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The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

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The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

Post by jfissel » Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:42 pm

Finished: The Last of Us Part II (story)

Now Playing: The Last of Us Part II

Added to Backlog: Nothing

Current Backlog: 32 games

Sorry about the title, but there's not much releasing this week. And I did finish the story in The Last of Us Part II today...clocking in at 35.5 hours and 198 collectibles (not sure how many I missed at this point). I won't say much about the story other than I thought it was good with some really great moments. The visuals, sound, animations, and weapons/tools are all top notch.

Phase - you done yet?
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Re: The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

Post by argyle » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:51 pm

Hi.
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So...let's see. Well...I broke my Animal Crossing addiction about a month back or so. I still dabble with it occasionally, but it certainly isn't a daily habit anymore. To get a nice change of pace, I played through the Call of Duty: WWII campaign since that was this month's (last month's? what is time?) PS+ freebie. It was surprisingly good, reminded me of old-school CoD before it became a "thing". Very solid story, some fun things that broke up the shooting monotony scattered throughout and some very memorable levels. Also the right length, probably 6-8 hours tops, so it didn't wear out its welcome.

I've dabbled with a few other things. I picked up the Saints Row III remaster and I've been playing it off & on. They did a really good job with it, it really looks like a current-gen game. And the game has always been just plain dumb fun. It makes for a good pick up & play game when I just want a few mins of something mindless. The bulk of my game time over the past couple of weeks tho has gone to Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition on the Switch. After all the time I put into the original version of the game, I wasn't sure that I wanted to get back into it right now. Honestly, I thought that maybe I wouldn't think as highly of it now, or that I would play a little & put it down because it's a long RPG that I've played before.

...

I currently have 105 hours in the Definitive Edition. I'm making it my goal to do everything, and believe me when I say that it's a labor of love. As much as I loved the game the first time through, I love it even more now. My few nit-picks with the original - mainly the clunky menus & inventory system, but of course also the SD graphics on the Wii when everything else had gone HD - are now completely fixed, with even more pleasant improvements like fully orchestrated music that I didn't even know I wanted. This is absolutely my favorite all-time JRPG, full stop. The exploration, combat, characters, shear size & scope of the world, countless side quests and pure joy of the minute to minute gameplay are second to none. I'm currently at the end boss, but I still have some more post-game stuff I want to do after that and then of course there's the new prologue they've added with this version which is reportedly another 12 hours or so. I feel comfortable at this point placing this game at a very close #2 on my all-time favorites list, right below Symphony of the Night. Absolute perfection.

Sorry I've been MIA for so long, it's been work weirdness and health weirdness (not COVID related, I feel like I always have to add that disclaimer these days) and just general 2020 weirdness. I'll try to do better. ;)

My next "big" game will be Ghost of Tsushima, after I wrap up Xeno I'll probably play some smaller stuff until then. Cane is actually inadvertantly encouraging me to finish up Yakuza 0, which I played over half-way through last year & then got sidetracked away from. We'll see.
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Re: The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

Post by Phaseknox » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:39 pm

jfissel wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Sorry about the title, but there's not much releasing this week. And I did finish the story in The Last of Us Part II today
The title should be Finishing The Last of Us Part II instead of Beating it as that sounds like you're violently attacking it. :P
jfissel wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Phase - you done yet?
I finished it today, it took me 35 hours and that was taking my time searching everywhere for ammo, collectibles, crafting materials, health items, notes, supplements, etc.

I enjoyed every minute of it and some really cool stuff happens throughout, but the story and ending didn't really do it for me. The story was entertaining because of a lot of the events that occur and how well that it's told, but I wouldn't call it good. It was kind of all over the place jumping here and there, and I think that a lot of things that happen in it should have been handled better/differently. The first game had a much better story IMO.

The best aspects of the game are its graphics, environment designs and gameplay. It looks stunning, and the combat is a lot of fun. But I feel that the game starts out better than it becomes later since it offers more exploration, environmental puzzles and platforming early on and then kind of becomes more of a straight forward linear action game later.

As much as I liked the game, it wasn't quite as good as I was expecting/hoping that it would be for reasons that I can't discuss because of spoilers.
argyle wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:51 pm
Hi.
Welcome back. :D
argyle wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:51 pm
I played through the Call of Duty: WWII campaign since that was this month's (last month's? what is time?) PS+ freebie. It was surprisingly good, reminded me of old-school CoD before it became a "thing". Very solid story, some fun things that broke up the shooting monotony scattered throughout and some very memorable levels.
This wasn't even on my radar, but now I'm going to check it out.
argyle wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:51 pm
The bulk of my game time over the past couple of weeks tho has gone to Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition on the Switch.
With the release of this game there are now enough Switch games that I'm interested in to justify getting it. I don't know when I'll get it, but I definitely want it.
argyle wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:51 pm
Sorry I've been MIA for so long, it's been work weirdness and health weirdness (not COVID related, I feel like I always have to add that disclaimer these days) and just general 2020 weirdness.
I'm sorry to hear that you've been having health weirdness, I have as well. I was diagnosed with diabetes on Thursday, and I'm not taking it very well.

