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Pike
11-30-2014, 01:07 AM
Steam says I own 354, however I think that it counts DLC and expacs as games so the real number is probably closer to 250ish.

Because finishing each game would probably take approximately ten billion years, my goal is to dump at least one hour into each game (more if I like it or it's engaging), post screenshots and the like, and talk about it. Then move on to the next one on the list.

Anyone interested?

Edit:

All right let's do it.

INDEX:

# - A

10,000,000 (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3483199&viewfull=1#post3483199)
Age of Empires II HD (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3483320&viewfull=1#post3483320)
Airline Tycoon II (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3483681#post3483681)
Alan Wake (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3484046#post3484046)
Alien vs. Predator (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3484378&viewfull=1#post3484378)
Alpha Protocol (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3484731&viewfull=1#post3484731)
And Yet It Moves (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3487448&viewfull=1#post3487448)
Anomaly Warzone Earth (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3487820&viewfull=1#post3487820)
Antichamber (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3488192&viewfull=1#post3488192)
Aquaria (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3488625#post3488625)
Archon: Classic (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3488913#post3488913)
Assassin's Creed II (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3489693&viewfull=1#post3489693)
Atom Zombie Smasher (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3491215#post3491215)
Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3492367&viewfull=1#post3492367)
Awesomenauts (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3492786&viewfull=1#post3492786)

B

Back to the Future (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3493295&viewfull=1#post3493295)
The Banner Saga (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3493965&viewfull=1#post3493965)
Bastion (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3494900&viewfull=1#post3494900)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3495530&viewfull=1#post3495530)
Batman: Arkham City (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3496171&viewfull=1#post3496171)
Beat Hazard (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3496561&viewfull=1#post3496561)
Ben There, Dan That! (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3497239&viewfull=1#post3497239)
Beyond Good and Evil (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3497926&viewfull=1#post3497926)
The Binding of Isaac (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3499882&viewfull=1#post3499882)
Bioshock Infinite (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3502410&viewfull=1#post3502410)
BIT.TRIP BEAT (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3503018&viewfull=1#post3503018)
BIT.TRIP RUNNER (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3503918&viewfull=1#post3503918)
BIT.TRIP PRESENTS RUNNER 2 (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3505148&viewfull=1#post3505148)
BIT.TRIP VOID (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3506529&viewfull=1#post3506529)
Blackwell Convergence (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160257-Pike-Plays-Literally-Every-Game-on-Her-Steam-List?p=3508663&viewfull=1#post3508663)

Shauna
11-30-2014, 01:09 AM
Sounds cool if you want to do it! :3 I'd give it a read.

Mister Adequate
11-30-2014, 01:09 AM
DO IT :hyper:

LocoColt04
11-30-2014, 01:15 AM
You must.

Pheesh
11-30-2014, 01:17 AM
Can we start up an office pool to bet on how many games you get through?

Pike
11-30-2014, 01:17 AM
Can we start up an office pool to bet on how many games you get through?

Go for it.

Jinx
11-30-2014, 01:33 AM
I bet she beats one before she goes back to Civ.

Dat Matt
11-30-2014, 01:55 AM
Shauna and I did Game Sharing and now I own 369 games.

Still only plays FFXIV.

Pike
11-30-2014, 12:05 PM
I'll be going in vaguely alphabetical order, so we're going to start out with a game I have never played before called


10,000,000
RPG/Action/Puzzle/Indie
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/227580/')

So with no idea what I was going into I opened up the game and immediately this popped up:

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http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a109/Pikestaff/smiley/emot-ohdear_zps1e0d1059.png

But it turns out that this just means it's a point and click game, don't worry :shobon:

You start out as a guy in a dungeon. You have a bunch of broken rooms and trout that you can repair, but you don't have any dosh, so you get to try to escape or something. This is where puzzle stuff starts happening!

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Basically by sliding tiles around and matching items you can create combos which allow you to do things like, you know, hit the enemy guys or unlock chests.

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Every item does something different! HOT DAMN!

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Also you can get materials to repair your castle and trout.

The first level is pretty easy. Unfortunately after that the game becomes hard as balls. Basically you need to match up certain items to pass certain checkpoints (i.e. if you find a treasure chest you have to match up the keys) and if you're not in a particularly easy position to do so, then you're boned. This happens more than you would guess. Treasure chests will quickly become the bane of your existence.

On the plus side the music is really REALLY good and if you like chiptunes you should probably get this game just so you can bounce along to the bleeps and bloops.

Eventually you can rebuild stuff! :eek:

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Each room has different building requirements so you have to run the dungeon until you actually meet them. But once you do you unlock cool upgrades for yourself, like so:

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In a way this game is a lot like Rogue Legacy or Dark Souls, by which I mean you're going to have to run the dungeon loop a million times, and die a million times, to get anywhere. But the upgrade system makes things pretty addictive.

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Like, really, really addictive. :shobon:

So yeah. Nothing much else to show. It's a puzzler with some RPG elements and you'll happily waste a ton of time on it.

THE VERDICT:


Good
Worth a Steam sale buy
GREAT MUSIC
Addictive
Hard
Really hard
oh god hard
I never asked for this
Dark Souls if Dark Souls was a puzzle game with great chiptunes
Say goodbye to your life it's seriously addictive

Jinx
11-30-2014, 02:34 PM
That games looks like something I'd love! Do you fight any enemies, or is it all puzzle?

Pike
11-30-2014, 02:45 PM
You fight the enemies by doing the puzzle. For example matching up swords does physical damage.

Pheesh
11-30-2014, 03:19 PM
Candy Crush RPG.

Shauna
11-30-2014, 03:24 PM
This seems like a pretty cool game. :}

I may check it out some time!

Pike
11-30-2014, 06:11 PM
It's a pretty fun game, I've been playing it on and off all morning. :)

Jinx
11-30-2014, 06:24 PM
This seems like a pretty cool game. :}

I may check it out some time!

Same~

Pike
11-30-2014, 07:56 PM
Age of Empires II
Real Time Strategy
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/221380/)

Ah yes. Age of Empires II. We all played this, right? ...right?

Okay. You played this if you were a strategy nerd a la Civ and StarCraft. Turns out I was, so of course I played this back in the day.

Supposedly this is an HD edition of it, although I can't tell much of a difference. That's okay because NOSTALGIA.


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Look at that image. You know what that makes me want to do? It makes me want to


http://i.imgur.com/IZWOeV0.gif

That's what.

Okay let's get a game started, I'm picking random because that's how I roll as a grognard and AWWWW YEAH I'M THE AZTECS http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a109/Pikestaff/smiley/getin001_zpscd2687d5.gif


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It soon becomes clear that I haven't played this game in forever, because I suck, as can be seen by the score counter on the right side of the screen.


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The Persians and Mongols (filthy dumb foreign scum) quickly decide that sending in horses one by one is the WAY TO VICTORY, unfortunately for them I have Eagle Warriors :smug:


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I spend the next 70 minutes gathering resources, upgrading, falling further and further behind my opponents :shobon: , and building a derpy wall.


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Which the Persians proceeded to smash right through and then it was game over for Pike. :(


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final game military score smurfIN LOL


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And that, my friends, is the story of Pike Plays AoE II HD.

THE VERDICT:


GREAT STUFF
PLAY IT WHILST DRUNK
NOSTALGIA
MULTIPLAYER
Worth full price if you remember this from back in the day, otherwise wait for a sale
CLASSIC RTS one of the best of all time
It's like Civ if Civ was an RTS instead of a TBS/4X
You should probably buy it

Shauna
11-30-2014, 08:02 PM
I have successfully completed the tutorial mode of AoEII. :smug:

I also played it multiplayer with Matt and a friend, as my first experience with the game, before I did any tutorials. The two of them played it when they were younger, so knew what was up. I was all "Ooh, I managed to get two people to collect wood!" and "I upgraded to the second age!", while they were going on about collecting relics and killing each other. Needless to say, I didn't win at any point over the course of our 4/5 games.

Pike
11-30-2014, 11:19 PM
Now that I remembered how to actually play AoE II, I did a second game and did considerably better.

The Mayans got wrecked:

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And then I sent the Goths back to Hot Topic:

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And won:

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:smug:

Old Manus
12-01-2014, 09:29 AM
>war wagons
>light cavalry

stay pleb

Pike
12-01-2014, 10:13 AM
yo they were hussars

and kill 'em quick and early before you've finished upgrading, is what I always say

Loony BoB
12-01-2014, 01:44 PM
This is a fantastic idea for a thread and thanks to this post, I am officially subscribing to it. Keep them coming!

I used to play AoE with my cousin and a few friends when they would gather all these PCs and put them in one room on a table so we couldn't see each others screens and then we would just hear sniggering every now and then and otherwise spend time lolling and betraying each other to much dismay and it was amazing.

Old Manus
12-01-2014, 03:49 PM
I remember back in the day we used to have EoFF AoE2 games. We (I) ended up in arguments over whether building a wonder is scrub or not (protip: it is).

Pike
12-01-2014, 09:39 PM
Airline Tycoon II
Simulation/Management/Economy
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/201490/)

Things started out bad when I had to sign up some sort of account with my email in order to play the damn game. Honestly, were it not for this thread and my resolve to play every game I own, I probably wouldn't have bothered with it.

Then things promptly got worse when I saw the horrifying graphics, which primarily revolved around various stereotypes lovingly rendered by the original PlayStation or something.

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I opted to go with Buttchin, because he appeared to be the least offensive option.

He also has a whole backstory where he is Citizen Kane or something.

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And apparently his phone is the Eye of Sauron.

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I proceeded to pay a visit to Albert Einstein. This is where I made the rather horrifying realization that nobody in this world has a neck.

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Anyways, here you can mess with all the parts of your airplane, Kerbal Space Program style.

You can also customize the interior, which begins by looking like a submarine manned by this rather flamboyant fellow.

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After this you get to customize the livery of your plane. You can pick from any color of the rainbow (the best part), and then add ridiculous logos like biohazard signs if you want because why not.

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Ultimately I went for a nice teal color with green trim, which makes it look like the official plane for the Seattle Seahawks or something.

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At this point I have to go talk to the manager of the airport, who I guess is actually Don Corleone. The Don lets me set up a route so now my airplane can go from Hamburg to Heathrow and back (this game is made by the Germans if you haven't figured that out)

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Finally things start to get interesting. I can set up a schedule for my plane, so it can depart Heathrow at 9am, sit around in Germany for maintenance, and then head on back in the afternoon. So what can you do inbetween flights?

WATCH YOUR PLANE FLY THROUGH THE SKY

JUST LOOK AT THESE SICK GRAPHICS

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Alternatively you can walk around the airport. One perk of being a 1%er: I can stroll in and out of security whenever I want to:

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Or you can go chat with the Don again

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At this point the tutorial finished and it kicked me out into the real game, which I guess is the exact same thing except that a.) you have to start from scratch and b.) you're competing against other 1%ers. I decided I didn't feel like making my fancy airplanes and routes all over again so I called it good for now.

Honestly considering that this has like a 90% "negative" score on Steam it was considerably more fun than what I was expecting. It's ridiculous and absurd, but I could actually see myself playing this for a few hours if I feel like being grognardy with things like load factors and buying airplane components.

THE VERDICT


Incredibly ridiculous
German
Surprisingly spreadsheety
Not really sure who the audience is?
I think it's too dense for most gamers but not "serious" enough for sim fans
Maybe pick it up in a Humble Bundle
~stereotypes~

Jinx
12-01-2014, 10:01 PM
Of course it's German. I knew that when you said no one had necks.

Spuuky
12-01-2014, 11:47 PM
Ugh, this would be really hard for me to do, I've ended up with so many random/awful games from bundles and giveaways.

Shauna
12-01-2014, 11:59 PM
I saw you boot this up earlier and was not expecting such, well, positive comments. I was sure this was gonna be a stinker. But, hey, as long as you got a little bit of joy out of it!

Dr Unne
12-02-2014, 02:05 AM
I bought 10,000,000 after seeing this, and it's really fun.

Pike
12-02-2014, 10:19 AM
I bought 10,000,000 after seeing this, and it's really fun.

It is surprisingly fun!


Ugh, this would be really hard for me to do, I've ended up with so many random/awful games from bundles and giveaways.

Same, but a sacrifice must be made so I can warn others about what to avoid.

Loony BoB
12-02-2014, 10:39 AM
Takin' one for the team in the name of our own entertainment. I am enjoying this thread. It's like browsing a summarised version of IGN with considerably more funny involved.

Spuuky
12-02-2014, 04:59 PM
Same, but a sacrifice must be made so I can warn others about what to avoid.Alright, if you make it through your entire list somehow, I will consider playing every game in my Steam Collection that you don't own and adding them. I have about 300 games, although probably many/most of them overlap.

Shauna
12-02-2014, 05:20 PM
I bought 10,000,000 after seeing this, and it's really fun.

I bought it too. I just lost my afternoon. xD

Pike
12-02-2014, 05:47 PM
I warned you that it was addictive!

Dr Unne
12-02-2014, 09:11 PM
I beat it in 4.5 hours. These "match the crystals" games are usually mind-numbing, but the timer on this game made it pretty intense at times.

