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    1. I don't have nearly as much time to game as I used to, and as such, I tend to prioritize games that are quick to finish over those that want my attention for a long time. Thus, I'm curious to...

      I don't have nearly as much time to game as I used to, and as such, I tend to prioritize games that are quick to finish over those that want my attention for a long time. Thus, I'm curious to know: what are the best short games you've played?

      I'm going to arbitrarily set "short" at a threshhold of 3 hours or less.

      Furthermore, I'm referring to games that have a defined start and end, rather than potentially infinite play sessions. That means a game like The Binding of Isaac wouldn't count despite the average play session being much less than 3 hours, but a game like Gone Home would.

      If you're not sure about a game's length, check HowLongToBeat for crowdsourced runtime data.


      Here's a table of recommendations mentioned in the thread, and their approximate time to complete from HowLongToBeat (using the "Main Story" category).

      Game Length (hours)
      140 1
      1979 Revolution: Black Friday 2
      A Dark Room 3.5
      ABZÛ 2
      Another World 2.5
      The Beginner's Guide 1.5
      Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons 3
      Cave Story 7
      Digital: A Love Story (1) 2
      Analogue: A Hate Story (2) 3
      Distance 2
      Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist 0.5
      Firewatch 4
      Flower 2
      Gone Home 2
      Gunpoint 3
      Her Story 2.5
      Hexcells 2
      High Hell 1
      INSIDE 3.5
      Into the Breach 5
      Jazzpunk 2
      Journey 2
      Kamiko 1
      LOVE (1) 0.5
      kuso (2) 0.75
      Membrane 3.5
      Moss 4
      My Friend Pedro 4
      NaissancE 4
      A Normal Lost Phone 1.5
      Papers, Please 4.5
      Portal 3
      Refunct 0.5
      Rez 2
      The Room 2.5
      The Room 2 3
      Rumu 3
      Sagebrush 2
      Samorost 0.25
      SEPTEMBER 1999 0.09167
      Spirits of Xanadu 3
      The Stanley Parable 1.5
      Stories Untold 2.5
      A Story About My Uncle 3
      Subsurface Circular (1) 2
      SUPERHOT 2
      Quarantine Circular (2) 2
      To the Moon 4
      The Unfinished Swan 2.5
      What Remains of Edith Finch 2
      Xeodrifter 3
      22 votes
    2. So, I just finished playing Sleeping Dogs. It's a kung fu action game with a heavy emphasis on the hand to hand combat. It feels like it's the Arkham games roided up with some hack and slash...

      So, I just finished playing Sleeping Dogs. It's a kung fu action game with a heavy emphasis on the hand to hand combat. It feels like it's the Arkham games roided up with some hack and slash juice. Almost all the upgrades are hand combat based, the vast majority of combat encounters are hand to hand. It's how the game was advertised, it's what all the reviews talk about, it's why I was interested in it, and why it was recommended to me. And you know what? I was way more into the shooting than the hand to hand combat.
      The game does not seem all that proud of its gunplay, there's not a place to buy or customize guns, you just have to pick them up when a firefight starts and drop them after, and there's only like 3 guns total in the game. But it's some of the most fun gunplay I've played in years in a third person shooter. It heavily utilizes slow motion when you jump over cover or kick an enemy and leap into the air, incentivizing you to not just stay in cover the whole game. It really reminds me of Vanquish, which is one of my favorites in the third person shooter genre of all time.
      So this got me curious, what are some games that others have enjoyed for "wrong" reasons? Wrong is in quotes, because, well, it is still something meant to be enjoyed if it's in the game, but it clearly wasn't the focus of either dev time, or marketing, or general hype around the game, or all of the above. Although if you want to share something that wasn't something meant to be enjoyed at all, like something left in totally unintentionally by the developers, feel free to share that too.

      21 votes
    3. I don't understand what makes the game appealing. It looks like it takes forever to make a level, and why would I want to play levels from random people on the internet? I like games that you...

      I don't understand what makes the game appealing. It looks like it takes forever to make a level, and why would I want to play levels from random people on the internet?

      I like games that you build stuff like KSP but just wondering what the appeal of SMM2 is.

