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Here we go, 2021, a new start. Tell what games you've played, what you've finished, and what you've given up on! I've changed the title to make it more about what we're doing and to include games in progress, games abandoned, and so forth rather than just 'finished' games. Feel free to add other games - I don't see any reason not to include tabletop games in the list. If that picks up, we may need to move this to General.

Here are the previous Games Finished threads, edited for the first post:


2020
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2020 time! I finished quite a few last year, but also abandoned a bunch, too. I'm in a bit of a video game rut right now, and have been focusing a lot on tabletop stuff instead, so we'll see how this year goes.

Finished (PC unless specified):
  • ?

Abandoned:
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (An amazing game that I can't wait to get back to, but I know I'll have ten times the experience in six months or a year.)
Playing:
  • Doom: Eternal
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Side Games (multiplayer, coop only etc):
  • GTA Online
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Torchlight 2
  • World War Z
  • Red Dead Onine
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I'm proud to report that I began EVE Online around 12:05 last night, and I just beat it! All endings, 102%. They don't make 'em like they used to.
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Portal - 20210105 - How the heck did I wait this long to play this? Holds up!
Portal 2 - 20210106 - How the heck did I wait this long to play this? Holds up!
Lightmatter - 20210107 - First person puzzler in the same vein as Portal, even pokes fun at Portal.
Batman Arkham Asylum - 20210110 - No idea why I bailed on this initially, but glad I got back to it.
The Turing Test - 20210111 - Easier than Portal 2 but still interesting and sometimes challenging.
Superhot: Mind Control Delete - 20210115 - Way more and better than I imagined
Detroit: Become Human - 20210116 - Very emotionally involved. I hope you like QTEs!
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - 20210117 - Like the opposite of Detroit, just silly action but fun for a bit anyway.
Alien: Isolation - 20210124 - Almost quit in the early hours but glad I stuck with it. Frustrating but intense and interesting.
Hitman 2 - 20210127 - Fun and challenging, but pretty short if you aren't interested in playing through missions multiple times for mastery.
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Goal is to slow down a bit on the board games this year. Went a little nuts in 2020.

Games finished
Nothing yet...

Currently playing
- FF XIV (PS4 & PC)
- Disco Elysium (PC)
- LotR: Journeys in Middle Earth (board)
- SWTOR (PC)

Abandoned Video Games
- Immortals Fenix Rising (PS4) - Quite fun, but the puzzles got too difficult and tedious.
- Warhammer 40k Inquisitor Martyr (PS4) - A super-boring version of Diablo
- Sakuna of Rice & Ruin (Switch) - Does a bunch of things (sidescroller, RPG, farming sim), but none of them very well.
- Diablo 3 (Switch) - Played through first 4 levels of Season, like usual
- KOTOR 2 (iPad) - Good RPG, but combat is SO dull now

New Board Games
Nothing yet...
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Currently playing
A second third session (yea!) session of Core Space as the crew of the Black Maria tries their luck and skill in the 1st mission of the Perseus Arm Campaign. (board game)

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A session of Core Space where the last survivor of the Black Maria met their end...

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Usually I try to only have one or two games that are in progress. I'm failing miserably at the moment.

Finished


In Progress - Solo
Half-Life: Alyx (ordered myself an Index for my birthday)
Ghost Recon - Breakpoint
Dishonored 2
Deity Empires (beaten many many times - currently in a marathon game chasing the 50 million population achievement)
Betrayer
Skyrim VR (because I'm a glutton for punishment... I really need to finish some of these before they end up on the abandoned list)

In Progress - Co-op with my best friend (to be fair, there are a number because his interests wain)
Ghost Recon - Wildlands (primary)
Ghost Recon - Breakpoint (we weren't thrilled with it and switched to the other one, but may come back)
Borderlands 3 (x2 - actually have another game going with a different friend as well)

Abandoned
Secret World Legends (was playing co-op but he hit a bug and no one ever responded to his ticket)
Destiny 2 (another co-op that my friend didn't have much interest in - though I did play it solo for a time)
Assassin's Creed III (may try to put it back to In Progress, but it just wasn't grabbing me)

Edit: Add another game to the In Progress list.
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Playing-

Doom (PS4)
Thief (PS4)


Ongoing-

World of Warships Legends (PS4)


Finished-

Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) 01.12.2021
Hitman: Blood Money (PS4) 01.22.2021
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Does it count if I started the game last year but finish it this year?


