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Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaax!

I'm well thanks and even in typically piss wet through grey Brexit Britain it's been scorchio. People still complain though, 'It's too hot, I can't sleep.' Yeah, well, your mum can't sleep.

I have one eye on Dead Cells and one on Yoku's Island Express, and a third one (in my forehead) on Hollow Knight. I'll be buying Bad North shortly though which released today. Between that, Overcooked 2 (which is so far so good, but too easy perhaps? I don't know, my girlfriend, friend and I are badass chefs now after the first game and DLC) and Frozen Synapse 2 due this month, my few hype weak spots are getting hammered.

I still haven't played State of Decay 1. Devs can do sequels and make/remake/HDify games faster than I can play them.

And I do remember spotting you on Stellaris on Steam. I haven't played it but I'm familiar with the excellent piece of music Creation and Beyond. Speaking of which, there's been a Game Music Thunderdome over on Qt3 which has been fun to take part in. Two tunes enter, one tune leaves. This thunderdome I entered in the Maiden In Black but evidently the ambient minimalism of it wasn't to everyone's tastes as it fell on the first round. Booo! Umbasa.

Highlights this year so far, gosh... Hyper Light Drifter was excellent, despite the frustrating dashing. Beauuuuutiful music and pixel art. Basingstoke by Puppy Games, a Sir, You Are Being Hunted style take on Teleglitch was a delight. I've been digging Battlerite with my brother too.

Oh, I finally played Limbo! It was a really polished experience and just the right length with some neat puzzles. The 'plot' was a bit 'eh?' though. Not sure whether I preferred it to Feist, which is like Limbo meets Lugaru (Limbaru? Lugimbo?).

Tooth and Tail was fun multiplayer but had a very frustrating single-player campaign which caused me to rage uninstall it.

Vermintide 2 was/is terrific. Must get back to that.

Oh! Subnautica. Wonderful but I'm a bit lost on it now and struggling to work out where I should be going next.

My girlfriend and I got really far with Cuphead but our interest kind of petered out around inkwell isle 3.

Didn't reckon much to The Sexy Brutale. Felt too much like a bad adventure game between all the interesting time manipulation and exploring.

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Hi Everyone! I've been absent (again) this time due to work, and it's good to be back and see a few people hanging around. 

I'm trying to get into Monster Hunter World on PC, but for a Souls disciple like myself it's no easy task. The controls are perfectly adequate for this game, but they're fundamentally different from Soulslikes, and essentially require that I re-learn how to play. The overbearing complexity I can get past with time, and it definitely has a tarpit-like quality of gobbling up hours. Plus the game's freaking gorgeous and the living ecosystem they created is darn cool. I wish the world were truly open rather than hub-based, and I wish it had actual, easy-to-do campaign co-op (this complaint will come up a few times in this post). 

Meanwhile I've been back at No Man's Sky since the Next update and it is FUCKING INFURIATING BUT I CAN'T STOP PLAYING SOMEONE STOP ME PLEASE. This game... to my mind, the Next update added a bunch of good stuff, but went out of its way to make all the bad stuff worse than ever. A lemur with a traumatic brain injury could have developed a better interface. Whole swathes of the game's design seem purposefully constructed to be obnoxious or off-putting, yet I can't stop playing. Seriously, please, someone stop me.

Xtal, in the end I had to give up on State of Decay 2. Like you I loved the first, and while it's true that SoD2 is basically more of the same, this time I found it profoundly un-fun. It felt more like chores than a game. I'm fine with games that aren't a giggle a minute, but something about this one touched an exposed nerve with me -- not least because they totally screwed the pooch on the four-player campaign co-op by implementing a pointless, unworkable system. What was your impression of the game overall?

GREGG: I am the Subnautica whisperer. I am the fucking Yoda of Subnautica. Tell me what knowledge you seek, Young One, and I shall impart it upon thee.

Hope everybody's having a great summer!

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Pathologic 2 is now in alpha, and cool people like me who backed it at the right level can download and play. Except I'm not cool because I have no idea what my Kickstarter backer code is. Woe.

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It just seems irresponsible given the embarrassment of riches I already have at my command.

Pathologic 2 is now in alpha, and cool people like me who backed it at the right level can download and play.

All those riches and you want to play an alpha of a sequel to a notoriously broken game! 😉

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I know... there's something wrong with me. If only we knew what it was! I bet there's a pill for it.

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Let's see...I feel like I've had a bunch of false starts with games lately, or just been playing older things. So.

Most notable is I played the whole Banner Saga trilogy when the third and final game came out in July. I know I've talked up these games since the first, but since it's been like two years since Banner Saga 2 and there are a lot of little decisions that carry from game to game, I just decided to start again because I love them and do the whole series in one shot. Since each game only takes 10-12 hours at the upper end, this is much more doable than it sounds. I love them.

