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[personal profile] spindizzy
I have sure FAILED SOME WILL SAVES! Go me.

The short list of what I picked up:
  • Triple Town — I described it to Lex as a super-complicated version of 2048, and I don't think I'm wrong! You place objects (grass, bushes, trees, bears...), and when you get three together it schloops them all together into the square of the last one you placed. This is the part that is foxing me. I can get as far as "Okay, I want this stage one thing to end up here" and then I can't quite map it to where I want the higher stage ones to be. IT'LL BE FINE, I CAN LEARN.

  • Oxenfree — The trailer looks fucking terrifying. Like "genuinely don't want to play this in a room on my own" levels of scary, because I am a wuss and horror games are not my forte. But [personal profile] rionaleonhart played it and said smart things about it, so I am gonna give it a go! It looks like it has siblings, and that is always a good way to get me into your game.

  • Long Live The Queen — I actually bought this direct from the developers a while ago but I've lost the installation file and the links in my email don't work, so rebuying it for cheap. The goal is to keep a princess alive for a full year to her coronation, and I have managed it once. Every other time she has died horribly and I've got a cute little picture to commemorate it. It's a skill-building visual novel? And I usually end up putting a notepad file next to my game screen to track what skills I need to get on which story track. LET'S SEE HOW IT GOES THIS TIME.

  • Abzu — This is incredibly soothing and I didn't read the blurb before I bought it so I have no idea what's actually going on. [tumblr.com profile] chirart played it a while ago, I think? And I remembered it sounding like Journey, but underwater, and there was maybe a shark friend and terrible controls. So I have straight up just been guessing what the hell is going on ("... Am I dead? Oh! No! It's the scifi future! Maybe I'm a conservationist and that's why I'm bringing back all of the sharks? A OH GOD SHARK ATE MY ROBOT FRIEND! ... I think I just made an amoeba out of my soul and it turned into killer whales and rejuvenated the seascape.") even though I could just look it up and know. Lex did specifically ask me if I knew what was going on in this game, and I may have confused him when I said no. But it's mostly peaceful! Swimming around! Seeing all the fish! Maybe being a scifi future priestess/conservationist!

  • The Sexy Brutale — So, you're locked in a mansion/casino at a houseparty, everyone is wearing masks, and the staff are trying to kill everyone. Also if someone with a mask sees you it will fly off their face and do something to you which looks really scary so I always flee before they can get me. Also you can travel through time to try to prevent those murders. I have solved one (1) murder so far, and it's really stressful but I am intrigued and want to know what the hell is going on! Plus the art style is... Unusual... (The second trailer is the best one, if only for the line "I think we've all seen enough. No murders happening here.")

  • Avian Attorney — Birds being lawyers and punning horrifically in nineteenth century France. This is gonna go great.


I also picked up Framed on my tablet because [twitter.com profile] readingtheend doesn't usually play video games but did mention this one as one she's tried. It's noir style, completely textless, and you re-arrange animated comic book panels to get the protagonist safely from one end of the page to another without getting arrested, shot, or falling off a skyrise. I've not finished it, but it's pretty fun so far! ([personal profile] thebaconfat, [personal profile] squeemu: it is a little bit our aesthetic, so it might be worth checking out on youtube to see if you like the look of it! Also I know I recced Phoenix Wright to you literally five years ago, but it's on android/ios now if you wanna check it out!)

Has anyone else fallen victim to the Steam sale? What got you? Anyone got any recs?

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Date: 2017-06-26 11:31 am (UTC)
rionaleonhart: final fantasy x-2: the sun is rising, yuna looks to the future. (hope is all we have)
From: [personal profile] rionaleonhart
Ooh, I hope you enjoy Oxenfree! It's unsettling, but not too terrifying (although I'll admit I played it in a room with a friend), and it's probably got the strongest dialogue of my strangely large collection of videogames about teenagers being traumatised. I'm also interested to hear more about The Sexy Brutale, because it sounds a bit like Ghost Trick, which is one of my favourite games.

Avian Attorney also sounds sort of incredible.

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Date: 2017-06-28 01:13 pm (UTC)
rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: riku, blindfolded and smiling slightly. (we'll be the darkness)
From: [personal profile] rionaleonhart
I was going to sort these in descending order of dialogue realism, but then I realised it'd just be Oxenfree at the top, Life Is Strange at the bottom and everything else in an indistinguishable mess between them.


Riona's Collection of Videogames about Teenagers Being Traumatised:

Oxenfree - kids go to an island, bad things happen. Good dialogue!