Pike
12-02-2014, 09:17 PM
I haven't quite beat it yet myself because I've been playing other Steam games (of course) but I'm definitely giving it some time here and there. And yeah, the timer was a definite twist of the usual game style.

Pike
12-03-2014, 12:41 AM
Alan Wake
Action/Adventure/Survival/Horror
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/108710/)

Note: Probably spoilers.

So as Mister Adequate told me as I loaded up this game, "Basically someone turned a Stephen King novel into a video game." And you know, I can see where he's coming from with that pretty much immediately, as the first five minutes of the game involved being chased by some creepy homeless guy who wants to chop me into little pieces. Once you get to relative safety, things don't let up, as you can probably tell by this screenshot:

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Oh boy! I can't wait to die, die, die, die, die!

Fortunately the voice of god arrives and gives me a flashlight and a gun.

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To kill creepy ghost zombie things you have to use both. Flashlights, as it turns out, are pretty deadly.

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OH HEY JUST KIDDING IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM! You're actually on a rinky dink ferry boat in rinky dink Washington (at least I would assume, judging by the license plates and scenery)

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"Honey, I think you should stop playing those scary zombie games before bed every night."

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Oh cool, I'm a famous writer. Gee, that must feel nice. :(

My wife has some errands for me to run. Scary places abound, even if you just want to use the bathroom.

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"Aww man, I just gotta take a dump."

Later we head to some cabin we rented, which it turns out is (*gasp*), also incredibly dark and spooky.

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My wife and I promptly get in a big fight. I'm going to presume it's because she promised me a "big surprise upstairs" and then, after showing herself off in nothing but her underwear, she told me that she is not actually the surprise and that she got me a typewriter. Since I am a man and I was actually hoping for some action, I storm off into the super eerie and not at all pleasant woods, which is clearly a great idea.

The joke is on me, because the next thing I know... ... ...? ....??.... .. ...I don't know but it involves my wife screaming and me suddenly being somewhere else entirely, and my car falling off a cliff. http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a109/Pikestaff/smiley/emot-psyduck_zps6d3d0257.gif

I spent the next hour or so wandering around the forest, shooting people with my flashlight, and running into an unusually high number of old abandoned logging camps.

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Seriously, I found like three all within about half a mile of each other.

The goal at this point is to get to a rickety and not at all shady :roll2 gas station in the distance, and frankly I would have kept playing until I got there except that I'm not feeling great right now and I kind of think the game was starting to give me motion sickness or something, compounding my current head cold. :shobon:

I leave you with PRODUCT PLACEMENT!!

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(Next up I'll have to fight spooky ghost Energizer Bunny).

THE VERDICT:


Spooky scary skeletons
not 100% sure what is going on, story-wise
movement feels kind of floaty, I liked it better with a controller though
Actually pretty fun when you start playing
You'll want to keep going to see what happens next
Great for horror fans or people who like spooky atmospheric games
Kind of gave me Walking Dead vibes
I like it so far
~2spooky~

Mister Adequate
12-03-2014, 12:44 AM
I would love to love Alan Wake, but I hate the combat :(

Pike
12-03-2014, 11:04 PM
Alien vs Predator
Action/Horror/FPS
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/10680/)

Oh hey cool I'm a space marine. Clearly nothing is going to go wrong in this deep dark corridor.

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HECK YEAH WEYLAND YUTANI

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BUILDING BETTER WORLDS

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FUG

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Okay, the cute chick here wants to send me to the club. That sounds innocent enough, right?

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I mean, we've got holo-strippers, we've got flayed corpses hanging from the walls, we've got club music, how bad can it be?

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trout

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smurf

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And that's it, that's basically the game.

THE VERDICT:

Pretty fun
Shoot xenos with pulse rifles
Throw grenades
everyone dies
watch people get dragged through vents
Help people out, then watch them die
good times will be had by all
GAME OVER MAN. GAME OVER!

Shauna
12-03-2014, 11:08 PM
I really liked Alan Wake. I played it on Xbox, so maybe having the controller made it slightly less terrible?

SPOILERS: I have no idea what happened in that game at all. The story made about 0 sense, but I had fun.

Pheesh
12-03-2014, 11:20 PM
Where's the predator!?

Pike
12-04-2014, 10:35 AM
There is apparently a Predator storyline as well as an Alien storyline (where you get to be the Predator/aliens). I may or may not give those a whirl depending on how I feel about it later today.

Pike
12-05-2014, 12:59 AM
Alpha Protocol
RPG/Stealth/Action
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/34010/)

So the second you wake up in some hospital you're trying to escape. Guess I'm not terribly impressed with lying around all day. Deus Ex vibes start happening right from the start, which is always a huge plus.

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You can heal at these little first aid kits on the wall. This amuses me greatly because upon healing your character essentially wipes out the entire contents like some sort of vicodin addict.

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This is one of those games where you can choose how to reply. This affects other peoples' opinions of you, and apparently it can also be a helpful tactic to make people mad on purpose. At least, that's what the game tells me!

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AWW YEAH RPG TIME

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Oh right, apparently you get bonuses from how you talk, too. So that's pretty nifty.

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Oddly enough, this is the point where you finally get to do some character customization (to an extent-- this isn't TES or anything). You can, however, give yourself some FANTASTIC hats.

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Apparently I have dual PhDs and speak a dozen languages. I am jealous of my virtual self :(

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Next up it's time to do a tutorial and practice shooting people, in true Deus Ex fashion.

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It's pretty fun.

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This is followed by about ten trillion years of talking to the guy in charge (for the life of me I can't figure out how to make him like me, my rep with him keeps bouncing up and down), and then the next thing I know I'm in this baller house in Saudi Arabia.

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I'm having a lot of fun with this game so far so I have a feeling that this is to be continued...

THE VERDICT:


Deus Ex Lite™
Pretty fun so far!
I'm enjoying it
Controls are a wee bit awkward but I'll get used to it
You can be a smartass if you want
You can also flirt with the qt Asian chick (she doesn't like it)
You can buy this game used on Xbox 360 for like $5 you really have no excuse here
If you like stealth type games check it out

Mister Adequate
12-05-2014, 01:03 AM
One great thing about AP to note is that, no matter how you play, and no matter what you do, you'll get bonuses. Be nice and sympathetic and solve problems carefully and considerately? You get bonuses. Burst in with guns blazing? You get bonuses. Stealth through it like a Stealth Bastard? Bonuses.

Pike
12-06-2014, 12:44 AM
So I decided to play some more Alpha Protocol today because it's fun.

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and pretty

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and everybody is getting killed

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and I created 159 orphans :shobon:

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Pike
12-08-2014, 12:47 AM
And Yet It Moves
Platformer/Puzzle/Casual
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/18700/)

This is a puzzle game where you are made out of paper. Your goal is to get to the end of every level. You can rotate the screen around on a central axis in order to escape tricky situations (and get yourself into trickier ones).

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This fellow tells you where to go so you go where he says.

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...and that's it, that's the game.

THE VERDICT:


I'm relatively sure I saw this mechanic in a Newgrounds game like ten years ago
I guess it's okay if you like puzzle games?
Kinda hipster
I think it was made by like one guy
I think he also did all the sound effects by himself
Not really bad, just kinda meh

Spuuky
12-08-2014, 03:14 AM
And Yet It Moves is my least favorite game I have ever played. It really is.

Tasura
12-08-2014, 08:48 AM
I have some of these games :D Also, I will second what Spuuky said, if you manage to get through your entire library, and he gets through his that doesn't overlap yours, I'll go through mine (what I can anyway, cause this computer lacks the power to play high end games) and do the same thing for any that aren't on your guys's. And given that my library is at 672 (653 not counting free games) I have a feeling there'll be some not overlapped xD.

As for the games, I've played 10,000,000 and it is quite great, And Yet It Moves is meh, and I rented AP on 360 and it was pretty fun.

Shauna
12-08-2014, 10:17 AM
I haven't played And Yet It Moves, but Matt has - he says it was pretty bad.

Loony BoB
12-08-2014, 01:13 PM
I have roughly 15 games in my Steam library and I could not do what you, Spuuky and now Tassles are committing yourselves to purely on the basis of me having to actually stop playing Football Manager at some point to carry on with the other games.

Haven't read your Alan Wake one as I have that game and intend on playing it sometime and have this thing about loving playing games 'blind'.


and I created 159 orphans :shobon:
Damn, Pike, the least you could do is kill the children before you kill the parents. No orphans created that way!

Pike
12-08-2014, 01:28 PM
I'm probably in the minority, but I didn't think And Yet It Moves was bad so much as uninspiring and mediocre. There were some clever puzzles, but it's still not really worth playing to get to them. I got it in a humble bundle & that's probably the best way to get it.

Edit: glad you guys are enjoying the thread :cool:

Pumpkin
12-08-2014, 04:03 PM
I keep seeing this thread and thinking it says "Pike Plays Literally Every Game" full stop

It would take a while I imagine

I have 3 games in my steam library and I have played all 3 :bigsmile:

Pike
12-09-2014, 01:25 AM
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Strategy/Tower Defense/Reverse Tower Defense
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/91200/)

And this is where I would put my screenshots... IF I HAD ANY

So yeah, the game refused to take any screenshots. Any screenshots that I took were just blank white. Sorry friends. :shobon:

This is a reverse tower defense game, where you control the mobs and try to get through a bunch of towers. Your job is to keep your units safe and buy new ones.

It's hard.

It's also very addictive, and very fun. But balls hard even on the easiest difficulty.

Here's a screenshot I snagged off of Wikipedia:

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THE VERDICT:


Hard
Really hard
Really really hard
Fun
If you like tower defense games at all you should get it when it's on sale
it's a fun twist on the genre
doesn't like my computer monitor? (since it's not a widescreen :( )
doesn't like screenshots
Cute British girl

Spuuky
12-09-2014, 01:46 AM
It's not that hard =/

Pike
12-09-2014, 01:56 AM
Well the airplanes weren't dropping the right items and it was making me upset!

I did get a ways into the game but quit because I was getting angry at the airplanes, haha.

Dr Unne
12-09-2014, 07:41 AM
You had me at reverse tower defense. Spuuky informed me that you can get this game for free via http://www.indiegamebundles.com/free-game-anomaly-warzone-earth/, not sure how much longer but it works for now. Thanks Spuuky.

Pike
12-09-2014, 10:21 AM
Awesome. If that link still works I recommend that everyone get it while they can because it's a really fun game.

Pike
12-10-2014, 01:05 AM
Antichamber
????????/Puzzle/????????
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/219890/)

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One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small

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And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all

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Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall

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And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall

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Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call

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To call Alice, when she was just small

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When the men on the chessboard.
Get up and tell you where to go


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And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low

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Go ask Alice, I think she'll know

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When logic and proportion have fallen softly dead

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And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen's off with her head

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Remember what the door mouse said

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Keep your head

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THE VERDICT:


I have no idea what I'm playing
10/10 it's like nothing else

Pike
12-11-2014, 01:42 AM
Aquaria
Metroidvania/Adventure/Exploration
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/24420/)

So in this game you play some sort of water sprite. You swim around and it's really comfy and cozy.

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Ecco the Dolphin vibes happen pretty much right from the start.

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You can learn songs (Ocarina of Time style), which you can then sing to accomplish varying things, such as giving yourself a shield or moving rocks around in order to explore new areas.

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Speaking of exploration, I feel like that's a pretty big part of the game. A story starts to unfold, but frankly all I want to do is clear out every unexplored area on the map (the map lets you know where you haven't been to yet.)

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There are a lot of little things to do, like collect food ingredients so you can cook them, find magical artifacts, and so on.

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But come on, the point of this game is exploring in a comfy and relaxing environment.

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It's pretty metroidvania, and I have a feeling that this game is going to ramp up in difficulty at some point if it truly is as Ecco-ish as it feels. But frankly I'm in no rush to get there because just swimming around is nice.

THE VERDICT:


Comfy
Relaxing
Cute British Girl (another one)
I feel like this style of game was meant to be played with a controller but the UI is not built for one :(
You can use a controller anyway, it's just awkward
Overall good and fun to play

Pike
12-12-2014, 01:56 AM
Archon: Classic
Strategy/Board Game/Retro
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/65400/)

You either grew up playing Archon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archon%3A_The_Light_and_the_Dark) or you didn't, and I certainly did, which meant that this game was a delightful nostalgia fest. Unlike many other remakes of retro games, Archon: Classic is pretty much the an exact copy original game under the hood; it's just got a shiny new coat of paint and a modern remix of the theme song (which is awesome by the way). I think there are options to let you play with new mechanics, but I just dove right into the oldschool mode and was not disappointed.

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(this is the only screenshot you get because, as with some previous games, this game hates screenshots and they didn't work most of the time.)

For the unfortunate among you who haven't played the original classic game, this is a board game that looks superficially similar to chess, but the similarities end there. Basically you fight for your right to own a square: every time you land on a square that is already occupied, the game switches to an arcade-style battle. Different game pieces have different abilities and some are considerably more powerful than others, but don't be fooled: if you're careful and know what you're doing, you can make a longshot matchup work for you.

