What Are You Playing This Weekend?

“Yes Alice, we know: you’re playing The Witcher 3 and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth this weekend,” you sigh, “same as ever.” Shows what you know, punk.

I picked up Tales from the Borderlands in the Steam sale and look forward to giving that a crack. I find Borderlands insufferably tedious, but I like the look of TftB’s. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for grifters. Lawd knows I’ve given them everything I’ve owned over the years.

I should put serious work into choir practice too. But you, what are you playing this weekend?

111 Comments

  1. Brosecutor says:

    Still Witcher 3, but after 90 hours I might finally be on the home stretch. What a game. What a lovely game!

    • padger says:

      It really is. And what a huge slab of game it is. Just so much to get stuck into. Joyous.

    • Menthalion says:

      First game for me to use the new Steam refund policy. Was very much looking forward to playing it, but a 60 degree FoV made it impossible for me. Relegates it to bad console port immediately if there isn’t even a cfg file setting for it.

      Hugely dissapointing after all the raving reviews seemed to skip that point.

      • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

        You get a refund due to a moddable FOV issue in what is one of the best games ever made and yet expect reviewers to actually share a similar sentiment?

        I’m all for journalists trying to get in the shoes of an eterogeneous userbase, but your case seems quite more… extreme.

        • Menthalion says:

          A FoV of 60 makes a game physically unplayable for a lot of persons due to headaches and nausea. It’s proveably wrong for gaming on PC. It has never been a problem in PC gaming before the advent of consoles , and is pure laziness of developers.

          A PC game with a fixed framerate of 30 fps, resolution or level of graphical detail would be called out in ANY review, although it would still be perfectly playable for anyone. If anything, lacking a sensible FoV for playing a game normally sitting behind a monitor should have more priority than any of these.

          • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

            That’s opinable, i find way more problems in FPS issues rather than anything else, up to a possible headache.

            Whoever speaks of high FPS will always get a crowd that tries to belittle the whole notion, and same goes for those who fixate over FOV.

            Besides, different rules apply for third person games and lastly this is not a dirty console port in the same vein as many others, but a honest multiplatform game that managed to reach certain goals exactly for that reason, while having to settle for some compromises.

            Whatever was gained is hugely more important than what was lost in my opinion, even the graphical downgrade that’s still obvious especially on water. I personally can’t blame reviewers for pointing out that the good things are so good that the bad ones have to take a back seat.

          • malkav11 says:

            Personally I find both complaints about 30 FPS (perfectly adequate) and FOV mystifying. I’ve noticed when an FOV was too -high- but I’ve never needed to adjust one up. And I’d rather a game be pretty than run at 90 hojillion FPS.

            As for it being a bad console port…you realize it’s a Polish game, right? Consoles aren’t really a thing over in that part of Europe. I mean, they exist, but the market is PC-dominated. As it should be. So you’re not likely to find a Polish or Ukrainian or Russian (or even German) videogame that’s been designed with console play primarily in mind. Hell, Witcher 2 didn’t even come out for console until years after it launched on PC.

          • Kitsunin says:

            I do very much understand why low FoV is a problem. It absolutely causes motion sickness in some individuals. Strangely I found that I would get splitting headaches after playing Guild Wars 2 for more than a couple hours (though I don’t usually play for so long at once, so it wasn’t a huge problem) because of the terrible mixture of that game’s low FoV and far-too-low (or was it too close to the character? don’t remember but it was really bad, I guess they finally added a slider this year) camera. Something about seeing too much ground when the FoV is already horribly low gave my head no end of grief.

            On the other hand 30 fps is thoroughly disappointing but I’ve never heard of it causing motion sickness.

  2. Meowcenary says:

    I picked up Valkyria Chronicles on the Steam sale and after 2 hours the game is fantastic. Recommend it to anyone who like good strategic games

    • MrPyro says:

      2nd recommend for that. I picked it up a few months ago in a sale and really enjoyed it; occasionally pop back in on New Game+ to try to A-rank all the missions.

    • CallMeIshmael says:

      Thirded. Valkyria Chronicles is a lovely little turn-based strategy in alt-WW2, and is probably the closest thing to Fire Emblem that the PC is going to officially get. Art style’s pretty neat, too.

