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A Sometimes Food
Dec 8, 2010






What is The Good Life?

Stolen from the Kickstarter page

quote:

The Good Life is a debt repayment daily life RPG co-developed by SWERY's White Owls Inc. and a development team led by Yukio Futatsugi, the creator of Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust.

Play as Naomi, a journalist from New York who moves to a backwoods British town called Rainy Woods in order to pay off her massive debt.

The only way for her to escape from debt hell is to take pictures of happenings in the town and report on them. Of course, 'the happiest town in the world' is not your average town...

The inhabitants of the happiest town in the world are some of the most bizarre people you'll ever come across. You'll live alongside them as you solve mysteries and experience a hearty helping of craziness. We're sure that you'll eventually come to love all the mystery, horror, and good old charm that this town has to offer.

If you have a familiarity with SWERY's previous output, you can probably guess that the town you've been sent to is very weird. Main difference is that you're in a Hot Fuzz-esque picturesque British country town not Twin Peaks.

Also that it seems to, some admittedly serious occlusion issues aside, actually run somewhat decently. They appear to have kept their ambition in check unlike the disaster that was Deadly Premonition 2. Or maybe it shits the bed later. I'm still early.

The key gameplay conceit is the photojournalism. You progress the main quest by investigating the central mysteries around the town with your trusty camera skills and use those same skills to earn money doing sidequests for various clients or just taking trendy photos to upload to an app that gives you money based on how popular they are with the current trends. There's also a variety of non-camera related part time jobs like mining, wrangling sheep or working at an underground casino.

You can use this money on clothes, food, new cameras and equipment, getting high in the forest with the local witch or buying furniture and other upgrades for your house. Care for your lovely little cottage and make it a comfortable hideaway from your crushing debt. Which you also have to pay off. Eventually.

So yeah two main goals.

1. Stop Tom Nook from breaking your legs.

2. Solve the big mysteries of Rainy Woods. The murder. Which of course happens shortly after your arrival. And the fact everyone including yourself turn into cats or dogs late at night. That poo poo's pretty weird too. You can and have to change freely between the two, so don't worry bout getting locked in here.



I don't have much personally to add, I just started playing and I like it so far and figured I'd make a quick thread.

A Sometimes Food fucked around with this message at 11:31 on Oct 16, 2021

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Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



Pro tip: urgent quests mean it and you'll fail if you gently caress around too long lol

CottonWolf
Jul 20, 2012

Good ideas generator



Reminds me of holidays in the Lake District. 10/10

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



CottonWolf posted:

Reminds me of holidays in the Lake District. 10/10

This

lunar detritus
May 6, 2009



Usually in games pre-rendered cutscenes are a chance for devs to go and record what they want in Ultra and 60fps so they can get all the detail they need since they can't guarantee what computer the player is going to have.

Not here. The cutscenes look like they were recorded in a switch and encoded as a 240p youtube video. There's even pop-in trees in the opening cutscene.

lunar detritus fucked around with this message at 19:17 on Oct 16, 2021

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



This is the second indie game I've played recently with cutscenes that are lower resolution than GBA cart movies, maybe HD capture software is expensive :shrug:

Cowman
Feb 14, 2006

MOOrry Holidays!





I'm really enjoying this game so far, it's a delightful mix of weirdness from SWERY and adorableness full of heart! It's really a great game so far.

Zil
Jun 4, 2011

Satanically Summoned Citrus





This popped up on my suggestions queue this morning and I have to admit it did draw me in a bit. Added it to my wishlist for now and waiting for more of a goon consensus if it is worth full price or not.

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



Lol I uploaded the photo of Elizabeth's corpse the game makes you take and it's getting more likes than a photo with all 5 buzzwords lol

Cowman
Feb 14, 2006

MOOrry Holidays!





Sakurazuka posted:

Lol I uploaded the photo of Elizabeth's corpse the game makes you take and it's getting more likes than a photo with all 5 buzzwords lol

I did that too and it's well over 20000 likes. People really dislike her apparently.

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?





🤔

DalaranJ
Apr 15, 2008

Yosuke will now die for you.


Cowman posted:

I did that too and it's well over 20000 likes. People really dislike her apparently.

One of the story branches has Naomi literally saying, "This kind of story is going to trend on Social Media for at least three days."

lunar detritus
May 6, 2009



Should have

Plebian Parasite
Oct 12, 2012



Decorating my garden by stealing poo poo I find around town

DalaranJ
Apr 15, 2008

Yosuke will now die for you.


So, where do I find three garden gnomes? Asking for a friend.

DalaranJ
Apr 15, 2008

Yosuke will now die for you.


Oh, man, I just discovered something pretty helpful for getting around. Obviously, the dog can run longer than the other forms, but the cat can jump over stone fence walls.

Caidin
Oct 28, 2011


Dick Whittington....

