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What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them?

What have you been playing lately? Discussion about video games and board games are both welcome. Please don't just make a list of titles, give some thoughts about the game(s) as well.

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  1. herson
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    I finished Stray, I really wanted to enjoy this game, but I couldn't. The "free-roaming" parts (the slums and midtown) were a nothing but a chore and the opposite of fun, I like puzzles and...

    I finished Stray, I really wanted to enjoy this game, but I couldn't.

    The "free-roaming" parts (the slums and midtown) were a nothing but a chore and the opposite of fun, I like puzzles and exploration, but those were just boring. And the very last part of the game was just mediocre. That "emotional" scene at the ending was just laughable. Ruined the desire to 100% the game for me.

    I think the game would be a 10/10 removing those 3 parts, because I really liked the concept and the fact that everything looks so detailed, for instance, Clementine's apartment was so well decorated that it felt like a real life apartment where actual people live.

    7 votes
  2. dubteedub
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    I played through Inscryption recently and it was a trip. I really enjoyed it. It was a very cool deckbuilding roguelike, but with some interesting horror-y elements and a bit of some escape room...

    I played through Inscryption recently and it was a trip. I really enjoyed it. It was a very cool deckbuilding roguelike, but with some interesting horror-y elements and a bit of some escape room stuff. It is hard to say too much more without sharing spoilers, but if you like a bit more whacky/creepy games or deck-builders, would definitely give it a shot. 9/10

    5 votes
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    grahamiam
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    My wife and I are working our way through the three Persona rhythm games after they were on sale on the PS Store. These are the first rhythm games we've ever played for more than a half hour. We...

    My wife and I are working our way through the three Persona rhythm games after they were on sale on the PS Store. These are the first rhythm games we've ever played for more than a half hour. We started with 5 and are working on 4 now. The internet seems to consider 4 the better game, and I kind of get why - the art is a little better, the songs are more fitting for the gameplay, and this is probably not one of their reasons but I'm glad it has a lot less fanservice crap for the high school characters (I keep hoping, probably without any reason, that P6 will have university student or full on adult main characters). However, I find the difficulty a little wonky: on P5, we could get Brilliant on Normal songs and Cleared on Hard songs, but on P4 Normal seems really easy but we can't finish most Hard songs yet. Also, the story is atrocious? Anyways, definitely don't think we'll pick up more rhythm games after these three, but it's very fun to live in the Persona world a little longer. Simultaneously I'm slowly playing through P5R (played original P5 a few years ago) - it had more added to it than I thought from the original game, so that's been neat.

    My guild is going to play OW2 for a while. I'm ambivalent about it: it doesn't seem worth being called a sequel and I don't really want to support Blizzard atm, but I'm not going to spend money on it so will get a little fun from it.

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    1. grahamiam
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      Hey, update, I won't be playing OW2 until they fix/change the phone policy, because my phone number isn't "post-paid" and I don't want to give someone else's phone number access to my bnet...

      Hey, update, I won't be playing OW2 until they fix/change the phone policy, because my phone number isn't "post-paid" and I don't want to give someone else's phone number access to my bnet account. Right now my bnet account is American but I currently live in Taiwan, so I only have an American Google Voice number. I could move my account to Taiwan, but I'd lose my bnet balance (which is pretty high thanks to WoW gold nonsense), and there's no guarantee my Taiwanese phone number would work (many people are reporting problems even with non-prepaid accounts). So I'll wait. Probably for the best, anyways.

      EDIT: And another update, they're removing the phone requirement for old accounts and bnet linked accounts.

      2 votes
  4. JXM
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    I got to play a few games of one of my favorite board games of all time this weekend, DungeonQuest. The gameplay is extremely simple: try to get to the treasure in the center of the map. You draw...

    I got to play a few games of one of my favorite board games of all time this weekend, DungeonQuest.

    The gameplay is extremely simple: try to get to the treasure in the center of the map. You draw random room tiles and cards as you move to a new space and hope they take you in the right direction. Occasionally you test you abilities with dice rolls or fight monsters.

