What are you playing this weekend?

Huzzah for The Ascent and cyberpunk in general!

Spiritfarer , I think I'm nearly done but I might have to run around searching for stuff. I might start up another game of Daggerfall. If I finish Spiritfarer I'll start up Resident Evil 2 remake and continue my Resident Evil completion mission.

Chugging away on Nox Archaist the game programmed on the Apple //e and is in the style of Ultima 3-5 on that platform - I think Lord British even appears in the game but haven't found him yet.

Have a pretty good party of 6 at this point. Been able to complete several quests, explore a few dungeons, and am working on getting enough money to buy a ship to explore the other islands.

I like how the leveling works in this game. Basically have 12 points to distribute among three attributes (STR, DEX, INT). If you put points into INT you automatically get some magic points. So I've made it so each of my characters have at least some INT to cast heal - even my warrior and thief. Even better with spellcasting is anyone can cast any spell as long as they have enough MP.

The simplicity of the game is really inviting and it's been a nice stress reliever. There is quite a bit of grinding. Particularly at the start. You have a bunch of quests but at level 1 your can't survive any of them until you reach level 2 or 3 and have at least four or five party members. Thankfully finding party members isn't too much of a problem. Finding enough gold though is a major issue. Wasn't until about 7 hours in that I felt I could grind monsters to get gold easily, and of course now that I'm able to complete quests I get gold from that - its still never enough.

The story so far is nothing to write home about - the Queen has tasked you with looking into some Cultists that are worming their way in to power. But it's enough to keep me interested. Mainly right now I feel I'm strong enough that I'm ready to explore the rest of the world. So focusing on getting enough money for a ship so I can set sail.

Time to finally dig into Citizen Sleeper.

Missed a sidequest in Trails of Cold Steel III, so it looks like I'm going to start over. I only had 6 hours (and one of them was me not playing while I had a friend come over), so it's not that bad. Also some Persona 3 Portable.

Robear wrote:

Higgledy, I would strongly suggest you start with “Neuromancer”, which while not the first Cyberpunk book was early, and the first one to take the SF world by storm. And for atmospheric Cyberpunk games, it’s hard to beat Cloudpunk, which is fully immersive and just… full of wonders for folks who like the setting. It’s also an indy. Basically you are a person who was able to live out of the big city, but is now down on their luck in a hyper-Capitalist world (of course) and is at an inflection point in their life where things could go up or down. They deliver goods for a bottom-feeding, near-criminal company when the bottom falls out of their life again.

After Neuromancer, I’d recommend some Neal Stephenson, “Snow Crash”. Almost as famous and just as wonder-full as Gibson’s work, but markedly different in tone and style. Then a course of Warren Ellis’ bracing graphics books - I hesitate to call them “comics” because they are highly political and in some ways prescient of our current dystopia - “Transmetropolitan”. Then jump to a very modern version of Cyberpunk with Ian MacDonald’s “Luna: New Moon”, which is set in what should be a Libertarian industrial paradise on the Moon…

Three genius books no Cyberpunk fan should even consider not reading.

Fantastic. Many thanks for the recommendations.

Strange how I let the genre pass by without sampling it other than seeing Bladerunner of course. Pretty sure I dipped into Snow Crash but the early pages didn’t grab me. I suspect I’d get further now. Having read small snippets of cyberpunk prose it feels very poetic, conjuring up elaborate concepts and landscapes up with just a few words.

Cloud Punk has gone on my ‘To play’ list.

Some Flat Heroes and some Valkyria Chronicles 4 for me.

Gibson is an actual poet, a literature style writer who really just made up his tech capabilities out of whole cloth to fit his image of the world he portrayed. Other authors, like Bruce Sterling, are Futurists. Neal Stephenson is a technology-based writer who explores near-future scenarios and builds clockwork worlds and complicated conspiracies, often playing deeply with math and culture. Warren Ellis is a satirical social commentator, of course. Ian MacDonald is a writer who has deep-dived into cultures not his own, and then crafted his future carefully to reflect how they might change as technology, the Earth and societies change over the next hundred years or so. He's deeply into characterization and bringing an understanding of other peoples to English readers.

So all of them have their unique perspectives.

This weekend I'm continuing with Neon White on the Switch. It's challenging, but the times to beat seem doable, and I see myself improve with each run. It reminds me in some ways of Celeste - a difficult game that was easy to attempt levels again and agian.

Also, I started playing AI: The Somnium Files, since the sequel just came out and it was on sale. I've really gotten sucked into it.

Dragon's Dogma which I picked up in the Steam Summer Sale and Resident Evil Revelations on my 3DS.

I bought the expansion for Outriders and planned on playing it this weekend.
Sadly I am getting a much better looter shooter fix from Tiny Tina's Wonderlands.

Playing Another Bible on the GB. It's a Shin Megami Tensei game. It's okay. I want to try Another Bible 2 soon.

