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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1500 on: 10 Sep 2021, 21:26 »

I've gotten stupid-far on Hollow Knight. Radiant level on most of the bosses. Still haven't finished an ending. too bad i think i'm cycling away now >_<

Did most of... well, much of, at least, Celeste. I'm in the ending chapter. and need to do b-sides. and stuff. Most brutal platformer I've ever played.

Got a lot of the way through Going Under. Fun and cute time!

Tried Atomicrops. It's okay. It's got some heart. The core gameplay loop isn't hard, on a basic level. But it's a bit of a rough game, and doesn't explain itself very well. Decent attempt at the very least. I have access to it for free-ish, so I'm gonna give it a bit more time and attention to see if I can find my joy here or not.

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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1501 on: 10 Sep 2021, 22:34 »

I tried Hollow Knight. Didn't like it. I tried Hades. Didn't like it either. I've come to the conclusion that games like that (rogue lites?) are not for me 🙂

Just bought Skyward Sword HD. See how that one goes.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1502 on: 10 Sep 2021, 22:39 »

World of Warcraft has killed any satisfaction I may once have derived from repetitive, grindy games.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1503 on: 11 Sep 2021, 03:17 »

Tried Atomicrops. It's okay. It's got some heart. The core gameplay loop isn't hard, on a basic level. But it's a bit of a rough game, and doesn't explain itself very well. Decent attempt at the very least. I have access to it for free-ish, so I'm gonna give it a bit more time and attention to see if I can find my joy here or not.

I've also been hacking away at Atomicrops. It's definitely got a surplus of complexity, but the core loop is solid enough that I've enjoyed figuring things out for myself. However, it could do with a little less stinginess on the permanent upgrades. It's not that the meta-currency is rare, but the 'merchants' that you have to unlock are ridiculously hard to find. I think I had about 6-8 runs where I defeated the final boss (whose mechanics were utterly confusing the first time I tried) and I've only just found the second merchant yesterday. The wiki tells me there are at least four more! I'm still having fun grinding those upgrades out, but c'mon, throw me a bone here.

I tried Hollow Knight. Didn't like it. I tried Hades. Didn't like it either. I've come to the conclusion that games like that (rogue lites?) are not for me 🙂

Just bought Skyward Sword HD. See how that one goes.
You... okay, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with you, but what games do you like? Hollow Knight and Hades are about as different as two 2D action games can get, and I'd expect someone to find something to like in at least one of them. Hollow Knight isn't a roguelike, or lite, or whatever, it's a conventional metroidvania with a static world that keeps your progress after death, and probably the best one of its kind. Same for Hades, which wraps the modern roguelike formula into a narrative structure where it makes sense to try, die, repeat in a way that honestly, no one has ever done with this level of style and grace.

But if you don't like them, you don't like them... shame.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1504 on: 11 Sep 2021, 16:41 »

I tried Hollow Knight. Didn't like it. I tried Hades. Didn't like it either. I've come to the conclusion that games like that (rogue lites?) are not for me 🙂

Just bought Skyward Sword HD. See how that one goes.
You... okay, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with you, but what games do you like? Hollow Knight and Hades are about as different as two 2D action games can get, and I'd expect someone to find something to like in at least one of them. Hollow Knight isn't a roguelike, or lite, or whatever, it's a conventional metroidvania with a static world that keeps your progress after death, and probably the best one of its kind. Same for Hades, which wraps the modern roguelike formula into a narrative structure where it makes sense to try, die, repeat in a way that honestly, no one has ever done with this level of style and grace.

But if you don't like them, you don't like them... shame.

I do not completely agree, I don't think.

I love Hades, and hate most all Metroidvanias - and my dislike does include Hollow Knight - but the games are not entirely dissimilar.

They're both fighting games based around moving in such a way that you do not get attacked and so that the enemy gets within your attack. Attacking is relatively simple and much of it is melee focused. The crucial skill is dexterity, the crucial concern is timing, and you're more worried about distance from the opponent than you are about them blocking. A large part of the movement is based around rapid dashing. I'd argue the dynamics and "feel" of the movement is in some ways similar.

These are not the same game and they are even in different genres - and yes, what I described can describe a *lot* of other games from vastly different genres. But if someone is indifferent about those things (as I happen to be - I like Hades because it's the best possible version of itself and sort of transcends its own genre, but I didn't really like any other game similar to it in gameplay), they can be off-putting in both games, for similar reasons.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1505 on: 12 Sep 2021, 01:05 »

You... okay, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with you, but what games do you like?

This is a big, big universe, and there are quite a lot of games out there ...
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1506 on: 12 Sep 2021, 14:25 »

I read your response, LTK, and realized that 'Hollow Knight and Hades are similar games' only makes sense to me. Allow me to explain.