There are also spells to cast (in limited numbers) that allow you to summon elementals to fight for you, revive a piece of your choice, teleport across the board, and so forth.

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(have a screenshot from the original amazing game in all its C64 glory)

You win by occupying all the power points on the board (five particular marked spaces), which is easier said than done because each team starts out with their most powerful piece parked in one of those slots, and that slot is always advantageous to that team (as the game goes on different spaces on the board grant bonuses to a different factions).

If it sounds complicated, it's because it both is and isn't at the same time. It's easy to learn and a delight to play - this is one classic that has certainly held up, and the retro sound effects (which I think were lifted right from the original game) and the option to play it with the old-school graphics is just icing on the cake for nostalgia-hounds like myself.

THE VERDICT:

10 out of freaking 10
Faithful remake of one of the best gems of the early 80s
FUN
If you liked the original, you should get this
If you haven't played the original I still recommend it
Come see what all the fuss is about
~retro~

Pete for President
12-12-2014, 05:34 AM
WHY DID I NOT ENTER THIS THREAD BEFORE. It's awesome.

I really, really, really, REALLY want to play Antichamber. I've been intrigued since I first saw it. Yet, I don't have windows :cry:

Loony BoB
12-12-2014, 10:22 AM
Antichamber intrigues me with your lack of information.

Aquaria looks okay. I don't think I'd enjoy it for very long, though, for some reason.

I did not grow up on Archon. I am slightly below average at chess (despite loving it as a kid) and too impatient to spend time improving myself in that regard. I suppose this would mean Archon might be for me, but ehhhh, dunno. Not a fan of fighting games and this has a bit of that kind of feel, too.

Ayen
12-12-2014, 10:24 AM
I first read the title as "Pike Plays Literally Every Game Ever." I can only assume that that will be the natural evolution of this thread.

Pike
12-12-2014, 10:34 AM
I did not grow up on Archon. I am slightly below average at chess (despite loving it as a kid) and too impatient to spend time improving myself in that regard. I suppose this would mean Archon might be for me, but ehhhh, dunno. Not a fan of fighting games and this has a bit of that kind of feel, too.

Other than the initial look of the board and pieces, I can assure you that Archon has nothing to do with chess! The fighting bits feel more like an oldschool platform game than anything. It's all top-down. And it's difficult to describe. xD

I've been meaning to write up a bit more on Antichamber but I keep having things to do or whatnot. I'll do it today when I get home from work.

Pike
12-13-2014, 01:46 AM
Assassin's Creed II
Action/Adventure/Open World
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/33230/)

Assassin's Creed is an interesting series for me. On the one side, I've poured quite a bit of time into the games because they're pretty fun. On the other hand, they never quite grabbed me enough to make me one of those superfans. And despite all the time I've spent on the games, I've never actually beaten an Assassin's Creed game. So my relationship with the series is kind of interesting.

Anyways, enough banter! Let's play this thing! :monster:

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AWWW YEAH LOOK AT THIS AMAZING ACTION

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JEAH LOOK AT THESE INSANE GRAPHICS

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Okay time to actually get this thing started.

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PRESS A TO TAKE A trout

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PRESS B TO THROW UP ON YOUR DAD'S SHOULDER

:shobon:

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Desmond Miles, asking the important questions.

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Now we have this Bri'ish man who happens to be a bit of a dickhead. I asked Huxley for the most British insult he can think of so I can refer to him as such, and he said "a gormless ponce". (He also helpfully suggested "tosser", "wanker", "git", "pillock", "plonker", "muppet", "bellend", "knobhead", "arsehole", "berk", "divot", "pikey", "prat", "tosspot", "uphill gardener", and "billy no-mates")

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Finally I get to jack in to the AssCreed Matrix and be Ezio, which is pretty awesome. I beat up like twenty guys and then went around and looted them while they were all curled up in the fetal positions crying.

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Feels good to be hot and also have a hot brother. :smug:

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Why are plague doctors so awesome?

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Oh hey, the game is finally officially starting!

I did a couple of quests, one of which involved meeting some chick and promptly pressing A to :smug: and pressing B to :jokey: . Later I looked her up in my database and promptly LOL'd.

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Because I am a turbonerd. :shobon:

I was having fun and wanted to keep playing but it's just about my bedtime, so maybe more tomorrow!

THE VERDICT:


You'll probably already know if you like this game or not
It's the most popular Assassin's Creed game and arguably the best
(although personally IV is my fave)
Parkour, stealth, be Italian
The works

Shauna
12-13-2014, 10:58 AM
I really liked AssCreed 2. Lord knows why I even gave it a chance since AssCreed put me to sleep, but I am glad I did. Had a lot more fun with it.

Dr Unne
12-14-2014, 11:40 AM
Aquaria is a game I wanted to like, but I thought it was bad. :(


Antichamber intrigues me with your lack of information.

Antichamber is a first-person puzzle game where geometry doesn't work properly. It's hard to describe, other than get your headache medicine ready. Not kidding. This game gave me a splitting headache after I marathoned through it.

Ayen
12-14-2014, 11:47 AM
I'm in a similar situation as you, Pike. I enjoyed Assassin's Creed when I play them (even the beginning of III), but at the same time they don't grab me either. I don't feel compelled to get the next installment as soon as they come out.

Press A to take a trout needs to be a feature now.

Pike
12-14-2014, 10:09 PM
Antichamber is a first-person puzzle game where geometry doesn't work properly. It's hard to describe, other than get your headache medicine ready. Not kidding. This game gave me a splitting headache after I marathoned through it.

Yeah, Antichamber is interesting - it's a puzzle game but I feel like it's not a "traditional" puzzle game. The puzzles feel more - not cerebral, per se, but I had to approach them differently than I do other puzzle games.

It's really interesting.

Pike
12-15-2014, 01:45 AM
Atom Zombie Smasher
Tactical/Zombies/Sort of Tower Defense
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/55040/)

This is a vaguely tower-defense style game where you kill zombies. It's all done top down, like so:

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As you go along you get to unlock fun things to kill and/or troll zombies with (such as snipers, dynamite, missiles, and so forth), as well as upgrades, and your goal in every round is to get as many civilians evacuated as possible. The more you rescue, and the more zombies you kill, the more points you get.

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(the pink dots are zombies and the golden ones are civilians)

It's actually a lot of fun. I'd definitely recommend this one to people who like RTS and tower defense style games (it's sort of a blend of both genres, with a tiny bit of X-Com thrown in for flavor).

THE VERDICT:


Fun
Catchy music
Has a South American/Tex-Mex theme out of nowhere which is kind of fun
RTS/Tower Defense hybrid
Good stuff for zombie fans
Good stuff even for non-zombie fans
If you see it for cheap you should snag it

Spuuky
12-15-2014, 05:21 AM
This game is great. It's incredible, actually. The fun really starts to ramp up in the later stages especially.

Pike
12-16-2014, 01:43 AM
Yeah, having put a few hours into it, it's a real blast.

So I have the next game on my list installed and ready to go, buuut it turns out I'm still having too much fun playing Assassin's Creed II, so maybe tomorrow? :shobon:

DK
12-16-2014, 05:13 AM
I started Replaying AC2 again last friday as well, have pretty much had to play it every day since as well. totally forgot how much fun it is.

Steve
12-16-2014, 06:17 AM
Dan if this means you have your 360 in Japan then you'd better get your Broad Midlands - How I Wish I was a Brummie and not from Scumverhampton speaking ass on XBL with us sometime instead of being too busy taking small Japanese penises up your butt!

Loony BoB
12-16-2014, 11:56 AM
Totally get you with ACII - I enjoyed it. I didn't love it, it wasn't game of the year or anything, but next thing I know I have done everything in the game and got Platinum because it's just fun to keep ACII'ing ACII.

PS. Gormless ponce grew on me and in the end. Great character.

DK
12-16-2014, 02:10 PM
would like to see more of your AC2 adventures itbt. also props to Hux, Gormless Ponce is the perfect summation of the man.

also Steve I'm working on it, although I would prefer if you would drop the offensive and cliched stereotyping, Japanese guys do not participate in bumlove. :colbert:

Psychotic
12-16-2014, 02:12 PM
AC4 was my favourite AC. They reworked the slightly stale AC formula and did something kinda cool with it.

Loony BoB
12-16-2014, 02:23 PM
I still have to crawl my way through ACIII before I can really get into ACIV. It's tough for me as I got quite far in and then my PS3's hard drive died and I didn't have PS+ at the time so my saves were all lost. PS+ for life for me now!

Pike
12-16-2014, 05:58 PM
would like to see more of your AC2 adventures itbt. also props to Hux, Gormless Ponce is the perfect summation of the man.

I'm up for posting silly screenshots of my ACII playthrough if enough people are interested. I'd make a new thread so as not to clutter up this one. :)

Jinx
12-16-2014, 06:06 PM
I wanna play the mermaid game. :3

The Man
12-16-2014, 06:26 PM
I would certainly like to see more of your ACII playthrough.

Pike
12-16-2014, 06:45 PM
Okie dokie, I made a thread for ACII (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160563-Let-s-Play-Assassin-s-Creed-II-Because-Why-Not-(Also-Ezio-is-Hot)?p=3491899#post3491899).

Mister Adequate
12-16-2014, 07:18 PM
Okie dokie, I made a thread for ACII (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160563-Let-s-Play-Assassin-s-Creed-II-Because-Why-Not-(Also-Ezio-is-Hot)?p=3491899#post3491899).

k

Spuuky
12-16-2014, 11:21 PM
I wanna play the mermaid game. :3I am pretty sure that everyone who bought Humble Bundle 1 (which is where I, and presumably Unne and Pike, got it from) has a DRM-free copy of it which we can download/share. It isn't really very good, though.

Pike
12-16-2014, 11:31 PM
Avadon: The Black Fortress
RPG/Turn-based/Isometric
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/112100/)

This game is an RPG and it's old-school.

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First off you get to pick your class. I'm choosing to be the swordsman, because come on, big strong guys bashing heads in is where it's AT.

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Remember when I said that this was old-school? It's really old-school.

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This is, like... Fallout tier.

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This is the battle screen. It's turn based so you and any party members you have take turns attacking the monsters.

Now there's some sort of storyline going on, but I'm mostly ignoring it as I charge into the nearest dungeon.

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This is followed by several minutes of dungeon crawling and killing the obligatory rats and spiders. It's nothing particularly special, but still pretty fun.

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This reference to one of my favorite books made me really happy :shobon:

THE VERDICT:


You'll probably like it if you like oldschool RPGs like Fallout and Fallout 2
Lore and world seems to be more interesting than most generic fantasy games
Nothing super standout or special though
Vaguely tactical (things like positioning are important)
Looks kinda grindy
Basically check it out if you like this style of game

Mister Adequate
12-16-2014, 11:33 PM
This looks interesting to me!

Pike
12-16-2014, 11:37 PM
This looks interesting to me!

You will probably like it! Seeing as you like old-school RPG stuff.

Old Manus
12-17-2014, 09:42 AM
>mfw fallout is now old school :(

Spuuky
12-17-2014, 04:55 PM
It has been 6,248 days since Fallout came out.

Pike
12-17-2014, 07:48 PM
Awesomenauts
MOBA/Platform/Vaguely fighting?
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/204300/)

Awesomenauts is not a game that I am new to.

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It's also not a game that I feel can really be properly conveyed through simply text and screenshots. It's a MOBA, sure, but it's different enough that it's really its own thing and I can't think of anything else that is similar.

So I made a video.

And then I promptly made another video because the first video was serious BS.

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THE VERDICT:


TL;DR: 2-D platforming team-based MOBA
This is easily one of my favorite games on Steam
I just love it, I love the sense of humor and how fun it is
Surprisingly decent online community
There are lots of free weekends so CHECK IT OUT
I want to make an EoFF group for this game
Seriously though you guys it's mega fun

Spuuky
12-17-2014, 08:43 PM
I played it once, and lost, because I didn't know what was going on. So basically, the same as any new player in any MOBA. It seemed like it was probably fun, though.

Pike
12-19-2014, 01:02 AM
Back to the Future
Graphic Adventure/Point-and-click/It's Telltale
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/31290/)

Note: Spoilers.

Great scott! We've made it out of the "A" section of my Steam list and into the "B" section! :eek:

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Way back in the day before Telltale Games turned The Walking Dead into a huge thing, they turned Back to the Future into a moderately huge thing.

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It all starts out pretty familiar.

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It also turns out that I have the film script memorized well enough that when it asks me to choose the next line I can pick the correct one.

The familiarities end quickly, though, because you soon discover (through a couple of familiar franchise in-jokes) that this was all a dream and that it is 1986, several months after Doc went flying away in his time traveling train at the end of the third film. They're selling off Doc's estate so I get to look around.

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Turns out Doc is in TROUBLE in the 1930s, and after some shenanigans it's time to hit 88 miles per hour and see some serious trout.

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Doc has given himself an appropriate pseudonym so as to hide his identity.

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And shortly after, I get to choose one for myself, as well.

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Did I mention that Doc is voiced by Christopher Lloyd himself? It's pretty awesome.