  3. Lobotomist says:

    Dirty Bomb. They have double xp weekend

    • Kitsunin says:

      Dirty Bomb is really good. As far as models where the developers are still trying to make money and not just giving everything away, it has one of the best free to play systems.

      You’ve got daily quests…but any of them you’ve completed recover every three hours rather than every three days. You’ve got $10 heroes…but there are only twelve, you start with two, another three are on rotation, and for $30 ($22 on sale now) you can get another five + the credits for a sixth of your choice.

      Aside from that it’s just a great game, fast paced and pretty skillful.

      • Kitsunin says:

        Oh yeah, and they’ve got a server browser now, so if you live in the depths of Australia or Asia wherever else, you can enjoy it too! Which is important because the netcode…isn’t the best. Even with 90 ms ping I still get very occasional rubberbanding on myself and others, as well as the very, very occasional double-death.

  4. MrFuture says:

    DUCK GAME

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    SoundDust says:

    Drums. It’s one of those rhythm games where you make the soundtrack as you play.

    Also going to work on my own game this weekend – it’s a weird dungeon crawling thing.

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      Phasma Felis says:

      Do you have a link for Drums? It’s not on Steam and it’s impossible to Google.

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        Phasma Felis says:

        Or was that a joke, and you mean actual drum practice, not a game called Drums?

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          SoundDust says:

          Oops, should have put that in lower case.. For a minute I forgot there was a thing called “rhythm games”.

    • Ejia says:

      I thought we were over motion gaming, and now you want me to flail about with two wands? No thank you.

  6. SuicideKing says:

    XCOM: Enemy Within on Normal. Had finished Enemy Unknown back in Jan/Feb on Easy. That time I lost one country, this time I’m not even half done and four countries have already withdrawn. XD

    And of course, Arma 3 with Folk ARPS tomorrow night (for me).

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Enemy Within is so great. I found it quite a bit easier than EU for some reason, too. Mechs are fun.

      • CallMeIshmael says:

        I feel like the mechs don’t get enough love from most players. Yeah, the gene mods are powerful, BUT MECHS ARE SO COOL.

        • LennyLeonardo says:

          YES. I like to mega-punch sectoids.

        • MrPyro says:

          My main problem with the Mecs is their inability to take cover. I deployed them occasionally but thy just tended to get shot up.

          • CallMeIshmael says:

            I usually deployed them to take advantage of their high HP pool, high damage, and really powerful passives. Advanced Fire Control in particular is lovely for locking down an area. Also, as the person above you stated, punching the hell out of Sectoids never gets old. Sure, there’s more powerful setups, but man are they fun to stomp around with.

          • Horg says:

            Mecs have a weird power curve in EU. Early on they are very powerful with the flamethrower upgrade but fall off quite quickly once your soldiers start to rank up. Mecs use the same aim progression as the heavy class, so don’t scale well if converted early. Once you hit laser guns and squad 6 you don’t really need one until you can convert a colonel sniper into a tier 3 mec. With the power fist, jet boots and all the damage upgrades, that becomes probably the most powerful unit you can deploy. I still preferred the way Long War did mecs. You get them much later on and they are much more powerful to compensate. They actually play like tanks with the damage reduction inherent on all robots.

        • SuicideKing says:

          Yeah they’re like S.H.I.V.s but way cooler. I just use them as a potential bullet sponge, plus once they self heal as well it’s awesome.

          Deadliest is of course a sniper with “in the zone” and “squadsight”.

    • varangian says:

      Yep, I’ve been prepping for XCOM 2 by finally giving Ironman mode a go in Enemy Within with lots (though not all, as some are just silly) of the 2nd Wave options turned on for extra spice. Still hugely enjoyable and it turns out that EW, unlike EU, still has content that I haven’t seen. Done at least 3 covert op missions on new maps and a couple of alien zapping ones ditto.

      Also I shall be giving Valkyria Chronicles a go, picked it up in the sale as RPS folks (and others) seemed much enthused by it.

  7. prof_yaffle says:

    I’ve bought a few games in the sale. So far I’ve tried out:
    You Need To Build A Boat, which I am really really really bad at. I find it both very frustrating and hard to stop playing. One thing I don’t like is the way it says “You Win!” when you lose. Maybe it’s not meant that way, but I’m finding it to be kind of patronising.

