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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. [4]
    spctrvl
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    Got my old Super Nintendo working (just bought some replacement cables on a whim and it started right up like it wasn't older than me) and I've been playing through some classics I've never played...

    Got my old Super Nintendo working (just bought some replacement cables on a whim and it started right up like it wasn't older than me) and I've been playing through some classics I've never played on the original hardware.

    I bought The Lost Vikings as a joke for a friend who plays them a lot on Heroes of the Storm, and we played it one evening in varying states of inebriation. It was a blast, I'm young enough to have missed out on lemmings and its spinoffs, but I can see why they were such a big thing for a while. They also spent a lot of time making losing funny enough to not be irritating, which is good since the game's difficulty went up as sobriety went down. Definitely recommend.

    Earthbound and Chrono Trigger I bought as third party cartridges since I'm not rich enough to pay hundreds of dollars for a secondhand game. I know they're classics, but they made millions of them, and I hate how everybody now thinks their slightly old mass produced stuff is valuable because it's nostalgic. Anyway.

    Earthbound is strange enough that I'm surprised it was a first party Nintendo title. I haven't finished it yet, though I'm further along than I've ever been on an emulator. I love the originality and that it's not just yet another fantasy JRPG, and it has unique mechanics like hitpoint rolling that I've never seen anywhere else.

    Chrono Trigger I've played before, it's one of the few JRPGs I've ever finished because it's just that good. The multiple endings thing is a little overrated because most of them are basically the same, and it's based entirely on when you choose to fight the end boss (which can be done at any time) rather than any decisions you make.

    But I just love some of the plot elements, like the (spoilers) time traveling magical civilization from the ice age, Zeal, and the fact that they're fully aware of the meta plot, serving as the true antagonists as opposed to Lavos, who's more a force of nature that they unleash. And how they know they're ending the world, but they don't care, because it's in their distant future, and because, living in an ice age, they consider the world pretty much already over, over ten thousand years in your subjective past! I just love the fact that they got a self consistent worldview with such a different perspective. Also gives the game quite a nice climate change allegory.

    11 votes
    1. TemulentTeatotaler
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      Earthbound was a childhood favorite! I'm currently very slowly working my way through OMORI, which along with Undertale and some others draw heavily from EB. When I was ~6 by older brother got in...

      Earthbound was a childhood favorite! I'm currently very slowly working my way through OMORI, which along with Undertale and some others draw heavily from EB.

      When I was ~6 by older brother got in trouble for trading some stuff on the blacktop to another kid for Earthbound. I guess that would make it the first RPG I ever played/watched.

      The mood of it hits you immediately. The puns, meta elements, music, novel mechanics, heart, and the moments of surprising darkness. I never played Mother 3 but the pacing of the end of BuzzBuzz reminded me of a roommate playing Mother 3 where...

      spoilers a father looking for his family is told there's good news and bad news. (paraphased) "The good news is we found you a great new weapon! The bad news is... it was buried in your wife's heart." Cue drunken rage where the father starts attacking other town members.

      I know they're classics, but they made millions of them

      It seems like only ~140k Earthbound cartridges were sold in the U.S., initially 75k.

      When it was released it sort of flopped, which may have been due to being prohibitively pricey. It was packaged with a players guide that was made in the style of a travel guide, and included things like scratch 'n sniff stickers.

      4 votes
    2. [2]
      Akir
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      Video games are actually one of the best examples of scarcity + demand making the prices go up. Yes, the cost of Earthbound and Chrono Trigger are absurdly high, but that's largely because there...

      Video games are actually one of the best examples of scarcity + demand making the prices go up. Yes, the cost of Earthbound and Chrono Trigger are absurdly high, but that's largely because there is so many people who want it. If you want proof, look at how much it would cost you to get the Japanese versions. The last time I checked, you could get a loose JP CT cart for about $20.

      There's a pretty good reason why Earthbound is so rare, too; the only time Nintendo has re-released the game was a digital-only release for the least successful console they have produced since the Virtual Boy.

