Finished Any Games Lately?

Stele wrote:

Agreed with above. As big as the pile is, I never should have started Warframe. And I could have used those hundreds of hours for a lot of other fun things.

After grinding Destiny 1 too much I decided to casual Destiny 2 and it was far more enjoyable that way. Mostly it was a social game I played with friends and chatted in voice channel. I didn’t get to play most of the raids but I’m fine with that. I didn’t treat any of the content as required. When those same friends got into Warframe I noped out.

You and I have each played thousands of hours of Rocket League. That’s a game that definitely has no ending and could seem very grindy to some but I’ve never regretted any of my time in it and it’s yet to feel like a chore. I’m far more into it now than I was thousands of hours ago and I plan to play for many thousands of hours more. I’m a big fan of how little commitment each play session is. I can play for a few minutes or a few hours and have fun. Yeah it can be frustrating sometimes too but it never stops being the most fun game I own and is definitely the main reason I rarely finish anything else.

Sure, Rocket League is making my pile bigger, or preventing it from shrinking. But it's not the game design. There's no loot or grind or whatever. It's a personal skill level. I can get better by playing or worse by not playing. That's it. It's fair to my time and doesn't try to trick me into playing more.

Unless you get way into cosmetic stuff.

Finished Control.

I adore this game. The world was very much right up my alley. Paranormal meets Stranger Things. So so great. The combat was really fun but I felt Launch power plus standard pistol or sniper was all that I needed.

Really dug into it and nearly platinumed but I didn't feel like grinding for the 100% perk tree and one other trophy. I keep recommending this to anyone who wants a good action/adventure game.

I want more of this world. Hopefully we get it

Now need to find a game to play with my brother lol.

Shadow Warrior. I semi-randomly picked this off the pile because I figured it'd be quick and mindless. Seemed to go on longer than I expected. I can't say I didn't enjoy it and I certainly don't regret playing it. On the other hand, I do have a nagging sense that there were numerous other games I should have been playing instead.

Toejame and Earl: Back in the Groove. Enjoyable in short bursts if you liked what the original was, because that's what this is: just like the oldie, but with modern visuals.

Stele wrote:

Sure, Rocket League is making my pile bigger, or preventing it from shrinking. But it's not the game design. There's no loot or grind or whatever. It's a personal skill level. I can get better by playing or worse by not playing. That's it. It's fair to my time and doesn't try to trick me into playing more.

It is the only game I can think of that I've played more than 1000 hours and not felt like any of it was wasted on grind. Call of Duty 4 is the only other one I can think of but that was more like 600 hours.

Advance Wars Days of Ruin is finally complete after 12 long years. Now I am qualified to be a US general. I'll get us out of Iraq. Wait are we still in Iraq? Sorry, I had my own war to worry about. You can't expect me to pat attention to every war. I had to save the world from a crazy clone dude and his crazy clone kids. Oh then I had to get my scientist dudes to make a cure for the evil virus crazy clone guy made. Oh yeah I can take care of that virus from China now also now that I have free time. Wait that is still a problem right?

I finished Kentucky Route Zero. And I don’t yet know exactly what I think. The way it crafted the stories of these people in this place, and what they’ve been through and why they’ve been through it is all reflective and thought provoking. It takes big ideas and brings it down to the human level in a way that seemed incredibly well crafted. But it also felt very ponderous, which made the whole thing kind of a slog to go through in some ways. I probably need to process some more.

Sundown wrote:

I finished Kentucky Route Zero. And I don’t yet know exactly what I think. The way it crafted the stories of these people in this place, and what they’ve been through and why they’ve been through it is all reflective and thought provoking. It takes big ideas and brings it down to the human level in a way that seemed incredibly well crafted. But it also felt very ponderous, which made the whole thing kind of a slog to go through in some ways. I probably need to process some more.

I'm curious: did you play it all at once, or did you space the episodes out? I've seen a few different people say that they enjoyed it more (or think they would have enjoyed it more) by playing it with some breaks between each part.

I just finished act 3 replaying everything, and I would recommend not playing more than an act and an interlude a day since it's very slow. Each episode has a lot you can reflect on.

Or you could just power through.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Sundown wrote:

I finished Kentucky Route Zero. And I don’t yet know exactly what I think. The way it crafted the stories of these people in this place, and what they’ve been through and why they’ve been through it is all reflective and thought provoking. It takes big ideas and brings it down to the human level in a way that seemed incredibly well crafted. But it also felt very ponderous, which made the whole thing kind of a slog to go through in some ways. I probably need to process some more.

I'm curious: did you play it all at once, or did you space the episodes out? I've seen a few different people say that they enjoyed it more (or think they would have enjoyed it more) by playing it with some breaks between each part.

Spaced it out over about two weeks, since that was the advice I got ahead of time.

