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While I'm ranting about video games at the moment and all...

I bought Batman - The Telltale Series a couple days ago, because it was on a 75% off sale for $6.25.

Apparently, right around that same time, they released a huge patch that seems to have just completely broken the game. Just look at the Steam forums for the game right now.

I played the game for 46 minutes, according to Steam, and then just gave up and uninstalled it. I may go back to it later, some day, if they fix this shit, but for now, I am very disappointed in Telltale.


And this isn't the first Telltale game that I've quit before finishing it lately, either. A while back, I broke down and got Minecraft Story Mode, because it and the Adventure Pass bullshit were available together for dirt cheap. I played through the first five episodes (i.e. the main storyline) fine, but when I started the "extra" episodes, I ran into a problem where the info boxes were showing up as completely empty. I went so far as to send a tech support ticket to Telltale about it, and the response I got (almost a full two months later) was banal, form letter, useless bullshit like... well... hell, I'll just copy/paste the email reply I got from them here:

Uselessness behind cut )

So, yeah, I used to be a huge fan of Telltale. Not so much, anymore.

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(EDIT) And once again, the refund went through within a couple of hours. Good. (/EDIT)

For the second time now, I have requested a refund for a game on Steam. This time it was for a game (if you can even call it a "game") that only cost a dollar, but I still decided I would rather have my dollar back than to keep this thing.

So, because I pretty much loathe Steam reviews and find them nigh useless (and you can just look at the reviews for the game I linked to above, for examples of why I feel this way), I'll just post a mini-review here, instead.

"Your Friend Hana" is apparently a chatbot. I deduced this from the description and screenshots. It's why I bought it for a mere dollar. However, what the description and screenshots don't tell you is that Hana is apparently a very stupid chatbot. You can find smarter, more sophisticated chatbots for free via a simple <insert search engine of choice here> search. See, my problem was that I was typing complete sentences, and she just kept responding with "What did you say?" I found out later, via the forums, after I had already uninstalled it and requested the refund, that she apparently only responds to single key words. Except that even when I'd tried a single word "Hello," she still replied with "What did you say?" Oh well. I don't think I'm missing anything at all of value here, except for that dollar that I hope Steam gives back to me within a reasonable amount of time.
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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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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.)

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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You know... I might would actually consider getting back into buying some more JRPGs on Steam and such, if only the trailers for said games were actual trailers that showed off things like... I dunno... gameplay and such, rather than pretty much all of them lately merely being anime/J-pop music videos that don't really tell you much of anything about the games themselves (aside perhaps from the fact that they probably have pretty anime cutscenes). >_>
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I had a lot more to say here, at first, but in the end I decided to just delete all of it.

As such, all I'll say about this game for the time being is that I feel like I'm the kind of guy who would rather enjoy this game. I like the idea of it, at least what little I've heard of it. I have not been following any of the hype for this game up until now, aside from just the vague awareness that it is apparently A Thing™. I have not and will not read the Steam reviews for this game, because they are Steam reviews, which are, by and large, pretty much useless. I will wait for more general reviews from guys, such as Pat and Ian here, whose opinions I actually give more than two shits about.

However, very simply put, I do not like the idea of it to the tune of a full $60. I'll probably get it someday, if/when it ever hits a 60%-to-75%-off or so sale. Regardless of any other considerations, irrespective of how good (or not) the game may be, that great big sixty US dollars price tag can just go and fuck right the hell off, though.


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.

GOG Connect

Jun. 2nd, 2016 06:32 pm
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On GOG, they're doing this thing called GOG Connect. Basically, if you have Steam and eligible games in your Steam account, you can use GOG Connect to add those same games to your GOG account. It's only for a certain small number of games at the moment, as far as I can tell, but I still think that's pretty cool, and they say they'll be adding more later. I just added 10 new games to my GOG account for free, simply because I already had them on Steam.

It's actually amazing that they would even allow this, if you stop to think about it, because really, why the hell would they even want to let people add games bought on a competing service to their own platform for free? I think it's cool that they're doing it, but I don't get the why of it, outside of "hey this is a cool thing we want to do" or whatever.

I would have been happy just to be able to mark a game as "already owned" on GOG (and on Steam for that matter), just so they'd quit showing up in recommendations and such (which is more an issue with Steam than GOG, but still... and no, before anyone suggests it, I don't feel comfortable marking games on Steam as "Not Interested" as a workaround for a non-existent "Already Owned" option).

Just make sure to at least temporarily set your Steam profile to public before you try to do it, or else the GOG Connect thing won't be able to find anything, which I found out when I forgot that I had my Steam profile set to "Friends Only."
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I saw the Steam/GOG release notifications about this game and thought it looked pretty cool, but watching the above video is what has convinced me to actually buy it (probably, someday). I remember playing the original Harvest Moon game on the SNES back in the day, but couldn't really get into it all that much, since it seemed to be more focused on just the farming stuff, and that was pretty much too close to my own real life at that point in time to be enjoyable. Stardew Valley, however, has more than just the farming aspect, as they show in the video above, which is cool. In any case, I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

This is another case of how just watching a video of some guys messing around in a game is more effective than any officially made advertisements in convincing me to potentially give a game a try.
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...and is currently sitting at an aggregate 4.2 user rating on Metacritic (for the PS4 version)[1] and a 44% "Mixed" user rating on Steam.

Yeah. How about that.