    Usually I'm not a huge fan of games that are mostly reliant on luck, but most of the fun in DungeonQuest is laughing at your friends' misfortunes as terrible thing after terrible thing happens to them. Stuck in a dead end hallway because the rooms rotated? That's DungeonQuest! Fall down a bottomless pit on your first turn? DungeonQuest!

    It's easy to learn and usually takes less than 45 minutes for a game and it's a good one for people who have friends that aren't really into games that require planning 5 moves ahead or book keeping.

    4 votes
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    knocklessmonster
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    It's apparently NextFest on Steam, so I'll probably respond with comments if I find more demos to check out. FO3 via Tale of Two Wastelands is a ton of fun now, my Heavy Incinerator is making...

    It's apparently NextFest on Steam, so I'll probably respond with comments if I find more demos to check out.

    FO3 via Tale of Two Wastelands is a ton of fun now, my Heavy Incinerator is making things interesting, which is nice, and I'm picking up fun perks, like "Child at Heart" which I used to get into Little Lamplight.

    Ashes 2063, a Doom TC I'm tempted to play through on GZDoom. It's sort of Fallouty, with radiation hazards, post-apocalyptic setting, etc.

    Something I've been waiting for: Casette Beasts, from the mind behind Lenna's Inception, another great game. You wake up on an island with dangerous monsters, record their essence to tape, and fight to progress a story. The demo is worth checking out, and frankly has me excited for the whole game. It's very Pokemon, but they also fuse like Digimon, the "trainer" takes damage as well (it's the characters whose bodies go into battle with the essence of the monsters). It was also made entirely in Godot, which is freaking awesome, and the game combines 2d and 3d in a way that feels great.

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    1. knocklessmonster
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      Update, but not one I expected. Not much in NexFest beyond Casette Beasts has spoken to me, but I may go through it tomorrow. I finished FO3's main story but was unclear about how the Broken Steel...

      Update, but not one I expected. Not much in NexFest beyond Casette Beasts has spoken to me, but I may go through it tomorrow.

      I finished FO3's main story but was unclear about how the Broken Steel DLC tied into the original content until I got there and looked it up. The DLC provided a much better ending than what I understood to be the default ending (you don't have to make a pointless sacrifice when you've got a goddamn supermutant immune to radiation to deal with exposure for you), and was fun to go through as well. I sorta accidentally powered through The Pitt DLC as well in a few hours which was definitely an interesting piece of content. It was basically Fallout with Doom Imps everywhere, and the important stuff was dealing with them in tight spaces. The "long" part was getting all 100 steel ingots from The Steelyard. I also shot Ashur in the face for no good reason as my decision to tie up the DLC, but it told an interesting, but satisfyingly unsatisfying story in how everything shakes down, and how it just leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

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  6. lou
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    With all the buzz around Diablo 4, I got a little hyped and played a bunch of Diablo 3 on the Xbox. As everyone knows, it's a pretty great game. I tried a barbarian character, but in the Expert...

    With all the buzz around Diablo 4, I got a little hyped and played a bunch of Diablo 3 on the Xbox. As everyone knows, it's a pretty great game. I tried a barbarian character, but in the Expert difficulty, it takes ages to kill mobs and felt kinda boring. So I went for a seasonal necromancer, which is so OP is ridiculous. To make things interesting, now I'm playing in the Torment 1 difficulty.

    I really like the game, but the mentality of "Diablo really starts at level 70 in Torment 2000" is bollocks, I wanna enjoy the entire journey. Around level 30, the gameplay and RPG elements are a bit superficial. Ideally, Diablo 3 should be a bit more complex at this level, but still less complex than Path of Exile, because even PoE should be less complex than PoE.

    I'm really excited for Diablo 4, the idea of being kind of an MMORPG worried me at first, but it will be great if that online focus facilitates playing with friends. I've had great times playing Diablo 3 with friends, both online and locally, but some things are problematic. For example, if there's a mage in the party they'll explode all the mobs before the others characters can even get to them. It will be great if they balance things so that every character party has a bit of fun.

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