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  11:40:45  10 July 2021
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nashathedog
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Community Game Reviews

I thought I'd start a thread where we can put reviews for games we really like or hate to give each other an idea of what to expect before we spend our hard earned money on them.
  13:32:17  10 July 2021
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Days Gone on PC (Steam)

After watching the trailers before it originally released on the PS4 I wasn't sure about Days Gone but when it came to Steam I gave it a go & at the moment it'll likely be my game of the year.
When I get a new game I usually play it on the lowest difficulty setting so I can enjoy a more relaxed experience.

The Good:
I think the price on Steam is reasonable.
The campaigns a good one with high quality cut scenes & plenty of meat.
The Length of the campaign is good (My 1st playthrough including side missions took over 90 hours.
Stability was great but I did have 1 random crash in the 1st playthrough.

The Bad:
???
I'll have a think & get back to you.

Warning Video's contain mostly cutscene footage with campaign spoilers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc8Nv92xWFg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH78Esz7hAs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOvz7DlNshY
  00:08:41  12 July 2021
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Tejas Stalker
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Nasha

This is a good idea. The same thought crossed my mind over the years to have a dedicated forum member's reviews for games. We all have added a trickle of our reviews infused with regular news and announcements about games in general, but they are easy to get lost. Having a post with nothing but reviews will hopefully encourage other people to tell about their experiences.

TS
  13:13:42  12 July 2021
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Community Game Reviews

Nasha

This is a good idea. The same thought crossed my mind over the years to have a dedicated forum member's reviews for games. We all have added a trickle of our reviews infused with regular news and announcements about games in general, but they are easy to get lost. Having a post with nothing but reviews will hopefully encourage other people to tell about their experiences.

TS
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Cheers,
I'm looking forward to seeing some S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 reviews here next year.
  22:00:07  17 July 2021
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Lord_Santa
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great idea for a thread; I've been wanting to write a whole slew of reviews over the years, but due to numerous factors IRL, I am barely able to straighten out my thoughts, especially not for long enough to focus on writing something coherent, but as a short try, I'll give a few points on a particular game that I do enjoy, which is rather cheap and easy to pick up and play:

Streets of Rogue:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/512900/Streets_of_Rogue/

pro's:
rogue-like elements
quick-paced action
lots of ways to complete each task/level
destructive environments
great fun in local couch co-op/multiplayer
low system requirements
plenty of characters to choose between, each with unique traits
good enough story-line to keep you going
nice variety in level-design/missions

cons:
rogue-like elements
can get repetitive
can get rather chaotic, rather quickly
2D pixel-art/top-down/shooter'esque gameplay -style, reminiscent of 16-bit era style of games, mainly appeals to a niche crowd
  10:39:30  17 August 2021
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great idea for a thread; I've been wanting to write a whole slew of reviews over the years, but due to numerous factors IRL, I am barely able to straighten out my thoughts, especially not for long enough to focus on writing something coherent, but as a short try, I'll give a few points on a particular game that I do enjoy, which is rather cheap and easy to pick up and play:

Streets of Rogue:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/512900/Streets_of_Rogue/

pro's:
rogue-like elements
quick-paced action
lots of ways to complete each task/level
destructive environments
great fun in local couch co-op/multiplayer
low system requirements
plenty of characters to choose between, each with unique traits
good enough story-line to keep you going
nice variety in level-design/missions

cons:
rogue-like elements
can get repetitive
can get rather chaotic, rather quickly
2D pixel-art/top-down/shooter'esque gameplay -style, reminiscent of 16-bit era style of games, mainly appeals to a niche crowd
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The Steam reviews are overwhelmingly positive at 96 & 97 percent which is quite rare & it looks like something I'll like so it's going on my wishlist, Thanks for the heads up.
  21:44:44  21 August 2021
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Lord_Santa
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Unepic

Unepic:

2D side-view platformer, with a huge community and great gameplay if you like side-scrolling hack 'n slash. Can be played with friends via internet/lan.

Very interesting RPG, with lots of items, weapons, armor and other upgrades, not to mention a living, breathing world with plenty of fun interactions, although the puns may sometimes go a bit too far.

Single-player experience is one of the greatest platformers I've personally had; But that is due to my own personal tastes in video-games. There are a lot of little quirks/rulesets, such as maces being the best weapon to bash skeletons with, swords/daggers to stab certain creatures, axe for others and this also applies to how you interact with the environment.

All these little touches, along with some great 2D sprite-art and evocative atmosphere makes this one a must-play for any fans of the genre; I bought it way back when and have since bought it for my friends and although I haven't played it in a while, it's one of those games that I never uninstall.

Pro's:

Atmospheric
Good graphics/Animation
Interesting mechanics
Good storyline/plot (cheesy)
Well thought through gameplay
Interesting characters/interactions
Multiplayer
Great community/Plenty of maps

Con's:
2D platformer at its core
RPG at its core
Cheesy plot/story-line
Appeals to a niche crowd

https://store.steampowered.com/app/233980/UnEpic/
  12:57:53  26 September 2021
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Horizon Zero Dawn Review (PC) 26th September 2021

It took me around 100 hrs to complete the campaign but I spent a lot of time sticking to the first (training map?) area getting used to using my characters capabilities. I've also done a lot of exploring & doing many of the side missions which also adds a lot of time.
The game world is quite big, a good bit bigger than that of Day's gone which I previously played.