FINISHED:
Crysis
Crysis 2
Crysis 3
Faircroft's Antiques: Treasures of Treffenburg Collector's Edition
Homefront The Revolution
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Daehawk wrote: Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:08 pm Does it count if I started the game last year but finish it this year?
It's not that formal. If you say it counts, it counts.
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Played;
JAN - A short hike
JAN - Hidden Folks. Found the last folks
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The first challenge will be remembering to update this...

Finished:
  • ?

Abandoned:
  • ?

Playing:
  • Control

Tabletop Games
  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (about 3/4 of the way through)

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Finished
  1. A Short Hike (Jan 1, PC, 13 golden feathers) 6/8
Rating system:
6 to 8 = Potato
4 to 5 = Tomahto
0 to 3 = Let's call the whole thing off


Games played: 2006 (15); 2007 (14); 2008 (20); 2009 (23); 2010 (13); 2011 (15); 2012 (17); 2013 (25); 2014 (25); 2015 (9); 2016 (8); 2017 (9); 2018 (2); 2019 (22); 2020 (9)
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Finished:
7/10 Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise (PC) - Not a bad little adventure-lite game as long as you don't expect character development and clever dialogue with your room-to-room puzzles.

Now playing:
Beyond a Steel Sky (PC)
Cube Escape Collection (PC)

I also have Planet Coaster (PC) going and 122 other Steam games installed, assuming I never play anything in Battle.net or Epic. Typically I look at that Steam home screen and give up and watch a movie.
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The Pedestrian

Finished
Bard's Tale IV (Director's Cut)
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Finished:

Strategic War WW2: World in conflict

Playing:
Strategic War WW1
Xcom UFO Defense
Xcom TFTD
JTS Campaign Ozark
JTS Mexican-American War
JTS Campaign Eckmuhl
Arsenal of Democracy
Battle Academy
Knights of Honor
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Sadly, it doesn't look like I've participated in one of these threads since 2015, when my gaming time took a nosedive due to a new marriage, baby, and house. Although I have continued to play a number of great games over the years, I've failed to log my accomplishments here. That said, here's to another year and keeping better track!

Playing

Witcher 3: Blood & Wine
Last of Us 2


Finished

Jedi: Fallen Order


Tabletop

Ticket to Ride
Forbidden Island
Castle Panic
Blokus





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"FInished" Fight in Tight Spaces Prologue twice, should be a fun game if you can control the deck building process, rather than everything randomly assigned to you. Who'd knew you can do a turn-based card-based martial arts tactical combat game? It's the cheesy ragdoll physics that made it so satisfying. First time I saw the endboss, he was in front of the door, so I jumped kicked him, then front-kicked him out the door. Next time I met him, he wasn't so dumb. I dodged his minions and took care of them, so he kept calling in more, 2 thugs at a time. I went in with 32 HP, but this guy does 16 damage per hit. And I misjudged one move and he got a good hit in. But I was able to weaken him by maneuvering him in front of his minions. And finally I got his minion to give him his death blow. May consider paying full prices for this game. Definitely 8/8 tentacles.

Previously reported in a different topic:

Gave up on Damnation, the game has no "hint" system so often I have no idea where to go.

Gave up on Trident's Wake, I should be playing SYNTHETIK instead.

Finished Train Mechanic Simulator 2017.

Previously played Stable Orbit, Learning Factory Alpha, Rover Mechanic Simulator, Skyhill, and Genesis Alpha One not sure if it's 2020 or 2021. :)

Currently playing MarZ, next will probably be Crying Suns, and Treasure Hunter Simulator
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Currently playing:
PC/Mac:
Still none - still haven't replaced my gaming PC/laptop

PS4:
Hitman 2 (playing in Hitman 3 engine)
World of Warships: Legends (I'm having a lot of fun with this one)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (started this right after finishing RotTR and really like it so far. Visuals are fantastic and I like the setting. Not sure why this one does not get more love)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (not sure why I like this one (Japanese games are normally more miss than hit for me but I enjoy it)
Persona 5 Royal (another one, even weirder, Japanese game I enjoy so far. I played the 4th one (I think) on the PS Vita quite a bit and liked it)
Life is Strange 2 (need to continue, I really liked it so far)


Nintendo Switch:
We. The Revolution (just started, not sure what to make of this one yet)
Picross S (really like to pick this up from time to time to solve a puzzle. Enjoy it!)