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Doc's plan is for me to enlist the teenage version of himself to invent a gadget and bust Doc Prime out of jail.

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Annnnnd to absolutely NO ONE'S surprise, Mini Doc is a huge turbonerd.

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I quit playing not long after this - only because I was short on time, though!

THE VERDICT:


Mega fans (or anyone who grew up with BttF) will love all the little in-jokes and references
You can tell that Telltale is still "learning", some things are kind of awkward
There's a comprehensive hint system if you want it, although you can also turn it off if you don't
It's not exactly "The Walking Dead" but it's still pretty fun
Get it if you like point and click and/or Back to the Future
(come on who DOESN'T like Back to the Future)

Shauna
12-19-2014, 11:11 AM
Cool. If I see it cheap at all in the next week or so I may pick this up. :3

Loony BoB
12-19-2014, 11:24 AM
Awesomenauts looks pretty interesting. BTTF reminds me of TimeSplitters for obvious reasons but also the style of characters and I suspect the humour will be similar, too. I love me some TimeSplitters, so maybe someday I'll check it out. Of course, I say that about way too many games... and I play like 10 a year. xD

Ace Protorney
12-19-2014, 08:41 PM
Awesomenauts is actually pretty fun. I think I need to buy it at some point.

I want to play BTTF so badly though. :(

Spuuky
12-20-2014, 01:18 AM
Now that you are through the A section, here is the list of A games that I own which you don't:

Agarest: Generations of War
Age of Empires III: Complete Edition
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Anachronox
ArcaniA
ArcaniA: Fall of Setariff

Pike
12-20-2014, 01:56 AM
Of those, I've only heard of AoEIII, Anachronox, and Amnesia. Interesting!

Mister Adequate
12-20-2014, 04:05 AM
She may have Anachronox on GOG, I dunno.

She should play all her GOG games after she finishes Steam >:3

Pike
12-20-2014, 10:17 AM
She may have Anachronox on GOG, I dunno.

She should play all her GOG games after she finishes Steam >:3

I do not! :( But yeah I should!

Tasura
12-20-2014, 02:05 PM
Following Spuuky's example I shall post my games that start with a number or A, that neither of you have.


3 Stars of Destiny
4 Elements
8BitBoy
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek
9.03m
99 Levels To Hell
99 Spirits
99 Spirits - Cage of Night
1953 - KGB Unleashed
A.R.E.S.
AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
Actua Soccer 3
Adventure Chronicles: The Search For Lost Treasure
Adventures of Shuggy
Afterfall InSanity
Agricultural Simulator 2011
Airship Dragoon
Akane the Kunoichi
Alpha Kimori: Episode 1
Always Sometimes Monsters
Amazing Princess Sarah
Ampu-Tea
A New Beginning - Final Cut
Angelica Weaver: Catch Me When You Can
Ascension to the Throne
Audiosurf
Aura: Fate of the Ages
A Valley Without Wind
A Valley Without Wind 2
Avadon 2: The Corruption
Avencast
Avernum 4
Avernum 5
Avernum 6
Avernum: Escape from the Pit

Loony BoB
12-20-2014, 04:32 PM
And here is my list...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ce/Transparent.gif

Spuuky
12-20-2014, 06:36 PM
I don't think free games should count unless you actually actively play them.

Tasura
12-20-2014, 06:41 PM
I don't think free games should count unless you actually actively play them.

I didn't even notice if I put free ones in there, other than Aura Kingdom.

Edit: There totally was, thanks for pointing that out, there was also a non-game that had wormed it's way on there as well.

Pike
12-21-2014, 12:59 AM
The Banner Saga
RPG/Turn based/Tactical
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/237990/)

So to start out with I spend about 15 minutes browsing the hundred-odd chivalry banners that come included with the game.

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Once that's all finished up we can actually start the game!

Right away I like how cartoony everything is. It's not a style you see often in games.

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OH HO HO, IT'S TIME TO FIGHT

did I mention that you are viking giants? Because you're viking giants.

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Basically this is a tactical RPG. You can also kill like two people at once because you're viking giants with horns growing out of your heads.

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SICK BURN

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MORE FIGHTS

There is a lot more to this game that I can tell, such as skillups for your characters, keeping everybody's morale up as you travel around, and so forth. Unfortunately I ran out of time and wanted to make this post before bed. Maybe more tomorrow if people are interested?

THE VERDICT:


pretty interesting art style
YOU ARE GIANT VIKINGS WITH HORNS
pretty fun so far
UI is kind of awkward in places
I haven't played enough yet to make a decent analysis, sorry

Spuuky
12-21-2014, 01:56 AM
I only played Factions (the PVP-only one) but I enjoyed it briefly. I didn't have the heart to go through the grind, though, so I stopped pretty fast. Too much level-up/collection/purchase stuff like in every microtransaction-style PVP game. I imagine the single-player story game is good.

Levian
12-21-2014, 10:52 PM
Awesome idea, I'll be following this one. I'm stuck with a couple hundred steam games as well, most of which I haven't tried.|Maybe I'll pick up a few of these. ^^

Pike
12-22-2014, 12:59 AM
Rather than playing a new game today I decided to play some more Banner Saga because I decided it needed a bit more attention.

Before long I'm fighting giant... robot golem things?

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Fights are difficult. Your guys regularly die. Think X-Com.

Also if you run out of supplies, your guys actually starve to death.

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The game kindly points out to me that it is hard and that there are difficulty settings.

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Also, it turns out our gods are dead. http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a109/Pikestaff/smiley/rip_zps25ca20b1.gif

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All in all, the more I play this game, the more I like it. It's got an interesting story going on, too. I'd recommend it to fans of tactical RPGs as well as anyone who likes squad based challenges a la X-Com.

Vyk
12-22-2014, 03:16 AM
Yeah, I always got an X-COM vibe from it. And love the Bakshi art style. I bought it when it first released, but never got around to playing it. I read all the controversy about King.Com suing everyone that had "Saga" in their name, and getting in a lot of trouble with the press and general public for being a douche. And The Banner Saga boys were actively stirring the pot, and getting a lot of love for it. And somehow that satiated my desire to support their game, and I never actually played it much... Weird. I'll get around to it one day, as it seems to be very distinct. There's not much else like it out there

Loony BoB
12-22-2014, 11:00 AM
Think X-Com.
My attention has been obtained. Can you customise the names of the characters? If so, I sense epic opportunity for an awesome EoFF LP.

Pike
12-22-2014, 11:13 AM
Unfortunately I don't believe you can change names - if you can, I haven't figured out a way. :(

And you are correct in saying it's very distinct, Vyk. It's pretty neat!

Mirage
12-22-2014, 11:25 AM
hey a PC SRPG. My interest is tickled.

Fox
12-22-2014, 01:46 PM
I just can't get into the theme of the Banner Saga. I like me a good SRPG, but there's something about the art and the Vikingness that doesn't appeal to me.

Luckily we have plenty of choice at the moment. XCOM, Valkyria Chronicles, Massive Chalice (soon). Maybe I'll check this one out in a sale. ...It's probably already been on the Steam sale for like, 3 hasn't it? ^^

Pike
12-23-2014, 10:03 PM
Bastion
Action/RPG
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/107100/)

This is a game I've heard much about but hadn't actually haven't gotten around to playing yet. ^^; Fortunately, we've reached this game on my list, so it's time to rectify things.

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Right away the world is unique and interesting. Things drop in from the sky, and the entire story is being narrated for you by a... narrator. My favorite part about this is when you fall of the edge and he goes "And then our hero fell to his death. Nah, I'm just kiddin' ya."

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Soon I get some fancy weapons, like a bow and a hammer.

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Once you get out of the intro sequence you can start building things to give yourself swanky upgrades.

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Like so!

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Then you can fly around to different worlds in order to get more materials to build things with.

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And then do more upgrades!

This is how most of the game goes. Granted, I didn't play for longer than an hour (although I'd like to play more), but I found it to be pretty fun. Note that this is mostly an action game with RPG elements. For some reason I had it in my head that this was a mostly-RPG game and being thrown into a world where I had to smash things up with a machete was a bit surprising (although I liked it.)

THE VERDICT:


I'm liking it so far
Really love the unique presentation style
Good stuff for people who like isometric action-RPGs
Great soundtrack
Probably most of you have already played it :shobon:

Shauna
12-23-2014, 10:05 PM
Bastion is pretty excellent. :D

Spuuky
12-23-2014, 11:44 PM
The Narrator is great. The gameplay is good. It's definitely worth playing for the low price it typically is on sale for.

Vyk
12-24-2014, 04:39 AM
I wish I loved that game more, but I definitely love what they went for, and I don't regret giving them my money

Pete for President
12-25-2014, 06:28 AM
Just bought Bastion but I haven't played it yet!

Scotty_ffgamer
12-25-2014, 01:07 PM
I've been playing this for the first time the last couple of days. I haven't had much time to play, but I'm loving it so far. Great presentation and soundtrack. I'm excited to experience the story as I've heard the story is pretty great as well.

Psychotic
12-25-2014, 09:08 PM
Like you I've never played it (well, unlike you I guess) despite hearing a lot about it. Like, what is the point of the upgrades? Are you going around bonking stuff on the head?

Pike
12-25-2014, 09:21 PM
The upgrades give you things like either a faster or stronger weapon, faster reload or more ammo (when it comes to ranged weapons), or various "procs" like AoE damage.

You go around bonking stuff on the head but you can also pick a ranged weapon and a "trinket" of your choice. The trinkets are things like tripwires, lures to charm the enemy with, that sort of stuff.

It's pretty fun and well-made if you like going around killing things.

Pike
12-26-2014, 12:04 AM
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Action/Adventure/Stealth
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/35140/)

This is yet another highly acclaimed game that I never got around to playing. Well, best fix that.

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We start out by escorting Joker into Arkham Asylum. Joker's gonna joke, it looks like.

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Looks like someone's happy to see me!

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WHAT? You mean this was a trap set by Joker all along?? THIS IS 100% COMPLETELY SURPRISING AND NOT AT ALL WHAT I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!

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You can activate a Detective Mode, sort of like Eagle Vision in Assassin's Creed, that lets you see what you can interact with and what your goals are. Also it helpfully tells you that the poor sod who is currently being held hostage by Victor Zsasz is "terrified".

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The Bat Daddy'll make ya JUMP JUMP

The Daddy Bat'll make ya JUMP JUMP

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Hmm, I wonder who could be leaving these question marks lying around everywhere? Can it be... nah.

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The game also lets you glide around, which is pretty great. I AM THE NIGHT.

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Also you can fling Batarangs around like there's no tomorrow.

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Oh look Bats, your friend is back! (Note how incredibly done Bats is at this point.)

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LEVEL UP :hyper:

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I can't wait to see what else Joker has got on his YouTube account.

THE VERDICT:


Just being Batman is a load of fun
Because you're freaking Batman
Fighting is pretty great because you can slow motion roundhouse kick guys in the head
At one point Bats saves a guy from certain death and then knocks him out cold
I laughed really hard
Although the grunts can all live in Joker's toxin for 15 minutes and Batman dies in 5 seconds what's up with that
Get it if you want to be Batman

Loony BoB
12-26-2014, 12:50 AM
The best thing about it all is that they used all the voice actors from the TV series. Everything else is pretty great too though.

Ayen
12-26-2014, 12:03 PM
The best thing about it all is that they used all the voice actors from the TV series. Everything else is pretty great too though.

Agreed.

I love this game so much. I had so much fun on it and I can't wait to sink my teeth into Arkham City, that's the only Arkham game I haven't played yet.

Fox
12-26-2014, 03:39 PM
I prefer Asylum to City - I feel the open world didn't really help them as I kept getting distracted by stuff. "Oh no! A villain is causing mass devastation a few blocks away from here! I'd better go invest-ooooh a Riddler puzzle!"

Both great games though.

Ayen
12-26-2014, 04:03 PM
I prefer Asylum to City - I feel the open world didn't really help them as I kept getting distracted by stuff. "Oh no! A villain is causing mass devastation a few blocks away from here! I'd better go invest-ooooh a Riddler puzzle!"

Both great games though.

Had a similar experience with Origins, to tell the truth. I just wanted to follow the main story, but the damn thing kept throwing side-quests at me left and right. I didn't even bother with the Riddler puzzles, then what does the game do when I beat it? Send me back to the city until I finish all the side-quests and trout. FFFFFFFFFF-!

Fox
12-26-2014, 04:17 PM
Yeah, I feel like they do take a bit too much inspiration from Assassin's Creed at times. Asylum was much more focussed, but City and Origins felt the need to add tons and tons of 'stuff' in to try and pad the game and add 'value' for the completionists. It's like a film director who refuses to cut anything after the rough edit. Sure, the film is longer, but that doesn't make it better.

Having said that, that tendency is one of the only things the Batman games get wrong. For the most part they're incredible, and I can't wait for Arkham Knight.

Pike
12-26-2014, 05:04 PM
Arkham City is actually next up on my list. So we'll see how it goes!