Edit: Also, adventure games aren’t generally my cup of tea, but I was willing to give this one a go because of the praise it was getting and had gotten for years. That’s probably what still dragged it down for me.

Good to know. Thanks!

Finished Assassin's Creed: Origins last night. I'd really enjoyed some of the others in the series, but it had started to feel a bit stale. This one looked pretty, so I decided to pick it up on sale.

I enjoyed it more than I expected. There are a lot of games out there these days with this basic formula, and obviously it's a good formula. Puttering around ancient Egypt was also a lot of fun. I missed the stylized combat I remember in some of the older games, but I guess the idea is that the Assassins are just forming, so all the awesome techniques aren't there yet, and thus combat is rougher.

My only real disappointment was the ending seemed quite abrupt, a feeling that seems pretty common. The final bits didn't seem climactic at all, and I was surprised when I saw a splash screen. I looked up online if there was some extra ending, but I guess that was it.

Overall, definitely not my favorite Assassin's Creed game, but it was entertaining and while previously I thought I'd skip Odyssey, now I think I will check it out eventually.

Zork 1. I played a lot of text adventure games back in the day, but as something of a prediction of my future gaming style, I never finished one. Now I finally have.

I played without a walkthrough for awhile; I used to chafe at the idea of using guides or walkthroughs, as figuring things out was the fun part. Currently though, I have lots of other interesting problems to try to figure out, so I don't really need to look to games to find that experience. Actually completing something though feels like a real rarity in all aspects of my life, so I switched to using a guide, and was quite satisfied to complete the game with its help.

Courtesy of Game Pass on PC I've been playing a bunch of smaller games.

Ape Out
It's got a stylish look, and I appreciated the simple but effective mechanics. Repetitive though, but the game was easy enough which compelled me to finish it. Fun? maybe... In the end I found this to be mostly an irritating game, especially the horrendous sound design. Glad to be rid of it.

Gris
Real pretty, a piece of art. Nice puzzles and creative platforming. Well done.

Orwell
Nice little detective puzzler. A bit clunky on the investigating part, but interesting story and good fun to play through

Ruiner
Frantic gunplay, fun at times, but not very well balanced and very repetitive. The story is not anything substantial. The dual stick controls didn't do it for me. Switched from normal to easy about half way through, otherwise I wouldn't have made through to the end. This game is way to hardcore for an old man like me.

Void Bastards
Looks fun, plays fun, fun setting. But it did overstay it's welcome a bit. Also became repetitive towards the end. Come to think of it, all rogue-likes are irritating and repetitive to me. Without story or puzzles I'm missing a satisfying pay-off. At least this one was quite fun, for a while.

I just finished Children of Morta and I really really liked it. Thank you so much to those who recommended it in various places around the GWJ forums. I played it on PC and Xbox using Xbox Game Pass and Play Anywhere.

It's been called "action role-playing with roguelike elements". I think of it as a rogue-lite Diablo with a ton of character.

It drips with charm from it's beautiful graphics and sound. They introduce characters well and I was interested enough to read all the backstory. The narrator (Ed Kelly) who communicates all the story elements is great. I could listen to him read the phone book.

The rogue-lite elements are explained within the story and are not as grindy as I originally worried so if you are as tired of grindy rogue-lites as I am don't worry about that here. I had a few cases where I didn't feel strong enough to make progress (especially early on) but a few short runs later I leveled up enough to make it through. My kids jumped in as the second coop player sometimes to help me level up characters.

When I first tried some characters I had a pretty strong opinion one way or the other about them and didn't feel like I'd keep using them but they do a good job of making it valuable to level up each character and in the end I liked them all. In fact the character I liked the least at the start (Linda) turned out to be my favorite character in the end. It helps that she makes a great support character when my son chooses a melee focused character in coop.

The story isn't as deep as some others but almost every level you run into side stories and characters that mix into the narrative or you further develop out the main ones. The final gameplay sequence was really fun and felt like it justified the effort I put into the characters.

Maybe the best thing I can say about the game is I still wanted to play more after I finished it and I plan to keep playing with my kids on their accounts.

I think of it as a rogue-lite Diablo with a ton of character.

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ClockworkHouse wrote:
I think of it as a rogue-lite Diablo with a ton of character.

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Finished the first game in a LONG time. Not much gaming time these days, but I just wrapped up Leon's story of RE2 Remake. The sewers section was a slog, but overall I had a great time with it.

Continuing my trend of finishing old games I never finished: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was finished yesterday. I could have sworn I'd never finished it, and whole sections of that game didn't seem familiar to me AT ALL, yet I 100% remember that last boss battle, so I must have completed it back on my PS3.

Up next is Uncharted 3, which I'm 99.9999% positive I never finished

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Stele wrote:

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Any good?

It was the wrong thread and also a quote is not edit. Stellar day of posting for me.