Recommend Me A Game Catch All

I was looking and didn't see one existed for simple and general recommendation questions. So here is one!

Guidelines:

(1) Mention games/styles/gimmicks that you like, as well as strongly dislike. Try to avoid "I finally picked up a [Console X], any games that are must-play?"

(2) Please let us know what platforms you have.

Let us know what you're looking for and the community can try and solve that problem to help you scratch that itch! Also, maybe get a cream for that itch?
Hint:

Spoiler:

It's Syphilis...

I'll start us off, I am the big gamer in the family. My wife enjoys some games but only certain styles. Classic Mario, Rayman, Frogger, Solitare, Mario Cart, etc...

I bought a Steam link the other day in hopes that we could start doing some fun new gaming but I would love to find Mario Cart or Diddy Kong racing like PC games. Any fun PC or platforming games I should put past her? She like dopey fun and hates frustrating game mechanics.

Sonic All Star Racing is on Steam and has pretty good reviews.

JeremyK wrote:

Sonic All Star Racing is on Steam and has pretty good reviews.

All Star or All Star Transformed? Just curious when I see both pop up. Both have great reviews. Looks like you mean transformed as it seems to be knocking it out of the park in reviews.

Hobear wrote:
JeremyK wrote:

Sonic All Star Racing is on Steam and has pretty good reviews.

All Star or All Star Transformed? Just curious when I see both pop up. Both have great reviews. Looks like you mean transformed as it seems to be knocking it out of the park in reviews.

Transformed is pretty good. There's a few difficulty spikes in the career mode, but you can always drop that one race down to the the easiest setting to get past it.

Dark Souls

Sorry, what was the question?

Hobear wrote:
JeremyK wrote:

Sonic All Star Racing is on Steam and has pretty good reviews.

All Star or All Star Transformed? Just curious when I see both pop up. Both have great reviews. Looks like you mean transformed as it seems to be knocking it out of the park in reviews.

Yeah I meant Transformed.

Dyni wrote:

Dark Souls

Sorry, what was the question?

Agreed, wish it were a possibility. Granted could cause more fights?

Seems as friendly a place to ask this: The Witcher 3

Backstory: When it came out, I put about 8 hours in. I loved the world, but I felt like the game was openly hostile to me as a new player (having not played any other Witchers nor read the books). In that time, I remember being asked to have deep relationship decisions with characters I didn't know, make important decisions about what happened in Witcher 2 with little context (though I did some YouTube deep diving to figure out what was up), and stumbled into a side-quest with a witch who clearly knew Geralt from the last game, but wasn't introduced to me.

Everything about the game is something I should love: the setting is right up my alley, the morally-ambiguous decisions sound interesting, and I love exploring a big world with interesting stuff to find. I just kept getting the feeling that the game wasn't interested in on-boarding me at all.

So, should I give it another go (I would need to restart), or if I didn't fall in love after my first 8 hours I probably won't?

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Seems as friendly a place to ask this: The Witcher 3

Backstory: When it came out, I put about 8 hours in. I loved the world, but I felt like the game was openly hostile to me as a new player (having not played any other Witchers not read the books). In that time, I remember being asked to have deep relationship decisions with characters I didn't know, make important decisions about what happened in Witcher 2 with little context (though I did some YouTube deep diving to figure out what I thought Geralt would do), and stumbled into a side-quest with a witch who clearly knew Geralt from the last game but wasn't introduced to me.

Everything about the game is something I should love: the setting is right up my alley, the morally-ambiguous decisions sound interesting, and I love exploring a big world with interesting stuff to find. I just kept getting the feeling that the game wasn't interested in on-boarding me at all.

So, should I give it another go (I would need to restart), or if I didn't fall in love after my first 8 hours I probably won't?

Same issue I have had with The Witcher as well beyond the obtuse combat. Wish there was a way to just port in Dark Souls controls. Maybe I just need to play through 1 to 3 and suck it up.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Seems as friendly a place to ask this: The Witcher 3

While it definitely won't give you full context of the world or all the characters you will meet, if you are going to give it another shot I'd recommend reading some of the books. They are a collection of short stories which will help to grow your knowledge of the world before jumping back in. The first two are The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny and tell the story of how Geralt meets a few of the main characters :

Spoiler:

Yen and Ciri

I haven't played a sports game for over a decade. Has anything been released which has done crazy and fun gameplay like SNES' NBA Jam?

My wife played a lot of Catan, Carcassonne, and Civilization Revolution on the 360. We recently got rid of the 360 and just have a PS4 for console gaming. Any suggestions for something that might fill the void of those games on PS4? She tried Tropico 5 but didn't like the controls, and the aesthetic wasn't enough to get her over that hump.

Bfgp wrote:

I haven't played a sports game for over a decade. Has anything been released which has done crazy and fun gameplay like SNES' NBA Jam?

Rocket League

I went into The Witcher blind and had no big trouble with not knowing the context. Beyond those initial opening choices where you define your world state, it doesn't really matter (and as I wasn't aware of what those events were really about I had zero knowledge about how the choices changed the world. It was invisible to me entirely, so it wasn't a distraction at all.)

There is some information about Geralt's relationships to the other characters that is never explicitly stated but that you will come to grips with as you play. Generally this is fine. I got that Ciri was a daughter figure, and I didn't mind the ambiguity of it all in the opening hours. The one way I was thrown off was in the Yen/Triss stuff. The writers REALLY want you to pair with Yen, to an almost laughably obvious extent. But the game gives you significant time with Triss first. I opted to romance her and then realized that the game didn't really want me to do that, which made it frustrating as a choice (either give me a choice or don't.) This might be an area where past context could do some heavy lifting, but as a fresh-eyed outsider it just felt like sloppy writing. Especially for a game which seems to do a great job otherwise seamlessly integrating decisions into the story. I walked away from it thinking that the writers hastily put together the mid and end game romance stuff with Triss, not really expecting anyone to go that way.

