Electronic Games - What have you played recently?

I went looking for it and ended up picking up Torchlight II and III because I loved the first one.
 
Me too - I played Torchlight on the Mac originally though.
I have T2 also running well on Heroic on my Linux box. Not sure it's native on Apple Silicon.
The full version of BG3 for Mac's is also not out yet, it's still the early access version. I'd quite like to know how it runs on an Xbox, controls wise.
 
I'd quite like to know how it runs on an Xbox, controls wise.
It doesnt. There is currently no XBox version because Microsoft have a version parity policy which means if the offer a feature on the XBox X they need to offer it on the XBox S as well, and they cant get split screen to work well enough on the series S.

Apparently Microsoft have decided that in this case they dont mind and Larian can ignore the policy, but they only decided that after BG3 had already released on the PC to huge aclaim, so its still set the XBox version back many months. Larian appraoched them back in Jan about releasing the series S without split screen and microsoft said no, the two versions needed to be identical. Larian refused to just drop features from the series X version, to make them identical so the two companies ended up at an impass. Larian had a team trying to optimise the XBox series S version to the point where split screen worked, and planned to increase the size of that team after the PC and PS5 release window. BG3 then got a 97% critic score on Metacritic and for 3 weeks was the best reviewed PC game ever and Microsoft changed their colours, but it was too late. Effectively a single Microsoft policy made this a PS5 exclusive.

However the control scheme on the PS5 is surprisingly good - in fact for general exploring and conversation I prefer it. For inventory management not so much. Generally though its comparible - better in some regards, inferior in others. Also it runs graet using an XBox controller on a PC.
 
So, since I’ve cleaned up the XBoxOne the youngster has abandoned, I’ve been playing Elite Dangerous (working through tutorials repeatedly, mostly). I’ve cleared a few quests in Torchlight 2 as well.

Tonight, I started the story mode for Red Dead Redemption 2…
 
Joining the BG3 bandwagon. I've got it running on my Steam Deck.

I tend not to have the patience nor time for video games in the last few years, but definitely making the exception for BG3 which I'm loving
 
I’ve just been watching this video on how to control the game on PS5 / steamdeck and it was revalationary. The instructions for PS5 seem woeful - had to hit the internet to find out how to equip a weapon!

 
I’ve just been watching this video on how to control the game on PS5 / steamdeck and it was revalationary. The instructions for PS5 seem woeful - had to hit the internet to find out how to equip a weapon!

The controls on the steam deck seem pretty intuitive, however I much prefer the mouse/keyboard and big screen combo of just using the docking station.
 
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I’ve just been drawn into Firewatch. It’s a slow paced mystery adventure game where you play a man who has taken a summer job as a firewatcher in the national park. I’m finding it very compelling. It was £3.99 recently, and just on the first hour or two of play, it seems worth it. Playing on Xbox One
 
Baldur’s Gate 3 is now available on Mac, but the spec requirements are quite high. MacRumours has the details here, or Steam of course.
 
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I’ve just been drawn into Firewatch. It’s a slow paced mystery adventure game where you play a man who has taken a summer job as a firewatcher in the national park. I’m finding it very compelling. It was £3.99 recently, and just on the first hour or two of play, it seems worth it. Playing on Xbox One

I finished this over two longish sessions. The kids, amused to see me gaming on the Xbox, watched it. They described it as feeling more like an interactive movie. I felt like I was in a modern version of one of the old text adventures. I know there’s at least one other ending (they’re probably driven by the responses you select over the radio to your controller, Delilah) so I may dip in again in the future. It was about solving problems rather than killing things. Recommended.
 
I've just discovered, after my Quake 2 remastered playthrough, that there is a whole range of old-school FPS games called Boomer Shooters. This revelation mainly came from discovering the Warhammer 40K shooter, Boltgun. A fantastic little game that is up there with the 90s classics, with a few modern comfort-of-life additions (the big one being running on modern PCs flawlessly).

While the rest of you have been frothing over Baldur's Gate 3, I headed off into space via Game Pass on PC, hoping to do the same with Starfield. But omg! I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this thing. According to Bethesda, Space is Boring. Really dull. Dull, predictable companions. Boring NASA Punk style. The most mediocre McGuffin Main Quest. The only bit I liked was when I headed off to the Wild West in Space, Free Territories, and did a series of sidequests that are best summed up as Star Marshals. But that's because I liked the Firefly vibe until I realised it feel far, far short. This game was delayed a year, and I can guess it was all bug fixing, where I had hoped it would have been, putting the shine on the gameplay. Deeply disappointing.

So I returned to an old fave Fallout 4, and decided to go full mod with it. This I've successfully done by going to Nexus mods and installing the Storywealth collection.

https://next.nexusmods.com/fallout4/collections/5atq9t

This is a curated collection of mods that covers the whole range of gameplay, equipment, graphical enhancements and a ridiculous amount of additional quests that round out the game. Want to play Evil (and a well-considered Evil at that), you can because it includes the mod that does that. Want to play through the whole rebuild the Commonwealth adventures of Sim Settlements 2. That's included, too. Oh and I think the early release of the Fallout 3 in Fallout 4 mod, that covers the old DLC pack Point Island is in there too. But I'm too busy to explore it (yet) There are similar collections for Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas and, of course, the Elder Scrolls games too, that not only get those even older games working seamlessly on modern machines but add tons of additional content and shine too.

So who needs new cutting-edge AAA games, OLD SCHOOL RULES!!! :D
 
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