A spin on the other thread, we plan to do XYZ but often end up doing very different things. This is a place for micro-reviews on what you actually spent your time playing. Was it worth the time? Will you go back? Any unexpectedly pleasant surprises?
My brother is in town and he's a big gamer so we're trying a ton of different things
Heroes of Hammerwatch - My brother, sister and I have been playing this for over a year, a run at a time, various characters. Its still a ton of fun. We just got into Mercenaries, a one-life hero who can take skills from any of your high level characters, giving you quite a palette to play with.
Hardspace: Shipbreakers - Just a great game. Its not based on violence in any way, it has a message about corporate wrongdoings and social structures and debt, all baked into a game about the intricate and dangerous job of dismantling space ships
Sleeping Gods (board game) - My brother, wife, and I are playing through this. Explore a strange archipelago with WAY more content than you can find in a single run, and try and find a bunch of artifacts. Really interesting mechanics, like a not-broken 7th Continent (disclaimer, I never played 7th continent, I just hear it's not great at times.) Fully cooperative and not in a 'cooperative solitaire' way, or a way that encourages 'alpha players'. Its basically a 20 hour replayable video game RPG as a board game.
Star Wars Galaxies - Restoration III - A resurrection of the old MMO which launched last week. This game has stuck in my brain for a long time for the crafting and gathering components of it. Jumping in and playing with these features again has reminded me of the best parts of it, which is what I wanted
X4 - Foundations - Playing SWG inspired me to play a game with similar crafting/gathering but without relying on humans to buy my stuff. I still mostly play this by hiding in some engineer's quiet office somewhere and playing 'spreadsheet empire', managing my ships and station remotely. Gives me most of what I want out of EVE Online without making me play EVE.
Ragnarock - an entertaining VR rhythm game about encouraging your vikings to row as fast as possible by hitting the drum beats on some pretty metal songs. It can get you sweating but you're really just moving your arms on this game.