What game are we all playing instead of E:D?

Disco Elysium - how and what:

4 Attributes 1-6, you get 12 points to distribute. The dice are 2 W6, double 1 auto fails, double 6 always passes skillcheck. Checks range from easy to impossible (roll 20), attributes, skill and dice roll add together.
Skills can be raised with skillpoint from earned XP after level caps are hit. Up to the max of the governing attribute. Ex.: Your Psy is 2 -> Authority skill can be raised by two points. Gives you 4 and now you can calculate your odds. Medium checks are 10 I think.
This cap can be breached with consumables and "thoughts".
Health and Morale serve as "hitpoints" - two skills govern how much you have. Consumables can restore. Pretty impossible to die, imo. Apart from start scene. Maybe when you pick a whackier build?

UI is point and click and highlight PoIs. PoIs only show if you're having enough skill to notice.
Dialogue plays big role. XP wise and story-wise. You can OCD pick all the options but the game might come around and break that wall. It should give you a line to get back and save face tho. Sometimes you will be asked about lore and whether you remembered it, but you probably won't be punished for forgetting stuff. There is quite the amount to digest.

Setting is kinda like hangover after roaring 30ies. It's not a historical setting tho. It's completely fictitious with historical elements. Think alternative Earth. It gets quite whacky at some point, which I didn't expect, but when it came I was intrigued. Like some French-Belgian artsy bande-dessinée.
It is mostly a detective story. It can be depressing at times I guess. I wasn't fan of lost memory detective trope but the game does seem to make a point about its distinction to "Déjà Vu" at some point. A nice nod to a classic.

At some point I felt stuck but pulled a lever I had hesitated to which opened new place to visit and some stuff resolves quite neatly and drove the story heavily onward. Don't hesitate to pull the lever.

And that's it. I'm in the middle of it. The story got an urgent twist. The setting became real whacky (in metaphysical sense) but it shouldn't affect the detective work too much. Or does it? Might be down to what kind of character you make.
Some stuff you simply dont pass the check for. Most can be rerolled when you raised the skill points. I don't really do it scientifically. I put stuff where I seem to lack punch or where I want my strenghts to be.
There is thought cabinet - game events can give you thoughts to equip that give boni/mali while reflected and usually boni when concluded. They can be equipped and "forgotten" (gone, gone) in the thought cabinet. Soemtimes they help advancing story.

Overall I like it so far. Equip some time to play. You will read quite a bit.
 
Back to Civ VI, having a blast, 2nd best Civ after IV. Last might was a "just one more turn" kinda night, today I'm paying.

I'd like to get back into space traders frontiers, but the game set up is pretty involved, and the rules keep changing every couple updates. This itself is not a bad thing, but you pretty much need to know the game inside & out to follow, which I don't.
 
Back to Civ VI, having a blast, 2nd best Civ after IV. Last might was a "just one more turn" kinda night, today I'm paying.

I'd like to get back into space traders frontiers, but the game set up is pretty involved, and the rules keep changing every couple updates. This itself is not a bad thing, but you pretty much need to know the game inside & out to follow, which I don't.
Civ VI is very good. I haven't tried it with the second expansion, though.
 
. Last might was a "just one more turn" kinda night, today I'm paying.
Just to funny. I remember going to work at 4pm the misses playing civ 2, get home at 12:30am and I see her head in the window of the computer room as I pulled in the driveway on a work week.
 
For the past two weeks I've been totally captivated by Astroneer. I've owned it for years but only now started replaying it since it released out of early access a few months ago, so much has changed that it feels like a new game. Excellent space exploration game, I'm really having a ball with it.



 
Back to Civ VI, having a blast, 2nd best Civ after IV. Last might was a "just one more turn" kinda night, today I'm paying.

I'd like to get back into space traders frontiers, but the game set up is pretty involved, and the rules keep changing every couple updates. This itself is not a bad thing, but you pretty much need to know the game inside & out to follow, which I don't.
Ye, I liked it quite a lot too. Definitely better than Civ V.
 
Same. You just can't beat playing Halo with mouse and keyboard. And at 1080p. And at 60 fps.

Just....the appalling audio. How 343, why?
 
There are rumors that they're working on a next ME.
I always liked the ME games and as you said, people expected an ME4 and got disappointed.
For 6 euro this game is a steal and I'm realy glad I got it.
Unfortunately I can't use mods on console, it's good without it too though.
You are correct. They are planning on another Mass Effect. I'm enjoying this game even more the second time as I'm paying more attention to the trivial items matched to the first trilogy. Here's the link.
 
You are correct. They are planning on another Mass Effect. I'm enjoying this game even more the second time as I'm paying more attention to the trivial items matched to the first trilogy. Here's the link.
I'm a bit further in now and I realy like this game, the different planets are made very well and I love the Remnant stuff.
Andromeda suffered from a great deal of bugs when it was released but I haven't encountered a single one yet.
Imho this is a perfectly good game with lots of hours of gameplay, those who stick with their initial verdict of this game are losing out on a lot of fun.
This happens more often, just look at NMS that made a great comeback.
I rather have a game with a bad start and a good comback then one that starts off promising and falls short in the end.
 
I finally picked up The Plague Tale: Innocence. It was in my wishlist since the launch and now that I finished Jedi Fallen Order I had a free slot in my schedule.
It's bloody gruesome, that thing. Wow. I'm hooked.

Also it has probably the first child character in the history of gaming that isn't annoying as all hell. Well done there as well!
 
