Having abandoned Red Dead Redemption 2 as a busted flush and dumped it in the “Bad” pile of games for 2019 it’s with a heavy heart that I start this part by doing the same with the Resident Evil 2 Remake.
This is a little upsetting as when I first got back into console gaming with the grey slab that was PlayStation one of my first games, in fact the first one I got totally hooked on, was the original game.
Yet here I can’t muster the enthusiasm to return to it, the idea that the Tyrant follows you around and can even chase you into a save room is a horrible one, a change too far here, which is a shame as much of the other improvements have worked pretty well… it’s still the old police station, parts of it are still reasonably familiar… but it’s not for me I’m afraid and I have to add it to the Meh pile… seems my taste in games is changing as I deteriorate into old age dementia.
Good Times… 6, Meh Times… 4, Bad Times… 1
Which is added to by the fact that I then had an utterly wonderful time with a game I, by all rights, should have hated… Detroit: Become Human
David Cage has produced some incredibly pretentious bollocks in his time, obsessed with small details and gameplay elements that remove any element of fun rather than telling a story… here that has been reigned back considerably… no having to work through half a dozen different tasks before you can drive a car… and there is a feeling that every decision counts and makes a difference as you see the flowchart (a genius idea) of each scene showing what decisions you made and seeing very clearly that there were long spiralling paths that could have played out had you made other decisions.
There are a few twists along the way, one obvious one that I’m ashamed to say I missed, and this extends to the main menu where the character who talks you through the original settings set up talks to you and asks questions each time you return to it.
It’s the first game for a long time where I wanted to start again as soon as I finished it… and I will, after a small element of Trophy clear up… but I’ll use a guide for my next run through as I want the Platinum here… a great game to play and one that I’d love to see a sequel to, if not the same characters then others set in the same universe, other states outside Detroit who had similar android uprisings for example… a solid 9/10 game and 100% a good time.
Good Times… 7, Meh Times… 4, Bad Times… 1
Time for some DLC… whilst some found the Xbox briefing to be a little disappointing, it would have been foolhardy to expect any massive reveals with the next generation of consoles coming next year… any titles shown by the developers they bought last year will have been under development before the purchase (yet some imbeciles scream that Ninja Theory have been FORCED into making a multiplayer game)and any new titles will surely be readied for the new machines launch late next year.
Two highlights for me being the release date for Cyberpunk 2077 (and I’m taking two days off work when that releases to play it) and two bits of DLC landing the same week… Borderlands 2 giving us a bridge story to set up the release and story of Borderlands 3 and Forza Horizon 4 giving us Lego racing… which looks better than the main game at this point.
In order to save myself a few pennies with the DLC I decide to join Gamepass using a card I got with the new consoles last year… only I can’t use them having already been a member… so I sign up for a month of “Gamepass Ultimate” for £1 and discover this changes my Live subscription to a Gamepass Ultimate subscription for the rest of its current life… it runs out at the end of October 2020 apparently.
But… will I be able to just drop back to a simple Live membership when that’s done… I have no interest in Gamepass really, and I’d rather not be forced into having it once the current subscription expires.
Anyway… onto the DLC…
Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary just reminds me how good Borderlands is as a game, how much I love the set up and, even though it’s a case of fetch/kill quests all the time the set up for these is far from dull and I’m having a blast again… I doubt it’ll last more than a couple of evenings but I don’t care… a definite good time.
Not the biggest chunk of content compared to the paid for DLC that was launched years and years ago, a couple of evening sessions and I had defeated the boss and was trying (and failing) to beat the Raid boss… but while there may not have been any other story related Achievements to collect there were plenty of small side missions to keep you busy for at least another session.
Good Times… 8, Meh Times… 4, Bad Times… 1
More DLC… this time in the shape of the Lego expansion for Forza Horizon 4 which adds a good chunk of content and clearly hopes to recapture the success of the Hotwheels DLC from Forza Horizon 3.
And it succeeds for the most part… it looks great, seeing Lego bricks fly everywhere as you smash through some of the Lego scenery is pretty exciting the first few hours, even the addition of “Radio Awesome” playing one track continually works well… and then there are the Challenges.
The idea of the DLC is to build yourself a huge house, this is done by winning Bricks in Challenges and at various points you’ll be able to upgrade your home… these Challenges include all the races, a few bricks for completing, several more for a podium finish and more on top of that for the win… same with the PR stunts, one star gets a few bricks while 3 stars gets many more.
All well and good… except after 8 hours playing I’m left with the Challenges that I really can’t abide… Drift Zones and the Trailblazers added in the Fortune Island DLC… I can get stars on all of them, but there are those were 3 stars is something well beyond my ability and skill level.
I’ve harvested 23 of the 30 Achievements, with the remainder being for completing all of a certain type of Challenge, getting 3 stars in all Drifts/Trailblazers and such like… not going to happen, not when I have a backlog as big as mine… any further Achievements at this point will be from casual play… still… a Good Time!
Good Times… 9, Meh Times… 4, Bad Times… 1
In search of something a little different I decide to dip into my JRPG backlog and the game “Megadimension Neptunia VII” which is apparently Version 2 and not 7 like I’d thought when I purchased the game.
I’ve played a couple of times to this point… and it’s not looking good, if I get into a game then I generally don’t tend to think of what I’m going to play next until I get close to the end… and here I’ve not only thought about what I’ll play next… but I’ve already started it… and it’s totally left field compared to what anyone, myself included, expected.
It’s an oddball JRPG and while I’m not adverse to the occasional bit of grinding to make levels manageable it seems to have happened considerably quicker here than in other titles, I’m only at the fourth area in the game and I’m having to grind away at earlier levels to the point where I can just about hold my own in the third area of the game and that is worrying.
While I like a JRPG there are those that are just too weird for me to sink loads of time into, especially when I have a good half dozen others that I can try out, a couple of which are part of a series where I have had fun in the past.
I’ll come back to this later… the game is going to take some time.
What happened next threw me a little, I ended up working through a few things for Microsoft Reward points and there was a couple of hundred on offer for unlocking an Achievement in a Gears of War title… so, against all by best judgement and overwhelming hatred of the genre… I played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.
Whilst my ineptitude shone through as I struggled to jump the first obstacle in the training section I worked through the game far enough to get my Reward Points… and kept going… and kept going… and kept going.
Now I’m not going to convert to being a third person shooter fan, and I’m not going to run off and instantly play any of the sequels (even though I have a copy of 4 and the other 360 titles are all on Gamepass) but I had a fun time with it, sure the AI was dumb, but not as dumb as the enemies AI so that wasn’t that bad.
Even though the final boss battle, something I’ve not experienced in a game for a while, was infuriating this was definitely a good time.
Good Times… 10, Meh Times… 4, Bad Times… 1