Videogames New To You April 2014
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What games are you playing for the first time this month, April 2014?

These lists are posted at the start of each month, so that when we start playing a new videogame, we can post our initial thoughts on it. (Thanks to Ncik for the suggestion to change the format).
These don't have to be games that you've beaten, or abandoned.. just simply games that you picked up and started playing this month.

Please feel free to add a new entry each time you start a new game, as this will be useful for generating statistics.


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1. Video Game: Wasteland 2 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:724]
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I just clocked an hour with the early beta. I have to say from what I've seen so far, my likelihood of being disappointed by the final release is probably close to zero. I haven't been playing long enough to know how tight resources are going to be. Managing ammo and the like was a pretty fundamental aspect of the first game, but I won't really know how that pans out until I've played a decent chunk more.

There's little surprise that this feels a lot like the early Fallout titles as much as it does the original Wasteland. Having an inordinate fondness for both series means I appreciate the echoes of both here.

Normally I wouldn't poke about in the early beta of an RPG. I generally like to wait until things are ready for release before diving in. But in this case though I just couldn't wait any longer. And so far, it has not disappointed in the slightest.
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2. Video Game: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1867]
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Played a few quests so far, but the more I play the more I'm reminded of WoW. Here's the advance pass and still it's mighty crowded around every quest site which leads to a few laggy bugs, but nothing serious. Worse was waiting in line to finish one graveyard quest. I eventually gave up.


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The crowds make me think that I'd be better off going back to Skyrim (I think Rudy already said that though). In Skyrim, I felt thrown into the center of the world that I became aware of as an individual. It was me alone meeting the priests at High Hrothgar, not me and 30-50 other people milling around.


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3. Video Game: Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:6219]
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We started playing this the day before yesterday , when it was still March, but I'm posting it in here anyway as I'm too lazy to dig up the previous month's geeklist modest
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4. Video Game: Sly 2: Band of Thieves [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:756]
Video Game: Sly 2: Band of Thieves
Alright so technically I started this a few days ago during March but I've only gotten some decent time in now so I'll go ahead and post it here .

Not too far in yet but already I'm enjoying it a lot more than the first game.

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5. Video Game: Neo Scavenger [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:5865]
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I was stuck on a laptop today. I had a hankering to play some more Wasteland 2, but was a little wary about battling through the unoptimised code on a weaker machine. So I decided to give this one a spin for much post-apocalyptic survival fix.

This game to is still in development, so I have no idea how close to "final" my current experiences are. But I do see some interesting potential here. It's kind of a survivalist roguelike. The premise is that you are a human from roughly the present day who wakes up from cryogenic suspension into a future where civilisation has collapsed. Clad only in a hospital gown, you have to scavenge the gear you need to stay alive. There is also something of a plot, though I am barely competent at this point, so I don't really know how far that goes.

All systems, including combat, are menu driven. So it's in that respect a lot more like the original Wasteland than Wasteland 2 is. It's kinda neat to see some of those older game systems re-purposed for a modern design. Though I suspect this is not for everyone. While it appears to be a complex game, with crafting systems I have yet to even touch, and all sorts of variables to account for in terms of staying alive, it doesn't have much in the way of visual bells and whistles you'd see a big budget release. I got this free in a bundle, so I've already felt like I've gotten my money's worth. But I don't think I would recommend this at full price unless quirky games with ruthless roguelike random brutality are your thing.
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6. Video Game: Pinball Arcade [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:1332]
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Played it for the first time this week, and did it on the PS4. I have most of the boards here in another titel for the PS3. My first impression is that Pinball Arcade isn´t as good as that title.

Some things on the board you can't see here, eg. rollovers in upper corner on Medieval Madness. Think it aswell was harder to see all of the board, maybe there is a better camera view to find. Also I wasn't impressed with the graphics, the sharpness was way better in eg. AC4.
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7. Video Game: inFAMOUS [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:421]
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This and its sequel came in the same bundle with my PS3 so I'm having a crack at the first one. Haven't gotten far at all (only done the first mission) but so far it seems interesting and I'm looking forward to the chance to explore the open world environment.

Must admit though, as someone who mainly plays turn-based RPGs I'm not as used to the way fights work and was absolute crap at shooting lightning whilst dodging (or at least trying to dodge) bullets. I'll have to work on that shake.

