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Kendrik

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Was gonna respond yesterday, then that obviously didn't happen. Welp, trying again!

Division 2 is my gaming bread-and-butter these days. Approaching the end of the base game's campaign, and the game has constantly delivered, often getting better the more I play. Just now getting to some of the sweet customization mechanics that are going to take the game to the next level for me. Hooboy.

Dabbling in ARK with workbros when I can. Finally caught my first dinos, so that was pretty neat. Found out you can build farms and stuff in the game which also excites me. Also dabbling with a private Minecraft Realm I set up for my family members and myself. Bedrock edition being everywhere makes it easy to super casually play together/have a shared space.

Finally, not that I have enough time for the above as it is, I'm trying to get going in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Love the brands. Love the mechanics. Have not had the time and focus to work on git'n gud.
 

Tek7

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Finally, not that I have enough time for the above as it is, I'm trying to get going in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Love the brands. Love the mechanics. Have not had the time and focus to work on git'n gud.
I saw that that was on sale on the Switch recently, but I skipped it because I have other fighting games that I haven't spent enough time with to feel like I got my money's worth yet; however, I'd still be interested to hear your thoughts on the game after you get more time to play it.

I already own Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the PS3 (and have hardly touched it in the year I've owned it), but I'd consider paying the Switch Tax(TM) to have a fighting game with Persona characters that I can play on the go.
 

Kendrik

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I saw that that was on sale on the Switch recently, but I skipped it because I have other fighting games that I haven't spent enough time with to feel like I got my money's worth yet; however, I'd still be interested to hear your thoughts on the game after you get more time to play it.

I already own Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the PS3 (and have hardly touched it in the year I've owned it), but I'd consider paying the Switch Tax(TM) to have a fighting game with Persona characters that I can play on the go.
Tell you what you probably already know, but base game does not have all the characters. You'll want Special Edition to get EVERYTHING, and that's $33.50 right now. You can bring down the cost and get LOTS OF THINGS for something closer to $17 by buying BASE ($4.80) + ADDITIONAL CHARACTER PACK ($12.40), and that gets you everything but Ver 2.0 new content (system level updates are for everyone regardless of buy-in). Character pack has all seven volumes of character releases totaling 22 characters. That pricing is pretty solid.

Ver 2.0 discount pricing is pretty small, 15% off-ish; it's $21.30 instead of the usual $25. Ver 2.0 has nine character and an expanded story. The "most bang for least buck" in me says Base + Additional Character Pack is your purchasing sweet spot, then get Ver 2.0 when it's on a 50% sale down the road.

Not sure why I decided on CAPS STYLING. I'ma blame the recently onset brain fog.

Of course, Special Edition includes all of the above and puts you in an overall better discount bracket. It also gets you out of the hassle of juggling DLC deals and gets you everything that's out. It's pretty fun stuff, and the team seems to have taken plays out of DBFZ's book by making inputs pretty simple. I'm of the impression that quarter-circle motions are the extent of difficulty as far as actual input stuff goes. Obviously, what you do with attacks/tools/vectors is where the depth is (as I strongly believe should be the case; despite my love of technical fighting games, I think input complexity is needless skill gating).

Gonna hit post reply before I launch even further into unsolicited opinions on fighting game philosophies. lol
 

Tek7

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Still Puzzle & Dragons. This week and next will be mostly mindless farming while doing other things. #GachaGamingLife

Making progress in Bravely Default and Persona 5 and enjoying both.

I'd gotten Steamworld Dig 2 for free on PC through Twitch Prime recently. I had played the first 30-60 minutes previously and picked it back up recently. I really enjoyed what I played, but I couldn't help but wish it was on a good sale on the Switch. A few days later, it went on sale for $8, so I bought it and I'm already almost back to where I left off on the PC version. Metroidvania + Mr. Driller on a portable gaming system? Yes, please.
 

Kendrik

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Maining Minecraft right now on Switch. Got a private Realm set up for my two siblings and myself. Been a good time. Really easy to get sucked into exploration and/or creating stuff (must be why they call it Minecraft), even more so when I can do it on my Switch.

Haven't really been on much else lately, but have been putting a good dent into Dragon Quest XI demo on Switch too. Wanting to finish the demo (which is crazy long for a demo!) before even thinking about buying the game. Definitely hitting a lot of right notes for me, though.

Mostly just chomping at the bit for the North America PC release of Phantasy Star Online 2.
 