      As far as why it's in such demand, that's also pretty easy to see; it's easily one of the most influential RPGs of all time. It's so good that it even gets attention from the younger generations still; people hear that it's what inspired Undertale and become interested in playing.

      Earthbound is also one game I'm more than willing to admit that I only played it because of piracy, because Nintendo has always had it's head in the sand when it comes to how popular the series is outside of Japan. If you have ever come across a random group of people who are hating on Reggie Fils-Aime, they were almost certainly Mother fans.

      4 votes
      1. spctrvl
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        I just have my doubts that the intersection between people who are fans of these games, people who own the original hardware, people who want to play them on the original hardware, people who...

        I just have my doubts that the intersection between people who are fans of these games, people who own the original hardware, people who want to play them on the original hardware, people who don't want a third party cartridge, and people who don't already own the games is remotely big enough to support the prices I'm seeing. I strongly suspect a lot of these original cartridges are being sold between resellers trying to make a few bucks off arbitrage.

        2 votes
  2. knocklessmonster
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    I'm still nowhere near out of things to do in Skyrim, even if stuff is getting repetitive. I'm finding the stories to be pretty interesting, at least. I've gone into a slightly deep dive in...

    I'm still nowhere near out of things to do in Skyrim, even if stuff is getting repetitive. I'm finding the stories to be pretty interesting, at least.

    I've gone into a slightly deep dive in setting up OpenMW to be comfortable and non-distracting for when I decide to play it over Skyrim for a change of pace. The first thing I wanted to fix was the mottled textures, a huge issue for older 3D games. Here's a screenshot looking out over Caldera with the following settings to correct it:

    [camera]
    texture mag filter = nearest
    texture min filter = nearest
    texture mipmap = none
    
    [Terrain]
    distant terrain = false
    

    I also disabled the "distant terrain" feature because I'd rather have the OG fog effect than a low framerate. Surprisingly, the newer water shader looks totally fine with the old textures. The Vivec canalworks even look great with it on, but I'm not going back there just for a screenshot right now. I also have this UI overhaul simply because I'm not a fan of all the gold, especially if I'm using the map as an overlay while I run around the world. A nice touch is you can see behind it with the extra transparent area.

    I also liked Intelligent Textures, which uses an ESRGAN network to upscale the images, and they look crisp, but just making the default textures crisp reached my visual goal. I initially used the above configuration to "troubleshoot" the texture pack, as the Dunmer characters' eyes don't seem to have black pupils, but they sort of don't in the original textures anyway.

    Getting into the game: The game starts out incredibly difficult if you aren't careful, but if you're cool spoiling some early stuff, or even just looking up how to get started so you can get some gold to buy some decent armor, it levels off really quickly. I'm already running around with a steel longsword and full bonemould, and really the only thing I've "cheesed" was the theft mechanic where you can steal a thing, drop it (not put it in your inventory) and pick it up after paying off the fine, which is typically the value of what you stole. I did that to get a spear to deal with cliff racers.

    EDIT: For a hoot, I (re)started Oblivion on my PC because I'm playing both of them. I'd cleared a few gates on PS3, and stopped playing for whatever reason, but I've got GOTY on Steam. It feels like this weird almost perfect, if heavily HDR'd middle ground between the two, like Skyrim in a temperate region, but still using old Morrowind rules (and, a new lockpick system that isn't an invisible dice roll).

    10 votes
  3. [2]
    nothis
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    Horizon: Zero Dawn. Damn, this is a great game! It's a shame they had to compete with Breath of the Wild back in 2017, otherwise this would have gotten so many more GotYs. Zero Dawn is a perfect...

    Horizon: Zero Dawn. Damn, this is a great game! It's a shame they had to compete with Breath of the Wild back in 2017, otherwise this would have gotten so many more GotYs. Zero Dawn is a perfect open world game but it doesn't reinvent much about the basic formula, so its appeal is mostly setting (the most videogame-y setting I've come across in years but it works!). I also like how detailed the robot dinosaur armor and weak points are, how you can shoot off specific parts and whatnot.

