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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3361  Postby arugula2 » Dec 17, 2020 7:05 pm

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Cities: Skylines (2015)
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The spiritual successor to Sim City, and apparently made great by mods & an active community. OTOH, mods aren't available on Epic at the moment. Maybe in future, so might as well claim it anyway.

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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3362  Postby felltoearth » Dec 18, 2020 8:44 pm

Why the fuck is it only for Windows on Epic?


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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3363  Postby SafeAsMilk » Dec 18, 2020 9:44 pm

Microsoft involvement, perhaps? :dunno:
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3364  Postby arugula2 » Dec 19, 2020 12:55 am

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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty (2014)
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Remake of the 1997 Playstation 1 game.
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3365  Postby arugula2 » Dec 19, 2020 7:34 pm

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The Long Dark (2014-) Windows/MacOS.
[Reveal] Spoiler: trailers etc
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This video was released before the launch, so I assume it doesn't spoil or pre-empt the experience.
"What is The Long Dark?" (Developer Diary, 2013)

OpenCritic page

I remember this one during development & shortly after launch, and then I lost track of it. Set in the Canadian wilderness, following an event that disables electronics. Many of the critic reviews are probably dated & unrepresentative - the game seems to have received constant updates, including a new survival mode just 12 days ago, called Hesitant Prospect. The list of dev credits is pretty impressive, including writer Marianne Krawczyk and composer Sascha Dikiciyan.
[Reveal] Spoiler: soundtrack


Tracklist:
    00:00:00 • The Long Dark - Theme for The Long Dark
    00:02:57 • The Long Dark - The New World
    00:06:50 • The Long Dark - There's Something I Have to Say
    00:09:29 • The Long Dark - Grey Mother
    00:11:05 • The Long Dark - The Only One
    00:11:41 • The Long Dark - Some Were Outsiders
    00:13:06 • The Long Dark - What Happened
    00:13:54 • The Long Dark - Angry Voices
    00:14:48 • The Long Dark - Perseverance
    00:15:30 • The Long Dark - My Only Way Through
    00:16:22 • The Long Dark - Put Her to Rest
    00:17:32 • The Long Dark - Man Who Fell From the Sky
    00:18:32 • The Long Dark - One Last Thing
    00:18:52 • The Long Dark - Pay Respects
    00:19:23 • The Long Dark - You See Things Others Would Miss
    00:23:04 • The Long Dark - Not The Way You Shoot
    00:26:03 • The Long Dark - What Happened Here
    00:26:49 • The Long Dark - Call Me Jeremiah
    00:29:30 • The Long Dark - Fix My Rifle
    00:33:02 • The Long Dark - Forest Talkers
    00:33:50 • The Long Dark - Dreamtime
    00:34:08 • The Long Dark - They Hate the Lights
    00:34:29 • The Long Dark - Tool for Killing
    00:34:50 • The Long Dark - Old World Tech
    00:35:03 • The Long Dark - Keep You Alive
    00:36:17 • The Long Dark - Graduation Day
    00:36:48 • The Long Dark - Suicide Mission
    00:40:56 • The Long Dark - Wintermute
    00:46:35 • The Long Dark - Passing of an Age
    00:48:52 • The Long Dark - Things of the Old World
    00:50:58 • The Long Dark - Abandoned
    00:52:31 • The Long Dark - Arrival
    00:52:55 • The Long Dark - Aurora
    00:54:28 • The Long Dark - Bad News
    00:54:43 • The Long Dark - Come At Me
    00:55:09 • The Long Dark - Echoes
    00:56:48 • The Long Dark - Falling
    00:57:07 • The Long Dark - Hunted
    00:58:39 • The Long Dark - Into the Dark
    01:00:08 • The Long Dark - It's Done
    01:00:27 • The Long Dark - Meds
    01:00:46 • The Long Dark - Memories
    01:02:15 • The Long Dark - Milton
    01:03:51 • The Long Dark - Old Ways
    01:04:10 • The Long Dark - Paradise Lost
    01:04:42 • The Long Dark - Sanctity
    01:04:56 • The Long Dark - Shelter
    01:05:13 • The Long Dark - Silence
    01:05:35 • The Long Dark - Survival
    01:05:59 • The Long Dark - The Lights are Alive
    01:06:20 • The Long Dark - The Past
    01:07:42 • The Long Dark - Triumph
    01:07:52 • The Long Dark - Voice
    01:08:12 • The Long Dark - Wolfbridge
    01:08:29 • The Long Dark - Beginnings
    01:09:09 • The Long Dark - Clearing
    01:09:53 • The Long Dark - Danger
    01:10:27 • The Long Dark - Darkness Falls
    01:15:08 • The Long Dark - Desolation
    01:17:50 • The Long Dark - Despair
    01:18:36 • The Long Dark - Doubt
    01:19:24 • The Long Dark - Entropy
    01:21:22 • The Long Dark - Finder
    01:21:42 • The Long Dark - Fog
    01:22:26 • The Long Dark - Heaven
    01:23:30 • The Long Dark - Hope
    01:26:34 • The Long Dark - Illuminate
    01:28:34 • The Long Dark - Majestic
    01:29:49 • The Long Dark - Memories
    01:30:33 • The Long Dark - Nightfall
    01:31:21 • The Long Dark - Nihilist
    01:32:05 • The Long Dark - Prepare
    01:35:09 • The Long Dark - Shelter
    01:35:29 • The Long Dark - Shelter, Two
    01:35:49 • The Long Dark - Sorrow
    01:36:25 • The Long Dark - Storm
    01:37:05 • The Long Dark - Tomorrow
    01:38:01 • The Long Dark - Travel
    01:38:34 • The Long Dark - Trepidation
    01:39:13 • The Long Dark - Void

