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Post by Delthazar » 3 weeks ago

I tend to always forget about PDXCON, the annual Paradox event, despite playing a ton of their games to the tune of dozens or hundreds of hours each over the past several years, but 2019's PDX led with a banger that's hard to miss



It's been a minute since Crusader Kings 2. Seven years! CK2 just happens to be free right now on Steam - either permanently or perhaps just for the length of PDX 2019 - so go grab it if you don't already have it (it's been free before) and see what all the fuss is about. It's grand strategy from the POV of a noble/royal bloodline rather than just the wider nations of a Civilization or Europa Universalis. Complicated, but that distinction means your personal scenario can get pretty wild.

There's screenshots over yonder. It obviously looks a lot nicer than CK2, given that huge seven year gap.

https://kotaku.com/rejoice-for-crusader ... 1839186137

RPS has more details on Crusader Kings 3's features, with some assumptions

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/1 ... ow-so-far/

Moving on, I haven't played Surviving Mars yet, despite possibly owning two copies of it somehow (thanks, Humble Monthly and Epic Store weekly giveaways) but there's a kinda-sorta successor coming already, this time in a post-apocalyptic setting



If it looks pretty rough, maybe that's because it's an Early Access title. You can find that on Epic. I'm curious, but the part of me that feels like fiddling with post-apoc management sims would probably just go check in on how that big Fallout mod for Hearts of Iron IV is doing.

Elsewhere at PDX it's mainly expansions. Stellaris is getting another called Federations, Battletech is getting something called Heavy Metal. So I'm now at least three or four Stellaris expansions behind and I'm also still just barely past the Battletech tutorial.

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Post by Delthazar » 3 weeks ago

In not-Paradox news, Disco Elysium is out and is getting incredible reviews almost everywhere, with the possible exception of Austin over at Waypoint, who mainly seems to wonder whether or not the game is too in love with the sound of its own voice, which is totally fair.



But it's getting tons of comparisons to old-school bangers like Planescape Torment, if that tickles any fancies. I'd jump in right now but my backlog is no longer manageable... and The Outer Worlds is out next week which is only gonna knock a 60+ hour CRPG like Disco Elysium out of the rotation immediately. So.

I also keep seeing positive chatter about Manifold Garden, out now on Apple Arcade and Epic.



Switch owners who missed it on PC: Return of the Obra Dinn just got ported. Get it, it's good. Some might say it was the best game of 2018.

Keep yer eyes on this, too.


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Post by Falcon Critical » 3 weeks ago

Manifold Garden is giving me The Witness vibes.

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Post by True Perception » 3 weeks ago

Interesting. I got a copy of Atelier Iris from Game Stop, and it just arrived with some obnoxious metal tape over the clear plastic part of the disc. I was immediately worried. It was obvious that there was some damage underneath, too. I decided to pop it into my PC and start it in the emulator. Absolutely anything that could be called "video" had serious skipping, lag, and freezing. Shit! So I plug in the wonky PS2. At first it would not read. I could hear it struggling with the tape, too. I popped in a known working game to test (Disgaea), and it started right up. Did some more finagling, and now it's working. Funny thing? No skipping. Apparently that metal tape fools the PS2's head, but not my computer's.

Unfortunately, the game looks kinda bad on my TV. A little fuzzy, almost to the point of double vision. I turned the TV to "Standard" and that's helped, but it's still a little noticeable. We'll see how it affects my interest in playing the game...

Edit: Oof! Certain colors for the character name don't look terrible. Particularly blue and white, so far.

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Post by True Perception » 3 weeks ago

Hmm. Didn't notice before that Popo has the same VA as Marona from Phantom Brave.

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Post by Bier_Engel » 3 weeks ago

I've tried a few entries in the Atelier series but I could never get more than an hour or so in before losing interest, which is weird, because I liked Mana Khemia, so I assumed I'd like those too.

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Post by True Perception » 3 weeks ago

Well, MK has that school thing going on, which I believe is up your alley.

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Post by Bier_Engel » 3 weeks ago

Something about it was just better, though. The most recent one I tried, Rorona, had a day structure not unlike Persona but somehow I immediately felt trapped and like I wouldn't know how to spend my limited days properly... either gathering materials or doing other things to fulfill quests. It just felt more stifling in that game for whatever raisin (I don't recall MK having a strict time limit on things but I could be wrong as it's been 10+ years). Also wasn't too into the combat.

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Post by True Perception » 3 weeks ago

The newer Atelier games have never seemed interesting, but I liked Iris, so I'm going to try to play through farther than I did previously.

I remember liking MK, but didn't get far into it. Maybe because it was on PSP? I never used that thing much.

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Post by Bier_Engel » 3 weeks ago

I played it on PS2. I think maybe it was on both?

E: I guess the PSP version was ruined with abysmal loading times.

PS2 loading times were fine. But yeah, as someone who played PSP in general, I learned to save often. Many games would just freeze. I especially had issues with Hexys Force. Liked the game a lot, but the random freezes would make me rage quit for periods of time.

