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So was it VIII or XIII? VIII makes more sense. Because yeah, there's a war going on pretty early in 8.

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Oops, I messed it up in the initial post. VIII, this was like 15 years ago.

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TIL FFXII is not turn-based

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I bought The Witcher 3 for ps4. Never played the series despite the popularity, dunno what to think yet. Barely played it since I bought it. I'm fearing RPGs that don't involve a bunch of cute Japanese girls, bright colors and ridiculous humor don't interest me much anymore.

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Did you just buy it due to the hype then or what.

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It was on sale. Like 20 euro.

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I see.

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Finally started Clandestine with my brother-in-law. Clandestine is a Deus Ex -esque spy/stealth/hacking extravaganza, the catch here being its asymmetrical co-op. One player is the boots-on-the-ground operative, while the other is the hacker.

We played for a couple of hours and there are definitely some issues. The checkpoint system is, quite frankly, broken beyond belief. If you happen to get caught and just start booking it ahead, you will keep getting checkpoints. In our case, we got a checkpoint (in the tutorial no less) where we were literally sandwiched between like 6 enemies. As soon as the game loaded, an enemy would spot us and the bullets would start to rain. Took a hefty amount of time to get out of that, since I was the spy and third-person shooting on a PC is completely foreign to me. Not to mention, the pistol was very ineffective.

This role selection of ours was possibly a mistake, since it doesn't run that smoothly on my laptop, even with the settings on very low, making movement and shooting that much more difficult. It's not unplayable by any stretch, but far from fluid. Not necessarily surprising, since it's a newer game, but it's not like it looks amazing to compensate. The cutscenes are not pretty, the facial animations in particular are ghastly.

What I struggled the most with, however, was the art of stealth itself. I've been hammering away at the Thief 2 fan missions, so I've gotten so used to how you can move and what the guards will generally notice and so on. Let's just say that there is no sprinting up to anyone for a take down in this game.

Anyway, the co-op experience seems to come through at least. I didn't get to be the hacker yet, but it seems both are quite fun. The spy obviously has the more traditional gameplay role, while the hacker is the support, getting access codes, controlling cameras, revealing enemy locations and even activating traps. I do wonder if the hacker will eventually get some more toys to help when the shit hits the fan; as I mentioned, I got caught a lot and I would assume as a hacker, being unable to really do anything can get frustrating.

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So, even though I have these other steam games waiting their turn, I decided to finally check out the smash hit VN, Doki Doki Literature Club. I had to see for my own eyes if it's just a meme that happened to get popular (like Goat Simulator), or if its success is actually warranted. Worth mentioning that it's been downloaded over two million times and that it's free.

In case you are not aware of the setting, you are a non-descript dude who ends up joining your high school's literature club, under the influence of your childhood friend and one of the members, Sayori. And as fate would have it, the other three members happen to be cute girls as well. Yuri is timid and shy, but passionate about literature. Natsuki is a tsundere who loves cute stuff. And the club prez is Monika, the perfect girl admired by everyone. Time for you to make some new friends and maybe a little more than that?

Does that sound generic? That's because it is. But believe me, it has more than a few surprises along the way, making it all so worth it in the end. It's not a 100-hour magnum opus like the giants of the genre. It goes to work fast and makes everything of its time. Actually writing about the story would do it disservice, it definitely helps to know as little as possible.

In short, do play it. For VN fans it's something a little bit different and for the uninitiated, it's a great way to see what this medium has to offer, in terms of being interactive storytelling. And in a more user friendly form, not taking an eternity of your time. Certainly interested to see what the developers may end up releasing in the future.

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If you don't mind a little porn (a lot for the former), Bible Black and School Days are pretty good - and hard - visual novels.

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Lol, I'll keep them in mind. I did buy several VNs last winter sale, which I haven't yet played either.

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Game idea:

Had this idea for a game a couple of days ago, since I was tired of the old jumping around guns blazing shit in current fps games. Instead it's a pvp game similar to Hitman where the idea is to blend in with the NPCs and then try to find other real players and - best-case scenario - kill them stealthily. Sorta like that Town of Salem browser game, just a fps instead.

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That game exists, it's called The Ship. https://store.steamp...p_Murder_Party/

Here is a fun let's play of it.



Additionally, Assassin's Creed games' multiplayer is all about that concept. Blend in with a myriad of NPCs and try to kill your target real player. Not an FPS, but regardless.



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goddamnit, all my ideas are already stolen





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