GameNotes December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas!  I hope you’ll find some good games under the tree or a Steam Sale Card in your stocking.  I looked at a few things during the “autumn sale” a few weeks ago, but nothing appealed at the time.  In a merrier mode this sale season, I had the best time reading about games I might like, looking specifically for RPGs and Mysteries, but also looking through current popular titles just in case.  By the time this posts (it was written longer than usual in advance) I will have peeked at a few of these.  I’ll save my thoughts till the December 31st game notes, so I have some interesting notes to finish out the year.

My purchases:

Bioshock Infinite (I have the disc but it was cheap and I thought it might be simple to just purchase and install on Steam)

Call of Cthulhu (While reading about The Sinking City, Call of Cthulhu kept coming up in comparison.  It also was well reviewed on Steam and came up in a few articles I read.)

Hollow Knight  (A platformer, but weirdly gothic looking and described as darkly atmospheric.  Well reviewed.  Wish me luck on the platform jumps.  Haven’t played a platformer in ages)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Mystery, well reviewed, cheap)

What Remains of Edith Finch (Mystery, well reviewed, a fair few bloggers seem to have played it. )

The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games, have never played, always well regarded. A sequel in the works. Came up in Mystery game reviews.)

Sherlock Holmes Bundle!  (This has six of the games.  I was going to try the generally reviewed  favorite The Secret of the Silver Earring, but, yo, what a good deal.)

Jenny LeClue, Detective (episode one, it seems, but a Mystery, liked by Steamers.  Cute and has an attitude. Plink.)

Don’t tell my husband I bought all this. (Elder Scrolls just popped in there…have had for a long time….)

 

Looked at:

Blacksad, but lots of comments about poor controls, which can be maddening.  I’ll wait for a controls fix which will hopefully come.

Cuphead   I know it’s supposed to be super hard, but I may crack yet.

Disco Elysium  The graphical style is off-putting.  It takes place in a single city block? Isometric?

XCom 2   Not what I hoped it might be.  Thought more strategic, spy like.

Subnautica    May crack. I have dubbed the first person perspective games “hand games” because all you see are the creepy hands at the bottom of the screen.  It looked pretty, was well reviewed, seems to have interesting gameplay.

Dark Souls  The title comes up a lot so I thought maybe, but nope, looks all hack and slash.  Commenters mention the awesome armor…zzzzz….

Black Mirror 1  One reviewer compared it to the old game Sanitarium.  You won’t have played it, but it was fascinating, crazy, but very buggy.  I was compelled to play through despite constant crashes.  The trailer for Black Mirror was very odd, with this long sequence showing an old man writing in his study in a tower.  There appears to be something coming up the side of the tower towards his window.  The view switches between the two, and finally, finally the window bursts open and the old man gets popped out the window.  Reviewers on Steam liked the game but many mentioned how incredibly slow the narrator and everything in the game moved, which, if the trailer sequence is an indicator, could be torturous.

Return of the Obra Dinn sounded great but whoa, black and white graphics with an odd sparkling, strobing light effect.  My eyes hurt after a few moments of the trailer.

Nancy Drew  Jury is out on trying one.  I really like the CW series and am likely to try the first couple of books in the series too.  The games? Dunno.

Outer Worlds, another “hands game” that sounds so good but doesn’t look that great in clips and there’s the creepy hand thing.  On sale again though.

 

Need ideas?

From PC Gamer, the Best Detective Games on PC   https://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-detective-games-on-pc/

Games Radar  25 Best RPGs to Cozy Up with This Winter   https://www.gamesradar.com/best-rpg-games/

Rock Paper Shotgun’s Best RPGs on PC in 2019, but many of these just aren’t going to run.   https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/10/11/best-rpgs/

 

The Outer Worlds from Obsidian

via PC Gamer, take a look at a new science fictional world created by the original developers of Fallout 1 and 2.

It promises multiple pathways through the game world with choices that don’t let you pick the good guy or bad guy role easily. They really want to twist you, it seems. Never fear, playing ESO with its sometimes ambiguous moral choices is toughening me up. Sort of.

https://www.pcgamer.com/obsidians-the-outer-worlds-blends-firefly-and-fallout-into-a-bold-open-ended-sci-fi-rpg/

Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore

via The Rampant Coyote, another fine Kickstarter for you to consider.   This is a single player RPG with lots of character options, party member selection, a pretty sharp looking world, and traps and puzzles!

deathfire

From their Kickstarter page, Key Features

  • Single player, first person Party-based play (four player-, plus two non-player characters)
  • Six races and eight classes to choose from
  • Over 34 unique character traits, plus base attributes
  • Party characters interact with each other
  • Turn-based combat
  • Indoor and outdoor environments
  • Complex puzzles and evolving quests
  • Combine items to build weapons and traps
  • Interactive game world
  • Recipe-based crafting and enchanting
  • Involving, adaptive storyline with many key players and twists
  • Factions for intriguing political set-ups
  • Tons of monsters to battle
  • Dialogues—yes, you will be in awe at our cool and intelligent dialogue system
  • Cheese toast (This is an inside joke for those of you who have played the “Realms of Arkania” trilogy. If you have not, do not worry, “Deathfire” will give you the opportunity to become a member in the ranks of those initiated in the joke.)