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Monthly Roundup: December 2021

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Video Game: Far Cry
Many Years Later
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I literally just finished playing this today.

I originally bought the game, way back in 2004 when it first came out, but alas my poor old GeForce2 MX400 simply could not handle the game.

I was lucky to get 25fps back then and the game simply would not load past level 3, just crashing out.

Thus the DVD was put in a box and set aside until earlier this year when going though some stuff to get rid of I found it, although my current PC was probably gonna be alright playing it, I did not have a DVD drive in it, and it was put aside again.

But my pal who works at Ubisoft got a me a cheap copy of Far Cry 6 and despite having owned, 5 of the main games at that point, I had actually never completed one!

So I thought, sod it, let’s give this a try, and I took advantage of the Black Friday sales on Ubisoft and bought it, along with Far Cry 2 which I also only owned on DVD.
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It's not easy being a fan of Piranha Bytes. But it's probably even harder to be Piranha Bytes itself when its best, most iconic game was released right from the start. After that, it was sometimes better, sometimes worse, but never as good. The first Elex was a good example of "sometimes better", but to appreciate the new ideas, gameplay finetuning and the dark, original SF plot, it was necessary to spend several hours before one was truly hooked.

It is no different with its second part, especially since in terms of the plot it seems to be the "sometimes worse" – there is no earthquake at the beginning, there is no sense of mystery and no need to get even. At the beginning, the player is introduced to the game world and the situation so thoroughly that he has the impression that he knows how it will all end. The above is summed up by an awkward narrative, exposition dialogues, a son's plot that feels forced, and the practical impossibility of plunging into this world if you haven't played the previous part. One has to struggle through the introduction believing that it is worth it.
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Video Game: Metro Exodus
An immersive narrative shooter that melds open worlds with more linear storytelling
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I love the atmosphere and immersive aspects of the Metro series, and Exodus is probably the most enjoyable Metro game, yet, even though it took the series in a bit of a different direction than the first two Metro games. If you aren't familiar with the series, in these games, you play as Artyom, a member of a group of soldiers known as Rangers who live in the metro tunnels and stations under Moscow, set some time after a nuclear war has ended civilization as we know it and forced survivors underground due to the radiation and inhospitable conditions on the surface. They are immersive narrative FPS games, with worldbuilding and storytelling done in a manner similar to the Half-Life games, and with a focus on survival and paying attention to your surroundings. The HUD/UI in-game is either very minimalistic or non-existent, with visual indicators on your weapons, wrist, gas mask, and clipboard to show you things that might normally be part of a HUD.

As for Metro Exodus, the claustrophobic, underground environments similar to the Moscow metro of the previous games are still present, but this time, you'll be spending a lot more time in more open, above-ground areas that have much more of an open-world feel. It's a big change from the feel of previous games, but it's pretty neat. Some areas really feel like a modern STALKER-like experience, except with actually functional stealth options, and much less variety in loot or things to find. Even the ambient sounds in the open areas are really reminiscent of STALKER (which is high praise). They're really well done. The graphics are amazing, too, which also helps the environments come alive.
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Too Many Games!!! - Best Gaming Experiences of 2021
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The Game: Halo: The Master Chief Collection
This is absolutely one of my best video game experiences of the year. When my son was weeks old we found one of the best ways to get him to sleep was to hold him while bouncing on an exercise ball. We also experimented with playing music and we found the music that seemed to calm him the best was the theme song from Halo. I spent a lot of nights holding him, listening to the song on repeat thinking about how someday the two of us could play through the Halo games together on co-op. This year that finally became a reality. We technically started the original Halo in November, but playing those games together has dominated the month of December. we just finished the fight in Halo 3 a couple of days ago. If I am being honest the experience is everything I had hoped it would be.
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Random Ruminations - Beginning of a Purge?
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This weekend has been a turning point for me in the area of video gaming. I've been putting some thought into what to line up for the 2022 Videogame Challenge (an annual VGG event I'm new to), and it has prompted me to look at my games in a new way. I never plan ahead, and now I'm doing that--considering which games I'd choose to fill the year up with.

I have 21 games installed and displayed in GOG Galaxy. The other 200-odd games I keep uninstalled (sometimes even hidden) so as not to be distracted by them. So, first I looked over my 21-game display.

