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Huh, what a coincidence. You know, what with how I've been playing a lot of this game lately and all (Steam version).

Finally defeated the dragon last night, actually, and started the "post-game" stuff. I think I'll start a New Game+ when I finish that and wait until then to do the DLC/Expansion stuff. It'll be the first game in a very long time that I've looked forward to playing a second time so soon after a first playthrough.
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If you ever wanted to play Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, or The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but didn't want to get them on Steam, they are now available on GOG.com (along with the other, previously-released-on-GOG Fallout/Elder Scrolls games, which are currently on sale there).
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Just want to pause for a moment before I go to bed to say that Dragon's Dogma is a pretty damn good video game. Yeah, I know, I'm behind the times on this by around five years or so, but whatever. Better late than never.



(Yes, I know it's a Capcom game, but still. If you've got Capcom on your shitlist these days, as I do, for the most part, I'd still recommend potentially making an exception for this. For what it's worth, I didn't pay attention to the fact that this was a Capcom game until after I bought it on a dirt cheap sale on Steam.)
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Hey, look, the nigh extinct non-Trump-rant-post from me.

Just thought I'd help spread the word that Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist is now available on GOG.com.
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I played this game years ago, when it first came out, but it was almost as great watching James and Mike play it as it was playing it myself. (Yeah, I know, I'm a little behind on this, as I'd kind of fell out of watching Cinemassacre videos for a little while, for some reason, but now I'm watching them again and glad to be doing so, because this was great.)

Spoiler warning, obviously, if you haven't played it yourself, yet.

Large Youtube embeds behind cut )

Grim Dawn

Dec. 8th, 2016 11:53 pm
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I started playing Grim Dawn recently, after buying it as part of a Humble Bundle. It's pretty good. If you've played any recent isometric ARPG, you should know what to expect. I'm playing as an Occultist+Shaman=Conjurer and am putting all of my points into the summoned creatures, which has been pretty cool so far.

I'll definitely say this much for Grim Dawn: it is objectively better than both Path of Exile and Diablo III, if only because it does not require always online bullshit.

Fran Bow

Nov. 2nd, 2016 08:02 pm
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I just finished Fran Bow a few minutes ago. I got it on Steam, but it's also available on GOG.com.

If you happen to be looking for a point-and-click adventure game full of psychological horror and more than a bit of mind screw, similar to games like Sanitarium or I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream, then you can't go wrong with this one, though I think Fran Bow has a certain charm to it that even those games lack. It ends on a wee bit of a cliffhanger/sequel hook, but not egregiously so.

I wouldn't necessarily claim that Fran Bow reaches the lofty heights of, say, The Longest Journey or Gabriel Knight on my list of all-time favorite point-and-clicks, but it's pretty high, all the same. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for news of a sequel.
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Large Youtube embed behind cut )

This is one of my favorite point-and-click games, and certainly one of my favorite Star Trek games. The only Star Trek games I'd rate a bit higher are Star Trek: Judgment Rites, which is the sequel to the PC 25th Anniversary game shown here, and Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity, which they also briefly mention in the above video. Why there aren't more (and more modern) Star Trek games like these now, today, instead of the putrid turds we've gotten lately, I don't know.

You can find both of these Original Series games on Steam and on GOG. Sadly and frustratingly, A Final Unity isn't available on those platforms (yet, anyway).

And, yes, the PC version of 25th Anniversary is indeed many orders of magnitude better than the NES version, which is, itself, much better than the Game Boy version (even if that was the first Star Trek game I ever owned and played and for which I still have fairly fond memories, even though, in retrospect, it objectively sucked complete asshole).

Happy 50th anniversary, Star Trek. Here's to another successful 50 years (and hopefully much better video games in that time).
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Humble Sierra Bundle.

Just plugging this, because it's cool.
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Large Youtube embed behind cut )

James and Mike play what is probably my favorite of all the Zelda games, and not just because it was the first one that I ever owned, played, and completed myself. This is not a full Let's Play in the traditional sense, but it's still a cool video, I think.

(EDIT)

And here is part two:

Second large Youtube embed behind cut )

(/EDIT)

Starbound

Jul. 28th, 2016 08:38 pm
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When this game reached 1.0 and left Early Access, I finally caved in and bought it, despite the fact that seemingly everyone on the Steam forums apparently hates it. I don't get that, perhaps in part because I am not one of those who followed the game from its inception, but still... I don't get it. I'm not going to say anything else about that, though, except to say that... well... it's the Steam forums, which are only slightly less hateful and asinine, generally speaking, than Youtube commentary.