Tabletop:
Star Wars: X-Wing


PS3, PS VITA & 3DS XL:
[Nothing]


On the short list:
The Witcher 3 - PS4 (what a great game, need to get back into it)
Pillars of Eternity - PC (played this quite a bit but stopped, want to pick up again)
Marvel's Spider-Man - PS4
Red Dead Redemption 2 - PS4
Banner Saga - Switch
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch (really liked it so far, need to pick it up again)
Shadow Tactics - PS4 (played this quite a bit and liked it, need to pick up and finish)
Hitman - PS4 (still working on the missions, using the engine of Hitman 2. Need to play more!)
God of War - PS4 (a fantastic game but stopped playing)
Ghost of Tsushima - PS4 (never really got into the game ... will have to pick up again)
Outer Wilds - PS4
Assassin's Creed Odyssey - PS4 (another one ...)


Completed:
Hitman (PS4) - played through all campaign missions at least once and I think I finally get the hang of the series
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Haven't participated in these threads before, but usually keep similar stats in a personal spreadsheet. Why not tabulate it here too.

Games Finished
Suikoden III (Emulator; I'd finished the first two when released; not sure what prompted me to start but got through it w/ all 108 stars)

Currently Playing
Disgaea 5 (Started a run on PS4 yrs ago; abandoned; re-started on PC; chapter 7 or 8 atm)
Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition (Wanted something new(er) after Suikoden III; just started)
MLB: The Show 20 (lvl 100 prestige; majority of teams' Prestige players; Trout & Babe; not much left)
Borderlands 3 (Typical BL playthrough; I play for a bit, and put it aside; shooter of choice atm)
Rocket League (w/ my son; twitchy fun)
Marvel's Avengers (son got for Xmas; not much playtime but it makes the list atm)
Gems of War (played for about a month; fun return; fading)

Abandoned Video Games
Nothing officially abandoned yet....
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Finished MarZ a few days ago, It's a tower defense game with a few twists.

Was playing Star Crawlers in between. Put in 80 hours, level all 8 class characters to L30, finished the main plot, was able to overlevel (finish mission that supposedly required L33 even though characters top out at 30) and considered that to be enough for me, even though there are alternate endings and New Game Plus mode.

Tried Greed Corp, interesting take on turn-based, but sacrificing your land for gold to build weapons seems mostly a puzzle / pyrrhic victory. Just didn't quite hook me.

Playing:

Radio Commander -- an abstract wargame where you can only give orders to your units via "radio" and hope you chose right. Just finished mission 6 of 9. It's short, but it's not a full-priced game, and the fog of war is pretty interesting way of playing a wargame. We're so used to having all the stats and location available, spoiled by real-time intelligence.

Wanted to try Ram Pressure, a public beta of an alternate take on XCOM... alien refugee ships are crashing on earth, and terran mercs are fighting over the wrecks and survivors... and each other.

Wanted to finish Unheard, the audio puzzler and the other Chinese game, Detective Di.
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Just finished Unheard. Turns out I was on my last case, and it's really meta, in a way, depending on which "ending" you choose. ;) There are 3 achievements tied to "choose the ending", and that's actually a lot of fun, as you kinda realize that one of the endings... is actually related to that last case you just solved! :D
Spoiler:
In the final case at mental hospital, "patient 68" has escaped, and now, two detectives wanted to interview all the patients to see if they knew why he'd do so. So you have the following cast of characters:

Elvira and Tony -- two cops

McMurphy -- patient... but is he faking it? For what?

Oscar -- the receptionist/admin (?)

James -- thinks he's an orderly, not a patient?

Emily -- watches a TV that's turned off?

