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Yeah, I've had that wishlisted for a bit now - it looks really good.
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GreenGoo wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2024 3:48 pm Finished 4th stage without dying. It was not easier :D

Now just the (very short) final stage and final boss who I have yet to beat even once. He's kind of a jerk compared to the rest of the game, but I've made it halfway through the second stage so it's only a matter of time now.
Beat Yang (final boss) last night on my second try. Realized there was a semi-baitable move that he telegraphs so I can punish him fairly regularly on, which helped immensely.

Now I can practice on him in training (once you beat a mob the first time, you can practice on them in a training feature). That should help reduce my deaths significantly.

Did not get the "good" ending.
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I remember that the Thing game got a lot of traction on GG and early OO back in the day. Looks like there's a remaster on the way from Nightdive (who made their name remastering old games.)

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This could be pretty cool. I played and finished the game years ago. I tried to replay it once but if I remember correctly it seemed to be buggy or had trouble running it. Maybe I had changed PCs by then. Dont know. But I loved the original when I played it the first time through.
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GOG offers a pragmatic solution to bequeathing your game library...

You can inherit a dead relative’s GOG account—if you have a court order
A few weeks ago, we called some attention to the legal difficulty of passing on your digital Steam game library after you die. While Valve hasn't responded to a request for comment on the matter, PC gaming platform GOG tells Ars that it is ready and willing to help users transfer their accounts in the event of their death.

As long as they bring a court order, that is.

"In general, your GOG account and GOG content is not transferable," GOG spokesperson Zuzanna Rybacka tells Ars. "However, if you can obtain a copy of a court order that specifically entitles someone to your GOG personal account, the digital content attached to it, taking into account the EULAs of specific games within it, and that specifically refers to your GOG username or at least email address used to create such an account, we’d do our best to make it happen."
However... <nudge, nudge, wink, wink>
Separate from handing down the account itself, though, GOG's long-standing policy of offering downloadable games without any DRM protection makes handing down GOG games themselves into a relatively simple matter. "GOG game builds are DRM-free and offline installers are included with each purchase," Rybacka said. "That way, if someone wants to save their offline games on, for example, an external hard drive, they will be preserved regardless of the account ownership."
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Max Peck wrote: Sun Jun 09, 2024 10:21 pm GOG offers a pragmatic solution to bequeathing your game library...

You can inherit a dead relative’s GOG account—if you have a court order
A few weeks ago, we called some attention to the legal difficulty of passing on your digital Steam game library after you die. While Valve hasn't responded to a request for comment on the matter, PC gaming platform GOG tells Ars that it is ready and willing to help users transfer their accounts in the event of their death.

As long as they bring a court order, that is.

"In general, your GOG account and GOG content is not transferable," GOG spokesperson Zuzanna Rybacka tells Ars. "However, if you can obtain a copy of a court order that specifically entitles someone to your GOG personal account, the digital content attached to it, taking into account the EULAs of specific games within it, and that specifically refers to your GOG username or at least email address used to create such an account, we’d do our best to make it happen."
However... <nudge, nudge, wink, wink>
Separate from handing down the account itself, though, GOG's long-standing policy of offering downloadable games without any DRM protection makes handing down GOG games themselves into a relatively simple matter. "GOG game builds are DRM-free and offline installers are included with each purchase," Rybacka said. "That way, if someone wants to save their offline games on, for example, an external hard drive, they will be preserved regardless of the account ownership."
this seemed self-evident to me. download the DRM-free installer binaries from your own account and it's equivalent to possessing the original CD-ROM/DVD-ROM install media...
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It is, unless someone just didn't think to do it. What struck me as noteworthy is that the GOG spokesperson actually said it to the reporter. Pointing out that they offer a simple way to sidestep the thorny legal issue of license transfers is unusually straight-forward for a corporate talking head.
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A couple smaller PS5 titles I've been spending some time with over the past week.

Lost Eidolons - This is Fire Emblem with more of a dark fantasy theme instead of anime. The strategic combat is nearly identical, as is the base and relationship building that you do between missions. If you want to play Fire Emblem but don't have a Switch, this is your answer.

I've actually been very pleasantly surprised at how good it looks and how interesting both the strategic battles and the army-building aspects have been. There's an overarching story about a group of ragtag mercenaries who join a larger army and to stage a rebellion that is surprisingly deep on lore and plot. It's not Final Fantasy Tactics level of storytelling, but is pretty enjoyable and is keeping me engaged. It does start a little slow, with most of the character development options not really opening up until 4-5 hours in. But once they do, there are a ton of advanced classes and training mechanics that allow you to develop a really cohesive party that compliments each others strengths very well. It makes the strategic battles interesting and increasingly complex. My guess is that I'll likely get burned out on that complexity before the end, but it's been fun so far.

It looks great, the voice work is really good, and it's just a really solid package all around. I'm quite surprised that it's received literally promotion anywhere (I only heard about it because I googled "tactical strategy games on PS5) as it seems like a natural fit for any TBS gamer.

