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#453460 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted Cougar on 30 June 2020 - 04:53 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 30 June 2020 - 12:44 PM, said:

That's hardcore. I'm impressed! I rely on both of those to sneak around. Do you use headphones at least?
Also, are you trying to be non-lethal?

Nah, hardcore would be aiming for the "Ghost" achievement, where you don't let yourself get detected. That's too much for me!

No headphones. Now I own a pair of awesome speakers, though, so I'm looking forward to playing Cyberpunk in a similar way. Yes, nonlethal.


I avoid Cloak mostly, because it is a battery hog. But I recently learned that it uses less energy if you stand still, so maybe I'll play with it some more.

I go for the battery upgrades too, and anything that helps me get into secret places, like jump and the thing that lets you break damaged walls.

#453449 In Other Waters

Posted Cougar on 29 June 2020 - 11:02 AM

Picked this up during the Steam sale. Overall, I liked it. The interactive alien ecosystem reminds me a lot of Waking Mars. But there's far less puzzle solving and interactivity in this game. I did appreciate that it was more Zen and less frustrating than Waking Mars, but I wish the game had more things you could do with the wildlife. Aside from changing the currents once or twice early on, you're pretty much just going from node to node.

There were also some strange UI choices. I didn't like that you could only see the main map from your base, with no checklist or notification system. At the point in the game I am in, post-story and collecting all the samples, it's making the game more tedious than it needs to be.

My biggest complaint, though, was the grammar. For a text-heavy game, it could have used a good editor.

All that said, I do agree that the game stirs the imagination in a very relaxing manner; in this way the low-key presentation is actually an asset. A nice remedy for 2020. And although the plot is fairly predictable, it has a great message for 2020 as well.

#453448 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted Cougar on 29 June 2020 - 10:50 AM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 29 June 2020 - 07:17 AM, said:

Working my way through Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - as usual I explore and sneak compulsively so it takes a really long time. Fun though!

My other weakness is sticking with the most basic augmentations from the previous game - haven't gotten into the new ones at all. Maybe I'll try a second playthrough later using a more exotic build.

I always play Deus Ex with minimal augs, including no x-ray vision and no minimap. I find the game more challenging and fun that way. I do use Cloak, though.

#453282 The Secret History of Mac Gaming

Posted Cougar on 17 June 2020 - 06:39 PM

Congrats on being funded, Richard! With 20 days to go, too. Amazing. Thank the John Siracusa bump today.

Looking forward to see what stretch goals you can come up with. :)

Still can't believe this is actually happening. I'd long given up on it. Makes me wonder if the book would've been finished by now if it had been a kickstarter from the get-go.

#453243 Cheap Mac Games

Posted Cougar on 13 June 2020 - 12:53 PM

Had a brief foray through the (even longer) list again. I can recommend The Novelist, Marie's Room, And Yet It Moves, and A Normal Lost Phone.

Heard good things about Pyre (made by Bastion and Transistor people) Celeste, Binaries, Old Man's Journey, Glittermitten Grove (it's one of those genre-subversion games, it's NOT about fairies).

#453242 Feral's upcoming project?

Posted Cougar on 13 June 2020 - 12:16 PM

View Postjos, on 13 June 2020 - 06:51 AM, said:

(and the new Prey, although I don't care at all about that game, as it has absolutely nothing to do with the original game).

Prey 2017 is probably my favorite AAA game of the last 5 years. It's essentially a modern System Shock. It's too bad Bethesda forced Arkane to reuse the Prey name for misguided marketing reasons.

#453201 Cheap Mac Games

Posted Cougar on 09 June 2020 - 01:40 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 09 June 2020 - 01:13 PM, said:

Update: you CAN search the bundle for a particular title after purchase. I think they may have just added this feature.

My Library -> My Purchases -> Bundles;  select the bundle. Now there is a search field above the list.

(Also, after you download a title the first time it gets added to your Library of individual titles.)

Yep, they just added it with about 300 more things.