So. Here's my take on Starbound. If you buy this game, try to play it at least until you get to the Outpost/Ark before you decide yay or nay on it. When I very first started, I finished the tutorial section and got to my ship. I beamed down to the first planet (which is the only accessible one at the start), and then I was like... huh... this really is just Terraria all over again, but with a scientific theme instead medieval/magic. I thought that was kind of lame. I almost gave up on it early, given that I'd already put almost 280 hours into Terraria and if I wanted to play Terraria again, I would, you know, just go play Terraria again. But I kept playing Starbound long enough to get the core fragments necessary to activate the portal to the Outpost/Ark (which really didn't take all that long, once I actually started looking for them), and played through the mining station quest, which repaired my ship so that I could go to different planets, and that's where the game opened up like nobody's business.

All in all, without getting into a gigantic overly-detailed play-by-play of my current playthrough, I'll just say that I've not regretted my purchase, after having played it for 29 hours so far already, according to Steam, and there are plenty of aspects of the game (colony building, pets, vehicles, etc.) that I haven't even touched at all yet. It is similar to Terraria in a great many respects, but on the whole, it is still its own game. Starbound is not just a "Terraria clone," any more than Terraria was just the "2D Minecraft clone" that far too many people claimed it to be.

I'll just give one example of something cool. So I went to an oceanic planet. Fortunately, I had already crafted a breathing device (initially for use so that I could mine fuel on the airless moons of some planets), which let me breath underwater as well. At first, I stayed on the surface, going from island to island, where I found several Asian-themed buildings, some of which were occupied, which was cool. Then I went underwater and just started walking around on the ocean floor. (Same as when I played Minecraft, and also with games like Aquaria and such, I just dig games that allow underwater exploration.) At first, I thought the height of my exploration on this planet would be when I happened across an underwater ruin of a bunch of buildings similar to the Asian-themed buildings on the surface. But then, later, I found an entire futuristic underwater city (complete with airlocks to get in), filled with NPCs. It was pretty cool. And that's just the one planet.
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"Up to 75% off tales worth telling: The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and more!"

Yeah, just wanted to plug this.

I have all but a couple of these on Steam already, but here they are on sale on GOG.com, if you prefer that.
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You can get all four of the Star Trek games on GOG.com now, during the current sale, all for 80% off, or a total of $4.76 USD. I would have been on this like white on rice, if I didn't already have them. Just thought I'd pass the word along, in case anyone might be interested.

Oh and, for what it's worth, there's a separate sale on other Interplay stuff, but that one doesn't interest me as much, since I already have what little from that one that I'd have wanted, and none of what's left interests me that much.
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For reference, here is my original post about the Tropes vs Women in Video Games series of videos.

Same as before, I'm just going to embed all of the Tropes vs Women in Video Games videos that have been released since that previous post.

Youtube embeds behind cut )

To repeat what I said in the previous post, regardless of whether or not you actually agree with the content of the above videos, just keep in mind that this is the kind of thing that Irredeemably Toxic Shithole (aka GamerGate) wants to prevent you from seeing. This is what is "corrupting" video games and video game journalism, according to them. This is what they're trying to silence and do away with, through threats of violence, rape, death, and invasion of privacy against the creator of these videos and those like her. (But, actually, it's about ethics in video game journalism.)

As for me, Ms. Sarkeesian didn't say anything that caused me to vehemently shake my head in disagreement, nor did she say anything that caused me to widen my eyes in shock, either. None of this is new to me. Like I also said in the previous post: shit's terrible.

She's not wrong, regardless of whatever Irredeemably Toxic Shithole may try to claim to the contrary.
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If you ever wanted to try the X series but didn't want to have to use Steam to do it, well now you can get it on GOG.com. And on top of that, it's even on sale for 75% off at the moment, which means that the entire series (minus X Rebirth, but that's no big loss[1]) is available on GOG.com right now for a little over $10 (or else it's 50% off each game individually, if you didn't get the entire series at once).

Just to note, I am still playing X3: Albion Prelude (with currently 988 hours into that game alone, according to Steam, not even including all the hours I'd previously put into the earlier games), to this very day in fact (meaning I literally just quit playing it only a few minutes ago, then opened Feedly to see this deal), so yeah, I can definitely recommend it, as I already have many times in the past.

[1] - With that said, however, I've been hearing that X Rebirth itself has been polished up into an actually halfway decent state nowadays as well, so whenever the next big 4.0 update comes along, I may give Rebirth another try. And, apparently, there's a whole new game coming at some point as well. Hopefully, this new game will be the true X4 that Rebirth definitely was not.

