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haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Eldervale is some sort of early 2000s inspired survival horror third person shooter from a single dev.


https://store.steampowered.com/app/...1_7_7_230_150_1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r8wp6KOW3o

there is also an demo on Itch https://solkitte.itch.io/eldervale-demo

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haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Planet Zoo just came out today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCgppIh1tnY

https://store.steampowered.com/app/703080/Planet_Zoo/

still wondering why this needs to be another game with extremely akward building mechanics. No free rotation, just weird angles. Building fences is akward too with a fixed length for some reason.

Animals do look amazing though. Sure hope this won't be another Jurassic Park with great visuals but not much more to it.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Blacksad will be out on Thursday (November 14). I think the theme is really cool, the trailer leaves some mixed feelings about the quality of the story/writing but I'll check it out in any case.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GALOOSLrg0

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Lost Ember came out today. Something I've been really lookig forward too, I hope it will hold up to my idea of the game.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br_b7JqM7Ps

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





don't get Kings of Lorn.

It has like 55 FOV and the dev said:

"Sorry, for this game there is no settings for FOV. The FOV in the game was chosen for a specific artistic reason."

Rest of the game isn't really convincing either but gameplay is impossibly sickening with that fov + forced motion blur. The latter can probably be turned off in configs, maybe FOV can be altered too but not worth my time with a thousand other games to play instead.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Xeno Raptor came out today of Early Access, a take on more 90s ideas of a shmup. Chill WASD control with dashing, more like a topdown shooter. Bit monotone sound desing maybe but there is a demo and it's currently only 2


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enn6hxgthn4

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





two very good games came out recently I like to recommend:

Lightmatter which is a puzzle game in the like of Portal/ narrated by the voice from Hitman Agent 47. I'd say the dialogue isn't as punchy as in The Stanley Parable or Portal for that matter in terms of humor, but it gets very close. The puzzles are rather easy for a larger part in the beginning but can get really tricky later on. The basic idea is pretty simple: you can't go through shadows and have to light a path. They remind a bit of Talos Principle beam puzzles due to havin a few light emitting pieces you have to carry arround and arrange most of the time.



The play-before-buy concept the game follows is also nice, you can play the first hour for free (not quite sure how this works, if it's like shareware with a timer or more a "fixed" hour it approx. would take you to reach a certain point) - due to the nature of the game it should be enough to get an idea for a buying descision.


The other game is also a puzzle game which has been announced years ago I think and I completely forgot about it until the wishlist release email came the other day: The Pedestrian. A neat 2.5D puzzle game where you control a 2D stickman through a maze of signs by rearranging them:



I'm not that far yet but it's a relaxing puzzle with nice design.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Iron Danger just came out. The gameplay seems interesting:


quote:

Iron Danger is a tactical combat game with a unique time manipulation mechanic. A never before seen combination that combines the tactical depth of turn-based games with the exciting action of real-time games.

I only played the tutorial so far and it's nice with the mechanic well done, but not enough playtime for a more indepth impression yet.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Biped is really good. Go play it with your loved one for a shitton of fun and confusion. Best enjoyed if not 100% comfy using analogue sticks for everything.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Wastid posted:

Dreamscaper is a ARPG/Rougelite game that released a demo a couple days ago. Its got a lot in common with Hades gameplay wise. I'm really enjoying the setting and style of the game, its unlike anything I've played before. It's going into early access this summer so don't expect it to be as complete/feature rich as Hades but what is released so far is very promising. The story is basically you literally fighting your depression/demons in your lucid dreams and one of the bosses of the levels is named Isolation.

Nice idea but combat is just floaty and boring. It's very far away from the fast and precise gameplay of Hades.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





for some reason, Spongebob Battle for Bikini Bottom is an actually relaxing and well made 3D platformer.

If you can still bear Spongebob and enjoy 3D platformers, this might be worth a look. It's rather easy since you really can't lose anything but I prefer that over joyless unnecessary frustrating sections in all the other games that have a visual design for kids but a gameplay loop for masochists.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Fatty posted:

So, Jets n Guns 2 left early access.

awesome! I didn't even know it was in EA. The first one was one of my favorit shmups

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





StrixNebulosa posted:

Crossposting from the steam thread as Othercide dropped TODAY.

Okay! Time for an Othercidep Opinion Post. I've played it for 39 minutes and have a basic grasp on what it is.

The tl;dr: Othercide is a roguelike XCOM focused on metaprogression/currency that you use to unlock buffs and other cheaty bits so you eventually get strong enough through skills and metaprogression to win the game.

The story is, some lady in 1897 (ish) was fighting supernatural monsters when they killed her and now we're outside reality fighting against the incursion of an eldritch horror thing. None of this explained, though there is a codex in the menu where you can get hints and character bios. There's a heavy theme of remembering what this woman's life was like, and that impacts what the eldritch thing is, and why it's hunting her(?).