    9 votes
    1. Contentus
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      Wouldn't call it perfect but it is very good. I'm not even a lore guy but I did get in the story after the first few hours which are kind of bland in my opinion. The whole tribal thing was so...

      Wouldn't call it perfect but it is very good. I'm not even a lore guy but I did get in the story after the first few hours which are kind of bland in my opinion. The whole tribal thing was so boring to me, until you understand how things came to be. My superficial understanding of the setting actually kept from playing this game for a long time.

      Gameplay-wise, having come from Metal Gear Solid 5, I have struggled a bit, mostly in the beginning. The controls are quite different from MGS5 and you can't change them unfortunately. But the more I play HZD the more I appreciate the game's engine. Not as smooth as MGS5's but quite good. Some things I don't like: how you can only climb predefined spots, the facial animations are bad, and there is some object clipping (I think that's how you call it) that detracts from immersion.

      I just finished the game with 34h, having done almost exclusively the main quests. When you get hooked you start wanting to do everything but I didn't want to be over-leveled for the main quests so I focused on that. But this game is quite well balanced because I never felt it to be too easy. There was always something around the corner to keep me in check.

      5 votes
  4. [7]
    Codo_Sapien
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    I'm pretty heavily into Fire Emblem: Three Houses right now. I just finished my first playthrough (with the Blue Lions house), and I'm starting a NG+ with the Black Eagles. The game is really fun!...

    I'm pretty heavily into Fire Emblem: Three Houses right now. I just finished my first playthrough (with the Blue Lions house), and I'm starting a NG+ with the Black Eagles.

    The game is really fun! I like a good turn-based strategy game, and this is definitely one. I'm more into the tactics than the storylines, but the story is really good too.

    My wife is really into the story and characters. She was shoulder-surfing my playthrough, but she wanted to uncover more of the overall story at a faster pace than I was playing. Then she found a 14-hour YouTube series showing all of the support conversations and overall plotlines... So I guess I'm playing at my own pace now, with no obligation to deliver more story faster. Yay?

    7 votes
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      bkimmel
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      Love the game tactically and the underlying story is great... Compared to previous FE games, though, the support and intra-character stuff felt like such a grind. Having to run around for 30-40...

      Love the game tactically and the underlying story is great... Compared to previous FE games, though, the support and intra-character stuff felt like such a grind. Having to run around for 30-40 mins between missions really started to feel like a huge drag. The replay feature was awesome, but I dug my 3DS out to play Awakening again and Awakening just didn't have those problems (although supports were harder to get).

      5 votes
      1. [5]
        Codo_Sapien
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        Yeah, I think it's a great game overall! This is my first FE game - Do you have any recommendations for what to play next?

        Yeah, I think it's a great game overall! This is my first FE game - Do you have any recommendations for what to play next?

        1 vote
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          rogue_cricket
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          Not who you asked, but I'm another FE fan and my absolute favourite FE games are Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn by a BIG margin. Radiant Dawn is a direct continuation to Path of Radiance, which...

          Not who you asked, but I'm another FE fan and my absolute favourite FE games are Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn by a BIG margin. Radiant Dawn is a direct continuation to Path of Radiance, which is a bit unusual for the Fire Emblem series (they don't usually do direct sequels). Unfortuantely they are quite rare games for the GameCube... I think GameCube emulation is doing OK now, though!

          I also really liked Sacred Stones for the Game Boy Advance and Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS.

          I'd say those four games, plus Fire Emblem: Three Houses are my top five Fire Emblem games.

          3 votes
          1. Codo_Sapien
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            Sounds good! I'll check those out. I know they won't be nearly as flexible with the class system, but that might make it easier in a way.

            Sounds good! I'll check those out. I know they won't be nearly as flexible with the class system, but that might make it easier in a way.

