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by OrangeRKN » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:49 pm

I mostly agree on Gris, except I didn't particularly like the gamefeel of swimming - or more accurately the transition to and from it, especially when jumping out of the water. The mechanics never clicked with me, it never really felt satisfying in the way breaching should.

deathofcows wrote:I will never play a walking/narrative-based game again, I don't think. They are simply not for me.


Play The Stanley Parable to change your mind!

I've not played Edith Finch, but the impression of it I have is that it falls very much on the "serious, emotional, environmental storytelling" side of the genre. While I've enjoyed games like that it's normally been because they do something else alongside it (Everybody's Gone to the Rapture for its too perfect capturing of an idealised English village, Sagebrush for its lo-fi retro aesthetic - which also deliberately uses the uncanny feeling of the genre to lend an almost horror-like atmosphere to the cult compound).

The "walking sims" I prefer have been less sobering. The Stanley Parable has genuinely funny narration, is very self-aware and deconstructs itself as a videogame with only the illusion of choice. Proteus isn't really narrative-based at all, being procedurally generated, and is more of an obvious game-like art-scape to explore - especially in its dynamic audio reflecting the movement of the player.

Which is to say, I think the genre has more to offer than just the subset of more serious entries. (I think in general games still suffer from thinking that "art is sad" when it doesn't need to be the case)

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by kazanova_Frankenstein » Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:30 pm

World End Syndrome (NSW) - a very decent (if slightly too horny) Visual Novel. Felt a lot like Persona 4 but without the RPG bits. Clever save system makes it easy to progress without a guide. 7

Life Is Strange S2 (1X)

Liked it a lot, but felt like the first 2 episodes were the strongest. I would place it between S1 and Before the Storm. 8

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by SillySprout » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:36 pm

Untitled Goose Game
10/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Venom » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:40 pm

SillySprout wrote:Untitled Goose Game
10/10



Hello SillySprout, I haven't seen you here for a long time!

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by SillySprout » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:43 pm

Venom wrote:
SillySprout wrote:Untitled Goose Game
10/10



Hello SillySprout, I haven't seen you here for a long time!


Hey Venom!

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by OrangeRKN » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:38 am

kazanova_Frankincense wrote:a very decent (if slightly too horny) Visual Novel


Isn't that every visual novel?

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by kazanova_Frankenstein » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:23 am

OrangeXMS wrote:
kazanova_Frankincense wrote:a very decent (if slightly too horny) Visual Novel


Isn't that every visual novel?


I almost put that in my original post. Yes, it pretty much is. But this one is a worse offender than most I have played.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by deathofcows » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:06 pm

OrangeXMS wrote:I mostly agree on Gris, except I didn't particularly like the gamefeel of swimming - or more accurately the transition to and from it, especially when jumping out of the water. The mechanics never clicked with me, it never really felt satisfying in the way breaching should.

deathofcows wrote:I will never play a walking/narrative-based game again, I don't think. They are simply not for me.


Play The Stanley Parable to change your mind!

I've not played Edith Finch, but the impression of it I have is that it falls very much on the "serious, emotional, environmental storytelling" side of the genre. While I've enjoyed games like that it's normally been because they do something else alongside it (Everybody's Gone to the Rapture for its too perfect capturing of an idealised English village, Sagebrush for its lo-fi retro aesthetic - which also deliberately uses the uncanny feeling of the genre to lend an almost horror-like atmosphere to the cult compound).

The "walking sims" I prefer have been less sobering. The Stanley Parable has genuinely funny narration, is very self-aware and deconstructs itself as a videogame with only the illusion of choice. Proteus isn't really narrative-based at all, being procedurally generated, and is more of an obvious game-like art-scape to explore - especially in its dynamic audio reflecting the movement of the player.

Which is to say, I think the genre has more to offer than just the subset of more serious entries. (I think in general games still suffer from thinking that "art is sad" when it doesn't need to be the case)


Good shout! I love The Stanley Parable. I suppose I don't group it alongside the others as - like you said - it's not in the specific genre of 'Self-serious, portentous, self-consciously Deep and Worthy walking simulator overburdened by trite affectations of music, and bizarre animations that are meant to be immersive but have no actual relation to the lived, internal first-person experience of everyday being'. A surprisingly well-represented genre!*

TSP is genuinely funny and surprising and light enough to worm its way under your skin in a way you don't expect, as it comes off so off-hand and irreverent.

Also, I wonder if there's something absorbingly consistent [/i,]in the way its animations and movements are so game-y, smooth and friction-free.

It's truer to Games being what they are - odd [i]absractions
of things we know, like movement and dialogue and navigation. Digital vehicles of ideas and concepts and play. But not actual simulations of how we engage with the world.

In a similar way I really liked this EG piece about Skyrim: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-11-26-games-of-the-decade-the-elder-scrolls-5-skyrim-is-anything-but-overrated - and about how its cruder rules and physics are more real and convincing than other, more 'advanced' games.

*Subjective stance. I realise others find worth in them. I also don't care for reading Logs and Lore to add some kind of 'Richness' or 'Storytelling' to my worlds. And I can't stand messages scrawled across walls BECAUSE SURELY NO ONE EVER ACTUALLY DOES THIS IN REAL LIFE? But anyway.

