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sib

LtSarge wrote:

for over 125 hours across almost two years

Woah, congrats!
What's next on the list..?

sib

LtSarge

@sib Thanks! I'm currently working through Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance on PS4. I also got a good amount of games on the side that I still need to finish, such as Fallout 3 + DLC, Mafia: Definitive Edition, L.A. Noire, BioShock etc. Lots of old games now that I think about it, lol.

LtSarge

RR529

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PS4) - Don't have too much time to play PS4 these days, so I finally bit for this since I casually enjoyed the past DOA games as something to quickly drop in & out of, so I've goofed around with it enough the past few weekends to have some thoughts on it.
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This title looks totally serious.

Gameplay:

  • It's a 3D fighter with a generally fast paced combat flow centering on a rock, paper, scissors mechanic (strikes beat grapples, grapples beat blocks, and blocks beat strikes) and combo juggling your opponent into oblivion (while it is possible to counter strikes at the right moment, which is useful in higher calibur play if you can get to grips with it, in general if someone gets locked into a combo prepare for around half of their total health to take a hit before really getting a chance to retaliate).
  • Otherwise the stages are highly interactive and will either have electrified boundaries (or even floors!) or have the ability for combatants to be knocked off a ledge or through a wall (and even through a weak floor!) into a different area accuring damage during impacts on the way down (some stages have a set number of drops, while a few actually infinitely loop between 2 or 3 areas). Maybe not the best for competitive play (though I'm sure there are options to shut it off), but as someone who just plays for casual fun I never tire of the spectacle (one of my favorites is a stage that starts off on the top of a skyscraper with some steel beams on one of the corners, and the first time someone gets knocked into the corner the beams fall down, and the second time the fighter falls off into a traffic accident caused by the beams, bouncing off of an exploding semi). There are usually some other interactive elements as well, such as objects (like glaciers, tables, etc.) that are breakable, certain grapples will be different up against a wall, and getting into water will temporarily wet the combatants' clothes.
  • In terms of content on offer it has a Story mode (a couple hours long campaign that puts you in the shoes of most characters, each usually has 3 fights, interspersed with cutscenes), Arcade (with 7 difficulty options, you'll face a set number of randomized foes), Survival (kind of an endless mode I suppose), and of course the standard Free Play & Training modes (including a mode where you can practice going through each character's combo pool). Most modes have Tag Team variants (which is pretty self explanatory) & online play. It even has a Spectator mode where you can view fights you've saved or watch endless CPU bouts with a (pretty barebones) photo mode so you can capture that special moment.
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  • It has a pretty full roster that features nearly every character that has appeared in the series thus far, newcomers Rig, Mila, Phase 4 (a Kasumi clone), Nyotengu, Honoka, & Marie Rose, further Ninja Garden crossover with Rachael & Momiji joining the fray, Virtua Fighter guests Akira, Jacky, Sarah, & Pai, and even King of Fighter's Mai Shiranui (although a pretty natural fit, she's one of only two DLC characters not part of the core game).
  • Of course alt costumes have long been a core part of DOA's appeal, and the game doesn't short change on that front. Each character starts out with 2 costumes unlocked, and have anywhere from around 5 - 12 to unlock, with a couple usually being pallet swaps (the female fighters tend to have more costumes). They are unlocked in consecutive order each time you clear arcade mode with a fighter (as far as I can tell this can all be done so on the easiest difficulty, though I can't say definitively as I'm most definitely not going clear it a dozen times with each character). Outside of that it has an absolutely obscene amount of DLC costumes (some of the female fighters have dozens, & I mean costume counts that get into the 50's when combined with what they have in the base game). They are usually sold for $2-$3 a pop, or bundled together in $20-$30 groupings (the game itself at this point is $40, so even two bundles at this point will likely cost more than the game itself, and again it has over a dozen different bundles, so you do the math). Of course this is all purely cosmetic, so if you feel the need to buy absolutely everything rather than the occasional outfit for your favorite few characters maybe that's more on you (some people absolutely lambasted KT for the total cost of all the DLC). Full disclosure, I caved and bought a couple of bundles of crossover licensed costumes (including the Senran Kagura set), as the licenses are starting to run out and are being delisted from the store (the game came out in 2015, and a few sets were delisted earlier this year, while one of the sets I bought was delisted just a few days after the fact). The vast majority are original though (or from other KT owned franchises like Dynasty Warriors) so shouldn't be going anywhere any time soon. Another thing to note is that some of the DLC costumes get battle damage & break apart (they are noted by a red star on the selection screen).
  • I should also mention about the DLC costumes is that when you buy the game you'll be prompted to download a few dozen free "costume catalogs" as well. You don't have to download them, but they contain the data for the DLC costumes so you'll need them installed to see them online (if your opponent is using one) or buy the DLC yourself. Also, I forgot to mention before that each character usually has 2 or 3 random DLC costumes unlocked from the getgo along with their default 2 base game costumes (I guess as a taste of what you'd get with the full set), so that's another reason to download these. I figured I should mention it though as I've seen some confusion online from those who've purchased DLC that isn't showing up (it's because they forgot to DL the corresponding catalog beforehand).

