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Thread: Humble opinions

  1. #51
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Quote Originally Posted by WingedKagouti View Post
    Important news for those who subscribe to Humble Monthly:
    So, is this just a convenient way to raise the prices for the monthly subscription? Existing subscriptions get converted to Humble Classic, so the price and the number of games that you get probably remains the same as long as you remain a subscriber, but the deal gets worse for those people who only subscribe for the interesting games every now and then. I wasn't planning on cancelling my subscription any time soon, but I'm not sure if I like this change.

    Then again, since you get to choose 10 games with the Classic subscription each month (3 with the basic subscription and 9 with premium), I assume that they'll actually be offering more games than they are right now. Of course most of them might be some obscure indie titles, but it's nice that we get to choose which obscure indie titles we get to play.

  2. #52
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    The rest of November's montly games have been unlocked:

    Shenmue 1 & 2
    11-11 Memories Retold
    Humble Original: Operator

    If anyone's played any of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I've only played Shenmue 2. I hear Shenmue 1 lets you drive a forklift truck, which sounds - and I can not stress this enough - very appealing.

  3. #53
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    I played 11-11 Memories Retold as a part of my mystery game challenge thing not too long ago, and even wrote a little review of it, but it seems that I forgot to post it in here. I remember liking it quite a bit, the gameplay is very simple and it's almost a walking simulator, but the story is quite memorable. It's a very unique game in many ways and I think you should give it a try. Here's what I wrote about it a few months ago:

    11-11 Memories Retold is a World War 1 game, but thankfully not just another one where you shoot evil Germans and try to win the war on your own. In fact, it's not a very typical war game at all. 11-11 tells the story of a young Canadian photographer and an older German engineer who end up on the front line for their own reasons. The Canadian wants to impress a local girl, and the German fellow leaves his family and joins the army in a desperate attempt to find his lost son. I think it's a fantastic story with some exciting twists and genuinely sad and touching moments. You'll soon learn that the war isn't about heroes and glory, it really is mindless and just totally shit from an ordinary guy's point of view.

    11-11's biggest standout feature is of course its visual look. The whole game looks like an oil painting! It felt like a bit of a gimmick at first, and it does take a while to get used to it, but I learned to love it. You don't get to see all the little details so you'll have to use your imagination to fill the blanks. I think it looks fantastic.

    At its core 11-11 is an adventure game where you solve some easy puzzles and walk around a lot to find the right people and places, but there are some interesting gameplay mechanisms as well. There are a couple of very simple and short "action" parts, but apart from that it's quite a unique take on a war game. The Canadian guy for example has to take photos of key moments and important places on the front, and even after finishing the game, I still haven't figured out how things really work in the game. Does it even matter what kind of photos I take? I'm pretty sure that it does, at least a bit, but I don't know how. It's the same with some other little choices that you make in the game - do they affect the story somehow or is the outcome always the same? I might replay 11-11 one day, but the story progresses so slowly (but steadily) and it's quite heavy, so I think it's not going to be any time soon.

    I haven't heard of those other games in the bundle, apart from Shenmue that is apparently some sort of a console classic. The remastered games here are pretty good according to a couple of reviews that I found, especially Shenmue 2, but I got the impression that all these reviews were like a nostalgia trip to 20 years ago. So I still wonder if the games are any good if you never played the originals.

    Synthetik is an action roguelike that looks so much like Crusader: No Remorse that I'm gonna have to check it out. Evergarden is apparently "a charming casual puzzle-game about gardening", and that doesn't sound very tempting when you read it, but it does look nice and I usually don't care about puzzle games unless they're casual enough. Operator looks like a game where you're some hacker and you write stuff on the command line to access people's emails or to look at security cams and just generally make things happen. I'm fairly sure that there's more to it, so anyone who likes to pretend to be a hacker should probably give it a try.

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