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Thread: THREAD OF HYPE

  1. #951
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    Dunno if it's just me and dema who are gonna be excited about this, but Dakar 18 is finally getting a sequel, coming out October 4th!



    It looks pretty dang good!

  2. #952
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Atomic Heart looks sick.


  3. #953
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Dunno if it's just me and dema who are gonna be excited about this, but Dakar 18 is finally getting a sequel, coming out October 4th!
    ...
    It looks pretty dang good!
    Yeah, if you've been noticing my Steam screenshots I've been getting back into the 2018 version in a big way recently. It's kind of a fun coincidence I found out about this right around the same time.

    The waypoint system is okay if it sticks to path-looking routes; going off into completely featureless countryside for long stretches isn't really worth the trouble except in small doses where it's a worthwhile challenge. But fortunately a lot of routes are like the former. And I liked making my own long distance routes. I mean it started out as just free roaming, but if you do that enough it naturally starts turning into route-making. So I like that this version has an editor that lets you save it as a map so you can run it for time. I think that'll help me get into it a lot.

    I kind of wish they had a classic Dakar rally, you know back when they actually finished in Dakar or some other place in Africa, and not just going with the last official one ... for a few reasons.

    - It's the original Dakar experience. I feel like you can start to understand what it means today by first tapping into its roots.

    - Not enough games feature Africa, and even among those that do, not so positively, and not ones where you explore the countryside so intimately.

    - Related to that, I think the terrain was more varied in the classic routes, and the trailer wasn't reassuring me too much. But I may be underestimating how varied west/central Saudi Arabia is, so I don't want to bank too much on that. The addition of dynamic weather and day-night cycle, etc., I think can also help with the variation.

    - Vintage vehicles have more character that contemporary ones. That's not a dealbreaker though.

    - And generally, the Saudi government has been grade-A asshole under MBS, more than most of the countries it's been hosted in in the past. I don't want to blame the country itself or race organizers for that, although I expect for a country like that there is actually some kind of official patronage going on, so I'm still down on the place and not all that excited to visit the place in this kind of context (e.g., hearing excitable/oblivious race commentary).

    Edit: Oh I just ran into an op/ed on exactly this issue today too, Saudi "sports washing", so it's not just my thinking. Well anyway I made a link to it for reference.

    That said, I think this will be easier to separate from real world politics than other kinds of games, i.e., I can pretend it's in a fantasy Saudi Arabia like I couldn't, e.g., for a wargame -- countryside itself mercifully doesn't care about politics -- and someday MBS will be gone and the place will see better days (I have to believe), which I'll be a little more happy to visit. I think it's a temporary concern.

    So all in all, I think the pros outweigh the cons. I'm pretty sure I'll be happy with this. Especially making my own routes I think will boost my enjoyment of it a lot, since I'll know the route by heart and I can make it as easy or as challenging as I like, and actually making a good route is kind of a game in itself I've been finding out. I still hope they make a vintage version of this someday, but I can live with this one and have fun with it.
    Last edited by demagogue; 6th Sep 2022 at 08:07.

  4. #954
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    Location: Finland
    Yeah, there is something icky about the setting. I'm sure them getting to brand it an official Dakar game comes with all kinda strings attached. It's a shame the rally didn't keep going in South America cause I felt the devs had done the heavy lifting of creating a beautiful world with the last game, and now they could just refine the systems and create something truly great. Instead they kinda gotta start over from scratch.

    Maybe if this game is a big hit eventually there'll be enough interest for a classic Dakar in Sahara.

  5. #955
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Not sure if I'd say I'm outright hyped (I'm not really), but there are supposedly relatively trustworthy rumours that the next Assassin's Creed will be a return to the roots, i.e. it'll be smaller, city-based and it won't contain all the (relatively shallow) RPG elements. It'll supposedly be called Assassin's Creed Mirage and be set in medieval Baghdad.

    While I'm not hyped, though, I definitely welcome the return to a smaller format. The bigger the recent Assassin's Creed games got, the less I felt like playing them.

  6. #956
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    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    It was confirmed yesterday, as a part of the original game's 20th anniversary celebrations, that there's a new Mafia game in the works!

    There's no more official information yet, and the release is still "a few years away", but...

    THERE'S A NEW MAFIA GAME IN THE WORKS! \/

  7. #957
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Is it strange that I'm hyped about this?



