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Thread: What ARE you playing in 2020?

  1. #401
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    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Jafaville New Zealand
    I'm replaying Terraria. It's just done it's final major update the other day. With a changelog that supposedly spans 100 standard pages.

    Also managed to tick another game off my ever growing to do list. Toonstruck. Not as humorous as The Curse of Monkey Island. And is it me or is Shadow Warrior 2 just a bloody xp pain in the ass?
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  2. #402
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Quote Originally Posted by qolelis View Post
    Heh, well, I'm trying. I finally wrote a proper review, hopefully the first of many again.

    Thanks, by the way, for reminding me of SOMA. I claimed my free copy on GOG some time ago, but never played it.
    Good review! I'm not sure Trackless is the kind of game I'd play, but I appreciate the perspective anyway.

    And you're welcome. SOMA's a game anyone who's interested in sci-fi horror that explores questions of identity by throwing players down into the bottom of the lightless deep should play. It's a masterclass in dark, melancholy storytelling.

  3. #403
    GTA V is free. Which is great because I got locked out of my old Rockstar account.


    If anyone wants to play online I totally will NOT wait until you least expect it and then launch a rocket up your backside

    Nah I totally would. GTA V is perfectly suited to that kind of thing. And I'd totally expect you all to do it too and start an entertaining revenge back and forth. Had a fun game like that on 360 when me and some other dude got into an air to ground war where he kept blowing up my cars and I kept blowing up his planes.

  4. #404
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    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    I realized recently I probably hadn't replayed either of the good Thief games since the run-up to TDS. So I'm currently doing a mission a night in Thief Gold, and I'm about to start Undercover. I dunno what has changed since the last time I played it, but I can honestly say I've enjoyed the hell out of every mission so far. This game has to have the best mission design of anything I've ever played. Basically every mission until you get the sword is a tutorial-but-not-really, teaching you how to be better at the game so you can tackle the harder missions that come later. And within each mission things are generally laid out so that things like making noise or avoiding patrols or dealing with monsters starts out relatively basic and by the end you're just owning every obstacle being thrown at you. And they did it by training you to play it while you play it, instead of shoving some half-assed RPG system in there. God it's good.

  5. #405
    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Moyer View Post
    I realized recently I probably hadn't replayed either of the good Thief games since the run-up to TDS. So I'm currently doing a mission a night in Thief Gold, and I'm about to start Undercover. I dunno what has changed since the last time I played it, but I can honestly say I've enjoyed the hell out of every mission so far. This game has to have the best mission design of anything I've ever played. Basically every mission until you get the sword is a tutorial-but-not-really, teaching you how to be better at the game so you can tackle the harder missions that come later. And within each mission things are generally laid out so that things like making noise or avoiding patrols or dealing with monsters starts out relatively basic and by the end you're just owning every obstacle being thrown at you. And they did it by training you to play it while you play it, instead of shoving some half-assed RPG system in there. God it's good.
    No half-assed RPG system? So how does the game make money on microtransactions to boost your skills?

  6. #406
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    Registered: Aug 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by Malf View Post
    @Darkforge, having been on a bit of a Dishonored binge recently, I though I'd give Mankind Divided another go too, but quickly ran in to framerate issues and the inability to invert mouse. My system's no slouch, so the tanking FPS on that first level is massively disappointing, and was reminiscent of the last time I tried to run it; that was with a GTX1070, this time was with an RTX2080 Super. I honestly can't remember performance being this bad the first time I played the game on release, but I think I did turn lots of stuff down to get it running.
    The invert mouse thing however seems to be an ongoing problem, and as the game's not really being developed any more, probably unlikely to get fixed.

    It was enough to make me think "Yeah, I can't be arsed with this."
    Just on the off-chance you still gave a damn, I'm almost done with the Mankind Divided DLC now. I played through all of "System Rift" and most of "A Criminal Past" with pretty much every setting as high as it can go ("Ultra" and so forth) and everything was stable and smooth aside from two brief lags on the opening cutscene of "System Rift". However I'm up to what I think is the last part of "A Criminal Past" and have now starting experiencing some random crashes to desktop - why it's only just started doing this now is beyond me.

    Still, big improvement over my experience with the main game a few years back, so I guess it's still a win.

  7. #407
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Been playing a buncha things.

    Cloudpunk - Finished it! And yeah I stand by my previous assessment of "interesting characters, poor voiceacting, so-so flying, pretty visuals." Overall, it was ok.

    Kentucky Route Zero - Finished this one as well, the last chapter is very short. Yeah, this one is good n sad. Gorgeous visuals and music. It never really completely pulled me into it's world or really made me care about it's characters tho. It's one of those subtext-heavy things, and I'm not a SUBTEXT GUY.

    Mutazione - Only just started this one last night when I couldn't sleep. After KRZ this will be my new "I can't sleep"-gaming. It's about a girl who goes to a monster island and talks to the monsters. It's nice and mellow and twee.