I have an aversion to needles which isn't good because now I have to poke the tips of my fingers with a needle to make them bleed to test my blood sugar with a glucometer a few times a day every day, and also insert a shot into my abdomen/buttocks/stomach/thigh to inject insulin three times a day for I don't know how long.
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Re: The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

Post by isthatallyougot » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:26 pm

Glad you guys are all having fun with your games. Sorry you've got some health issues argyle/phase. Hopefully they aren't too debilitating. We're not as young as we were during the IGN days. :P Soon, we'll all be gone. :ghost:

I finished up Shadow Hearts and I really had a great time with it. Fun battles, pretty exciting story with a lot of drama and some interesting characters, and some good visuals and music. It definitely made a huge leap in overall quality in comparison to Koudelka. I'm now looking forward to Covenant and From the New World.

I'm currently playing Walden on PC. (A game about Thoreau's life/experience) I'm really loving the vibe of that. I think I'll give Curious Expedition some more time. I played that quite a bit earlier this year, but I'd like to go back before rendering judgment.

I've also been playing some old sports games. I guess the lack of sports is hitting me hard, lol. I've played NHL '94, NHL Faceoff '98, and Madden '06. I know old sports games aren't fun to many, but I still enjoy the good ones.
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Re: The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

Post by jfissel » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:40 pm

Phaseknox wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:39 pm
jfissel wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Sorry about the title, but there's not much releasing this week. And I did finish the story in The Last of Us Part II today
The title should be Finishing The Last of Us Part II instead of Beating it as that sounds like you're violently attacking it. :P
jfissel wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Phase - you done yet?
I finished it today, it took me 35 hours and that was taking my time searching everywhere for ammo, collectibles, crafting materials, health items, notes, supplements, etc.

I enjoyed every minute of it and some really cool stuff happens throughout, but the story and ending didn't really do it for me. The story was entertaining because of a lot of the events that occur and how well that it's told, but I wouldn't call it good. It was kind of all over the place jumping here and there, and I think that a lot of things that happen in it should have been handled better/differently. The first game had a much better story IMO.

The best aspects of the game are its graphics, environment designs and gameplay. It looks stunning, and the combat is a lot of fun. But I feel that the game starts out better than it becomes later since it offers more exploration, environmental puzzles and platforming early on and then kind of becomes more of a straight forward linear action game later.

As much as I liked the game, it wasn't quite as good as I was expecting/hoping that it would be for reasons that I can't discuss because of spoilers.
Well, the game is violent...

You had a similar playtime as me, sounds like we had the same philosophy of exploring everywhere before moving on. Agreed on the story compared to the first game. Definitely a must play if you enjoyed the first game for any reason.


Yo, argyle! Welcome back and continue playing Yakuza 0! :P
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Re: The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

Post by canedaddy » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:08 pm

Played recently: Yakuza 0

Finished: nothing

Added to backlog: nothing

Current backlog: 35 (13 PS4, 9 Vita, 7 3DS/2DS, 5 PS2)

All right, Yakuza peeps... any tips on managing the cabaret? I have a nice roster, having done a lot of side quests, and I've trained up the one who can be trained, but I fail when they're on the job and the clock is ticking. Pimpin ain't easy.
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Re: The Backlog Check-in Vol. 130: 6/27/20: Beating The Last of Us Part II Edition

Post by jfissel » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:07 pm

canedaddy wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:08 pm
All right, Yakuza peeps... any tips on managing the cabaret? I have a nice roster, having done a lot of side quests, and I've trained up the one who can be trained, but I fail when they're on the job and the clock is ticking. Pimpin ain't easy.
Is there a particular reason you think you're failing? Only work the girls when they are happy for starters, then try to pair them with the guests who are the best fit (aka someone wants cute and talk, then find a girl with those qualities and send her to his table). Also, make sure you know all the hand signals and help them out when they have a problem at their table. And then finally, the girls wear down during the night so you'll need to watch them and choose options like giving the girl a gift in order to bring up their happiness. But yeah, 6 tables going at once with multiple needs for help and guests coming and going every 30 seconds to a minute can be hectic, lol.
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