    I think it plays to the admin / logistical side of my personality. I'm not that much of a dogfighter, and I like flying around airliner-sized jets as it is, but it'd be cool to do it in a wartime environment to get the flavor of both worlds. I like the idea of doing supply runs with some escorts through hostile territory.

  8. #958
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    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: melon labneh
    How lovely.


  9. #959
    Missed this from way back in April, here's the new game in the works from Heart Machine, who made Hyper Light Drifter (one of my all time faves) and also Solar Ash (which was really good too):


  10. #960
    New Member
    Registered: Aug 2021
    Location: The land of a Thousand lakes
    First game was goofy and fun, can't wait to break this one with friends too


  11. #961
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    Steam Next Fest roundup

    I played a few demos from the current Steam Next Fest, and found a couple new games to be hyped about.



    Summer Trip Cruise has you driving a big ol boat. The mouse-only interface feels odd at first, but totally works. Drive through each level without hitting anything, stopping at the tourist spots, and beating the track-time to get 3 stars. The boat-physics feel just right. It's simple and fun.



    RXC - Rally Cross Challenge is an arcadey rally game. It's not quite art of rally levels of fun, but the cars do have a nice sense of weight to em, and powersliding around corners is fun.



    Conscript is one I've been excited about before and I might even have posted a trailer here previously. It's one of those odd ones that feels like a 90's game, but not like any specific 90's game. Like a hidden gem you'd just missed out on. Also, the demo is too long, frankly. I stopped playing after 40 min. I don't wanna get too invested in something like this when I know I'll just have to start over from the beginning when the whole game comes out anyway.

  12. #962
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    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Can you post about games that have already been released, or is that breaking rules of the hype thread? I didn't know until today that A Plague Tale: Requiem is a thing. And it's already been released today.

    I only played the first game (Plague Tale: Innocence) last month, and it was a truly magnificent and unforgettable adventure. It's not the best game gameplay-wise, but the storytelling in it is something different. At the end of the story I was actually wondering if we'd ever see a sequel, but I thought that it would be better to just leave it there, or it might ruin the experience. And now, a month later, the sequel is here.

    And it's getting great reviews too! The stealth gameplay should be better, the locations look stunningly beautiful again, there should be a whole lot of interesting characters and fascinating story, and lots of disgusting rats! If I wasn't terribly busy with Witcher 3 right now, I might do a day one purchase here, but this will have to wait for now.


  13. #963
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Crash Bandicoot 4 is now out on Steam. No Blizzard.net account required, not always online.
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...ts_About_Time/

  14. #964
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Vicky in the house.


  15. #965
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    This survival horror game just came out. It's in the gamepass. 81% on metacritic. Looks cool.



    Too many dang games right now! Robotry, Frog Detective 3 and Plague Tale 2 just came out too, I wanna play those as well but I'm already playing like 3 games.

  16. #966
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here

  17. #967
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Like you mentioned, Signalis is getting reviewed really well. It's on Game Pass too, as well as the Humble launcher thing, if you've got either of those. I'll probably demo it via GP (or should I say demo pass, hue hue), and then get it if it's as good as people say.

  18. #968
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Vicky in the house.

    Apparently it's a huge downgrade.


  19. #969
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    I rarely post in the thread of hype but I had no idea that Golf Story had a sequel in the works and it's SPORTS STORY!! AND IT COMES OUT NEXT MONTH!


  20. #970
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    WOOOOOO! I did know about it but was starting to dread it was vaporware since it's been so long since any news about it. Kinda weird they can't nail down the release date closer than "sometime in December?" But yes, consider me HYPED.

  21. #971
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    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    Yeh I saw this news today as well and am super happy, Golf Story was so good.

  22. #972
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    That looks fun, but too bad it seems to be released on Switch only.

  23. #973
    Awesome, definitely looking forward to this too. I remember seeing Henke's posts from awhile back and it seemed to be in dev hell, so glad to see they were able to finish it up. Looks like they really upped the ante and added a ton of new sports/activities to do, almost to an insane level.

    FYI, if anyone is interested in trying out the first game, I saw it's on sale for 7 bucks right now.

  24. #974
    Also looking forward to this thing, out in 2 days, and on Game Pass:


  25. #975
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    New narrative-driven Obsidian game by Josh Sawyer just came out.


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