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    What games did you complete? 2018 Edition

    11/11/2018 - Tender Loving Care (PC) It's a film that was always meant to just be a film but due to financial difficulties had a 'game' shoehorned around it. The film itself is okay (it's a feature-length production) but seems to jump from a middle to the end rather abruptly. The game portion bookends each 5-10 minute bit of the film you watch, where you can explore the house the game is centred around and get a bit more flavour for the characters (and an occasional little clip with one of them). You also have to answer various questions asked by John Hurt who, even in 1998, looked ancient - these shape what ending you get (there are 8 apparently). Hurt acts to link each film scene too - he will stroll on at the end of a clip, look sad or puzzled whilst summarising what you've watched, ask what you think and then amble away again. His pronunciation of 'trauma' is amazing, too. I won't spoil the plot - even though the 'twist' is obvious from the very first scene - because that would rather ruin the point of an FMV title. But suffice to say, it's hardly a thrill ride. Like I say, it's okay and broken up by snooping around the house (reading the journals of 2 of the characters is insightful, there's a radio agony aunt and old TV clips about psychiatry to explore) but equally you could just skip to the next film segment without really missing much. Or just go the whole hog and watch the film clips in the game folder and bypass the superfluous stuff altogether. I didn't expect great things (being 20 years old it was never going to be particularly refined) but even so, it was severely lacking in having anything meaningful to do. It won't put me off the genre; I have Her Story - which I kinda counts - and The Bunker (which is meant to be quite good) in my library, and I want to get another couple that seem to be decent so I'm clearly a bit of a sucker for them. For those who aren't though, don't bother with this. Previously completed:
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    What games did you complete? 2018 Edition

    06/11/2018 - Dead Age (PC) Zombies really are pretty dull, aren't they? As enemies they don't do anything interesting and as a plot device they don't really give you many options. Just kill and move on. Dead Age is a zombie survival rogue-like (according to the Steam page, at least) RPG with turn based combat and the expected camp options (assign people to forage or make things to help you survive.) You have a set number of locations and in order to get enough resources you will need to replay areas - so yes, it is grindy. You have the usual RPG things - levelling up, skills, random events, egos to manage and of course zombies (and punk gangs) to kill. Unfortunately it is all so boring. And grindy. And repetitive. It's just all so...<shrugs> In fact, I can't even be bothered to write any more - just don't bother with this. Previously completed:
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    Games that get under your skin

    Glad to see some love for the Mass Effect games, they are the only games I've ever finished 100% (all of them) and on the highest difficulty levels too. I genuinely felt empty for a while after that, having said goodbye to my Shepherd. Whilst I was a bit disappointed with the game, Oxenfree had me for a brief moment. The first half of the game created a wonderfully eerie atmosphere and, because I find number stations properly chilling, the whole radio-tuning really amped up those feelings. Ren got under my skin too, but for different reasons
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    Games that get under your skin

    Wasn't it some kind of gaming confessions/obsessions thread? That picture
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    Games that get under your skin

    @skondo has reminded me that Mass Effect 3 really hit me, especially after playing The Citadel DLC. For me that game worked because of the backdrop of the galactic war that gave an illusion of urgency (even though none of these types of games have a literal clock ticking away) and very real threats. It helped of course that I had grown attached to a number of characters over the course of the games (who were in ME3 as the team or had cameos) but even so I thought it was wonderful journey - with The Citadel being just a wonderful piece of entertainment. I said in the thread at the time, the ending of the game really didn't bother me, despite the various (legitimate) problems with it, because it had been a spectacular journey. Man, I want to play them all again, I wish Origin Access gave me all the DLC too, save me having to endure the load times on the 360!
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    What games did you complete? 2018 Edition