            2 votes
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          bkimmel
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          Awakening is probably my favorite, but you need a 3ds to play it. If you haven't, yet, the Advance War series is also really good and kinda similar (Wargroove is a recent homage to it that's...

          Awakening is probably my favorite, but you need a 3ds to play it. If you haven't, yet, the Advance War series is also really good and kinda similar (Wargroove is a recent homage to it that's pretty good).

          2 votes
          1. Codo_Sapien
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            I've played a little bit of the GBA Advance Wars. It was fun. I liked the concept of resource control replacing individual specialized units. I might get back into it someday!

            I've played a little bit of the GBA Advance Wars. It was fun. I liked the concept of resource control replacing individual specialized units. I might get back into it someday!

            1 vote
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    sky_Pharaoh
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    I recently beat Heavy Rain a couple of days ago and I thought it was fantastic. Probably the most depressing game I’ve ever played, and a very interesting story with compelling characters. The...

    I recently beat Heavy Rain a couple of days ago and I thought it was fantastic. Probably the most depressing game I’ve ever played, and a very interesting story with compelling characters. The score was really good too, a lot of the songs made me feel genuine dread during certain scenes. Would definitely recommend to anyone who like thriller “interactive movie” types of games.

    7 votes
    1. Micycle_the_Bichael
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      One of my favorite games on ps3. It and the little big planet games are the only reason I keep my ps3 around. Such a good game and was the first mystery game I played that I got engrossed in....

      One of my favorite games on ps3. It and the little big planet games are the only reason I keep my ps3 around. Such a good game and was the first mystery game I played that I got engrossed in. Great soundtrack too, especially for at work

      3 votes
  6. [2]
    aphoenix
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    Based on a drunken recommendation from a tildes-friend, I installed and started playing Yoku's Island Express. What a delightful game! It's a sidescrolling pinball game, where the whole world is a...

    Based on a drunken recommendation from a tildes-friend, I installed and started playing Yoku's Island Express.

    What a delightful game! It's a sidescrolling pinball game, where the whole world is a pinball machine, with some areas being more pinball-y than others. The pinball is not particularly difficult, but it is fun - some of the pinball puzzles are harder than others, but none of them (so far) are unmanageable. I accidentally deleted my save game at about 18% complete, and I wasn't even particularly upset, other than for the unskippable introductory cut scene. If you have it and are waiting to play it because you got it in a humble bundle, then I definitely recommend installing it and giving it a shot. I filed it as somewhat similar to "A Short Hike" even though gameplay and looks are not remotely similar - it is a game that delights in itself, and is fun and happy to play. It's deep enough to keep your attention for a while, and it's fun enough to replay. What a joy.

    5 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Cheers, friend! Also, I wasn't that drunk. :) I didn't make the mental link to A Short Hike, but you're absolutely right. There's a commonality there -- something about the feel of both of these...

      Based on a drunken recommendation from a tildes-friend, I installed and started playing Yoku's Island Express.

      Cheers, friend! Also, I wasn't that drunk. :)

      I didn't make the mental link to A Short Hike, but you're absolutely right. There's a commonality there -- something about the feel of both of these games that's hard to describe. They're like kids' games that are actually meant for adults.

      3 votes
  7. grahamiam
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    Did a playthrough of The Outer Wilds based purely on seeing it come up over and over on reddit/Tildes. It was fantastic. 11 hours to beat, got stuck and had to look something up twice. Very...

    Did a playthrough of The Outer Wilds based purely on seeing it come up over and over on reddit/Tildes. It was fantastic. 11 hours to beat, got stuck and had to look something up twice. Very similar to Subnautica, but with a little more characterization/lore and no crafting. Highly recommend.

    5 votes
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    kfwyre
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    THE CORRIDOR @Omnicrola recommended this game in a previous iteration of this thread a while back, and I bought it based off of that recommendation. Then, like I do with every game I ever buy, I...

    THE CORRIDOR

    @Omnicrola recommended this game in a previous iteration of this thread a while back, and I bought it based off of that recommendation. Then, like I do with every game I ever buy, I didn't play it at all and just let it sit in my library, untouched.