Long weekend coming. I'm keeping on with the Assassin leveling in Diablo 2: Resurrected. The Season of Judgement has kicked off in W40K: Inquisitor - Martyr and I've already slashed into the campaign with my new crusader, Chairman Bored.

I'll play a bit more Into The Pit as well and decide if I want to keep it.

And I'm now rather curious about Citizen Sleeper. Will go through a few more reviews before I pull the trigger but I doubt I'll get to it this weekend.

The weekend looks like some UFC watching and plenty of family time, so what might get some love is anything portable, like Fantasy Life and Crimson Shroud on the 3DS.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Time to finally dig into Citizen Sleeper.

But for real this time!

Long weekend here, finally.

On the menu: Persona 3 Portable, Trails of Cold Steel III, and Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak!

Bunch of co-op on deck for this weekend, I think. Hyrule Warriors with my son, LEGO Villains with my wife, Fall Guys with some online chums.

I'm looking to start something single-player, too. That will probably be Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999), but I'm also eyeing West of Loathing and Citizen Sleeper.

Valkyria Chronicles 4, most likely.

Leveling Samurai in Final Fantasy XIV, making progress in Guardians of the Galaxy, playing Path of Exile with friends, and maybe plinking away at Dragon's Dogma or Grand Theft Auto V's story.

I really want to finally start playing Citizen Sleeper since I have people linking its writing to Disco Elysium (one of the top five games I've ever played), but I just realized I have a graduate paper due Sunday at midnight... and I've not even started reading the stuff I have to write about.

So, yeah. Lofty goals.

Going for a retro feel this weekend. In my search for a cRPG after bouncing of Original Sin 2, I've landed on Avernum: Escape from the Pit, my first Spiderweb Software game. So far so good after a few hours. I've also been looking for a space 4x, so think I'll give Remnants of the Precursors a spin.

Should be finishing off TMNT: Shredders Revenge. It's everything I would have wanted it to be, to be honest.

I'll probably also continue on with Pikmin 3, with slow progress on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 too. By the time I finish with it, Xenoblade 5 will be out. I do love the game, but it's huge and I'm very time-poor.

billt721 wrote:

Going for a retro feel this weekend. In my search for a cRPG after bouncing of Original Sin 2, I've landed on Avernum: Escape from the Pit, my first Spiderweb Software game. So far so good after a few hours. I've also been looking for a space 4x, so think I'll give Remnants of the Precursors a spin.

Spiderweb makes some janky ass games, but they know it, and don't care. They do a very specific thing, and are fine with it. Look up conference talks their creator has done -- he's a good guy, painfully aware of what niche they fill, and doesn't give a damn that their games are not Triple A.

Vrikk wrote:
billt721 wrote:

Going for a retro feel this weekend. In my search for a cRPG after bouncing of Original Sin 2, I've landed on Avernum: Escape from the Pit, my first Spiderweb Software game. So far so good after a few hours. I've also been looking for a space 4x, so think I'll give Remnants of the Precursors a spin.

Spiderweb makes some janky ass games, but they know it, and don't care. They do a very specific thing, and are fine with it. Look up conference talks their creator has done -- he's a good guy, painfully aware of what niche they fill, and doesn't give a damn that their games are not Triple A.

Oh yeah, I've followed him for years and own several of his games even though I've never actually played through any of them.

I've played through some. They remind me of old RPG so I love them.

Probably won't get a lot of time in for gaming this coming weekend. If I do it'll be some Motorstorm or Spelunky 2 which I just got on the Switch.

I'm trying to wrap up my second playthrough of Triangle Strategy this weekend. I'm on the route to the golden ending, and there's just a handful of chapters left. And there's no reason to grind anymore, since there is a level cap of 50, and everyone is at 50 or just under it. So I'm close.

And once that finishes, it's time to join the JRPG club (and maybe several others!) in playing Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark. So right out of one SRPG into another. Will make for a good comparison.

Nox Archaist still. Haven't had a lot of time to play this week. Got my boat and explored a bit before checking the map. After looking at the map I saw that the starting island was a lot larger than I thought it was. So went back to exploring that. Still haven't found Lord British but I'm sure he's in the game somewhere.

On the side playing through all the Kingdom Rush games again. Every few months I'll play through the entire series. Kudos to the devs as they keep adding new content to the games.

And playing Pinball FX. Latest table releases had Bride of Pinbot, which is so much fun.

So far, Microsoft Flight Simulator Installation Manager. I'm looking forward to playing the game in another 10 GB or so.

I’m in a weird place gaming wise at the moment and I blame Elden Ring (worth it!) Hopefully there’ll be co-op going on, which would mean Orcs Must Die 3 dlc and The Ascent. I have Slay the Spire on hold after trying it for a little while and Sifu, in spite of my continual hankering to play it whilst exploring the big ER, is in danger of ending up on hold as well. Both games I’ll likely come back to in 6 to 12 months and kick myself for not playing them sooner.

I also tried a little Chicory: A colorful tale which I really like despite painting with the thumbstick being far from ideal.