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  1. #26
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Finished Unavowed. Very good, a lot more flexibility when it comes to player character and story choices than most adventure games. Almost like a Telltale game mixed with traditional point and click. Only had to consult a walkthrough once, so I'd say the puzzles made sense as well.

    Also played through Blair Witch, t'was good. Tried Creature in the Well and Night Call, but neither did much for me.

    Currently downloading Gears 5. Let's see if I can finish it before my subscription runs out on Sunday!

  2. #27
    Playstation Now cut their prices today, now a monthly sub will only cost ya 10 bucks (instead of 20). Quarterly and yearly plans cut too.

    https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/01/...mes-price-cut/

  3. #28
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    rez

    Well I'm sure a few people here got the XBox Game Pass again just to play MS Flight Simulator, but I figured I'd give a look at what else has been added in the year since I last dipped in.

    Currently playing Carrion, and enjoying it a lot. 2D sidescroller where you play a monster breaking out of a biolab. I wasn't super-excited about this and I think it's because the concept sounded just like the iOS game Perfect Cell, which started off great but soon grew dull. Carrion does play a lot like Perfect Cell, but its pacing is much better, constantly introducing new gameplay twists. I'm also getting strong Prototype-vibes, it's a very similar kinda monster power-fantasy.

    Also on my to-play list:
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - already downloaded, will play this next.
    Ori 1 & 2 - Still haven't played these!


    Strategy games I can't play because I just started Desperados 3 on the PS4 so I'm all filled up on strategy games for a while but anyway I'd love to play these at some point:
    Gears Tactics - This is supposed to be surprisingly good, isn't it?
    Frostpunk - I also wanna get to this at some point. Maybe a good winter game in lieu of a new TLD episode?
    Wasteland 3 - This is coming out on Friday! Haven't played the previous 2 but I feel like I should give these games a whirl at some point.


    Should I play these? Someone tell me!
    Grounded - This new Obsidian game is supposed to be good, right? I don't feel like playing it tho!
    Wolfenstein Youngblood - This is bad right? So I don't have to play it?
    WORLD OF HORROR - WHAT IS THIS IT LOOKS AMAZING! And scary.
    Pathologic 2 - I played a bit of the first game, didn't really grab me.
    Observation - Sci-fi thriller. Looks kinda neat.


    Games YOU should play:
    The Touryst - Everyone except PigLick needs to play this. PigLick is exempt because he was cool enough to play it before me even. Anyway, you like A Short Hike, right? This is a similar feel-good low-stakes good-times adventure game.
    Gato Roboto - Wonderful lil metroidvania.
    Lonely Mountains: Downhill - Fun and arcadey downhill mountainbiking game. I had a good time with this on the Switch.

  4. #29
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    I'm definitely interested in Grounded, though probably not at the current stage and not particularly with randos.

    I hear mixed things about Wolfenstein Youngblood; the gameplay seems to be very bulletspongey, but the environments were designed by Arkane. If you want to try it out in coop, I might be up for that - though right now there are also so many other games I want to play in coop, so it's not high up on my list of priorities.

    I will gladly second you on Gato Roboto, which was lovely and very charming, and just the right length.

  5. #30
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    World of Horror is excellent, although the rpg systems are a little obtuse, but if you like that japanese horror guy and lovecraftian cosmic horror this will be right up your alley. The old pc-98 graphics work really well.

  6. #31
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    lovely and very charming, and just the right length.
    That what sh...

    \\

    Anyway.

    Grounded: played the demo. Crafted some shit. Bonked some insects. Apart from being very characterless, it's okay.
    WolfenMädchen: currently co-operating with Jesh. It's okay.
    Pathologic 2: it's like Pathologic 1, but difficult-er.
    Observation: you play as a sentient UI figuring out MYSTERIOUS SHIT on a space station. It's okay.

    Frankly, the consensus opinion for all of those is right. Wolf is very much grind, grind, grind and level, level, level. The shooting's good, at least. Grounded has an arachnophobia option which should come in handy for henke.

    I'm currently giving Touryst a go. I like the voxel charm of it, and all the cute little details in its environments. I hate the aiming controls for when you need to throw shit, and that the run is a roadie run. The diversions are neat, and there's a certain niceness and disposability to all of them, which is also a double-edged sword if you'd like a little more nuance. Its sharp-angled, sunny beach-themed micro-playgrounds inspire mostly a kind of low-key apathy within me since I am from a sunny beach city.

    It's... okay.

  7. #32
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    you are dead to me son

  8. #33
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    To be fair, I do think it's hilarious that I'm essentially playing my uncle from that dark time in the 70s when he had a quiff and a pornstache.

  9. #34
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    or from the 80's when Tom Selleck was magnum PI

  10. #35
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Or Burt Reynolds from, uh, all of the years.