    04/11/2018 - Punch Club (PC) Enjoyable at first, far, far too grindy in the middle, abysmal end. It's an interesting idea - live the life of an unknown fighter looking to avenge the death of his father. Monitor your health, energy, hunger, training, fights and work. Win fights, earn money, train hard, uncover the story. The problem is that each activity takes time, and every action moves the clock forward. That wouldn't be so bad, but your trained stats get reduced every day and when you need to work to get money to pay for the food, sleep to restore energy and fight to move progress the story you often have to spend a lot of time training just to recover previously lost stats. It's a problem that is somewhat alleviated about 2/3rds of the way through when money is less of an issue (so you can bulk buy food to restore energy instantly rather than sleeping) but7- the training issue never goes away. It makes for some pretty dull micromanagement where you have to watch the same boring training animations again and again, hoping to make some small progress. Skills have to be ground-out, too. You mainly get skill points for winning fights and the point cost for each upgrade goes up 1 for every one you buy (capped at 25 points per upgrade) - so another grind ensues to get good skills to help you progress. The ending, when it comes, is incredibly abrupt - it just stops basically. There is some DLC that adds another few hours of grind and plot, but it is entirely skippable and you won't miss anything. I haven't actually mentioned the fighting and I suppose that's because it isn't very interesting. You pick your skills (up to a maximum of 5) and watch the RNG go for it. You can mix your skills between rounds if you want, but you probably wouldn't choose to for much of the game. It's very no-frills - entertaining for the first few fights but it gets old quickly. There's a sequel in the works (or has been for a long time) but it needs some serious overhauls to be worth picking up; some kind of automation of training schedules and reduce the loss of stats each day being key, plus some quality of life stuff is needed. Do that, and I may pick it up - but if it is more of the same, then no thanks. A decision on points rather than a knockout, then. Previously completed:
  7. A couple of weeks ago I played through What Remains of Edith Finch and I loved it. And I can't stop thinking about it. There was no singular moment that made the game for me (it may be heartless, but none of the individual stories really hit me emotionally) but as a whole there was just something so beautifully crafted in that house and environs. It was just an amazing, tragic and somber tale. I have thought about playing through it again, though I'm wary it might ruin the magic hold it has over me. What has done it for you?
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    Steam

    I never really got on board with the love for Dragon's Dogma. Felt the world was pretty empty and dull, the story was a bit rubbish and the loot was disappointing. The controls were pretty tactile though (even if the camera wasn't much cop). It did enough for me to finish it and get part way through a second play through (back when I cared about achievements) but I always found it to be a bit of a missed opportunity. Whilst I had Dark Arisen too, I got bored and never put much time into that (and I gather that expansion was difficult for mage-based characters due to the tighter environments?)
  9. There was a thread discussing that on ResetEra, it wasn't complimentary to the article. That's not to say Steam is great, of course, but it was an interesting read.
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    What games did you complete? 2018 Edition

    31/10/2018 - Holyday City: Reloaded (PC) An odd one, this. It's not an idle clicker and it's not much of an idle game, either. I mean, technically it is the latter but you a lot of the time you don't need to do much in the way of housekeeping and the grind is painful. There's not much in the way of distractions, either (unlike more traditional idle clickers), so other than logging in each day in a compulsive way to get the free bonuses (and see some meaningless numbers go up), I have no idea why I kept with it. But keep with it I did and got all of the pointless achievements. Never again. Previously completed:
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    Goodbye Games TM (and Gamesmaster)

    Yep, typos galore - it should've read relaunched by Imagine Publishing and in 2005, with GamesTM not coming into Imagine's portfolio until 2006.
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    Steam

    Graphical update is the main one, I think? Perhaps some checkpointing and balancing too?
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    Goodbye Games TM (and Gamesmaster)

    RG was relaunched by Live publishing in December 2015. GamesTM wasn't bought by Imagine publishing in January 2016. So exactly what I said, then, that RG wasn't spawned out of the GamesTM retro section. I'm well aware strider switched over, but that is completely irrelevant.
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    What games did you complete? 2018 Edition

    19/10/2018 - Tharsis (PC) A brutal dice game that is little fun. There's not really much to say about this and, outside of some nice music, nothing much positive. The game purports to have some strategy (and I guess at a very basic level you have an element of control over little bits) but it is so reliant on getting good dice rolls that however good you think you are going along, it can all be ruined very quickly and you don't generally have any way to reverse a bad decision. And I only played it on easy! Just to illustrate how random it is, I decided - god knows why - that I was going to grind some runs to unlock some other characters (in the hope they had better skills) - but I got to week 6 out of 10 (I think) in a good position (without really trying) so decided to go for it by just keeping the hull repaired and ignoring damage taken. I think people spoke positively of it on here but it was certainly not for me. Previously completed:
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    FM2019 - Start Wearing Purple!

    If you want a team to press from the front, then old Bobby Firmino is a manager's dream - he is probably one of the best defensive attacking players in the world, his work rate is phenomenal and he presses intelligently and doggedly. I can well believe he has good stats in those areas, he's deserving of them.
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