Pike
12-29-2014, 12:50 AM
Batman: Arkham City
Action/Adventure/Open World
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/200260/)

You start out the game as Catwoman. It's pretty awesome. also dat ass

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This doesn't last very long, though, because moments later it's time to be Bruce Wayne in a brutal opening that has poor Bats all tied up in a chair and facing good ol' Hugo Strange:

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I manage to make an escape and beat up a whole bunch of thugs as well as The Penguin despite being tied up and handcuffed. :smug: I get my batsuit delivered to me and now it's time to seriously kick ass and chew bubblegum.

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My next stop is finding Catwoman, beating up Two Face but deciding not to kill him (I'm sure that won't come back to haunt me at all :greenie: ) and doing some detective work.

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And then it's off to flirt with Harley Quinn :flirt:

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Before promptly taking everyone out in a church

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And smashing two guys into the ground in one move. :shobon:

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It's pretty good!

THE VERDICT:


It's a lot like the first
Good for Batman nerds or basically anyone who wants to be Bats
You can punch guys out from behind walls and stuff
And glide around
And hookshot like Link
And you get a move where you can summon bats to attack people
It's pretty great

Mister Adequate
12-29-2014, 12:52 AM
For those wondering, Asylum is very much a Metroidvania-style game where you get increasing tools and powers that open things up, while City is more open from the start, and has a vast number of collectables to collect. As Fox and ToriJ have been saying.

Shauna
12-29-2014, 11:27 AM
Same game, except they opened it up. Which is a logical step for the game!

Also both are super fun, although I am terrible at the combat.

Ayen
12-29-2014, 12:00 PM
I played Arkham Origins so I probably already have a good grasp on what the gameplay will be like since they just copied and pasted for that game.

Pike
12-30-2014, 10:35 AM
Beat Hazard
Music/SHMUP
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/49600/)

I'd actually spent about eight hours on this game before playing it for this go-around, so I'm not new to it. This is a shoot-em-up game that is set to your own music. You pick a song and try to survive for the duration of that song.

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Along the way you collect power-ups, points to help you progress in rank and money to allow you to buy upgrades.

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There are also huge boss battles.

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Some of the power-ups that you collect increase the volume of the music as well as your weapon's strength. If you max out both you get a message that says "Beat Hazard" and... I'm not sure what it does, actually. I think it just makes the pulsing lights on the screen more intense.

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And yeah, the game gets pretty colorful.

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Although most of the gameplay is pretty straightforward, you occasionally get bullet-hell inspired bosses. Sometimes two at once. :ohdear:

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Since it's a "survival" game the difficulty is largely determined by the length of the song you pick. In the above screenshot I've got two minutes left in the stupid song and am already out of lives. (I did manage to survive, though, by being really liberal with using my powerups. By the end I was out of powerups but I WAS ALIVE.)

It's a surprisingly fun little game but I feel like its biggest flaw is simply that in an age of Spotify and music streaming, not everyone has all the songs they want to play lying around on their hard drive. I kept catching myself thinking "WAIT I KNOW WHAT SONG I REALLY WANT TO DO NEXT oh wait that's on Spotify/YouTube/etc. I don't actually own it. Damn."

If they rigged it to somehow be able to hook up to your Spotify account I'd dump a heck of a lot more time into this. I don't know if that's technically feasible or not but man, I'd even pay money to buy a sequel with that feature.

THE VERDICT:


Surprisingly fun
I'll happily dump a couple hours on it when I'm bored
Best for people with big music libraries
SERIOUS: seizure warning. No for real, the entire game is about flashing lights
If you are sensitive to that kind of thing this game is not for you
Other than that this is pretty good stuff!

Loony BoB
12-30-2014, 11:19 AM
I am old school and prefer my own library to Spotify. Do the types of enemies or the quantity of enemies increase depending on classical or heavy metal or whatever?

Pike
12-30-2014, 01:07 PM
Not that I know of. I don't think the choice of music changes much beyond how long you have to survive.

Dr Unne
12-30-2014, 10:24 PM
Pretty sure enemies spawn and move around in sync with the tempo/intensity of the music. More lively music = more and faster-moving enemies.

Pike
01-01-2015, 12:37 AM
Ben There, Dan That!
Adventure/Point-and-click
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/37400/)

This is a point and click adventure game in the vein of old-school ones like Sam and Max. This particular one is very indie (I think it was made by two guys who self-inserted themselves into the game), and, like many games made by very small teams, sports an interesting art style that borders on being grating.

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Also, welcome to Britbongland.

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I didn't take many screenshots of this one partially because there's not much to screenshot in a point and click and partially because a lot of the good stuff had :ohdear: swears :ohdear: that are not acceptable for virgin ears on EoFF.

Anyways you end up making an "aerial" for your "knackered telly" before being kidnapped by aliens and taken to their spaceship.

I'm kind of torn on how I feel about this game. On the one hand, the people who made it are clearly fans of the genre - shout-outs to classics exist on nearly every other screen. The game is also legitimately funny, and there are plenty of dialogue bits that had me laughing out loud. The characters aren't afraid to break the fourth wall on occasion and it's handled smartly.

On the other hand, the weird art style and similarly weird (and very repetitive music) hold it back a little, and frankly I'm not a big enough fan of old-school point-and-click to be able to put a lot of time into it.

THE VERDICT:

It's Bri'ish, innit?
Genuinely funny
Mega Indie
Suffers from indie "we didn't really have a lot of art assets" syndrome
Old-school Sam & Max diehards will probably love it
If you're on the fence, wait for a cheap bundle

Mister Adequate
01-01-2015, 02:03 AM
u wot m80

Pike
01-02-2015, 11:40 PM
Beyond Good and Evil
Action/Adventure
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/15130/)

This is a game that I unfortunately was not able to put much time into because it was chock full of distracting graphical glitches which I'm assuming are due to running an older game on my system or something. I say unfortunately because what little I played of the game was a load of fun.

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Pretty much right away you're flung right into the action and an interesting world and story that has you really curious to learn more about it.

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KILL IT, KILL IT

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AUUUUUGGGHHH

Anyways, this game has a sci-fi setting but it certainly feels different from other sci-fi games, which is another neat feature of the game. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why, but maybe it's the personality of the characters (such as a dashing holographic Spaniard.)

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Now it turns out that you are broke and can't pay the power company, so you get a camera and can go around taking pictures of the native wildlife on your planet. You can then upload these to the museum and get money.

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I really wish I could do that in real life!

I stopped playing not long after that because the graphical glitches were intensifying and they were getting really irritating. I was sad to have to stop because I would have gladly played more - the world was quite interesting and engaging. Maybe I can mess with the settings later and see if I can fix it.

THE VERDICT:


Neato world
Fun
Controls and camera are slightly awkward
Great music
Story is shaping up to be interesting
Doesn't play nicely with my computer :(

Vyk
01-03-2015, 12:59 AM
Oh man one of my favorite games ever. I'm so sad they never brought the HD version to the PC. I've looked into it and all the elitist fans are like "Why? It supports HD resolution already". But game mechanics have changed. And obviously the game just doesn't run very well on newer systems. Glad to know that before I bought it off of GOG. But the main reason I didn't buy it sooner is it doesn't have native controller support. Which I'm sure would come with the HD version. Augh. I'm sorry it didn't work well for you. It truly is a fantastic game. I need to add it to the thread Wolf made about thought provoking games. And Beyond Good and Evil is definitely one of those stellar experiences for me. I was so mesmerized by that game and absolutely enjoyed it from beginning to end. Highly suggest anyone curious about it gets it on PSN and XBLA if they can

Pike
01-06-2015, 12:36 AM
The Binding of Isaac
Action/"Rogue-Like"/Zelda-Like, to be honest
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/113200/)

Like many of the other games on this list, this is one that I've put a lot of time into in the past. It's a pretty well known game by this point, but for those who haven't played it, the gist of the game is that you're a naked child who crawls around in muck and basements, fighting monsters, because your mom is terrible.

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The controls are relatively simple, as can be seen in the above screenshot, and along the way you collect a wide assortment of items to help you on your quest.

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There are also a lot of horrifying bosses to fight.

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A lot of people call this game a roguelike due to the permadeath and randomly generated dungeons. Personally, I see this game as being like The Legend of Zelda more than anything. Between the idea of fighting monsters room-by-room (or screen-by-screen), the fact that keys and bombs make up the bulk of your inventory, and pretty blatant shoutouts like the shop design, this is basically the original Legend of Zelda with a little bit of roguelike spice thrown in for flavor.

And because the original Legend of Zelda is genius, this is, of course, all a good thing.

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Along the way our hero Isaac has little flashbacks to horrifying moments in his life. Such as this one, which we can all relate to.

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I feel like there's a lot to say about this game despite the fact that the basic gist of it can be conveyed in just a few screenshots. But basically, between the weird and grim artstyle and story and the solid mechanics, there are a lot of hours of gameplay to be had here. This is frequently regarded to be one of the best indie games to hit the market in the last few years and I have to agree. If you enjoy a challenge and a lot of action, and you're fine with a vaguely disturbing setting, then this game is for you.

NOTE: The game has since been remade (http://store.steampowered.com/app/250900/) with a new engine and various other changes. I have yet to play the remake, so this review is based on the original game.

THE VERDICT:


Challenging
Addictive
It's "The Legend of Zelda" with permadeath and random dungeons
Weird, squicky artstyle/story might be off-putting to some people
Plays solidly, good game design
Basically a must-have if you like this type of top-down action game

Mister Adequate
01-06-2015, 12:39 AM
BoI is a really, really, really good game that I can't stand because the art is so offputting xD

Loony BoB
01-06-2015, 01:28 PM
Interesting that the biggest draw card for me is something that isn't mentioned on your list: It looks hilarious. Not art style wise (although that helps) but definitely the general concept, and the nightmares etc.

Pike
01-06-2015, 01:52 PM
It's definitely funny if you like morbid or dark humor. It's certainly not for everyone but if you like that sort of style you'll probably love the game.

Loony BoB
01-06-2015, 02:58 PM
Danielle likes that kind of comedy more than I do, but I do like it in small doses, and this looks like a smallish game.

Levian
01-06-2015, 06:11 PM
Binding of isaac is amazing. I never get tired of that game. My boyfriend gets tired of the soundtrack consisting of just one song, though.

Vyk
01-07-2015, 02:02 AM
And now there is ReBirth which I believe adds controller-friendliness~

Tasura
01-07-2015, 06:49 AM
And now there is ReBirth which I believe adds controller-friendliness~

Yep Rebirth adds native controller support, so you don't need something like Joy2Key to play, which in my eyes makes Rebirth a far better game (other than the fact that it is already an all around better game)

Pike
01-07-2015, 11:40 AM
I'd definitely like to play Rebirth at some time.

I also want to say thanks to everyone for still following this thread! I'm surprised (and glad) that there's still interest in this :)

Ergroilnin
01-07-2015, 12:13 PM
So wait, Rebirth is just a little expanded and polished BoI? Not a new game?

Pike
01-07-2015, 12:41 PM
From what I understand Rebirth made a lot of pretty substantial changes, but I haven't played it so I can't say for sure.

Dr Unne
01-07-2015, 01:00 PM
Rebirth added:

150 new items
4 new playable characters
New levels
New bosses
New enemy types
New endings
New challenges
New level curses
New graphics
New music
Savegames
Local co-op

The game now runs at steady 60fps, compared to ~30fps on the old one (which seemed to drop to to ~2fps when a lot of stuff is happening).

Tons of bugs are fixed, caps for number of familiars / bullets on-screen are gone, enemy AI is better... There are a lot more items that interact with other items to make awesome synergies, and the physics engine for projectiles is a lot more complex and robust. And so on.

I put 200 hours into BOI:R in the past 2 months, and yesterday I tried to play the original BOI and as good as it is (which is very very good), it's total crap compared to Rebirth. Rebirth is amazing. Also an expansion is in the works.

Pike
01-08-2015, 09:31 PM
For the record, I am working on the next game, but it's a "larger" title so I want to put a little bit of time into it before my assessment goes live. Sorry for any delay!

Mister Adequate
01-08-2015, 11:10 PM
BoI also fucked the graphics up but good, and it completely fails in achieving the aesthetic it was aiming for.

Pike
01-10-2015, 09:19 PM
Bioshock Infinite
FPS/Action
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/8870/)

Warning: Possibly some minor spoilers.

Alright, apologies for the delay. First I got busy, and then I wanted to put a little bit of time into this guy before coming to conclusions.

Basically I feel like my review for this game can be split into two separate halves. The first half of my review revolves around how this is, possibly bar none, the most breathtakingly gorgeous and visually rich game I have ever played. The first half hour of the game is a true feast for the eyes packed with utterly beautiful cinematography and aesthetics. I found myself taking a screenshot probably every thirty seconds. Here's a (very) small sample of them:

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This is a game world that is rich, flavorful, atmospheric, and overflowing with cinematic influences. It's like stepping right into the pages of one of those "The Art of [Whatever Video Game]" books. The entire game feels engineered to give provide maximum visual delight from every angle, and in that aspect of things, the game is an immense success.