    Anyway, months later, I finally got around to playing it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's the kind of game that's definitely better the less you know about it going in, so I'll simply say that it's worth its $2 price tag.


    Murder by Numbers

    @Deimos recommended this one, and it actually didn't sit in my library forever! I bought it recently because it was on sale because I was in the mood for a synthesis of narrative and puzzles. The game is a murder-mystery visual novel mixed with picross. I'm several hours in, well into the second case, and I'm simultaneously happy with the game (it's very well done) and also feeling the urge to just play regular picross. The plot and characters aren't bad by any means, I just don't know that VNs have that much of a pull for me. I tend to like them in theory a lot more than I like them in practice. I'll probably keep going though, simply because it's Pride month and I stan KC.


    DiRT Rally

    @scrambo recommended this one. It has been in my library for quite a long time now, and I've been simultaneously interested and intimidated by it ever since I first got it.

    The game is very good. Very, very good. I don't think it's the game for me though. I'm much more of a casual player -- someone who wants to feel good without effort. This game, instead, very much demands that you put in the effort. I played it for several hours and very much enjoyed what I played, but during that time I could see the time horizon of dozens and hundreds of hours stretching out in front of me -- time that it would take me to get to the level of satisfying mastery I would want to achieve with the game. I don't know that I'm ready for that sort of investment though.


    Warhammer: Chaosbane

    Nobody recommended this one. Nobody seems to like the game. It has a 54% average on Steam.

    A lot of the complaints seem to be that the game is very dumbed-down for an ARPG. As a previously-mentioned casual gamer, I consider that a feature rather than a fault. This game is the opposite of DiRT Rally, where it expects nothing of me and gives me constant feelings of prowess, success, and achievement. I've played this as background activity while listening to audiobooks, and it's been fine as a mindless, hit-things-with-numbers-and-slowly-the-numbers-go-higher game.

    5 votes
  9. [3]
    Icarus
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    I got a Series X this weekend so I have been playing quite a few games this weekend on it! Metal Gear Solid 2: Many years ago, I bought the MGS HD collection for the Xbox 360 and completely forgot...

    I got a Series X this weekend so I have been playing quite a few games this weekend on it!

    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Many years ago, I bought the MGS HD collection for the Xbox 360 and completely forgot I owned it. Thanks to Microsoft's backwards compatibility, I am now playing this on the Series X. I've only beaten this game once but have been itching to replay it for several years now. Now that I have the HD collection available again, I will try to get through this again. My partner will likely not want to watch me play this though, she flat out says the story is dumb. I concur on the surface level, but it's Kojima so I'm used to it.

    • NHL 21: This game series hasn't made its way to PC unfortunately so hockey is a long missed sports game that I haven't had the chance to play until this weekend. So far, it's the one I have enjoyed the most since I'm a sucker for sports games. I will start by saying I know fairly little about hockey except what I pieced together watching The Mighty Ducks. I'm learning though. Like, you aren't allowed to trip your opponent. And, if you cross the blue line on the opponent's side before your teammate with the puck has, you draw an offsides penalty. I'm unsure about the purpose of different positions so I'm winging it. To learn, I'm playing the "Be A Pro" mode which is like the career/story mode of the game. I'm not doing terribly but I consistently get poor team grades due to the number of penalties I draw. Still haven't lost a game yet though!

    • Fable 2: This is another game that never made its way to PC and I never got the opportunity to play. I absolutely loved Fable 1 so Fable 2 has been a desire for quite some time. It has a lot of charm and the 2 hours I have invested so far has me itching for more.

    4 votes
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      TheJorro
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      Fable 2 is a very good game and a truly worthy successor to the original. It's a crying shame they never ported it to PC because that game deserves a renewed lease on life. The only thing that...

      Fable 2 is a very good game and a truly worthy successor to the original. It's a crying shame they never ported it to PC because that game deserves a renewed lease on life. The only thing that drags the game down is the extremely rushed ending. Where I was expecting the last third of the story turned out to only be one or two missions.