After Us - This is one of those "games as art" titles that I'm a sucker for. You play as Gaia, some sort of earth spirit who is charged with revitalizing a planet that has been stripped by industry and pollution. It's an absolutely gorgeous game with striking visuals that made me want to keep pushing forward just to see what the next zone looks like. Think of Journey with tougher platforming and you're mostly there. Unfortunately, it's also plagued by a few massive issues.

It commits the cardinal sin of this style of exploration game by being very obtuse about where to go next and what to do to move forward. I found myself replaying huge sections of levels simply because I had no idea WTF the game was asking me to do proceed. I almost quit an hour in when missing a jump sent me falling down and required me to backtrack for nearly 10 minutes. The game often gives only the barest hint of a clue on where to go, expecting you to find the ladder or shadowy platform hidden in the corner of a labyrinthine skyscraper all on your own.

This confusion is exacerbated by a very rudimentary and un-fun combat system. You are chased at regular intervals by these lumbering monsters who you have to shoot with your light power (?) to kill. Problem is that the controls feel mushy, there's no lock-on, and the camera is often extremely disorienting as it wildly swings around (doubly so inside buildings). If you do manage to win the combat, you're often left wondering where the hell you ended up because it's impossible to keep your bearing during battle. I also found the platforming to be incredibly challenging, but that might just be my general lack of skill in that regard.

I really wanted to like this one because the visuals, art direction, and overall aesthetic are truly amazing. Unfortunately, it gets dragged down by vague progression and crappy combat. If it would have stuck with the more casual themes of exploration (a la Journey, Abzu, Flower, etc.) I think this could have been something really special. Instead, they tried to shoehorn in more "game-y" elements that really just...don't work. Shame, really.
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I am constantly making "sweep the leg" comments to my daughter while watching just about anything. Usually when things get cheesy. I've been saying it a lot lately. :D

Yang (sifu final boss) in stage two swept my leg at least 20+ times last night. he rarely sweeps more than a handful of times, so I have not bothered to learn how to deal with it (yet). My daughter said you get what you deserve. She may be right.

I started out swearing but by the end I couldn't help laughing. Imagine Daniel-San having his leg swept over and over and over and over again. Just constant leg sweeping. Just stay down Daniel-San. Just. Stay. Down.
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Yet another movie making tycoon game has released an updated demo. I looked at the first demo and it was OK. Planned release day is June 25th, although no mention if it is Early Access or Full Release.

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Legendary strategy city builder series heads back to the Roman Empire
There have been rumors for a long time about precisely where the Anno series will go next. A fan-favorite destination ripe for speculation has always been the Roman Empire, and finally it’s happening. Anno 117: Pax Romana is sending strategy players back to the second century, and even though there’s not much announced yet there’s still plenty to be excited about.
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Looking around at all the new games posted in threads here I gotta say its a good time to be a PC gamer again.
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Man, talk about rapid onset! I just went from 100 to 0 in my urge to game. I was playing Total War Warhammer 3 again, playing as Empire. I generally dislike fighting the Vampire Counts, and they were doing the usual early game swarm, where you're fighting multiple full enemy armies when you haven't been able to get your economy rolling enough to support more than one. I got annoyed and took a break, and an hour later... I have zero interest to play anything. It's the well-known feeling of the gaming slump, but damn - it came on fast!

I usually start getting twinges, install and uninstall a half a dozen titles, and then realize what it is. This time? Nope. Just Yay! Yay! Yay! Boo!
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I hate gaming slumps. Ive had many. Im always happy when they fade or I can break them. Its time for you to step away a day or two. Take a small break. Look and do other stuff. Then start looking around at all the new stuff coming and the latest stuff out. Then take a deep look back in time to old games that have come before. Find something in all of that to dip your toes in. Dont go in planning to play love and finish it. Just plan to have a little fun and diddle around. Then a 2nd one and maybe a 3rd. By the 4th or 5th you'll find something to keep you interested longer and have more fun in. And before you know it you're back fresh and happy.
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jztemple2 wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2024 3:52 pm
jztemple2 wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2024 2:51 pm There is now a demo for Hollywood Animal

Played the demo and this is going to be a day one purchase for me :D
I can't even get past the tutorial 😞
It says to hire a few more people. I forgot which spefic ones but I think there are 3 or 4 listed. I think its right afterhiring an HR director. No matter where I click I can't see where to hire anyone nor does it look like I can build a building. (Just in case that's what I need to do). The game went from step by step hand holding to you're on your own now kid with no warning whatsoever.
Ugh...
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Punisher wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 10:40 pm I can't even get past the tutorial 😞
It says to hire a few more people. I forgot which spefic ones but I think there are 3 or 4 listed. I think its right afterhiring an HR director. No matter where I click I can't see where to hire anyone nor does it look like I can build a building. (Just in case that's what I need to do). The game went from step by step hand holding to you're on your own now kid with no warning whatsoever.
Ugh...
Hmm, I didn't have any issues. Maybe when the game is released the tutorial will be more comprehensive.
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jztemple2 wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 12:09 am
Punisher wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 10:40 pm I can't even get past the tutorial 😞
It says to hire a few more people. I forgot which spefic ones but I think there are 3 or 4 listed. I think its right afterhiring an HR director. No matter where I click I can't see where to hire anyone nor does it look like I can build a building. (Just in case that's what I need to do). The game went from step by step hand holding to you're on your own now kid with no warning whatsoever.
Ugh...
Hmm, I didn't have any issues. Maybe when the game is released the tutorial will be more comprehensive.
While it very well could be my brain issues, it's starting to look like a bug.. Will try again tomorrow
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With Steam Next Fest in progress, I have so many demos downloaded to try. I find that demos are more useful to me to convince me to not keep a game on my wishlist, rather than convince me to buy it.
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Space Company Simulator