That does, of course, bring us to the second part of my review, which is that this is a fairly standard shooter wrapped up in a (very, very) shiny skin. The controls and general gameplay are at best pretty average for the genre, and although the trappings of a good story seem to be shaping up here it all really felt like I was spending far, far too long shooting endless waves of enemies in the face between getting to the interesting things happening.

That's not to say it's a bad game - it's got a lot of great reviews, after all. But FPS games were never really my "thing" (unless it's with friends on the couch or something), and I can't really see myself putting a huge amount of time into pushing my way through this one. Supposedly the story is amazing, so maybe I'll try again someday, in the future, when I feel more in the mood for a shooter. For now, it's simply not holding my interest.

THE VERDICT:


Easily the prettiest game I have played in years
The whole game is just a feast for the eyes
Almost worth the price for the game's atmosphere alone
But I dunno it's all about shooting people
And I don't really do FPS games
If you liked Bioshock gameplay or story-driven FPS games you'll love this one
Otherwise probably wait for a sale

Pheesh
01-11-2015, 12:13 AM
One of my favourite games ever, and that is despite my agreement with you that the gameplay is quite bland. Every other aspect of the game was just that good though. Hopefully you go back to it and finish the story in its entirety, you'll be glad you did.

Psychotic
01-11-2015, 09:55 AM
I only picked this up and played a week or so ago and I fell in love. The art design and sound direction (both music and ambient sounds/talking) are simply beautiful. Absolutely stunning and it took my breath away. Never have I ever played a game as gorgeous as this and whoever did the art direction is a genius. The story and characters were fantastic - Booker and especially Elizabeth just felt perfect and I really liked that.

For combat, I think I agree with Pheesh. You have a couple of neat unique gameplay elements like vigors, the rails and the tears to mix combat up a bit from your standard shooter, which I enjoy a lot. However, what it really does well with all of that is give you choice. There's one moment I remember where you try to go out of a door and you're pinned down by snipers who are on a rooftop. What do you do?!


Grab the sniper rifle that's to the side of you?
Have Elizabeth tear in a couple of air hooks and swing your way up to the snipers, engaging them at close quarters?
Use your vigors! I think there's a water spill you can use to shock those foo's, or maybe you can possess one and have him fight the others?!

I think that's superb game design. Presenting the gamer a problem, encouraging them to look around for a variety of solutions and then letting them pick one that suits their style of play.

The only thing that I think irks me is the ability to only carry two weapons. I get why but then I think when you have heavy weapons with such a low ammo count as an option it doesn't really encourage me to use them. Two and a pistol would've been nice! Two, a pistol and a heavy would've been even nicer ;)

Pike
01-12-2015, 01:01 AM
I played this a little more today (I was going to play the next game on my list but it didn't have a volume option for some reason, and I wanted to Skype Mister Adequate at the same time xD) and I am finding myself getting drawn into the story and characters. The cinematography, of course, continues to be superb. I am really impressed by the visual artistry of the game.

Scotty_ffgamer
01-12-2015, 01:12 AM
I really need to play the second story DLC thing for this game. I have it downloaded, but I just forgot that it was a thing by the time it came out.

I absolutely adore Bioshock Infinite, though.

Ayen
01-12-2015, 01:37 AM
Only played the first BioShock. Hated it. Would not play again. If the gameplay of Infinite is largely the same (and from what I hear it is) I think I'll pass.

Psychotic
01-12-2015, 10:21 AM
Only played the first BioShock. Hated it. Would not play again. If the gameplay of Infinite is largely the same (and from what I hear it is) I think I'll pass.For whatever it's worth, I'm someone who hated Bioshock's gameplay and thought it was one of the worst shooters I'd ever played. Bioshock Infinite definitely was a vast improvement.

Loony BoB
01-12-2015, 12:30 PM
I have played this one and it was pretty nice, but I agree regarding gameplay - it's alright, but it's nothing that keeps me going. I hope to finish it someday, I have no idea how far in I am but I don't suspect it's that far in and I did really love the characters (well, character: the girl is awesome), "world" and story. But yeah, that gameplay can be boring on occasion.

On another note, I discovered that I had The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth via PS+, and played it the other day. Oh man is that game freakin' awesome fun. Wow. Eventually got through the first dungeon. Will definitely play again.

Mister Adequate
01-12-2015, 02:39 PM
I've not liked any Bioshock's gameplay much, at best it's risen to the heights of "completely generic shooter" and normally is rubbish. I haven't honestly been too taken by the stories either. Settings and visuals though, yeah, worth it just for that.

Pike
01-12-2015, 08:26 PM
BIT.TRIP BEAT
Rhythm/Music
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/63700/)

Hi friends, and welcome to the BIT.TRIP block of Pike's Steam List. I've got four of the suckers in this series, and I've only played one, so let's see how things go.

BIT.TRIP BEAT works off of the premise: what if Pong was a rhythm game?

No, really. That's the game.

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Little dots come at you in the rhythm of various funky chiptune songs and you have to hit these dots back with your Pong paddle. A miss slowly but surely fills up your little miss bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Things get kind of difficult as you go on.

If the miss bar fills up, you wind up in Pong Purgatory and are given a chance to redeem yourself. There is no music in Pong Purgatory and it's actually kind of terrifying.

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Survive Pong Purgatory and go back to the game; fail it and it's game over for you.

And that's about it, that's the game.

Also there's a Portal level.

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THE VERDICT:


It's a casual game more than anything
It's fun but unless rhythm games are your thing you probably won't spend more than an hour or so on it max
Good music though
~Retro~

Mister Adequate
01-12-2015, 08:28 PM
Bit.Trip games are so great in my experience, I'll have to try this one!

Spuuky
01-12-2015, 08:45 PM
I only have the two Runners. I would definitely try this game if it was free.

Tasura
01-12-2015, 10:38 PM
At one point the entire BIT.TRIP collection was on sale for like 90% so I bought it, and I have all the games, and the soundtracks, it's great.

Pike
01-15-2015, 12:59 AM
BIT.TRIP RUNNER
Rhythm/Music/Platform
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/63710/)

This is a game that I have in fact played before and oh I love it. I just love it. It's one of my favorite "chill out" games.

In it, you play Commander Video, who I think is an alien or astronaut or something? I'm not sure. Either way, it doesn't matter, because the point is that in this game he is merrily dashing along in time to some immensely cheery music and it is your job to help him avoid obstacles and collect gold and power-ups.

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So you jump...

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And slide...

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And kick, and bounce, and other fun things. This is all done in time to the music and the sounds all blend together wonderfully. The song also increases in intensity as you go along.

If you collect all the coins in a level, you get to go to a fun bonus level inspired by Pitfall and other old Activision games.

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The bonus level, by the way, is even more difficult than the normal levels.

If you mess up in the middle of one of the levels, you are sent back to the beginning. In most levels this isn't a huge deal, but in some of longer marathon levels you will definitely regret every little mistake. Especially since these levels love to throw bouncy balls at you and you have to remember which ones to duck under and which ones to jump over. So if you start playing this game and want it to be more difficult, don't worry - it'll get there eventually.

I'm not sure what it is about this game, exactly, that makes me love it so much. It might be that the music is so happy and pleasant, or it might be the solid gameplay, or it might be the fact that even when you get thoroughly frustrated at it, you just can't hate it. It's too cheerful to hate it. It's too relaxing to hate it.

Anyways, get it. It's one of my favorite Steam games.

THE VERDICT:


So fun, so relaxing, so happy
I honestly think pretty much everyone would like this game
Definitely pick this up if you see it unless you really hate music games or something
Great music
Great art
Great everything
Have I mentioned that I love this game?

Mister Adequate
01-15-2015, 01:01 AM
Bit.Trip.Fast is more like it. But yeah it's another great, simple Bit.Trip game.

Tasura
01-15-2015, 03:44 AM
Though I've not played the first Runner, I have played Runner 2, which I had to buy again on 360 because there is just enough lag on this potatoputer to make the game almost impossible to play when the levels start getting faster.

Spuuky
01-15-2015, 05:19 AM
The extremely long levels in that game are a little frustrating.

Pike
01-18-2015, 12:28 AM
BIT.TRIP PRESENTS RUNNER 2
Rhythm/Music/Platform
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/218060/)

After having loved the first game, I was excited to play the second. And it turns out I was right to be excited - this is a perfect example of a sequel, a game that that kept all the best parts of the first, tweaked the worst, and added a few new things.

Also, the updated art style is gorgeous.

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The general playstyle to the game is almost identical to the first...

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Right down to the rainbows.

There are a couple of new moves added, for example, this Sonic-esque spin around a loop-the-loop.

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Another very welcome addition are checkpoints, which means you no longer have to worry about getting sent to the start of a marathon level for one mistake - you can go back to the checkpoint instead. It's a fantastic addition to the series.

Collecting all the gold in one stage lets you shoot yourself from a cannon into a target for bonus points.

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And it's hilarious.

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The game also lets you compare your score with your Steam friends, which so far has done little except point out to me that I will never match Dr Unne.

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Overall I'm quite impressed. This is a sequel that improves on the already brilliant original, and basically I recommend it to... just about everyone.

THE VERDICT:


GOOD
Get this if you liked the original
Basically get this if you like fun
Really relaxing
The music gives me feels for some reason
An instant classic, really

Tasura
01-18-2015, 08:53 AM
=D I'm the one in third on your last screenshot xD

Spuuky
01-18-2015, 05:21 PM
I never noticed the scoreboard thing, I guess Unne has a higher score than me for the first two worlds and lower for the last two, and higher overall. I don't think I have the will go to get Triple Perfect Plusses on all those early stages to catch up.

Dr Unne
01-19-2015, 03:09 PM
At first I was all about getting perfect on everything / competing with my spouse, but at some point I stopped caring about the score and just wanted to beat all the levels. Fun game though. Runner 2 was a nice improvement over the first game. Some of the levels in the first game were torture, Runner 2 was fun mostly the whole way through.

Endless
01-19-2015, 07:28 PM
Pretty sure enemies spawn and move around in sync with the tempo/intensity of the music. More lively music = more and faster-moving enemies.

Whoops, missed this thread a couple weeks ago, so late answer.

In Beat Hazard, the enemy spawns, speed and movement are linked to your music tempo/rhythm. In particular, when the music gets near silent, enemies will also stop moving (but keep spawning because spawns are calculated on a moving window). It's completely deterministic. The difficulty setting will change how many and how fast they move/shoot iirc.
One very nice effect is that it means that if you and your friends share tracks, you can compete :D.
There are leaderboards for various categories, too.

Your ship's firing rate is also directly linked to that tempo/rhythm, meaning that in silent section, your main gun won't shoot squat.
Re: "Beat Hazard" effect : it increases firepower, adding more fire lines to your main gun.

The Shadow Ops DLC added customization of ships (you can create your won or downloaded custom models from Steam works), and different ships have different firing angles, movement speed and maneuverability.

Re: streaming. Beat Hazard supports custom radio stations (http://steamcommunity.com/app/49600/discussions/0/558751179441298059/). Spotify and the like is problematic to add for a game because Spotify and the like don't want you to stream for free without an account and at the very least listening to ads, and usually won't allow third party clients unless you pay premium.

Levian
01-19-2015, 07:47 PM
I played this a lot last easter, and it would drive me absolutely nuts. I would refuse to move on to the next level until I had beaten the current level perfectly. Endless retries ensue.

If I play this again I'll just try aiming for the exit for my first run through of the game.

Ayen
01-19-2015, 09:45 PM
These games be tripping all right. What am I even looking at?

Pike
01-21-2015, 11:42 AM
BIT.TRIP VOID
Rhythm/Music
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/205070/)

Bit.Trip Void is sort of similar to Bit.Trip Beat; it's not really a "bigger" game like the Runner games, instead it's more of an extended mini-game.

In this game you are a sphere that needs to collect black dots whilst avoiding white ones.

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You start out small, but as the game progresses and you collect more black dots, you grow bigger and bigger...

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You do eventually get to a point where you're too big to dodge those white dots anymore.

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Seriously, you'll fill up the screen.

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And at that point hitting a white dot will make you small again, and the process begins anew.

It's certainly a neat little game although as I said earlier it feels more like a mini-game than anything. If you like rhythm or music based stuff you will probably enjoy dumping a few ten-minute stretches into this though.

THE VERDICT:


Mini-game style rhythm action
Works best with a controller
Worth getting in a BIT.TRIP bundle if you like this sort of stuff


And so that concludes the BIT.TRIP block of Pike's Steam list. Hope you all enjoyed it!

Loony BoB
01-21-2015, 01:45 PM
I'm still yet to play a rhythm game that has really captured my attention. I think they may just not be my cup of tea. Or, since I dislike tea, perhaps they are my cup of tea... I'm so confused right now.

Pike
01-21-2015, 02:15 PM
I think I'd actually recommend Bit Trip Runner and Runner 2 to pretty much anyone, even people who haven't really been interested in rhythm games before. I'm not really huge into rhythm stuff but I just looooove the Runner games.

Ayen
01-23-2015, 02:45 AM
Get the smurf away from me, white dots! You mean nothing to me! NOTHING!

