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[Let’s Talk] What are you playing? – May 2017

Posted on May 13, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk

We’re a tad late, but a new month is here! So that means we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Perhaps you’re still playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC

Evan Gustavson

Although people complain about how little there is to hard mode, its obvious that a lot more effort and thought was put in to hard mode than most people realize.
If you kept you kept up with the interviews, you’d know that adding more enemies, even if you don’t add new ones, takes a lot of deliberation and time. In fact, those floating platforms alone likely took the bulk of the development resource in order to maintain the quality of the game design regarding enemy positioning.
It is also noteworthy to note that enemy AI scales with their combat level.
It is a lot more nuanced than AI improvements usually are because their bag of tricks remains unchanged, they simply use them slightly better.

Adding a level beyond silver and removing all the red ones will change up the game a tad as well…

And while Hero Mode encouraged playing it safe thanks to damage being doubled and lack of health pickups, this game already did so by having higher damage and durability being wasted if the enemy blocks your attack.
This one’s gimmick of HP regen encourages working fast on top of still playing it safe, because you still have to worry about taking damage, and not wasting weapon durability, but if you are TOO careful, your damage will be largely undone, and you’ll eat through durability without making much headway.

The increased enemy aggro works to the advantage of that.
It forces you to engage more often, or it forces you to try much harder not to be spotted.

DeltaPeng

I kind of wish they added some simple toggleable options to allow a player to enforce their own difficulty in different ways (Game Over counter, option to choose a time and set a countdown time limit to require game to be beaten within said time limit), it’d be fairly simple programmatically to do it, and could spawn a nuzlocke like challenge, but on the other hand it’s a non-standard so it might not’ve even been considered or on the table

That all said, I just beat Zelda recently and it’s a big game, so I don’t really plan to go back to it for awhile. If I did, it’d be more interesting to playthrough on hard mode, or more interestingly with some self imposed limits, otherwise, I’m on the fence about the DLC.

I’d instabuy if they made Zelda playable and the new story had to do with her, but based on the current story, it wouldn’t make sense so…it’s unlikely. I’ll probably hold on it

R.Z.

I’m fine with the content of that supposedly less-than-half-of-the-season-pass.
I think the cave of ordeals sounds interesting for once and the costumes look really cool.
The extra items have a cheat-y feel to them, so maybe they are better as DLC, but I agree that hard mode could have been distributed for free, unless it ends up being a bit too silly for the main package.

I’m really not shocked by what is offered for these less than 10 bucks and unless the second DLC is really worthless, which I doubt it will be, I have no problem with all that.

Linkchu

I’m not going to buy the DLC until the second pack comes out. My reason is that I’m going to start a new save when that DLC comes out so I can play the new story in hard mode and with everything else in DLC pack one.

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  • Billy

    Playing on PS4: The Last of Us, Uncharted 4, and Wonder Boy (Switch) while waiting for Zelda DLC 1, Yooka-Laylee and Rime, (the last 2 on Switch). The (waiting) struggle is real.

  • TheDonRob

    Beat all 50 and 100cc cups with 3 star in Mario kart, also main 8 in 150cc. I played spectre of torment and beat it for the first time on switch and it was FANTASTIC! Maybe better than the original shovel knight? I also beat kamiko, which was worth the money. God I love the switch!

    • Did you beat Komiko with all three girls?

      • TheDonRob

        I only beat it with the archer. Did you play it with all 3? Is the game different with each character?

        • Beat it with sword, now playing with archer. Same levels, but the weapon makes the play style a little different. I’m wondering what are those question marks on the title screen menu?

  • Gamingfan

    Persona 5 and r6 siege.

  • Vigilante_blade

    I have played a bit of Tokyo Mirage Sessions and finished all of Fire Emblem Fates Lunatic mode. I am also playing Doom Co-op with a friend for PC.

  • Khaaaaan

    Tittan Fall 2, nothing to play on the Swithc beside indies hipsters.

  • JasonBall

    Playing MK8D with my buddies. But moreso I’ve finally started on Tokyo Mirage Sessions and XenoX (way better than the first game) in earnest after I bought them at the beginning of March on discount from My Nintendo but hadn’t played because Zelda came out.

    • Man I loved Xenoblade Chronicles X. I stopped playing when rumors of a Switch rerelease started and I’ve been dying to replay it

      • JasonBall

        I suspect those were false and people mistook 2 for a X port. Also, it’s pretty heavy on the gamepad and miiverse from what I’ve played. Any port will take a little time to convert.