I'm slowly working my way through both Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Earthbound, because JRPGs I guess, but not like NEW ones. They're both grindy enough that I have to periodically stop.

I've also been in and out of The Witcher 3, again because long.

I've only gotten to dabble with Vermintide 2 but I've really liked what I've played. I don't expect to get around to playing a ton more since I haven't really got a group to play it with right now (considering time zones and other things).

I'm not sure I've played much of anything else. I mean, I'm sure I have, but I couldn't tell you what it is. I don't know.

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Oh, and I played Bayonetta again. Because after I bounced off of Nier: Automata for like the third time I decided I wanted to verify that I'm not just over Platinum's style or something. (I think I might be a little, but also I still really enjoyed Bayonetta.)

Oh, and I played Horizon: Zero Dawn's The Frozen Wilds DLC. That was pretty cool. Also I don't know what I'm doing with title formatting anymore. It's a mystery.

Oh! Okay, now I'm remembering all the other things I played this year. I got there.

I replayed Valkyria Chronicles because it remains one of my favorite games and Valkyria Chronicles 4 comes out soon. We are all very optimistic that this will be a solid successor, especially since VC2 wasn't, VC3 wasn't localized into English, and the one spin-off the series has is just kind of terrible in a way that is challenging to describe.

I relished BattleTech because (some technical hiccups notwithstanding) it is just about exactly the BattleTech game I've always wanted. It translates the strategy of the tabletop experience into a more digestible but no less deep form that really nails, I think, a lot of the appeal.

And if you are me and like a good tournament fighter every now and again and also can only resist the allure of Dragon Ball games for a few years at a time, Dragon Ball FighterZ is legitimately really really great.

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I'm very excited about Valkyria Chronicles 4. Like you I loved the first one and can't wait for what I hope will be a fantastic sequel. They ported the game so well to PC I'm planning to get it on that platform, then just Steam Link it to my sofa, though I feel like my PS4 hasn't gotten much exercise lately. I should play something on it.

Armand'll hate me for this but I couldn't get into Nier Automata either. It seems like very little happens in the game, and though the gameplay is sort of peaceful (which is strange since its a fighty game) it's also kind of... boring. At least so far. I do owe it more time than I've given it.

A bunch is coming out over the next few months that'll keep me very occupied. Now is my one chance to work through some of the backlog.

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Tappers!  Wassup!  Haven't visited my favorite site in a while.  I finished God of War recently.  Let me just say this: I platinum'd this game.  I never platinum games.  I have a vague contempt for trophies/achievements.  Not in this case.  Barlog and team smashed it out of the park and ripped the cover off the ball in my humble estimation.  For all the people who just wanted more Kratos (the old kind) I can only shake my head and wonder at where else you could take that guy.  Here, to Midgard, that's where you knuckleheads, to grow beards and hug trees and sire sons (well, son).  The gameplay and the story and all that are great, but the best I can say is that they nailed the ending.  It has the mark of confidence.
The obvious counter-example, for me, is Bioshock with its stupid final boss ending which made it obvious Levin had no idea how to wrap that baby up.  Anyway, play God of War you'll thank me.

I also finished Rise of the Tomb Raider recently.  I've gushed in these forums about the reboot: Tomb Raider.  This game is functionally sound (maybe even better than the previous one, I'd have to go back and compare) but it's just not as good.  I guess it's mainly the story, but I also remember enjoying the stealthy combat in the first game more.  I see the broader arc they're taking the character in and I think it's appropriate.  I just don't think the execution was there.  Still, it's clear that the developers care about this series, and I am interested in trying out the latest one.

I've tried a few times to get into Valkyria Chronicles, but to little success.  It just doesn't scratch that turn-based squad combat itch quite right.  More to the left...no more...no the other le...ok nevermind thanks anyway.  I really want to like it though.

Also, I finally played New Vegas after only dabbling in it previously.  Oh my, this here is the proper sequel to Fallout 2.  I've heard people praise this game but until I experienced a significant part of it myself I had no idea.  Fallout 3 is hot garbage compared to this game.  It does so many things well it's a shame it's hampered by Bethesda's crap engine.  There's not much I enjoy more than trashing Bethesda, but since I've only played Fallout 3 I suppose it's not really fair.  Fallout 3 is basically crappy fan fiction.  They toss in a mish-mash of Fallout-y junk in there because Fallout, bro!  Ok I'll stop there.

One final thought, on Nier Automata.  I think I stated here that the game has kinda fallen in my opinion over the past year.  I was listening to some of the OST recently (which is so good) and I remember why I loved that game.  The gameplay is fine (it is Platinum after all), not great but fine.  The visuals are in many ways sub-par compared to other recent titles (see Horizon Zero Dawn).  But this game is a perfect example of being more than the sum of its parts.  The combination of gameplay, music, and overall mood or tone is what sets this gem apart.  You owe it to yourself to see it through.

