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  1. Retroguy

    Spider-Man PS4 - Insomniac swings into action!

    I was finding the combat pretty stupidly easy, with no reason to use all the gadgets you’re given (one of my pet peeves). Just unlocked the fight challenges, and they’re a whole level apart. Just got gold on my first one when I realised you can kill some guys simply by blasting them off the sides of the challenge area. I’d been ignoring the suit powers most of the time, or rather just forgetting them, since they weren’t needed. It’s great to have a fight where you’re finally forced to use all your toys. Also, the rate of slowed time when the gadget wheel is open is perfect- it slows down just enough to give you time to see what’s available and pick something, whilst still giving you enough urgency. Just wish there was more of a visible scoring mechanic for mixing things up like I think there is in Batman.
  2. Retroguy

    Castle Rock - Stephen King and JJ Abrams

    Might be more chatter if anyone actually picks it up in the UK Was hoping Fox would, as they did with 22.11.63, but there’s still no word yet.
  3. Actually, you can leave the slime slot machine to play itself for a while (and it actually seems to make you a fair return that way), so it’s not as bad as previous entries in the series Having said that Erik’s accent is weird and changes quite a bit, the later ones are much better. The fifth party member in particular could have been annoying, but he’s actually great. The personality and attention to detail with the translation and localised play on words are what help raise this above what could be a generic jrpg.
  4. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see any story coming from this quest at all- it doesn’t build the world or add to characters you know. They’d have been far better off having side quests fill in details of the playable character back stories. That’d have value. And it’s two minutes that could have been far less than that, since all the zig zagging around is pointless busy work with no challenge whatsoever.
  5. They don’t really tell stories though- it’s just incidental details about characters you know nothing about, nor are invested in. That’s not really a story. They don’t do anything to enrich the world at all and are totally forgettable. At the very least, don’t make me travel back and forth and back again in just pointless busywork.
  6. Yeah, there’s one where you get a letter from person a, who tells you to take it to person b, who tells you to take another letter to person c, who then writes ANOTHER bloody better you have to then take back to person b. And all of this when you can teleport anyway so there’s no challenge whatsoever, and there’s no story telling or world building in it either. I’m all for an element of nostalgia in games, but there are reasons we evolved away from certain things in games design.
  7. The trouble with that is by then the reward you get is useless. I finally did it, but the recipe was for a hat and outfit which were already worse than what I had on. And that was with just 5 party members. It’s a pet peeve of mine, but stuff like that is just poor game design which is so obvious, yet still gets left in games. Relying on a random mechanic is just stupid, especially with the reward being easily outmoded.
  8. Yeah that’s what I meant about benching a character- even using that, I haven’t had a certain two characters pepped up at the same time for over 10 hours now, it’s infuriating. The reward is a recipe book, so I can’t even tell if it’s worth it anymore. One of the casino games has 5 pages of instructions, each time I use it, I spin it, try to stop the rollers on the right items, lose, and that’s it. I read 5 pages for that!! I can’t even seem to use the minimum amount of tokens it requires- it goes straight to three times the amount :/
  9. Whoever thought putting in quests where you have to use certain pep skills to kill monsters is an idiot. It’s bad enough that it’s a hidden mechanic for choosing when characters get pepped up, but even worse when you need a certain three characters pepped up at once (and that’s even taking into account the ability to bench one who’s pepped up and bring them back when you need them). I’ve had a quest for about 10 hours now and still not had the situation where two charaacters I need are pepped up at once, despite having them in my party at the same time- it’s just stupid game design.
  10. Generally, it’s just the equipped weapons that will change with your appearance. However, there are several ‘sets’ of clothing which will change how you look, but you have to equip all of them. For example, the bunny costume, bunny ears and fishnet tights. Nothing will change until you equip all three, but some sets just require two items. If you go into the stat page for each item, it’ll tell you if this happens, and the other items you need.
  11. Retroguy

    Spider-Man PS4 - Insomniac swings into action!

    You don’t even have to do that- if you click on the icon on the map to set a waypoint, it highlights exactly where it is. They really needed to add more challenge than just physically finding the bags when they make it so easy to find them- there’s no challenge and you shouldn’t have to avoid using multiple things they put in the game to add a tiny element of it. Yeah, you kind of get the impression changes were made to this, but they left the mission tab in there for some weird reason. The worst bit is when the game wants you to do more side content and there’s like a message on that screen saying ‘not available’ or similar.
  12. Retroguy

    Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion AVAILABLE NOW

    Surely there must be a way they could prevent cloud saves from being used to cheat in such a way? Doesn’t the same situation exists with the other consoles? I’d have paid for this service if it actually worked with all games, but if they can’t even get that right and there’s in fact still no way to prevent me losing all my progress in a game if something goes wrong with the console, then I’m out. It’s bad enough that paying for it is the only way to backup saves, even worse that it doesn’t work in all cases.
  13. Retroguy

    Spider-Man PS4 - Insomniac swings into action!

    Anyone got any tips for photographing landmarks? I’ve tried 10 different buildings, trying all different angles/heights, and can’t get the camera to turn green once. EDIT: forget that, I’d forgotten you have to hold down the left trigger to focus.
  14. Purely a novelty, it has no strategic bearing at all.
  15. I’ve got the fifth companion now, so have the option to switch people in and out of battles, which should give it a bit more depth. The only issue I have with the game so far is that everything is very slow, from the voices in the cutscenes to getting new abilities. I find myself skipping ahead to the next text box sometimes as I just can’t stand the laborious pace at which every single character speaks. And skill points are doled out at a very slow rate, especially considering how expensive some of the skills are. I’d advise everyone to buy a few abilities for each weapon, just so they’ve got a few options to play around with early on. Forcing yourself to save points and specialise in just one tree, and you’re going to be in for a long, rather dull wait without any fun skills. Due to the slow pace, I’m actually finding it’s not pulling me back in after I stop playing anywhere near as much as a new jrpg usually would. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to play, but I’m not dying to get back to it as I usually am in the early stages of such a game.

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