        Cue Vigilante telling us a brilliant workaround only he could have thought of and will never let us forget once it’s confirmed.

  • Tumbleseed – The game is a beast

    Komiko – Speed running

    Puyo Tetris – My wife is amazing at this game so I have great competition

    MK8D – Working on getting all the gold parts. Local battle is hilarious

  • Stuart

    I wont lie,this month has been a little more slow with gaming for me. I’m finishing the dlc for Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies and thats it. But I’m probably getting Xenoblade X and Fire Emblem Fates Birthright in the next few days.

    • Have fun with XCX~. It’s so beautiful. β™₯

      • Stuart

        Thanks friend! πŸ˜€

  • Bruno_Ostara

    I’ve just bought my switch and Im playing tons of battle mode on Mario Kart 8. Having a blast with shiny thief. But i’m having problems with my connection so unfortunately cannot play online :/ at least I have my sister and my boyfriend to play with me but i’m hoping nintendo fix those issues, mario kart 8 on wii u i never had an online problem. But anyway, the game is a improvement in a kinda perfect game, just hope i can solve my online problems

    • Is it your Switch, or MK? Do you get a specific error code? If it’s consistent, Nintendo’s customer service tends to be pretty good about helping or figuring out how to fix on their end. Hope you get to play online~!

      • Bruno_Ostara

        Its just Mk8. Ive tried every fix I could find online and on nintendo site. I think i will have to change my modem because some options are locked on it and i cant change. I was going to test if my modem is the problem since i came to my mothers house for mothers day, but she forgot to pay the internet so i cant test with her modem :v But its sad that i’ve never had problem with the online on wii u, in any game (i mean, not serious problems, lags and ocasional disconnects are okay). It worries me that they will start charging for online and im having a bad online experience with this game already. And it seems im not the only one, many are having the same error “cant connect to the other console” or somethng like that.

        • That’s interesting. So far, I’ve only seen my friend play and I don’t think she’s had trouble. But that does happen. Hopefully they’ll address it soon.

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  • Bart

    Persona 5 has more or less completely taken over at the moment. I’m quite far in now, gonna try and finish it before FE this friday.

  • Granblue Fantasy. Just GBF, almost obsessively, lol. I’m a hardcore newb, but I am enjoying it and getting the hang of understanding everything. I adore it~. I like the anime adaption too, but I wish they captured more of the game’s essence. Not like they couldn’t have done an A+ job too.

    I am going to be going back to the 3DS though. I have a few games I want to start, and some I want to return to.

  • theFooFighter

    Knights of the old republic, final fantasy 7, street fighter 3 and Mario kart. Trying to keep myself occupied until fire emblem, street fighter 2 and disgaea all release in the span of a week

    • What platform are you playing kotor on?

      • theFooFighter

        Og Xbox

  • Reggie

    I actually haven’t been playing any Nintendo games lately. I’ve been addicted to Stardew Valley. Decided to get the PC version cause I grew tired of waiting, and after playing it, I definitely find it better on PC if only because of the controls. I don’t think the experience would have been as great had I waited for the Switch version.

    But now I’m beginning to wind down on that now that I’ve completed most of the game. Might move onto some 3DS titles next.

  • hi v3.0

    Zelda on Switch and Corpse Party on 3DS!

  • Burning Gravity

    P5, Trails of Cold Steel

  • ShadowPhantom

    This month’s schedule:

    Wii U: With Darksiders: Warmastered Edition finally arriving at the end of this month, i had to postpone Xenoblade X once again, in the main time i am playing just small things, Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Pokken Tournament and Star Fox Zero mainly.
    3DS: Code of Princess.
    PS4: Vikings: Wolves of Midgard.
    Other: Nothing really, been spending most of my free time with Wolves of Midgard.

  • Kid X

    I’ve been playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a lot lately, I still cannot believe how convenient the Switch is and I didn’t think I’d be spending more time in handheld mode than in TV mode, I honestly cannot buy another console without this key feature, it makes me excited to see if the Rainway app does make it to the Switch because being able to play my PC games at ultra settings in the comfort of my bed makes the Switch an absolute necessity that I cannot live without.

    Aside from that, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s inclusion of the double item system makes getting 3 stars on 200cc cups damn near impossible. It’s hilarious the amount of times I had to redo the Star cup, they screw me over right in the end or in the middle of the 3rd lap with a combination of the blue shell, lightning, 3 red shells, a boo and a stray green shell. It’s as if the CPUs specifically target me and once I fall in 2nd place but maybe that’s a combination of items they held in a second box from before.

