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  1. Recently completed video games

    I also finished this after picking it up in the current Humble Monthly. I like the setting and characters and mostly the gameplay as well, but the XCOM style random dice rolls usually send me into fits of rage so I made the wise decision early on to turn the difficulty down to Normal. This also makes the characters special abilities and health get reset after every encounter which meant I could use Bormin's hog rush ability to knock down enemies and thus easily silently take down lone enemies. On the other hand this turned the stealth-bits into a real chore of just endlessly repeating the same boring, safe, procedure over and over. In the end tho, yeah, I liked this game. Other recently finished games: Spider-Man - yeah, it was great. Rats, Bats, And Bones - a tower defence game that I got ridiculously engrossed in. Loved it. Thy Sword - Arcadey hack n slash platformer with some neat mechanics. What Remains Of Edith Finch - Wonderful. Sharpshooter3D - this one I gotta post the trailer for, I mean just look at this. Is it the most punk rock game you've ever laid your eyes on or what? It's so ugly and violent that it takes on a unique beauty of its own. When I saw it on Steam I knew I must play it. I couldn't quite figure out what its politics where while playing it, but after finishing I kept seeing it referred to as an ANTIFA game, and yeah, that makes sense.
  2. IT'S THE QUARTERLY HENKE'S TBS GAMING UPDATE Frozen Synapse 2 I played the singleplayer campaign for like 30 hours but got bored before the end. Didn't even get around to the MP. Eh... it was fine tho. I like a lot of what they've done with the open world structure, but it was also crazy complex and I had to look up a lot of stuff online that the game didn't tell me about. I don't know. If you haven't played Frozen Synapse, play the first one. If you've played FS1 and want more, yeah, check this out, but maybe wait for a sale. Valkyria Chronicles 4 Definitely on the easy end of the TBS games spectrum, and it's also got some quite annoying design decisions, with the menus and upgrade-trees taking way too long to do anything in. Despite that, I loved it. One of my fave games of last year. Even though it's easy, the story really manages to make you feel the struggle your squad is going through, and the characters are wonderful. Just started playing Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden, it's heavy on XCOM-style random-dice-rolley bullshit, so I'm playing on the lowest difficulty, and mostly managing to enjoy it without screaming at my computer too much.
  3. Hey folks, I'm not a huge strategy gamer, but I do like the occasional turn based strategy game, and I'm looking for recommendations. This summer I played, and greatly enjoyed, Invisible, Inc., and Steamworld Heist. For the past couple weeks I've been playing a bit of XCOM 2, which is a good game, but also has a couple design decisions I really don't like. First is the in-between-mission world map stuff. Building the base, managing finances, and build orders? I don't like any of that, would rather the game just be a string of missions along a linear narrative. Second is the "invisible dice roll" determining my units' aim, etc. I like how Invisible Inc cuts that element of randomness out, so the outcome of a turn is entirely down to my ability to analyze the situation and decide on the best action. If I overlook something and things go sour, that's fine! But if, like in XCOM 2, I have a bad turn because of a string of bad dice rolls? That drives me up the fucking wall. Steamworld Heist also cut out some of the element of chance by having you actually aim your units' weapons manually(tho criticals are still determined by a dice roll). Other games in the genre that I love: Frozen Synapse and FTL(which I know goes against a lot of what I railed against above, but there you go, I'm complex!). I've also played a bit of Door Kickers, Qvadriga, and Convoy. They're ok, not big faves, but they should give you an idea of the kinda things I'm interested in. Anyway, TL;DR, I'm looking for titles that fit these criteria: -Focuses on combat, with a minimal or no in-between-mission managerial stuff. -No, or as few as possible, invisible dice rolls determining my units' actions. Randomisation and procedural generation when it comes to the layouts/conditions of missions are ok tho. -Genre: turn based, simultaneous turn based, or pause-time.
  4. Amazing thread title. Also I'm not gonna play this.
  5. Netflix Originals

