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Cool #9
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PostPosted: 02-13-2021 02:19 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


SOMA. I've been playing a fair bit of SOMA.
I can't really describe this game very well. Cynics who play Call of Duty all day will say it's a glorified walking simulator. Book readers will say it's a captivating narrative with loads of atmosphere that has all these annoying bits with enemies in between the good story parts. A philosopher will say it explores fascinating philosophical and ethical issues but why can't you just go and read a book?!

For me, SOMA is the perfect balance between gaming, story, philosophy, ethics, atmosphere and horror.

At its core it's a sci-fi horror game that, honestly, mostly has you walking from place A to B without much in the way of traditional game combat. There are numerous small environmental puzzles where you have to find part A and bring it to machine B, turn dials in the correct order and such, which makes SOMA ground itself firmly in the "gaming" category. Enemies that can kill you are there in the game, but sparsely. Each encounter, however, is thrilling and gets the heart racing. There are no jump scares. The game is scary because of a continual ominous feeling of dread. It reminds me of something like Silent Hill, although SOMA isn't quite as scary.

The game is at its best when it makes you think. It offers a number of moments where you have to make ethical choices. None of them actually affect the game. It doesn't chance the story or what happens, but they are moments that make you pause and go "oh, shit, this is kind of hard to just decide on a whim".

You should definitely give this game a go if you like slow paced, narrative driven games. Oh, and it definitely looks great for a 7 year old game.




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PostPosted: 03-09-2021 11:51 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


So I bought Transistor back when it was released in 2013. I never finished it. After seeing the Supergiant Games documentaries I posted about in the YouTube thread, I decided to finish the game. So now I've not only finished it, but I 100%ed it by unlocking all achievements (which requires you to finish the game twice :D )

I absolutely adored the game so decided to move on to Hades. It's a roguelike game, a genre I'm not familiar with at all. I think I suck at it badly but the game is very well made and does offer that "one more time!" dopamine shot that keeps you going.




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PostPosted: 03-09-2021 12:48 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Eraser wrote:
Hades


Great game! Very addictive loop and it induces a strong feeling of flow.




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PostPosted: 03-10-2021 02:35 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Replaying Doom3 for the heck of it.
God this game is such a chore.




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PostPosted: 03-11-2021 02:11 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Oh, I've hit a game breaking bug in Delta Labs.
Go eat a dick, D3.




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Cool #9
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PostPosted: 03-12-2021 01:51 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Yeah the game just keeps doing the same thing over and over again eh. Even in VR, after the initial shock is over and I remember the Doom 3 tropes, the anxiety starts fading and it's all getting a bit stale again. I guess it doesn't help that I've been playing Half-Life Alyx in tandem as well, which is just one of the greatest gaming experiences I've ever had.




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PostPosted: 03-13-2021 01:07 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


MKJ wrote:
Replaying Doom3 for the heck of it.
God this game is such a chore.


I did that a while ago and yeah, had the same thought. I think I got about 70% of the way through or something then just up and quit and never looked back :olo: Fuck off m8




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PostPosted: 03-18-2021 07:14 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I was going through my Steam games (rarely look at them) and found Command and Conquer. Just finished some enjoyable skirmish games and found them enjoyable...
Seems I need to (re)master the hotkeys :D



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PostPosted: 03-19-2021 05:14 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Hollow Knight - 10/10

Propably the best metroidvania? Not sure. I think I still like Super Metroid the most.




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PostPosted: 03-19-2021 06:22 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Nice, I just picked up a physical cart of Hollow Knight for the switch, will get fired into it this weekend.

I've been playing Diablo3 on switch, although looking forward to seeing the remastered D2...
Multiplayer Minecraft Dungeons with the kids :up:




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PostPosted: 03-19-2021 08:40 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES.




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Messatsu Ko Jy-ouu
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PostPosted: 03-19-2021 11:32 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Pext wrote:
Hollow Knight - 10/10

Propably the best metroidvania? Not sure. I think I still like Super Metroid the most.