      18 votes
    4. I personally usually heavily mod my games, due to finding the process of modding itself fun, along with me preferring to spend a LONG time at one run through. As an example, I'd give minecraft...

      I personally usually heavily mod my games, due to finding the process of modding itself fun, along with me preferring to spend a LONG time at one run through.

      As an example, I'd give minecraft where I usually play so-called expert packs, which are basically taking a lot of mods and making them depend on each other for progression.

      22 votes
    5. E3 2019 game trailers

      12 Minutes Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Age of Wonder - Plantetfall Age of Wonders: Planetfall Animal Crossing New Horizons (Gameplay)) Apex Legends Season 2 Arizona Sunshine - The Damned...

      12 Minutes
      Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
      Age of Wonder - Plantetfall
      Age of Wonders: Planetfall
      Animal Crossing New Horizons (Gameplay))
      Apex Legends Season 2
      Arizona Sunshine - The Damned DLC
      Ary and The Secret of Seasons
      Astral Chain
      Baldur's Gate III
      Battlefield V
      Battletoads
      Battlewake
      Beat Saber: Imagine Dragons Music Pack
      Black Desert
      Blair Witch
      Bleeding Edge
      Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary Official Trailer
      Borderlands 3
      BRAWLHALLA Adventure Time
      Cadence of Hyrule
      Carrion
      CastleStorm II
      Chivalry 2
      Circuit Superstars
      Code Vein
      Collection of Mana
      Commander Keen (Gameplay)))
      Conan Chop Chop
      Contra Anniversary Collection
      Contra: Rogue Corps
      Control
      Corpse Killer: 25th Anniversary Edition
      Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Grand Prix
      CrisTales
      CrossfireX
      Cyberpunk 2077
      Daemon X Machina (Gameplay)))
      Deathloop
      Disgaea 4 Complete+
      DOOM Eternal (Multiplayer)))
      Dragon Ball Z Kakarot (Gameplay video)))
      Dragon Quest Builders 2
      Dying Light 2
      El Hijo
      Elden Ring
      Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr
      Empire of Sin
      Empire of Sin
      Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead
      Evil Genius 2 - World Domination
      Fall Guys
      Fall Guys
      Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter (Battle Royale Mode)
      Fallout 76 Wastelanders Expansion
      FIFA 20
      Final Fantasy VII Remake
      Final Fantasy VIII Remaster
      Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
      Fire Emblem: Three Houses
      For Honor: Shadows of The Hitokiri
      Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions
      Gears 5 (Escape trailer)))
      Genesis Noir
      Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Gameplay)))
      Ghostwire Tokyo
      Gods & Monsters
      Greedfall
      Griftlands
      Halo: Infinite
      Just Dance 2020
      Kingdom Hearts III ReMind DLC
      Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
      Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
      Lost Oasis
      Lost Words: Beyond the Page
      Luigi's Mansion 3 (Gameplay)))
      Madden NFL 20
      Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
      Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
      Marvel's Avengers
      Microsoft Flight Simulator
      Midnight Ghosthunt
      Minecraft Dungeons
      Mosaic
      My Friend Pedro
      Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
      No More Heroes III
      ONINAKI
      Ori and the Will O' The Wisps
      Outriders
      Panzer Dragoon Remake
      Per Aspera
      Persona 5 Royal
      Phantasy Star Online 2
      Planet Zoo
      Pokemon Sword & Shield (Gameplay)))
      Psychonauts 2
      Rad
      RAGE 2
      Rainbow Six Quarantine
      Remnant: From the Ashes
      Roller Champions
      Romancing Saga 3 & SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS
      Samurai Shodown Rimururu
      Shenmue III
      SMITE Olorun
      Sniper Elite: VR
      Songs Of Conquest
      Spiritfarer
      Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
      Starmancer
      State of Decay Heartland
      Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Dragon Quest
      Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Banjo-Kazooie
      Tales Of Arise
      Telling Lies
      Terraria: Journey's End
      The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
      The Last Remnant Remastered
      The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
      The Legend of Wright
      The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
      The Messenger: Picnic Panic
      The Outer Worlds
      The Sims 4
      The Surge 2
      The Walking Dead: Onslaught
      The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
      The World of Dragon Quest Builders 2
      Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Clutch Royale
      Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Year 1
      Tom Clancy's Elite Squad
      Torchlight II
      Trials of Mana
      Trials Rising Season 2
      Unexplored 2
      Valfaris
      Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2
      Vermintide 2: Versus
      Warframe: Empyrea
      Wasteland 3
      Watch Dogs 3: Legion (Gameplay)))
      Way to the Woods
      Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot
      Wolfenstein: Youngblood
      Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
      Zelda: Link's Awakening
      Zombie Army 4: Dead War

