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The 2021 what are we playing thread

I’m currently playing The Walking Dead: The Final Season. It’s pretty good so far.

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Finally managed to play Loco Motive:

A really well-crafted adventure game with a thrilling and humorous story. And it’s impressive how they could develop such a game in that time…

(P.S.: I fear that this will be my only game this year… :frowning: )

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Wow, great little game.

It’s quite impressive, actually. There are so many details in the character animation and environment, if it weren’t so short you wouldn’t think it was made for a game jam.

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They reused a lot of the graphics in a very clever way. For example the doors, the lights, the windows, etc.

But I fully agree with you! :slight_smile:

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Yeah, the train setting certainly reduced the amount of graphics required in total, but even then there’s the animation of the wheels and shock absorbers, the (super smooth) parallax scrolling of fore- and background, and plenty of hot spots that are all extra work that would not have been required for the sake of gameplay.

And of course, all the special animations of the main character that at times go far beyond what you’d see in a commercial product.

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I’ve started playing Tell Me Why. So far it’s feeling quite a bit like some scrapped concepts for Life is Strange 2. It’s feeling very similar. Don’t change a winning team, I suppose.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Just brilliant.

Been playing Encodya, and so far am mostly enjoying it. It looks really good, especially after night falls, and the plot promises to be interesting.

The one part I don’t like so much are the characters. Tina and Sam are fine, but most of the NPCs feel … odd. The way they talk or behave just isn’t very natural or convincing, meaning they come across as mere item and info dispensers rather than actual personas. It kind of takes away from the overall atmosphere and left me a bit bewildered at times. Maybe it’s supposed to be funny …

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Finished Encodya. Had some difficulty with discovering 2 of the items (as nice as the detailed graphics are, it’s way too easy to hide important things in them!), but the actual puzzles were mostly straightforward.

Of all the Cyberpunk/dystopian future adventure games I’ve played, this one won’t take the top spot as far as raising deep philosophical questions is concerned. It presents a fairly clear take on things and doesn’t trouble the player with difficult moral choices (nor with any others).

That said, the end credits do leave room for speculation. Best to avert your eyes :slight_smile:.

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I just got a 65 inch Android TV. Could I play TWP on this? :thinking: The pixels would be huge! :sweat_smile:

Like, for instance, Life is Strange 2 ?

It’s more comfortable, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily that much bigger in relative size at a few meters than a ~27" display at 60 cm or a ~15" display at 30 cm.

Does the TV take BT controllers? I imagine the remote wouldn’t be very comfortable.

Pixels can’t be huge enough!

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I was thinking about Technobabylon and State of Mind, actually. Having to decide the outcome of those games felt like an invitation to ponder the various facets of transhumanism, at least to the extend they were presented over the course of the game. That lent a bit more weight to those games and made the whole experience a bit more memorable. Encodya in contrast is a game to play and forget.

As for Life is Strange, I don’t feel qualified to comment on that one as I never played it. But I thought it was more about the unintended/unforeseen consequences of your actions?

It’s a mature story, every thing you choose, from biggers to tiniers, have consequences during the game. Behaviours, change of minds, beliefs.
I think you’ll like it.

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I second this, but only for Season 1. Season 2 is completly different and from what I´ve seen not as good. The spin off Before The Storm is also not as good but it´s nice and complementary to Season 1.

And yes some of those consequences are huge! :flushed:

There’s still plenty to like in Life is Strange 2. :slight_smile:

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I guess so. I didn´t play it myself. It´s obviously very different than the first without the time travel gimmick (but so is Before The Storm) and completly unrelated characters. But I wrote it on here before I was really surprised how much I liked the series on a whole.

Play Remember Me if you want more of the time travel gimmick. It occurs a handful of times.

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