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IUMogg wrote:
jamos5 wrote:

Free on Epic: Marvel's Midnight Suns

Free w/ Twitch/Amazon Prime subscription:

STAR WARS Battlefront II (Classic, 2005)
Weird West: Definitive Edition
Genesis Noir

Midnight suns is an amazing game. One of the best free games they’ve ever given out

I bought a few months ago. Enjoy the combat. Don't enjoy all the stuff back at the abbey, and get stuck there just wanting to get back to the combat. So end up bouncing off and maybe trying again a few weeks later, only to bounce again.

I really want to like this game.

MannishBoy wrote:
IUMogg wrote:
jamos5 wrote:

Free on Epic: Marvel's Midnight Suns

Free w/ Twitch/Amazon Prime subscription:

STAR WARS Battlefront II (Classic, 2005)
Weird West: Definitive Edition
Genesis Noir

Midnight suns is an amazing game. One of the best free games they’ve ever given out

I bought a few months ago. Enjoy the combat. Don't enjoy all the stuff back at the abbey, and get stuck there just wanting to get back to the combat. So end up bouncing off and maybe trying again a few weeks later, only to bounce again.

I really want to like this game.

So skip it. AFAICT, the only abbey-combat progression blocker is on the combat side. At one point mid-game you have to progress the story missions far enough to keep going on the abbey exploration.

Same experience for me. Bounced off hard on the Midnight Sun abbey stuff, even if combat was enjoyable.
It is a game worth giving a try though.

Combat does get a bit repetitive at the end but I did enjoy the strategy of the card game.

This game is crying out for a modder to strip out the abbey aspect.

Did anyone enjoy the abbey aspects of it?? Social-sim stuff exists in the Persona and Fire Emblem series, and no one seems to mind it there... just wondering what's different about Midnight Suns, if anything?

I enjoyed most of the character interactions. And the abbey battles with just you and your dog were pretty fun I thought, for a change of pace.

Tasty Pudding wrote:

Did anyone enjoy the abbey aspects of it?? Social-sim stuff exists in the Persona and Fire Emblem series, and no one seems to mind it there... just wondering what's different about Midnight Suns, if anything?

I liked most of it. There are also puzzles and things around the wider abbey grounds to solve. I felt it was all a good change of pace to the battling

It honestly feels like a mobile game. In that your should play a quick round every now and then while waiting for something.

I bounced hard too but I can definitely see why some people will love it.

Tasty Pudding wrote:

Did anyone enjoy the abbey aspects of it?? Social-sim stuff exists in the Persona and Fire Emblem series, and no one seems to mind it there... just wondering what's different about Midnight Suns, if anything?

So I played it recently with the Strategy game club, plus I've played the others referenced at various times. It lacks the depth of Persona, and I think the better comp would be Fire Emblem: Three Houses. And people liked the supports in FE:TH, but there were definitely complaints around the size of the School there and all the running around. Those games also feel like the character interaction is a huge point of the game, and the writing is usually interesting.

For the Abbey, you could explore it a lot (and I did), but the story stuff tied to it was never compelling and the rewards were clothes, so it felt like it was ultimately just filler. And the support conversations with the characters in Midnight Suns were often clever but seldom interesting - it was just okay enough to keep me from stopping it altogether (and there were some bonuses associated with it), but it was never enough to make me want to know more. Kind of like a commercial.

I enjoyed it a surprising amount, and it was nice that it wasn’t required at all, so I could ignore it for long stretches at a time and then pick it back up on a day I felt like it.

I think it also helped to have no prior exposure to anything Marvel, so I had no expectations of what the characters would be like.

I liked the abbey overall, but all of it just went on too long.
Also, the swimsuit part was eye rollingly bad, but could ignored.

Max Mustard: $3 with this code: R90-96EE80

This is a Quest VR game.

Hopefully still works. Forgot to post it yesterday when I used it. But apparently the company is doing some social media test where they posted this 90% off code to see how its used/spread. So, it's not a pricing mistake.

Just not sure how long it's good for.

