Finished Any Games Lately?

robc wrote:

I found the writing in something like The Witcher 3, or Telltale's The Walking Dead much better at getting me to care what is happening.

I'm curious to hear what people thought made this game so enjoyable.

In The Witcher 3 and The Walking Dead you make decisions that push the story in different directions and then get to live out those choices. Ostensibly that's what's happening in 80 Days, except you're more of a reader than a player. The decisions are more like turning pages in a novel, just seeing where the story goes rather than playing a significant part in it.

I think comparisons to such full-blooded videogames is misguided. 80 Days is a piece of interactive-fiction first and foremost. I think it's a masterpiece of any genre, on any terms, however it compares most favourably when placed alongside other interactive fiction, rather than AAA juggernauts like The Witcher 3.

Ganondork wrote:
robc wrote:

I found the writing in something like The Witcher 3, or Telltale's The Walking Dead much better at getting me to care what is happening.

I'm curious to hear what people thought made this game so enjoyable.

In The Witcher 3 and The Walking Dead you make decisions that push the story in different directions and then get to live out those choices. Ostensibly that's what's happening in 80 Days, except you're more of a reader than a player. The decisions are more like turning pages in a novel, just seeing where the story goes rather than playing a significant part in it.

I think comparisons to such full-blooded videogames is misguided. 80 Days is a piece of interactive-fiction first and foremost. I think it's a masterpiece of any genre, on any terms, however it compares most favourably when placed alongside other interactive fiction, rather than AAA juggernauts like The Witcher 3.

I'd also add that 80 Days (for me at least) worked best as something to dip into while commuting, with just enough going on to care about what happened next without constantly losing the thread of what was going on from day to day. The Witcher 3 is not something I'd dip into into the same way, even if by some magic I could play it on my phone; it's something to devote a chunk of my evening to, in a way that I wouldn't care to bother with in the case of 80 Days.

I wasn’t blown away by 80 Days by any means. But what I appreciate about it- it provides little tantalizing glimpses of a world that’s familiar but also fantastically different. Then it leaves your imagination to fill in the blanks. I did find myself always wanting more, and would love an illustrated book or extensive wiki detailing all the ways the history, nations and technology of that world diverge from our own. That would kill the effect though.

Fallen London/Sunless Sea are similar in that regard.

So. Just finished the XCOM2 DLC.

The fact that this DLC was free is amazing. It's a quality set of good missions, fills in some prequel lore to the main XCOM2 story, and unlocks some nice cosmetic items for the main game.

My only minor critique is that

Spoiler:

the missions in the operation storylines have you working with faction teammates before they were identified in the main storyline, and that you get some of the advanced weaponry and armor before you research it in the game.

But again, a very minor criticism - I fully understand this was just to keep the gameplay interesting as you progress through the story vignettes.

Overall, however, this was an outstanding, much appreciated taste of new XCOM2 content, and what a gesture of goodwill from Firaxis. Things like this are how you win the loyalty of your fanbase, the same way that Stellaris does with their free content whenever they release a patch and expansion.

Speaking of which, Stellaris' new expansion, Megacorp, is ready for me to make a Trump faction. Make the Galaxy great again. Yes, I will be playing materialistic despots why do you ask? Also, Assassin's Creed: Unity because France.

I finished Hellgate London with a brand new Engineer. (hit level 32 to boot!)

Yesterday, just in time for the release of Smash, I finished Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! I wrote a bit about it in the Pokémon thread, so I won't repeat myself here.

In short; I am the very best, like no-one ever was, and I really enjoyed this game.

I "finished" Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. I say that because there wasn't any end credits and more side quests popped up. The show must go on though since there are other games to play. Most fun I've had in a Assassin's Creed game in a very long time. I loved zip lining all over London with the grappling hook and the sights were as impressive as ever. Characters were fun even if I did feel a bit disappointed that Evie didn't get as much main missions as Jacob and that she always seemed to be picking up her brother's mess. I guess I'll have to wait until Odyssey for a proper female playable character (hopefully).

