21 votes

What games have you been playing lately?

Tell us what you're playing and what you think. I want to know what everybody is in the middle of right now!

57 comments

  1. [5]
    kfwyre (edited ) Link
    My game playing preferences fall into basically two categories: games I can play while listening to audiobooks, and short narrative-driven experiences. In the category of Audiobook Accompaniment,...

    My game playing preferences fall into basically two categories: games I can play while listening to audiobooks, and short narrative-driven experiences.

    In the category of Audiobook Accompaniment, we have Descenders, which is a sort of downhill bike racing roguelike. The maps are procedurally generated and you make your way across a given environment by going from node-to-node, FTL-style, choosing between tracks that have different stats and setups (e.g. some offer more stunts, a good racing line, or an open environment in which you must make your own path).

    The game feels really good to play, and there is no stat-based unlocking (only cosmetics), so your bike and rider always feel the same, and any skill increase is your own. The game is easy to get into but also has a very high skill ceiling. You won't be able to just hold down the accelerate button the entire time, as you can go too high off some jumps and make landing safely impossible.

    It definitely leans more arcade than sim, so it's gratifying and flashy, and its roguelike setup gives it tons of replayability. It's going to be a nice audiobook accompaniment for a long time.

    In the category of Short Narratives, we have A Normal Lost Phone, which is a visual-novel-esque game where you find an unlocked phone and go through its apps to uncover the story of its owner. Most of the game is just reading messages and emails, but there are a few simple puzzles along the way. It takes less than two hours from start to finish, but it tells a complete story.

    I liked it overall, and I give it props for having some well-handled LGBT content, which I feel is still a bit rare in games (though certainly getting better than it used to be).

    9 votes
    1. [4]
      Deimos Link Parent
      I bought Descenders immediately on release day because I loved RageSquid's previous game Action Henk and think it deserved so much more attention that it got (the name and visual style were...

      I bought Descenders immediately on release day because I loved RageSquid's previous game Action Henk and think it deserved so much more attention that it got (the name and visual style were probably both too off-putting).

      Descenders hasn't really grabbed me though. It's a neat concept, but after only a few hours it was already starting to feel very repetitive, and didn't seem to have much depth with so many of the generated tracks feeling very same-ish. I did only get to the second "world", so I'm not sure if the later ones add more interesting aspects, but what I've played so far hasn't really compelled me to want to keep grinding away at it.

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        kfwyre Link Parent
        Action Henk is outstanding, but I agree that it didn't put it's best foot forward presentation-wise. Nothing says "precise physics-based time-trial racing in the vein of the Trials or TrackMania...

        Action Henk is outstanding, but I agree that it didn't put it's best foot forward presentation-wise. Nothing says "precise physics-based time-trial racing in the vein of the Trials or TrackMania series" like an overweight guy in a tanktop running through an offbrand Toy Story world!

        I also think Descenders is pretty repetitive, but that's honestly what I like about it. With the procedural generation I get a fresh-yet-familiar game each time. If I played it on its own, I would probably tire of it quickly, but it's perfect as an audiobook game for me since my main focus is listening and it acts as background stimulus. I'll put dozens of hours into relatively mindless or deliberately grindy games because of audiobooks even though I'd get bored after an hour if I played them standalone.

        I will say that the second world you stopped on is my least favorite of the six I've unlocked so far. It's a HUGE difficulty increase from the first world and some of its design elements seem to go against the goals of the game (e.g. trees EVERYWHERE). Part of me thinks that's because they wanted to reinforce that it's a somewhat technical game and you can't just hold the accelerator and hit every jump at full-speed, but that feels like a lesson they could have built up to a little better, rather than going all in on it in World 2.

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          Deimos Link Parent
          I honestly believe that if they somehow managed to get the Sonic the Hedgehog license and released exactly Action Henk but with all the graphics/characters replaced with Sonic elements, it would...

          I honestly believe that if they somehow managed to get the Sonic the Hedgehog license and released exactly Action Henk but with all the graphics/characters replaced with Sonic elements, it would be considered one of the greatest games of all time. The game feels so perfect to play, but the presentation hurts it so much.

          I definitely understand liking "zone-out games" sometimes, but I think one of the factors that pushed me away from Descenders a little is that I also grabbed Steep recently when Ubisoft was giving it away, and I'm enjoying it more for that purpose.

          2 votes
          1. kfwyre Link Parent
            I never thought about the Sonic connection, but you're so right it hurts! Sonic games have always had this sort of identity crisis where they're not sure if Sonic is supposed to just go fast or do...

            I never thought about the Sonic connection, but you're so right it hurts!

            Sonic games have always had this sort of identity crisis where they're not sure if Sonic is supposed to just go fast or do platforming. They usually can't make up their mind and just decide to do both, but separately. Action Henk is instead the perfect marriage of those two ideas. It's the game that Sonic games have always tried to be (and masterfully executed to boot). Great observation.

            2 votes
  2. [5]
    emnii Link
    I'm elbow deep in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and wow I don't know what to think. It's exactly what it was pitched as, which is a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night style game, and it feels...

    I'm elbow deep in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and wow I don't know what to think. It's exactly what it was pitched as, which is a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night style game, and it feels right in a lot of ways, but it also feels rough in a lot of patches. It's still designed like one of those games with hard save points, and I've quit out of frustration after losing a bunch of progress over something dumb. Very mixed feelings about it.

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      babypuncher Link Parent
      I love the tension of wandering into a new area and just trying to stay alive long enough to find a new save room. Then once you are familiar with the layout and enemies, and have leveled up a...

      It's still designed like one of those games with hard save points, and I've quit out of frustration after losing a bunch of progress over something dumb. Very mixed feelings about it.