Both are games that I tried because other people (like in my friend circle) absolutely RAVED about them and so I thought 'why not?'
Both are games that are hard (for me) and quite unforgiving (HK more so than Hades. 'Boo, you died, now go out and retrieve your soul again!')
Both are games that I probably would have loved 10, 15, 20 years ago, but that I now can't be bothered with.

Which is why, for me, those games are very similar.

I tend to play to relax and have fun, which neither HK nor Hades can do for me. There is much about both of them that I love (graphics, story line) but it doesn't outweigh my frustration.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1507 on: 12 Sep 2021, 15:32 »

That makes sense. I generally assume that people check if they themselves would enjoy a game before going off to play it. I've fallen into that trap myself often: I'd read a review of something that completely convinced me of a game being the Best Thing Ever, and when I'd go play it, it turned out not to be the kind of game I enjoy at all. So I've gotten to be very skeptical of friend recommendations for anything outside my preferred genres.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1508 on: 12 Sep 2021, 20:47 »

game Atomicrops a little more time, especially on your word LTK cuz i mean we usually vibe enough on the same wavelengths

yeah okay it's captured me a bit more. still an obtuse bastard. but gonna play with it some more. beat my first year. took me a bit to figure out how that boss worked, but not too long
also met that fucking moon at one point in my year two attempts. holding off actually asking for hints on it, now. dropped a grinder/fertilizer tractor on it, which was interesting if not ultimately effective. makes me wonder how it'll respond to the megatron tractor, lol

also started Control, cuz i'm just.... really fucking stuck right now in the house, extra amount, so a good time to get to things on the Microsoft game pass nonsense. Like it, though im early. and it fucking crashed, sigh

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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1509 on: 12 Sep 2021, 20:49 »

also i can see how hollow knight and hades can feel similar. they present and in a lot of ways work/handle differently enough that they don't register as the same for me, but on further reflection (especially after so much 'dancing' in doing bosses hitless in HK), well the gist of the ballet isn't so utterly different? the wine sprung from different vines, and yet there are some tastes between the two

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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1510 on: 13 Sep 2021, 00:14 »

yeah, fuck Control right now. At least the PC version through Xbox Game Pass. i've gotten more than a reasonable amount of locks, for a system that should handle this fine

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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1511 on: 13 Sep 2021, 13:25 »

game Atomicrops a little more time, especially on your word LTK cuz i mean we usually vibe enough on the same wavelengths

yeah okay it's captured me a bit more. still an obtuse bastard. but gonna play with it some more. beat my first year. took me a bit to figure out how that boss worked, but not too long
also met that fucking moon at one point in my year two attempts. holding off actually asking for hints on it, now. dropped a grinder/fertilizer tractor on it, which was interesting if not ultimately effective. makes me wonder how it'll respond to the megatron tractor, lol

I didn't think I posted here enough to get a sense of my wavelength, but I'm pleasantly surprised my recommendation carries some weight!

I've gotten up to year 5 myself, and I managed to unlock five different merchants, including one who provides a time capsule with some extra starting resources depending on how far I got in my previous run. That's definitely required to get a foot in the door on the higher difficulties: the number of nighttime raiders here is insane and I have to spend a lot more time trying to survive, where I could previously just keep planting and harvesting while dodging the occasional bullet. I'm still not sure if there's a consistent way to find merchants, only that they tend to show up in the distant areas, the ones needing 2 or 3 bridge building kits to unlock.

You'll definitely be seeing more of that moon. I think there's two varieties of that event, one with and one without enemies, but the chompy bastard comes down nonetheless. There's actually a hint in the Steam achievements description if you need it. I haven't destroyed it myself, but I'll probably get the chance sooner or later.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1513 on: 13 Sep 2021, 23:12 »

also SkateBIRD is supposed to come out, like, next week
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to anyone who wants to be a small skateboarding bird

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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1514 on: 17 Sep 2021, 21:24 »

Started playing Deltarune Chapter 2 (after a replay of chapter 1) and so far, it's living up to the hype.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1515 on: 19 Sep 2021, 01:29 »

Right, I think I've had my fill of Atomicrops. I've beaten year 5, but fighting enemies in year 6 is getting a lot more arduous. Enemies are tankier and more bullet-spammy, and I'm having less fun fighting them. Farming also hasn't revealed any additional depth or nuance so I don't particularly have good reason to keep doing that either. Plus, I killed the moon, so with that milestone it seems like a good time to call it quits.

I also only just found the cat merchant, who has been back at the house the entire time but I never found him because I didn't realize there was a passage over to the right with all the cat stuff. Oh well.

