Electronic Games - What have you played recently?

I see no one has yet talked about Wildermyth, which is not a new game now but it is one of my all-time favourites. It is an incredible mix of:
  • Fantasy tactics, very much a fantasy XCOM
  • Powerful character arcs that have brought more than one tear to my eye
  • A kind of legacy system where characters can be brought back in future campaigns and developed further.
If you love fantasy and tactics and have a PC that will run this (modest) game then you owe it to yourself to buy it.

Checking my Steam stats I have currently enjoyed 96 hours of this game 😊
 
Wildermyth sounds absolutely excellent. I keep trying to find a good turn based rpg for my Xbox but I think I need to return to my Mac for that and play racing cars and fighting games on the console.

In other news I am loving the free Rogue like dice game Slice n Dice on Android.
 
It does run on Mac, though apparently not well on M1. They developed their own, custom game engine which is impressive but makes it very difficult for them to port it to new platforms.
 
It does run on Mac, though apparently not well on M1. They developed their own, custom game engine which is impressive but makes it very difficult for them to port it to new platforms.
Ah, I have an M1
 
Just started re-playing The Witcher 3 with the next-gen update on PS5.

Anyone else playing that?
 
Ok, laugh if u like. I have never played the Dragon Age CRPGs. However I can now play them using my Xbox Games Pass on cloud gaming, so since I have my controller Bluetooth paired with my Mac, that may all change.
 
I see no one has yet talked about Wildermyth, which is not a new game now but it is one of my all-time favourites. It is an incredible mix of:
  • Fantasy tactics, very much a fantasy XCOM
  • Powerful character arcs that have brought more than one tear to my eye
  • A kind of legacy system where characters can be brought back in future campaigns and developed further.
If you love fantasy and tactics and have a PC that will run this (modest) game then you owe it to yourself to buy it.

Checking my Steam stats I have currently enjoyed 96 hours of this game 😊
Looked interesting from your summary, but then I visited the previews and the art then threw me off.
 
Looked interesting from your summary, but then I visited the previews and the art then threw me off.
It’s a ‘paper card‘ effect. Clearly art is a personal preference and there are no right or wrong opinions on that.

The up-side is that the character models accurately represent your PC’s status, which could include such bonkers things as have a flame arm, crystal eye and crow’s legs all at the same time…
 
It’s a ‘paper card‘ effect. Clearly art is a personal preference and there are no right or wrong opinions on that.

The up-side is that the character models accurately represent your PC’s status, which could include such bonkers things as have a flame arm, crystal eye and crow’s legs all at the same time…
Seems to have problems with M1 mini MacOS. Need to see if it works on Linux.
 
More Spiderweb games...

After doing a replay of the 4 Avernum series titles on iPad (out of 6), I finally replayed the Avadon series, finishing Avadon 2 in the process (previously, I had never got past a specific boss fight). I played them when they were first released on the Mac, and picked up the iPad versions when they came out.

Nice graphics, shame about the storyline.

As in the Geneforge series, you work for a rather unpleasant organisation; herein called the Avadon who rule over the lands of The Pact. Basically, the organisation is a sort of secret police working behind the scenes to (a) keep Avadon's grip on power and (b) to keep the peace. Unfortunately, the cracks are starting to show... In all 3 games, the basic choices are:
1. Maintain the status quo staying within Avadon supporting the tyrant (or at least not actively working against him)
2. Maintain the status quo staying within Avadon assassinating the tyrant (this is actually how the leadership succession usually happens) which may weaken The Pact, depending on who takes over the leadership
3. Join the rebels and break Avadon's power, probably destroying The Pact in the process

Unlike Geneforge, there isn't the same moral choice about the created race, so in that sense there isn't the same bad taste of slavery in your mouth. However, your choices still tend to range from bad to worse; there doesn't seem to be much optimism involved. At least with the Avernum series, there's a sense of genuine heroism and hope.