      I love the tension of wandering into a new area and just trying to stay alive long enough to find a new save room. Then once you are familiar with the layout and enemies, and have leveled up a bit, areas that were previously terrifying feel more like a power trip.

      Too many games these days take away the risk and tension by auto-saving every 5 seconds.

      5 votes
      1. Kirisame Link Parent
        Same here. I'm in my initial playthrough, on nightmare difficulty and not using recovery items at all (other than food for first time bonuses), and I'm finding the challenge of inching towards...

        Same here. I'm in my initial playthrough, on nightmare difficulty and not using recovery items at all (other than food for first time bonuses), and I'm finding the challenge of inching towards that next save room super enjoyable. Boss fights are really painful, though. Getting twoshot is pretty frustrating...

        3 votes
    2. [2]
      TheRtRevKaiser Link Parent
      I get what you're saying here, but I actually really like this mechanic. It can make exploring new areas of the castle really intense because you don't know exactly when you'll find a save or fast...

      I get what you're saying here, but I actually really like this mechanic. It can make exploring new areas of the castle really intense because you don't know exactly when you'll find a save or fast travel room. It feels so rewarding when you finally find that damn save couch after you've uncovered a dozen new rooms of the castle.

      It's definitely some old school design, though. It's a little bit mitigated by having cheap, easy access to waystones to teleport instantly back to the home base where you can save and stock up on restoration items, though.

      3 votes
      1. emnii Link Parent
        ... I forgot waystones exist. I just never use them. I guess I should give those a go. I'm quite familiar with how these games work, but I don't recall getting this frustrated by SOTN or Aria of...

        ... I forgot waystones exist. I just never use them. I guess I should give those a go.

        I'm quite familiar with how these games work, but I don't recall getting this frustrated by SOTN or Aria of Sorrow or Dawn of Sorrow, or any of the other Castlevania games in this vein. I'm sure it happened, but it's hard to tell whether I've just gotten used to games that made exploration easier and I'm getting old or this particular labyrinth isn't as enjoyable as those games were.

        2 votes
  3. [3]
    spctrvl Link
    Been playing Persona 5 at the recommendation of, well, just about everyone I know. I'm pretty picky about JRPGs, but it nails story, characters, aesthetics, music and gameplay well enough to be...

    Been playing Persona 5 at the recommendation of, well, just about everyone I know. I'm pretty picky about JRPGs, but it nails story, characters, aesthetics, music and gameplay well enough to be completely engrossing. The only thing I find frustrating about it is that it's too easy to wipe. While the combat itself is easy enough, both the PCs and NPCs get to make another attack after a crit or attack type match up, which means that the occasional trash mob can do an uninterruptible zero to death combo, causing a game over and potentially wiping out hours of progress.

    As a bonus, the game runs quite well on the RPCS3 emulator, even on an 8 year old 2600k.

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      Chopincakes Link Parent
      As someone without a PS4, please tell me more about this!!

      As a bonus, the game runs quite well on the RPCS3 emulator, even on an 8 year old 2600k

      As someone without a PS4, please tell me more about this!!

      1 vote
      1. spctrvl Link Parent
        It's a PS3 emulator, not a PS4 emulator, Persona 5 launched on both. But basically RPCS3 is a cross platform, open source emulator that's capable of playing close to 50% of the PS3 library. If...

        It's a PS3 emulator, not a PS4 emulator, Persona 5 launched on both. But basically RPCS3 is a cross platform, open source emulator that's capable of playing close to 50% of the PS3 library. If you've got a decent CPU and a game you want to try, give it a shot.

        1 vote
  4. eve (edited ) Link
    I am perpetually in the middle of playing Let's Go Pikachu or whatever that pokemon game is. It's very slow going for me and I'm taking my sweet time. It's a "Hey I kinda wanna play that for a few...

    I am perpetually in the middle of playing Let's Go Pikachu or whatever that pokemon game is. It's very slow going for me and I'm taking my sweet time. It's a "Hey I kinda wanna play that for a few minutes" kinda game, otherwise I don't play it to often.

    I guess MAINLY I'm playing Breath of the Wild right now. I got on the hype train late as I didn't have the money to get a switch but O BOI when I did, whew, game over. I've probably sunk a good 200+ hours into that game and I still haven't completed all of the Divine Beast quests, though I'm almost done with all of them. Partly that's because I've been avoiding doing the Gerudo Divine Beast... I guess just because? I've honestly just been like walking around and exploring. Probably my first like 50 or so hours was me heavily progressing story lines and getting all of the towers and trying to find as many temples as humanly possible. I would primarily use the temples and towers as ways to get around instead of walking. Now, however, I am trying to touch on basically as much land as I can and in turn have found a decent chunk of korok seeds! I've also made a stupid amount of money just from roaming around, picking up bits and selling it. It all accumulates faster than you'd think.

    I actually just recently defeated my first lynel and wow, I was so happy and shocked! It was an ordeal but LORD are the weapons you can get from them seriously damn nice. I think now I might go out of my way a bit to actually fight them instead of avoid them. I think overall, BOTW is just a really nice game to chill out with. The only other game I have sunk so much time into was Skyrim (and then I accidentally deleted my main save fail and have never touched the game again). I think with this Zelda game, there's just so much to do and see and you can basically go do any quest at any time, it's really so much fun. I love just going around and finding little hidden things and places. It's very rewarding to travel on foot and explore.

    6 votes
  5. [10]
    The_Fad Link
    I picked up Final Fantasy XIV on sale. It's pretty fun so far! I like the way they handle classes and jobs, the combat is straightforward and engaging, and they even have native controller...