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It’s not very different from Borderlands 2, but I enjoyed that so it’s all good.

    Over the weekend I’ll be playing the other games I picked up: Costume Quest 2, Invisible Inc, Icewind Dale EE and Space Hulk Ascension.

    I’ll also be playing the clear out my Steam inventory game. Making badges for the games I really like, and either selling the other cards or turning them into gems.

    • simontifik says:

      I’ve been distracting myself with You Must Build a Boat on my phone, all day. I too am really bad at it but cannot stop playing. Its funny how a simple twist of the old match 3 formula does my head in!

  8. amitfid999 says:

    Still Witcher 3 after more than 150 hours
    I still can’t play gwent

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Gwent is amazing. The key is to lose the first round.

      • sendmark says:

        Not if you’re playing Northern Realms, you want to win the first round if at all possible for the extra card. The only means to lose the first round is if the opponent overcommits, which doesn’t always happen. The second round is the one to lose, as the AI has to win it and will commit accordingly.

    • K_Sezegedin says:

      I’m 80 hours into Witcher 3 still haven’t finished family matters, am level 12. I don’t feel like I’ve been dragging it out but something must be wrong, I guess I like walking through the woods too much. And Gwent.

  9. Ham Solo says:

    Kingdoms of Amalur, and Deus Ex 1 and 2.

  10. Sarfrin says:

    Sale bargains for me. Grow Home, Thomas Was Alone and Sir, You Are Being Hunted, although it’s pissing me off that you just get dropped into the world without any kind of clue as to how to avoid being killed within minutes, so I might just skip that one.

    • Ben King says:

      I just picked up “Sir” myself and am eager to try it out, but I also promised that once I had finished The Swapper last night I would boldly dive into Pathologic. I’ve been fighting a head cold all week so I can ACTUALLY pretend I’m dying of a supernatural plague while playing that one which I suppose would make it feel extra immersive. There’s also Dragonfall but I think that will have to be later in the month.

    • shadybearfaced says:

      Sir isn’t too hard to figure out. Crouch a lot and use foliage (they can’t see you through foliage). Also scavenge things from doors and avoid fighting if you can.

  11. ExitDose says:

    I’ll play what I bought in the Steam sale: Chroma Squad, Creeper World III, and Space Hulk: Ascension. I’ve been looking at Enemy and Invisible Inc., and if those hit the daily sales, I’ll probably be playing those as well. Or at least I’ll intend to, but will more likely start playing them in a month or two.

  12. Stone_Crow says:

    I’m my post Witcher 3 come down I’ve just picked up Darkest Dungeon. But tonight is Conan and Bong Cauldron at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds so gaming will take a back seat to mighty music.

  13. vahnn says:

    Witcher 3, Endless Space, Dungeon of the Endless, Legend of Grimrock 2, and MWO.

  14. lowprices says:

    I’ve been skipping between Darkest Dungeon, Invisible Inc (haven’t played since the release update), Sunless Sea, and Heroes of the Storm. Loving them all, but tempted to leave Darkest Dungeons for now so I don’t burn out on it before it’s finished.

  15. CallMeIshmael says:

    Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star, and if all goes well, Steel Armor (many thanks to Tim Stone and his Flare Path for exposing me to these lovely wargames). I’m reasonably certain that Steel Armor isn’t going to go on sale, and I’m fine with that. I just want a good tank sim, damn it, and SABOW scratches that itch. Assuming my usual friends are free, also going to play some Starcraft 2 and hopefully some 40k Retribution or Company of Heroes.
    Sooner or later I’ll get back to Witcher 3, I promise.

    • shadybearfaced says:

      As much as I’d love to call myself a grognard, I could never freaking figure out how the hell to play Graviteam Tactics. Somehow I can wrap my head around Paradox grand strats like HOI3 but Graviteam makes me feel like an 11 year old trying to play a war sim.

      • shadybearfaced says:

        Speaking of, if you end up happening to see my reply: How is Steel Armor and how does it compare to Graviteam Tactics? Do you only control one tank, or is it sorta Operation Star-like?