    I also got Minecraft yesterday, haven’t played much yet but I’m sure I’ll like it once I get into it. What I find strange is the technical aspects of the game. A 7 chunk draw distance in handheld mode is strange since the Switch is more powerful than the Wii U even in handheld mode where it was proven in Breath of the Wild’s framerate in towns and Mario Kart 8 fixing the 59 fps bug, Wii U had a 10 chunk draw distance. Resolution is even stranger, 720p in both handheld and console mode, would have expected 1080p docked. I feel like they want to get this out as soon as possible, maybe at launch until Nintendo told them to hold off until May like they are doing with some non-first party titles.

  • Finding some time to get those last few quests done in Breath of the Wild.

    I also just bought and started Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon on DS Virtual Console which is a remake of the first game in the series. This is my first actual Fire Emblem game and I decided to get it because I’ve been playing Heroes and have seen a stuff on Shadows of Valentia which looks interesting, and with that one being a remake of the second game I figured I’d play the first game remake first to see if I like the series before buying a brand new game.

    I was pleased to see that you can get 30% off the title via My Nintendo.

    • Vigilante_blade

      I just want to chime in and say that Shadow Dragon being a remake of the first game shows its age, so if you enjoy it, I think you should consider trying the later games. If you don’t like it, you probably try later games as well since some of the issues with the old games get ironed out. I would say the GBA era games or the Gamecube era one are excellent jumping off points.

      • For sure, older games don’t typically bother me and I’m not going to use it as my benchmark for the whole franchise. Just thought it would be neat to play them in order. Though I’m assuming the games don’t reference each other too much.
        I do have the GBA one from the ambassador program. Might that be a good second choice? I am having fun so far though.

        • Vigilante_blade

          Sacred Stones is pretty okay. It has issues of being very easy, but I think it’s a fun game in its own rights.

  • ForeVision

    PC games PC games and yet more PC games. My Switch has been collecting dust for close to a month now, since I can’t bring myself to play MK8D (as that feeling of “I’ve played this already, for a long time has irreversibly attached itself to me) for long stretches unless I’m doing it with friends, probably requiring something akin to Skype. That or local co-op, but maybe Disgaea 5 will bring some change in this.

  • I’m still playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The mix of new and classic battle modes are so much fun. I play Puyo Puyo Tetris online with friends. I’m also enchanted with Wonder Boy right now as well.

  • R.Z.

    Thanks for the feature !

    I got myself Puyo Puyo Teris on the e-shop, after beating the solo I just fire it up whenever I feel like stacking tetraminos. It’s great. On a side note I couldn’t find an endless-style mode that made Puyo Puyo “viable” in a non-versus setting, it’s just too easy to keep the board from filling while also being too fast to do any worthwhile chains. If anybody has any idea …
    I also got Kamiko, it’s pretty sweet, but I’m not much of a speedrunner and I’m pretty bored on my third playthrough already. Still worth its price, but I wish there was more to it.
    Another e-shop title that I’m playing is Master Blaster Zero, and I must say it’s pretty good.

    Finally I’ve been playing MK8 Deluxe in order to unlock all the stuff. After getting stars on all cups in all categories I’m trying to beat the ghosts in time trial. I’m playing it online once in a while but I don’t really care for the battle modes and I don’t really have incentive to “progress” online. It doesn’t look like MK8 will last me long.

    All that being said I have an itch for single player adventures that I can’t seem to scratch with all the smaller e-shop games. I’ve been contemplating playing Zelda again even though I was starting to get fed up with it but I think I’d rather wait for the DLCs before jumping back in.
    I’m waiting for Disgaea 5, and I wonder how long the delivery will take since I got that from the NISA Eu store.

  • While it’s not Nintendo, I’m mostly playing Persona 5 with every free moment I have right now. Any time my spouse takes it to play herself though, I’m turn to the 3DS for Pokemon Shuffle or Specter of Torment (which, I think I’m alone in this, but I’m just not feeling this one quite as much as the Shovel Knight or Plague Knight campaigns, but I can’t seem to place why).

    And of course, I’m excitedly looking forward to Fire Emblem Echoes soon. ^_^

  • SortableShelf19

    I got a Switch earlier this month. Bought Mario Kart 8 Deluxe along with it and I’m very much enjoying it so far. It’s probably tied with Double Dash as my all-time favorite Mario Kart game.

  • paul_cus

    Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker, Lego City Undercover, and Has-Been Heroes are in heavy rotation this month.