    I picked up Final Fantasy XIV on sale. It's pretty fun so far! I like the way they handle classes and jobs, the combat is straightforward and engaging, and they even have native controller support! As someone who dislikes his job too much to give a shit when he comes home, let me tell you how much I appreciate that.

    The story is surprisingly well-written too, and the diversity in class story styles is delightful. For example, the Thamaturges are all whimsically dark, while the fisherman's guild speaks in almost Seussian rhyme.

    I've only just gotten into the dungeons but they're okay enough. Targetting in large groups is inherently more difficult on a controller so it's a little hectic sometimes if you dont know what you're doing, but everyone else seems to be pretty on the ball and willing to pick up slack.

    I'm sure its drawn the ire from the more traditional mmo crowd for the simplification of many aspects of the game, but I like it well enough. I think they'll probably get at least a month or two of proper subscription out of me. End game raiding doesnt appeal to me and while I like the idea of amassing a fortune via jobs, I would much prefer it if I had something worthwhile to spend it on, like a house. Which the game offers! Except you cant get one because every plot is taken and none are for sale.

    5 votes
    1. [9]
      kfwyre Link Parent
      Interesting. It's odd to me that they would limit real estate in the potentially limitless digital world of an MMO. Any idea why they decided to implement a finite number of plots, the demand for...

      I like the idea of amassing a fortune via jobs, I would much prefer it if I had something worthwhile to spend it on, like a house. Which the game offers! Except you cant get one because every plot is taken and none are for sale.

      Interesting. It's odd to me that they would limit real estate in the potentially limitless digital world of an MMO. Any idea why they decided to implement a finite number of plots, the demand for which has clearly been exceeded? I've never played an MMO so I might be missing something obvious, but it seems counterintuitive to me to lock your players out of opportunities like that, especially if your goal is to keep them subscribed long-term.

      2 votes
      1. [8]
        The_Fad Link Parent
        I have literally no idea. It's also possible I'm missing something, as I've only put about 30 hours into the game thus far, and that's a pittance when it comes to MMOs. Either way, I'd like to buy...

        I have literally no idea. It's also possible I'm missing something, as I've only put about 30 hours into the game thus far, and that's a pittance when it comes to MMOs.

        Either way, I'd like to buy a house at some point and it doesnt appear I'll be able to do that, so Squenix needs to hurry the fuck up and fix that.

        1 vote
        1. [7]
          Deimos Link Parent
          I haven't played FFXIV in something like 3 years now (but I bought the new expansion and will be catching up and playing some again), but there are multiple different areas you can build a house...

          I haven't played FFXIV in something like 3 years now (but I bought the new expansion and will be catching up and playing some again), but there are multiple different areas you can build a house in, and each of them has somewhere around 20 different "wards", which are different instances of the zone with their own set of land plots. Are all of those full? Between all of that, it should give a ton of different plots overall (maybe ~5000 total) so it used to be pretty reasonable to find vacant ones as long as you weren't trying to be in Ward #1 or anything.

          2 votes
          1. [6]
            The_Fad Link Parent
            Yep. At least the ones I can access in The Goblet, Lavender Beds, and The Mist. I'm on Famfrit (like Ifrit but if he was chill), and the only place I HAVEN'T looked is Shirogane, simply because I...

            Are all of those full?

            Yep. At least the ones I can access in The Goblet, Lavender Beds, and The Mist. I'm on Famfrit (like Ifrit but if he was chill), and the only place I HAVEN'T looked is Shirogane, simply because I can't get there yet. So there could be space left there, I suppose.

            Alternatively I discovered in my bored-work-browsing that you can get apartments as well, so I'll probably just defer to one of those. It won't be as cool, but it'll be something.

            1 vote
            1. [5]
              Deimos (edited ) Link Parent
              Huh, crazy. If anything, I think Shirogane is probably the highest-demand area (or at least it used to be), so I probably wouldn't put much hope on it having vacancy. They do reclaim land plots...

              Huh, crazy. If anything, I think Shirogane is probably the highest-demand area (or at least it used to be), so I probably wouldn't put much hope on it having vacancy.

              They do reclaim land plots from inactive players though, so it's probably worth checking back often once you have enough money to buy one. I'm not sure if there are any sites/apps that can send you an alert if one opens up, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone has created something like that.

              1 vote
              1. [4]
                Kirisame Link Parent
                Finding an open spot is just the first step in the staircase to hell. When a plot opens up, it isn't immediately available for sale; it'll actually be available for sale sometime within the next...

                Finding an open spot is just the first step in the staircase to hell. When a plot opens up, it isn't immediately available for sale; it'll actually be available for sale sometime within the next day or so -- and the timer is hidden.

                Maybe it'll be available in two hours. Maybe in fourteen. Either way, you don't know; and if you want the house, you have to stand there at the plot, repeatedly trying to buy the plot, until you (or someone else) finally snags it. You can bypass this timer if you're relocating (you already own property elsewhere) -- so you only have to go through this once -- but your first purchase is probably going to suck.

                3 votes
                1. [3]
                  The_Fad Link Parent
                  Seeing as you're at least moderately knowledgeable about the game, why tf are they not upgrading their servers? The queue to get in isnt THAT bad, but I had to wait 15 minutes to find a server to...

                  Seeing as you're at least moderately knowledgeable about the game, why tf are they not upgrading their servers? The queue to get in isnt THAT bad, but I had to wait 15 minutes to find a server to make my character on when I bought the game. Any idea what gives?

                  1 vote
                  1. [2]
                    Kirisame Link Parent
                    I'm guessing you hopped on for Shadowbringers; the congestion is a pretty recent issue. I'm not sure what to say; for as long as I played World of Warcraft, the same things happened at expansion...