Visual/Audio:

  • It was originally a PS360 title, so nothing cutting edge, but it looks really clean & performs really well on PS4. The fighter models themselves still look really appealing if I say so myself. Stages look crisp and range from futuristic labs/military instillations, colorful natural venues & tropical resorts, neon infused metropolises, dingy urban back lots & more.
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    Didn't really get a good overall shot of a stage, so here's Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa doing a bit of self promotion while fighting Virtua Fighter's Akira.
  • DOA has always been known for specific "details" of it's character models, and DOA5: Last Round goes all out on options in that regard. To get the elephant out of the room first, yes, there are 4 different options in regards to the series' staple jiggle physics. It's set to "Natural" by default (with minimal movement), however they can also be set to "DOA" (classic eggagerated physics), "LR" (I'm assuming exclusive to Last Round, gives the female fighters completely bonkers DOA Extreme levels of mobility), or you can even turn them off completely. "DOA" & "LR" modes even include bonus jiggle mapped to the DS4's gyro function. Outside of that, there are options to turn on sweat & dirty appearances if fights last awhile or a character gets knocked to the ground.
  • I wouldn't say it has standout music, but what it has fits the theme of the game. Has kind of a rockish sound in the menus, and a soft ballad type number that plays during the story mode credits.

Story:

  • Believe it or not the DOA series does have an overarching narrative, though historically it's hit the same beats as typical fighter fare, with the mysterious organization known as DOATEC trying to learn the secrets of the Mugen Tenshin ninja clan in an effort to create super soldiers, and naturally they throw regular martial arts tournaments as part of their plans. Historically the story outcome was determined by which character you cleared arcade mode with (with only a few being considered canon ends, I assume), however that changes here...
  • You see, DOA5 is the first numbered entry in the series to feature a dedicated story mode with cutscenes and a set path (the first was Dimensions on 3DS, which cumulated the intended narratives of DOA 1 - 4 into one). At the end of DOA 4 Helena Douglas (the heiress of DOATEC's founder) destroyed the company from within (with the help of a certain ninja clan) after finding out the plans of the shadowy forces within, and here in 5, while building a newly reformed DOATEC she discovers the previous shadow forces have simply moved elsewhere continuing their work & she recruits the help of the Mugen Tenshin clan to shut them down once & for all (naturally throwing a martial arts tournament to cover her tracks in bringing them together). It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done (though the end boss is a b**** as it can shapeshift into different characters at will, changing it's moveset).
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    Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa is (a playable fighter) heavily involved in the story as an ally of the Mugen Tenshin fighters (Kasumi, Ayane, & Hayate), and in fact the entirety DOA series (including the volleyball games) is canon with the modern Ninja Gaiden trilogy.
  • It should also be noted that DOA5 takes place after a 2 year time skip since 4, as a means of aging up Ayane, Kasumi and a few other female fighters to avoid criticism from western circles in regards to the sexualization angle (the two heroines were 16 & 17 previously, so now 18 & 19).

Conclusion:

  • It's not some GotY juggernaut, or even a fighter I plan on playing seriously, but I find it to be very fun comfort food when I want to jump in & out of something.
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Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

urrutiap

Spent the entire day of Christmas Eve yesterday playing the last few things in original Final Fantasy VII for my Nintendo Switch Lite and beat the game. I almost forgot about Ultimate Weapon which it was hiding out in that big waterfall crater area the whole time while i was catching and breeding chocobos. Managed to beat Emerald with just Cloud and bunch of Omnislashes the entire time.