        • CallMeIshmael says:

          Man, sorry that took so long. Steel Armor is literally a tank sim welded to the OpStar interface. You could, in theory, spend an entire game in the tactical map, selecting your units and moving them around. You can only directly control the moment-to-moment movements of one tank at a time, though, and only M60s or T-62s. You can, however, hop into any M60 or T-62 in your force as either driver, gunner, loader, or commander. The key difference, besides direct control over your tank, is that your camera is permanently centered on your tank’s position (which is where that tactical map comes in).
          So, basically, it’s like Operation Star except you also get to directly jump into and play with a tank. So far as I can tell, if you’ve ever wanted to experience Operation Star’s Shield of the Prophets or Operation Hooper DLCs from first-person, Steel Armor’s your best bet. I’m god-awful at it (and I’m with you on the interface, still working out how to make good use of it), but it’s a lot of fun.

  16. ansionnach says:

    Probably something Lemmings. Finally finished Oh No! More Lemmings during the week. I’m on the Christmas Lemmings games right now, then onto my old save from All New World of Lemmings… and I’ll even give Lemmings Revolution a spin. First impressions of that are that it’s awful – the only main Lemmings game I’d label as such.

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      Thulsa Hex says:

      Witcher 3, for sure. I’m pushing 80 hours and have still not hit Skellige. Punctuating this with Steam sale acquisitions Homeworld Remastered and Mirror’s Edge. Missed out on Homeworld back in the day, and only ever played the demo of Mirror’s Edge when it came out on 360. Exciting first times all ’round.

    • LionsPhil says:

      If you have Lemmings 3D and work out how to make it run under DOSBox, do tell. I’ve tried to getting it going again a few times over the years and never had any luck for some reason.

      (If you don’t have Lemmings 3D, try to track it down. It’s an interesting oddity and does honestly try to translate the game into 3D in a more interesting way than just “we got polygons now”.)

      • Sin Vega says:

        I’ve never played Lems 3D, but am reliably told that it was the best “now in 3D!” thing to come out of that era. Apparently it was really fun. No idea how it’s aged though.

        • LionsPhil says:

          I can’t honestly speak for fun, since I haven’t played in in many, many years, but it was certainly interesting. Well worth digging out/digging up if you like the mop-headed little critters.

          Excerpt from the manual I just dug out:

          Auto Replay
          If at first you don’t succeed, don’t put your fist through the monitor. 3D Lemmings requires tender loving care and patience. To help you keep cool under pressure, the Auto Replay function will record all your moves as you play a level, and if you fail (what do you mean ‘if’?) then retry the level immediately, these moves will be played back up until the last move you made. You can take manual control of the replay at any time by clicking the mouse or pressing the ‘esc’ key. Take our word for it – this is VERY useful.

          Yes, they reincarnated a feature from The Killing Game Show/Fatal Rewind. 10/10, Clockwork Games.

        • ansionnach says:

          I love 3D Lemmings. It’s the best one other than the first and its expansion; maybe it’s the best one full stop? You don’t really have to worry about getting positioning pixel-perfect so you can just focus on the puzzles. They require thinking in three dimensions to solve. Think that may be why it didn’t catch on – most people just didn’t get it as a lot of 3D games only had the graphics but were spacially restricted in some way. From memory the levels are pretty much all great, with little repetition of the same idea. The hard ones are really bloody difficult but the solutions are often so elegant that they weren’t a big challenge to pull off. It’s a perfect puzzle game, really, as so many of its features take the frustration on implementing your solution away: the instant replay – continue; the first-person (Lemming?) camera (hugely useful); the fixed cameras are all in the perfect spots. It’s a bit sad it didn’t get the respect it deserved as it’s a perfect puzzle game. Can’t imagine it being any better. Controls are a bit awkward but once you get used to them you see that they suit the game.

          Played it all the way through after snapping it up on Psygnosis’ Argentum Collection (budget) years ago. I’ve got the free 3D Lemmings Winterland demo to play along with all the other Christmas versions. Once I finish the few lemmings games I haven’t completed I’m going right back to 3D Lemmings to see if it’s as good as I remember!

          • LionsPhil says:

            The camera control is pretty dire by modern standards, but at least they gave you four presets to jump between, and they uuusually start them in helpful locations.

            The mechanism where you can mark a Lemming and then apply a skill is something the other, less adventurous games should have stolen, since it pretty much eliminates the “pick a basher who is facing the right way out of the teeming mass” problem, and they show this off right in the practice levels.