  11. #36
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Observation - Sci-fi thriller. Looks kinda neat.
    I've played a good amount of Observation so far. It's ... well since it's set in space we can't exactly call it a walking simulator, now can we? But that's not only because we float, not walk. The first thing to know is you don't control the main character. You control the ship computer and sometimes a drone that does little tasks around the ship while the main character tools around often somewhere else. The main character does her thing as an in-world animation that plays out scene by scene, and you the ship computer / drone will do little tasks that open up her progress through the next scene. So a lot of the "game" is these little interaction puzzles in the ship, and then later it gets into more literal puzzles, like pattern matching kinds of things. I found it kind of disappointing considering the set up.

    So the story itself is really interesting. The setting, a disintegrating space station, parts of it still on fire, that you have to hold together by force of will just to survive is great for drama, and then it arguably goes up from there (depending on your taste in scifi tropes). I haven't actually made sense of where it's at now yet, at the point I am in the game, but it's definitely not what I was expecting and I'm intrigued.

    But all of that is just something you're watching happen around you. The actual gameplay is just these little puzzle tasks. And just to compound the disappointment, the controls for that drone are pretty unwieldy, although I'm ready to grant that controls for a drone in a Descent-style 6DOF setting are always going to be kind of unwieldy just by its nature. I mean it does what it does about as well as could be hoped for (it could definitely have been much worse), but even at its best it's just an awkward way to move around and interact in the space of the game.

    So all in all I'd say you don't need to play it, and you may find the bonk gameplay isn't worth the payoff. But if you're interested enough in the story, it's not terrible gameplay, you still have to think through things, so there is still a game to be played; and you do get to watch the cool story play out around you, which is kind of interesting and unique in its own way. So I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but I'd say it's not a loss to play it. You'd get something out of it.

  12. #37
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Yep yep, you do a lot of observation in Observation. It's pretty chill until it's not, and I'm not saying that just because space is generally pretty fucking cold.

    Wasteland 3 is out tomorrow apparently, and it's on Game Pass. And it's been reviewing well - which hopefully means it isn't going to feel as tepid as I found Wasteland 2, which was borderline okay (I guess!).

  13. #38
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    Wasteland 3 is out tomorrow apparently, and it's on Game Pass. And it's been reviewing well - which hopefully means it isn't going to feel as tepid as I found Wasteland 2, which was borderline okay (I guess!).
    I still wouldn't play it at launch. InXile games always seem to launch half-baked and require "director's cut" patches to polish them up.

  14. #39
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    Hmm, having backed Wasteland 3, I'm not sure how I feel about it being immediately available on Game Pass. I mean, it's great that people get to play it for a pittance, but it's still something of a kick in the teeth for those of us who helped it get developed.

    Also, I chose GOG for my key redemption, and it's saying the game's out on the 28th. So if Game Pass really does get it a day early while backers who chose GOG have to wait, again, not the best look for inxile.

    Edit: Just checked, and Game Pass says it's out on the 28th too.

  15. #40
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Well, it says it's available 27th Aug at 5 PM PDT on Steam. So I guess Steam users get it one day early?

  16. #41
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    Gaming in da game pass

    Buncha new games coming to XBox game pass every day it seems like. Some are things we probably all already have and have played (LucasArts classics and Celeste),

    but there's also a lot of new intersting stuff:

    Streets of Rogue - Malf was all over this last year I remember. Maybe I gotta play it?
    Final Fantasy 8 - Y'know... I've been kinda interested in this since reading about it in the late 90's, tho I've never enjoyed any of these older JRPG titles and it's almost certain to be underwhelming after all this time, I think I'll give it a whirl.
    Commanche (Early Access) - Yeah, they're doing a COMMANCHE REBOOT, who'd a thought? I played a bit of the training missions, can't say much about it yet.
    Tetris Effect - No VR support in this version yet, sadly. I loved this when I played in on the Oculus Quest earlier this year but I'm not sure if the audiovisual sensations I felt translates to the flat screen.
    Deep Rock Galactic - Supposed to be a good co-op game!

    Also, I just upgraded my comp with another TB of SSD so I went ahead and reinstalled MS Flight Sim. Loads noticably faster now than it did on my HDD.

  17. #42
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    YES HENKE!
    Play Streets of Rogue!
    Play it all the time!

    I've been playing it again recently, and it's still so damn good. Every time I fire it up, I'm always able to think of a new way to play.

    I would love to play it co-op with the TTLG crew.

  18. #43
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Final Fantasy 8 is pretty good. I've only played a few games in the series all the way to the end, and that's one of them.

    Fun card minigame, unique combat system and good story.

  19. #44
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    Final Fantasy 8 is pretty good. I've only played a few games in the series all the way to the end, and that's one of them.

    Fun card minigame, unique combat system and good story.
    Back in the day I would've rated FF8 as one of the worst games in the series, but we now live in a post-FF13 world. The quality bar is so low that lesser games from the past eras are mindblowingly amazing by contemporary standards.

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