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Alex79 wrote: September 19th, 2021, 9:04 pm
stvnorman wrote: September 19th, 2021, 8:50 pm I’m not big into puzzle games, but I don’t mind them if it’s all logic and I’m in the mood, and I think the new version of Myst on Game Pass must have caught me just right! I only fired it up because I was fed up of seeing the icon, but it’s not bewildering for long then suddenly I couldn’t leave it alone! Anyway, three late nights later and I’d finished it, and am tempted at another quick run now I know what I’m doing from the off.
I noticed you playing that the other day and it prompted me to download it. Looking forward to trying it. I've been looking for a puzzle game that comes anywhere near The Witness, and I know Myst has been popular for decades. It looks like it's got that same chill vibe to it, even though the puzzles aren't really anything similar.
It has got a Witness vibe about it. Or vice versa! I found the first half an hour rough because I had absolutely no idea what was going on, but it started to click in the nick of time! Look forward to hearing what you think.

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Am finally up to the time gadget level of Dishonored 2 having played the game for the last week. I don't know if I'm doing things wrong/very badly because (even taking into account that I restarted the whole thing once or twice) my playtime is so long (about 23 hours so far) and so many of the reviews complain the game is short. I do make it a policy to get every single bone charm and rune in each level and to try and explore every corner of the levels I can find... except for one bone charm in Jindosh's clockwork house because by that point I had had ENOUGH. (I understand the incredible design that went into that level but I have no sense of direction and I hate getting lost in video games so that level was a nightmare from hell for me).

That said (and I obviously haven't finished yet), I *adore* this game. Each level so far has been so lovingly and creatively crafted, each challenge so carefully considered. There's so much variety, so many different ways to approach things. The integration of powers and gadgets into the gameplay is intuitive, fun and satisfying. I love to link my victims together and transform into a shadow to quietly take them out. The art design is absolutely stunning. The paintings you can find in each level are gorgeous. I'm obsessed with the owl-themed interior decoration in the Royal Conservatory.

The plot is pretty interesting even though it clearly comes second to the level design and worldbuilding which are the true stars of the game. The world and characters sort of remind me of the Robin Hobb Farseer books (although those books aren't steam punk). The emphasis on royal intrigue, bastard children of the crown, magical diseases infecting the populous, shadowy magic from a shadow realm. It makes me nostalgic for those books.

I'm so glad I got over my weird thing against first person games to play this because I've been quite wiped out by work stuff over the last week (I don't have to work that hard but we have had many many four hour plus meetings each day) and it has been such a comforting, compulsive game to turn to. I already purchased the first game (ballsy because I'm so crap at games in general I don't know if I can complete 2 yet) and I'm excited.

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It's Dishonored, you can't do it wrong! That's the beauty of these games. I've spent over 4 hours in a single level, I've beaten the entire game in under 2.

Definitely play the first one, it's a classic. There's also Death of the Outsider which is in the same engine/ style as 2, it's one of those expandalone packs like Uncharted Lost Legacy.

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I'm still playing Aggelos on Switch, a brilliant little homage to games like Wonderboy III I picked up for a quid or two in a sale a few weeks back. It's really good fun, some great upgrade abilities like making portals to jump through. It's pretty challenging in places as well, I've been on the fire temple for a few days and finally reached the boss today - not beaten it yet.

The level design is really good as well. Loads of short cuts and once you find the boss there's normally a short cut from the save point straight to it. The graphics and sound are spot on for what they're going for, and I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys MetroidVania, platform adventures or just has nostalgia for the Sega Master System style.

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I've been loving Deathloop, it's my favorite game this year. I think the general writing is a big step from Arkane's previous games and the voice acting for Julianna and Colt is fantastic. I love the gameplay loop, and I actually like the invasion mechanic, it's not like Souls where if I get invaded I die almost every time.

I think Arkane made a great game that feels really fresh and it isn't as clearly inspired by other games as their recent games ( Thief for Dishonored and System Shock for Prey).

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Been playing a lot of SNKRX. Very compulsive. Finding a build that works is fun. My strongest so far has been a mainly warrior build, got me up to level 140-something. Was amazing.

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Jon Cheetham wrote: September 21st, 2021, 1:25 pm It's Dishonored, you can't do it wrong! That's the beauty of these games. I've spent over 4 hours in a single level, I've beaten the entire game in under 2.

Definitely play the first one, it's a classic. There's also Death of the Outsider which is in the same engine/ style as 2, it's one of those expandalone packs like Uncharted Lost Legacy.
That makes me feel better because I'm midway through the penultimate mission and the timer says I've played for over 29 hours!!