Forlorn Hope wrote:

I "finished" Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. I say that because there wasn't any end credits and more side quests popped up. The show must go on though since there are other games to play. Most fun I've had in a Assassin's Creed game in a very long time. I loved zip lining all over London with the grappling hook and the sights were as impressive as ever. Characters were fun even if I did feel a bit disappointed that Evie didn't get as much main missions as Jacob and that she always seemed to be picking up her brother's mess. I guess I'll have to wait until Odyssey for a proper female playable character (hopefully).

Are you sure you finished? Because I did get some credits. Which lasted forever before dropping me back into the world to mop up side quests and collectibles.
Agree 100% on Evie not getting as many missions and always cleaning up after Jacob though.

I sort of finished Assassin's Creed Odyssey this morning. I say sort of because I just finished all of the main quests, but there are still many side quests to complete. I am going to move onto something else at this point after dropping 90 hours. I played it via Google's Project Stream, which was a good but not perfect experience. It went from great to potato quality from time to time, but if perfected could be our future beyond having downloaded media. The game and story were very well done. It was my first Assassin's Creed game, having avoided them in the past based on assumptions that they were "light" in narrative. I'm not sure if Odyssey broke their mold, but it was very well done and very engaging.

Are you sure you finished? Because I did get some credits. Which lasted forever before dropping me back into the world to mop up side quests and collectibles.
Agree 100% on Evie not getting as many missions and always cleaning up after Jacob though.

Pretty sure

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I killed Starrick and then the queen knighted Henry, Jacob and Evie which opened up special side missions on the map. And my google search told me there wasn't a second ending past that and the only way to see the credits was through the main menu.

Forlorn Hope wrote:
Are you sure you finished? Because I did get some credits. Which lasted forever before dropping me back into the world to mop up side quests and collectibles.
Agree 100% on Evie not getting as many missions and always cleaning up after Jacob though.

Pretty sure

Spoiler:

I killed Starrick and then the queen knighted Henry, Jacob and Evie which opened up special side missions on the map. And my google search told me there wasn't a second ending past that and the only way to see the credits was through the main menu.

Huh. The only conclusion is that my memory is faulty then.

Budo wrote:

So. Just finished the XCOM2 DLC.

The fact that this DLC was free is amazing. It's a quality set of good missions, fills in some prequel lore to the main XCOM2 story, and unlocks some nice cosmetic items for the main game.

Which DLC was this? I own XCOM 2, but have yet to play it.

Natus wrote:
Budo wrote:

So. Just finished the XCOM2 DLC.

The fact that this DLC was free is amazing. It's a quality set of good missions, fills in some prequel lore to the main XCOM2 story, and unlocks some nice cosmetic items for the main game.

Which DLC was this? I own XCOM 2, but have yet to play it.

Tactical Legacy. If you own the original XCOM2 and the War of the Chosen expansion, it's free. Not sure if it still is though. I would have paid some cash for it anyway.

Forlorn Hope wrote:

I "finished" Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. I say that because there wasn't any end credits and more side quests popped up. The show must go on though since there are other games to play. Most fun I've had in a Assassin's Creed game in a very long time. I loved zip lining all over London with the grappling hook and the sights were as impressive as ever. Characters were fun even if I did feel a bit disappointed that Evie didn't get as much main missions as Jacob and that she always seemed to be picking up her brother's mess. I guess I'll have to wait until Odyssey for a proper female playable character (hopefully).

I loved Evie in Syndicate, and Odyssey does have a proper female playable character in Kassandra. Both of them were developed by Ubisoft Quebec.

I finished Witcher 2 last night, one of the best games I played this year. For a game released in early 2011 it still looks absolutely stunning.

Fastmav347 wrote:

I finished Witcher 2 last night, one of the best games I played this year. For a game released in early 2011 it still looks absolutely stunning.

I played it for the first time last year, or maybe it was the year before, and it's probably one of my favorite games!

Fastmav347 wrote:

I finished Witcher 2 last night, one of the best games I played this year. For a game released in early 2011 it still looks absolutely stunning.

I never give The Witcher 2 a fair shake, be one to go back to one day. You played The Witcher 3 yet?