Only looked briefly, but J.U.L.I.A, The Search, Walden, 2064: Read Only Memories, Windosill (played Windosill before, it's fun) caught my eye. Think they are all new.

#453198 The Secret History of Mac Gaming

Posted Cougar on 08 June 2020 - 09:48 AM

If you are still interested in Shareware Heroes but haven’t backed it yet, Unbound is doing a Kickstarter to try to raise the rest of the money:


You don’t need to back it if you have already done so on Unbound.

Crossing my fingers. Already 3.5k raised, but this is the worst time to be doing a Kickstarter...

#453195 Cheap Mac Games

Posted Cougar on 07 June 2020 - 10:01 PM

View Postnick68k, on 07 June 2020 - 08:51 PM, said:

Honestly, A Short Hike alone is easily worth a measly $5. And you get 741 free games with it, what's not to like?

I played it this weekend and it was just what the doctor ordered for this moment. Not my typical kind of game, but I felt so relaxed the entire time.

#453183 Cheap Mac Games

Posted Cougar on 06 June 2020 - 08:22 AM

Itch is doing a crazy racial justice and equality bundle: https://itch.io/b/52...ce-and-equality

Mostly games of the “experimental” variety but here are some standouts: Oxenfree, Quadrilateral Cowboy, Parallax, Night in the Woods, A Short Hike, Super Hexagon, Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist.

Even more games are coming tomorrow.

#453161 Feral's upcoming project?

Posted Cougar on 03 June 2020 - 01:17 PM

View PostMr Pink, on 03 June 2020 - 12:41 PM, said:

With 'Total War Saga: Troy' now presumably delayed for the Mac until at least late 2021, it would be great to see some other sequels ported to the Mac, like 'HITMAN 2' or 'Middle-earth: Shadow of War', but I guess we'll get some more Codemasters Racing Games and 'LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga'.

Hitman 2 especially seems like a no-brainer since it would also allow Mac users who have the first game to play it in 2's engine.

#453150 Feral's upcoming project?

Posted Cougar on 31 May 2020 - 12:23 PM

Yeah, Movies Anywhere is great. I don't buy iTunes because I want the best quality, but I always redeem my codes in Movies Anywhere and I instantly have digital copies on iTunes and everywhere else.

#453092 Free Mac (and occasionally Windows) games

Posted Cougar on 21 May 2020 - 01:46 PM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 21 May 2020 - 01:36 PM, said:

Civ 6 is free now on the EGS. Looks like the leaks were correct.

Only for Windows...

#453041 Questions about Doom 3.

Posted Cougar on 11 May 2020 - 10:44 AM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 11 May 2020 - 10:26 AM, said:

Seriously though, unskippable cut scenes break a game for me.  I'm thinking of one game in particular, forget who made it or even the title of it.  It was a number of years ago, a QuiickTime event game about Jurassic park.  The random button mashing frenzy after a forced cut scene and lead up to the event became infuriating.  

It was Telltale's Jurassic Park game. Never played that one because of the terrible reviews. QTEs were always the worst part of Telltale games. I don't know whose bright idea it was to make a game that's just a string of them.

Never got around to playing Doom 3, even though I had it on disc... Apparently BFG also nerfs the game, eliminating the need for the flashlight and changing the monster encounters. That's worse than the gripes already listed here.

At least they still sell the original. That's more than I can say for some other remasters.

#452999 In Other Waters

Posted Cougar on 04 May 2020 - 04:17 PM

View Postnick68k, on 04 May 2020 - 03:34 PM, said:

It's fun, dare I say it, if you like that sort of thing. I bought it from GoG as an impulse purchase and I don't regret it. It reminds me of old Arthur C. Clarke novels.

Speaking as a part-time biologist, the developer has created a convincing alien ecosystem, and there's a light touch to the writing which I'm appreciative of.

Oh gosh, as a biology minor and as someone who spent his twenties studying SF academically in grad school... this one might have to violate my "don't buy unless it's in a bundle or less than $10" rule....