P.S.  Steerpike.  Bloodborne.  You promised, remember?

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Gah, meant to respond to Steerpike and Dix weeks ago.

Not sure how far you two got with Nier: Automata but the first act didn't exactly thrill me, but it did intrigue me enough to keep going. It's effectively building a foundation upon which the rest of the game plays out. For me the game started getting a lot more interesting around act two when it starts revealing more of its scope. Usually I wouldn't tolerate that kind of prolonged 'intro', but the almost unanimous praise coming from anyone who'd played it through was too hard to ignore so I kept going, and I'm glad I did because while I've got my issues with it, I agree with Botch that it's greater than the sum of its parts. It does a lot of interesting stuff and, yeah, OST is fantastic.

I finished A Hat In Time recently along with the Seal the Deal DLC and enjoyed it a lot more than Super Mario Odyssey. I just generally found it a lot more surprising, consistently entertaining and charming. It felt so off-script unlike Mario, more akin to something like Psychonauts. Highly recommended if you're a fan of 3D platforming with lots of personality.

I spent an hour or so the other night going through all my logs and journal entries on Subnautica with a view to picking the thread back up again. It's been calling me for a while now. Steerpike, I will seek yours and Joel's aid if I come unstuck again!

Armand, Luke and I went back to L4D2 the other night. Remember when Valve used to make games? The Valve ident takes me back. And god damn, the Source engine has aged so gracefully.

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Gregg I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed and finished Nier Automata (bold-ing game titles.  Capital idea).  I also have criticisms of course.  I'm going to go out on a limb and state that Square Enix will produce a sequel.  My hope for that sequel is that it be more in the "spiritual" style (different characters, setting, etc).  I would also ask that they avoid the more tedious aspects (i.e. many of the side-quests) of the game.  And less chatting please.  I don't have much patience for tons of dialogue (see Dark Souls).  Yeah I know, what are you doing on FFC then?

I was watching a Let's Play of Nier (the old one) and was struck by how similar the two titles are.  Nier Automata is essentially Nier with better combat and a little less tedium (N:A is, in fact, a sequel itself, and a good example of the spiritual variety).  Multiple endings.  Multiple playthroughs with different events and story revelations each time.  Similar mechanics and structure.  And probably more I'm forgetting.

Subnautica intriques me.  Who was it that stated it's No Man's Sky, but actually good?  Oh, Steerpike, put down that game.  Shooting rocks is not fun.  Down!  Where was I?  Oh yeah.  Is there an actual end-game in Subnautica?  I've found that the never-ending, restart from scratch upon death games (see Don't Starve) don't really appeal to me.

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I liked a lot of the side quests barring all the back and forth bollocks. The dialogue between 2B and 9S etc. while exploring was a much more natural way of fleshing things out than talking to every NPC in every area so... more of that please. (While we're on this subject, can developers please stop expecting players to interact with characters multiple times to exhaust all their dialogue? Either give it to me all in one or make the first interaction reveal Important Information and a second interaction reveal less important stuff and never break this rule (unless part of a gag or something). Give me some visual indication when there's new stuff to hear.)

Yeah, I did hear that about the first Nier but I never got to play it despite a friend recommending it to me.

Subnautica is fantastic. I haven't played NMS so can't compare it but because its world is designed by hand and not procedurally generated there's a very deliberate flow and sense of place and space. Unknown Worlds (the developers behind Natural Selection 2) did a masterful job of balancing narrative breadcrumbing to tease you in certain directions but leaving it entirely open for you to explore at your leisure. Yes, there's a certain loose order to things but it's fun discovering that and poking around on your own. The game does end and has a story (written by Tom Jubert (The Swapper, Penumbra, Driver: San Francisco, FTL, The Talos Principle)) which pleases me because I too don't really care for those nebulous never-ending survival games (like Don't Starve!). Subnautica allows you to save anywhere and is just overall a very well crafted game. Steerpike, Joel and I are big fans of Miasmata and I think we would all happily put Subnautica alongside it. It's a very different kind of survival game but it has a similar spirit; it gives you a lot freedom and respects you. It's also terrifying at times. When it comes to PS4, assuming they don't bugger up the port, I'd highly recommend it.

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Subnautica's definitely a great game with a great story and arc and structure and beginning and middle and end. I'd overlooked it for some reason until RPS lavished praised on the final release, and believe me, there's nothing to regret. The upcoming DLC is a separate story, so you have no reason to wait until it comes out. It's great. 

have, thankfully, gotten over my NMS problem, by replacing it with Rimworld (again). According to Steam I've logged 368 hours in Rimworld. Honestly, I think if I could get off that fucking planet just one time it'd be enough, I'd be able to hang up my Rimworld hat and call it a day. But until then I must persevere.