    Snowrunner - I've pretty much wrapped-up Michigan and Alaska, and I'm about to get started on the Russian region. I mean... it's great. It's more Spintires y'know. Get some country music playing on Spotify and boot up Snowrunner and I'm in my comfort zone.

    Desert Golfing - Dunno why but I've found myself drawn back to the desert. It's good podcast-gaming. Specifically I've been listening to How Did This Get Played? and Doughboys episodes while playing it.

    The Outer Wilds - I dip into this now and then and there's always new discoveries to marvel at.

    Days Gone - Haven't played this in weeks. I haven't finished it. It's too damn long.

    Shadow Of The Collossus Remake - I've taken down 3 collossi, but I'm not really feeling it. I think once through this game(or its original, to be precise) was enough.

    Thy Sword - This neat lil' hack n slash platformer just got released on consoles so I picked it up for Switch. It's good! Also I'm biased in saying that since it's developed by some local boys so who knows maybe I'm actually lying! The only way to know for sure is to pick up a copy of THY SWORD today! Out now on PC and consoles!

  8. #408
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    I'm glad to see that the universe has some sort of equilibrium. If you can't be engaged by the likes of KRZ and Shadow of the Colossus, then I don't have to feel particularly bad about telling Dark Souls 1's ponderousness to stick it where the sun ain't grossly incandescent.

  9. #409
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Thy Sword - This neat lil' hack n slash platformer just got released on consoles so I picked it up for Switch. It's good! Also I'm biased in saying that since it's developed by some local boys so who knows maybe I'm actually lying! The only way to know for sure is to pick up a copy of THY SWORD today! Out now on PC and consoles!
    Read this and got excited for a minute thinking someone had made a game out of the excellent Luna Brothers graphic novel "The Sword".

  10. #410
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Sulph, I was engaged enough to finish both those games once. Dark Souls had me hooked with its gameplay and worldbuilding, tho I never made heads or tails of the story.

  11. #411
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Sure, I was engaged by Dark Souls enough to admire its overall design, but the story was too diffuse to really care about.

  12. #412
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    The story itself is not very complex in Dark Souls -- you learn that you have been chosen (either to prolong the Age of Fire or to usher in the Age of Dark) and you're being led to that by two serpents, one who tries to manipulate you by telling lies and the other by telling the truth. It's all the background info and lore where things get murky on the details of what really happened and what significance did the events have.

    Incidentally, I've been getting into Demon's Souls again (I've only played it a bit before), and so far I like it nearly as much as Dark Souls. I think I still prefer the Castlevania / Zelda style level design, as it gives the place more of a sense of a continuous world, but the Mega Man style level structure kind of makes the world feel like a bigger place. It also helps that the worlds you teleport into do have some continuity and a unified theme. Other than that, it feels very From in all its aspects and I'm seeing lots of parallels from the old King's Field games as well as their newer ones. Latria was a surprise, though -- did not expect to see those fellas.

    Also, reinstalled Code Vein (basically anime Dark Souls) and Sekiro, whose saves I lost in a recent hard drive crash, but I don't know if I can be bothered to go through the motions again. I wasn't that far along in Sekiro, but I must have put some 20 hours into Code Vein. Hmm... maybe I should try out that Wasteland 3 beta before they take it down.

  13. #413
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    The two games using the Dark Souls kind of storytelling/worldbuilding that worked best for me were Bloodborne and Hollow Knight; with the latter, I still didn't fully understand what was going on while I was playing, but I definitely felt the pathos of that dying world more keenly. Other than that, From's games work for me as tone poems rather than stories, they're what a fantasy movie by Terrence Malick might look like (with all that entails, good and bad).

    I'm finding myself surprisingly engaged by Mass Effect Andromeda by now. It's still not great and I still don't particularly care about the characters, but I'm definitely having enough fun to want to continue. I do wonder if it's a case of accepting the game's flaws and adjusting my expectations, as well as having a better understanding especially of the combat, or just giving it more time, or if it's mainly that the first couple of hours are simply a bad introduction to the game and it improves later on.

  14. #414
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    @Starker: Sekiro has cloud saves, so if you were playing while online it should ideally have your progress saved.

  15. #415
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    Yeah, the post-apocalyptic aspect of Dark Souls really appealed to me, the melancholy sense it gave you that you're just an insect walking among the ruins of a once great civilisation. And in the end, it's just ashes and dying embers, whether you blow on them one last time or not.

    re: Andromeda, I think it's just that the best parts of the game are found outside of the main path, or at least for me it was the side plots and characters that I was most engaged with. It was things like pondering the ethics of creating an immortal AI and assisted suicide or the hit and miss sitcom with your dysfunctional crew that openly disrespects you or even just generally driving around and taking in cool sights. The moment that won me over, actually, was when I jumped on the ship and got scolded by the pilot -- when a game bothers to put in little things like that, it can't be all bad.

    re: Sekiro, I just checked, but I play off-line most of the time, unfortunately, so no cloud saves for me. But I wasn't really that far into the game and it has been months since I last played it, so I think I could use some practice anyway. Code Vein, though... ugh...
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