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8. Video Game: Sid Meier's Railroads! [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1652]
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Jythier gave me this game. I love these train games. Played the original Railroad Tycoon and Railroad Tycoon II for countless hours.

This looked graphically great, much more the model train feel I like than RRT-II. However, after playing for about half an hour, the game crashed.
Retrying let to more crashes. At that point, I installed the game on my PC. It crashed even sooner there.

So I started looking for the saving trick or update. Found several, tried none so far, because all had 'counter votes' ("Doesn't work for me").

So at that point I put up a "don't recommend" notice on Steam and rated this a '1'on VGG - which for me means "broken out of the box with no srious attempt by developer to solve it".

If someone has the golden tip, please share. Both my PC and laptop run Win7 64bit.

Too bad, really loved what I saw so far.
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9. Video Game: Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:913]
Video Game: Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
Continuing the Sly series (again), I've finally made it to the final part of the trilogy. Sly 2 was a huge improvement over the first game and though I don't that will happen again I hope the third one is even better.

So far it strikes me almost as a combination of the two previous games, with the bonus time trials/challenges of Sly 1 and the mission structure and character swapping from Sly 2. Not far enough in yet to tell if this is better or worse than the second game, though.

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10. Video Game: Mirror's Edge [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:508]
Video Game: Mirror's Edge
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Earlier in the week I posted a poll to try and choose my next game... There were a lot of votes for Tomb Raider, which I will definitely get to very soon, but there were also a lot of votes for Other, and quite a few suggestions to try Mirror's Edge.

I'd heard that this game polarises people and that I would be able to quickly tell if it was for me... so I fired it up and have so far played for about 2 hours. I had some graphics related problems in that, during certain sections the game would go dog slow and become completely unplayable... thankfully I tracked it down to be something to do with Physx, so I disabled that setting.

With regards to the actually gameplay and my enjoyment... I have mixed feelings. There is a lot to like here. The game world is unique and interesting, and the action is adrenaline fuelled, heart pounding and frenetic... however I have died so many times it is getting me rather frustrated... either from falling a long way, or from getting shot. Often I have died in exactly the same way repeatedly because there just doesn't seem to be enough time to work out what I should be doing differently.
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11. Video Game: Bully [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:740]
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I have been on the lookout for a new game to play recently and by total chance saw something on YouTube, I didn't know what game or anything but it did seem cool in the movie. Did some research and here we are, it's Bully.

Seeing it was a Rockstar game I decided that I wanted it and then went to Steam. First steam buy ever I must say and it went really well.

So last evening I started playing and I'm rather loving it. It's cool the little missions and the school. Controls are a bit strange to me. Especially since some of the minigames work in Querty and I have an Azerty keyboard. But I get passed it and it's fun! Looking forward to play furhter.
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12. Video Game: Control Craft [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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Craft the World

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It's still "early access" but it's playable. You start off controlling one dwarf. You run him around collecting resources like wood and stone. You can use them to craft items such as tools, weapons, structures. Over time you level up your crafting abilities to unlock new items to craft. You also get more dwarves to control. You have to move quickly because there are goblins that are racing to build up an army to wipe you out.

In the hour that I have played I have found that I cannot level up my crafting quickly enough to get to the point where I can comfortably fend off the attacks, rest up my guys, heal, gather resources, and craft efficiently. Of course you cannot rest your guys up until you get a bed, you cannot build a bed unless it's in a shelter, you cannot build a shelter until you've leveled your crafting, you cannot level your crafting because you are missing wool from sheep that are just past the goblin encampment. That gets frustrating, but I imagine they will iron those wrinkles out in due time. The game looks promising and I am looking forward to what changes are implemented.

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13. Video Game: Portal (2007) [Average Rating:8.61 Overall Rank:5] [Average Rating:8.61 Unranked]
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Got this as a b-day present from my SO. He sat net to me when I played it through, it was a lot of fun
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14. Video Game: Portal 2 [Average Rating:8.80 Overall Rank:1] [Average Rating:8.80 Unranked]
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Got this as a b-day present from my SO as well and we just started playing it. He's still just sitting next to me, but this time he actually asked me not to play on my own at all, as he hasn't played this one either. So far we've really enjoyed it.
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15. Video Game: Kairo [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:3889]
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And as I was "forbid" to play Portal 2 on my own, I started playing Kairo during my vacation this week
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16. Video Game: Monaco [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1464]
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Played with Rudy (tickmanfan), Seth (Osiris), and The Man They Call SuperChutney (SuperChutney), who threw a copy of the game my way for the sake of getting the multiplayer carnage underway. Thanks, SC!