Asphyxia

Nov. 3rd, 2015 05:27 pm
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According to the Steam page, the game is described as "Samantha and Lillian are best friends. At least, they were, until everything fell apart. Now, Samantha has a day to repair their relationship – but is it already too late?" And that is, indeed, the main gist of the game. It's a visual novel in which you play as a girl who is trying to repair her fractured relationship with another girl who used to be her best friend.

However, as you play the game, you may start to notice things, mainly the names of the characters. Coleridge. Wordsworth. Southey. De Quincey. Byron. Shelley. And so on. So... yeah. In this game, you are actually playing through a (very) loose reenactment of the lives of gender-flipped English Romantic poets from the 18th and 19th centuries, except set in modern times.

When you finish the game once, it explicitly tells you this in the "Extras" section. "I hope you don't feel too cheated to learn that this is an 'edutainment' game disguised as a girls' love story~ ❤" Also, there are biographies for each of the poets/authors upon which the main characters in the game are based, and if you didn't already know the histories of these people, then you can read it there, from which you learn that there is pretty much no true happy ending for any of these characters from the game itself, if you assume that their subsequent lives mirror those of the real people on which they are based.

So, as for the game itself... it's a visual novel, like many others that exist on Steam (though some of the games that are tagged as "visual novel" on Steam aren't actually true visual novels, at least not in my opinion). However, I found this one somewhat more interesting due to the art style, which is more like Victorian dolls than the typical anime/manga style that you see in most other VNs. The music is pretty good as well. There are four endings in all, only two of which could even remotely be considered "good" endings (and, as I said above, even those are overshadowed by the actual history of the real life people on which the characters are based). Some mature subject matter, drinking, drug use, and that sort of thing, is discussed (but not depicted) so be warned, if you're not into that sort of thing. Though there are a few lighter moments here and there, the overall tone of the game is pretty dark and moody, which is fairly appropriate, I think.

All in all, it was a pretty decent use of the six hours or so it took me to get all of the endings. I'd recommend it.

Oh, and as mentioned here, there is another, free game made by the creator of Asphyxia, which features the two main characters from Asphyxia, if you wanted to take a look at that as well. I haven't (yet) played it myself, though.
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Did I make a post about The Beginner's Guide? I meant to, but apparently I never got around to it.

Well, I'd recommend playing it, but in case you don't want to pay $10 on Steam for a game that only lasts a couple of hours or so (my full playtime was 116 minutes, so says Steam), here (and below) is a full LP of it by Liam and Woolie of Super Best Friends Play. The video was apparently recorded on the day that the game released (October 1, 2015). They go in completely blind, knowing nothing about the game, and that's truly the best way to experience it, I think. It took them about an hour and a half, same as me, and then there's a few minutes of "WTF did we just play? Was this real?" stuff at the end of the video. I'd already played through the game myself, but I have to say that watching the LP and hearing their reactions to the game was just as interesting, since I shared a lot of them.

Youtube embed behind cut )

Here are my own thoughts about the game:

I'm pretty sure that the whole thing is "kayfabe," to use a bit of pro wrestling lingo. Or, more appropriately, it's what you'd call a "worked shoot." It's seems pretty clear that it's not real because A) a guy as severely aloof as Coda was presented to be, especially later on, most likely wouldn't have ever gone to a gamejam-type event in the first place, and B) if it is real, then Davey Wreden is a human piece of fecal matter for putting Coda's stuff on Steam (and especially for selling it for $10), after being explicitly asked by Coda not to share his work anymore. I'm of the opinion that neither Coda nor Davey Wreden, the character narrating The Beginner's Guide, are real (as opposed to Davey Wreden, the guy who made The Beginner's Guide and The Stanley Parable, who I'm pretty sure is indeed real [and who may or may not be dealing with some real life issues of his own that may possibly have inspired the creation of this game]). I have no idea if there is a real life equivalent to or inspiration for Coda at all, but if there is and he's even a little bit like how the guy in the game was portrayed, I'm not sure whether I'd want to meet the guy or run screaming in the other direction. >_>; My belief, until proven otherwise, is that Coda is pure fiction, though, perhaps a representation of Wreden's own creative side.

(EDIT) Oh, and I briefly disabled my Youtube comment blocking add-on on Firefox just to look to see what people might have been saying about the game and the video, and I was very, very quickly reminded of exactly why I was blocking Youtube comments altogether in the first place. When will I ever learn. (/EDIT)

Undertale

Oct. 7th, 2015 10:23 pm
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Okay. I'm going to talk about Undertale now. Here, also, are the Steam and TVTropes pages for Undertale (view that latter one at your own risk, especially if you are spoiler averse).

