What are some games you have liked, are playing, or looking forward to? Anyone still doing that? Yea, me neither.I can’t remember the last time I played one. It’s been a long minute.
My fondest memories of playing a game have probably been Fallout 3, but tied closely with Human Resources Machine. The greatest aspect of Fallout 3 was that it was rich with interesting characters, with lots of character, followed by places and events of the same. It was something of a series of small games in one under a common theme of a dark comedy within a nuclear wasteland. This is why New Vegas was so bad (yes it was). Characters were few and forgettable, as were places and events. There was no real desolation or comedy to it. It was dry and uninteresting. The internet tends to get this backward, that New Vegas was the better game for some technical reason(s). The internet is wrong by a long shot.
Earlier Fallout games and Planescape Torment were good too, but the tiny top-down graphics really were pretty blah to me. But I played them years after Fallout 3, many years after their day.
Skyrim was like a bigger and much worse New Vegas. Very little in way of character, place, and level development. It was an endless romp of nothing much, over and over, a dragon here, another village there. Books of lore littered everywhere because the game was never fully fleshed out. And the internet went ape shit over it. The internet was wrong again. But sales boomed.
Half Life was a good time for it’s day. But it was more of a crawler, without much in way of interesting characters.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day. A fully wet comedy game, fun for a romp. Controls were terrible from what I remember. Good dialogue throughout.
Grim Fandango was another good comedy game, and it had interesting characters and art. But it bugged out on me, so I never got to finish it. Bummer.
Risen had terrible ratings I remember from years ago, but it was a goody too. Not terribly interesting characters but just good game design and fun to play. Except the final boss. Out of left field you’re playing against a platformer style boss for the finale.
The Witcher 3 seemed like it took itself too serious to me. And the gameplay felt too laggy. I dropped out after maybe 10-15 hours.
I’m looking for something to dive into for a bit. Elden Ring looks possibly interesting, but it also looks like too much (bringing back bad memories of Skyrim). I saw something like 90 hours to completion. And I’m not seeing any signs of not taking itself too seriously, ala Fallout 3. It feels like a Skyrim or The Witcher 3 type.
What I have seen of CyberPunk 2077 looks like it is another massive AAA bore. I had hopes for that one when it was in development.
If you think otherwise on the last two, let me know.
Disco Elysium looks like it could be good if it were fleshed out into a 3D game with a bit of action. But if I want to read a book instead of play a game, I’ll do just that. And if I want to hear someone read one to me, I’ll go sit with the tots at the library. I did play a few text-based games on command-line many years ago, but graphics and mechanics definitely do help to make a game more immersive.