      20 votes
    6. Howdy folks. Pretty unorthodox post from me here hahaha, but these past few weeks since Rise of Shadows dropped, I've been really getting into Hearthstone again. I used to play hyper-casually back...

      Howdy folks.

      Pretty unorthodox post from me here hahaha, but these past few weeks since Rise of Shadows dropped, I've been really getting into Hearthstone again.

      I used to play hyper-casually back in high school and never really got too into the scene or too passionate about the game itself, but now that I've (much to my displeasure) got a little more downtime I've been getting a lot more into it.

      I 100% predicted that the last card Viper pulled in his finals match with Hunterace was gonna be Thalnos, but I couldn't remember the name of the card quick enough to post it in the chat I was in lmao.

      Any of you here play Hearthstone?

      What decks you run?

      What, if any, nerfs do you think we'll see coming up?

      And how the hell do some of these cats drum up a 5-figure dust count? I trashed my whole Wild category and I had just under 10k. Enough to make myself a few decks that keep me steady Rank 4.

      6 votes
    7. I was wondering about uncommon game mechanics recently and would like to get some inspiration for a possible next project. :) I personally enjoy games in which a story is generated organically...

      I was wondering about uncommon game mechanics recently and would like to get some inspiration for a possible next project. :)

      I personally enjoy games in which a story is generated organically based on the user's gameplay.

      27 votes
    8. A classic can be a franchise or just a standalone game. Some examples of current classics can be old arcade/Nintendo games such as The Legend Of Zelda, Mario, and Pac-Man, or slightly newer ones...

      A classic can be a franchise or just a standalone game. Some examples of current classics can be old arcade/Nintendo games such as The Legend Of Zelda, Mario, and Pac-Man, or slightly newer ones like Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, or The Sims.

      26 votes
    9. Description: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features thrilling grounded multiplayer combat, three full zombies adventures at launch, and a massive battle royale experience. Note: I couldn't find a...

      Description:

      Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features thrilling grounded multiplayer combat, three full zombies adventures at launch, and a massive battle royale experience.

      Note: I couldn't find a proper description anywhere so I just grabbed the text from battle.net


      Links:

      Battle.net Xbox PlayStation Amazon

      11 votes
    10. I was inspired to ask this because I see a lot of other groups like ~TV people have been doing periodic discussions, and I got to thinking it could work here too. Every now and then, we could hold...

      I was inspired to ask this because I see a lot of other groups like ~TV people have been doing periodic discussions, and I got to thinking it could work here too. Every now and then, we could hold a discussion on either a video game or board game, for example. If I were to start this up would anyone be interested?

      Edit: Oh, and any suggestions for if I do start it up? What games I could start with etc?

      17 votes
    11. A lot of the time people will by default mark a game being buggy as a negative, and on the one hand I do understand this. But, at the same time, some of my most memorable gaming moments will be...

      A lot of the time people will by default mark a game being buggy as a negative, and on the one hand I do understand this. But, at the same time, some of my most memorable gaming moments will be stuff like walking entering the wasteland to find an old barrel just spinning violently on the floor. Now, obviously a GAME BREAKING bug will always destroy an experience, but if you look at a civilian floating up a wall in spider-man PS4 and you're too worried about your immersion to find humour in it, I'm sure you're very fun at parties.

      25 votes
    12. Video games, board games, card games - whatever. I'm interested to know what you all have been playing recently. I've been playing a lot of D&D recently. My players have just delved deep under an...

      Video games, board games, card games - whatever. I'm interested to know what you all have been playing recently.

       

      I've been playing a lot of D&D recently. My players have just delved deep under an ancient keep to save an archaeologist from undead Tomb Spiders. I'm currently planning for this weeks game where they will hopefully encounter the giant spider brood mother.

