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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:07 pm 
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Recommend some games!

I've been more or less out of the loop for a very long time.

From about 2004 until now, I've been a console gamer almost exclusively. But due to a convergence of factors (complete lack of interest in PS4/Xbone, fancy new computer, rising interest in small indie titles coupled with rapidly declining interest in AAA releases, renewed interest sparked by recent replaying of old DOS favorites), I've decided to go back to computer-based gaming.

What have I missed over the last decade or so?

Ten years is a lot of ground to cover, but I'm wide open to suggestions.

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- I've got a reasonably powerful new computer, but it is a Mac, so games with OSX versions are preferred. (Please, do us both a favor and forego the Apple comments. I got the computer with a secondary intention of it being gaming-capable, but it is not primarily for games.) I have a few different Wine-based solutions for Windows titles, but those tend to get kind of spotty with post-DX9 games. I may cave at some future point and set up a true Windows partition, but I'm trying to avoid that for as long as possible. I'm still open to Windows-only recommendations, but they will get far less attention than games with cross-platform support.
- If it had a PS3, Wii/Wii U, or 3DS incarnation, I've *probably* already heard of it.
- Genre preferences. I'm not too big on sports games, MMO-anythings, or turn-based games, and I have markedly old-fashioned taste in FPSes (though I did quite enjoy BioShock). However, I'm open to pretty much everything else.
- Controller support is pretty decent. I have a good nkro keyboard, a mouse, an Apple trackpad, and a wide assortment of controllers (PS3, Wii, 360, and GameCube controllers that can be used with the system).
- Aside from Nintendo titles, recent(ish) favorites have included
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the Battle Kid series
Crypt of the NecroDancer
Echochrome
Fez
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
InJustice
Hook Champ
the Little Big Planet series (largely due to its robust creation tools)
Oceanhorn
Papers Please
Pillars of Eternity
Portal 2
Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Shovel Knight (my Game of the Year for 2014)
Steam World Dig
Skyrim
Teslagrad
VVVVVV
Wonderful 101
World of Goo
the Worms remakes


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:08 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 9:58 pm 
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Bit late but I absolutely loved Antichamber. Really great mind-bending first person puzzler. It's not on console so should be a safe recommendation.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/219890/

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 9:16 am 
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Interesting... looks sort of like a cross between Portal and Echochrome.

I've been pretty obsessed with Crypt of the NecroDancer for the last couple of weeks. I also invested in a couple of Humble Bundles and more GOG purchases than I'd care to admit. Currently in the early parts of Pillars of Eternity; it's been a very, very long time since I've played a game like this.

I still wish Steam was more of a straightforward store like GOG, without the server-based DRM and the unannounced automatic updates. I'm very hesitant to buy anything that could randomly stop working at some future point--that's the same reason I still buy all my movies on disc.

That said, I've been discovering a lot of great games lately. And since many of the games I'm playing aren't particularly resource-intensive, I can run a lot of them at my systems's native 5k resolution... which is pretty stunning, when the assets are there to create a noticeable difference.


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Wolfenstein: The New Order is fantastic and I, too, am into older-style FPSs for the most part. What I like about it is that you can still play a "run 'n' gun" style of play like Wolfenstein 3D/Spear of Destiny, but you will alert enemies to your presence this way, and they'll call backup (sort of Metal Gear Solid style, but the alert stops when you take out the nearby commander, not when you are unspotted for a certain amount of time). On the other hand, you can get stealthy and sneak up on enemies and take them out without alerting anyone. It's a great mix of gameplay styles.

Unfortunately since Bethesda bought id, id titles are no longer cross platform like they used to be (id used to release native Linux builds of their games long before anyone else showed their support, for over a decade ago). So, you'll need a Windows partition.

The storyline is very good too, which I did not expect for a Wolfenstein title.

And Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the prequel, comes out tomorrow I think.

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 11:54 am 
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Huh. I don't recall being especially into the previous Wolfenstein game (Return), so I didn't pay too much attention to this when it came out. I played Return on PS2 back in the day, but the only FPSs I really got into on that system were Ghosthunter and Timesplitters. That Antichamber game does sound interesting, though.

I've gotten to the end of (but not yet beaten) NecroDancer, so I'm currently taking a KOTOR2 break. Got it up and running in a Wine wrapper via PortingKit. The only drawback so far is that it won't let me enable framebuffer effects; otherwise, the game runs just fine.

Random question: any Mac users have experience with OpenEmu? Is there a way to adjust the internal resolution for the N64 core? I poked around in the .app, but I couldn't find anything that seemed to contain that setting, and I haven't come across any useful info online.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 3:05 am 
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DaMadFiddler wrote:
Huh. I don't recall being especially into the previous Wolfenstein game (Return), so I didn't pay too much attention to this when it came out. I played Return on PS2 back in the day, but the only FPSs I really got into on that system were Ghosthunter and Timesplitters. That Antichamber game does sound interesting, though.


Return to Castle Wolfenstein was pretty meh. I barely remember it even though I beat it I think. It was a pretty generic FPS that is really only notable for being a Wolfenstein game.

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, the free online game was pretty damn good though, especially for being free.

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 8:30 am 
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Oh look, Towerfall and Grim Fandango are both on sale. GOG is going to end up eating all of my money :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:55 pm 
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DaMadFiddler wrote:
Oh look, Towerfall and Grim Fandango are both on sale.


Grim Fandango eh? Never heard of it. It looks pretty good though.

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