Gameplay is (so far) smooth XCOM combat where everyone has Action Points and if you conserve them that means you can move sooner. You can cast delayed attacks (and so can the monsters) that can be interrupted and such, or you can go for instant moves. There's also a Burst system where you can use double your AP to do a lot, but your next move comes waaaay later. The tutorial really encourages combos and thinking about how to effectively crush your foes. That said, while the UI shows you and tells you what enemies will do next, I haven't seen a damage estimate (yet?) so there's that element of randomness. And you can miss, but it's not xcom common.

You deploy three units per fight, and fights are kind of wave-based - the first two missions were kill [x] units so the rest will spawn in, then kill them.

Units can gain traits - one of mine is arrogant so she gets a XP minus modifier and critical hits up - and be leveled up and taught new skills (but not many). You can equip skills with power-up boosts so they hit harder or whatever.

The structure seems to be deploy to do mission -> level up/allocate power-ups -> sleep for a "day" to recharge folks -> do another mission, and eventually we'll hit a boss and then I think new stages as it repeats until the finale. There is also a button to reset your entire run at any time for meta-currency so you can buy new perks and stuff.

I have not experimented with units dying yet, but they can be revived? Nor have I done much else, this is all baby stages impression. But so far this is my jam and I'm really glad I went in knowing it would be a roguelike, as if I were expecting a linear thing that would bug me. Expectations!

...also pester me sometime to talk about Attack of the Earthlings, the other XCOM I've been playing lately, which goes hard the other way - linear campaign, heavy focus on puzzle solving and optimizing your run through a mission, and instead of moody atmospheric writing it's just bugs eating sci-fi corporate hell peons. Also it's short, whereas Othercide looks like it will not be.


e: Othercide is 35$ which I feel is a fair price for this kind of thing, but yeah, don't dip unless that all sounds exactly like your jam.

What's the anime tolerance level for this?

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Memnaelar posted:

If a person bothers to watch the trailer on Steam or Youtube this game, it's fairly clear that there's nothing "anime" about this game at all.

edit: Maybe Heavy Metal, tho.

I really, really hope that the game doesn't wind up being an overt allegory about fatal illnesses, or some such. That was my immediate beer-money bet on reading the premise and I hope it exceeds my trope-y expectations.

I'm terrible phone bound with no timeframe to watch videos so only saw screens.. which display quite a bit of anime influence.
Much better if that's all there is.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Dreadwroth2 posted:

Othercide looks way more like something out of Heavy Metal, I think the artists are Belinski fans too.

Yeah now that I looked at it properly it does. The white hair female figures just triggered the reflex, because too much on steam is these days.

Apologies for the unnecessary derail.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Cardiovorax posted:

[edit]: worth every cent

yes. very chill game

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





StrixNebulosa posted:

Neo Scavenger dev has dropped

Ostronauts


It's in EA and it looks REALLY good aaaaa


Hope it turns out good. I'll be putting it back to my wishlist until it is a little more fleshed out. Really promising.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





interesting releases today

A Monsters Expedition
https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/ste...bm?t=1599161148

As Far As The Eye
https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/ste...bm?t=1599148008


The Unfinished Swan
https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/ste...bm?t=1599753080

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





BPM - Bullets Per Minute just got released

https://cdn.cloudflare.steamstatic....vie480_vp9.webm

It seems good so far, got some FPS issues though for some reason.

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Wingspan just came out, looks chill and good

https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/ste...bm?t=1599215692

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





so they brought BER Bausimulator to Steam as well.

quote:

A simulation game making fun of Germans not being able to build an airport in their capital city for over 16 years now. Are you able to do better?

https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/ste...bm?t=1600441415

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





WOHOO! Look what just got released!



whoops nope, not another loving halo port.


BUT



SOLDAT 2 entered EA!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/474220/Soldat_2/

https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/ste...bm?t=1600795801

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





apparently Aquanox Deep Descent will be out today :O

I hope it will be as good as the screenshots look. After so many fumbled remakes of classics, like Descent or System Shock it would be sad if this fails again.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/...x_Deep_Descent/

/meh early reviews are not very favorite

haldolium fucked around with this message at 10:25 on Oct 16, 2020

haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





haldolium posted:



/meh early reviews are not very favorite

welp, seems to be even worse with initial review score reaching mostly negative. Thats just too bad

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haldolium
Oct 22, 2016





Hwurmp posted:

play Overload

Already did, it's extremely Descent and good. Maybe a wrong example or just not thought through, but it feels like quite a few of high level remakes (lates I remeber would be that terrible "Gothic" demo) fail a lot. Aquanox per se wasn't the greatest game to begin with but rather unique in genre and setting and (possibly graphics) created a pretty high level of awareness



Manifold Garden is now available

https://cdn.cloudflare.steamstatic....vie480_vp9.webm

also Shakedown: Hawaii

https://cdn.cloudflare.steamstatic....vie480_vp9.webm



wow Manifold Garden is already worth everything just for the screenshot mode and technical consideration instead of beeing My First Unity game (with shading!). Very well build game, very beautiful. Bit weird, but not as much of a brainfuckery as others.

haldolium fucked around with this message at 18:17 on Oct 20, 2020

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