    I mainly wanna talk about their movies, but feel free to use this thread to share you thoughts on their series and documentaries as well if you wish. I've watched a bunch of their original movies lately, and y'know what I've realized? They're not that good. Not bad either, most of them are just... watchable. I guess this stems mainly from the process through which most of them end up with the "Netflix Original" label slapped on them. As I understand it, most of these are not originally produced by Netflix, but rather it's small movies that have already been made and end up getting picked up by Netflix when they're looking for distribution. It stands to reason that any real masterpieces will find more lucrative distribution deals than what Netflix can afford to give them. But maybe, I thought, some gems managed to slip through? These are my Top 10 Netflix Original Movies of 2018 (so far) 1. Annihilation This one got a theatrical release in the US, but apparently didn't do very well and so Netflix scooped up the European distribution rights for a pretty penny. It's one of the best sci-fi films I've seen in a long time. 2. Us and Them A sad and beautiful tale of a young Chinese couple who meet, become friends, fall in love, fall out of love, and meet again 10 years later. ...er, and that's it as far as "great movies" go. The rest of these I would merely classify as "good". The kinda stuff that pops up on Netflix and you watch it and go, "hey, that wasn't bad!" 3. A Stupid and Futile Gesture National Lampoon biopic with some great performances. 4. Apostle It's like the Wicker Man but even crazier. Also since it's directed by The Raid's Gareth Evans it has some nice fisticuffs. 5. Ibiza Comedy about some friends who go to Ibiza to paaaaaartyyyyyyyyyy. I came for the Gillian Jacobs, I stayed for the Vanessa Bayer. Seriously, she steals the show. 6. Manhunt John Woo's latest! Yeah, the guy's output has been in steady decline since the early 90's, but this still provides some thrills. The farmhouse shootout in the middle is great, almost up there with his most classic actionscenes from Hardboiled and The Killer. 7. The Cloverfield Paradox Hey I liked it OKAY??? Yeah it was a bunch of bollocks, but it was very entertaining while it was happening. 8. Roxanne Roxanne Biopic about 80's rapper Roxanne Shante with some very good performances. 9. The Ritual A movie about a bunch of Britts who get lost in Norwegian woods and then Satanic shit starts happening. It was pretty creepy! 10. Like Father Between this, Kodachrome, and Father of the Year, there's been a lot of BAD DAD movies on Netflix this year, but this one takes the cake. Kelsey Grammer is a dad, so bad. Kristen Bell is a daughter, so sad. This movie was perhaps not RAD, but I was GLAD, that I watched it! Also watchable: Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Errementari, Hold The Dark, The Polka King, The Night Comes For Us Of course the year is not over. The new Coen brothers movie is arriving up in the middle of this month, AVClub say it's good, and I'm sure I'll have to work it into the list after I've watched it. Also there's that new Orson Welles movie that just popped up out of nowhere, but I haven't watched it yet.
  6. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Not to start another Pizza Tonight debacle, but... (skip to 2:05) When Toadette clears a level she is saying "He-heee! Who cares!", right?
  7. Half-Life 3

    Having Half-Life 3 as one of your favourite games is very defiant.
  8. [Released] Palpable Dreams

    Just played with this for half an hour. It's really something.
  9. [Released] A Thousand Dormant Machines

    I built the chocolate! Yay.
  10. [Released] Palpable Dreams

    Great work as usual Nappi. Slick presentation and really mesmerizing gameplay. Now I kinda wanna try to make something like this in VR. A thing where you shape the flow of particles drifting through the air by waving your hands around could be suuuuuuuper trippy.
  11. This is freakin' sublime! I don't wanna say anything lest I spoil anything, EVERYONE JUST GO PLAY IT NOW! My highest score was 27.
  12. Netflix Originals

    So this POLAR thing, eh? I'm kinda surprised by the huge divide between critics and user-scores on this one. It has a 18% on metacritic, but 7.0 from users, and a 6.4 on imdb. It's a film where Mads Mikkelsen plays a retired hitman who gets pulled back in for oooone laaaast jooooob. Based on a comic book. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund who is best known as a musicvideo director(Madonna's "Ray Of Light", and Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" are among his more well-known videos). I watched it when it came out on Friday, and... it's kinda all over the place. It has all these weird characters, like it's trying to be funny, but without actually having any jokes. Kinda feels like it's trying to be a bizarro-John Wick. The actionscenes aren't Wick-level or anything, but they were still pretty entertaining. The tone is all over the place, from goofy to grim, but Åkerlund is no Tarantino, so it just feels weird. Mads was good, and had some nice little character-moments here and there. Overall, I didn't hate it.
  13. R U Talkin' RE2 Remake RE: ME?