I've got Dishonored 1 and Prey lined up :)

Although maybe I should take a break to play an indie or a third person game first :P

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Indie, Hotline Miami :P Or Bioshock 1!

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Got my hands on a Steamdeck today! It is a lot bigger than I expected but also a lot lighter too. Very comfortable in my hands, felt very similar to a Switch and the feel of it feels really nice and high quality. Ran the games on it well but all my works company games wouldn't be that demanding.

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Truk_Kurt wrote: September 23rd, 2021, 12:12 pm Indie, Hotline Miami :P Or Bioshock 1!
On my list!

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It’s been a looong while since I’ve shared what I’ve been playing recently :lol: So, I’ll try to be as concise as possible about what games I’ve completed since Thronebreaker [cracks fingers]:
  • Firewatch: Lovely little game with some (kinda surprisingly, kinda not that surprising) touching moments.
  • Planescape: Torment - Enhanced Edition: A little late to the party but now I get what people love about it! Not that I wasn’t intrigued at all about it before playing it but I wasn’t prepared to feel so compelled about its storyline and characters as I ended up being.
  • SOMA: Instantly my favorite Frictional horror experience. Not so much for the horror but for everything else, especially the characters, worldbuilding, and existentialism.
  • A Bird Story and Finding Paradise: Downright beautiful stories, especially the latter. I also really like how much charm is in the writing despite the sorrowful premise of this game series.
  • Botanicula: Cute little experience with lovely art style, as always with Amanita. Still hopelessly waiting for a sequel to Machinarium, though :oops:
  • Final Fantasy VI: A very similar experience to Planescape: Torment (being late to it, being unprepared for how much I was going to enjoy it, etc.) but with some JRPG on top.
  • Inside: Short but sweet... Sweet in a “dread and gloom galore” way, though.
  • Shovel Knight: Amazing Mega Man-like game! And filled with more content than I expected.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: My favorite action/adventure game of all time, and one of my favorite protagonists of all time (if not the). No more words needed.
  • Arkane Studios’ Prey: Yet another wonderful surprise! I had played Dishonored before, so I kinda knew what I was getting into, but still I ended up way more pleased with the experience than I expected. Same with the DLC, Mooncrash, a happy surprise inside the first one.
  • Civilization VI: A mix of all the good things from both Civ V and Endless Legend. An instant favorite of mine, although I’m still debating in my head whether I prefer this one over EL or not... Civ VI has the excellent Sean Bean’s VO, at least.
  • Quake Enhanced (in progress): Taking this opportunity with the remaster to revisit the very first PC game I’ve ever played, now with more than 20fps thankfully (back in the 90’s, my brother’s PC was OK but not overkill for Quake like my current one :lol: ). I’m really liking the new content so far, especially the Dimension of the Machine’s first couple of chapters :o
  • Stardew Valley (in progress): My second try at this game. So far, it’s been way more succesful that the first one, so much so that I’m currently very close to complete it at 100% :)
Overall, those have been an amazing bunch of games. Some more than others, sure, but I still recommend them all.

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That seems like a decent selection of games ...

Really haven't spent much time on any video games recently but there was an afternoon last weekend where the family pulled out the controllers for Overcooked 2

Arguments ensued (of course) but we did make steady progress over the couple of hours we spent playing. When a level clicks and you can all just go about your tasks, it's great - when you can't find an efficient path, well ...

Reached a level where one person is basically in control of a crane that the other three have to coordinate all their movements - I think we may have just reached our ending point :twisted:

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Obviously, I couldn’t resist a minute-one purchase of the new Switch Castlevania Advance Collection, but have mostly been enjoying the not very “Advance” Dracula X so far. A couple of rough platforming sections and a mundane final boss, but good game! Also picked up Wonder Boy Returns Remix and Blizzard Arcade Collection on sale on Switch this week. Not sure the former adds a great deal to the original, and that’s kind of okay with me, but the latter contains Rock ‘n Roll Racing, and it’s a great place to be playing it!

I played almost three hours of open-world platformer Sable, new to Game Pass, before the bugs, screen tearing, jerkiness and frustrating climbing became too much. Stylish, striking, but ultimately a waste of my time.

Also checking out the last of my PS+ library before it expires... No interest in this month’s games, but I did stick it out with last month’s WWE 2K Battlegrounds for a couple of hours… it’s another mess though! Played some CoD: Black Ops 4 too, until motion sickness got the better of me.