                    I'm guessing you hopped on for Shadowbringers; the congestion is a pretty recent issue. I'm not sure what to say; for as long as I played World of Warcraft, the same things happened at expansion launch there, too. I guess it's difficult to want to pay and scale to accommodate a crowd that will largely dissipate after a month or two.

                    2 votes
                    1. The_Fad Link Parent
                      That's reassuring, I thought it was just always like this.

                      That's reassuring, I thought it was just always like this.

                      1 vote
  6. zigzagzig Link
    Mario Maker 2 - I'm not a maker, I just like playing other people's levels - about 90% complete with the story mode too. Pretty nice nostalgic game if you're a classic mario fan.

    Mario Maker 2 - I'm not a maker, I just like playing other people's levels - about 90% complete with the story mode too. Pretty nice nostalgic game if you're a classic mario fan.

    5 votes
  7. [3]
    ThyMrMan Link
    About 60 hours into Xenoblade Chronicles 1 via Dolphin Emulator. And I've reached the point in most action JRPG's in which I'm completely tired of the side quests and combat, only sticking around...

    About 60 hours into Xenoblade Chronicles 1 via Dolphin Emulator. And I've reached the point in most action JRPG's in which I'm completely tired of the side quests and combat, only sticking around to finish the main story. The side quests are just the most basic fetch or kill quests possible, with a rather boring story around them all with some exceptions. Meanwhile the combat becomes just slowly clicking the same moves again and again when they refresh and getting annoyed at the AI teammates for not doing what I want. So most of the game at this point involves me using the wiki to find the optimal way to level while listening to music to make the side quests palatable while trying to level up enough to tackle the next story quest and finish the story that I do care about.

    Meanwhile at the same time been debating what I should play after I finish XC1. Currently I am between a couple options; I can go and play Xenoblade Chronicles X, finally get around to Breath of the Wild, finish my replay of Dragon Age Origins and sequel games, or what I think I'm going to do and that is play one of these Chinese RPG's I got from a sale a couple weeks back. Since I feel like they should be a nice change of pace from the western and japanese rpgs I normally play.

    4 votes
    1. hook Link Parent
      BoTW definitely has a different pace than XC (at least XC2). It leaves even more control in your hands on how fast and just how you want to approach everything. If you are looking for a different...

      BoTW definitely has a different pace than XC (at least XC2). It leaves even more control in your hands on how fast and just how you want to approach everything.

      If you are looking for a different RPG vibe and slower pace, Child of Light might be worth checking out.

      The next big one on my list is Dragon Quest XI – it will be nice to tackle a traditional turn-based JRPG again. And I’m new to the series, so that’s exciting :D

      3 votes
    2. Deimos Link Parent
      If you're not already, make sure you look into the mods you can use through Dolphin that replace some of the game's graphics/textures with higher-resolution versions. It especially makes a massive...

      If you're not already, make sure you look into the mods you can use through Dolphin that replace some of the game's graphics/textures with higher-resolution versions. It especially makes a massive difference to how the interface/menus look.

      1 vote
  8. [4]
    lepigpen Link
    I am basically losing my mind and only play modded New Vegas now. I start up all kinds of other games and want nothing to do with them basically. The world of New Vegas is just so compelling to...

    I am basically losing my mind and only play modded New Vegas now. I start up all kinds of other games and want nothing to do with them basically.

    The world of New Vegas is just so compelling to me. It feels very coherent and almost real. Power struggles, crafting, using dialogue to avoid combat with smart people, being unable to avoid combat with wild enemies. And of course mods can make the game as unrealistic or realistic as you want.

    Just sad to see so many publishers/devs turn into hot garbage fire now. Fallout 76? Battle for Azeroth? Fortnite/Anthem/etc? I do not find these games compelling. New Vegas spoiled me, now I don't want hollow worlds that are 90% combat and shit. Interested to see what Outer Worlds will be like. Not sold on Cyberpunk yet since I am luke warm on the Witcher.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      ThyMrMan Link Parent
      Oh man do I love that game, the amount of choice is something I just haven't found in any other game in the first person style. Just wish I could get it on a more modern engine, last time I tried...

      Oh man do I love that game, the amount of choice is something I just haven't found in any other game in the first person style. Just wish I could get it on a more modern engine, last time I tried to play it I had trouble keeping a solid 60 even without mods. And with mods it just becomes a mess for me to get it to hold any type of reasonable frame rate.

      Outer Worlds I would be interested in, but since I decided to ignore and/or pirate games on the Epic Store I'm not gonna play it. Just don't want to do anything to support them after they decided they can just buy up a bunch of games and not make a compelling store.

      Now Cyberpunk I really want to see more of, I'm hoping to get more gameplay about how much choice and changes can happen in the story. I didn't feel like the Witcher's really had all that much and it hurt it for me. But given Cyberpunk has a lot more freedom of where and what can happen with the story, I'm pretty excited.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        lepigpen Link Parent
        Wait wait wait... Epic bought out the Outer Worlds release?? No no you are trolling me, eh? No way wtf The gaming industry is just a giant wet fart in the face right now. Absolutely abhor it......

        Wait wait wait... Epic bought out the Outer Worlds release?? No no you are trolling me, eh? No way wtf

        The gaming industry is just a giant wet fart in the face right now. Absolutely abhor it...

        What kind of rig do you have? F:NV indeed has a lot of technical issues but modders have a lot of resources/tools for cleaning up parts of the game and increasing FPS/decreasing crashes.

        Look for the stability section of Qolore's Viva New Vegas mod guide and look for the INI tweaks section which will provide a lot of insight on improving the game from a technical standpoint: https://vivanewvegas.github.io/

        1 vote
        1. ThyMrMan Link Parent
          My PC is decently powerful, currently running a 6600k and a 980ti. Just never had any luck getting things to work that well. Never seen that site before, so gonna have to check it out when I get...