The two Queen's Wish games seem to sit between Avernum and Avadon; you have the moral choices of Avadon with a more optimistic outlook in that you feel you can genuinely make a difference. Avadon doesn't seem to have that feel - the best way to act is 'kill them all, let God sort them out' on the grounds that a dead rebel is no longer a problem for Avadon. Some of the fights in Avadon are all too obviously scripted in that you literally cannot affect the outcome. Other fights you have to keep your allies alive in order to receive your reward so instead of fighting you're the battlefield medic.

Still, looking forward to the remake of Geneforge 2 which is on Kickstarter now. I think Jeff Vogel plans alternating Geneforge remakes with new Queen's Wish titles for the next few years. Sadly, he doesn't plan to revisit Avernum; 4 and 5 never got iOS ports, and 6 (although on iOS) has the original game engine and skill tree which isn't as seamless.
 
I am largely getting back into the Solasta 5.1SRD CRPG. It has a lot of good player developed scenario and campaign support in addition to the publisher offerings. It's maybe too slow for some and a little too much a dungeon crawl, but it's the best implementation of 5th ed D&D on a computer and I just enjoy learning how to skirmish.

I bounced off Avernum when I tried it, but I have the first one .. however I suspect my next crpg maybe to go back and start Pillars of Eternity all over again.. [stop looking at me Dragon Age or Banner Saga].

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I am largely getting back into the Solasta 5.1SRD CRPG. It has a lot of good player developed scenario and campaign support in addition to the publisher offerings. It's maybe too slow for some and a little too much a dungeon crawl, but it's the best implementation of 5th ed D&D on a computer and I just enjoy learning how to skirmish.

I bounced off Avernum when I tried it, but I have the first one .. however I suspect my next crpg maybe to go back and start Pillars of Eternity all over again.. [stop looking at me Dragon Age or Banner Saga].

Which version of Avernum? The HD versions of 1-3 on iPad are IMO better than the original releases. Avernum 6 on iOS is more like the original release. Not sure which desktop versions are on Steam/Gog.
 
I played Torchlight II DEMO on my Xbox last night and loved it. I hummed and hahed about buying it and then discovered I had got it free on my Epic Games account and it runs on my Mac.. result.
 
discovered I had got it free on my Epic Games account and it runs on my Mac...
In my experience the Epic store is terrible for finding new things and filtering down to Mac compatible stuff. I only have it on my machine because Phoenix Point launched on it as an exclusive for the first year.
 
I went back to playing Wildermyth again this week, and clocked up to 100 hours played…

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It’s still an amazing game, definitely the best game I’ve played in the last ten years…
 
The free games are great tho

I now have a backlog of unplayed Free games via the Epic Games store though :D

I'm currently stuck in a very pleasurable rut of running, shooting and looting in Borderlands 2, exploring and skulking in Fallout 4 and shooting greasy Death Metal fans in the face in Farcry 5 :D Stuff that's been out a good five to ten years!
 
Just started Tides of Numenera on PS4. Just the intro so far and I'll see how it develops on my return from hols. Nice SciFantasy feel. I'm easily pleased.
 
I now have a backlog of unplayed Free games via the Epic Games store though :D

I'm currently stuck in a very pleasurable rut of running, shooting and looting in Borderlands 2, exploring and skulking in Fallout 4 and shooting greasy Death Metal fans in the face in Farcry 5 :D Stuff that's been out a good five to ten years!
You will never play through it. Two new games a week.. unless you can average 3 days a game or less the backlog will continue to build 🤨
 
Just started Tides of Numenera on PS4. Just the intro so far and I'll see how it develops on my return from hols. Nice SciFantasy feel. I'm easily pleased.
I’ve played a chunk of that (Steam tells me 12.7hrs…) and enjoyed it. I think it is a bit more non-linear than many other CRPGs, and you can certainly try your best for non-combat approaches to challenges. The Torment heritage is definitely there, and the system is a better fit for that kind of game than 2e D&D was IMO.
 
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