Hello Everyone!

It’s time for this week’s, “What are you playing” thread.

I wasn’t able to give as much time to gaming as I thought, who knew running a community can take so much time. Even when all members are so great, and I don’t have to moderate anything.

I am still playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, mainly focusing on side quests and exploration right now. With so much to explore, this is going to take a long time.

Other than that, me and wife just got NSO Expansion pass, and started the Happy Home Paradise DLC, while resuming our Animal Crossing play-through. Just cleaning the long neglected island, and helping Harv build the shops.

What about all of you? What are you playing?

  • @[email protected]
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    911 months ago

    I never got around to playing Breath of the Wild so the release of ToTK felt like a great time to finally give it a try! Still working my way through veeeery slowly, just about to take on my second divine beast.

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      311 months ago

      Heh, I do that too. With so many games to play, many times I only end up playing the game when it’s sequel is announced or released.

      BOTW is a great game, no need to rush through for TOTK, it’s not going anywhere. Just play at your own pace and enjoy the game.

    • @iamlyth
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      211 months ago

      They have completely separate roles and moods. Breath of the Wild feels so much like Princess Mononoke and it’s space and exploration feels like a gaming equivalent of meditating

  • @Grangle1
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    711 months ago

    Almost at the end of the vanilla portion of my 100-hour journey through Persona 5 Royal. That’ll leave just the extra semester/true ending left to play before I can finally move on to Tears of the Kingdom, lol. I tend not to play more than one game at a time, especially not really big games like P5R or TotK. Each deserves my full attention or I’d never finish them.

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      111 months ago

      Are you planning to Play Persona 5 Strikers and / or just announced Persona 5 Tactica?

      I am right there with you with not playing more than one big game. They do deserve the full attention.

      • @Grangle1
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        211 months ago

        Not Strikers, I have enough musou-style games and I don’t need another one. I haven’t seen Tactica’s trailer yet, but if it’s a strategy RPG like Fire Emblem or Triangle Strategy I’ll probably get it since that’s my favorite genre.

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          Tactica looks like a tactical game like FE or Triangle Strategy, with chibbi-ish characters. Would like to hear your opinions when you finally see it.

  • missingno
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    611 months ago

    I’m getting ready for a local Splatoon 3 tournament in Philly this weekend, put together a quick pickup team for it. Also slowly working through Persona 5 Royal, just finished the third palace.

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      211 months ago

      Hey, good luck on the tournament! Oh wait, is it already over? How did it go?

      Persona 5 Royal is a looong game. Have fun!

      • missingno
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        211 months ago

        We went 1-2 in the round robin, which I’m plenty satisfied with. Wasn’t really expecting to win with a pickup drafted less than a week ago, especially after seeing our first opponents had matching shirts with their team’s logo on it. But somehow that was the set we won.

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          Wow, matching shirts and team’s logo. That looks like big leagues.

          Congratulations! That isn’t a bad result. Are you going to stay with the current team and go for more tournaments?

  • @spectrologist
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    611 months ago

    I’m playing Octopath Traveller 2! Just grinding at this point before I start the ending :)

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      411 months ago

      Octopath Traveller is pretty high on my list. I never got around to playing the first one, so want to play it soon, so that I can get ready to play Octopath Traveller 2 in a few months.

      • @spectrologist
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        311 months ago

        Nice! Yeah the second one is way better imo – a lot of these games involves grinding and they introduced the ability to run combat at double speed. I can no longer play the first one because it feels so painfully slow to me 😅

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          That is why I want to play the first one first. I have heard the second one improves everything about the game, so going back to the first one will be really tough afterwards.

  • djidane535
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    511 months ago

    FF Thearythm & Zelda TOTK on Switch, Baten Kaitos on GC, and Mario & Luigi Superstar saga on GBA (only short games of course :p). Oh and I am also playing Pokemon Stadium 2 on N64 😅.

    Jokes aside, I started too many games this time, I am not generally this busy ^^.

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      111 months ago

      Heh, I have sometimes done the same thing, but when I do that, I end up not finishing any of them. So, now I prefer to start only one big game.

      As I mentioned in the post, I just got NSO Expansion pack, so going to try all of these, but one-by-one, not all at once 😀

      Any games that you specially recommend?

      BTW sorry about those test replies, I just couldn’t reply to your message (or anyone’s from kbin.social, finally figured out, have to select English as the language, or it won’t post)

      • djidane535
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        111 months ago

        Sure no problem!

        Indeed, I was following your advice a few years ago, but started to say things like “1 modern game + 1 retro game” is fine, than I added handheld games as category of its own, and that’s how I failed to follow my mantra this year 😅. But it’s very rare I do not finish my games, even if it takes me 4 months playing the same games :).

        Mario & Luigi surprised me a lot. I was a bit skeptical about a Mario RPG game, and I enjoy it much more than expected :). Oh and TOTK / FFTheathrythm are games difficult to quit, they are so good 😊.

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          Yeah, I have gone down that path, and it leads to just confusion. Someone mentioned a dutch word “keuzestress” in another thread, which means “choice anxiety”, it describes the problem I face.

          I do end pretty much all games though (as long as I am enjoying it), but a game that I could end in week, won’t be finished for a few months.

          Thanks for the recommendations! Already know about TOTK, but will check the others out.

  • @cities
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    511 months ago

    still tears of the kingdom. before that was a long dry spell for the switch because of the steam deck I got

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      211 months ago

      Switch is a great place for indies… but Steam is even better.