I've also eased back into Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is a better game since that gigantic patch they issued -- I'd already uninstalled it by the time the patch came out around release, besides, Persona 5 had me by the balls -- a better game, though not necessarily a good one... at least not in Mass Effect terms. But it's nice to play a conversation-y RPG again, even if it's not the best representative of the genre by a long shot. What I really should do is just play Mass Effect 2 and 3 again. Maybe see what all this Femshep fuss is about.

Botch: I did promise. I can't even deny that I promised because I absolutely promised. But... Cainhurst! It's the Cain-worst! I can't even get into the building half the time... why is everything so mean there?

 

EDIT: back to Subnautica... in addition to everything Gregg mentions about its handcrafted world and clever narrative breadcrumbing, I'll add that it's a suitable game to play with reasonably young children. Some of the sea monsters are a little scary, but there's essentially no overt violence and it's a game of exploration, building, and solving mysteries. You should read Harbour Master's series on it over at Electron Dance -- Part 1 and Part 2, so far.

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Yeah Cainhurst will wreck your shizzle.  Here's a bit of advice: git gud!  Ha ha Dark Souls humor.  Seriously though, I love that area.  Easily one of my favorites but it is not to be taken lightly.  It is optional though, and probably best explored after some weapon and/or character upgrades.  Stay to the side of those Spider Hag thingies, and I think thrusting weapons are effective. 

Maybe I'll let you off the hook, but then Bloodborne is so good though.  Hmm, starting to feel a slight Bloodborne itch forming.  I do need to finish the DLC...

Subnautica does indeed sound compelling.  I'm terrified of the deep sea so that probably would make it even more interesting.  Random thought: has anyone tried Tacoma?

EDIT: I bought Kentucky Route Zero for a song and I think I'm through Act 1.  Umm, I don't get it.  I mean the atmosphere is very well executed but I have no idea what's going on.

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Synonamess Botch said
I bought Kentucky Route Zero for a song [...] 

Hahah, I haven't played the game yet but Long Journey Home is amazing if that's the one I think you're talking about!

If you're terrified of the deep then Subnautica might ruin you. I remember swimming out to a wild pod of dolphins when I was in Australia and while I could still see the sea bed, it falling away below me gave me this weird kind of terror that honestly surprised me. Even without VR Subnautica made me feel some of that again. I think it's called thalassophobia or bathophobia.

I want to play Tacoma because I adored Gone Home.

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No, Long Journey Home is something else entirely (I had to look it up).  Kentucky Route Zero is something of an adventure game?  I guess?  I'm not exactly sure.  Maybe more of a visual short-story.  A really trippy one.  It's also episodic and has apparently been in development for a long time.

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I keep seeing these movie trailers for Bohemian Rhapsody and thinking "where have I seen this actor who plays Freddie Mercury before?"  And it hit me: he's one of the "teens" in Until Dawn, an excellent take on the interactive movie genre.  In fact, now that I think of it, this game is a perfect fit for FFC'ers.

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Got to say, Until Dawn is one of the highest games on my 'Games to get a PS4 for' list.

Finished Subnautica last night and it was fantastic. Only real ding is the requisite resource trafficking in crafting games (something that generally puts me off them). It's not a major issue but it added a lot of time to my playthrough (and I was organised to ensure this didn't happen much) which wasn't especially enjoyable compared to the tentative exploring and piecing together the world and what happened in it. That's what kept me going. It's a gorgeous game in its own right too with some brilliant sound design. It was shocking to finish the game and the credits last about 2 minutes because it's a small development team. You just forget. For AAA you've got to take the evening off to see the credits through. Unknown Worlds are punching waaay above their weight in this regard. Looking forward to the DLC now.

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Howdy folks! I have some catching up to do on this thread, which I'll hopefully do soon. I wanted to pop in this morning to mention that I'm streaming again for Extra Life (today!), so if you're interested in any of the following games I plan to play, come by my twitch, where a specific-ish schedule will be posted!

https://www.twitch.tv/xtal84

I'll be playing the following games at least, with maybe a few others thrown in. State of Decay 2 (I'm bummed you didn't get along with it too well, Steerpike - as for me, I've loved the shit out of it this year. It's strongly in my GOTY contention.); Pyre; Metro: Last Light Redux (playing it in Russian w/ subtitles); Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun; Red Dead Redemption II; PUBG; and hopefully Sea of Thieves too.

You can also find an archive on my twitch of my complete playthrough of A Way Out, which I co-op'd with a friend last night in one sitting, if you're interested in seeing any of that game!

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