$19.99 90% off now $1.99
Take the position of a CEO of a space transport company and become a new major player in the industry. Space Company Simulator is a realistic management sim game that will challenge your planning skills as you strive to launch the first manned mission to Mars.
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Daehawk wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 2:23 am Space Company Simulator

$19.99 90% off now $1.99
Take the position of a CEO of a space transport company and become a new major player in the industry. Space Company Simulator is a realistic management sim game that will challenge your planning skills as you strive to launch the first manned mission to Mars.
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I didn't see that. But it is just $2 bucks hehehe
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GreenGoo wrote: Sat Jun 08, 2024 11:01 am
GreenGoo wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2024 3:48 pm Finished 4th stage without dying. It was not easier :D

Now just the (very short) final stage and final boss who I have yet to beat even once. He's kind of a jerk compared to the rest of the game, but I've made it halfway through the second stage so it's only a matter of time now.
Beat Yang (final boss) last night on my second try. Realized there was a semi-baitable move that he telegraphs so I can punish him fairly regularly on, which helped immensely.

Now I can practice on him in training (once you beat a mob the first time, you can practice on them in a training feature). That should help reduce my deaths significantly.

Did not get the "good" ending.
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You get scolded for letting your anger get the better of you and killing your father's killers. You need to spare them to get the "good" ending
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Daehawk wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 10:44 am I didn't see that. But it is just $2 bucks hehehe
"Unplayable"

As someone that routinely rage-quits games, and often has a lack of things like groceries, I would like to strongly suggest that that "$2 bucks" could be better spent.

Also, it's $2 because they have already scammed everyone that was willing to pay more. This is a last ditch effort to scam a bit more money before bailing completely. Don't be that person. Just.... don't.

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Besides, is it really a Space Company Simulator (such a lazy title) if it doesn't even let you buy a social media platform to manipulate public opinion ahead of national elections in order to preserve your government subsidies?
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jztemple2 wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 12:35 am I find that demos are more useful to me to convince me to not keep a game on my wishlist, rather than convince me to buy it.
Which is why AAA developers quit bothering with them.
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GreenGoo wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 10:46 am Yang spared. Good ending achieved.
Played through the entire game in a single playthrough, no restarts.

stage 1: 0 deaths
stage 2: 1 death (including new high score, which I wasn't trying for)
stage 3: 1 death
stage 4: 4 (maybe 5) deaths (including one in the first area, and another just before killing blow on boss. Lol)
stage 5: so many deaths

Still, I feel like that's a bit of an accomplishment for me.

I've started a fresh save file on hardest difficulty available. Stage 1 wasn't bad, but all bosses have their movesets changed, including some really cheap ass stuff :D Working my way through stage 3 now, and unlocking moves again. Enjoying it, as I'm missing some key moves so I need to take better advantage of basic mechanics.
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Oh I've thought of a name for my next character in some game...Lil' Dicky Doolittle. Even better if it's a porn tycoon game.

EDIT: Oh oh! I got another one....Doofus Danger! When its dangerous and stupid, theres Doofus Danger!
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GreenGoo wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 9:50 am
GreenGoo wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 10:46 am Yang spared. Good ending achieved.
Played through the entire game in a single playthrough, no restarts.

stage 1: 0 deaths
stage 2: 1 death (including new high score, which I wasn't trying for)
stage 3: 1 death
stage 4: 4 (maybe 5) deaths (including one in the first area, and another just before killing blow on boss. Lol)
stage 5: so many deaths

Still, I feel like that's a bit of an accomplishment for me.

I've started a fresh save file on hardest difficulty available. Stage 1 wasn't bad, but all bosses have their movesets changed, including some really cheap ass stuff :D Working my way through stage 3 now, and unlocking moves again. Enjoying it, as I'm missing some key moves so I need to take better advantage of basic mechanics.
Well, I don't think Master difficulty is for me. I'm pretty sloppy in my play so I take a lot of chip damage and the occasional punch to the face, and the damage on this difficulty is hard to overcome. It's still fun, but I'm having trouble progressing with a young enough age that I can move forward while still learning the new movesets. Progress has stalled at the final boss of stage 3, who was always a pain in the butt but now seems to have less punish opportunities.

Oh well, I have put in a lot of time at this point, might be time to try something new.
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