Gaming 2023

Hahaha im ridiculous. I just bought a boxed One X for 100 quid. Sellinf the series x.

I think due to my weird relationship with xbox, ive now bought and sold 7 OG xboxes, 6 360s, 4 xbox ones, a series s and a series x

I still think my record is my first OG Xbox in March 05 that i swapped my ps2 for. Took it back the next day after the realisation that i could no longer play FFx, mgs3 (which just came out), ratchet and jak.

Ive had two ps3s (one broke), one ps4, and 1 ps5. One n64. Two gamecubes. And one switch.

Had a few ps2s but only 3 that ive used mainly. Others were flips.

I’ve just finished Chants of Sennaar on the Switch (also on PC/other consoles) and it’s a fucking delight and everyone should go play it. It seemed to come out of nowhere, barely got reviewed (but got good reviews where it did) and nobody seems to be talking about it, which is a real shame because it’s the best puzzle game I’ve played in years.

It’s set around the Tower of Babel, and the loop of the game is that you wander around, decoding the language of the people around you, and using that to solve puzzles, which then lets you decode more of the language, etc. It’s really clever - the puzzles are never too hard (I didn’t need to use a guide at any point) but the languages are really nicely designed - whilst they all express a similar set of concepts, they do so with different grammars and with variations expressing the different cultures of each of the people groups. As you learn the languages, you learn about the different groups of people, how they view each other and how the whole situation they’re in came about.

Visually, it’s got that Moebius-like aesthetic a bunch of games have had recently (think Sable or Alto’s Adventure) with gorgeous North African/Middle Eastern architecture (at least, to begin with), and the sense of scale of the tower itself is really well realised. It just looks lovely, all the way through:

(I know what that kid’s saying!)

There’s a few unnecessary (but short and unchallenging) stealthy bits and the last level feels a little bit rushed if you’ve been playing the game thoroughly up to that point, but overall it’s a total delight; it makes you feel clever in that way a proper puzzle game does. Thoroughly recommended.

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Found this in town for 20 quid. Got the day off today.

Also yes i know carling is shite

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Without the expansion pak?

Perfect Dark was never sold with the expansion pak. You had to buy it seperately. From memory it was only DK64 that was sold with it. Fortunately i do have an exp pak.

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Had to buy one recently so I could play castlevania 64… and then remembered why nobody plays that game.

Hahaha i really wanna play that

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What are you doing
Dont do that

I got a pal with one of those sd card n64 carts with every game on the system on it. I’ll probably get him to suffer through 20 minutes of it next time we hang out.

Nintendo obviously hugely dominant, but the PS5 has sold more units than the PS4 or PS3 at the equivalent time since launch.

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For fans of phone games, the developer of the excellent American football game Retro Bowl has now just released Retro Bowl College. Similar concept but with a college twist (your players all move on in four years, you have to balance their playing time with their grades, etc). It’s really polished, costs nothing, and has no ads: a modern marvel. If you like American football, or have ever played Tecmo Bowl, then I urge you to check it out.

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free demo on the ps store! Downloading it now

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Another GOTY contender has been announced!

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lol been playing this tonight. so good. destroyed denver like 50-0

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has this free trial ended? I’m trying to set this up on my Mac, and I think it’s all ready to go, but I can’t find the free trial offer anywhere. I don’t want to pay for a month and then find out it doesn’t work (I tried having a go on Fortnite, which doesn’t need GP, and it reckoned I’d have to wait about 35 minutes for a game, which doesn’t bode well, but hopefully a single player experience is simpler)

The trail got pulled just before Starfield

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shame, I would have paid for at least a few months if I knew if it was definitely going to work, but not taking a shot in the dark.

Really great game, they really built on the strong elements of the first game. The exploration was fantastic too, there have been so many moments in Blasphemous 2 where I have stumble into an area that just ratchets up the dark, twisted imagery from the last room I stumbled into.

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Cyberpunk expansion getting many glowing reviews. Really high scores, statements like “Best expansion ever made”, lots of praise for the story. Fun to see that from the little game that could.

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