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I have once again been drawn back to Darksiders 2. I've lost track of how many times I've gone through this game, I think this might be the 6th or 7th run. But this is the first time I've gone through the original non-remaster version on the PC. I managed to find an old key for this version lying around and I was curious how the original compares to the remaster under ideal circumstances. There's not much in it, but this version might be superior. The remaster had a new lighting engine, and there are some areas where you could argue it looks better, but it came with a lot of downsides. It also had a less vibrant colour palette and introduced a lot of bugs. It seems like this old version runs better too, although it still stutters a little bit.

I was also intending on trying to explore the combat mechanics a bit better this time through as well. Seeing if it's possible to pull off interesting combos and experimenting with what you can do. I also wanted to focus just on using the fist type secondary weapons, as I've always fallen back on the big hammer style stuff before. So far results have been fairly positive. There are ways to string together moves and juggle enemies in ways I haven't attempted before. I also discovered some new moves that I didn't know were possible until now too. There are some secret moves in this game you can do with secondary weapons, if you hit the attack button at the exact right point in some attack strings. I think the game tells you about maybe one of these, but not all of them. I knew about them in the hammer type weapons, but not the fists until now. It's cool to discover new things in this game after so long playing it.

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I'm mid way through Dark Souls Remastered on PS4 Pro after being introduced to it by Cane and Rinse. Also playing Lonely Mountains Downhill (chilled out mountain biking game) and Dead Cells when I need a break from the demands of Dark Souls. Got my eye on Hades as one to try next, maybe when it gets properly dark and wintery in the UK.

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I've recently jumped into the the Ys series with both feet.
Picked up Ys Origins a few weeks ago on sale, enjoyed it quite a bit, bought Ys VIII and REALLY liked it, and am currently about an hour into Ys IX.

The series gives me low budget Zelda vibes, but with better combat but worse everything else. I've found the characters to be very charming. Both Origins and VIII hit that "7/10 game" sweet spot, where all the fun messy games live.

I am, at the same time, disappointed that I haven't dug into the series before, and happy I've been unaware until now because I have a giant pile of past Ys adventures just waiting for me.

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I've been playing Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania which is a remake compilation of the first 2 SMB games and the additional content found within Deluxe.

At first, I was disappointed. The physics were off and my muscle memory from the Gamecube classic (and 2) weren't gelling with it at all. The music isn't as good and the camera was acting strange.

After a little bit of tweaking by turning the camera sensitivity down to 2 I've found it to be a better experience. I've bought the Digital Deluxe edition which gives me access to the original soundtracks and also the classic characters making it more in line with what I know and love but with the engine change, there's something slightly off.

Having said that, i am thoroughly enjoying it all over again. I get absolutely absorbed into trying to pinball my poor simian into the goal from any angle and when the going gets tough, i swear, sweat and get red in the face but in that sort of way that happens when you know you, the player, is at fault.

They've added some great touches to help the player guide through the story mode which i've used once or twice as some levels are really quite devious. You can skip levels if you find them annoying (you get a silver tick on your list) and you can also slow down time to help manouver round trickier corners etc. (You get a stamp saying Helper! on your list)

Also they've removed the lives system which is perfect. It really does get hard and back then when you failed level 40 out of 60 it was a bit of a kick in the shins to get back to that point. I approve of the assists and more games need to acknowledge that these modes don't harm the game but only help people who are struggling.

A strange roller coaster ride this one. I've been waiting since ... well, since the Wii came about for them to remake the first one and it's taken them so many games to finally loop back around and start again.

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Just played two hours of Superliminal, really enjoyed it. Think I can't be too far from the end as HLTB has it pegged at around 2.5 hours, but it's bedtime... Fun little puzzler. Reminds me a lot of Portal and The Stanley Parable.

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Got back into Trailmakers again the past few days. I forgot how addictive this game is and how much fun you can have making the most batcrap crazy vehicles ever. There's no bigger thrill than going back to the early game rally tracks with a fully realised rocket car and lapping the other ghosts.

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I was surprised at how familiar Castlevania: Circle of the Moon in the new Advance Collection on Switch still felt, and I must be well past half way now, but I had completely forgotten about how much grinding you need to do! It feels great in handheld mode too, which is no surprise, but on a big screen it just about manages to stay the right side of blocky.

Not the case with G-Darius HD, also on Switch, which just brings a load of polish to how the original looks, but I wouldn’t want anything more! I’m not the greatest at horizontal shooters, but I’ve been playing them for a long time and this was already in my top three. It’s inventive, thrilling, challenging, has a wonderful soundtrack (that I’d never listened to with headphones before so it blew me away all over again!), and its giant robot fish bosses have never looked better!

Did play the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta for a bit, and if feels good but it’s not for me and I’ll wait for the single player now! Otherwise, I’ve been getting quite good at arcade Rolling Thunder too.

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