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Post by True Perception » 3 weeks ago

Hmm. I didn't know it was on PS2. I might have to try it that way. ... eventually.

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Post by True Perception » 3 weeks ago

I find it weird that I'm noticing VAs more and more. Delsus is the same person that does Deego's former soldier buddy from Rogue Galaxy.

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Post by Falcon Critical » 2 weeks ago

Came across this while scanning the RPS newsfeed. Looks like a new stardew with a bigger world. Still early access but looks like it'll scratch that same itch.

https://tropicalpuppy.com/fantasy-farmi ... ge-season/


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Post by Delthazar » 1 week ago

Blizzcon.

This year's event is a weird one for obvious raisins. There was an apology upfront, a lot of the usual vague platitudes from their president a la accountability and doing better in the future and whatever, 'course nothing in the way of exact details.

A few words on the Hong Kong situation was expected, but some actual action was what they needed. Cutting the ban in half obviously wasn't enough. Returning the prize money wasn't enough. They probably needed to cancel the ban entirely and, I dunno, double that money. Maybe they'll get around to that after they see some quarterly numbers. Or not.

Anyway. Games. Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 are things.





Diablo 2 is looking like a return to Diablo 2's aesthetic, for better or worse. Some of the new stuff is nice. A little more environmental verticality goes a long way. Mounts! Riding horseback to get through repeat map runs will go a longer way. Plus it looks like you can fight on horseback to some extent. RP a Dothraki if you want. Since it sounds like Diablo 4's world is more open rather than segmented in act locations like before, we'll kinda need horses, I imagine.

Druid/Sorc/Barbarian are the three classes they're showing right now. More are probably coming - a Diablo game hasn't shipped with less than five classes since the original. I don't remember Diablo 3 well enough to really know how much has changed for these first three.

Player characters being far more customizable than before in terms of faces and skin tones is also big. Looking forward to that. Assuming I play Diablo 4 at all, of course. I feel like my time with this style of game might be long done.

https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/1/20944 ... skill-tree
https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/1/20944 ... appearance





Overwatch 2 is maybe a bit more confusing. Cosmetic unlocks from the first game will carry over into the second, which is super cool, and... some of the Overwatch 2 stuff will appear in Overwatch 1? Maybe all of it, at least in terms of the traditional Overwatch-y PVP gameplay, modes and characters and whatnot. This is maybe thanks to Blizzard kinda having a whole esports league built around OG Overwatch that needs to be considered in their calculus a bit. So, the two Overwatches will live on in parallel as far as the competitive PVP game is concerned.

The new focus for Overwatch 2 is co-op PVE content. There will finally be a full story campaign, building on the seasonal 4-player Left 4 Dead-like stuff they've done before in the first Overwatch. No idea how many missions it'll have, overall length, etc. But it will come with a character progression system for ability upgrades and stuff, which is neat, and makes sense as a new bag of tricks they can use for a co-op PVE game.

The interrelation between Overwatch 1 and 2 makes the latter feel like less than a true full sequel, more than a mere expansion, so I guess... a companion piece? It's weird, and I wonder how that will affect their pricing. OW1 launched at like $30 or something so repeating that with OW2 might make sense.

...oh, and we're getting Sojourn, finally

https://www.polygon.com/blizzcon/2019/1 ... zzcon-2019
https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/1/20944 ... sion-saved
https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/1/20942 ... journ-echo

Diablo 4 might be another PC-first banger that gets console ports a little later. Overwatch 2 is confirmed for all current platforms, even the Switch - right outta the gate this time. No release dates for either yet. But there's been talk of both games for long enough they could possibly get 'em out next year.

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Post by Falcon Critical » 1 week ago

That wasn't an apology, and chat being disabled for their livestream implies they knew it.

While I do have fond memories of Diablo as as series, what drove me away from D3 was the constant clicking. At the time Blizzard were weirdly elitist about not doing gamepad support and now my interest in the genre is gone.

Overwatch 2 is an expansion dressed up as a new game. I like the art and lore of Overwatch, but I didn't play the first game and won't play this either. I find it amusing that Tumblr is discussing Lena finally moving from crocs to sneakers.

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Post by True Perception » 1 week ago

Man, that first D4 vid was awesome. Finally got around to watching it. Somehow, I feel the gameplay won't stand up to lore, but I've only played the first one, so who knows.

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Post by Delthazar » 5 hours ago

I still can't believe this exists.



*insert clip of Austin Walker repeatedly saying "hmm" in increasingly concerned tones*

I wouldn't advise anyone get their hopes up too high for this. :pac like if Deadly Premonition was the Shenmue of 2010 then Shenmue 3 is kinda looking like the Deadly Premonition of 2019. And that's not counting the actual Deadly Premonition 2 we're getting next year, which I also can't believe exists.

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Post by Nei is bae » 1 hour ago

Shenmue sucks.