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Janichsan

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In Topic: What games are people playing these days!?

26 July 2020 - 06:35 AM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 25 July 2020 - 12:47 AM, said:

Our libraries are pretty good. You can borrow console and Windows games, board games, DVD/Blu-ray movies and TV-shows, magazines, and even books! :P Book what you want online, and it will be ready for pickup a few days later, if there isn't a waiting list. Highly convenient! And there's a play section for smaller kids, so you can park them there while you browse if needed.

View Postjos, on 26 July 2020 - 05:47 AM, said:

So, among the things Denmark brought forth there's Lego, Mads Mikkelsen, Sandi Toksvig, Broen and now it turns out they've also got great libraries.
That's actually true for public libraries in many European countries.

Anyway, I finished The Last of Us Part II yesterday. A bit quicker than I expected, as some of the later chapters are fairly short.

Overall a fantastic game, and I highly recommend it (with the caveats I mentioned in my last post). It really has some smart things to say, and it will probably stick with me for quite a while.

If I have to criticise something, it would be that the game somewhat stumbles over its writing: the way it's structured, it falls apart into two halfs, which share some characters and locations, but otherwise tell distinctly separated stories. I can see why they did it this way and what they wanted to achieve, though. It doesn't really help that the first half ends on a cliffhanger which doesn't get resolved until hours later.

It's also not to the best of game that they decided to add a couple of side-plots to the main stories, which either should have deserved more time (or better their own game) or should have been dropped. As it is, the whole plot is fairly fraught with issues ancillary to the main story lines.

Naughty Dog's old nemesis, the ludonarrative dissonance* also rears its head. Especially the addition of two human factions in the second half just to have them serve as opponents somewhat undermines the game's message.

Still, the writing works and is very effective where it's important, and that counts.

(*It has become somewhat of an ongoing joke that the characterisations of the protagonists in the Uncharted and The Last of Us games badly clashes with them murdering their opponents by the hundreds. Uncharted 4 even has a trophy making fun of that.)

In Topic: Free Mac (and occasionally Windows) games

26 July 2020 - 02:23 AM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 26 July 2020 - 02:09 AM, said:

Next Up Hero (Win only)...
...which is odd, as this game  has first-party Mac support (Aspyr published on all platforms).

In Topic: Metro Exodus incomming

26 July 2020 - 02:21 AM

Highly unexpected.

In Topic: Magic the Gathering: Arena announced for Mac

19 July 2020 - 07:51 AM

I eventually caved and installed the EGS launcher to give the Mac version of the game a try – and it's actually not really good: you can't play fullscreen on 16:10 screens (which works fine under Windows), the game has to validate the assets on every launch because there's an alleged problem, store pages are almost unreadably small on Retina screens, scrolling through lists is borked, the game crashes reproduceably when trying to start matches a certain way, and last but not least, starting the Mac version reset my progress partially. The cards I've earned under Windows are still all there, but I had to replay the introductory AI matches to unlock PVP.

In Topic: What games are people playing these days!?

19 July 2020 - 12:56 AM

Still playing The Last of Us Part II. It's a fairly long game, and I'm roughly two thirds in by now. When I'm finished, I will probably clock in about 40 hours.

I ultimately turned down the stealth difficulty specifically, as I was quite annoyed of constantly being detected and every encounter resulting in a firefight…

I think it's a great game. Its story actually does some unusual things and has some smart things to say about violence.

That said, I could absolutely understand if someone would not want to play and/or finish the game, as it's definitely hard to stomach. For one, it's really violent and gory, and not in the fun, over-the-top kind of way. Secondly, it's really grim: every protagonist does some inexcusable things, everyone suffers.

Lastly, if you like dogs and absolutely cannot stand the idea of seeing them hurt, don't play this game. Seriously. :crying: