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#453814 Myst VR announced

Posted Cougar on 17 September 2020 - 05:02 PM

View PostAtticus, on 17 September 2020 - 09:25 AM, said:

all your bases are belong to Zuck

I just got confirmation that it's not a Quest exclusive, but it is coming to the Quest first. Whew.

#453804 Myst VR announced

Posted Cougar on 16 September 2020 - 01:52 PM

I'm probably the only one around here who cares about yet another incarnation of Myst, but anyway:


The reimagined music and narration is just perfect, IMO.

That brings up an interesting note: this is not a 1:1 remake in VR. You can see some new designs in the screenshots.

I am totally on board with this--some of the art design isn't as quite grounded in reality as in the later games, and so much of the Myst universe was only established in the later games and books. I can see how this might piss off some purists, though.

My only qualm is this better not be a Quest exclusive. I plan on getting an Index when Firmament releases and I refuse to buy anything Facebook-owned. I worry because this is tied into other Oculus announcements today, and it's clear Facebook gave them a boatload of money to make this.

(Oh, and VR is optional...there will be a flat version, too.)

#453803 64-Bit compatibility topic

Posted Cougar on 16 September 2020 - 01:23 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 16 September 2020 - 07:09 AM, said:

Despite Steam telling me it is 32-bit, A Story About My Uncle runs just fine on Catalina.

Steam Client does not make it easy to report the mistake, however. It tells me to contact the game publisher for any issues.

IIRC the silly way Valve implemented it, the developer needs to enable a flag to mark it compatible. So those warnings aren't always reliable.

#453795 Psychonauts 2

Posted Cougar on 15 September 2020 - 01:35 PM

It's looking great, and I'm glad I backed it. DF seemed to have dodged a bullet, though, by being bought by Microsoft. Originally, they had to remove the boss fights. Like Broken Age, the money they asked for was clearly not enough.

#453786 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted Cougar on 13 September 2020 - 05:41 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 13 September 2020 - 12:56 PM, said:

I'm overdue to play the MC Collection with Cougar.  I am hard pressed to find the time to game these days!  I play BL3 with a couple of friends every Saturday night but other than that I seem to be socked in with no time Toulouse!  Woe to me, oh woe is me,

No worries. I plan on picking up an RTX 3080 on release this week (if it doesn't sell out in seconds) and will probably want to play some games that actually take advantage of it! Dishonored 2 and Metro Exodus DLCs have been patiently waiting for a better card.

Just played Heaven's Vault. Wow. What a great game. It's a narrative adventure game without puzzles, but you play a linguist/archaeologist. The gameplay consists of finding artifacts in the world with ancient language phrases on them, and using deduction/educated guesses/existing knowledge to learn words and do translation. It's a lot less complex than it sounds--you're not figuring out declensions or grammar or anything like that--but it's still fun and satisfying.

The story and worldbuilding is great and very creative, especially for videogame standards. It's a bit like Gene Wolfe or Numeneria in that the world has a long-lost technological civilization. The few bits of technology that still exist is very old.

No spoilers, but the endgame has a great mesh of gameplay and story that only videogames can accomplish--think the ending to Brothers. While it doesn't pack the emotional punch of that game, Heaven's Vault did almost make me want to dive into New Game+ immediately. I almost never replay narrative-based games that are 10+ hours long, so that is quite the accomplishment. I'll probably put it off for a few years, but I definitely plan on coming back to it.

#453697 Path of Exile coming Sept 11 for iOS and Mac

Posted Cougar on 21 August 2020 - 05:53 AM

View PostUmarOMC1, on 21 August 2020 - 01:09 AM, said:

I'm always some sort of brute, barbarian class in those games but PoE doesn't appear to offer that. With a freemium model I might check it out tho

The Marauderís  Berserker looks pretty close: https://pathofexile....a.com/Berserker

Each class has a specialized subclass so there are more classes than at first glance.

#453690 Path of Exile coming Sept 11 for iOS and Mac

Posted Cougar on 19 August 2020 - 11:47 AM

Apparently I missed this. It was originally announced last year, and now has a release date:


Never tried this game out, but I've always preferred the darker aesthetic to Diablo III.

#453641 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted Cougar on 12 August 2020 - 11:41 AM

You laugh, but cats can get coronavirus. Also, a dog died of it last week.

#453536 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted Cougar on 21 July 2020 - 11:34 AM

View PostAtticus, on 21 July 2020 - 10:42 AM, said:

I suck at survival games, too. I was going along pretty well in Subnautica, even built the personal sub, then the game decided "You got a sub? Well, that means more sea monsters!" and I kept getting eaten within 30 seconds of venturing anywhere. This kind of AI/programming tit-for-tat to keep things "challenging" is annoying AF. I haven't touched the game since. Prob should delete it.

There's a mode to make you invincible.

I didn't find it difficult to avoid predators. I stopped playing after 12 hours, though, because building up things just felt so tedious to do after a while. The last straw was when I lost my walker thing in a crevice and couldn't figure out how to get it back.

#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.