Pike
01-26-2015, 10:32 AM
Blackwell Convergence
Point & Click/Adventure/Mystery
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/80350/)

Well the game starts by defaulting my screen resolution to 800x600 or something, which isn't exactly the most promising start.

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The generic Indie "retro" look and amateur feel of the voice acting also aren't doing much to gain my favor, but then this happens:

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One of the main characters is a ghost :eek: That certainly escalated quickly.

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Overall this is a fairly standard point and click game. There is nothing particularly new or exciting about the mechanics. You can switch between being a ghost or a human and each one can do a few interesting things, though, so that's kind of neat. I think the main draw of this game is the premise, which is genuinely interesting, because it's not often that you see games (or any media, for that matter) where the paranormal is mixed with real life and it's just a normal thing. I think the two characters are some sort of detective team and that's a pretty fun idea.

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This middle aged ghost thinks that he's still alive and wants to fling himself off the ledge. Your job is to help ghosts stuck in limbo to move on, so you get to spend some time trying to talk some sense into this fellow (it's not easy)

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You get multiple options, as well as options within options, when you talk to people. I sort of suspect that all of the options inevitably lead to the same path, though - i.e. most of the options are going to fail and bring you back to square one.

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Eventually the ghost gets sucked into the girl's body (I guess?) and she takes them through a portal or something? That seems to be how it works around these parts.

Not long after this my power died :greenie: So that's about where this particular incarnation of the Let's Play ends.

THE VERDICT:


Once the premise got going it actually gained and kept my attention
But ultimately you've gotta be a really good point-and-click game to keep me playing
Some of the voice acting is grating but you can turn it off
The 800x600 resolution blown up to fill your screen is kind of obnoxious
Point and click fans will like it
People who like ghosts and detective stories will probably like it too, actually
It's surprisingly interesting!


I have like three or four of the games in this series so I'll see you next time for more ghostly shenanigans!

Shauna
01-26-2015, 11:07 AM
I have this series from somewhere. I have played approx 20 minutes of the first one and I struggle to find out what to do. xD I am terrible at point'n'click, but I really like them. :(

Pike
01-26-2015, 01:10 PM
I can confirm that it's unusually difficult to figure out what you're supposed to click on in this game. xD

Loony BoB
01-26-2015, 01:45 PM
I really do like point and click games, but I haven't played a huge deal of them. I wonder if I should look into getting more.

Mister Adequate
01-26-2015, 03:44 PM
If you're going into a genre that is similarly very limited but which has pedigree like Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and the original Discworld, you've got to be fucking good to matter.

Loony BoB
01-26-2015, 04:00 PM
Not to mention The Longest Journey. And Sam & Max. Sam & Max is always the one I want to play if I bother to get back into point and click because I seem to remember it being pretty weird and/or funny when I was a kid.

Tasura
01-26-2015, 08:41 PM
I really do like point and click games, but I haven't played a huge deal of them. I wonder if I should look into getting more.

Look into Artifex Mundi, they have quite a few on Steam, and I've played/beaten most and they're really good. (When I start my thread like this you'll see a few of them)

Vyk
01-27-2015, 07:12 AM
I'm glad indies are keeping point-and-click games relevant though. And its also extremely nice that they're legitimate trying. I have one of these games and Gemini Rue and Resonance. I haven't tried the Blackwell game or Resonance. But Gemini Rue is really interesting. I don't think it's going to compare to Grim Fandango, but new games from small/new developers probably shouldn't immediately have to compete with the greats from decades ago from studios who could afford decent writers and stuff. Not really saying "passable" is my benchmark. Just that they merely have to be good, rather than great, for me to feel like I haven't wasted my money. And Gemini Rue was different enough. Not fantastic, but it kept my interest for a bit. I imagine the Blackwell games would have the same effect. Sadly my life seems too fast and frantic these days for low profile relaxing games like point-and-click. I should probably change that aspect though. That mindset keeps me from also enjoying things like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, which are also on my Steam library :(

But hey, thanks for giving a little known newer point-and-click some attention. I know a lot of people think the genre is dead, and this may open their eyes that things are still out there if they're interested

Ayen
01-27-2015, 07:39 AM
I really do like point and click games, but I haven't played a huge deal of them. I wonder if I should look into getting more.

Yes, yes, you should. I recommend The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, even if you're not familiar with the source material. I wasn't for either game and I still enjoyed them immensely. And hopefully your copy of The Wolf Among Us won't glitch like a mother smurfer if you do get it.

Pike
02-01-2015, 12:11 AM
The Blackwell Legacy
Point & Click/Adventure/Mystery
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/80330/)

I think this might be the first game in the series, since our heroine doesn't have a ghost friend yet. Instead, her story revolves around trying to get past some punk teenager kid who won't let her into her apartment...

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...talking to a doctor, who happily informs her that going absolutely insane runs in her family...

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...and getting cockblocked by Bill Paxton anytime she tries to do anything else.

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"Game over man. Game over!"

The story was actually shaping up to be fascinating and more interesting than the first Blackwell game I tried. Unfortunately I got frustrated after trying several things and failing to figure out what I was supposed to do or click next. I think I just suck at point and click games in general.

The gameplay, from what I can tell, is the exact same as that of Blackwell Convergence (the last game in this series that I tried out.) So I think it's just the story that's different!

THE VERDICT:


Interesting story
I wanted to keep playing but I suck at point and click
You may be similarly frustrated if you also suck at point and click
I guess it's on Steam sale for like 50 cents sometimes though
So it may be worth it if you like this kind of thing!

Psychotic
02-01-2015, 12:31 AM
Joke that probably only Huxley will get: That doctor looks like fucking Harold Shipman.

Ayen
02-01-2015, 12:34 AM
That moment when you wish there was a "punch in the face" option.

Mister Adequate
02-01-2015, 12:58 AM
Joke that probably only Huxley will get: That doctor looks like fucking Harold Shipman.

Oh wow you're right, he does as well! No wonder he doesn't seem to be very good.

Pike
02-06-2015, 07:08 PM
Blackwell Unbound
Point & Click/Adventure/Mystery
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/80340/)

Sorry that things are going slowly. I've been getting sidetracked by other games ^^;

This is the third of the three Blackwell games that I own, and frankly, it's basically identical to the others in terms of style and gameplay, so I didn't spend much time with it.

I did learn that apparently our heroine is now a smoker:

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And that she's pretty upset at her ghost buddy:

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And that...

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...wait a second, is that the World Trade Center?

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oh god you guys have got a big storm comin'

THE VERDICT:


Same thoughts as the prior games in the series
Interesting story, good for point and click fans
Kind of confusing to figure out what to do next a lot of the time, though

Pumpkin
02-06-2015, 07:09 PM
what is this game?

Steve
02-06-2015, 07:45 PM
Joke that probably only Huxley will get: That doctor looks like fucking Harold Shipman.

Hahaha oh I got it

Old Manus
02-10-2015, 03:09 PM
Irrelevant trivia: I was lectured at university by a Dr. Shipman who was the absolute spitting image of Harold were he in his 30s. Beard and all. "No relation" was his ice-breaker.

Pike
02-10-2015, 11:46 PM
Blocks That Matter
Puzzle/Platformer
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/111800/)

"A puzzle-platformer indie game that is full of little nods to other games."

Although from first glance this sounds pretentious at worst, and "just like every other indie game" at best, this is a surprisingly sharp little puzzle game that is a lot of fun.

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This game features a couple of famous block-mancers, namely Notch (of Minecraft fame) and Alexey Pajitnov (of Tetris fame). You are a little robot that they've invented, and your job is basically to go around, well... collecting Minecraft blocks and turning them into Tetris blocks. The game has two different interfaces. The default one...

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And the block-building one.

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You can only build your shapes in the form of Tetrominos (Tetris shapes), which throws an interesting twist into the puzzle aspect of the game. Your goal, then, is to use blocks get to the portal at the end of each level so you can rescue Notch and Alexey, who have apparently been kidnapped (presumably by EA or Activision or something.)

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As you progress, you learn that different blocks do different things, and also get upgrades.

Oh, and there are Big Bads that you have to run away from. It's pretty tense because you have to build as you go.

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There are also a lot of little secrets that you can collect. These secrets unlock bonus levels and reference other Blocks That (Have) Mattered in video games, such as the Companion Cube or Mario's ? blocks.

In short, this is a surprisingly fun game that you'll probably have trouble putting down. One of the better indie games I've played lately, for sure.

THE VERDICT


It's an indie-puzzler that's better than most indie-puzzlers
Yes, the premise is silly, but don't let that deter you
Definitely get it if it sounds interesting to you, it's fun
Even if you're not sure, get it on sale or in a bundle. I'm not kidding, it's fun

Loony BoB
02-11-2015, 04:00 PM
The second I saw the image of those two dudes I thought "those animated characters are of Indie Devs, perhaps the ones who made this game, aren't they?" and then I read that they were indeed Indie Devs and it made me realise just how predictable Indie Devs are.

Also, regarding the WTC screenshots, how sad is it that I was all "Why are there stars in front of the WTC and those other buil-- ohhhhh, wait, windows, lights, right."

Pike
02-13-2015, 01:13 AM
It does look super hipstery and indie but it's also genuinely really fun.

And it's not nearly as hipstery and indie as the next game on my list... :shifty:

Spuuky
02-13-2015, 02:13 AM
Braid, eh

Shauna
02-13-2015, 11:25 AM
That sounds pretty cool. May look into that!

Pike
02-18-2015, 11:56 AM
Braid
Puzzle/Platformer
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/26800/)

Up next for your consideration I present... an INDIE PUZZLE PLATFORMER (who would have guessed?)

So yes, Braid. If there was a poster child for artsy indie games than this would be it. Most people who haven't played it have at least heard of it, for better or for worse.

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You know from the start that you're in for an art game. To the game's credit you can play right from the title screen - no waiting around for opening cutscenes or exposition.

Granted, that's because all the exposition begins on the next screen, and boy, is it wordy.

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Time and Forgiveness? What?

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Oh, okay. Each book is going into huge detail about... I don't know, author filibuster (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AuthorFilibuster), I guess.

ANYWAYS, now that that's out of the way, we can continue on to the gameplay. The game's art direction and music is actually really relaxing, and all in all it's a standard Mario-style platformer that involves jumping on bad guys and collecting items.

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The primary gimmick of the game is the ability to reverse time. This means that if you die, instead of restarting the level, you can just back up a few seconds and try again. This is actually nice and keeps the game from being overly frustrating, a problem that I feel many other puzzle-platformers fall victim to.

As you continue along, the time control becomes less of a life-saving device and more of a part of the puzzle, because certain objects (denoted by sparkles) are immune to the effects of time. This makes manipulating time an integral part of the gameplay, in a way that's difficult to explain but really quite ingenious. It also keeps Braid from being Yet Another Indie Game With One Minor Gimmick, a la Fez, for example. Because the gimmick, in this case, is actually interesting.

It also does tie in to the story (or Author Filibuster) about the rhetorical question "What if we could redo our mistakes?" So that's pretty admirable.

Anyways, Mario references abound.

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I seem to recall a Donkey Kong reference from the last time I played, too.

Ultimately if this game falls victim to anything it's its own sense of self-importance. This is just me speaking, so others might have a different viewpoint, but when I play a puzzley-platformer I'm not looking for a grand, thoughtful essay about the meaning of life. I just want to play the damn game. Braid seems to want to stuff the aforementioned author filibusters in whenever possible, and although I'm sure some people really like this aspect of the game, I just find it to be superfluous.

TLDR: If you don't mind Braid's ego, and/or you can look past it, you really will find an interesting game here with some ingenious puzzles. Brace yourself for a couple of (fortunately largely skippable) philosophy dumps, though.

THE VERDICT:


Kind of full of itself (to no one's surprise)
But the gimmick is actually really interesting and well done
Probably a bit of a polarizing game
The art and music is really relaxing, though
Worth a look if the concept of time manipulation intrigues you

Loony BoB
02-18-2015, 12:48 PM
Interesting. I vaguely recall hearing the game title, but it might just be my imagination. Other than that, I don't think I've actually seen this before. Looks neat, but probably not something I'd pay for.

Psychotic
02-18-2015, 01:07 PM
I couldn't get into Braid at all!

Endless
02-18-2015, 10:04 PM
Warning: massive Braid spoilers. (http://eev.ee/blog/2014/05/25/braid/)

Vyk
02-19-2015, 03:07 AM
I freaking loved Braid. It was like stumbling into anime for the first time. I thought mario had gotten stale. And playing a mario-like with a weird and intriguing story

It reminded me of watching Memento or Donnie Darko. Just trippy and I was always interested in what came next. And I adored the music and art style. To me it was an artsy fartsy story game with good gameplay. To everyone its its a platformer with good gameplay and a useless story. But if I just want gameplay, there's always things like Escape Goat (or whatever was available back then. N+ or 'Splosion Man or something)

So to me it filled the same void as Cave Story~ But I totally get why people hate it. It's definitely not just trying to be a game. It's attempting to be more. And for some people that's okay, for others its annoying

Spuuky
02-19-2015, 03:21 AM
I'm pretty indifferent to Braid. I liked some of the puzzles, and didn't really like others, and the non-gameplay elements barely mattered at all. It's just a slightly-below-average indie puzzle game overall, I think.