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LtSarge

Finished Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD on PS4 today. All in all it's a pretty good KH game. It started off rather slow story-wise but became way more interesting towards the end and I can see now why it's important to play this game as it sets up everything before KH3. The gameplay system is like a mix of Birth By Sleep and KH2. You can assign different attacks to utilise but they cannot level up or combined to make more powerful attacks like in BBS. Moreover, the combat feels more liberating, like you can move around much better than in previous games and it makes hitting enemies more satisfying compared to the stale movement of previous games.

It's definitely nowhere near as good as BBS or KH2 since it severely lacks worlds and it's rather short because of that. Also there's a distinct lack of Disney characters in this game and a fair amount of reused worlds from previous games, which is not good considering that this game barely has any original worlds to begin with.

So yeah, the gameplay system pretty much carried the majority of the game for me until the end when the story started getting good. I'm glad that I've finally experienced this game now and I've already starting going through the second title in the 2.8 collection. Hopefully I can be done with this collection this weekend.

LtSarge

dmcc0

Finished Tomb Raider reboot earlier in the week, then Duck Tales Remastered (both on Steam) just in time for getting my Series S on Xmas day. Loved Tomb Raider, similar gameplay to Uncharted etc. Duck tales was ok. Not the best platformer I've ever played, but solid enough. Killed a few hours and got it off the backlog!

No idea what to play now as I've so much to choose from with Game Pass and my backlog on other systems too. Nice problem to have though.

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Krzzystuff

I beat Brutal Legend. After you finish the main story or brings you back to the game so can keep doing the side quests...is there more to the story or is it just for achievements?

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Tasuki

@dmcc0 Unless you grew up with DuckTales on the NES DuckTales Remastered isn't going to impress you. It's just your typical platformer.

RetiredPush Square Moderator and all around retro gamer.

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JoakimZ

@Tasuki I grew up with DuckTales on NES, and I actually think that being a fan of the original game just makes the remaster worse. I was hugely disappointed with the remaster, and I felt that the developers really missed the mark and was trying to please the fans of the TV show more than the fans of the original game.

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Tasuki

@JoakimZ Well the NES game was based off of the TV show. I thought it did well especially adding the voice talents. The biggest gripe I had was the hit detection was a bit off. Of course it's been a few years since I played it.

RetiredPush Square Moderator and all around retro gamer.

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LtSarge

Well on top of Dream Drop Distance, I've now also finished playing Kingdom Hearts A Fragmentary Passage and I just got done watching the short movie Chi Back Cover. I'm now all caught up with the series and ready to play Kingdom Hearts 3! Though that might not be for quite some time, so now I'll have to look for other games to play in the meantime.

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Nerdfather1

The last game I beat is Immortals Fenyx Rising. I finished it last night and had one hell of a time with the game. I’ll probably start Gears 5 Hivebusters tonight when I go get off work.

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HansCastorp

Mafia DE. Easily my 2020 GOTY. Amazing story, graphics and music.

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Fenbops

Gears of War 4 and thought it was a blast. Great looking game too considering it’s age. The last few levels in particular are great fun.

Onto gears 5 next, which I believe looks stunning on the series X.

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Ryu_Niiyama

Greedfall. Got the balance and bad ending.

Taiko is good for the soul, Hoisa!
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sib

Just beat fallen order..!!
3rd game finished this year..!!

Gonna take a few days off now, then getting stuck into Ryse 😙

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sib

@HansCastorp
Heard lots of good things about Mafia.
May have to pick it up in the sale 🤔

sib

HansCastorp

@sib Yeah, mate. When you have the chance, just buy it. Was so good, it stuck with me since then.

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urrutiap

Last recent game i just played and beat was Final Fantasy VIII for my Nintendo Switch. Played the last few bits of the game from 7 pm to 10 pm tonight. Forgot how annoying Ultimecias castle is to unseal your stuff. been a long long time since played the game since early 2000ish

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dmcc0

Just finished Titanfall 2. Not usually a FPS fan, but really enjoyed this one. Nice varied gameplay, and not too long so it didn't overstay it's welcome. Another game I probably wouldn't have looked if it wasn't for Game Pass

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