I'm a bit further in now and I realy like this game, the different planets are made very well and I love the Remnant stuff.
Andromeda suffered from a great deal of bugs when it was released but I haven't encountered a single one yet.
Imho this is a perfectly good game with lots of hours of gameplay, those who stick with their initial verdict of this game are losing out on a lot of fun.
This happens more often, just look at NMS that made a great comeback.
I rather have a game with a bad start and a good comback then one that starts off promising and falls short in the end.
I've still got Andromeda on Origin Access with all the bells and whistles DLC etc...I might just give it another go.
 
I finally picked up The Plague Tale: Innocence. It was in my wishlist since the launch and now that I finished Jedi Fallen Order I had a free slot in my schedule.
It's bloody gruesome, that thing. Wow. I'm hooked.

Also it has probably the first child character in the history of gaming that isn't annoying as all hell. Well done there as well!
Ah, Plague Tale. I bought that when I couldn't afford it, enjoyed it immensely for about 4 hours, then got distracted by another shiny thing and never went back to it.

Must do so soon...
 
You are correct. They are planning on another Mass Effect. I'm enjoying this game even more the second time as I'm paying more attention to the trivial items matched to the first trilogy. Here's the link.
Personally as a huge fan of original ME trilogy and that including ME3 I would prefer if they just let it go. And not only because I absolutely did not enjoy Andromeda (don't care about bugs as those potentially can be fixed) as the game was just a massive letdown.
You cant in my opinion compete with what original game has done as far as building massive following and passion in community. Also my trust in BW under the EA boot completely vanished at this point.
 
Personally as a huge fan of original ME trilogy and that including ME3 I would prefer if they just let it go. And not only because I absolutely did not enjoy Andromeda (don't care about bugs as those potentially can be fixed) as the game was just a massive letdown.
You cant in my opinion compete with what original game has done as far as building massive following and passion in community. Also my trust in BW under the EA boot completely vanished at this point.
Same. The trilogy is done and the story is told. I feel any further post-Reaper attempt is like squeezing out a teabag that has been used already twice. MEA was OK in their linear story missions but the Open World attempt wasn't so good. Which isn't surprising since it copied DAI's formula when Walters stepped in to salvage the project. They took what had kinda worked before with a Mass Effect coat. Like in DAI the "Open World" just doesn't fly. I did like Elaaden, the desert planet quite a lot tho. Imo, the best in the game. In DAI was a good map too, most of it was some mediocre desert with spots of highlights but it had a nice mountain range. But the worst thing in these two games is the "platformer" maps and bloody unclimbable dunes - they just scream railroad! at you. Dear Lord I hated Eos and that terrible map in DAI with the bloody shard temple, Emprise ticked me off too, but at least the part after the bridge was nice.
They also have a way to push out broken stuff and somehow fix it half a year later when most players have already moved on. Particularly bad for their MP endeavours.
 
I've been goofing around in Skyrim VR, and I've decided that this time I'll play as Hawkeye / Ronin Bosmer. While bows feel OP in 2D Skyrim, I find them very immersive, fun, and challenging in VR. I've got real sneak (where you duck down IRL to sneak) turned on, and last night I got into a "shootout" with an NPC where I was literally ducking in and out of cover to dodge his arrows while launching my own. It was amazing fun!

With a focus on enchanting and alchemy, I can make various bows and arrows to mimic all of Hawkeye's specialty arrows.
 
Personally as a huge fan of original ME trilogy and that including ME3 I would prefer if they just let it go. And not only because I absolutely did not enjoy Andromeda (don't care about bugs as those potentially can be fixed) as the game was just a massive letdown.
You cant in my opinion compete with what original game has done as far as building massive following and passion in community. Also my trust in BW under the EA boot completely vanished at this point.
Same. The trilogy is done and the story is told. I feel any further post-Reaper attempt is like squeezing out a teabag that has been used already twice. MEA was OK in their linear story missions but the Open World attempt wasn't so good. Which isn't surprising since it copied DAI's formula when Walters stepped in to salvage the project. They took what had kinda worked before with a Mass Effect coat. Like in DAI the "Open World" just doesn't fly. I did like Elaaden, the desert planet quite a lot tho. Imo, the best in the game. In DAI was a good map too, most of it was some mediocre desert with spots of highlights but it had a nice mountain range. But the worst thing in these two games is the "platformer" maps and bloody unclimbable dunes - they just scream railroad! at you. Dear Lord I hated Eos and that terrible map in DAI with the bloody shard temple, Emprise ticked me off too, but at least the part after the bridge was nice.
They also have a way to push out broken stuff and somehow fix it half a year later when most players have already moved on. Particularly bad for their MP endeavours.
Hi. Devil's advocate here.
Putting the fact that MEA was quite enjoyable for me (I always try to see the best in games and overlook the flaws - it's a conscious choice that makes for a happier gaming), I'd never say "Don't even try"
Personally, MEA was the best (worst) example of a rushed and many times re-written flawed concept from the start that relied on an engine not suited for it. Those mistakes were on both BW's and EA's side.
But lately we've had a great example of EA trying something different - Jedi Fallen Order. If they're going to give BW the same level of creative freedom they gave Respawn and won't force them into Frostbite and stupid deadlines, then I say go for it.
I would LOVE to have another ME. With characters old or new, Reaper era, Andromeda era, or even something different like First Contact War, doesn't matter. I would play it and I would love it.
 
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