Mr. Director -- thinks all the stage's a play and we are all players?

Klep -- a man with sticky fingers for phones... or similar devices

Jennifer and George -- two doctors that are on staff, but is one of them working for someone else?

Ray, the real orderly... or is he?

Maestro -- is he a real maestro of painting... or just a delusional old man?

Nellie -- claims to be a reporter trying to bust this place, but is now stuck in here... can she be trusted?

(Silver)Spoon -- genuine dissociative personality disorder (multiple personalities)

As you listen to the case, apparently "ghost" with a vast fortune and a price on his head is hiding here. But no one had seen his face, and he was able to use a bomb to kill his old crew and almost got away clean. So who is ghost? That's the case you need to solve.

And at the end, once you did solve that, the last one question was... "who are you?"

If you figured out, you are patient 68, and when you refuse more treatment, you grabbed the ashtray, threw it at the doctor's head, knocking her out, then escape the room. --- which is exactly what started the Mental Hospital case! ;) So you're created a timeloop, or it was all a simulation! :D You can choose to cooperate, or pick a different answer, which gets you the other achievements. If you just pick "detective", no achievement.
The voice acting is a little bit over-the-top, but useful when it comes to audio drama like this. Highly recommended, and requires multiple loops through the game to fully appreciate. 7/8 tentacles.
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Giving up on Treasure Hunter Simulator, aka Hiking and Metal Detecting Simulator. Well, that was a bit tongue in cheek, but perfectly accurate. You play as a metal-detector and shovel guy somehow with permission from governments all over the world to dig up their national parks and legally keep their cultural treasures in YOUR displays, due to your archaeology pedigree or something. The game hit a bug in the Syrian Temple level, where it wants me to pick up modern stuff from the amphitheater. Except I've gone over amphitheater too many times, over every pixel. There is NO metal anywhere, and that's with the latest and greatest scanner money can buy. So I don't know how it wants me to finish the mission, and without that mission I cannot advance to the final two maps, which are presumably something like Rome or Greece or so on. So that's that.

Supposedly resetting the map may fix it, but it may also require me to redo the missions, which are already PITA to start with. As I already maxed my prestige and has the max equipment, and I'm not really a completionist, I've already spent 15 hours more than I should in this game.

Next up would be RAM Pressure, Detective Di, Duskers, Crying Suns, Trailmakers, or Forged Battalion.
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Playing Crying Suns and Warstone TD.

Actually just "finished" Warstone TD and it's... an interesting mix of city management (sort of like an expanded version of HOMM style city, to optimize build efficiency), and TD, with some innovations like TD duel (you defend on one part of the map while trying to build units to get them past enemy's towers on the other half) and some very fancy tech tree that you can respec at any time among all three: warlord, sorcerer, and treasurer (with title being obviously different leanings). Not sure I like the art style, but it's charming.

Crying Suns is a space-based rogue lite with combat a bit like FTL, but turn-based combat that's somewhat inspired by Homeworld, maybe?, where you lead the final battleship of the empire trying to find out what happened after a post-apoc event that wiped out the AI (OMNI in the game) that humanity depended on. You go to each system and explore the planets, trying to stay ahead of the news that may lead locals to trap you, while you deal with threats and random happenings. Ground combat basically consists of picking the right officer, and pray to the RNG gods, while you steadily upgrade your weapons and squadrons of small craft, using the simple formula: fighters beat drones, frigates beat fighters, drone beat frigates. So you need all three in your fleet. As tech advances, you get variations, but same rule still applies. The ship combat system is interesting, in that each ship is apparently equipped with multiple hulls. Once you beat down enemy ship's outside hull, it will "blow off" all the panels, and keep fighting, as if the hull was restored. So you basically have to beat the ship several times, while making sure they don't do the same to you. Your officers can be assigned to weapons, engineering, or squadrons to lend their bonuses to the specific items in combat. It's a pretty good system. I just finished Chapter 1, and I get to pick a new ship in Chapter 2, but I'm not sure I want to, as it's basically a pirate ship that has the advantage of cheap drones, but little else. Good story so far, a bit reminiscent of Discovery's "The Burn". Will play later.
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Finished

PC
Unavowed - Fun little adventure game with a couple of nice plot twists along the way.