In any case checked out some of the game last night and it's a pretty fun platformer.

I have to remember hat Ubisoft is one company that loves sales. Never buy one of their games for full price. Even if they are very good.

Prince of Persia The Lost Crown -$17.99

PoP:TLC is undoubtedly going to rank high on my top-10 list this year, and is one of the best Metroidvanias I've ever played.

Jan to June, $60 to $20.

Yeah never pre order non Nintendo games. Too cheap to wait

Speaking of Nintendo, The Xenodblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass DLC is on sale for what looks like the first time ever, until 6/17. I was planning on getting to this to see where they take the story now that I've played XC1 and it's extra story, so I'll be picking it up.

Epic is giving away another Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms pack thingy... though I booted it up out of curiosity and couldn't figure out where to claim it or if I already had or what.

They also have Redout II which looks fun.

Rezzy wrote:

Epic is giving away another Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms pack thingy... though I booted it up out of curiosity and couldn't figure out where to claim it or if I already had or what.

They also have Redout II which looks fun.

Next week's freebie, Freshly Frosted gets two thumbs up from me. Cozy little pathfinding puzzler.

Is there a FromSoft pattern for games with expansions? Do they tend to discount the main game or do a bundle at the expansion launch? (asking for a... friend who managed to not get Elden Ring for 2 years or whatever)

On Steam right now you can get a bundle of the base game and expansion for $80. Sold seperately, they would cost $100. The base game has gone to 50% off I believe, so you could potentially hold out for that. I suspect it'll be a while longer before the expansion gets a discount.

FromSoft has seemingly stopped discounting any of their titles beyond 50% since sometime around Sekiro. This is the first expansion they've released since then.

I think they've gotten so popular that they're not likely to dip below that again.

polypusher wrote:

Is there a FromSoft pattern for games with expansions? Do they tend to discount the main game or do a bundle at the expansion launch? (asking for a... friend who managed to not get Elden Ring for 2 years or whatever)

The Steam summer sale should be starting on 6/27/2024, so maybe you'll be able to get a deal then.

Sundown wrote:
Tasty Pudding wrote:

Did anyone enjoy the abbey aspects of it?? Social-sim stuff exists in the Persona and Fire Emblem series, and no one seems to mind it there... just wondering what's different about Midnight Suns, if anything?

So I played it recently with the Strategy game club, plus I've played the others referenced at various times. It lacks the depth of Persona, and I think the better comp would be Fire Emblem: Three Houses. And people liked the supports in FE:TH, but there were definitely complaints around the size of the School there and all the running around. Those games also feel like the character interaction is a huge point of the game, and the writing is usually interesting.

For the Abbey, you could explore it a lot (and I did), but the story stuff tied to it was never compelling and the rewards were clothes, so it felt like it was ultimately just filler. And the support conversations with the characters in Midnight Suns were often clever but seldom interesting - it was just okay enough to keep me from stopping it altogether (and there were some bonuses associated with it), but it was never enough to make me want to know more. Kind of like a commercial.

I liked it but I thought the gameplay loop would have been a lot tighter if the "explore the Abbey grounds" stuff just didn't exist. Like you come back from a mission, watch a movie with Nico, listen to Blade try to hook up with Captain Marvel, and go off on the next mission without hunting for herbs and such.

Islands of Insight free on Steam. I’ve never heard of it but it looks interesting.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/2...

PaladinTom wrote:

Islands of Insight free on Steam. I’ve never heard of it but it looks interesting.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/2...

The demo was interesting (if you like puzzle games), just not $30 interesting.

PaladinTom wrote:

Islands of Insight free on Steam. I’ve never heard of it but it looks interesting.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/2...

The reviews say it requires an online connection and the terms of use specify that any personal information gathered may be sold to third parties.

Hard pass.

Dunno the details, but apparently it has a quasi-MMO aspect to it of some kind?

Steam Summer Sale starts today, extending into July 11.

Robear wrote:

Steam Summer Sale starts today, extending into July 11.

Related, I recently discovered that Coinstar machines will turn your pennies into Steam dollars, commission-free.