Season 1 of the story mode is slated for 5 episodes, 3 of which are out - all of them free with the game.

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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3366  Postby arugula2 » Dec 20, 2020 6:43 pm

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Defense Grid: The Awakening (2008)

Tower defense. Windows only.
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3367  Postby felltoearth » Dec 20, 2020 9:00 pm

SafeAsMilk wrote:Microsoft involvement, perhaps? :dunno:

Is Epic owned by MS?


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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3368  Postby SafeAsMilk » Dec 20, 2020 10:03 pm

I took a quick look and it seems that they're in an on again, off again relationship. Probably easier to just keep everything Windows for when the good times come around.
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3369  Postby arugula2 » Dec 20, 2020 10:34 pm

Their user-side infrastructure is so barebones, I wouldn't be surprised if they just haven't made the time. I imagine their top priority is recruiting Steam users, so they still need to upgrade the interface... with "basic" features like native stream support, mod support, discussion boards, local backups, cloud saves (very limited at the moment), gifting, etc. Shock & awe spending on promos right now, little priority given to anything else - so I'm guessing MacOS & Linux support is low priority. It probably doesn't help that Epic's in a spat with Apple over Fortnite on the App store.

My Epic launcher sucks more generally. It's the only one (besides the Xbox app - lol) that takes several seconds (5-10?) to load from standby mode in the system tray, every time. Dumb.
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3370  Postby arugula2 » Dec 21, 2020 5:53 pm

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Alien: Isolation (2014)
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Windows only. The 5 expansions + 2 add-on missions aren't free, but very discounted at the moment: link.

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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3371  Postby arugula2 » Dec 22, 2020 5:16 pm

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Metro: 2033 Redux (2014)
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Remastered version of the original from 2010 & DLC. Windows only. Should've been the more complete Metro Redux, which includes remasters of both the first 2 games. Haven't played 2033, but Last Light was impressive (remastered version on sale for US$4.99 @ Epic store here).
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3372  Postby arugula2 » Dec 22, 2020 5:42 pm

-_-
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3373  Postby arugula2 » Dec 23, 2020 7:02 pm

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Tropico 5 (2014)
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Windows only. Sans add-ons.
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3374  Postby SafeAsMilk » Dec 24, 2020 12:54 am

I have a couple Tropico games sitting in an account. Would like to get around to them some day!
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3375  Postby Spearthrower » Dec 24, 2020 5:29 am

I think Tropico 5 is still banned in Thailand. The military government apparently thought the optics of banning it was preferable to letting the citizenry get funny foreign ideas of satirizing tinpot dictatorships.
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3376  Postby Animavore » Dec 24, 2020 9:50 am

SafeAsMilk wrote:I have a couple Tropico games sitting in an account. Would like to get around to them some day!

Same. Was free on PlayStation Plus one time.
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3377  Postby arugula2 » Dec 24, 2020 4:20 pm

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Inside (2016)
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Windows & MacOS. Puzzle-platformer/adventure game with startlingly strong reviews. I'd never noticed it, nor its predecessor, Limbo (2010), which is on sale right now at Epic (US$2.49, Windows only)... same price @ Steam but there it's also MacOS- & Linux-friendly.

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#3378  Postby arugula2 » Dec 25, 2020 4:54 pm

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Darkest Dungeon (2016)
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Windows only. Click "VIEW OFFERS" to get it, and get the free DLC character, the Musketeer (a Kickstarter perk). The other addons are on sale. The Steam version (on sale US$6.24 until Jan 5) is MacOS/Linux-friendly.

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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3379  Postby arugula2 » Dec 26, 2020 5:16 pm

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My Time At Portia (2019)
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Windows only. "Life simulator"/"a... building adventure"/"a 3D Harvest Moon".
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Re: Upcoming Video Games

#3380  Postby arugula2 » Dec 27, 2020 5:26 pm

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Night in the Woods (2017)
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Windows/MacOS. Adventure game with puzzle elements & an irresistible art style. Consistently one of the top-rated games in itch.io's George Floyd bundle this past summer, but I haven't tried it yet.
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