doom Eternal on PC Game Pass but it keeps giving me some error about not having an internet connection and I can’t figure it out. I finished that game on Xbox but I want to see what it feels like at high framerate since it has such fast smooth gameplay.

That's a whole lot of shooting!

polypusher wrote:

That's a whole lot of shooting!

Cross posting from the What are You Playing this Week thread because it's basically the same thing I did last weekend:

Continuing to do daily challenges in Quake Champions
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Beginning to work through the expansions in Quake Remaster - even though I always preferred the multiplayer, Quake single player is pretty darned good as well. The remaster makes it feel even better than I remembered, and the fact that at least one level had cut content re-added (which confused me initially until I learned about that) is great!

First time I've played the campaign in nearly 10 years. It has been interesting seeing what I clearly remembered, and what sections were foggier. I especially loved all the VERY CLEAR multiplayer memories from 20-25 years ago resurfacing at various specific locations throughout the game.

Finally, for something completely different, I'll be working on some more of the post-campaign content in Wolfenstein II - The New Colossus.

(Although last weekend I also finished up Hypnospace Outlaw).

I’ve been replaying Dead Space 2 again and it really holds up well.

This is the best action horror game I know. There are probably better ones out there but I don’t know of any. I love how they keep you in a single unbroken shot the entire game and almost always from Isaac’s perspective. Some of the set piece moments are incredible but the standard tense crawl through wrecked space ship is where the game shines.

The main issue I have with the game is something I never noticed before I had kids but it triggers me massively now. I’ll put it in a spoiler tag here in case it triggers you as well.

Spoiler:

The parts in this game with babies crying in the background and ones that have been turned into monsters really triggers me. Yeah I get it there were babies there and the monsters would take them over too but I don’t want to see or hear that ever ever ever. It triggers me so much I have to turn off the sound in those areas but as far as I can tell there’s no way to finish that section without shooting them. Please just add a way for me to skip this section. Add an alternative route or something. Heck make it harder or whatever I don’t care. I don’t want to hear babies crying in horror and I don’t want to shoot babies that have been turned into monsters.

The game looks really good despite its age. I’m playing the PC version so it’s high resolution and framerate. Yeah the textures are low res and the models aren’t as high poly as a new game but if I wasn’t actively looking for it I wouldn’t notice over the phenomenal atmosphere. I’m curious how effective ray tracing would be if they added it to a remaster.

More Star Fleet II, playtesting the latest version in practice mode (so I don't have to put my ongoing career at risk). So great. Had a real fun battle with a few frigates and captured some freighters. Good times.

I tried to play GTAV Online with my son but he lost patience and rage quit.

Otherwise it’s been LOTS of Psychonaughts 2.

Still playing Starbase. My friend designed a 'Spaceball One" sized mining ship (or it feels that way). He's a talented coder so he put some of his skills to use in the in game code. It has braking thrusters that automatically help keep the asteroid in the right position while you approach, mining lasers that automatically point at the asteroid using the range-finder to choose the correct angle. 3 of us have gone on a long mining trip just as a sort of shake-down cruise and its been a lot of fun just watching those lasers work.

After weeks of obsessively playing Lego City Undercover, I finally got to 100% completion, and then moved on. I've gushed about that game before, so I'm not going to do it here. (I used some guides to get the last few collectibles.)

Then, I moved on to Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure. I started playing it in July (I think?) around the time the fan translation was released, made it to chapter 3, stopped playing, and then picked it back up on Saturday. I have since reached chapter 4, and oh boy, does sh*t hit the fan, and I cannot wait to play more. I'm 40 hours in, and I think there is another 30 or so to go. I'm hoping I can wrap this one in September.

Got a new phone on Saturday, so mostly was trying out phone games, old and new. Puzzle Quest 3, Gems of War, Genshin Impact, Duolingo, Solitarica. Also played the new expansion for No Man's Sky, which is pretty cool. And a few matches of Rocket League for challenges.

Ghost of Tsushima. I didn't finish it last year and was inspired by the new DLC to go back. I can't remember why I stopped playing -- this game is great! I haven't even gone to the new island yet.

Way too much Rocket League.

Did finally start the Black Panther campaign on Avengers though. That is pretty fun.

The Outer Worlds (GWJ CRPG Club game)
VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (GWJ Adventure Club game)
Nowhere Prophet
Twilight Struggle
The Ascent Splitgate

It Takes Two. How did I miss this one when it came out? It is Fantastic.

bobbywatson wrote:

After weeks of obsessively playing Lego City Undercover, I finally got to 100% completion, and then moved on. I've gushed about that game before, so I'm not going to do it here. (I used some guides to get the last few collectibles.)

It's currently $6USD on the Switch eShop and I mashed the 'buy' button pretty hard based on all your gushing.

Looking forward to getting started.

Ted wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

After weeks of obsessively playing Lego City Undercover, I finally got to 100% completion, and then moved on. I've gushed about that game before, so I'm not going to do it here. (I used some guides to get the last few collectibles.)

It's currently $6USD on the Switch eShop and I mashed the 'buy' button pretty hard based on all your gushing.

Looking forward to getting started.

Hope you enjoy it!

bobbywatson wrote:
Ted wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

After weeks of obsessively playing Lego City Undercover, I finally got to 100% completion, and then moved on. I've gushed about that game before, so I'm not going to do it here. (I used some guides to get the last few collectibles.)

It's currently $6USD on the Switch eShop and I mashed the 'buy' button pretty hard based on all your gushing.

Looking forward to getting started.

Hope you enjoy it!

Y’all are enablers!!! $6.00 SOLD

RawkGWJ wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:
Ted wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

After weeks of obsessively playing Lego City Undercover, I finally got to 100% completion, and then moved on. I've gushed about that game before, so I'm not going to do it here. (I used some guides to get the last few collectibles.)

It's currently $6USD on the Switch eShop and I mashed the 'buy' button pretty hard based on all your gushing.

Looking forward to getting started.

Hope you enjoy it!

Y’all are enablers!!! $6.00 SOLD

If you guys don't like it then I'm going to feel bad for being a filthy enabler

That is low enough for me to double dip and snag it for convenience, and flip my Wii U copy.