      How is Steam Deck’s size, looks too big for longer sessions. Is it comfortable?

      • @cities
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        311 months ago

        never had an issue with it. it’s ergonomically perfect for me and more comfortable than switch with original joycons. I do often play it docked though.

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          That’s nice. I haven’t actually held it, just thought it looked too big from online photos.

          Good to know that it’s comfortable.

  • @PencilPossessor
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    511 months ago

    Oh yeah TLOZ:TOTK is my go to right now. I’m at the point where I can battle Mr demon king but been side questing and all that jazz now first. I wanna go in and just obliterate him, so I’m focusing on getting the rest of the shrines etc beforehand and collecting better armour blah blah blah

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      311 months ago

      I hope the final fight is better than BOTW. Calamity Gannon was kind of anti-climatic boss. Fighting a group of Guardians was tougher than Gannon. 😀

      Good luck clearing the game.

      • @[email protected]
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        411 months ago

        Disclaimer I also haven’t fought the final boss.

        I wouldn’t count on the Demon King being a terrible difficult fight. You have to remember that it’s a storyline quest, so it has to be achievable by the least common denominator. If you really want a challenge, you should explore the depths under the southwest region of Hyrule Field ;)

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          You are right, it makes sense.

          I actually don’t want a very tough fight either, I remember some older games where I wouldn’t have any trouble through out the game and then I would get stuck at the final boss. But they have conditioned me to not feel the game has ended until I go through a tough final boss.

          I actually did explored those area, but I was mostly running away from things 😀

  • Brunacho
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    411 months ago

    I am still playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, mainly focusing on side quests and exploration right now. With so much to explore, this is going to take a long time.

    This is me right now. I owe myself do some exploring of the depths and sky islands. Having played BOTW the surface is so familiar that I kinda went quickly around it and probably advanced way too quickly on the main quests. It’s time for me to slow down and do the exploration.

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      511 months ago

      I played BOTW at launch, so while I do recognize few places here and there, for me most of the land mass is new, and with the different abilities, and all the caves and wells, there is so much to explore.

      Sky islands I have explored least of, and need to focus more on. Specially because there are some things you can only get on Sky islands. 😀

      • Brunacho
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        211 months ago

        Yes, of course. I need to explore more caves and wells too. And even familiar places have changed. But I feel like I went too fast because, despite the changes, it’s still very familiar. It took me no effort to get to the main villages, because I kinda knew how to get there. It felt familiar yet new.

        But that familiarity kept me from exploring the new places -and the dangerous places in the surface too-. I want to focus on that now. It’s gonna be fun.

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          311 months ago

          I guess sometimes having a bad memory is also a benefit 😀

  • Royalish
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    411 months ago

    I’ll probably be playing TotK until Starfield comes out. Though playing TotK makes me want to play other Zelda games so I might try to squeeze in WW or TP.

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      111 months ago

      Starfield is my most anticipated game, but I don’t have a PC that can play it (or an Xbox), so won’t be able to play on launch. Hope they don’t mess it up.

      I am also looking for more Zelda, but not going to start anything until I finish TOTK.

  • farizer
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    411 months ago

    Monster hunter rise was on sale so I might give it try I loved the previous game in the series. I also need to “finish” kenshi at some point

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      111 months ago

      How do you play Monster Hunter? Single player or with friends?

      I have been thinking about trying Monster Hunter World with some friends, if there are enough of use who are willing to play it.

  • @[email protected]
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    411 months ago

    TOTK still, because once Pikmin 4 comes out I will switch to that

    still haven’t even beat a single ‘regional phenomena’ yet… can’t stop myself from randomly exploring, which is honestly my favorite part of botw/totk anyway

  • @Dougas
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    11 months ago

    Same for me. I will keep going with tears. I am 80 hours and I feel like I have barely scratched the surface. There’s so much to do.

    Also I will play a bit of Pokémon Scarlet to farm the Chesnaught and Donphan paradox forms raids.

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      111 months ago

      Yeah, it seems like it’s a minimum of 100 hours game, unless you don’t do anything other than the main quest.

  • @Charliemander
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    311 months ago

    Super Mario Bros U Deluxe with friend, the princess crown powerup is a very stupid edition, why didn’t they make it for all characters?

    • @slimerancherOPM
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      111 months ago

      I haven’t played Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, I am wondering if I should I get it now, or just leave it and go directly for Wonder.

      How’s the game with kids or non-gamer SO?

      • @Charliemander
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        211 months ago

        It’s probably the most casual friendly game on the system

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          That’s a bad news for my wallet. 😀

    • @LilBagOfBunnies
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      211 months ago

      I still really want to pick that one up! I’ve been saving the demo for when I feel like I have enough time to really sink my teeth into it so I can get a jump on the story. Maybe next time it goes on sale if I feel like I’ve finished enough side quests in Zelda.

        • @LilBagOfBunnies
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          111 months ago

          I did! Definitely dug the combat system and the general vibe of the game. I’ve been stoked for the second, but work and other game releases like Fire Emblem and Zelda has been my priority. I’m a teacher though and my summer kicks off in 3 days, so it’s on my list of games for the next couple of months!

        • @slimerancherOPM
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          111 months ago

          I am not playing the second because I want to play the first, and from everything I have heard, second one improves so much on first one, that it’s hard to go back after playing the second.

          So, going to start the first one soon.