          My PC is decently powerful, currently running a 6600k and a 980ti. Just never had any luck getting things to work that well. Never seen that site before, so gonna have to check it out when I get some time. Thanks for that.

          2 votes
  9. hook Link
    I just finished: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – hoo, boy that took me a while! 14h to finish, and I still miss the Mouse Charm stone to 100%. It’s a metroidvania classic, which has aged extremely...

    I just finished:

    • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – hoo, boy that took me a while! 14h to finish, and I still miss the Mouse Charm stone to 100%. It’s a metroidvania classic, which has aged extremely well, especially in the new remaster. Don’t worry, you can switch between modern and retro look and sound on the fly. Amazing game, frustrations, d’uh moments, happy wins, discoveries – it has it all!
    • Velocity 2X – took me 8h to finish the main game. Very successful mix of a vertical shooter where time matters with platforming levels in between. Boosting for speed and warping/teleporting to solve puzzles is a huge part of the game. Warmly recommended. Will come for more, high-scores and daily challenges later.

    What I will probably continue playing in the coming days is the following:

    • ARMS – I absolutely adore this game. It is a proper 3D fighter with stretchy arms, where you control apart from the movement of the fighter, their arms’ trajectory. It has an amazingly diverse and well-balanced roster, where every fighter plays very much differently. My current goal is to beat the (single-player) Grand Prix on level 3 with every fighter, to learn their moves. I’m currently playing my 10th player (Helix) out of 15 available, and he’s a very odd stretchy beast.
    • TumbleSeed – a special spin on rogue-likes, where you indirectly control a rolling seed climbing up the procedurally-generated mountain full of enemies and traps, by moving and tilting the vine it stands on. It is notoriously hard, but a great challenge. I recently finished the second (out of four) peak – the Jungle – as a stand-alone level, and hope to make some progress with the third. Before I tackle the full adventure (one procedurally-generated mountain with all four peaks following one after the other), I want to finish the individual static peaks and train myself on the daily and weekly challenge mountains. (It is currently on sale on Switch until 2019-07-25 for under 5 €, which is a ridiculous price for it!)
    • Zaccaria Pinball – for my taste, the best pinball video game out there right now. In the Switch version you can play it also in portrait mode, which is really cool. It has a (hi)story mode and campaign mode as well, where you play through all the Zaccaria tables by beating individual challenges. I usually play this in the evening or when I don’t feel like playing something big.
    • Tetris 99 – there is new skin to unlock this weekend in the Maximus Cup, so I’ll probably try to snatch it. Fun stuff, trying to beat 98 other player at Tetris at the same time.
    • Kamiko – a nice short top-down retro-inspired hack’n’slash game. I managed to play it through with one character (the sword-wielding one), and am planning to finish playing with the second one (the bow-and-arrow one) and then leave the last one (the shield-carrying one) for a later playthrough. The controls are really tight and the look and feel is great. The story is very shallow, but for 5 € the game is more than worth it.
    • Katamari Damacy Reroll – at some point I stopped playing it, but I plan to pick it up again. If you haven’t heard about Katamari Damacy before, you either lived under a rock or are of a (much) younger generation. In any case, it’s a really cool odd and specific game that words fail to describe. Just look up a video. (currently on sale on Switch until 2019-07-25 for 14 €)
    • and last, but by far not least, two that should need no introduction, I will probably continue playing either The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Xenoblade Chronicles 2. In Xenoblade I think I’m at about ⅓ through the main story, with Zelda I probably ⅔ in, but in both cases I am roaming around and enjoying the game more than running to a quick finish :)

    With some stuff I had on my wish list on sale right now, I bought some new games and tried them out, but haven’t played for a long time yet. So here are my first impressions:

    • Floor Kids – you have to make your character do cool inventive dance moves to the hip-hop beats. I’d say it plays like if you put Bayonetta’s controls on top of a rhythm game. Pretty cool, I think I’ll enjoy myself :)
    • VideoKid – basically a modern remake of the legendary Paperboy, only with voxels instead of pixels, VHS cassettes instead of newspapers, and brimming full of 80’s (US) pop culture references. It’s still as annoyingly hard as I remember the original to be.
    • The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus – top-down 2D (pod?) racing game with weapons, where the acceleration happens automatically, but is influenced by boost, boost markers on the track and bumping into stuff. I haven’t played it for a long time yet, but once you learn the controls it seems to be a very good game.
    • Child of Light – so far I played only the first three(?) chapters, but I can see I will like it, once I decide to play though it. It is a mix of side-scrolling platformer and turn-based RPG with some specific mechanics. The look and feel is amazing, as befits the UbiArt Framework. I am not far into the story, but I hear it is an enchanting fairy tale, so I’m looking forward to that.
    • Valiant Hearts: the Great War – so far I played only the first three(?) chapters, and while the gameplay is overly simplistic, it is an amazing visual novel about WW1. I am enjoying it, but it will be one of those games when I don’t want a challenge, but still want to see progress and
    4 votes
  10. deciduous Link
    I bought Hollow Knight from the Steam Summer Sale and it's been fun so far. It's definitely one of the better metroidvania's I've played. Probably my only gripe is that I'm not super in love with...

    I bought Hollow Knight from the Steam Summer Sale and it's been fun so far. It's definitely one of the better metroidvania's I've played. Probably my only gripe is that I'm not super in love with the jump physics (you stop gaining height the second you let go of the jump button which feels a bit unintuitive.

    I've also been getting back into playing chess, which has been enjoyable. I'm still fairly bad (1300-1400 elo), but it's fun to improve.