Hmmmm...

Dick Whittington.

I bet that kid was a self made orphan.

Plebian Parasite
Oct 12, 2012



DalaranJ posted:

Oh, man, I just discovered something pretty helpful for getting around. Obviously, the dog can run longer than the other forms, but the cat can jump over stone fence walls.

It's clearly intended behavior but it just makes me scratch my head because there's all those fences that require cash but you can just like, go around them.

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



Sometimes you don't want to get off your sheep.

Coq au Nandos
Nov 7, 2006

I think I would say to my daughters if they were to ask me this question... A shitpost is the greatest gift that you can give someone, the ultimate gift of giving and don't give it to someone lightly, that's what I would say.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArIs8BGMwQM

GOTY

CottonWolf
Jul 20, 2012

Good ideas generator



By nearly all traditional metrics, this game is terrible. But I love it.

Cowman
Feb 14, 2006

MOOrry Holidays!





CottonWolf posted:

By nearly all traditional metrics, this game is terrible. But I love it.

That's pretty much all SWERY games in general

Edit: Is there a way to force the game to render at like 4k? It only goes up to 1080p for me and I want to do some super sampling to make it look nicer since the Anti=Aliasing doesn't do too much.

Cowman fucked around with this message at 14:20 on Oct 18, 2021

Pwnstar
Dec 9, 2007

Who wants some waffles?



Anyone seen any deer?

Mokinokaro
Sep 11, 2001

At the end of everything, hold onto anything




Fun Shoe

CottonWolf posted:

By nearly all traditional metrics, this game is terrible. But I love it.

Like most SWERY projects the gameplay is way too ambitious for its own good but the writing and aesthetics are charming as hell.

Caidin
Oct 28, 2011


It's probable ably a bit late since the trends are gonna change soon for me but can anyone tell me where to find luxury furniture?

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



Pwnstar posted:

Anyone seen any deer?

Try Deargshaw Forest in the south east of the map

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



I love how quiet it is when you're outside the town.

And not riding a sheep


Yeeaah baaaby

StarkRavingMad
Sep 27, 2001






Yams Fan

Been playing this and enjoying it. Feels a little more ordinary than Swery's other games (strange to say that about a game where you can turn into a cat and a dog, and there's a murder mystery), but I enjoy the kind of comfy vibe of just tooling around taking pictures and trying to do these quests. There are an inordinate amount of quests that involve "go get a pile of crafting components" but that's been okay since I can take pictures of stuff at the same time. Game got substantially better once I got my shteed and didn't have to run everywhere.

...goddamn hellhole

DalaranJ
Apr 15, 2008

Yosuke will now die for you.


Sakurazuka posted:

Yeeaah baaaby

When riding a sheep Naomi enters an emotional state known as Ďreally feeling ití.

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



Unsurprisingly, pictures of cats and dogs give you the easiest likes

Sylphosaurus
Sep 6, 2007


Sakurazuka posted:

Unsurprisingly, pictures of cats and dogs give you the easiest likes
As it should be.

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



The music that plays in your house is illegally catchy

StarkRavingMad
Sep 27, 2001






Yams Fan

I want to kill the Lobster man, I want him to die

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



He serves no purpose other than to turn up at the end of a story quest and be annoying.

Cowman
Feb 14, 2006

MOOrry Holidays!





LOBSTAAAAAAAH

DalaranJ
Apr 15, 2008

Yosuke will now die for you.


Well currently it's looking like most of the main quests are going to be about breaking through one or more sets of these trial arches?

I was riding around trying to up my shrine completion and I definitely saw a tree with all red leaves on the other side of one of those gates...

Nerdietalk
Dec 23, 2014



I spent a lot of my run through Route A really stressed and overwhelmed with how much I had to manage, particularly with the nightmare vicar video game, but now that I have access to the money-earning method they give you after that, everything's coming along really nicely. Got a reliable form of income, progressing well with various sidequests and main story, really coming all together.

I gotta say though, the narrator is just aggressively mean to Naomi. Downright bullying from moment one.

DalaranJ
Apr 15, 2008

Yosuke will now die for you.


Pwnstar posted:

Anyone seen any deer?

Itís probably way too late to help you, but I saw deer in the forest at the far south of the map while trying to unlock the shrine there.

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



Is there anywhere to take a picture of all the holiday stuff 'E' wants without making it all and putting it in your garden?
Some of the crafting ingredients are just nuts to try and get. 10 aluminium cans for one nugget, 5 nuggets for a chunk, two chunks for one actual item???

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DreadUnknown
Nov 4, 2020


DalaranJ posted:

So, where do I find three garden gnomes? Asking for a friend.

Check in some of the yards near the village center.
I really love this goofy-rear end game, seeing all those red lights makes me really wants to clear em all in one go.
Also gently caress that loving rear end in a top hat badger.

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