            Honestly I bet you could do a straight remake of this with better camera controls (change RMB to be mouselook, not System Shock 1-esque screen-joystick-y controls, and stick the movement on WASD rather than numpad) and it’d stand up strongly today. Don’t even have to ride OPL2 nostalgia on the soundtrack, because the CD versions are pretty solid.

          • ansionnach says:

            As creaky as the camera controls are, I actually think their limitations are a strength as they make finding solutions more straightforward. The puzzles use 3d space pretty well but the limitations of the block-based movement and placement, as well as 90 degree turns mean that solving them isn’t impossible. I think if you had freer control and mouse look the solutions would be more difficult to see. Smooth all the rough edges and you’d end up with similar problems to the original games – needing pixel-perfection, but in 3d space. The best levels of the originals recognised this problem and allowed for elegant solutions where you could avoid bunching them up in the first place.

            Highlight lemming is very useful. Didn’t mention it since it was introduced in All New World of Lemmings. I liked this one too and was disappointed the expansions never materialised. Think I’d almost finished it; maybe had only a few levels left in one of the tribes.

      • das_fleisch says:

        The following entry in dosbox.conf made it work for me:


        [cpu]
        cycles=fixed 27000

        • LionsPhil says:

          Will you look at that…working like a charm. Thanks!

          The other trick, possibly my previous sticking point, is that it won’t detect the CD if you don’t have the audio tracks, so ripping it as a plain ISO won’t work; use a CUE.

          • LionsPhil says:

            You have no idea how big a grin I have just sitting here with the practice menu music playing away in all its Sound Blaster 16 glory.

            I found a password list carefully written down in the box, but I think it’s well past time to replay this one from the start.

          • ansionnach says:

            Good to hear you got it to work. I never used the CD music – used the MIDI music instead. To me it suits this kind of game better. I also wanted to play without the CD. For DOSBox I generally rip my CD tracks to Vorbis and create a cue sheet with just the data, then the music tracks. MP3 works too, of course. Usually create a supplemental dosbox.conf file for each game that overrides a few things from the core one, then create a shortcut that runs DOSBox and loads in the extra conf file as well. That way you can do all the CD mounting, load the game, unmount and quit just by selecting the windows shortcut. A bit like what you get with gig games but the config is done better (e.g. to use General MIDI or MT-32 where available and better than synth – so not in Cryo’s Dune).

          • ansionnach says:

            Just took it for a spin myself. Jaysis, muscle memory has a lot to answer for: the game fits like a glove, don’t need to look up the controls. I find a lot of games don’t run very well on auto cycles. Using CTRL+F12 or CTRL+F11 to increase or decrease cycles to see what works best and then set them to that in the override conf file specific to that game that your shortcut uses to run it. 30000 works for a lot of them. The original lemmings does work in auto but that’s because any more than 5500 cycles and it runs with PC Speaker sound. Setting cycles to max often results in choppy sound.

  17. OmNomNom says:

    Rust, BF4, Smite, Elite Dangerous, ARK if it doesn’t still run like a turd, maybe some Unreal Tournament alpha to check on progress, isaac Rebirth, Chaos Reborn

  18. MrPyro says:

    I’m about to give Grey Goo a play; picked it up in the sale last night and it’s just finished downloading.

    Possibly finishing up my game of Enemy Within, but I seem to have lost interest now that there’s only the final mission to go.

  19. drewski says:

    Honestly? Will probably end up mostly being the Steam Monster Summer game. When it works.

    Might sneak in a little Rome: Total War if I can get enough of my assignment written.

    • wu wei says:

      Will probably end up mostly being the Steam Monster Summer game. When it works.

      It wouldn’t be a Steam sale without a half-arsed implementation annoying & alienating many.

      Thank God no one expects Valve to actually implement a game more complex than a broken Clicker Heroes…

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    particlese says:

    Still working on Skyrim DLC here. I’ll probably play Awesomenauts for a bit, too, as Gnaw got a mariachi skin with custom music and a working, incrementally deployable mariachi band. For once with this game, I think the new music is a bit lacking, but I really want to make that mini mariachi band. Also, Voltar got a Napoléon skin (just the skin, though), and there was apparently some rebalancing done and some replay gubbins added, if any of those are your thing.

  21. aleander says:

    Lots of stuff, but apparently Rogue System just went into EA, so it’s mentionable. Also, OMG, Rogue System went into EA!