Spikeout wrote:
Fastmav347 wrote:

I finished Witcher 2 last night, one of the best games I played this year. For a game released in early 2011 it still looks absolutely stunning.

I never give The Witcher 2 a fair shake, be one to go back to one day. You played The Witcher 3 yet?

I have put about 18 hours into it couple years ago (stopped shortly before finishing the Red Baron questline), then decided that I really should go back and play the trilogy from the start. So I'm planning to restart my Witcher 3 campain in the next week or so, I think I will appreciate the game that much more now that I know the whole backstory and all the characters/decisions that lead to that game. After playing the first two games almost back to back, I feel like I have alot more context to relate to.

On that note I want to clear up couple in progress games before I dive headlong into that game, because I have a feeling nothing else will get played.

I also just finished the campain in Wreckfest Its one of the best arcade/demo derby racers I have ever played.

Damn your in for a treat, with the backstory in the memory bank you'll likely appreciate it even more.

The Witcher 3 has some of the best written dialogue, the best stories I've ever come across & the world is still to this day just a phenomenal achievement in atmosphere, sense of place & minute detail. I'm excited for you Mustard!

Wreckfest just got delayed till May 2019 on PS4, was really looking forward to that. Glad you think so highly of it, looks like a modern day destruction derby done right.

I had a copy preordered all the way back in 2016 when they were doing the 25 dollar promotion, I got sick of waiting and e-mailed them to trade my PS4 copy for the steam version. Glad I did.

Fastmav347 wrote:

I finished Witcher 2 last night, one of the best games I played this year. For a game released in early 2011 it still looks absolutely stunning.

Oh man you are going to love The Witcher 3. So jealous you get to experience it for the first time.

I didn't play all that much this year, at least compared to previous years.

Here is what I played to a degree that I felt completed:

  • Old Man's Journey
  • Bioshock (I'd never played it)
  • Contrast
  • God of War
  • Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Pyre
  • NBA Live 18 (story)

Hellblade would likely be my Game of the Year. Bioshock was of course great, as was God of War, but Hellblade just felt so beautiful and difficult and personal and unique.

Before I resume my Zelda Twilight princess HD adventure I decided to finish Ni No Kuni 2

OK GAME. not as good as the 1st one but decent.
There is a new DLC comming but I couldnt care less.

Game was enjoyable enough to finish it

Tacoma

A bold statement.

karmajay wrote:

Tacoma

It’s really good.

I finished Spiderman the day before yesterday.

Fun combat and web swinging. Most side content pretty entertaining too. Especially the science stations. The cat doll finding not so much.

Unfortunately the mission design is very old school and fixed for the "cinematic" experience. The story is good, very Hollywood-superhero-movielike, but the way it's told is pretty boring to me. Most boss fights were very fixed and that seems stupid as you learn so many combat combinations and suddenly you're limited to a few tricks. The bosses, although very different in style, are pretty much one-trick-ponys as well. I would have liked some inspiration from Soulsborne-games for the boss fights here, with more variety in attacks and greater arenas to fight in (not necessarily the same difficulty). Make it interesting instead of this "guess-the-path"-design.

It's everything in between the story missions that make the game great.

Last night, craving a bite-sized game to play from my backlog, I fired up Bulb Boy and it was fun time, though the puzzles, given the aesthetics and color palette, were a bit difficult to wrap my head around at first. It was only once I began to get the feel for the first handful of situations that the rest of the game simply clicked.

One thing that bothered me about it, though, was the buggy nature of the PS Trophies; I replayed some of the bits of the game once I beat it mostly because some story trophies simply didn't pop when I clearly completed the criteria for them, and the same went for some optional ones. In some cases, it took closing the game down completely and relaunching it for the trophy to pop after doing the deeds for them.

There is one pesky trophy where I'm supposed to die in every possible way. This one is particularly egregious as, even while using a guide to double check and mop up any deaths I might've missed, the trophy simply wouldn't pop.

Aside from that, the game itself is delightfully short, and the mix of cuteness with gross-out horror - think Ren & Stimpy if it was a horror show - seemed like just the thing I needed last night.