Saturday Morning Gaming: Ape Out


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  1. Anne

    Slightly off topic but game related. Our son plays story games for us and we are looking for another good game to play. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Games hes played that we like
    Fire watch
    Detroit Become Human
    Last of Us 1 & 2
    Ghost of Tsushima
    God of War 2018
    Red Dead Redemption 2
    Horizon zero day
    Jedi Fallen OrderReport

    • Jaybird in reply to Anne

      If he liked God of War and Horizon, I would recommend the Batman Arkham games (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight) and the Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor/Shadow of War games.

      They’ve all been out long enough that they’re cheap. You can buy the bundle of all three Batman games (with all DLC!) for $60 now without it being on sale and if you don’t want it on steam but on console instead, it’s even cheaper because you can get them used.

      The Lord of the Rings games are a hair pricier on steam ($20 for Shadow of Mordor, $60 for Shadow of War) but they’re EXCEPTIONALLY cheap for console ($11 for Shadow of War for PS4… which is nuts!) and the stories are *AMAZING*.

      Like, you’ll argue over some of the choices the characters make (Shadow of War has a couple of jaw-on-the-floor moments) and if you’ve watched the Lord of the Rings movies recently, you’ll enjoy them even more.Report

    • Nevermoor in reply to Anne

      The fallout series. New Vegas is a very compelling story, but FO3 and FO4 are plenty good too. The older games (Fallout 1 and 2 are top-down and turn-based combat from many years ago, but the stories are also good.Report

  2. Nevermoor

    I’m playing Hand of Fate 2 thanks to the Epic freebie. It’s VERY worth the $0, and actually a pretty solid game.

    Before that it was Battletech, which in my opinion had some good elements but was hurt by bad difficulty scaling and a campaign that made many of the open-world mechanics a waste of time.Report

  3. Dhex

    Depending on how much story he wants, his tolerance for magical realism and melancholy, and how old he is, I cannot recommend What Remains of Edith Finch enough. It is astoundingly good but mostly story compared to “game” in the traditional sense.Report

  4. Reformed Republican

    My main game lately has been Subnautica. It’s similar to No Man’s Sky in some ways, but completely different in others. Similarity: You are marooned on an alien world with very little equipment. As you explore, you find blueprints for technology you can build, which enables you to explore farther and gather different types of resources. You will also need to build a base of operations (or more than one).

    Differences: No Man’s Sky has an entire universe to explore, where Subnautica takes place in a single body of water on the alien planet. No Man’s Sky has procedurally generated planets, fauna and flora. Things don’t always make sense, and there can be a lot of repetition. In Subnautica, everything is hand crafted. Different biomes have different types of life. Sea creatures look very alien, yet familiar (just like deep sea creatures on earth). Subnautica is quality over quantity. Subnautica also tells more of a story than NMS, though you have to take time to read through short datalogs to get all of it. It’s not heavy reading, though.

    I really enjoyed Subnautica, and swimming in VR is really fun, but it can also cause anxiety when confronted by a carnivorous leviathan or running low on air and trying to find your vehicle or being lost in a cave.

    I haven’t finished the first game, and I already bought the sequel, set in a different location on the same planet in freezing temperatures.Report

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