    4 votes
  11. ReapersGale Link
    Current SP: Wolfenstein: New Order - I got 'New Blood' from upgrading to a 2070 and had New Colossus from the XB game pass so got the 2 pack of 'New Order' and 'Old Blood' during the steam sales...

    Current SP:
    Wolfenstein: New Order - I got 'New Blood' from upgrading to a 2070 and had New Colossus from the XB game pass so got the 2 pack of 'New Order' and 'Old Blood' during the steam sales and got started on it. Probably would have finished it by now if I'd not decided to play through on the hardest difficulty.

    Current MP:
    Overwatch

    Current other:
    Idle Champions of the forgotten realms - D&D based idle clicker game
    Minion Masters - Like Clash Royale but on PC by the folks that made Forced

    Side note: A fan in my case had been playing up (see 50-60db) - finally took it all apart for testing last night and it turns our Corsair Link was just reporting what it was trying to set the fans on my h100i to and one of them had come unplugged at some point - that combined with the rest of the airflow causing it to spin anyway so it looked like it was working whenever I checked the case windows led me to think it was the PSU fan (which is a pain to get out and check in my case) - Back to living the sweet sweet 40db & below life now that it's all plugged back in.

    3 votes
  12. tunneljumper Link
    I picked up Monster Hunter: World on Steam sale and it's been fun so far. The best way I could describe it to someone interested is, "Dark Souls boss fights and people invade your world, but they...

    I picked up Monster Hunter: World on Steam sale and it's been fun so far. The best way I could describe it to someone interested is, "Dark Souls boss fights and people invade your world, but they help kill the boss instead of trying to gank you." There's a big emphasis on preparations, getting the right loadout to fight a "boss" (they're actually called "large monsters" in-game), and tracking the monster and getting information on how to beat it instead of just going into the fight guns blazing. I'm particularly excited about that last point, as that was something that The Witcher claimed to have as a central mechanic, but I found sorely lacking.

    I also got Supraland on a lark (also on Steam sale), which is a surprisingly fun and dense first-person half-platformer-half-combat game. The game scratches the itch to explore and openly lets you go back and try new things in old areas. The story and general aesthetic are kind of childish but some of the puzzles get surprisingly difficult.

    My roommate encouraged me to pick up Rimworld, which I'm sure most of you know by now. I enjoy it as an RTS, people-management game, but I'm not sure if the game is for me yet.

    3 votes
  13. [2]
    asoftbird Link
    Modded Minecraft. I've been playing this game from the start, and ditched the Vanilla experience somewhere along the way in favor of the depth of modpacks. I really like designing complex systems...

    Modded Minecraft.

    I've been playing this game from the start, and ditched the Vanilla experience somewhere along the way in favor of the depth of modpacks. I really like designing complex systems while also just building things and having fun with friends. Modded Minecraft is pretty much applied ADHD where there is so much to do that everyone continuously forgets what they were doing, and, worse, why.

    The Modded Minecraft scene is one of the highest-quality modding communities I've ever seen, where community content frequently surpasses base game quality in terms of content, design, creativity, polish and support. It's a wholly different game at this point, forever interesting. Since it's still very active there's always something new to try on every playthrough. Best €10,- I've ever spent.

    It's not just gameplay though; I've been messing around with shader code over the past few days and ingame code through computer blocks that run on Lua.
    It's a really creative game, and the mods invite you to be even more creative. I've made mod textures in the past, which has lead to me discovering that graphics design and creating systems is something I like, which has led to an education path change, due to which I'm now doing a product design course. I'm convinced that the playtime I've had over the years has somehow contributed to that, so that's nice I guess.

    Still want to learn how to make mods sometime, but I'd have to tackle Java first. I know non-OOP C and Lua, so the OOP part of that may be a bit difficult, but I'lll manage.

    3 votes
    1. Wes Link Parent
      I went through the same hurdle. I know a variety of non-OOP languages, but learning Java (specifically for Forge modding) definitely threw me for a loop. Even just the concept of assigning objects...

      I know non-OOP C and Lua, so the OOP part of that may be a bit difficult, but I'lll manage.

      I went through the same hurdle. I know a variety of non-OOP languages, but learning Java (specifically for Forge modding) definitely threw me for a loop. Even just the concept of assigning objects was confusing ("It's not a string, int, or boolean... what is it?"). Eventually I wrapped my head around some of these new funny concepts and even made a mod or two.

      So if you're like me find it off-putting at first, I can only say that it'll eventually click as you spend more time with it. Check out other mod's sources to see how they do things. Many if not most of them are open-source. Best of luck. :)

      1 vote
  14. Thrabalen Link
    Mostly it's Star Wars The Old Republic, which I dropped for years. I only recently came back to discover that they removed a single line of code: "INHIBIT FUN: TRUE" Since then, it's been a lot...

    Mostly it's Star Wars The Old Republic, which I dropped for years. I only recently came back to discover that they removed a single line of code: "INHIBIT FUN: TRUE" Since then, it's been a lot more enjoyable.

    Seriously, though, I don't know exactly what they did, but the game is actually fun now. I don't know why it wasn't before, but there you go.

    2 votes
  15. Akir Link
    I finally got a better graphics card (the Radeon RX 5700 is a really good deal right now!), Specifically so I can play Cyberpunk 2077 when it comes out. Coincidentally, the upgrade means I can...

    I finally got a better graphics card (the Radeon RX 5700 is a really good deal right now!), Specifically so I can play Cyberpunk 2077 when it comes out.

    Coincidentally, the upgrade means I can finally start playing The Witcher 3, which will be the first CD Projekt Red game I have actually been able to play. The new card not only makes playing the game acceptable, but I can do the highest settings and still get full speed on my not-quite-4K TV, and everything looks stunning.