  22. LionsPhil says:

    Might be some Hitman Contracts, since that was in the sale and was the last good Hitman game I was missing.

    • LionsPhil says:

      >Ends up being sucked into Creeper World 3 instead

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        dnelson says:

        Just watch out for the Colonial Space maps… hundreds and hundreds of user-created maps, some with heavy scripting that completely changes gameplay. You may not crawl out for months!

  23. goettel says:

    A frothy mix of The Forest, Wildstar and Postal 2: Paradise Lost.

    Unless the triple A back-bench interferes with Witcher 3 or GTA 5.

  24. Ejia says:

    Don’t Starve. I’m not sure if I like it that much. It doesn’t feel like there’s much of a payoff, although I suppose the goal of survival is, well, survival.

    I always play with maximum pigs, though, so I won’t feel too lonely.

    • jonahcutter says:

      If you collect the various parts scattered around your world, you can use them to activate Maxwell’s door. Going through the door launches you into adventure mode, where you progress through a series of differently themed worlds, eventually tracking down Maxwell himself.

  25. piedpiper says:

    Trying to finish Witcher 2. Oh god it sucks, so boring. After great first game sequel is just painfully dull to play. I have no fucking clue why people love it so much. I hope third game is much better.
    Also finished this morning Heavy Bullets. I would recomend this game to every hardcore gamer – best roguelike i played so far. Yes, once you finished it there is no point to return but those 8 hours I tried to beat the game were just brilliant.

    • ansionnach says:

      My WItcher experience is stuck somewhere in the middle of the first one. There are enjoyable things, like needing to master and use the potions and oils on the high difficulty levels. It also feels quite like an old-school RPG. The writing is awful, though, and I think on a misogyny scale, collecting cards for the women is actually much worse than the mindless silliness of Duke3d. Digressions into blabbing about phobias aside, the writing is abysmal. Pretty much every time you are in a room with that dwarven guy, he’s just standing there and you talk in some fragmented, barely coherent “conversation”. He was never properly introduced, but he seems to be some sort of friend even though I have no idea why. The same goes for pretty much every conversation. The game’s pacing is a bit mad, too. I think the game was pretty much hacked together unfinished, so popping up in various different locations and being told to do something else now is possibly a symptom of that. I can’t imagine the dialogue making any sense in Polish – the writers are probably barely literate in whatever languages they profess to speak.

      I’d be hoping the second game is an improvement; expected that if I soldiered through the first one I’d be rewarded. The wandering around doing stuff is what I like about the first game. Perhaps the second one is tainted by losing its old-school PC RPG questing gameplay. Is it… a console game?!?

  26. Meehrrible says:

    On PC, now that I’m done with NOLF1, I’ll probably restart either Alien vs Predator 2 or NOLF2. Or I’ll be stuck playing Splatoon and Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush.

    • A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

      Splatooooooooooooooon! Indeed, that’s what I’ll be playing this weekend. Has really got its tentacles round me. Seems so similar to a number of multiplayer games on initial play, but the more you get in to it the more you realise it is unlike anything else. The whole turf war objective is such a fundamental change to deathmatch, CTF or point capture, and the 3 minute games are just the right length that control can swing from one team to the other multiple times and it never stops feeling like a mad rush to spunk your colours all over the scenery up to the final second. It’s a work of bloody genius. With a short singleplayer puzzle/platfomer worthy of Mario bundled in for fun.

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      Thulsa Hex says:

      Ah, a classic Monolith binge. I loved their early 2000s FPS. NOLF 2 came with my Radeon 9700 Pro, back in the day, and it was a wonderful surprise.

  27. yonsito says:

    Legend of Fae.
    It’s a bit similar to Puzzle Quest and made by the talented people who did Valdis Story.

  28. MartinWisse says:

    Trying to conquer the world with the imperial might of the Ottomans in EU IV.

  29. turth says:

    REmake (it’s been really tough so far) and Pyschonauts (2nd playthrough of a pretty good adventure game) for me!

  30. KayAU says:

    Quest for Glory, the original version with the text parser and 16 color graphics. It still holds up today. :) When I’m finished with that, it’s on to one of my favorite RPGs of all time: QFG2 – Trial by Fire.