Civilization

Oddly enough, I had both Civilization V and Civilization VI installed. I'd been trying to decide which I liked better, but it was more or less a toss-up, so left them both there and moved on to playing other games. Now, however, I got to thinking about Civ IV. Some fans say it's the best in the series, and I can believe it. So, why did I uninstall it, then?
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#1 Guild Wars 2

This is the game I’ve been playing on and off since beta, so it’s over nine years old. It’s pretty crazy to even think about that and this MMO not only has really awesome graphics but has fully voiced storylines as well as almost action combat feel to the combat system. It’s still tab targeted, so you’re gonna be expecting a lot of the stuff that you’re used to in games like wow and all that but has a hell of a lot more active of a combat system than anything you’ve seen in a game like world of warcraft for example. Guild Wars 2 is also free to play, so you can immediately just go to their website, download it, you will have full access to the core game and then whenever you really feel like it once you actually get to end game. You could buy the expansions to continue on in that story and everything, but it’s completely up to you. You can totally play this game completely for free without ever spending a dime and the coolest thing about this is that they have in their cash shop a way for you to transition in-game gold into the premium currency which is called gems. So, you could technically play this game completely for free by just literally saving your money within the game and then buying some of the dlcs and all that. I’m not sure if you can buy the expansions directly through that but I guess it’s worth investigating. I’m going to be making a more in-depth video on the cash shop soon.
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Video Game: Stellaris
The wonders of outer space at the prices of a NASA contractor
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Stellaris is an epic sci fi game cutting across many genres. It's a 4X, an RTS, a grand strategy game, an RPG, and probably a few more things I haven't thought of. There are numerous overpriced expansions such that buying the whole thing will cost you hundreds of dollars, and the complexity level with everything added in makes it pretty intimidating for newcomers. Performance and AI are patchy, and the developers are constantly tinkering and making drastic rules changes. Despite all this, it's a fantastic game that I have sunk many hours into and heartily recommend.
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Video Game: Aven Colony
Not good for me
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TLDR: The game is missing highly necessary quality-of-life features to make management enjoyable and it's missing the depth and variety of strategy to make it worthwhile to play again and again.

Aven Colony offers pretty graphics but lackluster play. It's a city builder that impedes your city construction every step of the way. You're not able to plan your layout. You're not told what a building will do until after you build it (and even then it's only a partial description). Information is hidden several layers deep into several different sub menus, making it a time-consuming mess to find out why you're suddenly short on one resource or another. There's a HUGE learning curve before you'd be able to instinctively know the information the game tries to hide from you.
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Video Game: Donut County
A quirky and funny experience I won't soon forget
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Donut County is a quirky adventure-puzzle game with a cast of anthropomorphic animals and a human girl. In this game, you control a hole. Yes, a hole in the ground. You move the hole around each level, forcing random items—and people—to fall into it. As you collect items, the hole gets bigger, allowing you to collect larger objects. When you clear the level of its contents, it’s on to the next one. This simplistic gameplay wound up being far more enjoyable than I ever thought it would be. It’s oddly satisfying to watch the hole grow or seeing how quickly you can get through a level. While most of the game is just getting objects into the hole, there are some occasional puzzle elements as well. At some point, you earn a catapult attachment for the hole which will allow you to launch things out of it. This is one of the primary ways puzzles are solved, such as having players launch an egg out of the hole to flip a switch. The puzzles are creative enough to force a moment of thought, but they’re never difficult. I think the game benefits from this lack of difficulty though.
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Browsing Games - ...forty minutes...
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A fire which you can control the intensity to suit your purpose, and my goal here is to relax with games at day's end. But due to the nature of analog games, it's not really feasible to play a sequence of board games in a short amount of time - before sleepiness drifts over you - using them to manipulate to an extent, your mood.

Sure, I can play a bunch of different Roll & Writes, but they would only scratch the surface of what I can do with video games.

For me, then, a small fire takes the form of something like Bad North.
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Everything that sucks! - The seventeenth haul of the year!
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Look what we have here! Friggin' Shin Megami Tensei V. Yes, I haven't finished my current playthrough of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne but I think I'm gonna suspend that in favor of the new game in the franchise, because holy shit, am I hyped for this. I probably won't be able to finish it before New Year's Eve, but if the early gameplay shapes up to be as good as I hope that it'll be, I'll still unashamedly choose it as my video game of the year 2021. Yes, I am biased.
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Memoirs of an Action 52 Programmer - Fire Breathers
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I played Fire Breathers solo. That's not much fun really. You fly around and shoot a stationary target over and over and continuously win. It's not much fun this way. Obviously, this game was inspired by Atari's Combat. That game came with the Atari and so a lot of folks would have had experience with it. My recollection was that this game was fun enough as a two player game but like I played the other day, my experience with this game was primarily as a solo activity. The reason for that is that this game was the first one I created so it got played a lot as the kinks got worked out.