    Thumbs up for the thread title. Only RE game I've played all the way through is RE4, only ever played the demo of RE2 back in the day. This new version does look neat tho.
  14. [Dev Log] In The Shade of the Puffin

    That's a damn fine gecko!
  15. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Ah, didn't realize they were different games. The last 2D Mario I played was SMB3 circa 2002 and before that the GameBoy Marios in the early 90's. I'm also at the Soda Jungle now and I totally agree with you about the inertia. I replayed Celeste not long before starting up NSMB and the contrast is stark. I feel much more in control when playing Celeste. I'm still enjoying this though. Also this Tim Rogers video is good stuff.
  16. [Released] A Thousand Dormant Machines

    Two of my favourite Wizard Jammers making a game? Consider me HYPED!
  17. [Dev Log] In The Shade of the Puffin

    Good Puffin content and welcome to the forums! I'm having kind of a hard time envisioning how this'll play. Mainly about staying in the shade of Puffins running back and forth, might it not make more sense to have the Puffins' flying overhead? So you'd see their wings-spread silhouette on the ground and have to stay within it? Anyway, I look forward to seeing how it turns out.
  18. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    When New Super Mario Bros came out for the DS in 2006 I said "boy, that name is sure to age poorly! It won't be so "New" in 10 years, EH?". Welp, seem Nintendo has gotten around that by re-releasing it every few years, first for the Wii, then Wii U, and today New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe is coming out on the Switch. This game will always be NEW! IT WILL NEVER AGE!!! CIVILIZATIONS WILL CRUMBLE INTO DUST BUT NEW SUPER MARIO BROS WILL NEVER DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also I haven't played any of the previous versions so I picked it up for the Switch, looking forward to getting into it over the weekend.
  19. Netflix Originals

    Vulture has ranked all of Netflix's original movies. I've watched quite a few of these, even on the crap-end of the scale. I'd say around #120 they get to the stuff I'd call "watchable", like Ibiza and The Incredible Jessica James. In the top 10 I loved Shrikers, The Meyerowitz Stories and Buster Scruggs. Okja and Roma I liked well enough, but The Other Side of the Wind I turned off 30 minutes in. Gotta check out the rest of the top 10. Also I totally forgot that The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, a dramedy starring Josh Brolin and Danny McBride, came out this year, gotta add that to my top 10 list. My top 10 Netflix movies of 2018 (final list): 1. Annihilation (not on Vulture's list since I guess it was only primarly distributed by Netflix in Europe? I'm still counting it tho!) 2. The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs 3. Shirkers 4. Us And Them 5. Roma 6. A Futile And Stupid Gesture 7. Apostle 8. Ibiza 9. Manhunt 10. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
  20. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Yeah the internet is great, but sometimes it steers us wrong. I bought Dead Cells after the entire internet assured me it was great, but guess what, I did NOT care for it. :|
  21. CHRISTMAS 2018

    Merry Christmas! I watched the video but wish I hadn't.
  22. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Probably, yeah. I’ve stubbornly held off on getting a Pro controller as I feel the default one should work. Also I’m drowning in controllers for various devices here, don’t wanna add more to the pile.
  23. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    I can definitely recommend Celeste, one of the year’s best games! I played it on Switch tho I’m not sure it’s the optimal platform. During some of the more challenging sections I found myself wishing I’d gotten it on PS4 instead as the default Switch controller was making my hands hurt and it’d probably be more comfortable with a Dualshock or XBox gamepad.
  24. Netflix Originals

    Roma came to Netflix today. It's a beautiful movie, but also very slow. It's only in the 3rd act when stuff starts happening. Also holy shit
  25. Kickstarters

    Probably Swery's D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, which is a pretty weird and obscure thing to be riffing on. :/