    The second Kickstarter for Hero-U passed its funding goal today. Check it out if you think a spiritual successor to QFG made by the same people sounds like a good thing.

    Kay

    • ansionnach says:

      Played the original text QFG for the first time last year and loved it. Modern games really have thrown the baby out with the bath water in completely dropping text parsers. I moved straight into the second one but got side-tracked somewhere near the start. Must go back to it!

  31. fish99 says:

    ARK Survival Evolved and Fallout New Vegas.

    Was dismayed to see ARK runs 5-10 worse online (maybe due to player structures?), and it’s not a game that can afford to lose 5-10fps. I saw 16 fps at one point, and that’s on a GTX970. I’ll be sticking to offline then. Very fun game though. A T-Rex ate my house, all of it. Finally found somewhere safe to build though.

    New Vegas is still awesome.

  32. yan spaceman says:

    Just picked up Cortex Command and I like it a lot, although I am totally crap at it. I am mighty tempted by the 60% off This War Of Mine. Actually, yes … I am gonna plop down £5.99 soon as I’m finished here.

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    Well I had planned to finish Shadowrun Dragonfall, and maybe spend a bit of time with PES2015. However, after seeing Quinns play Darkest Dungeon yesterday, I foolishly decided to buy it and will probably play it instead!

    • Chairman_Meow says:

      Nothing unfortunate about buying Darkest Dungeon. It is the cat’s pajamas! Got it yesterday after seeing Quinn’s “Let’s Play” and have been obsessed since. SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!
      /Please don’t make me go back down there! the horror…the horroe…sooo much blood……

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        Andy_Panthro says:

        I’m finding it really very difficult though, even though that does add to the atmosphere. Stress levels go through the roof even on short missions, and thank god for the “death’s door” system because otherwise I’d be suffering from several deaths.

        (also my stress levels go through the roof)

        • plugav says:

          Yesterday, I took three healers to the Apprentice Necromancer dungeon and felt like I’d gamed the system, until I discovered that, aside from being killed, your heroes can also die from heart failure if their stress bar fills up twice. Fun times. :D

  34. Winged Nazgul says:

    Witcher 3, of course. But there’s also a community-run tournament going on for Hex: Shards of Fate. So a big block of time will be allocated for that this weekend.

  35. KaiUno says:

    I just found out the guys over at Axiom Verge weren’t gonna put their gem on sale, so I bought it anyway. Been having a blast with it.

  36. slerbal says:

    Darkest Dungeon. Quinn’s video swung it for me, and I love the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay feel of the universe. It could totally be a series of adventures in Sylvania or Talebheim. I am tryingt o embrace the madness and revel in insanity! So far so good!

    • Chairman_Meow says:

      It really is brilliant. Very creative mechanics for a turn based dungeon crawler and the art style is stunning.

    • plugav says:

      I also love how much it reminds me of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (even Death’s Door feels a bit like a distant cousin to Fate Points). I was kind of surprised how little this comparison came up in the press. But then I guess the RPG version of Warhammer was probably not as big in the UK and the States as it was here in Poland…?

  37. Laurentius says:

    Since temperature hits 33 C, I will play this weekend something along the line: go to the lake, swim for an hour, catch some sun, go home, grab a cold beer or two, play some GTA5 or Witcher3. YEAH-YO.

  38. Serenegoose says:

    I bought and played the first episode of Tales From the Borderlands and to be honest, I thought it was quite fantastic. Funny, well paced story, going places quickly. I’d be playing episode 2 but I’m holding off on it being a little closer to the release of the third so I don’t have quite the same gap as I’m going to be subjected to between 3 and 4.

    Beyond that, I’ve actually been playing a lot of the closed beta of World of Warships. What can I say. It’s a good game for when I’m meant to be doing other stuff, and I can give myself a round or two as a reward for making progress elsewhere.

    • kament says:

      I liked the hell out of the first episode of Tales, and thought Ep2 was even better. The worst thing I can say about it is that after it’s absolutely explosive finale I have to wait until the next release for quite a bloody while.