Tek7

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Still Puzzle & Dragons and Wordscapes on mobile.

Making progress in Persona 5 and Steamworld Dig 2.

Missed TF2sday this week because I felt like death warmed over. (Nope, not the 'rona. Got tested Tuesday morning. Test results came back negative Thursday.) At least @Ember and I got in a round of Sketchful with the CGA Friday night game night crew.

Stalled out on Dragon's Crown on the Vita, but picked Odin Sphere Leifthrasir back up and enjoying mashing buttons to bring the FURY OF THE VALKYRIE. Tagging @Kendrik on this paragraph because he'd be upset if I didn't.

Gave two Ubisoft mobile "Go" games (Deus Ex Go and Lara Croft Go) a shot since they were free, but wasn't really feeling either. Planning to try out Hitman Go (which was also free) then uninstall the set if the last game doesn't tickle the ol' mobile gaming fancy.

Installed and played the first 15-20 minutes of Yooka-Laylee. I missed the collect-a-thon craze during the Banjo-Kazooie era so I doubt I'll stick with it, but I got the game as a Twitch Prime freebie months ago and finally got around to checking it out. It's pretty in 1080p and colorful and I could play it in front of the kids, but there are so many (SO MANY) games to choose from that I'll probably move on soon. (Don't worry, @BananaGirl, I'm still keeping an eye out for a good sale on A Hat in Time.)
 

Tek7

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Still Puzzle & Dragons and Wordscapes on mobile.

100%'d Steamworld Dig 2 earlier this month. The game was a wonderful mix of Mr. Driller and Metroidvania until the optional trials which comprise the very last unlockable content in the game. SD2 handles exploration extremely well and combat satisfactorily, but lacks the tight controls required for precision platforming (like that seen in games like Celeste and Super Meat Boy). Nevertheless, I cleared the trials after a few attempts and finished the game.

I've also made it as far as completing the fourth palace in Persona 5 and the third chapter in Bravely Default. Progress has been slow and sporadic.

I'm very close to finishing Bastion (I think), after which I plan to start playing either Transistor or Yakuza 0. (I haven't decided yet. I might finish Persona 5 before I take up another long-form game like Yakuza 0.)

I also recently purchased Crystal Crisis on the Switch while it was on sale for 50% and have been unlocking characters by day and playing the occasional matches with my kids in the evening. My children don't always handle losing well, so we might shelf Crystal Crisis matches in our home until they have a chance to practice more and I make certain I understand the game's handicap system correctly.
 

Kendrik

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Phantasy Star Online 2. There are other games, but I'm not playing them. PSO2 has been a looooong time coming for me, and I'm super happy with it being here. It delivers as expected. I mean, I've played it on multiple platforms before...but in Japanese.

I don't speak Japanese.

Getting to play in English, and that making it easier to get others to hop on too, is a big win for me.
 

Krissa Lox

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I've been getting into playing Crusader Kings II lately. It's got a lot of learning curve due to massive complexity, and the gameplay is mostly in managing politics rather than having direct control over city building or battle maneuvers, so it takes a certain mood to really get into it.

Normally not really my thing because I prefer building over conquering, which in this case amounts to mostly dealing with people problems and waiting for time to pass to allocate tax monies to economic and defensive advancement if I don't want to go aggressively subjugate my neighbors. However, currently it's been useful for providing some mental/stress relief while not always being able to relax enough to enjoy my more favored games from having to maintain more awareness and involvement in real-world political issues than usual. Plus, it has a very impressive attention to historical details that makes an enjoyable supplement to reading through scholarly texts, so that's a bit of a bonus.

Mostly I've been playing the kingdom of Georgia as I like the balance of power between church and government that its Feudal Orthodoxy provides, as opposed to Catholic Feudalism or Imperial Orthodoxy where imbalances can be abused to steamroll opposition by force rather than by skill or integrity. But I'm still very much a novice, so these are just my first impressions in not yet having much experience with the game. Maybe I'll come to understand the different sides better as I progress and learn more of the dynamics and nuances.

Also, this kingdom seems (relatively) a bit of a small player surrounded by hostile or opportunistic territories, so not sure what its long-term potential will turn out to be if I don't choose to be aggressively opportunistic myself. The challenge is appealing, but I'm realistic enough to know that it may hit a wall of feasibility at some point. At any rate, it's a nice diversion for the time being.
 
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