The big video game releases have felt particularly weak this year so I’ve been playing a few more indies.
There’s some good stuff discounted via Because We May, some of which is below.
Adventure games don’t die, they just get recast as children’s games? Enjoyable and clever puzzles, adorable art and scenery.(I got bored during the cutscenes.)
This first person “base jumper” has shocked me with how amazingly fun and visceral the falling through levels mechanic is.
Dear Esther ★★★
I played the original version of this and really enjoyed it so wanted to support the commercial “real” retail version, and in general I always want to support Not Games.
I remember the original being scarier and more interesting – maybe it was the novetly – this time I became incredibly impatient and used console commands to make my character walk faster.
I’d like to think there’s something profound in a game that drives me to cheat, but the reality is more like Dear Esther is a great piece of work that just isn’t for everyone and demands more of a player than most interactive entertainment.
I bought this based on some positive reviews but have been incredibly bored by it and lost interest after a couple hours. I love the concept of visual storytelling and the lack of verbal/textual communication but in practice I find it too hard to connect to it as an adventure game with characters and story. It feels just like a very simplistic point and click puzzle thing.
Rainbow Six Vegas (0 stars)
I bought this on Steam since it was on sale and it won’t run at all on Windows 7 but instead of trying to get my money back I’m just going to complain about it here.
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