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.
Played the Diablo 4 beta last weekend, Sorc and Necro, a buddy played it during the pre-purchase beta and open beta and ended up playing all 5 classes.
Darker, gorier, macabre-er, and downright beautiful for a Diablo game/ARPG. Transmog is great and something I'm sure I'll see copied elsewhere quickly. Character customization is pretty good, but could be better. Skill tree dropped the linear progression which is very nice, I like some changes/additions, not a fan of others, still hate being limited to 6 buttons (damn console peasants), but will withhold final judgement until I play the full release as the beta was limited to Act 1 and Lvl 25 only. The new Aspect/Codex thing has potential, but we'll see how it goes. Don't know if I'm a fan of the way people can just join your game/world at present as I prefer to play alone, but will see if a "private" world is possible. Story so far is great and I'm kinda wondering if it's going to turn out that you're rooting for Lilith or at least she's not all bad as that's what I'm picking up in some of the flavor talk from random NPCs and nuance in some of the story.
Still has some bugs, as you'd expect in a beta, still needs some polish (Sorc needs nerfing, hard), won't beat D2, but is already better than D3. Weary of them adding a Battlepass money grab to a Diablo game though, will only entertain it if it includes whatever methodology they choose to unlock the next battlepass season without having to pony up more actual cash or pointless grinding each time.
I am traveling and facing a very silly but very real World of Warcraft abstinence. So I got Stardew Valley for cheap (since I knew it would run on my laptop) and made a concerted effort to get into the game's vibe.
I like the game. I don't like the energy limit, I wanna cut trees for 2 real-world hours without interruptions. I don't wanna make friends in the village, just give me my seeds and let me do farm stuff, please. Looks like I'm a hermit in Stardew Valley as well :P
I also tried Old School Runescape, and, while it's obviously a good game, it would clearly require way more effort than I'm willing to give at this moment.
I wanted to get back to Outer Wilds (I barely played it back then), and I tried this in VR with the NomaiVR mod.
This mod is fantastic: all the mechanics are intelligently adapted, and the sense of scale and wonder is there intact and even amplified (seeing the giant red growing in front of us is a sight to behold indeed)...
... but it's also the most sickness-inducing thing I ever experienced !
I can stomach the flips in Sairento or the crazy dogfights in Project Wingman with no problem whatsoever, but in those two games you are tracking a target with your head. Here it's the planet around you that more often than not moves without any player involvement. Combined with the fact that it's not really planet but rather planetoids, and hence you don't move on their surface in a straight line but a curved one... it's a sure recipe to motion sickness. Bleargh !
Horizon: Zero Dawn, on PC. My computer is good enough that it's 99% ok, but for a port of a game more than 5 years old it's not great, which I understand is a known issue with this PC porting company.
The game is fun. Fighting the giant beasts is fun, wearing them down by targeting components is interesting, the story is... serviceable. Aloy is whoever they need her to be in that scene. Naive, cunning, tough, vulnerable... it's less that she contains multitudes than that they just change her to be whoever will move the plot along. The mechanics of the game are fun enough that I'm mostly ignoring the uneven writing, though I did just start skipping cutscenes partway through.
I can see why it got a sequel, though I hope it's ported to PC by someone more competent.