The process for testing the game went like this... modify the code, compile it and download it into the NES emulator. I had a decently working game at one point but with just the one dragon. One time, I downloaded my latest copy of the code to the emulator and turned on the TV. There was the game with the dragon flying in place but when I tried to move it, nothing happened, it flew in place. This was really weird because I had already gotten the joystick movement working. What in the world had I done? Well, in fact, when I wasn't in the office, Mario & Javi put the game on and recorded it on a VHS tape.. they recorded the dragons just flying in place for a couple of hours or so. When they new I was getting ready to test, the turned on the VCR without me realizing so that it was play8ing when I turned the TV on.
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Video Game: Ancient Domains of Mystery
Ancient Rogue-Like Player
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Created in 1994 by independent programer Thomas Biskup, Ancient Domains of Mystery is one of the best of the 'Rogue Like' games I have ever played. Unlike many of its earlier predecessors it features a complex plot with multiple possible endings! You start as a newcomer to the Drakanlor mountain chain, where you arrive after following rumors that a gate to the plane of Chaos has opened in the area, and that the entire world may be doomed unless someone can find a way to close it.
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Old and primitive, but still holding out
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Asha is old-style and doesn't add much to the genre, but it's a nice and pleasantly short revisit to this style of arcade-ish action adventures. Though not as stellar as Dragon's Trap, I would still recommend Asha to anyone who would enjoy a simplistic, oldstyle game. It's colourful, enjoyable, up-beat, and maintains a perfect balance between "arcade game with no real features" and "full-scale metroidvania". Though I fully understand that these games can feel too bland for those who have more attention to give the games they play, this is a perfect game to play while your attention is partly elsewhere.

WonderBoy - Asha in Monster World is a remake of Monster World IV. Now, this is a series that deserves a bit of explanation, as it's strangely intertwined with another series: Wonderboy. A short rundown would explains where this game came from.
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Grand Strategy with a Unique Fantasy Twist
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I've only been playing Dominions for a year or so, but it was an instant hit with me, and I've now logged hundreds of hours. Since it's a little-known game around here, yet a real gem for hardcore strategy gamers, I thought I'd describe it for anyone who might be interested.

What It Is

If you've played Risk or anything like it, you have a general sense of what Dominions is like: it's a conquer-the-map game. Maps vary widely, however, and the generic armies of Risk are replaced by extremely detailed armies unique to each of the eighty-odd nations you can play. Also, ocean provinces are playable, and some nations naturally dwell under the sea (but can get to land under specific conditions, just as land forces can find ways to get underwater). The whole map, with all its provinces, is visible from the outset, but locations of other nations are hidden until scouted. Scouting is important throughout the game. In addition, there are commanders to lead the armies, as well as a wide assortment of priests and mages.
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Browsing Games - ...neat and easy kingdoms...
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For a moment, I actually opened the digital wallet to exchange 5€ for a digital version of Lego with rounded blocks. I stopped only when I tried to envision myself building an island city with no clear focus besides mindfulness gaming. I tend to like a clear path in the games I play.

Besides the adventure titles like Sable and Mosaic - currently en route to Netflixian television - the ones that caught my eye were the strategy resource management Kingdom series. They looked interesting and, supposedly, achieved a lot despite their minimalist approach. So I gave their free version, the original Kingdom Classic, a try.
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For many years, I resisted video games. Nowadays I play games almost exclusively on my PC laptop or phone. What changed, and why?

I like to go chronologically, so here comes my life story again (ho hum). But this time, with a specific focus--and maybe a point by the end, if I can find a point.

Until I was in my twenties, there were no electronic games in my world. The nearest thing was a play-by-mail game of Nuclear Destruction run by Rick Loomis on his computer in Arizona. The computer seemed mysterious to me and my friend Len. I'd seen build-it-yourself kits in catalogs, and I knew computers had started being used in business, at universities, and elsewhere, but nobody I knew used one, and I didn't think I'd want to. I might have had an electronic calculator by then, as my mom was enthused enough to pay $300 for one, but its charm soon wore off.
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A Gnome's Ponderings - Our household is excited about Animal Crossing DLC
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The one video game that everyone in our family plays is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Which is really a way of saying that I play it too My wife and my son are way more into video games than I am.

Anyway, Nintendo has announced the last major free update to the game and the first paid update. I won’t be surprised if it isn’t the last, seeing as how Nintendo is in the business of making money.

There is a crazy amount of stuff being added to the game. If this is how Nintendo is ending this version of Animal Crossing, they are doing it with barrels of dynamite instead of a whimper. I can’t even appreciate all of what’s being added since I don’t know the history of the game, unlike my wife who knows who a lot of the NPCs getting added in are.

But what I wanted to comment on is the DLC that you’ll have to pay for.

It’s basically a whole new game.

A whole new area will be added, an archipelago where you make design and decorate vacation homes for the various anthropomorphic creatures that inhabit the world of Animal Crossing. It is the reincarnation of an earlier game in the series, Happy Home Designer.
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Monthly Roundup: September 2021

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Video Game: Terraforming Mars
Lowkey Gaming Review
Submitted by lowkeydracula:
Critics’ opinions on the mobile adaptation of Terraforming Mars — whose original tabletop version consistently ranks in the overall top 10 on BGG — are wide-ranging. We’ve seen everything from a perfect score to nearly the lowest rating of all games a critic has ever reviewed, and everything in between.