Great game! There are a single-digit number of games that can approach Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne level of gamefeel and design quality, and I can safely say this is one of them.
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« Reply #1516 on: 19 Sep 2021, 17:20 »

Does anyone know of an open world survival type game (like Conan Exiles or Valheim) but with like a 1760s era style to it? I would love a Conan Exiles style game like that. With Conan exiles you can build different structures, equipment, weapons, etc based on different nations/cultures from the Conan universe. I would love a similar type game but in a fantasy world that resembles 1600-1700 cultures and nations. Make farms, capture animals to domesticate them for food, resources, and mounts. Recruit NPCs to perform different jobs in your town or fight along side you.  Fight monsters, explore dungeons/ruins, compete with other players or other NPC groups on the map. I think that would be fun.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1517 on: 26 Sep 2021, 06:50 »

Started playing Deltarune, finished Chapter 1, I'm almost done with Chapter 2.

I'm extremely impressed. It's not quite Undertale, but what is. It still manages to be a great game for what it is. The high point is most definitely the humour - to me personally, it had many, many laugh-out-loud moments and I consider it funnier than Undertale (which also was sometimes comedy gold).

I was dreading disappoinment, but I was very pleasantly surprised. If I had any real complaint, maybe the game leans a bit *too* heavily on nostalgia and references to Undertale, occasionally. But not to obnoxious levels.
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« Reply #1518 on: 27 Sep 2021, 20:40 »

sorry Lee, no idea




so i know i'm, like, decades late, but Quake? pretty good. i can see why people were into it.
i mostly missed this entire genre back in the Doom, Quake, et al era. so the remake/release/whatever of Quake that came out in the last year or whatever is a nice time to go back. and y'know, even on Normal it's ...not exactly *challenging*, but it's certainly satisfying, frenetic, and makes me wonder if I even want to try Hard. For those that know, I've done main campaign and Scourge of Armagon, and am in episode 1 of Dissolution of Eternity


Bloodroots is a Hotline Miami-alike, in the sense that it's a one-hit fast fighter. I have some distinct squabbles with it, and was *very tired* of some segments by the time i beat them. but overall, worthwhile if you're into this sort of thing.


Finished Boyfriend Dungeon some time ago. Not the hardest of its sort by any means. gonna have to replay it at one point and make some different decisions. several interesting stories and cuties of several kinds to date

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« Reply #1519 on: 28 Sep 2021, 11:42 »

I'm super glad you're enjoying Quake, it's rather underappreciated I think, at least compared to Doom 1 and 2. Those games have a gigantic number of mods that tend to get the spotlight, but I've always been a Quake and Unreal guy.

No joke, one of the best shooters I've played in years is a Quake mod called Arcane Dimensions, it's a huge collaborative map pack split into different worlds that's got all the best parts of Quake but more Quakey in every way. I highly recommend it.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1520 on: 30 Sep 2021, 06:35 »

So I tried to pick up Cyberpunk 2077 but my computer's OS isn't compatible with it. Anyone able to recommend an alternative cyber-punky style game? I tried Shadowrun Returns but it just didn't immerse me.
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« Reply #1521 on: 30 Sep 2021, 06:42 »

My instinct is to say Shadowrun: Dragonfall, because if it's immersion that's the issue, the game's story is MUCH better (IMO) compared to Returns. It's a very similar game, but Returns I thought was fine, while Dragonfall was thoroughly entertaining for me.

But if the general gameplay of SR Returns didn't spark joy for you either, Dragonfall may or may not appeal to you.

I'm not up to date on video games, so the best I can recommend are old titles. The original Syndicate, System Shock 1 and 2 and Deus Ex being all-time classics, if you can get past the more dated elements of graphics and interface.
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« Reply #1522 on: 30 Sep 2021, 10:52 »

I tried playing Deus Ex: Human Evolution a long time ago but I got to a required stealth mission that was frustrating and ended up quitting. I could give it another try. I've been playing XCOM2 since it has a cyberpunk flair to it (especially on city maps).

edit: I do have Dragon Fall and Boston Lockdown for Shadowrun, I may give Dragon Fall a chance based on your recommendation.
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« Reply #1523 on: 01 Oct 2021, 12:58 »

Observer, starring Rutger Hauer, might be up your alley. it's mostly a first-person explore+investigate story. a few chase/stealth sections that i don't remember being particularly hard, though i admit don't necessarily serve the game the best. but want to put it on your radar

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« Reply #1524 on: 10 Oct 2021, 18:54 »

I really like the atmosphere, story, aliens and setting of X-Com: Enemy Unknown, but love the gameplay, customizations, classes, and modding community of X-COM2.
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