Pike
02-19-2015, 11:02 AM
Overall I do like Braid, I think the puzzles are pretty interesting. I just don't know if I can get into it enough to finish it.

Shauna
02-19-2015, 12:02 PM
Braid was alright, I guess? :3 I enjoyed it, but I definitely won't be going back to it again.

Vyk
02-19-2015, 02:42 PM
I think I beat Braid in like 3 hours. And that's probably mostly because puzzle platformers weren't really a thing to me at the time. Especially ones involving time manipulation. I think speed runs do it in like 20 minutes. So it can probably really be done in an hour or so. Its not a very long game. But don't force yourself or anything

Mister Adequate
02-27-2015, 01:29 AM
Still better than Fez.

Pike
02-27-2015, 01:47 AM
I have a lot to say about Fez (mainly about why I'm not a huge fan, and no, I'm not talking about the dev here), but I don't know if I'll get to it because I don't have it on Steam!

Sorry about falling behind on this. I got distracted with other games and then got my wisdom teeth pulled. Might update tomorrow if I'm feeling up to it. :shobon:

Loony BoB
02-27-2015, 12:21 PM
I hope you feel better soon, Pike!

Vyk
02-27-2015, 02:15 PM
Indeed. Life and health and stuff are way more important than a couple of random games. But just for the record, hugely appreciate what you've started here. Looking at a lot of games and giving perspective on things we probably wouldn't otherwise look at, or things we've been curious about but never bothered to take the plunge. So thank you :)

Loony BoB
06-24-2015, 02:37 PM
I hope you feel better soon, Pike! ;)

Pike
06-24-2015, 02:50 PM
Wow I forgot about this. Got busy playing non-Steam games (I know, right??) I am indeed a failure :crying:

Formalhaut
06-24-2015, 03:07 PM
Got busy playing non-Steam games (I know, right??) I am indeed a failure :crying:

TRAITOR!

Shauna
06-24-2015, 03:42 PM
Do you have a review for those non-Steam games you were playing?

Pike
06-26-2015, 12:30 AM
Breach & Clear
Turn-based tactical/Squad
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/266130/)

aka X-Com: Less Brutal Edition, although let's face it, basically any turn-based tactical game that isn't X-Com or one of its spinoffs (like Xenonauts) is X-Com: Less Brutal Edition.

The game throws you into everything right away, letting you pick a squad...

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and then customize different guys in your squad...

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until you have four different guys with job classes and names of your choosing. (I just went with the default names they gave me but there is the potential here for glorious X-Com-esque customization.)

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This is a turn-based tactical game similar to, well, X-Com as well as Frozen Synapse and other things in that genre. You have one turn to position your guys and then tell them what direction to face - you get a white cone indicating everything in their field of vision, so you can see exactly what they are able shoot at. Things like cover do matter, and your guys have a small handful of special skills depending on their class. However, the game automates shooting for you, unlike certain other squad-based tactical games.

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All of your guys move on the same turn, which really gives me Frozen Synapse vibes more than everything. Once your guys are in position you hit the "breach" button to execute the turn. This gives you the ability to plan their actions as a group rather than individually.

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After a successful mission you get experience based on how successful you were (I've yet to determine the variables for that - I think the time you take has to do with it?) and you can distribute skill points among your guys.

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And that's the game. It's easier to learn than it sounds (or looks), and as the missions are short and quick it will probably infect you with One-More-Mission Syndrome. At least, it did for me. :shobon:

It's certainly not the deepest thing in the world and you aren't going to find ~serious hardcore tactics~ here but if you want a grab and go squad based game that's based in the real world then it's worth a look. Save it for a sale, though - its full price is $14.99 and I wouldn't pay that much for it.

THE VERDICT:


If you like turn-based tactics/squad-based tactics games then this is a decent enough entry
It really doesn't do anything new but there's really nothing wrong with it, either
Pretty easy to learn
Good for picking up and playing for twenty minutes
Probably worth picking up on sale if you like this kind of game

Fox
06-26-2015, 01:26 PM
PIKE IS BACK! PIKE IS BACK!

http://i.imgur.com/a0wjPCp.jpg

Glad you're feeling better ;)

Loony BoB
06-26-2015, 02:09 PM
Looks like X-COM minus the awesome X-COM-ness but with some potential for a sort of quasi-RPG "training" system. I don't think X-COM let you pick out who got what bonuses to HP etc.

Fox
06-26-2015, 06:44 PM
It also reminds me of 'Doorkickers,' although that is more of a puzzle game.

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Pike
06-29-2015, 12:29 AM
Breath of Death VII
Old-school JRPG Parody
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/107300/)

This is a game where you are a skeleton. In fact, the story is that basically everything is undead.

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It's old-school. It's really old-school. I mean, seriously, look at this picture:

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It also likes to make fun of itself, and games in general.

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Anyways, I clear out the quick initial cave and walk out into the bright sunlight of... oh my good lord what is this anyway? Dragon Quest? FF1?

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The town comes with everything you expect. An inn (which restores your mana - HP is automatically restored after a successful fight), an item store...

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...and, well, this guy:

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Pretty soon I run into this chick who is really overly excited about this adventuring thing.

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And she forcefully joins the party. No, really.

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I'm not sure what she is, exactly. Some kind of mermaid snake thing?

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TIME FOR THE OBLIGATORY SHOT OF OUR ADVENTURERS GAZING AT THE LANDSCAPE *cues up appropriate music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX7kKUQtW-Q)*

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I get to dig my way through my first major cave, which is full of undead things (like the rest of the game). Our hero has some words of wisdom about, well, RPG heroes:

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BOSS FIGHT :ohdear:

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One interesting thing this game does is that after every turn, the enemy gets 10% stronger. So the longer the battle takes, the more horrifyingly intense it gets. Suffice to say the boss gets to something like 170% power and it was TERRIFYING but we managed to take him down. Whoo!

Sage words from Sara:

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And we reach the next town.

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...I get that reference. :shifty:

Overall this is shaping up to be a game with a lot of charm and some interesting mechanics that I haven't seen before. Don't go in expecting Straightforward Generic JRPG parody #384 because there are some neat things you can do. For example, after a character levels up, the game gives you two choices of new skills or perks that you can pick. This allows for considerable amounts of character customization after you're several levels in. Throw in an interesting combo mechanic as well as the "Enemies increase in power" thing I mentioned earlier and there's enough variety here to keep even the most seasoned veteran interested.

Also yeah, all those dumb video game references. I see what you did there, devs!

THE VERDICT:


You should probably get it if you like old-school JRPGs from the 80s and early 90s
I mean seriously, it's $2.99, you should probably get it anyway
It's funny
It has some interesting new mechanics I haven't seen before in this type of game
The boss music is great. A+

Mister Adequate
06-29-2015, 12:32 AM
I've only played like 90 minutes of Breath of Death but what I played I thoroughly enjoyed, it's just an old-fashioned NES-era JRPG.

Pike
06-29-2015, 08:03 PM
At first I was kinda like "I dunno man, it might be too old-fashioned" but it grew on me really quickly. It's really easy to pick up and play. I think a lot of people on this forum would appreciate it, especially for the price.

Spuuky
06-29-2015, 09:13 PM
The game is about 5 hours long. Also, she's a ghost =/

It's a good game but very limited in some ways, which makes sense for the first game ever from a 2-man dev team. I enjoyed it because I love Dragon Quest. Now is the time for my obligatory reference to the game they are currently making which was on display at E3, Cosmic Star Heroine. It's going to be so good.

This means you'll undoubtedly get to Cthulhu Saves The World later in your backlog. Actually not THAT much later, if you ever get done with B.

Loony BoB
06-30-2015, 11:08 AM
It sounds phantastic.

theundeadhero
06-30-2015, 04:26 PM
It looks exactly like my kinda game.

Pike
10-14-2015, 10:49 PM
So I kind of got sidetracked with Diablo 3 and FFXIV WHOOPS


Bridge Project
Simulation/Physics/Building
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/232950/')

This is a game about building bridges. Straightforward, right?

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WRONG.

Oh so very wrong.

Actually this is a game about watching your bridges fail in grand, cinematic fashion.

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It's also about sending trains to their doom, if you're sadistic and like that kind of thing.

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("Bridge Failed". Really?)

Basically this is a physics game that assumes you already know how to build a bridge. There is no help. You're on your own. Oh and also you have limited funds and resources. Good luck.

THE VERDICT:


ONLY GET IT IF YOU'RE REALLY GROGNARDY ABOUT CIVIL ENGINEERING AND/OR PHYSICS SIMS
Seriously the rest of us will just be playing Collapsed Bridges: The Game
Not the world's best UI
Relaxing music though

Spuuky
10-15-2015, 09:15 PM
Yeah not nearly as good as Gabe Newell Simulator will be.

Loony BoB
10-16-2015, 01:13 PM
I am weirdly curious about that game.

Pike
10-18-2015, 11:56 PM
Brothers - A Tale Of Two Sons
Adventure/Puzzle
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/225080/')

I really had no idea what I was getting into when I loaded this up, since I'd forgotten how I wound up with this game to begin with and I didn't know anything about it. What I got, however, was a beautiful little atmospheric puzzler that really feels like an interactive art piece more than anything - and not in the obnoxious "Braid" sort of way.

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This game is pretty and atmospheric; like a storybook come alive. And yes, there is a story. It's sparse and simplistic, but that's the point. One neat thing that this game did was make it so the characters speak a fictional language. And since there are no subtitles, the entire story is told through inflection and gestures. But it's really well done.

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On to gameplay: this is a game where a controller is very much recommended, and for good reason: the entire game depends on controlling two different characters simultaneously, and this is somewhat more intuitive with a controller. Most of the puzzles revolve around character co-operation or taking advantage of the (very few) differences between the two brothers. In this way, a lot of the puzzles feel fresh, such as this one where I had to dodge an angry dog by "ping-pong"ing his attention between the two characters.

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As you progress across the story, you come a cross a helpful giant troll or something, who proceeds to add some new puzzly mechanics to your gameplay while he's around.

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And then I wound up in some steampunk Dwemer ruins or something.

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Anyways overall I was happily surprised by this game; I've played so many indie puzzlers in this list so far that I was kind of hoping this wouldn't be Yet Another Indie Puzzler but this game pulls it off better than most of the others. The puzzles feel organic and intuitive, so instead of sitting around scratching your head forever you can work them out pretty quickly and then be on your way. And there are a lot of little touches and characterizations to the brothers that fit in with the story and give you a surprising amount of feels.

Also you can pet a cat:

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THE VERDICT:


Gorgeous and relaxing to play
The perfect game for if you want to lean back and chill with a controller
Brilliant way to tell a story (IMO)
Neato mechanics
Short and sweet
Well worth a play through

Spuuky
10-19-2015, 12:23 AM
So it's basically Dark Souls?

Fox
10-19-2015, 04:19 PM
Tell me more about this cat. Can I pet it multiple times or just the once?

Pike
10-26-2015, 12:02 AM
Tell me more about this cat. Can I pet it multiple times or just the once?

Multiple times. :3:

Pike
10-26-2015, 12:14 AM
Blood Bowl - Legendary Edition
Sports/Turn-based/Board Game
Steam Link (http://store.steampowered.com/app/58520/)

It's American football.

But dice-based.

And with Warhammer.

Basically if you ever wanted to play a game of handegg with orcs, dwarves, and elves, you should probably get this game. And even if you thought you didn't, you should probably get this game anyway, because it is freaking addictive.

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Also, terrible humor throughout.

So this plays differently to more action-oriented sports games; it's turn-based and dice-based. You're gonna roll for pretty much everything you do. Kind of like D&D.

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It sounds obnoxious or complicated, but it's really not, and even though the tutorial makes it all sound kind of difficult it's actually very intuitive to play once you get into a real game. It's much like actual football, except that you can punch people and kill people. Because Warhammer. (You can try to rez them, but it doesn't always work.)

An immense variety of races are available, including lizardmen, vampires, skeletons, and eldritch horrors, so the game essentially gives "fantasy football" a whole new meaning.

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TLDR I was kind of assuming I was only gonna mess around with this for a half hour or something but instead I played it for two hours and I'd still be playing it right now but I have to do boring stuff like eat dinner. This is really fun and addictive. Seriously. I love it.

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And yes, I did skip backwards in the alphabetical list because I bought this recently and I figured, why not, let's cover it for completion's sake.


THE VERDICT:


Great stuff for Warhammer, football, and/or tabletop fans
Heck, it's great stuff even if you're not
There's a lot of depth here (Campaign mode, story mode, etc.)
Seriously you can be pretty much anything like you can have treants on your team
Super addictive and fun, I'm not kidding
If it looks even vaguely like something you'd like you should get it

Spuuky
10-26-2015, 03:53 AM
I love Blood Bowl, although it has some serious issues once you actually get "good."

Ayen
11-01-2015, 10:23 PM
Football will never be the same again.

Laddy
11-29-2015, 08:24 AM
I've genuinely considered picking it up and this might be the final straw for ne.