That variety in viewpoints is probably explained by the fact that Terraforming Mars is beautifully implemented for 99% of the game, but has major flaws in the other 1% that can ruin a game. Your (and critics’) experience with the game depends on how often you encounter those flaws, and how much you care about their impact. In general, we recommend this game, but caution especially the more serious players that it will sometimes be frustrating to play.
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Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Di-Minish-ing Rewards
Submitted by TFJ383:
The Minish Cap is a game that I remember fondly from my childhood, a game that I spent hours on collecting odd knick-knacks and traveling through a tiny world within another slightly larger world. Yet it's a game you hear about so infrequently in regards to the Zelda series, practically forgotten amidst the relics of GameBoy Advance carts. So, I decided to revisit the game in an effort to recapture some lost nostalgia from my past and get to the bottom of whether or not this is a game that needs to be saved from our fading memories.

From the onset, Minish Cap is a pretty standard Zelda affair; Zelda needs to be saved from a big bad, this time a goth wizard named Vaati, and the only one fit for the job is you, some kid who lives just outside of town with his blacksmithing grandpa. You're tasked with finding the 4 elemental emblems to restore your ancient sword and return Hyrule to peace once more. Pretty basic stuff. The twist comes in the form of your companion, Ezlo, a talkative bird-like creature that sits on your head like a hat, piping up now and again to give "helpful" advice. And with him comes the ability to shrink down to the size of a mouse, traversing around the map as a mite, squeezing into otherwise inaccessible areas. A fun concept for sure, as you soon find yourself weaving through what could have been straightforward mazes, trying to find the appropriate map to get through all kinds of obstacles.
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Video Game: Homeworld
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Submitted by Captain Aston:
An interesting and somewhat unique twist on the real time strategy genre, Homeworld gets its inspiration from the old Terran Trade Authority books authored by Stewart Cowley. The color schemes on the space ships, the general visual appeal and design and vastness of the artistry of various science fiction novels from the 1960s and 1970s is encapsulated in this game's visuals, but without either the core stories and second tier stories that Cowley authored as a post thought.

Instead Homeworld offers a kind of ethnic cleansing as a backstory and current political state of affairs, with perhaps some medical overtones to justify political repression which is probably allegorical for some behavioral science.

The single player story regards a lost and repressed people who have suffered a genocide and are fighting their way to gain recognition through space combat. The visuals are very attractive, but the gameplay is somewhat hamstrung by both the design criteria of when the game was made and the general design of the game in terms of restriction of scope and scale of the battle space.
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Browsing Games - ...a night on the road to canada...
Posted by ZombieBoard:
When it comes to setup woes, video games will always trump analog gaming.

Click a button, wait a few seconds (a bit more of Steam needs an update), and your set for an otherworldly game where fun and immersion reign supreme with the minimum effort required from the players.

Before leaving Florida, Ernie and Kathy decided to stop in a Y'all Mart to grab some supplies for the coming road trip. Ernie had nothing but a metal pipe and Kathy a flashlight to start. Which begs the question, what were they doing all this time if not preparing for the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse?
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Memoirs of an Action 52 Programmer - Why 52 Games?
Posted by fractaloon:
First of all, it turns out it's hard to write a blog. I published and subsequently deleted the first post I did today. Hopefully this one is better. It at least has more information and less fluff. This one, I think, came out much better.

So this isn't new information really. If you look online you can find Mario has said the same thing. Vince Perri's son had a Nintendo cartridge, a bootleg, with 52 games on it. I have no idea what games he had but they were all official NES licensed games on a single cart. Not sure how he got a hold of that cartridge but he and all his friends were pretty excited by this. Vince saw how the kids reacted about a 52 game cartridge and being the entrepreneur that he was, he figured as excited as kids got over this bootleg what if kids could by a cartridge with 52 original games. It was brilliant!
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Video Game: Age of Wonders III
Random Ruminations - Down to the Wire
Posted by Patrick Carroll:
Somewhere in VGG there's a GeekList for best (personal favorite) game of 2021, but I can't find it. Early in the year I added Age of Wonders III to the list, wondering if it would stand up to Dominions 5: Warriors of the Faith, which I also mentioned.

It's almost October now, and I'd say it's still a close call. I've spent about equal hours on each game, and I still love 'em both. Of course I also have problems with both, as nothing in this world is perfect.

I haven't limited myself to just those two games, though. In fact, I've spent just about as much time on Civilization V and VI. The latter is one of my newest games, and I have a lot to learn about it; the former is somewhat simpler and much more familiar. So I've been going back and forth between them. Oh, and I've also played a fair bit of Master of Orion, my old standby. And dabbled at Dom5's sister game, Conquest of Elysium 4.
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