      On the video game front, I've been playing through Duke Nukem 3D. That's a game that's certainly made the test of time.

      -LTADnD

      63 votes
    13. Which games had really well thought out and engaging leveling system? Skyrim was a good baseline I believe, not perfect but engaging and not too punishing. Path of Exile seems convoluted to me, to...

      Which games had really well thought out and engaging leveling system?

      Skyrim was a good baseline I believe, not perfect but engaging and not too punishing. Path of Exile seems convoluted to me, to many skills the dont make any real impact. Fable was effective but very simple. Oblivion tried hard for a deep leveling system but was basically broken. Witcher 3 was pretty run of the mill (I thought, despite the praise the game gets).

      I'm trying to find something where there are several viable different playstyles. And it's always good when combat isn't the only way to proceed.

      17 votes
    14. Alex Bruce gave a pair of talks at GDC 2014 on the development process of Antichamber (trailer) In the first talk he talked about the journey from Unreal mod to full game, presenting at game...

      Alex Bruce gave a pair of talks at GDC 2014 on the development process of Antichamber (trailer)

      In the first talk he talked about the journey from Unreal mod to full game, presenting at game festivals, networking, the grueling work of getting the game to market, and the lessons he learned along the way:

      Antichamber: An Overnight Success, Seven Years In The Making

      In the second talk he went over the iterative design process, and how he tweaked things based on how people interacted with the game (spoilers):

      Antichamber: Three Years of Hardcore Iteration

      12 votes
    15. I got my hands on a copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider recently, and while playing I noticed that Lara would "helpfully" try to push me toward the correct solution to a puzzle, often while I was...

      I got my hands on a copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider recently, and while playing I noticed that Lara would "helpfully" try to push me toward the correct solution to a puzzle, often while I was simply looking around to make sure I wasn't leaving any loot behind. Worse still, it could be literally every 10-20 seconds or so that she would repeat the same hint. It got infuriating after a while, and I was horrified (okay, I'm exaggerating, but whatever) to find that there wasn't a setting available to get her to shut the hell up.

      I loved Tomb Raider games because you had to solve the puzzles yourself. Having the game hold your hand the entire way kind of defeats the point of that. It was really disappointing knowing that I couldn't play the game without either having a puzzle spoiled for me or having the obvious repeatedly pointed out to me. It was like having Navi from Ocarina of Time nagging me all over again, but worse, because at least I could ignore Navi and just deal with the occasional "Hey, listen!".

      This sort of hand-holding seems to be getting increasingly more common, at least in my experience. The form often differs--e.g. in Skyrim you have quest markers that not only guide you all the way to a dungeon, but all the way through it--but it's there. I feel like the worst of it is that gamers don't get to actually play the game autonomously or at their own pace, and that this sort of thing violates a basic principle of "show, don't tell".

      Am I just really unfortunate with the games I've been playing lately, or is this really as common as it seems? What examples of hand-holding have you run into that you found disappointing?

      16 votes
    16. Tildes E3 Bingo?

      So, it seems bingo cards of hype or disappointment have become all the rage nowadays, and with E3 coming up in a few days I was wondering is Tildes wanted to make their own hype/disappointment...

      So, it seems bingo cards of hype or disappointment have become all the rage nowadays, and with E3 coming up in a few days I was wondering is Tildes wanted to make their own hype/disappointment bingo card. Feel free to chime in with suggestions.

      Here's a few:

      "Microsoft does something actually cool." - wishful thinking, but I love my xbox and just want to see it flourish.

      "Video Game movie announcement that doesn't look like shit" - how hard can this be?

      "Sony gets exclusive content" - this is just me being bitter about the exclusive dlc in PS4 Destiny.

      "God of War sequel" - I know it's guaranteed to happen at some point, but it would be hype if they dropped some sort of teaser or something even though it's incredibly early.

      "0 charisma presenters" - why can't these studios just hire someone to hype them up?

      "Awful fucking 'gamer' dialogue" - you know what I'm talking about. Just look up E3 last year with Anthem.

      "Over-focusing on a lack of microtransactions" - this point is gonna be over sold so hard because of Battlefront.

      12 votes