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8 Plays Today

On 03/12/2021 at 10:46 PM by KnightDriver

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I managed to get to 8 different games today. Fun stuff. Here's some details.

We Happy Few - Game Pass rewards quest asked me to get 10 kills. Instead of starting the story again, I saw something called Arcade and fought random enemies as a cop. I stumbled through the controls but managed to figure it out again and knocked out 10 with my billy club. 

Farm Together - I harvested 14k diamonds before stopping but that wasn't enough for a new plot of land. I likely need 20k or so for the next one. Each new plot costs more and requires you to be at a higher level. My farmhands ate tiramisu, muffins, pizza, sushi, curry fish, and cheesecake today. 

Max Curse of Brotherhood - I returned to this after a long long break to complete a Game Pass rewards quest. I had to blow up one of those exploding critters. No problem but I kept going to see how far I would get until I got annoyed. I got pretty far. There's a part where the big furry blue beast chases you a long distance. I couldn't get past the very last part of it. I was forced to replay it so many times I finally stopped. I like this game though. It's a puzzle platformer. 2D. Very colorful. 

Lego Indiana Jones - Super huge frustration occurred in the last segment of chapter 5 of the first Indy movie. This is where Indy fights a guy around an airplane. In retrospect, I think I was very stupid about it, but I thought I needed a shovel to finish it and every time I came into the area from the previous location, the game took my shovel away. Eventually, I gave it to the AI partner and got it in, but then I didn't have the wrench. Multiple restarts later, I realized that if you come in driving a car, the game takes whatever tool you have away from the character you control. A few more restarts later I realized I only needed the shovel and wrench for the extra stuff and not the main story. The whole time I never thought to try and fire the guns on the airplane. Once I realized that I got past the level. Sometimes I'm just thick as a brick. 

Dragon Quest XI - I am finally done with DQXI. I went deep into the extended story after the main one ended but it progressively annoyed the heck out of me. I guess this next part is spoilers so I'll conceal it. You, the Luminary, go back in time and join your crew just before the main story's end. After you win again you continue on and come across a new threat to the world. The problem is, all your team is the old team some 10 or more levels lower and the world is full of beefed-up enemies. I was doing fine with most of the random encounters, but while hunting down a side quest I stumbled upon an old mini-boss now resurrected and much more powerful. So much so it wouldn't let me flee and party-wiped me. I felt this so unfair I stopped playing. I'm not sure I'll return. 

Immortals Fenyx Rising (demo) - I really enjoyed this open-world RPG fighting game. Reminds me of God of War but with a lighter tone. Also, Heavenly Sword, if you remember that PS3 game. You collect things to craft later on and glide around with your wings. I'm not sure I'll buy it but I'll play it if I can rent or it comes to Game Pass. 

Serious Sam Collection - I did buy this recently. It's Serious Sam 1, 2 and 3 and the DLC for 2 and 3 all remastered. I played some co-op online for a minute and couldn't figure out where I was or where I was going, so I started single-player of SS1. I was a little slow to get the hang of this fast-paced run-and-gun again. I still remember playing SS1 on my PC way back in probably 2002 or so. Eventually, my friend will get it too and we'll do some co-op. 

Star Renegades - This on Game Pass released back in November or so. It's a turn-based strategy game set in a hard SciFi universe. That sounds like a slow-paced game but the way they handle the battles feels very fast. You have a bar that tells you how long each of your moves will take and where the enemy will be in time. You can plan to delay them and set up strong attacks. So you're thinking about the time element constantly even though it's turn-based. I love the cyborgs, mechanoids, beefed-up Warhammer-style soldiers, and specialist characters. Your crew camps together and exchange boosts from cards to help them in the next battle. They also develop relationships that unlock co-op moves kind of like in Fire Emblem. I was really getting into it when I had to stop for the day. 

For next week, I put Spider-Man Miles Morales for PS4 on hold at my library. Can't go wrong with Insomniac games. 



Joaquim Mira Media Manager

03/12/2021 at 11:25 PM

Could always farm for Metal Slimes to increase your level significantly. There's a way to do it where you can 100% get Metal slimes, and increase the XP and gold from such encounters. Relies on the use of Pep Powers.


03/13/2021 at 10:28 PM

Yeah, I found several locations with metal slimes and even king metal slimes. They give crazy XP. Also those hands which come out of the swamp outside Gondolia. They're like metal hands or something, I forget what they're called now. 

But I am dead set against grinding or farming anything. My friend did that a lot and I have no patience for it. I actually avoid any random encounters I can avoid. I hadn't had a serious problem with being underleveled until that part of the game. 

As for pep powers. I was given some pep pops by the game a while back but I've used them all on side quests. It's really difficult to get the characters you need pepped pepped up at the right time. Those pep pops are key until you unlock a skill in the skill tree that can pep you up at will. My friend found a place that sells them but they're like 200k gold, which is absurd. 

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

03/14/2021 at 02:08 PM

haha, yeah the game can be a bit tough if you don't grind a little. It's a JRPG after all.


03/14/2021 at 10:57 PM

I do actually grind in some games but DQ really tries my patience with their just-one-more-boss storylines. 

Cary Woodham

03/13/2021 at 08:10 AM

I reviewed that Max: Curse of Brotherhood game a long time ago.  It's actually a sequel to a DS game called Max and the Magic Marker.  

Maybe I'd get that Fenyx Rising game if I ever saw it for 20 bucks.


03/13/2021 at 10:33 PM

I might get Fenyx on sale as well. 

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