PS4
Persona 5 Royal - FINALLY. I've been playing this game my entire adult life. Well it feels that way at least. Great game but it took 145 hours!

Currently Playing (QA = quasi-abandoned)

PC
-Death Stranding
-AC: Valhalla
-Nier Automatica (QA)
-Pillars of Eternity 2 (QA)
-Phoenix Wright (QA)
-Alyx (QA)
-Valkyria Chronicles
-Resident Evil 2
-Need to Know (QA)

PS4
-The Evil Within

Switch
-Zelda
-Steins;gate Elite (QA)

Want to Get Around to It

Switch

PS4
-Final Fantasy XV
-God of War
-Uncharted Collection

PC
-Divinity: Original Sin 2
-The Pillars of the Earth
-Shadow of the Tomb Raider
-A Plague Tale
-Nioh
-Subnautica
-Boneworks
-Metro: Last Light Redux
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Okay, I'm done with Warstone TD. I've gone about as far as I can, playing the battles on challenge scenarios (you have 5 hp instead of 25, and enemy waves are longer) and some of these special demands are, IMHO, "excessively puzzle-like", deliberately force yourself to play a harder variation by depriving yourself of something, often something important. For example, when enemies send warlocks to heal his party, you get silence spell to prevent it. But can you win WITHOUT using the silence spell? Sure. But when they threw in ghost wolves, which can ONLY be targeted by novices (magic users) and they ask you to win WITHOUT novices... This requires you to use a LOT of spells and runes (i.e. direct magic) rather than your units, and since those have hard timeouts, this requires some OTHER spell (circle, which immediately makes all spells being cooldown available immediately), which doesn't seem to have any tactical uses, so these challenges are very... contrived.

Probably go back to Crying Suns, or try Trailmakers. And maybe get started on Hardspace: Shipbreakers, and maybe Duskers.
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Trying Trailmakers, it's a sandbox game that have you build different vehicles to explore the planet, find all the parts, so you can build a spaceship and get rescued. It's cute, but it's really needs a bit more handholding, IMHO. The map shows some parts... that are stuck 1000 meters in the air (apparently this planet has floating islands) so they can't be obtained until I got enough parts to take to the air.

Right now, I have just obtained enough parts to build an amphib car so I can explore the nearby islands and get THEIR parts that can be reached from the ground, and there it's a little bit like Besiege except no violence, just a puzzle to grab the item without falling off a cliff or such.

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Got enough parts to build the submarine, but also found a way onto part of the island, but having some problems figuring out what they are asking for, as pushing huge boulders off the cliff makes it roll where I don't want it to. :D

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Found a map that tells you where each item will be located. It doesn't tell you how to get to it, so it's not a cheat. You figure that out yourself.

I have the hover pads to make a flyer, but I don't have the gymble thrusters to make it useful. Will try to make monster truck and other things

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Spaceship is 89% complete, but the pickup is getting impossible. I think I have to design my own heavy lift solution

They have a couple different flyers, but other than the prop plane and the gyrocar the rest are almost impossible to control. The hovercraft has no speed at all, relying on mini-thrusters. And since hovercraft is on the ground, it has NO FRICTION, and thus, you are always sliding here and there if you're on a slope. No station-keeping possible. It's VERY difficult to use, and is not that much faster than a regular land vehicle, which is already amphibious.

There is a helicopter, but it's unstable as heck, even worse than the submarine. You can take off, then suddenly the nose dips, then when you correct that, the tail dips, and next thing you know you're on the ground upside down. Never mind forward flight. It also has no magnet to get stuff.

That pretty much leaves the gyrocar... Which is a seat strapped to four gyrojets... Which ALWAYS points down, so it will not crash unless you turn off the jet. THe problem is there is TOO MUCH power from the jet... You always go higher, so you have to turn it off, and on, like playing flappy bird. And since it relies on thrusters, it has no reverse. It only goes forward or turns. This makes precise maneuvers almost impossible. The good thing? It has a magnet carrier underneath, for the "small stuff". Larger stuff won't fit underneath, but *can* be moved if you manage to use the gyrojet to basically jump on top of it. It won't be able to go higher taking a "cube" load, and in fact, will sink as soon as you get it to move, but often, that's all you need it to do: get from a pedestal 100 meters in the air to the ground and achieve a soft landing.