Anyway, my overall take is that you should be fine to play it. It has its issues, but being unfriendly towards newcomers didn't feel like one of them to me. I say jump back in!

JeremyK wrote:

Sonic All Star Racing is on Steam and has pretty good reviews.

Came here to say Sonic All Star Racing Transformed, so I'm glad someone else got to it already. Great game for singleplayer, although the online multiplayer was kinda dead last I checked.

beanman101283 wrote:

My wife played a lot of Catan, Carcassonne, and Civilization Revolution on the 360. We recently got rid of the 360 and just have a PS4 for console gaming. Any suggestions for something that might fill the void of those games on PS4? She tried Tropico 5 but didn't like the controls, and the aesthetic wasn't enough to get her over that hump.

She sounds like she likes some board games in video game form. How about Twilight Struggle or Risk?

Talisman is coming to the PS4:

https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2017...

Sundown wrote:

She sounds like she likes some board games in video game form. How about Twilight Struggle or Risk?

I couldn't find Twilight Struggle on PSN. Is it available yet?

cartoonin wrote:

Talisman is coming to the PS4:

https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2017...

Thanks, I'll check that out once it releases.

beanman101283 wrote:

I couldn't find Twilight Struggle on PSN. Is it available yet?

My bad, it may not be available yet on PSN. I had done a quick google search and it looks like it had been announced, but not yet released. It is on Steam, if that does you any good.

I don't know if this will stop the asking in console threads or creating new threads, but, I appreciate this... and as someone who likes to give advice on what to play, may I suggest some guidelines?:

(1) Mention games/styles/gimmicks that you like, as well as strongly dislike. Sounds obvious, but I don't know how many times I've seen a simple "I finally picked up a [Console X], any games that are must-play?"

(2) Always say what platforms you have. As a flip side to #1, sometimes people do a great job describing what they enjoy, and I know a great game for them, only to find out they'd need to shell out a few hundred dollars for it.

Personally I don't need many recommendations (I'm more a "help me reduce my Pile Of Shame" kind of guy) but it's always nice to help out.

beeporama wrote:

I don't know if this will stop the asking in console threads or creating new threads, but, I appreciate this... and as someone who likes to give advice on what to play, may I suggest some guidelines?:

(1) Mention games/styles/gimmicks that you like, as well as strongly dislike. Sounds obvious, but I don't know how many times I've seen a simple "I finally picked up a [Console X], any games that are must-play?"

(2) Always say what platforms you have. As a flip side to #1, sometimes people do a great job describing what they enjoy, and I know a great game for them, only to find out they'd need to shell out a few hundred dollars for it.

Personally I don't need many recommendations (I'm more a "help me reduce my Pile Of Shame" kind of guy) but it's always nice to help out.

I like this, I'll add to the OP.

DeThroned and I played We Were Here last night and we both had a lot of fun.
It's mandatory 2 player coop and voice coms. It's a puzzle/adventure game but the solutions for the puzzles that one player faces are only accessible to the other player, who must try to communicate them effectively.
It's also free to play, takes maybe an hour to complete and uses VR if you have the gear. The second play through using the opposite characters was also a good time because you get to see firsthand what the other player had to describe to you originally.
I recommend checking it out.

I'll recommend Skydrift as a Mario Kart/Diddykong Racing/Crimson Skies race game. Just no splitscreen multiplayer.

Dr_Awkward wrote:

DeThroned and I played We Were Here last night and we both had a lot of fun.
It's mandatory 2 player coop and voice coms. It's a puzzle/adventure game but the solutions for the puzzles that one player faces are only accessible to the other player, who must try to communicate them effectively.
It's also free to play, takes maybe an hour to complete and uses VR if you have the gear. The second play through using the opposite characters was also a good time because you get to see firsthand what the other player had to describe to you originally.
I recommend checking it out.

This ... 100% this. One of the better co-op games that I've played in quite some time. It just drops you into the game and you have to figure it out from there. A bit of confusion at first but really well thought-out puzzles once you get into it.

Anyone have a steam recommendation, or pc, for a Katamari like experience?

Hobear wrote:

Anyone have a steam recommendation, or pc, for a Katamari like experience?

Wonderful End of the World is probably the closest you'll come.

Isn't that "Everything" game very Katamariesque?

Hobear wrote:

Anyone have a steam recommendation, or pc, for a Katamari like experience?

Rock of Ages? Not strictly Katamari, but it is "guide a big rolling ball"

Thanks for the suggestions I'll keep an eye on these.

1. Short game great for playing in very short 3-10 min spurts. Mainly for while waiting for teammates between games, watching video's, or waiting for ranked queue's in R6siege. Previous games I have used are FTL, Devil Daggers, Tharsis, Match 3 games, Nuclear Throne, Rogue Legacy.

2. Platform anything non Nintendo but PC/PS4 preferred.

escher77 wrote:

1. Short game great for playing in very short 3-10 min spurts. Mainly for while waiting for teammates between games, watching video's, or waiting for ranked queue's in R6siege. Previous games I have used are FTL, Devil Daggers, Tharsis, Match 3 games, Nuclear Throne, Rogue Legacy.

2. Platform anything non Nintendo but PC/PS4 preferred.

Battlevoid: Harbinger might fit the bill. It is an RTS, very FTL-like. I play it on my phone.