I loved Bloodstained.
Tried Ori and the Blind Forest but couldn't get into it.

Started Undertale to see what that's all about.
Also Planet Coaster.. but that grips me the same as Cities: once I start I don't stop till it's like 4 am and shit I got work in a few hours :&




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PostPosted: 03-19-2021 12:28 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Ori is beautiful you heartless monster. Difficult and rage-inducing, but still beautiful.




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PostPosted: 03-24-2021 02:47 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I am currently on Destiny 2 killing it. I'm denzii over there too. Also on Discord as denzii. I belong to a clan called Dragons Den. The other game I am on is CyberPunk 2077



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PostPosted: 04-06-2021 10:36 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Horizon Zero Dawn. The "complete edition" was (is?) on sale in Steam. It's like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for adults. Breathtaking game.




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PostPosted: 04-06-2021 11:28 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Eraser wrote:
Horizon Zero Dawn. The "complete edition" was (is?) on sale in Steam. It's like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for adults. Breathtaking game.


One of my favourites - beautiful, rich and compelling




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PostPosted: 04-07-2021 10:03 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


What's interesting is how I started playing Rage 2 a week or two before (I think it was you who said it was free on the Epic Games Store) and I found that such a hollow, uninspiring and meaningless experience.

There are clear parallels between both games: both are post apocalyptic open-world action games with RPG elements. But everything about Rage 2 felt pointless. There's no attachment to the character I play or any of the characters I encounter, the world doesn't invite me to explore all that much and while the weapons feel meaty enough there's not much to the combat beyond aiming and shooting. There's no real strategy to it.

Horizon, on the other hand, grabbed me immediately and never let go. Already in the early child Aloy bits, there's a real emotion to things. I feel this connection with Aloy and really want to unravel the mysteries surrounding her and the world. I'm rooting for her while I play. When NPC's ask for my help, I'm actually interested in seeing how that furthers the story and what part of the world in unveals to me. Entering that first Cauldron is like... whoa.

Anyway, I jus thought it's interesting to experience these games back to back. It shows how different the execution of basically the same type of game can be and how one can fail where the other succeeds gloriously.




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PostPosted: 04-12-2021 11:55 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Population: One

I picked up the Oculus Quest 2 around Christmas and it was fun to play Random games. Then I picked up Population: One and I got hooked. I've been playing a few hours nightly with the same squad for the last few months and I'm hooked. The Devs make changes to the game often, almost weekly right now to keep things Interesting. Anyone into VR gaming should absolutely give this one a shot.

Battle Royale style game where 3 person squads battel it out to be last squad standing. Cooperation and communication is a must, cool quirks like weapon reload dynamics, health powerup mechanics (banana and soda) Defib revive of teammates. Occasionally they throw in War mode (9 vs 9) and they are doing Beta testing of Private rooms with some really good room leader controls for in game team assignment.

A lot has changed since the trailer but this gives you the point of the game.




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PostPosted: 04-14-2021 03:26 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Outriders. Godamn this game is fun. At first I thought it was gonna be like a Gears of War clone but I found myself struggling against the enemies fighting in a GoW style. As soon as I stopped doing that and began using my powers correctly I found myself destroying entire armies of enemies in a flash. It's a challenging game too, the boss fights are something special, almost like dark souls with a gun. Bit buggy at the moment but well worth giving it a chance beyond the prologue, you really don't get a good grasp of the game until you've completed your first mission after the prologue.




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PostPosted: 04-20-2021 02:36 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Eraser wrote:
Horizon Zero Dawn. The "complete edition" was (is?) on sale in Steam. It's like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for adults. Breathtaking game.

I really need to check this out. But I haven't even gotten to Wither 3 yet.

For the time being I'm engrossed in Valheim and I only have time for one game at a time. So it will be this for the next few months for sure. :up:




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