Have you been spending hours trying to pass a level? Or maybe you are completely addicted to a newly bought game. Do you have a question about a game or would like to share something else? In the Weekly Discussion Thread, you can do it all!

Please don’t forget to use the spoiler tag as soon as you start talking about a storyline.

  • @SirSamuel
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    179 months ago

    Baldur’s Gate 3. I had never played any of the series but the reviews were good so I took a chance. It probably is the closest we’ll get to an actual dnd experience in a single player game (well, except for scheduling conflicts lol). I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far and am trying to not let it take over my life

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      I picked up Baldur’s Gate 1+2 remastered as a combo on a Steam summer sale for like $20 last year, and I gotta say BG2’s story was a real high. Probably one of the best I’ve experienced in video games.

      You really have to micromanage the combat though, so if you don’t like pausing and thinking about every single move your party needs to make, it might not be for you. I also played it before BG3, so I can’t really speak to how it’ll feel going backwards. But BG2 was really worth it for me.

      • @[email protected]
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        59 months ago

        I think a lot of those CRPGs were built under the premise that your companions were meant to die as expendable fodder for the player character. I know old school Fallout was built like that. It’s a real challenge keeping everyone alive till the end of 1 and 2.

        • @[email protected]
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          49 months ago

          I actually played Fallout 2 over the pandemic lockdowns, and I gotta say I found BG2 less difficult. I don’t think I’ve ever spent as much time dying in a game as I did in FO2.

      • Big_Boss_77
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        29 months ago

        It’s been years since I’ve played it… but IMO going backwards would be rough.

        • @[email protected]
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          29 months ago

          The toughest part for me is that the game is based on 2e, an edition of DnD I had no experience with. It was rough lol

          • @SirSamuel
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            29 months ago

            Ooof, even Order of the Stick is based on 3.5e. The only thing i know about 1st, 2nd, and 4th editions is what Matt Coleville has talked about in his running the game series (minions and the bloodied condition ftw btw)

    • @[email protected]
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      29 months ago

      I finished the game once, have 2 co-op games running with friends, and just started a modded playthrough where the whole party is Artificers. I highly recommend giving some of the mods a try once you’ve played through vanilla. They’re super easy to install and add so much fun an variety.

      • @SirSamuel
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        29 months ago

        Ngl, i used mods in Morrowind back in the day, and tried them with Skyrim, but today there is such a glut of quality games that i have a backlog of things i still want to play but haven’t had time for yet. I get 1-2hrs each night that i can use to play games. At this rate i won’t be playing Skyrim in Space™ until June next year, and i still want to go back and do a new playthrough with the Phantom Liberty dlc. That’s just the AAA games, there’s several from smaller studios on my list. Plus I GM a SW5e campaign every winter with some friends… man I’d love to quit my job so that I could game.

        First world problems, amiright?

  • @jacobaaron
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    89 months ago

    Mass Effect trilogy for the first time. So many people have been trying to put me on it for years, finally giving it a go. Heard really good stuff about it

    • all-knight-party
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      39 months ago

      Are you playing the Legendary editions? The first one definitely didn’t age super well, even on LE. the mako sections are not great, the combat is decent with the LE changes, and random planet exploration is not very good either.

      but the story, character stuff, and the lore of the world are very good, and it’s a great kickstart to the universe and your investment in the rest of the trilogy, 2 is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the first and by the third you’re really invested and the gameplay has made great strides. It’s a little tough to get into, but it does really snowball into something incredible.

      Also, in the first one, there is a point of no return that the game doesn’t warn you about explicitly, I missed out on doing DLC or character specific side quests because I went too far and couldn’t return, be careful.

      • @jacobaaron
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        29 months ago

        Legendary edition. Only a couple hours in the first one and enjoying the story so far. Thanks for the heads up though - I’m trying to avoid looking at any guides and wanting to experience on my own but should I look when specifically in the game there is a part of no return?

        • all-knight-party
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          29 months ago

          At a certain point you’ll need to go to a planet named Ilos. Do what you want to do before you go there and you’ll be good.

  • QuintenOPM
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    69 months ago

    Cities Skylines II :)

    • @userisoffline
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      39 months ago

      I am so excited to get started on this. But I saw it is not well optimized :(

      • QuintenOPM
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        39 months ago

        Yeah. I don’t have performance issues but the game feels empty without mods. It’s kind of hard to explain. There are only a few trees for decoration for example. Houses are half floating or do not connect to the road when there is a small hill. But I have confidence that they will sort it out.

        That being said. Games that are not ready for release should not be released, period.

        • @userisoffline
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          29 months ago

          Awesome thanks! I actually played with out mods for CS1. But I have GamePass until January so I can play it there till it is fully patched. Thanks!

        • @[email protected]
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          29 months ago

          How does it compare to the first one? I’ve played it for a while but I could not really get hooked on it

          • QuintenOPM
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            29 months ago

            If you did not enjoy the first one I doubt you enjoy the second one. Tldr: its more in depth than the first one.

  • Okami
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    69 months ago

    Just finished Subnautica for the first time. That was a hell of a satisfying ending. Good game throughout.

    Picked Factorio back up for now. Making another go at it on a fresh start. Maybe this time I’ll push through and actually launch a rocket.

    • @thatWeirdGuy
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      29 months ago

      Mmm, crack cocaine of video games 😃 I always get bogged down after the blue science. This time I got yellow working too, but my logistics is crap. I kind of dislike making a main belt, so I make it more complicated for myself than it needs to be

      • Okami
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        19 months ago

        That’s how it goes. The blue science wall is real.

