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The game I'm most excited about getting is Disco Elysium.

Granted, I'm waiting for it to come down in price.

I don't spend more than $20 on a game these days. Mainly because I have so many games in my various libraries that I will never have time to play them all anyway.

Heck, usually I won't spring for a game until it's $15 or less, and that's only for the really good games.
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I do like The Outer Worlds and I was hoping to have this discussion with some of the people who have also played it, but I can't shake the feeling that maybe a lot of the high praise it is receiving is more of a reaction to the state of RPG videogames since the lightening of their content that probably started with Skyrim in 2011.

I make this controversial statement now, but I believe that now the hype and glamor of the game's release is over, if it were to have released during the golden age of RPGs or in close proximity to another highly regarded RPG (I think the Witcher 3 is the most recent) it would not be seen as good as some people are saying it is. The game is ultimately FINE, and for some people that's good enough, which is also FINE. I also think a lot of the Praise stems from the shit canning the Fallout series has been getting recently thanks to a certain Game studio who has lost their way. That can be seen in the game's marketing when they say the whole "From the Creators of Fallout", which when you look at who from the OG Fallout team are working on it, I don't get too excited because my favorite Fallout devs and writers didn't work on the game (Chris Avellone comes to mind, others like Josh Sawyer and Brian Fargo as well). I say these names because I imagine Game development should kind of be like movies, with you seeing the people actually making the product to get a good idea of how it's going to be, especially in terms of game writing and direction. I don't mean to shit on Leonard Boyarsky or Tim Cain, I just know the others better and their previous work that if I saw their names attached to the project, I would be more interested.   



I wanted to go into spoilers and stuff about the game that kind of jive with what I'm saying, but I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone and I think it's still worth playing, I just want to insert a counterpoint to the immense praise it is getting for a game that really is ultimately a FINE game.

I can do a short list of vague good and not good things I found though:

Good: Characters (Parvati, Welles, the other Companions, and so on), Gun mechanics (Basic but works), Quests (Except bits of the main quest), the game's setting and world building to an extent (would go deep into spoilers, but it winds up being fairly basic), Leveling system is unique and understandable, Slo-Mo is neat, and the Flaws.

Not-Good: The main quest (really, this game, like a lot of RPGs, shines on it side quests), the game's setting when you see how black and white it really is, the factions, like the rest of the game, are usually black and white as well, and WHY CAN'T I TAKE OFF THE HATS OF MY COMPANIONS WHAT THE SHIT. I'm missing stuff obviously, but that's all I got RN. Might add more if I think of any.

Anyway, this game is fine, you should play it, have fun, but remember if it can get a sequel to make everything better, then we will really be cooking with propane.
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Unwashed Village / Re: Happy new year
« Last post by Dessert Ranger on January 07, 2020, 03:43:33 PM »
Just thought I'd get in and say it sometime before April, glad I beat the rush. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year!

Each new year and even Decade brings upon us as a race new unspeakable horrors. Let's hope we can mitigate this time around  8)
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Unwashed Village / Re: Happy new year
« Last post by Hoopy Frood on January 07, 2020, 04:26:48 AM »
Ditto.

Assuming we actually make it through this year.
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Unwashed Village / Re: Happy new year
« Last post by Dessert Ranger on January 07, 2020, 02:37:21 AM »
Likewise!
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Unwashed Village / Happy new year
« Last post by TK on January 07, 2020, 02:26:49 AM »
Just thought I'd get in and say it sometime before April, glad I beat the rush. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year!
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Unwashed Village / Happy Thanksgiving to the UV Americans!
« Last post by Hoopy Frood on November 29, 2019, 01:08:22 AM »
Yep.
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Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« Last post by KMD on November 03, 2019, 10:15:58 PM »
Things are still going pretty good:

That relationship didn't work out. I got dumped in July. I didn't love her, but I DID expect it to last longer. Is that selfish?
The "stable job" I talked about in May was actually a temp position they had been dragging me along for 6 months. "We're gonna keep you on for another 2 weeks" every 2 weeks. Eventually I got permanently hired as a dispatcher, which I did for a month, but I wasn't ready for it, so they moved me to Billing, which is fine. I still get experience in the field I want to work in. Really a PITA to get my foot in the door but I guess it usually is.
I still take the train to work and I love it. I generally only drive my car "for pleasure" and not commuting and its very liberating.
I've thought a lot about moving out of St. Louis over the past 2 years, to another medium sized city, and if given the opportunity I probably would.
IDK what it is about being 28 but a lot of people I went to HS with have gotten married this past year.

Heres a picture of my car, and of me when I was a toddler so you can enjoy the 90's nostalogia.
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Thats good, I've heard good things and some bad (but mostly good!) things about this game.

I know Fallout: New Vegas is considered the best modern Fallout, an opinion which I don't necessarily share since it had a lot of the same jank as FO3.

After the absolute disaster that has been FO:76, the recent subpar classic Doom console ports, and Elder Scrolls: Blades,  I don't have a lot of confidence in Bethesda anymore. I'm "cautiously optimistic" about Elder Scrolls VI.
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Not surprised it's good.

Outer Worlds is Obisidian. Obsidian are an offshoot of Interplay (Black Isle Studios division). The people who founded it are the same ones who made Fallout 1, and while they left before Fallout 2 was finished, worked on the team that did FO2 for about 90% of the production (some of those on the team for FO2 that stayed on with Interplay through the release would later join Obsidian when Interplay folded).

They also were the studio that made Fallout:  New Vegas, having licensed the FO3 engine. And FO:  NV is considered the best of the modern Fallouts.

Obsidian really is one of the best gaming companies out there.

Oh, I know. it's a shame that Bethesda didn't let them make the game that they wanted, with Fallout New Vegas but I imagine that monstrous supe world being impossible for the engine to run in a stable way.
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