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Short Cut to Remote Gaming Forum (29 Aug 2020)
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Dragon Age Origins still scratches that itch. I must have put in about 300 hrs, over the years, but the lore is really extensive and the characters are interesting and fleshed out.
There are now player mods which correct all the issues that the devs didn't bother with, which is great.
It's an epic good v evil struggle but the player to NPC reactions are well thought out. Nice tactical battles which, if you don't pay attention to, will rapidly kick your ass.
Also trying Neverwinter Nights which is a similar 'pause and give orders' tactical battle situation in an RPG environment. I'm enjoying it at the moment.
RobertB wrote: Football Manager 2020 is free from Epic Games until September 24th. So I couldn't resist, even though I know jack shit about soccer. I played it a little bit last night and confirmed my ignorance. But it has the rep of being the best sports strategy game ever, so we'll see. The price was right, anyway.
I personally prefer the precursor Championship Manager 2001/02 which was the high watermark of balancing addictive gameplay with the management sim side of the sport. It’s free and there are regular updates keeping the player database and valuations up to date. It was shortly after that one that the company had an internal schism resulting in the two competing versions (FM and CM) where match-day graphics and overwhelming levels of detail won out over player experience. The modern run of games are far too obsessive about tinkering with morale, press briefings, and so much backroom crap that the actual football and team management takes a back seat and it starts to feel like too much work.
One of the series that I tried was so awful that clicking the wrong option on the endless briefings and talks could result in your star player demanding a transfer, lower match-day performance, angry fans, reduced investment and all kinds of trouble so it just became “press briefing- the game” where you spent your time agonising over which response the software would accept as being the correct one.
Sure the graphics are infinitely prettier but it’s a hollow take on the old school game that generated all the acclaim for the series.
The most fun I ever had with the series was Italia ‘95 though, Shearer + Ronaldo + Baggio as my three forwards kind of broke the game. That won’t mean a great deal if you weren’t into football in the mid-90s.
It’s funny, I simultaneously want this game to be over with, while also wanting to play it forever.
The toad didn’t give me any trouble at all, but it is highly likely that the Undying perk saved me multiple times and I didn’t even notice.