What are you playing right now?

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BenKenobi

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Bury Me, My Love

a game for phones that looks like whatsapp in which you play as a guy whose wife tries to immigrate to Europe from Syria. So far my wife is on Turkey-Bulgarian border :grin: You exchange texts, give her advices, hear her grievances and so on. It is quite railroady in the sense that a lot of the convo is actually more of a movie in which you don't pick any answers, but there are choices both totally insignificant (write "good night" or send a kissing emoji) and significant (tell your wife to try to sneak and hide in a bus she was denied boarding to or tell her that it is dangerous and she should find another way).

Interesting thing is that it has "real" message settings as an option in which the game tries to, to a point, simulate time. So you have an exchange of texts, then she goes busy/offline, you switch off/minimalise the game because you cannot do anything. Then, after 3 hours or so, you have a pop-up on your phone with her going: "crap crap crap crap!" or something like that. Feels a bit like Tamagotchi, to be honest.
 

Bromden

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Interesting thing is that it has "real" message settings as an option in which the game tries to, to a point, simulate time. So you have an exchange of texts, then she goes busy/offline, you switch off/minimalise the game because you cannot do anything. Then, after 3 hours or so, you have a pop-up on your phone with her going: "crap crap crap crap!" or something like that. Feels a bit like Tamagotchi, to be honest.
Yeah, that's an interesting mechanic that adds an extra layer of immersion. One fun game with it that I tried is a space horror adventure called Zarya-1 Station, where you communicate with a team of astronauts on the Moon. Other than communicating with text,they sometimes send pictures of stuff they see. There's also the Lifeline series which use the same mechanic, but I haven't tried those.
 

Cpt. Nemo

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Played Max Payne 3 for the first couple times. It's really ****ing good, holy ****. 2nd most fun I've had in playing games in a while, shooting is super satisfying and like the older games, Matrix yeeting fools doesn't get old. Sadly unlike the older Max Payne games, 3 really ****ing punishes you for risky plays, ignoring cover and depending on bullet time, especially on higher difficulties. Also the cutscenes get annoying. They're fine on their own, but some of the longer ones are *almost* unskippable, which gets very boring on replays.

The most fun I've had with bideo bames recently is A Way Out with one of my childhood amigos. It's pretty much a perfect linear story co op game. The story itself is good and there are plenty of both tense stealth moments and actiony bits, all of which require you and your bruh to work together in various ways. The game is made entirely with the co op splitscreen perspective in mind, so you can always react according to what your partner is going through in a mission, and it works extremely ****ing well. The giant cherry on top is all the minigames the devs put in specifically to let you goof around with your friend quite often. Co op games need more optional silly **** like this. Get a friend and play this game, right ****ing now fams. Also, only one person actually needs to buy the game, so even broke peasants like fishy can manage to play it.