    This is somewhat of a drawback, as I was originally playing A Hat in Time, which is incredibly cute and makes me very happy whenever I play it.

    2 votes
  16. aymm Link
    I picked up "Shadowrun: Hongkong" during a recent GOG sale and been playing that. I quite like it, but as someone relatively new to the Shadowrun universe I wish some mechanics would get explained...

    I picked up "Shadowrun: Hongkong" during a recent GOG sale and been playing that. I quite like it, but as someone relatively new to the Shadowrun universe I wish some mechanics would get explained more. Especially durign fights it happens that some stuff just happens without me knowing what caused it, how I can prevent it in the future, and what's going on.

    I also bought Into The Breach, from the guys who made FTL. It's very FTL-y, but feels less frustrating to me. So I can recommend it if you liked FTL or the concept of it

    2 votes
  17. Deva Link
    Downloaded Bioshock one. Game is creepy yo. I have to start with Stardew Valley again.

    Downloaded Bioshock one. Game is creepy yo. I have to start with Stardew Valley again.

    2 votes
  18. [3]
    onlooker Link
    Some time ago, I've had an itch to play a JRPG, so I started playing Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. It's now a good month later and I'm already playing part 2 (it's a duology, from what I...

    Some time ago, I've had an itch to play a JRPG, so I started playing Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. It's now a good month later and I'm already playing part 2 (it's a duology, from what I understand). The game is mostly text and does not have voice acting outside of combat, but man, I am really into it.

    The story started off really slow, but it did eventually get its hooks into me, roughly around chapter 2. As far as the story goes, I like that it's not the usual "teenagers fight god to save the world" trope I've seen more times than I'd like, though that might change since, as I've said, I only just started playing part 2. It seems to be more focused on fleshing out the world and the characters. The game even has a newspaper that you can buy and read after certain story beats. There's quite a few in-game books to read, but they're more like short stories, about 5-10 pages long.

    The main reason I got into it, though, is the combat. My first JRPG was FF7, which I absolutely loved, but nowadays most Squeenix JRPGs look like single player MMOs. As in, real-time combat, numbers popping up everywhere, making the screen look cluttered as hell and eh... I just don't like it. Trails, however, mercifully has turn-based combat, has a nice, clean interface, has a magic system that reminds me of materias from FF7 and the game has limit breaks! Sorta. They're actually called S-Crafts, but you know, potayto, potahto.

    In short, I'm really invested in the game at this point and can't wait to pour more hours into it.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      Bullmaestro Link Parent
      If you're looking for a JRPG I'd honestly recommend Chrono Trigger. Either the Nintendo DS or Steam version offer the definitive experience, because they have a bonus endgame dungeon and a new...

      If you're looking for a JRPG I'd honestly recommend Chrono Trigger. Either the Nintendo DS or Steam version offer the definitive experience, because they have a bonus endgame dungeon and a new ending to unlock.

      While the Steam version is a direct port of the shitty Android/iOS version which was released to overwhelmingly negative reviews and even pulled from their respective storefronts, Square Enix have patched the game regularly and improved many issues with the game such as the UI, shaders, settings menu and framerate. Thanks to these patches it's been brought to parity with the DS version and has become the definitive release. Put it this way, the game went from Mostly Negative to Overwhelmingly Positive reviews since the patches were released.

      2 votes
      1. onlooker Link Parent
        Thanks man, but I already finished Chrono Trigger 3 times. I think? Definitely finished the SNES version and I've finished the DS version at least once, maybe twice. I'll definitely come back to...

        Thanks man, but I already finished Chrono Trigger 3 times. I think? Definitely finished the SNES version and I've finished the DS version at least once, maybe twice. I'll definitely come back to it again, just because of how quick you can finish it, compared to the rest of the games in the genre and it's always fun to bust out an old console, handheld or otherwise, and relive some memories.

        2 votes
  19. creepmyrtle Link
    I've been playing a lot of indie-ish games lately (Rain World, Dead Cells, Hotline Miami, Cuphead, Into the Breach, etc...) and they've all been great to pick up and play for an hour or two but...

    I've been playing a lot of indie-ish games lately (Rain World, Dead Cells, Hotline Miami, Cuphead, Into the Breach, etc...) and they've all been great to pick up and play for an hour or two but the game I've been enjoying the most is Detroit: Become Human.

    I honestly would not have picked up this game if it wasn't one of the free PS+ games this month and what a mistake that would have been. This game is simply phenomenal and unlike anything I have ever played. It's beautiful, engaging, and you quickly become personally invested in the characters. My choices led to two characters dying last night and it was easily the most upsetting video game experience I have ever had. This game will make you feel! I highly recommend giving it a shot.

    2 votes
  20. synergy Link
    final fantasy 14 : shadowbringers Was a bit disappointed with the previous expansion but this expansion really hit everything right in terms of story. I have a few minor complaints about how they...

    final fantasy 14 : shadowbringers

    Was a bit disappointed with the previous expansion but this expansion really hit everything right in terms of story. I have a few minor complaints about how they reworked some of the classes to make it more simple for casuals but it's still fun. I just hope it doesn't go the way of WoW in the future in dumbing down the game.

    2 votes
  21. Bullmaestro Link
    I recently returned to Final Fantasy XIV after having not played since late Heavensward. The furthest I got before was Level 44, before the ARR line of main scenario quests pushed me to complete...

    I recently returned to Final Fantasy XIV after having not played since late Heavensward. The furthest I got before was Level 44, before the ARR line of main scenario quests pushed me to complete boredom and tedium.

    That's right, I'm using FFXIV to cleanse my pallet of the absolute turd that was Battle for Azeroth.

    2 votes
  22. Tygrak Link
    Celeste! It's a pretty hard platformer, which is at the same time perfectly manageable to beat. Got all the berries and pink hearts, done 3 of the b sides so I guess I have 5 more to go. Loving...