/me idly goes back to not giving a shit about Street Fighter V.

(Adding the asinine anti-singleplayer trend tag here, since Street Fighter V is retardedly online-only, but this is another case where I wish that I had originally made the tag be "asinine anti-offline trend" instead, since that's more what it's actually about, but I have linked to it too much in other posts to change it now.)

[1] - And notice how I didn't even mention what the aggregate score from the professional critics was, because I haven't given a shit about those guys for a very long while now. (Not that user ratings are all that much more useful on that site either, mind you, but still, in this case, I think it's not entirely out of line.)
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Aside from this, I've mostly kept mum on the whole Godus fiasco, up until now.

I backed Godus on Kickstarter. I got Godus on Steam as a result, though I haven't played it at all as of yet. And now, I apparently have a "new" game called Godus Wars in my Steam library as well. Please note that Godus itself is still in "Early Access" (though no longer purchasable, as it now just points you to the new Godus Wars version), even though it was released in September 2013.

Really, like what I talked about before, what this looks like to me is simply yet another trashy attempt by a dev to kind of "clean the slate" of all the terrible reviews they'd gotten on their game by re-branding the game and re-releasing it again. Not sure that's going to work, in this case, because the new Godus Wars game already has a "Mostly Negative" rating, even though it was just released today. On the slim bright side, both the Godus and Godus Wars pages both contain links to one another, at least for now, so it's not a total whitewash in this case, but still... this is not a good business practice. It is shady as fuck.

You know what, I'm going to install Godus Wars, despite my general antipathy toward "early access" shit these days. I'm going to try to ignore the fact that this game and its predecessor have such terrible reviews scores. I am going to try to judge it based on its own merits, regardless of any other considerations. At this point, I have nothing to lose except for time, since I already have the game(s) on Steam. And, hell, I might even make another post (or just edit this one) in the future about the game, after I do that. We'll see.



I played the original Godus (selectable from within Godus Wars) for not quite an hour before uninstalling. I tried the tutorial, but it is broken. At first, I encountered part of the tutorial where the terrain was completely unlit, making it difficult to follow what was going on, but I managed to muddle through that. But then, after the "clear the rock" bit of the tutorial, it just seemed to get stuck. Got around that by bypassing the tutorial altogether in the options, but then, of course, I had no real idea of what the fuck to do in the game. Still, I played it for a little while longer, muddling around, until the game crashed. That's when I decided to stop wasting my time and just uninstalled it.

So, yeah, in my opinion, Godus is a broken piece of shit. I didn't even touch the Godus Wars side of it.

I very likely will not install this game ever again, until and unless I hear about them doing extensive work to get it into a playable state. That is all. I have enough games to play that I don't want or need to waste my time with unfinished, broken crap.


(EDIT 2)

Oh, and if anyone has anything to say about Godus Wars, or wants to see what others are saying about Godus Wars, they'll have to do so in the old Godus forums, because the forums for Godus Wars are currently marked as "Only group moderators and officers are allowed to post in this forum."

(/EDIT 2)
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Apparently, between now and Monday, you can install CONSORTIUM on Steam during that time period for free, and then keep the game in your library forever afterward. That's different from most "free weekend" type things that they do on Steam, at least as far as I can tell. Usually, you can only access the game for free during the actual free weekend, and not afterward.

Anyway... CONSORTIUM. I got the game during the Humble RPG Bundle Book One, from back in December 2014, but I never got around to playing it until a couple months later or so, when I read this article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun (even though that article was actually written around the same time that I originally bought the Humble Bundle). I actually haven't really played an awful lot of this game, though, even though I have 11 hours on record, according to Steam. The vast majority of the time I played the game was spent reading a fuck-ton of lore shit on the computer in the room you start in. Then, when I started trying to play the actual game part of it, I got a bit overwhelmed and just stopped, uninstalled, and still haven't gone back to it yet. I kind of want to someday, but... I just haven't yet. So... I'm not sure if that can count as a recommendation or not. The lore stuff was certainly interesting enough, I guess? >_>;
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[livejournal.com profile] owsf2000's post, my comments (though, be warned, I went a little off-topic in that second one [EDIT] and then I got really rage-ranty in the third one, which was a follow-up to the second one [/EDIT]).
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Here is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanmade game that just got greenlit on Steam. And here is someone bringing up the very valid point that this game is going to get killed so hard once Hasbro finds out about it, a thread in which the game creator (and a whole lot of other people) exhibits an extreme lack of understanding about how this sort of thing always ends up (and that, of course, answers the question I posed in the title of this post). This game will be Cease and Desisted into oblivion, no matter what Mr. Alex_Orangel says, just like so many other MLP fan projects have been in the past, and those weren't even trying to get onto an incredibly high profile distribution service like Steam, as this one is. Also, all the people saying that this somehow doesn't infringe on Hasbro's copyright of My Little Pony are either blind or stupid or both, because it obviously does.

As such, despite how good it may look, I'm pretty much just going to forget that this thing even exists, until the inevitable news that it has been buried by Hasbro comes along.

(EDIT) Just to be clear, I'm not saying I want the game to be killed, because I don't. I'd love to play this game if it ever saw the light of day. I'm just saying that it is almost assuredly going to be killed, and, as such, I don't want to invest any interest or hype into it. I hope I'm 100% wrong and it does make it, without getting C&D'd into oblivion. (/EDIT)


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