Dem-OH! June Round-up
Sorry for the delay! After 27 months, ol’ COVID finally caught up to us. Not to worry, there’s plenty still to play in our mini-quarantine – and damn was the Cuphead DLC fun!
Unfortunately it has intefered with a couple of demo streams but we still played plenty this month and, of course, managed to dig up up a couple of stand-outs to share with you all. Enjoy!
(in recording order)
I saw another title boast the poker-hands turn-based RPG mechanic a little while back and found it particularly intriguing. I mean, how do you handle the sheer randomness of it all? Well, it turns out, by implementing a good amount of intreresting mitigation strategies via power cards, passive and active abilities, and items that are each based around the unique character you’re playing. Aces and Adventures can still be dominated by RNGesus, just as many games with crits, dice rolls, or cards can be, but when the balance holds true the decision space really sings. It’s a fantastic mix of the excitement one feels from playing a game of chance but with enough tools to more-often-than-not sway the tides in your favour, if you think tactically and plan well enough that is. I have no doubt this is going to be another one I put an embarrasing amount of time in.
RIPOUT – Demo on Steam
Although I would love a truly great co-op horror (which I don’t think really exists right now), a co-op FPS survival horror with modularly enhanced monster-melding nightmares seems to be doing the job just fine. There’s nothing more fun that a team game that actually requires good communication, concentrated fire, and group strategies. I hope RIPOUT continues to build on these elements and really go all out on the enemy transformations and secondary players abilities granted through the ‘mutation system’.
Working with devs to release 100s of new demos, spotlighting as many titles as possible, and pushing for total indie domination; it’s safe to say Valve are crushing it. Check out everything we managed to play during that limited period of demo-madness both above and below (off and on-stream, respectively).