Things get superdicey when you encounter "volatile power cores". They are red, and if you bump them wrong, they go kaboom. And a hard landing in in gyrocar definitely qualifies. But unfortunately, it's the only vehicle to get this power core off the pedestal. Tried at least two dozen times. I think I got lucky, in that I someone managed to drop the core JUST before I crashed and died. And somehow, the core did NOT go boom. I respawned back on the pedestal, but this time, without needing to land super-gently, I was able to land back next to the core, picked it up by driving over it, and took it to the salvage beacon without further incident.

I think I need to redesign the gyrocar so it still uses 4 jets but spread out further apart, and maybe add some extra thrusters and propellers so the while thing is "balanced" and much easier to pilot. On the other hand, the game is started to get a bit tedious. I think I have about 6-8 items left to gather for the ship, and that's about it. There are of course, lot more items. But the truth is, I'm getting a bit tired of this game already.

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Another thing... the game is sorta cheating, by giving the template cars parts that you don't have so you can't replicate.

Some of the template vehicles have a "hinged" magnet, so that you can "stow" the item being carried instead of leaving it near the ground to be bumped. Monster truck, for example. The magnet usually is horizontal, but can be tilted to -45 downard, or +90 (pointing straight up). That's 135 degrees of travel. However, the fingers that you *do* have, for steering hingers, only has 60-90 degrees of travel, only good for driving wheels.

The "stowing" of items also makes a funny scene if you are trying to pickup larger items. The items you need to pick up are small, medium, or large. Small items everyone can handle. Medium items may be a bit iffy for subs, as the sub will not be able to keep horizontal. In fact, the best way to move such by sub is... don't. Drag it to shallow water, and use Monster truck (which is also amphib) instead. Monster truck has large pontoons that can stay float even with the item stuck to front. A sub cannot go forward with nose low in the water. I ended up dragging the item BACKWARDS across half a map, only to lose the item when it rolled off the beach. I ended up going back and switching to monster truck instead to carry it across the map on water.

And when it comes to LARGE items, even monster truck have problems. as it's too big for the hinge magnet to handle. You can move the hinge, but the truck gets moved instead, or the part breaks. A gentle movement will probably get the item just barely scraping the ground, giving you enough power to move it with monster truck tires that has decent grip, though spike wheels are also available now. The problem is a lot of the game world is NOT flat, and if your magnet breaks, or you have to let it go to reattach, the "ball" (large item) can roll away from you.

Another annoyance: item that rolled off too far from you, are considered "lost" and the salvage operation was "reset" (put back to original place). However, how far is considered lost varies greatly. Once, a sub lost the cargo it just pushed onto the beach because it rolled six times into water that's barely twice the sub's length. Another time, the gyrocar accidentally dropped the volatile core on the plaza with the salvage beacon before dying, and respawned, well over 100 m away. Had to fly back there, land properly and drag the core to the salvage beacon, no reset then.

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Spaceship 93%, about 80% of all parts claimed, maybe 50% of all the gold deposits. Designed my special lifter with 6 hover pads and 6 gyrojets for lava area pickup. It can "land" on lava, hover and move up to the item, pick it up, then engage gyrojets for liftoff and get out of there. Not very stable, and a PITA to drive, but it works well enough.

Had to use a gyrocar for volcano pickup. One of the hardest piece to grab was inside a volcano, several hundred meters up, then several hundred meters down. AND it's a volatile core of course. Actually picked it up a few times, but somehow botches the landing. Seems gyrocar takes a second to ramp up, and in the first second or two you can achieve a proper hover, so the trick to descedning in a gyrocar is to turn off power, achieve a glide path, then on power, slow rate of descent, and try to time it just as you reach the ground. Since a hard landing and the core goes boom. Managed to get it safely landed. I think I have maybe 3-4 spaceship parts to go. But pretty sure that would require the last non-spaceship vehicle: the cloudcopter.