The good

I enjoyed the storyline which was interesting enough for me to actually watch cut scenes & read conversations rather than skip over them which I'm often guilty of doing.
Visually the game's attractive with the World having plenty of variety from deserts, rolling hills, cities & forests to Valleys & snow topped mountain regions, in other words plenty to see.
The World map felt well designed, it doesn't seem to matter what direction you choose there's always something going on & things to do just over the horizon.
I enjoyed exploring the world and I also like that it has a fast travel system you can use to return to areas you've previously visited to speed things up later in the game, it's a great addition to a game with such a big World. (A similar feature mod for STALKER COC is for me a must have as it lets you travel directly to any part of any map once you've been there & placed a rucksack on the ground). In Horizon Zero Dawn you can fast travel (using travel packs you buy or loot) to any campfire once you've reached and activated it on the World map.
It felt like I did a lot of exploring during the game but I've still got lots of places I've yet to visit, there's also lots of side missions I've yet to complete, items I've not found and according to the in-game encyclopedia I've still got 8 types of enemy to find. you can easily miss a lot of content if you're only interested in doing the campaign.


The bad

The World maps route finder can be confusing when you reach the general area you need to be, the marker starts bouncing around making little sense when you hit the 40 to 50 meters point in built up areas like mountains & multi leveled cities, I get that we don't want to have it hold our hands all the way there but it would start confusing things, it would've been better if it would just turn off rather than tell me it's 40 meters this way & then tell me it was 40 meters back that way, I often found myself running around in circles. It can also send you in the wrong direction when you're off the beaten track in as an example a large valley, It'll send you in the opposite direction to where you want to go to get you on the nearest road instead of showing an as the crow flies route which would be a lot quicker because it often adds a lot of travelling to a trip, Trodden paths can be few and far between so it happens a lot more often that you might imagine.
I had several issues that may be AMD gpu driver problems rather than the actual games fault, I can't be sure which, we'll need Nvidia users to answer that question?
There can be stutter when entering busy areas like Corruption zones where there's lots of creatures & corruption effects going on as well as big city centres.
Cut scenes too, they can stutter and cause freeze frames that can sometimes be as long as a few seconds. I've lost count of how many times it's happened but it took me a long time to complete the main campaign and relatively they didn't happen too much, they're annoying when they happen but they're nowhere near as frequent as they are in as an example STALKER COP.
You can't swim underwater, even if you dive into a river or lake the camera remains above the water, that said Horizon Zero Dawn didn't really have anywhere big enough to make it worth exploring (I've seen footage showing that it's being added to the next Horizon game Forbidden West which is a good thing).

Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMJyreMv2iA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jz3-WK8QmA

Warning Video's may contain cutscene footage and/or campaign spoilers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEyQVMJ7bAE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzVMYDYTHIk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CagI1feDFc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlfdNykfMNw
  20:21:53  27 September 2021
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Tejas Stalker
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nashathedog

That's a really good review. It was written well enough for me to be intrigued and actually read the whole thing and look at the videos. The Game looks very nice and the graphics are sharp and detailed. Your video card seems to be performing quite well. I'm not a big fan, as you know, of third person Games but obviously they are very popular.

What I really noticed from watching the video, was that because you are looking down continuously at the back of your character, there is a lot of time spent looking down at the ground around you. You really have to make an effort to tilt your view and look at what is ahead of you. When you move this is amplified and you have to make a conscious effort to focus on your surroundings. Not really a comment on your playing style or even this specific Game. Just that your video was interesting enough to immerse me momentarily in what you were doing.

Is this your YouTube channel? I was not aware you had one as I don't believe you have shared it or talked about it before. If so, I did not know you liked driving Games as I don't remember you mentioning one before. Do you use a wheel or just a keyboard to drive? Anyway, thanks for this great review and please do more.

TS
  12:55:11  29 September 2021
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nashathedog

That's a really good review. It was written well enough for me to be intrigued and actually read the whole thing and look at the videos.
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Hi, Cheers, My writing isn't the best but I get by.


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The Game looks very nice and the graphics are sharp and detailed. Your video card seems to be performing quite well. I'm not a big fan, as you know, of third person Games but obviously they are very popular.
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Same here, I prefer 1st person but there's so many 3rd person games out there that we can't really avoid them & despite them being 3rd Person I've really enjoyed games like this & those in the Tomb Raider reboot franchise so I'm gradually getting used to them.


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What I really noticed from watching the video, was that because you are looking down continuously at the back of you character, there is a lot of time spent looking down at the ground around you. You really have to make an effort to tilt your view and look at what is ahead of you. When you move this is amplified and you have to make a conscious effort to focus on your surroundings. Not really a comment on your playing style or even this specific Game. Just that your video was interesting enough to immerse me momentarily in what you were doing.
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Feedback's always good so thanks for the tip, I tend to jerk around with the mouse movements as well which I'm also trying to work on.



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Is this your YouTube channel? I was not aware you had one as I don't believe you have shared it or talked about it before. If so, I did not know you liked driving Games as I don't remember you mentioning one before. Do you use a wheel or just a keyboard to drive? Anyway, thanks for this great review and please do more.

TS
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Thanks, This is one of two Youtube channels. I have my original channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCroICbADmwdO4oUp3zPwm2w which I haven't used in a while as I decided to go just STALKER with that one.

As for this one https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChxT0Rdu8Kl-uHkkHOQo65A I don't really know why I keep uploading to it as no-one ever watches them, But it gives me something to do and hopefully I'll get better at making videos in time for STALKER 2 which is when I'll start using the other channel again.
 
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