Here is a demo for the game. I might actually go back and play the demo myself at some point, because I've heard there are some tricks that it does that even the full game doesn't do, such as manipulating the demo's manual based on how you play. As such, you should probably look at the demo's manual before, during, and after you play the demo. (As far as I can tell, the full game doesn't have a manual at all.)

First comes the non-spoilery bits. I'll provide a LJ-cut and tons of spoiler space and even <lj-spoiler> tags once I get into the really spoilery stuff, so don't worry too much. Just be warned that there'll be some slight spoilery stuff even before that, though.

Mostly non-spoilery bits behind cut )

The music is awesome. Hell, I'll even do an impromptu, half-assed Game Music Thing, right here and now.

Just a very few (ever so slightly spoilery) examples from the soundtrack:

Youtube links behind cut )

Now onward into real spoiler territory...

Super spoilery bits behind cut )

So, yeah, you should give Undertale a shot. It's pretty neato, I think.
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I'm not going to be buying it, because I already have most of the games on it, but the current Humble Indie Bundle is a pretty good one.

Games I have personally played and can recommend:
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
The Deponia series (though I haven't actually played the last game in the series yet, myself, the first two are pretty solid)
Skullgirls (including all DLC)
Planetary Annihilation (I backed this one on Kickstarter. Also included in the bundle is a 66% off coupon [on the Humble Store] for Planetary Annihilation: TITANS, which is basically the same game but with more stuff. Seems... a bit odd to me that they're putting a coupon in the Bundle, rather than the actual game itself, and I'm not sure that's a good precedent to be setting there, but... whatever... that's the only bad thing I see about this particular bundle)
Gone Home (despite what you might hear from most of the rest of the Internet, particularly the misogynistic GamerGate assholes, this is actually a pretty cool game)
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*Placeholder post so that I don't forget to talk about Eternal Senia at some point real soon-like. It's just too late to do it tonight, though.*

Eternal Senia is a pretty interesting game. Made by mostly one guy in RPG Maker, it doesn't really play much like a typical RPG Maker game, in that it is an ARPG. Though not entirely unheard of with RPG Maker, it is somewhat rare. No random battles or turn-based combat or anything like that. You walk into an enemy and automatically attack it. Later on you get special attacks on the Q, W, E, and R keys.

The story as a whole is kind of bland, but the endings (there are three of them, all fairly easy to get) are all of the "bittersweet at best, none of them truly happy" variety, which somewhat makes up for it. A lot of the English text was written by someone for whom English is obviously not their first language, but it's not bad enough to mar understanding of the story.

The game is really easy (which was the intention by the creator). I finished the game, all endings, and all of the optional "side-quests" given by the same three NPCs you meet at the end of each section prior to the boss, in a little over five hours total (though I did give up and just look up the locations of a few of the chests in the final area). Also, somewhat embarrassingly, I completely neglected to use the system for upgrading the special attacks, so all of those remained at level 1 for the entirety of my playthrough of the game. For some unknown, dumb reason, I didn't even realize you could upgrade stuff until after I'd finished the game and went to the "bonus room" and did the speed mini-game thing which awarded another 1000 SP, at which point I realized that I'd never used that stuff, which was when I found the upgrade mechanic and felt really stupid. Even though there's a frickin' screenshot of the skill upgrade screen right there on Steam. I had over 75,000 unused SP by the end of the game. Using that, I was able to upgrade each of the four skills from level 1 to level 25. >_>; With that said, however, even before upgrading the skills at all, I was still able to kill pretty much all non-boss enemies in one or two hits with even just regular attacks, let alone the specials, which is why I never noticed it or felt a need for it even after I found it. I think the only time I ever died legit was when I tried to fight the Demon Lord boss on hard mode, after which I didn't bother using hard mode anymore. So, yeah, the game is super easy.

On the whole, the game is pretty good, especially for a free game made by mostly just the one guy. As such, I would recommend it, if you've got a few hours to kill. As noted in the comments below, the game is apparently "inspired by" Ragnarok Online, which I didn't know about until after I'd already finished it and was looking at the Steam forums, because I've never played RO (given that it is a MMO game, and I generally loathe MMO games, with one exception, though I played through even that one entirely solo and was glad to be able to do so since I otherwise wouldn't have played that one either, but I digress). He also makes mention of the Mana games in the dev commentary stuff in the bonus room, and it's easy to see the inspiration there. Though, for what it's worth, I do find it a trifle odd that apparent "fan-games" like this are able to make it onto Steam, even if they're free like this one. But at the same time, I don't have a problem with it, either, as long as they aren't shit-tier quality games like a lot of them tend to be, which this one is not.

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