  39. malkav11 says:

    Probably a bunch of games I’ve been neglecting that drop Steam cards, for purposes of selling about half of them and turning others into badges for Summer Sale cards and general badginess. Since the sale started, I’ve:
    Picked up and done a few runs of Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, which is vastly more playable than the original Flash version thanks to gamepad support. I’ve already made it as far as the (first) Mom fight, which is about four levels deeper than I’ve ever been before. More coming, not just because I’ve only gotten two cards to drop so far.
    Sunk a few more hours in Shadow of Mordor, which is great and one of these days I will devote proper time to. This time, though, I finished collecting the Steam cards.
    And I finally dipped into 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000 or whatever it’s called. I find the real time pressure to spot matches really stressful and I’m not very good at it, but since you can accumulate bonuses over failed runs, I will stick with it for now.

    Probably going to go back to earlier Blackwell games now that they have cards and achievements and commentary modes. Maybe tussle a bit more with Endless Legend and Long Live the Queen. And who knows what other games may come!

    Plus, Marvel Heroes and The Witcher 2 (reached Act 3!) should figure in. Maybe a soupcon of Heroes of the Storm. And slow cooker goulash. Mmm. Goulash.

  40. MrNash says:

    Should finish up my Skyrim run before too long. Got a couple more places to become thane, dragonborn content, then a push to finish the main story. Hopefully I can bang that out in a week or so, then it’s off to greener, less spider-y pastures.

    Can’t decide what I want to tackle next. Thinking Arcanum, Darklands, or World of Xeen… =\

  41. Henson says:

    Just finished Witcher 3 today. Got a very, very bad ending. I am destroyed inside.

    Excuse me, Imma gonna cry in the corner now…

  42. Veles says:

    Got a few games in the Steam sale that I’m switching between.

    Octodad
    Darkest Dungeon – was going to give it a miss until I watched Quinns’ video
    Wolf Amoung Us

    Also was playing some EU IV earlier and last night as I have bought the Art of War expansion as it was on cheap. Not got into this one as much as CK2 though. I think it lacks the stories that you make, or at least, there’s less character to them.

  43. EkoAzarak says:

    FIREFALL !~!!

    fucking love this game. One of the best FPS and a damn good MMO. cant get enough.

  44. Hobbes says:

    Battle Brothers, Hard Difficulty, taking the deaths as they come. It’s been great fun.

  45. Mud says:

    Geoff Crammonds Grand prix 4 :)

  46. trn says:

    I was playing Heroes of the Storm, but 11 of the 12 games I played featured someone being called a ‘noob’ or a ‘retard’ or far, far worse, and I can’t quite work out what happened to our lovely community. When I went to the forums for solace, all I got was anti-LGBT flaming on the US site and anti-Russian hatred on the EU site.

    Sigh. I think the honeymoon is over.

    Been re-visiting Grim Dawn instead.

    P.S. can anyone recommend me an online game that doesn’t make you wish you had been born in an age before computers?

    • malkav11 says:

      Any online game is going to be populated by the sort of people who spend time online, and while you might get lucky enough to find online communities with a majority of decent folks, there’s millions of people who take the lack of immediate real world consequences as license to be an utter cock. Plus plenty of people who don’t seem to understand that things like bigotry are not okay to begin with. I just don’t think you can rely on any game you play with unfiltered access by said masses to be a pleasant experience. You’re far better off playing games that you can limit just to friends and maybe folks you don’t know as well from a generally decent neck of the internet like a favorite forum or something.

      That said, there’s no ability to directly communicate whatsoever in Hearthstone, so that does cut down on the douchery.

  47. ToomuchFluffy says:

    I finished Shadow Warrior for the first time after pretty much exactly 19 hours. I was a bit surprised that it was that long, since I expected something more along the lines of Hard Reset. It was quite enjoyable even though the balance (Normal difficulty) is not particularly good in some ways. Money is scarce, but there are a lot of abilities and powers which seem unneeded or redundant and by Chapter 10/17 Karma was coming out of my ears and I didn’t really have any abilities left, which I wanted to have. Ki-Crystals for the powers were a bit better in that respect.

    Next is “Conquest: Frontier Wars”. And I will continue to watch a “The Longest Journey”-Let’s Play. I actually have the game, but I’m getting a persistent crash not far into the game and the puzzles have been somewhere between easy and frustrating so far. So I guess it also has advantages, that I cannot play it myself.

  48. bill says:

    Space Hulk – It’s not bad so far, but they missed so many cheap/easy opportunities to make it awesome. Infuriatingly close!