I played the Pickpocket, so I would screw things up a little less than I would if I took the game seriously. I managed to make both damning mistakes and (relatively few) clever cover-ups, though. It was a lot of fun.
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17. Video Game: Tomb Raider (2013) [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:123]
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Having completed Mirror's Edge, I fired up Tomb Raider (which got the most votes on my poll of what to play next).

So far it's looking good, although there have been a lot of Quick-time events, so it started out feeling a bit like The Walking Dead.
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18. Video Game: Retro/Grade [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5984]
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Weird little rhythm game trying to disguise itself as a side-scroller space shooter that you play in reverse. The PSN had a sale on about 30 games for $0.99 each and I grabbed this on a whim. Apparently you can play this with a Guitar Hero/Rockband guitar as well...but I only have PS2 compatible ones. Yo well. Played the tutorial only...but I can tell that the harder levels and difficulty settings will ramp it up quite a bit.
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19. Video Game: The Secret of Monkey Island [Average Rating:8.31 Overall Rank:40]
Video Game: The Secret of Monkey Island
Ian S.
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As with Retro/Grade above, I also grabbed the entire set of Tales of Monkey Island for $0.99...so I decided to grab the first two games of the series as well. They were bundled together, so it was pretty cheap. I only played this for a half hour or so...I've been to the swordmaster, but still need a sword. I think I'd enjoy this game more if there wasn't voice acting...might look to see if I can turn it off.
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20. Video Game: Dishonored [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:151]
Video Game: Dishonored
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I got in a bit late on this generation of consoles. Basically I never had a console, but after coming back from a stint in South Korea, where I played a LOT of Tekken tag 2 in the arcades, I wanted to play back home

So I've gotten a few games along with it and Dishonored I recently snagged up second hand. I didn't really intend to start playing it. I just wanted, you know, to check if my second hand item was in good nick and all that... So I put it in, and I just got sucked in completely... I've been playing over a week or so and I'm at the end now. It's just so enjoyable. I invested heavily in stealth and have been sneaking around all over the place. Once you get the hang of it (and you've upgraded some skills) though, it becomes rather easy. I still haven't been able to ghost a mission, but at the state I'm in right now, I'd just go straight into a new game plus if I finish it.

I might be tempted to get a DLC for the very first time...


Together with Dishonored, I got Injustice: Gods Among Us and Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Been playing a bit of Injustice, and liking it ok, though the system is pretty easy, which is good in a sense that you can pick it up faster and get to more involved combat easier. Though it's perhaps lacking in depth because of it. Tekken tag 2 is still in another league entirely.
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21. Video Game: Runespell: Overture [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:5177]
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Andrew Hodkinson
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Got this in a bundle and was idling in it for the Steam cards. Then I played it for a few minutes and found myself playing it all the way through. Not that it's a particularly good game but it makes a nice filler.

It reminds me a lot of Faerie Solitaire except that it uses poker hands instead of solitaire and it has a fantasy battle theme instead of the cute fantasy theme.
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22. Video Game: Obulis [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:4773]
Video Game: Obulis
Matt Cobb
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(and the fact that it was 49 cents). I played for a half an hour through most of the easy stuff. I'm not really a puzzle guy, but it looks like it will be fun to pick up every once in a while.
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23. Video Game: Starbound [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1616]
Video Game: Starbound
Luke Stirling
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I'm really enjoying this so far. I've been playing it using the multiplayer server functionality to play alongside my wife. As she is a fan of sci-fi, co-op gaming, and pixel art, this seemed like a no brainer to sell to her.

My first broad impressions so far, compared to Terraria:

I like the pixel economy. By not being able to "bank" money, and making so much crafting dependent on it I think it really propels the game along a and eliminates the stretches of complacency that can crop up in Terraria when you've got very little to lose.

Spreading the game across multiple worlds spreads the content a great deal thinner. In Terraria, chests full of cool stuff are a frequent reward for delving deeper or ranging farther. So far Starbound feels like it's far more measured in the pace at which it delivers new stuff.
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24. Video Game: LEGO The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:588]
Video Game: LEGO The Lord of the Rings
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I was feeling pretty burnt out on the games I've been playing, then this game came along.



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