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My brain no longer wants to process this game as some of the physics puzzles are getting ridiculous. Latest puzzle: get a LARGE item off a 1200 meter high island in the sky, get it to LAND near a beacon, WITHOUT it rolling into the ocean, as it's too steep to pull it out. It's too heavy to move with the sub. With a medium object my sub can to a backwards tow, but with this, with the magnet at the head, sub is now nosing straight down into the water. The monster truck is on the surface, can't get the power to move it if it's shallow enough, and attempt to move the hinge resulted in damaged truck. Spend 30 minutes on this, decided to let it reset back into the sky. Maybe I can push it a certain way to make it land on land, not coast, and not have it roll somewhere like into the ocean. The OTHER possibility is to build a lift platform that CAN lift this thing, but I suspect that may not be possible, not with the engines I do have, although I do have 'dragon jet'.

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Using the super-lifter I devised I was able to get those huge parts off the sky islands and land them safely, though in one or two cases they were simply dropped but managed to rolled into a beacon?!? The final part, powered tailfin, I was able to grab with just the gyro car, as I had modified it with an addition... two dragon jets on the sides, thrust directed earthwards. So basically the gyrocar can ascend this this config, while the gyrojet allows for a nice soft landing as it has a slow sink-rate now with it on due to weight of the dragon engines. If I want to go down in a hurry, turn both OFF, and the whole thing goes into a power dive. Activate gyrojet and achieve a pretty soft landing. Ta-da! Mission accomplished... escaped the planet.

I am not really going back. I got I think 125 out of 164 parts, and some fo the parts are really... for sensors, logic gates, and other fancy stuff.
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Re: Games Played 2021. Now with experimental title and tabletop!

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- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (PC)
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Bard's Tale IV Director's Cut
I waited until this release was on sale, given the negative reviews of the initial release. I didn't really know what I was getting except: improved gameplay. Apparently, there was also a new dungeon!
The DC version is definitely what I would call a good game. Solid execution and story. Good party interaction - though cosmetic, still welcome. I would have appreciated a party management ability more akin to Wasteland 3 but, perhaps, that was not possible if the latter built upon the former.

I thought that the battles offered a good balance of "I know how to take these guys/How do I beat these jerks?". The merchants could have levelled equipment better in the mid to latter game stages; rarely was my equipped gear worth spending the ridiculously high $ count to upgrade ... until at a later point in the game when I was floating in cash and a one-point upgrade was worth throwing big bucks at.

Crafting was OK. I liked the recipes but not the restricted access to critical ingredients.

Lots of secrets that I did not find. Do not (personally) feel that a replay is warranted.

For the extra dungeon: nicely integrated to the main storyline, but I could not beat the boss even after levelling enough to take down the final game boss . So, no dwarven key for me to unlock all of those wonderful, beguiling chests :)

As for the final dungeon, after the point of no return, you find tonnes of great equipment that you can't sell (no vendor) and challenging battles - that you can't change up your approach to as your party is set and can't be changed. You can redistribute points to an existing party member but can't swap out a rogue for a practitioner, for example.

Overall score is a: recommend.
If you're looking for a similar, inspired-by game, you would't go wrong by checking out Operencia: The Nomad Soul which, imo, takes the inspiration and creates something new basing it on Hungarian mythology.
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Far Cry 4 is in the bag. Went to the 'Net and the 'Tubes to see the possible endings.

Didn't finish Shangri-La, as I could never survive the third round of fire raven nonsense, but other than that, I finished almost everything else.
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Isgrimnur wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:36 pm Far Cry 4 is in the bag. Went to the 'Net and the 'Tubes to see the possible endings.

Didn't finish Shangri-La, as I could never survive the third round of fire raven nonsense, but other than that, I finished almost everything else.
That almost matches my experience. Though I feel like I made it to the last round of the raven. Where you had to actually fight the damn thing (which may be what you mean). As I recall it was about perfect timing in order to hit the damn thing and prevent it from attacking. One mistake and I'd have to start over. I tried a handful of times and then decided I'd done enough.
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Videos for Warstone TD, Trailmakers, and Duskers are up.

Channel previously has video of Dying Suns, Treasure Hunter Simulator, and many Star Crawlers videos.
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