    Celeste! It's a pretty hard platformer, which is at the same time perfectly manageable to beat. Got all the berries and pink hearts, done 3 of the b sides so I guess I have 5 more to go. Loving this game, 20 hours in so far and still loving it. Most days I just pop in, progress a bit, go through a few screens in the b-side I am working on and return later. I love how every screen is a new checkpoint.

    2 votes
  23. Diet_Coke Link
    I put some time in on Surviving Mars and enjoyed it. It's a city-builder where you colonize the red planet, and there's an add-on where you can terraform it too. You have to balance ten different...

    I put some time in on Surviving Mars and enjoyed it. It's a city-builder where you colonize the red planet, and there's an add-on where you can terraform it too. You have to balance ten different resources while also managing your colonists and growing your colony. It took me a long time to get a solid, long-lasting colony going but even the failures were fun. I played it on a PS4. It's a game with a whole lot of stuff you can do, so the controls can be a little obtuse but, after a learning period, they are fairly intuitive. Would recommend.

    I've also been playing Everspace, a charming little space-based rogue-like. It gets a little tedious for me to play over and over again, but I find myself coming back to it because it has a lot of replayability. The graphics on a PS4 Pro are gorgeous and it is fun to just fly through an ancient wreck or an asteroid field.

    2 votes
  24. drannex Link
    Witcher 3 (Far too much, and enjoying it far more than I thought was possible for a game). Technobabylon is one I've started a few times now and haven't gotten far (always start it while slow at...

    Witcher 3 (Far too much, and enjoying it far more than I thought was possible for a game).

    Technobabylon is one I've started a few times now and haven't gotten far (always start it while slow at work...) but going to pick it up a bit more here this week.

    Elite: Dangerous is a love of mine that will suck 8 hours of my life every time I start it and I have to take a step back because it only feels like 30minutes. Talk about traveling through space (and time).

    2 votes
  25. mrbig (edited ) Link
    I'm playing Detroit: Become Human on the PS4. It's the standard "androids are more human than us" story. Came "free" with PS Plus. I love the story, the characters, and the atmosphere, but some...

    I'm playing Detroit: Become Human on the PS4. It's the standard "androids are more human than us" story. Came "free" with PS Plus.

    I love the story, the characters, and the atmosphere, but some mechanics are very annoying. There's no run button, and the characters move VERY slowly even for walking. This makes investigating large levels excruciatingly boring. I get that the director has a cinematic vision, but this is a videogame! I can imagine that the character is actually walking, but I need to go places! Not only that: every character animation seems deliberately slow. The "android view" (like a cyber version of Tomb Raider's instinct) also has a ridiculously long animation (for something you use all the time). At one point I had to quit and fire up some Far Cry to recover my sanity. The quick-time-events are great, though.

    But even though I had to take a break, the story is so fucking good that I'll force myself to finish.

    This game really made me wanna play Cyberpunk...

    EDIT: forgot to say that there’s no skipping whatsoever, even when you’re replaying a scene! This makes playing for alternative outcomes much less appealing.

    2 votes
  26. stormy Link
    I've been playing a lot of Heat Signature lately. It's a little indie game from the maker of Gunpoint where you're basically a space pirate. It has the sort of emergent gameplay of Breath of the...

    I've been playing a lot of Heat Signature lately. It's a little indie game from the maker of Gunpoint where you're basically a space pirate. It has the sort of emergent gameplay of Breath of the Wild but in a much more spartan way. It is still incredibly fun!

    1 vote
  27. DangerChips Link
    Strangely been giving "Tempest: Pirate Action RPG" a strong go of it but doing so on iOS instead of on PC. It's a pretty straight forward AC4:Black Flag Clone but in a land of magic and leviathans...

    Strangely been giving "Tempest: Pirate Action RPG" a strong go of it but doing so on iOS instead of on PC. It's a pretty straight forward AC4:Black Flag Clone but in a land of magic and leviathans and such. It's been a great time killer and pretty addictive once you get the hang of it and the nuance for which factions do what.

    1 vote
  28. FistsofFury Link
    I've recently bought the amnesia collection for PS4 and I'm quite impressed so far. The water level is incredibly tense and well done.

    I've recently bought the amnesia collection for PS4 and I'm quite impressed so far. The water level is incredibly tense and well done.

    1 vote
  29. Spiraler Link
    In video games I have been trying to get through Flywrench, it is a very hard platformer-type (though you always stay in the air, never walking), it is very fun with a great soundtrack. I've also...

    In video games I have been trying to get through Flywrench, it is a very hard platformer-type (though you always stay in the air, never walking), it is very fun with a great soundtrack. I've also been trying to get better at Devil Daggers, a first person hell game where you try to kill demons and survive as long as possible, my best is 215 seconds.

    I have also been super into the card game Dominion lately, I own a bunch of the expansions now and all of them are just so cool and fun to play with and trying to come up with a new strategy each time. It is surprisingly deep with what you can do in any given game, and each expansion does a bunch of different cool stuff. Warning: if you get the base game you may find yourself buying a lot of expansions and spending a lot of money.

    1 vote
  30. FrankGrimes Link
    I've been playing Assassins Creed:Odyssey for the last 100 hours or so - the main quests are all done - I'm just going through the last of the side quests. A lot of reviews from people seemed to...

    I've been playing Assassins Creed:Odyssey for the last 100 hours or so - the main quests are all done - I'm just going through the last of the side quests. A lot of reviews from people seemed to pan it, but I think it's been great. I'll probably play through again using the new game+ thing - I just wish it kept my viewpoints so I don't have to go exploring for them all over again.

    1 vote