      3 votes
      1. Icarus
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        I'm definitely excited to keep playing it. The game just oozes charm. The only problem I initially had playing it the first time was the movement felt weird. Kind of like my character was sliding...

        I'm definitely excited to keep playing it. The game just oozes charm. The only problem I initially had playing it the first time was the movement felt weird. Kind of like my character was sliding when making turns. I will say though that the Series X Auto HDR makes the game look gorgeous in 4K.

        Not so excited for Fable 3 though. If I recall correctly, the game had some pretty terrible frame rate issues.

        2 votes
  10. joplin
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    So I've continued my work on the not-very-good Star Trek: Legends game. I've gotten Gary, my Borg Maintenance Drone up to level 62 with a power of 1788. Unfortunately, when it comes to battle,...

    So I've continued my work on the not-very-good Star Trek: Legends game. I've gotten Gary, my Borg Maintenance Drone up to level 62 with a power of 1788. Unfortunately, when it comes to battle, while he's the strongest, he still isn't very good. His attacks are weak-ish and he doesn't have much protection. I'm not the best at strategy games, and there are about a half a million stats you can level up, but it's super confusing figuring out how each one works. Plus the game makers have done a pretty good job of making the (boring) game balanced, so it's kind of hard to beef this character up at the expense of all the others as I hoped to do. You have to take him on missions, and if the other characters aren't at a similar level, they usually die quickly, and since Gary's kind of a weakling, it doesn't usually end well. So there's more work to do!

    Sp!ng also released something like 25 new levels, so I'm running through those. It's a very fun casual swinging game, and I'm always excited when they release new levels. This is the second update in like a month or 2, which is a pleasant surprise.

    3 votes
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    AugustusFerdinand
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    Installed Planetary Annihilation Titans (big fan of the Total Annihilation series) and have been playing it a bit. Time utterly disappears while playing it, so much that I think the match timer at...

    Installed Planetary Annihilation Titans (big fan of the Total Annihilation series) and have been playing it a bit. Time utterly disappears while playing it, so much that I think the match timer at the end of each round may be slow. I don't to RTS multi-player so just doing the single-player war scenarios and honestly need to adjust (or install mods?) how I play. The "normal" mode is practically a no-way-to-lose tutorial level difficulty, "hard" is actually easy mode, so when I finish the current campaign today I'll either bump the difficulty to the highest and turn on hardcore.

    ...or I'll just uninstall it as I've achieved all the various win conditions possible already so there's nothing new to see. I've built every titan and won a round with those, I've done the planetary annihilation win conditions (both death ray and launching a moon), and won via air, bot, vehicle, and naval only approaches. Last night before bed I built a couple dozen repair bots, some orbital sentries, assigned them to protect, and just curbstomped with only my commander. Won't be possible with it on the highest difficulty, but at this point it's not offering new gameplay, just less resources and more grind.

    3 votes
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      Autoxidation
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      Did you play any of the Supreme Commander games? If so, how do you feel it compares to Planetary Annihilation? I've put hundreds of hours into SupCom/FA and they're easily one of my favorite RTS...

      Did you play any of the Supreme Commander games? If so, how do you feel it compares to Planetary Annihilation? I've put hundreds of hours into SupCom/FA and they're easily one of my favorite RTS games.

      2 votes
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        AugustusFerdinand
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        I did not. Based on release date that was a period of... upheaval ...in my life and gaming wasn't really a part of survival at the time. How does it compare to TA?

        I did not. Based on release date that was a period of... upheaval ...in my life and gaming wasn't really a part of survival at the time.

        How does it compare to TA?

        2 votes
        1. vegai
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          This might be nostalgy talking, but I think TA is vastly better than both Supreme Commanders, and SC is better than Planetary Annihilation. I think these games are suffering from the sort of...