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by Kriken » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:39 am

Donkey Kong Country 2. All around great game. The visuals are still really nice. Eager to play DKC3 at some point in future (though I know it's not as well regarded), and then replay DKC1 since I only played through it with a friend taking turns (on an LCD without the right cables, and it was PAL).

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by OrangeRKN » Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:29 am

deathofcows wrote:And I can't stand messages scrawled across walls BECAUSE SURELY NO ONE EVER ACTUALLY DOES THIS IN REAL LIFE?


Obviously what the world needs is a walking simulator about a small-time graffiti artist

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by kerr9000 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:20 pm

I finished Dragon Quest Builders about a week ago. I would give it a 9 out of 10 , I really really enjoyed it. I got it originally on the ps4 and put maybe 8 hours into it but then decided that I really really wanted it on the switch and on the switch I found that I just couldnt put it down, id easily recomend it to just about anyone.

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by Clarkman » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:35 pm

Yakuza Kiwami - 7.5/10

Very fun as always with Yakuza. Some good twists and shocks in the latter half. Not nearly as goofy or creative as 0 though, which is absolutely the better game.

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by Lex-Man » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:54 pm

The Return of the Obra Dinn

I'll be honest I got about half way through the identifying the sea man and gave up and just cheated. Weirdly it wasn't the names that did me in but trying to work out the method of death. It was a good game and I did enjoy the basic loop although it's annoying how little of the plot you actually get to see only the last few seconds before death of each character.

7/10

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by Yubel » Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:15 pm

Just finished playing through Sea of Solitude.

Very unique experience, solid narrative that I found quite gripping and deeply personal throughout. Also just a visually memorable game with a subtly impactful score - ideally when the world isn't coated in darkness, as both come together beautifully when you're either sailing through or exploring the vibrant, Venice-inspired towns on foot.

7/10

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by Trelliz » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:17 pm

I didn't finish but I'm done with the division 2, got it in the epic sale quite cheap so not that fussed, but after an hour or so the sheer misery and grimness just turned me right off. I'd forgotten how there are a lot of events and encounters but nothing really happens, because it's a Ubisoft live service game. I picked up the crew 2 at the same time which is also a go-nowhere Ubisoft treadmill but at least it has a sense of fun and is pleasant to look at and for wanton baddy-murder I'll give just cause 3 a go which should finally run on my pc now and is equally light-hearted and sunny/colourful.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Tomous » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:50 am

What Remains of Edith Finch - 8/10

Got this for $1 (thanks Rex Kramer!) and played it through last knowing absolutely nothing about the game. I really, really liked it but at the same time, felt it didn't quite hit the heights it could have. There were some clunky moments in the gameplay that ruined the flow for me. In both the cat and photographer sections I got frustrated because I kept missing the trigger to move forward which took me out of the moment.

There are some truly fantastic moments though. Lewis' story is definitely the highlight-a really good idea, executed perfectly(pun intended). That one definitely impacted me the most. Gregory's and Walter's were also very good I thought but some of the others didn't really leave much of a mark. Barbara's comic, while it looked superb, I felt was missing something at the end to tie it all together. And I didn't really like what Milton's meant for the wider story. Googling didn't help either as I don't like the implications of the Easter egg in their other game-I prefer the idea that the families issues were all rooted in the idea they they believed themselves to be cursed when really they weren't.

Overall though, it was very well done. The attention to detail in the house was amazing-so many small touches linking everything together. And the ending didn't fall short either, I thought it was a great moment when it all clicked into place and you realised what was going on-especially liked how it made you think back to the first few seconds of gameplay and remember you were on a boat opening a diary.

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Did anyone else look down in the first few seconds of gameplay and notice the bump and realise she was pregnant straight away? A nice touch :lol:

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Squinty » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:14 pm

Kriken wrote:Donkey Kong Country 2. All around great game. The visuals are still really nice. Eager to play DKC3 at some point in future (though I know it's not as well regarded), and then replay DKC1 since I only played through it with a friend taking turns (on an LCD without the right cables, and it was PAL).


DKC3 isn't as good as 2, but I think it's much better than 1. Might be a bit of hot take there.

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by fry87 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:34 am

Borderlands 3 - I managed to push through with this after almost giving up at a particularly frustrating difficulty spike. Very much more of the same but perhaps a good example of bigger not always being better. Not without its moments, but overall a little too bloated and repetitive. 6/10

Untitled Goose Game - A lovely if rather short lived game. Fairly simplistic but it does what it does well. The style and presentation is great and all in all it's just a very well executed, unique game that is fun to play. 8/10

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by Kriken » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:35 pm

Final Fantasy III DS

First Final Fantasy game I've beaten. Pretty fun game. For the most part I liked the job system and how I could make anyone in the party really useful and the cute outfits that go with the jobs. Not the biggest RPG fan but didn't even mind the grindyness in some parts (mainly for the last area).

III/IV

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by Lex-Man » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:21 pm

Resident Evil 2 Remake

Finished it last night and while I enjoyed it while I was playing it, looking back I feel a bit underwhelmed. I don't think anything really stood out and it just felt like another Resident Evil game, it wasn't particularly hard the puzzles weren't that interesting. Everything it did had been done elsewhere.

7/10

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