        My last run was the first time I pushed past blue. I just barely managed to get yellow and purple going but I overextended my base, everything was falling apart from resource bottlenecks, and the biters had spread so much that pushing out to new resource patches was like pulling teeth. I gave up while trying to get a fresh oil supply up and running.

        Current run I just got red and green science going, and trains and my car are ready to go. Iron is starting to run out. Fixing to leave my starter base to go liberate some more iron and coal from the natives.

  • @doublejay1999
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    9 months ago

    Been an interesting week.

    Deleted Cod Cold War - I was addicted and it stopped me playing other stuff.

    Wanted to get started on Ghost of Tsushima- but I just can’t get into it

    Went back the AC odyssey and grabbed DLC.

    Also snagged and got burned by Endless Dungeon, which is bug ridden and incomplete.

  • GingaNinga
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    59 months ago

    Lies of P has been fun

    • @MJKee9
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      19 months ago

      Beat it Monday night. Immediately started ng+. I’m a slow learner, and I’m just now dialed in with the flow of combat, which is good, because ng+ is no joke.

  • @[email protected]
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    9 months ago

    Replaying AC Odyssey as Alexios. It’s weird to see angry Kassandra.

    So far I’ve been disappointed in dialogue and interactions with NPCs, even in the main story, where I expected things to change between the two characters, but the dialogue has been mostly all the same.

    But hey, I get really fun, ancient Greece ship combat. 10/10 recommend the game just for that.

    Edit: Also playing through Hades for the first time since purchasing it. I love how Supergiant put their own spin on all the Gods and Demi-Gods while keeping them mostly true to their depictions in Greek myth.

    • DARbarian
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      19 months ago

      I just finished Assassins Creed Odyssey after 150 hours and 100% completion (aside from the riddles) and goddamn what a journey it was. Really looking forward to Mirage but I still have to play Valhalla

  • Obinice
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    59 months ago

    I’ve been trying out Rimworld for the first time!

    Raiders sure are delicious, and their skin makes such comfy armchairs!

  • @thatWeirdGuy
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    59 months ago

    Deep Rock Galactic is my current game. It’s super fun with friends and offers a decent challenge. The slapper of a soundtrack is also a bonus. I love seeing bits of bugs fly in every direction while Dance of the Dreadnaught is rocking my ears.

    Also, I just got the Fat Boy overclock. Now the caves have a healthy green glow

  • @Purple_drink
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    49 months ago

    Dave the Diver. Not sure why I never heard about the game - it’s great. Hot pepper tuna for life

  • @[email protected]
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    49 months ago

    I’m playing Slay the Princess! It’s sort of like a puzzle/visual novel hybrid, where you’re trying to explore all the routes to find all the mini ‘endings’. It’s been really fun to try and work my way through each scenario, unlocking new paths to see new possibilities. The art style is this hand drawn looking sketchbook style that is super cool to watch animate, as well.

  • @Jikiya
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    49 months ago

    Spiderman 2 and Mario Bros Wonder.

    Mainly Spiderman, but play the other when my daughter is playing her SM2 game.

    • @[email protected]
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      19 months ago

      I finally started advancing on the main story in starfield and the faction quests and the game really picked up, got hooked for sure. I think it passed fallout 4 on my list

  • Aielman15
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    39 months ago

    Sea of Stars.

    Story is a bit too cliché at the moment, but graphics, soundtrack, gameplay and exploration are top notch. It really captures the feeling of being a kid, coming back home from school and playing those old school JRPG, but the QoL features make it much more enjoyable, and it doesn’t waste your time like those games.

    I’m really satisfied for now. I also like the cast, it’s a nice change of pace from the edgy/moody characters that lots of JRPG seem to have. Sitting down at the firepit and listening to the two protagonists joking and having fun among themselves really makes me like them.

    My only gripe is the story. As I said, it’s a bit too much on the “generic” side. Like, it’s not bad, I’m having fun, but it feels like, you know, been there, done that. Hopefully it gets better later on.

    • @xantoxis
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      39 months ago

      I just finished it, then went back for the bonus side quests so I could get the true ending.

      I wished the writing was less childish, but like you, I really enjoyed the texture of the characters. They really do Garl right. The original final bossfight is laughably easy if you’ve learned how to use Serai, but the “true ending” final boss is more fun. Overall I’m 4/5 on it.

      • Aielman15
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        I totally agree, Garl is awesome.

        At first I thought he was the comic relief guy, and I’d spend the following 20-40 hours listening to cringe-inducing Marvel-like humor. Instead they crafted a character that was funny but never over-the-top, and actually proved useful a few times (especially on a chapter that I won’t discuss because I’m not sure how spoilers work on Lemmy and its various applications yet).

        I have not finished the game yet, and although the story is a bit cliché, it also has a few good moments, and I’m loving the cast so far.

    • @[email protected]
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      I just started this too! Agreed on all fronts. It’s gorgeous, the combat is refined and a combination of a lot of great old-school JRPG mechanics, I like all the winks and tongue-in-cheek mentions of classic tropes. I was just really hoping the story wasn’t going where I thought it was going. But now that I have gotten a certain bit in, it feels like it’s going exactly where I think it’s going. But it’s such a self-aware game that I hope I’m wrong. Because you’re right, the characters are actually likeable and do at times subvert tropes, blatantly even, like they know we expected them to behave a certain way. Fingers crossed.

    • @Katana314
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      19 months ago

      The one thing that pulls me away from JRPGs is when their story is too generic. All the best ones I’ve enjoyed had some truly unpredictable, or even just highly dramatic, elements to their story.