          This might be nostalgy talking, but I think TA is vastly better than both Supreme Commanders, and SC is better than Planetary Annihilation. I think these games are suffering from the sort of design where somebody asked "how do we make this better" and when they didn't come up with anything good they said "oh well, let's just add things".

          Like Planetary Annihilation's mechanism of the other planets. I think it doesn't add anything interesting to the game.

          TA's story felt truly epic because it was so impersonal. SC's story felt like they tried to be SC (Starcraft).

          1 vote
        2. Autoxidation
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          Never played TA, so I can't say. Chris Taylor was the lead designer behind both games, so I expect them to be similarly good, but he wasn't involved in Planetary Annihilation.

          Never played TA, so I can't say. Chris Taylor was the lead designer behind both games, so I expect them to be similarly good, but he wasn't involved in Planetary Annihilation.

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    Pistos
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    Played a little bit more Running With Rifles. Still not sure if I like it enough to continue -- yet still not sure if I dislike it enough to stop. xD Randomly fired up Fantasy Strike (an...

    Played a little bit more Running With Rifles. Still not sure if I like it enough to continue -- yet still not sure if I dislike it enough to stop. xD

    Randomly fired up Fantasy Strike (an innovative, F2P 2D fighting game), and played here and there through the week. Still fun, and I still like this game and want to support it and its development studio. I randomly came across a really good player. Saw that they were level 250 (!), and their name was printed in a different colour than usual, so I looked them up, and found out that they're a top-10 player! Ranked in the top 10 in most of the seasons. Wow. So I sent a friend request, hoping to be able to practice against them, in order to get better. (I got steamrolled in our match. I think I won maybe 1 out of 9 rounds. Or maybe it was won 0, which is more likely.) They did accept the friend request, but I haven't sent a challenge yet (need to catch them online).

    Started going through Aragami, which I had parked in my to-play queue. Kind of fun. It's maybe a little too arcadey for my tastes, but I'm gonna stick with it a while more and give it a chance to win me over. I'm playing on hard(est) difficulty, and am trying to max out each chapter (mission) with S Rank (rankings are D to A, with S being above A). What's neat about this game is that there are common achievements you can get for the missions, but some are mutually exclusive. For example, you can achieve "kill no one" or "kill all enemies" -- but obviously you can't achieve both of those in the same playthrough. I'm going to try to finish each chapter with these achievements: kill no one; never seen; no suspicion. There are earnable skills you can gain for your character, with some offensive, some defensive. I'm tailoring my picks to help me with the stealth achievements (i.e. not spending on offensive skills). Getting all those achievements is easier than it sounds, because the redo system is good: You can quickly restart from the nearest checkpoint that you passed, and the reload is very, very fast. Probably under 3 seconds. You also get even more bonus points for completing a mission without using any checkpoint respawns. I've done this for the first two missions, but I'm not sure I want to bother doing it going forward as the missions get lengthier or more difficult.

    2 votes
    1. heris
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      Just in case you haven't noticed (as it happened to me while playing Aragami), using the skins you can unlock through achievements requires a manual installation of a free DLC

      Just in case you haven't noticed (as it happened to me while playing Aragami), using the skins you can unlock through achievements requires a manual installation of a free DLC

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  13. dubteedub
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    I beat Returnal this weekend. It took me 17 deaths to get to the initial credits roll, which I was a bit surprised by. The difficulty spike is really high in the beginning of the game in Act I and...

    I beat Returnal this weekend. It took me 17 deaths to get to the initial credits roll, which I was a bit surprised by. The difficulty spike is really high in the beginning of the game in Act I and again at the start of Act II, but once you clear through the initial zones it seemed much more manageable to me. As I said last week, the gameplay is very tight and fast-paced. The visuals are awesome with all the lights and particle effects. The story is just eerie enough to keep you engaged to see it through. I really enjoyed it and thought it was well worth the $70.

    I understand there is still plenty more to do in the 'end-game' here in collecting some hidden items to unlock the secret ending, so I am still very engaged in this story and interested in playing this through.

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