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  14:04:07  22 October 2021
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Lord_Santa
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Steamworld Dig

I just played through Steamworld Dig.

It was a nice, short experience, lasting about six hours.

At its core it's a 2D metroid-vania'esque platformer

You play as a steambot-cowboy, digging your way through a mine, upgrading your gear as you go along. It is the most basic of games that I have played in a long time, as it has very little in terms of story and is mainly about you digging your way further down a procedurally generated mine, defeating certain enemies and avoiding hazards. There are four 'levels' to dig through and each level also contain various 'puzzle-rooms', which in turn will grant you access to an upgrade, or similar reward.

The fact that all you do is dig and upgrade, might come off as boring and to a cetain extent it is; This is basically a cookie-clicker in disquise and yet I felt strangely compelled to see it through.

It offers a modest challenge, with nice graphics and a good tune to go along. The sound effects fit the atmosphere and there's a constant sense of progress, which keeps you coming back for more.

It has (apparently) spawned a few more titles (Steamworld Dig 2 and Steamworld Quest) and seems like a solid indie-'franchise', so to speak

I wouldn't pay more than $5 for it, but it's well worth the time, at least.

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https://youtu.be/Fe-9OPMUz4w
  08:06:00  22 October 2021
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Tejas Stalker
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Let's keep this thread going. What are you playing now?

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  05:00:16  1 October 2021
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Tejas Stalker
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Buy Horizon Zero Dawn
WEEKEND DEAL! Offer ends October 5

-40% off. Was $49.99. Now $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1151640/Horizon_Zero_Dawn_Complete_Edition/

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  02:19:16  1 October 2021
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Three Mile Island
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Horizon Zero Dawn

When I read about an interesting game, I usually search for gameplay videos on Youtube to get a feel for what it's like, and your kind of no-nonsense videos is exactly what I like to see. Alas I tried to find one of them using some different search terms, here are the results:

Horizon Zero Dawn bandit base nil - 1st position
Horizon Zero Dawn bandit base - 2nd or 3rd
Horizon Zero Dawn nil - 100s of listings down
Horizon Zero Dawn - not listed at all

Apparently new videos with this game are uploaded daily, so unless a video (or channel) already has lots of views or followers I guess Youtube will simply bury it unless the search terms are very specific.
  04:53:35  30 September 2021
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Tejas Stalker
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Tejas:

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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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nashathedog:

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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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I guess that didn't come out right. This is what I meant to say. Changes in parenthesis:

"What I really noticed from watching the video, was that because ( a player using the 3rd person perspective is ) looking down continuously at the back of ( their ) character, there is a lot of time spent looking down at the ground around ( them ). ( A player using the 3rd person perspective ) really ( has ) to make an effort to tilt ( their ) view and look at what is ahead of ( them ). When ( a player using the 3rd person perspective ) moves this is amplified and ( they ) have to make a conscious effort to focus on ( their ) 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."

I just kept saying "you" meaning everyone and not you personally.


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  21:05:40  29 September 2021
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Three Mile Island
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Horizon Zero Dawn

nashathedog,

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

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Looks like a mix between Skyrim and Crysis 3.

Nice dynamic footsteps in the snow. Some of the parkour looks maybe a little too agile, but better that than a player character than can barely move. Not a fan of excessive cutscenes though, even for dialogs...


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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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I must confess I sometimes switch to 3rd person in ARK because it allows better peripheral vision, and is the only way to peek above walls or around corners (there's no leaning). But it sure takes away immersion, and literally creates a distance between yourself and the player character. If it didn't exist I wouldn't have missed it. Inside tight spaces 3rd person becomes a real annoyance.


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I don't really know why I keep uploading to it as no-one ever watches them
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Try adding more relevant keywords in the upload description (not sure how this works in Youtube), for those using the search function. Other than that I guess it's just a matter of spamming all social media (I guess that's what all successful social media accounts do), then once people start watching and linking to your videos Youtube will boost them even more. Also follow as many accounts as possible, provided they follow you back.

  12:55:11  29 September 2021
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nashathedog
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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.
  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
  12:57:53  26 September 2021
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nashathedog
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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
  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/
 
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