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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Zohar » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:42 pm UTC

Can anyone think of games occurring in Paris during La Belle Epoque i.e. 1871-1914? Some sort of mystery or adventure game maybe? Available platforms right now are PC, android phone, or Wii U.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

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Zohar wrote:From what I understand they're pretty different from the original. I enjoyed both of the recent games a lot.

Yeah, the original is a lot more simulation while the remakes are a lot more "gamey" - for instance, in the original, the rank structure is based on the number of active soldiers - every so-many soldiers means the game looks to promote a sergeant, so many more, and a captain, so many more and a colonel, and with enough total, someone gets promoted to commander. Meanwhile, soldiers improve various stats just by using them, independent of their rank. In the reboot, rank is just straight character level, and you can have 6 colonels with no other troops.
I'm pretty sure the promotions are strongly related to combat actions, in addition to being capped by your team size.

A rookie benchwarmer who sits in the skyranger will stay a rookie, but they have a chance of promotion after taking a few shots.
Emptying a clip, or actually hitting an alien with that spray basically guarantees their first promotion.
After that, the skills of your best trooper tend to make them steal the kills and get promoted further first, so you have to try in order to share the love/XP.

I also don't recall ever seeing stats improve other than during promotion or the psi facility training psi skill specifically, but maybe I missed that as I only looked for a strong person to carry the heavy weapons and everybody else just hosed the enemy with an unceasing tide of laser shots most of the time.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:36 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Can anyone think of games occurring in Paris during La Belle Epoque i.e. 1871-1914? Some sort of mystery or adventure game maybe? Available platforms right now are PC, android phone, or Wii U.

Contrast is heavily inspired by it, but I think plays a little loosely with the actual technology and culture available at the time.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby techblogger911 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:11 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
Zohar wrote:Can anyone think of games occurring in Paris during La Belle Epoque i.e. 1871-1914? Some sort of mystery or adventure game maybe? Available platforms right now are PC, android phone, or Wii U.

Contrast is heavily inspired by it, but I think plays a little loosely with the actual technology and culture available at the time.



Have you tried contrast?

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:53 pm UTC

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SecondTalon wrote:Contrast is heavily inspired by it, but I think plays a little loosely with the actual technology and culture available at the time.

Have you tried contrast?

That's why I mentioned it.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby plytho » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:30 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Can anyone think of games occurring in Paris during La Belle Epoque i.e. 1871-1914? Some sort of mystery or adventure game maybe? Available platforms right now are PC, android phone, or Wii U.
Aviary attorney is set a little earlier (1848) but it's a lot of fun. It's an ace attorney style game with anthropomorphic animals.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby heuristically_alone » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:06 pm UTC

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techblogger911 wrote:
SecondTalon wrote:Contrast is heavily inspired by it, but I think plays a little loosely with the actual technology and culture available at the time.

Have you tried contrast?

That's why I mentioned it.

I hear Contrast is pretty fun to try.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:10 pm UTC

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Zohar » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:13 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Contrast is heavily inspired by it, but I think plays a little loosely with the actual technology and culture available at the time.

Seems interesting! Reviews are very mixed but it's so cheap it's not a big deal to try it out. Definitely looks darker than what I wanted though.

plytho wrote:Aviary attorney is set a little earlier (1848) but it's a lot of fun. It's an ace attorney style game with anthropomorphic animals.

That looks amazing, will have to keep an eye out for a sale.

Really I was hoping for something that would make me feel similar to being in an impressionist painting of a Parisian cafe, so I don't think either of those scratches that itch, but still good things to know about.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:56 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:
SecondTalon wrote:Contrast is heavily inspired by it, but I think plays a little loosely with the actual technology and culture available at the time.

Seems interesting! Reviews are very mixed but it's so cheap it's not a big deal to try it out. Definitely looks darker than what I wanted though.


I've played it, it's far more.... Coming of Age of a little girl than anything? Figuring out family secrets and all? Not really dark other than lighting being dark and, given that the game involves you melding in to the wall and using the shadows as platforms, the darkish settings with spotlights make sense. The character you spend most of the time controlling is basically an imaginary friend, gameplay is platformer puzzle - not too many difficult jumps that I recall, but a lot of "Go here turn this then that then this now the shadows are right so you can walk up the wall". And, as you say, it's cheap.

Looking at the reviews, Gamespot gives it 5/10 and Metacritic 59%. If we're using "Numbers actually mean what they mean and not some the inflated scoring where games start at 7 and go up from there" thing, then.. yeah, 5 out of 10 is fair. It does some things kinda neat, it's not an unenjoyable experience, but I don't see myself playing it again, some of the story is a bit predictable as it goes so that when certain things are revealed you're left feeling "Wait, am I just *now* supposed to figure that out rather than figuring it out an hour ago, or is this the little girl finally figuring it out and why is there a disconnect there since aren't I the little girl imagining this woman running around or what?"

The shadow-running thing is neat, gets some good use, but there are also a couple of levels that are just irritatingly large. I also may have broken sequence on the jumping puzzles a few times since the way I got up some places is... really not how you're supposed to get up there, so that's nice that the game let me do that.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Reserve » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:17 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:The "Hiding from a superior threat until you have the weaponry/skill to take it down and foraging for stuff"? That's basically the Survival genre which is... far too large to list all of it here and covers things as broadly as the old Deus game series (where a simple infection from a scratch will probably kill you before an enemy does) to Minecraft (which is.. not that hardcore), though something like The Forest has an actual plot while something like Seven Days to Die does not.

Sci-Fi themed, especially where you yourself aren't going in to danger but you're ordering other things/monitoring systems/etc to keep your minions alive? Duskers, though your minions are Drones, not humanoids or other players.

Delving in to abandoned sci-fi settings, kicking ass and taking names and by kicking ass I mean doing everything exactly right or you'll get eviscerated? Space Hulk. If you can find either the originals or new release version of the boardgame, it'll set you back ... probably ten times what the PC game is, maybe more. Because even when it was being produced it was $100 for the new release and now that it's not.... There's also Steam Marines, which is Space Hulk with the serial numbers filed off so it's legally distinct.

Or were you thinking of something else?


Jorpho wrote:I find myself thinking of Paradroid.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradroid

Perhaps Space Station Silicon Valley, from the people who would later make GTA?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Sta ... con_Valley

In terms of survival horror, I find myself thinking of Project Firestart, but that's probably pretty far off-base.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Firestart


Oooh, thanks for the suggestions. Those look real neat! I definitely was thinking more along the lines of having squishy flesh bodies to be torn apart when you make mistakes, though. I picked up Halfway, the game I mentioned in my other post... its too hard for me. Space Hulk would make me cry. I am not great at these games. The Forest looks interesting for other reasons... Project Firestart might be closest to what I was thinking.

Wish there were more Survival games that didn't involve crafting. At least no more crafting than broken device + batteries = fixed device.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SuicideJunkie » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:10 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Really I was hoping for something that would make me feel similar to being in an impressionist painting of a Parisian cafe, so I don't think either of those scratches that itch, but still good things to know about.

You're not talking about Passpartout are you?

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:12 pm UTC

That doesn't appear to have much to do with the aesthetics of a impressionist painting from the turn of the 20th century France and more to do with being a modern-day painter.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Zohar » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:45 pm UTC

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Zohar wrote:Really I was hoping for something that would make me feel similar to being in an impressionist painting of a Parisian cafe, so I don't think either of those scratches that itch, but still good things to know about.

You're not talking about Passpartout are you?

Not at all what I was looking for.

Maybe something more in the vein of 80 Days.
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