Until Dawn - kids go up a mountain, horrible things happen, you are responsible for keeping everyone alive, just watching a Let's Play gave me trouble sleeping, absolutely don't ever play this if Oxenfree freaks you out. When I ask myself 'is the dialogue good?' all I can think about is the incredible moment when one character says 'Please just try to understand—' and the person she's speaking to says 'UNDERSTAND THE PALM OF MY HAND, BITCH' and slaps her in the face.

Life Is Strange - despite the fact that the protagonist can travel in time, most of the trauma in this game is more INTENSE TEEN SCHOOL DRAMA than supernatural. Interesting character relationships, but frequently awkward dialogue. At one point the main character says 'wowser' three times within the space of ten minutes and it's inexcusable.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (and the sequel Goodbye Despair) - kids are trapped in a confined space and told they'll have to kill each other if they want to escape. You might enjoy this if you're an Ace Attorney fan, actually; there's a similar 'a murder happens, gather evidence, establish the culprit in a trial' structure! But it's much more upsetting than Ace Attorney, because you meet the entire cast in advance and the structure is actually 'a murder happens! The victim is a character you've come to know and like. You have to establish the culprit. THE CULPRIT IS ALSO A CHARACTER YOU KNOW AND LIKE.'

Higurashi: When They Cry - I don't know whether this is technically a game, because it's a visual novel without narrative choices, but it's definitely about teenagers being traumatised. Paranoid breakdowns and murder all over the place.

Kingdom Hearts - a lovely Disney series about friendship and how it's inevitably and horribly torn apart.


Honourable mention to The Last of Us, which definitely contains traumatised teenagers but doesn't make it onto this list on account of not having a primarily teenage cast.

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Date: 2017-06-26 02:58 pm (UTC)
squeemu: Magpie holding a ring in its beak. (Default)
From: [personal profile] squeemu
WELP, added Long Live the Queen and Abzu to my wishlist. It is growing at an increasingly terrifying rate.

(Other things on my list I am thinking about buying this round include a couple of games that are about hacking, because they ....literally teach you some code? And that is a thing I am interested in. (TIS-100 and Hacknet, to be specific). Life is Strange, because it's supposed to be good. Oxenfree, because of Riona. Hack'N'Slash, because it's less than $2. And maybe Rainworld, because it looks gorgeous. I'm intrigued by Little Nightmares, too, but probably won't get it this round because it's not the best sale and I am already considering ALL THOSE OTHER GAMES. I apologize for not linking to all of those. >__>)

Also, ooooh, Framed does look very intriguing! I will have to check it out for sure.

And I have heard really good things about Stardew Valley, which might be more up your alley. It's... still a little expensive for me, and it also looks like it would eat up a bunch of my time, which is not something I have much of at the moment, so I might not get it, but yeah. I've heard excellent things about it.

AND WHILE WRITING THIS COMMENT I ADDED THREE MORE GAMES TO MY WISHLIST SOMEBODY STOP ME ;___; (The Fall, Whispering Willows, and Fran Bow, for what it's worth. All of them vaguely horror-related, I guess?, but in a unique way.)

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Date: 2017-06-26 03:10 pm (UTC)
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xiii: lightning pays intense attention to you. (speak carefully)
From: [personal profile] rionaleonhart
I'm pretty sure the first episode of Life Is Strange is free, so you could try it out at no cost if you're not sure whether to get it!

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Date: 2017-06-26 03:14 pm (UTC)
jb_slasher: melissa mccarthy (Default)
From: [personal profile] jb_slasher
I have my eye on some Telltale and Lego games. Lego games are such fun stress relievers. Unless one needs to get 100% in which case I sometimes get more stressed about finishing, ahaha.

And of course the first Resident Evil HD remaster!
Edited Date: 2017-06-26 03:15 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-06-30 02:40 pm (UTC)
jb_slasher: melissa mccarthy (Default)
From: [personal profile] jb_slasher
Right now I'm leaning toward getting both Indiana Jones games (though they have older mechanics which can be frustrating sometimes), LOTR and Star Wars: Clone Wars (I already have The Complete Saga). I was waiting for payday so I'll decide over the weekend and then just press 'BUY!' :D

Also eagerly waiting for the Life Is Strange prequel but that doesn't come out for another two months.

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Date: 2017-07-06 10:21 am (UTC)
jb_slasher: melissa mccarthy (Default)
From: [personal profile] jb_slasher
Yes, I got all four Lego games plus the Resident Evil HD remaster. I haven't played any of them yet but I think I'll play something today. Not a guarantee that I'll be playing any of these, though. :D

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Date: 2017-07-03 11:29 pm (UTC)
thebaconfat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thebaconfat
Framed sounds super interesting! And I've heard good things about We Know the Devil, debating with myself about getting it.